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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.
McCartney, Paul - Band on the Run
(Apple PAS-10007 UK-73 EX 300:-)

Band on the Run is generally considered to be Paul McCartney's strongest solo effort. The album was also his most commercially successful, selling well and spawning two hit singles, the multi-part pop suite of the title track and the roaring rocker "Jet".

Export issue with hand etched "ZYEX" on the runouts, complete with lyric inner & 27" x 20" fold-out poster of polaroid snapshots and picture inner sleeve.
McCartney, Paul - Red Rose Speedway
(Apple PCTC-251 UK-73 VG+ 300:-)

Recorded just three years after the Beatles' split, this was Paul's second album using the Wings name (and fourth solo release overall). "Red Rose Speedway" finds McCartney upping the Rock ante a bit. His three previous solo releases had been low-key, earthy and predominantly acoustic affairs, but Macca and mates started rocking out a little on tracks like 'Big Barn Bed', 'Get On The Right Thing' and especially the non-album bonus track 'Hi Hi Hi'.

Original UK pressing with 'An Apple Record' label text, gatefold picture sleeve with integral 12-page booklet and braille text on the back.
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!
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.
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.
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.