‘The Best Of Rare Mod’ 3 CD Boxset Out 26/05

The seminal Acid Jazz Records Rare Mod series took its first desert booted steps in 2009 with a selection of ‘holy grail’ sixties recordings on an album entitled Rare Mod. such was its success that another five LPs followed, plus fourteen eps, four artist albums, two reunion concerts and two box-sets including this one, The Best Of Rare Mod box set. Involving a team of passionate individuals without whom sourcing the material would have been impossible, Damian Jones, Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson, label boss Ed Piller and Richard Searle have compiled this triple CD collection of some of the highlight from across the entire series.

Some of the artists featured are more famous or more successful than others, some are sadly no longer with us, but all are equally inspirational; The Artwoods, The Fleur De Lys, Sharon Tandy, Carl Douglas and Geno Washington are familiar names amongst the record collecting in-crowd; The Mountain Men, The Aphex, The Koobas. Kenny Bernard and The Top Six are possibly less so.

From the dancefloor fillers like I’m Out by The Richard Kent Style, soul standards like Rock My Plimsol from the legendary Blockheads bassist Norman Watt-Roy’s first band The Ossie Layne Show, through to the wigged out garage R&B of The Mountain Men’s Too Many People Around, and the Velvet Underground cover, I’m Waiting For My Man, by David Bowie’s first group The Riot Squad. But it’s the rediscovered treasures throughout the series that may have remained lost that are perhaps the most interesting; Derek Griffiths (guitarist of The Artwoods), whilst rummaging through a cardboard box, uncovered a forgotten concept album by his jazz-rock outfit, Satisfaction; the flute-tastic House Of The Rising Sun features along with another fantastic track from another of Derek’s later bands, Dog Soul, a version of the Eddy Floyd classic Big Bird.

 Released on 26th May through Acid Jazz Records,The Best Of Rare Mod CD Boxset contains three CDs accompanied by artwork and extensive sleeve notes.

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I Can See The Light | The Fleur De Lys Singles Boxset | RSD Limited Edition

Introducing our RSD release this year, make sure you get out and about for RSD and pick one up.

The Fleur De Lys were in the thick of the swinging sixties music scene. Held in high regard by their rock star contemporaries and adoring public alike, but frustratingly fame and fortune never called. Initially formed in 1964 as a beat band, surviving through the excesses of psychedelia, before evolving into a Stax tinged soul outfit, their output was constant and outstanding. Whilst finding time to record under pseudonyms (Rupert’s People, Shyster and Chocolate Frog), become the backing band for the late soul sensation Sharon Tandy, and fulfil commitments as in house session band for the UK Atlantic label, The Fleur De Lys released seven 45s over a five year period; these singles are considered holy grails amongst record devotees.

As part of the seminal Rare Mod series from Acid Jazz Records, the seven 45s are presented as one deluxe collection, The Fleur De Lys. I Can See The Light. The Singles Boxset. Including for the first time Wait For Me the original b-side to their debut single Moonbeams, the song that was mysteriously replaced with a Jimmy Page instrumental. Also including The Fleur’s version of The Who‘s maximum R&B hit Circles, freakbeat classics Mud In Your Eye, I Can See A Light, Liar  and Gong With The Luminous Nose, plus the soul stomper Stop Crossing The Bridge. Presented in replicated Immediate/Polydor and Atlantic Records house bags with matching labels, the box contains a fully illustrated 32 page booklet with sleeve notes from Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller and original drummer from The Fleur De Lys, Keith Guster.

Acid Jazz Bands On Tour

New Street Adventure and Mark Morriss are both on tour over the coming months.

New Street Adventure will be heading out around the release of their 2nd album ‘Stubborn Sons’ pre-order here!

Get your tickets below!

Thu 20th April: LONDON XOYO
Fri 21st April: OXFORD The Cellar [Oxford]
Sat 22nd April: BRIGHTON Patterns
Thu 27th April: MANCHESTER The Ruby Lounge
Fri 28th April: WARWICK The Copper Rooms
Sat 29th April: BRISTOL The Louisiana

Mark Morriss will also be playing a range of dates in Manchester as well as in Coventry, Lewes and Norwich over the next few months. Be sure to head down to any of these dates which can be found here!