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*FEBRUARY 4, 2016* Available now from Break-A-Way Records, a repress of the excellent Horde album: LP contains a blend of exciting originals and well chosen, inspired covers, played in a raw, crude and frantic style. If ever it were true that the over-used assertion that a band's cover versions measured up to the originals, then it is true of The Horde. Why? These five 19-20 year old students from all over the United States did not only blaze a trail for '60s rock in then conservative North Carolina, they also had a general attitude that finds its origins in the young people's mindset of the mid-sixties. This is one of the sharpest local '60s garage albums and you are exhorted to PRESS BUTTONS FIRMLY.
  • Rarest '60s garage album by North Carolina students from early 1967
  • Great LP sized full glossy Inlay w/pic and liners
  • 300 copy repress with three different handmade, lavish front covers of 100 copies each
  • Even too rare for Pokora but finally received a 6-star rarity scale at his 7001 book 

*FEBRUARY 3, 2016* Available early March from Break-A-Way RecordsThe Penthouse 5 were one of thousands of Texas bands influenced by the mid '60s British Invasion sound. Hailing from Dallas suburb Oak Cliff, the group had its heyday from 1966-67, when they recorded a number of group originals and released two 45s. The band is best remembered for their 1966 garage killer 'Bad Girl', the Beatleesque 'You're Gonna Make Me' and more Byrds-like folk rocking recordings such as 'In The Shadow' or 'Don't Mess Around With My Dream.' Several 1967 recorded and more psychedelic-influenced tracks remained unreleased, but demonstrate the musical versatility of the band. In 1966 the group underwent a substantial line-up change when three of the original band members, among them vocalist Rob Graham, left the group. He was replaced by Jon Williams, who had previously been with The By Fives and WordD. Alongside the Penthouse 5 recordings, the rare 7"ers of  these closely linked bands are all collected for this release. Additionally an until now completely unknown five-track acetate recorded in 1965 rounds up this collection of rare and lost recordings by one of the greatest local sixties bands from the Lone Star State.

Available in the middle of February...
Coming in mid-February from Crypt Records (LP)
Coming in mid-February from Crypt Records (LP)
Coming in mid-February from Crypt Records (CD)
*JANUARY 14, 2016* Clear Light's eponymous 1967 album is one of the jewels of Elektra Records' 1960s catalogue. A short-lived, much-loved Los Angeles aggregate, the band is best known for including sometime Doors bassist Doug Lubahn and future CSNY and Manassas drummer Dallas Taylor, but Clear Light's blend of quirky songwriting and psychedelic arrangement has helped make their record become a cult classic.

Produced by Paul Rothchild (Doors, Love), the record was intended to showcase the dynamic double-drumkit sound of the group. Previous reissues have sounded flat, but this definitive remaster gives the record the punch it deserves. A major bonus are several excellent, recently uncovered outtakes from the June 1967 sessions for Clear Light, which are featured alongside the non-LP side 'She's Ready To Be Free' (in both mono and stereo mixes) and a rare single by Clear Light precursors The Brain Train.

In addition to the expanded contents and sonic upgrade, in-depth liner notes by Clear Light biographer Gray Newell and some rare illustrations help make this Big Beat release the last word on Clear Light's legacy.

*JANUARY 14, 2016* Now available for ordering. The Monkees: The Complete Series on Blu-Ray:
  • All 58 episodes, newly remastered in stunning HD from the original negatives for the very first time, plus the 1969 TV Special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee 
  • Bonus material featuring commentaries from all four Monkees, original Kellogg's Monkees commercials, and more 
  • The 1968 Monkees film Head in HD with never-before-seen outtakes 
  • Unique packaging including a 7" featuring 'Star Collector' b/w 'Goin' Down' in unique TV mono mixes
  • Strictly limited to 10,000 individually numbered sets 
  • Only available at Monkees.com

*JANUARY 13, 2016* Coming soon from Alona's Records, a reissue of the Abaddon 'Blues Tomorrow'/'Gotta Have It' 45: From the vaults of the legendary Golden Voice Recording Co. comes an official repress of this tuff garage-punk thumper from 1969. This repress comes in a handsome picture sleeve with an insert featuring the history of this much sought after bone-cruncher of a 45! This is a co-release with Golden Voice! Also forthcoming from Alona's Dream is a 12" LP from Gidian's Bible from 1969 and an EP by The Shy Guys. We'll print more details as they're announced.

