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✨✧ Stefan GrossmanFlowers On The Wall – The Unique Art Of Stefan Grossman ... CD
Transatlantic/El (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful post folk era work from acoustic guitar genius Stefan Grossman – a thick compilation of tracks from the Ragtime Cowboy Jew and Those Pleasant Days LPs, and more from his early 70s Transatlantic Records efforts – stacked together on great CD! Flowers On The Wall has a pretty wide stylistic breadth, with some rags and acoustic blues type tunes that Grossman is best known for, plus some surprisingly adventurous originals that really blend some of the more interesting singer-songwriter idiosyncracies of the era. Plus Grossman's playing is absolutely impeccable! 20 tracks in all: "Morning Comes", "The Birthday Song (People Get Ready)", "Odyssey", "Orphan Sunday", "Matesa", "Make Believe Stunt", "Waterfalls", "Prairie Song", "Sond Techniques Recording Blues", "Lena Anne", "Song For A Brother", "Flowers On The Wall" and more. CD
 
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Clancy Brothers & Tommy MakemRising Of The Moon – Irish Songs Of Rebellion ... LP
Tradition, 1960s. Very Good- ... $4.99
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Delmore BrothersFreight Train Boogie – King Recordings 1946 to 1951 ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Sublime sounds from one of the best harmony duos in the hillbilly business – Delmore Brothers Alton and Rabon, sounding completely wonderful here on an early selection of singles cut for King Records! The music's definitely got some of the harmonies and acoustic elements from more bluegrass-oriented acts of the time – but there also almost seems to be a touch of King Records blues in the approach, too – given the way the electric guitar can be used to sharpen the edges of the music, and harmonica lines can help give the vocals a special sort of inflection – especially when they take off on their solos. The blend is great – almost a pre-war mode, from the early 78rpm days when musical genres weren't so ironed-down – and in a way, singles like these also really point the way towards some of the mixing of modes to come a few years later in the rockabilly years. Titles include "Blues You Never Lose", "Muddy Water", "Mobile Blues", "Boogie Woogie Baby", "Trouble Ain't Nothin But The Blues", "Kentucky Mountain", "Used Car Blues", "Weary Day", Blues Stay Away From Me", "Brown's Ferry Blues", and "Take It To The Captain". (And in case you're wondering, there's lots of tracks on this set that aren't on Ace Records' "acetate" collection of Delmore Brothers recordings – and vice-versa!) CD

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York BrothersLong Time Gone – The King & Deluxe Acetate Series ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the coolest acts in postwar hillbilly music – heard here on some of their best recordings ever – which are also presented in the best possible way! Ace Records went back to the vaults for this set, and dug up the original recording acetates for the York Brothers sessions – the equivalent of going back to the master tapes during these years of King Records – and in the process, they also came up with nine never-heard tracks that make this already-great collection even better. The York Brothers had the unique claim of being a hillbilly act from Detroit – not that unusual when you consider all the migration spurred on by the auto industry – and their placement often gives them a slightly different take on the country aesthetic of the period, a unique sound that comes through wonderfully here. The CD features 24 tracks, plus notes on the music – and titles include "Motor City Boogie", "Traveling Man", "It Ain't No Good", "Long Gone", "Gravy Train", "Kill Her With Kindness", "Nothing But The Blues", "Road Of Sadness", and "They Laid My Darling Away". CD

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John FaheyOf Rivers & Religion/After The Ball ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... $15.99
A pair of wonderful albums from the great John Fahey – back to back on a single CD! First up is Rivers & Religion – a really unique album by John Fahey – issued during a short stretch of initial mainstream approval, and a brief time of recording for Warner Brothers! Some of the album's quite different than the spare, solo Fahey you might know – and mixes his legendary guitar work with more elaborate elements than usual – additional instrumentation that includes bass, banjo, clarinet, piano, trombone, and fiddle – but all used at a level that really supports John's presence, not occludes it. Other tracks return to spare acoustic steel string guitar – creating an evocative balance that's mighty nice. Titles include "Funeral Song For Mississippi John Hurt", "Texas & Pacific Blues", "Dixie Pig Bar B Q Blues", "Lord Have Mercy Song", and "Deep River". After The Ball is a set with a disco ball on the cover, but a record that fits right in with the best early 20th century aesthetic in the work of John Fahey – particularly his way of reiimagining older musical traditions! There's a bit of added instrumentation on the record – two tracks that have some slight trad jazz flourishes – but overall, the album's mostly a solo effort with loads of wonderful guitar work from John – still as creative and as complicated as in his best recordings for Takoma! Other added instrumentation sometimes expands the sound with mandolin or banjo, but again in very sensitive ways – and titles include "Bucktown Stomp", "Om Shanthi Norris", "Beverly", and "Horses". CD

