|Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink|
(Universal UICY-9058 Jap-01 200:-)
In the Land of Grey and Pink is considered by many to be a pinnacle release from Caravan. The album contains an undeniable and decidedly European sense of humor and charm. In addition, this would mark the end of the band's premiere lineup. Co-founder David Sinclair would leave Caravan to form Matching Mole with drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt in August of 1971. As a group effort, In the Land of Grey and Pink displays all the ethereal brilliance Caravan created on their previous pair of 12" outings. Their blending of jazz and folk instrumentation and improvisational styles hints at Traffic and Family, as displayed on "Winter Wine," as well as the organ and sax driven instrumental introduction to "Nine Feet Underground." Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
|Cheap Trick - At Budokan|
(Mobile Fidelity UDCD-709 US-8? 225:-)
While their records were entertaining and full of skillful pop, it wasn't until At Budokan that Cheap Trick's vision truly gelled. Many of these songs, like "I Want You to Want Me" and "Big Eyes," were pleasant in their original form, but seemed more like sketches compared to the roaring versions on this album. With their ear-shatteringly loud guitars and sweet melodies, Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade, as well as a surprising amount of alternative rock of the 1990s, and it was At Budokan that captured the band in all of its power. Original Master Recording; UltraDisc II Gold CD.
|Clapton, Eric - 461 Ocean Boulevard|
(Polydor HDS-4419 US-9? 200:-)
461 Ocean Boulevard is Eric Clapton's second solo studio album, arriving after his side project of Derek and the Dominos and a long struggle with heroin addiction. Although there are some new reggae influences, the album doesn't sound all that different from the rock, pop, blues, country, and R&B amalgam of Eric Clapton. However, 461 Ocean Boulevard is a tighter, more focused outing that enables Clapton to stretch out instrumentally. With its relaxed, friendly atmosphere and strong bluesy roots, 461 Ocean Boulevard set the template for Clapton's '70s albums. Though he tried hard to make an album exactly like it, he never quite managed to replicate its charms. 20bit DTS/5.1 Channel High Definition Surround Edition.
|Clapton, Eric - Crossroads|
(Polygram 422-835261-2 EU-88 300:-)
Rare 4-CD set containing a total of 73 tracks digitally compiled and mastered from first generation master tapes, featuring recordings by The Yardbirds, John Mayall & Eric Clapton, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Derek and The Dominos plus solo recordings, presented in a textured "12 x "12 picture box complete with 32-page booklet!
|Coldplay - Trouble / Norwegian Live EP|
(Parlophone 889963-2 Nor-01 250:-)
Rare & deleted 2001 Norwegian exclusive CD featuring 5 classic tracks recorded live at the Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo in December 2000, unique picture sleeve
|Cream - Those were the Days|
(Polydor 31453-9000-2 EU-97 225:-)
Those were the Days is a four-disc set, the first half consisting of Cream's entire studio output and the last half featuring the band's concert performances. The package includes a 48-page booklet full of previously unpublished photos. In the two years they were together, Cream's blend of blues, psychedelic rock and quirky lyricism forever altered the definition of rock music.
|Creedence Clearwater Revival - Mardi Gras|
(Victor VICP-60544 Jap-98 225:-)
Pared down to a trio, Creedence Clearwater Revival had to find a new way of doing business, since already their sound had changed, so they split creative duties evenly. It wasn't just that each member wrote songs — they produced them, too. Doug Clifford and Stu Cook claim John Fogerty needed time to creatively recharge, while Fogerty says he simply bowed to the duo's relentless pressure for equal time. Both arguments make sense, but either way, the end result was the same: Mardi Gras was a mess. Not a disaster, which it was dismissed as upon its release, since there are a couple of bright moments. Typically, Fogerty is reliable, with the solid rocker "Sweet Hitch-Hiker," the country ramble "Lookin' for a Reason," a good cover of Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou," and the pretty good ballad "Someday Never Comes." They sparkle next to Clifford and Cook's efforts. 20bit K2 Remastering, Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
|Creme & Kevin Godley, Lol - Consequences|
(Universal UICY-9170/1 Jap-01 300:-)
This album, the solo debut of former 10cc members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, is generally considered to be one of the most notorious examples of '70s music-business excess. Consequences began its life as a single designed to show off the "gizmo," a musical device created by Godley & Creme that allowed an electric guitar to create symphonic-sounding textures when attached to its neck. Somewhere along the line, this single blew up into a triple-disc concept album about nature taking its revenge on mankind through hurricanes, floods, and the like.
|Criss, Peter - Peter Criss|
(Universal UICY-93532 Jap-08 250:-)
At the peak of their popularity in 1978, Kiss decided to maximize their sales potential and exploit their loyal audience by having each member release a solo record on the same day. SHM-CD Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve