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THE HANGABOUTS - Illustrated Bird (SUGARBUSH SB031) buy it here on vinyl.

THE HANGABOUTS - Illustrated Bird (SUGARBUSH SB031), the fabulous classic album on vinyl by Detroit's HANGABOUTS is one of those albums that any label with a modicum of Pop sensibility would have jumped at the chance to release. 

From the same gaggle of bands on the Detroit scene that we have released previously (Nick Piunti, Chris Richards and the Subtractions) this album presents the gentle Psych-Pop side of Detroit, a city normally more associated with gritty urban toughness. No, these lads have crafted a lovely Pop record that, dare I say it, would not have sounded out of place in Big Star's cannon and even reminds me of McCartney's gentler side. Hey, even Emmitt Rhodes would surely dig this record. It is a master stroke of lush arrangements, jangling 12 and 6 string guitars, layered harmonies and, best of all, some really fantastic songs. No fillers on here, and one of the best pure pop albums I have heard in years. 

This is limited on vinyl to ONLY 300 copies, on see through orange vinyl. £19.99 including worldwide postage! (A total bargain!)


On orange vinyl with postage

SANDRO BRUGNOLINI "SUPERGROUND" Italian Library - Psych /Funk buy it here

SANDRO BRUGNOLINI - "SUPERGROUND" (FOUR FLIES, ITALY IMPORT), INCREDIBLE Italian Libary album. Composed and recorded in two sessions between July 1969 and November 1970, the album echoes the shocking 1969's Charles Manson massacre, with tracks dedicated to the villa at Cielo Drive, in Hollywood, where Sharon Tate e Roman Polanski lived for six months. Some music was also used for an animated short movie signed by Pino Zac, “Radice Quadrata di 3”, a little art-film gem about the consumer society.
The recordings have all in common the terrific line up, featuring MARC 4 members Antonello Vannucchi (organ), Maurizio Majorana (bass), Roberto Podio (drums), along with Angelo Baroncini (guitar) replacing Carlo Pes. An incredible groovy combo that plays a strange psychedelic rock and r’n’b with funky and prog flavor. One for soundtrack, library and Psych heads too.
Another lost masterpiece from Italian golden age soundtracks finally rescued and brought back in life to see the light of the wax for its very first time. 

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SANDRO BRUGNOLINI "SUPERGROUND"

BRUNO NICOLAI - GEMINUS ITALY SOUNDTRACK LEGEND - BUY IT HERE ON VINYL!


BRUNO NICOLAI - "GEMINUS" (FOUR FLIES RECORDS 44, ITALY IMPORT LP), another gem of an LP by our Italian partners FOUR FLIES RECORDS. 

The first vinyl reissue of Bruno Nicolai’s outstanding original score for GEMINUS, a 1969 Italian TV mini-series directed by Luciano Emmer and starring Walter Chiari, Alida Chelli, and Ira von Fürstenberg.
Originally released under Italian label Gemelli, Nicolai’s soundtrack has been remastered from the original master tapes and comes in a glossy, tip-on style jacket featuring the restored original cover artwork, as well as extended liner notes by film critics Francesco Cesari and Roberto Curti.
Bruno Nicolai composed and directed an eclectic score that brings together different music genres and influences, from 60s beat, psych, and prog rock to baroque and experimental music. He did not hesitate to mix classical forms and structures with new instruments
and remarkable, eccentric arrangements.

In ‘Giano’ (Janus), the interplay between a distorted electric guitar and a hypnotic harpsichord creates a strange, somewhat troubling ambience.

The delicate, celestial voice of Edda Dell'Orso leaves its unique emotional imprint on the most lyrical piece in the soundtrack, ‘Tema Barocco’ (Baroque Theme).
The main theme ‘Il cielo cade’ (The Sky Is Falling) features a luxurious arrangement and stunning orchestration enhanced by enchanting vocal harmonies sung by ‘I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni’.


In other pieces, such as ‘Larve’ (Larvas), ‘Il sognatore’ (The Dreamer), ‘Eclisse di luna’ (Moon Eclipse), ‘Visioni’ (Visions), ‘Catacombe’ (Catacombs), and ‘Notti romane’ (Roman Nights), expressive and experimental solo passages played by instruments such as the vibraphone, sitar, harmonica, or percussions, contribute to the sombre, mysterious atmosphere of the score as a whole.
Limited edition, 500 copies worldwide. 

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NICOLAI - GEMINUS LP

Giuliano Sorgini ‎– Occulto - AMAZING early ELECTRONIC PSYCH SOUNDTRACKS LP - buy it here on vinyl!

