Human League —
Dare ... LP A&M/Virgin, 1981. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A masterpiece of synth pop – and a landmark album for the Human League! The record took the group from the Brit post-punk underground to the charts of the world – with a stark blend of noisy keyboards, spare beats, and Phil Okey's wonderfully flat and monotone vocals. And although the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some great early 80s pop groove material from Human League – less of the colder synth of before, and more of the warmer soul-based sound that worked surprisingly well for the group! The EP features a number of tracks that fell between the LPs – including the extended version of their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album by Human League – and one that has them really honing their craft a bit, sliding from a world of messed-up broken-down synthesizers into more song-based forms that hint at the genius pop of later years. Things are still pretty darn dark – with vocals that would scare a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch. Label has a peeled spot.)
Great early work from Brian Hyland – a singer who's mostly known for his novelty hits, but who has a heck of a lot more to offer! Brian was a really young guy at the time of these recordings, but he sings with a sense of sadness and maturity on some numbers that matches the darkness of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real departure in the career of Brian Hyland – and light years away from his earlier fame as a teen pop singer! The Hyland of this record is a brooding one – mature, sometimes slightly folksy – but also able to draw on a wealth of soul, blues, and other musical references that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
I Ribelli —
I Ribelli ... LP Contempo (Italy), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
A very groovy group from the Italian scene of the 60s – one that clearly draw a lot of inspiration from both American soul and the garage underground – which is then fused into this really unique Italian language style of its own! There's plenty of fuzz on the guitars, and lots of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the earliest efforts from percussionist/electronic musician Andre Centazzo – an artist who'd later go onto start his own label named after this set, and record famously with Steve Lacy! This group's a trio – with Centazzo on drums and electronics – plus Armando Battison on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest jazz rock albums to come out of the British scene at the end of the 60s – a record that's filled with tight changes, bluesy overtones, and some wonderfully choppy moments – all played by a legendary lineup that includes Terry Smith on guitar, John Healing on organ, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface residue and a small name in pen.)
One of the wildest records of the early 70s – and it's still pretty darn hard to argue with the power of this one – even if the meddling of the producers is nearly as legendary as the album itself! There's still such a manic energy to the original release mix – one that clearly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Igra Staklenih Perli —
Vrt Svetlosti ... CD Radiotelevizija Beograd/Atlantide (Germany), 1980. Used ...
Lost prog from the Yugoslavian scene of the late 70s – a scene that was a few years behind the rest of Europe, but at a level that only meant they tried harder than some of their contemporaries! These guys jam nicely on keyboards and processed guitars – at a level that reminds us of ... read moreCD
One of the coolest groups of the Cali instrumental scene of the early 60s – a legendary combo that features later psych giant Merrel Fankhauser on guitar! There's a sense of darkness here that comes through right away – a more brooding quality than you'd find on other, brighter surf ... read moreCD
A madly trippy soundtrack, played by a pre-Can lineup that includes Irmin Schmidt on vocals and guitar, Holger Czukay on bass, and Jacki Liebezeit on drums! The tunes here are hardly what you might expect from a conventional 60s film score – and really rock out with the same sort of quality ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Did power pop ever get any more perfect than this? It's hard to think so – and more than 25 years later, this album's got a raw power that's still undeniable! The album features The Jam at their early best – still with the rougher punky edges firmly in place, but also able to bring in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gift ... LP Polydor, 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
The final proper album by The Jam! The Gift is a far more diversely soul-steeped set of tunes than anything they'd done up to this point – and in hindsight, it feels more like a starting point for Paul Weller's career to come than a final album for The Jam! While they're working more soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Jam close out the 70s with one of their greatest records – one that shows Paul Weller's songwriting skill in much more impressive light than on their earlier albums! Weller's really come into his own here as sharp-witted chronicler of daily life here, particularly from point of view of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later record by The Jam – a little bit of a step back into a rawer sound than they're somewhat slick sounding Setting Sons from the year before – but it's ultimately a pretty big creative step! While the sound a little more raw than on Setting Sons, The Jam is diversely inspired ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from The Jam, and it's pure aural dynamite after all this years – a great batch of sharp post punk cuts for Mods young and old! Whether it's anthems like the title track and "All Around The World", their rousing taking on Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great late record from Jan & Dean – with songs that are centered around a rainy theme that's touched by sadness and darkness – a strange setting for the sunny Jan & Dean vibe, but it's one that works really well! The behind-the-scenes story is fascinating here – as Jan ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jean Michel Jarre —
Oxygene ... LP Polydor, 1976. Very Good+ ...
France's huge contribution to the classic catalog of 70s synth records – proof that Germans weren't the only ones who could make huge-selling spacey albums! The record's strength is Jarre's slightly romantic approach to scoring, which creates some dreamy melodies that really help hold the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jefferson Airplane flying high in the late 60s – and Crown Of Creation was both a creative and commercial triumph for the band – balancing the tripped out adventurousness of their earlier work, with a more focused approach! Front loaded with moodier, acoustic-based songs that build ... read moreCD
Jefferson Airplane flying high in the late 60s – both a creative and commercial triumph for the band – balancing the tripped out adventurousness of their earlier work, with a more focused approach that brought them to bigger and bigger audiences! Front loaded with moodier, acoustic-base ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last studio effort from Jefferson Airplane – and an underappreciated gem! At this point, Airplane was on the descent, landing gear in place – with the foundations for band's one-time side projects Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna ready to relaunch as primary projects. That said, it' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original fold-out cover, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a couple of small rips on the fold-outs & some light wear.)
Early genius from these Bay Area stalwarts – one of the greatest rock records of its time! Surrealistic Pillow is the second Jefferson Airplane album, but they took a number of huge creative leaps in the 8 months or so between their debut record and this one. This one is where they're ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has a split in the top seam.)
Rare electronics from Mark Jenkins – a seminal figure on the UK scene, and someone who contributed his talents to artists like White Noise and Arthur Brown! The music here is all analogue, but it was oddly recorded at the start of the digital age – obscure early 80s sides that Jenkins ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful early work from Jethro Tull – a formative set that really has the group deepening both their themes and their music! Titles include "A New Day Yesterday", "Back To The Family", "Fat Man", "Reasons For Waiting", "Nothing Is Easy", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & tan label Reprise pressing, with pop-up. Cover has a small center split on the bottom seam.)