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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

TRAPPIST AFTERLAND - "AFTERLANDER" SUGARBUSH SB042 out now on vinyl, buy it here!

TRAPPIST AFTERLAND - "AFTERLANDER" (SUGARBUSH SB042), limited to only 200 copies, housed in a gorgeous single sleeve cover and completely remastered from the 1st pressing of only 99 copies which is now a major collectors' item! Melbourne based psych folk artists Trappist Afterland have been quietly but consistently releasing some of the most outstanding and distinctive albums in underground circles over the last four years or so. Consisting effectively of the trio of Adam Cole, Phil Coyle and Nick Albanis along with various friends and musical accomplices their use of unusual instrumentation and unique sound (as well as their easy but persistent way with a melody that will get its hooks in and not let go) marks them out as one of the most important and visionary bands currently working in the psych scene. Their new opus 'Afterlander' not only builds on the successes and strengths of past albums but takes the Trappists into a whole new realm of their own, with a set of assured, powerful and majestic songs tinged with mystery, ritual and beauty. t once otherworldly and yet also immediate and persuasively melodic, Trappist Afterland ably suggest a dark mysticism and esoteric sound whilst also maintaining a tight, rhythmic and controlled mastery of their song craft, similar perhaps to contemporaries such as Stone Breath, Six Organs Of Admittance or James Blackshaw. 'Saint Peter And The Rainbow's eastern drone leads into tense and intricate, inventive string work (instruments present on this album include bell citern, hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery and lute), eerie backing vocals and strident tabla, propelling the song ever forwards. Fans of the afore mentioned bands, acid folk acts such as the Incredible String Band and COB and also of Michael Gira's work with Angels Of Light will find much to adore here.
(Courtesy of THE ACTIVE LISTENER blog). The sleeve also contains exclusive, specially comissioned for the SUGARBUSH RECORDS release, sleevenotes by DAVID TIBET.
Black vinyl only £19.99 including worldwide postage.

Trappist Afterland - Afterlander

THE GREEN RAY - "HALF SENTENCES" (Sugarbush SB040), out now, ex-MAN, HELP YOURSELF, TYLA GANG




THE GREEN RAY - "HALF SENTENCES" (SUGARBUSH SB040), a really special album - to us - sees the light of day. Bevis Frond (Nick Saloman) suggested we issue this lovely album. So we did, and we are pleased to offer the only vinyl issue of this great record. Limited to only a few hundred copies on green vinyl this is set to become a collectors' item. This lovely LP effortlessly incorporates West Coast trippyness recalling the best of Quicksilver, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead albeit the more rural and laid-back side of these bands. Guitars abound and songs stretch out to gentle meandering jams - a really nice album.

The Green Ray were formed in the mid 1990's by Ken Whaley & Richard Treece, both of whom had previously played with the much loved band 'Help Yourself' alongside Malcolm Morley & Dave Charles. After 'Help Yourself' split in 1973, Ken Whaley joined the legendary Welsh band 'Man', contributing to two LP's followed by an appearance on 'The Fish' album, by former 'Country Joe & The Fish' guitarist Barry Melton. Both Ken & Richard Treece had stints with 'The Tyla Gang' - with Richard going on to play with 'The Flying Aces', 'The Neutrons' & 'Donovan's Brain'.

The band released 'Sighs, Whales & Trees' on Shagrat Records in 1995 followed by 'The Green Ray' on Father Yod/Soft Cloud in 1996. During the late 90's many gigs followed including appearances with old friends 'Man'. Ken Whaley passed away in 2013 and this album is Richard Treece's last one with the band prior to his sad passing in 2015. Half Sentences blends Richard's last lyrical runs with the guitar playing of Ken's brother, Simon who switched from drums to share the guitar role on this album. The result is wonderful. The band are still gigging strong with Simon Whaley now permanently on guitar, keeping the Green Ray legacy ever evolving -  you can catch them in and around London and at various festivals..£18.99 including postage anywhere! (Album sleeve is by the renowned artist John Hurford).


The Green Ray

Gentle Brent - "Just Dandy" out now n on vinyl, buy it here now!

