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Roger Waters/Us + Them ....2 CD Set $17.99
Roger Waters/Us + Them ....Blu-Ray $26.99
Roger Waters/Us + Them ....DVD $19.99
October release. Roger Waters: Us + Them, chronicles the acclaimed 2017-2018 tour of the iconic Pink Floyd artist. As the founding member, lyricist, composer and creative force behind Pink Floyd, Us + Them presents Waters powerful music in stunning form and highlights its message of human rights, liberty and love. Based around his acclaimed, sold-out Us + Them worldwide tour of 2017-18, comprising a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people across the globe, it features classic songs from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here as well as his most recent album, Is this the Life We Really Want? Waters powerfully demonstrates that he is at heart, a musical activist and one of the most passionate political commentators of his time. He has dedicated his life to fighting against those who seek to control our lives and destroy our planet. Welcome to the Machine and Another Brick in the Wall Part II, are a stark reminder of the bleak warnings that he gave decades ago about alienation, displacement, greed, suffering, destruction and loss. And yet the humanity of the songwriter cannot be more plainly seen than in Wish You Were Here, because, although he presents a grim picture of the state of the world, ultimately his message is one of hope through unity and love. Directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters, the film provides a visceral sense of what it was like to be there. Using the most innovative digital and audio technology available, this state-of-the-art show encapsulates a series of breath-taking visual, audio and sensory experiences. It captures Waters' legendary live performances and takes the audience on an emotionally charged, thought-provoking journey.
Yes/The Royal Affair Tour - Live from Las Vegas ....CD $15.99
Recorded live during their headline North American tour in the summer of 2019, A Royal Affair Tour was a must-see best-of-British-rock show and featured support by Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. The Yes performing line up was Steve Howe (guitar joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015), with Jay Schellen on additional drums. Yes performed songs from their storied career, one of rock music's most prized bodies of work, and their set was in honor of the memory of YES members Chris Squire and Peter Banks. Continuing the British theme, the set featured Alan White's tribute to John Lennon; White was the drummer on Lennon's recording of the "Imagine" album.
Rick Wakeman/The Red Planet [Deluxe Edition] ....import CD + DVD $54.99
Limited CD + DVD edition in deluxe "pop-up" packaging. The Red Planet is Rick Wakeman's 2020 studio album. The album harks back to Wakeman's critically acclaimed 1973 solo debut album The Six Wives of Henry VIII and No Earthly Connection. These releases showcased heavy keyboards and focused on a central theme. Rick recorded The Red Planet with a collective of musicians dubbed The English Rock Ensemble, featuring guitarist Dave Colquhoun, bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Ash Soan. Pomeroy has also been a touring member of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman and Jeff Lynne's ELO, while Soan has played drums with Squeeze, Del Amitri and many other artists.
Rick Wakeman/The Red Planet ....import CD $17.99
Todd Rundgren/A Wizard, a True Star...Live! ....CD + DVD Set $17.99
Rock Hall of Fame nominee and revered musician/producer/songwriter performs a very special live concert featuring the entirety of his classic 1973 album A Wizard a True Star! Recorded 2009 at the Civic Theater in Akron OH, this special multi-media package has never been made available publically in this format with both crystal clear DVD as well as audio CD! Packaged in a slick six-panel digipak with 2 trays!
Djabe with Steve Hackett/The Magic Stag ....import CD + DVD Set $24.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of the new studio album by Hungarian band Djabe, "The Magic Stag." Djabe is one of the finest progressive / jazz fusion bands working in the world today. They are also known to a wider audience outside of their native land thanks to a series of collaborative albums and live appearances with the legendary solo musician and ex-Genesis member Steve Hackett. Djabe features Tamas Barabas (bass guitar), Attila Egerhazi (acoustic and electric guitar, percussion), Aron Koos-Hutas (flugelhorn, trumpet), Janos Nagy (keyboards) and Peter Kaszas (drums, lead vocal) and their music contains influences from progressive rock, jazz and world music. Their new album is inspired by the work of the painter, Imre Egerhazi (father of Attila Egerhazi). By the new millennium Imre Egerhazi was regarded as one of the Alfold's leading masters. He had gained great recognition in Hungary and beyond it's borders for his art and his organizational work in the world of art. He also did much for artistic communities and colleagues. His work and life inspired the musicians to create "The Magic Stag." Steve Hackett not only co-wrote the lyrics of the album's title track with his wife Jo Hackett, but he also plays guitar on seven of the album tracks and acts as narrator. The album also features guest Rob Townsend on tenor saxophone (also from Steve Hackett's band). Tar genius Malik Mansurov also plays on several tracks, whilst former Djabe members, Ferenc Muck and Tibor Karvaly also contribute. Laszlo Szabo also adds his magical sitar playing to the album. "The Magic Stag," is a celebration of the legend of the mystic Hungarian deer, the myths and legends of the Magyars and the paintings of Imre Egerhazi. This deluxe digipak release also includes a DVD, featuring high resolution 5. 1 surround sound and stereo mixes of the album, along with some live video extras and a documentary. The set also features a 32 page booklet with paintings by Imre Egerhazi.
