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Callender, Bobby - The Way
(Mithra SAAB 931-4 US-72 VG+ 800:-)

During the late 60's, Bobby Callender was one of the most mythical figures in popular music. Conceptually his musical universe delivers all the originality of an artistic freedom, really awakened of alternative lifestyle, cross cultures and psychedelic "civilization".

The two albums he recorded under his name ("Rainbow" in 1968, "The Way" in 1971) are currently seen as the two logical sides of a grandiloquent project including numerous musicians from the jazz and raga scenes.

Original US pressing.
Carmen - Dancing on a Cold Wind
(Regal Zonophone SLRZ-1040 UK-74 VG+ 450:-)
If Dancing on a Cold Wind is not as strong as Carmen's previous album, it is mostly because the 24-minute suite "Rememberances (Recuerdos de Espana)" is not as tightly linked musically than the second half of Fandangos in Space. The fact that heartbreak and failed relationships provide the sole topic on this album also gives it redundant flavor. Still, this effort showcases the same elements that made the band's first LP an artistic success: sharp musicianship and the spellbinding blend of progressive rock and flamenco, although this time around the first influence is far more important than the second.

Original UK Vinyl; the sleeve shows some minor wear; the vinyl is in Excellent condition!
Clouds - Scapbook
Island ILPS-9100 UK-6? VG+ 500:-)

Clouds were a promising psychedelic-cum-prog-rock band from Scotland who never found the commercial success to match their critical raves.

This is an oddly compelling album - the music is a strange mix of early prog rock, psychedelia, and baroque pop, moderately orchestrated pieces bumping up against works of Beatlesque music hall jollity and spaced-out weirdness.

UK 2nd press (?) on the second pink Island label. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+; the label of Side 2 is stamped "Sample Record - Not for Sale".
Costello, Elvis - 50.000.000 Elvis Fans...
(Slipped Disc EL‎–5000 US-79 VG+ 375:-)

Declan Patrick McManus is one of the biggest talents to come out of London's mid-1970s Pub Rock scene. His earliest records were of such high caliber and from such a different viewpoint than the music emanating from punkified London that even today his music is liable to knock an unsuspecting listener on her or his arse!

This 2LP set contains;
"The Elvis Outtakes" (sides A & B), these sound like demos, but are great! "Crystal clear sound".

Side B, last 3 songs were recorded live at The 4 Ackers Club, New York, 1977.

Sides C & D recorded live at The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, December 5, 1977.
Costello, Elvis - Armed Forces
(Radar RAD-14 UK-79 EX 275:-)

A key album in Costello's development for the way it branched off into the ABBA-influenced pure pop of "Accidents Will Happen" and "Oliver's Army," the sunny Beatlesque melodies of "Busy Bodies," and the soulful ballad "Party Girl," ARMED FORCES is consistently rated among the finest works in the singer-songwriter's canon.

UK limited edition vinyl, complete with bonus 3-track 7" live EP in its own picture sleeve, a set of four postcards, one for each band member, illustrated lyric inner and fold out stickered picture sleeve.
Costello, Elvis - Goodbye Cruel World
(F-Beat ZL-70317 Hol-84 VG+ 225:-)

If there was ever an album showing an artist in transition then this is it. Elvis was continuing his move from popular music star to deep thinking artist, but here he had a crisis of confidence writ large which was not surprising given his personal issues at that time, including a divorce.

Dutch pressing; this copy has been signed by Elvis on the front.
Costello, Elvis -My Aim is True
(Stiff SEEZ-3 UK-77 VG+ 300:-)

When MY AIM IS TRUE was released in 1977, Elvis Costello arrived as the uber-geek, hell-bent on blowing away years of macho rock posturing with his revenge-of-the-nerds image and sharp, snappy sound, instantly defining New Wave. In retrospect, the songs owed more to rootsy pub-rock than it did to punk, but it was still miles beyond the hairy-chested blues-rock theatrics bogging down the airwaves in the mid-'70s.

Original UK pressing with pink back; both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+.
Cure - Faith
(Fiction fix6 Nor-81 VG+ 375:-)

The Cure was the flagship for Great Britain's post-punk gloom-rock trend of the late '70s, with a ghoulish image that masked the diversity of their music.

Certainly not the "darkest" the Cure would eventually get, "Faith" is still one of the most "gray" records out there. Melancholy and despondent, it comes off as not just a collection of songs, but as a full piece.

Scarce Norwegian pressing in a gatefold sleeve.