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Camel - Mirage
(Deram SML-1107 UK-74 EX 700:-)

With their second album, Camel begin to develop their own distinctive sound, highlighted by the group's liquid, intricate rhythms and the wonderful, unpredictable instrumental exchanges by keyboardist Pete Bardens and guitarist Andy Latimer. Camel also distinguish themselves from their prog rock peers with the multi-part suite "Lady Fantasy," which suggests the more complex directions they would take a few albums down the line.

Original UK pressing. The matrices read: XZAL-12754P-2W / XZAL-12755P-2W. The matt sleeve is the first issue Robert Stace printed design and is complete with the all too often missing band picture/credits insert.
Camel - The Snow Goose
(Decca SKL-R-5207 UK-75 VG+ 375:-)

Camel's classic period started with "The Snow Goose", an instrumental concept album based on a novella by Paul Gallico. Although there are no lyrics on the album, two songs feature wordless vocals.

Original UK vinyl, fully laminated picture sleeve complete with illustrated insert. The sleeve shows just a light wear - the vinyl is in Excellent condition!
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!
Casey, Howard - Twist at the Top
(Fontana TFL-5180 UK-62 VG+ 400:-)
This ace sax blower started his long career in Liverpool back in 1959 with Derry & The Seniors. In 1961, he began fronting the Seniors, and the following year his first (and sole) album came out: an explosive mixture of beat, rock 'n' roll & twist. Derry and The Seniors have the unique distinction of being the first Liverpool band to play in Hamburg, Germany. And since then, he's gone on to record with Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr, The Who, Cliff Richard, Marc Bolan, Mott The Hoople, Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, Paice Ashton & Lord, Gilbert O'Sullivan to name just a few.
Christian Death - Sex and Drugs and Jesus Christ
(Jungle FREUD-P25 UK-88 EX 375:-)

The founding fathers of American goth rock, Christian Death took a relentlessly confrontational stand against organized religion and conventional morality, with an appetite for provocation that made Marilyn Manson look like Stryper. Regardless of who was leading or performing in the group, Christian Death wallowed in blasphemy, morbidity, drug use, and sexual perversity.

With calculated-to-shock cover art, "Sex & Drugs & Jesus Christ" offers heavy goth-rock bordering on metal, with theatrically dark lyrics critical of organized religion.

Original UK pressing PICTURE DISC:
Clash - Give 'em enough Rope
(CBS S-CBS-82431 UK-78 EX 275:-)

The second album from The Clash – ferocious, melodic and masterful bits of barbed greatness from the group. They're playing in peak form even with the less shambling, slightly more polished production of Sandy Pearlman. This one stands out beautifully nowadays, since most of the songs aren't as overplayed as the more zeitgeiest-y earlier ones or the MTV hits that came later on. Essential!!

Original UK pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Clash - Sandinista
(CBS FSLN-1 UK-80 VG+ 300:-)

The longest album ever from The Clash – a stunning triple LP set that really shows the group bristling with new ideas and energy throughout! There's a hell of a lot going on here – some cuts that are every bit as strong as the previous records, others that offer a few mis-steps but in a wonderfully playful way – and a few more that really hit this sort of unique mix of genres and politics that could only be summed up as Clash-like at its best!

Original UK pressing with fold-out lyric insert. The sleeve shows some general creasing/wear - the vinyls are graded VG+.

Close Shave - Lone Riders
(Dim Records DIM-007 Ger-92 VG+ 275:-)

An Oi! band from Birmingham, England, Close Shave are one of those bands that refuse to make a positive stance against racism and fascism. In fact when you see the evidence mounting against them they are a full on Blood And Honour / RAC band.

Original German pressing; the sleeve has some minor wear - the vinyl is graded EX.
Clouds - Scrapbook
(Island ILPS-9100 UK-6? VG+ 1250:-)

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".
Cooper, Alice - Trash
(Epic OE-45137 US-89 EX 300:-)

While Alice Cooper's late-'80s comeback was a success largely on the strength of his ever-popular stage show, his albums of the era, 1986's CONSTRICTOR and 1987's RAISE YOUR FIST AND YELL, failed to reap mass commercial success. All of this changed with 1989's TRASH, his first platinum-certified album in nearly 15 years. The album's top-10 single "Poison" made fans of '80s glam-metal fully embrace Cooper, a man who had almost single-handedly created the genre.

Original US pressing in shrinkwrap with sticker; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
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 - My Aim is True
(Stiff SEEZ-3 UK-77 EX 375:-)

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 yellow back; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
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+.
Cramps - Flame Job
(Epitaph 86449-1 US-94 EX 350:-)
Conjuring a fiendish witches' brew of primal rockabilly, grease-stained '60s garage rock, vintage monster movies, perverse and glistening sex, the Cramps celebrate all that is dirty and gaudy with a perverse joy that draws in listeners with its fleshy decadence.

Original US pressing; on RED vinyl. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded Excellent!
Cream - 1966-1972
(Polydor 535484-1 EU-14 SS 1250:-)

This British rock supergroup was formed in 1966 and their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and bourgeoning psychedelic rock as performed by Eric Clapton's innovative blues guitar, Jack Bruce's operatic voice and fluid bass playing, and Ginger Baker's jazz-influenced drumming. Cream soon evolved further, creating a trademark approach built around each musician's virtuoso playing.

This 7LP Box Set collects this epic band's six, career-spanning studio and live albums together for the very first time. Each LP retains authenticity with original artwork and is pressed on 180 gram, heavyweight audiophile vinyl. All are housed in a slipcase box.
Cure - Kiss Me! Kiss Me! Kiss Me!
(Polydor 33MM-0566/7 Jap-87 EX 600:-)

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith, the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of their music.

This hefty double album often sounds more like a compilation than a coherent whole, with musical ideas bouncing frantically back and forth. Nevertheless, in typical Cure style, "Kiss Me! Kiss Me! Kiss Me!" successfully combines catchy pop with bitter despair.

Japanese picture label 18-track double vinyl LP, gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics printed inside, complete with glossy 4-page Japanese text biography/lyric insert and original obi-strip.
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