Fantastic stuff – and still sounding pretty fresh today! This is the first e.p. of tracks from Art of Noise, a groundbreaking set of sound collage tracks that mixes samples, beats, and dada instrumentation into a groove that definitely set the tone for the next 10 years. The record includes ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
UK West Indian ex-pats in vaguely sci-fi looking outfits team up with Martin Hannett for a blistering set of post punk guitar slashing that sadly seems to have become mostly a side bar in the history of the 80s UK scene – although sometime singer Don Letts did start Big Audio Dynamite later. ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some aging, a few bent corners and a cut corner.)
(UK pressing on London. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)
Ken Boothe —
Live Good ... LP Island/United Artists, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
With the rawer vocal approach of the roots movement, it's easy to forget that loads of Jamaica's finest singers were heavily influenced by American soul. Ken Boothe never let go of the smooth, soulful sound he established early on at Studio One. This album's part of United Artist's great "Ant ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark record – even if nobody thought so at the time! The Buggles were the first group of Trevor Horn – soon to be more famous through his work with Yes, Art Of Noise, and the ZTT label – and the group's lasting legacy will forever be the tinny pop number "Video Killed ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and some small smudges.)
The vital follow up to the crucial Marcus Garvey set, and the second collaboration between Burning Spear and producer Jack Ruby. While the earlier Studio One sides are truly great, the work of the group (still a harmony vocal trio) at this point took the next step to classic status – with ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has light wear and a sticker on the bottom right corner.)
Dazzling work from John Cale – exactly the kind of record that shows why his solo years were so great! The record's got this unusual vibe – on one hand, it's put together like a more conventional rock set of the time – but on the other, it's got strange dark currents that run ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that's not only a landmark in Jamaican music – but also a set that was to reggae what Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was to 70s soul! In other words, the set not only raised the bar for all the competition, it also ended up in a lot more record collections than most of them too – ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mango/Island pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam and some light wear.)
Betty Davis —
Nasty Gal ... LP Island, 1975. Very Good+ ...
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The biggest-label release ever cut by 70s funk legend Betty Davis – but a set that's every bit as hard and heavy as the indie dates that preceded it! Davis is at the top of her form here – bad-stepping amidst the heavy drums and freaked-out guitars that easily made her one of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the highest points in the solo career of Sandy Denny – a set that has her working with a hip array of British musical contemporaries, but also getting some sublime larger orchestrations from Harry Robinson and Bob Leaper too! The mix of folksy elements and higher ideals is wonderful ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US black label pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
Will Downing sounds wonderful here on this late 80s set – standing out instantly from most of his contemporaries, with a deep-toned, classic vocal approach that's simply tremendous! Even though some of the backings smack of 80s mainstream production, there's a depth here that goes beyond ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best ever albums from maestro Will Downing – a smooth rolling, impeccably arranged gem of an album from the early 90s – with a timeless sound that's as fresh and breezy as ever! The production is immaculate, without losing any of the warmth and emotion – a clean ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Nick Drake —
Pink Moon ... LP Island, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
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A beautiful treasure from the legendary Nick Drake – the last album he ever recorded – and a set that may well be his most personal as well! The sound here is even more stripped-down than before – often just vocals and acoustic guitar, but used together in ways that are really ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that blew the world away when it was first released – and still continues to delight all these many years later! Brian Eno had first rose to fame in Roxy Music – where his sonic sensibilities and ear for electronic experimentation really added a lot to their initial albums ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US black label pressing, with Artisan etch. Cover has an unglued top seam, some staining, and light surface wear.)
Live material from Fairport Convention – recorded in London and Sydney, and marking the return of Sandy Denny to the group! Denny's sweeter vocals help the group shake off some of the darker moods of the few previous records – and although there's a bit of the power of early albums ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pink rim UK pressing, with heavy inner sleeve! Bottom cover seam is unglued, but this is a great copy overall.)
Arguably one of the greatest concept albums of the 80s – and the only really strong full length album cut by Frankie Goes To Hollywood! At the time of the set, the group was riding high on the success and controversy of their singles "Relax" and "Two Tribes" – but ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has some wear and staining in the bottom right.)
(Blue label pressing. Cover has unglued seams, a torn portion at the opening, and some creases in the front panel.)
Gibson Brothers —
Cuba ... LP Island, 1978. Near Mint- ...
