An album with a really creepy cover, but a sound that's maybe a bit more down to earth overall – late 70s electronic rock, in a manner that's a bit like the generation of French groups like Space Art, or like the sound of the German scene when it was tightening things up a bit more from the ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
Harvey Mandel —
Snake Pit ... CD Tompkins Square, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ...
The cover makes the record look like one of Harvey Mandel's classic albums from the early 70s – and the sound within is very much in the same spirit too – a noisy, gritty set that really returns the guitar legend to the brilliance of his younger career! The set's awash in the kind of ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
One of the most rockish albums ever issued on the MPS label – but a set that's still filled with plenty of other groovy sounds too! Most of the tracks have some sort of vocals, but instrumentation also follows strongly in the best late 60s MPS modes – especially that of the psyche-jazz ... read moreCD
Impeccable pop work from McCarthy – a group that's probably best known for being a precursor to Stereolab, but which is a heck of a great British pop outfit in its own right! The tunes on this set have a jangly guitar-pop approach that's strongly reminiscent of the Creation Records sound at ... read moreCD
Melanie's a folkie at heart, but one who's very open to new ideas too – as you'll hear in this surprisingly offbeat set from the late 60s! The record mixes Melanie's raspy, almost eerie vocal approach with some compelling charts from Roger Kellaway – who respects the folk impulses at ... read moreCD
Melanie ... CD Buddah/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy ...
A seminal self-titled set from Melanie – an album that's still proudly folk in some parts, while also embracing some of the more hard-edge styles of some of her contemporaries too – echoes of soul in some of the rhythms, a bit of grit in the instrumentation – which really seems to ... read moreCD
The complete works of The Membranes – one of the few groups who could find a way to mix a noisy guitar sound with some of the more forward-moving styles of the UK indie scene of the 80s – in a way that maybe made these guys not only one of the most important groups to follow in the ... read moreCD
One of greatest heavy metal albums of all time – a pioneering blast of mid 80s thrash from Metallica at an early peak! Say what you will about Metallica's later career triumphs and failures, there's no overstating how huge their impact was on metal and hard rock early on, and their best few ... read moreCD
A wonderful collection of work from the always-great Momus – one of our favorite singer/songwriters of the past 40 years, a talent who really moves forward territory inspired by the work of Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, and George Brassens – and an artist who's given us so much ... read moreCD
Chris Montez had an amazing style that was unlike that of any other 60s pop vocalist! He took older songs, plus a few more current pop numbers, and crafted them into these light easy ditties, with a trademark loping sing-song groove that was often underpinned by some very nice vibes work. His ... (Vocalists, Rock)read moreCD
Noise guitar legend Thurston Moore meets free jazz drummer Frank Rosaly – in a performance that really seems to open up new paths for both musicians! Moore's got a lot of texture in his work here – and a lot of space at times, too – an ear for notes and sounds that almost ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Van Morrison at the height of his solo powers – working here in an extended live set that opens up with all the genius for vocal expression and inflection he developed during his initial solo years at Warner Brothers! The setting is perfect to show the growing confidence Morrison has in his ... read moreCD
The long-overdue second album from Mortimer – a US trio who were signed to Apple Records during the late 60s, but never fully got their due, thanks to all the famous difficulties of that Beatles-owned label! The group are in a nicely acoustic setting here – one that's neither folksy, ... read moreCD
Mother's Finest —
Iron Age ... CD Atlantic (France), 1981. New Copy ...