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Gosdin BrothersSounds Of Goodbye (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Big Beat (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The long lost late 60s album by the Gosdin Brothers – FINALLY issued on CD! This Gosdin Brothers album were spawned from the same seeds as seminal, stargazing country rock icons like Gene Clark and the Byrds. If the Gosdin's compartatively scant recorded history and unfortunately rare reissues pretty much guarantee that they'll never be as widely remembered and name-dropped as their martyred peers, it certainly doesn't reflect on their music! Sounds Of Goodbye is very much cut from the same cloth as period Byrds recordings, with a bit more of a focus on the gorgeous, Louvin and Everly influenced harmonies. The production also has a punchy, Bakersfield honky tonk feel that simply never gets old. Vern Gosdin went on to have some solid success much later with some neotraditional honky tonk albums, but this early work with his brother sunny country excellence. Tracks include "Sounds Of Goodbye", "Tell Me", "Woman's Disgrace", "The Victim", "Love At First Sight", "Wishing", "Louisiana Man". 24 tracks – lots of bonus material. CD

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Louvin BrothersCall Me/I Wish You Knew ... 7-inch
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
(Funky 45's, Folk/Country) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Label has a small sticker.)

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Bashful Brother OswaldDobro Dreamland ... LP
Country Heritage, 1987. Sealed ... $2.99
Excellent later work from Roy Acuff's famous dobro player – with help from Bev King on additional dobro, and Joe Knight on rhythm guitar! LP, Vinyl record album

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Palace BrothersDays In The Wake ... CD
Drag City, Used ... $1.99
Originally released without the title (just self-titled). (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(Out of print.)

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Chuck & Mary PerrinBrother & Sister (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Webster's Last Word/Mapeche (Spain), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 24.99
Beautiful work from the duo of Chuck & Mary Perrin – a sweetly dreamy folk rock duo from Central Illinois! The pair recorded this album for their own tiny Webster's Last Word label back in the late 60s – and although they were cut off in the hinterlands of the midwest near Peoria, there's a sound to their work that reminds us of a lot of the best California sunshine folk of the time! Chuck and Mary sing duet vocals on nearly every track – and although their background is folk, they're not really folkies – and are working much more in the freer-spirited, and personally empowered sound of the sunshine pop generation. Titles include "Commencement", "Violets Of Dawn", "Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do", "Younger Generation", and "Mornings". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanley BrothersRalph & Carter – The Later King Years ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The Stanley Brothers may have gotten off to a famous start on Columbia and Mercury Records – but to us, the duo really didn't hit their stride until these amazing sides in the 60s for King Records! The pair began their association with King at a time when country was waning a bit in the mainstream market – as the bigger labels were all trying for hits in rock and pop, which left indies like King able to work on their own, and do whatever they want – and let cats like the Stanleys really be themselves in the studio! The result is some fantastic instrumental interplay and incredibly powerful vocals – recorded in a stark, straightforward way that really beats some of the earlier sessions by the duo – and which only get better and better over the course of the five years of music featured on this set. As usual with Ace, the sound and presentation is far better than some of the budget Stanley sets on the market – and the collection features 24 tracks in all – including "Drunkard's Dream", "Mama Don't Allow", "Keep Them Icy Fingers Off Me", "I'm Only Human", "Fast Express", "Train 45", "Never Again", "Hills Of Roan County", "Rollin On Rubber Wheels", "What A Price", "I Feel Like Going Home", "No Letters In The Mail Today", and "Six Months Ain't Long". CD

