Although we're a bit ashamed to admit this, it took us about a year and a half – waaaaaay too long, to come around on Norah Jones. Grammy Awards often bring out our inner cynic. Anyway, we get it now – and better late than never, right? Norah is probably the single best thing to have ... (Vocalists, Rock)read moreCD
Joy Division —
Closer ... CD Factory/Warner, 1981. Used ...
Much as we love the legendary debut from Joy Division, we love this second album even more – as the whole thing's a perfect realization of their genius – and such a strong step forward, it still pains us to remember that singer Ian Curtis was taken from us all too soon, and the group ... read moreCD
A stunning little record – and one that still chills us to the bone after all these years! The set's the first (and one of the few) from Joy Division – and really set a whole new standard for the post-punk underground – thanks partly to the group's brooding sense of darkness, but ... read moreCD
Originally recorded for a TV special in 1969 – but one of the Kinks' greatest albums ever! The semi-concept album traces the woes, worries, and hopes of a British family, as one half is on the verge of emigration to Australia. The work comes out of the sort of songwriting that Ray Davies ... read moreCD
Ray Davies is really coming into his own by the time of this third album by The Kinks – penning almost all the tunes in the set, and really starting to stretch out with some of his more unique ideas! The songs are already beginning to show that picture postcard side of British pop that was ... read moreCD
Wickedly clever British pop – plucked from our favorite period of this legendary British band! The record features the group hitting their songwriting stride – moving past the simple topics of earlier songs, into a flurry of snapshots of British life in the postwar years. Each song is ... read moreCD
Later work from Kraftwerk – and very much in the mode of their older work! The beats are perhaps a bit heavier than before, but we chalk that up mostly to the remixers – and we remember how we were a bit suspicious of the "Musique Non Stop" comeback single from the 80s, but ... read moreCD
A tripped-out batch of hard jamming tracks from ex-Mutante Rita Lee – recorded with assistance from all the members of the group at the time, but in a mode that's quite different overall! Lee is clearly the star of the show here – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
Gentle soft rock from David Lewis – with breezy, easygoing melodies, piano and vocals from Lewis with a more than a little bit of blue-eyed soulfulness – groovy, heart-on-sleeve warmth recorded in London at the start of the 70s! The record was engineered by Robin Cable, who was ... read moreCD
A later album from Little Feat – and one that adds some new dimensions to their ever-searching vibe! On Time Loves A Hero, Little Feat takes some surprising steps – even for them – into a bit of a fusiony rock vibe some of the time. Still, the soulful boogie rock and stripped ... read moreCD
What can we say? This is one of the greatest albums of all time – and it's made even better through the addition of a bunch of previously unissued tracks! The record's got a sound that's completely unique – as crack LA garage punk rock meets Hollywood baroque production, and the ... read moreCD
A wild mix of free jazz and fuzzy rock – played by a groundbreaking Japanese group who mix flute and saxes with heavy Hammond and plenty of guitar! The album begins with the side-long "Question Mark" – a tune that breaches a really metaphysical question at the start, then ... read moreCD
Dude! Back before he was found floating face-down in a swimming pool, ex- (or late-) Stones member Brian Jones put together this landmark bit of trippiness for the Rolling Stones label. Although the music is largely ethnographic, the whole thing's got this neo-colonialist hipster edge to it ... (Global Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
Possibly one of the best-remembered albums by John Mayall's legendary Blues Breakers combo – thanks to vocals and guitar from a young Eric Clapton! Clapton at this point is way fresher than in later years – not prone to cliches, and still coming across with a raw, edgey power that is ... read moreCD
Again ... CD Poptones (UK), Late 60s. Used ...
The wealth of rare and unreleased material by this fab 60s pop group continues! This excellent set brings together tracks from the Japanese reissues of unreleased material by The Millenium and Curt Boettcher – and features tracks from the CDs The Second Millenium, The Millenium Continues, ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Mind Flux —
Kontinuum ... CD Innovative Communication (Germany), 1999. Used ...