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Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric)Czarface ... LP
Brick/Fly Casual, 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99 29.99
Tight hip hop from the superhero team of Inspectah Deck with 7L & Esoteric – mostly produced by 7L, with a most welcome guest producer in the legendary DJ Premier – and it's a strong statement from the underappreciated Wu Tang gamer and the ever-creative DJ 7L! On the production tip, 7L pays homage to classic Wu without copying it – and utilizing both classic and completely leftfield samples in a fresh, funky way. The rhymes by Deck and Eso are top shelf, too – with a guest list that includes Roc Marciano, Oh No, Ghostface and others. Includes "Air 'Em Out", "Cement 3's" feat Roc Marciano, "Czar Refaeli" feat Oh No, "Rock Beat", "Savagely Attacked" feat Ghostface Killah, "Marvel Team-Up", "It's Raw" feat Action Bronson, "Let It Off", "Word War 4", "Poisonous Thoughts" feat Mr. Mfn Exquire, "Shoguns" feat Cappadonna & Vinnie Paz, "Hazmat Rap" and the DJ Premier-produced "Let It Off". LP, Vinyl record album

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EsotericEgoclapper (translucent blue colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Fly Casual, 2007. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 27.98
MC Esoteric's excellent solo album – coming after years of honing his skills in the Boston underground duo 7L & Esoteric (the former playing a guest roll on cuts & production on a few tracks) – and a few years before doing great things with the 7L & Inspectah Deck in Czarface! The slyly comic book-inspired hip hop of Czarface clearly has it's genesis in fits and starts on Egoclapper, laced by clever soundtrack dialog samples that should appeal to MF Doom's material at the time, but it's straight forward exciting and forcefully delivered gritty hip hop too, making a pretty great mix of hard hitting and eccentric. Includes the title track, "Warlords" with Celph Titled, Trademarc & Karma, "Mind On Fire", "Tranquilizer", "Street Stigma" with Rack Lo", "Incredible Hulk Rap" with Termanology, "Boston Garden Rap" with Raydar Ellis & Jawn LP, Vinyl record album
(Transluscent blue colored vinyl. Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric)Every Hero Needs A Villain ... LP
Brick, 2015. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The superhero hip hop team of of Inspectah Deck, 7L, and Esoteric return as Czarface for epic second album from Brick Records! We thought the debut was ambitious, but this one's bigger in every way – and features a mighty roster of guests, including MF Doom, Method Man, Large Professor, GZA, Juju of the Beatnuts, Ra The Rugged Man, and Mayhem Lauren – a lineup that only adds more to the action-packed blast of the trio at the core! Titles include "Don The Armor", "Czartacus", "Lumberjack Match", "Nightcrawler", "World Premier", "Red Alert", "Junkyard Dogs", "When Gods Go Mad", "Escape From Czarkham Asylum", "Sinister", and "Good Villains Go Last". 2LP version includes a premiere issue of the Czarface comic book – titled Death & Destruction! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric)Every Hero Needs A Villain (with comic book) ... LP
Brick, 2015. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The superhero hip hop team of of Inspectah Deck, 7L, and Esoteric return as Czarface for epic second album from Brick Records! We thought the debut was ambitious, but this one's bigger in every way – and features a mighty roster of guests, including MF Doom, Method Man, Large Professor, GZA, Juju of the Beatnuts, Ra The Rugged Man, and Mayhem Lauren – a lineup that only adds more to the action-packed blast of the trio at the core! Titles include "Don The Armor", "Czartacus", "Lumberjack Match", "Nightcrawler", "World Premier", "Red Alert", "Junkyard Dogs", "When Gods Go Mad", "Escape From Czarkham Asylum", "Sinister", and "Good Villains Go Last". 2LP version includes a premiere issue of the Czarface comic book – titled Death & Destruction! LP, Vinyl record album
(Colored vinyl – includes comic!)

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Phillip Wilson with Olu DaraEsoteric ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Percussionist Phillip Wilson's got his name on the cover, but the set's a very collaborative outing with trumpeter Olu Dara – recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson with a very free-thinking, open style that bridges both American and European modes of free jazz at the time! Wilson plays both a conventional drum kit and assorted percussion instruments – although not a huge range – and Dara brings a real sense of "voice" to the proceedings, both with his phrasing on the trumpet – often in a gritty, "mouthy" mode – and his occasional vocalizations through the horn – both of which evoke the more spiritual currents of the New York scene in the 70s. There's mindblowingly creative spirit to the music throughout – that best Hat Hut sound from the first few years of the label – and titles include "Call Call The So", "Double Click", "The Chad", "Elephant Bossa", "Olu 1", and "Lester 3". CD

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VariousSpiritual Jazz – Esoteric, Modal, & Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968 to 1977 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
The Jazzman label hits a whole new level of brilliance – as they turn their funk-trained crate digging skills to the world of spiritual jazz! The collection's an amazing batch of ultra-rare tunes – tracks that take inspiration from the John Coltrane/Archie Shepp work on Impulse Records in the 60s, then run with those roots in bold new directions – soaring, spiritual aims in jazz that reach for new freedoms, but never lapse into the totally-outside modes of free jazz! Instead, there's a really great balance here between structure and struggle – as many tunes often have a good rhythmic pulse, usually modal and soulful, then let the horn solos stretch out more in their own sounds and directions. The mix is amazing, as is the selection of tunes – rare numbers pulled mostly from American independent jazz releases of the 60s and 70s – most of which are as obscure as the funky 45s we normally get from Jazzman. As with the label's US funk compilations, there's full notes on all the music – a heck of a lot of detail on these artists – and tracks on the set include "Paul's Ark" by Morris Wilson Beau Bailey Quintet, "Ayo Ayo Nene" by Mor Thiam, "Nomusa" by Ndikho Xaba & The Natives, "The Afrikan In Winter" by The Positive Force, "Neveen" by Salah Ragab, "Ja Mil" by Hastings Street Jazz Experience, "Be There" by Leon Gardner, "Psych City" by Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble, "Introduction" by James Tatum Trio Plus, and "No Jive" by Frank Derrick Total Experience. US pressing has 2 bonus tracks – "All Prasies To Allah (parts 1 & 2 edit)" by Lightmen Plus One, and "Bada Que Bash" by PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble. CD

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VariousSpiritual Jazz Vol 11 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From The SteepleChase Label 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Steeplechase/Jazzman (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
A massive collection of music from the Steeplechase label – spiritual sounds from back in the day, and a side of the label's legacy that's only gotten the right sort of appreciation in more recent years! Steeplechase was a European company, and their biggest claim to fame was recordings of American musicians overseas – especially Dexter Gordon – but the label also had a fantastic ear for more soulful currents on the American underground, and not only managed to capture some less-recorded artists, but also give some bigger names a freer space to express the more spiritual side of their styles! The set is a sublime set of work from the post-Coltrane years – tunes that are modal, soulful, and occasionally slightly funky – served up in a set of completely uplifting music, all supported by the usual excellent Jazzman attention to detail and thorough liner notes. Titles include "The Time Of This World Is At Hand" by Billy Gault, "Tipe Tizwe" by Jim McNeely, "Aida" by Rene McLean, "Dark Warrior" by Khan Jamal, "Naima" by Michael Carvin, "Magwaza" by Johnny Dyani with John Tchicai & Dudu Pukwana, "Ode To St Cecile" by Mary Lou Williams, "Jean Marie" by Sam Jones, "Miss Priss" by Ken McIntyre, and "De I Comahlee Ah" by Jackie McLean & Michael Carvin. CD