GIULIANO SORGINI - "OCCULTO" ( FOUR FLIES RECORDS 47, ITALY IMPORT), another extraordinary album form our Italian partners FOUR FLIES RECORDS. This is a long overdue issue of Italian genius' Sorgini's secret archives, this time one which unearths some of his darkest, eeriest music – that is, pieces he composed in the mid-70s for some of the most infamous, low-budget horror movies ever made in Italy. Sounds a bit like Moroder-esque and like an early Electro-House piece. 

This collection brings together a selection of original recordings from those movies, which were directed by “Italian Kings of the B’s” Angelo Pannacciò, Salvatore Bugnatelli, Luigi Batzella, and Guido Zurli, with whom the Roman composer worked intensively throughout the 70s. Due to the very low-budget nature of the films, Sorgini recorded the soundtracks entirely on his own, in his Cat & Fox Studio in Rome. He played drums and percussions and added overlapping layers of analogue synths to create a superbly sinister soundscape, thus turning a constraint into an opportunity.
The result is a journey into the mysterious atmospheres of the Italian occult-sounding music of the time, something very close to the dark electronic masterpieces that made Sorgini famous, such as ZOO FOLLE or THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE.
OCCULTO features ten previously unreleased tracks characterized by enigmatic moods, obscure beats and esoteric themes. All tracks are taken from original master tapes that remained buried in the composer’s archives for decades.
The LP comes in a deluxe jacket and inner sleeve designed by Luca Barcellona. 

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OCCULTO LP

Piero Umiliani - "L’Uomo Elettronico" just released 2Lp of Italian ELECTRONIC MUSIC from 1972 to 1983! BUY IT HERE NOW

Piero Umiliani - "L’Uomo Elettronico" (FOUR FLIES RECORDS - FLIES 50, ITALY IMPORT LP), out this week is this amazing and ultra limited deluxe 2LP set of ELECTRONIC MUSIC by a genius of the genre. We have partenred up with FOUR FLIES RECORDS to be able to sell this album from our Uk base. 

Twenty years ago, what is probably still the best collection of music  by Piero Umiliani, “Musicaelettronica”, was released on Easy Tempo (in our opinion, the finest Italian soundtrack label ever).  The album, curated by Rocco Pandiani, focussed on the astonishing creative mastery with which Umiliani played around in his Sound Work Shop studio, where he had all kinds of analogue machines to
experiment with.

Not only did albums like “Musicaelettronica” inspire the very existence of Four Flies Records, but our new Umiliani release, L’Uomo Elettronico, follows on precisely from where “Musicaelettronica”  left off. While Pandiani’s selection provided an insight into the playful, lighter side of Umiliani’s electronic music, our release explores its introspective, esoteric side.

There is a dreamy, ambient quality at work here: the Maestro builds hypnotic, minimalist sonic landscapes through layers of sharp synths, including Moog, Arp, and VCS3. This music could fit equally well in a sci-fi documentary, a post-apocalyptic film, a television report on climate change, or a journey through outer space.

L’Uomo Elettronico features 3 previously unreleased tracks, as well as rarities and hidden gems, all composed between 1972 and 1983 and remastered from the original analogue tapes.

 

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TL'UOMO ELETTRONICO 2LP

L'OCCIO NEL LABIRINTO by Nicolosi - killer Italian 1973 thriller movie soundtrack - buy it here on vinyl

ROBERTO NICOLOSI - "L'OCCHIO NEL LABIRINTO / EYE IN THE LABYRINTH" (FOUR FLIES 19, ITALY IMPORT LP), the first ever official release for this unbelievable giallo score by ROBERTO NICOLOSI, composed for the experimental thriller by Mario Caiano in 1972.
Previously issued on the Fontana label in 1973 with the title “ATMOSFERA”, this is certainly one of most sought-after Italian jazz LPs for any serious collector, featuring a five-star collective of marvelous musicians such as GIOVANNI TOMMASO (bass), FRANCO TONANI (drums), ANGELO BARONCINI (guitar), ANTONELLO VANNUCCHI (organ), FRANCO D’ANDREA (piano), GIANNI BASSO(Tenor Saxophone), DINO PIANA (trombone), CICCI SANTUCCI (trumpet).
The result is a psych and dark jazz-funk sound that perfectly fits the anxious descent into the labyrinth of the human psyche.
This soundtrack is considered one of the best, still underrated, Italian soundtracks ever, as well as one of the most unforgettable Italian jazz sessions of the 70s. Similar at times to Miles David Bitches Brew but with more vairety and deeper Psychedlic touches, an absolute masterpiece and will be hugely cvollectable in due course.

