MAGIC MIX

psych . krautrock . prog . rock

WEEK STARTING 26 Jan

Genre pick of the week Cover of Man It Feels Like Space Again by Pond.
Hailing from Perth, Australia, POND formed in 2008 as an all-inclusive, ego-free collective spawned from numerous other interlocked bands and projects: Mink Mussel Creek, Allbrook/Avery, and Tame Impala.

“Pond…are very good at nailing tracks with best-of-both worlds approach, fusing those indulgent chunks of far-outness with fundamentally solid rock’n’roll tunes.” – Pitchfork.

FORMAT INFORMATION

LP Info: 180g vinyl. Comes in amazing die-cut cartoon sleeve

Arthur

Dreams And Images

    The pantheon of performers known by but one name is full of superstars. Arthur - the nom de plume of singer-songwriter Arthur Lee Harper - is not one of them, but this gentle singer-songwriter and his wan, string-drenched, loved-up, psych-folk was probably never likely to be suitable for mass consumption.

    Released on Lee Hazlewood's LHI label, the haunted Dreams And Images is the first of two albums from the Melbourne, Florida-born singer-songwriter. LHI was a broad church, taking in everything from soul to country, and Arthur found a home, a producer, and a champion in Hazlewood, who described him as "A man who will someday be a child again… A reason to cry and be unafraid… A bird with eighth-notes for wings."

    Though his lonely, intimate music, shy demeanor, and stutter might not have suggested a man of great ambition, Arthur moved to Hollywood chasing the music industry dream. He suffered hardships to do so, living hand-to-mouth in a YMCA hostel with two like-minded individuals: Mark Lindsey Buckingham and Stephen John Kalinich, whose A World Of Peace Must Come has been reissued by Light In The Attic. "Arthur was a peace person. He was all about peace, love, and harmony," remembers Kalinich in the brand new, extensive liner notes for Dreams And Images. "He was a person that believed you could change the world. We thought we would be some of the ones to usher in peace."

    While Kalinich and Buckingham were signed by the Beach Boys' Brother Records, Arthur allied with Hazlewood, having knocked on the door of the label's Sunset Boulevard HQ and auditioned on the spot. Entering the studio with Hazlewood, Donnie Owens, Tom Thacker, and arranger Don Randi, who brought baroque pop grandeur to the songs, Arthur let his music do the talking. "He stuttered and had a hard time getting his ideas out, so he would sing me the parts he had in mind,” remembers Randi.

    A mixture of things conspired to make sure few people heard Arthur, including a packed release schedule at LHI, followed by the withdrawal of their major label funding and a lack of foundation on which to market the album. After the 1970 follow-up album, Love Is The Revolution, Arthur bowed out of the business, immersing himself in Christianity, family, and a career working first as a rocket engineer and, latterly, a teacher. "I never stopped writing or recording," he later said. "I recorded in studios, friends’ houses, and live. I just recorded music with my friends or by myself when I felt inspired. For me, singing and songwriting is like breathing; I just do it."

    On January 10th, 2002, Arthur’s wife Lora died in a car crash. He tragically passed away of a heart attack the same night. Now, with this reissue of his great, lost album, Arthur's fragile heart can finally be enjoyed by all.

    * First ever LP reissue, first time on CD & Digital
    * Produced by Lee Hazlewood
    * Featuring three unreleased tracks
    * In-depth liner notes by LHI Archive Series co-producer Hunter Lea with unseen archive photos
    * All tracks newly remastered from the original tapes
    * LP housed in deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” gatefold jacket.

    Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski

    110 Livingston

      Second album from this weighty pairing of two of America’s most audacious psychedelic drone proponents, following a stunning release on Graham Lambkin’s Kye label a couple of years back. The combination of Marcia Bassett’s pretty well processed guitar, squashing otherwise raging howls into densely packed tones of feedback wail, and Samara Lubelski’s long violin voyages into the drone zone is something wondrous to behold. One side-long trip and three shorter, but nevertheless expansive, explorations of black magic meditation. Don’t miss this one.

      Comes in an edition of just 250 on 140g vinyl with beautiful matt sleeve art.


