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Beau BrummelsIntroducing The Beau Brummels ... LP
Autumn/Trading Places (UK), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The first full album from The Beau Brummels – an early Autumn Records effort before their headier days at Warner – cut with a style that could well make the group a key force to stop the British Invasion of the 60s! There's a great sense of jangle-pop throughout – a slight twang that would later unfold in different ways in Bradley's Barn, but which here works to give the tunes this little sense of sadness amidst the warmer melodies – which themselves are particularly great, and much better-crafted than some of the other US groups of this nature at the time. The boys definitely borrow a bit from The Beatles (including a name that gave them placement right next to the fab four in the record racks) – but maybe they're also drawing on some of the folk harmony groups from the SF scene they called home, too. Titles include "Laugh Laugh", "Just A Little", "Oh Lonesome Me", "They'll Make You Cry", "Stick Like Glue", "Not Too Long Ago", and "I Want More Loving". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BenBen ... LP
Vertigo/Trading Places (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
The only album ever issued by Ben – one of the more obscure groups from the Canterbury scene, and one of the jazziest too! The group start the set with a tune by Keith Jarrett, then soar through a mostly instrumental batch of tracks – all long, with razor-sharp time changes, and impeccable instrumentation from a lineup that includes Peter Davey on saxes and flute, Alex Macleery on electric piano and moog, Gerry Reid on guitars, Len Surtees on bass, and David Sheen on drums and percussion! Sheen also vocalizes a bit – but the record is really an instrumental set overall, in the best UK rock/jazz fusion of the time – with none of the cliches of more commercial material. Titles include "The Influence", "Gismo", "Christmas Execution", and "Gibbon". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mike CooperOh Really!? ... LP
Pye/Trading Places (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
An early classic from British guitarist Mike Cooper – an artist who was part of that unique moment of mid 60s British blues – part folk, part rock, and with a quality that definitely paved the way for many other modes to come! The set has Mike Cooper mostly on guitar and vocals, in a style that's part Piedmont, part Delta blues – but also given a more folksy spin, and graced with Cooper's unusual vocals – almost making the whole thing feel like a spare acoustic version of Canned Heat territory – with titles that include "Maggie Campbell", "Saturday Blues", "Electric Chair", "Crow Jane", and "You're Gonna Be Sorry". LP, Vinyl record album

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Emerald WebValley Of The Birds (180 gram vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Trading Places (UK), 1981. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99
One of the coolest records from this Bay Area electronic duo – a set that features a mix of analogue instruments with mono synths and Lyricons – including the Lyricon Electronic Wind Instrument – which is kind of a mix of analogue electronics and clarinet! The set was recorded on a 4 track, in the duo's home – and originally only issued on cassette. First time ever on vinyl – with titles that include "Valley Of The Birds", "Through The Garden Of Mirrors", "Photonos", "Rainforest", and "The Dragon's Gate". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Head MachineOrgasm ... LP
Pye/Trading Places (UK), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
An album of legendary status from the UK scene of the late 60s – although one that never got the banning by the BBC that it was hoping for! The whole thing was put together as a sex-based concept album – with an ultra-racy name and double-entendre song titles – almost a cash-in on the free love generation, but hoping to create a sex scandal too – although in reality, the album's a great solid rocker – put together by members of The Gods, with some especially strong contributions from Ken Leslie! Leslie handles the vocals, along with David Paramor – who was the producer who put the whole project together – and shaped the overall vibe of the record, which lies somewhere between hard rock and maybe some of the Vertigo Records generation. Titles include "The First Time", "Climax", "You Must Come With Me", "Make The Feeling Last", "Orgasm", and "Scattering Seeds". LP, Vinyl record album

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Samantha JonesGirl Named Sam (180 gram green vinyl pressing – with bonus track) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Penny Farthing/Trading Places (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $23.99
Groovy late 60s pop from Samantha Jones – a British singer who's working here with some great arrangements and productions from UK maestro Mark Wirtz! The sound here is a great bridge between the sweeter styles of UK Brit pop in the 60s and some of the hipper ones to come in the 70s – definitely done with an inspiration from American soul, which Samantha picks up strongly in some of her best vocals here. The backings often have a nice bit of bounce in them – similar to some of Dusty Springfield's work of the time – and although a few elements are slightly heady, the overall feel here is relatively straightforward and hook-heavy! Titles include the Wirtz originals "Until Tomorrow" and "Today (Without You)" – plus "Come To Me Slowly", "Do I Still Figure In Your Life", "Taking The Heart Out Of Love", and "A Natural Woman" – plus a great take on "I Go To Sleep". CD also features the bonus track "The TC Theme 2 (version 2)". LP, Vinyl record album

