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Dire Straits - Communiqué
(Universal UICY-93728 Jap-08 225:-)

Rushed out less than nine months after the surprise success of Dire Straits' self-titled debut album, the group's sophomore effort seemed little more than a carbon copy of its predecessor with less compelling material. Mark Knopfler and co. had established a sound (derived largely from J J Cale) of laid-back shuffles and intricate, bluesy guitar playing, and Communiqué provided more examples of it.

SHM-CD Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
Doobie Brothers - same
(Warner WPCR-12349 Jap-06 175:-)

One of the most inauspicious debuts by a major rock group, this subdued slice of country boogie might be called the missing link between Moby Grape and the later, revved-up Doobies of "Listen to the Music." Only a handful of West Coast hippies bought this record originally, but it lays the blueprint for the Doobies' future radio-friendly sound: chugging rhythm guitar, stretched-out harmonies, Tom Johnston's joyful R&B vocals, and Patrick Simmons' acoustic picking.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Doobie Brothers - The Captain and Me
(Warner WPCR-12351 Jap-06 175:-)

The Doobie Brothers' third long-player was the charm, their most substantial and consistent album to date, and one that rode the charts for a year. It was also a study in contrasts, Tom Johnston's harder-edged, bolder rocking numbers balanced by Patrick Simmons' more laid-back country-rock ballad style.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Dr Feelgood - Stupidity
(EMI Toshiba TOCP-67814 Jap-06 225:-)

"Stupidity" captures the relentless, hard-driving energy of Dr. Feelgood at their peak. Comprising of recordings taken from 1975 tours, the music is presented raw and without overdubs, making it clear that the dynamic friction between guitarist Wilko Johnson and vocalist Lee Brilleaux could propel the band toward greatness.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
Dury, Ian - Bus Drivers Prayer
(Victor VICP-64057/58 Jap-08 300:-)

Picking up where Apples left off — it even includes that record's "The Bus Driver's Prayer," a clever cockney rewrite of the Lord's Prayer, as the title track — this is an engaging collection of character sketches and stories from Ian Dury. The album may lack strong hooks and melodies, yet Dury diehards will find that his wry observations are just as subtle and humorous as ever.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve with a Bonus disc (8 tracks) included.
Dury, Ian - Laughter
(Victor VICP-64055/56 Jap-08 275:-)

Working with lead guitarist Wilco Johnson, Ian Dury gradually moves away from disco with his third album, Laughter. The steady dance pulse is still apparent, but it's balanced by rockers and pub singalongs that give the album more depth.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve with 3 bonus tracks and Bonus disc (16 tracks) included.
Dylan, Bob - Bathed in a Stream of Pure Heat
(QREcords QR-16/17 EU-97 500:-)

This is one of the better Bob Dylan compilation CD-rs ever released. The performances are great, the vocals and musicianship are tight. The recordings have, while from many different venues, been edited together to create a smooth, flowing, perfect concert listening experience. This example of Dylan nearing perfection will win over even the harshest critic.
Dylan, Bob - Biograph
(CBS CDCOL-66509 EU-85 300:-)

This three-disc set was Columbia's first attempt to anthologize Dylan in the box-set format. Unlike the later Bootleg Series, though, Biograph does double duty as treasure trove of previously unreleased material and greatest hits package. From "Tangled Up in Blue" to "I Want You," most of Dylan's FM radio staples are here, painting a clear historical picture of both his development as an artist and his transformation from rabble-rousing underdog to popular culture icon. The real gems here are, naturally, the previously unreleased songs. Some, like "Isis" and the surrealistic epic "Visions of Johanna" are Dylan album cuts heard here in revelatory live versions. Some are Dylan's version of songs he wrote that were recorded by others ("Mighty Quinn," a hit for Manfred Mann, and "I'll Keep It With Mine," recorded by Nico and others). The most striking tunes on Biograph are the ones that had never been released before in any form, like "Mixed Up Confusion" and the whimsical "Jet Pilot."

This is the original issue, housed in the original glossy hinged 12" x 12" picture box!
Dylan, Bob - Eyes on the Idol
(QRecords QR-13/14 EU-97 300:-)

An incredible audience tape recorded at Stadthalle, Magdeburg, Germany July 12, 1996, one of the best performances of the year. The vocals are up front and in your face and the music is perfectly blended in the mix.
Dylan, Bob - Hold the Fort
(Wild Wolf ‎99-C-030 EU-99 500:-)

This 2CD set is the ultimate documentation of the 1976 "Rolling Thunder" tour. The soundboard recording is as good as it gets for shows of this era. The vocals are mixed way up high and in your face and the performances are wonderful!
Dylan, Bob - Live at the Warehouse
(Yellow Cat YC-038/39 EU-95 500:-)

Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975 was unlike any other tour in rock history. His newest album at the time was Blood on the Tracks, and he could have easily packed arenas all over the country, but he opted to play a series of tiny theaters with old friends Joan Baez, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Roger McGuinn with virtually no advance notice. At the same time, Dylan was filming his surreal movie Renaldo and Clara with many of the performers on the tour along with his wife Sara and Allen Ginsberg.

The complete Dylan portion of the show from Louisiana, save for Isis. This is a great show that has been released several times in the past, always incomplete.