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The Reckless Records Blog – Static Shock Special!

Hello from Reckless!

We hope you’ve all had as good a week as we have. This Blog was written to the sounds of…

Incredibly busy week here, with lots of buying and an awful lot of selling. It’s becoming really hard to keep certain titles in the racks for an hour never mind a day. But at the same time you always want certain Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd records out there. Luckily we keep buying great collections with these sorts of titles in.

1) Huge Classic Rock Collection; lots of original US presses in varying condition. I think there are close to 500 pieces and there are all the classic albums from artists like Tom Waits, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Captain Beefheart, Soft Machine, Caravan, Fairport Convention, Miles Davis, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, XTC, The Walker Brothers, Osibisa, Quicksilver, Led Zeppelin, Dr John, The Allman Brothers, Small Faces, Sandy Denny, Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen, New Order, Talk Talk, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, King Crimson, Lou Reed, The Cure, The Police etc. So as you can see it is a pretty exhaustive collection! We’ve managed to get about a third of it out already and believe me, they won’t last long!

2) Duncan had a family drop off a small but incredible Jazz collection at his house. From rare Improv to UK Impulse originals; it is the business. The rarest title is a John Taylor LP on Turtle that even Duncan hadn’t seen in real life before. We played it, and I could really understand why it goes for so much money, it is brilliant. There were also a few Alan Skidmore LPs, John Surman LPs, The Trio LPs, Archie Shepp, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Mike Osbourne. All UK originals. The collection also had about 40 Jazz eps, including several very collectible titles. I priced up most of the UK titles on Monday.

3) An excellent Grime, Drum & Bass and Dubstep bag came in the other day. It was about 30 12″s and featured people like Wiley, the Grime Rephlex comps, Spooky, Zomby, Andy C.

4) Another similar pile of Jazz, Funk, Disco, House and Rap came in on the same day. Titles from James Brown, Kerri Chandler, Francois K, Larry Levan, Ray Munnings etc.

5) Sean was out at a collection yesterday; an extremely Classic Rock collection! 600 LPs from The Beatles, Groundhogs, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Devo, Elvis Costello, Buzzcocks, The Byrds etc. There were also 300 singles and 400 CDs.

6) A few interesting Reggae 45s and 12″s came in this week too from Desi Roots, Johnny Osbourne, Niney etc.

7) Yesterday was CD day with hundreds and hundreds of CDs being sold in – it looked pretty “Classic” but there were some interesting titles int here too from heavy Prog to 90s Techno.

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This weekend is the legendary Static Shock Festival that Tom organises. If you don’t know it its an international Punk and Hardcore festival with this year having Warthog, Arms Race, Uranium Club, The Number Ones, Career Suicide etc. It’s always one of the highlights of the year for me so I asked Jonah from Fucked Up, Game, Career Suicide et and Joe Briggs of Scrap Brain etc to do me a Static Shock themed Top Ten.

Jonah Falco

Static Shock top ten

1 – Warthog and their putrid new ep. One of the most electrifying performances of static shock’s recent history has been bifurcated in my memory between drummer Ryan Naideau’s intimidating drum fills during that one song that sounds like the Melvins taking a holiday in an early 80s finnish hc themed holiday camp, and walking into the “electro room” at New River during Chris Bress’ set to see every last person moving and then instantly spotting Naideau speed skanking, only for him to spot me, stop, give the wink and gun and continue dancing. Breakneck to say the least.

2 – Diat “Positive Disintegration” LP
Notably absent from any modern gathering of the faithful surrounding punk, including this weekend, but an unforgettable and perfectly crafted “post punk” band. They have Whodini’d their way out of he chains of faux disco and the emanations of a deflating bagpipe and instead blasted out a second LP of magic drab. Drummer Iffy’s record shop in Berlin – “Static Shock” – has surely provided better living for record collections across Europe.

3 – Ibuprofen – don’t leave home without it.

4 – Heavy Sentence
A perhaps undervalued band from Sheffield who have cracked one of the many codes of playing great heavy metal, which is to have a perfect punk drummer. The kind of thick pneumatics of Motorhead over the cooly shaded histrionics of guitars freely moving in space. The sound of smelling good while looking rough. Sturdy, crunchy, a sea of axes.

5 – Beaconsfield Hotel and The Happy Man
Both more or less inconveniently out of walking distance from the gigs without having to miss an act, but both a place for a swift sip of down time. The former a poetically neglected Victorian interior with drunken postal staff and local pool sharks haunting he premises, skunky pints, and high ceilings yet still worth your time. The latter a diamond in the diamonds.

6 – The Annihilated
Vaulted secret musical project of Reckless staff member Tom Ellis. Blink and you’ll miss it. Rumour has it the only existing physical record of his sole current musical output is on a dub plate in NE London somewhere with the words “Songs for a Shropshire Christening” stencilled on the sleeve so no one will ever listen it. Sunday Night’s performance by “Boss” will also debut the soon to be classic tribute song to Tom, “Mad Mad Ellis.”

7 – Sial s/t LP

A masterstroke of contemporary punk, full stop. Singapore’s Sial are a seamless melding of form, content, intent, and execution. The music is relentless hc punk but should be especially noted for upgrading the pseudo standoff of punk versus the mainstream via the language they sing in, Bahasa Melayu (Malay), which is the language of Singapore’s indigenous minority. This seemingly small challenge of communication speaks volumes to the gestures of importance and meaning that can be foundationally present in an ever diluting notion like punk. They blast off on Saturday evening.

8 – Snatch “All I Want”
Judy Nylon’s perfect punk single from 1978. Not only is she credited with more or less providing the context in which “ambient music” was born (a questionable pursuit but a big one), but she’s also crafted some significantly perfect punk rock. There are two versions of this single and song, much like other important decisions you’ll know you’ve made the right one when you hear it. Nothing to do with this weekend but enjoy yourselves anyway.

9 – Nekra
Four of the most solid musicians on the London punk scene creating a crushing off the rails shove on the chest to all in their presence. LP en route with velvety steely guitar and pummelling vocals. Not only that, but the four women who make up the band are the human crossroads of much of London’s brilliant contemporary punk output, their junction forking outward to the thundering and polynational Forra, the uplifting melodic pogo of Pesadilla, the exhilerating electric depressant of Sarcasm, and the constructivist slam dance of Child’s Pose. The banks of the Thames are alive with Music.

10 – I’m playing five sets and doing a dj set so shout out to myself for intruding on everyone’s cool bands and good time. See you for a Bloody Mary on Monday.

Joe Briggs

Top 10 Records by bands that have played or are playing at Static Shock Weekend:

Static Shock Weekend has provided me some of the most memorable times of my life. Some of the best bands I’ve ever seen. And also some of the biggest mad ones I’ve ever experienced. In 2015 I got so cXnted I forgot how to speak. This year I am looking forward once again to seeing mates from around the world and meeting a bunch of sick punx. I’m also incredibly excited for my band to play it for the first time (Scrap Brain: 3:50 Friday matinee at New River before Chain Cult), and I’m also very excited for Geld, Warthog, Boss, Sial, Heavy Sentence and many many other banging bands, and of course the traditional Friday night Bad Boy Bress DJ set. See you in the pit.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads – Go Home

21st century New York’s answer to the Mummies released their third album in 2018 and it rips, but their 2012 debut remains special. While garage-punk as a term tends to conjure up images of identikit Burger Records bands chugging through mediocre riffs, Hank Wood’s approach revels in the grot and grime and the weirdness of punk, realising that more interesting than aping the Ramones riffs, is digging into their oddball city urchin mentality, the pain and the mental pressure. Repetitive lyrics of frustration and fury. Most of the tracks have simple refrains that build and twist in on themselves, growling and snapping at you, twitching inwards and out with raw raw firehose power, like the song My House which consists almost entirely of the line “HEY YOU! GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!” like that point of utter dissolution in an argument that ends a party or relationship when you just hang on to one phrase repeating it with machine-malfunction rhythm again and again and a-fucking-gain to the slippery point of semantic satiation because it’s that now-or-never separation you need right now, not any sort of showdown, not any sort of explication of issues and history you just need the lonesomeness and you can’t see anywhere, think of anything, but that repitition and the respite it seems to shape. This album is about those wormy twin feelings of city living, where you despise the alienation and industrial numbness of these human-factory farms (“I don’t belong here.” broods Snide…Petty…Fools) but also revel in the badass ice-eyed streetwise fearless cynosure cXnt you cut yourself into in order to survive. This whole record, from the clanking sewer-noise of its untitled track, to the redneck rumblings at the start of Bad Things which quickly devolving into another growling stompy scratching-at-the-seams mess, is a jittery uncomfortable grumble on urban rot and the Mega-City Dredd attitude it cultivates inside us that boots up against our smarts and dreams and failing stars and tussles there til we drown it with alcohol or cyborg drugs or abandon the fight, the blame and the corruption, for the quieter apocalypses of suburbia.

