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Funkadelic
Maggot Brain

This album from Funkadelic is one of those pieces you should have in your record collection if you have any pretentions of being a music fan. Seriously. Why haven’t you? You’re not a music fan; you secretly like the Spice Girls, don’t you? And the new stuff from Take That. Ugh. Stop. Buy this. Get real. On vinyl.
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Iggy Pop
Lust For Life

Iggy’s second solo album came hot on the heels of the similarly Bowie-produced, but stylistically very different The Idiot (both 1977). With the Sales brothers on bass and drums and Carlos Alomar and Ricky Gardiner on guitars, this is much more of a rock album, but one that doesn’t at all resemble the Stooges. The title track and The Passenger are now almost omnipresent, but the record is full of delights - sleazy (Sixteen), daft (Success), or somewhere between comical and emotionally devastating (Turn Blue).

John Fahey
Guitar Vol. 4 / The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions

Vol. 4 - The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party and Other Excursions by famed acoustic guitarist John Fahey was originally released in 1966. The instrumentation makes it a child of its time: flute, sitar and backwards guitar. However, the experimental soundscapes resulting from the interplay between Fahey’s lush fingerpicking and his startling and discordant strum-thumping make this a timeless and influential work.
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John Fahey
Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

A re-issue of the 1964 album from the old master in which he uses the old tunes he learnt as a teenager as a basis to make new and thrilling shapes from his guitar. This album shows Fahey as an artist in transformation and only hints at what was to come later. Essential re-issue on 180 gram vinyl from the folks and the trustworthy 4 Men with Beards stable. 
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Funkadelic
Free Your Mind... And Your Ass Will Follow

The 4 Men With Beards label are bringing this legendary piece of far-out funk to vinyl, complete with very limited clear pressing. Funkadelic’s Free Your Mind...and Your Ass Will Follow is a masterpiece of wild 1970s funk and R&B. The group’s second album is acid-fried, out of control funk full of feedback and wild keyboard solos.
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John Cale
The Academy In Peril

Ex-Velvets member and founded John Cale used 'The Academy In Peril' to think outside of the punk rock box and make music informed by classical and instrumental compositions. It answers a fundamental question of life: what would it be like if John Cale played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra? 'The Academy In Peril' plays high and low at the same time, fusing more conventional rock music with subtle orchestral arrangements. Cale is joined by a bunch of old rockers, including the Rolling Stones' Ron Wood, who turns up to play guitar.    Tracks: The Philosopher Brahms Legs Larry At Television Centre The Academy In Peril Intro Days Of Steam Faust The Balance Capt. Morgan's Lament King Harry John Milton
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The Durutti Column
LC

The second Durutti Column album, LC, was first released in 1981, and it still carries a certain remarkable feel to it. These expanded reissues present the original album in remastered form, and add in a number of compilation tracks, demos, and other rarities: the exact number of bonus tracks varies depending on whether you fancy CD or LP versions.
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MC5
Back In The USA

'Back In The USA' was actually the debut album from proto-punks MC5, released in 1970 and full of hard rock fury complemented with the good vibe hooks of pop outfits like the Beach Boys. The record had a lasting influence on early punk rock, and all that greasy hair probably influenced the Strokes at some point. 'Back In The USA' features a cover of rock 'n' roll performer Chuck Berry's song of the same name.    Tracks: Tutti-Frutti Tonight Teenage Lust Let Me Try Looking At You High School Call Me Animal The American Ruse Shakin' Street The Human Being Lawnmower Back In The USA
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Funkadelic
Funkadelic

Self-titled first album from 1970s funk pioneers Funkadelic. George Clinton and his army of platform wearing, flare flying, glitter freaks were at the forefront of the funk movement in the US, creating both an awesome sound and a legend that purported that the band were extraterrestrial. This release is limited to just 1000 copies so if you gots the funk, you better be quick about it.
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Caravan
If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You

More than just a great album title. Caravan produced this prog rock gem in 1970 and the Canterbury born LP has stood the test of time. The opening title track rollocks along as the Hammond B-3 snakes its way around the band’s strange meters and rhythms. The pattern follows on songs such as "Hello Hello" and "As I Feel I Die". Jazz, rock, blues and classical influences blend seamlessly as one. If you want yourself a slice of classic British prog then this is certainly a disc to purchase.    
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Violent Femmes
Hallowed Ground

Following up a classic like the Violent Femmes debut was always going to be a big ask. However, Gordon Gano had saved some classics for Hallowed Ground, such as Country Death Song, which he wrote in 10th Grade. Gano did use Hollowed Ground to display some of his Christian beliefs, lyrically taking the band in a different direction.

