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Lesley GoreCalifornia Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the best ever albums by Leslie Gore – full of sweet natured girl pop songcraft that's on par with her biggest hit singles – but with an underlying sadness and overall emotional depth that's underappreciated to this day! It might not be as monumental as, say Pet Sounds, but we truly don't understand how the mix of sugar sweet songs and genuinely resonant emotion here never got the critical props it deserves. That's OK – WE get it, and we know you will, too! Production by Bob Crewe and arrangements by Jack Nitzsche – and titles include "California Nights", "Treat Me Like A Lady", "Bad", "I'm Going Out (The Same Way I Came In)", "Maybe Now", "Love Goes On Forever", "Off And Running", "Lilacs And Violets", "The Bubble Broke" and "Cry Like A Baby". This great Ace CD version goes way above the call of duty, with huge number of bonus tracks culled from her previous couple of LPs and rarities from the same mid 60s period – 15 of them, adding up to 25 tracks in all! Bonus tracks include "My Town, My Guy And Me", "Let Me Dream", "Start The Party Again", "I Just Can't Get Enough Of You", "I Can Tell", "That's What I'll Do", "Happiness Is Just Around The Corner", "Hold Me Tight" and more. CD
 
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Beach BulliesWe Rule The Universe (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Manufactured, Early 80s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
A really rare gem from the farther reaches of the UK post-punk years – by a group who are very down to earth, and very DIY! Beach Bullies have this spare, sensitive quality that's maybe somewhere in the same territory as contemporaries like Young Marble Giants or the Marine Girls – a mode that's clearly inspired by the advances in punk at the time, especially in the way the group just use rhythm tracks, vocals, and guitar to craft their groove – but all in a way that's neither nasty, nor trying to change the world too much. Instead, these songs are mostly simple, and quite charming too – with a mix of male and female lead vocals, trading back and forth over the spare but rhythmic instrumental palette – all at a level that feels like some of the coolest early work on labels like Rough Trade or Cherry Red. The original album is rare as hen's teeth – and is accompanied here by a huge amount of bonus tracks from demos and an unreleased second album. Titles include "Zip Zip", "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", "Sob Story", "Flight Eleven", "California Grill", "Window Shopping", "Locked In", "Brutally Frank", "Corridors Of Power", "The Party's Only Just Begun", and "British Rail". CD

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Deuce CoupesHotrodder's Choice ... CD
Del-Fi/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $9.99
The Deuce Coupes may have a hot-rodder's name – but the sound here is surf instrumental all the way through – that hip, twang-heavy mode that put Del-Fi Records at the top of the heap back in the California scene of the early 60s! There's a nice current of fuzz on the guitar at times – which might help make the transition from cleaner surf modes to the rasp of exhaust from a hot rod – but the overall sound is still plenty clean, as the notes ring out from the low end to brighter spots higher up in the spectrum! Back cover comes complete with a glossary of drag racing terms – but this set would be equally at home on the beaches in Malibu, even though titles include "Smooth Stick", "Gear Masher", "Double-A Fueler", "Dawn Patrol", "Hayburner", and "Nite Prowler". CD

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DictatorsDictators Go Girl Crazy! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... $17.99 19.98
Snotty New York proto-punk with more than just an undercurrent of comedy running through the beefy tunes, and a heavy dose of good ol' swagger! The Dictators are truly, completely punk – even if Go Girl Crazy pre-dates the genre classification by a year or so – and even if their groove is closer to a crotch thrusting, garage version or parody (?) of Bad Company than it is the more revolutionary CBGBs bands. These are punks in the truest sense – sarcastic and ironic. Handsome Dick Manitoba and the boys run through 9 numbers on the classic original album – "The Next Big Thing", "I Got You Babe", "Back To Africa", "Master Race Rock", "Teengenerate", "California Sun", "Two Tub Man", "Weekend", "(I Live For) Cars & Girls" and more. This great 40th anniversary edition has a killer batch of bonus material, too! 2 classic tracks are re-mixed by Dictators devotee Andrew WK – "Two Tub Man" and "Weekend" – plus a bunch of great outtakes, alternate versions and more from the original sessions. 18 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Jack DowningForce That Cannot Be Named – The Jack Downing Anthology ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $3.99
American sounds, but forged in Sweden – a surprisingly great batch of work from expatriate Jack Downing – including some rare singles, previously unreleased tunes, and even some live material too! Downing clearly picks up some of the folk rock styles of the post-Dylan generation – but he's also got this rough, raspy style of singing that's much more garagey at points than any folkies in the US – a weird sort of hybrid that only gets more interesting as the music here moves into the early 70s! The package brings together a full album recorded for RCA in Sweden, singles for Karusell, RCA, and CBS, and some live material recorded for Swedish radio too – 37 tracks that include "No Man's Land", "Out My Light", "Muddy Water", "Queen Jane Approximately", "Branded Man", "Only Dadd That'll Walk The Line", "The Kind Of Words", "Greenback Dollar", and "Going To California". CD

