SPOTLIGHT 26

05/07/2021 10:14

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

BRETT, PAUL -SAGE- - SCHIZOPHRENIA (LP/LONGHAIR)

This is the first official re-release of Paul Brett's Sage's third album, originally released 1972 on Dawn, under licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management, UK, remastered from an original master copy out of the vaults of BMG. This album holds a special place with its solid production and melting of styles that range into rock, acid folkrock and blues with hints of flamenco and classic guitar thanks to Paul Brett's 6- and 12-string guitars. This final studio album from Paul Brett's Sage took on a more electric tone with Brett's wonderful guitar playing, additional electric guitar playing by Stuart Cowel of Titus Groan fame, and a solid supporting cast, a.o. Dave Lambert (Strawbs) on keys and great song selection, which still place this record above most of their contemporaries. The musicianship on this album is impeccable, the songwriting creative and engaging, and most of the songs combine tight guitar work with catchy rhythms. 'Custom Angel Man' and 'Slow Down Ma' are model examples of guitar oriented psych with strong vocals from Brett. Side 2 is more acoustically oriented, with 'Take Me Back And I Will Leave You' being the most progressive track. 'Tale Of A Rainy Night' and 'Autumn' are also fine predominantly unplugged tunes. The album comes with 4-sided insert with story, all lyrics, photos and other memorabilias. Bonus track 'Dahlia' is from an 7" in 1972. This is one of Long Hair's favorites. Don't miss this absolutely great album! Special "gimmix" gatefold sleeve.

LORE CITY - PARTICIPATION MYSTIQUE (LP/LORE CITY MUSIC)

'Participation Mystique' is the fourth studio album from Portland, Oregon art rock duo, Lore City. The band combines elements of psychedelic rock, post-rock, dark wave, and dream pop into a luscious and evocative sound. To these ears, they reside somewhere on an astral level adjacent to what a collaboration between the Sisters Of Mercy and Dead Can Dance would sound like. "A trance-inducing shamanistic ritual, meant to bring you closer to both one's ancestors and the universe". ~The Joy of Violent Movement

STRAY - MUDANZAS (LP/LONGHAIR)

This is the first official re-release on vinyl under licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management, UK, remastered from an original master copy out of the vaults of BMG. The album was originally released in 1973 on Transatlantic Records. 'Mudanzas' (a Spanish word meaning to change or to move on) was the beginning of a new phase of Stray. It saw a more widescreen approach in term of production, with orchestra and brass on tracks like the driving 'Come On Over'. It certainly smacks of ambition and puts a bit more commercial sheen on the sound. Tracks like the brilliantly bluesy 'Gambler' work well with the brass and the funky bass of Giles, who, along with Coles, is the powerhouse rhythm section that keeps the band motoring along. 'Pretty Thing', (atmospheric Hammond organ based) 'Oil Fumes And Sea Air', (The Who-sounding) 'Alright Ma' and 'Leave It Down To Us' are also stand-out tracks. Bromham's guitar is fine as ever, the band's melodic hard rock instincts remained intact, and the harmony vocals he now also provided, add so much more to the music. The 'Mudanzas' album was approached with a great sense of excitement and energy. The band felt that after years on the road at last they had the chance to show that Stray was not just another heavy rock band. This was a chance to really expand their music and show what they could do. 'Mudanzas' was on another level to the previous three albums! 'Mudanzas' brought the band their first gold disc and so many years after its release it is considered to be an acknowledged pearl of 1970 rock. The album comes with 4-sided cover sized insert with bandstory, photos etc., remastered and brilliant sounding. For all lovers of melodic, psychedelic hard rock!

STRAYTONES - MAGIC GREEN RIVER SWIMMIN' &... (CD/ROBUST FELLOW)

...STUNNING TARZANKA EXPERIENCE'. The fourth release of the Ukrainian psych/garage rock band Straytones. 'Magic Green River Swimmin' & Stunning Tarzanka Experience' consists of eight songs and is the successor of the 'Beware, Dark Lord! Here Comes Bell-Man!' EP from 2019. This LP significantly demonstrates the growth of the band in the realm of psych/garage rock and further beyond. The genre grasp has truly increased, but the mood and the vibe of the tunes still sound sunny and familiar.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

LIMIT (UK) - MY WORLD AT NIGHT (7"/REMINDER)

Produced by John Springate of The Glitter Band and issued on Private Stock in 1978, The Limit and their lone single will fit smashingly alongside the likes of the Wasps, Seventeen and the Studio Sweethearts in your alternate 1979 Top Of The Pops charts!!!