GENTLE BRENT "JUST DANDY", another volume in our SPECIAL IMPORTS series of albums (IMP 043) and another release on Spain' YOU ARE THE COSMOS LABEL.You might know Brent Randall from his work as Pinecones, but he’s changing the moniker to GENTLE BRENT offering up a brand new album titled Just Dandy. This song’s opening guitar will wrap around you from the get-go, just as the vocals playfully bounce their way into the number. The vocals clearly have the focus, almost giving off a dose of swing in the way they move back and forth with stretched melodies. It’s a short spurt of pop music, dripping with sugar for your ears - twee, sugary bubblegum tinged power pop. .£17.99 including postage anwhere!


Gentle Brent

THE JACOBITES (Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth) "Old Scarlett" buy it here on vinyl!

JACOBITES - "OLD SCARLETT", another volume in our SPECIAL IMPORTS series of albums (IMP 042) and another release on Spain' YOU ARE THE COSMOS LABEL. Following the breakup of the seminal British post-punk outfit Swell Maps, frontman Nikki Sudden embarked on a solo career, then concurrently formed a new band called the Jacobites. Far more classicist than Swell Maps had been, the Jacobites gave Sudden a chance to exercise his penchant for straightforward, elegantly wasted rock & roll, drawing chiefly from the Stones and the Faces while adding elements of singer/songwriter rock (Neil Young, Bob Dylan) and crunchy British glam (T. Rex, Mott the Hoople, David Bowie).£17.99 including postage anwhere!

Jacobites

Parson Red Heads, Ronnie D'Addario & Wade Jackson, all on vinyl, buy them here!

THE PARSONS RED HEADS - "BLURRED HARMONY" (IMP 041), The Parson Red Heads took things into their own hands for their new record, and turned the rear view on the preceding three-and-a-half years since Orb Weaver to get a long, close look at themselves. The resultant exposition of smart, lucid songwriting and willingness to take skewed stances on established modes of sound is refreshingly blurry, and a fantastic soundtrack to the psychoses of your summery, sunny days. £17.99 INCLUDING POSTAGE


Parsons Red Heads - Blurred Harmony
RONNIE D'ADDARIO "THE BEST OF 1976-1983" (IMP 040), since 1976, D’Addario has been recording wonderful records in the vein of Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, and other classic pop songwriters. Published for the first time in a physical format, this LP gathers the very best from his first three albums.  £19.99 including postage.

Ronnie D'Addario

WADE JACKSON "WHISKEY ALPHA DELTA ECHO" (IMP 039), a fantastic slice of retro Byrds-tinged 12-string Pop by this Aussie legend, who was alos featured on the 12-STRING HIGH sampler some time ago. Very limited, and expected to sell out quickly! £17.99 including postage

Wade Jackson

KONTIKI SUITE - "THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH" (SUGARBUSH SB039) out now on vinyl, buy it here!

KONTIKI SUITE - "THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH" (SUGARBUSH SB039), this fabulous album sees a timely reissue on vinyl (only 300 copies) as we recently released their debut LP ON SUNSET LAKE. This album is equally as good and I am happy to let our friends at the ACTIVE LISTENER blog take up the story:
 "Kontiki Suite proudly flies its Byrds banner via some obvious stylistic hat-tips to 1968’s "The Notorious Byrd Brothers". This time out, the band boasts a batch of impressive new Rickenbacker-based janglers (mainly from the pen of guitarist Ben Singh) and a tougher sound from the rest of the band (Jonny Singh, lap steel guitar; Marcus Dodds, guitar; Mario Renucci, bass; Chris Brown and Craig Bright on drums and percussion respectively). The result is a cohesive, 50-minute flight high above exquisitely atmospheric psych/country-rock/chamber pop soundscapes.
The opening moments of guitar/rim shots in the rousing, Golden Smog-like opener “Bring Our Empire Down” recall David Crosby’s serene “Dolphin’s Smile,” after which some Neil Young-like crunch is thrown in as the song gathers steam. “My Own Little World” features the kind of textured ‘n’ trippy triple-guitar interplay (including lap steel and 12-string Rickenbacker) that characterizes the overall tone of the album – tone that is often upended by deliciously abrupt shifts in tempo: the lads in Kontiki Suite are more than happy to jolt you out of the hypnotized state in which they deftly placed you. Occasional, judiciously chosen blasts of harmonica tug on the same heartstrings as in Big Star’s “Life is White.”
“Free From Sound” and “Here for You Now” are tremendous pop songs, the kind of tracks that, back in the day, would’ve jumped out of an AM radio and grabbed you by the throat. The former features a keening pedal steel hook that’s hell-bent on becoming your next earworm. The latter blends a “Ticket To Ride” beat with power-poppy rhythm reminiscent of Gene Clark’s evergreen “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better.” Remastered and re-cut for this new vinyl edition to offer an improved sound spectrum!


