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Lemon Recordings reaches a milestone this month with it's 101th releases, a long overdue double disc career round up of every A and B side released by the most successful female Heavy Rock band of all time, Girlschool. Featuring all four of their UK Top 50 hits - "Race With The Devil", "Hit And Run", "C'Mon Let's Go" and "Wildlife" - this brilliant package also includes their Top 5 smash with Motorhead "Please Don't Touch". Compiled in chronological order and featuring the bonus of two rare 1979 demos plus a booklet jampacked with pictures of each collectable release and liner notes on each single. The Lemon team are currently hard at work researching and putting together a slew of brand new classic reissues. Watch this space.
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American Music / The Loner / Womens Institution / Tell it like it is / Livin in a Heart / Big Time / Cool / Beg a Little Love / Following in your Footsteps / Sons N Lovers / Pain / How much more can I take / Sweet Dreamer - Bonus tracks: 4th Hour of my Sleep / Power of Darkness
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Dino Valente
A fascinating enigma of the San Francisco psychedelic scene, Valente is most famed as the author of the song Get Together. This definitive '60s love-and-peace anthem was recorded on the Jefferson Airplane's first album, and taken into the Top Ten by the Youngbloods. Valente was an original member of Quicksilver Messenger Service, and his one off solo single in 1964, a folk pop song called Birdses became the inspiration for Gene Clark to name his new band the Birdses, amended of course, to the Byrds, because of his admiration for Valente's single

In 1968, following a spell in jail for drug possession, he got a deal with Epic Records, recording an album produced by Bob Johnston (most famous for overseeing much of Bob Dylan's classic '60s output). It was idiosyncratic even within the psychedelic community. Valente sang elliptical, stream-of-consciousness hippyisms without much in the way of narrative, beginning, or end, but with an evocative lyricism. The accompaniment is mostly stripped down guitar playing pleasingly haunting minor folk-jazz acoustic chords, swelled by wads of studio reverb.

In March this year, Mojo's 67 Lost Albums You Must Own article included this album:

'On leaving Quicksilver Messenger Service after changing his name to avoid the taxman, the chemically deranged but incredibly charming Dino Valente knocked off this beautifully elongated acoustic ramble, then promptly disappeared. Emotional, aching and gloriously daft in places, its stream of lo-fi consciousness spawned generations of bedroom strumming by moody suicidal peaceniks. All a bit intense on the surface, it's wonderfully engaging even today. (DH)'

RPM make this album available once more in a package with an insightful essay by Nina Antonia. In the current climate of Devendra Banhart, James Yorkeston et al, Valente sounds neither out of place nor out of time.

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Humble Pie
· For fans of bluesy, hard-charging boogie rock, the legendary band Humble Pie is an icon. Current artists such as the Black Crowes invoke its name and that of its leader Steve Marriott with nothing less than reverence. That Humble Pie was co-founded by Peter Frampton, enjoying a notable renaissance of late, provides even greater impetus for these new reissues of the bands classic albums
· In 1969, Marriott, who had left Small Faces, and Frampton, formerly of the Herd, joined with ex-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and drummer Jerry Shirley. Humble Pie's first single, ‘Natural Born Woman’ (aka ‘Natural Born Boogie’) hit the U.K. Top 10 and led to its debut album, As Safe As Yesterday Is. Humble Pie live, however, was explosive, loud and raucous. Frampton left after the tour, replaced by Dave "Clem" Clempson, A year later, Humble Pie disbanded. Marriott and Shirley briefly reformed the group in the '80s but accidents and ill health plagued Marriott and the band.
· Humble Piewas a transitional album and a harbinger of the band's new, heavier direction. The material was darker than their previous two efforts, with striking contrasts in volume and style —Peter Frampton's gentle ‘Earth and Water Song’ is buttressed between two of the heaviest tracks on the record, the band composedOne Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba,’ and a cover of Willie Dixon's ‘I'm Ready.’ DrummerJerry Shirley contributed a rare lead vocal on his song ‘Only a Roach,’ a country-tinged rocker.
· This was their first release under the auspices of new American managerDee Anthony — who’d, pushed for a louder, tighter sound both live and in the studio — and for their new label, A&M Records.
· This reissue comes with new artwork and sleeve notes by Malcolm Dome who has interviewed members of the band to get the complete story, this along with newly re-mastered sound makes the Humble Pie renaissance start here

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