The Collectors' Choice label puts out a very wide gamut of reissues spanning the pop spectrum, mostly from between 1940-1975, and including some titles that the author has written liner notes for by the Electric Prunes, Fred Neil, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Phil Ochs, Dr. John, Mad River, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Eclection, Tom Rush, Judy Henske, and Jack Nitzsche. The label is a branch of a company that specializes in a mail-order catalog with reissues of all kinds, on all labels.

Click below to read my liner notes for these ever-growing assortment of Collectors' Choice CD reissues:

David Ackles: David Ackles. The 1968 self-titled debut by one of the most idiosyncratic early singer-songwriters, whose mordant songs are given the most rock-oriented arrangements Ackles employed on this release.

David Ackles: Subway to the Country. Ackles's theatrical background came more to the fore on his second effort, using more orchestral backup.

David Ackles: American Gothic. Produced by Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin, Ackles's third album is probably his best-known, and more of a piece of theatrical Americana than a straight singer-songwriter rock record.

Appaloosa: Appaloosa. The sole, rare 1969 album from this baroque-folk group, produced by Al Kooper, who also played guitar and keyboards on the record.

The Apple Pie Motherhood Band: The Apple Pie Motherhood Band. The first late-'60s album issued on Atlantic by this Boston psychedelic group.

The Apple Pie Motherhood Band: Apple Pie. Second and last late-'60s album issued on Atlantic by this Boston psychedelic group.

The Association: And Then...Along Comes the Association, Renaissance, Insight Out, Birthday, Goodbye, Columbus, The Association, Live, Stop Your Motor. All eight albums released by these pop-rock hitmakers during their 1966-1971 prime.

The Avalanches: Ski Surfin'. 1963 instrumental rock album with session aces Hal Blaine, Billy Strange, Tommy Tedesco,  and David Gates.

Badfinger: Badfinger. The first album the popular Beatlesque British band issued after moving from Apple to Warner Brothers in the early 1970s.

Badfinger: Wish You Were Here. The last album the group released before the tragic suicide of Pete Ham.

The Beau Brummels: Triangle. From 1967, the Beau Brummels' first true album-length statement saw the band expand into more serious lyrics and orchestration while retaining their trademark haunting melodies and Sal Valentino's masterful singing.

The Beau Brummels: Bradley's Barn. The Beau Brummels' final album of the 1960s was an overlooked early country-rock effort, recorded in Nashville with help from some of the city's top players.

Beaver & Krause: The Nonesuch Guide to Electronic Music. The late-'60s album that did much to demonstrate the possibilities of the synthesizer in recorded music.

Beaver & Krause: In a Wild Sanctuary. Beaver & Krause blended early synthesizer experiments with jazz, blues, rock, and enviromental sounds on their first album for Warner Brothers.

Beaver & Krause: Gandharva. Jazz, blues, rock, and gospel were all blended with Beaver & Krause's pioneering electronic synthesizer work on this half-live, half-studio album.

Beaver & Krause: All Good Men. The duo's final album was their most conventional and song-oriented, though it still contained unusual-for-the-era synthesizer electronics.

Theo Bikel: Songs of a Russian Gypsy/Songs of Russia Old & New. Two Russian-language albums by this popular all-around entertainer, combined onto one CD.

David Blue: David Blue. The curious 1966 debut album by Blue was the closest imitation/approximation of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde era managed by anyone.

Graham Bond: Solid Bond. Historically important archive recordings from one of the fathers of British blues-rock. Half of it has 1963 live jazz tracks by a Bond-led group including Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and John McLaughlin; the other half has dynamic jazz-tinged blues-rock from a 1966 lineup of the Graham Bond Organisation also featuring drummer Jon Hiseman and saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith, who both went on to Colosseum.

Richard Brautigan: Listening to Richard Brautigan. The only album by one of the great twentieth-century American authors features his own readings of excerpts from his novels, short stories, and poems, recorded in 1969.

