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Curtiss Maldoon - Curtiss Maldoon 4 Bonus Tracks
Curtiss Maldoon
Curtiss Maldoon 4 Bonus Tracks
LP | 1971 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
After playing in Bodcast with future Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Dave Curtiss and Clive Maldoon formed blues-rock duo Curtiss Maldoon, their self-titled debut released on Deep Purple’s label, Purple Records, in 1971. For the LP, the pair was backed by top session players including Mighty Baby’s drummer, Roger Powell, as well as Howe on the final track; contemplative folk-rock track “Sepheryn” would later be immortalized in altered form by Madonna as techno classic “Ray Of Light,” but is included here in all its original glory, along with four rare bonus tracks from the same sessions, left off the original release, making this expanded reissue the best way to experience the band at their finest. Limited vinyl reissue on 180gr vinyl, featuring 4 bonus tracks.
Heron - Heron
Heron
Heron
LP | 1970 | EU (Trading Places)
18,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Short-lived British folk-rock band Heron was formed in the suburban town of Maidenhead, Berkshire, in 1967, when guitarist/pianist Roy Apps and singer Tony Pook began playing with guitarist Robert Collins, inspired by the music of Bob Dylan and The Incredible String Band. Collins soon quit the group, yet Heron solidified into a noteworthy entity upon the entry of the broadminded and perceptive guitarist and mandolin player Gerald T. Moore, a veteran of R&B bands in nearby Reading, who brought a higher level a musical dexterity, song-writing ability and arrangements; guitarist Martin Hayward was another early member that did not remain with the group for long. Once accordionist/keyboardist Steve Jones was in the fold, things leapt forward through Apps’ role as Student Entertainments Secretary at the Reading College of Technology, which allowed the group to open for Ralph McTell and other established performers. Signed as songwriters to Essex Music, they were spotted by Donovan’s producer, Peter Eden, who signed them to Dawn Records, an alternative subsidiary of industry giant, Pye. Their self-titled debut album, produced by Eden, was recorded in the open air at a Pook’s family farm in rural Appleton-On-Thames. For the rare 12-inch single “Bye And Bye,” the title track was a wistful wish for the romance of travel, written by Moore, followed by his heart-broken “Through And Through”; Moore’s unusual reading of Bob Dylan’s “Only A Hobo” sparked considerable media interest and Pook’s “I’m Ready To Leave” was a contemplative closer, again tinged with melancholy. “Bye And Bye” received considerable airplay, but a vinyl delivery strike ultimately curtailed demand. As expanded Heron went on to record sophomore set Twice As Nice & Half The Price, before Moore quit the group to back his Persian girlfriend, Shusha; he subsequently founded the world’s first white reggae act, GT Moore and the Reggae Guitars.
July - The Second Of July
July
The Second Of July
LP | 1995 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1995 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
The obscure west London psychedelic rock act, July, arose from the ashes of rhythm and blues group The Tomcats, who had some success in Spain in the mid-60s after absorbing members of fellow musical travelers, Second Thoughts. Back in London in 1968, co-founder Tom Newman, later known for his engineering and production work on Tubular Bells, shifted the group into psychedelic mode with his guitar friend, Pete Cook, writing material that would draw the guitarist/bandleader Spencer Davis in a management role, leading to a contract with Major Minor records for their self-titled debut LP, which failed to chart, but the inclusion of songs such as “My Clown” “Dandelion Seeds” and “The Way” on various compilations have assured a strong underground following. The rare demos that make up The Second Of July date from before the debut album was recorded and reveal the group in all their evolving experimental glory, the sound not only blending psychedelic rock and pop with lush harmonies, intricate lead guitar and scintillating keyboards, but also here including Indian elements such as sitar and tabla (and Indian-derived chord sequences), plus trippy tape loops and phasing.
Mighty Baby - Mighty Baby
Mighty Baby
Mighty Baby
LP | 1969 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
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The obscure British prog band Mighty Baby evolved from an earlier group called The Action, a London Mod act that signed to Parlophone after building a strong live reputation, with guitarist Alan King, bassist Mike Evans and drummer Roger Powell, later expanded to include former Savoy Brown guitarist Martin Stone and keyboardist/sax player, Ian Whiteman. Moving heavily into experimental psychedelia in 1969, they cut this incredible debut album for the Head label, which is rightly hailed as one of the greatest psychedelic records of all time. With jazz, blues and improvisational references abounding, tracks like ‘Egyptian Tomb’ and ‘House Without Windows,’ the latter with its dramatic stereo drum panning, demonstrate why this disc is such a lost classic. Grab it now, while stocks last!
Brian Davison's Every Which Way - Brian Davison's Every Which Way
Brian Davison's Every Which Way
Brian Davison's Every Which Way
LP | 2021 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Esteemed drummer Brian Davison was a key part of The Nice during the mid-60s, and when Keith Emerson quit to form ELP, Davison put together Every Which Way with former Skip Bifferty frontman Graham Bell, bassist Alan Cartwright, guitarist John Hedley and saxophonist Geoffrey Peach. Self-titled debut LP, released by Charisma in 1970, was an intense slice of prog with excellent sax solos, emotive vocals, tasteful bass, soaring guitar and forceful drumming, but Cartwright soon joined Procol Harum and Davison drifted into Refugee, making this album the group’s sole release. Well worth exploring, it’s another highly sought-after album for fans of well-produced prog.
Tucky Buzzard - Buzzard
Tucky Buzzard
Buzzard
LP | 1973 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
The roots of hard rock act Tucky Buzzard lie in psychedelic group, The End, who supported The Rolling Stones on an early tour, leading Bill Wyman to produce their sole LP. The band then morphed into Tucky Buzzard, now with scorching lead guitar licks and Hammond organ parts to the fore, and Wyman still on board as producer and manager. For their final album, Buzzard, released on Deep Purple’s Purple imprint in 1973, there is a mix of hard-edged blues rock, with a fine interpretation of perennial classic, “Who Do You Love,” and wistful originals like “Hanging On In There.” As ever, Wyman’s sterling production and presence on acoustic and electric piano makes this one a must for all Stones fans.
