söndag 22 oktober 2017

Kadavar - Rough Times (Great Retro Hardrock Germany 2017)


270:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Japansk limiterad utgåva.)

Commented drummer Tiger: "The process of making this record was quite intense. I kind of went through my inner hell. Working all day, you're fine but at night all these things were torturing me. The new songs are crazy and absurd sometimes, but also serious and very personal. It's the ambiguity that holds »Rough Times« together. Every song evolved from a certain strong feeling.


We chose the title because it has this duality. It's not just funny, yet it's not a complete serious title. we're doing fine, but something's missing in this world. We don't really fit in or want to but at the same time we're stuck in this. the times are rough when you wake up and just wanna die, but times can also be rough for very trivial reasons, the latter I have the feeling is very zeitgeisty.

This collage for the cover is the perfect match for the title. I had this picture in my head throughout the whole process. It's a little rough, but this picture tells a lot.


Added singer & guitarist Lupus: "For me it's a very serious title, bar any humor. We maintain the achievements of our elders, such as women rights, peace and a corporate Europe by touring through clubs, sniffing 100 euro bills through our noses and call attention to ourselves by posting insta stories. Meanwhile people rising to power decline economy, free thinking and progress. If we don't start to really care for this heritage and leave it to people who just want to enrich themselves, we will soon face »Rough Times«.

The album itself is a journey through our states of mind. The first 3 songs is us venting our spleen. About everything and everyone we despise - until towards the end when there's something kinda like hope."


Prologue: if there's one thing metal fans love to argue about it's "who was first"? If there are two things the second would be "are the band really metal though?" The two questions are interrelated in that you can't answer the former until you've established a working definition of the latter, which leads to a pretty narrow debate on the origins of the genre, not to mention a lot of historical revisionism in regards to bands that definitely would have been considered "metal" in the 70's or 80's, but are now deemed too soft to fit the description. So while the common consensus now seems to be that Black Sabbath are the legit head vampire in this bloodsucking enterprise, the fact is that their first album hardly reinvented heavy rock as a whole overnight… or even within that first decade. People often dismiss bands like Led Zeppelin or Blue Cheer as True Metal because those bands often created individual songs that were definitely not metal, but that's kind of the point: metal didn't happen overnight, and many of the early progenitors still had ties and influences to the acid rock, prog and blues rock that was still popular at the time.

Which brings us to present by way of the past with Kadavar and bands of their ilk. Drawing on a rich vein of period-specific sounds – in this case the woolly hard rock of the 70's – these retro bands seek to recapture a time when heavy rock and metal were still experiencing a large degree of cross-pollination. A formal division of the two closely related genres didn't really exist until the advent of thrash, power metal and doom in the early-to-mid 80's, though one could argue that the fiercely contested split between punk and new wave in the late 70's spilled over into debate about authenticity in the adjacent metal community as well.

Kadavar and their brethren look to return to a simpler time of looser restrictions and greater creative freedom, even as they do so by closely mimicking existing templates from 40+ years ago. The value in these efforts is not just that it turns younger fans on to forgotten sounds of yore, but also that they offer a clever alternate history by pretending the past 30 years of innovations in heavy music didn't happen, instead taking up a long discarded torch and evolving the sounds of the early 70's along a parallel tangent.

Kadavar in particularly have gotten progressively heavier in their peak moments since debuting on record five years ago, and 2015's Berlin represented their strongest outing yet, a tightly composed set of 11 originals and one Nico cover that focused on accessible songcraft and earworm hooks. 

This year's Rough Times lacks the consistent immediacy of the band's previous album – there's no "Last Living Dinosaur", exactly – upping the ante on grandiosity and volume instead. There's a little something here for everyone, where songs like "Skeleton Blues" and "Into the Wormehole" show the band picking up a newly found penchant for the dank-soaked sounds of stoner doom, whereas "The Lost Child" and "You Found the Best in Me" stick to the warm, acid-laced grooves of the late 60's/early 70's. 

"A L'Ombre Du Temps" is the real outlier here, a feature-length French spoken word outro that really only functions as a contrast to the rest of the album, but it shows a newfound willingness to deviate from formula and experiment a bit. "Words of Evil" is a credible Sabbath knock off that balances homage and skill with a deft hand.

