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The Record Collector
 
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Price: $17.00
Artist: The Foreign Films
 
 
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WOW!!  Previously only available as a lavish triple vinyl set and download, this 2CD set collects a long-gestating epic from the mind of Canadian power-pop architect Bill Majoros (“songs representing the jukebox of my mind” be declares) and his crafty cohorts in the Foreign Films!   ‘’Shadow in the Light’ leads the charge with youthful memories and pop savvy. ‘The Sun Will Shine Again’ draws threads to the glorious descent of Mott the Hoople’s ‘All the Young Dudes’ and mid-tempo, harmony-laden ELO ballads like ‘Can’t Get it Out of My Head,’ all anchored by a rhythmic nod to Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You.’  ‘Junior Astronomer’s Club’ adds psychedelic flourishes like sitar drone and spacefaring guitar leads alongside xylophone and elegant strings, adding the Beatles, Jellyfish, and Frank Zappa to the growing recommend-if-you-like roster. The Prince-ly funk-pop of the title track describes a girl who captures her emotions in the songs she spins, leaving her somewhat hindered when trying to connect with the present. The crashing ‘Broken Dreamers’ and ‘State of the Art” echo the Memphis chime of Big Star and southern jangle of R.E.M. The dubiously titled ‘Lucky Streak’ is a theme song awaiting the perfect spy movie. ‘Teardrop Town’ is a slinky film-noir vignette casting familiar streets as an alluring but deadly siren, sung as a duet between Majoros and Kori Pop.  The package includes the short story ‘Emily Blue and the Star on the Moon,’ revealing the thoughts of the character at the heart of the songs. Although isolated, Emily’s inner life and sense of wonder at everyday beauty sustain her, chronicled by her hopeful ‘A Letter (To Our Future Selves).’ ‘Northern Love Song’ recalls the Beatles’ ‘Getting Better,’ fusing George Martin’s heart-swelling string arrangements with Phil Spector’s wall of sound and a nimble Brian May-styled guitar solo.  Next up is Emily as a young woman in ‘Fall of the Summer Heart’. Chapters including ‘You Were My Summer Sun’ and ‘The Loneliest Night’ tap Majoros’ affinity for the Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach, Moody Blues and Zombies as they recall the bitter and the sweet of summer romance. Carl Jennings’ bass during ‘Emily’s Dream Sequence’ nods to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues.’ The thrills culminate in the side-long “Fall of the Summer Heart,” a pop symphony in eight movements. Like the delicate “Girl by the River,” the song-cycle mourns a loss while celebrating its memory. In sum, this ambitious work offers a charming and evocative trip for hours of escape to the golden age of pop radio and bedroom turntables.” – Illinois Entertainer  As an early adopter of Bill Majoros and his magnificent Foreign Films adventures, they continue with the masterpiece that is ‘The Record Collector’.  A long time in the making, previewed over that period by the excellent ‘Record Collector’ side releases and Majoros's superb additions to Steve Eggers's releases with The Nines.  The culmination is this album in all its intended glory. It's pop, but not as we necessarily know it, a journey into all things of that ilk. This has certainly been worth the wait. The album veers off into all directions, but keeps everything melodic, inventive and so damn catchy. Just listening to Side 1 alone, pop rock, prog and orchestral rock are taken in and the journey just gets better and better. ‘Shadow In The Light’ could be Marc Bolan, ‘Junior Astronomer's Club’ could be Orgone Box and the beauty of the weeping ‘She Reveals Her Heart’ cannot be over emphasised.  Kori Pop's vocals add a great deal to Side 2. Her joint vocals on ‘Teardrop Town’, which you can imagine Nick Cave writing and her lead vocal on ‘Land Of A 1,000 Goodbyes’ which is all Lisa Mychols and benefits from Pop's piano playing.  ‘Broken Dreams’ is great 80's power pop, ‘State of The Art’ is so Jon Auer Posies. Lucky is all jangly psych pop.  Side 3 is particularly Beatlesesque, notably Lennon - the exception being the haunting, ‘A Foolish Symphony’ on which Kori Pop takes lead vocal duties on a wonderful arrangement. Side 4 is much slower and more moody, reminding me of great singer songwriters such as John Howard and Colin Blunstone.  On Side 5, the arrangements are varied, but very 60's Bacharach, ‘Emily's Dream’ is a cracking slab of psych featuring dialogue from Steve and Chantel Eggers. ‘Summer Fades’ is a fine closer. Side 6 closes this extraordinary affair with the almost 13 minutes of the psych wonderment that is ‘Fall Of The Summer Heart’.  Overall there is a lot of music here. It feels very much like one of those great singer songwriter albums of the 70's when budget wasn't a problem. However, the variance never lets the album become boring. I must also mention the superb  arrangements of Wim Oudijk.” – IDontHearASingle.com (review of the triple vinyl format).  A “jukebox of the mind” indeed Bill!  GREAT!!



