Righteous earth mama vibes from our hometown sweetheart Bonnie Koloc. Bonnie was part of the original folk cabaret scene around old town here in Chicago, and this is her first album, with her gutsy, folky vocals and songwriting underpinned by a groovy rock-inflected backing band, that features ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice record from one time Fug and session guitar giant Danny "The Kootch" Kortchmar – done for Asylum with a sound that moves from punchy power pop, to more measured singer songwriter stuff, in the vein of Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon – both of whom the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from this wonderful guitarist – recorded at a small coffe house in Minneapolis, and featuring sublime work on 12 string guitar! Titles include "Circle Round The Sun", "Sunrise", "Living In The Country", "Easter In The Sargasso Sea", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light stains, and splitting in the seams and spine.)
Leo Kottke —
Best ... LP Capitol, 1970s/1980s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Later work from Kraftwerk – and very much in the mode of their older work! The beats are perhaps a bit heavier than before, but we chalk that up mostly to the remixers – and we remember how we were a bit suspicious of the "Musique Non Stop" comeback single from the 80s, but ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Man and machine – a perfect summation of the Kraftwerk genius, delivered perfectly on this classic late 70s set! The album's got a bit more punch than some of their previous efforts – almost a not towards the dancefloor at times, yet hardly the disco you'd get from other groups of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and aging, with highlighter and some pen on front.)
Move over Bam! This is the legendary bit of electro funk that along with "Trans Europe Express" forever put Kraftwerk in the crates of hip hoppers everywhere – a spare sublime track with a sly melody line over the top, perfect for breaking or just kicking back and feeling those ... read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(US pressing with Sterling stamp. Cover has a promo stamp.)
An incredibly lovely record from Kraftwerk – fashioned along the same suite-like style as Radio Activity, and served up with some haunting and charming tunes throughout! The electronics are quite spare, yet very thoughtful – never a note out of place, as the quartet build their careful ... read moreCD
A pretty intense power trio from the Chicago scene – a group that features guitar from Tashi Dorji, drums and percussion from Tyler Damon, and alto, tenor, and baritone sax from the great Dave Rempis! The album features one completely sprawling improvisation – "Fontanelles" ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest groups of the 70s German scene – and one of the few to break out of the prog underground and really have a larger global influence! This first set by La Dusseldorf is pure genius through and through – a spare trio set that's propelled along with simple, but effective ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl on 4 Men With Beards.)
La Dusseldorf —
Viva ... LP Strand (Germany), 1978. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A bit of a shift for La Dusseldorf, but a good one too – and a record that has the group reaching even more towards some of the punkish directions initially inspired by their music! The sound's less stretched-out than before – shorter tunes, often with a bit more force, especially on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram 4 Men With Beards pressing. Includes insert.)
La Vida —
La Vida ... LP Aristos (Mexico), 1972. Near Mint- ...
A very weird, and very groovy record from Portia Nelson – who most folks know just as a singer and actress! This set has Nelson playing the Vox organ – using its weird sounds on a mix of cool pop instrumentals – including "Soho Strut", "Call Me", "March ... (Now Sound, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a small bit of splitting on a top seam.)
The first album from Laid Back – the Danish duo who would soon dominate the world of breakdance with their electro-pop groove! This set has Laid Back sounding maybe a bit more rock at the core, but still with plenty of electronic touches around the edge – maybe a catchier version of ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
A very cool mix of rock, blues, and soul – similar to some of the bigger mod names from the UK scene of the 60s! Titles include "Teardrops", "Searchin For Love", and "Baby Baby Baby" – all originals by Pete – plus versions of "One Night", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
B Lance (Bobby Lance) —
Rollin Man ... LP Atlantic, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
A record that has Bobby Lance looking a lot more long-haired than before – a set that was recorded up in the Atlantic Records studios up north, but with a sound that still has plenty of the same southern elements of Lance's debut – including some burning organ lines that really work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a DJ promo sticker and a small cutout notch.)