TELEPHONE BOXES - TELEPHONE BOXES (+CD) (LP/DETOUR)

In the early 1980s, The Telephone Boxes were the next big thing which remained obscure somehow. They toured with The Smiths on their first UK tour, followed by tours with Orange Juice, The Daintees, Billy Bragg and Felt among others. The band remained a short-lived project and they split in 1985. After decades, their recordings are now available for the very first time, and comes as a LP plus CD set. The album includes raw recordings of 1982, live tracks from the Smiths tour and their later, more polished, studio sessions. Includes dowload code.

VARIOUS - HEROES OF THE NIGHT (LP/REMINDER)

'PUNK, POP & WAVE FROM THE UK UNDERGROUND 79-83'- Forget 'Bloodstains' and 'Back To Front' - it's 'Heroes Of The Night'! A first of its kind document of all female-fronted U.K. and Irish punk, powerpop, new wave, hard rock and synth-pop 45s! A selection from a dozen of the greatest and rarest femme-vox 7"s - including April South, The Russians, Teachers Pet, Metropolis and more. From the Midlands and the Merseyside to the North and the Six Counties, 'Heroes Of The Night' shines a light on the still-undersung female pioneers and trailblazers who emerged out of the punk and new wave maelstrom/malestrom. SIDE 1: 1. The Russians - No Title 2. Cheap Cinema - Fade Away 3. Glass Torpedoes - Tall Stories 4. Vermillion & The Aces - I Like Motorcycles 5. April South & The Pennies - Heroes Of The Night 6. The Chevrons - No More Tears 7. Teachers Pet - Missing Persons SIDE 2: 1. Houston We Have A Problem - Another Bottle Of Wine 2. The Cry - Love Is Necessary 3. Metropolis - See No Reason 4. Risk - You Took The Risk 5. Three Phase - All I Want To Do (Is Fall In Love With You)

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

BASTARDS - IMPOSSIBILITIES (7"/REMINDER)

Originally released in 1979 and now impossible to find. The BEST single to come out of the late 1970s Swiss punk scene, reissued for the first time on 45!!!

BRIARD - I REALLY HATE YA/I WANT YA BACK (7"/SVART)

The first ever punk rock seven inch released in Finland (from 1977), officially reissued with an 8-page booklet with photos from the recording sessions.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

DUEL - IN CARNE PERSONA (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

'In Carne Persona', the fourth full length album from Texas heavy rockers Duel, is more of what you have come to expect from the band. Nine heavy riff soaked tracks from a dungeon in the desert. Written and recorded during plague lockdown, 'In Carne Persona' has the feel of an album that takes its time and full attention to detail. Several upbeat classic guitar rockers in the vain of Thin Lizzy, early UFO, and the beginnings of Kiss. A handful of old school NWOBHM anthems channeling early Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, tripped out stoner and proto metal soundscapes. Always pushing the barriers of their sound and offering up something new with the soul of the classic Duel evil boogie.

GREEN LUNG - BLACK HARVEST (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

Two years after the release of 'Free The Witch', the folk horror-obsessed Green Lung have re-emerged from their mulchy catacombs armed with dozens of freshly-whittled riffs. 'Black Harvest', the sequel to 'Woodland Rites', is a more colourful reimagining of the band's sound. Recorded with longtime producer Wayne Adams (Petbrick, Big Lad), it's a more expansive and textured record than anything the band have done before, boasting a cinematic quality and more attention to detail. Includes booklet and comes in a gatefold sleeve.

LIEBLING, BOBBY -& DAVE SHERMAN- -BASEMENT CHRONICLES- - NITE OWL (BLACK) (LP/SVART)

'Nite Owl' by Bobby Liebling and Dave Sherman Basement Chronicles is a set of doom bangers, fuzz rockers and meditative late night boogie finally made available to a wider audience. In the early years of the new millennium Pentagram member Bobby Liebling was going through a quieter period after the band disbanded. Dave Sherman, Liebling's longtime friend and member of Earthride and Spirit Caravan, started hanging out with Bobby more regularly and eventually the duo started recording together.