 
Live Antone’s Austin, TX
Price: $18.00
Artist: Billy Bremner's Rockfiles
Description:

Recorded during Billy’s 2022 US tour, “Live At Antone’s” was recorded on February 12 of that year.  The record features special guest Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quintet) on squeezebox and vocals.  Track listing:”Rockin’ Little Angel”, “Her Love Is So Fine”, “From Small Things (Big Things C ... read more »

PopCycle
Price: $15.00
Artist: Bruce Moody
Description:

Bruce Moody’s latest effort “read more »

Subject To Change
Price: $16.00
Artist: Bryan Estepa
Description:

Bryan Estepa is an Au ... read more »

Point Of View
Price: $12.00
Artist: Craig Marshall
Description:

In 2008, Craig Marshall delivered this self-produced, heavily Brit-inspired effort!  And it's a stone cold winner!  The press have cited artists like Richard X. Heyman, Badfinger, Marshall Crenshaw, and XTC to describe h ... read more »

Get It Good
Price: $14.00
Artist: David Woodard
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  In 2022, David Woodard released his first full length CD, the critically acclaimed “Stupid Kid”, and is back with the terrific followup “Get It Good”.  He has become a consistent force in the indie power pop music scene, churning out records that seam ... read more »

What's For Breakfast?
Price: $15.00
Artist: Dent May
Description:

Every morning when Dent May wakes up, the first thing he says is, “What’s for breakfast?”  For the Los Angeles-based songwriter and pop auteur, this question is part inside joke with his girlfriend, part sitcom-style catchph ... read more »

Daylight Upon Magic
Price: $13.00
Artist: Dolour
Description:

Shane Tutmarc (aka Dolour) crafted one of 2023’s most infectious tunes with “Have I Finally Gone Insane.”  Now, he unveils a brand-new albu ... read more »

Live @ Milwaukee 50’s Diner Varedo, Italy November 2009
Price: $15.00
Artist: Dom Mariani & The Sick Rose
Description:

An outstanding, dream ... read more »

RADAR
Price: $11.00
Artist: Extra Arms
Description:

Extra Arms are a loud pop band from Detroit, MI.  Formerly known as Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms, the band has transformed from a solo project to a full-fledged rock outfit known for writing crunchy rock songs in the vein of ... read more »

A New Tomorrow - The Glad & New Breed Recordings
Price: $16.00
Artist: Glad
Description:

In the mid 60’s, when ... read more »

Wiggle Your Fingers
Price: $15.00
Artist: GospelbeacH
Description:

With the new and fin ... read more »

Rain or Shine
Price: $14.00
Artist: Hanemoon
Description:

Hans Forster (Man Behind Tree, Seaside Stars, Sealevel) is based in Berlin, but for all we know, he may just as well be residing in Glasgow.  Under the alias Hanemoon, he crafts warm, strummy, and jangly power pop reminiscent of Glasgow icons Teenage Fanclub, and Scottish jangle-meisters Dropkick (big time!). &n ... read more »

Hey Panda
Price: $15.00
Artist: High Llamas
Description:

High Llamas present “Hey Pandaread more »

Byronesque
Price: $14.00
Artist: Janne Borgh Fanclub
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  “Byronesque” is Janne Borgh’s second solo release on the Kool kat label, and followup to 2023’s critically-acclaimed “Fanclub”.  He was raised on poetry and power chords, harmony ... read more »

Footprints
Price: $15.00
Artist: Jeremy
Description:

The ever-prolific Jeremy Morris is back with yet another collaboration with Ken Stringfellow of the Posies!  read more »

Sing
Price: $15.00
Artist: John Bromney
Description:

John Bromley's sole album, 1969's "Sing", remains a cherished chapter in the British popsike narrative, five decades on.  Think Like A Key Records’ 25 track reissue, including a cache of bonus tracks - assoc ... read more »

Constellation Prize
Price: $11.00
Artist: John Larson and The Silver Fields
Description: 5/24 RELEASE!  Following the ... read more »

