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Betty Davis - Nasty Gal
Betty Davis was riding high in the 70s. A new record label, a series of high profile relationships, and intensely sexualized live performances made her a rising star. It seemed like everything was aligned to take the music world by storm. So Betty and band got back into the studio where she would act as writer, producer, and performer, creating what she thought would be her definitive release… What emerged was the unapologetically uncompromising, self-referential 1975 album Nasty Gal. Now – over forty years later – Light In The Attic Records is proud to announce the vinyl reissue of this final Island Records-release by unparalleled funkstress Betty Davis.

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Other recordings by this artist

Betty Davis - Nasty Gal
First official reissue of this 1975 classic. Remastered from the original tapes, comes with booklet of notes, photos and lyrics.

CD - Light In The Attic - LITA046 - £12.99
Betty Davis - Is It Love Or Desire?
Previously unreleased 1976 album, mastered from the original tapes & featuring a generous booklet of sleevenotes & pictures...

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Shin Joong Hyun - Beautiful Rivers And Mountains
14-track anthology of this South Korean guitarist and arranger. Taking inspiration from rock'n'roll, jazz, soul, psychedelia and traditional Korean music, this is a bewildering and intoxicating mix of sounds from an artist who has been through the good times and the very bad. An extraordinary collection - check it...

CD - Light In The Attic - LITA065 - £12.99
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Zulu Rock
In the course of three albums, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, the rogue poet, artist, and singer-songwriter, travelled on a musical voyage from Manhattan (1979 debut Press Color) to The Bahamas (1981 follow-up Mambo Nassau) and apartheid South Africa (1984's Zulu Rock) – a controversial cultural boycott in protest of the nation's racially divided society. One place Descloux had never visited was the pop charts, but that changed when “Mais Où Sont Passées Les Gazelles? (Where Have The Gazelles Gone?)” – a reworking of a South African Shangaan disco hit – went all the way to the top spot in her native France, giving her a platform and a profile in the land she'd fled many years before. Recorded at Satbel Studios in Johannesburg, the album followed what her mentor Michel Esteban describes as "an extraordinary adventure" through eastern Africa following the footsteps of 19th century poet Rimbaud through Sudan, Ethiopia, the East Coast. A socially conscious person, Descloux wanted to use her music to draw some attention to the situation in South Africa, even obliquely, but there were musical motivations too – she was tapping into a hot and littleheard dance music in the aforementioned Shangaan disco, Soweto jive and mbaqanga, the style Malcolm McLaren had mined for his mash-up hit "Duck Rock" a year before. The music of South Africa seduced, subsumed, and molded Lizzy, who sounds surer and more swinging than ever before throughout Zulu Rock, but credit must also go to British producer Adam Kidron, then best known for his work with Scritti Politti, who joined Esteban and Descloux for the entire African journey. Lizzy and Adam’s was a battle of wills from the start, but his insistence on getting Lizzy to sing in a more conventional, tuneful way resulted in an emotional, ambitious, creative power struggle that delivered arguably her best vocals yet.

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Annette Peacock - I'm The One
Classic avant-garde pop album from 1972, mixing jazz, soul and electronica behind wild vocals... full re-issue at last via Light In The Attic Records' 'Future Days' imprint...

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Various Artists / Lee Hazlewood - There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-71
Box set of Lee Hazlewood Industries from 1966-1971. 172-page LP sized hard cover book plus four-CD anthology of the LHI label, along with the 1970 film Cowboy in Sweden on DVD. CDs: -DISCS 1 & 2: everything Lee recorded for LHI, including every 45 single and album (Cowboy in Sweden,Forty,The Cowboy & The Lady, and Requiem For an Almost Lady), plus a handful of unreleased tracks. -DISCS 3 & 4: Key tracks from the LHI stable
 of artists, including Suzi Jane Hokom, The Kitchen Cinq, Ann-Margret, Honey Ltd., The International Submarine Band, Arthur, The Aggregation, Sanford Clark, Lynn Castle, The Surprise Package, Virgil Warner, and Hamilton Streetcar, amongst many others.

