SPOTLIGHT 546

21/06/2016 16:20

Welcome to the Spot Light! It's the first day of Summer, celebrate with our latest psychedelic, prog, garage, exotica, folk, experimental, metal, punk and electronic releases!

 

PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE

 

KUMARI - ABYSS (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

Influenced by West coast psych and garage bands from the '60s and '70s, these boys play fantastic and powerful music, that is both thrilling and exciting. The A-side, 'Abyss' is a dark, psychedelic, rocking song with a gloomy touch to it. Interestingly, the single has no B-side, but a second A-side - the boys just couldn't decide on a song to be superior to the other one and both songs are definitely A-side-material! So A-side number two, named 'Space Witch' is a wild psychedelic rock song with a heavy guitarsound, a cool attitude and a catchy beat and rhythm. Their sound could be compared with bands such as The Temples, Fogbound, The Moons, Vibravoid, Brian Jonestown Massacre or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

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BIG NATURALS & ANTHROPROPHH - BIG NATURALS & ANTHROPROPHH (LP/CARDINAL FUZZ)

The devastating unholy union of industrial strength punk fury and psychedelic alien soundtracks: Big Naturals & Anthroprophh! Big Naturals is a pulverising bass and drums noise rock duo that brings forth a sound of floor shaking intensity. Anthroprophh is Paul Allen, whose previous releases on Rocket Recordings and Cardinal Fuzz have shown that he is capable of pushing the boundaries of psych/kraut music to its most avant and experimental limits.

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BLACKBERRIES - GREENWICH MEAN TIME (2LP) (LP/UNIQUE)

Psychedelic soundscapes, reverb aplenty, melodic vocals and a pulsating energy are the characteristics of Solingen-based quartet Blackberries. This full-length contains carefree '60s-inspired neo-psychedelia combined with bits of kraut rock, dark acid-folk and original melodies.

FRANKIE & THE WITCH FINGERS - HEAVY ROLLER (LP/PERMANENT)

Forged in a cosmic vortex in which the the psychedelic glory of 'Revolver', 'The Velvet Underground & Nico', 'Easter Everywhere' and 'The Notorious Byrd Brothers' still reverberates, Frankie And The Witch Fingers creates exhilarating sounds designed to induce a mystical rapture. Limited to 350 copies on black vinyl, this LP is suitable for fans of Thee Oh Sees, Night Beats, 13th Floor Elevators, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Michael Yonkers or Meatbodies.

GUDARS SKYMNING - (BLACK) TILL DETTA VAR JAG NÖDD OCH TVUNGEN (LP/TRANSUBSTANS)

Edition on BLACK VINYL. As the case with the band's earlier releases, all the basic tracks for this album were recorded live, with the whole band playing in the same room to capture the right feeling. This time GUDARS SKYMNING comes up with an album that reveals a dystopian undertone, yet manages to maintain the band's trademark qualities: groovy, heavy riffs and lyrics in Swedish!

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RE-STONED - REPTILES RETURN (BLACK) (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Ilya Lipkin, the Grandmaster of this Moscow psychedelic fuzz orchestra, and his associates made an attempt to rethink the legacy of the primal days of the band. This LP contains their very first EP 'Return To The Reptiles', but with one track remixed, two re-recorded and two more remastered. Also included are four acoustic pieces and psychedelic soundscapes which were composed and recorded during the period 2013-2016. Limited to 200 copies on BLACK VINYL.

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RÅD KJETIL SENZA TESTA - NULL/VOID & END (LP/YEREVAN TAPES)

This collective from Sweden, with previous releases on Northern Electronics, Funeral Fog and Kalligrammofon, mixes its own blend of kraut, ambient and space-age electronics with a strong mystic touch. 'Null/Void & End' features two 20-minute jams.

