More beautifulness from Nobukazu Takemura! This one's as modernist as his last album – Child and Magic – but it's also a lot more pretty, with some of the gentleness in composition that you'd find in his earlier works. Gone are the harsh tones and atonal mixing techniques, and in their place are further minimal explorations in sound, with spare keyboard lines, moody washes of cello, wordless female vocals, and guitar notes that hang in mid-air before washing away. The album's a great bridge between his older and more recent work – and it's proof that Nobukazu still posesesses a strong sense of beauty and poetry. Titles include "Puro", "Il Vecchio Dell'Osservatorio Astronomico", and "Bambino". Packaged in a very cool gatefold cardboard cover, too! CD
Raw, incendiary live material from The Stooges, circa 1970 – recorded at NYC dive bar Ungano's, right around the time that Fun House was released! They blast through nearly all the tracks from Fun House here, minus "LA Blues", and with the rare "Have Some Fun/My Dream Is Dead", which as far as we know, was never released before Rhino Handmade dug up this incredible recording. The source was a reel-to-reel capture by someone in the audience, so the sound is a bit rough – which is of little concern when what we have here is a really important building block in creation of punk rock! LP, Vinyl record album
An amazing record from the Dutch psych underground of the dawn of the 70s – in a nicely expanded 2CD set – with the original album and bonus tracks on one disc, plus their 1969 demo-recordings and unedited live-in-the-studio performances from the album-sessions on CD2! The band has a very spacy and spacious vibe, with mostly longer tunes that blend nascent proggy guitar rock with cosmic lyricism, jazzy flute and psych funk percussion – very cool stuff! Album tracks include "Spacy Tracy", "Timeless Dream", "Oranje Vrijstaat", "Fallen Tree", "Power" and "Fantasio" – and the wealth of bonus tracks include "Try To Forget 1", "Vybra Stroll", "Exotica", "Nosy Noise", "Pushy" and many more! CD
The landmark first album from The Band – and along with the follow-up, it's among the greatest records of its time – which is all the more astounding given how independent of late 60s trends it is! Each member of The Band brings such inimitable textures – Garth Hudson's imposing organ grooves, Richard Manuel's aching tenor vocals, Rick Danko's voice and distinctive bass lines, Levon Helm's behind-the-beat drumming and the country wisdom of his voice, Robertson's guitar mastery – this really was THE Band. Includes "Tears Of Rage", "In A Station", "The Weight", "Long Black Veil", "Chest Fever", "Lonesome Suzie", "This Wheels On Fire", "I Shall Be Released" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
The Beach Boys' installment in Capitol's hot rod-themed Shut Down series – the first edition of which was devoted to a host of different artists! It's clear that even in this setting, The Beach Boys have way more to offer than just a few gimmicky car songs – as the record offers some of the early group's most tender, personal moments – real early gems like "The Warmth Of The Sun" and "Don't Worry Baby" - mixed in with more playful numbers like "Fun Fun Fun", "This Car Of Mine", "In The Parkin Lot", "Shut Down Part 2", and "Keep An Eye On Summer". It's this mix that really gets at the group's genius at the time – maturity creeping out amidst the youthful themes, in ways that few other 60s acts could ever hope to match. LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has some wear and marker on the back.)
A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints here of the solo work to come – especially from George Harrison and John Lennon – and the Phil Spector production really helps open up a new sound for the group. Includes the genius cuts "I Dig A Pony", "Two Of Us", "Across The Universe", "I Me Mine", "One After 909", "For You Blue", and "Let It Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Apple pressing. Cover has some edge wear and a small split on the top seam.)