Brewer & Shipley: Weeds & Tarkio Road. The second and third albums by the duo responsible for "One Toke Over the Line," as heard on Tarko Road.

Jaime Brockett: Remember the Wind and the Rain. Including the legendary talking blues "Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic," a huge favorite on underground radio in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Lord Buckley: A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat. The ultimate Cold War-era hipster comedian, of whom George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and David Bowie were all fans.

Hamilton Camp: Paths of Victory. The 1964 Elektra album by this singer-songwriter, largely devoted to obscure Bob Dylan covers (some of which Dylan himself never released), but most famous for the original version of "Pride of Man," covered by Quicksilver Messenger Service and Gordon Lightfoot.

The Chambers Brothers: People Get Ready, Now!, Shout!, Feelin' the Blues. All four of the albums the Chambers Brothers issued on the Vault label, and all recorded before they moved to Columbia Records and hit it big with "Time Has Come Today."

The Charles River Valley Boys: Beatle Country. The 1966 album of Beatles covers by this bluegrass band, at a time when such a move was radical.

Cher: 3614 Jackson Highway. The most artistically credible solo album of Cher's career, and the first ever recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound.

The Collectors: The Collectors. The debut late-'60s album by one of Canada's leading psychedelic bands.

The Collectors: Grass & Wild Strawberries. The second and last album by the Collectors was the musical soundtrack to the play of the same name by author George Ryga.

Judy Collins: Fifth Album. Her 1965 LP has outstanding covers of songs by numerous emerging singer-songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Andersen, Phil Ochs, and Richard Fariña.

Judy Collins: In My Life. The classic baroque-folk album of the 1960s, with material by Bob Dylan, Donovan, Richard Fariña, and Randy Newman, as well as the first appearances of songs by Leonard Cohen on any release.

Judy Collins: Whales and Nightingales. Her 1970 album included her hit version of "Amazing Grace," as well as her habitually eclectic assortment of material, ranging from songs by Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel to some of her own compositions.

Judy Collins: True Stories and Other Dreams. This 1973 album was the first Judy Collins LP in which she wrote the majority of the material herself, and also featured her Top Forty cover of Valerie Carter's "Cook with Honey."

Arthur Conley: Soul Directions and More Sweet Soul. The third and four albums by this Southern soul great.

Crabby Appleton: Crabby Appleton. The first of the pair of early-1970s albums this band did for Elektra, featuring their Top 40 hit "Go Back" and their versatile blend of power pop, folk-rock, and hard rock, paced by singer-songwriter Michael Fennelly.

Crabby Appleton: Rotten to the Core. Their rare second and final Elektra album, on which the group spun off in both harder rocking and more countrified directions.

Les Crane: Desiderata. Including this TV/radio personality's one-shot spoken narrative hit "Desiderata," along with more inspirational prose intoned over a curious stew of gospel-soul, easy listening arrangements, and touches of early-'70s period rock and AM pop.

Erik Darling: Erik Darling. The debut solo album by the man who replaced Pete Seeger in the Weavers, and would later have a #1 record as part of the Rooftop Singers.

Tim Dawe: Penrod. One of the most obscure late-'60s albums issued on Frank Zappa's Straight label, and one of the most eclectic.

Dian & the Greenbriar Boys: Dian & the Greenbriar Boys. The rare, sole album by country-folk singer Dian James, backed by top bluegrass band the Greenbriar Boys.

The Dillards: Back Porch Bluegrass/Pickin' and Fiddlin'. The first and third albums by the Dillards, combined onto one CD, from a time at which they were still a pure bluegrass group.

The Dillards: Wheatstraw Suite. A groundbreaking 1968 country-rock album that saw the Dillards evolve from top bluegrass band to eclectic folk-country-rockers.

The Dillards: Copperfields. Though not as well-known as its predecessor Wheatstraw Suite, this 1970 Elektra album  was likewise a top-notch country-rock album, with traces of orchestrated pop and jazz.

