Catalog #2 - Autumn 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. ALAN FRANKLIN EXPLOSION: Blues Climax (Horne, US 1969)  A somewhat legendary FLA underground club-style hardrock blowout featuring young Alan Franklin and some session men on what sounds like an amphetamine spree. One to file next to Boa, Smokin' Willie and Stagefright for wild bonehead lo-fi realness. This original is a mediocre pressing with shallow grooves and plenty of hazing, but otherwise clean. The sleeve is near perfect, except for a small discolored blotch on the lower front (see scan). EX/EX
 
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2. ALI BABA REVUE: Let It All Hang Out! (Boss, US 1966) One of the few known LPs on the legendary garage 45 Boss label, this is an entertaining Eastcoast club/r'n'b album with an unusual, sleazy undertone. I think these may have been the guys who played before the stripper came on! In addition to the seedy sax/organ/guitar r'n'b and loungey ballads we get some tracks with dynamite surf guitar (the band original "Our Lucky Day" really rips), and a rather amazing, incredibly strange tune titled "Rats In My Room", which I've written about and can be heard here. Listed in Collector Dreams with 2 discs for value, this album is seldom offered for sale. The packaging is complete with the thick gold cardboard cover (incidentally the exact same stock sleeve used for the original Perry Leopold LP) and a printed inner sleeve paste-on with titles and band photo. As a bonus we offer a business card signed by 'Ali Baba' aka Tony on the back. One of my favorite encounters this year, and a must for fans of Las Vegas Grind and the Norton label catalog. The disc has some label wear and surface lines, but plays great. EX/VG++
 
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3. ART OF THE GIFTED: same (no label, US 1988)  This may be the most unusual album in this list. Recorded in 1985, this is music made by patients at mental hospitals in Colorado! The works include an outstanding dark folk/s-sw tune titled "Secret Of The Night" and the very strange and unsettling "State Hospital Tune" by Jean M. But that's not all -- the mentor behind this LP project was Dr Alan Melinger, formerly with '60s Texas garage legends the Iguanas and IA artists Endle St Cloud! Melinger even has a couple of his own songs on this album. Read all about the story behind this unique artifact and hear some sound clips here. This is the only copy of this album I have ever seen. It has some seam- and ring-wear, and a few lines on the disc. EX/VG++
 
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4. BALTIMORE'S TEEN-BEAT A-GO-GO: V/A (Dome US 1967)  Strong original of this rather amazing vintage sampler of local garage bands from the Maryland area. Crude and raw teenage outbursts mix with twilight zone ballads and bonehead instrumentals -- and there's not a single cover version on board (I think). The old Get Hip reissue was alright but doesn't capture the full trip in time atmosphere of the original. Copies of this have sold for $1000+, but we're more modest. Near perfect sleeve still in shrink, and a clean disc with just some vinyl hazing. EX/M-
 
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9. 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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10. BLUES SPECTRUM: We Were The Blues Spectrum (no label, US 1969)  Among local late '60s US rock albums, this is one of the most buried titles. It's not in Collector Dreams, and only listed briefly elsewhere. Musically it's a pretty insane-sounding mix of Smokin' Willie basement hardrock and early big band rock a la CTA. The horns are used for riffs only, not solo, much like a Hammond B-3. Everything about this album is crude, with long frantic Hendrix feedback guitar leads on top.Only 1 cover version, the rest is band originals. One of my fave discoveries in the past year, but be prepared -- it ain't the Fredric.The teenage band photos are outstanding. The band leader has passed away and left no copies behind; it's a Rite pressing that was probably made in very small numbers. This is the best of the two copies I've found, with only a slight discoloration in the lower right corner of the cover, a slight edge warp which does not affect play, and some vinyl hazing. Strong EX/EX
 
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13. CHOCOLATE WATCHBAND: The Inner Mystique (Tower US 1968 monoI guess I don't have to tell you about the music on this one -- although it took until the 1990s until people realized the greatness of the flowing lounge psych instrumentals on side 1. And I still marvel at how the producers found that great We The People tune to cover. This is a rarer mono copy with faint writing on the front cover (see scan) and a DJ stamp on the back, otherwise a strong sleeve. The disc shows a few hairlines only, nice keeper copy. EX/VG++
 
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15. CLEARING: same [2nd LP] (Aberdeen Acme, US 1973)  This femme-vocal hippie folk and s-sw album from New England has become quite popular in the 2000s, and parts of it (especially the ones with Sara Benson's beautiful vocals) are outstanding. See Acid Archives review for details. Mediocre press but a M-/M- copy still in shrink, with insert.
 
