|Santana - Santana|
(Mobile Fidelity MFSL-1-303 US-07 EX 250:-)
Santana’s self-titled debut album announces the arrival of a new Guitar God. Made during the legendary bandleader’s most fruitful and creative period, the classic 1969 set functions as an accessible entry point into the tangy worlds of Latin music by way of an intoxicating blend of Afro-Cuban percussion, jazzy tempos, exotic leads, bluesy riffs, and psychedelic accents.
But until now, Santana has never been heard correctly. After securing the original analog master tapes, Mobile Fidelity engineers realized a colossal mistake had been made. For nearly four decades, copies were produced with the left and right channels reversed. Now, for the first time, you can listen to Santana the way it was meant to be experienced.
|Savoy Brown - Looking In|
(Decca SKL-5066 UK-70 EX 500:-)
Savoy Brown's blues-rock sound takes on a much more defined feel on 1970's Looking In and is one of this band's best efforts. Kim Simmonds is utterly bewildering on guitar, while Lonesome Dave Peverett does a fine job taking over lead singing duties from Chris Youlden who left halfway through the year. But it's the captivating arrangements and alluring ease of the music that makes this a superb listen.
|Sex Pistols - Bad Boys|
(Pecca BB-77 bootleg VG+ 500:-)
The Sex Pistols may have only been together for two years in the late '70s, but they changed the face of popular music. Through their raw, nihilistic singles and violent performances, the band revolutionized the idea of what rock & roll could be. In England, the group was considered dangerous to the very fabric of society and was banned across the country; in America, they didn't have the same impact, but countless bands in both countries were inspired by the sheer sonic force of their music, while countless others were inspired by their independent, do-it-yourself ethics. Swedish bootleg recorded live at Kåren, Stockholm, Sweden 28th July 1977.
|Sex Pistols - Welcome to the Rodeo|
(Ruthless Rhymes SP-2800 VG+ 300:-)
The Sex Pistols' U.S. tour of January 1978 only lasted a mere two weeks, but it was a tour that resulted in its share of bootlegs. One of them was Welcome to the Rodeo, which was recorded at Dallas' Longhorn Ballroom on January 10, 1978. The cover of this issue gives a recording date of January 10, 1977 -- a perfect example of how careless and sloppy some bootleggers could be in the 1970s. But despite that annoying flaw, this is an LP that Pistols enthusiasts shall be thrilled to have.
|Small Faces - Small Faces|
(Decca LK-4790 UK-66 VG 1000:-)
Just when the first-generation British Invasion bands galloped ahead into pop art in 1966, the Small Faces worked a heavy R&B groove on their 1966 debut. That's not to say that this pack of four sharp-suited mods were unaware of the times. If anything, no other British band of the mid-'60s was so keenly tuned into fashion, the four Small Faces capturing the style and sound of dancing pilled-up mods better even than the Who, possibly because the group could carry a groove better than the Who, as this tightly propulsive debut amply illustrates.
Wonderful 1966 UK 12-track deep groove MONO LP on the red unboxed Decca label, housed in a front laminated picture sleeve with pinched spine. The sleeve is graded Very Good+ and has a previoius owners name written on the back; the sleeve has a few marks, but plays without interference, and is thus graded Very Good. For such a classic of the era it is near impossible to find original copies in this day and age in Excellent condition - overall, a respectable copy!
|Small Faces - Small Faces|
(Decca/Musik für Alle ND-153 Ger-69 EX 375:-)
Small Faces were the best English band never to hit it big in America. On that side of the Atlantic, all anybody remembers them for is their sole stateside hit, "Itchycoo Park," which was hardly representative of their psychedelic sound, much less their full musical range -- but in England, Small Faces were one of the most extraordinary and successful bands of the mid-'60s, serious competitors to the Who and potential rivals to the Rolling Stones.
German 'Musik Für Alle' record club edition 14-track vinyl LP, housed in a unique laminated colour picture sleeve. Both vinyl and sleeve are in fantastic condition, with the vinyl showing little sign of havingbeen played!
|Soft Machine - Six|
(CBS S-65374 UK-73 EX 350:-)
To most people, the real Soft Machine ceased to exist when founder Robert Wyatt left to work on his conspicuously titled Matching Mole project. This departure is generally credited to the Soft Machine's creative advance away from prog rock and toward jazz fusion. Three years and three records after Wyatt's departure, this creative motion was in full sail, and the release of Six cemented the band in their distant station beyond the gravity of anything that resembled rock and its spacious, cutting-edge sonics and more symmetrical rhythms. Original UK issue on the orange CBS label, gatefold sleeve.
|Soft Machine - Triple Echo|
(Harvest STHW-800 UK-77 EX 500:-)
Scarce 21-track [35 in total] 3-LP vinyl anthology box set, a career-spanning portrait through the first 10 years of Canterbury's finest. Includes highlights from Volume One, Two, Third, Fourth and Fifth plus outtakes, rarities, radio sessions [including a classic John Peel Session], complete with picture inners and a beautifully designed 8-page fully illustrated colour booklet with a family tree history of the band, all housed in a laminated boxed set that flips open from either side. A fantastic package!
