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Jon Anderson/1000 Hands [Chapter One] ....CD $15.99
1000 Hands: Chapter One is the fifteenth studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician Jon Anderson. The album originates from sessions for a project to have been called Uzlot (a northern English pronunciation of "us lot") that Anderson had been recording in Big Bear, California, with Brian Chatton in around 1990. Chatton wrote most of the music, played keyboards and also sang. Anderson asked his then Yes bandmates Chris Squire and Alan White to play on the project too. At the time, Yes were preparing for a tour and Anderson put the master tapes in his garage and, as he has recounted, gave them very little thought for many years. In 2016, producer Michael Franklin contacted Anderson about using the tapes and finishing an album. Further recordings followed at Solar Studios in Orlando, Florida. Along with some newly written material, the final result is 1000 Hands. As the album title suggests, the album was created with a number of guest performers, including Steve Howe, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice, Rick Derringer, the Tower of Power horn section, violinists Jean-Luc Ponty, Jerry Goodman and Robby Steinhardt of Kansas, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Stuart Hamm, Billy Cobham and many more!
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.
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse ....2 CD + DVD $29.99
September release. "Live at the Roundhouse" is unlike any other concert film connected with Pink Floyd. It's the nearest thing you can get to a time machine, transporting you back to the very earliest days of the band. Nick Mason, the only band member to have played on all of Pink Floyd's studio albums, returns to the group's earliest records, joined in the line-up by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken. Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets took the drummer back to clubs for the first time in 1967, then to theatres, across the UK, North America and Europe, playing only music his old band had recorded before The Dark Side of the Moon. Captured from the band's celebrated shows at London's Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd played some of their most revered early shows in the 1960s, the film features a uniquely thrilling setlist including songs hailing from Syd Barrett's time with the band. Only four songs from this eclectic roster have ever previously appeared on official live releases by Pink Floyd or its members. Everything else is being experienced for the first time since their original live performances.
Frank Zappa and the Mothers/The Mothers 1970 ....4 CD Box Set $55.99
A 4-CD collection commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Mothers with 70 unreleased tracks. Personnel includes Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan (Flo & Eddie), George Duke, Ian Underwood, Jeff Simmons and Aynsley Dunbar. Featuring unheard studio sessions from Trident Studios in London England with engineer Roy Thomas Baker, and historical live performances mostly captured by Zappa's own tape recorder. Clam Shell Box with 4 discs, booklet and a button.
Steve Howe/Love Is ....CD $14.99
To any rock music fan of the last 50 years, Steve Howe needs no introduction. Best known as the guitarist for progressive rock band Yes, he has enjoyed a prolific recording and performing career spanning five decades. In addition to his solo work, Steve has released more than 50 albums with bands such as Yes and Asia and guest appeared with the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lou Reed and Queen. Love Is is Howe's 17th solo record, comprising ten songs: five with current Yes singer, Jon Davison, singing harmonies and playing bass guitar and five instrumental tracks rotating through the running order. The instrumentals keep a highly progressive rock guitar style to the fore, with songs that explore stories of lives lived and lives only just beginning. 'Love Is a River' is the central track, with several textural shifts, featuring a theme played on 12 string and steel guitars. Steve's son, Dylan, features on drums. Many years in the making, Love Is offers a consistently strong and polished listening experience, forging the very best from the writing and playing throughout.
Soft Machine/Live at the Baked Potato ....import CD $20.99
This follow-up to Soft Machine's highly acclaimed 2018 album Hidden Details finds John Etheridge, Roy Babbington, John Marshall and Theo Travis on fine form at the Baked Potato, LA, USA on 1st February 2019. The material mixes tunes from Hidden Details, along with older material and some choice improvisations. The band, with a world tour under their belt and a partisan crowd urging them on, are absolutely at the top of their game - powerful, committed and idiosyncratic.
Paul McCartney/Flaming Pie [Remastered & Expanded]
....2 CD Set $19.99
Paul McCartney/Flaming Pie [Limited Deluxe Edition Remastered] ....5 CD + 2 DVD + Books Deluxe Boxed Set $249.99
Flaming Pie is the 13th release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, personally supervised by McCartney and remastered at Abbey Road Studios. Originally released in 1997, the critically acclaimed & universally beloved solo album was produced by Paul, Jeff Lynne, and George Martin, featuring a supporting cast of family and friends including Ringo Starr, Steve Miller, Linda McCartney, and son James. Available here, the 2 CD features the original album remastered + 21 tracks of bonus audio. The numbered, limited seven-disc (5CD/2DVD) Deluxe Edition Box Set is comprised of the original album remastered at Abbey Road Studios, 32 bonus audio tracks including unheard home recordings and demos, alternative studio recordings, rough mixes and B-sides including selections from Oobu Joobu parts 1-6, Flaming Pie at the Mill CD (Paul's hour-long tour of his studio), video content including the In the World Tonight documentary, original music videos, EPKs, interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes material, a 128-page book containing previously unpublished images by Linda McCartney, expanded album artwork from the archives and the story behind the album written by Chris Heath - including track-by-track information, recipes and new interviews with Paul, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Steve Miller and key album personnel, studio notes, handwritten lyrics, the 1997 Flaming Pie issue of Club Sandwich, the official newspaper of the Paul McCartney Fanclub, downloadable 24bit 96kHz HD audio, and more. Numbered cloth wrapped clamshell box.
Tin Machine/Tin Machine II ....CD $14.99
Originally released by Victory Music in 1991, Tin Machine II is the second and final studio album by Tin Machine. After this album and the supporting tour, frontman David Bowie resumed his solo career. Tin Machine II's reputation has only increased over the years. Uncut magazine placed the album on their list of 50 Great Lost Albums (their list of great albums not currently available for purchase), calling the album "extraordinary." As with all Bowie albums, there are plenty of strong tracks here to make this a must have. Opening track "Baby Universal" is pure Bowie. He re-recorded this track in 1996 for his 1997 album Earthling, but the track was not released on the album. It was eventually released in 2020 on the Bowie EP Is it Any Wonder?. The first single "You Belong in Rock n' Roll" was released ahead of the album and peaked at No. 33 in the UK. The second single "Baby Universal" achieved success on the Modern Rock chart in the USA, where it reached No. 21, and the third and last single "One Shot" became an even bigger hit, reaching No. 3. The album's cover (which was censored for it's original USA release!) was created by Edward Bell, who had previously worked with Bowie in making artwork for Scary Monsters. The CD features the hidden & unlisted track "Hammerhead (instrumental)."
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!
Fruupp/Maid in Ireland: Best of Fruupp ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered collection that celebrates the best of the legendary Irish Progressive Rock band Fruupp. Formed in Belfast in 1971, the band featured Pete Farrelly (bass guitar, flute, lead vocals), Vincent McCusker (lead guitar, vocals), Stephen Houston (keyboards, oboe, vocals) and Martin Foye (drums, percussion). The band signed with Pye Records' Progressive label Dawn in 1973 and were a much-loved act on the British concert circuit, sharing billings with such luminaries as Genesis, ELO, Hawkwind, Man, Supertramp, Queen et al. The band's first album "Future Legends" was issued in October that year and saw the band gain a loyal following. The band's follow up album, "Seven Secrets," was issued in April 1974 and was a wonderful exercise in symphonic and melodic rock, the album was highly acclaimed upon release. Released in November 1974, "The Prince of Heaven's Eyes" was Fruupp's third album and their most ambitious to date, being a conceptual work. Prior to the recording of the band's fourth album, keyboard player Stephen Houston departed the band to be replaced by John Mason on keyboards, vibes and vocals. "Modern Masquerades" would be Fruupp's final album and was produced by former King Crimson member Ian McDonald and was arguably one of their most polished works. This new assortment has been compiled by Fruupp lyricist and manager Paul Charles, who has also written a new essay for the illustrated booklet and has been remastered from the original master tapes.
Nick Magnus/Catharsis ....import CD + DVD $31.99
Catharsis is a deluxe two-disc, hardback Mediabook with audio CD, 20-minute DVD (NTSC 0) video, and 36 full-colour pages of photographs and lyrics. "Travelling to new destinations is exciting, educational, and inspirational. Some places, though, call you back time and time again. The Ariege region in the French Pyrenees is one such place. Here mountains, caves, stunning vistas and centuries of often turbulent history cry out to be translated into music - and so we did. Each track marks a much loved place in the Ariege, or a time in it's history, real or imagined." Guest Artists: Tony Patterson, AmandaLehmann, Pete Hicks, Andy Neve, Steve Unruh and Steve Hackett.
Morse Portnoy & George/Cov3r to Cov3r ....import CD
Morse Portnoy & George/Cover to Cover Anthology (Vol.1-3) ....import 3 CD Set $31.99
In the third instalment of the Cover to Cover series, the trio of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George cover the work of David Bowie, King Crimson, Ringo Starr, Gerry Rafferty, Lenny Kravitz, Squeeze and more. Including a rendition of No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed featuring Yes vocalist Jon Davidson on vocals. If you missed the first two releases in this series, don't despair! On their Cover To Cover series, the trio of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George covered songs from such greats as, Paul McCartney, King Crimson, Cream, The Who, Jethro Tull, Yes, Steely Dan, and many more. Cover To Cover Anthology (Vol.1-3) brings together remastered and resequenced music from 2003-2005, plus the brand new Cov3r To Cov3r. Limited 3CD in digipak with slipcase.
