Posted on February 01, 2019
Alright kiddies, we got a reprieve on the deletion date for the cut out versions of the amazing SWAMP DOGG seriesof releases, but this is the last weekend we can sell the undrilled copiesof WOLFMOONand SANDRA PHILLIPS, we still have the last copies of the first pressings! The bundles are going fast too, so be sure to get your copies before they vanish.
Also just in, more obscure 60s and 70s titles.. all kinds of fuzz, psych and assorted weirdness. Ltd quantities.
Plus a nice batch of restocks and discounts, dig in!
Thanks for all,
Last Chance for 70s Soul Classics
SWAMP DOGG SERIES DELETIONS! AMAZING 70s SOUL MASTERS for an even more amazing price - These titles are being deleted from our catalogue and we want to be sure this music is heard, we’ll blowing them out at near cost. All sealed and perfect. DRILLED thru bar code to prevent return to store. VINYL AND CD BUNDLES AVAILABLE.
CDS ALSO AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY
DUKE, DORIS -I'm a Loser(1969 DEEP SOUL CLASSIC)Label: With OBI STRIP, new liner notes by Swamp Dogg, remastered- Originally released in 1969 on Canyon, this record is now considered by many to be the GREATEST DEEP SOUL ALBUM of all time. Our freshly REMASTERED CD DIGIPAK version features a BOOKLET with NEW LINER NOTES by producer Swamp Dogg, as well as RECENTLY UNEARTHED PHOTOS OF THE SESSION. DRILLED CD $3 SKU:5333
PHILLIPS , SANDRA - Too Many People in One Bed (70s soul):ALIVE digipack w OBI STRIP and new liner notes by Swamp Dogg - Never officially released by Canyon (the label went belly-up just after shipping the first copies in 1970), this album was meant to be a follow-up to the Doris Duke hit record “I’m A Loser”. Produced by Swamp Dogg in Macon, GA this is Deep Soul at its best. Sandra Phillips (a/k/a Sandra Reeves-Phillips) has become a star on Broadway, movies and TV, winning awards and appearing in movies such as “Round About Midnight” and “Lean On Me”, and on TV Shows such as “Law And Order”. DRILLED CD $3 SKU:15514
THOMAS, IRMA -In Between Tears -1973 soul classic digipack Label:ALIVE All sealed and perfect . Produced by legendary soul singer songwriter/producer Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg, and featuring Duane Allman on two songs, Irma Thomas‘ "In Between Tears" is finally back on vinyl, lovingly remastered, and restored to its original cover for the first time since 1973. The CD digipack version also includes her second single for Canyon records, as well as newly penned liner notes. "A lost classic that captures deep soul at its most poignant and resonant." – AMG "Initially released in 1973 on the homegrown Fungus Records label, it has remained well under the radar for the past 40 years. It is one of the finest examples of early '70s soul I have ever heard." -- Blinded By Sound CD DRILLED $3 SKU:15260
WHITEHEAD, CHARLIE -Raw Spitt (70s rare soul) Label:ALIVE digipack Includes liner notes written by Swamp Dogg (Included as a flier with the LP) Charlie Whitehead has been called "the greatest unknown soul artist of all time" by Offbeat magazine. Raw Spitt, his 1970 first full-length, was produced by Swamp Dogg for Canyon records, and is a highly sought after collectors’ album of unconventional Southern Soul (apparently only 500 copies were originally pressed). We're making it available for the first time on vinyl since its original release. The remastered CD Digipack version includes 5 bonus tracks. DRILLED CD $3 SKU:15317
WOLFMOON IS IN SHORT SUPPLY AND IS NOT IN THE 5 CD for $10 bundle!
