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999 - 999
(United Artists UAG-30199 UK-78 VG+ 275:-)

Despite having formed in 1976, 999 have only experienced two permanent changes to their original line-up and has continued to record and play live to the present day, leading AllMusic to describe the band as "one of the longest-lived groups of the punk era.

The blistering debut from Punk legends 999 is feisty and ferocious, yet laced with melodic hooks galore. It sparkles with Punk energy and sounds fresh no matter how many times you listen to it!
Nazareth - Rampant
(Mooncrest CREST-15 UK-74 VG+ 600:-)

Nazareth are a Scottish hard rock band formed in 1968 that had several hits in the United Kingdom, as well as in several other West European countries in the early 1970s.

Rampant was Nazareth's fifth album in less than four years. An absolutely crazy pace to try and maintain when you consider the period between each release saw the band on permanent tour rotation. How they managed to squeeze in time to write new material is anyone's guess. The fact the end result was as solid as Rampant is nothing short of miraculous.

Original UK pressing in an embossed sleeve with picture innersleeve and the elusive "dollar bill"!
New Colony Six - Colonization
(Sentar ST-3001 US-67 VG+ 275:-)

Chicago's New Colony Six originally emerged as a tough, British Invasion-styled outfit prominently featuring Farfisa organ and a novel (at the time) Leslie guitar. Scoring a huge local hit with "I Confess," their early recordings -- exemplified by their 1966 debut album, Breakthrough -- featured first-class original material that gave the sound of Them and the Yardbirds a more commercial, American garage-based, vocal harmony approach.
Nice - Nice
(Immediate IMSP-026 UK-69 VG+ 300:-)

The Nice are most famous as the starting point for keyboard whiz Keith Emerson before he came to fame with ELP, and many among the cognoscenti insist that they were superior to those prog-rock giants.

Like ELP, the Nice was a power trio with the focus squarely on Emerson's virtuoso abilities, and it aimed at a similar fusion of rock and classical music.
However, as evidenced by THE NICE, its third album, the band had much more roughage in its sound. It incorporates a fair amount of hard-edged psychedelia into its style, and in the pre-synthesizer '60s, Emerson spends his time playing the Hendrix of the Hammond, coaxing all manner of ungodly sounds from it.

Original UK pressing on the pink Immediate label, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve
Nico - The End
(Island ILPS-9311 UK-74 VG+ 500:-)

Christa Päffgen was born in Köln in 1938. While modeling in New York in the 1960s, Bob Dylan introduced her to Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground. She sang three songs on the VU's debut LP and played roles in several Warhol films.

Children’s chanting, spooky swirling organ and Nico’s strong monotone on “It Has Not Taken Long” opens her fourth album, "The End". This 1974 release (and third collaboration with Velvet Underground band mate John Cale) sees the German singer, ex-Warhol superstar and fashion model presenting her compositions with her harmonium, along with accompaniment from Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music.