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KissKiss' 1974 self-titled debut is one of hard rock's all-time classic studio recordings. Kiss is chock full of their best and most renowned compositions, containing elements of Rolling Stones/New York Dolls party-hearty rock & roll, Beatles tunefulness, and Sabbath/Zep heavy metal, and wisely recorded primal and raw by producers Richie Wise and Kenny Kerner (of Gladys Knight fame). Main songwriters Stanley and Simmons each had a knack for coming up with killer melodies and riffs, as evidenced by Nothin' to Lose and Deuce (by Simmons), Firehouse and Black Diamond (by Stanley), as well as Strutter and 100,000 Years (collaborations by the two). Also included is the Ace Frehley alcohol anthem Cold Gin, Let Me Know (a song that Stanley played for Simmons upon their very first meeting, then titled Sunday Driver), and one of Kiss' few instrumentals: the groovy Love Theme from Kiss (penned by the entire band). The only weak track is a tacky cover of the 1959 Bobby Rydell hit Kissin' Time, which was added to subsequent pressings of the album to tie in with a Kissing Contest promotion the band was involved in at the time. Along with 1976's Destroyer, Kiss' self-titled debut is their finest studio album, and has only improved over the years.
- Greg Prato (All Music Guide)1. Strutter
2. Nothin' To Lose
4. Cold Gin
5. Let Me Know
6. Kissin' Time
8. Love Theme From Kiss
9. 100,000 Years
10. Black Diamond$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Chirping Crickets (200 Gram Vinyl)Ranked 420/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Country, Rockabilly And R&B Fused Into Epochal Rock 'n' Roll
Remastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio From The Original Analog Master Tapes
Plating And 200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings
Old-style Tip-on Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing
One of rock's greatest albums, this is the debut album by the Crickets and the only one featuring Buddy Holly released during his lifetime. The Chirping Crickets contains the group's number one single That'll Be the Day and its Top Ten hit Oh, Boy!. Other Crickets classics include Not Fade Away, Maybe Baby, and I'm Looking for Someone to Love.
These are among the best rock 'n' roll songs of the 1950s or ever, making this one of the most significant album debuts in rock 'n' roll history - ranking with Elvis Presley and Meet the Beatles, writes AllMusic.
What has Analogue Productions done to kick this classic album up a notch? For starters, our version features stellar remastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Followed by state-of-the-art plating and pressing on 200-gram heavyweight vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, maker of the world's finest-sounding LPs. Stoughton Printing provides a sturdy old-style tip-on jacket to round out the package.
Born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas, Holly was nicknamed Buddy by his mother. She felt that his given name was too big for her little boy. Holly, the altered form of his last name, would later result from a misspelling in his first recording contract. Holly learned to play piano and fiddle at an early age, while his older brothers taught him the basics of guitar.
In early 1956, Holly and his band began recording demos and singles in Nashville under the name Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes, but the group's lineup was later revised and dubbed The Crickets. Holly wrote and recorded his breakthrough hit, That'll Be the Day, with The Crickets in 1957. The song's title and refrain are a reference to a line uttered by John Wayne in the 1956 film The Searchers. Between August 1957 and August 1958, Holly and the Crickets charted seven different Top 40 singles.
Composer and singer John Fogerty, of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame, inducted Buddy Holly into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame at the 1986 Hall of Fame induction ceremony. What Buddy Holly meant to him, Fogerty said, was destiny calling. Fogerty, 12, bought That'll Be The Day and soon began dreaming of forming his own combo, like the group of musicians - The Crickets - he saw on the album cover. And in Liverpool, England, the same thing was going on with four other guys. They named their group The Beatles, because Buddy Holly's group was called The Crickets.
We are, each of us, made up of the people we love and the people we admire, Fogerty, said. We take those reflections, and hopefully, grow.
Holly's talented life was cut short in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959, that also claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens and J.P. The Big Bopper Richardson. This album is a tribute to what was, and what might have been a lengthy pioneering musical career.1. Oh, Boy!