*JANUARY 10, 2016* After 47 years, all five original members of The Shoguns have reunited and are currently involved in recording new music. Pat, retired from teaching at V.M.I., writes all the material for the band and still performs with other groups in Virginia. In the late 1960's, The Shoguns were one of Northern Kentucky's top rock bands.  After a brief interruption of  47 years, The Shoguns have reunited to record a new album, Highway of Dreams. The new album is comprised of eight new songs, recorded over the last three years, and six songs recorded in the late sixties.

*JANUARY 8, 2016* Welcome to the Sundazed DJ Series: incredible, dance-floor-worthy 7" singles, filled with amazing surf sounds, obscenely rare garage, incredible soul blasts, and other worthy genres without limit! We'll bring back long-lost gems, AND the singles you always wished existed, scouring the vaults for rarities and unissued cuts, from the original masters, and each with cool label reproductions whenever possible. They're licensed from the repertoire owners, making this the first 100% legit line of 45 RPM repros and rarities available! And, true to its name, this series is perfect for cutting edge DJ's looking to spin frenzied floor-fillers without having to transport valuable original pressings to the club. For those about to rock, roll, jerk, stomp, mash, frug and swim, we salute you!

Foggy Notions: An indescribably-great, Chicago '60s garage floor-filler! 'Take Me Back and Hold Me' is a beyond-frantic rocker supercharged with wild guitar and wailing harmonica, while 'Need a Little Lovin'' is a perfectly-moody folk-rocker drenched with electric 6 and 12-string guitars. Nearly impossible to find as an original, Sundazed is proud to offer this 45 as part of its DJ Series. A note-perfect reissue, sourced from the original U.S.A. Records mono masters—you'll have the dance floor packed by the first chorus!

Buckinghams: A most legendary lost recordingthe single that never was! Here's the Buckinghams' extreme-fuzz-fest take on Bo Diddley's 'I'm a Man'a track found only on a mere handful of first pressings of the band's initial longplayer. It is beyond INSANE! We've paired it with the ultra-rare single version of 'Don't Want to Cry,' which features the wild, extended, full-on guitar break. Breathtaking stuff, for sure! Sourced from the original analog U.S.A. Records masters, this 45 is the missing piece of any serious garage collector's library. Grab your copy NOW and turn it WAY up!

Living Children: One year after 1967's "Summer of Love," Living Children entered Golden State Recorders in San Francisco and recorded the magnificent A and B-sides of their only single. 'Crystalize Your Mind' features a hypnotic guitar riff and perfectly-snotty vocal; think the Chocolate Watchband meet the Doors at acid-central. 'Now It's Over' is a melancholy, Byrds-like takethe song's haunting atmosphere will stay with you long after the needle has left the grooves. Sourced from the original Golden State masters, here is your chance to own an incredible, most-elusive 45!

Things To Come: Yessirthe holy grail! We proudly present the most astounding Stones/Them influenced garage/dark psych 45 ever! Here's the impossibly rare 45 of 'Sweetgina' b/w 'Speak Of The Devil'the great lost, '60s West Coast masterpiece. From the original 1965 mono single master, it’s most deadly '60s garage cut ever to hit a Sundazed release. This needs to be in everyone's box, everywhere!

