Elemental Music in partnership with Universal Music
Group has issued to date more than 20 titles of
Brazilian music with of the most crucial and admired
figures in Brazilian pop.The list englobes such great
titles as Jorge Ben’s A Tabua de Esmeralda or Big Ben,
Caetano Veloso’s Qualquier Coisa, or the magnificent
and very much sought after album Transa as well as
albums by Quarteto em Cy, Gal Costa or Marcos Valle’s
superb Mustang Cor de Sangue.
Some of these artists went on to spearhead the Tropicalia
o Tropicalismo, an artistic movement that arose in the
late 1960s that encompassed art forms such as theatre,
poetry, and music. This movement is also represented here
by flagship albums like Catenano Veloso AKA Tropicalia,
Gal Costa’s Le Gal or Jorge Ben’s Self tilted album.
Elemental Music, together with Universal Music Spain proudly
presents a new CD reissue of the long unavailable Steve Miller Band’s masterpiece Recall the Beginning… A Journey from Eden.
This 1972 album, originally released by Capitol Records, was Miller’s seventh and last as a cult artist before the commercial breakthrough of 1973’s The Joker. “Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson and Junior Parker, it is split into two distinct sections.
Side one dips into ‘50s doo wop (‘Enter Maurice’), acoustic folk-blues (‘High on You Mama’), upbeat down-home pop (‘The Sun Is Going Down’), and good-time R&B blues-rocking with horns (‘Somebody Somewhere Help Me’) predating Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes’ similar style by about five years. Side two, on the other hand, is where Miller really hits his stride, with beautiful, somewhat psychedelic folk-rockers that add his blues and rock roots to the string-enhanced acoustic ballad ‘Nothing Lasts,’ the Haunting ‘Love’s Riddle,’ and the shimmering closing title track, certainly one of his most endearing compositions. Nick De Caro’s string arrangements are beautifully and expertly integrated into these songs and previous Steve Miller Band member Ben Sidran’s production is sympathetic and spacious, as is veteran Bruce Botnick’s (The Doors) engineering.” (Hal Horowitz, AllMusic)
Elemental Music together with Universal Music Spain proudly present a new CD reissue of Colours, the fourth studio album by French chanteuse CLAUDINE LONGET, originally released by A&M records in 1968.
Although probably best known for her implication in the 1976 murder of boyfriend and Olympic skier Spider Sabich, Longet released a string of sophisticated pop albums in the late 60’s which have long been cult favorites among fans of the genre. Colours is considered her best album by true connoisseurs, and includes arrangements by the great Nick DeCaro and production by the now legendary Tommy LiPuma. Among the songs are silver-tongued versions of pop classics by Donovan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers, Joni Mitchell,Gordon Lightfoot and Randy Newman.
This Elemental Music release presents a new LP reissue of the long unavailable JAZZ BLUES FUSION: a live album by John Mayall recorded at the Boston Music Hall on 18 November 1971, and a Hunter College, New York, on 3 and 4 December 1971. This blues masterpiece was originally released by Polydor in 1972.
Acknowledged as one of the godfathers of the British blues scene, John Mayall began making his mark during the ‘60s British Blues Boom with his Bluesbreakers, an electric blues band that at different times included such future guitar greats as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, and Harvey Mandel.
On Jazz Blues Fusion, Mayall joined forces with jazz stalwarts Blue Mitchell and Clifford Solomon to effectively fuse the successful elements of his Bluesbreakers style with the smooth be bop of the aforementioned jazzers. Guitarist Freddy Robinson is the real
anchor here, a fuse master with one of the cleanest and tasteful style on those days, possessing a rich, silky R&B tone with crystal clear speed to match. On the album, Mayall doesn’t neglect his hardcore blues fans as demonstrated on the opening cut, “Country Road,” providing a dose of the harmonica playing, lazy blues boogie of which he became famous. “Change your Ways,” another great tune, belts out of the box with some great opening bars
from trumpeter Mitchell who has played with various jazz greats. Mayall then takes it out from here, admonishing his fictional lady character in no uncertain tunes in classic style to
“change her ways”.
