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The Standells

Dirty Water

    The Standells’ key albums for the Tower label (Dirty Water, Why Pick On Me, and Try It) perfectly bottled a rebellious wave of sound sweeping across Mid-1960’s teen clubs, radio playlists and record racks. Starting with the genre-defining, proto-punk smash “Dirty Water”, through a series of equally memorable underdog anthems (“Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White,” “Why Pick on Me”) and obscenities (the banned “Try It”), the Standells left an indelible mark on their era. Those three Tower albums are a veritable feast of three chord, fuzz-drenched, Vox Organ-driven “squares”-repellant.

    The Standells’ Dirty Water album, their first for Tower Records, was primarily recorded away from their Hollywood home base. Producer Ed Cobb picked a Seattle studio and engineer Kearney Barton (the Sonics), unwittingly unleashing the savage Pacific Northwest Sound on the rest of the country. As Standells founding member Larry Tamblyn tells it, “It really was the Standells raw.” The results include crushing classics like “Little Sally Tease,” “Medication,” and “Why Did You Hurt Me.”

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Coloured LP Info: Limited edition white vinyl.

    Dick Dale And His Del-Tones

    Surfers' Choice

      A surf guitar landmark! Dick Dale’s 1962 debut LP Surfers’ Choice introduced the world to the thunderous sound of surf guitar, as pioneered by the man who invented the style. Largely recorded at Dale’s legendary Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach and featuring such tunes as ‘Let’s Go Trippin’,’ ‘Surf Beat,’ and ‘Misirlou Twist,’ this groundbreaking album forever changed the face of rock guitar. Now, this seminal release has been cut by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI on coloured vinyl!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Coloured LP Info: Gold vinyl.

      Canned Heat

      Canned Heat

        Of all the American rock bands that embraced the blues in the 1960s, none took their musical mission more seriously than Canned Heat. The California quintet, led by vocalists Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob ”The Bear” Hite and featuring the brilliant guitarist Henry Vestine.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: Gold vinyl.

        Wendy & Bonnie

        Genesis

          One of the most remarkable unheard albums of 1969, Genesis, the sole release by San Francisco-based sisters Wendy and Bonnie Flower, has emerged as an acclaimed pop-psych touchstone. Brimming with melodic confections and laced with radiant, sisterly harmonies, the set’s breezy Brazilian splashes and soft-rock strains convey a sophistication that belies the artists’ tender ages (Wendy, 17; Bonnie, 13). The album has grown over the years in importance, and has influenced a generation of psychedelic pioneers, from Broadcast to Stereolab to Welsh rockers Super Furry Animals ( who sampled the duo on their hit "hello Sunshine"). This 180 gram single-lp edition is an exact replica of the original 1969 pressing, with fully restored cover art and incredible sonics mastered from the original reels.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Coloured LP Info: White vinyl version.

          Bo Diddley

          Have Guitar Will Travel - 180g Vinyl Mono Edition

          Good Lord. Bo Diddley came out with all guns blazing on his floor-rattling romp from 1960, 'Have Guitar Will Travel'. The LP would become a blueprint for SO much great rock ’n’ roll that followed: the Stones covered “Mona” in 1965, the Masters Apprentices walloped “Dancing Girl,” the Downliners Sect blasted through “Nursery Rhyme,” and “Cops and Robbers” even named one of the baddest mid-60s UK R&B combos ever! Really... Who in the hell wouldn’t be inspired by hearing this opus that followed on the heels of Bo’s devastating first two albums??? 'Have Guitar Will Travel' was packed with the same badass guitar, bolder-than-bold vocals, and trademark Diddley beat that had already made Bo a stone legend and man-among-men. Kicking off with the gospel-shouter “She’s Alright,” (with the background singers answering Bo’s every word), we stomp through the trash-talking “Say Man, Back Again,” Bo’s run-through-the-jungle “Run Diddley Daddy,” the amorous “I Love You So,” we hear hot, distorted licks traded with Lady Bo on the monstrous “Mumblin’ Guitar,” and SO MUCH MORE... The album also dipped into the vaults for the killer Diddley beater “Dancing Girl,” the exotic instro “Spanish Guitar,” and the mind-blowing “Mona” (titled “I Need You Baby” for this LP).

          This killer 180-gram edition - from the magnificent original Chess mono master reels – finally puts this album back in print on vinyl, properly. Accept no damn imitations.

