HABIBIYYA, THE - If Man But Knew+

"(Habibiyya were a ) buncha british rockers from the end of the 60s (some were in Mighty Baby) ... seems like they flipped out on sufic islam + cut a beautiful slice of eastern-influenced dronefloat for Island recs right at the start of the 70s ... well, i picked up the rec for 25p in a charity shop many moons ago, and its a real head-turner, lost classic, but not so many seem to know about it ... ANYWAYS, im only posting this because ive just found out that one of the guys in the band has made it available again on swish-looking CDR . I reckon a lot of you out there would really go for this, if you enjoy NNCK, jewelled antler, sunburned hand, sun city girls, hell even vibracathedral. Someone shd give this one the full reissue treatment some day, but until then, its nice that you can get yr hands on it if you want." - Neil Campbell. "Habibiyyas sole album stands as one of the earliest and most beautiful pieces of world music ever recorded in Britain. The musicians involved (including three members of UK underground legends Mighty Baby) had been profoundly affected, both musically and spiritually, by visiting Morocco in 1971, and became adherents of the Sufi faith. Upon their return to London they made If Man But Knew, featuring exotic instruments such as koto, shakuhachi and mandola alongside guitar, organ and drums, conjuring a hypnotic, otherworldly ambience in the process." Picked these up a year or two ago but were listing them for the first time.. Very nice full color printed artwork and CDRs, all signed by Ian Whiteman. Includes 3 unreleased tracks from the original recording session. Highly recommended!
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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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