For Mayall fans, this album could be considered a must in its own and quite frankly one of his best efforts at the time. This newly
remastered album represents a different facet of jazz/rock fusion,
retaining a down to earth blues element which was later neglected whether intentionally or not by Miles, Corea, Johnny Mac, Hancock, and the likes.
Philamore Lincoln has always been something of a shadowy figure in the psych pop universe, even among hardcore collectors. Elemental Music together with Sony Music Entertainment Spain proudly present a newly remastered edition of his lone album, The North Wind Blew South, originally released by the Epiclabel in 1970.
This masterpiece is a late 60’s lost classic of the U.K. soft-psych scene, the nearest touchstone being Donovan, but there are also touches of bubblegum pop and R&B. Robert Cromwell Anson, also known by his other stage names as Phil Kinorra, Julian Covey, Julien Covey and Philamore Lincoln, is a British drummer and singer who
performed with Brian Auger & the Trinity, Graham Bond and Don Rendell, as well as with his own band, Julian Covey & The Machine for which he sang and played drums and put out a Northern Soul hit, “A Little Bit Hurt”, in 1967 (Island Records). With his band
The Machine he also backed John Lee Hooker on a UK tour and he was the replacement drummer for The Who’s Keith Moon in 1967. As a jazz drummer he played in the early 60’s with such jazzmen as Ronnie Scott, Peter King, Johnny Griffin, Leo Wright, Herb Geller,
Freddy Redd and Jackie McLean, among others.
Having decided to go solo and change his musical direction, in
1968 he adopted the pseudonym Philamore Lincoln and was signed
in the UK to Brian Epstein’s NEMS label, where he issued one single,
“Running by the River” b/w “Rainy Day”, before NEMS folded onto the CBS label. Two years later American producer Chesley Millican signed him to the US label Epic Records.
His only solo album, The North Wind Blew South was released in 1970 in the US, Canada and Japan only, and includes his song “Temma Harbour”, which was a hit when re-recorded as a single
by Mary Hopkin that same year. All of the album’s songs were penned by Philamore himself, backed by a host of who’s-who of the London music scene of that time, including Jack Bruce (Cream),
Jim Capaldi (Traffic), Keith Webb (Donovan), John McLaughlin, Pete Wingfield (The Hollies),Herbie Flowers (David Bowie, Lou Reed), Graham Bond (Ginger Baker’s Air Force), and the one and
only Led Zeppelin front man, Jimmy Page.
Between January and March 2018 Elemental Music released
five titles originally produced by Norman Whitfield one
of the 20th century finest pop composers. Almost 60 years
since their foundation The Temptations are still going strong
as per their upcoming ‘Together Again
– One more Time’November 2018 UK tour.
All these titles reissued here have been unavailable
for some time and are a testament to their cultural
importance in the history of soul music. While the
group’s on-stage tuxedos and suave choreography may
not have aged quite so gracefully, the music now
sounds more mind-blowing than ever.
Elemental Music has just released on a 180g LP a newly remastered reissue of Teenage Head, the second album recorded by San Francisco band Flaming Groovies in 1971 under the label Kama Sutra.
This album is probably the most acclaimed album of the band, and it is the last album with singer Roy Loney who left the band over differences in opinion with co-founder Cyril Jordan about the
band’s future musical direction. Teenage Headis an angst-ridden, highly influential cult classic, with unforgettable tunes like the title track and “High Flyin’ Baby”. Released the same year as
The Rolling Stones’ classic album Sticky Fingers, Mick Jagger reportedly noticed the similarities between the albums and thought the Flamin’ Groovies did the better take on the theme of classic blues and rock ‘n roll revisited in a modern context.
Elemental Music has just released a newly remastered LP
reissue of Masterpiece, the acclaimed 1973 album by
The Temptations originally issued by the Gordy (Motown)label
and produced by Norman Whitfield.
