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Clancy Brothers & Tommy MakemRising Of The Moon – Irish Songs Of Rebellion ... LP
Tradition, 1960s. Very Good- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Flying Burrito BrothersBurrito Deluxe (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $26.99
Benchmark cosmic American music from The Flying Burrito Brothers! Burrito Deluxe is more of a group effort from the Burritos – Gram Parsons is purported to have held the reins on the first record – a slightly less trippy album but no less heart-tuggingly strong. The record also has more of a focus on the roots, still with some psychedelic flourishes and some soaring soundscapes thanks in no small part to Sneaky Pete's pedal steel and the killer group harmonies. Titles include "Lazy Days", "Image Of Me", "High Fashion Queen", "Man In The Fog", "Older Guys", "God's Own Singer", the fabled "Wild Horses" featuring Leon Russell on piano – and more! CD features two bonus tracks – "I Shall Be Released" and "Sing Me Back Home (alt take)". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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York BrothersLong Time Gone – The King & Deluxe Acetate Series ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s. New Copy ... $8.99 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 ... $10.99
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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Flying Burrito BrothersGilded Palace Of Sin (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $26.99
One of the best rock albums of the late 60s, and probably THE best record Gram Parsons ever played on. Parsons spearheaded the sound earlier with the International Submarine Band and the Byrds, but this first Burritos album is where the epiphanies are found. Traditionally structured weepers that bust all boundaries – electric and steel guitar, and wonderful harmonies that shoot straight for the stratosphere rather than dig their heels in rural cliches, and a soulful spirit that suggests the influence of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions almost as much as the Bakersfield boys. Unprecedented, amazing, beautiful country-rock – two words that worked great together before the Eagles showed up. Tracks include "Christine's Tune", "Sin City", "Do Right Woman", "Dark End Of The Street", "My Uncle", "Wheels", "Juanita", "Hot Burrito No. 1", "Hot Burrito No. 2", "Do You Know How It Feels", and "Hippy Boy". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Louvin BrothersCall Me/I Wish You Knew ... 7-inch
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
(Funky 45's, Folk/Country) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Label has a small sticker.)

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Chuck & Mary PerrinBrother & Sister (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Webster's Last Word/Mapeche (Spain), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $13.99 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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✨✧ VariousWayfaring Strangers – Cosmic American Music ... CD
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Various4 Star Hillbilly Vol 1 ... CD
Cactus, 1950s. Used ... $5.99
Music from Frank Simon, the Miller Brothers, Tommy Scott, Jesse James, Wade Holmes, Jay T Star, Eddie Noack, Betty Jo Starr, Cousin Ford Lewis, Durwood Dailey & more. CD
(CDr release.)

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VariousChartbusters USA – Special Country Edition ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A fantastic entry in this great series from Ace Records – a set that looks at some of the bigger country music hits of the late 60s, but in a way that moves way past the obvious and iconic! Sure, there's some well-known tracks here, but there's also a number that broke big at the time, but fell off the radar over the years – especially some of the unusual hits by big stars, or standout numbers by artists who maybe never hit the bigtime again. The variety of styles and themes is great – and really reflects some of the politics and anxieties of the time – and overall, given the helpful notes, the whole thing is similar to the excellent Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, & Hillbilly Music series on Bear Family. Titles include "The First Thing Every Morning" by Jimmy Dean, "Flowers On The Wall" by The Statler Brothers, "Girl On The Billboard" by Del Reeves, "Singing My Song" by Tammy Wynette, "Mr Walker It's All Over" by Billie Jo Spears, "I Wanna Live" by Glen Campbell, "Skip A Rope" by Henson Cargill, "What's Made Milwaukee Famous" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Understand Your Man" by Johnny Cash, "Miller's Cave" by Bobby Bare, "Almost Persuaded" by David Houston, "Begging To You" by Marty Robbins, "Carroll County Accident" by Porter Wagoner, "Chug A Lug" by Roger Miller, "Okie From Muskogee" by Merle Haggard, and "Six White Horses" by Tommy Cash. CD

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VariousDecca Hillbilly Vol 6 ... CD
Decca/Cactus, 1950s. Used ... $7.99
Great work from the deep vaults of this major label – a surprisingly great outlet for hillbilly music in the 50s! 30 tracks – including work by Red Sovine, Red Foley, Hardrock Gunter, Wilburn Brothers, Jack & Daniel, Hank Garland, Mervin Shiner, Jimmy Skinner, Benny Martin, Justin Tubb, and others! CD
(Appears to be a CDr pressing.)

