Catalog #1 - Spring 2009 Auction & Set Sale
 

(This catalog is closed, sold items are listed below)


The grading format for vinyl records is Disc / Cover. All records have been played in their entirety before setting a grade.
 


 
1. ACID TEST: LP with Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters (reissue Psycho, UK 1982)  This reissue of the underground classic is almost as scarce as the 1966 original today, but a lot less expensive. Limited numbered edition of 300 copies (this is #126) from the ahead-of-the-curve Psycho label. The only vinyl reissue that exists of this album. M-/M-
 
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2. BAM BALAM #1, 1975
Debut issue of classic '60s-oriented fanzine, edited by Brian Hogg. Articles on the Seeds, Paul Revere & the Raiders and the Yardbirds, with photos and discographies to accompany Hogg's excellent writing. Clean archival copy with very faint creases on the cover only. M-.
 
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6. BEAT OF THE EARTH: Our Standard 3-Minute Tune (Radish, US 1967/1994)  From the legendary Phil Pearlman desert nexus came this gatefold cover release of outtakes from the 1967 album sessions. A vital document from the early days of the psychedelic counterculture. 500 copies pressed, premium-priced upon release. M-/M-
 
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7. BHAGAVAN DAS: Ah (2-LP no label, US 1972)  The debut album from a young Californian turned Eastern mystic, who would later become famous as 'the Jimi Hendrix of kirtan'. Bhagavan chants, sings, moans and invokes, with a beautifully clear voice, supported by traditional Indian instruments. Excellent incense-burning music. Richard Alpert/Ram Dass was profoundly influenced by Bhagavan Das, and provides some commentary in the accompanying booklet. The outer gatefold cover shows ringwear and general shelfwear, while the inside gatefold is clearn. The discs have some minor wear and the pressing is not perfect, but this plays EX for the most part (S3T1 is a bit noisy). VG++/VG++
 
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8. JOHNNY BLACKBURN & MARY LAUREN: Echoes Of Love's Reality (Wind's Eye Music, US 1981)  Like Bobb Trimble and Sixth Station, convincing proof that top level psychedelic folkrock was still being created by local artists around the US in the early '80s. A dreamy, ethereal album with male-female vocals, outstanding songwriting and arrangements, using fuzz guitar, flute and keyboard. A future classic of the era, increasingly in demand. Includes the booklet. Less than perfect pressing but beautiful clean copy. M-/M-
 
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10. DWAYNE CANNAN: Spare Change (no label, Canada 1980)  Recently discovered dark folk from Edmonton artist, with a stark urban feel, good songs and excellent moody vocals. Popular among genre fans. Only 300 copies pressed. Still in shrink. M-/M-
 
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11. TOM CARLILE & THE CRAFTSMEN: The Original Sounds Of (no label, US 1968)  Privately pressed album from Florida club act, who perform 10 originals in a dramatic lounge-pop style. Enjoyable throughout with highpoints in a good UK-beat flavored tune and the rather amazing "Man With No Name", a heartfelt tribute to Sergio Leone's anti-hero. Carlile later had some success as a country artist, but this debut LP was unknown to exist until recently. Self-released by the band, who sold it exclusively at South Florida live venues. There's an edge warp which does not affect play, and hairlines and marks on both sides for a VG+ visual grade, but it plays surprisingly strong (S2T3 is the only noisy spot). VG++/EX on balance
 
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12. CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND: No Way Out (Tower stereo, US 1967) Archetypal California garage sounds on this album, which was a desirable item already 25 years ago. High points include the dynamite "Let's Talk About Girls", "Are You Gonna Be There" and some excellent, trippy instrumentals. Wide stereo mix with care put into it (the raga punk of "Gone & Passes By" in particular shines), probably inspired by Rolling Stones productions of the era. This has sold for $600+ on occasion. The disc has visual wear but plays near perfect. Guaranteed 1967 original. EX/EX

As a bonus you'll receive a glossy, postcard size modern reproduction of a very rare Chocolate Watchband poster.
 