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Various Artists - (The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986
3xLP with deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase Whereas I Am The Center called for a reconsideration of an entire maligned genre, The Microcosm requests nothing more than an open mind to consider this ambient, new age, neuzeit, prog, krautrock, cosmic, holistic stuff, whatever one calls it — as a pulsating movement unto itself, a mirror refracting the American new age scene in unexpected, electrifying ways, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the universality of the timeless quest to express “the Ineffable” through music. Drawing from major label budgets and homemade cassette distributed circumstances alike, The Microcosmdemonstrates a depth of peace profound to behold, and clearly expands the boundaries. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented by producer Douglas Mcgowan (Yoga Records) and liner notes contributor Jason Patrick Woodbury (Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard), The Microcosm features stunning cover paintings by Étienne Trouvelot, and labels by Finnish savant Aleksanda Ionowa...

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Lizzy Mercier Descloux - One For The Soul
By the time poet, singer-songwriter, and artist Lizzy Mercier Descloux recorded 1984's Zulu Rock, she'd marked herself out as both a globe trotter with more passport stamps than Tintin and a musical innovator whose loose, arty spirit could be applied to styles as varied as no wave, Bavarian oompa and Soweto jive. She'd also established a tight-knit threesome with muse/former lover Michel Esteban and producer/on-off lover Adam Kidron, who all reunited to follow Zulu Rock – a surprise hit in her native France – with something that, once again, represented a complete about-turn. The location, this time, was Rio De Janeiro, a suitably exotic location to follow their sojourn in Soweto given that Brazil had recently emerged from twenty years of dictatorship. But unlike Zulu Rock's broad appropriation of the local sound, One For The Soul borrows very liberally from Brazilian culture. The aim, says Kidron, was to "reimagine the blues", but Lizzy’s musical essence was in flux. “A Word Is A Wah" meshes reggae with her beloved accordion, “Women Don't Like Me” is wild, new wave pop, and she even wanders into soul territory, with whispery lounge versions of Al Green's “Simply Beautiful”. Most notable is the album's foray into jazz, and the fact that Chet Baker, the master jazz trumpeter, blew his last on “Fog Horn Blues” and the sensuous “Off Off Pleasure”. Rio was to be the last great hurrah of Lizzy and Michel’s global recording adventures, and although work proceeded apace, the experience was often quite tense. "The sessions were tough work,” says Kidron, in the new liner notes by Vivien Goldman accompanying this deluxe reissue. “Lizzy never quite got singing, no matter how much she drank, and no matter how hard she tried. Chet was very much at the drug-ravaged end of his life and had very little stamina or dexterity left… but there is a deep, sad, lyrical tone to his performances on the album.” So fraught were the sessions, it's a miracle that such a cohesive, sparky record emerged. The record-buying public did not agree, and as the album crashed and burned, so did the relationship between its three heroes. Lizzy was, for the first time, about to take on the world alone – and there was but one album left in her.

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Free Design - Stars/Time/Bubbles/Love
Free Design 1970 album re-issued, remastered and featuring two bonus tracks...

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Karen Dalton - In My Own Time
Back in stock! Classic super-soulful folk from 1971...

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Doug Randle - Songs For The New Industrial State
Orchestral sunshine pop with a political slant that comes over like a cross between David Axelrod, Simon & Garfunkel and the Millennium. Originally issued in the early '70s, this represents the first release on CD via the excellent Light In The Attic label. Includes booklet of lyrics and liner notes inside.

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Various Artists - (The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986
Whereas I Am The Center called for a reconsideration of an entire maligned genre, The Microcosm requests nothing more than an open mind to consider this ambient, new age, neuzeit, prog, krautrock, cosmic, holistic stuff, whatever one calls it — as a pulsating movement unto itself, a mirror refracting the American new age scene in unexpected, electrifying ways, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the universality of the timeless quest to express “the Ineffable” through music. Drawing from major label budgets and homemade cassette distributed circumstances alike, The Microcosmdemonstrates a depth of peace profound to behold, and clearly expands the boundaries. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented by producer Douglas Mcgowan (Yoga Records) and liner notes contributor Jason Patrick Woodbury (Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard), The Microcosm features stunning cover paintings by Étienne Trouvelot, and labels by Finnish savant Aleksanda Ionowa...

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Rodriguez - Cold Fact
Classic slice of orchestrated psychedelic folk from 1970 - think Bob Dylan meets Love. Includes 'Sugar Man', the track reworked by David Holmes' Free Association project. Nicely puttogether re-issue with lyrics & a ton of sleeve notes.

