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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Realworld Records

10-2-07 Realworld Records

AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM – RELEASE REMIXES, 38746.2

AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM – Vol. 2: RELEASE, 47324.2

AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM – Vol. 3: FURTHER IN TIME, 10184.2

CHANDRA, SHEILA – ABONECRONEDRONE, CAROL 2356.2

CHANDRA, SHEILA – MOONSUNG, 47184.2

FARFINA – FASO DENOU, CAROL 2328.2

GYURME, LAMA / JEAN-PHILIPPE RYKIEL – RAIN OF BLESSINGS, 48814.2

JOI – WE ARE THREE, 849871.2

KHAN, NURSAT FATEH ALI / M. BROOK – NIGHT SONG, CAROL 2354.2

KHAN, NURSAT FATEH ALI / M. BROOK – STAR RISE, CAROL 2369.2

MUSICIANS OF THE NILE, THE – CHARCOAL GYPSIES, CAROL 2366.2

SHERWOOD, ADRIANNEVER TRUST A HIPPY, CDRW 110

TAMA – ESPACE, 812765.2

TOURE, DABY – DIAM, 579753.2

TRISAN – TRISAN, CAROL 2330.2

VARIOUS ARTISTS – 10 SONGS FROM 10 YEARS, 14340.2

VARIOUS ARTISTS – ARCANE, CAROL 2348.2

VARIOUS ARTISTS – PLUS FROM US, CAROL 2327.2

VARIOUS ARTISTS – VOICES OF THE REAL WORLD, 48119.2

VARIOUS ARTISTS – WEEK OR TWO IN THE REAL WORLD, CAROL 2346.2

VARIOUS ARTISTS – WOMEN OF THE WORLD, 50033.2

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in collecting record labels. In the CD age, this has been less prevalent. However, after I’d obtained a few of these ‘rainbow-spined’ Realworld label CD’s, I wanted more. Not that I am a huge fan of ‘world music’, as these can all be loosely called. It’s interesting to me that Peter Gabriel produced so many of these admittedly non-commercial recordings. I confess, they all have very nice sound, many having been originated at his studios near Bath, England (where I once lived). Only, when I lived there, I think his company was going on about “Womad” or thereabouts.

I saw the Afro Celt Sound System on “Later with Jools Holland” and really liked them – around the time of their debut album (I guess when I sorted this list, the Japanese-pressed titles didn’t show up, ‘cause I do have the debut Afro Celts CD!) – the other ‘odd man out’ CD here is Adrian Sherwood’s “Never Trust A Hippy”, which is English ‘electronica’.

I’d probably buy any Realworld label CD, if it was inexpensive enough. Their website, http://realworldrecords.com/ doesn’t seem to have a linear catalogue up, so I can’t tell you how many Realworld records there are. Also, no idea if they continue to issue everything on vinyl or not – I know that for a while, they were supporting several different formats. The sampler CD’s are a good way to start – and some have familiar names, such as Rupert Hine and Peter Hammill – though neither of those guys have proper releases under their own names on Realworld. Peter Gabriel fans! How many Realworld label CD’s do you own? What are your favorites?


2 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Re: RealWorld

I am an ex-peter gabriel fan. I haven't really liked anything of his since 1984 or so. His big hit album was weak sauce and everything I happened to hear since then was eminently missable. But I did appreciate his release of Sheila Chandra! I have all of her RW recordings save for ABoneCroneDrone, which is the one I still don't have.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about collecting "labels". I own substantially all of the Realworld recordings that have been released commercially and many promos / samplers.

I have been zealously collecting releases from Real World / Womad / Womad Select / PRE for years and scour the Internet and Ebay.

I like the collaborations and Various Artist compilations the best.

As far as I know there is no complete list of releases anywhere perhaps save on a computer at Real World Records. I tend to follow the UK/EU usage i.e. CDRW 141 is Adrian Sherwood's "Becoming a Cliche" etc.

I have several ad-hoc lists in Excel and Acess and at one point was in the process of creating a discography website.

Regards,

Dennis
Seattle, WA

10:31 AM  

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