Shelly Fabares —
Shelly ... CD Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ...
The lovely Shelly Fabares was first a star on the TV screen, but she turned out to be a hell of a pop talent as well – really just the right sort of personality for dreamy little tunes in the style of Joanie Summers at the time! Production is full and rich – handled by the great Stu ... read moreCD
We love the idea of spending the summer with Shelly Fabares – especially if it would sound as groovy as this rare gem from the 60s! Shelly's not the best singer you'll ever find, and the tunes here are hardly personal tunes from her heart – but the album's production and presentation ... read moreCD
A wide range of work from The Family Dogg – a UK group who were really inspired by the best Sunshine Pop sounds in the US, but one that also helped move the style strongly towards a 70s pop style too! The music is mostly pretty tight here – a mix of female and male voices (one of which ... read moreCD
Furia ... CD Finders Keepers/Bird (UK), 1985. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from The Fates – an all-female group from the UK post-punk scene of the early 80s – with members who previously worked in The Fall and Nico's Blue Orchids! The record's got this very cool acid folk sort of feel – one that's somewhere between The Wicker Man and some ... read moreCD
The one and only album from Norway's Firebeats Inc – a set that barely made a dent in the 60s, but which has gone onto have legendary status over the years! The album's got a groove that's partially borrowed from the Brit Beat combos of the time – but also has this harder edge ... read moreCD
A great move in a fresh direction for the Flaming Groovies – a set that has the group working with producer Dave Edmunds, and hitting this sweet power pop sort of sound! The Groovies still have all the tight energy of before – but they also seem to be paying tribute to an older vintage ... read moreCD
All the great early blues albums from Fleetwood Mac – including Blues Jam in Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, Mr Wonderful, The Pious Bird Of Good Omen, and The Original Fleetwood Mac – with lots of bonus tracks too! CD
Aggro avant rock from Foot Village – with a heavy vibe, but that heft comes almost purely from drums, percussion and intense vocals! It's not exactly like anything else we can think of, but you can hear the influences of Can and other madly percussion art rock combos, as well as the primal, ... read moreCD
Neal Ford & The Fanatics —
Good Men ... CD Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ...
Good men, indeed – a mighty cool combo from the Houston scene of the late 60s – and a group who may well have been one of the trippiest things going down in Texas at the time! Neal Ford & The Fanatics have this great blend of fuzzy psych and raw garage – a vibe that's very ... read moreCD
A great overlooked band from the Cali scene at the turn of the century – a quartet with a great female singer, and a tight jangly sound that almost takes us back to the C86 generation in the UK! The songs are well-written, and filled with sweet little hooks that bring out the best in the ... read moreCD
Joik ... CD Distort-D-Sound, 1999. New Copy ...
One of the few albums ever cut by this under-discovered California quartet – a cool little group who mix post punk elements with some warmer ideas too – sometimes using jazzy inflections on the guitar and keyboards, at a level that reminds us a bit of some of the more subtle groups from ... read moreCD
A wonderful lost gem from the legendary Vanguard Records – a set issued in the 70s, but with the best independent spirit of the label from the decade before! Bob Frank is a very unique songwriter – and has this amazing ability to paint these personal little pictures in song – ... read moreCD
One of the only full albums ever issued by the lovely Ruthann Friedman – a talent who's known both for her seminal 60s work as a songwriter in LA, and for a slew of unreleased tracks that never saw the light of day! This album's different – and is a lasting testament to Friedman's ... read moreCD
A rock record, at least from the vocal standpoint – but a set that's also got a very strong grounding in jazz – thanks to a lineup that includes Jason Adasewicz on vibes, Frank Rosaly on drums, and Jason Roebke on bass! Steve Dawson is in the lead on vocals – and has a raspy ... read moreCD
The first solo set from Peter Gabriel – and a record that was quite a surprise upon initial release – kind of a stripped-down variant of the energy that Gabriel brought to his early work with Genesis, presented in a nicely lean way that allowed for all the best focus on his key ideas! ... read moreCD
What can we say about this album that the rock literati hasn't already expounded on? Probably very little, but we can chime in with our agreement that this is without doubt one of best post-punk albums ever recorded! Spring-tight guitars, call-and-response vocals, and of course those terse, ... read moreCD
