Kindred ... CD Warner/Wounded Bird, 1971. New Copy ...
A rare early 70s set of post psychedelic rock from Kindred – with a sprawling, tightly grooving sound! Kindred combines male & female vocals that have the feel of late 60s/early 70s Cali sunshine rock, sometimes with bluesy electric guitars and keyboards, congas in the percussive mix, ... read moreCD
These guys might be undisco kids, but they're still pretty darn funky – in that best sort of jerky, quirky style that was percolating strongly in the Brit scene of the post-punk years! We'd file Boots For Dancing somewhere in a space next to A Certain Ratio or James White & The Blacks, ... read moreCD
A record that may well be worth it just for the first vocal line from David Bowie – which begins "Look up here, I'm in heaven"! The set brings together Bowie's final recordings, done in close collaboration with jazzman Donny McCaslin, whose work on saxes really shapes some great ... read moreCD
One of a pair of powerhouse, post psychedelic rock we've heard from Kindred – solid stuff with a tight groove, but a pretty far reaching well of influences! Some pretty vibrant electric guitar keeps it all together, and it's a mix of harder hitting, catchy rock with both male and female lead ... read moreCD
"I need a fix – and a kiiiiiiiiiissssssss!" What can we say? Johnny Thunders, David Johansen and the boys reinvented the wheel with the of wildly hedonist glam skronk spun on this still incredible debut record. Both records they made for Mercury are incredible, but this is the ... read moreCD
Delicate dissonance, bruised beauty, and hazy noise pop – all in one of the best rock albums ever made – the amazing first album from the Velvet Underground and Nico! The album's the stuff of legend – and for good reason, too – a surprising slab of vinyl that barely set the ... read moreCD
Rare American rockabilly, served up in a classic British compilation from the late 70s – a package on the mostly-punk Chiswick label, and a good nod to the way that UK scene was paying some attention to the rootsier rock in the US! The work here is mostly from the Era Records label, and ... read moreCD
(Comes in a great little cardboard LP-styled sleeve!)
One of the weirdest Chuck Berry albums ever – and one of the greatest, too! The sound here is very different than the hard rockin Berry of the early days – and the record's got kind of a laidback, trippy, and slightly bluesy approach – one that has Chuck singing in these homey ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
The depths of the early 80s underground never fail to amaze us – because while the late 70s punk rock years are constantly being reissued and compiled, the electronic scene of just of a few years later is still so largely undiscovered! Part of the situation is that much of the work came out ... read moreCD
An incredible collection of work by El Kinto – a short-lived but crucially important group in the Uruguay rock scene of the late 60s – finally given their due in this overstuffed deluxe CD package! El Kinto were a seminal link between the beat group sounds of the earlier South American ... read moreCD
San Ul Lim —
3 ... CD World Psychedelia (Korea), Mid 70s. New Copy ...
Super fuzzed out, trippy 70s psych rock from Korea's San Ul Lim – an album recorded by the Seoul rockers in the power trio format of guitar, bass and drums – but with such a fuzzy, dense tone that it's hard to fathom how on Earth they got the sound! The opening track starts in ... read moreCD
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit ... (Blues, Rock)read moreCD
Mushroom's working here with vocalist Alison Faith Levy – a singer who really helps the group find some new space, and who also brings in a slightly folksy focus to their heavier jams! The core Mushroom sound is still very much intact – with tripped-out guitars, offbeat reeds, and ... read moreCD
A heavy slab of jam band funk! Mushroom are a heavy jamming funk outfit with a classic groove – working hard with horns and Fender Rhodes to craft up solid slabs of groove, circa early 70s Atlantic Records vintage. This 5 track ep has about as much music as you'd find on a regular album ... read moreCD
A dreamy collection of work by Barbara Ruskin – a lesser-known girl singer from the 60s Brit scene, but one who's fast rising to the top of our list with her work on this great set! Barbara's got a style that's similar to, but a bit different than that of contemporaries like Sandie Shaw, ... read moreCD
The Sonics Boom indeed – because back in the day, the group were easily one of the rawest, hardest, heaviest sounds to come out of the Pacific Northwest – and that's saying quite a lot, given their other company on the scene! This early full album for the Etiquette label has The Sonics ... read moreCD
(Comes in a great little cardboard slipcase – replicating the old LP sleeve!)
