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Walsh, Joe - Barnstorm
(Universal UICY-9477 Japan 2004 175:-)

"Barnstorm", Joe Walsh's first solo album after leaving the James Gang, garnered him fame not only as a guitarist but also as a songwriter. While it's true that Walsh established himself as a late-'60s/early-'70s guitar hero on the Gang's more boogie-oriented rock numbers, it's Walsh's love of lushly textured production and spacy, open-ended songs featuring both acoustic and electric guitars that is showcased here on this wildly adventurous and forgotten unqualified masterpiece.

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van der Graaf Generator - Still Life
(Universal UICY-77002 Japan 2015 225:-)

VDGG's second step on the mid-'70s comeback trail saw Peter Hammill attempting to meld the introspective and the cosmic throughout, though this did not stop him from taking a dead run at a grandiose concept or two -- the consequences of immortality on the title track, and the grand fate of humanity on the epic "Childlike Faith in Childhood's End." The theme of humane cooperation informs the opening "Pilgrims," while "La Rossa" is an epic tale of desire fulfilled (a story that would be concluded on Hammill's solo album, Over). The true highlight, however, is the beautiful, pensive "My Room (Waiting for Wonderland)," with its echoes of imagination and loss. Hammill did not achieve such a level of painful beauty again until "This Side of the Looking Glass" on Over.

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Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth
(Universal UICS-9131 Japan 2011 300:-)

Van Halen's first album since 1998 is a long-awaited reunion with David Lee Roth, who hasn't recorded with the band since its classic 1984. Here, the reunited Van Halen touch upon the past -- reviving and reworking their old 1976 demo "She's the Woman" -- but look toward the future via new rockers like "Tattoo." This deluxe edition will include a bonus DVD featuring four brand new acoustic-performance videos titled "The Downtown Sessions" including the songs "Panama", "You And Your Blues", "You Really Got Me" and "Beautiful Girls".

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Velvet Underground - Live MCMXCIII
(Sire 9-45434-2 US 1993 225:-)

In late 1992, the Velvet Underground 1965–1968 core line-up of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker suddenly decided to reform. The decision was entirely unexpected because the relationship between Reed and Cale had been sour ever since the late 60s.

This album was recorded during a three-night residence in the Parisian venue L'Olympia and captures the band playing most of the Velvet classics from the back catalogue, with emphasis on the more structured songs.

US limited edition and now hard to find 10-track banana printed CD album which is housed in a superb 7" x 5" padded black PVC digipak sleeve! Decorated with 27 peel-off mini banana stickers plus band name and album title stickers - all of which are intact - and complete with inner booklet! Small cut-out mark in base of spine.
Ventures - Telstar
(Universal TOCP-95130 Japan 2013 175:-)

As one of the foremost instrumental surf rock bands of their day, the Ventures produced what seemed like endless collections of standard tunes in their unique beachy style.

Originally released in 1962, The Ventures play Telstar is one of the band's more recognizable titles. Covering a vast array of early-'60s hit paraders, the album is kicked off by a rival surf band's huge hit. "Telstar" was a hit earlier that same year in a much wobblier Joe Meek-produced version by interstellar outliers the Tornados. While reading somewhere between campy and nostalgic in the context of the decades that followed, The Ventures play Telstar is still a high point in the band's overwhelming discography, and as strong a sample of early-'60s commercially viable surf rock as you're likely to find.

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Whitesnake - Box o' Snakes
(EMI 099967-954223 EU 2011 2500:-)

"Ere's a lotta Whitesnake for ya! Nine CDs, a DVD and even a vinyl EP. Included here is all of the music Whitesnake released on the Sunburst label between '78 and '82: five studio albums, plus the legendary LIVE...IN THE HEART OF THE CITY, and - reproduced on seven-inch vinyl, the debut four-track EP SNAKEBITE.

Its deluxe packaging includes a 90-page hardback book, featuring a 10,000-word interview with coverdale and an introductory essay by Classic Rock's Geoff Barton. Most temptingly of all, there is previously unreleased material: two CDs of BBC live recordings from the 1979 and 1980 Reading Festivals, and on DVD, 45 minutes of so-called 'official bootleg' footage from a 1980 concert in Washington DC."
Who - Quardrophenia
(Polydor POCP-9200/1 Jap-01 275:-)

An excellent and frequently astonishing album, both more ambitious and less accessible than "Tommy", the first and most well known rock opera.