Frank Zappa/Halloween '81: Live at the Palladium, NYC [Box Set]
....6 CD + Halloween Costume Box Set $119.99
Frank Zappa/Halloween '81: Live at the Palladium, NYC [Highlights] ....CD $15.99
Halloween '81 Costume Box Set - Live at the Palladium, New York City, recorded on October 31, 1981 (two shows) and November 1, 1981 (1 show), is the next of the iconic Frank Zappa Halloween boxset concerts. The box consists of 6 CDs containing 3 complete concerts featuring all tracks newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes shocking fans with 78 unreleased live tracks. Fans will be treated to a Count Frankula mask along with a red & black cape as well. This king-size offering also showcases a 40-page booklet with photos including new liner notes by touring band member Robert Martin, Vaultmeister Joe Travers and fan-in-attendance Gary Titone. Halloween '81 Highlights Happy Halloween from the Palladium, New York City is a 1-CD release combining performances from all 3 shows along with an exclusive track "Strictly Genteel" from the November 1st show not on the 6-CD boxset (due to CD time constraints) and will be available in a jewel case package with liners by vaultmeister Joe Travers for the casual Zappa fan.
Hatfield & The North/Hatfield & The North [Expanded & Remastered] ....import CD $22.99
Reissue of the Esoteric 2009 release. Digitally re-mastered and expanded edition of this 1974 release from the British Prog/Art rockers including bonus tracks. Recorded for Virgin Records, Hatfield and the North was the eponymous debut album by the band comprising former Caravan member Richard Sinclair, keyboard player Dave Stewart, guitarist Phil Miller and drummer Pip Pyle. Regarded as one of the finest albums in the Canterbury genre, the album also featured guest appearances by Geoff Leigh of Henry Cow and Robert Wyatt, who sang guest vocals on the track 'Calyx.' This reissue adds both sides of a 1974 single and at track originally featured on the Virgin sampler album V, together with a booklet featuring restored artwork and notes by Sid Smith.
System 7/Field of Dreams ....import 2 CD Set $27.99
The core of System 7 is Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, both formerly of Gong. System 7 makes extensive use of Hillage's electric guitars. In 2018 System 7's strong connection with Japan moved to yet another level with the release of a special System 7 branded sake from the esteemed Aramasa brewery of Akita, Japan. The concept of the sake brewery's president, and System 7 fan, Yusuke Sato was to release the sakÚ together with an included double CD, featuring a new track that employs sounds and samples from the Akita region in the distinctive System 7 dance music style. This track is Field of Dreams.
Terje Rypdal/Conspiracy ....CD $17.99
A 2020 studio album and program from Terje Rypdal is cause for celebration. Conspiracy shows the Norwegian guitarist reconnecting with the wild inspiration that fueled his early masterpieces, exploring the sonic potential of the electric guitar with both a rock improviser's raw energy and a composer's feeling for space and texture. Produced by Manfred Eicher and Terje Rypdal.
Martin Barre/Away with Words ....CD $15.99
Deluxe reissue of the 2013 album from legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre featuring all new artwork! This album showcases Barre's unique skills as a musical arranger, blending original compositions with songs from the Tull catalog! CD comes packaged in a digipak with 2 rare bonus tracks!
Ray Thomas/Words & Music [Newly Remastered Compilation] ....import CD + DVD Set $24.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new CD + DVD collection of recordings celebrating the musical life and work of Ray Thomas. Ray was a founder member of The Moody Blues, a band whose legacy and classic albums need no introduction. He was a musical pioneer, introducing the flute into the context of a rock band before such luminaries as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Ray's contribution to the Moody Blues was immense, and when the band went on a hiatus in the mid '70s, Ray recorded two solo albums for the band's Threshold label: "From Mighty Oaks" and "Hopes, Wishes & Dreams." When the Moody Blues regrouped to record the album "Octave," Ray was once again within their ranks and would appear with the band on record and on stage until he retired in 2002. The release of a limited edition boxed set of his solo work by Esoteric Recordings in 2010 saw Ray return to the studio to record the song "The Trouble with Memories" (co-written with keyboard player and arranger Bias Boshell). Sadly, Ray passed away in January 2018 leaving behind a wonderful legacy of work, including his very last song (co-written and recorded with the Welsh musician Ryland Teifi): 'Dada's Song,' a piece which lyrically paid homage to Ray's Welsh ancestry. This compilation gathers together a collection of songs from the first line-up of the Moody Blues, Ray's solo album and includes the first ever release of 'Dada's Song.' It also includes a bonus DVD (NTSC / Region Free) which features the 5.1 surround sound mix of Ray's 1975 album "From Mighty Oaks" (originally featured on the limited edition 2010 boxed set, unavailable for some years and included here due to much demand from fans), the 1975 promotional video of 'High Above My Head' and the new video for 'Dada's Song' exclusively shot for this release. The booklet features many tributes from those who worked with him, including former band mates Denny Laine and Mike Pinder.
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth ....CD $15.99
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth [Expanded Edition] ....2 CD Set $24.99
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Box Set $75.99
The definitive new Best of John Lennon - 19 tracks completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sound better than ever before. CD packaging includes 20page booklet. For the Expanded 2 CD Edition - 36 tracks completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come. 2 CDs housed in a slipcase with a 20 page booklet and fold out double-sided poster. For the Deluxe 2 CD + Blu-Ray Edition - 36 tracks completely remixed from master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sounding better than ever before. 2 CD/Blu-ray features 36 tracks in hi-res stereo 96/24 PCM, new 5.1 surround mixes and Dolby Atmos for the ultimate immersive experience. With an incredible 124-page book with rare photos and extensive notes from John, Yoko and more. Foldout 2-sided poster, 2 postcards and GIMME SOME TRUTH bumper sticker (just in time!).
