WOMACK & WOMACK Missin' Persons Bereau Melodies International is releasing two of Frankie Knuckles’ rare Womack & Womack ‘MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)’ edits on 12″ this May. ‘MPB’ was originally released on Womack & Womack’s Conscience LP in 1988; though the duo were opposed to their tracks being remixed, Island Records’ founder Chris Blackwell managed to convince them to let Knuckles assume the rework duties. Melodies International 12"
Majik Back into your Heart With its latest reissue, Majik’s Back Into Your Heart - Melodies International dug deep into the back catalogue of Hi Records, legendary soul label from Memphis found ed in the 1950s. Originally signed as a recording artist, Willie Mitchell took the reigns of the label and guided it through its most successful period in the 1970s, notably producing a string of studio recordings for Al Green, Syl Johnson and O.V. right among other eminent soul musicians of the time. Whilst the Hi Records catalogue shifted hands multiple times since the late 1970s, it was mainly exploited as a means to reissue recordings from Al Green and other high profile Hi Records artists (notably by Motown) while the label’s more obscure back catalogue remained largely untouched. Years later, a few lesser known one offs from the label’s vaults holding the distinctive raw Hi Records production sound and a circling hypnotic quality that makes them potential successful records for modern day dance floors have been getting a second life with record collectors, DJs and on dance floors worldwide. As such, recordings such as Africano’s Open Your Hearts have become You’re A Melody classics for some years now and Melodies International are glad to bring you one more reissue which in our hearts hold at least the same level of quality and potential as the former. With Back Into Your Heart, Majik pull through with a strong up-tempo disco tune that embodies Mitchell’s sound as well as a level of modernity that might explain why it has remained largely unnoticed up until now. Melodies International 7"
Trio Ternura A Gira / Last Tango In Paris With MEL12, Trio Ternura – A Gira / Last Tango In Paris, Melodies International move from North America into Brazilian territory reissuing a remarkable piece of 1970s MPB (Música popular brasileira) written and mostly recorded by a single family. Trio Ternura (or Tenderness Trio) consisted of two sisters, Jussara, Jurema and their brother Robson. Their father, Umberto Silva was a revered Brazilian songwriter and recording artist who introduced his children to the music world at a very young age. After performing some songs on broadcast television and at festivals early on, their father Umberto and brother, Beto Scala wrote A Gira for the Trio to record. The song is a tribute to nature, spirituality and mindfulness. The hommage is made through a form of "cantico" (chant) or "saudacao" (salutation), aimed at invoking an Orisha named "Oxossi". Otherwise known as "Saints", Orishas are the deities worshiped in the Afro-Brazilian religion of "Candomble". Originally released on Polydor in Brazil, fully licensed and remastered from the tapes – MEL012 comes forth in its 7-inch original vinyl format and digitally, b/w Trio Ternura's stunning version of Gato Barbieri's Last Tango in Paris and is accompanied by the first bilingual Melozine. Melodies International 7"
Bobby Wright Blood of an American A 7" reissue of two stripped-back and reflective songs of US folk-soul from Bobby Wright. Includes a 16-page zine with words from Abu Talib, social studies professor Paul Rekret and much more. The 60s and 70s constituted an exceptional era for its unique blend of popular culture and political radicalism. Household names such as Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott-Heron used art to express their discontent with the current state of affairs, namely the US government’s involvement in warfare and their inability to deal with critical social issues of the time. Though not a musician, Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay Jr) was advocating a similar anti- government stance in the boxing ring, and his objection to serving in the Vietnam War sealed his status as an icon for the wider counterculture generation. Melodies International 7"
Aged In Harmony You're A Melody Re-press expected on 18th NovemberTriple 7" reissuing three sought after modern soul tracks from the 70's. All remastered and available as a set together for the first time and accompanied by the second edition of the label’s very own Melozine that features an exclusive interview with Arnold himself and more. Privately recorded in the Detroit area between ’73 and ’78, and scarcely distributed since, the rare ‘Aged In Harmony’ 7”s have become highly sought after and much revered by soul enthusiasts around the world. The unique vibrations emanating from these very special records have resonated at the heart of the Melodies label since it’s conception, originally prompting the birth of the internationally acclaimed “You’re A Melody” party and forever inspiring generations of soul collectors to dig that little bit deeper. All originally written, arranged and produced by Arnold Moore, the six recordings bring together Strings, Vocals, Guitars, Synths,Horns and Drums for the perfect marriage of textures; each track contributing it’s own individual energy to the warming aura which surrounds the whole collection. Melodies International 7"
GLORIA JAY Know What You Want Know What You Want is a collection of soft and easy-to-listen-to soul and early R&B from Chicago in the 1970's. Melodies International has beautifully remastered this Gloria J. Jennings record from the original tapes and such with nothing being added or taken away - also includes a 14"x14" poster. Melodies International 7"
Disco Baby Disco Baby Cuts from Floating Points and DJ Red Greg, remixing some rare original 70s tracks into modern-day dancefloor anthems, originally these were extremely limited, just to some DJ friends of theirs but are now available. MEL6 arrives as a 7-inch, with the original version and the edit on the flip. First released in 1979 as a three-minute up-tempo library recording, “Disco Baby”, one of 10 tracks off a record available to license for film, radio, television and other media, held some hidden magic that would only get uncovered almost four decades later. Informed by years of combined dancefloor experience, Floating Points and Red Greg have slightly tweaked the original material, realising that played in the right context, it can become a true disco anthem. Melodies International 7"
Maurice Moore And Family Affair Band Everything That Shines Aint Gold Floating Points and DJ Red Greg, remixing some rare original 70's tracks into modern-day dance floor anthems, originally these tracks were extremely limited, just to some DJ friends of theirs but are now available. MEL7, Maurice Moore’s ethereal Hammond bass soul anthem “Everything That Shines Ain’t Gold”, is pressed as a 12-inch, with parts 1 and 2 from the original 7-inch merged on one side, and the FP edit on the flip. A multi-instrumentalist, the talented Moore grew up in Chicago listening to music from the local scene, including the likes of Etta James, Boe Diddly and Chuck Berry. Unable to pay for guitar lessons, Moore learned what a major, a minor and a 7th chord were from his uncle and went from there. Melodies International 12"
Tomorrow's People Open Soul Raw and stripped back soul, this album has been long awaiting a reissue and it's finally here. This time it includes a 16 page zine, a bonus interview and some memorabilia. A band of four brothers raised on doo-wop and flea-market instruments made a record during the mid 70s that did not only mark a seminal point in their youthful careers, but would go on to become a true collector’s favourite. Open Soul is quite simply one of the best examples of raw, stripped down soul in its purest form, and for this reason has become a highly sought after rarity. The album has been carefully reproduced and will be officially available for the first time in 40 Years. Melodies International LP