A huge amount of material from the lovely Donna Loren – star of both the big and the small screen in the 60s – and a surprisingly great singer, too! The package features singles, unreleased tracks, and Loren's classic Capitol album Beach Blanket Bingo – which has great work from ... read moreCD
A stunning second album from Love – a set that's still without the fuller orchestrations and baroque touches of Forever Changes – but which already shows the group moving in that direction! The rough, gritty edge of the group is very firmly intact – but they've already got a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Love ... LP Elektra, 1966. Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Love's first album – a seminal bit of Sunset Strip rock, and every bit as powerful today as it was in the 60s! The style's a bit sharper-edged than the group's classic and more familiar Forever Changes set, but it's still pretty darn great – a completely fresh batch of guitar-heavy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original gold label pressing. Cover has some wear. Vinyl has a small click on side two, track 4.)
Need to blow your mind? This is definitely the record to do it – one of the weirdest instrumental albums we've heard from the 60s – and a very messed-up batch of psychedelic tracks that use strange echoey techniques to create a fake "electronic" sound! Most of the cuts have ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent soundtrack to one of the wildest Woody Allen movies ever made – a weird little film that has Woody dubbing fake English dialogue over a Japanese action picture! The music by Lovin Spoonful is equally great – a bit groovier than some of their other albums of the time – ... read moreCD
A really weird side project from Andy Mackay of Roxy Music – originally done for Thames TV! The set features music by Mackay, who also produced – played by a group with Ray Russell on guitar and Mackay on saxes – and with vocals from Julie Covington, Rula Lenska, and Charlotte ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful stuff! You probably know Mama Cass as one of the "mamas" in the Mamas & Papas – but she's got an insane pop vision on her own, a mad mix of the sweet, psychedelic, and historic, filtered through the haze of a late 60s LA summer afternoon. File this one next to your ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy sunshine pop from the great Mama Cass! Forget her silly name and looks, forget the fact that she died an early stupid death, forget all the records she made with The Mamas & The Papas – Cass Elliott was a wonderful singer who had an approach to a pop song that was beyond compare. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on MCA. Cover has a few creases and a half split bottom seam.)
Tracks include "Monday Monday", "California Dreamin", "Dancing Beart", "I Saw Her Again", "Words Of Love", "Creeque Alley", "Dedicated To The One I Love", "I Saw Her Again", "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" and ... read moreCD
Wonderfully dark harmonies from The Mamas & The Papas – one of those amazing late 60s albums from the group that was pop on the outside, but something very else underneath – a wonderful blend of modes that was hardly duplicated this well again! There's a slightly spooky feel to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mandrake Memorial —
Puzzle ... LP Poppy, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Way more than just the standard psych album of the time – and instead a richly-orchestrated album with sounds as complicated as the MC Escher cover image! Ron Frangipane and Brooks Arthur both helped out in the studio – and the set's got a clarity of vision that's way different than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Manfred Mann's the guy in the lead, but the group's definitely one that's got five faces – thanks to the sharp talents of all the members of the quintet! Drummer Mike Hugg gets things going with a sharp Brit beat, vocalist Paul Jones really gives the songs some shape and a bit of harmonica ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The US debut of Manfred Mann – and a heck of a record to introduce the group to the American market! These guys have a mod cooking style right from the start – still with a bit of Brit Invasion jangle in the guitar at points, but much more pointed towards the bluesy currents of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great step forward for Manfred Mann – a record that's deeper, stronger, and nastier than previous efforts – as evidenced by their wicked take on Burt Bacharach's "My Little Red Book"! What the cats do to that tune perfectly sums up their genius at this point – a sharp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
If Terry Melcher hadn't given Charles Manson the brush off, this album may well have come out on Columbia in the late 60s, and made Manson the rock and roll star he wanted to be! And while we're as disturbed as everyone else by the history of Charlie's violence, we also have to admit that we're ... read moreCD
Really adventurous early solo work from Ray Manzarek – bursting with creativity and a world of ideas on The Golden Scarab! Lots of oddball instrumentation, particularly in the percussion – with bongo, wood block, congtas, tuned cowbell, whistles, cabassa and quica – plus Ray ... read moreCD
Classic instrumental pop stompers from The Marketts – following up their Surfer Stomp success by burning rubber on Take To Wheels! The set isn't a straight up, rip roaring drag strip themed set of raw garage instros – although that's a sizable hunk of the package. Loads of more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear, a bit of sticker residue, small splits on the top and bottom seams, and a light stain on the bottom seam.)
An overlooked gem from the David Axelrod years at Capitol Records – a set that also features some nicely snapping arrangements from HB Barnum! Given that the Axelrod/Barnum team was the force behind Lou Rawls best work of the time, the sound here is pretty darn similar – simple pop, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Sunshine Pop treasure – and a record that perfectly straddles a few different strands of late 60s pop! The quintet have fabulous harmonies – of the sort rooted in The Four Freshmen, and given a sunny finish by The Beach Boys – but they also move here in a way that prefaces soft ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the bigger efforts from Material – featuring the core trio of Bill Laswell, Martin Bisi, and Michael Beinhorn – plus guest work by Nona Hendryx, Nile Rodgers, Whitney Houston, Archie Shepp, Oliver Lake, and Fred Frith. The mix of jazz and soul talents comes together more nicely ... read moreCD
One of the 2 terrific records ex-Fairport Convention singer-songwriter Ian Matthews cut for the Vertigo label in the early 70s – built around Matthews wonderful vocals and acoustic guitars, but with a tighter rhythmic backdrop the the typical post folk trope! The key here is warmth – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Swirl pressing in the textured cover. Cover has a cutout hole, and a small split on a seam.)
A real shift in sound for John Mayall – as the album lives up to its title, and mostly features solo work from the artist! Through the magic of overdubbing, Mayall's singing here along with his own work on organ, harmonica, and guitar – and apart from some brief additional drum work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting on the spine.)
Paul McCartney —
Ram ... LP Apple, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
An early moment of genius from post-Beatles Paul McCartney – a solo set that's wonderfully diverse throughout – filled with the kinds of cool little twists and turns we loved in his late Beatles records, and in his 70s killers with Wings! There's a newly-emerging sweetness going on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US Apple pressing. Vinyl has a short click on one track. Cover has some light wear, a bit of pen, and spot of price sticker residue.)