Even the lighter fare (by volume standards) like "Die Baby Die" and "Tribulation Nation" have a dark streak to them that was only fleetingly present on previous efforts. This foreboding theme manages to effectively unify the diverse sonic panoply that spans Rough Times' 11 tracks and give the whole structure. 

On the other hand, the diversity of music here rewards repeated dives into the album's riches whereas Kadavar's prior longplayers – with their greater emphasis on accessibility – maybe didn't have the same legs on them. It's difficult to call this an objectively superior album to Berlin, but it offers a fresh look at a band that may have been in danger of getting long in the tooth just four albums into their career.

The Band:
Christoph "Lupus" Lindemann - Sung & Guitar
 Simon "Dragon" Bouteloup - Bass
 Christoph "Tiger" Bartelt - Drums

01. Rough Times  03:38
02. Into The Wormhole  04:17
03. Skeleton Blues  04:24
04. Die Baby Die  04:18
05. Vampires  04:48
06. Tribulation Nation  05:04
07. Words Of Evil  03:37
08. The Lost Child  05:52
09. You Found The Best In Me  04:58
10. A L'Ombre Du Temps  03:57
11. Helter Skelter  04:20




Mae McKenna - Selftitled (Great Folk UK 1975)


250:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Original relief konvolut. Utgången utgåva sedan 2006)

Mae McKenna doesn't just sing songs, she inhabits them. Her voice is a powerful and passionate instrument equally at home with Celtic traditional songs as much as original country/bluegrass flavoured compositions. Hers is a voice both ancient and modern, attractive and beguiling yet full of soul and sensuality.

Mae McKenna's roots are strongly Irish and Scottish. She grew up in Coatbridge near Glosgow, the youngest of three children with her brothers Hugh and John. Mae was raised in a house filled with music. Her parents and grandparents played music and songs from the variety theatre and the art songs of John McCormack to the classics of Frank Sinatra. At an early age she was exposed to jazz and classical music. At 14 she joined the Lanarkshire youth orchestra where she played viola. The sounds she heard at home included Art Tatum, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and the Tamta Motown classics on the radio all embedded in her teenage brain.


Mae joined her first group -- "Day" -- in high shool where she played viola with this gothic folk band. Playing in a local festival, her musical talents were noticed by another young band called Contraband. Some meetings later and a night visit to a friend's house in search of this elusive and talented young woman led to Contraband asking Mae to join them as lead singer. A Scottish folk rock legend was born.

Contraband featured Mae McKenna, George and Billy Jakcon, John Martin, Peter Cairney and Alec Baird. Their music was an exciting mixture of Irish and Scots traditional tunes, dramatic folk rock arrangements of classical ballads and contemporary songs. They attacked their mkusic with youthful vigour end energy. "We loved playing together," Mae recallse, "we alsyways used to play and sing on the way to gigs and coming back from them. Looking back I couldn't have wanted a better band to begin touring with." Life on the road was an adventure and Contraband toured all over Scotland and England.


Contraband signed with Transatlantic Records in 1973. They recorded their debut album Contraband in Chipping Norton studios in Oxfordshire. Released in May 1974, the album caught the young band in the cusp of their useful musical prowess and joi de vivre. Mae sung and played violin, viola and piano and joined with George and Billy's multi-instrumental talents, Peter's country tinged guitars, John's expert traditional fiddling and Alex's solod drumming to create a fresh new Celtic Rock sound. Contraband disbanded in 1975.

Mae McKenna began her solo career in 1975. She recorded three solo albums for Transatlantic Records: Mae McKenna (1975), Everything That Touches Me (1976) and Walk On Water (1977). She also appeared on radio and TV both as a guest and featured performer.

Her debut solo album Mae McKenna focused on dramatic ballads with lavish orchestrations and was a promising if pensive debut. Everything That Touches Me was a tasteful, melodic soft rock album with strong American West Coast country/rock leanings. Mae's exquisite voice wrapped itself round songs by Andrew Gold, Richard Thompson, Jackson Browne and Anne McGarrigle. The single "Crying in the Rain" received extensive radio airplay. Walk On Water continued the Transatlantic soft rock sound with songs by Kim Carnes, David Paich (Tot writer of the 1970s hit "Hold The Line") and the Motown standard "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted."