REVERORUM IB MALACHT - NOT HERE (LP/RUBEUS OBEX)

Black waves of guitar distortion roar above landscapes of percussion dialed to inhumane speeds. Without ambient abstraction, Reverorum ib Malacht now raises a darkly gleaming monolith that many will recognize as cut from the same stone as Mysticum's classic industrial black metal work. Isomorphism points beyond space and time - "it doth not yet appear what we shall be..." Not here.

REVERORUM IB MALACHT - SVAG I DODEN (LP/AJNA OFFENSIVE)

In the tradition of 'Urkaos', Reverorum ib Malacht's return to something resembling classic black metal still utterly devastates so much of the music of their contemporaries through sheer force, mystery, intensity, obliqueness, religious mania, and depth of knowledge. Those who have dismissed this without partaking of the bitter fruit know not what they castigate.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

MITTOO, JACKIE - THE JACKIE MITTOO SHOWCASE (LP/RADIATION ROOTS)

A great album from one of Jamaica's musical giants, keyboard king Jackie Mittoo, gets the reissue treatment with the addition of four bonus tracks. 'Showcase' was originally released on Bunny Lee's imprint Jackpot in 1977.

 

SOUNDTRACKS/LOUNGE/CULT ETC

DELL'ORSO, GIANNI -& GIANNI ODDI- - MONDO DI NOTTE OGGI (7"/FOUR FLIES)

A part of the Four Flies 45s series, which brings to DJs and music lovers alike exclusive first-time 7-inch releases of super-groovy Italian soundtrack themes, this vibrant release contains two super-funky, Afro-influenced tunes composed by two giants of Italian music for a 1976 Mondo movie. Expect irresistible percussion, soulful brass section, and wah wah guitars. Limited to 350 copies.

ALESSANDRONI, ALESSANDRO - SANGUE DI SBIRRO (PAD REWORKS) (12"/FOUR FLIES)

Welcome this installment of Four Flies' 12-inch vinyl series for DJs! This time, Neapolitan-born producer pAd has put a dance-floor spin on two themes from Alessandro Alessandroni's soundtrack to the 1976 pulp/noir film 'Sangue Di Sbirro', giving them the double treatment with a "daylight" and a "nightclub" version each. These brilliant reworks at once respect the spirit of the originals and give them new life in the present - a time where the music of a genius like Alessandroni is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

GESQUA, RAPHAEL - MR. NUTZ O.S.T. (2LP) (LP/WAYO)

The 30th anniversary of the soundtrack for the video game 'Mr. Nutz' comes remastered on a 2LP set on clear orange vinyl. Including illustrated gatefold sleeve and a 8-page illustrated booklet with comments from the team (Raphaël Gesqua, Philippe Dessoly, Pierre Adane).

MARTELLI, AUGUSTO - NELLA MISURA IN CUI O.S.T. (LP/FOUR FLIES)

An infectious and soulful masterpiece from one of the standard bearers of erotic-exotic film music, Augusto Martelli's previously unreleased soundtrack to Piero Vivarelli's 1979 semi-fictional flick features trippy beach vibes and funky dance-floor bangers. This is the perfect album to refresh your groove and wash off the doldrums of normal everyday music.

 

VARIOUS: WORLD, CLASSICAL, SPOKEN WORDS ETC

CELENKA - VILLOI VARSA (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

On 'Villoi Varsa', Celenka presents Karelian female singers who performed the traditional songs from their villages and families to folk song collectors in the early 1900s. The album includes songs by Olga Kottina, Matro Tikano, M.F. Makarova and P. Ivanova. The songs are in Karelian, Veps, Finnish and Russian and represent a multilingual and multicultural Karelia in the midst of a period of war and persecution.

KONGERO - LIVE IN LONGUEUIL (CD/NORDIC NOTES)

Swedish all-female vocal folk quartet Kongero have been singing traditional Scandinavian songs in self-penned arrangements and the best a cappella tradition. 'Live In Longueuil' was recorded in 2019 at the Théâtre de la Ville in Longueuil, on the Saint Lawrence River in the Canadian province of Québec. On this electrifying album Kongero show their repertoire of pieces from pastoral songs and groovy polkas to pagan sun prayers and heartfelt love songs, including 'Vila Stilla', a traditional folk song from Québec.

 

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