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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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Rick NelsonRick Nelson – Legacy (4CD box set) ... CD
Capitol, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. Used 4 CDs ... $29.99

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Buck OwensBuck 'Em Vol 2 – The Music Of Buck Owens 1967 to 1975 ... CD
Capitol/Omnivore, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 26.98
An amazing run of music from the mighty Buck Owens – one of the few country music stars of his time who never made a mis-step at all, and instead gave us nearly two decades' worth of incredible records for Capitol! Some of the best cuts from that stretch are presented here, alongside a handful of rare numbers too – including 7 tracks never issued on CD, and 9 that have never been issued in the US – all as part of a 50-song collection that even includes liner notes from Buck himself! If you only think of Owens in terms of his later fame or stereotypes, you'll be plenty surprised when you dip into these gems – as the music is tight, sharp, witty – and some of the most perfectly-presented country music of the time. Titles include a number of live tracks – including versions of "Somewhere Between You & Me", "Las Vegas Lament", "Tall Dark Stranger", "I'll Still Be Waiting For You", "I've Got You On My Mind Again", and "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail" – plus studio cuts that include "Sweet Rosie Jones", "Happy Times Are Here Again", "41st Street Lonely Hearts Club", "Weekend Daddy", "Great Expectations", "Big Game Hunter", "Monster's Holiday", "Let The World Keep On A Turnin", and "Corn Likker" – plus an outtake from a rare duet with soul singer Bettye Swann, on "Today I Started Loving You Again". CD

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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
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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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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✨✧ Bobbie GentryTouch Em With Love ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Bobbie Gentry groove gets kicked up a bit more than before – thanks to some larger arrangements that almost bring a funky country approach to her music – and which seem to give her voice an even more soulful setting than before! Bobbie's still got the charms of her earlier, more acoustic material – but she also seems to have set her guitar aside, to focus more strongly on her singing – with a mix of southern currents and soul that almost remind us a bit of Dusty Springfield at Memphis or Muscle Shoals. Yet the vibe is definitely Gentry's own – as some songs are her own, and the music has that overall sense of female power that always made her such a standout from some of the weepier singers in Nashville. Arrangements are by Don Tweedy and Hank Levine – and titles include "Natural To Be Gone", "Seasons Come Seasons Go", "Touch Em With Love", "Where's The Playground Jimmy", "Greyhound Goin Somewhere", and "I Wouldn't Be Satisfied". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Merle HaggardStrangers/Swinging Doors (bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1965/1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Merle's debut album, and a benchmark in the history of country and popular music! Hag's role as country's most mournful outlaw hadn't fully evolved at this early point in his career but the seeds are planted, with the single "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "The Worst Is Yet To Come" as the most obvious sign posts for what would come in subsequent years. Other tracks include "Sing A Sad Song", "I'd Trade All Of My Tomorrows", "You Don't Even Try", and "Walking The Floor Over You". Next up is Swinging Doors – a classic that swung open all kinds of doors for Hag and all honky tonk legends to follow! The barroom laments come into full bloom on this record, with the unvarnished honky tonk style that Hag helped define, though done with just enough Capitol polish, courtesy of the great and legendary producers Ken Nelson and Fuzzy Owen. It contains uber-classic "The Bottle Let Me Down" plus the equally great title track, plus comparably overlooked album classics like "I'll Look You Over", "The Girl Turned Ripe", "No More You & Me", "I Can't Stand Me", "No More You And Me" a great version of the Tommy Collins classic and Bakersfield Sound bedrock "High On A Hilltop", and "Shade Tree (Fix-It Man)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Merle HaggardHag/ Someday We'll Look Back (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock

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✨✧ Louvin BrothersTragic Songs Of Life ... CD
Capitol/Gusto, 1956. Used (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Probably the greatest record that the Louvin Brothers ever made – and a haunting batch of songs filled with death and disaster, sung in a crystalline harmony style by Ira and Charlie! Includes the oft-quoted "Kentucky", plus loads of other great ones, including "Take The News To Mother", "What Is Home Without Love", the ever-scary and beautiful "Knoxville Girl", and "Mary Of The Wild Moor". Country harmony grandeur and entirely essential! CD

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✨✧ Wanda JacksonQueen Of Rockabilly ... CD
Capitol/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer collection that brings together nearly all of Wanda Jackson's rock and roll tracks in one great set – a non-stop party that spans the space of 30 tracks from her early years at Capitol Records, along with detailed notes and a great package too! Jackson's work in these years is the stuff of legend – as the singer was one of the first truly strong female rockers, with an influence that's still being felt all these many years later – thanks to these super-raw rockabilly tracks that really blow away any of her later country records from the 60s and 70s. Jackson's got this shouting style of singing that's as bold as the best R&B singers of the time – artists who were an undeniable influence on Wanda's sound – and, male or female, you'd be hard-pressed to find another single artist rockabilly collection this great! Titles include "Tongue Tied", "Honey Don't", "Man We Had A Party", "Rock Your Baby", "Rip It Up", "Baby Loves Him", "Mean Mean Man", "Fujiyama Mama", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Fallin", "Slippin & Slidin", "Sticks & Stones", "Hot Dog That Made Him Mad", and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Mike DeasyLetters To My Head ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mike Deasy looks plenty country on the cover of this Capitol Records set – but he comes across in a way that's more rock overall – yet still touched with plenty of the southern roots that were showing up in the hipper currents of the American underground at the time! You might think of this record as being in that great late Byrds/early Eagles moment when an artist could freely mix together elements of Los Angeles and Nashville, but without coming across like some sort of commercial crook or pretender – and Deasy is definitely his own man in the setting – handling plenty of guitars, mandolin, banjo, and other stringed instruments alongside his vocals – but also getting some warm west coast backing in the process. Titles include "Beauty", "If You Pick Her Too Hard", "The Peace Song", "Flutterby", "Letters To My Head", and "Little Water". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
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✨✧ Ferlin HuskyGonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nicely focused little collection on the great Ferlin Husky – one that brings together some of his more upbeat tunes from the early generation of rock and roll – although the music is still pretty darn country overall! Or rather, hillbilly – said in the most respectful way of the time – as the cuts often have some bumping basslines that are clearly borrowed a bit from rockabilly, and have that wonderfully full Capitol Records production style of the late 50s – which can illuminate even a casual moment in a tune, and make Ferlin's wit and personality really come through in the vocals! The CD's one of the best collections we've ever seen to focus on this side of Husky's great, and overlooked talent – and titles include "I Feel Better All Over", "Slow Down Brother", "Cross Eyed Gal From The Ozarks", "Detour", "Prize Possession", "Black Sheep", "Eli The Camel", "Excuse Me Stranger", "Wang Dang Doo", "I Will", and "Muki Ruki". CD

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