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VariousDevil Is Busy In Knoxville – Early Gospel Recordings 1927 to 1955 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99
A slew of vintage gospel material from the 78rpm generation – some of it with a definite country tinge, some of it a bit more bluesy – and all of it great! The package really lives up to the shellac-digging strengths of other compilations on Mississippi – and really opens us up to a world we might never have experienced otherwise – wonderful rare material that already great on its own, but which resonates strongly in the company of all the other tracks on the set – pressed up on vinyl, which furthers the classic feel of the music too! Titles include "I Had A Dream" by Lottie Bracy, "I'll Be Rested" by Blind Roosevelt Graves, "I Can't Tarry" by Two Gospel Keys, "You Can't Hide" by Mother McCollum, "Where The Soul Of A Man Never Dies" by The Anglin Brothers, "Gods Little Birds" by Sister OM Terrell, and "No Drunkard Can Enter" by The Delmore Brothers. (Gospel, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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Lambert & NuttycombeLambert & Nuttycombe At Home ... LP
A&M, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $29.99
Beautifully folksy work from the team of Denis Lambert & Craig Nuttycombe – recorded home in Sausalito at the end of the 60s, in a spare and captivating style that features only vocals and acoustic guitar! There's a spirit here that's part Bay Area folk and part Everly Brothers' Roots – never too self-indulgent, yet freely expressive and personal – with a great sense of understatement that makes the whole thing sparkle where other efforts like this might have stumbled. Part of that may be the A&M touch – which we're always willing to credit with a lot – but it's clear that the pair really have a mystical power of their own. Titles include "Morning", "Time", "Bird Song", "Ode To Drugan", and "Putting Myself Together Again". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Arthur Q Smith & OthersTrouble With Truth ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 2CD ... $34.99 39.99
A much-needed look at the country music songwriting legacy of Arthur Q Smith – an overlooked talent who passed along his songs to some of the greats of the early years of the genre, but hardly ever got some time in the spotlight on his own! The package is way more than just a CD – as it features a huge 122 page book that offers up the full story of Smith's short life and long legacy of music – along with a huge amount of photos and images. The set's divided up into two halves – the first featuring renditions of some of Smith's famous songs – the second featuring Smith's own acetates of the songs, most of which were fairly well-recorded – alongside some early demos of his songs by Don Gibson, Carl Butler, and Marty Stuart. In terms of depth – both in music and presentation – this whole thing's almost more at the level of the big Bear Family box sets! Smith recordings include "There's Forty Eight States In The Union", "Black Cat", "Country Mile", "Wild Mountain Honey", "The Angels Cried", "Missing In Action", "Blue Lights Blue Hearts Blue Music", and "A Song For Sale". Other recordings include "My Tears Don't Show" by Roy Acuff, "Rainbow At Midnight" by Carlisle Brothers, "Save A Little Dream For Me" by Moon Mullican, "We Crossed Our Hearts" by Ray Price, "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could" by Reno & Smiley, "Sample Kisses" by Don Gibson, "Crown Of Thorns" by Orval Prophet, "You Can't Conceal A Broken Heart" by Kitty Wells, "I've Got A Home Up In Glory" by Mother Maybelle Carter, and "I Overlooked An Orchid" by Carl Smith. CD

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VariousWayfaring Strangers – Cosmic American Music ... CD
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
The influence of the Byrds, Gram Parsons, and Flying Burrito Brothers knew no bounds back in the day – as you'll hear on this wonderful collection of underground recordings that followed very strongly in their lead! If you think alt-country's only a recent invention, then think again – because way back at the end of the 60s, folks were already starting to come up with their own variant of the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield – music that's often a bit more gut-wrenching than the mainstream, and which often has those currents of sadness and longing that we love especially strongly in Parsons' records. As usual with Numero, the presentation is wonderful – a special sort of package that features images of all the rare records included, and notes on each individual artist – alongside a set list that includes "Lonesome City" by Black Canyon Gang, "Baby's Back" by Kenny Knight, "To See Her Smile" by Arrogance, "Travelin" by Jimmy Carter & Dallas County Green, "And I Didn't Want You" by Mistress Mary, "Lilly Of The Valley" by Dan Pavlides, "You Can't Make It Alone" by Plain Jane, "Spirit Of The Golden Juice" by FJ McMahon, and "I Know Her Well" by Sandy Harless. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
Also available Wayfaring Strangers – Cosmic American Music ... LP 23.99

