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New Jackie De ShannonMe About You ... CD
Imperial (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Sophisticated Jackie at her best – working with great arrangements from Jack Nitzsche and Nick DeCaro – both cats from the California scene we can really trust for "cut-above" pop work like this – music that goes way past the simple sounds of DeShannon's start – into cool adult territory that really makes the album great. Jackie's vocals are surprisingly soulful in the setting – even more so than before – and the tunes include lots of gems, including versions of Van Dyke Parks' "High Coin", John Sebastian's "Didn't Want To Have To Do It", and Tim Hardin's "Baby Close Its Eyes". Also includes "I Keep Wanting You", "Me About You", and "Nicole". CD

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FormulaJoik ... CD
Distort-D-Sound, 1999. New Copy ... $0.99
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 the Brit scene in the early 80s. Singer Julie McBride has a really lovely style – and some of the best cuts mix her vocals with guitar lines at a level that reminds us of Weekend or groups of that nature – but there's also some darker currents at points, although never too overdone. Titles include "See No Evil", "Far Down", "Linda", "Entropy", "Brittle", "Olive", "Flaming June", and "Slide". CD

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Margo Guryan27 Demos ... CD
Franklin Castle/Oglio, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 16.98
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 with just a bit of rhythm and electric piano in support of Guryan's sweet vocals – which echo the modes of Claudine Longet and some of the other artists of the time who sung her music. The set's an expanded version of a previous collection, and features great work from the late 60s and early 70s – titles that include "I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You", "Sun", "The 8:17 Northbound Success Merry Go Round", "Sunday Morning", "I Love", "I'd Like To See The Bad Guys Win", "California Shake", "Why Do I Cry", "Under My Umbrella", and "Timothy Gone". CD

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New NirvanaStory Of Simon Simopath (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Island/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Tremendous! This album is one of the few relics cut by the British group Nirvana – a late 60s ensemble that is not to be confused with the more famous Seattle one – a really cool combo who are way more than the usual pop psych of the time – and have so many great twists and turns of their own! The set's a brilliant batch of baroque and trippy tunes – presented as a "science fiction pantomime", but coming off more like a series of fab pop tunes that kind of crossup Brit Invasion and California Sunshine Pop sensibilities. The great Syd Dale (of KPM fame) handled the arrangements, so the album's got a nice extra-groovy punch – and titles include "We Can Help You", "Satellite Jockey", "Lonely Boy", "Wings Of Love", "In The Courtyard Of Stars", "You Are Just The One", and "Pentecost Hotel". CD features the full mono and stereo mixes of the album – plus bonus tracks that include "I Believe In Magic", "Life Ain't Easy", "Feelin Shattered", and "Requiem To John Coltrane". CD

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SagittariusPresent Tense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful post-Millenium project from godlike California producers Gary Usher and Curt Boettcher – working together here as Sagittarius, and getting help from a whole host of LA hipsters too! The work has a dreamy Sunshine Pop vibe all the way through – even more gentle and personal than Millenium, with a quality that we might well rank up there with Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends – done with a similar echoey vocal approach that's wrapped around some great little songs that you'll be humming long after the album is over! Titles include "Hotel Indiscreet", "My World Fell Down", "The Keeper Of The Games", "Another Time", "Song to The Magic Frog", "Would You Like To Go", and "I'm Not Living Here". CD also includes 8 bonus tracks – including "Mass 586", "Lonely Girl", "Artificial Light", "Get The Message", and "Love's Fatal Way". CD

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We All TogetherWe All Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lion, 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite South American rock records of all time – and maybe even one of our favorite rock albums too – a magnificent set by this sublime Peruvian group – done with a sound that's somewhere between late Beatles, early Bee Gees, and ELO in their prime! Yet the production style here is also a lot more primitive than that used by any of those bigger groups – which puts a lot more emphasis on the song structures and vocal phrasing of the tunes – a beautiful balance between harmony vocals, simple guitar lines, and these subtle rhythms that slide in with a seductive feel, and really send the whole thing home! Vocals are all in English, with these soulful undercurrents that are quite unexpected – and the overall sound is way more sophisticated than even their hippest SA contemporaries! Titles include "Children", "Carry On Till Tomorrow", "Walking In The Rain", "The City Will Be A Country", "It's A Sin To Go Away", and "Tomorrow". CD features 8 bonus tracks too – including "Blue", "Mornin", "California", "Feel", "Any World", and "Wake Up Joe". CD
(Great new remastering, with bonus poster too – limited to 400 copies!)

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New RunawaysQueens Of Noise ... CD
Cherry Red/Mercury (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Mid-January, 2015
The second great album by Kim Fowley's pet Runaways – the album with Lita Ford, Joan Jett and the rest of the gals cloaked in fog and straddling polls on the cover – making them look like a cross between Mott The Hoople and the headliners at that seedy club by the airport! Like the debut, the Queens Of Noise album is total ear candy – and this one is actually probably even a little bit more consistent – and might rock a little harder, too. It's not quite as notorious without the illicit wallop of the group's debut single "Cherry Bomb" – but that's probably the only reason it's not as well remembered. They were still underage at this point, too, so the front-to-back innuendo still resonates! Buy this and the debut album, then take your Donna's CDs back to the mall! Tracks include "Queens Of Noise", "Take It Or Leave It", "Midnight Music", "Born To Be Bad", "Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin", "I Love Playing With Fire", "California Paradise", "Hollywood", "Heartbeat", and "Johnny Guitar". This new Cherry Red reissue has new liner notes, plus the original art and notes. CD