Playing in 2014, the Hammerheads, live are a writhing insistent mass of panicked guttural twitchings, those isolated breakdowns become roaring shoutalongs, flung about in deadly release.

Dawn of Humans – Slurping at the Cosmic Spine

The apogee of 2010s freakpunk. Scuzzy guitar dragged over pogothump rhythms runs Slurping at the Cosmos Spine, strapped up equally ready for an imbecilic slamdance or fresh aperture gouged into your third-eye. The vocals are the most divergent instrument here, snapping lizardbrain warbling and strained whinnies, inane whirling ditties with the cadence of playground taunts, deep dogbitten threats, panicked jolts and spasms. There’s the tapewhine and flickering spitshake of Possibility Box, the rattling of Secretion, the fleshy vellication of Painful Mountain, the restless clamor of Dug Hole, the pumpfake slobbering dronedrawl of Horseblind, slipping down into dark. All the way through to the pressing freakstamp of Foundation, Dawn of Humans snatched songs from fragments and shards. Gnomic visions of a world in flux, half-glimpsed through a mucal veil. Oblique gerunds trailing off, “As we stand on firm ground, we sink in, callousing” on Horseblind, Fixation’s repetitive sneer of “Always bending”, Dug Hole “Creeping, seeping, crawling”, Possibility Box “Knowing, not knowing”. This album tricks out the scribbly essence of thought, coalescing and tearing, tumbling off into the ether. It’s a world of traps and terrors, fears lurking beyond or within, their clammy tendrils brushing against up against you as you surge bodily and stumblemosh in the gloom. Jump-up music for aborted seances, busted headcult punks in primordial movement, dancemoves and directions sucked greedily straight from the collective unconsciousness of the puerile choir immaterial.

They played in 2014 with Emil adorned in a homemade armour made of a broken mirror, bungee cords and duct-tape, partway through their set he leapt into the pit and opened up his hat to take out bits of paper which he passed out exhorting the wildly pogoing punks to CHANGE or GROW. A mate of my received one of these after smashing his first gary and I think his head hasn’t been the same since. Meanwhile, I went home with the mirror that was hanging off Emil’s cock and it’s still on my wall.

Good Throb – The Queen Sucks Nazi Cock

Watching a band grow is one of the greatest joys, while Good Throb were already a great band when I first saw them in Power Lunches supporting White Lung a good five or six years ago, over the course of their lifespan into one of the best punk bands in the world. Their final (for now) record, features their timeless mix of scalpel sharp lyrics, sneering soul-snatching vocals, clattering drums, intricate spiky guitar, pumping bass. Best British punk band since Crass.

They played a bunch of times, but from being a fairly early Friday night band in 2014 when half the people are still hungover to one of the Saturday night main events in 2017, where people back the gigroom 30 minutes before and the air pulses with anticipation, as more and more people got caught up in the Throb, this band have never failed to kill it live.

S.H.I.T. – What Do You Stand For?

Consistently making some of the best hardcore punk in the world since they got together almost a decade ago, their first LP is rushes and reaps, ready to rearrange face and brains, fit for blowing up rooms. Vocals dragged roughly out of the depth the throat, but imbued with less echo and blunt purpose than their earlier EPs, retching over the collision of body and society, mind and matters, writhing and snatching clumsily in flat bursts of alienation. Pressing onwards, crashing forwards. They played two sets in 2014, an absolutely terrifying Friday night one which destroyed one of the speakers and ripped off the top half of Colin from Disguise’s ear, and a slightly less insane but maybe more joyous Saturday night.

Game – Who Will Play?

Though they’ve only been going a couple years, Game’s collective members who’ve played in bands like Fucked Up, Violent Reaction, Career Suicide, Arms Race and many more, have probably got a good couple thousand gigs under their collective belt. While there is an incredible joy in seeing a rough and ready bunch of kids working out their way around their instruments with simple, there’s an equally special feeling when a bunch of hardcore/punk lifers take their experience and talent and commitment and pool it into a complete hardcore statement like Game do. Actually calling to mind true greats like Gauze and other bands that people claim their band sounds like while missing by a mile, Gauze. Astonishing riffs, bloodied vocals, perfect hardcore. They played the last one and they’re tour-tight and on the main stage at this one.

Una Bestia Incontrolable – Observant Com el Món es Destrueix

It’s rare to find a hardcore band with so few direct forebears, Una Bestia Incontrolable’s shares little in common with most adherents of the genre, maybe only in the percussive seductive weirdness of Hungary’s Vágtázó Halottkémek can you find such a melding of danceable rhythms and scratchy uncomfortable noise. Also, while most hardcore bands, like Hank Wood, focus on the urban, UBI often draw on the deep terror, the choking awe of nature’s darkness, to infuse their songs, the childhood fear of the woods run through rumbling hardcore punk, dirt-infected guitar tones. Pernicious smirking forest knifepucks, or a deadfaced stalker, unseen, always pacing behind you with the rustle of brushes, the whip and crack of branches and twigs. An endless evil in the woods, deeper than the roots of the biggest fuck-off trees. Fuck the communion with nature, fuck the Growth of the Soil, don’t trust the earth. This album is the sound of cold streams, mini-eschatons, phobias of the dark that stretch back further than childhood, stretch back right into some deeper human dread, primal terror, shadowy places that have existed for a long-ass time. It’s an album of fire, winds and flamewhips. Echoes. Shit. Crepitations. Threat. Pounding rocks, nasty fucknoise built into looming boulders and packed into mud since the coalescence of the earth. Violence until now. Let us in. Let us out. We were right to be afraid.

UBI played their first gig ever at Static Shock 2012 and returning as headliners in 2015, a set I actually didn’t enjoy because I was absolutely off my tits and 5 minutes before they played Tom Ellis informed me I was going to go on stage and talk to 500 people immediately after their set so I spent the entire set completely freaking my nut out. Thanks for that, Tom.

Kriegshog – s/t

For my money, the best album released by La Vida Es Un Mus, the greatest punk label in the world. In the myriad forms of Japanese hardcore, from the sweeping solos of Death Side, the whipcrack fury of Gauze, the monomaniacal d-beat of Disclose, Kriegshog mine the particular of the likes of Crow and their crusty thunderous take on Motorheadesque rock and roll. Burn in particular is one of the best hardcore songs of the last 25 years. A hypnotic propulsive fury, pulling you into the murk. They headlined in 2016 and tore up both the Dome and the Unicorn. I remember most of both sets.

The Number Ones – Another Side of the Number Ones

Four songs of absolutely timeless power-pop, feeling less like they were written but plucked fresh and complete from some ineffable romantic ether, but that’s how it goes with perfect pop songs, golden tunes, wry lyrics, melodies smooth as a white lie, if everyone could write songs this good, they would. The effort and talent that goes into crafting these tunes as good as anything on any Powerpearls comp is elided by the finished product, and its irresistible charm. The Number Ones have played SSW multiple times. From their Saturday afternoon in 2014, where it genuinely looked like Cian was gonna puke for half the set, to the 2015 aftershow, which I have absolutely no recollection of despite there being documentary evidence of me being there (apparently my trousers fell down in the pit) the lads seem to be able to dig deep within themselves and conjure up those sweet melodies and harmonies and despite the fact that they are invariably either absolutely on it or struggling through a thick fug of a hangover. This year they close out the festival on the Sunday evening. Good luck, lads.

Uranium Club – All of Them Naturals

Meticulously-crafted post-punk dispatches from a strange alien world of workplace paranoia, a fully-realised conceptual approach to the surreal despair inherent in the corporate psychological landscape of late American capitalism, like Devo covering David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. They smashed it up in 2016 and will be doing it again this year on Friday night.

Bib – Moshpit

Plaintive piano into what is basically the Leeway intro, absolutely massive fuckin hardcore, riffs that sound they were played with a brick, songs constructed purely to stomp your head in. Pure mosh tempting even the most retired old-punk back into the pit. They played 2017 and it was almost too hot to breathe. The closest I’ve felt to death during a punk gig. Incredible stuff.

See you next week if we’re still alive!