David Bowie/Changes: A Life in Pictures 1947-2016 ....Hardcover Book $27.99
David Bowie: Changes is a celebration of the international figure all starry-eyed hopefuls aspired to be when setting out on a path to fame and fortune in the music industry whether they know it or not. Through more than 150 stellar photos, it tells the story of an artist the likes of which we'd never seen, and may never see again. Bowie had a glittering career fuelled by the spirit of reinvention - he left over 20 studio albums in his wake - and was as colorful in his style and image as he was in his music. If a picture says a thousand words, this book ranks as the definitive manual on how to leave a lasting legacy in the art scene.
Lou Reed/New York [Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD + DVD + 2 LP Box Set $85.99
3CD/DVD/2LP Deluxe Edition of the legendary artist's Sire Records debut features newly remastered sound, unreleased studio and live tracks, plus the DVD debut of "The New York Album" concert video. The 3CD/DVD/2LP set comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book that includes new liner notes written by music journalist David Fricke, essays from archivist Don Fleming, and was produced for release by Laurie Anderson, Don Fleming, Bill Ingot, Jason Stern, and Hal Willner. New York captures Reed in exceptional form and is packed with incredible songs like "Busload of Faith," "Halloween Parade" and "Dirty Blvd." The entire album has been remastered for the first time ever for this collection. The second disc presents unreleased live versions from the Lou Reed Archive of every album track compiled from multiple performances. To avoid duplication, none of these live tracks were taken from the set's accompanying DVD. The third disc showcases unreleased early versions of several album tracks from the Lou Reed Archive, including "Last Great American Whale," "Sick of You" and "Dirty Blvd." Also featured is the non-LP track "The Room," as well as live versions of "Sweet Jane," a song Reed originally recorded with The Velvet Underground, and "Walk on the Wild Side," from his second solo album, Transformer (1972.) This set also includes "The New York Album," a concert video that was originally released in 1990 on VHS and Laserdisc. It has never been available on DVD, until now. It features Reed performing the entire New York album live in Montreal at the Theatre St. Denis. The DVD concludes with an audio-only interview with Reed.
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989]
....2 CD + DVD $27.99
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray $31.99
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989] [Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD + 2 DVD + Blu-Ray Box Set $94.99
Having not hit the road for most of the 80s, The Steel Wheels Tour was an astounding return for the Rolling Stones, not least as it was the longest they had by that point undertaken. It was also to be their last with Bill Wyman. Steel Wheels Live was recorded towards the end of the band's 60 date run through the stadiums of North America, in the second half of 1989. Special guest appearances from Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker. Limited Edition.
Rainbow/Live in Munich ....import CD $20.99
Rainbow was formed by Ritchie Blackmore in 1975 after he left Deep Purple at the height of their fame. With Rainbow, he was no less successful and they released a string of hit albums in changing line-ups until Blackmore broke up the group to join the reformed Deep Purple. 'Live in Munich 1977' features the line-up including vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Cozy Powell. Due to trouble with the police after a gig in Austria two nights before, the Munich show needed to be postponed and took place one day later than planned. But this only seemed to give the band additional motivation to perform a truly remarkable concert.
The Pretty Things/Bare as Bone, Bright as Blood ....import CD $17.99
The acoustic and gritty Bare as Bone, Bright as Blood is the remarkable and unexpected 2020 album by The Pretty Things, who remained the tainted, dark rock royalty they always were until the very end.
The Doors/Morrison Hotel [50th Anniversary Dekuxe Edition] ....2 CD + LP Box Set $52.99
An expanded 2CD/1LP limited deluxe edition of The Doors' fifth studio album, Morrison Hotel, including the original album remastered by longtime engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, plus a bonus disc of unreleased studio outtakes, and the original album on 180g virgin vinyl.
Steve Miller Blues Band/Live from the Fillmore West 1968 ....import CD $15.99
The multi-talented and now venerable rock and roll Elder Statesman Steve Miller has steered an engrossing path through rock music, in a career that goes right back to his pre-teens in the 1950s to the present day. His career has been earmarked by moments where he has struck commercial high water marks with international hit singles such as 'The Joker,' 'Rock 'n' Me,' 'Take the Money and Run,' and 'Abracadabra,' but he has also released music that has excited positive critical appraisal - albums such as his 1968, London-recorded Children of the Future, through albums such as the second effort, Sailor, both examples of where he blended his blues-rock roots with elements of psychedelia. His third album, Brave New World, featured one of his first songs which created a character that defined him at that point - 'Space Cowboy,' a sobriquet he would later make reference to in his hit single, The Joker. However, he also moved with the times, and although primarily a cultured lead guitarist, his music has, at various times, incorporated the extended use of synthesisers, as well as taken advantage of studio and production innovations, rarely to the detriment of his overall likeable qualities. At heart, though, the blues has always been at the core of his music. This gritty live recording takes us back to the San Francisco of late 1968, when the bloom of the Summer of Love had long since wilted, but the restless churn and change of contemporary rock and roll was in full effect.
Queen + Adam Lambert/Live Around the World ....CD + Blu-Ray $19.99
CD + Blu-ray edition. Since their first appearance together in 2009 when Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared as guests on the finale of the eighth season of American Idol on which Adam Lambert was a contestant, the combination of Queen + Adam Lambert has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the world's biggest drawing touring bands. Their most recent tour of Oceania saw them selling out to massive audiences, with a single show at Sydney's ANZ stadium drawing a record crowd of over 60,000. To date the band has played to a worldwide audience approaching 4 million. The set presents a compilation of concert highlights captured the world over personally selected by Taylor, May and Lambert from over 200 shows they have performed with several featured here becoming available for the very first time.