Various Artists/Peephole in My Brain - The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971 ....import 3 CD Set $28.99
Marc Bolan invented glam rock, David Bowie wore a dress on the front cover of his latest album, The Kinks provided the soundtrack for a film about a penis transplant, DJ Tony Blackburn chose a single by The Edgar Broughton Band as his Record of the Week, and Jonathan King was backed on Top of the Pops by Fairport Convention. Peephole in My Brain documents the progressive-pop sounds of the year as the underground rock scene crossed over to the mainstream. Our 71 tracks from '71 include major hits for the likes of Curved Air, Atomic Rooster and John Kongos as well as a selection of key album cuts from Procol Harum, ELP, Magna Carta, Barclay James Harvest, Cressida, Help Yourself, Legend and many others. We also include tracks that were first issued in 1971 but which would only make a mark later on: Status Quo would have to wait a while for 'Mean Girl' to hit the charts and Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs would find success twelve months later when 'Sea Side Shuffle' was reissued. We disinter bona fide classic 45s from Kevin Ayers, Medicine Head, Wishful Thinking and The Move along with the song that Bowie wrote for his old friend Dana Gillespie, a clutch of righteously obscure but fascinating singles, a handful of essential singer / songwriter cuts and a raft of unissued-at-the-time nuggets from bands who existed outside of the major label pop bubble. Featuring a 40-page booklet crammed with rare illustrations and the stories behind the songs, Peephole in My Brain is an essential addition to Grapefruit's acclaimed year-by-year series of late sixties / early seventies British rock and pop.
Brian Eno & John Cale/Wrong Way Up [30th Anniversary
Edition] ....CD $16.99
Brian Eno & John Cale/Wrong Way Up [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....CD $19.99
30th anniversary reissue of the historic coming together of two icons of leftfield music. Having both started their careers as creative forces in seminal bands (Eno's unique synthesizer treatments in Roxy Music and Cale's viola and bass contributions to the Velvet Underground), they've appeared as guest musicians on each other's records as far back as 1974, the year in which they also made a historic live album with Nico and Kevin Ayers at the Rainbow Theatre in London. They remained friends, and the year prior to Wrong Way Up, Eno produced Cale's Words for the Dying album. This paved the way for the pair to write and record an album together, notably the first time Eno had delivered a collection of song-based recordings since Before and After Science in 1977. The resulting album is a triumph for both artists, containing the singles 'Spinning Away' and 'Been there Done That.' Both CD versions include two bonus tracks and booklet containing a 1990 interview with Eno about the making of the album. Deluxe edition is a limited edition run in a casebound package.
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble/Spinner [25th Anniversary Edition]
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble/Spinner [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....CD $19.99
25th anniversary reissue of this unique coming together of Brian Eno and ex-Public Image Limited bass player Jah Wobble, also featuring Jaki Liebezeit from Can on drums. Starting life as the soundtrack to Derek Jarman's Glitterbug, Eno passed stereo mixes of the film cues to Wobble who embellished and built upon them to construct the Spinner tracks. The resulting fusion combines icy ambience with a kind of psychogeographical funk. Contains two bonus tracks plus booklet with sleeve notes from both artists. The Deluxe Edition includes a limited casebound package, two bonus tracks and booklet containing a 1990 interview with Eno about the making of the album.
Various Artists/From Brussels with Love [Deluxe Hardbound Edition] ....2 CD + Book Set $59.99
For release in November, From Brussels With Love - the legendary compilation from 1980 - featured exclusive tracks from the likes of A Certain Ratio, Gavin Bryars, Harold Budd, Thomas Dolby, The Durutti Column, John Foxx, Martin Hannett, Richard Jobson, Bill Nelson, Kevin Hewick + New Order, Michael Nyman and more. Running for 78 minutes, the original cosmopolitan 'cassette journal' was curated by Michel Duval, Annik Honore and Wim Mertens, and also includes extended interviews with Brian Eno and legendary French film actress Jeanne Moreau. To mark its 40th anniversary, this remastered edition will be issued as a deluxe double CD edition in 10-inch square hardback 60 page book. Altogether this new set includes 20 bonus tracks, 39 tracks total.
Various Artists/From Brussels with Love ....import CD $19.99
July/The Complete Recordings ....import 6 CD Box Set $44.99
Released by the Major Minor label in 1968, the self-titled July album has long been acknowledged by genre enthusiasts as one of the classic UK psychedelic one-shots, mixing the ambition and experimentation of "Sgt. Pepper" with a lo-fi charm and endearing garage band artlessness and one of the earliest appearances on record of Jon Field and Tony Duhig who went on to create Jade Warrior. It is also one of the most hotly-pursued artefacts of the British psychedelic era. Our definitive 6-CD overview of the band's activities includes newly-remastered versions of the album in both mono and stereo formats as well as the various single issues, including a completely different recording of album nugget 'The Way.' Disc Three contains "The Second of July," a collection of pre-album demos that appeared in the mid-Nineties to capitalise on the band's growing reputation as original copies of their LP began to sell for increasingly large sums of money. The remainder of the boxed set consists of more recent July recordings following their triumphant return to live work a few years ago. Disc Four is the aborted album "Temporal Anomaly," which was recorded circa 2010 but which gains a first-ever release, while Disc 5 is the appropriately-titled "Resurrection," which received a limited release in 2013. Disc Six comprises the latest July magnum opus, "The Wight Album," which has been pieced together over the last few years by Tom Newman and Peter Cook at Tom's recording studio on the Isle of Wight. Now finally completed, "The Wight Album" - described by Tom as "the greatest July album" - brings the July story bang up to date. Housed in a clamshell box, and with a 40-page booklet containing a 7000 word essay on the band featuring new quotes and some priceless period photos, The Complete Recordings is an epic look at the studio activities of one of the biggest cults to emerge from the original British psychedelic scene.
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.'
Andreas Vollenweider/Behind the Gardens - Behind the Wall - Under the Tree ....import CD $28.99
Re-release of this classic long out of print recording. Back again with the original sound of the early 1980s. ''Behind the Gardens - Behind the Wall - Under the Tree'' was the first album by Andreas Vollenweider that brought him global success and fame. After its release in 1981 it provided the worldwide breakthrough of this exceptional artist and sold millions and millions of copies. At the request of Andreas Vollenweider this recording is being re-issued just as it was released in 1981. The original sound without artificially high BIT rates.
Klaus Schulze/La Vie Electronique 4 ....import 3 CD Set $25.99
Re-launch of the successful and famous "La Vie Electronique" series by Klaus Schulze. Each Volume contains 3 CDs and an extended booklet with fotos and extended linernnnotes. MIG will gradually make the out-of-print volumes available again. "La Vie Electonique Vol. 4" contains music from Schulzes "golden era" in the mid '70s.
Kraftwerk/Soest Live ....import CD $18.99
One of the most influential bands in the last five decades, Kraftwerk virtually established the blueprint, the source code even, for electronic music. Founded by classically trained musicians Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider-Esleban in Dusseldorf in 1970, the band has informed and inspired a diverse range of genres and artists including David Bowie, Bjork, Afrika Bambaataa, and Joy Division. This early live performance, in Soest, Germany in Winter 1970, broadcast on WDR-TV displays the band in superb form. Arguably, the future of electronic music, trance, techno, ambient - started right here.
Wizzard/Introducing Eddy & The Falcons ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new expanded re-mastered edition of the 1974 album Introducing Eddy and the Falcons by Wizzard. After earning success as a performer and songwriter with The Move and The Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood formed Wizzard in 1972. The band stacked up a series of classic hit singles and released the album Wizzard Brew for EMI's Harvest label before departing for Warner Bros in 1974. Wood and his band embarked on the recording of their second album, a loose concept base around a fictitious British Rock band of the early 1960s, Eddy and the Falcons. The resulting album was a triumphant pastiche and was a top twenty hit upon it's release. Unavailable on CD for many years, this welcome Esoteric Recordings reissue has been newly re-mastered and includes five bonus tracks drawn from singles all issued in 1974, including the top ten hit 'Are You Ready to Rock'. The release also restores the original artwork and features a new essay and a replica poster included with the original 1974 LP release.
Roy Wood & Wizzard/Main Street [Expanded & Remastered Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered edition of the legendary, mysteriously shelved album Main Street by Roy Wood & Wizzard. The supremely talented Roy Wood recorded the material for what should have been his third solo album in the Spring of 1976. The album was originally intended to have been released under the title Wizzo and was to have showcased a different musical side to Roy Wood and his band, with the material taking on a more jazz-rock influence. The resulting album was a magnificent work and showcased the multi-faceted talent of Wood. A single, 'Indiana Rainbow' was released by Jet Records in 1976 but failed to gain airplay or commercial traction and so the release of the album was shelved. Roy Wood later reflected; "The album was probably a last attempt to retain some sort of sanity, trying to grow up, and not carry on indefinitely being just another pop group." In 1999 the master tapes were re-discovered and Main Street finally saw the light of day for the first time on CD. However, the title was deleted within a few years and has remained unavailable for nearly two decades. This welcome Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered and includes the bonus track 'Human Cannonball' which was recorded during the album sessions. The release also restores the original artwork and features a new essay.
