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Hurricane SmithDon't Let It Die – The Very Best Of Hurricane Smith ... CD
EMI/Cherry Red (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A great collection of work by one of the most unique voices in early 70s British pop – the enigmatic Norman "Hurricane" Smith, a strange singer whose work fits into a spectrum that lies somewhere between Georgie Fame, Gilbert O'Sullivan, and Ray Davies! Like all three of those artists, Hurricane's got an ear for days gone by – a slight touch of nostalgia that comes through in the subjects of his tunes and the instrumentation that accompanies his voice. And if we were to link his style with anyone, it would probably most directly be Gilbert O'Sullivan – who shares a similarly quirky style of songwriting and arranging, and who gave Smith a hit in the tune "Who Was It?". This set features 16 tracks from Smith's early 70s years on EMI – a well-selected batch of titles that include "Aunti Vi's", "Theme From An Unmade Silent Movie", "Wonderful Lily", "Cherry", "My Mother Was Her Name", "Many Happy Returns", "Back In The Country", "Who Was It", "Take Suki Home", "The Writer Sings His Songs", and "Oh Babe What Would You Say". (Vocalists, Rock) CD
 
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✨✧ Chicago Underground DuoIn Praise Of Shadows ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2006. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Another fine effort from the Chicago Underground Duo – multi-instrumentalists Chad Talyor and Rob Mazurek – and like the duo's earlier work on Thrill Jockey, it's a wonderful listen, that traipses through elements of Don Cherry-like jazz experimentation, and percussive, minimalist avant rock! The sound is uncategorizable in the best sense, and the duo has chops that devour most of their contempories. Another great one! Mazurek works on cornet, organ, celest, piano, harpsichord and more, and Taylor is drums, perussion, gongs vibe and more. Tracks include "In Praise Of Shadows", "Falling Awake", "The Glass House", "Cities Without Citadels", "Pangea", "Funeral Of Dreams" and "The Light Between". (Jazz, Rock) LP, Vinyl record album

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Nucleus & Ian CarrTorrid Zone – The Vertigo Recordings 1970 to 1975 (Elastic Rock/We'll Talk About It/Solar Plexus/Belladonna/Labyrinth/Roots/Under The Sun/Snakehips/Alley Cat) (6CD set) ... CD
Vertigo/Cherry Red (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 6CD ... $42.99
Seminal sounds from trumpeter Ian Carr and his Nucleus group of the early 70s – maybe one of the few jazz rock groups that was ever able to work with a fair bit of jazz in their sound! Unlike his contemporaries, who often started in rock first, then added some horns – Carr was already coming off an important 60s legacy, co-leading a group with tenorist Don Rendell – so the vibe here is like an extension of that very rhythmic, very tonal modern work – but with the addition of electrified instrumentation – thanks to the guitar work of Chris Spedding and keyboards of Karl Jenkins – who plays some fantastic electric lines throughout! The vibe is maybe a bit in the territory of early 70s electric work by Miles Davis and Donald Byrd (pre-Mizell for the latter) – but there's maybe a farther-reaching concept at play on many of the records, at a level that always helped the group cross over to the prog crowd, and move beyond just a straight jazz audience. Other key players include Brian Smith on tenor and soprano saxes – a really fantastic part of the lineup – plus Jeff Clyne on bass and John Marshall on drums – and as the albums move along a bit, the lineup shifts slightly, and also opens up to guests who include Kenny Wheeler and Harry Beckett on trumpets, Tony Levin on drums, and Norma Winstone on voice. And although some of the albums have been reissued before, this is the first set to really dive in completely – and bring together material from the Vertigo Records releases that include Elastic Rock, We'll Talk About It Later, Solar Plexus, Belladonna, Labyrinth, Roots, Under The Sun, Snakehips Etcetera, and Alley Cat. (Jazz, Rock) CD

