The final album from Lynyrd Skynyrd – with the background flames around the group on the cover – initially removed in the second pressing, after some of the group members died in a plane crash! Over the years, this image has oddly become more unusual than the first one – which ... read moreCD
A killer blend of southern soul and rockabilly grit from Lonnie Mack – his first album and a really incredible effort that fuses soul, country, and rock roots in a really brilliant way! Lonnie was later known as more of a country boy-electric bluesman, but the blues on this early LP feels ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label Fraternity pressing. Cover has some wear, with two stickers in the top right.)
A really wild little record – quite experimental, and maybe in a mode that's impossible to describe in words! The set's part of that great burst of creative Japanese music at the start of the 70s – but is even more revolutionary than most – as it seems to mix artful passages with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most revered indie albums of the modern era, and certainly one of those biggest – in terms of sheer size as well as acclaim – even though it was only ever a blip on the mainstream radar! Stephin Merritt's sprawling, quite literally titled 69 Love Songs kind of serves as an ... read moreCD
A record with a sexy cover and title – but one that's got a much deeper vibe overall – and a real step forward for Japanese singer Carmen Maki! The music has these full, rich arrangements – not pop orchestrations, but sort of a swirl of additional voices, strings, and ... read moreCD
Japanese singer Carmen Maki works here with Blues Creation – on a set that's headier and heavier than just about anything she ever recorded! The group themselves are amazing – searing with guitar work that rivals the best of the Anglo blues-inspired hard rock combos of the period ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real revelation from Man – and we don't just mean that because the group is standing naked on the cover! Instead, the whole thing is the kind of record that ought to get the UK group a lot more attention than they ever did over here in the US – real pioneers in the psych era – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on purple vinyl!)
Harvey Mandel —
Baby Batter ... LP Janus/Tiger Bay (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
A classic bit of funky guitar by Harvey Mandel – similar to some of Dennis Coffey's early work in that it's got full on guitar power, very much inspired by heavy rock, filtered through an approach that's also got plenty of funk in it! The killer track here is the classic "Baby ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Harvey Mandel —
Snake ... LP Janus/Tiger Bay (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Messed-up funky guitar from Harvey Mandel – a little bit blues, a little bit rock, but also pretty darn funky overall – and a set that's got all the freewheeling fuzz of his best work from the time! In a way, his records like this are even better than his first few, as he's getting a ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Manfred Mann —
Greatest ... LP Music For Pleasure (UK), Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
Lots of early classics – "Pretty Flamingo", "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "Oh No, Not My Baby", "Sha La La", "54321", and more! LP, Vinyl record album
A great step forward for Manfred Mann – a record that's deeper, stronger, and nastier than previous efforts – as evidenced by their wicked take on Burt Bacharach's "My Little Red Book"! What the cats do to that tune perfectly sums up their genius at this point – a sharp ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Maphis was definitely the king of the strings back in the day – a guitarist who was so tight, he had to play a double-necked electric just to give his fingers enough to do – something that wouldn't come into vogue much later, until the 70s arena rock guitarists started to showcase ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreCD
Utakata No Hibi ... LP Better Days/Everland (Austria), 1983. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
A wonderfully groovy set from the early 80s Japanese scene – a record that's maybe got a lot more cultural strands criss-crossing than some of its contemporaries! The cover looks a bit psychedelic, and the sound is maybe a bit too – but with the sorts of early 80s keyboards and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really beautiful music from the great John Martyn – a set from that very special time when he was moving past his straighter folk roots, and setting himself apart from so many of his contemporaries. There's a warmth and jazzy phrasing here that's wonderful, and the special blend of styles is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later UK pressing – non-gatefold. Cover has an Ariola import sticker.)
A split album – one side live, one in the studio – one that features guest work from Graham Nash, Spencer Davis, and Rita Coolidge – on titles that include "Pearly Queen", "Just A Song", "To Be Free", "Headkeeper", "World IN ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole at the side. Cover has a cut corner.)
Czech rock from the end of the 60s – played by a groovy group with strong beat-heavy tendencies! Although they hail from behind the iron curtain, The Matadors sing in English – working with instrumentation that's heavy on the Hammond, and clearly influenced by mod work from the UK a ... read moreCD
A really nice set from Ian Matthews – who cut his teeth a few years earlier with Fairport Convention – and gets a little help here from fellow Fairporters Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson. Ian's warmth in the vocal department really glows here – and the sound overall brings in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK swirl label pressing in the textured cover, including the label sleeve.)
