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Banks. Peter - Two Sides of Peter Banks
(Sovereign SVNA-7256 UK-76 VG+ 375:-)

For "Two Sides of Peter Banks", the ex-guitarist from Yes gathered an impressive group of guest musicians, including Genesis' Phil Collins and Steve Hackett and King Crimson's John Wetton. Most importantly, the whole album was written and recorded with Netherlands guitarist Jan Akkerman.

The first six tracks make up a suite ranging from acoustic duets to full-blown instrumental progressive rock numbers that bear noticeable similarities with some material Steve Hackett would record for his first solo album.

Original UK pressing. The sleeve shows some ringwear; the vinyl is graded EX.
Bay City Rollers - Souvenirs of Youth
(Arista BLPI-1/2-AR Jap-75 VG+ 300:-)

The early-to-mid 1970s saw a plethora of stars making their way into the hearts, and living rooms, of teens worldwide.

The Bay City Rollers from Edinburgh, Scotland, managed to hit the charts with a number of cover versions of oldies, but they did look good in those tartan-trimmed outfits!

1975 Japanese-only compilation, housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve complete with the fold-out poster, lyric inserts and obi-strip.
Beach Boys - Stack-o-Tracks
(Capitol DKAO-2893 US-68 VG+ 400:-)

In the early 1960s, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson fused innovative chord arrangements with elastic-ranged vocal harmonies onto a foundation of Chuck Berry-inspired rock 'n' roll. The resulting music was set against a backdrop of surfing, girls, and cars.

"Stack-o-Tracks" is an instrumental album release by The Beach Boys containing backing tracks to fifteen of their songs spanning their career to that point. Included is a booklet with the bass lines, lead lines, chords and lyrics (to sing along with).
Beatles - Beatles
(Apple PCS-7067/8 UK-68 VG+ 2500:-)

The Beatles at their late best – on 1968's self-titled set – now immortalized as The White Album! The White Album capped offed a period of intense creativity for the band with a double that's as freewheeling as anything they'd ever release. It's got raw rockers with wry lyricism, tender acoustic balladry, psych blues jams and some flat out weird bits.

1968 UK pressing; complete with black inners, poster and 4 photos.
Beatles - A Collection of Beatles' Oldies
(Apple EAS-80557 Jap-76 EX 300:-)

"A Collection of Beatles' Oldies" is a compilation album by the Beatles. Released in December 1966, it features hit singles and other songs issued by the group between 1963 and 1966.

1976 Japanese issue of the 1969 16-track stereo LP on Apple manufactured by Toshiba-EMI, complete with fold-out Japanese/lyric insert & wide Union Flag #8 picture Obi.
Beatles - Help!
(Parlophone PCS-3071 UK-69 VG+ 1750:-)

A great little record that's kind of a prequel for "Rubber Soul" – filled with short, tuneful tracks that would flower more deeply on that later album – and often served up with a bit more wit and adult consciousness than in any of the group's earlier records!

The final release on the black/yellow label. It was available for just a few months in late 1969 before the switch to the black/silver 'One EMI Box' design. These late variants were noteable for the omission of the 'Sold in U.K...' label text which was removed from all EMI product from August 1969. Housed in a rare variant cover with the small solid 'stereo' logo.
Beatles - Let it Be
(Apple PCS-7096 UK-70 VG+ 500:-)

A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints here of the solo work to come – especially from George Harrison and John Lennon – and the Phil Spector production really helps open up a new sound for the group.

UK issue with the GREEN Apple logo on the back.
Beatles - Live in Australia, 1964
(Crocodile BGLP-156 Ita-88 VG+ 400:-)

The Beatles' 1964 world tour was their first world tour, launched after their 1964 UK tour. They played played eight cities in Australia and New Zeeland between June 12 and June 30. It was followed by their subsequent US tour in August that year.

2LP Picture Disc set. Recorded live in Adelaide, June 12, 1964 (A1-B2); Festival Hall, Melbourne, June 16, 1964 (B3-B8); Sydney Stadium, Sydney, June 18, 1964 (C1-D3, alternate source D4-D6).
Beatles - The Beatles' First
(Polydor 236.201 UK-67 VG+ 375:-)

This album features the eight Hamburg recordings involving the Beatles plus four songs recorded by Tony Sheridan without the Beatles. While it appears that Polydor in U.K. initially planned on releasing "The Beatles First" in mono, the company ultimately decided to press the LP exclusively in stereo upon its release on the Polydor Special label. This album is a reissue of the eponymous German album which was released in April 1964 and imported to England.

This is the 1st variation which has “The Beatles” printed under each song on which they play.
Beck, Joe - Nature Boy
(Verve Forecast FTS-3081 US-69 VG+ 350:-)

Joe Beck is best known as a jazz guitarist but his debut album "Nature Boy" doesn't have much to do with jazz. Of course there are some jazzy influences here and there but the stylistic direction of this record is guitar driven psychedelic rock. Beck really offers some tremendous guitarwork here. Future Crazy Horse Danny Whitten handles the rhythm guitar.
Big Star - Radio City
(Ardent ADS-1501 US-74 VG+ 3000:-)

Memphis' Big Star remain one of the most influential cult bands in the United States. The music of Big Star - which featured songwriters Alex Chilton and the late Chris Bell - is built around a studied purist's pop foundation. Much like the Beatles, Big Star's upbeat pop/rock songs are filled with soaring harmonies, addictive hooks and guitar riffs that still baffle the virtuosos.

"Radio City" is one of 70s rock's finest moments. With Chris Bell out of the picture, one could argue the traits that it lacks from the first album, but this thing stands up as work of genius all its own – with a raw, shambling immediacy to the songs that cut incredibly deep. Amazing stuff all around – totally indispensable!
Birthday Party - Prayers on Fire
(4AD ‎CAD-104 UK-81 VG+ 375:-)

The Birthday Party were one of the darkest and most challenging post-punk groups to emerge in the early '80s, creating bleak and noisy soundscapes that provided the perfect setting for vocalist Nick Cave's difficult, disturbing stories of religion, violence, and perversity. Under the direction of Cave and guitarist Rowland S. Howard, the band tore through reams of blues and rockabilly licks, spitting out hellacious feedback and noise at an unrelenting pace.

Bond, Grahame - Mighty Grahame Bond
(Pulsar AR-10606 US-69 VG+ 300:-)

In 1968 Graham Bond left Britain after the collapse of the Graham Bond Organisation to make two legendary albums the US. Both records saw Bond play all instruments (except drums) and contained material that featured jazz influences alongside emerging psychedelic and underground rock, laced with fine musicianship and mystical lyrics.

Original US pressing.
Boomerang - Boomerang
(RCA Victor LSP-4577 US-71 VG+ 350:-)

Post-Vanilla Fudge work from Mark Stein - who sings and plays both piano and organ!

The sound is every bit as heavy as the Fudge - maybe even heavier, as there is a confidence here that has the quartet coming on strong with a full presence at points, but also able to lay back and deliver a mellower tune without breaking down their sound at all.
Boss Hog - Whiteout
(City Slang 20150-1 Ger-99 EX 275:-)

It's difficult to consider Boss Hog without invoking the name of Jon Spencer. Not only is the Blues Explosion leader a member of Boss Hog, but he's also married to Boss Hog leader Christina Martinez, so his overwrought post-modern downtown, white-boy blues-funk is always lurking just around the corner.

WHITEOUT finds Boss Hog completing its evolution from unlistenable squalls of white-boy (and -girl) blues to a more varied sound incorporating blues, electronic textures, and programmed beats. Its strongest moments are the ones in which Boss Hog does what it does best: strut, sneer, and groove.

Original German pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Bowie, David - Glastonbury 2000
(Parlophone 0190295-570453 EU-18 EX 600:-)

Driven by an entirely deeper dynamic than most pop artists, David Bowie inhabited a very special world of extraordinary sounds and endless vision. Unwilling to stay on the treadmill of rock legend and avoiding the descent into ever demeaning and decreasing circles of cliché, Bowie wrote and performed what he wanted, when he wanted.

This 3LP-set documents Bowie's legendary Sunday night headline performance on June 25, 2000 at the most famous festival on earth.
Bowie, David - Lodger
(RCA Victor BOWLP-1 UK-79 VG+ 300:-)

The brilliant consummation of Bowie's late 70s years in Berlin – a record that showed he could take the experiments in sound he was crafting with Brian Eno, and turn them back into the kind of creepily catchy rock tunes that first made him a legend!

