For years it was nearly impossible to find any recordings by Greenwich Village folk-blues spell-caster Karen Dalton , but suddenly both of her brilliant albums have been reissued in swankily repackaged form by different companies.
Light in the Attic 's copper-embossed-cover re-release of Dalton's In My Own Time is the first-ever CD appearance of her Harvey Brooks -produced thriller from 1971, which inspired Devendra Banhart to record at Bearsville in Woodstock, New York, and Nick Cave to write When I First Came To Town. Both musicians discuss Dalton's impact in the extensive liner notes.
Similarly, Megaphone 's re-release of Dalton's dazzling 69 debut, It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best, tries to make up for the lack of extra songs by adding insightful essays by people who actually knew her. The bonus here is a DVD with live footage of Dalton performing four songs in 69 and 70, but, unfortunately, you'll need a PAL-compatible player to watch it. In any case, Dalton's fab recordings are sufficiently haunting to make you forget all about fashionable pretenders like Joanna Newsom.
If you thought the Jazzanova crew's fantasic Forum West compilation of little-known European jazz recordings left the archives of European jazz collector and song publisher Hans Wewerka completely tapped, guess again. He claims to have supervised 20, 000 recording sessions - covering everything from children's music to opera - so there's no danger of running out of material any time soon.
The second volume in the Sonar Kollectiv label's series Focus Jazz presents 15 more magnificent examples of largely overlooked thrillers recorded between 1966 and 69 by small combos led by Dusko Goykovich , Joe Haider , Kamil Hala , Heinz Sauer , Pavel Blatny and others. You won't see these artists mentioned in any Ross Porter book, but it's essential jazz nonetheless.
Funkin' for Bottletop
Now, here's a cracking idea - Mr. Bongo has just released the super-dope two-disc Sound Affects: Africa collection of vintage Afro-funk, and brought in an all-star cast of talented remixers to add their dance-floor magic to a track apiece. Proceeds go to a worthwhile youth-run Bottletop charity to educate young people in the UK and Africa about health and reproductive issues. Seems like a genius plan on paper, and with hard-bumpin' original joints by Orlando Julius , Oscar Sulley , Honny and the Bees Band , Dele Sosimi , Awa-Klash , Dackin Dakino , the Yahoos , Kayode Olajide and Orchestra Lissanga on one disc, retouched by the sure hands of Bonobo , Quantic , Adam Freeland , the Jinks and Radio Slave on another, it sounds even better in your disc player.