A seminal album from The New York Dolls – one that has the quintet really sharpening up their sound from before, but also laying the groundwork for other amazing New York music to come! It might be a stretch to call the set the harbinger of punk – at least the bigger-label type like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"I need a fix – and a kiiiiiiiiiissssssss!" What can we say? Johnny Thunders, David Johansen and the boys reinvented the wheel with the of wildly hedonist glam skronk spun on this still incredible debut record. Both records they made for Mercury are incredible, but this is the ... read moreCD
This one hardly gets mentioned in the same breath as the maniacal self-titled debut – but it probably deserves to be! The songs on Too Much Too Soon may be a bit tighter than the ones on the first album. They're more about succinct, hard and catchy blasts in the aural vein of their great Bo ... read moreCD
The second in Mickey Newbury's American Trilogy – recorded when Newbury was at Elektra Records, a label that was apparantly as unable to find an audience for him as Mercury was a few years earlier – but all these years later it stands just as beautifully of a leftfield bit of spacious, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A gem of an album from Randy Newman – a masterpiece of understated with from the mid 70s, and one of his most fully-conceived records for Warner Brothers! The album offers up a vision of the south, past and present, through Newman's eyes – eyes that are partially clouded by the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely wonderful first album from Randy Newman – and a perfect example of the way his unique style was a key confluence of all the best elements simmering underneath both late 60s LA and late 60s Warner Brothers! There's an instantly nostalgic quality to the record, but one that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Nice's debut album – a much more tripped out batch of tunes than their better remembered follow up albums! Keyboardist Keith Emerson is the leader of the group, but would actually function as a tighter three piece in the subsequent years. The album may suffer just a bit in comparison ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from Nico – easily one of her most haunting albums ever, and a huge step forward even from the sublime Chelsea Girl record! John Cale produced and arranged the album, and plays some extra-spooky harmonium throughout – an instrument that's got the same low, dead tones as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
End ... LP Island, 1974. Very Good ....
One of Nico's darkest albums – and the kind of record we always suggest to those who doubt her genius! The incredibly spare set has Nico playing harmonium, which makes for a spooky off-kilter sound that really gives the record a somber approach – especially as the instrument sounds a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The motherlode of classic Nilsson – all of his albums released from the late 60s through the 70s by RCA – plus a trio of bonus discs of sessions from the late 60s to mid 70s – that's 14 original albums and 3 bonus discs in a 17 CD box set! All of the classic albums and relative ... read moreCD
Very weird stuff – instrumental tunes played by a Japanese combo that features Hawaiian guitar, ukelele, and hand saw! The style might by Hawaiian, but there's other instruments too – like cello, drums, guitar, and flute – and the overall style is slow, very slow, too slow to be ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
The only record from Greek psychedelic folk combo Nostradamos – with a gleefully diverse sound augmented by impeccable female/male lead and harmony vocals – and tunes that run the gamut from delicate, classical bits to lumbering proggy heaviness! The vocals really keep the disparate ... read moreCD
A killer record from Jeffrey Novak – an indefatigable character who leads the great, garagey Cheap Time as his main gig – but cranks out compelling stuff as a solo artist, too! Lemon Kid is just raw enough, tuneful as hell, and packed with really strong songs. He lives and breathes ... read moreCD
A killer record from Jeffrey Novak – an indefatigable character who leads the great, garagey Cheap Time as his main gig – but cranks out compelling stuff as a solo artist, too! Lemon Kid is just raw enough, tuneful as hell, and packed with really strong songs. He lives and breathes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking work from Laura Nyro – exactly the kind of record that sums up the unique genius in her music! The record's not folk, not pop, not soul, nor jazz vocals – but a new sort of style that draws a bit from all those genres, and comes up with a bold new approach that opened ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laura Nyro's second album in her legendary early run for Columbia Records – and an effort that's a bit more dramatic than the first! Laura's handling all arrangements herself this time, and they're conducted by Jimmy Haskell – but the overall sound is almost as spare as if Nyro were ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty fuzzy stuff – and a great bit of rare psych from this hard-working group of the New York scene at the end of the 60s! Odyssey have a sound that still carries elements of a few years before – swirling organ lines, garagey guitars, and up-front vocals that sometimes have a ... read moreCD
Ohio Express —
Mercy ... LP Buddah, Late 60s. Very Good- ....
A very cool, very unusual set from late 70s Finland – a keyboard-heavy batch of electronic pop that feels much more like UK work from a few years later – which might make TT Oksala way ahead of his time! TT plays a range of keyboards and guitar on the record, augmented by bass and ... read moreCD
Andrew Oldham proves once again that his 60s pop music reach is wider than most – by taking on a whole host of tunes from artists he doesn't even have signed to contracts! The set's one of the most jaunty of the instrumental albums that Oldham recorded under his own name – and it ... read moreCD
Wonderful easy grooves – from an orchestra leader who couldn't read a note of music! During the 60s, Andrew Oldham was probably best known to the world as the flamboyant manager of the Rolling Stones – but during the same period, or at least the earliest stretch of it, he also headed ... read moreCD
A box set of Roy Orbison's LPs for Monument! It includes 3 classic albums – Lonely & Blue from 1960, Crying from '62, In Dreams from '63 – Oh! Pretty Woman, a set of classic Orbison songs curated by his sons – as a great bonus LP! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'd never come across Orient Express before, one of the rare rock-oriented acts on the Mainsteam jazz label in the late 60s and 70s – but after a spin of this super rare hybrid of heavy psychedelic rock, HUGE percussion and electric Eastern string effects we're hooked! The group mixes heavy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the mellower records from the Turkish scene of the 70s – a laidback and almost folk funk sort of record – done with some great gravelly vocals and really wonderful acoustic guitar! The style is almost similar to some of the hippest French titles from the same time – the ... read moreCD
One of moodier and more atmospheric efforts from Markus Popp's creatively fruitful mid 90s period! On Systemisch, Oval is essentially a trio, featuring Popp, Frank Metzger and Sebastian Oschatz – and it marks a pretty big step forward for 90s electronic experimentalism. There's a bit of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Insane grooves from arranger Mustafa Ozkent – an artist who was to Turkey what Lalo Schifrin was to the US in the 70s! Like Lalo, Mustafa had a great ear for mixing funkier rhythms and fuller orchestrations – often with odd instrumental twists and turns that bubble over with a fair bit ... read moreCD
VRNL ... LP Was Soll Das? Schallplatten (Germany), 2005. Near Mint- ....
