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Oscar BrandMorality ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing with Bell Sound stamp. Cover has some splitting in the top seam, small sticker on front, and import sticker on back.)
 
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Fairport ConventionFirst Album (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Universal (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $8.99 11.98
The brilliant first album from Fairport Convention – working here in a sound that's much less fully-formed than in later years, but in a really great way! So many things are different here – the guitars are maybe harder and more electric, the vocals of a young Ian Matthews (as Ian MacDonald) are really wonderful, and even female singer Judy Dyble brings a very different quality to the group than the later work of Sandy Denny! These guys are less straight folk here, and more open to a lot of new ideas – great ideas, and ones that really keep things creative and interesting – and maybe looking forward more musically, than the later (and important) backward look the group would take. Titles include a brilliant remake of Emmitt Rhodes' "Time Will Show The Wiser" – plus "I Don't Know Where I Stand", "Chelsea Morning", "It's Alright Ma It's Only Witchcraft", "One Sure Thing", "M1 Breakdown", and "Jack O'Diamonds". CD features four bonus tracks – "Reno Nevada", "Morning Glory", "If I Had A Ribbon Bow", and "Suzanne". CD

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Dan PennNobody's Fool ... LP
Bell/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 31.99
A fantastic set from the legendary Dan Penn – an artist who's maybe known more as a songwriter, but who's finally been given his due as a singer over the years! Back in the day, Dan recorded this gem, but it quickly fell between the cracks of the too-wide music business – yet since that time, the album's been wonderfully re-discovered – and hailed as one of the best illustrations of Penn's unique place in southern music – that special space between soul and country that made his contributions extremely important! The set was recorded in Memphis and Nashville, with a very inventive vibe – less straight soul than Penn's material of the 60s, but also not really rock or country, either – thanks partly to the blend of arrangements – which include help from both Bergen White and The Memphis Horns. Almost all titles are originals by Dan – and tracks include "Tearjoint", "Nobody's Fool", "Prayer For Peace", "Skin", "If Love Was Money", "I Hate You", "Ain't No Love", and "Raining In Memphis". (Rock, Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album

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PentanglePentagle – The Albums 1968 to 1972 (Pentangle/Sweet Child/Basket Of Light/Cruel Sister/Reflection/Solomon's Seal – plus bonus tracks) (7CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7CD ... $59.99
An incredible run of music from a really legendary band – a quintet who were as important to the British folk scene as Fairport Convention – and one who worked with an equally hip sort of vibe! Where that group featured key work from a young Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny, this one features mindblowing guitars from John Renbourn and Bert Jansch – a duo who would already be fantastic enough on their own, but who really open up in the sound of the group – way past their own wonderful albums of just a few years before! Part of the strength of Pentangle likes in the vocals of Jaqui McShee – a singer who's clearly got an ear for jazz, and brings in a strong sense of improvisation and extrapolation – as do both guitarists in the music. The bass is also fantastic – handled by Danny Thompson, who also seems to be a jazzman at heart – given the way he bends and shades things, at a level that no folk group ever would do. Percussionist Terry Cox is the remaining member of the group – nicely understated, and working with Thompson in this way that makes for these cool gentle grooves that Renbourn or Jansch never would have hit on their own. Every record here is a gem – and the set not only includes all six albums (one of which is a double) in these tiny LP-styled sleeves, it also features an insane number of bonus tracks too – and a huge book on the group and their music. 115 tracks in all – including 54 bonus tracks, a number of which are previously unreleased! (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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Hank WilliamsComplete Health & Happiness Recordings (3LP set) ... LP
BMG (Italy), 1949. New Copy 3LP ... $36.99 39.99
A really great side of work from the great Hank Williams – one that not only adds to the too-small catalog of studio recordings he made before his early death, but which also shows just how much the young Hank lived in the everyday lives of his fans! Williams sold plenty of records back in the day – but almost equally important were his appearances on radio, where he'd greet his fans on a regular basis, and give them performances that were maybe even more personal, and also peppered with the sort of charms he brought to his live recordings. The Health & Happiness shows had Hank coming into the homes of thousands during the month of October, 1949 – introducing material, collaborating with others, and doing a hell of a job on tunes that include "I'm A Long Gone Daddy", "Bill Cheatham", "You're Gonna Change", "Lovesick Blues", "Wedding Bells", "Lost Highway", "Wagner", "The Prodigal Son", "Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine", "I Can't Get You Off My Mind", "I've Just Told Mama Goodbye", "Pan American", "I Saw The Light", "When God Comes & Gathers His Jewels", and "A Mansion On The Hill". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousHolding Things Together – The Merle Haggard Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Merle Haggard isn't just one of the greatest country singers of all time – he's also a hell of a songwriter, too – one who emerged fully-formed into the glory of his Capitol Records years – releasing album after album that were full of amazing original compositions! Merle's own recordings of his songs have gone on to shape the sound of country music for decades – but right from the start, his music was grabbed up and interpreted by singers in a variety of different modes – sometimes as a way to make older artists sound hip, and more importantly as a way for younger acts to give ol' Hag the nod, and fortify their rootsy inclinations with a strong dose of straight country! This set does a great job of mixing up both sides of that coin, and throws in a few surprises along the way – finally giving Merle his due when it comes to the pen, on tracks that include "The Bottle Let Me Down" by Emmylou Harris, "I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known" by International Submarine Band, "Sing Me Back Home" by The Every Brothers, "Life In Prison" by The Byrds, "Kern River" by Dave Alvin, "Legend Of Bonnie & Clyde" by Tammy Wynette, "White Line Fever" by Flying Burrito Brothers, "Okie From Muskogee" by Roy Rogers, "Swinging Doors" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Today I Started Loving You Again" by Wynn Stewart, "Rainbow Stew" by Country Joe McDonald, "Honky Tonk Night Time Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Just Because You Can't Be Mine" by Bettye Swann, and "Silver Wings" by The Knitters. CD

