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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.
New York Dolls - Too Much, Too Soon
(Mercury 6338.498 UK-74 VG+ 300:-)

The Dolls set the stage for Punk to turn rock 'n' roll on its head in the late '70s. Their wild, burly, cross-dressed image together with their rough-and-tumble sound created an unforgettable rock 'n' roll Style with a capital S.

"Too Much Too Soon" is produced by Shadow Morton, writer and producer for The Shangri-Las. As a result the album has some pop embellishments and novelty flourishes. On the whole the record rocks hard and barrels along with energy and humor, concluding with the epic "Human Being". Every song is great.
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