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Bra (reissue) (7" Nachpressung)
Cat: MRB 7143. Rel: 12 Jun 20
  1. Bra (5:06)
  2. The Message (4:14)
Review: Mr Bongo recently served up a tasty 7" single featuring two of Cymande's best-loved tracks, "Fug" and "Brothers on the Slide". Here they repeat the trick, slapping the two most-played tracks from the British band's incredible 1972 debut album, Cymande, on one "45". The A-side boasts "Bra", a killer chunk of funk/soul/reggae fusion with one of the most recognizable grooves around. Hip-hop heads will know it inside out, since DJs have been doubling up with copies of "Bra" since the mid 1970s. On the flip you'll find "The Message", a sublime, slightly more spaced out reggae-funk workout rich in snaking sax lines, memorable vocals and a groove so distinctive it couldn't come from any other band.
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For The Love Of Money (7") (1 per customer)
Cat: MRB 7133. Rel: 31 Jan 18
  1. For The Love Of Money (4:05)
  2. For The Love Of Money (disco dub) (4:14)
Review: Disco Dub Band's "For The Love of Money", a one-off collaboration between producer Davitt Sigerson and reggae musician Mike Dorane, has long been considered something of a classic by those who like their disco to come with a big dose of dub-wise flavour. Here the instrumental O'Jays cover, which originally appeared on the Movers label in 1976, is given the remix treatment by long-time fans Mr Bongo. The superb A-side, in which Dorane's instrumental talents take centre stage, naturally comes accompanied by the frequently played Dub interpretation, a typically wild and bass-heavy affair that sounds like it was mixed "live" in one take in true Lee Perry/King Tubby style. If it's not already in your collection, it should be.
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The Riot (7")
Cat: MRB 7077. Rel: 24 Nov 11
  1. The Riot
  2. Ohkey Dokey (part 2)
Review: The Incredible Bongo Band were a loose studio collective interpreting classics of the day in their own inimitable percussive fashion .They are of course most famous for their ultimate b-boy classic version of "Apache". This particular 7" however features two Incredible Bongo Band cuts that have not previously featured on any albums. "The Riot" is a frenetic drum workout and has been championed by the likes of the Chemical Brothers. "Ohkey Dokey (Part 2)" takes on a somewhat more subdued hue in comparison, but has some dope funky clavinet in the mix. Well worth checking.
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 in stock $6.29
Cat: MRB 7148. Rel: 04 Jul 19
  1. Attica Blues (4:49)
  2. Quiet Dawn (5:58)
Review: Most experts agree that Archie Shepp's 1972 album "Attica Blues" is one of the finest soul-jazz LPs ever made - a politically-charged affair that just gets better with every listen. This tidy seven-inch single from Mr Bongo offers up two of the album's standout moments. On the A-side you'll find the title track, a swirling, down-low mixture of belted-out female chorus vocals, surging orchestration, Blaxploitation style bottom end and an impassioned lead vocal from Henry Hull. Flipside cut "Quiet Dawn" sees Waheeda Massey take lead vocals over a more obviously jazz-centric backing track rich in wild sax solos from the effervescent Shepp. Like the A-side, it's simply essential.
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Cat: MRB 7159. Rel: 09 Mar 20
  1. Change The World (5:13)
  2. Try, Try (3:05)
Review: Briefly active in the late 1970s, Solat was a Dutch funk group made up of musicians from Surinam and the Dutch Antilles. They're undoubtedly best remembered by collectors for their 1977 single "Change The World", original copies of which regularly change hands for hundreds of pounds online. Here it gets the reissue treatment courtesy of Mr Bongo. Rich in crunchy Clavinets, tropical guitars, bold group vocals and a touch of steamy disco flavour, "Change The World" is a genuinely life-affirming affair. "Try, Try" meanwhile is an altogether more bass-heavy affair - a Blaxploitation-era slab of disco-funk reminiscent of Mass Production at their most righteous.
