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Banks, Peter - Two Sides of Peter Banks
(Sovereign SVNA-7256 UK-76 VG+ 375:-)

For "Two Sides of Peter Banks", the ex-guitarist from Yes gathered an impressive group of guest musicians, including Genesis' Phil Collins and Steve Hackett and King Crimson's John Wetton. Most importantly, the whole album was written and recorded with Netherlands guitarist Jan Akkerman.

The first six tracks make up a suite ranging from acoustic duets to full-blown instrumental progressive rock numbers that bear noticeable similarities with some material Steve Hackett would record for his first solo album.

Original UK pressing. The sleeve shows some ringwear; the vinyl is graded EX.
Basho, Robbie - Venus in Cancer
(Blue Thumb BTS-10 US-70 VG+ 275:-)

Spacey fingerstyle guitar meanderings from Robbie Basho – a contemporary of John Fahey who helped create the genre of tripped out, open tuning excursions! This album was recorded after Basho's early work for the Takoma label, and it's got a bit less Native American imagery than before – replaced with more of a sense of Eastern mysticism for inspiration that also features some vocals alongside the guitar!

Original US pressing; the sleeve shows normal wear - the vinyl is graded EX.
Beatles - 1
(Apple 529325-1 UK-00 EX 450:-)

For the six years the Beatles were recording, the Fab Four ascended to top of the American and British charts an astonishing 27 times. This 2-LP compilation brings those hits together in one place to span every phase of the foursome's highly influential career. Early Merseybeat-flavored sides like "Love Me Do" (the band's first Stateside hit), "She Loves You," and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" struck a chord early on with hordes of screaming teens.Unfortunately, this found the band temporarily dismissed as mere teen idols despite these numbers coming as a result of the vaunted Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership.

27-track compilation double LP, pressed on Audiophile Quality Heavyweight Vinyl, featuring every #1 achieved by the band in the UK & US charts, complete with printed inner sleeves, four psychedelic art prints and a large fold-out full-colour poster showing various original Beatles 7" picture sleeves from around the world, gatefold picture sleeve.
Beatles - Abbey Road
(Apple PCS-7088 UK-69 VG+ 1000:-)

Pure brilliance from start to finish – especially the second side of the record, which has a continuous run of tunes that's very unique – and still completely sublime all these many years later! The album shows the fracturing ideas of the group, but crafted together with a unity you won't find on "The White Album" or "Let It Be" – still a way of making it all gel together beautifully, as the fab four stretch their wings to find new ways of being.

Original UK pressing with misaligned Apple Logo on back - without 'Her Majesty' credit on sleeve or label, fully laminated picture sleeve.
Beatles - Abbey Road
(Apple PCS-7088 VG+ UK-69 800:-)

Pure brilliance from start to finish – especially the second side of the record, which has a continuous run of tunes that's very unique – and still completely sublime all these many years later! The album shows the fracturing ideas of the group, but crafted together with a unity you won't find on "The White Album" or "Let It Be" – still a way of making it all gel together beautifully, as the fab four stretch their wings to find new ways of being.

Original UK pressing without 'Her Majesty' credit on sleeve or label, fully laminated picture sleeve.
Beatles - Apple Tracks, vol 1 - 3
(Great Live Concerts 15081/3 US-81 EX 900:-)

The sessions commonly referred to as the "Get Back Sessions" took place during January 1969. (Jan 2nd - 14th at Twickenham Studios; Jan 21st - 31st at Apple Studios). Paul McCartney originally conceived the project back in late '68, believing that they could revitalize the band by returning to live performances. The Beatles were to be filmed writing, rehearsing, and recording, culminating with the actual live show (the logistics of which were never really settled, resulting in "The Roof Top" as a last ditch compromise).

The majority of the tapes from these sessions came via the sound reels. The film crew used two nagra mono reel-to-reel machines, each assigned to a camera, and each holding approximately 16 minute reels of tape.
They were staggered, so that in most cases, when the tape ran out on one, the other was still rolling.

Rare issue of three 2LP sets; both sleeves and vinyls are graded Excellent!
Beatles - Beatles' First
(Polydor 236.201 UK-67 VG+ 500:-)

This album features the eight Hamburg recordings involving the Beatles plus four songs recorded by Tony Sheridan without the Beatles. While it appears that Polydor in U.K. initially planned on releasing "The Beatles First" in mono, the company ultimately decided to press the LP exclusively in stereo upon its release on the Polydor Special label. This album is a reissue of the eponymous German album which was released in April 1964 and imported to England.

