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Greatest Hits - The Immediate Years 1967-1969 (CD)
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Record Store Day 2014
19 April 2014 sees the seventh annual celebration of the unique independent record retailer sector.
Celebrating the one day when all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists and labels to celebrate the art of music, this year's Record Store Day takes place on Saturday 19 April. In our 40th anniversary year, Charly is revisiting some of the recordings which became huge hits when first reissued on the label in the 1970s and 80s. Available on 7" vinyl these strictly limited edition releases will only be available in store from selected music retailers.
First up is Jazz pianist Nina Simone's sublime 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' b/w 'Love Me Or Leave Me' [CHARLY S 151], which became a UK Top 5 single in 1987 when the song was used in a Chanel perfume commercial. Originally tucked away on her debut album Little Girl Blue, 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' was Simone's second biggest UK record after 1968's 'Ain't Got No - I Got Life'
First released in 1958, Hank Mizell's 'Jungle Rock' [CHARLY S 152] had long been an "underground" hit on the European Rock'n'Roll scene but went mainstream in 1976 when Charly reissued it and tracked down the erstwhile rockabilly-turned-preacher. Paired here with his country rocker 'Burning Eyes', 'Jungle Rock' peaked at UK No.4 and was treated to a memorably choreographed routine on Top Of The Pops courtesy of Pan's People.
In recognition of Charly's pioneering Sun reissues of the 70s and 80s, Flyin' Saucers Rock'n'Roll [CHARLY S 153] is a 4-track EP presenting alternate takes by some of the label's biggest stars. The set features Rockabilly legends Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Warren Smith and Billy Riley; unreleased at the time, Smith's 1957 cut 'Red Cadillac And A Black Moustache' became another hugely popular spin on the 1970s club scene.
Chicago Hit Factory - The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966
Celebrating sixty years since the launch of one of the most successful independent record labels in US Popular music.
“...I shall be plundering this set endlessly in the coming weeks! Stunning! Absolutely stunning!” Paul Jones, Rhythm & Blues BBC Radio 2
“An impressive and keenly priced set, it’s a proper box with an old-fashioned lift-off lid and a stand-alone, well-illustrated floppy covered book.” Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk
“The Vee-Jay box set is an absolute goldmine. The story is absolutely fascinating and the booklet is fact-packed.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Brill 10 CD summation of the influential doo wop, R&B and soul label.” ★★★★ Mojo
“A comprehensive history of Windy City wonders.” 9/10 Uncut
“There is no denying this really is a fine musical documentation of one of the most important black-owned record companies of the era and deserves major attention.” The Soul Basement
Received wisdom would have us believe that before Motown, no black-owned record company had made a significant impact on the US mainstream. However, the actuality is something else entirely. Way back in the early 50s, long before Berry Gordy had written his first song, VEE-JAY RECORDS - a black, family owned and run, Chicago-based label - was establishing itself via a steady stream of Blues, R&B, DooWop and Gospel hits.
Vee-Jay opened for business in 1953 and for a dozen or so years - until their spectacular fall from grace, under a welter of debts, in 1966 - they flourished virtually unchallenged as the premier black label in the United States, registering not only a flood of hits on the R&B charts, but regularly crossing them over to the Top 100. In addition to their Blues, R&B and Soul successes, they also charted with white acts - most notably The Four Seasons, whose first three Vee-Jay singles went to #1 - and with licensed-in material from the UK. They were certainly the first black indie to acknowledge the significance the albums’ market - they even cut a double-LP on Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall - and they scored equally heavily with mainstream Jazz and Gospel recordings.
This carefully compiled 10-CD set traces the history of Vee-Jay Records from their very first hit, ‘Baby It’s You’ by The Spaniels, through to Jerry Butler’s re-cut of his perennial ‘For Your Precious Love’, their very last chart record in early 1966. Featuring a generous 269 tracks, including 112 hits, by more than 120 different artists, Chicago Hit Factory comes complete with a 72-page, memorabilia-laden, perfect bound booklet comprising a detailed history of the Vee-Jay family - as well as the ‘parent’ label, there were also the Falcon, Abner, Tollie and Interphon subsidiaries - and charts a plethora of fascinating releases that didn’t quite make it.
