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Czarface (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric)Every Hero Needs A Villain ... LP
Brick, 2015. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99 29.98
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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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

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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 2 – Europe – Esoteric, Modal, & Deep Jazz From The European Underground 1960 to 1978 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The sound of spiritual jazz from the European underground of the 60s and 70s – a really rich music-making scene that's every bit as impressive as the one going on in the US – as you'll hear from this amazing set of tracks! As with the first volume in the series, the collection is filled with modal jazz and other groovers – mostly long tracks that really stretch out, yet still always have a tight sense of rhythm – one that makes the music completely infectious right from the start! It might be tempting to think of European jazz of this sort as kind of a copy of a US mode – but instead, it really happened simultaneously – as younger players were really pushing past the styles of previous years – and drawing not only on American jazz for inspiration, but also a range of different post-colonial modes particular to the European scene – bits of African, Latin, Brazilian, and other styles that really helped influence their approach. And in a way, it might even be said that the Europeans of the 60s had a much looser approach to rhythm, one that really allowed for experiments like these – and which, in turn, went back to have an influence on the American side as well. Titles include "Temple Dancer" by Michael Garrick, "Communion" by Erich Kleinschuster, "Archangelo" by Raphael, "Africa Freakout" by Barney Wilen, "Corrida" by Nicolai Gromin, "Duke & Trane" by Hiekki Sarmanto, "Nana Imboro" by Wroblewski Jazz Quintet, "Las Morillas De Jaen" by Pedro Iturralde, "Bosnia Calling" by Dusko Goykovich, and "Candy Clouds (part 2)" by Hans Dulfer & Ritmo Natural. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 5 – Esoteric Modal & Deep Jazz From Around The World 1961 to 1979 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Easily the coolest collection so far in the amazing Spiritual Jazz series – and a set that shows the truly global growth of the genre during the Coltrane generation – on tracks from such far-flung scenes as India, Australia, Israel, Turkey, and beyond! The music is often quite exotic – core jazz elements mixed with more offbeat instrumentation, but almost always driven by a modal-styled groove – the kind of rhythmic energy inspired by McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones – but served up here by other contemporary players, and a few from the next generation as well. As always with Jazzman, the song choice is sublime – so much so that the record includes a few gems we knew, but forgot about, mixed with other tracks we're hearing here for the first time ever! Great notes support all the musical choices – and titles include "Pondo Blues" by Eric Nomvete's Big Five, "Song For My Lady" by Louiz Banks, "Islamic Suite" by Charlie Munro, "Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu" by Jazz Workshop, "Koy Yolu" by Jazz Semai, "Vicky" by Jorge Lopez Ruiz, "Sobre El Orinoco" by Virgilio Armas, "Raga Rock" by Braz Gonsalves Seven, "Trane Ride" by Tete Mbabisa, "Um Allah" by Aquila, and "Destroy The Nihilist Picnic" by London Experimental Jazz Quartet. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 6 – Vocals – Modal Esoteric & Progressive Jazz Vocals From Around The World 1960 to 1986 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great look at a very important side of spiritual jazz in the 60s and 70s – the evolution of jazz vocals, to a point when singers like Abbey Lincoln, Andy Bey, or Leon Thomas brought a whole new sound and soul to the spectrum of jazz! This wonderful package covers lots of key moments from that time – and also unearths some great rare tracks, too – really showing the way that singers of this period moved far far past the styles of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald in the generation before – often using their voices with the same unbridled power as the musicians in these groups, serving up some righteous lyrics and politics in the process! The collection might well be our favorite in this great series so far – and titles include "Imani" by EW Wainwright, "Tears For Johannesburg" by Max Roach, Colors" by Norman Riley, "African Violet" by Sadaka, "The Ladder" by The Singers & Musicians Of Washington High School, "Rain Forest" by Dr Haki R Mahubuti, "African Sunshine" by Eddie Gale, "Reunion (edit)" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz Ntu Troop, "John Coltrane" by Clifford Jordan, and "Spirits Up Above" by Vibration Society. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Phillip Wilson with Olu DaraEsoteric ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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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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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✨✧ AffinityAffinity (4CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Paramount/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy 4CD ... $36.99 51.99
A massive set of work from Affinity – a group who only gave the world one classic album, but have a heck of a lot more to offer too! The set begins with the self-titled album from Affinity – a British rock combo, but one with a distinctly jazzy feel – one that's often quite funky at times too! The core instrumentation is heavy on keyboards and guitar, set over some tightly rhythm bass and drums – often moving with some hip jazzy changes in the mix, and a nice sense of space between the notes that really helps things groove. Vocals are by Linda Hoyle, who again has a bit of a jazz-based approach – almost like Norma Winstone or Julie Driscoll at times in the way she soars out majestically over the rhythms, but somewhat more lyrically oriented overall. Titles include "I Am & So Are You", "Night Flight", "Three Sisters", "Mr Joy", and "I Wonder If I Care As Much". CD2 continues the jazzy spirit, with a whole host of instrumentals showing some soul jazz roots of the group – as they take on "Jive Samba", "All Blues", "Fever", "Out Of The Storm", "Comin Home Baby", and "Mercy Mercy Mercy". CD3 features origins of the group, with 17 more tracks from 1965 to 1967 – including more jazz work too – and CD4 features 9 more tracks recorded after the classic album – including "Rio", "Sunshower", "Grey Skies", "Mora's Hand", "Sarah's Wardrobe", and "Highgate". CD

