Animals ... LP Columbia, 1977. Used Gatefold ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Floyd albums ever – a lot more subtle than The Wall, but with a focus missing from Wish You Were Here, too! Titles include "Dogs", "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", "Sheep", and "Pigs On The Wing". LP, Vinyl record album
Nine CD box set includes seven classic digitally remastered Floyd albums Relics, A Saucerful of Secrets, Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall in its entirety (on 2CDs) and A Momentary Lapse of Reason. Also includes a ten track bonus disc featuring both sides of five early singles, a hard cover book, postcards, and external CD holder. CD
(Out of print, tiny crease on edge of case but in fantastic overall shape.)
Wall ... CD Columbia, 1979. Used 2CDs ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features two CDs with the 2011 remaster of the album, plus two CDs with the 1981 live recording, plus two CDs' of material with rare studio progress on the album! Also features a DVD of visual material – including a promo video and a documentary. Comes with marbles, a tour ticket, collectors cards, an art print, a photo book, and lots more! CD
Torun Eriksen —
Visits ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ...
A beautiful record from singer Torun Eriksen – one based around a selection of older songs that are some of her favorites, but which are done with the slight mix of electricity we love in her other work! The core of the album features Torun's lovely vocals with lots of great keyboard work from David Wallumrod – who plays Fender Rhodes, Prophet 5, and other keys with a spacious style that mostly lets Eriksen's vocals take the lead, while a bit of bass and percussion fill in the rhythms. Many of these tunes really transform in the process, without any sense of gimmick at all – and tracks include versions of Prince's "Sign O The Times", Randy Newman's "Feels Like Home", Jimmy Webb's "Witchita Lineman", PinkFloyd's "Wish You Were Here", and Coldplay's "Fix You". CD
If the cover here reminds you a lot of the cover of the first album by King Crimson, that's no mistake – as the mighty Morgaua Quartet serve up their own versions of tracks from that record, alongside unique instrumental versions of songs by Genesis and PinkFloyd too! As with the group's excellent Atom Heart Mother Is On The Edge record, the style here is hardly the usual "string quartet meets rock" approach – and instead, these guys really dismantle the songs and find a way to build them up again with just the four familiar instruments of a string quartet – in a manner that's surprisingly faithful to both the vocal and instrumental structure of the originals, but without ever forcing things in a gimmicky way. In addition to their own takes on "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "In The Court Of The Crimson King", the group also perform "Starless", "Money", "Set The Control For The Heart Of The Sun", "Dancing With The Moonlight Knight", "Master Of Puppets", and "And You & I/Cord Of Life Eclipse". CD
Surprisingly great string quartet versions of songs by King Crimson, Genesis, PinkFloyd, and Yes – played by a group who really get at the spirit of the original versions, while still trying to something very new! We'll be the first to admit that we're usually not the biggest fans of "classic rock meets classical" experiments – nor are we fans of string quartet "tribute" records – but the Morgaua Quartet is something else entirely – four string players who really seem to understand these songs from a drawn-out, progressive melodic perspective – and craft their strings in ways that echo both the vocal passages and instrumental solos, as if they've fully digested the songs all their lives – then let them live freely through their instruments. All tracks are quite long, and really open up with a sound that we didn't expect – and titles include "Red", "Atom Heart Mother", "Peace/Fallen Angel/Epitaph", "Cinema Show/Aisle Of Plenty", "Close To The Edge", and "Triloy". CD
This issue's definitely uncut – as Tom Waits serves up the secrets of some of his most important albums – just for the readers of the magazine! The issue's also got a look at PinkFloyd on holiday, a Tom Petty reunion, and interviews with Teenage Fanclub, Aaron Neville, and Bat For Lashes – plus a big article on the effects of Brexit on music in Europe – plus other features on Arab Strap, Stone Roses, Kendrick Lamarr, Scotty Moore, Anna Meredith, and Animal Collective. The issue also features 40 big pages of reviews – plus a bonus CD of the month's best new music! Magazine
Raw sounds from the US underground, circa 1968 – by a group who clearly grew in the garage, but sprung forth with a whole range of new ideas too! Sometimes the Bachs can have this bite that's almost pre-punk, but other moments have this warmly harmonic feel that's quite a surprise – still delivered with a nice edge, given the indie production of the set – which definitely lives up to the spirit of the album's original print run of only 150 copies! All songs are originals, and surprisingly well-written at times – with these dark lyrical turns that are a great foil for the twin lead vocals – almost with the moody feel of Syd Barrett on the shorter, spookier early PinkFloyd tunes, but a lot rougher. Titles include Free Fall", "Answer To Yesterday", "Minister To A Mind Diseased", "Show Me That You Want To Go Home", "I'm A Little Boy", and "Tables Of Grass Fields". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl pressing – with bonus insert of notes!)
Important work from Robert Fripp and the brothers Peter & Michael Giles – recorded a year before the first King Crimson album with a mad sound that's somewhere in between Bowie's early Deram recordings, and some of the Syd Barrett work with PinkFloyd! Although Fripp's guitar figures nicely in the sound of the group, the overall style is much more whimsical and heavily arranged than any of his later work – done with a playful blend of strings and piano, and also some surprising jazz undercurrents from time to time. There's none of the overblown modes of the early King Crimson sound – and if anything, the record's a charmingly understated set that's ripe for rediscovery by ears trained on newly revived strands of 60s music! Titles include "The Sun Is Shining", "One In A Million", "Saga Of Rodney Toady", "North Meadow", "Call Tomorrow", "Digging My Lawn", "Erudite Eyes", and "The Crukster". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s UK pressing, SPA 423, with light blue labels. Cover has a partially unglued bottom seam.)
Jester ... CD Harvest/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
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A hell of a record from this lesser-known Belgian combo – one who work at a level that sounds much more like 1972 than the 1977 date of the record – a wickedly tight approach to prog that's perfectly at home on the Harvest label! The set begins with a masterpiece of heavy drums, long-woven guitar solos, and these fierce vocals that have a very spooky quality – and the production is impeccable, almost PinkFloyd-like Harvest style – with a beautiful blend of compression and outward flow that makes the already-great instrumentation sound even better! And sure, in 1977 the rest of the world was turning towards punk, and might have laughed at the sound of this set – but these guys are so unabashed in their approach, we can only salute them – and be very happy that we discovered this record so many decades later. Titles include "In The Reign Of Queen Pollution", "Mr Street Fair", "Jester", "Sparkling Jaw", and "Wisdom". CD