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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 as a 4CD earbook and 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

http://www.club-soul.co.uk

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).

www.thesmallfaces.com • www.immediate-records.com



New vinyl releases

With the popularity of vinyl going from strength to strength, Charly has kicked off 2015 in fine style with a slew of desirable double album reissues focusing on legendary West Coast rock bands Jefferson AirplaneBig Brother & The Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service.  Recollecting the groups' historical live recordings, each 2LP set is packaged in a striking gatefold sleeve.  

Continuing the well-received Curtis Mayfield reissue series, 1975’s critically-acclaimed Theres No Place Like America Today is also now available on heavyweight vinyl.  

To learn more about the vinyl renaissance, click here to read John Harris’ in-depth article for The Guardian.

There’s No Place Like America Today [vinyl]
At Golden Gate Park [2LP vinyl]
At The Kabuki Theatre [2LP vinyl]


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


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