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999: 999: The Albums 1977-80 (Captain Oi!)

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June 18, 2018

First generation Punk rock band 999’s first three albums illustrate why they are one of the most underrated bands of the punk era

Lakeside: Shot Of Love/Rough Riders/Fantastic Voyage (Robinsongs)

Dayton, Ohio–based funk band Lakeside’s early successes are documented here on this enjoyable two CD set, the first in a series reissuing their storied discography.

Wynder K. Frog: Shook, Shimmy And Shake : The Complete Recordings 1966-1970  (RPM)

Though burdened with a most unfortunate band name, Wynder K. Frog released some seriously funky music in its brief existence. This box set serves as an excellent tribute to the visionary musical mind of Mick Weaver.

Keely Smith: Keely Smith Sings The John Lennon–Paul McCartney Songbook (Real Gone Music)

Jazz vocalist Keely Smith took a creative risk in 1964 and released an album of Beatles covers. The creative risk produced a gorgeous album of jazz pop and gave the lads from Liverpool a new level of cultural credibility.

Gordon Beck: Jubilation! Trios, Quartets And Septets In Session 1964-1984 (Turtle)

British jazz pianist Gordon Beck was relatively unknown outside of the British and European jazz scene, but this three disc set of unreleased live recordings serves as an excellent introduction to this obscure figure.

Don Gibson: The Best Of The Hickory Records Years (1970–1978) (Omnivore Recordings)

Country singer/songwriter entered the 1970s in a bit of a career slump. Signing to Hickory Records gave his career a second wind, as highlighted by this collection of twenty songs from the final eight years of his distinguished career.

Nino Tempo: Purveyor of Balladry: The Best Of Nino Tempo On Atlantic (Omnivore)

For such an accomplished and respected saxophonist, Nino Tempo has an amazingly small solo discography. This recent collection compiles the best of his early 1990s releases for Atlantic, and it offers some of the coolest jazz you’ll hear.

Ravi Shankar: In Concert 1972 (HariSongs)

The George Harrison estate recently launched a Digital archival label dedicated to the late Beatle’s Indian music productions and collaborations. The label’s first offering is a reissue of a rare live album first released on Harrison’s former label, Apple.

The Flaming Lips: Scratching The Door: The First Recordings Of The Flaming Lips (Rhino)

This collection of the earliest recordings from Oklahoma City legends the flaming lips gathers up their earliest recordings featuring visionary Wayne Coyne’s brother Mark on vocals. This compilation is the first installment of a series of every issues dedicated to celebrating the band’s 35th anniversary.

The Langley Schools Music Project: Innocence & Despair (Bar/None)

In the mid-1970s, Canadian Elementary school teacher Hans Fenge gathered up the students in his school District and recorded them singing contemporary pop songs. Rediscovered and reissued in 2001, this album has since become a cult classic, and has recently been given a well-deserved vinyl reissue.