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SUN RIDER - FUZZ MOUNTAIN (LP/ELECTRIC VALLEY)

SUN RIDER's self-recorded album 'Fuzz Mountain' blends influences from genre stalwarts such as Kyuss, QOTSA, Orange Goblin, Red Fang, Fu Manchu and Truckfighters into the band's own distinct sound. Don't expect a copy of the aforementioned bands, SUN RIDER actually brings something new to the table.

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SVVAMP - SVVAMP (LP/RIDING EASY)

Svvamp was founded by three friends - Adam Johansson, Henrik Bjorklund and Erik Stahlgren - who were drawn together for the sake of jamming and a love of rock, folk and blues. Their heavy psych sound is immediately gripping due to an appealing homespun feel and hints of Cream, Eric Bell-era Thin Lizzy, CCR and Crazy Horse. CLEAR SPOT EXCLUSIVE COLOUR: TRANSPARENT PURPLE!

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CUBUS MAXIMUS - FIRST LIV(F)E (CD/SUNHAIR)

Hailing from Würzburg, Germany, the instrumental quartet Cubus Maximus played a sensational gig at the eighth edition of the Psychedelic Network Festival. The band came as THE big surprise to an unexpecting audience. For fans of early Gong, Missus Beastly and Kraan!

DA CAPTAIN TRIPS - LIVE AT IMMERHIN WÜRZBURG (CD/SUNHAIR)

The first live album by Italian space rock band Da Captain Trips contains seven tracks which take the advanced listener on a wonderful groovy trip. This edition is limited to 300 CD's.

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GREEN PAJAMAS - IF YOU KNEW WHAT I DREAMED (LP/SUGARBUSH)

This was previously released as a download only album with live-in-the-studio versions of songs from Jeff Kelly's solo albums as well as a few of the band's oldies and two new songs. The sound quality is incredible and this pressing sounds particularly dynamic. The stripped-down production, always incredibly powerful, emphasizes the power of Kelly's melodies, making this an album of understated beauty. Limited to 300 copies on translucent green vinyl.

 

JUNIPERS - RED BOUQUET FAIR (BLACK) (LP/SUGARBUSH)

On BLACK VINYL, limited to 235 copies, here is the second album by the amazing Junipers. The album is a fantastic collection of '60s-tinged English psychedelic pop tunes. Although released in 2016, it has "classic" written all over it and will in time be seen and heard as one of the finest British guitar psych/pop albums of all time.

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MÅNESKJOLD - KOMETEN KOMMER (BLACK) (LP/KOMMUN2/SVENSK)

The debut-release from Danish psychedelic band Måneskjold. This album, more than a year in the making, is anchored by a running thread of variations on several interstellar themes, hinting at influences ranging from First Band From Outer Space and Amon Düül II to shoegaze, spacerock and kraut. The cover painting is by artist Joe Petagno (known for his work with Motörhead, Pink Floyd, etc.). This edition is limited to 200 copies on BLACK VINYL.

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TREE - TWO (LP/MONO-TONE)

Long-awaited second album from these psychedelic/retro-hard rockers from Israel influenced by the US west-coast sounds of the '60s as well as the members' own Middle Eastern roots. Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl in gatefold cover.

WEST SPACE & LOVE - VOL. II (BLACK) (LP/SPACE ROCK)

The music on West, Space & Love's second full-length is much more synthesizer based, with Siena Root's KG West playing amazing '70s inspired synths and organ, as well as bass, guitar and sitar. Oresund Space Collective's Dr. Space creates spacy sounds and drones, while Love (also from Siena Root) is doing the spoken word parts and providing all the drums and percussion parts. And the addition of violin by Jonathan Segel and santoor by Moa Danielson really takes the two Indian inspired pieces ('Khan Paan' and 'Oscillations In D-Minor') to another level. A fantastic instrumental, kraut-inspired ethnic musical journey! Limited to 300 copies on BLACK VINYL.

