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  • Referencia: SHSP4076
  • Autor: WIRE
  • Titulo: WIRE
  • Sello: HARVEST
  • Año: 77
  • Formato: LP
  • Pais: UK
  • Tipo: ORIGINAL
  • Precio: 35,00 €
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Pink Flag is the first album by the band Wire, released in 1977. Upon its release, Robert Christgau called it a "punk suite" and praised its "simultaneous rawness and detachment" and detected a rock-and-roll irony similar to but "much grimmer and more frightening" than the Ramones. Trouser Press called it "a brilliant 21-song suite" in which the band "manipulated classic rock song structure by condensing them into brief, intense explosions of attitude and energy, coming up with a collection of unforgettable tunes". Although the album was released to critical acclaim, it was not a big seller. Today the album is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest albums of all-time. The album was listed at number 410 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.
The sleeve concept is credited to B.C. Gilbert and Graham Lewis. The cover is a photo by Annette Green of a flagless flagpole with the pink flag painted on.
The album's wide-ranging influence is exemplified in the number of bands that have covered songs from it. R.E.M. reworked "Strange" on their 1987 album Document, and their song "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" is probably influenced by "Feeling Called Love". Henry Rollins (as Henrietta Collins & The Wife-Beating Child Haters) covered Ex-Lion Tamer on the 1987 album Drive By Shooting. Other notable covers include Minor Threat's version of "12XU" on the 1982 Dischord compilation Flex Your Head, and fIREHOSE's version of "Mannequin," which appeared on its Live Totem Pole EP in 1992. Elastica also used a riff similar to that of "Three Girl Rhumba" for their song "Connection". The New Bomb Turks covered "Mr. Suit" on their 1993 album Destroy Oh Boy! and noticeably slowed it down. The Amherst, Massachusetts, hardcore band Ampere also cover "Mr. Suit". It can be heard on their split LP with Das Oath. "Reuters" was covered by Therapy? as a b-side to their Troublegum album and by S.T.U.N. on their album Evolution of Energy. The Minutemen took influence from this album, especially their idea of short songs. Northern California Hardcore band, Sabertooth Zombie, has also done a cover of "Mr. Suit". It appears on their "Dance" EP, as well as their "Mere Bears: The Riot Cops Bathed on Zion" compilation LP. Serious Drinking did a cover of 12XU on their 1982 album The Revolution starts at closing time. The Lemonheads cover "Fragile" on their 2009 album "Varshons". Moneybrother covered "Mannequin" on his 2006 all-swedish album "Pengabrorsan". The lyrics and title are translated into swedish ("Det blir ingen dans").
Track listing
All songs written by Bruce Gilbert, Graham Lewis, Colin Newman & Robert Gotobed, except as indicated.
Side one
1."Reuters" – 3:03
2."Field Day for the Sundays" – 0:28
3."Three Girl Rhumba" – 1:23
4."Ex Lion Tamer" – 2:19
5."Lowdown" – 2:26
6."Start to Move" – 1:13
7."Brazil" – 0:41
8."It's So Obvious" – 0:53
9."Surgeon's Girl" – 1:17
10."Pink Flag" – 3:47
Side two
1."The Commercial" – 0:49
2."Straight Line" – 0:44
3."106 Beats That" – 1:12
4."Mr. Suit" – 1:25
5."Strange" – 3:58
6."Fragile" – 1:18
7."Mannequin" – 2:37
8."Different to Me" (Annette Green) – 0:43
9."Champs" – 1:46
10."Feeling Called Love" – 1:22
11."1 2 X U" – 1:55

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  • Referencia: LPS019
  • Autor: IA-BATISTE
  • Titulo: UN GRAN DIA (+ 7")
  • Sello: WAH WAH
  • Año: 73
  • Formato: LP
  • Pais: SP
  • Precio: 25,00 €
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Key duo from the catalan folk rock scene, joint venture of Ia Clua (from Dos + Un) and Jordi Batiste (one of the leading forces of Máquina!), after the later one's return from military service.

