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Black Album

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Deviants Ptoof LP

THE DEVIANTS

Ptooff!

(Vinyl LP - Tiger Bay)

sonic's rendezvous band electrophonic tonic LP

SONIC'S RENDEZVOUS BAND

Electrophonic Tonic

(Vinyl LP - Bang! Records)

high speed & the afflicted man

HIGH SPEED & THE AFFLICTED MAN

Get Stoned Ezy

(Vinyl LP - Guerssen)

henry flynt graduation

HENRY FLYNT

Graduation

(2 x Vinyl LP - Superior Viaduct)

tony conrad with faust

TONY CONRAD WITH FAUST

Outside The Dream Syndicate

(Vinyl LP - Superior Viaduct)

Sun Ra / The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol. 2 tape

SUN RA

The Eliocentric worlds Of Sun Ra Vol. 2

(Cassette Tape - Personnal Affair)

takehisa kosugi catch-wave

TAKEHISA KOSUGI

Catch-Wave

(Vinyl LP - Superior Viaduct)

stone garden LP

STONE GARDEN

Stone Garden

(Vinyl LP - Out-Sider)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Price: 14€
Format: CD
#Ref: Lion 640
Release date: 2010

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CD / lp replica with booklet

1972-USA

"Daily Dance" was recorded in Bob Thompson's kitchen sometime during 1972.

A New Frontiers Production.

Track 4 was left off the initial release of DAILY DANCE due to time limitations. Here restored for the first time (booklet text). 

Release notes :

After meeting at a Stooges/MC5 concert, drummer Bob Thompson and guitarist Doug Snyder met one fine day in October 1972 in Thompson’s kitchen and bashed out this set of fiery improvisations, seemingly influenced as much by Iggy’s proto-punk moves as John Coltrane’s whole "sheets of sound" ethos; the result is a mythical frenzy of distorted guitar and improvised drums, creating walls of psychedelic noise; its sound is unparalleled for its time, preceding its closest kin, New York's no-wave explosion, by a solid five years. And because of it's lack of pretensions (it was done almost innocently), the record comes off as something, dare we say, a little more "spiritual" than is the norm for such excursions. It is a singular recording, one that mainlines the classic high energy pantheon of the Velvet Underground, Stooges, Pharaoh Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, etc. while anticipating the free jazz/noise/no wave synthesis of groups that would follow in their footsteps. Thompson and Snyder get into some abstruse territory, with Snyder tearing industrial gamelan shapes from his six strings while Thompson uses the guts of his kit as the basis for new tonal alphabets. But it’s all rendered with a strong savage ethos that effortlessly equates monochord rock obliteration with the celestial freedom of Cecil Taylor/John Coltrane, et al., while establishing new territory as advanced as that attained by the most far-reaching visionaries of the rock ‘n’ roll blueprint... still hard to believe that this was recorded in 1972. A major historical unearthing, remastered from the original tapes, and beautifully packaged in a Stoughton paste-on mini-LP jacket, with an informative Obi/U-Card, and an extensive 20-page booklet of liner notes and photos. Produced in conjunction with Cantor Records, who recently made Daily Dance available on vinyl for the first time in 35 years. Includes one bonus track (not included on the LP reissue), which was intended for the original release, but left off at the last moment for time considerations.

"They generate waves of energy through cascading feedback squall and drumbo bash and shimmer. A few tracks will start with something vaguely resembling a 'groove,' before they quickly deteriorate into their lonely Buckeye din." —Dante Carfagna.

"In 1972-73, all of their respective busy-'60s musical experiences coalesced in the birth of this Daily Dance disc you're now sliding into. With Bob the more seasoned pro at this point, his drums carry the careening melodies, while Doug's electric-guitar forays furnish the skronked rhythms, a kind of role-reversal that gives this set its terrific texture. I reviewed the original Daily Dance LP in Creem magazine back in 1977, when I called it, "Abstract, but terribly immediate music... Highly Recommended. There's nothing I could add to that capsule now." —Richard Riegel

(Riegel's writings about music have appeared in Creem, the Village Voice, the Washington Post, and other publications, since the 1970's). 

