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The accompanying information’s boast of “ultra-rare tracks” could have been a euphemism for “scraping the barrel”. But because of the apparently bottomless pit of 1970s Afro-funk still being found and dusted down – and because this is an Analog Africa release – you can be sure quality control has been maintained for this “Return to Ghana 1974-1983”.

Album: Various Artists, More Dirty Laundry (Trikont)

His record company, so legend has it, blew a gasket when Bobby Womack wanted to release a country album titled Black In The Saddle Again; and when it eventually appeared as BW Goes C&W, they simply ignored it, hoping nobody on either side of America’s racial divide would notice.

Album: Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4th World Order) (Universal)

Like many a hip-hop and R&B star, Erykah Badu seems to have spent more time acting than making music recently, releasing only the EP Worldwide Underground since her 2000 album Mama's Gun.

Album: Various artists

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JAMES BROWN, the enfant terrible of the magazine world and pioneer of Loaded, is said to have secured backing for his own publishing company, writes Dan Gledhill.

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