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.
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.
Complete recordings by The Beatstalkers, 1963-69, the legendary band from Glasgow. Fabulous mod-beat, wild R&B, and pop-psych, including all their 45 sides for Decca and CBS plus early demos. Formed in Glasgow in 1962 during the early beat boom by Alan Mair and Eddie Campbell, their line-up also included Davie Lennox, Tudge’ Williamson (replaced by Jeff Allen) and Ronnie Smith. Playing an authentic brand of rhythm n’ blues and soul covers, they soon took the city by storm and were famous for their riotous shows, attracting hordes of screaming girls and young fans. No wonder they were dubbed “the Scottish Beatles” by the press. Between 1965 and 1969, The Beatstalkers would go on to release a total of seven singles. All these sides are featured here. Including mod/freakbeat classics like “Base Line”, “Ev’rybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby”, “You’d Better Get A Better Hold On”, plus several tracks penned by a young David Bowie (“Silver Tree Top School For Boys”, “Everything Is You”, “When I’m Five”), a killer psych cover of The Action’s “Little Boy”, and more. The Beatstalkers were a strong live attraction in the clubs and ballrooms around Great Britain (they also held a residence at the Marquee) and were highly praised by their contemporaries, including The Who, with whom they shared a “Ready Steady Go” television appearance. David Bowie was also among their crowd and through mutual manager Ken Pitt, he ended up writing three songs for them. He also played guitar and sang backing vocals on some of the recording sessions. Some of The Beatstalkers 7″ were also released in the US, Australia, and France (where an EP housed in a cool picture sleeve was issued). The band also toured Germany many times. In 1969, after their van was stolen with all their equipment, The Beatstalkers broke up. Eddie Campbell was later in Tear Gas and Jeff Allen went on to play for Dr. K’s Blues Band and then East Of Eden. Alan Mair was a co-founder of The Only Ones (of “Another Girl Another Planet” fame). The band reunited for a show in Glasgow and in 2018 a book about the band was published. Remastered sound; includes color insert with rare photos and detailed liner notes by Lenny Helsing (Ugly Things).
Sommor Records present a reissue of Lucifer Was’s debut album Underground And Beyond, originally released in 1997 as a picture disc LP. Killer hard psych-prog from Norway, Underground And Beyond from cult proto-metal band Lucifer Was, contains songs written in 1971-72, but not recorded until 1997. Established in 1970 in Oslo, Lucifer Was were a powerful psychedelic hard-rock/hard-prog band that lasted until 1975. During those years, they gigged locally and played at some big festivals but they never got the chance to register any recording. The band hibernated until 1996 when they reunited again for a live concert. The chemistry was still there so they entered a recording studio and recorded in just 18 hours their first ever album, Underground And Beyond, featuring songs written in 1971-72. Their line-up included two flute players plus bass, drums and the killer lead guitar of Thore Engen. Fully ’70s analog — a powerful sound with devastating distorted lead guitar and flute. Imagine a cross between Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, and Atomic Rooster. Remastered sound; includes color insert with liner notes by Klemen Breznikar (It’s Psychedelic Baby) plus rare photos.
Sommor Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Synchro Rhythmic Eclectic Language’s Lambi, originally released in 1976. Impressive jazz-rock-fusion with progressive, funk, Afro-Caribbean and Zeuhl elements courtesy of multi-cultural French band Synchro. The band features drummer Steve McCall (Air, Cecil Taylor), sax player Jo Maka (Intercommunal Free Dance Music Orchestra), violinist Jean-Yves Rigaud (ZAO), electric guitar player Gerard Curbillon (Speed Limit), pianist Georges-Edouard Nouel (Noel McGhie & Space Spies), and bass player Louis Xavier (Ladja). You’ll find Zeuhl grooves (“Rigibo”), jazz-funk-breaks galore (“A.B.C.D.”), Afro-Latin-jazz (“Pasto”, “Rete”), library jazz funk (“El Gason”), and many more surprises. Originally released on the Moshé-Naïm label in 1976, here’s the first ever vinyl reissue, expanded to a double album including some essential bonus tracks taken from the recording sessions. Master tape sound. Original artwork in gatefold sleeve.
