Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Yisrael's Tapes

I've pointed the way to The Numero Group before, who do a damn fine job of uncovering wonderful, under appreciated gems from the past, sometimes having them fiddled with by a number of producers. Recently they put out an album which collects together recordings made for the Tap label (if you could call it a label). The story behind the making of this collection of Funk & Disco is just brilliant and focuses on the odd (and probable genius) figure that was Jeremiah Yisrael and the discovery of hours and hours of recordings he had made of a variety of musicians. The task of working through the tapes is intriguing, you can read the whole story and buy the album here, the vinyl has a bucket load of extra tracks (a nice change that). Story aside, the music is what really excites my remaining gray cells, check out the sound clips on their site, and this hot little number from the compilation. Possessing many 'on fire' items, 'Don't Stop: Recording Tap' is an essential buy!!

Arnie Love & The Lovettes - We've Had Enough

4 comments:

kevvy-k said...

Loving the little Zapata stencil!

christopher keys said...

hey Kev, yeah its a great design and carries an excellent message... of course you'd know about these things..

Jerome Green said...

Chris, thanks for the post! I just received my copy of the treasured vinyl version of 'Don't Stop: Recording Tap' and I held it up in my hands and just looked at it for a long time saying (quietly), "I can't believe I'm holding this" over and over again.

It is really unfathomable that this stuff was out in the world somewhere and was finally located. It gives me chills wondering what other gems are hidden away in basements, garages, and houses never to be heard. This is what makes listening to the unknown tracks so pleasurable (apart from their inherent raw beauty).

The vinyl is limited (I'm not sure how many are left), but if anyone wants to experience a bit of joy, this is highly recommended. The comp is head and shoulders above most other "digging" comps.

christopher keys said...

Hey Jerome, thanks for popping in to share that - very cool and yeah i basically agree, its a big deal ...