Brian Eno's help on the record is still quite strong – heard very well in the record's use of odd electronics and exotic themes – of a sort that Eno would later explore on his own with David Byrne. But the real charm here is pure Bowie – with an unabashed flair for a dramatic lyric, a well-chosen use of a heavier guitar, and a sense of personality and poise that makes the record one of his most unified ever!
Bowie, David - Low
(RCA Victor ‎PL-12030 UK-77 VG+ 500:-)

The Thin White Duke turns to the east – and gets a whole new sound with help from Brian Eno!
The album is an amazing departure from some of Bowie's previous work – a set that's sparer, more spacious, and which is often instrumental – quite a statement, given Bowie's reputation as a songwriter at the time! It's almost like Bowie's shaking off all the confused stardom of the previous parts of the 70s – and is stepping forward as a new being from a new space – cleaner, leaner, and simpler than before.
Bowie, David - Stage
(RCA Victor PL-02913 UK-78 EX 300:-)

Emerging from his self-imposed exile in Berlin, David Bowie assembled a new band and took to the road to promote his Berlin-recorded albums. "Stage" chronicles that 1977 tour, and captures Bowie at one of the most creative periods of his career. Bowie performs gripping versions of these challenging tunes, and guitarist Adrian Belew is especially good on this material.

1978 UK pressing, fully laminated gatefold picture sleeve.
Bown Set, Alan - Alan Bown!
(Deram SML-1049 UK-69 VG+ 600:-)

Alan Bown was a trumpet player whos
main interests were jazz and American rhythm & blues. His first group made it to the performing mecca of Hamburg, Germany, playing at venues such as the Star-Club and crossing paths with the Beatles, Tony Sheridan, etc. He formed the Alan Bown Set in 1964.

From late 1967 the group go through a complete transformation, into a psychedelic band known simply as the Alan Bown, which was signed to the Deram label. Originally released in the US with Jess Roden on vocals, the UK version was re-recorded with Robert Palmer replacing Roden.
Broughton Band, Edgar - In Side Out
(Harvest SHTC-252 UK-72 VG+ 1000:-)

In Side Out is the Edgar Broughton Band's fourth album, following the success of 1970's self-titled release. Although the humor and novel attributions of the group aren't quite as prevalent here as in the band's first few albums, In Side Out still has plenty of distinguishing characteristics, both musically and lyrically, to hold it together.

Original UK pressing in "gimmick" sleeve; complete with lyric insert.
Broughton Band, Edgar - same
(Harvest SHVL-791 UK-71 VG+ 800:-)

The most conventional of the Edgar Broughton Band's first (and best) three albums, finds the group dispensing with the no-holds-barred mania and theatricality responsible for such classics as "Out Demons Out," "Up Yours," and "Apache Drop Out" and concentrating instead on more musical endeavors.

It's an approach that arguably captures the band at their very best at the same time as revealing them at their ugliest.

Original UK pressing.
Budd & Brian Eno, Harold - Plateaux of Mirror
(Editions EG EGAMB-002 UK-80 VG+ 600:-)

Brian Eno's second installment in the Ambient series – a set of recordings done in collaboration with Harold Budd – who'd almost go on to carry the torch for this style more than Eno!

The tracks are as spare and atmospheric as the previous Ambient album – but are also almost a bit warmer too – filled with some of the slightly more melodic moments we love in Budd's work, and almost a precursor to the darker soundscapes of the 4AD generation. There's a subtle sense of poetry here that's really beautiful.
Budgie - Never turn Your Back on a Friend
(MCA MDKS-8010 UK-73 VG 400:-)

In June 1973, this little trio from Cardiff in Wales released their third album. This album firmly cemented their legacy as a dynamic force to be reckoned with in the hard rock movement of the early seventies. With their music being covered by the likes of Van Halen, Iron Maiden and Metallica, it is clear that Budgie have left an enduring mark upon the music world as we know it.

UK pressing on the black/silver MCA label. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded Very Good.
Buffalo Springfield - Expecting to Fly
(Atlantic 2464.012 UK-70 VG+ 300:-)

Buffalo Springfield's time was short - they formed in 1966 and split in 1968 - but their legacy was vast. Nominally a folk-rock band, Buffalo Springfield also showed a facility with country-rock, psychedelia, soul, and hard rock, all the while embracing the possibilities of the recording studios of Los Angeles.

1970 compilation on the plum/red Atlantic label '99' series, fully laminated picture sleeve with notes by John Peel printed on the reverse. Both sleeve and viny are graded VG+.
Business - 1980/81 (Official Bootleg)
(Syndicate SYN-LP2 UK-83 NM 300:-)

The Business are an English Oi!/Punk Rock band formed in 1979 in Lewisham, South London. Their album Suburban Rebels became influential in the Oi! movement. Their biggest hit song in recent times, "England 5 - Germany 1", (based on the result of a World Cup Qualifying match in 2001), became a football anthem for England.
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