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Butch Engle & The StyxNo Matter What You Say – The Best Of Butch Engle & The Styx (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Surprisingly strong work from a Bay Area group who never managed to crack the big time back in the day – then hung up their guitars at a time when most of their contemporaries were really starting to blossom! Maybe the issue was that Butch Engel & The Styx had experience going back to the start of the 60s – moving through familiar guitar-based modes for the first part of the decade, before really hitting their stride with the wonderful sounds on this record – done partly in collaboration with Beau Brummel Ron Elliott, who helped produced and lent them some songs – but also with this increasingly heartfelt, freewheeling quality that could have put them at the height of the SF scene, had they kept going. The set features rare singles issued on the Golden State, Loma, MEA, and Onyx labels – plus some excellent unreleased tracks too – titles that include "I Call Her Name", "Left Hand Girl", "Hey I'm Lost", "Going Home", "I Like Her", "Puppetmaster", "If You Believe", "Tell Me Please", and "She Is Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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GroupiesPrimitive ... CD
Beat Rocket, 1967. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Not the girl groupies of backstage legend, but a really great late 60s group from New York – one who work with some of the same raw, pre-punk energy as The Stooges or The Seeds! Like both of those groups, these guys come from garage roots, but are really hitting an edge on these tracks – coming across with a lot more attitude, and this snide, sneering style that makes their work feel a fair bit more dangerous than most acts from a year or two before – a quality that holds even when the group are taking on tunes by other groups too! The Groupies are best known for their cut "Primitive", which kicks off this set – but the package features all other known tracks by the quintet – including "Little Baby", "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "It's Too Late", "Down In The Bottom", "Hog", "You'll Be Mine", "I'm A Man", "Goin Down Slow", and "You Changed Again". CD
Also available Primitive (green vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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GroupiesPrimitive (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Beat Rocket, 1967. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
Not the girl groupies of backstage legend, but a really great late 60s group from New York – one who work with some of the same raw, pre-punk energy as The Stooges or The Seeds! Like both of those groups, these guys come from garage roots, but are really hitting an edge on these tracks – coming across with a lot more attitude, and this snide, sneering style that makes their work feel a fair bit more dangerous than most acts from a year or two before – a quality that holds even when the group are taking on tunes by other groups too! The Groupies are best known for their cut "Primitive", which kicks off this set – but the package features all other known tracks by the quintet – including "Little Baby", "It's Gonna Work Out Fine", "It's Too Late", "Down In The Bottom", "Hog", "You'll Be Mine", "I'm A Man", "Goin Down Slow", and "You Changed Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green vinyl pressing.)
Also available Primitive ... CD 13.99

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JK & CoSuddenly One Summer (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
White Whale/Beat Rocket, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
A completely amazing bit of psychedelia – recorded in Vancouver by the very young Jay Kaye, who was just 15 at the time – but done with a sound that easily rivals some of the more trippy classics from the big names of the late 60s! The record's got this perfect blend of tunefulness and way-out modes – songs that are certainly sometimes as catchy as material by the Beatles, both other times maybe as blue as work by the Tims of the time, Buckley and Hardin – served up with instrumentation that often echoes Eastern modes, but in the right sort of subtle way – mixed with a bit of fuzz and echo. Way more than the usual obscure oddity set – one that truly has classic depth – with titles that include "Fly", "Break Of Dawn", "Little Children", "Speed", "The Times", "Magical Fingers Of Minerva", and "Dead". LP, Vinyl record album
(Colored vinyl pressing!)

