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Various – Movements Vol.8 (Tramp Records)
Friday, March 11th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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For several years, gold seekers at the most humble and tiniest record label on earth follow their dedicated passion. Their brand new masterwork, Movements 8, focuses on rare privately produced american soul, jazz and funk, and proudly bears the title as the 8th volume in the Movements Series.

CD TRCD9054
Release: 18-03-16
Tramp Records proudly presents the 8th volume in the Movements series
Monday, March 7th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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The intelligentsia have been claiming it for quite some time, and now finally, after many petitions, demonstrations and protests, a tiny little record label from Germany has achieved what only Google and “troubleshooter par excellence” Angus MacGyver have ever accomplished: admission into the worldwide dictionary. “To Google” and “to MacGyver” will soon be joined by […]

Various – Praise Poems Vol.3 (Tramp Records)
Friday, February 26th, 2016 | Tags: ,
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Rarity and quality go hand in hand on each of our releases, and PP3 does not make an exception. “Another incredible release from Tramp. Digging even deeper to satisfy our thirst for Rare inspirational Jazz, Soul and Funk.” – Dr. Bob Jones, DJ

CD TRCD9052
Release: 26-02-16
Various – Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3 (Tramp Records)
Friday, November 20th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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As long as there is music out there that has the power to drop our jaws to the floor we will still be here – and, like Santa himself, we will work year-round to continue to deliver our funky Christmas miracles directly to your turntable. Merry Christmas!

CD TRCD9050
Release: 20-11-15
Tramp Records releases the next instalment in their much acclaimed ‘Movements’ series
Friday, March 20th, 2015 | Tags: ,
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One year has passed since the last release in this series and, as always, the Tramp Records crew have been working hard during the last 12 months to come up with an equally fine selection of tunes for this brand new volume. Our aim is to keep up with the quality of each release, a […]

Lenis Guess – The Story Of Lenis Guess (Tramp Records)
Friday, July 11th, 2014 | Tags: , ,
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Multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and label owner Lenis Guess was undoubtedly one of the most celebrated musicians known for his contribution to “The Norfolk Sound”.

CD TRCD9033 / 2LP TRLP9033
Release: 18-07-14
The Funky Side of Goldband/ANLA Records
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 | Tags: ,
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Goldband Records played a key role in documenting and shaping of musical traditions, tastes, and trends, both regionally and internationally since 1944. The focus of the Goldband catalog is certainly set on Country & Western, Swamp Pop, and Cajun music. However, from the 1960s until the early 1970s Goldband, and it’s sub-label ANLA Records, released […]

Various – Feeling Nice Vol.4 (2LP+MP3/Gatefold)
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Feeling Nice Vol.4 (2LP+MP3/Gatefold)

Image: 1612038 Tramp’s Feeling Nice series has positioned itself as a universally accepted essential cultural and historical document of some of the greatest unknown local vernacular American Black music of the sixties and seventies. The Feeling Nice series has been dedicated to filling in the blanks between the more well known cuts of so-called Deep Funk canon and drawing out the relationships and stories behind and between the tunes and the artists, and ultimately creating a dialogue that serves to enlighten and enliven a true anti-racist discussion of American Popular music specifically and of Global human music in general. With Feeling Nice Vol. 4, Tramp continues this important conversation, and having spent over 700 days unearthing a rousing selection across the board, offers it to you, now, as a double LP with full-color label scans, never before seen promo shots, and detailed biographical information – in some cases in the words of the artists themselves!

Believe me when I tell you, Feeling Nice 4 has got it all: Brilliant B-sides: (Donald Ray – “Strut Your Stuff”), Concealed covers: (Combined Forces – “Feelin’ Alright”), Tittyshakers: (Big Bear Revue – “Big Bear”), Dance crazes: (Donnie Sanders – “Shing-A-Ling Baby, Mr. Clean & The Cleansers – “Karate”), Obscure cuts by well known R&B stars: (Frederick Knight – “Steppin Down”), Retro German rave-ups: (Take 5+2 – “Get Your Love”), Weirdo deep funk one-offs: (Moony Moon – “Walking On The Moon”), Killers from the Caribbean: (Al Sinclair – “No That Ain’t Groovy), Basement Jams: (TNT Powerhouse – “Basement Jam”), Most talked-about new discoveries: (Living Funk – “Silver Black Summer Day”), and more and more and more…

As a special incentive for you to be first in line for this freakishly fantastic funk feast, Tramp Records will include a special BONUS 45 of an unpressed acetate of “I FEEL A GROOVE COMIN’ ON” by “SOUTH SIDE” with the first 400 copies of Feeling Nice Vol. 4.

– Lucky Brown, 2017

Key selling points:
– all but one song get re-issued for the very first time
– the double gatefold vinyl LP contains detailed liner notes and unseen photographs
– the vinyl LP comes with a full album download code
– incl. 2 previously unreleased tracks

Tracklisting
1. Combined Forces – Feeling Alright
2. Big Bear Revue – Big Bear
3. Donnie Sanders & The Don Juans – Shing-A-Ling Baby
4. Mr. Clean & The Cleansers – Karate
5. Frederick Knight – Steppin’ Down
6. Donald Ray & His Revue – Strut Your Stuff
7. Little Ceasar & The Euterpeans – It Ain’t What You Do
8. Harold Andrews & The Sha-Bangs – The Swimming Monkey
9. Take 5+2 – Get Your Love
10. Moony Moon – What About Mars
11. Al Sinclair – No That Ain’t Groovy
12. Jim Pipkin & The Boss Five – Walkin’ The Duck
13. TNT Powerhouse – Basement Jam [clip]
14. The NT Band – Good Foot
15. Living Funk – Silver Black Summer Day
16. George E. Johnson – Wake Me Up
17. South Side – I Feel A Groove Comin’ On

Available from 24.11.2017

Various – Countdown To… Soul
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Countdown To… Soul

Image: 1611574 Die Vielfalt der Musik im Umfeld von Soul und Funk ist so groß, dass es gar nicht zu viele Sampler rarer Musik geben kann. Das meinten jedenfalls die Macher von Tramp Records, die mit “Countdown to … Soul” ein weiteres Doppelalbum veröffentlichen. Mit Reihen wie “Feeling Nice”, “Movements” oder “Praise Poems” hat Tramp Records in den letzten Jahren Fans von alten und neuen Soul-Klängen regelmäßig entzückt. Die 17 Stücke auf “Countdown to … Soul” versuchen gleich die ganze Vielfalt dieser Musik auf vier Plattenseiten zu umreißen. “Countdown to … Soul” ist ein wie immer äußerst empfehlenswerter Ausflug in die Musikgeschichte. Tramp Records hat es wieder geschafft, Songs dem Vergessen zu entreißen, die noch heute jede Tanzparty zum Überkochen bringen können. Großartig! Available from 29.09.2017

Bobby Hamilton Quintet – Roll Your Own / Pearl (Among the Swine)
Friday, June 17th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bobby Hamilton Quintet – Roll Your Own / Pearl (Among the Swine)

Two monster jazz-funk tracks back to back on a sweet 7″ single. Originally released on Bobby Hamilton’s rare Dream Queen album, this is the first time that those songs are available on Tramp Records’ prefered format. DJs watch out, this “45” plays at …

Various – Peace Chant Vol.1 – LP1 (LP+MP3)
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Peace Chant Vol.1 – LP1 (LP+MP3)

Image: 1604420 From 1963 to 2014: “Peace Chant – raw deep and spiritual jazz” exhibits 51 years of music. A well matched anthology with sounds to dive into, hard rhythms to dance to and vocals to meditate on.

