A bit jazzier than usual – thanks to work from Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Wayne Shorter on saxes, Ron Carter on bass, and both Tony Williams and Harvey Mason on drums! Titles include "Love Theme From Spartacus", "Golden Hours", "Gardenia", "La Llave" ... read moreCD
Sadly, it's really easy to dismiss Santana, if only for his having been elevated to iconic status among hippies and classic rock lovers, in spite of the fact that he made a number of great records. This early 70s effort finds him moving in a more jazzy direction, with supple rhythms underpinning ... read moreCD
The boys turn the whimsy back up a notch for their sweetly synth-soaked latest effort, and Prekop's voice has never been so confident and out front. The tunes seem longer and have a more languorous feel than their last couple records, but the hooks are just as sweet. It took a long while to come ... read moreCD
A great record with all the known recordings of the Sea-Ders (or Cedars) – a beat combo from mid-to-late 60s Lebanon – and a pretty much perfect mix of period rock & roll hooks and rhythms with Middle Eastern string buzz in place of a Stratocaster! The vocals are in English and the ... read moreCD
One of the great fake live albums of the 60s – a set that promises to be a concert performance from the title and cover, but which actually just features The Seeds playing live together in the studio! Yet that little trick is hardly a problem – because the album's the last-ever from ... read moreCD
Searing sounds from The Seeds – not just the group's well-known material on GNP, but lots of obscure non-LP tracks, b-sides, and even some late gems recorded for MGM! The sneering, gritty quality of the group really comes through on these tracks – tight numbers that pack a heavy punch ... read moreCD
One of the weirdest chapters in the career of Lee Hazlewood – a cool Capitol album with a very sound! The Shacklefords are a bit hard to peg – part harmony pop, part folk rock – but handled here with some very Hazlewood-heavy touches that make you feel like the whole thing's done ... read moreCD
Shaggs ... CD Red Rooster/Rounder, 1969/Early 70s. Used ...
(Out of print. Booket and tray card are lightly rippled from water.)
Mort Shuman —
My Death ... CD Reprise/Rev-Ola (UK), 1969. New Copy ...
Creepy, strange and oddly beautiful late 60s eccentricity from Mort Shuman – a song writer and pivotal behind-the-scenes cat who's been credited for translating the Jacques Brel stuff that Scott Walker sung, as well as for bringing Brel to Broadway! This album is a very trippy kind of coldly ... read moreCD
A tremendous first album from Sid Rumpo – proof that the Aussie scene of the 70s had some very well-developed work going on, even if it never got the global notice it deserved! Sid Rumpo are one of a few Aussie bands that were grounded in an appreciation of blues and roots, but really took ... read moreCD
A really sweet batch of sunshine spiritual folk material from Judee Sill – tunes that should have been released as her third album for Asylum in the mid 70s – but languished in the vaults for decades! There's a lightness to the overall vibe that's belies the deepness of the songwriting ... read moreCD
A milestone in the adventurous folk rock canon of the early 70s – and the first of 2 incredible albums by Judee Sill for Asylum Records! Judee Sill the album isn't quite as grandly arranged of a set as her slightly more country-leaning Heart Food opus that followed a couple years later ... read moreCD
Lost legendary work from Guy Skornik – a heady set from early 70s France, and proof that there's a hell of a lot of greatness to discover on that scene! The album's got a blend of psych fuzz and deeper ideas that's not that far from Serge Gainsbourg – although the overall presentation ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest Australian groups of the 70s – one of that rare breed from down under who effortlessly mixed together rock and soul – often with some very unique results! We'd rank these guys right next to Renee Geyer or Rocco – as they've got a similar blue-eyed sensibility ... read moreCD
Gary Sloan & Clone —
Harmonitalk ... CD Cache Cache/B- Music, 1980. New Copy ...
Mighty weird electronic sounds from Gary Sloan and Clone – an Alaska act from the start of the 80s, working with a really unique mix of styles that includes some electrified harmonica on most tracks! The core sounds are in more familiar electronic territory – Fender Rhodes, Arp, moog, ... read moreCD
There's nobody like The Small Faces at their best – as you'll hear from the group's killer 1966 album on Decca! The style here is tight, right, and fully-formed straight from the start – easily one of the best UK 60s hybrids of American influences from R&B, garage rock, and early ... read moreCD
Smashing Pumpkins —
Gish ... CD Caroline, 1991. Used ...
