A really great collection of work from one of the coolest, most compelling groups to record for the legendary Factory Records label – a combo who were contemporaries of Joy Division and New Order, but who had a very different sound! A Certain Ration – or ACR for short – had a ... read moreCD
A Certain Ratio —
Sextet ... CD Factory/Mute, 1982. New Copy ...
Quite possibly the funkiest album ever by the groundbreaking British group A Certain Ratio – filled with lots of heavy post-disco bass and percussion, all rattling away with the energy of some of the best work on Ze Records a the time! The group's dark moody feel is still largely in place, ... read moreCD
Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass Band —
UnSung Stories ... CD Warner/Big Beat (UK), 1986. New Copy ...
Maybe the strongest solo project ever from Phil Alvin – a late 80s effort dedicated to the romping R&B sounds of the 50s – done with great help from both the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Sun Ra Arkestra! A number of cuts are from the glory days of the R&B single – and ... read moreCD
Overlooked later work from America – not the huge AM radio hits from the time when the group was a trio, and produced by George Martin – but instead, material from a point when they'd trimmed down to a duo, and really found a great way to move their music forward! The approach here ... read moreCD
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead —
So Divided ... CD Interscope, 2006. Used ...
Wonderfully groovy work from Antoine – one of the hipper French singers of the mid 60s, and an artist who mixed headier sounds with some of the upbeat French pop modes of the time! The rhythms and instrumentation are often in the best jaunty mode we love from Parisian record of the period ... (French, Rock)read moreCD
A masterpiece of mid 70s jazz rock – from an obscure combo that features work by fusion legend Todd Cochrane Bayete! Bayete recorded two wonderful albums for Prestige before this set – and although the record has him moving into a much more rock-based style than on his fusion sessions, ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
Hard-jamming jazz rock from Back Door – 3 prime era Warner albums in a 2CD set! Graced with lots of free solo work on alto and soprano sax by Ron Aspery, and a pretty strong power-trio instrumental format from Tony Hicks on drums and Colin Hodgkinson on bass, the group's early-to-mid 70s ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Selda Bagcan —
Selda ... CD B- Music/Finders Keepers, 1975. Used ...
Funky breaks and fuzzy guitars – one of the most amazing albums to come out of the Turkish scene of the 70s – and one with a sound that really defies categorization! Although the sweet image of a girl and guitar on the cover might make you think the record's a folk set, the overall ... read moreCD
Amazing stuff from Ginger Baker's personal archives – live recordings with his Salt group – born of his relocation to Nigeria and a wonderful, dexterous fusion of jazz & rock percussion with African rhythms! The sound is pretty great on these 2 CDs, and the performances are truly ... read moreCD
One of the most iconic rock and roll shows of all time – the late 70s farewell to The Band – and quite famously, much more final concert by an esteemed band, it's actually a rock, pop, folk, blues and soul summit that features The Band as the house band. This landmark document of the ... read moreCD
(Gold CD pressing – from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab!)
One of the crowning moments of Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe – a set in which it seemed that everything the group was trying for really came together – in a mode that's both tuneful and timeless, and which – a bit like Sparks or 10CC – was slightly out of time with the rest ... read moreCD
Not hip hop! This is a return to hardcore for the Beastie Boys, and it's proof that the group can still play loud and fast like the best of them. The record has 8 tracks, and a total of 11 minutes of music. (That's fast!) Titles include "Square Wave In Unison", "Brand New", ... (Hip Hop, Rock)read moreCD
Quite different than the original US release of this classic soundtrack – as this UK lineup features a lot more songs – a side one's worth of gems from the film, and side two featuring additional new tracks from Lennon & McCartney! Movie tunes include "If I Fell", "Ha ... read moreCD
Maybe our favorite Beatles album ever – a key set that bridges the catchiness of the early years and the sharper ideas of later albums – with a slightly sinister undercurrent that really keeps things fresh! The album's got some great early psych in spots, offset with wonderfully mature ... read moreCD
A landmark leaping-off point for The Beatles – and a record that really paved the way for countless new ideas to come! The mix of catchy pop and freer ideas here is really wonderful – tunes that introduce a whole new mature world in mainstream music – yet manage to have all the ... read moreCD
A trio of classics from this electronic duo – all brought together in a single set! First up is In A Wild Sanctuary – one of the best records ever from Beaver and Krause – largely because there's not so much noodling! This one features the pair on moog and organ, with help from ... read moreCD
Two key albums from England's legendary Cilla Black – back to back in a single set, and with 26 bonus tracks too! First up is the amazing 1965 debut, Cilla – a record that maybe draws even more heavily on American soul music than some of Dusty Springfield's early work – all given ... (Vocalists, Rock)read moreCD
A pair of EMI classics from Cilla Black – separated by the space of a decade, and filled in with 21 more bonus tracks too! First up is Sher-oo – fantastic work from Cilla Black – only her third full length album, but a set that already has the singer growing way past some of her ... (Vocalists, Rock)read moreCD
Blackout ... CD Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy ...
