Blondie had a lot to live up to after Parallel Lines, but they pulled it off here – Eat To The Beat is another classic! Downtown cool, a strong sense of pop history and tight production by Mike Chapman make for a really distinct sound on this one. Standouts include the excellent opener "Dreaming" (one of the finest Harry/Stein songs ever, if you ask us), the punky title track, "Union City Blue" and "Accidents Never Happen", and while Blondie albums are by nature hit-and-miss given the fearless mish-mash of styles they always brought in, the whole thing is pretty great! Other tracks include "Shayla", "Die Young Stay Pretty" and "Living In The Real World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Arrangements and songs by Roy Harper – with production help from John Leckie – on titles that include "Naked Flame", "Cherishing The Lonesome", "These Last Days", "Watford Gap", and the side-long "One Of Those Days In England (parts 2 to 10)". LP, Vinyl record album
An early gem from Jethro Tull – and a set that has the group really reaching forth with some of their more complicated, jazz-based musical impulses – while still holding onto some of the rawer power of the early days too! The album's lesser-known than some of the group's earlier hits – which may well make it even fresher all these many years later – a really stunning set of sounds that showcases the newly lyrical sensibility of Ian Anderson – both vocally and on flute – as well as the searing guitar of Martin Barre, which was really becoming a core element of the group at this point. Titles include "For Michael Collins Jefferey & Me", "Inside", "Play In Time", "Sossity You're A Woman", "With You There To Help Me", and "Nothing To Say". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label stereo Reprise pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear.)
Titles include "Minstrel & The Gallery", "Warchild", "Passion Play (edit 9)", "Glory Row", "To Cry You A Song", "Thick As A Brick (edit 4)", "A New Yesterday", "Cross Eyed Mary", and the great "Bouree". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later blue label pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)
Jethro Tull —
This Was ... LP Reprise/Chrysalis, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ...
Funky bluesy flutey magic from The Tull – includes a wonderful version of Roland Kirk's "Serenade To A Cuckoo" – plus "My Sunday Feeling", "Dharma For One", "It's Breaking Me Up", and "Song For Jeffrey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & tan steamboat label pressing. Cover has a split top seam and surface & edge wear.)
A mixture of fusion and soul – with some hard-jamming tracks that bring sometimes brings more of a focus on the groove than the vocals – and other cuts that steer it into a solid pop soul approach! There's a warmth and depth to the production and the songwriting that's a pretty big step away from some of the more synthy sounding soul efforts of the era – definitely giving this album a lift – and Paul Jackson Jr plays a bit of guest guitar with the group – and Ollie E Brown drums a bit and produces a few of the tracks. Titles include "Together We Can Shine", "Intuition", "You're Lying", "Throw Away The Key", "There's Love", "Rise & Shine", and "Count On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Cover has a cut corner and hype sticker.)
The never-issued full length album from Philly funk combo Nat Turner Rebellion – a group led by Joseph Jefferson, who'd later write great songs for others – but who here is standing strong at the head of a very righteous group! Nat Turner Rebellion issued a few singles on the Philly Groove label, but never got the chance to give the world it's full length message – and this set was rescued from lost tapes at the Sigma Sound Studios by some students at Drexel University – a great lost legacy in sound, with a funky power and positive message that's maybe more important now than ever before! These guys often have the sock-soul punch of Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul – and titles include "Tribute To A Slave", "Love Peace & Understanding, "Fruit Of The Land", "Plastic People", "Getting Higher Together", and "Laugh To Keep From Crying". LP, Vinyl record album
An early 80s gem from Rico – one of a few records he did for the 2 Tone label, but in a voice that's every bit as strong as his work in the 70s! 2 Tone was mostly known for its crossover ska releases – albums by The Selecter or Specials – but the label let Rico keep on moving in that instrumental groove from his Jamaican roots – recording with top-shelf players who include Ansell Collins on organ and Chinna Smith on guitar – but also getting a bit of 2 Tone help from Dick Cuthell on flugelhorn and Jerry Dammers on piano and organ. The tunes all have a great laidback vibe – more in a rocksteady instrumental mode than an upbeat ska one – and Titles include "Do The Reload", "Easter Island", "Some Day", "Love and Justice", "Java", "Destroy Them", and "Distant Drums". LP, Vinyl record album
Not quite as solid as their two tone classic Too Much Pressure, but more than satisfying first wave ska revival that still holds up after all these years! Includes "Bombscare", "Celebrate The Bullet", "Selling Out Your Future", "Red Reflections", "(Who Likes) Facing Situations", "Tell Me What's Wrong", "Washed Up And Left For Dead", "Cool Blue Lady" and "Bristol & Miami". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest groups of the legendary 2 Tone records scene at the start of the 80s – and a group that's maybe got an even harder edge than their more familiar labelmates, The Specials! The groove here is revival ska, but with a lean, jagged quality that's very different than so many of the softer groups that sprang up in later years – definitely tied more to the sound of the late 70s punk years, overall – thanks in part to the urgency of the lead vocals of Pauline Black, who really seems to dominate the lyrics over the group's other singer, Arthur Hendrickson. Instrumentation is nice and spare – which keeps the sound sharp – and titles include "Missing Words", "My Collie (Not A Dog)", "Three Minute Hero", "Too Much Pressure", "Murder", "Out On The Streets" and "James Bond". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has ring and edge wear.)
Possible matches: 2
New Mastersounds —
Plug & Play ... LP One Note/King Underground, 2008. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
No plug and play here – at least in the "easy as easy can be" way – as The New Mastersounds do everything from the ground up, all with a gritty groove that's been forged over years of hard funky work! This album has the UK combo at the top of their game – working with even harder drums than we remember from previous efforts, and getting some nicely rough production in the studio – almost more on the American deep funk tip than the Mastersounds have had in the past – at a level that really brings out the most soulful elements of their sound. Speaking of soul, vocalist Dionne Charles sings on 4 of the album's tracks – adding a great edge to the tunes with her hard-stepping lyrics on top of the core combo's Hammond, guitar, bass, and drums. Troy Howe sings on one track too – and titles include "Thermal Bad", "I Mean It So", "Hole In The Bag", "Kuna Matata", "Idris", "Chrysalis", "King Comforter", and "Beyond The Bleak Horizons". LP, Vinyl record album