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Jon AndersonOlias Of Sunhillow (CD/DVD edition – with bonus mixes) ... CD
Atlantic/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 25.99
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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Arthur Brown's Kingdom ComeEternal Messenger – An Anthology 1970 to 1973 (Galactic Zoo Dossier/Kingdom Come/Journey/Jam/BBC Sessions/bonus tracks) (5CD set) ... CD
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $44.99 65.99
All the albums from this mindblowing group – plus lots of bonus material too! First up is the legendary Galactic Zoo Dossier album – the start of a fantastic chapter for the legendary Arthur Brown – the first album issued with his Kingdom Come group, a combo who were even more insane than his Crazy World project of the late 60s! Brown is the quintessential front man here – singing in this really dynamic, dramatic way that's years ahead of its time – much more upfront than so many of the singers of the psych generation, and even the new hard rock vocalists too – at a level that makes music like this a great inspiration for so man styles to come! The instrumentation is as dynamic as the vocals, too – not prog jamming, but instead this really focused, fused blend of heavy drums, searing guitar, and organ – all sending things way way over the top. Titles include "Internal Messenger", "Night Of The Pigs", "Trouble", "Sunrise", "Brains", the "Galactic Zoo/Space Plucks" medley, "Creep", and "Creation". Kingdom Come is an album that bears the title of the larger group as a whole, but it's clear that mainman Arthur Brown is still very much at the helm – propelling the fantastic energy of the group almost like some carnival ringmaster – as his lyrics burst out with a power to match all the intensity of the group's guitar, organ, heavy bass, and drum interplay! There's a few moments that are nicely more complicated than before – almost as if Brown is using the new advances of the 70s to bring even more mania to his music – but without losing the rocking power of the previous records, nor giving way to too-jamming prog modes either. Titles include "Water", "City Melody", "Traffic Light Song", "Love Is A Spirit That Will Never Die", "The Teacher", and "The Experiment". Journey is an overlooked gem from the great Arthur Brown – not a set with his late 60s Crazy World group, but instead some great material done with Kingdom Come – a group who seem to be morphing with Brown into a really great space rock sort of combo! The keyboards and electronics here are stronger than before – not Tangerine Dream spacey, but fused with more hard-rocking modes that really take off and fly to the skies – so much so that Brown's vocals are often less a part of the sound than the group's amazing instrumental interplay – which could previously be shadowed a bit by his lead! The whole thing's great – a cool, compressed take on modes that so many others were trying to handle at the time – but maybe never this well. Titles include "Superficial Roadblocks", "Time Captives", "Triangles", "Conception", "Spirit Of Joy", "Come Alive", "Lost Time", and "Corpora Supercelestia". All three albums are presented with bonus tracks – and CD4 features Jam (The First Sessions) – the long jamming that produced the Kingdom Come sound before the first album – and CD5 features BBC sessions from 1971 and 1972! CD
(Comes with a great booklet, and a bonus poster too!)

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Peter BardensAnswer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
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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Tim BlakeCrystal Machine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Egg/Esoteric (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
Fantastic sounds from Tim Blake – an artist who previously worked with Gong, and sometimes worked with Hawkwind – but who really came into his own on this legendary album of electronics! Tim works here on a self-constructed "crystal machine" – a bank of electronics that was often played in performance to front some trippy film installations (as shown on the cover) – which perfectly suited the stretched-out spacey style of his music! The vibe is maybe a bit like early Tangerine Dream, but with some of the warmer modes of the French electronic scene of the time – and titles include "Midnight", "Last Ride Of The Boogie Child", "Synthese Intemporel", and "Crystal Presence". CD features bonus tracks – "Surf" and "Synthese Intemporel (parts 1 & 2)". 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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Joe Byrd & The Field HippiesAmerican Metaphysical Circus ... CD
Columbia/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
An amazing little record from Joe Byrd – an artist with roots in serious music, but who's serving things up here with a wild hippie aesthetic that makes the whole thing come across more like a "happening" than the usual sort of studio album – but in ways that also echo an earlier generation of Americanist composition too. The process of the record mimics some of Byrd's famous work in New York – and has a very collaborative feel overall, with elements of electronics, acoustics, and vocals coming together beautifully! There's some great tabla, harpsichord, moog, and organ on the record – plus more serious woodwinds and brass – and vocals from Victoria Bond, Susan De Lange, Christie Thompson, and Ernie Anderson – plus Joe himself. Titles include "Kalyani", "Moonsong Pelog", "You Can't Ever Come Down", "Gospel Music", "Nightmare Train", "Leisure World", and "The Elephant At The Door". 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 Budapest Live Tapes (2CD & DVD) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 2017. Used 2CD & DVD ... $4.99
Steve Hackett on guitar, harmonica and vocals Tamas Barabas on bass and vocals, Gulli Briem on drums and percussion, Attila Egerhazi on guitar, and percussion, and Aron Koos-Hutas on trumpet and flugelhorn. CD
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Djabe & Steve HackettLife Is A Journey - The Sardinia Tapes (CD & DVD) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 2017. Used CD & DVD ... $4.99
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
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DuffyScruffy Duffy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
Duffy look plenty scruffy on the cover – and they sound equally so in their music – which is a rough-edged blend of hard rock and more freewheeling modes! At some points, these guys sound like a 70s refinement of earlier blues rock modes – but at other times, they've got a complexity and deftness that almost reminds us of early Rush – who, we guess, were almost in similar territory themselves at this time! The group can clearly take off to the skies if they want – but they also do a great job of eschewing more progressive indulgence to really give things a sharper punch. Titles include "Joker", "Banker", "I Can't Help The Way I Am", "Running Away", "Ode To Clay", and "The Browns". CD features bonus tracks – "Joker (first version)", "Banker (first version)", "The 1959 Rock N Roll Bop (first version)", "St John's (first mix)", and "Ode To Clay (first mix)". CD

