7 albums that capture the essence of the legendary Detroit jazz label.
We wanted the world to hear our music, and realize some of the issues that existed in terms of race in America. We didn’t realize that we were, in a sense, revolutionaries in the way we approached the music and the business, out of necessity to try to alleviate some of the problems that existed through the music. That was our weapon.”
...and the best stories are told in chapters. While the Tribe label has remained one of the brightest lights of America’s 1970s jazz underground, the label has never been feted with a definitive set of reissues, and has thus remained obscure. That changes now. This is your chance to indulge in the music and story of one of the most meaningful, local movements of the 20th Century Black American experience, one that expanded outwards towards the cosmos. In the words of the collective themselves, “Music is the healing force of the universe.” The box will ship with seven albums inside, and will come with an exclusive podcast series that features interviews with label co-founders Phil Ranelin, Wendell Harrison and more, to help guide you on your three week journey through the Tribe Records collective.
These albums sound as good – or better – than the sought after and rare original LP issues. Some were remixed from the original tapes, under the supervision of Tribe’s co-founders Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison, and some were lacquered directly from the original master tapes in an all-analog transfer by Bernie Grundman. They are pressed on high-quality 180g black vinyl and housed in heavyweight tip-on jackets.
Exclusive Podcast Series
In this four-episode podcast series, our host Marcus Moore talks with Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison about what lead them to found their own label and collective, their own albums in the box — they lead five of the albums here — their impact on Detroit’s Black community through their music and activism, what has and hasn’t changed in the struggle they started decades ago, and what the legacy of their courage in music is in today’s, divided America.
The Liner Notes
Veteran music journalist Marcus Moore hosts the Tribe Records podcast, which features interviews with Phil Ranelin and Wendell Harrison, Tribe Records' co-founders and braintrust.