Message From The Tribe
An Anthology of Tribe Records
Newly packaged and remastered edition. CD comes in new Soul Jazz box-case with 60-page mini-Tribe book/magazine and very limited edition 5 postcard set. The LP is now available as an expanded double vinyl (with all the tracks that were missing from the single volume vinyl) and very limited edition free Tribe magazine.
Now also available as digital download exclusively here!
This album coincides with the release of the first new Tribe album in over 25 years - produced by the legendary Carl Craig.
An anthology of Tribe Records 1972-1977. Underground jazz and funk from Detroit collective of musicians that include Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Marcus Belgrave and others. Tribe as well as releasing records in the early 1970's also used to produce a black awareness magazine for Detroit. The CD includes articles from various editions of this magazine collated into a 50 page booklet. In the early 1970's Detroit was a city carrying with it the musical legacy of Motown as well as the title Motor City as one of the USA's main car manufacturing centres. But, by 1970 Motown had moved to Los Angeles and the city's car industry was in decline leaving Detroit in a cultural and industrial void. Out of this wasteland came Tribe. Over a five year period a group of creative jazz musicians from Detroit took control of their own lives by running their own label, Tribe Records, where they proudly put forward the message "Music is the healing force of the Universe." Message from The Tribe contains music from this label, a mixture of Funk and deep Jazz and comes with a 70 page booklet which reprints articles and photos from the original Tribe Magazine that was distributed in Detroit in the early 70's. There are features on Jesse Jackson, Sun Ra and Watergate! Tribe contains music by Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin, Marcus Belgrave, Doug Hammond and more.
Read Pitchfork review here.
'A fascinating document of an overlooked era' THE OBSERVER
'A stunning compilation from the planet black America, 1972' Q Magazine
'A CD to own at any cost' MUZIK
'Represents a cultural movement as much as a musical genre' The GUARDIAN
'A joyful listening experience, music as political act. Truly uplifting stuff.' The WIRE