A cabinet full of psychedelic wonders from Dutch genius Jacco Gardner! Jacco carries a torch from some of the more swirling psych era sounds from around the world – getting a little bit of assistance on the drums – but he otherwise wrote, produced, and plays everything on this ... read moreCD
Brilliant mid 90s EP from pioneering Chicago avant rock greats Gastr Del Sol – essentially the duo of David Grubbs and Jim O'Rourke – with a percussion assist from John McEntire on a couple of the 5 tracks, and bass clarinet by Gene Coleman on "Eight Corners". Other titles ... read moreCD
Really tremendous work from Lesley Gore – and just the sort of record to show that she's way more than just another girl singer from the 60s! The sound here is incredibly groovy right from the start – a mix not just of the romping arrangements of Claus Ogerman (in his best Soul ... read moreCD
A very cool record that's every bit as compelling as its cover – an unusual late 70s session from a German guitarist who spent frequent time in Nepal – where he clearly absorbed some of the hipper elements of the higher altitudes! The record mixes Gulaab's acoustic guitar with lots of ... read moreCD
Margo Guryan —
27 Demos ... CD Franklin Castle/Oglio, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Really wonderful work from Margo Guryan – an artist who was probably known more as a songwriter than a singer – especially for her groovy late 60s pop tunes! This package is heavy on those gems – presented in these great demo takes that are nice and stripped-down – often ... read moreCD
Man, these guys look weird on the cover – and they also sound pretty weird on the record, too – in this strange mode that really makes the album an unusual one all the way through! There's lots of dark phrasing on the guitars that really offset the whiteness of the cover – almost ... read moreCD
It's been quite a few years since we last heard from Half Japanese, and we're definitely overjoyed at what we're hearing here – music that's as powerful and personal as the group were back at their start! At some level, we're amazed at how strong these guys still sound – rawer than ... read moreCD
Weird, wonderful sounds from George Harrison – with lots of Indian music in the mix! Titles include "Greasy Legs", "Guru Vandana", "Microbes", "On The Bed", "Glass Box", "Singing Om", and "Love Scene". CD
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard by trumpeter Jon Hassell – with a lot more going on than usual! Hassell's still got that spacey trumpet sound that made him famous, but he's working here with a hip group of fusion players that includes Nana Vasconcelos, Miroslav Vitous, and ... read moreCD
A pretty wild ride from Hatfield & The North – with a freewheeling debut that has it's proggy bits, masterful musicianship, and lots of smart (you could say snide) humor! The Hatfield group features some pretty influential players, including Dave Stewart on some supremely spacey keys, ... read moreCD
A rare album, with a full bonus album of previously-unreleased material – all from the obscure British group Havenstreet – an underground folksy combo who maybe showed up a few years too late on the scene! While most of England in 1977 was bristling with the new energy of punk, these ... read moreCD
Raw, rumbling outsider psych from Stephen David Heitkotter – a wild and raucous stream of rambling genius from the early 70s! There's a loose, bluesy approach at the core – with long songs and a disquieting, yet engrossing mood that makes the set one of the most compelling lost rock ... read moreCD
(A really beautifully done version from Now Again – which comes in thick, hardcover booklet – with bonus tracks.)
Not experienced? Well, this album will help push you over the top – as it's done for decades of listeners from the heyday of young Jimi Hendrix all the way up to the present! The set's a classic through and through – a blueprint not just for the genius of Hendrix, but for generations ... read moreCD
A massive amount of music that definitely lives up to its title – not the debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but instead 4CDs' worth of rare music, both live and studio – more than enough to deeply enrich your experience of the music of Jimi Hendrix! The package is a real ... read moreCD
A legendary live performance from Jimi Hendrix – issued here as a full album for the first time ever, with a whole host of tracks that have never seen the light of day! The record's a searing set all the way through – Jimi burning away in the hot Florida sun of 1968, with long guitar ... read moreCD
Hard blues and soul loving material from Hendrix – the excellent South Saturn Delta compilation of rarities, alternate mixes and other bits from throughout Jimi's too short life and career! It's killer stuff that stands up today as well as any posthumous Hendrix release, really pulling ... read moreCD