Posted on November 16, 2018
This weekend we have more of those crazy international titles arriving, everything from Turkish psych to UK hard rock Blue Cheer style. Click on the pretty pink box to see the complete list. Limited quantities, get em while you can.
ALSO available, the ALIVE WRAP UP for 2018, every album we’ve put out this year as a bundle, with a big discount! All on hand mixed starburst vinyl. And if you already have a few of them, no worries, you can sub any other title on ALIVE under $20. We’ll toss you a poster or two and some badges and stickers too.
ALIVE 2018 WRAP UP - ALL RELEASES FOR THE YEAR AT A GREAT DISCOUNT PLUS SUPRISE BONUS LP -Label:ALIVE ALL LIMITED EDITION FIRST PRESSINGS ON GORGEOUS HAND MIXED STARBURST VINYL, AT A GREAT PRICE. PLUS SURPRISE BONUS LPALREADY HAVE A COUPLE OF THESE? Sub any other ALIVE TITLE $20 and under. Just let us know your choices.
6 ALBUMS FOR A FANTASTIC PRICE, plus a bonus album ( We pick it) . Sve over $30 from the regular price.
ALL LIMITED EDITION FIRST PRESSINGS ON GORGEOUS HAND MIXED STARBURST VINYL, AT A GREAT PRICE.
BEECHWOOD -From the Land of Nod – 0196 STARBURST
BONNEVILLES- DIRTY PHOTOGRAPHS 0197 STARBURST
BONNEVILLES - INSIDE THE FLESH HOTEL 0198 STARBURST
PAUL COLLINS- OUT OF MY HEAD – 0199 STARBURST
HANDSOME JACK EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT 0200 STARBURST
GOSPELBEACH- ANOTHER WINTER ALIVE 0201 STARBURST
ALLEN, GREG - Happiness is the on the Way (NY DOLLS RELATED glam power pop R&R!) Label:KUDOS Greg Allen's Fringe Religion is a Boston-based band that formed in 2013 - but they are hardly beginners when it comes to rock and roll. Singer, guitar player and songwriter Greg Allen was in a band with the late great Jerry Nolan (drummer for the New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers). But Greg Allen is no Johnny Thunders clone. Yes, he's got that guttersnipe, raw guitar tone but he has a unique song writing style that evokes a dystopic world through a cast of twisted characters.Allen has released a number of recordings (including those famous last songs with Jerry Nolan) and has done some time with the underground in London and New York. He is joined by bass player Greg Steinbaugh (Two Saints, Port Charles Quintet, World's Greatest Sinners, Prime Movers) and drummer Daley Jones (Two Saints in Boston, Middleman Bob, The Press, Trigger Happy in his hometown Seattle).The music is rock and roll with a nod to all the greats. The band sounds simultaneously familiar and fresh. Hints of classic arena rock, power pop, sleazy glam, proto punk, gut bucket blues and even some country honk serve as backdrop to Allen's unique story telling. Its pure rock and roll, the kind they don't make anymore."Greg Allen is a true believer who's played with a few of his heroes and probably a few of yours. While his roots are planted in the swagger of the Stooges/Dolls era, he's absorbed the songwriting savvy as well: Of the five tracks on his new EP, there isn't one that doesn't open with a wake-you-up guitar riff or build to a memorable chorus hook…From the power-pop jangle of "Revolution Club: to the soul strut of "Carny Love" to the flat-out rocking on "Joe the Tow Truck Driver," these songs have smarts to match their attitudeBrett Milano
Author, Vinyl Junkies, Sound of our Town, Don't All Thank Me at Once
Writer, Boston Globe, OffBeat Magazine
"This latest Fringe Religion offering traces the lineage of black-leather six-string hoodlumism, touching on The Stones, Flamin' Groovies, The Heartbreakers, and, not least, Lou Reed, whose hollow-eyed shade is vividly evoked on opening number 'She's Stoned'. 'The Revolution Club' meanwhile employs an evocative Byrds-type guitar jangle, a summery contrast to the stormier closing track 'Miles Away' a white-knuckle, gallows-humour journey to the end of the night."