Huw Lloyd-Langton/Anthology ....import 7 CD Box Set $45.99
A comprehensive 7CD box set featuring widely revered and hugely influential guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton! Primarily known as the original guitarist for British space rock legends Hawkwind, Lloyd-Langton had a significant solo career and numerous side projects including one that featured fellow Hawkwind alumni Simon King! This deluxe box set comes with seven individually packaged discs containing more than 8 complete studio albums plus bonus tracks, acoustic recordings and more, all packaged in a clamshell box with a full-color booklet filled with informative liner notes and photos!
David Cunningham & Barrie Guard/Zina [Original Soundtrack] ....import CD $17.99
Zina is a 1985 award-winning film directed by Ken McMullen. It tells a story of a twentieth century Antigone, Zinaida Volkova (Domiziana Giordano), daughter of Leon Trotsky. David Cunningham is a composer and music producer from Northern Ireland. He is probably best known to a rock and roll audience for his work with the massively peculiar experimental band 'The Flying Lizards,' but from about 1993 Cunningham began to make installations in which sounds within an architectural space were picked up by a microphone and then fed back into the space; the presence of an audience altered both the shape of the space and the sounds within it. A work of this type, The Listening Room, was installed in the Queen's Powder Magazine on Goat Island in Sydney Harbour during the Sydney Biennale of 1998. Barrie Guard however is a British composer known for working in a more conventional medium. What happens when these two composers work together? You will just have to listen to this extraordinarily emotive album to find out.
Dave Bainbridge/The Remembering ....import CD $17.99
An evocative and atmospheric first collection of solo piano improvisations from this member of the progressive band Iona. "Bainbridge's style is contemporary, yet imbued with the dynamic spirit of Ravel and Debussy, with a thrilling dash of Bill Evans... an album that's pure class from first note to last" (Prog Magazine). "Ever since studying music, art and art history as teenager I've been fascinated by the French impressionist movement, both in art and music. The idea of capturing a fleeting scene, a brief moment in time, or a feeling evoked by a place or a person, has resonated with me throughout my musical life. Most people can link powerful memories to a certain piece of music, a picture, an aroma. Even when my mam was unable to remember words or people's names as Alzheimer's took hold, she was still able to remember how to play tunes on her accordion. In a sense, all the pieces on this album are impressions, a brief moment in time interpreted through the medium of music."
Gosta Berlings Saga/Konkret Musik ....import CD $21.99
Swedish band Gosta Berlings Saga returns with its sixth studio album. Dystopian yet hopeful, maximal yet minimal, Konkret Musik contains 12 explosive instrumental tracks that display a truly unique mix of progressive rock, synth minimalism and otherworldly melodies.
Lonely Robot/Feelings Are Good ....import CD $25.99
John Mitchell (Frost, It Bites) returns with his new studio album Feelings Are Good, which marks a new chapter for Lonely Robot. Musically, Mitchell has retained his signature LR sound and further refined it within the context of lush modern prog and rock anthems that combine complex and accessible elements with powerful dynamics and strong songwriting. Craig Blundell features on drums.
Pineapple Thief/Versions of the Truth [Deluxe Limited Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD + Blu-Ray $61.99
This deluxe edition of 'Versions of the Truth' is presented in a hardback book with 4 discs - the original album on CD plus a second CD of bonus music, and is topped off with a DVD and Blu-ray (all region) featuring the album and bonus material in a 24/96 DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound mix and 24/96 hi-res stereo audio plus the music video for 'Demons.' Also includes a 48-page book featuring lyrics, photos from the writing of the album & recent touring, drum notations from Gavin Harrison and handwritten lyrics. Over the last half-decade, The Pineapple Thief - led by musical polymath Bruce Soord and bolstered by the involvement of master drummer Gavin Harrison - has rapidly ascended to the upper echelons of Europe's alternative rock scene.'Versions of the Truth' - out in September through Kscope - is the latest instalment in the band's deserved (and welcome) rise to success. 'Versions of the Truth' represents a conceptual progression from 'Dissolution' (a contemplation on our 'post truth' world) and lyrically tackles similar themes, but from a more personal perspective. Reflecting on how there can be more than one 'version of the truth,' the album's songs revolve around the impact the media can have on our lives and the people we love. Recording began at Bourne Place (London) and Soord Studios (Yeovil) after the band had completed it's 2019 US tour with engineering handled by Bruce Soord and Gavin Harrison. The album has been mastered by Steve Kitch.
Robby Krieger/The Ritual Begins at Sundown ....CD $16.99
The legendary guitarist and songwriter of The Doors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robby Krieger will be releasing his first solo album in 10 years, 'The Ritual Begins at Sundown.' The Doors weren't just one of the most iconic bands of their generation, but one of the most influential bands in rock history and Robby Krieger was responsible for writing some of their biggest hits in 'Light My Fire,' Love Me Two Times,' 'Touch Me' and 'Love Her Madly.' Krieger returns for his 9th solo album and his first since 2010s Grammy nominated 'Singularity,' and once again with his long time writing partner and co-producer Arthur Barrow. Barrow worked with Frank Zappa through the 1970s-80s as well as Giorgio Moroder, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross and Janet Jackson and worked on soundtracks for Top Gun and Scarface. The album also features other Zappa alumni Jock Ellis (Trombone), Sal Marquez (Trumpet), Chad Wackerman (Drums) and Tommy Mars (Keys) as well as AeB Bryne (Flute), Vince Denham (Sax), Chuck Manning (Sax) and Joel Taylor (Drums).
Edgar Winter Group/They Only Come Out at Night ....import CD $15.99
Edgar Winter is the younger brother of blues singer Johnny Winter and an accomplished musician and songwriter in his own rite. "They Only Come Out at Night" was released in 1972 and features the The McCoys founding members Rick Derringer and Randy Jo Hobbs. The album's tracks goes from the hard guitar-driven rock of "Frankenstein," "Free Ride," and "Undercover Man" to the pop-sounding "Alta Mira" to the steel guitars played by Derringer and the almost country sound of "Round & Round." Every song here is such a joy to listen to. But then, how could they have missed? Besides the talented Winter you have guitarist Ronnie Montrose and Dan Hartman ("Relight My Fire" and "Instant Replay") as part of the group.
Blue Oyster Cult/45th Anniversary - Live in London
....2 CD Set $18.99
Blue Oyster Cult/45th Anniversary - Live in London ....Blu-Ray $18.99
In 2017, the mighty Blue Oyster Cult celebrated their 45th Anniversary with a run of festival and headline dates across the UK and Europe. The band's appearance in London at the O2 Indigo at the Stone Free Festival on June 17th started with a unique performance of BOC's first album in its entirety, a celebration of the 45th anniversary of it's release. In addition, the band added some classic and very special songs to the set. The full show was recorded and videotaped in 4K UHD. This another one of a kind archival release which fans cannot miss!
Deep Purple/Whoosh! ....CD $14.99
Deep Purple/Whoosh! [Deluxe] ....CD + DVD $24.99
Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey continue to extend the scope of hard rock on Whoosh!, which sees Deep Purple joining forces with legendary producer Bob Ezrin for the third time. "Deep Purple is putting the Deep back into Purple," was the half-joking motto in the studio after the first songs made it clear that Ezrin and Purple were on their way to creating an album pushing the boundaries of time, while voicing their resentment about the current state of the world.
Joe Satriani/Engines of Creation ....import CD $14.99
This is a very progressive, modern rock record that deserves some respect and recognition. "Devil's Slide" is an awesome opener, "Flavor Crystal" and "Borg Sex" continue to rock, and then things get mellow with "Until We Say Goodbye." This is certainly a well-balanced record. It's surprising how much the keys, percussion, and programming actually make this album. In the end, the guitar edges out the synthesizers, with leads as piercing as ever, sometimes more so, as if Satriani is driven to invent the state-of-the-art instruments required for consciousness-altering laser surgery. With this release, Joe got his foot into a modern and nice sound and continues to sound relevant.
Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen/Bear's Sonic Journals: Found in the Ozone ....2 CD Set $24.99
The latest entry in the Bear's Sonic Journals series of live releases is this offering of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen. Found in the Ozone was recorded at the Family Dog at the Great Highway on March 28, 1970. The Owsley Stanley Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of "Bear's Sonic Journals," Owsley's archive of more than 1,300 live concert soundboard recordings from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including recordings by Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, and more than 80 other artists across nearly every musical idiom. These analog reel-to-reel recordings are nearing the end of their expected shelf lives and will deteriorate and be lost forever if they are not preserved.