Fat Mattress - Fat Mattress
Fat Mattress
Fat Mattress
LP | 1969 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
As bassist in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Noel Redding made an indelible impression, but guitar was his chief instrument since the age of 17, when he backed Neil Landon in The Burnettes, and when Landon reconnected with Redding after a spell with Engelbert Humperdinck, Fat Mattress was born with Humperdinck’s drummer, Eric Dillon, and bassist/keyboardist Jim Leverton. This indispensable debut was the only LP to feature Redding, the sound a pleasantly-melodic shade of psychedelic folk rock, with a few rough edges. Reproducing the original fold-out poster cover, this edition has four bonus tracks from the same sessions, two of which were issued on a 1969 single, the other two left in the can. Limited 180gr vinyl reissue in poster sleeve, faithfully reproducing the original version.
Ultrafunk - Ultrafunk
Ultrafunk
Ultrafunk
LP | 1975 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Anonymous British funk studio outfit Ultrafunk was spearheaded by Blues & Soul magazine proprietor John Abbey, who ran a fashionable record shop and label called Contempo in London’s West End during the 1970s; he conceived of the group as the UK counterpart to US studio bands like Mfsb. Arranger Gerry Shury, who had worked with Barry White and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, drafted guitarist Chris Rae and bassist Frank McDonald (who often composed library music together) and future Rubettes drummer John Richardson to form the group, in situ. A lack of band photos, suggestive song titles and a predilection for American cover tunes led many to believe the band was US-based. Their self-titled debut LP is where the myth all begins, with a number of truly atmospheric and cinematic hard funk instrumentals, given added textural depth through full orchestration, including covers of Bill Withers’ “Use Me” and Stevie Wonder’s “Living In The City.” Though not quite as compelling as the better-known follow-up set, Meat Heat, there is still plenty to savour on Ultrafunk, making this debut companion disc a must-have for all true funk aficionados.
Ben - Ben
Ben
Ben
LP | 1971 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Canterbury-based progressive jazz-rock act Ben only released one obscure album, issued on Philips’ prog subsidiary Vertigo in 1971, but it’s a lovely collective of extended instrumental jams, worthy of discovery for those that missed it the first time around. Peter Davey’s saxophone and clarinet melodies push the material to high peaks, against an understated backing from future Nashville Teens bassist, Len Surtees and former Graham Bond drummer, David Sheen, keyboardist Alex Macleery and guitarist Gerry Reid adding flourishes at key moments. The songs “The Wooing Of The Child” and “The Wooing Of The Man” credit a certain K Jarrett as songwriter, making this rare beast all the more intriguing.
Sir Lord Baltimore - Sir Lord Baltimore
Sir Lord Baltimore
Sir Lord Baltimore
LP | 2020 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Fresh from their US tour supporting Black Sabbath, Brooklyn-based heavy metal trio Sir Lord Baltimore expanded to a quartet for the recording of their self-titled sophomore album, released by Mercury in late 1971. The new addition was uitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Joey Dambra, brother of guitarist co-founder, Louis Dambra, adding a dual-guitar element to their hefty sound. The album begins with the epic “Man From Manhattan,” a symbolic allegory of a resurrected Christian icon in a new setting; in contrast, “Where Are We Going” captured the rawness of the group in live glory and “Chicago Lives” a twin-guitar attack. Somehow, the band did not survive long after its release, though Joey later recorded with John Lennon; this reissue spins at 45 RPM for maximum fidelity.
Head Machine -
Head Machine
"Orgasm"
LP | 1969 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Before Uriah Heep there was Fat Toe, and before Fat Toe there was The Gods, who recorded this risqué hard prog album, Orgasm, as Head Machine. Singer/keyboardist/guitarist Ken Hensley takes centre stage under the alias Ken Leslie, his lyrics alluding to the undeniable allure of human coitus and aspects of its management, the climax eventually coming in audible groans, though the guitar really drives most of the songs forward, with stereo panning. Produced by David Paramour, who had worked with Garnett Mimms and The Nocturnes, it was recorded in late 1969 and released in small number by Major Minor; this reissue spins at 45 RPM for improved fidelity.
George Clinton & P. Funk All Stars - Make My Funk The P-Funk Neon Violet Vinyl Edition Record Store Day 2020 Edition
George Clinton & P. Funk All Stars
Make My Funk The P-Funk Neon Violet Vinyl Edition Record Store Day 2020 Edition
LP | 2020 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Musical maverick and interstellar comedian George Clinton changed the shape of modern funk with his Parliament and P Funk projects, the first yielding a harder-edged somewhat more traditional form of funk, the latter a goofy, loose and sloppily playful Afrofuturist take on funk innovation. The live shows always stretched the boundaries of plausibility, as well as musical contours, with our hero beaming himself on stage from a massive “mothership” to deliver an excessive funk tour-de-force. Make My Funk The P-Funk takes its name from the group’s ubiquitous catchphrase and the tracks are drawn from various live performances stretching from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, and there are some studio recordings as well, such as the instrumental “Good Love.”
Nite People - P. M. Orange Vinyl Edition Record Store Day 2020 Edition
Nite People
P. M. Orange Vinyl Edition Record Store Day 2020 Edition
LP | 1970 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Obscure rock group Nite People was formed in 1964 in the southern English town of Poole by drummer/singer, Chris ‘Fergy’ Ferguson; later, guitarist Jimmy Shipstone joined (as Jimmy Warwick), along with organist Barry Curtis and Jimmy’s brother Francis on bass (as Francis Gordon). Following inconsequential singles for Fontana, with bassist Scott Kirkpatrick, the group signed to Larry Page’s Page One. P.M., issued in 1970, showed heavier leanings and although originals “Funky Hoe” and “P.M.” were captivating, the album probably had too many covers, though the driving cut of The Four Tops’ “Reach Out” was certainly unique. Page also had the group record as The Banana Bunch, before the final split. Limited 180gr orange vinyl press for Rsd2020.