One of the 2 terrific records ex-Fairport Convention singer-songwriter Ian Matthews cut for the Vertigo label in the early 70s – built around Matthews wonderful vocals and acoustic guitars, but with a tighter rhythmic backdrop the the typical post folk trope! The key here is warmth – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maximum Joy —
Station MXJY ... LP Antarctica Starts Here, 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
The only full album ever issued by Maximum Joy – a highly rhythmic group whose singles were one of the real bright spots of the post-punk years! At some level these guys move through some of the darker territory of The Pop Group, but with more of the groove of The Slits or ESG – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of early classics – including "Walking On Sunset", "Sitting In The Rain", "2401", "Bare Wires", "The Bear", "Crocodile Walk", "Looking Back", "So Many Roads", and "A Hard Road". LP, Vinyl record album
British blues meets LA's Laurel Canyon – a trans-Atlantic (or is it Pacific?) blend that makes for one of John Mayall's most compelling albums of the 60s! The album was recorded after the breakup of the Blues Breakers group – but it still features strong support from Mick Taylor on ... read moreCD
Bill Cosby introduces this hip little live set from the John Mayall group – which is fitting, as there's definitely a bit of an LA groove on the set! Mayall's still in very bluesy territory, but he also gets some great soul jazz support too – from players who include Charles Owens on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a rip on the top left corner, light surface wear, and a cut corner.)
Bill Cosby introduces this hip little live set from the John Mayall group – which is fitting, as there's definitely a bit of an LA groove on the set! Mayall's still in very bluesy territory, but he also gets some great soul jazz support too – from players who include Charles Owens on ... read moreCD
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as the set is definitely a turning point in the career of John Mayall, and the debut of brand new lineup that helped move his music past a the straighter sound of American blues! There's still plenty of blues at the core – and great ... read moreCD
A well-collected batch of tracks from the mighty MC5 – easily the second heaviest sound to come out of the 60s Detroit rock scene after The Stooges! The package offers up the classic uncensored version of "Kick Out The Jams" – the controversial cut whose story is almost more ... read moreCD
Recorded live at My Fair Lady Detroit, 1971 – with titles that include "Back In the USA", "Rock & Roll Pips", "19th Nervous Breakdown", "Unknowed Rock", "Looking At You", "Motor City Is Burning", and "Kick Out The Jams". CD
(Out of print, limited numbered edition of 1000 copies.)
Do It ... LP Revenge (France), 1971. Sealed ...
Recorded live at My Fair Lady Detroit, 1971 – with titles that include "Back In the USA", "Rock & Roll Pips", "19th Nervous Breakdown", "Unknowed Rock", "Looking At You", "Motor City Is Burning", and "Kick Out The Jams". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most brilliant moments of genius from Paul McCartney & Wings – and a set that has Paul working with the group in perfect album formation – able to craft enough songs that became hit singles, yet also fit the whole thing together in a superb sonic reality that made the ... read moreCD
An unusual one from Country Joe, without The Fish – recorded at Bradley's Barn, with help from some great Nashville session players, and a vibe that's a lot more country than usual! Joe takes on some country classics – with titles that include "Oklahoma Hills", "Tennessee ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A moody little soundtrack – but one that stands strongly on its own as a record – thanks to inventive weaving of vocals, tapes, and electronics from Shawn Pinchbeck and Rose McDowell! Rose has a voice that might be light and airy in another setting, but which is layered here in gentle ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from the great Ellen McIllwaine! Ellen's certainly not a soul artist – but she's got a particularly soulful approach to folk rock – one that's made her a favorite of groovers worldwide in the past few decades, thanks to a big push from Gilles Peterson, and the club scene ... (Soul, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has light wear and a bumped corner.)
A really unusual set from the mid 70s underground – recorded by an obscure group in a tiny studio, but with a care and class that easily matches bigger records from the time! The guitar work is excellent – as tight as any heard on 70s AOR albums of the period, but much more relaxed, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the first-ever look at Scotty McKay – and definitely the first to give this rare rocker his full due – thanks to the beautiful Bear Family presentation, which includes copious notes, great sound, and a number of rare tracks that were unissued at the time! We'd put Scotty right up ... read moreCD
Steven Dayvid McKellar —
Ethio ... LP Sonic Ritual, 2020. Sealed ...
A really great debut from Scott McKenzie – formerly of the pop-folk combo The Journeymen, stepping out here with some great production from John Phillips and Lou Adler – in a mode that mixes bits of jazz in with the folk, in a gentle, sad-tinged style that reminds us a bit of Tim Hardin! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album