A selection of classic albums from Real World Records.
Some have been out of print on LP for many years and others are making their vinyl debut; each one is a cornerstone of the Real World catalogue.
When Peter Gabriel launched Real World Records back in 1989, access to music from around the world was limited, relying on ethnomusicologists or traditional labels to find these sounds. Of course, the world is now totally transformed and finding new music has never been easier. We are, however, very happy be going back to glorious vinyl with these albums, which have endured over many years.
“It has been heart warming to see the return of vinyl,” explains Peter. “Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion.”
Real World has always encouraged cross cultural collaboration, so it’ll be no surprise that included in the LP reissues we have creative magic between Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook (Mustt Mustt); Papa Wemba and Stephen Hague (Emotion); Geoffrey Oryema and Brian Eno (Exile).
Ayub Ogada’s En Mana Kuoyo is one of those unforgettable albums. Simply backing himself (albeit with virtuosic ease) on an East African lyre called a nyatiti, Ayub’s warm vocals never leave centre stage. At the other end of the scale, but equally indelible, is Martyn Bennett’s Grit which is arguably one of the most significant pieces of work to come out of Scotland in recent years.
We are not alone in considering Joseph Arthur to be one of the most talented American singer-songwriters in recent years. 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of one of his most beloved albums, Redemption’s Son, so we’re bringing it out for the first time on double vinyl, with a whole album of previously unreleased bonus tracks from that era. A delight.
Music featured: Martyn Bennett ‘Why’ from Grit.