Click below to read my liner notes for these ever-growing assortment of Collectors' Choice CD reissues:
David Ackles: David Ackles. The 1968 self-titled debut by one of the most idiosyncratic early singer-songwriters, whose mordant songs are given the most rock-oriented arrangements Ackles employed on this release.
David Ackles: Subway to the Country. Ackles's theatrical background came more to the fore on his second effort, using more orchestral backup.
David Ackles: American Gothic. Produced by Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin, Ackles's third album is probably his best-known, and more of a piece of theatrical Americana than a straight singer-songwriter rock record.
Appaloosa. The sole, rare
album from this baroque-folk group, produced by Al Kooper, who also
guitar and keyboards on the record.
The Apple Pie
Motherhood Band: The Apple Pie
Motherhood Band. The first late-'60s album issued on
Atlantic by this Boston psychedelic group.
The Apple Pie
Motherhood Band: Apple Pie.
Second and last
late-'60s album issued on Atlantic by this Boston psychedelic group.
Then...Along Comes the Association, Renaissance, Insight
Out, Birthday, Goodbye,
Columbus, The Association, Live, Stop
Your Motor. All eight albums released by these pop-rock
hitmakers during their 1966-1971 prime.
The Avalanches: Ski Surfin'. 1963 instrumental
rock album with session aces Hal Blaine, Billy Strange, Tommy
Tedesco, and David Gates.
The first album the popular Beatlesque British band issued after moving
from Apple to Warner Brothers in the early 1970s.
Badfinger: Wish You Were Here.
The last album the group released before the tragic suicide of Pete Ham.
The Beau Brummels: Triangle. From 1967, the Beau Brummels' first true album-length statement saw the band expand into more serious lyrics and orchestration while retaining their trademark haunting melodies and Sal Valentino's masterful singing.
Brummels: Bradley's Barn.
The Beau Brummels' final album of the 1960s was an overlooked early
effort, recorded in Nashville with help from some of the city's top
& Krause: The
Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music.
The late-'60s album that did much to demonstrate the possibilities of
the synthesizer in recorded music.
Beaver & Krause: In a Wild Sanctuary. Beaver
& Krause blended early synthesizer experiments with jazz, blues,
rock, and enviromental sounds on their first album for Warner Brothers.
Beaver & Krause: Gandharva. Jazz, blues, rock,
and gospel were all blended with Beaver & Krause's pioneering
electronic synthesizer work on this half-live, half-studio album.
Beaver & Krause:
All Good Men. The duo's
album was their most conventional and song-oriented, though it still
contained unusual-for-the-era synthesizer electronics.
Theo Bikel: Songs of a Russian Gypsy/Songs of Russia Old & New. Two Russian-language albums by this popular all-around entertainer, combined onto one CD.
Blue: David Blue.
The curious 1966 debut album by Blue was the closest
of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde era managed by anyone.
Graham Bond: Solid Bond.
Historically important archive recordings from one of the fathers of
British blues-rock. Half of it has 1963 live jazz tracks by a Bond-led
group including Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and John McLaughlin; the
other half has dynamic jazz-tinged blues-rock from a 1966 lineup of the
Graham Bond Organisation also featuring drummer Jon Hiseman and
saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, who both went on to Colosseum.
Richard Brautigan: Listening to Richard Brautigan. The only album by one of the great twentieth-century American authors features his own readings of excerpts from his novels, short stories, and poems, recorded in 1969.
Brewer & Shipley: Weeds & Tarkio Road. The second and third albums by the duo responsible for "One Toke Over the Line," as heard on Tarko Road.
Brockett: Remember the Wind and the Rain. Including the
legendary talking blues "Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic," a huge favorite
on underground radio in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Lord Buckley: A
Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat. The ultimate Cold War-era
hipster comedian, of whom George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan,
Jerry Garcia, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and David Bowie were all
The 1964 Elektra album by this singer-songwriter, largely devoted to
Bob Dylan covers (some of which Dylan himself never released), but most
famous for the original version of "Pride of Man," covered by
Messenger Service and Gordon Lightfoot.
Chambers Brothers: People Get Ready, Now!, Shout!, Feelin' the Blues.
All four of the albums the Chambers Brothers issued on the Vault label,
and all recorded before they moved to Columbia Records and hit it big
with "Time Has Come Today."
