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Great news kiddies, we got a nice import shipment at long last, lots of goodies including a new CRAMPS album, plus lots of restocks on previously sold out items. Check it all out here. 

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24226,24006,24350,24318,19723,24368,22477,24230,24267,24274,24220,24214,24222

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24117,16182,18773,22252,23727,13466,18726,21217,22217,24238,24233,23357,17890,22130,24215,24269,24270,23984,23356,21875,17712,17718,18363,23399

NEW ARRIVALS

CRYPT TRIP -ROOTSTOCK (raw Texas stoner psych) WHITE COVER-Label:HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS Repress with white cover artwork. Take a trip with 'Rootstock', the 2018 album from Texas natives Crypt Trip. You'll find that the use of mind-altering substances is not necessary to feel the raw psychedelic power of the band's sophomore effort. With its many peaks and valleys, 'Rootstock' will take you on a journey through musical dynamics and diverse musicianship. You will be confronted throughout with both high-energy rock and gentle moments of refined delicacy. CD $15 SKU:24318

PLATT, MARC-COLORS OF THE UNIVERSE (IYL Kinks, Brill Bldg and power pop) Label:RUM BAR Known as a member of '80s garage-beat band The Real Impossibles and for his involvement with garage-rock mainstays The Tearaways, Marc Platt now steps forward with a solo-album revealing influences from a.o. The Kinks, garage rock, '60s Brill Building hits, surf music, The Mamas & Papas and even twangy '80s indie-rock and power-pop. CD $17 SKU:24274

UP-TIGHT -THE BEGINNING OF THE END (Japanese psych guitar freakout!)Label:ESSENCE Deep down from the Hamamatsu basements, amidst smoke and dark shadows, comes another epic masterwork of destructive power from the Japanese psychedelic freakout heroes Up-Tight! A glorious incursion into a vortex of massive fuzzed guitars and reverb vocals, mantric drums and menacing bass pulsations touching the extremes of bludgeoning noise and delicate beauty. 'The Beginning Of The End' was originally released as a scarce LP edition on 8mm Records in 2009 and - after more than a decade - sees the light of the day on CD for the first time ever, fully remastered by Aoki Tomoyuki himself. Housed in a custom tip-on mini-LP gatefold packaging displaying unique and new artwork, plus OBI strip. CD $19 SKU:24222

LOOK OUT! -THE SAN DIEGO SCENE 1958-1973-Label:RELAMPAGO-GO Spanning genres s.a. rockabilly, r&b, surf and related instrumentals, garage rock, psychedelia and more, here are 33 tracks from San Diego's rich and lively music scene during 1958-1973. The CD is presented with a 36-page booklet filled with band biographies, photos and extensive liner notes by Mike Stax, plus a foreword by Andy Rasmussen. Bonuses include radio spots, local ads, and live segments. COMP CD $19 SKU:24230

DIGGIN' FOR GOLD- Vol 6 (rare and obscure 45s) 180 GRAM GOLD Label:RUBBLE Rubble presents a collection of rare and obscure 45s from around the world in an international showdown of teenage angst, despair and delinquency. The toxic sound of '60s garage punk never sounded so good! Blasted through 60-watt amplifiers on a diet of amphetamines and adrenalin, 'Diggin' For Gold' offers torment and misery with an explosive twist in mind-bending mono! Comes on 180 gram gold vinyl COMP LP $28 SKU:19723

DIGGIN' FOR GOLD- Vol 2 180 gram gold vinyl Label:PAST & PRESENT Rubble presents a collection of rare and obscure 45s from around the world in an international showdown of teenage angst, despair and delinquency. The toxic sound of '60s garage punk never sounded so good! Blasted through 60-watt amplifiers on a diet of amphetamines and adrenalin, 'Diggin' For Gold' offers torment and misery with an explosive twist in mind-bending mono! Comes on 180 gram gold vinyl. COMP LP $25 SKU:24368

BURN RITUAL-THE VOID (doom, stoner rock, heavy psych and a sound that oozes Sabbath RED VINYL Label:KOZMIK ARTIFACT Blending elements of doom, stoner rock, heavy psych and a sound that oozes Sabbath worship - this is Burn Ritual. Based out of Texas, the band is the project from multi-instrumentalist and producer Jake Lewis. Hazy vocals, heavy fuzzed out riffs, and dark mysterious tones have been the goal from the beginning of the project. Started as a one man project by Jake, then later as a full band and now once again a one man band. The evolution has now come full circle. Comes on red vinyl. LP $28 SKU:24226

