The music of Matt Berry just keeps getting better and better – to a point where he's almost creating a parallel career to his work on screen – one that's equally great, but which is completely different overall! Berry brought out a wealth of vintage keyboards for the record – pulled from his huge collection – and he mixes those with subtle work on guitar, and guest drums and percussion – all in this swirling blend of sounds that really surpasses the instrumentation of any of his previous work! The set's much more instrumental than vocal – which is maybe part of the charm – and Berry's turned out to be a hell of a musician, as well as a great producer – as he manages to make the record resonate with just the right currents of contemporary psych, but without ever overindulging in that approach. At times, his command of a variety of instruments handled just by himself in the studio seems to rival the work of Sean O'Hagan – and titles include "I Cannot Speak", "Summer Sun", "Safer Passage", "Now Disappear", "Alone", "Blues Inside Me", "Like Stone", "Forget Me", and "Invisible". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest, most unusual albums ever from the great John Cale – a set that draws strongly on his roots in the New York underground of the mid 60s – including time spent with Tony Conrad and other experimentalists! The record is almost all instrumental – and has Cale mixing modes that include spare passages that are very evocative and contemplative, with fuller orchestral outbursts that are somewhere in the territory of his material with Terry Riley, but more freewheeling and less minimalist overall. Piano is the main instrument on many numbers, and Cale stuns us with his command of the keyboard – and the album features one striking vocal performance on the song "King Harry", alongside other titles that include "The Philosopher", "Brahms", "Legs Larry At Television Centre", "John Milton", and "Intro/Days Of Steam". LP, Vinyl record album
Green Day —
Nimrod ... LP Reprise/Rhino, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
Green Day as in command of killer hooks and stomping choruses as ever! Nimrod was bit underappreciated by longtime fans growing weary of Green Day's aging process towards the late 90s, but it's got a well earned and slowly built reputation as a fan favorite nowadays. With the formula of unapologetically appropriated craft well in place – proudly working in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school of pop punk – there's some pretty smart and honest vulnerability in the lyrics, with the fellas well aware that getting older doing what they do is a tricky thing to pull off. Given that they're as popular as ever deep in the next millennium, they clearly got it right! Includes "Nice Guys Finish Last", "Hitchin' A Ride", "Redundant", "All The Time", "Jinx", "Reject", "King For A Day", "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
A well-recorded set that shows Joe Jackson really grabbing command of his overall sound – initially issued as a 3-sided record to fit all the music in one package! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has a hype sticker, a promo stamp, and light wear.)
Makoto Kubota —
Machibouke ... LP Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
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A beautiful little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that shows the growing influence of the American singer/songwriter world, but at a point before things hit the more polished mode of the city pop generation! Makoto Kubota has this nicely dark style to his work – almost like the moodier moments of Paul Simon (and we mean that in sound, not in language – as our command of Japanese is terrible.) Most numbers have acoustic guitar as the core instrument, next to some nice dark-tinged lyrics – but almost always augmented with subtle arrangements that really expand on the mood of the songs. Makoto plays both standard acoustic guitar, and steel guitar – and there's nice use of electric piano and organ from time to time. Most titles are in Japanese, but English tunes include "Poor Boy" and "Make Love Co". LP, Vinyl record album
The first of just a few albums of sweet, early 70s pop and a little bit of blue eyed soul from Gayle McCormick – and obscure singer with a commanding voice and who probably could have ruled the 70s pop landscape with a twist of fate or two! Gayle shows some soul and has a little bit of Dusty Springfield in her voice, over some arrangements that grow just large enough – with heavy drums, horns, and organ at the core and some strings and female backing vocals in the more soaring moments. The best bits are pretty irresistible! Titles include "It's A Crying Shame", "C'est La Vie", groovy covers like "Superstar", "A Natural Woman" and "Rescue Me", plus "Save Me", "Gonna Be Alright" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Includes selections by Well Babys, The Peecocks, Smack Tan Blue, The Boatmen, The Ski-A-Delics, Siamese Triplets, The Polysocialites, Willie Loco Alexander, John Pearson, and The Four Commandments. LP, Vinyl record album