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Cat: WWSLP 22. Rel: 25 Jun 19
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  1. Habeytak Tansit Al Non (5:37)
  2. Baatilak (4:37)
  3. Ana Indi Haneen (5:57)
  4. Al Bosta (8:56)
  5. Wahdon (6:17)
Review: When it comes to offering up re-mastered reissues of obscure Lebanese music, Wewantsounds has previous form. They've already delivered a new edition of Ziad Rahbani's "Abu Ali" LP and here serve up a fresh pressing of an album he produced: "Wahdon", a hard-to-find 1978 set by her mother, legendary Middle Eastern chanteuse Fairuz. It's a set of stark contrasts. While the A-side tracks indulge the more traditional side of Fairuz's output -think Lebanese vocals and instrumentation in the style of pop music from the region made in the period - the flipside cuts see her taking calculated risks. "Al Bosta" is a funk, soul and disco influenced club cut of the highest order, while "Wahdon" is a sumptuously symphonic soul slow jam straight from the top drawer.
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Cat: WWSLP 27. Rel: 31 Jul 19
International
  1. Abu Ali (13:12)
  2. Prelude (Theme From Mais El Rim) (12:49)
Review: Ziad Rahbani is a Lebanese cultural icon. Born into a famous musical family, the renowned pianist and producer is also a playwright, as well as being one of the most important exponents of the Lebanese left-wing counterculture of the '70s. "Abu Ali" was recorded in Athens with a full orchestra and released as a limited run EP in his home country. Legend has it was only pressed at 500 units and hence its rarity The result is a fabulous New York-meets-Beyrouth disco. Wewantsounds presents the first-ever official vinyl reissue of Rahbani's mythical 1978 release on his label Zida Records.
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Abu Ali (Record Store Day 2019) (limited yellow vinyl 12") (1 per customer)
Cat: WWSLP 021LP. Rel: 30 Apr 19
International
  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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Cat: WWSLP 4A. Rel: 10 Aug 16
International
  1. Johnny Alf - "Tema Sem Palavras" (2:13)
  2. Celso Murilo & Conjunto Drink - "Tem Que Balancar" (2:42)
  3. Leny Andrade - "Sambop" (2:05)
  4. Tamba Trio - "O Barquinho" (2:29)
  5. Walter Wanderley - "Boato" (2:52)
  6. Vinicius De Moraes - "Pela Luz Dos Olhos Teus" (2:02)
  7. Joao Donato E Seu Trio - "Muito A Vontade" (2:35)
  8. Alaide Costa - "Ciume" (2:14)
  9. Joao Gilberto - "Desafinado" (1:55)
  10. Luiz Bonfa & Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Lamento No Morro" (2:09)
  11. Elis Regina - "Mesmo De Mentira" (2:24)
  12. Orlann Divo - "Onde Anda O Meu Amor" (2:18)
  13. Sergio Ricardo - "Pernas" (1:59)
  14. Elizete Cardoso - "Chega De Saudade" (3:28)
  15. Lucio Alves - "Nem Eu" (1:54)
  16. Sylvia Telles - "Samba De Uma Nota So" (2:16)
  17. Sergio Mendes - "Outra Vez" (2:24)
  18. Ed Lincoln - "A Rosa" (2:00)
  19. Maysa - "Meditacao" (2:56)
  20. Agostinho Dos Santos & Rosana Toledo - "Samba Em Preludio" (3:52)
Review: Compilation specialists Wewantsounds return once again; this time their focus is squared on the Bossa Nova movement. Popularised in the 1960s, Bossa Nova's roots actually took place in the prior decade and this 20-track collection looks to chronicle the movement's emergence properly. Artists readily associated with Bossa Nova of course feature, but the Wewantsounds crew have dug a bit deeper to highlight some of the lesser known, cult practitioners too. Therefore you get a nice blend, from Joao Gilberto to Celso Murilo via Elza Soares and Orlann Divo. Featuring sleeve notes from French music journalist Jacques Denis, Bossa Nova is a fine introductory compilation for those who wish to discover more about the subtle differences between early bossa and the more relaxed samba Cancao.
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