Dr. John: Gris-Gris. Dr. John's first proper album, this 1968 record is rock's greatest meeting of New Orleans R&B, swamp blues, psychedelia, and voodoo.

Ned Doheny: Ned Doheny. The self-titled debut by one of the first singer-songwriters to record for Asylum Records.

Eclection: Eclection. The sole album, originally released in 1968 on Elektra, by the most overlooked obscure late-1960s British folk-rock band. Trevor Lucas and Gerry Conway went on to play with Sandy Denny in Fotheringay, but the record owes much more to California sunshine folk-rock, crossing the Jefferson Airplane, Mamas & the Papas, and the Seekers.

The Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night. The psychedelic-garage band's 1967 debut, including the hits "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" and "Get Me to the World on Time."

The Electric Prunes: Underground. The band's second album, from 1967, is the one that gave them their greatest freedom for psychedelic experimentation and their own songwriting.

The Electric Prunes: Mass in F Minor. The third and last album by the first incarnation of the group was a bizarre psychedelic concept album, based around an actual religious mass, sung in Latin and complemented by orchestration.

Elephants Memory: Elephants Memory. The debut album by one of the stranger New York bands of the late 1960s, mixing pile-driving rock'n'roll, free and big band jazz, soul, spaced-out psychedelia, and pop, as well as lyrics about hot dog men, yogurt, love as a jungle gym, and "Old Man Willow."

Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Young Brigham. Elliott's 1968 album, produced by folk-rock session guitarist supremo Bruce Langhorne, modernized his Woody Guthrie-like acoustic troubadour storytelling only slightly.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Bull Durham Sacks and Railroad Tracks. Elliott's 1970 album got about as far into rock as he ever ventured, which was to say, not far. Distinguished by an outstanding cover of his old friend Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay."

Ron Elliott: The Candlestickmaker. The rare solo album by Ron Elliott, guitarist and princpial songwriter of the Beau Brummels.

The Even Dozen Jug Band: The Even Dozen Jug Band. The rare 1964 Elektra album by the jug band that featured several musicians who went on to make a heavy mark on the folk-rock, rock, and folk worlds: John Sebastian, Steve Katz (later of the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears), Stefan Grossman, David Grisman, Maria Muldaur, and Joshua Rifkin.

The Everly Brothers: It's Everly Time! Their first album for Warner Brothers, in 1960, was not just one of their best, but one of the best rock'n'roll albums from anyone in the early '60s.

The Everly Brothers: A Date with the Everly Brothers. Another great 1960 album by the Everly Brothers, including their #1 hit "Cathy's Clown," their hit cover of Little Richard's "Lucille," the original version of "Love Hurts," and "So How Come (No One Loves Me)" (the last of which was covered by the Beatles on the BBC in 1963).

The Everly Brothers: Both Sides of an Evening. The Everlys branched out into all-around entertainment on this early-'60s album, though they slipped in some country-pop-rock'n'roll admist the standards and movie themes.

The Everly Brothers: Instant Party! More standards, movie themes, and Broadway, with some country- and blues-oriented material for variety.

The Everly Brothers: Sing Great Country Hits. Solid covers of songs by Don Gibson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Hank Locklin, and the like on this 1963 album.

The Everly Brothers: Gone, Gone, Gone. After several years of non-rock concept LPs, a return to rock'n'roll on this mid-'60s album, highlighted by the great raucous hit title track.

The Everly Brothers: Rock'n Soul. Covers of rock classics by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Charlie Rich, and the like, as well as "Dancing in the Street."

The Everly Brothers: Beat & Soul. Another mid-'60s cover-heavy set with covers of '50s oldies and more recent mid-'60s soul smashes, as well as their British hit single version of "Love Is Strange" and its original B-side "Man with Money" (covered in turn by the Who).

The Everly Brothers: In Our Image. Varied bag of British Invasion-influenced mid-'60s rock, including their #2 British hit single "The Price of Love."

