Psych

Far Out “Nihonjin” (Everland)

2020-04-30T22:45:14+00:00April 30th, 2020|

Some albums are certainly a kind of holy grail for music lovers and collectors of a certain genre, style and era. FAR OUT with their eponymous debut and unfortunately also farewell album from 1973 have created such a sacred gem. Original copies in good condition change hands for up to 2000 USD and there are certainly a few not so official reprints on vinyl and CD out on the market which do not even come close to do justice to the greatness of the old original black gold. But here we go with the first ever official vinyl reissue taken directly from the original mastertapes supplied by Nippon Columbia.

EVERLAND MUSIC did a brilliant job as usual with their reissue. The coverart with a white glove hanging on a washing line to dry comes on an awesome heavy gatefold sleeve. Including 2 inserts with live photos from back in the day when the band was going wild on stage.

Now for the most important part, the music. There are certainly not too many wild moments here since both long tracks „Too many people“ and „Nihonjin“ have a melancholic, dreamy approach with a desperately howling and sighing lead guitar that spouts some utterly intense melodies. These two tracks are epics in the pure sense of the word. They start both with a rather gentle part which develops into a journey of sound that bring either vast landscapes of enchanting beauty untouched by modern human life or quite dramatic scenes to your mind’s eye. The lead guitarist often uses some strange instrument which is a kind of electric sitar to add the atmosphere of eastern mystic. So while falling into a state of deep trance while letting the music rush through my ears into my brain my spirit that has left my body embarks on a trip from the smokey volcanic hills around Pompeji to the icy permafrost wastelands of the Northeastern lands and arrives somewhere in the East Asian jungle on a gold plated pyramid of an unspeakable age where laughing demons dance around mystic fireplaces. Yes, this is the real journey to the center of your mind and despite having no really abstract freak out parts, tricky instrumental runs and twisted rhythm figures this music will capture your whole existence for the next 38 minutes. The end of „Nihonjin“, the second tune, shows an ambient like section with synthesizer background, echoing atonal sitar, a brightly squeaking flute, organ carpet and some percussions. This is indeed a rather extreme part, due to the pointed tone of the flute but quite soon the music stops and leaves the listener back in reality. This second track later on got a kind of reappearance on the FAR EAST FAMILY album „Nipponjin“, also retitled as „Nipponjin“. Mastermind behind both acts is multi instrumentalist Fumio Miyashita, so there is no wonder. The later version has more space rock elements and electronic sounds than the original FAR OUT tune and is a little bit shorter all in all. But I digress.

This is the real thing for those who still miss the melodies and atmosphere of the late 60s and very early 70s when people had a dream of a peaceful world and who enjoy early German cosmic kraut rock like AMON DÜÜL II, ORGANISATION (later to become KRAFTWERK), the debut album by TANGERINE DREAM and more obscure stuff but also international bands like PINK FLOYD, GONG, TWINK and HAWKWIND just as an East Asian version. A real gem and finally available with the real sound and package again.

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Datura4 “West Coast Highway Cosmic” (Alive)

2020-04-16T20:20:00+00:00April 16th, 2020|

Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed third album, “Blessed is the Boogie”, Australian rockers Datura4 have hit the motorway running for another sonic journey through burning boogie, dirty blues and rock & roll soundscapes on follow-up opus “West Coast Highway Cosmic”. “West Coast Highway Cosmic” sees Datura4 stretch out and experiment with their sound built up over 4 albums since their debut release “Demon Blues” in 2015. Dig it! Garagey but not grungey, power-poppy but not cheesy, muddy but not sludgy, blues-respecting but not formulaic, trippy but not spacey, Datura4 is carving out their own niche.

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Various Artists “Silver Girls & Indian Pipes” (Misty Lane)

2020-04-16T20:19:56+00:00April 16th, 2020|

The very best of Penny Wise/Amsterdam and Peter Bewley.

In the history of the Nederbeat genre the band Penny Wise is simply legendary. Their story begins in 1967. Former members Donald and Martin van Os grow up in the western part of Amsterdam. Their first group, So What, plays a lot in the Amsterdam beat clubs, sometimes opening up for Dutch major Beat groups such as The Motions and The Golden Earrings. So What’s manager André Heilbron works as a roadie for Amsterdam’s #1 group The Outsiders and then the group comes under the wings of the famous impresario John B. van Setten. “Silver Girl” and “Jackie’s S.S.S.” appear on their first single. Penny Wise presents itself – both in sound and fashion – as a very exuberant British mod group. “Silver Girl” is nowadays rated among connoisseurs as one of the best and most exciting examples of Dutch 60’s Freakbeat.

“Lily Come Near Me” is in a much more poppier vein – a very strong composition with great melodies and splendid vocals, one of the band’s hallmarks. Penny Wise’s final 45, “Leave Me Alone”, another lite-psych pop masterpiece, and its flipside “In The Fields With Me”, a quirky Kinks/Ray Davies style pop follows. By the end of 1969 they change their name in Amsterdam. The idea to name themselves after their hometown was “inspired” by the American group Chicago. Amsterdam’s debut 45, the Freakbeat “Blue Steel 45” and the atmospheric laid-back “Indian Pipe” is out in 1970 and gets a lot of airplay. Another song from their catalogue compiled hereby is the melodic West-Coast styled “Lucy Lucy”.

Former member Peter van Asten leaves the band early 1971. Under the pseudonym of Peter Bewley he releases three 45’s of which his first “It’s Allright Bill” b/w “Smile Again”, a beautiful strongly Beatles-inspired pop 2-sider, is his best and most successful one. Peter plays guitar, bass, piano, organ and is doin’ the lead vocals.

It’s 1975 when Amsterdam’s first album is released and the band actually no longer exists. It’s a collection of their Pink Elephant single sides complemented with four songs recorded earlier.

As a tribute to our beloved Amsterdam city we chose Alessandra Monoriti’s colorful illustration for the cover which perfectly fits in the music compiled in this record. Lovers of Nederbeat, Dutch-Baroque-Pop and lite Pop-Psych will surely fill this record between their genre’s faves. Thanks to Dutch music export Erik Meinen this selection is now available again with such a rich and detailed liner notes insert. It was about time these songs would be rediscovered and newly presented in all their splendor. We sure hope you’ll like them as much as we do!

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Various Artists “Electric Holyland” (Lion Productions)

2020-04-16T20:19:55+00:00April 16th, 2020|

Music known as “Jesus rock” or “Jesus psych,” the synthesis of the Christian philosophy combined with heavy rock or psychedelic music, first saw light of day in the late 1960’s and was immediately pressed on vinyl. It didn’t dent popular consciousness and was met with almost zero popularity in its infancy. Over the years, astute collectors and music lovers began to realize that some of these records, almost all of which had been privately pressed in very small quantities with little to no promotion, contained some of the heaviest, catchiest, guitar-driven psych rock ever released.

Many of us feel that these early greatly talented, creative and innovative Jesus rock artists, which, sadly, have been mostly overlooked and remain stlll relatively unknown, deserve to be heard. They broke the traditional mold of what Christian music should sound like and need to be known and recognized along with the well-known rock artists and bands of the era. This album presents twelve cuts of some of the best and sometimes heaviest obscure Jesus psych rock ever. Several tracks are from ultra-rare albums that are well-known to vinyl collectors, while others are from albums so obscure that only a few copies are known to exist. Enjoy your fuzz-drenched trip through “Electric Holyland”!

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Various Artists “Uzelli Elektro Saz” (Rush Hour)

2020-04-16T20:19:54+00:00April 16th, 2020|

Uzelli Kaset was established in 1971 by Muammer and Yavuz Uzelli in Frankfurt, Germany. Their music resonated not only with the longing that Gastarbeiter (guest workers) felt for the homelands and families they had left behind and the melancholy brought by their difficult living and working conditions in Germany, but also with the joy that welled up at village weddings on their days off, and the long car or train journeys home. Reaching the remotest corners of Germany as well as Turkey, Uzelli Kaset was soon more than just a music company; it became a companion to Turkish workers living far from home. Not counting the handful of 8-track tapes and 14 LPs released in the early days, the catalog consisted entirely of cassettes.

