We posted a wild electro-dance cut from Cat Stevens’ Izitso album last week, after a customer pointed it out to us and today I’m following up with a link to an awesome collection that’s already sold out.
We’ve already sold out of Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984, the Chocolate Industries compilation that we’ve been playing in the shop a lot lately, and we were told by the distributor (the awesome Numero Group guys from Chicago) that it’s already outta print. Hopefully there’ll be a reissue because we love this album (and didn’t keep a copy).
Here’s a track:
(“Don’t Challenge Me” by the Makers)
So I really regret not keeping a copy, and it got me looking at our relatively small selection of compilation albums at home. Here’s a few favorites:
- All Day Thumbsucker, the first Blue Thumb sampler from the 70s, and the more recent triple-LP retrospective All Day Thumbsucker Revisited (Blue Thumb is a fun, eclectic 70s label – you can read our tribute to it here).
- Bar Wars, the classic local compilation featuring Willie and the Bees, Doug Maynard and more West Bank favorites.
- Bombay the Hard Way a collection of music from Bollywood soundtracks subtitled “Guns, Cars and Sitars”.
- The Best of Studio 1: Volume 2. Heck, you’re not gonna find originals from this classic Jamaican label too often, and I really love the cover of Cat Stevens’ “First Cut is the Deepest” by Norma Frazier (it was featured in the classic Hymie’s blog post “The Case Against Smiler” here).
- An A&M Pre-Release Sampler from November 1980, which is the kind of thing that’s usually an unwanted album. Why is this one a favorite record of mine? First of all because A&M called their samplers “Foreplay” and that’s hilarious. Second because it includes Charlie Daniels’ track from the absurdly difficult to find concept album by Paul Kennerley called The Legend of Jesse James. Daniels plays Cole Younger and tells the story of the James Gangs’ disastrous attempt to rob the Northfield, MN bank on September 7, 1876. You can hear it in a past post of outlaw songs here.
- A reissue of the Chess compilation The Blues: Volume 1, which features standards like Howlin’ Wolf’s “Evil” and Jimmy Witherspoon’s “It Ain’t no Secret”. It also has two of my favorite Chuck Berry songs – “Thirty Days” and “Wee Wee Hours”, the totally underrated B-side to “Maybelline”. There’s just not a bad song on this record. One interesting thing about it is the track from Muddy at Newport, “I Got My Mojo Workin’” because for the compilation they’ve edited it so it follows the introduction when on the original album the first song he played was “I Got My Brand on You”. Both are pretty great but “I Got My Mojo Workin’” is probably my favorite Muddy Waters song:
(“Got my Mojo Workin’” by Muddy Waters)