Hugh Gulland Vive Le Rock Magazine (UK) CD $10 SKU:20560
INVISIBLE SURFERS- Desert King (Surf R&R) Label:LOST IN TYME Desert King” is a must have for every fan of real surf and r’n’r music.The powerful guitar riffs of Alex Berekos drive the surf and r’n’r scene for more than 30 years CD $12 SKU:20559
3 HUREL- Hurel Avisis (70s Turkish psych masterpiece)Label:GUERSSEN RECORDS (SPAIN): a masterpiece of Turkish ethno-psychedelic freakbeat delight, recorded between 1970 and 1975 by the three very talented Hür El brothers; this, their second album, has the heavy hashish sound—fuzz guitar, empassioned vocals and Eastern percussion—that makes Turkish psych so savoury to the rest of the world; brother Feridun was clearly infected by a fuzz virus: his two-arm guitar (one for guitar, one for saz) will give you no rest; more drums than percussion this time around, with the end result an astounding blend of psychedelic rock with Turkish tradition, thanks to the abundant distorted fuzz guitar and electric saz; the end result is Middle Eastern-ized rock with acid fuzz guitar and electric piano, plus Eastern ethnic percussion and stringed instruments, and emotive vocals in Turkish—very possibly as good as anything recorded by countryman Erkin Koray. This very rare album is now available again on vinyl (with remastered sound from the original mastertapes. Includes an insert with detailed liner notes and photos LP $21 SKU:11288
AK MUSICK - ST (1972 freaky private press)-Label:MENTAL EXPERIENCE AK Musick" was originally released in 1972 as a private edition of 150 copies on Hans Kumpf’s legendary AKM Records label. Radical, freaked–out sound with hints of free–jazz, improv and avant–garde. AK Musick was an improv collective assembled by clarinettist Hans Kumpf to “make music in a very democratic way”. The five players had a classical education but they were also influenced byavant-garde composers like Helmut Lachenmann and Johannes Fritsch. Their only album, “AK Musick”, was recorded in 1972 at the famous Bauer Studios in just three hours and engineered by Martin Wieland, who had previously worked with Keith Jarrett for the ECM label. Some of the instruments used were: clarinet, cello, oboe, organ, piano, darbuka, tam-tam, ektare, flute, zither…Includes the amazing “Impro-vision” which sounds like electronic music but using only natural instruments. AK Musick” saw the light in 1972 on Kumpf’s own AKM Records label. It was a private homemade edition of 150 copies with spray printed covers. Very hard to find now, we present the first ever reissue of “AK Musick” done under license from Hans Kumpf. *Remastered sound. *Insert with liner notes by Klemen Breznikar (It’s Psychedelic Baby) plus rare photos and memorabilia. *LP edition includes free digital download coupon. LP $18 SKU:20549
ALPAY- YETKE (70s TURKISH FUZZ PSYCH) ONE ONLY Label:PHARAWAY SOUNDS IIn Turkey, psychedelia wasnt just some fleeting fad. Fuzzed-out guitar shredding genuinely intersected with some of the goals of traditional folk & classical music. As a result, even former twist singers & folk balladeers explored some fascinating & wild territory. These early 70s singles lay down doleful Anatolian melodies, and they're simply soaking in heavy & wah-ed out guitar solos. If you're ready to go beyond Baris & Erkin, this is the perfect spot. Remastered Sound, insert / booklet with liner notes by Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records LP $25 SKU:20551
ATHANOR - FLASHBACK (Psychedelic proto power-pop) ONE ONLY Label:GUERSSEN Chicago, early '70s. Greg Herriges is obsessed with Lennon, 12-string guitars, and far-out psychedelic sounds. Rick Vittenson is a Beach Boys-Hollies-Who fanatic who writes for Crawdaddy! magazine. Both had previously played in several garage college bands during the '60s. Combining their mutual love for '60s music, Athanor was born. With the help of top studio musicians, they recorded and self-released three 45s between 1973 and 1975 (the first one produced by Mark Breyer, with whom Rick had played in pre-Skooshny band Brevity) which are now highly sought-after by fans of obscure psychedelic pop. All of them are featured here in stellar sound taken from the master tapes along with previously-unreleased studio tracks and superb-sounding home demos (1973-1981), plus a new song recorded in 2006 in the same vein as their vintage recordings. Athanor's music features impressive songwriting and musicianship, a collision of Beatlesque harmony vocals, Rickenbacker and Guild 12-string guitars, occasional fuzz-wah leads, Fender Rhodes, and studio effects. Psychedelic proto power-pop highly recommended to anyone into Lazy Smoke, Badfinger, Only Ones, Emitt Rhodes, Rockin' Horse, or Creme Soda. Remastered sound from the original master tapes, insert with rare pictures and liner notes by Mark Breyer from cult psych power-pop band Skooshny. 180 gram vinylLP $20 SKU:20547