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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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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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✨✧ Peter GreenEnd Of The Game (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
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 ... $14.99 20.99
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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Lord Sutch & Heavy FriendsLord Sutch & Heavy Friends ... CD
Cotillion/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
The lasting legacy of Screaming Lord Sutch – and an album that's almost equally well-known for its work by a host of famous guests – including Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and others! Page is perhaps the most involved here – as he produced the set with Sutch, co-wrote some tracks, and plays some mighty searing guitar – as does Beck, which makes the album almost worth it alone for all the wonderful solos! But Sutch himself is pretty great too – kind of a mish-mash of late 60s nasty camp references, with the same sinister vibe as Kim Fowley – and an equally freewheeling approach to a tune that makes the album a heck of a lot of fun. Titles include "Gutty Guitar", "Flashing Lights", "Wailing Sounds", "Thumping Beat", "Union Jack Car", and "London". CD

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Love SculptureBlues Helping (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Esoteric (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
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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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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PattoGive It All Away – The Albums 1970 to 1973 (Patto/Hold Your Fire/Roll Em Smoke Em/Monkey's Bum) (4CD set) ... CD
Vertigo/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $36.99 50.99
Four full albums from Patto – presented here in a complete box set! First up is the self-titled Patto – the debut album from a group who were never huge at the time, but who've gone onto become one of the best-remembered acts from the Vertigo Records scene – thanks to the sound of this amazing debut! The record is extremely hard to peg – it's definitely got some jazz inspiration in the way the songs are put together – especially since group member Ollie Halsall uses some great vibes – but the whole thing's hardly a jazz rock set at all – as the tunes are maybe more open at times, or a bit gritty at others – always topped by the unique vocals of Mike Patto. The record is both freewheeling and down to earth at the same time – a hard thing to pull off – and titles include "The Man", "Hold Me Back", "Time To Die", "Red Glow", and "Government Man". Hold Your Fire is a really great second set from Patto – a record that maybe tips the balance more strongly towards guitar sounds than the previous, but one that still preserves all their really unique sense of arrangements and songwriting! Vocalist Mike Patto is kind of a lost legend from early 70s rock – a singer who might have given some of the bigger Brit names a run for their money, had he ever gotten a chance to really shine in the spotlight. But it's also that suppressed fame that makes his presence on this record so great – a completely unselfconscious approach that fits in both with the grittier numbers and some of the more open, chromatic tunes. Titles include "Hold Your Fire", "Give It All Away", "See You At The Dance Tonight", and "How's Your Father". Next is Roll Em Smoke Em – maybe the funkiest record ever cut by Mike Patto and crew – a set that's got a nicely loose, unbridled feel – and plenty of funky drums and percussion from John Halsey! The group have really hit their prime here – so much so, they almost don't need any larger concepts or ideas to guide them – and are just comfortable to get together and work out some nicely rough-edged ideas – with Patto himself sounding maybe a bit more blue-eyed soulful/rocker, and Ollie Halsell kicking up his guitar with a lot more fuzz. Titles include "Flat Footed Woman", "Singing The Blues On Reds", "Loud Green Song", "Turn Turtle", and "Peter Abraham". Last up is Monkey's Bum – material that was intended to become the fourth album from Patto – an excellent UK group who never fully got their due! Patto have a great sound that's kind of like higher progressive rock ideas taken down into bluesier territory – with an earthiness that maybe a few key contemporaries got right – maybe Traffic or Procol Harum – and, like both of those groups, one that was capable of really hitting things right on the nose with a special sound that was all their own. Mike Patto only got better as a singer as the years went on, bringing more soulful phrasing into his lyrics – which is also echoed by some of the keyboard and rhythm work here, but never in a way that's too slavishly blues-rock or white boy soul, and certainly with the right sort of complexity to warrant the group's attention by Island in the early 70s. Titles include "Hedyob", "My Days Are Numbered", "Sugar Cube 1967", "I Need You", "Good Friend", and "Get Up & Dig It" – plus a great cover of "Last Night I Had A Dream". CD set features the bonus tracks "Beat The Drum", "Bad News", and "Hanging Rope". CD

