Cat Stevens – Mona Bone Jakon (1970) A&M Records/SP4260 – US Sterling Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Cat Stevens – Mona Bone Jakon (1970) A&M Records/SP4260 – US Sterling Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Cat Stevens – Mona Bone Jakon
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Label: A&M Records/SP4260 | Release: 1970 | This Issue: 197? | Genre: Folk-Rock

Cat Stevens virtually disappeared from the British pop scene in 1968, at the age of 20, after a meteoric start to his career. He had contracted tuberculosis and spent a year recovering, from both his illness and the strain of being a teenage pop star, before returning to action in the spring of 1970 — as a very different 22-year-old — with Mona Bone Jakon.

Horslips – The Book Of Invasions (1976) DJM Records/DJLPA-10 – 1st US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz - NEW 2017 RIP!

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Horslips – The Book Of Invasions (1976) DJM Records/DJLPA-10 – 1st US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz - NEW 2017 RIP!

Horslips ‎– The Book Of Invasions ‘A Celtic Symphony’
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Label: DJM Records/DJLPA-10 | Released: 1976 | Genre: Progressive-Folk

Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
After the lacklustre Unfortunate Cup of Tea, the next album was going to be a watershed for Horslips. In the end, they returned broadly to the formula that had brought them so much acclaim for The Tain and produced a concept album based on Irish mythology and full of great songs based on Irish traditional tunes. And it works just as well as The Tain, having brought them enormous critical acclaim. If anything, they show their amazing musicianship off even more, with Charles O’Connor’s fiddle and mandolin swopping riffs with Johnny Fean’s scything lead guitar and Jim Lockhart’s flute,whistle, pipes and keyboards.

Cat Stevens – Back To Earth (1978) A&M Records/SP-4735 – Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Cat Stevens – Back To Earth (1978) A&M Records/SP-4735 – Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Cat Stevens – Back To Earth
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Label: A&M Records/SP-4735 | Release: 1978 | Genre: Folk-Rock

In retrospect, it is not hard to find hints of a coming change in the final album Cat Stevens made before a near-death experience and a religious conversion.

Cat Stevens – Numbers (1975) A&M Records/SP 4555 – Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Cat Stevens – Numbers (1975) A&M Records/SP 4555 – Original US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Cat Stevens – Numbers
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Label: A&M Records/SP 4555 | Release: 1975 | Genre: Folk-Rock

Things aren’t going well for Cat Stevens on the planet, ah, polyethylene. Critics keep asking: would you buy a used I Ching from this man? Since Tea for the Tillerman, affirmation has been doubtful. Never a deep thinker and rarely a master of words, Stevens has now turned to the “majik” of numerology, only to have the melodies disappear down the decimal point. In fact, “Call Me Zero” would have been a perfect title for Numbers, an album so breathtakingly stupid that even the most loyal fan could count its merits without using any of the fingers on either hand.

Rare Bird – Rare Bird (1969) Philips/6369 900 – Original DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Rare Bird – Rare Bird (1969) Philips/6369 900 – Original DE Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Rare Bird – Rare Bird
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Label: Philips/6369 900 | Released: 1969 | DE Issue: 1970 | Genre: Progressive-Rock

Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music
Back in 1970, whilst browsing in my favorite used record store, i came across this album. Despite the ghastly sleeve art (not the cover pictured above), i turned it over and noticed “Sympathy” included in the track listings, a song i had heard many times on the radio in the office but had never really taken much notice of, despite it being a huge hit single. The photo of the band clinched it – in those days any strange album i found depicting “four hippies in a field / park / wood” was worth investigating as part of my “scene”.

Sui Generis – Vida (1972) Microfon/SE-369 – AR Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz - NEW 2017 RIP!

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Sui Generis – Vida (1972) Microfon/SE-369 – AR Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz - NEW 2017 RIP!

Sui Generis – Vida
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Label: Microfon/SE-369 | Release: 1972 | This Issue: 1974 | Genre: Country-Rock

Who would have thought that this little hippie folk album would make such a big impact in Argentine music and lead to much better things? This album was written by a duo of youngsters, Nito Mestre and Charly Garcia, who grew rapidly into a top notch songwriter. Vida was a big hit in Argentina, carrying a group of easy and charming fireside tunes with a great sense of melody.

Atrium Musicae – Tarentule-Tarentelle (1976) Harmonia Mundi France/HM 379 – Original FR Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Atrium Musicae – Tarentule-Tarentelle (1976) Harmonia Mundi France/HM 379 – Original FR Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Atrium Musicae De Madrid – Tarentule-Tarentelle
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Label: Harmonia Mundi France/HM 379 | Released: 1976 | Genre: Ancient-Music

Atrium Musicae was an early music ensemble from Madrid, Spain, founded in 1964 by Gregorio Paniagua, a Spanish monk.