At its simplest level, "Quadrophenia" is a coming-of-age story with an awesome soundtrack. The album features some of the Who's finest material, in songs like the enraged "Real Me," the cynical "Punk Meets the Godfather," the wistful "5:15" and "Sea and Sand," and the powerful "Love, Reign O'er Me." The songwriting (courtesy of Pete Townshend) is top-notch - one Who's finest moments.

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Wimple Winch - The Wimple Winch Story 1963-1968
(Bam Caruso KIRI-107 UK 1992 250:-)

Just Four Men are responsible for 12 of the 28 tracks on this compilation, which also includes 16 later songs by the group into which they evolved, Wimple Winch. All four songs from their 1964-65 singles are here, the standout being "Things Will Never Be the Same," on which the guitars chug along at a really jittery, propulsive tempo. The rest of the songs are higher on potential than impact, as the band seems to be struggling with their ambitions: some unexpected minor chords and odd, moody lyrical twists that wouldn't get realized until the Wimple Winch era. The unreleased cuts are erratic, and sometimes thinly produced and derivative of typical Merseybeats melodies and harmonies. The Just Four Men tracks are totally outclassed by the Wimple Winch segment of the disc, which is an interesting blend of crunching mod pop, psychedelia, and soul, with unexpected rhythmic shifts, fine harmonies, strong melodies, and unusual lyrics (although they sometimes get a little fruity).
Vincent, Gene - I'm Back and I'm Proud
(See for Miles SEECD-415 UK 1994 175:-)

If Ian Dury's 'Sweet Gene Vincent' immortalized this legendary singer, the unknowing would do well to check out this reissue of his 1970 album for the prog Dandelion label, recorded just days before his untimely death in October 1971 aged just 36.

Vincent was something of a survivor and the very stuff of rock and roll legend, plagued with a leg injury sustained in a motorcycle crash and escaping the Reaper when in the car that killed Eddie Cochran. His injury and his alcoholism was to subsequently plague his later career.

Too raunchy and rocky for his native Americans, Vincent came to the UK in the late fifties to be chapperoned by Six Five Special impresario, Jack Good who spotted his raw charisma and leather jacket. This 1970 album, 'I'm Back And I'm Proud', marked something of a comeback, a dozen tracks of mostly raw rock and roll and some countrified ballads, with the writer of 'Born To Be Wild', Mars Bonfire, on rhythm guitar and Linda Ronstadt on backing vocals.

Vincent's short career and lack of major critical acclaim is tinged with poignancy, 'I'm Back And I'm Proud' is a worthy testimony to a flawed and frustrated genius.
Vinton, Bobby - Mr Lonely
(Epic EICP-967 Japan 2008 175:-)

While it's best known for its chart-topping title ballad, Mr. Lonely remains one of Bobby Vinton's most consistent and engaging albums, a product of the Brill Building pop formula at its most irresistible. Given the songwriting and arranging talent on display here — Burt Bacharach, Garry Sherman, Charlie Calello, Robert Mersey, Bill Walker and Stan Applebaum all make significant contributions — it's easy to joke that Vinton's presence is almost superfluous. But for all the Polish Prince excess and schmaltz of his later years, in his prime Vinton was a superior pop singer, investing material like "A Thing Called Sadness," "Satin," and "Someone I Used to Know" with poignancy and sensitivity.

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Wyatt, Robert - His Greatest Misses
(Strange Days VACK-1282 Japan 2005 225:-)

The title of this 17-track Robert Wyatt compilation references his lack of commercial success while taking great care to showcase both his ambitious vision and diversity as an artist. Most of what is here is readily familiar to fans, from his fine if strangely arcane versions of "I'm a Believer" and "Shipbuilding" to the utterly, almost heartbreakingly beautiful "At Last I Am Free," "Arauco," and the starkly ingenious composition "Solar Flares".

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