The Everly Brothers: Two Yanks in England. Their best mid-1960s albums, recorded with the assistance of the Hollies, who also wrote most of the songs.

The Everly Brothers: The Hit Sound of the Everly Brothers. No hits, actually, though it has covers of a bunch of hits, from Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Little Richard, and Bacharach-David, as well as one of the first Jimmy Webb covers ("She Never Smiles Anymore").

The Everly Brothers: Sing. Contains their final Top Forty hit, "Bowling Green," along with material influenced by mid-to-late-'60s soul, pop-rock, and even psychedelia.

The Everly Brothers: Roots. Their 1968 country-rock album, including arrangements, and some songs and guitar playing, by Ron Elliott of the Beau Brummels.

The Everly Brothers: The Everly Brothers Show. Live performance in February 1970, mixing updates of their early hits with newer country-rock-oriented material.

The Everly Brothers: The New Album. Originally released in 1977, but wholly comprised of 1960s outtakes, alternates, and rarities, many of which were as good as what found official release during that era.

John Fahey: Of Rivers and Religion. Fahey's first album for Reprise, in 1972, was the acoustic guitar virtuoso's first to feature accompanists.

John Fahey: After the Ball. Fahey expanded his Americana into early New Orleans jazz, ragtime, and Dixieland on this 1973 release.

Gary Farr: Addressed to the Censors of Love. The final album, from the early 1970s, by this British journeyman singer-songwriter who combined folk, soul, and R&B.

Cyrus Faryar: Cyrus. The rare early-'70s Elektra debut by this singer-songwriter, the promotional budget of which was spent on its record release party.

Cyrus Faryar: Islands. His second Elektra album, produced by John Simon.

Fever Tree: Fever Tree/Another Time, Another Place. The first two albums by this Houston late-'60s psychedelic band, including "San Francisco Girls."

Friend & Lover: Reach Out of the Darkness. The only album by this late-'60s duo, who reached the Top Ten with the title song.

David Frye: I Am the President/Radio Free Nixon. The first two albums by the top Richard Nixon impressionist, combined onto one CD.

Bob Gibson & Bob Camp: Bob Gibson & Bob Camp at the Gate of Horn. One of the most influential albums of the early-1960s folk revival, "Bob" Camp being Hamilton Camp. Recorded in 1961 in front of an audience including Roger McGuinn, who has cited the album as one of his chief inspirations.

Bob Gibson: Ski Songs. Gibson's first album for Elektra was a concept album of sorts, devoted entirely to...songs about skiing.

Bob Gibson: Yes I See. Gibson's second album for Elektra featured songs later covered by Simon & Garfunkel and Peter, Paul & Mary.

Bob Gibson: Where I'm Bound. Gibson's last album for Elektra, released in 1964, was also the best and most serious record by this half-forgotten popular folk revivalist.

Cynthia Gooding: Cynthia Gooding Sings Spanish, Mexican and Turkish Folk Songs. International folk interpretations, recorded for Elektra Records in the 1950s.

Great Speckled Bird: Great Speckled Bird. Country-rock from the dawn of the 1970s, led by Ian & Sylvia Tyson, produced by Todd Rundgren.

Dave Guard & The Whiskeyhill Singers: Dave Guard & The Whiskeyhill Singers. The sole album by this short-lived ensemble, from 1962, headed by ex-Kingston Trio member Dave Guard. The Whiskeyhill Singers also included a young Judy Henske and Cyrus Faryar.

Hearts and Flowers: The Complete Hearts and Flowers Collection. Both of the late-1960s albums by this overlooked early folk-country-rock group, whose lineup included future Eagle Bernie Leadon on their second album. This two-CD reissue adds a dozen previously unreleased outtakes.

Judy Henske: Judy Henske. The 1963 debut Elektra album by the bluesy, husky-voiced folk singer who also tread into traditional jazz and comedy.