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OsibisaBlack Magic Night – Osibisa Live At The Royal Festival Hall ... LP
Bronze/Trading Places (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99
A surprisingly strong set from Osibisa – one that's got a full, rich, soulful feel – much better than we might have expected for an album recorded at the Royal Festival Hall! The venue's no surprise, though, given that Osibisa were clearly on top of their game at the time – and able to draw a big crowd at a prestigious event. The band has been expanded considerably for this live set to include extra percussion and backing vocals – all coming together with a majestic sound that almost beats the style used on some of the studio versions of these tunes! Titles include "The Dawn", "Living Loving Feeling", "Music For Gong Gong", "Sunshine Day", "Beautiful Seven Y Sharp", and a nice take on Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bridget St JohnThank You For ... LP
Dandelion/Trading Places (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
A slight shift in styles for British singer/songwriter Bridget St John – an album that shakes off a few of the folksy touches of earlier years, but still retains all the dark corners that make her work so great! A few tracks on the album have Bridget working with more traditional accompaniment, but overall most of the record still focuses strongly on voice and guitar – augmented slightly by additional instrumentation that's used sparingly, but beautifully! Most of the tracks here are still by St John – including "Nice", "Thank You For", "Happy Day", and "To Leave Your Cover" – but the album also features a few covers, like Buddy Holly's "Every Day" and Dylan's "Love Minus Zero No Limit". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gil Scott-Heron & His Amnesia ExpressSummer '86 (180 gram vinyl) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Trading Places (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $23.99
Great live work from Gil Scott-Heron – and somewhat essential, too – as the set features recordings from a time when Gil wasn't working for any other record labels! The quality of the set is wonderful – although the man was a bit out of the limelight at the time, he could still really deliver greatness on stage – and the group features Robbie Gordon on bass, Kim Jordan on keyboards, and Ron Holloway on tenor – a nicely jazzy group who respond to some of the changes Gil brought to his music during the Arista years. Titles include "Gun", "Save The Children", "Is That Jazz", "Blue Collar", "Winter In America", "Johannesburg", "Washington DC", and "Three Miles Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sir Lord BaltimoreSir Lord Baltimore ... LP
Mercury/Trading Places (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
Forget any sort of royalist idea you might have about the "sir" in these guys' name – as the group's from Brooklyn, and they're a searing hard rock group from the start of the 70s – one who did some heavy work touring with Black Sabbath at the start of the 70s, then cut this great second album for Mercury shortly after! The group is a quartet here, which makes for an even heavier sound than their trio album – and the whole thing is one of those lost gems from a group who got a great shot in the studio from a big label – who then let the record languish, as they never knew how to promote it! Titles include "Man From Manhattan" plus "Where Are We Going", "Chicago Lives", "Loe And Behold", "Woman Tamer" and "Caesar LXXI". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tear GasPiggy Go Getter ... LP
Paramount/Trading Places (UK), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
An overlooked gem from Tear Gas – a Scottish group who never got the same sort of credit as some of their UK contemporaries at the start of the 70s – but who really made a few great records on their own! This set's got a strange mix of California currents with some of the post-psyche hard rock styles that were bubbling under in the new English generations – occasional hints of rural sensibilities mixed with tighter, fuzzier guitars – often set to lyrics that can be surprisingly thoughtful, and way more than just a filler between the fuzz. Titles include "Mirrors Of Sorrow", "Living For Today", "Lost Awakening", "Your Woman's Gone & Left You", "Night Girl", "I'm Fallin Far Behind", and "Witches Come Today". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Piggy Go Getter ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ CatapillaChanges ... LP
Vertigo/Trading Places (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing work from Catapilla – one of the most striking groups on the legendary Vertigo label – and an act who seemed to be a perfect fit for its groundbreaking mix of sounds! Catapilla are definitely prog, but have their own sort of vision too – one that comes across beautifully on the album's long-spun tracks, which feature these really eerie vocals from female singer Anna Meek, who often vocalizes more than lyricizes – in a lineup that features heady guitar from Graham Wilson, organ and keyboards from Ralph Rolinson, and some specially cool soprano, alto, and tenor sax from Robert Calvert – who often plays electrified versions of those instruments! At times, Meek has almost a Norma Winstone sort of quality, but a bit trippier overall – and titles include "It Could Only Happen To Me", "Thank Christ For George", "Charing Cross", and "Reflections". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great reissue – with the shaped die-cut cover of the original!)

