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Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink
(Deram SDL-R1 UK-7? VG+ 350:-)

"In the Land of Grey and Pink" is considered by many to be a pinnacle release from Caravan. The album contains an undeniable and decidedly European sense of humor and charm. In addition, this would mark the end of the band's premiere lineup. As a group effort, this album displays all the ethereal brilliance Caravan created on their previous outings. Their blending of jazz and folk instrumentation and improvisational styles hints at Traffic and Family, as displayed on "Winter Wine," as well as the organ and sax driven instrumental introduction to "Nine Feet Underground".

Late 70's UK re-issue in gatefold sleeve.
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!
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".
Contortions - Buy
(Ze Records ILPS-7002 UK-79 EX 275:-)

The Contortions were one of the most important -- and accessible -- bands in New York's short-lived No Wave movement, playing a noisy, clattering avant-funk that drew from punk and free jazz. "Buy the Contortions" marked their official album debut - aside from a few live recordings, the original Contortions lineup didn't release much more material.

Original UK pressing.
Cooper, Alice - School's Out
(Warner Bros K-56007 UK-72 VG+ 375:-)

Although it still contained elements of their two preceding albums' heavy metal garage rock, Alice Cooper's 1972 release expanded on the more progressive material. The majority of the songs were more sophisticated than the group's past work, with greater use of dynamics. The band was working under tight a deadline to complete the album, but it's certainly no half-hearted rush job!

Rare original UK pressing on the green Warner Bros label, housed in a fold-out die-cut 'school desk' picture sleeve. Originally issued with a pair of elasticated paper panties, which (of course) are missing!
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 - 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 - 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+.
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.
Curly Curve - Curly Curve
(Brain 1040 Ger-73 VG+ 800:-)

Curly Curve were formed in Berlin in the late 60's. After multi-changes in the line up and various musical directions the band recorded their self titled album in 1973 for the legendary Brain Records. The music features a dynamic, hyper-active mix of heavy-bluesy guitar riffings, epic driven keyboards and occasionaly spaced out electronic moves.
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