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Cat: MRB 7146. Rel: 28 Jan 19
  1. Don't Stop (2:26)
  2. Don't Stop (instrumental) (2:17)
Review: Mr Bongo recently reissued the obscure - but also thoroughly brilliant - 1975 debut album by Los Angles soul/rock fusionists Spaceark. Here they continue to mine the band's slim body of work by offering up a new edition of 1976 single "Don't Stop". Available in vocal and instrumental variations, the track is a wonderfully warm and inviting affair, with sweet male and female vocals rising above a grandiose backing track rich in sustained Hammond organ chords, soaring instrumentation, snaking saxophone solos and an unfussy but tight groove. While the vocal version is undeniably great, there's something extra special about the thrusting solos and urgent backing vocals that surge from the speakers during the Instrumental mix.
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 in stock $8.15
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The Poet (LP)
Cat: MRBLP 116/LRLP 168. Rel: 09 Oct 14
  1. The Poet
  2. Sunday's Stuff
  3. Aura
  4. Sambatown (Rock Ridge)
  5. A Day At The Zoo
  6. Grandma's Rocking Chair
 in stock $20.23
Cat: MRBLP 205. Rel: 18 Jun 19
  1. It's High Life (5:00)
  2. Walking Down The Street (5:30)
  3. 'Cos I Love You (4:54)
  4. Cut Your Coat (5:18)
  5. Adwoa (4:08)
  6. Simigwa (2:02)
  7. Franfranta (5:00)
Review: Initially released in South Africa in 1982, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley's sophomore set is now regarded as a boogie-era Highlife classic. Here issued on CD for the very first time via Mr Bongo, the album features the Ghanaian star brilliantly joining the dots between driving disco-funk, jazz-funk, intoxicating slow jams, calypso, dub reggae and his beloved highlife. Highlights come thick and fast throughout, with standouts including heavy percussion jam "Simigwa", the boogie-dub skank of "Adwoa", the down-low grooves of "Walking Down The Street" and the killer disco highlife anthem "It's High Life". Simply essential.
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Cat: MRBLP 175. Rel: 31 Oct 18
  1. Kwaakwaa (5:19)
  2. Akoko Ba (5:27)
  3. This Hustling World (4:17)
  4. Toffie (6:52)
  5. Adwoa (4:09)
  6. Fa No Dem Ara (4:39)
Review: 1975's "Simigwa" album not only launched the career of Afro-funk fusionist and eventual Highlife great Gyedu Blay Ambolley, but also inspired a Ghanaian dance craze. The album was co-produced by another Highlife great, Ebo Taylor, and has long been exceptionally hard to find on vinyl. For this official vinyl reissue on Mr Bongo, Ambolley's landmark set has been fully re-mastered for the very first time. It sounds spectacular, with great clarity on the ear-catching brass solos, serious weight to the bass and superb stereo separation. Highlights include - but certainly aren't limited to - the Afro-blues brilliance of "Toffie", the jaunty dancefloor fuzziness of "This Hustling World" and the heavyweight swing of ear-catching opener "Kwaakwaa".
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Cat: MRBCD 175. Rel: 31 Oct 18
  1. Kwaakwaa
  2. Akoko Ba
  3. This Hustling World
  4. Toffie
  5. Adwoa
  6. Fa No Dem Ara
Review: 1975's "Simigwa" album not only launched the career of Afro-funk fusionist and eventual Highlife great Gyedu Blay Ambolley, but also inspired a Ghanaian dance craze. The album was co-produced by another Highlife great, Ebo Taylor, and has long been exceptionally hard to find on vinyl. For this official vinyl reissue on Mr Bongo, Ambolley's landmark set has been fully re-mastered for the very first time. It sounds spectacular, with great clarity on the ear-catching brass solos, serious weight to the bass and superb stereo separation. Highlights include - but certainly aren't limited to - the Afro-blues brilliance of "Toffie", the jaunty dancefloor fuzziness of "This Hustling World" and the heavyweight swing of ear-catching opener "Kwaakwaa".