The Tramp Records crew has compiled 9 tracks in nice order and dramaturgy. Some tunes you might have never heard before unless you own one of the rare original vintage vinyl records. Peace Chant is released on two separate LPs with own catalogue numbers and on one CD. Some songs I can’t get out of my mind:

The previously unreleased “Don’t Give Up Your Smile Today” is opening the compilation. It’s from Das Goldene Zeitalter, a band that didn’t survive – but whose members had a huge influence on German jazz, soul, afrobeat and funk within the last years merging into groups like The Poets of Rhythm, The Whitefiled Bros., and The Malcouns. Boris Geiger aka. Bo Baral sings a Pharoah Sanders like tune, his voice deeply resonating, the rhythm section heavily grooving.

After the first three woolly recorded tracks Walt Bolen’s “Peace Chant” with its dry and funky sounds with flute, two guitars and percussion is quite a pleasure to listen to. Organ and voice are Bolen’s who used to play the keys in San Fernando Valley church when he was a child. “Peace Chant” was recorded for his own Ar-Que label in 1972 and is one of the few cuts with him as a leader. He has played sessions and clubs for years and today he is sitting at the church organ again.

This publication’s oldest recording dates back to 1963: “Mozambique” by Luna Brothers Trio, a Caribbean and hypnotic instrumental. For my jazz trained ears it is rather unusual that the güiro (the gherkin played with a stick) is being played throughout the entire song. Heavily laid back cowbell, concas and timbales and the slightly detuned piano are wonderful! “Mozambique” sounds like from another star but its origin is Los Angeles, where the brothers Fred and Ricardo Luna had their night club band. You could imagine a bast skirt strip and at the same time the great Raumpatrouille (Space Patrol) landing on German B&W TV screens in 1966.

Hozan Yamamoto recorded crime jazz with the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi. He belonged to Tony Scotts “Music for Zen Meditation” in 1964, played with Ravi Shankar, avant-garde jazz bassist Gary Peacock and appeared at Donaueschingen Festival for contemporary music. Tokio university’s open minded lecturer recorded the funky and modal “Spotlight on Sapporo” in 1972.

Martin Bürkl, Basement Jazz Radio Show, Munich

Key selling points:
– most of the songs appear on CD/digital for the very first-time
– the vinyl LPs come with a full album download code
– 8-page CD-booklet and vinyl LP contain detailed liner notes

Tracklisting
1. Das Goldene Zeitalter – Don’t Give Up Your Smile Today
2. Nu Art Quartet – Black Bandit
3. John Tinsey – Freedom Excelsior
4. Obie Jessie Quartet – Black King
5. Walt Bolen – Peace Chant
6. Genghis Kyle – Bakit Ba
7. Luna Brothers Trio – Mozambique
8. Hozan Yamamoto – Spotlight On Sapporo
9. The Milestones – Funk
Available from 08.07.2016

Various – Peace Chant Vol.1 – LP2 (LP+MP3)
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Peace Chant Vol.1 – LP2 (LP+MP3)

Image: 1604421 From 1963 to 2014: “Peace Chant – raw deep and spiritual jazz” exhibits 51 years of music. A well matched anthology with sounds to dive into, hard rhythms to dance to and vocals to meditate on.

The Tramp Records crew has compiled 8 tracks in nice order and dramaturgy. Some tunes you might have never heard before unless you own one of the rare original vintage vinyl records. Peace Chant is released on two separate LPs with own catalogue numbers and on one CD. Some songs I can’t get out of my mind.

These days Mabon Dawud Quintet from Ethiopia is on the trail of Mulatu Astatke. Tramp Records provides the first release of “Abeba” – a funky and stoic track in Amharic mother tongue sung by a high male lamenting voice.

Even more haunting is “Ain’t Gonna Wait Too Long” by Thomas Meloncon. The self-taught guitar player recorded this protest song at the age of 20. Voice, guitar, congas and double bass are plenty enough for a heavily pushing song complaining that black man’s slavery isn’t gone after 400 years. Artist, poet and civil right activist Meloncon (alias Muntu Mwaminifu) wrote and directed theatre and radio plays. His works are collected at Texas Southern University in Houston. “Ain’t gonna wait too long” probably is his earliest artistic outing, he just had left school in 1968.

The compilation concludes with a song by Now, a band no one outside Munich might know. “Easy Tune for Dancing” can be found on a record of cultural and concert location Feierwerk form 1990. It really was a surprise to hear the quintet of trumpeter Konstantin Kern and Klaus Pfister on sax playing Afro-Cuban jazz that easily and nonchalant. If Dizzy Gillespie turned up with his bent trumpet and Lalo Schifrin sat in like he did on “Gillespiana Suite” I wouldn’t be astonished!

Martin Bürkl, Basement Jazz Radio Show, Munich

Key selling points:
– most of the songs appear on CD/digital for the very first-time
– the vinyl LPs come with a full album download code
– 8-page CD-booklet and vinyl LP contain detailed liner notes

Tracklisting
1. The Mabon Dawud Quintet – Abeba
2. Thomas Meloncon – Ain’t Gonna Wait Too Long
3. Al Williams Quintet Plus One – Sandance
4. Deep Jazz – Mystic Sky
5. Sheila Landis – Leigh Ann’s Dance
6. Sal Nistico – Beautiful Black Casanova
7. Roy Hytower – Song of Deliverance, Pt. 1 (feat. The Crowd Pleasers)
8. Now – Easy Tune for Dancing [clip]
Available from 08.07.2016

Various – Peace Chant Vol.1
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Peace Chant Vol.1

Image: 1604422 1963 bis 2014: “Peace Chant – raw deep and spiritual jazz” breitet 51 Jahre Musik vor uns aus und passt doch so gut zusammen. Eine spannende Anthologie von Klängen, in denen man versinken darf, von massiv zum Tanzen anregen Rhythmen und von Texten, über die man unbedingt nachdenken sollte. Die Mannen von Tramp Records haben 16 Tracks zusammengestellt und in eine dramaturgisch toll funktionierende Reihe gebracht. Einige Songs gab es bisher nur auf den in sehr kleiner Auflage gepressten Original-Platten zu hören, die heute unter Sammlern heiß begehrt sind. “Peace Chant” erscheint in zwei Teilen mit eigenen Katalognummern auf Vinyl oder alternativ auf einer CD. Und ein paar Cuts wollen mir einfach nicht mehr aus dem Kopf gehen! Available from 08.07.2016

Various – Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3
Friday, December 11th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3

Image: 1600390 Critics, reviewers and journalists watch out. These sales notes are so succinct that you may be finished reading them before you’ve even had the chance to skip to the second song (provided that you’ve listened to the opener in its entire perfection)!

What sets one compilation album apart from the others? What makes a record label special? These are questions that keep us up at night here at Tramp and you are holding in your hands one of our 50 full-length answers. It’s true that within the soul and funk scene rarity and obscurity commands attention but it’s the quality and performance that keeps a selection on heavy rotation. Speaking of Tramp, and in particular of this final volume in the Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party (SF&SCP) compilation trilogy, Sean Delany and Jan Kohlmeyer did an incredible job compiling these tunes. They spared no pains digging up the rarest of the rare, and the best of the best Christmas funk you have (n)ever heard (and which has not been compiled anywhere else). Even with your impeccable music taste and your unlimited record-buying budget you will have a hard time getting your hands on most of these gems. What brings you all the money if something you want is never offered? For us it’s the quality that counts and that’s why you will find such artists as Sam Sweetsinger Bell, Joe Shinall, Cleveland Robinson, and Carol Ford to name a few on this album. Of course the rest of the tunes are no exception either.

It fits like a glove that this third volume of SF&SCP is simultaneously the 50th Tramp Records album released. Since we are proudly independent and are not forced to act in the economic sense, and, like you, are music fanatics and die-hard record collectors, we at Tramp Records are still digging after more than ten hard-working years! It started out just for fun and it’s our fans worldwide that encourage us to keep bringing the heat. As long as there is music out there that has the power to drop our jaws to the floor we will still be here – and, like Santa himself, we will work year-round to continue to deliver our funky Christmas miracles directly to your turntable. Merry Christmas!