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PSYCH/PROG/FOLK

 

MEDICINE HEAD - NEW BOTTLES OLD MEDICINE (LP/RADIATION)

Reissued on 180-gram vinyl, this is the 1970 debut-album by British folk-rock group (at the time actually a duo) Medicine Head, originally out on John Peel's Dandelion Records. Creating a sound that was simultaneously ethereal and earthy, and with a voice that touched on the heartbroken vibes of Nick Drake and John Martyn, Medicine Head was truly one of the most brilliant groups of the early '70s UK scene.

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PLAT DU JOUR - PLAT DU JOUR (BLACK) (LP/MELLOTRON)

On BLACK VINYL (limited to 400 copies), this is a reissue of a very obscure progressive album from the French underground, originally issued in 1977 by the tiny Speedball label. The five tracks (including a two-part opening cut) combine elements of avant-prog, jazz-rock and fuzzy psychedelia, adding up to a total playing time of some 35 minutes.

RIVERSON - RIVERSON (LP/MAYFAIR)

A very rare and beautiful album from Canada (1973) finally sees its deserved re-release on vinyl. Featuring members of Freedom North and Mashmakhan, this short lived outfit played a wonderful mixture of soft and melodic rural rock with some folk and West Coast touches. This reissue comes in a gatefold cover and, fortunately, lacks the annoying pressing flaws that ruined some of the original copies.

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GARAGE PUNK/ROCK & ROLL

 

BROOMS - IN YOUR FACE (BLACK) (7"/GROOVIE)

Edition on BLACK VINYL! Hi-quality neo-garage performed with a Vox Continental organ, fuzz guitars and voodoo drums. The band hails from the epicentre of Portuguese rock'n'roll, the city of Barreiro, and features ex-members of the Act-Ups, Sullens, Gasolines, etc. If you like teen punk in the vein of The Gruesomes, Fuzztones and other '80s neo-garage purveyors... this is for you!

OS PONTAS - FUZZ JUNGLE/SELVA DE FUZZ (LP/GROOVIE)

Having emerged from the torn and bloody earth that once belonged to the Tupiniquim Indians, Brazil's Os Pontas hash out soul and fuzz influenced anthems for a pompadour-shaking, freak-dancing good time. These 12 tracks are capable of tweaking mustaches and wasting shoe soles down to their cores. The Tupi spirit orders that the party starts now, since after all, Os Pontas provides the soundtrack to the jungle.

HANGEE V - UNDERWATER SERENADES (LP/TEEN SOUND)

The Hangee V are one of the longest running surf-garage combos coming from Sardinia. This is their third, and, we dare to say, their best album to date. These hairy cavemen (and beautiful cave girl on drums!) have mastered thee perfect mix of reverb-drenched instro surf-meet garage punk you might have heard on vintage compilations like 'Strumming Mental'.

 

R&R/ROCKABILLY

 

VARIOUS - FEVER: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF A SONG, VOL. 2 (10"/STAG-O-LEE)

An enjoyable 10" containing many versions of Little Willie John's classic tune 'Fever'. SIDE A: 1. Bobby Freeman 2. Frankie Avalon 3. The Knockouts 4. Pete Bennett & The Embers 5. Little Caesar & The Romans SIDE B: 1. Ray Peterson 2. Sid Cooper 3. Sam Butera & The Witnesses 4. Earl Grant 5. Medicine Men

 

ROCK'N'ROLL/PSYCHOBILLY

 

BLOODSHOT BILL - GUITAR BOY (LP/NORTON)

Bloodshot Bill is heir apparent to Hasil Adkins and now takes his own crown with his hot as Hades release 'Guitar Boy'. Slated as the summer sizzler of 2016!

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GARAGE/BEAT/PSYCH/MOD

 

GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENTS - SHAKE IT OUT (7"/SOUNDFLAT)

B/W '(YOUR LOVE FOR ME IS LIKE A) YOYO'. The A-side is a catchy, infectious tune as it moves a little bit towards a psychedelic Hammond freakbeat-direction. The chime of bells-element reminds one of Pierre Henry's 'Psyché Rock', which was famously used as Futurama title-song. The B-side is an ultimate 60s hammondbeat-piece. It has a fantastically groovy Hammond organ, a fabulous beat and a little bit of a funky side to it. Once again, an absolutely danceable smashing hit by these fine gentlemen from France! Both of the songs are self-composed and won't leave your head that easily.