CONSTANT SOUND-One of the Holy Grails of 1960’s sunshine pop and lyte psych.” — Patrick Lundborg, “The Acid ArchiveLabel:LYSERGIC SOUND Superbly constructed pop psychedelia c. 1968, performed by some of the best musicians in the world! •First commercial release of any kind and in any format of these recordings
•Comes with an 8-page booklet with photos and detailed information of the creation of this rarityFor more than fifty years, vinyl collectors and music archivists from around the world have speculated about this ultra-obscure twelve-song demo-only disc from the 1960’s: When was it pressed? Who were the musicians and the singers? Who produced this gem? What was the purpose of the record, especially considering the high talent level and the fact that it seemingly had never had a commercial release?No less an expert than the late Patrick Lundborg, one of the world’s leading experts on psychedelic culture and music and author of “The Acid Archives”, the ultimate guide to underground sounds from the 1960’s and 1970’s, called The Constant Sound demo disc "one of the Holy Grails of 1960’s sunshine pop and lyte psych," comparable to the the California sunshine style on the very rare Birmingham Sunday record,
and added: "this is bound to blow the mind of any genre fan, as it delivers on all the key areas and has no obvious weaknesses." High praise from the psychedelic guru! LP $ SKU:24006

CRAMPS -Psychedelic ReduX-Label:ILL EAGLE Another superior release from Ill Eagle Records (they did that'R'n'R Monster Bash' and the revamped alt version of 'Songs The Lord Taught Us'). Now... This is truly an amazing piece of vinyl, 'Psychedelic Jungle' but not as you know it! Looks like a lot of research and hard work has gone into this. Compiled from very rare sources, demos, rehearsals and selected live tracks it chronicles the development of The Cramps' second release. Plain and simply magnificent!LP $25 SKU:24350

ELECTRIC HOLYLAND - ST(60s obscure Jesus fuzz psych) LTD REPRESS Label:Lysergic Sound Distributors A small vinyl repressing of this much-revered psychedelic compilation, out of print for nearly ten years! A compilation of some of the rarest, most obscure and guitar-driven Jesus Rock ever recorded, all from the 1960s and '70s. There's 12 different tracks from 12 different groups, including cuts from the mega-rare Earthen Vessel, Shekina Glory and The Ark albums. There's also fuzz-drenched offerings from such unknowns as Renacimiento, Children Of The Lamb and The Wild Olive Branch Band. This is a great combination of the obscure and heavy, yet it's all Jesus Rock. This comes in an absolutely stunning colorful original art psychedelic cover that will flash you back to San Francisco circa 1967! LP $28 SKU:22477

MAYER, NATHANIEL-GOING BACK TO THE VILLAGE OF LOVE-Label:HONEYPIE Honey Pie Records present a reissue of Nathaniel Mayer's Going Back To The Village Of Love, originally released in 1963. American rhythm 'n' blues singer Nathaniel Mayer (1944-2008) is mostly remembered for his raw vocal timbre and for his particularly wild live act. Originally released in 1963 on Detroit based label Fortune Records, Going Back To The Village Of Love still sounds like an incredibly explosive hyper-energetic irreverent piece of pure Detroit sound. LP $22 SKU:24267

SALEM MASS- WITCH BURNING (Obscure Sabbath-esque hard-rock 1971) LTD ed of 110-REDLabel:GUERSSEN Obscure Sabbath-esque hard-rock band Salem Mass self-released their only album in 1971. Recorded at a beer bar converted studio, 'Witch Burning' consists of seven tracks full of ripping guitar, crazy Moog attacks, heavy keyboards, demented vocals and satanic/occult related lyrics, especially in the mindblowing ten minute long title track. Repress in hard cardboard sleeve with obi and insert with liner notes. Remastered sound from the original masters. Limited to 110 copies on red vinyl, but only a handful available, so first come, first served. LP $30 SKU:24220

