Rock — CDs

XA mix of classic styles -- psych, garage, prog, rockabilly, punk, post-punk, singer/songwriter, and even classic rock!



California Edit search

Sort by
Exact matches: 1
Exact matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Johnny DarrellCalifornia Stop-Over (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... About March 21, 2018
... CD
Also available California Stop-Over ... LP 14.99
Possible matches: 9
Possible matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Alvarius BWith A Beaker On The Burner & An Otter In The Oven ... CD
Abduction, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
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

Possible matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Dillard & ClarkFantastic Expedition Of Dillard & Clark (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... About March 21, 2018
A mellow masterpiece of sunshine country rock from Dillard & Clark – featuring Gene Clark of the Byrds and Doug Dillard of the Dillards – just a wonderful blend of Cali longhair harmonies, back porch psychedelia and expert Byrds-y tunefulness! Dillard's banjo and some chirping fiddle, mandolin and chiming acoustic guitars 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. Tracks include "Out On The Side", "She Darked The Sun", "Train Laves Here This Mornin", "With Care From Somewhere", "Git On It Brother", "In The Plan", "Why Not Your Baby", "Lyin' Down In The Middle", "Don't Be Cruel" and more. CD

Possible matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
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
(SHM-CD pressing!)

Possible matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
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

Possible matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ 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

Possible matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Pamela PollandPamela Polland ... CD
Columbia/Beatball (Korea), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An obscure bit of 70s underground rock – the first solo album by Pamela Polland, who might be better known for her work in the psyche-folk group Gentle Soul at the end of the 60s. This album's got a style that's a bit different than work by Gentle Soul – a lot more personal, and at times, a bit more rootsy – but not in a folksy way, instead more of that kind of early 70s California "back to nature" kind of rock – if that makes any sense at all. There's some great little songs on the record that show Pamela as a potentially huge figure in 70s rock – had she not gotten stuck off on the sidelines so much – but that fact makes the album all that much more compelling. Titles include "The Rescuer", "Texas", "Lighthouse", "The Dream", and "Sing A Song Man". CD

Possible matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ RamonesLeave Home ... CD
Sire/Rhino, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The Ramones really caught their classic recorded sound for the first time on Leave Home – the second of their three perfect late 70s milestones. As amazing as the debut is, its two-channel shrieking buzz saw sound bowed nicely to the slightly more digestible but just as cathartic roar of the follow ups. Titles include "California Sun", "Glad To See You Go", "Suzy Is A Headbanger", "Pinhead", "What's Your Game", "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment", and "I Remember You". CD
(40th Anniversary remaster.)
Also available Leave Home (40th Anniversary deluxe edition – 3CDs/LP) ... LP 59.99

Possible matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousLight Mellow Sealine (3CD set) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
An AOR treasure trove beyond compare – a set that doesn't just feature big hits of the 70s, and instead digs deep into the wealth of under-discovered gems from the golden decade of record production – including some sweet soulful sides as well! The 3CD package is a great deal – 57 tracks in all, divided up to help you spend the day – with one disc titled "sunrise crusin", another as "daylight calm", and a third disc as "moonlight steps" to take you well into the evening – with sweet grooves that are produced to perfection! Titles include "Somebody's Got Your Love" by Peter Allen, "Personally" by Karla Bonoff, "What Cha Doin" by Seawind, "It Only Hurts When I Breathe" by Player, "Call It Love" by Poco, "Take It To The Limit" by Frank Weber, "To Prove My Love" by Ned Doheny, "Dancin Shoes" by Nigel Olsson, "Fallen" by Lauren Wood, "Escape" by Rupert Holmes, "Love Won't Wait" by Bobby Caldwell, "Forever" by Kenny Loggins, "Bish's Hideaway" by Stephen Bishop, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Angela Bofill with Boz Scaggs, "It's Our Own Affair" by Ray Parker Jr, "I Want You Tonight" by Pablo Cruise, "Da Doo Rendezvous" by Valerie Carter, "Why I Came To California" by Leon Ware, "Dance With Me" by Livingston Taylor, "Let Me Out" by Gregg Rolie, "Rosanna" by Toto, "Sentimental Fools" by Randy Edelman, "If I Saw You Again" by Pages, "Barefoot On The Beach" by Michael Franks, "Oh Lori" by Alessi, "So Much In Love" by Timothy B Schmit, "What A Fool Believes" by Aretha Franklin, "I Don't Want You Anymore" by Bill Champlin, and "Brazilian Rhyme (Danny Krivit re-edit)" by Earth Wind & Fire. (Funky Compilations, Rock) CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

Possible matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Terry DolanTerry Dolan (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/High Moon, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A never-issued album, but one that stands with the best creative California work of the early 70s – especially that huge wave of new singer/songwriters that flowed from the studios in Los Angeles and the Bay Area! Terry Dolan hails from the latter, and sounds superb on this set of tracks that was originally intended for release by Warner Brothers in 1972, then scrapped at the last minute – one of those great "why?" moments in the history of a record company, as the set may well have been an instant classic if it was released! Terry's got a bit of a down-home vibe at times, but mixes that quality with some well-balanced production from Nicky Hopkins and Pete Sears – in a way that's never a slavish attempt to copy modes, and maybe more in the Gene Clark territory of really finding something new. Both the lyrics and Dolan's vocals are wonderful – and titles include "Purple An Blonde", "Rainbow", "Inlaws & Outlaws", "See What Your Love Can Do", "Magnolia", and "Burgundy Blues". CD features 6 bonus tracks – all variations and different takes on the album tracks. CD

⇑ Top