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Bob DylanBest Of The Cutting Edge 1965/1966 – Bootleg Series Vol 12 ... CD
Columbia, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.98
Pinch yourself – you've gotta be dreaming – because Columbia Records just unlocked the vaults, and unearthed a treasure trove of never-heard recordings from the sessions from some of Bob Dylan's greatest records – Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde! Each record is a masterpiece in its own right – the product of countless creative moments by Dylan in the studio, only some of which made it on record – leaving a lot more to be rediscovered all these many years later, and finally offered up to paint a vivid picture of Dylan's genius in 1965 and 1966! Some tracks are quite different – demos, acoustic versions, piano versions, and even a few rehearsals – and if you dig Bob Dylan at all, you'll find plenty here to love. 2CD set features 36 tracks in all – with unreleased unusual versions of "Tombstone Blues", "Positively 4th Street", "Love Minus Zero/No Limit", "California", "You Don't Have To Do That", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Medicine Sunday", "Desolation Row", "Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence", "Just Like a Woman", "Lunatic Princess", "I'll Keep It With Mine", and lots more! CD
Also available Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965/1966 – Bootleg Series Vol 12 (180 gram 3LP box set) ... LP 88.99

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Bob DylanCutting Edge 1965/1966 – Bootleg Series Vol 12 (deluxe 6CD box set with hardcover book) ... CD
Columbia, Mid 60s. New Copy 6CD & book ... $126.99 149.98
Pinch yourself – you've gotta be dreaming – because Columbia Records just unlocked the vaults, and unearthed a treasure trove of never-heard recordings from the sessions from some of Bob Dylan's greatest records – Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde! Each record is a masterpiece in its own right – the product of countless creative moments by Dylan in the studio, only some of which made it on record – leaving a lot more to be rediscovered all these many years later, and finally offered up to paint a vivid picture of Dylan's genius in 1965 and 1966! Some tracks are quite different – demos, acoustic versions, piano versions, and even a few rehearsals – and if you dig Bob Dylan at all, you'll find plenty here to love. Massive 6CD set comes with a big 120 page hardcover book with rare photos and memorabilia, and features over 100 songs in all – with unreleased unusual versions of "Tombstone Blues", "Positively 4th Street", "Love Minus Zero/No Limit", "California", "You Don't Have To Do That", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Medicine Sunday", "Desolation Row", "Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence", "Just Like a Woman", "Lunatic Princess", "I'll Keep It With Mine", and lots more! Also includes the complete session for the song "Like A Rolling Stone". CD