This is the 1st variation which has “The Beatles” printed under each song on which they play.
Beatles - Beatles for Sale
(Parlophone PMC-1240 UK-64 VG 500:-)

The Beatles for sale, but never in a commercial way at all – early proof of the group's great balance between mainstream appeal and sounds that still stick to the frontiers of rock and roll! The tunes are short, and heavy on influences from American R&B – yet the Fab Four are already crafting their new sound strongly, and have a melodic brilliance that's hard to deny!

Rare first press MONO LP with -3N matrices to show this is a true first batch pressing, front laminated internal pocket flipback gatefold sleeve with small outline 'mono' on the front. The sleeve shows some wear and is graded VG; the vinyl is graded VG+.
Beatles - Beatles Tapes
(Polydor MPX-9951/2 Jap-76 300:-)

Original 1976 Japanese Polydor mono double vinyl LP set, housed in an internal pasted gatefold picture sleeve including 28-page booklet with some great photos and a full transcript of the interviews in both English and Japanese, plus obi-strip.
Beatles - Con los Beatles
(Odeon URL-2096 Urg-7? SS 800:-)

This is the one that turned the world upside-down. Released as its creators evolved from pop group to phenomenon, WITH THE BEATLES both affirmed promise and proclaimed genius. A slew of memorable Lennon/McCartney compositions embraced pop at its most multi-faceted, robust, melancholic, excited, and wistful. Their grasp of melody and harmony startled, yet for every unusual chord sequence employed, the Beatles' vigor and sense of purpose remained true.

Uruguayan pale blue & white (?) Odeon label LP, housed in a unique black & white Beatles picture sleeve with Spanish song titles printed on the reverse. Still Sealed!
Beatles - Help!
(Parlophone PCS-3071 UK-65 VG+ 1000:-)

A great little record that's kind of a prequel for Rubber Soul – filled with short, tuneful tracks that would flower more deeply on that later album – and often served up with a bit more wit and adult consciousness than in any of the group's earlier records! One of those records that we always forget about, until we drop the needle!

Original UK STEREO pressing with 'Gramophone Co/Sold In The UK' credits on the label and Garrod & Lofthouse front laminated flipback picture sleeve with outlined stereo logo and 'Patents Pending' text on the bottom flip.
Beatles - Hey Jude
(Apple CPCS-106 UK-69 VG+ 2000:-)

"Hey Jude" is one of the odder Beatles records released during the group's lifespan. Essentially a clearinghouse for singles that never appeared on album, the record relies heavily on songs released between 1968 and 1969.

Extremely rare EXPORT ONLY pressing with the label listing 'Revolutions' & 'Paper Back Writer' on the A-side label, fully laminated picture sleeve. The laminate is the 'floating' type that does not extend to the edges at the back - as a consequence there is a degree of edge scuffing evident as well as some light laminate creasing. The vinyl is graded VG+ with just a few light surface scuffs to show for all its years in the wild. A rarely seen great condition variant at an advantageous price!
Beatles - Revolver
(Parlophone PCS-7009 UK-66 VG+ 1250:-)

Maybe the best Beatles album ever – a key set that bridges the catchiness of the early years and the sharper ideas of later albums – with a slightly sinister undercurrent that really keeps things fresh! The album's got some great early psych in spots, offset with wonderfully mature and sweet lyrics on the love songs – cross-cut with a bit of witty social commentary too!

Original UK STEREO pressing, with "Sold in the UK/Grammphone Co" labels. A noted discrepancy is that the label is printed 'DOCTOR ROBERT', where as the sleeve lists 'DR. ROBERT', as opposed to later pressings which credit 'DOCTOR' on both.
Beatles - Rock n Roll Music
(Parlphone PCS-7191/2 UK-76 VG+ 300:-)

On toward the mid-'70s, it dawned on the powers-that-were at Capitol/EMI that millions of listeners had come of age since the breakup of the Beatles in 1970 and, thus, had never experienced the group except in a historical context. Given the title and focus of this 1976 2LP collection, a lot of the emphasis was on the group's pre-psychedelic period; it also emphasized -- more than anything seen from them since 1965 -- their joyous renditions of other songwriters' work, especially old rock & roll standards like "Long Tall Sally," "Slow Down," "Dizzie Miss Lizzie," "Twist & Shout," etc., which had been a significant part of their output before their in-house songwriting came to dominate their recordings.

