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This bootleg is simultaneously much more and much less than it appears to be.

First the good news: The opening 9 tracks are from the Avalon Ballroon, 1966. 4 of these tracks: Tupelo, Somebody In My Home, Evil, Old Folk's Boogie all appeared on...

This is a nicely remastered reissue of the very first album by Captain Beefheart, which was originally released on Buddha in 1967. Also included are 7 bonus tracks from the unreleased second album from the Mirror Man sessions that were later re-recorded and used on Strictly Personal.

"With [Ry} Cooder supervising the music, the sessions proceeded more or less smoothly...Overall the music is still blues-based and almost commercial, but several of the cuts point to future directions, especially...

"I got the new MONO reissue of the SAFE AS MILK album and it sounds incredible - so much better than the stereo mix. Much more tough-sounding - really worth getting."-Henry Kaiser (from a private email that I hope he won't mind me sharing too much!)...

This is a nicely remastered reissue of the second album by Captain Beefheart to be recorded, in 1967, but which was not released until at least 5-6 years later, with misleading dates and information (no, it was not recorded at a band rehearsal one night in 1965, thank you very much!). Also included are 5 tracks from the unreleased second album from the Mirror Man sessions that were later re-recorded and used on Strictly Personal. Hence the name change to The Mirror Man sessions, as this comes as close...

This is a bootleg repackaging of disc three and the audio portion of disc four from the now long out of print Grow Fins box set, so it's utterly worthless if you own that and really good and worthwhile and utterly revelatory if you don't!
This is the Magic Band, sans Don, at the first sessions for Trout Mask, which were recorded at the Woodland Hills house they lived and practiced in, running through their repertoire which, along with a few other recordings, ended up as Trout Mask Replica...

Licensed from VARA radio in The Netherlands, this is the famous, fantastic, oft-bootlegged performance of the band at The Paradio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on November 1st, 1980 that was broadcast on the radio. Featuring a very spirited-sounding Do...

This is a bootleg repackaging of the first disc (the earliest material) from the now long out of print Grow Fins box set, so it's utterly worthless if you own that and really good and worthwhile and utterly revelatory if you don't!
1 Obeah Man (1965 Demo)
2 Just Got Back from the City (1966 Demo)
3 I'm Glad (1966 Demo)
4 Triple Combination (1966 Demo)
5 Here I Am Always I Am (Early 1966 Demo)
6 Here I Am Always I Am (Late 1966 Demo)
7 Somebody in My House (1966 Live)...

This is a bootleg repackaging of the first disc (the earliest material) from the now long out of print Grow Fins box set, so it's utterly worthless if you own that and really good and worthwhile and utterly revelatory if you don't!
1 Obeah Man (1965 Demo)
2 Just Got Back from the City (1966 Demo)
3 I'm Glad (1966 Demo)
4 Triple Combination (1966 Demo)
5 Here I Am Always I Am (Early 1966 Demo)
6 Here I Am Always I Am (Late 1966 Demo)
7 Somebody in My House (1966 Live)...

The 1st of the 3 albums Don made when he "came back" from the wilderness after the Tragic Band debacle in the mid 70's. With John French, Bruce Fowler, Eric Drew Feldman, Jeff Morris Tepper, Art Tripp & others!

A great price on this title, that usually sells for at least 50% more (check Amazon.com & see). This was the 3rd album recorded by Don & crew, but the 2nd to be released (after the much more significantly 'straighter' Safe As Milk from 1967). This 1968...

Pretty good sounding audience recording of the 3rd to the last performance by The Magic Band.

"autumn 1980 through january 1981 captain beefheart and the magic band promoted their latest album, doc at the radar station, with a tour in europe and the states. however, as don hadn't performed live for well over a year and a half, it took a while before he found the right groove. after a terrible first week, the group came into shape (also because last-minute member richard snyder 'fell in place')...

The last 2 albums by the original Magic Band. The Spotlight Kid has long been one of my favorites, even though the band apparently hates it - bluesy & languid, while Clear Spot serves up some of his best-loved pieces.
A wonderful deal here.

I don't know too much about these guys other than how good and how much fun they are. They are a young, Swedish band who look back towards very late 60s/very early 70s progressive hard rock bands like The Groundhogs, Captain Beyond, Led Zep, Jimi Hendrix and most importantly for me and my great love for my very favorite band when I was in 8th grade, Sir Lord Baltimore.
Highly recommended for YOUR inner 8th grade self!

"Formed in 2010 by vocalist Stefan Lillhager, formerly of Blowback, Captain.

"Captain Marryat were from Glasgow, Scotland and they recorded this demo album in 1974, released in a tiny pressing on the Thor label, hoping to get an EMI or Chrysalis deal, who both showed interest in the band at the time. They wanted to record only...

Fantastic new remaster with bonus tracks that have just been released in the UK. They boast improved sound, excellent liner notes, rare photos and tons of rare bonus tracks that have never before been heard! You just can't do better than these! <...

