It’s a big HOLIDAY WEEKEND here in the U.S., and we will be gone until Monday so don’t get too excited if you don’t hear from us right away, ok? We ain’t Amazon, we like to go home and pet the cat and chill out! But meanwhile, we have plenty to amuse you.
First off is the new BROWN ACID LP and CD on Riding Easy. Also just out on the label is a 70s heavy metal comp, SCRAP METAL Vol 1. We have the very limited BLOOD SPLATTER vinyl, ltd to 200, and a cd version too. All volumes of BROWN ACID available on our site!
Also just in, a whole bunch of cheapo cds at great prices. The cd is gradually becoming extinct, so get em while you can get em.
And check out the new CEPTIC FROG album, just in.
Back at ya Monday, hope you all have a fab weekend.
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BROWN ACID -THE THIRTEENTH TRIP LTD ED BLUE CHEER COLOR VINYL! 60s and 70s heavy psych/proto metal tracks) Label:RIDING EASY That’s right, we’ve reached a toker’s dozen editions of brilliant long-lost, rare, and unreleased hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal tracks from the 60s-70s. Clearly this has become a bonafide archaeological movement as each new installment leads us to more exciting new discoveries. Like we’ve done throughout this series, all of these tracks were painstakingly licensed legitimately and the artists were paid. Make yourself comfortable and prepare for yet another deep, deep dive into the treasure trove of dank, subterranean, wild-eyed and hairy rock ’n’ roll. COMP LP $24 SKU:24742 / CD ALSO AVAILABLE $10 SKU:24741
SCRAP METAL -Volume 1- Excavated Heavy Metal From the Era of Excess (70s and 80s rarities) limited "Blood Splatter" colored vinyl.- Label:RIDING EASY Brown Acid & Scrap Metal series are created and compiled by L.A. based Riding Easy Records and Permanent Records. By now you’re probably familiar with our wildly popular Brown Acid series of rare, lost and unreleased proto-metal and stoner rock singles from the 60s-70s. In the endless pursuit of those glorious gems, we often uncover equally brilliant rarities from the late-70s to late-80s Golden Age of Heavy Metal that also just must be heard, but they don’t fit the series’ aesthetic. Scrap Metal: Volume 1 collects some of the greatest unknown and lost Heavy Metal tracks, long buried beneath the avalanche of the era’s classic output. COMP LP $28 SKU:24843 / CD ALSO AVAILABLE $10 SKU 24850
CEPTIC FROG -ST - Ultra-rare rehearsal sessions from 1969 by this South African heavy psych / acid rock band, mastered from a tape transfer — and yet still doom-laden, dark, heavy, and as messy as can be, in all the right ways. Influences from heavy bands of the time, such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Steppenwolf are noticeable, with proto-doom and psych/funk undercurrents. Do you like fuzz guitar? You’re going to hear it screaming and wailing and building to epic tidal waves and crashes, the kinds of astonishing guitar cascades not heard since you cued up the best of all available live Jimi Hendrix recordings.
"In here lies the bones of all heavy metal ancestors. Enter at your own peril.” — a poster on Reddit
And talking about a track known online as 'Bufo Gutturalis,’ another poster’s assessment: “I gotta say this is one of the most shocking songs from 60s, it's impressive how the sound can be heavy and dark — it is also one of the [earliest] released songs most closely to call proto-doom.”