2. Not Fade Away
3. You've Got Love
4. Maybe Baby
5. It's Too Late
6. Tell Me How
7. That'll Be The Day
8. I'm Looking For Someone To Love
9. An Empty Cup (And A Broken Date)
10. Send Me Some Lovin'
11. Last Night
12. Rock Me My Baby$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Beach Boys Party! (Mono)Stereo Mixes Produced By Mark Linett And Alan Boyd / Mixed By Mark Linett
33 1/3 RPM Mono Mixes Created Under Brian Wilson's Supervision
Audio Production - Mark Linett
For Brother Records - Elliott Lott
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available
Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!
To meet the standards of Analogue Productions, our Beach Boys album reissues had a mission to achieve: Present the band's music the way that Brian Wilson - famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger - intended. Mono mixes created under Wilson's supervision were how the surf rockin' California crew rose to fame! And we've got 'em!
For the early part of the Beach Boys career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format - they didn't release a single in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Wilson, who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965. The Beach Boys Today! was the first LP for which they only delivered a mono master.
We've taken 10 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boy titles ever and restored them to their mono glory! But there's no disputing that the close harmonies and one-of-a-kind rhythms of hits like "Surfer Girl," "In My Room," "Little Deuce Coupe" and more lend themseleves naturally to stereo. So we've got your 2-channel needs covered with prime stereo mix versions as well.
Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!
Capitol Records, which had already released ten Beach Boys albums in three years, was bugging the group for product that it could release in time for the 1965 Christmas season. To buy time while Brian Wilson began conceiving the Pet Sounds masterpiece, the group issued a set of covers, mostly of the '50s rock and R&B they had listened to as schoolboys. Packaged as if it had been recorded at an actual party, it was in fact recorded in the studio, with friends and romantic partners adding sounds and vocals to create an informal atmosphere. With the exception of a bass guitar, all the instruments were acoustic; the acoustic guitar-and-bongo arrangements, in fact, give this a hootenanny campfire feel. In recent years, this album has gone up a few notches in critical esteem, praised for its loose, casual feel and insight into the group's influences. ... It does have the massive hit 'Barbara Ann,' which actually features Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean) on much of the lead vocals; other highlights include 'Mountain of Love,' an unexpected version of 'The Times They Are a-Changin',' and three Beatles covers. - AllMusic.com1. Hully Gully
2. I Should Have Known Better
3. Tell Me Why
5. Mountain Of Love
6. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
7. Devoted To You
8. Alley Oop
9. There's No Other (Like My Baby)
10. Medley: I Get Around/ Little Deuce Coup
11. The Times They Are A-Changin'
12. Barbara Ann$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
The Chirping CricketsThe debut album by the Crickets and the only one featuring Buddy Holly released during his lifetime, The Chirping Crickets contains the group's number one single That'll Be the Day and its Top Ten hit Oh, Boy!. Other Crickets classics include Not Fade Away, Maybe Baby, and I'm Looking for Someone to Love. The rest of the 12 tracks are not up to the standard set by those five, but those five are among the best rock & roll songs of the 1950s or ever, making this one of the most significant album debuts in rock & roll history, ranking with Elvis Presley and Meet the Beatles.
