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Radio Birdman - Radio-Activity
(bootleg BTD-2001 EU-01 EX 275:-)

Although the best-known band of the early Australian punk scene of the late '70s was the Saints, the first band to wave the punk rock flag in the land down under was Radio Birdman. Formed by Australian émigré Deniz Tek (originally from Ann Arbor, MI) and Aussie surfer-turned-vocalist Rob Younger in 1974, Radio Birdman's approach to rock & roll was rooted in the high-energy, apocalyptic guitar rant of the Stooges and MC5, sprinkled liberally with a little East Coast underground hard rock.

Unofficial release;

A1-A4 Burn My Eye EP 1976
A5-A8 More Fun! EP 1988 (A5-A7 Live Paddington Town Hall 12.12.77, A8 Rockfield Studio 78)
A9 Deniz Tek, from the Surf-o-Rama sampler (1998)
B1-B2 Single 1978
B4 TV Jones 1974
B5 The Visitors 1979 alternate guitar mix, non-album (from Red-Eye-Appetizer)
B6-B7 Single 1984 (B6 - D. Tek, Studio Houston, Texas 1981, B7 Radio Birdman, Rockfield Studio, Wales 1978)
B8-B9 Single 1999 D. Tek & C. Masuak (Studio Houston, Texas 1991)
Ramones - Beat from the Street
(Rock Around The World 109 US-7? EX 375:-)

The Ramones are the first punk rock band. By cutting rock & roll down to its bare essentials -- four chords; a simple, catchy melody; and irresistibly inane lyrics -- and speeding up the tempo considerably, the Ramones created something that was rooted in early '60s, pre-Beatles rock & roll and pop but sounded revolutionary.

This bootleg is shared with Martha Velez; the Ramones were recorded August 12, 1976 at the Roxy, Los Angeles, CA.

Original US pressing; the cue-sheet is missing.
Razorcuts - Storyteller
(Creation CRELP-026 UK-88 EX 300:-)

The Razorcuts were part of the legendary C-86 scene in the UK and went on to become one of the more influential indie pop groups of the 1980s.

Their first LP, "Storyteller", marries the DIY ethos of punk with those jangly guitars of sunny 60’s pop, making music on par with the best of ‘em.

Original UK pressing with Lyric insert.
Reed, Lou - Live Stockholm 1974
(Not On Label (none) Swe-74 VG+ 300:-)

The career of Lou Reed defied capsule summarization. Like David Bowie (whom Reed directly inspired in many ways), he made over his image many times, mutating from theatrical glam rocker to strung-out junkie to avant-garde noiseman to straight rock & roller to your average guy. Few would deny Reed's immense importance and considerable achievements.

1974's "Sally Can't Dance", was his most commercially successful album to date, reaching the Top Ten. On the following tour, Lou was at the height of his drug problems, but still managed to play over 25 venues, opening in Stockholm, Sweden in May and closing in Dayton, OH in October 1974.

Recorded live at the Concerthouse, Stockholm, Sweden, 14 May 1974.
Residents - Third Reich n Roll
(Ralph RR-1075 US-79 VG+ 275:-)

Formed 1966 in San Francisco, the Residents were the anonymous Fab Four of the Avant-Garde whose absurd musical deconstructions have alternated between experimentalism and accessibility.

Technically the third album from the group, this 40-minute assault on the music of the '60s follows Picasso's dictum of all artists killing their (aesthetic) fathers. Two side-long medleys of songs both classic ("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag") and obscure ("Telstar") are destroyed, deconstructed, mangled, spat on, spit out, ground up, and injected with gleeful humor.

This is the 1979 reissue with orange and green carrot on the front cover, and repeated image of small swastika pattern around the centre black and white liner notes area on the back cover.
Rodriguez - Coming from Reality
(Light In The Attic LITA038 US-09 EX 275:-)

An amazing second set from Sixto Rodriguez – recorded in the legendary Landsdowne Studios in London, with a groove that's a great extension from his debut! All of Rodriguez's best elements are in place here – his folksy guitar, personal lyrical style, and surprisingly biting approach to a variety of topics – and the London setting provides him with an even more sophisticated backdrop than before, one that creates a rich palette of sounds that takes the music in some really wonderful directions! There's a bit of strings at times, but most instrumentation is by a small combo – which includes Chris Spedding on guitar and Tony Carr on percussion!

2009 US reissue on 180g vinyl in die-cut sleeve with lyric insert.
Rolling Stones - Big Hits
(Decca TXS.101 UK-66 VG+ 500:-)

Like its 1969 second volume THROUGH THE PAST DARKLY, this is a fine collection of '60s Stones classics, but it's a rather bluesier one. This is exemplified by such rootsy tracks as the redefined Buddy Holly tune "Not Fade Away" and the R&B bounce of Bobby Womack's "It's All Over Now." Not that the group's original songs were lacking in grit or attitude; the vituperative "Get Off My Cloud," delivered in Mick Jagger's best Sidcup dialect still sounds magnificent, as does Brian Jones's booming Vox pearl guitar on "The Last Time" and Keith Richards's opening chords to the aforementioned "Not Fade Away." This is a disc to be handed down to your children!

Rare 1966 first issue stereo compilation on the green unboxed Decca logo 'ffss' label, front laminated gatefold picture sleeve with integral 8-page colour booklet. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+.
Rolling Stones - Out of Our Heads
(Decca SKL-4733 UK-73 VG+ 375:-)

Early Stones recordings don't get much better than this. Firmly established as celebrities, the band began to use the pandemonium it inspired as an artistic source. Nowhere is the band's initial reaction to fame and music business drama more apparent than in the humorous, mocking "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man," in which the Stones effectively skewer the sleazier side of the record industry.

1973 UK pressing on the 'boxed' Decca logo label, with green tinted front laminated picture sleeve.
Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones
(Decca LK-4605 UK-7? EX 500:-)

The first full-length Rolling Stones album is a raw document of their early sound, which at this point was still Early British Tinny. However, the band's growing confidence throughout the course of THE ROLLING STONES is almost palpable, though it's obvious that at this early stage the band was most comfortable performing R&B covers.

Mid 70s UK MONO pressing with 'boxed' Decca logo, front laminated picture sleeve.
Rydell, Bobby - We got Love
(Cameo C-1006 US-6? NM 300:-)

Robert Lewis Ridarelli was born in Philadelphia. He won first prize on "Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club" at age 8, and was a regular on that show for three years. After changing his last name to Rydell, Bobby played drums in Rocco and the Saints, a group that also featured Frankie Avalon on trumpet. Rydell signed with CAMEO-PARKWAY in early 1959, and eventually became that company's second most popular artist, behind Chubby Checker.

"We got Love" was Rydell's first release on Cameo; it contains his first big hit, "Kissin' Time".

Second US pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded NM.
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