Mastered by Bernie Grundman,this 180g, black vinyl LP features
original album artwork and is the first vinyl reissue of the album
in 20 years. Masterpiecewas the last Temptations album recorded
for Gordy (Motown) Records in Detroit’s Hitsville U.S.A. studio
before the label moved to Hollywood,CA.The album includes top 40
hits such as “Plastic Man” and “Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)”
and the title track “Masterpiece” that reached #1 on the Billboard
R&B singles chart. This LP is the first of a series of The Temptations
releases from Elemental Music that is due to release in March a set
of 5 CD releases with albums such as “Masterpiece”, “Solid Rock”,
“Psychedelic Shack”, “Sky’s the Limit”, and “Puzzle People”, all
with its original tracklistings and timings.
Elemental Music is proud to announce its Record Store Day exclusive release Sonny Rollins On Impulse! This out of print album which was Rollins debut on Impulse is finally reissued on 180 gram black vinyl pressed at United Pressing, and mastered from the original tapes recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio. It features pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Mickey Roker (Rollins and Bryant never recorded again together). Reissued with its original artwork, and liner notes from Nat Hentoff. This is another great “Limited Edition” Elemental reissue.
Elemental Music, together with Sony Music Entertainment, presents 6 new additions to the best selection of 70’s R&B, Soul, Funk & Psychedelic Rock out of print titles from the vaults of classic labels such as Philadelphia International Records, Buddah or Columbia Records, among others.
As the first group to score hits with the production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, The Intruders played a major role in the rise of Philadelphia soul. Originally formed as a doo-wop group in 1960, they signed with Gamble and Huff’s fledgling Gamble label in 1966 and scored a Top 20 R&B hit that year with “(We’ll Be) United”. 1968 was their breakthrough year: “Cowboys to Girls,” a template for what would become Philly soul’s trademark sound, topped the R&B charts and climbed to number six on the pop side, giving the group their biggest hit. Gamble and Huff’s success with The Intruders helped convince Columbia to grant them the money to launch Philadelphia International, which became the most successful soul label of the early ‘70s. In 1974 The Intruders switched from the Gamble imprint to the Philly International subsidiary TSOP, and released Energy of Love, which is their last known recording and their final collaboration with Gamble & Huff. Although it did not reach the success of its predecessors, Energy of Love is full of great songs with the Gamble and Huff team contributing to several cuts (“Energy Of Love”, “A Nice Girl Like You”, “Lonely Lonely” and “Be On Time”). The Philly natives also sparkle on four remakes: Marvin Gaye’s “Jan,” William DeVaughn’s “Be Thankful for What You Got,” Mary Wells’ “What’s Easy for Two Is So Hard for One,” and Paul Simon’s “Rainy Days and Mondays”, sounding especially frisky on DeVaughn’s hit. The album was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, and the four members of The Intruders were backed by M.F.S.B., whose lineup included the Baker, Harris, Young rhythm section, guitarists Bobby “Electronic” Eli, percussionist Larry Washington, vibes virtuoso Vince Montana Jr., and violinist Don Renaldo. The arrangers were Bruce Hawkes and Bobby Martin, while producers included Vince Montana Jr, John Davis and the above mentioned Gamble and Huff team. Essential Philly Soul Sound!
LOU RAWLS – ALL THINGS IN TIME
Lou Rawls’ debut with the Philadelphia International label. This album relaunched his career and turned him into one of the company’s most successful acts. Recorded at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios and produced by such luminaries as Philadelphia International Gamble & Huff, Bunny Sigler and Dexter Wansel, All Things in Time became an immediate success on the back of its celebrated single “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”, which gave Rawls the biggest hit of his career, topping the R&B chart and making #2 on the pop chart. The album was Rawls’ third R&B chart topper (the first since 1966), and reached #7 on the pop chart. All Things in Time has been highly rated by critics for the quality and variety of its material, faultless production standards and Rawls’ vocal performances. Its reputation has endured and it is often cited as the best album of Rawls’ tenure with Philadelphia International Records. Allmusic’s Jason Elias wrote that it’s “not only one of Rawls’ best albums, it’s also one of the finest from Philadelphia International”.