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Rare BirdBeautiful Scarlet – The Recordings 1969 to 1975 (Rare Bird/As Your Mind Flies By/Epic Forest/Somebody's Watching/Born Again/Live/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 6CD ... $42.99 59.99
A huge legacy of work from Rare Bird – a group who hardly made a blip on our side of the Atlantic at the start of the 70s, but who were one of the sharpest, tightest acts to emerge in the new wave of prog in the UK! The group have a really great way with an organ line – and the vocals from Steve Gould have a surprisingly soulful current, nicely rough around the edges at times – which always keeps these guys from sounding too polished or precious! Like many of their contemporaries, the group start out with some shorter tracks, then stretch things out as their albums progress – and along the way, they also manage to deliver some surprisingly heartfelt tunes as Gould develops more and more as a singer. There's a mix of simplicity and complexity here that's wonderful – a real under-tapped legacy, presented here on the full albums Rare Bird, As Your Mind Flies By, Epic Forest, Somebody's Watching, and Born Again – plus a full never-issued 1974 live set recorded in London – plus 12 more bonus tracks too! CD

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SchoenbergSerenade Op 24 For Septet & Baritone Voice – Dimitri Mitropoulos/Clark Brody/Eric Simon/Sal Piccardi/John Smith/Louis Krasner/Ralph Hersh/Seymour Barab/Warren Galjour ... LP
Esoteric, 1949. Very Good ... $11.99
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(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, with a small peeled spot in front, and some writing in pen on back.)

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Colin ScotColin Scot (with bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
The debut album from Colin Scott – a hell of a singer/songwriter who should have been huge – and a talent who was taken from us all too soon! Colin's got a really special sound here – one that has deep American roots, but which is crafted with help from a huge amount of key talents on the British scene at the start of the 70s – including Robert Fripp and Brinsley Schwarz on guitars, Rick Wakeman on keyboards, and Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, and Peter Hammill on backing vocals – all working with these light string arrangements from Richard Hewson, but at a level that makes the whole thing feel very personal and immediate – maybe that special blend of the individual and the arrangements that Nick Drake had on record – even though Scot's a very different artist than Nick! Scot has an amazing way with a tune, and a vocal approach that will grab you instantly – on titles that include "The Boatman", "Hey Sandy", "Nite People", "My Rain", "Confusion", "Baby In My Lady", and "You're Bound To Lead Us Now". CD features four bonus tracks – "My Rain (take 1)", "Long Time Gone", "Do The Dance Now Davey (take 3)", and "Nite People (take 2)". CD

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SpiritSunrise & Salvation – The Mercury Era Anthology (8CD set) ... CD
Mercury/Esoteric (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 8CD ... $54.99 74.99
Spirit are maybe best known for their revolutionary work of the late 60s – music that took a more freeform style of jamming and focused it into some surprisingly tuneful ends – but the group were really firmly back at their best during the overlooked 70s stretch in which they recorded for Mercury Records! The lineup on most of these tracks marks the return of both Ed Cassidy and Randy California to the group – and at many moments, the sound is almost out of time – sometimes a more focused hard rock take on the group's earlier work, but at many other points a lot more freewheeling and almost as experimental as at their start – which makes for a huge amount of greatness to discover in this overstuffed package. From what we can tell, the set includes all the material from the Mercury albums Spirit Of 76, Son Of Spirit, Farther Along, and Future Games – but also has a huge amount of other rare and related material – as well as two live sets, one from Austin in 1975, one from Cleveland in the same year! There's also 23 early demo tracks, 21 tracks of rare studio material from 1974, and even 8 more solo demo tracks by group members. The package has a massive 195 tracks in all! CD

