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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!
Captain Beefheart - Plastic Factory
(Buddah 2318.014 Ger-70 EX 400:-)

The genesis of the first Captain Beefheart album SAFE AS MILK is suitably shrouded in mystery, but the result is a collection of performances that meld blues, R&B, avant garde rock, and West Coast pop in a unique and heady mix that's like nothing else in the Captain's oeuvre. While subsequent outings would emphasize the full-on weirdness of Beefheart and his Magic Band, songs such as "Yellow Brick Road," "Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do" and "Abba Zabba," while not without their own sonic quirks, still sound fresh and accessible today.

Rare 1970 German pressing of 'Safe As Milk', retitled and given a unique laminated picture sleeve. The European pressings of Beefheart albums have long been sought after for their perceived superior mastering compared to their US counterparts. Given the complete repackaging of this unique release, this album is more sought after than most of the rest.
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, Howie - Twist at the Top
(Fontana TFL-5180 UK-62 VG+ 300:-)
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.

Original UK MONO pressing; both sleeve and vinyl 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 - 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+.
Cream - Fresh Cream
(Polydor 572.26-9 EU-17 EX 750:-)

"Fresh Cream" is the first album by Cream, laid down at the height of the UK blues boom, covering the kind of territory you might expect from three of the most respected players on the scene at the time. With Eric Clapton fresh just from his time with John Mayall, Ginger Baker leaving behind the R'n'B backwaters of Graham Bond Organisation, and a woefully under-employed Jack Bruce hightailing it from the increasingly pop-leaning Manfred Mann, the electric blues was their natural turf. Highlights include the racing harmonica work-out, and the call and response excitements on Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”, a spine-tingled vocal on the Willie Dixon classic, “Spoonful”, as well as the self-penned “Sleepy Time Time” which gives Clapton a free hand to wake up all and sundry.

This 6LP Deluxe Box Set includes various alternate/new stereo mixes. Also featured is previously unreleased BBC sessions.
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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