Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Mark Sparks presents Kakalaka Raw (20th Anniversary Edition)

2xLP - 2016 - Crooked Cat Records  

"So we have something special here. From Wadesboro, North Carolina comes Mark Sparks, one of the most slept on producers of the 90s. He did tracks for Mic Geronimo, The Lost Boyz, King Tee, Grand Puba, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Special Ed, The Inviseez, Kirk, Scotty D, M.C. Brainz, Nice & Smooth, Craig G and even Salt 'n' Pepa. While Mark was producing tracks for 90s legends and establishing himself as a well known engineer and producer, he still took time to work with several unknown cats from NC to represent his area. So that's how it came down to this compilation. The album was released on CD and tape back in 1996 on Kakalaka Records but it's nearly impossible to find a copy for your own. So this unique piece exists for 20 years now and it was meant to showcase talent and reach the people - we thought it was a sad fact that many would love to own a copy but didn't have a chance get one.
We have 350 2LP copies on black vinyl. The record comes with full printed picture cover and 60cmx60cm poster inside. We also have 150 CDs and 100 Tapes. The album has been remastered and it sounds butta! As a lil special treat we added 3 bonus tracks from The Soho Crew to the Cassette and CD edition. Those 3 tracks came from the same sessions and sadly from last tape source that could be located. The sound quality is still good but not good enough for a vinyl production. The length of the album was perfect to cut a high quality 2LP - adding those 3 extra tracks would decrease the sound quality of the whole project... so I thought the songs belong to the other formats.
Big up to Mark Sparks for holding it down and being such a cool person. It's a pleasure working with him. We went a long way to get here and make the album possible. Mark dealt with a lot and was very busy but he always stuck with the project. There is a lot of time, work and soul behind this record and I'm very happy that it ended up as such a beautiful piece of wax. If you feel it and wanna show some love for his work, reach out to him and let him know. Mark is going through his archive right now, digging out some more... so Watch Out!"

20th Anniversary Edition 2xLP, full printed picture cover and 60cmx60cm poster included.

350 Copies Only !!
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 Test Press Bundle , Tape (100 Copies) &  CD (150 Copies) also available