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Harding, John Wesley - Collected Stories
(Sire PRO-CD-4698 US-91 125:-)

One of the more interesting promo-only items, John Wesley Harding's "Collected Stories 1990-1991" was released as a gimmick, partially in response to critics complaints that the word-heavy songwriter failed to include a lyric sheet with his first two Sire albums.

Packaged as a book containing short stories based loosely on the songs from "Here Comes the Groom" and "The Name Above the Title", "Collected Stories" also contains a disc of highlights from the albums, the "Christmas EP", and a couple of live tracks -- essential for fans. A perfect encapsulation of the cocky, irreverent, and often brilliant singer/songwriter, and a nice collectable too.
Herbal Mixture - Please Leave my Mind
(Distorsions Records D-1012 US-96 225:-)

Actually this amounts to a retrospective of Tony McPhee's pre-late-'60s career, including ten tracks by Herbal Mixture (their two singles and several unreleased demos and alternate takes), and six from the rare singles recorded by the early Groundhogs in the mid-'60s. At that point the Groundhogs were just another British R&B band, but they weren't bad; on their second and third 45s, they incorporated some soul influences and horns as well.

The Herbal Mixture material is more interesting, though, being decent period psych-pop with appealingly naive lyrics, even if their embryonic promise had little time to flower.
Home - Pause for a Hoarse Horse
(Columbia Rewind 494980-2 EU-99 175:-)

The influence of American late-'60s/early-'70s West Coast country-rock on the early-'70s British rock scene was mild on the whole, but its quite pronounced impact on a few UK bands has been overlooked. There were Brinsley Schwarz and Matthews' Southern Comfort, and, in a much more obscure instance, Home's rather awkwardly titled debut LP Pause for a Hoarse Horse. Home were good, competent players, capable of good-natured country-rock with some sparkling guitar, sometimes speckled with a hint of Paul McCartneyesque pop or Crosby Stills & Nash harmonies.

Reissue of the group's 1971 debut album. 11 tracks, all mastered using Super Bit Mapping (SBM) technology. Also features the original cover art.
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