Key selling points:
– most of the songs appear on CD/digital for the very first-time
– the vinyl LP comes with a full album download code
– fold-out CD-booklet and vinyl LP contain detailed liner notes and label scans

Tracklisting
1. Joe Shinall – Sock It To ’em Santa
2. Sam Sweetsinger Bell – Happy Birthday Jesus
3. Carol Ford – Christmas Letters
4. Syng McGowan & The Fanettes – Dear Santa
5. Velle Scott – Merry Christmas
6. Excaliburs – Peace on Earth
7. The Individuals – Holiday for Drums
8. Rudi and the Rain Dearz Santa’s New Bag
9. Cleveland Robinson – Xmas Time Is Here Again
10. Funk Machine – Soul Santa (Part 1)
11. Rocki Lane And The Gross Group – Santa Soul
12. Timi Terrific & The Redheads – Black (Soul) Christmas
13. The Bionic I – Disco Claus
14. White Chimney – Funky Santa Claus
Available from 27.11.2015

Various – Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3
Friday, October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol.3

Image: 1600388 Der finale Teil der “Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party” Compilation-Reihe macht die Meisterleistung am weihnachtlichen Soul-Himmel komplett. Passend zur 50. Veröffentlichung des Labels Tramp Records erscheint die nunmehr dritte Weihnachtsausgabe mit echtem Goldglanz. Jahrelange Recherche führte zu den einzelnen Titeln, die Sean Delany und Jan Kohlmeyer ausgewählt haben. Diese Funk- und Soul-Perlen sind die abschließende Krönung der Serie. Kaum zu glauben, welch wundersamen Fundstücke erst jetzt den Weg auf eine CD und Langspielplatte fanden – meist erstmals in ihrer Geschichte. À propos Geschichte: Hinter jedem obskuren Titel steht mehr als Groove – die Liner Notes geben spannende Einblicke in das Leben der Interpreten. Ob Sam Sweetsinger Bell oder Timi Terrific, Cleveland Robinson oder Syng McGowan, hier brennt der Bär und steppt der Baum wie nie zuvor. Außergewöhnlicher Platzerl-Ohrenschmaus und Shaky-Shaken mit Disco Claus. In diesem Sinne: Peace on Earth & Merry Christmas! Available from 20.11.2015

Various – Feeling Nice Vol.3 (2LP/Gatefold)
Friday, August 28th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Feeling Nice Vol.3 (2LP/Gatefold)

Image: 1599251 Friends and fans of Tramp Records in general, and of the ‘Feeling Nice’ series specifically, will be feeling even nicer this time around with the release of this deep and soulful new collection: Feeling Nice Volume 3. These recordings have been painstakingly sought-out and unearthed from as far away as Hawaii, Canada, and Jamaica (in addition to the usual Texas, Ohio, and Georgia). This music has been carefully transferred (in some cases form the sole known copy) and remastered to the highest standards of audio quality. Finally, through a determined and diligent research effort leading to interviews with the owners of the rights to the original masters, Feeling Nice Volume 3’s detailed liner notes offer you an enlightening window into the lives of the musicians, producers, and independent record labels responsible for some of the deepest music on the planet. All of this in addition to full color label scans and never before seen publicity photos.

Of course, to friends and fans of Tramp Records, none of this is a surprise as you have come to expect consequential projects promoting cultural and historical significance delivered with the love of a fellow record digger and the science of a musicologist. Tramp Records remains one of the champions of rare deep funk soul and jazz on vinyl, uniting thorough research, respect of the original artists and art form, and thoughtful curation of great singles, albums and compilations. You will enjoy spinning this record, your guests will enjoy listening to it, and you will be proudly displaying it in the hallowed “Tramp Records” section of your record shelf, right next to Feeling Nice 1 & 2. (you DO have Feeling Nice 1 & 2 don’t you?! if not, I encourage you to collect them immediately at tramprecords.com)

Some of the highlights of Feeling Nice Volume 3 are one of the rarest 45s on the Alston label and in our opinion also one of the best, Clarence Reid’s “I Get My Kicks”. A James Brown influenced wah wah funk monster, “Stand-Up Baby” by Canada’s Saint John. “The Jack Mod Kick” by Jake, Ricky and Jack Townshend aka Jack & The Mods, ranging in age from 6 to 18 and discovered almost accidentally while rehearsing in a rundown shack in rural Virgina! We’ve got Rickey Andrews taking us on a late 60s dance-move tour of the U.S. with “Chances Are Your Dance is Mine”. A rare sister funk masterpiece called “Leave Me Alone” by Nadine Brown from 1977. Leroy & The Drivers’ critical track, “The Sad Chicken”, produced in under 30 minutes with their last remaining studio time in 1970 and still ringing loud across the land. One of the nastiest versions of The Iselys’ “It’s Your Thing” coming out of Jamaica and SO MUCH MORE!!

Lucky Brown – October 2015

Key selling points:
– 400 of the 1000 pressed vinyl LPs come with a bonus 7″ by William Cummings (“Make My Love A Hurting Thing”)
– 16-page CD-booklet and deluxe double-gatefold LP with detailed liner notes, label scans and unseen photographs
– properly mastered for the best sound-quality possible

Tracklisting
1. William Cummings – Your Soul Searching Love
2. Clarence Reid – I Get My Kicks
3. Saint John – Stand-Up (Baby)
4. Rickey Andrews – Chances Are Your Dance Is Mine
5. Nadine Brown – Leave Me Alone
6. Jack & The Mods – The Jack Mod Kick
7. Leroy & The Drivers – The Sad Chicken
8. Ellen Jackson – Getto Boogie
9. Oladepo Ogomodede – It’s Your Thing
10. Walt Bolen – Breaking Out
11. Sid Sidney Wallace & The Belairs – The Grinder
12. Jesse Morgan – I Gotta Get Back
13. Jay Floyd – Push Push
14. J. Young & B. Hill – It’s Got Soul
15. Soul Express – Determination, Pt. 1
16. Soul Express – Determination, Pt. 2
17. Billy Bailey – You Better Stop
Available from 16.10.2015

Various – Movements Vol.7 (2LP/Gatefold)
Thursday, February 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Movements Vol.7 (2LP/Gatefold)

Image: 1595479 One year has passed since the last release in this series and, as always, the Tramp Records crew have been working hard during the last 12 months to come up with an equally fine selection of tunes for this brand new volume. Our aim is to keep up with the quality of each release, a task which certainly does not get any easier as we step forward into the twenty first century.

There is no need to praise this selection of tracks. It is larger-than-life. And those who do not recognize the distinctiveness of it should better seek medical advice. The most astounding fact is certainly that 99% of the record buying public have never heard any of these tunes, most likely not even the artists. And we are not talking of people who solely listen to mainstream music. No. Even music lovers who believe that they have a good portion of knowledge when it comes to jazz and soul music will be left speechless.

You can skip to any song on this album and you won’t be disappointed. The only premise is that you are a fan of raw, earthy soul and jazz music. If this is the case then you can’t go wrong. Rene Bailey, Matilda Haywood, Lee Mitchell, Nu Art Quartet, to name a few. It is high time to introduce all these names to a broad audience and to prevent that they vanish into thin air. The Movements series was coined to introduce music lovers to so far unheard musical treasures. Tunes which only hardcore record collectors have had the privilege to enjoy it…until now.

