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50 More Great Lost Albums - Uncut Magazine - August 2010

50 More Great Lost Albums - Uncut Magazine - August 2010

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Plenty more neglected classics, however, remain well off the schedules. Out of the hundreds of albums you've submitted, we've come up with another 50. Beginning with one we really should have included first time around.
Plenty more neglected classics, however, remain well off the schedules. Out of the hundreds of albums you've submitted, we've come up with another 50. Beginning with one we really should have included first time around.

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HE LIST OF GREAT LOST ALBUMS that we publishedinthe May
issueofUncutlTake156]seems to have had its repercussions.
Copies ofam No1,Neil Young'sTimeFadesAway, have
multiplied on eBay, though the average selling price of this long-
unavailable album has gone up, too. No37. Dian's marvellous
Wonderwheetmlsound.and NoB~Sandy Denny AndThesirauos-have
alreadyresurfaced asnewClrs,and are reviewed in this issue.
Better still, there's been someforen sic research taking place illhouses,
garagesandsecond-handshops
across the world,resultingin manymore
GreatLostAlbums being uncovered byUncutreaders. Torecap, oUI'definition
ofalost album isonewhich is notoffkiaJlyon sale right now, either as anew
CD, on vinyl or alegal download. Albums not released in the first place-such
asBrian Eno'sMySquelchyUfe. pitched by RoryWalsh-don't count.
Some of the albums you suggested areactu ally available in one form or
another, and atewmore- tbeOrange Juice catalogue,thefirst Queens OfThe
StoneAge album, The Dream Syndicate'sMedicineShow~are
scheduled for
reissue in the coming months.Alun Jones cameup with CharlesDouglas'
debut, an obscure '90s album ofquintess ential New York gutter rock
produced by Moe Tucker.Acouple ofmonths on,Alun'sbeen in touch with
Douglas, and willbe reissuingTheLi!JesOfCharlesDougias
on his own label,
Broken Horse, iaterin the year.
Plenty more neglected classics, however, remain well off the schedules. Out
of tile hundreds of albums you'vesu bmitted, we've come up withanother 50.
~
.'
lBOBDYlAN
DylanCOLUM8IA.1973
Even though this
ragbag of covers and
outtakes is barely a
'proper' album-
Columbiareleased
it
__
....
as a spoilerfollowing
Dylan's defectionto Asylum ~ it's still
ashock to discover an out-of-print
Dylan record. "Certainly not Bob's
finest moment,"points outAlan
Norrington, "but any unavailable,
officially released Dylan surely needs
inclusion?"Dylan. briefly turned up
as a European CD in'91, retitledBob
Dylan (AFoolSuch As1).That's now
worth about £80,while an original
vinyl copywill fetch about £20.
2~rllt~HrcilU~ART
A N D
I'm GOing To Do What I
Wanna Do: Live At My
Father's Place 1978RHINO.2000
- FolJowingour
original selection of
Lick My Decals Off,
Baby,Jean-M ichel
Van Schouwburg
drew attention to
this rare set, recorded at a New York
restaurantunder amotorway bridge
on theShin.y Beastlour. "The best
Beefheartlive LP ever issued," writes

Jean-Michel. "The CD box also had a single CD with two encores,with the God's Golfball Prod label on it!"

I
3 GE N E GLAR K
Two Sides To E very Story
--I!IIIIAz la nnzomission
our first list, as
Kimmo Sinrvrrori,
ZoranTukar and
Adam Lister pointed
out. Doug Dillard
andEmmyIou Harris guest on the
belated follow-up toNoOther. "Itis a

patchy album, and, hand on heart, one step back after the magnificent trio of Clark's LPs(Gen.eClark,

Rom/masterand No Other),"says
Zoran,"But itisworthy oflistening
for every fan of country rock."