Loadsa Records!!!! Plus an all Goldie Top Ten from Marcus Barnes!

Hello from Reckless Records!

This weeks blog was written to the sounds of:

Super busy week as always, with quite a bit of buying. Here’s just a little bit of what we bought:

1) Clean Classic Rock; a really nice collection with plenty of 60’s-80’s titles. Most titles are EX at least and the sleeves are in great condition too. Pentangle, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Devo, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix, Grace Jones, B52’s, Nazareth, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, The Only Ones, Joni Mitchell, Sex Pistols etc.

2) Nice little batch of Jungle CDs, all unmixed, with quite a few tracks that weren’t released in any other format! These will really not last long!

3) Couple of Donald Byrd originals, from his Jazz Funk era. Places and Spaces already sold! Which is no surprise as we were just saying how this just doesn’t turn up like it used to!

4) Whole big bunch of Prince tapes! About 15 in all.

5) UK original Esquire Moondog LP. This is seriously rare! Plus it has a really beautiful sleeve.

6) Little batch of Classic 90s Hip Hop – A Tribe Called Quest, Fugees, Run DMC, 2Pac etc. Also quite a few RnB 12″s from top artists like Aaliyah.

7) Top Reggae/Dancehall/Ska collection. Several original 60’s Ska/Rocksteady titles, some heavy 80’s Roots and loads of killer Dancehall. Luckily the Dancehall titles are strong; not the usual Bashment cheapies (not that theres anything wrong with them!). Yabby You, Little Kirk, Dennis Brown, Barry Brown…

8) More killer Drum & Bass / Jungle from a new seller. Lots of killer 12″s here, even more Good Looking Records titles, Ratty, Foul Play, Dillinja, Goldie, DJ SS, Krome & Time…

9) Decent Beatles White Album with low number 0001862. Quite a few Beatles (and related) titles went out this week too).

10) Small but great Anarcho Punk collection came in; Amebix, Crass, Disrupters, Dead Kennedys, Blitz.

11) Another regular seller brought in several piles of Japanese Fusion / Yacht Rock, as well as a rare MC Solar LP and a Scandinavian Prog rarity from Splash.

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A lot of really great stuff went out this week too;

A) Several rare Punk 45s, including the rare self released debut single from Charge.

B) Plenty of rare Psych and Prog titles, including several Dandelion Records titles.

C) Plenty of Calypso and Soca, including a few more collectible titles.

E) Even more Drum & Bass! Loads of rare ones too!

F) Lots and lots of 45s, Al was really smashing it this week.

G) As much Classic Rock as you could possibly want.

H) Several rare Pink Floyd vinyl box sets (as well as a load of 45s).

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This week we have a Top Ten from Marcus Barnes, author of “Around The World In 80 Record Stores”. I have to say I’m super chuffed and really loved this piece being a huge Goldie fan myself! Thanks Marcus!

Goldie was an idol of mine when I was a teenager (and I guess he still is now)

Goldie was (and still is) an idol of mine when I was a teenager. In my naive teen bubble I felt like I had so much in common with him as a mixed-race kid who was into graffiti and drum’n’bass. His music was part of the soundtrack to my youth, a difficult time when I was starting to work out who I was and what this strange thing we call ‘life’ is all about. Drum’n’bass was my life from the early jungle days up to the early 2000s. There are too many names to mention but Fabio, Grooverider and Bryan Gee were very influential during this time…

Rufige Kru – Menace
The intro to this one sends shivers down my spine. I quite like a pitched up vocal and this one (sampled from Urban Soul’s ‘Always’) gets me every time. This predates the early years of jungle/drum’n’bass, when the British spin on hardcore was in full flight. This is what the UK does best, proper!

Goldie – Sensual
Another cut that has a tingle-inducing intro. I love that b-line and the sombre keys, then the wistful vocal clip comes in and gets your hairs standing on end. I’ve honestly had days where this was on repeat for hours and hours, without any other tune interrupting it. Classic.

Rufige Kru – Terminator
Another early Goldie release, proper darkside business. If you put this on and actually play some of the action scenes from the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger film it works quite well. Besides that, this is another great tune from Goldie’s early catalogue.

Goldie – Kemistry
First of all, RIP Kemistry. Goldie and Kemi were in a relationship for a while and this is, of course, dedicated to the beautiful woman herself. A pioneer in the drum’n’bass scene, Kemi’s contribution will be remembered forever and this is a timeless tribute.

Goldie & 4 Hero (Internal Affairs) – Hands To Heaven
4 Hero are UK legends with a decorated past that includes their hardcore releases, early jungle, drum’n’bass, jazz and much more. They have innovated constantly, and this vintage cut made with Goldie really does take me back to my youth – I remember Bryan Gee playing on this on Kool FM one Sunday night. I still have the tape as well!

Goldie – Angel
One of Goldie’s key collaborators in the early period of his music career was the late, great Diane Charlemagne. Her distinct voice works so well in tandem with his often stark instrumentals. The juxtaposition between the deep, stirring soulful nature of her vocals alongside the rugged, dystopian atmospherics is beautiful.

Goldie & Noel Gallagher – Temper Temper
In the mid to late nineties Goldie became the first (and maybe only) drum’n’bass superstar… he mingled in celebrity circles and dated a few famous women (Bjork, Naomi Campbell among them). Noel Gallagher became a friend, too and he got busy on the guitar for this killer track. Check the video for Goldie letting loose with a baseball bat…

Goldie – Letter Of Fate
Like a lot of Goldie’s work, this is deeply personal. The lyrics for ‘Letter Of Fate’ are taken from a suicide letter he wrote as a youngster. I still remember hearing this for the first time and having a huge lump in my throat.

Goldie – Mother
Perhaps Goldie’s longest recording, and undoubtedly one of his most personal and ambitious. ‘Mother’ is just over an hour long and fuses classical with electronica – this may sound a bit passe by today’s standards but at the time (1998) it was still very much an avant-garde experiment to meld an orchestra with synthesisers. Always pushing the boundaries, Goldie’s ‘Mother’ absolutely blew me away when it came out and the VIP Vocal Mix is out of this world, too.

Goldie – Inner City Life
I guess it couldn’t be a Goldie top 10 without this one. Like the album it comes from this is absolutely timeless. The soundtrack to summer 1995 for me and so many others, everything about this cut is spot on, and it will remain an all-time classic forever. Nearly 25 years since it came out, it still has the same impact on me.

You can get Around The World in 80 Record Stores here:

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Or possibly from a more Independent supplier!

Lots coming up for us at Reckless this week, several collections on the horizon and several of us are playing at Toms festival Static Shock next week which will be quite something I’m sure you’ll agree!

Till next week!

Reckless

Basement action, lots of Rap and a Top Ten from Richard Morton Jack!

Hello!

This blog was written to the sounds of

As you can imagine its been a pretty hectic week here at Reckless. We moved all of our stock (over Twenty Five Thousand Records!) from our storage unit in North London into our basement which had just been done up and made suitable for storage.

It’s going to take us about a week to get the basement into shape, but we’re still managing to process some great new Records and CD’s. We’ve also managed to get out to a few collections. As you can imagine we’re all very tired and achey this week!

And now on to the buying;

1) I’m not sure if you saw the post on our Instagram but we bought a really great Hip Hop collection from a friend of mine who I used to work with in Selectadisc in Nottingham. Lots of classic titles on 12″ and LP. Plenty of original issues too! Artists such as Wu Tang Clan, Dr Dre, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, MF Doom, Ghostface Killah, Nas, Pete Rock, J Dilla, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Eminem, The Notorious BIG, Aim, Taskforce, Roots Manuva etc. Mostly in great condition too.

2) I was out at a small but excellent Goth/Punk/Punk collection on Monday. Sadly the titles weren’t in as good condition as I hoped but I suppose that means they were very much enjoyed! Most of them still play fine regardless and are out for very cheap! Titles from The Birthday Party, The Sisters Of Mercy, Fields Of The Nephilim, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Dinosaur JR, Nick Cave, Faith No More, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Cure, Fugazi, The Meteors, The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Strawberry Switchblade, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, The Clash, Dead Can Dance, Depeche Mode, Madonna etc.

3) Nice little batch of great Indie titles featuring some Sarah Records titles, Ministry, more Dinosaur JR, Sonic Youth, Happy Mondays (including some nice US issue 12″s), The Fall, The Breeders etc. Incidentally I found a lot of similar stuff when I was sorting the basement so please expect more of this kind of gear going out soon.

