I can't provide details on the provenance of the masters used (because I
don't know them) but I've noticed that Academy Records has been doing some
cool vinyl re-issues of 70s / 80s African funk/disco/etc:

Available via mail order, but they also have a store that got priced out of
Williamsburg and has been exiled to (gasp) Greenpoint.
Lots of old records and a bunch of new ones as well.
I noticed the new shop also has a bunch of used audio gear.

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> I wish there were more stores like Moodies, particularly specializing in
> African vinyl from the 70s and 80s. I wish there was more access to
> better-condition records than end up dubbed onto the otherwise good
> compilation CDs of recent years. Between either not having access to or not
> taking the time to find excellent vinyl, and poor "remastering" with
> over-use of junky pop and tick software, many of those compilation CDs
> sound terrible. It's too bad because the music manages to shine through,
> but it would glimmer if the producers would do a better job. The best job
> tends to be by Analogue Africa, which I think is produced by an airline
> steward who hunts down multiple copies of obscure singles and albums in the
> actual countries of origin.
> -- Tom Fine