Jerry Garcia & John Kahn/GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz ....CD $14.99
GarciaLive Volume 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend/bassist John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour. Recorded on January 27, 1986 at The Ritz in New York City, Garcia and Kahn deliver two exquisite sets featuring Grateful Dead favorites ("Ripple," "Friend of the Devil," "Dire Wolf," and "Bird Song," among others), spirited takes on Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "Simple Twist of Fate," and more from Garcia's songbook.
Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 1: Oakland 12-28-1979 ....2 CD Set $40.99
Ah, those year-end Bay Area concert runs by the Dead. Seldom was the band quite as consistently brilliant as they were during these celebratory stands, playing in familiar environs in front of audiences full of old friends. The group's archivists already dipped into this particular set of performances with Dick's Picks Vol. 5, which captured the December 26 show; this 2-CD set transports us two days later for another superior date which again demonstrates the astonishing degree to which keyboardist Brent Mydland had integrated himself into the band by the end of 1979. Special mention should also be made of the sound, too, taken from the original soundboard concert reels recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson and remastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman; the booklet features Jay Blakesberg photos from the Oakland Auditorium shows and an essay by long-time Dead scribe Steve Silberman. As for the music, any set that includes 'High Time' promises exactly that; 'It's All Over Now' drops a series of 'Phil Bombs' right before it. Set two unleashes a medley that goes from revelatory to rockin' in one time-suspending, hour-plus journey that starts with 'Terrapin Station' and winds up with 'Good Lovin'.' The 'Casey Jones'/'One More Saturday Night' encore brings the night to a dizzying close, sending the crowd out in the streets for a party that was no doubt just getting started. First time available at regular music retail!
Unicorn/Slow Dancing - The Recordings 1974-1979 [Remastered & Expanded] ....import 4 CD Box Set $45.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new four CD clamshell boxed set that gathers together three albums and an additional disc of previously unreleased archive material by the legendary British band Unicorn: "Slow Dancing - The Recordings 1974 - 1979." Unicorn recorded their first album in 1971 for the Transatlantic label, but by 1973 they began an association with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd who was taken with the band's musical approach and American West Coast musical influences, vocal harmonies and very English lyrics. Gilmour was to produce their next album, Blue Pine Trees. Featuring a line-up of Kenny Baker (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Pete Perryer (Drums, lead vocals) Pat Martin (bass, vocals) and Kevin Smith (lead guitar, mandolin) , "Blue Pine Trees" was released on the Charisma label in 1974 and was produced by David Gilmour, who also featured on Pedal Steel Guitar and guitar on several tracks. In 1976 the band signed with EMI's Harvest label and recorded their next album Too Many Crooks. David Gilmour produced the album once again and also featured as a musician on several tracks. The album included the song No Way Out of Here which Gilmour would cover on his first solo album in 1978. One More Tomorrow, was the band's final album and was released in 1977. Although Unicorn would continue until 1979, the band didn't record another new album. "Slow Dancing - The Recordings 1974 - 1979" gathers together the albums Blue Pine Trees, Too Many Crooks and One More Tomorrow, all with additional bonus tracks and features an additional CD with 19 previously unreleased studio and live archive recordings, selected by Unicorn's Pat Martin. The set also features an illustrated booklet and essay and is a fine tribute to one of Britain's most unique bands.
Randy California & Spirit/The Euro-American Years [Remastered] ....import 6CD Box Set $45.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of an expanded 6 CD clamshell boxed set of "The Euro American Years" by Randy California and Spirit. The set that gathers together studio and live recordings made between 1979 and 1983 by the Randy California Band and additional live recordings by Spirit. In mid-1979 the trio incarnation of Spirit broke up and Randy formed a new solo band and embarked on a European tour supporting Ian Gillan. After recording a series of demos, further studio sessions produced the recordings which would form his solo album Euro-American, released in 1982 (and included in this set). The original boxed set of The Euro American Years was compiled by Spirit archivist Mick Skidmore and was issued in 2006. The original concept for this box (which sold out very quickly in its first pressing, only to be consistently bootlegged in various countries via downloads and separate CDR discs for which the artists received no compensation) was to pull together the vast amount of music that Randy released during 1979-1983 period (although some tracks were recorded earlier and were shelved due to lack of a record deal). Due to demand from fans, Mick Skidmore has recovered from the archives an additional two CDs worth of previously unreleased material, namely a live concert by Spirit recorded in Greensboro, North Carolina in April 1981 before a wildly exuberant audience, along with The Randy California Band's entire set at Reading Festival in 1982 and a part of the band's set at Glastonbury Festival from the same year. This new edition of The Euro American Years was compiled and mastered by Mick Skidmore and features a booklet with a new essay and photographs from the period.
Gary Lucas/The Essential Gary Lucas ....2 CD Set $15.99
36 tracks spanning 40 years of groundbreaking and provocative music, released through NYC's legendary Knitting Factory Records. The first CD is devoted to songs recorded with Lucas' psychedelic jazz-rock band Gods and Monsters, and the second CD is devoted to solo works, rarities and collaborations. Drawing on a wealth of material including rare and never-before released tracks, the double album offers ample evidence of Gary's trailblazing and unique career, going back to his earliest appearances on record and stage with Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) in the early '80s, to his groundbreaking work with the amazing Jeff Buckley (Gary co-wrote and played on Jeff's anthems 'Grace' and 'Mojo Pin'), through his extensive cross-genre legacy of 30-plus albums. Special guests include Jeff Buckley, Alan Vega (Suicide), David Johansen (NY Dolls), Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers), Billy Ficca (Television), Nona Hendryx (Labelle), Chinese star Feifei Yang, French diva Elli Medeiros, avant-legend Mary Margaret O'Hara, Cuba's #1 dance band Los Van Van, UK dub-master Adrian Sherwood, singer Rolo McGinty (The Woodentops) and others.
Alexis Korner/Complete Warner Bros. Recordings ....2 CD Set $18.99
Alexis Andrew Nicholas Korner (April 19, 1928-January 1, 1984) is known professionally as Alexis Korner. He was a British blues musician and radio broadcaster and was sometimes referred to as "a founding father" of British blues. A major influence on the sound of the British music scene in the 1960s, Korner was instrumental in the formation of several notable British bands including The Rolling Stones and Free. He was also a major influence on John Mayall. This two CD set contains the complete, unedited album version of Bootleg Him! It also contains the album Accidentally Borne in New Orleans, recorded with his backup group Snape - Boz Burrell on bass, Ian Wallace on Drums and Mel Collins on sax and flute. The three as a unit had just left King Crimson. Wallace and Collins would go on to be super session men playing with hundreds of artists. Boz Burrell went on to be a founding member of Bad Company.
The Psychedelic Furs/Made of Rain ....CD $14.99
The groundbreaking British band's eighth studio album and first new album in nearly three decades. Founded by visionary singer/lyricist Richard Butler and his brother, bassist Tim Butler, The Psychedelic Furs are among the most significant and lasting bands of the post-punk era, their remarkable canon encompassing seven milestone studio albums and such classic singles as We Love You, Sister Europe, Love My Way, The Ghost in You, Pretty in Pink, Heaven, Heartbreak Beat, and All that Money Wants, to name but a few. Made of Rain sees the band returning to the fray as relevant and original as ever before, fueled by their always innovative sonic approach and Richard Butler's evocative, masterful songwriting. Produced by longtime associate Richard Fortus and mixed by Tim Palmer, magnificent reiterations of The Psychedelic Furs distinct, desperate wall of sound, melding haunting melodies and driving rhythms with ambition, aggression, and subversive lyrical power.
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.
Zawinul Syndicate/Black Water + Lost Tribes ....import CD $18.99
Two albums from the late Joe Zawinul's Syndicate, formed by the keyboardist after the break up of Weather Report. These recordings, dating from 1989 and 1992, are a mixture of jazz, fusion rock, Afro and Latin! However, it is challenging, intellectual, emotional and toe-tapping music. Digitally re-mastered and slipcased.
Chick Corea/Plays ....2 CD Set $19.99
The latest addition to Chick Corea's remarkable discography, Plays is a captivating, intimate double album. Showcasing his charming rapport with enthusiastic audiences in these spirited renditions, he's in good company throughout, engaging with a list of icons that represent a wide swath of musical history, from the classical repertoire of Mozart and Chopin to jazz influences like Bill Evans and modern pop sensibility of Stevie Wonder. Several pieces are reprisals or spontaneously improvised.
Andrew Gold/Lonely Boy - The Asylum Years Anthology ....import 6 CD + DVD Box Set $55.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of Lonely Boy - The Asylum Years Anthology, a newly re-mastered seven disc boxed set featuring all of the solo albums released by legendary singer - songwriter Andrew Gold on the Asylum label between 1975 and 1980. Andrew Gold's recorded legacy is now celebrated with this boxed set featuring 73 tracks on six CDs, including the albums Andrew Gold, What's Wrong with this Picture, All This and Heaven Too and Whirlwind; all newly re-mastered from the original Asylum Records master tapes, along with a disc of out-takes and rarities from the album sessions and a CD comprising 18 live tracks (17 previously unreleased) drawn from a concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles in 1977 and a BBC TV concert recorded in London in November 1976 for the classic series The Old Grey Whistle Test. It also includes an additional 80 minute DVD (NTSC - Region Free) featuring six promotional videos, the complete BBC Old Grey Whistle Test concert recorded in November 1976 and broadcast in March 1977 and a special Andrew Gold feature from the show first broadcast in 1978 - all of which are previously unreleased. The set also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet and a poster. Lonely Boy is a fitting tribute to Andrew Gold, a much missed master of his craft.
