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AeraHumanum Est/Hand Und Fuss ... CD
Erlkonig/Long Hair (France), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
A pair of albums from Aera – an obscure German prog group who recorded on an equally obscure label during the 70s! Humanum Est is the group's first – and although the set has vocals, it's very occupied with some really unique interplay between guitars, saxes, bass, and drums – the first two of which are often used with this really unique sort of phrasing that really sets the album apart – these lines that are maybe leaner and crisper, but no less complex than work by some of the group's contemporaries – just pitched a different way. Titles include "Papa Doing", "Hodibbel", "Sechs Achtel", and "Jonas Schlaft". On Hand Und Fuss, Aera sound even sharper than on their debut – really reveling in that unique way of handling their instruments that set them apart from the rest – progressive, but also with a crisp sense of phrasing and individual space between both the instruments and the notes – which gives the whole thing these qualities that are hard to describe, but which come across especially well in the way the guitar and saxophone parts play together! As before, there are lyrics on the set, but they take second stage next to the instrumentation – on titles that include "Mecheluind", "Alabaster Keaton", "Ad Abscurdum", and "Kamele On". CD

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Amos KeyFirst Key ... CD
Interchord/Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
A pretty sharp trio with incredible energy – a German prog group of the early 70s, but one who've got a hell of a lot of dexterity – so much so, they may well rival the greatness of big UK acts like ELP or Yes! The keyboards are all handled by Thomas Molin, who's got this ability to move as fast as the drums and bass – spinning out flowing lines of color, but also stopping on a dime and turning in another new direction quickly – as do the other two members of the group, with fantastic instrumental interplay throughout. The album's got vocals, mostly in English – but the instrumentation is what really leaves us breathless – on titles that include "Shoebread", "Got The Feelin", "Escape", "Important Matter", "First Key", and "Dragon's Walk". CD
Also available First Key ... LP 29.99

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Amos KeyFirst Key ... LP
Interchord/Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A pretty sharp trio with incredible energy – a German prog group of the early 70s, but one who've got a hell of a lot of dexterity – so much so, they may well rival the greatness of big UK acts like ELP or Yes! The keyboards are all handled by Thomas Molin, who's got this ability to move as fast as the drums and bass – spinning out flowing lines of color, but also stopping on a dime and turning in another new direction quickly – as do the other two members of the group, with fantastic instrumental interplay throughout. The album's got vocals, mostly in English – but the instrumentation is what really leaves us breathless – on titles that include "Shoebread", "Got The Feelin", "Escape", "Important Matter", "First Key", and "Dragon's Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available First Key ... CD 18.99

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ArktisArktis ... LP
Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A different combo than usual for the German scene of the early 70s – a group who were maybe a bit more straightforward than some of their Krautrock contemporaries – really working some great hard rock fuzz on their solos, alongside a female lead singer who's got a pretty bold style! This debut set was originally pressed by the band themselves, in a print run of only 300 copies – and got little play outside of the Bonn scene which they called their home. All these many years later, it's a lost hard rock nugget that really stands apart on its own – with tracks that include "Student's Idyll", "Outcasted", "Jeff The Fool", and the twenty minute "Rare Girl". Reissue also features bonus tracks – "Sky Drive", "Don't Hang Around", and "Is It Real". LP, Vinyl record album

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ArktisArktis Tapes ... LP
Long Hair (Germany), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
The second album from this obscure German group – and one that definitely gets the title right, as the material here is pulled from recordings the band made on their own – woodshedding in the studio away from the mainstream! Despite their obscurity, Artkis has a sound that could have made them huge at the time – hard rock guitars with maybe an earlier blues rock inspiration, turned into much more ferocious territory – and a strong female lead singer who gives these guys a very unique vibe. The guitar work alone is worth the price of admission – and titles include "High Fly", "Pique Nique", "Dan 1", "Deep In", "New Rock", and "Small Talk". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Arktis Tapes ... LP 14.99

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Peter BardensAnswer ... LP
Verve/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy ... $29.99 34.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BeckNature Boy ... CD
Verve/Long Hair (Germany), 1968. New Copy ... $19.99 26.99
A cool little album from Joe Beck – very different than most of his other work! Although Beck's best known for his guitar work on funky 70s jazz records, this early album has him working in a mixture of rock, jazz, and folk styles – all cast in the hipster mode of Verve's Forecast imprint. There's a few funk tunes on here, but the best numbers are stretched out trippy ones that bring together jazz and folk, in a floating "folk funk experience" sound that we totally love, perfect for the generation of Tim Hardin and Nick Drake. Beck sings on some cuts, and others are instrumental. Titles include "Ain't No Use Talkin", "Goodbye LA", "Please Believe Me", "Let Me Go", "Come Back: Visions Without You", and "Spoon's Caress". CD

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Dieter Bihlmaier SelectionSWF Session 1973 ... CD
Long Hair (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
Dieter Bihlmaier is a hell of a flute player – and he blows his instrument here in a freewheeling trio date from the early 70s – very much in the kind of mode you'd expect from a trio player at the time! The recording just features bass and drums – by Jan Jankeje and Gerhart Ziegler, respectively – and the tunes are long, jamming, and pretty frenzied – far-out, but never totally free-jazz – as there's more of a proggish approach overall, one that has Dieter using the flute to create some wonderfully sensitive, soulful sounds from time to time – before then stepping out and blowing his top again! Pretty darn amazing – not like any recording of its type from the US scene of the time – with titles that include "Ovation", "Roulette", "Arco Oriental", "Free & Romantic", and "Gertuschka". CD

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Blonde On BlondeContrasts ... LP
Pye/Long Hair (France), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A wonderful little set from Blonde On Blonde – a group who may have taken their name from a tune by Bob Dylan, but who have a sound that's completely different than that reference might make you expect! There's a quality here that place the group at so many junctures of UK music at the end of the 60s – a bit of late psych, early hard rock and prog, and still traces of a tunefulness that would have come out differently a few years before! The guitar work is fantastic, and the record balances some full-on moments with some other interesting twists and turns – one of which is this really cool take on "Eleanor Rigby", handled with flute and horns and modes that make their take so different than any other version we've heard! But the best work is the original material, and the album's full of that – titles that include "Mother Earth", "Regency", "Island On An Island", "Don't Be Too Long", "Jeanette Isabella", and "Conversationally Making The Grade". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paul Brett's SagePaul Brett Sage ... LP
Pye/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
Paul Brett's Sage may be dripping away in an hourglass on the cover, but the group stand on very firm foundation with this debut – definitely one of the more unique records of their generation on the UK scene, and a set that doesn't come with any easy reference point – even given the work of leader Paul Sage in a bunch of key prog acts in years before! There's a sensitivity here that's surprising – both in the way that Brett handles vocals on some of the tracks, and in the album's use of flute and saxes from Nicky Higginbottom – an element that's stronger here than you might expect – but maybe more in the way that Harold McNair would add the right woodwind flourishes to a Donovan song. There's some larger arrangements from David Palmer on the set – but most of the instrumentation is from the core quartet, who keep things nice and lean on some well-focused tunes that include "Warlock", "The Painter", "3D Mona Lisa", "Little Aztec Prince", "Reason For Asking", "Trophies Of War", and "Mediterranean Lazy Heat Wave". LP, Vinyl record album

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CMU (Contemporary Music Unit)Space Cabaret (with bonus track) ... LP
Transatlantic/Long Hair (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A much more down to earth group than you might guess from the cover of the record, and the Contemporary Music in their name – a moniker that might make you expect more avant garde sounds, or some sort of 20th Century experimentation! Instead, these guys work in a warm blend of styles that maybe echoes some of the British folk of a few years before, but with more electricity in the mix, and song elements that verge on kind of a post-psych quality at points! The group's got two key singers Larraine Odell and Richard Joseph – and Larraine adds in some of the qualities that give the record a folksier vibe, which retain when Richard harmonizes along – but the group's keyboards and well-crafted guitars change things up nicely – as do the varying length and structure of the tunes. Titles include "Dream", "Lightshine", "Space Cabaret", "Song From The 4th Era", and "Archway 272". Also features the bonus track "Heart Of The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus poster, too!)

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Wolfgang Dauner & Et CeteraKnirsch ... LP
MPS/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
Mad MPS material from Wolfgang Dauner – right up there with some of the wildest records on the label during the 70s! The album's easily one of Dauner's most striking sessions – a set that has him handling a whole host of electric keyboards, and working with a group that also includes fuzzy guitar from Larry Coryell, bass from Gunter Lenz, and some really heavy drums from Jon Hiseman and Fred Braceful! Some moments are tight and funky, while others offer up a sweet spacey vibe – and overall, the album's got a perfect blend of MPS groove and some of the freakier, more far-reaching elements of the German scene at the time. The group take on a killer version of Coryell's classic "The Really Great Escape" – then roll into Dauner gems that include "Yin", "Sun", "Tuning Spread", and "Yan" – which features some guest voice and sound effects from Richard Ketterer. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Knirsch ... CD 19.99

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18 Karat GoldAll Bumm ... CD
Long Hair (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
A group that sound more like a 70s funk act from their name – but instead a great overlooked German act, with a sweetly compressed vibe that's different than some of the more familiar prog or psych of the time! The group shares members with Amon Duul II and Embryo, but sounds like neither of those combos – as they almost go for a glammish approach, with catchy lyrics and great production that squeezes the sharp guitars right up alongside the vocals – a lot more in the style of some of the breakout UK groups than most German material. There's a few more freewheeling moments, but even those cuts are short and compact – and the English language lyrics at points really give the set a universal sort of appeal. The record's got some wicked songwriting – of the sort that should have made it huge – and titles include "Flying", "Goldrush", "If My Guru Would Know", "Cool", "Star Infected", "Come On Monday", "Elektrik See Me In Your Dreams", "Dr Stein", and "I Am Just A Man". CD

