lp,180g, 2018 reissue - remastered from original tapes, carefully reproduced original art when alan parker recorded the killer library soul-funk lp the voice of soul with session vocalist madeline bell in 1976, some bright spark at themes decided to also release all of the backing tracks as a separate, and equally innocuously title lp called the sound of soul
lp,180g, 2018 reissue - remastered from original tapes, carefully reproduced original art released in the same year as synthesis over on kpm, 1974s synthesizer and percussion is its essential companion piece. this record features the many distinctive sounds of the arp synthesizer plus percussion in various moods and tempos is the even more underwhelming than usual library record sales pitch for alan hawkshaw and brian bennetts second collection of what is basically minimal g-funk, with overtones of primitive acid house
lp,180, 2018 reissue - remastered from original tapes, carefully reproduced original art james clarkes mystery movie was released in 1974 as modern, small group compositions in various moods. ideally suited to the new americanised style of t.v. and cinema film where music is used to create the mood and carry the action. so this collection covers a lot of bases, but it does so brilliantly and has absolutely no right to be such a fantastic listen from start to finish
lp,180 g, 2018 reissue - remastered from original tapes, carefully reproduced original art veteran library musician alan parker recorded with session vocalist madeline bell for his themes international music label and the result was 1976s the voice of soul. the sensational uptempo dancer thats what friends are for is probably the most well known track on the record, and is a big hit on the rare groove scene, but it is by no means an anomaly. the voice of soul is essentially a perfect, sophisticated soul album with heaps of swagger and sass from beginning to end. its once generic-sounding title is now deservedly definitive.
20th anniversary first time vinyl pressing ! the magnum opus of sleepy brown/organized noize .. originally released in 1998, finally arrives as a remastered double lp presented in a sumptuous gatefold sleeve
you’d think that following “melodies of love” would be an impossible task. not so, if you happen to be genius brit-funk pioneers john rocca and andy stennett. on their more understated - yet, pound for pound, stronger - second record, pink rhythm stretched out to create a 4 track ep of richly melodic, exquisite beauty. in the process, they trumped their most well-known release.
cruising on a funk-fuelled journey from the swaggering title track, via the blue-eyed soul of “trust me”, to the stabbing staccato synth heat of “more and more” and back again (“india” dub) this ep has essential seared onto its substantial grooves.
a perfect summer record, white magic was the lauded cd-only debut album by sorcerer (californian dan judd, one half of windsurf with hatchback). just in time for spring/summer, be with records present the first ever vinyl issue. lovingly remastered by the esteemed simon francis, cut reassuringly loud on to heavyweight double vinyl and presented in a deluxe gatefold jacket with freshly commissioned artwork throughout from original designer rich robinson, this limited edition of 500 copies is sure to fly.
a continuation of his kaleidoscopic sun-dappled cosmic-disco, neon leon was the much-loved cd-only album by sorcerer (californian dan judd, one half of windsurf with hatchback). just in time for spring/summer, be with records present the first ever vinyl issue. lovingly remastered by the esteemed simon francis, cut reassuringly loud on to heavyweight double vinyl and presented in a deluxe gatefold jacket with freshly commissioned artwork throughout from original designer rich robinson, this limited edition of 500 copies is sure to fly.
recorded in philadelphia in 1969, the deirdre wilson tabac’s sole album is a beautiful blend of funk, jazz and soulful pop. possessing the complex grooves, thrilling breaks and ethereal weirdness that the rotary connection pedalled so brilliantly, the lp failed to connect with audiences upon its original release.
in the decades since, it has deservedly attracted a considerable cult following. however, almost inevitably, it has become increasingly tricky to pick up a copy in good condition for anything less than eye-watering sums. as such, we’re delighted to present the first officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece of freaky funk-rock, limited to just 500 copies.
a wonderful companion piece to the totemic fed, we proudly announce the first ever vinyl edition of korp sole roller by plush. liam hayes magical fourth full-length lp was previously only available on a rare japanese import cd. produced and arranged in 2010 by pat sansone (wilco / the autumn defense), it finally arrives in a limited edition of 500 copies.
this customarily smooth set from 1981 is perhaps most famous for featuring three unforgettable tracks made with marcos valle. rio’s pop-soul wunderkind was exploring soul textures at the same time as leon was absorbing the rich flavour of brazilian harmonics. together, they crafted rhythmically sophisticated and melodically adventurous soul.