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VariousSpiritual Jazz Vol 12 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From Impulse Records 1962 to 1975 ... CD
Impulse/Jazzman (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99
An essential look at the spiritual jazz legacy of Impulse Records – a set that's maybe a bit overdue in this series, given that Impulse first opened the door to these modes with their recordings of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders in the 60s! For some reason, Impulse had a perfect ear for this music – able to let players stretch out and be free, but also work some of the earlier modal jazz impulses into longer-form tunes that still had a pulse of rhythm – and which were often a bit different than the freer jazz styles on a label like ESP. Make no mistake, there's plenty of improvisation going on here – but it's also part of the larger, unified spirit of the tunes – a real message in the music, on selections that include "Sister Mamie" by Yusef Lateef, "Three Flowers" by McCoy Tyner, "7th Day" by Freddie Hubbard, "Half & Half" by Elvin Jones, "Groove Waltz" by McCoy Tyner, "The Blessing Song" by Michael White, "Turiya & Ramakrishna" by Alice Coltrane, "A Taste Of Honey" by Phil Woods, "Constant Trob (part 1)" by John Klemmer, "Hum Allah Hum Allah Hum Allah" by Pharoah Sanders, "Maimoun" by Marion Brown, "Lonesome Lover" by Max Roach, "Fantszm" by Elvin Jones, "Acknowledgement" by John Coltrane, "Thembi" by Pharoah Sanders, and "Journey In Satchidananda" by Alice Coltrane. And let us say that even if you have some of these tracks on other records, there's something completely sublime about the way the whole thing is put together – and the way the tracks sound next to each other! CD
Also available Spiritual Jazz Vol 12 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From Impulse Records 1962 to 1975 (3LP set) ... LP 34.99

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz Vol 12 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From Impulse Records 1962 to 1975 (3LP set) ... LP
Impulse/Jazzman (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $34.99 41.98
An essential look at the spiritual jazz legacy of Impulse Records – a set that's maybe a bit overdue in this series, given that Impulse first opened the door to these modes with their recordings of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders in the 60s! For some reason, Impulse had a perfect ear for this music – able to let players stretch out and be free, but also work some of the earlier modal jazz impulses into longer-form tunes that still had a pulse of rhythm – and which were often a bit different than the freer jazz styles on a label like ESP. Make no mistake, there's plenty of improvisation going on here – but it's also part of the larger, unified spirit of the tunes – a real message in the music, on selections that include "Sister Mamie" by Yusef Lateef, "Three Flowers" by McCoy Tyner, "7th Day" by Freddie Hubbard, "Half & Half" by Elvin Jones, "Groove Waltz" by McCoy Tyner, "The Blessing Song" by Michael White, "Turiya & Ramakrishna" by Alice Coltrane, "A Taste Of Honey" by Phil Woods, "Constant Trob (part 1)" by John Klemmer, "Hum Allah Hum Allah Hum Allah" by Pharoah Sanders, "Maimoun" by Marion Brown, "Lonesome Lover" by Max Roach, "Fantszm" by Elvin Jones, "Acknowledgement" by John Coltrane, "Thembi" by Pharoah Sanders, and "Journey In Satchidananda" by Alice Coltrane. And let us say that even if you have some of these tracks on other records, there's something completely sublime about the way the whole thing is put together – and the way the tracks sound next to each other! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Spiritual Jazz Vol 12 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From Impulse Records 1962 to 1975 ... CD 18.99
 
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AardvarkAardvark ... CD
Deram/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
Tripped out, hard rocking, and massively powerful stuff by this little-known British group from the early 70s – a group who clearly have picked up some of the progressive leanings of the jazz rock scene of the time, but who manage to hone the whole thing down into a really focused sound! Some of the real charms of the record come from the way it creates a hard-rocking style by blending fuzzy bass with organ, piano, celeste, vibes, and marimba – making for a guitar-less set that has some nice mystical overtones. Titles include "Copper Sunset", "The Outing – Yes", "Once Upon A Hill", "I Can't Stop", "Put That In Your Pipe & Smoke It", and "Very Nice Of You To Call". CD

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AppleApple A Day (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Page One/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
There's an apple on the cover, and an apple in the name – and this British group Apple maybe owes a bit to late 60s Beatles material on Apple Records – but only in the way that they both had greatness recorded during the same time period! Apple are maybe a bit more lean, with some of the mix of psych and beat group elements that we love in The Creation – tunes that are short, focused, and catchy – but which also pack plenty into a small space too – maybe also like the energy of The Move at their start! The production is great – lots of nice stuff happening around the edges, which sounds especially great on the strong piano lines that dominate many tunes – really making the group sound a bit different than other groups that lead with the guitar – although Apple has plenty of greatness in that aspect too! Titles include "Let's Take A Trip Down The Rhine", "Doctor Rock", "The Otherside", "Mr. Jones", "Queen Of Hearts Blues", "Rock Me Baby", "Buffalo Billycan", "Psycho Daisies", and "Pretty Girl I Love You". CD features bonus tracks – mono single versions of "Buffalo Billycan", "The Otherside", "Doctor Rock", and "Let's Take A Trip Down The Rhine". CD

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Ars NovaFields Of People – The Elektra & Atlantic Recordings 1968/1969 (Ars Nova/Sunshine & Shadows) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A pair of great albums from the overlooked Ars Nova – back to back in a single set! First up is the 1968 self-titled Ars Nova – a wonderful little set of post-folk rock – with lots of lovely baroque touches! Ars Nova were really short-lived group – known for only two rare records – but they've got a sound that perfectly sums up a generation! There's a wonderful LA late 60s sound here – somewhere between Love and The Byrds, with the baroque touches of the former and the best country influences of the latter – all wrapped up in earnest, honest songwriting that makes even the ambitious moments come across with surprising charm. A true lost relic, and the kind of record that should be in any late 60s cannon! Titles include "Album In Your Mind", "Pavan For My Lady", "General Clover Ends A War", "And How Am I To Know", "Fields Of People", "Automatic Love", and "Song To The City". Sunshine & Shadows is the second tripped-out set from Ars Nova – an under-remembered late 60s group who had a great talent for blending together a range of different styles! At some level, Ars Nova share qualities with some of the harder-jamming groups of their time – but they've also got a sound that expands to bring in folk, blues, jazz, and more baroque elements – played by the group with a lineup that includes some nice work on trumpet by Jimmy Owens, who at this point was a core member of the combo. Brooks Arthur handled the overall music direction, with a quality that recalls some of his work on Verve – and the album features the wonderful bossa-styled groover "Walk On The Sand", a romping soul jazz take on Jimmy Owens' "You Had Better Listen", and the cuts "Rubbish", "Please Don't Go Now", "Temporary Serenade", "She Promises Everything", and "Round Once Again". CD