BARE SOLE - Flash (1969 for fans of Blue Cheer, Iron Claw, Stack Waddy)-Label:SOMMOR RECORDS (Spain LP version. Previously unreleased UK demo album from 1969. The loudest band from Hull in the '60s, Bare Sole played raw, in-your-face psychedelic hard rock and heavy blues. Bare Sole's brief existence at the tail-end of the 1960s reflected the realistic trappings of their geographical situation. Musical icons such as Mick Ronson and Robert Palmer would eventually rise to fame outside of their native Hull, but Bare Sole sadly only managed a handful of out-of-town gigs and a tour of US air bases in Germany. As it was, their entire existence lasted just over a year, but at least their inspired musical legacy has survived thanks to a 1969 recording session held at Fairview Studios. Assisted by writer and producer Keith Herd and galvanized by an enthusiastic local poultry farmer, Bare Sole captured their primitive garage mannerisms in one fiery recording session. Aside from Decca's rejection of their demo tape, Bare Sole continued playing alongside acts such as Family, Status Quo, The Move, and Small Faces, but the inevitable decision to quit came in 1970 and their story came to an end. Flash represents Bare Sole's entire recorded history, taken from the master tapes of their 1969 recording session. Their seductive garage romp boasts explosive doses of fuzz, wah-wah, and Farfisa organ, a sound that recalls an earlier and more primitive sound, but a sound that also may have unwittingly sealed their fate. Master tape sound. Detailed liner notes. Recommended for fans of Blue Cheer, Iron Claw, Stack Waddy. LP $18 SKU:17120
BEAU- Creation(Acid psych weirdness 1971) Label:SOMMER Originally released for John Peel’s Dandelion label in 1971, “Creation” was the second album by underground folk troubadourTrevor “Beau” Midgley, recorded with psych band The Way We Live as backing group. Influenced by Tom Paxton, Leadbelly and Dylan, Beau started to write his own songs in the late 60s. After trying to secure a contract with Elektra Records with no success, he was approached by Clive Selwood (Elektra UK) and John Peel, who were launching a new label, Dandelion Records. Beau signed to them and released his eponymous debut album in 1969. For his second effort, Beau decided to experiment with a more folk-rock sound and add to the mix some avant-garde influences. Jim Milne (lead guitar and bass) and Steve Clayton (drums) from Dandelion stablemates The Way We Live / Tractor were the perfect backing band for him. “Creation” is a brilliant psych-folk / acid-folk offering with superb 12-string guitars, heartfelt vocals, studio effects and occasional acid-fuzz guitar. Beau’s avant-garde influences came to the fore on the title track, which verges into White Noise territory. The album closes with “Silence Returns”, featuring one of the most ear-splitting fuzz assaults ever committed to wax, courtesy of Jim Milne. Master tape sound. Four page insert featuring the first cover design whish was never used plus detailed liner notes by Beau himself and lyrics. Two previously unreleased bonus tracks from 1972 (featuring Tractor as backing band) which were recorded for “High Mass”, an aborted third Beau album which was never released at the time. “It’s a consistent album full of tone, deft playing and thoughtful lyrics that demand and reward attention” – Simon Crisp (Galactic Ramble) LP $18 SKU:20552
BLIND RAVAGE- ST (60s hard rock blues, includes insert with liner notes) TWO ONLY -Label:OUT-SIDER (SPAIN) This is the first vinyl reissue, featuring remastered sound and an insert with liner notes. Blind Ravage were formed in Montreal in the late '60s by well-seasoned musicians, including keyboard virtuoso Serge Fleury and ace guitar player Jean Charbonneau. In 1971 they released their only album, on the Crescent Street label. Hard rock with bluesy overtones, heavy guitar playing, punkish vocals, and swirling Hammond organ. Nine original songs plus a killer hard rock version of "Susie Q." LP $20 SKU:16722
BLOPS- ST (1970s highly sought after killer South American psych/prog rarity -180 gram ltd to 300) 3 ONLY Label:GUERSSEN First official reissue of this early 1970s highly sought after killer South American psych/progressivBLOPSe rarity under licence from Arci in Chile! Pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Shrink-rapped.. The monumental fiasco Los Blops experienced at the Vine Festival of- ST gave rise to an abrupt reaction on behalf of the group. It was something like "if they do not want subtle songs, poetic and loving, then try this: ‘Locomotive.’ The group even momentarily changed their name to Paraffin. The acoustic guitars were still there, at least for the performances, but now with an openness for the electric and the progressive thing. Julio Villalobos had already left the group by this time, and he was replaced by the classic pianist Juan Vile Carlos, who made a significant contribution in keyboards. With this, Los Blops, after an anarchical stage of pure improvisation, returned now to another serious tryout—in the 'Manchufelá de Peñalolén'(?), this time with a more aggressive, progressive, quite unclassifiable style which once again was absolutely pioneering for Chile. Under the name of Paraffin, they returned to the public in February of 1973, and performed at the mythical festival Los Caminos que se Abren (Ways being opened), next to Los Jaivas and the El Polen from Peru, and other groups. The delivery of Paraffin/Los Blops was total, overwhelming, and left a memory difficult to erase, for many until today. The group played only seven tracks, among them five of them were recorded on the album. LP $22 SKU:13525
EDIP AKBAYRAM -Nice Yıllara Gülüm- (rare 70’s Turkish hashish psych! ) 2 ONLY Label:PHARAWAY Third album by Turkish psychedelic singer Edip Akbayram, originally released in 1982. This third album really ramps up the silly synthesizers. You'll hear whooshy 80s Rolands, vocals run through a harmonizer, and tons of totally tubular bass popping, and it all makes it darned easy to hear just where the western intros and breaks stop. Ever wish Knight Rider's Kitt could drive to Istanbul? Take a ride on cheesy synthesizers with Edip at the wheel! Remastered sound, with insert. LP $25 SKU:20550
BACK IN STOCK, briefly!