-All Music GuideLP1
1. Oh, Boy!
2. Not Fade Away
3. You've Got Love
4. Maybe Baby
5. It's Too Late
6. Tell Me How
7. Blue Days, Black Nights*
8. Rock Around With Ollie Vee*
1. That'll Be The Day
2. I'm Looking For Someone To Love
3. An Empty Cup (And a Broken Date)
4. Send Me Some Lovin'
5. Last Night
6. Rock Me My Baby
7. Don't Come Back Knockin'*
8. I'm Changing All Those Channels*
*Bonus Tracks$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Cellarful Of MuckIt's the #1 garage-rock band in the US of A, back with their fourth release on Dirty Water Records, A Cellarful of Muck. Muck And The Mires' unique Hamburg-era Beatles meets 1977-era Ramones sound has them dancing in the aisles from London to Worcester and these 13 original tracks are by far their best to date. Featuring production from the legendary Kim Fowley (The Runaways).1. King of The Beat
2. Saturday Let Me Down Again
3. I'm Tired of Losin' Sleep Over You
4. Creep You Out
5. Right Now
6. Tear It Down
7. Love Hates Me
8. We Don't Have To Hide Anymore
9. A Piece of Nothing
10. Laura's A Liar
11. That's The Way It's Always Gonna Be
12. I Don't Need A Reason
13. Love Is Knockin' At Your Door$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Get The Knack (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
One of the Most Instantly Successful and Highest-Selling Debut Albums in History: The Knack's Attitudinal Get the Knack Loaded With Power Pop, Catchy Hooks, Keen Melodies, and My Sharona
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP of Get the Knack Teems with Abundant Energy
Most everyone knows The Knack's Get the Knack because of the ubiquitous smash My Sharona, a contagious hit that still plays countless times everyday on radio stations nationwide. But the appeal and significance of the Los Angeles quartet's 1979 debut extend far beyond the career-making single. Loaded with tight power pop, hummable hooks, blunt lyrics, and precision playing, the controversy-igniting Get the Knack resonates with an ageless freshness that's influenced everyone from Kurt Cobain to modern indie artists such as the Mountain Goats.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Get the Knack brings the record's urgent harmonies, keen melodies, bell-clear tones, and snapping percussion out of the shadows and into the limelight. Graced with large-scale frequency extension and ample separation, the Knack's feisty music now teems with added energy, body, and immediacy. Absent the dynamic compression that squelched previous reissues, this numbered limited-edition audiophile analog version blossoms with detail, openness, and brashness. A guilty pleasure to some and new-wave classic to many others, Get the Knack is so attitudinal it spawned one of the industry's most famous backlashes.
Released by Capitol Records after the Knack courted a dozen other offers, the 12-track set remains one of the most instantaneously successful debuts ever made. Aided by tongue-in-cheek marketing, a sly cover-art reference to the Beatles' Meet the Beatles, and Mack Truck-sized refrains that stick in your head for hours, Get the Knack went gold in days and, to date, has sold more than five million copies. The meteoric rise didn't sit well with detractors committed to ripping apart the band for its perceived arrogance (members refused to sit for interviews) and alleged misogynist stance. Needless to say, the boycotting campaigns fell on deaf ears.
Holding down the top of the singles chart for six weeks, and the eventual number-one single on the year-end 1979 chart, My Sharona alone cemented the Knack's position in history. Written by lead singer and guitarist Doug Fieger about his lust for the then-underage 17-year-old Sharona Alperin, who ultimately became his fiancÉe, the anthem's suggestive themes carry throughout the record. Straightforward in its sleaziness and sexuality, Get the Knack pulls no punches about teenage frustrations, boy-girl one-upsmanship, sticky sweet romance, and unrequited passions for the opposite sex.
Teasing, mischievous tracks such as (She's So) Selfish connect with Bo Diddley-inspired riffs and crude, hormonally charged lines that split the difference between manipulation, nastiness, and arousal. The Top 15 hit Good Girls Don't similarly confronts the pent-up carnal desires and libidinous emotions shared by youth of all generations, while That's What the Little Girls Do functions as a sly response. Your Number or Your Name dabbles in related subject matter, with sensitivity and hopefulness added for good measure. It's a perfect mix of agony and ecstasy, fear and confidence.
Shot-through with yearning, every song bursts forth with undeniable catchiness, firecracker release, and sassy style - an approach Rolling Stone rightly says finds the band [winding] itself tighter than a hot pair of disco jeans, then [doing] its best to hold to that energy until its time to explode.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Let Me Out
2. Your Number or Your Name
3. Oh Tara
4. (She's So) Selfish
5. Maybe Tonight
6. Good Girls Don't
7. My Sharona
9. Siamese Twins (The Monkey and Me)
11. That's What the Little Girls Do
12. Frustrated$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Magical Mystery Tour (Collector's Box)Deluxe Box Set With, DVD, Blu-Ray, Book and Double 7" 45RPM Vinyl.
The Beatles Classic 1967 feature film has been restored for worldwide release.
This limited edition deluxe version comes in a 10" x 10" box, which contains the DVD & Blu-Ray, as well as a 60 page book with background information, photographs and documentation from the production and also a faithful reproduction of the mono double 7" vinyl EP of the films six new Beatles songs, originally issued in the UK to complement the films 1967 release.