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EmergencyEmergency ... CD
Columbia/Long Hair (Germany), 1971. New Copy ... $19.99 26.99
A German group who really gets the jazz-rock sound down perfectly – in part because they've got the famous trumpeter Dusko Goykovich working here on a number of tracks! But even without Dusko's horn, these guys are plenty great on their own – working with romping rhythms that tie together funky drums, bass, guitar, and organ – topped with some searing work on tenor, baritone, and percussion from Hankus Berka – whose reed voice is almost as much a part of the sound as the lead lyrics from singer Reddy! These tunes burst out with the grooviest, funkiest modes of the jazz-rock generation – the kind of cuts that you might only hear in a few spots on records by the bigger groups of the movements – but as a sound here that completely dominates the album. Titles include "My Woman's Gone Now", "Springtime", "Jump Into Your Grave", "Times Passed By", and a version of "Gimme Some Lovin". CD

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ErlkoenigErlkoenig ... LP
CBS/Long Hair (Germany), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A super-tight set from a little-known German group – one who hailed from the small border town of Helmstedt, but who played with the virtuosity of some of the best prog acts of the time! The music here maybe echoes some of the best Italian work of the piano – as it's clear that at some point, the keyboardist in the group probably had classical training – but has clearly become a rocker by the time of the set, and really turns his skills on the piano and organ into these amazing flights of energy! Yet the whole thing's hardly a classical-rock album, either – as the guitar, bass, and drums are all pretty bold – and the vocals, when taking center stage, have a nicely dark vibe that offsets the complexity of the solos. Titles include "Blind Alley", "Divirtimento", "Castrop Rauxel", "Erlkoenig Impression", and "Thoughts". LP, Vinyl record album

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FruuppFuture Legends ... LP
Dawn/Long Hair (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Fruupp are a group who may use ancient imagery on their covers, but who work with a very modern feel overall – or at least one that was pretty darn contemporary at the time of this release from 1973! The vibe is prog, but a bit more focused than tied around album-side jams – as Fruupp always bring things back with a nice sort of vocal presence in their music – one that's balanced equally well with some of the more full-on guitar or keyboard passages on the record! The album's got a strength that's wonderful, and which really lives up to the other great work from the group – on titles that include "Future Legends", "Decision", "As Day Breaks With Dawn", "Song For A Thought", "Olde Tyme Future", and "Lorde Of The Incubus". LP, Vinyl record album

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FruuppModern Masquerades ... LP
Dawn/Long Hair (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
Great work from a really overlooked group – one who have the skills of a prog act, but some of the sensitivity of a more folksy combo – which maybe is why they were such a perfect fit for the unusual sound of the Dawn label in the UK! These guys clearly have chops – the keyboard and guitar solos certainly testify to that – but they also space things out with some gentler, more personal moments – and here are also maybe a bit more hook-heavy than in the past, with a sense of almost crossing over with a few key cuts on the set. One of the catchiest numbers here is the great "Janet Planet", which has really cool production from Ian McDonald, who brings out all the best elements in the tune – and other titles include "Gormenghast", "Misty Morning Way", "Sheba's Song", "Mystery Might", and "Why". LP, Vinyl record album

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FruuppSeven Secrets ... LP
Dawn/Long Hair (France), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
Very cool work from Fruupp – one of the more progressive acts on the legendary Dawn label from the UK, and one who aren't afraid to mix in a bit of oboe with their freewheeling guitar and keyboard lines! The group have a sound that's a bit hard to peg – maybe a slight classical influence at times, although they never stop rocking either – and their sense of a tune is a bit different than most, with a slight touch of whimsy that maybe comes through as much in the instrumentation as in the lyrics! Peter Farrelly handles lead vocals – and titles include "Garden Lady", "Three Spires", "White Eyes", "Wise As Wisdom", and "Faced With Shekinah". LP, Vinyl record album

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GebarvaterliIm Tal Der Emmen ... CD
Brutkasten/Long Hair (France), 1978. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
An all-instrumental album from this lost German group of the late 70s – a combo who are definitely rock, but who play with some of the freer, more open modes of a jazz group too – maybe working here in a style that could be called prog fusion, or fusion prog! The lineup features work on flute, saxes, and trombone – mixed with some very cool organ and other keyboard work – used in ways that create all these spacey, snakey tones that lead the horns onward into the mix – while some of the core energy from the guitar, bass, and drums keeps things firmly grounded on the planet! This can maybe be heard to best effect on the very cool, almost funky title track "Im Tal Der Emmen" – and other titles include "Schubi Dubi Kong", "Ich Bin Der Postillion D'Amour Aber Meine Uhr Geht Vuur", "Der Don Juan Hat Seine Turnschuh An" and "Uck Zuruckspulen". CD also features two long bonus tracks too – "Der Kaiser Von China" and "Fragmente". CD

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Gravy TrainSecond Birth ... LP
Dawn/Long Hair (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
One of the more hard rocking albums on the legendary Dawn label – but a set that's also got all sorts of complexity and interesting moments that really keep things on edge throughout! There's tracks here that are almost screamingly sinister – but those are balanced by gentler moments that have more of a sense of harmony – and it's that contrast that really makes the record stand out, especially on tunes where the guitar might be playing all these really spooky lines, but an accompanying flute line graces things with a sense of innocence – one that might not even be present in the lyrics! The balance is a bit hard to describe, but really makes the record different from so much other mainstream UK work of the time – on titles that include "September Morning News", "Second Birth", "Strength Of A Dream", "Fields & Factories", "Morning Coming", and "Peter". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dick Heckstall-SmithStory Ended ... LP
Warner/Long Hair (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A landmark album in the evolution of British jazz rock – the first solo album by Dick Heckstall-Smith, recorded right after the breakup of his famous group Colosseum! The album's got a similar feel to the best work of Colosseum – a blend of rock lyrics and heavily jazz-based phrasing, perhaps even more so for this solo effort – as there's a strong focus on Heckstall-Smith's work on tenor and soprano sax. The album features appearances by a similar host of players who could easily skirt the boundaries between rock and jazz – such as Chris Spedding, Chris Farlowe, Gordon Beck, and Graham Bond – and tracks include "Future Song", "Crabs", "What The Morning Was After", and "Same Old Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Story Ended ... LP 11.99

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Juicy LucyGet A Whiff Of This ... LP
Atco/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
The title's a bit of a joke, especially in relation to the cover – but Juicy Lucy come on strong here, with a searing sound that shows that they're way past the novelty of the image on the front! Over the course of the previous records, the group really honed their unique blend of American blues and Brit hard rock inspiration – very well-focused here, with a sound that paves the way for some of the bigger crossover acts that would soon dominate American radio in the mid 70s – something the group unfortunately never got the chance to do. Titles include "Mr Skin", "Midnight Rider", "Mr A Jones", "Sunday Morning", and "Jessica". LP, Vinyl record album

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Juicy LucyLie Back & Enjoy It ... LP
Atco/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
Hard and heavy work from Juicy Lucy – a group who are even stronger here on this second set than on their debut – effortlessly spinning out lines that are very much in the best hard rock modes of the period, but which also retain some nice bluesy influences as well! The group's a sextet – and in addition to some very unique vocals from singer Paul Williams, who also plays piano and congas, the set also has some surprisingly nice use of steel guitar and mandolin, but never in ways that sound like the instruments might in the handling of some of the Cali crowd at the time. Lead guitar is from Mick Moody, sax and keyboard lines are from Chris Mercer, and titles include "Pretty Woman", "Built For Comfort", "Whisky In My Jar", "Hello LA Bye Bye Birmingham", "Thinking Of My Life", and "Willie The Pimp". LP, Vinyl record album

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MammutMammut (limited colored vinyl) ... LP
Mouse/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 38.99
The only album ever issued by Mammut – a fantastic German group who worked in the same Black Forest setting as the MPS Records label – which maybe is why there's so many wonderful jazz elements in the mix here! The record's got equal parts jazz and psych going on – maybe almost like some of the Wolfgang Dauner work of the period, but with more vocals too – used sparingly next to the group's really strong work on organ, guitar, bass, drums, and a bit of flute! Given the sound, it's clear that these guys started out with beat group inspirations in the 60s, plenty of all the right soul, jazz, and R&B influences – but really tripped things out by the time of this record, both on instrumentation and the way they use production techniques to further freak things out! Titles include "Bird Mammut", "Mammut Opera", "Shizoyd Mammut", "Short Mammut", "Nahgarn Mammut", and "Mammut Ecstasy". Features a bonus track – "Da Du Da" by the related group, Rope Sect. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – on colored vinyl!)