When they opened their Istanbul office in 1977, Uzelli moved beyond production and became successful in the areas of reproduction, distribution and marketing. Taking the catalogs of other production companies under its umbrella, it continued its rapid growth.

The 90s became the CD decade, and because Uzelli Kaset had not released its catalog in CD format, hundreds of albums remained unavailable to an entire new generation. Because the albums had not been released in LP form either, musical explorers ran into the same problem. Remaining active and serving in various areas of the music industry, Uzelli carefully preserved its visual, audio and document archives, ensuring their survival to the present day.

After an immense amount of work, this catalog, which had long awaited discovery by new generations, was finally released in digital format. For record collectors seeking the spirit of those times, we also began offering this special selection of compilation albums in vinyl format. As we created this series, our goal was to guide listeners toward new discoveries, and open new pages for music lovers to explore. Leaving our rich, multifaceted catalog to genuine musicians, curators and artists, our desire became to approach the recordings of that period from a different perspective.

We are overjoyed to know that our continuing meticulous work will bear fruits whose taste and aroma have been long forgotten.

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Roedelius “Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978” (Bureau B)

2020-04-03T01:02:07+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

During the legendary Forst years, Roedelius had a private workspace with a Farfisa organ, a Revox-A77 tape machine, an echo device and a synthesizer which he borrowed from the Cluster studio next door now and again. Here he experimented, practiced, allowed his imagination to flow, at any hour of the day or night, whenever he was not in the studio with Dieter Moebius and/or Michael Rother at work on new Cluster or Harmonia material. Roedelius always let the tape run, in order to analyze the ideas thus captured more effectively on repeated listening. For the first time ever, this Roedelius audio sketchbook had been digitalized and available to the public in 2014 on a limited three-LP box set called Roedelius Tape Archive 1973-1978. The recordings offer a deep insight into the creative process of his music. Fleeting notes, slivers of ideas, so to speak, moments of inspiration. Finger exercises, experiments in harmony, studies in rhythm are also preserved on these magnetic tapes. Since the box set has been sold out for a long time, Bureau B decided to release the essence of those three LPs on a one-disc compilation: Roedelius Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978.

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Nudge Squidfish “Robot Wars” (Feeding Tube)

2020-04-03T01:02:06+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

“This is the second volume of our series collecting the odds & sods of the immortal Nudge Squidfish. Nudge is one of the singular figures to emerge from the Columbus sub-underground rock scene of the 1970s. He was a member of The True Believers (along with Mike Rep & Tommy Jay). He cut a single for the New Age label in ’82, and couple of odd solo LPs while he was living in Nashville later in the ’80s. He was a member of V-3 (along with Jim Shepard) after that. He also released a bonkers full-length cassette on Old Age that was subsequently vinylized by Columbus Discount. More recently, he has become a highly regarded disseminator of UFO videos (Google it). The first volume of this series, You Can’t Have Aliens Without The Squid (FTR 321LP, 2017), was met with gasps of amazement and other tomfoolery. Robot Wars, featuring material recorded between 1974 and 2017, covers even wider stylistic ground than Aliens, and is certain to provoke as many questions as there are answers. The material here is performed by Nudge solo, Root Cellar (a band with Charles Cicirella on smutty vocals), Jayfish (Nudge + Tommy Jay), and V-3. And while Nudge (left to his own devices) has shown signs of being a pop artist, the music here does not hew to that notion. From fine, straight bar blues readymades to spaced-up electro doo-dads to neo-Nig Heistian raunch polemicism, to guitar bursts worthy of Crazy Horse, Robot Wars presents many the faces of the Squid. And yeah, it includes his pop side, but the breadth and balance are kinda staggering. Roll on, Big N!” –Byron Coley, 2020 Edition of 200.

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Asteroid B-612 “Forced Into A Corner” (Bang!)

2020-04-03T01:02:00+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

Asteroid B-612’s Forced Into A Corner is released for its very first time on vinyl. This is the second album of legendary Australian band, and it is the killer predecessor to their cult album Not Meant For This World! (BANG 134LP). Originally recorded and released in Melbourne, Australia in 1994, this album was produced by Dave Thomas from Bored! So… you can assume it is a monster piece of sonic hazard and guitar army sound mixing Detroit’s wildest with Australian classics. This album was originally released only on CD and only in Australia. It’s remastered here in order to deliver the most brutal sound of this band. A total must for all fans worldwide of MC5, Stooges, Dark Carnival, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, Radio Birdman, The New Christs, Bored!, Hellacopters, etc.

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Various Artists “Garland Records: Pacific Northwest Jukebox” (Sundazed)

2020-03-27T02:29:27+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Rare and unissued Pacific Northwest floor fillers! While soul music might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the music of the Pacific Northwest, Salem Oregon’s Garland Records was churning out high quality hip shakers along with their reels of garage & psych.

Contained here is some super deep ‘Northwestern Soul,’ including three cuts making their inaugural spins 50 years after they were put to tape.

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Arbouretum ‎”Let It All In” (Thrill Jockey)

2020-03-27T02:29:25+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Arbouretum’s mystic folk-rock uses English folk, country blues, Americana and 70s psychedelia as touchpoints in their singular and distinctive sound and they’ve perfected the craft of storytelling, using a delicate interplay of melodies and prosaic lyrics. Let It All In is their most accomplished and evocative album yet. Guitarist and vocalist Dave Heumann’s melodies and solos remain a central focus bolstered by the hypnotic rhythms of bassist Corey Allender and drummer Brian Carey, enhanced by Matthew Pierce’s substantial yet understated keyboard figures. Each song a vivid scene or tale; Heumann’s deep sense of spirituality and command of storytelling through myth and metaphor transports the listener to another world and time.

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Aardvark “Aardvark” (Esoteric)

2020-03-27T02:29:24+00:00March 27th, 2020|

One of the best albums released on NOVA, “Aardvark” features such outstanding pieces as the evocative ‘Once Upon A Hill’, ‘Many Things To Do’ and the powerful album closing track; ‘Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It’.

This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been remastered from the original master tapes and features a booklet with fully restored artwork and new essay.

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Acrimony ‎”Hymns To The Stone” (Burning World)

2020-03-27T02:29:24+00:00March 27th, 2020|

The first album by Acrimony (from 1994) for the first time ever on vinyl! Remixed and mastered in 2019 from original studio files by James Plotkin. Includes new artwork from JimBob Isaac (Taint/Hark). Acrimony’s influences were varied, from ’70s rock to trance techno, but their riffs were undeniably heavy, with lyrics exploring the isolation of their hometown and the same kind of disaffection that once launched Black Sabbath to the outer reaches of doom from a blues rock beginning.

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Epizootic “Daybreak” (Longhair)

2020-03-27T02:29:22+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Epizootic’s sole album is very rare one and in good shape a very expensive album if you are looking for an original one. Longhair is proud to present the first official re-release of this album, first issued in 1976 by Epizootic as a private pressing. Their music could be described as raw hard rock with psychedelic flavours, dominated by organ and guitar. Breaks and tempo changes within the titles are responsible for a diversified album. In his book ‘Scented Garden Of The Mind’ Dag Erik Asbjornsen declares: Epizootic made one of the most obscure Swedish heavy rock albums, in a joyful style reminiscent of Fuzzy Duck and early Atomic Rooster. The album has been re-remastered from an early CD self-release by the band and gains a better sounding. On the insert, keyboarder Lars Liljegren tells the band’s story and some never before seen photos show the band in their glorious days. Don’t miss the limited edition of this extremely rare album. Recommended.

