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10cc - Deceptive Bends
(Universal UICY-9175 Jap 2001 200:-)

When Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left 10cc in 1976 to pursue a solo career, many thought it was the death knell for the group. However, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman kept the group alive as a duo (with the assistance of percussionist Paul Burgess) and turned in a surprisingly solid album with 1977's Deceptive Bends. It may lack the devil-may-care wackiness that popped up on previous 10cc albums, but it makes up for it by crafting a series of lush, catchy pop songs that are witty in their own right.

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Tangerine Dream - Rubycon
(Virgin VJCP-68668 Japan 2004 225:-)

RUBYCON has aged gracefully for the most part, making it a solid companion (and follow-up) to their 1974 album, PHAEDRA. The somewhat dated palette of sounds here never overshadow the mood: eerie psychedelia without the paisleys — Pink Floyd without the rock. "Rubycon, Pt. 1" ebbs and flows through tense washes of echo and Mellotron choirs, as primitive sequencer lines bubble to the surface.

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Ten Years After - Stonedhenge
(Universal UICY-9222 Japan 2002 200:-)

Ten Years After's third album is one of those artifacts that simply screams late '60s, which is to say its production is more than a little trippy, and it's also all over the stylistic map. The album's centerpiece, of course, is "Hear Me Callin'," a sort of psychedelic take on John Lee Hooker-style blues complete with fashionable phasing effects (it was a substantial radio hit).

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Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation
(Universal UICY-75119 Jap-11 225:-)

If Thin Lizzy got a bit too grand and florid on "Johnny the Fox", they quickly corrected themselves on its 1977 follow-up, "Bad Reputation". Teaming up with legendary producer Tony Visconti, Thin Lizzy managed to pull off a nifty trick of sounding leaner and tougher than they did on "Johnny", yet they also had a broader sonic palette.

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Thin Lizzy - Black Rose
(Univesal UICY-9236 Jap-02 175:-)

"Black Rose: A Rock Legend" would prove to be Thin Lizzy's last true classic album. Guitarist Brian Robertson was replaced by Gary Moore prior to the album's recording - which turned out to be the band's most musically varied, accomplished, and successful studio album! Lizzy leader Phil Lynott is again equipped with a fine set of originals, which the rest of the band shines on.

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Thin Lizzy - Johnny the Fox
(Universal UICY-9233 Japan 2002 175:-)

As a concept album, JOHNNY THE FOX has too murky a theme to be considered a true success. As a rock album, it stands with the best of Thin Lizzy's work. Released during the band's peak years (the mid- to late '70s), the album is highlighted by the twin guitar attack of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson and Lynott's own songwriting. Although his romantic artistic ambitions often outreached his hard rock grasp, the songs here (taken one by one) reveal a more focused craftsman. The overall tone of the album is looser--funkier even--than on any previous Thin Lizzy effort.

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Thompson, Richard & Linda - Hokey Pokey
(Universal UICY-9488 Japan 2004 175:-)

The Thompsons, from the opening Irish fiddle derivation of a Chuck Berry riff, through Linda's exquisite performance of "A Heart Needs a Home," to their cover of Mike Waterson's "Mole in a Hole" which closes the record, once again create a timeless amalgam of folk and rock. Recorded at the time of the Thompsons' conversion to Islam, Hokey Pokey comes across a bit lighter than Bright Lights. Songs such as the playfully suggestive title track, the jaunty "Georgie on a Spree" and the quirky tale of "Smiffy's Glass Eye" make Hokey Pokey seem downright cheery for Richard Thompson, although even at its sunniest, themes of sex, cruelty and avarice linger just below the surface.

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Thompson, Richard & Linda - Shoot Out the Lights
(Hannibal HNCD 1470 EU 2004 275:-)

The world's most underrated songwriter, although Thompson must tire of hearing it so often. Together with his ex-wife Linda they made a series of quite brilliant albums that garnered heaps of praise and minimal sales. This is another slice of perfection that veers from whimsical fun in 'Wall Of Death' to desperate emotions in 'Shoot Out the Lights', which features the definitive Thompson guitar solo. Critics have often been accused of hyping artists, but try as they may, they can't do it with this one. Time will tell but this album should be in many more homes.

SACD Hybrid; Out of Print.
Thompson, Richard & Linga - Pour Down like Silver
(Universal UICY-9489 Japan 2004 175:-)

POUR DOWN LIKE SILVER was the last album Richard & Linda Thompson would release before beginning a self-imposed three-year retirement in order to join a communal Sufi Muslim sect. The cover photographs show the Thompsons dressed in traditional Muslim garb, and while lyrically the album offers few clear signs of the Thompsons' new spiritual direction, the stark asceticism of the music marked a real change from the alcohol-fueled mood swings of I want to see the BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT and HOKEY POKEY. The horns, accordion, and ancient instruments that had dotted Richard and Linda's previous albums were used far more sparingly on POUR DOWN LIKE SILVER, and even Thompson's usually astounding electric guitar solos were pared down in favor of an emotionally intimate, bare-wired approach that sounds alternately like a confession and a plea for guidance.

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Thunders, Johnny - Live in Japan
(Century Records CECC 00473 Japan 1992 250:-)

Johnny Thunders was the first punk rock guitar hero, earning a cult following for his noisy but epic style a few years before the insouciant new music gained its name. Following in the footsteps of his idol and role model Keith Richards, Johnny Thunders (born John Anthony Genzale, Jr.) lived the ultimate rock & roll life, spending most of his days churning out tough, sloppy three-chord rock & roll and gaining nearly as strong a reputation for his decades-long struggle with addiction as for his music.

This is a live recording of an acoustic show Johnny did in Japan, at Shibuya Live Inn on 3 February 1988.
Tillotson, Johnny - It keeps right on a-hurtin'
(Victor VICP-64557 Japan 2008 225:-)

Johnny Tillotson is an American singer and songwriter. Tillotson enjoyed his greatest success in the early 1960s when he scored a series of Top Ten hits including "Poetry in Motion" and the self-penned "It Keeps Right on a-Hurtin'." In total, he placed 30 singles and albums in the Billboard charts between 1958 and 1984.

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Tuxedomoon: 77o7 Tm - 30th Anniversary Box
(Cramboy CBOY-1818 Belgium 2007 400:-)

The music of this avant-garde, electronic-oriented collective from San Francisco ranged from new wave pop to jazz fusion to more experimental synthesizer soundscapes, which were frequently married in concert to performance art shows.

With the words "30th Anniversary Box" on the cover, 7707 looks like it might be a comprehensive overview of Tuxedomoon's career. After three decades of mashing surrealism, high art, cabaret music, performance art, and pop music together, the band's output sure could use some sorting, but you won't find that here. 7707 is essentially their satisfying 2007 album VAPOUR TRAILS packaged with many extras from the vaults.