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Man2 Ozs Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle ... LP
Dawn/Long Hair (France), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A record with an understated title – one that hardly gets at the raw power that Man serves up here on their smoking second album! As before, the group have a great way of blending prog instrumentation with a more down to earth sort of quality – one that's even a bit different than their freakier image on the cover, with occasional roots elements that balance nicely next to the searing lead guitar from Micky Jones! Jones is clearly one of that generation of players who was schooled in blues, then turned up the fuzz and really learned how to trip out – and his solos alone are worth the price of admission here. Titles include "Spunk Box", "My Name Is Jesus Smith", "The Storm", "It Is As It May Be", and "Brother Arnold's Red & White Striped Tent". LP, Vinyl record album

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MarsupilamiArena ... LP
Transatlantic/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A heady bit of progressive rock from Marsupilami – about as high-concept as you might guess from the cover! The record features five extended songs that are all filled with plenty of jamming on guitar, keyboards, flute, and saxes – all in a suite of tunes that vaguely hint at the politics and drama of the Arena in ancient Rome, but in ways that let most of the instrumentation handle the excitement, while the vocals take second stage. We've always wondered if the album was mis-understood by record shoppers – due to the fact that the title, which is printed in bigger type here, is similar to the name of the Italian prog group from the 70s. Tracks include "Prelude To The Arena", "Peace Of Rome", "The Arena", and "Time Shadows". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ralf NowyLucifer's Dream ... CD
Global/Long Hair (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
A rare bit of fusion from European reedman Ralf Nowy – a player who didn't cross over to the US as much as some of his other overseas contemporaries, but who's equally great! This album's got kind of a flowery cover, but a sound that's surprisingly soulful – a fusion groove that's often a bit more laidback than the usual Euro variety, with some introspective moments that really give the album a great deal of feeling – mixed with a few funkier cuts to appeal to the jazz break side of our palate! Nowy plays flutes and alto sax, and the group also features some early work from Sylvester Levay – later known for his key work on the Munich disco scene. There's also a bit of sitar and tablas in the mix, alongside more conventional fusion guitar, bass, and drums – and titles include "Soul Tango", "Shiwa's Dance", "Tschad", "Something's Happened On The Chicken Farm", "Breadhead", and "Lucifer's Dream". Great reissue too – with a wealth of notes in German and English! CD

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OdinSWF Session (with bonus track) ... LP
SWR/Long Hair (France), 1973. New Copy ... $29.99 34.99
Odin take on two tunes by Frank Zappa here – but the result is very different than most of Zappa's music, given that the group have a sound that's a bit more down to earth, and focused nicely on the interplay between the excellent organ lines on a Hammond 100, and the rest of the guitar, bass, and drums in the quartet! Odin are definitely prog, but they also feel like guys you could just hang out with at a bar, too – impeccable instrumentalists, but also not too full of themselves – just able to jam long and beautifully, while occasionally throwing out the odd lyric to give their tunes a bit of focus. Titles include long takes on the Zappa tunes "King Kong" and "Oh No" – plus the originals "Turnpike Lane" and "Life Is Only". Also features a bonus live take of "Oh No", recorded live in 1972. LP, Vinyl record album

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SpirogyraOld Boot Wine ... LP
Peg/Long Hair (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
Compelling sounds from Spirogyra – a group who have some proggish elements, but also a folksy sensibility too – which makes for a really wonderful balance between jamming moments and more intimate sounds! Guitar and keyboards take plenty of place in the mix – often spinning out strongly – but the group also features a fair bit of acoustic guitar, too – mixed with lovely vocals from Barbara Gaskin, and fragile male leads from Martin Cockerham. Tunes have a slightly poetic quality, but never in a drippy way – and the production is full one minute, light the next – which can really make for a nice sense of shading to the tunes. Titles include "Dangerous Dave", "A Canterbury Tale", "Grandad", "World's Eyes", "Wings Of Thunder", and "Disraeli's Problem". LP, Vinyl record album

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StrayMove It (with bonus track) ... LP
Transatlantic/Long Hair (France), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A record that begins with a drum solo, then bursts into some wonderfully tuneful songs – served up with this fantastic energy that just has Stray getting better and better as a group! The core quartet features sharp guitar and keyboards from Del Bromham, vocals and more guitars from Steve Gadd, bass from Gary Giles, and drums from Ritchie Cole – a player who must be one of the great lost players on the kit in British 70s rock! A few tunes add in larger arrangements, at a level that only seems to make the group even sound better than before – and titles include "Don't Look Back", "Give It Up", "Like A Dream", "Mystic Lady", "Customs Man", "Hey Domino", and "Tap". LP features the bonus track "Crazy People". LP, Vinyl record album

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StrayMudanzas ... LP
Transatlantic/Long Hair (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A great little record from Stray – a set that has the group tightening things up a bit, adding in some larger arrangements, but still really hanging onto that sharply focused sound that makes them so great! The production has traces of that cool compression that the Brit scene was picking up in the glam years – not that these guys are glam at all, but the driving drums and fuzzy guitars right right next to the nicely phased elements at the edge of the vocals – all to make the album's songs fit together perfectly hand in glove! Titles include "Changes", "Oil Fumes & Sea Air", "Gambler", "Pretty Things", "I Believe It", "Soon As You've Grown", and "Leave It Down To Us". LP, Vinyl record album

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TempestLiving In Fear ... LP
Bronze/Long Hair (France), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A really great record from Tempest – a group who have so many different things going on at once – guitars that would be right at home on a hard rock effort, rhythmic complexity that verges on prog, and a tunefulness that really sends the whole thing over the top with an unexpected appeal that keeps on going throughout the entire set! Maybe the tipoff is the group's great cover of "Paperback Writer" – showing a love of the harmony in earlier work by The Beatles – updated here to a more guitar-based, fuzz-heavy style for the 70s – and matched with some equally groovy songs that have us wondering why these guys never found more of a following at the time! Other titles include "Funeral Empire", "Stargazer", "Dance To My Time", "Living In Fear", and "Waiting For A Miracle". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Living In Fear ... LP 43.99

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Titus GroanTitus Groan (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Pye/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
Titus Groan isn't a guy, but the name of the group – a fantastic jazz rock combo from the UK scene at the start of the 70s, and one who work here without hardly any vocals at all on the start of the record! Yet the group hardly need lyrics to get their message across – as the tracks are long, and full of plenty of fantastic instrumentation from a quartet that includes Tony Priestland on saxes and flute, Stuart Cowell on guitars and organ, John Lee on bass, and Jim Toomey on drums and percussion – all minor names in their scene at the time, but able to jam with the best of them – and bring things up with complexity, focus, and forward drive to match the real giants of the prog era. Titles include "It Wasn't For You", "Hall Of Bright Cravings", "I Can't Change", "It's All Up With Us", and "Fuscha". This edition includes 3 bonus tracks – "Open The Door Homer", "Woman Of The World", and "Liverpool". LP, Vinyl record album

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UtopiaUtopia ... LP
United Artists/Long Hair (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
Not the Utopia group with Todd Rundgren in the lineup, but an earlier German act who only cut this one album – which itself was sort of a side project away from the sessions for the Wolf City album by Amon Duul II! Utopia shares members, a producer, and a lot of energy with that group – but the result here is a bit different – music that's maybe a bit more personal overall, with some songs that are surprisingly sensitive at times, mixed with some of the fiercer instrumentation you'd expect from the Amon Duul legacy. The whole thing's a great example of prog energy trying to find a more focused energy – and were it not for the various issues with the parent group, Utopia may well have found a greater path forward with this album. Titles include "Nasi Goreng", "Jazz Kiste", "Deutsch Nepal", "The Wolf Man Jack Show", "Alice", and "Las Vegas". LP, Vinyl record album

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WindSeasons (limited colored vinyl) ... LP
Plus 3/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99 38.99
A hard rock monster from the German scene at the start of the 70s – served up by a group who have this great way of making their organ lines fall right into place with their driving guitar leads – in a manner that has most of these tunes really soaring to the sky with a sense of power that should have made these guys huge! Yet the obscurity of the set is also part of the charm – and these guys break form in a few spots by bringing in a few gentler, shorter tracks – which provide a nice breather between their fantastic outbursts of more intense sonic frenzy! Vocals are by Steve Liestner, who often seems to use a bit of processing as he delivers the lyrics – and tunes include "Springwind", "Dear Little Friend", "What Do We Do Now", "Romance", and the 16 minute workout "Red Morningbird". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ GomorrhaTrauma ... LP
BASF/Long Hair (Germany), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A group with a biblical name, but a sound that's very down to earth – thanks to strongly soulful vocals from Peter Otten, whose English language contributions really make the record shine! Gomorrah come from a generation of progressive German groups, but this second album has the combo bringing a bit more focus into their music – structuring their jams around the vocals a bit more, and also finding a way to then use that combined energy to make their sounds soar! There's a quality level here that maybe beats the best of the UK "beat into prog" combos – especially those who hung onto a bit of soul in the vocals – and the lineup is full of cool instrumental touches on vibes, organ, flute, and more familiar guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "Journey", "Trauma", "Yesterday", "Dead Land", "Rainbowlight", "Firehands", "Dance Of Circles", and "Lola". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ NosferatuNosferatu ... LP
Vogue/Long Hair (Germany), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic group from the German scene at the start of the 70s – a crucially overlooked act who only ever cut this one album – a really great set that sparkles even more from production by Conny Plank! Nosferatu are part of a big wave of progressive German acts of the time – but they also still hold onto a lot of soul and jazz elements that influenced the beat generation – so that their music here has some really romping drums, lots of searing organ, and even some great jazzy flute – all of which infuses the long tracks with a sort of energy that really keeps things moving – and which is different than some of the more freewheeling jazz rock of other Kraut groups of the period. The lead singer's got a nice edge – almost a mod London 1967 vibe – and titles include "Found My Home", "Willie The Fox", "Vanity Fair", "Work Day", and "No 4". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Paul Brett's SageSchizophrenia (with bonus track) ... LP
Dawn/Long Hair (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Paul Brett's Sage may have been a bit of a footnote in the early 70s UK scene, but they should forever be remembered for this well-crafted set done for Dawn Records in 1972! The set's a lot more acoustic than previous work from the group, and the lineup seems a bit larger too – and work with a vibe that almost feels as if Brett's picked up a bit more force and power somewhere along the way – which you can certainly feel in both his vocals, and his guitar work – which spins out here on some especially great electric solos! There's still a bit of flute on the record, but much less than before – and organ and piano take on a lot more sound in the mix, with these currents of soul that really help the more fanciful lyrics of the tunes take shape. Titles include "Take Of A Rainy Night", "Saviour Of The World", "Song Of Life Song Of Death", "Slow Down Ma", "Custom Angel Man", and "Take Me Back & I Will Love You". Also features the bonus track "Dahlia". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Wolfgang DaunerRischkas Soul ... CD
Brain/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from German keyboard giant Wolfgang Dauner – and maybe one of the few to perfectly balance both his soul jazz roots and his later trippier style! The music here is very groovy – much more in the mode of MPS Records electric jazz sets of the time than you'd guess from the album's placement on Brain Records – and the lineup features incredible work from Sigi Schwab on guitar – who can be open and spacious at some points, but then really jam with a groove at others! Likewise, the bassist Eberhard Weber can provide a lot of propulsion when needed, but also lay back and bow his cello in a more ECM-like way – and the album's two drummers, Fred Braceful and Roland Wittich, both show an equally deft ability to change up the groove! The real superstar, though, is the mighty Dauner – who plays piano, organ, and keyboards, plus a sweet bit of flute too – on tracks that include "Reading Machine", "Kamasutram", "Blues Far Out", "Flute Woman", and a freaky fuzzy take on Cannonball Adderley's "Jive Samba". CD

