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Windows Of The Mind
Cat: WWSCD 41. Rel: 17 Sep 20
  1. Rockin Julius
  2. Coolin It
  3. The Jagged Edge
  4. The Speech Maker
  5. Black Flag
  6. Good News Blues
  7. Shetter Cheeze
  8. CP Time
  9. Fourty Days
Review: The latest on-point release from reissue specialists Wewantsounds is a much-needed new edition of Billy Brooks' hard-to-find 1974 set, Windows of the Mind. The album has long been sought after by record collectors, partly because one of its tracks (the superb 'Fourty Days') provided one of the stand-out samples on A Tribe Called Quest classic 'Luck of Lucien', but mostly because it's exceptionally good. For proof, check the bombastic fusion of Blaxploitation funk and big-band jazz that is opener 'Rockin' Julius', the effortlessly slick and fluid jazz guitar solos of 'Coolin' It', the swinging late night jazz-club tidiness of 'The Speechmaker', and the car-chase soundtrack craziness of 'Good News Blues'.
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Alice Clark (reissue)
Alice Clark (reissue) (gatefold LP)
Cat: WWSLP 25. Rel: 02 Jul 19
  1. I Keep It Hid (3:26)
  2. Looking At Life (3:10)
  3. Don't Wonder Why (3:22)
  4. Maybe This Time (3:20)
  5. Never Did I Stop Loving You (2:33)
  6. Charms Of The Arms Of Love (2:39)
  7. Don't You Care (2:51)
  8. It Takes Too Long To Learn To Live Alone (3:34)
  9. Hard Hard Promises (3:04)
  10. Hey Girl (3:20)
Review: Alice Clark's 1972 debut album - her sole full-length outing - has long been considered one of the great, unheralded soul albums, with collectors clamouring to source copies of the hard-to-find set. As this reissue proves, it remains a fantastic album. Clark's vocals are superb throughout, soaring above gospel-influenced backing tracks rich in Jimmy Smith style organs, hazy horns and a rhythm section that strikes a perfect balance between groovy looseness and low-down tightness. The set's plentiful highlights including soaring torch song "Don't Wonder Why", the jazzy wooziness of "Maybe This Time", the surprisingly funky (but still laidback and groovy) "Charms Of The Arms Of Love" and impressive opener "I Keep It Hid".
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Oriental Music (reissue)
Cat: WWSLP 46. Rel: 28 Oct 20
  1. Ana We Habieby (4:30)
  2. Etmakhtary Yekhel (5:11)
  3. Ah! Mennak (8:27)
  4. Gafnoho (5:16)
  5. Yawabor Kolly (5:16)
  6. Ahwak (6:23)
Review: Ammar El Sherei's intoxicating instrumental album Oriental Music was written in 1976 and has remained a cult classic for all the deep diggers, world music lovers and curio obsessives. For this record, the iconic Egyptian artist, composer and producer actually served up his own take on six classic compositions by another Egyptian legend, Mohamed Abdel Wahab. The results are utterly hypnotic and majestic melodic affairs with organic drums and percussion and North African melodies that worm their way deep into your brain and transport you to the hustle and bustle of a dusty open air market or street side coffee spot.