4) Some incredibly clean Classic Sixties Rock titles. All UK originals, and the front laminate flapback sleeves honestly look they would have done on the day of release. Titles from Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Cream, Chris Farlowe, John Mayall and several others.

5) Toru had a fair bit of buying this week; some really nice titles from Theo Parrish – including some rare in the Sketches series. Loads of Aphex Twin, including a bunch of Analord titles. Plus last night lots of big selling now classic titles from Four Tet, Skream, more Good Looking titles including Seba, Blame, Bukem etc. We’re expecting a fair bit of buying this weekend including two potentially big Dance collections!

6) More weird and wonderful titles from two friends and regular sellers; including lots of records from around the globe, synth oddities, library titles, ambient and dub.

In light of the new much bigger expanded Galactic Ramble – which is honestly one of the best music books I own (I actually have the older edition but am awaiting delivery of the new edition!) I asked Richard Morton Jack the editor of Galactic Ramble amongst many other things to do us a Top Ten!

Ten 60s / 70s albums with prominent sitar

Although many British albums flirted with Eastern Sounds in the 60s and you, not many featured the sitar throughout. Here are ten of the best

CLEM ALFORD
Mirror Image
(Columbia SCX 6571) 11/74
Misleadingly sub-titles ‘the electronic sitar of Cleam Alford’, this late addition to the UK Into-Jazz canon effectively showcases the man on the earlier Sagram and Magic Carpet LPs (see further down the list…). Side one is occupied by the titles track, which also features Indian guitar wizard Amancio D’Silva. It’s slow to start, but eventually locks into a superb groove, with tight drumming and funky electronic piano spurring on the duelling sitar and guitar. Side two is closer to traditional Indian music, and not for fusion fans, but the LP will certainly appeal to admirers of Ananda Shankar, Okko and the like.

JOE HARRIOTT & JOHN MAYER
Indo Jazz Suite
(Columbia SX / SCX 6025) 4/66
Having pioneered free-form / abstract music at the start of the decade, in 1965 the great Jamaican-born altoist Harriott was paired up with Indian Classical composer-arranger John Mayer by the eminence rise of British Jazz producers, Denis Preston. The first of the three LPs they made together blends a standard jazz line-up with various Indian instruments to create a shimmering, exhilarating blend of styles.

THE INDO-BRITISH ENSEMBLE
Curried Jazz
(MFP 1307) 5/69
Although this appeared under a crass title on a budget label, it’s extremely well-conceived and performed, with jazzers including Kenny Wheeler, Jeff Clyne and Chris Karan melding Indian musicians on four mellow, gentle swinging tracks. Producer Victor Graham described the result as ‘happy exotic music’ on the back cover, which just about sums it up. It’s gratifyingly easy to find, too.

THE INDO JAZZMEN
Ragas & Reflections
(Saga FID 2145) 1968
Another budget LP, this isn’t as tacky as the nude model on the cover might suggest. Like Curried Jazz, it offers four long pieces arranged for both jazz and Indian instruments, and clearly takes its lead from John Mayer and Joe Harriot’s Indo-Jazz Fusions. It’s smooth and hypnotic stuff, and a must for fans of the style. Other than Tara Kapur (sitar) and Krishna Kumar (tabla), the musicians are uncredited, but they’re clearly seasoned players, and the tracks credited to ‘Isaacs’, indicating veteran guitarist Ike Isaacs.

CHIM KOTHARI
Sound Of Sitar
(Deram SML/DML 1002) 11/66
The trend for all things occidental in 1966 led to a rash of ‘sitarsploitation’ records, effectively easy listening with sitar on top. This early Mike Vernon production was supposedly the work of ‘a young Ugandan virtuoso’, Chiman K. Kothari, and serves up hackneyed numbers like Winchester Cathedral, The Carnival Is Over and Strangers In The Night with decidedly average sitar on top. Unsurprisingly, the best cuts are his own two compositions, Barsaat and Bhigmangon Ka Mela. As Beat Instrumental commented at the time: ‘it’s a pity Mr. Kothari has had to be somewhat cheapened by the pops in order to bring his sitar skill to the ears of record buyers.’

LORD SITAR
Lord Sitar
(Columbia SX / SCX 6256) 7/68
This set of so-so orchestrated pop instrumentals was the subject of a mischievous marketing campaign encouraging speculation as to Lord Sitar’s identity, inevitably leading to rumours that he was George Harrison. In fact, it comes as no surprise to find that prolific man ‘Big’ Jim Sullivan (see elsewhere in this list) was responsible. He tackles hits by the Beatles, the Monkees, the Who and others (including producer John Hawkins and the ubiquitous Kim Fowley). The latter’s involvement gives a fair idea of the project’s integrity.

MAGIC CARPET
Magic Carpet
(Mushroom 200 MR 20) 6/72
Promo material called this ‘an Indo-European fusion which distills four diverse experiences into a timeless delight as universal as the sunrise’. That might be a little hyperbolic, but it’s a gentle, mellow and melodic set of ballads by the pure-voiced Alisha Sufit, with backing from Clem Alford (see elsewhere on this list) and tabla master Keshav Sathe. Sufit sings in an appealingly plaintive voice, and the songs are short and sweet, if a little repetitive. I certainly disagree with the grumpy Disc reviewer who called it “Yet another contrived Western sitar record, totally unreal, right from Alisha Sufit’s quavering, whining vocals to Clem Alford’s twinky-twanky sitar’.

JOHN MAYER
Radha Krishna
(Columbia SCX 6462) 7/71
Yet another overlooked winner from Dennis Preston’s ‘Record Supervision’ stable, this rare Indo-Jazz concept album from the Indo-Jazz pioneer tells the tale of the milkmaid Radha’s passionate and jealous love for the god Krishna. Spoken narrative and quasi-operatic vocals are interspersed with superb instrumental sections featuring sitar, flute, tabla, double bass and percussion instruments. The uncredited band cook up some sublimely funky passages, as well as more pensive, classical moment, while the libretto packs in a striking number of references to breasts.

SAGRAM
Pop Explosion Sitar Style
(Windmill WMD 118) 1972
This budget release is even more misleadingly-titled than leader Clem Alford’s subsequent Electronic Sitar LP. Though the cover pledges to deliver ‘the essential flavour of the instrument, with the heavy rhythms of the rock era’, it is in fact a straight collection of classical Indian pieces performed by Alford, with Jim Moyes (guitar) and Keshav Sathe (tabla). It’s a fine, intense LP – just don’t expect to have your mind blown. The sleeve – which depicts a droopy-moustachioed gent cross-legged in front of a hookah, being caressed by scantily-clad women – is a classic. As a final insult, it was issued without the trio’s knowledge, and their real name, ‘Sargam’, was rendered incorrectly.

‘BIG’ JIM SULLIVAN
Sitar Beat
(Mercury SML 30001) 1/68
Although ‘Little’ Jimmy Page is generally reckoned to have been the first British pop musician to own and play a sitar (well ahead of George Harrison), his fellow session man ‘Big’ Jim Sullivan wound up playing it on more British records than anyone else. This LP is a restrained instrumental collection of curry-powdered contemporary standards and originals, with a pinch of electric guitar thrown in here and there. The better tracks include the amiable, jazzy The Koan and droning Flower Power, but the best-known number is the funky, fuzz-tinged Tallyman (by Graham Goldman). It’s all played too safe to be called psychedelic, but is too good to be dismissed as mere exploito. There’s flute on most tracks, but the musician is sadly uncredited; I suspect Harold McNair.

Thanks a lot Richard!!

I highly recommend you purchase a copy here…

http://www.galacticramble.co.uk

Till next week!
Reckless

Refurb in the place!

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(As well as lots of Thomas Bush, David Sylvian and Jackie Mittoo).

Well as you may have guessed we were shut for a few days this week due to some refurbishment. We have recently acquired the basement so will be using that for storage and for more processing room. We currently have a massive lock up in North London which is literally jammed full of thousands and thousands really good records! Hopefully it will mean that we will be able to get more stock out, and quicker. We have a seriously quick turn over here – with most records selling within a few days, so its important to keep it topped up. It has also meant that we were able to make a fair bit of extra room upstairs so the shop should be a bit more comfortable to browse. We have also had a brand new really powerful Air Conditioner/Heater installed so no more days where its too hot to browse (or too cold!).

We weren’t out as much as usual this week due to the refurbishment but heres what we did get up to!