01. Dying to Live Winter 3:51 
02. Once in the Morning Webb 3:33 
03. All in Love Is Fair Wonder 3:47 
04. Other Side of Me Greenfield, Sedaka 3:12 
05. Song for Simon Rafferty 3:03 
06. Together We Get By Brook 3:50 
07. Elderberry Wine John, Taupin 3:43 
08. How Could We Dare to Be Wrong Blunstone, Dennys 3:45 
09. Imagine Lennon 3:24 
10. Black-Eyed Susan Brown Traditional 3:58 
11. Said the Major Brook 2:54 
12. Old Man Newman 4:00 

tisdag 5 september 2017

Warhorse - Selftitled (1:a albumet UK 1970 , Tung Hårdrock med Nick Simper, Deep Purple)


290:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Gruppens 1:a album från 1970. Progressive Heavy-Rock. Utgången utgåva sedan 2008. Svår att finna nu.)

Formed in 1970 around ex-Deep Purple bassist Nick Simper, Warhorse were understandably close to early Deep Purple in their blend of keyboard-colored progressive rock and early heavy metal. The group coalesced when Simper left Deep Purple in 1969 to lead soul singer Marsha Hunt's backing band, which included Rick Wakeman on keyboards for a while. 



The backing band formed the nucleus of Warhorse, which recorded a couple of albums for Vertigo in the early 1970s.

With their early hard rock/metal sounds and a singer (Ashley Holt) who could roll into over-serious, high stentorian vocal phrases, the group have also been compared to early Black Sabbath, although they lacked the hooks necessary to achieve the same level of success as Sabbath or Purple. 



Echoes of Yes (in the keyboards) and perhaps Uriah Heep can be heard as well. Warhorse broke up in 1973, with drummer Mac Poole joining Gong, and Holt and drummer Barney James (who briefly replaced Poole in Warhorse's final days) going to Rick Wakeman's band.




Warhorse's self-titled debut was a progressive rock-heavy rock meld that was even less humorless than that of Deep Purple, let alone Black Sabbath, the band that they got compared to most frequently. There's a bit of art rock in the Hammond organ, and an operatic earnestness to Ashley Holt's lead vocals. Titles like "Vulture Blood," "Burning," "Ritual," "Solitude" and "Woman of the Devil" are indicative of the group's desire to set a menacing mood, although the songs don't really forcefully hit the mark for which they were probably targeted. A cover of an Easybeats song ("St. Louis"), of all things, is the only non-original. Angel Air's CD reissue adds bonus live versions of four of the album's songs, as well as a demo, "Miss Jane," of a tune that didn't appear on the original LP.

01. Vulture Blood Warhorse 6:13
02. No Chance Warhorse 6:22
03. Burning Warhorse 6:17
04. St. Louis Vanda, Young 3:50
05. Ritual Warhorse 4:54
06. Solitude Warhorse 8:48
07. Woman of the Devil Warhorse 7:16

Bonus: 
08. Ritual [live] Warhorse 5:06
09. Miss Jane [demo version] Simper 3:37
10. Solitude [live/*] Warhorse 4:52
11. Woman of the Devil [live] Warhorse 6:45
12. Burning [live] Warhorse 6:09



söndag 3 september 2017

Canned Heat - Selftitled + 3 (1st Album US 1967) SHM-CD


300:- (SHM-CD Limited Remaster Edition (Deras 1:a album med 3 bonuslåtar. Legendariskt album som skivbolaget "Liberty" släppte i USA 1967.)

This debut long-player from Canned Heat was issued shortly after their appearance at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival. That performance, for all intents and purposes, was not only the combo's entrée into the burgeoning underground rock & roll scene, but was also among the first high-profile showcases to garner national and international attention. 



The quartet featured on Canned Heat (1967) includes the unique personnel of Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (guitar/vocals), Larry "The Mole" Taylor (bass), Henry "Sunflower" Vestine (guitar), Bob "The Bear" Hite (vocals), and Frank Cook (drums). Cook's tenure with the Heat would be exceedingly brief, however, as he was replaced by Aldolfo "Fido" Dela Parra (drums) a few months later. 


Bob “The Bear” Hite
Although their blues might have suggested that the aggregate hailed from the likes of Chicago or Memphis, Canned Heat actually formed in the Los Angeles suburb of Topanga Canyon, where they were contemporaries of other up-and-coming rockers Spirit and US Kaleidoscope

Wilson and Hite's almost scholarly approach created a unique synthesis when blended with the band's amplified rock & roll. After their initial studio sessions in April of 1967 produced favorable demos, they returned several weeks later to begin work in earnest on this platter. 