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Rockin RamrodsRockin Ramrods (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
These ramrods are plenty rocking – a great gritty band from the Boston scene of the 60s – and one that's completely on fire with a mix of garagey numbers, and a few surprisingly dark little tunes! The music often has the guitars folded right into the rhythms, and some numbers have organ lines that beat most of their challengers – a list that would include The Mysterians all the way up to The Lyres – and it's clear that the Boston legacy was in very great hands during the short span this group issued rare singles for labels that include Plymouth, Bon Bon, Explosive, and Claridge – all of which are included in this great collection. Titles include "Jungle Call", "She Lied", "I Love You No More", "Play It", "Indian Giver", "The Girl Can't Help It", "You Went Away", "Mister Wind", "Bright Lit Blue Skies", "Willie's Plastic People Factory", and "Tears Melt The Stones". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Jukebox ... CD
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A really great collection that charts a very unusual strain of music – tracks from the Pacific Northwest scene that represent a slice of their famous garage rock style leaning a bit more towards soul music – with results that make this whole collection a fantastic discovery of new music! As with the others in this series, the work here was recorded for the tiny Garland Records label, and includes some unissued material – but unlike the others, there's much more funk and soul running through the mix – even though the singers and groups are still blue-eyed acts from the farther reaches of the Pacific coast! There's a vibe here that's almost like the Memphis groups that were picking up an influence from Stax, or some of the Detroit rockers who were equally shaped by Motown – on titles that include "Lead Me On" by Dart, "It's Alright" by Baldwin Brothers, "Any Day Now" by White Feather, "Just One Time" by Cornucopia, "Mr Love" by Prince Charles & The Crusaders, "Findin My Own Kind Of Song" by Crystal Teardrop, "Freedom Train" by White Feather, "Don't Cry No More" by Dart, "Dorchester Summer" by Cyrstal Teardrop, and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by Morning Reign. CD
Also available Garland Records – Pacific Northwest Jukebox (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Jukebox (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
A really great collection that charts a very unusual strain of music – tracks from the Pacific Northwest scene that represent a slice of their famous garage rock style leaning a bit more towards soul music – with results that make this whole collection a fantastic discovery of new music! As with the others in this series, the work here was recorded for the tiny Garland Records label, and includes some unissued material – but unlike the others, there's much more funk and soul running through the mix – even though the singers and groups are still blue-eyed acts from the farther reaches of the Pacific coast! There's a vibe here that's almost like the Memphis groups that were picking up an influence from Stax, or some of the Detroit rockers who were equally shaped by Motown – on titles that include "Lead Me On" by Dart, "It's Alright" by Baldwin Brothers, "Any Day Now" by White Feather, "Just One Time" by Cornucopia, "Mr Love" by Prince Charles & The Crusaders, "Findin My Own Kind Of Song" by Crystal Teardrop, "Freedom Train" by White Feather, "Don't Cry No More" by Dart, "Dorchester Summer" by Cyrstal Teardrop, and "Reach Out I'll Be There" by Morning Reign. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Garland Records – Pacific Northwest Jukebox ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Stash Box (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We're not entirely sure what a "stash box" means in terms of music – but after hearing this very groovy collection, we may well be using it as a term ourselves! The set features rare material recorded for the tiny Garland Records label in Salem, Oregon during the late 60s – but the sound and style is different than other Pacific Northwest material of that decade – often a bit sweeter and sunnier, with elements that resonate more strongly with changes taking place on the LA scene of the mid 60s – including some great harmony vocals on a few numbers, and a way of mixing slight psych touches with romping rhythms – all to to create sounds that are almost a garage equivalent of Sunshine Pop from bigger studios. Most of these tracks were never issued at the time, and even the few that were are pretty darn obscure – making the whole thing a treasure trove of really fresh music – with titles that include "Life Laced Leaf" by Inner Circle, "Maybe Today" by Tim Culbertson, "What Goes Up Must Come Down" by Fatty Twice Together, "Grey Day" by The Wild Side, "Parousia" by Lawe, "We'll Meet Again" by Tyme, "Part Time Love" by Will Logan, "Keep On Looing" by The Ultimate, and "Tears" by The New Dawn. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Stash Box (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We're not entirely sure what a "stash box" means in terms of music – but after hearing this very groovy collection, we may well be using it as a term ourselves! The set features rare material recorded for the tiny Garland Records label in Salem, Oregon during the late 60s – but the sound and style is different than other Pacific Northwest material of that decade – often a bit sweeter and sunnier, with elements that resonate more strongly with changes taking place on the LA scene of the mid 60s – including some great harmony vocals on a few numbers, and a way of mixing slight psych touches with romping rhythms – all to to create sounds that are almost a garage equivalent of Sunshine Pop from bigger studios. Most of these tracks were never issued at the time, and even the few that were are pretty darn obscure – making the whole thing a treasure trove of really fresh music – with titles that include "Life Laced Leaf" by Inner Circle, "Maybe Today" by Tim Culbertson, "What Goes Up Must Come Down" by Fatty Twice Together, "Grey Day" by The Wild Side, "Parousia" by Lawe, "We'll Meet Again" by Tyme, "Part Time Love" by Will Logan, "Keep On Looing" by The Ultimate, and "Tears" by The New Dawn. CD features bonus tracks – "Love Is All I Have To Give" by Tyme and "Ichabod" by Lawe. CD
 