SHARPIES-14 AGGRO AUSSIE ANTHEMS FROM 1972-1979'Label:SHARPS ROCK Sharpies were the terror teen cast of a Richard Allen novel that never was. Although largely synonymous with the early-to-mid 1970s, reports of their violent clashes with rival gangs of Mods are documented as early as 1966. Bored, working-class, suburban kids, their teenage rampage began in Melbourne, Australia, but soon there were Sharpie gangs forming in Sydney, Perth and beyond. For a while they were the untouchables, ruling dances, discos and public transport with their fists. Sharpies were fiercely territorial and divided into different chapters according to location. They would often wage aggressive wars within their tightly delineated sub-gangs, although Mods always remained their arch-enemy. Sharpie boys and girls wore similar uniforms: a slim-fitting, ribbed and collared cardigan called a Conny, T-shirts, tight jeans (Lee or Levis) and big platform shoes. Hair was worn short or shaved with long wisps at the back, influenced by the British ska, mod and skinhead subcultures. Sharpie girls had their hair slightly longer and often with coloured streaks - Bowie-red was their colour of choice. Boys often bleached their hair. Tattoos were popular, although many were homemade and poorly executed. Their diet was anthemic glam-rock, kung-fu movies and A Clockwork Orange. As the 1970s drew to a close, and new styles like punk and disco began to emerge, Sharpies started to fade. By 1979 they were all-but gone. Today they are recognised as an important part of Australian youth culture and social history. This compilation features rare tracks and 'cult' anthems that were the soundtrack to the rise of this Australian answer to the skinhead subculture: with the likes of the Hush, Fat Daddy, Supernaut, Skyhooks, John Paul Young... it can't be missing in any 'Killed By Death' type collection! LP $26 SKU:24214

BACK IN STOCK!

ATTALLA-ST (70s hard rock Sabbath style)Label:SELF RELEASE Prepare for total amplifier worship: this is ATTALLA's self-titled debut album, originally self-released on vinyl in 2014. Marrying the stoned swagger of early Sabbath to the leafiest of '70s hard rock, this Wisconsin quartet doesn't so much go back in time as stops time itself. CD $15 SKU:24117

CHEEPSKATES- It Wings Above (power pop)Label:MUSIC MANIAC This powerpop favourite from 1988 is listed as #49 of all time power pop albums by John M. Borack in his book Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide It's even better than that! CD $5 SKU:16182

CHEEPSKATES-Remember ( power pop )- Label:MUSIC MANIAC Long overdue CD version of this early 90's album by singer-songwriter-guitarist Shaun Faubert finally released Shaun with his CHEEPSKATES at his best and at his melodic. Cheepskates music belong to the best sixties influenced pop the nineties. CD $5 SKU:18773

DM3 - Rippled Soul (AUSTR) (power pop )- Label:CITADEL DM3's third album is arguably their best. The song writing is probably leaning more towards pop than power pop which may be the result of more co-writes than on previous albums. Mariani's guitar playing is more highlighted than in past releases and the overall sound has a great warmth and depth. Track Listing on site CD $12 SKU:13466

PAISLEY TREE -ST(Led Zep/ Pretty Things style)Label:GREEN BRAIN Eight original songs with female vocals, plus a Pretty Things cover. Some of the songs remind of Led Zeppelin and the track 'Mystical Flow' is actually based on an original jamriff, found on a Zeppelin bootleg, from which Paisley Tree composed a new song. CD $19 SKU:22130

YUM YUMS-For Those About To Pop!(catchy hi-energy, guitar-driven power-pop )Label:RUM BAR Stacked with catchy hi-energy, guitar-driven power-pop songs, complete with multi-layered harmonies. These Norwegians know exactly how to put together the essential ingredients of the music of The Ramones, Plimsouls and Ohio Express. CD $17 SKU:23399

FADING YELLOW - VOL. 2- A 21 Course Smorgasbord Of US Pop-Sike & Other Delights 1965-69Label:FLOWER MACHINE Volume 2 in the FADING YELLOW series present us 21 course smorgasbord of U.S. POP-SIKE and other delights from 1965-1969. COMP CD $16 SKU:21217

FADING YELLOW - VOL.17 The Better Side (20 Timeless Gems Of US Pop-Psych & Other Delights) Label:FLOWER MACHINE Volume 17 of the compilation series which have named an own genre of '60s styled sunshine psych pop called simply 'Fading Yellow'. This time including US and some Canadian 45's from 1965 to 1971. A magical smörgåsbord of songs with that special FY vibe. Among many highlights is the original version of 'Kites' made famous by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound, The Rooftop Singers did the original version. Limited edition of 500 copies with 8 page booklet with info about the tracks and pictures COMP CD $17 SKU:22217