Vivencia – Azules De Otoño (1979) Discos CBS/120.014 – Original AR Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Vivencia – Azules De Otoño (1979) Discos CBS/120.014 – Original AR Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Vivencia – Azules De Otoño
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Label: Discos CBS/120.014 | Release: 1979 | Genre: Country-Pop

In 1979 “Vivencia” gave birth, always for the CBS label (Today Sony) the long duration “Azules De Otoño”, where they stand out songs like “Con Un Niño En Nuestros Cuerpos”, “Gira La Vida” or “Sonrisas Que Alimentar” .

Barclay James Harvest – Eyes Of The Universe (1979) Polydor/30 555 7 – DE Pressing- LP In 24bit/96kHz

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Barclay James Harvest – Eyes Of The Universe (1979) Polydor/30 555 7 – DE Pressing- LP In 24bit/96kHz

Barclay James Harvest – Eyes Of The Universe
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Label: Polydor/30 555 7 | Club Edition | Release: 1979 | Genre: Symphonic-Rock

Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection
“Eyes of the Universe” offers some gorgeous prog moments very reminiscent of the best ALAN PARSONS PROJECT work.

Hopkinson Smith & Paul O’Dette - Duetti Italiani (1979) EMI Electrola - 1st DE Pressing- LP In 24bit/96kHz - NEW 2017 RIP!

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Hopkinson Smith & Paul O’Dette - Duetti Italiani (1979) EMI Electrola - 1st DE Pressing- LP In 24bit/96kHz - NEW 2017 RIP!

Hopkinson Smith & Paul O’Dette - Duetti Italiani
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Label: EMI Electrola/1C 065-45 642 | Release: 1979 | Genre: Ancient Music

Essential: a masterpiece of ancient music
Here is a dream gem for those who like the lute music, Hopkinson Smith (UK) and Paul O’Dette (US), together!

Zubin Mehta & New York Philharmonic – Pictures At An Exhibition (1980) M 35165 - 1st US Pressing LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Zubin Mehta & New York Philharmonic – Pictures At An Exhibition (1980) M 35165 - 1st US Pressing LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Zubin Mehta & New York Philharmonic Orchestra – Mussorgsky/Ravel – Pictures At An Exhibition/La Valse
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Label: CBS Masterworks/M 35165 | Release: 1980 | Genre: Classical

Here are sets of Pictures to suit almost every personal art gallery. The newest issue (though not the most recently recorded—it has a 1979 analogue source) is the least memorable. The orchestral playing is excellent and certain portrayals are striking, the ”Ballet of Unhatched Chicks”, for instance and ”Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle”, while the closing sequence is strongly projected.

The Chieftains – The Chieftains 2 (1971) Island Records/ILPS-9365 – US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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The Chieftains – The Chieftains 2 (1971) Island Records/ILPS-9365 – US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

The Chieftains – The Chieftains 2
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Label: Island Records/ILPS-9365 | Released: 1971 | US Issue: 1976 | Genre: Irish-Folk

This is the real stuff, the very best of the group’s early albums and the best representation of the Chieftains’ original sound.

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The Chieftains – The Chieftains (1964) Island Records/ILPS 9364 – US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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The Chieftains – The Chieftains (1964) Island Records/ILPS 9364 – US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

The Chieftains – The Chieftains
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Label: Island Records/ILPS 9364 | Released: 1964 | US Issue: 1976 | Genre: Irish-Folk

The debut album by the Chieftains, recorded when they were still a semi-professional outfit, is more restrained than their subsequent efforts. The opening number introduces each of the bandmembers, Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts on pipes, followed by Michael Tubridy on flute and David Fallon on bodhran, Martin Fay on the fiddle, and then Tubridy on the concertina. The group would later acquire what can only be called a more soulful approach, but the playing here was a revelation at the time, if only for its stripped-down authenticity.

David Bowie – The Rise And Fall (1972) RCA Victor/AYL1-3843 – US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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David Bowie – The Rise And Fall (1972) RCA Victor/AYL1-3843 – US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
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Label: RCA Victor/AYL1-3843 | Release: 1972 | This Issue: 1980 | Genre: Classic-Rock

Essential: a masterpiece of rock music
WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAM
Deeply inspired by the rise and fall of Vince Taylor (whom Bowie incidentally met in 1971). David/Ziggy will mix this story with science-fiction themes, the atmosphere of the star rock system mixing the whole stuff with his androgynous look. Ziggy will appear as such on stage. Intelligent glam rock? Probably.

Galadriel – Galadriel (1971) Akarma/AK 158 – IT 180g Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Galadriel – Galadriel (1971) Akarma/AK 158 – IT 180g Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Galadriel – Galadriel
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Label: Akarma/AK 158 | Released: 1971 | This Issue: 2001 | Genre: Progressive-Rock

Excellent addition to any prog-rock music collection
Galadriel biography
The band’s sole legacy, a self-titled album released in 1971, is quite similar to myriads of obscure early 70’s rock bands with vague progressive leanings: blues based with elements of soft or folk-rock (JETHRO TULL-style for the flute), a bit of jazz and some hard rock.