"It'sa curious album," adds Adam, "mixing country songs (and a couple ofcovers) harking backto the Dillard

&Clark records, 'with some string-
laden, oblique tracks in the style of
No Other,but not as ambitiously
produced. Three songs can be found
on theFlying High cornp, but the
rest ofthe LP hasbeen out of print
since an early-'90sCD reissue on
PolyGram. Vinyl copies go for £20-
£30, Ipaid £75for the CD anda still
sealedCD in the longbox packaging
went for over £200 on eEay.'·
4GAM ETH E OR Y
Lolita N ationENIGMA.1987
nominations ~especially Game
Theory's fourth album,Lolita
Nation."Asprawling, experimental
powerpop doublealbum," writes
Bradley Skaught. "Like Brian Wilson
trying to go from boy to man in the
manic swirl of the 19608,Lolita
Nationchronicles Scott Miller's
corning-of-agein the face of an
increasingly plastic, youth-obsessed
culture. RoxyMusic, BigStar andThe
lNhiteAlbumare all touchstones-

one of the crown jewelsof theUS college radio underground in the 1980s."Game Theory were

sometimes pitched asa 'Next REM';
curious, then, thatLouia Nation's
leadtrack was titled "Kenneth ~
What's TheFrequency?"
5T HEFOU R SE ASON S
Genuine Imitation U fe
GazettePHILLIPS.1969
'The straightest
American pop group
goes psychedelic
and makes a
concept album,"
writes Nick Watt,
"The satirical and sometimesover-
wordy Lyricswere written by a young
American singer -s ongw riter called
Jake Holmes, who also wrote 'Dazed
And Confused'." Copies ofa 1990CD
reissue now go for £20.
Country Top 20, and is also
unavailable ~asis 1969'sLooks Like
Rain,nominated byQuentin. Jim
Copley, though, nominates'Frisc o
Mabel Joy,featuring Newbury's own
version ofhis "American Trilogy",
«Some time ago, my mum asked
me10 track down an album my dad
used tohaveonreel-ro-reel," says
Jim."She'd been lookmgfor rtfor

years, to no avail, and figured I'd have more luck with this interweb thingy, The album was'Frisc o

MabelJoy.IGo ogled Newbury, and
found aYou'lube clip of him
performing 'AnAmerican Trilogy',
just him,a nylon-strung
guitar, and
a lady on fiddle, that
ab solulely blew the lid of
Elvis' overblown camp
rendition,Igot interested.I
found iton second-hand
vinyl for my dad, and also

downloaded it from a dodgy source online, since gone. It was amazing" Haunting,

Maybe 'cos itwas embedded
in my memory-I'dhave
been three or four years old
when mydad used to play it."
7TH E B ATH E R S
JU nusual Places To Die
GO' DISCS, 1987
oruson=a
,romantically
inclined
.figure on the
fringes ofthe '80s Scottish
indie scene(from man of
FriendsAgam, Bioomsday and
The Bathersl- is now pretty
hard to find. Dr Andrew

Webber nominates the "first and best" Bathers LP,..before they got too European and

artsy(they often sound like the
soundtrack tosomething byJoseph
Losey - but in a goodway)" Never
released on CD.
"Listento 'Ascension Day' and
you'd think itwas 1976," says

Rob Griffiths, "a cross between The Stranglers and The Clash played at half- speed."