The dearth of original material on Canned Heat was less of a result of any songwriting deficiencies, but rather exemplifies their authentic renderings of traditionals such as the open-throttled boogie of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" -- which is rightfully recognized as having been derived from the Muddy Waters arrangement. 

Similarly, a rousing reading of Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom" is co-credited to Elmore James. Blues aficionados will undoubtedly notice references to a pair of Howlin' Wolf classics -- "Smokestack Lightning" as well as "I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)" -- as part of the rambling "Road Song." While decidedly more obscure to the casual listener, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones "Story of My Life" is both a high point on this recording, as well as one of the fiercest renditions ever committed to tape. 



Until a thorough overhaul of Canned Heat's catalog materializes, this title can be found on the Canned Heat/Boogie With Canned Heat (2003) two-fer that couples this title with their 1968 follow-up. Canned Heat is the 1967 debut album by Canned Heat. It was released shortly after their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, and features performances of several blues covers.

Bass – Larry Taylor
 Drums – Frank Cook
 Guitar – Henry Vestine
 Guitar, Vocals, Harp – Al Wilson 
 Vocals – Bob Hite

01. Rollin' And Tumblin'  03:05
02. Bullfrog Blues  02:15
03. Evil Is Going On  02:20
04. Goin' Down Slowly  03:44
05. Catfish Blues  06:42
06. Dust My Broom  03:14
07. Help Me  03:10
08. Big Road Blues  03:09
09. The Story Of My Life  03:36
10. The Road Song  03:09
11. Rich Woman  02:50

Bonus Tracks
12. On The Road Again (Alternate Take)  07:06
13. Nine Below Zero  04:10
14. TV Mama  06:22



måndag 28 augusti 2017

The Beatles - The Beatles Help! (Japan Release Only 1965)


340:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Finns normalt endast som Box utgåva. Jag har splittat en box och säljer nu dessa album individuellt. Mkt fin utgåva med laminerat utvik konvolut. Original innerpåse och CD label. Jag har endast 1 exemplar till salu. Unikt utvik konvolut och ett tillfälle som inte kommer igen.)

Capitol Records has just announced that they will be releasing the Fab Four’s five original Japanese albums in a brand new mini-LP box set. As with the U.S. albums before them, these new records will all be sourced from the group’s approved 2009 remasters. The new set also comes with a 100-page booklet and assorted memorabilia re-creations.


This new box marks the first time that these releases will ever be set to CD and according to the press release, they “faithfully replicates the original Japanese album artwork, including OBI and inner sleeve.” The five discs as included are, ‘Meet the Beatles!,’ ‘The Beatles’ Second Album,’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Beatles No.5’ and ‘Help!’ The first two discs come in mono, while the latter records are presented in stereo.

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ are identical in the track listing to their U.K. counterparts, but feature different artwork. 


The other three appear to be the same as their similarly named U.S. albums (with ‘Beatles No. 5′ taking the cover of ‘Beatles ’65’), the song selections are very different and seemingly every bit as randomly compiled. See below for the complete track listings of all five albums.

- I want to embrace the legend! - half a century since the impact encounter. The Japanese debut 50th anniversary commemorative board which contained 5 Japanese pieces of The Beatles (all made first CD!) Which changed the Japanese music scene was decided!

In 2014, as a gift to bless this historical anniversary year, in the memorable year that the Beatles has made record debut in Japan, it is 50 years, and as a gift to bless this historical anniversary year, Five albums of The Beatles' 5 albums will be released on CD for the first time.

The artwork of each album faithfully reproduces the original edition of original LP including inner pouch (inner sleeve), obi! In addition, it is the emergence of a very valuable collection limited to the first production limited to the booklet which was newly edited this time in luxury BOX.

Both sound sources use the 2014 remaster sound source. "Meet the Beatles! "The Beatles No. 2" "The Beatles No. 5" is a Mono remaster sound source. "The Beatles - A Hard Days Night" "Is a stereo remaster sound source, and "The Beatles - Help!" is an original stereo mix sound source.

Box set containing the Japanese version which changed the Japanese music scene of The Beatles who shocked the world and celebrated its 50th anniversary in Japan. First released 5 high-quality Japanese originally released in 1964-65. It is a precious work which reproduced the original faithfully the first edition board. 

