For the vinyl fan who has “everything”

No they don’t.

It might seem like it, especially if you have to share space with them, but there are tons of records they don’t have. Every collection needs a certain number of weird records. Here is a guide to records that are sure to delight a vinyl fan with unusual tastes. They happen to be in stock at many Bull Moose locations.

Abdou El Omari – Nuits d’Ete Avec Naima SaminSummer Nights

This record  has a wonderful mix of styles. It has that North African sound, but the organ adds a certain loungey element. There’s even kind of a bossa novaish beat in the first track. Naima Samin must be the singer. She can do a lot of things with her voice that most Western singers cannot.

Gundella – Hour of the Witchgundella

Many collectors love colored vinyl. The Hour of the Witch is on green vinyl (see the green on the cover?) This is a reissue of Gundella’s self-released spoken word LP about witchcraft. She explains her ideas about magic on side one. Side two should teach you how to cast your own spells. It includes a great booklet with all sorts of newspaper clippings and an essay by her daughter.

The Free Design – Kites Are Fun

You have to the freedbe careful with this one. At first listen, The Free Design might strike you as Partridge Family-level cheese. Careful listening reveals a super creative approach, especially with the vocal arrangements. It’s like if The Mamas and the Papas backing tracks were written by Ennio Morricone’s assistant.

On Kites Are Fun The Free Design are two brothers and a sister. Their other sister joined for future albums. 59th Street Bridge (Feeling Groovy) didn’t seem to fit on whatever Simon & Garfunkel album it’s on. The Free Design manage to capture whatever S&G couldn’t. I guess you could say they made it groovy.

Forrest Ackerman – Music For Robots

This is wmusic for robots.JPGhat you get when a science fiction fanzine editor teams up with a Hollywood sound effects guy. Using late 1950s/early 1960s technology, they pulled off something pretty darn cool.

Side one contains Forrest Ackerman’s history of science fiction. He switches back and forth between his history and actual science fiction, it’s hard to tell if what he’s saying is real or not. He takes us on a time travel trip at the end. Frank Coe adds sound effects.

Frank Coe fills side two with the titular music for robots. It’s an electronic sound collage, much denser and more interesting than what was coming out of academic electronic music studios at the time.

Only 300 copies were pressed. Make sure to tell your collector that.

Beatle Barkers

beatle barkersThis is better than it looks because it’s not just dogs doing Beatles songs. There are a bunch of farm animals on other songs.

It’s pretty hard to listen to this, so I’d only get it for the Beatles fan who needs to have everything. Beatles fans love rare stuff and there are only 300 of these.

Even a Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk Rock 1969-1973

As advertised.even a tree

I love hearing US/UK music reinterpreted by other cultures. A bunch of Japanese artists I have never heard of do their own versions of folk rock.

The album starts on the mellower side and gets more rocking as it goes. It ends with The Dylan II’s version of “I Shall Be Released.” I think that’s what it is. They definitely borrowed the melody.

Some of this is really, really good. I mean excellent like you’d put it on a mix tape with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

Kaleidoscope – Tangerine Dream

Tkaleidoscopehis isn’t the band Tangerine Dream. Tangerine Dream is the title of the album.

Your fan of obscure psychedelic music will like this because it touches on several things vinyl collectors love.

  1. The first 1000 copies are on tangerine colored vinyl. Other pressings will be black and therefore not as desirable.
  2. It hasn’t been officially available in almost 50 years.
  3. It’s in mono.
  4. It includes a bonus 7″ with early versions of two of their songs.
  5. The lead singer numbered them by hand.

Sortilegio soundtrack

Soundsortilegio.JPGtracks to obscure Italian films are big. Sortilegio is so obscure that nobody has ever seen it.

The soundtrack is a fine example of early 1970s Italian film and television music. At times it’s thrilling, funky, or just kind of weird.

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