Tracklisting :

1. Daily Dance (10:10) 2. Living With the Crocodiles (1:25) 3. Time Overlaps Itself (8:35) 4. Unseen, Unheard (1:54) 5. Soul and Universe (4:47) 6. Hit and Run (5:40) 7. Truth is a Pathless Land (2:47) 8. Teenage Emergency (8:40) 

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Index / Black Album
Price: 13€
Format: Cassette
#Ref: Lion CS-102
Release date: 2018

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Cassette tape / Comes with a five-panel insert / Limited edition of 300 copies.

1967/2018 Jim Valice and Valord Records. All rights reserved. 2018 Lion Productions, LLC under exclusive license from Jim Valice and Valord Records..

1967-USA

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Black Album on cassette. Five-panel insert — Edition of 300.

"In the mid 1960s, Detroit Michigan was a thriving industrial city. It was at the edge of a cliff, however. The great ethnic diversity in the inner city was a brewing powder keg of civil unrest. This, coupled with a disillusioned population struggling to make some sense of a questionable war in the rice paddies of Vietnam, set an uneasy and troubling tempo for the future. Still, there were pockets of communities in the Detroit area where things were good and economic life was vibrant. The Grosse Pointes were such communities. It was on the outskirts of this political and racially tense era, in the affluent suburbs just outside of the city of Detroit, that Index was formed.

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The music of Index has been lauded by music heads for decades, and with good reason: it is bizarre, atmospheric, and 'home-made' (in the best of all possible ways); the band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud rhythms. Hidden amongst the echoing canyons of sound there's some snotty post-punk attitude wrapped up in that trippy velvet fuzz; a wonderful bleak sound, both droning and murky, the atonal side of late 1960's rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk...

Tracklisting :

A.1 Eight Miles High A.2 Israeli Blues A.3 John Riley A.4 Turquoise Feline A.5 Rainy, Starless Night B.1 Fire Eyes B.2 Shock Wave B.3 You Keep Me Hanging On B.4 Feedback 

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Index / Originals Vol. 1 (1967/68)
Price: 25€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: Lion LP-176
Release date: 2018

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Vinyl LP / Includes a 4-panel color insert, written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band's rock and roll adventures, replete with rare photos.

1967/68-USA

Release notes :

All of the original compositions from the band's two self-released holy grails of psychedelia (the Black Album and the Red Album, from 1967-68) combined into one collection—all newly transferred from the original tapes!

Most of you have no doubt heard of records that have been touted as “mind blowing”, “fuzz monsters”, or “lost/undiscovered classics”. The raves rarely turn out to be justified. That's certainly not the case with the music of Index—if anything, the raves underplay the essence of the band's music, which is seething with cavernous reverb, snaky guitar lines, and downer lyrics. It is fantastically minimalist, starkly atmospheric, and sprinkled with ferocious guitar work.

In the mid 1960’s, Detroit Michigan was a thriving industrial city. But the great ethnic diversity in the inner city was a brewing powder keg of civil unrest. This, coupled with a disillusioned population struggling to make some sense of a questionable war in the rice paddies of Viet Nam, set an uneasy and troubling tempo for the future. Still, there were pockets of communities in the Detroit area where things were good and economic life was vibrant. The Grosse Pointes were such communities. It was on the outskirts of this political and racially tense era, in those affluent suburbs just outside Detroit, that Index was formed.

The music of Index has been lauded by (and bootlegged by) music heads for decades, and with good reason: it is unexpected, atmospheric, and "home-made" in the best of all possible ways. The band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud pushy rhythms. And in there amongst the echoing canyons of sound you'll find some snotty post-punk attitude wrapped up in all that trippy velvet fuzz. It's a wonderful bleak sound, droning and murky and introspective—the atonal side of late 1960's rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk ...

Includes a 4-panel color insert, written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band's rock and roll adventures, replete with rare photos.