WOLFMOON -ST -Long long soul great! SWAMP DOGG SERIES ST Label:ALIVE digipack - FIRST REISSUE EVER, ON ANY FORMAT of this sought after collectors’ album of Southern Soul and pop gospel. Wolfmoon, aka Little Tommy, hails from Richmond VA and is without a doubt one of the most talented performers Swamp Dogg has worked with and produced. This terrific album includes great cover songs of “People Get Ready”, "If I Had A Hammer" and “Proud Mary”, along with originals penned by The Dogg. DRILLED CD $5 SKU:15509
ZZ HILL - Brand New ZZ HILL -(1971 blues)digipack w 8 bonus tracks and liners Swamp Dogg Series # 10Label: The CD DIGIPAK comes with 8 bonus tracks and NEW LINER NOTES by producer Swamp Dogg. Blues singer ZZ Hill first made records for Atlantic, Kent, and in 1971 scored his first big hit for United Artists, followed by others on Columbia. In the 80 s he single-handedly started a blues revival in the USA with the smash-it "Down Home Blues". "The Brand New ZZ Hill" was originally marketed as a Blues Opera, an oddity back in the early seventies, and was written by Swamp Dogg and Gary U.S. Bonds. When released it hit both the Billboard Top 200 and the R&B charts and sold over a million singles via six releases. The album has been REMASTERED for this release and is presented here with its ORIGINAL ALBUM GATEFOLD COVER. DRILLED CD $3 SKU:15590
4 ALBUM 70s SOUL BUNDLE-SWAMP DOGG SERIES
WOLFMOON, CHARLIE WHITEHEAD, LIGHTNING SLIM AND ZZ HILL.
Amazing bargain, not too many left, they are flying off the shelves. These titles are being deleted from our catalogue, All sealed and perfect . DRILLED bar code to prevent return to store. PRODUCED by legendary soul singer / songwriter / producer Jerry Williams Jr., aka Swamp Dogg. (SKU 20783 )
TITLES ALSO AVAILABLE INDIVIDUALLY
LIGHTNING SLIM-High and Low Down BLUE (Coveted collector's item 70s SOUL) BLUE VINYL LP $5 SKU:15314
WHITEHEAD,CHARLIE - Raw Spitt- LAST COPIES OF FIRST PRESSING- Ltd ed of 200 DEVIL RED VINYL LP -Label: LP $5 SKU:15316
WOLFMOON -ST (Great 70s soul and pop gospel LP $5 SKU:15510
ZZ HILL - Brand New .. RED VINYL (LP $5 SKU:15586
LAST COPIES of LIMITED COLOR VINYL, THESE WILL BE DELETED AFTER THIS WEEKEND! PERFECT UNDRILLED COPIES.
PHILLIPS , SANDRA -Too Many People in One Bed- LAST COPIES! LTD ED of 100 YELLOW VINYL! DELUXE REISSUE w new liner notes by Swamp Dogg -Label:ALIVE NEW LINER NOTES BY SWAMP DOGG included as a flier with lp, printed on cd.
Never officially released by Canyon (the label went belly-up just after shipping the first copies in 1970), this album was meant to be a follow-up to the Doris Duke hit record m A Loser. Produced by Swamp Dogg in Macon, GA this is Deep Soul at its best. Sandra Phillips (a/k/a Sandra Reeves-Phillips) has become a star on Broadway, movies and TV, winning awards and appearing in movies such as Round About Midnight and Lean On Me, and on TV Shows such as Law And Order LP $30 SKU:13300
WOLFMOON - LAST 10 COPIES! Ltd Ed of 100 PURPLE HAZE FIRST PRESSING Gatefold w new liner by Swamp Dogg -Label:ALIVE Swamp Dogg Series # Remastered, Ltd Ed of 100 PURPLE HAZE Gatefold- Liners come as a flier with LP, printed on CD. FIRST REISSUE EVER, ON ANY FORMAT of this sought after collectors’ album of Southern Soul and pop gospel. Wolfmoon, aka Little Tommy, hails from Richmond VA and is without a doubt one of the most talented performers Swamp Dogg has worked with and produced. This terrific album includes great cover songs of “People Get Ready”, "If I Had A Hammer" and “Proud Mary”, along with originals penned by The Dogg. LP $25 SKU:12190
STARBOY AND THE TYME MACHINE R.I.A (Former BOMP artist! pink marble) Label:ORANGE SWIRL Pennsylvania Punk legend BILLY SYNTH. Besides being a pre-internet authority on rare Garage Punk records and the mastermind behind the essential Psychedelic Unknowns comps Billy’s personal pedigree is of the highest caliber releasing records and tracks on Sordide Sentimental, Bomp/Voxx and Bona Fide—though the bulk of his recordings have up to this point been self released 45 RPM $5 SKU:20831
