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Badfinger - No Dice
(EMI Toshiba TOCP-67563 Jap-05 225:-)

Discovered by Paul McCartney and signed to the Beatles' Apple Records, Badfinger was, for many fans, the next best thing to the Fab Four. But even if the band did start as a Beatles wannabe, it eventually forged a successful power-pop style of its own. No Dice, Badfinger's second album, exhibits a confident band with strong, melodic pop songs and a diminishing Beatles influence. Bandleader Pete Ham, with his distinctively tense vocals and guitar lines, carries the band through well-constructed melodies, well-conceived harmonies, and edgy instrumentals.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve with 5 Bonus Tracks
Band - Stage Fright
(Mobile Fidelity UDSACD-2048 US-11 275:-)

A fantastic classic from The Band – a set that's hardly got them cowering in the corner the way the "stage fright" title might imply – and which instead seems to have the group at their most confident during the early years, effortlessly spinning impeccable musicianship and some surprisingly biting lyrics! The young Robbie Robertson is on guitar, Garth Hudson warms things up with organ lines, and vocals are handled by the shifting array of other players in the lead – Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Richard Manuel.

Vinyl replica In textured gatefold jacket. Stereo only SACD.
Bowie, David - David Bowie
(EMI Toshiba TOCP-70141 Jap-07 200:-)

An amazing departure for David Bowie – hardly the kind of record you would expect from his oboe-filled tunes of a few years before – and really the start of the groundbreaking, earthshaking, reinventionist era of his genius!

There's a spacious, soaring quality here that's every bit the kind of magical music you might hope for in a set recorded at the close of the 60s – a shift into new modes, new sounds that seem to suck up all the best influences in rock from the previous few years, but fuse it into a new cosmic vision for the next decade. And while others might stumble on cliche with the weight of such a task, Bowie pulls it off brilliantly – mixing his fuzzier feelings with some of his more personal leanings – and showcasing a newly deep sense of songwriting here that's really amazing. Some tunes have the sensitivity of work on HUNKY DORY, while others burn with the fire of MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD – all in a balance that never sounds schizophrenic at all.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Byrds - There is a Season
(Sony 86979-21472 EU-11 225:-)

There Is A Season is a comprehensive representation of The Byrds recording career.
The 4 CDs contain early pre-Byrds songs from JetSet and the Beefeaters, live radio sessions, in-concert performances, 5 previously unavailable tracks and, of course, studio classics including "Mt Tambourine Man", "Eight Miles High" and "Lady Friend".