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Fraction “Moon Blood” (Phoenix)

2020-03-27T02:29:21+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Los Angeles-based Fraction’s heavy psych classic Moon Blood was originally released on the Angelus record label in 1971. Only 200 copies were pressed, so originals are currently worth a small fortune. Fraction, with vocalist Jim Beach, bearing an uncanny vocal resemblance to Jim Morrison (although he was singing on Sunset Strip long before Morrison took to the stage), were often compared favorably with The Doors, although their quasi-religious message would probably not have found favor with the recently-departed Morrison. Indeed, this rather fine record was once famously described as the album The Doors probably wished they’d made! Underpinned by guitarist Don Swanson’s superb Ritchie Blackmore-style guitar work, this is an album full of beautiful psychedelia, acid and hard rock, at once emblematic of the era, but not dated by its association. The five original compositions are consistently of the highest quality and the contribution of Beach’s now legendary vocals places a stamp of originality on the recording that endures from beginning to end. Monstrously heavy, howling, epic psych that is basically a must-own. A truly excellent album. Featuring the original die-cut cover with colored cellophane, and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

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GR ‎”The GR Record Head” (Cardinal Fuzz)

2020-03-27T02:29:21+00:00March 27th, 2020|

No-bullshit underground free-rock and proto-punk dosage featuring a multi-piece line up of GRs! This acetate slab of defiant mixture makes the magic happens like an hallucinatory disenchantment incorporated into some ultra vindictive power… Infectious, scary, brutal, elegiac, freakish and wickedly stylish, GR’s fifth solo album ‘The GR Record Head’ pushes the boundaries straight up to cook your synapses. Once again, the album comes out outside of the standards, with no other backing than GR himself on all instruments plugged into overheated tubes, then a few dusty razor-like moving coil transducers, a mixing board built like a Panzer and an analog 4 track reel to reel recorder from another age. GuitaRazing, frenzied riffing and cranked soloing vagabondage on corroded strings, mesmeric tone, acid rave ups, rhythms like catapults, motorik plus deconstructive free forms, opaque vocals full of venom and fuelled by raw lines & metrics… Now pair all that with the craft of fixing sounds onto an early ’80s 1/4 inch reel tape and you got an idea of what The GR Record Head is all about.
The mother of all fuckers in actual D.I.Y./low-fi rock’n’roll.
Limited edition of 300 copies on white vinyl. An Opaque Dynamo (FR) and Cardinal Fuzz (UK) co-production.

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Hair “Piece” (Mayfair)

2020-03-27T02:29:20+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Denmark’s finest hard-psychedelic band will now get their first official reissue on vinyl. Hair (no connections to the musical) released their one and only album in 1970 on EMI/Columbia and despite the fact that this was major-label release, the LP still remains as one of the rarest artifacts out of Denmark.
The listener will be rewarded with an effective combination of guitar dominated hard-psychedelic songwriting and strong melodic influences, culminating in their awesome masterpiece ‘Dream Song’. This 2LP-Set includes the original album and all six songs from their singles plus a previously unreleased (on vinyl) song as extensive bonus material. The album and single tracks have all been remastered from the master tapes.

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The Savage Resurrection ‎”The Savage Resurrection” (Mercury)

2020-03-27T02:29:19+00:00March 27th, 2020|

US IMPORT. An exact repro vinyl reissue of the sole album by this Bay Area acid-/psychrock band, originally issued by Mercury in 1968. A classic delivery of guitar dominated psychedelia, recommended to fans of Hendrix, Cream, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tripsichord Music Box, Frumious Bandersnatch, etc.

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Skip Bifferty ‎”Skip Bifferty” (Acme)

2020-03-27T02:29:18+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Originally recorded in 1967 but not released until 1968, and in conjunction with the band here is the brand new official reissue of their classic debut album. This special edition comes with the mind-blowing psych artwork now reinstated with correct back sleeve artwork (minus the typo errors that plagued the original LP sleeve and hideously cheaply printed band photo) courtesy of band member Colin Gibson. In addition, this release comes with a previously unreleased bonus 1968 7″ single ‘Round And Round’ b/w ‘Reason To Live’ that was planned to have been their third single but was pulled at the last moment. A great psych classic – comes highly recommended! Limited edition pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
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The Sweet Marie ‎”Sweet Marie 1″ (Wah Wah)

2020-03-27T02:29:18+00:00March 27th, 2020|

Back on vinyl, this is the first of two great albums released by this obscure Hawaii-based band. The album offers the same style of exotic-blues, light psych and hard-edged acid rock as their second album ‘Stuck In Paradise’. This reissue (500 copies pressed) comes with remastered sound, reproduced artwork and an insert.

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T2 “It’ll All Work Out In Boomland” (Lion)

2020-03-27T02:29:17+00:00March 27th, 2020|

The rise of power trio T2 in 1970 was rapid: important open-air festivals; headlining residencies at the Marquee Club; appearances at virtually every major venue in London. Then their debut album was released; they seemed poised for a breakthrough. As the band recalled, they were playing the Marquee club, with John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix hanging out backstage, which was all to the good. But people were coming forward saying, “we cant find your album anywhere.” In short order, the band fell apart. Still, their sole Decca album has become well established as an all-time classic amongst progressive and psychedelic music collectors-even the techno and dj crowds. The fact that it has done so without hype is a testament to the innate quality of the music. The album is packed with melodic acoustic passages, frenzied fuzz guitar workouts, not to mention acid-trip induced lyrical and musical content. It is, in every way, an extraordinary album, one of rock musics best kept secrets, on a par with all the other major works that form the rock music canon of the time. Hefty booklet contains extensive musicological analysis by composer and musician Andrew Keeling, which includes illuminating interviews with band members Peter Dunton and Keith Cross, as well as detailed illustrations. Included as bonus are three tracks from BBC Sessions recorded in October 1970. Licensed from Decca/Universal, UK.

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Toad “Dreams” (Akarma)

2020-03-27T02:29:17+00:00March 27th, 2020|

After the release of ‘Tomorrow Blue’, we have to wait ’til 1975 to find Toad’s third album, unfortunately their last one. Originally released on Frog, ‘Dreams’ is a very good album that never got the attention it deserved because the band was a little bit disregarded by international press, and what was supposed to be their best seller, turned out being their swan song.

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Frijid Pink ‎”Frijid Pink” (Akarma)

2020-03-27T02:29:16+00:00March 27th, 2020|

From Detroit, Michigan this act was a fine example of the local hard rock and blues scene. They enjoyed three top 100 hits in the US, but their finest moment was their highly original rock arrangement of ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, which is especially notable for some superb guitar work. Produced by Michael Valvano, their debut album also sold well, peaking at no. 11 in the charts. Apart from ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ and ‘Cryin’ Shame’ (written by Valvano), all their material was written by Beaudry and Thompson. Recorded in New York and entirely composed of original tracks penned and produced by the group, the second album also met with some commercial success, climbing to no 149. Both albums combine hard rock and blues and are recommended to fans of the genre. The group then broke up and Rick Stevers assembled a new line-up with Craig Webb (ex-Lost Nation) on guitar.
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Locomotive “We Are Everything You See” (Magic Box)

2020-03-20T19:38:40+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Magic Box present a reissue of Locomotive’s We Are Everything You See, originally released in 1969. Led by the legendary Norman Haines, Locomotive were one of Birmingham’s finest ’60s bands. They had a 1968 hit with the ska-styled “Rudi’s In Love”, but by 1969 they had taken a more progressive direction. Their sole album was produced by Gus Dudgeon (renowned for his work with David Bowie and Elton John), but its release was delayed and the band had split by the time it finally appeared at the turn of the decade, dooming it to minuscule sales. It is now regarded as a lost classic, and is one of the most collectible albums of the era. It makes its long-overdue return to vinyl here, together with an insert containing photos and info. Features keyboardist Norman Haines. Original flipback cover.