From Boxed set only release.

01. Help! 
02. The Night Before
03. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
04. I Need You
05. Another Girl
06. You're Going To Lose That Girl
07. Ticket To Ride
08. Act Naturally
09. It's Only Love
10. You Like Me Too Much
11. Tell Me What You See
12. I've Just Seen A Face
13. Yesterday
14. Dizzy Miss Lizzy

The Beatles - The Beatles No. 5 (Japan Only Release 1965)


330:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Finns normalt endast som Box utgåva. Jag har splittat en box och säljer nu dessa album individuellt. Mkt fina utgåvor med Laminerat konvolut samt "flipback". Original innerpåse och CD label. Jag har endast 1 exemplar till salu. Unikt konvolut och ett tillfälle som inte kommer igen.)

Capitol Records has just announced that they will be releasing the Fab Four’s five original Japanese albums in a brand new mini-LP box set. As with the U.S. albums before them, these new records will all be sourced from the group’s approved 2009 remasters. The new set also comes with a 100-page booklet and assorted memorabilia re-creations.


This new box marks the first time that these releases will ever be set to CD and according to the press release, they “faithfully replicates the original Japanese album artwork, including OBI and inner sleeve.” The five discs as included are, ‘Meet the Beatles!,’ ‘The Beatles’ Second Album,’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Beatles No.5’ and ‘Help!’ The first two discs come in mono, while the latter records are presented in stereo.

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ are identical in the track listing to their U.K. counterparts, but feature different artwork. 

The other three appear to be the same as their similarly named U.S. albums (with ‘Beatles No. 5′ taking the cover of ‘Beatles ’65’), the song selections are very different and seemingly every bit as randomly compiled. See below for the complete track listings of all five albums.

- I want to embrace the legend! - half a century since the impact encounter. The Japanese debut 50th anniversary commemorative board which contained 5 Japanese pieces of The Beatles (all made first CD!) Which changed the Japanese music scene was decided!

In 2014, as a gift to bless this historical anniversary year, in the memorable year that the Beatles has made record debut in Japan, it is 50 years, and as a gift to bless this historical anniversary year, Five albums of The Beatles' 5 albums will be released on CD for the first time.


The artwork of each album faithfully reproduces the original edition of original LP including inner pouch (inner slee
ve), obi! In addition, it is the emergence of a very valuable collection limited to the first production limited to the booklet which was newly edited this time in luxury BOX.

Both sound sources use the 2014 remaster sound source. "Meet the Beatles! "The Beatles No. 2" "The Beatles No. 5" is a Mono remaster sound source. "The Beatles - A Hard Days Night" "Is a stereo remaster sound source, and "The Beatles - Help!" is an original stereo mix sound source.

Box set containing the Japanese version which changed the Japanese music scene of The Beatles who shocked the world and celebrated its 50th anniversary in Japan. First released 5 high-quality Japanese originally released in 1964-65. It is a precious work which reproduced the original faithfully the first edition board. 

From Boxed set only release. 

01. Long Tall Sally
02. Sie Liebt Dich
03. Anna (Go To Him) 
04. Matchbox
05. You Really Got A Hold On Me
06. She's A Woman
07. Ask Me Why
08. I Feel Fine
09. Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand
10. Chains
11. Slow Down
12. All I've Got To Do
13. I Call Your Name
14. This Boy

lördag 26 augusti 2017

The Beatles - A Hard Days Night (Japan Only Release 1964)


330:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Finns normalt endast som Box utgåva. Jag har splittat en box och säljer nu dessa album individuellt. Mkt fina utgåvor med Laminerat konvolut samt "flipback". Original innerpåse och CD label. Jag har endast 1 exemplar till salu. Unikt konvolut och ett tillfälle som inte kommer igen.)

Capitol Records has just announced that they will be releasing the Fab Four’s five original Japanese albums in a brand new mini-LP box set. As with the U.S. albums before them, these new records will all be sourced from the group’s approved 2009 remasters. The new set also comes with a 100-page booklet and assorted memorabilia re-creations.