"When you listen to the stuff, well the first thing you might say is 'this stuff is pretty raw' and you are right. But that is what I always dug about it... I was told they would all go to a rehearsal session after smoking lots of “Durban Poison” and I think the result really speaks for itself. I am very happy that this little dirty gem is finally seeing the light of day. I have no idea what the world is going to think of it, but maybe because there’s no names, faces, or information other than my own recollections, maybe that forces the listener to use their imagination. Ceptic Frog, 1969: music created by South African teenagers very high on Durban Poison. Gotta love it." —Rich Patz, ShroomAngel Records
•Highly recommended for fans of psychedelic obscurities and hard rock from the 1960s and early 1970s.LP $28 SKU:24733
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13th FLOOR ELEVATORS- Bull of the Woods 2cd set w booklet ( 60s psych ) - Label:CHARLY “Bull of the Woods” is the third studio album by The 13th Floor Elevators, and the last on which they worked as a group. The album is noted for its moody, dreamy, and fuzzed-out psychedelic sound. The first disc of this edition is dedicated to the lost 'third' album: “A Love That's Sound”, which features alternate recordings taken from the original acetate, 2-track master and multitrack masters. The second disc is a new mastering of the album proper, as released. Genre-defining, pioneering, unique and utterly timeless, The 13th Floor Elevators continue to influence and inspire new generations of musicians. R. E. M., The Jesus And Mary Chain, Primal Scream, ZZ Top, Spacemen 3, Echo and the Bunnymen, Julian Cope and many more have covered their songs. This mid-price 2CD edition of 'Bull of the Woods' is the ultimate deluxe edition of the album. It is presented in jewel case packaging complete with a detailed 16-page booklet written by band expert Paul Drummond. CD $17 SKU:24835
AUGER, BRIAN -Tiger, Rod Stewart & Long John Baldry, and Brian Auger with Jimmy Page & Sonny Boy Williamson.DBL CD slip caseLabel:ATOM Slim-line jewel case, w/slipcasesTop-notch 25-track collection of Hammond organ maestro Brian Auger—the main event being Auger’s rare singles for Columbia Records (‘Fool Killer,’ ‘Tiger’ and ‘Kiko,’), as well as the rare Julie Driscoll singles for Parlophone Records (‘I Didn't Want To Have To Do It’ and ‘Don't Do It No More.’) Auger was raised in London, where he took up the keyboards as a child and began to hear jazz by way of the American Armed Forces Network and an older brother's record collection. By 1964, he won first place in the categories of "New Star" and "Jazz Piano" in a reader's poll in Melody Maker; but that same year he abandoned jazz for a more R&B-oriented approach and expanded his group to include John McLaughlin (guitar) and Glen Hughes (baritone saxophone) as the Brian Auger Trinity. This group split up at the end of 1964, and Auger moved over to Hammond B-3 organ, teaming with bass player Rick Brown and drummer Mickey Waller. After a few singles, he recorded his first LP in 1968—a session organized to spotlight blues singer Sonny Boy Williamson that featured his group, saxophonists Joe Harriot and Alan Skidmore, and guitarist Jimmy Page. By mid-1965, Auger's band had grown to include guitarist Vic Briggs and vocalists Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, and Julie Driscoll, and was renamed Steampacket. More a loosely organized musical revue than a group, Steampacket lasted a year before Stewart and Baldry left and the band split. Auger retained Driscoll and brought in bass player Dave Ambrose and drummer Clive Thacker to form a unit that was billed as Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity. Tracks on this compilation are culled from Auger’s many permutations of the aforementioned groupss: Brian Auger Trinity, Brian Auger & Trinity, Steampacket featuring Brian Auger, Steampacket featuring Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger, Steampacket featuring Rod Stewart & Brian Auger, Steampacket featuring Brian Auger, Rod Stewart & Long John Baldry, and Brian Auger with Jimmy Page & Sonny Boy Williamson. CD $12 SKU:24304
BLUNSTONE,COLIN -I Dont Believe in Miracles (70s ZOMBIES leader)-Label:Talking Elephant Records Colin Blunstone needs little introduction: he was a key member of The Zombies, and participated on various albums with The Alan Parsons Project. An excellent 16-song compilation assembled from Colin Blunstone's first three Epic solo albums. The individual albums, especially “One Year” and “Ennismore,” are worth owning intact, but this is a nice place to start. Blunstone possesses one of the most unique and underrated voices in contemporary music. This collection showcases both his voice and his considerable writing talents. The production and arrangements are excellent throughout and many of the songs have a truly haunting quality. CD $12 SKU:24836
