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Artist: DARROW MOSLEY BAND, THE
Title: Desert Rain
Format: 10"
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Shagrat Records is delighted to announce the release of a 3-track 10" EP by the short-lived Darrow Mosley Band, cut in 1973. The band was a vehicle for the prodigious talents of Bob Mosley (lead vocals, bass guitar) and Chris Darrow (lead vocals, guitar) -- Mosley had been an integral member of Moby Grape, one of the greatest California bands of the late 60s. Darrow had been a founding member of Kaleidoscope, the hugely talented Clairemont-based quintet that subsequently has been recognised as one of the first rock groups to play world music. In 1973 both Chris and Bob decided they wanted to be in a band again and their mutual manager Michael OConnor suggested they form a group together - drawing on the energy and style of vintage Stones and Faces and adding more than a dash of the prevalent SoCal country rock scene to the mix, Bob and Chris were joined by lead guitarist Frank Reckard (subsequently in Emmy Lou Harriss Band for 14 years), keyboard player Lroen Newkirk and drummer Johnny Craviott (Ry Cooder, Arlo Guthrie, Buffy St Marie) -- they cut 3 songs to try and get Warner Bros interested -- sadly Warners passed on the demos and they have remained unheard till now -- the A-side is a rocker featuring Darrow on lead vocals and was originally recorded on his eponymous second album done for UA. The flipside has Bob Mosley as lead vocalist -- a treat for all those who already know what a masterful singer this Norse god can be - first up is a soulful, smouldering version of the Temptations I Wish It Would Rain that also boasts some dexterous picking from Reckard. The EP closes with a new version of Bobs exquisite Beautiful Day originally done for the Grapes 69 record. The band split soon after but these recordings are an integral link in the chain that binds Moby Grape with Fine Wine and the Ducks (Neil Youngs legendary summer of 77 Santa Cruz bar band). Packaged in a beautifully mind-blowing sleeve by legendary British psychedelic designer John Hurford (IT, OZ, Dandelion Records etc) and featuring sleeve notes by Chris Darrow, this EP is an absolute must for fans of Kaleidoscope and Moby Grape everywhere. Strictly limited edition of 499 copies." - Shagrat.
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Artist: FORMERLY FAT HARRY
Title: Mariachi Riff Live And Free Music
Format: LP
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
"Second archival release in one year by this fabled late 60s band, featuring Bruce Barthol -- ex-Country Joe & the Fish. Formed in Croydon, Surrey, UK in 1969 by Barthol and two mates from Berkeley, California, Gary Peterson and Phil Greenberg, Formerly Fat Harry were managed by the legendary Blackhill Enterprises (Peter Jenner and Andrew King, original managers of the Floyd) -- they played many gigs in the UK before their demise in 1972, such as two of the Hyde Park free concerts, Phun City, and the 1970 Bath Festival, as well as many college and club gigs. The bands one and only eponymous LP on Harvest Records didnt really reflect their true capabilities (Hux released a far more interesting selection of material from the groups own archive early this year Goodbye For Good) -- a fabulous mix of country, blues and psychedelia. This Shagrat LP reflects another side of the band -- FFH could also be very experimental, playing in odd time signatures and they were completed by a series of the greatest UK jazz drummers -- Laurie Allan, Alan Jackson and John Marshall. Side two of this limited edition 500-only vinyl LP features two free music tracks recorded in 1969 -- something the band rarely did live. Side one features a 24-minute version of their much-loved favorite Mariachi Riff, which has been favorably compared to the best live work by both the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service -- an epic acid-rock tour de force. It was recorded live at Aylesbury Friars in December 1970. The original tapes have been digitally transferred and mastered by Ron Geesin. Packaged in a beautifully mind-blowing sleeve by legendary British psychedelic designer Mike McInnerney (who designed the sleeve for The Whos Tommy), the LP comes with a nice insert with photos, gig adverts from the era and an evocative essay about the band by long-time fan, Colin Hill. Limited run of 500 copies." -Shagrat

Artist: GREEN RAY
Title: Sighs, Whales & Trees
Format: LP
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $12.00
Featuring Richard Treece of 70s UK rural rockers, Help Yourself. Mid 90s recordings. Edition of 500.
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Artist: HORACE
Title: Waiting For the Moon
Format: 7"
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
"Hugely obscure, Horace grew out of some informal hash jams that guitarist/bass player Jim Mercer and drummer Ric Parnell held in the autumn of 1970. The music has a strong bucolic yet at times experimental feel to it, conjuring up comparisons with Traffic, Caravan, Frank Zappas seminal Hot Rats album, and the more pastoral moments of early Stackridge. Ric Parnell, perhaps best known for his role as the spontaneously combusting drummer Mick Shrimpton in This Is Spinal Tap is a revelation as the bands lead vocalist and the tracks are made even more special by Mike Piggotts magisterial violin playing, adding edge, textures and atmosphere to the songs. Waiting for the Moon is a moody blues shuffle somewhat reminiscent of the Greasebands debut LP for Harvest cut around the same time, whilst See the Sun shines with an exquisite West Coast aura, Parnells scatting in the closing moments reminiscent of the great David Crosby! The closing instrumental, Mongrel Polyop based around some haunting violin riffs is just plain beautiful - a kind of Brit version of Peaches en Regalia with Curtiss cascading grand piano runs to the fore. The 7" comes in a beautiful full-colour gatefold sleeve, and inner bag designed by psychedelic artist John Hurford with extensive sleeve notes by Colin Hill. Pressed on heavyweight 70g vinyl, it is a limited to 250 copies and is available only on this format." - Shagrat.

