A bluegrass record with quite an unusual pedigree – one that really sets it apart from the rest! The album was issued briefly in the early 60s, on the mostly soul/blues label Crown Records from the west coast – where the young group would go onto later fame in a variety of different ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreCD
The weird, raw and legendary debut of teen trio The Shaggs – recorded in a single day and issued by the Third World label back in the day, before slowly building a devoted cult following over the years! The Shaggs story of a young girl group and their dad manager dreaming big and hoping for ... read moreCD
A great group from the 70s AOR scene – one that never fully got its due, but which never let that stop them from doing their best! Silver have this great harmony style that's somewhere in the territory of America – kind of a post-Beach Boys version of male group pop that's years beyond ... read moreCD
The title says it all here – as by the time Silverhead had moved through a town on one of their early 70s tours, there were probably more than a few gals left behind who were 16 and savaged! The image on the front is almost timeless – could be from a punk album of the late 70s, or some ... read moreCD
A perfect setting for the legendary Silverhead – live at London's Rainbow, with a sound that's even more searing than on their previous two studio albums! These guys virtually invented bad boy shirtless rock in the 70s – harder and heavier than Peter Frampton, although with some of the ... read moreCD
The debut album from this legendary hard-living combo from the early 70s – a group who helped bring a lot of focus into the harder rock modes rumbling in the UK scene at the time, thanks to the sneering, strutting presence of lead singer Michael Des Barres! Silverhead are too often unfairly ... read moreCD
Great early work from the first Gene Simmons – not the guy who sang for Kiss in the 70s, but an earlier rocking singer from the south! Gene's probably best known for the classic Halloween hit "Haunted House" – which kicks off this record – but he's a great rocker from ... read moreCD
One of the more obscure rockers to record for Sun Records during the early years of the Memphis powerhouse – a singer who turned out this gem after the label had lost Johnny Cash and Elvis, but could still hit the right sort of groove when it came to raw-edged, twangy Tennessee rock! Ray ... read moreCD
Smoove & Turrell might have kind of a hokey look on the cover, but they get right down to business on this funky little record – hitting a tight groove that's heavy on influence from both soul and AOR styles from the 70s and early 80s! The music's mostly upbeat and filled with riffing ... (New Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
Sublime early work from Robert Wyatt and crew – a psychedelic accented jazz rock classic that never gets old – and a visionary set that inspired a generation! The heavily fuzzy guitar sound is transcendent on Volume Two – with sudden jazzy changes, augmented by horns, and all ... read moreCD
Soul Explosion —
Soul Fire ... CD Granadilla (Germany), 1968. New Copy ...
A great bit of blue-eyed soul from the German scene of the 60s – music by a group who have a sound that's like some of the best UK soul acts of the same period – definitely rooted in American modes, but also tinged with a bit of 60s mod as well! Vocals are all in English, and tunes are ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
Moogy, groovy, and really wonderful stuff – a set of rare private recordings made by the team of Scott Ludwig and Maximillian Crook, both electric inventors and very groovy musicians in their own right! The pair have a bit of a connection to Del Shannon – who used their Musitron ... (Now Sound, Rock)read moreCD
The fuzzed out drone rock of Spaceman 3 – live in Amsterdam in the summer of '88! Where the group's best studio recordings blended weary, but catchy melodies and some more delicate songs with the heady distorted guitar sound. The live set, if this and the other recordings we've heard are ... read moreCD
Wild! If you don't know them, Spanky & Our Gang were one of the stranger pop groups of the late 60s – and they had a style that mixed sweet vocal stylings with bubble gum pop with groovy arrangements with a vague sense of nostalgia. This tiny little pop masterpiece was produced and ... read moreCD
The first, and perhaps the most conventional album by Spanky & Our Gang – but still pretty darn insane! The group are a strange mix of 60s styles – with bits of We Five, bits of Harpers Bizarre, bits of The Association – but a totally strange and totally fun approach to pop ... read moreCD
Great work by this overlooked UK group of the 60s – a combo who've maybe got some of the same sort of sunshine touches as the grooviest acts of the LA scene of the time, but inflected with a definite British twist! The mix almost makes us think of the way that Chad & Jeremy sounded in ... read moreCD