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VariousDecca Hillbilly Vol 7 ... CD
Decca/Cactus, 1950s. Used ... $6.99
Great work from the deep vaults of this major label – a surprisingly great outlet for hillbilly music in the 50s! 30 tracks – including work by Red Foley, Wilburn Brothers, Hank Penny, Bill Monroe, Justin Tubb, Red Sovine, Tex Williams, Carl Belew, Bobby Wright, Spade Cooley, Jimmy Martin & more. CD
(Appears to be a CDr pressing.)

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VariousKing Hillbilly Vol 1 ... CD
King/Cactus, 1950s. Used ... $7.99
Rare singles from the postwar years – 32 tracks that include work by Wayne Raney, Zeb Turner, Clyde Moody, Lattie Moore, Louis Innis, Jimmie Osborne, Hardrock Gunter, Shorty Long, York Brothers, Ann Jones, Jack Cardwell, and others! CD
(Appears to be a CDr pressing.)

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VariousKing Hillbilly Vol 6 ... CD
King/Cactus, 1950s. Used ... $7.99
Very cool work from the King Records catalog – 30 tracks, with work by Skeeter Webb, Jimmy Vernon, Delmore Brothers, Ramblin Tommy Scott, Mac Odell, Bob Newman, Wayne Raney, Charlie Gore, Red Perkins, Hank Penny, Shorty Long, and others! CD
(Appears to be a CDr pressing.)

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VariousSix Feet Under Vol 1 – Rockabilly, Country, & Early Rock Instrumentals ... LP
Mississippi, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Raw sounds from the American underground – a great set of twang-heavy tracks from obscure 45s – most of them with a unique blend of rock and country styles! There's lots of the spirit here of Johnny Burnette – and a few artists actually seem to pay him tribute with their work – but most of the recordings have a rougher style too, with some especially great echoey production on the guitars! Titles include "Willie Joe" by Mystery Trio, "Dark Mood" by Bartlett Brothers & The Country Paupers, "Still As The Night" by Clint Blacklaw, "Kentucky Fandango" by JP Dunn, "Misery" by Jacky Lee, "A Woman's Mind" by Jimmy Merrill, "Ghost Train" by Electro Tones, and "If You Love Me" by Johnny Fortune. (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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Don CooperBless The Children ... CD
Roulette/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A folk funk classic from Don Cooper – a folksy player at heart, but one who always manages to bring a gentle groove to his music! The set's got a spare sound that's totally great – vocals and guitar from Don, plus second guitar from Elliot Randall – and support from other light instrumentation on flute and violin, used in ways to bring a lyrical sweetness to the tunes that we really love – not exactly in Nick Drake territory, but a similar sort of sweetening! Rhythms are often more heavy on the acoustic basslines than the drums, which gives them a bottom-up sort of groove – warm and mellow, but with wonderfully funky moments. Titles include "Bless The Children", "Mad George", "Tell Me About Her", "Willy Jean", "Sad-Eyed Queen Of The Mountain", "Brotherlove", "A New Gun", "Only A Dream", and "Tin Cans & Alleyways". CD

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Jack MoranAs I See It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Athena/Omni (Australia), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
The album's got a funny sort of title for a singer who's a blind man – but Jack Moran's also a funny sort of singer, too – the artist who wrote the country hit "Skip A Rope", which leads off the set alongside lots of Jack's other great tunes! Moran's got a razor-sharp wit, and is part of that new wave of late 60s songwriters who were really starting to tell it like it is – get past the blue-tinged country cliches of a few years before, and instead come across with a confident look at the mixed message and mishaps of contemporary society! That approach is heard most famously on the previous-mentioned hit, but Moran follows it with loads of other great material – including "Chicken Truck Driver", "Teenage Kids Of Today", "Tommy's Doll", "A Day In The Life Of A Working Man", and "None Of My Business". CD also features a number of bonus tracks – including "The Welfare Check", "Big Brother Is Watching You", and 45 versions of "Skip A Rope" and "Tommy's Doll". CD

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✨✧ OdettaOdetta Sings Dylan ... LP
RCA, 1965. Very Good- ... $5.99
A stripped down, bluesy folk soul set of Dylan tunes by Odetta – returning some kudos to a kid who was hugely inspired by her earlier material in the late 50s – a really beautiful record and possibly one of the best ever Dylan covers albums! Odetta Sings Dylan is actually one of the earliest full LPs of Dylan covers – pretty soon everyone and their brother would be covering him, very few as naturalistic and wonderfully as Odetta! Odetta's perfect vocals and guitar are accompanied by guitarist Peter Childs and bassist Les Grinage, and the titles include "Baby, I'm In The Mood For You", "Long Ago, Far Away", "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", "Walkin' Down The Line", "Masters Of War", "Long Time Gone" and more. (Soul, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and a split spine.)

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