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ADOLPHE SEX ET SES MACHINES - POUDRE A MUSCLE (LP/SOUNDFLAT)

This Belgian/French group brings you their first LP and it is a blast! The boys have a fantastic '60s Hammond-R&B-French Beat-sound with a distinctive saxophone and a charismatic singer with his slightly dirty voice, that is unmistakably influenced by the Yéyé-stars of the French '60s, such as Nino Ferrer, Jacques Dutronc, Ronnie Bird etc. Includes covers of Bill Doggett's 'The Worm', the R&B classic 'Burnt Toast & Black Coffee' and a seducing French version of 'Shakin' All Over', originally by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates.

 

VINTAGE BLUES/R&B

 

VARIOUS - BOOMSTIX! (EXOTIC BLUES & RHYTHM, VOL. 10) (10") (10"/STAG-O-LEE)

A collection of enjoyable, amazing and danceable tunes from the late '50s and early '60s! Expect a handful of popcorn dancefloor smashes, a few grinding tittyshakers and simply awesome rhythm & blues, often with an exotic twist! SIDE A: 1. DAVID HILL - Wild Child 2. THE 5 ROYALES - Catch That Teardrop 3. THE GAY POPPERS - I Want To Know 4. GUY MITCHELL - Ninety-Nine Years 5. LOUISIANA RED - Seventh Son 6. NELLIE RUTHERFORD - Laughing At Me SIDE B: 1. CURLEY & THE JADES - Boom Stix 2. BOBBY SHARP - Baby Girl Of Mine 3. ERNIE WASHINGTON - Lonesome Shack 4. RUBEN FORT - So Good 5. DANNY OWENS - You're A Little Too Late 6. BACH YEN - Johnny Hold My Hand

VARIOUS - SHADRACH (EXOTIC BLUES & RHYTHM, VOL. 9) (10") (10"/STAG-O-LEE)

A collection of enjoyable, amazing and danceable tunes from the late '50s and early '60s! Expect a handful of popcorn dancefloor smashes, a few grinding tittyshakers and simply awesome rhythm & blues, often with an exotic twist! SIDE A: 1. JAY ABBOTT - La Tanya 2. CHANCE HALLADAY - Deep Sleep 3. JOHNNY WEST - Tears Baby 4. THE KEN JONES ORCHESTRA - Hum Drum Blues 5. MERLE KILGORE - Lover's Hell 6. OBERIA MARTINEZ - Got To Think It Over SIDE B: 1. THE RHYTHM KINGS - Exotic 2. DORSEY BURNETTE - Hard Working Man 3. BILLY DUKE - Timbuctu 4. THE CORDS - Termites 5. THE WANDERERS - Shadrach Meshack And Abednego 6. LITTLE WALTER - I Hate To See You Go

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

 

SCIENTIST (USA) - 10100II00101 (2LP) (LP/HELL COMES HOME)

'10100II00101' is the second full-length album from Chicago's self-proclaimed architectural metal quartet SCIENTIST, which draws heavily on experimental metal. A tradition in which the four-piece explores the sound of big, cacophonous riffs and affecting melodies. Rawer than exposed nerves dragged over broken glass through angular dissonant guitar leads. Fat, fuzz-bombed bass notes and interesting, off-killer drum rhythms and rapidly jabbing riffs.

LORD VICAR - GATES OF FLESH (CD/CHURCH WITHIN)

The elite of doom metal, LORD VICAR, returns with its third full-length, 'Gates Of Flesh'. Whilst this is definitely not a concept album, there is a loose lyrical theme relating to the pleasures and weaknesses of the flesh. Musically and lyrically the album covers a wide spectrum of textures from the fragile beauty of 'A Woman Out Of Snow' to the oppressive menace of 'Leper, Leper', with subtle details that reveal themselves to the listener with each subsequent listen.