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13. JILL CISLAGHI: Friends Of Mine (Fleetwood, US 1977) Recently discovered female s-sw/'70s folk from Massachusetts. Despite the album title, an introspective 'loner' mood persists. Well-written and beautifully sung songs performed with acoustic guitar, and some electric bass and electric guitar. A custom pressing of 500 copies courtesy a well-known regional label. Very highly rated by some. Perfect copy. M/M
 
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14. C.O.B: Moyshe McStiff & The Tartan Lancers Of The Sacred Heart (Polydor, UK 1973)  Original copy of much-loved progressive folk album from rural England. As all titles on the label, somewhat hard to find. Not the world's greatest pressing, but plays strong. Fragile gatefold cover displays slight edge wear. EX/EX
 
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15. ALEISTER CROWLEY: Black Magic Recordings (Cleopatra, US 2007)  The Great Beast captured on wax cylinder 1910-14, delivering a mix of poetry, eerie magick invocations, and even some singing. Sound quality isn't great, but it's a very good, quiet pressing. Slight edge warp does not affect play. Limited edition of 300 (this is #239), pressed on white vinyl. Includes Crowley badge and patch. M/M
 
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16. TOMMY DAE: same (Hitt, US 1969)  After some highly regarded New England garage and psych 45s with the High Tensions and Tom Dae Turned On, it seems Tommy Dae made a strange career turn. This self-released album contains a number of cheesy, amateurish lounge covers, along with six Dae originals of shifting quality. The rarely seen LP is amusing and of some historical relevance, but not something that will improve your life. Appealing cover design. A pressing defect causes a 'whoosh' sound on one track, and there's some minor wear. All over a strong VG++/VG++ 
 
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18. EARLYWINE: The Long Journey Home (Award, US 1977)  Seldom seen flowing rural rock from California quartet with rich guitar tapestries and good vocal harmonies. The opening track is a genre classic. Still in shrink. M-/M-
 
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20. FARM: Farm (Crusade, US 1972)  Original copy of this local Chicago guitar album, which mixes strong dual guitar jams with sharp blues-rock, recalling the Allman Bros and East-West. It's a classy, dynamic recording from Golden Voice studios, a quality not fully captured on the reissues. The front cover is clean except some wear along the top seam (but no seam split), while the back cover has some ringwear. The disc shows superficial wear (with three hairlines on side 1) but plays very well. EX/VG++
 
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21. FEATHER DA GAMBA: Like It Or Get Bent (no label, US 1972)  Beautiful original of this unique stoned swampy Louisiana basement rock album, whose initimate atmosphere is not fully captured on the murky-sounding reissue. Listed with 5 discs for value in 2001 Record Collector Dreams. The few original copies excavated recently had water damage, but this one shows no traces of that. There's minimal age hazing to the vinyl, and faint foxing along the top seam. No wear and no pressing defects, one of the best copies ever offered openly. M-/M-
 
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22. GEORGE-EDWARDS: 38:38 (no label, US 1977)  Currently in demand, dreamy keyboard-dominated folkrock from Michigan with psychedelic '60s overtones (confirmed by the band themselves). Memorable, atmospheric music which is hard to describe accurately. Despite being released without a cover, this has sold for $1000+ on occasion. According to the band, fewer than 300 copies were pressed. It's a mediocre pressing with shallow grooves and a few vinyl bubbles, but this copy plays a strong EX for 95% of the time, the only problem being two hairlines that cause clicks during parts of S1T2. The generic white cover is probably original and shows some aging, but could be replaced with any perfect blank cover within reach. Xerox insert included. Big size repros of the labels have been attached to this particular sleeve.
 
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23. HANDGJORT: same (Silence, Sweden 1971). Affordable copy of this hippie folk-psych raga LP, one of the classic underground records from Scandinavia. It's never been reissued, and may never be, from what I hear. There was only one pressing of discs, some of which came with hand-drawn sleeves ('Handgjort' means hand-made). When the band members got tired of this idea, the label provided the printed 'title sleeve' variant, which is what we have here. Most importantly, the original printed inner sleeve is included, with two great photos from the band's performance at the legendary Gardet Festival. It's a mediocre pressing (as were many Silences from this period) with some minor visual wear but plays strong; the only problem is a heat mark that gently rasps through S2T1 -- not terribly disturbing, but it's there. The sleeve shows some general aging and has a small white-on-white sticker near the top seam. All over, disc is EX except S2T1, sleeve VG++, inner sleeve EX.
 
