Yussef Kamaal ‎– Black Focus

Brownswood Recordings ‎– BWOOD0157LP
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Released in November 2016.
First repress in December 2016.
Second repress in January 2017.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5060180322908
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): BWOOD0157LP A1 AYLA BG46758 - 01 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): BWOOD0157LP B1 BG46758 - 01 B1 GWY'S ELECTRIC BARBARA

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BWOOD0157CD Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(CD, Album) Brownswood Recordings BWOOD0157CD UK 2016 Sell This Version
BWOOD0157LP Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(LP, Album, RP) Brownswood Recordings BWOOD0157LP UK 2017 Sell This Version
BWOOD0157LP Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Brownswood Recordings BWOOD0157LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
none Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(10xFile, WAV, Album, 24 ) Brownswood Recordings none UK 2016
none Yussef Kamaal Black Focus(CD, Album, Promo) Brownswood Recordings none UK 2016 Sell This Version


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December 7, 2018

Does anyone knows how to differenciate the 1st realease, from the repress 1 and 2 ?

Is the difference only checkable by weighting it ? In this case, could you guys indicate the weight of your vinyl, to make us able to compare hahaha ?
What about the musicality ? It's kinf of abstract and depends a lot of the personal sensitivity and the Hi-Fi installation which is playing the album...

I need help on that case (it's for a present, and I want to offer the best as possible, as my brother cares about the musical details which are inherent to the audio mastering and the press quality).


July 4, 2018

Just arrived… My collection of Herbie Hancock`s records is going on shelf. Yussef is taking over THE SPIN... PEACE.


June 28, 2018
stunning album, modern jazz-funk masterpiece from a group of the top UK jazz players


April 18, 2018
edited 9 months ago

The pressing like people said is mostly great as Optimal tends to do. Sadly my copy had a scratch causing clicks which was possibly made by the cardboard inner thats not lined with plastic.
The music is also mostly good, but mastered a little square and simple at times. Its like they forgot this was a stereo record on side A because its mostly a centered soundstage. Some sounds are a bit low fi, possibly as artistic choice, but it doesnt lend itself well to the sound. Theres not much to complain about here though, if you enjoy the music you should be satisfyed with this release.

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
Custom made HQ Speaker Cables


March 14, 2018
the 2017 repress is listed separately. First vinyl black pressing is heavier vinyl than subsequent pressings.


September 6, 2017

great music, pity about the spoken word samples... i reach for the skip button every time the guy starts talking


May 20, 2017
Wonderful, wonderful pressing! Sounds absolutely terrific - all levels set perfect, heavy vinyl, no surface noise. If only all new records where pressed like this.. And the music.. Just lovely!


May 9, 2017

Fucking 10 words , this is Great great great album !


May 4, 2017
well, they just split up according to the Brownswood FB page... so if theres a time to buy this masterpiece, now would prolly be it... *go in sharkssss*


April 8, 2017
Really good quality pressing. The sleeve itself feels thicker than the average record album sleeve and the record itself feels thick as well. My copy didn't have any noticeable surface noise. Excellent pressing by this label.