River Valley Boys: Beatle Country. The 1966 album of
covers by this bluegrass band, at a time when such a move was radical.
Cher: 3614 Jackson Highway.
The most artistically credible solo album of Cher's career, and the
first ever recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound.
The Collectors: The Collectors. The debut late-'60s album by one of Canada's leading psychedelic bands.
Collectors: Grass & Wild Strawberries. The second
last album by the Collectors was the musical soundtrack to the play of
the same name by author George Ryga.
Judy Collins: Fifth Album. Her 1965 LP has
outstanding covers of songs by numerous emerging singer-songwriters,
including Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Andersen, Phil Ochs, and
Judy Collins: In My Life.
The classic baroque-folk album of the 1960s, with material by Bob
Dylan, Donovan, Richard Fariña, and Randy Newman, as well as the
first appearances of songs by Leonard Cohen on any release.
Judy Collins: Whales and Nightingales. Her
1970 album included her hit version of "Amazing Grace," as well as her
habitually eclectic assortment of material, ranging from songs by Bob
Dylan and Jacques Brel to some of her own compositions.
Judy Collins: True Stories and Other Dreams.
This 1973 album was the first Judy Collins LP in which she wrote the
majority of the material herself, and also featured her Top Forty cover
of Valerie Carter's "Cook with Honey."
Conley: Soul Directions and
More Sweet Soul. The third and
four albums by this Southern soul great.
Crabby Appleton: Crabby Appleton. The first of the pair of early-1970s albums this band did for Elektra, featuring their Top 40 hit "Go Back" and their versatile blend of power pop, folk-rock, and hard rock, paced by singer-songwriter Michael Fennelly.
Crabby Appleton: Rotten to the Core. Their rare second and final Elektra album, on which the group spun off in both harder rocking and more countrified directions.
Les Crane: Desiderata. Including this TV/radio personality's one-shot spoken narrative hit "Desiderata," along with more inspirational prose intoned over a curious stew of gospel-soul, easy listening arrangements, and touches of early-'70s period rock and AM pop.
Darling. The debut solo album by the man who replaced Pete
Seeger in the Weavers, and would later have a #1 record as part of the
Tim Dawe: Penrod.
One of the most obscure late-'60s albums issued on Frank Zappa's Straight label, and one of the
Dian & the Greenbriar Boys: Dian & the
Greenbriar Boys. The rare, sole album by country-folk singer
Dian James, backed by top bluegrass band the Greenbriar Boys.
The Dillards: Back Porch
Bluegrass/Pickin' and Fiddlin'. The first and third albums
by the Dillards, combined onto one CD, from a time at which they were
still a pure bluegrass group.
The Dillards: Wheatstraw Suite. A groundbreaking 1968 country-rock album that saw the Dillards evolve from top bluegrass band to eclectic folk-country-rockers.
The Dillards: Copperfields. Though not as well-known as its predecessor Wheatstraw Suite, this 1970 Elektra album was likewise a top-notch country-rock album, with traces of orchestrated pop and jazz.
Dr. John's first proper album, this 1968 record is rock's greatest
of New Orleans R&B, swamp blues, psychedelia, and voodoo.
Ned Doheny: Ned Doheny.
The self-titled debut by one of the first singer-songwriters to record
for Asylum Records.
Eclection: Eclection. The sole album, originally released in 1968 on Elektra, by the most overlooked obscure late-1960s British folk-rock band. Trevor Lucas and Gerry Conway went on to play with Sandy Denny in Fotheringay, but the record owes much more to California sunshine folk-rock, crossing the Jefferson Airplane, Mamas & the Papas, and the Seekers.
The Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night. The psychedelic-garage band's 1967 debut, including the hits "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" and "Get Me to the World on Time."
The Electric Prunes: Underground. The band's second album, from 1967, is the one that gave them their greatest freedom for psychedelic experimentation and their own songwriting.
The Electric Prunes: Mass in F Minor. The third and last album by the first incarnation of the group was a bizarre psychedelic concept album, based around an actual religious mass, sung in Latin and complemented by orchestration.