Original UK pressing; both sleeve and vinyls are graded VG+.
Beatles - Rubber Soul
(Parlophone PCS-3075 UK-65 VG+ 1750:-)

A landmark leaping-off point for The Beatles – and a record that really paved the way for countless new ideas to come! The mix of catchy pop and freer ideas here is really wonderful – tunes that introduce a whole new mature world in mainstream music – yet manage to have all the catchy complexity of the earlier years too. Production, songwriting, and delivery is superb!

Original UK STEREO pressing with 'Gramophone Co' perimeter and 'Sold in UK' central label text, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve has a previous owners name stamped on the back.
Beatles - Second Album
(Apple AP-80012 Jap-76 EX 500:-)

"The Beatles' Second Album" stands as probably best pure rock & roll album ever issued of the group's music. In the process of pulling songs from various British and American EPs, singles and B-sides, the compilers somehow managed to avoid any trace of the pop ballads favored by Paul McCartney that usually slowed down the group's other early albums, and the result was the longest uninterrupted body of hard rock & roll and R&B in their entire output.

1976 Japanese Apple label issue of the 11-track stereo vinyl LP, housed in a gatefold pasted picture sleeve complete with lyric insert and wide 'Beatles Forever' obi-strip with Apple logo. This is rarer than the Union Flag obi-strip issue.
Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
(Parlophone PCS-7027 UK-67 VG+ 700:-)

Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades!

Orignal UK pressing on the Black and Yellow Parlophone label with 'The Gramophone Co Ltd' and 'Sold In The UK' label credits, complete with the original red & white'flame' inner & intact sheet of cut-outs, fully laminated internal flipback gatefold sleeve.
Beatles - White Album
(bootleg 1C 172-04 173 PD Ger-07 VG+ 500:-)

Each song on this sprawling double album is an entity to itself, as the band touches on anything and everything it can. This makes for a frustratingly scattershot record or a singularly gripping musical experience, depending on your view, but what makes the so-called White Album interesting is its mess. Never before had a rock record been so self-reflective, or so ironic.

This is a 2 x Picdisc bootleg set; each side sports one of the Beatles with the same picture as on the record themselves.
Black Keys - El Camino
(Nonesuch 530454-1 US/EU-12 EX 300:-)

With the hard-rocking "El Camino", The Black Keys guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney conjure up an exhilarating, stadium-sized sound in collaboration with producer and friend Danger Mouse. "El Camino" boasts a no-nonsense brilliance: the pace is fast, the mood is upbeat, the choruses unfailingly addictive made for shouting along, preferably in a large, sweaty crowd.

Special 2 x 45rpm edition released in a gatefold sleeve. Includes giant poster, bonus 7" in plain generic black sleeve and CD in cardboard sleeve, limited and numbered to 10,000 (#007567).
Black Widow - Black Widow III
(CBS S‎-64562 UK-71 VG+ 1000:-)

Black Widow has sometimes been described as a Black Sabbath-like band, and the name itself surely invites a comparison. Yet if that had any validity at the start of their career, by this, their third album, they really sounded more like solid mid-level British prog rockers than satanic hard rockers. This is really closer to early King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer territory than Black Sabbath, given their lengthy, shifting compositions; stress on forceful organ and vocal harmonies; substantial jazz, classical, hard guitar rock, and folk influences; and the color supplied by Clive Jones' sax and flute.

Rare original UK pressing, with lyric inner. The sleeve displays minor signs of shelfwear; the vinyl is graded VG+ - a really nice example of this legendary album!
Blondie - Live!
(Bumstead Records BLO-101 US-78 EX 300:-)

Embracing a broad range of pop music that encompassed British Invasion rock, garage rock, disco, reggae, Latin rhythms, and hip-hop, Blondie was the most commercially successful band to emerge from the New York punk/new wave community of the late '70s.

This performance was recorded at the Starwood in West Hollywood, CA on April 25, 1978.
Bon Jovi - Keep the Faith
(Mercury 514197-1 Ger-92 EX 300:-)

After one of Jon Bongiovi's first demos, 'Runaway,' became a hit on the Jersey airwaves, the young musician formed the group Bon Jovi in 1983. The group went on to become one of the most successful hard rock bands of the decade, earning a huge number of fans and numerous industry honors.

When KEEP THE FAITH was released in 1992, it had been four years since the commercial success of NEW JERSEY. Times and tastes had changed, with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam stealing the spotlight. KEEP THE FAITH reflects the change, as the straight-ahead, Springsteenish rock of past efforts gave way to the more adult-contemporary sound; they even cut their hair!