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✨✧ Wolfgang Dauner QuintetOimels ... CD
MPS/Long Hair (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A madly tripped out session from keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner – quite possibly one of THE most archetypal albums on MPS! The record's got a really mad groove that mixes together funky jazz, Indian music, and some of the weirder sounds floating around the European scene at the end of the 60s – handled here by Dauner on both piano and organ, plus guitar and sitar from Sigi Schwab, bass and cello from Eberhard Weber, and some especially heavy drum work from Roland Wittich! The record is famously known for the sitar funk number "Take Off Your Clothes To Feel The Setting Sun" – a track that also features vocals from Wolfgang – and other numbers have a very similar feel – throwing in a bit of vocals where you might not expect, and blowing part even familiar tunes with a madly tripped out version of psychedelic jazz! Titles include "Take Off Your Clothes", "Greensleeves", "Come On In On In", "Day In The Life", "Uwii", and "Dig My Girl". CD

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✨✧ Wolfgang Dauner's Et CeteraEt Cetera (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Global/Long Hair (Germany), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Massive work from keyboardist Wolfgang Dauner – a player who's come a long way here since his piano trio records of the 60s! There's plenty of heavy fusion in the mix – Dauner on a variety of electric keys, and some very cool ring modulator, which makes for some really wild sounds – and other players include Sigi Schwab on guitars and sitar, and Eberhard Weber on bass – both heady bandmates who really share a lot of the same sensibilities as Wolfgang. There's a bit of spoken vocals on the record, but the main focus is highly instrumental, and very trippy – jamming, and a mix of jazz and prog modes – with all players handling a variety of different instruments throughout the session. Even wilder than Dauner's classic Oimels record for MPS – with tracks that include "Raga", "Mellodrama No 2A", "Lady Blue", and "Thursday Morning Sunrise". Bonus cuts include "Kabul", "Tau Ceti", and "Behind The Stage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes one bonus track not on the CD!)

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✨✧ Emerald WebDragon Wings & Wizard Tales ... LP
Long Hair (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Weird and wonderful sounds from Emerald Web – an obscure duo that features a great mix of electronics and flute! The album's already plenty weird – the kind of unusual small label set you might have found at the end of the psych era – but given that it's from 1979, it's even more offbeat – a really compelling mix of space-age analogue sounds, airy woodwind sounds, and some slight vocals which are really there to color the overall sound – and give it almost a folksy touch at points. The whole thing feels like the sounds you might have heard on an overnight shift during the fading days of FM freeform radio – which, to us, is quite a compliment! Titles include "Loosing Of The Shadow", "Dawn", "Chasing The Shadowbeast", "Dragon Rising", and "Firnight". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hard MeatHard Meat ... LP
Warner/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Hard Meat are a group with a name that's a bit misleading – you might guess some sort of Spinal Tap-ish posturing hard rock act – but instead, these guys have a really moody kind of quality that mixes plenty of acoustic instrumentation in with some more progressive electric passages – all at a level that almost makes you feel like these guys started out as a folk group, but one who wanted to jam a lot more in the end! Guitar and vocals are handled by Mick Dolan – a superb instrumentalist, and a compelling singer – and the other two members of the group include Steve Dolan on bass and Mick Carless on drums and percussion – both players who use acoustic elements as much as their guitarist. The blend almost makes you feel as of Joe Boyd had decided to record a prog album for Island – and titles include "Universal Joint", "Run Shaker Life", "Through A Window", "Yesterday Today Tomorrow", and "Time Shows No Face". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hard MeatThrough A Window ... LP
Warner/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The second great album from Hard Meat – a British trio with a spirit that's all their own – not the hard rock vibe of some of the other contemporary combos of that format, but instead this magical blend of acoustic and electric elements that spins out with wonderful musicianship throughout! The songs here are a bit shorter than on their debut, and the lyrics sometimes have more of a focus too – but the record is still most concerned with interplay between guitar, bass, and drums – with as much acoustic sounds as electric, although almost never with the kind of roots-oriented vibe an American group might have. Titles include "Love", "The Ballad Of Marmalade Emma & Teddy Grimes", "On The Road", "Freewheel", "New Day", and "Smile As You Go Under". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ KollektivKollektiv (1973) (with bonus poster) ... LP
Brain/Long Hair (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic little record from the glory days of the Brain Records label in Germany – a set that's equal part rock and jazz – either fusion-tinged rock, or rock-tinged fusion – served up with all these really weird and wild touches that really send things over the top! There's no vocals at all on the record, and tracks nicely vary in length – really creating a strong sense of variety, and serving up the music with a nice sense of space, too – very different from more full-on jamming of a more progressive group, as these guys really like to just lie back into the groove and let things find their way! The set features some especially nice work on electric flute and saxes from Klaus Dapper – and titles include "Rambo Zambo", "Gageg", "Forsterlied", and "Baldrian". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool cover design – with a punch-out foldover section in the middle!)

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✨✧ MarsupilamiMarsupilami ... LP
Transatlantic/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The self-titled album by Marsupilami – a group whose name might be as hard to pronounce as their sound is to peg – but in a way that's also one of the key charms of the set! These guys are clearly not going for the charts – and they're the kind of act who were born into a generation where making an album was way more important than cutting a few singles – as you'll hear here in the longform tracks that spin out in an effortless blend of organ, guitar, bass, drums – and occasional touches of flute, harmonica, and bowed guitar! The vocals have a nicely ominous quality – never too highbrow or arch-sinister, but with a nice edge that really goes along with the group's creative instrumentation. Tracks are all nice and long – definitely closer to the prog side of the spectrum than anything else – and titles include "Born To Be Free", "And The Eagle Chased The Dove To Its Ruin", "Ab Inito Ad Finem", "Facilis Descenus Averni", and "Dorian Deep". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ OdinOdin ... LP
Vertigo/Long Hair (France), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A damn heavy record from Odin – a group here who work with some really impeccable instrumentation that means that they hardly need to bring any vocals into the mix at all! All of the elements here are familiar – keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums – but the way they come together is tremendous, and has the quality of some of the best prog giants of the time – yet delivered with a very down to earth vibe that makes the record feel very unique! The group are German, and have that nicely understated quality of some of the best German acts of the time – almost a head down focus on their instrumentation, but never in a showoffy way – just lacking of some of the rockish posturing that might have made them a bigger act on the charts. Prime Vertigo material from the glory days – with titles that include "Life Is Only", "Be The Man You Are", "Tribute To Frank", "Eucalyptus", and "Turnpike Lane". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ SpirogyraSt Radiguns ... LP
B & C/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The debut album from one of the most unique groups of their generation – a group who were partway between acid folk and proggy rock – yet with qualities that were also uniquely their own as well! The group were equally at home with acoustic and electric instruments – but play with a sinister edge that almost hints at a Wicker Man side of the universe, while occasionally warming things up with more intimate, poetic moments. The vocals are great – especially the male leads of Martin Cockerham, which we prefer a bit more to the female work from Barbara Gaskin – and the tunes have this sense of darkness that still gives the album a hell of an edge after all these years. Titles include "The Future Won't Be Long", "Island", "Magical Mary", "Captain's Log", "Time Will Tell", "We Were A Happy Crew", and "The Duke Of Beaufoot". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ StraySaturday Morning Pictures ... LP
Transatlantic/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A heavy monster from Stray – one of those great UK groups that never fully got their due, but who made sounds in the 70s to rival some of the greats of their generation! The drums and guitar work here are impeccable – very focused and driving at all the best moments, which include some leadups to more tuneful passages when the vocals come into the mix – with a quality that's understated, but always right on the money too. Production is just in the right spirit to bring out the tuneful qualities of the songs, but never in a commercial pop sort of way – and titles include "Our Song", "Sister Mary", "Move That Wigwam", "Mr Hobo", "Queen Of The Sea", "Leave It Out", and "How Could I Forget You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ StraySuicide ... LP
Transatlantic/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The lost second album from Stray – a very cool UK group who've got a sound that's very different than most of their contemporaries on the Transatlantic label – much heavier work on electric guitars, and a fair bit of hard rock elements – but fleshed out with a style that's very much their own! The drums are nice and heavy, and the bass has some heavy fuzz on the best tracks – but those are also mixed with some more thoughtful instrumentation on guitars and keyboards from Del Bromham, who penned most of the tunes, and shares vocals with singer Steve Gadd. Titles include "Son Of The Father", "Suicide", "Run Mister Run", "Do You Miss Me", and "Where Do Our Children Belong". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ TempestTempest ... LP
Bronze/Long Hair (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A hell of a group from the glory days of the Bronze Records scene – a group who boast some fantastic guitar work from a young Allan Holdsworth that are more than enough to get them on the label – but who also have a richness and complexity that rivals some of the hippest prog acts on labels like Vertigo or Harvest too! Jon Hiseman handles drums and percussion with a mighty nice edge, Mark Clarke delivers some heavy sinister basslines, and Paul Williams echoes all of those strengths with his dark-tinged vocals – in a mode that's nicely beyond some of the cliches that other groups might hit on a record like this. Titles include "Gorgon", "Brothers", "Foyers Of Fun", "Upon Tomorrow", "Grey & Black", "Up & On", and "Dark House". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AeraTurkis/Live ... CD
Erlkonig/Long Hair (France), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Two different albums from this obscure German group – both records from the end of the 70s, but with a proggish vibe that puts them much more in the sound of the early part of the decade! Turkis has Aera coming up with some nicely complicated work on rhythms – maybe stronger than before, and driven by plenty of percussion alongside the drums – then topped with all this fantastic work on soprano sax and alto from Klaus Kreuzeder – a player with a very unique sound, and one who also throws in a bit of Lyricon too! There's vocals on the set, but not much – and titles include the long "Dracula" suite – plus "You Need Some Speed", "Turkis", "Fetzenotto", "Pfiffe", and "Siebert". The second set here is a Live album from 1980 – a set that really has the group turning up the amps a few notches in a live setting, and sometimes really leading with a lot more guitar than on their studio albums too! The record is easily one of the hardest rocking moments from the group, but is also filled with plenty of longer proggish tracks too – and titles include "Stoned Out", "Scream Your Horizon", "Ham O Nights", "Scooter Future", and "What I Can Do You Can Do Too". CD

