The title's got a very positive vibe – and so does the music on the set – cool, compressed late 70s AOR – put together in the best sort of way! Unlike some of the more familiar American work of the genre, this set was recorded in the UK – and has a style that's maybe a bit ... read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Kindred ... CD Warner/Wounded Bird, 1971. New Copy ...
A rare early 70s set of post psychedelic rock from Kindred – with a sprawling, tightly grooving sound! Kindred combines male & female vocals that have the feel of late 60s/early 70s Cali sunshine rock, sometimes with bluesy electric guitars and keyboards, congas in the percussive mix, ... read moreCD
A groovy American International Pictures (which is to say charming and kinda seedy) beach movie from the mid 60s – starring Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Mickey Rooney, and Buster Keaton (!!!) – with an even groovier soundtrack! The Kingsmen really only did 2 songs on the set ... 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
Excellent work by The Kinks – cut right on the cusp of their earlier bluesier years, and their perfect picture postcard pop sides of the late 60s! The album's got a number of groovy little tunes that virtually put the jangle in 60s pop – with impeccable writing by Ray Davies, and all ... read moreCD
Percy ... CD Pye/Castle (UK), 1971. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A great set of tracks by the Kinks – originally written for a soundtrack, but right up there with any of the group's other studio albums from the Village Green/Arthur period! A few tunes are instrumental, and the songs hold together well with similar themes – but overall, the approach ... 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
Sweet keyboard lines from Wladyslaw Komendarek – a Polish musician with a sound that's a lot leaner than his name – wrapped up here in a tight set of sound library instrumentals with a mighty nice 80s electro soul style! The tracks are tuneful, and have a bit of a groove – but ... (Sound Library, Rock)read moreCD
Larry Carlton produced, and also plays a fair bit of guitars on this early 80s set from overlooked singer/songwriter Robert Kraft – and the Carlton touch gives the whole thing a fusion undercurrent that really sets the record apart from the pack! Robert's got a great way with a tune – ... read moreCD
The classic music of Kraftwerk – re-presented beautifully in this excellent box set! The package features material from famous recent live performances by the quartet – as they go back and present new takes on classic albums – from Autobahn through Radioactivity, Trans Europe ... read moreCD
Jim Kweskin first rose to fame in a revival jug band on the New York scene – but here, he's working in a much more stripped-down mode that's maybe even more compelling than his previous records! The album bills Jim as a solo act, and mostly just features his lead work on vocals and guitar ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreCD
Bill LaBounty's got an odd sort of look on the cover – but then again, Bill LaBounty's always been one of the odder figures in AOR! The man's a great sort of songwriter, and can come across with a soulful slink that's maybe not what you'd expect from his image on the front – a quality ... read moreCD
A pair of overlooked gems from Atlantic Records artist Bobby Lance – back to back on a single CD! First up is First Peace, the debut album from Bobby Lance – one of the great southern-styled rockers of the 70s – and like most of the best, an artist with a heck of a lot of soul in ... read moreCD
A pair of records from this overlooked harmony group of the 70s! The self-titled Lazarus album has this warm glow right from the start – a mode that seems to draw on the same kind of relaxed energy that was showing up in the work of groups like America or Crosby Stills & Nash – a ... read moreCD
A massive collection of genius from Led Zeppelin – and material that has gone onto become a crucial part of their all-too-small catalog over the years! The work here was all recorded for the BBC in the years 1969 through 1971 – offering up a much wider picture of the group during these ... read moreCD
Led Zeppelin at their most sprawling – in both ambition and in the pacing – on the gargantuan Physical Graffiti! This is the album where they started bringing some odd synth textures to the sound, and it's to Zeppelin's eternal credit that this doesn't compromise their blues-reverent ... read moreCD
Arguably one of the greatest double-live albums of the classic rock generation – filled with extra long takes of Led Zep classics, most of which diverge very strongly from their studio versions! The real highlight here is the set's classic "Moby Dick", which features one of the ... read moreCD
An amazing experimental set from the team of John Lennon & Yoko Ono – a record that might look hippy dippy on the cover, given its famous nude image of the pair – but which really unleashes a very experimental sound throughout – one that's more in keeping with Yoko's ties to ... read moreCD
All the best work from Level 42 – served up here in a 3CD package that's a heck of a deal at the price! These guys leapt onto the international scene from the British one in the mid 80s – thanks to a soulful core that not only made them a nice change from some of the lighter English ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears —
Scandalous ... CD Lost Highway, 2011. Used ...
