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We are SUGARBUSH RECORDS, a mail order company based in the UK. We buy and sell rare vinyl records: LPs, EPs and 45s. We specialize in rare Psych, Blues, Progressive, 60s Pop, & 70s / 80s Rock and much much more. I also collect vinyl, so do understand what you - the collector - expects. We aso sell on Discogs (Discogs Store) where you will find 5000 LPs, 12", EPs & 45s with full descriptions and images. Oh, and we ship FREE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD if you buy 5 records or more.  That is some good deal. Furthermore, if you have vinyl records for sale or are interested finding out more about us please get in touch. If you want to SELL SOME RECORDS and are in the South of England please telephone 01892 541 746

SUGARBUSH RECORDS' LABEL YOUTUBE CHANNEL, with music from all of our albums!

Hi again,
This is a quick message to let you know about our exciting new Youtube channel! This features many tracks from the label's album releases, such as ORGONE BOX, JUNIPERS, COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS, CADDY, R. COSMO'S TAPE LAB, GREEN PAJAMAS and many more. With streaming now available over your TV set as well as your PC, Youtube is a really interesting addition to traditional TV channels. So please do have a look ad get rocking, our channel is right here:


Other news........well sales of our latest LP by GREEN PAJAMAS have been excellent and back catalogue is also still selling well.

Several albums have now sold out-that is SILENT BLUE - TUNE IN, JUNIPERS - PAINT THE GROUND, ORGONE BOX - CENTAUR and TROLLEY - THINGS THAT SHINE AND GLOW. Several other albums are CLOSE to selling out such as CHRIS RICHARDS, DUKES OF KENT & CAROUSELS. The limited colour versions of some of the earlier Lps are now VERY limited-all of them. 

In the new year I shall be releasing DUNCAN MAITLAND'S "LULLABYES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY" LP. Duncan was a founder member of Pugwash and the album features many great names in music including XTC's Colin Moulding.

Also, the 2nd DOWLING POOLE album will be released by us-the first was a great success and the new album is amazing too. Further down the line we shall be releasing more JUNIPERS, GREEN PAJAMAS & ORGONE BOX (hopefully, because Rick works at a snails pace!). 

So enjoy the new channel and by all means invest in some of our releases. Speak soon! 


Will the real SHINDIG! MAGAZINE please stand up?

About 4 weeks ago we heard the shocking news that our favourite music magazine - SHINDIG! - had been kidnapped and taken away for ever by whatever the publishing equivalent of the CHILDCATCHER might be. Our pals, ANDY MORTEN & JON MILLS had their creation taken from them by the publisher they trusted and worked with for so many years. This person had the gall to issue the magazine after sacking our friends naming it K*********E (Incorporating SHINDIG!). The cheek of it. Basically he thought he could make more money by taking the original idea of the magazine and the mailing list / subscribers with it. It won't work.

We ask all our readers and listeners to ignore this bastard creation and wait for Any & Jon to return with a new issue of a real SHINDIG! magazine. Subscribers have returned their copies of this "new" magazine in disgust and we certainly won't be reading it, ever. So we wait, and hope you do the same, until the real SHINDIG! is re-born. Peace.

(the magazine as it would have been this month)

The WORST ever LP covers (an ongoing series of vile albums sleeves)

 Oh boy, a lovely couple and a sure-fire marketing coup.

Before Jay-Lo we dug Patsy, she's a hotty alright.

A jolly bunch, I wonder if they live in the house pictured just behind them?

Why, oh why?

Slightly creepy.

Timeless: Style, Fashion, Hairdos-it's all there, which proves that a great sleeve design is 90% the reason this Lp shot into the Billboard Top Ten (did it? Ed.)

By the day, they repaired the road -  by night they took to it and fulfilled our musical fantasies.

It's a Dry Branch thing, you wouldn't understand.

She's my wife now.....


This piece was published in RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE a few months back. In case you missed it, here it is again.

Where are you based, what do you do and why?

