The Can – Monster Movie

A first issue of Can’s experimental debut album is a rare beast… Revolutionary is a word that gets thrown around a lot in music, but there really is no other way to describe Germany’s finest psychedelic export, Can. Fusing elements of traditional rock music with avant-garde funk, jazz and way beyond, Can were at the forefront of the krautrock movement. While the band’s roots date … Continue reading The Can – Monster Movie

The Velvet Underground & Nico

Original mono pressings of The Velvets’ ‘Banana’ album are highly sought after, but they don’t come cheap…   There are many records out there that are considered iconic, and one in particular is The Velvet Underground’s 1967 debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico. Recorded while on Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable tour, whose instantly recognisable artwork graces the cover of the album, it was released … Continue reading The Velvet Underground & Nico

Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

The rainbow-reflecting prism may have been replaced by a live shot, but this Japanese record-club release is a genuine rarity… There’s an argument to be had that the sleeve design to the Pink Floyd 1973 opus, The Dark Side Of The Moon, is more recognisable than the music itself. Even those who haven’t heard a note of Pink Floyd’s music will still recognise the sleeve. All of … Continue reading Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

The recording of My Bloody Valentine’s ear-splitting classic nearly saw Creation Records go bankrupt. A first pressing is worth a pretty penny… From the band’s inception in 1983, My Bloody Valentine had been anything but conventional. The jarring psych/garage-rock sound of their earliest releases failed to lift them off the ground, but over time their music would begin to develop a unique sound of its … Continue reading My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

The distinctive Nick Drake debut is one of the most melancholy albums ever laid down on vinyl. Saying that, if you’ve got a first press you’ll be smiling… The 1969 UK first press 10-track stereo vinyl LP of Nick Drake’s stunning debut album, Five Leaves Left, was released on Island’s pink ‘block’ label. This label design was short lived, with only two albums having their … Continue reading Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

Madonna – Lucky Star, Ireland edition

Lucky’s not the word if you happen to own a copy of this ultra-rare, Ireland-only pressing of an early-80s synth-pop gem… Lucky Star was one of the tracks from Madonna’s 1983 self-titled debut LP. The single was originally issued in a picture sleeve with an image from the same Gary Heery photo shoot as the album cover. As Madonna’s popularity would grow, many of her … Continue reading Madonna – Lucky Star, Ireland edition

Genesis – From Genesis To Revelation, mono edition

The prog rockers recorded their debut album during the school holidays and its minimalistic sleeve meant it was often filed wrongly in record shops… After Genesis were discovered in 1967 while at Charterhouse school, From Genesis To Revelation was their debut album. It was released in March 1969 on Decca Records in the UK, and featured the original line-up of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike … Continue reading Genesis – From Genesis To Revelation, mono edition

The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle

This timeless psychedelic pop classic that’s celebrating its 50th anniversary is one of the best records of its era – and on mono, it’s a real find… Overlooked upon its original release, but now regarded as one of the finest English pop/psych albums of the era, Odessey & Oracle by The Zombies is a true cult classic. Earlier this year, it celebrated its 50th anniversary, and … Continue reading The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle