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Saints - I'm Stranded
(EMI MID-166130 Aus-87 EX 275:-)

The Saints were to Australia what the Sex Pistols were to Britain and the Ramones to America. Picking up the germ planted by the defunct Stooges, MC5, Velvet Underground and New York Dolls, the Saints sparked the Far East punk rock movement.

Their debut LP was actually nothing but eight rough-and-raw demo tracks the band had no intention of releasing, plus the two sides of the much better, cleaner-sounding single. The heavy, buzzing racket on the eight demo tracks borders on unintelligible, they're so cheaply recorded, but nothing can stop a collection of cracklers this intense!

1987 Australian re-issue on the yellow EMI label.
Searchers - It's the Searchers
(Pye NPL-18092 UK-64 VG+ 275:-)

The Searchers were one of the most popular British Invasion bands in the mid 60's and this is perhaps their best studio album, with classic hits like "Needles and Pins" and "Don't throw Your Love away". It also features some of their best LP cuts, on which they applied their famed harmonies to American material that was both strong and obscure.

Original UK MONO pressing; the vinyl has a few superficial marks - the sleeve has a previous owners name on the back.
Simon, Paul - Negotiations and Love Songs
(Warner Bros 925789-1 EU-88 SS 500:-)

In his career, Paul Simon has had an impeccable ability to bring together melody and lyric with various global styles, creating some of the smartest pop around. Ever since he left behind the rigid musical borders of Simon & Garfunkel's folk-rock, Simon has built upon that fertile base. And as NEGOTIATIONS AND LOVE SONGS, a Warner Brothers-era greatest hits compilation, clearly shows, Simon expanded his cultural horizons and sent his musical appetite into overdrive to separate his compositions from those of his contemporaries.

Rare promotional vinyl in a single pocket picture sleeve and housed in a custom title printed cloth sleeve which remains stitch sealed around the edges - an unusual promo rarity!
Simone, Nina - Nina Simore and Piano!
(RCA Victor LSP-4102 Aus-69 EX 300:-)

A strong back to basics session for Nina, one that featured her piano and vocals only, a very spare approach that was markedly different from her work a few years previously for other labels. Nina's tone on the piano is incredible – and she's working with some striking modern jazz changes that offset the folksiness of her vocals in a fantastic way, creating a sound that's a lot fuller than you'd expect!

Original Australian pressing; black/silver label.
Simple Minds - Ghost Dancing
(Mixeye 198-60128 Bel-86 VG+ 300:-)

From their beginnings as a raw, glammed-up New Wave band in 1977 to their complex Alternative Rock of the present, Simple Minds has maintained a dramatic flair and a deep complexity in their constantly changing sound.

Side A to E: Copenhagen, Tuesday 28th Jan. 1986.
Side F: Sydney, Friday 9th Dec. 1981.
Simple Minds - Selfluminous
(Mixeye 240-31984 EU-84 VG+ 300:-)

From their beginnings as a raw, glammed-up New Wave band in 1977 to their complex Alternative Rock of the present, Simple Minds has maintained a dramatic flair and a deep complexity in their constantly changing sound. Jim Kerr's vocals leap effortlessly from raw Punk raspiness to urgent emotional release while the rest of the band pits guitar distortion against saxophone leads and vaulting Gospel vocals against bubbling Synth Pop keyboards.

This 2LP set was recorded at Falkonerteatret, Copenhagen, on March 26th, 1984.
Simple Minds - Summertime in Glasgow
(September Songs [unoffical] EU-85 NM 300:-)

From their beginnings as a raw, glammed-up New Wave band in 1977 to their complex Alternative Rock of the present, Simple Minds has maintained a dramatic flair and a deep complexity in their constantly changing sound.

Live at Glasgow Barrowlands 4/1/85. Bono guests on "New Gold Dream".
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
(Mercury SR-61328 US-70 VG+ 800:-)

Sir Lord Baltimore was a trio from Brooklyn that left one big scorching mark on the early metal scene that was developing during the late 1960's and early 1970's. This band is often grouped in with many English bands of the era, like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. While these bands reached a higher level in the industry than Sir Lord Baltimore, it must be said that the band from Brooklyn encompassed a sound so pure and raw that it simply will knock you over the first time you hear them.
Skid Row - Slave to the Grind
(Atlantic 7567-82242-1 Ger-91 VG+ 500:-)

Skid Row was one of the hardest bands to find commercial success during the hair metal fad. The songs on their debut album sound angrier and more aggressive than the lyrics and hooks might indicate. Part of this is due simply to the musical talent in the band, and part of it is due to vocalist Sebastian Bach; his tendency to oversing actually gives some much-needed nasty attitude to most of the songs.

Skid Row get harder and heavier on their sophomore effort, matching Sebastian Bach's gritty, streetwise rants to lean, driving riffs that manage to back up all the attitudinal posturing.
Springsteen, Bruce - Gold, Dust and Rock n Roll
([bootleg] SG3 Ita-86 EX 375:-)

The "Born in the USA Tour" was Springsteen's longest and most successful tour to date. It featured a physically transformed Springsteen; after two years of bodybuilding, the singer had bulked up considerably. The tour was the first since the 1974 portions of the "Born to Run" tours without guitarist Steven Van Zandt, who was replaced by Nils Lofgren.

This 3LP set was recorded at the first of two shows at Ulllevi Stadium in Gothenburg, on June 8, 1985. This is an Italian bootleg of the Swedish bootleg "The Clear Difference"; it comes with an 8 page booklet with pictures from the show.
St John, Bridget - JumbleQueen
(Chrysalis CHR-1062 UK-74 VG+ 400:-)

For several years in the late '60s and early '70s, Bridget St. John was one of the leading lights of the British folk scene, a gifted vocalist and guitarist who also wrote intelligent, impressionistic songs that impressed many of her contemporaries.

Bridget St. John's final album fell somewhere between vintage British folk-rock and the kind of singer/songwriter approach used by an early Joni Mitchell. A low-key, agreeable affair of sophisticated romantic ruminations.
Stewart, Rod - Gasoline Alley
(Vertigo 6360.500 UK-7? VG+ 275:-)

Over the course of his career, Rod Stewart has had it all. He's been lauded as the finest singer of his generation; he's written several songs that turned into modern standards; he's sung with the Faces, who rivaled the Rolling Stones in their prime; and although he has recorded some terrible albums in the 80s, he will always be remembered as one of rock & roll's best interpretive singers as well as an accomplished, innovative songwriter.

"Gasoline Alley intercuts contemporary covers with slightly older rock & roll and folk classics and originals written in the same vein. Nearly all songs are played on acoustic instruments -Stewart treats rock & roll songs like folk songs, reinterpreting them in individual, unpredictable ways.

UK second pressing on the small 'swirl' label with Vertigo lettering above the tracklisting.
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