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Some incredible Records and CDs in this week! Over 8000 titles bought!!!!!!

Salut!

I hope you are all well.

Completely mega week at Reckless last week with some amazing buying. The new sections are all done – we think they’re much better and should make shopping that little bit nicer. On top of all of the great second hand stuff we also have a load of brand new reissues that are at a bargain price from David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, John Coltrane. Brand New reissues of classic albums from as little as £6.

This BLOG was written to the sounds of:

THIS WEEKS BUYING

 

  1. Duncan was out at a brilliant collection of Classic Rock, Punk, Indie Rock, Psych, Prog, Hardcore, Blues, Garage, New Wave, Synth Pop, Heavy Metal etc. Basically loads of amazing classic albums (nearly all first pressings) in EX to Final Upgrade condition!!!! Pretty amazing really, hundreds of them too. Artists like Sex Pistols, Van Morrisson, Pink Floyd, Spacemen 3, R.E.M., Metallica, Talking Heads, Husker Du, The Clash, Chuck Berry, Gram Parsons, Judas Priest, The Dukes Of Stratosfear, The Jesus & Mary Chain , Guns N Roses, Joy Division, T Rex, Black Flag, Blondie, The Leather Nun, Cocteau Twins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Slayer, Rush, Spirit, Joni Mitchell, The Fall, Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, Killing Joke, Green On Red, Love, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Faith No More, Iron Maiden, Bad Brains, Manowar, The Stranglers, AC/DC, Talk Talk, John Fahey, The Go-Betweens e.t.c.
  2. I was out at a collection midweek which was made up of mostly Japanese LPs and 45s. It was a very interesting collection thats for sure. Some super rare titles, and loads of records you just don’t see in the UK. The two rarest titles were People “Ceremony Buddha Meet Rock” and Minoru Muraokas’ “Bamboo”. On top of those two theres a lot of City Pop, Ambient, New Wave and Jazz. Some of the other artists are Dip In The Pool, Yasuko Agawa, Haruomi Hosono, Yasuaki Shimizu, Tatsuro Yamashita etc. As well as some great Disco 45s from artists like Kool & The Gang, Earth Wind & Fire etc with amazing Japanese sleeves. There are also another few rarities such as a Don Rendell EP. Absolutely amazing selection of records here (these have started going out by the way). Toru will be back from Japan soon so I imagine we’ll have loads of great Japanese records very soon.
  3. I was at another collection on Friday and it was absolutely amazing as well. Rough 4000 Cds and 800 LPs. The LPs were a real mixed bag but within it were several hundred great Minimalist titles from La Monte Young, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Terry Riley, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Gavin Bryars, Brian Eno, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, John Adams etc. Loads of great Jazz (roughly 10 Miles Davis LPs), Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Sun Ra, Max Roach, Keith Jarrett, Albert Ayler, loads of ECM LPs etc. Lots of Classic Rock, Singer Songwriter, Prog, Pop Rock too from all the classics: Yes, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jackson Browne, Chris Squire, Townes Van Zandt, Emmy Lou Harris, Rush, Pink Floyd etc. Also a lot of really good Classical LPs. CD wise – as you can imagine with a collection as vast as this were pretty damn amazing. Hundreds and hundreds of amazing ECM CDs, CD Box Sets, hundreds of Classical CDs, loads of Durrutti Column, hundreds of Prog titles (including some modern-ish Prog/Metal crossover from Dream Theatre, Mastodon etc), rare Ambient, so much Jazz and a lot of Classic Pop too.
  4. Some of the best Reggae we’ve bought in for ages came in this week from a very nice chap. Firstly he brought in a huge batch of amazing CDs – and I’m talking tonnes of really great out of print titles. Loads of Blood & Fire, Trojan (original 80’s press!) etc. All the classics. Heavy on the Dubwise! Then the next day he brought in around 70 amazing 12″s – in pretty much unplayed condition, with crisp original sleeves. Loads of Greensleeves (including a load of rare ones), Sharon Little “Don’t Mash Up Creation”, Tapper Zukie, Barrington Levy, Wayne Smith, Yellowman, Lion Youth, Mikey Dread, Johnny Clarke, Shinehead etc. All killer. Then the next day he was in with a load of LPs – including a load of Trojan comps, an earlyish pressing of The Congos classic “Heart Of The Congos”, Augustus Pablo, The Upsetters “Blackboard Jungle” US original etc. Some absolutely amazing Reggae 12″s and LPs out right now don’t sleep.
  5. Factory Records vinyl Box
  6. LPs from Aphrodites Child, The Rolling Stones, Azymuth, some obscure Highlife LPs, Prince, full spread from Ravi Shankar, Sonny Rollins “Alfie” Soundtrack, rare Todd Rundgren, Kiss, Eloy (the amazing Inside LP – an LP I first heard at Ultima Thule Record shop in Leicester), a load of UKG and Grime, Kevin Ayers, Prince Buster, Twinkle Brothers, Cheap Trick, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Human League, Rush, Yes, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Scott Walker, Bob Dylan, Sex Pistols, Dusty Springfield, Jethro Tull and many more.
  7. A friend of ours sold in a great pile of LPs including titles from Nucleus, Bert Jansch, Leon Thomas, Ahmad Jamal, Ornette Coleman etc.
  8. Tamla Motown 45s.
  9. Interesting pile from one seller featuring Dexter Wansel, Aretha Franklin, Faze-O, Atmosfear, Earth, Wind & Fire, Main Ingredient, Jack McDuff, Van McCoy, The KLF etc.
  10. Another great pile of Reggae with original LPs and 12″s from Fred Locks, Dandy Livingstone (a really rare LP), Max Romeo, Little Kirk, Dr Alimantado, Leroy Smart etc,
  11. Some great Metal and Hard Rock CDs with a load from Iron Maiden, Slayer, Toto, Journey, Cannibal Corpse etc.
  12. Yet another great Reggae stack with originals from Horace Andy, Black Roots, Gregory Isaacs, Scientist (and a few Punk LPs from The Stranglers and The Clash).
  13. More good Metal CDs (Immortal, Bathory, Testament). The real deal.
  14. Stack of Classic Euro 45s featuring Depeche Mode, Francois Hardy, Queen etc. All with nice different picture sleeves to the UK variants.
  15. Bad boy collection of great Death, Black and Heavy Metal original LPs from Bolt Thrower, Chariot, Autopsy, KAT, Celtic Frost, Kreator, Pagan Altar, Agent Steel etc. Some seriously rare and obscure bits that I have to say had me rather hot under the collar.

Loads of the above has gone out, some is going to take a while to price up. Other bits that have gone out:

A) Tonnes of the Classic 80s/90s Rap CD collection

B) Classic Rock vinyl

C) More 90s Techno (we still haven’t run out). Including loads of rare bits

D) More US House (including some bad boy Detroit bits).

E) Electro Classics

F) Indie 45w

G) Soul 45s

H) Some obscure Ambient/New Wave records (MFM biz)

I) Ethnographic LPs

J) More African LPs

K) Tonnes of Cheaps (all the genres)

L) ECM CDs

M) Metal Tapes

Basically some absolutely wicked stuff has gone out this week.

 

No Top Ten this week I’m afraid!!!!

 

Keep it real!!!!!

RR

Starting 2020 with a BANG!!!

Yo from Reckless!

This Blog was written on a train passing Reculver Towers whilst listening to:

Happy New Year to you all and hope you had a great Christmas. Thanks so much to you for making 2019 a great year for Reckless. It’s been a real year for change at Reckless, we’ve been constantly trying to better the shop. We’ve also really been going for it with the collections and bought some serious records and cds in 2019. 2020 is already shaping up to be a killer year, and we’ve got some amazing collections on the horizon.

Christmas is always quiet for buying  but we did have a few great selections come in.

  1. The first was several hundred LPs, about 300 7″s and 100 or so CDs. An absolutely killer collection of Hardcore, Punk, Post Hardcore, Emo, Noise Rock, Garage Rock, Revolution Summer, Indie Rock etc. Loads of titles on Discord Records, Husker Du, Bad Brains, Rorschach (one of the greatest Hardcore bands of all time!), The Soft Boys, Harriet The Spy (seeing them at a friends house in Westgate in the late 90s fried my brain), Bikini Kill, Superchunk, Deep Wound, The Faith/Void split (does it get much better than this?), Michael Rother, The Go-Go’s, Regulator Watts, Party Of Helicopters, Hot Snakes, The Flaming Lips, Fear, Sonic Youth, Thee Oh Sees, Antioch Arrow, Kerosene 454, Charles Bronson, Unwound, Angel Hair (the 45 still sounds amazing), Perspex Flesh, Lungfish, The Sonics, Simply Saucer, Circus Lupus, Glenn Branca, Born Against, The Man I Fell In Love With, Karate, Fu Manchu, Spazz, Bob Tilton (still one of the best bands ever), Slint, Palace Brothers, The Lowest Form, 13th Floor Elevators, Wipers, Career Suicide etc.  We got the bulk of the LPs out over Christmas.
  2. One of our pals brought in a huge pile of mostly modern House and Techno but there was also quite a lot of Warp Records stuff, Dubstep/Bass music, Garage Rock, Sublime Frequencies, Afrobeat, Noise Rock etc. So plenty of Hessle Audio, Helena Hauff, Robert Hood, Joe, Battles, Shackleton etc. Just under 100 titles.
  3. We were also visited by a lovely chap from France who brings in great stuff several times a year. Dance stuff from 808 State, loads of Moodymann, Gescom (the fantastic Keynell EP), Kirk Degiorgio, A Guy Called Gerald (Black Secret Technology), UNKLE, The Black Dog, Plaid, Rhythm & Sound, Four Tet (including a lot of Text 12″s), Moving Shadow, loads of Workshop 12″s, Carl Craig, Theo Parrish, Dinosaur L, Autechre, Elegy & Basic Channel. And on the more Rock side (if you can call it that): Hozan Yamamoto, Luc Ferrari, Ariel Kalma, Bobby Jackson, Earth, Throbbing Gristle, SPK (the amazing Vinyl On Demand 7″ box set with the three first 7″s), Chris & Cosey and of course Current 93 (including the amazing All The Pretty Little Horses).
  4. 40 or so Reggae and Soul 45s came in yesterday. A mixture of not particularly rare originals and reissues of rarer bits.
  5. A Small but very interesting selection of Folk LPs which include a signed Richard Thompson LP, original Bert Jansch and amazingly a white label Test Press of a Sandy Denny LP!
  6. Various smaller vinyl selections from artists like Bob Dylan, TV On The Radio, Pale Saints, Brian Eno, Beyonce, Baroness, Pink Floyd, Dudley Moore, Wings etc.