Sommor Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Franck Valmont’s Et Synchro Rhytmic Eclectic Language, originally released in 1976. A fabulous French/West Indies Afro-jazz-funk-Caribbean-fusion album, originally released on the Moshé-Naïm label by poet-singer-painter Franck Valmont accompanied by multicultural progressive jazz-rock band, Synchro. Featuring Jo Maka (Intercommunal Free Dance Music Orchestra) on sax, Louis Xavier on bass and fuzz-bass, Georges Nouel on electric piano and organ, Gerard Curbillon from Magma-related prog-fusion band Speed Limit on electric guitar, and Yves Dolphin on drums. Includes “Diamant”, “Maléré”, and more. Remastered sound. Original artwork; includes insert.
Sommor Records present the first ever legit vinyl reissue of Charge’s self-titled album, originally released in 1973. An impossible-to-find, private psychedelic hard-rock album. Charge were a British power-trio born from the ashes of local South Coast heavy-blues bands Baby Bertha and Sweet Poison. Comprised of Dave Ellis (guitar), Pete Gibbons (drums), and Ian Mclaughlin (bass), they played heavy rock influenced by Hendrix, Cream, Free, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, etc. In 1973, they cut a demo album at SRT studios of which 99 copies in blank covers were pressed and later distributed between family and friends, with a few of them also shipped to record companies in what proved to be an unsuccessful attempt at earning a recording contract. The music is raw hard-rock with unrestrained guitar, Lemmy-esque vocals, and psych/heavy progressive touches. Side B contains the epic anti-war suite “Child Of Nations”. Remastered sound. Includes color insert with rare photos and liner notes by David Wells; includes download card.
2019 repress. As an addition to the first pressing we did, this pressing has a repro of the original promo poster. (We did NOT intentionally do this, we just did not have access to the poster back then!) A classic in the collecting circuit since ages, the sole release by UK group Elias Hulk was out in 1970 on the Youngblood label. Raw hard-rock, adding some Eastern and blues-rock elements as well. First-ever licensed vinyl reissue, pressed on 180 gram vinyl in a one-off 500 copies pressing. Insert with photos and extensive liners by Andy Morten.
Double LP version; includes download. Ear-splitting hard-rock/proto-doom-metal from the early ’70s, Electric Funeral were a pioneering Swiss hard-rock band who sadly never registered any studio recordings at the time. Formed in the late ’60s by Edi Hirt (drums), Pierrot Wermeille (bass), Alain Christinaz (guitar), and Dominique Bourquin (vocals), they were influenced by bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin. Famous for their loud (they played behind giant stacks of Marshall amps) and powerful shows, their sound was too heavy-sounding for a regular label to offer them a contract. The Wild Performance is made of private live and rehearsal tapes recorded in 1970 — very raw and lo-fi — but it’s the only testimony of their brutal sound. First released in 1991 as a limited LP, this is an expanded edition with newly remastered sound and four killer bonus tracks, taken from reels and tapes recently found in the band’s archives. These tracks were also recorded in 1970 except for “My Destiny”, which dates to 1973. The sound is still lo-fi but slightly better than the original tracks, especially on the killer “You Can Help” (proto-punk á la Electric Eels), “My Destiny” and the alternate version of “You Can Help”. RIYL: Black Sabbath, Iron Claw, Edgar Broughton Band, Moses, Sainte Anthony’s Fyre. Includes insert with rare photos and liner and notes by Klemen Breznikar (It’s Psychedelic Baby).
Sommor Records present a reissue of Three-Headed Dog’s Hound of Hades. A mysterious three-piece from Birmingham, Three-Headed Dog played underground hard-rock, clearly influenced by early Judas Priest and Wishbone Ash. Before disappearing in the mist of time, they left behind an ultra-rare demo tape — recorded in 1973 — which included a couple of cover versions from Wild Turkey and Edgar Broughton Band along with self-penned material. This demo was handled to Norman Hood, manager of other Brum bands such as Necromandus and Flying Hat Band, who was involved in promoting Three-Headed Dog at the time First time on vinyl. Includes new liner notes by Pete Sarfas of Audio Archives.
Sommor Records present a reissue of Argus’s self-titled album. Argus were an obscure British outfit with connections to Rare Amber and Julian’s Treatment. Their sound was hard-hitting bluesy hard-rock, similar to Hackensack or Killing Floor. In 1973, they recorded a five-track demo with the intention of securing a record deal which sadly never arrived. It is included here along with a few live tracks from post-Argus underground psych-prog outfit, Anaconda. First time on vinyl. Includes extensive band history by Pete Sarfas of Audio Archives.
Sommor Records present a reissue of McPhee, one of the rarest albums from Australia, originally released in 1971 on the Violets Holiday label. Acid-rock/prog-psych with a jam/club live feel. Long tracks, powerful female/male vocals, prominent Hammond and hard guitar. Wild covers of Spooky Tooth, The Beatles, Neil Young — plus a couple of killer originals. RIYL: Affinity, Jefferson Airplane, Nosferatu, Brian Auger. Master tape sound; Includes insert with liner notes by Ian McFarlane.