Original German pressing with lyric insert.
Boss Hog - Whiteout
(City Slang 20150-1 Ger-99 EX 300:-)

It's difficult to consider Boss Hog without invoking the name of Jon Spencer. Not only is the Blues Explosion leader a member of Boss Hog, but he's also married to Boss Hog leader Christina Martinez, so his overwrought post-modern downtown, white-boy blues-funk is always lurking just around the corner.

WHITEOUT finds Boss Hog completing its evolution from unlistenable squalls of white-boy (and -girl) blues to a more varied sound incorporating blues, electronic textures, and programmed beats. Its strongest moments are the ones in which Boss Hog does what it does best: strut, sneer, and groove.

Original German pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Bowie, David - David Bowie
(Deram DOA-1 Hol-84 EX 375:-)

After a few years of cutting R&B covers and shouty Beatle/Who knock-offs, David Bowie graduated to the sort of dizzying musical experimentation which was soon to make him the stuff of legend. "David Bowie" is a surprisingly sprawling affair - composed entirely by the 19-year old Bowie, it reflects a drastic movement from the imitative, R&B-tinged early efforts to a staggering musical complexity and often-abstract poetic wordplay.

1984 Dutch/UK re-issue. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Bowie, David - No Ziggy or Iggy
(Omega 912 US-78 VG+ 375:-)

The Isolar II – The 1978 World Tour, more commonly known as The Low / Heroes World Tour or The Stage Tour, was David Bowies first worldwide tour. The tour opened on 29 March 1978 at the San Diego Sports Arena continuing through North America, Europe and Australia before reaching a conclusion at the Nippon Budokan in Japan on 12 December 1978.

Los Angeles, Forum 04.04.78 & offical versions.
Bowie, David - Stage
(RCA Victor PL-02913 UK-78 EX 300:-)

Emerging from his self-imposed exile in Berlin, David Bowie assembled a new band and took to the road to promote his Berlin-recorded albums. "Stage" chronicles that 1977 tour, and captures Bowie at one of the most creative periods of his career. Bowie performs gripping versions of these challenging tunes, and guitarist Adrian Belew is especially good on this material.

1978 UK pressing, fully laminated gatefold picture sleeve.
Buffalo Springfield - Expecting to Fly
(Atlantic 2464.012 UK-70 VG+ 300:-)

Buffalo Springfield's time was short - they formed in 1966 and split in 1968 - but their legacy was vast. Nominally a folk-rock band, Buffalo Springfield also showed a facility with country-rock, psychedelia, soul, and hard rock, all the while embracing the possibilities of the recording studios of Los Angeles.

1970 compilation on the plum/red Atlantic label '99' series, fully laminated picture sleeve with notes by John Peel printed on the reverse. Both sleeve and viny are graded VG+.
Bunch - Rock On
(Island ILPS-9189 UK-72 VG+ 400:-)

Late in 1971 the classic Fairport/Fotheringay family visited the new Manor Studios to revisit their rock'n'roll roots. Rock On captures a bunch of friends having enormous fun in the recording studio. Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Linda Thompson, Pat Donaldson, Ashley Hutchings, Gerry Conway, Dave Mattacks and producer Trevor Lucas perform their favourite songs from Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Dion and Buddy Holly.

Rare original 1972 UK pink rimmed Island 'palm tree' label 12-track vinyl LP, die-cut laminated picture sleeve with sky blue poly-lined company inner and bonus Let There Be Drums one-sided 7" flexi disc! The sleeve has a rip in the front where the single is to be inserted - otherwise in Excellent condition!
Burdon & the Animals, Eric - Love Is
(MGM SE-4591 US-71 coh EX 350:-)

This double LP set was the last album by an Animals configuration until the original band did the obligatory reunion album some years later. An album filled with excess, bombast and extended tunes, and a great example of how the British invasion morphed into psychedelia and ultimately self-destructed. Highlights include their version of "River Deep, Mountain High", which is a great companion to Tina Turner's, and their loving Bee Gees tribute, "To Love Somebody".
Business - 1980/81 (Official Bootleg)
(Syndicate SYN-LP2 UK-83 NM 300:-)

The Business are an English Oi!/Punk Rock band formed in 1979 in Lewisham, South London. Their album Suburban Rebels became influential in the Oi! movement. Their biggest hit song in recent times, "England 5 - Germany 1", (based on the result of a World Cup Qualifying match in 2001), became a football anthem for England.