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Various Artists/Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake ....CD $14.99
The pantheon of prog rock all-stars show up to pay their respects to two dearly departed figures who revolutionzed modern rock keybaordist Keith Emerson & singer/songwriter/bassist Greg Lake! Features all-new performances by an incredible cast of musicians including Todd Rundgren, Larry "Synergy" Fast (Peter Gabriel), Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre), and Arthur Brown plus a very special performance from Emerson's son Aaron & grandson Ethan!
1 21st Century Schizoid Man (Todd Rundgren & Brian Auger)
2 A Time and a Place (Leslie Hunt & Derek Sherinian)
3 The Sheriff (Billy Sherwood & David Sancious)
4 C'est la Vie (Jon Davison & Larry Fast)
5 From the Beginning (Thijs Van Leer & John Wesley)
6 Hoedown (Patrick Moraz)
7 Still... You Turn Me On (Sonja Kristina & Steve Porcaro)
8 Lucky Man (Martin Turner & Geoff Downes)
9 Fanfare for the Common Man (Aaron & Ethan Emerson)
10 Karn Evil #9 1st Impression Part 2 (Arthur Brown & Jordan Rudess)
11 ELP Suite: Tarkus / From the Beginning / Tarkus (Reprise) (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Yes/The Ladder ....import CD $18.99
The Ladder is the eighteenth studio album by the English rock band Yes, released in September 1999 on Eagle Records. Their only studio album recorded with six full-time members in its line-up, work began at the end of their one-year world tour in support of their previous album Open Your Eyes (1997) and in celebration of the band's thirtieth anniversary. During the tour they agreed to work with Canadian producer Bruce Fairbairn and relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to record The Ladder at Armoury Studios. During the album's mixing stage, Fairbairn died unexpectedly and Yes dedicated it to him.
Circa/Circa ....CD + DVD $16.99
The highly sought after 2007 debut album by short-lived prog rock supergroup featuring no less than 3 Yes alumni - Tony Kaye (keyboards), Alan White (drums) and Billy Sherwood (bass/vocals)! This special collector's re-issue features a bonus DVD of the entire album performed live as well as a 40 minute instrumental journey through 3 decades of Yes, behind the scenes footage and more!
Renaissance/Turn of the Cards [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 3 CD + DVD Set $39.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded four-disc clamshell box edition of the classic album, Turn of the Cards by Renaissance. Released in 1974, the album was an artistic triumph and heralded the band's commercial breakthrough in the United States. Featuring highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion), Turn of the Cards was recorded in March 1974 at De Lane Lea studios in Wembley, North London and featured the band incorporating symphonic orchestral arrangements into their material extensively on classic pieces such as 'Running Hard,' 'Things I Don't Understand' and 'Mother Russia.' The album would also feature the evocative 'Cold Is Being' and the celebrated 'Black Flame' which would result in Turn of the Cards being praised as one of the finest works by Renaissance. This expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and also features an entire concert at The Academy of Music in New York City on 17th May 1974 (with a 24-piece orchestra) over two bonus CDs which has been newly mixed from the original 16-track master tapes, including live versions of songs from the album, along with classics such as 'Can You Understand,' 'Carpet of the Sun,' 'Prologue' and a 25 minute version of 'Ashes Are Burning' featuring guest Andy Powell (of Wishbone Ash) on lead guitar. The fourth disc is a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) which features a new 5.1 Surround sound and high-resolution stereo mix of Turn of the Cards. The set also includes the previously unreleased song 'Everybody Needs a Friend,' recorded during the sessions for the album and the rare single edit of 'Mother Russia.' The release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay featuring interviews with Annie Haslam, Terry Sullivan and Jon Camp.
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
"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/Carnegie Hall ....3 CD Set $39.99
Carnegie Hall is a quadruple live album on 3CD's by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, released posthumously on October 31, 2011, by the Zappa Family Trust. It is a mono recording of the two shows given on October 11, 1971 at Carnegie Hall in New York. It is sixth installment that is dedicated to the posthumous release of complete Zappa concerts, following the releases of FZ: OZ (2002), Buffalo (2007), Wazoo (2007), Philly '76 (2009) and Hammersmith Odeon (2010).
