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What’s New @ Red Onion: Lost D.C. Funk Wicked Witch

More good stuff from Red Onion. The store says they got a slew of Daptone vinyl. And then there's this lost D.C. nugget from Wicked Witch. The store notes in an e-mail:

First-time ever reissue of rare evil psycho machine-funk from '80s Washington, D.C., including previously-unreleased mixes. Now is not the time to doubt your senses — the Wicked Witch does exist. Born and raised in the musical magical cauldron of Washington D.C., Wicked Witch combines elements from alchemical mentors Parliament Funkadelic, Sun Ra, ESG, Run DMC, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to cast a crazed spell on the innocent listener. An evil mass of machine-funk with lashings of rhythm and blues and fusion delivered direct from the heart of the Witch, a misunderstood psycho-genius weaving his solo web deep within the dark studio walls. Trained by masters at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Wicked Witch is in full control; he plays all, knows all, tells all. His message will not be denied. Believe your ears, believe your eyes: the Wicked Witch does indeed exist. First-time ever re-issue, remastered from the original master tapes."

So does anyone know who the Wicked Witch really is? This is a clue.

ROCK:
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE EGYPTIANS: GLOBE OF FROGS (WITH BALLOON MAN)
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: SOUTHERN ACCENTS (QUIEX II LIMITED EDITION PRESSING)
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: LONG AFTER DARK (LIMITED EDITION PREMIUM PRESSING)
FOUNDATIONS: DIGGING THE FOUNDATIONS
NEW HOPE: TO UNDERSTAND IS TO LOVE (PRIVATE PRESS LP FEATURING RUFUS HARLEY ON BAGPIPE)
FANCY: MEETING YOU HERE (PRIVATE PRESS)
BACKWATER: SELF-TITLED (PRIVATE PRESS)
THE STEPPES: DROP OF THE CREATURE (PAISLEY UNDERGROUND MUSIC)
ART OBJECTS: BAGPIPE MUSIC (OBSCURE POST PUNK)
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS: HANX! (GERMAN PRESSING)
COUNTRY FUNK: SELF-TITLED
TASTE: SELF-TITLED
BRIAN AUGER & JULIE DRISCOLL: STREETNOISE
VANILLA FUDGE: THE BEAT GOES ON (MONO, GREY & TAN LABEL)
GLASS BOTTLE: I AIN'T GOT TIME (NICE DRUM BREAK)
THE FUGS: IT CRAWLED INTO MY HAND, HONEST (EDSEL RECORDS REISSUE)
ROTHKO: A NEGATIVE FOR FRANCIS
NEW ORDER: BLUE ORDER MEGAMIX (ON-U SOUND MIX OF NEW ORDER)
EMITT RHODES: MIRROR (SEALED ORIGINAL)
Q and NOT U: POWER
THE BEATLES: WHITE ALBUM (RED CAPITOL LABELS, WITH POSTER AND FOUR PICTURES)

JAZZ:
ANTHONY BRAXTON: EUROPA
ANTHONY BRAXTON: THIS TIME...
SONNY STITT: DEUCES WILD (ATLANTIC MONO WITH ROBIN KENYATTA AND RUFUS HARLEY)
DENNY ZEITLIN: ZEITGEIST (COLUMBIA 360 2-EYE STEREO)
GAP MANGIONE: SING ALONG JUNK
JIMMY SMITH: THE CAT (VERVE ORIGINAL)
CAL TJADER: ALONG COMES CAL (VERVE ORIGINAL)
GARY McFARLAND: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL (SKYE RECORDS, WITH BERNARD PURDIE, ERIC GALE, CHUCK RAINEY...)
TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME: BELIEVE IT
BILL EVANS: THE V.I.P.s THEME PLUS OTHERS
BILL EVANS: TRIO 64 (VERVE ORIGINAL)
PHAROAH SANDERS: LIVE AT THE EAST (IMPULSE RECORDS)
GARY McFARLAND: SOFT SAMBA STRINGS (VERVE ORIGINAL)
QUINY JONES: GULA MATARI (PETE ROCK/BEASTIE BOYS SAMPLE)
DONALD BYRD: BLACK BYRD (BLUE NOTE/UNITED ARTISTS)
GARY McFARLAND: THE IN SOUND (VERVE ORIGINAL)
GARY McFARLAND: DOES THE SUN REALLY SHINE ON THE MOON? (SEALED ORIGINAL ON SKYE)
THE MUSIC YOU DON'T HEAR ON RADIO... AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING (IMPULSE SAMPLER W/ ALICE COLTRANE, ARCHIE SHEPP, P. SANDERS...)
CHARLES EARLAND: THE GREAT PYRAMID
LONNIE LISTON SMITH & THE COSMIC ECHOES: VISIONS OF A NEW WORLD
DONALD BYRD: I'M TRYIN' TO GET HOME (BLUE NOTE/NEW YORK, USA)
GENE HARRIS: NEXUS (BLUE NOTE)
WARREN SMITH: COMPOSERS WORKSHOP ORCHESTRA (STRATA EAST ORIGINAL)
CAPRA BLACK/BILLY HARPER: SELF-TITLED (STRATA EAST ORIGINAL)
JOHN GORDON: STEP BY STEP (STRATA EAST ORIGINAL)
WAYNE DAVIS: A VIEW FROM ANOTHER PLACE (DC ARTIST WITH BERNARD PURDIE AND ROBERTA FLACK)
STEVE MARCUS: COUNT'S ROCK BAND (SEALED ORIGINAL, VORTEX RECORDS WITH LARRY CORYELL, MICK NOCK...)
WILLIS JACKSON: YA UNDERSTAND ME? (WITH GROOVE HOLMES)
PAT MARTINO: LIVE!
ELVIN JONES: GENESIS (BLUE NOTE)
VINCE GUARALDI AND BOLA SETE: FROM ALL SIDES (FANTASY RECORDS ORIGINAL)
SONNY STITT & THE TOP BRASS: SELF-TITLED (ATLANTIC RED & PURPLE LABEL)
LES McCANN: INVITATION TO OPENNESS (ATLANTIC ORIGINAL)
PHIL UPCHURCH: SELF-TITLED (1978)
DAVID SANCIOUS: SELF-TITLED (1976)
JACK DAUGHERTY AND THE CLASS OF NINETEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE: SELF-TITLED
RUDOLF DASEK: JAZZ ON SIX STRINGS (CZECHOSLOVAKIAN JAZZ FROM 1970)
YUSEF LATEEF: SELF-TITLED (REISSUE OF ARGO LP LIVE AT CRANBROOK ACADEMY FROM 1958)
RICHARD DAVIS: FANCY FREE
PAUL HORN: INSIDE THE GREAT PYRAMID (MUSHROOM RECORDS)
JOE THOMAS GROUP: COMIN' HOME
HAL GALPER: GUERILLA BAND (MAINSTREAM RECORDS)
HAL GALPER: INNER JOURNEY (MAINSTREAM RECORDS)
CANNONBALL ADDERLEY: THE BLACK MESSIAH (PRODUCED BY DAVID AXELROD)