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PrimitivesBloom – The Full Story 1985 to 1992 (Lazy Years/Lovely/Pure/Galore/bonus tracks/BBC Sessions) (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 5CD ... $32.99
The complete run of music by The Primitives – their early singles, ful albums, and lots of bonus material – plus BBC sessions too! CD1 features The Lazy Years – early work from The Primitives – a selection of tracks from early singles they recorded for the Lazy label, before moving onto even bigger fame at a major label! We've always liked this work by the group the best – as it's nice and raw, with a good mix of muddy production, guitar fuzz, and darkly echoey vocals – very much a product of the same Creation Records influences that gave the world Jesus & Mary Chain. Titles include "She Don't Need You", "Thru The Flowers", "Where The Wind Blows", "Stop Killing Me", "Buzz Buzz Buzz", "Everything's Shining Bright", "Shadow", "Across My Shoulder", and "She Don't Need You". CDs 2, 3, and 4 feature the full albums Lovely, Pure, and Galore – all with lots of bonus tracks – and CD5 features 26 more tracks from BBC sessions recorded during the early Lazy Years, 1986 and 1987. Box set features a massive 118 tracks in all, a few previously unreleased! CD

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ShoesElektrafied – The Elektra Years 1979 to 1982 (Present Tense/Tongue Twister/Boomerang/rarities) (4CD set) ... CD
Elektra/Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $29.99
Three classic albums from Shoes, plus bonus tracks, and a full CD worth of rare material too! First up is Present Tense – a power-pop classic from Shoes – their first full length for Elektra Records, and a set that stands with all the best end of 70s gems from either coast! The songs are impeccable, and the group do a fantastic job of blending sharper guitars with really great lyricism – a mode that maybe makes the Illinois group a strong precursor for territory that The Replacements wouldn't hit until many years later – and which makes just about every track on the album a precious nugget that just gets better and better with time! Titles include "Now & Then", "Every Girl", "I Don't Wanna Hear It", "Three Times", "In My Arms Again", and "Too Late". On Tongue Twister, Shoes continue the brilliance of their first album for Elektra – serving up the kind of music that was so well-done, so subtle, it was maybe missed by most of the world at the time – even though it's gone onto the status of classic, thanks to legions of fans and critics! Shoes have a way with a tune that's unlike anyone else – maybe that compressed charm of Big Star, but fused into the sharper modes of the power pop years – but without any of the too commercial modes of some of the bigger groups of the time. Instead, the whole thing feels like you've just stumbled upon a brilliant band, playing in a backroom bar – which, unfortunately, is how Shoes spent too much of their career. Titles include "Only In My Sleep", "She Satisfies", "Found A Girl", "Hate To Run", "When It Hits", "Yes Or No", "Your Imagination", and "Girls Of Today". On Boomerang, Shoes maybe look a bit too new wave on the cover, but still sound perfect within – very much in charge of that perfect yet understated approach to a tune that has gone on to make them legends in all the many years since this album was released! The group were never out to change the world, and maybe that held them back at the time – but they were also never trying for big chart success, or too-slick modes – and there's a wonderfully honest, down to earth approach to the songwriting and production that clearly sets the stage for all the bigger late 80s groups that would follow in their wake. Nearly every tune is a completely catchy mofo – and titles include "Curiosity", "In Her Shadow", "Double Talk", "The Summer Rain", "Under The Gun", "The Tube", and "What Love Means". 4CD set features a huge amount of bonus material – 8 track demo versions of all three albums, added to their discs – and a bonus CD of 18 more rare tracks – all in a box, with a big booklet of notes! CD