1. Scott was out at one of the Plump DJs houses to look at several hundred dance records. It was a good friend of my Uncles who got in contact with us, they were all Ibiza heads bitd! Lots of classic dance, some Rave, some Suburban Base, US House, Breaks, UK Garage, Chicago House, Detroit. Plenty of good stuff, and plenty of stuff for the cheaps!
2. Huge bumper collection of Hard Rock from a fairly regular seller; Magnum, Motorhead, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Rush, Sex Pistols, Megadeth, Metallica, Eagles, Ugly Kid Joe, Guns n Roses, Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, Cockney Rebel. You know the score!
3. Lots of incredibly clean titles from a collection Sean bought, a mixture of Classic Rock, Jazz, Latin and Soul. Lots of them unplayed, and lots of them with promotional pictures and information. I saw titles from Stan Getz, Blondie, Sam Cooke, Sergio Mendes, Talking Heads, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Fleetwood Mac, Judee Sill, Diano Ross, Japan, Andrew Hill etc. Nice to see titles in such perfect shape!
4. Duncan got more records from a collection in North London. But sadly I have no idea what he got!
5. More Drum & Bass! Someone bought a house and the previous owner had left a hundred or so titles; can you believe it, more Source Direct, Adam F, Digital, Bad Company, Ram Trilogy, LTJ Bukem, PFM, Blame, Goldie, Alex Reece, Doc Scott. Really has been bad the Drum & Bass we’ve had in the last 6 months!

We’re going to be working ultra hard to get the shop looking ship shape over the next few weeks – I reckon a lot of really good stuff is going to be going out, so check it out!

See ya!

Many, many records and CDs in!!!

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Ultra busy week – with a completely mad Saturday which was one of our busiest days for ages!

Lots in this week lets get started.

1. Tom was out at a collection on Friday – at a collectors house in South London where we’ve been loads of times before. We had previously bought collections of Black Metal, Power Electronics, Dungeon Synth, Industrial and Noise. This time it was more of the same, but mostly Black Metal CDs. Lots of favourites, lots of obscurities.
2. Two great Mod collections came in this week. One was an old friend of mine from the Selectadisc days and was all vinyl: Paul Weller, The Action (the great unreleased LP), Small Faces, The Kinks and The Who. There were also a full fun of Ultimate Breaks & Beats comps, a first pressing of the first Strokes LP and a few other rarities. The other collection was all 45 box sets – Ska, RNB, Mod – titles on Soul Jazz Records and similar reissue labels. I believe we may be seeing a lot more records in this ilk soon.
3. Big ol pile of UK Garage came in this week too. Few rare ones but mostly just standard classics from people like Ed Case, Todd Edwards, Nu Birth, So Solid Crew, Roy Davis JR etc. Condition is a bit up and down like most UK Garage you see. Certainly not as clean as the last UKG collection we got!
4. Full run of Jimi Hendrix reissues – in fantastic condition! In fact we had loads of Hendrix bits in this week.
5. Some relatively “modern” bits from Fat White Family (including another signed LP, and a rare 7”), EYEHATEGOD, Refused, MF Doom, Soul Jazz Dub Step comps, Lee Renaldo, Dinosaur JR etc.
6. Tonnes of Jazz CDs came in this week too – from Beebop to modern Jazz. Some fairly decent ones in here too.
7. Great pile of Reggae CDs: Big Youth, Augustus Pablo, Yabby You, Niney, Sly & Robbie, Prince Buster, Bob Marley, Scientist, Jah Shaka etc.
8. Some great Punk LPs came in this week too – The Stooges, Generation X, Chelsea, Sex Pistols, Television etc.

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Plenty of interesting stuff went out this week too: Classic Rock (a hell of a lot of Classic Rock!), Blues (more from that great big collection we bought – including some really rare ones!), Drum & Bass/Jungle/UK Garage from that huge collection, more Soul and plenty of Jazz.

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Several big collections coming up in the next few weeks too so watch this space!

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Some nice, new heavy bits!!!!

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Incredibly busy week this week at Reckless. The reductions pretty much all sold in a few days. Like always at this time of year the buying slows down a little but it gives us a chance to catch up on pricing up records from our overloaded storage unit!

Some of the records that went out this week:

1. Loads more Jazz, Blues, Roots, US Folk and Country went out from the huge collection we bought last Summer.
2. As always a hell of a lot of Jungle, Drum & Bass and Hardcore. I believe a load of fresh Source Direct and related bits are in there.
3. Classic Rock – so man of the standard Classic Rock titles sold over Christmas so we’ve been working hard to restock all the usual favourites.
4. More Electro.
5. Lots of weird and wonderful 45s.

Despite the buying slowing down a little what did come in was pretty exciting.

A) Small, but near perfect pile of really rare records from Cressida (an original white label), The Stooges (UK Funhouse), Gary & Stu, Nucleus, Rameses, Kraftwerk, NON, Bryony James, Swegas, Dave Kelly and several more top rarities. These are nearly all in top condition and were purchased from the son of a bloke who used to have his own record shop. He said he may have a few more piles like this so watch this space!

B) More Drum & Bass from a regular seller – Reinforced, Metalheadz, Moving Shadow, Ram…all the usuals!

C) A suitcase of US pressings – all very used, but nice to see. From Soul to Psych: War, Diana Ross, The United States Of America, Sandy Bull, Dionne Warwick, Joe Byrd, Sly & The Family Stone etc.

D) Quite a few Flying Nun and related records. Including some rare comps and The Clean vinyl box set.

E) Bag loads of Classic Rock: The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Love, Deep Purple, Focus, Fairport Convention, The Rolling Stones, Free, Pink Floyd.

F) More interesting progressive bits from Kevin Ayers (an original Joy Of A Toy – such a great LP) and Graham Bond.

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Quite a few collections on the horizon; so watch this space and keep checking our Instagram!

This week we have a few Top Tens from the original Kuttmaster K!!!!

A Top 10 of my favourite tunes from my youth – (late 70’s / Early 80’s)

1. A Forest – The Cure
2. She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
3. Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
4. Kings of the Wild Frontier – Adam and the Ants
5. No More Heroes – The Stranglers
6. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Duty and the Blockheads
7. Making Plans For Nigel – X.T.C.
8. Too Much Too Young (live single version) – The Specials
9. Is She Really Going Out With Him – Joe Jackson
10. Return Of The Los Palma’s 7 – Madness

Top 10 Punk

1. Give Me Fire – GBH
2. Dead Cities – The Exploited
3. Religious Wars – Subhumans
4. The More I See – Discharge
5. I Hate People – Anti Nowhere League
6. Psycho Killer – English Dogs
7. Holiday In The Cambodia – Dead Kennedys
8. Conflict – Conflict
9. Bodies – Sex Pistols
10. Broken Bones – Decapitated

Thanks Wayne!!!

You can check out the original Kutmaster K here if you don’t know him already…

Till next week!

Slashed Prices and Sleaford Mods

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What a lovely week – which has been spent mostly going through all of the stock in the shop and reducing anything if its been there for two long. To be fair its good to get rid of stuff thats just been there too long – and we always find missing stuff when reductions are done. I completely redid all of the cheaps – so now there are loads of great cheaps and reductions – plus its hopefully now all in the right place! Reductions and Christmas have had a bit of an impact on the processing but we worked late the other day and the shop is starting to look a bit more spruced up. We don’t generally do this but we put a few bits up on our Discogs from the Reductions so if you feel like theres one that got away check it out – our buyer name is
https://www.discogs.com/seller/revival.records/profile .

Loads of buying this week…

1) Tonnes of newish Rock, Indie, Punk and Soundtracks came in (with some older 80s and 90s stuff thrown in for good measure. Some really cool titles: Guided By Voices, Evil Dead/Aliens/Iron Fist/Gummo/Twin Peaks/various Death Waltz soundtracks, My Bloody Valentine, M83, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, Ride, The The, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Circle…you get the idea.

2) The Bushdoctor dropped in a nice stack of 12″s and Lps – loads of oddities; Ambient, Jazz, ECM, Techno, Synth, Library, Reggae, Hardcore and some record that was pretty obscure that Music From Memory just reissued. Always great records – humming of ganja though as usual!

3) What kind of week would it be if we didn’t have a pile of Jungle come in? Several small collections came in; bits from Logistics/London Electricity/High Contrast/Hospital Records, Danny Breaks, Beats R Us, DJ Trace, SL2, Red Alert & Slammer, Ratty, Dillinja etc. Despite selling loads of Jungle/Hardcore and Drum & Bass we still have loads more going out.

4) More Japanese Jazz titles coming in from another regular, including a beautiful McCoy Tyner! Loads of nice bits on the wall on the Jazz side at the moment.