 

This weeks Top Ten is from Henry Lopez-Real! Henry has been a regular at several shops I’ve worked at over the years – and always buys fantastic gear.

BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES JUKEBOX 45’s TOP TEN

1

Errol Dixon & The Back Beats – Too Much Whisky

Flip side of his Mama Shut Your Door single on Blue Beat from 1961.

An apposite title, for some of us at least, at this time of year.  This’ll help the fug if you’re struggling. Beautiful-sadly uncredited-saxophone solo.

2

Rico And His Blue Boys – Soul Of Africa

Another on Blue Beat-this time from ’64-and another B side. This one the flip to Prince Buster’s Wash All Your Troubles Away.

Extremely moreish. You’ll never play it just the once. My copy has seen a lot of action at parties but Rico’s mighty trombone still makes it, just about, through the worn grooves.

3

Afronational band – Money Palava

Single on the Afronational label outta Sierra Leone c.1970-something.

Completely infectious with sweet ringin’ guitars to the fore.

Purchased many moons back in a now sadly defunct outlet on the Goldhawk Road where the basement prices were 10p for singles/ 20p for LP’s. Trendy new café/vinyl emporiums take note. This is an attractive pricing policy and you will attract custom. Perhaps not the sort of custom you’re looking for but nevertheless…

4

Chuck Berry – Ramona, Say Yes

Chuck hits a soul groove on this single for Chess.

He’s pretty keen on her red dress though thankfully he doesn’t tell us how old the titular Ramona is (or whether he’s transported her across state lines recently) and consequently we can still play this one on the wireless every now and then.

5/6

Manuel & The Renegades – Rev Up (Piper Records)

Beep Beep & The Roadrunners – Shifting Gears (Vincent Records)

Blast the new year cobwebs away with this pair of killer surf/hot rod 45’s. Very lo-fi and very fine.

7

Link Wray – Jack The Ripper/The Black Widow (Swan 1962)

All about Link’s mean, low slung guitar of course but it’d be an oversight not to mention brother Doug’s  thunderous performance on drums particularly at the fade. Outtasight Doug!

A reminder never to neglect the Cheaps. I picked up an OG of this 2 sided monster in Reckless for £2 a while back. Looks battered. Plays like a dream. Pressed LOUD.

8

Henry Gray & His Bayou Buddies – Henry’s Rock (Sunland Records)

Can never resist a 45 by an artist called Henry though you don’t need to be called Henry to dig this pounding piano rocker from Louisiana.

Newest record on the list from 1985 which was just the other year right?

9

George Harrison – Miss O’Dell

Another B side to his 1973 hit Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth). George attempts to knock out a Dylan-esque paen to Chris O’Dell of Apple Records but keeps breaking in to fits of laughter before leaving Macca’s old phone number at the end.

The laughter’ll do you good and remember spring’s just around the corner.

This can be found for pence.

10

Sun Ra Presents The Qualities – Happy New Year To You!

Not Sonny’s most challenging work but agreeably off-kilter doo wop to see in 2020.


Thanks Henry! Killer selection!!

And thanks to you for reading – catch us next week!

RR

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A TOP 50 FROM NAIL!!!

Hello from Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of:

Merry Christmas, Winter Solstice and a happy New Year from all at Reckless.

The buying hasn’t stopped ! Lets see whats come in!

  1. Great big batch of fantastic Hindustani, Ethnographic, Folkways, Middle Eastern, Reggae, Indian Classical and Soundtracks from one seller. Some really great, interesting records. Lovely condition too.
  2. Another regular seller brought in a huge pile of Indie, Rock, Jazz and Electronic LPs featuring Arthur Russell, Fennesz, Alice Coltrane, The Jam, John Grant, Yazmin Lacey, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Genesis, Franz Ferdinand etc.
  3. Loads of current-ish Pop LPs came in this week from artists like Lady Gaga, Robyn and Beyonce.
  4. One seller had a load of Classical LPs, some original Nina Simones, some fantastic looking Calypso LPs and some clean Mamas & Papas LPs.
  5. More Reggae CDs came in – Big Youth, Prince Buster, Don Carlos, Barry Brown, Dr Alimantado etc.
  6. Ben sold in a nice pile of records which included some King Crimson, a load of c86 45s, The End, Curtis Mayfield and a copy of The Trip. Far out!
  7. More interesting 90’s Techno came in too – featuring a few obscurities. Plenty of great Techno out at the moment,
  8. Several Reggae 45s including a nice copy of a Burning Spear rarity.
  9. Huge batch of Punk, Prog and Psych CDs.
  10. About 25 Bollywood Soundtrack LPs.
  11. Load of Dubstep, Electronic and Techno CDs.
  12. My girlfriend and I had to sell a load of records which included a fair amount of Reggae, some newer Techno from artists like Legowelt and Villalobos, Mazzy Star, Soft Machine, Ministry, Death Side and a load of 90s Drum & Bass.
  13. Some standard Rock classics from David Bowie, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure, Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Gabriel, Cabaret Voltaire and The Doors. All 80s issues.
  14. A really great pile of Rare Soul/Funk CDs including several Japanese pressings of titles from Madhouse (very rare indeed), Chic, Shakatak, Stevie Wonder etc,
  15. Small pile of Avant/Rock from one seller: John Cage, 13th Floor Elevators, Live Skull, 100% Silk 12″s, Richard Youngs etc.
  16. Fairly clean copy of “Alice In Jazzland” by Stan Tracey.
  17. Modern euphoric Indie bits from Onehotrix Point Never, Peaking Lights, Heavy Metal, The Flaming Lips, Beck etc.
  18. Huge collection of LPs and CDs which included loads of Charley RNB reissues (Otis Rush, Irma Thomas, Howlin Wolf), Jazz (load of Naim LPs from Charlie Haden, McCoy Tyner, Charlie Parker etc), 80s Soundtracks and loads of LPs on Island Records.
  19. Couple of rare UK Jazz bits from Ian Carr and Graham Collier.
  20. Plenty more bits including some Happy Hardcore, Jungle, Peggy Gou, Oasis, The Stone Roses, Industrial CDs, ASAP Rocky, Phil Woods, Massive Attack, Brian Eno, The Rolling Stones, Wings, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, New York Dolls etc

Some brilliant stuff went out this week including (as well as a lot of the above)…

A) Jazz LPs – from Trad to Modern

B) Rap CDs – loads of wicked ones

C) Indie 45s

D) 60s 45s including a few big rarities

E) Techno and Deep House – tonnes of it

F) Punk LPs

G) Soundtrack LPs

H) Loads of African LPs – mostly Nigerian

I) Classic Rock LPs (including a few rare ones from Oasis, Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker, H.P. Lovecraft etc)

J) Disco

K) Tonnes of cheap Classical

L) 4AD stuff

M) Lots of new reissues at a new marked down price!!!


This weeks Top Ten is actually a Top 50 and is from none other than Nail (who as well as making some amazing music under his own name was also half of Bent and has manned the counters at Selectadisc and Rough Trade). He is also a wonderful human being.

“135 FOXHALL ROAD FANCY FIFTY”

1. LFO – MENTOK 1

2. DJ DOC SCOTT – SURGERY

3. GLENN UNDERGROUND – JAZ WORLD

4. A GUY CALLED GERALD – ARCADE FANTASY

5. SOLE FUSION – BASS TONE

6. GYPSYMEN – HEAR THE MUSIC

7. TUFF LITTLE UNIT – JOIN THE FUTURE

8. JUAN – TECHNO MUSIC

9. ADRENALIN M.O.D. – TRACK THIS

10. WILLIAM ROSARIO – THE MOOD VIBE (HARD “CRAFTIN”)

11. BABY FORD – FORDTRAX

12. MD III – PERSONAL PROBLEM

13. FAD GADGET – 4M

14. RAZE – JACK UP WORK YOUR BODY (FOR TONY H’s PIANO LOVE)

15. THE BLACK DOG – COST II

16. F.U.S.E. – SUBSTANCE ABUSE

17. SECOND PHASE – MENTASM

18. MILLSART – GAMMA PLAYER

19. LIKE-A-TIM – TV TALK

20. AIR LIQUIDE – LIQUID AIR

21. ACID JUNKIES – SECTOR 9

22. THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON – CALCIUM

23. SCOTT & KEITH – CHILLIN’ OUT

24. FORGEMASTERS – STRESS

25. BASIC CHANNEL / MAURIZIO / RHYTHM & SOUND – EVERYTHING

26. HARD HOUSE – CHECK THIS OUT

27. SWEET EXORCIST – CLONK FREEBASS

28. UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE – THE CLOUDS

29. LOGIC – BLUES FOR YOU (HARD DUB)

30. NIGHTMARES ON WAX – SAL BATARDES

31. ATYPIC – OTAKU

32. NEUROPOLITIQUE – MIND YOU DON’T TRIP

33. STORM – TERRA

34. ROBERT HOOD – MINUS

35. OSCAR G – JUST DROP THE BEAT

36. STASIS – MNEMIC IMAGE

37. RAVESIGNAL III – HORSEPOWER (REMIX)

38. RAGGA TWINS – SPLIFFHEAD

39. NEXUS 21 – SELF HYPNOSIS

40. HEXAGONE – SEA BIRDS

41. ECSTASY CLUB – JESUS LOVES THE ACID

42. DR. ATOMIC – SCHUDELFLOSS (HIGH ON HEDONISM MIX)

43. PAUL JOHNSON – WHOS PSY IS THIS

44. THE SAMPLE CHOIR – THE PRAISE (GOD IN HIS HAND)

45. MOOD II SWING – THE SUMMER SWING

46. CHEZ DAMIER & RON TRENT – HIP TO BE DISILLUSIONED

47. AS ONE – AMALIA

48. JAM & SPOON – STELLA

49. ST. GERMAIN – ALABAMA BLUES (1965 MIX)

50. HOUSE OF SWING – PERFECT LOVE

Oh my days, what a rush. Thanks Nail !

I highly recommend checking out the Cassiopeia EP that was just issued as a 12″ with a new killer remix by Mysticisms.

Thanks for reading and we all hope you have a great Christmas and New Year. We’re shut Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day with slightly earlier closing times on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Plenty of collections on the horizon so watch this space!

RR

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The racks are packed full of killer titles!

Hello from Reckless!!

This Blog was written to the sounds of:

 

Heavy week as ever at Reckless! The buying was quite simply tremendous!