Fantastic new remaster with bonus tracks that have just been released in the UK. They boast improved sound, excellent liner notes, rare photos and tons of rare bonus tracks that have never before been heard! You just can't do better than these!
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Fantastic remaster with bonus tracks. This boasts improved sound, excellent liner notes, rare photos and tons of rare bonus tracks that have never before been heard! You just can't do better than these! If you don't know Caravan, this is a fine place...

Fantastic remaster with bonus tracks. They boast improved sound, excellent liner notes, rare photos and tons of rare bonus tracks that have never before been heard! You just can't do better than these! If you don't know Caravan, this is THE album to...

Newly reissued in the Decca/Deram series, this title has been remastered from the original master tapes. Originally released only in France as "The Best Of Caravan Live", this great live album has long been quite hard to find and has been sought after ...

Nice to see some totally new material here!
"Metropolis Studios, London, December 4th 2010. Studio A measures 98 square metres and contains six musicians, a five man film crew and 120 fans. This equation adds up to one electric performance for...

This CD was manufactured specifically as a pledge item for the crowdfunding of Paradise Filter, Caravan's new studio CD. This is a new studio CD featuring the current version of the band:
Pye Hastings-guitar, vocals
Geoffrey Richardson-viola...

Fantastic new remaster with bonus tracks that have just been released in the UK. They boast improved sound, excellent liner notes, rare photos and tons of rare bonus tracks that have never before been heard! You just can't do better than these!

"Caravela Escarlate is a rather young Brazilian progressive rock band featuring one of the best South American keyboardists - Ronaldo Rodrigues, who has already showed his skills in his previous formations: heavy prog Massahara and symphonic prog Arcpelago. Caravela Escarlate is definitely more similar to the latter one as the guys are playing some truly spectacular symphonic stuff here. However the main difference between aforementioned Arcpelago and this new group are the vocals because this time...


This was the group's fourth album and it was the one that almost (and perhaps should have) catapulted them into the big time in the UK.

This has the 'classic' sextet lineup. It has their 'almost' hit "Is This The Life", and lots of other stuff..

The Cardiacs are a great, long-lived UK outfit, founded in 1977, who combine punk energy with very odd cabaret leanings and a fondness for musical complexity that undoubtedly got them gobbed on even more than usual during the 'age of punk'. They didn't...

Not just released, but SPITEFULLY released!

"A collection of Cardiacs’ earliest works recorded between the years 1977-1979. Spitefully compiled and released on the black market without the band’s knowledge by an embittered associate for...

Not just released, but SPITEFULLY released!

"A collection of Cardiacs’ earliest works recorded between the years 1977-1979. Spitefully compiled and released on the black market without the band’s knowledge by an embittered associate for personal gain. Now Archive Cardiacs gets the digipac works done on it to reflect it's incredible contents. Simply a ‘must have’ for the collector of toneless drivel."

A fine place to start if you just want a sampling of what they do. But then, of course, you will want them all...

The Cardiacs are a great, long-lived UK outfit, founded in 1977, who combine punk energy with very odd cabaret leanings and a...

For reasons I have never quite understood, and maybe they never understood either, Guns, released in 1999, was the band's last studio album.

"Guns…the perfect companion to ‘Sing To God’. Cardiacs extend the blueprint ever outwards with a 12...

As it says in Wikipedia: " The power quartet established: Heaven Born and Ever Bright and the Rough Trade debacle (1991–1994)." These guys just could NOT catch a break...

"This excellent album, originally released in 1992 begins with a...

This stupendous live album, recorded live to stereo with no overdubs or sweetening, on May 15, 1988 during their most popular live period, features the famous/classic sextet lineup.

The Cardiacs are a great, long-lived UK outfit, founded in 1977...

This was recorded in 1988 and was the band's fifth album. It includes one of my very favorite of their pieces, "The Duck and Roger The Horse".

"The album is seen by many fans as being the definitive Cardiacs release. It was the last to feature...

I know that Cardiacs have a lot of live albums, but they really shine live and, despite it's name, this is an excellent quality live album by the sextet, recorded at the Reading Rock Festival in front of a huge audience on August 24, 1986. It was...

"Sing to God is the seventh album by Cardiacs and their first with drummer Bob Leith.

Sing to God was also the band's first double album, due to the sheer amount of material that group leader Tim Smith had written over a number of years with...

This has some of their great singles from their great early period, along with the mini-album The Big Ship, all of which are now only available in their original versions here!

"THE ALPHABET BUSINESS CONCERN, having a keen eye for a waspy and...

This is their 3rd album and it was originally released on cassette only. Lots of great ones on this one: how can you fault any album that brought us "To Go Off And Things" as well as "Gibber And Twitch". Well, you can't!

Update: You can't fault it, but you can improve it. As I understand it, The Seaside was originally released on cassette only. When it was later made available as a CD in the 90s, some tracks were taken off, and some parts were re-done or alternative versions to the original were...