Mike Lynch, meanwhile,
recalls taking the LP to an
early-'70s party, where he, "got
drunk and had to be helped on
to the last bus home with my
records tucked LIndermy arm.
T .was woken by the conductor
atthe bus terminal and toldto
get off-I'd slept past my stop.
WhenIasked the conductor
where the records were, he
said that my mate had taken
them. Some bastard had
seen me fast asleep and
halt-inched my records! Over
the years I've replaced
everything except the
Third World Warrecord.I
thought that this was a
-:::::::::: ..;:'_ " ::;;;:;;;;; '.1
ground breaking album-
..;;
almost the missingllnk
between prog and punk"
8T HEDISTR AC TION S
N obody's PerfectISLAND.1980
This lost Manchester
band, who also
releaseda stngle on
Factory, was picked
by quitea fewUncut
readers."A great
punklpoprecord
released in 1980:'
remembers Mark lohuson, "mixing
punk energy with '60s popsongcraft.
T'downloaded'
it in'82 by borrowing
the vinyl album from a library and
copying it onto a C90 cassette.I
played the tape to destruction."
,gSWAN S
The B urning World
UN 11MCA. 1989
'Their sole major
label release from
1989, it has been
pretty much
disowned by the
;artists (recently
reformed) and goes for a silly price,"
says Jason Parkes, "Following a
rejection ofthe stomach-churning
early stuff, Swans hooked up with
Bill Laswell. and members of I'he
Golden Palominos and delivered a
jangly, folky,psychyLP that still
sounds great today. Michael Gira had
turned into a strong songwriter,
whUe Jarboe's performances
are
lovely, too - especially on the slightly
absurd (given theera) cover ofBlind
Faith's 'Can't Find My Way Home',"
10~~~~~~!~
Lady: OST
AT LANT IC.1983
, "Your mention of
Jimmy Page's
Deathunsh ll
reminded me of
anothersoundtrack
commissionedby
Michael Winner," writes Barbara
Kirk. "The movie wasn't going to be a
five-star classic, but the OST featured
one side of Banks' versions of the
mainthemes, the other devoted to
the orchestral versions used in the
film." Apparently,The WickedLady is
the only solo albumbya Genesis
member never to be reissued on CD.
11TH IR D WOR LD WAR
Third World WarFl Y.1971
=The first of two
- albumsbya short-
li:edBritishb~nd
CIted as a key, If
unheralded,
influence
0))punk:
12iCAAIfUIM~HEl
E C hoPOLYOOR.1972.
Nick Watt quotes
Julian Cope in
support ofthis
neglected gem, to
,
_JI
",",~whit: "Over four
'
_:::11sidesof vinyl ,
Reichel created a vast parallel
otherworld which allowed listeners
to slnk so deepwith inth ernselves
that the returnto the real world at
the end of side four always came as a
genuine shock." "Easily the finest
slice of Kraut rock not to get the
reissue treatment," Nickadds.
13TH E FE LIC E B R OTH E R S
lantownSElF·RElEASED.2.006
I1 lID J_r.I
The mysterious first
album by current
Uncurfavourites,so
obscure thatit
,
appears tohave
-,
been virtually
written out of history, Jim Moss
explains more: "The Felice Brothers
played a free concert at the Windmill
in Brixton on Independence
Day
2007. Asplendid gig, with the band
treading that now familiar path
between a tight set and complete
anarchy. Afterwards Ichecked out
the merchandise
table and bought
an LP calledIantoum. The tairly
rudimentary
sleeve says it was
recorded on the eveningof Ianuary
21,2006 and was produced by
Simone Felice and Robert Burke
(who we now know as the core ufThe
Duke&TheKingl
Thealbum
features Ian Felice accompanied
by
guitar or piano with the odd bit of
harmonica thrown in,
"This one now seems to have