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✨✧ EulenspygelTrash (Ausschuss) ... CD
Interchord/Long Hair (France), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The stunning second album from Eulenspygel – a record that really has the German group taking off, both in terms of their instrumentation and their subject matter – which pushes their political view even more strongly than before! The set was recorded in the Apple Studios in the UK, and has a fierce, full-on quality that offers plenty of appeal to fans of the harder rock side of the prog spectrum, even if they can't entirely dig the lyrics – although for this set, the group also recorded an English version as well as a German version of the album – but the English one was only ever issued on 8-track tape back in the 70s! This CD issue finally presents the English version in a proper format – with titles that include "Mindshapers", "Trash", "Stranger", "Vicious Circle", "Battery Farm", and "Annoying". CD

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✨✧ GebarvaterliIm Tal Der Emmen ... LP
Brutkasten/Long Hair (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An all-instrumental album from this lost German group of the late 70s – a combo who are definitely rock, but who play with some of the freer, more open modes of a jazz group too – maybe working here in a style that could be called prog fusion, or fusion prog! The lineup features work on flute, saxes, and trombone – mixed with some very cool organ and other keyboard work – used in ways that create all these spacey, snakey tones that lead the horns onward into the mix – while some of the core energy from the guitar, bass, and drums keeps things firmly grounded on the planet! This can maybe be heard to best effect on the very cool, almost funky title track "Im Tal Der Emmen" – and other titles include "Schubi Dubi Kong", "Ich Bin Der Postillion D'Amour Aber Meine Uhr Geht Vuur", "Der Don Juan Hat Seine Turnschuh An" and "Uck Zuruckspulen". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Im Tal Der Emmen ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ OdinSWF Session (with bonus track) ... CD
SWR/Long Hair (France), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Odin take on two tunes by Frank Zappa here – but the result is very different than most of Zappa's music, given that the group have a sound that's a bit more down to earth, and focused nicely on the interplay between the excellent organ lines on a Hammond 100, and the rest of the guitar, bass, and drums in the quartet! Odin are definitely prog, but they also feel like guys you could just hang out with at a bar, too – impeccable instrumentalists, but also not too full of themselves – just able to jam long and beautifully, while occasionally throwing out the odd lyric to give their tunes a bit of focus. Titles include long takes on the Zappa tunes "King Kong" and "Oh No" – plus the originals "Turnpike Lane" and "Life Is Only". Also features a bonus live take of "Oh No", recorded live in 1972. CD
Also available SWF Session (with bonus track) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Pacific SoundForget Your Dream (limited colored vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Long Hair (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic bit of work from this obscure Swiss group from the early 70s – one who recorded this rare nugget in just a very short space of time, but with a quality level that rivals some of the bigger label classics that took months to create in the studio! At the core, these guys have impeccable instrumentation – keyboards, guitars, and drums that are right on the money, and are often used with a sharpness that make things funk at points – especially on their extended "Erotic Blues", which is mostly instrumental and has some wonderfully breaking drums! The approach is more straightforward than prog, but equally well-crafted – and the whole thing's topped with raw vocals from singer Chris Meyer, who sings in English throughout. Titles include "Ceremony For A Dead", "If Your Soul Is Uncultivated", "Thick Fog", "Forget Your Dream", and "Erotic Blues". Also includes bonus tracks – "Ballad To Jimi", "The Drug Just Told Me", and "The Green Eyed Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – on colored vinyl!)
 
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ArktisArktis Tapes ... LP
Bonn-Bons (Germany), 1975. Near Mint- ... $14.99
The second album from this obscure German group – and one that definitely gets the title right, as the material here is pulled from recordings the band made on their own – woodshedding in the studio away from the mainstream! Despite their obscurity, Artkis has a sound that could have made them huge at the time – hard rock guitars with maybe an earlier blues rock inspiration, turned into much more ferocious territory – and a strong female lead singer who gives these guys a very unique vibe. The guitar work alone is worth the price of admission – and titles include "High Fly", "Pique Nique", "Dan 1", "Deep In", "New Rock", and "Small Talk". LP, Vinyl record album
(German reissue on Long Hair.)
Also available Arktis Tapes ... LP 29.99

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Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong & His Friends ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Boplicity (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings – with full arrangements from Oliver Nelson – who heads up a dream lineup that includes Billy Harper on tenor, and either Chico Hamilton or Pretty Purdie on drums! Even more amazing is a guest appearance from Leon Thomas – who sings on a version of "The Creator Has A Master Plan". Other tunes are just as hip – and include "The Black Cat Has 9 Lives", "His Father Wore Long Hair", "Give Peace A Chance", and "We Shall Overcome". Must be heard to be believed! CD

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Blind Owl WilsonBlind Owl Wilson ... LP
Mississippi, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.99
Blind Owl Wilson is Alan Wilson of the band Canned Heat – an artist who was surprisingly dedicated to the roots of blues, and always brought a richly personal style to his music! The package brings together key Wilson moments from his time with the group, plus a few other sides – all from a too-short stretch of recording before Alan took his life at the early age of 27. The set features a great booklet of notes on the songs and a bit of biography – including ties (which we didn't know) to John Fahey. Titles include "Poor Moon", "My Time Ain't Long", "On The Road Again", "Childhood's End", "Alan's Intro", "Time Was", "My Mistakes", "Pulling Hair Blues", and "Nebulosity". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sleepy John Estes with Hammie NixonLive In Japan 1974 ... CD
Delmark, 1974. Used ... $9.99
Spare live material from the legendary Sleepy John Estes – a set that was recorded in Tokyo in the mid 70s, but wasn't issued in the US for many decades! Estes plays guitar and sings in a duo with harp player Hammie Nixon – who also sings a fair bit too, and creates this excellent back/forth energy with Sleepy John – a very conversational approach to blues that's also augmented by Nixon's very cool work on kazoo and jug! The core performance is the real highlight here – but the album also adds in an extra few tracks performed with a younger Japanese blues group who bring a bit of electricity to the mix. Titles include "Tin Pan Alley", "Divin Duck Blues", "When Your Mother Is Gone", "The Girl I Love She Got Long Curly Hair", "Stop That Thing", and "Rats In My Kitchen". CD
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Ernie Hawks & The Soul InvestigatorsScorpio Man (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Timmion (Finland), 2018. New Copy ... $24.99
Ernie Hawks looks right out of the 70s on the cover – with his long hair, fringe jacket, and fiercely-held flute – which he mixes here with some great grooves from the Soul Investigators, in a vibe that's maybe even better than classic! The album's all instrumental, and has this fantastic sound that's way different than the usual contemporary funk set – nicely trippy at times, with echo and other effects applied to the instrumentation – and a strong ear for the overall sound, not just the power of each member of the group! Hawks is often out front, soloing with a funky flute sound – but he also handles vibes, pianoman, and trombone – in a very cool lineup that also has Martti Vesala on wah-wah trumpet, and Jimi Tenor on saxophone. All tunes are original, and they're really fantastic – each the kind that if you found on a rare soundtrack or lost jazz album, you'd be willing to pay plenty to own. Titles include "Still Trippin", "Bag Full Of Miracles", "Cold Turkey Time", "Scorpio Walk", "Windy City Blues", "Journey To The Bottom", and "Street Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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Antoine HerveInvention Is You ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $16.99
Pianist Antoine Herve unlocks all sorts of great colors here – working with a quintet, but almost as if he's summoning up the sonic possibilities of a much larger ensemble – a testament to the fluid strengths of all the players in the group as much as it is Antoine's lead! Other players include Markus Stockhausen on trumpet and flugelhorn, Francois Moutin on bass, Louis Moutin on drums, and Arnaud Franck on percussion – rising and changing with a great sense of focus in the live performance that makes up the set. Titles include "Silence Comes In Waves", "Sharing", "Soul As A Dance", "Long Hair Woman", and "Salsita". CD
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Wynton MarsalisLevee Low Moan – Soul Gestures In Southern Blue Vol 3 ... CD
Columbia, 1991. Used ... $4.99
The last chapter in Wynton Marsalis' Soul Gestures trilogy of the early 90s – and like the others, it's a set with its own sort of sound and feeling – another illustration of the many talents of Marsalis at the time! Despite the "levee" reference in the title, the work's hardly the down-home effort you might expect – and instead, the tracks are long, freewheeling numbers played with a bit more soul than some of Wynton's earlier work, yet still a relatively modern sensibility overall. Nobody lets their hair down too much here, but the album's also nicely free of the sort of cliches you might expect from the project – none of the fake Crescent City modes that might hurt the date. Players include Marcus Roberts on piano, Wes Anderson on alto, Todd Williams on tenor and soprano, Reginald Veal on bas, and Herlin Riley on drums. Titles include "Jig's Jig", "Levee Low Moan", "In The House Of Williams", and "Superb Starling". CD
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Jackie McLean & Dexter GordonSource Vol 2 (Inner City) ... LP
Inner City, 1973. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A great meeting of two generations of jazz – and one that really blows the top off some of Dexter Gordon's other European sessions of the time! The setting here is definitely one that's more a Gordon-based date – long tracks with rhythm backing from a trio with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums. But unlike some of the other long-blown Gordon-heavy albums for the stretch, the presence of Jackie McLean really brings in a new sort of fire – the kind of soaring, soulful energy he brought to his own records in these immediate post-Blue Note years – almost a Coltrane influence, and a sense of spiritualism that really comes through on some of his solo moments – even in this relatively straight setting. Titles include "Half Nelson", "I Can't Get Started", "Another Hair-Do", and "Dexter Digs In". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear.)
Also available Source Vol 2 (Steeplechase) ... LP 13.99