*JANUARY 7, 2016* A treasure trove of previously unreleased West Coast guitar psychedelia, 1966-1975, from Guerssen Records:

This is the incredible story of Uther Pendragon: a lost psychedelic band from San Francisco whose music has remained buried until now. Formed in the Bay Area in 1966 as a teen garage group called Blue Fever, Uther Pendragon lasted from 1966 until 1978. During that time, the band went through different names and phases, as their music evolved from garage to psychedelia to hard-rock: they were known as Blue Fever, Timne, Hodological Mandala, Mandala, Kodiac, Justus, Pendragon…but the core of the band remained always the same: Mark Lightcap (rhythm guitar, vocals), Bruce Marelich (lead guitar, vocals) and Martin Espinosa (bass, vocals) who after finding their ultimate drummer on Mike Beers, finally settled on the Uther Pendragon name in the early '70s.

But despite being in active for all that time and recording lot of tapes and demos at different studios (including their own one in Palo Alto), Uther Pendragon never released any recording at the time. They're not even a footnote on the books about the San Francisco Sound or a small name at those psychedelic posters of the time. Nothing. It's as if they never existed. Until now.

Their complex and fascinating story, which involves winning a Bay Area battle of the bands and playing with Country Joe & The Fishrecording a killer garage-psych 7" acetate in 1967, going to the legendary Pacific Sound Recording studios in 1969 to record a demo, living as a family in the same house for many years and rehearsing seven days a week, building their own recording studio and music corporation, being managed by Craig Pedersen (Something Wild, Tripsichord Music Box), being involved in an occult-themed rock opera called Sabbat, and much more, is being told with all details by Mike Stax from Ugly Things in the extensive liner notes.

Culled from the band's vast archive of tapes, San Francisco Earthquake includes their unknown until now 7" acetate from 1967 (fab garage-psych in the vein of Human Expression or Music Machine); never released '66-'69 tracks including a groundbreaking, moody psycher from 1966; a previously unreleased demo tape from 1969 recorded at Pacific Recording--an incredible document for any lover of early SF garage-psych (think Oxford Circle, Savage Resurrection, Moby Grape…) and many tracks recorded at their home studio in Palo Alto. We're talking 100% unadulterated West Coast guitar psych and hard-rock which recall QMS and even Kurihara-era White Heaven.

*JANUARY 4, 2016* Coming from Roaratorio in February: The Cleveland Wrecking Company were formed in San Francisco in 1965. Their members came from jazz, flamenco and R&B backgrounds, but together their psychedelic brew verged on Blue Cheer heaviness. As perennial local favorites, they gigged at every stage in the area. They left behind no recorded artifacts during this time; a deal with Vanguard went nowhere, when their manager absconded to Mexico with the album advance on an ill-fated mission to buy a kilo of pot. A later incarnation of the band – with a completely different lineup and musical style – released a 45 that has since become a favorite of cratedigging DJs, but This is not That. These two tracks hail from 1967-1968: One studio, one live (the sonics on the latter may remind of the VU's "guitar amp" boot, but with a solo as overdriven and atonal as this, it’s a plus). With liner notes by Jim Moscoso (Cleveland Wrecking Company vocalist, bassist, brother of Victor) and rare photographs.

*JANUARY 1, 2016* Out now from Golden Pavilion Records: The Blue Forest: A Thousand Trees Deep -- "USA produced such a vast variety of garage bands, that were highly influenced by major known bands of the time like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix & The Experience and The Grateful Dead. Every little town in the U.S. has been over-flooded with teenagers full of enthusiasm and ideas reflecting the electrifying times, when everything suddenly seemed to be possible. One of the better local bands, that came and went with the '60s fading into plastic '70s were Ventura County's Bleu Forest. So far only a handful of people heard these 1968 unreleased recordings, which were hidden in Caviness (only surviving member) basement and let me say this: What we have here is a lost psych-garage classic. A crossover between groovy melodies of Moby Grape mixed with Steppenwolf heaviness. Limited to 500 copies on vinyl in gatefold cover including a detailed story by only surviving member."

Coming in January, a special 1966 issue featuring The Monkees, Shadows of Knight, The Dovers, Love and more...