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Right for the cold season of the year comes another outstanding Island Funk vinyl to heat you up again. Continuing with their series “Message from the Islands” of rare funky & soulful tunes from Trinidad & Tobago, Black Pearl releasing another two amazing tracks of the legendary band WILD FIRE.

Pünktlich zur kalten Jahreszeit erscheint ein weiteres großartiges Insel Afro Funk Meisterwerk aus Trinidad & Tobago um mit dem heißen karibischen Spirit den kalten winterlichen Schnee zu schmelzen. Diese vinyl 7″ der Gruppe WILD FIRE ergänzt damit die Insel Serie der Schwarze Perle.


The Black Pearl is very proud to present and to continue our 7inch-series with this outstanding 2nd release of an Afro Funk Band from West-Germany called APOTHEKE.

Two unbelievable hot Kraut Afro Funk tracks with a light disco touch, that you never expected from Germany / Aachen.
The A-side “Hi Baby Out” was originally released on their ultra rare private 7inch release, but the track “War” on the B-side was never released before and we were more than lucky to find this forgotten afro funk pearl on the original mastertape. Futhermore some very cool Reggae-Dub tracks where sleeping on this tapes and were ready to be waken up.

Die Schwarze Perle ist hocherfreut ihre 7″ Vinyl Serie mit diesem Meilenstein deutscher Afro Funk Geschichte fortzusetzen.
Zwei für Deutschland unglaublich authentische afro-krautige Funk Titel mit einem leichtem Disco Einfluss, produziert von der Aachener Combo “APOTHEKE”, kommen hier frisch gemastert von den original Mastertapes aufs schwarze Gold.
Der Song “Hi Baby Out” wurde bereits auf einer ultra seltenen 7″ Privatausgabe im Jahre 1978 veröffentlicht. Der Titel “War” erblickte noch nie das Licht der Welt und wurde durch die Jungs von Black Pearl Records auf den längst vergessenen original Masterbändern zwischen einigen weiteren Reggae-Dub Stücken entdeckt, welche ebenfalls in unserem Shop digital erhältlich sind.


Posted by tom On Mai - 1 - 2016


Right for the warm season of the year comes an outstanding Island Funk compilation of some of the best funky & soulful tunes from Trinidad & Tobago, from the 70´s era.

On this compilation the sunny Calypso vibe meets styles like Funk, Psychedelic Rock, Modern Soul, Afro-Grooves, Disco & Boogie with it´s percussive, charming & warm sound.

As well on this selection are 2 special versions, that were never released before. On the digital side we have a special bonus track by the band WILD FIRE, that was never sounding so fresh.
All songs are carefully analog remastered for a much fresher sound & enjoyable listening pleasure.

Black Pearl is more than proud to present these forgotten & hunted Island Pearls in this selection to the worldwide – funk & rare groove – community for the first time and we like to thank all of the artists, musicians & all people which are involved in this project.

Rechtzeitig zum Frühlingsstart des Jahres erscheint diese beachtliche Zusammenstellung der besten 70ies Funk & Soul Perlen von den Karibikinseln Trinidad & Tobago !

Auf dieser Compilation vereint sich der sommerlich traditionelle Calypso Geist mit Stilen aus Funk, Psychedelic Rock, Modern Soul, Afro-Grooves, Disco & Boogie und erstrahlt in deren perkussiv, charmanten & warm klingenden zeitgenössischen Gewandt.

Außerdem werden in dieser Titelauswahl 2 spezielle Versionen präsentiert, welche erstmalig in dieser Form das Licht der Welt erblicken. Weiterhin gibt es einen klanglich sehr ausgefeilten Ohrenschmaus mit dem Song “Check it out” der Band Wild Fire, welcher als Bonustitel digital erhältlich ist.

Alle Titel wurden neu überspielt, gemastert und stellen daher einen noch nie da gewesenen Hörgenuss dieses Genres dar.

Die Schwarze Perle ist mehr als stolz Ihren Sammlern und Musikliebhabern diese in Vergessenheit geratenen Schätze der karibischen Inseln T&T zugänglich machen zu können -  und möchten allen daran beteiligten Künstlern, Musikern und involvierten Menschen sowie Freunden danken.



Black Pearl is very proud to start there 7″ series with this 2 amazing fuzzy, psychedelic, FreakBeat ModSoul tunes by the local matadors from east Berlin Joco-Dev Sextett. Both songs are original broadcast recordings and were carefully remastered analog.
The 7″ / single vinyl comes in a special cover with vintage haptics and design.

Joco-Dev Sextett started in the late 60s as one of the first amateur-combos and got big fame in the beatnik scene because there were touring a lot trough the country and because of several gigs in radio and tv like the “Notenbank” and “Musik für junge Leute”.
They also were one of the first combos which were heavily influenced by psychedelic rock elements which there also featured in their music.
Their big resonance and success in the underground hippi scene of the GDR caused dramatic problems with the official security authorities.
The result was a live show prohebition and detention of their western musical equipment by the offical tax office.
This was the reason why the band unfortunately disappeared from the musical scenery already in the early 70s.

Die schwarze Perle ist sehr stolz darauf, mit dieser Veröffentlichung ihre 7″ / Single Serie zu starten. Darauf zu hören sind 2 überaus erstaunliche und bisher in dieser Form unveröffentlichte gitarrenverzerrte, psychedelische sowie ausgeflippte Beat Titel von den Ostberliner Lokalmatadoren Joco-Dev Sextett. Beide Titel wurden einst beim Berliner Jugendradio aufgenommen und erscheinen nun hier in neu analog gemasterten Versionen.