Samantha Jones - A Girl Named Sam Green Vinyl Edition Record Store Day 2020 Edition
Samantha Jones
A Girl Named Sam Green Vinyl Edition Record Store Day 2020 Edition
LP | 1970 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU
Genre:Pop
Born Samantha Owens in Liverpool, Jones began her recording career in The Vernon Girls, a female singing group affiliated with the Vernon Football Pools company; they created a popular Beatles tribute album in 1964 with producer Charles Blackwell, who launched Jones’ solo career that same year. Blackwell producer a debut solo LP for Ascot in 1968; two years later, Larry Page released sophomore set A Girl Named Sam, with Austrian wunderkind Mark Wirtz casting her in the broad realm of pop, though most of the songs describe romantic failures. The album thus has a tongue-in-cheek cover of Burt Bacharach’s “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” and credible renditions of Aretha’s “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” and Jackie DeShannon’s “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.” Limited green vinyl 180gr press with one bonus track for RSD 2020.
Emerald Web - Valley Of The Birds Record Store Day 2020 Edition
Emerald Web
Valley Of The Birds Record Store Day 2020 Edition
LP | 2020 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Electronic / Dance
A rarefied blend of vintage synthesizers and acoustic instruments, the “Valley of the Birds” album by Emerald Web was created in 1981 by two pioneers in electronic music, space music, and audio technology, Bob Stohl and Kat Epple. Originally recorded and composed in their 4-track reel-to-reel home studio, they created their signature thicklylayered timbres by serving as recording engineers, and simultaneously playing an array of monophonic synthesizers, flutes, other acoustic instruments, and Lyricons. The Lyricon Electronic Wind Instrument is a remarkable hybrid synthesizer/woodwind instrument that uses additive synthesis, and a bass clarinet mouthpiece. The album liner notes, written by Kat Epple, list music instruments, and recount some of the band’s experiences in 1981, in the San Francisco Bay Area where the couple lived. Limited press of 500 copies in gatefold sleeve for Record Store Day 2020.
Catapilla - Changes
Catapilla
Changes
LP | 1972 | EU (Trading Places)
21,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Jazz-infused prog-rock act Catapilla began in London in 1970, with saxophonists Robert Calvert and Hugh Eaglestone, bassist Dave Taylor (of pop act Edison Lighthouse), drummer Malcolm Frith, guitarist Graham Wilson and expressive clarinet player, Thierry Rheinhardt; vocalist Jo Meek was quickly replaced by her sister, Anna, whose gutsy gasps gave the band its noteworthy difference, along with the woodwinds and brass. Former Millionaires’ bassist Cliff Cooper brought the group to the attention of Black Sabbath’s manager, Patrick Meehan, who got them a contract with Vertigo; like their self-titled debut, second LP Changes has four freaky tracks, but here the band is completely reborn, with bassist Carl Wassard, drummer Brian Hanson and keyboardist Ralph Rolinson backing Rheinhardt and Meek. Throughout, Rheinhardt’s searing sax blows a musical foil to Meek’s mercurial vocal moods, drifting between atmospheric interludes and brooding bursts on “Reflections,” while “Charing Cross” gets its point across by subjecting Meek’s fragmented vocals to heavy delay. A super esoteric and ultra-rare relic from the stranger end of prog.
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
Sir Lord Baltimore
Kingdom Come
LP | 1970 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Hard-rocking Brooklyn trio Sir Lord Baltimore’s highly sought-after debut album is a legendary precursor of the heavy metal genre, a 1971 Creem review of the disc perhaps the first to ever use the term. The group benefited from the songwriting and production team of Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos, Appel the future manger of Bruce Springsteen and Cretecos already heady from success with The Partridge Family; recorded at Vantone Studios in New Jersey, it was mixed to fine effect by Eddie Kramer at Electric Ladyland, fresh from his work with Jimi Hendrix. Guitarist Louis Dambra co- arranged the material with Appel and Cretecos; he had earlier played in garage band The Koala as Louis Caine, and here his screeching guitar is a major draw, backed by plodding bass from Gary Justin, as front man John Garner shrieks his vocals while pounding furious drumbeats. Aside from a tough cover of Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman” and a track inspired by Yeats’ poem “Lake Isle Of Innersfree,” the album features heavily-stoned acid rock originals, delivered the Sir Lord Baltimore way.
Catapilla - Catapilla
Catapilla
Catapilla
LP | 1971 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Jazz-infused prog rock act Catapilla began in London in 1970, with saxophonists Robert Calvert (who later worked with Daevid Allen in various Gong spin-off projects) and Hugh Eaglestone, bassist Dave Taylor (of chart-topping pop act Edison Lighthouse, and later active in hard-rock group, Liar), along with drummer Malcolm Frith, guitarist Graham Wilson and clarinet player/flautist, Thierry Rheinhardt; original vocalist ‘Lady’ Jo Meek quit early (to work with the keyboardist, poet and science fiction author, Julian Jay Savarin) and was duly replaced by her sister, Anna, whose gutsy gasps gave the band its noteworthy difference, along with the woodwinds and horns. Former Millionaires’ bassist Cliff Cooper (who had worked with producer Joe Meek before founding Orange Amplifiers), brought Catapilla to the attention of Black Sabbath’s manager, Patrick Meehan, who swiftly got them a contract with Vertigo, Philips’ prog subsidiary; this self-titled debut has four freaky tracks, including the side-long closer, “Embryonic Fusion.”