APHRODITE'S CHILD - It’s Five O Clock (1969 pop psych)Label:WORLD PSYCHEDELIA (Korea) The first single, ‘Let Me Love, Let Me Live,’ released in October 1969, made it to a number one position in the French charts, but it was the B-side ‘Marie Jolie’ that was most popular in the rest of Europe. The title track ‘It's Five O'clock’ quickly followed the same path; released in December 1969, it did well in the charts of many European countries. Dream-like, baroque, carefully crafted pop/psych with English lyrics, in some ways very much in the style of English bands of the era, but with that little twist that makes it very special; three bonus tracks include rare singles; lyrics and photos too in the 16-page booklet. CD $10 SKU:18951
BAKER GURVITZ ARMY--Live In Milan Italy 1976 -LAST COPIES Label:VOICEPRINT The Baker Gurvitz Army came into existence when former Gun and Three man Army members Paul and Adrian Gurvitz joined forces with legendary drummer Ginger Baker in 1974. The Baker Gurvitz Army was the first real musical project for Ginger Baker since the short-lived band Salt in 1972 and Ginger Baker's Airforce some two years prior to that. The band released their first album the self titled “Baker Gurvitz Army” in late 1974, and the album sold well enough to break in to the American charts. The band went on to record two further studio albums including “Elysian Encounter” in 1975 and “Hearts On Fire” in 1976. This live recording, which forms part of the Official Ginger Baker Bootleg Series, was recorded in Milan on the 23rd of March 1976 during the tour to promote what would turn out to be the bands final studio album, “Hearts On Fire.” The set list at this time reflecting the desire to promote the album included four tracks from the album including ‘Hearts On Fire,’ ‘Night People,’ ‘Thirsty For The Blues’ and ‘Neon Lights.’ There are also two tracks from “Elysian Encounter” (‘People’ and ‘Time’) and two from the bands self titled debut (‘Inside Of Me’ and ‘Memory Lane’). CD $15 SKU:19052
BERMUDA TRIANGLE- Missing Tapes (70s trippy 77 hippie psych) Label:WINTER SOLSTICE This is a compilation of Live and previously unreleased tracks from the 70's. Another extremely rare piece of Psych reissued. Originally released as a private pressing in 1977. This wild album is extremely trippy & has to be heard. import CD $10 SKU:19050
COOPER,JOHN & PHILIPPA,-The Cooperville Times (1969 Spooky psych folk)-Label:FRESH Spooky psychedelic folk rock (1969) featuring the unmistakable guitar sounds of Julian Laxton (Freedom’s Children). Unquestionably one of the rarest South African albums ever: folk tinged psychedelia, featuring the whimsical vocals of John & Philipa Cooper with guitar by Julian Laxton, which has been hailed by collectors worldwide as comparable to the legendary Mellow Candle or early Jefferson Airplane. Brother/sister John & Philipa Cooper went to Britain shortly after the album was made, and there the story ends. Even so, this amazing album is considered in the same class as those by Billy Nichols, Duncan Browne and Blossom Toes. Well composed underground songs, folk rock, effects—an album full of ideas and masterfully played... it just has the right feel, with the combination of great songs and a '60s art-vibe. The perfect underground folk-rock album CD $10 SKU:20401
HAVENSTREET -LAST ONE! The end of the line / Perspectives-1977 ACID FOLK DBLLabel:SOMMER The genesis of Havenstreet goes back to 1969, when Phil Ridgway and Jeff Vinter played in The Gas, an experimental psychedelic band heavily influenced by Barrett-era Pink Floyd. The two friends started to write songs their own songs, ending up as a folk duo. With the offer to record some of their material at a friend’s studio, they recruited more musical friends… and Havenstreet was born. The influences had expanded now to bands and artists such as Peter Hammill, Strawbs, Traffic, Procol Harum, Stackridge, Keith Tippett, Bert Jansch. In the early-mid 70s they recorded a couple of albums which circulated as private cassettes among friends and relatives. In 1977, Havenstreet privately released “The End Of The Line”, in an edition of 250 copies. It was collection of very English songs with evocative, literate lyrics and a stunning progressive folk-rock sound. It featured one of the earliest known tributes to Syd Barrett on the song 'When the madcap meets the world'. This expanded double set reissue of Havenstreet’s sought after album includes: *The original “The End of the Line” album from 1977. *A new album called “Perspectives” which presents the best tracks from the privately pressed cassettes The Autumn Wind (1974) and Transition (1976) plus rehearsal recordings for The End of the Line (1975/1976) and previously unreleased recordings for the group’s projected fourth album (1979), which was never completed. These amazing tracks range from electric acid-folk to Barrett-esque psych-pop, pastoral folk and Caravan styled prog-rock. *16-page LP-sized booklet with photos and detailed liner notes. Remastered from the original master tapes. “…Combining the back-to-basics acoustic feel of the nu-folk generation with a swirly, psychedelic vibe, ”The End of the Line” could actually be an album that was made in 2014. But this album was privately released in 1977. Now finally remastered and brought into the present, the retrospective feeling is amplified and should appeal greatly to fans of 70s folk and progressive music. This reissue is a must have even for the lucky few who own an original copy of the album as it comes with a bonus disc, ”Perspectives”, that compiles non-LP tracks from 1974-79. The quality of the extra material shines through…” – Michael Bjorn (Strange Days Magazine)" CD $15 SKU:19876
ROBBS Before, Then & After - (3xCD + DVD-four discs total)-Label:WET WORLD RECORDS (USA) This four-disc set contains 55 tracks and five video appearances by the Robbs, covering the bands entire recording career. With so much music on offer, a hearty helping of band history seems to be in order. Musically, the Robbs were noted for their use of harmony vocals, and instrumentation-clearly inspired by folk-rock, bubblegum music, and jangle pop. Great stuff-and a real labor of love for the label.
