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✨✧ Flying Burrito BrothersGilded Palace Of Sin ... LP
A&M, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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) LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing.)

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✨✧ Merle HaggardTribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World ... LP
Capitol, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This album is Merle Haggard's tribute to Bob Wills, the king of Western Swing. There are several of Wills own songs included in the track list and others that are simply in the Western Swing vein. Some of the titles are "Right Or Wrong", "Brown Skinned Gal", "Misery", "Roly Poly", "Old Fashioned Love", and "Take Me Back To Tulsa". The Strangers sound great and as usual Hag's voice is super; he gets to do a bit of yodeling. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Flying Burrito BrothersGilded Palace Of Sin (Japanese pressing) ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(SHMCD. Includes obi.)
 
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Joan BaezBlessed Are ... LP
Vanguard, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A important record from Joan Baez – one that has the singer expanding her sound, but in all the right possible ways – bringing in some Nashville elements to her folksy roots! The record features some larger backings arranged by producer Norbert Putnam – with bits of strings, The Memphis Horns, and some backup vocals – but most of a focus around the core combo of the album, which includes Charlie McCoy on harmonica, and Pete Wade and Norman Blake on guitars. Titles include "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Three Horses", "Last Lonely & Wretched", "Lincoln Freed Me Today", "Gabriel & Me", and "Fifteen Months". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Johnny CashMan In Black – Live In Denmark 1971 ... CD
Columbia, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A stellar concert from The Man In Black – and a set we'd rank right up there with the prison-based live that Johnny Cash recorded in the 60s! The material here is handled wonderfully – and recorded equally well, too – and in addition to a number of very strong performances by Johnny alone, the set also features some guest appearances that include solo numbers by Carl Perkins, The Carter Family, and The Statler Brothers – as well as Cash performances with most of them, and a few duets with June Carter Cash! Titles include Johnny on versions of "Sunday Mornin Comin Down", "I Walk The Line", "Guess Things Happen That Way", "Man In Black", and "Me & Bobby McGee"; duets with June on "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Darlin Companion", and "If I Were A Carpenter"; "Matchbox" and "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins; "Flowers On The Wall" and "Bed Of Roses" by The Statler Brothers; "Song To Mama" by The Carter Family; and variations of Johnny with other acts on "Rock Of Ages", "No Need To Worry", and "Children Go Where I Send Thee". CD

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Lefty FrizzellTime Out For The Blues ... LP
Southern Routes, 1950s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
A superb collection of early Columbia Records material from Lefty Frizzell – all pulled from that time when Lefty was helping revolutionize country music with his unique vocal approach! Frizzell was one of the first to really bend and inflect his vocals – in the way that so many other country singers of the 60s and 70s would later borrow from his influence, but never handle with the kind of clarity of vision you can find in these recordings. While later artists might get lost in their twists and turns, Frizzell was always a visionary singer – and able to put just the right sort of bend to a tune to underscore the subtle, but powerful emotion in the lyrics – a quality that comes through very well on this classic collection of singles and lesser-known gems. Titles include "Don't Let Her See Me Cry", "Time Out For The Blues", "A Few Steps Away", "Looking For You", "Silence", "The Darkest Moment", "Forbidden Lovers", "Cigarette & Coffee Blues", "I Feel Sorry For Me", "So What Let It Rain", and "No One To Talk To But The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Merle HaggardFightin' Side Of Me ... LP
Capitol, 1970. Very Good+ ... $4.99
An album by one of the greatest American songwriters and interpreters who ever lived – the one and only Merle Haggard! Here you get his huge early 70s live album Fighting Side Of Me, best known for the reactionary title tune, quite unfortunately, since it's a really amazing document of Haggard and the Strangers at their all time best. Like most of Merle's live shows throughout the years, it's bookended by some great original tunes like "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am" and "Today I Started Loving You Again", plus a travelogue of 20th Century country music – from the spare sadness of Jimmie Rodgers's "T.B. Blues" to the Western swing of "Corrina, Corrina", to Tommy Collins's "When Did Right Become Wrong", Johnny Cash's "Orange Blossom Special", Hank Snow's "I'm Moving On" and well beyond. All of which is to say it's one of the best live country albums ever recorded for a major label! LP, Vinyl record album
(Lime green label pressing.)

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Bert JanschBirthday Blues ... CD
Transatlantic (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the greatest albums ever from UK genius Bert Jansch – cut as a solo set at a time when his fame was rising with the group Pentangle, and somewhat overlooked at the time! Yet all these many years later, we'd rank this one right up alongside important records of the period by Nick Drake – even though Jansch has a style that's completely his own – a bit ancient at times, somewhat bluesy on his guitar inflections, and set to this amazing voice that makes even the simplest lyric come across with a spooky sort of edge. Instrumentation is relatively spare – mostly Bert on guitar, joined by occasional players who include jazzman Ray Warleigh on alto and flute, and Duffy Power on harmonica – shaded in by producer Shel Talmy in ways that remind us of the lighter folksy numbers on the Donovan productions by Mickie Most. Titles include "The Bright New Year", "Tree Song", "Poison", "Wishing Well", "Blues", "I Am Lonely", and "Come Sing Me A Happy Song To Prove We Can All Get Along The Lumpy Bumpy Long & Dusty Road". CD

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Julius LesterDressed Like Freedom ... CD
Vanguard/BGP (UK), 1965/1967. New Copy ... About June 1, 2016
Powerful 60s work from Julius Lester – a unique singer who recorded two rare albums for Vanguard Records – both done in a stunning mix of folk, blues, and soul styles! Although a bit different in style, Julius belongs to the same generation as Terry Callier – and there's a definite link here between the modes of expression used by Lester and those employed by Callier on his first album for Prestige – a style that dips way back into the roots of tradition for inspiration, but inflects the music with some of the righteous leanings and political energy of the civil rights era. As with Callier's first album, the instrumentation here is quite spare and folksy – often so that the focus is most strongly on Lester's voice, singing here in a way that sounds far more ageless than a singer in his 20s! CD features great notes and photos – and compiles 14 tracks from the albums Julius Lester (1965) and Departures (1967). Titles include "Tryin To Make It In", "See How The Rain Falls", "Long Haired Woman", "Stagolee", "Watch The Seagulls Flying", "Weep O Weep", "Long Hot Summer Days", and "Dressed Like Freedom". CD

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John FaheyOf Rivers & Religion/After The Ball ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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