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 in stock $26.79
Maarifti Feek
Cat: WWSLP 36. Rel: 03 Jul 20
Hip Hop/R&B
  1. Khaleek Bil Beit (4:12)
  2. Ouverture 83 (2:44)
  3. Version I (4:37)
  4. Rah Nibka Sawa (4:48)
  5. Maarifti Feek (2:10)
  6. Reprise (83) (1:00)
  7. Li Beirut (4:13)
  8. Antoura (2:37)
  9. Ma Kdirt Nseet (4:27)
  10. Oudak Rannan (5:10)
  11. Version II (2:26)
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With Love
With Love (LP)
Cat: WWSLP 45. Rel: 26 Feb 21
  1. Ahwak
  2. Habibati
  3. Hebbina Hebbina
  4. Ya Nassini
  5. Zorba
  6. Banadi Aleyk
  7. Beyni Ou Beynak
  8. Ana Lak Ala Toul
  9. Rahbaniyat
  10. Samai El Eryan
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Venus (reissue)
Venus (reissue) (LP + booklet + insert with obi-strip)
Cat: WWSLP 35. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. Venus (4:59)
  2. Morpheus (3:07)
  3. I Love You (4:42)
  4. Plan (3:01)
  5. Take A Chance (4:36)
  6. Automatic Collect Automatic Correct (5:23)
  7. Be Yourself (5:02)
  8. Prophet (5:09)
  9. Metamorphism (4:03)
  10. Equivalent (0:33)
 in stock $25.08
Venus (reissue)
Cat: WWSCD 35. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. Venus
  2. Morpheus
  3. I Love You
  4. Plan
  5. Take A Chance
  6. Automatic Collect Automatic Correct
  7. Be Yourself
  8. Prophet
  9. Metamorphism
  10. Equivalent
 in stock $13.97
Tokyo Dreaming
Tokyo Dreaming (gatefold 2xLP with obi-strip)
Cat: WWSLP 40. Rel: 25 Nov 20
  1. Ryuichi Sakamoto - "The End Of Asia" (6:22)
  2. Mariah - "Shinzo No Tobira" (4:45)
  3. Chika Asamoto - "Self Control" (4:15)
  4. Jun Fukamachi - "Treasure Hunter" (4:00)
  5. Yumi Murata - "Watashi No Bus" (5:43)
  6. Hitomi 'penny' Tohyama - "Rainy Driver" (4:28)
  7. Yumi Seino - "La Maison Est En Ruine" (4:42)
  8. Kyoko Furuya - "Tokyo" (5:52)
  9. Kazue Itoh - "Chinatown Rose" (3:48)
  10. Kazumi Watanabe - "Tokyo Joe" (4:06)
  11. Juicy Fruits - "Jenie Gets Amgry" (3:47)
  12. Haruo Chikada & Vibra-tones - "Soul Life" (4:03)
  13. Colored Music - "Heartbeat" (5:44)
  14. Akira Sakata - "Room" (3:55)
  15. Yasuaki Shimizu - "Semi Tori No Hi" (4:28)
  16. Shigeo Sekito - "The Word II" (3:02)
Review: If you've got even the slightest interest in the cutting edge, synthesizer-heavy Tokyo scene of the 1980s, this killer compilation from Japanese music crate-digger Nick Luscombe and Wewantsounds is simply essential. It features tracks plucked from the vaults of cult labels Nippon Columbia and Better Days, with Luscombe offering up inspired selections that variously touch on deep synth-pop, electro, post-punk experimentation, jazz-funk, ambient and what would now be classic as Balearica. It's such a good collection that we're finding picking highlights difficult, though our current faves include the disco-tinged punk-funk of Juicy Fruits' 'Jenie Gets Angry', the slow-motion jazz-funk of Yumi Murata, Chiko Asamoto's smooth and sensual synth-pop, and the synth-reggae eccentricity of Akira Sakata.
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 in stock $31.36
Make It Last Forever (reissue)
Cat: WWSLP 29. Rel: 03 Dec 19
  1. Make It Last Forever (8:26)
  2. Do As I Do (10:21)
  3. It Ain't No Big Thing (6:41)
  4. Mr Blindman (5:14)
  5. I'm A Love Bug (4:24)
Review: Donna McGhee's "Make It Last Forever" has long been one of the most sought-after disco albums around, in part due to the quality of Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams' production and the seductive nature of the superb title track. It's been reissued on vinyl a few times over the years; here it gets a rare outing on CD thanks to Wewantsounds. 41 years after it was released, the set still sparkles, with highlights including the dewy-eyed disco-soul bliss of "Do As I Do", the warm and super-sweet "Mr Blindman" and the total insanity of "I'm A Love Bug", which is a fantastic overhaul of Carmichael and Adams' earlier Bumble Bee Orchestra cut "Love Bug".