Kontiki Suite Greatest Show On Earth

THE PRIMARY 5 - "NORTH POLE" (SUGARBUSH SB038) buy it here on vinyl, only 300 copies.

THE PRIMARY 5 - "NORTH POLE" (SUGARBUSH SB038), a new Sugarbush Records release. This time a classic British Pop gem by this fantastic band led by Paul Quinn (ex- Soup Dragons & Teenage Fanclub). When originally released on CD (and only on CD) this album sold a staggering 30,000 copies worldwide including masses of sales in the USA and Japan. To give you an idea of what to expect I can tell you that this is a top notch album which was years ahead of its time. Shades of Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Hollies, Gram Parsons, The Flamin' Groovies all melt together in a quite unique album that is simply stunning. Recorded on an 8-track in an Scottish Village Hall (really!) the production values are, nevertheless, sky high with beautiful arrangements, great playing and singing and - most of all - superb tunes. This is the great lost British Pop album of the 90s, there is no equal. £19.99 including postage worldwide.

Primary 5 - North Pole w/ free postage

Psychotic Youth - "The Voice Of Summer" buy it here on vinyl!

PSYCHOTIC YOUTH - "THE VOICE OF SUMMER", one more in our series of SPECIAL IMPORTS from around the world of titles we like ad think our customers will like (IMP 038). Of this one we only have a handful of copies, and it is such a nice album by Sweden's legendary Psychotic Youth who have been making great records since the 1980s. Psychotic Youth deliver REAL POWER-POP, with the word power written in capital letters. Putting together the essential elements of the music of the Ramones, the Plimsouls and the Ohio Express, the 6t's and the 70's, bubblegum and punk, pop and rock'n'roll, just to create their very own sound, which has influenced many bands ever since they started back in the 80s.
So if you dig extremely catchy pop-music with a fat, rockin' guitar sound, well executed vocal-lines, ridin'-on-the-waves drums and a crunchy punk feel to it, the music of the Yum Yums, Paul Collins Beat and the Kurt Baker Combo, this one's a true must have for you!! Only £17.99 including worldwide postage.

Psychotic Youth LP w/ free postage

THE CAROUSELS - "SAIL ME HOME ST. CLAIR" (SUGARBUSH SB037) buy it here on vinyl!


THE CAROUSELS - "SAIL ME HOME ST. CLAIR" (SUGARBUSH SB037), finally released is this Scottish band's second long player. Their first album - you may recall - was highly praised and received excellent reviews and (a little know fact) is actually Sugarbush' best ever selling album in terms of numbers sold of both pressings over the years. In many ways this was a real surprise but then again a band of such heart and soul and invoking the spirit of Gene Clark, Gram Parsons and Sweethearts-era Byrds ought to sell a lot of records. Especially when the songs are so poignant and beautiful. The band have built a firm worldwide following with tours of the continent in their back (denim and patchwork) pockets. This second LP carries on where the first one left off with another excellent clutch of songs (see track list below). £19.99 (with no extra postage charged)

The Carousels - Sail Me Home St. Clair



 Here are some of the nice things people said about the first album:

Highlands-based combo The Carousels echo the likes of Teenage Fanclub or Whiteout with a dose of The Beatles' 'Please Please Me' thrown in for good measure on countrified rocker 'Call Along The Coast'.' Drowned In Sound

'The Carousels deliver an important reminder that it's quite possible to be psychedelic without overloading the eardrums, opting instead for a Byrds-flavoured twelve-string jangle.' Louder Than War