  1. Several thousand Drum & Bass 12″s and LPs. Probably around 5 thousand. Tonnes of great stuff – in amazing nick. Mid 90s to early 2000’s – Adam F, Seba, LTJ Bukem, Nookie, Paradox, 4 Hero, High Contrast, Nucleus, Doc Scott, ASC, Goldie, Alex Reece, Hyper On Experience, Logistics, Blu Mar Ten etc.
  2. Loads of modern titles again from one seller – around 700 CDs and 100 LPs – titles from David Bowie, Chris Carter, Immortal, Nightwish, Autechre, Deerhoof, Chris Clark, Emeralds, Madlib, Sonic Youth, The Fall, Deicide, Frank Sinatra. Quite the unusual mix but there you go! Hundreds more artists.
  3. Close to 200 Blue Note CDs. Including some Japanese issues. Plenty from the usual: Hank Mobley, Miles Davis, Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Sonny Clark, Dexter Gordon, Archie Shepp, Grant Green, Thelonious Monk, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard etc. All in great shape – including lots of sealed titles.
  4. One of my pals sold in a great big bag of records that included: tonnes of Reggae (Dub, Roots, Dancehall), Jazz, Post Punk, Ethnographic, Avant Garde and Classical. Loads of really great records, with a few rarities in there (including two LPs from Peter Roos, Ali Farka Toure, Thomas Mapfuno etc.
  5. Lots of new-is stuff (well sealed at least!) – including some big box sets from Led Zeppelin, Streetwalkers, Radiohead, Nick Drake etc. Quite a few modern Jazz and Americana LPs too. Also the big Gong Virgin CD box set.
  6. Big ol’ pile of Modern Composition LPs from Steve Reich, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Michael Nyman etc.
  7. Tom was out at a collection of around 1000 CDs – lots of Classic Rock, Punk, Psychedelic and Progressive Rock! Titles from 13th Floor Elevators, Joni Mitchell, Motorhead, The Pretty Things, Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath etc. Also included are a huge stack of concert programmes.
  8. I sold in a big stack of Reggae 45s – including lots of Roots and some early Dancehall.
  9. One of our pals sold in a load of decent Techno – from new to old – titles from Gemini, Ancient Methods, Drexciya, Legowelt etc.
  10. Hundreds of Power Metal and Heavy Metal CDs (including hundreds of cheap titles).
  11. Lots of random LPs came in over the counter this week – including titles from The Smiths, Curtis Mayfield, Spiritualized, Herbie Hancock, Art Tatum, Johnny Hammond, DJ Shadow, David Bowie, Oasis, Neil Young, Gene Vincent, Funkadelic, Groundhogs, The Unthanks, Spacemen 3, Leroy Hutson, Charles Mingus, RL Burnside, Barry Brown, Aphrodites Child, Taste, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Serge Gainsbourg, Bob Dylan, Madonna, The Velvet Underground, CC Dust, Black Sabbath, Max Roach, Fingers Inc, Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, Nils Frahm, John Lee Hooker, Battles, Ryan Adams, Joanna Newsom etc.

We’ve put out hundreds ands hundreds of records and cds this week…

A) 90s Indie Rock LPs

B) Modern Rock and Pop vinyl

C) Loads of House and Techno vinyl from the late 80s to the present day. Including loads of really rare titles.

D) UK Garage

E) Psychedelic CDs

F) 60s 45s

G) Country and Western Vinyl

H) Punk LPs

I) Tonnes of Classic Rock LPs from the usual suspects

J) Drum & Bass / Jungle including lots of clean Moving Shadow

K) Disco / Boogie

L) Hip Hop CDs (including cool bits from Three 6 Mafia, Tommy Wright etc

M) Hip Hop vinyl

N) More Soundtrack LPs

O) Lots of oddities for the Exotica section


Plenty of collections coming up this week – watch this space. We’ve been really busy recently but we’re still getting tonnes of records out. The racks are looking really good at the moment!

See ya soon!

RR

 

Many many Records and CDs and Reckless regular Simon G

Hello there!

This Blog was written to the sounds of:::

An absolutely mega week at Reckless Records this week, we’ve bought more records this week than ever! Here you go;

  1. Ben bought in an absolutely top notch pile of classic 60s and 70s Rock. All first or very early pressings and in great condition. The bulk of the collection was Jimi Hendrix titles but there were also titles from Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Gene Clark, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Big records!
  2. I was out at a huge ex library collection in South London midweek and came back with nearly 5000 titles. Lots of Classical, Jazz, Avant Garde, Improv, Ethnographic titles including hundreds of Folkways titles, several hundred Shostakovich LPs, 2 copies of Neil Ardleys’ “A Symphony Of Amaranthis” (one of my favourite UK Jazz LPs), over 20 Albert Ayler LPs, Art Ensemble Of Chicago LPs, loads of Louis Armstrong, plenty of Incus titles including a few doubles, some John Surman, various Cannonball Adderly albums and a hell of a lot of Classical LPs. Loads of ex library CDs too – including some good Reggae and ECM titles but with old stickers on so they will be cheap).
  3. Scott went to a few collections this week; the first one was in South and featured lots of Dance music – from Reggae/Bashment/Dancehall (including loads of cool live set boot cassettes), Jungle/Hardcore, Pop Dance/Eurodance (plus a load of Scooter 12″s!), House/Techno and some older Breakbeat 12″s. Also a load of CDs and more tapes.
  4. Another collection for Scott – this time in Surrey. This collection was a bit more on the Soul side. But as well as Soul, Rare Groove and Funk there were Rap, Rock, Indie, House, Jazz titles from artists such as The White Stripes, De La Soul, Miles Davis, Little Richard, Big Daddy Kane etc. Some really great original US Soul LPs that don’t come in enough these days too.
  5. Ben was out at a great West Coast / Classic Rock / Psychedelic collection in Fulham which included an awful lot of Byrds related LPs as well as titles from the Eagles, Jefferson Airplane, Townes Van Zandt and loads of Americana CDs.
  6. Toru has been bringing in loads of great records from his recent trip to Japan (and hes going again very soon to buy even more!). Lots of excellent Walaeric, J-Pop, City Pop, Japanese Jazz (Including Japanese issues of classic Jazz albums), Synth Pop and traditional Japanese music. Some truly amazing LPs on the wall at the moment from Torus’ trip.
  7. One seller popped in this week with about 30 LPs and 12″s all from Loletta Holloway and Burning Spear. Included were some really nice Jamaican Dub LPs and plenty of Salsoul 12″s.
  8. More great Psych CDs came in this week – including loads of well out of print titles and a few box sets.
  9. Around 20 Iron Maiden double pack 12″ singles.
  10. Plenty of Hardcore, Thrash Metal and Heavy Metal CDs including loads of Hatebreed, Cro Mags, Suicidal Tendencies, Life Of Agony, Pantera, Slayer etc.
  11. Lots of Minimal Techno, including loads of full runs of labels (such as Drumcode).
  12. Huge collection of brand new LPs (new titles and reissues) from Air, Fela Kuti, The Last Shadow Puppets, Max Richter, Iron & Wine, The Rolling Stones, Billie Holiday, Radiohead, Love, Volcano Choir, Peter Gabriel, Jimi Hendrix, Khruangbin, Ten Years After, Van Morrisson, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Goldfrapp, Sigur Ros etc.

Plenty more – I’m pretty sure we bought close to 7500 records and CDs this week!


Whats gone out:

A) More 90s Techno

B) Japanese Titles

C) Reggae CDs

D) Indie 45s

E) Classic Rock Vinyl

F) Southern Hip Hop CDs

G) Classical Cheaps

H) Soul/Funk/Disco LPs and 12″s

I) Punk 45s

J) Jazz LPs

K) African LPs

L) Country & Western (mostly Johnny Cash LPs)

M) US House

N) Jungle / DNB 12″s (and some HC LP comps)

O) CD Box sets


This weeks Top Ten is from one of our favourite customers – Simon G.

1.       Flying Lizards “Money”.  The benchmark by which all cover versions must be measured.  All the sass and swagger removed from the original and replaced by the cold, hard reality of impending Thatcherism.

2.       Deborah and the Puerto Ricans “Respect”.  Take Deborah from the Lizards and replace David Cunningham with Dennis Bovell and you get this brill 1981 single. 

3.       Anomy “TVC15”. Girls keep swinging.

4.       The Associates “Boys Keep Swinging”.  Released mere weeks after the Dame’s own version.  Reckon I prefer Billy’s vocal to Dave’s in some ways.

5.       Plastics “Last Train To Clarksville”.   The Monkees reimagined as the Silicon Teens.  Not much of a leap really.

6.       Fragments “Nutbush City Limits”.  If Nutbush was actually near Sheffield.

7.       Antena “The Boy From Ipanema”.  Deeply moving.

8.       Anyway AKA “It’s My Party”.  A Peel favourite, this.  In a slight twist to the original, Johnny runs off with Jerry in this version giving the line “Jerry and Johnny just walked through the door – Like a queen with her king” extra poignancy.

9.       Big Hair “Puppet On A String”.  Imagine if this had been how Sandie had presented at the Eurovision in 1967!  I love the gleeful shrieking on this one. Utter contempt for the song.  I blame the Flying Lizards.

10.   Balfour Chorus “Jilted John”.  They appeared on New Faces apparently. Not singing this one though, I’ll wager.  An acapella version of JJ, because why not?  I blame the Flying Pickets.

 

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RAP CDS TO THE MAX!!!

Howdy Partners!