Okay, we admit it, we never really know whether we want to call Blood, Sweat & Tears a funky, soulful rock band, or a bunch of white guys making a respectable effort at curring soul albums, but either way, the stuff sounds good to us! By this point the group had enjoyed enough chart success to stretch out a bit, but their signature horn driven combination of bluesy rock bluster and heavily charted jazz voiced riffery is still in place. Includes "Go Down Gamblin'", "John The Baptist (Holy John)", "Redemption", "Lisa Listen To Me", "High On A Mountain", "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)" and "Mama Gets High". LP, Vinyl record album
A wild debut from Blood Sweat & Tears – one of those records that forever changed the face of popular music! The set's noteworthy not just for early vocals from Al Kooper – who was a key part of the group at their start – but also for key production work from a young John Simon – who helped arrange a bit, threw in a few musical touches, and really gave the group some focus on record – of the sort that would continue over the course of man albums. The set's got some added strings at points, and there's even some backup vocals from the duo of Valerie Simpson and Melba Moore. Titles include "Overture", "I Can't Quit Her", "Just One Smile", "Without Her", "My Days Are Numbered", "Morning Glory", and "So Much Love/Underture". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Blood Sweat & Tears —
New Blood ... LP Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has some stains at the bottom.)
(Japanese pressing, with obi. Cover has light wear.)
Blues Image —
Open ... LP Atco, 1970. Very Good- ...
Driving stuff from Blues Image – the fairly short-lived, Latin-tinged 60s stoner rockers that are scarcely remembered but for the lone big hit "Ride Captain Ride", one of the finest rock singles of the era. That tune, with it's mellow mid tempo organ groove and big catchy chorus is a bit uncharacteristic of the group's overall sound. Blues Image as a whole is much more indebted to Cream – with really heavy riffing and tight propulsive drums and percussion that make them a nicely dirgy answer to others in the sunshine scene. Hazy rock fans of today can have their Queens Of The Stone Age, and all the rest. We'll take the real thing. Thanks again, Sundazed, for rescuing a long lost, worthy slab of 60s rock! "Love Is The Answer", "Running The Water", "Clean Love", "La Bamba", "Consuelate", "Ride Captain Ride", "Pay My Dues" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ringwear, heavy wear on the bottom seam, and a sticker on the spine.)
Boffalongo ... LP United Artists, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Produced by Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman – with tracks that include "The Happy Song", "Rock Me Baby", "Sweet Cream Ladies", "I Must Be The Devil", "Midnight Angel", and "Soul Deep". LP, Vinyl record album
Great later work from The Animals – a set that's not as tripped-out as some of their other late 60s work, and which almost starts to show Eric Burdon's rising love of soul and funk! The sound is still pretty rockish overall – but there's some great use of bass rumbling at the bottom – bringing up a rumbling quality that fits nicely with Burdon's somewhat bleak presentation of the lyrics at various points. Production by Tom Wilson almost has a raspy, lo-fi sort of feel – different than the bluesier roots of the group, and almost a precursor of indie work in decades to come! Titles include the classic "Sky Pilot", plus "Monterey", "Just The Thought", "Closer To The Truth", "No Self Pity", "Orange & Red Beams", and "We Love You Lil". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & Gold label pressing. Cover has some wear.)