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28. INNERSPACE issue #4, 1967  In the fourth issue, from the Spring 1967, Lisa Bieberman takes both Leary and Sidney Cohen to task in an interesting article, Art Kleps presents his most recent Boo-Hoo brainstorm, Michael Bowen reports on the successful Human Be-In in SF, and there are pieces on the I-Ching, "Drop City" (the Buckminster Fuller-inspired commune), and a well-written exposť of the Elysian Mysteries and the possible use of hallucinogenic drugs there. In the letters page, Humphry Osmond discusses his invention of the word 'psychedelic'. M-
 
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37. DAVE LAMB & GYE WHIZ: I'll Be Alright (Syma, US 1971)  Original copy of seldom-seen early '70s hippie folkrock album, first discovered and reissued in the 1990s. The sound and presence is better on this original than the reissue (which also altered the sleeve), something which is vital to the highly personal and intimate nature of the music. This is given the highest (6 discs) value rating in the 3001 Record Collector Dreams book. Beautiful copy still in shrink, with a tiny edge warp which does not affect play. Dedication on the back cover shrink wrap (i e, not on the actual cover). M-/M-
 
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38. TIMOTHY LEARY: The Psychedelic Experience (Broadside, US 1966) with 4-page booklet  Leary's first LP, and this copy is the earliest of three '60s pressings (see the Acid Archives book for details), with thick leathery sleeve and wrap-around cover slick. Leary & Ralph Metzner take turns reading from their 1964 book, with an occasional bell chime. If you want to hear Tim intonate "turn off your mind... relax... float downstream", here's the place. Includes the booklet, which is unique to the record release and of vital importance. It's a worn copy, with marks and lines on side 2 in particular. It plays with some crackles and pops, but is largely enjoyable (the first minutes of side 2 is the roughest spot). The sleeve shows general aging and shelf-wear. VG+/VG++, booklet EX.
 
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40. PAUL LEVINSON: Twice Upon A Rhyme (Happysad, US 1972)  Privately released stoned NYC folkrock LP from future sci-fi writer and media commentator. Recorded in 1969-71. An upbeat and anarchic '60s mood dominate, which makes this stand out among the competition. It's quite psychedelic in parts. Still in shrink. M-/M-
 
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42. LITE STORM: God Is Love (Beverly Hills, US 1973) Shortly after their conventional debut LP, the Lite Storm band immersed themselves in Eastern spirituality, and released two obscure albums dedicated to their syncretic master Satya Sai Baba. Although recorded mainly for devotional purposes, the music is surprisingly psychedelic, with sitar, tablas, sound effects, well-written songs, and a late 60s hippie-folk mood with mixed male & female vocals. Disc plays very clean, which is vital for this LP. EX/EX
 
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43. LOST & FOUND issues #1-5, 1992-1997  A complete run of the definitive fanzine on Midwest '60s music, primarily garage, plus some 1950s and early psych coverage. Contents are too massive to detail here (the 5 issues add up to more than 500 print pages), but a full breakdown can be found in the Ugly Things garage database. Apart from the band articles there's pages and pages of memorabilia, photos, radio charts, handbills, etc. Very clean copies, #3 has some minor shelf wear. Offered as a lot, individual copies may be sold for the right offer. M-
 
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44. LSD: same (stereo Capitol. US 1966)  One of the most famous, and arguably the most entertaining, spoken word drug LPs of the 1960s. An uncredited Dick Clark narrates with superb eloquence and subtle sarcasm as various aspects of the expanding LSD scene are examined. The bad trip of poor 'Brian' is particularly memorable, along with unique to this album acid raps from Leary, Ginsberg, Kesey. Superb gatefold cover. Beautiful copy. M-/M-
 
