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Hard Meat - Through a Window
(Warner Bros WS-1879 US-70 VG+ 300:-)

In the summer of 1970 the British Invasion was still going strong with the emerging "prog rock" wave of bands, when studio musicians, Steve Dolan and the Carless brothers, released their two similarly well crafted albums. Featuring a somewhat folksy sound, tinged with jazz and harder edged rock influences, Hard Meat had a lot of potential.
"Through a Window" is worth grabbing alone for the breezy folk funk instrumental "Free Wheel" and the beautiful sunrise mellows of "New Day". Fully recommended!
Harper, Roy - Bullinamingvase
(Harvest SHSP-4060 UK-77 VG+ 300:-)

An idiosyncratic British singer/songwriter acclaimed for his deeply personal, poetic lyrics and unique guitar work, Roy Harper was a mainstay of London's Les Cousins folk club, performing alongside the likes of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Nick Drake.

First released in 1977, this album was recorded by Roy at home in Hereford. He borrowed gear and people from EMI's Abbey Road studio to help with the project. The album features a host of stars including Ronnie Lane who came in for a day to help out and members of Wings.

Original UK pressing with bonus "7.
Harper, Roy - Flashes from the Archives
(Harvest SHDW-405 UK-74 VG+ 350:-)

An idiosyncratic British singer/songwriter acclaimed for his deeply personal, poetic lyrics and unique guitar work, Roy Harper was a mainstay of London's Les Cousins folk club, performing alongside the likes of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Nick Drake.

By the time "Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion" was released, Roy Harper had already released seven albums and had even opened for Led Zeppelin during their ninth American tour. While it did not change Harper's obscurity, it did serve as an effective summation of his stunning work.
Harrison, George - Live in Japan
(Dark Horse 7599-26964-1 Ger-92 VG+ 800:-)

This was George Harrison's second official live album, recorded during his joint tour of Japan with Eric Clapton in December 1991.

Harrison performed a series of well-received shows, which also featured a short set of Clapton's songs. The album contains a selection of Harrison's hits as a solo artist alongside some of his best-known Beatles songs.
Hazlewood, Lee - Forty
(LHI Records LHI-12009 US-69 VG+ 400:-)

This album is another fantastic lost chapter of Lee's career - recorded in London, with production by Shel Talmy, and a spacious overall sound that's really tremendous!

The sunburned western sound is still at the core of the session, but it's also set amidst sweeping strings that bring some nice Scott Walker-ish elements to the record - making for a sound that's as deeply resonant as Lee's great vocals, and a whole new side of his maturity too. Plus, the album has Hazlewood singing a number of tunes by other folks - the kind of material he never really does, but manages to completely transform on the record.
Hazlewood, Lee - Love and Other Crimes
(Reprise RS-6297 Ger-68 VG+ 300:-)

Barton Lee Hazlewood was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, most widely known for his work with guitarist Duane Eddy during the late 1950s and singer Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s and 1970s. He had a distinctive baritone voice that added a resonance to his music.

"Love and Other Crimes" finds Hazlewood in a reflective mood, sifting through the ashes of a love gone wrong. Yet the album isn’t all loser’s tears and raindrops – by the end of side two, Hazlewood is unbowed, undefeated, and above all, unrepentant. This is prime Hazlewood and essential listening for fans of the man and his work.
Hazlewood, Lee - Requiem for an Almost Lady
(Viking VIF-5000 Swe-71 VG+ 500:-)

If you ever needed a record to convince you of the genius of Lee Hazlewood, this one may be it -- as the set's got some of Lee's most incredible songwriting, and some of his coolest presentation ever!