Judy Henske: High Flying Bird. Henske's second and last Elektra album featured the superb title cut, which approximated the sound of folk-rock more closely than any other 1963 recording.

Judy Henske: The Death-Defying Judy Henske. Her 1966 album, mixing barrelhouse blues, R&B, traditional folk, soundtrack music, early folk-rock, and even soul, produced by Jack Nitzsche.

Dan Hicks: It Happened One Bite. Characteristically witty and breezy 1970s Hicks, originally recorded for an ill-fated Ralph Bakshi cartoon feature.

Diane Hildebrand: Early Morning Blues and Greens. Though most known for writing some material for the Monkees, Diane Hildebrand also recorded this rare late-'60s singer-songwriter album for Elektra.

Hot Tuna: Live at the New Orleans House, Berkeley, Ca September 1969. Previously unreleased concert recordings from the early days of the folk-blues group of Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. 

H.P. Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft/H.P. Lovecraft II. Both albums by this fine, underrated late-1960s psychedelic band are combined onto one disc, spotlighting their Jefferson Airplane-like harmonies and inventive rearrangements of folk and folk-rock songs.

Sandy Hurvitz aka Essra Mohawk: Sandy's Album Is Here At Last
. The debut album of singer-songwriter Essra Mohawk, recorded when she was known as Sandy Hurvitz and signed to Frank Zappa's production company, Bizarre.

Ian & Sylvia: Lovin' Sound/Full Circle. Released in 1967 and 1968 respectively on MGM, Lovin' Sound was Ian & Sylvia's fullest embrace of the folk-rock style, while on Full Circle they started to edge into country-rock.

The Ides of March: Vehicle.  The debut album by the Chicago horn-rock band, featuring the 1970 smash single title track.

The Ides of March: Common Bond. The group's second album included not just horn-rock, but also ventures into progressive rock and folk-rock, as well as the local Chicago hit "L.A. Goodbye."

The Incredible String Band: U. Their rarest Elektra album, reissued for the first time on CD, the liner notes including comments by the ISB's Robin Williamson.

Jim & Jean: Changes/People World. Both of these folk-rock duo's albums for Verve, from 1966 and 1967 respectively, including (on Changes) covers of material by Eric Andersen, David Blue, Bob Dylan, and Phil Ochs, some of which those singer-songwriters had yet to release or would never release. It also includes their original "One Sure Thing," covered by Fairport Convention on their first album.

Kathy & Carol: Kathy & Carol. One of the rarest 1960s Elektra folk albums, this 1965 release featured the close, high, and haunting harmonies of the duo of Kathy Larisch and Carol McComb.

Chris Kenner: Land of 1000 Dances. The 1966 Atlantic album by this New Orleans soul singer was actually a collection of early-'60s singles, including the hit "I Like It Like That" and the original version of the classic title track.

Andy Kim: How'd We Ever Get This Way/Rainbow Ride. The first pair of albums by this late-'60s pop-rocker, combined onto one CD here, represented the last gasp of the Brill Building  scene.

Andy Kim: Baby I Love You/Andy Kim. A two-for-one CD reissue of his 1969 album Baby I Love You, plus his more serious singer-songwriter 1973 self-titled effort.

John Kongos, Kongos. Recorded with musicians who also backed Elton John on his early recordings, and including Kongos's two 1971 Top Five UK hit singles, "He’s Gonna Step on You Again" and "Tokoloshe Man."

Robin Lane & the Chartbusters: Robin Lane & the Chartbusters. It didn't bust the charts, but Robin Lane's 1980 debut album was a solid new wave pop record by one of Boston's most locally popular bands.

Trini Lopez: Trini Lopez at PJ's. Recorded live at a Hollywood nightclub, Lopez's first Reprise album was a sensation, reaching #2 and featuring his hit version of "If I Had a Hammer."

Trini Lopez: More Trini Lopez at PJ's. Lopez's second 1963 Reprise album, also recorded at the L.A. nightclub PJ's, again featured an assortment of go-go folk, rock, and show tunes.

