Almost Was

By CommonGood-Records CommonGood-Records
updated 5 months ago

The coulda's, the woulda's, a lot of shoulda's...the almost was list. Some of these had members who went on to greater things, some were one-off projects, some faded into obscurity, and some are viewed as underrated classics. Any way you slice it, even with major label budgets or good press, these records never made the big time and a lot are worth re-discovering. All of these are in my collection, I wouldn't really do it any other way.


  1. Guns & Butter - Guns & Butter

    27 For Sale from $3.19

    Heavy-ish blues Rock with a pretty elaborate concept (record included "hand drawn" insert

  2. Hidden Strength - Hidden Strength

    45 For Sale from $2.77

    Obscure boogie funk

  3. Jamul - Jamul

    9 For Sale from $24.71

    Dirty blooze rock

  4. Gangsters Of Love - Gangsters Of Love

    28 For Sale from $3.85

    Funky multiracial band. Very underrated

  5. Good God - Good God

    12 For Sale from $9.25

    Includes a great cover of Zappa's "King Kong"

  6. Autosalvage - Autosalvage

    35 For Sale from $11.79

    Incredibly ahead of its time, the tracks veer from typical late 60's psychedelia to straight-up late 80's indie rock

  7. Gypsy (15) - In The Garden

    30 For Sale from $15.00

    Gypsy released a few records, all of which were unnoticed and great

  8. White Witch - White Witch

    23 For Sale from $3.50

    Famously skewered by Lester Bangs

  9. Nolan* - No Apologies

    Backed by what would become Little Feat, Nolan Porter had a great voice, if not untrained and a little all over the place

  10. Elf (3) - Elf

    9 For Sale from $24.99

    Debut of a band with a man who needs no introduction

  11. Song (5) - Song Album

    16 For Sale from $12.00

    Psych band featuring Mickey Rooney, Jr. and a rare female drummer

  12. Gravy Train - Gravy Train

    3 For Sale from $60.00

    Flute prog with heavy elements. Great great record

  13. The Flock - The Flock

    92 For Sale from $1.25

    Pre-Kansas prog with violin

  14. Aorta - Aorta

    30 For Sale from $4.00

    High-concept early prog-psych

  15. Caboose* - Caboose

    21 For Sale from $5.00

    One of Enterprise Records' forays into the Rock market

  16. Fantasy (14) - Fantasy

    25 For Sale from $6.50

    Some pretty mature psych from some pretty young teenagers

  17. Truth (4) - Truth

    8 For Sale from $6.99

    Obscure boogie woogie

  18. Fresh (12) - Fresh Out Of Borstal

    45 For Sale from $4.72

    A very British project from three former delinquents all about English street life

  19. Balcones Fault - It's All Balcones Fault

    65 For Sale from $1.25

    Comedic large band (complete with brass)

  20. Detective - Detective

    7 For Sale from $2.99

    Mid-70s rock n roll with funky rhythm section

  21. Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies - The American Metaphysical Circus

    33 For Sale from $13.49

    Experimental psych from Joe Byrd of United States of America notoriety

  22. The Yellow Payges - Volume 1

    21 For Sale from $12.95

    Garage psych

  23. Neighb'rhood Childr'n - Neighb'rhood Childr'n

    6 For Sale from $100.00

    Rare San Francisco psych, the second side gets into pretty dark territory

  24. Clear Light (2) - Clear Light

    45 For Sale from $3.99

    Interesting Elektra one-album band with perhaps one of the heaviest (if not THE heaviest) tracks of the 60's