Includes download card. Previously unreleased recordings from 1968/1970 by British quintessential psychedelic/progressive band Mandrake Paddle Steamer/Mandrake, culled from the band’s archive of reel tapes and acetates. Pure late ’60s UK psychedelic sound with early prog moves, plenty of Hammond, and fuzzed-out guitar with powerful vocals… Including such lost gems as the Barrett-Floyd sounding “The World Whistles By”, killer psych-rockers like “Pandemonium Shadow Show” or “Doris The Piper”, the mellotron-fueled “October Country”, and more. Unlike other ’60s British bands who changed their music to “psychedelic” or “progressive” with the time, MPS were born “progressive” from day one. Formed in 1967 in Walthamstow, London by a core of art school students, their members were Brian Engel, Martin Briley, Paula Riordan, Martin Hooker, and Barry Nightingale (later replaced by David Potts). During their short lifespan (1967-1970), MPS supported big names like Pink Floyd, The Nice, or Vanilla Fudge. They played at the Isle Of Wight Festival, had a residence at the Star Club in Germany and ran their own club night (Asgard). Signed to the Parlophone label (though the band was aiming to be part of the more progressive Harvest imprint) they released in 1969 the “Strange Walking Man” 45, recorded at Abbey Road and now widely considered a lost British psychedelic classic (check Rubbles, Perfumed Garden (PAPRBOX 007CD), etc.) Due to lack of promotion and interest from their record label, the 45 went nowhere. After some line-up changes and shortening their name to just Mandrake, the band definitively split in 1970. Pandemonium Shadow Show collects studio recordings registered by Mandrake Paddle Steamer/Mandrake during 1968/1970 at various London studios such as Regent, Orange, and other unknown locations. Some of these tracks had been previously included on several bootleg albums with inferior sound quality, wrong titles, and others, have remained unreleased until now. Includes insert with detailed liner notes by band member Paula Riordan and rare photos/memorabilia; Includes download card.
Sommor Records present the first reissue of Claude Lombard’s Chante, originally released in 1969. Presented in the original French edition gatefold artwork. Produced by Roland Kluger (Chakachas, Free Pop Electronic Concept), arranged by Willy Albymoor and recorded at the legendary Madeleine Studios in Brussels. Insert with liner notes by pop connoisseur Don Sicalíptico. RIYL: Stereolab, Broadcast, White Noise, Delia Derbyshire, Astrud Gilberto, Roger Webb Sound.
There are few bands who can claim to have built their reputation on one single, but such is the situation for Aragorn, formed in Chesire in 1978. They were one of the first acts to sign to Neat Records as the new wave of British heavy metal erupted. But fate conspired to ensure that they only ever released one single, the killer Black Ice/Noonday (1981), which has definitely become something of a cult 45 among aficionados of the genre. Here it is, along with 12 tracks taken from a then unreleased album from 1982-83. A must for anyone into obscure, ’70s styled hard-rock, and early metal. RIYL: New wave of British heavy metal, Angel Witch, Motörhead, Witchfynde, Black Sabbath. Remastered sound; Insert with liner notes and photos.
Sommor Records present a reissue of Fusioon’s Farsa Del Buen Vivir, originally released in 1974. This second album by Fusioon is one of the masterpieces from the ’70s Catalan/Spanish psychedelic and progressive scene. Produced by the great Josep Llobell, you’ll find here plenty of Hammond, Moog, effects, a solid rhythm section, distorted lead guitar, and highly inventive arrangements. RIYL: Soft Machine, Egg, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, The Nice, Focus, Goblin. Master tape sound. Original artwork; Comes with an insert with rare photos and detailed liner notes in English/Spanish/Catalan.
Sommor Records present a reissue of Fusioon’s Danza Del Molinero, originally released in 1972. This is the first album by these Catalan psych-progsters. Traditional Spanish songs receive a psychedelic/progressive/jazz-rock treatment with a tremendous rhythm section (drum breaks galore), fuzz-tone guitar, Hammond and analog keyboards, piano, and occasional string arrangements. RIYL: Soft Machine, Egg, Goblin, Arzachel, Le Orme, Collegium Musicum. Master tape sound. Original artwork in gatefold sleeve; Comes with an insert with rare photos and detailed liner notes in English/Spanish/Catalan.