Recorded in Rome, 1972
Remastered by Fabrizio De Carolis at Reference Mastering Studio | Rome 

In deluxe card gatefold - with printed inner - audiophile 180gm vinyl.

Gatefold LP 180gr. | Limited Edition 500 copies
inner sleeve and original movie poster included
extended liner notes by MARGHERITA MARTINI, nephew of ROBERTO NICOLOSI
artwork by LUCA BARCELLONA based on Maestro SANDRO SIMEONI’s original paintings.

 

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Nicolosi - L'Occhio Nel Labirinto

PYRAMID - "MIND MAZE" (MADE OF STONE 001, PRIVATE PRESSING IMPORT ) buy it here on vinyl!

PYRAMID - "MIND MAZE" (MADE OF STONE 001, PRIVATE PRESSING IMPORT LP), Mind Maze is the debut album by Intrumental Heavy Stoner Psych threepeace PYRAMID from Germany.
This band has the raw simplicity of early Sabbath and the ethereal complexity of King Crimson or Yes at the same time, always coming across as fresh and original. If you have a taste for rock that reaches all the way back to the roots of hard/progressive/psychedelic rock, but are always open to checking out new bands that can put a fresh, dynamic spin on an "ancient" "cosmic" vibe, then you will love this album. 

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Pyramid - Mind Maze

SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS "TAKE TIME TO WONDER IN A WHIRLING WORLD" buy it here on vinyl

SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS - "TAKE TIME TO WONDER IN A WHIRLING WORLD" (YOU ARE THE COSMOS 40, SPAIN IMOPRT LP), wonderful album by these Welsh Psychedelic wizzards. From the stalwards of the British Psych scene comes a fantastic record. The enticingly-named 'The A470 Song' begins the journey with Spacemen 3-like droning and a vocal that is part narration, part-singing. Its slightly dark theme proves to be the exception to the rule. 'I Wanted You' is a jolly little number, 'Light Years To Nothing' is a hopeful song with a fine key change for the chorus and the harmonies on 'Meet Me At The Milky Way' suggest The Fifth Dimension have reformed. Other highlights include the epic 'Siberia' and 'I'll Be Happy, I'll Be Sleeping' with its key lyric of "We'll be dead by the second half of the century" making no attempt to deny they may be stuck in a time warp. Thankfully, unnecessarily extended codas to songs are kept to a minimum too. At a time when most bands stick to one mood on a record, 'Take Time To Wonder...' is a multi-coloured pop opus where the unashamedy nostalgic influence is a strength rather than a weakness. Sealed copy up for grabs now! 

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Soft Hearted Scientists - Take Time To Wonder..

Me And My Kites - "Nat O Dag" amazing Swedish Canterbury-type Progressive / Psych - buy it here on vinyl!

ME AND MY KITES - "NATT O DAG" (SOUND EFFECTS SER045, Greece import LP), a wonderful slice of Swedish made Canterbury-type Progressive Music! With English female vocals, this is a lovely album of slightly jazzy British-influenced Progressive Psych. Beautifully produced, written and performed makes this is one of the finest albums in this much-loved genre - kicked off in the late 60 by such luminaries as SOFT MACHINE or CARAVAN. As part of Sweden's blossoming Psychedelic scene - full of excellent musicians and producer as well as a mass of great studios - ME AND MY KITES take the lead by creating a clever, sensitive album that transcends all eras and stands strong in the roaring '20s as one of the premier records we have had the pleasure of offering. With shades of whimsy of PINK FLOYD's debut album from 1967 plus tougher selections too this record never falls into the trap of being derivative as these players are too good and too original. Limited on vinyl, with printed inner sleeve - grab a copy today. 

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Me & My Kites LP

VELVET CRUSH - "FREE EXPRESSION" buy it here on vinyl!

VELVET CRUSH - "FREE EXPRESSION" (YOU ARE THE COSMOS, SPAIN import LP), back in stock a few copies of this amazing MATTHEW SWEET produced 1999 album, reissued a few years ago by our friend in Spain. Among power-pop’s truest believers, Ric Menck is a visionary and a scholar, a brilliant pilgrim on a lifetime quest to understand and master that inscrutable fusion of allure, insight and energy that yields the most sublime melodic devotionals to the grand wizards of the two-minute single: Brian Wilson, Alex Chilton, Roger McGuinn, Ray Davies, Pete Townshend, Phil Spector, etc. That he has sought to do so from behind a small drum kit rather than with a guitar or piano only heightens the intensity of the Illinois native’s efforts, sharpens the clarity of his perspective. Where other auteurs have found easy creative satisfaction in the imitation of some obvious aspect of their icons’ formulae, Menck — who can both sing and play guitar but rarely does either in public — demonstrates a keener, deeper obsession with the zen of pop. Great album. (Note slight differences in prices for two regions, feel free to add other Lps to the cart)

Velvet Crush LP

THE PARSON RED HEADS - "LIFETIME OF COMEDY" new album - buy the vinyl here

THE PARSON RED HEADS - "LIFETIME OF COMEDY" (YOU ARE THE COSOS, SPAIN import LP), an eagerly awaited return of the finest exponents of West Coast Pedal Steel and Harmony -lades Rock. Finely crafted and with beautiful melodies this album will appeal to fans of Alt. Country as well as older heads into Poco, Burrito Brothers and early Eagles. 

