What is a UMR anyway?

Unencumbered Music Reviews (UMR) is dedicated to celebrating the great progressive and psychedelic rock albums of the past and present. The postings on this blog include write-ups on original LPs and CDs as well as reissued and archival albums. All CD and LP reissues featured here are the legitimate versions, fully licensed (to the point we can know) from the owner(s) of the tapes.

As a reminder, this blog is NOT a download site. The postings here are to educate buyers about the myriad of underground albums that have wallowed in obscurity for far too long. UMR heavily encourages all of you to actually BUY product (CDs, LPs, heck even downloads if you must), as the bands/labels/operators need fresh currency to continue to go forward. There is no need to freeload in this day and age when many bands and labels share a good portion (if not all) of their albums to sample beforehand.

If the label listed is green then I currently own that version. If it's in red then I used to own it in the past. If there are no colors at all, then it's likely I only possess a CD-R (which I don't consider as real ownership). These will be albums that will also have a designation of CDRWL, which means there isn't a legitimate reissue available to purchase. I will try to source the original LP if the cost is reasonable.

I'm entirely too lazy to photo my own copies of the LPs that I do own, so special thanks to Popsike for providing us past ebay auctions to review. And to the original sellers who provided these great photos. And Discogs as well for some of their wonderful scans!

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