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 in stock $10.51
Control (LP)
Cat: MRBLP 199. Rel: 17 Sep 19
  1. Control (7:10)
  2. Woye De Adolfo (7:36)
  3. Don't Go (5:57)
  4. Mercy Kae Dabi (3:56)
  5. Take Am So (5:48)
  6. The Message (God Is Love) (7:49)
 in stock $18.91
Cat: MRBLP 140. Rel: 09 Dec 16
  1. Voce Abusou (3:41)
  2. Se Quiser Valer (2:30)
  3. Kabaluere (2:23)
  4. Conceicao Da Praia (2:50)
  5. Hipnose (3:08)
  6. Mudei De Ideia (2:32)
  7. Quem Vem La (2:48)
  8. Nord West (3:52)
  9. Morte Do Amor (2:41)
  10. Deus O Salve (2:19)
  11. Dalena (2:25)
  12. Bonita (2:22)
 in stock $15.50
Celia (reissue) (gatefold LP) (1 per customer)
Cat: MRBLP 157. Rel: 05 Jun 18
  1. A Hora E Essa (3:03)
  2. Toda Quarta-Feira Depois Do Amor (2:19)
  3. Dominus Tecum (1:47)
  4. Ay Adelita (2:18)
  5. Vida De Artista (2:12)
  6. Mia (2:57)
  7. Na Boca Do Sol (2:48)
  8. Em Familia (1:50)
  9. Detalhes (4:52)
  10. E Preciso Dizer Adeus (2:50)
  11. Dez Bilhoes De Neuronios (2:20)
  12. Badalacao (2:10)
 in stock $18.91
India (reissue) (gatefold LP + insert)
Cat: MRBLP 149. Rel: 31 Jul 17
  1. India (6:54)
  2. Milho Verde (4:25)
  3. Presente Cotidiano (2:54)
  4. Volta (3:19)
  5. Relance (4:55)
  6. Da Maior Importancia (5:08)
  7. Passarinho (5:27)
  8. Pontos De Luz (2:43)
  9. Desafinado (2:39)
Review: Last reissued in Brazil over 10 years ago and last reissued on vinyl over 20 years ago, legendary Brazilian singer Gal Costa's sixth album is a tropicalian odyssey. Reflective, soulful, touching and dynamic, Gal guides us through a sunset story of ballads ("Volta"), bossas ("Milho Verde") blues ("De Maior Importance") and beyond with an all-star troupe of musicians including Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai and Dominguinhos. Remastered to a touch and complete with the original cover that was banned by the Brazilian dictatorship at the time, this is the first time India has been reissued with care in decades.
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  1. Let There Be Drums
  2. Apache
  3. Bongolia
  4. Last Bongo In Belgium
  5. Dueling Bongos
  6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
  7. Raucnchy '73
  8. Bongo Rock
 in stock $18.65
Cat: MRBCD 191. Rel: 11 Apr 19
  1. I've Got To Use My Imagination
  2. Bongo Rock
  3. Do It 'Til You're Satisfied
  4. Hey Jude
  5. El Condor Pasa
  6. Pick Up The Pieces
  7. Love Is The Answer
  8. I Shot The Sheriff
  9. Let's Start
  10. Boogie On Raggae Woman
Review: Originally released in 1975, "Back To Rhythm" is one of the crowning glories of Akira Ishikawa's glittering career. The Japanese drummer turned his hand to countless wonderful records over his career, but this one was surely one of the best. Mr Bongo seem to think so, and they're giving it a proper reissue treatment. There are funk breaks galore embedded in this joyously upbeat, irresistibly groovy sound, where the horns parp with clarity and the guitar licks cartwheel through airy mixes. Managing to be both fulsome and loud without coming over too heavy, Ishikawa's sprightly take on instrumental funk has never sounded better than on this release.
