Posts Tagged ‘Rock’

Heavy Doomsday Psych from “Jerusalem” (Lion Productions)!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The genius of the folks at Lion Productions shines through again with this, the first official vinyl reissue of Jerusalem’s 1972 LP Jerusalem. This timeless and heavy UK hard rock album was produced by Deep Purple’s legendary frontman, Ian Gillan, and was originally released on the Decca/Deram label. At the time, it was Gillan who said of Jerusalem: “Not many bands really excite me. But this one’s so raw and completely unpretentious. They make the biggest, bloodiest noise you can imagine, tempered with moments of extreme emotion.”

Man, could words ever speak more truth?! Contained in this LP’s grooves is a menacing combination of over-the-top vocals and screaming lead guitars that could easily pass for something from the early British heavy metal scene. A holy grail record for collectors for years, this LP sounds better than ever with re-mastering of all tracks from the original master tapes. And as for looks, it’s lookin’ good with the wax housed in a high quality old-style gatefold cover and liner notes written by bassist Paul Dean (+ rare photos). Rough, raw, and doomy!

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For audio samples and to order Jerusalem – Jerusalem (Lion Productions – Rock/Lion031-V-1), click HERE!

CD/LP PRE-ORDER: “Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun”

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Years in the making! We’re proud to announce that you may now pre-order Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun (LP available 9/6, CD 9/27), the first ever anthology (outside of South Korea) of Shin Joong Hyun‘s work as a songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, and all around guitar god. It’s been a long road to get this one out but we have to give much thanks to Drew Christie and liner notes author Kevin “Sipreano” Howes, who first turned us on to Mr. Shin’s work so many years ago. Now if you’re scratching your head…”who’s Mr. Shin?”…then read on. Prepare to have your mind blown.

Shin Joong Hyun - Courtesy of the Artist

Shin Joong Hyun’s tale is personal, spiritual, and deep, not only reflecting the full spectrum of human emotions, but one that produced reverberating echoes of sound, some beautiful and life-giving, others restless and ungovernable. For the first time outside of Korea, Shin’s music will be readily available to music lovers the world over. We are thrilled to release Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun, a career spanning CD, 2xLP, and Digital Download compilation of the diminutive guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and talent developer.

For the full story, head over to the Release page where you can also preview tracks and pre-order the CD and 2x LP!

Free Basin’ Fridays – THAI FUNK VOLUME 1 & 2

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Illustration by Drew Christie - http://www.drewchristie.com/

A few months back we unleashed unto to world the two volume set Thai Funk Volume 1 and Thai Funk Volume 2 . Originally released as limited CDs by ZudRangMa Records in 2009, our vinyl-only editions sport newly remastered audio, double LPs housed in nice ‘n’ heavy “Tip-On” Stoughton jackets with rare album covers, download cards, PLUS hand-stitched cloth bags. Style for miles and flavor for days. If you don’t have these yet (both pressings are nearly sold out), then here’s your chance to pick up both volumes for the price of free. You’re welcome.

For your chance to win, leave us a comment below with your name and email address (kept private). Tell us about your favorite Thai dish, restaurant, band, city, etc. Let us know what you’re thinking! Winner picked at random and announced next Friday, 3/16 at 12PM PST.

Welcome to Future Days. Bo Diddley “The Black Gladiator” is here!

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Seems like only yesterday we welcomed Modern Classics Recordings into the world. It was just a shame to see lil’ MCR out in the yard playing all by himself, so we thought we’d give him another sibling. World, please meet Future Days Recordings. She’s a tad shy right now so we’ll do the talking. Future Days (lovingly named after Can’s 1973 album) will focus on records largely from the 60′s and 70′s, specializing in CD and LP reissues with the same level of detail and care, not to mention stellar sound and packaging, that makes Light In The Attic what we are. We hope you enjoy!

First up we’d like to present: Bo Diddley The Black Gladiator (FDR 600 | CD). As a key player in bridging the gap between blues and rock and roll, Bo Diddley released his debut single in 1955 on Chess Records’ Checker subsidiary, the self-mythologizing “Bo Diddley” (b/w “I’m A Man”). The tune was an instant smash on the R&B charts and eventually covered by no less than Buddy Holly, Bob Seger, and The Grateful Dead. Countless hits followed, but by the mid-60s, a new breed of rock and roll rebels from the UK and US had taken over the charts, artists ironically raised on the blues/R&B/rock and roll sounds of Diddley and his pioneering peers of the 1950s.