the highlights are many and memorable. from the irresistible groove of -mr. man- to the heavenly piano vocal of -jail cell-, from the funk-fuelled brass breaks in -man is free- to the haunting, unforgettable -sister bessie-, it is easy to understand why this record has been long revered amongst aficionados. yet the entire record is without weakness and, therefore, selecting standout tracks seems redundant. if ever there was an album to surrender to in full, this is it. a perfect blend of rock and jazz, the record s greatest asset is surely googie s uniquely expressive voice - the like of which we ll never hear again. much like the music contained within, the original jacket was a thing of total beauty, presented as a lavish gatefold with a distinctive die-cut logo on the front flap. accordingly, in keeping with the quality of all be with reissues, this has been painstakingly recreated, along with the original liner notes. sonically, simon francis dextrous mastering adds real clarity and muscle throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g. treasured by selector luminaries such as jeremy underground, mcde, floating points and hunee, this startling record is beloved by everyone who has heard it. buying the original - if you can find it - would set you back a small fortune so be with s latest archival release is one that is already being warmly welcomed from all corners of the global record-buying community.
quality limited reissue of this classic lp from californian singer/songwriter, ned doheny. though beloved of the recent balearic scene with fans including harvey, lexx, moonboots et al, ned was under-appreciated during his own era with this superlative lp only ever securing a vinyl release in japan, making it a seriously hard to get hold of album but definitely worth the effort. following on from his iconic hard candy lp, 1979 s prone is again bursting with californian sun-soaked gems showcasing doheny s signature laidback funky musical style and relaxed unpolished vocals. from quality soulful groovers such as think like a lover and if you only knew through to the sophisticated disco sounds of sweet friction and funky love , there s not a filler in sight but the icing on this tasty west coast cake has got to be dj s favourite - the great jazz-funk floor-filler to prove my love . an essential album - don t miss!
two seminal 12” mixes of a pair of enormous tracks from the whispers. both boogie/street-funk flavoured, these sought-after versions have never been paired on the same record. side a features the notorious anthem “keep on lovin me” (the one with *that* life affirming video) whilst side b houses the outstanding, semi-slept-on “turn me out”.
a notoriously jaw-dropping folk-funk classic, long treasured by the balearic fraternity, the self-titled lp from the brothers batteau nevertheless remains a criminally underheard gem. appealing to fans stuck on ned dohenys scorching blue-eyed soul as well as gene clark s rich country-rock, it s an honour to present the first officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece of proto-yacht-rock.
soul food taqueria continued tommy guerrero’s blissful guitar soul but represented a step forward with its polished production and greater complexity of instrumentation. denied the promotion it deserved upon release, it flew under the radar. it is now the most wanted record of guerrero’s wondrous back catalogue. this fresh limited edition has been remastered, cut on to heavyweight double vinyl and is presented in a deluxe gatefold jacket.
a little bit of somethin’ is a quietly majestic gem. brimming with guerrero’s horizontal “loose grooves”, these brief but innovative instrumentals demonstrate a rich variety and, as such, comprise an lp that is aptly titled. an enchanting start-to-finish listen, it was instantly regarded as essential upon release via mo wax in 2000. it has aged remarkably well.
this fresh limited edition has been remastered, cut on to heavyweight double vinyl and is presented in a deluxe gatefold jacket.
you may know aretha franklins scintillating one step ahead from its vital role in the oscar-winning movie moonlight. you may also know it as providing the beautifully melancholic backdrop for mos defs 1999 hit ms fat booty. the inaugural be with 7inch is a special one indeed, containing the first ever officially licensed reissue of arethas all-time deep soul classic. one step ahead was not included on any of her columbia studio albums, and remains one of her rarest releases. on the flip, i cant wait until i see my babys face is a thrilling, goosebump-inducing killer and an unfairly slept-on rendition of this eternal track. the single comes housed in a custom printed full-colour company sleeve and is limited to just 1000 copies
arthur russell epitomised the spirit that defined downtown nyc in the 70s and 80s. yet his inability to complete projects resulted in limited output. be with now present the reissue of event horizon, an album arthur did finish with his cult group the necessaries. criminally neglected for 35 years, its scarcity on vinyl has caused it to evade his most diehard fans and its relative obscurity has rendered it largely unknown, even amongst arthur acolytes.
