Stardancer - Tom Rapp

Rapp stated that Stardancer was the first album since the first Pearls album One Nation Underground over which he had full control. The fierce anti-war song "Fourth Day of July", with its references to "the broken children of Vietnam", was widely played in "underground" circles of the time. The lighthearted "Summer of '55" contains some of Rapp's cleverest aphorisms, such as "When the day breaks / the pieces fall on you". Two of his other songs, "Stardancer" and "For The Dead In Space", reflect on themes of loss against a background of space travel and can be seen as reworkings of Like most of the Pearls Before Swine albums, the sleeve design used classic art works, in this case the painting "Descent of the Rebel Angels" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder on the front sleeve, and a William Morris background design on the reverse.Pearls Before Swine's earlier "Rocket Man".
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Thirty Thousand Feet Over China
The Passions were one of the most critically respected pop groups of the 80s, best known for their huge hit single I’m In Love With A German Film Star , among the most distinctive, atmospheric records of the era. The group'soriginal studio albums have never before been re - released, but Cherry Red have embarked on that process with this, their second and most commercially successful album, originally released on Polydor Records in 1981. As well as the original album version of I’m In Love With A German Film Star (never before included on any official CD) and the singles The Swimmer and Skin Deep, the package contains five bonus tracks, which again have never been available before. The package has been assembled with completely unpublished photographs from the bands own archive, alongside the memories of all four original members, and a breakdown of the rationale and recording of each and every track.
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Released 15/06/09. Sunforest was the ninth album recorded by American singer-songwriter Tom Rapp (either with or without his group Pearls Before Swine), his second for Blue Thumb Records and his final record before his lengthy retirement from the music industry after the mid-1970s. Sunforest was released in 1973 and was credited to "Tom Rapp / Pearls Before Swine". Like its immediate predecessor, Stardancer, the album was recorded with members of the touring group Pearls Before Swine (Art Ellis and Bill Rollins), supplemented by a selection of prominent Nashville session musicians. The sleeve design showed a cover painting of Rapp, and two small reproductions of paintings by Henri Rousseau were included on the back cover. Our Price: £9.95

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Clotho’s Web
The follow up to our successful complete 60’s Decca period comes this complete coverage of Felix’s time with Mickie Most and RAK from 1970-1972.Picked up by Most at the time of Felix’s peak exposure on BBC TV they scored a top 20 hit with the first single, If I Could (a reworking of Paul Simon’s El Condor Pasa). Second single, Heaven Is Here was written especially by Hot Chocolate for Julie, and it too charted. A further single Snakeskin (made up from a Donovan riff) has gone on to become something of a club favourite due to its ‘Goo Goo Barabajagal’ like chopping guitar/drums backing.Keen to encourage Julie’s own writing Most recorded an LP (Clotho’s Web) with 11 out of the 12 songs penned by Julie, on the theme of the tapestry of life (Clotho being the greek fate who spins the thread of life). To record the album Julie brought in friends John Paul Jones, Madeline Bell,Stefan Grossman and Most brought in Cozy Powell plus mutual associate Big Jim Sullivan. The result, a stunning original work of high musician ship ,inventive songwriting, clever arrangements (the opening title track sounding real close to a Led Zep production from the period) , grossly overlooked in subsequent years.
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Down in L.A.
A few years before they took that one toke over the line, BREWER & SHIPLEY were hard working staff songwriters for A&M Records’ publishing subsidiary, Good Sam Music. The duo soon after secured a recording contract with A&M, and their debut LP, Down In L.A., was issued in October 1968.

Sounding like a hybrid of the psychedelic country rock of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo-era Byrds, and the studio experimentation of Curt Boettcher’s Millennium/Sagittarius projects, Down In L.A. is finally now being issued on CD for the first time ever.

Coproduced by JERRY RIOPELLE (Phil Spector, The Parade, Beau Brummels), Down In L.A. showcases the talents of many Wrecking Crew members, including Leon Russell, Hal Blaine, Jim Messina, and Jim Gordon.

The 16-page, full-colour booklet includes rare, unpublished photos and extensive liner notes featuring the participation of Michael Brewer & Tom Shipley, and original co-producer Jerry Riopelle.


"Issued in October 1968 and reissued on CD for the first time, Down In LA is an exquisite collection, brimming full of infectious, melodic songs, striking close-harmony vocals, ringing acoustic guitars and crystal-clear production”  

Record Collector May 2012

"Eleven beautifully crafted tracks include the original version of 'Keeper Of The Keys' (recorded by HP Lovecraft) and 'Time And Changes' (The Poor, The Afex) and bring to mind the lush sections of Love's Forever Changes or Spirit's debut. Featuring wrecking crew members Hal Blaine and Leon Russell, the musicianship and song writing are nothing short of sublime."

Shindig! Issue 27 - Richard Allen
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First, Second & Third (Complete Decca LPs 1964-1966)
First ever reissue of Decca Uk’s first folk signing in 1964 . Fresh from touring Europe Julie had been spotted by Leonard Cohen in Ibiza and then relocated to London. Following growing success as a troubadour on the Uk circuit from folk clubs upto the Fairfield Halls, and later the Albert Hall, Julie was offered a contract with Decca.   The songs on the three LPs recorded with Decca are essentially Julie’s repertoire from the sets she had performed on constant live tours since 1961. She left Santa Barbara, California with her Mexican guitar singing songs learned in Mexico and California, and songs picked up along the  way . Julie injected a modern consciousness into the traditional scene , totally at one with the times. They include songs from her Spanish Mexican heritage, songs from her contemporaries Dylan,Seeger,Ochs and Tom Paxton (inc. the famous Going To The Zoo , and What Did You Learn In School Today) , songs from her new found friends Donovan,Bert Jansch, and songs from her own pen.   This 2CD set captures a moment in time, the music of Julie Felix and her generation.   ·         All recordings on CD for the first time ·         Julie Felix has been/ is performing live around the UK in 2008 (50 dates) ·         Julie Felix has recently appeared on BBC 4 and Radio 2 ·         Julie Felix will be promoting this 2CD set alongside her brand new album      
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