Tracklisting :

A1 Turquoise Feline A2 Fire Eyes A3 Israeli Blues A4 Shock Wave A5 Rainy, Starless Nights A6 Paradise Beach B1 Turquoise Feline II B2 I Love You B3 Break Out B4 Rainy, Starless Nights B5 Feedback 

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Index / Originals Vol. 2 (1969)
Price: 25€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: Lion LP-177
Release date: 2019

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Vinyl LP / Includes a 4-panel color insert written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band's rock and roll adventures, replete with rare photos.

•All tracks new to vinyl + this is first release in any format for seven out of the fourteen total tracks

1969-USA

Release notes :

In February of 2009, Jim Valice of Index discovered three reels in a cardboard box stuffed in a closet of his parents home in Michigan. These songs from 1969 were on those reels. Fourteen original compositions by Index, seven making their vinyl debut, the other seven released for the first time ever, all transferred from the original tapes!

Index was once again a pure power trio by 1969. There was massive demand for Index personal performances. Index was not interested. It was becoming more difficult for guitarist John Ford to travel back from Yale University to Detroit on a weekly basis. Index wanted to push the bounds of their own creativity. They chose to use their limited time together to write and record.

Index were the epitome of a DIY band. They made great use of the newly developed sound on sound (SOS) technology. It allowed Index to record basic tracks (guitars, drums and lead vocals); with SOS they then could add keyboards, additional guitar tracks and vocals. A musical revolution in miniature!

The addition of Tom Ballew on bass in 1968 made a positive impact on Index’s sound. He and drummer Jim Valice laid down a musical foundation in and around which John would weave his guitar. ‘Livin’ In Detroit’ and ‘Kick It Out’ are two perfect examples of that dynamic. Here you’ll also find over-the-top psychedelic numbers like ‘Street Crime’ and the fast version of ‘Yesterday and Today.’ But on this album you'll also find mature romantic ballads filled with angst, such as ‘Love is Here To Stay’ and ‘I Walk Alone.’ The hip-shaking, organ-driven ‘432 Lakeshore’ highlights another groovier aspect to Index’s sound.

The music of Index has been lauded by music heads for decades with good reason: the band has a druggie sound, with songs full of feedback and fuzzy guitars, hazy guitar riffs and loud pushy rhythms. It's wonderful, droning, murky and introspective: the atonal side of late 1960's rock that would leave the most lasting impression on those who would eventually become punk, post-punk...

It’s as if Index projected their sound through time and space, creating sonic templates for future artists. Index continues to inspire bands all over the world even to this day. Listen to Index and feed your soul.

•All tracks are new to vinyl + this is first release in any format for seven out of the fourteen total tracks •Includes a 4-panel color insert, written by Index drummer Jim Valice, detailing the band's rock and roll adventures, replete with rare photos.

Tracklisting :

Side A: 1. Street Crime (ford-valice) 3:07 2. Jill (ford-valice) 4:39 3. Livin’ in Detroit (ford-valice) 3:53 4. Yesterday and Today (fast) (ford-valice) 2:20 5. Kick It Out (ford-valice) 2:59 6. Love Is Here to Stay (ford-valice) 2:58 7. 431 Lakeshore (ford-valice) 2:47

Side B: 1. It’s All In Your Mind (ford-valice) 2:09 2. Be My Friend (ford-valice) 2:45 3. Yesterday and Today (slow) (ford-valice) 4:08 4. I Walk Alone (ford-valice) 3:21 5. Tired of Being Told (ford-valice) 3:20 6. Don’t You Know (ford-valice) 4:45 7. Something Sweet (ford-valice) 2:26

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A link to an mp3 sampler, which has a little taste of every track on this outstanding record: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/DcaXO1xYmT 

 

Price: 22€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: Lion LP-136
Release date: 2014

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Vinyl LP / Comes with huge color insert with the band’s story and rare photo and more / Limited edition of 500 copies.

From the master tapes.

1968-Canada

Release notes :

One of very few indie label releases on Spin Magazine's list of 100 top counter-cultural music, ahead of legends like Mulatu Astatke, Brigitte Fontaine, Pärson Sound, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra, Harry Partch, and Os Mutantes. Zowie!

