Mega Blowout Sale

In the 80s and 90s, in DC, one of the great nights out you could see once every 10 months or so, was singer / songwriter / guitarist / bandleader Robyn Hitchcock with whatever group of musicians he was fronting at that time.
He was always witty and a treat and I saw him quite a few times and always had a great blast and he's still witty and a treat, but now in a distinguished, silver-haired kinda way.

"Recorded at the Marquee in London shortly after the release of Fegmania!, the live Gotta....

"2012 collaboration between the Marillion vocalist and Porcupine Tree/Japan keyboardist. Hogarth is best known as the frontman of Marillion, the Progressive Rock legends that he joined in 1989, following spells in The Europeans and How We Live. In recent years Richard Barbieri has been a core member of Porcupine Tree playing keyboards on all the band's albums since 1993 as well as releasing two solo albums. Prior to this, it was in the new-wave pioneers Japan that he originally came to prominence....

Wonderful compilation of this excellent Texas bluesman's best work. Lightnin' normally performed solo and due to this, he has a sound not too dissimilar to the other great solo electric bluesman, John Lee Hooker. One of the greats, imo...

Honey Ride Me A Goat is an improvising rock trio of Jonny Shoults-drums, and Motney Slim and Michael Pike-guitars. In 2008, they joined up for an improvised session with another Kent resident, bassist Hugh Hopper for what was originally planned as the...

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..

Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Cassady, Papa John Creach & Sammy Piazza, all of the Jefferson Airplane (early and later periods, depending) + keyboardist Nick Buck on their 3rd album, which is one of their best.

"This third album is, in my opinion, where it all comes together for this band, the acoustic and electric playing, great song selections and production (due in part because its the first studio album, the other two being live efforts). It also has more polish (which in this case is a positive...

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...

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..

"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...

Bassist Peter Ind is one of the very last living links to the Lennie Tristano school in the 50s (the others are Ted Brown and Lee Konitz).
This is 8 albums that feature his work, the majority of which are at least somewhat "Tristano influenced".
This includes the albums:
Peter Ind-Looking Out, Lee Konitz-Konitz, Paul Bley Trio, Jutti Hipp At The Hickory House Vol 1, Jutti Hipp At The Hickory House Vol 2, Lee Konitz-The Real Lee Konitz, Lee Konitz-Lee Konitz In Hi Fi, Buddy Rich-In Miami...

"Recorded as IQ celebrated the release of the triumphant Ever, this double live set provides a well-chosen range of tracks from the band's first decade of activity - including the cream of the crop from the two Paul Menel-led albums ... if you're an IQ fan who fancies an Ever-era live set or are burning with curiosity to hear Peter Nicholls sing a few songs from Nomzamo and Are You Sitting Comfortably it's a good pick; I just don't rate the versions here above the studio versions of the tracks in...

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...

"Keyboardist and former member of the Far East Family Band, Akira Ito embarked on a solo career making what has been described as "floating electronics," using a medley of analog synths, guitar, bass, drums, and choral vocals. He released Japanesque...

"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...

"Thunder And Happiness: The Complete Albums 1975-1976 anthologises their first two albums: Jabula and Thunder Into Our Hearts, both released on CD for the first time. Jabula brought South Africa's music to the world a decade before Paul Simon s Graceland. Formed in Britain by exiled apartheid-era musicians who had left South Africa in 1973, Jabula (Zulu for happiness) infused the sound of the Townships with jazz, creating a compelling rhythmic stew.

Jabula's music was accessible, compulsive and...

This adds three performances (all different tunes too!) to the original 1959 recording, which is one of the many excellent Atlantic era Coltrane albums.

"This 1960 release does both Coltrane and vibist Jackson proud. Coltrane was considered...

Note that even though this is the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, as the Bonzo Dog Band once said in "Shirt", "That's just the name of the shop". Jaco does not appear on this album because he was very deceased by the time this tribute big band was assembled...

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..

"Responsible for two of the strangest, most beguiling acid folk albums of the early 1970s, Jan Dukes de Grey have long been a legendary name on the prog/folk/psych collector circuit. When Cherry Tree reissued Sorcerers and the extraordinary...

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...

"The final Japan release was sold and marketed as a live album, though actually it's a bit of a catchall -- it is indeed mostly from concerts, but also includes a variety of studio instrumentals and a re-recorded version of "Nightporter" mixed in...

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

This excellent 1972 release, Jarrett's only release on Columbia (he got canned from Columbia on the same day as Ornette, so he was in good company), has long gone in and out of print on CD and now it's back again. And it's a GOOD one.

"Pianist and composer Keith Jarrett's sole Columbia album is ironically titled, since scarcely a track on it gives the listener much indication of what follows. Originally a double LP, this 1972 set features at least half a dozen different combos - Jarrett's...

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.

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...

"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...

An excellent live album, released only in the USA, which was recorded on May 3 & 4, 1968, when the band were in their absolute prime after releasing my favorite by them, After Bathing at Baxter's, and highlighting material from their upcoming, also...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The first album by Kansas, originally released in 1974. Their unique blend of pure, complex progressive rock and American-style hard rock/bar rock was very identifiable as theirs in 1974, and it still is. This is newly remastered with new liner notes &...

"The third album by Kansas, was originally released in 1975, along with their second, Song For America. This is one of their most progressive rock albums and also features pretty dark lyrical content. Their unique blend of pure, complex progressive....

This was the band's last 70s album and contains the classic line-up of the group, not for the last time, but one of the last times.


The second album by Kansas, originally released in 1975. This is probably their most 'progressive rock album', with the long Incomudro (also found on the Proto-Kaw album) one of the highlights. Their unique blend of pure, complex progressive rock and A...