5) Several interesting CD selections – including some rare Italo House CDs, obscure Funk ones, Shirley Collins and Velvet Underground CD Box Sets – oh and the massive Yo Ho Wa 13 box set too!

6) One of the biggest piles of records that came in this week was one of my favourite ones in a while. A) 40 or so 78s – mostly Jazz from Chet Bater, Lee Konitz, Miles Davis but also some great Folk ones and some killer Calypso ones – which included a few tracks from the London Is The Place For Me comps B) thirty or so gorgeous Arabic 7″s; with amazing sleeves C) 50 or so top tier Folkways, Mushroom Records titles, Folk bits from around the globe. Quite a few pricey titles here – all in amazing shape too D) thirty or so great tapes of music from round the globe. Quite a few really rare bits with big Discogs numbers – none going out for more than a fiver.

7) Rather used Classic Rock collection – bits from The Beatles, Steamhammer, The Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell, Yazoo Blues comps, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Sex Pistols, Carole King…. About 150 records – 75 went straight in the cheaps.

8) Tonnes of Stoner, Post Metal and Post Rock. Quite a few really decent ones from Neurosis, Pelican, Daitro, Isis, Mastodon, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Max Richter (the great Blue Notebooks album), Old Man Gloom, KTL, Earth, Converge, Earthless.. Some sought after colour vinyl bits.

9) Some banging Thrash Metal LPs – including rippers from Slayer, Testament, Ludichrist and Venom!

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This week we got a special Top Ten – from the man like Jason from Sleaford Mods!! We absolutely love Sleaford Mods – you have to see them if you haven’t had a chance – top geezers!

Dimzy ‘Profit’
67 ‘serious nights’
RV ‘Kodak Black’
Headie One ‘Heavy Metal’
Loski ‘Money and Beef’
Hus Kingpin ‘Coke Casa’
Knowledge The Pirate ‘Wrinkled Feathers’
Roc Marciano ‘No Love’
Giggs ‘Outsiders’
Conway The Machine ‘Air Holez’

They’ve got a new Record out….check it out!

Thanks a lot Jason we really appreciate the Top Ten mucka!

Anyway, I’m off to Rotterdam for my birthday tata
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Happy New Year from all of us at Reckless!

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2018 – what a year! Thanks to all our customers and friends for making it a really special year for us; you really did make it the best year for Reckless and we really appreciate you.

Top records for us in 2018….

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: “Talk Tight” EP, “The French Press” EP, “Hope Downs” LP

Richard Thompson: “13 Rivers” LP

Mary Halvorson: “Code Girl” LP

Warthog: “S/T” EP

Ex Terrestrial: “Urth Born” EP

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: :The Complete Lansdowne Recordings” Box Set

Fast Floor: “On A Quest For Intelligence” LP

Thomas Bush: “Old And Red” LP

Peter Broggs: “Jah Golden Throne”

Acayouman: “Funky Reggae” EP

Constant Mongrel: “Living In Excellence” LP

Uwalmassa: “Bumi Uthiri” EP

Puce Mary: “The Drought” LP

MT Rice: “S/T” EP

Amnesia Scanner: “Another Life”

Few oldies/reissues in theres because we literally sit at work all day listening to mostly old music!

Lots of great gigs, books, comics too this year but the best book I read was Viv Albertines’ “Clothes Music Boys” which I can honestly say completely blew me away.

I’m still off for Christmas (in a freezing house with a broken boiler on the Kent coast) so only know about a few things that have come in this week but here you go…

Another top notch Jungle/Drum & Bass collection. Sean said “Ed Rush, Source Direct, Alex Reece, Skanna, Photek and other stuff on Ram, Metalheadz, Renegade Hardware etc”. Nice nice!!!! We can never have enough Drum & Bass if its the right stuff.

Nice original UK pressings from Nick Drake “Five Leaves Left”, The Doors, Love and Neil Young. Sean sent me some pics and these look beautiful.

Some pricey clean African LPs – mostly from Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

Signed Indie classic from Oasis, Stereolab and Teenage Fanclub!

I’m sure loads more has come in, but I’ll have to report back next week!

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It really was a top year for us – check last weeks blog for a round down of some of the records and collections we bought. This year we hope to step up our game even more so watch this space!

Heres to 2019!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and have a wicked New Years! I myself will be playing records in Glasgow at the Night School New Years party and are really looking forward to playing a very relaxed and melodic set.

It’s been a great year for Reckless, with lots and lots of amazing collections coming in and the ship running smoothly. We lost a Kenny on the way but acquired a few other top members of staff.

We’re hoping for a few changes this year – we just want to make it an even better Record Shop – so watch this space!

2018

We bought some of the best records we’ve ever bought this year, and we bought a lot of them. One week alone we bought nearly 50,000 records!

Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass – 2018 really was the year for these genres for us. We bought in so many amazing collections, including so many deadstock copies, dubplates and full runs. Also so many really, really rare titles. At present we have several rows of this gear in; these records never last long. We had loads of titles that were not even for sale on Discogs they were that rare.

Apple. We got some seriously amazing Beatles and related titles in this year – and we still have loads to go out! From the Paperback Writer demo to rare Yoko Ono 45s to sealed original John Tavener LPs!

Huge Blues, Psych, Prog, Avant collection. This was a really big one for us. We literally drove a mini lorry to the Malvern hills. Lots of real rarities from Battered Ornaments, T2, Blue Horizon titles, Skip James, Velvet Underground, Canterbury, Blossom Toes…you name it it was there.

Seriously mental Heavy Rap – quite a few collections – but one of them was just off the chain. All US originals in shrink with Hype Stickers – and all the dopest titles.

NZ/OZ collection – which featured some rarely – if ever – seen Psych and Freakbeat 45s as well as rare punk such as an original Saints “I’m Stranded”!

Two amazing CD collections off the same guy – one obscure Japanese Hardcore Punk and one all original issue Black Metal titles.

Island Funk/Reggae collection – loaded with Wirl titles, rare Reggae Funk, heavy Dub, rare 45s.

Several collections of unplayed original Rock/Pop/Soul titles. One of which had an unplayed “Licht Und Blindheit” 45 from Joy Division.

Full run of all of The Fall titles – including several copies of some of their really rare 45s.

Huge (as in thousands and thousands) 45 collection featuring most Punk and Indie titles you could possibly think of. Again – this had some rare Joy Division bits and a “Falling And Laughing” from Orange Juice.

Several amazing 90s Indie/Grunge/Alternative collections – with clean Nirvanas sat next to Rage Against The Machine and The Jesus Lizard. Some really amazing records here.

Piles of original signed James Brown (and related) LPs and 78s.

Two huge bags of Dance Manias. Plus a lot of rare Moodymann.

Loads of Improv and UK Jazz (AMM, Michael Garrick, Ian Carr, Nucleus, Mike Westbrook).

So many Blue Note titles – the Jazz wall has basically been Blue Note heavy all year.

Amazing Skinhead Reggae collection – with a lot of top Rocksteady, Ska and Soul 45s. Including lots of rare Prince Buster. We had a lot of amazing Reggae come in this year including another Pempelem, lots of heavy Dub LPs, rare Lovers and Roots 45s.

Several original Misfits, Middle Class, Black Flag, Danzig, X, Avengers, Germs etc 45s. Loads of Good Vibrations titles too.

General rare records from: George Michael, Trader Horne, Frank Ocean, The Pretty Things, Rodriguez, Shelagh MacDonald, Anne Briggs, Trees, Roy Harper, signed Shirley Collins, first Sisters Of Mercy 45, COB, Bedazzled OST, Miles Davis UK originals, Squad 45, David Bowie dress cover, Spirogyra, Sun Ra Saturn originals, loads of Flying Nun, loads of Folkways, Jimi Hendrix UK og, Black Sabbath UK og etc.

Amazing Psychedelic CD collection – covering Disco, Black Metal, Indie and Avant Garde as well.

Top Tier Garage Punk vinyl collection – loads of seriously amazing records.

I could sit here for much longer going into what we’ve had but really we want to get out there and get more records for you so I’ll leave it there!

This week we have another Top Ten from our dear friend James Knight!!! Make sure you check the Low Bias link at the bottom!!