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Wildwood “Plastic People” (Out-Sider)

2020-03-20T19:39:09+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Raw, in-your-face hard psychedelia with plenty of Vox and Hammond organ, hard guitar, and powerful vocals courtesy of Wildwood. Formed in the late ’60s in Stockton, California, this powerful outfit rubbed shoulders with groups like Country Weather, Steve Miller Band, or Grateful Dead and played at legendary venues such as the Fillmore and the Matrix. Featuring tracks from their two rare 45s for the Magnum label (including the punk-a-delic classic “Plastic People”) plus a selection of their fabulous, not released at the time studio cuts from 1968-1970, recorded at Max Weiss’s Fantasy Studios and originally unearthed by Frantic Records in 2012 for their two-CD Wildwood compilation. RIYL: Public Nuisance, The Doors, Music Machine, Steppenwolf, Hunger, Jungle. Includes insert with rare photos and liner notes by Alec Palao; Includes download card. “This is Wildwood, it’s black, it’s dark, whatever it is, it’s us.” — Frank Colli (Wildwood) “… dark and vaguely sinister in both look and sound, Wildwood melded the fuck-you attitude of the garage era with a soulful R&B streak and some enviable hard rock chops.” –Alec Palao

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Daybreak “Daybreak” (Out-Sider)

2020-03-20T19:40:03+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Out-Sider present the first ever vinyl reissue of Daybreak’s self-titled album, originally released in 1971. This elusive US private pressing was originally released on the legendary RPC custom label. Intense and crude garage-psych with echoing vocals, loud distorted guitar, fuzz bass, and organ. Three killer band originals plus some insane cover versions (Steppenwolf, Neil Young) with a basement sound not unlike Mystic Siva. Remastered sound; Includes insert with liner notes and photos.

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Levee Camp Moan “Levee Camp Moan” (Sommor)

2020-03-20T19:40:44+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Sommor Records present the first legitimate reissue one of the rarest private blues-rock albums from the UK, Levee Camp Moan’s self-titled release, originally released in 1969. In 1969, Bracknell-based blues rock outfit Levee Camp Moan released what was destined to become one of the most sought-after UK private pressings of the period on the County Recording Services label. This LP marked their status as one of the most exciting bands to emerge out of the thriving local underground scene in the Bracknell Delta. The group had taken their name from the old blues number and the band members, manager and assorted roadies took up residence in a local farmhouse known as Peacock Farm. It was there that LCM would rehearse into the small hours, thumping out a mixture of blues standards as well as their own compositions until they had become a tight unit ready to “take on the world”. Influences ranged from the urban blues of Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, and Junior Wells to Muddy Waters, Skip James, and beyond. The more or less contemporary white blues of the time, Canned Heat, Savoy Brown, and Paul Butterfield also served as a major source of inspiration. From their humble roots LCM quickly built up a following on the British Blues circuit, frequenting the likes of the Marquee, Crawdaddy, Klooks Kleek, Eel Pie Island, and Rikki Tik club. On the college circuit they toured extensively with Chickenshack, Canned Heat, and Muddy Waters with performances being of a high enough standard to generate record company interest. Unable to secure a record deal, they had no other choice but to do it themselves. And so, in the winter months of early ’69 that LCM entered Virgin Sound in nearby Windsor to lay down eight tracks recorded on a four-track machine. With no record company interference, the archetypal private pressing, raw, under-produced, and thrillingly primitive. The project successfully captured the spirit and aggression of an exciting new band and the original artefact is now a zeitgeist of that remarkable era. After Levee Camp Moan, Ian Campbell went on to carve out a busy musical career performing with, amongst many others, the Nashville Teens, Arthur Brown’s band and Mungo Jerry. Bassist Dave Stubbs played with a host of notables, including Eric Clapton’s band and Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions). Original artwork. Includes insert with rare photos and full band history by Pete Sarfas.

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Matao and Atilla Engin “Turkish Delight” (Arsivplak)

2020-03-20T19:41:34+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Arsivplak present a reissue of Matao with Atilla Engin’s Turkish Delight, originally released in 1979. It’s a Turkish jazz-funk delight! Some hard-hitting rhythm section blending into a prime example of the swingin’ sound of the cool influences of jazz, funk, and folk music, with a Turkish flavor. Its fantastic funk jazz groove built on a titanium synth bassline! An instrumental library of traditional Turkish jazz session reaching a great climax in drums and percussion sets, plus electro-bass breaks with Moog and synthesizers from the beginning to the end. Traditional Turkish songs based on drums and synth bass over moody 5/8 fuzz guitars… Album recorded and released in Denmark, 1979, and it has never been released in Turkey. Hard cardboard sleeve; obi.

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Trees Speak “Ohms” (Soul Jazz)

2020-03-20T19:49:20+00:00March 19th, 2020|

When the band Trees Speak, coming out of nowhere, released an exclusive one-off 100-pressing white label 45, described as Can / Neu! meets Liquid Liquid, it sold out so quickly (in less than 30 minutes) that Soul Jazz Records decided to release their album almost immediately. Soul Jazz Records rarely release new music but found the music of Trees Speak’s album Ohms so stunning and to have so many elements of music that they admired that they felt compelled to release it.

The group Trees Speak are from Tucson, Arizona and create new music that sounds like German Krautrock meets no wave/post-punk and psych rock – music for fans of Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Can, Neu!, Silver Apples and early Kraftwerk. The album Ohms sounds at times like a tripped out and moody John Carpenter / Goblin / Morricone soundtrack that seamlessly segues into propulsive, ‘motorik’ Krautrock instrumentals loaded with fuzzy, hypnotic mellotron, synths and analogue effects, as well as elements of Art Ensemble free jazz, and all at times reaching a kind of post-rave psychedelia. More recent comparisons would include Beak> and Ghost Box who draw upon similar themes and styles.

Trees Speak relates to the idea of future technologies storing information and data in trees and plants – using them as hard drives – and the idea that Trees communicate collectively.

The Vinyl format includes an exclusive bonus 45 single (the white label of which sold out so fast) that will only be available with the first order of this amazing and ground-breaking new album.

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Brain Cycles

2020-03-19T20:35:39+00:00March 12th, 2020|

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Brain Cycles is Radio Moscow’s second album, a new psychedelic trip into the musical territory originally charted by artists such as Randy Holden, Groundhogs, Peter Green and Flower Travellin’ Band, just to name a few. Hailing from Ames, Iowa, an unlikely rock n’roll town if there was one, and formed in 2006 by guitar prodigy Parker Griggs, Radio Moscow released their self-titled debut in 2007, with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys handling the production.

Stoner Rock called the album “an astonishingly good debut,” Pop Matters hailed it as an “awesome record-…fun and slutty and cool,” and Modern Fix described their sound as “dirty-ass psych-powered blues rock “.

After a full year on the road, Parker Griggs has headed back into the studio to cut the long awaited follow-up. On “Brain Cycles,” he once again plays all the instruments (guitar, drums, and percussion) and assumes vocal duties as well as production credits, while the bass guitar is in the hands of young Zach Anderson.

Conceived as an homage to the thrilling days of yesteryear, when vinyl was king and analog stereo ruled the world, “Brain Cycles” is a guilty pleasure best experienced at maximum volume while wearing headphones, if you want your brain to catch the waves!

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Primitive

2020-03-19T20:32:11+00:00March 12th, 2020|

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Gritty ’67 Garage Punk Perfection!

The complete known recorded work from dominant New York garage punks The Groupies! Includes their iconic and oft-covered nugget “Primitive,” its B side of equal swagger “I’m A Hog For You,” and a complete bombastic 1967 live show put to tape before the band imploded and microphone madman Cooker went to the pen!

Decades before it caught on as the empty boast of every eighties and nineties hair metal band, there was a group – or Groupies, as it were – who fully earned the title, “the bad boys of rock.” Rising from the gutters of New York, the Groupies rose to brief east coast notoriety in 1966, issuing the astounding “Primitive,” a loose rewrite of the Willie Dixon-Howlin’ Wolf blues standard “Spoonful,” rewritten in the Groupies’ own image.