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Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest & Other Short Stories (2CD/DVD set) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy 2CD & DVD ... $29.99
A really beautiful record from Barclay James Harvest – a down to earth group at the core, but one who always manage to really unfold their ideas amidst some perfect production and great use of larger arrangements too! There's almost a late Beatles genius to the record at times – at least in the way that the sounds come together in the mix – but the core energy is very much the group's own, a mixture of free flowing tunes that maybe reflect their long-haired look on the cover – but without any hippie sense of overindulgence or self-centered execution! The blend is a bit hard to pin down in words, but it's what made BJH one of the most distinct groups of their generation – maybe at a level that's had them a bit forgotten over the years, but also wonderfully ripe for rediscovery. Titles include "Someone There You Know", "Harry's Song", "Little Lapwing", "After The Day", "The Poet", and "Medicine Man". This amazing package features lots of bonus material – a remastered original stereo mix on CD1, a new stereo mix on CD 2, and a surround mix with the other two mixes on the DVD! Plus, there's bonus tracks that include demos of "Hymn To A White Lady" and "Brave New World" – and US album versions of "Medicine Man", "Harry's Song", and "Someone There You Know" – issued on CD for the first time. There's also rough mono reductions of Abbey Road recordings of a few songs, and five more tracks from a BBC Radio Bob Harris Show. Box set includes a huge booklet of notes and rare photos – and a bonus poster reproduction too. CD

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✨✧ BoxerBelow The Belt (with bonus track) ... CD
Virgin/Esoteric (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
A record that's maybe best remembered for its sexy 70s cover – which has more of a disco look than you'd expect from the group's sound – a mighty tight summation of British modes from the early 70s, served up by an all-star quartet with plenty of other work under their belt! At the head of the group is Mike Patto on vocals, singing with a style that's even stronger than in his previous settings – very much a lead mainman, almost at an AC/DC level, although Boxer is a bit less of a hard rocking affair – yet a group that still boasts some wonderful guitar, in the hands of Ollie Halsall! The combo is completed by Keith Ellis on bass and Tony Newman on drums – and they've got a sharpness that holds on throughout the entire set – on titles that include "Shooting Star", "Waiting For A Miracle", "Loony Ali", "Gonna Work Out Fine", and "More Than Meets The Eye". CD features the bonus track "Don't Wait" – a single b-side. CD

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ColosseumThose Who Are About To Die Salute You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
A jazz rock masterpiece from Colosseum – the kind of record that the British scene could do far far better than any American group at the time! The set is a sweet blend of late beat group grooving – using the heavy R&B-influenced guitar and organ styles of earlier years, and working them into a more open-ended, more improvisational approach that had a surprising amount of soul! Most cuts have vocals, but the instrumentation is what really dominates the set – especially on the sweet organ work from Dave Greenslade, and the always-great sax work by Dick Heckstall-Smith. Titles include the funky "Debut", and the cuts "Walking In The Park", "Plenty Hard Lick", "The Road She Walked Before", "Mandarin" and "Those About To Die". Bonus tracks here inlcude 3 great tracks recorded at Pye Studios in late 1968: "I Can't Live Without You", "In The Heat Of The Night" and a demo version of "Those About To Die". CD

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Djabe & Steve HackettLife Is A Journey - The Sardinia Tapes (CD & DVD) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 2017. Used CD & DVD ... $13.99
Steve Hackett on guitar, Tamas Barabas on bass, guitar, synth, percussion, and vocal, Gulli Briem on drums and percussion, Attila Egerhazi on guitar, guitar synthesizer and percussion, and Aron Koos-Hutas on trumpet. CD
(DVD is NTSC coded, all region.)

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FlockTruth – The Columbia Recordings 1969/1970 (Flock/Dinosaur Swamps/bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Esoteric (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A pair of albums by The Flock – with bonus tracks too! First up is the group's self-titled debut – far-reaching sounds from The Flock – a group who were maybe one of the best American acts at the end of the 60s to blend trippy rock with the big new wave of jazz fusion! These guys definitely use horns in a way that link them to the chunky groove of early work by Chicago or Blood Sweat & Tears – but they're also clearly going for a more long-haired vibe, too – especially when they open up on some acoustic stringed instrumentation – such as 12-string guitar or violin, both of which are handled by Jerry Goodman in a really great way! These instruments really shape some of the sound of the set – especially the violin when it's used in these freewheeling passages that might give Jean-Luc Ponty a run for his money – but there's also a core, tight soulful sound that balances things out nicely – as does some of the heavy drums and fuzzy guitar! Titles include "Clown", "I Am The Tall Tree", "Store Bought Store Thought", and "Truth" – plus a very cool funky cover of The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting". Dinosaur Swamps has a slightly different sound than previously from The Flock – a set that brings in some sweet Hammond organ to the group's mix of jazzy horns and freewheeling guitar and violin – all in a way that even makes the whole thing better than before! The organ is never too jamming, but used at times to give the music a subtle majesty – and at other times to maybe percolate a bit more soul – while the previous instrumentation on guitar, violin, trumpet, and saxes is only even better than before – really setting these guys apart with one of the most unique visions in American jazz rock – especially when they maybe hit a few other musical roots too. Titles include "Green Slice", "Big Bird", "Hornschmeyer's Island", "Crabfoot", "Mermaid", and "Uranian Sircus". 2CD set features lots of bonus tracks – including "Afrika", "Just Do It", "Clown (part 1 & 2)", "What Would You Do If The Sun Died", "Lollipops & Rainbows", "Chanja", and "Atlantians Truckin Home". CD

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GilgameshGilgamesh ... CD
Caroline/Esoteric (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
The fantastic debut of Gilgamesh – a super-tight band with ties to other prog acts of the British scene of the 70s – and who here emerge with a vibe that's kind of a later extension of the Canterbury mode! The tracks vary in style and length, and are graced by superb musicianship throughout – a lineup that features Phil Lee on guitars, Jeff Clyne on bass, and Michael Travis on drums – plus lots of great keyboard work from Alan Gowen, who plays Fender Rhodes, clavinet, mellotron, acoustic piano, and a bit of electronics too! There's definitely some jazz elements in the mix, and the record shows just how strongly the evolved Canterbury sound would be tied to American rock fusion of the mid 70s. Amanda Parsons sings on two tracks, but most tunes are instrumental – and titles include "For Absent Friends", "Just C", "Notwithstanding", "Lady & Friend", "One End More/Phil's Little Dance/Worlds Of Zin", and "Arriving Twice". CD