Easy all, apologies for the delay since my last list – life has been occuring at a rate but here I am, better late than never! I really like long extended drone/ambient music so here are ten of my favourite albums from that area of my record collection. I file this kind of stuff under ‘Straight Ambient/Drone’ and the records that end up in there tend to have little in the way of melody/modulation etc (although all them have a lot going on in other ways!). Next month I’ll shift to the next rack along in my collection and look at ten records that fall under what I file under ‘Trippy Ambient/Kosmik’ but for now here are ten straight drone out favourites of mine:

1. ‘The Black Record’ – La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela (Edition X, 1969)

Various non-Western forms of music have utilised held notes and drones for (literally) centuries but La Monte Young and his wife Marian Zazeela helped bring the transformative power of the drone into a Western context from the mid-60s onwards in New York City and have remained committed to the cause ever since. Along with like-minded contemporaries (including at various times: Terry Riley, Tony Conrad, Angus MacLise, Jon Hassell and John Cale) Young and Zazeela’s performed as The Theatre of Eternal Music as well as performing as a duo. Young also performs solo (perhaps most notably his Well-Tuned Piano concerts).

The YouTube link above contains both the A and B sides of the first commercially released material by Young & Zaeela as a duo. The first 25 minutes of the video constitutes the A side of the LP – a recording from a live performance in Munich in 1969 which was part of a longer work entitled Map Of 49’s Dream The Two Systems Of Eleven Sets Of Galactic Intervals Ornamental Lightyears Tracery (Young does a mean line in track titles!) and it involves sine wave drones and Zazeela’s vocalisations. The second 25 minutes is the B-side which is more of a gong workout and is part of a longer work entitled Studies In The Bowed Disc.

Interview footage with Young is rare, he did sit down for the BBC documentary series Tones, Drones & Arpeggios last year although that seems to have disappeared off the iPlayer for now but is worth a watch if you see it pop up again. Here’s some footage of Young, Zazeela and Terry Riley performing with Pandit Pran Nath, who was something of a guide and inspiration to them, in the 1970s:

If you are ever in New York City you can go and visit Young and Zazeela’s home in Tribeca which they call ‘The Dream House’, there is almost always some kind of sound and visual installation going on and it is well worth a visit, more information here:

http://www.melafoundation.org/

p.s: OG copies of this LP are hard to come by although there is a moody but fine sounding boot that came out a couple of years back on a label called Oddullabaloo that does pop up!

2. ‘Balsams’ – Chuck Johnson (Vin Du Select Qualitite, VDSQ 021 LP, 2017)

As mentioned in my Alt-Country/Americana Top Ten I have a real soft spot for the sound of lap steel and pedal steel guitars. The noises they make are totally ethereal, other-worldly and transportative to me so finding this LP was a real gift! It contains six tracks that consist of little more than slowly unfolding steel drones with the odd one note bass line dropped in here and there. Heaven. The track in the video is entitled “Labradorite Eyes” but every track on the album is a killer. If you like the sound of the steel – look no further!!

3. ‘Grapes From The Estate’ – Oren Ambarchi (Touch, TO 61 CD, 2004)

Australian renaissance man and experimental multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi has a sprawling and fascinating back catalogue that I’m very slowly accumulating. Much of his work is filled with drones and this album in particular is one I often return to, hypnotically beautiful stuff. In addition to the original CD release on Touch the album was reissued as a double LP with a full side per-track in 2006 by Southern Lord.

4. ‘Four Full Flutes’ – Phil Niblock (Experimental Intermedia Foundation, XI 101 CD, 1990)

Pretty much everything Niblock touches is well worth a listen but I particularly like this album which consists of four twenty minute long pieces of flute drone. He has a particular gift for transforming acoustically produced tones such as these into electric sounding pulses that unfold endlessly. Since the late 1960s Niblock’s NYC loft has been home to the Experimental Intermedia Foundation which he set up and to supports artists, provides a space for their work to be performed, and also act as an outlet for Niblock’s own work. Here is a film that he made of Arthur Russell performing ‘Terrace Of Unintelligibility’:

5. ‘Dropsonde’ – Biosphere (Touch, TO:66 CD, 2006)

The majority of the music I buy tends to be on vinyl purely because I like the format, I’m certainly no format fascist though and I’ve owned a crapload of CDs in my time (Chris can attest to the ridiculous wall of the fuckers I had in Nottingham), over the years I’ve shed a lot of them but there are certain artists who have released a lot on CD only and I’ve never been able to bring myself to shift the shiny silver discs and plastic boxes despite having transferred them all onto a hard drive long ago. Along with a load of Fax/Pete Namlook stuff, Biosphere is one of those artists. I have great memories of putting his stuff on after a hefty raving session and drifting off and this album in particular came out just as I moved back to London and was going out to Plastic People and Mass a bunch. Good times!

6. ‘The Tired Sound Of Star Of The Lid’ – Stars Of The Lid (Kranky, KRANK050 LP, 2001)

Like I said up top – I file this kind of stuff under ‘Straight Ambient/Drone’ and there’s maybe no artist or album that personifies the sound I have in my head when I think about this kind of music than this LP. Ethereal, eternal, endless music that somehow completes itself as it decays. I’ve been returning to this album pretty constantly since it came out almost 20 years ago (!) and I still really love it. Someone has smooshed the whole thing together as a 2 hour Youtube vid on the link above so tune in and drone out! A friend of ours called Lucinda Chua who has released a couple of great LPs on Kranky under the name Felix (go check them and her out!) actually played cello live with Stars Of The Lid on tour with them which I still find a total trip!

7. ‘Empty Bell Ringing In The Sky’ – Pelt (VHF, VHF43 LP, 1999)

Another absolute go to record when my brain thinks ‘drone’. As with many Pelt releases this double LP is made up of recordings of live performances and each side is effectively a different jam but they are all amazing scratchy, scrapey, bowed string work outs of beautiful droning abstraction. These guys literally have not put out a bad record and I’ve said it before in these columns but I’ll say it again: R.I.P. Jack Rose. Here’s 20 odd minutes of Jack playing live solo at the Ecstatic Peace offices circa 2007, we shall not forget:

8. ‘Dreamweapon’ – Spacemen 3 (Fierce Recordings, Fright 040 CD, 1990)

The LP where Spacemen 3 fully let rip and blissed out to infinity. I’ve only ever owned the original CD issue of this which is a single 45 min track recorded live in London in 1988 but the version I found on YouTube seems to have some extra bits at the end – Brucie Bonus! Pete Kember would continue taking drugs to make music to take drugs to and explore the ambient drone zone’s furthest reaches with his E.A.R. records which I dearly love. For all you youfs out there buying DMT on the darkweb – Sonic Boom made a track called “D.M.T. Symphony – (Overture To An Inhabited Zone)” way back in 1993! Here it is in case you need some sounds to help you break through:

9. ‘Consciousness’ – Windy & Carl (Kranky, KRANK045 LP, 2001)

Another Kranky-related record that is right up there in this realm for me. I actually stumbled upon Windy & Carl trawling the Brainwashed site back in the day while looking for Coil and Current 93 stuff and was completely blown away when I finally got hold of this and the ‘Depths’ LP that preceded it. This is another one that is still in heavy rotation to this day. If anyone has a copy of their ‘Antarctica’ LP on Darla hmu, been after that one for ages…

10. ‘Morals & Dogma’ – Deathprod (Rune Grammafon, RCD 2035 CD, 2004)

I have Chris to thank for introducing me to Rune Grammafon and there are a whole load of artists on that label I like a lot but I return to the Deathprod records the most regularly. This album came out a good ten years after his mid-90s LPs ‘Treetop Drive’ and ‘Imaginary Songs From Tristan Da Cunha’ and I actually got it in a 4CD box set that collected it with those two albums and some unreleased stuff. They all came in a little black box that has never really left my bedside table. As well as his solo releases he has shared a couple of albums with the aforementioned Biosphere which makes total sense to me. I’ve definitely drifted off to sleep listening to those two artists music more than pretty much all others combined!

If you dig this kind of stuff I play a lot of records in this ballpark in the first hour of my monthly NTS show (https://www.nts.live/shows/low-bias-show/) and you may be interested in an improvised live set that I did with my brother that mixed field recordings treated on the fly with records a lot like those described above: https://thevinylfactory.com/news/james-michael-knight-pervilion-art-night-soundtrack/

Until next month – cheers!

Jam

Some amazing bits in in time for Christmas – from The Beatles to Happy Hardcore!! Top Ten from Bill Steer!!!!