Key selling points:
– 16-page CD-booklet and deluxe double-gatefold LP with detailed liner notes, label scans and unseen photographs
– all songs appear on a full-length album for the very first time

Tracklisting:
01. Dorothy Ramsey – He’s A Real Gone Guy (Nellie Lutcher)
02. Johnny B & The Music Makers – Unchain My Heart (Bobby Sharp)
03. Bobby Wade – They Call It Stormy Monday (T Bone Walker)
04. Rene Bailey – Woke Up This Morning (Rene Bailey)
05. Howard A. Smith – Sugar (Howard Smith)
06. Nu Art Quartet – California Dreaming (John Phillips)
07. Johnny Walker Trio – The Purple Jellybean (Johnny Walker)
08. Bob Brown Quartet – Dell’s Bell’s (Bob Brown)
09. Bob Hines Trio – Dasheka (Bob Hines)
10. Steve Mason Trio – The Nitty Gritty Humbug (Steve Mason)
11. Al Jarreau & Trio – Take Five (Paul Desmond)
12. Matilda Haywood – Can You Handle It? (Matilda Haywood)
13. George Smith – Out Of This World (Harold Arlen)
14. Ray Johnson – The Deep End (Ray Johnson)
15. Lee Mitchell – How Can You Be So Cold (Lee Mitchell)
16. Shelley Fisher – St. James Infirmary (Joe Primrose)
17. Eminent Stars – Hearts Are Jumping (Ben Mendes)

Available from 27.03.2015

Lucky Brown – Mystery Road
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lucky Brown – Mystery Road

Image: 1594853 Mystery Road pays homage to the great unknown musicians throughout america who, with their self-produced singles, became local and regional hits just around the time that megacorporations began saturating the market and the radio with something that was less like music, and more like a product. They, with profit as their goal, turned the radio into a marketplace, and turned music lovers into consumers. In only a few generations, the violent severance of our ties to the traditions of our ancestors represents a loss of cultural heritage and has thrust us into uncharted waters – a Mystery Road.

For the last 7 years, Lucky Brown has been working with a label in Germany called Tramp. Tramp Records specializes in uncovering some of this great lost music, finding and interviewing the last living founders, and licensing the music in reprints of the 45s or for full-length compilations of never-before-heard studio material. Every other 45 released is an existing band that works within that framework. We are proud to say that Lucky Brown has a reputation worldwide for being one of the roughest.

Today, Lucky Brown, in this follow up to his first Tramp album: “Lucky Brown’s Space Dream,” is realizing another dream – [releasing an album in the form of a series of singles – each with it’s own unique artwork, independent bands and writing and recording sessions.] {a 2 LP set} entitled Mystery Road. The different band names are not intended to mislead, different people play together in each different group. Sometimes Lucky comes in with an idea, other times the group invents the music on the spot to suit the mood. All of this, coupled with Lucky’s experimental and vernacular approach toward sound recording and you start to catch the vibe of Mystery Road.

Lucky Brown, December 2014

Key-selling points:
– limited to 500 hand-numbered copies
– includes full album download code
– deluxe double vinyl with old school heavy cardboard cover

Tracklisting
1. Mystery Road
2. Chicken Rock
3. Lookout There’s a Freight Train Comin’
4. Argon (Pt. 1 & 2)
5. Tibor
6. Negra Modelo
7. Golden Nugget
8. Brown’s Bag (Part 1&2)
9. Buddha on the Road
10. Santosa
11. Exquisite Corpse (Pt. 1) Available from 30.01.2015

Lucky Brown – Mystery Road
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lucky Brown – Mystery Road

Image: 1594853 Mystery Road pays homage to the great unknown musicians throughout america who, with their self-produced singles, became local and regional hits just around the time that megacorporations began saturating the market and the radio with something that was less like music, and more like a product. They, with profit as their goal, turned the radio into a marketplace, and turned music lovers into consumers. In only a few generations, the violent severance of our ties to the traditions of our ancestors represents a loss of cultural heritage and has thrust us into uncharted waters – a Mystery Road.

For the last 7 years, Lucky Brown has been working with a label in Germany called Tramp. Tramp Records specializes in uncovering some of this great lost music, finding and interviewing the last living founders, and licensing the music in reprints of the 45s or for full-length compilations of never-before-heard studio material. Every other 45 released is an existing band that works within that framework. We are proud to say that Lucky Brown has a reputation worldwide for being one of the roughest.

Today, Lucky Brown, in this follow up to his first Tramp album: “Lucky Brown’s Space Dream,” is realizing another dream – [releasing an album in the form of a series of singles – each with it’s own unique artwork, independent bands and writing and recording sessions.] {a 2 LP set} entitled Mystery Road. The different band names are not intended to mislead, different people play together in each different group. Sometimes Lucky comes in with an idea, other times the group invents the music on the spot to suit the mood. All of this, coupled with Lucky’s experimental and vernacular approach toward sound recording and you start to catch the vibe of Mystery Road.

Lucky Brown, December 2014

Key-selling points:
– limited to 500 hand-numbered copies
– includes full album download code
– deluxe double vinyl with old school heavy cardboard cover

Tracklisting
1. Mystery Road
2. Chicken Rock
3. Lookout There’s a Freight Train Comin’
4. Argon (Pt. 1 & 2)
5. Tibor
6. Negra Modelo
7. Golden Nugget
8. Brown’s Bag (Part 1&2)
9. Buddha on the Road
10. Santosa
11. Exquisite Corpse (Pt. 1) Available from 30.01.2015

Don Gardner – The Story Of Don Gardner
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Don Gardner – The Story Of Don Gardner

Image: 1592205 Nach sieben erfolgreichen Alben in der “The Story of…”-Reihe begrüßen wir heute Don Gardner. Hand auf’s Herz: wer von euch kennt Don Gardner? Wenn man nicht gerade Rare-Groove-Sammler oder scheibendrehender DJ ist, wohl die wenigsten. Die älteren unter uns erinnern sich vielleicht an die einstige #4 der Billboard Charts aus dem Jahre ’62, in der Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford mit “I Need Your Lovin'” die Liebe besangen. Tramp Records hat es wieder einmal geschafft einen längst verschollenen Künstler aus der Vergessenheit zu heben.

– viele der Songs sind erstmals auf CD und Vinyl-LP erhältlich
– das CD-Booklet und die 2LP (mit Klappcover!) enthalten detaillierte Liner Notes und bis dato unveröffentlichte Fotos Available from 03.10.2014

Don Gardner – The Story Of Don Gardner
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Don Gardner – The Story Of Don Gardner

Image: 1592205 Nach sieben erfolgreichen Alben in der “The Story of…”-Reihe begrüßen wir heute Don Gardner. Hand auf’s Herz: wer von euch kennt Don Gardner? Wenn man nicht gerade Rare-Groove-Sammler oder scheibendrehender DJ ist, wohl die wenigsten. Die älteren unter uns erinnern sich vielleicht an die einstige #4 der Billboard Charts aus dem Jahre ’62, in der Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford mit “I Need Your Lovin'” die Liebe besangen. Tramp Records hat es wieder einmal geschafft einen längst verschollenen Künstler aus der Vergessenheit zu heben.

– viele der Songs sind erstmals auf CD und Vinyl-LP erhältlich
– das CD-Booklet und die 2LP (mit Klappcover!) enthalten detaillierte Liner Notes und bis dato unveröffentlichte Fotos Available from 03.10.2014

Dynamic Duke Royal – I Wanna Know / Let Me Prove My Love
Friday, August 29th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dynamic Duke Royal – I Wanna Know / Let Me Prove My Love

What we do here at Tramp Records is to (re-)release music that we love, no matter if it is in-demand or not. What is most important to us is the high-quality level of each release. And so we decided to put out many 45rpm single re-issues of tunes whic…

Marie Adams – That’s The Way To Get Along / You Don’t Know
Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marie Adams – That’s The Way To Get Along / You Don’t Know

Image: 1590647 Marie Adams recording career began in 1952 when she released her first 45rpm single on the Peacock label. She then formed the “The Three Tons Of Joy” and joined the Johnny Otis Show. They left Otis in 1960 to work in and around Los Angeles. In the early 1960s Marie did two solo sessions for small L.A. Labels which went unnoticed. She and her sisters joined the Johnny Otis Show again in the early 1970s with whom they remained for most of the 1970s. Do not miss the excellent “Movements Vol.6” compilation on Tramp Records which contains “That’s The Way To Get Along” as well as detailed liner notes about Marie Adams & the Tommy Dodson All-Stars.