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✨✧ Mark EricMidsummer's Day Dream (expanded edition) ... CD
Uni/Now Sounds (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $3.99
An incredible fantasy of California pop – recorded too late in the 60s to really strike big, but with a perfect approach to mid-decade Beach Boys at their best! Mark Eric's clearly borrowing plenty of pages from Brian Wilson's bag for this set (and maybe Brian Hyland too) – and the original tunes have the beautiful quality of Wilson's best writing in the pre-Pet Sounds years – dealing with deeper themes, but in a very careful and sometimes guarded way that makes the tunes that much more heartfelt. The arrangements are Wilson-inspired too – but have a more mature style than the lyrics – handled by Vic Briggs with a quality that's similar to the brilliant Surf Symphony album of the same year – almost a dreamy remembrance of the sweeter side of California earlier in the decade, but undercut with some of the bluer, more adult modes of the time. Backings feature swirling strings, ringing vibes, and some groovy guitar – and Mark's vocals are often recorded in a way that harmonizes them against the lead – a one-man vocal group, with echoes of The Four Freshmen at times. Titles include "California Home", "Move With The Dawn", "Laura's Changing", "Lynn's Baby", "Just Passing By", "Sad Is The Way That I Feel", and "Take Me With You". Newly expanded edition features a whopping 16 bonus tracks – mono mixes of some cuts from the album, some very cool airline commercials, and rare tracks that include "Build Your Own Dreams", "Place For The Summer", "No Days No Nights", "Naked Lady", "Goin Native","Summer Goes This Way", and "Hey In The Water". CD

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Lesley GoreSomeplace Else Now ... CD
MoWest/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... $11.99 16.98
An obscure later album from Lesley Gore – and a set that's far more mature and adult than you might know from her 60s girl pop hits! The album's cut for Motown's MoWest subsidiary, and has the same hip style as other albums on the label at the time – kind of a California singer/songwriter style, which fits well with all the original material penned by Gore for the album – arranged with kind of a gentle, glowing sound by Artie Butler and the team of Michael Omartin and Jimmie Haskell. The approach is laidback and warm on most numbers, with compressed orchestrations that would be right at home behind Dionne Warwick – and titles include "She Said That", "Out Of Love", "For Me", "The Road I Walk", "Someplace Else Now", "Mine", and "Be My Life". CD
Also available Someplace Else Now ... LP 6.99

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Ronny & The DaytonasRonny & The Daytonas – The Complete Recordings ... CD
Mala/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 23.98
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 – but The Daytonas hail from Nashville, not the west coast – and that difference seems to make for a special sort of quality in their music – almost more of a sense of longing and melancholy beneath the polish, as if they'll never be enjoying the sun on the coast, but can only dream about it! The songs are often recorded in a sorrow-tinged harmony mode that strongly echoes the style of Beach Boys numbers like "Warmth Of The Sun" or "The Lonely Sea". The approach is really wonderful – one that makes the album really stand out from the rest of the pack at the time – because it was certainly easy enough to copy The Beach Boys when singing uptempo and surfy, but much more difficult when hitting the more sorrowful notes of the group! Arrangements have some help from Bergen White and Bill Justis – but the real strength of the record is The Daytonas themselves, who sound wonderful along with Ronny – and this smashing 2CD package goes way past any other – with lots of unusual later singles, unreleased tracks and lots of stuff we'd never heard before. 48 titles in all – with tracks that include "Nanci", "If I Had My Way", "Sandy", "No Wheels", "Teenage Years", "Hot Rod Baby", "California Sound", "Hey Little Girl", "Angelina", "Delta Day", "4 Cast She'll Love Me Again", and "Winter Weather". CD

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VariousTruckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels – The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock Vol 3 – 1970 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $26.99 31.98
1970 was a crucial year for country-tinged rock in the US – a time when the style really came into its own, and both found strong support in the mainstream, and an approach that was hardly just a straight rehasing of its roots! This third volume may well be the best so far in this excellent series – as it showcases a range of key artists who drew strongly on the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield, but really found ways to make those influences their own – expressing a country aesthetic in the younger voice of the time, at a level that would then go back and influence mainstream country in years to come! As with the other volumes, the package is beautiful – a nice heavy book, filled with thoughtful notes on the tracks – and a total of 38 cuts that include "Tell Me A Song" by Morning, "Silver Moon" by Mike Nesmith & The First National Band, "Hurry Up" by Poco, "Delta Mama Blues" by Townes Van Zant, "He Darked The Sun" by Linda Ronstadt, "God's Own Singer" by Flying Burrito Brothers, "Big Bayou" by Swampwater, "Tobacco Road" by David Allan Coe, "Be Real" by Doug Sahm, "Livin In The Country" by Country, "Just A Country Dream" by Eric Anderson, "California" by Rick Nelson, "Right Before My Eyes" by Moby Grape, and "Biloxi" by Jesse Winchester. CD