On this occasion, the Groupies’ live set reads like a tribute to Chess Records, with an emphasis on Howlin’ Wolf and songwriter Willie Dixon. This blues material is all predictably intense, the same can be said for their cover of Ike & Tina Turner’s “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.” With a nod to their British Invasion influences, also included are fervid covers of Them and the Kinks. While it may be a fool’s errand comparing a Kinks cover to the original, when “It’s Too Late” kicks into the chorus, watch out!

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The Miraculous Hump Returns From The Moon

2020-03-19T20:35:50+00:00March 12th, 2020|

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It was indeed a miracle that this San Francisco outfit returned to action after a hiatus of about five years with their line-up largely intact’their debut, self-titled 1967 album on the Kama Sutra label had scored the first hit to emerge from the Bay Area psychedelic scene with ‘Hello, Hello,’ but the band broke up within a year of its release. And those familiar with the groupa only from its Lovin’ Spoonful-esque hit (Sopwith Camel not only shared a label but also producer Eric Jacobsen with the Spoonful) might well have concluded that they had indeed gone to the moon (or somewhere else celestial) in the interim, for the 1973 Reprise release The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon was, ahem, light years ahead of its predecessor with respect to concept, scope, and musical sophistication. Here was a record that, as a 2014 appreciation in The Guardian put it, ‘sounds like it was recorded about a week ago…Taking in elements of FM schmaltz, prog-rock, jazz, showtunes, Krautrock and Indian classical music, this is an album that overflows with ideas, but never overwhelms.’ To that point, parts of this remind us of Tame Impala or even Stereolab with a self-referential, ironic edge that lends some tang to the album’s perfumed exoticism; those looking for more contemporaneous comparisons might reference early Supertramp or Steely Dan. At any rate, it’s one of the lost classics of the early ’70s, which we at Real Gone Music are thrilled to be reissuing on vinyl for the first time in 45 years with the original gatefold artwork intact. Marbled ‘smoke’ pressing limited to 750 copies!

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Bonniwell Music Machine “Bonniwell Music Machine” (Real Gone)

2020-03-13T20:33:43+00:00March 12th, 2020|

The music business is replete with stories of outsized talents who, due to label mismanagement, misguided career advice, or just plain bad luck, never got their due. But the story of Sean Bonniwell is one of the saddest. He and his band The Music Machine broke through in 1966 with “Talk Talk” and the accompanying album (Turn On) The Music Machine. Because the record came out on the thinly-resourced Original Sound label, though, tour support, promotion, and, most importantly, royalties were in short supply, causing the band to disintegrate in short order. Undeterred, Bonniwell had the group’s contract transferred Warner Bros., and, after recording a few tracks for the next album with the original line-up, basically started from scratch with session musicians, naming the band and the album The Bonniwell Music Machine to acknowledge the fact that the record had become a solo project. After the first two singles (“Double Yellow Line” and “The Eagle Never Hunts the Fly”) tanked, Warner Bros. lost interest and the album, which finally came out in February 1968, was deleted not long thereafter (after recording a solo release for Capitol, Bonniwell left the music business altogether). Interest in the record bubbled under for years in esoteric collector circles, but for most of the music cognoscenti, the 2014 release of The Bonniwell Music Machine on CD by Ace Records’ Big Beat imprint came as a revelation. Here was an album that retained the pop-punk fire of Talk Talk yet, with each track, branched off into completely unexpected directions including folk-rock and orchestrated chamber pop. And Bonniwell’s lyrics explored dark psychological themes with Morrison-ian aplomb without the accompanying pretense. Now, Real Gone Music is very, very proud to present the FIRST-EVER VINYL REISSUE of The Bonniwell Music Machine, in an olive green pressing limited to 900 copies. Absolutely positively a ‘60s classic!

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White Heaven ‎”Out” (Black Editions)

2020-03-13T20:33:44+00:00March 5th, 2020|

White Heaven’s debut album Out is one of the greatest psychedelic rock albums ever recorded. First released in 1991 by Tokyo’s P.S.F. Records and pressed in an edition of 500 copies the original LP has become a holy grail in underground circles, with only a scant few copies ever making it outside of Japan. Built on the chemistry between You Ishihara’s lysergic lyricism and the blistering leads of one of Japan’s undisputed guitar gods Michio Kurihara, Out is an absolute classic. It is one of the few albums to successfully join a deep love of classic rock n’ roll with the rapturous energy of punk and openness of the avant-garde. Each song creates its own world, raising dynamic structures that defy categorization. Meticulously re-mastered by the artists this new edition is the album in its clearest, most powerful form. Cut at the legendary Bernie Grundman studios and pressed at RTI it is now available on vinyl for the first time in almost 30 years. Black Editions presents Out in its definitive edition. Deluxe LP edition, Heavy tip-on jacket and tri-panel insert printed on black paper with metallic gold ink. Vinyl mastering by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman, high quality pressing at RTI.

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Tryad “If Only You Believe In Lovin” (Lion Productions)

2020-03-13T20:33:46+00:00March 5th, 2020|

Del Val Records present a reissue of Tryad’s If Only You Believe In Lovin’, originally released in 1971 as a private press. Ultra-deluxe LP reissue on the newly resurrected Del Val label — obscure but legendary label previously responsible for early editions by The Brigade, The Bachs, Bent Wind, D.R. Hooker, Fifty Foot Hose, etc. Long overdue and much delayed reissue of this 1971 NYC private press few have heard and less have seen. Comparable to the best UK folk-fusion LPs of the era, this is like a Yankee version of Hunter Muskett’s great Every Time You Move (1970) with co-ed vocals plus bass/drums/pedal steel/flute/keys accompaniment and East Coast haunted not West Coast hip, though you’ll be reminded of a certain revered private from out there that wouldn’t exist for another five years: Relatively Clean Rivers. Comes with a four page lyric insert and the cover is what they were made like fifty years ago.

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King Crimson “Cat Food” (Panegyric)

2020-03-13T20:33:48+00:00March 5th, 2020|

This 50th anniversary edition has been expanded to a four track release including the A and B sides of the original single, joined by a 2019 live recording, making its first appearance on disc and a mix of the album version of Cat Food undertaken by David Singleton as part of the band’s 50th anniversary digital release series – also making its debut on disc. Released on 10” vinyl and CD in a picture sleeve replica of the original 7” art, 50 years on, Cat Food retains its distinctive flavour and reputation as being:

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Dungen “Dungen Live” (Mexican Summer)

2020-03-13T20:33:49+00:00March 5th, 2020|

Those who’ve been fortunate enough to catch Dungen in a live setting, are aware of the transformative experience in store, how they stitch together a fine and fiery tapestry of song. Dungen’s new album Live is the golden, glimmering thread holding it all together.

Live is Dungen in their own land, saving up stunning solos and fiery interplay for their home team, elements of their farthest-out and most inspired moments assembled into one piece of continuous music by producer Matthias Glava. Dungen worked with Glava on their second album Stadsvandringar, aka 2, when the band was just gaining traction in Sweden and a bit beyond. Glava returned to help Dungen capture the beautiful, crisp stillness of their 2015 return Allas Sak, and stayed on through the creation of Haxän, their interpretive soundtrack to the silent film The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Entirely instrumental (including a footstompin’ cover of Doug Jerebine’s “Ain’t So Hard to Tell” – check with our buds over at Drag City for the full story on that one), Live showcases what Dungen does best: create a vibe where none existed, build a mood out of circumstance, attack the music with a fan’s soul and a master’s scorching virtuosity. It extends moments out of their catalogue that seemed like they were already explored and breathes new life into them, at times graceful, at others rambunctious, and sometimes a little of both. It stirs memories of when those first import copies of Ta det lungt hit the record store, how we listened in awe and watched the customers turn around, that first shock of awareness, that anxiety over trying to take home what appeared to be the last copy on the shelf before someone else with the same idea beat you to it.