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Rodriguez - Coming From Reality
Finally here's the first official re-issue of the follow-up to 'Cold Fact' recorded in 1970, this is lush psych/folk rock - like Bob Dylan with a funkier sound crossed with Arthur Lee. Re-issue includes three bonus tracks.

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Monks - Early Years 1964-65
The original 1965 demos plus the pre-Monks single by the Torquays. Includes deluxe 32-page booklet with in-depth notes, interviews, lyrics and dozens of unseen photos.

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Monks - Black Monk Time
6 Bonus tracks including a previously unreleased version of 'Pretty Suzanne'. Features 36-page deluxe booklet with in-depth notes, interviews, lyrics and a wealth of unseen photos. Select Cds include limited edition Monks trading card.

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Betty Davis - Nasty Gal
First official reissue of this 1975 classic. Remastered from the original tapes, comes with booklet of notes, photos and lyrics.

CD - Light In The Attic - LITA046 - £12.99
Betty Davis - Is It Love Or Desire?
Previously unreleased 1976 album, mastered from the original tapes & featuring a generous booklet of sleevenotes & pictures...

CD - Light In The Attic - LITA047 - £12.99
Lou Bond - Lou Bond
Re-ssue of this lost slice of outsider soul, originally released by Stax's We Produce imprint in 1974. Orchestral soul meets singer songwriter with strong social commentary. Superbly produced by Light In The Attic Records with an extensive booklet of sleevenotes & lyrics.

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Kris Kristofferson - Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
Amazing collection of raw, direct demos from this maverick songwriting hero. Plus lyrics and sleevenotes in the accompanying 60-page booklet. Essential.

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Jim Sullivan - UFO
1969 orchestral folk-rock rarity re-issued. A lost-and-found classic for fans of Rodriguez, David Axelrod and John Phillips...

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Jane Birkin - Di Doo Dah
Debut solo album in collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier. CD with two bonus tracks.

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Pastor T.L.Barrett & The Youth Christ Choir - Like A Ship... (Without A Sale)
1971 Chicago gospel-soul nugget re-issued. Soaring, spiritual & funky. Re-issued with booklet of pics & sleevenotes.

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Vagrants - I Can't Make A Friend 1965-1968
Singles compilation of New York's Vagrants. You may already know their version of 'Respect' from its 'Nuggets' fame. Soul-fuelled garage / psych / proto-punk - this is great. As usual the Light In The Attic label comes up with superb sleevenotes and packaging too...

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Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor
Re-issued 1970 UK folk rock nugget. Featuring Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span) on bass and Mick Ronson on guitar. If you don't know it, its got a sound that you could kind of compare with David Bowie's 'Hunky Dory' crossed with John Renbourn, and was originally released on the legendary Harvest label. Comes with hefty booklet of sleevenotes and pics inside...

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Various Artists - Our Lives are Shaped By What We Love
Killer compilation of Motown's west coast subsidiary Mowest. Packed with soul, funk and even funky rock sounds, this long-lost treasure-trove gets the collection it deserves. 16 tracks featuring Syreeta, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Thelma Houston, Odyssey, Commodores, Sisters Love, Lodi, Nu Page and G.C.Cameron.

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Charles 'Packy' Axton - Late Late Party
Compilation of mid-'60s recordings from sax player Charles 'Packy' Axton of Mar-keys. Raw instrumental and vocal soul / R 'n B stompers featuring Stax and Hi Records personnel. 17 tracks and plenty of notes'n'pics inside.

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Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax And Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-65
Excellent compilation of Wendy Rene's Stax and Volt singles and rarities. Bittersweet southern soul, great singing and arrangements. With the title track referenced subsequently by Wu Tang Clan and Alicia Keys, this compilation draws together 22 tracks to deservedly put the spotlight on a brief but brightly burning career...

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Various Artists - Listen, Whitey!
'Listen, Whitey!' is a cross-cultural overview that sees Bob Dylan’s out of print 1971 single “George Jackson” alongside selections from Motown’s ‘Black Forum’ label - Stokely Carmichael, Amiri Baraka and Elaine Brown - plus Marlena Shaw, Watts Prophets, Gil Scott-Heron, Eddie Harris with Gene McDaniels and more. Jazz, soul, spoken word, folk. Plus a generous booklet of images and sleevenotes...

