At last, the day is upon us! The reissue of Harry Beckett’s beautiful album Joy Unlimited, originally recorded in 1974, is released today. Here’s some nice things that’ve been said about it already.
“Exuberant and energizing, it has catchy tunes and frill-free arrangements. It is the absolute, total, care-free flipside of the moody contemporaneous work of Miles Davis and makes great summertime listening…[Harry] was an early pioneer of a culturally distinct strand of Caribbean and African-enriched jazz, which in 2020 is a key ingredient in the new London jazz of players such as Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Binker Golding and Camilla George.” Chris May, All About Jazz
“A decade after his death, his own recordings are less easy to find, so this reissue from 1975 – nicely packaged by Cadillac with new notes from Beckett biographer John Thurlow – is lovely to have.” Jon Turney, London Jazz
Julian Joseph played the beautiful calypso inspired Glowing from Joy Unlimited on BBC Radio 3 J-Z: “A subtle calypso & jazz rock flavour from the trumpet of UK jazz legend Harry Beckett.”
We’re delighted to announce the forthcoming reissue of the great Harry Beckett Joy Unlimited album from 1975 on Cadillac! This is the first time the album has been reissued, and the first time at all on CD and digital. We’re also releasing a limited edition (500 copies) vinyl version! Release date will be August 7 2020. Distribution through our good mates at Proper Records. Pre-order now:
To clarify, the release date for the Fela Ransome Kuti 10″ is the 29th August 2020, the first of the new Record Store Day Drop Days. I know it’s a while off, and I’m sure some impatient souls have sneaked out their RSD releases already, but the GOOD thing is that for the week following release this will ONLY be available from indie stores, and we all need to support them. So apply your new found wells of patience, and all will be well…