We are based in Kent, and we issue small run high quality vinyl records of albums we really like. We also deal in rare Psych, Rock, Prog and Blues/Folk records and have done so since 1989.

Why are you called Sugarbush?

I was in America in 1988 in a place called SUGARBUSH and thought that would make a nice name for a label.

What made you launch the label?

In 1989 my band, SILENT BLUE, wanted to release an album and it seemed the easiest way just to do it ourselves.  So I formed the label simply to release that album and also a flexi disc a few months before the LP.

When did you launch it?

In around 1989 with a giveaway flexie for BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS magazine of one of the album’s tracks, TELEPHONE.

How have things changed since?

Back then CDs were things yuppies bought to listen to DIRE STRAITS & PHIL COLLINS, or so it seemed to me anyway. Since then the music world has become something I no longer quite understand, in terms of technology. That is why I have stuck with vinyl. It’s a bridge to the past and maybe the future….

What were your influences?

I liked small labels such as BAM CARUSO, EDSEL  and especially ZIPPO who I think we resemble in terms of the music we release if not in terms of sales! Now I really like labels such as RISE ABOVE, STATE RECORDS and anyone who prefers vinyl.

Who are your competitors?

I really don’t feel I compete with anyone or they with me. It’s all positive and I respect all who do what I do.

What’s most important to you: sales or stature?

Sales actually, because they get the records out there and help fund the next release. Stature comes with releasing great music and selling a good product. I quite like being respected but it’s also slightly humbling. So, yeah, sales are my prime target.

What’s been your biggest high?

Every release is really exciting, getting the music onto vinyl and then having the orders come in. Our first album was amazing to do, we had full window displays of the LP in OUR PRICE & HMV in Richmond when it came out. Those were the days! But releasing amazing acts such as ORGONE BOX, COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS, DOWLING POOLE and all the others is really exciting.

… And your lowest low?

I have not had any real lows, it’s just the everyday niggles that everyone has. Slow days or weeks with few sales I guess are the worst thing. But then it picks up again and all is well.

What’s your guiding principle?

Only release records I really love and that I would want to listen to myself over and over again. Which, incidentally I do – as soon as a test pressing comes in I play it for days on end to check and get a feel for the music as it sounds on the actual vinyl.

What album, from any period, do you wish you could have released – and why?

Without the really obvious ones such as BEATLES, HENDRIX or BEACH BOYS I think it HAS to be FLAMIN GROOVIES “SHAKE SOME ACTION”. It has not been on vinyl for a long time, so even to reissue it as a high quality vinyl would be brilliant. If anyone out there has CYRIL JORDAN’S number let me know.

Who would be your ideal signing?

Apart from the ones I already have, probably JEFF LYNNE, TOM PETTY or to be more realistic, maybe XTC or PUGWASH?

How do you find new acts?

I get a lot of demos and tracks sent to me and then obviously I know a lot of bands that I think ought to have something out on vinyl. The internet is very useful, and I use it 100% for communicating and finding music.

What can a new band do to get your attention?

Just send me some music that they think might fit with the label.

Where would a newcomer start with your label?

Buy and album and go from there! It’s a small and perfectly formed catalogue and apart from a few titles that are completely sold out it’s all there for the taking.

And what can long-time fans look forward to?

New albums by DUNCAN MAITLAND (ex PUGWASH) an amazing DETROIT Powerpop band called CHRIS RICHARDS & THE SUBTRACTIONS as well as ex BMX BANDITS’ band called DR COSMO’S TAPE LAB. These are all out on vinyl later this year and next.

Have you got any business plans for the future?

Don’t go bust.

Bite It Deep: Dr. Cosmo's Tape Lab - Beyond The Silver Sea (2015...


(LP is in stock on April 6th, but you may pre-order here)
...and on the subject, this is an arcticle from PETER GOUGH'S wonderful BITE IT DEEP website. Peter is in the amazing JUNIPERS and we at SUGARBUSH RECORDS recommend you go to his site and read and listen to his work.....here is a sample:

Bite It Deep: Dr. Cosmo's Tape Lab - Beyond The Silver Sea (2015...:

I'm bringing things right up to date here because I'm certain that the readers of this blog will love this band as much as I do. You most likely missed last years debut album by Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab. The killer 'Ever Evolving Lounge' came out last summer as a limited run of 500 copies, which sold out in an instant. 