Tears for Fears/The Seeds of Love [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + Blu-Ray Box Set $75.99
2020 deluxe 5 disc (4cd/blu-ray) reissue of Tears For Fears' commercial colossus, The Seeds of Love, which is considered as one of the greatest albums of the 1980s. Containing the original album and a 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson (done in conjunction with Roland Orzabal), plus B-Sides, alternate mixes and around 60 minutes of previously unheard demos and live rehearsals. Includes an extensive booklet by Paul Sinclair (Super Deluxe Edition) featuring new interviews with the band and other players on the album. The box additionally contains a tour programme from the era.
David Minasian/The Sound of Dreams ....CD $15.99
David Minasian, an American musician, singer/songwriter, film producer, screenwriter and director, with his follow up to the critically acclaimed album 'Random Acts of Beauty.' Famous for his music documentaries, he is also a keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer. 'The Sound of Dreams' mixes progressive rock and classically influenced symphonic rock, featuring legendary musicians including Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, Alan Parsons lead vocalist PJ Olsson, Moody Blues Live vocalist Julie Ragins and Pentagram founding member drummer/guitarist Geof O'Keefe.
Dyble Longdon/Between a Breath and a Breath ....import CD $22.99
Dyble Longdon is a collaboration between iconic vocalist Judy Dyble (ex Fairport Convention, Trader Horne) and Big Big Train songwriter and frontman David Longdon. The album contains seven original compositions with all lyrics by Judy Dyble and music and production by David Longdon. The songs are, at times, haunting and, at others, beautifully fragile. This collaboration with David Longdon is something Judy Dyble has hoped for for some time. "I first heard David sing with Big Big Train at King's Place in London 2015 and immediately decided that I really wanted to sing with him someday. And here we are with a collaborative album, which I think is wonderful!" she said. David Longdon describes the experience, "Judy and I both knew that it was a good possibility that our album might be her last. She told me that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer at the conclusion of Big Big Train's UK Tour 2019. It had become a race against time to complete the album, so one week after the tour I began working at The Playpen recording studio in Bristol with Patrick Phillips and Sarah Ewing, making Between a Breath and A Breath. Thankfully we had recorded all of Judy's vocals for the album some months earlier at Real World studios in Box. Despite the realization that Judy's health was gradually deteriorating, we decided that we would make the record that we'd always intended to make. The words to these song were given a greater and more profound meaning in light of what she was going through. We both managed to sign off the artwork and the final mastered mixes together. Although she was accepting of her circumstances, she really wanted to read the reviews and see it's reception in the world. She said she was sorry that she had to leave me, to represent our album alone. I said that it would be my honour to bring our music into the world. Judy passed away on the 12th of July 2020. I miss her greatly." Fellow founder member Simon Nicol said, "Judy was ever a childhood friend to me first and foremost, and now cancer has taken her after a long fight. But she'll remain as I always saw her: kind and gentle, shy but hilarious, wistful but focussed. She surrounded herself with loveliness, loved her kids and grandchildren, and adored her rescued greyhounds. Farewell, lovely."
The New Empire/Second Lifetime ....import CD $20.99
2020 release. The New Empire resurrects the band Empire and features a new line-up of Empire member Mark Murdock, Fernando Perdomo and Marisol Koss. Empire was originally founded by Peter Banks and Sydney Foxx, the latter making a new guest appearance on lead vocals on the re-recording of Foundation. The album also features guest appearances from Dave Kerzner, Julianne Spicer and Dennis Atlas. The album features both new original songs and re-recordings of tracks by Empire, Flash, Peter Banks and one Yes track. Second Lifetime acts to both establish The New Empire and pay tribute to the late Peter Banks.
The Backstage/Isolation ....import CD $18.99
The Backstage - Jonas Reingold, Craig Blundell and Rob Townsend - has gathered prog/jazz/fusion royalty from around the globe to create an energetic album inspired by the sounds of the 1970s. Featuring Steve Hackett, Tom Brislin, Marco Minnemann, Nick Beggs, Roger King, Roine Stolt, Pat Mastelotto, Andy Tillison, Adam Holzman, Luke Machin, Randy McStine and others.
Brainticket/Cottonwoodhill ....CD + DVD $22.99
A special deluxe edition reissue of the landmark 1971 debut album from psychedelic pioneers, Brainticket! Bonus DVD includes the band's entire set from the 2011 Space Rock Invasion tour recorded in Hollywood, CA!
IQ/Frequency ....import CD $22.99
Previously available on the Inside Out label, 'Frequency,' IQ's critically acclaimed 2009 album, has been unavailable for over a year and is currently going for stupid money on the likes of eBay and Discogs. Now back with GEP we are finally able to make Frequency available again. This new release features the all new and exclusive live version of the album's epic 'The Province' as an extra track, recorded in 2009 at de Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland.
Ozric Tentacles/Space for the Earth ....import CD $17.99
An exploratory musical adventure comprising seven new tracks, Space for the Earth is the 2020 studio album from the Ozric Tentacles. The album ebbs and flows through blissed-out soundscapes, featuring incendiary guitar solos, space grooves and ambient atmospheres.