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Cat: MRBCD 161. Rel: 19 Jun 18
  1. Where Your Love Is Gone
  2. Maybe
  3. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
  4. Day In The Blues
  5. Rockin' On My Porch
  6. Boy You're Dynamite
  7. Rock Steady
  8. Miracles
  9. (Why Can't We Be) More Than Just Friends
  10. Shake Her Loose
 in stock $10.53
Cat: MRBLP 148. Rel: 31 Jul 17
  1. Jorgeia Corisco (3:50)
  2. No Bom Sentido (3:29)
  3. Aleluia (3:51)
  4. Raton (0:53)
  5. Pret-A-Porter (3:35)
  6. Squash (3:58)
  7. Eva (5:39)
  8. Fa Sustenido (2:57)
  9. Ze Piolho (0:43)
  10. Baila Comigo E Festa Braba (3:32)
  11. Ginga (2:55)
  12. Alegrias (3:10)
Review: Insane boogie fire from Rio circa 82; both Robson Jorge and Lincoln Olivetti were already decorated before they joined forces, but this one took both of their reputations and amplified them beyond expectation. Their one and only album, it's loaded with soul and funk from every corner of Brazil's sexy city and brought together with beautiful attention to detail; the gradual vocal breakdowns, rude synths and lavish instrumental sections, key cuts such as the Wonder-level "Aleluia", the jazz slides and glides of "Pret-A-Porter" and the sexy 80s electro boogie "Squash" will still completely flip any party 35 years later. Stunning.
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Omo Lewa (CD)
Cat: MRBCD 102. Rel: 21 Nov 19
  1. Omo Lewa
  2. Yere Africa
  3. Afro Funk
  4. Eda
  5. Ajo
  6. Congo
  7. Ko Dara
 in stock $8.93
Omo Lewa (LP)
Cat: MRBLP 102. Rel: 21 Nov 19
  1. Omo Lewa (5:18)
  2. Yere Africa (4:29)
  3. Afro Funk (3:55)
  4. EDA (3:01)
  5. AJO (3:57)
  6. Congo (4:09)
  7. Ko Dara (3:38)
Gespielt von: AfroBase (Radio Chart)
 in stock $16.81
Cat: MRBCD 183. Rel: 30 Nov 18
  1. Metropole
  2. Estacao Do Norte
  3. Fabrica
  4. Poluicao
  5. Imigrantes
  6. Metro
  7. Litoral
  8. Futebol De Bar
Review: Over the years, Cesar Mariano and Cia's 1977 set "Sao Paolo Brasil" has achieved cult status, with dusty-fingered diggers regularly proclaiming it one of the finest jazz-funk/fusion albums of the period (a fact confirmed by the high prices that original vinyl copies often change hands for online). Remarkably, this timely Mr Bongo reissue marks the first time the set has been released outside of its native South America. Rich in glistening jazz guitars, fizzing, Azymuth-style organ riffs, spacey synths, warm bass and skittish drums, the album's eight tracks bristle with breeziness, subtle samba motifs, sumptuous dancefloor grooves, sunny downtempo workouts and effervescent arrangements. In a word: essential.
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Cat: MRBLP 150. Rel: 14 Jul 17
  1. I Walk Alone (10:56)
  2. We Live In Peace (4:08)
  3. No Condition Is Permanent (7:02)
  4. Break Through (5:07)
Review: Back in 1976, legendary highlife artist Pat Thomas decided to throw his weight behind Ghanian three-piece Marjarita. Thanks to his patronage, they made quite an impact with their debut album (Pat Thomas Introduces Marjita), before striking gold with their killer follow-up, This is Marjita. Since then, the album has become something of a "holy grail" for Afro-funk collectors, with copies changing hands for astonishing sums of money. Happily, Mr Bongo has decided to license and reissue it. The album contains four superb workouts: the hard funk brilliance of "Break Through", the organ-heavy Afrobeat fuzziness of "No Condition is Permanent", the reggae-influenced wonder of "I Walk Alone" and the superior highlife of "We Live in Peace".
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Cat: MRBCD 166. Rel: 20 Feb 19
  1. Funky Rob Way
  2. Forgive Us All
  3. Boogie On
  4. Just One More Time
  5. Your Kiss Stole Me Away
  6. More
Review: Eight years on from its previous reissue (that time courtesy of Analog Africa's "Limited Dance Edition" series), Mr Bongo is offering up a fresh, licensed re-press of Rob's eponymous 1977 Afro-funk masterpiece. If you missed out in 2011, the set is definitely worth picking up because it's rock solid heat from start to finish. Check, for example, the heavily percussive Afro-beat/Afro-funk fusion of "Funky Rob Way", the flanged funk guitars and heavy brass action of "Boogie On", the jazz guitars and loved-up vocals of "Your Kiss Stole Me Away" and the William Onyeabor-does-James-Brown heaviness of closing cut "More".
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Cat: MRBCD 218. Rel: 19 Mar 20
  1. We Did It
  2. Disco Stomp
  3. Barney's Moaning
  4. GG Is Talking
Review: Tireless diggers and world class reissue merchants Mr Bongo have done it again with this one. They discovered The Star Beams when one of their tracks was on a Disco Calypso compilation, then went on a mission to track down the original anymore material from the band, who turned out to be based in South Africa instead of the Carribean. The resulting record is a real gem - disco, funk and jazz all get chewed up and spat out across four fantastically timeless cuts of dance floor dynamite. "Disco Stomp" in particular you might already know as Theo Parrish has been dropping in his sets for time.
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Gotta Take It Cool (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: MRBLP 210. Rel: 20 Sep 19
  1. Lord We've Missed You (3:14)
  2. System To Love (3:07)
  3. Begging On Knees (3:46)
  4. You've Got Yours Greedy Man (4:23)
  5. Gotta Take It Cool (3:08)
  6. Mondo Soul Funky (5:04)
  7. Swinging Soul For Love (3:37)
  8. Every Woman Needs A Helper (3:16)
  9. Love Is What I Need (6:00)
Gespielt von: AfroBase (Radio Chart)
 in stock $17.34
Cat: MRBLP 131. Rel: 31 Mar 16
  1. Twer Nyame (16:52)
  2. Peace On Earth (7:49)
  3. Atwer Abroba (8:18)
Gespielt von: Afro Beat Foundation
 in stock $16.81
Cat: MRBLP 177. Rel: 18 Jun 19
  1. Uhuru Special (10:09)
  2. Wiase Ahonya (4:02)
  3. Go Slow (6:57)
  4. Gyae Su (6:42)
 in stock $17.34
Cat: MRBLP 109. Rel: 29 Jan 13
  1. You Need Love
  2. Love & Death
  3. What Is Life
  4. Christ Will Come
  5. Victory
 in stock $17.86
VARIOUS
Cat: MRBLP 151. Rel: 16 May 18
  1. Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark - "Awake O Zion" (5:55)
  2. Dee Edwards - "Put Your Love On The Line" (4:36)
  3. Anubis - "Ecology" (4:01)
  4. Guy Cuevas - "Ebony Game" (6:43)
  5. Kiru Stars (Julius Kang'ethe) - "Family Planning" (4:53)
  6. Teaspoon & The Waves - "Oh Yeh Soweto" (4:12)
  7. Leny Andrade - "Nao Adianta" (2:52)
  8. Rosa Maria - "Samba Maneiro" (2:54)
  9. Tom & Dito - "Obrigado Corcovado" (2:26)
  10. Inezita Barroso - "Maracatu Elegante" (2:12)
  11. Joao Diaz - "Capoeira" (2:55)
  12. The Equatics - "Merry Go Round" (2:46)
  13. Elias Rahbani & His Orchestra - "Liza... Liza" (5:23)
  14. The Beaters - "Harari" (8:28)
Review: Mr Bongo's crate-digging compilation series - described by the imprint as a "chance to champion tracks we've been playing in our sets" - returns and, predictably, this second volume is every bit as good as its predecessor. Naturally, there's a fair amount of Brazilian and African gems present, as well as a wealth of little-known disco, soul and funk cuts that will have DJs scrambling to find copies of the original 12" or 7" singles. Highlights are plentiful and include - but are not limited to - the punchy disco-funk of Dee Edwards' "Put Your Funk on the Line", the South African bubblegum brilliance of Kiru Stars, the sun-soaked peak-time samba of Tomu Dito and the Meters-go-to-Nigeria vibes of "Harari" by the Beaters. And that's just for starters.