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Jackie McLean & Dexter GordonSource Vol 2 (Steeplechase) ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. Very Good+ ... $13.99
A great meeting of two generations of jazz – and one that really blows the top off some of Dexter Gordon's other European sessions of the time! The setting here is definitely one that's more a Gordon-based date – long tracks with rhythm backing from a trio with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alex Riel on drums. But unlike some of the other long-blown Gordon-heavy albums for the stretch, the presence of Jackie McLean really brings in a new sort of fire – the kind of soaring, soulful energy he brought to his own records in these immediate post-Blue Note years – almost a Coltrane influence, and a sense of spiritualism that really comes through on some of his solo moments – even in this relatively straight setting. Titles include "Half Nelson", "I Can't Get Started", "Another Hair-Do", and "Dexter Digs In". LP, Vinyl record album
(Inner City pressing. Cover has a name in marker on the back and has very light wear.)
Also available Source Vol 2 (Inner City) ... LP 16.99

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Willie NelsonIt Will Come To Pass – The Metaphysical Worlds & Poetic Introspections Of Willie Nelson ... CD
RCA/Omni (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $14.99
Willie Nelson without the long hair – really sounding great on a set of early recordings for RCA! That amazing voice is already very firmly in place – that sharp, raspy tone that was an instant original in country music – especially when singing Nelson's own words, which really dominate this wonderful collection – a set that, as you'd guess from the title, really highlights Willie's more contemplative nature! The whole thing's wonderfully free from any overdone country music cliches – and is a great document of this under-reissued side of Nelson's catalog – the roots that led to the superstardom of the 70s, but with a much more personal, heartfelt quality too. CD features 28 tracks in all – and titles include "Healing Hands Of Time", "Suffer In Silence", "Truth Number One", "Jimmy's Road", "Pages", "Little Things", "Blackjack County Chain", "Me & Paul", "These Are Difficult Times Remember The Good Times", "Born To Lose", "The Ghost", and "Darkness On The Face Of The Earth". CD

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Richard TorranceBareback (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol/Big Pink (South Korea), 1977. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
An overlooked gem from the glory days of the AOR generation – a well-crafted set of work from singer Richard Torrance, who might only know from this one LP! Sure, the cover's a bit cheesy – but that's also part of the charm, as is the way that Torrance can approach the tunes with all that confident energy that singers of his generation always seemed to have – maybe something that comes from letting your hair grow long, and your shirt slip off! The Waters provide backup vocals on most tracks, and underscore some of the blue-eyed qualities in Richard's vocals – on titles that include "Stay Young", "Rio De Janeiro Blue", "So Sad", "Leave My Love Behind", "Under Your Spell", and "Alley Cat Jack". CD

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✨✧ Dwight Trible with Matthew HalsallInspirations (transparent orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic setting for the voice of Dwight Trible – one of the few contemporary jazz singers who inherited the style of spiritual jazz greats like Leon Thomas or Joe Lee Wilson! Trible's singing here with backing from a group that includes trumpeter Matthew Halsall, recording on Halsall's own label too – a wonderful imprint that's also one of the few to really get the spiritual vibe just right – that sort of long-flowing, always-soulful mode that grew out of the post-Coltrane generation! Tracks are all open and modal – just the right vibe for Trible to hit his heights – and they also leave plenty of space for Halsall to take some great solos, too – in a combo that also includes piano, bass, drums, and even a bit of harp. Most titles are remakes of older numbers, but given a completely different spin by Trible – and titles include "Tryin Times", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", "Heaven & Hell", "Feelin Good", and "Dear Lord". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong & His Friends ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings – with full arrangements from Oliver Nelson – who heads up a dream lineup that includes Billy Harper on tenor, and either Chico Hamilton or Pretty Purdie on drums! Even more amazing is a guest appearance from Leon Thomas – who sings on a version of "The Creator Has A Master Plan". Other tunes are just as hip – and include "This Black Cat Has 9 Lives", "His Father Wore Long Hair", "Give Peace A Chance", and "We Shall Overcome". Must be heard to be believed! CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)
Also available Louis Armstrong & His Friends ... CD 8.99
 
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Vernell HillLong Haired Daddy/Sometimes Love ... 7-inch
Tuff, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drillhole.)

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✨✧ FlockFlock ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a small sticker and label has initials in marker.)

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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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Jerry HahnJerry Hahn Brotherhood (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia/Big Pink (South Korea), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A really cool record from Jerry Hahn – a guitarist who's maybe known for his initial work in jazz, but who steps out here with a very groovy mix of those roots and long-haired, lyrical psychedelic sounds too! The set's got vocals on nearly every track, but Jerry still gets in all these fantastic guitar licks too – strong single-note lines that really show his roots in other styles of music, mixed with some roots rock touches on the rhythms and lyrics, and sweeet use of organ and piano by Mike Finnigan. Mike often harmonizes with Jerry on the lyrics – and titles include "Martha's Madman", "Comin Down", "Captain Bobby Stout", "Thursday Thing", and "What I Gave Away". CD

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Leon's CreationThis Is The Beginning ... LP
Studio 10/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 27.99
A rare album of funky soul from the Bay Area scene at the start of the 70s – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you might expect from the cover! The group's the creation of singer/keyboardist/arranger Leon Pattillo – hence the name – and you might know Leon from his later famous work in the 70s – including a stint with Santana, and loads of great work with other soul artists. But here, he's a young genius working in the freest, funkiest style of the San Francisco generation – with a vibe that's maybe a more spiritual take on territory explored by Sly & The Family Stone – with an earthier, more indie vibe overall. The group has great interplay – tight instrumentation, but never slick, and with some nice long-haired currents – and vocals are by Leon and a female singer – on titles that include "Confusion", "If I Had The Power", "Sightless", "Back Roads", "This Is The Beginning", and "Mirage". LP, Vinyl record album

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Little BitsGirl Give Me Love ... CD
Beat Rocket, 1967. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99 On February 4, 2022
The Little Bits are little kids, but don't hold that against them – as there's an intensity to this record that feels much more like some Texas psych of the time, and which hardly fits the sweeter image of the group on the cover! The quartet only issued one single back in the 60s – but now, they finally get their full due in this amazing batch of lost material – heavy on fuzzy bass, sinister keyboards, and some surprisingly gritty vocals – way different than anything we might have expected from the cover! Trust us, this set is great – as gritty and garagey as any of the older, long-haired cats from the time – with titles that include "Girl Give Me Love", "Corner Store", "Turn Around", "Evil On My Mind", "Houston To LA", "Do Wrong Lucy", "Spoofin", and "Clearwater Georgia". CD
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Little BitsGirl Give Me Love (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Beat Rocket, 1967. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99 On January 21, 2022 (delayed)
The Little Bits are little kids, but don't hold that against them – as there's an intensity to this record that feels much more like some Texas psych of the time, and which hardly fits the sweeter image of the group on the cover! The quartet only issued one single back in the 60s – but now, they finally get their full due in this amazing batch of lost material – heavy on fuzzy bass, sinister keyboards, and some surprisingly gritty vocals – way different than anything we might have expected from the cover! Trust us, this set is great – as gritty and garagey as any of the older, long-haired cats from the time – with titles that include "Girl Give Me Love", "Corner Store", "Turn Around", "Evil On My Mind", "Houston To LA", "Do Wrong Lucy", "Spoofin", and "Clearwater Georgia". LP, Vinyl record album
This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, January 21 (delayed).