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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. CHARLIE EARNST: A Question Of Faith (Waltersdorff, US 1974)  Rated by many as one of the best discoveries in recent years, the strongest tracks on this album are top-level, Neil Young-influenced rural rock a la Shadrack Chameleon. The opening 8-minute epic is particularly good. A few unsold copies were found with Earnst, long gone now. This is a beautiful copy, still in shrink, though the private pressing is not perfect. M-/M-
 
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19. EARTH FREE: Conjerti, Morreale & Dibley (Sundance, US 1972)  Discovered a few years back, this is a solid '70s rural westcoasty folkrock trip, like a stoned CSNY. Good songwriting and an unusually strong recording for a private pressing. This used to sell for $250+, here's a better price. Still in shrink original with a slight edge warp that does not affect play. M-/M-
 
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20. ENTHEOGENS: The Gnostic Mass (Xotic Mind, Sweden 1995)  One of the best albums from the Xotic Mind psych scene, featuring St Mikael, Adam, Mans Mansson, Stefan and other Stockholm heads. Ritual eastern trance music somewhere between Handgjort & Beat Of The Earth. Only 300 copies pressed. With insert. M/M
 
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21. FANTASTIC DEE-JAYS: same (Stone US 1966) This album was a 'collectable' already back in the 1970s, and hasn't gotten easier to find since. It's a classic garage sound that starts with two killer tracks that make for the best opening of any album from the garage era that I can think of. The rest is solid too, in a crude beat style with mostly band originals. May sell for $1000+ if the wind is right, and listed with the highest value rating (6 discs) in Collector Dreams. Highly enjoyable copy here, the sleeve has only minor shelf wear, while the disc displays some lines and marks but plays quite strong. A needle mark at S1T2 looks like trouble, but only pops beneath the music for two revolutions, and there's 5 mild pops on S1T5.Obviously a good pressing with deep grooves. The reissues don't really capture the boomy high school auditorium sound or the ancient vibe of the thick cardboard sleeve. An EX sleeve, disc is visual VG++ with a near EX play-grade.
 
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22. FINCHLEY BOYS: Everlasting Tributes (Golden Throat US 1972)
Classic Chicago underground psych-rock with convincing bluesy moves as well as severe acidelia on tracks like "It All Ends". Very good album, would sell for $1000 if it had been rarer. Slight storage warp which does not affect play. M-/M-, still in shrink original with sticker.
 
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23. FREEBORNE: Peak Impressions (Monitor, US 1968)  In recent years, demand for this classic Eastcoast psych LP has increased sharply, and it is now one of the most expensive albums from the late '60s on a 'real' record label. Spooky like the 3rd Mandrake Memorial and intricate like the 2nd Fallen Angels, this is one of the big kahunas of the early psych era. It's a very good recording and pressing, and sounds razorsharp as an original. Beautiful copy, with only the faintest vinyl hazing. M-/M-
 
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24. TOMAS GYE: same (Turkey Knob Orchard, US 1976)  I've never seen this one listed in a dealer catalog, or anywhere else for that matter, and it must rank as a quality find from the local mid-'70s scene. Coming out of the South, Gye and his longhaired band deliver ambitious, powerful organ/guitar rock with progressive overtones. It sounds quite a bit like a rawer version of the great Greer-Between Two Worlds album, peaking on side 2 via a 10-minute keyboard prog/psych epic and the great "I Know Very Well". Phantasia and Joe Gibraltar also spring to mind. Tom Gye surfaced again with the proggier Emerald City album in the early 1980s, but this debut is harder to find and of greater interest to the average '70s private press collector. The disc is completely clean except for a mark on S1T2 that clicks for a few revolutions. The cover shows minor wear at the top and bottom seams and has a written dedication from Gye on the back. Includes lyric sheet. One of my best finds of recent years; takes a little time to get into but then sounds better with each play. EX/VG++ 
 
