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Back to the Beginning: The Brian Auger Vinyl Anthology

A 15 track jazz-funk album (1h 8m 37s) — released September 4th 2015 on Freestyle Records

Brian Auger - lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison, from the Brand New Heavies to The Beastie Boys, his tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco, his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard 'Groove' Holmes and The Main Ingredient.

Taking the path less traveled, indeed, forging a new path guided by one's own individual musical instincts certainly would not be the most obvious and easiest route to creative and commercial success. However, Brian Auger has always displayed a fiercely independent and single minded approach to his music - and after over 50 years of doing just that, has firmly secured his reputation as an award winning and much loved musical innovator, award winning jazz piano prodigy, a Swinging 60's London scenester, early jazz fusion protagonist, the godfather of acid jazz, a 2014 Hammond Organ Hall of Fame Inductee, as well as being known as a generous, hilarious and warm hearted human being.

This 15 track, career spanning double vinyl, gatefold LP anthology covers 50 years of Brian Auger's music - from his jazz piano trio, classic & rare tracks from Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll & The Trinity, his pioneering 70's jazz fusion outfit The Oblivion Express and includes rare versions, and slept on highlights from his Grammy Nominated, award winning life in music as well as material from his forthcoming brand new live album Live In Los Angeles with original Oblivion Express vocalist Alex Ligertwood back on vocal duties

Back To The Beginning is a celebration of one of music's great innovators, a musician's musician who's playing also speaks directly to the heart of whoever is listening. After over 50 years as a ground breaking professional player, his skills and spirit remain undiminished, one who still promotes a simple and always relevant message - Peace Through Music

Brian Auger is one of the best B3 artists I have ever heard in my life. His technique is awesome and the amount of energy he generates is unparalleled and relentless. He is a tremendous talent with a wonderfully warm and compassionate personality, a combination that is hard to beat. He deserves all the accolades. - Herbie Hancock

Brilliant comp of Brian Auger's finest recording moments, crammed full of all things Jazz-Funk, Rhythm & Blues and inspirational Soul. Quality from the 1st to the last cut. Wonderful & LOVE-BIG TIME! - Dr BOB JONES

A weighty piece of work from one of Britain's best love Hammond players.A real humdinger of a compilation,from cool 60's work out to funky fusion blessedness,highly recommended - Emrys Baird Blues & Soul

You can't mess with the master! Pure class. - Dom Servini Wah Wah 45s

This is a must have re-issue, and a great introduction to a remarkable career. - Reg Dancy www.basic-soul.co.uk/

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