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✨✧ VariousStrangers In The Room – A Journey Through The British Folk Rock Scene 1967 to 1973 (3CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A tremendous overview of some really important years in British music – a period that sometimes gets overlooked, due to the huge explosion of psych, prog, and other styles – but one that's equally creative in its own sort of way! First off, forget the term "folk rock" – because although that's what this music might be, it's also very different than the pop folk modes that were big on the US scene in the mid 60s – as this folk rock scene instead represented a host of British musicians really retrenching, and finding their own sort of styles – sometimes borrowing bits from the ancient past of England, other times bringing forth a contemporary way of putting over a tune – at a level that might have gotten commercial and overproduced if these guys were working on the American west coast, but which instead has a nicely unadorned quality here. At a time when most American labels (and listeners) were really leaving folk music behind, these artists were able to often work free from the needs of a big commercial hit – and make genius music that's gone on to transform many minds over the decades. The set moves way past the obvious – and features a whopping 60 tracks in all, with lots of notes in the package – and even includes a few never-issued tracks as well. Includes work by Harvey Andrews, Jade, Michael Chapman, Andy Roberts, Mr Fox, Pentangle, Shirley Collins, Prelude, Heron, Mike Cooper, Paul Brett's Sage, Lifeblood, Dando Shaft, Canticle, Jeremy Harmer, Bridget St John, Al Jones, Bill Fay, Fairport Convention, The Woods Band, Matthew's Southern Comfort, The Johnstons, Beau, Richmond, Chimera, Spirogyra, and many others! (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ Nate GibsonNate Gibson & The Stars Of Starday (with bonus track) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nate Gibson wrote the book on Starday Records – literally, a fantastic book on the history of the important rock and country music label – and here, he adds to the legacy of Starday by pulling together a host of older artists who recorded for the company, and taking them back in the studio to re-ignite the fires of old! The approach is almost like that of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their Will The Circle Be Unbroken album – in that Nate often steps aside to let a famous voice take the lead, or finds a way to duet without ever overstating his presence at all – really letting fresh sounds flow from artists who include Margie Singleton, Rudy Grayzell, Bill Clifton, Sleepy LaBeef, Frankie Miller Wade Jackson, Betty Amos, and many others. Titles include "Back To You", "Slippin Around", "Rain Rain", "Eighteen Wheels A Rollin", "Lonely", "Little White Washed Chimney", "Let's Get Wild", "We've Got Things In Common", "Duck Tail", "Ain't No Room In The Church For Liars", and "Sippin On A Sud". CD