Flo & Eddie/Illegal, Immoral & Fattening + Moving Targets ....import CD $17.99
Mark Volman (Flo) and Howard Kaylan (Eddie) were the original founding members of The Turtles and, when the band finished, they went on to an extraordinary career. Joining Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, they recorded several albums before branching out as session singers for T. Rex, Blondie, Alice Cooper and many others. These two Columbia albums were recorded in 1975 and 1976. Flo & Eddie reformed The Turtles in the 1980s, embarking on box office-busting tours. Digitally remastered and slipcased.
|The Frost/Early Frost ....CD $13.99||The Frost/Live at the Grande Ballroom ....CD $13.99||The Frost/Through the Eyes of Love ....CD $13.99|
The Frost was an American psychedelic rock band from Alpena, Michigan in the late 1960s, led by singer-guitarist Dick Wagner, who went on to play with Ursa Major, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel and more in the 1970s. The rest of the band consisted of Gordy Garris (bass guitar), Bob Rigg (drums), and Don Hartman (guitar). Early Frost is a collection of rare, early recordings that the band made in the 1960s. Vanguard Records issued it on vinyl in 1978. Live at the Grande Ballroom was originally recorded in 1969. Through the Eyes of Love, originally released on Vanguard Records, reached the Billboard Music Charts in 1970.
The British Invasion: 5 Documentary Collection ....3 DVD Set $17.99
This comprehensive documentary series chronicles the exhilarating musical journey affectionately known as The British Invasion. Includes five documentaries on three DVDs covering The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and more. Total run time 712 minutes.
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.
Steve Hackett, John Hackett and Various Artists/Welcome Steve! [Dusk Day #4] ....import DVD $38.99
"Back in 2005 here at the Genesis Club Rex House Umbria when we organzed the first Dusk Day with the full help of people like Massimo Achilli, Mario Giammetti (the invaluable leader of the well known Dusk magazine), Mino Profumo and Simone Mazzilli, our initial idea was just a small gathering amongst fans. Since then the concept has evolved throughout the years and transformed itself to this unmissalble event for Genesis fans and the town of Orvieto. Of course we never hoped to see on our stage a piece of Genesis history, but this dream came true on September 20th, 2008, when we all cheered Steve Hackett to a huge standing ovation. This is the story of this unforgettable emotional moment. Welcome Steve!" Includes performances by Steve Hackett, John Hackett, Marco Lo Muscio, After Genesis, Graziano Romani, Bernardo Lanzetti (of PFM and Acqua Fragile), The Lamb and The Dusk Day Band.
Anthony Phillips/The Living Room Concert [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of The Living Room Concert by original Genesis guitarist and celebrated solo artist and composer Anthony Phillips. Originally released in May 1995, the album featured highlights of a live solo performance by Anthony which was recorded on March 21st 1993 as part of the Living Room Concert Series for the US Radio programme Echoes, a daily programme of contemporary instrumental music. The show was broadcast on 120 public radio stations in America on 25th June 1993. For the performance Anthony selected a number of acoustic guitar and piano pieces for the performance, drawing mainly on tracks originally released on the albums The Geese and The Ghost, Private Parts and Pieces and A Catch at The Tables, along with two pieces from New England, the eighth volume in the Private Parts & Pieces series and a solo 12-string version of the first movement of a Guitar Quintet that he had composed in 1976, which had subsequently been scored with parts for strings and wind instruments; Conversation Piece. Unavailable on CD for many years, The Living Room concert has been remastered and expanded to include three previously unreleased tracks recorded for the original broadcast, Jaunty Roads, Let Us Now Make Love and Lucy: An Illusion. This Esoteric Recordings edition restores the original artwork and includes new liner notes by Anthony Phillips archivist Jon Dann.
Brand X/Livevox [The Official Bootleg] ....import 6 CD Set $89.99
Japanese six-disc set features 2020 DSD mastering. This collection brings together six concerts performed during the classic era of Brand X from 1976 to 1979. These concerts include Ronnie Scott's in London in September 1976; Park West in Chicago, IL on November 11, 1978; Glass Onion in Rochester, NY on 28th 1977 (1st and 2nd sets); The Old Waldorf Theatre in San Francisco on 28th November, 1977; Karen Club in Gothenburg, Sweden on 20th August, 1978; and The Roxy Theatre on 23rd September, 1979.
Dave Cousins & The Blue Angel Orchestra/The Boy in the Sailor Suit [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of the 2007 solo album by Strawbs founder Dave Cousins. The Boy in the Sailor Suit was Cousins' second solo album, appearing thirty-five years after his first solo outing Two Weeks Last Summer. The album was a fine collection of personal songs and was produced by Chris Tsangarides. For the recording sessions Dave Cousins assembled a fine cast of musicians; Miller Anderson (guitar), Chas Cronk (bass), Ian Cutler (fiddle) and Chris Hunt (drums) with guests Chris Ball (piano), Tony Attwood (organ) and Elizabeth & Francis Tophill (vocal harmonies). The ensemble was to be known as The Blue Angel Orchestra (a reference to the epic track on Cousins' first solo album). Following a few days rehearsal in Teddington, the album was recorded and mixed in just a week at Chris Tsangarides' studio in Kent, with most tracks recorded live, giving the album a fine spontaneity. The finished album was widely praised upon its release by both Strawbs fans and critics. Unavailable for some years, The Boy in the Sailor Suit has been newly re-mastered and expanded to include three bonus tracks featuring live performances of songs from the album, recorded in the USA in 2008 and in the UK in 2009. This release features the original artwork and booklet liner notes by Dave Cousins.
Strawbs/Burning for You [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 1977 album Burning for You by the Strawbs. Recorded at Relight Studios in the Netherlands in March 1977, the album was the band's second for the recently established Oyster Records (formed by Deep Purple member Roger Glover). For the recording sessions the line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, acoustic guitars), Dave Lambert (vocals, electric guitars), Chas Cronk (bass, guitars, vocals) and Rod Coombes (drums) was augmented by Robert Kirby (mellotron, electric piano, synthesiser & acoustic guitar) and John Mealing (keyboards). The initial recording sessions were supervised by Jeffrey Lesser who had previously worked with the band on the Deep Cuts album the previous year. Burning for You featured many fine compositions written mainly by Dave Cousins and Chas Cronk, spawning a hit single in Back in the Old Routine and also featured the Dave Lambert song Heartbreaker. This Esoteric Recordings expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features four bonus tracks, including an early version of the song Joey and Me (later to feature on the band's 1978 album Deadlines), two out-takes from the album sessions and the song Heartbreaker (a different composition from the song featured on Burning for You), from the 1977 Intergalactic Touring Band concept album project. The release restores the original artwork and includes a new essay by Dave Cousins, making this the definitive edition of Burning for You.
Strawbs/Heartbreak Hill [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 "lost" Strawbs album Heartbreak Hill. Recorded in 1978 at Ringo Starr's Startling Studios, the album was recorded at a time of change for the band. Seeking to rethink their approach (following the release of the album Deadlines), the sessions would feature a line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, guitar), Chas Cronk (bass, vocals), Andy Richards (keyboards), Tony Fernandez (drums) and Jo Partridge (guitars, mandolin, vocals). Recording sessions began with Dave Lambert in the ranks, but his departure after the recording of the song "Something for Nothing" led to the recruitment of Jo Partridge. The album would also see the guest appearance of Miller Anderson on guitar and vocals on the song 'We Can Make It Together.' Despite the fraught nature of the beginning of the recordings, the finished work was a fine progressive rock album. Alas, upon completion, Strawbs found themselves without management or a record deal and Heartbreak Hill would remain unreleased in any form until 1995 when a CD was prepared from a 7 ˝ ips copy tape. The discovery of the original master tapes in 2006 saw a new re-release of the album. Now, Heartbreak Hill has been newly re-mastered and features four bonus tracks, including two David Cousins home demos from 1978 and live recordings of 'Heartbreak Hill' and 'Starting Over' from The Strawbs 40th anniversary celebration in September 2009 performed by the line-up who recorded the original album. The release includes a new essay by Dave Cousins, making this the definitive edition of Heartbreak Hill.