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✨✧ Wendell HarrisonDreams Of A Love Supreme (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Wenha/Octave (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $21.99
Pretty great stuff – even though Wendall Harrison has strayed far from the Tribe Records sound of his earlier years! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with a smooth fusion approach that's clearly an attempt to reach a wider audience with a soulful message – giving the whole thing a blend of soul and spiritual jazz that comes off surprisingly well overall! There's some nice dark edges to the record that really keep things interesting – maybe imagine Larry Mizell producing some of the more off-beat albums on Strata East – and there's a bit of vocals on the set, which also features work from Phil Ranelin on trombone. Tracks include "Where Am I", "Sea Minor Blues", "Take Time Out", and "Dreams Of A Love Supreme". CD features bonus tracks – "No Turnin Back", "Rocket Love", and the unreleased "Patrina's Dance". CD

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✨✧ VariousRock & Roll Invasion ... CD
Rock Beat, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Long before "Space Oddity" or "Ziggy Stardust", early American rockers headed right for the skies – inspired by a big wave of b-grade science fiction films and paperbacks of the 50s – which proved to be great inspiration for fantastic space-themed tunes like these! A few cuts fall into the territory of the novelty hit, but most are hard-rocking numbers with a strong rockabilly bent – tuned towards themes of outer space and rocket travel – all pretty revolutionary for the time! Titles include "Satellite Rock" by The Rebelaires, "X15" by Johnny Bond, "Rocket" by Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones, "The Invasion Is Coming" by The Invasion, "Man From Mars" by Butch Paulson, "Rockin On The Moon" by Deacon & The Rock Rollers, "Creature From Outer Space" by Sonny Day & The Tony Ray Trio, and "First Man On Mars" by Jack Fautheree. CD
 
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Spotnicks/Russ Garcia/Ron GoodwinOut Of This World (Music In Orbit/Fantastica) ... CD
El (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Space age pop galore – from a trio of very groovy sources! The Spotnicks start out the set with three cool guitar instrumentals – "Telstar", "Moonshot", and "Rocket Man" – done in their great blend of Ventures guitar modes and offbeat Joe Meek production styles – with a sound that's years ahead of its time! Next is the excellent album Out Of This World – from Brit arranger Ron Goodwin, with production by the legendary George Martin! The album was billed as Music In Orbit here in the US – and is a wonderful album of space-age easy listening! The album features no electronics, but Goodwin's use of soaring strings is somewhere between the Fantastic Planet soundtrack and some of the later moogy albums in the 60s. Scoring is richly sophisticated, with a complicated approach to the material that would befit a high-end 50s sci-fi soundtrack – made even better by the excellent cover, which features a beautiful purple painting of a rocket blasting off of a planet in space. The whole thing's perhaps a bit more romantic than spooky, but the mood changes nicely from track to track to keep things fresh. Titles include "The Moon", "The Venus Waltz", "Mercury Gets The Message", "The Sun", "Jumping Jupiter", and "Martians On Parade". Last up is Russ Garcia's Fantastica – one of the space-age bachelor pad electronic classics! Russ Garcia was mostly a jazz arranger in his day – but he does a good job of scoring some moody sci-fi tracks for this set – mixing full orchestrations with some great electronics handled by Ted Keep, all in a format that replicates a journey through the universe – with stops at lots of unusual galaxies along the way! The album's got a great mix of complicated strings and woodwinds, which offset the spooky electronics nicely – and although playful, the record also represents some of Garcia's most serious scoring on record. Titles include "Into Space", "Nova", "Monster's Of Jupiter", "Red Sands Of Mars", and "Moon Rise". CD