Tracklisting
1. That’s The Way To Get Along (feat. Tommy Dodson All Stars)
2. You Don’t Know (feat. Tommy Dodson All Stars) Available from 20.06.2014

Various – Movements Vol.6
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Movements Vol.6

Image: 1587700 So bunt wie bei den Übersetzungsvarianten für das Wort “Movement” ist die Party in den Rillen. Von Rhythm & Blues / Popcorn Sounds (Obie Jessie) über Soul-Balladen (Ural Thomas) und klassischen 1960s funky Soul (Marie Adams) bis hin zu pre-Disco Funk (Dell Vikings). Es ist erstaunlich, wie es den Jungs von Tramp Records immer wieder aufs Neue gelingt, überdurchschnittlich gute Songs zu finden, die bis dato noch nicht wiederveröffentlicht wurden. Und das, obwohl unzählige Labels weltweit seit Jahrzehnten Soul/Funk-Compilations veröffentlichen.

– 16-seitiges CD-Booklet / Doppel-LP mit Klappcover mit ausführliche Biografien und unveröffentlichten Bildern
– fast alle Songs erscheinen zum ersten Mal auf CD

Available from 21.03.2014

Lil Buck & The Top Cats – Don’t Make Me Cry / Cat’s Back
Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lil Buck & The Top Cats – Don’t Make Me Cry / Cat’s Back

Image: 1587189 Lil’ Buck is a well known name within collectors of raw soul & funk 45rpm singles. His debut release on the local La Lousianne label became one of the most sought after funk 45s of all time. (Monkey In A Sack b/w Cat Scream) However, he released one more 45 with the Top Cats on La Lousianne which not many people know (Don’t Make Me Cry b/w Cat’s Back). It will ever remain a mystery why his second release is that much rarer than Monkey In A Sack. Tramp Records is proud to announce the re-release of Don’t Make Me Cry with Cat’s Back on the flip after more than 40 years of its initial release.

Tracklisting

1. Don’t Make Me Cry
2. Cat’s Back Available from 07.03.2014

The Eminent Stars – Sittin’ In
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Eminent Stars – Sittin’ In

Image: 1587246 Nach Lucky Brown präsentiert Tramp Records einen neuen Stern am Soul- und Funk-Himmel. Die niederländische Combo The Eminent Stars steigt im Vergleich zu vielen aktuellen Bands auf keinen Mainst(r)eam-Zug auf, sondern macht komplett ihr eigenes Ding, denn Saxofonist Ben Mendes und Schlagzeuger Toon Oomen sind nicht nur die Gründerväter, sondern gleichzeitig auch die kreativen Köpfe der Band. Beide lieben den klassischen “New Orleans”-Sound der 1960er und 70er Jahre: Dr. John, Freddie King, The Meters um nur einige zu nennen. Available from 21.02.2014

Various – Feeling Nice Vol.2
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Feeling Nice Vol.2

Image: 1584724 It’s like this – Tramp Records know vintage funk and soul. They know what you want to hear beforeyouknow you want to hear it. Hell, they even know what you want to hear before you even knew it existed. But in a world where the rediscovery of golden era ’60s and 70s funk and soul has been ongoing for the best part of a quarter of a century and the careers of contemporary bands reviving the sound has lasted longer than the careers of most of the original artists, how can this still be possible? What’s left that hasn’t already been repackaged, re-released, compiled and covered to within an inch of its life?

Try asking Tobias Kirmayer and Daniel Wanders. Two men with a burning itch for black music from back in the day that can’t be eased no matter how hard they scratch it. And scratch it they do. We’re not just talking about crate-digging via the normal channels either. Who knows what shady deals go down as they track and trace obscure copies of 45s hounding long forgotten artists and producers for single copies of limited run and private press seven inches? For Feeling Nice Volume 2 for example, they’ve unearthed releases that originally had less than 50 copies printed for radio demo purposes (The Soul Chargers’ Charge It Up Baby), a unlikely funk release from a Caribbean calypso label (Carole Veal’s Highway Of Love), a track that received no distribution whatsoever but was handed out as a free promo 45 to anyone who bought a set of Tama drums (!) (Johnny Apollo feat. Duffy Jackson Orchestra and their blistering cover of JB’s I Feel Good) and a super rare 45 called Barnyard Pimp recorded by Soul Explosion – a band of US servicemen based in Germany which was originally released on a Bavarian label some miles from Tramp Records’ present day HQ.

Don’t make the mistake of equating obscurity with less talent either. Charles Spurling who played guitar on and co-produced the Allen Matthews cut Allen’s Party worked with the mighty James Brown himself and recalls musical street duels with the Isley Brothers. The New Breed worked with Isaac Hayes and The Mar-Kays while singer Aalon Butler worked with The Animals’ Eric Burdon. In any case the music speaks for itself. You want big drum breaks? Check the opening bars of Nola & The Soul Rockers Reach Down And Get It. Squalling soul guitar? Try Filet Of Soul’s Do Your Own Thing. Fatback soul grooves? Aalon Butler’s Gettin Soul. It’s all there – 16 tracks of raw, vintage funk and soul then. Should leave you feeling pretty nice.

Tony Lansdowne – August 2013monkeyboxing.com/ Mako & The Hawk

PLEASE NOTE: there are two vinyl versions available. TRLP9027BONUS7 contains a bonus 7″ single by Carole Veal – “H’Way Of Love” b/w “Your Love Is Like A Chain”. TRLP9027 does not contain it.

“Nitty gritty funk! Oh, and it’s rare too.” (Oliver Scheswig)
“Tramp have certainly dug deep in the crates for this superb comp.” (Dr Bob Jones)
“Rare soul at its best. This compilation is a musical love affair.” (Jürgen v. Knobloch)
“Believe me when I tell you that this upcoming compilation contains some of the roughest, rawest, hardest, deepest funk you never imagined.” (Lucky Brown)
“These guys dig the deepest.” (DJ Bunu)

Tracklist
1. Why, Why, Why’d She Leave Me? – Lenis Guess
2. Gettin’ Soul – Aalon Butler & the New Breed Band
3. Soul Block (Of Rocking People) – Len & the P.A.’s
4. Reach Down and Get It – Nola & the Soul Rockers
5. Allen’s Party – Allen Matthews
6. H’Way Of Love – Carole Veal
7. I Feel Good – Duffy Jackson Orchestra ft. Johnny Apollo
8. Kickin’ – Kickin’ Mustangs
9. Get Away! – Little Gregory & the Concepts
10. Do Your Own Thing – Filet of Soul
11. The James Brown Bougeloo – Little Genie Brooks
12. Cat Scream – Lil Buck & The Top Cats
13. Charge It Up, Baby – Soul Chargers
14. Barn Yard Pimp – Soul Explosion
15. Mr. Lucky – Freddy Hill ft. The Reno Bops
16. Jelly Fish – Soul Dukes
Available from 01.11.2013

Various – Feeling Nice Vol.2
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Feeling Nice Vol.2

Image: 1584721 Tramp Records hat nun mal wirklich Ahnung vom alten Soul und Funk. Die Jungs wissen eben, was die Leute hören wollen. Die Musik spricht für sich selbst. Egal ob fette Drum-Breaks (Nola & The Soul Rockers – Reach Down And Get It), Funky-Soul mit wunderschönen Harmonien (Little Gregory & Concepts – Get Away!!) oder melancholischer Reibeisen-Soul (Lenis Guess – Why Why’d She Leave Me) – hier ist für jeden etwas dabei. Oder mit anderen Worten: All this should leave you feeling pretty nice. Available from 11.10.2013