Jethro Tull/Thick As a Brick - Live Iceland ....import
CD + Blu-Ray $29.99
Jethro Tull/Thick As a Brick - Live Iceland ....import CD + DVD $29.99
Thick As a Brick - Live in Iceland is a live album and Blu-ray/DVD by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. The live concert was recorded in Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland on 22 June 2012. It was part of the Thick As a Brick Tour by Ian Anderson and his touring band in Europe and the United States throughout 2012 and 2013.
Marillion/Script for a Jester's Tear [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + Blu-Ray Set $45.99
Originally released in March 1983, Script for a Jester's Tear was certified platinum in the band's native U.K. where it reached number seven on the Albums Chart and spawned two Top 40 singles: "He Knows You Know" (#35) and "Garden Party" (#16). This Deluxe, 4CD/1 Blu-ray Edition opens with a newly remixed stereo version of Script for a Jester's Tear by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh. In addition, the collection also features new stereo remixes for the b-side "Charting the Single" that was released in January 1982, as well as the Market Square Heroes EP that followed in October that same year. The Blu-ray features 96k/24-bit versions of the new stereo remixes for Script for a Jester's Tear and the Market Square Heroes EP, as well as the Live at the Marquee Club concert. The disc also includes a 5.1 Surround Remix of Script for a Jester's Tear. Rounding out the collection is a new documentary with band interviews that covers the 1979 formation of Marillion in Aylesbury through the release of Script for a Jester's Tear in 1983.
Tangerine Dream/Franz Kafka the Castle ....import CD $42.99
Take a ticket to ride and enjoy the musical atmosphere of one of Tangerine Dream's most challenging projects, based on Kafkas unfinished story. The Castle is never meant to be a building as we would expect it. Kafka goes much further, into a deeper study of mankind and society.
Dennis DeYoung/26 East Vol. 1 ....CD $14.99
Brand new studio album from former Styx frontman, Dennise DeYoung. Features a guest appearance from Julian Lennon on the track 'To The Good Old Days.' Styx founding member Dennis DeYoung is back with a new original solo album, "26 East, Vol. 1." "26 East" was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, IL on the far south side of Chicago. This is where the band was formed in his basement in 1962. Across the street lived the Panozzo twins, John and Chuck, who along with DeYoung would go on to form the nucleus of Styx. The cover artwork features three locomotives traveling through space, representing the original members leaving Chicago on their journey to the stars. "This was supposed to be my final album but there were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one," DeYoung states. "This is Volume 1, which sounds pretentious to me, but the marketing folks wanted you to know there are going to be two of them, so hey kids, there are two of them; this is Volume 1." DeYoung describes 'East Of Midnight' as a song about how late night radio changed our lives as the music transported us to a world bigger than the one we knew." The process that brought forth the album beginning in the first place started when Jim Peterik, a fellow Chicagoan and nearby neighbor, sent a song to Dennis. "If not for Jim Peterik's encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music," says DeYoung. "He once told me the world needed my music; to which I replied 'have the world text me for verification.' We collaborated from the get go, happily and seamlessly and at this time we have written 9 songs together of which five will be on Volume 1. Just two Chicago guys doing what they do best, making music and having a laugh." In support of the release of "26 East," DeYoung will tour heavily throughout 2020.
Jefferson Airplane/Long John Silver & Thirty Seconds over Winterland ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Digitally remastered two CD set containing a pair of albums from the iconic rock band: Long John Silver and Thirty Seconds over Winterland. Released on the band's Grunt Records imprint in 1972 and 1973 respectively, the albums would be the final works by the band in the 1970s. Long John Silver was the band's final studio album of the 1970s and featured Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Papa John Creach, and John Barbata. Issued in July 1972, Long John Silver caused controversy thanks to the album artwork (which was designed to fold out into a marijuana "stash" box). Removal of an inner bag depicting a layer of cigars would reveal a photograph of marijuana on the fold out sleeve. Upon the album's release, Jefferson Airplane undertook an extensive American tour, recording shows at the Chicago Auditorium and at Winterland in San Francisco. The highlights of these concerts were released on the album Thirty Seconds over Winterland in April 1973 and proved to be the band's final release of the 1970s.
Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg/Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99
Digitally remastered edition of the legendary 1973 album by Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg. The album followed on from Kantner and Slick's experiments on the albums Blows Against the Empire (1970) and Sunfighter (1971) and was recorded at Wally Heider's Studio in San Francisco at the close of 1972, just as Jefferson Airplane were winding down as a unit. As with Kantner's and Slick's previous ventures outside the Airplane, Baron von Tollbooth... pushed boundaries and eschewed any commercial considerations. The resulting album was experimental and progressive in nature but was also a fine work. The album sessions featured contributions from fellow Jefferson Airplane members John Barbata, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Papa John Creach along with some of the finest alumni from the West Coast rock music scene of the late '60s / early '70s such as Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart, David Crosby, Chris Ethridge, and Craig Chaquico (later to join Jefferson Starship). The album remains one of the great unsung albums to emerge from the Jefferson Airplane family tree. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered and restores the original album artwork in a digipack.
Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 2 - Austin 11-15-71 ....2 CD Set $39.99
Keith Godchaux had only been with the band a month but already he was fitting in like a glove. This fall 1971 show captures the Dead dancing down their improvisational high wire like only they can. On one side of the precipice are the free form jams of their earlier incarnations. On the other are the country-infected tunes of American Beauty and Workingman's Dead, both released the preceding year. And no sequence captures the tension between the two quite like the first set's "Dark Star/El Paso" sequence, during which the band improbably (and seamlessly) veers from their spaciest song to their most cowboy cover and back again. A true marvel of a medley. Then, speaking of cowboy, the second set goes full-on boots 'n' spurs (the show is in Austin, after all) for its first half-dozen songs, winding up with a barn burning "Cumberland Blues." And then another sublime medley of "Not Fade Away" segueing into a "Jam" that toys with the "China Cat Sunflower" theme, followed by a rip-roarin' "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" and back to "Not Fade Away." Blair Jackson's liner notes chart the course. HDCD sound mastered by Jeffrey Norman, too... never before available in stores!
The Enid/Live at Loughborough Town Hall 1980 ....import CD $17.99
Live archive release. British group The Enid was formed around the founder/keyboardist Robert John Godfrey (Barclay James Harvest) and his fellow founder members, guitarists Stephen Stewart and Francis Lickerish in 1973. Almost like a combination of classical and rock, the band combined vast orchestral movements, exclusively classical instrumentation, rigorous construction completely well-written and romantic rock music led by composer Robert John Godfrey. For the most part the albums have some orchestrated sound, all created using the standard guitars, basses, keyboards and drums. The Enid are probably the top of the symphonic tradition. The only band on the planet to have successfully fused rock-based music with the power, dynamics and scale of symphonic classical music. They are the absolute masters of their art and their achievements over more than twenty years of creative work set them apart from everything else which calls itself progressive.
Wolfgang Flur/Eloquence Expanded: Complete Works [Ltd Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $24.99
Ex-Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flur's celebrated solo works anthology, 'Eloquence,' is re-issued for it's 5th Anniversary as a limited edition with an exclusive bonus remixes disc, "Club Eloquence," containing a diversity of creative, international electronic re-works of the original key album tracks 'Beat Perfecto' and 'Pleasure Lane.' These two albums, packaged together in a fold out digi-pack with a 20 page booklet insert, are a fitting and comprehensive 34 track tribute to electronic music pioneer Wolfgang Flur's acclaimed solo career to date. It was in 1973 that Flur, with his then musical partner in Kraftwerk, Florian Schneider, developed the world's first electric drum pads board for their recordings and stage performances. The "Eloquence" album starts with his sung autobiography, 'I Was a Robot,' a No. 6 hit on the German Club charts. Whereas Kraftwerk were known for their stripped down arrangements, Flur overlays lush melodies that fuse elements of electronica, Krautrock, dance music and spoken word into one truly timeless and innovative album. Flur states, "If Kraftwerk played minimal electro, then I now play maximal electro."