'Melodious and up-tempo, the Live Revolution rendition of The Carousels' Mayflower blows its studio recording out of the water. With vocals perfectly spun among sunshower guitars and heady percussion, intricacy is intensified in the live arena yet made to sound effortless.' Britpop News


'Moving more in to the more pop arena, the octahedron of sound is squared up with The Carousels, whose song craft is very reminiscent of the Liverpool band Shack in their pomp around the release of the HMS Fables album.' Qromag


The Carousels take influence from Gene Clark, The Byrds and Gram Parsons and have been compared to fellow Scots Teenage Fanclub, Whiteout and the Cosmic Rough Riders. They have received multiple plays and Song of The Day on KEXP Radio for Marianne and have received airplay by Steve Lamacq on BBC6 Music.


Track listing:

1. Josephine
2. Lord Speed My Hurricane
3. Silvio
4. Wishing Well
5. Lake Eloise
6. Little Darlin'

Side B
1. By Your Side
2. New Morning
3. Here In Time
4. Like A Loaded Gun
5. Man Out Of Me


KONTIKI SUITE - "ON SUNSET LAKE" (SUGARBUSH SB035), finally this fantastic album is out on vinyl.


KONTIKI SUITE - "ON SUNSET LAKE" (SUGARBUSH SB035), finally this fantastic album is out on vinyl. In some ways a companion album to our fantastic GREEK THEATRE Lps, as it delves into the same trippy waters as those, recalling along the way more than a hefty dose of THE BYRDS NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS 1968 album. "On Sunset Lake is a pleasing concoction no mistake - equal parts cosmic Americana, west coast psychedelia, and pastoral Englishness, this is a style we've seen a lot of this year from English bands. Alfa 9 and the See See have already both delivered very fine albums in this idiom in recent memory, but Kontiki Suite have upped the ante considerably on both of them, through a combination of impeccable songwriting and arranging and particularly lush production - potentially the nicest sounding album I've heard this year, including major label releases.
Gems abound, but my favorites are "See You In The Morning" which mixes the twelve string jangle of early Byrds with their more easy-going psychedelic country rock shamblings of the late sixties even better than the Byrds themselves managed and "Hollywood" which sounds like Candidate produced by Jonathan Wilson.
And where a lot of otherwise excellent albums tend to taper off at the end, Kontiki Suite have saved the best for last with "Music Man" a lush piece of canyon rock with subtle mellotron touches, and "Magic Carpet Ride" which is aptly named, feeling just like one with it's hypnotic psychedelic coda." (Review by Nathan Ford)

£19.99 (no extra postage charged)


Kontiki Suite
 


GREEN PEPPERS - "RETROSPECTIVELY YOURS", stunning Scottish pop album, buy it here on vinyl.

GREEN PEPPERS - "RETROSPECTIVELY YOURS", another volume in our "special imports series" (IMP 036). "Jim McCulloch has long been regarded with huge respect and affection amongst musicians in the Glasgow/Lanarkshire indie scene, yet the Motherwell-born guitarist has somehow managed to successfully hide his considerable talents from wider recognition. The new album by Green Peppers may rectify this.
A founder member of both The Soup Dragons and BMX Bandits, McCulloch also lent his sublime guitar skills to the ill-fated Superstar, fronted by his friend Joe McAlinden (ex-Groovy Little Numbers) and in recent years has played and toured with Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan as well as playing on and contributing songs to Campbell’s albums.  McCulloch is also a current member of BMX Bandits and is the songwriting force behind folk-rock outfit Snowgoose, fronted by the exquisite vocals of Anna Sheard.
With liner notes by Pete Paphides, ‘Retrospectively Yours’ is a stunning overview of a bafflingly over-looked trio of albums.  From the 60s folk-pop of ‘Angel Angel’ to the cinematic swoon of ‘Shabby Horses’, there is a depth and range to McCulloch’s deceptively subtle song-writing that reveals itself with repeated listening. The eleven selections here will steal into your heart and nestle in your soul; take the time to explore these songs and they will stay with you forever."