Un Gran Día the duo's first album, was recorded at the end of 1972 with the help of such outstanding musicians as Manel Joseph (ex Dos + Un, Ia's early band), Joaquín "Max" Suñer (Vértice, Tapiman, Iceberg a.o. ) & Albert Batiste (Música Dispersa). The result is an amazing & varied musical tapestry, best heard in the record's first side, a long suite covering from orchestral folk-pop with some psych leanings ("Un Gran Día", "Max") to straight in-your-face hard rock ("Sleeping Rock") via typical early 70's prog ("Oliba") and uncathegorisable experiments which defy all known rules ("Reprise"). Sung both in catalan and english, this album is a fine example of the crazyness and experimentation achieved by the catalan bands in the early 70's. A piece of wax which went totally unnoticed when first released in a tiny pressing back in the days (thus becoming a big ticket item in the collector's market).

Strictly limited to 500 copies - High quality gatefold sleeves reproducing the original artwork from 1972's first press on Diabolo - Includes insert with liner notes by Fermí Puig – Comes with additional promotional poster and a bonus 7" EP in full color P/S containing five amazing unreleased demo versions of some of the best tracks on the album – do not miss it!

Dúo clave en la escena folk-rock catalana resultante de la unión de fuerzas entre Ia Clúa (ex Dos + Un) y Jordi Batiste (uno de los líderes de Màquina!), facturaron uno de los mejores LPs grabados en nuestro país. Un gran día se editó a finales de 1972 con la ayuda de músicos de la talla de Manel Joseph (ex Dos + Un), Joaquín "Max" Suñer (Vértice, Tapiman, Iceberg...) o Albert Batiste (Música Dispersa). El resultado es un variado tapiz en el que se mezclan el folk-pop orquestrado con la psicodélia e incluso el hard-rock. Cantado en catalán e inglés este álbum es una muestra del grado freakismo alcanzado por la escena catalana de la época.

Edición limitada de 500 copias, en portada doble e incluyendo reproducción del poster promocional de época, inserto con notas de Fermí Puig y un EP de 5 canciones (tomas inéditas de algunas de las mejores piezas del álbum).






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  • Referencia: LPS075
  • Autor: IA-BATISTE
  • Sello: WAH WAH
  • Año: 75
  • Formato: LP
  • Pais: SP
  • Precio: 20,00 €
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After their astonishing debut, Ia-Batiste took their songwriting talent one step further. Combining complex prog rock arrangements with their trademark catchy pop harmonies they create a sophisticated collection of charming progressive folk tunes. Recorded at EMI studios between May and June 1975, it features Jordi Clua on bass, Francis Rabassa on drums, Max Sunyer (Tapiman, Iceberg) on guitar plus plenty of synth action (Elka & Moog) courtesy of Kitflus (Proyecto A, Iceberg, Pegasus). The sophisticated musical backing includes also percussion, piano, sax, choir, children's voices and pre-recorded tape. An essential record from the catalan scene recommended to all lover's of 70's prog!

Strictly limited to 500 copies - High quality gatefold sleeves reproducing the original artwork from 1975's first press on Òliba/Edigsa - Includes an insert with liner notes by Fermí Puig including some cool, previously unseen, photos.

Después de si impresionante LP de debut, Ia-Batiste llevaron su talento un paso adelante y combinando complejas estructiuras de rock progresivo con su habitual facilidad para las pegadizas melodías pop facturaron una sofisticada colección de encantadoras canciones de folk-pop progresivo. Grabadas en los estudios de EMI entre mayo y junio de 1975, cuentan con la colaboración de Jordi Clua al bajo, Francis Rabassa a la batería, Max Sunyer (Tapiman, Iceberg) a la guitarra y una buena carga de sintetizadores (Elka & Moog) cortesía de Kitflus (Proyecto A, Iceberg, Pegasus).

Edición limitada a 500 copias. Portada doble en cartón de calidad reproduciendo el artwork original, y con inserto con notas informativas a cargo de Fermí Puig.





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  • Referencia: LPS072
  • Autor: OM
  • Titulo: OM
  • Sello: WAH WAH
  • Año: 71
  • Formato: LP
  • Pais: SP
  • Precio: 25,00 €
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Om -led by superb catalan guitarist Jordi ‘Toti' Soler after his previous band Pic-Nic split- were one of the most interesting outfits to ever come out from Barcelona. Starting in 1968, their first recordings were done as a backing group for other artists like folk-singer Maria del Mar Bonet or american hippie Joe Skladzien, but most notably Pau Riba whom they backed on his debut LP the legendary Dioptria, one of the finest pieces of european psych ever. During all their early work, the band benefited from the organ playing of one of the most talented catalan pianists, Jordi Sabatés (of Ocells del més enllà fame) as well as the musical talents of two english brothers: drummer Peter Hodgkinson and his brother Tim on sax and keys (this is, of course, the same Tim Hodgkinson who founded Henry Cow, together with Fred Frith).

