Some of the first recordings ever made by the New York Dolls – a blistering session of 21 demos that were all cut in one night during March of 1973 – creating the sound that formed the blueprint for their classic albums to come! The vibe here is maybe what you would have heard, had you ... read moreCD
"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
Only a small group, but one who play with the sense of fullness you'd guess from the "ensemble" in their name! The music here is a blend of contemporary late 60s rock with some more advance elements – bits of oboe and cello mixed in with the guitars and keyboards, used in ways that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)
New York Rock Ensemble —
Roll Over ... LP Columbia, 1971. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Titles include "Running Down The Highway", "The King Is Dead", "Ride My Lady", "Traditional Order", and "Beside You". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest records of the 60s – and a sublime debut from Nico, sounding fresher and less dreary here than on many of her later sides – although still pretty chilling overall! The record features larger orchestral backings on most tracks – never too heavy, but with light ... read moreCD
One of the greatest records of the 60s – and a sublime debut from Nico, sounding fresher and less dreary here than on many of her later sides – although still pretty chilling overall! The record features larger orchestral backings on most tracks – never too heavy, but with light ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The pairing of the early genius of Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman – one of the most sublime albums of the early 70s! Nilsson Sings Newman, written by a then fairly unknown Randy Newman was certainly an odd project to undertake for an artist generally regarded as a songwriting talent, but boy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of best records from early UK punk heroes 999 – a dawn of the 80s effort that still carries a lot of the raw energy of their earlier (and angrier) records – with an uncommon melodic sensibility, without losing the barbed edge! 999 even managed to make a few waves in the US at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
1910 Fruitgum Co —
Hard Ride ... LP Buddah, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A great mix of bubblegum pop and headier numbers – one of the key albums by the Kasenetz/Katz team at Buddah, but done in a way that shows a real shift at the label! The 1910 Fruitgum Co still manage to turn out some of the shorter, catchier tunes that were putting Buddah at the front of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nirvana's final album – one that's as poetic as it is heavy, and as beautiful as it is brutal! In Utero's legacy gets greater and greater over the years, not only because its mastermind extinguished himself not too long after it's release, but more than that, it's simply one of the greatest ... read moreCD
Nirvana's riveting Incesticide – which at the time, looked like a mere placeholder for Geffen to sate the suddenly massive new fanbase of the band, between proper albums – but it turned out to be nearly as essential as anything they'd ever put out! A great batch of songs that are as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the best album that Don Nix ever recorded – a set that perfectly illustrates his fully-formed genius, with Don writing, arranging, and producing the whole set down at Muscle Shoals! And sure, plenty of roots-tinged rockers hit that Alabama scene during the period – but few folks ... read moreCD
A Scottish group who should have been huge – given the strength of songcraft and musical vision on this legendary set! Northwind have this really special sort of vibe here – new music really trying to break free of any easy labels or formats – as the group push forward with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In beautiful heavy textured sleeve – and pressed on turquoise vinyl!)
The only album ever from this trippy little combo from the 60s Berkeley scene! Notes From The Underground were contemporaries of Country Joe & The Fish, and share a similar mix of folk and country-styled roots mixed with a bit of pre-hippie rock – but their overall sound is a bit more ... read moreCD
A rare bit of fusion from European reedman Ralf Nowy – a player who didn't cross over to the US as much as some of his other overseas contemporaries, but who's equally great! This album's got kind of a flowery cover, but a sound that's surprisingly soulful – a fusion groove that's ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really mighty collection, and really the first to give NRBQ their full due – as the set not only brings together an amazing scope of sounds recorded over the space of decades, but also includes some new material never issued elsewhere! The package is kind of a history book that starts at ... read moreCD
The icy hot classic from Gary Numan – post punk synth rock that sounds as amazing as ever! Replicas is one of those albums that's just about perfectly conceived from beginning to end – with guitars adding some harder edged bite, the Moog and synths adding a melodic soul, and vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Atco, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, tracklist sticker, and small sticker on one corner.)
Add Up ... LP Basement (Canada), 1979. Near Mint- ...