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27. HORSES: same (White Whale, US 1969)  Horses may well be the apex of Miami Vice star Don Johnson's career. Many who hear this are surprised by its quality, and I agree -- an entirely credible stab at early westcoast rural rock. It's also one of the scarcest LPs on White Whale, and harder to find than many 'rare' private pressings.This copy has its share of lines and marks on both sides of the disc, but plays surprisingly well. There's some minor noise at the beginning of each side, and in brief spots elsewhere, but no prolonged clicks or high-end distortion at all. The sleeve has some shelf wear only, and an original promo sticker. An easy $200 in M-, if you'd ever find one. VG++/VG++
 
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33. [JEFFERSON AIRPLANE:] Ralph Gleason: Jefferson Airplane & The San Francisco Sound (Ballantine, US 1969)  First and only edition of this classic study of the San Francisco 60s scene, written at a time when it was at its commercial peak. Although nominally about the Airplane, Gleason covers the Bay Area rock scene in its entirety, including a list of 300 local bands that has become as legendary as the book itself. Some b & w photos, 340 pages. Shelfwear and a crease on the cover, the inside is clean. VG++
 
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35. KAUFMANN & CABOOR: Songs From Suicide Bridge (Donkey Soul, US 1984)  Despite the release year, this is excellent early '70s-sounding melancholic drifter folkrock from California. The top tracks are outstanding and all over this is an above average album that has gained many fans in recent years.Beautiful textured gatefold cover. Will be in the next Acid Archives. My last spare copy. Still sealed S/S.
 
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36. BERT KEELY: Take Me Home  (private, US 1979)  Here's a recent discovery that's already created quite a buzz. It's a moody '70s westcoast sound with a full electric setting, unlike the usual singer-songwriter and folk obscurities. Good songs, Garcia-like guitar leads, mellow vocals, and a personal, introspective mood. "Old Friend" combines dark Tim Buckley moods with soaring fuzz leads.A used copy recently sold for $375 on eBay. This copy is sealed S/S
 
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39. PAT KILROY: Light Of Day (Elektra mono, US 1966) One of the great revival stories of the 2000s has been Pat Kilroy, even though the artist himself passed away long ago. Groundbreaking Acid Folk that deserves this over-used term (especially side 2) and an essential piece to any self-respecting collection. Disc is close to M-; the cover has two cutout holes and some minor wear on the bottom seam but is otherwise clean. With original Elektra inner sleeve. EX/EX
 
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40. KINDRED SOULS: same (Biocentennial, US 1976) + non-LP 45  Many are still unaware of this local album, recorded by Douglas Adams and friends a year before his Light Rain solo LP. The sound here is more hippie-organic and less singer-songwriter; outdoors Northern California folkrock with some Eastern moves, flute, violin and guitar tapestries. Listed with 3 discs for value in 5001 Record Collector Dreams. Not the greatest pressing but a clean copy, except for a mark that rasps occasionally during S2T1.  EX disc on balance, and the paste-on cover is a strong EX.

With the Kindred Souls LP we also include a M- 45 from 1978 with two non-LP tracks, "The Lady Truck Driver Song" / "Pray The Door Is Open".
 
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47. MICHEL MAGNE: Tropical Fantasy (Columbia, US 1962 stereoA major classic within Exotica & Space Age Pop is this rather irresistible LP from a talented young Frenchman, who explores the full range of possibilities of a top-flight recording studio, adding sound effects, a myriad of bird calls, and a huge range of instruments to the basic songs. As a consequence, this is an LP that still sounds quite advanced, and it transcends the '50s retro feel of many other Exotica records. This is the first US stereo pressing and includes the 'drumming hands' 3-D gimmick attached to the sleeve (see scan), which is often missing. The sleeve has some wear along the top seam and general aging; the disc displays a few lines on each side but plays very quiet, which of course is vital for this type of record. EX/VG++
 
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49. MANSON FAMILY: Sings The Songs Of Charles Manson (original press, no label US 1990)  A legendary release of previously unheard Manson Family recordings from c1970, with a string of outstanding, eerie, desert campfire folkpsych tracks. Many rate this better than Manson's own Lie LP, and I agree. We're happy to offer a copy from the first, numbered pressing, which is much harder to find than the near-exact bootleg done shortly after. This is #584 and comes with a promotional insert, as well as a computer BBS printout detailing a short conversation with Manson (this may be unique to this copy). The bootleg has no unique number or insert, poorer printing on the front cover, and slightly inferior sound (due to generational loss). I'll save further details on the slight differences for another time; suffice it to say that this copy is the real thing from the original run of 999 numbered copies. Slight creasing on the front cover, and not a perfect pressing, but a strong copy. M-/EX
 