A jazz rock classic that still sounds pretty darn tasty today – forged on the heels of Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears, but with a sound that's leaner and meaner! The group's led by trumpeter Bill Chase – hence their name – and features lead vocals by GG Shinn and Terry Richards, both in a style that's got the same blue-eyed jazz soul overtones as that used by the groups mentioned above. The real strength of the tracks, though, is their jazzy backings – horn-heavy, as you'd expect, and hitting some great riffs and licks on the album's side-long title "suite", which features many instrumental passages. Titles include "Hades", "Aphrodite (parts 1 & 2)", "Zeus", "Poseidon", "Cronus", "It Won't Be Long", "I Can Feel It", and "Night". LP, Vinyl record album
A killer snapshot of Alex Chilton fronting a tight band in a low key club gig at lower Manhattan NYC's Ocean Club in 1977 – sounding really great – covering a wealth of his classic Big Star and Box Tops tunes, along with newer originals and some cool, surprising covers tunes. It's exciting stuff,played with with passion and vigor, but in a rawer, no BS mode befitting the punk era setting. Includes "All Of The Time", "September Gurls", "In The Street", "Memphis", "Windows Hotel", "The Letter", "My Rival", "Nighttime", "My Rival", "Way Out West", "O My Soul", "Can't Seem To May You Mine", "Dominating Force", "She Might Look My Way" and more. CD
A killer snapshot of Alex Chilton fronting a tight band in a low key club gig at lower Manhattan NYC's Ocean Club in 1977 – sounding really great – covering a wealth of his classic Big Star and Box Tops tunes, along with newer originals and some cool, surprising covers tunes. It's exciting stuff,played with with passion and vigor, but in a rawer, no BS mode befitting the punk era setting. Includes "All Of The Time", "September Gurls", "In The Street", "Memphis", "Windows Hotel", "The Letter", "My Rival", "Nighttime", "My Rival", "Way Out West", "O My Soul", "Can't Seem To May You Mine", "Dominating Force", "She Might Look My Way" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Chocolate Watch Band —
No Way Out ... CD Capitol/Sundazed, 1967. New Copy ...
A mix of spiraling psychedelia and grittier garagey rock from Chocolate Watch Band! No Way Out has a bit more grit than the more mystical follow up LP, but we wouldn't complain about that – the mix of more tripped out organ and atmospheric touches paired with harder hitting, sweaty r&b and fuzz rock influenced sounds match pretty well in our book! Groovy stuff from the late 60s Cali scene! Titles include "Let's Talk About Girls", "Midnight Hour", "Come On", "Dark Side Of The Mushroom", "Hot Dusty Road", "Gone And Passes By", "Expo 2000" and "Gossamer Wings". CD
A wealth of work from the enigmatic Hank Davis – unreleased tracks, rare singles, and other gems from later years – really spanning the story of Hank's life, which is recounted in the huge booklet with the set! Davis was born in New York, but headed down to Memphis during the early rock boom of the 50s – and continued to cut great music for many years later, with a blend of homegrown roots, rockabilly fire, and some mellower country inspiration! Most of Davis' early work gets the biggest exposure, but this collection traces his sounds from the early 60s onward – including a number of later private records that really show him blossoming into a hell of a songwriter with a very mature approach. The CD features almost 40 tracks in all – and titles include "Be Strong", "Rock In The Woods", "One Way Track (alt)", "Low Down Moaning", "Crying In My Beer", "Afraid To Try", "Crazy Living", "Dinosaur Girl", "Down The Line", and "The Extra Man". CD
Early Depeche Mode! A Broken Frame is the group's second album, and its finds the group getting their footing exceptionally well after losing Vince Clarke. To our ears, Depeche Mode (or perhaps you can give pretty big share of the acclaim to Martin Gore, as he's credited with all the songwriting) were taking some creative chances on this one, as it was before they had a fairly defined, ultra-dramatic tone to follow. A bit underappreciated in their canon, and well worth reevaluating. Titles include "Leave In Silence", "My Secret Garden", "Monument", "See You", "The Meaning Of Love", "The Sun & The Rainfall" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
An overlooked early 80s gem from Thomas Dolby – a beautifully mellow album that comes across with less of the quirky pop touches of his earlier work! The Dolby heard here is almost in an Eno/Green World mode – mixing electronics with evocative lyrics – at a level that's a few notches up from soundscape mode, but which is also as concerned with the overall colors and shapes of the music as it is with the lyrics. But the lyrics themselves are the biggest surprise – often quite personal and intimate, with a Prefab Sprout-esque pop quality from time to time, but stronger soul qualities overall. And to our groove-tuned ears, Dolby's electronics here are really a cut above – echoing with some electro styles, but also in a more sophisticated mode that transforms Kraftwerk into more effective pop. Titles include "Dissidents", "The Flat Earth", "Screen Kiss", "White City", "Mulu The Rain Forest", "I Scare Myself", and "Hyperactive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & some marker. Labels have initials in marker.)