While the sixties came to a close, Diddley may have been working at a less prolific pace than during his earlier heyday, but the man was certainly charged up and ready to drop a full-blown musical bomb. In an attempt to fit in with the current youth oriented scene (Sly and the Family Stone, Rare Earth, The Rolling Stones) and recent acid rock audience targeted albums by label mates Muddy Waters (Electric Mud) and Howlin’ Wolf (The Howlin’ Wolf Album), Bo would further push the boundaries with the release of The Black Gladiator. The album would modernize his blues-rock sound with a rugged funk edge, while retaining the spirit and humor of his finest work, and feature an album cover of the man donning a bodacious leather belt/pseudo S&M get up that would put Isaac Hayes’ chain link vestments to shame. Across ten wild child tracks, the future rock and roll hall of fame inductee hits hard on every note. There are raw gospel shouts, ripping guitar, fatback drums, gritty Hammond organ, and even a round of the dozens with Cookie Vee (Cornelia Redmond).

Originally lost amidst a new decade and changing soundscapes, The Black Gladiator never really registered upon its release in June 1970. Still, its tough grooves and bold, black, and beautiful sleeve design has been a soulful secret in many a record collection. Replete with extensive liner notes by Scott Schinder and re-mastering from the original tapes by engineer Dave Cooley (Elysian Masters), the re-release makes The Black Gladiator finally ready for battle again. Check out the “What’s Inside?” video below for the full scoop!

For audio samples, more info and to order Bo Diddley The Black Gladiator click here!

Indonesian private press rock God Benny Soebardja! Strawberry Rain reissues out this week!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Strawberry Rain continue to dig deep into the 60s / 70s Indonesian rock scene with these four releases covering Benny Soebardja’s 70s private press records.  Benny Soebardja, the self-proclaimed founder of the private press scene and by all accounts one of the most important figures from the Indonesian music industry finally gets his due with these reissues.  Having been a member of bands such as The Peels, Shark Move and the infamous Giant Step, Benny left his mark across many memorable albums throughout the years, including his contributions to the recent Those Shocking, Shaking Days compilation (which was curated by Strawberry Rain’s MoSS) on Now Again.  During the mid 70′s, Benny also recorded solo efforts, which many regard as some of the best music to ever surface from the region.  With the help of British poet Bob Dook, Benny recorded numerous English based songs filled with incredible musicianship and melodies that have an underlying progressive nature.  Backed by the almost unknown Lizard (which contained members of both Giant Step and Harry Roesli’s Philosophy Gang), his solo efforts are in line with the sound of his other bands, yet stand on their own as a unique progressive offering.

Having almost been signed to Virgin Records UK in the 70′s as a part of Giant Step, his talents were apparent and would be world renown by this time if not for his music being lost within Indonesia all these years.  Here, for the first time we present to you his first three private press solo efforts, Lizard, Gut Rock and Night Train.  Unlike many bands within the Indonesian scene, Benny had no label influence while recording these offerings, making them true private press recordings without any filler.  All three albums are included as a 2 x CD set with a 36 page booklet full of concert photo’s, album covers and information about Benny’s musical history. In addition, you can pick up each as a true-to-original vinyl reissue. Choices abound!

Benny Soebardja The Lizard Years (SR002) | 2x CD with 36 page book | For more info, audio samples and to pre-order click here.

Benny Soebardja Lizard (SR002A) | LP – only 125 copies available WORLDWIDE | For more info, audio samples and to pre-order click here.

Benny Soebardja Gut Rock (SR002B) | LP - 500 copies available WORLDWIDE | For more info, audio samples and to pre-order click here.

Benny Soebardja Night Train (SR002C) | LP - 500 copies available WORLDWIDE | For more info, audio samples and to pre-order click here.

 

 

Free Basin’ Fridays – Indonesian private psych rock with Benny Soebardja “The Lizard Years”

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

OK so we’re a bit on the early side for Free Basin’ Fridays, but we have a top secret reissue mission tomorrow so won’t be at the ole computer tapping away. Anyway, earlier this week we featured the four great releases by Benny Soebardja on the always amazing Strawberry Rain label. Pure slabs of raw Indonesian psych rock, these three full album LP reissues (super limited quantities) and the essential collection The Lizard Years (2x CD) are out now and you can pick them up here. For this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays (yeah, we know we’re a bit early!), we’re giving away a copy of the 2x CD anthology The Lizard Years, which collects the three albums Lizard, Gut Rock, and Night Train and is fleshed out with a nice 36-page book full of vintage concert photos, album covers, and information about Benny’s musical history.

For your chance to win, leave a comment below and include your name and email address (kept private). Tell us about your favorite Indonesian rock band or favorite private press rock album… Winner will be announced next Friday, June 1 and 12PM.