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50. PETE McCABE: The Man Who Ate The Plant (Tumbleweed, US 1973)  One of Tumbleweed's more obscure albums, a quirky stoned singer-songwriter album from a Colorado artist. Some people love this LP, and it's certainly better than many of the dull private pressings that s-sw collectors pay hundreds of dollars for. The opening track is terrific and alone worth the price of admission. Gatefold cover and the usual lavish feel from this over-financed, under-promoted Denver label. I've had a few copies of this album and they've all had an edge warp, so does this one, but it doesn't affect play. M-/M-
 
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52. McKINNEY: same (Bee Hole, US 1976)  This ex-Sugar Creek album is poorly documented, but contains top-quality rural rock and Americana roots music somewhat like Sodbusters, except better. Recorded in the early 1970s with originals all through, and a relaxed, reflective outdoors mood. The outstanding "Angelina" is a high-point worthy of Willie Nelson. Sealed copy. S/S
 
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53. 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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55. MYSTIC ZEPHYRS IV: Maybe (Two:Dot, US 1974)  Yet another legendary westcoast private press via the mysterious Two:Dot custom label (Arthur, Hendrickson Road House, etc). Mystic Zephyrs IV were a family band of teenagers playing '70s garage rock with real people angles and serious psych/prog ambitions. It's my favorite album of its kind, a lot more listenable than Shaggs and more multi-layered than Jr & His Soulettes. "Reach Out To The Universe" is incredible. Last copy seen went for $700. Still in shrink. M-/M-
 
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57. OCTOBER: same (CSRS, US 1979) Unheard by most, this Michigan private press contains atmospheric late-night keyboard/violin/guitar prog-rock with eerie psychedelic undertones. Arresting, inventive music. Copies aren't offered too often. Nice keeper condition, despite the mediocre pressing (including a few tiny vinyl bubbles). EX/EX
 
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58. OLD HICKORY: And The Pirate (Hakim, US 1977)  Here's an obscure private press (possibly tax scam) that's been making waves with US collectors of late. Recorded over a long period of time and squeezed into a dubious historical concept, the LP contains a mix of excellent '60s folkrock, 70s rural rock and outstanding grade-A late '60s psychedelia like "The Third Eye" and "Home Of Us All", with use of sitar on some tracks. Although the sleeve bears no such data, the producer behind this album had been involved with LA bands like the Brain Train and Clear Light. Band originals all through, many probably recorded in the late '60s. DJ sticker on front. M-/EX
 
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60. P J MURPHY QUINTET: same (Leaf, US 1965)  Strong copy of this fun and occasionally wild local mid-60s teenbeat album from Wisconsin. As Sigma Alpha Epsilon pledges, these kids were genuine frat-rockers. There are not less than 5 band originals, plus a dynamite "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and some very good instrumentals, but the main reason to get this LP is the remarkable "I Say No", a moody, westcoast-flavored folkrock track with female vocals, which sounds like a blue print for the sound later developed by the Great Society and early Jefferson Airplane. Two cover variants exist, this is the one with multiple band shots. The cover has a little shelf wear only, very clean disc. M-/EX

 
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61. JOHN POLCE: The Call (Brotherly Love, US 1976)  For those who thought the wells had run dry of either great unknown downer folk, or great Christian '70s albums, here's an outstanding Christian downer folk LP that seems to be almost unknown. Polce opens his album with a so-so upbeat tune, but then lays on dark, Catholic moods that become increasingly spellbinding with each number. The last track on side 1 has a Dave Bixby-like intensity, but the rest is more reminiscent of Bob Desper -- with strong, soaring vocals, sombre guitar-picking, and well-written minor chord tunes. Side 2 is a hypnotic journey into late-night Calvary guilt that will arrest your attention for the full 20 minutes it lasts. Housed in a beautiful color sleeve, "The Call" is one of the Top 5 best albums I've run across in 2009. Except for the short opening track, I think it's as good as Bob Desper. Beautiful copy M-/M-
 
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64. WILL & JAMES RAGAR: same (No Mountain, US 1980)  Atmospheric, westcoast-influenced '70s folkrock from Texas brothers. Good songs, plenty of guitar-picking. Similar sound to McKay or Windwords. There's a slight edge warp which does not affect play, otherwise a perfect copy still in shrink. M-/M
 