By the time they released their LP on Edigsa in 1971, Om was already an experienced band, with important studio work on their back and countless gigs, having backed american blues-man Taj Mahal in his Madrid 1969 concerts. One particularity of Om was that, rather than having an established line-up, they worked as a musical concept where it was not so important the individuals playing as it was the resulting sound. Their only LP shows how, through the works of Miles Davies, Gary Burton and John McLaughlin, they had developed their sound from its original psych/folk-rock beginnings to an intensely psychedelic jazz rock fussion. A classic album that is hardly known outside Spain and ranks amongst the best of the era, sharing shoulders with similar underground european experiments by Min Bul, Colhemec Ensemble, Xhol, Dharma Quintet, Sunbirds, Full Moon Ensemble or the more progressive output of the british jazz of the era: John Surman's Trio, Nucleus or Michael Gibbs.

Strictly limited to 500 copies - High quality gatefold sleeves reproducing the beautiful Tony Cepuka's original psychedelic artwork from 1971's first press on Edigsa - Insert with liner notes by Wah Wah's Marc Argenter and Fermí Puig – Includes also repro of big Om poster (coming originally with the first copies of the LP) - Bonus 7" single reproducing Om's single w/ non-LP tracks 'Vindrà La Llum' / 'Waiting For Godot' (actually the only one released under their own name and not as a backing band).

Om -liderados por el guitarrista catalán Jordi 'Toti' Soler tras la disolución de Pic-Nic- fue uno de los conjuntos más interesantes de cuantos se han formado en Barcelona. Empezaron a funcionar en 1968, y en sus primeras grabaciones actuaron como banda de acompañamiento de artistas como la cantante Maria del Mar Bonet o el motorista/cantante hippie americano Joe Skladzien, y se les recuerda sobretodo por su fenomenal trabajo en el legendario Dioptria de Pau Riba, uno de los momentos cumbre de la psicodélia europea. En sus inicios, la banda contó con la participación al órgano Hammond de uno de los pianistas catalanes de mayor talento, Jordi Sabatés, y con los hermanos Peter (batería) y Tim (saxo y teclados) Hodgkinson. Tim Hodgkinson regresó luego a su Inglaterra natal dónde junto a Fred Firth fundaron el hoy mítico conjunto Henry Cow.

Para cuando Om editó su primer LP en Edigsa, en 1971, ya eran una banda con una amplia experiencia, con trabajos de estudio importantes a sus espaldas y un gran número de actuaciones en directo, habiendo acompañado al blues-man americano Taj Mahal en sus conciertos en Madrid en 1969. Una de las características de Om fue que, más que trabajar con una formación de músicos estable, se priorizó un concepto musical en el que lo importante era el sonido resultante por encima de los músicos que en un momento u otro formaban parte del conjunto. El único LP editado como Om muestra como, a través de las influencias de Miles Davis, Gary Burton o John McLaughlin, su sonido evolucionó de sus orígenes arraigados en la psidocélia y el folk-rock a una intensamente psicodélica fusión jazz rock. Un LP clásico, poco conocido fuera de nuestras fronteras, pero que no va a la zaga de experimentos similares del underground europeo como puedan ser Min Bul, Colhemec Ensemble, Xhol, Dharma Quintet, Sunbirds, Full Moon Ensemble o el sector más progresivo del jazz británico de aquella época: John Surman's Trio, Nucleus o Michael Gibbs.

Edición estrictamente limitada a 500 copias. Portada abierta en cartón de calidad reproduciendo el psicodélico artwork original de Tony Cepuka. Inserto con notas informativas a cargo de Marc Argenter y Fermí Puig, incluye una reproducción a tamaño real del poster original que se regalaba en las primeras copias del disco y un single con los temas no aparecidos en el LP 'Vindrà La Llum' / 'Waiting For Godot' (el único single editado por Om bajo su nombre, es decir no como banda de acompañamiento)