BRAM STOKER -Heavy Rock Spectacular (1972 prog rock)Label:Talking Elephant Records Outstanding album of classic progressive rock (released in 1972), recorded by virtuoso musicians, miles ahead of Atomic Rooster, Black Widow et al. The founder and organist of Bram Stoker, Tony Bronsdon, was trained as classical musician, and didn't need to learn anything from Keith Emerson & Co. This is a unique masterpiece of progressive rock, brought to the point of perfection, with delighful organ (Hammond) solos laid over quite heavy pulsating drumming and and roaring guitars. Bram Stoker was formed in 1969 in their south coast home town of Bournemouth, England, UK. One of the early gigs was as support act for the Who at Bournemouth Pavilion. Roger Daltry asked for details of the band and invited them to record a demo album at his home in Berkshire. A few months later Bram Stoker was signed up to an independent label owned by Rolling Stones manager Tony Calder. Not to be missed! CD $12 SKU:24837
DOWNLINERS SECT-Sectuality DBL CD (Pretty Things/Yardbirds style)-Label:CHARLY This double-CD set is essential listening — not just for Downliners Sect fans, but for anyone who's ever worn out copies of any of the first three Rolling Stones albums or owns anything by the Yardbirds, the Pretty Things, Them, the Graham Bond Organisation, the Animals, early John Mayall, the Shadows of Knight, or any of countless blues-inspired American garage bands. In content, it includes the complete contents of the Downliners Sect's three original LPs, from the bluesy "Baby, What's Wrong" to the pounding, proto-psychedelic “Glendora.” You get two hours of some of the most delightfully raw and unaffected, downright affectionate British renditions of American rock & roll and R&B, so unstylish that they achieve a kind of beguiling, offhanded stylishness all their own. That must be why they can shift from sounding like Chuck Berry or Bo Diddley to Bill Haley & His Comets, then resemble the early Spencer Davis Group, then suddenly sound like the rawest American garage band this side of the Litter, then switch back toward the Rolling Stones and follow that with the jocular ‘May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,’ sounding like the Pretty Things having fun. Geez, on ‘I'm Looking for a Woman’ they get into this Bo Diddley groove that's so perfect, despite being so much more flaccid than Bo would ever permit his band to sound, that your fingers will start dancing to that shave-and-a-haircut beat; there's just something so real and honest about the way these guys plunked and plodded their way through their music, running on sheer bravado and a genuine affection at their core. It didn't propel them to stardom (except maybe in Scandinavia), but it makes their stuff worth hearing in full. The sound is excellent and the annotation is very thorough; there are some misprints and missing words on the song listings, but where it counts, this set would be worthwhile even at twice the price. —Bruce Eder CD $15 SKU:24838
DR. JOHN-New Orleans Man DBL CD- Label:ATOM Two CD collection from the acclaimed singer, songwriter and New Orleans legend. Includes ‘Crawfish Soiree’, ‘Just Like A Mirror’, ‘In The Night’ and many more. Like all Atom collections, mixes in excellent album tracks with better known cuts. Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter. His music combined blues, pop, jazz, boogie-woogie, funk, and rock and roll. Active as a session musician from the late 1950s until his death, he gained a following in the late 1960s after the release of his album “Gris-Gris” and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He typically performed a lively, theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes, and voodoo ceremonies. CD $12 SKU:24839
DRUIDS-Burnt Offering( 1969 acoustic folk) -Label:ATOM The Druids were a superb acoustic folk quintet formed in 1969, who started a little too late to achieve the major popularity of outfits like Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, although they were very well respected across the UK. The cover design, containing The Wicker Colossus of the Druids (depicting a scene like something out of the denouement to The Wicker Man), showed that the group meant business, and they had the musical smarts to back it up. There's not a dull or predictable moment here, whether they're singing of lust (‘The Cuckoo's Nest’), plague victims (‘Gabriel John’), or romantic woes (‘The Butcher and the Parson'), as well as a straight acoustic rendition of one version of ‘A Sailor's Life,’ a song that became something of a concert standard for Fairport Convention as an extended electric piece. Itinerant fiddler Dave Broughton joined them, and in 1970, while appearing in a documentary film about English folk musicians, they met fifth member Judi Longden, who added her voice to the proceedings. With their reliance on acoustic instruments, the Druids were far more tradition-based than either Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span. Their repertory consisted of traditional English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish songs arranged for four voices, and their music had a pleasingly archaic feel, not resembling folk-rock at all. If anything, they sounded more like the kind of outfit that A.L. Lloyd or Ralph Vaughan Williams (editors of the definitive collection of English folk songs) would have approved of, without a trace of uncalled for elegance or pretentiousness. Burnt Offerings is the first time on CD and deserves to be out there sharing a piece of Folk history that allows the world to see how it is done CD $12 SKU:24840