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Global Village Trucking CompanySmiling Revolution (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Caroline/Esoteric (UK), 1974. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
The one and only album ever issued by this really unique UK group – a set that didn't even come out until after the combo had broken up in the mid 70s! Global Village Trucking Company have a long name that echoes the spirit of the Cali scene – and like some of the Marin County groups, they've got urban roots, but mostly rehearse and hang out in the country – in styles that evolve past earlier folk and blues influences, to a nicely collaborative, sometimes-jamming style that has a very easygoing vibe. The sound is great – like one of those early 70s groups recorded by Capitol or Columbia who never got a big push from the label – and titles include "Lasga's Farm", "Skytrain", "Smiling Revolution", "Down In The Lowlands", "Watch Out There's A Mind About", "Love Your Neighbour", and "On The Judgement Day". 2CD version features lots of bonus tracks – titles that include "Love Will Find A Way", "Earl Stoneham The Gunslinger", "You're A Floozy Madame Karma", "Everybody Needs A Good Friend", "It Ain't No Apple Pie", and "Pebbles". CD

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Andrew GoldLonely Boy – The Asylum Years Anthology (6CD & DVD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 6CD & DVD ... $49.99
A treasure trove of material from 70s pop genius Andrew Gold – four full albums, plus rare material, and a bonus DVD too! Andrew Gold's got a sharp, compressed approach to his music – a style that was maybe learned in the UK production years of both glam and the birth of ELO – which turns out to be a wonderful way to deliver Gold's sharply-written tunes, and warmly captivating vocals – a mode that's maybe got a bit more bite than mainstream AOR, but which also still fits nicely in the same territory too – maybe a bit of the same appeal as The Raspberries. The set features all the four albums issued over here by Asylum Records – Andrew Gold, What's Wrong With This Picture, All This & Heaven Too, and Whirlwind – two of which have bonus tracks here – plus a CD5 of 14 more outtakes and unreleased tracks, each from the sessions for the albums – and CD6 of 18 more live recordings from 1977 and 1978. DVD features 6 full promotional videos, and 13 more performances from the BBC show The Old Grey Whistle Test! CD

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✨✧ GongDownwind ... CD
Arista/Esoteric (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
A great little record from the time when Pierre Moerlin was making the shift from the prog of Gong's roots into some warmer, jazzier tones! The style here is a mix of sharp-edged guitars and keyboards, and plenty of percussion – drums, vibes, marimbas, and more – used by Moerlin in a blend that's really compelling, and which often spins out in compelling rhythms driven by a rock-like energy. A few of the tracks feature some vocals, but about half the album's instrumental – and in a rockish fusion mode that holds up nicely over the years. Titles include "Aeroplane", "Crosscurrents", "What You Know", "Emotions", "Xtasea", and "Jin Go Lo Ba". CD

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Keef Hartley BandTime Is Near ... CD
Deram/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
Easily one of the greatest records ever from the Keef Hartley Band – and certainly the group's jazziest! The album's awash in great horn parts that dance along beautifully with the rootsier vocals of the set – sung by guitarist Miller Anderson, in a rough-edged style that has some American bluesy overtones. The set features a great instrumental called "Premonition" – a really tasty little jazz rocker – and saxophonist Jimmy Jewell and trumpeter Henry Lowther get in some great licks on the album as well. Titles include "Morning Rain", "The Time Is Near", "Another Time Another Place", "Change", and "Premonition". CD
Also available Time Is Near (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 22.99

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Linda HoylePieces Of Me/The Fetch (with bonus track) ... CD
Vertigo/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A pair of albums from this overlooked singer! First up is Pieces Of Me – the debut solo album from Linda Hoyle – an overlooked British singer, but a great one from the same generation that gave us Christine Perfect (later McVie) – graced with a similarly strong range and equal inspiration from earlier blues recordings! Yet also like Christine, Linda stretches out with these confident modes that really move past her roots – which also include previous performances with the group Affinity, although she's a much stronger solo act on her own! The core group of players on the set are more than enough of a pedigree of its quality – with guitars from Chris Spedding, drums from John Marshall, and bass from Jeff Clyne – plus piano, electric piano, production, and larger arrangements from Karl Jenkins – who really makes the whole thing sound wonderful. The set was also produced by Pete King for Ronnie Scott Productions – one more excellent piece of the pie – and titles include "Lonely Woman", "Backlash Blues", "Black Crow", "Morning For One", "Journey's End", "The Ballad Of Morty Mole", and "Pieces Of Me". The Fetch is a much different record overall, but still has Linda's great vocals at the core – done in recent years, which might be tipped off by the later cover image by Roger Dean – and done with an assortment of mellower modes served up by guitars (acoustic and electric), keyboards, and a mix of live drums and electronic rhythms. The instrumentation is relatively stripped-down, and Linda's vocals are still wonderful – almost the majesty of Norma Winstone in her later years, but more tunefully song-based – on titles that include "Maida Vale", "Cut & Run", "Brighton Pier", "The Fetch", "Snowy Night", and "Earth & Stars". CD

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Jefferson AirplaneLong John Silver/Thirty Seconds Over Winterland ... CD
Grunt/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A pair of late albums from Jefferson Airplane – issued here in a single set, with new remastering too! First up is Long John Silver – a really fantastic final studio album from Jefferson Airplane – a set that's definitely different than their early work, and which shows the new directions that members would soon take on their own – but done with a vibe that's also a fantastic evolution of the core group's famous sound! The guitar work is even more complex than before – Jorma Kaukonen really blowing us away with his skills, but never in a show-offy way, as the whole thing is wrapped around these honest core rhythms that are almost a rootsier take on psyche elements – with Grace Slick's lead vocals almost coming off with a Sandy Denny quality at times. Titles include "Long John Silver", "Aerie (Gang Of Eagles)", "Twilight Double Leader", "Milk Train", "The Son Of Jesus", "Easter", "Trial By Fire", and "East Starch Mom". Thirty Seconds Over Winterland is a late live album from Jefferson Airplane – who were at the end of their journey, but whatever their personal differences may have been at the time, they still put on a helluva great rock and roll show! Thirty Seconds Over Winterland was recorded at that legendary San Francisco venue, and at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, with the post-Marty Balin line-up of Grace Slick, Paul Kanter, Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukomen – plus violinist Papa John Creach, drummer John Barbata and vocalist David Freiberg from Quicksilver Messenger Service. Titles include "Have You Seen The Saucers", "Feel So Good", "Crown Of Creation", "When The Earth Moves Again", "Milk Train", "Trial By Fire" and "Twilight Double Leader". CD