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✨✧ George Clinton & The P-Funk All StarsMake My Funk The P-Funk (180 gram violet vinyl) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Trading Places (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure set of work from George Clinton and the P-Funk empire – a selection of live material from years when George wasn't hitting the studio as much, but still doing great concerts all around the globe! There's not much in the way of dates or players here, but if you caught a Clinton performance in the 80s or early 90s, you'll know the kind of groove going on here – classic P-Funk, maybe even more energized in a live setting – on titles that include "Ain't Nothin But A Jam Y'All", "Good Love", "Bop Gun", "Aquaboogie", "Flashlight", "Standing On The Verge", "Maggot Brain", and "State Of The Nation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited color vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Astrud GilbertoThat Girl From Ipanema ... LP
Image/Trading Places (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual record for Astrud Gilberto – one that has her updating her older sound by working with Philly producer Vince Montana! The approach blends Montana's Philly club in with Astrud's gently bossa-schooled vocals – in a way that glides along nicely and offers the same sort of disco-fied version of styles that were showing up in other genres at the time. The strength, though, is that since Astrud had already cut a funkier album earlier in the 70s for Perception, she was a bit better prepared to handle the session than you might guess – and the overall arrangements still have some stylistic links back to her older work. Arrangements are by Vince Montana, Don Sebesky, and Al Gorgoni – and titles include "Black Magic", "Meu Piao", "All I've Got", "Love For Sale", and the creepy "Puppy Song"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CatapillaCatapilla ... LP
Vertigo/Trading Places (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A tremendous debut from a group who've clearly got as many hands at work as the creature from which they take their name – a really deft blend of prog rock, fusion, and some occasional hard rock touches – served up here on two especially nice long tracks that bracket each end of the set! The group features female singer Anna Meek on vocals – but she shines the most on the two shorter tracks on the record – "Promises" and "Tumbleweed" – while the rest of the group jam in a mighty jazz/rock mode, really topping the best of the Brit scene of the period, and living up to the Vertigo Records faith in the group – with tenor from Hugh Eaglestone; soprano, alto, and tenor from Robert Calvert; and tenor, alto, flute, and clarinet from Thierry Reinhardt – a trio of players who make music that's way different, and much jazzier than just the occasional tenorist in a rock group. Graham Wilson provides heavy guitar – and the two long tracks are "Naked Death" and "Embryonic Fusion". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Mr FoxMr Fox/The Gipsy ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first two albums from Mr Fox – UK folk contemporaries of Fairport Convention and Pentangle, but a group who are maybe even more committed to the traditional roots in their sound! The self-titled Mr Fox features vocals from both Bob and Carole (later Carolanne) Pegg – singing together and trading leads in a way that really elevates the majesty of the music – which, according to them, comes from the ancient world of the Yorkshire dales – a quality that definitely comes through in the way they vocalize the words. Instrumentation is mostly acoustic, but these guys use electric bass in the best ways of their bigger contemporaries – really setting the music apart from familiar folk, and giving it a sinister edge at the bottom – and occasionally peppering things with organ lines too. Titles include "The Hanged Man", "Join Us In Our Game", "The Ballad Of Neddy Dick", "Mr Fox", and "Salisbury Plain". The Gipsy is a record that expands the sound nicely from the group's debut – adding in some slight electric touches in surprising places – including the fiddles and organ – and also using some original material by the group that really burns with a nice deep edge. There's an attempt here to move past conventional acid folk styles – although never in commercial ways – just compelling juxtapositions of instrumentation and vocal interplay, which almost seems to unlock more of a pagan vibe in their sound! Titles include "House Carpenter", "The Gipsy", "Aunt Lucy Broadwood", "Mendle", and "All The Good Times". CD

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