Artist: MAD RIVER
Title: Jersey Sloo
Format: LP + Book
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $43.00
"The legendary late 60s West Coast band, Mad River. The release includes a soft-cover book and 12" five-track EP pressed on 180 gram vinyl, featuring previously-unissued music by the band, in a limited edition run of 500 copies. Mad River formed at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1965 and inspired what was happening in San Francisco moved to Berkeley in early 1967 just in time for the Summer of Love. During their brief time together they released a now highly-sought-after 7" EP and two albums for Capitol Records. The Shagrat release is a substantial addition to their catalogue. Housed in the same sleeve as the vinyl 12", the 12" x 12" 36 page, full color, mini-coffee table book features a 26,000 word history of the band written by Ugly Things journalist David Biasotti, revealing many unknown stories and details about this legendary, Berkeley-based quintet. The book is profusely illustrated with many photos and other memorabilia which have never been seen before, and tells the bands remarkable history, how they were involved in the emergent long hair counter culture and the movement against the Vietnam War (then at its height), their relationship with the Diggers and the Hells Angels, the Beat Poets and most interesting of all their friendship and collaboration with the late writer Richard Brautigan. Acting as a kind of soundtrack to the book, the 12" record contains five cuts that have never been officially released before, including the four numbers the band cut in Dayton Ohio in early 1967 as a demo before they re-located to California. These show that whilst the band was influenced by the likes of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Country Joe & the Fish (whom drummer Greg Dewey eventually joined and played Woodstock with) and their friends the Youngbloods, they were also pretty fully formed before they set off for the West Coast, as the embryonic Windchimes included here testifies. It was former Youngblood Jerry Corbitt who produced the other long-lost gem from 69, Jersey Slooin this set -- showing that away from the long flowing psychedelic numbers, the band could also write concise, accessible, two-minute rockers (even if the lyrics were completely whacked out!)."-Shagrat.
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Artist: REDBIRDS, THE
Title: Truth Justice and a Wholesome Packed Lunch
Format: 12"
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $7.00
1992 4-track Larry Wallis project (ex-Pink Fairies).

Artist: SCREW
Title: Banks of the River/Devils Hour
Format: 10"
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $18.00
"A 10" single by legendary 60s band Screw. Screw were a psychedelic blues quintet from south London whose chief claim to fame was their support spot at The Rolling Stones Hyde Park concert in July 1969. It was subsequently written up in Richard Nevilles Play Power book. The group released no records during their brief heyday (1967-70) but Shagrat has unearthed its only two extant recordings Banks of the River b/w Devils Hour recorded in May 1969 under the supervision of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. With nods towards Captain Beefheart, The Misunderstood and Free, the band featured Chris Turner (harmonica), Al Kinnear (guitar), Nick Brotherwood (drums), Stan Scrivener (bass) and Pete Hossell (vocals), and they played many gigs at the time including The Roundhouse, Eel Pie Island and The London Guildhall. The 10" comes in an intricate package all designed by Savage Pencil and includes a special fold over inner sleeve (featuring photos of their Hyde Park appearance and an extensive history of the band written by Shagrat boss Nigel Cross) plus a bonus CD of Psychedelic Harps, a lengthy, exciting blues harmonica duel between Chris Turner and Pete Hossell." - Shagrat
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Artist: WEAVER, CHICKEN LEGS
Title: Wishbone Hands
Format: LP
Label: Shagrat
Country: UK
Price: $14.00
Trio from Sheffield, England of slide guitar/vocals, upright bass & drums. Cover art by Billy Childish. Liner notes by Mick Farren of the Deviants. Press: "Bee-stung guitar, vocals dug up in some gravel pit, Chicken Legs Weaver create some of the most feverishly destroyed RnB in recent memory.." - Byron Coley, Arthur Magzine. "The Debut Album Nowhere [produced by Johnny Dowd] has a timeless, stateless feel -- equally rendolent of dingy northern cities and the plains of middle America .. essentially, this is international blues of the very highest calibre.." - Joe Cushley, Blues Matters magazine / Ballin the Jack on Resonance FM 104.4. "Clearly the best band the UK has produced in a while.." - Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth. "Hard times, lost loves, missed connections and dangerous visions, common to all, concealed from none, but each murderously twisted to the tenor of the times. Too true to be any easy, diamond-ring tall-shucking tale - and too good to be ignored by those who know the shouts and moans - the howling of the mighty Wolf and the graveling of the exalted Captain -- and all the rest who have moved, red-eyed, in from the special places where the brain and the heart and the hand strike the ever-particular smokestack-sparks -- and the words that make strong men weep, women wail, and policeman turn in their badges. Cheap gin will make you blind, but the clear truth will never fail you. The blues will set you free....Chicken Legs Weaver play the blues -- and plays it right, right? Not a bad one in the barrel. So help me, Hannah." - Mick Farren.

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