Nick Magnus/Inhaling Green ....import CD $24.99
'Inhaling Green'  comes remastered from the original tapes with 2 bonus tracks and packaged with re-vamped art in a mini lp gatefold card sleeve! Having served his musical apprenticeship in the 70's with the symphonic rockers the enid, Nick Magnus became Steve Hackett's keyboard player during the guitarist's rise to fame as a solo artist, following his departure from Genesis. Since the mid '90s Nick has released a string of superbly crafted solo albums, one of which is 'Inhaling Green.' Originally issued in 1999, this timeless masterpiece was Nick's second album and it has now been given a long overdue and thoroughly well deserved makeover. Virtually 100% instrumental, this album takes the listener on a course across a wide musical spectrum. Always engaging and truly melodic, it touches on several genres: progressive, jazz-rock, symphonic thematic music and so much more besides. Musically, 'Inhaling Green' will appeal to fans of artists like: Steve Hackett or Vangelis and bands such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson & The Moody Blues - it's classy, heartfelt music from a multi-talented keyboards craftsman with an incredible skill for both arranging and production! The keyboard sounds come in many guises - Mellotron, Moog, Hammond organ, piano, string-synth and more, but the album also boasts some of the finest melodic soaring electric guitar work around, courtesy of Geoff Whitehorn (Crawler / Rainbow / Procol Harum)! There's also some beautifully tasteful flute parts courtesy of Steve Hackett's brother John and as tight a rhythm section as you'll get, which is amazingly all coming courtesy of Nick Magnus himself!
Ayreon/Transitus ....2 CD Set $18.99
Ayreon/Transitus [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + DVD Set $52.99
Ayreon will be releasing a brand-new sprawling and epic studio album 'Transitus,' on 25th September via Music Theories Recordings. The limited edition earbook contains extended artwork and liner notes, including a 25-page graphic novel, the album on 2 CDs, 1 CD with instrumental versions, 1 CD with guide vocal versions, and a DVD with bonus footage which includes a behind the scenes video, a videoclip, trailer, 5.1 and 2.0/24 bit audio versions of 'Transitus.' From the mastermind of Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen, 'Transitus' is inspired by supernatural movies such as The Others, The Changeling and Ghost along with the music of soundtrack composers John Carpenter (Halloween), Ennio Morricone (Once upon a Time in the West) and Jerry Goldsmith (Omen). 'Transitus' is narrated by one of the most iconic and recognizable voices in sci-fi history, most known from his eight-year stint as Doctor Who, Tom Baker. As with any Ayreon album, it is an explosive and expansive affair and features Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) as Daniel and Cammie Gilbert (Oceans of Slumber) as Abby. The all-star cast also features Simone Simons (Epica), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman, Johanne James (Threshold), Noa Gruman (Scardust), Marcela Bovio (MaYan), Caroline Westendorp (The Charm The Fury), Paul Manzi (Arena), Michael Mills (Toehider) and Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Trillium) amongst many others.
Samurai/Samurai [Newly Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic and highly regarded self-titled album by the progressive rock group Samurai. The band evolved from the equally excellent group Web (whose album I Spider is a classic of the genre), and featured Dave Lawson (vocals, keyboards), Tony Edwards (guitar), John Eaton (bass), Kenny Beveridge (drums), Lennie Wright (vibes, drums, percussion), Tony Roberts (saxes, flute, clarinet) and Don Fay (saxes, flute). The sole album by the band is truly a lost classic of the progressive era. Released on the short-lived Greenwich Gramophone label in 1971, the album was influenced by the experiments of groups such as King Crimson, Colosseum et al, but Samurai was more than a mere clone of other bands. The group successfully fused the worlds of jazz with rock, the musicianship on the album was excellent and Dave Lawson's compositions were ground-breaking and memorable. Sadly, the group disbanded shortly after the release of the record resulting in limited sales. However, the influence of the album was not lost as Dave Lawson soon joined Dave Greenslade to form the group Greenslade, effectively taking up the musical mantle laid down by Samurai. This Esoteric new edition has been newly re-mastered from recently discovered first generation original master tapes and has been expanded to include three live recordings made in 1971 and officially released for the first time. The release also features an illustrated booklet and an interview with Dave Lawson.
Day of Phoenix/Mind Funeral: Recordings 1968-1972 [Remastered & Expanded] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set by legendary cult Danish progressive rock band Day of Phoenix, "Mind Funeral - The Recordings 1968 - 1972." The band first came together in Copenhagen in 1968 with an original line-up of Cy Nicklin (vocals, guitar), Ole Prehn (guitar & vocals), Karsten Lyng (guitar), Jess Staehr (bass) and Henrik Friis (drums) and recorded one single (a cover version of The Strawbs' 'Tell Me') before fracturing. Cy Nicklin departed and would resurface in the ranks of another fine Danish progressive band, Culpeper's Orchard and by the time the band came to record their first album Jess Staehr had also departed to join Burnin' Red Ivanhoe. He was replaced by Erik Stedt, whilst vocalist Hans Lauridsen also joined the group. The band's debut album, Wide Open N-Way, was recorded in June 1970 in Copenhagen and was produced by former Colosseum bass player Tony Reeves. The album gained a wider release when issued in the UK early in 1971 on the newly established Greenwich Gramophone label (part of the Chapter 1 Records imprint) with a revised running order. The band's blend of progressive and psychedelic US west coast rock influences came to the fore on the album's title track and the lengthy "Mind Funeral" and gained them a wider audience throughout Europe. The album was followed by the release of a European single ('Deep within the Storm' b/w 'Chicken Skin') before Erik Stedt died of a drug overdose in 1971. In 1972 Day of Phoenix entered the studio once more with Tony Reeves as producer to record their second album The Neighbour's Son with Jess Staehr making an appearance. The album appeared on the Chapter 1 label and featured shorter songs, but was another fine work. Despite the excellence of the band, their commercial fortunes failed to improve and sadly Day of Phoenix disbanded soon after. In the coming years their albums would become highly sought after by aficionados of progressive and psychedelic rock. This collection has been newly remastered from the original Chapter 1 Records master tapes and includes four bonus tracks taken from the band's two singles, with 'Deep within the Storm' and 'Chicken Skin' appearing on CD for the first time. "Mind Funeral" is a fine tribute to a unique band.