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✨✧ Moody BluesMagnificent Moodies (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Decca/Esoteric (UK), 1965. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
An incredible first album from The Moody Blues – way way different than any of their later high-concept work, and much more in the best soul and R&B-drenched material of the UK mod scene of the time! A number of cuts here are remakes of American soul tracks – including their stellar take on "Go Now" – and like some of the Moodies' best contemporaries, like Manfred Mann, the group really transform the material – and don't just offer up blue-eyed takes on the tunes. Instead, there's a free sense of play with the material – leanings that are definitely rockish on the solos, even though the overall vibe is quite soulful – and done with this tightly compressed style that's perfect for the vocals of the young Denny Laine – with a vibe that's further expanded by some nice use of echo in the production. Surprisingly wonderful – and very different than "Knights In White Satin" – with titles that include "Go Now", "I'll Go Crazy", "True Story", "Can't Nobody Love You", "I've Got A Dream", and "Let Me Go". A killer package – a box with poster, cards, and a nice book – plus the full original albums, then loads more bonus tracks on CD1 – including singles "Boulevard De Madeline", "Steal Your Heart Away", "Lose Your Money", "People Gotta Go", "Life's Not Life", "He Can Win", "Everyday", and "Time Is On My Side". Then, CD2 features a huge amount of extra tracks – previously unreleased sessions, plus Saturday Club sessions and 1966 Denny Cordell sessions – and even a radio commercial for Coke! 43 bonus tracks – 29 previously unreleased! CD

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Procol HarumSomething Magic (2CD edtiion – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chrysalis/Esoteric (UK), 1977. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Relatively late work in the classic years of Procol Harum – but as any true fan of the group will tell you, these guys never stopped being great – even if the rest of the world wasn't paying as close of attention as they were back in the 60s! Gary Brooker's vocals and piano are still going strong – and the songs have that great sense of structure and subtle drama that always made the group so unique – a mode that other groups might have overdone, but which is so well balanced here, the sound is completely sublime – full-on sonic punch one minute, spare elements the next – all handled with an honest, open vibe that was pretty darn unique in the glossy music world of 1977. Titles include "Strangers In Space", "Wizard Man", "Something Magic", "Skating On Thin Ice", "The Worm & The Tree", and "The Mark Of The Claw". 2CD set features bonus tracks "Backgammon", "You'd Better Wait (live)", and "This Old Dog (live)" – plus a full bonus CD that bfeatures a BBC Radio In Concert performance from 1977 – 11 more tracks, most from earlier years! CD

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RhinocerosRhinoceros – The Elektra Albums 1968 to 1970 (Rhinoceros/Satin Chickens/Better Times Are Coming) (3CD set) ... CD
Elektra/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A great little package – three overlooked gems from Rhinoceros – all packaged together in a single box set! First up is their self-titled debut – the great first album from Rhinoceros – a group that's every bit as heavy as their name, and who really deserved much bigger fame than they received at the time! The sound is a great late 60s fusion of psych, blues rock, and other modes – given a nice Elektra Records spin and sense of freedom that really allows the group to be something strong on their own – sometimes adding in more sensitive vocals or harmonies that really show a lot of depth – balanced by strongly jamming guitar and lots of heavy drums! Titles include "When You Say You're Sorry", "I Need Love", "Belbuekus", "I Will Serenade You", "Along Comes Tomorrow", "Apricot Brandy", and "That Time Of Year". Next up is Satin Chickens – only the second album from Rhinoceros, and the group are already stretching out their wings – as you might guess from the offbeat cover of "Satin Doll" that beings the proceedings! As before, Rhinoceros are a wonderfully fine-tuned ensemble – working here with the sharpness of the best of the Bay Area or Detroit groups of the generation – which helps them move through familiar styles into very different territory that's all their own – yet supported by the kind of well-crafted guitar work, heavy rhythms, and thoughtful vocals that really earn them a place in the pantheon of Elektra Records during the golden years. Titles include "Monkee Man", "Don't Come Crying", "Back Door", "Funk Butt", "In A Little Room", "Chicken", and "Top Of The Ladder". CD

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Al StewartYear Of The Cat (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Esoteric, 1976. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
The biggest record that Al Stewart ever cut – as you no doubt know from the oft-played title track – but a set that also stands as a great testament to all the many years he'd been crafting fine music before fully getting the recognition he deserved! Stewart's got a way with words that's like few of his contemporaries – maybe a bit like Donovan, with whom he shares a similar vocal approach – and also a clear early love of Bob Dylan, yet an immediate evolution past that influence – so that the whole thing is very much in a world of Al's own, with some slight 70s mainstream production, but not enough to soften the music into more mainstream AOR – despite the fame of the hit. Titles include, of course, "Year Of The Cat", plus "One Stage Before", "Flying Sorcery", "Broadway Hotel", "Lord Grenville", "If It Doesn't Come Naturally Leave It", and "Midas Shadow". CD features the bonus track "Belsize Blues" – and a full bonus live concert, recorded in Seattle in 1976, issued here for the first time ever. CD
(45th Anniversary Edition with a bonus live CD!)

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✨✧ T2It'll All Work Out In Boomland (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Decca/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 30.99
The one and only album from T2 – an incredible British group with a sound that should have been huge! Like some of the best of their generation, T2 is a trio – featuring some heavy guitars from Keith Cross, vocals by Peter Dunton, and rumbling bass from Bernard Jinks – all brought together with a sound that's sharply focused in its vision, yet freely expressive in execution. There's a great mix here between jamming passages and softer sensitivity – never as forced as on some of the early King Crimson records, but with a similar sort of sharpness and range that should have gotten this one to a much wider audience. Titles include the side-long "Morning", plus "In Circles", "JLT", and "No More White Horses". This wonderful package really increases the too-small legacy of the group – as it features 16 more bonus tracks – titles from the rare T2 record, and other material recorded in 1971 and 1972 – tracks that include "Fantasy", "Careful Sam", "Minstrel", "T2", "PDQ", "Closing Your Eyes", "Into The Red", "And Time", "Looking Back", "Questions & Answers", "The Gambler", and "Timothy Monday". CD

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TempletonTrio/Quartet Pastorale – Templeton/Goltzer/Baker/Phoenix Quartet ... LP
Esoteric, 1960s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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✨✧ Toe FatBad Side Of The Moon – An Anthology 1970 to 1972 (Toe Fat/Toe Fat Two/bonus tracks) ... CD
Regal Zonophone/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A pair of overlooked gems from Toe Fat – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled debut of Toe Fat – a group with a silly name, but a really wonderful sound – some of the nascent hard rock currents in the UK scene, but delivered with more depth in both the songwriting and vocals – so that there's searing guitar lines, but also these well-crafted moments that bring tunefulness into play with a headier, deeper lyrical vibe – maybe even some of the late legacy of the Bay Area scene, taken to a UK style. Titles include the group's great version of "Bad Side Of The Moon" – plus "Nobody", "That's My Love For You", "Working Nights", "I Can't Believe", "But I'm Wrong", "You Tried To Take It All", and "The Wherefors & The Whys". Next is the group's second album – stunning sounds from Toe Fat – a group with work in the UK scene, but with enough funky currents in their music to get issued in the US on Motown's excellent Rare Earth label! The leadoff track of the record is maybe even enough to warrant the price of the whole album – this long jam that just continues to have heavy drums and a strong guitar riff – moving along fast and funky, and barely stopping for a bit of lyrics! Other tracks vary things a bit more, but in a good way – showing the group's ties to Jethro Tull and Uriah Heep, in a fusion of hard rock and blues rock, with just a subtle touch of prog. A few gentler moments balance out the record wonderfully – and titles include "Stick Heat", "Three Time Loser", "A New Way", "There'll Be Changes", "Indian Summer", "Idol", and "Midnight Sun". CD features the bonus tracks "Brand New Band" and "Can't Live Without You". CD

