Home  -  Contact Us  -  Distribution  -  The Label

Find what you're looking for fast!. You can search our entire product database using any of these criteria: artist, title or "sounds like" (ie, Beatles, garage, Posies)!

Top Sellers

New Releases

Kool Kat Label Releases

New CD's

Used CD's

Compilation CD's

Vinyl

Magazines

Pre-Orders





   


Circus Of Mirth
 
Circus Of Mirth Quantity in Basket: None
Price: $9.00
Artist: Heirs Of Fortune
 
 
Quantity:
 
Terry Carolan’s (Blue Cartoon/True Hearts) latest hook-filled project is a tribute to a long lost friend and supporter. He explains the story behind “Circus Of Mirth” – “In 1974-75, Ralph Smith, Robert Watkins and Gary Heslin were the core of the band Amnesia in Tampa, Florida. I joined the band for about six months. Later, in 1976, Robert Woodrich, Gary Heslin, and I formed Just Boys. While in Amnesia, I met Gary Littleton, and our friendship, association and collaboration spanned decades. Gary became a fan of Amnesia, especially Ralph Smith’s songwriting, and it was at an Amnesia show that I first met him. Later, when I formed Just Boys, he became a spokesperson, sometimes benefactor and general cheerleader for the band, as he had with Amnesia. But in 1977, Littleton upped the ante by instigating and funding the recording sessions for the Just Boys single, and working with me to form Counterfeit Records for its release. From that time on, Gary became a key figure in many of my musical endeavors, as well as a close friend and a music fan who shared an essentially religious devotion to pop music with me, Ralph Smith and other like-minded people. Gary's interest and support for the music Ralph and I created never wavered. It is those years, and events within them, that are the inspiration for the ‘Circus Of Mirth’ album. In 2015 Ralph and I decided to collaborate on some recordings, and this collaboration brought Gary back into our thoughts, and reminded us of how supportive he had been to both Ralph and myself as songwriters. As our collaboration grew from the few songs we originally intended, to a full album, both of us knew the album should tell the story of Littleton's role in our musical lives, in a quiet and subtle way. We were joined by Robert Woodrich and Robert Watkins, and Heirs Of Fortune was born. It is intentional that the album's first song is ‘Invited’, an Amnesia recording from 1974 that has never before been released. Likewise, that the album is closed by an excerpt from Blue Cartoon's ‘If I Could Do It All Over Again’, the first song I recorded with the band while I was a member. These songs bookend the span of time and events that Gary was so much a part of. Gary Littleton was, in many ways, a contributor to our collective musical endeavors spanning more than thirty years. We were very fortunate for Gary’s help and friendship. We were indeed, Heirs Of Fortune, and Gary really was The Ringmaster of the ‘Circus Of Mirth’.”“A striking debut that couples heritage pop rock inspirations with modern strokes, resulting in a collection of tunes smacking of a timeless quality. Songs dripping with catchy melodies and hummable choruses will never date, and the band delivers these gripping elements in spades. Smooth and polished, but salted with an organic feel stemming straight from the heart and gut, tracks like the sweeping flourishes of ‘Aster Street Days’ and the poignant pulsations of ‘Goodbye My Friend’ twinkle and sparkle with a sense of longing surrounded by bracing George Harrison styled riffs. Bolstered by a curtain of gospel flavored harmonies, ‘Shine’ and the infectious pull of ‘How Can I Resist’ step in as further highlights, as well as a faithful cover of Big Star’s Chris Bell’s ‘I Am The Cosmos’ and the jaunty vaudeville romp of ‘Invited’. Layers of gorgeous keyboard passages, incorporated with tugging guitar dynamics and crisp and fresh vocals pierce every cut on this impeccably executed recording. Aside from doing a great job of keeping the power popping soul of celebrated bands such as Badfinger, Raspberries, Pilot and the aforementioned Big Star alive, Heirs Of Fortune streak their material with their own star-studded strengths. Flowing and fizzing with expressive emotions and sonic beauty, ‘Circus Of Mirth’ checks in as an album primed for repeated spins!” – ItsPsychedelicBaby.com GREAT!!

