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Label Founder Mike Sniper's Picks
So I picked stuff that we currently have in stock in the used bin that's under $15; most under $10.
Ian Matthews - "Desert Inn," 1970
This is from his first post-Fairport Convention solo LP. Easy to see that he was the guy who was more into U.S. stuff than the traditional UK Folk Fairport are so known for. This wouldn't sound out of place on a Neil Young or CSN LP from the same time.
Moev - "In Your Head," 1982 (Listen here.)
I've never understood why this record isn't more respected with post-punk/minimal wave people. It's super cool. This track has always been a big fave. I'm a sucker for people who combine acoustic guitar, synth programming, drum machines and live drums. The magic Clan of Xymox formula, but these guys did it before.
Sopwith Camel - "Frantic Desolation," 1967 (Listen here.)
These guys get a bad rap for their hit "Hello, Hello" which is kinda Lovin' Spoonful-ish but most of this LP is killer West Coast psych, like the Charlatans, Moby Grape and early Airplane/Dead.
Miracle Legion - "Ladies From Town," 1989 (Listen here.)
I always say Miracle Legion is the R.E.M./Go-Betweens hybrid band no one ever talks about. This is from one of my favorite LPs from the 80s. Every track is amazing.
The Room - "In My Evil Hour," 1984 (Listen here.)
The Room are like the Miracle Legion, but instead of R.E.M., they're like the Wake or Felt. Just as good for one-fourth the price.
Harry Nilsson - "You're Breaking My Heart," 1972 (Listen here.)
Obviously Nilsson is not obscure, but this track is one of his best and never gets played on the radio, for obvious reasons. George Harrison and Graham Nash sang this on his grave a year after he died. When you consider the lyrics, that's pretty amazing.
Timmy Thomas - "Cold Cold People," 1972 (Listen here.)
Timmy Thomas is kind of like the Shuggie Otis that doesn't get as much cred. Really innovative drum-machine soul. It's not an unknown LP, and it had a minor hit, but I feel like it should be more referenced today.
The Beach Boys - "Never Learn Not to Love," 1969 (Listen here.)
This is from one of the later Dennis/Carl-led Beach Boys LPs. People seem to write off their post-Brian Wilson material for some reason, but those first couple records after (this one from 20/20) have awesome moments, some of which are genuinely kinda dark. And, yes, this was co-written by Charles Manson.
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