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52. REED, LOU: “Metal Machine Music” (RCA Records – RCA-9111 ~ 12) (2 LP Record: Excellent ~ Near Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Excellent/ Obi: Near Mint). Stock copy of immediately withdrawn Japanese pressing. Comes with rare obi and liner notes inside the gatefold by Taj Mahal Traveller Kosugi Takehisa. Comes much cheaper as opposed to the promo issue I have listed on the main site. Price: 125 Euro
53. ROSS, DIANA & MARVIN GAYE: “Diana & Marvin” (Motown/ Victor Records Japan – SWX-6067) (Record: Near Mint/ Triple Gatefold Jacket: Near Mint/ Obi: Near Mint/ Insert: Near Mint). Original & top condition Japan original pressing from 1974. Price: 20 Euro
54. SHEPP, ARCHIE & PHILLY JOE JONES: “S/T” (Columbia – XMS-161-AX) (Record: Near Mint/ Heavy Japan Only Gatefold Jacket: Excellent). Rare Japanese issue, this being the never offered before test pressing of this disc. Killer free jazz blast with Archie Shepp on tenor, taking you on a tour of duty, which will be an unforgettable one. Backed up by some star heavy weight players, the group breaks into a line rhythm, as Shepp and Philly Joe Jones blend in. Line up includes Earl Freeman on bass, Leroy Jenkins on violin, Julio Finn on harmonica, Anthony Braxton wielding the alto-sax and Chicago Beau vocals. In totality, this is a mad, black and wild ever-twirling vortex of heavy fire music breathing out supersonic hardcore jazz, embalmed into a raging ball of fire that is belched out as a collective effort filled with lone scrams. Killer with absolutely no filler. Rare never seen before Japanese test press issue housed in a Japan only heavy-duty gatefold jacket. Price: 40 Euro
55. SHEPP, ARCHIE with Chicago Beau: “Black Gipsy” (America/ Nippon Columbia – YW-7576-MU) (Record: Mint/ Jacket: Mint). Rare Japanese original pressing in absolutely flawless condition. Light-years better pressing and sounding far superior as opposed to the French issue. Of any other reedman, Rudd has had the most extensive history with Archie Shepp. Here on a late '60s Paris session, though, the saxophonist intriguingly fuses a loosely organized informal free jazz jam under a fundamental blues backdrop with the immediately distinguishable Leroy Jenkins and eight discernible instrumentalists, including himself, exclusively on soprano. Earl Freeman, Julio Finn, Sunny Murray, Clifford Thornton, Noah Howard and Dave Burrell sporadically are joined by vocalist Chicago Beau, who offers poetic vocal raps that put the blues element in context, recalling Shepp's own vocal dabblings, while Finn's harmonica touches upon Rahsaan Roland Kirk's blues/jazz experiments with Sonny Boy Williamson. Burrell's surprisingly tame piano lines and Murray's steady drum beat frame the first of two extended pieces. Most of the experimentation happens along the sidelines, unlike the more dynamic three-part follow-up, "Epitaph of a Small Winner, clocking in also at over twenty minutes, on which Burrell and Murray's playing is more characteristic. Murray throws around multi-rhythmic lines, rising to the foreground as the piece's momentary center, before fading to allow for Burrell's equally momentous solo featuring his distinct avant-ragtime approach. Impossible to upgrade upon. Price: 50 Euro
56. SONIC YOUTH: “Confusion Is Sex” (SST Records – SST096) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: Near Mint/ Insert: Near Mint). Classic Sonic Youth slide, later press issue in top condition for cheap. Price: 15 Euro
57. SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON: "Live with Memphis Slim" (Vogue/Toei Records - YX-4030) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: Near Mint/ Insert: Near Mint/ OBI: Mint). Rare Japanese pressing pressed on high quality vinyl. Recorded live in concert on December, 1963 in Paris, France and released only in France at the time. It also came out in japan albeit sales were low so not so many copies floating around. Top condition with rare obi present. Price: 40 Euro
