Compiled by Jonathan Ward, released by Dust-to-Digital; Opika Pende: Africa at 78rpm is a 4-CD collection featuring 100 tracks taken from rare 78rpm recordings of African music (1909 to mid-1960s), none of which have ever been issued on CD until now. Pan-African in scope and wildly diverse, Opika Pende is a testament to the deep riches found in early recorded music across the continent. The packaging is a 112-page softcover book with 4 CDs in a separate portfolio – all housed in a deluxe cloth slipcase. Audio restoration and mastering by Michael Graves, Osiris Studio.
For its commemorative 10th release, Analog Africa explores Burkina Faso’s golden age of recording during the mid to late 1970’s. The raw sound of Burkina Faso combined Afro-Funk, traditional Islamic rhythms and subtle Afro-Latin sounds introduced by visiting Cuban ensembles. Mandingue melodies and guitar techniques from Mali and Guinea however were by far the most defining traits of a potent African mix that distinguished the Voltaic style between 1974 and 1979. Audio restoration and mastering by Michael Graves, Osiris Studio.
From its early catalog Landslide Records re-issues 2 digital only releases; Dan Wall’s recording debut, Song For The Night and Route Two, a jazz trio album led by the late percussionist David Earle Johnson featuring guitarist John Abercrombie and Dan Wall on organ. Originally released on vinyl only in 1981 the two titles have been out of print since 1989. Audio restoration and mastering by Michael Graves, Osiris Studio.
This beautiful 2-CD set compiled by artist Steve Roden and released on Dust-to-Digital brings together a collection of old 78rpm recordings, early photographs related to music, and short excerpts from various literary sources that are contemporary with the sound and images. The two CDs display a variety of recordings, including one-off amateur recordings, regular commercial releases, and early sound effects records. Audio restoration and mastering by Osiris Studio.
Analog Africa re-releases the extremely rare first album by Rob "Roy" Raindorf, one of the most enigmatic artists to come out of Ghana in the late 1970’s. An admirer of American artists Otis Redding, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Ray Charles, Rob’s first album is an innovative repertoire of cosmic Afro-Funk, twisted moog synthesizers and progressive dancefloor sounds. Really great music! Audio restoration and mastering by Osiris Studio.
A salute to all the mothers: Dust-to-Digital has released a two CD set containing 40 vintage recordings from 1927-1956 from such esteemed 78 collectors as Joe Bussard; all packaged within an exquisitely-designed 96-page hardback book featuring 65 antique photographs.
“Those of us who treasure American roots music are listening to the very center of its essence in this anthology: a nearly century-old collection of songs about the most important person in the entire lexicon.” — Rosanne Cash, from the introduction to Never a Pal Like Mother.
Audio restoration and mastering by Michael Graves, Osiris Studio.
Osiris Studio had completed the digitization and preservation of 3 rare reel-to-reel tapes containing some of the last sermons given by Dr. Howard Thurman for Emory University’s Pitts Theology Library. Thurman was an influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader.
Ain’t No Grave: The Life and Legacy of Brother Claude Ely was released on Dust-to-Digital. The Pentecostal preacher,Brother Claude Ely was highly influential to the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. The CD contained within the 360-page hardback biography features rare and electrifying audio recordings of Pentecostal worship services in the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia accompanied by a fiery sermon preached by Brother Claude Ely. Audio restoration and mastering by Michael Graves, Osiris Studio.