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VariousWayfaring Strangers – Cosmic American Music ... LP
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 33.99
The influence of the Byrds, Gram Parsons, and Flying Burrito Brothers knew no bounds back in the day – as you'll hear on this wonderful collection of underground recordings that followed very strongly in their lead! If you think alt-country's only a recent invention, then think again – because way back at the end of the 60s, folks were already starting to come up with their own variant of the sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield – music that's often a bit more gut-wrenching than the mainstream, and which often has those currents of sadness and longing that we love especially strongly in Parsons' records. As usual with Numero, the presentation is wonderful – a special sort of package that features images of all the rare records included, and notes on each individual artist – alongside a set list that includes "Lonesome City" by Black Canyon Gang, "Baby's Back" by Kenny Knight, "To See Her Smile" by Arrogance, "Travelin" by Jimmy Carter & Dallas County Green, "And I Didn't Want You" by Mistress Mary, "Lilly Of The Valley" by Dan Pavlides, "You Can't Make It Alone" by Plain Jane, "Spirit Of The Golden Juice" by FJ McMahon, and "I Know Her Well" by Sandy Harless. (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Wayfaring Strangers – Cosmic American Music ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Johnny CashJohnny Cash at San Quentin ... LP
Columbia/Sundazed, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Johnny returns to prison for another incredible set – a set might be an even more remarkable portrait of the Man In Black at his raucous best than the uber legendary Live At Folsom Prison! Like the Folsom gig, the set was captured by producer Bob Johnston, who also so masterfully recorded Bob Dylan at his most primal. Unlike the Folsom set, in which Johnny was famously accompanied by the Tennessee Three, the San Quentin band was fleshed out to include all of the still performing Carter women, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers. Another breathtaking prison recording, featuring the famous version of "A Boy Named Sue" where you hear the crowd going completely nuts. Tracks include "I Walk The Line", "Darling Companion", "San Quentin", "Wanted Man", "Peace In The Valley", "Wreck Of Old 97" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Happy & Artie TraumDouble Back ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $22.99
Happy and Artie Traum are even more relaxed and laidback here than on their debut album of the year before – recording in their home turf of Woodstock, with a small group of friends helping out on instrumentation from track to track – always keeping the brothers in a balance between singer/songwriter rock, folk, and country! Both Happy and Artie sing, and play acoustic guitar – sometimes with one in the lead, but often in this harmonizing style that's really wonderful – and which gives their music an expressive sound that goes past any easy country rock cliches. Titles include "Confession", "Jacksboro", "Handful Of Love", "Cross Examinator", "Mister Movie Man", and "The Ferryman". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
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Happy & Artie TraumHappy & Artie Traum ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $22.99
Happy and Artie Traum are part of the farther-flung universe around Bob Dylan and The Band at the end of the 60s – musicians who worked with Bob in New York, and who were living upstate at the time they cut this wonderful debut album – even though the whole thing was actually all recorded down in Tennessee! But maybe that factor is what makes the whole thing sound special – not just some guys trying to fake roots, but actually finding them in a way that's really unique. There's an easygoing flow to their work together – an effortless embrace of country currents and more personal folksy strains – all given a nice focus in the Nashville recording studio, as bits of dobro, fiddle, and steel guitar are used sparingly, but in just the right ways – almost making the record feel like an even more subtle version of The Burrito Brothers. Titles include "Golden Bird", "Uncle Jedd Say", "The Hungry Dogs Of New Mexico", "Rabbit's Luck", "Farmers Almanac", and "State Line". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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VariousColumbia Rockabilly Vol 2 – The Original Voice Of Teen Frustration ... CD
Columbia/Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Massive sounds from Columbia Records – a smoking set of rockabilly numbers that the legendary label cut during a time when it was making most of its money selling mainstream pop, classical music, and Broadway showtunes albums! Yet beneath all that big-cash production, Columbia found the time to get some amazing records cut in the studio – searing tracks that still bristle with plenty of power and raw energy all these many years later – and which easily match the fire and frenzy of singles you'd hear from some of the more obscure indies that are always prized by collectors of early rock singles! Some artists are Columbia country singers, stepping out for much more gritty action on cuts like these – others are more obscure rock acts that hit the label's roster far from the clean pop of Mitch Miller – and the CD features 25 gems that include "Whistle Bait" by Larry Collins, "Dig Boy Dig" by Freddie Hart, "Big Fool" by Ronnie Self, "I Got A Hole In My Pocket" by Little Jimmy Dickens, "Romp Stompin Boogie" by Jaycee Hill, "Good Rockin Baby" by Sid King & The Five Strings, "Mean Mama Blues" by Marty Robbins, "I'm Comin Home" by Johnny Horton, "Ah Poor Little Baby" by Billy Crash Craddock, "Hoy Hoy" by Collins Kids, "Everybody's Rockin" by Werly Fairburn, "Rawhide" by Link Wray, "You're Humbuggin Me" by Lefty Frizzell, and "Ugly & Slouchy" by Maddox Brothers. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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VariousMartians, Demons, & Fools Like Me – The MCI Records Story 1954 to 1961 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 27.98
A cool little record label from the Arizona scene of the late 50s – one that worked in a cool variety of styles that's perfectly summed up by the title! MCI was an early home of Lee Hazlewood's studio efforts, and also handled the output of some other inventive talents too – artists who were more than willing to try something new in the pursuit of the fresh styles of the time – including offbeat pop, raw rock, and even some slight hilllbilly styles too – but almost always with a sweet echoey guitar in the lead! A good portion of the music comes from the years right before Arizona took off as a hotbed of rockers, and that quality almost gives the whole thing a fresher feel than some of the more familiar work from the scene – especially Lee's later hits with Duane Eddy and others. CD features 32 tracks, plus 7 more bonus studio selections that were used as commercials – and the booklet's got over 40 pages of notes, and a style that's as nice as the cover. Titles include the original version of "The Fool" by Sanford Clark, plus "Buying On Time" by Lee Hazlewood with Al Casey, "Money Oldsmobile" by Ken Noble, "Mrs Arizona Home Owner" by Jimmy Wilcox, "Boogie Billy" by Spence Bare, "The Boppin Martian" by Dick Robinson & His Makebelievers, "The Woo" by Bobby & The Demons, "I'm No Good Without You" by The Newton Brothers, "The Pink Panther" by Al Casey, "I Need Your Love" by Joe Tanner, "Come To Phoenix" by Red McIlvaine, "Quarter After Eight" by Patti LaSalle, and "Don't You Just Know It" by Jim Fleming & The Casuals. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
 
 
 



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