This new box marks the first time that these releases will ever be set to CD and according to the press release, they “faithfully replicates the original Japanese album artwork, including OBI and inner sleeve.” The five discs as included are, ‘Meet the Beatles!,’ ‘The Beatles’ Second Album,’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Beatles No.5’ and ‘Help!’ The first two discs come in mono, while the latter records are presented in stereo.


‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ are identical in the track listing to their U.K. counterparts, but feature different artwork. 

The other three appear to be the same as their similarly named U.S. albums (with ‘Beatles No. 5′ taking the cover of ‘Beatles ’65’), the song selections are very different and seemingly every bit as randomly compiled. See below for the complete track listings of all five albums.

- I want to embrace the legend! - half a century since the impact encounter. The Japanese debut 50th anniversary commemorative board which contained 5 Japanese pieces of The Beatles (all made first CD!) Which changed the Japanese music scene was decided!

In 2014, as a gift to bless this historical anniversary year, in the memorable year that the Beatles has made record debut in Japan, it is 50 years, and as a gift to bless this historical anniversary year, Five albums of The Beatles' 5 albums will be released on CD for the first time.


The artwork of each album faithfully reproduces the original edition of original LP including inner pouch (inner slee
ve), obi! In addition, it is the emergence of a very valuable collection limited to the first production limited to the booklet which was newly edited this time in luxury BOX.

Both sound sources use the 2014 remaster sound source. "Meet the Beatles! "The Beatles No. 2" "The Beatles No. 5" is a Mono remaster sound source. "The Beatles - A Hard Days Night" "Is a stereo remaster sound source, and "The Beatles - Help!" is an original stereo mix sound source.

Box set containing the Japanese version which changed the Japanese music scene of The Beatles who shocked the world and celebrated its 50th anniversary in Japan. First released 5 high-quality Japanese originally released in 1964-65. It is a precious work which reproduced the original faithfully the first edition board. 

From Boxed set only release. 

01. "A Hard Day's Night" – 2:28
02. "I Should Have Known Better" – 2:42
03. "If I Fell" – 2:22
04. "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" – 1:59
05. "And I Love Her" – 2:30
06. "Tell Me Why" – 2:04
07. "Can't Buy Me Love" – 2:15
08. "Any Time at All" – 2:13
09. "I'll Cry Instead" – 1:48
10. "Things We Said Today" – 2:39
11. "When I Get Home' – 2:18
12. "You Can't Do That" – 2:35
13. "I'll Be Back" – 2:21

The Beatles - The Beatles No. 2 / Second Album (Japan Only Release 1964)


320:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Finns normalt endast som Box utgåva. Jag har splittat en box och säljer nu dessa album individuellt. Mkt fina utgåvor med Laminerat konvolut samt "flipback". Original innerpåse och CD label. Jag har endast 1 exemplar till salu. Ett tillfälle som inte kommer igen.)

Capitol Records has just announced that they will be releasing the Fab Four’s five original Japanese albums in a brand new mini-LP box set. As with the U.S. albums before them, these new records will all be sourced from the group’s approved 2009 remasters. The new set also comes with a 100-page booklet and assorted memorabilia re-creations.



This new box marks the first time that these releases will ever be set to CD and according to the press release, they “faithfully replicates the original Japanese album artwork, including OBI and inner sleeve.” The five discs as included are, ‘Meet the Beatles!,’ ‘The Beatles’ Second Album,’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Beatles No.5’ and ‘Help!’ The first two discs come in mono, while the latter records are presented in stereo.

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ are identical in the track listing to their U.K. counterparts, but feature different artwork. The other three appear to be the same as their similarly named U.S. albums (with ‘Beatles No. 5′ taking the cover of ‘Beatles ’65’), the song selections are very different and seemingly every bit as randomly compiled. See below for the complete track listings of all five albums.


- I want to embrace the legend! - half a century since the impact encounter. The Japanese debut 50th anniversary commemorative board which contained 5 Japanese pieces of The Beatles (all made first CD!) Which changed the Japanese music scene was decided!

In 2014, as a gift to bless this historical anniversary year, in the memorable year that the Beatles has made record debut in Japan, it is 50 years, and as a gift to bless this historical anniversary year, Five albums of The Beatles' 5 albums will be released on CD for the first time.

The artwork of each album faithfully reproduces the original edition of original LP including inner pouch (inner sleeve), obi! In addition, it is the emergence of a very valuable collection limited to the first production limited to the booklet which was newly edited this time in luxury BOX.


