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Johnny DarrellCalifornia Stop-Over (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
A beautiful turn in style for Johnny Darrell – a singer who maybe hit kind of a pop/country mode in the 60s – but who here comes across with a nicely deep vibe! The cover image has kind of a lonely feel, and that spirit is definitely in he music too – as Darrell matures into a much better singer than we remember, and picks up elements of the rising country rock world too – a hip vibe that really works well for the songs on the album – which include work by Jackson Browne, Hoyt Axton, Lowell George, and DeWayne Blackwell. Titles include "These Days", "Brother River", "She's Headed For The Country", "Brother River", "Willing", "Mae Jean Goes To Hollywood", "Mama Come N Get Your Baby Boy", and "Meanwhile Back In Memphis". CD
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Robbie BashoLive In Forli – Italy 1982 ... CD
ESP, 1982. New Copy ... $12.99
A breathtakingly beautiful recording of the legendary Robbie Basho – and a much-needed addition to his too-small catalog of albums! Make no mistake, Basho has given us some key records over the years – but his genius was so deep, and his life was so short, it always feels like there needs to be more added to the mix – which is why this album is so important. The set captures Basho at a time when he was working in relative obscurity, but maybe even more amazing than on his early years recording for Takoma Records – a more sophisticated guitar player, working with mindblowing dexterity, while still also following his own spirit in sound – a mix of underground American acoustic modes, with influences from Indian music and classical guitar – yet delivered with a personal style that's completely his own. Robbie vocalizes a bit, but the main focus is on his guitar – and the set includes a number of quite long tracks, and also some spoken introductions by Basho for more tunes, which are very illuminating too. Titles include "California Raga", "German Chocolate Cake", "Redwood Ramble", "Song Of The Stallion", "Grail & The Lotus", "Cathedral Et Fleur De Lis", and "Pavan India". (Folk/Country, Rock) CD
Also available Live In Forli – Italy 1982 ... LP 23.99

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Dillard & ClarkFantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $29.99
A mellow masterpiece of sunshine country rock from Dillard & Clark – a duo that featured Gene Clark of the Byrds and Doug Dillard of the Dillards – in a wonderful blend of Cali longhair harmonies, back porch psych, and expert Byrds-y tunefulness! Dillard provides lots of great banjo and some chirping fiddle – along with mandolin and chiming acoustic guitars that bring a bit of bluegrass into the sound – but the record has California written all over it thanks to the vocal harmonies and wistful tune craft. Really close to perfection – and deserves as much praise as the better known country rock benchmarks of the era – including the early two classics by Flying Burrito Brothers. Tracks include "Out On The Side", "She Darked The Sun", "Train Leaves Here This Mornin", "With Care From Somewhere", "Git It On Brother", "In The Plan", and "Don't Come Rolling". CD features bonus tracks – "Don't Be Cruel", "Lyin Down The Middle", and "Why Not Your Baby". CD
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Lyman Family with Lisa KindredAmerican Avatar ... CD
Reprise/Omnivore, 1969. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really beautiful album that grew out of the jug band scene of the early 60s – then really took the music in some great new directions! Mel Lyman is the leader of the group here – playing banjo and bluesy harmonica – but he also works with previous jug band partners Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin on guitars – and some great vocals from the enigmatic Lisa Kindred! Kindred's style of singing is very eerie – with a spooky darkness that's somewhere between the flatness of Nico and the secrets of Cass Elliott – and her voice is almost used here as another instrument amidst the raw, acoustic presentation of the instruments – in a mode that's almost more Takoma than you'd expect. There's none of the earlier jug band hokiness, but plenty of that scene's great reworking of early 20th century musical ideas – and titles include "California Water", "James Alley Blues", "Jesus Met The Woman At The Well", "My Love Comes Rolling Down", and "It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry". CD

