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Jazz On A Summer’s Day DVD & CD out on 17th July

“Bert Stern’s one-off movie about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is a classic piece of multimedia, where sensitive, intimate cinematography of the performers is intercut with gorgeous images... the whole package is an audiovisual treat, a moment to savour from the Indian summer of jazz. The 1958 Newport Jazz Festival inspired superlative performances from the stars of the day...” THE GUARDIAN

Jazz On A Summer’s Day is one of the greatest jazz movies ever made. Conceived by stills photographer Bert Stern (Vogue magazine, Marilyn Monroe) and filmed over the four days of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, the movie not only captured inspired performances by some of the biggest names in jazz at the time, but also the style and fashions of late Fifties America.  Interspersing footage of the crowds and the America’s Cup yacht races with the artists live on stage and largely devoid of dialogue, Stern’s fluid form perfectly echoes the jazz vibe tempering a fly-on-the-wall documentary style with surreal, dreamlike flourishes.

Stern’s eye for composition and subject matter is much in evidence in Stern’s series of unforgettable images of the performers which include Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, George Shearing, Chuck Berry, Big Maybelle, Gerry Mulligan and peerless gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, the audience and the picturesque setting of Rhode Island that 4th July week-end. 

Some thirty years after its release, in 1999 the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

This 2-disc mediabook set includes an hour long CD of music highlights from the movie. This soundtrack CD was recently chosen as one of the all-time classic albums by Mojo magazine in its compendium, The Mojo Collection.

Extras include: an interview with Bert Stern, an introduction to Jazz On A Summer's Day, artist biographies and a photo gallery.  The full-colour booklet includes an informative essay by Fred Dellar.

To pre-order your copy from the Charly store, click here.

Bobby Womack The Preacher - out now on Charly

“This collection is an essential demonstration of a man in his prime ... superb”  The Telegraph

“ ... contains some of the man’s best music” ★★★★★ Echoes Magazine

“Womack’s first five map the making of a soul superstar” ★★★★ Record Collector

“The late soul man’s first five LPs boxed ... Womack had something others could only envy - pure presence” ★★★★ Q Magazine

A great place to become acquainted with a man who shaped American R&B in the 60s and then forged a white-hot path into the 70s to lay down the foundations of stone-cold soul” ★★★★ Shindig!

When singer/songwriter Bobby Womack died in June 2014, one of the last surviving links to the pre-Soul/R&B era was lost.  Blessed with one of the warmest, most readily-identifiable voices in Soul music, the former Gospel singer and sometime protégé of Sam Cooke duly carved out his reputation with a series of hit albums and singles in the early 70s, the first five of which are recollected here in miniaturised form. 

The Preacher box set  features the five classic albums which established Bobby Womack as a worldwide soul and R&B legend. Originally released between 1968 and 1972, they feature a wealth of no less than thirteen hit singles, classy covers and instantly recognisable original songs. Each disc is presented in a card LP sleeve plus a 20-page fully annotated booklet with in-depth sleeve notes.

Digitally remastered from the original analogue master tapes for the first time, the albums include:

FLY ME TO THE MOON [1968] - Produced by Chips Moman, Womack’s impressive debut album spawned three hit singles from its mix of classy covers (‘Fly Me To The Moon’, ‘Moonlight In Vermont’) and original material.

MY PRESCRIPTION [1969] - Womack’s follow-up consolidated his position as a rival to contemporary Soul giants Wilson Pickett and Don Covay.  Whilst Womack’s songwriting skill is never in doubt, he also gives Easy Listening standards such as ‘I Left My Heart In San Francisco’ a fresh slant.

THE WOMACK LIVE [1970] - Womack’s first live album includes a smattering of his recent hits (‘The Preacher’, ‘More Than I Can Stand’) alongside contemporary covers such as George Harrison’s ‘Something’ and Nilsson’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’.

COMMUNICATION [1971] - Womack’s breakthrough album made the US R&B Top 10, resulting in his biggest single to date, ‘That’s The Way I Feel About ‘Cha’, and featuring ‘(If You Don’t Want My Love) Give It Back’, a song he would subsequently revisit for the soundtrack to Across 110th Street and again with Rolling Stone Ron Wood.  

UNDERSTANDING [1972] - Understanding gave Womack his first US R&B No.1 ‘Woman’s Gotta Have It’. ‘Harry Hippie’, inspired by his late brother Harris, and a cover of Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ completed the trio of hit single spin-offs, while ‘I Can Understand It’ became an underground club classic of the pre-Disco era.

Click here to purchase The Preacher from the Charly store.


Free 15-track sampler with every on line order

Here's a great opportunity to explore the wealth of Real Music and Classic Artists in the Charly catalgoue with a hit-laden 15-track CD sampler celebrating the label's forty plus years at the helm of quality reissues.  Simply place and order on line and we'll send you a copy completely free of charge!

Charly was the first to recognise the value of music’s past; in the mid-Seventies, and 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 - our 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.

Following in that great tradition and proving that Charly has lost none of its passion for delivering superb music in the decades since, this 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.