Not the same Lewis and Clarke who explored the Louisiana Purchase – and instead a hip 60s group who found plenty of cool territory on their own! The album's got a great sort of pop psych vibe – almost more late 60s Warner than you'd expect from Colgems – with superb production ... read moreCD
Alan Licht & Loren MazzaCane Connors —
Two Nights ... CD Road Cone, 1996. Used ...
A trio of albums by this very unique group – all brought together in one mighty nice package! First up is the self-titled Lighthouse album – the first record by Lighthouse – a strange band that's always incredibly hard to peg, but who have a sound that we always end up liking a ... 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 pair of albums from British pop singer Lulu – one of which features a surprising collaboration with David Bowie! First up is the self-titled Lulu from 1972, a soulful set from the singer – one that's not nearly as well-known as her late 60s classics, but a record that shows that she'd ... (Vocalists, Rock)read moreCD
Peggy March is a singer with a surprisingly varied career – an artist that most folks know for only her early little girl pop fame – but one who went onto record a very unusual range of sounds as the 60s moved on! RCA was her label, and while she never hit the heights of the charts ... read moreCD
A classic take on the "Batman" hit of the 60s – one that moves the tune from camp TV theme to sweet rock instrumental territory – in a manner that prefaces later takes on the tune by The Who and The Jam! The track may well be the biggest ever by The Marketts – and ... read moreCD
Pure genius from John Martyn – an artist who started out in folk music, and then opened up to jazzier and more electric styles in the 70s – but always with a quality that set him apart from most of his contemporaries! This beautiful package features Martyn at the core – early ... 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
John Mayall's Blues Breakers —
Crusade ... CD London/Decca, 1967. Used ...
John Mayall's on a new crusade here – hitting lines that are almost more truly blusey than his previous albums – thanks to a new lineup in the Blues Breakers combo! Alongside Mayall's lead on vocals, organ, harmonica, and bottleneck guitar – the group also features Mick Taylor on ... read moreCD
A definite diary of this unique British combo of the 60s – and a set that's arguably one of the band's bluesiest to date! The set features live recordings from 1967 – most very long and stretched-out, with a feel that's arguably even more rootsy than any American blues of the time ... read moreCD
A killer album from one of the most legendary versions of John Mayall's Blues Breakers – a quartet that features drummer Aynsley Dunbar, bassist John McVie, and lead guitarist Peter Green – who's also singing a fair bit on the album as well! The style here is tighter and more focused ... read moreCD
Sugar sweet pop rock from Paul McCartney & Wings – much more adventurously arranged than most of McCartney's post Beatles releases, Wing-ed or not – and to our ears (and many others), it's also his best post-Beatles album! There's plenty of rave up rock & roll leading into to ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Ralph McTell – a British singer with roots in folk music, but an artist who was already finding his own territory by the time of these albums! Unlike other British folkies of the time, who seemed to be heading towards more ancient territory, and were often trying to sound ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreCD
The complete works of The Membranes – one of the few groups who could find a way to mix a noisy guitar sound with some of the more forward-moving styles of the UK indie scene of the 80s – in a way that maybe made these guys not only one of the most important groups to follow in the ... read moreCD
Kim Jung Mi —
Now ... CD World Psychedelia (Korea), Early 70s. Used ...
A folk funk masterpiece from Korea – sung with breathy brilliance by female singer Kim Jung Mi, and featuring some great fuzzy backgrounds from guitarist Shin Jung Hyun! Although not in English, the record has a very similar feel to some of the hippest British female work of the same period ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Michael Franti & Spearhead —
Yell Fire! ... CD Boo Boo Wax/Anti, 2006. Used ...
Easygoing, breezy avant pop from Mild High Club – nicely balancing oddball vocals atmosphere with charming and accessible grooves –and pairing 70s AOR and the softest of soft rock influences with post-millennium, indie pastiche vibe. A hazy mood and atmoshperic holds true throughout, ... read moreCD
The Dave Miller Set look a bit mod on the cover – but the sound of these tracks is maybe in the best pop psych mode of the time – with nice bits of fuzz around the edges, very groovy lyrics, and some really cool production on some of the best tracks! The group are quite overlooked, but ... read moreCD