Fans of Reine rippers need look no further. His classic burnt guitar tone and masterful touch is on full display within Live, as is his more recent propensity to build vibes with the Mellotron. Matthias and Johan are locked in as usual, the backbone, wildly swinging in the way they do. Gustav seems to be peaking here, directing currents of energy and melody with the precision of an air traffic controller. This thing gets air; it gives the sense of a band playing purely out of their own time, passionately reviving seldom-remembered histories of recorded sound.

What makes Live really work is the notion that Dungen have this side in them at all times, the idea that all it takes is time and a response to get them into this form. Going through the band’s entire catalogue, growth as musicians is a constant. They’ve afforded themselves the luxuries of being able to go at their own pace, and one of the best things about doing that is that they’re always aware of where you came from, and they build on that to take themselves and the listener out to the rarefied spaces explored within. It’s an intense ride through everything that makes a Dungen show special, back to back to back. All the peaks, all the moments of improvisation and connectivity through sound. It’s pieces of everything you know about them, reinterpreted out of love and respect for the craft. All things that are unmistakably part of what puts Dungen in the top tiers of latter-day psychedelic soul expression. Please hold onto your ticket because it’s about to get punched.

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Organisation “Tone Float” (Innerspace)

2020-03-13T20:33:49+00:00March 5th, 2020|

Inner Space present a reissue of Organisation’s Tone Float, originally released in 1970. German rock band, Organisation, is often referred to as the prototype or predecessor of Kraftwerk — the godfathers of electronic music. In fact, it was the first iteration of Kraftwerk and if the band had managed to overrule its record label, RCA, Tone Float would have been credited as such. But given that the album was to be released only in the United Kingdom, the label opted for the more Anglicized name, “Organisation”. Tone Float is the only album produced under this name and is a seminal example of the genre. Audiences in West Germany were fortunate enough to watch and listen to the whole album, played live for German television station, EDF, and it is this broadcast featured here. The bonus track “Vor Dem Blauen Bock” (more accurately, “Rückstoß Gondoliere”), is a notable rarity in that it includes a later Organisation line-up consisting of Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider and Klaus Dinger, and Michael Rother who would go on to form the band, Neu! Personnel: Ralf Hutter – organ; Basil Hammoudi – glockenspiel, conga gong, musical box, bangos-voice; Florian Scheider-Esleben – electric flute, alto flute, bell, triangle, tambourine, electro-violin; Butch Hauf – bass, shaky tube, small bells, plastic hammer; Fred Monicks – drums, bongos, maracas, cowbell, tambourine. Four-panel digipack; includes eight-page, full-color booklet with background notes and images.

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Bread Love And Dreams “Amaryllis” (Magic Box)

2020-03-13T20:34:09+00:00February 28th, 2020|

The last album by this Scottish act (consisting of David McNiven and Angela Rew) is one of the best and most collectable acid folk albums ever made. As well as the epic title track, it features four superb shorter songs, with expert backing from musicians including Danny Thompson and Terry Cox of Pentangle. It makes a welcome return to vinyl here, together with two postcards. Originally issued in 1971.

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Forest “Forest” (Timeless)

2020-03-13T20:34:10+00:00February 28th, 2020|

New grey-area LP reissue label, based in Luxembourg. All LPs say they are editions of 500, which I suppose you could believe if you wanted to… Gatefold sleeve on this first Forest LP, originally released on Harvest in 1969. “A really nice album of trippy rock tracks with lots of nice folksy touches! These songs are filled with so much imagination, color, charm, and melancholy solitude that they just transport you to a place between worlds! Deep into a forest between consciousness and vivid dreamscape — that’s where this will take you. The group’s a trio, all of whom sing lead vocals from time to time, and instrumentation includes organ, harmonium, piano, percussion, guitars, electric harpsichord, mandolin, and cello: all swirling around in a style that’s got traces of late work by Tim Hardin, Love, Nico, and early Roy Wood. Titles include ‘Bad Penny,’ ‘Fading Light,’ ‘A Fantasy You,’ ‘While You’re Gone,’ ‘Do You Want Some Smoke,’ and ‘Rain Is On My Balcony.’ Excellent!”

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Hazemaze “Hymns Of The Damned” (Cursed Tongue)

2020-03-13T20:34:10+00:00February 28th, 2020|

Repress on orange vinyl. ‘Hymns Of The Dead’ is so much heavier than its predecessor. It is darker and much more into the heavy crushing doom field, losing part of the eerie fuzzy rhythm and the stoner smoke. The crushing riffs and bass guitar lines are all over the place now, with amazing grooves and psychedelia motifs.

Hard Meat “Hard Meat” (Longhair)

2020-03-13T20:34:10+00:00February 28th, 2020|

First official reissue under license of Warner Music! Hard Meat were a British progressive rock group (1969-1971), founded by Brothers Mick (guitar and vocals) and Steve Dolan (bass) and completed by American drummer Mick Carless. The first recordings were a 7″ on the Island label in 1969, but dropped by Island, the band very soon reappeared with 2 long players on Warner Brother Records in early 1970 and late 1970, which today are very sought after by all lovers of late sixties early seventies guitar oriented British progressive and psychedelic rock. Musically quite varied, all seven tracks of the first eponymous album are powered by Michael’s likeable strong remarkable voice and his very impressive lead guitar and Carless’ Keith Moon-styled percussion. The opener ‘Through a Window’ (which curiously became the title of their sophomore LP) offered up an enthralling mixture of all of those earlier genres which should have become a radio classic. It opens up with some pretty accoustic guitar and quickly shifted into an attractive melody that’s always reminded of a mash-up between English folk-rock and Hendrix at his most progressive. There was a lot going on here but it was all driven by Carless’ frenetic drumming and Dolan’s guitar and strong voice. With a sunny, lysergic feel, ‘Universal Joint’ sounded like something recorded in the mid-’60s. ‘Run Shaker Life’, the album’s longest track found the trio showing off their hardest rock orientation and complete with a bit of raga influence, the results were stunning. Guitar rock at its best. ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’ is a beautiful acoustic ballad that sounded anything but acoustic. Showcasing Dolan’s wonderful acoustic guitar work, it was one of those songs that picked up speed and energy and ended way too soon… ‘Space Between’ was built on what sounded like a native American rhythm with a touch of lysergic influences thrown in for good measure. Different, but engrossing and the tune showcased Mick on electric guitar. ‘Time Shows No Face’ is the album’s prettiest tune, for some reason on this one Dolan’s vocal sounds beatlesque and Phil Westbrook provided a great flute solo. The recordings have been remastered very carefully. Many thanks to Warner Music, who gave Longhair access to their archive and an excellent transfer of the tapes. This and the loving one, time-consuming occupation with the sound material by Long Hair’s sound engineer are responsible for the brilliant sound of the album decisively. The album comes with insert and band story. Extremely highly recommended. Definitely one of the best LH releases!!

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Hard Meat “Through A Window” (Longhair)

2020-03-13T20:34:10+00:00February 28th, 2020|

First official reissue under license of Warner Music! Hard Meat were a British progressive rock group (1969-1971), founded by Brothers Mick (guitar and vocals )and Steve Dolan (bass) and completed by American drummer Mick Carless. The first recordings were a 7″ on the Island label in 1969, but dropped by Island, the band very soon reappeared with 2 long players on Warner Brother Records in early 1970 and late 1970, which today are very sought after by all lovers of late sixties/early seventies guitar oriented British progressive and psychedelic rock. 1970’s ‘Through A Window’ was a modest departure from the debut. On a song-for-song basis the sound wasn’t as “rock” oriented, but the band made up for that with a more varied and dynamic sound. This time out you also got to hear plenty of Mick Dolan’s dexterity on acoustic guitar (check out ‘Freewheel’ and ‘A Song Of Summer’). Featuring another set of largely original material co-written by the three band members, these guys were one of the tightest trios you ever heard. Very few wasted notes on any of these tracks. All hyperbole aside, Michael Dolan was one of rock’s most overlooked singers and lead guitarists. Similarly, brother Steve and drummer Carless made for a dynamic rhythm section, capable of way more than the standard hard rock trio repertoire. The recordings have been remastered very carefully. Many thanks to Warner Music, who gave Longhair access to their archive and an excellent transfer of the tapes. This and the loving one, time-consuming occupation with the sound material by Long Hair’s sound engineer are responsible for the brilliant sound of the album decisively. The album comes with insert and band story. Extremely highly recommended. Definitely one of the best LH releases!!

