A pivotal album for post-punk legends A Certain Ratio – done at a time when the group was really putting a lot of funk and soul into their style – learning to play their instruments a bit more like the soul artists who inspired them, and acting less like the punk musicians they first ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition yellow vinyl pressing – with download!)
A Certain Ratio —
Sextet ... CD Factory/Mute, 1982. New Copy ...
Quite possibly the funkiest album ever by the groundbreaking British group A Certain Ratio – filled with lots of heavy post-disco bass and percussion, all rattling away with the energy of some of the best work on Ze Records a the time! The group's dark moody feel is still largely in place, ... read moreCD
Quite possibly the funkiest album ever by the groundbreaking British group A Certain Ratio – filled with lots of heavy post-disco bass and percussion, all rattling away with the energy of some of the best work on Ze Records a the time! The group's dark moody feel is still largely in place, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition orange vinyl pressing – with download!)
A further refinement of the cinematic sounds of Barry Adamson – a set that moves past his earlier filmic modes, and brings in some elements of the 90s British scene as well! By the time of this album, Adamson had influenced so many others with his return to organic modes and classic styles ... read moreCD
The swaggering, hard grooving and hard rocking debut of Aerosmith! While "Dream On" gets as much or more rock radio play than any song should ever need, it's actually pretty easy to overlook just how good the rest of the record is. They may borrow the bluesy swagger of the Stones and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing in the larger group photo cover. Cover has light wear.)
The classic debut of Air – one of the fresher avant pop albums of the late 90s to say the least, and one of the best since then, too! Perhaps the greatest achievement here is how they deftly layer such broad influences of the preceding few decades – from soaring string film schools, to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(10th Anniversary glow in the dark vinyl pressing – limited to indie stores!)
One of our favorite mixing of modes from the old school – a tremendous second album from the legendary Aksak Maboul! The record mixes arty playfulness with some rootsier elements – bits of Eastern instrumentation, jazz, improvisation, and even some post-punk elements – all in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Brazilian instrumental rock combo from the 60s, and one who are equally heavy on horns as they are on guitars – all of which makes for a mighty cool sound overall! The group's a biggish one – with tenor sax, trumpet, and baritone stepping out next to driving drums, bass, and electric ... (Brazil, Rock)read moreCD
A string of obscure work from Polish singer/songwriter Marek Alaszewski – best known for his contributions to the legendary hard rock group Klan – but heard here in a variety of different settings! Some of the music here feels like Klan, but other tracks are maybe more personal too ... read moreCD
Davie Allan & The Arrows' second album of music for the Wild Angels series of biker films – and even better than the first! This set features an all-Arrows set of tracks – with only one vocal number, and all the rest instrumentals, done in that tripped-out, souped-up style that ... (Soundtracks, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram blue vinyl pressing, including the insert.)
Ambergris ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A genre-busting batch of tunes from Ambergris – a group with styles that range from Memphis soul, to New York Latin, to some of the heavier sides of the underground rock scene of the time! The ensemble features Latin Soul maestro Larry Harlow on piano, organ, and percussion – working ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great moment for the young Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes – and a record that's so confident in its greatness, it begins the proceedings with a long instrumental, guitar-heavy jam – instead of any vocals! The Nuge really kicks it large on that cut – "Migration" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums to come from the New York underground of the early 80s – even if it was a relatively big "hit" on a major label! Laurie Anderson is in perfect form here – drawing on a strong tradition of avant garde performance, but without any of the indulgences ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet —
Landfall ... CD Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy ...
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! ... read moreCD
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet —
Landfall ... LP Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy 2LP ...
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Completely captivating work from Marisa Anderson – an instrumentalist who could easily match the groundbreaking sound of Takoma Records in the 60s with her work on albums like this! Marisa's a guitarist at heart – and mostly plays electric and acoustic on the record, using the ... (Folk/Country, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A treasure trove of lost work from the UK scene of the 60s – some of it fuzzy and freaky, and a fair bit of it funky too! Singer Tim Andrews really had a great way of pairing up with just the right musicians for a groove – as some of the tracks here mix psych impulses with mod-styled ... read moreCD
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of folks jumped on the rock and roll bandwagon in the 50s, and most of them slid right off – but somehow trumpeter Ray Anthony managed to do a better job than most – as you'll hear here on this great collection of Capitol recordings from the postwar years! It might be Capitol to ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Essential late 80s thrash from one the genres linchpin bands! State Of Euphoria draws the short straw when it comes to critical recognition of the band's 80s output, thanks in no small part to the fact that it's the full length follow up to Among The Living. It's hard to live up to the legacy of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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A great mid 70s record by Antorcha – whose late 60s records as Las Antorchas were a great mix of styles – from beat, to garage, mod and psych – and by this point in the mid 70s, shortened their name and honed their groove into heavier, moodier style that's even better! Heavy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set from British jazz rock genius Neil Ardley – one that has him working off the vibe explored on the Greek Variations album, but hitting a sound that's a fair bit funkier overall! As with other efforts, Ardley draws here on some really top-shelf talents for his ideas – ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with an unglued bottom seam.)
One of the most creative albums ever from UK composer Neil Ardley – and that's saying a lot, given the complexity of his other work! The set's got a wonderful blend of jazz arrangements and some freer passages – scored by Ardley with some of his most sensitive, most beautiful music ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Fantastic live recordings from the legendary New Jazz Orchestra of Neil Ardley – a key force that united the worlds of British avant jazz and rock at the start of the 70s – but with a style that leaned a lot more towards the world of the former overall! Many of these players are ... (Jazz, Rock)read moreCD
Arian ... LP Favorite (France), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Arian's perm on the cover gives you a hint of how the set might sound – and the whole thing is maybe even better than you might think! The album's an unusual soul set from early 80s Yugoslavia – with vocals that are partly in English, and a sound that's heavy on the same kind of ... (Soul, Rock)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best psych treasures on late 60s Mainstream Records – a sunny, fuzzy album that's beyond compare! The Art Of Loving have a mixed male/female vocal style at their head – a sound that's somewhere in the Mamas & Papas mode, but a bit more stripped down – and crafted ... read moreCD