John Barry - Zulu
John Barry
Zulu
LP | 1964 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1964 / EU
Genre:Soundtracks
One of the most important British film composers of all time, John Barry’s body of work is simply astounding. In a career that spanned more than half a century, Barry composed some of the most popular soundtracks for British film and television, including eleven James Bond themes, winning numerous awards and accolades in the process. The son of a projectionist from York in the north of England, Barry was raised in a cinematic environment from a very young age and after a stint as an army trumpeter in Cyprus, he began to work back home in Britain for Jack Parnell and Ted Heath’s Orchestra and after the subsequent formation of The John Barry Seven in 1957, he began to work in film and television. The highly evocative Zulu soundtrack of 1964 is the work that brought him to the attention of a wider audience, shortly before the first James Bond theme that would turn him into a household name; here the music shifts between an overriding tension and the kind of military fanfares reserved for pitched skirmishes on battlefields, the orchestrates peaks and troughs sounding every bit as stirring as anything recorded in Hollywood.
Zior - Every Inch A Man
Zior
Every Inch A Man
LP | 1973 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
The obscure British blues-rock quartet Zior grew out of the thriving late -60s R&B scene in Southend-On-Sea, their live performances often taking the form of hippie ‘happenings.’ Soon they were drawing from the hard rock and emerging heavy metal scenes of the West Midlands, with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin the most obvious musical influences (along with Steppenwolf). Self-titled debut LP trampled through diverse rock terrain, but there was discord and diversions that stopped the band’s ascent. After Zior broke up, Every Inch A Man surfaced in Germany, without the band’s knowledge or permission; as with the debut, there is heavy psych, hard rock and straight-up blues rock, with a touch of Kraut-rock influence.
Piccadilly Line - The Huge World Of Emily Small
Piccadilly Line
The Huge World Of Emily Small
LP | 1967 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1967 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Short-lived British psychedelic project Piccadilly Line was created by singer/guitarist Roger Hand and singer/guitarist/keyboardist Rod Edwards, who would later find greater fame as Edwards Hand. Using some of Britain’s top session players, including organist Alan
Hawkshaw, guitarist Alan Parker, Jamaican-born flautist Harold McNair and double bassist Danny Thompson from Pentangle, the album was expertly arranged by composer John Cameron, who had worked on television and film soundtracks, and co-produced by folk
singer Roy Guest. The result was a particularly enticing slice of British psychedelia, driven by an overriding feel of small-town Englishness, with a touch of Californian vocal harmony here and there and a nice take of Bob Dylan’s “Visions Of Johanna.”
Chris Britton - As I Am
Chris Britton
As I Am
LP | 1969 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Recording a solo album in 1969 allowed Troggs guitarist Chris Britton to take a stab at greater artistic freedom, though the presence of a familiar set of suspects meant that the resultant LP, As I Am, didn’t veer too far from The Troggs’ standard blend of poppy psychedelia and garage rock, constructed with a particular English bent. Producer and keyboardist Colin Frechter shaped the group’s Mixed Bag release, and his wistful harpsichord on tracks like “If You Really Care” lend a baroque air to the proceedings, and both bassist Tony Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson were then working as The Troggs’ rhythm section (after having been in band Plastic Penny), while Olsson and fellow drummer Roger Pope were part of Elton John’s band, as was harmonica player Ian Duck. Yet, with Britton composing all of the songs except one (his version of Larry Weiss’ oft-covered “Evil Woman,” which had also been tackled by The Troggs), the material is surprisingly varied, with opener “Sit Down Beside Me” and tracks like “Fly With Me” are rocking grooves with bright brass, Latinesque percussion and a bit of psychedelic phasing, while “No Sense In Hiding” is a slinky blues and “Sleep My Love” is pure dreamy psych. A rare and underappreciated gem that will appeal to all Troggs fans and lovers of British psychedelia more generally.
Steel Mill - Green Eyed God
Steel Mill
Green Eyed God
LP | 1972 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Fabled British prog-rock band Steel Mill was formed in Wandsworth, a working-class district of south London, during the late 1960s, after singer/keyboardist David Morris began working with saxophonist/flautist John Challenger, who had played with folk group, The Garret Singers, the initial Mill line-up completed once they were joined by former Roadrunners Colin Short on drums, Derek Chandler on bass and Terry Williams on guitar. The nascent band rehearsed for about one year, playing very few live gigs, before cutting demos in April 1970, their pensive sound miles away from the British blues blueprint that then dominated London, though there was the occasional hard-rock element beneath their pastoral prog. By the time that proper recording sessions were booked at Marquee Studios to cut a single with producer John Schroeder (who had worked with countless acts, including The Shadows and Status Quo), Short had been replaced by former Rumplestiltskin drummer Ricky “Rupert” Baer. The resultant single “Green Eyed God” surfaced on Penny Farthing in 1971 and although it only managed to reach number 51 on the British charts, the song hit number 17 in Germany. By the time further sessions were arranged at Delane Lea studios to yield a debut LP, the group’s rhythm section now featured bassist Jeff Watts and drummer Chris “The Rat” Martin. Somehow, Penny Farthing wasn’t very impressed by the album itself, leading to its initial release in Germany via Bellaphon; it did not receive a British release until 3 years later, by which time there had been further line-up changes and a shift towards Glam. Nevertheless, Green Eyed God remains an enticing slice of little-known prog, unjustly ignored at its time of creation.
Larry Page Orchestra, The - Kinky Music
Larry Page Orchestra, The
Kinky Music
LP | 1965 | EU (Trading Places)
18,99 €*
Release:1965 / EU
Genre:Pop
Aspiring Welsh pop singer Leonard Davies became Larry Page in the mid-1950s, when Columbia Records issued his material on 78s and 45s, including a cover of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day”; he also played banjo in the Crane River Jazz Band. Known as “Larry Page the Teenage Rage,” he toured Britain with Cliff Richards and regularly appeared on national television. Shifting to a management and record production role in the early 1960s, he struck gold in 1964 upon signing a management contract with a band called The Ravens, who he re-named The Kinks, which swiftly became one of the most popular acts of the day. Noting that Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham had formed his own orchestra to cut orchestrated versions of Stones hits, Page put together the Larry Page Orchestra for debut disc, Kinky Music, which similarly reconfigured the Kinks’ work. A pleasant romp through first-phase Kinks classics, it is also noteworthy as an early showcase for future Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page.
