Machu Picchu Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
West coast rockers with a penchant for twangy riffs, sweet-voiced harmonizing and drum fill showboating, J Rider originally went by the name Anonymous, but switched it up after their 1976 release 'Inside the Shadow' -- opting to be, you know, 'No Longer Anonymous'. In an attempt at making their brand of well-mapped rock more hard-edged and raw, the record employs more forceful guitars and fuller sounding instrumentation -- and breaks down for the odd ecstatic solo. This reissue comes with a bunch of bonus tracks taken from a recording session that is only now seeing the light of day.
Just to prove that preposterously small pressings are not a new thing, this LP by 60's Iowa garage funsters was issued in a run of just 100 copies back in 1967. Lucky old you if you have one. From the sounds of the track I'm listening to its the kind of stuff ripe for a re-issue. Supremely melodic 60's garage folk rock it sits somewhere between the tunefulness of early Beatles and the gently off kilter garage of early Love with soaring Zombies styled melodies attached. This re-issue has been licensed by the group who will get royalties for the sales of these albums so many years after their hard work. A nice story but also a nice album on which you also get their non album 45's and sleeve notes from historian Jeremy Cargill.