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Various Artists - Country Funk 1969-1975
Absolutely stunning compilation of rich and rockin' country-funk collisions from Mac Davis, Link Wray, Bobbie Gentry, Jim Ford, Bob Darin, Tony Joe White and more...

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Various Artists - Country Funk 1969-1975
Absolutely stunning compilation of rich and rockin' country-funk collisions from Mac Davis, Link Wray, Bobbie Gentry, Jim Ford, Bob Darin, Tony Joe White and more...

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Lee Hazlewood - The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes and Backsides
The mighty Light In The Attic Records presents an anthology collecting the best of Lee’s solo songs and duets from his LHI (Lee Hazlewood Industries) imprint.

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Rodriguez - Searching For Sugarman
Double LP soundtrack to the hit Rodriguez documentary film...

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Lee Hazlewood - Trouble Is A Lonesome Town
Lee Hazlewood's 1963 debut re-issued in its long-unavailable original mono mix; this edition expanded with bonus material, including early singles and three previously unavailable tracks...

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Roky Erickson - Gremlins Have Pictures
Essential compilation of Roky Erickson recordings stretching from the mid 1970s following his time in Rusk State Hospital, up to the 'Don't Slander Me' period, a decade later. 16 tracks documenting key solo work from one of the great mavericks of American rock'n'roll...

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Roky Erickson - Gremlins Have Pictures (+ 7
Essential compilation of Roky Erickson recordings stretching from the mid 1970s following his time in Rusk State Hospital, up to the 'Don't Slander Me' period, a decade later. A document of key solo work from one of the great mavericks of American rock'n'roll...

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Honey LTD - Complete LHI Recordings
Compilation of Lee Hazlewood productions on Detroit, Michigan group Honey Ltd. Lush harmony-drenched psych-pop-folk like Shangri Las meets She, Evie Sands, Pentangle etc...

CD - Light In The Attic - LITA102 - £14.99
Karin Krog - Don't Just Sing – An Anthology: 1963-1999
The work of Karin Krog may be unfamiliar to much of the world, but in her native Norway and Scandinavia at large, she’s practically a household name. This says much about the local enthusiasm for post-bop jazz but also about the tyranny of distribution: until 1994, Krog’s albums weren’t available in the USA or UK, meaning three decades of recordings were waiting to be discovered. With this anthology of her best recordings from 1963 to 1999–curated with Krog’s own input–we hope to set the record straight.

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Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
A stunner of a reissue on Light In The Attic's modern classics recordings... Great care has been taken to unleash this beast on vinyl, from the sleeve notes, embossed sleeve, freebies such as the poster, the actual pressing (which is excellent) and most of all their choice of re-press... Digable Planets we're massive on the hip hop scene back then and rightly so, with a cultured collection of samples (heavily sampling Blue Note like A Tribe Called Quest) and a conscious flow of rhymes this is a superb reissue of an almost lost classic...

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Various Artists - Country Funk II
The first volume of ‘Country Funk’ was a massive favourite with customers and staff alike, so we are beyond excited to have a sequel. The title is self-descriptive – this is country music with grooves, compiled by the experts at Light In The Attic Records. Tracks from Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Jim Ford, JJ Cale, Billy Swan and many more…

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Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Mambo Nassau
** CD INCLUDES 6 BONUS TRACKS ** After 1979's Press Color - reissued by Light In The Attic - Lizzy Mercier Descloux went tropical. Mambo Nassau, released in 1981 on Philips Records, saw the vagabond Parisian poet, artist and musician decamp from New York to the Bahamas with her manager and sometime lover, Michel Esteban. The effect on her music was not as expected. Press Color had been an album of dissonant, distorted disco influenced by the New York no wave scene, but Chris Blackwell's Compass Point Studios provided a hermetically sealed environment into which the island's relaxed atmosphere did not seep. The album, meanwhile, reflected the growing confidence of Descloux as a musician, an increasing interest in African music and the input of two new collaborators: synthesizer innovator Wally Badarou and Jamaican engineer Steve Stanley, the album's de facto producer.