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 in stock $22.79
Peur Sur La Ville (Soundtrack) (Record Store Day 2020)
Cat: WWSLP 028LP. Rel: 14 Sep 20
  1. Peur Sur La Ville (4:11)
  2. Consideration Sur Un Homicide (3:11)
  3. Avvertire La Polizia (1:57)
  4. Dolcemente Ambigua (3:21)
  5. Suspense (0:30)
  6. Un Sursaut (0:07)
  7. La Tension Monte (1:57)
  8. Jukebox Psychedelique (3:07)
  9. Peur Sur Paris (0:38)
  10. Defense De Stationner (2:24)
  11. Minaccia Telefonata N 1 (2:22)
  12. Sur Les Toits De Paris (1:47)
  13. Mannequins (1:15)
  14. Essere Preso Dal Panico (1:27)
  15. Une Bouffee De Radio (5:53)
  16. Paris Secret (2:18)
  17. La Scorta (1:11)
  18. Le Tellier E Helene (1:10)
  19. Paranoiaquement Votre (4:11)
  20. Reconsideration (1:11)
  21. Minaccia Telefonata N 2 (3:05)
  22. Otages (4:29)
  23. Notturno Primo (4:15)
  24. Assassinio (1:12)
  25. A L'angle D'une Rue De La Peripherie (2:43)
  26. Minaccia Telefonata N 3 (2:00)
  27. Tractations (3:32)
  28. Notturno Secondo (4:40)
  29. Peur Sur La Ville (Final) (1:40)
  30. Denouement (5:37)
 in stock $45.60
Abu Ali (Record Store Day 2019)
Abu Ali (Record Store Day 2019) (limited yellow vinyl 12") (1 per customer)
Cat: WWSLP 021LP. Rel: 30 Apr 19
  1. Abu Ali (13:12)
  2. Prelude (Theme From Mais El Rim) (12:49)
Review: Wewantsounds' 2019 Record Store Day release takes us back to 1978 and a hard-to-find 12" single from Lebanese composer, pianist, playwright and political commentator Ziad Rahbani. "Abu Ali" is perhaps not Rahbani's best known work - in the Arab world his various albums are far more celebrated - but it is one that has chimed with Western audiences thanks to its assimilation of elements of American disco, soul and funk. The title track is something of a beast: a 10-minute epic that wraps Arabic orchestration, mazy horn refrains and prominent piano motifs around an atmospheric disco groove and intergalactic synthesizer lines. It's bonkers but brilliant, making this reissue more than welcome. On the flipside there's a chance to enjoy "Prelude (Theme from Mais El Rim)", an epic example of Rahbani's 1970s soundtrack work.
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 in stock $37.61
Hidari Ude No Yume (reissue)
Hidari Ude No Yume (reissue) (gatefold 2xLP with obi-strip + insert)
Cat: WWSLP 33. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Boku No Kakera (LP1: Hidari Ude No Yume Japanese edition) (4:05)
  2. Saru To Yuki To Gomi No Kodomo (5:10)
  3. Kacha Kucha Nee (4:16)
  4. The Garden Of Poppies (5:42)
  5. Relache (3:54)
  6. Tell 'Em To Me (4:31)
  7. Living In The Dark (5:15)
  8. Slat Dance (2:46)
  9. Venezia (4:42)
  10. Saru No Ie (2:21)
  11. Boku No Kakera (LP2: Hidari Ude No Yume instrumental mix) (4:05)
  12. Saru To Yuki To Gomi No Kodomo (5:11)
  13. Kacha Kucha Nee (4:52)
  14. The Garden Of Poppies (5:40)
  15. Relache (5:06)
  16. Tell 'Em To Me (4:41)
  17. Living In The Dark (5:28)
  18. Slat Dance (2:48)
  19. Venezia (4:42)
  20. Saru No Ie (2:22)
Review: Although widely celebrated as a pioneering and influential work, the original Japanese version of Ryuichi Sakamoto's third solo album, Hidari Ude No Yume, has long been hard-to-find. Helpfully We Want Sounds has secured the rights to reissue it in Europe, pairing the Yellow Magic Orchestra man's original set - complete with sung and spoken Japanese vocals - with a partner disc of entirely instrumental versions. Musically, it remains as vibrant and otherworldly as it did at the turn-of-the-80s, with the great Sakamoto combining elements of jazz, traditional Japanese music, new age, ambient and new-wave with rubbery synth-pop and proto-electro sounds. The fact that it still sounds like nothing else is not only proof of Sakamoto's genius, but also why you genuinely need it in your life.