I say:
This is the last Cardiacs CD to be reissued and available again in the post-Cardiacs era. Somehow, Cardiacs are a band that really shine live, and this 'special concept' live album shows that once more.

This is the only album they...

Around the time of their great release The Seaside and opening for Marillion in the UK, this originally cassette-only release emerged. It was first released on CD in 2004 and I certainly never saw it before now.

"A Cardiacs spin-off project...

This is the never-before released 2nd album by The Sea Nymphs (Tim Smith, Sarah Smith and William D. Drake, all of Cardiacs at the time it was recorded).
Originally recorded Spring, 1991, with some additional recordings done in 2015 and 2016.

“Exactly why this, their second album, has been denied an official release for over two decades has yet to be fully explained, but ... it’s hard to imagine a single [fan] failing to emit squeaks of delight at the prospect of hearing these songs for the..

CAVEAT: ALL COPIES of this release - including ones you buy from the band or the band's website or from the Alphabet Business Concern - have 'wrinkly booklets'. We didn't stock these initially due to this fact, but there are a lot of people who have...

"The Sea Nymphs is an album recorded as a side project by Tim and Sarah Smith, and William D. Drake of the band Cardiacs, originally known as Mr and Mrs Smith and Mr Drake. It was originally only available through the fan club and at concerts, but was later released generally as a CD in 1992."-Wikipedia

"The rumours that three key members of Cardiacs both past and present, namely Tim Smith, Sarah Smith and William D. Drake had been secretly recording material under the name of "The Sea Nymphs"...

"The songs and rhythms of 10 Orishas (Deities) of Santeria. Reveals improvisatory music needn't be secular to swing."

"This exquisite recording finds one of the most gifted percussionists in Latin music today working in what is perhaps his true

In the very early 80s, Chicago-based Care Of The Cow released two fine, unique, quirky albums which were favorites at the time at chez Wayside.
This was their second and last and was only released on cassette in 1983! This is the very first time it has been released digitally and I am very happy to be reminded of this old friend, especially as I no longer have a working cassette player!

"Experimental folk-rock music into minimal synth depths. What a gem!"-Archaic Inventions

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Weird but ultimately fascinating ambient music built out of old 78s and the ambient noise (crackle, groove noise) and music contained within them. His stated aim is to provide a tribute to the Ballroom scene from The Shining. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Sorta tranquil / sorta spooky.

“Originally issued in 2011. An Empty Bliss Beyond The World returns our doddering protagonist to the deserted ballroom, wandering its waxed floor and dilapidated grandeur in an attempt to capture an era which has long...

“Compiling the last three albums in the Everywhere At The End Of Time series -- four CDs and almost five hours of material cataloging the ultimate descent into dementia and oblivion, using a patented prism of sound to connote a final, irreversible transition into the haunted ballroom of the mind that he first stepped into with 1999's Selected Memories From the Haunted Ballroom. Invoking Jack Nicolson's caretaker character in Stanley Kubrick/Stephen King's The Shining as metaphor for issues revolving...

Rüdiger Carl, tenor saxophone Günter Christmann, trombone Detlef Schönenberg, drums

Tracks 1-6 originally released on FMP (FMP 0060, 1973). All other tracks previously unreleased.
Recorded for the German FMP label in 1972, this is one of the landmark recordings of free jazz in Europe, a mind-blowing studio session featuring Carl on tenor saxophone, Günter Christmann on trombone, and the astonishing Detlef Schonenberg on drums. Volatile and precise, anticipating much of the future sound of.

Dustin Carlson - guitar, compositions
Nathaniel Morgan - alto saxophone
Eric Trudel - baritone saxophone
Danny Gouker - trumpet
Matt Mitchell - Prophet 6
Adam Hopkins - bass
Kate Gentile - drums

Great, very composerly ‘math jazz’ release; not as heavy as Starebaby, but certainly in the same sort of ball park.

“Dustin Carlson just surprises me with each new project, fucking genius new music composer/conceiver....brilliant guitarist with his own voice...

Here's what I know and it isn't a lot: Carlton Melton are a California modern, instrumental psychedelic band who are signed to a European label. This is their new one and it's a great way to dip your toes in the surf!

"Since they emerged from the overpopulated coterie of Northern California psych-rock acts, Carlton Melton have been on a journey of simplification and distillation. It is an illuminating exercise to revisit their debut, 2009’s Pass It On, and note just how musical it is, how...

Here's what I know and it isn't a lot: Carlton Melton are a California modern, instrumental psychedelic band who are signed to a European label. This is from 2015.

"Mendocino County in Northern California is known for its spectacular coastline views, immense redwood trees in ancient forests and abundant nature that remains largely undisturbed by man. It is perhaps the most logical home base for a band like Carlton Melton, who compose and record their music in a geodesic dome...