A wonderful complement to the Donovan studio albums from the late 60s – a well-recorded live date from the US. The style of the tunes is a bit different than some of their more famous album and single versions – with a relaxed approach to the work that leans a bit more on some of Donovan's folksy roots, but still features the jazzier touches that happened after his mid 60s "transformation" – thanks to plenty of great sax and flute from the legendary Harold McNair, who's a key part of the small combo on the set! Includes "Widow With Shawl", "Preachin Love", "The Fat Angel", "Celeste", "Poor Cow", "There Is A Mountain", "Isle Of Islay", "Young Girl Blues", and "Writer In The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of the headiest Donovan albums of the 60s – a record that moves past the simple psychedelic pop of earlier hits, and into a range of mind-expanding themes and styles! There's a cerebral quality here that seems to take hold even on the simpler, catchier tunes – a deeply introspective approach that has Donovan working in a world that's really all his own – less concerned with hit singles, and more focused on a personal journey in music, one that ties together many strands of music borrowed from Celtic, West Indian, jazz, and folk sources. Arrangers are John Cameron and John Paul Jones – and titles include "Get Thy Bearings", "Peregrine", "The Entertaining Of A Shy Girl", "West Indian Lady", "Jennifer Juniper", "Tangier", "The River Song", "The Sun Is A Very Magic Fellow", and "Hi It's Been A Long Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has some pen, light wear & splitting.)
The first album, and a bit more straight folksy than later work – but still with some amazing young flashes of genius! Titles include "Highway 51", "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean", "Song To Woody", "Man Of Constant Sorrow", "Fixin To Die", "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down", and "Talkin New York". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear and a small name in pen on the back. Vinyl has a small name in pen on the label.)
Plenty of early classics and hits – including "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", "Blowin In The Wind", "Down The Highway", "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall", "I Shall Be Free", "Bob Dylan's Dream", and "Oxford Town". LP, Vinyl record album
B-52s ... LP Warner, 1979. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
A damn great little record – one that's got plenty to offer, and way more than the kitsch you might expect! We're surprised at how many times we go back to this one over the years – but it always makes us happy! Titles include "Planet Claire", "52 Girls", "Dance This Mess Around", "Rock Lobster", "Lava", "There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)", "Hero Worship", "6060-842" and "Downtown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear, a sticker spot, and a name in pen.)
The Beatles at their late best – on 1968's self-titled set – now immortalized as The White Album! The White Album capped offed a period of intense creativity for the band with a double that's as freewheeling as anything they'd ever release. It's got raw rockers with wry lyricism, tender acoustic balladry, psych blues jams and some flat out weird bits. As was always the case, John's and Paul's songs cover the majority of the sides, but The White Album also features what's arguably George's most vital moment as a Beatle with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Other tracks include "Back InThe USSR", "Dear Prudence","Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "Happiness Is A Warm Gun", "Martha My Dear", "Rocky Raccoon", "Why Don't We Do It In The Road", "Julia", "Yer Blues", "Sexy Sadie", "Helter Skelter", "Revolution 1", Good Night" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
( US Apple pressing in an embossed & numbered cover, including the poster & photos. Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)
A wonderfully trippy record from The Beatles – filled with songs that have become classics, even though the initial package was designed for a movie that was one heck of a mess! The set's incredibly strong throughout – filled with some of the new post-Peppers ideas explored by the group, yet also with some catchier numbers too – great sing-songy tracks that undoubtedly were a big mainstream influence to the world of late 60s psych! Titles include "Blue Jay Way", "The Fool On The Hill", "Flying", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Penny Lane", and "Baby You're A Rich Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s lime colored label pressing, including booklet which is detached. Cover has some wear and initials in marker.)