STARBOY BILLY- The River song/ Alien UFO(purple marble vinyl) Label:ORANGE SWIRL Pennsylvania Punk legend BILLY SYNTH. Besides being a pre-internet authority on rare Garage Punk records and the mastermind behind the essential Psychedelic Unknowns comps Billy’s personal pedigree is of the highest caliber releasing records and tracks on Sordide Sentimental, Bomp/Voxx and Bona Fide—though the bulk of his recordings have up to this point been self released 45 RPM $5 SKU:20830
BATCH-WAIT'TIL TOMORROW (60s/70's midwest acid psych rarity w insert) Label:ANAZITISI Special limited vinyl edition contains rarities for collectors of 60’s and early 70’s Mid-American Rock ‘n’ Roll All of the tracks recorded between 1968 and early 1970 were home-recordings made on 2-tracks tape-recorders 4-pages insert with lyrics, credits and pics + poster Remastered and restored from the original home-recorded 2-track master tapes LP $19 SKU:18277
BEN-ISRAEL, DANNY- Kathmandu Sessions (Awesome late 60s psychedelic freakouT) - Label:ANAZITISI From Dusty groove “ Here's some pretty awesome late 60s psychedelic freakout gems from a cat we'd never heard of before -- Israeli citizen Danny Ben-Israel -- who only ever recorded a couple of albums worth of material! The massive, free-spiraling tunes that comprise the first 3 tracks on this record combine the kind of way out space trip electric guitar that Hendrix played live but never recorded, and stable bass, drums and Eastern-tinged keyboards that keep it all rock and roll -- no matter how out there Danny's wailing vocals and lyrics go. LP $21 SKU:20818
CARGO -Front Side Back Side ( Canada based 60s psych quartet) LAST COPIES! Label:ANAZITISI Toronto, Canada based psychedelic quartet began as the Prophets in the mid-60's. Then they renamed themselves The City Suite and finally came the Cargo name. As Cargo they released two LPs and two 7" singles before they split up in 1971. Dreamy psychrock with some mild-jazzy atmospheric improvisations and a couple of spoken mayhem freak-out passages coming between the tracks. LP $25 SKU:20832
CIRKUS - ST (73 Brit prog with 7”, bios and photos) Label:ANAZITISI Official vinyl reissue of one of the best progressive albums ever resurfaced from the British Islands.Despite being self-recorded, the 1973 debut by this British progressive quintet is one of the most accomplished albums in its genre, recalling the work of Yes, King Crimson and the Moody Blues, with plenty of imaginative keyboard and guitar work. LP $21 SKU:20819
FELT (MYKE JACKSON)- Alone(obscure 70s psych folk/power pop /lounge rock!) Label:ANAZITISI This is the first ever official reissue of this under-rated and very rare record (rarer than Felt on Nasco). You will not find it in the Acid Archives, Endless Trip or Fuzz, Acid & Flowers books.Myke Jackson (aka Mychael John Thomas) famous for his FELT LP in 1971, privately pressed "Alone" in 1975. This is an extraordinary LP: a dream for worldwide record collectors.This nine-song album encompass all those great different kinds of music the 70s has produced (psychedelic folk, power pop, lounge-rock etc..). Now it’s time to re-appraise this brilliant one-man project! LP $21 SKU:20820
FINCHLEY BOYS -Lost Tributes (8 unrel. heavy psych tracks recorded 1968 - 1971)Label:ANAZITISI “Lost Tributes” consists of eight unreleased heavy psychedelic tracks recorded between 1968 and 1971 by this prolific Illinois band. Included is the scheduled, but never materialized 7” single from 1969, which would have contained different, punchy and more wild, recordings of two Finchley Boys standards, 'Hooked' and 'Outcast'. It also includes the almost 9 minute long 'Who goes there?', perhaps the most psychedelic offering by the band. LP $21 SKU:20821