Glad Days
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kingdom Of Mustang
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Indie ... read more »

Natural Magick
Price: $15.00
Artist: Kula Shaker
Description:

“Natural Magick” finds Kula Shaker harnessing the power to cast their most potent spell yet, incorporating blazing psychedelic sermons, raga rave-ups, stardust-coated pop pearls and mood-enhancing mantras.  They reformed pe ... read more »

No Fun - No Sun
Price: $16.00
Artist: Lancashire Bombers
Description:

Lancashire Bombers are a group of like-minded musicians, who have all individually travelled a long musical path, fusing Rhythm & Beat with Power Pop, and beyond, making two to three minute pounders.  With Brett Bol ... read more »

Sub Auroram
Price: $14.00
Artist: Lava Fangs
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!   ... read more »

Machines Can't Hear You
Price: $18.00
Artist: Mark & The Clouds
Description:

This is the fourth album from this UK-based pop psych outfit.  “A Marco Magnani album is always something to look forward to and the new Mark & The Clouds album doesn't disappoint.  The man will always be a master at psych pop, but just as ... read more »

Who Will You Believe
Price: $16.00
Artist: Pernice Brothers
Description:

Joe Pernice has been ... read more »

Gwent Gardens
Price: $16.00
Artist: Pete Ham
Description:

Pete Ham is best known as the founding member of Badfinger, the first act signed to The Beatles' new label, Apple Records, back in 1968. Pete's classic songs include “Day After Day”, “Baby Blue”, “No Matter What” and the all-time ... read more »

Holly Would
Price: $16.00
Artist: Phil Thornalley
Description:

Phil provides some insight regarding his latest effort “On ‘Swamp’, my first album as a solo artist in the 80’s, I wasted my time and talent trying to fi ... read more »

Yes It Is
Price: $15.00
Artist: Rockin' Horse
Description:

Rockin' Horse's “Yes It Is” is a 1971 Merseybeat gem that’s been rightfully celebrated as an early power pop classic.  This expanded reissue, containing 3 bonus tracks, was meticulously remastered by Prof. Stoned and richly ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #151
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #151
Description:

Q65 are the cover stars: The kings of Nederbeat unboxed!  Other features in Gene Clark, Kelly Stoltz, The Clique, Wally, La Luz, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, The Prisoners, Beautify Junkyards and David Hemmings!  Plu ... read more »

World Of Sound
Price: $15.00
Artist: Slumberjet
Description:

It took a ... read more »

Slumberjet
Price: $15.00
Artist: Slumberjet
Description:

Their 2010 debut!  Slumberjet are a Dublin based power pop trio led by Barry O'Brien.  This little known Irish band is a terrific find for lovers of Jason Falkner, Pugwash and XTC. For several years preceding this ... read more »

Songs From "They Came To Rock"
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Amplifier Heads
Description: “They Came To Rock” is a soun ... read more »

Power Pop Planet - The Lost Tapes (Expanded Edition)
Price: $27.00
Artist: The Bings
Description:

VINYL RELEASE!!  read more »

Real Pop Radio
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Boolevards
Description:

Chicago’s The Boolevards have a sound that shifts between 1965 and 1978 on “Real Pop Radio”.  “Get out your saddle shoes and step on up to ... read more »

Transit Of Venus
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Cherry Bluestorms
Description:

Their jangly and crunchy guitar-filled, trippy, 2007 debut is a garden of unearthly delights for those who love the vinyl pressed between 1964 and 1970.  Deborah Gee was placing songs from her solo album “Portal” in TV shows ... read more »

The Best Of The Cruzados
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Cruzados
Description:

The Cruzados were formed in 1983 in Los Angeles by the members of The Plugz, featuring members Tito Larriva, Tony Marsico, Steven Hufsteter and Chalo Quintana.   The band's self-titled debut album was released in 1985 o ... read more »

Please Stay (2CD)
Price: $20.00
Artist: The Cryin' Shames
Description:

The latest release from Joe Meek's legendary “Tea Chest Tapes”.  Liverpool beat band The Cryin' Shames left behind a slim legacy of just two s ... read more »

Selling What You Want To Buy
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Embryos
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  The Embryos are back with new sounds and a new album.  “Selling What You Want To Buy” is the culmination of a two year experience during which saw the band assume control of the th ... read more »