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New Mark EricMidsummer's Day Dream (expanded edition) ... CD
Uni/Now Sounds (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible fantasy of California pop – recorded too late in the 60s to really strike big, but with a perfect approach to mid-decade Beach Boys at their best! Mark Eric's clearly borrowing plenty of pages from Brian Wilson's bag for this set (and maybe Brian Hyland too) – and the original tunes have the beautiful quality of Wilson's best writing in the pre-Pet Sounds years – dealing with deeper themes, but in a very careful and sometimes guarded way that makes the tunes that much more heartfelt. The arrangements are Wilson-inspired too – but have a more mature style than the lyrics – handled by Vic Briggs with a quality that's similar to the brilliant Surf Symphony album of the same year – almost a dreamy remembrance of the sweeter side of California earlier in the decade, but undercut with some of the bluer, more adult modes of the time. Backings feature swirling strings, ringing vibes, and some groovy guitar – and Mark's vocals are often recorded in a way that harmonizes them against the lead – a one-man vocal group, with echoes of The Four Freshmen at times. Titles include "California Home", "Move With The Dawn", "Laura's Changing", "Lynn's Baby", "Just Passing By", "Sad Is The Way That I Feel", and "Take Me With You". Newly expanded edition features a whopping 16 bonus tracks – mono mixes of some cuts from the album, some very cool airline commercials, and rare tracks that include "Build Your Own Dreams", "Place For The Summer", "No Days No Nights", "Naked Lady", "Goin Native","Summer Goes This Way", and "Hey In The Water". CD

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New Dale HawkinsLA, Memphis & Tyner, Texas ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A warm, southern-inflected batch of bluesy sunshine rock from Dale "The Hawk" Hawkins – best known for gifting the world with his Chess original version of "Suzie Q" back in the late 50s – a big step away from the r&b steeped rockabilly he made his name on a decade earlier! LA, Memphis & Tyler, Texas is a catchy title and kind of a good hint at the sound – which has a breezy late 60s California vibe, but it's laid down with Memphis style horn backings and swampy guitars. Dale's vocal delivery is his most effervescent ever – and the players include James Burton, Spooner Oldham, the Memphis horns and even Taj Mahal! Tracks include "LA-Memphis-Tyler", "Heavy On My Mind", "Joe", "Houndog", "Back Street", "La-La La-La", "Candy Man". "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town", "Little Rain Cloud" and more. CD

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New Grass RootsComplete Original Dunhill/ABC Hit Singles ... CD
ABC/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great collection of work from The Grass Roots – one of those groups that we remember from years back, but always forget how much great stuff they recorded! The Grass Roots were a key link between folk and rock in the mid 60s – a group who had some of the raspy charm of the folk generation, but also some of the new psych elements as well – served up in modes that were catchy, but never too cloying or commercial – especially not as much as some of the pop folk groups of a few years before. Instead, they found a way to forge things towards a new California direction – a mode that was hip and with it, but could also break bit with wider audiences as well – as evidenced by hits like "Midnight Confession", "A Melody For You", and "Let's Live For Today". All those tracks are presented here – the last in both regular and uncensored versions – in a batch of 24 tracks that also includes "Glory Bound", "Mr Jones", "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Walking Through The Country", "Heaven Knows", "Bella Linda", and "Lovin Things". CD

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New Pamela PollandPamela Polland (paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia/Beatball (Korea), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An obscure bit of 70s underground rock – the first solo album by Pamela Polland, who might be better known for her work in the psyche-folk group Gentle Soul at the end of the 60s. This album's got a style that's a bit different than work by Gentle Soul – a lot more personal, and at times, a bit more rootsy – but not in a folksy way, instead more of that kind of early 70s California "back to nature" kind of rock – if that makes any sense at all. There's some great little songs on the record that show Pamela as a potentially huge figure in 70s rock – had she not gotten stuck off on the sidelines so much – but that fact makes the album all that much more compelling. Titles include "The Rescuer", "Texas", "Lighthouse", "The Dream", and "Sing A Song Man". CD

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New Gordon WallerGordon (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Vertigo/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great solo record from Gordon Waller – way way different than any of the 60s music he made as half of the Peter & Gordon duo – with a mature, rootsy vibe that really holds up all the way through! The notes point out that Waller's a farmer at the time of recording – and there's definitely a slightly rural vibe to the music – a mode that's not really folksy, but more in that American singer/songwriter style of the Northern California scene – set to some creative arrangements from Thomas Jefferson Kaye and Ted Cooper. Gordon's vocals are great – aged nicely, with a lot more feeling than before – and titles include "Rocky Roads To Clear", "Stranger With A Black Dove", "I Won't Be Your Ruin", "Collection Box", and "Be Careful There's A Baby In The House". CD
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VariousShapes & Shadows – Psychedelic Pop & Other Rare Flavours From The Chapter One Vaults 1968 to 1972 ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Really great work from an overlooked label – the short-lived Chapter One imprint, from the UK scene at the end of the 60s – a surprising powerhouse of pop psych at the time! The company was headed by Les Reed – who we love for his soundtrack and instrumental records – and although the notes aren't clear on the production credits, we're betting that many of these gems have Reed's helping hand in the studio – in ways that take all the good ideas of these small groups and solo artists, and push them forward with even more focus and flair – a bit like the way that jazzy John Cameron did with other British acts of the time. The music's never all-out fuzz, nor sugary pop – and it's also very different than US Sunshine Pop of the period – with perhaps a bit more masculine swagger and confidence overall. Titles include "Mozart Versus The Rest" and "Lucky Sunday" by Episode Six, "What's It All About" and "Your Turn To Die" by Putney Bridge, "Lifetime" and "Courtyards Of Castile" by The Bliss, "Bother John" by Brother John, "Lover's Congregation" by The Matchmakers, "You've Got Your Troubles" by The Californians, "Sharkey" by Christopher, and "Spring Never Came Twice" by Jason Cord. CD
 
 
 



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