Elephants Memory: Elephants Memory. The debut album by one of the stranger New York bands of the late 1960s, mixing pile-driving rock'n'roll, free and big band jazz, soul, spaced-out psychedelia, and pop, as well as lyrics about hot dog men, yogurt, love as a jungle gym, and "Old Man Willow."
Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Young Brigham. Elliott's 1968 album, produced by folk-rock session guitarist supremo Bruce Langhorne, modernized his Woody Guthrie-like acoustic troubadour storytelling only slightly.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Bull Durham Sacks and Railroad Tracks. Elliott's 1970 album got about as far into rock as he ever ventured, which was to say, not far. Distinguished by an outstanding cover of his old friend Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay."
Ron Elliott: The Candlestickmaker. The rare solo album by Ron Elliott, guitarist and princpial songwriter of the Beau Brummels.
The Even Dozen Jug Band: The Even Dozen Jug Band. The rare 1964 Elektra album by the jug band that featured several musicians who went on to make a heavy mark on the folk-rock, rock, and folk worlds: John Sebastian, Steve Katz (later of the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears), Stefan Grossman, David Grisman, Maria Muldaur, and Joshua Rifkin.
The Everly Brothers: It's Everly Time! Their first album for Warner Brothers, in 1960, was not just one of their best, but one of the best rock'n'roll albums from anyone in the early '60s.
The Everly Brothers: A Date with the Everly Brothers. Another great 1960 album by the Everly Brothers, including their #1 hit "Cathy's Clown," their hit cover of Little Richard's "Lucille," the original version of "Love Hurts," and "So How Come (No One Loves Me)" (the last of which was covered by the Beatles on the BBC in 1963).
The Everly Brothers: Both Sides of an Evening. The Everlys branched out into all-around entertainment on this early-'60s album, though they slipped in some country-pop-rock'n'roll admist the standards and movie themes.
The Everly Brothers: Instant Party! More standards, movie themes, and Broadway, with some country- and blues-oriented material for variety.
The Everly Brothers: Sing Great Country Hits. Solid covers of songs by Don Gibson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Hank Locklin, and the like on this 1963 album.
The Everly Brothers: Gone, Gone, Gone. After several years of non-rock concept LPs, a return to rock'n'roll on this mid-'60s album, highlighted by the great raucous hit title track.
The Everly Brothers: Rock'n Soul. Covers of rock classics by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Charlie Rich, and the like, as well as "Dancing in the Street."
The Everly Brothers: Beat & Soul. Another mid-'60s cover-heavy set with covers of '50s oldies and more recent mid-'60s soul smashes, as well as their British hit single version of "Love Is Strange" and its original B-side "Man with Money" (covered in turn by the Who).
The Everly Brothers: In Our Image. Varied bag of British Invasion-influenced mid-'60s rock, including their #2 British hit single "The Price of Love."
The Everly Brothers: Two Yanks in England. Their best mid-1960s albums, recorded with the assistance of the Hollies, who also wrote most of the songs.
The Everly Brothers: The Hit Sound of the Everly Brothers. No hits, actually, though it has covers of a bunch of hits, from Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Little Richard, and Bacharach-David, as well as one of the first Jimmy Webb covers ("She Never Smiles Anymore").
The Everly Brothers: Sing. Contains their final Top Forty hit, "Bowling Green," along with material influenced by mid-to-late-'60s soul, pop-rock, and even psychedelia.
The Everly Brothers: Roots. Their 1968 country-rock album, including arrangements, and some songs and guitar playing, by Ron Elliott of the Beau Brummels.
The Everly Brothers: The Everly Brothers Show. Live performance in February 1970, mixing updates of their early hits with newer country-rock-oriented material.
The Everly Brothers: The New Album. Originally released in 1977, but wholly comprised of 1960s outtakes, alternates, and rarities, many of which were as good as what found official release during that era.
John Fahey: Of Rivers and Religion. Fahey's first album for Reprise, in 1972, was the acoustic guitar virtuoso's first to feature accompanists.
Fahey: After the Ball.
Fahey expanded his Americana into early New Orleans jazz, ragtime, and
Dixieland on this 1973 release.
Gary Farr: Addressed to the
Censors of Love. The final album, from the early 1970s, by
this British journeyman singer-songwriter who combined folk, soul, and
Cyrus Faryar: Cyrus. The
rare early-'70s Elektra debut by this singer-songwriter, the
promotional budget of which was spent on its record release party.