FORTUNE TELLER -Inner-City Scream (1978 fuzz guitar ACID ARCHIVES fave) -Label:ANAZITISI Fuzzy underground album recorded back in 1978, and released as a private pressing of 500 copies.Their album, heavy at places, is full of fuzz-guitarwork with 60's garage & British invasion influences and low-budget production (think of BOA or Shadrack Chameleon albums) while a couple of songs have a wild and underground approach to rural rock. This album exists in a time warp. It’s from the midst of the first punk era, but sounds genuinely 60s garage the way no neo-garage band ever did. The fuzz guitars are ever-present, and the songs are pure garage pop and garage rock, rocking hard without ever sounding remotely “hard rock.” LP $21 SKU:20822
GIORDIAN - Makeda (hidden treasure of Greek 1970's rock)- Label:ANAZITISI One of the best hidden treasures of Greek 1970's rock, has been unearthed. Gordian, is a kind of super group consisted of musicians who had been in historical greek bands like Peloma Bokiou, Bourboulia, Olympians, Up Tight, BMW, Makedonomachoi etc. Finally, a full album's worth material. All recordings were made in London back in late 1973 and early 1974. LP $21 SKU:20823
MIKE STUART SPAN - ST(60s British psychlegends! ltd ed of 100 color vinyl , 16 page booklet , photos etc )-Label:ANAZITISI Remastered from the original acetates and tapes. It contains a 16 page booklet with lots of information for the band and dozens of photos and memorabilia. Limited to 100 copies on 180 gram coloured vinyl. British psychedelic legends, known for their well compiled 'Children Of Tomorrow'/'Concerto Of Thoughts' single from 1967. This album contains all the MSS unreleased recordings made between 1967 and 1968, plus the above mentioned single plus two previously unreleased on vinyl songs from their early days (1966) when the band had a 6-members line-up. Later the band transformed to the Leviathan, who had an unreleased LP, recently resurfaced from the Record Collector magazine/records. This album contains some of these Leviathan tracks in their embryonic demo stages while the band was still known as Mike Stuart Span. Licensed by Cherry Red and the band. Band members gave their much appreciated help to gather all the songs and make the first ever complete MSS vinyl LP. LP $19 SKU:16544
MO - First album(rare 70s psych heads) LAST COPIES Label:ANAZITISI "First Album" is a very rare album, originally released in a small edition of 200 only copies. This is the first ever reissue and comes as a faithful reproduction for the label, the cover and the number of copies.Psychedelic, acid freakout, space, funky soul, progressive, electronica, avant garde, folk, americana; Name it whatever you prefer and all together at once (if you want to be precise) and you have the right music style to categorize this one of a kind LP, which is really recommended to all the psych heads. LP $25 SKU:20824
ORIONES -Kyklos (rare 70s Greek rock)-Label:ANAZITISI Oriones' story begins back in the early 70's (when they were known as Familiar Love) and... it never ends, as they're still alive recording and gigging.They started playing mainly covers on well-known hits by such artists as Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones. Then they transformed into a typical 70's greek underground rock band writing their own songs and in 1978 they were responsible for one of the best 7" singles ever resurfaced from Greece. LP $22 SKU:20826
PANOS SAVVOPOULOS-Dia Tafta (rare 67- 78 Greek underground acid folk) LAST COPIES LP PLUS 7 “Label:ANAZITISI This deluxe vinyl package is a collection of previously unreleased recordings made between 1967 and 1978. Side A contains three long-tracks from 1973. They're the finest examples of the Greek underground acid/folk movement, with dark melodies and political lyrics (recorded during Greece’s military dictatorship); Side B contains three tracks recorded in 1978 with the participation of Greek and Swedish musicians (Savvopoulos was living in Stockholm at that time). These are in the same acid-folk vein as "Episodeio" with some North European psych and folk influences. LP $29 SKU:20825