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VariousMiniatures 1 & 2 – A Sequence Of Tiny Masterpieces ... CD
Pipe/Cherry Red (UK), 1980. New Copy 2CDs ... $12.99
A great 2CD set – one that brings together two rare installments of this Miniatures series of music, collage, and sound art! First up is the 1979 edition – a really fantastic little record – and one that has a concept that's unlike anything else we can think of! Morgan Fisher presents 51 different "miniatures" – songs that are a minute or less, all stacked up to make a record that's somewhere between the DIY post-punk spirit of the Rough Trade years, and some of the more offbeat, avant work of the electronic/musique concrete generation! The mix of artists is fantastic, and the brevity of the songs means that if there's something you don't like, you'll quickly be in the company of the next song – and Fisher should not only be hailed for the way that he put the whole thing together, but also for the amazing selection of artists – a lineup that includes Kevin Coyne, David Bedford, Fred Frith, Robert Wyatt, John Otway, Quentin Crisp, Michael Nyman, Pete Seeger, David Cunningham, Ron Geesin, Robert Fripp, George Melly, Steve Miller, Lol Coxhill, Neil Innes, Maggie Nicols, Andy Partridge, Stinky Winkles, and many others! CD2 features the installment from the year 2000 – with 61 more pieces, done in a similar spirit, but with a shift in technology – in a lineup that includes contributions from Gavin Bryars, Jan Campion, Robert Fripp, Dissidenten, David Cunningham, Chris Butler, John Paul Jones, Ottmar Liebert, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Trans Global Underground, Jane Siberry, Terry Riley, Hermeto Pascoal, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and many others! CD

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VariousStrut My Stuff – Obscure Country & Hillbilly Boppers ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these artists are obscure, they're all pretty darn great – and are from a time when the music was really just still coming together – finding a very strong voice in a growing field of interest, but with a vibe that's very different than the more old-time sounds of just a few years before! "Hillbilly" is probably the operative world here – as the singles lean heavily on modes that were more popular before the bigger productions and presentations that ushered in mainstream country changes in the 60s – which means that there's plenty of twang on the guitar, lots of tight small combo instrumentation, and production styles that are more than raw enough for the mood of the tunes. We're huge fans of work from this period, but the collection was still filled with music we've never heard before – artists who don't even show up in the Bear Family or Hillbillies In Hell side of the spectrum – 32 rare gems from Ray Anderson, Tex Cherry, Leon Tassin, Cliff Shepherd, Bill White, Weldon Rogers, Slim Redman, Bobby Rutledge, Freddie Frank, Riley Crabtree, Penny West, Aubrey Bradford, Lou Millet, and many more. (Folk/Country, Rock) CD

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✨✧ VariousWarner Pop Rock Nuggets Volume 11 – Never Let Her Go ... CD
Warner (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This great Japanese series moves farther into the 70s than before – and brings together a great array of pop rock nuggets from the mighty Warner Brothers vaults! The music is partly soft rock of the post Sunshine years, but also shares other sweet 70s modes – maybe a pre-AOR sort of vibe, when tuneful songs could be well-produced, but still sound relatively personal presented here by artists with a surprising mix of original styles. There's a few giant hits here, but they're mixed with lots of overlooked 70s pop gems – in a lineup of 21 tracks that include "Let There Be Music" by Orleans, "Motorcycle Mama" by Sailcat, "Please Sent Me Someone To Love" by Paul Butterfield's Better Days, "We May Never Pass This Way Again" by Seals & Crofts, "One Woman Man" by The Ides Of March, "Tighter Tighter" by Alive & Kicking, "Popsicle Toes" by Michael Franks, "I Don't Wanna Go" by Bruce Roberts, "Love Is The Answer" by England Dan & John Ford Coley, "Never Let Her Go" by David Gates, "Cherry Pie" by The Hagers, and the surprising "Five Years On" by Laverne & Shirley. CD
 
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✨✧ David BowieI'm Only Dancing (Soul Tour 74) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Parlophone, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from David Bowie – a live set that features material from a 1974 tour – done at a time when Bowie was very much in love with the sound of Philly soul! The material is a great presentation of the same modes that David explored at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia on the Young Americans album – and the group on stage has a lot of similar elements – including backing vocals from Luther Vandross and Ava Cherry, and players who include Carlos Alomar on rhythm guitar, Earl Slick on lead guitar, and David Sanborn on alto sax. Some of the material is from the Young Americans album, and other tracks from earlier years are nicely reworked with a Philly soul groove – in an extended set list that includes "Love Me Do/The Jean Genie", "Can You Hear Me", "It's Gonna Be Me", "Panic In Detroit", "Somebody Up There Likes Me", "Rebel Rebel", "Sorrow", "Changes", "1984", "Knock On Wood", "Moonage Daydream", and a long medley of older soul tracks mixed with "Diamond Dogs". CD