Cyrus Faryar: Islands. His
second Elektra album, produced by John Simon.
Fever Tree: Fever Tree/Another Time, Another
Place. The first two albums by this Houston late-'60s
psychedelic band, including "San Francisco Girls."
Friend & Lover: Reach Out of the Darkness. The only album by this late-'60s duo, who reached the Top Ten with the title song.
David Frye: I Am the President/Radio Free Nixon. The first two albums by the top Richard Nixon impressionist, combined onto one CD.
Gibson & Bob Camp: Bob Gibson & Bob Camp at the Gate of Horn.
One of the most influential albums of the early-1960s folk revival,
Camp being Hamilton Camp. Recorded in 1961 in front of an audience
Roger McGuinn, who has cited the album as one of his chief inspirations.
Bob Gibson: Ski
Songs. Gibson's first album for Elektra was a concept album
of sorts, devoted entirely to...songs about skiing.
Bob Gibson: Yes
I See. Gibson's second album for Elektra featured songs
later covered by Simon & Garfunkel and Peter, Paul & Mary.
Bob Gibson: Where I'm Bound. Gibson's last album for Elektra, released in 1964, was also the best and most serious record by this half-forgotten popular folk revivalist.
Gooding: Cynthia Gooding Sings Spanish, Mexican and Turkish Folk
International folk interpretations, recorded for Elektra Records in the
Great Speckled Bird: Great Speckled Bird.
Country-rock from the dawn of the 1970s, led by Ian & Sylvia Tyson,
produced by Todd Rundgren.
Dave Guard & The Whiskeyhill Singers: Dave Guard & The Whiskeyhill Singers. The sole album by this short-lived ensemble, from 1962, headed by ex-Kingston Trio member Dave Guard. The Whiskeyhill Singers also included a young Judy Henske and Cyrus Faryar.
Hearts and Flowers: The Complete Hearts and Flowers Collection. Both of the late-1960s albums by this overlooked early folk-country-rock group, whose lineup included future Eagle Bernie Leadon on their second album. This two-CD reissue adds a dozen previously unreleased outtakes.
Judy Henske: Judy Henske. The 1963 debut Elektra album by the bluesy, husky-voiced folk singer who also tread into traditional jazz and comedy.
Judy Henske: High Flying Bird. Henske's second and last Elektra album featured the superb title cut, which approximated the sound of folk-rock more closely than any other 1963 recording.
Henske: The Death-Defying Judy Henske. Her 1966 album,
barrelhouse blues, R&B, traditional folk, soundtrack music, early
and even soul, produced by Jack Nitzsche.
Dan Hicks: It Happened One Bite.
Characteristically witty and breezy 1970s Hicks, originally recorded
for an ill-fated Ralph Bakshi cartoon feature.
Diane Hildebrand: Early Morning Blues and
Greens. Though most known for writing some material for the
Monkees, Diane Hildebrand also recorded this rare late-'60s
singer-songwriter album for Elektra.
Hot Tuna: Live at the New Orleans House, Berkeley, Ca September 1969. Previously unreleased concert recordings from the early days of the folk-blues group of Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.H.P. Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft/H.P. Lovecraft II. Both albums by this fine, underrated late-1960s psychedelic band are combined onto one disc, spotlighting their Jefferson Airplane-like harmonies and inventive rearrangements of folk and folk-rock songs.
The Ides of March: Vehicle. The debut album
by the Chicago horn-rock band, featuring the 1970 smash single title
The Ides of March: Common Bond. The group's second
album included not just horn-rock, but also ventures into progressive
rock and folk-rock, as well as the local Chicago hit "L.A. Goodbye."
The Incredible String Band: U. Their rarest Elektra album, reissued for the first time on CD, the liner notes including comments by the ISB's Robin Williamson.
Jim & Jean: Changes/People World. Both of these folk-rock duo's albums for Verve, from 1966 and 1967 respectively, including (on Changes) covers of material by Eric Andersen, David Blue, Bob Dylan, and Phil Ochs, some of which those singer-songwriters had yet to release or would never release. It also includes their original "One Sure Thing," covered by Fairport Convention on their first album.