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Al StewartTime Passages (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Esoteric (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A 70s gem from singer/songwriter Al Stewart – a set that was part of his long-overdue rise to global fame – after quietly giving the world a number of great and overlooked albums from the UK scene! The vibe here is similar to the preceding set – the classic Year Of The Cat – in that Al's got all of his sharp songwriting and very unique vocal phrasing intact – all set to sharp production that brings out the real strengths of his catchier moments, and certainly pushes Al far past the more Dylan-inspired territory of his earliest years. Titles include the wonderful title cut "Time Passages" – plus "Song On The Radio", "Life In Dark Water", "Valentina Way", "A Man For All Seasons", "Almost Lucy", "The Palace Of Versailles", and "Timeless Skies". 2CD set features the bonus track "Tonton Macoute" – plus the single versions of "Song On The Radio" and "Time Passages", a set of demo recordings from 1977, of tracks that include "The Hollywood Sign", "Life In A Bottle", "Palace Of Versailles", and "Tonton Macoute" – and six more tracks recorded for a live radio concert in Chicago in 1978! 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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Third Ear BandMosaics – The Albums 1969 to 1972 (Alchemy/Third Ear Band/Music From Macbeth) (3CD set) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99
A trio of important albums from this very unique group – brought together here in a single package! First up is Alchemy – the amazing first album from Third Ear Band – a set that's maybe even more distinct than some of their later, better-known recordings! These guys emerged in the British scene at the end of the 60s – but they're not really psych, or prog – and although they have a love of ancient sounds, they're also not in any of the territory that was being explored by acid folk groups of the time! Instead, they've got this wonderful all-acoustic blend of reeds, stringed instruments, and percussion – all with a feel that seems to link together centuries with its own organic energy, but which also gives a bit of a nod to freer jazz elements of the time. At points, these guys almost sound like a looser, more-jamming version of Penguin Cafe Orchestra – but that's only part of the approach – as things are very unique throughout, in a blend of tablas, hand drums, oboe, recorder, viola, violin, cello, and slide pipes – served up on titles that include "Druid One", "Lark Rise", "Ghetto Raga" and "Stone Circle". Next is the self-titled Third Ear Band record – key material from one of the most unique groups of the early prog years – as they dropped the electricity of most of their contemporaries, and instead serve up their sounds in a blend of oboe, violin, cello, and percussion – all with really amazing results! There's currents of free jazz in the music at times – especially on the Leroy Jenkins-like violin – but the percussion also grounds the music nicely – and really keeps the whole group tied to the planet with an organic, almost timeless current – a good thing too, as the titles are all based on the elements – "Air", "Earth", "Fire", and "Water". Last up is their very unique Music From Macbeth – an imagined soundtrack handled in a wonderful way –Shakespeare never sounded so compelling before – given a very cool soundtrack by the Third Ear Band, who were moved to work on this project in collaboration with director Roman Polanski! The music is fantastic away from the film – very different than some of the group's earlier records, and a lot more eerie too – as some of their usual string and reed elements almost take on an electronic vibe in the process! Most tracks are very spacious and open, with the violin and oboe crafting some especially sharp, angular sounds – almost as if the group were let loose in some sort of analogue electronic studio. Titles include "The Beach", "The Banquet", "Dagger & Death", "Bear Baiting", "Groom's Dance", "Prophetics", and "Wicca Way". CD

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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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Vinegar JoeFiner Things – The Island Recordings 1972/1973 (Vinegar Joe/Rock & Roll Gypsies/Six Star General/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Island/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99
A trio of overlooked albums from UK group Vinegar Joe – packaged here with bonus tracks as well! First up is the group's debut, Vinegar Joe – a record with a UK blend of roots rock and deeper blues currents – but served up in that 70s style that takes all the best elements way past their familiar incarnations! The group sports two singers – a young Robert Palmer and female vocalist Elkie Brooks – and although Palmer would soon emerge as a more pop-oriented artist, he's got plenty of soulful chops here – but maybe still only second to Elkie, who soars out with the sort of inspiration that must have touched Janis Joplin as well. Titles include "Circles", "Leg Up", "See The World", "Never Met A Dog", "Live A Little Get Somewhere", and "Avinu Malkenu". Next up is Rock & Roll Gypsies – a record with a really wonderful sound – tight, but never too polished – maybe that UK love of American soul inspirations that folks know more famously in work by artists like Joe Cocker or Traffic, but which is served up here with a really unique feel by the overlooked Vinegar Joe! The group sports a fantastic lead female vocalist in Elkie Brooks, who'd later go on to make some great records on her own – and a young Robert Palmer rounds out the lyrics with a quality that's so different than his later work, and maybe even more soulful overall. Titles include "Falling", "It's Gettin To The Point", "Buddy Can You Spare Me A Line", "Angel", "No One Ever Do", "Forgive Us", and "Charley's Horse". Last up is Six Star General – the third album from Vinegar Joe, and a set that we're not sure got the same global circulation as the earlier albums – which is a real shame, as the group here are maybe even more focused on their sound than before! By this point, Robert Palmer has left the group, but the wonderful Elkie Brooks is still in the lead on guitar – and the group have impeccable instrumentation from Jim Mullen on guitar, Keef Harley on drums, and Mike Deacon on keyboards. Titles include "Proud To Be", "Black Smoke Rising From The Calumet", "Let Me Down Easy", "Fine Thing", "Lady Of The Rain", and "Dream My Own Dreams". Also features bonus tracks "Speed Queen Of Ventura", "Long Way Round", and single versions of "Black Smoke Rising From The Calument" and "Rock & Roll Gypsies". CD

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Woods BandWoods Band ... CD
Greenwich Gramophone Company/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
The debut album from The Woods Band – a group formed by Terry and Gay Woods after leaving Steeleye Span – and one who've got a very similar blend of folksy roots and more contemporary instrumentation! The Woods Band might be a distant branch on the Fairport Convention family tree – but that's also what makes them so great, as they clearly have their own vibe going on here, and are able to craft a lot of their own wonderful songs next to a few traditional numbers adapted for their style. The set's one of the most obscure in that great moment of electrified British folk music at the start of the 70s, but equally well-deserving of attention as the bigger ones – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Noisey Johnny", "January's Snows", "Lament & Jig", "Promises", and "Over The Bar". CD