The vibe here is wonderful -- a bit like his "Love & other Crimes" album for Reprise, but maybe even more mature overall -- with this fantastic blend of his speaking voice, his robust singing baritone, and some very cool, light instrumentation! Jerry Cole plays bass, sitar, and guitar -- often in spare settings that shape the sound perfectly for Lee's voice -- as tunes spin out that tell the tale of lost love and broken dreams, but all with that balance of wit and subtle emotion that Lee did better than anyone else. The whole thing's great!
Hazlewood, Lee - The N.S.V.I.P.'s
(Reprise RS-6133 Ger-6? VG+ 300:-)

A pivotal record in the career of the great Lee Hazlewood – one that presents his personal with all its wit and warmth, yet also lets Lee take on some more mature topics as well!

Most of the tunes start in the same sort of storytelling style as on "Trouble Is A Lonesome Town" – but Hazlewood's a lot more tongue-in-cheek with his presentation, and directs the lyrics towards much more biting commentary – not entirely politically progressive, but definitely a larger sense of society beyond the individual.
Hell, Richard - R.I.P.
(ROIR A-134 US-84 EX 100:-)

This Richard Hell compilation was originally released in 1984 as a cassette-only release and was later re-released on CD (different cover, same track listing).

It collects a total of 14 tracks (most studio, some live) and serves as a solid anthology/greatest-hits compilation. The selections span his career from 1975-1984, from one of his first bands (the legendary Heartbreakers with Johnny Thunders) up until a later incarnation of the Voidoids. The sound quality is consistent for the most part, and the music is rough, raw, and rocking -- in other words, classic Richard Hell.
Hendrix, Jimi - Winterland Days
(Manic Depression MDR-001/003 Ita-89 VG+ 800:-)

Consider how amazing the stratospheric, comet-like career of the man who, more than anyone before or since, revolutionized the way the electric guitar is played was. His prodigious guitar playing, his soul-saturated, swaggering vocal style, and his brother-from-outer-space aura immediately seemed to hypnotize anyone within a five-mile radius. From 1966 to his death in 1970, he breathed life into his Stratocaster, squeezing a new sonic language from the fretboard that had never been played, let alone fathomed, by any guitarist before.

3LP Box Set of live recordings from the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, October 10-12, 1968.
Hollies - Evolution
(Parlophone PCS-7022 UK-67 VG+ 375:-)

The Hollies were formed in Manchester in the early 60's. Known for their distinctive vocal harmony style, they became one of the leading British groups of the 1960's and early 1970's.

"Evolution" is considered the band's most accessible blend of pop and psychedelia.
Hollies - For Certain Because...
(Parlophone PCS-7011 UK-66 VG+ 300:-)

The Hollies were formed in Manchester in the early 60's. Known for their distinctive vocal harmony style, they became one of the leading British groups of the 1960's and early 1970's.

"For certain because..." was their first album entirely composed of original material, and it echoed pop's increased sophistication with fuller, more adventurous arrangements and more personal, folk-rock influenced compositions.
Holocaust - Live (Hot Curry & Wine)
(Phoenix PSPLP-4 UK-83 VG+ 375:-)

Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Holocaust cut their teeth in local clubs during the waning days of punk, before finally scoring an independent record deal.

"Live (Hot Curry & Wine)" was taped at Edinburgh's Niteclub in September 1981. Metallica famously covered “The Small Hours” on their "The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Re-Visited". Even today James Hetfield proudly wears a Holocaust patch on his denim vest.
Hunger - Strictly from Hunger
(Akarma AK-045 Ita-99 EX 400:-)

Hunger! (originally from Portland, Oregon), were full-fledged members of the L.A. psych scene of the late-sixties, and despite their opening for top-shelf acts like the Doors and The Strawberry Alarm Clock, their one and only album did not make much of a splash at the time, and the band dissolved soon after its release. However, the album has since become one of the most collectible in its genre and upon listening one can see why. This rhythm-heavy Doors-influenced hard psych is frequently referred to as 'one of the best psychedelic albums of all time'! Band member Ed King went on to play with the Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Housed in a plain black box of quite thin cardboard with only a small sticker on the front, this box set couples both Akarma releases 'Strictly From Hunger!' (AK 045) on black vinyl and 'The Lost Album' (AK 045/2).
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