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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 



Click here to view our full range of Bobby Womack releases.

The 13th Floor Elevators’ live treasure due for release on 16th June

Live Evolution Lost: The 13th Floor Elevators Live at the Houston Music Theatre is the first ever release of the complete performance of the band’s legendary show from 18th February 1967.

The trailblazing 13th Floor Elevators released the first “psychedelic” rock album in America, transforming culture throughout the 1960s and beyond.  Formed in late 1965 in a small town in Texas by electric jug-playing Tommy Hall, guitarist & vocalist Roky Erickson and guitarist Stacy Sutherland, they were joined by bass player Benny Thurman and drummer John Ike Walton.  At  a time when Baptist and Mormon preachers fought for the population's spiritual wellbeing, and Country & Western music filled the bars on a Saturday night, from out of these conflicting extremes the Elevators were born and began making a name for themselves in the burgeoning Austin, TX music scene.

Though Roky Erickson was the frontman, the group's sound and philosophy were created by the unpredictable and impulsive Tommy Hall. The Elevators followed their own cosmic route searching for a new path to enlightenment whilst creating a reputation for excess. The band developed a sound that merged garage-punk and psychedelic experimentation.  From the beginning, their music - played and created under the influence of LSD - was raw, ambitious and hugely experimental with Sutherland's pioneering use of reverb and echo, and bluesy, acid-drenched guitar mixed with Tommy Hall's innovative electric jug … ‘psychedelic rock’ was conceived.

A three album edition, on green, blue and red heavyweight vinyl, this set makes available for the first time the whole of the Elevators’ historic gig on 18th February 1967 at the Houston Music Theatre. It catches the band with its classic line-up before the release of Easter Everywhere and is the only known complete recording of an Elevators’ gig.  Mastered by Sonic Boom and put together by band expert Paul Drummond, it includes one reel unissued for over forty-five years.

Also available to order as a 2CD mediabook [CHARLY X 673] • To pre-order the 3LP set [CHARLY L 136] click here


Live Evolution Lost [2CD]
Live Evolution Lost [3LP]

En-Lightnin’ Hopkins

Previously unheard recordings offer a unique perspective on the 1960s Texas music scene.

Continuing our odyssey through the vaults of International Artists, Charly presents a true jewel in the label’s crown with its reissue of blues legend Sam Lightnin Hopkins 1968 album Free Form Patterns. Released in its original form on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, the album also forms part of a collector-orientated 3CD mediabook which includes never-before-released audio harvested from the recording session.  A stand-out album within Hopkins’ discography, what makes the recording intriguing is the presence of 13th Floor Elevators Danny Thomas and Duke Davis, both high on acid.

Far from being a failed hippy/blues hybrid, however, Free Form Patterns remains a straightforward, honest blues album with the great man backed by fans, who just happened to be members of a legendary Psychedelic band. Its enduring significance lies in how his music cut across generational and racial boundaries within the segregated and repressive atmosphere of late 1960s Texas. Mindful of this, IA’s in-house producer Lelan Rogers set out to generate a definitive interview with the great bluesman and so left the tapes running in the studio as the album was cut.

Having languished unheard for 44 years, this is a unique documentation of one of the 20th century’s most revered bluesmen.  Two additional discs present a coherent combination of songs, studio chatter and candid conversations with Lightnin’ about his life and times.  Overseen by IA authority Paul Drummond, here are the songs are as the band played them in the studio, live and unmixed and the conversations are as they were with only unintelligible chatter left out.

 Available to order now on 180 gram vinyl and as a 3CD mediabook

Free Form Patterns [180 gram vinyl]
Free Form Patterns [3CD boxed set]


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