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✨✧ Hank WilliamsComplete Health & Happiness Recordings (2CD set) ... CD
BMG (Italy), 1949. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great side of work from the great Hank Williams – one that not only adds to the too-small catalog of studio recordings he made before his early death, but which also shows just how much the young Hank lived in the everyday lives of his fans! Williams sold plenty of records back in the day – but almost equally important were his appearances on radio, where he'd greet his fans on a regular basis, and give them performances that were maybe even more personal, and also peppered with the sort of charms he brought to his live recordings. The Health & Happiness shows had Hank coming into the homes of thousands during the month of October, 1949 – introducing material, collaborating with others, and doing a hell of a job on tunes that include "I'm A Long Gone Daddy", "Bill Cheatham", "You're Gonna Change", "Lovesick Blues", "Wedding Bells", "Lost Highway", "Wagner", "The Prodigal Son", "Thy Burdens Are Greater Than Mine", "I Can't Get You Off My Mind", "I've Just Told Mama Goodbye", "Pan American", "I Saw The Light", "When God Comes & Gathers His Jewels", and "A Mansion On The Hill". CD
Also available Complete Health & Happiness Recordings (3LP set) ... LP 36.99

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✨✧ VariousTell It To Me – The Johnson City Sessions Revisited ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds in the birth of country music – and equally important to other American folk styles as well! The music in this set all came from two special stretches of recording by Columbia Records – sessions done in Johnson City, Tennessee – in October of 1928 and 1929 – when the label ventured south, and sent out a call for musicians of all types from Appalachia – in a mode that rivals the legendary Bristol sessions that many folks claim as the big bang of country music! The sides marked one of the first times anyone tried to collect so much regional music on record, and bring it out to a larger audience – and the huge amount of work here offers up a cross-section of different styles of the area – some of which were later featured in Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music. The Johnson City tracks are maybe a bit less commercial than some of the Bristol sessions – less of these tracks were hits, as most came out in the wake of the Great Depression – but the whole thing is a wonderful look at the very vibrant culture of regional music in and around eastern Tennessee. The package features 26 tracks in all – beautifully remastered from rare discs and sound cylinders – and includes work by Jack Jackson, Grant Brothers, Roane County Ramblers, George Roark, Bill & Belle Reed, Charlie Bowman & His Brothers, Richard Harold, Proximity String Quartet, Ellis Williams, Ira & Eugene Yates, Clarence Ashley, Moatsville String Ticklers, and many more. CD

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✨✧ Sara & Maybelle CarterSara & Maybelle Carter (Historic Reunion/Living Legend) ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two 60s gems back to back – from a time when the world was rediscovering the talents of the original Carter Family! First up is An Historic Reunion – a record that definitely deserves its title – a fantastic reunion of two key members of the Carter Family trio – back together on record for the first time in over 20 years! The record's got a wonderfully upfront, unadorned quality – as the songs just feature Sara Carter on vocals and autoharp, and Maybelle Carter on guitar and vocals – with maybe just some slight vocalizations from Joe Carter to mix things up in the background! Maybelle takes the lead on most numbers with this raspy-voiced style that's completely mindblowing – haunting, but very powerful, maybe more so than on the original Carter Family records – as if she's packing decades more pain and experience into her interpretation of songs that include "Higher Ground", "The Hand That Rocked The Cradle", "Farther On", "While The Band Is Playing Dixie", and "Happiest Days Of All". The set also features the solo Living Legend album from Maybelle Carter – a fantastic album from this important member of the Carter Family – returned to the spotlight in the 60s, thanks to new interest in her vocal and instrumental talents from a whole generation of younger musicians! The set's taken in a relatively laidback way – production that's more folk than country, although Maybelle sings very much in the spirit of the latter – while also doing a hell of a job on both guitar and autoharp, and working with usually just a bit of extra guitar, bass, and drums. The set features a few Carter Family classics, redone, and a few by Maybelle herself – and even one by Johnny Cash, who was most likely one of the reasons that Maybelle got to record for Columbia at the time. Titles include "We All Miss You Joe", "I Told Them What You're Fighting For", "Kitty Puss", "There's A Mother Always Waiting", "Give Me Your Love & I'll Give You Mine", "A Letter From Home", and "Charlie Brooks". CD