£19.99 (no extra postage)


Green Peppers

LUNAR LAUGH - "MAMA'S BOY", another volume in our "special imports series" (IMP 035) buy it here on vinyl


LUNAR LAUGH - "MAMA'S BOY", another volume in our "special imports series" (IMP 035). "Mama's Boy abounds with catchy melodies, moreso even than The Lunar Laugh's last project. The trio traverses many flavors of sound while adhering to a core foundation in the classics of 60's/70's pop and 90's/00's alternative rock. Even with its many influences, though, the band offers a signature sound that is as personal as the stories it tells. Add to that a thoughtful spread of vocal harmonies, and one has a stellar pop record with plenty of replay value. It's easily one of the highlights of early 2017."
£19.99 (no extra postage!)



Lunar Laugh
DAVID BROOKINGS - "KING WITHOUT A THRONE", another volume in our SPECIAL IMPORTS SERIES (IMP 034), a really strong Power pop album and a sampler of his best tracks from a career spanning 2004-2016, also on YOU ARE THE COSMOS our Spanish friends who specialize in this kind of thing - if you dug the RENO BO album, then this is for you.

£19.99 (no extra postage)



David Brookings

THE PARSONS RED HEADS - "IN A HAZY DREAM", for sale on vinyl.

THE PARSONS RED HEADS - "IN A HAZY DREAM", another volume in our "special imports series" (IMP 033), this fantastic album is on its second pressing nowm this time on red vinyl - the first pressing from a few years ago having sold out in double quick time.

"Portland quartet the Parson Red Heads may well be the epitome of the 'under-appreciated band'. Sure, they've got fans (and anyone who hears their music tends to become one of these), but this is a band who should be reaching millions, not thousands of listeners.

The Byrds meet Big Star, with a healthy dose of the Jayhawks on these exquisite country-pop gems. There are certainly correllations to be made between the Parson Red Heads, and another band beloved of Active Listener readers - the Young Sinclairs. Both channel vintage influences into fresh, timeless songs, which are more than the sum of their influences." (Nathan Ford http://active-listener.blogspot.co.uk)

£19.99 (no postage charged).
Parson Red Heads
GREEK THEATRE - "BROKEN CIRCLE" (SUGARBUSH SB033), the second and long awaited-album by Sweden premier West Coast Psych act. The first album "LOST OUT AT SEA" was a gem of an LP and took many people by surprise such is its quality. This brand new album is the sequel of sorts but goes much deeper into full-on Psychedelia yet retains -  and even improves on - their excellent songwriting. While a lot of modern Psych bands adhere to trance like Floydian Spacerock it is a rare thing to find an album of song based Psychedelia, which is what this album gives you. And then some. Limited to only 300 copies (and with no repress) £19.99 including postage anywhere. (The drop down menu on this paypal button also lets you buy their fantastic debut LP, at only £14.99!)

Greek Theatre Lps:

The Breretons "Keep You Safe" (Sugarbush SB034) the fantastic debut album is out on vinyl now, two colours to choose from!

THE BRERETONS - "KEEP YOU SAFE" (SUGARBUSH SB034), Kent's Brother & Sister led THE BRERETONS have been plying their trade locally for many years. With this, their debut album, their are set to break out internationally. A fantastic record of English Rural Gothic Psychedelic Roots Rock with shades of Cowboy Junkies, The Walkabouts & Yo La Tengo this incredible album is set to become a modern classic. Incredible musicianship, also featuring KULA SHAKER'S Paul Winter-Hart on drums, sublime arrangements, lush strings and - above all - top notch songwriting make
this a very special record. Singer Charlotte Brereton (who is incredible live) really shines too on this LP. This limited edition comes in two colours: Blue (200 copies) & green (200 copies). £19.99 including postage anywhere.


Breretons - Keep You Safe LP (free postage)

VARIOUS ARTISTS - "A SPOONFUL OF SUGARBUSH" (SUGARBUSH SB27) a Sugarbush sampler on vinyl.