ENGLAND - ST (mid '70s classic hard rock )Label:AUDIO ARCHIVES A re-mastered edition of this rare, mid '70s hard rock outfit's sole album, originally issued in a small quantity courtesy of the Deroy customs label, that spawned a number of collectable releases (most notably by Complex). This edition, that comes with interesting memorabilia, will appeal to those who like a hard edge to their classic rock! CD $12 SKU:20600
FERRIS WHEEL-SUPERNATURAL GIRL(1974 UK's rarest stoner-folk)Label:AUDIO ARCHIVES This is a re-mastered CD of one of the UK's rarest stoner-folk albums. Recorded in 1974, it features 14 original compositions along with fresh sleevenotes etc. This is one of the UK's ultimate downer-folk obscurities with electric sorrow and heartache etched deeply into every note. CD $12 SKU:21840
FLAMIN' GROOVIES-SUPERSNAZZ (1969 debut)-Label:TONEFLOAT he Flamin' Groovies' debut album went almost directly into the cut-out bins within a year or so of its 1969 release. Fortunately, the band survived the neglect heaped on that record—and in the ensuing years, Supersnazz has achieved an exalted reputation among not just Groovies fans, but lovers of rock & roll in general, having held up extraordinarily well across the decades, and still able to make its own case for greatness as an astonishing document of straight-ahead rock & roll circa 1969. It’s fully contemporary to its time (and, by extension, almost timeless), with none of the artificial period nostalgia (and parodying) that was already creeping into the "oldies" scene. It's also a lot of fun; in fact, based on the evidence, Supersnazz may well have been the most fun record of 1969. Roy Loney, Cyril Jordan, Tim Lynch, George Alexander, and Danny Mihm run through a quirky mix of Loney and Loney/Jordan originals and standards, encompassing styles from proto-'70s punk (want to bet the Ramones wore out copies of this album?) to '50s New Orleans R&B, country music, and even ragtime, and while a small bit of it is compromised by the presence of some too-prominent clarinet and saxophone, the whole record is a rollicking good time, made even better by the sequencing, which offers a full range of surprises, even on the fourth or fifth listen -- one can never settle in with this record before something weirdly wonderful comes along to draw the listener in yet another direction. From the fiery, Brian Jones-era Stones-style, fuzztone-driven opener 'Love Have Mercy,' the band shows what it can do in everything from straight-ahead boogie to slow ballads ('A Part from That') and '50s rockers ('The Girl Can't Help It,' 'Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu'), country (‘Brushfire'), and R&B, all done with a unique array of stylistic flourishes that made this one of the most original long-players of 1969. By the ninth track, the pounding, punk-driven 'Somethin' Else/Pistol Packin' Mama,' the whole album achieves a kind of otherworldly continuum, like something out of a strange and wonderful corner of the universe that -- though none knew it at the time -- pointed the way to a coming decade of achievement by the likes of the Ramones, Jonathan Richman, et al, not to mention the Groovies themselves. CD $12 SKU:22506
GILES BROTHERS - 1962-1967 (pre King Crimson prog)-Label:VOICEPRINT (England) The Giles Brothers are famous for being founders of the band Giles Giles and Fripp, which eventually metamorphosed into King Crimson, one of the giants of Progressive rock. The recordings on this album, however, come from a period when the Giles brothers were members of a number of pure pop, R ‘n’ B and soul influenced bands; the Giles brothers were the fraternal rhythm section with six bands: Johnny King And The Raiders, Dave Anthony And The Rebels, The Dowland Brothers And The Soundtracks, The Sands, The Interns, Trendsetters Ltd. and The Brain. Six singles were released by the Dowland Brothers and Trendsetters Ltd., with two additional releases by The Trend and The Brain in 1967. Michael and Peter Giles backed Bo Diddley, Napoleon XIV, and Gene Vincent; they appeared on television shows, and played live on BBC Radio 1's Easybeat, and the group's own four program series. Reviews: “The nine 45’s plus half a dozen EMI out-takes the Giles Brothers appeared on as members of a succession of early-mid '60s pop outfits from the duo's pre-Crimson days make for fascinating listening.” “The good folks at Voiceprint Records have done more than most to keep interest in the brother's earlier work. The Giles, Giles and Fripp album 'The Brondesbury Road Tapes' is a fascinating collection of previously unreleased material which remained for some thirty-odd years in a private collection before Voiceprint issued the album. Now Voiceprint have released the work that the Giles Brothers recorded between 1962 and 1967, and it's going to be something of an eye-opener even for those who have always expected the unexpected from this most extraordinary drummer and bassist... This is a fascinating collection of tracks, that even if they weren't connected by the Giles Brothers would put to shame many of those 1960’s compilations of rare recordings that appear frequently. Although this release has obvious appeal to followers of the Giles Brothers, there is so much here that anyone who has even the slightest interest in British pop music (before and just after those four guys from Liverpool changed the face of music forever) will simply love.” All the tracks come from the personal archives of Peter and Mike Giles. CD $12 SKU:12230