      Cluster

      Japan Live

        Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. The tracks collected here are gleaned from live performances in Osaka and Tokyo in 1996. In technical terms, and all the more so musically, the recordings are on a par with meticulously prepared studio productions. The material thus provides an ideal opportunity to compare Cluster music of the past and the present (1996!).

        This reissue is a new, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records. New artwork. Liner notes by Asmus Tietchens. First time on vinyl.

        Cluster

        USA Live

          Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisat-ions. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of elect-ronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. Halfway through the decade they toured Japan ("Japan 1996 live") and the USA. The American episode saw Cluster frequently return to their roots. The duo's performances were less on the mellifluous side, rather more uncomfortable and rugged.
          The recordings released in 1997 on Purple Pyramid as a double CD (entitled "First Encounter Tour") have been reworked and reselected in collaboration with the musicians.

          On vinyl for the first time! New artwork.


          The Contents Are

          Through You

            • Officially licensed by the group, who will receive royalties from sales of this album, its first American reissue.
            • Limited one-time pressing includes exact reproductions of the group’s two non-album 45s!
            • Sleeve notes by Jeremy Cargill (contributing editor, Ugly Things magazine).
            • LP sleeved in a tip-on jacket, with a 4 page insert with never before seen photographs.

            “Rumours of a limited demo LP pressing from this renowned Iowa garagey-folk rock band remained unconfirmed until a copy popped up at a 2005 Austin Record Show. Curiosity grew into excitement as the album turned out to feature 13 band originals in a terrific melodic Beatles '65-66 style with a sprinkling of Byrds on top. In other words, an ideal sound for a 'lost' 60s album, reminiscent of the Beauregard Ajax recordings from L.A. Drawing inspiration from the Beatles is usually an indication of both taste and cojones, and the Contents Are deliver a string of skillfully arranged 3-minute gems from the point where beat and folk rock turn into melodic psychedelia.” - Patrick Lundborg, The Acid Archives

            THE CONTENTS ARE’s debut album was originally issued in 1967 in an edition of just 100 copies. Hailing from Quad City, Iowa, these four young men recorded one incredible song after another, their ambitions well beyond that of the typical group at the time.This record, more rumoured than heard, lives at a wild nexus in American culture, simultaneously expansive and reflective, searching for answers in society through music and art.
            The great German label Shadoks first reissued this legendary set almost ten years ago, and we’re very happy to bring you a new deluxe edition of “Through You”, this time with the very special addition of the band’s two non-album 45s, originally released on the ROK label (these two singles are seeing their first ever reissue on vinyl; previously only available as CD bonus tracks, and well worth rediscovery). Let this record turn you on to new horizons.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            Ltd LP Info: Includes bonus 2x7".

            Al Lover

            Cave Ritual

              Al Lover is a producer from San Francisco, but there’s more layers to his wall of sound than meets the ear. Over the last few years he has gained much notoriety for his melding of contemporary and past garage and psychedelic rock into spaced out abrasive beats. Often compared to producers like Edan, J-dilla and Gaslamp Killer, Al gravitates towards a sound composed of crunchy drums, shaky percussion, chopped samples and layers of textured effects building on the psychedelic music of the past and present.

              His first release through Stolen Body Records will come out on January 26th and is called Cave Ritual.


              FORMAT INFORMATION

              Ltd LP Info: COLORED PURPLE IN GREEN VINYL!

              John Martyn

              Piece By Piece

                This double vinyl edition of Piece by Piece includes seven alternate mixes, and seven previously unreleased live performances also recorded in Hamburg in 1986. Bob Dylan’s ‘Tight Connection To My Heart’ features among the new live recordings; it was a song Martyn rarely played on stage.

                John Martyn

                Sapphire

                  This double vinyl edition of Sapphire features alternate mixes by co-producer Andy Lyden, and five previously unreleased studio takes. Among these, the ‘Straight Choir’ version of ‘Fisherman’s Dream’, one of Martyn’s most popular songs, was omitted from the original album in favour of a gospel choir version. There are also three previously unreleased live performances recorded in Hamburg in 1986.


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