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VARIOUS
Psychedelic Pernambuco (gatefold 2xLP with obi-strip)
Cat: MRBLP 074. Rel: 21 Jul 11
  1. The Gentlemen - "Sorriso Selvagem"
  2. Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol - "O Tempo"
  3. Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca - "Mister Misterio"
  4. Marconi Notaro - "Antropologica"
  5. Lula Cortes & Ze Ramalho - "Beira Mar"
  6. Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca - "78 Rotacoes"
  7. Lula Cortes - "Nordeste Oriental"
  8. Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca - "Novena"
  9. Lula Cortes - "Bahjan - Oracao Para Shiva"
  10. Marconi Notaro - "Maracatu"
  11. Lula Cortes & Ze Ramalho - "Bailado Das Muscarias"
  12. Flaviola E O Bando Do Sol - "Desespero"
  13. Lula Cortes - "Noite Preta"
  14. Marconi Notaro - "Fidelidade"
  15. Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca - "Planetario"
  16. Marconi Notaro - "Ah Vida Avida"
  17. Lula Cortes & Ze Ramalho - "Maracas De Fogo"
  18. Geraldo Azevedo & Alceu Valenca - "Virgem Virginia"
  19. Lula Cortes - "Alegro Piradissimo"
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  1. Cunny Jam Wayo (16:25)
  2. Agboju Logun (11:42)
  3. Gboro Mi Ro (7:43)
Review: Shina Williams' first album from 1979, African Dances, marked the moment where the Nigerian afrobeat artist would team up with 'His African Percussionists', to form one of the most sought-after sounds of the next decade. Taking inspiration from the Master Of Ceremonies, Fela Kuti, this album is just as loose and evocative as the legend's, and perhaps even a little more oriented towards the disco end of the spectrum. "Cunny Jam Wayo" is a classic afrobeat march, with its rolling drums popping off left, right and centre, while "Agboju Logun" offers a softer funk ride, and "Gboro Mi Ro" lifts the soul at the final moments with a truly memorable string of brass instruments and vocals. Cop this, not the L300+ original..!
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Shina Williams (reissue) (limited gatefold LP)
Cat: MRBLP 201. Rel: 20 Nov 19
  1. Ise Aje Male/Ebge Kegbe/Emi Koni Koja Ayemi (15:05)
  2. Osupa Lomode Nsere Ale/Ere La O Je Labo Oko/Alapa Ma Sise (14:30)
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Cat: MRBCD 214. Rel: 08 Nov 19
  1. Kokiriku Bushi
  2. Sado Okesa
  3. Tairyo Utaikomi
  4. Soma Bon-Uta
  5. Komoro Mago-Uta
  6. Nanbu Ushio-Uta
  7. Itsuki No Komori-Uta
  8. Hietsuki-Bushi
  9. Yasuki-Bushi
  10. Yosakoi-Bushi
  11. Kuroda-Bushi
Review: In 2002, the Japanese government recognized bamboo flute maestro Hozan Yamamoto as a "living national treasure". It was in honor of his lengthy career in music, and in particular the way he championed a traditional Japanese instrument even when he was turning his hand to Western music. "Beautiful Bamboo Flute", an album first released in 1971 and almost impossible to find since, is a superb example of this. It sees him deliver haunting, emotional and life-affirming solos over funky jazz, big band and fusion backing tracks that tend towards the fresh and funky. It's an unusual blend, but also an invigorating and exciting one.
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 in stock $12.35
Beautiful Bamboo Flute (gatefold LP)
Cat: MRBLP 214. Rel: 27 Sep 19
  1. Kokiriku Bushi (4:05)
  2. Sado Okesa (3:54)
  3. Tairyo Utaikomi (3:16)
  4. Soma Bon Uta (2:56)
  5. Komoro Mago Uta (2:58)
  6. Nanbu Ushio Uta (3:44)
  7. Itsuki No Komori Uta (4:35)
  8. Hietsuki Bushi (4:06)
  9. Yasuki Bushi (3:36)
  10. Yosakoi Bushi (4:06)
  11. Kuroda Bushi (4:24)
Review: In 2002, the Japanese government recognized bamboo flute maestro Hozan Yamamoto as a "living national treasure". It was in honor of his lengthy career in music, and in particular the way he championed a traditional Japanese instrument even when he was turning his hand to Western music. "Beautiful Bamboo Flute", an album first released in 1971 and almost impossible to find since, is a superb example of this. It sees him deliver haunting, emotional and life-affirming solos over funky jazz, big band and fusion backing tracks that tend towards the fresh and funky. It's an unusual blend, but also an invigorating and exciting one.
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