Live At NEARfest 2001

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Nearfest Records
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2nd release from the fledgling Nearfest Records features a hot live set from California's answer to King Crimson with a dose of psychedelics tossed in for good measure. Spirited stuff!

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    $15.00
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    $5.00
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    $5.00
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    $12.00
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    $12.00
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    $4.00
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    $5.00
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    $7.00
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    $15.00