A folk funk classic from Don Cooper – a folksy player at heart, but one who always manages to bring a gentle groove to his music! The set's got a spare sound that's totally great – vocals and guitar from Don, plus second guitar from Elliot Randall – and support from other light ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreCD
A slice of Velvet Underground that's almost as essential as the group's first few albums for Verve – material recorded during those years, but never issued at the time – finally put together in a legitimate package in the mid 80s, after years of circulating around as bootlegs! The ... read moreCD
The incredible third album from The Velvet Underground – and maybe our favorite of all their albums together – even though this one is far less weird or experimental than the rest! After their initial foray with Nico, and their bombastic sonic experiments on White Light/White Heat, the ... read moreCD
One of the most far-out, freaked-out albums ever from the Velvet Underground – easily the most experimental set the group ever recorded! The album's awash in really unusual sounds and styles – from the sonic blast of the title cut "White Light/White Heat", to the 17 minute ... read moreCD
DOC ... CD Dual Planet, Early 80s. New Copy ...
A very cool set from sound library enigma Teisco – and one that's a lot more tune-based than some of his other work! The vibe here is very much in an early 80s electro mode – lots of processed guitar over drum machine rhythms, often with this wobbly vibrating sound that's pretty darn ... (Sound Library, Rock)read moreCD
Very cool electronic sound library work – heavy on moog and guitar with effects – and spinning out at a level that reminds us a lot of the coolest spacey electronics from the French scene of the 70s! The tunes are all put together by Teisco, from instrumentation that's relatively spare ... (Sound Library, Rock)read moreCD
Massive sounds from Columbia Records – a smoking set of rockabilly numbers that the legendary label cut during a time when it was making most of its money selling mainstream pop, classical music, and Broadway showtunes albums! Yet beneath all that big-cash production, Columbia found the time ... read moreCD
Moogy, groovy, and really wonderful stuff – a set of rare private recordings made by the team of Scott Ludwig and Maximillian Crook, both electric inventors and very groovy musicians in their own right! The pair have a bit of a connection to Del Shannon – who used their Musitron ... (Now Sound, Rock)read moreCD
The only album ever cut by this obscure 60s folk duo – but a pretty darn great set, and one with some especially nice folk rock touches! Jonathan & Leigh sing in duet mode and accompany themselves on acoustic guitar – but the album also adds in some heavier bass from William Salter ... read moreCD
A wealth of great pop, rock, soul, and novelty numbers from the end of the 50s and the start of the 60s – unusual little tunes recorded for the Joy and Select record labels, most of which we've never heard before! There's a rich sense of discovery in this collection – not just because ... read moreCD
Ultimate Painting —
Dusk ... CD Trouble In Mind, 2016. New Copy ...
Hazy psych pop from Ultimate Painting! The group is officially a duo, and the less-is-more approach to moody songcraft really does make for a perfectly intimate vibe, centered on softly echoing guitars, airy vocals and some really nice of wuritzer. Mellow as it as, the overall sound is ultimately ... read moreCD
One of the most bizarre early works by Italian composer Franco Battiato – a record with a fetus on the cover, an inside image of his paper-mache mother, with a walk-in birth canal, and a subtitle that reads "return to the new world"! The musical style mixes Battiato's mid 70s ... (Out Sound, Rock)read moreCD
Franco Battiato —
Clic ... CD BMG (Italy), 1974. New Copy ...
Short works for voice and electronics – courtesy of Italian minimalist Franco Battiato! The greatest experimentalist is working here on piano, organ, metal, crystals, and vocals – with occasional help from other players – in a mode that reminds us of some of Brian Eno's more ... (Out Sound, Rock)read moreCD
Hard-rocking work from the earliest years of Johnny Hallyday – material pulled from early French singles that still show Johnny as the true European descendent of the sound of Johnny Burnette and Eddie Cochran! The tracks are mostly very upbeat and driving – a groove that's maybe more ... (French, Rock)read moreCD
Impeccable pop work from McCarthy – a group that's probably best known for being a precursor to Stereolab, but which is a heck of a great British pop outfit in its own right! The tunes on this set have a jangly guitar-pop approach that's strongly reminiscent of the Creation Records sound at ... read moreCD
A really well-done collection of work from The Goldebriars – the sublime harmony folk ensemble that was the key pre-Millennium project from Cali pop genius Curt Boettcher! The style here is both timeless and firmly tied to the 60s – a beautiful blend of male and female vocals in the ... read moreCD
Sweet harmony pop from late 50s – a real precursor to the girl pop sounds of the 60s and a springboard for the career of one the sisters – a young Mary O'Brien, later to be known as Dusty Springfield! This great CD on RPM features the 1959 and 1960 singles by The Lana Sisters – ... (Vocalists, Rock)read moreCD
A great gimmick, and a great little collection – a batch of all-female "answer" songs to hits sung by bigger male artists of the 60s! As was common back in that decade, if one artist issued a hit, another might piggy-back off its popularity by recording an answer song – a ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
It came from the garage – and came on with a hell of a lot of power, too – thanks to the raw raw sound of the legendary Downey Records! Downey was one of the coolest indies on the Cali coast in the mid 60s – an imprint that maybe had a bit more of an edge than some of the surf ... read moreCD
A bit of a gimmick, but a great one at that – an entire CD made up of girl-themed tunes – some of them hits, some of them obscure little gems from the end of the 50s and the start of the 60s! The package mixes together equal parts rock, pop, soul, and R&B – and features both ... read moreCD
Dion ... CD Laurie/Ace (UK), 1968. New Copy ...