TRIP IN TYME -Vol 1-23 time travelling moody US '60s garage sounds Label:MANIC MUSTANG 25 track collection of US mid sixties rarities including rare and amazing snotty '60s punk, cool teen garagers and excellent moody winners. All contributions from famous Lance LP series. Featuring PIED PIPERS, SIR LAURENCE & THE CRESCENTS, VILLAGERS, SCHOLARS, TORQUAYS, SLEEPLESS, KNIGHTS, SITES N SOUNDS, SNAILS, DICKEY TREADWAY & SALADOS, VOXMEN, FABULOUS ROYALS, THE PAATZ, OVAITT BROTHERS, CLANN, SANDPIPERS, etc. Coloured label reprints, painstakingly remastered and 90% of all tracks never before on CD. A definitive '60s garage collector must-have. COMP CD $12 SKU:17712

TRIP IN TYME -Vol 2 -23 time travelling moody US '60s garage sounds Label:MANIC MUSTANG Another 25 track collection of US mid sixties coolness with more incredible '60s punk, teen garagers and moody winners. Again all contributions from established Lance LP series. Featuring AMBUSHERS, BEARINGS, ETHICS, CHOZEN ONES, CAVEMEN, DORSAL & GATORMEN, GROUP INC., JIM CARTER & THE SENATORS, RAINMAKERS, KASUALS, MISFITS, OSCAR FIVE, YOUNG ALLEY CATS, LIVIN END, IDOLS, KORNERS OF TIME, JUVENILES, etc. Coloured label reprints, painstakingly remastered and 90% of all tracks never before on CD. COMP CD $12 SKU:17718

TRIP IN TYME -Vol 5- 22 time travelling US '60s garage jewels-Label:MANIC MUSTANG iLmited edition 500 copies. A cool collection of US mid sixties rarities including rare and amazing snotty '60s punk, cool teen garagers and excellent moody winners. The CD has a whole lot of megarare garage 45s, 90% of all tracks never before on CD, many previously uncompiled. Coloured label reprints for the garage connisseur's perfect pleasure. Includes tracks by VOXMEN, END RESULT, VEE JAYS, MARK 5, NOVAS, TOMBSTONES, STONE CUTTERS, GLASS THREADS, PUBS, UNITED NOTIONS, SATINS and many more COMP CD $12 SKU:18363

COSMIC DISCOTHEQUE, VOL. 2-12 Junkshop Afro Disco Funk Gems From the 70's-Label:NAUGHTY RHYTHM RECORDS (Italy) Welcome back to the magic world of 'Cosmic Discotheque'! This second volume in the series will take you on an amazing journey through the Afro side of the '70s disco productions. Certainly, bands like Osibisa, Kongas and Barrabas with their special mix of Afro-jazz-funk and tribal-freak-rock, helped to spread this unprecedented blend of sounds, that along with classic disco music, were in fact the most danced rhythms throughout the European dance floors of the era. As on the first volume, the focus is on less known artists and unearthed little gems selected from forgotten dusty singles B sides. Exotic atmospheres and highly hypnotic tribal rhythms are the main ingredients of 'Cosmic Discotheque Vol. 2'. Twelve Afro-disco singles, all so infectious that it's impossible not to dance to. Stuff that you will be definitely looking for at the next local flea market COMP LP $22 SKU:22252

DIGGIN FOR GOLD- Vol 11 (obscure '60s beat/garage/pop nuggets from around the world)-Label:BUSY B Since 1993 the 'Diggin' For Gold' series has unearthed obscure '60s beat/garage/pop nuggets from around the world. Lovingly curated by master collectors extraordinaire, remastered from the best sources and packaged with informative liner notes and pictures. Busy Bee are proud to help put out the 11th installment in the series, jam-packed with delights you've never heard of. After two volumes of only US bands this one goes back to the initial formula -45's from all around the world- and once again lets you explore great sixties punk and pop from Africa, Asia, America and Europe. Unfortunately no tracks from Antarctica. Maybe on vol 12, right? Limited edition of 500 copies, vinyl only. Grab it while you can! SIDE 1: 1. DICKIE LOADER & BLUE JEANS - I Hate Getting Up In The Morning (South Africa) 2. MOON SPINNERS - Soul On Fire (Norway) 3. LEX RELAX - Quatre-Vingt Cavalliers (Switzerland) 4. PRINCE OF ISRAEL - Try To Understand (Israel) 5. BOYS - Walk Back To Me (Singapore) 6. KANO Y LOS BULLDOGS - Todo Quedo Atras (Uruguay) 7. LIGHT STONES - Mary-Ann (Liechtenstein) 8. LES VIPERES - Please Go Away (Belgium) SIDE 2: 1. MENACE - You Don't Even Wink Your Eye (Hong Kong) 2. MAVI ISIKLAR - Ain't That So (Turkey) 3. TEENAGERS - I Can Hear Them Play (Sweden) 4. LES HOU-LOPS - Lonely Riverman (Canada) 5. LOS FLECOS - Estas Lejos (Spain) 6. RACKERS - Love Is Lavish (Germany) 7. LES MARQUIS - Silence On the Shore (Austria) 8. JUDGE WAYNE & THE CONVICTS - I'm Crying (United Kingdom) COMP LP $24 SKU:23727