58. SUBVERT BLAZE: “Subvert Art & Subvert Art II” (Alchemy Records/ Disk Union – ARLP-034/035) (2 LP Record: Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Mint/ Insert: Mint/ Poster: Mint/ 6 Stickers: Mint/ Concert Ticket: Mint). Immediately out of print deluxe reissue of heavy psych LP that original was released in the late 1980s on the Alchemy records. This one couples the band’s complete output on a 2 LP set, the first LP was released on LP way back in the 1980s there were their 2nd LP was only released on CD and sees its vinyl debut here. Hard psychedelic masterpiece by this trio, recorded at the late eighties. Subvert Blaze was together with Hanadensha one of the greatest band on Kansai scene and two of the most technically skilled. The trio was fronted by guitarist and doom head Kakinoki Yoshihiro (now of Garadama), wonder bass slammer Fujiwara Hiroaki (Slap Happy Humphrey, Cosmic Invention) and best drummer of the last 20 years Okano Futoshi. Everyone’s jaws dropped to the floor when they hit the scene, they were just too much and ahead of everyone’s game. They were after all a killer assault psyched out power trio, highly technically skilled and bring forth brain ripping and adrenaline infused and amphetamine powered up acid rock that cannot possible get any better than this. Highest recommendation. Disc was released in 1989 in an edition of 500 and rarely surfaces these days. Downside is that the band never got any publicity and is virtually unknown. If that was not the case, this record would soar up into the several hundred dollar regions since it is bloody rare and the music is just ear blisteringly great. For hardcore psychedelic and acid rock fans. Bloody fucking KILLER!!!! Top quality reissue that was put out in an edition of 300 only….so great it deserves mass appreciation urgently. They rocked and still rock my world since 1989 and still blow my mind to smithereens each time I blast it. No peace for the wicked!!! Price: 55 Euro
59. TAKEMITSU TORU with KATSUYA YOKOYAMA (Shakuhachi) & KINSHI TSURUTA (Biwa): “Excerpt From Autumn/ 10Th Step Variation From November Steps/ Eclipse” (Deutsche Grammophon – MG-1056) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: Excellent ~ Near Mint/ OBI: Excellent – only front and taped gentely to sleeve). NHK radio copy that has catalogue seal. One of the greatest Takemitsu Toru compositions executed by 2 star players!!! Eclipse was the first composition in which Takemitsu used traditional Japanese instruments. Takemitsu reconciled here with his hitherto neglected Japanese heritage. Eclipse is an exceedingly slow, sparse piece employing a pentatonic scale and generous silences. The performance of Kinshi Tsuruta on biwa is nothing short of mesmerizing, with literally striking – the biwa’s massive wooden plectrum is traditionally employed to give a hearty whack to the body of the instrument, whether plucking a string or not. Scraping the plectrum along the strings is another eerie effect that seeps to the surface of this recording, and you could almost claim upon hearing it that Hendrix learned the technique here – it is that strikingly rock’n’roll. So you can get it that for me the biwa is the crystal meth of the lute world – once you’ve seen it played, everything looks different. You need more and on this recording while the two soloists, digging deep into the vocabulary of their traditions, detonate improvised fireworks and surround them with silence, you are left alone, baffled and stupefied. It’s a tremendous example of fruitful collaboration between composer and performing musicians, and to regard it simply as Takemitsu’s composition risks oversimplifying matters. SOLD

60. TOKK ENSEMBLE TOKYO: “Music For Living Process – Stromung – Nucleus – Munari By Munari – Corona for Pianist” (Victor – SJX-7539). (Record: Excellent/ Jacket: Excellent ~ Near Mint/ OBI: Excellent – only front and taped gentely to sleeve). NHK radio copy that has catalogue seal.. Trying to fill the gaps in your Takehisa Kosugi discography? Well here I have another obscure one for ya. Released in 1975, this disc brings together some of the greatest players of the Japanese avant-garde scene. Toshi Ichiyanagi, Takemitsu Toru, Kosugi Takehisa, Maki Ishii, Yoshino Irino and Yasunari Yamaguchi amongst others all group together on this one. Kosugi contributes on the Toshi Ichiyanagi composition “Music for Living Process”, a stunning piece de resistance for shakuhachi (Katsuya Yokoyama is amazing on this one), harp, percussion, electric violin and piano. The overall atmosphere is austere and reminds me a bit of the soundtrack to “Kwaidan” as far as the otherworldly and eerie atmosphere is concerned. Kosugi accentuations are spot on and bring out the spooky character of Yokoyama’s shakuhachi play and Ichiyanagi minimal piano flirtations even more. In all, the piece possesses a beauty of blood curdling qualities and with this opening track is the mood set into which the other pieces will evolve. A stunning disc that needs to be discovered by a wider audience. If Japanese avant-garde is your thing, then look no further, this one will certainly enlarge your horizon. Highest possible recommendation. RARE with obi even with only the front side carefuully preserved. Comes dead cheap. SOLD