Love: Out Here and False Start. Their last album of the 1960s and first album of the 1970s.

Mad River: Mad River/Paradise Bar & Grill. Both of the late-1960s albums by this enigmatic Berkeley psychedelic band, combined onto one CD.

Paul Mauriat: Blooming Hits. The French bandleader's 1968 album included "Love Is Blue," and like "Love Is Blue," the LP topped the charts for five consecutive weeks.

Terry Melcher: Terry Melcher. The belated mid-1970s debut solo album by the singer-songwriter more famous for producing the Byrds and Paul Revere & the Raiders.

The Modern Folk Quartet: The Modern Folk Quartet. The 1963 debut album by the folk group featuring future folk-rock scenemakers Jerry Yester, Cyrus Faryar, Chip Douglas, and Henry Diltz.

The Modern Folk Quartet: Changes. The MFQ's second and final album includes songs by Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Dino Valenti, and Bob Gibson.

Essra Mohawk: Primordial Lovers. The uncategorizable singer-songwriter's 1970 album, with five bonus tracks.

Essra Mohawk: Essra Mohawk. Her third album, with bonus tracks.

Fred Neil: The Many Sides of Fred Neil. This double CD includes everything top folk-rock singer-songwriter Neil released on Capitol in the late 1960s and early 1970s, along with a half-dozen previously unreleased cuts.

Fred Neil: Bleecker & MacDougal. Neil's debut solo album, from 1965, was the first outstanding contribution to folk-rock by the singer-songwriter, with support from then-session musician John Sebastian.

Fred Neil & Vince Martin: Tear Down the Walls. Fred Neil was part of a folk duo with Vince Martin on his first mid-1960s Elektra recording, which both throwbacks to the acoustic troubadour era and hints of the folk-rock-blues-raga mixture of Neil's ensuing solo recordings.

The New Seekers: We'd Like to Teach the World to Sing. And indeed they did on this early-'70s album, not just with the hit single "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" (included here), but also with obscure covers of songs by Richard Thompson and Roy Wood.

The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: Faithful Friends. The second album by this late 1960s band, who integrated classical influences and instrumentation into a rock music framework.

The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: Reflections. Their unusual third album, which was a collaboration with the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis for a film score.

Jack Nitzsche: The Lonely Surfer. Spectorian orchestrated instrumental rock by the inventive arranger-producer Nitzsche, including the hit title cut.

Steve Noonan: Steve Noonan. From 1968, the only album by this singer-songwriter includes several Jackson Browne songs never recorded by anyone else.

Phil Ochs: All the News That's Fit to Sing. The debut album by the most famous protest singer-songwriter of the '60s save early Bob Dylan.

Phil Ochs: I Ain't Marching Anymore. The second album by Ochs, whose title cut became a staple at anti-war demonstrations for the next few decades.

Phil Ochs: In Concert. Probably his most popular album, and perhaps the finest politically conscious singer-songwriter album of the 1960s. Includes his classics "Love Me, I'm a Liberal," "Changes," and "There But For Fortune."

Phil Ochs: Pleasures of the Harbor. Ochs's first rock album, from 1967, with his most famous song, "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends."

Phil Ochs: Tape From California. Ochs's second rock album got more into florid orchestration and expansive poetry, but kept the breads-a-burning for anti-war protest in "The War Is Over."

Phil Ochs: Rehearsals for Retirement/Gunfight at Carnegie Hall. A double CD, featuring his last first-rate studio album, Rehearsals for Retirement, and his infamous 1970 live recording Gunfight at Carnegie Hall, originally released only in Canada.

Bruce Palmer: The Cycle Is Complete. The eccentric and mighty rare early-'70s album by Buffalo Springfield's bassist, with support from Rick James and four members of Kaleidoscope.