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✨✧ VariousElemental Instrumentals – Raw Primitive Instrumental Rock From Cuca Records Of Wisconsin 1959 to 1965 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... About April 1, 2016
Searing instrumentals from the legendary Wisconsin-based Cuca label – one of the coolest indies of the 60s! Although Cuca was working out of tiny Sauk City in the dairy state, the company had an ear for a groove that matched the better known imprints of the west coast scene – and managed to record a heck of a lot of great local groups with a heavy guitar-based groove! Forget any thoughts you may have of California or the Northwest 60s scenes as the only true bastions of rocking guitar instrumentals – because this CD more than gives the Midwest its due, and serves up 28 smoking tracks that are also supported by some great notes on Cuca. Titles include "Scalping Party" by The Tornados, "Wasted" by The Zakons, "Spin Out" by Teen's Men, "Side Winder" by Vibratones, "This Way Out" by The Furys, "Rock Casual" by The Stagemen, "The Voodoo Walk" by The Voodoos, "Cyclone" by The Nocturnes, "Rotation" by Six Shooters, "Rewind" by Grind Prix's, "War Party" by The Catalinas, and "Hades" by Frank Gay & The Gayblades. CD

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ChallengersOn The Move (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vault/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The Challengers go surfing around the world – at least as proclaimed by the cover – but they still manage to keep their groove very focused on the sunny sounds of 60s southern California! The music here is surf instrumental, but with a smoother twist – really great guitar lines from Glenn Grey, played with all the twangy brilliance of his contemporaries – but also with a confidence that never needs to overdo things at all, so that the space between the notes becomes every bit as important to the overall sound as the guitar lines themselves. The group also harmonize vocally a bit in the background – in ways that are subtle, but really effective – and although the songs are from a variety of sources, they all come together nicely with this approach. Titles include "Happy Cowboy", "On Broadway", "Foot Tapper", "Adventures In Paradise", and "The Breeze & I". CD features four bonus tracks – "Stick Shift", "Road Runner", "Lead Foot", and "Rev Up". CD

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✨✧ VariousSoft Sounds For Gentle People Vol 3 ... CD
Pet Records, Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dreamy dreamy pop from the late 60s underground – a wonderful assortment of rare singles and LP tracks, all hand-picked by the genius crew at Pet Records! The set seems to even top their previous excellent volumes – going beyond even the lesser-known, to come up with 24 tracks that we'd never heard before – but which easily rank with our favorite Sunshine Pop records ever! The package features a great set of notes that gives you details on each track, and really helps put the music into perspective. Loads of great harmonies, catchy tunes, and sweet California production – perfectly summing up the huge amount of untapped genius in the post-Pet Sounds era! Titles include "Where Is The Door" by West Coast Branch, "January Girl" by The Pipe Dream, "My Imagination" by PK Limited, "A Scene In Between" by The Stained Glass, "October Rain" by The Cinnamon Ship, "Floating Downstream On An Inflatable Rubber Raft" by The Second Helping, and "Lovin Day" by The Status Cymbal. CD
 
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Ty SegallEmotional Mugger ... CD
Drag City, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.98
A grimy gem from the indefatigable Ty Segall! Backed by here by The Muggers – with frequent co-horts including Mikal Cronin and new collaborators Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang), Dave Crover (Melvins) and others – it's got a tense, murky vibe quite unlike his earlier records! It's dense and dissonant, but has strong songcraft – with weird bits of keyboard that remind us of pre-WB Devo (as does the creepy baby mask on the cover...coincidence?) without burying the raw garagey rock at the core. Includes "Squealer", "Californian Hills", "Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess", "Breakfast Eggs", "Diversion", "Baby Big Man (I Want A Mommy)", "Mandy Cream", "Candy Sam", "Squeler Two". "WUOTWS" and "The Magazine". CD
 
 
 



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