Pussy – Invasion LP (ROCK/LION-065-V-1)

Pussy - Invasion LPPussy – Invasion LP. British band Jerusalem is well known among 70s hard rock enthusiasts for their classic 1972 debut album on the Deram label and its recent vinyl and cd reissues. Pussy, also managed and produced by Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), was formed immediately after the breakup of Jerusalem in 1972. Pussy recorded and released one single for the Deram label with the original line-up of Paul Dean, Ray Sparrow and Bob Cooke and went on to record their debut album between 1972 and 1973 with Brian Goff taking over for Bob Cooke on guitar. This album has remained previously unreleased on vinyl until now!

Pussy was formed after the break-up of Jerusalem by its founding members Paul Dean & Ray Sparrow along with Bob Cooke, who was eventually replaced by Brian Goff. They made the decision not to continue with the name Jerusalem out of respect for what Jerusalem was all about at that time in musical history, after all Jerusalem was a one-off moment in time creation and could never be recreated. Although the musical direction of Pussy was very different to Jerusalem, which is surprising as Paul was the main writer for both bands (although his liking for riffs is still prominent in places), they continued to keep that raw, no rules edge which set them apart from many of the bands of the period

Gillan was far more proactive with Pussy and was actually responsible for many backing vocals on the songs (also played piano on Feline Woman version 2, some percussion and came up with the idea for ‘Place in the Sky’). Pussy were a good-time band with no pretensions of being super musicians or technical geniuses. If it seemed like fun it was worth a try, which explains a lot about their sound and direction. On stage anything could happen, no rules of course! They gigged all over the UK and Germany as a main and support act, very much in the same way as Jerusalem had done.

After the disbanding of Jerusalem – (the rumors over the years said there was a second unreleased Jerusalem album – this is not true – it was actually the Pussy album) – Decca (Deram Label) decided to continue the Jerusalem contract for Pussy. The first and only Pussy release on Deram was a single entitled ‘Feline Woman’. The recordings found here represent what was to be the Pussy debut album with Brian Goff on guitar plus bonus tracks from the original single and a studio track recorded in 1972 with Jerusalem guitarist Bob Cooke. (sealed, m/m)

Track List:

  1. The Knife
  2. Feline Woman
  3. Pig Mansion
  4. Man of this World
  5. Take Me Home
  6. Riding Down the Red Flag
  7. I Keep Remembering You
  8. Lady Ella
  9. I.F.O.
  10. Moonshine
  11. Ska-Child (from ’72 single)
  12. Feline Woman (from ’72 single)
  13. A Place in the Sky (’72 session)

* tracks 1-10 are from previously unreleased 1973 album sessions with guitarist Brian Goff

Total Running Time: [42:34]

Truth And Janey – Topeka Jam CD (ROCK058-V-2)

Truth and Janey Topeka JamPreviously unreleased Truth and Janey captured live in 1974 at a show in Topeka, Kansas featuring the classic line-up and some great extended jamming. Never before released Truth and Janey tunes like Help Me, Trains Must Roll, and Cut and Dried make their first appearance. Some raw, down and dirty recordings rescued from history for your enjoyment!

Track Listing:

Midnight Horsemen (22:34)

Help Me (6:53)

Country Fever (6:08)

My Mind (7:17)

Trains Must Roll (19:54)

Cut and Dried (4:44)

Down the Road (4:51)

Around and Around (4:29)

Impeccable – Live On The Rox LP (ROCK056-V-1)

Impeccable live on the rox cdImpeccable – Live On The Rox LP. First ever vinyl reissue of late 70s Texas hard rock private press originally released in 1979 on the GBC label. This is loud and raw in your face hard rock highlighted by the wild over the top fuzzed out axe slinging of guitarist Darren Welch. Also included are two bonus tracks from the rare pre-Impeccable single from 1978 when they were known as Axxe. The whole thing was remastered by Tony Reed (Mos Generator). Coming in late 2016.

After Shave – Skin Deep LP (ROCK042-V-1)

After Shave Skin Deep LPAfter Shave – Skin Deep LP (ROCK042-V-1). Gatefold cover near exact vinyl reissue of top notch early 70s Swiss hard rock collectable record with a sound influenced by Cream, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and the usual suspects. They toured Europe in the early 70s and eventually recorded this debut album for the tiny Splendid label in 1972, which now commands big dollars on the rare record collector market. They have been featured in a few books, including The Hard Rock Anthology 1968-1980,  Encylopedie du Hard Rock des Seventies and the Hans Pokora books.

Track Listing:

  1. Skin Deep
  2. Him
  3. Paper Woman
  4. Ride, Ride, Ride
  5. Sweet Home
  6. Amsterdam in My Living Room
  7. Near The Sun
  8. Pink Rose
  9. Sunflower

After Shave – Strange Feeling CD (ROCK045-V-2)

After Shave – Strange Feeling CD. 2nd unreleased album form this Swiss hard rock group. While their first album was more in a heavy bluesy direction, this one steers more into a progressive rock zone with long tracks and extended guitar work. Excellent 70s progressive rock with an underestimated guitarist. Includes the epic side long title track with long spiraling guitar jam. On the Vintage label.

Track Listing:

1. Strange Feeling
[ a. Need a Helping Hand]
[ b. Forgive My Way]
[ c. Oh Tell Your Mama]
[ d. Night Time]
2. I Remember Now
3. Staying Home
4. Here in the Jungle
5. I See You Smiling Now
6. Skip the Race