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Orfeus “Lying To The Wall” (Void)

2020-03-13T20:34:11+00:00February 28th, 2020|

“500 Pressing on black vinyl w/help from band member Eben Henson… First release of this super rare private press Uriah Heep meets the southern rock genre in this terrific private pressing from Kentucky… Title cut is massive and should be a staple on all playlists.”

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Supersister “To The Highest Bidder” (Music On Vinyl)

2020-03-13T20:34:11+00:00February 28th, 2020|

“Supersister’s unique group sound truly flourished on their second LP. Keyboardist Robert Jan Stips had taken control of all the songwriting. At this point, the group is not borrowing ideas from others, it is pure Supersister, namely in ‘A Girl Named You,’ the group’s first true classic. To The Highest Bidder is available as a limited edition of 500 copies on yellow vinyl and includes an insert.”

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Sweet Okay Supersister “Spiral Staircase” (Music On Vinyl)

2020-03-13T20:34:10+00:00February 28th, 2020|

“Dutch prog maestros Supersister titled their final album, Spiral Staircase, after their very first B-side, and returned to that song, as well, opening the LP with a powerful reworking of it, here retitled ‘Retroschizive’. Spiral Staircase is available as a limited edition of 500 copies on green vinyl and includes an insert and printed innersleeve.”

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Supersister “Pudding En Gisteren” (Music On Vinyl)

2020-03-13T20:34:11+00:00February 28th, 2020|

“The third Supersister album is a big favorite with prog fans because it provides a good representation of the group’s combination of Caravan-inspired jamming and Zappaesque humor. Pudding En Gisteren is available as a limited edition of 500 copies on turquoise vinyl and includes an insert and printed innersleeve.”

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Tapiman “Tapiman” (Guerssen)

2020-03-13T20:34:13+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Guerssen Records present a reissue of Tapiman’s self-titled release, originally released in 1971. First reissued on vinyl by Guerssen in 2003 and long out of print, here’s a new, deluxe edition of this Spanish monster rarity. Legendary psychedelic hard-rock album from 1971 with prog and blues influences by this extremely underground hard-rocking power trio from Barcelona. Line-up features Max Sunyer on killer guitar (later in Iceberg), and Tapi on drums (just after leaving pioneering psych band Maquina). Newly remastered sound; Hard cardboard sleeve and obi; Includes reproduction of the original promo poster and four-page insert with an interview with Max Sunyer plus many unseen photos. RIYL: Black Sabbath, Cream, Mountain, Thin Lizzy, Amboy Dukes.

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Jake Holmes “The Above Ground Sound Of Jake Holmes” (Magic Box)

2020-03-13T20:34:13+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Magic Box presents a reissue of Jake Holmes’ debut album, The Above Ground Sound Of Jake Holmes. Having honed his craft in the folk clubs of New York, Holmes released his debut album in July 1967. Best-known for including the original version of “Dazed and Confused” (later immortalized by Led Zeppelin), it’s an early singer-songwriter landmark, packed with inventive songs featuring notable electric guitar parts. It makes a long-awaited return to vinyl here, together with background notes and a CD version of the full album with two rare bonus tracks.

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Happy End “Happy End” (Survival Research)

2020-03-13T20:34:14+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Survival Research present a reissue of Happy End’s debut self-titled album, released in 1970. Following the abortive appearance of Japanese psychedelic band Apryl Fool, who imploded after producing an album and an EP for Columbia Japan in 1969, bassist/keyboardist/singer and main creative force Haroumi Hosono and drummer Takashi “Rei” Matsumoto formed Happy End with guitarist Shigeru Suzuki and guitarist/singer Eiichi Ohtaki. The new group’s self-titled debut, released in 1970 on URC, the pioneering independent label founded by guitarist Hayakawa Yoshio (initially as the affiliated imprint of mail order company, Underground Record Club), evidenced more cohesion than the Apryl Fool LP; instead of the lengthy, excessive freak jams of the earlier set, Happy End‘s track list took the form of more easily digestible slices of Japanese psychedelia, the understated drumming perhaps referencing Matsumoto’s veneration of The Beatles. Of course, with song titles that translated as “Unflyable Sky” and “Enemy Remember Thanatos!”, the music was certainly adventurous. The group would continue for the next few years, before Hosono began to concentrate on solo work, as well as various side projects, which would culminate in the formation of Yellow Magic Orchestra.

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Alacran “Alacran” (Sommor)

2020-03-13T20:34:14+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Sommor Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Alacrán’s self-titled release, originally released in 1971. Powerful hard-rock with West Coast, psychedelic, prog, and Latin-rock touches from Spain, featuring killer lead guitar and organ, sung in English. The missing link between Los Brincos and Barrabas! Alacrán was a Spanish power-trio formed by legendary drummer, songwriter and producer Fernando Arbex along with guitar/keyboard player Oscar Lasprilla and bass player/singer Ignacio “Iñaki” Egaña. Fernando and Oscar had previously played in famous Spanish beat band Los Brincos; Fernando was a founding member and Oscar, who came from Colombia where he had been part of Los Speakers, was recruited for their final line-up, recording with them the psych masterpiece “Mundo, Demonio y Carne”. Iñaki Egaña was an acclaimed bass player who came from psych/blues band Los Buenos. So basically, these are three of the best musicians from the Spanish ’60s-70s scene. When they started to play together, chemistry occurred and soon, guided by Fernando, they entered the studio to lay down some tracks. Alacrán was the result, the only album by this short-lived power-trio, recorded in 1969 but not released until 1971 (as a self-released edition, distributed by the Zafiro label). It was released in Spain and Brazil but despite the good reviews and interest from some record labels in the US, the band never got to play live and soon they split. Alacrán was over but Barrabas, featuring Fernando and Iñaki, was born… Master tape sound; Hard cardboard sleeve and obi; Includes four-page, color insert with liner notes and rare photos.

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Stack Waddy “Bugger Off!” (Trading Places)

2020-03-13T20:34:13+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Trading Places present a reissue of Stack Waddy’s Bugger Off!, originally released in 1972. Bugger Off! picked up where its predecessor left off, and rampaged on from there. Covers of Zappa’s “Willy the Pimp” and the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” might have seemed a little obvious, but both are battered down with such a glorious lack of finesse that it’s impossible to object — anybody familiar with, respectively, Juicy Lucy and the Hammersmith Gorillas’ versions of the same songs will come in with at least a vague idea of what to expect, but that’s about it. “Hoochie Coochie Man” is even more disheveled, and when John Peel’s liner notes reminisce on the group’s insistence on recording live, you can tell he’s not necessarily looking back with any fondness. On one occasion, he suggested they do a little overdubbing. The band’s response to his words would become the album’s title. Includes “Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut” as bonus track taken from the 1972 John Peel Session. Licensed from Cherry Red.

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Jan Dukes De Grey “Mice And Rats In The Loft” (Trading Places)

2020-03-13T20:34:14+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Trading Places present a reissue of Jan Dukes de Grey’s Mice And Rats In The Loft, originally released in 1971. Led by the inscrutably gnomic Derek Noy, Yorkshire-based outfit Jan Dukes de Grey briefly emerged in the late ’60s to deliver two of the rarest, most sought-after albums in the British acid folk lexicon, their 1969 debut Sorcerers and the extraordinary Mice And Rats In The Loft, here represented in all its beauty. One of the most mysterious and iconoclastic albums of the whole hippie era. Licensed from BMG.