Irma Thomas - In Beetween Tears
Irma Thomas
In Beetween Tears
LP | 1973 | EU (Trading Places)
18,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” Irma Thomas was born Irma Lee in the town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, in 1941. After singing in the local Baptist church, she auditionedfor Specialty Records on the cusp of her teens; working as a waitress, she occasionally sang with blues veteran Tommy Ridgley, who helped broker a record deal with the short-lived independent, Ron Records, for her debut single, “Don’t Mess With My Man,” released when she was only 18 years old, which reached the number 22 position on the Billboard chars. The singer’s tumultuous private life sometimes disrupted her career; by the age of 19 she had four children and had already been married twice, the last name of her second ex-husband becoming her permanent stage name. In 1961 she signed with the Minit label, where she worked closely with gifted arranger Allen Toussaint, and when the Hollywood-based Imperial took over Minit and then became part of Liberty Records, her profile increased dramatically; “Wish Somebody Would Care” was an outstanding chart-topper that led to her debut album and her scorned original, “Time Is On My Side,” inspired an enduring hit interpretation by the Rolling Stones. Sophomore album Take A Look surfaced on Imperial in 1966, but unfortunately, subsequent work for Chess was far less successful. After signing to the Canyon label in 1970, Thomas cut a couple of singles in Macon, Georgia, with Jerry Williams Junior, a singer and producer from Portsmouth, Virginia that issued gritty, lewd funk under the alias Swamp Dogg; though the singles sold well in the south, they were largely overlooked elsewhere. Nevertheless, Williams brought Thomas to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to record the album that would eventually surface as In Between Tears, but the collapse of Canyon delayed its release until 1973, when Williams issued it on his Fungus label. This long-awaited vinyl reissue on deluxe 180gr format comes complete with 4 bonus tracks.
Tear Gas - Tear Gas
Tear Gas
Tear Gas
LP | 1971 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder available from 14.05.2021
Glasgow’s boogie proggers Tear Gas grew out of the Mustard band. Debut LP Piggy Go Getter was a blend of hard boogie rock with psychedelic prog leanings and although their eponymous second album continued in roughly the same direction, the musicianship is far stronger here and the prog side of things more nuanced, as heard on songs like ‘The First Time.’ Somehow the deserved fame was not forthcoming, leading the group to morph into the Sensational Alex Harvey band and lead singer David Batchelor to a stellar production career. Yet, Tear Gas remains the best of their hard-to-find catalogue, appealing to hard rockers and prog fans alike.
Silverhead - 16 And Savaged
Silverhead
16 And Savaged
LP | 1973 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder available from 14.05.2021
Star-studded Silverhead was glam-rock with a difference. Led by the actor/public schoolboy Michael Des Barres, who appeared in To Sir With Love in his youth, the band had Bowie alumnus Rockin’ Rod Davies and Stevie Forest on dual guitars, solid drummer Pete Thompson, and best of all, future Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison, already showing melodic depth in his grooves. This killer second album, from Deep Purple’s Purple label, has Robert Plant’s mate, Robbie Blunt in place of Forest and benefits from the keyboard skills of Rabbit Bundrick, who played with Paul Kossoff and Bob Marley. This is tasteful, tongue-in-cheek rock on the raunchy side of glam, a welcome reissue for all discerning glam fans.
Fat Mattress - II
Shungu & Dreamcast - Temptation
Shungu & Dreamcast
Temptation
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Trading Places)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Brussels' Trading Places Records are proud to present their debut release, Temptation; the genre-traversing, three- track collaboration between hometown producer, Shungu and Washington DC's Dreamcast. Conceived in August 2019 as part of a week-long residency in a temporary studio by the Maastricht countryside, the idea was to provide the two artists with a space unshackled from city-induced stress and daily distractions. The result was no less than nineteen songs, exploring everything from groove-led soul and hip-hop to uptempo efforts. Whittled down to just three tracks, the EP embodies the energy of that seven day nature retreat, laced with the cool and soulfulness of the pairing. From the warm, off-kilter hip-hop-come-soul goodness of 'Nice To Meet You' and the title track to the languid, housey feels of first single 'Replaceable', the project details an intimate story we all can relate to: the constant battle between desire and mind power.
Sphincter Ensemble - Harrodian Event #1
Sphincter Ensemble
Harrodian Event #1
LP | 2021 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
The incredible sonic beauty of the Sphincter Ensemble results from musical spontaneity, a random jam session undertaken by a loose group of friends in the unlikely setting of the Harrovian Club in Barnes, west London, on 2 January 1972. The sumptuous free jazz/prog rock/avant-classical fusion features top session players at their peak, with Trevor Morais’ funky drumming loosely tied to Quatermass bassist John Gustafson’s rough melodic lines, embellished by Anne Odell’s far-out synths, Martyn Ford’s French horn and arrangements by Elton John’s orchestrator, Paul Buckmaster. This hugely enjoyable rarity is appearing on vinyl here for the very first time—a thing of wonder for all discerning prog fans.