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Director's Commentary by Paul McCartney
- The Making of Magical Mystery Tour (19m 05s) - Features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. Includes unseen footage.
- Ringo the actor (2m 30s) - Ringo reflecting on his role in the film.
- Meet The Supporting Cast (11m 27s) - A feature on the background and careers of Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle.
- Your Mother Should Know(2m 35s) Blue Jay Way(3m 53s) The Fool On The Hill (3m 05s) - Three new edits of these performances all featuring footage not seen in the original film.
Blu-Ray features the original film restored.
DVD features the original film restored.Side 1
1. Magical Mystery Tour
2. Your Mother Should Know
1. I Am The Walrus
1. The Fool On The Hill
1. Blue Jay Way$89.99Deluxe Box Set With, DVD, Blu-Ray, Book and Double 7 45RPM Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
Summer In The City: Live In New York (Pre-Order)First Time Ever On Vinyl!
Remastered From New High-Res Master Files By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
Double LP Set, Ultra-Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
Beautiful ''Old-Style'' Gatefold Printed By Stoughton
Intervention Records is thrilled to bring Joe Jackson's Summer in the City Live in New York to vinyl for the very first time! Previously available only on CD, Summer in the City joins IR's wildly successful vinyl reissues of Jackson's early New Wave classics Look Sharp!, I'm the Man and Night and Day.
Summer in the City's repertoire is an amazing bridge that spans the greatest hits of Jackson's early canon with stunning new arrangements and covers from other great songwriters. Jackson classics like ''Fools in Love,'' ''You Can't Get What You Want'' and ''It's Different for Girls'' meet with covers as diverse as Duke Ellington's ''Mood Indigo,'' The Beatles' ''Eleanor Rigby'' and Steely Dan's ''King of the World.''
Summer in the City was mastered to vinyl by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from brand-new high-res master files. Summer in the City was recorded live in New York City in August of 1999 by Steve Remote and Co-Producer Sheldon Steiger. Sony's archivists and Battery Studios' Mike Piacentini compiled new high-res digital master files from the original DATs with the final mixes, and IR consulted with Remote and Steiger on key aspects of the recording to ensure the best possible source files were used. The result is an absolute sonic stunner, brought to new life on this double LP set!
Summer in the City's original album art has been rebuilt into a beautiful gatefold jacket by IR's art director Tom Vadakan.LP 1
1. Summer in the City
2. Obvious Song
3. Another World
4. Fools in Love / For Your Love
5. Mood Indigo
6. The In Crowd / Down to London
1. Eleanor Rigby
2. Be My Number Two
3. Home Town
4. It's Different For Girls
5. King of the World
6. You Can't Get What You Want
7. One More Time$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Oczy MlodyOczy Mlody is the Flaming Lips' follow-up to 2014's Beatles tribute album With A Little Help From My Friends, and first full-length of new material since 2013's The Terror. Singer Wayne Coyne describes the twelve tracks as sounding like "Syd Barrett meets ASAP Rocky and they get trapped in a fairy tale from the future.1. Oczy Mlody
3. There Should Be Unicorns
4. Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)
5. Nigdy Nie (Never No)
6. Galaxy I Sink
7. One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill
8. Do Glowy
9. The Castle
10. Almost Home (Blisko Domu)
11. We A Family$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Oczy Mlody (Colored Vinyl)2xLP Pressed On Orange & Purple Vinyl
Oczy Mlody is the Flaming Lips' follow-up to 2014's Beatles tribute album With A Little Help From My Friends, and first full-length of new material since 2013's The Terror. Singer Wayne Coyne describes the twelve tracks as sounding like "Syd Barrett meets ASAP Rocky and they get trapped in a fairy tale from the future.LP 1
1. Oczy Mlody
3. There Should Be Unicorns
4. Sunrise (Eyes of the Young)
5. Nigdy Nie (Never No)
6. Galaxy I Sink
1. One Night While Hunting For Faeries and Witches and Wizards To Kill
2. Do Glowy
3. Listening To The Frogs With Demon Eyes
4. The Castle
5. Almost Home (Blisko Domu)
6. We A Family$39.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Volume OneShe & Him is a story of musical serendipity: two artists, each renowned in their own creative fields, meet and recognize a certain shared nostalgia. The result is destined to be one of the musical highlights of the year.