Good morning from all at Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of:

Insanely busy week this week, up there with the busiest of the year. Lets get started telling you about what has come in this week;

1. Beatles, Beatles, Beatles. Loads more BEATLES! Some super nice bits, including a demo Paperback Writer which is incredibly cool. Also a huge stack of Beatles and related Japanese CDs, rare promos, interview discs and a colour vinyl All Things Must Pass. I’ve noticed we’ve had a lot of people in this week rocking the George Harrison 70s look and I have to say, they look very dope.

2. From one youth movement to another; one huge stack of properly wicked Happy Hardcore 12”s!!! Although I know I am in the minority I do love it; I’m sure if you are a fairly regular customer you would have heard me blasting me out in the shop. Anyway – pretty clean in general; and about 500 12”s. Couple of big ones including Bananaman, Love Of My Life and that 2000 12”. But also all the Fusion 12”s, plenty of Force & Styles (hell yes; loads of the tracks played on their incredible Essential mix are here), DJ Slam, Hixxy, Seduction, SMD, Sharkey, Scooter, Ramos & Supreme (loads from that crowd), Scott Brown. Loads of really great records in all their garish glory. Few Trancecore bits and a couple of Gabber bits too. Also in the same collection was more “classic” Dance music from Aphex Twin, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, Leftfield and quite a few bit Trance and House hits.

3. Another small but wicked collection came in that was the same era bit different side of the school playground; Pop Will Eat Itself, Dog Eat Dog (the classic All Boro Kings!), Metallica, Neds Atomic Dustbin, Janes Addiction, Nirvana, Halloween, Slayer, Nine Inch Nails, Bjork etc.

4. Tom purchased a massive CD collection – thousands of Classic Rock back catalogue. Lots of really cheap but brilliant albums, what more could you want! There were some nice Box Sets in this collection too. Zooming in on the picture I can see cds from Charles Mingus, John Mayall, Nick Lowe, John Martyn, Pulp, Elvis, Mountainn, The Beatles, Public Service Broadcasting, The Clash, Miles Davis, Iron Butterfly, Neil Young, Kate Bush, Al Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Judee Sill, Paul Simon etc.

5. More Drum & Bass and Jungle. Right now we have enough that if you started listening to this at the start of 1992 you wouldn’t be done till it was 95. More Dillinja, Source Direct, Ed Rush, Ram Trilogy.

6. Fairly large Soul and Reggae collection came in today. Several hundred records, plus a load of bargain bin business.Lots of nice Dub, Rare Groove, Lovers Rock bits. Lovers was probably the largest piece of the cake but its back in at the moment so we’re ok with that. Some nice JA originals as well as classics like Tempo by Antony Red Rose.

7. More Reggae; mostly average but a few bigger 45s like Sensi Addict (nice to have a few copies of this classic come through recently). Some rarer LPs from the likes of Antony Johnson, Barry Brown and Lone Ranger.

8. A copy of huge George Michael rarity “Older” on vinyl. As soon as I put this on the gram people went mad and its gone now. Really hard to get an original copy of this on vinyl.

9. I bought an absolutely huge collection on one of our biggest Saturdays in months. It was about 500 LPs and 12”s. Lots of US issues, and loads of promos. There are some really cool records here; from super cool looking lane ranger Country bits to Lovers Rock to JA original Big Youth LPs to sealed Rolling Stones LPs! Some nice Soul and Jazz bits tucked away too including some James Brown US originals in the shrink. Lots of really obscure but interesting records here. The bulk is cool under the radar US Singer Songwriter LPs with amazing sleeves.

10. Last but not least a top notch indie collection. From the amazing Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, Oasis, The Verve, Sebedoh, Dinosaur JR, Ride, Galaxie 500, The Pixies, The Stone Roses to the Throwing Muses. All original copies.

Annnnd relax. Plenty of this stuff has gone out already but some – as ever – will take a little bit longer to go out so please bear with us. As well as a lot of the above this week we have put out:

A) Tonnes more Hardcore, Jungle, Drum n Bass, UK Garage. The sections are bulging with some of the best stock we have ever had in these genres for years. Mostly super clean too.

B) Now Toru is back from Japan the Jazz has been completely expanded – and they are flying out!

C) Classic Rock and Indie – although these are selling incredibly quickly.

D) Rock and Pop CD’s – come and grab a bargain!

E) Indie Pop on 45.

F) House, Electro and Techno 12″s – lots of very clean US originals.

Thanks to everyone that Popped into the shop this week – we know some of you have had to wait a little longer at the counter due to the queues and we appreciate you hanging on!

Please don’t forget we have Christmas Gift Vouchers available!

This week we have a Top Ten from none other than the almighty Bill Steer!!!

You’ll know Bill from Carcass, Napalm Death, Firebird, Gentlemans Pistols, Dissattack and Angel Witch of course!! I remember getting a Carcass LP from a record fair in Canterbury in the mid 90’s and it didn’t leave the deck for months. I finally got to see them at their reunion gig at the Underworld and they destroyed the place – it was amazing! So I’m really chuffed to have Bill do us a Top Ten – thanks again Bill!

Top Ten “power trio” albums of the early 1970s

West, Bruce & Laing “Why Dontcha” (CBS, 1972)
One part Cream, two parts Mountain, this heavyweight supergroup released a couple of studio albums and one live record. All of these are great, but the debut is hard to beat. From the gritty hard rock of the title track to Jack Bruce’s spectacular vocal on “Third Degree”, the whole thing is delivered in a spontaneous manner that has been rarely heard since.

Groundhogs “Hogwash” (United Artists, 1972)
The work of Tony McPhee and the Groundhogs has always been hard to categorise. Some insist on filing them away in the blues rock pigeonhole, others think of them as progressive. There have even been admirers from the anarcho-punk corner, impressed by McPhee’s early disdain for animal abuse. Ultimately, the Groundhogs always refused to be part of anyone else’s thing.

James Gang “Thirds” (ABC, 1971)
Before Joe Walsh went on to fame and riches with a notable solo career and The Eagles, he was already a respected guitarist, songwriter and vocalist with the James Gang. Many folk consider their second LP, “Rides Again” to be the band’s peak, but surely this album would be the connoisseur’s choice. The lead break on “Midnight Man” counts among Walsh’s finest.

Beck, Bogert & Appice “BBA” (Epic, 1973)
Another union of acclaimed players. Like WBL, this outfit didn’t quite reach the heights expected of them – and there is an superior, unreleased second album doing the rounds as a bootleg – but even so, there is enough quality music here to justify your attention. Their rendition of “Superstition” is a masterclass in hard rock rudeness.

Grand Funk Railroad “E Pluribus Funk” (Capitol, 1971)
Michigan’s GFR emerged in the late sixties, releasing a string of iconic albums that showed little in the way of production values but huge amounts of energy, heart and soul. By 1972 they had added a keyboard player, Craig Frost, and went on to develop a slicker sound that would yield some infectious hits. But the raw power contained on these early records was never to be re-captured.

Trapeze “You Are The Music” (Threshold, 1972)
Interesting how Trapeze remain somewhat overlooked, even now. Within a year of this recording Glenn Hughes would become a member of Deep Purple Mk III, and his voice remains a thrilling instrument to this day. On “Music”, the three modest Midlanders show their class with a versatile collection of songs.

Stray Dog “Stray Dog” (Manticore, 1973)
Snuffy Walden was one of the finest guitarists of his time, yet somehow this remarkable album slipped between the cracks. Perhaps the ELP connection – Greg Lake signed the band – misled some people, creating expectations of decadent symphonic rock rather than the blues-drenched heavy swagger contained in these grooves. All the same, Stray Dog’s debut remains a classic of its kind.

ZZ Top “Rio Grande Mud” (London, 1972)
Speaking of stellar guitar pickers, ZZ Top’s second release was – and still is – a strong showcase for the talents of Billy Gibbons. He even wields a competent harmonica for the Little Walter tribute, “Mushmouth Shoutin”, and “Chevrolet” was irresistible enough for the aforementioned Mr Walden to tackle a cranked-up cover just a few months later.

Budgie “Budgie” (MCA, 1971)
The majesty of Shelley and Bourge. Not an easy task to select just one album from Budgie’s rich catalogue, but their first certainly merits close attention. Even at such an early stage the band were unafraid to mix primal riffing alongside tender ballads, with inspired lyrics throughout.

Johnny Winter “Still Alive And Well” (Columbia, 1973)
OK, I realise that strictly this would be considered the work of a solo artist. But following the disintegration of the group known as “Johnny Winter And”, JW pared down his line-up to a trio and returned with arguably the strongest album of his career. Sonically it doesn’t get much more honest than this. There’s scarcely any overdubbing, it’s all about performances.