Tommy Guerrero, From The Soil To The Soul  
Tommy Guerrero
From The Soil To The Soul
EUR 1xLP 
Label: Be With Records
Release Year: 2019
Style: Funk & Soul
 
  Tracks  
  A1: Hello Again
A2: The Under Dog
A3: Badder Than Bullets
A4: Tomorrow’s Goodbye
A5: No Guns More Glory
A6: War No More
A7: Salve
A8: Mission Flats

B1: 1966
B2: Don’t Fake It
B3: Just Ain’t Me
B4: Create And Destroy
B5: Let Me In Let Me Out
B6: Molotov Telegram
 
  Tommy Guerrero’s much-loved 4th LP – the smooth West Coast classic From The Soil To The Soul - gets its first ever vinyl release. As the follow up to his revered Soul Food Taqueria, this album was originally released by Quannum Records 2006 but only on CD. Working with Tommy directly, the LP has been fully remastered, cut on to heavyweight wax, and comes with artwork freshly reworked by the man himself.

From The Soil To The Soul represents a continuation of Tommy’s blissful guitar-soul whilst demonstrating increasingly complex chops and a slightly darker side to his distinctive sound. His spare, effortless funk is blended here with elements of Americana, heavy psych, lo-fi fuzz and intoxicating Latin rhythms. Combined with his typically breezy, laid-back San Franciscan style, it’s a vibe from start to finish.

Recorded primarily in his home studio, Tommy wrote, arranged and played nearly all the instruments, including bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion and kalimba. Renowned street artist Barry McGee, aka Twist, designed the cover art which Tommy has now recast in a deep, deep red for the vinyl version.

As ever with Tommy, the highlights are many and memorable. From twinkling, sun-drenched opener “Hello Again” to the penultimate, punk-rocking track “Let Me In Let Me Out” (featuring the melodic yet fearsome rapping of Lyrics Born), the variety across the LP is relentless, but satisfying, and without once losing focus.

We’re treated to the gorgeous hip-hop blues of “The Under Dog”, Meters-style Hammond B-3 jams like “War No More” and “No Guns More Glory” and Balearic bangers like Bing Ji Ling’s star-turn on the sleazy “Don’t Fake It.”

Curumin’s soulful guest vocal elevates the already-great Brazilian lounge feels of “Salve” to hitherto unscaled heights and the heavy, driving basslines - funky and warm on “Badder Than Bullets”, sombre and intense in “Tomorrow’s Goodbye” and “Molotov Telegram” – never fail to move both body and soul.

But our favourite track is the beautiful breezy pop of “Just Ain’t Me”. A bittersweet, skipping ballad which boasts an incredibly rare instance of Tommy singing. “What you want from me, I can never give” he repeats throughout, lending the already-melancholic atmosphere greater poignancy. It would’ve been number 1 across the planet in a parallel universe.
 
      Wish List  
  Price: CHF 39.00   Add to Cart  
  Releases of the same artist  
  Blktop Project (Tommy Guerrero & Ray Barbee), Concrete Jungle  
Blktop Project (Tommy Guerrero & Ray Barbee)
Concrete Jungle
[Grand Palais]
FRA 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 31.00 Add To Cart
 
  Releases of the same label  
  Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet, Synthesis  
Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet
Synthesis
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Restocking!
 
  Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet, Synthesizer And Percussion  
Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet
Synthesizer And Percussion
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Restocking!
 
  Francis Coppieters, Piano Vibrations  
Francis Coppieters
Piano Vibrations
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Add To Cart
 
  James Clarke, Mystery Movie  
James Clarke
Mystery Movie
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Add To Cart
 
  Judith Ravitz, Bolerio  
Judith Ravitz
Bolerio
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Add To Cart
 
  Keith Mansfield & John Cameron, Voices In Harmony  
Keith Mansfield & John Cameron
Voices In Harmony
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Add To Cart
 
  Marti Caine, Point Of View  
Marti Caine
Point Of View
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 34.00 Restocking!
 
  Nick Ingman, Distinctive Themes / Race To Achievement  
Nick Ingman
Distinctive Themes / Race To Achievement
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Restocking!
 
  Pink Rhythm, Melodies Of Love  
Pink Rhythm
Melodies Of Love
[Be With Records]
GBR 12inch  Wish List
CHF 22.00 Restocking!
 
  Side On, Magic  
Side On
Magic
[Be With Records]
GBR 12inch  Wish List
CHF 20.00 Add To Cart
 
  The Deirdre Wilson Tabac, The Deirdre Wilson Tabac  
The Deirdre Wilson Tabac
The Deirdre Wilson Tabac
[Be With Records]
USA 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 35.00 Add To Cart
 
  The Moments, On Top  
The Moments
On Top
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Add To Cart
 
  Various, Big Business / Wind Of Change  
Various
Big Business / Wind Of Change
[Be With Records]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 39.00 Restocking!
 
Amami
Giant
[Bongo Joe]
bluebird
oleander wavy
[Mism]
Brahja
Brahja
[RR Gems]
Carlton Jumel Smith & Cold Diamond & Mink
Love Our Love Affair
[Timmion Records]
Mädness
OG
[Mädness]
Stereo Luchs
Off Season
[Island]
Sunny & The Sunliners
Mr. Brown Eyed Soul
[Big Crown]
Sven Libaek
To Ride A White Horse (Soundtrack)
[Votary Records]
Tommy Guerrero
From The Soil To The Soul
[Be With Records]
Walter Gavitt Ferguson
The Legendary Tape Recordings Vol.2
[Bongo Joe]
Zaid
Nachtaktiv
[Haus Und Baum]
  1. Stereo Luchs
Off Season
 
  2. Lexx
Cosmic Shift
 
  3. Madlib & Freddie Gibbs
Bandana
 
  4. Surprise
Beleive Me
 
  5. Your Old Droog
Transportation
 
  6. Albert Alan Owen
Following The Light
 
  7. Cold Diamond & Mink
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
 
  8. Danase & Tru Comers
Colt 45
 
  9. Kojo Antwi
Kojo In Kobenhavn
 
  10. A Tribe Called Quest
People's Instinctive Travels & The Paths Of Rhythm