One of the greatest groups going on the New Zealand scene of the late 60s – killer at covers, and even stronger with their own compositions too! There's a definite Brit invasion feel to the material, especially at the start – as you might guess from the overall look of the package ... read moreCD
One of the grooviest Mexican groups of the 60s – a combo who mix together beat, garage, and psychedelic sounds with a really wonderful feel – much more like some of the Argentine and Peruvian combos who've been getting more exposure these days! There's definitely an American rock ... read moreCD
The last legendary album by Laughing Hyenas! On Hard Times they come back a half decade since their previous LP with more of a focus on the guttural blues vibe they'd always had on some level, and even a little bit of a Stones-y swagger, without discarding the caterwauling fury of the earlier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laughing Hyenas —
Life Of Crime ... LP Touch & Go/Third Man, 1990. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best from garage-blues-noise rock pioneers Laughing Hyenas – a Touch & Go Records standout that flew well under the mainstream radar, but it prefigures the more incendiary early-to-mid 90s rock from the indies to the majors – a lot of more famous bands learned from this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2018 remaster by Bob Weston – with unseen photos, flyer facsimiles and more.)
A rare, beloved gem from the midwest power pop scene – laced with catchy hooks, buzzing guitars and synthesizer that somehow sounds like it hasn't aged a day! The key to Romeoville, IL native Julian Leal's self-titled LP being such a timeless treasure is probably the same as the one that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Led Zeppelin —
Coda ... LP Swan Song, 1982. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The title's an apt one – given that the record was the end of the tremendous run of records from Led Zeppelin – issued after the death of legendary drummer John Bomham – but the set's also way more than just an endpoint, as many of the tracks return to the group's beginning – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Led Zeppelin at peak power – mixing hard rock bombast with deep, genuine love for blues and folk guitars! Houses Of The Holy is the essential the blueprint for countless imitators to come – but it's also got smarts, subtleties and creative ambitious that's just plain lost on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green Rockefeller label CRC pressing, SD 19130, including the heavy inner sleeve.)
One of the most monumental debuts in rock history – a record that hit the world like a led zeppelin, and left an impression for years to come! Led Zeppelin pretty much took over rock right from the beginning – which isn't too surprising, given that Jimmy Page had an in-demand guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing, SD 8216.)
The third in Led Zeppelin's spectacular run of early albums – each one either matching or topping its predecessor, depending on one's personal favorite – and a record with an influence that's as massive as the sound! The record's got a pair of of Zep's best-remembered songs in "Imm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Led Zeppelin —
Presence ... LP Swan Song/Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Overlooked genius from Led Zeppelin – an album that was missed by many the first time around, because of it's tight focus and simplicity! For the set, the group step back just a bit from their more stylistically sprawling tendencies – almost as if they got some of the more ambitious ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
A wild solo project from Rita Lee – done after the breakup of Os Mutantes, and offered up almost as some sort of commentary on mainstream rock in the 70s! There's a much more straightforward approach to the music here – a sometimes-glammy sound that's echoed by the band's space-style ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
A tripped-out batch of hard jamming tracks from ex-Mutante Rita Lee – recorded with assistance from all the members of the group at the time, but in a mode that's quite different overall! Lee is clearly the star of the show here – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work by one of our favorite 60s groups! If you don't know The Left Banke, their unique style of "baroque rock" is a wonderful mix of groovy organ, electric harpsichord, and swirling strings – all set as instrumentation for some of the tightest, grooviest little songs you' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Classic work from Legiao Urbana – one of the best Brazilian bands of the early 80s, and a group who've got a sound that easily matches some of the best UK acts of the time – save for the fact that the lyrics are all in Portuguese! The sound here is tight and dark – tuneful songs, ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unusual little record, cut at the height of fame for the team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller! The session's a rare jazz one from the duo – put together to feature different versions of tunes they'd been penning for acts on Atlantic and some of the other big labels of the late 50s. ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's first full album from 1968 – and a set that's often dismissed as bubblegum pop, but which has a heck of a lot to offer! The sound here is a wonderful blend of psyche influences and sunnier pop elements – swirled up with a bit of strings, styled in the same catchy territory ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, sticker spot, and a misprint on front where a portion of the group name is printed lightly.)
