Beautiful solo album by this brilliant Chicago guitarist, with 4 long tracks of solo acoustic guitar, augmented at various intervals by harmonium, pedal steel, French horn, trombone, trumpet, and violin – but not in the way you'd expect. Jim plays mostly solo throughout the LP, and the other ... read moreCD
Subtle grandeur from experimental rock icon Jim O'Rourke! He's pulled off a really incredible trick here – delivering what may very well be his most richly textured and artfully arranged work – but he does that in the form of warm, endearingly straight forward songwriting, rather than ... read moreCD
Surprisingly sublime pop from The Partridge Family – served up with superb arrangements from Wes Farrell and Mike Melvoin, the latter of whom plays some really great keyboards on the set! In fact, all the instrumentation is pretty great – guitar from Dennis Budimir and Tommy Tedesco, ... read moreCD
Two albums put together by Ray Pierle after his better-known (but equally obscure) album as McKay – Into You! Time & Money has this unusual quality that mixes tight instrumentation and songwriting with a rougher sort of production vibe – almost power-pop at points, given the catchy ... read moreCD
Ka-Pow is right – as this collection explodes with a bang, right from the start – a flurry of wonderful west coast sounds from this overlooked Bay Area combo of the 60s! Powder have a vibe that's much more mod 60s London than anything else we can think of in Cali at the time – ... read moreCD
A stunner from Pridjevi – the dreamy joint project of a trio of Croatian songwriters, with influences that span the globe – recalling some of the greatest psychedelia of the late 60s onward! It's held together by laidback male and female vocals floating by to hypnotic effect – ... read moreCD
Rawly melodic sounds from the London-based Primitive Parts – and such a perfect mix of jagged, post punkish guitars and barbed pop sensibility! In their own words, the group kind of set out to sound something like if Stiff Record came about in the 60s, which is probably as apt a description ... read moreCD
Procol Harum are definitely on home turf here – really honing, really focusing their energy – with a sound that seems to create this almost perfect interplay between the guitars of Robin Trower and vocals of Gary Brooker – two key elements of the group's sound that are even better ... read moreCD
The amazing first album from Procol Harum – a group with a sound that's still unlike anyone else we can think of – even though they were a key part of the London scene of the 60s! The group are steeped in all of the blues, soul, and jazz elements that influenced so many other British ... read moreCD
Maybe our favorite album from Procol Harum – a set that adds in some wonderful use of strings to the group's unique style – almost moving forward on the promise of the earlier single "Whiter Shade Of Pale", moving into much deeper territory overall! There's something about ... read moreCD
The stunning second album from Procol Harum – a record that takes everything that's wonderful about their debut, and pushes it even farther – to a very unique space that's completely the group's own! The songcraft here is magical – with great work from the team of vocalist Gary ... read moreCD
Psychic Paramount —
II ... CD No Quarter, 2011. Used ...
A beautifully tripped out little record from Canada – produced by Paul Horn in his more hippieish years, and with some nice jazzy undercurrents that certainly show his influence! The tracks here are all quite long and stretched out – showing a bit of an Eastern influence in their ... read moreCD
Raindrops ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1963. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Two girl singers, one guy – and a sound that's a lot more striking than you might expect! With a name like The Raindrops, you might expect echoey sadness – ala The Fleetwoods – but the approach here is more punched-up and rocking, with a surprisingly soulful undercurrent too! ... read moreCD
As great of a rock & roll album as there's ever been! It's impossible to describe this record without sounding like a blow hard, but you really can't overstate what these four goony guys from Queens accomplished. 30-odd years of the most visceral pop music concentrated into 2 minute, 3 chord ... read moreCD
One of the most mindblowing sonic experiments of the 70s – Lou Reed's legendary Metal Machine Music opus! The double-length set is a really revolutionary batch of music – hardly what you'd expect from Lou's previous records, and a noisy, metallic album that really lives up to its title. ... read moreCD
The final album by The Replacements – and a nice one, even if it's closer to a debut solo album for Paul Westerberg than it is to the rest of the 'Mats ouvre! This is a classic example of an album with strengths we either refused to acknowledge back in the day as Replacements classicists, or ... read moreCD
Anonymous experimentalists The Residents cover, satirize and stage an arty assault on the classic rock and pop regime! The group dispenses with all subtlety here, mocking the heck out of a couple decades worth of American pop culture soundtrack fodder. Anything that could be construed as "the ... read moreCD
A revolution in sound from Paul Revere & The Raiders – a set that still has some of the party-rocking styles that made them a hit in the 60s, but which also has a hipper, trippier sound at times too! Terry Melcher's really coming into his own as a producer here – and, a bit like ... read moreCD
A great run of work from Archie Roach – one of the most important talents to come from the Australian rock scene in the 90s – heard here on four albums recorded for Mushroom Records, plus a host of bonus tracks as well! Archie's got a rootsy style that's not only timeless, but also has ... read moreCD
The long lost first album from Rodion GA – the legendary electronic music pioneer from the Romanian scene of the 70s – equally talented as Cluster, Eno, or some of the best German forces of the time – but far more obscure, given the Iron Curtain of the time! The music is a heady ... read moreCD
Landmark work from The Rolling Stones – and a set that may well stand alongside Exile On Main Street for capturing the group at their height! The record's got the Stones very much in their own space – years from just putting a UK spin on American blues – and instead, finding a ... read moreCD
Totally wonderful work from Ronny & The Daytonas – one of the many great groups who grew up in the shadows of The Beach Boys – yet found a way to have something sort of extra special in their sound! The approach is similar here – sunny harmonies and romping surf-styled guitar ... read moreCD
Runaways ... CD Cherry Red/Mercury (UK), 1976. New Copy ...
The glammy garage punk classic! Evil genius Kim Fowley + hard-rockin' underage girls + 1976 = one of the most immediately catchy, damn near illicit razor-edged trash rock albums ever! Although it was a joke to the rock literati of the time (and may still be. . .stupid snobs) this album was ... read moreCD
Sweet period pop and rare duets from Bobby Russell & Bergen White – the former a budding songwriter who would go own to be a cross genre hit machine, penning huge songs for other artists and the latter a soon-to-be massive arranger to the stars! Bobby & Bergen has loads of sunny ... read moreCD
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels —
Breakout ... CD New Voice/Warner (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
Blue-eyed soul from the legendary Mitch Ryder – and pretty darn gritty at that – steeped in styles borrowed from Memphis and Muscle Shoals, and given a bit of a color-blind twist on the Detroit scene of the late 60s! Mitch clearly loves the motor city sound of the 60s, but also takes ... read moreCD