A Certain Ratio —
To Each ... LP Factory, Early 80s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The first full album recorded by A Certain Ratio – and a mad mix of styles that's immediately compelling! The group are a key link here in so many traditions – British punk, 70s funk, dub, and late prog – all coming together under the godlike production talents of Martin Hannett ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Factory UK pressing, with Strawberry etch and run-out message.)
One of great rock albums on the early 90s – bringing raw, complicated carnality to the angsty rock scene of the time, and a record that pretty much cemented the band's repututation! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small bend on one corner.)
Atmospheric electronic pop from Air – one that really steps up the spacier avant pop touches, after some of more ethereal, almost symphonic touches on both their proper albums and soundtrack work in the preceding few years. Lots of trippy electronic touches on this one, but still with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US Astralwerks pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
The Allman Brothers at their best – and a key 70s set that may well have the group working at their peak! All their best southern roots are firmly tied together here – not just the country-touched approach to rock that was the group's calling card, but also their ties to some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Epic, polyrhythmic instrumentals from Alto! – ambitious, hypnotic and danceable stuff, going way beyond what you might expect from Portland-based experimental/instrumental rock trio! They carry a world of influences, from West African and Ethiopian sources as much a European and American ones ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alva Noto —
Xerrox Vol 2 ... LP Raster Noton (Germany), 2009. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Warm wonderful work from America – keenly collaborating here with producer George Martin, who helps them take their already-great sound into a whole new dimension! Martin's got a wonderfully smooth touch on his studio work here – cool, compressed, and just right for the group's harmony ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful record from a really wonderful time when it seemed like boundaries were really breaking down – not just between musical genres, but between different sides of the art spectrum as well! The record is partly experimental art, but has a crossover appeal to post-punk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure burning soul from The Animals – a nicely stripped-down set that revels in older R&B styles – cooked up with a version of the group that features Dave Rowberry on Hammond and lots of screaming vocals from Eric B! The original Animals vibe is opened up a bit more with some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has some oxidation and plays with surface noise. Cover has a cutout hole and some splitting on the bottom seam.)
Aorta ... LP Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A lost heavy rock classic from the Dunwich Production team – recorded in Michigan, but with extra orchestral backing in Chicago – for an approach that gives the record a slightly pop quality that tempers the harder rock sound nicely. The songs are actually pretty catchy, in a post-Summe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of early solo albums from Kevin Ayers – back to back in a single set! First up is Joy Of A Toy – a wonderful departure for Kevin Ayers – an album that's a lot lighter and more whimsical than his original fame with Soft Machine! The tunes are extremely playful, and often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, John Cale, Nico & others —
June 1, 1974 ... LP Island, 1974. Very Good+ ...
A British art rock jam session, more or less, pulled together by Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers, who recruited Eno, John Cale and Nico, former bandmate Robert Wyatt, the enigmatic Rabbit (John Bundrick) on keyboards – more well known for his work with the Who – plus Mike Oldfield on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first full length from Bachelorette – delivering on the promising End Of Things EP with the excellent Isolation Loops LP! Everything is fleshed out just a bit more, taking vintage electronic instrumentation into the realm if intimate folk music and sweeter pop. The acoustic guitar and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best blues-based combos from Blue Horizon – a group with Rod Piazza on vocals and harmonica, Buddy Barnowl Reed and Gregg Schaefer on guitars, JD Nicholson on piano and vocals, Jerry Smith on bass, and Dick Innes on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Badfinger's early 70s win streak continues on Straight Up – a straight up classic set of tuneful 70s rock with big emotions and catchy songs – one that keeps just enough grit underneath those killer melodies! Titles include "Take It All", "Bably Blue", "Name Of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ginger continues his further exploration into soul, funk, and African rhythms – working here in a mode that takes a Brit jazz rock groove and expands it with a growing interest in the Afro Funk and South African jazz influences that were floating around the London scene at the time. Tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A truly underappreciated later album from The Band, made after they decided to hang it up as a touring act – one that holds up SO much better than it's given credit for, by thier die hard fans and even The Band itself – but it works for us! The Band's most legendary first couple of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bobby Bare takes on the music of Shel Silverstein – with amazing results! Bare's at the top of his game here – getting a free hand to produce himself in the studio, and really open up on some of the more unusual Silverstein tunes of the time. LP, Vinyl record album
UK West Indian ex-pats in vaguely sci-fi looking outfits team up with Martin Hannett for a blistering set of post punk guitar slashing that sadly seems to have become mostly a side bar in the history of the 80s UK scene. None of the dubby effects of their singles and little of the reggae influence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, including the poster and printed inner sleeve, in the embossed cover!)
Bat For Lashes —
Bride ... LP Parlophone (UK), 2016. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ...
Presented by the Youngbloods, and issued on the small Raccoon offshoot of Warner brothers! Steve Swallow plays bass on side two, and msot of the instrumentation is pretty stripped down. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)