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✨✧ United States Of AmericaUnited States Of America (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Esoteric (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
One of THE greatest experimental rock albums of the 60s – a landmark effort from a short-lived group that included avant musicians Joe Byrd and Gordon Marron! The group's got a really tremendous sound – part psyche, part electronic, and part folk rock – all put together in a freewheeling style that cares little for genre or convention – and which must have really shook the roots of Columbia Records when they submitted the tape for this set! The instrumentation on the set should be enough to pop your cork – as the group uses ring modulator, electric drums, electric harpsichord, organ, calliope, and other early electronic instruments – but their sound is topped off with some really beautiful vocals from singer Dorothy Moskowitz, adding a light touch that really makes for a strange juxtaposition! The lyrics are a bit poetic and trippy – in a good way – and titles include "The American Metaphysical Circus", "Garden Of Earthly Delights", and "Cloud Song". CD includes 10 bonus tracks – including "Perry Pier", "Tailor Man", "Do You Follow Me", "You Can Never Come Down", "Osamu's Birthday", "No Love To Give", "Mouse", "Heresy", and an alternative version of "The American Metaphysical Circus". CD
(Includes bonus tracks!)
Also available United States Of America ... LP 84.99

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VariousBanquet – The Underground Sounds Of 1969 (3CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99 About June 20, 2021
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✨✧ VariousLiving On The Hill – A Danish Underground Trip 1967 to 1974 (3CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99
A heady look at the Danish psych scene at the end of the 60s – music that's not nearly as well known as US or UK material from the time – but every bit as groovy! Most of these groups sing in English, and are sharing some of the same influences that were coming out of the British scene in the late 60s – no surprise, as they were probably receiving most of the same pirate radio broadcasts that were such a key part of transformative modes during the decade – which means that you'll hear a huge strain of elements running through this music – influences from jazz and blues, as well as a shift from beat group styles into much more sophisticated modes – including proggy touches too. Most of this work was only the stuff of obscure psych reissues in the past – but this box set really illuminates the scene, along with a huge booklet of notes and images. 32 tracks in all – work by Hurdy Gurdy, The Old Man & The Sea, Thor's Hammer, Beefeaters, Young Flowers, Day Of Phoenix, Rainbow Band, Burnin Red Ivanhoe, Blast Furnace, Pan, Ache, Savage Rose, Culpeper's Orchard, and many more! CD

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✨✧ Peter BardensAnswer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic solo work from Peter Bardens – an artist who'd later gain fame as the lead singer of Camel, but who's even more fantastic here on his own – working in a trippy blend of modes that's equally balanced between prog and psych! Bardens plays organ on most of the tracks, but he uses the instrument in ways that are very different from the more R&B-inspired Hammond lines of the mod generation – often tightly fused with the sublime guitar of Andy Gee, a player who's got this sharp sound that's full of chromatic hues that really resonate with the keys of the organ – as the pair take off in this soaring groove that's occasionally a bit funky, always a bit trippy, and which gets a great kick from bass, drums, and percussion – plus support vocals from Linda Lewis and Steve Ellis. The album's really something special – great all the way through – and titles include "The Answer", "Homage To The God Of Light", "I Don't Want To Go Home", "I Can't Remember", "Let's Get It On", and "Don't Goof With A Spook". CD features two bonus tracks – material from the related Village project, from a single – "Man In The Moon" and "Long Time Coming". CD

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✨✧ Day Of PhoenixMind Funeral – The Recordings 1968 to 1972 (Wide Open N Way/The Neighbour's Son/bonus tracks) ... CD
Chapter One/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of albums from this very unusual group – plus bonus tracks too! First up is the strangely-titled Wide Open N Way – the first album from Day Of Phoenix – a really unique Danish group with roots in both beat group and psych ensembles, but who come across here with this spare, lean style that's nicely harmonic on both the vocals and instrumentation! There's a warm glow to the lyrics that almost evokes some of the more spiritual currents of CSN, but the group are also a lot more down to earth – and occasionally mix in the odd harder guitar line with the more dominant acoustic guitar that sets most of the scene, and really dominates the instrumentation to focus the flow of the tunes! Titles include "Mind Funeral", "Tick Tack", "If You Ask Me", "Cellophane #1 Cellophane #2", and "Wide Open N Way". The Neighbour's Son has a vibe that's maybe a bit more UK-oriented overall – both in the way the vocals are presented, and in the confidence the group seems to have grown into with their songwriting skills – never too tight or commercial, but focused with a strong energy that really knocks most of the tunes up to the next level. Titles include "Magic Wind", "Drifting", "Zombie", "Paradox", "Use Your Sense", and "Turn Me On". Package features very detailed notes – and bonus tracks that include "Tell Me", "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today", "Chicken Skin", and "Deep Within The Storm". CD

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✨✧ Jade WarriorFloating World ... CD
Island/Esoteric (UK), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Eric Burdon & The AnimalsWhen I Was Young – The MGM Recordings 1967/1968 (Winds Of Change/Twain Shall Meet/Everyone Of Us/Love Is/bonus tracks) (5CD set) ... CD
MGM/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic package of work from The Animals – all their great second chapter albums for MGM, offered up here with bonus tracks too! First up is Winds Of Change, presented in both stereo and mono mixes – one of The Animals' most psychedelic outings ever – and also a bit funky at times too! Production by Tom Wilson is really great – echoey at most moments, with a kind of "flash" and shimmer around the drums that really spaces things out, and almost gives a Velvets sort of feel to the proceedings. The group's bluesier roots are still in place at times – but these have also been tripped-out and abstracted too, in modes that are a few years ahead of other blues rock combos on the rise. Titles include "It's All Meat", "Winds Of Change", "Poem By The Sea", "Yes I Am Experienced", "Hotel Hell", "San Franciscan Nights", and "Man Woman". Next is Twain Shall Meet – a set that's not as tripped-out as some of their other late 60s work, and which almost starts to show Eric Burdon's rising love of soul and funk! The sound is still pretty rockish overall – but there's some great use of bass rumbling at the bottom – bringing up a rumbling quality that fits nicely with Burdon's somewhat bleak presentation of the lyrics at various points. Production by Tom Wilson almost has a raspy, lo-fi sort of feel – different than the bluesier roots of the group, and almost a precursor of indie work in decades to come! Titles include the classic "Sky Pilot", plus "Monterey", "Just The Thought", "Closer To The Truth", "No Self Pity", "Orange & Red Beams", and "We Love You Lil". Every One Of Us is a real gem from The Animals' overlooked late 60s years on MGM – a time when the group were easily making some of the most inventive music on the label! The styles here are even wider than before – definitely an attempt to showcase "every one of us" that made up the group – in a blend of spacey sounds, gentle folksy moments, and some of the rougher tones of previous MGM records. Many titles were written only by Burdon – a bit of a change from before – and showcase an increased use of acoustic guitar alongside his bleak vocals. Titles include "The Immigrant Lad", "Year Of The Guru", "Serenade To A Sweet Lady", "White Houses", "New York 1963/America 1968", and "Uppers & Downers". Next is Love Is – a fantastic double-length set from The Animals – recorded in LA in the late 60s, and with plenty of great Sunset Strip influences in the mix! The band here is different than before – with Zoot Money handling both organ and piano, plus a bit of vocals, and Andy Summers joining in on guitar – and production is by the group itself, who shake off some of the trippier styles of previous records, and almost go for a "live in studio" sort of sound! There's a confluence of styles here that's really great – some of the blues of the group's roots, bits of Eric Burdon's growing love of soul, and some fuzzier touches as well. Some tracks are quite long jams, and titles include "Gemini", "Madman", "As The Years Go Passing By", "To Love Somebody", and "I'm An Animal". Bonus tracks include "Monterey (mono single)", "White Houses (single stereo)", "Anything (single)", "Gratefully Dead", "Ain't That So", "When I was Young", "A Girl Named Sandoz", "River Deep Mountain High (single stereo)", and "Sky Pilot (parts 1 & 2)", CD

