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Artist: DALTON, KAREN
Title: Cotton Eyed Joe
Format: Double CD
Label: Megaphone UK
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"2015 repress of this acclaimed 2007 double album of previously unheard Karen Dalton live recordings from 1962. These recordings were an unexpected treat, following the hugely acclaimed 2006 reissues of Karen Daltons studio albums Its So Hard to Tell Whos Going to Love You the Best (1969) and In My Own Time (1971). Karen Dalton met Joe Loop in Boulder, Colorado, in 1962; Joe Loop made these recordings of Dalton singing and playing 12-string guitar and banjo at The Attic in Boulder in October 1962. Colorado was a hotbed of folk music; folk singers would stop off in Denver and Boulder en route to California and New York. The areas sparse population welcomed their company, at a time when young nonconformists were personae non gratae in most states. It was a cheap place to live, Boulder had a large university, and both Denver and Boulder had very active folk entrepreneurs. After missing her name in every music history book and encyclopedia for decades, it has since been noted that Karen Dalton was hugely influential on the founding father of folk rock, Fred Neil. Fred Neil only ever broke his reluctance to make public statements on one subject: his awe for and debt to Dalton. Karen Daltons first LP was recorded in 1969 and it was hard to guess whether she was inspired by Neil or the reverse. His song, "Red Are the Flowers," for instance -- released on his 1964 debut album Tear Down the Walls (as "Red Flowers") in a duet with Vince Martin -- was more in line in terms of style and tempo with the days hootenannys than with the LPs that Neil would eventually record in 1966 (Fred Neil) and 1967 (Sessions) under the benevolent laissez-faire production of Nik Venet. Karen Daltons rendition of "Red Are the Flowers" showcase her playing Neils song in the style that he would later evolve into, when unhinged, and foretells the lyricism that one Tim Buckley would self-admittedly lift from his all-time model, Neil. Another example is "Its Alright," a breath-taking cover of a Ray Charles tune. Another major singer-songwriter under Daltons spell, Tim Hardin, made no secret of his passion for Ray Charless music. Hardin is known to have turned from art to music because of his encounter with Dalton in New York, and he spent most of the 60s with her and Joe Loop around Boulder." - Megaphone UK.

Artist: DALTON, KAREN
Title: Green Rocky Road
Format: CD
Label: Megaphone UK
Country: UK
Price: $15.00
"2015 repress; originally released in 2008. Another chapter in the ever-evolving story of Karen Dalton. These are home recordings, taped by Joe Loop, as was the acclaimed double live album Cotton Eyed Joe (MEGAUK 015CD, 2007). These recordings were made at Daltons home in Boulder, Colorado, on a reel-to-reel. It sounds like the album Dalton would have released in 1963 had she been given the opportunity. Here are the first takes of "Ribbon Bow," "Katie Cruel," and "In the Evening," and a more complete document of Daltons repertoire on banjo. During their first long stay in Colorado, Dalton and her husband Richard Tucker were lucky enough to find in Joe Loop an enlightened club owner who would book them often but who was also a self-taught sound engineer. Joe Loop recorded a couple of Daltons shows, and would also occasionally bring his reel-to-reel machine to Dalton and Tuckers house on Pine Street so they could record their burgeoning musical ideas. Some jams were recorded with Tucker trying his hand at the saxophone, without the ease he showed on vocals. But Dalton was overwhelmed by the reel-to-reel machines possibilities and would gladly experiment by herself with overdubs -- something of a portastudio a couple of decades before it became a musicians household commodity. By the grace of Joe Loops faith, we now have a document of what a 1963 Karen Dalton album would be like." - Megaphone UK.

Artist: DALTON, KAREN
Title: Its So Hard to Tell Whos Going to Love You the Best
Format: CD/DVD
Label: Megaphone UK
Country: UK
Price: $21.00
"Major 2015 re-release of this absolutely essential all-time classic folk/blues album, originally released in 1969 and reissued by Megaphone in 2006. Includes booklet and stunning DVD with archival footage. Discovered by Fred Neil, produced by Nik Venet (the man who signed The Beach Boys and took The Beatles to America), and hugely influential on Tim Hardin, Karen Dalton is the lost girl of Greenwich Village, and this is her debut album. Bob Dylan, in his bestselling memoir Chronicles: Volume One (2004), writes, "My favorite singer in the place was Karen Dalton. She was a tall white blues singer and guitar player, funky, lanky and sultry... Karen had a voice like Billie Holidays and played the guitar like Jimmy Reed and went all the way with it. I sang with her a couple of times."" - Megaphone UK.

Artist: HEAD & THE STRANDS, MICHAEL
Title: The Magical World of The Strands
Format: CD
Label: Megaphone UK
Country: UK
Price: $20.00
"2015 is a busy year for Michael Head. His second single as Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band was released in March 2015 on his Violette Records. "I Know You Well," a 1990 single by Heads band Shack, leads off Jon Savages 2015 Perfect Motion double LP compilation, described as "a musical return-trip to these fondly remembered years spanning 1988-93." And now, his classic 1997 album The Magical World of The Strands is available as a deluxe reissue. This reissue of this all-time classic also appears alongside The Olde World (MEGAUK 023CD/LP), a collection previously unreleased tracks and remixes from the album sessions. Finally, both the reissue and The Olde World arrive in advance of Heads first gigs as Michael Head & The Strands, where they will play The Magical World of the Strands in full. In 1993, Head teamed up with his brother John, his longtime drummer Iain Templeton, and two new recruits, Michelle Brown on bass and Les Roberts on flute, and began two years of recording sessions. The sessions came to a halt when Head was offered a major label deal, not for his current work, but for him to record as Shack again. Weaving rough mixes and sketches -- by engineer Steve Powell, made in Liverpool -- with completed mixes by producer Mark Coyle, Stephane Bismuth, the French promoter who initiated the Strands sessions, finally released The Magical World of The Strands on Megaphone in 1997. This work-in-progress garnered great critical acclaim and is rated by many as the "rarest jewel of the 90s" (Q). The CD version of this reissue includes two bonus tracks, the B-sides to the 1998 NME and Melody Maker Single of the Week "Somethin Like You." "Green Velvet Jacket" is an acoustic solo piece by Head, and "Queen Matilda (Demo)" was recorded in early 1993 and produced by the bands friend and live engineer Ian Eastwood on a four-track Tascam cassette recorder. The CD and LP both include a 20-page booklet containing new liner notes by Head himself and photographs testifying to album sleeves work-in-progress." - Megaphone UK.

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