This Just In: Celestial Vibration

It’s International Noise Conference week, which means I’m tired, so I’ll keep this brief. Hell yeah – a Soul Jazz reissue of Laraaji’s debut album, Celestial Vibration! Two hypnotically transcendent, long-form prepared zither meditations to open the mind and relax the body. Turn on, tune it, bliss out. -MLE

Laraaji – Celestial Vibration LP
Listen: “All Pervading”
“This is the stunning debut album from Laraaji. Celestial Vibration was originally released in 1978 under the name Edward Larry Gordon, and then first issued by Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound in 2010. Soul Jazz Records are now issuing this hypnotic piece newly re-mastered album once again in a very limited vinyl edition of 1000 and new CD as a full Laraaji release.

Celestial Vibration is a cosmic ambient journey sounding unlike anything else when it was first released in 1978 – and sounding utterly unique today. Laraaji’s album was first issued in New York as a private-pressing record with only very minimal distribution. His distinctive use of the harp-like open-stringed zither and kalimba creates a hypnotic trance like musical landscape.

Laraaji first came to fame in the 1980s as a worldwide ambient artist working with Brian Eno on EG Records. At this time Laraaji worked with a wide range of experimental musicians – Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, Michael Brook, Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Nana Vasconcelos and Bill Laswell.

Since Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound first released Celestial Vibration seven years ago (now long deleted), Laraaji’s career has had a renaissance, releasing a string of new albums including a fascinating collaboration with Blues Control for the FRKYWS label, as well as reissues of earlier albums including a three-album cassette only release last year.

Today Gordon continues his unique musical and spiritual path – performing his music mainly for meditation at yoga global retreats. He runs his own ‘Therapeutic Laughter Workshop’ where he coaches people in the mindful use of laughing for its health benefits..” -Soul Jazz

Vibrations, celestial and otherwise – new releases, reissues & restocks…
311- From Chaos LP
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP
Animal Collective – Here Comes The Indian LP, Merriweather Post Pavilion 2LP
Astronoid – Air LP
Atmosphere – Overcast 12″
Avenged Sevenfold – The Best Of 2005-2013 3LP*
Badbadnotgood – III 2LP, IV LP
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds LP
Beatles – Abbey Road LP, Live At The Hollywood Bowl LP, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP
Big Star – Complete Third Vol. 2 2LP
Billie Holiday – The Essential Rare Collection LP
Black Market Brass – Cheat And Start A Fight LP
Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality LP, S/T LP, Sabotage LP
Black Star – Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star LP
Bob Dylan – Folksinger’s Choice Radio Bradcast LP
Bolt Thrower – Honour Valour Pride 2LP, Mercenary LP|
Bonobo – Migration CD
Brand New – Deja Entendu 2LP
Brian Eno – Reflection 2LP
Bruno Mars – 24k Magic LP, Unorthodox Jukebox LP
Burial – Street Halo 12”
Bush – Razorblade Suitcase 2LP
Can – Tago Mago 2LP
Cannibal Corpse – Vile  LP
Carcass – Choice Cuts 2LP, Wake Up And Smell The… Carcass 2LP
Chemical Brothers – Further 2LP
Chevelle – This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In) LP*
Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins LP*
Common – Resurrection LP
Daedelus – Baker’s Dozen: Daedelus LP
David Bowie – CHANGESONEBOWIE LP, David Live 3LP*, Diamond Dogs LP*, Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 2LP*, Nothing Has Changed 2LP, Station To Station LP*, Young Americans LP*, Ziggy
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration LP
Dick Dale – Surfer’s Choice LP
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – S/T LP
Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody CD
Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits LP
Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits 2LP
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 2LP, S/T 2LP
Grateful Dead – S/T (Picture) LP
Half Japanese – Hear The Lions Roar LP
Has A Shadow – Sorrow Tomorrow LP
Immolation – Failures For Gods LP, Here In After LP
Iron Maiden – Killers LP, Piece Of Mind LP, Powerslave LP, S/T LP, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son LP
Jeff Buckley – Grace LP
Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy LP
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland 2LP
Jlin – Dark Lotus EP 12″*
Joe King Kologbo & The High Grace – Sugar Daddy LP*
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP, Coltrane Plays The Blues LP
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures LP
Junior Bruce – Endless Descent LP
Kanye West – College Dropout 2LP
Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ CD
Kraftwerk – Man Machine LP, Radio-Activity LP
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 1 OST 2LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die 2LP
Leon Bridges – Coming Home LP
Lupe Fiasco – Drogas Light CD*
Madlib – Medicine Show Vol. 3 – Beat Konducta In Africa 2LP
Madvillain – Madvillainy Remixes 2LP, Money Folder 12″
Magma – Attahk LP, Udu Wudu LP
Manu Chao – Clandestino 2LP+CD, Proxima Estacion Esperanza 2LP+CD
Mark Bolan – Skycloaked Lord (…of precious light) LP*
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On LP
Massive Attack – Mezzanine 2LP
MC5 – Kick Out The Jams LP
MED / Blu / Madlib – Bad Neighbor 2LP
Mercyful Fate – 9 LP, Into The Unknown LP, Time LP
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct 2LP
MF Doom – Special Herbs Vol. 5 & 6 2LP + 7″
Miles Davis – Sketches Of Spain LP, Workin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet LP
Morbid Angel – Altars Of Madness LP, Gateways To Annihilation LP
Motorhead – Iron Fist LP
Murmur – S/T 2LP
New Order – Brotherhood LP, Movement LP, Technique LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree LP
Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral 2LP
Old Crow Medicine Show – The Best Of LP+7”*
Opeth – Morningrise 2LP*, My Arms Your Hearse 2LP*
Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 4LP
Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold LP
Pete Rock – Soul Survivor 2LP + 7”
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP
Prince – Lotusflow3r 2LP+2CD
Quasimoto – Talkin Shit 7″
Queen – Greatest Hits I 2LP, Greatest Hits II 2LP
Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2LP, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II (Colored) 2LP
Rage Against The Machine – S/T LP
Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 2LP
Run The Jewels – RTJ3 2LP
Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It LP*
Sleep – Clarity 12”*
Snowmoon – Afterglow EP 12”
Stan Getz & The Oscar Peterson Trio – S/T LP*
Sterophonics – Performance & Cocktails LP
Sun Ra – Spaceways LP*
Tame Impala – Currents 2LP
Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits 2LP*
The Avalanches – Since I Left You 2LP
The L.A. Carnival – Would Like To Pose A Question 2LP
The M-Tet – Long Play LP*
The Menzingers – After The Party LP
The Other People Place – Lifestyles Of The Laptop Cafe 2LP*
The Sadies – Northern Passages LP
The Smiths – Hatful Of Hollow LP
The Weeknd – Starboy 2LP
The Yardbirds – Sounds I Heard LP
The Zombies – Odyssey & Oracle LP
Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane – S/T LP
Thievery Corporation – The Temple Of I&I 2LP*, CD*
Tinariwen – Elwan 2LP*, CD*
Tosca – Going Going Going 2LP*
Ty Segall – Ty Segall CD, LP
Various – The Hamilton Mixtape 2LP
Various – Ultimate Block Party Breaks Vol. 3 LP*
Wolfpack – A New Dawn Fades LP

*Indicates new release or new reissue