Massively heavy sounds from A Bolha – a Brazilian group who were previously known as The Bubbles, and backed up Gal Costa during the Tropicalia years – but who work here in a fuzzy, bassy groove that's totally great – definitely an heir to the headier sounds of the UK scene at the ... read moreCD
A straight up gorgeous lost album of pastoral psych folk from Aaron Lightman – and an odd, but pretty beautiful blend of troubadour style songs that are all deeply fleshed out in soaring instrumental interludes! These passages pillow Aaron's airy guitar and voice tunes within or around some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Adele's got a whole host of talents on board this time around – from Danger Mouse to the Filmharmonic Orchestra – but the lady's still out front of the pack, looming proud and large with that trademark voice that's managed to endure well into her twenties! Titles include "Hello&quo ... (Neo Soul, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record so cool, it's practically a genre unto itself – and a set that's a key part of the On-U Sound approach of the 80s! The group draw initial influence from 70s Jamaican dub, but never hold to just the roots of that music – and instead explode into a huge range of odd sounds and ... (Reggae, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from the On-U Sound label – and a record that perhaps provides one of the most lasting illustration of the label's genius! African Head Charge work in this unique blend of Jamaican dub, British post-punk electronics, and some earthier textures that might be more at home in ... (Reggae, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 70s live set from space jazz/jazz rock guitar guru Jan Akkerman – rolling from spacious, sparely haunting atmospherics to tighter, sax and keys punctuated fusion jams! This live set was his Atlantic followed up his self titled album, and it grooves in similar territory – not as ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some scrapes on the spine.)
Very heavy stuff from guitarist Jan Akkerman – almost more rock than jazz, with a hard-on jamming style that was the heaviest the European scene had to offer at the time! Some tracks have a bit of funky rhythm, but the real focus here is on the guitar – not only the jamming electric, ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear on the bottom seam and some sun bleaching on front.)
Compelling work from this European guitar talent – two albums on a single CD! On Tabernakel, guitarist Jan Akkerman bridges many worlds – deftly stepping between spare acoustic guitar modes and some much more dynamic electric ones – but all with a sense of care and vision that ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Davie Allan & The Arrows' second album of music for the Wild Angels series of biker films – and even better than the first! This set features an all-Arrows set of tracks – with only one vocal number, and all the rest instrumentals, done in that tripped-out, souped-up style that ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic kitschy biker material from Davie Allan and The Arrows – one of the best-ever groups to play on schlocky soundtracks during the 60s! There's lots of guitar and lots of fuzz – and guessing from the photos of the movie, the music was the best thing about it! Toddler Mike Curb ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Terry Allen – one of the key underground Texas talents who were helping transform the style of country music in the 70s – and one of the few who maybe never fully got his due! Terry's from the same scene as David Allen Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, and Guy Clark, but his ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Epic, polyrhythmic instrumentals from Alto! – ambitious, hypnotic and danceable stuff, going way beyond what you might expect from Portland-based experimental/instrumental rock trio! They carry a world of influences, from West African and Ethiopian sources as much a European and American ones ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Altona ... CD RCA/Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A great album from a time when the German prog scene was getting a bit tighter than before – going for shorter tracks and more focused instrumentation – but all without losing any of the sharpness that first got them going! There's lots of jazzy changes at the core of the album – ... read moreCD
A great album from a time when the German prog scene was getting a bit tighter than before – going for shorter tracks and more focused instrumentation – but all without losing any of the sharpness that first got them going! There's lots of jazzy changes at the core of the album – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wild & beautiful! This album's impossible to describe accurately, and it's the only record we've ever seen by the enigmatic Latin-tinged duo Alzo & Udine! The groove has a tight jangly feel, with nice lows, very catchy hooks, and amazing vocals from Alzo & Udine that kind of feel like ... (Soul, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, Paul Gough, Pete —
Afternoon Tea ... CD Ritornell (Germany), 2000. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Ambergris ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A genre-busting batch of tunes from Ambergris – a group with styles that range from Memphis soul, to New York Latin, to some of the heavier sides of the underground rock scene of the time! The ensemble features Latin Soul maestro Larry Harlow on piano, organ, and percussion – working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Noisy brilliance from AMM – one of the most important avant acts of the 60s – and an incredible bridge between jazz, psych, and 20th Century classical worlds! The group were a powerhouse on the London scene of the middle of the decade – reportedly a huge influence on Pink Floyd, ... (Out Sound, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A big international record from Amon Duul – and for good reason, too – as the set's filled with catchy little tracks that have this really cool blend of prog and glam! The style's almost like Roxy Music at points – with the vocals all compressed in the guitars, and this sinister ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amos Key —
