An album that may well be John Martyn's crowning moment of genius – a time when he soared forward from his spare sound of a few short years ago – and found a way to bring in all these jazzy currents to his music, but all without ever going for a style that was ever over-arranged or ... read moreCD
The sound of a legend – a raw rocking classic from Janis Joplin – arguably the most perfectly-formed record from her all-too-short run in modern music! There's a focus here that's even sharper than before – and a rising of the funky undercurrents that Janis always had in her ... read moreCD
A seminal album from Anima – a weird mix of prog, avant, and experimental jazz modes – played by a group that features MPS maestro Friedrich Gulda on piano! The album only features two long tracks – "Meeting In The Studio" and "Anima Live" – both of ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
A wonderfully trippy record from The Beatles – filled with songs that have become classics, even though the initial package was designed for a movie that was one heck of a mess! The set's incredibly strong throughout – filled with some of the new post-Peppers ideas explored by the ... 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
Birthday Party —
Hits ... CD 4AD, Early 80s. Used ...
Charlie Musselwhite's South Side Band —
Stand Back ... CD Vanguard, 1967. Used ...
One of the seminal blues rock albums of the 60s – a set that features Charlie Musselwhite in the lead on vocals and harmonica – plus heavy guitar from the great Harvey Mandel, in a group that also includes Barry Goldberg on piano and organ too! Titles include "Chicken Shack", ... (Blues, Rock)read moreCD
An unmitigated blast of punk, worthy of setting the stage for the American hard core movement! While punk rock had been firmly established by the time this album came out, no one was prepared for the next level that Black Flag would take things to with this brutal, nihilistic, stripped down ... read moreCD
The Replacements look a lot more punk rock on the cover than on some of their later albums for Warner Brothers – and they sound a lot more punk, too – packing in 18 short songs on this early set that blisters with their youthful, inventive energy! Even working at a level that's hard ... read moreCD
Iggy's first proper solo record, and a strange morass of junkie desperation and guttural punk funk! The Idiot is the ultimately the culmination of a very smart decision to move away from the guitar roar of the Stooges and closer to the sounds his longtime champion David Bowie was experimenting with ... read moreCD
Sonic Youth —
Goo ... CD DGC, 1990. Used ...
Sonic Youth's major label debut – which is, somewhat perversely, less insistently accessible as the preceding Daydream Nation – with slow-building guitar squalls and oddball noise pop in just about equal measure! Goo is self-produced, with some assistance from their fellow Geffen ... read moreCD
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —
Good Son ... CD Mute/Elektra, 1990. Used ...
A great one from Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – a record that explores his softer side, if you want to call it that – the trudging melodies, morose poetry and banshee wails offset brilliantly by soul stirring string parts and easier piano melodies! Definitely capping off the 80s and ... read moreCD
(Small punch through barcode and one corner of the booklet.)
An overlooked gem from the initial run of Black Sabbath – the last album to feature Ozzy Osborne on vocals, and a set that really hones the group's power of the previous years! You might expect a more commercial outing from the cover – or maybe think that these guys were trying on some ... read moreCD
The masterful debut of Television! Marquee Moon is indisputably one of best records to come out of late 70s NYC . It's truly a singular achievement – one of the few records that seems to be on every rock literati's list of the all-time-bests – and actually deserves every bit of praise ... read moreCD
Joy Division —
Closer ... CD Factory/Warner, 1981. Used ...
Much as we love the legendary debut from Joy Division, we love this second album even more – as the whole thing's a perfect realization of their genius – and such a strong step forward, it still pains us to remember that singer Ian Curtis was taken from us all too soon, and the group ... read moreCD
Ferocious, darkness-tinged postpunk from The Birthday Party! The caterwauling and howling fervor here is uber-influential to a lot darker indie/noise rock to come later in the decade. The band known by many for being Nick Cave's launching pad, but deserves many more props for the uncompromising ... read moreCD
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Another Side Of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Planet Waves, Blood On The Tracks, Desire, Street Legal, Slow Train Coming, Infidels, Oh ... read moreCD
(Out of print, SACD hybrid version – plays on regular players too. Most of the CDs are still shrinkwrapped.)
The second great Fugazi album, or first, depending on how ya want to define define "album" and how self-righteous you are in that opinion (don't know about you, but it's difficult for us to think of 13 Songs as a compilation) – but it's great all the same! Loud, angry and punchy in ... read moreCD
One of the greatest records of all time – and don't you forget it! Despite the countless lines of type that have been written about this record, nothing does it full justice like an all-through listen – something we're reminded of every time we put this one on the turntable, which is a ... read moreCD
Jimi's legendary live recordings for BBC radio and television – live studio sessions from 1967 to 1969 – remastered from BBC tapes and sounding incredible! Most of the tracks feature the trio of Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell at their fiery best, on classics like "Foxey ... read moreCD
A beautiful treasure from the legendary Nick Drake – the last album he ever recorded – and a set that may well be his most personal as well! The sound here is even more stripped-down than before – often just vocals and acoustic guitar, but used together in ways that are really ... read moreCD
An amazing set, and just about the coolest looking package we've ever seen from Arhoolie – 4CDs of the Blues, Ballads & Beyond recordings of the San Francisco Bay – with tracks by Jessse Fuller, Skid Band, Mercy Dee, Country Joe & The Fish, TA Talbott, Big Mama Thornton, Skip ... (Blues, Rock)read moreCD
Magnificent early work from Eugene Chadbourne – a set that was recorded on Christmas Day, 1977 – and only issued a decade later on cassette – but sounds that are every bit as mindblowing as the material on Chadbourne's first few albums! The music here is heavy on compositions ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
An insanely big batch of Beach Boys rarities – a set that features 60 previously unreleased tracks, in a bundle that includes 174 titles in all – packaged in an ultra-cool puffy-covered book! The book's style is meant to replicate a high school yearbook from the old days – a ... read moreCD
(Out of print, in a nice box with cards and booklet too.)
Ellen Andrea Wang —
Blank Out ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy ...
Compelling vocal work from Ellen Andrea Wang – a singer who also plays acoustic bass alongside her lyrics, which seems to unlock a jazzy current in the music! Wang's a new addition to the Jazzland label – and like some of the imprint's other work, there's a real genre-bending style ... read moreCD
Maybe the greatest album ever from Van Morrison – and a set that broke into a whole new side of his talents! Van's producing himself on the record – not really in the conventional role as a producer, but in a way that has him really writing most of the album as he goes along in the ... read moreCD
Sea Level pick up a bit more of a soul sound than before – adding in stronger vocals than some of their previous records, while still hitting some jazzy currents in their instrumentation! The group's expanded a bit – now a sextet, with additional backup players, too – but their ... (Soul, Rock)read moreCD
Moody genius from Can – and one of greatest albums of its time! Tons of spooky spare atmosphere, vocals that go from a lull to a cathartic echoey shriek, and that rollicking and propulsive backbeat that makes Can a band for the ages. Not just a landmark in what was to be dubbed Krautrock ... read moreCD