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Missing Link Records 5+5

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Psycho African Beat -- The Psychedelic Aliens -- Academy

The complete works (just eight songs) by late-'60s band from Ghana. A perfect crossover of garage, psych rock and Afrofunk with raw fuzz-wah-wah guitar, Vox organ and vocals with loads of reverb and huge drum breaks.

Heavy Days -- Jeff the Brotherhood  -- Infinity Cat Records

Brothers Jake and Jamin bring you hazy, psychedelic garage-punk that's dense, dark and fuzzy.

Complete Mythology  -- Syl Johnson  -- Numero Group

Box set chronicling the career of this soul-music master from 1959-1971 on four CDs and six LPs with a 52-page book.

Secret Sisters  -- Secret Sisters -- Beladroit Records

Debut album by Alabama-reared siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers is sugary sweet, pedal steel-drenched, old-fashioned American music. The way it should be.

River Boat Soul -- Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three -- Free Dirt Records

Yeah, we know we put this on last year's top 10 list, but that was the self-released version. In 2010 River Boat Soul saw proper release on St. Louis' Free Dirt Records and brought our good buddies worldwide attention. Heck, if it gets released in Europe in 2011, we'll put it on next years list too, it's that good.

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty -- Big Boi -- Purple Ribbon Records/Def Jam

Feast of the Hunters' Moon -- Black Prairie -- Sugar Hill

The Budos Band III -- The Budos Band  -- Daptone

The World Ends: Afro-Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria -- Various Artists -- Soundway

I Learned The Hard Way -- Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings -- Daptone


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