PLEASE -Seeing Stars 68 UK psych Label:ACME Killer 1969 studio album never issued at the time. Intoxicating blend of hammond organ, fuzz leads and superb melodies. Elements of The Doors, Soft Machine and early Pink Floyd. A Great long lost late 60's UK psych classic album featuring members who were later in T2! LP $21 SKU:18760
SUN DIAL- REFLECTER (1992 PSYCH first time reissue w poster insert)Label:TANGERINE First time vinyl reissue from the masters of this classic 1992 psych album, now long out of print. This was the band's 2nd album release but in fact, was their third album after "Return Journey" (which wasn't issued until 1994) that went top 5 in the UK Indie charts at the time. Comes complete with a poster insert. Sealed. "So high it hurts, So high it works." - NME Track list: Reflecter, Easy For You, I Don't Mind, Slow Motion, Tremelo, Never Fade, Sunstroke, Mind Train LP $19 SKU:15106
ARF! ARF! - El Cheapo 2-CD Sampler 60's psych ) - Label:ARF ARF Best in 60’s garage & psych & incredible strange music. All the tracks are previously unavail. on cd, inc alt/demo versions and prev. unre material. Inc.Lost, Six Feet Under,Erik Lindgren,Legends,LazySmoke,Flowerz,Rising Storm,Fredric,etc COMP CD $8 SKU:260
ASTRAL DAZE - VA 4 (tracks from the heydays of South African psych)Label:FRESH MORE SNAPSHOTS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ROCK UNDERGROUND' - The fourth part of this compilation series features 19 classic, rare and obscure tracks from the heydays of South African psychedelic rock. COMP CD $16 SKU:19283
BUZZSAW JOINT -Cut 3 + 4( rare, weird, and wonderful original vinyl 45s_-Label:STAG-O-LEE (GERMANY) Buzzsaw Joint was born of a club offering Londoners the chance to revel in the sounds of good ol' trashy rock n' roll in all its vintage vinyl forms. Club top-cat, Fritz, then took the primitive buzzsaw sounds online with a series of savage Mixcloud mixes created by record fiends from all over the globe. Now, the high-octane energy of Buzzsaw Joint has manifested into the physical form with a run of compilations on Stag-O-Lee. Get your ears around the wild n' weird sounds of the extraordinary and inimitable Buzzsaw Joint! Cut 4 has been compiled by the Juke Joint crew, an international trio of music fanatics. These guys spend all their time (and money!) seeking out rare, weird, and wonderful original vinyl 45s. They don't mind getting dusty fingers digging up obscure sounds for their pleasure and yours. Not interested in glory, Juke Joint just wants to celebrate the artists who crafted these amazing moments in time. Their no-holds-barred approach to music appreciation puts them ahead of the curve when it comes to selection. Sixteen tracks recorded between 1953-1962. Cheers to the ears of Juke, Mr. Woods, and DJ Pelt! Features: Bailey's Nervous Kats, Bobby Towers, Jean Kassapian, Berlingeri and His Orchestra, Troy Talton, Cris Stamos, The Schulman Kids, Tito Rodriguez and his Orchestra, Hannah Dean, Jeri Southern, Yvonne Baker & The Sensations, The Drivers, The Hollywood Flames, The Stars Of Faith, Bobbie Bolden, and Maxine Harris. COMP CD $17 SKU:19278
CORNFLAKE USA 10-THE ORIGINAL PSYCHEDELIC DREAM-Label:PARTICLES - Another superb collection of cult obscurities from the late(r) '60s scenes of the USA and Canada. COMP CD $15 SKU:19288
DENNIS MOST & THE INSTIGATORS - WIRE MY JAW - 1979 KBD star Label:BACCUS/ DIONYSUS Influenced by obscure hard rock and 60's garage rock bands,with some late 70's punk thrown in. He was embraced by the "Killed by Death"record collecting fans for his obscure self released 1979 "Excuse my punk"single. CD $5 SKU:19797
DICKIES- Dogs From The Hare That Bit Us -Label:TRIPLE X The Dickies were among the first punk rock bands to emerge from Los Angeles. They formed in early 1977 after guitarist Stan Lee and bassist Billy Club saw The Damned on their first American tour. The band made their live debut at the Whisky a Go Go in September of the same year. The Dickies were the first California punk band to appear on network television (C.P.O. Sharkey), and the first California punk band to be signed to a major record label (A&M Records) CD $3 SKU:6285