|Spacemen - Music for Batman and Robin|
(Roulette SR-25322 US-66 coh EX 350:-)
|Springsteen, Bruce - Born to Run / Mispress|
(CBS 80959 Hol-75 EX 275:-)
Bruce Springsteen's make-or-break third album represented a sonic leap from his first two, which had been made for modest sums at a suburban studio; Born to Run was cut on a superstar budget, mostly at the Record Plant in New York. Springsteen's backup band had changed, with his two virtuoso players, keyboardist David Sancious and drummer Vini Lopez, replaced by the professional but less flashy Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg. The result was a full, highly produced sound that contained elements of Phil Spector's melodramatic work of the 1960s. Original Dutch pressing; a rare variation since the inside of the gatefold sleeve is pasted on upside-down!
|Springsteen, Bruce - Live at the Roxy Theater, Hollywood 1978|
(Unmitigated Audacity Records BS-6895 bootleg EX 300:-)
A classic bootleg from a legendary concert, recorded on July 7, 1978, at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.
|Springsteen, Bruce - Smalltown Boy|
(Ruthless Rhymes 24473 bootleg EX 275:-)
Original issue on Ruthless Rhymes with "Contessa Records" on the cover; recorded at the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on April 24, 1973.
|Springsteen, Bruce - Son, You may Kiss the Bride|
(Basil Records WED-AL-13585 bootleg EX 225:-)
This is an album of outtakes from the recording sessions that produced Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. Some of the selections present early versions of material later revised by Springsteen, but only two of these songs have ever been released legitimately: "Rendezvous" was done by Greg Kihn, and "Hearts of Stone" by Southside Johnny. One of the reasons Springsteen is irresistible to bootleggers is that he is always willing to sacrifice a great song if it doesn't fit onto an album, and those great songs just collect dust unless albums like this are spirited out to the public.
|Squire - The Official Squire Fan Club Album|
(Hi Lo SFC-1 UK-80 EX 350:-)
An incredibly hard to find relic of the mod revival years, Something Old Something New Something Borrowed... is a 13-track roundup of rarities that peaks, on side two, with a fiery live sequence that reminds listeners just how ill-suited many of these bands were to the studio environment — and just how readily Squire bucked that trend. Their natural habitat remained the sweat- and beer-soaked atmosphere of a tiny club packed with parkas and Union Jacks, and the seven live songs here are delivered with a frenzy that can readily be compared to a maniacal cross between vintage Jam and classic Kinks.
|Standells - In Person at P.J.'s|
(Liberty LST-7384 US-65 VG 350:-)
A year or two before they really hit upon the garage rock style for which they're most known, the Standells were a popular club band in Los Angeles, grinding out covers of recent hits. In Person at PJ's is a document of their live set at the time, the ten tracks devoted mostly to well-worn R&B/rock tunes like "Money," "Louie Louie," "Bony Maronie," "Linda Lu," "So Fine," and "I'll Go Crazy," with a nod to the British Invasion in the Beatles' "You Can't Do That."
|Stanley, Paul - Paul Stanley|
(Casablanca VIP-6577 Jap-78 EX 600:-)
Rare original Japanese Casablanca label 9-track vinyl LP, pasted colour picture sleeve complete with glossy inner, superb 17" x 22" fold-out colour 'mural' poster, illustrated 4-page Japanese text biography/lyric insert and wide Paul Stanley 'comic book' image/Kiss logo obi-strip!
|Starr, Ringo - Time takes Time|
(Private Music 212.902 Ger-92 EX 350:-)
Rare 1992 German-manufacture UK issue 10-track vinyl LP - a fantastic issue of the former-Beatle's critically acclaimed comeback album, featuring guest performances from Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and Jeff Lynne; presented in a superb glossy picture sleeve, complete with lyric inner. Both sleeve and vinyl are in stunning, shop bought condition - a wonderful item.
|Stöeckliein, Val - Grey Life|
(Dot DLP-25904 US-68 EX 350:-)
Best remembered for fronting the cult-favorite folk-rock combo the Blue Things, Val Stöecklein also cut a solo LP, Grey Life, now celebrated in the same pantheon of such masterpieces of melancholy and madness as Alexander "Skip" Spence's Oar and Scott Walker's Scott 4.
|Sugarcubes - Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week!|
(One Little Indian TPLP15SP UK-89 EX 275:-)
13-track vinyl LP pressed on LIMITED EDITION SILVER VINYL, custom stickered gatefold picture sleeve with lyric inner!
|System of a Down - Mezmerize|
(Sony 519000-1 UK-05 EX 300:-)
Many rock bands talk endlessly about their "sound," refining a basic formula until it's either perfect or perfectly boring. System of a Down, however, developed a loyal fanbase with the opposite approach--the group mixes genres so freely that describing what their music sounds like is nearly impossible. Sure, SOAD is, at its core, a metal band, but on Mezmerize's first two songs alone, vocalist/guitarist Daron Malakian and crew zigzag their way though Beach Boys-like stacked vocal harmonies, Anthrax-esque hardcore thrash, Cameo-style funk, and prog rock of a Caress of Steel-era Rush variety. "Revenga" adds a touch of swooping Freddie Mercury vocal drama to the mix, while "Sad Statue" sports a guitar riff that sounds like a Greek bouzouki. Even sharper, tighter, and more ambitious than System of a Down's previous albums, Mezmerize makes for a consistently surprising listen.
UK 11-track PICTURE DISC, title sleeve with lyric inner.