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Cale, John - Fear
(Island ILPS-9301 UK-74 VG+ 275:-)

One of the best solo albums ever from John Cale – a set that has the singer playing a lot of piano alongside his vocals, which creates this moody, evocative quality that's really wonderful!

Cale's songwriting is always pretty compelling, but the heavy use of piano really brings out a depth to his lyrics here – further enforced by the relatively spacious sense of recording used throughout. A few numbers add in more electric elements – but with Brian Eno along on electronics and listed as a co-producer, the record's definitely got this balance between elements that's very careful. Phil Manzanera plays guitar, and also helped with the overall construction of the set.
Callender, Bobby - The Way
(Mithra SAAB 931-4 US-72 VG+ 800:-)

During the late 60's, Bobby Callender was one of the most mythical figures in popular music. Conceptually his musical universe delivers all the originality of an artistic freedom, really awakened of alternative lifestyle, cross cultures and psychedelic "civilization".

The two albums he recorded under his name ("Rainbow" in 1968, "The Way" in 1971) are currently seen as the two logical sides of a grandiloquent project including numerous musicians from the jazz and raga scenes.

Original US pressing.
Carmen - Dancing on a Cold Wind
(Regal Zonophone SLRZ-1040 UK-74 VG+ 450:-)
If Dancing on a Cold Wind is not as strong as Carmen's previous album, it is mostly because the 24-minute suite "Rememberances (Recuerdos de Espana)" is not as tightly linked musically than the second half of Fandangos in Space. The fact that heartbreak and failed relationships provide the sole topic on this album also gives it redundant flavor. Still, this effort showcases the same elements that made the band's first LP an artistic success: sharp musicianship and the spellbinding blend of progressive rock and flamenco, although this time around the first influence is far more important than the second.

Original UK Vinyl; the sleeve shows some minor wear; the vinyl is in Excellent condition!
Clark, Sanford - Return of the Fool
(LHI Records S-12003 US-68 VG+ 300:-)

Sanford Clark found fleeting fame with his rendition of the Lee Hazlewood song "The Fool." With a vocal style that blended elements of Johnny Cash with Ricky Nelson, Clark released the song in 1956, and it eventually peaked in the Top Ten of the pop charts and in the Top 15 of the country charts -- his first and only hit.

In 1965, Clark recorded a new version of "The Fool" featuring Waylon Jennings on guitar. Lee Hazlewood signed Clark to his LHI label, where he made an album, "Return of the Fool", but it went nowhere, and by the early '70s Clark had had enough and joined the construction industry.
Clouds - Scapbook
Island ILPS-9100 UK-6? VG+ 500:-)

Clouds were a promising psychedelic-cum-prog-rock band from Scotland who never found the commercial success to match their critical raves.

This is an oddly compelling album - the music is a strange mix of early prog rock, psychedelia, and baroque pop, moderately orchestrated pieces bumping up against works of Beatlesque music hall jollity and spaced-out weirdness.

UK 2nd press (?) on the second pink Island label. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+; the label of Side 2 is stamped "Sample Record - Not for Sale".
Costello, Elvis - Armed Forces
(Radar RAD-14 UK-79 EX 275:-)

A key album in Costello's development for the way it branched off into the ABBA-influenced pure pop of "Accidents Will Happen" and "Oliver's Army," the sunny Beatlesque melodies of "Busy Bodies," and the soulful ballad "Party Girl," ARMED FORCES is consistently rated among the finest works in the singer-songwriter's canon.

UK limited edition vinyl, complete with bonus 3-track 7" live EP in its own picture sleeve, a set of four postcards, one for each band member, illustrated lyric inner and fold out stickered picture sleeve.
Costello, Elvis - Goodbye Cruel World
(F-Beat ZL-70317 Hol-84 VG+ 225:-)

If there was ever an album showing an artist in transition then this is it. Elvis was continuing his move from popular music star to deep thinking artist, but here he had a crisis of confidence writ large which was not surprising given his personal issues at that time, including a divorce.

Dutch pressing; this copy has been signed by Elvis on the front.
Costello, Elvis - My Aim is True
(Stiff SEEZ-3 UK-77 VG+ 300:-)

That Elvis Costello can affect a look that is closer to Woody Allen than to the departed King of Rock whose name he has had the effrontery to appropriate is, of course, merely what's going to get you to notice him. Fortunately, though, it's his music that's going to keep you hooked. Check out the remarkable misterioso mood summoned up by "Mystery Dance" and "Waiting for the End of the World", the insinuating sexiness "Allison", the straight-ahead rock-and-roll panache of "Less than Zero", or the sheer craftsmanship of an exhilarating Merseybeat Cowboy number called "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes." What you'll hear is the work of someone who comes as close to being the Compleat Rock Star as anyone within recent memory -- driven, funny, and totally original.

Original UK pressing with YELLOW back.
Cream - Disraeli Gears
(Reaction 594.003 UK-67 VG+ 275:-)

Cream was one of the most influential bands in rock history. "Disraeli Gears" is their most pop-savvy studio LPs. Producer Felix Pappalardi harnessed the blues-jazz prowess of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to colorful, concise songs.

This is the UK pressing with non-laminated back. There is some damage to the lamination on the front - the vinyl is graded VG+.