Moody Blues - The Magnificent Moodies
Moody Blues
The Magnificent Moodies
LP | 1965 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1965 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Although chiefly associated with art rock and progressive rock due to the symphonic bent of their breakthrough second album, Days Of Future Past, as the group name attests, The Moody Blues began as a rhythm and blues band, formed in Eridngton, a suburb of Birmingham, England in 1964, spinning off from local bands El Riot & The Rebels and the Krew Cats. Keyboardist Mike Pinder, flutist/percussionist Ray Thomas, guitarist Denny Laine, drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick are the featured players on their debut disc, released by Decca in 1965 following the chart success of outstanding single, “Go Now,” (a cover of an emotive r and b song by black American female singer, Bessie Banks) and unlike every subsequent release, this album has a heavy Mersey Beat rhythm and blues influence, as well as an overarching blues-pop grounding. The first side is made up of covers, including a great cut of Chris Kenner’s “Something You Got,” while side two is mostly taken up with original numbers penned by Mike Pinder and Denny Laine; this edition has 6 bonus tracks. A crucial piece of the Moodies’ archeology, The Magnificent Moodies captures the group at their very beginnings.
Bridget St John - Thank You For...
Bridget St John
Thank You For...
LP | 1973 | EU (Trading Places)
15,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Canterbury-based progressive jazz-rock act Ben only released one obscure album, issued on Philips’ prog subsidiary Vertigo in 1971, but it’s a lovely collective of extended instrumental jams, worthy of discovery for those that missed it the first time around. Peter Davey’s saxophone and clarinet melodies push the material to high peaks, against an understated backing from future Nashville Teens bassist, Len Surtees and former Graham Bond drummer, David Sheen, keyboardist Alex Macleery and guitarist Gerry Reid adding flourishes at key moments. The songs “The Wooing Of The Child” and “The Wooing Of The Man” credit a certain K Jarrett as songwriter, making this rare beast all the more intriguing.
Gil Scott-Heron& His Amnesia Express - Summer '86 Record Store Day 2020 Edition
Gil Scott-Heron& His Amnesia Express
Summer '86 Record Store Day 2020 Edition
LP | 2020 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Gil Scott-Heron was one of the foremost singer-songwriters of his generation. A committed civil rights activist that also wrote a couple of unusual novels exploring negative elements of the black experience and the punitive societal attitude against black people in the United States, Scott-Heron recorded an exceptional body of work during the 1970s and 80s, and although longstanding issues with drug addiction resulted in repeated bouts of imprisonment and an ultimately shortened lifespan, he continued to produce noteworthy material into the new millennium. Anyone that had the pleasure of seeing Scott-Heron and His Amnesia Express band during the mid-1980s is unlikely to forget it; percussionist Larry McDonald, drummer Rodney Young, saxophonist Ron Holloway and backing vocalist/keyboardist Kim Jordan provide a full yet uncluttered backdrop to the man and his piano, as evidenced by these stunning excerpts from the summer 1986 tour, with “Winter In America,” “Johannesburg,” “Blue Collar” and “Shut ‘Em Down” being among the standouts.
Implosion - 2020 Record Store Day 2020 Edition
Implosion
2020 Record Store Day 2020 Edition
2LP | 2020 | EU (Trading Places)
21,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Obscure yet outstanding 80’s Italian outfit that released one album in 1988, combining space rock, prog, psychedelia and protoelectronics. This limited edition, 2-lp set contains 16 Previously Unreleased Tracks originally recorded between 1983 and 1989. Digitally remixed and remastered in 2020 from the master analog tapes. Limited super-deluxe, double vinyl press in gatefold sleeve with lyrics and detailed liner notes, released for Record Store Day 2020.
Osibisa - Black Magic Night
Osibisa
Black Magic Night
2LP | 1977 | EU (Trading Places)
22,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Esteemed Afro-rock fusion band and world music pioneers Osibisa have enjoyed a long reign, with unwavering popularity, despite numerous line-up changes. Saxophonist Teddy Osei, drummer Sol Amarfio and flautists Mamon Shareef and Farhan Freere had all been in the highlife band The Star Gazers in Ghana, and were joined by Osei’s trumpeter brother, Mac Tontoh, in spin-off group, The Comets; after moving the London in the early 1960s, Osei formed short-lived fusion band, Cat’s Paw, and after convincing Tontoh and Amarfio to join him in London, Osibisa was formed with the Antiguan guitarist and vocalist, Wednell Richardson, Grenadian bassist Spartacus R, Nigerian percussionist Loughty Lasisi Amao, and Trinidadian keyboardist, Robert Bailey; a contract with Mercury brought greater exposure. Always strong in live performance, this excellent double-LP set was captured at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1977, with the group delivering spot-on renditions of their best-known works, from the extended opening invocation of “The Dawn” to the irresistible grooves of “Welcome Home” and “Sunshine Day.”
Tear Gas - Piggy Go Getter
Tear Gas
Piggy Go Getter
LP | 1970 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Glaswegian boogie rockers Tear Gas grew out of a band called Mustard, featuring former Poets vocalist Andy Mulvey and future Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis, with guitarist Zal Cleminson, bassist Chris Glen and keyboardist Eddie Campbell; Mulvey was replaced by David Batchelor and Lavis by Wullie Munro, who had played in Mandrake Root with Ritchie Blackmore. Debut album Piggy Go Getter, released on Paramount’s Famous subsidiary, was a blend of hard boogie rock with psychedelic prog-rock leanings, the spaced-out hippie aspects heard most plainly on tracks like “Night Girl” and “Nothing Can Change Your Mind,” a direct contrast to the blues underpinning of “Lost Awakening” and “Witches Come Today.” The album made little impact on release, leading to further line-up changes and an eventual shift to the core members taking their places in The Incredible Alex Harvey Band, with Batchelor taking on the role of producer and arranger; he would also work with Nazareth, Skidz, Dr Feelgood and many others, including Oasis in later years, while Cleminson joined Nazareth and later played with Elkie Brooks and Midge Ure.