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65. RAM DASS: Here We All Are (3-LP box-set Inner Sound , Canada 1969)  The earliest of three vintage Baba Ram Dass (aka Richard Alpert) box-sets, a live recording from Vancouver 1969. Clocking in at over 2 hours, the recent Hindu convert puts forth the spiritual message with his trademark humor and directness. There's plenty of talk on the early LSD days with Timothy Leary. The album was pressed up twice, this is the more lavish box-set version with beautiful Hindu artwork, and it includes the insert (pasted to the back). Two discs have a warp which does not affect play. Side 6 has some label damage that spills over into the dead wax. The box is VG++ with edge wear and some corner splits, the discs are clean with minor wear in places, plays a strong EX on average.
 
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67. RANDOM ELEMENT: Random Element (Rocking Horse, US 1977)  Hard to find progressive tax scam record with some hard rock moments, by far the best album on this bizarre label. Lots of wild lead guitar. Cover is clean but has clear tape on the right half of the top seam and a smaller piece in the middle of the bottom seam. EX/VG++
 
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68. RELATIVELY CLEAN RIVERS: same (reissue Radioactive, UK 2005)  A still sealed copy of this exact repro of Phil Pearlman's 1976 classic, one of the most legendary rural rock private pressings. The long out-of-print reissue exactly duplicates the foldout cover and came in a numbered edition of 1000 (this is #981). Unopened, unplayed copy, with a small crack in the center top seam of the back panel from shipping. S/S but M- sleeve.
 
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69. ROYALAIRES: Live Vol 1 (RPC, US 196?)  Along with Simla Beat, this is probably the scarcest album in this catalog. Only a handful of copies are known to exist of this LP, which is given the highest (6 discs) value rating in Collector Dreams. Custom pressed by the terminally obscure RPC label, the record contains very little info, not even band member's last names! It is however an Eastcoast club band '60s teenbeat LP that may be a genuine live recording. The band is tight and rocking, and the vocalist is much rawer than the nervous teenagers heard on those Justice label albums. On the best tracks like "Rockin' Robin" and "Together Again" the Royalaires sound like one of the great Pacific Northwest bands like the Sonics or the Wailers. This album has a very cool backwoods Saturday night atmosphere; not moptop beat but tough '60s greaser music! Beautiful copy, still in shrink. M-/M-
 
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74. SEVENTH SONS: 4:00 AM At Frank's (ESP, US 1968)  A somewhat legendary and historically vital drone raga folk trip from the beatnik-folkie scene in NYC. Presumably recorded much earlier than the release year, the trio comes off like a mix of Handgjort and Christian Yoga Church, with a trancey, psychedelic atmosphere. Like most ESP albums, harder to find than many private pressings. The sleeve has wear on top and bottom seams and minor ringwear, otherwise clean. The disc has a few lines and marks but nothing too serious, some pops at the beginning of side 1 but otherwise plays quite clean. VG++/VG++
 
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75. SHEKINAH: same (Eden, US 1982)  Not to be confused with Shekina Glory, this is a dreamy, atmospheric Christian folkrock LP with rich keyboard arrangements, ethereal vocal harmonies and good songwriting. The overall sound and mood is a bit similar to Blackburn & Lauren. I like this a lot, along with Sixth Station the best Christian album from the early '80s that I've heard.With insert. Strong EX/EX.
 
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76. SIMLA BEAT '71: V/A (Simla, India 1971)  This is an original copy of the second, and to my mind stronger, volume of the legendary Simla Beat series (reissued by Shadoks). There's less Creedence and more Grand Funk here, with the legendary basement guitar-psych sound of the Simlas in full bloom. Top level US grungers like Negative Space and Sainte Anthony's Fyre are given a run for the money when these Indian kids cut loose. Recent research has confirmed that these were all real, local bands partaking in a "battle of the bands" series of concerts in India at the time. Highlights include the Nomads' atonal "Nothing Is The Same", two raw tracks from the Hipnotic Eye, the Black Beat's raga fuzz instrumental, and the Brood Of Vipers' incredible "Psychedelic Web". As far as Asian LPs go, this one is hard to top for scarcity and quality. The sleeve shows traces of scotch tape removal on two spots at the opening (see scan) and two corresponding tears on the back cover -- but those are white-on-white tears that don't look bad. There's minor smudging in the top right corner, and some all around shelf wear, but no seam splits and no writing. The disc has a lot of lines, probably from being stored without an inner sleeve, but almost no real marks or gauges. Despite the visual wear there is no groove damage, and the music comes through loud and clear. The pressing is notoriously mediocre, but you'll be surprised at how good this copy sounds. Side 1 plays near EX, the first half of S2 is a little noisier but then cleans up during the second half. A visual VG+ disc with a VG++ play grade on balance, in a VG++ sleeve.
 