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48. MAINLINE TO NOWHERE educational box-set with 4 cassettes, 4 filmstrips, boardgame & manual (Spoken Arts, US 1972)  Surely the most unique item in this auction, Mainline To Nowhere offers a priceless trip back to an era when The War On Drugs meant trying to get high school kids involved with wholesome activities like ice skating and church visits. The 'Choose' board game is an unintentional classic of misguided PTA concern. The cassettes contain about 50 minutes of entertaining spoken word drug fiend dramatizations. For a detailed description of this scarce item, see this presentation. The box is in a complete state, including a dice and pieces for the board game. The outer box shows some foxing and shelf wear, and there is a tear on the front -- fortunately on a blank area, so nothing is missing. The contents are all in very neat shape. All over condition is EX
 
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49. MARANATHA: Soon (no label, US 1971) Strong copy of this highly rated private pressing from New Jersey. It starts out as a fairly humble Christian folkrock LP, then gradually lays on its jammy guitar-rock, reaching outstanding heights on side 2. Never reissued, and somewhat hard to find. There's some minor visual wear that does not affect play, and an unusually clean cover (close to M-). EX/EX
 
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50. MARQUEE REVUE: Live (Pacific Avenue, US c1972)  Self-released album from Omaha club band in the same generic cover as Birmingham Sunday. Side 2 is a dynamite hard hippie fuzz-rock fest with an outstanding version of "Sympathy For The Devil". Also covers of CSN, James Gang, Santana, etc. One of the best LPs in this style. According to a band member, a few hundred copies were pressed. The cover shows some shelf wear and rubbing, and has a repaired seam split at center bottom. The blank (as issued) back cover has some ringwear. The disc shows plenty of lines and marks, but it's an unusually good pressing for a vanity release, and it plays strong. Visually a VG+ disc with an EX play grade, cover is VG++.
 
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52. MARSHALL McLUHAN: The Medium Is The Massage (Columbia, US 1967) CBS may never have been hipper than in 1967, with several turned-on, fun releases to their credit. Released shortly after Freak Scene, this LP mixes McLuhan soundbites with psychedelic effects, stock music, tape loops & audio gadgetry, and collage snips of other voices. There is a clear structure to the work, but they try to stretch and distort the linearity any way they can. Entertaining, trippy and highly samples-friendly. McLuhan himself surely approved! Excellent state-of-the-art recording and pressing. Discreet name and date written on the back cover, otherwise a beauty. M-/EX
 
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Sealed original Micah LP + 45 + promo photo

53. MICAH: I'm Only One Man (Sterling Award, US 1971). Many vintage records are inaccurately described as 'rare'; here we have a custom press album that really is 'rare', meaning that copies are hardly ever seen. It's a good one too, sharp progressive hardrock with long guitar/organ solos and dynamite playing. Listed with 4 discs for value in 3001 Record Collector Dreams. This is a sealed copy, something which to my knowledge has never been offered before. Along with the album comes a 45 with two edited tracks from the album, and a 1-of-a-kind promo photo. You are not likely to see another package like this again. The LP is S/S with a small bump to one corner, the 45 and promo print are M-
 



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54. MIGHTY BABY: same (Head, US 1969)  Pink label US pressing of much-loved LP that successfully links the disparate London mod-psych and American westcoast music scenes. As with many copies, this has a clear plastic paste-on sticker with the track list. Clean copy M-/EX
 
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55. MILES OF SMILES: same (W.O.W, US 1976) Dreamy hippie folkrock with female vocals and psychedelic overtones, from noted 'destructive cult' The Way, based in Ohio. The LP opens fairly straightforward, but becomes increasingly arresting, with a long, outstanding, psych-flavored track on side 2 which sounds like the missing link between These Trails and Extradition. Good LP, unfamiliar to many, and documented only in Ken Scott's The Archivist so far (it will be in the next Acid Archives edition). M-/EX
 
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56. MODALITY STEW: same (U.M.P, US 1978)  Eastern-flavored hippie folk featuring Sid Brown, ex-Spikedrivers and ex-Peace Bread & Land Band. A must-own for genre fans, and increasingly in demand it seems. Discreetly signed by Sid Brown on the back cover. The vinyl shows some hazing and minor wear, but plays well. There is a 'tic' during a part of S1T2. Includes the booklet. VG++/EX
 