Luckily for us, Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab's Joe Kane and Stu Kidd haven't wasted any time over the last nine months, instead they've been honing the craft of writing the perfect pop song, taking in the best influences of the last 50 years of pop music and producing what I'm declaring as the album of the year. That's two years running now! 

Like all genius songwriters, Kane and Kidd are pushing the envelope of pop and with 'Beyond The Silver Sea' they've courageously explored territories where many if not most, have failed miserably. Yep, I'm talking about the concept album, complete with spoken word interludes! Their bravery has paid off and all of a sudden concept albums seem like the coolest thing in the world.

'Beyond The Silver Sea' is twelve songs of Sci-fi Psychedelic Baroque Power Pop with the emphasis on POP and a further twelve tracks of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy-esque dialogue courtesy of Adam Smith. The album tells the story of 'Sense Factory' worker Max, troubled by a recurring dream that inspires him to think and look different to everyone else.

The songs on the album neatly reinforce the story and will satisfy fans of Nilsson, The Beatles, The Small Faces, Todd Rundgren, Electric Light Orchestra, Super Furry Animals, The Beta Band and even Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds.

'Beyond The Silver Sea' is released on the always outstanding Sugarbush Records on limited silver vinyl on 30th March 2015.

Here's an interview I did recently with Joe Kane from Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab.

You guys are roughly the same age as me. Am I right in thinking that your parents' record collections were a big influence on you when growing up?

I can't speak for Stu but I got myself into all the music that I listen to and it all stemmed from seeing the opening credits of the movie 'Help' when I was ill on the couch aged 12. My mum and dad weren't massive music fans but they always made sure I had a stereo and whatever tapes I wanted as a kid. My dad liked music but nothing that particularly took my fancy at that age though he had some cool looking records in a bag in a cupboard. He did however buy me Led Zeppelin IV on cassette because I really, really liked the Rolf Harris version and he also took me out and bought me my first electric guitar which was a red Hohner Strat copy.

I was already a big fan of Stuart's work with the Wellgreen and BMX Bandits and have only recently discovered the Owsley Sunshine who are also great. Any more music projects that we need to know about?

I've been involved in various friends bands fleetingly and in a non-writing capacity such as The Fast Camels and The Martial Arts (check 'em out!) but only because I really liked their music and the opportunity came along to join and not have the pressure of co-writing and recording all the stuff. That side of things really took its toll while I was working on the original Owsley Sunshine albums, all my own fault of course. Nic Denholm (my OS writing and production partner) now lives in LA although we have accumulated an impressive collection of transatlantic collaborations we hope to release in the not too distant future.  

Off the back of the three Owsley albums I jumped in to making two home recorded solo efforts (Only Joe Kane, Some Soon Time After) just to see if I could do it all myself. They're alright but I find it hard to listen to stuff if I know it's me doing everything on it. I also really enjoy recording and producing for other people and I've worked with quite a few really good acts from around Glasgow such as The Hidden Masters, The Trembling Bells and most recently the wonderful Duglas T. Stewart from BMX Bandits (bringing Norman Blake round to my house for a session one afternoon!) Stu and myself have been working on a bunch of new stuff with Duglas which we hope will end up as part of a very fine pop album at some point in the next year. 

Your first album 'Ever Evolving Lounge', which I love by the way, came out less than a year ago and here you are with a brand new album and one without the slightest dip in quality. Have you guys always been this prolific?