Hope you’re all well! Some wicked bits in this week check it out:

(Written to the sounds of….)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4aj450vSo4

  1. One of my friends (who I’ve known for close to 20 years) sold us his Rap CD collection. Over the years he has sold us loads of top vinyl, amazing Reggae/Ska CDs, Black Metal/Death Metal CDs and that wicked Japanese Hardcore/Crust/D-Beat CD collection and they’re always very high quality. Top condition, first pressings. Theres around 1200 CDs here. From super Old School to Boom Bap to Classic 90s to Def Jux to super Underground sh*t. Included are also some rare mix cds and even about 10 old school long box releases. Titles from artists as diverse as Nas, Wu Tang Clan (as well as pretty much every solo CD), Ill Bill, Necro, Master Ace, Big L, Diamond D, Cannibal Ox, Danny Brown, K Solo, 2 Live Crew, Grandmaster Flash, Heather B, De La Soul. Public Enemy, NWA, Blahzay Blahzay, AZ, Lord Finesse, O.C., The Nonce, A Tribe Called Quest, Billy Woods, Gets Boys, The Notorious BIG, Scarface, Cypress Hill, Company Flow, Murs etc. The rarer titles seems to be the more Old School titles which hadn’t been reissued on CD and luckily theres loads of rare 80s CDs here. Its clear that this collection was a real labour of love and we’re well chuffed to purchase it – and are sure loads of you will be very happy indeed as its the real deal.
  2. Small but fantastic pile of first pressing Classic Rock LPs (Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Family, Van Morrisson, Fleetwood Mac etc).
  3. Large selection of Indie/Ambient/Electronica/Warp Records CDs – including lots of great albums that you just don’t see very much these days,
  4. Some Classic Rock N Roll LPs from Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent – all in nice nick!
  5. Big batch of LPs from all round the world including plenty of Brazilian LPs and some Scott Walker LPs.
  6. Also another great pile of Brazilian LPs (along with a big pile of Jazz Fusion/Soul/Boogie but the Brazilian titles were less common). Gal Costa, Caeteno Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento etc. We’ve actually had quite a few small collections in recently with a load of Brazilian titles which is great as they were fairly thin on the ground for years.
  7. For the Psych heads we bought an amazing big suitcase of Psychedelic CDs – including all the favourites: July, Kaleidoscope, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, The Action, Dragonfly, Status Quo, 13th Floor Elevators, Dr Strangely Strange, Incredible String Band, Jethro Tull etc. Plus loads more obscure titles.
  8. Lots of brand new vinyl titles (of all genres) that included a copy of the new Gene Clark box!
  9. More Heavy Metal/Hard Rock vinyl from Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Witchfinder General, Black Sabbath, Saxon, Girlschool, Angel Witch, Dio, Motorhead, Venom, Geddes Axe, Judas Priest etc.
  10. Loads of cool Vinyl titles off one seller : Soul Jazz Records comps, Sonic Youth, Arthur Russell, Smog etc.
  11. Some rareish RnB/Soul from Mariah Carey, Sade, Janet Jackson – 90s titles on vinyl. These also came in with a few rare Roots Reggae 12″s.
  12. One of our regular sellers brought in a top pile of Jazz and Latin LPs from Gal Costa, Alice Coltrane, Graham Collier, Roy Ayers and some Jazzman reissues.
  13. Another interesting CD collection with titles from William Drake, ZTT, Yann Tiersen, Vic Goddard, Acetone and a load of UK Folk.
  14. A load of KLF/Bill Drummond LPs and 12″s.
  15. More Hip Hop on CD but this time more Dirty South bits including load of wicked obscure titles. Plenty of titles from Project Pat, Three Six Mafia, Eightball & MG, Spice 1, Z Ro, Brotha Lynch Hung, Above The Law, Geto Boys etc. Love this gear.
  16. More great 60s CD Box Sets (Bob Dylan, Bonzos, Shuggie Otis, Love, Traffic, Leonard Cohen).
  17. Plenty more random sales of vinyl from Bruce Springsteen, Caravan, Henry Cow, Hawkwind, Leo Anibaldi, Tracy Chapman, David Bowie, Joy Division, Pink Floyd, John Lee Hooker, Ed Sheehan, The 1975, Bo Diddley, Solomon Burke, Everything But The Girl, The Style Council, Marvin Gaye, Depeche Mode, The Velvet Underground, U2, Kool & The Gang, Neil Young and The Beatles. Loads more too obviously.

Whats gone out into the racks this week:

  1. More 90s Techno/Trance.
  2. Classic House/US House – plenty of Nu Groove/Strictly Rhythm etc
  3. Classic Rock vinyl.
  4. Hip Hop CDs
  5. 60s/Beat 45s
  6. Country Vinyl
  7. Jazz Vinyl
  8. Loads of new reissues titles on vinyl – brand new
  9. Classical vinyl
  10. Rare Groove/Disco vinyl
  11. Punk 45s
  12. Drum n Bass
  13. Tonnes of cheaps
  14. Indie Rock vinyl
  15. Obscurities

There are quite a few really exciting collections this week so watch this space!

Thanks for reading!

Tonnes of Top Gear – and a Dan Buck Joyce Top Ten!

Ola meus amigos!

This blog was written to the sounds of:

Busier buying week than normal – lets have a butchers:

  1. Sean was out at a really great collection in Fulham late last week. Roughly 250 LPs and big vinyl box sets. Almost all in as new condition – loads were still sealed! The collection consists of Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Soundtracks, Post Rock, Jazz, Electronica and Modern Classical. Lots of titles on Erased Tapes especially (Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Lubomyr Melnyk etc). Also big box sets from Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Can, LCD Soundsystem, Destiny computer game soundtrack (which is really pricey!), Light In The Attic titles, Jazz reissues (Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald etc), Arcade Fire, plenty of Late Night Tales/Back To Mine compilation LPs etc. Loads of these have gone out – and they’re selling really quickly.
  2. Scott was out to look at some more records from a guy who sells us a big batch of records roughly every 6 months. Last time it was Disco and Boogie this time it was more US House – including tonnes of Trax Records, Nu Groove and DJ International. There were also some nice Italo House bits (which we don’t get enough of), Old School Electro, UK Acid House, Breakbeat, Freestyle and Bleep titles. 400 records roughly – and no rubbish.
  3. A very nice lady who was selling some Jazz titles (and donating the money to a butterfly charity) sold in some excellent titles from Chet Baker (a really rare and beautiful LP and a great EP), Miles Davis 10″, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and many more. About 15 LPs and about the same amount in EPs.
  4. Thousands of CDs came in this week. Including two huge batches from the same seller (both batches had over 1000 CDs!). Mostly standard Pop and Rock titles – including tonnes of classics from Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Pentangle, Cream, Joni Mitchell, Queen, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, The Who, Kool & The Gang, Sly & The Family Stone, Gillian Welch, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Deep Purple, The Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath etc. There was also a super rare U2 CD that has sold for over £500 in the past. Apparently there are only 10 copies in existence. I believe the seller has more titles so watch this space.
  5. More on the CD front – 600 Jazz CDs came in. From Free Jazz to Beebop to ECM. This collection will have you scatting all round your living room.
  6. Charles brought in a tonne of super cool CDs including loads of Improv, Avant Garde, Folk, Reggae and a Melvins CD set that is hand numbered out of 90!
  7. Al donned cowboys boots and ventured out to the Wild East to buy a collection of mainly Country & Western LPs. The Johnny Cash section is going to be bulging for a while and also loads of Outlaw stuff (Merle Haggard / Waylon Jennings), cult favourites (Porter Wagoner / Mike Nesmith) and Trucks ‘n’ Trains (Dave Dudley / Hank Snow). Nearly all in good nick and the vast majority will go out for under £5. In amongst the C+W was a decent UK mono ‘Pet Sounds’ and some other UK original classics (Simon & Garfunkel, CSN+Y, Dylan, ELO etc. etc.) along with some oddball stuff like the ‘cool’ James Last LPs, Argo Steam Sound LPs and some lesser seen kiddy records (Suitable for sampling). Alan has already been beat juggling with these titles and really getting the party going at Reckless.
  8. Sean sold a load of nice LPs in including Gloria Taylor, Can, Faust, Throbbing Gristle, Sandy Denny and “The Best Of” The Beatles on vinyl.
  9. Lots of smaller piles of records came in including LPs from Lee Perry, Sun Ra (really rare and pricey 3 LP set), Soul Jazz compilations, Royal Blood, Pete Doherty, 13th Floor Elevators, King Gizzard, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Stooges, Factory Records box (gigantic!), Ride, Stereolab, Creedence, Sex Pistols, CSNY, Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck, Laurie Anderson etc.
  10. One of my pals who’s moving back to London brought in two huge stacks of vinyl for his deposit and he had some amazing records. Classical, Jazz, “World”, Reggae, Library, Avant Garde, Ambient, Ethonographic, Classic Rock etc. Some amazing original titles from Jackie Mittoo, Mike Westbrook, Clem Alford, Folkways, Negril, David Oliver, Nebu, Belgium, Alpha & Omega, Hatfield & The North, Third Ear Band, John Fahey, Strange Nursery etc. Lots of interesting titles which I had never heard of that you can imagine Music From Memory reissuing. Still only put a bunch of these out so watch this space.
  11. More brutal Metal came in from one seller – CDs and Vinyl. Lots of obscure Death, Power, Black Metal. Some fairly sought after bits from Nifelheim, Rigor Mortis, Possessed, Venom, Pagan Altar etc. The sort of music that makes me shout Yeah Boiii very loudly.
  12. More Jungle (of course): Randall, Orca, Skanna, Grooverider, DJ SS, Tayla, Source Direct, Photek.
  13. Toru was of course bring loads more Jazz titles in. Plenty of super high quality Japanese Jazz reissues of classic albums.
  14. Top notch Rap CD collection came in – loads of great albums from Three 6 Mafia, Brother Lynch Hung, Mac Dre, Snoop Dogg. 75 of the bad boys – my kind of shiznit,
  15. Some rare Beatles titles came in with an Arnold Lane by Pink Floyd. Which was nice.

Loads more great records and cds came in this week – we spent a lot of cash this week!


GONE OUT

A) More Classical LPs

B) 90s Techno / Trance 12″s

C) Rock and Pop CDs

D) CD Box Sets (lots of nice ones actually)

E) Avant Garde / Folk / Afrobeat / Jazz LPs

F) Indie 45s and LPs

G) Electro vinyl and House bits


We’ve got a few nice collections coming over the next few weeks so keep checking that Instagram or – as ever – get down the shop!

This weeks Top Ten is from Dan Buck Joyce from Dirty Sanchez!