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 in stock $35.92
Orient (LP)
Cat: WWSLP 12. Rel: 18 Oct 18
  1. Kalimba Night (4:24)
  2. Son Go Kuw (4:16)
  3. Tsuki No Ko No Namae Wa Leo (4:11)
  4. Doncama (2:30)
  5. Jo-Do (4:19)
  6. Sora Tobu Jutan (3:34)
  7. Picnic (3:41)
  8. Hikaru Kaze (3:45)
Review: In recent years, demand for vinyl copies of Japanese keyboardist Hiroshi Sato's 1979 jazz-funk classic Orient has rocketed. Given that few have the means to pay several hundred pounds for an original copy, this reissue - the first vinyl edition in 39 years - is more than welcome. It remains a delightful set, full of fluid and ear-pleasing tracks that variously doff a cap to disco, Brazilian boogie, classic jazz-funk, low slung early electrofunk and the kind of woozy, laid-back soundscapes more associated with early '80s New Age and ambient sets. Naturally, Sato's playing takes centre stage throughout, but the standard of the musicianship elsewhere is incredibly impressive, too. Shigeru Suzuki's guitar playing, in particular, stands out.
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 in stock $28.23
Serpico (Soundtrack) (Record Store Day 2020)
Cat: WWSLP 030LP. Rel: 26 Oct 20
  1. Theme From Serpico (3:24)
  2. Honest Cop (3:13)
  3. Alone In The Apartment (4:04)
  4. Meeting In The Park (2:17)
  5. Shoe Shop (3:07)
  6. On The Streets (4:28)
  7. Flashback (4:31)
  8. Laurie's Fable (1:44)
  9. Disillusion (1:55)
  10. End Title (4:01)
Review: It's probably quite important to watch the 1973 movie Serpico in order to fully understand the moods Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis was thinking of when he wrote this accompanying score. The story of a hard but fair cop, the eponymous hero who takes on the New York Police Department's legions of corrupt officers in order to clean things up, that ruthless backdrop isn't exactly the image conjured by arrangements like 'Shoe Shop', which sounds like you're strolling through Central Park falling in love with a jazz trumpet.

Simply put, this is the perfect example of how circumstance and context define our emotional response to music. Sure, quintessentially 1970s funk-disco pieces like 'On The Streets' were made to be a pimp's walk-in theme, and the slick strings and groove of 'Meeting In The Park' is ideal for covert cop sequences, but the standout moments here are where classical meets Hellenic, and they really do shine.
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 in stock $29.73
Disco 2.0: Fever's Risin' Again
Disco 2.0: Fever's Risin' Again (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: WWSLP 3. Rel: 13 Jul 16
  1. L'imperatrice - "La Lune" (3:18)
  2. Bon Voyage Organisation - "Shenzhen V" (5:46)
  3. Marvin & Guy - "Makin' Love" (9:17)
  4. Monika - "Secret In The Dark" (Juan Mac Lean edit) (6:32)
  5. Joakim - "Nothing Gold" (Todd Terje remix) (9:03)
  6. No Zu - "Ui Yia Uia" (6:39)
  7. Sounds Of Inner City - "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (instrumental) (6:20)
  8. Leonxleon - "Acid Disco" (7:34)
  9. Tensnake - "Need Your Lovin" (Tiger & Woods remix) (7:38)
  10. Bufiman - "Running (The Chase)" (4:27)
  11. S3A - "Theuz Hamtaak" (5:57)
 in stock $17.39
Iroha Ni Konpeitou
Iroha Ni Konpeitou (LP + booklet + MP3 download code with obi-strip)
Cat: WWSLP 18. Rel: 29 May 19
  1. KAWAJI (0:59)
  2. Iroha Ni Konpeitou (3:07)
  3. A Long Wait (3:45)
  4. Hourou (4:09)
  5. Ike Yanagida (5:00)
  6. Hai Hai Gasa (3:46)
  7. Potsun (4:24)
  8. Kinou Wa Mou (2:13)
  9. On The Way Home (3:40)
  10. East Wind (4:06)
Review: Having previously issued Akiko Yano's 1976 debut "Japanese Girl" - an eccentric set of East-West pop fusions marked out by the artist's distinctive vocals - Wewantsounds has returned to raid her vaults once more. "Iroha Ni Konpeitou" first appeared in 1977 and garnered great hype in Japan thanks to the success of its predecessor. It's a similarly eccentric but inspired set, with Yano confidently flitting between synthesizer-heavy instrumental soundscapes (see superb opener "Kawaji"), drowsy country-inspired songs ("A Long Wait"), seductive jazz-funk ("Hourou"), head-nodding reggae-boogie ("Hai Hai Gasa") and breathy, post-soul ballads ("On The Way Home", a song that boasts both pedal steel and synthesizers).
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Played by: Ali Renault
 in stock $27.65


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