Toyah & The Humans/Noise in Your Head ....import 4 CD + DVD Box Set $46.99
A 4CD/1DVD box set containing four complete albums - We Are the Humans, Sugar Rush, Strange Tales, Live at Scala London - and six bonus tracks, plus a DVD featuring a previously unreleased 90 minute concert, and four promo videos. The Humans were Toyah, her musical director Chris Wong and multi-instrumentalist, the late Bill Rieflin (drummer for King Crimson and latter-day REM, as well as Ministry and Nine Inch Nails). Featuring guest appearances by Robert Fripp. All the discs are in facsimile wallets. Includes a 40 page booklet. As Toyah explains in the 40-page booklet, "I was very keen to work on an idea where mid-range frequencies didn't cancel out the natural space of the voice. Always having been in love with the bass I wanted to create a trio of just my voice and two basses, allowing power, prose and top line melody to dominate the audio spectrum. The Humans were to be music stripped bare." We Are the Humans, released in 2009, features "Noise in Your Head," "Quicksilver" and "Is It Wrong." The CD now includes four bonus tracks: a cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" featuring Robert Fripp, and three of Toyah's original home demos, demonstrating her original concept for the ensemble. Sugar Rush (2011) features "Sea of Size" and "Small Town Psychopath" and Guest Human throughout, Robert Fripp. The bonus track is a version of "Small Town Psychopath." Strange Tales (2014) album features "Get in Your Car" and now closes with a previously unreleased 7 minute version of the King Crimson classic, "21st Century Schizoid Man." Live at La Scala London 2010 (2020) is the first full 16-track release of the entire concert, including the encores of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and "Purple Haze." Guest Human Robert Fripp features throughout. On the DVD, Live at Trading Boundaries is a previously unreleased 90-minute, 21-song concert filmed in April 2015. Also included are four promo videos, issued on DVD for the first time. The lavishly-illustrated 40 page booklet features annotation written by Toyah herself. Also featured is an essay on the period covered by the box by Toyah's official archivist and compiler of this box set, Craig Astley. The box set is dedicated to Bill Rieflin, who sadly passed away on 24th March 2020. Recorded in summer 2019, "21st Century Schizoid Man" was only recently mixed and is one of Bill's last completed recordings.
Kansas/The Absence of Presence ....CD $15.99
Kansas/The Absence of Presence [Deluxe Edition] ....CD + Blu-Ray $18.99
Kansas/The Absence of Presence [Limited Deluxe Artbook Edition] ....import CD + Blu-Ray $55.99
With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America's iconic classic rock bands. This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. The band is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams. With no signs of slowing down, Kansas continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world. The summer of 2020 marks the release of "The Absence of Presence," Kansas's sixteenth studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album, released by InsideOut Music, follows-up 2016's "The Prelude Implicit," which debuted at #14 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. The Deluxe Edition includes a Blu-Ray with a 5.1 mix of the entire album along with every track in Hi-Res Stereo.
Be Bop Deluxe/Axe Victim [Expanded & Remastered Edition]
....import double CD $21.99
Be Bop Deluxe/Axe Victim [Deluxe Box Set Edition] ....import 3 CD + DVD Box Set $74.99
From Esoteric Recordings comes this limited four disc (3cd/1dvd) deluxe box set edition of Axe Victim, the 1974 debut studio album by Be Bop Deluxe. The album is re-mastered from the original tapes and includes 2020 stereo and 5.1 mixes by Stephen W Tayler plus previously unreleased BBC sessions from 1973 and 1974, including a lost John Peel session, both sides of the rare Smile Records single released by the band in 1973 prior to being signed to EMI and the previously unreleased audition session for Decca Records from December 1973. The deluse box set also includes a 68 page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson and a facsimile record store poster and postcards. This set is a glorious celebration of a wonderful debut album and a fine tribute to the creative vision of Bill Nelson.
Tangerine Dream: Itinerary - The Concert Memorabilia 1970-2014 ....import $109.99
This complex work is a painstakingly detailed and incredibly massive exhibit of Tangerine Dream's paper past. Presented in a 10x12" (ca. 25x30 cm) coffee-table book format - specifically designed to sit beside Edgar's Force Majeure autobiography perfectly, "Itinerary" has a scope of about 452 pages, and contains over 1,100 images of TD's posters, flyers, tickets, passes, programs, invitations, contracts, stage plots, spreadsheets, memos, itineraries, telexes, receipts, press releases, etc. - an astonishing collection of memorabilia!
Edgar Froese/Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure ....import Book $64.99
Edgar Froese, composer, musician, artist and notable pioneer in the area of electronic music, looks back over many years of music history and the band that had a major influence on his life: Tangerine Dream. The will to unconditionally revolutionize sound itself correlated inescapably with the awakening of the new, leaving the stench of the1950s behind and creating a completely new consciousness for the post-war generation. Told totally in the style of the spirit of the '60s, the reader becomes magically immersed in an unsettling but fascinating universe, marked among other things, encounters and collaborations with the greats from the worlds of art, film and music - names like Salvador Dalí, Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Jim Rakete - to name but a few. Concert tours as the first band from the West ever to journey through the former GDR and Poland during the dark days of the Iron Curtain are spiked with countless entertaining anecdotes. In the 1980's, young and ambitious Hollywood directors found Tangerine Dream to be the perfect scoring partners for their new movies. Edgars Froese's autobiography "Force Majeure" is an authentic compendium of contemporary history; the book contains many unpublished photographs, as well as the thoughts and ideas of fellow musicians, friends and fans, all rounding off this unique and new literary composition.
Jumbo/Anthology 1972-2007 - Live - Due Salti Nel Passato ....import DVD $38.99
An anthology of live performance from Jumbo, one of the seminal Italian progressive bands of the seventies.
Magenta/Masters of Illusion ....import CD $15.99
Magenta/Masters of Illusion [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $24.99
2020 release. Magenta follow up 2017's much-praised We Are Legend with the studio album Masters of Illusion. The 60-minute album consists of six songs, including the 17 minute title track. The album's theme is based around the lives of six famous horror actors of the 1950s and 1960s. Deluxe three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition includes bonus CD containing alternate mixes and remixes plus a DVD containing a 5.1 surround sound mix plus videos.
Todd Rundgren/Box O' Todd ....3 CD Set $19.99
Special limited edition collector's box featuring previously unreleased recordings from the early '70s by legendary guitarist/songwriter/producer, Todd Rundgren! This unique box features both stripped down solo performances by Rundgren as well as full band recordings with The Hello People, and includes some of Rundgren's most well-known songs including "Hello, It's Me," "I Saw The Light," "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" and many more! In addition to three full-length CDs, the box set comes with a full set of insightful liner notes by Dave Thompson, full color photos, a signature guitar pick, 3 collectible pins, and a backstage pass!
Nektar/Book of Days [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD Set $18.99
Special Deluxe Edition reissue of the 2008 album by prog rock icons Nektar! This reissue features a brand new remastering of the entire album plus a bonus disc of Nektar frontman Roye Albrighton's only solo album, The Follies of Rupert Treacle, which has also been digitally remastered! Packaged in a deluxe 6-panel digipak!
Judy Dyble/Weavings of a Silver Magic ....import CD $20.99
The original female voice of Fairport Convention and subsequently part of Giles, Giles and Fripp and Trader Horne, Dyble retired from the music business in 1973. However, following a handful of live festival appearances, she returned to recording with a double A-side single in March 2008, followed by her solo debut album, Talking with Strangers, in August 2009. Featuring, among others Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Julianne Regan, Simon Nicol and Jacqui McShee alongside co-writer Alistair Murphy on acoustic guitar and piano, bassist Mark Fletcher and guitarist Jeremy Salmon, the latter three comprising the core of her band of the last ten years, 'The Perfect Strangers,' appearing on her three solo albums (but not Summer Dancing, a 2017 electronica collaboration with Andy Lewis). They again join her here now on Weavings of a Silver Magic, her second live album, recorded at St. Barnabas Church in Cambridge in September 2016 and featuring the Ad Hoc Strings quintet, keyboards and cajon. Save for one number, the material's all drawn from 2013's Flow and Change and Earth is Sleeping, her most recent, from 2018. Weavings of a Silver Magic ends with the aforementioned exception, a six-minute arrangement on 'I Talk to the Wind,' the dreamy song, and an evocation of early Fairport, she recorded both as a demo with Giles, Giles and Fripp, which eventually surfaced on the 2002 reissue of their 1968 Brondesbury Tapes, and, in a more uptempo version with King Crimson on the 1976 compilation A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson. Pure magic throughout- silver, gold and platinum.
Long Distance Calling/How Do We Want to Live? [Limited Edition] ....CD $27.99
Germany's most successful instrumental rock band Long Distance Calling returns with its seventh studio album - How Do We Want To Live? - a musically surprising and emotionally rich exploration of the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence.
Weather Report/Live in Cologne 1983 ....DVD $18.99
After Jaco Pastorius and Peter Erskine left the band, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter decided to continue their successful project with a new rhythm set: drummer Omar Hakim, Victor Bailey on bass and percussionist Jose Rossy. Weather Report's Cologne concert shows the band in musical top form. In a more than two-hour show, the band sparks a firework of rhythm and melodies.