& Carol: Kathy & Carol. One of the rarest 1960s
Elektra folk albums, this 1965 release featured the close, high, and
harmonies of the duo of Kathy Larisch and Carol McComb.
Chris Kenner: Land
of 1000 Dances. The 1966 Atlantic album by this New Orleans
soul singer was actually a collection of early-'60s singles, including
the hit "I Like It Like That" and the original version of the classic
Andy Kim: How'd We Ever Get This
The first pair of albums by this late-'60s pop-rocker, combined onto
one CD here, represented the last gasp of the Brill Building
Andy Kim: Baby
I Love You/Andy Kim. A two-for-one CD reissue of his 1969
album Baby I Love You, plus
his more serious singer-songwriter 1973 self-titled effort.
John Kongos, Kongos. Recorded with musicians who also backed Elton John on his early recordings, and including Kongos's two 1971 Top Five UK hit singles, "He’s Gonna Step on You Again" and "Tokoloshe Man."
Robin Lane & the Chartbusters: Robin Lane & the Chartbusters. It didn't bust the charts, but Robin Lane's 1980 debut album was a solid new wave pop record by one of Boston's most locally popular bands.
Trini Lopez: Trini Lopez at PJ's. Recorded live at a Hollywood nightclub, Lopez's first Reprise album was a sensation, reaching #2 and featuring his hit version of "If I Had a Hammer."
Trini Lopez at PJ's.
Lopez's second 1963 Reprise album, also recorded at the L.A. nightclub
PJ's, again featured an assortment of go-go folk, rock, and show tunes.
Out Here and False Start.
Their last album of the 1960s and first album of the 1970s.
River/Paradise Bar & Grill.
Both of the late-1960s albums by this enigmatic Berkeley psychedelic
combined onto one CD.
Paul Mauriat: Blooming Hits.
The French bandleader's 1968 album included "Love Is Blue," and like
"Love Is Blue," the LP topped the charts for five consecutive weeks.
Terry Melcher: Terry Melcher. The belated mid-1970s debut solo album by the singer-songwriter more famous for producing the Byrds and Paul Revere & the Raiders.
The Modern Folk Quartet: The Modern Folk Quartet. The 1963 debut album by the folk group featuring future folk-rock scenemakers Jerry Yester, Cyrus Faryar, Chip Douglas, and Henry Diltz.
Modern Folk Quartet: Changes. The MFQ's second and
album includes songs by Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Dino Valenti, and Bob
Essra Mohawk: Primordial Lovers. The
uncategorizable singer-songwriter's 1970 album, with five bonus tracks.
Essra Mohawk: Essra Mohawk. Her third album,
Fred Neil: The Many Sides of Fred Neil. This double CD includes everything top folk-rock singer-songwriter Neil released on Capitol in the late 1960s and early 1970s, along with a half-dozen previously unreleased cuts.
Fred Neil: Bleecker & MacDougal. Neil's debut solo album, from 1965, was the first outstanding contribution to folk-rock by the singer-songwriter, with support from then-session musician John Sebastian.
Fred Neil & Vince Martin: Tear Down the Walls. Fred Neil was part of a folk duo with Vince Martin on his first mid-1960s Elektra recording, which both throwbacks to the acoustic troubadour era and hints of the folk-rock-blues-raga mixture of Neil's ensuing solo recordings.
New Seekers: We'd Like to Teach the World to Sing. And
they did on this early-'70s album, not just with the hit single "I'd
to Teach the World to Sing" (included here), but also with obscure
of songs by Richard Thompson and Roy Wood.
The New York Rock &
Roll Ensemble: Faithful Friends.
album by this late 1960s band, who integrated classical influences and
instrumentation into a rock music framework.
The New York Rock &
Roll Ensemble: Reflections.
third album, which was a collaboration with the Greek composer Manos
Jack Nitzsche: The Lonely Surfer. Spectorian orchestrated instrumental rock by the inventive arranger-producer Nitzsche, including the hit title cut.
Steve Noonan: Steve Noonan. From 1968, the only album by this singer-songwriter includes several Jackson Browne songs never recorded by anyone else.
Phil Ochs: All the News That's Fit to Sing. The debut album by the most famous protest singer-songwriter of the '60s save early Bob Dylan.