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Celebrating 40 Years of Real Music & Classic Artists
In 2014 Charly Records celebrates forty years - four decades of presenting some of the finest music ever minted and now, in ruder health than it’s ever been, stands pre-eminent as one of the major purveyors of high-quality music reissues, still proudly bearing the flag for timeless recordings when other pretenders have come and gone. Forty years of presenting a panoramic sweep of the core elements of contemporary music - the best in Blues, Jazz, Funk, primal Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Soul, Reggae, Rock, Gospel - and poised to make 2014 its best year ever!
The Charly release schedule of 2014 includes essential recordings from true innovators such as Curtis Mayfield, Funkadelic, Allen Toussaint, Small Faces, The 13th Floor Elevators, Townes Van Zandt, The Meters, The Shangri-Las and choice items from the classic 60s label, Immediate Records, as well as a lavish, 10-CD box set celebrating the Chicago Vee-Jay imprint. It kicks off with a vinyl release of the 1973 street-funk / primal rap title, Hustlers Convention, by Lightnin’ Rod, aka Jalal Nuriddin of The Last Poets (the album to be performed in its entirety at London’s Jazz Café in a unique show on Monday February 10th - click here for further info).
Charly Records was the first label to recognise the value of music’s past; in the mid-Seventies, their pioneering work on the Sun Records catalogue, the legendary Memphis crucible in which feral Rock and Roll was formed, made influential titles by Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and others readily available, many for the first time. In tandem they signed home-grown talents such as Crazy Cavan, thus providing an easily-accessible soundtrack to the burgeoning British Rockabilly scene that run concurrently with the emergence of Punk. Hell, they even managed to score an unlikely hit single in the shape of Hank Mizell’s ‘Jungle Rock’! Charly also proved that archive music could have contemporary currency - their 1982 cassette-only compilation, Charly Pocket Jukebox, available exclusively through the New Musical Express, was an instant sell-out and introduced music fans to the likes of Nina Simone, Lee Dorsey and Betty Everett. Simone’s ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ became a guaranteed dance floor filler and another No.5 hit in 1987.
In recent years, Charly has been roundly acclaimed for such releases as the lavish Music of The Spheres vinyl boxset featuring Texan Psychedelic pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators, winner of the prestigious AIM catalogue release of the year award and in January 2014, this remarkable achievement is set to be topped by way of Here Come The Nice, a 4-CD box celebrating the Immediate Records tenure of Small Faces, with the full and enthusiastic co-operation of SF survivors Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan. The tape sourcing of original masters for this set alone is a work of rock and roll archaeology the equivalent of unearthing the Dead Sea scrolls, but the result is the definitive last word in accurate, faithful sound reproduction (matched by high-quality packaging values) that the band have ever enjoyed.
Charly has also won admiration for its re-presentation in deluxe 2-CD mediabooks of the works of core artists from such great labels as Vee-Jay, Red Bird, International Artists, Minit & Instant, Josie, Sansu, Fire & Fury and Plantation.
In 2014, the Charly group of labels is still headed as it has been for 40 years by Jean-Luc Young, supported for the last 15 years by distribution partner Snapper Music plc, and is run by a team of truly dedicated music fans whose attention to detail is all too rare these days. Forty years and counting, but no laurel-resting going on here so let’s raise a glass to many more years of unspeakably great music!
Here Come The Nice
The Small Faces need no introduction to any self-declared music fan. They defined the mod cool of mid-60s Britain - and of London in particular - with their striking image, memorable tunes and Dickensian charm. After signing with Decca in 1965, managed by the now-notorious Don Arden, the group released a string of smash singles and an album that mixed the soul and R&B they adored with a marketable pop sheen ideal for teenage pop pickers.