Linda Hoyle/Pieces of Me + The Fetch [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set featuring two classic albums by legendary vocalist Linda Hoyle: "Pieces of Me" and "The Fetch." Linda Hoyle first came to attention as vocalist with the excellent, but short-lived jazz rock band Affinity in 1970, after recording an album for Vertigo records, Linda then embarked on recording her first solo album, "Pieces of Me," for Vertigo in 1971. Collaborating with celebrated musician Karl Jenkins (of Nucleus and later Soft Machine) Linda Hoyle produced a wonderful and innovative album which fused many influences and was ground-breaking in it's direction. "Pieces of Me" also featured contributions from guitarist Chris Spedding and fellow Nucleus members John Marshall (drums) and Jeff Clyne (bass). Despite being a work of such quality and critical acclaim, "Pieces of Me" failed to make a commercial impression and Linda emigrated to Canada in 1972 where she continued to sing and also practiced as an art therapist. In 2013 she began work on another solo album, working with musician Oliver Whitehead and her former colleague in Affinity, Mo Foster. The album "The Fetch" appeared in 2015 and was also greeted with acclaim. This two disc set is a fitting celebration of the work of one of Britain's most gifted female vocalists and gathers together both of Linda Hoyle's solo albums and includes a bonus track previously unreleased in Europe,'Who's There,' recorded during sessions for "The Fetch." The set features a booklet with liner notes by Linda Hoyle.
Apple/An Apple a Day [Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
They made one of the rarest albums of the psychedelic era (a copy recently sold on eBay for just under ú4,000), while their two singles included one of the genre's most enduring surrender-to-the-void creations in the much-compiled 'The Otherside.' Nevertheless, so little information has ever surfaced about Apple that UK underground rock guide book Galactic Ramble described them as "probably the only legendary UK psych band still shrouded in mystery." Finally, however, we have some kind of closure with this first-ever band-approved reissue of "An Apple a Day," which also includes mono mixes of their aforementioned brace of single releases. More than half-a-century after they split, band leader Jeff Harrad spills the beans for the first time on their murky genesis in Cardiff, from their pre-Apple days on the local beat/R&B scene to the band's brief relocation to London and brushes with guitarist Caleb 'Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad' Quaye and Kinks/Troggs manager Larry Page, who signed them to his Page One label. Apart from the singles, "An Apple a Day" featured such psych-pop gems as 'Queen of Hearts Blues,' 'Mr. Jones' and 'Photograph,' whose combination of brass/orchestral arrangements and Alice in Wonderland-style lyrical surrealism conjured up images of Syd Barrett fronting The Kinks. With a new essay on the band that includes numerous quotes from Harrad, rare band photos and re-mastered sound quality, this new digipak edition of "An Apple a Day" is the definitive release of a classic, much-loved late Sixties UK psychedelic pop period piece.
Various Artists/Looking through a Glass Onion: Beatles Psychedelic Songbook 1966-1972 ....import 3 CD Set $28.99
A 3-CD set, "Looking through a Glass Onion" assembles these disparate strands into one cohesive package, with the studio day trippers, the cultural pranksters, the genre-benders, the folk club stalwarts and the hair-down-to-his-knees prog-rock brigade all grooving up slowly to the starting line. Though largely forgotten now, Liverpool quartet The Beatles were the toppermost of the poppermost in the Sixties, responsible for some of the biggest-selling singles of all time and a series of ground-breaking albums that dictated musical trends until their next LP emerged. With those albums containing numerous potential hit singles, it was inevitable that producers and groups would wait impatiently for the latest Beatles LP to land in order to rush into the studio and clone a track with the aim of scoring a cheap hit single. That process continued unabated for the rest of the band's career, but the results became more interesting with the arrival of the psychedelic and progressive era, when rock started to take itself more seriously and a more self-respecting, artistic approach was called for. Suddenly the cheap imitations were joined by more adventurous interpretations of Beatles material, including some startling re-imaginings of songs that dated back to the salad days of the Lennon/McCartney writing partnership, with early efforts like 'Every Little Thing' and 'You Can't Do That' given radical treatments to reflect the changing musical times. The result is the proverbial Magical Mystery Tour, a Fab Four parallel universe, a Looking-Glass world in which 'Strawberry Fields Forever' can be an Elizabethan garden party madrigal or a churning slice of Fudged-up sludge, where a spaced-out Duffy Power takes the lyrics of 'Fixing a Hole' perhaps a little too literally, 'Penny Lane' becomes avant-garde easy listening, the likes of Nick Lowe, Alex Harvey and Ritchie Blackmore try out early identities, and the Walrus was Lol. Containing nearly four hours of music and a 40-page booklet, "Looking through a Glass Onion" features 68 tracks from various UK acts, with tons of memorabilia and rare photos as well as the usual verbose smartarse annotation shamelessly passed off as informed musical commentary. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Well, almost all.