A key later album from Dion – and a set that shows a newly maturing style in his music! The album was something of a follow-up to Dion's huge single "Abraham Martin & John" – the bittersweet track that was a surprise late 60s hit for the singer – and which allowed ... read moreCD
Mod mod 60s jazz – and 20 tight-as-can-be instrumentals from London's Dave Davani combo! Dave's a Hammond player with a great mix of soul jazz and R&B in his grooves – very much the best sort of instrumental work you might expect from London in the swinging 60s – a great ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Incredible work from one of the maddest talents in rock and roll – the amazing Kim Fowley, one of THE most important forces on the LA scene of the 60s! Kim's known for many things – producer, arranger, musician, and insane performer – and this set really does a great job of ... read moreCD
Long hair, jazzy riffing, and all the best hope that the early years of prog had to offer – all coming together on a record that's years ahead of its time! It's really hard to put a label on Pete Brown's sounds with Piblokto – music that's maybe more poetic than most of its ... read moreCD
One of the most important indies on the New York scene at the start of the 60s – a powerhouse label that turned out some rocking classics and a nice amount of soul music too! The Laurie Records catalog wasn't huge, but they did a great job with the artists they had – able to record ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
Out There ... CD Blue Thumb/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Lesser-known work by Love – recorded immediately after the group's seminal records on Elektra, with a slightly different sound! The CD brings together tracks from the albums Out Here and False Start – both of which feature the band moving back to basics, working in a harder rocking ... read moreCD
Searing instrumentals from the legendary Wisconsin-based Cuca label – one of the coolest indies of the 60s! Although Cuca was working out of tiny Sauk City in the dairy state, the company had an ear for a groove that matched the better known imprints of the west coast scene – and ... read moreCD
Rare female pop sounds from the 60s – a killer collection of soul and rock nuggets, most of which were only issued on small label singles, and hardly saw any exposure back in the day! Yet the work here is every bit as great as bit girl pop hits of the period – maybe even better, ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
Sultry post folk psychedelia from Korea's Yoon Youn Sun – with sweet female vocals and a fairly moody overall groove! Wing Of Peace is really melodic take on the post folk and psychedelic singer/songwriter sound of the early 70s – a set that recalls both the warmth of the California ... read moreCD
The last lovely album in a wonderful run of records from Lizzy Mercer Descloux – one of the most unique talents to work on the Ze Records imprint in the 80s – and an artist who shared plenty of the genre-crossing, global-mixing elements of her contemporaries! The album's got a sound ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
Ever-adventurous composer, arranger and coronet player Rob Mazurek teams up with similarly creative wanderer Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang, Josh Abrams Natural Information Society and more)! Alien Flower Sutra finds the duo and their guest players crafting a pretty awesome mix of interstellar psych-jazz- ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Seminal work from one of the most hit-worthy indies of the late 50s – Coed Records, home to a great range of doo wop groups from both sides of the fence! Although Coed scored big with some of the more pop-styled vocal groups of the time, they also had a good ear for some of the hipper, more ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
Melanie ... CD Buddah/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy ...
A seminal self-titled set from Melanie – an album that's still proudly folk in some parts, while also embracing some of the more hard-edge styles of some of her contemporaries too – echoes of soul in some of the rhythms, a bit of grit in the instrumentation – which really seems to ... read moreCD
Jin Records was a powerhouse of Louisiana music from the moment the company first hung up its shingle – a showcase for the unusual sort of blend that was happening down in the swampy state – from rockabilly groovers, to raw rockers and early zydeco too – a legacy so strong, it ... read moreCD
Pure genius from Lee Hazlewood – one of his gems cut for MGM in the 60s, and a session that features some great small combo backings! The feel here is almost a jazz-inflected take on the slight country tinge of Lee's other work – a style that's as sophisticated and unique as Hazlewood's ... (Vocalists, Rock)read moreCD