Spotted by Dick Clark, the band was signed to Mercury Records in 1966, and moved to California to appear as regular performers on Where The Action Is during late 1966 and early 1967, replacing Paul Revere and the Raiders. The Robbs had some regional success between 1966 and 1970, at first for Mercury and subsequently for a variety of record labels. The Robbs have the distinction of placing the most singles on Billboard magazine's "Bubbling Under" chart (five as The Robbs, plus a final single as Cherokee) without ever once crossing over into the Billboard Hot 100 (ouch!). The Robbs were never able to garner a true nation-wide hit. Their lone album, from 1967, was compiled from the A-side and B-sides of their 1966 and 1967 singles, along with two new tracks. This self-titled LP made the Billboard 200 chart for one week in January 1968, peaking at #200, and the band was shortly thereafter dropped by Mercury Records. Upon signing to Atlantic in 1968, The Robbs pursued a more country rock orientation. After their two Atlantic singles missed even the "bubbling under" charts, Atlantic let the band go, and they were picked up by ABC/Dunhill in 1969. The Robbs continued to release singles for this label, with the usual regional success and some "bubbling under" appearances, but no national breakthrough. In 1971, the group changed their name to Cherokee, and re-emphazised their country rock influenced sound. They released one self-titled album as Cherokee, as well as the 1971 non-LP single "Girl, I've Got News For You". Both the album and the single featured the participation of Chris Hillman of The Byrds. CD $24 SKU:20194
A FINE DAY AND A BRILLIANT EVENING -Cherry Red Rarities 1983-85 (willowy pop)Label:CHERRY RED More willowy pop of yesteryear from the vaults of Cherry Red. The second release in the Cherry Red Rarities series, is a collection of rare and upstanding tracks from three of Cherry Red’s most popular artists: Jane And Barton, Grab Grab The Haddock (yes, they really did exist) and In Embrace. “The juxtaposition of the three artists here seems coincidental, yet they successfully present different facets of the sound of the label during the early 80's. Jane & Barton start with the acapella 'It's A Fine Day' which was later turned into the Opus III dancefloor smash. Flute and percussion accompany Jane on 'I Want To Be With You' to nice pastoral effects a la Virginia Astley, although the latter would have never named one of her songs 'Ha Bloody Ha', which poses such thought-provoking questions as "Did you hear about the woman who died" or "What part of a vegetable can't you eat". Simple voice and piano arrangement on 'There Is A Man' and 'You Are Over There' makes ideal lazy afternoon listening, only to be rudely disturbed by Mr.Barton's grating screech on 'You Are Over There Part Two'. Onto the marvelously named Grab Grab The Haddock, which included two of the three Marine Girls after Tracey Thorn went on to form Everything But The Girl. They pretty much carried on with the style of their previous band, only now augmented to a four-piece. Lightweight summery guitar pop, the stuff that made Cherry Red famous. In Embrace played moody melodic pop with guitar and synths. Although once described as 'introverted and emotionally unfathomable' the songs are actually quite classy and the sentiments deeply felt. 'The Darkest Horse' features a spine-tingling chord progression slightly reminiscent of the Cocteaus. They should have been big. The CD ends with a bonus video of 'It's A Fine Day'. COMP CD $5 SKU:20498
ASTRAL DAZE - VA VOL 1 (70 s Psychedelic South African Rock) - Label:FRESH Although the South African rock movement of the late sixties and early seventies was not a major commercial success, it's participants heralded an exciting new age in South African rock and started a movement aimed at changing the musical tastes of fans in a spectacular way. Stadium concerts became the vehicle for feeding the youth with heavier rock sounds, and behind studio glass were producers like Clive Calder, Billy Forrest, Graham Beggs and Selwyn Miller who acted as change agents to transform conventional pop into heavier 4 to 5 minute songs. The movement's struggle for recognition through airplay remained unanswered and only the true fans of rock knew about their existence. This collection brings together rarities from artists we know (tracks from Abstract Truth, Suck, Otis Waygood, Freedom1s Children, John & Philipa Cooper, McCully Workshop, Third Eye, and Hawk), as well as others we1ve not heard before, like Omega Ltd., the Bats, the Fireflies, the Idiots, Tidal Wave, and the Invaders. COMP CD $15 SKU:8813
COLD WAVES OF COLOR -VA VOL 2 (rare UK Cold Wave 81-85) Label:LION Following on from the superb first volume, here is the second volume of electronics, synth pop, cold wave and minimal tracks culled from the archives of the legendary COLOR TAPES UK cassette label from the 1980's. These tracks originally came out as micro editions on cassette back then some of which are also unreleased too. COMP CD $14 SKU:20170