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✨✧ Chicken ShackImagination Lady (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Deram/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from this legendary British group – a bluesy rock combo who grew up in the same space as Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown, but who never fully got their due on this side of the Atlantic! The group here is a unique lineup that only recorded this one album – a trio with John Glascock on bass and Paul Hancox on drums – two players who give leader Stan Webb plenty of space in the spotlight, which means a very strong emphasis on his mindblowing work on guitar! Webb's a musician with the chops of contemporaries Eric Clapton and Peter Green, and you can definitely hear that here – and, like his contemporaries, Stan is also really taking the music way past its bluesy inspirations – using the trio to maybe bring in more of a hard rock vibe, yet never going too far in that direction either. Titles include "Daughter Of The Hillside", "Crying Won't Help You Now", "The Loser", "Telling Your Fortune", and "Poor Boy". CD features bonus tracks – single versions of "Poor Boy" and "Telling Your Fortune". CD

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✨✧ Culpeper's OrchardMountain Music – The Polydor Recordings 1970 to 1973 (Culpeper's Orchard/Second Sight/Going For A Song/bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The complete Polydor Recordings of Culpeper's Orchard – a Danish group who are every bit as enigmatic as their name! The set begins with their debut – a great record from overlooked Danish group at the start of the 70s – a combo who could easily step between folksy and progressive modes, and who often had a warm sense of harmony in their vocals! Culpepper's Orchard are always very much their own sort of group – but they have a great way of shifting back and forth between key styles of the time – so that the harmonies might rival CSNY, while the acoustic elements might echo the darker corners of the Island Records scene, and more electric moments might link these guys to more of their Scandinavian contemporaries. The production is really top-shelf – clearly a big push on the group by Polydor at the time – and the album's one of those rock-solid European obscurities that really deserves wider recognition. Titles include "Gideon's Trap", "Blue Day's Morning", "Mountain Music", "Teaparty For An Orchard", and "Ode To Resistance". Next is Second Sight – wonderful work from Culpeper's Orchard – a group who equally balance headier elements with softer, more acoustic modes – often using harmonized vocals in a really great way! Unlike American acts of the early 70s, who were shifting from a CSN-inspired sound to soft rock, Culpeper's Orchard really keep things sharp here – mixing in some excellent guitar work to balance the vocals, so that they've got this double-pronged approach, and a more rocking vibe overall! Titles include "Julia", "Keyboard Waltz", "Late Night Woman Blues", Mind Pollution/Weather Report", and "Satisfied Mind". The group continue their strong run on the album Going For A Song – but also add in more acoustic modes, including mandolin and dobro, mixed with some steel guitar – to unlock more rootsy elements in their sound. Titles include "Trying To Find Home", "Good Days", "Alone In Pain", "Sailor", "New Day New Day", "Before It Began", and "Roger & Out". CD set also features the single cut "Steamhouse", and three more tracks from compilations! CD

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✨✧ Peter GreenEnd Of The Game (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic solo album from guitar genius Peter Green – recorded right after he'd departed Fleetwood Mac, the band he helped found – and done in a freewheeling trippy style that's unlike anything recorded by that other group! Green's guitar is still unbelievably strong, but cast here as much in psychedelic modes as bluesy ones – and set up in this all-instrumental lineup that features Zoot Money on piano, Godfrey Maclean on percussion, Alex Dmochowski on bass, and Nick Buck on electric piano and organ! The album is very experimental – long instrumental tracks with lots of creative twists and turns – and titles include "Descending Scale", "The End Of The Game", "Burnt Foot", "Hidden Depth", and "Bottoms Up". CD features bonus tracks – the single cuts "Heavy Heart", "No Way Out", "Beasts Of Burden", and "Uganda Woman". CD

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✨✧ Hatfield & The NorthHatfield & The North (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Virgin/Esoteric (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The seminal debut of Hatfield & The North – a group that maybe came a bit late in the UK prog scene of the early 70s, but who had a huge influence for decades to come! The quartet are a late transformation of the earlier Canterbury sound – leaner, maybe jazzier, and with a great ear for warm tones and organic elements that help hold the complexity of their music to the surface of the planet. Plus, there's this more open, honest quality to some of the work – especially the vocals – that quality, say, that made Matching Mole so different than Soft Machine. The whole lineup is an all-star affair – Richard Sinclair on bass and vocals, Pip Pyle on drums, Phil Miller on guitars, and Dave Stewart on organ, piano, and tone generator – plus some nice guest sax and flute from Geoff Leigh of Henry Cow, and vocals from Robert Wyatt on one track. Titles include "The Stubbs Effect", "Calyx", "Licks For Ladies", "Bossa Nochance", "Big Jobs No 2", "Lobster In A Cleavage Probe", and "Rifferama". This CD edition includes the bonus tracks "Let's Eat Real Soon", "Fitter Stoke Has A Bath" and "Your Majesty Is Like A Cream Donut". CD

