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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.
Matthews, Ian - If You saw thro' my Eyes
(Vertigo 6360.034 UK-71 VG+ 400:-)

One of the founding members of Fairport Convention, Ian Matthews left that group in 1969 (during the recording of "Unhalfbricking") to pursue a solo career.

"If You Saw Thro' My Eyes" reunited Matthews with former Fairport bandmates Sandy Denny, who had left the band in late 1969, and Richard Thompson, who would depart by the time of this album's release. Both would bring their distinctive personalities to the proceedings without ever overwhelming Matthews' own vision.

Original UK pressing on the large Vertigo 'swirl' label, housed in a textured gatefold sleeve. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+.
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.
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!
Moody Blues - The Magnificent Moodies
(Decca LK-4711 UK-65 VG+ 500:-)

An incredible first album from The Moody Blues – way way different than any of their later high-concept work, and much more in the best soul and R&B-drenched material of the UK mod scene of the time! A number of cuts here are remakes of American soul tracks – including their stellar take on "Go Now" – and like some of the Moodies' best contemporaries, like Manfred Mann, the group really transform the material – and don't just offer up blue-eyed takes on the tunes.

Original UK MONO vinyl on the deep groove red 'unboxed' Decca label.
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.