Professor Earl Lett – The Story Of Professor Earl Lett
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Professor Earl Lett – The Story Of Professor Earl Lett

Image: 1584047 Das kleine, feine Label namens Tramp Records hat schon wieder einen musikalischen Goldschatz ausgegraben. Nicht den eines Toten, aber zumindest den eines Untergetauchten, nämlich den des Sängers und Saxofonisten Earl Lett (*1935). Und weil “untergetaucht” fast “tot” ist, kann man sagen: “Auferstehung der Toten”. Earl Lett, aufgewachsen in Monroeville, Alabama, begann seine musikalische Karriere 1961. Bevor er 1969 sein eigenes Label gründete (Beantown Rec.), nahm er ein paar Singles auf, tourte fleißig durch die USA und machte sogar zwei Ausflüge nach Europa und in den Süden Afrikas. Nach seiner ersten Single auf Beantown spielte er ein Jahr lang in der Kings of Rhythm Band von Ike and Tina Turner. In den 70er Jahren studierte er Saxofon und veröffentlichte weiterhin auf seinem Label Singles sowie sein einziges Album mit dem Titel “Love Serenade”. Available from 27.09.2013

Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg

Image: 1582264 Das renommierte Münchener Reissue-Label Tramp Records veröffentlicht das rare Jazz Fusion-Album des amerikanischen Komponisten, Arrangeurs und Blasinstrumentalisten Herb Geller von 1975 auf Vinyl und erstmalig auf CD. Ursprünglich in Los Angeles geboren, zog Geller nach einer Tour mit Benny Goodman durch Brasilien nach Europa. Zunächst lebte er in Paris, dann in Berlin und schließlich in Hamburg. Er arbeitete für den SFB und NDR und spielte bei zwei der besten europäischen Big Bands der Zeit, der Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band und Peter Herbolzheimers Rhythm Combination & Brass. Das vorliegende Album war seine erste Veröffentlichung unter seinem Namen seit 1959 und enthält Gastauftritte von Musikern und Sängern wie Mark Murphy, Earl Jordan (Les Humphries Singers), Wolfgang Schlueter, Palle Mikkelborg und Philip Catherine. Das Album wurde neu gemastert und erscheint mit einem Booklet inklusive der originalen Liner Notes und eines Interviews mit dem Künstler. Available from 09.08.2013

Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg

Image: 1582264 Das renommierte Münchener Reissue-Label Tramp Records veröffentlicht das rare Jazz Fusion-Album des amerikanischen Komponisten, Arrangeurs und Blasinstrumentalisten Herb Geller von 1975 auf Vinyl und erstmalig auf CD. Ursprünglich in Los Angeles geboren, zog Geller nach einer Tour mit Benny Goodman durch Brasilien nach Europa. Zunächst lebte er in Paris, dann in Berlin und schließlich in Hamburg. Er arbeitete für den SFB und NDR und spielte bei zwei der besten europäischen Big Bands der Zeit, der Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band und Peter Herbolzheimers Rhythm Combination & Brass. Das vorliegende Album war seine erste Veröffentlichung unter seinem Namen seit 1959 und enthält Gastauftritte von Musikern und Sängern wie Mark Murphy, Earl Jordan (Les Humphries Singers), Wolfgang Schlueter, Palle Mikkelborg und Philip Catherine. Das Album wurde neu gemastert und erscheint mit einem Booklet inklusive der originalen Liner Notes und eines Interviews mit dem Künstler. Available from 09.08.2013

Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg
Monday, August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg

Image: 1582264 Das renommierte Münchener Reissue-Label Tramp Records veröffentlicht das rare Jazz Fusion-Album des amerikanischen Komponisten, Arrangeurs und Blasinstrumentalisten Herb Geller von 1975 auf Vinyl und erstmalig auf CD. Ursprünglich in Los Angeles geboren, zog Geller nach einer Tour mit Benny Goodman durch Brasilien nach Europa. Zunächst lebte er in Paris, dann in Berlin und schließlich in Hamburg. Er arbeitete für den SFB und NDR und spielte bei zwei der besten europäischen Big Bands der Zeit, der Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band und Peter Herbolzheimers Rhythm Combination & Brass. Das vorliegende Album war seine erste Veröffentlichung unter seinem Namen seit 1959 und enthält Gastauftritte von Musikern und Sängern wie Mark Murphy, Earl Jordan (Les Humphries Singers), Wolfgang Schlueter, Palle Mikkelborg und Philip Catherine. Das Album wurde neu gemastert und erscheint mit einem Booklet inklusive der originalen Liner Notes und eines Interviews mit dem Künstler. Available from 09.08.2013

Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg
Sunday, August 25th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Herb Geller – An American In Hamburg

Image: 1582264 Das renommierte Münchener Reissue-Label Tramp Records veröffentlicht das rare Jazz Fusion-Album des amerikanischen Komponisten, Arrangeurs und Blasinstrumentalisten Herb Geller von 1975 auf Vinyl und erstmalig auf CD. Ursprünglich in Los Angeles geboren, zog Geller nach einer Tour mit Benny Goodman durch Brasilien nach Europa. Zunächst lebte er in Paris, dann in Berlin und schließlich in Hamburg. Er arbeitete für den SFB und NDR und spielte bei zwei der besten europäischen Big Bands der Zeit, der Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band und Peter Herbolzheimers Rhythm Combination & Brass. Das vorliegende Album war seine erste Veröffentlichung unter seinem Namen seit 1959 und enthält Gastauftritte von Musikern und Sängern wie Mark Murphy, Earl Jordan (Les Humphries Singers), Wolfgang Schlueter, Palle Mikkelborg und Philip Catherine. Das Album wurde neu gemastert und erscheint mit einem Booklet inklusive der originalen Liner Notes und eines Interviews mit dem Künstler. Available from 09.08.2013

Lonnie Lester – The Story Of
Thursday, July 4th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lonnie Lester – The Story Of

Image: 1581202 Tramp Records continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with another exciting release in the Story of series. Lonnie Lester is one of those unsung heroes of 1960s Rhythm & Blues who has gained little recognition for his talents. Although his songs are current dance floor favourites in soul clubs all over Europe, this is the first-ever compilation of his 1960s material.

Born in Dorena, Missouri in 1937, Lonnie is the oldest of thirteen children. In 1946 his family moved to Gary, Indiana. Encouraged by his grandmother, he started singing in church at the age of six. As a teenager he performed with doo-wop (a style of music popularized in the 1950?s sung in harmony) groups in and around Gary. After being on the road with Bill Nixon and Junior Walker, and serving a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he ended up in San Francisco in 1959. While there he opened for R&B stars like Sam & Dave, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Little Willy John, and many others.

The next big step was his move to Chicago, Illinois, where he cut more than a handful of R&B/soul singles for the Nu-Tone label. The backing band was under the leadership of Chuck Danzy. When Lonnie came to Indianapolis in 1969, he performed at the Honey Dripper Lounge, the End Zone, and the Vineyards. During the early 70?s, he formed a five-piece band called Lonnie Lester & Touch. In the 80?s he traveled the country with his band in addition to performing in the Indianapolis area. Over the years he has donated time to the Women’s Prison, Riley Children’s Hospital, Veterans Hospital, and many other community organizations. Lonnie recently celebrated his 75th birthday and continues to perform in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

Key selling points:
– first-time ever compilation of rare 45rpm single tracks
– detailed liner notes
– officially licensed

Tracklisting

1. So this is love
2. The meanest man in town
3. Jay walk ft. Chuck Danzy and Band
4. You choose
5. Can’t let you go (Pt.1&2)
6. The meanest man in town (alternate)
7. You can’t go
8. Git down ft. Chuck Danzy and Band
9. Ain’t that a shame ft. Chuck Danzy
10. Power structure ft. The 13th Generation (Pt.1&2)
11. So this is love (alternate) Available from 14.06.2013

Lonnie Lester – The Story Of
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lonnie Lester – The Story Of

Image: 1581202 Tramp Records continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with another exciting release in the Story of series. Lonnie Lester is one of those unsung heroes of 1960s Rhythm & Blues who has gained little recognition for his talents. Although his songs are current dance floor favourites in soul clubs all over Europe, this is the first-ever compilation of his 1960s material.