Donnie & Joe Emerson “Dreamin’ Wild” | CD / LP (limited colored vinyl) / Digital PRE-ORDER

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

“‘Baby’ has been a staple on just about every playlist/mixtape I’ve assembled in the past 3 years. It is nothing short of sublime.” – Ariel Pink

Pacific Northwest isolation mixed with wide-eyed ambition, a strong sense of family and the gift of music proved to be quite the combination for teenage brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson. Originally released in 1979, Dreamin’ Wild is the sonic vision of the talented Emerson boys, recorded in a family-built home studio in rural Washington State. Situated in the unlikely blink-and-you-missed-it town of Fruitland and far removed from the late 1970s punk movement and the larger disco boom, Donnie and Joe tilled their own musical soil, channeling bedroom pop jams, raw funk, and yacht rock.

Spurred on their high school’s music program, Donnie and Joe received a further push from their lifelong farmer father, who drew up a contract stating that he’d support his sons lofty ambitions with their very own recording studio as long as they focused on original material, sage advice for a man with zero experience in the music business. After taking out a second mortgage to help cover costs, Don Sr. also built his children a 300-capacity concert hall (dubbed Camp Jammin’) replete with ticket booth, stage, and fully functioning snack bar. The only problem was that the projected audience never quite materialized, despite a prime time TV profile entitled “The Rock And Roll Farmers” from nearby Spokane, Washington. Even the Emerson brother’s school pals were nonplussed at their privately pressed long player; hand distributed to local music stores, but not as far as Seattle, five hours away from their rural home. Somewhat rejected by the muted response, but never surrendering, both Donnie and Joe continued down a musical path and are still active as performers today.

This rare slice of bedroom-funk gets the usual Light In The Attic treatment with newly remastered audio, detailed liner notes interviewing the Emersons, and expanded original album art with loads of photos from the Emerson’s collection. Be sure to also check out the short documentary Rock and Roll Farmers (directed by Matt Sullivan and Michelle M. Witten), premiering below. Stay tuned for more Donnie and Joe goodies in the coming weeks!

Pre-order Donnie & Joe Emerson Dreamin’ Wild (LITA 082 – CD/LP/Digital) here now. Available at fine record stores world wide June 26, 2012.

* First ever CD & LP reissue
* SOLD OUT – Limited edition (100 copies) on “Baby” Blue (wink-wink) 180-gram wax, only available to the first 100 pre-orders on LightInTheAttic.net SOLD OUT
* CD and LP include detailed liner notes by Dave Segal, interviewing the Emersons plus unseen photos
* 180-gram LP housed in gatefold “tip-on” jacket and includes download card for full album plus audio interview between Ariel Pink and Donnie Emerson!
* 25 random copies of LP include an original copy of Donnie & Joe’s 1977 debut 45 single

Free Basin’ Fridays | Plant and See LP | Heavy Swamp-Psych from Paradise of Bachelors

Friday, July 6th, 2012

For this week’s Free Basin’ Fridays, we’re shining a spotlight on one of our favorite new labels, Paradise of Bachelors, and their latest release, the first-ever reissue of the sole eponymous album by Willie French Lowery’s interracial swamp-psych band Plant and See. We first got a sneak peek at this release last year when we profiled PoB on the blog and holding the LP in our hands today, it was clearly worth the wait.

Originally released in 1969 on L.A. label White Whale—home of Jim Ford, the Turtles, and the Rockets—Plant and See is the strange fruit of disparate people, places, and players in dialogue. Its humid, storm-cloud guitars, ductile vocal harmonies, and intuitive, loose-limbed drumming are redolent of a specifically Southern syncretic musical identity and sense of place, testifying to the outstanding, colorblind musicianship of Lowery, African American drummer Forris Fulford, Latino bassist Ron Seiger, and Scotch-Irish backup vocalist Carol Fitzgerald.

American Indian frontman Willie Lowery (who sadly passed away this year) grew up in swamp-laced, tri-racial Robeson County, North Carolina, the state’s geographically largest, economically poorest, and most ethnically diverse county. Shaped by his own Lumbee Indian heritage as well as the influence of local African American and European American musical traditions, Lowery’s style developed into a powerful, singularly soulful sound that appealed to contemporary psych-rock audiences while directly addressing the concerns of his own Indian community. Plant and See represents his first major recorded work, following stints playing for the “hootchie-cootchie women” of a traveling carnival and the lite-psych group Corporate Image, as well as serving as Clyde McPhatter’s bandleader.