"In 1965, eight guys from London, Ontario, decided to start a free-improv group — 'free' to the point of building their own instruments, which they decided couldn't be set up to produce specific pitches... Their vocalist, schoolteacher Bill Exley, banged on a cooking pot and bellowed hilariously about stupidity and destruction and Canada. They didn't treat what they were doing as an advanced, visionary form of experimental music, but as a big, stupid, fun, ecstatic noise. By the '90s, noise artists finally recognized NSB as their ancestors — and, almost 50 years after they started, the surviving members of the Nihilist Spasm Band still play every Monday night while their children haunt loft spaces the world over." —Spin

"The record you’re holding is one of the masterworks of that big gray area of noise/weirdo/freak-out music. It’ still hard to believe that No Record was released in 1968. This was a time when popular music was still growing up, and these outsider guys from Canada came out of nowhere and made this mindfuck of record that was years ahead of itself. And as with albums like Trout Mask Replica, and The Faust Tapes, it still sounds fresh today. No Record is mandatory listening. —Lasse Marhaug 

Tracklisting :

Side A: 01. Destroy The Nations (8:00) 02. When In London Sleep At The York Hotel (5:30) 03. The Byron Bog (10:40) Side B: 01. Dog Face Man (7:20) 02. Oh Brian Dibb (4:00) 03. Destroy The Nations Again (12:30) 

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The Search Party / Montgomery Chapel
Price: 22,50€
Format: Vinyl LP
#Ref: Lion lp-120
Release date: 2018

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Vinyl LP / 180gr / Edition of 300 (hand-numbered) / 2018 repress

The only authorized reissue of this psychedelic masterpiece. 180 gram vinyl in an old-style tip-on jacket. Insert is packed with info and band history by band leader Rev. Nicholas T. Freund, plus photos from his personal archive.

1969-USA

Release notes :

One of the top underground psychedelic albums ever released. Original Custom Records pressings (released in 1969) sell for nearly $2,000. 

Search Party was the brainchild of (then Reverend) Nicholas Freund. Having left Wisconsin to join a burgeoning West Coast religious scene, Freund made his way to San Francisco in 1968 to lay down this sole effort with some of his students. The result is a spooky trip that's equal parts acid-soaked mind expansion and God. Laced with haunting vocals and dreamlike passages, sinister farfisa, blasts of fuzz guitar, and downer lyrics, Montgomery Chapel is psychedelic music at its most evocative and thanks to its depth and sense of anxiety, most truly spiritual. The ominous nine-minute drifter 'So Many Things Have Got Me Down,' for example, tackles the difficulties of an unfulfilled married life, depression and spiritual apathy, all while riding a stripped down, grooving beat. If you can imagine a lo-fi United States of America/Jefferson Airplane hybrid, you have an idea of how cool this band sounds. Only 600 copies were pressed and issued on the custom Century label; they've become holy grails of collectors. We're thrilled to give this lost classic its only authorized reissue.

Audio restoration by Anders Peterson. 180-gram LP in old-style tip-on jacket. Insert is packed with info thanks to Nick Freund, who was gracious enough to delve into his memory, scrapbook, and photo albums to help us flesh out the portrait of one of the most potent -- and perhaps most unlikely -- psychedelic groups to ever record an album." Edition of 300 (hand-numbered). 

Tracklisting :

A1 Speak To Me 2:50 / A2 Renee Child 2:45 / A3 Melayna 1:30 / A4 When He Calls 4:22 / A5 So Many Things Have Got Me Down 9:00 / B1 You And I 3:08 / B2 All But This 4:00 / B3 Poem By George Hall 3:40 / B4 The Decidedly Short Epic Of Mr. Alvira 3:15 / B5 The News Is You 4:40 

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Sergius Golowin / Lord Krishna Von Goloka
Price: 13€
Format: CD
#Ref: Lion 628
Release date: 2008

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With the Cosmic Jokers.