DIRTY FUSE- ST (frenzied world of Surf, Rock 'n' Roll and Garage)Label:GREEN COOKIE The band Dirty Fuse was formed in mid 2008 by guitarist Duda Victor (Bufalos d'agua) and drummer Chris Kogios in order to explore the frenzied world of Surf, Rock 'n' Roll and Garage. Having as its key composers Duda Victor and Costas F. (bass), the music is based on a solid Dick Dale- Ventures as it unfolds with its garage concerns. CD $15 SKU:20055
GROWING CONCERN, THE- ST (6os West Coast psych pop) - Label:WORLD PSYCHEDELIA "Although virtually nothing is known of Growing Concern, their only album (Mainstream, 1969) is an enjoyable piece of West Coast psychedelic pop. The opening track 'Hard, Hard Year' sets the tone for the album: it opens with melodic guitar work, which is joined first by bass, then by excellent keyboards; it also features beautiful female vocal harmonies from group members Bonnie MacDonald and Mary Garstki. 'Edge Of Time' features excellent lead guitar work, as does 'Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled'; 'A Boy I Once Knew Well' is a folky lament, which again features fine vocal harmonies, keyboards, and guitar work. Overall, quite a good blend of folk rock, pop, and psychedelia. The album is brilliantly recorded, and is of a consistently high musical quality. The band surely deserved a better fate than the obscurity to which they were consigned by the bizarre business practices of the Mainstream label." CD $10 SKU:7381
HACKENSACK-LIVE-THE HARD WAY(70s gritty blues rock)LAST ONE! -Label:BULLS EYE Repressed. A blistering uncensored LIVE SET for Swiss radio, recorded in 1973. Included are 4 bonus tracks, recorded live that same year, among which two frenzied versions of their tour de force 'Up The Hard Way'. CD $12 SKU:19162
HADDOCK -ST (fuzzed out stoner rock)Label:OZIUM Get ready for some heavy riffs, deep melodic bass lines and mesmerizing drum beats that will take you on a trip through awesome rock. The singer's superbly controlled voice keeps it all together, and occasionally kicks you in the face with banshee-like screams that somehow would put angels to shame. The band's blend of fuzzed out stoner rock reeks of influences from Spiritual Beggars, Dozer and Lowrider. Hints of doom, heavy psych and desert rock can also be heard. CD $14 SKU:20049
HAWK-African Day (1974 African psych gem Label:FRESH South Africa’s Led Zeppelin! What do you get when you cross Cream with traditional African tribal vocals and the deep baritone of a master storyteller? Or, what would it sound like if Led Zeppelin swapped out tales of Gollum and the evil one in the depths of Mordor for yarns about brave hunters and village-attacking elephants? It would sound something like South Africa’s Hawk (also known as Jo’burg Hawk). In truth though, even trying to draw any such parallels falls flat for we have never before or since seen the like of Hawk. Their contemporaries were bands such as Freedom’s Children, The Otis Waygood Band and Abstract Truth, all legends in their own right, but no other band flew as close to the African sun and captured its glorious warmth as Hawk did. Arriving on the scene in the early 1970s, Hawk’s unique mixture of progressive, psychedelic rock was informed by a deep reverence for their African roots CD $15 SKU:20056
LESLIE’S MOTEL - Dirty Streets ( 1970 Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers style) Label:GEAR FAB 8th installment of the Louisville Music Series. The unreleased 1970 concept album "Dirty Sheets" by Leslie's Motel, featuring Blues Project/Seatrain drummer Roy Blumenfeld. Great sound in the same vein as the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers!! CD $10 SKU:19300
LOS LOCOS DEL RITMO- ST RARE MEXICAN 1966 MINI LP SLV Label:ORFEON If you're reading this, there's a good chance you like rock 'n' roll, maybe even love it or live for it. If any of those scenarios is true for you, you will like this album! One of Mexico's greatest rock groups from the mid-'60s, Los Locos Del Ritmo played straightforward, rock 'n' roll en español with youthful vigor and passion. CD $12 SKU:19580