  1. FUGAZI “13 SONGS” Always loved Fugazi, still do, their music is so timeless, and their message is as relevant today as the early 90s when I used to listen to them. Margin Walker has been on my playlist recently.
  2. PUBLIC ENEMY “IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK” Public Enemy were massive when I was growing up, and I always wanted to see them play liver, luckily I worked on the house of Vans campaign and my dreams came true, Flavor Flav even gave the wife a spuds.
  3. GANG STARR “STEP IN THE ARENA” I had this album on loop for an eternity, I’m sure if I listened again it would all come straight back. In fact I think I might dig out my copy.
  4. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH “S/T” I grew up in a small village in Cornwall where there were only 20 houses, so I spent my weekends with my friends sat around an open fire listening to my mums music collection. This was a real road trip soundtrack. My friends had a clothing company called Siesta in the 90s, we used to go on the road selling the clothes out the back of the car. This album reminds me of those times.
  5. PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH “MECCA AND THE SOUL BROTHER” The majority of my music taste came from American skate videos, I can’t remember where I first heard this, but it defined a time for me that was so fresh and progressive, hip hop was at its best and so was skateboarding.
  6. THE PHARCYDE “BIZARRERIDE” This was another album influenced by Mike Carrol and the SF skate scene.
  7. WU TANG CLAN “36 CHAMBERS” Then from out of nowhere came the Wu Tang Clan. This album really was like nothing I had heard before and really made such a big impression on hip hop. The flow and the lyrics were straight from another dimension and it was so original. Wu Tang forever.
  8. THE NOTORIOUS BIG “READY TO DIE” Biggie, NYC, mid 90s.
  9. MASSIVE ATTACK “BLUE LINES” Massive Attack “Blue Lines” is probably one of the best albums of all time, it doesn’t age. It’s an album that will go down as one of the greats.
  10. STEVIE WONDER “SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED” Stevie Wonder inspired all of the above.

Nice one cheers Dan!

Thanks to you for reading, till next week

RR

Some wicked stuff in this week! Plus a Top Ten from Richard Johnson of Fourth Dimension Records!

Yo from Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of..The Sound! I’d never knowingly heard these before but am checking them out based on Tom Klutes recommendation in last weeks blog!

Insanely busy week this week – loads of great records coming in and records flying out of the racks.

Whats come in:

  1. Sean was out at a Rock and Blues collection in South London midweek. It was around 3-400 titles. Lots of Classic titles as well as a few oddities. Plenty of standard but cool titles from Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Groundhogs, Howlin Wolf, Led Zeppelin, Cream. As well as quite a few decent Jazz titles from people like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and a fair few LPs on ECM.
  2. The lady who sold us a load of Reggae last week was back with more titles (from Augustus Pablo, Yabby You, Prince Jammy, Tommy McCook, Crucial Bunny, Mike Brooks, Scientist etc. As well as a load of House records.
  3. Toru is going to Japan in a few weeks and has been selling in so many cool Japanese records. Like hundreds of them! Loads of Japanese pressings of rare Jazz LPs, City Pop, Japanese Jazz Funk, Traditional Music etc. Some really rare and collectible titles that are really hard to buy here in the UK.
  4. Amazing small pile of (sadly fairly worn) titles from Patto, Tubby Hayes, The Faces, Small Faces and Nirvana (UK). The Nirvana LP (The Story Of Simon Simopath) is one of my favourite UK 60s LPs – and the cover has to be right at the top with one of the greatest Psychedelic LP sleeves ever. Like I mentioned above these are pretty beat but priced a lot cheaper and all play tested. They are priced between £175 and £1.
  5. Some amazing Indie Rock/Shoegaze/Grunge LPs came in this week – mostly really nice nick too. These included an original issue of Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab originals, Mercury Rev, The Folk Implosion, Felt, Broadcast, The Beta Band etc. There were also a few cool soundtracks including The Ipcress File, Get Carter and an “original” Trunk red vinyl pressing of The Wicker Man.
  6. Al was buying pretty much all day yesterday – the first collection was a really interesting few boxes of weird oddities. All different kinds of music but a lot to Soul. Lots of demos, including a lot of Motown demos. Plenty of obscure UK Boogie 45s as well as Rock/Sixties/Blues 45s too.
  7. The second collection was a Soul 45 collection – including lots of interesting obscure titles and a lot of Northern Soul repros (as well as a few original issues). Several hundred of these 45s.
  8. Lukey boy sold in a load more LPs yesterday including lots of unusual Noise, Industrial, Drone titles from artists like Circle, Lustmord, Sun Ra, Throbbing Gristle etc. Loads of more obscure titles too.
  9. Another little pile of nice Death Metal LPs came in – this time from a new seller. Original Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide LPs.
  10. A few Faust LPs from a seller with a big Faust collection. Hes coming back this week apparently.
  11. I sold in a few records too (Phil Cohran, Roy Harper, Gavin Bryars etc).

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Whats gone out this week?

A) Loads of killer Electro (original US Electro titles), Detroit Techno, US House, Chicago House, NY House, Boogie, Deep House 12″s from the big collection we bought last week.

B) Reggae CDs and LPs

C) Modern Avant Garde LPs from Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Philip Glass, Terry Riley

D) Indie Rock LPS and 45s

E) Jazz

F) Trip Hop / Downtempo LPs and 12″s

G) Death Metal / Black Metal CDs

H) Garage Rock LPs

I) Loads of new and fresh Cheaps

J) Loads of interesting 45s (Folk, Psych, 60s, Avant, Punk (including a deadstock Gobblinz 45 from the band), Garage, Exotica)

K) Obviously a load of Halloween titles (anything with a spooky sleeve from Whodini to Shut Up & Dance to Aphrodites Child).

L) Classical LPs


Plenty of collections coming up so watch this space!

This weeks Top Ten we have Richard Johnson from Fourth Dimension Records! As well as running Fourth Dimension Richo also found time to be in Splintered, Playground, Husk, Slugbait, Theme as well as writing Grim Humour fanzine. Theres a Grim Humour book coming out soon – I highly recommend you buy one from Fourth Dimension!

TOP TEN ALBUMS FOR RECKLESS

In no particular order and often susceptible to changes, but
largely consistent for the most part for many years now. I am
only listing the details of the original release. All have been
reissued and can still be found easily enough. Of course, I love
loads of newer artists and releases, too, but I’ve selected those
which have already been with me for a considerable while and
continue to move me with every return listen, or that I have
been listening to repeatedly in more recent years. I’ve also
aimed for a diverse selection that hasn’t even touched on other
areas of music I love (no room for Leonard Cohen, Whitehouse,
John Coltrane, Can, Smog, Sun City Girls or Ranaldo & the
Loaf here!). I should also add that I really enjoy the work of
each and every artist I now often work with, including
Alternative TV, Kleistwahr, Richard Youngs, Hand & Leg, Gad
Whip, Ramleh, Sion Orgon, Map 71, JFK, Micromelancolie and,
of course, my own groups, Splintered and Theme.

WIRE 154 LP (Harvest, 1979)
Still have my now well-worn copy from when I first bought it in
about 1982 as a teenager searching through music that came
out of the punk hinterland yet went beyond it. Wire never
especially fitted with ‘punk’ anyway, but 154 is where they
especially compound just how far removed they were from the
increasingly narrow confines afforded by many of its main
protagonists. This album is one of moods buoyed along by
sliding greyscale textures, incandescent melodies, occasionally
tempered and distorted rhythmic surges and the kind of lyrical
bite that bridges the gap between experience and a sense of
otherness the music complements perfectly. I love Wire pretty
much all the way through, really, though. Their various other
projects and some of the solo endeavours, too. It’s this album I continue to turn to the most (outside the Dome ones), however,
simply because even though I already owned a copy of both
Pink Flag and Chairs Missing beforehand it was this that
emphasised the group’s possibilities the most. Hard to pick any
one song from this as a standout, but ‘A Touching Display’ is as
mighty a choice as the others. Like the album itself, the group
are in a class of their own.

CROMAGNON Orgasm LP (ESP Disk, 1969)
I first stumbled on this through Stefan Jaworzyn’s much missed
Scum List of secondhand and rare records, which I used to get
printed for him at an old workplace when I lived in the UK. I
started out with a CD reissue called Cave Rock, although
interestingly it’s an earlier version than the 2009 one noted on
Discogs (I ceased printing Scum Lists in 2005, when I moved to
Poland), but there’s no date to be found on it. I have an idea I
got it in about 2001 and that the disc itself is from the ‘90s.
Whatever, a phenomenal album I’ve subsequently also bought
a vinyl reissue of. The very first time I heard it I was unaware of
anything concerning the two main guys responsible, Austin
Grasmere and Brian Elliot, who’ve both unfortunately long gone
and can no longer espouse on the work of utter genuius that
constitutes Orgasm. The opener, ‘Caledonia’, with its battering
ram underpinning, manic vocals, walls of hiss and wailing
bagpipes is enough in and of itself to prove the likes of Butthole
Surfers weren’t that novel. And that’s after a smattering of
detuned radio shit forming part of the intro. From this point on,
things get even more bizarre as the group build songs from
what sounds like playing around with whatever junk they could
lay their hands on in the studio. I used to play ‘Crow of the
Black Tree’ regularly when I used to DJ in Krakow with my
friend Mark. People would only jerk around to it on the
dancefloor if completely hammered and not one of them ever
asked me what the song was. Little wonder Crogmagnon remain something of a very much hidden gem.

ALTERNATIVE TV Vibing Up the Senile Man (Part One) LP
(Deptford Fun City Records, 1979)
Like Wire in the sense that Mark Perry’s forever fantastic and
amorphous group started out as a more regular punk assault
(releasing some stunning singles during this phase, too, such
as ‘How Much Longer’ and ‘Life’) but, disillusioned with where
punk was heading, transmogrified into a far more ambitious
concern. The eight songs that constitute Alternative TV’s fourth
album, although second studio recorded one, sound like the
group, having already toured with Here & Now, really wanted to
not only turn ‘punk’ on its head, but piss off just about
everybody who’d thus far supported the group in the process.
For me, that’s even more ‘punk’ than punk. The music itself
trawls through basement clatter, a piano serving as drums, a
flute that appears like its being ‘played’ after having been
shoved into a windy infant’s arse, fucked up electronic splurge,
subterranean water swirls and a brooding sensibility that
sometimes falls into a whirlpool of anxieties. On top of all this
are Perry’s ravaged poetry vocals, which often seem like they’re
forged from cut-ups or merely sketched ideas then improvised
from. As much as I love AMM, I always hoped they’d sound
more like this when I first heard them. Vibing… more than
compensates, though. Perry could have easily have played the
accessibility card at the time and elevated his group to the point
they could have made a greater stamp on the public
consciousness. Thankfully, he chose the more uncompromising
path instead. In more recent years I’ve been working with him
myself. The man is something of an inspiration so I can’t
underline enough just how much of an honour this is. His work
in Alternative TV continues to go wherever the hell he wants it
to as well. Exactly as it should be.