Crack the Sky/Crackology & Living in Reverse ....2 CD Set $29.99
Crackology & Living In Reverse: Crackology contains all new recordings of 13 songs that span the over 40 year career of the band, and the first time it has been available on CD. Living In Reverse is 12 new genre-defying tunes from the group. LIR released in 2018 and debuted on the Billboard charts as #7 - Top New Artist Album, #31 - Independent Current Albums, and #40 - Top Current Rock Albums.
Roedelius/Selbstportrait Wahre Liebe ....CD $18.99
The first part of Hans-Joachim Roedelius's Selbstportrait (Self-Portrait) series was originally released under the title Sanfte Musik on Sky Records in 1979. Now, some forty years later, a new installment has arrived in the form of an album entitled Wahre Liebe. One of the initiators of the Berlin Zodiak Free Arts Lab in 1967, Roedelius went on to co-found Kluster/Cluster and Harmonia, unleashing a new and free form of music which, with the benefit of hindsight, can be considered a milestone in the historical context of kosmische musik and krautrock. In the late 1970s, Roedelius began to increase his activities as a solo artist, building up an extensive and multifaceted body of work over the ensuing decades. Across this timeline, the Self-Portrait albums represent an intensely personal and noteworthy corpus in their own right. In 2014, Bureau B founder Gunther Buskies approached Roedelius to suggest that he record a new installment for the Self-Portrait series, using the same instruments which dominated his productions in the late 1970s: a Farfisa organ, drum machine, tape-delay and a Rhodes. Together with Onnen and Wolf Bock, the album Wahre Liebe (True Love) was created. Roedelius explains the process: "The Wahre Liebe album was commissioned by Gunther Buskies, who wanted to know if the elderly Roedelius, armed with vintage tools, was capable of 'beaming back' to his youthful years, reaching into the sonic past of the Self-Portrait series to deliver similarly persuasive results. What better proof could there be that true love, age-old love never dies..."
Roedelius/Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978 ....CD $18.99
During the legendary Forst years, Roedelius had a private workspace with a Farfisa organ, a Revox-A77 tape machine, an echo device and a synthesizer which he borrowed from the Cluster studio next door now and again. Here he experimented, practiced, allowed his imagination to flow, at any hour of the day or night, whenever he was not in the studio with Dieter Moebius and/or Michael Rother at work on new Cluster or Harmonia material. Roedelius always let the tape run, in order to analyze the ideas thus captured more effectively on repeated listening. For the first time ever, this Roedelius audio sketchbook had been digitalized and available to the public in 2014 on a limited three-LP box set called Roedelius Tape Archive 1973-1978. The recordings offer a deep insight into the creative process of his music. Fleeting notes, slivers of ideas, so to speak, moments of inspiration. Finger exercises, experiments in harmony, studies in rhythm are also preserved on these magnetic tapes. Since the box set has been sold out for a long time, Bureau B decided to release the essence of those three LPs on a one-disc compilation: Roedelius Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978.
Joe Satriani/Shapeshifting ....CD $14.99
Joe Satriani will launch his 18th studio in April to coincide with his European tour. Satriani has also released the first track from Shapeshifting. Nineteen Eighty is a song that harks back to the period of his first band, the Squares, and to the sounds of that time. "I've always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen," Satriani says. "In my mind, he just crystalized that era. The late '70s and early '80s, he kind of saved rock guitar. So that's what I would have been doing."