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Umbra “Umbra” (Lion Productions)

2020-03-13T20:34:36+00:00February 20th, 2020|

What was available to unknown hard rocking dreamers like Umbra in Denver in 1971-72? Weekend gigs. Nothing but weekend gigs. But there was an upside to that: bands like Umbra could mix original material in with covers, and make enough money to survive. Or in the case of Umbra, to make enough money to build a home studio, where they recorded ads to promote their upcoming shows—and eventually, laid down the eight tracks on this disc. Everything was recorded by bouncing tracks back and forth between two-track and four-track reel-to-reel tape recorders. Spacey intros and weird effects were created by recording guitar licks, then re-recording them played backwards at double speed. What sounds like a flute was the result of blowing over the top of a 14” goose neck (believe it or not).  The resulting tracks are hard edged and heavy, verging on acid rock at times. Makes sense, as Umbra was a power trio most of their too-brief existence. Yet the songs (heavy though they are) have a deft touch. There are weird effects, space rock elements, plenty of melody, and a refreshing category-free approach to writing songs that makes Umbra’s music exciting to hear.  Our Lion LP edition comes with an 8-page LP-sized color booklet, with lyrics, photos, plus interesting and funny things that can only happen to musicians, and did to Umbra. The CD edition comes with a sixteen-page color booklet containing the same material.

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Six Organs Of Admittance ‎”Companion Rises” (Drag City)

2020-03-13T20:34:37+00:00February 20th, 2020|

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE is back after 3 years with a new record, new techniques in sound generation, and a new attitude. Companion Rises has a driving force only hinted at with previous releases. Manipulating the rhythmic DNA from songs such as the bass-dominated “Taken by Ascent” (on his last record, Burning the Threshold), BEN CHASNY has grown a new sound creature in his lab that is as welcoming as it is terrifying and as fun to listen to as it provocative and intriguing. Methodologically, Companion Rises sometimes recalls the early-mid low-fi work of Six Organs, with modern techniques swapping digital processes in for the analog ways of the early days, and algorithmic programs creating the rhythms rather than Ben’s overdubbed hand percussion. Also like those early records, Companion Rises has Ben creating all the sounds, doing all the recording and mixing the entire record himself. But do not mistake this as some sort of return to an older sound. One listen and it is obvious that this Six Organs of Admittance release is all in the present. Sonically, Ben’s songs are bursting with ideas, harmonically rich, gorgeously arranged; often presenting two versions at once, overlaying electric and acoustic treatments that interlock like two shards that form a single key. Thematically, many songs on Companion Rises seem to navigate a similar Stellar-Gnosticism that 2012’s Ascent explored, but with a completely different set of stories. Whereas Ascent was locked into a narrative concerning a sentient Jupiter, Companion Rises presents a handful of folk-tales whose topics span in scope from panspermia to specific constellations, all written in a way that eschews new age presentation tropes and embraces the now. With Companion Rises, Ben has created a Sci-Folk record that feels totally in the right place welcoming in the new decade.

Desperate Straights

2020-03-20T19:31:47+00:00February 19th, 2020|

ReR Vinyl present a reissue of Slapp Happy and Henry Cow’s Desperate Straights, originally released in 1975. Another great chapter in the Henry Cow vinyl reissue series! Desperate Straights was the first result of the historical meeting between Slapp Happy, the German/English avant-pop band, and the apparently incompatible Henry Cow. Recorded at Virgin Record’s Manor Studios in 1974 and properly remastered by Bob Drake, Desperate Straights stands as a real piece of art from another time. A full set of great songs, including gems like “Bad Alchemy” and “Apes in Capes”, arranged and performed by an amazing collective featuring Dagmar Krause’s unique voice, Peter Blegvad and Anthony Moore’s eccentric pop genius and the core quartet of Cow: Fred Frith, Tim Hodgkinson, John Greaves, and Chris Cutler, plus a bunch of very special guests, among them Nick Evans and Mongezi Feza (Brotherhood of Breath), Mont Campbell (Egg), and Pierre Moerlen (Gong). Desperate Straights can be recognized as one of the definitive avant-pop albums of the seventies. Housed in a beautiful reproduction of the original jacket designed by Peter Blegvad.

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Sound Trek

2020-03-20T19:28:13+00:00February 19th, 2020|

Trading Places present a reissue of Emerald Web’s Sound Trek, originally released in 1980. Pioneering space music duo Emerald Web, comprised of Bob Stohl and soulmate Kat Epple, made some of the most ethereal, divine, and healing sounds between 1979 and 1990. Crafting their debut album in a haunted mansion in northwest Connecticut, their second disc was created in a small log cabin. A subsequent move to the San Francisco Bay Area brought an extended stay at an Indonesian martial arts ashram, which led to the Valley of the Birds, a remote avian haven in which the duo produced Sound Trek, an incredible space rock long-player drawing on their immersion in fantasy realms, sci-fi, martial arts, and UFOs. Created mostly with monophonic synths and an Oberheim DS-2 sequencer, it also features Shakahachi flutes, electronic flutes, and more standard acoustic instruments. Licensed by Kat Epple.

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Bardo Pond “Adrop/Circuit VIII” (Three Lobed)

2020-03-13T20:34:40+00:00February 14th, 2020|

Where do you start with Bardo Pond? Ever since their first release in 1992, these Philadelphia stalwarts have continually amazed all comers with not only their songcraft and musicianship, but also with their steadfast and singular artistic vision. Close to thirty years and sixty releases later the trip continues unabated, their one true goal of flawless musical unity with the galaxy pressing ever forward. Not only have they outlasted many of their peers – and labels – with this pursuit, but their quest has created hyper-devoted fanbase but also a pool of folks sympathetic to Bardo Pond’s cause but a little intimidated of their deep catalog and unsure of just exactly where they are supposed to start. For these folks on the fringes, Three Lobed Recordings steps forth to definitely answer that central Bardo Pond question: start with Adrop and Circuit VIII. These two multi-movement suites drill down to the exact Bardo essence, each displaying how the band’s longest-running lineup at a sustained creative peak could so easily hit all of the facets of their sound and experimentation in equal measure. That said, these two albums serve not only as starting points but also as reminders to the Bardo faithful of why they have ridden with the band for so long.

As Gerard Cosloy points out within his essay contained in this newly remastered double LP release that places the complementary Adrop and Circuit VIII albums alongside one another, “to have ever viewed (Bardo Pond) thru the mere prism of “psychedelic” was myopic-to-the-max…” It is true as that is normally the phrase that is tossed around when it comes to discussing Bardo’s trajectory. Space rock? Hard rock? Art rock? God damned rock and roll? Hard to pin down avant garde experimentation? All of these elements – and psychedelia, naturally – play an essential role in the Bardo experience. The true beauty and where they separate themselves from the other denizens in the kosmiche sandbox is how all of these sounds mesh for them into one impossible to recreate whole. The structure and content of Adrop and Circuit VIII prove and re-prove this thesis in spades.

Adrop makes up this release’s first LP and its suite format covers all manners of territory over its thirty-three minute running time. In almost equal measure the listener is enveloped in a droney opening movement whose hazy, guaze-y atmospherics phase in and out, a middle movement where the brothers Gibbons’ dueling guitars set out straight through the ionosphere with the band’s full might and propulsive fury behind them, and then concluding with a final phase of fingerpicked acoustic guitars augmented when needed by percussion and flute. Circuit VIII takes almost the inverse tack as after a short drone introduction a close to ten minute long multitracked acoustic guitar workout. Those guitars dissolve into a highly spaced wash of electric guitars alongside flourishes and gurgles which slowly build into a towering Sabbath-worshipping sludge monolith. This fury eventually recedes a bit to allow Isobel Sollenberger to turn in an extended vocal run before the track trails away in a roiling and textured electric guitar grind. Good luck finding a more out way to spend forty-four consecutive minutes.

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