FADING YELLOW - Vol 1 DOUBLE LP 65-69 pop psych. anniversary reissue dbl lp gatefold sleeve. HAND NUMBERED! Label:FLOWER MACHINE DOUBLE-LP! 'Fading Yellow Volume 1'. 1995 saw the release of the original 'Fading Yellow' LP, numbered edition of 330 copies which sold out fast. Nine of the trax from that LP made it onto the 2002 'Fading Yellow, Volume 1' CD. So to promote this 10 year anniversary this limited edition double LP (500 numbered copies) is released, including new photos and improved sound. Beautiful fully laminated gatefold sleeve. Pressed on 160-gram thick virgin vinyl, housed in black polylined innersleeves. Considered perhaps the best comp ever made in this genre. COMP LP $29 SKU:18726

IT'S A MONSTER BASH PARTY, VOL. 1-20 Creepy 50's-60's Halloween Smashers! RED GREEN VINYL Label:NOW SOUND COOL cover art by Canadian comic artist Darren Merinuk and also a LARGE poster inside done by the same madman!! Back is full colour with pictures of bands and labels. To make this release perfect it's pressed on groovy ghoulie red/green vinyl! COMP LP $21 SKU:24238

LOUD PIPES & LONG BOARDS-RARE SURF, DRAG, HOT ROD MUSIC-Label:RED BARON Toes on the nose - pedal to the metal! COMP LP $25 SKU:23357

NEDERBEAT:BEAT,BLUF & BRANIE - Vol 2 (60s Dutch LTd to 500 )DOUBLE LP RED VINYL Label:CONCERTO At record conventions, the singles and albums of Dutch beat groups from the '60s are still among the most sought after objects. This so-called Nederbeat offers a perfect musical reflection of the optimism and vitality of those years. The creme de la creme of this movement is featured in this excellent compilation series. Limited to 500 copies on red vinyl. COMP LP $22 SKU:17890

SATAN'S PARTY-16 SLICES OF EUROPEAN EARLY 70'S PROTO-METAL MADNESS-Label:SATAN if you understand it as a sub-genre of the progressive rock universe, it's no surprise that most lists that you will find on the net suggest that it was mainly an album orientated affair. But it pays dividends big time to dig a little deeper and soon you will find some of the most exciting 45s from that era. Located somewhere in the middle between proto-punk, 'Bonehead Crushers' and the harder side of glam rock with a healthy dose of Black Sabbath or The Stooges thrown in, 70's proto-metal offers some of the most primal assaults ever laid down to 7-inch. Need proof? Then sink the needle into the grooves of this essential compilation, turn up the volume to 666 and celebrate a Satan's Party!!! Limited to 500 copies. COMP LP $24 SKU:23984

JULIAN'S TREATMENT - A TIME BEFORE THIS (2LP) GATEFOLD (spacy 70s prog rock)Label:GUERSSEN Debut, double album by musician/sci-fi writer Julian Jay Savarin. Originally relased on Miki Dallon's Youngblood label in 1970, this is a classic since the early days of record collecting. Hammond dominated, spacey, psychedelic prog-rock with long tracks, cool female vocals and a cosmic, sci-fi concept vibe. This reissue features the original gatefold sleeve, master tape sound in 180g vinyl, and detailed liner notes by Andy Morten (Shindig!). Essential to anyone into early UK prog-rock! LP $28 SKU:24233

PAX- May God And Your Will Land You And Your Soul Miles Away From Evil(1972 Peruvian prog psych) Label:MUNSTER A classic Peruvian psychedelic/progressive heavy rock LP, originally released in 1972, gets reissued on vinyl! The group was led by Pico Ego-Aguirre, an ex-member of iconic garage band Los Shain's. The LP contains eight killer tracks with English lyrics and influences from the mind expanding '60s as well as early hardrock groups à la Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Essential! LP $30 SKU:24215