Weather Report/Live in Cologne 1983 ....2 CD Set $18.99
Sonar & David Torn/Tranceportation Volume 2 ....CD $15.99
The music created by Stephan Thelen (tritone guitar), Bernard Wagner (tritone guitar), Christian Kuntner (tritone bass), Manuel Pasquinelli (drums, percussion) harnesses elements of rock, jazz and contemporary classical minimalism and fuses them to create a distinctive musical language. Their partnership with David Torn began with their 2018 release, Vortex. Initially brought in as producer, such was Torn's enthusiasm for the quartet's music he couldn't help but add his flowing brand of effusive, vivid soloing and textural layering across the breadth of the record. While that was a spontaneous, off-the-cuff reaction to music that had been composed for a quartet, for the Tranceportation albums the music has been specifically composed with Torn in mind from the very beginning. But one album wasn't enough to contain all this creativity, hence Tranceportation Volume 2. Bringing a renowned and adventurous musicality to everything he does, Torn's reputation as a 'wild card' instrumentalist has seen him work with an impressively wide array of diverse artists that includes David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Bill Bruford, David Sylvian, Tori Amos, Mick Karn, Madonna, Jeff Beck and Jan Garbarek among others. With parts written and arranged for a new quintet formation of Sonar there's a greater integration of space for improvisation and deeper sonic exploration built into the music. This latest collaboration contains four new extended guitar workouts, sure to appeal to progressive and jazz fans everywhere.
Sonar & David Torn/Tranceportation Volume 1 ....CD $15.99
Nick D'Virgilio/Invisible ....import CD $18.99
Coming almost two decades after his debut solo offering, Invisible is the second solo album by drummer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nick D'Virgilio (Big Big Train/Spock's Beard/Genesis etc). A concept album about 'finding meaning,' the recording process was split between the legendary Abbey Road Studios (including full string and brass sections) and Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Invisible boasts star turns from luminaries such as guitarists Paul Gilbert, Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), bassists Tony Levin and Jonas Reingold, plus keyboard players Jordan Rudess and Jem Godfrey. NDV describes his new record as, "A collection of songs that make up the story of a man who is unhappy with where his life has ended up. He finally decides to take the scary step of leaving everything behind so he can go and find the meaning of his life." He continues: "Throughout my career I have been in many different places. Over time the word 'invisible' kept coming to mind and it got me thinking of people that truly have the hardest jobs in the world, or no job at all. The outliers. The ones we all take for granted. The ones we will never know but if they were not there then our lives would not be the nearly the same. Over time I amassed lyric and song ideas with the idea of writing a concept record on the subject." Keen to establish that "this is not your typical drummer record," NDV states that "Invisible is a rock album with various musical flavours thrown in because the songs were formed with the story in mind. A classical prelude that uses various themes from the whole piece sets the stage. From there comes a mellow ballad outlining the story and then it is on to the adventures of the central character. The main thing making this record did for me was to reaffirm my strong belief that we are all here for something. We all have a purpose."
Colin Bass & Daniel Biro/Still ....import CD $21.99
Still - a collaborative project between Colin Bass (Camel) and ambient composer Daniel Biro - is a collection of meditative songs that range from intimate personal stories to global human topics. Bass sings over evocative instrumental soundscapes created by a fusion of his melodic bass lines and Biro's layered Rhodes electric piano and analogue synth arrangements. Finnish acoustic guitarist Joonas Widenius plays on two tracks. An album of quiet emotions and nostalgic reflection.
Trevor Rabin/Changes ....import 10 CD Box Set $169.99
Limited 10CD box set includes signed and numbered certificate, 24 page A4 photo book The Making of Wolf, 24 page A4 photo book The Can't Look Away photo Session, A3 poster, four 10" x 8" reproduction promotional photos, and reproduction press cuttings. Trevor Rabin has earned a worldwide reputation for his innovative work as a musician and composer. From his days with Rabbit to his tenure with rock legends Yes, Rabin continues to amaze with his fanbase with his soundtrack work. This box contains the CDs Beginnings, Face to Face, Wolf, Can't Look Away, Can't Look Away bonus tracks, 90124, Live in Boston 1989 part 1, Live in Boston 1989 part 2, Lost Soundtracks Vol. 1 - Jack Frost, and Lost Soundtracks Vol. 2.
L. Shankar/Chepleeri Dream ....CD $14.99
Revered violin player and vocalist L. Shankar proudly presents his newest album featuring a host of groundbreaking artists! Includes guest performances by Korn's Jonathan Davis, Tony Levin, Scott Page of Supertramp & Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone, and others! L. Shankar is widely considered a living legend, a pioneer and a musical genius who has collaborated with giants such as Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and many, many more!
The Groundhogs/Split ....CD $15.99
The second of three ground-breaking albums by the ultimate power trio who morphed blues into hard rock. A much-loved opus with a side-long concept piece. A bona fide inspirational rock classic. 'Tony McPhee has turned to anarchic paranoid battlegrounds of the mind for inspiration,' Melody Maker. And a second side that delivers the mighty 'Cherry Red,' McPhee's take on The Beatles' 'A Day In the Life,' a sideswipe at junk food and a glorious interpretation of John Lee Hooker's 'Groundhogs Blues.' 'Both musically and lyrically, 'Split' speaks for a lost time, a nomad time when ideals took to the hoof and musicians stayed on the road rather than confront the fact that the '60s 'war' had been lost.' Julian Cope 'Supercharged, fractured and raging.' MOJO. Remastered and packaged with out-takes from the original sessions that spawned this spontaneous monster.
Bad Company/Unplugged at the Hall of Fame ....CD $15.99
By 1998 Paul Rodgers he had re-joined Bad Company and the original group went back out on tour for a 32-date US tour in 1999, which included a live acoustic set they performed at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame on 21st July. Bad Company put on a marvellous show, performing eight of their classic numbers in an acoustic setting, which display just how strong and timeless Bad Co's music remains.
Grateful Dead/Workingman's Dead [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD Set $34.99
This three-CD set includes the original album with newly remastered sound, plus an unreleased concert recorded on February 21, 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The show was mixed from the 16-track analog master tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir's Marin County TRI Studios and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer, David Glasser. A departure from Grateful Dead's historically psychedlic & experimental works, Workingman's Dead brought the songcraft of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter to the forefront in this now iconic Americana album, which will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2020.
Foghat/Boogie Motel ....import CD $14.99
Foghat is synonymous with the '70s. The blues rockin' and boogie band from England built their reputation in the states throughout the dazed and confused decade as a no-frills, hard workin' group. Foghat was never going to appeal to the critics, as the group, like Grand Funk Railroad, was a people's band. This mega-voltage record has an Overture entitled "Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed" that sets the tone and is the albums first hit-single. "Third Time Lucky" was the follow-up hit-single. "Paradise Alley" brings out the acoustic guitars and the lonesome slide guitar. Foghat's boogie can be fast or slow, but it will move you either way.
The Residents/Metal, Meat & Bone: The Songs of Dyin' Dog ....import 2 CD $23.99
Realizing a career-long ambition, The Residents finally explore 'The Blues.' Having been turned on to the music of lost bluesman Alvin Snow, aka Dyin' Dog, the group presents their interpretations of all ten of Snow's known recordings, alongside several new compositions inspired by his work. Fans will be familiar with The Residents' love of cover versions and imposing themselves on the material of countless seminal artists. Metal, Meat & Bone sees the group take that approach a step further, having discovered a previously unknown artist on their own doorstep and found themselves moved to record their own tribute to his work. A collision of the pain of the wounded bluesman and the subversive and unpredictable sound of this most unique of bands.
John Zorn/Baphomet ....CD $18.99
Baphomet is a masterpiece! One epic 40-minute long-form composition touching upon all of Zorn's musical obsessions from classical atonality, minimalism, jazz, metal, punk, funk, improvisation, exotica and more. Passionately performed by Simulacrum, his most powerful 20th century ensemble, the music has a dramatic cinematic expanse and is filled with new sounds, unexpected directions, virtuosic solos, bizarre structural complexities and ever surprising melodic and harmonic twists and turns. Baphomet is a courageous new step for Zorn, and a spectacular culmination to his 30-year exploration of the nexus that connects hardcore punk, progressive metal and jazz.
Irmin Schmidt/Nocturne (Live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) ....CD $15.99
Church bells and live piano meander through ambient. Can co-founder Irmin Schmidt is releasing a new album, called Nocturne: Live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, via Mute. Nocturne is comprised of three live piano pieces recorded at the 2019 edition of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, alongside pre-recorded bell and ambient sounds. The set was his first solo piano concert in the UK and saw him perform the worldwide premiere of two unheard compositions, 'Nocturne' and 'Yonder,' as well as the UK premiere of 'Klavierstuck II,' from 2018 album 5 Klavierstucke. "The same as one can see faces and animals in the shapes of clouds, one can sometimes - particularly at night between the state of sleep and consciousness - let music structures appear out of the noises that surround you," says Schmidt.
Steve Roach/A Soul Ascends ....CD $15.99
A Soul Ascends is a majestic, deeply moving sonic suspension drawn from the essence of Roach's visionary ambient/electronic music. A vast and intimate holding-the-space of heart-centered serenity and compassion, the album couples the body to the eternal flow of a vaporizing weightlessness - back to a divine nothingness, the Tabula Rasa where everything began. The expansive, lush timbral embrace has an undeniable connection to the DNA of Steve's classic-era Structures from Silence and Quiet Music releases. A sense of omnipresent dimension of tranquility and transcendence is the heart of A Soul Ascends.