GREEN - ST plus bonus tracks (Chicago 80s glam power pop) -Label:LION Seven bonus tracks, including the CD debut of the band’s 1984 EP "The Name of This Band is Green." Printed on FSC recycled, chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer fiber paper manufactured using biogas energy. "Their (first) 45 had two absolute masterpieces: ‘Gotta Getta Record Out,’ which yelps and shouts along like the best of the old Bongos or Jam or Feelies or somebody, and ‘I Don’t Want To Say No,’ which is the sort of white Motown that assholes like the Replacments could never get right. This is not a punk record, except perhaps in spirit, but it isn’t any worse for that."—Steve Albini CD $10 SKU:14882
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE-Flight Box-3xCD Clam Shell Box Set)Label:CHARLY CD $18 SKU:24841
LIC --Just a Taste (Texas 1976-79 )Label:SHROOMANGEL a new limited edition TEXAS ROCK DYAMONDS series of small press-run CD releases One of the top club acts in Houston during the years 1976 through 1979 was undoubtedly LIC. They built a reputation for high energy performances and in 1979, they recorded their lone album and one year later the "Bomb Iran" single. Like so many great bands of the late 70s, they quickly vanished, leaving a short but impressive legacy. Presented in a revamped cover, on a 6-panel digipak with rare photos and band history, remixed and remastered from the original tapes. Includes the rare single "Bomb Iran" as bonus tracks. File Under: Hard Rock, High Energy Rock & Roll. For fans of Ted Nugent, Rex, Teaze and Diamond Reo. (LIMITED TO 300 COPIES - TEXAS ROCK DYAMONDS SERIES) CD $12 SKU:24716
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS -Lightnin' Strikes (early 60s recordings) ! -Label:CHARLY Big, wide sound from Lightnin' Hopkins. This brings together some early-'60s sides that Hopkins recorded for the Chicago-based Vee-Jay label, although all of them were recorded in his native Houston. Lightnin's spoken introduction sets up the hilarious "Big Car Blues," part of five live tracks aboard, before setting up eight heavily reverbed studio tracks from Bill Quinn's Gold Star Studios. The final two are full-band tracks produced by drummer King Ivory Lee Semiens with Lightnin' playing electric. Great guitar music from the Texas blues master. Nice digipack edition. CD $12 SKU:24842
LOST & FOUND- Everybody's Here (Elevators style 60s psych - Rigid digibook w 16-page illustrated booklet plus 3 bonus cuts ) -Label:CHARLY Originally known as The Misfits, Lost & Found came together in Houston in 1965, changing their name just prior to undertaking a six-month residency at Houston's Living Eye Club -- one of the centres of the area's thriving psychedelic scene. Like anyone who frequented the club, smoked the odd joint and worshipped at the altar of The 13th Floor Elevators, they became friends with Roky Erickson. He in turn introduced them to Lelan Rogers of International Artists, who promptly signed them up. The group's sound displayed a marked Byrds and Love influence, which doubtless stemmed from the time they had spent in L.A. A planned follow-up album for International Artists unfortunately never came to fruition after the band disintegrated after a 30-day Texas tour with national garage gods The Music Machine. Band member Peter Black later joined Endle St Cloud." Comes in a deluxe digibook with 16-page booklet and International Artists catalog. Includes three bonus tracks: "When Will You Come Through," "Professor Black" and "25 MPH." CD $12 SKU:15698
MACEO & ALL THE KING’S MEN -Doing Their Own Thing (James Brown’s backing band, 70s style funk)-Label:CHARLY Recorded and released after a mutiny by most of James Brown's late-'60s band, Doing Their Own Thing contains twelve slabs of superb early-'70s style funk. Rumor has it (according to a label manager that's quoted in the liner notes) that James Brown himself paid radio stations NOT to play songs from this album when it was released in 1970. Whether that's the case or not, this sure is funky stuff! It's not all straight JB funk, but a mix of soul, funk, and jazz, not unlike the music that Tower of Power was also playing in the 1970s. With Maceo involved, you of course get that wicked sax playing, plus a barrage of trumpets and sax from other members of "the King's Men." A vibrant instrumental brew, no doubt, but even the vocal cuts on here I thought were very good. Hey, all singers can't sound as smooth as Al Green or Marvin Gaye, but I think Maceo and the other guy that sings one track do a credible job. It's all about the soul, and these guys have buckets full of it. This is a dynamite album that 70s funk and soul fans should definitely check out. CD $10 SKU:24844