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BLACK CAPRICORN/WEED PRIEST - SPLIT 12" (OXBLOOD) (12"/DHU RECORDS)

BLACK CAPRICORN, a psychedelic doom metal band from Cagliari, Sardinia has teamed up with WEED PRIEST, an occult stoner doom band from Galway, Ireland for a split to shatter the earth's crust with mind bending dirges and unholy smoke filled riffs. This BLACK CAPRICORN edition on oxblood with heavy grey splatter vinyl is limited to 100 copies.

MONOLORD - LORD OF SUFFERING/DIE IN HAZE (10") (10"/RIDING EASY)

Monolord delivers two heavy bangers, 'Lord Of Suffering' and 'Die In Haze'. CLEAR SPOT EXCLUSIVE 10-INCH RED VINYL!!

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ALUCARDA - RAW HOWLS (SPLATTER) (LP/KOMMUN2/SVENSK)

Alucarda is a Copenhagen-based band firmly rooted in the K-Town scene. The group's music is a dystopic mixture of sleazy '70s hardrock and crustpunk, with lyrics about weed and horror. If you like Satan's Satyr's take on old school doom metal mixed with a bit of Stooges and Dead Moon, then this is your next favourite record! This edition is limited to 200 copies on SPLATTER VINYL.

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BOUDAIN - WAY OF THE HOOF (BLACK) (LP/OFF THE RECORD)

'Way Of The Hoof' by Louisiana's stoner/metal band Boudain is an explosive journey of heavy music. With a wonderfully, overwhelmingly fat sound, this record's got the groove that'll make you move. A super power drum thunder and thick, wet guitar ensemble! Limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.

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JAZZ/FUSION

 

JAZZINVADERS - HIGHER ON FIRE (7"/UNIQUE)

The first single taken off the 'Find The Love' album. It's dancy, it's disco, it's higher on fire!

JAZZINVADERS - FIND THE LOVE (LP/UNIQUE)

The Jazzinvaders decided it would be fun to spend some time in the studio to see if they could come up with a disco-jazz album. Influenced by the '70s albums of a.o. Roy Ayers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang and Donald Byrd, the band once again managed to stick to the trademark Jazzinvaders sound; easy accessible and danceable jazz combined with funky beats and nicely flavoured harmonies!

 

INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT

 

GRIM - ORGASM (BLACK) (LP/TESCO)

The first release of Japanese cult industrial act Grim on the Tesco label harkens back to the band's aggressive style, featuring noises and rhythms combined with Jun's distinctive voice. Grim emphasizes individual self-discipline by using ritual industrial techniques. This LP is pressed on BLACK VINYL (in an edition of 250 copies) and includes a free download code.

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EXPERIMENTAL/SOUND ART

 

ISORINNE - NO STRENGTH OF SUN (12"/YEREVAN TAPES)

On 12-inch vinyl, this is the 2016 EP by Michel Isorinne of D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. (Dard Å Ranj Från Det Hebbershålska Samfundet). Far from the comforting countryside climes of Isorinne's earlier 2016 EP 'Recollections Of Forgotten Dreams', 'No Strength For Sun' errs towards the shifting late autumnal tones of the project's previous album 'In The Wake Of The Dark Earth'. This is evident on the track 'Closing Window To The East', which evokes imagery of a dense smoke rising up from a smelting plant.

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CRAIG, IAN WILLIAM - MEANING TURNS TO WHISPERS (LP/AGUIRRE)

'Meaning Turns To Whispers' presents a combination of piano improvisations and FM feedback loops, recorded over various winters in the period 2009-2011. The discreet piano layers mixed with waves of white noise keep on intriguing and will have you longing for more. Limited to 500 copies.