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Captain SensibleWomen & Captains First (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Cherry Red (UK), 1982. Used ... $12.99
A strange move from The Damned by Captain Sensible – but a great one too, and a record that stands as a real under-appreciated treasure from the early 80s! Sensible's style here is anything but – a playful, whimsical version of (then) contemporary pop – presented with a lot more life and joy than most of his contemporaries! There's some of the humor you might hear from Ian Dury – and some of the catchy grooves as well – mixed with some of the darker tones from the Manchester/Sheffield scene, although only used lightly. Like some of the other great sets of this nature, the overall style's a bit hard to peg – certainly rock more than anything else, but with nods to a wide variety of other genres too – very postmodern in conception, and completely charming in execution. Titles include the hit single "Happy Talk", the classic "Wot", and the cuts "Yanks With Guns", "Brenda (parts 1 & 2)", "A Nice Cup Of Tea", "Martha The Mouth", "Croydon", and "Gimme A Uniform". CD features 6 bonus tracks – including "Joe Meek", "It", "I Can't Stand It", "Strawberry Dross (ext)", and "Jimi Hendrix's Strat". CD
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CreationPsychedelic Rose (180 gram red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Cherry Red/Demon (UK), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A later effort from The Creation – that fantastic UK mod psych group from the 60s who never full got their due – but whose influence was felt strongly for generations to come! This late 80s set is a great example of that – as group members Eddie Phillips and Kenny Pickett work on lean songs that really recall the charms of The Creation at their best – done for a whole new generation of listeners and labels inspired by their groundbreaking 60s material, at a level that reminds us that sometimes the originators do it best! Titles include a remake of "Making Time" – plus "Lay The Ghost", "Psychedelic Rose", "United", "Radio Beautiful", "Spirit Called Love", and "White Night". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ SecretsInfatuation – Singles & Demos 1966 to 1968 ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great early work from The Secrets – a UK group that features early contributions from later singer/songwriter Clifford T Ward – but in a style that's much more group-oriented overall! Ward's already a hell of a songwriter – and loads of the cuts here are under-discovered nuggets that sparkle at a level that only a rare few Brit records of this time can do – sweet, but never poppy – clever, but never too much so – and often with a heartfelt, emotional candor that we might link to the best by The Hollies and Zombies. And in fact, there's an instant charm here that definitely recalls Hollies at their best – a way of doing a heck of a lot with just a little, and really bringing forth special qualities in the tunes without resorting to overdone gimmicks or studio interference – although the production here is pretty darn groovy too. The collection features loads of singles from the group, plus rare demos and unreleased tracks – all with richly detailed notes in the best Cherry Red tradition. Titles include "Infatuation", "She's Dangerous", "Such a Pity", "I Suppose", "Sympathy", "I Think I Need The Cash", "The Gloria Bosom Show", "Looking Down The Glass", "The Same Applies To You", "Teacher", and "I Intend To Please". CD

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✨✧ VariousKraut – Teil 1 – Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A massive overview of the best years of Krautrock – that fresh wave of new music that emerged on the West German scene at the end of the 60s, and carried the nation forward strongly all through the 70s! The set definitely begins at the beginning – as early cuts almost echo some of the blues rock that was bubbling up in the UK and US, before quickly moving into some of the modes that are more familiarly associated with Krautrock – including inspirations from jazz and improvised music, avant electronics, and freewheeling instrumentation that had a huge impact on many artists for decades to come! This 2CD set is done in the best Bear Family tradition – with a huge booklet of notes and images – although we should also say that the notes are in German, but still have enough helpful bits that you'll be able to get the gist when needed. 22 tracks in all – and titles include "Redskin" by Jane, "Souls Married To The Wind" by Parzival, "Cappuccino" by Abacus, "A Young Man's Gash (part 2)" by Gash, "La Leyla" by Ramses, "Chub Chub Cherry" by Silberbart, "Ants" by Tomorrow's Gift, "Rock N Roll Preacher" by Atlantis, "Keep On Running" by Cravinkle, "Mesentery" by Ikarus, "Schones Babylon" by AR & Machines, and "Big City" by Thirsty Moon. CD
 
 
 



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