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Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Suspense
By the time bohemian singer/poet/artist Lizzy Mercier Descloux recorded her fifth album, 1988's Suspense, she'd enjoyed a recording career that was as far from the clichés of music lore as is possible, flitting between genres, continents and collaborators, enjoying great success and equally great failure and even stealing the final breaths of master trumpeter Chet Baker for 1986's One For The Soul. When she came to make Suspense – reissued here as the final album in our series – she was, for the first time, working without her longtime muse, partner and manager Michel Esteban, with whom she'd first moved from their native France to New York, where it all began. The pressure was on to repeat the success of “Mais Où Sont Passées Les Gazelles”, a smash hit in France, and Descloux's label were keen to make a conventional artist of her, pairing her with John Brand, an invogue producer with a style geared to a big, shiny 1980s chart sound—an approach Lizzy had never experienced before, nor intended to. Recorded in Oxfordshire and Wales, it features songs recorded in both French and English, with lyrics by Mark Cunningham, the trumpet player of the avant-garde band MARS, and James Reyne, the Australian artist who co-wrote much of One For The Soul. In Vivien Goldman's new liner notes, Esteban notes that Suspense sounds "less Lizzy than the other records, less open," but in splitting herself into two – English and Francophone – the album has two personalities too; oddly, it shines a light on the real Descloux that her cultural experiments never did. Though the initial aim was to make a folky, acoustic album, the pop sound suited the singer, and “A Room In New York” is as fine and sparky as AOR gets. But when early single “Gueule D’Amour/Cry of Love” stiffed, EMI lost confidence and buried the LP. Bound by her contract to the label, Descloux moved away from music and focused on painting. She eventually settled in Corsica, the French island, where she died, aged 48, of cancer. Descloux's musical career ended, therefore, with the aptly titled Suspense. It was only a matter of time before this furiously creative artist's work was re-evaluated, and with these deluxe reissues, that time is now.

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Karin Krog - Don't Just Sing – An Anthology: 1963-1999
The work of Karin Krog may be unfamiliar to much of the world, but in her native Norway and Scandinavia at large, she’s practically a household name. This says much about the local enthusiasm for post-bop jazz but also about the tyranny of distribution: until 1994, Krog’s albums weren’t available in the USA or UK, meaning three decades of recordings were waiting to be discovered. With this anthology of her best recordings from 1963 to 1999–curated with Krog’s own input–we hope to set the record straight.

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The City - Now That Everything's Been Said
LP reissue of 1968 Carole King-fronted classic!

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Lee Hazlewood - 13
"Pimps… whores… pushers… dopers… gangsters… and bottom of the human chain sh*t-heels. Now you’re probably thinking I'm writing about major record companies and their unscrupulous executives… and lawyers. You could be right… but this time… YOU'RE WRONG! I'm describing the characters in my album "13"…some I knew… some I invented … some are true… some are false… some i liked… some i didn't. But they all had a story to tell and I told it…none of 'em seem to care… and I don't either… have fun…" - Lee Hazlewood "13 was never supposed to be a Lee Hazlewood album. It is perhaps the strangest record in one of the most varied discographies in music. The bombastic brass heavy funk, deep blues and soul paired with Hazlewood's subterranean baritone would be best enjoyed with a tall Chivas in an off-strip seedy Vegas lounge. It also features one of Hazlewood’s greatest lines ever “One week in San Francisco, existing on Nabisco, cookies and bad dreams, sad scenes and dodging paranoia.” - Larry Marks

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Lee Hazlewood - Forty
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Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn - Cubist Blues
Cubist blues is considered as one of the best recordings Alan Vega ever did. The combination of 3 great talents, Alan, Alex Chilton and Ben Vaughn, who decided to spend 2 nights in a recording studio and just follow their instincts, their inspiration, and combine the experience they acquired during their impressive careers gives a surprising and amazing result...