VARIOUS ARTISTS - "A SPOONFUL OF SUGARBUSH" (SUGARBUSH SB27), the "lost" SB027 album is finally upon us. Over a year in the making this compilation of SUGARBUSH RECORDS released artists and good friends is an excellent introduction to the label. The added bonus is that all the tracks on here are otherwise unavailable on vinyl, at the time of release anyway! So there are unreleased vinyl tracks by: DOWLING POOLE, ORGONE BOX, CHRIS RICHARDS, ROBYN GIBSON & DUNCAN MAITLAND, HANGABOUTS, WALL OF ORCHIDS (Pop
genius' Lane Steiberg's pre 8x8 project), GREEN PAJAMAS, TROLLEY, CADDY, ANDY REED as well as newcomers MALADAPTIVE SOLUTION! All fantastic tracks and housed in a sixties Pebbles sampler - type sleeve! Only £18.99 - 150 copies on green vinyl and 150 copies on red vinyl.

Various - A Spoonful Of Sugarbush

The Junipers "Paint The Ground" 150 copies limited vinyl pressing on brown vinyl, Sugarbush records

JUNIPERS - "PAINT THE GROUND" (SB600), the third pressing of this legendary album. This limited to 150 copies on brown vinyl. The second pressing on yellow is virtually sold out now (the first pressing sold out in an instant some years ago) so we expect this limited repress to go the same way. This is a legendary album now and that is only a few years after its first release. Every tracks is lovely and I suppose if I had to wrap up the sound in a few words it would be BYRDS- NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS. However, it is so much more than that and most surely a classic on its own feet. A British Psych classic, to be sure. £19.99 including postage anywhere

Junipers Paint The Ground on brown wax! (150 copies)

THE WELLGREEN - "SUMMER RAIN" now out on Sugarbush Records, 200 copies only.

THE WELLGREEN - "SUMMER RAIN" (SUGARBUSH SB036), well what can I say about this album? Not much in words that actually conveys how effortlessly brilliant this album is, that is for starters. This is an amalgam of the best sounds that artists such as Emitt Rhodes, Blue, Bread, Big Star (yes, again!) and Paul McCartney made in the early to mid 70s. Don't get me wrong, this is a contemporary Scottish band put who have their feet firmly planted in the early 70s sounds of melodic guitar pop. The opener "Summer Rain" hits you with harmonies over a solid beat backing of simple guitars, piano and bass/drums. The second track is even better, "Maybe It's The Pressure Of The City Life That's Tearing Us Apart" is a wonderful song that reminds me of everything I love about pop. From then on there is no letting up and this album is BRILLIANT from start to finish.


On green vinyl with postage
To play this album please listen here:

The Junipers "Red Bouquet Fair" is now out on blue vinyl, 200 copies only.

JUNIPERS - "RED BOUQUET FAIR" (SUGARBUSH SB024), ultra limited 2nd pressing of last year's stunning album. On sky blue vinyl and limited to 200 copies only.

On BLUE vinyl with postage

 Reviewed here by Nathan Ford:

I'm now absolutely certain that Sugarbush Records' Markus Holler has managed to somehow implant a chip in me that relays to him exactly which albums I want him to release. His latest batch of releases are absolute perfection. There are four of them in total, but I'm just going to focus on my favourite of them today (more on the others soon).

The Junipers, for those who haven't been paying attention, are one of this decade's most important, unheralded guitar pop bands. Their previous album "Paint the Ground" is one of my favourites of the last few years. I'd previously thought of it as one of those rare, perfect pop records, but it can't quite have been as this new album is even better. While "Paint the Ground" had a lovely pastoral tinge, "Red Bouquet Fair" is much more of a classic pop album, with songs that reach back to the sixties for inspiration without sounding tied to that decade or overly reverential. It's obvious that these guys have fantastic record collections, but in no way do these songs sound like an attempt to replicate the music from those collections.

There are strong hooks on every single one of these songs, and these lads sure do know their way around a harmony; check out the lush vocal layering on "Summer Queen". Absolutely stunning. Elsewhere, they use period embellishments sparingly for maximum effect. Particularly effective is the 12 string guitar solo on "Like a Merry Go Round", while the sitar led "Her Come The Winds" is a marvelous psych-pop gem. And don't get me started on the amazing kaleidoscopic psychedelia of "Burning Pages".