FUNK/SOUL:
JOHNNIE TAYLOR: RARE STAMPS
COFFEE: SLIPPIN' AND DIPPIN'
JACKSON FIVE: GET IT TOGETHER
DONNY HATHAWAY: EXTENSION OF A MAN
CAPTAIN SKY: POP GOES THE CAPTAIN
CARMEL: SELF-TITLED
FLAMING EMBER: WESTBOUND #9
100 PROOF AGED IN SOUL: SOMEBODY'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED
ROY AYERS UBIQUITY: STARBOOTY
SPACE CADETS: SELF-TITLED (RARE ELECTRO BOOGIE ON VANGUARD FEATURING BERNIE WORRELL)
ANN PEEBLES: THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL
EBONY RHYTHM FUNK CAMPAIGN: WATCHIN' YOU, WATCHIN' ME
JIMMY RUFFIN: GROOVE GOVERNOR
IKE TURNER PRESENTS THE FAMILY VIBES: CONFINED TO SOUL
WOOD, BRASS & STEEL: SELF-TITLED (PRE SUGARHILL GANG MEMBERS)
OHIO PLAYERS: SKIN TIGHT (SEALED ORIGINAL)
STU GARDNER AND THE SANCTIFIED SOUND: SELF-TITLED
ARETHA FRANKLIN: YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK (WITH ROCK STEADY)
ARETHA FRANKLIN: SOUL '69
EDDIE KENDRICKS: FOR YOU
BARRY WHITE: I'VE GOT SO MUCH TO GIVE
ROY AYERS: LOVE FANTASY

DISCO SINGLES:
SEQUAL: IT'S NOT TOO LATE
LA FLAVOUR: ROLLER SHAKE
GENIES: TWISTIN' PNEUMONIA
KRYPTONITE: BABY I DON'T KNOW
FORMULA V: DANCE ALL NIGHT
LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY: CATCH ME ON THE REBOUND
INNER CIRCLE: EVERYTHING IS GREAT
PHILLY CREAM: SLY-HI
ADVENTURE: PHANTASY ISLAND
BAD CITY BAND: BATMAN '77
52nd STREET: CAN'T AFFORD b/w UNORGANISED MIX (FACTORY RECORDS)

BLUES/FOLK:
JERRY JEFF WALKER: FIVE YEARS GONE
JOHN FAHEY: AMERICA (FIRST PRESSING WITH BOOK AND GATEFOLD COVER)
JESSE FULLER: SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES (PRESTIGE GREEN LABEL)
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS: SELF-TITLED (RARE RELEASE ON POWER RECORDS)

SOUNTRACKS:
ENNIO MORRICONE: I WESTERN (SEALED ORIGINAL, ITALIAN PRESSING)

WORLD:
CHICO BUARQUE: SELF-TITLED (1978)
MARIA BETHANIA & CAETANO VELOSO: AU VIVO (1978)
WILFRIDO VARGAS: SELF-TITLED (KAREN RECORDS, 1975)

SPOKEN WORD/STRANGE:
MALCOLM X: BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY (SEALED ORIGINAL)
BIRDS ON A MAY MORNING
SEA AT CASTLE HILL

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