          The Shadows Of Knight

          Live 1966

            Besides releasing two classic longplayers and many more singles (including the smash, “Gloria”), touring/behaving badly all across America and appearing on TV shows like ‘Upbeat’ and ‘Where The Action Is’, the Shadows of Knight also ruled at suburban Chicago’s hands-down hippest teen club, The Cellar. Over the decades, their Cellar performances have become the stuff of legend.

            Miraculously, two reels of tape of the Shadows of Knight live on stage at the Cellar (in 1966!) were eventually uncovered by Sundazed. As early as their ‘Gloria’ album debut in spring ’66, the Shadows of Knight had separated themselves from the garage band pack with a heavily Chicago Blues-based, wildly rocking repertoire. Their trademark sound is on full display in this attitude-drenched, anarchic live recording from late in that exalted year.

            For this expanded edition, the original sets and correct song sequence have been faithfully restored. And to top that, additional and until now completely unheard bonus material is rescued from those old reels. Specifically, added to an already scorching set are previously-unheard takes of “Peepin’ and Hidin’” (sung by blues legend Joe Kelley), “Willie Jean” (with a vocal from drummer Tom Schiffour) and “Any Way That You Want Me”. Equally important, the packaging now equals the musical contents thanks to an all-new, eye grabbing sleeve highlighted by John Hora’s amazing original photography from ’66.

            Unlike their comparatively harnessed studio recordings, the Shadows of Knight are presented here raw ‘n’ alive, sloppy bordering on brilliant and with all the subtlety of a bulldozer. Would you want ‘em any other way?

            The Litter

            Action Woman / A Legal Matter - Blue Vinyl Edition

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              The 1966 debut by the Minneapolis-based Litter! “Action Woman” and “A Legal Matter” are stomping, searing ’60s sides - an unstoppable collection of snotty vocals and fuzzy guitar lines. The Litter become a determined collective mind on these performances, and the result is a coupling that stands side-by-side with other iconic recordings of the era, like “Sweet Young Thing” and “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” Even the tambourine and maracas have loud and clear attitude that few other records can match! The original Scotty 45 is a cornerstone of any serious 1960s record collection, and now is reproduced in this lovingly created edition that features a Scotty Records-styled sleeve with a rare vintage group photo and notes by TeenBeat Mayhem! author Mike Markesich. “Action Woman” is a flawless hallmark performance, and “A Legal Matter” takes the Who’s music from the Mod clubs into the suburban garage with jet fuel-powered tempo and aggression. With in-the-studio presence and clarity taken from the original masters, this is the sound of garage rock maturing into psychedelia - prime, postured and pulsating!

              • New picture sleeve with a rare photo of the Litter, plus notes by author Mike Markesich!
              • Stunning audio taken from the original reels - pressed on blue wax!
              • Scotty Records 45 labels, just like the 1967 original!!!

              Link Wray

              Slinky / Rendezvous

                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                Taut and tough Wray from his heyday! One of the original heavy metal heroes, Link Wray basically invented power chord riffing - both Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend have credited their interest in becoming guitarists to him - and his recordings are a monument to the relentless infl uence of his unique razor-blade extended guitar sound. “Slinky,” from 1959, was the his third Epic Records single, a mysterious, stinging riff that builds into a frenzied solo, then coolly resolves…the perfect soundtrack for a gang of leather-jacketed teenagers looking for trouble on a warm city night! “Rendezvous” suggests gentler side of Wray, beginning as a mellow mid-tempo cha-cha, but ultimately evolving into a snarling stroll with a killer guitar solo. Backed on both sides by the sympathetic swagger of Wray’s brothers Doug and Vernon, these two recordings show a key personality in the development of rock ’n’ roll, at a time when record labels continually wanted to soften him and make him safe, continuing to follow his metal muse and lay down recordings that would inspire thousands of rock, punk and surf guitarists for decades to come. Features a reproduction of the ultra-rare original picture sleeve, and promotional labels - get this Wray today!

                • Reproduction of the ultra-rare original picture sleeve and original Epic promo labels!
                • Limited edition for Record Store Day 2014!
                • Mastered from the original reels!

                For a Bob Dylan album, and one that many consider to be his best, "Nashville Skyline" doesn't mess around with ambiguity. It's a country album, plain and simple, with Dylan abandoning his fabled talk-sing voice and evangelical message for a soothing, down-home country croon. The new style was a perfect fit for some of Dylan's strongest material ever, including "Lay Lady Lay," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" and "I Threw It All Away". There's also a superb duet with Johnny Cash on "Girl From The North Country" that, along with the Byrds' earlier "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" LP, officially breaks the champagne bottle over a brand new musical genre: country-rock.

