Mega Blowout Sale

Hugh Hopper / bass & fuzz bass, guitar, programming, sampler (10), arrangements
Lisa S. Klossner / vocals
with:
Gary Smith / stereo guitar (6-8,10)
Frances Knight / piano (11)
Chrystelle Blanc-Lanaute / flute (2,10)
Elton Dean / alto sax (9)
Peter Cook / sax (2,4)
Robert Jarvis / trombone (2,3,5)
Christine Janet / trumpet (2,10)
Julie Walkington / double bass (9)
Pip Pyle / drums

“Being a Hugh Hopper fan from WAY back, I bought this on a lark.

This is the 1st of two collaborative albums that paired Hugh the composer with vocalist Lisa. Both of the albums they made are pretty good with Lisa's lyrics and vocals set against Hugh's compositions and programming. Also appearing are Hugh on fuzz...

"Wayne Horvitz’s esteemed stature in modern music as a prolific composer-performer is undeniable. On American Bandstand, Horvitz and co. provide the listener with a diversion or intermission from previous Horvitz-“Zony Mash” releases as they tone things down a bit while pursuing refined elegance on delicately melodic and altogether stirring pieces such as “Ben’s Music” and the gently understated “Tired”. Horvitz and guitarist Timothy Young continue their enticing blend of richly stated chord voicings and...

"Great new music...this is the sound of men at work who find themselves vigorously pursuing innovation...there is a wealth of melodic material here...all of which makes for an ear-opening journey..."-The Memphis Flyer.

The 2nd and final album by this band from rural Cookeville, TN, who mix late 1990's influences of postrock bands such Don Caballero with the progressive/experimental edge of This Heat, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and others. Let's just say this: these four young guys have a sound that..

You NEED this: This is where both Captain Beefheart and a zillion great 60s English (and other) bands stole the basic framework of their sound. You wanna hear where Led Zep and Captain Beefheart and The Rolling Stones ALL came from? It's right here!...

John Abercrombie-guitar
Bob Mintzer-sax
John Patitucci-double bass
Peter Erskine-drums
"This quartet featuring Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, John Abercrombie, and John Patitucci was created for a corporate-sponsored performance-clinic tour. The fusion-like athleticism of Yellowjackets saxophonist Mintzer and the L.A.- based bassist Pattitucci is nicely balanced by the more ethereal tone and searching style of guitarist Abercrombie. Mintzer's fellow 'Jacket Erskine stitches the two camps...

Hurdy Gurdy were founded in Denmark in 1967, although their one and only album was not recorded until 1971 and released in 1972. So it isn’t surprising that this period piece, minor hard rock classic contains heavy blues rock influences as well as strong whiffs of the psychedelic era. They were led by the great guitarist Claus Bohling, not too long later to join up in the great Danish fusion band Secret Oyster.

“This lone S/T album by the Danish band Hurdy Gurdy is a very good mix of heavy psych...

One of the greatest and most distinctive rural acoustic bluesmen of all time. Beautiful, unique finger-style guitar work and a soft, attractive voice (but some of the lyrical content is not at all soft) combine to perfect effect. Until his 'rediscovery'..

"The eponymous third and last album by the Genoese band, closes a short-lived but exciting artistic journey which leads some of the original New Trolls musicians, Nico Di Palo in particular, towards paths parallel to the ones of their previous group....

"Captured on this CD is a remarkable performance of Laborintus II, only the third recording released to the public since it was first performed in 1965. Described as a music theatre work by its pioneering composer Luciano Berio (1925-2003), the avant...

So, this is where it all began for this great band. Recorded in 2007 and originally issued on CDR (don't worry - this isn't a CDR) and where I first heard of Josh, Kirk and maybe Tomas.
A wonderful, swinging free-jazz lp that belongs in any collection by any fan of Steve Lacy's. Highly recommended!

This is the first album by this great repertory group, who exclusively perform the music of Steve Lacy. I use the word 'group' in its strictest sense - it has consisted of the same four committed..

"In 1972, the Stooges were near the point of collapse when David Bowie's management team, MainMan, took a chance on the band at Bowie's behest. By this point, guitarist Ron Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander had been edged out of the picture, and James Williamson had signed on as Iggy's new guitar mangler; Asheton rejoined the band shortly before recording commenced on Raw Power, but was forced to play second fiddle to Williamson as bassist. By most accounts, tensions were high during the recording of....

"Experimental, psychedelic folk travelers who did more than any other act to give the United Kingdom its own distinctive hippie identity in the 1960s.
In 1967, Joe Boyd had signed the Incredible String Band, who were then down to Robin Williamson, Mike Heron, and Licorice McKechnie, to Elektra. The 5000 Spirits or Layers of the Onion had been crafted in a cottage in Glasgow, but Boyd wanted a proper recording studio to get it on tape. He chose engineer John Wood's Chelsea studio for the sessions...

Every time I think I can not be surprised by a archival release found somewhere and somehow negotiated for release, one shows up that amazes. Here is some great archival footage by the original version of the group at their peak...

Jon Irabagon came to attention by playing with the great, subversive quartet Mostly Other People Do The Killing (MOPDTK) and by winning the 2008 Thelonious Monk Institute competition for saxophone. This is the record he made after winning the Monk...

"One of the definitive documents of the acid-rock era. The 17-minute title odyssey joins My Mirage; Flowers and Beads; Are You Happy, and the rest of their fuzzed-out 1968 classic!"

"With its endless, droning minor-key riff and mumbled vocals, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" is arguably the most notorious song of the acid rock era. According to legend, the group was so stoned when they recorded the track that they could neither pronounce the title "In the Garden of Eden" or end the track, so it rambles on...

This is a very famous rarity. It is a little bit overhyped, but aren’t they all and it's still a really good album.

"1972 UK private pressing megararity from the same band that made Agincourt two years earlier. Classic ethereal Pink Floyd influenced psych-folk gem is available for the first time taken from the original master tapes and has previously unreleased bonus tracks. Sixteen-page booklet comes complete with lengthy band history, lyrics, and rare photos. A beautiful trippy album with...

"Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd join forces once again for Still Life with Commentator, something of a follow-up to In What Language? Both these projects are decidedly different than Iyer's albums as sole leader, in that Ladd's poetry is up front and the...

In 1973, Jade Warrior recorded what was going to be their fourth release for Vertigo. The album, which was meant to be a double album, was finished but the band were dropped by Vertigo and split up and the album lay unreleased until the early 90s, when it was split into two separate releases and released for the first time, as “Eclipsed” and “Fifth Element”.

“Having been a Jade Warrior fan since discovering their music in the early 1980s, it was great to see their two unreleased albums from the...

“Jade Warrior's first album following Tony Duhig and Jon Field's emergence out of the psychedelic July captures them abandoning the best of that band's whimsical moodiness in favor of a symphonic spirituality epitomized from the outset by the soaring guitars that ecstatically slice through the opening "Traveller." Reminiscent, in places, of a less-precious successor to Quintessence and the Incredible String Band in that moods and esotericism do sometimes get the better of the band's more conventional...

"Jade Warrior was (and is) an enigmatic and unique band with an uncategorizable sound that evolved over a lengthy career going through several different phases. Core members Tony Duhig (guitar) and Jon Field (percussionist/flute) had worked together in the late sixties in a psychedelic band called July. After July called it a day, the two worked together on various studio-based musical projects that ultimately led to Jade Warrior Mark 1, then joined by Glyn Havard (bass & vocals). For their second album....

I have long prided myself in the bargains we find for our customers. One of my early bosses in the record store biz used to proudly point at the (really good) selection he had of cheapie discs and say, "I have the best 'Record Hell' selection anywhere!"
Well, he DID, but WE DO NOW!
But even with what we've always got, this is a particularly fantastic buy of the latest release by a particularly fantastic band, and you really should pick this up. Period.

I don't want to say you shouldn't..

I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of The Jam, but I think that this later work by them is one of the best releases by any of the original 1976/77 explosion of British punk bands. Energetic and filled with great songs. Conditionally hugely recommended.

“The Jam's fifth (and penultimate) studio album, is a much more fitting swansong than the album that would follow (1982's "The Gift"). Weller and company return to the muscular, yet polished, mod-fed pop of "All Mod Cons," while continuing to stretch..