Astrud Gilberto - That Girl From Ipanema
Astrud Gilberto
That Girl From Ipanema
LP | 1977 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1977 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
The daughter of a Brazilian mother and German father, Astrud Gilberto achieved international prominence with “The Girl From Ipanema,” an inauspicious debut recorded for the landmark album her husband, Joao Gilberto, created with Stan Getz in 1963. Moving to the USA, where she was subsequently based, she continued her solo career and also toured with Getz, with whom she later began a relationship. Over-the-top classic That Girl From Ipanema allowed her to revisit the hit in the sweeping high-fidelity full-spectrum setting of a disco big-band, the album overseen by Mfsb and Salsoul mainstay, Vince Montana. Along with individual takes of Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale” and Harry Nilsson’s “The Puppy Song,” original “Far Away” benefits from the understated trumpet of Chet Baker, but the album ultimately revels in all things disco, the Brazilian element coming courtesy of percussionist Dom Um Romao on select tracks. Crank up the volume and tune in to the brass, piano and percussion that percolates under Astrud’s characteristically soft and sultry vocals to fully experience this underrated gem.
Dorians, The - Rock Concerto
Dorians, The
Rock Concerto
LP | 1970 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1970 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Obscure Canadian psychedelic rock band The Dorians was formed in 1968 in the town of Kingsville, Ontario, by singer John Unger and bassist Bob Nixon, formerly of The Doomsday Machine; guitarist/chief songwriter Bill Loop drafted esteemed drummer Mike Betts, who joined in September 1967 after playing with Loop in Living Ends. Since Kingsville lies less than an hour away from Detroit by road, the band began recording at noted soul spot, GM Studios, in 1969, working with the songwriter, trumpeter and arranger, Floyd Jones. Early singles such as the catchy “Psychedelic Lipstick” were licensed to European labels, including Giacomo Mazzini’s Swiss-based PDU, which issued their sole long- player, Rock Concerto, in 1970. Although “Means And Ways” and “Good Love” are framed as easy-going psych driven by strong vocal harmony, “Torch Song” drifted into spaced-out territory via extended instrumental jamming, led by the parallel playing of bass, violin and keyboards. This edition of the highly collectable LP includes bonus track “Worm Conquers All,” taken from the “Torch Song” single B-side.
Jonesy - No Alternative
Jonesy
No Alternative
LP | 1972 | EU (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
One of the lesser-known acts to arise during the plethora of prog rock acts in Britain, Jonesy was formed in 1971 by frontman John Evans-Jones and his bassist/multi-instrumentalist brother Trevor ‘Gypsy’ Jones, who had both been in Anno Domini just before (though they had first played in various groups together during an Australian sojourn in the 1960s, including the hit-making Choas & Co). The early line-up shattered after a brotherly dispute, leading to the arrival of bassist David Paul and drummer Jim Payne, who had both played in the National Head Band, with Chicago-born Scouser, Jimmy Kaleth on keyboards lending a defining treble element, especially through his use of a Mellotron. The prevalence of that instrument on their 1972 debut LP, No Alternative, has naturally drawn comparisons with King Crimson in retrospect, but Jonesy had a sound all their own, with undercurrents of blues rock on “Mind Of The Century” and the title track, plus jazz leanings and uncommon time signatures on “1958” and “Ricochet.” This edition features bonus tracks “Everyday’s The Same” and “Reprise,” taken from a 1973 single.
Implosion - Implosion
Implosion
Implosion
CD | 2020 | EU (Trading Places)
9,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Obscure yet outstanding 80’s Italian outfit that combined, space rock, psychedelia and protoelectronics in an album that is the epitome of a “cult” one , whose original copies sell for over 300 euros on the internet. Consisting of long, spacey, dreamy, mostly-instrumental tracks made of killer, acid-leaking electronics, and released in a mere 500 copies in 1988, this monster-rare album is now on CD for the first time ever, in a limited edition including 3 bonus tracks and a 16-page booklet featuring lyrics and liner notes.
Bridget St John - Songs For The Gentle Man
Bridget St John
Songs For The Gentle Man
LP | 1971 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
The English singer and guitarist Bridget St John was introduced to the bourgeoning London folk scene by guitarist John Martyn, her rich and unusually deep voice being highly distinctive. BBC Radio disc jockey John Peel became one of her greatest champions, and
when Peel formed the Dandelion label in 1969 with former Elektra record plugger Clive Selwood, the original intention was to issue St John’s music. Following debut album Ask Me No Questions, which featured Martyn on a few tracks, the 1971 follow-up Songs For The Gentle Man was produced by Ron Geesin, who supplied a more orchestrated arrangement with woodwinds; the album also features a cover of Donovan’s “The Pebble And The Man.”
Jan Dukes De Grey - Mice And Rats In The Loft
Jan Dukes De Grey
Mice And Rats In The Loft
LP | 1971 | UK (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1971 / UK
Genre:Rock / Indie
Led by the inscrutably gnomic Derek Noy, Yorkshirebased outfit Jan Dukes de Grey briefly emerged in the late Sixties to deliver two of the rarest, most soughtafter 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.
Stack Waddy - Bugger Off!
Stack Waddy
Bugger Off!
LP | 1972 | UK (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1972 / UK
Genre:Rock / Indie
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.
Including “Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut” as bonus track taken from the 1972 John Peel Session.
Tim Blake - Blake's New Jerusalem
Tim Blake
Blake's New Jerusalem
LP | 1978 | UK | Reissue (Trading Places)
23,99 €*
Release:1978 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
This is Blake’s first studio release after the 70’s experience with Gong and the Crystal Machine live duo with Patrice Warrener. Recorded between Sussex and the Barclay Studio in Paris, “Blake’s New Jerusalem” is a masterpiece of the drug culture of the 1970s. It comes with a whole bonus LP filled with bonus tracks from the same sessions!
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated - Red Hot From Alex
Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated
Red Hot From Alex
LP | 1964 | UK (Trading Places)
19,99 €*
Release:1964 / UK
Genre:Organic Grooves
Alexis Korner's third album, originally released on the Transatlantic Label in 1964, after two live albums recorded at the Cavern at the Marquee, featuring his all-time hits 'Stormy Monday ' and Chicken Shack'. A true masterpiece from one of the godfathers of the white blues movement from the 60's.