THE CURE Pornography LP (Fiction, 1982)
I first heard of The Cure in 1979, when one of my friends at
school managed to see them at the Odeon in Canterbury.
Unfortunately, my especially strict stepdad prevented me from
going to any ‘punk’ gigs at the time, so I missed out on several
such gigs I’d have happily gone along with my school pals to
given the chance. Said friend gave me a Three Imaginary Boys
album cover badge I almost immediately adorned my blazer
lapel with after confirming the group were ‘punk’. I was 13-
years-old so think I can excuse this! I’m not sure how long that
badge was worn, alongside my PIL, Skids and Blondie ones,
but the image always intrigued me. It’s been subsequently
dismissed by Robert Smith as a cheap cash-in on the group’s
then adhering to the notion of an ‘anti-image’, but the
photograph of innocuous household objects/appliances
seemed, at the time, to serve as some kind of statement against
domesticity or everyday blandness. Of course, like so many
others around this period, The Cure were being initially
marketed as a regular punk group, despite their music already
displaying clear signs of going beyond that. Although marked by
the exact same attitude it was a little too articulate, or smart, to
be generally seen as part of the main batch. Then, between this
and the album I’ve selected, simply because I’ve loved its raw
and gnashing charm since I first bought it as a 17-year-old, the
group refined their sound and, apparently inspired by Mahler,
Eno and Wire, began focusing on painting songs in deeper
tones, rich in atmosphere and existential dread. Pornography,
their fourth album, then witnessed these textures violently torn
apart. The group had begun taking so many drugs that mental
collapse seemed the only way out. This is what’s captured
perfectly on Pornography. An amalgam of anger, frustration and
despair, the music is both violent and claustrophobic, with little
to help claw it towards any semblance of accessibility. The
guitars are played bloodily and the simplistic drums sound like
Swans testing their kit. All the while, organs gasp and drone at the same time the tormented lyrics, flecked with snarling
contempt, spiral headlong into a deep black hole of their own
making. Once again, it’s an uncompromising listen that never once
attempted to appease anybody too readily. It feels insular or,
more to the point, like being caught in the sea next to a broken
ship as it goes down. Unlike so much music that does more or
less the same thing (early Swans, again, being a prime
example), there’s little light, or hope, here. It seems to embody
the absolute futility, and fragility, of existence.
To deem it ‘goth’, as so many lazy bastards do, goes against it
completely. I always saw Smith and co. as having more in
common with that, again, early punk attitude of doing whatever
the fuck they felt like at that given time. There’s no possible way
The Cure could have bettered where they went on
Pornography, though. This is a place best visited only once, at
least artistically. The album achieves more than most dumbfuck
‘noise’ artists could ever aspire to with its crushing intensity, and
I’d contend it’s a component of The Cure that’s been in their
convoluted mix ever since.

RAMLEH A Grudge For Life LP (Vis-a-Vis Audio Arts, Japan,
1989)
This comes from a time when my fanzine, Grim Humour, was
pretty popular and in addition to this I’d have my label, mail
order and, indeed, own group. Living in Herne Bay meant you
had to quite literally do everything yourself if one wanted
something ‘happening’. I was already familiar with Ramleh
before I received a copy of this LP in either a trade or amongst
some stock for my mail order, anyway. At the time, I’d have
been starting to crave music which could replace the diet of
Swans, Sonic Youth, Butthole Surfers, The Jesus Lizard,
Killdozer, Big Black or whoever I’d mostly been listening to the
previous few years and which, by this time, was beginning to seem rather flat. I’d been introduced to new worlds via
Japanese noise artists, old free jazz records, a smattering of
techno and New Zealand improvised noise-rock, amongst
others. I was also paying attention to some homegrown artists,
such as Loop and Head Of David on the one hand and, on the
other, far less popular one, Richard Youngs. When I first heard
Grudge For Life I drew almost instant parallels with some of the
work of the latter and Simon Wickham-Smith. There were
similarly anguished vocals, keyboard stabs where drums should
be, brooding textures and washes of sound suggesting things
were never going to be quite the same again. I loved it. It
sounded like the work of two young men, Gary Mundy and
Philip Best, who’d long derailed and never especially wanted to
return to the tracks. The fact that the LP sleeve didn’t shed
much light on them only added to the music’s allure, too. This
was another of those records that instantly grabbed me. A rare
thing. Since then, I’ve gone on to organise a gig by Ramleh in
Poland and, indeed, work with them both as Ramleh and with
Gary and Anthony Di Franco’s solo endeavours. The mystery
may have diminished, but it’s revealed them, and their close
affiliates, to be sterling individuals. Ramleh continue to produce
wonderful work, too. The paradoxical testament to their
greatness is their relative obscurity, although quite rightly
they’re not as hard to find as they once were.

ROBERT ASHLEY Automatic Writing LP (Lovely Music, 1979,
USA)
I seem to be selecting a few albums released in 1979. Purely
coincidental, though. Robert Ashley’s third album, Automatic
Writing, is every bit as good as other records of his released
during this same period. I can’t comment on much beyond that
because I only have a handful of his albums, with the last one I
own being the equally engaging Yellow Man With Heart With
Wings CD from 1990. I have no idea where I first picked his records up from, either. Maybe These Records’ mail order or
the Scum List once again? All I know is that when I first heard
Automatic Writing in particular I couldn’t stop listening to it and
ever since then I turn to it regularly. Caught somewhere
between a relaxing listen of tempered abstract music with
sound poetry and something more unsettled and full of disquiet,
the three pieces that constitute the CD version I have (replete
with the bonus short piece, ‘She Was A Visitor’, originally
directed by Alvin Lucier) are utterly entrancing and beguiling. I
cannot recall if this album was ever on the Nurse With Wound
list, but it certainly deserves a place there. Of the two lengthy
and eponymous pieces that forged the original release, I can
only say their magic worked its way into me instantly. Ravaged
and hushed voices are buoyed along by grizzled electronics
that are at once uneasy and atmospheric yet kept to a subdued
level which only adds to their bruised charm. The way the
voices work served as a huge inspiration for me in my own work
in Theme, actually. Not that anybody is paying any attention!

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED Flowers of Romance LP (Virgin,
1981)
Where to start? Firstly, the debut PIL single, which I first heard
at a local Friday night disco in late 1978 (then bought as soon
as I could after) was, more so than the Pistols, something of an
epiphany for me. I then picked up the subsequent singles
because they were all I could afford at the time with money
pooled from a paper round and whatever wasn’t spent on
disgusting school dinners. I was too young to really understand
them completely, but they appealed to me regardless of my
inability to articulate why. Of course, Johnny Rotten/Lydon
remained a captivating frontman, but everything about the
music his group created both confounded and energised me.
Then came the ‘Flowers of Romance’ single, which I first saw
on Top of the Pops and, like the debut, pulled me in completely. I bought it and then, finally beginning to find money enough to
pick up LPs, bought the album and couldn’t stop playing it. The
tribal drums were immediate enough on most of the songs, but
it was the violin and weird keyboard stabs that I really liked.
Besides Lydon’s contorted howls and sneer-flecked chants, no
less. It’s not so often that every track on an album proves to be
a winner, but that’s how each and every one here is for me,
from the opener, ‘Four Enclosed Walls’, through the title track
and the staggering ‘Under the House’, to the closing ‘Francis
Massacre’. I realise that most go for PIL’s second album, Metal Box, which is absolutely deserving of its status as a triumphant record anybody with an interest in genuinely exploratory music should own, but Flowers of Romance always struck a deeper chord with me for its simply being amongst the very first albums I ever bought. I got Metal Box a while later and, like several others from this period in
music, proceeded to keep up with everything beyond
Flowers…, despite often being disappointed (although I feel
This Is What You Want…This Is What You Get, from 1984, is
underrated even if it is patchy, plus remains threaded with some
avant-garde touches I tend to appreciate in music that can
reach a wider audience). Flowers of Romance is, however,
another avant-garde winner. Hard to imagine how such music
could have made it to the UK charts now, too.

THE CONGOS Heart of the Congos LP (Black Art, 1977,
Jamaica)
My interest in roots reggae, rocksteady and original ska, etc.
has grown out of a deeper one in dub music that itself has
broadened over the last couple of decades and was possibly
initially instigated by groups like PIL, The Ruts, Killing Joke,
Basement 5, The Pop Group and others dabbling in it. I’m far
from an expert in this area, but can say I love the music of
groups/artists such as Steel Pulse, The Aggrovators, Augustus Pablo, The Skatalites, Scientist, Max Romeo, Horace Andy and
countless others. When I can, I keep adding to my collection of
such music, too. It is unquestionably obvious, but so much of
this music simply makes me feel good, no matter how
understandably politicised a lot of it can be. The Congos are no
exception in this respect, often singing about real life topics
anybody around the globe who has to give up their time, blood,
sweat and tears to earn a crust can relate to. It’s the
juxtaposition of this with their extraordinary voices and the
incredible, lilting yet weighty basslines that renders everything
so wholly magical. That word again. This truly deserves to be
described as ‘magical’, though. I understand it’s not for
everybody, like all music, but when I’ve been going through a
low period, such music is guaranteed to get me firmly and fully
hotwired to feeling motivated again. Simple as that. I don’t have
the original LP as it costs a fortune now, but I have the slightly
expanded Blood & Fire 2LP reissue from 1996 (not itself easy to
find cheap these days, either!). Blood & Fire is a great label and
possibly the one thing we can say in Mick Hucknall’s defense,
since he co-founded it. I have quite a number of records on this
great label.

SCOTT WALKER Scott 4 LP (Philips, 1969)
Another album I actually only have a CD reissue of, but it’s one
that gets played often in my home as my fiancee, Iwona,
likewise enjoys it and hearing it now makes me think of our
drinking wine on a lazy, sun-baked Sunday afternoon and
discussing its countless merits. Listening to obscure post-punk
or whatever in our home is a more solitary pursuit for me, but
early Scott Walker can be blasted loud from the main system
and used to annoy the neighbours with. Not that there’s
anything at all annoying about this beautiful music and its being
driven by perhaps one of the best voices ever to have
emanated from a man whose very name conjures images of the kind of broken and battered romanticism usually reserved for
poets. There is poetry here, however. This music, with its tender
string arrangements sometimes dovetailing with more
bombastic rhythms and backing choruses, is as poetic as
Walker’s smart lyrics. Some of the songs have an Ennio
Morricone-esque feel to them, but ultimately this is out on its
own. A few years ago, I’d have claimed Tilt to be my favourite
album of his and whilst there’s a ring of truth to that, the
warmth, immediacy and depth of the early works are what I turn
to most often now. Scott 4 exemplifies this appeal perfectly as it
both roots one to the moment it occupies and feels
transportative. Like all of my favourite albums (and there are far
too many to snag on a simple top ten list of them!), this one
pulls me to that same fantastic place every time, with ‘The Old
Man’s Back Again’ getting repeat-played the most often.
Wonderful stuff.