We started recording 'Beyond The Silver Sea' directly after we'd done our first song 'Pin The Tail' so it was pretty much straight in and "baws oot" from the start. That was in the period of July 2013 up until maybe December so we got a lot done. We worked mainly on a Monday afternoon every week and initially we were writing and recording two songs a day with maybe an extra day here and there for "sweetening" sessions. We had a few periods of maybe 2 or 3 weeks at a time where we weren't working on stuff because either Stu or myself would be away on tour but we'd be in contact discussing where to go with it and coming up with either more plot elements or discussing songs we thought it would be fun to rip off. We brought Adam in towards the end to flesh out the story we'd created and help join the dots a bit in his inimitable style. He's got a fantastic grasp of obscure sci-fi elements as well as a talent for narrative stemming from his comic book work. 

We decided to hold back 'BTSS' and record 'Ever Evolving Lounge' in early 2014 as we thought it would be cool to release a more immediate pop album for our first LP release. We wrote and recorded that album in just over two months in my new flat (where I am now) so we didn't really stop for breath.

Where did you record 'Beyond The Silver Sea'?

'Beyond the Silver Sea' was recorded entirely in my old bedroom in a flat I shared with two other musical friends. We used a Tascam 424 mkIII cassette four track and not a lot of mic's really. We were using (at first) a NADY ribbon mic over the drums which were this weird kids drum set with a military marching drum from 1967 as a floor tom. We used one of those fat Shure bass mic's for the bass drum and a Shure Unidyne III 545 for all the vocals. I bought a couple of cheap old compressor rack units and started putting stuff through them too as we progressed so the sound really changes throughout the album. 

The sound changes a lot on the record because we were just trying everything and anything out to facilitate whatever style we were writing in and I think that makes for an interesting and fun listen. We would try and record two live instruments together on a track so there's a lot of tracks with drums and piano or bass and shaker on them (which made things interesting for me at the mix-down stage!)

Is the story of Max autobiographical and what drugs do I need to be on to understand what's going on?

Making the album was really therapeutic for me as I'd been a bit burnt out for a while and not really doing a lot of my own music before I started working with Stu. It had been nearly five years since I'd worked on anything substantial and I was only tinkering with recording at home in that period so I had to kinda relearn things a bit and experiment again to find my feet. I was on some mad stuff to sort my head out a bit when we were making it and I think subconsciously a lot of the things that had been on my mind for a while fed in to my lyric suggestions but it never felt like it was an outpouring of any sort. It really is a 50/50 collaborative process so you can't afford to get too self indulgent or confessional without sounding like a twat. 

I'm not on any drugs and the story makes perfect sense to me. It's a very tight little metaphysical pop-odyssey with a sprinkling of silliness for good measure. (Anyone who wants my convoluted run down of what exactly is going on then feel free to drop me an email.)

I read somewhere that you had to trim down the album to make it fit on to vinyl. How much was left over from the sessions and are they lined up for future releases?

We cut two tracks to meet the running time of two sides of vinyl, 'Girl In Winter' and 'The Clone And I', which are now both available as the "b-sides" of singles. Maybe someone will join the dots and make a version of the album with those two tracks reinstated! We have additional narration from Adam recorded too that filled out the story between those two songs.

What bands new and old are you enjoying at the moment?

We've been listening to a lot of Brian Eno as well as other electronic and weird-noisy stuff in the last year and that's been feeding in to our latest recordings I think. I've also been obsessed with the two incredible Country Funk compilations released in the last few years so I'm always trying to cop one of those grooves. We're just putting the finishing touches to our third album which is called 'Cosmic Tone' and we hope to find someone to release that within the year. It's a step forward for us and covers a lot of new territory- not least a 22 minute long song suite about a boy who buys a pair of haunted pyjamas from a charity shop! 

I'm glad 'Beyond The Silver Sea' is being released on vinyl. What's your opinions on the Vinyl comeback?

Getting 'Beyond The Silver Sea' out on vinyl is truly a dream come true for us and to be doing it with someone like Markus at Sugarbush Records is a perfect situation for us. To find someone with such a bang-on, no nonsense approach to releasing records these days as well as a sympathetic ear for classic pop songs is rare. When we were making the album we knew in a silly way that vinyl was the only medium for it but we never dreamed we'd find someone crazy enough to release it! ;)

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