MARIE CELESTE- And Then Perhaps (70s psych folk private press) -Label:AUDIO ARCHIVES A remastered CD-edition of one of the rarest privately pressed LP's from the UK's early '70s psych/prog folk boom. The material combines covers with outstanding self-penned tunes, featuring haunting twin female vocals. Recommended to fans of Spirogyra, early Steeleye Span, Spriguns, Trader Horne and Mellow Candle. CD $10 SKU:24845
MCPHEE,TONY -The Two Sides of Tony (70s former GROUNDHOGS) Label:Talking Elephant Records “During the early 1970s, when other bands were following the lead of Traffic and “getting it together in the country”, leader of the Groundhog’s, Tony McPhee, was holed up in his own pastoral setting, licking his wounds following a particularly bitter divorce. Bad news for McPhee, good news for us, for it explicitly informs at least one track on his 1973 solo effort, The Two Sides of Tony (T.S.) McPhee, as well as dictating the prevalent mood of the remainder. Taking its title at face value, The Two Sides… offers just that. Two wildly differing styles, separated by the flip of a platter. Side 1, as it would’ve been in the days of vinyl, shoots from the hip, with a collection of extremely raw, largely acoustic blues numbers that hark back to McPhee’s salad days as a blues guitarist in the earlier part of the 1960s. ‘Dog Me Bitch’ is a less than subtle dig at the wife; one draped in a veil of the flimsiest metaphor, whereas ‘All My Money, Alimony’ dispenses with the metaphor altogether and ladles a king-size bucket of vitriol over the marital disharmony, pretty much summed up by the line: “All your loving ever done for me in our time together, Was to provide me with another mouth to feed…” Ouch! Side 2 is given over to a single, nineteen minute progressive piece entitled ‘The Hunt’. This track sees the object of McPhee’s ire turn from his former wife to the so-called “sport” of hunting. McPhee once again waxes lyrical with a bottle of caustic soda and a wire scrubbing brush. This time around he breaks out the synthesisers (ARP 2600 and a Rhythm Ace drum machine, for the analog retro-geeks out there) as well as the electric piano; providing a sonic Yin to the acoustic-blues Yang of before.” (Talking Elephant) CD $12 SKU:24847
MILT MATTHEWS INC-.For the People (Ultra-collectable 70s psych-soul gem" —Record Collector) Label:FANTASTIC VOYAGE Highly recommended: not just as a curio but something which bears repeated hammering. A stone classic" –Shindig. ”Ultra-collectable 70s psych-soul gem" —Record Collector. 1971 Ember label album that sought to span musical genres and appeal to both soul and rock fans, with powerful vocals in the Otis Redding mould and a lead guitarist who had obviously studied Jimi Hendrix. Milt Matthews sang lead vocals, played rhythm guitar and wrote the original songs. The opening track is an extended workout on B.B. King’s 1970 hit ‘The Thrill Has Gone’ with a menacing string arrangement provided by Bert “Super Charts” DeCoteaux, who had also embellished B.B.’s version. The bluesy ‘Can’t See Myself Doing You Wrong’ is the first of Milt’s compositions and features strong backing vocals, possibly by the Sweet Inspirations. Artists in the seventies frequently included a Beatles cover on their albums, Milt’s choice was to apply some funk to ‘Hard Day’s Night’ supported by outstanding fuzz guitar from Randall. ‘Oh Lord (You Gotta Help Me)’, another Matthews song, is a fine pleading soul ballad with tasteful strings and girl group sweetening. ‘Runaway People’ had been an R&B charter for Dyke & The Blazers the year before and Milt adds some screams that Dyke would have been proud of. Probably Milt’s best love song, ‘That’s The Way I Feel (Like A Burning Fire)’ also has the benefit of Burney’s scorching fuzz interjections. A plea for peace and love, ‘Disaster Area’ was much in the psychedelic soul style of the Dennis Edwards-led Temptations at the time. The closing selection is a sympathetic cover of ‘Presence Of The Lord’, Eric Clapton’s song from his tenure in the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith. If you love rock and you love soul, then you'll adore this. Nice shrink-wrapped slip-case packaging.
CD $12 SKU:24846
MORAZ, PATRICK- Out in the Sun(MOODY BLUES)Label:ESOTERIC Swiss born Patrick Moraz is probably best known in rock music circles for his membership of two of the world’s biggest rock bands, Yes and the Moody Blues. He was also been a member of the progressive rock band Mainhorse, forming the band with bassist Jean Ristori in 1969 and releasing one self titled album in 1970. By the time of the release of Moraz’s debut solo album in early 1976, he was firmly installed as the keyboard player in Yes. Following the release of Relayer all the members of Yes embarked on solo projects thus ensuring that his “The Story Of I” received maximum coverage in the music press. He then released his second solo album in 1977 (“Out In The Sun”) before joining the Moody Blues. As can be deduced from the title the second disc on offer here is a pairing of the first two Future Memories releases gathered together on one release. As with all the albums in the Patrick Moraz reissue campaign, this album has been re mastered for release by Moraz himself from the original master tapes. (Time Wave) CD $10 SKU:19062