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Lifetones - For A Reason
Political post-punk trio This Heat dissolved at a turbulent time in the UK. Margaret “The Iron Lady” Thatcher was in power, and her budget-cutting, ultra-conservative influence was felt strongly in– among many other places–the cultural melting pot of Brixton, South London, where This Heat had their origins. Dusting himself off after the collapse of the band in 1982, guitarist/vocalist Charles Bullen united with Julius Samuel to form Lifetones and embraced the sounds of the local West Indian community to fuse reggae flavor to the kind of propulsive, rhythmic, and experimental music made by This Heat. Deceit, This Heat's 1981 album, had seen them work with David Cunningham, who had already helped mesh dub reggae with new wave pop on The Flying Lizards’ 1979 single, “Money (That's What I Want Want).” Even so, For A Reason was a great leap, one that created a strange, unsettling mood as Bullen’s multi-tracked, chant-like vocals met dub beats and Krautrock-informed repetition. Where Deceit dealt with the nuclear threat, For A Reason was less reactionary, even quoting Bob Marley in its lyrics: “you love the life you live, you live the life you love.” Just six tracks and half an hour long, the album was recorded at Cold Storage studio and released on Bullen’s own Tone Of Life Records. It has become a sought-after collector’s item that changes hands for hundreds of dollars a time. As a solo artist, Bullen was not prolific–it was 15 years until, in 1998, he released Internal Clock under the name Circadian Rhythms–but like the rest of his band, he has enjoyed a long, enriching career in unending pursuit of new sounds. Even though This Heat had no commercial success to follow up on, For A Reason was an album created with no intention of hitting the charts. Reissued on Light In The Attic, Lifetones’ single album retains a timeless quality and perhaps–on tracks such as “Good Side”–a futuristic sound that nobody else ever caught up to.

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Lifetones - For A Reason
Political post-punk trio This Heat dissolved at a turbulent time in the UK. Margaret “The Iron Lady” Thatcher was in power, and her budget-cutting, ultra-conservative influence was felt strongly in– among many other places–the cultural melting pot of Brixton, South London, where This Heat had their origins. Dusting himself off after the collapse of the band in 1982, guitarist/vocalist Charles Bullen united with Julius Samuel to form Lifetones and embraced the sounds of the local West Indian community to fuse reggae flavor to the kind of propulsive, rhythmic, and experimental music made by This Heat. Deceit, This Heat's 1981 album, had seen them work with David Cunningham, who had already helped mesh dub reggae with new wave pop on The Flying Lizards’ 1979 single, “Money (That's What I Want Want).” Even so, For A Reason was a great leap, one that created a strange, unsettling mood as Bullen’s multi-tracked, chant-like vocals met dub beats and Krautrock-informed repetition. Where Deceit dealt with the nuclear threat, For A Reason was less reactionary, even quoting Bob Marley in its lyrics: “you love the life you live, you live the life you love.” Just six tracks and half an hour long, the album was recorded at Cold Storage studio and released on Bullen’s own Tone Of Life Records. It has become a sought-after collector’s item that changes hands for hundreds of dollars a time. As a solo artist, Bullen was not prolific–it was 15 years until, in 1998, he released Internal Clock under the name Circadian Rhythms–but like the rest of his band, he has enjoyed a long, enriching career in unending pursuit of new sounds. Even though This Heat had no commercial success to follow up on, For A Reason was an album created with no intention of hitting the charts. Reissued on Light In The Attic, Lifetones’ single album retains a timeless quality and perhaps–on tracks such as “Good Side”–a futuristic sound that nobody else ever caught up to.

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Gimmer Nicholson - Christopher Idylls
Memphis' Larry “Gimmer” Nicholson still remains a great unknown today, despite his having orbited the periphery of the city's music scene since the early ‘60s, playing with artists ranging from Furry Lewis to William Eggleston and influencing a young Chris Bell (Big Star). Fusing classical and folk music, the sound Gimmer created for Christopher Idylls was evocative and unusual, its chiming guitars recalling the music of centuries past while also–when recorded in 1968–being quite desperately ahead of its time. The album was recorded with Terry Manning (Big Star, Led Zeppelin), who describes its creator as “one of the world’s most enigmatic people. I don’t know how many people really knew him because he was such a private person, a ‘full of love’ person, who had a dark side as well.” The six compositions that comprise Christopher Idylls were composed out west, Manning believes, while overlooking the Pacific Ocean. They were laid down in 1968 in four weeks of intimate sessions at Ardent Studios that saw Gimmer experiment by feeding acoustic guitars through delay pedals, layering and layering the sound live–one of the first examples of electronic repeat being used as part of the music. The album was supposed to be the first full-length LP release on Ardent Records, but there were understandable concerns about the size of audience that might be waiting for a curious instrumental album such as this. Meanwhile, Gimmer put blocks in the road himself: he didn’t like the original mixes or the sleeve and eventually decided he didn’t want the album released at all. He got his way but, Manning argues, the influence of those chiming guitars can be heard in the sounds floating out of Memphis in the decades that followed–especially in Big Star. Having personally played it to luminaries including Jimmy Page, Manning was frustrated he couldn’t get the album to a wider audience. “It was one of the best things I’ve been associated with–and it still is,” he says. It was Manning who finally convinced Nicholson to release the album on CD in 1994 and who was talking about recording more with him when Gimmer passed away at just 54 years old in 2000. Now available on vinyl, it's Gimmer's time to chime–and shine–again.