Both sound sources use the 2014 remaster sound source. "Meet the Beatles! "The Beatles No. 2" "The Beatles No. 5" is a Mono remaster sound source. "The Beatles - A Hard Days Night" "Is a stereo remaster sound source, and "The Beatles - Help!" is an original stereo mix sound source.

Box set containing the Japanese version which changed the Japanese music scene of The Beatles who shocked the world and celebrated its 50th anniversary in Japan. 

First released 5 high-quality Japanese originally released in 1964-65. It is a precious work which reproduced the original faithfully the first edition board. 

From Boxed set only release. 

01. "Can't Buy Me Love" – 2:15
02. "Do You Want to Know a Secret" – 1:59
03. "Thank You Girl" – 2:01
04. "A Taste of Honey" – 2:05
05. "It Won't Be Long" – 2:11
06. "I Wanna Be Your Man" – 1:59
07. "There's a Place" – 1:53
08. "Roll Over Beethoven" – 2:48
09. "Misery" – 1:48
10. "Boys" – 2:28
11. "Devil in Her Heart" – 2:29
12. "Not a Second Time" – 2:03
13. "Money (That's What I Want)" – 2:52
14. "Till There Was You" – 2:13



torsdag 17 augusti 2017

The Beatles - Meet the Beatles + Box, Japan Only Release (April 15, 1964)


340:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Japanska versionen av "Meet the Beatles" som släpptes 1964. Jag har splittat boxen och säljer de 5 albumen separat. Ett måste för Beatles samlare. Laminerad from och baksida samt "flipback" konvolut. Boxen är utgången för länge sedan. Boxen som är tom följer med som extra bonus för detta album)


This album is taken out from the out of print "Meet The Beatles" boxed set. The albums have not been released Individually, only in the boxed set.

The Beatles’ Japanese releases arrived via the Toshiba-owned Odeon label. Titles were initially released on both black and red vinyl, with the highly desirable red vinyl indicating the first pressing of a title. Meet the Beatles was the first Fab album to hit Japan, with a release date of April 1964. 


The group’s first two U.K. long players, Please Please Me and With the Beatles, weren’t released in Japan until 1966 – after the country had already received Rubber Soul – when the group toured there. As is still the custom today, the LPs were issued with OBI strips wrapped around the covers.

Meet the Beatles! resembles the American album but has a different track listing with 14 tracks instead of 12, orange and red lettering on the front cover (instead of blue and brown) , and a unique back cover.


This album is not for everyone; most fans will be satisfied with the standard British and U.S. releases. It is aimed at Japanese Beatle fans, who, much like their U.S. counterparts, want CD versions of the albums they grew up with, as well as the worldwide Beatles collectors' market. 

This album (from the boxed set) will probably not come down in price anytime soon, and this is out of print, will no doubt become even more expensive, so if you are interested, grab one before it is gone.

Odeon OR 7041, released April 15, 1964

01. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – 2:24
02. "She Loves You" – 2:19
03. "From Me to You" – 1:56
04. "Twist and Shout" – 2:30
05. "Love Me Do" – 2:19
06. "Baby It's You" – 2:40
07. "Don't Bother Me" – 2:28
08. "Please Please Me" – 2:00
09. "I Saw Her Standing There" – 2:50
10. "P.S. I Love You" – 2:06
11. "Little Child" – 1:46
12. "All My Loving" – 2:04
13. "Hold Me Tight" – 2:30
14. "Please Mister Postman" – 2:34

tisdag 11 juli 2017

Tractor - S/T (Superb Heavy Progressive Rock UK 1972)


270:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition.  Har även givit ut ett album under namnet: "The Way we Live, 1971". Tractor gavs ut som Mini LP 2009 och är en Mini LP som sällan dyker upp numera.)

Tractor is a band founded in Rochdale, Lancashire, England by guitarist/vocalist Jim Milne and drummer Steve Clayton in 1971. Both had been members of a beat group, The Way We Live since 1966. They are notable both for their appreciation by John Peel and Julian Cope, but also for their longevity because as of 2007, they are still performing. The third member of the recording band until 1972 was manager and sound engineer John Brierley, who was replaced in late 1972 by Alan Burgess as recording engineer and Chris Hewitt as manager and live sound engineer.