Gene Parsons: Kindling. The 1973 solo debut album by an important figure in country-rock, recorded not long after his stint as Byrds drummer.

Tom Paxton: Ramblin' Boy. Paxton's mid-1960s Elektra debut, including his standards "The Last Thing on My Mind," "Ramblin' Boy," and "I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound."

Poco: Live at Columbia Studios Hollywood 9/30/71. A previously unreleased live performance by one of the top country-rock bands.

The Premiers: Farmer John. Party rock'n'roll with an R&B base, highlighted by their 1964 Top Twenty hit "Farmer John."

Dory Previn: Dory Previn. The 1974 self-titled album by the eccentric singer who was one of the most anomalous figures of the '70s singer-songwriter era.

Dory Previn: We're Children of Coincidence and Harpo Marx. Previn's final album for Warner Brothers, and final album to date.

Alan Price: O Lucky Man! One of the finest rock soundtracks ever, for Lindsay Anderson's 1973 film of the same name.

Alan Price: Between Today and Yesterday. Witty singer-songwriter album combining rock, pop, and British music hall, from 1974.

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Unreleased Quicksilver Messenger Service: Lost Gold and Silver. This double CD of largely previously unreleased material devotes one disc to 1968 live performances, and the other to late-1960s outtakes and rarities.

The Rascals: The Young Rascals, Collections, Groovin', Once Upon a Dream, Freedom Suite, See, Search and Nearness. All seven albums on Atlantic Records by the top blue-eyed soul group of the 1960s.

Renaissance: Renaissance. The art-rock band's 1969 debut, at which time they were under the helm of just-ex-Yardbirds Keith Relf and Jim McCarty, also featuring Keith Relf's sister Jane.

Joshua Rifkin: The Baroque Beatles Book. One of the most popular classical adaptations of Lennon-McCartney songs, which actually reached the Top Hundred when it was released in the mid-1960s.

The Robbs: The Robbs. The only album by the pop-folk-rock band famous for a long-time TV stint on Where the Action Is, and for holding the record for most singles entering Billboard's "bubbling under" section without ever cracking the Top Hundred.

The Rose Garden: The Rose Garden. The sole album by the Los Angeles folk-rock band known for the one-shot 1967 hit "Next Plane to London" also includes a couple of songs by original Byrd Gene Clark that were never recorded elsewhere.

Rosebud: Rosebud. The sole early-'70s album by the group featuring Judy Henske, Jerry Yester, and Craig Doerge.

Roxy: Roxy. The sole album by the band that evolved into the Wackers.

Tom Rush: Tom Rush. Rush's first Elektra album, from 1965, featuring warm, affable interpretations of folk tunes.

Tom Rush: Take a Little Walk with Me. Rush made his first venture into rock'n'roll on side one of his second Elektra album, from 1966, filled out by more traditional folk arrangements.

Sailcat: Motorcycle Mama. The only album by this early-'70s Southern rock group, featuring the Top Twenty hit single title track.

John Sebastian: John B. Sebastian, Cheapo Cheapo Productions Presents Real Live, The Four of Us, Tarzana Kid, Welcome Back. All five 1970s Reprise solo albums by the famed folk-rock singer-songwriter.

Mark Spoelstra: Five and Twenty Questions. The first mid-'60s Elektra album by this protest-oriented, socially conscious singer-songwriter.

Mark Spoelstra: State of Mind. His second and final album, far rarer than the first.

Ananda Shankar: Ananda Shankar. An early fusion of Indian music with progressive rock on this 1970 album, by the sitarist nephew of Ravi Shankar.

David Steinberg: Disguised As a Normal Person. The first album by one of the top comedians of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

John Stewart: The Lonesome Picker Rides Again. Stewart's first album for Warner Brothers in 1971 included his own version of "Daydream Believer," a #1 hit for the Monkees in 1967.

John Stewart: Sunstorm. Stewart's second and final album for Warner Brothers continued the singer-songwriter's early-'70s brand of Americana, combining folk, country, rock, and some blues and gospel, with several members of Elvis Presley's band as supporting musicians.

