This one's actually the group's sort of second album – at least in the US – with 4 tracks that really follow nicely in the feel of Entertainment! Tracks were recorded between 1978 and 1980 – and all have a nice raw guitar sound. Includes the massive "Armalite Rifle", plus "He'd Send In The Army", "Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time", and "It's Her Factory". LP, Vinyl record album
Cliff Richard/Mike Leander —
Two A Penny ... LP Columbia (UK), Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Cliff's left the Shadows behind here, and he's singing with some very groovy arrangements by Brit pop genius Mike Leander. Includes the original title cut, plus "I'll Love You Forever Today", "Lonely Girl", "Questions", "And Me (I'm On The Outside Now", plus versions of 60s pop rock tracks. (Soundtracks, Rock)LP, Vinyl record album
Late 60s psych from Texas – the self-titled set from Fever Tree – which finds group adapting some outside penned tunes of the day nicely into the good natured psychedelic groove. The arrangements are what make the group special, rolling from soaring pop sounds into harder edged TX school of psychedelia, and back again. Instrumentation includes the kind of core rock sound with keys, harp, flute, cello and more – and the record even sports some string & horn arrangements by David Angel and Gene Page! Titles include "Imitation Situation 1", "Where Do You Go?", "Return Of The Native", "Man Who Paints The Pictures", "The Sun Also Rises", "Unlock My Door", "Come With Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Was there a more tragic figure in the 60s scene than Phil Ochs? Perhaps, but this is still a wonderful piece of his odd and sad career, a great portrait with his unrelenting political stance still in place, though not as raw as some of his other LPs. More arranged than any of his other LPs, but not without spare moments, the orchestrations still never get in the way of Ochs' occasionally delicate voice or clutter the picture too much. Eight tunes: "Cross My Heart", "Flower Lady", "Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends", "I've Had Her", "Miranda", "The Party", "Pleasures Of The Harbor" and "The Crucifixion". (Folk/Country, Rock)LP, Vinyl record album
The bracing debut of Public Image Itd! First Issue is seriously one of the most stunning post punk albums of its time – and we think it's light years ahead of the Sex Pistols in terms of boundless creativity and originality. Given that the Pistols disintegrated mere months before First Issue was issued, this album is all the more amazing for how hugely different Public Image is – different from Lydon's own earlier revolutionary punk act and different from absolutely everything else on the late 70s landscape. The dissonant, driving post punk guitars and sneering vocals are recognizable, sure, but the dubby textures and more angular touches are so far outside the box and so hugely influential that it's hard to fathom myriad underground rock acts existing without it. Vital! Titles include "Theme", "Religion", "Religion II", "Annalisa", "Public Image", "Low Life", "Attack" and "Fodderstompf". LP, Vinyl record album
Boy, does the heavy slab psychedelic sludge grooves of Blue Cheer ever sound wonderful, even more than 40 years since it originally walked the earth! Outsideinside hit not too long after the classic Vincebus Eruptem, and damned if we can determine why it's not as celebrated as the debut. That fuzzed out stomp of a sound is back in full effect, as are the titanic drums and an overall sound that uses an electric blues influence as a springboard into heavy cosmic space. Includes their ferocious cover of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" plus "Feathers From Your Tree", "Just A Little Bit", "Gypsy Ball", "Come And Get It", "The Hunter", "Babylon" and "Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spine has a large split.)
Circuit Rider —
Circuit Rider ... LP Circuit Rider, 1980. Used (reissue)...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dark and moody folk-psych from the American underground – a record once included on a list of "Top Ten Records Most Likely To Be Owned By A Serial Killer"! We're not sure if the set's as nasty as that might imply – as there's actually a heartfelt, almost earnest quality to the vocals – a slightly bluesy undercurrent, mixed with acoustic and electric guitar riffs – and almost spoken at times – or maybe not spoken, kind of "exclaimed" – as if the lyrics were coming to singer Thorn Oehrig right at the time he was recording them! All this makes for a great sense of reflection on the record – quite different than the posturing you might normally get on such a record – especially given that some of the tunes get really tripped out, with some really weird guitar parts. The set was recorded in 1980, but really feels like some lost biker psyche outsider set from the late 60s or early 70s – with heavy themes of drugs, death, and loneliness – all recorded with a rough-edged quality that further underscores the feelings in the music. Titles include "Limousine Ride", "Billy Bad Billy", "Red Dog", "Old Charlie Polecat", "Old Time Feeling", "How Long", and "Just For Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited version pressed up with heavy vinyl and cover!)
Titles include "Lost In My World", "Cool Jerk", "Respectabe", "Backwards Upside Down", "Lonely Man", "Wine Wine Wine", and "Oh How It Hurts". LP, Vinyl record album
Evil ... LP Ethereal Sequence, Early 80s. Used (reissue)...
Out Of Stock
Loner electro pop weirdness from the early 80s! Konrad's pointing at us on the cover, and with his cloak and neatly-trimmed beard, he looks like a young Anton LaVey, but the sound isn't scary at all. It's a mix of oddball outsider synth pop and weird story songs and instrumentals that's actually pretty great. Kinda crazy, but really cool! Konrad does everything – lo-fi synth and drum programming, guitar and bass, violin and vocals – and he's a good musician. One of the more fascinating (and listenable!) private press discoveries we've come across. Includes "It's Only A Matrix", "Music Scientist", "Don't Want No Police", "Alien", "My Girl Likes To Buy", "One Way Motorcycle Ride", "DMZ Bolero (Instrumental)", "People", "Keep On Playin' That Jazz" and more. LP, Vinyl record album