Philip Glass/Songs ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
There aren't many semi-classical albums that can be played at full volume on a road trip. "Liquid Days" is one. Songs written by Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, David Byrne and Laurie Andersen with the pulsing, emotive orchestrations of Philip Glass. The vocalists are an equally eclectic mixture, with perhaps Linda Ronstadt and The Roches the most unexpected performers. The three operas comprising Glass' 'Trilogy' are something special. The selections themselves, the pacing of the sequencing, and absolutely top-drawer performances make this a standout album. Glass' best work may be found in his opera scores; 'Einstein on the Beach,' 'Satyagraha,' and ' Akhnaten.' This album presents the cream of the cream.
The Electric Family/Echoes Don't Lie ....import CD $18.99
The guests include high-profile artists such as Roman Bunka (Embryo), Marlon Klein (Dissidenten), Milla Kapolke (ex-Grobschnit), Rolf Moller (ex-Grobschnitt, Extrabreit), Jojo Brand (The Convent) and many more. An album bristling with variety, from mellotronal folk rock over psychedelic chamber music to alternative rock with prog - Krautrock parts.
Dire Straits/Studio Albums 1978-1991 ....6 CD Box Set $39.99
Dire Straits' The Studio Albums 1978 - 1991 limited six CD box set containing all six original albums by 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Dire Straits. From the pub rock-influenced sound of their 1978 debut album (which includes the hit single "Sultans of Swing") to the slickly produced 1985 album Brothers in Arms ("Money for Nothing," "Walk of Life") and their swan song On Every Street in 1991, this set spotlights the songwriting and guitar talents of Mark Knopfler and his Dire mates. Contains the albums: Dire Straits (1978), Communique (1979), Making Movies (1980), Love over Gold (1982), Brothers in Arms (1985), and On Every Street (1991). All albums have been re-mastered, with all original artwork restored, the six albums are packed in a handsome box set slipcase.
Ultravox/Vienna [40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....5 CD + DVD Box Set $55.99
Ultravox's 'Vienna' album was originally released in July 1980, their first with Midge Ure on vocals/guitar. Produced by legendary German producer Conny Plank (Neu!, Kraftwerk). The album contains 4 UK Top 40 singles; All Stood Still, Passing Strangers, Sleepwalk and the title track 'Vienna' which reached No.2 in the UK and Top 10 in seven countries around the world. This new 6 Disc box set contains 66 tracks, 44 are previously unreleased recordings or mixes. CDs 1 to 5 contain the original 1980 album production master, a new stereo mix by Steven Wilson, A-sides, B-sides and live tracks, 2CDs of previously unreleased cassette rehearsals and a newly mixed concert from St. Albans in 1980. The DVD (Audio Only) contains a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the Album/B-sides by Steven Wilson along with 24/96 Hi-Res audio of the new mixes and the original 1980 Master/B-sides.
Blue Oyster Cult/The Symbol Remains ....CD $14.99
2020 release. Blue Oyster Cult return with a mammoth studio album The Symbol Remains. Coming nearly two decades after the release of their last studio album Curse of the Hidden Mirror, the album showcases a band who hasn't been slowed by the time passed, but simpy unphased by it. The Symbol Remains is one of the band's most spirited, diverse, and inspired releases to date.
Head Machine/Orgasm [50th Anniversary Remaster] ....import CD $20.99
Head Machine's Orgasm album was recorded in 1969 and this is the FIRST OFFICIAL RE-RELEASE of the album since 1971. Every previous re-release since then has been a counterfeit. The album features four members of The Gods: Ken Hensley (also of Uriah Heep), Lee Kerslake (also of Uriah Heep), John Glascock (also of Jethro Tull), Brian Glascock. This 50th Anniversary Edition has been given a 2020 re-mastering and is better sound quality than any previous edition. The booklet features new liner notes by producer David Paramor, who has approved this re-release, plus additional new comments from Ken Hensley, Lee Kerslake and Brian Glascock.
Big Country/Out Beyond the River - The Compulsion Years Anthology [Remastered Boxset] ....import 5CD + DVD Box Set $45.99
Cherry Red Records are pleased to announce the release of "Out Beyond the River: The Complete Compulsion Recordings," a newly remastered six disc boxed set featuring the original classic line-up of Scottish rock giants Big Country, fronted by the late Stuart Adamson. A new 6 Disc boxed set anthology (5CDs / 1 DVD) celebrating the recordings of Scottish rock giants Big Country, made between 1993 and 1994 for Chrysalis Records imprint Compulsion. Featuring 71 tracks on five discs, including the albums 'The Buffalo Skinners' and the double live album 'Without the Aid of a Safety Net,' recorded at Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow on 29 December 1993. Includes rare B-Sides / bonus tracks, US radio mixes, previously unreleased instrumental demos, plus the original demo for every track on 'The Buffalo Skinners'album. DVD includes highlights from the Glasgow Barrowlands concert, together with promo videos for the singles 'Ships' and 'Alone' DVD is UK region PAL 0 (will not play on US players).