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VariousBreakthrough – The Underground Sounds Of 1971 (4CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy 4CD ... $36.99 51.99
British music breaking through – served up here in a set of sounds that really reflect the massive musical year of 1971! As you might guess from the "underground" in the title, the collection's a bit one-sided – as it's not out to document the hits of the time, but instead the work that was bubbling under and having such a huge impact on the world – even if some of these artists never saw the fame they deserved, or were a few years away from bigger success with the tracks on the set! The package is heavy on work from the psych-into-prog years – much of which never falls into the excesses of either – and there's also a few hard rockers, some jazzier bits, and lots more surprises along the way – served up in a set list of 52 tracks by artists who include Keef Hartley, Jade Warrior, Pink Fairies, Procol Harum, Family, Samurai, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Nucleus, Yes, Status Quo, Cressida, BB Blunder, Beggars Opera, Pretty Things, Spring, Hawkwind, Audience, Atomic Rooster, Patto, Caravan, John Martyn, Peter Hammill, and many others. CD

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VariousLet The Electric Children Play – The Underground Story Of Transatlantic Records 1968 to 1976 (3CD set) ... CD
Transatlantic/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 30.99 About January 7, 2022
A very cool look at the freakiest years of the legendary Transatlantic Records label – an important British imprint that was essential to blues and folk in the late 60s, but which also released some much trippier material too! The music here is a frenetic blend of jazz, folk, prog, and some surprisingly funky modes at times – a really fresh, freewheeling assemblage of different musical elements by a younger generation of musicians who were neither slavish to their influences, nor willing to let anyone hold back their creativity! Bigger names on the Transatlantic label have gotten huge rediscovery in recent years, but many of the artists here are much more obscure – brought together beautifully, along with a big booklet of notes that really gets at the diversity of the music. Titles include "Norwegian Wood" and "II BS" by Circus, "We Can Swing Together" and "Obadiah's Grave" by Alan Hull, "Metamorphosis" and "Billy The Monster" by The Deviants, "Paint It Black" and "We've Had It" by Jody Grind, "Skin Valley Serenade" by Skin Alley, "Criminal World" by Metro, "Mendle" by Mr Fox, "Don't Ever Give Up Trying" by Unicorn, "Mice & Rats In The Loft" by Jan Dukes De Grey, "Born To Be Free" by Marsupilami, "All In Your Mind" by Stray, "Tear Down The Wall" by Peter Bardens, "A Distant Thought A Point Of Light" by CMU, "Shelter" by Renia, "Opening Move" by Gryphon, "Journey's End" by Decameron, "Saturday Round About Sunday (single version)" by The Humblebums, and "Mona" by Mick Farren. 49 tracks in all! CD

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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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VariousTaking Some Time On – The Underground Sounds Of 1970 (4CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy 4CD ... $34.99 50.99
A groundbreaking set of music from the start of the 70s – work by a variety of British groups who rose up from the underground and changed music forever – some who'd later fly to superstardom in the 70s, and many more who'd just remain the province of hipper listeners for decades to come! The music here is in a variety of modes – late psych, early prog, hard rock, and even experimental folk – the crowning jewels of important labels like Vertigo, Harvest, and Decca – brought together here with a really wonderful choice of cuts, and very detailed notes that helps really put all the many artists and sounds in perspective! If you think you know this moment from the classic rock records in your collection, then guess again – as you'll have plenty here to rework your ideas of 1970, in a set list of 57 tracks, with work from Gentle Giant, Blodwyn Pig, Lindisfarne, Hawkwind, Atomic Rooster, Van Der Graaf Generator, Caravan, Egg, Patto, T2, Kevin Ayers, Rare Bird, Stray, Family, Wishbone Ash, Yes, Quatermass, East Of Eden, Pete Brown & Piblokto, McDonald & Giles, Cressida, Love Sculpture, Affinity, Curved Air, Michael Chapman, and many others. CD

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✨✧ Acqua FragileMass Media Stars ... CD
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 ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ GypsyComes A Time – The United Artists Recordings (Gypsy/Brenda & The Rattlesnake/bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The full United Artists recordings of this enigmatic group – two full albums, and a bonus single too! First up is the self-titled Gypsy – work by a group who shouldn't be confused with the American act of the same name, even though their sound definitely has some influence from the rootsier sound of our scene at the same time! Acoustic and electric guitar lines mix up nicely, and the group often harmonize the lyrics between the singers – with a sinister edge at times that's a nice surprise, and an unusual approach that's nicely hard to peg – almost as if these guys took a jar full of familiar influences, shook it up, and poured out a special brew of their own. Titles include "Turning Wheel", "I Want To Be Beside You", "Standing Alone Feel So Bad", "Pony Ride", "Keep On Trying", and "What Makes A Man A Man". Brenda & The Rattlesnake has the group changing their lineup slightly, and their sound a bit more – really tightening things up on both the guitars and the vocals – which have this really wonderful focus that's produced strongly with a nice current of fuzz at the edges. There's a sense of compression that marks some of the more mainstream British work of the period, but these guys are hardly pop at all – maybe just a bit more hard rocking than before, but still very much their own bag. Titles include "Change Your Mind", "Shame", "Who's Cheating", "Brand New Car", "Midnight Fighter", and "Let's Roll". 2CD set features detailed notes, and the bonus single "Changes Coming" and "Don't Cry On Me". CD

