Brian Auger, the London born keyboard genius & musical pioneer, lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison, from the Brand New Heavies to The Beastie Boys, whose tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco, and his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard 'Groove' Holmes and he is the proud recipient of a US Congressional Award For Services to Jazz!
Since the 2015 release of volume one of Back To The Beginning - The Brian Auger Vinyl Anthology, it's fair to say that a whole new audience of fans and taste makers have joined the massed ranks of music lovers who were already aware of this great mans incredible, pioneering music and career that now spans over 50 years. After more sell out tours of the US, UK and Europe in the last 12 months, magazine features and an epic, 2 hour interview with Gilles Peterson on BBC 6 Music - more people than over now grasp what a genre busting, pioneering artist Brian is.
This second volume brings together not only remastered classics from Brian's' career, but also super rare, and previously unreleased tracks packed in a beautiful double LP, gatefold sleeve - specially selected for the vinyl version - the finger snapping, dance floor focused material for DJs & collectors who want their grooves pressed on wax!
Check out his blistering jazz piano tracks from the early 60's including Poinciana and Work Song, the barely known, late 60's Hammond organ & big band versions of jazz standards Moanin', Sister Sadie, and the incredibly gritty version by The Trinity of Jimmy McGriffs' MG Blues, and the Big John Patton penned Funky Mama!
As well as Oblivion Express perennials such as Straight Ahead, Inner City Blues and Happiness Is Just Around The Bend (Brians original composition, made famous by Cuba Gooding Seniors The Main Ingredient) there is also the cosmic, soul-jazz instrumental Light On The Path, from Brians' 1973 genre busting Closer To It album - pressed onto vinyl for the first time in decades.
You will also be swept away by Ella, the rare track Brian wrote and dedicated to his wife of nearly 50 years - and you will no doubt be up on your feet when checking out brand new, previously unreleased live version of Freedom Jazz Dance, featuring original Oblivion Express vocalist Alex Ligertwood - recorded on 2015's epic and triumphant European tour and released here for the very first time.
Back To The Beginning..Again is a fantastic collection that demonstrates why Brian Auger is considered legendary.
The first Brian Auger comp last year was the bizzness. This just made me soil my boxers! I am loving the straight ahead acoustic jazz on this one - Thank you Freestyle Records and most of all, Brian Auger. - DJ LubiSoul Rebels/RESOUL - Leeds & KMAH Radio
Brian Auger is the Don! Amazing follow up to Vol 1, all killers and no fillers! - Mike ChadwickSoulandjazz.com
Oooh yes! Brian and his chops!! Never fails to deliver! Will definitely feature on Full Circle! - Ruth FisherJazz FM
YES! The last one rocked and I have played tracks every weekend with delight from it! - Rebecca VasmantBBC Radio Scotland
A great second volume - showing yet again the mastery, talent and vision of Brian Augar. A heavy weight connoisseur and producer of Jazz, Funk Soul and Rock - Phil LeveneEclectic Jazz/Starpoint Radio
Part 2 continues that majestic journey from the previous edition. Such a phenomenal release that breathes further life into the Freestyle catalogue. File this under essential!! - Rich Chocolatescandinaviansoul.com
As good as it gets! - Peter YoungJazz FM
From the originals to being rediscovered by the Hip hop sample community, Mr Auger in all his forms of Trinity/Oblivion Express/Band has been at the forefront of jazz-rock-fusion over the past 50 years and this release is proof of the same - this is just wonderful music. - Gerry HecticFuturistica Music/Jazz Chronicles
One of the best to ever do it and his evolution from swing and hammond grooves to deep spiritual jazz is one I have loved and delved into more and more. Love all these tracks but the cover of 'Inner City Blues' is the one for me. - dj Mr Lobmrlob & tngcradio.com
Brian is the Keys Man. Just brilliant, groovy and handsome. Give 5 out of 5 - Kid Loco
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