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Harding, John Wesley - Collected Stories
(Sire PRO-CD-4698 US-91 125:-)

One of the more interesting promo-only items, John Wesley Harding's "Collected Stories 1990-1991" was released as a gimmick, partially in response to critics complaints that the word-heavy songwriter failed to include a lyric sheet with his first two Sire albums.

Packaged as a book containing short stories based loosely on the songs from "Here Comes the Groom" and "The Name Above the Title", "Collected Stories" also contains a disc of highlights from the albums, the "Christmas EP", and a couple of live tracks -- essential for fans. A perfect encapsulation of the cocky, irreverent, and often brilliant singer/songwriter, and a nice collectable too.
Harrison, George - Cloud Nine
(Universal UICY-78146 Jap-17 250:-)

After a five-year hiatus from recording, during which time he worked with his film production company, George Harrision returned to the studio in 1987 and cut the Jeff Lynne-produced CLOUD NINE. Harrison and Lynne made for a perfect match, as this album proved to be a comeback for the reclusive ex-Beatle. Joined by an all-star band that included Eric Clapton, Elton John, and Ringo Starr, Harrison put together a collection that includes sitar-tinged reminiscences of his former musical life ("When We Were Fab"), slinky psychedelia (the title track), and an obscure R&B tune that Harrison took to the top of the charts ("Got My Mind Set on You").

SHM-CD Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Hendrix, Jimi - Jimi Hendrix Experience
(Experience Hendrix 08811-23162 EU-00 300:-)

The power and vision of Jimi Hendrix is restored anew with this acclaimed 4CD box set, which presents previously unreleased concert and studio recordings which span the visionary guitarist's remarkable four year career from 1966-1970.

Beginning with the first known recordings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience in October 1966 to the guitarist's final multi-track recording session at Electric Lady Studios in August 1970, this 4-CD box set concentrates on unreleased or commercially unavailable music.

Alternate versions of classics like 'Purple Haze,' 'Foxy Lady' and 'Little Wing' mix with stunning, unheard Hendrix music such as 'It's Too Bad' and 'Country Blues.' These 60 recordings - presented in chronological order - trace the meteoric ascent of the greatest guitarist of all time.
Herbal Mixture - Please Leave my Mind
(Distorsions Records D-1012 US-96 225:-)

Actually this amounts to a retrospective of Tony McPhee's pre-late-'60s career, including ten tracks by Herbal Mixture (their two singles and several unreleased demos and alternate takes), and six from the rare singles recorded by the early Groundhogs in the mid-'60s. At that point the Groundhogs were just another British R&B band, but they weren't bad; on their second and third 45s, they incorporated some soul influences and horns as well.

The Herbal Mixture material is more interesting, though, being decent period psych-pop with appealingly naive lyrics, even if their embryonic promise had little time to flower.
Home - Pause for a Hoarse Horse
(Columbia Rewind 494980-2 EU-99 175:-)

The influence of American late-'60s/early-'70s West Coast country-rock on the early-'70s British rock scene was mild on the whole, but its quite pronounced impact on a few UK bands has been overlooked. There were Brinsley Schwarz and Matthews' Southern Comfort, and, in a much more obscure instance, Home's rather awkwardly titled debut LP Pause for a Hoarse Horse. Home were good, competent players, capable of good-natured country-rock with some sparkling guitar, sometimes speckled with a hint of Paul McCartneyesque pop or Crosby Stills & Nash harmonies.

Reissue of the group's 1971 debut album. 11 tracks, all mastered using Super Bit Mapping (SBM) technology. Also features the original cover art.
Hooker, D.R. - The Truth
(P-Vine PCD-25085 Jap-08 225:-)

Widely cited as one of the most important private press releases in all 1970s psychedelia, D.R. Hooker's The Truth might actually be one of those obscure lost gems that's worth the customarily inordinate amount of interest such period pieces are afforded. D.R. Hooker was a man slightly askew with his time: from the robes he wears on the cover to the quasi mystical lyrics, he's very much connected to the hippy era, and given that this album was recorded in 1972, in a time post-Charles Manson, he was brave to associate so strongly with all the imagery pertaining to cults. Musically, Hooker looks beyond the parameters of the hippie movement, dipping into a more ambitiously studio-oriented sound than Hooker's half-troubadour, half-prophet image on the sleeve might suggest. The noisy, fuzzy elements are particularly effective, and surprisingly intricate in their arrangement and recording. Well worth your investigation.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Human Expression - Love at Psychedelic Velocity
(Collectables COL-0588 US-94 225:-)

In contrast to the typical psychedelic punk unearthings, which are pleasing if unexceptional period offerings, Love at Psychedelic Velocity is genuinely impressive (as are the Human Expression), and, what's more, impressive from the get-go. The demo version of "Everynight" is virtually a match for any piece of garage punk of 1966, and "Readin' Your Will," heard for the first time publicly, is as fine a piece of sneering teenage defiance as the Standells or the Chocolate Watch Band ever produced. Jim Quarles sings like a cross between Sky Saxon and Mick Jagger, depending on the song.

The official version of "Everynight" is even better, and there's not a wrong note or move made on any of ten tracks by the Human Expression featured here. Even the four previously unissued Quarles solo tracks, while a little smooth and polished, have a pleasing psychedelic shimmer to them.
Høst - Hardt mot Hardt
(Pan Records PACD-04 Nor-94 225:-)

Høst came from the Østfold-area, roughly situated between Oslo and the Swedish border. They were strongly influenced by Swedish bands such as November and Life. Høst ("Autumn") became the only important Norwegian progressive rock group of the 70's to sing in their native tongue.
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