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Manfred Mann - Manfred the Musicmann
(Fontana WPY-701.578 Hol-67 EX 275:-)

An R&B band that only played pop to get on the charts, Manfred Mann ranked among the most adept British Invasion acts.

The departure of frontman Paul Jones left Manfred Mann with a large void to fill in the summer of 1966. The new line up featured Mike D'Abo as vocalist and was augmented by Klaus Voorman on bass, with Tom McGuiness switching to lead guitar. Released in October 1966, AS IS (here renamed MANFRED THE MUSICMANN) continued the pop sensibilities of their previous album, MANN MADE, with the group firmly removed from its original R&B roots.

Original Dutch pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Glorified Magnified
(Philips 6308.125 UK-72 EX 600:-)

The second album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band to be released in 1972, this is as solid a heavy rock album as you're likely to find from that era, and it still holds up four decades later, mostly because these guys are smarter than the music they're playing and don't mind indulging their taste as well as their dexterity.

Original UK black & silver pressing with gatefold picture sleeve.
Manson Family - Sings the Songs of Charles Manson
(private pressing United Kingdom 1986 EX 500:-)

Taken from original recordings made in or around 1970 at the Spahn Ranch Saloon, featuring members of the Charles Manson "family". Although Charles Manson himself does not appear on any of the tracks, as it was recorded while the trial was ongoing, however he is given written credit for all of the songs. The song "Get on Home" contains the eerie line referring to the killers carving x's into their foreheads.

Limited Edition, White Vinyl, 999 copies only (#295).
Martin Circus - En Direct Du Rock 'N Roll Circus
(Pop Music SLVLX-428 Fra-70 EX 300:-)

Along with Triangle and Systeme Crapoutchik, this group were among the earliest to use their native language in rock. Unusually enough their first album was recorded live and included fine renditions of their early singles. This music is embryonic progressive rock, being an amalgam of influences ranging from Traffic (second album), Soft Machine (first album), Family, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Beatles and Procol Harum, with some hints of jazz, soul and classical music.

Original French pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
McCartney, Paul - Ram
(Apple PAS-10003 UK-71 VG+ 375:-)

At the beginning of his solo career, McCartney took the term rather literally, recording virtually alone, playing and singing nearly all the parts himself. Nowhere is that approach more effective than on RAM, arguably his finest solo recording. Admittedly, he had a little help from guitarist Hugh McCracken and a couple of others here and there, but for the most part, this is Paul's show. Instead of succumbing to self-indulgence, though, he used this forum to focus his artistic energies, thus turning out some of the best songs of his post-Beatles career.

Original UK pressing with 'An EMI Recording' Apple labels, fully laminated gatefold picture sleeve and plain Apple paper inner. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+
McCartney, Paul - Run Devil, Run
(Parlophone 7243-522351 UK-99 EX 1200:-)

After decades spent making lush, carefully crafted pop records, Paul McCartney makes a joyous return to his roots with RUN DEVIL RUN. On this album, McCartney returns to the music that first inspired him to become a musician--early rock & roll, rockabilly, and R&B. Much as Bob Dylan journeyed back to his folk roots and invested them with new resonance on WORLD GONE WRONG, McCartney attacks the material here with freshness and vitality.

Limited edition UK pressing on heavyweight audiophile vinyl, housed in a custom stickered picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner.
McCartney, Paul - same
(Apple PCS-7102 UK-70 VG+ 375:-)

Paul McCartney retreated from the spotlight of the Beatles by recording his first solo album at his home studio, performing nearly all of the instruments himself. Only a handful of songs rank as classics, but those songs -- the light folk-pop of "That Would Be Something," the sweet, gentle "Every Night," the ramshackle Beatles leftover "Teddy Boy," and the staggering "Maybe I'm Amazed" -- are full of all the easy melodic charm that is McCartney's trademark.

1970 UK first issue 14-track vinyl LP, fully laminated gatefold picture sleeve. As a nice touch, the previous owner has attached period reviews of the album to the plain die cut paper inner.
Meatloaf - Bat out of Hell
(Cleveland PBL 34974 Can-77 SS 250:-)

Pomp and circumstance of the grandest order for the multi-platinum Meat Loaf and his songwriting mentor, Jim Steinman. The grandiose intro to the title track was indication enough of the tone of the album, with songs stretching out over what at times seemed like musical infinity. Steinman set his songs in evocative wastelands populated by full orchestras and small-town weirdos.

1977 Canadian limited edition picture disc. This copy remains factory sealed from new in the original die-cut title sleeve and is therefore still MINT and unplayed over 30 years on!
Mercury, Freddie - Barcelona
(Polydor 837277-1 Ger-88 EX 275:-)

With "Barcelona", Queen singer Freddie Mercury realized his long-lived dream of performing with an opera singer; in this case, Montserrat Caballe. While it's certainly a treat for any fan of Mercury's to hear this album, it's an odd record - most fans of opera will probably find it far too simplistic and pop-based, while many rock fans are sure to find the record too classical.

Original 1988 German pressing, gold embossed gatefold picture sleeve with lyric inner.
Mercury, Freddie - The Album
(Parlophone PCSD-124 UK-92 VG+ 300:-)

Combining theatrics and an outrageously flamboyant stage persona with his fine natural-born talent, Farrokh Bulsara was
one of rock's greatest all-time entertainers/showmen! He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of music and penned some of pop's most enduring and instantly recognizable compositions with his group Queen.