Reissued here for the first time in a limited pressing of 1,000 copies, Plant and See features newly remastered audio, restored artwork on a deluxe “tip-on” jacket and new liner notes by Lumbee historian and folklorist Jefferson Currie II. You can order a copy now here, or for your chance to cop one for free, leave a comment below. Winner will be announced next Friday, July 13 at 12pm PST.

Thin Lizzy “S/T” Debut Album | 180-gram LP + Book & Poster | OUT NOW!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Look what the wind just blew in…our deluxe reissue of Thin Lizzy’s debut album from 1971. Our reissue features newly remastered sound from the original master tapes, book deep liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes interviewing surviving members, unseen archive photos, over-sized 18×24 poster, and 180-gram wax. Get it now and play it loud!

For audio samples, more info and to order Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy (LITA 086), visit LightInTheAttic.net

Josh's dog Maggie investigates the pallet of records. No drugs found!

Ray Stinnett “A Fire Somewhere” || Deep Southern folk/rock produced by Booker T Jones || CD, 2xLP, Digital Pre-order

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

“I used to be accused of being ahead of my time, so I took some time off.” 
– Ray Stinnett

A hippie-fied, soul-rock, folk-rock, psych-rock gem lost in the vaults for four decades, A Fire Somewhere by Ray Stinnett (best known as a member of ‘60s outfit Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs) sounds as fresh as the day it was cut, and comes with extensive liner-notes detailing the fascinating life of a little-documented ‘60s rock voyager.

Ray Stinnett, early 1960s. Image courtesy of the artist.

Born in Memphis in 1944, Ray Stinnett got his first guitar, aged 12, from Nathan Novak’s pawn shop, where Elvis got his first guitar. Before long, he was putting the plan into action, first in teen group Johnny and the Electros, then as a duo with drummer Jerry Patterson, playing nightly at honkytonks, roadhouses, beer joints, nightclubs and the many Memphis recording studios. He achieved stardom with Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, whose Wooly Bully was the number one selling record of 1965. At 21, Stinnett was living a life of world tours and screaming fans – the whole mania. The wheels fell off a year later, amid managerial disputes.

Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs, at Sun Studios, 1964. Image courtesy of the artist.

By 1967, the summer of love, Ray left Memphis for Haight Ashbury in San Francisco with his wife and young son, taking up residence at the legendary Morning Star Ranch, where Ray focused on finding his true voice. Returning to Memphis a year later, Ray formed a working friendship with Booker T Jones, who produced Ray’s unreleased Sun Tree at Pepper West album. Eventually, when Jones moved to Malibu and took a contract with A&M, he lined up a deal for his old friend.

Ray and Sandra Stinnett with Friends, 1969. Image courtesy of the artist.

Still working in Memphis with (old) friends Jerry Paterson and Mike Plunk on bass, along with Booker T and co-mixer/engineer Richard Rosebrough (Chris Bell, Big Star), Ray channelled his experiences in the pop machine, at Morningstar and beyond into the songs that would become A Fire Somewhere. It funnelled the vast experiences of this pop star, cosmic traveller and grounded, loving father. The songs contained the fried country twang and boogie-woogie grooves of his hometown and of his youth, but were also threaded through with the new psychedelia – shreds of distorted guitar, looping experimental jams and acoustic renditions. For a taste of this, head over to Aquarium Drunkard for a full stream of the lazy-love-ode “Honey Suckle.”

Ray Stinnett, 1971. Image courtesy of the artist.

By summer, the album was ready for release, however when winter arrived, it remained on the shelf. A&M reassured Ray that they were going to make him a superstar. Ray had already done that; he just wanted the songs released. Soon, they hit an impasse. Ray took his tapes and songs and went on with his life. In the end, A&M’s loss – is our gain. Listen, and enjoy, this message from another time, and from an old head on young shoulders. “It’s a torch that’s been carried forty years through the desert, waiting for this moment to arrive,” says Ray. Be sure to come out Sunday October 7th (4-6pm) for the release party and a very special performance by Ray Stinnett at Mount Analog in Los Angeles.

Ray Stinnett - A Fire Somewhere (LITA 088) pre-order now at LightInTheAttic.net
* Original album Executive Producer: Booker T Jones
* Original art intended for 1971 album release, seen for the first time
* All songs previously unreleased
* CD with 40-pg book with liner notes by Jessica Hundley interviewing Ray with unseen photos
* 2x LP with download card for full album, plus the same liner notes and rare photos, and reproduction of original 18×24′’ fold-out poster
* Limited edition (200 copies on psychedelic orange swirl vinyl) pressing available to the first 200 pre-orders at LightInTheAttic.net. Limit 1 per customer.