COOL AID BENEFIT ALBUM- 1969 jam w 3 discs(2xCD + DVD)Label:REGENERATOR Originally released on LP in 1970, this amazing album captures both the innocence and the time period of Vancouver's Local music scene in the late 60's. Some of the city's top bands of the day appear on this album including Mock Duck, Papa Bear's Medicine Show, Hydro Electric Streetcar, Route 9, Blacksnake Blues Band and Spring. The original LP has always been a collector's item and the re-issue has been in the works for a while now. COMP CD $16 SKU:19065
HERE’S TO OLD ENGLAND-An Artpop Sampler (Great UK ROCK)-Label:ARTPOP "Edward Ball is the second best songwriter in Britain today," Noel Gallagher said with customary humility; "A modernist musical alchemist," said Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine—and no wonder, as several tracks here could have been from early MBV EP releases; "Ed Ball is one of my favorite songwriters in the world,' Alan McGhee (Creation Records). This compilation features the work of Ed (ward) Ball, prolific songwriter who has released nearly twenty albums under various guises over the years (including being co-founder of Television Personalities, and a part time member of the Boo Radleys). This unique compilation contains some of the best loved tracks by the Times, Teenage Filmstars and O Level as well as a version of 'Love Is Blue' which charted in the Top 75 in 1997. All the tracks were unavailable at the time this comp was devised, and had (and have) been for some time and are much in demand." Guitar laden, feedback heavy, absolutely great UK rock. And we are practically giving these away COMP CD $6 SKU:20496
IT”S A HAPPENING!- Texas Girls of the 60s- Label:CICADELIC All seven recordings by The Heart Beats are included on this album, along with other great female led bands from 1966, such as The WordD from Dallas and The Bombshells of Houston. An added bonus is folk singer, Linda Pierre King from Houston, whose self-penned originals from 1966 foreshadowed subsequent folk singers such as Janis Ian and Melanie. COMP CD $12 SKU:12744
OUR BRILLIANT CAREERS -Cherry Red Rarities 1981-83-Label:CHERRY RED Cherry Red carved out an odd niche for itself apart from the general post-punk flow, thanks largely to eccentric A&R man Mike Always, whose tastes leaned towards melody, Englishness, and the 1960’s. Cherry red became a home for the dashing, debonair whimsy of he Monochrome Set, the mopy bedsit introspection of Eyeless in Gaza, jazzy-folky singer-songwriters Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt (separately and together as Everything But the Girl), and the Television/Velvets descended, plangent splendor of Felt. Although “Pillows and Prayers” is the best-known sampler of the label, its precursor “Perspectives and Distortions” (1981) includes many non-Cherry Red artists, which makes it very interesting; and “Our Brilliant Careers” (2003) scoops up archival arcane. It includes rare tracks by successful Cherry Red artists like Everything But The Girl (plus solo material from both Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt), The Nightingales and The Monochrome Set, plus many more. Most people probably know Five Or Six from their off-key but charming opener 'Portrait' from “Pillows and Prayers”; here we have six like low-key and absorbing tracks from them, most of which have never been on CD: 'Think' and 'Theme' are instrumentals that will surprise a few. There are also three early songs by Ben Watt described modestly by himself as 'dreary and tuneless'. Beautiful instrumental version of 'The Thousand Guitars of St. Dominiques' by the Fantastic Something ends up as the most surprising track—a high point of the collection.” Impressive and intriguing archive collection of rare recordings. COMP CD $5 SKU:20499
PERSPECTIVES AND DISTORTION - VA - Label:CHERRY RED Although “Pillows and Prayers” is the best-known sampler of the label, its precursor “Perspectives and Distortions” (1981) includes many non-Cherry Red artists, which makes it very interesting. In fact, when I bought this compilation in 1981, it was a stunning overview of British experimental 'rock/pop/alterntive' music, played by loads of people I'd never heard of… and a few (like Robert Fripp) that I knew. Time tells us that experimental music can often date really quickly, but most of the music on this comp doesn't. It holds together beautifully, which is surprising because putting arch punks like the Virgin Prunes and Mark Perry in with Kevin Coyne and Robert Fripp, for instance, seems quite out there. Still a lot of names here that I don’t know/remember (A.Tent, the Lemon Kittens), but Matt Johnson (soon to be The The) and Eyeless in Gaza became crucial listening. Listen to it today, and you too might be inspired to check out some new names.” Totally uncommercial music which bordered on the Avant Garde; Outsider Music before anyone thought up the name. COMP CD $5 SKU:20500