Joco-Dev Sextett etablierten sich in den späten 60er Jahren als eine der ersten zugelassenen Amateur Combos und erreichten durch ihre Konzerttouren im Lande sowie verschiedene Auftritte im Radio bei “Musik für junge Leute” und Fernsehen wie bei der “Notenbank” großes Ansehen in der ostdeutschen Beatnik Szene. Als einer der ersten Kapellen bedienten sie sich einem starken Einfluss der aufkommenden psychedelischen Rock Musik und deren Elementen. Die große Begeisterung der Jugend und der damit einhergehende Erfolg in der ostdeutschen Beatbewegung hatte dramatische Auswirkungen, welche zu Autrittsverboten sowie der Beschlagnahmung ihrer meist westlichen Musikinstrumente durch die Sicherheitsorgane der DDR führte. Aufgrund dieser Ereignisse verschwand die Band leider schon in den frühen 1970er Jahren von der Bildfläche.



The most “spektarcular” discovery of Croatian Jazz Funk recordings from the private archiv of bass-player and producer Davor Rocco, researched by Višeslav Laboš !!
An amazing collaboration of the high-class Beat and Funk musicians of Zagreb´s progressive music-scene from the early 1970s. The members Enco Lesić, Davor Rocco, Dragan Brčić and Neven Frangeš were also performing with Ex-Yugoslavian Jazz and Funk legends like Boško Petrović, Gabi Novak, Drago Mlinarec, Josipa Lisac and Grupa Indexi.

This album includes 6 tracks of the fabulous Spektar project, two Beat Jazz Grinder of shortlived Rocco´s pre-Spektar outfit Grupa Hej and one more track from Rocco-Supermarket.

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Killer outstanding & authentic disco production by the famous DJ, producer & remixer head behind Balearic Gabba Sound System Enzo Elia and longtime experienced producer, sound-nerd & engineer Roskow Kretschmann with his studio wizzard Tom Sky. Somebody called it “disco for grown-ups” and it´s a perfect explaination, cause this could be easily dropped back in the days by Disco Loft DJ-legends like Ron Hardy.

The Black Pearl Crew is very proud to present these authentic vintage sound styled disco pearls to the disco lovers & community worldwide !

This 12inch release is limited to 300 copies and comes in a vintage and thick quality cover. As bonus-tracks we offer you all 3 instrumental versions of these tunes digitally.

Analog mastered on vintage tape.

Quality vinyl pressing and the cover is in a vintage thick 70´s style paper-sleeve.



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Here you can check a small appetizer video-clip of the track “I Don´t Care” by Tomsky

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A killer outstanding East German / DDR / GDR Jazz Funk album of the early 70´s, that is maybe the best in it´s genré.
This recording has slept for over 40 years in the shelf and shows the quality and high understanding & standard of jazz in East Germany, especially the East-Berlin Jazz scene.
Gruppe SOK is a secret of itself, cause lots of formerly East-Germans remember about this band because of plenty of concerts & the famous youth-radio-station DT64, but are really sad, that there was never a release in these days. But the “Ministerium für Kultur” / Ministry of Culture determined, that there is no culutural demand for such kind of music….. WHAT A MISTAKE !!!
Black Pearl is more than proud to present that forgotten pearl to the Jazz Funk community & music lovers worldwide !!!


Posted by roskow On April - 11 - 2014

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A german b-movie action & crime soundtrack “Das Mädchen von Hongkong” / “The Girl from Hongkong” from 1973, that was never released before and shot in HongKong with an international flair and with the very famous german actor and show-man Joachim “Blacky” Fuchsberger.

The music of this soundtrack was written by Gerhard Narholz and recorded under different pseudonyms and with different groups.
Gerhard Narholz is a very famous library composer, musician and owner of the music-archive Sonoton.

The music is between typical library crime music & gangster action cinematic tunes, with very funky grooves, wah wah guitars, hamond organ riffs, fat horn stabs and fuzzy guitars and all that elements & ingredients that a gangster movie needs!

This album is mastered by Sonoton studio-engineer legend Gerhart Frei!

As a special we have 7 digital BONUS tracks in different versions or songs that will not be featured on the vinyl.

This album was never supposed to be released back in the days and the Black Pearl crew is very proud to present this unknown soundtrack pearl for the first time to music-lovers & record collectors worldwide !!!


ABAHAMBI – Freeway

Posted by roskow On Juli - 1 - 2013


A killer South African Jazz Funk album from Johannesburg, totally undiscovered and recorded in 1975.  The project Abahambi is a never mentioned band with the very famous bass-player Sipho Gumede, as the band leader.
Unfortunately no more recording sessions of this particular formation are known. Sipho’s reputation grew higher in the early 80s, while he produced the african Combo „Sakhile“.
Actually this is a lost & non-existing album and the Black Pearl Crew is very proud to present this forgotten black afro pearl to the Afro Funk Community once again.

This vinyl re-issue is limitted to 500 copies !!!


Posted by roskow On Juni - 17 - 2012


One of the rarest Afro-Cuban, Funk, Jazz, Fusion and Proto Disko record of the cuban Egrem archive. The most sought album, after melting down most of the copies during the worldwide oil-crises in the 70ies.

Definitely a true collector´s item of Psych Cuban Funk.

Our limited 500 pieces vinyl reissue of the Los Yoyi – album is sold out. Hopefully you can call one copy your own, because this item is as the original pressing on Areito Records still very hard to find & dig.

Thanks to all of you which supported us, the cuban funk music and the vinyl market.  The album is still digitally available at our shop !!!

Tom & Roskow