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The Late Great Townes Van Zandt with bonus tracks

Following on the heels of our vinyl reissue, Charly is delighted to present The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, the latest in our critically acclaimed reissue programme of the singer/songwriter’s enduring catalogue.  Released in an attractive sleeve pac, the CD comes complete with booklet and four bonus tracks. 

Produced by Jack Clement and regarded by many as the Texan troubadour’s definitive work, the album includes such Van Zandt classics as ‘No Lonesome Tune’, ‘If I Needed You’ and ‘Pancho And Lefty’, the latter going on to become his most commercial success, while oblique and mysterious ballads such as ‘Sad Cinderella’ and ‘Silver Ships of Andilar’ bear testament to the artist’s intention to write songs so strange that “nobody knows what they mean, not even me.”

Click here for full tracklisting details and to pre-order, and here for more info on the white vinyl edition

New Hustlers Convention documentary to screen in the UK this month

Independent music retailer Rough Trade are to host free screenings of a brand new documentary charting the story of rap's greatest lost album, Hustlers Convention.  Directed by Mike Todd the film tells of the album which set in motion hip hop's evolutionary chain and inspired some of its greatest artists.

Hailed by Grandmaster Flash and Chuck D, sampled by the Beastie Boys, Wu Tang Clan, and Nas, Hustlers Convention was the foundation for todays hip-hop scene. This film tells of one of music's buried masterpieces: the missing link between soul power and hip hop, which gave its creator the right to claim his title as the 'grandfather of rap'.

Released in 1973 by original member of The Last Poets, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin aka Lightnin' Rod, this documentary tells the story of two young hustlers who attend the eponymous convention, only to get tangled up in a shootout and police chase. It is also a tale within a tale of culture and identity, of ambition and greed. It gave the streets a voice, was recited in neighbourhoods word for word and still resonates with meaning today.

With original interviews including Jalal Nuriddin, Ice T, KRS One, Chuck D, MC Lyte & Melle Mel, Hustlers Convention explores the forgotten roots of rap, and takes a closer look at how the album changed the face of music.

The free screenings will take place at 7pm on 15 July at their Nottingham and London East stores.  For more information please visit Rough Trade Events

To order a copy of the acclaimed LP on 180g vinyl please click here.

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


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