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Nitty Gritty Dirt BandRicochet (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $29.99
Weirdly wonderful sounds from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – emerging here as a post-folk group who haven't really gone for sunshine pop, but who know how to use both their own harmonies and the strengths of the studio to their best advantage! There's definitely some catchy vocal bits that recall the work of some of their contemporaries – but these guys also had a strong commitment to roots sounds, right from the start – and contribute some surprisingly strong work on mandolin, harmonica, and other instruments that give them a deeper sound than polished California pop! They've also got a time-spanning quality that fits their name and look – 20s dandies into 60s hippies – and titles include "Happy Fat Annie", "Truly Right", "Search The Sky", and "Shadow Dream Song". CD
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SeatrainMarblehead Messenger (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
The third album from Seatrain – a record with a title that refers to their move to Marblehead, Massachusetts from their original home in Marin County, California! That geographic shift maybe signals a bit of a musical shift too – some slightly stronger bluesy currents mixed in with their roots rock elements – fleshed out with songwriting that feels a bit more complicated and personal too! As with the previous album, George Martin produced – and has a sense of compression that really helps the sound of the set – and titles include "Gramercy", "The State Of Georgia's Mind", "Marblehead Messenger", "London Song", "Losing All The Years", "Despair Tire", and "Lonely's Not The Only Way To Go". CD
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Steve YoungSeven Bridges Road – The Complete Recordings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ace (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
The lasting classic from underground legend Steve Young – a set that features his famous original version of the title track, which was recorded by a number of key talents in the 70s – but which is even more important as a testament to Steve's unique place in music! Young had country roots in the south, but worked the folk scene in California in the 60s – and, like some of his best contemporaries, really transformed into something else – partly through a relationship with Van Dyke Parks, who was a key early supporter – but clearly very much his own visionary, too! Young has a voice with a depth that recalls Tim Buckley's farther reaches at times – but a much more homegrown approach – and the songs here are unassuming country numbers that might sit well next to the hippest of the 70s scene – with resonance that runs a space between Austin and LA. Titles include "Seven Bridges Road", "My Oklahoma", "White Trash Song", "One Car Funeral Procession", "Lonesome Orry & Mean", "Come Sit By My Side", "Montgomery In The Rain", and "True Note". This great CD version features material that was recorded at the same time, but only showed up on later reworked versions of the record by Rounder and Blue Canyon – plus some re-recordings too – titles that include "I Can't Hold Myself In Line", "Days Of 49", "Wild Goose", "Ballad Of William Sycamore", "White Trash Song", and "Seven Bridges Road". Also features earlier 45 rpm tracks for Reprise – "Down In The Flood (aka Crash On The Levee)" and "The White Trash Song (aka There's A High Tide Risin)". CD

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VariousThousand Incarnations Of The Rose – American Primitive Guitar & Banjo 1963 to 1974 ... CD
Takoma/Craft, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A fantastic introduction to the world of acoustic sounds that were brewing deep in the American underground of the 60s – far from the scenes of standard folk, jazz, and rock – where some true pioneers would make music that would only get full appreciation in decades to come! This wonderful collection brings together music from the Takoma and Vanguard Records catalogs – two of the most important imprints in this scene, both of whom gave real freedom to the musicians involved – allowing them to move past familiar restraints of space, time, and style – to create the completely sublime sounds within! You'll recognize some of these figures – who finally got greater fame in later years – but the set also mixes them with some lesser-knowns too. Titles include "Raga 1" by Max Ochs, "Longhorn Express" by Billy Faier, "On The Banks Of The Owchita" by John Fahey, "Gypsy Song" by Peter Walker, "Anyhow" by Leo Kottke, "Little Maggie" by Sandy Bull, "Children's Dance" by Harry Taussig, "Eyrie" by Fred Gerlach, "Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose" by Robbie Basho, "When Kings Come Home" by Peter Lang, "Winterland Doldrums" by George Stavis, "The Portland Cement Factory At Monolith California" by John Fahey, "April In Cambridge" by Peter Walker, "Raga 2" by Max Ochs, and "Water Verses" by Harry Taussig. (Folk/Country, Rock) CD
Also available Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose – American Primitive Guitar & Banjo 1963 to 1974 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 24.99

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VariousYou All Come! – The Pappy Daily Story 1953 to 1962 ... CD
Eleven Light City (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A great look at the vintage country work of Texas producer Pappy Daily – one of the key forces to get the genre going during the postwar years, even though he operated far from the hillbilly hotbeds of Nashville and southern California! The work here is a nice blend of country rockers, mellower numbers, and a few tracks with a slight down-home feel – and the range of artists includes George Jones, who got some very important early help from Daily – plus a number of other artists who are represented here by some nicely obscure slices of work. Titles include "A Satisfied Mind" by Joe Red Hayes, "Why Baby Why" by George Jones, "Don't Big Shot Me" by Link Davis, "Poor Man's Riches" by Benny Barnes, "So Tired Of Crying" by Curtis Gordon, "They Say We're Too Young" by Eddie Bond, "My Pillow" by Roger Miller, "Can't Find The Doorknob" by Jimmy & Johnny, "Blue House Painted White" by Sonny Burns, "All The Time" by Sleepy LaBeef, and "Crazy Blues" by The Big Bopper. (Folk/Country, Rock) CD