PSYCHEDELIC UNDERGROUND- VOL 14 ( 70s psych prog )SAALE -Label:Garden of Delights Still plenty of greatness to unearth in the Psychedelic Underground -- just the sort of tripped-out grooves we've really come to love from this well-priced series! Some of the work here is as heavy on jazzy elements as it is psychedelic ones -- making for a great blend that's a bit more organic at times than you might expect -- a world-ranging approach to the styles that really keeps things interesting, and which nicely breaks past simple cliches of psychedelia. Plus, many of the tracks are of European origin, and from the 70s -- and they've got key proggish elements as well, especially on some of the jazzier numbers. Titles include "Summer 79" by Gravestone, "Arctic Ocean" by Pancake, "Back On My Hill" by Faithful Breath, "Ala Dalona" by Emma Myldenberger, "Question" by Joy Unlimited, "Bolero" by Aqua, and "Where Is Your Home Town COMP CD $7 SKU:8718
PSYCHEDELIC UNDERGROUND- VOL 16 (70s psych prog) Label:Garden of Delights COMP CD $6 SKU:18025
PULL UP THE PAISLEY COVERS - VA-A Psychedelic Omnibus (60s and 70s)Label:AETHER Sixteen songs from the 1960s-1970s performed by sixteen contemporary bands from seven different countries. COMP CD $12 SKU:20317
R&B SPOTLIGHT #59-R&B and/or pop hits of 1959- DOUBLE CD Label:Fantastic Voyage huge sixty track compilation of R&B hits from 1959.Starting with Wilbert Harrison’s number one single 'Kansas City'; a multi instrumentalist and ex-member of the W C Baker group, which leads into 'Sea Cruise' from Frankie Ford, who, as a youngster worked with Sophie Tucker, among others. He also appeared in the 'American Hot Wax' movie.There’s Chuck Berry with 'Little Queenie' and 'Almost Grown', mini hits from rock N rolls most influential artist. Sarah Vaughan then joins the A-listers here, like Nat King Cole, Bo Diddley and Clyde McPhatter. Also known as Little Miss Share Cropper and Bea Baker, Lavern Baker’s input is 'So High So Slow' and "Tiny Timâ recorded for Atlantic...this is great stuff.By 1959 acts that had been previously confined to the black chart or R&B listing, were actually selling in sufficient quantities to hit the mainstream market. It was a long haul, of course, before they received the success they so deserved. But it happened. There were groups like The Cadillacs, formed during 1953 in Harlem, who were the first R&B unit to choreograph their stage acts. And, The Coasters, formed in 1955, and known for their serio-comic recordings. Plus loads more, like, for example, the first strains of a new dance craze 'The Twist' by Hank Hallard and the Midnighters (nah, it’ll never catch on!) and instrumentals from Paul Gayton, bandleader and vocalist. This cd is a history lesson for the young of heart, and a lovely trip down memory lane for those..um.. not so young COMP CD $10 SKU:19066
R&B SPOTLIGHT #60-R&B and/or pop hits of 1959- DOUBLE CD Label:Fantastic Voyage 60 tracks by various artists selected from the US charts of 1959. All of the songs were R&B and/or pop hits and many have become classics of the genre. The artists include such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, the Coasters, Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan. The collection, including full details of the original label issues, is the second of an ongoing year-by-year series representing the Rhythm & Blues charts. The informative booklet notes are authored by respected Echoes/Record Collector journalist Mike Atherton. This 1959 installment in the year-by-year R&B Spotlight series sees the increasing popularity of Rhythm & Blues, with many of the entries also crossing over to the pop charts. The R&B chart mixed successes from both one-hit wonders and fifties stars. R&B with the Rock and Roll beat was represented by Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Lloyd Price and Little Willie John. Harmony vocal group sounds abounded with notable sides from the Flamingos, the Skyliners, the Crests, the Five Satins and Richard Barrett with the Chantels. Uptempo group items, often with a comedy slant, were very popular and the Coasters, the Clovers, the Cadillacs, the Accents and the Genies are amongst the excellent selections here. The whole Twist craze had it s beginnings in this year with the release of the original version written and recorded by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker and Clyde McPhatter pointed the way for the future direction of R&B with their polished, New York-produced recordings. Bluesier items still appeared in the charts with winners from Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and Lightnin Slim. Instrumental charters included catchy items from Dave Baby Cortez, the Spacemen and Paul Gayten. Tremendous tracks including classic songs like ‘Kansas City,’ ‘Sea Cruise,’ ‘Charlie Brown,’ ‘The Twist,’ ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ and ‘Love Potion No. 9’, all included here. Nice shrink-wrapped slip-case packaging COMP CD $10 SKU:19067
