A Separate Reality record shop owner picks three albums you should check out

September 25, 2018

A Separate Reality record shop owner picks three albums you should check out

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Looking for some new music to spin? Cleveland’s record store owners have their own thoughts about what they think you should be listening to—and it’s all available in their shops.

A Separate Reality recently moved its shop from Tremont to a new Ohio City location on July 13. But despite the big shift, owner Augustus Payne has already stocked up the new shop with some of his favorite new music.

You can visit A Separate Reality record shop at 2932 Lorain Ave. in Ohio City.

Here are three albums Payne thinks you should listen to:

Albert Ayler – “Spiritual Unity”

“Cleveland’s own free jazz pioneer. True emotional catharsis committed to vinyl.

The highs and lows of the human condition condensed to 29 minutes. A statue in Cleveland should be built to honor one of our city’s true musical innovators.”

Purple Image – “Map City 1970”

“Hendrixian psych funk from Superior and 105th. You can feel the turbulence and dissension of a Cleveland in flux. Too bad they only made one killer album. Full of blazing fuzz guitar leads and grooves the P Funk crew would’ve been proud of.”

S.O.U.L. – “What Is It”

“Sounds Of Unity And Love. The Cleveland hard funk album you need in your life. S.O.U.L. won a May Company battle of the bands contest for a contract with Musicor Records. I dig the different Cleveland neighborhoods shout outs in ‘Down in the Ghetto.’ Rare groove fans are grateful to this day. Breakbeats galore.”

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