 
Beatlesque Station
Price: $9.00
Artist: Alan Bernhoft
Description:

Alan's fifth collection of Beatlesque style songs is another well-done homage that’s dedicated to the love and peace inspired around the world by who els ... read more »

Closer To A Ghost
Price: $12.00
Artist: A View Of Earth From The Moon
Description:

A View of Earth from the Moon’s debut s an unashamed mashup of noisy 90’s Britpop, uninhibited garagey rudeness, and anthemic melodies that take the listener to a place where loudness is ... read more »

Tuscumbia
Price: $12.00
Artist: Belle Adair
Description:

The breezy jangle of “Get Away,” the opening track off Belle Adair’s striking new album might not be the first thing you’ ... read more »

Before Your Summer Fades
Price: $12.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description:

Can power pop be thought-provoking while celebrating the giddy excitement of a classic three-minute single at the same time? read more »

NoHo Calling
Price: $10.00
Artist: Brady Harris Band
Description:

Hailing from North Hollywood (NoHo), CA, the Brady Harris Band is a rootsy-Beatlesque quartet big on harmonies, chord changes and the occasional female cover version (Go-Go ... read more »

From The Jam Live!
Price: $19.00
Artist: Bruce Foxton & Russell Hastings
Description:

Live release recorded in 2017 from Bruce Foxton (The Jam) and Russell Hastings, both of whom perform the hits of British mod icons The Jam. < ... read more »

The Joy Of Pop
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

Dana's fourth release (his last being the terrific “Girlsville” collection) delivers 14 perfectly realized melodic gems with the help of Klaatu's Dee Long, Dana's wife Tricia, and Matt Tyson. read more »

Cross The Water
Price: $17.00
Artist: Daniel McGeever
Description:

Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Daniel McGeever is perhaps best known as the guitarist/vocalist of the pop band The Wellgreen.read more »

Buddha Pesto Manifesto
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dave Caruso
Description:

The follow up to 2014’s read more »

Across The Multiverse
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dent May
Description:

WOW!!  Mississippi-born, L.A.-based read more »

Denny Isle Drive
Price: $16.00
Artist: Edward Penfold
Description:

Edward Penfold returns with the follow up to 2016’s “Caulkhead”.  A long list of collaborators were called upon ... read more »

Serious Poke
Price: $14.00
Artist: Fred Abbott
Description:

Fred Abbottread more »

Fresh Ice
Price: $16.00
Artist: Freewheel
Description: 70’s Guitar Rock Alert!!  Powerful guitar riffs, round refrains, a powerful and personal voice and a dynamic and forceful rhythm base are some of the virtues that Fr ... read more »

Crushing On What Might Be
Price: $15.00
Artist: Hemock Pop
Description: As a veteran of more traditional "rock" bands, Ira Merrill always wanted to make a cohesive "pop" album. So, he holed up with a Macbook Pro, pilfered microphones and preamps from frien ... read more »

Unto The Earth
Price: $17.00
Artist: Last Of The Easy Riders
Description:

From high in the Rocky Mountains, Last of the Easy Riders descend with “Unto The Earth”, it's new psych-infused country-rock long-p ... read more »

Pick Your Poison, Pick Your Blues
Price: $12.00
Artist: Latvian Radio
Description:

Brand new release – their sixth!  Latvian Radio has created their own brand of critically acclaimed indie-power pop; since the release of th ... read more »

Picasso On A Log
Price: $6.00
Artist: Magpie
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  WOW!!  ... read more »

Exposure & Response
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mo Troper
Description:

On his sophomore effort, which begins with the bombastic “Rock and Roll Will Change The World,” it’s hard to tell whether Mo Troper is hopelessly nostalgic for an era he nev ... read more »

Once & Future Band
Price: $15.00
Artist: Once & Future Band
Description:

The eponymous debut of a group founded by multi-role players read more »

Pretty, But Killing Me
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pacific Radio
Description:

Pacific Radio’s sound is an infectious mix of energetic garage rock. read more »

Songs Of Our Times
Price: $16.00
Artist: Paul Messis
Description:

VINYL-ONLY RELEASE (COMES WITH DOWNLOAD CARD).  read more »

Smellicopter 2
Price: $6.00
Artist: Scott Brookman
Description:

Scott explains the premise behind his latest offering - “At some point I realized that the pre-legendary ‘Smellicopter’ was going to be som ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #77
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #77
Description:

DUE SOON –- ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Stax:read more »

Overaging Underachievers
Price: $16.00
Artist: Smart Patrol
Description:

Here comes the debut-album by just maybe thee best power pop band that’s ever seen the light of day in Germany!!!  The band may be pretty new, but the names might jus ... read more »

