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Gallagher & Lyle - Seeds
(Universal UICY-77745 Jap-16 225:-)

Gallagher & Lyle beef up their folk-based sound from previous albums on this recording produced by Glyn Johns. The duo adds several uptempo cuts in a more rock-oriented vein, using saxophone on the opening and most rock-oriented cut, "Country Morning."

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Game - It's Shocking what they call Us
(Dig The Fuzz DIGCD-02 UK-97 225:-)

The Game were a rock & roll unit formed out of the remnants of an earlier Surrey-based band, the Secrets, in which lead guitarist Terry Spencer and bassist Allen Janaway had previously played. Tony Bird, who was 14 at the time, played rhythm guitar. Their big problem was the fact that they went through several changes in sound -- the constant change of sound and image put the group into an impossible situation, what public they had developed being unable to keep up with these shifts. Their real sound featured flashy guitar with lots of power chords, strongly reminiscent of the Creation, best represented on their final single B-side, "Help Me Mummy's Gone," from 1967.
Garcia, Jerry - Cats under the Stars
(BMG/Arista BVCM-37146 Jap-01 200:-)

Jerry Garcia's fourth solo album was the first to be released under the collective title of the Jerry Garcia Band, although the change was primarily in name, as there was little alteration in the personnel between this disc and the non-Grateful Dead tracks from his previous studio effort, Reflections (1976). However, unlike his previous effort, Cats under the Stars contains all new original material..

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Garcia, Jerry - Run for the Roses
(BMG/Arista BVCM-37147 Jap-01 200:-)

Jerry Garcia's first solo album in over four years and the final studio release featuring the classic lineup of the Jerry Garcia Band, 1982's Run for the Roses was the initial indication that Garcia was struggling to find his way out of the drugs and depression that had left the Grateful Dead so inert for the preceding few years.The gently loping title track, a Robert Hunter lyric built on the interplay between Garcia's guitar and weary, bluesy vocals and Melvin Seals's soulful organ fills, is one of the highlights of Garcia's entire extracurricular musical career.

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Geesin, Ron - A Raise of Eyebrows
(Strange Days POCE-1139 Jap-07 225:-)

Best known as the co-author of Pink Floyd’s “Atom Heart Mother”, this tape manipulator and multi-instrumentalist released his debut on the Transatlantic label in 1967. Geesin first collaborated with the Pink Floyd's Roger Waters (the two shared a love of golf) on 1969's Ummagumma ("Several Species...") and then recorded a whole album with him, 1970's unconventional film soundtrack Music from "The Body", sampling sounds made by the human body.

The contents of the tracks range from bizarre audio, to blistering freeform banjo, to traditional jazz arrangements, to odd spoken interludes.

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Genesis - ...and then there were Three
(Virgin VJCP-68102 Jap-99 225:-)

"...and Then There Were Three", more than either of its immediate predecessors, feels like the beginning of the second phase of Genesis — in large part because the lineup had indeed dwindled down to Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins, a situation alluded to in the title. But it wasn't just a whittling of the lineup; the group's aesthetic was also shifting, moving away from the fantastical, literary landscapes that marked both the early Genesis LPs and the two transitional post-Gabriel outings, as the bandmembers turned their lyrical references to contemporary concerns and slowly worked pop into the mix, as heard on the closing "Follow You Follow Me," the band's first genuine pop hit.

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Genesis - The Way we Walk: The Shorts
(Virgin VJCP-68110 Jap-99 225:-)

Instead of releasing the live document of the We can't Dance tour as a double CD, Genesis, or some clever record executive, decided to split the material into two separate releases. The first would focus on the group's pop singles, while the second would contain their longer, more progressive work. Done this way, it's difficult to get a sense of the concert's momentum: Even the songs on each disc are shuffled from their original live order. For what it's worth, Volume One: The Shorts contains almost all the Genesis singles from 1983-1992.

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Golden Earring - The Naked Truth
(Columbia COL-472619-9 Hol-92 150:-)

This is Golden Earring's 1997 acoustic live album recorded in the Cafe de Kroon in Amsterdam, and one of their most beloved and popular albums. While you may be skeptical of songs like Twilight Zone being performed unplugged, they really do a good job with them!

CD-2 contains four extra live tracks; "As Long as the Wind Blows" , "Please Go", "Sound of the Screaming Day" and "Murdock 9 6182".
Gong - Angels Egg
(Universal UICY-77296 Jap-15 250:-)

In retrospect, it's hard to believe both FLYING TEAPOT and its successor ANGELS EGG were released within months of each other in 1973. Each is an elaborate, distinct musical statement. ANGEL'S EGG is the second installment in Gong's legendary "Radio Gnome Trilogy," and it expands upon the ground broken by TEAPOT admirably. Though the band was still pursuing their spacy art-rock direction, the sound here became simultaneously jazzier and more ethereal. Didier Malherbe's sax and flute took a more active role, as did Steve Hillage's elaborate guitar textures.

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Goodman, Jerry - On the Future of Aviation
(BMG BVCM-35517 Jap-09 225:-)

After ten years away from recording, Jerry Goodman returned at the height of the new age trend of the mid-'80s. The violinist, a former member of the Flock and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, fit right in on the Private Music label, which was devoted to new instrumental music played on electric as well as acoustic instruments, in contrast to the Windham Hill model of strictly acoustic instrumentation.

"On the Future of Aviation" contains pop-style compositions in which individual virtuosity is only a part of the overall conception, and on which Goodman seems to be playing guitars and synthesizers as much as violin.

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