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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.
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).
Beastie Boys - Aglio e Olio
(Grand Royal GR-026 US-95 VG+ 300:-)

Be warned – this might not be the Beastie Boys you know and love, because this special set has the trio returning to their punk rock roots – getting some help from Awol, and blasting through tracks that are as loud and fast as the work on their early "Polly Wog Stew" EP!

In fact, the group are so fast here that they blast through the songs very quickly – the record is just a quarter of an hour in length – yet given that they could just have kept doing their same hitmaking thing at the time, it's great to hear them still be able to operate in a hardcore mode!
Beasts of Bourbon - Sour Mash
(Red Eye REDLP-5 Aus-88 VG+ 400:-)

The Beasts of Bourbon were formed as a drinking club/side project of the Australian underground rock scene of the early '80s. In the Beasts' ranks were members of the Cruel Sea, Hoodoo Gurus, Johnnys, and the Scientists, who assembled to cut albums containing blues-drenched sleaze-rock.

"Sour Mash" remains their prime document. A raw blues-rock album with post-punk afflictions, blistering slide-guitar-driven sound, with the band doing a fine job of re-creating the sound of a twisted night out at the pub.
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 - 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 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
(Universal 02557-45534 EU-17 VG+ 800:-)

It would be hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album – a set that unleashed some of The Beatles' trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades!

2-LP 50th Anniversary Edition;

1st LP - New Stereo Mix by Giles Martin

2nd LP - Studio Sessions mixed by Giles Martin.
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.
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.

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 - 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 - Pearl
(Editions EG ‎EGED-37 US-84 VG+ 600:-)

This sublime, tranquil recording features 11 haunting ambient tone poems for treated piano. They are crafted from simple chords, arpeggios, or melodies that are frequently trailed by delicate electronic whispers to produce dreamy results.

Beautifully understated, "The Pearl" is a piece of striking ambient impressionism that was highly original in its day, well before the myriads of New Age imitators its composers spawned, and it remains fresh and vital four decades later.
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+.
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