After Hours
Price: $15.00
Artist: Sufis
Description:

Sufis are an Anglo-Indian/American band based on the writing partnership of Calvin Laporte and Evan Smith. During a chance meeting at ... read more »

T-T-T-Technicolour Melodies
Price: $12.00
Artist: Super 8
Description:

UK-based singer/songwriter Paul Ryan performs, records, and produces original homegrown “Trippy Toons!” under “band” name ... read more »

Real Pop
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Boolevards
Description: WOW!! In 2006 The Boolevards started recording 50 of the best pure pop songs they had written over the years. Using some of the classic instruments of the great Merseybeat era (6 and 12 string Rickenbacker guitars with some acoustic guitar in for flavoring) and utilizing classic Mersey recording styles (double tracked voc ... read more »

More Real Pop
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Boolevards
Description: The Boolevards remind us a lot of the indie pop bands from the late 70's/early 80's who only released 7" singles that specialized in catchy, 60's-influenced, jangly, slightly ragged garage pop! Their very cool followup (and again accurately advertised on the sleeve as containing "17 MORE real pop songs, "MORE teenage angst ... read more »

Seven Seasons
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Brass Buttons
Description:

We somehow missed this ... read more »

Close Counts
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Brixton Riot
Description: While not the most dangerous-sounding act on the planet, New Jersey’s read more »

Sail Me Home St. Clair
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Carousels
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  Previously a 2017 vinyl-only ... read more »

Artifact: The Unreleased Album
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Choir
Description:

The Cleveland rock ‘n’ rollers made their first splash with a 1966 single (“It’s Cold Outside”) on the Canadian-American label which earned them na ... read more »

Joie De Vivre
Price: $6.00
Artist: The Condors
Description:

This six-song mini album is a tribute to Condors' leader Pat DiPuccio's former band, Blow-Up. read more »

Coming On Strong: The Best Of The Deejays
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Deejays
Description:

AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2.  ... read more »

The Best Of The Dirty Truckers
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dirty Truckers
Description:

The Dirty Truckers got together back in 1999 when song writer Tom Baker chose to pursue a decidedly American rock n' roots direction. Drawing ... read more »

Whatever It Takes
Price: $14.00
Artist: The James Hunter Six
Description:

We’ve always a soft spot for melodic soul/r&b of the 60’s.   ... read more »

Live In Berlin
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Jetz
Description:

The Jetz (prior to re-configuring as power poppers The Pencils) celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of this read more »

Empire Of Mars
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Laissez Fairs
Description:

Remember The Steppes?  John Fallon (from The Steppes) is in this sometimes raw ... read more »

Songs From Another Time
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lemon Clocks
Description:

If psychedelic rock served with a heaping side dish of power pop and 60’s-influenced garage rock makes your heart flutter, then the Lemon Clo ... read more »

Evolution: From Woody’s Truck Stop To Nazz 1966-1968
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Nazz
Description:

Woody's Truck Stop came together in Philadelphia, in late May 1966. As young teens, drummer Bob Radeloff and guitarist Alan Miller had been a ... read more »

Blood
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Roseline
Description:

Slow burn songs stand front and center on “Blood”, the latest from read more »

Something Or Other
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Someloves
Description:

WAREHOUSE FIND – DUE IN MY MID-MARCH!  read more »

The End
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Yancys
Description:

CRACKER ALERT!  Big ups go out to Chris Church for hipping us to The Yancys, whose read more »

Ready Set A Go-Go
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tommy Sistak
Description:

Tommy’s latest (third) effort strongly adheres to the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broken” philosophy, and closely fol ... read more »

Twelve String High Vol. 2
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: WOW!!  The explosive second volume of what we hope becomes a long-running series features 24 tracks of 12-string electric guitar mastery from these international artists (some of who ... read more »

Beat Scene '65
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Located in Cambridge, England, The Alley R&B Club has been bringing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to the scooter-riding citizens of the fenlands since 20 ... read more »

All Done With Rock ‘N’ Roll
Price: $6.00
Artist: Watts
Description:

Watts is most definitely not all done with rock n' roll.read more »

Inner City Dream
Price: $19.00
Artist: Wesley Fuller
Description:

Coming a year on from the brash debut EP, “Melvista”, Wesley’s sophomore effort features twelve tracks of swirling psych, jangly pop and punchy, crunchy glam that show off his broadening sonic palette and his p ... read more »