Trading Places present a reissue of Second Hand’s Death May Be Your Santa Claus, originally released in 1971. After their excellent Polydor debut suffered from lack of promotion, Second Hand’s sophomore LP surfaced on Mushroom, the noncommercial label formed by Vic Keary, Mike Craig, and Neil Richmond, allowing for unfettered experimentation. With George Hart on bass, new front man Rob Elliott, and drummer Kieran O’Connor on vibraphones, Ken Elliott takes melodic command on Mellotron, piano, and organ, the disc a freakily esoteric juggernaut. This lost masterwork here comes with rare bonus tracks “Dip It Out Of The Bog Fred”, “Baby RU Anudder Monster?”, and the orchestrated “Funeral”, a scare 1972 single. Licensed from Cherry Red.
(Trading Places – TDP54075)