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✨✧ IgginbottomIgginbottom's Wrench ... CD
Esoteric/Purple Pyramid, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Late 60s jazzy rock from the UK scene – a unique, masterfully moody set spacious grooves from future fusiony guitar guru Allan Holdsworth with fellow guitarist Seven Robinson, bass player Mick Skelly and drummer Dave Freeman. So many pre-prog era, dexterously jazz inspired have more psychedelic era buzz to them, but Igginbottom's Wrench plays by it's own rules, with dynamic playing and detached vocals that make it all the more oddball appealing. Titles include "The Castle", "Out Of Confusion", "The Witch", "California Dreamin", "Not So Sweet Dreams", "The Donkey" and more. CD
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✨✧ SteppenwolfMagic Carpet Ride – The Dunhill/ABC Years 1967 to 1971 (Steppenwolf/Second/At Your Birthday/Early/Monster/Live/7/For Ladies Only/bonus tracks) (8CD set) ... CD
Dunhill/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 8CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heady brew of sounds from Steppenwolf – a group who are maybe best known for one famous early hit, but who kept on getting better and wilder as the years went on! The group have a sound that spun out of the Summer Of Love with a vibe that showed that things weren't all sun and flowers – a more sinister blend of blues roots and psych that moved even more strongly towards the latter as the 70s moved in, and the group's instrumentation just got tighter and tighter – graced by raw vocals from John Kay that fit perfectly next to the romping rhythms, and guitars that were a key part of the formation of the hard rock generation. 8CD set features the full early years of the group – the albums Steppenwolf, Second, At Your Birthday Party, Monster, Steppenwolf Live, Steppenwolf 7, and For Ladies Only – plus the Early Steppenwolf Live At The Matrix show from 1967 – and 26 more bonus tracks added to the albums, all wrapped up in a box set with original cover art, and detailed notes too. CD

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✨✧ TouchTouch (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Coliseum/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pivotal record in the sound of the US scene at the end of the 60s – and a record that seems to trace an entire evolution in rock during the space of just one album! Touch have roots that go back to The Kingsmen and Don & The Goodtimes – and you can definitely hear garage elements in the organ and guitars – but they're also stretching out freely in all the heady freedoms of the late 60s – with a soaring approach that definitely lives up to the cover image! There's a blend of rough and rootsy with confident and cosmic going on – a really powerful approach that's made the album a standout for years, even if the group never hit some of the fame of their bigger contemporaries. Titles include "We Feel Fine", "Friendly Birds", "Down At Circe's Place", "The Spiritual Death Of Howard Greer", and "Seventy Five". CD features some great bonus tracks – rare demo versions fo "We Finally Met Today", "Alesha & Others", and "The Spiritual Death Of Howard Greer" – plus film music for "The Second Coming Of Suzanne", and the cut "Blue Feeling". CD

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✨✧ Be Bop DeluxeLive In The Air Age (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1977. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
The "air" here might well refer to the charged atmosphere in the arena during the live show that makes up this set from Be Bop Deluxe – a nice summation of everything that Bill Nelson and the group had done on their studio classics from the mid 70s, maybe stripped-down here a bit away from the studio! Yet somehow, the music also has that wonderful sense of compression that the group always got – a way of layering the sound at a level that's maybe post-glam, pre-punk, and without some of the fuller trappings of ELO, with more of a focus on the guitar. The whole approach holds up surprisingly well on stage – and titles include "Shine", "Fair Exchange", "Sister Seagull", "Blazing Apostles", "Life In The Air Age", and "Ships In The Night". 3CD set features three more bonus John Peel live tracks on CD1 – and CD2 and CD3 feature a full extended live performance, done in London at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977! Newly remastered, with new notes by Bill Nelson, and in the correct running order for the first time on CD. CD

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✨✧ GongDownwind ... CD
Arista/Esoteric (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Open RoadWindy Daze (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Greenwich Gramophone Company/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The only album ever issued by Open Road – a really great band who were Donovan's backing group on his album of the same name – and who went on to record this album with an equally wonderful vibe! As with Donovan at the start of the 70s, the sound of Open Road is a bit hard to peg – certainly rooted in 60s folk expressions, but taken in all these other directions – hair let down, jazzy influences allowed in, and acoustic instruments mixed with electric in this playful blend of percussion, guitars, keyboards, 12-string, and all sorts of other elements – handled in ways that have a vibe that's similar to Donovan's way of making things sound casual, almost accidental – but brilliant in this really subtle style. Titles include "Mother Earth", "Secret Of Life", "She's My Sister", "Shimmers Of Sound", "Waterwheel", and "Sweet Liquor Woman". 2CD set features the group's never-issued second album, plus other bonus tracks – titles that include "Going For A Quick One", "Children Of The Sun", "Control Interferes With The Flow", "Express Train", "Lost & Found", "Swamp Fever", and "Leading Me On". 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousBanquet – The Underground Sounds Of 1969 (3CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic little set that heralds the beginning of a whole new generation in music – post-psych sounds from the year of 1969 – a time when the revolution had cooled a bit, but new waves of creative activity were really bubbling underground in the UK scene – as all these many groups and singers were striding forth to make their own sorts of sounds, after borrowing bits from others in previous years! The music here is more compact than later prog, but equally jamming – and some of the artists were born from blues and R&B inspirations, but are really moving into their own territory here – helping forge styles that would set the pace for so much more music to come in the 70s! The groups aren't completely obscure – most were recording for the hipper sides of bigger labels – but the tracks here often mark a point when they were just leaping off, a bit before hitting bigger fame – mixed with a few others that never hit the heights later on. As always with these boxes from Cherry Red/Esoteric, the presentation, set list, and notes are great – supporting 52 tracks from groups that include Colosseum, High Tide, Bloodwyn Pig, Jack Bruce, Pete Brown & Piblokto, Free, Jethro Tull, Genesis, East Of Eden, Man, Fat Mattress, Locomotive, Eyes Of Blue, Fairport Convention, The Deviants, Sunforest, Taste, Ten Years After, Mighty Baby, Michael Chapman, and many more! CD

