An early moment of genius from The Electric Prunes – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were a cut above their contemporaries, and why Warner really backed them strongly right from the start! There's a depth here that rivals some of the group's Sunset Strip contemporaries ... read moreCD
JD Emmanuel —
Wizards ... CD Important Records, Early 80s. New Copy ...
Beautiful sounds from this underground electronician – a set of obscure recordings that are all inspired by the early 70s keyboard experiments of Terry Riley – but which take his styles into even more hypnotic territory overall! JD Emmanuel's keys are every bit as cyclical and ... read moreCD
Brian Eno —
LUX ... CD Warp, 2012. Used Gatefold ...
Ambient Brian Eno at its best – a contemporary record, but one that feels like it could have been released right after Music For Airports – given the overall sound! Tunes are very spare and spacious – listed with geometric images for titles on the back cover, right out of Eno's ... read moreCD
An incredible fantasy of California pop – recorded too late in the 60s to really strike big, but with a perfect approach to mid-decade Beach Boys at their best! Mark Eric's clearly borrowing plenty of pages from Brian Wilson's bag for this set (and maybe Brian Hyland too) – and the ... read moreCD
David Essex —
Rock On ... CD Columbia/7T's (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
The debut full length set from David Essex – a singer who'd been working on the London scene for many years before the record, and who steps out here with a sound that certainly shows that legacy! At some moments, Essex can be an old-school rocker, at others he can be a bit of a balladeer ... read moreCD
The Everly Brothers take on a host of tunes from other folks – and really make them their own, thanks to some beautiful Kentucky-bred harmonies throughout! The songs are familiar, but the presentation here is very fresh – maybe not with the soul promised in the title, but instead lots ... read moreCD
A moodier, mellower record than usual from Express Rising – a set that's got a laidback, ethereal feel that really fits the image on the cover! The style here is less the classic funk of ER's debut, and more a moody blend of echoey guitar lines and slow-moving, watery rhythms – all in ... read moreCD
A totally great little record – one that was initially billed as a Tribute To Blondie, but which has had more than a life of its own! True, the record does have some Blondie elements at times – including covers of two of the group's tracks – but most of the material is Family ... read moreCD
A much-needed collection of work from the legendary Narvel Felts – a legendary early rocker whose output was initially limited to just a handful of rare singles! Almost all those singles appear here – material recorded for Mercury and other labels – mixed with tracks that were ... read moreCD
Solo work from Michael Fennelly – not exactly a household name, but an artist who's well-remembered for his work in Curt Boettcher's Millennium and the later group – getting some strong post-Zombies production work from Chris White, and some extra help on the record from Rod Argent! ... read moreCD
A lost late 60s gem from Reprise Records – the only album ever recorded by this young band from the Greenwich Village scene! There's a great post-folk feel to the set – warm harmonies and a bit of acoustic instrumentation to show the influence of the earlier generation – but a ... read moreCD
A late masterpiece from the Flaming Lips – one of their most unique and uncompromising records since they became leftfield hitmakers – and a record that works best as a whole! Embryonic is a grower, and the first record since The Soft Bulletin which, to our ears anyway, doesn't seem to ... read moreCD
A really nice album of trippy rock tracks with lots of nice folksy touches! The group's a trio, all of whom sing lead vocals from time to time – and instrumentation includes organ, harmonium, piano, percussion, guitars, electric harpsichord, mandolin, and cello – all swirling around in ... read moreCD
A great overlooked band from the Cali scene at the turn of the century – a quartet with a great female singer, and a tight jangly sound that almost takes us back to the C86 generation in the UK! The songs are well-written, and filled with sweet little hooks that bring out the best in the ... read moreCD
Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp —
Island ... CD Trouble In Mind, 2015. New Copy ...
ypnotic and melodic experimental rock instrumentals from Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtcamp! The duo covers an impressive range of moods on this 4 song, 25 minute mini-album – kicking off with echoey beats, busy synth and a dissonate wall of noisy atmosphere before that heavy wave crashes and ... read moreCD
Stunning work from Jackson C Frank – an artist who's mostly known for his one crucial 60s album on Columbia Records – but who gets a huge amount of exposure here in a full series devoted to his recordings! That legendary self-titled album was issued in 1965 – and has that ... read moreCD
Fuchsia ... CD Pegasus/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ...
A record that's every bit as haunting as its title – a beautiful mix of progressive rock and strings, with some equally poetic vocals to match! The style here is pretty wonderful – as familiar modes mix with cello, violin, and harmonium – all used sparely, but with a quality that ... read moreCD
A stunning document of early solo work from the great Robin Gibb – one full album, one never-issued album, and lots of bonus tracks too – a massive 3CD package with 63 tracks in all, 46 of which are previously unreleased! First up is the Robin's Reign album – a wonderful early ... read moreCD
Young Marble Giant Stuart Moxham's lone LP with his offshoot project Gist – and a real gem that thankfully does not follow the title's advice – it's a real standout LP that follows Stuarts own idiosyncratic pop vision! Gist has some of the spare atmosphere of the YMG's but it manages ... read moreCD
The rare one-off collaborative side project by Robert Smith of The Cure and Steven Severin of Siouxsie & The Banshees! Includes "Like An Animal", "Looking Glass Girl", "A Blue In Drag", "Punish Me With Kisses", "Relax", ""Mouth To ... read moreCD
A tremendous debut from this overlooked late 60s group from the UK – a powerhouse that would later go onto fuel bigger groups like Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and Uriah Heep! This initial outing has a surprisingly soulful feel at times – still very rockish in the ... read moreCD
Early 70s space rock from Golem – epically paced, trippy, expertly done wigged out instrumental rock that was purportedly laid down by heavies from the soon-to-be legendary krautrock scene working pseudonymously after hours in the studio! The album's a bit of an enigma – a set that's ... read moreCD
One of the best ever albums by Leslie Gore – full of sweet natured girl pop songcraft that's on par with her biggest hit singles – but with an underlying sadness and overall emotional depth that's underappreciated to this day! It might not be as monumental as, say Pet Sounds, but we ... read moreCD
A wonderful early album from Lesley Gore – and a set that's got a lot more to offer than just the famous title track! Lesley's just a young gal at this time, but she sings in this lusty, personal style that's a lot richer than most female pop of the period – and which also shows the ... read moreCD
There's nothing mixed up about this great little record – as Lesley Gore comes across with a solid, mature approach that's quite surprising, given her teenage years at the time – a quality that makes the album a lot deeper than just the usual throwaway pop of the time! Gore's not yet ... read moreCD
An obscure later album from Lesley Gore – and a set that's far more mature and adult than you might know from her 60s girl pop hits! The album's cut for Motown's MoWest subsidiary, and has the same hip style as other albums on the label at the time – kind of a California ... read moreCD
An early 80s album, but one that's definitely got the timeless feel of Gwydion's look on the cover – every bit what you might expect from a guy who calls himself The Faerie Shaman! The tunes are folksy, but with an ancient vibe that's a bit like some of the UK acid folk scene of the 70s, ... read moreCD