Although Freddie Mercury had a legitimate solo career, his solo output was largely ignored. But Mercury managed to score quite a few solo hits, especially his 1985 outing "Mr Bad Guy", as well as an assortment of singles and a vocal tour de force with opera singer Montserrat Caballe, "Barcelona", all of which serve as the basis for this ten-track collection.
Metallica - In Vertigo You will Be
(Bud Records M-907 Ger-90 VG+ 500:-)

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to Earth, the band expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions.

This 3LP set was recorded at Messehalle, Hannover, 19 May 1990 and not on 17 May as stated on the back sleeve.
Metallica - Masters of Evil: 87 Comeback
(Evil Records no number Ger-87 VG+ 1000:-)

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to Earth, the band expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. This 2-LP picdisc set was recorded at the Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany, 27 jan 1987.

The first pressing of this picdisc set, identifiable by the matrix METAL PICTURE-A/D. Track A5 misspelled as "Sanatorium" and track B4 as "The That Is That Should Not Be".
Misfits - 12 Hits from Hell
(Caroline CAR11207LP Ger-02 EX 500:-)

The Misfits are an American horror-themed punk rock band from Lodi, New Jersey. Formed in early 1977, the members were: Glenn Danzig on vocals and electric piano, Jerry Caiafa (Jerry Only) on bass, and Manny on drums.

This album was originally scheduled for an October 30, 2001 release but was cancelled due to Jerry Only's disappointment with the mix and Glenn Danzig's disappointment with the artwork.

This release has only ever been issued on CD format by Caroline Records. Any vinyl is a counterfeit pressing.
Moby Grape - Wow
(CBS S-63271 UK-68 EX 450:-)

Between the time that Moby Grape released their brilliant self-titled debut and when their second album "Wow" appeared in 1968, a little thing called "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" happened, and for the next few years it was no longer enough for a band with some claim to importance to just play rock & roll, even if they approached it with the freshness and imagination Moby Grape displayed on their first LP. Bowing to the pervading influences of the day, "Wow" is a far more ambitious album than "Moby Grape", trading in the latter's energetic simplicity for an expansive production.

Scarce original UK Stereo issue. Both sleeve and viny are graded Excellent!
Moroder, Giorgio - Son of my Father
(ABC Dunhill DSX-50123 US-72 EX 500:-)

Though Giorgio Moroder is best known as one of disco's principal architects, his career also included early flirtations with bubblegum and glam, award-winning film music and a 2010s resurgence that reflected his status as an electronic music pioneer.

Original early 70s release by the legendary disco/soundtrack producer, This album is very much a compilation of A & B-sides from 1971-72 - the song "Tears" was sampled by DJ Shadow on his 1996 release "Organ Donor".
Morrison, Van - Can You feel the Silence
(Sphynx [none] EU-8? EX 375:-)

Van Morrison stands out in the youth-obsessed, disposable world of modern pop music. A grouchy fireplug of a man, he has earned a loyal following that's always kept guessing as to what direction he'll take next. Since the beginning, Morrison has ignored all fly-by-night fads and in doing so has amassed a timeless body of work.

This 2LP set on PINK vinyl is taken from the TV Show "Rockpalast", Grugahalle, Essen, 4 April 1982.
Morrison, Van - Hymns to the Silence
(Polydor 849 026-1 Hol-91 EX 500:-)

Van Morrison had a great deal to say in 1991 about his childhood and his faith; much of it came through on this record in a much less oblique way than we had been used to. The spoken dialogue on "On Hyndford Street" is intensely personal and revealing. For once, we were hearing Morrison's thoughts. Morrison clearly has religion but on this riveting record he refused to preach. Georgie Fame continued to add familiarity to the sound and this was the best Morrison album for many, many years.

Original Dutch pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Mott the Hoople - Mott the Hoople
(Island ILPS-9108 UK-69 VG+ 1000:-)

From the brilliant cover illustration by M.C. Escher to what nearly every critic called a "straightfaced" version of Sonny Bono's "Laugh At Me" (as though it was impossible to perform it any other way), Mott the Hoople's debut album showed that they were clearly no ordinary post-psychedelic British band. Their original material, particularly guitarist Mick Ralph's "Rock And Roll Queen," presaged the glam sound for which they would later become renowned.

Rare UK first pressing on the pink Island label with white 'i' logo. The sleeve shows some very minor wear; the vinyl is graded EX.
Mott the Hoople - Rock and Roll Queen
(Island ILPS-9215 UK-72 EX 300:-)

ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN is an excellent introduction to Mott the Hoople's pre-"All the Young Dudes" background, with tracks that one would consider truly representative of their early powers - the title track, of course, the claustrophobic hard rockers "Walking With a Mountain" and "Thunderbuck Ram," and the grinding "Death May Be Your Santa Claus".

Original UK pressing on pink rimmed Island 'palm tree' label.
Music Emporium - Music Emporium
(Psycho PSYCHO-11 UK-83 EX 275:-)

The Music Emporium's sole release is a fair psychedelic obscurity, best when it goes heaviest on the dreamy melodic elements and Carolyn Lee does the singing. "Velvet Sunsets" and "Gentle Thursday," for instance, sound a bit like a garage version of a mixture of the Jefferson Airplane and the United States of America. The more upbeat items, on which Music Emporium leader Casey Cosby takes on the lead vocals, are lumpier, more awkward late-1960s hard rock/psychedelic efforts. Originally a super-rare pressing of just 300 copies!

1983 unofficial UK pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.