First Key ... CD Interchord/Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A pretty sharp trio with incredible energy – a German prog group of the early 70s, but one who've got a hell of a lot of dexterity – so much so, they may well rival the greatness of big UK acts like ELP or Yes! The keyboards are all handled by Thomas Molin, who's got this ability to ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums to come from the New York underground of the early 80s – even if it was a relatively big "hit" on a major label! Laurie Anderson is in perfect form here – drawing on a strong tradition of avant garde performance, but without any of the indulgences ... read moreCD
A 60s girl group classic if there ever was one – and the only standout album from the lovely Angels! The group were known, of course, for the title hit "My Boyfriend's Back" – a quick-stepping number that was a runaway pop hit at the time. That tune kicks off the album, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Anka may be hiding his balding pate under a hat on the cover, but the album's got the singer being very open with his style – and hitting a great AOR mode for the 80s! Anka may have hit a few clunky spots in the 70s – but he's maturing nicely on this overlooked album from the ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from those years when singer Ann-Margret first popped up on the American market – young, fresh, and sexy – and willing to do whatever it took to make her music stand out from the pack! Ann-Margret's got a vocal range that's maybe deeper than most of her ... (Vocalists, Rock)read moreCD
A beautiful musical discovery that we'd somehow never managed to hear all these years – the debut of (and possibly only album by) Appaloosa, a group who mix together gentle folk and a bit of strings – in a mode that's strongly resonant with some of Tim Hardin or Tim Buckley's best work ... read moreCD
A beautiful musical discovery that we'd somehow never managed to hear all these years – the debut of (and possibly only album by) Appaloosa, a group who mix together gentle folk and a bit of strings – in a mode that's strongly resonant with some of Tim Hardin or Tim Buckley's best work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing – with insert! Cover has a cut corner and some surface wear.)
A raw slice of garage from the Ar-Kaics – a group who definitely earn their name with the sound of this single! "Just My Life" has a nasty, fuzzy feel – almost like the best of the Sunset Strip scene – and "It's Her Eyes" is maybe a bit warmer, but still with ... read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Marx ... CD Deutschlandfunk (Germany), 2004. Used ...
Way more than just essentials from this famous bubblegum pop group – as the 2CD set features a whopping 44 tracks in all, which may well be most of the music the group ever recorded! All the sounds are supervised by the mighty Don Kirshner – who first cooked up the idea of getting a ... read moreCD
A wonderful little set of post-folk rock – with lots of lovely baroque touches! Ars Nova were really a one-off group – known for only this rare gem, issued on Elektra in 1968 – but with a sound that perfectly summed up a generation! There's a wonderful LA late 60s sound here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)
(White label promo. Cover has a cutout hole, unglued bottom seam, and initials in pen on back.)
Maki Asakawa —
Maki Asakawa ... LP Honest Jons (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Haunting music from Japanese singer Maki Asakawa – every bit as smoky and soulful as you might guess from her image on the cover! These tracks are mostly sung in Japanese, but draw a very strong inspiration from American torch sounds of the 40s and 50s – a moody, late nite approach ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Richard Ashcroft —
These People ... LP Righteous Phonographic Association (UK), 2016. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
An aptly-titled album, as it sprung the genius of The Association fully onto the world – and forever changed the rules for dreamy vocal pop music! The album's a wonderful blend of sweet harmonies, LA production, and the kind of slightly-trippy song stylings you already know from The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groovy groovy soundtrack that contains one of the Association's greatest songs! "Goodbye Columbus" may not be as famous as some of their bigger hits – but we love it to death, and it's the kind of catchy groover they'll find us singing in the coffin long after we've passed away! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the American Avengers punk group from the San Francisco scene of the late 70s – nor the UK television duo of Emma Peel and John Steed – but a totally great late 60s group from New Zealand, and one who've got a beautifully baroque sense of psych to their sound! The group have maybe ... read moreCD
David Axelrod/Cannonball Adderley —
Messiah ... LP RCA, 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
David Axelrod takes on Handel's Messiah – and the result is an amazingly complex set of music – very similar to his earlier albums on Capitol Records, and his Warner work with the Electric Prunes! If you love the Axe, you'll find plenty to love here – spare, dark orchestrations, ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most sweetly jazzy albums ever recorded by Kevin Ayers – a set that almost has him moving in the more progressive direction taken by Soft Machine after his departure! As on other solo Ayers albums, David Bedford had a strong hand in the arrangements – but his approach here ... read moreCD