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward first met to record a version of Richard and Linda Thompson's When I Get To The Border for a movie soundtrack. Immediately struck by one another's talents and finding an instant rapport Zooey let slip that she wrote her own songs which she recorded alone at home on her computer. Somewhat shy about anyone hearing these musical morsels she eventually sent the demos to Ward who was instantly impressed. They soon reconvened at his Portland studio to begin work.
Embracing the warm sound of early analog recordings, Volume One is more than just a showcase for Zooey's rich and endearing voice; it's a distinctive and endlessly charming album. The songs themselves give a respectful nod to the likes of Dusty Springfield, Linda Ronstadt and The Zombies while Ward's production gives them just the right amount of golden era sheen. Whether Zooey's channeling Ronnie Spector as on I Was Made For You or joining Ward in turning The Beatles I Should Have Known Better into a seductive hula guitar duet, the results are always captivating.
1. Sentimental Heart
2. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
3. This Is Not A Test
4. Change Is Hard
5. I Thought I Saw Your Face Today
6. Take It Back
7. I Was Made For You
8. You Really Got a Hold On Me
9. Black Hole
10. Got Me
11. I Should Have Known Better
12. Sweet Darlin'$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PuzzlePhiladelphia meets Pink Floyd ... Sound weird? It is, but it's also one of the handful of albums I own that deserves a four star rating.
For a band that started out with a serious Beatles fixation, 1969's Puzzle is a major change in musical direction. As the band's third and final album, the project actually had an interesting, if troubled history. Following keyboardist Michael Kac's departure to pursue a career with classical guitarist Linda Cohen, the remaining trio (guitarist Craig Anderton, bassist Randy Monaco and drummer J. Kevin Lally) packed up for the UK where they recorded an acoustic album with producer Shel Talmy. Poppy Records executives hated the results and the tapes were promptly shelved, leaving the trio to rework the material in New York with producer Ron Frangipane.
Clad in a striking M.C. Escher design (wonder how much it cost to get rights to the images), the album seems to have been conceived as a concept piece, though I've got to admit I don't have a clue what that concept is. (If you read German, the inner sleeve verbiage may provide a clue.) Whatever the intent, tracks such as 'Earthfriend Prelude' and 'Kyrie' have a distinctive pseudo-religious flavor. Completed with elaborate orchestration, instrumental preludes, extended musical segue ways and lots of electronic noddling, this is about as far removed from the band's earlier top-40 orientation as it gets. Geez, 'Children's Prayer' even includes a children's chorus. In its place material such as 'Earthfriend', 'Hiding' and 'Tadpole' flows along in a thick and trippy stupor. That may sound like a stupid analogy, but propelled by Monaco's slewed vocals (he literally sounds stoned throughout), weird time signatures and production effects, oddball synthesizer blips and some truly weird lyrics (check out Ocean's Daughter' and 'Whisper Play'), it's an apt description. The entire second side complete with sound effects, backward tapes and other effects makes for a great headphones experience. The band didn't entirely abandon their knack for commercial material, with 'Just a Blur' (presented in three separate versions) and the title track standing as catchy as anything on their first or second releases. One final comment - clocking it at almost 50 minutes, this is one long album.
- BadCat Records1. Earthfriend Prelude
3. Just A Blur (Version 1)
5. Just A Blur (Version 2)
8. Ocean's Daughter
9. Volcano Prelude
11. Whisper Play
12. Bucket Of Air
13. Children's Prayer
15. Just A Blur (Version 3)$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Goodmorning RestrainedOriginally released digitally in 2009 on Sounds Of Zilence, Magna Carta Cartel's [MCC] debut album Goodmorning Restrained has become a classic amongst music lovers who have found their way to this album and band. The album is an 8 track experience of what the band refers to as soundtracks for movies yet unmade or Radio-edited movie themes, for daily life and death. Magna Carta Cartel's music has impressed people all across the world and from all walks of life, and the demand for physical copies of this album have been increasing over the years. Lövely Records now offers the first ever physical formats of this legendary album. The release come with original artwork done by designer/graphic artist and director Claudio Marino.