Wonderful work from one of the grooviest groups going in mid 60s Poland – a combo with a sound that shares some of the best tendencies of German and British groups of the time, but which also has a hipper, more complicated vibe overall! Instrumentation here is heavy on Hammond organ and ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from electronic wizard Tim Blake – a set that's a nice counterpart to albums under his own name, as it also features singles, work with other groups, and some rare archive material that's especially nice! CDs 1 and 2 bring together Tim's issued legacy of the ... read moreCD
A stone classic from Blood Sweat & Tears – and a record that went onto have a tremendous impact in jazz, rock, funk, and soul! The group's format is plenty darn famous – adding a lot of horns to hip riffing grooves – but despite countless plays on oldies stations over the ... read moreCD
A fantastic addition to the all-too-small catalog of recordings by Jay Bolotin – a Kentucky songwriter whose compositions were recorded by bigger names down in Nashville, even if Jay never fully got his due! Bolotin is hardly country, though – much more a songpoet, in the manner of ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreCD
Heady and heavy work from Billy Bond and La Pesada Del Rock & Roll – a guitar heavy group from Argentina, and one with plenty of blues rock overtones! The guitars are definitely turned up to 11 here – jamming with an intensity to match some of the best hard rock sides from Peru ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
A wildly eclectic brew of driving heaviness, looser trippiness, and even some delicate moments from Billy Bond – a more freewheeling and ambitious mix of post psychedelic wildness from Brazil's Billy Bond & co! Volume 3 from 1972 is made up of 2 lengthy suites, " Lado 1 – ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
Here's a singer you've probably never heard of – but who stands right up there with the best UK pop acts of the late 60s – both a vocalist and a songwriter, gifted with a wonderfully catchy ear for a tune! Graham Bonney's got qualities here that resonate nicely with work of the time by ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, tray card has some wear.)
David Bowie, Marlene Dietrich, & Others —
Just A Gigolo ... CD Cherry Red (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
A mix of sounds and styles for this film set in Weimar Berlin – with Marlene Dietrich as a madam with male gigolos – one of whom is played by David Bowie, at a time when he was famously living in West Berlin, and working with Brian Eno! The film's nothing like that at all, though ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreCD
Brewer & Shipley —
Weeds ... CD Kama Sutra/Elemental (Spain), 1969. New Copy ...
The duo of Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley are mostly remembered for their one big radio hit – but the pair have a wonderful sound that's ripe for rediscovery – right up there with much more frequently-lauded contemporaries from the west coast scene! The pair harmonize in this great ... read moreCD
Early Brit beat work from Buddy Britten & The Regents – a group with a very Buddy Holly look on the cover of the set, and a sound that definitely lives up to that image too! There's a nice jangle to most of the guitar lines here – kind of that early Merseybeat mode that was so ... read moreCD
A wild batch of jazz rock tunes – recorded by ex-Cream bassist Jack Bruce, along with a host of like-minded luminaries that include Chris Spedding, Harry Beckett, Dick Heckstall-Smith, and John Hisemann. Unlike Bruce's first solo album – Things We Like – which was an all-jazz ... read moreCD
The album that introduced the world to Kate Bush – and a set that both has the lady staking some great ground of her own, but maybe also using a few more familiar modes to get her message across! Kate's vocals are already soaring all over her octave range, with those distinct inflections ... read moreCD
The young Kate Bush is in fantastic form here – looking a bit goofy on the cover, sure – but firmly establishing that sound that would make the lady a genre unto herself! It's hard to believe a record like this was coming out during major years for punk and disco – but that's ... read moreCD
The fantastic first full album from The Buzzcocks – a group who'd already set the UK scene on fire with a flurry of amazing singles at the start of the punk generation! Here, they amazingly keep up all the great energy of their 7" releases – moving at a blistering pace throughout, ... read moreCD
(New 2018 remaster edition – sourced from the original master tapes!)
The third album from the great Buzzcocks – one of the most fiercely melodic bands of the punk era, and one of the best bands for tuneful, yet barbed songwriting of the late 70s, period! Different Kind Of Tension is a pretty accurate title for this set, the last of the first wave of the group' ... read moreCD
It's impossible to go wrong with The Buzzcocks during their early, and all-too-short years of greatness – and this fantastic second album is head and shoulders above work from most of their classic contemporaries on the UK scene! At a time when the group had already conquered the world of ... read moreCD
The Californians are liars, at least when it comes to their name – as the group hail from mid 60s England, and not the sunny west coast – but we can more than forgive them that fib, given that their music here is so downright groovy! Their name's not a complete mistake, as the group ... read moreCD
Eddie Callahan —
False Ego ... CD Time Lag Records, Mid 70s. Used Gatefold ...
A private press relic from the Santa Cruz Mountains by Eddie Callahan – a really cool mix of soft rock melodies with soul searching lyricism and unpredictable instrumentation – one that's been heavily sought by collectors and is well worth it! There's a bit of post hippie spiritualism, ... read moreCD
A fantastic lost slice of work from Glen Campbell – recorded in the studio during the years of his big initial fame in the 60s – but never issued to the public at all! Instead, these tracks were recorded for "The King" – that is, Elvis Presley – a bit like demos ... read moreCD
Two later albums from the great Ray Campi – an early rockabilly wildman, and one who managed to keep on going well through the 70s underground – all without losing a beat! Rockabilly Lives is the first album up here – recorded in LA in 1974, with this really raw sound, and a mode ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from Jumpin Bill Carlisle – one of those postwar hillbilly figures who should have gotten some credit for helping bring rock and roll into the world! Bill's style is upbeat, romping, and plenty jumping – as you can probably see by the way that Carlisle jumped straight ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreCD
Sweet girl group classic stuff from the 50s, most of it recorded for George Goldner's End label. This 18 track set includes many of their big singles like "Prayer", "He's Gone", and "Every Night (I Pray)", but it's also got a number of b-sides and unreleased tracks ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
A pair of albums from Chase – one of the hippest jazz rock combos of the 70s! The self-titled Chase album first burned onto the market in 1971 – and it's a great distillation of a groove that was bubbling around in various other segments at the time – some of the tighter big band ... read moreCD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)