QUEEN It’s A Hard Life. Rare 1984 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Is this The World We Created. What makes this example rare is the glossy card picture sleeve features the adjusted artwork image with the ‘overprinted’ shot ofRoger Taylor’s head superimposed on the photo, really does look very strange.
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The Litter “Emerge” 1969. The third album from Minneapolis-based psych-garage rockers The Litter, who are probably best known for their 1967 single “Action Woman” which was included on the Lenny Kaye curated comp Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era. Emerge was the band’s first major label release (on ABC Records) and it hit #175 on the US album charts. The Litter broke up the following year, though reunited – with varying lineups – a few times during the 90′s.
Emerge is a mix of psychedelia and hard-rocking proto-punk garage rock. The opening track, “Journeys,” reminds me a lot of fellow Midwesterners (from Detroit) The Amboy Dukes’ 1968 one-hit wonder “Journey to the Center of the Mind” (I will add this is the only Ted Nugent anything I will willingly listen to). “Feeling” has another Detroit flavor, this time reminiscent of the MC5 sound. “Blue Ice” is a little bit of both sounds (psych and hard rock) and “For What It’s Worth” is a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s 1967 Top 10 hit that goes psych and slow on the verses and punkishly hard rocking on the chorus. They also cover the Burt Bacharach-composed “My Little Red Book” (they drop the “My” for the title) which became a hit for Love in 1966, keeping Love’s garage rock style. “Breakfast at Gardenson’s” is not my favorite, it’s a bit sappy and formulaic in its psychedelia and the closing track, “Future of the Past,” mashes up all the trends in 60′s harder rock into one epic 12+ minute musical trip. (It’s too long for my tastes but I’m listening to this at midday on a Monday and its better suited to a very late Saturday night.)
This album was in the “should it stay or should it go” pile and from what I’ve heard on this first ever listen, I think it should stay: I like psych and garage rock and it’s got a solid Midwestern pedigree.
BEACH BOYS Pet Sounds. Extremely desirable 1966 UK first issue 13-track Mono LP on the rainbow rim Capitol label with logo on the left & ‘Sold In The U.K.’ text above, front laminated flipback picture sleeve printed by Garrod & Lofthouse with ‘Patents pending’ text on the bottom flip.
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KEVIN AYERS Joy Of A Toy. Fantastic 1969 UK 10-track LP on the Harvest label with ‘Gramophone Co’ perimeter label text & no EMI logo, front laminated gatefold picture sleeve with very small annotated lyric correction inside. The sleeve is still arich & glorious, strong yellow with only faint wear to the laminate around the edges. The labels reveal minimal spindle indicating very little play. The vinyl is super clean & under a bright light, shows just a couple hairline marks not affecting play. A really nice, excellent condition, copy of this Ayers classic.
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The Sim-Aires – “Walk With Me” (ABC-Songbird) – Gospel funk for a Sunday…
Various – Soul Christmas
ATCO Records – SD 33-269, Run Out Groove – ROGV-050
Compilation, Limited Edition,White With Red / Green Splatter
Released: (2017 Reissue)
This one arrived in a Post-Christmas box last year so I didn’t really see the point of playing it then. First spin. Sounds like a straight up soul burner, with a holiday theme. Looks like my annual Christmas vinyl rotation just improved by one. Now if I could actually get around to snagging a copy of “Phil Spector Christmas” and “Charlie Brown Christmas”, my holiday spins would be complete. Gonna head out this week, maybe this year. From all the posts, it looks like the Vince Guaraldi one should be easy to find anywhere.
MILLIE More Millie. 1964 UK 12-track vinyl LP on the black & silver Fontana label, with direction by Ernest Ranglin, includes the favourite My Boy Lollipop, front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little discolouration tothe unlaminated reverse & a little wear to the corners, whilst the vinyl is Excellent and appears barely played with the labels showing just a trace of spindle wear – a really nice copy to treasure.
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Mavis Staples – Only For The Lonely
Stax – MPS 8539, Volt – MPS-8539
Released: 1970 (1987 Reissue)
Mavis Staples released 2 solo albums for the Stax label; her self titled debut and this one. She’d go on to record some disco for Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label and even recorded 2 albums for Paisley Park. She’ll always be known mostly for her work with The Staple Singers but her solo stuff is pretty great as well. Have a listen to “You’re The Fool” (link below), tell me what you think. Classic Stax sound, that.