MORAZ, PATRICK- ST- Remastered Edition (MOODY BLUES)Label:ESOTERIC Swiss born Patrick Moraz is probably best known in rock music circles for his membership of two of the world’s biggest rock bands, Yes and the Moody Blues. He was also been a member of the progressive rock band Mainhorse, forming the band with bassist Jean Ristori in 1969 and releasing one self titled album in 1970. By the time of the release of Moraz’s debut solo album in early 1976, he was firmly installed as the keyboard player in Yes. CD $10 SKU:24848
MOUNTAIN - Live At The Capitol Theater 1973 (blues hard rock) -Label:VOICEPRINT This King Biscuit Flower Hour concert was recorded in late 1973 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. By this point, the band had been through many of the cliche rock band phases: the breakup, the side-projects, a reunion with new members. The short version of the story is that the band split up, and Leslie and Corky hooked up with former Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce to form the supergroup West, Bruce and Laing, with whom they put out a number of albums. Mountain later reunited, but during '73, the band went on a Japanese tour without Laing, because of an alleged dispute between him and Pappalardi. CD $12 SKU:19516
MOUNTAIN - Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 7 March 70” (blues hard rock) -Label:VOICEPRINT Official Live Mountain Bootleg Series, Vol. 12, drawn from a concert performed at the Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles in early March 1970, which also included Frank Zappa and Johnny Winter on the bill. The concert took place just after the release of the album “Mountain Climbing,” and contains songs such as ‘Mississippi Queen,’ ‘Never in My Life’ and F’or Yasgur's Farm,’ which were featured on that album. The performance also includes ‘Long Red,’ ‘Blood of the Sun,’ and ‘Dreams of Milk And Honey’; stand out tracks from Leslie West's Mountain album from 1969. CD $12 SKU:24849
NATIONAL HEALTH- Dreams Wide Awake (1975 prog rock)DBL CD Label:ATOM slim-line jewel case, w/slipcases National Health was one of the last of the great Canterbury progressive rock bands, containing a heady and unique mixture of rock, jazz and classical music. The band was formed in the fall of 1975 by keyboardists Alan Gowen (ex-Gilgamesh) and Dave Stewart (ex-Hatfield & The North), who wanted to create a large "rock orchestra" by combining personnel from their previous bands. I think any listener would find it hard to deny that the first two National Health albums ("National Health" and "Of Queues and Cures", from 1977 and 1978, respectively) contained most of their very best stuff. "Dreams Wide Awake" is a two-disc compilation which contains all of the music from those first two classic albums (albeit not in the same running order, something which iTunes and a couple of blank cdr’s can easily fix). For a newcomer to this music, the 95 minutes of total music on "Dreams Wide Awake" is a great introduction to this band's unique sound, with their complex structures and compositions, numerous key modulations and time changes, continuously developing themes, and intricate, innovative sounds and melodies. CD $12 SKU:24310
ZOOT MONEY-Transition (LOST 70S PSYCH GEM)-Label:RIGHTEOUS An excellent album! Featuring the same players who were in the Big Roll Band (including future Police guitarist Andy Summers) on all tracks, Zoot Money came up with this tip-top set, which has soulful ballads, up-tempo mod material and a couple of dreamy sitar numbers written by Summers; 'Soma' inspired Summers and Money to push the boundaries and encouraged the band to wig out further, and in a state of psyche-pop bliss, they decided they were so far out of the Big Roll Band sound that they should change their name to Dantalian's Chariot. They played shows with the Pink Floyd and featured a couple of the tracks from “Transition” in stranger incarnations; Dantalion’s became a cult classic in the process, but turned their existing mod following off and failed to ignite. After the Dantalion hiatus, “Transition” was finally released (in 1968) on the Direction label; by that time, the mods had embraced the psychedelic bug and the album slipped into obscurity, and became one of those buried treasures that is talked of but seldom actually even seen. Finally, this lost gem has made it to CD. Remastered from the original quarter inch tapes, with all of its glorious sweeping sounds, aching vocals and groovy upbeat tunes intact, it's the epitome of cool. CD $10 SKU:19014
KNOTWEED -TWISTED-FOLK ROOTS & PSYCHEDELIC SHOOTS (Very rare psych 68-70) SAALE! Label:AUDIO ARCHIVES 23 track compilation of some of the rarest psychedelic folk obscurities ever recorded in the UK and Ireland. Artists include Zeitgeist, Zacchaeus, Dreamscape, Secret Acoustic Band, Gimli & Gloin, Gomrath, Aragorn, Valda, Tarquin Bolton, Guggenheim, New Wine, Ceathrar, Merruwyn plus others. Also featured are two ultra rare tracks from the Scrapyard and Foister projects, both recorded as part of a series of offbeat musicals at Dartington Hall 1968-70. COMP CD $12 SKU:23143
