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We are delighted to announce the release on vinyl of 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 another 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 still arguably one of the most significant pieces of work to come out of Scotland in recent years.
Passion Sources is the companion album to Peter Gabriel's revered soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ, and represents a selection of some of the traditional music, sources of inspiration and location recordings gathered at that time.
Finally, the already released 15th anniversary edition of Joseph Arthur's Redemption's Son not only revisits a milestone record in Joseph's career but comes with nine previously unreleased songs, which now form a 'lost album' which Arthur has named Morning Star.