Andreas Vollenweider/Quiet Places ....import CD $18.99
October release. Andreas Vollenweider is back! His first new album after almost 12 years, contemplative, sensitive, touching. A new album 'Quiet Places,' a novel 'Im Spiegel Der Venus,' concerts and open-airs. Let us remember: Andreas Vollenweider stands for sold out tours worldwide in auditoriums like Carnegie Hall or Radio City Music Hall in New York, Universal Amphitheatre Los Angeles, Palladium in London, NHK Hall in Tokyo or Town Hall in Sydney. He has released 18 albums from 1980 to the present day and has sold more than 15 million physical records. Grammy Award, Latin Grammy and World Music Award as well as other Grammy nominations, most recently in 2007, stand for his unique success. In 2012 he received the Swiss Music Award in the category Outstanding Achievement for his 'continuing life's work.'
Kronos Quartet/Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger ....CD $15.99
On Long Time Passing, the trailblazing Kronos Quartet celebrates the music of Pete Seeger and rejoices in the spirit, inspiration, and fearlessness inherent in his life's work. Along with guests Sam Amidon, Maria Arnal, Brian Carpenter, Meklit, Lee Knight, and Aoife O'Donovan, the group examines Seeger's celebration of beauty and the pleasure of singing together. Through the power of these eternally relevant cries for unity and moral integrity, the album articulates the responsibility we have as citizens and members of a greater community to question war and injustice, and to develop the courage to raise our voices together both in word and song.
Einsturzende Neubauten/Alles in Allem ....CD + DVD $19.99
2020 release. After more than 12 years, Einsturzende Neubauten's long-awaited studio album Alles in Allem is finally released. The album marks the quintessence of the band's output, opening yet another unexpected door in 40 years of ongoing sound research by a very experimental group of musicians around Blixa Bargeld. This band, like nearly no other, has managed to create a musical cosmos. It has, in fact, built up it's own genre by uniquely combining edgy sound with sophisticated poetry. Appropriately, in the Year of the Rat - the symbol of ingenuity and versatility according to the Chinese zodiac - the band is not resting on the laurels of its last four decades. Instead, it curiously continues to explore everything that the sound universe has to yield, with one eye on the future and with boundless playfulness. The unique sound and textual landscapes of the band, founded in 1980 in Berlin, reveal the timelessness that Blixa Bargeld, N. U. Unruh, Alexander Hacke, Jochen Arbeit and Rudolph Moser have continuously maintained. And yet, through experimental approaches to songwriting, instruments developed over four decades and collective input, the band sounds remarkably cutting edge within it's own time. Includes a DVD of exclusive live recordings filmed on November 3, 2004, during a special supporter gig at East Berlin's Palast der Republik. DVD is NTSC all-region format.
Mina Tindle/Sister ....CD $13.99
The third full-length from Mina Tindle, Sister is an album populated by mythic creatures of all kinds: lions on parade, lovers turned to cannibals, kings and Sirens and women with wings. Like any great fabulist, she threads her storytelling with a fragile wisdom, revealing essential truths about all the danger and wildness within the human heart. With each moment elevated by her spellbinding vocal work - a gift she's shown in recording and touring as a singer for The National - Sister ultimately makes for a transportive listen, at turns impossibly dreamlike and profoundly illuminating. Mina Tindle is the project of Parisian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pauline de Lassus. Mostly made in New York City the album's elegant detail balances the odd magic of the songs with a fierce emotional realism. During the last few years as she was writing and recording Sister, de Lassus has also been an integral part of the PEOPLE Festivals at the historic Berlin Funkhaus in 2016 and 2018, where she worked with a vast range of musicians and artists in the community. Sister achieves a potent complexity, arriving as her most imaginative selection of songs to date while wholly embracing the sometimes painful truth-telling she's long treasured in her most beloved artists.
Syd Barrett/An Introduction To Syd Barrett (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper
Sleeve) ....Japanese import $41.99
Syd Barrett/Opel (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $41.99
David Bowie/Images 1966-1967 (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $39.99
Camel/Chameleon: The Best Of Camel (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $39.99
Can/Future Days (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/O.S.T.S (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Out Of Reach (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Rite Time (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Unlimited Edition (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Fairport Convention/History Of Fairport Convention (UHQCD-MQA) ....Japanese import CD $54.99
Free/The Free Story (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import 2 CD Set $54.99
John Mayall/Looking Back (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $39.99
Santana/Santana (Limited Edition) (Hybrid-SACD) (7-inch Packaging) ....Japanese import Hybrid SACD $59.99
Cat Stevens/Tea For The Tillerman (SHM-CD) ....Japanese import CD $44.99
Steven Wilson/The Future Bites ....CD $15.99
Steven Wilson/The Future Bites ....Blu-Ray $22.99
The Future Bites was co-produced by Wilson with David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything). The Future Bites sees Wilson exploring contemporary addiction and the lasting effect of technology on our daily lives. The album marks his most inventive and far-reaching musical construction to date, spanning soaring acoustics, lush electronica, relentless bass-driven grooves, murky funk, and so much more, all linked through powerfully focused songcraft. Steven Wilson's 2020 album The Future Bites is an exploration of how the human brain has evolved in the Internet era. Featuring gorgeous electronic sounds warped by human intervention (King Ghost), soaring acoustics that headinto the stratosphere (12 Things I Forgot), relentless bass-driven Motorik grooves (Follower) and swampish, murky funk (Eminent Sleaze), it is SW's most consistent work to date. Available on CD, Blu-Ray