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2015 catalogue now available online

2015 is set to be one of Charly's most years exciting yet with a wealth of deep catalogue releases spanning Soul, Pop, Folk, Rock and Psychedelia across all formats. Simply click on the image below to view or download a copy of our new full colour catalogue and learn more about Charly's critically acclaimed reissues.

Wishing all our customers past, present and future a Happy New Year.  



Celebrate the cream of the Charly catalogue

Available to order now, Charly 40 Years - Classic Hits is a commemorative CD sampler comprising some of the best and biggest artists from Charly’s hit-laden catalogue.  

Charly was the first to recognise the value of music’s past; in the mid-Seventies, our pioneering work on the legendary Memphis label Sun Records, made influential titles by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and others readily available, many for the first time. Charly also proved that archive music could have contemporary currency - their 1982 cassette-only compilation, Charly Pocket Jukebox, was an instant sell-out and introduced music fans to the likes of Nina Simone, whose ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ became a UK Top 5 in 1987.

Proving that Charly has lost none of its passion for delivering superb music in the decades since, this hit-laden 15-track sampler CD - which features Soul greats Bobby Womack and Curtis Mayfield, distaff chart-toppers Nina Simone and The Shangri-Las, rock'n'rollers Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, George Clinton's Funkadelic and 60s Psych legends The 13th Floor Elevators - offers a fantastic overview of the richly diverse music which has come to be Charly’s defining feature.

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Charly 40 Years - Classic Hits


The Godfather of Funk to be immortalised in new Smithsonian museum

On the cusp of being immortalised in the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture, Parliament-Funkadelic frontman George Clinton discusses his influentual body work with Kylie Morris.  The famed Mothership - centrepiece of Clinton's live shows during the 1970s - has been disassembled and rebuilt for display in the museum's hallowed halls in Washington DC. 

To watch Kylie Morris' report and interview with George Clinton for Channel 4 News please click here.

Uncle Jam available on 180g vinyl & in a deluxe CD mediabook. Release date: 1 September 2014 - click here for more information.



George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic in London

Septuagenarian Parliament-Funkadelic frontman George Clinton will be rocking out at The Forum in London's Kentish Town on Saturday 26 July.  Expect wigged-out ensembles and outlandish lyrics as Clinton & co. strut their unique brand of inter-galactic politico-Funk including tracks from his recent album and all the classics.  Above all, get ready to 'give up the funk, you punk'.  For further information or to book tickets visit The Forum London.

        

One Nation Under A Groove and The Electric Spanking Of War Babies are now available in deluxe CD mediabooks and on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.  Click here for more information.



Remembering Soul legend Bobby Womack

One of the last surviving links to the pre-Soul/R&B era, singer, writer and guitarist Bobby Womack - who was originally discovered as a teenager singing Gospel music by the late Sam Cooke - died on 27 June aged seventy.   Blessed with one of the warmest, most readily-identifiable voices in Soul music, he carved out his reputation with a series of classic albums and singles in the early 70s, re-emerging again in the 80s with his career masterpieces, The Poet and The Poet II, the latter achieving platinum status in Europe alone.  Yet for a large part of his six decades-spanning career, he was better known as a songwriter and session musician.  It was he who gave The Rolling Stones their first No.1 hit with 'It's All Over Now', a song first recorded by his band The Valentinos, and his funky guitar flourishes have graced records by Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley.  

Despite well-documented personal battles with substance abuse, Womack enjoyed a long, rich career, retaining a strong cult status in the UK and Europe.  In the late 1990s, his music was introduced to a new generation when film maker Quentin Tarantino reprised 'Across 110th Street' (from the 1972 movie of the same name) as the title track for his own Blaxploitation homage, Jackie Brown.  Womack continued to record and tour sporadically and, after battling ill-health in recent years, his first studio album in more than a decade, the aptly titled The Bravest Man In The Universe - co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, who also produced Gil Scott Heron’s final album - was released in June 2012 to critical acclaim.  Described by Womack as a "labor of love", his forthcoming album The Best Is Yet To Come - featuring Rod Stewart, Snoop Dogg and and Stevie Wonder - is set for posthumous release later this year.

Of his experience of working with Albarn and career resurgence, Womack stated, "I was ostracised from the music community aged 21 when I married Sam Cooke's widow... after 45 years, I feel like Damon has welcomed me back in."  On learning of his friend's death, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood paid this tribute, "the man who could make you cry when he sang has brought tears to my eyes with his passing."  

                                                                                                                                  ♦ Bobby Dwayne Womack 4 March 1944 - 27 June 2014 

 

 

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