been airbrushed out ofexistence; no
mention ofit on the band's website or
eBay,It's pretty good, although
perhapsbynature ofthe
arrangements
it comesacross asa. bit
one-paced. I'vegrown increasingly
fond of it as a companion
totheir
mainstream
releases."
14S0NNY SHARROCK
Ask The AgesAXIOM,1991
Woman,a
flerceinfluence onleft field rock
bands like Sonic Youth. Adam,
though, draws our attention toAsk
The Ages,produced by Bill Laswell
and also featuring Pharoah Sanders
andElvmIones: "On this,htslast
albumhe uses a less abrasive
technique,Very calm, quiet and
meditative - sort oflike Santana
meets Miles Davis'InA Silent Way."
1C .MIC H AE l DIN N E R
iJThe Great Pretender
FANT ASY.1974
Anelusive country"
rock pleasu re,
_ "~veals Hans
'Srneekes:"In the
timeotrhe Eagles,
my late brother andI
listened to itmanymany
times."The
Great Pretender comesloaded with
top- drawer early-70s talent,
featuring as it does Linda Ronstadt,
Don Felder, Sneaky Pete, Herb
Pedersen and David LindleyIse e
page641,many of whose own albums
are, incidentally, looking scarce.
"Dinner made one more record,Tom
Thumb The Dreamer.'continues
Hans, "then went into television and
film production. With that, a great
artist was10SL."
CONl!~U£SOV~lI.
AUGUST
2010IU N C U T 135
., .
16
ALANSTIV E Ll
C hemins De Terre
FONT ANA,1973
Bretonharpist
Stivellmight be best
1known these days
for histrack, "Ys",a
big joanna Newsom
influence, found on
1972'sRenaissancea/The Celtic
Harp,Ian Fraser, however, picks the
follow-up, also known asFrom Celtic
ROMs:"Irackfor track his best and
most diverse album, head and
shoulders above most folk-rock
schlock from the early '70s.
Bombardes, bagpipes and near-
metal riffing, as well as Stivell's usual
spirit ually uplifting har p -cent red
celticTOots PIusi c ,Uu fortu nate! yI
lost my cherished vinyl copywhen
we flooded a few years back. .."
17AR E TH A FR AN K U N
Almighty FireAT LANT IC, 1978
Ac'~
Not one ofthe more
cele br a ted entri es in
Aretha Franklin's
voluminous
catalogue, but Tony
..... ....;
Namdar
nevertheless puts up a sturdy defence
of this session, written and produced
by Curtis Mayfield."AlmightyFire has
never been released on CD and
reviews I've read aren't favourable
either, unjustitiablyso,"
he writes.
"But for decades it's been one of my
favourite souIalbums,alongwirh
Q!rtislLiuefbyCurtis
Mayfield
(which is out on CD, thank God)."
18MIR AC lE lE GION
Me And Mr_R ay
ROI.JGH TRADE, 1989
••
!II!!!lIIIIIl'!IlJ!IIlnone of those cruel
record company
vag'dries, it
transpires that the
catalogueof Mark
_......... _..... Mulcahy's
Americanatta: lblazers is now mostly
unavailable. Debutmlnt-alburnThe
BackyardandSurprise, Surprise,
Surprisewete
proposed, but Jim
Craggs favours this second full-
lengther,recorded at Prince's Paisley
Park. "Astripped-down,
rcotsy
version of Mira de Legion," he says,
"justMulcahy (Me) and Ray Neal
(thegutta rist).Theywere compared
with REM in the '80s, unfairly as they
were so much more titan just mere
copyists. ThisLP isso tender and
warm and beautiful.Ijust checked
Amazon and there is one orlgln al CD
copyfor sale at a mere £90.95
(probably abargain butI'llstick to
my original vinyl)."
19
S0 U N DS N IC E
Love At First Sight
PARLOPHONE.1970
Ian Pyper
uncovered this
unli kely source of
funky breaks, much
lJcoveted by crate-
diggers "Sounds
36IU N C U T I AUGUST 2010
Nice (terrible name and album
coverl)," he writes, "were named by
Paul McCartney and featured Tim
Mycroft (keyboards) and legendary

