An album with a really creepy cover, but a sound that's maybe a bit more down to earth overall – late 70s electronic rock, in a manner that's a bit like the generation of French groups like Space Art, or like the sound of the German scene when it was tightening things up a bit more from the ... read moreCD
An overlooked late 70s album from the great Baris Manco – one that has the Turkish experimentalist unlocking even more strange corners of his music – finding a new way to combine eastern and western elements in his sound! The album's every bit as edgey and compelling as Manco's earlier ... (Global Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
Turkish rocker Baris Manco hits the 80s, but still turns out work that's every bit as compelling as his famous sides from the decade before – although maybe with a bit more keyboards overall! The sound is a nice shift from exotic guitar fuzz to equally enigmatic keyboard lines – a bit ... (Global Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
Harvey Mandel —
Snake Pit ... CD Tompkins Square, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ...
The cover makes the record look like one of Harvey Mandel's classic albums from the early 70s – and the sound within is very much in the same spirit too – a noisy, gritty set that really returns the guitar legend to the brilliance of his younger career! The set's awash in the kind of ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
John Martyn's one of those artists we seem to appreciate more and more as the years go by – a British folksinger at the start of his career, but one who was already starting to stretch his wings into so many different styles – really interesting modes that definitely took off once the ... read moreCD
One of the most rockish albums ever issued on the MPS label – but a set that's still filled with plenty of other groovy sounds too! Most of the tracks have some sort of vocals, but instrumentation also follows strongly in the best late 60s MPS modes – especially that of the psyche-jazz ... read moreCD
Ever-adventurous composer, arranger and coronet player Rob Mazurek teams up with similarly creative wanderer Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang, Josh Abrams Natural Information Society and more)! Alien Flower Sutra finds the duo and their guest players crafting a pretty awesome mix of interstellar psych-jazz- ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Impeccable pop work from McCarthy – a group that's probably best known for being a precursor to Stereolab, but which is a heck of a great British pop outfit in its own right! The tunes on this set have a jangly guitar-pop approach that's strongly reminiscent of the Creation Records sound at ... read moreCD
Melanie's a folkie at heart, but one who's very open to new ideas too – as you'll hear in this surprisingly offbeat set from the late 60s! The record mixes Melanie's raspy, almost eerie vocal approach with some compelling charts from Roger Kellaway – who respects the folk impulses at ... read moreCD
Melanie ... CD Buddah/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy ...
A seminal self-titled set from Melanie – an album that's still proudly folk in some parts, while also embracing some of the more hard-edge styles of some of her contemporaries too – echoes of soul in some of the rhythms, a bit of grit in the instrumentation – which really seems to ... read moreCD
(Numbered, limited edition Mobile Fidelity gold CD pressing in an LP style sleeve. CD sleeve has a small dent in the corner.)
Steve Miller Band —
Sailor ... CD Capitol/Edsel (UK), 1968. New Copy ...
A classic set that really helps put the Steve Miller sound on the map – a wonderful blend of tightness and easygoing energy that makes the group one of the greatest things going from San Francisco at the time! Some tunes have this burning quality that's completely sublime – while ... read moreCD
A wonderful collection of work from the always-great Momus – one of our favorite singer/songwriters of the past 40 years, a talent who really moves forward territory inspired by the work of Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, and George Brassens – and an artist who's given us so much ... read moreCD
A weird mix of electronics and percussion from the German scene – a set recorded in 1981, but with a freewheeling vibe that's almost more like some of the electronic experiments of the prog years! Clara Mondshine plays a range of keyboards – most with these sounds that are somewhere in ... read moreCD
Noise guitar legend Thurston Moore meets free jazz drummer Frank Rosaly – in a performance that really seems to open up new paths for both musicians! Moore's got a lot of texture in his work here – and a lot of space at times, too – an ear for notes and sounds that almost ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Surprisingly great string quartet versions of songs by King Crimson, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Yes – played by a group who really get at the spirit of the original versions, while still trying to something very new! We'll be the first to admit that we're usually not the biggest fans of "c ... read moreCD
Van Morrison at the height of his solo powers – working here in an extended live set that opens up with all the genius for vocal expression and inflection he developed during his initial solo years at Warner Brothers! The setting is perfect to show the growing confidence Morrison has in his ... read moreCD
The long-overdue second album from Mortimer – a US trio who were signed to Apple Records during the late 60s, but never fully got their due, thanks to all the famous difficulties of that Beatles-owned label! The group are in a nicely acoustic setting here – one that's neither folksy, ... read moreCD
A heavy slab of jam band funk! Mushroom are a heavy jamming funk outfit with a classic groove – working hard with horns and Fender Rhodes to craft up solid slabs of groove, circa early 70s Atlantic Records vintage. This 5 track ep has about as much music as you'd find on a regular album ... read moreCD
These guys keep getting better and better – and this album may well be their best set to date! The album's a massive double-length set – broken down into 2 different discs, one titled London, the other titled Oakland – both of them each with their own theme. The London set has a ... read moreCD
Long live jams from Mushroom – recorded at a variety of different locations in 1997 and 1998, and really showcasing the intensity of the group in this setting! There's a fair bit of heavy guitar on these tunes, and given the point in the group's history, there's possibly a bit more jamming ... read moreCD
Mushroom's working here with vocalist Alison Faith Levy – a singer who really helps the group find some new space, and who also brings in a slightly folksy focus to their heavier jams! The core Mushroom sound is still very much intact – with tripped-out guitars, offbeat reeds, and ... read moreCD