An album with a very metallic cover image and title – and one that also may well have the most metal-like guitars from Mother's Finest! Back in the 70s, the group were a mix of rock, funk, and soul – but here, they really seem to step out strongly with their guitars, at a level that ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
A hell of a stunner from The Move – the group's first full album, and a set that burns beautifully on so many different levels! The set's almost equal parts mod and psych – with all the sharpness of the former, and lots of the fuzz and inventive production of the latter – served ... read moreCD
A heavy slab of jam band funk! Mushroom are a heavy jamming funk outfit with a classic groove – working hard with horns and Fender Rhodes to craft up solid slabs of groove, circa early 70s Atlantic Records vintage. This 5 track ep has about as much music as you'd find on a regular album ... read moreCD
Long live jams from Mushroom – recorded at a variety of different locations in 1997 and 1998, and really showcasing the intensity of the group in this setting! There's a fair bit of heavy guitar on these tunes, and given the point in the group's history, there's possibly a bit more jamming ... read moreCD
Mushroom's working here with vocalist Alison Faith Levy – a singer who really helps the group find some new space, and who also brings in a slightly folksy focus to their heavier jams! The core Mushroom sound is still very much intact – with tripped-out guitars, offbeat reeds, and ... read moreCD
Searing sounds from 70s Zambia – from one of the hippest, funkiest, most sharp-edged groups on the scene! This sweet little set may well be the best album ever from Musi O Tunya – a perfect fusion of funky roots with lots of Afro Soul touches, and a wicked approach to the guitar that ... (Global Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
A huge assortment of material from garage groovers The Music Machine – including the complete (Turn On) The Music Machine LP from 1966 – plus a wealth of surprisingly deep singles, alternate versions, and a whole bonus CD of unreleased material! Music Machine is best known for the ... 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
A treasure trove of rare work from the great Roger Nichols – best known for his famous songwriting partnership with Paul Williams, and his Small Circle Of Friends album for A&M! Nichols is one of those guys who hardly recorded much under his own name, since he'd done so much to help ... read moreCD
A very weird and wonderful step forward for the British group Nirvana – a set that marks their move to the Vertigo label with some very open-ended, freewheeling songs that were mostly the brainchild of group member Patrick Campbell-Lyons! Each tune takes up a full side of the record – ... read moreCD
No More Music At The Service Of Capital —
Untitled ... CD Why Not, 2005. Used ...
Nosferatu ... CD Vogue/Long Hair (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
A fantastic group from the German scene at the start of the 70s – a crucially overlooked act who only ever cut this one album – a really great set that sparkles even more from production by Conny Plank! Nosferatu are part of a big wave of progressive German acts of the time – but ... 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 moreCD
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
A record that represents a huge leap forward for Nurse With Wound – recorded during a time when they were balancing out their previous waves of noise with more thoughtful, maybe even more historically-grounded sounds – but always with the kind of completely experimental, offbeat vibe ... read moreCD
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
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark) —
Dazzle Ships ... CD Virgin (UK), 1983. Used ...
This hip Chicago duo presents a whole new side of their music – on a really special record put together in Brazil – with help from sonic genius Kassin – who really seems to help shape the sound of the set! Core energy comes from Darin Gray of Tweedy and Glenn Kotche of Wilco ... read moreCD
One of the most unusual figures to ever record for Sun Records – a singer some thought might have been Elvis in disguise! Box set includes all the material that Orion recorded for Sun – plus a big booklet of notes. CD
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
(Out of print, sticker remnant on digipack cover.)
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
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Pan Sonic —
A ... CD Blast First, 1999. Used ...
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
Chew ... CD Trouble In Mind, 2017. New Copy ...
Classic level psych pop pastiche from The Paperhead – a young Nashville core trio (and just a little over a handful of studio collaborators) with an incredible ability to channel the coolest sounds of the late 60s-late 70s into a transcendently catchy sound of their own! We don't even know ... read moreCD
Surprisingly great compositional material from Richard Reed Parry – an artist that most folks know as a member of Arcade Fire, but who really moves us here with a set of more serious music! Most of the works are shorter chamber pieces, often with some sort of minimalist inspiration – ... (Classical, Rock)read moreCD
A classic set from Patto – a group who were never huge at the time, but who've gone onto become one of the best-remembered acts from the Vertigo Records scene – thanks to the sound of this amazing debut! The record is extremely hard to peg – it's definitely got some jazz ... read moreCD