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Raw MaterialRaw Material (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Evolution/Sunbeam (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $38.99 42.98
The lasting classic from Raw Material – a great little record captured at the crossroads of psych and prog, with a wonderful sound that even moves past both of those styles! At one level, the album's a tripped-out batch of heavy rock tunes – complete with vocals, fuzzy guitar, and lots of long-haired attitude. At another level, though, the record's got lots of light jazzy flourishes, especially on some of the smaller instrumental cuts, which features mellow work on keyboards, vibes, flute, and percussion. These cuts really make the album great – as they have sort of a "Folk Funk Experience" sound, sophisticatedly funky, and nicely laidback. Titles include "Pear On An Apple Tree", "Time & Illusion", "I'd Be Delighted", "Future Recollections", and "Bobo's Party". 2LP pressing features lots of bonus tracks – 16 more numbers in all – including "Sympathy", "Badge", "Second Generation Woman", "Traveller Man", "Race With The Devil", and "Living In The Past". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl hand-numbered gatefold sleeve with full-color booklet and repro A3 poster.)

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✨✧ SilkSmooth As Raw Silk (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
ABC/Big Pink (South Korea), 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really cool lost group on late 60s ABC – a bit psych, with maybe a slight UK influence – able to turn out some nicely varied, but nicely focused songs throughout this debut set! The record's one of those great lost sides from the time – a group who've clearly got chops and plenty of ideas of their own – lucky enough to get some time in the studio with a label who gave them the space to try out new things – which they do to great effect here on both the lyrical and instrumental sides of the record! The set's got some larger arrangements by producer Bill Szymczyk – a name we don't know, but who also gives the record a superb sound overall – augmenting the ideas of the group in just the right way, while never burying their identity. Titles include "Custody" – a very strange song about divorce – plus "Not A Whole Lot I Can Do", "Long Haired Boy", "For All Time", "Come On Down Girl", "Walk In My Mind", "Skitzo Blues", and "Hours". CD

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✨✧ Spooky ToothTobacco Road ... LP
A&M, 1968. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
70s issue of this masterpiece of psychedelic pop – a set that really captures that key shift from R&B-influenced sounds to much headier territory on the UK scene! Spooky Tooth came to this debut with a fair bit of previous activity in other groups – and there's a core energy here that still holds onto the soul-influenced grooves of the mod scene – which makes for some romping cuts that are almost freakbeat tunes, but which are twisted nicely with some fuzzier production and longer-haired expressions! The vocals have a nice undercurrent of soul – unabashedly powerful, but years before such a style would sound cliche – and the drums, bass, and guitar leap into the fray with equally wonderful energy. The approach is a bit like Procol Harum at the start, but more individual – and titles include "Too Much Of Nothing", "Society's Child", "Bubbles", "Forget It I Got It", "It Hurts You So", "Sunshine Help Me", and "Love Really Changed Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a small sticker at the bottom right corner.)

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✨✧ RL BurnsideMississippi Hill Country Blues (with bonus download) ... LP
Fat Possum, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An album recorded in the Netherlands, but a set that hits right to the heart of RL Burnside's Mississippi roots – thanks to a beautifully spare, careful presentation of the music! Most numbers feature just Burnside on vocals and guitar – with a vibe that's similar to the field recordings that first introduced the world to his talents – those delta-raised styles that have an immediate tie back to the early years of blues on 78rpm discs, especially in this session – where RL seems to almost be reaching back further than the style of some of his other recordings of the same period. Titles include "Skinny Woman", "See What My Buddy Done", "Shake Em On Down", "Don't Care How Long You're Gone", "Jumper On The Line", "Long Haired Doney", and "Greyhound Bus Station". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl – includes download! Limited edition Fat Possum Records 25th Anniversary pressing!)

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✨✧ Professor LonghairBach Of Rock ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Mighty nice work from the great Professor Longhair – live material recorded in the late 70s, presented here without much in the way of notes – but with a musical quality that more than makes up for that lack of information! The Professor was a key figure in the New Orleans music scene from the postwar years onward – a pianist and singer whose sound really helped pave the way for a new generation of Crescent City soul – and even here, in the late 70s, there's a very timeless, formative sound to his style – a raw groove that really gets to the essence of the sound of Nola, with tight work on piano, and plenty of the Professor's raspy, often witty vocals! Titles include "Bald Head", "Boyd's Bounce", "Big Chief", "Mardi Gras In New Orleans", "Tell Me Pretty Baby", "Mess Around", "I'm Movin On", "Junko Partner", "Her Mind Is Gone", "Rum & Coca Cola", "She Walked Right In", and "Stompin With Fess". CD

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Brotzmann/Kondo/Pupillo/Nilssen-LoveHairy Bones ... CD
Okka Disk, 2008. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99
Pretty hairy stuff from Peter Brotzmann and crew – a set that blasts right out of the gate with some really bone-rattling noise! The album's a live set, recorded recently in Amsterdam – featuring Brotzmann on alto, tenor, b flat clarinet, and tarogato – alongside Toshinori Kondo on electric trumpet, Massimo Pupillo on electric bass, and Paal Nilssen Love on drums. The electricity in the instruments can definitely be felt on the title track "Hairy Bones" – a hard-driving tune that runs for over 30 minutes, and which really recalls the energy that Brotzmann had a few decades before, when crossing over big to new audiences around the globe. "Chain Dogs" is even longer, but starts a bit slower – but then really bursts forth with more noisy elements on trumpet and bass – some really speaker-rattling stuff! CD

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Count Basie OrchestraLong Live The Chief (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1986. Used ... $6.99
A post-Basie session from the Count Basie Orchestra – recorded after the Count had passed away, and Frank Foster returned from his wayward years to assume leadership of the group! The sound here is very much in the best Basie mode of the late 50s and early 60s – extremely fluid large group arrangements that sparkle with touches from Basie stalwarts Frank Foster, Eric Dixon, and Freddie Green – plus a number of younger players in the group. Dee Carson is sitting in Basie's chair on piano, and Carmen Bradford sings on the track "A Foggy Day". Other titles include "Hey I See You Over There", "You Got It", "April In Paris", "Bus Dust", and "Corner Pocket". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lightnin' RodHustlers Convention ... LP
Celluloid, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Fantastic stuff – incredibly hard and incredibly funky, and a masterpiece all the way through! Long before there was any talk of gangster rap, Jalal of the Last Poets recorded this album of gamblin', pimpin', and hard double dealin'. It's a fantastic album-long ride through the dark side of the black underworld, and is the aural equivalent of a blacksploitation flick. Kool & The Gang provided the music – and Jalal tells the whole story throughout, in the same hard rappin' style he used with the Last Poets! The record's an undisputed classic, and includes the sample classic "Sport", plus loads of other righteous funky cuts like "Spoon", "Grit's Den", and "Sentenced To The Chair"! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hustlers Convention ... LP 99.99

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Terry RileyLes Yeux Fermes/Lifespan – Original Soundtracks ... CD
Elision Fields, 1972/1974. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Two rare soundtracks by Terry Riley – unsung examples of his musical genius during one of the the most fruitful periods in his career! Les Yeux Fermes features two very long tracks – each over 18 minutes long, and spun out with a spare, minimal groove that's very much in Riley's Rainbow In Curved Air mode. "Journey From The Death Of A Friend" is especially nice – with extended electric piano parts that flow, dip, and turn wonderfully. And "Happy Ending" builds a bit more slowly – with droning reed parts that almost have an Eastern feel, and remind us at times of something we might hear on Impulse Records! The score for Lifespan features shorter songs throughout – still often quite minimal, with instrumentation that includes organ, tabla, and a bit of electronics – played in a wonderfully spare mode, but always with an inherently rhythmic groove that stretches out in these beautiful patterns in sound. Titles include "G Song", "The Oldtimer", "Delay", "In The Summer", "Slow Melody In Bhairavi", and "Music Inside Curved Entrances". CD

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✨✧ Johnny Smith with Stan GetzMoonlight In Vermont ... CD
Roulette, 1952/1953. Used ... $5.99
A beautiful document of some of the most laidback jazz ever recorded – the sublime 50s recordings of the Johnny Smith group, done at a time when the lineup included Stan Getz! The tunes on the set feature Johnny's mellow electric guitar setting the pace, alongside wonderfully-blown early solos from Stan, plus some other tenor work from Zoot Sims and Paul Quinichette, who also sit in the tenor chair on a few of these recordings. The tunes are mostly standards, but done in a great style that's not exactly cool jazz, but which has a groundbreakingly easy groove that's simply sublime! CD features a number of bonus and unreleased cuts, with 19 tracks that include "What's New", "Yesterdays", "Vilia", "Ghost Of A Chance", "Jaguar", "Moonlight In Vermont", "Tabu", and "Where Or When". CD
(Out of print.)