Tracklisting: Across 110th Street BOBBY WOMACK & PEACE • Superfly CURTIS MAYFIELD •  Itchycoo Park SMALL FACES • Out Of Time CHRIS FARLOWE • For Your Love THE YARDBIRDS • You're Gonna Miss Me THE 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS • Leader Of The Pack THE SHANGRI-LAS • My Baby Just Cares For Me NINA SIMONE • Jungle Rock HANK MIZELL • I Walk The Line JOHNNY CASH • Blue Suede Shoes CARL PERKINS • Great Balls Of Fire JERRY LEE LEWIS • Boom, Boom JOHN LEE HOOKER • The Sun Is Shining BOB MARLEY • One Nation Under A Groove FUNKADELIC

Remembering Gong founder Daevid Allen

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of the great Daevid Allen, for many years the leading light in the anarchic collective Gong. Daevid lost his long battle with cancer, and the world is a little less sunlit as a result.

Daevid Allen was the kind of mercurial, inspiring individual whose free-thinking nature positively touched the lives of all who came into his orbit. When the Australian-born Allen first arrived in England in late 1960, he ended up as a lodger in the home of Robert Wyatt’s parents; the first Beatnik to be seen in the Kent countryside. Allen brought a glimpse of a different world and way of living to Wyatt and his friends, and later, as a founder-member of British psychedelic pioneers Soft Machine, added his unique vision to British rock music at the time.

It is as a founder-member of the sprawling collective Gong that Allen will be most closely associated; born out of the Paris Spring Commune of 1968, their debut album Camembert Electrique was memorably released in the UK in 1974 on the nascent Virgin Records label for the price of a vinyl single. Gong were never blessed with a stable line-up; Allen left the band in the mid-seventies, but reformed Gong in the early nineties. The latest Gong album - I See You - was released late in 2014, and was greeted with universally glowing reviews, a brilliant restatement of Allen and the band’s enduring musical and lyrical values.

Although Daevid Allen’s death at the age of seventy-seven is a sad loss, his lasting legacy - an unapologetic desire to live, explore, entertain and inform through his remarkable body of work, outside of the world of the everyday - will live on.  Indeed, reissued earlier this year, the newly remastered CD and vinyl editions of Gong's 1971 masterpiece Camembert Electrique have met with resounding reviews, while the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy (comprising Flying Teapot, Angels Egg and You) is scheduled for release later in 2015 both as a 4CD earbook with bonus material and as a 3LP vinyl boxed set.

 DAEVID ALLEN 13 January 1938 - 13 March 2015

Camembert Electrique [remastered 180g audiophile vinyl LP]
Camembert Electrique [definitive remastered CD edition]

Record Store Day 2015 approaches…

Saturday 18 April 2015 sees the eighth annual Record Store Day, the annual event when independent music retailers and music fans alike come together to celebrate the art of music and the culture of record collecting. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances.  Not one to miss out on the fun, with collectors in mind Charly present three Limited Edition 7" singles .

Of huge interest to Northern Soul, R&B and MOD collectors worldwide, Club Soul has paired up two sets of highly prized sides back-to-back for the first time which will be of huge interest to Northern Soul collectors, MOD and R&B fans worldwide.  

'You’ll Always Be In Style' by The Ad Libs [CHARLY S 179] marks the first EVER vinyl release of this all-time Northern Soul classic previously thought to have only existed by Sidney Barnes.  This “superior” versionwas discovered in 2012 and finally makes on to 45rpm wax after a 40 year sabbatical.   'The Boy From New York City' was the group's debut 45pm and became there biggest hit peaking at US No. 6, was later covered by the UK’s Darts and Manhattan Transfer thus securing its place in pop music history.  

Another grin up North gem... cool cool kitty. Record Collector

The companion release marries two highly sought-after Sansu sides back-to-back... 'Omar Khayyam' is the only recording by session musicians The Rubaiyats [CHARLY S 180].  This hard-to-find 1966 original became a MOD and rare soul classic and has enjoyed a revival on the Northern Soul circuit of late.  Written by Allen Toussaint, the track features Toussaint and Wille Harper, along with members of The Meters. The flip, 'Do Me Like You Do Me' by John Williams & The Tick Tocks, was also penned by Sansu owner Allen Toussaint. Williams, aka Scarface, first came to attention as one of Huey ‘Piano’ Smith’s Clowns.  

You can pay upwards of a century for a UK Action 45 of the The Rubaiyats' dance ditty, so be glad of this RSD release.  John Williams' Northern basher hammers a hole in yo' soul on the flip.  Chank!  Chank!  A two minute tinny hunk of heaven. Record Collector

One of the finest pieces of music the Small Faces ever created, ‘Afterglow Of Your Love’ [CHARLY S 185] was recorded during sessions for the band’s no.1 UK album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake in March 1968. Originally released worldwide in March 1969 as the “Last Small Faces single…" ‘Afterglow Of Your Love’ continues Charly’s succesful run of Small Faces Immediate Records singles celebrating Record Store Day which began in 2012 with their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The A-side 'Afterglow Of Your Love' (alternate single mix/mono) is a previously unreleased version which features Mac’s keyboards more predominantly plus a piano section that was erased during the mix for the original single. Both this and the B-side ('Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire') have been mastered to vinyl from the original Immediate tapes under the supervision of surviving Small Faces member Kenney Jones.  Both songs are coupled together for the first time and released for Record Store Day 2015 in memory of Ian “Mac” McLagan (1945-2014). •


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