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Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor
Although not as well known as his peers (Roy Harper, John Marytn, and Bert Jansch), the name Michael Chapman is an important one in the linage of English folk rock guitarists and singer/songwriters of the late 60’s/early 70’s. For those unfamiliar with Chapman’s work, Roy Harper might be his closest musical cousin (and both artists were signed to EMI’s seminal stoner record label Harvest – also home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett). Like other Harvest artists, Chapman’s music contains a slightly drugged out feel, sublime guitar playing and intense lyrics. Chapman recorded 4 albums for Harvest between 1968 and 1972, of which 1970’s Fully Qualified Survivor is hands down considered the classic amongst the whole highly coveted bunch...

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Lynn Castle - Rose Coloured Corner
styling The Monkees, Boyce and Hart, Del Shannon, Sonny & Cher, the Byrds and countless others…by night she was writing songs. Despite lacking the desire to self promote and a crippling insecurity that made it hard to sing in front of anyone, her songs managed to bend the ears of such industry heavyweights as Phil Spector, Jack Nitzsche and Lee Hazlewood. “It was so hard to get me to sing,” explained Castle. “I had buried it so low, I didn’t think I was good at all. Lee heard my songs and thought I was fabulous. He said, ‘Oh my god, you’re really good! Let’s cut a record.’ Her sole 1967 45 “The Lady Barber" b/w "Rose Colored Corner,” released on Lee Hazlewood Industries is a slice of psychedelic pop heaven. A full length album was never completed, but her sparse demos with Jack Nitzsche give the listener a peek of what one might have sounded like. If you are familiar with Nitzsche’s mid-60s work with Tim Buckley, Bob Lind, and Buffalo Springfield…you can squint your ears and imagine her songs bejeweled with lush strings, finger cymbals, and delicate harpsichord. Instead, the songs remained unheard until now.

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Various Artists - Sing It High, Sing It Low : Tumbleweed Records 1971-1973
In February of 1971, Larry Ray and Bill Szymczyk fled an earthquake and a debauched L.A. music scene to claim their own slice of utopia in Denver, Colorado. After meeting and bonding at ABC-Dunhill, they’d often daydreamed about starting their own label. In Denver, Ray and Szymczyk settled on the name Tumbleweed Records, and through industry connections they secured multi-million-dollar financing from Gulf + Western. But instead of producing the next Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix, Ray and Szymczyk turned their sights on idiosyncratic wunderkinds like Pete McCabe, moody songwriters Robb Kunkel and Danny Holien, psych-folk rocker Arthur Gee, all the while providing a platform for more established musicians like Albert Collins and Dewey Terry, while launching the career of Michael Stanley. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and, per Szymczyk, it was a “bitchin’ disco time.” Drugs, parties, poetry, celebrities, money—Tumbleweed had it all, except airplay and distribution. Two years after its storied start, the label was finished.

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Acetone - 1992-2001
This fall, the independent literary press All Night Menu will publish Sam Sweet’s Hadley Lee Lightcap, a nonfiction novel that traces the backstories of the three members in Acetone, a band that played in Los Angeles for nine years. Though few heard them, their recordings are time capsules of who they were, how they lived, and where they came from. Light In the Attic has partnered with All Night Menu to present Acetone 1992-2001, the first anthology of the trio’s music. The book and the album will be released concurrently on September 22. Counting their early years in the scuzz-rock band Spinout, whose sole self-titled release came out in 1991 on Delicious Vinyl, guitarist Mark Lightcap, bassist Richie Lee, and drummer Steve Hadley played together for a total of 15 years. They disbanded in July 2001, when Lee committed suicide in the garage next to the house where the trio practiced. Afterwards, Rolling Stone ran a short obituary saying Acetone’s albums were “well received” but “failed to make any waves.” It was the first and only time they were featured in the national music press. Between 1993 and 2001 the trio released two LPs and an EP on Vernon Yard—a Virgin subsidiary—and two LPs on Vapor, the L.A.-based label founded by Neil Young and manager Elliott Roberts. In that span, they were selected to tour with Oasis, Mazzy Star, The Verve, and Spiritualized. Against a rising tide of post- Nirvana grunge and slipshod indie rock, Acetone tapped into a timeless Southern California groove by fusing elements of psychedelia, surf, and country. They rehearsed endlessly in an empty bedroom in northeast Los Angeles, recording hours of music onto cassettes that were subsequently stuffed into shoeboxes and left in a shed behind the drummer’s house. Those tapes are being released for the first time in this anthology, which also includes highlights from Acetone’s official releases. Taken together, the songs form a companion soundtrack to Sam Sweet’s book, which maps the character of Los Angeles as a place through the lens of these three unique characters bonded by music. “I think our music is all about moods and feeling but hopefully it will get as weird as it possibly can,” said Richie Lee in 1997. “We want things to get weird in the way that you could hear an Acetone song and know that no one else in the world could make that kind of music but us.”