For its fifth album, Portland’s The Parson Red Heads dealt with a slight lineup change, as founding guitarist Sam Fowles left after the band’s last album, 2017’s Blurred Harmony. However, stepping right into Fowles’ shoes was touring guitarist Jake Smith, and the results are a glimmering, revelatory record that not only capitalizes on the band’s strengths but also moves it forward. 

Lifetime of Comedy is an album filled with sublime, Americana-tinged songs that rely on strong melodies, the obsession-worthy vocals of frontman Evan Way, and an introspective lyrical self-examination that lends the songs a poignant heft. Guitars harmonize, pedal steels sing, vocal melodies soar, and Way exposes his soul throughout. Fowles even returns to sing harmony on a few tracks. Lifetime of Comedy is an album that embeds itself. It sticks with you. Thankfully, The Parson Red Heads have managed to carry on. Ltd. vinyl with bonus CD and large POSTER. On DARK GREEN VINYL. Please note slight price difference between UK and outside Uk delivery below. (No extra to pay the price you see is the total and you can add others to your cart)
Parsons Red Heads - Lifetime... LP

HIBISCUS BISCUIT "REFLECTIONS OF MINE" Prog Monster on vinyl. Buy it here.

HIBISCUS BISCUIT - "REFLECTIONS OF MINE" (SOUND EFFECTS SER090, Greece Import LP), from our friends in Greece, the label who also brought us the incredible MAGICK BROTHER, MYSTIC SISTER album last year. This incredible modern day Prog / Psych album is a stunner. Incredible guitar work,shifting rhythms and melodies this Australian cover all bases and invoke more than a passing memory of KING CRIMSON, WISHBONE ASH or CARAVAN but with a modern twist and real attitude too.

"Just when I'd pretty much given up on the Space/Psychedelic sub-genre something like this appears. And I love the singer's versatility and the way he tears it up on his lead guitar at the end of every song. Big props to the solid bass, drums, and keys, as well. B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of refreshing psychedelia. Keep your eyes and ears open for this young mega- talented singer-guitarist, Ricardo Moreira." 

I agree with every word of this short review, this is a really great album that grows with repeated listening and envelops you like a cozy jacket after a few spins. See below for a youtube preview. In lovely gatefold sleeve, we only have a handful of copies of this! 

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Hibiscus Biscuit LP

DROPKICK "THE BEST OF DROPKICK" (SUGARBUSH SB077) deluxe 2LP set limited to 300 with booklet of rare pictures. Buy it here on vinyl.

DROPKICK - "THE BEST OF DROPKICK" (SUGARBUSH SB077), fabulous deluxe 2LP set of 30 tracks. Comes with colour booklet. 140gm vinyl 2LP set. Limited to only 300 copies. Scotland's DROPKICK have now been aorund making fantastic Pop albums since 2000. Prices (one for Uk and one for Rest Of The Globe includes postage, no extra postage to pay!)

Dropkick was formed by brothers Andrew and Alastair Taylor and school friend Ian Grier in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland. Starting off as a punk-pop band, the band discovered the music of The Jayhawks, The Byrds, Tom Petty and Wilco and their sound gradually matured into more of an alt-country style but without losing the upbeat, catchy melodies of their songs.

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Dropkick - The Best Of...2LP


Since their self-titled and self-released debut album in 2001, Dropkick have released a further thirteen albums and three EPs, working with the support of labels in Spain and Sweden. During this time the band has had worldwide airplay including countless internet stations and podcasts alongside national coverage on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Wales in the UK, Radio Gothenburg in Sweden and in Spain on Radio Euskadi, Radio 3 and Onda Madrid. The band has performed regularly in the UK, including festival dates and headline tours. The band has also ventured overseas too, playing countless shows in Spain over the years and visited Germany for the first time in 2016.

Dropkick’s line-up has changed many times over the years but in 2017 the band welcomed renowned Edinburgh based, singer-songwriter, Al Shields for the recording of ‘Longwave’.

 


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