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Aerial FX - Watching the Dance
(Kamera KAM-008 UK-82 VG+ 275:-)

In the early ‘80s, a five-piece band based out of Oxford dramatically changed their sound to meld with the surging new wave movement. They adopted the name Aerial FX, releasing two singles and one full album before their abrupt disbandment in the middle of the decade.

This is probably the most cohesive 26 minute album ever. Probably because the songs flow so seamlessly into each other. That said, this isn't some sort of concept album, all the songs sound completely different. Minimal synthpop/punk I guess sums it up, but it's so much more than that. This shit is like some Sonic the Hedgehog music with mopey Cure singing on top of really reverby guitars.

Original UK/French pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+.
Auger & Julie Driscoll, Brian - Open
(Marmalade 607 002 UK-67 VG+ 500:-)

Great stuff – one of the amazing early albums from the team of Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger – kind of a next-generation to the Brit beat group sound of the mid 60s – one that moves beyond simple R&B modes, to bring in more sophisticated soul and jazz touches! Driscoll's vocals are amazing – some of the boldest belted out in the British scene at the time – and Auger's Hammond work really cooks throughout – at a level that easily makes him one of the best UK organists to hit the scene, amidst some very heady company in the 60s.

Original UK pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are granded Very Good+.
Auger & Julie Driscoll, Brian - Streetnoise, pt 1
(Marmalade 608.014 UK-69 VG+ 300:-)

The final collaboration between Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger's Trinity was 1969's "Streetnoise" -- and as a parting of the ways, it was Trinity's finest moment.

Originally a double album, this is was also issued as two separate volumes - this is Volume One.

Original UK pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+
Ayers, Kevin - Yes, we have Mañanas no
'(Harvest SHSP-4057 UK-76 EX 275:-)

Kevin Ayers was one of rock's oddest and more likable enigmas, even if he often seemed not to operate at his highest potential. Perhaps that's because he never seemed to have taken his music too seriously -- one of his essential charms and most aggravating limitations.

Although the slick, nearly AOR-style production threatens to swamp the music on this album, the solid songwriting wins out in the end. Ayers has written several songs about achieving stardom; the pithy "Star" is a highlight. A cover of Marlene Dietrich's "Falling in Love with You" is this album's near-hit.

Original UK pressing complete with thick card lyric inner and textured picture sleeve.
Aztec Camera - New, Live and Rare
(WEA 18PI-2156 Jap-88 EX 275:-)

Aztec Camera was the brainchild of Roddy Frame, a Scottish songwriter and vocalist whose precocious talent -- he was still in his teens when the band cut their acclaimed debut album - earned the band a loyal cult following. With Frame's knack for catchy, upbeat melodies, Aztec Camera became a major critical favorite in the U.K.

Rare Japanese 7-track vinyl, featuring "Somewhere In My Heart - Alternate Mix" and "Everybody Is Number One - Boston '88 Version", plus four tracks recorded live in Bristol, Glasgow and Los Angeles between December 1987 and June '88, picture sleeve complete with Japanese text biography/lyric insert and narrow black & white obi-strip - hard to find on this format!