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✨✧ GreensladeTemple Songs – The Albums 1973 to 1975 (Greenslade/Bedside Manners Are Extra/Spyglass Guest/Time & Tide) (4CD set) ... CD
Warner/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A great little package – all four of the classic albums from Greenslade, packaged here in one monstrously proggy set! First up is the self-titled Greenslade – a set that's as sprawling and dynamic as its famous cover image from Roger Dean! Dean gives the whole package a bit of a Yes-like vibe – and there's definitely that sort of inspiration going on here – a really sharp, well-played mix of the keyboards of leader Dave Greenslade with fierce work on bass and drums – both handled with a fantastic sense of changes, and a driving force that never gets lost in itself or overindulgent! At a time when some prog groups were getting too darn proggy, these guys really stay the course – and are given fantastic guidance in the vocals of Dave Lawson – a really distinct singer who should have had a much bigger audience at the time. About as great as you can get for a record like this – with tracks that include "Temple Song", "Sundance", "Feathered Friends", "An English Western", and "Drowning Man". Bedside Manners Are Extra is a record that's filled with keyboard lines that really soar, thanks to leader Dave Greenslade – and vocals from Dave Lawson, who almost seems to have the same sort of energy as a young Freddie Mercury! The mix of elements here is great – at a level that should have made Greenslade much bigger at the time, as they really come on with a topshelf performance that rivals the best of this crossover prog generation. The drums are fantastic, too – really setting a solid ground while the organ and other keyboards soar over the top. Titles include "Pilgrim's Progress", "Drum Folk", "Sunkissed You're Not", "Chalk Hill", "Time To Dream", and "Bedside Manners Are Extra". Spyglass Guest is filled with fantastic keyboards from Dave Greenslade – a UK progger we'd have to put right up there with Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson for his skills on the keys! And at some level, on this album Dave hews closer to the core sound of the best prog years than Wakeman or Emerson might have been doing in 1974 – still very much awash in unusual time changes and fast shifts in tone and style – but all while keeping his music nicely focused overall! In other words, the keyboards are amazing, but never too in love with themselves to get lost in jamming – while Dave also sings a bit alongside his Fender Rhodes, clavinet, Arp, and organ – and gets strong help from the mighty drummer Andrew McCullough, whose deftness also keeps things moving – with other work from Clem Clempson and Andy Roberts on guitars, and Tony Reeves on bass. Titles include "Spirit Of The Dance", "Red Light", "Siam Seesaw", "Theme For An Imaginary Western", "Melancholic Race", "Joie De Vivre", and "Little Red Fry Up". Time & Tide is the final album from Greenslade – a set that has the group maybe compressing things a bit from their previous records – going for shorter songs that sometimes have a bit more bite, but still never lose that fantastic keyboard core that made them so great at the start! Titles include "Doldrums", "Gangsters", "Waltz For A Fallen Idol", "The Flattery Stakes", and "Animal Farm". CD

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✨✧ Keef Hartley BandTime Is Near ... CD
Deram/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ United States Of AmericaUnited States Of America (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Esoteric (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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✨✧ AppleApple A Day (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Page One/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Czarface & MF DoomCzarface Meets Metal Face (white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Silver Age, 2018. New Copy ... $23.99 27.99 On December 3, 2021
The Czarface team of Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck and Boston underground hip hop heavyweights 7L & Esoteric are joined by the one-and-only MF Doom – a bonafide supergroup – and one of the finest comic book/sci-fi rap records since Madvillainy! Each one of these characters is so brilliant at their best, this record would've been a lot of fun even of they were just winging it – but it's actually pretty A-Game – with big, boisterous beats and clever samples and pretty deft rhymes throughout! Includes "Take Your Medicine", "Meddle With Metal", "Badness Of Madness", "Close Talker" (impressively riffing on a postpunk track by Wire), "Forever People", "Captain Crunch", "Don't Spoil It", "Phantoms" with Open Mike Eagle, "Bomb Thrown", "You Masked For It", "Nautical Depth", "MF Czar", "Sleeping Dogs" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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