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SorrowsTake A Heart – The Pye Records A & B Sides ... CD
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 22.99
A huge package of material from The Sorrows – one full album, a wealth of rare singles, and even some solo material by group member Don Fardon too! The set begins with the album Take A Heart – a searing set from the mid 60s wave of the British scene – delivered with this mix of tunefulness and raw guitars that's totally great, echoed most strongly in the vocals, which really have an edge, even when delivering familiar themes on the lyrics – moodier than most, and in a really great way! The set then moves into a massive 28 more tracks that make up the a-sides and b-sides of the group's singles for Pye Records at the time – titles that include "Baby", "Gonna Find A Cave", "We Should Get Along Fine", "Pink Purple Yellow & Red", "My Gal", "Don't Sing No Sad Songs For Me", "Hooky", "Vivi", "Armchair King", and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes". The set then concludes with 10 more solo tracks from Don Fardon – some of the hardest to find material in the collection, and some of the most interesting too. Titles include "Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian", "Daytripper", "Coming On Strong", "Ruby's Picture On My Wall", "We Can Make It Together", "Dreamin Room", and "I Need Somebody". 50 tracks in all! CD

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VariousFunky Blues 1960s to 1970s – Modern/Kent Blues Treasures ... CD
Modern/Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
The title gets it right – and the grooves do too – nothing but funky blues from the 60s and 70s, the kind of gritty, hard-edged tunes that are way better than the sort of blues you might be used to hearing at frat boy bars! All of the work here was originally issued on west coast indie powerhouse Kent/Modern – and the package does a good job of pulling out some under-recognized gems from the funkier side of their output at the time – tracks that often have some very tight drums, rumbling basslines, and scratchy guitar alongside the more soul-oriented vocals. Titles include "Let Your Hair Down" and "You Make Me Cry" by Arthur K Adams; "Kidney Stew" and "Two Ton Mama" by Newman Family; "Funky Way" by Jimmy Bee; "Women's Liberation" by TV Mama Jean; "What You See Is What You're Gonna Get" by Brenda George; "The Turning Point" by Rudy Ray Moore; "Night Time" and "Go To Train" by Smokey Wilson; "Tramp" by Foxfire; and "Mellow Together", "Funky Broadway", "The Thing", and "Hobo Meeting" by Lowell Fulsom. CD

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VariousStop The War – Vietnam Through The Eyes Of Black America 1965 to 1974 ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
The Vietnam war was tough on most folks in the US – but it's no secret that it was especially tough on black Americans – who were often given little choice and little chance to get out of the callup to the military action – which left a huge impression on their community for years to come! This package documents the affect of Vietnam in soul music – in ways that are both direct and more subtle, as the package blends together a number of tracks that you likely don't know at all, and others that you might have missed as being critical of the war – as there's more subtle messaging going on, a lesson that was learned during the Civil Rights era, when a mellower lyric might get more mainstream circulation – as a call to action that a change was going to come. The quality of cuts here is wonderful – as well-selected as some of the Ace/Kent collections of rare soul music on small labels – and there's definitely a few here that we're hearing for the first time, alongside other numbers that really sound great in the setting. Titles include "Fighting For My Baby" by Donald Jenkins, "Lonely Soldier" by William Bell, "Letter To A Buddie" by Joe Medwick, "I Want To Come Home For Christmas" by Marvin Gaye, "My Ship Is Coming In Tomorrow" by The Pace Setters, "Johnny" by King Hannibal, "Going On Strike" by The Emotions, "Uncle Sam" by Jimmy Hughes, "My Soldier Boy Is Coming Home" by The Shirelles, "Glad To Be Home" by Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper, "The War Is Over My Brother" by The Sensational Saints, "Home To Stay" by RB Greaves, "Stop The War" by The Impressions, "Wish You Were Here With Me" by The Fawns, "VC Blues" by Allen Orange, "Promise That You'll Wait" by Michael Lizzmore, "Men Are Getting Scarce" by Chairmen Of The Board, and "Leave Him Alone" by Stu Gardner. CD

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✨✧ Marvin HamlischSwimmer ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great early soundtrack from Marvin Hamlisch – quite different than some of his more famous work of the 70s, and filled with some wonderfully whimsical touches! The music was scored for a strange film that features Burt Lancaster "swimming" his way across a town – moving from pool to pool as he makes his way home – with a variety of scene and mood changes along the way! The journey is captured beautifully by Hamlisch in his music – with some especially great tunes that are light and jazzy, others that are a bit more sentimental, and a few more that have a starkly dramatic feel. Titles include "Lovely Hair", "My Kids Love Me", "Easy Four", "The Dive", "Lucinda River", and "Carnival". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo Masterworks pressing. Cover has address label at corner which has some wear.)

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✨✧ Lightnin HopkinsStrums The Blues ... LP
Score/Third Man, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A late 50s collection of earlier 78rpm singles issued by Aladdin Records – material that's far rawer than the "strums" in the title might imply! At a time when other blues musicians were fleshing things out a bit – sometimes adding in larger backings, horns, and a bit of electricity – Lightnin Hopkins hardly needed that at all, as the man's voice and guitar are more than enough to knock things out of the park! Titles include "So Long", "Mistreated", "Shotgun", "Rollin & Rollin", "My California", "Honey Babe", "Short Haired Woman", and "Katie May". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ravi ShankarThree Ragas (World Pacific) ... LP
World Pacific, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title tells it all – as Ravi delivers three long ragas, with backing on tabla and tamboura. A nice one to plug in and drop out to – with the 28 minute-long "Raga Jog", plus "Raga Simhendra Madhyaman" and "Raga Ahir Bhairav". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Betty PadgettBetty Padgett ... LP
Luv N' Haight, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Rare Florida soul from Betty Padgett – a 70s singer who didn't chart nearly as high as some of her sunshine state contemporaries, but who sounds equally great on this rare self-titled debut! Like Gwen McCrae, Betty's got a great way both with mellow, soul-drenched tunes, and with funkier numbers – both of which feature strongly on this set – alongside a few really surprising tunes with a bit of a rocksteady groove! This last style is especially great – and provides a compelling Miami/Kingston soul link in the 70s, but with qualities that remind us of Jamaican soul from the decade before. Titles include two parts of the single "Sugar Daddy" – plus "It Would Be A Shame", "Rocking Chair", "Love Me Forever", "Never Never Never", and "Tonight Is The Night". Comes with notes and vintage photos too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally repressed!)

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✨✧ Professor LonghairRock N Roll Gumbo ... CD
Dancing Cat, 1974/1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown on guitar. CD
(Out of print.)

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Count BasieChairman of The Board ... CD
Roulette, 1958. Used ... $4.99
Way before Sinatra first grabbed the "Chairman Of The Board" title for his own musical persona, Basie laid great claim to the tag with this tight little album for Roulette! The album's got the 50s Basie band working at the height of their powers – with original compositions written and arranged by Frank Foster, Ernie Wilkins, Thad Jones, and Frank Wess – all of whom play in the bad, along with other all-stars like Freddie Green, Billy Mitchell, and Al Grey. The sound is tight, soulful, and searing Basie all the way through – with tunes that include "Segue In C", "Blues In Hoss' Flat", "Who Me?", "The Deacon", "Half Moon Street", "Mutt & Jeff", "TV Time", "Speaking Of Sounds", and "HRH". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Fair & Warmer" and "Moten Swing". CD
(Out of print and still sealed. BMG Direct pressing.)
Also available Chairman of The Board ... LP 6.99

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Count BasieChairman of The Board ... LP
Roulette, 1958. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Way before Sinatra first grabbed the "Chairman Of The Board" title for his own musical persona, Basie laid great claim to the tag with this tight little album for Roulette! The album's got the 50s Basie band working at the height of their powers – with original compositions written and arranged by Frank Foster, Ernie Wilkins, Thad Jones, and Frank Wess – all of whom play in the bad, along with other all-stars like Freddie Green, Billy Mitchell, and Al Grey. The sound is tight, soulful, and searing Basie all the way through – with tunes that include "Segue In C", "Blues In Hoss' Flat", "Who Me?", "The Deacon", "Half Moon Street", "Mutt & Jeff", "TV Time", "Speaking Of Sounds", and "HRH". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Emus pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, with writing in pen and marker in back. Labels have some pen and marker.)
Also available Chairman of The Board ... CD 4.99

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Haircut 100Pelican West ... LP
Arista, 1982. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A heck of a charmer from Haircut 100 – one of a handful of great UK albums from the early 80s that mixed post-punk energy with warmer touches from jazz and Latin – all in a blend that's completely wonderful overall! Haircut 100 were never trying to change the world – and they certainly never passed themselves off as a real jazz combo – but they've got a great way of adding in just the right touches on sax, congas, and even a bit of vibes – all to create a captivating setting alongside Britpop guitar lines and the great vocals of Nik Heyward. Nik's way more appealing here than on his later work – unabashedly groovy, on tunes that include the classic "Love Plus One", alongside "Snow Girl", "Lemon Firebrigade", "Favourite Shirts", "Milk Film", "Surprise Me Again", and "Fantastic Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining on the bottom, a cut corner, promo stamp, hype sticker, and light wear.)

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VariousDisco Spectacular – Inspired By The Film Hair ... LP
RCA, 1979. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Featuring Evelyn Champagne King, Brothers, New York Community Choir, Vicki Sue Robinson, and Revelation. LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – White label promo in the stickered sleeve, with some wear and aging, large letters in marker on front and back, and peeling along the opening.)

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✨✧ Michael HurleyArmchair Boogie (LP style sleeve) ... CD
Raccoon/Future Days, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great record from folk rock oddball Michael Hurley – with spare, ragged little solo guitar & vocal tunes that greatly showcase both Hurley's easygoing, slowly rolling along vocals, as well has his piercing, high emphatic howls– plus more fleshed out tunes with the band, full of groovy, eccentric instrumentation. He brings in some fiddle and mandolin for a rustic feel here and there, a coronet that lends a bit of a jazzy cognizance, and more streamlined, folk rock touches. The album includes a Hurley staple or two, including "Werewolf" – plus "Grand Canyon Line", "English Nobleman", "Be Kind To Me", "Troubled Waters", "Sweedeedee", "Open Up", "Jocko's Lament", "Light Green Fellow", "Get The Best Of Me", "Biscuut Roller", "When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano" and "Penguins". CD
(Deluxe gatefold tip-on CD sleeve. Includes reproduction of the original 36 page cartoon booklet.)

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✨✧ Ali Akbar KhanRaga Chandra Nandan/Raga Bhairavi ... LP
His Master's Voice (India), 1962. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful early set – with two side-long ragas! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear on the edges, and a small mark from an old sticker – but this is a great copy overall.)
 
 
 



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