Born in Dorena, Missouri in 1937, Lonnie is the oldest of thirteen children. In 1946 his family moved to Gary, Indiana. Encouraged by his grandmother, he started singing in church at the age of six. As a teenager he performed with doo-wop (a style of music popularized in the 1950?s sung in harmony) groups in and around Gary. After being on the road with Bill Nixon and Junior Walker, and serving a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he ended up in San Francisco in 1959. While there he opened for R&B stars like Sam & Dave, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Little Willy John, and many others.

The next big step was his move to Chicago, Illinois, where he cut more than a handful of R&B/soul singles for the Nu-Tone label. The backing band was under the leadership of Chuck Danzy. When Lonnie came to Indianapolis in 1969, he performed at the Honey Dripper Lounge, the End Zone, and the Vineyards. During the early 70?s, he formed a five-piece band called Lonnie Lester & Touch. In the 80?s he traveled the country with his band in addition to performing in the Indianapolis area. Over the years he has donated time to the Women’s Prison, Riley Children’s Hospital, Veterans Hospital, and many other community organizations. Lonnie recently celebrated his 75th birthday and continues to perform in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

Key selling points:
– first-time ever compilation of rare 45rpm single tracks
– detailed liner notes
– officially licensed

Tracklisting

1. So this is love
2. The meanest man in town
3. Jay walk ft. Chuck Danzy and Band
4. You choose
5. Can’t let you go (Pt.1&2)
6. The meanest man in town (alternate)
7. You can’t go
8. Git down ft. Chuck Danzy and Band
9. Ain’t that a shame ft. Chuck Danzy
10. Power structure ft. The 13th Generation (Pt.1&2)
11. So this is love (alternate) Available from 14.06.2013

Lonnie Lester – The Story Of
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lonnie Lester – The Story Of

Image: 1581202 Tramp Records continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with another exciting release in the Story of series. Lonnie Lester is one of those unsung heroes of 1960s Rhythm & Blues who has gained little recognition for his talents. Although his songs are current dance floor favourites in soul clubs all over Europe, this is the first-ever compilation of his 1960s material.

Born in Dorena, Missouri in 1937, Lonnie is the oldest of thirteen children. In 1946 his family moved to Gary, Indiana. Encouraged by his grandmother, he started singing in church at the age of six. As a teenager he performed with doo-wop (a style of music popularized in the 1950?s sung in harmony) groups in and around Gary. After being on the road with Bill Nixon and Junior Walker, and serving a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he ended up in San Francisco in 1959. While there he opened for R&B stars like Sam & Dave, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Little Willy John, and many others.

The next big step was his move to Chicago, Illinois, where he cut more than a handful of R&B/soul singles for the Nu-Tone label. The backing band was under the leadership of Chuck Danzy. When Lonnie came to Indianapolis in 1969, he performed at the Honey Dripper Lounge, the End Zone, and the Vineyards. During the early 70?s, he formed a five-piece band called Lonnie Lester & Touch. In the 80?s he traveled the country with his band in addition to performing in the Indianapolis area. Over the years he has donated time to the Women’s Prison, Riley Children’s Hospital, Veterans Hospital, and many other community organizations. Lonnie recently celebrated his 75th birthday and continues to perform in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

Key selling points:
– first-time ever compilation of rare 45rpm single tracks
– detailed liner notes
– officially licensed

Tracklisting

1. So this is love
2. The meanest man in town
3. Jay walk ft. Chuck Danzy and Band
4. You choose
5. Can’t let you go (Pt.1&2)
6. The meanest man in town (alternate)
7. You can’t go
8. Git down ft. Chuck Danzy and Band
9. Ain’t that a shame ft. Chuck Danzy
10. Power structure ft. The 13th Generation (Pt.1&2)
11. So this is love (alternate) Available from 14.06.2013

Lonnie Lester – The Story Of
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lonnie Lester – The Story Of

Image: 1581202 Tramp Records continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with another exciting release in the Story of series. Lonnie Lester is one of those unsung heroes of 1960s Rhythm & Blues who has gained little recognition for his talents. Although his songs are current dance floor favourites in soul clubs all over Europe, this is the first-ever compilation of his 1960s material.

Born in Dorena, Missouri in 1937, Lonnie is the oldest of thirteen children. In 1946 his family moved to Gary, Indiana. Encouraged by his grandmother, he started singing in church at the age of six. As a teenager he performed with doo-wop (a style of music popularized in the 1950?s sung in harmony) groups in and around Gary. After being on the road with Bill Nixon and Junior Walker, and serving a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he ended up in San Francisco in 1959. While there he opened for R&B stars like Sam & Dave, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Little Willy John, and many others.

The next big step was his move to Chicago, Illinois, where he cut more than a handful of R&B/soul singles for the Nu-Tone label. The backing band was under the leadership of Chuck Danzy. When Lonnie came to Indianapolis in 1969, he performed at the Honey Dripper Lounge, the End Zone, and the Vineyards. During the early 70?s, he formed a five-piece band called Lonnie Lester & Touch. In the 80?s he traveled the country with his band in addition to performing in the Indianapolis area. Over the years he has donated time to the Women’s Prison, Riley Children’s Hospital, Veterans Hospital, and many other community organizations. Lonnie recently celebrated his 75th birthday and continues to perform in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

Key selling points:
– first-time ever compilation of rare 45rpm single tracks
– detailed liner notes
– officially licensed

Tracklisting

1. So this is love
2. The meanest man in town
3. Jay walk ft. Chuck Danzy and Band
4. You choose
5. Can’t let you go (Pt.1&2)
6. The meanest man in town (alternate)
7. You can’t go
8. Git down ft. Chuck Danzy and Band
9. Ain’t that a shame ft. Chuck Danzy
10. Power structure ft. The 13th Generation (Pt.1&2)
11. So this is love (alternate) Available from 14.06.2013

Lonnie Lester – The Story Of
Thursday, June 27th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Lonnie Lester – The Story Of

Image: 1581199 Obwohl die Songs von Lonnie Lester von Soul-DJs in ganz Europa seit langem rauf und runter gespielt werden und im WorldWideWeb mit einer atemberaubenden Step&Tap-Dance-Einlage der wunderbaren Nicholas Brothers zu bestaunen sind, blieben sie Otto-Normal-Musikliebhaber bisher verwehrt. Mit dieser Zusammenstellung würdigt Tramp Records den wunderbaren Lonnie Lester und verewigt seine besten Aufnahmen der 1960er Jahre.
Available from 07.06.2013

The Hi-Fly Orchestra – Get Ready (180g)
Thursday, June 6th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Hi-Fly Orchestra – Get Ready (180g)