One of Island's ventures into the disco realm, where they took one of their Carribbean acts and married them to modern disco-fied production. The combination's a winner here, and leans much more heavily on the disco side, with some occasional salsa sounding elements peeking through the slick ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mini-LP, but one that packs more punch than most full length sets – thanks to a top-shelf lineup all the way through! The set's a project put together by Sly & Robbie, and recorded at Compass Point Studios – all with a groove that's kind of a dubbier take on the sound of New York ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Grace Jones' best albums – recorded at a point when she was really beginning to stretch the boundaries of club music, crossing over with the early 80s post-punk/post-disco crowd through a melange of sounds that was all her own. The oveblown diva mode of her disco years is gone by this ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever from Grace Jones – a record that has her shedding some of the disco excesses of earlier years, and moving into a great blend of sounds that really showcases the energy of the New York scene from which she sprang! The album was recorded in Nassau, with help ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent Back To Black remaster, still in the shrink.)
One of those great cross-cultural moments on early Island Records – Remi Kabaka on lead vocals, piano, drums, moog drum, and percussion; Abdul Lasisi Amao on saxes, flute, and percussion; and Steve Winwood on keyboards, guitar, percussion, moog, and backup vocals! (Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape holding the top seam and marker through the barcode.)
Bob Marley —
Exodus ... LP Island, 1977. Very Good ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the best place to start if you're looking to dive into the short but incredible legacy of music left behind by Bob Marley – as the album marked a real global turning point for the singer, and includes a number of tracks that are still his standout classics after all these years! The ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with Sterling stamp. Includes inner sleeve.)
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Burnin' ... LP Island, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
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Quite possibly THE Bob Marley album – or at least the record that really exploded the man from the Jamaican scene into huge global fame – thanks to a universally soulful sound that moved the record way past the barriers that were holding the rest of Kingston sounds back from the ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first Bob Marley album on Island Records – and the start of a really legendary run that would not only transform reggae in the 70s, but the rest of popular music as well! Chris Blackwell's partially at the helm on production, but the album was mostly recorded in classic Kingston studios ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pink rim pressing, with intact hinge grommet! Cover has a cutout hole, light surface wear, and a lightly bent corner.)
Funky b-boy classic! Sure, Malcolm was a blood-sucking vampire who was hungry enough to exploit any trend he could get his hands on – but in this case, he did all right, and came up with an album that stands the test of time in the breakdance crates. Includes the classics "Buffalo ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, hype sticker, and tracklist sticker.)
End ... LP Island, 1974. Near Mint- ...
One of Nico's darkest albums – and the kind of record we always suggest to those who doubt her genius! The incredibly spare set has Nico playing harmonium, which makes for a spooky off-kilter sound that really gives the record a somber approach – especially as the instrument sounds a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the biggest moments of the New York club scene of the early 80s! The Peech Boys cut their teeth at the Paradise Garage during the classic Larry Levan years – and this album has them working with Levan to forge a record of crossover club grooves filled with linn drum beats and DMX ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The incredible second album from Roxy Music – picking up right where the self titled album left off – ratcheting up the excitement even more thanks to Ferry's extra dramatic songs, Eno's unpredictable synthesizer and tape manipulations, and a driving approach to the performances by the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Atco pressing in a non-gatefold cover. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)
A real turning point for Sparks – a set that has the duo of Russell and Ron Mael finding a whole new focus for their music on the UK scene! The style is a bit glammy at times – not in the execution, so much as the production – which has a great way of compressing the vocals up ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear, a half unglued bottom seam and a small sticker spot.)
One of the most beautifully melodic albums ever from British reedman John Surman – a session that's almost cut in the same mode as Lol Coxhill's early 70s sides for Virgin, with Surman soloing strongly in the lead on a variety of saxes, while sparer sounds and notes echo out in the background! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Vinyl has small press flaw bumps that play with noise on the first track on each side, rest is in great shape.)
It may be pop reggae or whatever you want to call it – but the strength of the group's version of "Now That We Found Love" really pushed them over the top! That track's the real winner here – a smooth modern soul number with just a slight hint of Kingston, grooving away in a ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Glad", "Freedom Rider", "Tragic Magic", "Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factor", "Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys", and "Light Up Or Leave Me Alone". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)
Traffic, John Martyn, Bob Marley, & Others —
Island People ... LP Island, 1973. Near Mint- ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool promo-only album – one designed to introduce American audiences to the groundbreaking musical styles of Island Records, on the occasion of Island's working with Capitol in the US for distribution! The set features classic Island work from Bob Marley & The Wailers, John Martyn ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some light wear and light aging, but this is a nice copy overall.)