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Wandell Harrison & The Tribe – Farewell to the Welfare

Clap City Records, an East London based label specialising in giving new life to rare records, have re-issued Wendell Harrison & The Tribe’s ‘Farewell To The Welfare’ for the first time since 1975. It has never seen a repress from its initial small run of copies originally release on Tribe. This issue came from transfers from Harrison’s master tapes that Egon and Madlib found in Harrison’s Detroit basement earlier this year.

Expected ship date: December 7


Tribe’s short lifespan as a label, publication and musical collective spanned from 1971 through
to 1978. During this period it gave birth to some of the most beloved jazz records to come out of this era. The reissue of Farewell To The Welfare is another stepping stone in igniting modern day music lovers to an important label they may not have even heard of yet.

Tribe, the underground jazz collective hailing from Detroit, worked closely with American clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Harrison to create revolutionary sounds in the seventies spanning sweet soul, feet tapping funk, thought provoking jazz and more.
Together, they shaped the era’s musical spirit through their love for homegrown and relatable songs.

The track has been re-mastered and cut by Grammy nominated audio experts at The Carvery, London. In addition, tip-on sleeving, the original method used across the entire Tribe portfolio, has been used to maintain authenticity.

Repackaged with a modern aesthetic, each record will be available for purchase on a 45RPM 7” vinyl and come complete with a zine displaying personal photographs taken by critically- acclaimed jazz photographer and founder of the ‘White Panther Party’ Leni Sinclair, as well as memoirs from Harrison himself which have never before been in the public domain. In addition, the zine details the dawn of Tribe and Harrison’s own musings behind this specific composition.