An essential record by The Smiths – even if it wasn't initially conceived as a full length album! The set brings together important early radio material by the group – but sounds that are recorded on a par with their album or single releases – yet often in slightly different ... read moreCD
A stone classic from the team of Morrissey and Marr – a record that manages to wear its politics on its sleeve, yet still express things in a highly personal way! The balance is a key part of what made The Smiths go farther than just about all their 80s Brit indie contemporaries – and ... read moreCD
Part of the great 80s run from The Smiths – and a record that has them continuing to grow, continuing to express new ideas – yet still find a way to hang onto all the charm and catchiness that made them so great in the first place! Morrissey's definitely stretching out a bit with his ... read moreCD
Volume 1 on in the Soft Machine Turns On compilation series of early recordings from the mid-to-late 60s. Includes "I Should've Known", "A Certain Kind", "Clarence In Wonderland". " Hope For Happiness", 'We Know What You Mean", "She's Gone", ... read moreCD
Indie rock elders Sonic Youth's first high profile album on an indie label in about 20 years – the group's first for Matador, and a skillful mix of insistent, exciting melodic precision, barbed lyricism, random bursts of noise, and enough layered hypnotic guitar errata that you'll hear ... read moreCD
10 tracks from Thurston & Co (in the Jim O'Rourke augmented lineup . . .), including "Pattern Recogniton", "Unmade Bed", "Dripping Dream", "Kim Gordon & The Arthur Doyle Hand Cream", "Stones", 'Dude Ranch Nurse", "New ... read moreCD
Really wonderful sounds from the enigmatic Space Lady – an artist who mostly performed on the streets of Boston and San Francisco in the 70s, but who also managed to make the handful of recordings featured in this set! The tunes are wonderfully spare, and surprisingly beautiful – often ... read moreCD
The complete singles of one of our favorite groups of the 60s – a completely wonderful sextet who started in harmony pop, but grew to do a whole lot more! The earliest cuts have Spanky & Our Gang resonating strongly with the best by The Association, Mamas & Papas, or other Sunshine ... read moreCD
A very unusual second album from Chris Spedding – one that came out quite a few years after his first solo set, and definitely shows the result of Spedding's countless work on other rock, jazz, and soul sessions! There's still a rootsy, personal feel to the music – but there's also a ... read moreCD
Waylon Speed —
Kin ... CD Crow On Ten, 2014. Used ...
Primordial late 60s Detroit rock from SRC – at the time thought of as the chief rival of the now much more reverently remembered MC5 – but still a pile-driving juggernaut of 60s stoner rock! This set collects the best of groups album tracks and singles cut for Capitol Records in 1968 ... read moreCD
A British singer of the 60s, but one who borrows a lot from American folk and country artists at the time – which makes for a really compelling blend with the groovy arrangements of the tunes! The range of tracks here really show Crispian St Peters reaching out to find a sound that's all his ... read moreCD
Stereolab's second for Elektra, following strongly on their debut for the label – and one of their best ever! Mars Audiac Quintet is a brilliant batch of space age pop tunes, inflected with the genius ear for 60s classics that's always made the band so compelling to us, but done in a fresh ... read moreCD
The fuzzy side of the Brit pop underground hits the mainstream of the late 80s – with results that resonated strongly around the world! John Leckie's production is perfect here – just right for pushing the Roses into a bigger audience, but still hanging onto the longer-haired elements ... read moreCD
A rock group at the core, but one with a very soulful feel – thanks to some tight instrumentation, well-crafted grooves, and a blue-eyed vocal approach that really sets the record soaring! The group hail from Australia, and like some of their contemporaries on that scene in the 70s, they've ... read moreCD
Nikki Sudden's first couple records for the Creation label – the hugely influential, if somewhate modest selling Texas and Dead Men Tell No Tales – in 2CD set, with a lot of excellent bonus tracks! Sudden was always one to balance experimental creative tendencies with more immediately ... read moreCD