Chris Frantz/Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina ....Hardcover Book $29.99
One of the most dynamic groups of the '70s and '80s, Talking Heads, founded by drummer Chris Frantz, his girlfriend Tina Weymouth, and lead singer David Byrne, burst onto the music scene, playing at CBGBs, touring Europe with the Ramones, and creating hits like "Psycho Killer" and "Burning Down the House" that captured the post-baby boom generation's intense, affectless style. In Remain in Love, Frantz writes about the beginnings of Talking Heads, their days as art students in Providence, moving to the sparse Chrystie Street loft Frantz, Weymouth, and Byrne shared where the music that defined an era was written. With never-before-seen photos and immersive vivid detail, Frantz describes life on tour, down to the meals eaten and the clothes worn, and reveals the mechanics of a long and complicated working relationship with a mercurial frontman. At the heart of Remain in Love is Frantz's love for Weymouth: their once-in-a-lifetime connection as lovers, musicians, and bandmates, and how their creativity surged with the creation of their own band Tom Tom Club, bringing a fresh Afro-Caribbean beat to hits like "Genius of Love." Studded with memorable places and names from the era - Grace Jones, Andy Warhol, Stephen Sprouse, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, and Debbie Harry among them - Remain in Love is a frank and open memoir of an emblematic life in music and in love.
Barclay James Harvest/Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CDs + DVD Box Set $36.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered, re-mixed and expanded 3 disc clamshell box edition of the classic album, "Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories." Recorded and released in 1971, the album was the third by BJH and was recorded at Abbey Road studios and was co-produced by the band and ex-Pretty Things member Wally Allen. Widely regarded (along with "Once Again") as one of the band's early masterpieces, ."..Other Short Stories" featured such classic tracks as 'Medicine Man,' 'Ursula (The Swansea Song),' 'The Poet' and the epic 'After the Day.' The album was critically acclaimed upon its release by Harvest Records and was also issued by Sire Records in the United States with some remixed versions of tracks. The album also featured the Barclay James Harvest symphony orchestra conducted by Martyn Ford and arrangements by Toni Cooke and Martyn Ford. This expanded edition of "...Other Short Stories" comprises 40 tracks and features the original UK stereo mix re-mastered from the original master tapes and also includes a new stereo mix on a second CD and a high resolution 5.1 Surround Sound mix, new stereo mix and original stereo mix on an NTSTC / Region free DVD, all from the original Harvest masters. In addition there are three rare US album versions of 'Medicine Man,' 'Harry's Song' and 'Someone There You Know,' along with five BBC Radio session tracks from July 1971 and March 1972, along with two rare John Lees demo recordings from 1971 and three mono reduction mixes made at Abbey Road studios in July 1971. The set also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with a new essay and a replica poster.
Abel Ganz/The Life of the Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity ....import CD $22.99
The Life of The Honey Bee, And Other Moments of Clarity is the eagerly awaited 2020 studio album from Scottish Prog maestros Abel Ganz. Six years in the making, Honey Bee is a concept album comprising of six thematically linked pieces exploring the relationship between memory and loss, the music recalls the hazy technicolour of long remembered summers and the sepia tinges of love forgotten. An eclectic mix of folk, rock, prog, metal and Celtic styles, the album's soundscape includes crunching guitars, subtle acoustic instrumentation, strings, soaring Hammond, grand piano and vocal harmonies. Mixed by Simon Vinestock (Blur, Robert Plant, Simple Minds) and mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo.
Warmrain/Back above the Clouds ....import CD $20.99
Back above the Clouds is the highly anticipated 2019 debut album from rising stars of prog, Warmrain. Conceptually based on a true story and adapted from journals documenting thoughts and feelings relating to loss, the album also contains a sublime seven minute interpretation of the Eurythmics' classic Here Comes the Rain Again.
Pretenders/Hate for Sale ....CD $15.99
Hate for Sale is the upcoming eleventh studio album by English-American rock band The Pretenders and is the first Pretenders album to be written collaboratively between Hynde and guitarist James Walbourne. Hynde said of writing with Walbourne for the first time: "I wanted to write with him since day one. James is especially sought after and has recorded with Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Gahan and the Rails, to name but a few. We always planned on writing while on the road, but as anyone in a band will tell you, being on tour is a procrastinator's dream come true." Hate for Sale is the first Pretenders album since 2002's Loose Screw to feature original member Martin Chambers, who was absent on Break Up the Concrete and Alone.
Momus/Vivid ....CD $15.99
2020 release. "This is an amazingly intense moment for the whole of mankind and, for a marginal artist like me, an extraordinary opportunity to experience what everyone else is experiencing." That's what Momus told the BBC in mid-April when they approached him for a statement about his album in progress, a documentation of his own experience of Covid-19. On March 16th, in lockdown in Berlin, Momus had begun recording a new album called Vivid. "Goodbye everyone, it's a scary old world, but thanks for the ride," ran the lyric to Oblivion, a song whose rapid, phasing accordions evoked the post-minimalism of Steve Reich, Michael Nyman and Meredith Monk. The following day the Scottish songwriter came down with Covid-19 himself, and spent a week in bed, feverish and frightened. The infection passed without much damage, and Momus was able to resume work, completing fifteen tracks in just over a month. Songs like Working from Home, Self-Isolation, My Corona and Ten Foot Hut explore the odd mixture of fear and boredom that the pandemic has unleashed on us all: the sense of being possessed by some kind of malign spirit, and the vague hope that a better world might emerge at the end of all this. There's even room for some dark humour in the form of a chilly, forensic cover of Tom Lehrer's epidemiological song I Got It from Agnes.
Sparks/A Steady Drip Drip Drip ....CD $16.99
2020 release. A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip is the 24th studio album by quirky rock duo Sparks. Features "Lawnmower," "Self-Effacing," "I'm Toast," and "Please Don't F*** Up My World." In the announcement video the band also confirm the release (without providing any dates) of the Sparks-written musical feature film Annette, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and directed by Leos Carax (Holy Motors), and the currently-untitled Sparks documentary directed by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Spaced).
Echo Rain/Western Skies EP ....import CD $15.99
We are thrilled to announce the release on Gravity Dream Music of a new exciting side project from UK progressive rock musician, Lee Abraham. Lee is well known on the progressive rock scene both for his critically acclaimed solo albums as well as his work as guitarist with UK prog veterans, Galahad. Echo Rain focusses on shorter, guitar instrumental rock songs and the craft of great guitar tone. Resisting the urge to produce a shred fest of guitar rock, Lee uses the guitar to interpret song writing with his well known sense of melody and chord structures.
Haken/Virus ....import 2 CD Set $19.99
2020's Virus is perhaps the most eclectic Haken album to date, featuring seven ambitious tracks that reveal influences from multiple genres, all intertwined with the band's instantly recognisable sound. The second disc includes instrumental mixes of all the tracks.
K. Leimer/A Figure of Loss ....CD $16.99
A Figure of Loss takes K. Leimer's music into highly personal terrain. Written and recorded during two dark years, the resulting work hovers in proximity of a calm and placid consistency, tenuously balanced on expanding and contracting foundations. Built mostly around modeled and treated piano and digital synthesis, a sense of coherence emerged from piece to piece during the recording and editing process, yielding a sustained, but disturbed elegiac atmosphere, seemingly content to meditate on it's own specific set of limits. But A Figure of Loss reaches from well-defined patterns to fragmented and shifting densities. This is a music of reflection, setting itself at a distance from loss in order to possibly comprehend it. The CD includes a portfolio of photographs by Tyler Boley and a download code for the entire album. It was mastered by James Savage.
Elbow/Live at the Ritz - An Acoustic Performance ....import CD $15.99
Recorded in 2019, Live at the Ritz marked a homecoming for Elbow as the band played acoustic versions of songs from their extensive back catalogue at the venue the band that saw the 2001 launch of debut release Asleep at the Back.
Go Go Mania (aka Pop Gear) ....Blu-Ray $21.99
Go Go Mania (aka Pop Gear) ....DVD $18.99
Presented by the host of the long running BBC show Top of the Pops, Jimmy Savile, this music revue film features some of the greatest British rock bands to ever play. Includes The Beatles, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Herman's Hermits, The Spencer Davis Group, and many more! Directed by Frederic Goode. 1965/color/70 min/NR/widescreen.
That'll Be the Day ....Blu-Ray $22.99
That'll Be the Day ....DVD $18.99
Britain, 1958. Restless at school and bored with his life, Jim MacLaine (David Essex) leaves home to take a series of low-level jobs at a seaside amusement park. With the help of his new friend Mike (The Beatles' Ringo Starr), he soon discovers a wild world of cheap sex and petty crime. But when that world comes to a shockingly brutal end, Jim returns home to face his future. As the local music scene explodes, Jim must decide between a life of adult responsibility or a new phenomenon called "rock and roll." This honest and gritty drama, said to be based on the early life of John Lennon, is considered by fans and critics alike to be the best depiction of the 1950s British rock scene. That'll Be the Day features a soundtrack of classic songs by The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion, Del Shannon, Little Richard, Frankie Lymon, Bobby Darin, Ritchie Valens and more, and co-stars another legendary drummer: Keith Moon of The Who.
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