REVOLUTION -Teen Time In Corpus Christi (1966 Texas garage) -Label:CICADELIC In 1966, famed lead guitarist Rod Prince (later of Bubble Puppy) re-wrote the 13th Floor Elevators' song 'Tried To Hide' as 'All Night Long' and released it with the Bad Seeds as their third single. They were the number one band at the time in Corpus Christi. Although 'All Night Long' would beat the Elevators' 'Tried To Hide' (on International Artists) to the market, the Bad Seeds disbanded in the summer of 1966 and other renowned Corpus bands would follow in their footsteps, most scoring top ten hits on the way: Four more with the ultra-rare single 'Problem Child' b/w 'Don't Give Up Hope'. The Zakary Thaks with 'Bad Girl' and 'Face To Face'. The Liberty Bell with 'The Nazz Are Blue' and 'For What You Lack'. The Buckle with 'Baroque Rock' on 'I've Got Something On My Mind'. Folk-rock singer Michael backed by The Zakary Thaks on all three of his singles, sounding more like a 1966 era Bob Lind than Bob Lind. And Kubla Khan singing about changin' times in 'Revolution' and pondering whether 'the brown grass will be legalized'. Memorabilia such as top 30 radio surveys, rare photos, news articles from the era, interviews with band members, sixteen page booklet, and twenty-eight tracks (including previously unreleased recordings) combine to make this a trip back to the '60s, when a revolution in sound was happening in Corpus Christi, Texas." COMP CD $12 SKU:19762
BAD VIBRATIONS- Vol 3 ( US mid-60's garage gems )SALE - Label:FOSSIL Another long out-of-print cool co-operation release with italians Fossil Records is this 16 track collection of classic US mid-60's garage gems. MORE INFO ON SITE COMP LP $16 SKU:175
BEYOND THE CALICO WALL V/A LAST PRESSING of classic 60s psych!Label:VOXX We thought this one was out of print, but found a few jackets at the pressing plant
Excellent acid-punk sampler put together by New England collector Erik L. Issued fairly late in the game but recycling lots of weird psych numbers for the first time. A few tracks fall into the pointless-noise/novelty category but overall this was one of the best comps of the early 90s. All of the pieces are unbridled master strokes of the proto-punk D.I.Y. mentality married to the equally inspired garage rock psych of the mid- to late '60s. In a significant nod to collectors, none of these sides can be found on run-of-the-mill "best-of" anthologies, and there are only a mere handful that are available in any other incarnation. The material ranges from highly infectious pop melodies such as Duffy's spry rocker "Come Back Come Back" or the speed-fueled madness of the Waterproof Tinkertoy's trippy "Continuation." There are also a fair amount of indescribably acidic and downright far-out cuts, including the repetitive "Suzie's Gone" by the Afterglow and the rambling of Ceylib People's "Changes." In addition to the plethora of unearthed gems, Beyond the Calico Wall features a few familiar titles -- such as the faithfully extended 11-plus minute reworking of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" from 6 Feet Under as well as Rasputin & the Mad Monks' jet-propelled rendering of "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)." Bhagavad Gita includes a mid-tempo distortion-driven electric guitar wailer titled "Long Hair Soulful," which was co-written by Chuck Mangione -- who included his version on his Eyes of the Veiled Temptress (1988). It is unknown if the famed jazz flügelhorn player was once a member of this Ohio-based band. COMP LP $15 SKU:2152
DUNWICH STORY - VA 60 comp back in print-FINAL RUN- last copies! LTD ED OF 50! -Label:VOXX We found a few jackets at the pressing plant and did a final run of this long out of print title. Get a little piece of history! 6 Garage tracks from a/o Shadows of Knight Things To Come/Del-Vettes/Rovin' Kind etc . NOTE: the inner sleeve is long gone, sorry! COMP LP $15 SKU:2153
SEARCHING IN THE WILDERNESS- V/A( Marvelous Dutch 60’s garage-beat-psych)- Label:MUZIEK EXPRESS Marvelous Dutch 60’s garage-beat-psych and more. Feat. Namelosers,Buzz,Outlaws,Cherokees,Q65,Outsiders,etc. Photos and liner notes COMP LP $16 SKU:233
WITCH- SAlem’s Rise Label:EARGASM Dark heavy metal album, sought after by heavy metal collectors •Black vinyl is available in an edition of 500 copies. The inaugural release in Gotta Groove Records’ OH Wax series is the 1985 album by Witch – entitled "Salem’s Rise” – originally self-released through the Eargasm Productions label. The original pressing from 1985 has long been sold out and sought after by heavy metal collectors. Occasionally, a copy will pop up for sale online for several hundred dollars. GGR tracked down the original label’s founder to re-release this long lost Ohio private pressing. Notes from original executive producer and founder of Eargasm Records, Tim Grogean: LP $23 SKU:20492