"One of the most important and influential figures on the post war blues scene, singer, guitarist and songwriter Elmore James was the unchallenged king of the electric slide guitar, updating the legacy of the country blues to post-war Chicago. His music, and particularly his guitar playing, has been a major source of inspiration for countless blues and rock musicians over the years. Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix are just a few of the rock legends who have acknowledged his influence. This...

“This release in the Heroes of the Blues series is the only true cross-licensed best-of package for Skip James. A complete career retrospective, covering all periods of his career and various record labels. Digitally re-mastered. Original cover art by R. Crumb. Detailed liner notes and track information.
Among the earliest and most influential Delta bluesmen to record, Skip James was the best known proponent of the so-called Bentonia school of blues players, a genre strain invested with as much...

An extremely good, previously unknown and unheard high quality live recording from Bert in Glascow in late 1974, from a period that is not considered his best period, release wise, but a period which probably should be re-evaluated based on the recorded evidence here!

"This recording is among the most providential archival discoveries of it's era. If you are a Jansch fan you should rate this as ESSENTIAL for several reasons. For me the most compelling is that it contains perfectly executed...

This was their final studio album and also their best, showing off their influences like Roxy Music, Eno and Bowie.

Two musicians interested equally - as they put it - in "compact improvisations, bent towards the song form". Ikue has made the much maligned drum machine into an art-form Jauniaux is world-renowned for her vocal talents.

"This is the first digital issue of Belgian songsmith Catherine Jauniaux’s classic recording from 1983. Her main co-conspirator is Tim Hodgkinson (Henry Cow, The Work), himself a mainstay in the world of modern, experimental music.
Together they perform a work which defies both categorization and genre labeling, offering up almost as many different styles of music as the instruments that played them. Besides capturing what could arguably be Catherine’s most unique and auspicious vocal work, this....

The third album by San Francisco's Jefferson Airplane, and for my money, probably their greatest album and one of the great West Coast psychedelic albums of the 60s.

" Jefferson Airplane: Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen (vocals, guitar); Grace...

This is an authorized issue of a recording of the concert given on May 7, 1969 by Jefferson Airplane at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This concert was popularly bootlegged several times and this is the first time it has been officially released. It is a very, very good audience tape for the time period and shows the band at home in front of their hometown crowd and enjoying themselves.
While there are repeats from Bless It's Pointed Little Head, this has more later period Jefferson Airplane...

"There is a massive amount of live Airplane material available and it becomes pretty difficult to sort it all out. I am a big fan of the Airplane, and to me this was a "must have"--a more casual listener probably would not feel the same way. The sound quality is excellent overall but not flawless. There are some glitches that were clearly left in because the performances are powerful and worth hearing even with some sonic imperfections.
One thing I like about the Airplane is the way they combined...

"Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen (vocals, guitar); Grace Slick (vocals); Jack Casady (bass) Spencer Dryden (drums). Additional personnel: Gary Blackman, Charles Cockey (vocals, guitar); David Crosby (guitar); Tim Davis (congas); Bill Goodwin...

One of the most essential and quintessential West Coast (meaning San Francisco) psych bands of the 60s, this is an excellent quality early/prime period release. The sound is quite excellent for what these are and the age that these are - a bit hissy...

"Jefferson Airplane were less focused in 1969 than they had been in the Summer of Love two years before. Recorded at the Fillmore East, these performances find the Airplane coming off their most recent album, Volunteers, released a month earlier, with the band a lot looser (drug use aside) and fractured. The factions in the group were presenting themselves during performances, and this set is no exception. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady connected and jammed like they would have been....

The first release includes a different lineup than the 'famous' version of the band. It is still a very good, early psychedelic release.

"Marty Balin, Signe Toly Anderson (vocals); Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals); Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen (guitar)...

While there were other albums released under the Jefferson Airplane name, this is really the final album by the classic band. The five bonus tracks are fantastic, recorded live in November, 1969 at the Filmore East!

"This is Jefferson Airplane at its peak, political and trippy, at the end of the Sixties. Before their legendary squabbles would, finally, make them implode, they managed one last great album, and here it is. Each of them seem to have hit their stride, Kantner's writing...