And while classic harmony and psych-pop are the most obvious touchstones here, other influences rear their heads; "When the Bird Has Flown" is a lovely, moody choral harmony piece ala Midlake or the Fleet Foxes, while "Dig Me Up" brings to mind some of the brit-pop sounds of the mid nineties which have aged more gracefully than others.

Apart from the extremely solid songcraft, and those luscious harmonies, the main secret to "Red Bouquet Fair"s success is in the arrangements and production. It's all beautifully layered, with imaginative touches that create a distinctive sound for the band, while preventing any of the songs sounding samey. Or to put it in a simpler fashion, it's obvious that these songs are all the work of the same band, but each is a fresh creation which distinguishes itself from its predecessors.

It's the sort of album which should make you a little bit angry at the injustices of the world. Paradoxically, I'd also imagine that it's pretty much impossible to remain angry while listening to "Red Bouquet Fair".  This should by all rights be a major label release with constant airplay and household name status for the band, and had the Junipers been around to release this 50, 40 or even 20 years ago, that may well have been the case, but we don't currently live in a world where what the Junipers have to offer is in vogue with the masses. For us lucky few though, it's a comforting, magical experience. Absolutely wonderful.

MEGA DODO label albums for sale - Amazing Psychedelic Albums on Vinyl. Free worldwide postage.



The amazing MEGA DODO label who, along with Sugarbush, Sunstone & Fruits De mMer is one of the leading vinyl specialist labels here in the UK releasing limited edition albums of Psychedelia, Progressive and Headsounds. Sugarbush Mail order is proud to say that we carry their releases and you can buy them here (see Paypal link below, drop down menu gives you various options to buy the albums. Click on any one or combine several in your shopping cart. You can also combine these alnums with our own Sugarbush label and Import releases too, postage is included in the price!)

Mega Dodo album:
These are the Lps we have in stock (the drop down menu above will give you these options), with a few  reviews by Strange Brew Blog's Jason Barnard:
  • The Honey Pot - Inside The Whale (LP)
  • Mark & The Clouds - Blue Skies Opening (LP)
  • Tír na nÓg - Live at The Half Moon (LP,)
  • Mordecai Smyth - Sticky Tape & Rust (LP)
  • Will Z. - New Start (LP)
    Opener Jain Devotion is a melodic, languid delight accented by flute and synth with gentle lyrics. ‘Namo’ comes straight out of the Mike Oldfield, Tubular-Ommadawn playbook but feels new rather than a retread of previous work.
    ‘Greek Loop’ is in turns beautiful and eerie. The final sections of ‘Jain Devotion’ rounds off the album fittingly adding some electric guitar flourishes.
    So given my tastes if you have even a passing interest in the proggier side of things, this is definitely worth exploring.
  • Octopus Syng - Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt (LP)
  • Beautify Junkyards - The Beast Shouted Love (LP)
  • Crystal Jacqueline - Rainflower (LP)
    This modern take on 60s/70s influences works well throughout and Jacqueline’s voice consistently enchants the listener. Highlights include the acid-folk tinged ‘Winter Deep / Dress of Winter Lace’ recalling a Gathering The Mushrooms outtake, ‘Daisy Chain’, a war tinged ‘Dandelion Seeds’ plus the sultry psych of ‘Strange Bloom’. The album’s title track ‘Rainflower’ is a memorable acoustic number recalling Nick Drake, with the moody closer ‘Again… Dragonfly’ providing a fitting climax.
    Rainflower is released on 25th May as a 180g LP the first 100 of which come with an A5 postcard and scented rainflower petals.
  • Icarus Peel - For-get-Me-Not Under Pussy Willow (LP)
  • Octopus Syng – Reverberating Garden Number 7 (LP) The whole long player has a retro psych sound with its’ excellent tracks well worth seeking out. Bringing some Jefferson Airplane sensibility to its Syd Barrett core is no bad thing as doomy psych opener, the aptly named ‘Avant-Garden’, attests.
    ‘You Are The Poem’ and ‘Mirror of Our Memories’ are lovely haunting Barrett-esque psych-folk numbers. Closing with the nine minute finale ‘Listen to the Moths’ the record branches into a proggier direction whilst keeping the group’s psychedelic undertones.








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