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Mad River - Paradise Bar and Grill
(Capitol ST-185 US-69 VG+ 300:-)

Originally from Ohio, but based in Berkeley, Mad River was very much part of the West Coast scene, not only musically, but also politically and in touch with the poetry movement of the time.

Their second and final album, 1969's "Paradise Bar and Grill", was for the most part an abrupt about-face from the debut. Produced by Jerry Corbitt of the Youngbloods (who also adds some steel-guitar), the tracks largely retreated into calm country-rock, spurred by ex-folkie Hammond's love of country artists such as Merle Haggard.
Magma - Live
(Utopia CYL2-1245 US-75 VG+ 375:-)

Magma is a progressive group led by drummer Christian Vander. The music is often categorized as 'Zeuhl' (which means 'celestical' or 'heavenly' in Kobaïan, Magma's own language). The band doesn't clearly fit in any other progressive subgenre, though avant-prog would qualify.

One of the best live albums of all time, and this especially because of a young violinist named Didier Lockwood, who was only 17 or 18 when this album was recorded, but who would become a major figure in jazz and fusion later.
Mama Lion - Give it Everything I've Got
(Philips 6369.252 Fra-73 VG+ 350:-)

Mama Lion was US blues/psychedelic rock band formed by Lynn Carey (lead vocals) and Neil Merryweather (bass, vocals) in Los Angeles in 1972. The band included a young James Newton Howard, who would go on to become well-known as a writer and performer of movie scores.

This, their second album, continues where their debut left off, lots of raw blues rock with superb vocals from Lynn Carey.
Manfred Mann - Manfred the Musicmann
(Fontana WPY-701.578 Hol-67 EX 275:-)

An R&B band that only played pop to get on the charts, Manfred Mann ranked among the most adept British Invasion acts.

The departure of frontman Paul Jones left Manfred Mann with a large void to fill in the summer of 1966. The new line up featured Mike D'Abo as vocalist and was augmented by Klaus Voorman on bass, with Tom McGuiness switching to lead guitar. Released in October 1966, AS IS (here renamed MANFRED THE MUSICMANN) continued the pop sensibilities of their previous album, MANN MADE, with the group firmly removed from its original R&B roots.

Original Dutch pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Manfred Mann - Mann Made
(His Master's Voice CSD-1628 UK-65 VG+ 275:-)

An R&B band that only played pop to get on the charts, Manfred Mann ranked among the most adept British Invasion acts.

"Mann Made" is the second studio album by Manfred Mann. There were fewer R&B songs on "Mann Made" than on "The Five Faces of Manfred Mann" and more pop. Mike Vickers and Paul Jones would leave the group after this album.
McCafferty, Dan - Into the Ring
(Mercury 830.934-1 Ger-87 VG+ 500:-)

William Daniel McCafferty is a Scottish vocalist, best known as the lead singer for the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth from its founding in 1968 to his retirement from touring with the band in 2013.

"Into the Ring" was McCafferty's second solo album. It was released on vinyl only in Germany.
Morrison, Van - Blowin' Your Mind
(Bang BLPS-218 US-67 VG+ 600:-)

The first album by Van Morrison is generally regarded as the warming up round to "Astral Weeks" (1968). But "Blowin' Your Mind" is a masterpiece in its own right, containing truly epic tracks such as the megahit "Brown Eyed Girl", and "T.B. Sheets", one of the most real songs about death you'll ever hear, a 10-minute organ packed blues jam about a dying girlfriend and one of the sweatiest and claustrophobic tunes to come out of the sixties.

US 1st pressing; "Brown-Eye Girl" contains the line "...making Love in the Green Grass...".
Mott the Hoople - Rock n Roll Queen
(Island ILPS-9215 UK-72 EX 300:-)

ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN is an excellent introduction to Mott the Hoople's pre-"All the Young Dudes" background, with tracks that one would consider truly representative of their early powers - the title track, of course, the claustrophobic hard rockers "Walking With a Mountain" and "Thunderbuck Ram," and the grinding "Death May Be Your Santa Claus".

Original UK pressing on pink rimmed Island 'palm tree' label.
Mott the Hoople - same
(Island ILPS-9108 UK-69 VG+ 600:-)

Mott's first album is always a delight to listen to. A healthy mixture of covers and originals, it opens with an instrumental cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me". Two more covers follow, Doug Sahm's "At The Crossroads" and Sonny Bono's "Laugh At Me", both highlighting the fact that in the early days Ian Hunter's vocal delivery was influenced by Bob Dylan - indeed Dylan fan Lester Bangs, reviewing the album in Rolling Stone magazine, gave it a glowing review, convinced that Dylan had recorded an album under an assumed name.

Original UK pressing. The inside of the gatefold has a previous owners nametag.
Music Emporium - Music Emporium
(Psycho PSYCHO-11 UK-83 EX 275:-)

The Music Emporium's sole release is a fair psychedelic obscurity, best when it goes heaviest on the dreamy melodic elements and Carolyn Lee does the singing. "Velvet Sunsets" and "Gentle Thursday," for instance, sound a bit like a garage version of a mixture of the Jefferson Airplane and the United States of America. The more upbeat items, on which Music Emporium leader Casey Cosby takes on the lead vocals, are lumpier, more awkward late-1960s hard rock/psychedelic efforts. Originally a super-rare pressing of just 300 copies!

1983 unofficial UK pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.