What Magna Carta Cartel are up to today few or no one knows. What we do know though, is the fact that they once made this strange, different and beautiful album, and that it's now about time it is being materialised into this world. Magna Carta Cartel is a five piece Swedish rock band, often rumoured to be mysteriously connected to the highly secretive band Ghost. The band themselves describe their music like this: It reminds of Vangelis meeting Tom Petty, trying to reach U2, willing to be Joy Division, feeling like ABBA, longing to be Brian Eno, remembering Jean Michel Jarre, looking at Metallica, sleeping with Mike Oldfield, dancing to Koto, hunting the Beatles, killing Morricone in a duel, snorting to Moroder etc.1. That It Is Already Too Late To Leave
2. This Time
3. Attending Midnight Screen
4. Metropolis Flow
5. Deriving A Distance
6. Borderline Bordello
7. So Long
8. Hotellus Eviction$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Valiant Visions DawnMagna Carta Cartel - Valiant Visions Dawn - now on Vinyl Magna Carta Cartel's music has impressed people all across the world and from all walks of life, and the demand for physical copies of this album have been increasing over the years. Lövely Records now offers the first ever physical formats of this legendary album. The release includes one never before released song, THC and comes with original artwork done by designer/graphic artist and director Claudio Marino.
What Magna Carta Cartel are up to today few or no one knows. What we do know though, is the fact that they once made this strange, different and beautiful album, and that it's now about time it is being materialised into this world. Magna Carta Cartel is a five piece Swedish rock band, often rumoured to be mysteriously connected to the highly secretive band Ghost. The band themselves describe their music like this: It reminds of Vangelis meeting Tom Petty, trying to reach U2, willing to be Joy Division, feeling like ABBA, longing to be Brian Eno, remembering Jean Michel Jarre, looking at Metallica, sleeping with Mike Oldfield, dancing to Koto, hunting the Beatles, killing Morricone in a duel, snorting to Moroder etc1. Valiant Visions Dawn
3. Dollhouse Decoration
4. THC$19.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Nobody KnowsThe last time I came across the Len Price 3 was in 2010 and this album give me about as much pleasure as that last one did - lots.
If you were to define a 'London' sound of the sixties then this is it. There are echoes of The Kinks and The Who as well as later London bands like Madness but they are a quintessentially original outfit and there is nothing here that sniffs of copying.
Their spare beat laden pop is wonderfully edgy, especially on the Farfisa laden 'Swing Like A Monkey' but the best of them is on tracks that echo the songs and the bands of the sixties, telling stories of grandparents and odd acquaintances. 'My Grandad Jim' - rocky garage punk telling a story of an old soldier seen through the eyes of a teenager. The gonzoid guitar break is worth the price of the album on its own. Or then there is 'Vultures' with its stomping Beatle-esque stomp and a very Kinks meets Small Faces sound: the horn break is magic.
They can do the sad stuff too on tracks like 'Lonely': wistful and with harmonies that they heard on the West Coast it would make a great single.
'Preying Mantis' is a stunning piece of garage punk, spare and harsh, the sound is pure beat era but the theme is as modern as tomorrow or as old as last week.
'Medway Sun' is a real gem. Bucolic and wistful, definitely should be the pick for a single and definitely a theme for a forgotten part of the country.
Final track 'The London Institute' has just about everything - redolent of youth and reminiscence and with a Who-like sound that sticks in the mind and takes you back to listen again and again.
Every track has an identity and seems to reference a different element of the sixties sound but every track is also a tiny gem of music that can be held up to the light and marvelled at in its own right.
The Len Price 3 are a truly fine band and deserve a greater audience - check them out and enjoy!
- Andy Snipper (Music-News)1. Nobody Knows
2. Swing Like A Monkey
3. My Grandad Jim
5. Preying Mantis
7. Words Won't Come
8. Wigmore Sisters
9. Billy Manson
10. Couldn't Get Much Worse
11. Medway Sun
12. Nobody Knows (reprise)
13. The London Institute$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now