                The United States of America, led by respected modern classical avant garde musician Joseph Byrd, cut a wide swath through the 1968 world of rock, just then comfortably settling into its backwoods dreams of country-rock to find the debut U.S.A. album howling like an infant terrible on its front doorstep. At the center of the U.S.A.'s fiercely experimental universe were the icy-cool vocals of the beautiful Dorothy Moskowitz, keeping this tumultuous sound from spinning out-of-control in every direction. One of the most avant-garde pop records of the late 60s, the U.S.A.'s only album spans psyche-fuzz, ambient easy-pop, big band, experimental electronics and tape cut-ups - but as ever, the sum is greater than its parts. Taken as a whole, it's one of those classic 'trip' albums whose strangeness really takes you aback! NUTS (bit in a great way!!) Almost predictably, the U.S.A. disbanded before it could record a second album, but its brilliant, self-titled effort was certainly one for the ages.

                Various Artists

                Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar Volume 4 - Shockwave!

                "Shockwave!" the newest edition in the ultra-successful "Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar" series! Jammed full of reverb-drenched, stringbending classics by surf warriors like the Avengers VI, Truants, Citations, Stagemen, Belairs, Teemates and more. "Shockwave!" — like the previous volumes — is taken from the vintage source tapes, assuring the sound to be breathtakingly accurate.

                West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

                Volume Three - A Child's Guide To Good & Evil

                  'With their soaring psychedelia, achingly pure folk-rock and Zappa / Beefheart strangeness, this seminal underground gem from the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band can be seen as an encyclopedic primer of the late 60s Los Angeles musical experience.'

                  West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

                  Part One

                  'With their soaring psychedelia, achingly pure folk-rock and Zappa / Beefheart strangeness, the seminal underground gem from the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, "Part One", can be seen as encyclopedic primers of the late 60s Los Angeles musical experience.'

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                  CD Info: The long-awaited legit CD come direct from the original analog master tapes, with two bonus tracks, interviews with key band members, and never-before-seen photos from the band's personal archive!

                  The Incredible String Band

                  The Incredible String Band

                  The 1966 debut from the forward-thinking furry folkies. Recorded as a trio before their inspiring trips to Morocco and Afghanistan, it's a straight-ahead blend of traditional and original material, played in a mix of American and Celtic folk styles.

                  The Incredible String Band

                  The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

                  Incredible String Band's third (1968) and most ambitious album - a truckload of exotic instruments and drugs come into play resulting in a bona fide acid-folk masterpiece! If you only get one ISB album, this is the one you need!

                  Various Artists

                  Garage Beat '66 Volume 2: Chicks Are For Kids!

                  Second in this series of vintage North American garage rock. Here's the absolute tops in garage rehearsin' teens and 20 somethings, who within minutes of the Beatles' first Ed Sullivan appearance conspired to overthrow the world with rock 'n' roll.

                  Various Artists

                  Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar Volume I

                  Surf's up dudes! Rare 60s surf'n'twang instrumentals lovingly compiled by those nice people at Sundazed. Twenty tracks that will wipe you out maaaan!

                  The Byrds

                  The Preflyte Sessions

                  The most comprehensive collection of the Byrds' pre-Columbia recordings ever assembled! Back in the days when they were so heavily influenced by the Beatles they should have adopted scouse accents and gone the whole hog. Its a deluxe double CD set with a super 52 page booklet. These tracks pre-date their hits, as they spent countless hours creating and refining their sound at LA's World Pacific Studios. There are brilliant early versions of tracks like "Mr Tambourine Man" and lost gems such as "You Showed Me" (later a smash for the Turtles). The 2xCD (and double 180g gatefold LP) "Preflyte Sessions" capture the fire and enthusiasm of one of the most legendary and influential groups ever.

                  West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

                  Volume 2

                  Recorded during the heady days of the Summer of Love this second album by the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band has its first official release on CD. Mindendingly original and part of the clutch of US releases (alongside the Electric Prunes and HP Lovecraft) that helped to define the scene. With two bonus tracks.

                  The Millenium / Ballroom

                  Magic Time

                  The entire Columbia label's vaults have been combed to create this amazing collection of Ballroom and The Millenium 3CD set. A whopping 62 tracks (22 previously unreleased)of the late Curt Boettcher and Keith Olsen. Heady psychedelia with a super booklet with loads of interesting nuggets on the sessions.


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