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✨✧ VariousI Said, She Said, Ah Cid – The Exploito Psych World Of Alshire Records 1967 to 1970 (3CD set) ... CD
Alshire/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally wonderful look at the late 60s Alshire label – an unusual cheapo imprint on the LA scene of the time, one that was mostly created to cash in on mainstream trends – but which somehow managed to make some amazing music in the process! Alshire was one of those discount store labels that tried to fool shoppers into thinking they were buying something hip – but instead sold them its own homegrown versions of psych, garage, or other groovy styles of the time. Yet despite these sneaky motives, the label actually found a way to bring together really interesting studio talents for their efforts – which has resulted in a legacy that's made some of their albums collectors treasures over the years – even if the process and contents are sometimes a mystery! This set does a great job of getting to the heart of the mystery – by offering up a huge booklet of notes that includes way more information than the label ever gave you with their records – notes on their history, the background performers, and other information – along with 82 tracks from the label's catalog. CD 1 features three full albums – the self-titled Animated Egg psych classic, plus Sounds Of Today and Astro Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000, both issued under the name of 101 Strings. CD 2 is dedicated entirely to The California Poppy Pickers – maybe the best-known group to come from the Alshire stable – with 26 tracks that include a few originals, and their fantastic reworking of other folks' tunes. CD 3 features 26 more tunes – recorded by artists who include The Mustang, Icarus, Doctor Marigold's Prescription, Autumn, Modern Sounds, Jane & Eve & The Creations, John Bunyan's Progressive Pilgrims, and The Heads Of The Family. Fantastic – and long overdue! CD

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✨✧ VariousIt Came From The Beach – Surf, Drag, & Rockin' Instros from Downey ... CD
Downey/Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fiery little surf and drag rockers from the vaults of California's Downey Records – rumbling, pulpy tunes from The Rumblers, The Ramblers, The Blazers, The Hustlers, The Chevells, The Revells and others! Clean lead and mean rhythm guitars, fuzzy bass lines, snapping drums and bleary sax – we can thank the unsuspecting instrument makers and Fender and Gretsch for the most of the tools, but the sinister sounds are pure sun soaked, primal adolescent urges – and we love 'em! Blazing stuff from the prime years of instrumental surf rock! Titles include"Surf Rat" and "Oblique" by The Rumblers, "Kopout" and "Wailin' Out" by The Hustlers, "One Armed Bandit" by The Nevegans, "Riptide" by The Chevells, "Cecelia Ann" by The Surf Tones and more. 26 tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ Jackie DeShannonStone Cold Soul – The Complete Capitol Recordings (Songs – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual chapter in the career of Jackie DeShannon – tracks from an obscure early 70s album done for Capitol Records, plus a whole bunch more from a rare Memphis session produced by Chips Moman! The core album – Songs – is done at a level that mixes both Jackie's soul and post-folk leanings of the late 60s – a style that's sophisticated and often a bit righteous, but also handled with some smoother arrangements designed to give the work a more mature quality. Themes run a bit deeper than Jackie's better-known early pop – and although a number of the tracks are covers, DeShannon wraps them up beautifully alongside her own original tunes for a really unified record. Titles include "Salinas", "Bad Water", "Ease Your Pain", "West Virginia Mine", "Show Me", "Keep Me Warm", and "Sunny Days". The CD features 10 more tracks from the Chips Moman sessions – work that's often even more soul-based in the instrumentation, and which features core backing by a small combo of American Recording Studios regulars like Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood, and Reggie Young. Titles include "Sweet Inspiration", "Stoned Cold Soul (alternate)", "Child Of Mine", "Johnny Joe From California", "Live Till You Die", and "And It Stoned Me". CD

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✨✧ Alvarius BWith A Beaker On The Burner & An Otter In The Oven ... CD
Abduction, 2017. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from Alvarius B – aka Alan Bishop, who you'll know from his long legacy of music as part of the Sun City Girls – but who's definitely blowing us away here as a solo artist on his own! The album's a triple-length set – and it's got this really unusual blend of elements that spin out over the extended space of the set – sounds that often just come from the interplay of acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and keyboards – but which often have all these exotic elements in the mix, and these compelling currents of magick that feel like they're echoing Kenneth Anger, Current 93, and a universe of other musical influences too. Most songs are these really compelling originals – but along the way, the project also references Ennio Morricone, Lee Hazlewood, Gene Clark, and other musical heroes of ours. Titles include "Zion The Rocket Ship", "Yellow Dog Prairie", "Their Words Disappear", "Smokin To Live", "Central California Nightmare", "Mark Twain August", "Dark In My Heart", "Obelisk", "Locust Rain", "Fine Line", "The Devil's Spine", "I'll Carry Your Dwarf", "Green Thumb", "Crackled Witch", "Icicle Pillar", "Cantaloupe Brain", and "Take The Veil Down". CD
Also available With A Beaker On The Burner & An Otter In The Oven ... CD 11.99
 
 
 



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