61. TYRANNOSAURS REX: “A Beard Of Stars” (Blue Thumb – BTS-8818) (Record: Excellent ~ Near Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Near Mint but has a little drill hole). Original US first press issue of great Tyrannosaurus Rex album, and Elemental Child just shreds and will blow you away over and over again. SOLD
62. WALDRON, MAL & KIMIKO KASAI: “One For Lady” (Victor Records – SMJX-10119) (Record: Near Mint/ Gatefold Jacket: Near Mint/ Attached Booklet: Near Mint/ Obi: Mint). Original 1971 Japan first original pressing all complete with booklet and OBI!!! Great line-up with Kimiko Kasai on sweet velvet vocals, Mal Waldron on the ivory keys, Yoshio Suzuki on bass and Hiroshi Murakami on drums. So beautiful, it sucks me in each time I play this one. Top copy, all complete with obi. Price: 30 Euro
63. WESLEY, FRED & The J.B.’S: “Damn Right I Am Somebody” (Polydor – MP-2389) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: Excellent/ Insert: Near Mint/ Obi: Excellent).Original 1974 Japanese pressing with obi of classic soul slide. “Damn Right captures the J.B.’s at the apex of their extraordinary powers. This James Brown produced set is both their most fiercely polemical and their most musically daring, incorporating otherworldly electronic elements, eccentric time and rhythm shifts, and idiosyncratic studio effects to brilliantly articulate the increasing turmoil and insanity of the times. It's quite possibly the most challenging record ever released under the Brown aegis, favoring open-ended grooves and epic solos rooted in avant-jazz. The rhythms remain surgically precise and hypnotically intense, however, and every cut here, from the funk juggernaut "I'm Payin' Taxes, What Am I Buyin'?" to the righteously mellow "Same Beat," is a marvel. This is funk at its heaviest -- musically, yes, but intellectually as well.” (All Music Guide). Price: 35 Euro
64. WYATT, ROBERT: “Old Rottenhat” (Rough Trade/ Tokuma Japan – 25RTL-3011) Promo copy, 1st original Japanese pressing of subliminal solo recordings by former Soft Machine and Matching Mole kingpin. Stuff of legends, Wyatt solo material is amazing and so needed. TOP copy. Price: 35 Euro
65. WYATT, ROBERT: “Nothing can stop us” (Rough Trade/ Victor – VIP-4228) Promo copy, 1st original Japanese pressing of subliminal solo recordings by former Soft Machine and Matching Mole kingpin. Stuff of legends, Wyatt solo material is amazing and so needed. TOP copy. Price: 35 Euro
66. ZALATNAY SARLOTA: "S/T" (Finders Keepers Records) (Record: Near Mint/ gatefold Jacket: Near Mint).The protective packaging of this, first ever, compendium of Zalatnay’s crown jewels would not provide anything close to the adequate ink space for a worthy account of her life in the Hungarian public eye (which has previously and periodically been documented in a series of autobiographies which are unlikely to ever benefit an English language translation). After ten successful albums, drawing together a veritable who’s-who of Hungarian progressive and psychedelic rock and utilizing some of the toughest dancefloor friendly metronomic drum breaks and a hard funk-rock sound years ahead of their Western European counterparts, the decline of communism in Hungary Western music, literature and cinema predictably infiltrated Hungarian culture overnight and the young record buying public began to turn their backs on home grown music and many faithful Eastern European artists were demoted to mum and dad’s record shelf like musical photo albums. Don’t worry though – Gal Costa is a huge name in Portugal but not many Portuguese people have heard ‘Tuareg’. The youth of Hungary certainly know who Zalatnay is… but how many of them have heard that break at the start of ‘Hadd Mondjam El’? Price: 25 Euro

67. ZUNOKEISATSU: “2nd Album” (Victor – Invitation – VIH-28047) (Record: Near Mint/ Jacket: Near Mint/ Insert: Near Mint/ Obi: Near Mint). Legendary slide by Japan’s psych punk folk duo that rewrote musical history. Killer. SOLD