Ochs: I Ain't Marching Anymore. The second album by
whose title cut became a staple at anti-war demonstrations for the next
Phil Ochs: In Concert.
Probably his most popular album, and perhaps the finest politically
conscious singer-songwriter album of the 1960s. Includes his classics
"Love Me, I'm a Liberal," "Changes," and "There But For Fortune."
Phil Ochs: Pleasures of the Harbor. Ochs's first rock album, from 1967, with his most famous song, "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends."
Phil Ochs: Tape From California. Ochs's second rock album got more into florid orchestration and expansive poetry, but kept the breads-a-burning for anti-war protest in "The War Is Over."
Phil Ochs: Rehearsals for Retirement/Gunfight at Carnegie Hall. A double CD, featuring his last first-rate studio album, Rehearsals for Retirement, and his infamous 1970 live recording Gunfight at Carnegie Hall, originally released only in Canada.
Cycle Is Complete. The eccentric and mighty rare early-'70s
album by Buffalo Springfield's bassist, with support from Rick James
four members of Kaleidoscope.
Gene Parsons: Kindling. The 1973 solo debut
album by an important figure in country-rock, recorded not long after
his stint as Byrds drummer.
mid-1960s Elektra debut, including his standards "The Last Thing on My
Mind," "Ramblin' Boy," and "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound."
Poco: Live at Columbia Studios Hollywood 9/30/71. A previously
unreleased live performance by one of the top country-rock bands.
John. Party rock'n'roll with an R&B base,
by their 1964 Top Twenty hit "Farmer John."
Dory Previn: Dory
Previn. The 1974 self-titled album by the eccentric singer
who was one of the most anomalous figures of the '70s singer-songwriter
Dory Previn: We're
Children of Coincidence and Harpo Marx. Previn's final album
for Warner Brothers, and final album to date.
Alan Price: O
Lucky Man! One of the finest rock soundtracks ever, for
Lindsay Anderson's 1973 film of the same name.
Alan Price: Between
Today and Yesterday. Witty singer-songwriter album combining
rock, pop, and British music hall, from 1974.
Messenger Service: Unreleased Quicksilver Messenger Service: Lost
This double CD of largely previously unreleased material devotes one
to 1968 live performances, and the other to late-1960s outtakes and
Rascals: The Young Rascals, Collections, Groovin', Once Upon a
Dream, Freedom Suite, See, Search and
Nearness. All seven albums on Atlantic Records by the top
blue-eyed soul group of the 1960s.
The art-rock band's 1969 debut, at which time they were under the helm
of just-ex-Yardbirds Keith Relf and Jim McCarty, also featuring Keith
Joshua Rifkin: The Baroque Beatles Book.
One of the most popular classical adaptations of Lennon-McCartney
songs, which actually reached the Top Hundred when it was released in
The Robbs: The Robbs. The only album by the pop-folk-rock band famous for a long-time TV stint on Where the Action Is, and for holding the record for most singles entering Billboard's "bubbling under" section without ever cracking the Top Hundred.
The Rose Garden: The Rose Garden. The sole album by the Los Angeles folk-rock band known for the one-shot 1967 hit "Next Plane to London" also includes a couple of songs by original Byrd Gene Clark that were never recorded elsewhere.
Rosebud: Rosebud. The sole early-'70s album by the group featuring Judy Henske, Jerry Yester, and Craig Doerge.
Roxy: Roxy. The sole album by the band that evolved into the Wackers.
Tom Rush: Tom Rush. Rush's first Elektra album, from 1965, featuring warm, affable interpretations of folk tunes.
Rush: Take a Little Walk with Me.
Rush made his first venture into rock'n'roll on side one of his second
Elektra album, from 1966, filled out by more traditional folk
only album by this early-'70s Southern rock group, featuring the Top
Twenty hit single title track.
Sebastian: John B. Sebastian, Cheapo Cheapo
Productions Presents Real Live, The Four of Us, Tarzana Kid, Welcome Back.
All five 1970s Reprise solo albums by the famed folk-rock
Mark Spoelstra: Five
and Twenty Questions. The first mid-'60s Elektra album by
this protest-oriented, socially conscious singer-songwriter.
Mark Spoelstra: State of Mind. His second and
final album, far rarer than the first.