Mod mod grooves from this ultra-hip Japanese combo of the 60s – a garagey group who burn with real intensity in this selection of obscure soundtrack material! The Spiders may not have reached big fame on this side of the Pacific, but back in the late 60s they were clearly the stuff of ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreCD
Spooky Tooth —
Mirror ... CD Island/Universal (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
The final album from Spooky Tooth – at least during their initial run – and a surprisingly strong set that really points to a huge amount of new directions and ideas! Mike Patto is in the group this time around – and the presence of his vocals and deft instrumental work really ... read moreCD
Spooky Tooth have grown their hair since the cover of their first album – and they've also grown their sound a bit too – into a brew that's even headier and more powerful than before! The album's still got an undercurrent of soul – and begins with a fantastic drumbreak on the ... read moreCD
A further deepening of the Spooky Tooth sound – on an album that seems to have a headier approach to the lyrical themes, which is also echoed by the vocals of Gary Wright, and the energy of the rest of the group! These guys are still a blues-influenced rock group at the core – and are ... read moreCD
An onslaught of fuzz from the reformed version of Spooky Tooth – a group that has Gary Wright very firmly back in the lead on vocals, and the new addition of Mick Jones on guitar – whose lead lines give the group a whole new sense of power! Wright and Jones worked together in ... read moreCD
Spring Heel Jack —
Live ... CD Thirsty Ear, 2003. Used ...
Dick St Nicklaus —
Magic ... CD Epic (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Smooth magic from Dick St Nicklaus – a set that nicely hangs on the more soulful side of 70s mellow – thanks to some sweet arrangements behind the vocals! Dick's singing is often processed – in a cool kind of Hall & Oates way that slides nicely in with the groovy backings ... read moreCD
Fantastic freaky sounds from The Standells – a group who perfectly bridge the garage and psych worlds with their music, and who still sound years ahead of their time – even after the passage of decades! Sure, lots of other folks traveled in this territory in the 60s – but few ... read moreCD
The last album that The Standells ever gave the world – and a masterful mix of all the sinister sounds that were brewing up on the LA scene of the time! We'd file this one right next to our favorite Kim Fowley records from the time (the really nasty ones!), or maybe the first two albums by ... read moreCD
A searing second chapter in The Standells' amazing run of records for the Tower label in the 60s – music that's completely on fire right from the start – and head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries on the LA scene! The group have this stark, cold look on the front – ... read moreCD
These guys may call themselves Steamhammer, but their sound here is nicely electric – thanks to some wonderful lead work on guitar from the mighty Martin Pugh! Pugh's definitely one of those special talents from the Brit scene at the start of the 70s – a player who was most likely ... read moreCD
Steely Dan —
Aja ... CD MCA, 1977. New Copy ...
An undisputed masterpiece, and a record we never tire of hearing – unabashedly the inspiration for our years of jazzy exploration as adults, even though it was probably the closest thing we ever got to the genre as wee lads! Walter Becker & Donald Fagan raise their already-high bar to ... read moreCD
My God, what a record! This one's genius through and through – a set that sometimes gets eclipsed in the brilliance to come, but which is easily one of our favorites ever by Steely Dan! There's a beautifully focused feel here – thanks to Donald Fagan's incredible lead vocals, and a ... read moreCD
My god, what a record! This one's genius through and through – a set that sometimes gets eclipsed in the brilliance to come, but which is easily one of our favorites ever by Steely Dan! There's a beautifully focused feel here – thanks to Donald Fagan's incredible lead vocals, and a ... read moreCD
The complete recording of underground Australian legends Steve & The Board – one of the nastiest, grittiest groups going on the Sydney scene of the 60s! The combo have a way of getting garagey, but still staying tuneful too – maybe a bit like Shadows Of Knight and some of the other ... read moreCD
A sprawling double-length album from Bay Area rockers Stoneground – a set that's got more than enough space for the large ensemble to really show off and shine! The group's noteworthy as being a post-Beau Brummels project of Sal Valentino – who handles vocals and guitar here, as part ... read moreCD
Tim Story & HJ Roedelius —
Lunz ... CD Narada, 2002. Used ...