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59. JUSTEN O'BRIEN & JAKE: Time Will Tell (no label, US 1978)  Original, still sealed copy of this unique Midwestern '70s s-sw rock LP. Not discovered until the late 1990s, its subtly mysterious atmosphere and understated songwriting qualities quickly made it a favorite of several veteran psych collectors. The sound of the original pressing is clearly superior to the vinyl-sourced reissue. S/S
 
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61. THE OCCULT EXPLOSION: V/A (2-LP United Artists, US 1972)  Ambitious and entertaining exposť of various occult research fields, introduced by Nat Freeland whose book was the basis for the double album. Telepathy, UFOs, witchcraft, spirit channeling, ESP, Native American magic, satanism, and other fields are covered. A woman claims to receive music composed by the living spirits of Chopin and Liszt and performs one such piece, which is not bad at all. Progressive folk band Black Widow perform two tracks, including their classic "Come To The Sabbat". Anton Lavey, Louise Huebner, Alan Watts are among the people heard. Superb packaging including detailed booklet, designed by noted San Francisco artist Satty. Famous psychic Peter Hurkos has autographed his picture in the booklet. Very tiny corner cut. EX/EX
 
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62. PAVLO V: Strength Of Materials (Anazitisi). Very limited, high-priced 2007 reissue of moody, late-night New York City s-sw private press from Greek immigrant. Good, classy album, originally released in 1979. Numbered edition of 150, this is #84. With insert. Disc is M-, the sleeve EX due to some minor seam damage at top center.
 
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64. JOE PRICHARD & GIBRALTAR: same (Kendall, US 1974)  Privately released guitar-driven progressive hardrock from Missouri with a pro-level sound despite its obscure look. Good vocals too. Essential title to '70s collectors, and somewhat hard to find. The vinyl has 'sleeve lines' and signs of being played a lot, but no notable damage. It is a mediocre pressing and some pops are notable here and there. The sleeve shows corresponding aging and foxing, but again without any major defects. Note: this is incorrectly listed as 'Joe Pritchard' (with an extra 't') in various places. Both disc and sleeve grade a strong VG++.
 
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69. RASPUTIN & THE MONKS: same (reissue Trans-Radio/Resurrection, US 1966/1984)  The only existing vinyl reissue of atonal '60s garage band from St Mark's prep school in New Hampshire. Unlike most prep-rock albums, this one has a true 'punk' edge. A one-sided reissue which omits the school choir Octet, who took up the other side on the original. One of the scarcer titles in Resurrection's mid-80s series of  repros. Still in shrink. M-/M-
 
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70. RAVEN: Back To Ohio Blues (Owl, US 1975)  One of the major local '70s pieces from Ohio, brought to notoriety via reissues from Rockadelic and the artist himself. However, none of the reissues feature the original cover design seen here. Intense guitar-driven biker hardrock and bluesrock with lyrics about heroin and Ohio. The shrinkwrap shows ringwear and minor smudging, but the cover inside is very clean -- and the disc is near perfect. Scarce as an original. M-/EX
 
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72. HUGH ROMNEY [WAVY GRAVY]: Third Stream Humour (World Pacific, US 1962)  One of the earliest known works from the future westcoast scene-maker, Merry Prankster, Woodstock MC, and Hog Farm commune chief. It's a beat era spoken word performance from Greenwich Village with psychedelic drug references, funny raps, jazz talk, and zen-style parables. Elsewhere I've written a detailed review of this historically significant album, not many copies of which are known to exist. The disc is beautiful, while the cover displays rubbing, shelf & handling wear. EX/VG+
 