DAVID BOWIE Heathen CD (Columbia, 2002)
This might seem an unlikely choice given just how many
amazing albums Bowie produced, but I’m including it because
it’s the one I listen to the most these days. Of course, like many
others, I first heard Bowie a few decades ago. His music never
stamped on my conciousness really until I saw the ‘Ashes to
Ashes’ video on Top of the Pops at an old friend’s house. This
friend then bought the Scary Monsters… LP and I recall our
listening to this heavily in between fixes of The Stranglers,
Blondie, X-Ray Spex, Skids, the Pistols and so on. However,
the first LP I picked up was Ziggy Stardust a couple of years or
so later when, once again, I was finally in a position to afford
more than just singles. Because punk led me to exploring
Bowie, the Velvets, Captain Beefheart, Throbbing Gristle, the
Stooges and others around the same time, I feel this period
represented the real beginning of my opening up to different
types of music, even if initially ‘punk approved’. I never delved deep into Bowie’s back catalogue until a number of years later,
however, when I could find many LPs sold cheap at a
secondhand place in Canterbury or reissued on CD. Even then,
I only picked away at certain releases over the subsequent
years until his untimely death at the start of 2016. Blackstar
then became a firm favourite for a while until I realised I ought
to address the problem I had with some missing albums.
Heathen was amongst those I duly picked up and have been
addicted to ever since. Typical for Bowie, it might seem quite ordinary or pedestrian on the surface, but there’s a depth to it that spirals into a sense of otherworldliness which then bursts with the sound of hope on the triumphant yet somewhat melancholy ’Slow Burn’ – another of those songs that snags me for at least a few listens before I can move on to the next track. It’s Bowie’s traversing between his melancholic sensibilities, tiny flecks of avant-garde
undercurrents and a songwriting craft that can art-rock with the
best of them that especially comes out on Heathen. Naturally,
it’s hard for me to choose between Low, Scary Monsters…,
Station to Station, (Blackstar) and a few other albums, really,
but this is both the album of his I most play these days and want
to draw attention to for its not being one of the more typical
ones. A perfect listen and, like Scott Walker himself, buoyed by
another amazing voice I’m glad he left with us on these
stunning records.

Fourth Dimension Records & Friends event in London,
November 29/30:

http://www.fourthdimensionrecords.com/events.html

Recent and upcoming releases:
https://fourthdimensionrecords.bigcartel.com/products

 

Nice one thanks Richo!

And thanks to you for reading – till next week!

X

 

Killer Collections in! Plus a Top Ten from Tommy Stupid/Klute!!!

Yo from Reckless!

This Blog was written to the sounds of::

Mad week! Lets get goin….

This is what we bought:

  1. Scott bought another massive Dance collection – over a thousand titles. Late 80s, early 90s Chicago and Detroit, 80s US original Electro. Loads of rarities and amazing records. I haven’t actually seen this collection as I am off with a mashed up back but believe me Scott sounded happy about it.
  2. Loads of Reggae LPs and 12″s – mixture of Roots, Dub, Lovers, Dancehall, Rocksteady – loads of originals. Generally pretty good condition too – with titles from Black Uhuru, Nicodemus, Barrington Levy, Alton Ellis, Peter Chemist, Jah Shaka, Johnny Osbourne, Carlton & The Shoes, Freddy McKay, Freddie McGregor, Courtney Melody, Al Campbell, Horace Andy. All the right stuff. Plenty of Wackies titles too. Roughly 200 titles all together.
  3. A good pal of mine brought in just under 100 records over the weekend. Tonnes of great and weird oddities – as well as loads of new (in the last few years anyway) Reggae reissues. Lots of reissues of really rare £100+ tunes – from Dancehall to Roots. As well as those there were a lot of Ambient, Jazz, Prog Rock, Kosmiche, Modern Classical and Avant Garde titles. Very nice! Some notable titles from Horace Tapscott, Eek-A-Mouse, Carlton & The Shoes, Alpha & Omega etc.
  4. Another pal who comes in every Monday brought in a top notch stack with several Stereolab originals, a few Punk 45s, Throbbing Gristle and Afrobeat CDs, Psych comps and a few DIY Industrial LPs, Also LPs from AMM, Terry Knight and the Swell Maps.
  5. And yet another pal brought in some sick records for cash – and ended up taking mostly trade (due to there being a lot of dope records in the shop atm). Several underground Avant Rock, DIY, Ambient titles. Some were really rare. I’ll put them up on our Instagram when they go out.
  6. With all the Reggae vinyl coming in it was nice to have some Reggae CDs come in – and quality ones too. Loads of Blood & Fire and that kind of gear came in this week too.
  7. More bits came in from another regular seller: Numero titles, William Onyeabour, Deep House, Shackleton, Raime, Answer Code Request etc. Real mixture.
  8. Nice bit of Indie/Folk came in from one seller: Bert Jansch, Jean Claude Vannier, Isobell Campbell, Arctic Monkeys, Dransfields etc.
  9. Some cool CDs from one seller: Ace titles, Psych comps, Ramones, Gravy Train, Them etc.
  10. Lots of new Electro Poppy vinyl from artists like Fever Ray, Robyn, Kylie Minogue, The Knife, Simple Minds, Royksopp, Moby. All clean as a whistle or sealed. Some rare bits.
  11. Gnarly Drum & Bass as always – this time: Source Direct (including various aliases), Moving Shadow and Certificate 18 titles.
  12. Plenty of random Classic Rock LPs from Led Zeppelin, Hawkwind, Kate Bush, Jethro Tull, Captain Beefheart, The Beatles, Queen, The Smiths, Thin Lizzy, Abba, Eric Clapton etc.
  13. Serious Heavy Metal on CD – including full runs of Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Judas Priest and Slayer.
  14. Lots of New House and Techno. As ever going out seriously cheap.
  15. First press Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd came in with a few other rare bits including a Japanese Bruce Springsteen 45 that is very sought after.

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Loads of wicked bits have gone out this week

A) Hundreds of 45s – Psych, Folk, Oddities, Rock/Pop, Anarcho Punk, Rap, Soul, Reggae. All across the board

B) Classic Rock vinyl – including tonnes of big ones.

C) Reggae LPs and 12″s

D) Soul/Funk LPs

E) Death/Black Metal CDs

F) Jazz CDs and Vinyl

G) Indie Rock Vinyl

H) Heavy Metal Vinyl

I) Drum & Bass Vinyl

J) Loads more House & Techno 12″s and LPs


Plenty more collections coming up in the next few weeks watch this space! Also watch out for our special new window display which was illustrated by our friend Edwin Pouncey aka Savage Pencil!

 

This week we have a Top Ten by one of my absolute favourites…!

Yes thats right its Tommy Stupid AKA Klute!!!!

Imagine being in one of the greatest UKHC bands ever as well as making some of the most forward thinking killer Drum & Bass of all time? Over to you Tom!

Reckless Records has played a BIG role in my addiction of acquiring music for decades now, weather it was Soho, or Islington, Chicago, even San Francisco where i remember visiting when i stayed at the Maximum Rock N Roll headquarters around the corner from Haight Street and finding an original copy of the Stimulators – Loud Fast Rules 7” for $2. My host Tim Yohannon absolutely freaked out as it was a major hole in his ginormous green tape bound record collection (I traded him for a mint copy of the Minor Threat 7”) – which made me momentarily think about writing a top ten bargains ive found at Reckless over the years – but i’d hate to gloat…….
Instead i will list my top ten favourite purchases ive bought from the various Reckless locations of the years – in no particular order and from a very hazy memory:
1. The Outsiders – Close Up – Raw Edge Records
Im a big Adrian Borland fan, the first two The Sound albums are amongst my favs from that era so I was excited to learn about the Outsiders, previously assuming they were a 60’s garage band. I prefer the sleeve to their debut album Calling On Youth but musically this one is better and shows their direction coming from their punk roots.
2. Phantasm – Original Soundtrack – Gem Records
Soundtracks have always been a big influence on the sound of Klute. Fortunately I was lucky to catch the horror soundtrack bug in the late 80’s when you could pick up video nasty soundtracks for peanuts. This is one of my all time favs as its actually really good and really captures the essence of the movie – which is an all time classic. Unfortunately my missus wont let me play whenever shes about.
3. The Scientist – The Best dub Album In The World – JB Music
In the early 80’s I was subjected to dub & reggae in a big way simply going to parties in London with my big sisters, and after a few years of hesitation I started to listen closer and eventually started buying it in abundance.
This isnt the greatest dub album in the world but for me its certainly one of The Scientist’s best. Its definitely my favourite sleeve.
4. Various – Techno Classics Volume 1 – Rising High
This was a CD purchase from the store in San Francisco and i mention it because this was a major gateway record for me. Living in the US at the time i was mostly hearing Euro techno trance and these guys brought something much dirtier from London.
This is a desert Island disc for me and The Hypnotist – House Is Mine and Project One – Smokin are amongst my all time life changing tunes.
5. D.O.A. – Hardcore 81 – Sudden Death
More than anything I wanted the Stupids to sound just like DOA until i realised no one else sounds like DOA, the greatest band to ever come from Canada. Hardcore 81 was a call to arms and underlined the name and time of what we were all following.
Both their first 2 albums are equally essential but this ones got “I Dont Give A Shit” on it so it just pips it to the post.
6. Various – This Is Boston Not L.A. – Modern Method
One of the greatest Hardcore Comps of all time, coming out of Boston, one of the most intense scenes in the US in the early 80’s. Absolutely blistering tunes from Gang Green before they went to total shit, Jerry’s Kids, The Freeze, The Proletariat, The F.U’s. all amazing stuff smacking you right between the eyes. Nothing could compare in the UK at the time. A great account of some of the best music out of the Boston area, sadly missing tunes from SS Decontrol, D.Y.S and more obscure bands from the suburbs like Deep Wound & Impact Unit.
7. Noise Factory – Urban Music – Limited E
This is the tune that famously sampled Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight which i first heard in a record shop in 92 and stupidly didnt buy because it took me ages to find it due to the chaotic nature of Limited E – random cat numbers and using the same coloured labels for different releases – which sums it all up for me really – the way it should be, anonymous and faceless mysterious jungle transmissions from the dirty city. Completely random as if they sampled anything they could lay their hands on. A big influence on Klute
8. Suburban Knight – Art Of Stalking – Transmat
Possibly the greatest track ever made by one of the greatest producers from Detroit. James Pennington is a massive influence on me, both musically and his attitude. If you dont own this then you should feel ashamed of yourself.
9. Skanna – Find Me – Skanna
An absolute gem of a tune, totally timeless, underrated at the time and I still feel is largely ignored. Definitely one of the best examples of atmospheric D&B from the mid 90’s. Intricate funky breaks, lush pads and beautiful melancholic female vocals. Find it.
10. Siege – Drop Dead – Deep Six
A relative late comer for USHC, originally released as a cassette only in 1984. In 1985 the Stupids were getting into full swing and we were tape trading throughout the world and this is when we first heard Siege, through badly dubbed copies of this insane and blistering set. Thing was, they had already split up and there was no way this was ever going to get a proper release…..There have been some bootlegs and poor cd issues over the years but it wasnt until Deep Six issued this properly on 12” that it felt that justice had been served to one of the greatest hardcore recordings of all time.