FERRARO, JAMES - REREX (3LP) (LP/AGUIRRE)

Two obscure James Ferraro CD-R's from his hypnagogic period, 'Rerex 1' and 'Rerex 2', are now available -for the first time- as a triple vinyl set. 'Rerex' is vintage hypnagogic Ferraro and with its nearly 3-hour playing time this release may be seen as one of his magnum opuses. Using cheap casio keyboards, loops, effects and samples that are difficult to retrace, Ferraro created a slightly haunting, but oh so beautiful, musical world. Please use headphones for the dynamic HD headphone experience! Limited to 500 copies.

ELODIE - GRISAILLES (LP/LA SCIE DORÉE)

The glowing momentum captured in a suite of five movements for speechless voice rooted in a flair of earthly instrumental strokes. A sensual twilight where ashes become seeds. An original hand printed edition etching by Timo van Luijk is featured with each copy. Attached onto handmade sleeves using thick card stock with textured debossing/rounded tabs outside sleeve construction. Limited to 300 copies.

 

SOUL/FUNK/R&B

 

AFRODYSSEY ORCHESTRA - IN THE LAND OF AOU TILA (LP/ALTERCAT)

Founded in 2013, Afrodyssey Orchestra is an instrumental ensemble from Athens, Greece, comprising seven established musicians with various musical backgrounds. The band's influences include jazz, funk, psychedelia, West African dance music and traditional Greek music. The band's infectious style stems from an experimental conversation between these different musical forms and traditions. Afrodyssey's unique blend of styles represents an expression of modern day Athens.

VARIOUS - TREMBLIN' (LP/PANCHO)

'STEAMY & ATMOSPHERIC FEMALE R'N'B VOCALS' - Sixteen never-before-reissued tracks of the sexiest and coolest atmospheric female R'n'B, compiled and designed by Jordi Duró. Killer! SIDE 1: 1. Tremblin' - Byrdie Green 2. Eyes - Yvonne Baker 3. Beat Beat Click Click Tap Tap - Carol Hall 4. He's A King - Barbara McNair 5. Lovin' - Lula Reed 6. Johnny With The Gentle Hands - Wini Brown 7. I Got A Feeling - Dolores Gibson 8. One Gal In Town, Five Men Hanging Around - Berna-Dean SIDE 2: 1. You Move Me So - Paula Grimes 2. Nobody's Gonna Hurt You - Donna Dee 3. Laughing At Me - Donna Dee 4. I Don't Know - Ruth Brown 5. Much Too Much - Bettye Smith 6. Make It One For My Baby - Oberia Martin 7. Red Wine For My Blues - Miss Johni Naylor 8. Hoochie Coochie Girl - Dora Hall

DANDY, TREVOR - DON'T CRY LITTLE TREE (LP/PMG)

A gentle album full of consoling tunes, just as you might know it from Cat Stevens' 'Morning Has Broken', but a bit more soul (although this association might be caused by the insistent use of piano on this record). Once you have heard these songs, it will be hard to deny Trevor's gospel roots, which musically surface steadily and are underlined by the religious lyrics. This ultra-rare pearl of funky gospel music was the first production of the famous Canadian producer Paul Zaza.

 

AFRO/BEAT/DESERT BLUES

 

STEVO - MUSICA NEGRA (LP/PMG)

'Musica Negra' is a missing link, a real lost gem of the Atlanta Funk Music scene. The album is written and produced by Calvin Arnold with Tommy Stewart, Barney Conway and Herb Lance as engineers. The original LP was pressed in a ridiculously limited edition and the album was meant to be a showcase for the Atlanta Studios presenting new artists. The names of some young startups were placed on the cover and they were said to be the musicians, in fact those youngsters had nothing to do with the origin of this amazing album. On this PMG reissue the real artists are named, these are basically Stevo Milner, Curt Mitchell, Tommy Stewart, J.D. Morris and Harry Case, plus a few guest musicians.

 

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