Just $3.00 per CD!
JSP Records are the best label overall I've encountered who work in the field of releasing CDs of old jazz and blues recordings. JSP's releases typically undergo extensive (and very expensive) careful and tasteful manual cleanup, and they have become rightly renowned for the highest possible sound quality considering the source material. These releases all come packaged in full jewel cases (no little paper sleeves here) and have full personnel and reasonable liner notes. Highly...

Blind Willie Johnson's rightly famous instrumental (with wordless vocal accompaniment "Dark Was The Night" is considered one of the great pre-war blues guitar performances, because it genuinely is. There is very little music that is emotionally deeper...

"There's a mystical place out there in the stars most people can't even dream of these days, but way back when, Jon and Vangelis had a real knack for taking us there. From my first listening when this first came out on LP, I distinctly recall saying to myself,"That's it! That's the music of some distant world I've visited before in my dreams but couldn't put my finger on"."-W. Craig

Bassist Percy Jones came to everyone's attention via his amazing, totally distinctive work with both Brand X and his appearances on Brian Eno's albums.
One of the great, distinctive bassists of our time, Percy continues to work, but has never gotten the attention I think he has always deserved.
This reissues his second release under his name, which has been out of print for at least 20 years, and it is a unique and mostly (there are a couple of out of place, duff vocal tracks) very enjoyable....

“This live concert, broadcast over Swiss, features the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra at its prime. The remarkable all-star group includes two first trumpeters (Snooky Young and Al Porcino) and such soloists as trumpeters Richard Williams, Danny Moore and Thad Jones, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, Jerome Richardson on soprano, Jerry Dodgion on flute and alto, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Roland Hanna, bassist Richard Davis and tenor great Joe Henderson whose short stint with the band was long enough to...

First widely available and legit reissue of the material by this early 70s progressive rock band from the UK. They have since had a complete reissue of everything done, but you can sample what they do for a very low price here! Now basically forgotten...

"About half of this two-record set (now on 1 CD) features Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company in 1968, performing songs like "Down on Me" and "Piece of My Heart." The rest, recorded in 1970, finds her with her backup group, Full Tilt Boogie, mostly performing songs from I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! Joplin puts herself out on-stage, both in terms of singing until her voice is raw and describing her life to her audiences. Parts of this album are moving, parts are heartbreaking...

Great, archival, professionally recorded set of Janis along with her original band, a star-crossed, pivotal San Francisco psychedelic band, who were quite cool in a truly psychedelic, 1967/68 way, and who had the fortune of a star-singer as a integrated member of the band, and the GREAT mis-fortune to be in the way when the powers that be decided that she was the star and that 'those hippies' were holding her back. They weren't holding her back; they were her most sympathetic accompanists and here is a...

Don't think I can't hear you saying, "Jesus Christ, he's fucking selling JOURNEY", because I can!

Listen, if you don't know this album, you really don't know what you are missing. This is the 1st album by Journey and it features Gregg Rolle...

"It even looks like something classic, beyond its time or place of origin even as it was a clear product of both -- one of Peter Saville's earliest and best designs, a transcription of a signal showing a star going nova, on a black embossed sleeve...

As I think I've mentioned before, I started my career in music retail in a store that sold a lot of metal, which wasn't something I was really familiar with or - honestly - particularly crazy about. This album, however, knocked my socks off from the...

Henry Kaiser is one of the great improvising guitarists. His music has grown and changed over the 4 decades he's been making music, but whose work has always had big roots in the 60s psychedelic rock of his home in the San Francisco area.
Bob Bralove is a keyboardist who was the keyboardist for the Grateful Dead during their final 8 years of existence. So, obviously, they have a lot to musically say to each other here.
Henry told me that they worked with live improvising of guitar and piano...

"Kaleidoscope were arguably the most eclectic band of the psychedelic era, weaving together folk, blues, Middle Eastern, and acid more often and seamlessly than any other musicians. The California group were formed under the nucleus of multi-instrumentalists David Lindley and Chris Darrow in the mid-'60s. Adding fiddle, banjo, and various exotic string instruments such as the oud and saz to the traditional rock lineup, Kaleidoscope complemented their experimental sounds with taut and witty (if lyrically...