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  • Referencia: LPS073
  • Autor: JARKA
  • Titulo: ORTODOXIA
  • Sello: WAH WAH
  • Año: 71
  • Formato: LP
  • Pais: SP
  • Precio: 25,00 €
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At the dawn of the seventies Barcelona's underground scene veered towards a jazz oriented fussion sound with echoes of Gary Burton, Miles Davis and John McLaughlin. Two bands were at the forefront of this movement : Om and Jarka. The later being the brainchild of Jordi Sabatés, one of the most talented pianists/keyboardists in the catalan scene. A generation younger than the great late Tete Montoliu, with whom he also recorded, he found fame on the teenage pop charts of the late sixties with the outfit Pic-Nic, where he joined forces with Toti Soler and Doro Montaberry. After the split of Pic-Nic, he collaborated Hammond organ in Om, when the band was acting as a backing group on the recordings of the top catalan artists, most notably Pau Riba whom they backed in his masterpiece debut LP Dioptria. In 1971, Sabatés started his own band, together with bassist Alfonso de Lucas and drummer Pedro Van Eeckout (ex Pan Y Regaliz). This was the line-up that went to record their debut lp, Ortodòxia, on the famed Estudis Gema in March 1971. Housed in a wonderful black & white sleeve courtesy of Guillem Paris (leading force behind Pan Y Regaliz), the record was a solid slice of psychedelic jazz-rock and featured contributions from some of the best musicians from the Barcelona scene: Toti Soler, J. Albert Amargós, Doro Montaberry and Ricard Sabatés. Hardly known outside Spain, this is classic album that ranks amongst the best from the European underground of early 1970's.

Jordi Sabatés has been one of the most prolific artists from Catalunya and his solo carrer after Jarka has gained him a wide reputation amongst collectors, mainly thanks to his 1975 LP Ocells del més enllà, but also to his other great albums of the era. The sound roots of what he became later are clearly heard in Jarka.

Strictly limited to 500 copies - High quality gatefold sleeves reproducing the original artwork from 1971's first press on Edigsa - Includes insert with extra liner notes by Wah Wah's Marc Argenter helped by Fermí Puig -– Bonus 7" single by Jordi Sabatés & Om reproducing with the songs 'Another Me, Another You' y 'Retorn a...' in its colour picture sleeve. A legend amongst Spanish collectors, this single was originally withdrawn at the time and only the sleeves made it to the production process (so no records were ever pressed... Until now!)

A principios de los setenta la bulliciosa escena "underground" de Barcelona se lanzó hacia los sonidos de fusión jazz rock con gran influencia de Gary Burton, Miles Davis y John McLaughlin. Dos fueron las bandas pioneras del nuevo movimiento : Om y Jarka. Estos últimos habían sido creados por Jordi Sabatés, uno de los pianistas de mayor talento de nuestro país. Nacido una generación posterior a la del gran y añorado Tete Montoliu, con quien también grabó discos, Sabatés había alcanzado el éxito juvenil con el conjunto Pic-Nic, en cuyas filas formó junto a Toti Soler y Doro Montaberry. Tras la disolución de Pic-Nic aportó su órgano Hammond a las grabaciones de Om como banda de acompañamiento de diversos artistas, siendo su trabajo más emblemático la grabación del Dioptria de Pau Riba. En 1971 Sabatés formó Jarka junto al bajista Alfonso de Lucas y el batería Pedro Van Eeckout (ex Pan Y Regaliz). Con esta formación se grabó y editó ese mismo año el primer LP Ortodòxia, enfundado en una preciosa portada en blanco y negro obra de Guillem Paris (líder de Pan & Regaliz). El disco es una maravilla del jazz rock psicodélico y cuenta con la colaboración de algunos de los mejores músicos de la escena barcelonesa : Toti Soler, J. Albert Amargós, Doro Montaberry y Ricard Sabatés.

Jordi Sabatés ha sido uno de los artistas más prolíficos de la escena musical catalana, y su carrera en solitario después de Jarka le ha reportado una gran reputación entre coleccionistas, sobretodo gracias a su LP de 1975 Ocells del més enllá. La raíz sonora de lo que vendría luego está presente con claridad en Jarka.

Edición de 500 copias. Portada doble en cartón de calidad que reproduce el artwork original de 1971. Incluye inseto con notas informativas a cargo de Marc Argenter y Fermí Puig, y un single de Jordi Sabatés & Om con 'Another Me, Another You' y 'Retorn a...' en su portadita a todo color. Este single no llegó a editarse en su momento, aunque sí llegaron a imprimirse portadas, así que por primera vez aperecerán estos dos temas como single y en su artwork original!





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