leon ware s self-titled 1982 album has long been a holy grail for rare groove record collectors. indeed, mint copies are rarely found for less than Â£100. so be with records, a new vinyl-only reissue label, is pleased to mark its first release with ware s classic â€,“, a set that features the timeless why i came to california, a beautiful example of early 80s soul funk. a truly unsung legend, leon ware has written a stunning variety of classic soul music over the course of six decades. he joinedmotownin the late 60s and became one of the label s key writers. his most indelible contribution at motown was marvin gaye s masterpiece i want you. ware s production and songwriting memorably took gaye to another creative level. despite recording a handful of critically acclaimed solo albums for motown and elektra, including this one here, he has remained a secret to many outside the music industry. be with records hope this timely reissue goes some way to rectifying that.
a sublime slice of boogie-funk, alec mansion has steadily gained the status of a crate-digging classic. accordingly, it has been near-impossible to unearth a physical copy in good condition for many years. be with is delighted to present the first ever vinyl reissue, remastered in time to grace the discerning terraces and boat parties of the coming summer months. originally released in 1983, the lp arrived with impeccable credentials programming duties were handled by dan lacksman (the brains behind telex, the belgian kraftwerk) whilst production came from marc moulin (of jazz-rock fusion heroes placebo). at the time its merits were mainly praised by radio and studio heads. today, mansions masterpiece is lauded by boogie aficionados from liege to los angeles.
on 1970’s season for love, willie hutch presents a mellower, more sumptuous sound. original vinyl copies of this album are extremely rare – and correspondingly expensive – so we’re thrilled to present the first ever vinyl reissue. officially licensed and remastered by simon francis, it has been pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl for the first time and features the original, rarely seen artwork.
soul portrait is a slice of southern-fried soul, a blend of beat ballads and dancers. increasingly rare, this reissue is most welcome and showcases the early work of a soul legend. officially licensed and remastered by simon francis, it has been pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl for the first time and features the original artwork and liner notes.
edna wright’s idiosyncratic “oops!” is one of the most sublime vocal refrains in soul music history. anchoring its host album’s leadoff cut, it sets the tone for a uniquely satisfying modern soul lp. indeed, whilst many of its ilk come laden with filler, wright’s one solo record is an exercise in elegant restraint, a concise killer. officially licensed and beautifully remastered for vinyl by celebrated engineer simon francis, it has been pressed on audiophile 180g vinyl for the first time and features the original iconic artwork. each copy includes a printed inner sleeve with a sumptuous black & white photo, full lyrics and heartfelt notes from edna herself.
originally released in 1982, anna s cosmic coldwave bomb -systems breaking down- is one of the most mysterious singles of the period. remarkably, it was released on a major label - rca - yet very little is known about the shadowy anna. despite being recorded nearly 35 years ago, it still sounds strikingly vital. both sonically relevant and lyrically prescient, it s hard to imagine a more apposite track to soundtrack the dark days we re currently occupying. a masterful study in dread, describing the gentle collapse of all structures, it is set against a backdrop of eerie, synth-heavy electronics. produced by 80s disco-pop mavericks geraint hughes and ken leray, the a-side contains the epic synth-pop original, all heart-wrenching atmosphere and haunting vocals. the b-side wins again, however. the more uptempo dance version is a dubbed out dark-disco tour-de-force, with cut-up vocals drifting in and out of a bassline that throbs like carpenter s best (think assault on precinct 13) and a palette of head-nod minimal wave. both sought-after mixes have been remastered for vinyl by simon francis and are housed in a replica jacket of the maxi original. outstanding
the streets’ second album, a grand don’t come for free, was instantly hailed as another masterpiece to equal original pirate material. unavailable on vinyl for the best part of the intervening decade, we mark our second release by issuing mike skinner’s electronic soap opera on this format.
an exquisite slice of psychedelic jazz-funk, funk factory was criminally overlooked upon release but became a crate-diggers classic over time. yes, the lp is most famous for containing the peerless dusty groove of rien ne va plus, heavily lifted by the beastie boys for their paul s boutique standout car thief. yes, you d be correct to assume said gem is worthy of the price of admission alone. yet, to those in the know, funk factory represents so much more than a dust brothers samplesource. indeed, the entire album represents a space-aged opus, featuring tripped-out keys, tight drums and baked synths, all laced by urszula dudziak s ethereal vocals drifting around the exceptional instrumentation.
signposting another left turn in be with s baffling roster (pitchfork), we proudly present this album s first ever vinyl reissue as a deluxe special edition. righting the wrongs of its initial release, the album now stretches out over two pieces of 180gram vinyl and is presented in a sumptuous gatefold jacket, allowing the iconic rankin portraits of an empowered, self-aware pop star room to breathe.