In the early days, the main marketing tool of unsigned hopeful bands was to send demo tapes to sympathetic DJs. Accordingly a tape was sent to Peel who had a fondness for Rochdale, having worked in a cotton mill there before becoming a DJ. Peel sent his label manager, Clive Selwood, from London to Rochdale in order to sign up the band.


The group was booked into London's Spot Studios and finished the sessions within two days, and in January 1971 the band's debut album, A Candle for Judith was released, credited to The Way We Live. The release, named after Clayton's then girlfriend, later wife, earned immediate critical acclaim "...impeccable in both technique and emotion"... Al Clark writing in Time Out in London in 1971.

Meanwhile Peel, who had previous links with Rochdale, bought the band recording equipment and a stereo PA system. He also convinced the band to change their name. Looking out of his kitchen window at Peel Acres in Suffolk, he spied a tractor in the fields adjacent to his house and recommended it as a name to them. Tractor's first release after the name change from The Way We Live was a 7 inch maxi single -- "Stoney Glory"/"Marie"/"As You Say" -- for Dandelion. They also backed up another Dandelion act called Beau -- led by C.J.T. "Beau" Midgley -- on the album Creation. All of this recording was done in an attic and bedroom studio of a terraced house in Edenfield Road Rochdale, which John Peel named Dandelion Studios,Rochdale to tie in with his record label Dandelion Records.

The duo's first full-length follow-up was released in 1972. By January 1973, the album was earning positive reviews. Melody Maker stated "albums don't come any better than this", Bob Harris, Anne Nightingale on BBC Radio One and Kid Jensen on Radio Luxembourg all gave heavy airplay to the album and it climbed to 18 in the Radio Luxembourg album charts and to 30 in the Virgin Bestseller charts. Longtime sound engineer John Brierley was eventually replaced by former The Way We Live singer Alan Burgess and, along with Milne, Clayton, and new production manager Chris Hewitt, the group began building a studio in a 3rd Floor / attic in Dawson Street, Market Street Heywood, Lancashire, named Tractor Sound Studios, again partially financed by John Peel. This studio would feature in a BBC film about Rochdale, Heywood, and John Peel, when the band and Chris Hewitt revisited the studio in December 2006. The third album for Dandelion, which was to be eventually released in the 1990s as Worst Enemies, was recorded at both Chipping Norton Studios, Oxfordshire and Tractor Sound Studios, Heywood. Standout track is the 21-minute piece about the Peterloo Massacre.

Tractor eventually left the Dandelion label which had effectively ceased to operate by late 1973.

Tractor then recorded a single in their Heywood studio, the reggae-tinged "Roll the Dice", released on Jonathan King's UK Records label.


In the summer of 1976, Milne and Clayton and manager Chris Hewitt who had returned from London where he had been working for a London PA company mixing sound for Ian Dury,Carol Grimes, and Sheer Elegance on live gigs, recruited bassist Dave Addison and teamed up again with studio engineer John Brierley, now the owner of Cargo Recording Studios at that point based in his house on Drake Street. They recorded another single -- "No More Rock 'n' Roll"/"Northern City" -- which was issued on Cargo Records of Rochdale and made the newly invented NME Indie singles chart. It was released to coincide with the 1977 Deeply Vale Festival, a legendary North West England music festival of the 1970s which the band were heavily involved in. At this point Tractor Music- PA Company and Music shop moved into premises along with Cargo Studios on Kenion Street Rochdale. The whole street became a music complex during the 1970s to the 1990s with many well known bands including Joy Division buying equipment here and hiring PA's from Tractor Music and recording in Cargo Studios, renamed Suite Sixteen Studios (owned initially by Peter Hook of Joy Division and Chris Hewitt) from 1985

In 1980, Tractor Milne, Clayton, and Addison went in the studio once again, this time adding blind musician Tony Crabtree on keyboards/guitar. They recorded another single -- "Average Man's Hero"/"Big Big Boy" -- this one for Roach Records, which was a label run by the band themselves.

01. All Ends Up 
02. Little Girl In Yellow 
03. Watcher 
04. Ravenscroft's 13 Bar Boogie 
05. Shubunkin' 
06. Hope In Flavour 
07. Everytime It Happens
08. Make The Journey 

Bonus tracks: 
09. Siderial 
10. No More Lies 
11. Mr. Evolution Man 
12. Every Time It Happens 
13. Storm 
14. Watcher