An excellent batch of funky rock from The Sunday Funnies – a group we only know from this album, but who have the distinction of being produced by the great Andrew Oldham! The set's got a feel that's in keeping with the sound of Motown's Rare Earth label – well-crafted and jamming work ... read moreCD
It's impossible to simmer down with a groove this great – a wicked blend of African funk and fuzzier psych touches – all served up by Nigeria's legendary Survival! The set was recorded at Ginger Baker's Arc Studios, and has his own blend of rootsy elements, complicated rhythms, and ... (Global Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
A beautiful album of minimal, ambient sounds – a set that would be right at home in the world of Brian Eno's Obscure Music label – or maybe some of the chamber instrumental experiments of UK artists like Penguin Cafe Orchestra or Gavin Bryers! Like the former, there's an optimistic ... read moreCD
Don't think "British rock", think "electric jazz" – as the set features some long, jamming instrumental workouts that are more in a heavy fusion mode overall! The group's a quintet – led by drummer Kiyoshi Tanaka, and featuring organ, guitar, bass, and some very ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
DOC ... CD Dual Planet, Early 80s. New Copy ...
A very cool set from sound library enigma Teisco – and one that's a lot more tune-based than some of his other work! The vibe here is very much in an early 80s electro mode – lots of processed guitar over drum machine rhythms, often with this wobbly vibrating sound that's pretty darn ... (Sound Library, Rock)read moreCD
Very cool electronic sound library work – heavy on moog and guitar with effects – and spinning out at a level that reminds us a lot of the coolest spacey electronics from the French scene of the 70s! The tunes are all put together by Teisco, from instrumentation that's relatively spare ... (Sound Library, Rock)read moreCD
Afro-psychedelia from Chrissy Zebby Tembo – a set recorded in the Zambian scene of the early 70s, and served up in a blend of fuzzy guitar, funky drums, and some really unusual vocals! At times, Chrissy's voice almost sounds like it's being processed – filtered down nicely amidst the ... (Global Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
Classic work from a near-lost genius of 60s pop – singer BJ Thomas, one of the biggest-selling artists for New York's Scepter label! In a way, Thomas' sound is kind of a rock/pop version of the approach that Scepter used with many soul acts – as BJ hailed from Texas, but was produced ... read moreCD
It's a bit hard to sum up the genius of Australian Rob Thomsett in words – but you can bet that we're going to try! Rob was kind of a character unto himself in the 70s – neither a psychedelic rocker, nor a new agey outcast – but instead, somehow this musician who could borrow ... read moreCD
Some of the darkest, most bracing music ever recorded by Throbbing Gristle – and a record that arguably captures the group at their best! The sounds here are virtually the blueprint for industrialism for years to come – loads of low-end sonic rumblings, with instrumentation distorted ... read moreCD
Not really the final utterance from Throbbing Gristle – but the third in a line of crucially important releases that helped transform the sound of leftfield music at the end of the 70s! The sounds here are virtually the blueprint of electronics for a generation to come – an amazing mix ... read moreCD
Sweet country-styled pop from southern singer Johnny Tillotson – a near-perfect example of the genre, served up here on two different albums for MGM! The set begins with Johnny Tillotson Sings, from 1965 – a well-done set that has a gently stepping groove handled by producer Paul ... read moreCD
Amazing sounds from British pianist Keith Tippett – a startling crossroads of musical scenes that beautifully brings together the best jazz, rock, and jazz rock impulses on the UK scene at the time – still with a freshness and clarity that the work would never reach a few years later! ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
A pretty great group of long-haired German musicians from the early 70s – one that's got the kind of freaky, freewheeling vibe you'd expect from the cover! The songs here aren't totally prog or Krautrock, but they're also not that far off, either – as they bring in lots of jazzy ... read moreCD