SPOTLIGHT 8

27/02/2024 07:31

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

ALPHA CENTAURI - ALPHA CENTAURY (BLACK) (LP/PQR-DISQUES)

PQR brought you Rialzu, Skryvania, Cheval Fou, and now it's time for the first vinyl reissue of Alpha Centauri's diamond: 'Alpha Centaury.' Originally privately released in a limited pressing of 300 copies in 1976, and equally hard-to-find as the aforementioned titles, this gem is shrouded in mystery, for the simple reason that Alpha Centauri didn't even pursue publicity during their short-lived existence. This is an album that marries both psychedelia and prog, in a delicately eerie and melancholically tempestuous way. A sheer ear-pampering experience that sits as comfortably on your cochlea as suffusing the darkest moments of M?moriance with the haunted passages of Dickens' 'Royal Incarnation' on the empty Downer street of Common People and Zerfas, interspersed with the guitar virtuosity of Bruno N?vez. This long-in-the-making edition is available in only 300 hand-numbered copies (150 on black and 150 on marbled vinyl), extenuatingly remastered for your maximum audio pleasure by the sound-meister Gustavo Bolasini, with a 2-page insert including, at last, a proper biography of this shooting-star.

BANANA - AUN ES TIEMPO DE SONAR (BLACK) (LP/PQR-DISQUES)

'A?n Es Tiempo De So?ar' marks the beginning of the end for the Argentinean Banana: the end of their mass popularity, having been recognized until 1978 (and still going) as one of the most trending outfits in Argentina thanks to their ballad-driven compositions, and the beginning of a wholly new orientation in a symphonic prog vein. C?sar Pueyrred?n's, the mastermind and Banana's main composer, passion for melody and his unique romantic style were the main drivers behind the most distinctively European sounding symphonic prog album that came from Argentina in 1979. Composed to perfection, this is an album that will appeal in equal measure to fans of Kaipa and Camel, as well as to those seduced by the mellow side of Italoprog. The first ever official reissue of this essential album comes in an ultra-limited edition of 200 hand-numbered copies (100 black and 100 yellow), with a 2-page insert showcasing how Banana's magnum opus came to be. File nearby: P.F.M, Camel, Kaipa, Espiritu, Celeste, Locanda Delle Fate.

MYRRORS - EXPLODED VIEW (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

Improvised live at Exploded View Microcinema on occupied Tohono O'odham land on April 1st 2015 by The Myrrors and recorded in the audience to digital handheld recorder. Audio cleanup and editing by Nik Rayne. Originally released in limited edition as 'Altered States Vol. 5' on Cardinal Fuzz and Centripetal Force. Only few available, so be fast!

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK'N'ROLL

SAVAGES (USA) - CHEATING ON ME (BLACK) (7"/RED FOX)

Hailing from Long Island, NY, The Savages cut this fuzzy masterpiece in 1966, released on Pittsburgh's own Red Fox Records. This single was on the verge of being licensed to MGM Records for national distribution but it never saw the light of day on MGM.

STARFIRES - I NEVER LOVED HER/LINDA (RED) (7"/G.I.)

Red vinyl pressing. Repro of killer 1965 garage monster 45 featured on 'Pebbles' and rescued by garage revival bands!

TALL, TOM -& HIS TOMKATS- - STACK-A-RECORDS/MARY JO (BLACK) (7"/CREST)

Repro of this killer 1958 rockabilly 45. Limited to 500 copies on black vinyl.

WHATT FOUR - OUR LOVE SHOULD LAST FOREVER (BLACK) (7"/E-S-P)

The Whatt Four released two amazing 45s in '66 and '67, both regional hits on KFXM in San Bernardino. This is the first one, with 2 original songs: Great harmonies and a driving bass line really propel the moody upbeat A-side, backed with a raver!

VARIOUS - HAVIN' A GOOD TIME AT THE ROCKIN' RACE JAMBOREE (2X10") (10"/SLEAZY)

Double 10" featuring 20 '50s artists which have played on the Rockin' Race Jamboree festival on the Costa del Sol. This festival started in the '90s as a modest party organized by a small rock'n'roll cub in M?laga, but has turned into one of the most significant rock'n'roll events in Europe.