NECROCOPIA- ORIGINAL UK DOOM IN MEMORIAM (1968 -71 history of early UK doom, cosmic-doom and occult influenced heavy rock-Label:AUDIO ARCHIVES A special dark compilation that covers the history of early UK doom, cosmic-doom and occult influenced heavy rock. Featuring proto-doom outfit Night-Angel, Three-Headed Dog, Iron Claw, Horse, Zior, The Iron Maiden, Egor, Necromandus, Flying Hat Band, Warlord, Stallion, plus a further two gloriously depressing rare recordings by Wooden Lion. This CD comes with a poster sleeve crammed with rare pics and memorabilia, plus detailed histories. You also get a history class regarding the entire British dark underground scene from the period 1968-'77 COMP CD $12 SKU:21106
SMOKIN' & TRIPPIN- VA Psych comp stunning tripped out poster sleeve that's crammed with rare pics and info.-Label:AUDIO ARCHIVES This psych compilation features 17 ultra-rare tracks taken from UK private press releases, studio demos and acetates with additional acidy live material. Acts include The TJ Assembly, The Incas, Projection, Kozmik Kev, Dog Rose, The Underground Set, Metz, Cathedral, Graphite, and there's a classic pop-psych mystery gem. Comes with a stunning tripped out poster sleeve that's crammed with rare pics and info. COMP CD $12 SKU:16057
ACTION -Rolled GOld (legendary 60s psych)Label:GUERRSEN The Action never became stars, but Rolled Gold justifies the legend.” - David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine) •Digitally remastered from the master tapes. •Insert with photos and detailed liner notes by Jason Barnard (Shindig!). •“It's as if Paul Weller time-travelled back to 1967 and wrote the best songs of his career. Every track is a fully realized melodic and lyrical statement.” – Matt Collar (allmusic.com)The legendary 1967-68 recordings by UK mod band THE ACTION, registered when they were in transition from mod-beat to full-blown psychedelia, just prior to becoming MIGHTY BABY. Originally recorded as a set of demos with the intention of obtaining an album deal which inexplicably never materialized, “Rolled Gold” is a collection of brilliant songs, melancholic yet powerful. The Action’s classic line-up of Reg King, Alan ‘Bam’ King, Michael Evans and Roger Powell is augmented with the inclusion of new members Martin Stone on guitar and Ian Whiteman on flute / organ. All of them are playing their hearts out: superb harmonies, great guitar work and clever arrangements which show the influence of bands like The Byrds and the psychedelic sounds that were coming from the West Coast and UK as well as jazz giants like Coltrane. Always the stuff of legend, The “Rolled Gold” tapes were shelved at the time, not released until 1997 when the Dig The Fuzz label discovered them and did a limited LP/CD run. Out of print on vinyl for many years, we present a new vinyl edition. If you dig the psychedelic era of SMALL FACES, PRETTY THINGS, THE WHO, plus THE CREATION, NAZZ, TOMORROW, BLOSSOM TOES, THE END or TRAFFIC…look no further.
Tracklist LP $28 SKU:22829
WALLER CREEK BOYS- Featuring JANIS JOPLIN-Label:LYSERGIC SOUND DISTRIBUTORS 1962 recordings from this legendary Austin, TX trio featuring the “Sultan Of Psychedelia,” Powell St. John, and a 19-year old Janis Joplin! Raucous country music and blues, both traditional and original, with a gritty roadhouse sound and feel, recorded in 1962 at Threadgill’s, the famous Austin beer joint and music venue. You’ll hear beer bottles hit the floor, doors slam, chatter by the band, including some choice expletives by Janis as she laughs and banters with Lanny and Powell throughout the recording. However, the music is not overwhelmed by the background, and the raw talent heard in Janis’s clear, so-much-older-than-her-years vocals is unmistakable and undeniable, leaving little doubt about her greatness. Lanny’s consistent and timely guitar playing and Powell’s soulful harmonica work, coupled with the ever-present Janis vocals, offer a time capsule of a sound that would soon circle the globe.
The first authorized vinyl release by this legendary three piece group from Austin, Texas. Formed in 1962, the Waller Creek Boys consisted of Lanny Wiggins on acoustic guitar, Powell St. John, later of The Conqueroo, Mother Earth and songwriter for the 13th Floor Elevators, on harmonica, and a then-unknown 19-year old female singer, recently transplanted from Port Arthur, Texas who would go on to bigger things — that’s right, Janis Joplin.
The album includes five songs that have never been released — and the album’s remaining nine songs haven’t been commercially released in almost fifty years. All the songs were re-mastered from the original 1962 tapes, which have been in Powell St. John’s possession for almost sixty years.
Included is a 14-page booklet with first person anecdotes from individuals who were part of the band’s inner circle during those formative years in Austin.
Listen carefully to the very last words on this record to hear an example of the freewheelin’ performance style of one of the greatest female blues singers that ever graced planet Earth.
LP $25 SKU:24715