Q65-INJECTION (70s Dutch beat)Label:PSEUDONYM Packaged in a lavish gatefold sleeve supplemented by rare photos and memorabilia. Comes on 180 gram black vinyl Q65 was one of The Netherlands' most popular beat bands from the '60s. After their glory years, that ended abruptly in January 1968 when singer Willem Bieler joined the army, the band reformed in the spring of 1970, with drummer Beer Klaasse of the legendary Group 1850 behind the drumkit. The album 'Injection' contains (unreleased) live recordings and demos (8 tracks, 1970), the legendary Beatnach concert (4 tracks, 1980) and two acoustic songs from 1996. Remastered from the original master tapes. LP $30 SKU:24269

Q65-REVOLUTION(MONO)YELLOW Label:PSEUDONYM To all their fans - then and now - Q65 were more than a musical group, they were a way of life. Formed in The Hague in 1965, Q65's wild, unconventional music and rebellious image quickly inspired a large and fiercely fanatical following. Q65 became legendary with their first album 'Revolution', it became a worldwide collectors item by collectors of Dutch beat. Finally this deluxe edition of 'Revolution' sees its first official reissue on 180 gram audiophile vinyl since 1966 in original glorious mono. Dynamically remastered from the original master tapes the songs sound like they never did before. Beautifully packaged in a gatefold sleeve with liner notes by Mike Stax of Ugly Things magazine. The 'Revolution' mono version presents Q65 in their prime, making music of a deeply inspired brilliance few bands could ever hope to match. Comes on 180 gram transparant yellow vinyl. LP $28 SKU:24270

SONIC'S RENDEZVOUS BAND - DETROIT TANGO (2LP/BLACK )Label:SVART The vinyl debut of the legendary Sonic's Rendezvous Band's 'Basement Tapes' from 1976! Previously only available as part of a six CD set. This album includes some outstanding live rarities as bonus on the second disc, original photos, new liner notes and a new vinyl master! Released on deluxe band-approved double LP. LP $28 SKU:23356

SPARKLES -THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS Texas 60s garage (+7"/CD)-Label:JUKEBOX MUSIC FACTORY The Sparkles were associated with the garage-band and psychedelic rock scene of 1960s Texas, as epitomized by their classic underground hit 'No Friend Of Mine'. The line-up changed few times before 1962, and Stanley Smith finally recruit Harold "Lucky" Floyd (drums and vocals), Donnie Roberts (guitar) and Bobby Smith (bass). Their first recording was the single 'U.T.' under the small label Caron. This third incarnation proved a great hit among the clubs of West Texas, notably the Music Box and The Village Swinger. Indeed, in 2000, local legend Joe Ely described them as the "city's best rock'n'roll band" in the history of the Lubbock music scene published by Texas Monthly. Interestingly, The Sparkles boasted a pair of drummers, with one, the flamboyant Harold Floyd, also lending his voice to their performances. 1966 would constitute a turning point for The Sparkles. Larry Parks -drummer for Roy Orbison, turned producer in Nashville, Tennessee- invited them to sign with Hickory Records, the historic music label founded by Roy Acuff and Fred Rose in 1954. The band came up with 'The Hip', which proved an immediate hit in Austin and extremely popular within the fraternity scene at the University of Texas. On a roll, The Sparkles then recorded 'Something You Said' followed by 'Jack And The Beanstalk'. In 1967, The Sparkles, already a decade old, recorded their chef-d'oeuvre 'No Friend Of Mine', with Nunn's raging guitar riffs and Floyd's remarkably tense vocals. This fiery tour de force would be consecrated by its inclusion on the first CD set of the legendary compilation 'Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968'. Following their final single, 'Hipsville 29 B.C.', for Hickory Records, The Sparkles once again entered rocky waters, with Nunn and Holt finally deciding to throw in the towel in 1968. Floyd, Smith and Marriot immediately set sail for California, along the way renaming their group The Pearly Gate. This brief interlude would include a handful of appearances on the ABC sitcom 'Judd, For The Defense'. Legend has it, they were also scheduled to perform before Bobby Kennedy the evening of his tragic assassination on June 5th 1968... Returning to Texas, Floyd, Smith and Marriot resurrected The Sparkles, bringing into the fold Steve Weisberg, future guitarist for John Denver. But Floyd's departure in 1975 for California to join Red Wilder Blue spelled the end of this group's 15-year musical odyssey, a tumultuous journey typical of such modest rock'n'roll heroes posthumously crowned by multiple thematic compilations. However, the one you're now holding constitutes the very first anthology dedicated to these incredible Texans LP $28 SKU:21875

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