CD / 24-page booklet includes biography, interviews, bibliography, original notes from the LP, lyrics, and Kosmische Kuriere discography.

1973-Switzerland/Germany

Release notes :

In 1973, Rolf Ulrich Kaiser’s visionary powers acted as a catalyst for an authentic combination of acid, music and sprituality: the mystical LSD-fueled musical project “Lord Krishna von Goloka.” For this adventure into Indian and Oriental mythologies and legends, Kaiser asked esoteric Swiss artist (he was a friend of Giger’s), poet, specialist on Alpine folklore, and friend of Timothy Leary, Sergius Golowin, to join a group of musicians including Klaus Schulze and members of Wallenstein and Witthüser + Westrupp. It was perhaps mere coincidence that Golowin's classic treatise on witches, herbs, and magic mushrooms was published that same year (Magie der verbotenen Märchen); the book was fast becoming a cult item—it was secretly xeroxed in what was then-Communist East Germany, and later distributed in the hippie-underground there. Sergius Golowin’s intellectual and spiritual world of occultism, popular legends, and shamanism were the foundation for the project. He was responsible for the lyrics, which consisted of incantatory recitations in German over the multi-textural compositions.

“The first release of what has become known as the Cosmic Jokers series, a Cosmic Courier super-session organized by Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser... (Sergius Golowin) handles the vocals on this extraordinary album, recanting verse over music that sounds like a hybrid of Ash Ra Tempel and the Third Ear Band, full of rich musical textures adrift with Mellotron and synthesizers. A timeless work of beauty that has no equal.” —Crack in the Cosmic Egg

“In which, Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser offered us the second of his great Mage Recordings. After Timothy Leary (KK5001) had so moved the producer with 7Up, ‘The Kaiser’ and his Starmaiden Gille Lettmann decided to stay in Switzerland and record some more wise old men. As with Leary, the recording of Sergius Golowin, the middle-aged ex-MP, was nothing less than a full-on Vision-saga. Six musicians accompanied Golowin’s pronouncements throughout the LP, and it’s most remarkable of all that the speaker showed such restraint, often letting the band fly off into Ash Ra Tempel-land at any opportunity. It makes the most sensational combination and a long Kosmiche-epic of high magic proportions. Opening with the 15 minute plus “Der Grigen”, the LP announced its intention with sombre pre-Christian keyboards then softly, softly into the ritual…a slow amoeba production, at first scouting but soon positive in its holy direction. The huge unfolding driving thing called “Die Hoch-Zeit” covers the whole of Side 2, in which Klaus Schultze’s drums are combine harvesters in a Canadian wheat field 50 miles across. Massive choirs of mellotron hold the distant horizon and the machine that is the music covers the land like locusts. Dry dry music. Arid heavy tragedy — Side 2 of Joy Division’s ‘Closer.’ Golowin doesn’t even say a word for about the first eight minutes... There is no doubt this is the very highest magic — believe me. The Ur-klang of Mesolithic Man... No intellectual ever made music such as this... His voice and that music. A righteous vision.” —Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler

“The emergence of the great mythologies stands directly at the beginning of mankind’s history. In them the occupation with the large questions occurs: From whence do we come? What and who are we? Where do we go? When our ancient ancestors began to argue with appropriate ideas, dreams and emblems (the most valuable pictures), what developed from it, and was passed on to their descendants, was the birth of all that we call culture.” —Sergius Golowin, excerpt from Die grossen Mythen der Menschheit (the Great Myths of Mankind)

Our Lion Productions edition comes with a 24-page booklet which includes a Sergius Golowin biography, plus translated excerpts from interviews and texts, a list of Golowin's writings, translations of the original LP notes, text, and lyrics, as well as a Kosmischen Kuriere label discography. And on a personal note, we have long thought the song ‘Die Weiße Alm’ to be perhaps the perfect cosmic folk track... blissed out and uplifting, without being cloying. 

Tracklisting :

1. Der Reigen (16:57) 2. Die weiße Alm (6:09) 3. Die Hoch-Zeit (19:38) 

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