LOTUS EMPEROR- ST (Greek psych, garage and stoner rock) Label:REBEL SOUND PRODUCTIONS This is the debut album by an upcoming band from Athens, Greece, blending psych, garage and stoner rock elements and showcasing an adventurous approach. CD-version! CD $15 SKU:20051
LOVELY EGGS - COB DOMINOS(kraut-influenced psych punks)Label:EGG Now on their own label! The second album by this eggstraordinary duo from Lancashire. Underground grunge-pop that's bizarre, ironic, surreal and full of twists. CD $16 SKU:19667
LOVELY EGGS - This is Eggland (kraut-influenced psych punks)Label:EGG The mind-melting 2018 album by England's kraut-influenced psychedelic punks The Lovely Eggs. Be prepared for a joyous riot of a ride! CD $16 SKU:19668
MONTESANO, GUSTAVO -Homenaje (1977 ARGENTINE RARITY) -Label:RECORD RUNNER Going for big bucks elsewhere! Montesano was the bassist and primary composer of Crucis, and his debut solo album "Homenaje" (1977) was made in the slipstream of Crucis' second album "Los Delirios del Mariscal." The rest of Crucis contribute, as do many other notable Argentinean rock musicians of the time. The opening instrumental 'Sinfonia Lunatica' and the subsequent vocal number 'Cuando la duda se hace grande alrededor' are the album's highlights, full of lively melodies, sunny Mellotron and synthesizer layers and excellent guitar work from Pino Marrone which highlights the melodic side of his playing. The vocal parts on the poppy 'La última barrera' and the piano ballad 'Desde que te pude ver' are a bit marshmallowy, even if the instrumental parts on the latter (including a real string section) are inspired. The rest of the album divides itself between two majestically droning instrumentals and the up-tempo rocker 'Primer triunfo,', which has Genesis-like penchant for driving yet choppy rhythms, leaping synthesizers and solid chords. The end result is a very accessible and immediate symphonic album, not very complex in structures yet rich in arrangements and melodies. Argentina has produced stronger progressive rock (e.g. Bubu's "Anabelas", Pablo el Enterrador's first album), but unless complexity and intensity are what you are primarily looking for, you shouldn't ignore this satisfying little album. Two short, previously unreleased Crucis tracks have been added as a bonus on the CD version. These are close to the second album in sound, but lighter and simpler in style. Nice and jazzy and they push the CD past the 40-minute mark, so no complaints there. CD $15 SKU:20273
NEW ENGLAND TEEN SCENE- Next Generation (1978 1992 with Willie Alexander and Jeff Conolly of DMz/Lyres ) - Label:ARF ARF 26-track compilation circa '78-'92 that continues the tradition into the '90s featuring Jeff Conolly of the Lyres, Chris Horne of the Brood, Kenne Highland, the Four Commandments along with recent material from legends Willie Loco Alexander and the original Rising Storm. COMP CD $14 SKU:308
PAJARO-Pajarito Zaguri y La Murga del Rock & Roll (Founder of Argentine rock, hard hitting acid blues) 2 ONLY -Label:FONOCAL Considered one of the founders of the Argentine rock. He joined several pioneering bands of the genre, including The Los Beatniks, Los Náufragos y La Barra de Chocolate. In 1976, Pajarito pulled together a band of hard rockers to make this album, hard-hitting acid blues rock in a Pappo's Blues vein. If you're hip to Pappo's albums, you should grab this one before it goes away. CD $16 SKU:20275
SWELL MAPS - International Rescue-Label:ALIVE Comprehensive compilation of this seminal '77 U.K. band (originally on Rough Trade) featuring Epic Soundtracks, Nikki Sudden, Richard Earl and Jowe Head. The releases include various 7"s, songs from their 12" albums plus unreleased tracks, new mixes and material released for the first time. All remastered. The Swell Maps were influential for U.S. bands like Minutemen, Replacement and Sonic Youth, among others. CD $10 SKU:4672