VARIOUS - BURIED IN TYME (LP/SUNNYBOY66)

Third release by Greek Label Sunnyboy66 Records. Limited to 300 copies on fantastic turquoise coloured vinyl! This is the debut compilation from Sunnyboy66 Records and what a beginning! From the deepest depths of the '60s garage barrel comes 'Buried In Tyme,' a collection of uncomped fuzzed-out frustration, folk punk janglers and moody movers, all sourced from the original 45s. Never before compiled on any other compilation! Insert with liner notes for the bands is included! Compiled By Matt Aquiline.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

BLOOD MOON WEDDING - AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE (2LP) (LP/MOBILIZATION)

Trans-Atlantic art-punk-noir. Legendary English punk rocker Steve Lake of Zounds teams up with American opera singer Mia Dean, in a multidimensional project. Blood Moon Wedding is a road trip of horrors through a twisted, alternate reality. Blood Moon Wedding is based in Oakland CA and Bath UK. Sounding a lot like a post-punk, Stevie Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac, this is a complete package of killer songwriting fused with fantastic male and female dual vocals.

 

PUNK/HARDCORE

TOY DOLLS - IDLE GOSSIP (BLACK) (LP/RADIATION)

Tongue-in-cheek punk act Toy Dolls came together in the northeast formerly industrial town of Sunderland, England in 1979 with working-class humour at the forefront of everything and frontman Olga breaking up the Oi singalongs with searing guitar assaults. Issued on the independent Volume label as usual, third album Idle Gossip continued in the same mould as their first two LPs with 'Geordie's Gone To Jail,' 'Keith's A Thief,' 'Silly Billy' and the title track all cracking numbers built on Olga and company's irresistible charm; 'I'll Get Even With Steven' even gives a po-faced punk nod to Elvis. Another great Toy Dolls LP! Includes unpublished exclusive photo by Vive Le Rock photographer Per-Ake Warn in a folded 40x60cm poster.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

CANCERVO - III (BLACK) (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

'III' represents a dark and gloomy moment for the band. The songs on the last album changed gig after gig and led to this new phase of the band. An increasingly characteristic voice is the master together with the inevitable and recognizable guitar riffs, which have always been the trio's trademark. This new creature will drag you into the eternal clash between the sacred and the profane, a characteristic that has always populated the traditions of the valley dominated by Mount Cancervo.

DARK FUNERAL - TEACH CHILDREN TO WORSHIP SATAN (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Reissue of 2000 mini-LP by Swedish black metal band Dark Funeral. Comes on white vinyl.

EARLY MOODS - A SINNER'S PAST (BLACK) (LP/RIDING EASY)

Early Moods' sophomore album 'A Sinner's Past' is the ultimate dosage of classic early '70s proto-metal, '90s grunge riffing and timeless songwriting delivered with an explosive youthful energy.

MORGUL - LOST IN SHADOWS GREY (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Reissue of 1997 debut album by Norwegian black metal band Morgul. Comes on red vinyl.

MORGUL - PARODY OF THE MASS (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Reissue of second album (from 1998) by Norwegian black metal band Morgul. Comes on red vinyl.

SIEBENBURGEN - GRIMJAUR (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Reissue of second album (from 1998) by Swedish black metal band Siebenb?rgen. Comes on red vinyl.

SIEBENBURGEN - LOREIA (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

Reissue of 1997 debut album by Swedish black metal band Siebenb?rgen. Comes on orange vinyl.

TIAMAT - SUMERIAN CRY (GER) (LP/FUNERAL INDUSTRIES)

German reissue of Tiamat's first album from 1990. For fans of Moonspell, Paradose Lost and Anathema. Comes on gold vinyl.

 

BLUES/COUNTRY/OLDIES

VARIOUS - CAJUN STOMPS, VOL. 3 (LP/DOGHOUSE & BONE)

'Le Sud De La Louisiane'. This LP has 16 tracks of Cajun obscurities.

 

DANCE/TECHNO/HOUSE/HIPHOP

ECOATM - ECOATM (LP/GREAT CORNER SOUND)

On vinyl, here is the self-titled inaugural release from Ecoatm, the jungle project from indy stalward Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me, Polyvinyl Records).

LARSON, DR. PETE - FIELD DRIFT 2 (LP/GREAT CORNER SOUND)

The 'Field Drift' series began as a series of synth based electronic and techno experiments from lyre psyche musician Dr. Pete Larson (Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band, Dagoretti Records, Bulb Records). These dark, murky techno tracks are minimal compositions using unfamiliar technology. Each track is approached differently, reflecting entry into new spaces from the comforts of old environments. Music is a journey and a trip through sonic lands, calling nowhere and everywhere home, wherever you are is where you need to be, but there's other places to go.

 

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