Shankar: Ananda Shankar. An early fusion of Indian
with progressive rock on this 1970 album, by the sitarist nephew of
As a Normal
Person. The first album by one of the top comedians of the
late 1960s and early 1970s.
John Stewart: The Lonesome Picker Rides Again. Stewart's first album for Warner Brothers in 1971 included his own version of "Daydream Believer," a #1 hit for the Monkees in 1967.
John Stewart: Sunstorm. Stewart's second and final album for Warner Brothers continued the singer-songwriter's early-'70s brand of Americana, combining folk, country, rock, and some blues and gospel, with several members of Elvis Presley's band as supporting musicians.
Stoneground: Stoneground. Sal Valentino's first post-Beau Brummels project was this early-1970s album, in which the large collective known as Stoneground tackled an assortment of styles with several different lead vocalists.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock: Wake Up...It's Tomorrow. The second album by the Strawberry Alarm Clock, featuring "Tomorrow," their follow-up hit to "Incense and Peppermints."
The Strawberry Alarm Clock: The World in a Seashell. The Strawberry Alarm Clock's third album mixed material by outside writers (including Carole King) with their own diversely psychedelic originals.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock: Good Morning Starshine. With a new lineup, the Strawberry Alarm Clock went in a harder and bluesier direction on their final album.
Company: The Best of the Sunshine Company.
A 22-track compilation drawn from all three of this Southern California
pop-folk-rock band's albums, adding a couple of non-LP tracks. Includes
their Top 40 single "Back on the Street Again."
Inspirations, The Sweet Inspirations.
Late-'60s soul by the group most famous for backing Aretha Franklin and
Elvis Presley, including their hit "Sweet Inspiration." One of the
Sweet Inspirations was Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney.
Chip Taylor: This Side of the Big River. "If you really want to know me, this is the album that will get you to know me" says the singer-songwriter of this mid-1970s country-oriented record.
The Travelers 3: The Travelers 3. The early-'60s debut album by this folk trio.
The Wackers: Wackering Heights. The first album by a band that bucked early-'70s trends, aiming for a sophisticated pop-rock sound in the spirit of the Beatles.
The Wackers: Hot Wacks. The second album by the group, highlighted by their cover of John Lennon's "Oh My Love."
The band's third and final album, which started as a side project for
Segarini and Randy Bishop before growing into an all-out Wackers record.
III: Loudon Wainwright III.
debut album by the remarkably witty, satirical singer-songwriter,
entirely acoustic but with a wicked edge.
Loudon Wainwright III: Album II. The second
early-1970s album by Wainwright, and just as poetically biting as his
Walker: Five Years Gone.
singer-songwriter's third album, from 1969, including a radio
performance of "Mr. Bojangles" predating his single of the song, as
well as early compositions from Michael Martin Murphey.
Warwick: Presenting Dionne
Warwick, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Make Way for
Dionne Warwick, The Sensitive Sound of
Dionne Warwick, Here I Am, Dionne Warwick in Paris, Here Where There Is Love, On Stage and in the
Movies, The Magic of Believing. Nine of the pop-soul superstar's
early albums, originally released in 1963-1968.
We Five: Catch
the Wind. Their rare fourth album mixed pop-rock, folk-rock,
Webb: Words and Music, And So: On, Letters, Land's End, El Mirage.
All five 1970s albums by this acclaimed singer-songwriter.
Johnny Winter: Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70.
Previously unreleased, 66-minute live October 1970 concert by the
Various Artists: Great Lost Elektra Singles Vol. 1.
Sides that appeared
only on 45 on the Elektra label in the 1960s and early 1970s, including
tracks by Judy Collins, the Beefeaters (before they changed their name
to the Byrds), the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Eclection, Phil Ochs,
Light, David Ackles, and the Stalk-Forrest Group (before they evolved
Blue Öyster Cult.
Various Artists: San Francisco Roots.
An assortment of mid-1960s San Francisco rock cut for the Autumn label,
including tracks by the Beau Brummels, Great Society, Vejtables, and
Artists: What's Shakin'. This 1966 Elektra compilation
otherwise unavailable tracks by the Lovin' Spoonful, the Paul
Blues Band, Tom Rush, Al Kooper, and the Powerhouse (featuring Eric
Stevie Winwood, Jack Bruce, and Paul Jones).
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