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73. RUSH: The Way It Is (Sadbird, US 1974)  One of my favorite discoveries of last year was this previously undocumented club band LP from Maine. No relation to the famous Canadian group, of course. It's a live-recording with a tight, Santana-influenced organ/guitar sound. Side 1 is good (one horn-laden ballad excepted), but side 2 is great, including a top-flight westcoast psych tune titled "Illusions Of Times Past", and blazing guitar-driven rock on the other tracks. This copy has minor noise between the tracks which disappears as the music comes on. The sleeve has a scotch tape repair in the top left corner, and rubbing and ringwear front and back. A M- copy would be at least $250. EX/VG+
 
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75. SAN FRANCISCO NIGHTS by Gene Sculatti & Davin Seay (Sidgwick & Jackson, UK 1985)  First UK printing of this well-written exposť of the SF Bay Area '60s music scene and psychedelic music in general. Attractive design and plenty of high quality photographs. Minor edge wear only. EX
 
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77. SILK & SILVER: Holiday (Tri-Ad, US 1976)  A recent eyebrow-raiser in the incredibly strange/'real people' category, from a lounge duo in small-town Oregon. The high-point is a 9-minute Elton John medley which defies description, but versions of "Squeeze-box" and "My Way" are memorable too. Not for general consumtion. Has sold for high amounts on occasion. Still in shrink. M-/M-
 
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78. SIXTH STATION: Deep Night (no label, US 1982)  Sealed copy of deeply introspective religious teenage folkrock LP with a late '60s flavor, strong songs, soaring vocals, even some fuzz leads. Rapidly gaining in stature among collectors, already one of the big private press titles from the early '80s. S/S
 
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80. BILLY & SANDRA STINSON: Merchant's Ship (NRP, US c1974)  Still sealed copy of obscure Christian folkrock album with a '60s westcoast flavor. Well-written songs, excellent male-female vocals, clearly above average. Nice use of mellotron. Should appeal to fans of Homestead & Wolfe. S/S
 
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89. 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS: A Photographic History Of Easter Everywhere (Prism, 2005)  This beautiful quarto-sized photo book is still unknown to many Elevators fans. Unique photos (both b & w and color) taken by Guy Clark during the Easter Everywhere sessions in 1967, combined with new interviews with several Elevators members, including Roky Erickson. A labor of love published by a long-time Elevators fan in Texas. 32 pp. NEW/Mint
 
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96. WINDOW: same (New Life, US 1974)  Private pressing of religious hippie folkrock from Texas with outstanding female vocals and 3-4 top-flight tracks with a '60s psych flavor. Highly rated by many, demand seems to be increasing. The vinyl has a large number of press bubbles, these do not affect play. Disc is close to M-. Includes large booklet, cover still in shrink. EX/M-
 
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97. WIZARDS FROM KANSAS: same (Mercury, US 1969) Original pressing of classic westcoast (recorded in San Francisco by a Midwest band) album that seems to sound better with each passing decade. A superb, dynamic recording brings out the max from the band's abilities and material. This copy has moderate visual wear on side 1 with a needle mark that clicks during a part of S1T1. Side 2 is strong both visually and aurally, and plays EX, with a 'pop' for about 10 revolutions on the last track. Textured sleeve is in fine shape with some minor seam wear and a cutout hole. VG++/EX
 
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99. [YAHOWA 13:] TEEN Magazine 1973 with Yahowa 13 article  An unlikely addition to the Yahowa 13 & Father Yod canon is this issue of Teen magazine. About 2.5 pages are devoted to the 'new, strange love cult', which is described as a 'nightmare to any feminist'. There are some unique photos. None of this is included in any of the recent Source Family books, probably because the tone here is somewhat negative. They seem to like Father Yod though. The magazine cover has an address label and minor shelfwear, but the Yahowa pages are in flawless shape. M-
 
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100. ZERFAS: same (reissue 700 West, US 1973/1994)  Legit reissue from master tapes (according to some, it sounds better than the original) of this Midwest '70s psych-rock classic. As has been documented earlier, only 375 copies of the 500 reissues pressed in 1994 reached the market, due to a pressing defect, and these 375 sold out fast. This is a test pressing for the reissue, one of a handful of such, and used to belong to one of the Zerfas brothers. It has different labels, but is otherwise identical to the official pressing, including the paste-on sleeve and all the inserts. M-/M-
 
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