Not the out there primal scream of Plastic Ono, and more of an impeccably produced, easy to love landmark from John Lennon! The title track, beautiful as it is, is so heavily ingrained into rock & roll myth making machine that it's become too easy to overlook how great most of the songs on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing with Bell Sound stamp. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
The great John Lennon album from 1973 – still in an exhilaratingly creative mode with strong Plastic Ono traces, even if the overall effect is more mainstream friendly – ultimately, an album that stands incredibly well on its own, even if its something of a bridge to John's rock and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Apple pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
John Lennon's fabled "Lost Weekend" LP, self produced and another kinda strange mix of weighty material and messy fun composed, produced and recorded in LA while he was estranged from Yoko! Includes some meditations on love and loss, unpretentious horn accented rock & roll tunes and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label Apple pressing, in the fold-over cover, including the insert and heavy inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and and moisture staining.)
The most polarizing of John Lennon's post Beatles ouvre – the strident, Spector-produced, sprawling mess that is Some Time In New York City – a record that has too much of every idea John & Yoko had at the time, which makes it all the more fascinating after all these years! Angry, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing with Bell Sound stamp, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
One of the weirdest, most experimental albums ever from John Lennon and Yoko Ono – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the nature of their other music! The set's got a cover and title that might make you expect more conventional modes – after all, everyone is familiar with the ... read moreCD
Kind of a rock and roll parody album, but one that also has some nice aspects in the instrumentation – which makes the whole thing feel more like a stack of oddball 45s from the farther reaches of the late 50s underground! The set features assistance from The Four Fives and Will Stomp & ... (Comedy/Spoken, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam and some aging, with a promo ink stamp and a bit of pen on back.)
Les Differents —
Les Differents ... LP Return To Analog (Canada), 1967. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Fantastic fuzz from a French Canadian combo of the 60s – one of the coolest garage bands we've ever heard from up north at the time, romping here with a style that's equal parts Sunset Strip and some of the hipper Parisian groups of the time! Lyrics are all in French, and the production has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible sounds from this legendary Japanese psychedelic duo – music that's even freer and trippier than most other records from the scene at the time! The 2LP set features two long tracks – the first served up by the duo of Mizutani on lead guitar and Taisuke Morishita on keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jerry Lee Lewis picked up a bit of facial hair by the time of this 1966 live album, and he also picked up a great little backing band too – the super-tight Memphis Beats, who really manage to keep time with the boundless energy of their leader! Jerry's completely on fire – both vocally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A quartet of early Smash Records albums from Jerry Lee Lewis – including some especially smoking live material! First up is Golden Hits – an early moment of Smash Records genius from Jerry Lee Lewis – a set that was one of his first for the label, after many years at Sun – ... read moreCD
A great early live album from the Smash Records years of Jerry Lee Lewis – and a set that really shows the new fire that was burning for the singer as he moved away from Sun Records! Smash always did a great job with live records – and this one's got a great approach that really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're never really sure what to call Lighthouse. Are they "folk rock"? "Rock"? Or just plain groovy? Whatever the case, though, this is the album that includes their great cut "One Fine Morning". In case you don't know it, it's got a great funky riff that starts ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful solo work from this ex-Raider – an album that's almost to Mark Lindsay's career what Scott Walker's post-Brothers albums were to his! Lindsay really reinvents himself here – stepping out with a mature mix of jazz vocals, pop stylings, and more – all of which take him ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)
Buzzy Linhart —
Buzzy ... LP Philips, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Seminal work from Liquid Liquid – one of the coolest, funkiest groups on the New York scene at the start of the 80s! The approach here is a blistering blend of different percussion modes – from batucada jamming to funky drums – all tied together with these basslines that really ... (Soul, Rock)read more12-inch, Vinyl record