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Sex Power > Vangelis

Artist: Vangelis
Label: Philips
Catalog#: 6397 013
Format: Vinyl
Country: France
Released: 1970

Shooting At The Moon > Ayers, Kevin

Artist: Kevin Ayers And The Whole World
Label: Harvest
Catalog#: SHSP 4005
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1970-10
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For his second release, Shooting At The Moon, Ayers left his Soft Machine cohorts behind and assembled his first band, the Whole World. Composer/keyboardist David Bedford carried over, but new on deck were busker-extraordinaire/saxophonist Lol Coxhill and a young Mike Oldfield on bass. Various drummers would round out the lineup, including Robert Wyatt and Dave Dufort; but Mick Fincher filled in for this album. And what a weird album it is! "May I?" opens, an archetypical Ayers ballad. Bluesy, sexy and oh-so decadent, it showcases his keen songwriting talent.

Sirio 2222 > Balletto di Bronzo, Il

Artist: Il Balletto Di Bronzo
Label: RCA
Catalog#: PSL 10459
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1970

Soundtracks > Can

Artist: Can
Label: Liberty
Catalog#: LBS 83 437 I
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1970-11

Supertramp > Supertramp

Artist: Supertramp
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: AMID 123
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970

The End Of An Ear > Wyatt, Robert

Artist: Robert Wyatt
Label: CBS
Catalog#: 64189
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1970

The Grass Is Greener > Colosseum

Artist: Colosseum
Label: Dunhill
Catalog#: DS 50079
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970
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After James Litherland's departure to Mogul Thrash, Colosseum recorded a few new tracks and re-recorded some old ones with incoming guitarist and vocalist Clem Clempson, previously in the blues power trio Bakerloo. So instead of issuing Valentyne Suite in the US, the tracks were compiled as a new album, entitled The Grass Is Greener—but with the same cover. It saw release in January 1970, again on ABC Dunhill. The opening bells of "Jumpin off the Sun" signal another Colosseum stormer, but now with the much earthier voice of Clempson.

The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other > Van Der Graaf Generator

Artist: Van Der Graaf Generator
Label: Probe/ABC
Catalog#: CPLP 4515
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-02
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Following the release of The Aerosol Grey Machine, careful manipulation from Charisma label founder Tony Stratton-Smith released Peter Hammill from his contract with Mercury Records, allowing Van der Graaf Generator the freedom to join the Charisma stable of artists. Hammill and Hugh Banton then reunited the band, with Guy Evans recruiting bassist Nic Potter from The Misunderstood. Yet the arrival of sax player David Jackson, previously with Chris Judge Smith in Heebalob, was when all the pieces fell into place for the band.

The Madcap Laughs > Barrett, Syd

Artist: Syd Barrett
Label: Harvest, EMI
Catalog#: SHVL 765, 1E 062-04 261
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1970-01
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Syd Barrett’s departure from Pink Floyd was unceremonious: The band simply failed to pick him up before a gig in Southampton in January 1968. Later that summer, manager Peter Jenner took Barrett to EMI Studios for a few sessions; nothing came of them, and it would be a year until Malcolm Jones, head of the newly formed Harvest label, took Barrett on again—Jones’s 1982 memoir The Making of The Madcap Laughs is essential reading. But by May, Barrett decamped with Pink Floyd to Ibiza, where David Gilmour agreed to finish the album.

The Trip > Trip, The

Artist: Trip (19)
Label: RCA Italiana
Catalog#: PSL 10460
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1970