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Lenny Welch/OC SmithCadences – The Early Recordings 1957 to 1962 ... CD
Cadence/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Early work from two different singers – each featured here on rare singles for the Cadence Records label! First up is Lenny Welch – a singer with a voice that's as smooth as butter, and a key link between some of the more pop-oriented vocalists of the 50s, and the new generation of 60s "icemen" like Jerry Butler and Chuck Jackson! Like those two, Lenny's got a great way of putting over a sad tune with just the right balance of emotion – never too overdone, nor self-indulgent – but perfectly poised with a nicely mature quality. And Lenny's also a great singer on a more upbeat number – a surprisingly rocking vocalist when he wants to be, as you'll hear on some of the more groove-oriented titles on this set – tunes that have a classy early soul approach, one that's almost a bit like uptown soul of a few years later. CD features 19 Welch titles – including "Rocket To The Moon", "I'd Like To Know", "Darlin", "You Don't Know Me", "Pony Time", "You Can Have Her", "Mama Don't You Hit That Boy", "Taste Of Honey", "Congratulations Baby", and "The Last Star Of Evening". The bigger surprise here is OC Smith – recording her as Ocie Smith – years before his big country soul hits at the end of the 60s, and in a style that's as cool and classy as Lenny Welch, but maybe a bit more rocking too – with nice use of electric bass at the core of larger arrangements, and a nice sense of rhythm that often brings in a bit of jukebox mambo or popcorn soul. CD features 6 titles by Ocie Smith – including "Lighthouse", "Bad Man Of Missouri", "Forbidden Fruit", "If You Don't Love Me", "Too Many", and "Slow Walk". CD

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✨✧ Stark RealityActing Thinking Feeling – The Complete Works 1968 to 1978 (3CD set) ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from The Stark Reality – an obscure group from the early 70s, but one who've really risen to fame over the years – thanks to their groundbreaking ear for new music, and their freewheeling way with a funky groove! This package brings together all the incredible work recorded by the group in the late 60s and early 70s – a mindblowing assortment of funky and fuzzy jazz tracks – almost all of which are graced by the offbeat vibes work of Monty Stark! Stark often adds a bit of distortion into his instrument, which makes for a very tripped-out approach to vibes – one that blends perfectly with the heavy funk of some of the rhythms, and the freaky guitar lines added to most tracks by a young John Abercrombie. Yet at other times, things are very laidback and chilled-out – balanced beautifully from track to track, in a way that illustrates the larger picture the group were always going for in their music. This massive package brings together everything Stark Reality ever recorded – their famous Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop album, the Acting Thinking Feeling live performance, the Roller Coaster Ride/1969 album, and lots of rare singles too – more than enough music to please any fan of the group, and blow the minds of anyone who's just getting a first taste. Titles include "Roller Coaster Ride", "On Being Black", "New World Generation", "Theme To Say Brother", "Dreams", "Clouds", "All You Need To Make Music", "Rocket Ship", "Cooking", "The Old Prospector", and "Junkman's Song". Great package too – with two LP-styled CD sleeves inside a larger case, plus a big booklet of notes and photos! CD

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✨✧ Markley (West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band)Group ... CD
Forward/Acid Symposium (Greece), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible end of the 60s effort that's essentially the final album by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – although credited as Markley! Bob Markley and Michael Lloyd co-produced and co-wrote most of the tunes but fellow WCPAEB members are photographed and credited – and the tunes themselves are short little blasts of richly strummed psychedelic folk with a trippy, often dark lyricism that sometimes bely some upbeat arrangements. Wonderful stuff – and the most unjustly overlooked set by an unjustly overlooked group! Titles include "Booker T & His Electric Shock", "Next Plane To The Sun", "Roger The Rocket Ship", "Elegant Ellen", "Little Ruby Rain", "Message For Miniature", "Sarah The Sad Spirit", "Truck Stop", "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom", "Sweet Lady Eleven", "The Magic Cat" and "Outside/Inside". CD
 
 
 



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