 

Thanks so much Tom!

And thanks to you for reading!

Till next week

RR

x

Pre Halloween Special!!!! Including a spooky Top Ten from Thogdin Ripley

Hello there!

This blog was written whilst listening to…

Crazy week !! Super, super busy. Plus we got a ramp downstairs to skate on check it out…

Expect some of us to have broken bones over the next few months. All the reductions have been done now, and they are really flying out. We still have loads to put out and we will keep topping them up as they sell.

What we bought::

  1. The nice chap who sold us a load of decent Metal LPs came back and this time had even better stuff. Lots of killer Death, Thrash, Speed and Heavy Metal!! Titles from Coroner, Deceased, Destruction, Hadez, Slayer (Arizona), Strife, Budgie, Samurai, Kreator, Metallica, Saxon, Mass, Helstar, Armoured Saint etc. We are big fans of Metal at Reckless so we are very happy to get these in. A batch of these have gone out already!
  2. My pal who comes in every week popped in with another great mixed bag of Punk, Reggae, Psych and DIY. With a few rarer titles this time including an original colour vinyl issue of Emperor Tomato Ketchup by Stereolab as well as bits from The Door & The Window, Big Youth, The Stoat, Stiff Little Fingers, Psych comps, Delta 5, The Only Ones, Spherical Objects, Frank Zappa, Kaleidoscope, Modern Eon, Throbbing Gristle, Clock DVA, Slab etc.
  3. Various deluxe editions of titles by Pearl Jam, Pavement, Cavern of Anti Matter and titles on Blue Note. All vinyl.
  4. 10 Hip Hop 45s including a few rare ones from Guru.
  5. Big whack of Reggae and Soul including a few rarities from Dawn Penn, Tonto Irie and more 80s stuff.
  6. Another pal brought in more of the usual Italo Disco with the added bonus of some Detestation and Gasp LPs!
  7. Loads more Classical titles came in (this time from Pakistan!). A few rarer titles than the last batch.
  8. Ultra rare copy of Water on cassette by Conor Oberst (from Bright Eyes). This has sold for over £300 in the past!
  9. Loadsa Beatles! Including some rare foreign colour vinyl issues (official don’t worry) and a Wedding Album box which we haven’t had in for ages. We also bought a load of standard LPs and 45s.
  10. More Hip Hop including titles from Black Moon, A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube etc. All OG.
  11. Mixed bag from one seller: Baroness, The Horrors and various titles on Awesome Tapes From Africa.
  12. Toru sold in loads of mad stuff this week, including lots of Jungle, lots of Jazz and loads of Soul. Also lots more Japanese titles.
  13. Someone who sold us a load of bog standard Rock and Pop vinyl also sold us a rare Prince 45.
  14. Some nice CDs from The Go Betweens, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Robin Williamson and The Beatles.
  15. More from another regular this time LPs and 12s from ESG, The Damned, The Animals and Serpent Power.
  16. Another regular brought in a top batch including LPs from Jimi Hendrix, Psychmagik, Flying Lotus, Otis Redding, Numero, Light In The Attic, Dirtbombs, Bo Diddley, Belle & Sebastian, Rodriguez,  Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Jorge Ben and The White Stripes.
  17. Tom has sold in loads of records to make some money for his trip to Japan. LPs from Husker Du, Slayer, The Replacements, Fucked Up, Velvet Underground, The Sweet (the amazing Identity Crisis LP), The Exploited, Electro Hippies, Art Ensemble Of Chicago etc.

Some wicked bits have gone out this week::

Loads of reductions and cheap stock, we have been working through our basement to make room for the ramp and got rid of loads of things. They’re flying out.

90s Techno, Deep House, Tech House, Acid, Trance – all that business. Loads of really rare titles, priced to sell.

Indie 45s – loads of them!

Rock and Pop 45s – standard titles but clean.

Classical – bags of it.

Hardcore Punk – loads of wicked titles.

Downtempo/Trip Hop LPs and 12″s.

Classic Rock from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Cream etc.

More Jazz.

Aggressive Dubstep.


This weeks Top Ten is from Thogdin Ripley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9LeeY8epTI&list=PLU7ROefAIRMzjCCpCjh2lbKzaXwGaUiuN&index=1

Thogdin’s one half of Hexus Press, who’ve just released Oliver Zarandi’s book of ‘tender body horror’ Soft Fruit in the Sun. When not squinting at books he co-runs Norwich’s finest (also: only) krautrock, prog and experimental disco night, Long Swords.

 1. O Thanatos Tis Baby Jane — Giorgos Hatzinasios

Nikos Nikolaidis’ 1987 sci-fi film Morning Patrol sits somewhere between the soul-crushing ennui of Stalker and the greasy neon of the original Bladerunner. The soundtrack takes a sort of a sub-Hovis commercial refrain and repeats it, bleeding through its pastoral suggestiveness into — perhaps unsurprisingly —territory that’s firmly Vangelis.  By the time this wonderfully titled track appears, everything in the film is doomed (but of course), and the original refrain has been reduced to little more than a mournful electronic wash over some spidery synths. The perfect soundtrack for simply trying to survive in a crumbling and ruined city ruled over by a totalitarian state.

2. Bei Mir — Turo

Starting just as grimly as Thanatos & Baby Jane left us, Turo’s post-Krautrock track develops slowly into something warmer and beautifully avant-pop. In my mind this is the wonky, slightly queasy background music to the best sleep it’s possible to have.

3. Etude No.3 — Henry Warwick

Originally released on cassette in in 1987, Canadian soundscapist Warwick’s collection of evocative instrumental tracks are available as pay-as-you-feel through his bandcamp page, and amazingly hasn’t ever seen a vinyl issue. Of them, Etude No.3 is my favourite, with its quietly sighing Korg and deeply meditative structure, reminiscent of the slow and resonant formation of crystals. It’s only a shame it doesn’t last for another 40 minutes or so.

4. Selig Die Barmherzigen, Denn Sie Werden Erbarmen Finden — Hubert Bognermayr & Harald Zuschrader

Ex-Eela Craig, Bognermayr and Zuschrader’s extraordinary Bergpredigt is a concept album based around Christ’s sermon on the mount. And why not? Praised at the time by Wendy Carlos for their veracity, I came across this LP earlier this year, and it’s been driving my better half mental ever since.  This is perhaps the ‘easiest’ track from it, but the whole thing hangs together as a sort of a rambling, episodic and repetitive descent into a kind of a Christian computer music that I didn’t know I loved ‘til discovering it. My copy has a promotional sticker declaiming it  “1. Preis des Internationalen Christlichen Radiofestivals”, which can’t be said for any of the other LPs in my care. Is their really any higher praise?

5.  Go — Kashmir

What better than the sound of heavy steps through cold rain on these sodden October days?  Kashmir’s late (1979) entry to the annals of French prog is a pretty solid LP, containing at least three (!) good tracks.  Go encapsulates everything I like about their sound — combining as it does a certain cheesiness in the keyboards with an otherworldly vocal, which manages to suggest that they really do take the whole thing very seriously. Expansive and, on record (and maybe most importantly), still relatively inexpensive.

6. Ressurector —  Bernard Szajner

Szajner’s perhaps most famous for inventing the Syeringe — the laser harp that Jean Michel Jarre grandly postured at for his stage shows — but is also well known in recordmen circles for releasing that ‘is-it-terrible-or-not?’ Visions of Dune LP under the simple moniker of Zed. This, from his excellently titled Some Deaths Take Forever, sounds like it could almost be a harsher outtake from Eno’s Before and After Science, and deals with a prisoner’s dream of escape from his cell.

7. Mass — Mass

A good friend turned me on to this earlier this year, and it’s been a soundtrack to my singe-handedly renovating a house for the last few months. DIY is not my forte, alas, so the yelped refrain of “Heeeeeelp… is on it’s… waaaaaay”, when it *so clearly isn’t*, has become an ironic rallying cry for me as I saw through a water pipe, or electrocute myself, or accidentally knock down a load-bearing wall.

8. Music to Kill Your Parents By — B.E.F.

Did I mention that it’s my childhood home I’m renovating? My dreams have been filled to brimming with a certain Oedipal sizzle, naturally, and what better than this sparse and spooky bit of electro from two of The Human League to really drive in that nail?

9. Rhapsody in Druz — Robbie Basho

I’ve been revisiting this a lot of late. Basho, who sounds like nothing else, excels even himself on his Persian-inspired LP, Zarthus. The whole LP is utterly transporting — and sounds like he’s reinventing music from some distant star — but it’s this closing, twenty-minute long epic that really blows me away. Merging religious iconography with tales of high romanticism, Basho showcases a deliberately ham-fisted, muddy piano playing that’s a counterpoint to his more familiar guitar style, and which perfectly suits his booming, unapologetically operatic delivery. It’s overblown, in some ways kitsch as all hell and strikingly bizarre, yet when he sings “If you break my heart… I will die”, Basho leaves the listener with no recourse but to believe him absolutely. Utterly astonishing from start to finish.

10. Un Jour… La Mort — Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes

Another totally deep-fried epic, as close to the sound of ecstasy itself as the agit-punk-hippies Ribeiro + Alpes ever got. Un Jour… La Mort deals, as the title suggests, with an everyday expiration — but subverts it. The narrator, stalked by that “great demonic woman”, death, manages to seduce her would-be captor by poetically describing the wretched state of the world, resulting in the closing, whirling passage that makes up the last five minutes of the song: the sounds of new birth, and the terrible crow-calls of death, defeated. Dear listener, If you actually manage to sit through the last two songs on this playlist uninterrupted, and without being reduced to tears — or indeed rubble — then I can only salute you.

 

Thanks Thogdin!!!

And thanks to you for reading,

till next week.