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77. SOCIETY OF SEVEN: SOS Fever - Live At The Outrigger Hotel, Waikiki (Makaha, US 1971)  This LP mysteriously appears in one of the Collector Dreams books as 'pop-rock' with a 2-disc value rating, but is in fact one of many LPs from a famous lounge/variety band. Recorded live at a classic Hawaii hotel, it offers the chance to find out what a successful (as opposed to local 'real people') lounge band sounded like. The version of "A Time For Us" is almost as good as Johnny Mathis' original. Snazzy gatefold sleeve. For Pokora completists or to satisfy curiosity. EX/EX
 
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80. STEPHEN: The Great Western Tour (2 LPs Farm Records, US 1974)  Stephen Gaskin & The Farm Band left a whole bunch of records behind, of which this is one of the more obscure. Recorded live from various lectures around the US in 1974, the wise and steadfastly psychedelic Stephen shares his thoughts on LSD, communes, spirituality, society, and much more. Nice loose vibe from a different era. Some wear at the bottom of the front cover. EX/VG++
 
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81. ST MIKAEL: Soul Flower (2 LPs Xotic Mind, Sweden 1996)  St Mikael's fifth album mixes his familiar DIY psych with the epic D R Hooker/Bob Smith-inspired psychrock he had introduced on Psychocosmic Songs. The sidelong epic "Summer In My Life" sums up Mikael's joyous, life-embracing philosophy. After this album he went into a 10-year quiet phase, before his triumphant return recently. Both discs have slight edge warps which do not affect play. With booklet. This is my last spare copy. M/M
 
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85. TAPESTRY: Down By Maple River (Polydor, Canada 1972) plus non-LP Polydor 45  Excellent major label rural rock with a westcoast sound, similar to After The Goldrush-era Neil Young. The main duo writes good songs and are given strong support by a pro studio band, including some tentative country-rock moves. Rarely discussed LP, but better than most high-ticket private pressings in the style, recommended to fans of Shadrack Chameleon, Modlin & Scott etc.There's also a very good femme vox folkrocker on side 2 a la Trees or Mandy Morton. A previous owner of this copy unwisely wrote his name along the sleeve opening, this has been whited out but it's still there. Otherwise the nicely textured gatefold sleeve is in strong shape. There's some writing on one label (same bozo leaving his initials). The disc has some visual wear but plays without any prolonged clicks or high-end distortion. Like many Canadian major label titles, this is surprisingly hard to find. VG++/VG++.

This sale includes a copy of the band's obscure pre-LP 45, with two originals in a similar style as the album. The 45 looks clean but is a somewhat noisy press. EX
 
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95. UNDERDOGS: Wasting Our Time (Pye, New Zealand 1971)  Hard power trio guitar-rock with prog moves from the Antipodes, only released in NZ as far as I know. Raw wah wah solos mix with wasted vocals, terrific drumming and a dynamic recording; the best tracks are as good as the Human Instinct. The disc is close to EX but has some light pops, and small writing on one label. The laminated sleeve has only light shelfwear. Sells for $300+ on occasion. VG++/EX
 
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97. VISION: First Glance (Titicaca, US 1981)
Unknown local Southwestern quartet playing a mix of hardrock and guitar-driven AOR. Good fluid guitar solos, uptempo band originals throughout. Pressed on clear vinyl. EX/EX
 
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99. WINGED STALLION: Journey's Long (no label, US 1984)  Here's a previously unknown late-phase hippie westcoast album that was recently excavated. Recorded in 1981, the spirit of the aquarian age was still alive with this male/female outfit. The fully electric and richly produced sound is similar to Aeron, T-Kail or Sub Zero Band 10 years later. Not bad at all, will be in the next Acid Archives. With insert. Still in shrink. M-/M-
 
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