A huge assortment of material from garage groovers The Music Machine – including the complete (Turn On) The Music Machine LP from 1966 – plus a wealth of surprisingly deep singles, alternate versions, and a whole bonus CD of unreleased material! Music Machine is best known for the ... read moreCD
Some of the first recordings ever made by the New York Dolls – a blistering session of 21 demos that were all cut in one night during March of 1973 – creating the sound that formed the blueprint for their classic albums to come! The vibe here is maybe what you would have heard, had you ... read moreCD
"I need a fix – and a kiiiiiiiiiissssssss!" What can we say? Johnny Thunders, David Johansen and the boys reinvented the wheel with the of wildly hedonist glam skronk spun on this still incredible debut record. Both records they made for Mercury are incredible, but this is the ... read moreCD
Nirvana's final album – one that's as poetic as it is heavy, and as beautiful as it is brutal! In Utero's legacy gets greater and greater over the years, not only because its mastermind extinguished himself not too long after it's release, but more than that, it's simply one of the greatest ... read moreCD
Maybe the best album that Don Nix ever recorded – a set that perfectly illustrates his fully-formed genius, with Don writing, arranging, and producing the whole set down at Muscle Shoals! And sure, plenty of roots-tinged rockers hit that Alabama scene during the period – but few folks ... read moreCD
A really mighty collection, and really the first to give NRBQ their full due – as the set not only brings together an amazing scope of sounds recorded over the space of decades, but also includes some new material never issued elsewhere! The package is kind of a history book that starts at ... read moreCD
A record that represents a huge leap forward for Nurse With Wound – recorded during a time when they were balancing out their previous waves of noise with more thoughtful, maybe even more historically-grounded sounds – but always with the kind of completely experimental, offbeat vibe ... read moreCD
Off World —
1 ... CD Constellation (Canada), 2016. Used ...
Nigel Olsson's probably best known for his work on the drums with Elton John during the singer's run of early 70s classics – but he steps out here on his own as a lead act, with a vibe that very much fits his open-shirt look on the cover! The set's got a well-produced AOR vibe – and ... read moreCD
The third album from the legendary Os Mutantes – part of the essential trio of sides released during the Tropicalia years! The record's got a sound that's tighter and a bit more straightforward than their previous efforts – stricter song formats, and styles that lean heavily on rockish ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
The second set of madness from the legendary Os Mutantes – and like the first, an album done in close collaboration with arranger/producer Rogerio Duprat, whose talents add a new level of genius to the record! The album's got a compelling mix of styles that strikes out on the very first tune ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
Rocking! This is a rare live album recorded by the Mutantes during the years after Rita Lee and Arnaldo Baptista left the group – and when the only surviving original member Sergio Dias turned the group into a very competent progressive rock outfit! The sound is very different than the ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
A landmark! This is the first – and the wildest – album by this legendary group that was one of the founding forces of the Tropicalia movement. The music is a wonderful blend of 60s rock and early MPB stuff, with crazy production and a great sense of humor that still keeps the whole ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
Pages ... CD Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A 70s classic from Pages – a group that's headed up by singer Richard Page, but which also features some key studio players of the time! There's a mix of soulful elements amidst more mainstream modes – a vibe that's definitely AOR, but hipper too – of that really special blend ... read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Pan Sonic —
A ... CD Blast First, 1999. Used ...
Pan/Scan is a great name for a group like this – given that sound of this album is nicely cinematic overall, and takes us back to the days when larger format films had to be panned and scanned when they were shown on TV! There's a fair bit of electronics in the music – following on ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreCD
A wonderfully moody set from Vangelis – very different both than his previous proggy work from the Aphrodite's Child years, and from his later new age recordings of international fame! Instead, this set's got a really careful balance between silence and sound – often using spare ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreCD
Chew ... CD Trouble In Mind, 2017. New Copy ...
Classic level psych pop pastiche from The Paperhead – a young Nashville core trio (and just a little over a handful of studio collaborators) with an incredible ability to channel the coolest sounds of the late 60s-late 70s into a transcendently catchy sound of their own! We don't even know ... read moreCD
Proof that underground sounds didn't have to be outsider music back in the 70s – because the Parker Brothers work here with a tightness and studio groove that's right up there with the AOR giants on the major labels at the time! The record's a beautifully homegrown affair, but also comes ... read moreCD
A heady heady album from the Austrian scene of the early 70s – and one by a group that's really unlike anyone else we can think of! Paternoster are completely dark and brooding – often building their music at a pace that's a lot slower than prog, as the guitars and keyboards layer in ... read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from Paul Revere & The Raiders – a set that really had the group stepping forward from their roots as a Northwest party act, into some headier territory of their own! The set was actually recorded the year before the 1967 summer of love – but it ... read moreCD
A really raw set from 70s Africa – one that's more rock than Afro Funk, but which has a pretty hypnotic groove overall! The group's heavy on guitars, which are often played in a fuzzy, jamming sort of way – but with different tones and phrasing than American or Anglo psyche groups ... (Global Grooves, Rock)read moreCD
Unreleased work by one of the greatest soul music songwriters of the 60s – the mighty Dan Penn, a key force in the Fame Records studio scene – heard here on a batch of mostly unreleased cuts from his best years! The package has Dan singing in the lead on all cuts – performing his ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
A fantastic set from the legendary Dan Penn – an artist who's maybe known more as a songwriter, but who's finally been given his due as a singer over the years! Back in the day, Dan recorded this gem, but it quickly fell between the cracks of the too-wide music business – yet since ... read moreCD