Every week we compile lists of killer used LPs filling the bins at both the Chicago shop and the Los Angeles shop, but that's not all the used stuff that came in that week. Both shops are putting out hundreds of great used LPs every week.
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THIS WEEK'S USED EMPLOYEE PICKS OF THE WEEK
LP - Sigmund Snopek III - Virginia Woolf VG+/VG - $39.99
"Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf" was originally released in 1972 by Snopek's band. "Orange/Blue" is one of the disc's great tracks. At over 20 minutes the entire piece moves through numerous themes covering a whole gamut of classical progressive and psychedelic influences. Sometimes calm, at others aggressive. Some moods dark, others uplifting. It starts with an eerie bluesy bass line and piano melody, and there are some cool psychedelic freakout moments when the full band hits, plus passionate wildman vocals and an otherworldly chorus. But this is a multi-movement piece, and it soon develops into a bouncy piano led tune before returning to a theatrical song that represents progressive rock's earliest days, when psychedelia was becoming more complex and played by proficient musicians. The instrumentation is varied and includes keyboards, guitars, percussion, bass, violin, flute, and sax.
The other tracks ...are similar, displaying a remarkable sense of melody and potent musical majesty. Snopek's varied stylistic interests are apparent throughout, covering classical influenced rock, psychedelia, and even jazz on the other big standout track, "Virginia Woolf". This instrumental powerhouse begins with a swinging lounge jazz jam. It soon winds down and leads into a manic percussion symphony with short freaky vocal and synth moments. Of course it changes gears again and the tune ends as cool jazzy-psych vocal number." - Jerry Kranitz [Aural Innovations #9 (January 2000)]
LP - Jesus Lizard - Head - NM/VG+ Cut Corner - $29.99
Tape - Daniel Johnston - Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album - Stress Records 1986 Reissue VG+/VG - $49.99
The album is one of the most sonically varied of Johnston's early output. While earlier records found him focusing on piano or organ songs almost exclusively, this album blends both approaches along with experiments in tape and noise collage, and some tentative guitar playing. Two songs feature Johnston singing along with an Johnny Dankworth LP,thankfully sans Cleo Laine,and this is the best record that Dankworth has appeared on.(I've seen these pair of showroom dummies at the Royal Albert Hall,supporting Sinatra; it was painful,my brain left my body and refused to return for quite some time).Hearing Dan singing "There ain't no spunk left in me", along to the Johnny Dankworth Big Band, in 'Desperate Man Blues', is indeed a sublime moment.
The cover was made 'infamous' by frequent appearances of Corporate Rock Whore Cobain wearing the album image on a t-shirt.This increased sales of Johnston's records, bizarrely, rather than destroying his career, which is what you'd expect normally. I don't get the cult of Cobain one iota, what is it with dead pop stars that makes the human throng so moist? If some hero shot Bono or Chris Martin, we'd see those numpty's blazoned across the chests of a billion teenagers too; now that is a deeply disturbing thought." - Die or Diy!
LP - Big Star - Radio City - 2014 180 Gram 4 Men With Beards Reissue - NM/NM - $14.99
Much of the tension that fueled Big Star's wonderful harmonies apparently came from the undercurrents of competition instilled by the media’s perception of Alex Chilton as the leader of the band, one which Chris Bell once steered. Near Christmas of 1972, Bell left the band. Chilton, Hummel and Stephens continued as a trio, but Big Star was clearly on the rocks. They pulled themselves together enough, however, to record 1973's Radio City, which has been called “one of rock’s most seminal albums,” and while Bell was not a formal participant, his lingering spirit is evident in several of the album’s 12 tracks." - Fantasy Records