session players Chris Spedding and Herbie Flowers, among others, and also producer Gus Dudgeon

Idrummer Clem Cattini figures as
weill.The material was diverse, too,
ranging from a rake on 'Je TAime'
through to 'King Kong', 'ThemeFrom
AnImaginary Western' and even'I

Heard It Through The Grapevine'.I still have my vinyl copy, bought in a Liverpool supermarket

budget rack
in the early '70s"
2 0 i!!~~~~~ ne
KONK/GRAPEVINE,1994
"An absolute stouker
ofa double album,"
writes Rocketman.
"Modern retakes of
the classics and
others, done live at
Konk studios before a select
audience." AnUnplugged-slyle
acoustic set,10 The Bonewas
expanded and reissuedinthe
State-s in 19%; two extra tracks
proved to be the last Kinks
material recorded before they
splitup,
21W ORLDOF TWIST
Quality Street
CIRCA,1991
... -........ " gloriously
incongruous
presence in the dog
days ofMadchester,
World OfTMst
speci alis edin
a kind of imaginative if ramshackle
artrocknot
unlike that ofPulp.
"Some fantastic songs let down
by a pretty lacklustre production job
by The Grid," says NickWatl. "I'd love
to hear this album remixed and
reissued." Severalmembers
of
WorldOf Twrst found further
mfamyinEar! Brutus, Original CDs
ofQuality Street, meanwhile, are
worth £40.
22~!NR!~~COCK
I< CI1,,1972
U~Ll1" l'" eL
Annette
Peacock's innovative, Moog-heavy
second album was suggested by
Peter Lloyd.I'm The OnR featured
Mike Garson on piano, and David
Bowiesubseq uently signed up
Peacock to hisM ainrnan
management
stable. Peter adds,
"Nice to see thePauline Murray
AndThe IrwisiblR Girlsalbum
at 15[in our original1Op SOl-
Iwas married to Pauline atthis
time. We spent two weeks living
with Martin Hannett; he did live up
tohis reputation!"
23
C AR l WILSON .
Y oungblood
CARIBOU,1983
Beach Boy's
other solo album,
1981'sCarlWilson, is
also out ofprint, but
Andy Riggs plumps
Youngblood,
produced byJeffSkunk' Baxter
(SteelyDau) and "Carl'sPacific
OceanBlue""The record
contains several so-so covers,"
continuesAndy,
"and a few Carl
originals where he shared

songwriting duties. But when Carl is left to sing alone, without some of the overproduced

background, youhear
that ethereal voice, in my view one of
the finestill popular music." The
vinyl's now worth about £20.
2-
4 JIMMYSTE V E N S
Don't freak Me Out
R50.1972
A Liverpudlian
piano balladeer
discovered by
Robert Stigwood,
Stevens' sole album
(retitledPaidMy
Duesin the States) was produced by
another Stigwood client, Maurice
Gibb, and featured contributions
from John Bonham and Peter
Frampton. "Ifirst encountered
Jimmy Stevens as a support act,"
recalls Colin Bennett. "He
supportedELl' on their UKTrilogy
tour in 1972."

bearers forBriti sh punkthrough the 19BOs,Discharge

split up soon after
release ofthis,
thetrthird album -"So punk," says
Anthony Begnal, "it completely
alienated and pissed off the entire
punk community. Almost every riff
from everysong tsIlftedfrorn either
Die-era Sabbath or Zeppelin, and the
high-pitched singing made even
King Diamond jealous. People were
so mad about Discharge's musical
direction that here in the US they
were paying to get into their shows
just so they could pelt the band
with garbage."
2-
6 E MMY lOU
HA!.R R IS
GlidingBi'rd
JU 51 LEE.1969
" Ernmylou'sfirst
record," writes
Joseph] Bugeja, "She
doesn't include this
seems to wantto forget it" Predating
her hook-up with Gram Parsons,
Gliding Birdis more folk than
country, and features a curious
selection of covers: Dylan's" I'llBe
Your Baby Tonight", Fred Neil's
"Ever ybody'sTalkin",
but also
Bacharach& David's "I'll Never Fall
In Love Again". Jubilee apparently
closed within weeks of the album's
release. Michael Stephenson also
points out that Harris' 1981 outtakes
set,Euange/ine, is out of print and
worth searching out.

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