After being taken under Andrew Loog Oldham’s wing as part of his expanding Immediate stable in 1967 they released their finest singles, another self-titled LP and the revered concept album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake prior to Marriot’s search to escape the “pop market” led them to implode in late 1968. It’s fair to say that without the Small Faces Robert Plant wouldn’t have sang in “that voice” and Paul Weller would have been stuck what to do with his hair.
Curated and supervised by surviving bandmembers Kenney Jones and Ian “Mac” McLagan he lavish Here Come The Nice box set features all of the Small Faces’ timeless Immediate hit singles (A and B-sides and EP tracks in their original mono single mixes), plenty of live and alternate versions, plus a plethora of rare and unreleased material including unheard recording sessions from Olympic, Trident and IBC Studios.
Once signed to Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Records these four cheeky young mods took on something of a purple hue and explored music, song writing and life to the full. It was in the recording studio that the Small Faces developed and grew. Over the course of discs two and three of this finely curated set you can hear material that would become legendary bloom and take shape - songs that combined the lads’ beloved soul and R&B with music hall, psychedelia, folk and hard-rock.
Alongside four CDs this handsome box also includes a delightful, photo-laden, 72 page hardback book (featuring intros from Kenney Jones and Ian “Mac” McLagan, a heartfelt foreword by Pete Townshend, set producer Rob Caiger’s fascinating account of the project, liner notes from MOJO magazine’s Mark Paytress and a detailed track-by-track - plus personal accounts from such lyrical celeb fans as Robert Plant and David Bowie).
Charly also provide the hardened collector with four beautiful vinyl 7”s: two French EPs in picture sleeves, a promo album sampler for their Immediate debut with voice over from Tommy Vance, and a repro of the most collectable Small Faces’ artefact, the 'Mystery’ acetate. Add to that full-size facsimile posters, a 64-page lyric booklet, double sided postcards, the Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake press kit, some Gered Mankowitz fine art prints AND newly signed certificates by Kenney and Mac and the end result is something that goes far beyond a mere box set.
Here Come The Nice is set to become the ultimate “Small Faces must-have” for all serious fans. Release date: 27 January 2014 - available to pre-order now!
Presenting Plantation Records
Having revitalised the Sun Records catalogue, Nashville-based impressario Shelby Singleton launched his dedicated Country music imprint Plantation in 1968 and was duly rewarded with a US chart-topper in August of that year when the label's debut release 'Harper Valley P.T.A.' caught the nation's ear. Recorded by sometime demo singer Jeannie C. Riley, 'Harper Valley' set the bar high and although the label racked up a respectable number of hits throughout the remainder of 60s and into the 70s by a wealth of Country names, it was the mini-skirted Miss Riley who proved to be Plantation's most commercial artist.
Rarely available on CD, Harper Valley P.T.A. presents Jeannie C. Riley's first five Plantation chart albums together with a single B-side. This deluxe 2CD, 58-track anthology offers an authoritative overview of one of Country music's most consistently successful female singers.
Truck Stop Sweethearts & C.B. Savages recollects the eclectic blend of novelty records, topical humour and Nashville twang which set the tone for Plantation's output 1968-81. This carefully compiled, deluxe 2CD, 50-track selection includes some of the label's biggest hits and best-known artists.
Greatest Hits - The Immediate Years 1967-1969 (Vinyl)
Free Form Patterns [180 gram vinyl]
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One Nation Under A Groove [180 gram vinyl LP & EP]
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Townes van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt [180 gram vinyl]
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Leader Of The Pack [180 gram vinyl]
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Chicago Hit Factory - The Vee-Jay Story 1953-1966 [10CD boxed set]
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Superfly [Special Edition 2LP vinyl & bonus CD]
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Maceo & All The King’s Men
Doing Their Own Thing [180 gram vinyl]
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Look-Ka Py Py [180 gram vinyl]
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