You, Me and Reality
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

"You, Me and Reality” is the newie from Medway garage-psych outfit led by Allan Crockford.  Since the early 80’s, Allan has been a major figure in Medway's garage rock scene, including playing for The Prisoners, Billy ... read more »

The Gordian Knot
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Gordian Knot
Description:

This group featureed Jim Weatherly (writer of “Midnight Train to Georgia”) and is often likened to the Association for their soft, trippy sound. ... read more »

Starstruck
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Hollywood Stars
Description: It would seem like every nook and cranny in rock ‘n’ roll h ... read more »

Hornet's Nest
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Hornets
Description:

The Hornets are a relatively new London band who've been receiving great notices for their live shows. The band consists of read more »

New Adventures
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Lemon Clocks
Description:

The Lemon Clocks, ar ... read more »

A Dream Is All We Know
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Lemon Twigs
Description:

Over the past years Michael and Brian D’Addario have clearly been working on their skills when it comes to their music, and it is so clear to see the difference in production, songwriting and overall presence on “ ... read more »

1 Step Forward…Further Steps
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Nuthins
Description:

“1 Step Forward…Further Steps” represents 90’s British garage band The Nuthins’ sole 1997 album and accompanying session tracks, plus their singl ... read more »

Making Tapes For Girls
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Pearlfishers
Description:

After a hiatus of five years, The Pearlfishers, Glasgow's finest, return with their ninth album for Marina - most probably their best and most immediate one so far.  Driven by main man David Scott's exception ... read more »

Morning Star
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Prisoners
Description:

Some things are worth waiting for…  The original Prisoners line-up of Graham Day (vocals, guitar), Allan Crockford (bass, vocals), Johnny Symons (drums) and James Taylor (Hammon ... read more »

The Rationals (Deluxe Edition)
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Rationals
Description:

Brand new Deluxe Edition reissue of the 1969 cult classic from this Ann Arbor Michigan R&B-influenced rock g ... read more »

THANK YOU!
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Real Numbers
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Eight years in the making, San Francisco’s The Real Numbers’ 4th release “THANK YOU!” almost wasn't.  After a 2015 EP entitled “Wonderful”, the quartet, led by Dave Ambrose ... read more »

Unwishing Well
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Reds, Pinks & Purples
Description:

Crystalizing the trag ... read more »

undertow
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Second Summer
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  read more »

Cornucopia: Minerva
Price: $24.00
Artist: The Speed Of Sound
Description:

Manchester, UK-based Future-Retro-Modernist garage-psych stalwarts The Speed Of Sound return with a new album – their second for Big Stir Records – full of ambition, energy, and eccentric melodic brilliance.  ... read more »

The Stanleys
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Stanleys
Description:

Made up of Perth power pop stalwarts Mark Di Renzo (Gigantic) and Jamie Horsburgh, together with Oslo’s Tomas Dahl (Caddy), The Stanleys delivered in 2017, what was at the time, a long-awaited debut a ... read more »

Fairweather Friend
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Umbrellas
Description:

The Umbrellas’ debut ... read more »

Freeway Special
Price: $12.00
Artist: The World Record
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!!  Featuring Andy Creighton (Guitars/Vox), Aaron Ballard (Bass), Brian James (guitarist) and drummer Jacob Summers, in 2012 The World Record delivered the goods big time on this, their long overdue follo ... read more »

World Gone Mad - The Remastered Deluxe Reissue
Price: $16.00
Artist: Thrift Store Halo
Description:

5/24 RELEASE!  n June of 1998 Thrift Halo released its one and only long-playing record, “World ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #65
Price: $12.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #65
Description:

The top cover story this issue - the Futuristic Sounds of the Yardbirds: Peter Stanfield explores their change of direction in 1965, their rivalry with The Who and ... read more »

Law And Order
Price: $16.00
Artist: Ulysses
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!!  read more »

Shadows In Paradise
Price: $14.00
Artist: Valley Lodge
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL - AVAILABLE JUNE 7 - ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Up till now a digital and vinyl- ... read more »

Rock Indiana X Rock Indiana (2CD)
Price: $26.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Spain’s Rock Indiana Records is one of the, if not the, best labels going there!  On “Rock Indiana X Rock Indiana”, 43 bands/artists, most of whom have had releases on the label, have c ... read more »

New Guitars In Town: Power Pop 1978-1982 (3CD)
Price: $33.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!!   Wow!!  A brilliant 3CD/read more »

JEM Records Celebrates Jagger/Richards
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

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