Turkish rocker Baris Manco hits the 80s, but still turns out work that's every bit as compelling as his famous sides from the decade before – although maybe with a bit more keyboards overall! The sound is a nice shift from exotic guitar fuzz to equally enigmatic keyboard lines – a bit ... (Global Grooves, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A weird little record from the Finnish scene of the 70s – the only full set recorded by roots rocker Tommie Mansfield – whose work here is almost like some unusual avant take on early American rock and roll! The tunes are by Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and other familiar figures – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet AOR grooves, served up here in French – which makes for a nice change from some of the more familiar American work of the time! Yet even past the language, the album's got a very special highlight in the keyboard work of Marc Moulin – still very funky here, as in his initial 70s ... (French, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Peggy March is a singer with a surprisingly varied career – an artist that most folks know for only her early little girl pop fame – but one who went onto record a very unusual range of sounds as the 60s moved on! RCA was her label, and while she never hit the heights of the charts ... read moreCD
A mixture of duets and solo tracks – with titles that include "Not Every Of The Week", "Birds & The Bees", "We're In Fashion", "It Comes & Goes", "Blue On Blue", and "Catchin On Fast". LP, Vinyl record album
Marumari's third release features more nicely warbling electronic tunes which are perhaps a little more melodic than on previous efforts. Marumari strike a nice balance between the more abstract collages of Oval or recent Nobukazu Takemura and the playfulness of people like Mike Paradinas and ... (New Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
A very raw set of tracks from two Austrian psych bands of the early 70s – presented here in a pretty bold representation of the original concert from 1973! Mashuun have a style that's maybe a bit more poetic than the more straightforward sound of Magic 69 – but both groups mark an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Mason's first solo album – and a pretty a great one! Alone Together wasn't a huge hit back in the day, but man is a ever a pleasing set. It's rich with blues & soul steeped lead vocals and sweet backing harmonies and bed of acoustic guitars at the core of most of the tunes – ... 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
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cut corner.)
Fantastic pop from The Matchmakers – a group who only went by that name on some of their records – as they were more of a studio project from UK producers Mark Wirtz an Kris Ife, and also issued work as The Guards, Fickle Finger, Krimson Kake, Happy Confusion, Cellophane Mop, Father's ... read moreCD
A really nice set from Ian Matthews – who cut his teeth a few years earlier with Fairport Convention – and gets a little help here from fellow Fairporters Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson. Ian's warmth in the vocal department really glows here – and the sound overall brings in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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, with a cutout hole.)
John Mayall's Blues Breakers —
Bare Wires ... CD Deram/London/Rebound, 1968. Used ...
Another great step forward for the legendary John Mayall – proof that he was never just content to copy American blues modes, and always willing to bring something new to the table! Although steeped in sounds from the delta on up to Chicago, the record's also got a hipper, almost trippier ... read moreCD
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Motor City madness from the MC5 – a searing batch of work that still has the groups kicking out the jams whenever possible! Guitars are fuzzy, freaky, and full-on – played with plenty of force by Fred Smith and Wayne Cramer, and driven home with some heavy drums by Dennis Thompson ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great big Dee-troit rawk, like no other group of madmen could have ever created! This is the album that established the Motor City as the capital of late 60s/early 70s gonzo psychedelic rock, and still stands as probably the most massive live recording of the era. Pile-driving outer space noise ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The incredible solo debut of Paul McCartney – and a record that already leaps ahead from The Beatles in so many amazing ways! There's an up-close, intimate vibe to some of these songs that's really amazing – a sense of happiness that Paul never seemed to have in the Beatles' later ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later Columbia/MPL pressing, with barcode on back cover.)
Paul McCartney —
Ram ... LP Apple, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
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
Wonderful work from the great Ellen McIllwaine! Ellen's certainly not a soul artist – but she's got a particularly soulful approach to folk rock – one that's made her a favorite of groovers worldwide in the past few decades, thanks to a big push from Gilles Peterson, and the club scene ... (Soul, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kind of a second chapter of the legendary Into You album by the American underground combo McKay – material recorded during the same stretch, by the same lineup – but unissued until many years later! The tracks here both precede and follow the core album, and they've got a bit more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
McKenna Mendelson Mainline —
Stink ... LP United Artists, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ...
Beautiful work from Ralph McTell – a British singer with roots in folk music, but an artist who was already finding his own territory by the time of these albums! Unlike other British folkies of the time, who seemed to be heading towards more ancient territory, and were often trying to sound ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreCD
If Charles Manson had got him instead of Sharon Tate, Terry Melcher would have never given us this wonderful record – so we're tipping our hat to Charlie's mistake for this overlooked gem of the 70s! Despite a rich career in the background of the LA scene of the 60s and 70s, Melcher almost ... read moreCD
Titles include "Small Town", "Rain On The Scarecrow", "Justice & Independence 85", "Rumbleseat", "You've Got To Stand For Somethin", "ROCK In The USA", and "Between A Laugh & A Tear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Tina & David Meltzer —
Poet Song ... LP Vanguard, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
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(Late 90s pressing on Akarma.)
Men At Work —
Cargo ... LP Columbia, 1982. Near Mint- ...
A great album of funky blues rock with a heavy fuzzy guitar sound! Neil Merryweather's out front on bass and vocals – but the guitar and drums really kick up the groove, rolling around in a stoned-out SF groove that makes this way more than just your typical blues rock session. Titles ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and wear on the spine.)
Sure, this one might have bottomed out when it was first released – but it's an excellent batch of hard heavy space rock tracks, with great drums on many numbers, making it a legendary set for beatheads! Titles include the famously sampled "Sunshine Superman", "Hollywood ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unimpeachable metal masterpiece! Master Of Puppets is one of the rare cases when the critical and popular consensuses match right up and are both right on the money – there's just no arguing against this being considered one of the greatest, most influential, and surprisingly timeless ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on Metallica's own Blackened label – at a great price!)
A classic vinyl tribute to the New York Mets – and one that actually featuers the team singing songs together! Some of the tunes are oddly groovy – even if all of those voices singing together at once is a bit clunky! (Comedy/Spoken, Rock)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Mice Parade —
Ramda ... CD Bubble Core, 1999. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Pure crossover genius from Buddy Miles – a great mix of funky soul and rockish touches – and the kind of record that easily put Buddy in the same camp as Sly Stone or The Isley Brothers with mainstream audiences of the time! Tracks here are a bit longer and more jamming than work by ... (Soul, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and a name in marker inside the gatefold.)