Image: 1579370 „Although this is already our third album, recording it felt like something really fresh.“ The Hi-Fly
Orchestra are excited when they talk about their new long-player „Get Ready“. They have all rights
to do so, with 12 original tracks covering a wide range from funk, brazil, soul and jazz, always in
view of the groove: „We are no scientists, we are not on a mission. We are here to make you
dance.“
Florian Riedl, one of the two main songwriters in the Hi-Fly Orchestra, has a story to tell about „Get
Ready“: „We have always been a real band, right from the start in 2005. We love vintage recording
techniques, all our gear crammed in one room and getting the music on tape in a jam session
situation.“ The opening chords of „Uncle Green“ already prove the point. “Get Ready” is a journey
in style. Think of Lonnie Smith’s immediacy and rhythmic urgency circa „Move Your Hands“, the
casual spirituality of Horace Silver with a hint of Lee Dorsey’s style of turning rhythm & blues into
soul, even Vince Guaraldi’s versatile, comforting jazz sound is somewhere in “Get Ready”.
„’Get Ready’ is all about the music we love. Take the title track, for example“, Jerker Kluge, second
half in Hi-Fly’s songwriting team, says. „It has that certain New Orleans feeling. The band is going
loose on the rhythm, while Karl Frierson’s lyrics have a conscious, social dimension to them.“
Speaking of lyrics and Frierson’s appearance (widely known from his success with De-Phazz),
Florian Riedl is particularly proud of their guest vocalists. Paula Morelenbaum, wife of Brazilian
producer and musician legend Jaques Morelenbaum appears on „Sambinha“: „The little samba, as
we call it, is our homage to Brazilian music. It is made for dancing. So it is kind of our motto.” Same
with „Jequibau“, a showcase for the competent brass supplied by Florian Riedl’s altosax and
Johannes Herrlich’s trombone. „I Got Hope“, on the other hand, is a down-to-earth affair of a
groove, featuring Julia Fehenberger, a well-known face in the lively jazz scene of Hi-Fly
Orchestra’s hometown Munich, moving in the right direction with the help of Chris Gall’s piano.
„Brother Sun Sister Moon“ and the cool flute excursion „Sweet And Busy“ takes us into classic
dancefloor jazz territory. It’s all about smooth moves here, Alexander Krampe’s soothing voice will
make you get down to the beat.
First and foremost, though, The Hi-Fly Orchestra is a tried and tested, tight live unit. Following the
release of two acclaimed albums – „Samboogaloo“ (2007) and „Mambo Atomico“ (2008) released
on Tramp Records and a number of 7inch vinyls on renowned labels like Record Kicks or Ajabu! –
the band toured extensively around Europe visiting Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Sweden und even
Estonia along the way. While being serious about what they do, the fun factor is never far away:
“’Nerd’s Dancefloor’ looks at club culture with a smile. It’s about us really, especially Jerker and me,doing weird moves on the floor. Not really what you could call a lesson in cool,“ Florian Riedl
admits. „But it has this tricky 5/4 bar which makes it a special treat.“ Right on: The expert rhythm
section of Jerker Kluge on double-bass and Hajo von Hadeln on drums knows about a smart
groove. Having experienced sound experts like Jan “Mastermix” Krause (Beanfield, Poets Of
Rhythm) on the controls and Willy Löster (LaBrassBanda, Trikont) in the mix makes “Get Ready”
authentic, enjoyable and very international.
With “Get Ready” the Hi-Fly Orchestra is coming home. They know what they do, where they come
from and where they want to go. “So please don’t think of us a pseudo-hip, young newcomer jazz
band,” Florian Riedl asks, “we are here to stay.” Don’t worry guys, with “Get Ready” the Hi-Fly
Orchestra will not be misunderstood. Please meet a bunch of real musicians from the real world,
spreading a real message …

Tracklisting CD (Vinyl TBC):
01 – Uncle Green
02 – Sugar Pie feat. Karl Frierson
03 – Roda De Samba
04 – Sweet And Busy
05 – Get Ready feat. Karl Frierson
06 – Nerd’s Dancefloor
07 – Sambinha feat. Paula
Morelenbaum
08 – I Got Hope feat. Julia
Fehrenberger
09 – Jequibau
10 – Brother Sun Sister Moon feat.
Alexander Krampe
11 – Forró
12 – How Beautiful feat. Alexander
Krampe Available from 17.05.2013

The Hi-Fly Orchestra – Get Ready
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Image: 1579371 „Although this is already our third album, recording it felt like something really fresh.“ The Hi-Fly
Orchestra are excited when they talk about their new long-player „Get Ready“. They have all rights
to do so, with 12 original tracks covering a wide range from funk, brazil, soul and jazz, always in
view of the groove: „We are no scientists, we are not on a mission. We are here to make you
dance.“
Florian Riedl, one of the two main songwriters in the Hi-Fly Orchestra, has a story to tell about „Get
Ready“: „We have always been a real band, right from the start in 2005. We love vintage recording
techniques, all our gear crammed in one room and getting the music on tape in a jam session
situation.“ The opening chords of „Uncle Green“ already prove the point. “Get Ready” is a journey
in style. Think of Lonnie Smith’s immediacy and rhythmic urgency circa „Move Your Hands“, the
casual spirituality of Horace Silver with a hint of Lee Dorsey’s style of turning rhythm & blues into
soul, even Vince Guaraldi’s versatile, comforting jazz sound is somewhere in “Get Ready”.
„’Get Ready’ is all about the music we love. Take the title track, for example“, Jerker Kluge, second
half in Hi-Fly’s songwriting team, says. „It has that certain New Orleans feeling. The band is going
loose on the rhythm, while Karl Frierson’s lyrics have a conscious, social dimension to them.“
Speaking of lyrics and Frierson’s appearance (widely known from his success with De-Phazz),
Florian Riedl is particularly proud of their guest vocalists. Paula Morelenbaum, wife of Brazilian
producer and musician legend Jaques Morelenbaum appears on „Sambinha“: „The little samba, as
we call it, is our homage to Brazilian music. It is made for dancing. So it is kind of our motto.” Same
with „Jequibau“, a showcase for the competent brass supplied by Florian Riedl’s altosax and
Johannes Herrlich’s trombone. „I Got Hope“, on the other hand, is a down-to-earth affair of a
groove, featuring Julia Fehenberger, a well-known face in the lively jazz scene of Hi-Fly
Orchestra’s hometown Munich, moving in the right direction with the help of Chris Gall’s piano.
„Brother Sun Sister Moon“ and the cool flute excursion „Sweet And Busy“ takes us into classic
dancefloor jazz territory. It’s all about smooth moves here, Alexander Krampe’s soothing voice will
make you get down to the beat.
First and foremost, though, The Hi-Fly Orchestra is a tried and tested, tight live unit. Following the
release of two acclaimed albums – „Samboogaloo“ (2007) and „Mambo Atomico“ (2008) released
on Tramp Records and a number of 7inch vinyls on renowned labels like Record Kicks or Ajabu! –
the band toured extensively around Europe visiting Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Sweden und even
Estonia along the way. While being serious about what they do, the fun factor is never far away:
“’Nerd’s Dancefloor’ looks at club culture with a smile. It’s about us really, especially Jerker and me,doing weird moves on the floor. Not really what you could call a lesson in cool,“ Florian Riedl
admits. „But it has this tricky 5/4 bar which makes it a special treat.“ Right on: The expert rhythm
section of Jerker Kluge on double-bass and Hajo von Hadeln on drums knows about a smart
groove. Having experienced sound experts like Jan “Mastermix” Krause (Beanfield, Poets Of
Rhythm) on the controls and Willy Löster (LaBrassBanda, Trikont) in the mix makes “Get Ready”
authentic, enjoyable and very international.
With “Get Ready” the Hi-Fly Orchestra is coming home. They know what they do, where they come
from and where they want to go. “So please don’t think of us a pseudo-hip, young newcomer jazz
band,” Florian Riedl asks, “we are here to stay.” Don’t worry guys, with “Get Ready” the Hi-Fly
Orchestra will not be misunderstood. Please meet a bunch of real musicians from the real world,
spreading a real message …

Tracklisting CD:
01 – Uncle Green
02 – Sugar Pie feat. Karl Frierson
03 – Roda De Samba
04 – Sweet And Busy
05 – Get Ready feat. Karl Frierson
06 – Nerd’s Dancefloor
07 – Sambinha feat. Paula
Morelenbaum
08 – I Got Hope feat. Julia
Fehrenberger
09 – Jequibau
10 – Brother Sun Sister Moon feat.
Alexander Krampe
11 – Forró
12 – How Beautiful feat. Alexander
Krampe Available from 17.05.2013

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