Scott Walker
Scott 2

Another classic from Walker's impeccable career, this time his second solo album. Featuring yet more luxuriuant arranngements upon which Scott's charismatic baritone relates alarmingly frank tales of despair and deception. A unique exploration of the dark underbelly of easy-listening schmalz! 
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Pearls Before Swine
Use Of Ashes

'Use of Ashes' was the fourth, and many would argue finest, Pearls Before Swine album. Originally recorded in 1970, front man Tom Rapp penned the bulk of the songs in his wife's native Netherlands. Since all the other band members had left after the previous album, 'Use of Ashes' was recorded in Nashville using session musicians. Vinyl repress. 

The Durutti Column
The Return Of The Durutti Column

Factory Benelux presents a new vinyl edition of landmark album The Return of the Durutti Column, housed in a revised version of the iconic sandpaper sleeve first issued by Factory Records in January 1980. A collaboration between virtuoso guitarist Vini Reilly and legendary Manchester producer Martin Hannett,The Return of the Durutti Columnpaired Reilly’s non-rock sketches with Hannett’s electronic textures to produce “perfectly realised, correctly ambient and inventive music” (NME). The infamous sandpaper sleeve was somewhat less user friendly. Inspired by a 1959 Situationist publication by Guy Debord and Asger Jorn, the relentless iconoclasts at Factory hoped that the abrasive packaging would destroy existing record collections. This new 2013 edition on Factory Benelux develops rather than replicates the original packaging. On the front cover, an 11-inch square sheet of coarse sandpaper is seated in a recessed deboss, while the back cover and inner sleeve feature period Durutti images by noted photographer Daniel Meadows. The bonus Hannett ‘test card’ flexidisc is now a hard vinyl 7” (with improved sound quality), while the album itself features two extra tracks, Madeleine and Lips That Would Kiss (previously issued as a separate 7-inch single on Factory Benelux in October 1980). The inner bag also features extensive liner notes with quotes from Vini Reilly, Martin Hannett, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Daniel Meadows, John Brierley, Bruce Mitchell and members of Joy Division, who assembled most of the sandpaper originals. The new package is sealed in a heavy duty polythene wallet, thus ensuring that adjacent records in your collection remain intact.
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The Monochrome Set
Love Zombies


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Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Doc At The Radar Station


Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Ice Cream For Crow


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Scott Walker
Scott 4

From way back in 1969, Scott 4 is a classic of intense and majestic songcraft; the first set of entirely Walker penned songs combining sophisticated, easy-listening pop with lyrical complexity touching on the darkest of subject matter. Seen as a something of a commercial flop at the time of its release compared to his four previous albums, Scott Walker connoiseurs now consider this to be amongst his best work.
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The Incredible String Band
The Big Huge


The Incredible String Band
Wee Tam


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Shirley Collins and Davy Graham
Folk Roots, New Routes


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Scott Walker
Scott 3

On his third attempt at being the one and only Walker brother worth a damn, the not-yet-evil Scott Walker got more miserable and eerie, taking his baroque pop disciplines and the usual commanding baritone and marrying them with the darkest of lyrics. He hadn't quite regenerated into the avant-garde trickster who gets soused on the regular, but 'Scott 3' isn't the friendliest of pop records.
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The Holy Modal Rounders
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Public Image Limited
Metal Box

Essential deluxe reissues of essential cutting-edge post-punk: John Lydon and Jah Wobble’s legendary Public Image Limited. 1979’s Metal Box is a dubbed-up experimental masterpiece that you really should own. This reissue on Universal contains 4 CDs / LPs of material, with B-sides, alternate mixes, radio sessions and a live gig as well as the original Metal Box. All housed, naturally, within a metal box.
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Eno / Moebius / Roedelius
After The Heat


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Big Star
Radio City

'Radio City' is the second record from the historically unsuccessful rock 'n' roll act Big Star, who have recently risen to revisionist critical acclaim, and were the focus of the 2012 rockumentary 'Nothing Can Hurt Me'. Fronted by Alex Chilton, Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens, 'Radio City' shows off the band's dedication to writing power pop hooks, as well as their affection to the British pop bands like the Kinks, who they most thoroughly tried to be like.   Tracks: O My Soul Life Is White Way Out West What's Going Ahn You Get What You Deserve Mod Lang Back Of A Car Daisy Glaze She's A Mover September Gurls Morpha Too I'm in Love with a Girl
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Big Star
#1 Record

Big Star were a rock 'n' roll band formed in the 70s with a hugely ironic name; they were never big in their time. They've recently been made the subject of a new rockumentary, 'Nothing Can Hurt Me', which tells the story of their critical and commercial failure as a band -- and the redemption story of how popular they are now. '#1 Record' is their debut record, featuring power pop favourites such as "Thirteen" and "In The Street". Big Star have gone on to make power pop and bold rock music seem appealling to new bands, including Okkervil River and The Men, who claimed to have affectionally plagarized the artwork for '#1 Record' for their own new record, 'Tomorrow's Hits'.   Tracks: Feel The Ballad of El Goodo In The Street Thirteen Don't Lie To Me The India Song When My Baby's Beside Me My Life Is Right Give Me Another Chance Try Again Watch the Sunrise
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