A later Nurse With Wound project – an eerily beautiful one, in which 2 female voices are looped and layered to haunting, hypnotic effect! Echo Poeme – Sequence No 2 is a single, 48+ plus minute piece in which Nurse With Wound creative force Stephen Stapleton is credited as mixer, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Was there a more tragic figure in the 60s scene than Phil Ochs? Perhaps, but this is still a wonderful piece of his odd and sad career, a great portrait with his unrelenting political stance still in place, though not as raw as some of his other LPs. More arranged than any of his other LPs, but ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great little set – especially if you only know Ohio Express as a bubblegum pop act from the end of the 60s! The group here is much sharper-edged, and comes across with a lot less studio help than on their later sides for Buddah Records – in a vibe that's garagey, but a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nigel Olsson's probably best known for his work on the drums with Elton John during the singer's run of early 70s classics – but he steps out here on his own as a lead act, with a vibe that very much fits his open-shirt look on the cover! The set's got a well-produced AOR vibe – and ... read moreCD
The fantastic first album from The Only Ones – an important force on the UK scene during the early punk years, although a group who were never as nihilistic or headline-grabbing as some of their contemporaries! In a way, the album's got a feel that's more in the mode of the New York scene of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fine album from Yoko from her most creatively fertile period – following the Approximately Infinite Universe mode of straight up, often catchy and melodic tunefulness in the arrangements – but with a more melancholy and often angrily feminist lyrical approach! It's a balance of light ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light ringwear.)
Way before Tony Orlando started tying a ribbon around that old oak tree, he cut some wonderful work for the Epic label – early 60s Brill Building pop at its finest, recorded with a host of top-shelf talents! Arrangements here are by Carole King, Alan Lorber, Garry Sherman, and other New York ... read moreCD
Subtle grandeur from experimental rock icon Jim O'Rourke! He's pulled off a really incredible trick here – delivering what may very well be his most richly textured and artfully arranged work – but he does that in the form of warm, endearingly straight forward songwriting, rather than ... read moreCD
One of the hardest rocking albums ever cut by Os Mutantes – a record that's got a slightly ironic take on rock and roll styles of the time – still performed with the sense of drama and humor that always made the band so great! Rita Lee and Arnaldo Baptista are still in the group at ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although there's been a few "best of" collections out already by this legendary Brazilian rock group – this volume still stands as the most nicely-selected batch of tracks, and it comes complete with great liner notes that help you really navigate and understand their music. There's ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rocking! This is a rare live album recorded by the Mutantes during the years after Rita Lee and Arnaldo Baptista left the group – and when the only surviving original member Sergio Dias turned the group into a very competent progressive rock outfit! The sound is very different than the ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
Perhaps the biggest album ever for Irish singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan – and the one that yielded him his big hit "Clair", a great little ditty about an uncle whose fallen in love with his niece! The track's a gem, and it's featured with loads of other great numbers like ... (Vocalists, Rock)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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Richard Page and his Pages group come on with a bit more force here on this second sweet set from the 70s – but they're still working strongly in the soulful blend of AOR rock and fusion they delivered on their debut! Pages have a vibe that's a bit like Loggins & Messina or Boz Scaggs at ... read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Pages ... CD Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A 70s classic from Pages – a group that's headed up by singer Richard Page, but which also features some key studio players of the time! There's a mix of soulful elements amidst more mainstream modes – a vibe that's definitely AOR, but hipper too – of that really special blend ... read moreCD
Pan/Scan is a great name for a group like this – given that sound of this album is nicely cinematic overall, and takes us back to the days when larger format films had to be panned and scanned when they were shown on TV! There's a fair bit of electronics in the music – following on ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pan/Scan is a great name for a group like this – given that sound of this album is nicely cinematic overall, and takes us back to the days when larger format films had to be panned and scanned when they were shown on TV! There's a fair bit of electronics in the music – following on ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreCD
Proof that underground sounds didn't have to be outsider music back in the 70s – because the Parker Brothers work here with a tightness and studio groove that's right up there with the AOR giants on the major labels at the time! The record's a beautifully homegrown affair, but also comes ... read moreCD