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✨✧ John FaheyJohn Fahey Volume 1 – Blind Joe Death (180 gram clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The landmark 1967 Takoma version of Blind Joe Death – essentially a revised version of his debut LP – and a hugely influential record! Fahey's bluesy undercurrents showcase his love of early recorded music , but the Fahey's style is purely original. He's got these magical tones that cascade effortlessly off the heavily-plucked strings of his guitar – echoing older blues and folk modes, but never in a way that's stereotypical – and which is already woven through with the kind of sonorities that continued to make Fahey such an important artist over the years. Think of the set as a skewed version of American history – filtered through one mind and one set of hands – and you'll be well on the way to understanding the power of this music. The set features songs penned by Fahey, and redone versions of older material – and tracks include "St. Louis Blues", "Poor Boy Long Ways From Home", "John Henry", "Transcendental Waterfall", "Desperate Man Blues", "Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday Blues", and "On Doing An Evil Deed Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Bobby WoodI'm A Fool For Loving You – The Complete 60s Recordings ... CD
RPM (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from Bobby Wood – a real unsung force in the Memphis scene of the 60s, and one who's got the same ability to step effortlessly between rock and country as some of the bigger names that he was brushing shoulders with at the time! This package may well be the first to ever give Bobby his due – as it brings together early singles for Sun Records, material from his rare album for Joy, later singles for Mala and unreleased tracks, and his 60s-ending gems for MGM – which have a nicely mature vibe. Like some of his Memphis contemporaries, Wood seems to have been raised with a strong influence from R&B, blues, and early country – and the Sun Studios were a perfect place to get a start with that approach, which he then takes through lots of other 60s interactions, including important time with Chips Moman at the American Sound Studios. The 2CD set appears to feature all the tracks from Bobby's albums for Joy and MGM, singles for other labels – and even a number of unreleased tracks from right before the MGM years – 44 tracks in all – with titles that include "Mary", "Say It's Not You", "My Last Date", "Show Me", "I'd Rather Forgive You", "Who's The Fool Now", "Everybody's Searching", "Human Emotions", "I Still Hurt Just The Same", "Bed Of Roses", "Cry Cry Cry", "Miss You", "Lavender Blue", "Lincoln Park Inn", "Break My Mind", "You're Gonna See", "Do Darlin", "I'm A Fool For Loving You", "This Time", "Until You Go", and "I'm Your Used To Be". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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✨✧ Jerry Lee LewisJerry Lee Lewis/Killer Country/When Two Worlds Collide ... CD
Elektra/BGO (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Three important records from Jerry Lee Lewis – the start of his time at Elektra Records, where he was able to find new energy after many years at Mercury! First up is the self-titled Jerry Lee Lewis – a late 70s record that has Jerry Lee opening up nicely – getting back to basics in a session headed by Bones Howe, who gives Lewis just the right sort of songs and special touch that he wasn't getting during his later years at Mercury! There's still currents of the country in the music, but The Killer's also finding some rocking roots as well – maybe not as entirely on fire on the piano as in the early days, but able to open up with just the right sort of energy when needed. Titles include a great cover of Bob Dylan's "Rita May" – plus "Don't Let Go", "Every Day I Have To Cry", "Number One Lovin Man", "Personality", "Rocking Little Angel", and "Who Will The Next Fool Be". Killer Country is a great little set that's every bit what it promises in the title – the country side of Jerry Lee Lewis, but restored to the status of The Killer at his best! The album's got a focused quality that Jerry only got on a handful of 70s records – and he's as upfront in the music as he is on the cover – looking and sounding a bit older, but also a bit wiser in the process. The mellower cuts are as great as the upbeat ones – and titles include "I'd Do It All Over Again", "Jukebox Junky", "Too Weak To Fight", "Late Night Lovin Man", "Change Places With Me", and "Mama This One's For You". When Two Worlds Collide is a great little set, with an even more back to basics vibe than Jerry Lee's first album on Elektra – recorded in Nashville, with a very personal, almost lean sort of vibe – which lets Lewis find his country genius all over again! Titles include "When Two Worlds Collide", "Good News Travels Fast", "Love Game", "Who Will Buy The Wine", "I Only Want A Buddy Not A Sweetheart", and "Honky Tonk Stuff". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
 
 
 



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