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✨✧ Juicy LucyJuicy Lucy (with bonus track) ... CD
Vertigo/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The debut album from Juicy Lucy – an American act who made a trip to the London scene in the late 60s, where they found a way to forge a whole bunch of influences into a very unique groove! Had they stayed back home in Cali, Juicy Lucy might have gravitated towards the Bay Area scene, and ended up sounding a bit freakier and hippieish – but in London, they sharpened their sound, unleashed some deeper bluesy currents, and put the whole thing together with a mix of wit and flair that really set them apart! The group boasts great lead vocals from Ray Owen, a cool mix of electric and acoustic sax parts from Chris Mercer, strong lead guitar from Neil Hubbard, and a range of great sounds from Glenn Ross Campbell – who uses steel guitar and mandolin in ways that are very different than American groups of the time. Forgive the album its quickly-dated, exploitative cover – because it's got a lot more to offer than that – and titles include "Chicago Northwestern", "Train", "Nadine", "Mississippi Woman", "She's Mine She's Yours", and "Just One Time". CD features the bonus track "Walking Down The Highway". CD

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✨✧ Procol HarumHome (with bonus track) ... CD
A&M/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Procol Harum are definitely on home turf here – really honing, really focusing their energy – with a sound that seems to create this almost perfect interplay between the guitars of Robin Trower and vocals of Gary Brooker – two key elements of the group's sound that are even better here than on previous elements, especially when augmented by all the cool, unusual elements they always give us with their music. Brooker's got this bluesy quality, but the lyrics by Keith Reid often have this uniquely poetic vibe – one that's never overdone or pretentious, maybe because of the vocal quality – and which finds its own special space here on tunes that include "The Dead Man's Dream", "Whisky Train", "Barnyard Story", "Whaling Stories", "Your Own Choice", and "Still There'll Be More". CD features the bonus track "Whisky Train (US radio edit)". CD

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✨✧ Procol HarumLive In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Esoteric (UK), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Procol Harum always had a very heady sound in their music – a mode that was much more complex than their contemporaries, full of these richer currents of sound that matched the deeper ideas in their music! Yet here, they really take things even farther over the top – working with an orchestra in Canada, and turning out these fantastic live versions of some of their grooviest tunes – plus a few surprises as well! Unlike other "with orchestra" presentations, which can sometimes sound a bit schlocky – or have the orchestra carrying the weakening talents of aging musicians – this set captured the group in their prime, and has the amazing voice of Gary Brooker right out front – with rock solid backing from the core group, with Dave Ball on guitar and Chris Copping on plenty of organ – as the orchestrations just underscore their genius in a very effective way. Titles include "A Salty Dog", "Conquistador", "All This & More", "In Held Twas I", and 'Whaling Stories". Features bonus tracks – the b-side track "Luskus Delph" – and rehearsal tracks from the concert of "Salty Dog", "Shine On Brightly", "Simple Sister", and "Luskus Delph". CD

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✨✧ SamuraiSamurai (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Greenwich/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic debut album from Samurai – one of those lost prog classics from the start of the 70s that still sounds years ahead of its time! The group features Dave Lawson on keyboards and vocals – and represents an amazing (and short) evolution of the sound of his music from his time in the groups Episode Six and Web – a richly visionary vibe that uses jazz elements in ways that are a lot stronger than some of the group's contemporaries – nice bits of vibes, flutes, and tenor – on tunes that move between mellow jams and some more forward-moving numbers – none of which lose the jazzy touches that make the whole thing so great! Titles include "Saving It Up For So Long", "More Rain", "Maudie James", "Holy Padlock", "Give A Little Love", "Face In The Mirror" and "As I Dried The Tears Away". CD features three bonus tracks – "More Rain", "Holy Padlock", and "Give A Little Love" – all recorded live in Sweden in 1971! CD

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✨✧ Jon AndersonOlias Of Sunhillow (CD/DVD edition – with bonus mixes) ... CD
Atlantic/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful solo album from Jon Anderson – best known as the lead singer of Yes, stepping out here with a set that matches the solo projects of Chris Squire and Steve Howe from the same time! Yet unlike those efforts, this one is truly a solo recording – as Anderson not only sings, but handles all the instruments himself – keyboards, guitars, and everything else – folded together in a sound that's very faithful, thanks to work from Mike Dunne, who'd handled a lot of the sound for recordings by Yes! Given that Anderson's not an instrumental virtuoso, like some of his bandmates, the record is a nice change from some of the side-long power jams of mid 70s Yes – tunes that together tell a story, but which have a lyrical, personal vibe that also really suits the charms of Jon's vocals. The set feels nicely like a mid 70s side-chapter of Yes – in ways that are different than the solo records by Howe and Squire – and titles include "Ocean Song", "To The Runner", "Flight Of The Moorglade", "Solid Space", "Dance Of Rampart/Olias", and "Meeting/Sound Out The Galleon". 2CD edition features a bonus DVD – with a new 5.1 Surround Sound upmix, and a High Resolution stereo mix! CD

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✨✧ Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, & David FreibergBaron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun ... CD
Grunt/Esoteric (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic set from that second chapter on the California scene – that moment when the big initial wave of successful groups had rose and broke, leaving behind all sorts of new creative partnerships! This set's a great example of one of those – as Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner and Grace Slick come together with David Freiberg of Quicksilver Messenger Service – then open the door to a whole host of guests who really help make the whole thing an all-star Bay Area affair! You can definitely hear some echoes of Quicksilver, especially some of the more down to earth modes of the later records by that group – which fit perfectly with the vocals – and the lineup features work by Jerry Garcia on guitar on most tracks, plus Mickey Hart on percussion, Papa John Creach on violin, Jorma Kaukonen on guitar, Jack Casady on bass, The Pointer Sisters on backup vocals, and even David Crosby on guest vocals on one track. Titles include "White Boy", "Fishman", "Sketches Of China", "Ballad Of The Chrome Nun", "Flowers Of The Night", and "Across The Board". CD

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✨✧ Love SculptureBlues Helping (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Esoteric (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A surprising little gem from the late 60s UK blues rock scene – and one of the first efforts from a young Dave Edmunds! Edmunds is the key member of this trio – singing lead vocals and playing some incredibly smoking guitar that kicks off this blues-heavy set, and needs no apologies whatsoever! Tunes include 2 great instrumentals – Freddy King's "Stumble" and the original "Blues Helping" – both of which have that unmistakable Edmunds sound already firmly in place – plus versions of "I Believe To My Soul", "Come Back Baby", "Don't Answer The Door", "So Unkind" and "On The Road Again". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "It's A Wonder", "Morning Dew", "River To Another Day", and "Brand New Woman". CD

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✨✧ Tear GasPiggy Go Getter ... CD
Paramount/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Tear Gas – a Scottish group who never got the same sort of credit as some of their UK contemporaries at the start of the 70s – but who really made a few great records on their own! This set's got a strange mix of California currents with some of the post-psyche hard rock styles that were bubbling under in the new English generations – occasional hints of rural sensibilities mixed with tighter, fuzzier guitars – often set to lyrics that can be surprisingly thoughtful, and way more than just a filler between the fuzz. Titles include "Mirrors Of Sorrow", "Living For Today", "Lost Awakening", "Your Woman's Gone & Left You", "Night Girl", "I'm Fallin Far Behind", and "Witches Come Today". CD
Also available Piggy Go Getter ... LP 19.99
 
 
 



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