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Carroll Band, Jim - Catholic Boy
(Atco 38132-2 US-89 175:-)

Along with Patti Smith, Jim Carroll helped to revitalize the idea of rocker-as-poet that had lain largely dormant since the late-'60s excesses of Jim Morrison, and like Smith, Carroll made a mark in the literary world before turning to rock. His 1980 debut is rooted in simple, New York punk mixed with Rimbaud-influenced lyricism and a Lou Reed-like sprechstimme. Carroll speaks of the world he knows, the same one depicted in his poems and verse; filled with junkies, whores, and other unsavory characters who play out their doomed roles over a magically surreal, nocturnal urban landscape.

Original US pressing; long deleted.
Chordettes - Listen
(Sony MHCP-1262 Jap-07 175:-)

The Chordettes were one of the longest-lived vocal groups with roots in the mainstream pop and vocal harmonies of the 1940s and early '50s. Although the four women's arrangements owed more to the Andrews Sisters than doo wop, they did, unlike many of their peers, prove fairly adaptable to the rock era.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Cocker, Joe - With a little Help from my Friends
(Audio Fidelity AFZ-209 US-15 250:-)

Joe Cocker's debut built on the promise of the title track, a hit single the previous year, which had introduced the world to the singer's astonishing blues rasp of a voice and remains to this day one of the finest Beatles cover versions committed to vinyl. The vocal pyrotechnics of that song are muted on the rest of the album, with Cocker demonstrating his fine handling of more subtle material such as Bob Dylan's "Just Like A Woman" and "I Shall Be Released." Backed by his own seasoned Grease Band and session players Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood, Cocker sings with a soulful intensity that shone all too briefly during his wayward career.

Hybrid SACD Stereo only in Slipcase.
Cooper, Alice - Old School
(Universal 93624-96288 EU-11 1500:-)

2011 limited edition box set featuring a one-of-a-kind collection of music, video, photos and artwork unavailable anywhere else.

Comprising FOUR CDs crammed with true Alice Cooper treasures including exclusive demos, rehearsals, live performances, interviews and more; a DVD featuring over two hours of footage including new and candid conversations with the band and never-before-seen archival clips; a vinyl LP of the legendary 1971 Killer Show live in St. Louis; a 7" vinyl replica of the rare original single by The Nazz [the band that became Alice Cooper] featuring 'Wonder Who's Loving Her Now?' / 'Lay Down And Die Goodbye'.

All housed in an individually numbered (#2483) 12" square picture box replicating an old school desk with opening lid with hinges [the lid measures 15½" x 14"] complete with a deluxe 60-page hardback yearbook written by Lonn Friend with a host of previously unreleased photographs, along with reproductions of original ticket stubs, tour programme, set list and five art prints of rare poster designs & illustrations. An amazing treasure trove for Alice Cooper fans!
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.
Cressida - same
(Universal UICY-93267 Jap-07 200:-)

Cressida was known as a British progressive rock group for the obvious reason that this is exactly what they were, but this album shows what set them apart from most of the competition -- they were fun. The songs may have been serious and complex, and the mix of organ and Mellotron with classical-style acoustic guitar and melodies derived from classical and folk traditions may have intersected with the Moody Blues and King Crimson.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
Criss, Peter - same
(Universal UICY-93532 Jap-08 250:-)

Prior to joining Kiss, Peter Criss spent years honing his drumming chops in numerous New York City-area bands, playing other styles besides Kiss's heavy metal. For his 1978 Kiss solo album, Criss reconnected with a member of one of his old bands, Stan Penridge, with whom he co-wrote the majority of the tunes.

Sensing that most fans would want to hear more ballads in the vein of his 1976 hit with Kiss, "Beth," several are included: "Don't You Let Me Down," "Easy Thing," "Kiss the Girl Goodbye," and "I Can't Stop the Rain." The more rock-oriented selections are more mellow than Kiss's usual fare, with a cover of "I'm Gonna Love You,'" as well as the originals "Tossin' and Turnin'," "You Matter to Me," and "That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes."

SHM-CD Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
Croce, Jim - You don't mess around with Jim
(DCC Compact Classics GZS-1060 US-94 250:-)

Jim Croce was one of the definitive artists working the pop end of the early-1970s singer/songwriter sound, and this is the album that made him a star. His warm, guy-next-door vocal style wraps itself invitingly around such expertly crafted tunes as the broken-hearted ballad "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)," the hypnotic "Time in a Bottle," and of course the good-humored tall tale of the bluesy, shuffling title track, on one of the definitive folk-pop albums of the '70s.