Sunday, 17 February 2013

A Second Coming

Equal parts The Pharaohs and The Abyssinians, Atlanta's afro spiritual jazz and zionist roots reggae outfit SOLAR, or Source of Life Arkestral Revelation, produced but one album, Faith For My Mind, distributed by its own vanity label Path of Light Records.  

But despite it's esotericism, SOLAR's inspirational gospel of universal brotherhood and righteous living spread throughout the promised land.  And because of the album's relative obscurity, this holy grail of records was fetching $1400 on eBay.

A record, as with any commodity, is only worth what people are willing to pay for it.  And some albums, regardless of their content, are expensive because they're expensive, in the same way that a celebrity is famous for being famous.  There are cultish auras surrounding them.  They've been chosen. Often by nerds with superfluous incomes.

Take for example, The Beatles' White Album (first pressing, mono, No. 0000005), which in 2008 sold for £19,201.  Granted, there is an extreme rarity factor with that specific item. But any way you cut it, that price is insane.  Especially so, given that you can walk into any used record store and buy a subsequent pressing of that ubiquitous record for under $20. Exorbitant online bidding wars are often less about music appreciation and more about object fetishization.  

At least with SOLAR's exceptionally beautiful and near-invisible album, the chances of procuring it anywhere are slim to non-existent.  One is forced to pay top dollar just to hear it.

And that's the cue to announce that Faith For My Mind has been officially repressed

Praise YHWH.

The budding French reissue label Superfly, which already has a qualitatively impressive if  quantitatively modest catalogue, has delivered unto us limited edition, 180 gram, musical manna.

"Faith For My Mind"

"It's a New Day"

"To The Most Holy Place"

"Walk Together Children"

"Eat I-tal Food"

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