Among the many great 60s beat and punk compilations that surfaced during the mid-80s garage revival, one of the few that matched the depth, consistency and dusty-fingered scholarship of Tim Warren's awesome Back From The Grave, Garage Punk Unknowns and Strummin' Mental sets was the 1984 Swedish beat collection Searchin' For Shakes (Amigo).
What many people living outside Stockholm don't know is that just prior to the current Swedish assault, the Amigo label snuck out a CD version of its killer comp that added 12 more stunning tracks from the 1965-68 glory years, including the Fabulous Four 's snarling Rotten Rats, which stands proudly alongside the inital batch of bruisers like the Namelosers ' Do-Ao and the Shanes ' I Don't Want Your Love.
Fans of the Hives, Hellacopters and Soundtrack of Our Lives will be delighted. www.amigo.se .
How do you follow up stellar reissues of vibraphonist Billy Wooten 's tough-to-score Indiana jazz funk joints In This World and The Wooden Glass, Featuring Billy Wooten Live?
For many labels that would be the end of it. The vault-scrounging Japanese P-Vine label, however, believes there's always more to discover, and sure enough, it's come up with Lost Tapes (P-Vine) - a nine-song disc of previously unreleased recordings by four different Wooten-led combos dating from 1972, 1979 and 1980, all licensed from the man himself.
Those who can't get enough of that amazing Wooden Glass session will be thrilled to know that the first three extended jams, covering Al Green's Let's Stay Together, the Stylistics' Betcha By Golly, Wow and You Are Everything were also taken from a 1972 show at the 19th Hole.
Admittedly, the later recordings without his Wooden Glass crew aren't quite as brilliant, but it's great to hear Wooten getting down on his own compositions from the period. You know that Madlib's aleady got a copy. http://bilpen2.tripod.com/ .
Although soul man Lee Fields is best known for the hard-shouting attack that endeared him to James Brown-weaned diggers throughout the deep funk community, he's taking a more subtle approach on his forthcoming album, The Many Moods Of Lee Fields (Truth & Soul), from which the spellbinding new single My World is culled.
Backed by the Expressions (members of the El Michels Affair and the Budos Band ), Fields shows he's comfortable crooning mellow on the beautifully arranged downtempo groover. It has a delightfully dark tone, like the equally entrancing flip, Love Comes And Goes.
While you're waiting for the Fields album to drop August 15, grab Charles Bradley 's amazing new deep soul single, The World Is Going Up In Flames (Daptone), backed by the Menahan Street Band , who sound an awful lot like the Expressions. Hmmm. www.truthandsoulrecords.com .