Implosion - Implosion
Implosion
Implosion
LP | 1988 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1988 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Outstanding Italian outfit that combines prog, space rock, psych and electronic music in an album that could have come from the early 1970s. Long spacey, dreamy and mostly instrumental tracks made of killer, acid-leaking electronics. Released in 500 copies in 1988, the monster rare LP was NEVER reissued in any format for more than 30 years and Discogs has it in the three-digit range. This long-awaited reissue was digitally remixed and remastered in 2019 from the master analog tapes, played back through the original 4-track recording deck. Inner sleeve features a 2019 foreword by Implosion's guitarist, as well as lyrics to 3 songs and the bio sheet which originally graced the first 20 copies only.
Emerald Web - Sound Trek
Emerald Web
Sound Trek
LP | 1980 | EU (Trading Places)
14,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
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.
Judd - Judd
Judd
Judd
LP | 1970 | EU (Trading Places)
16,14 €* 18,99 € -15%
Release:1970 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Alsatian wunderkind Mark Wirtz led many successful pop music projects during the 1960s and 70s, especially during his long tenure at Abbey Road. A gifted painter, musician and actor, Wirtz’s college band was signed to EMI as Mark Rogers and the Marksmen, while Wirtz was still attending the RADA in London; by 1965 he was producing music independently and became an in-house producer at Abbey Road in 1967, working with Keith West & Tomorrow and fronting the Mark Wirtz Orchestra, AKA The Mood Mosaic. The blues and soul-tinged Judd album, issued in 1970 on Larry Page’s Penny Farthing label, featured Wirtz on keyboards and rhythm guitar, fronting a studio band with bassist Roger Flavell, guitarist Roger McKew and drummer Tat Meager (who had played on Siren’s eponymous, John Peel-produced debut LP); backing vocalists such as Madeleine Bell, Doris Troy and sisters Yvonne and Heather Wheatman, AKA Sonny and Sue, gave a more rounded sound. Much of the material was co-written by Kris Ife, who had worked with McKew in The Quiet Five, though there is also an individual cover of Credence Clearwater Revival’s “Down On The Corner,” made livelier by Wirtz’s piano chords.
Mike Cooper - Oh Really!?
Mike Cooper
Oh Really!?
LP | 1969 | EU (Trading Places)
18,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
The guitarist and singer-songwriter Mike Cooper was a key figure in the British blues boom of the late 1960s. Born in Reading in 1942, Cooper began playing guitar as a teen in local skiffle groups. After seeing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee perform in 1961, Cooper caught the blues bug and began to play the harmonica and formed The Blues Committee, supporting John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Alexis Korner and Long John Baldry, while Cooper was also performing solo. Acquiring a lap steel guitar in 1963, he studied Blind Boy Fuller’s work and in 1965, teamed with Dave Hall to support Bert Jansch, Al Stewart and others; after releasing work on the Kennet, Sydisc and Matchbox labels, Cooper soon began incorporating country blues aspects into his work, drawing from Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell, as well as non-blues artists such as David Bowie, John Martyn, Roy Harper and Dave Van Ronk. Then, in late 1968, Cooper was approached by producer Peter Eden, resulting in debut album Oh Readlly!? for Pye; aside from agreeable covers of Son House’s “Death Letter” and Blind Boy Fuller’s “Bad Luck Blues,” the rest of the disc is pure Cooper, with his deft picking accompanied by Derek Hall’s guitar work only on “Leadhearted Blues” and “Electric Chair.”
Apple - An Apple A Day...
Apple
An Apple A Day...
LP | 1969 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1969 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
British psychedelic band Apple was formed in the industrial powerhouse of Cardiff, Wales, in 1968 by guitarist Robbo Ingram and bassist Jeff Harrad. Joined by drummer Dave Brassington, keyboardist Charlie Barber and singer Dennis Regan, their debut single “Thank U Very Much,” arranged by session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan, sparked the interest of Larry Page, who signed them to his Page One label to cut the debut album An Apple A Day with producer Caleb Quaye (the son of the multi-instrumentalist Cab Quaye and older brother of future singer Finley Quaye). Unfortunately, Apple’s mixture of pop, psychedelia and heavy blues was probably a bit too ahead of its time; the album sold poorly on release and the group proba bly would have been totally forgotten, if not for belated critical acclaim, especially for Harrad’s haunting “The Otherside.” With rare originals incredibly hard to find, regularly selling for thousands of pounds, this reissue is long overdue.
Zior - Zior
Zior
Zior
LP | 1971 | EU (Trading Places)
16,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
British blues-rock quartet Zior had their roots in the bourgeoning R&B scene that arose during the late 1960s in the southeast coastal city of Southend; they built a strong reputation in live performance, opting for ‘happenings’ in the style of Hawkwind and Pink Floyd that went beyond mere musical events. By the time they recorded their self-titled debut album, issued on Larry Page’s short-lived Nepentha label in 1971, they were clearly influenced by the emergent hard rock/ heavy metal scene of the West Midlands, drawing from Black Sabbath’s discordant riffs and occult influences, along with shrill vocal attacks in Led Zeppelin mode; there were shades of Steppenwolf and the odd Doors-sounding keyboard riff as well (and the Black Sabbath link was heightened by an album design from Keith McMillan, who was responsible for Black Sabbath’s debut cover too). The resultant Zior is a varied ride through different kinds of rock terrain, from blues rock to hard rock and on to whimsical psychedelia and prog-rock, making it hard to classify. Though this debut LP should have heralded a bright beginning, misfortune seemed to dog the band from the start; other recordings were released under the name Monument, the band members listed under aliases, and a second album, Every Inch A Man, was issued in Germany after Zior’s breakup in 1973, without the band’s knowledge or permission.
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