Sweet and mellow work from ex-Beau Brummel Ron Elliott – done in a style that's a bit jazzy, a bit folksy, and with some really nice moments! There's a feel here that steps off the Bradley's Barn album by the Brummels, but it's actually inflected with a hippy honesty that makes for an even ... read moreCD
Great girl group material from mid 60s Warner Brothers – a sweet little set from The Paris Sisters – produced to perfection by Jack Nitzsche and Jimmy Bowen! The trio's probably best known for giving the world Priscilla Paris – who went on to cut some sexy records on her own ... read moreCD
A masterful early single by Van Dyke Parks – and an important moment in sunshine pop –– originally issued as a 45 by MGM, and in a style that presages the some of the creative pop music ever made! "Come To The Sunshine" has a sunny sound that lives up to the title, with ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Van Dyke Parks —
Jump ... LP Warner, 1984. Near Mint- ....
Van Dyke Parks' masterpiece – and one of the hippest records to come out of LA in the 60s! The album's a strangely anachronistic one – steeped in the kind of past-days scoring found on early records by Harpers Bizarre and Randy Newman (both of which Parks had a hand in!), wrapped ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary Van Dyke Parks – sounding surprisingly great after all these years – and, if anything, finally returning to the brilliance of his early work at Warner Brothers! The full album's a summation of music that Parks developed over a host of 7" single releases – and ... read moreCD
Short instrumental orchestrations from Van Dyke Parks – all previously unreleased! Described as "Music For The Silver Screen" – and inspired by a train trip he took in 1955. "The Super Chief", "Go West Young Man", "Bar Talk", "Iron ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Emmanuelle Parrenin —
Maison Rose ... LP CBS/Lion, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)....
An album of fragile beauty and buried darkness – in a space that's somewhere between the work of Nico and Brigitte Fontaine, but a fair bit sweeter overall! Emmanuelle Parrenin sings here in a timeless style that might almost be called folksy – especially in the return to tradition ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Parrish —
Songs ... LP Warner, 1971. Near Mint- ....
The seminal Gram Parsons solo debut, and arguably his most consistant post-Burritos album. GP is pretty much the record that put the country in country rock – with a sharp steel guitar cry throughout, an unpretentious proud/poor delivery, and those sweet harmonies with Emmylou Harris. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A largely unheard psychedelic gem from the end of the 60s – originally private pressed by the group of suburban NY teenagers responsible for the wild sound! There's a cosmic rock groove and a bit of doe-eyed innocence in these cute odes to mind expansion – with freewheeling guitars, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most perfectly formed albums ever recorded by Tom Rapp's enigmatic group Pearls Before Swine – a record that does an incredible job of skirting between Rapp's earthy sense of the planet's passing, and his ambitions for larger forums of expression. The core group is lightly folksy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly beautiful album from Pearls Before Swine – one that uses light orchestrations to create a baroquely folksy sort of feel – easily elevating the album past previous efforts, into classic territory we'd rank with the best from Nick Drake or Leonard Cohen! The whole album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pentwater ... LP Golden Pavilion, 1977. New Copy (reissue)....
A pretty wild record by Pentwater – a Chicago outfit who deliver a mix of spacey, yet accessible proggish rock, ala Hawkwind or King Crimson with a dash Zappa-esque eccentricity, but from there they really blast off into their own unique realm! Feverish vocals, some killer guitars and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful bit of sunshine pop from the very obscure Peppermint Rainbow – a male/female harmony group with a sound that was a lot like the Mamas & Papas – blending folk rock and sweet pop into a really sunny groove! The album's worth it alone for the massive title track – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pere Ubu captured in their early prime – here in a long-lost live show that's finally reaching the light of day! The group are brilliant right from the very first note – crackling with all that rawness that's always made their earliest releases some of the most striking from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal album from the American underground of the late 70s – the unexpected debut of Pere Ubu, bursting forth from the Cleveland scene with a sound to challenge the greatness of anything coming from New York or LA at the time! The album's not exactly punk, not exactly art rock, but has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The return of a legend – and the first album from Linda Perhacs in many many years! Perhacs is very well-remembered for her groundbreaking Parallelograms record from the start of the 70s – a sublime blend of older folk aesthetics with some much deeper, darker elements – a quality ... read moreCD
The return of a legend – and the first album from Linda Perhacs in many many years! Perhacs is very well-remembered for her groundbreaking Parallelograms record from the start of the 70s – a sublime blend of older folk aesthetics with some much deeper, darker elements – a quality ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Peter & Gordon get a lot groovier for this sweet 60s set for Capitol – not just in the style of the music, which shows more influences from psych production – but also in the lyrics as well – many of which are penned by one or the other of the pair! The new material is great ... read moreCD
Groovy 60s Brit pop from the team of Peter Asher and Gordon Waller – two cats who have a way of drawing on the harmonies of the Merseybeat generation, then sending the tunes home with a bit more individual charm! Most tracks here are hits from other artists – both British and American ... read moreCD