Jumbo's Adam Gillison says "Anthology of LA trio Acetone, compiled from previously released and unreleased tracks. Hushed balladry with a lovely deep, warm feel reminiscent of Low or mid-period Velvet Underground. Another fine piece of reissue work from the Light In The Attic label. "

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Acetone - 1992-2001
This fall, the independent literary press All Night Menu will publish Sam Sweet’s Hadley Lee Lightcap, a nonfiction novel that traces the backstories of the three members in Acetone, a band that played in Los Angeles for nine years. Though few heard them, their recordings are time capsules of who they were, how they lived, and where they came from. Light In the Attic has partnered with All Night Menu to present Acetone 1992-2001, the first anthology of the trio’s music. The book and the album will be released concurrently on September 22. Counting their early years in the scuzz-rock band Spinout, whose sole self-titled release came out in 1991 on Delicious Vinyl, guitarist Mark Lightcap, bassist Richie Lee, and drummer Steve Hadley played together for a total of 15 years. They disbanded in July 2001, when Lee committed suicide in the garage next to the house where the trio practiced. Afterwards, Rolling Stone ran a short obituary saying Acetone’s albums were “well received” but “failed to make any waves.” It was the first and only time they were featured in the national music press. Between 1993 and 2001 the trio released two LPs and an EP on Vernon Yard—a Virgin subsidiary—and two LPs on Vapor, the L.A.-based label founded by Neil Young and manager Elliott Roberts. In that span, they were selected to tour with Oasis, Mazzy Star, The Verve, and Spiritualized. Against a rising tide of post- Nirvana grunge and slipshod indie rock, Acetone tapped into a timeless Southern California groove by fusing elements of psychedelia, surf, and country. They rehearsed endlessly in an empty bedroom in northeast Los Angeles, recording hours of music onto cassettes that were subsequently stuffed into shoeboxes and left in a shed behind the drummer’s house. Those tapes are being released for the first time in this anthology, which also includes highlights from Acetone’s official releases. Taken together, the songs form a companion soundtrack to Sam Sweet’s book, which maps the character of Los Angeles as a place through the lens of these three unique characters bonded by music. “I think our music is all about moods and feeling but hopefully it will get as weird as it possibly can,” said Richie Lee in 1997. “We want things to get weird in the way that you could hear an Acetone song and know that no one else in the world could make that kind of music but us.”

Jumbo's Adam Gillison says "Anthology of LA trio Acetone, compiled from previously released and unreleased tracks. Hushed balladry with a lovely deep, warm feel reminiscent of Low or mid-period Velvet Underground. Another fine piece of reissue work from the Light In The Attic label. "

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Lee Hazlewood - Forty
Jumbo's Adam Gillison says "Lee Hazlewood the singer: Shel Talmy picks the songs and produces. Lush orchestrations surround Hazlewood's voice to give a mixture of easy '60s pop-lounge and country-funk sounds. Some great tracks on here including 'Bye Babe' and 'The Night Before'. Reissue of 1969 album with a couple of bonus tracks and sleeve notes including interview with Talmy."

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Lee Hazlewood & Ann Margret - The Cowboy & The Lady
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Lee Hazlewood & Ann Margret - The Cowboy & The Lady
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Lee Hazlewood - Requiem For An Almost Lady
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Lee Hazlewood - Requiem For An Almost Lady
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