Stoneground: Stoneground. Sal Valentino's first post-Beau Brummels project was this early-1970s album, in which the large collective known as Stoneground tackled an assortment of styles with several different lead vocalists.

The Strawberry Alarm Clock: Wake Up...It's Tomorrow. The second album by the Strawberry Alarm Clock, featuring "Tomorrow," their follow-up hit to "Incense and Peppermints."

The Strawberry Alarm Clock: The World in a Seashell. The Strawberry Alarm Clock's third album mixed material by outside writers (including Carole King) with their own diversely psychedelic originals.

The Strawberry Alarm Clock: Good Morning Starshine. With a new lineup, the Strawberry Alarm Clock went in a harder and bluesier direction on their final album.

The Sunshine Company: The Best of the Sunshine Company. A 22-track compilation drawn from all three of this Southern California pop-folk-rock band's albums, adding a couple of non-LP tracks. Includes their Top 40 single "Back on the Street Again."

The Sweet Inspirations, The Sweet Inspirations. Late-'60s soul by the group most famous for backing Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley, including their hit "Sweet Inspiration." One of the Sweet Inspirations was Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney.

Chip Taylor: This Side of the Big River. "If you really want to know me, this is the album that will get you to know me" says the singer-songwriter of this mid-1970s country-oriented record.

The Travelers 3: The Travelers 3. The early-'60s debut album by this folk trio.

The Wackers: Wackering Heights. The first album by a band that bucked early-'70s trends, aiming for a sophisticated pop-rock sound in the spirit of the Beatles.

The Wackers: Hot Wacks. The second album by the group, highlighted by their cover of John Lennon's "Oh My Love."

The Wackers: Shredder. The band's third and final album, which started as a side project for Bob Segarini and Randy Bishop before growing into an all-out Wackers record.

Loudon Wainwright III: Loudon Wainwright III. The debut album by the remarkably witty, satirical singer-songwriter, entirely acoustic but with a wicked edge.

Loudon Wainwright III: Album II. The second early-1970s album by Wainwright, and just as poetically biting as his debut.

Jerry Jeff Walker: Five Years Gone. The singer-songwriter's third album, from 1969, including a radio performance of "Mr. Bojangles" predating his single of the song, as well as early compositions from Michael Martin Murphey.

Dionne Warwick: Presenting Dionne Warwick, Anyone Who Had a Heart, Make Way for Dionne Warwick, The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick, Here I Am, Dionne Warwick in Paris, Here Where There Is Love, On Stage and in the Movies, The Magic of Believing. Nine of the pop-soul superstar's early albums, originally released in 1963-1968.

We Five: Catch the Wind. Their rare fourth album mixed pop-rock, folk-rock, and country-rock.

Jimmy Webb: Words and Music, And So: On, Letters, Land's End, El Mirage. All five 1970s albums by this acclaimed singer-songwriter.

Johnny Winter: Live at the Fillmore East 10/3/70. Previously unreleased, 66-minute live October 1970 concert by the blues-rocker.

Various Artists: Great Lost Elektra Singles Vol. 1. Sides that appeared only on 45 on the Elektra label in the 1960s and early 1970s, including tracks by Judy Collins, the Beefeaters (before they changed their name to the Byrds), the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Eclection, Phil Ochs, Clear Light, David Ackles, and the Stalk-Forrest Group (before they evolved into Blue Öyster Cult.

Various Artists: San Francisco Roots. An assortment of mid-1960s San Francisco rock cut for the Autumn label, including tracks by the Beau Brummels, Great Society, Vejtables, and Mojo Men.

Various Artists: What's Shakin'. This 1966 Elektra compilation featured otherwise unavailable tracks by the Lovin' Spoonful, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Tom Rush, Al Kooper, and the Powerhouse (featuring Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Jack Bruce, and Paul Jones).

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