EDDIE KENDRICKS – VINTAGE ‘78
Vintage’78 was Eddie Kendricks’ first solo effort after he left Motown in the late 1970s and proved that he was still a superb vocalist during this period of his career. This masterpiece of sophisticated soul contains one of his biggest singles: “Ain’t No Smoke Without Fire”, one of the best disco jams The Temptations’ co-founder ever recorded. But what really shines here is Eddie’s finesse with the songs he loved to sing the most: love ballads (“The Best of Strangers Now”, “Maybe I’m a Fool to Love You”, “Your Wish Is My Command”, “Love, Love, Love”). Without a doubt Kendricks shows in this album that he was the best countertenor to come out of Motown and Vintage ’78 gives us a full view of his superb style of singing.
Recorded in 1969, this was the debut LP by the extended “Big-Apple” based ensemble Elephant’s Memory. It includes the songs “Jungle Gym at the Zoo” and “Old Man Willow”, from the celebrated Midnight Cowboy movie soundtrack. Formed between 1967 and 1968,by Stan Bronstein (saxophone, clarinet, and vocals) and Rick Frank Jr. (drums), in 1968 the band briefly added Carly Simon as a vocalist, and by 1969, the line-up had expanded to include John Ward (bass), Chester Ayers (guitar), Myron Yules (bass and trombone), R. Sussmann (keyboards), Michal Shapiro (vocals), Guy Peritore (guitar and vocals), and David Cohen (guitar, keyboards, and vocals). A further addition in 1970 was Chris Robison on guitar. Known around the Greenwich Village area as a politically active street band, Elephant’s Memory is also known for backing John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1971-73. For live performances with them, the band was known as the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band, and as such they recorded the double album Some Time in New York City in March of 1972. The album was released in June of 1972 in the United States and in September of 1972 in the UK. The group specialized in an eclectic Frank Zappa-like mix of psychedelia, jazz, and acid-tinged rock. One of the quintessential artifacts of the psychedelic era!
GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS – 2nd Anniversary
A milestone for long-running hitmakers Gladys Knight & the Pips, 2nd Anniversary was their fourth studio album recorded for the Buddah Records label. It was released in October of 1975 and spawned two Billboard R&B Top Ten singles with “Money” and “Part Time Love.” It was also their fourth consecutive Gold album, after their previous releases on the Buddah label: Imagination (1973), Claudine (1974) and I Feel a Song (1974).Knight and the Pips’ largest success came after they signed with Motown in 1966. Their top-40 hit “Everybody Needs Love,” was followed by the breakthrough success of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” which became a number-two pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a number-one R&B hit for six weeks. The record sold 2.5 million copies, and at the time was Motown’s best-selling single ever. In late 1968, “Grapevine” would become an even bigger hit for Marvin Gaye, whose version, recorded before Knight’s but released a year afterward, was a number-one pop hit for seven weeks. Knight and the Pips departed Motown for Buddah Records in 1973. Knight later complained that she and the Pips were regarded as a second-string act, and that Diana [Ross] & the Supremes, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye were given the best songs, while “we took the leftovers.” In Knight’s autobiography she alleged that Diana Ross had the group removed from being The Supremes’ opening act on a 1966 tour for being too good.
US 69 – YESTERDAY’S FOLKS
A highly sought after record among collectors, Yesterday’s Folks was US 69’s only album, and is considered by some critics as probably the very best ever released by the Buddah Records label.This Connecticut-based band was made up of Bill Cartier (drums), Bill Durso (vocals, guitar), Bob DePalma (saxophone), Don DePalma (piano, trumpet), and Gil Nelson (bass, flute). Previously called The Mustard Family, they changed their name to US ’69 before they released any of their recordings. The band combines a great mix of eastern-influence music with sitar along with psychedelic, jazz, rock, soul, and funk. The album is strong from start to finish, opening with the excellent “I’m on My Way (A Patch of Blue)”, and closing with the stellar ten-minute epic trippy, colorful psychedelia of “2069: a Spaced Oddity”.
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