Todd Rundgren/Individualist - Digressions, Dreams & Dissertation ....Book $21.99
Legendary songwriter, guitarist, producer and now an offiical nominee for the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Todd Rundgren, pens his first ever autobiography reflecting on both his phenomenal career as well as his rollercoaster of a personal life! Over 200 pages of recollections, structured into bite-sized 3 paragraph chapters, about Rundgren's encounters with rock royalty including Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The NY Dolls, Meatloaf, and many more along with numerous photos never before published! Rundgren has already discussed the book in an interview with Billboard magazine and will be doing more press in the coming weeks!
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.
When the Wind Blows ....Blu-Ray $29.99
When the Wind Blows ....DVD $19.99
"There have been enough post-holocaust nuclear winter films to constitute a genre" says Time Out, "but there has never been anything quite like this." Three decades after it first shattered audiences worldwide, Severin Kids is proud to present the animated classic about an elderly couple - voiced by Academy Award" winners Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft - attempting to survive the aftermath of a nuclear war. Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami (Heavy Metal, Battle Beyond the Stars), adapted by Raymond Briggs from his acclaimed graphic novel, and featuring an original score by Roger Waters with title song by David Bowie, experience what Rock! Shock! Pop! calls "A fascinating achievement in filmmaking, and one that remains timeless more than 30 years after its creation."
Ayreon/Electric Castle Live and Other Tales ....Blu-Ray
Ayreon/Electric Castle Live and Other Tales ....2 CD + DVD Set $18.99
Ayreon/Electric Castle Live and Other Tales [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + 2 DVD + Blu-Ray $49.99
'Ayreon - Electric Castle Live and Other Tales,' a blu-ray of 2019's live spectacular performance of the third Ayreon album 'Into the Electric Castle.' Over four nights at Tilburg's 013 venue Lucassen, his band and one of modern progressive music's most emphatic of casts celebrated the 20th anniversary of the third Ayreon album in front of thousands of adoring fans who had flown in from around the world. Originally released in 1998, "Into the Electric Castle" is a classic tale of an epic quest. Set in "no time and no space," it tells the story of eight individuals who are guided by a mysterious voice and tasked with finding the mysterious Electric Castle and discover what's inside. The entire album was performed live, featuring original album singers and musicians, such as Thijs Van Leer, Fish, Damian Wilson, Edward Reekers, Anneke van Giersbergen, and several special guests including Simone Simons (Epica) and Star Trek's John De Lancie as narrator. The "Other Tales" are deep cuts from Arjen Lucassen's other projects, such as The Gentle Storm, Ambeon, Stream of Passion, Guilt Machine, Star One, his solo-album Arjen Anthony Lucassen and a very special Marillion cover. Step into the Electric Castle! Blu-ray specs: * Full HD image * DD 2.0 and DTS-MA 5.1 surround audio * 3 hours of bonus materials, including interviews and a making of documentary. Contents of the 5-Disc Photobook: * CD 1+2: The entire concert, including John De Lancie's narration. * DVD 1: The entire concert in DD 2.0 and DD 5.1 surround * DVD 2: Almost 3 hours of bonus materials, including a making of documentary and interview. * Blu-ray: The entire show in DD 2.0 and DTS-MA 5.1 surround, and 3 hours of bonus materials (same as DVD 2). * 44 Page Book with photos and liner notes.
Miles Davis/Birth of the Cool ....Blu-Ray + DVD $29.99
Miles Davis/Birth of the Cool ....DVD $24.99
Miles Davis/Birth of the Cool: Music from an Inspired Film by Stanley Nelson ....CD $13.99
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of the legendary trumpeter, bandleader, innovator and trend-setter who crossed musical genres and whose life was notable on and off stage. Directed by award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson, the film features Miles' music from live performances, studio recordings and outtakes, as well as interviews with those who knew Miles best (Quincy Jones, Santana, Wayne Shorter, etc). Blu-Ray includes bonus DVD disc of live footage from the Montreux Jazz Festival.
T. Rex/Electric Warrior ....Hybrid SACD $39.99
Limited SACD hybrid disc. Mobile Fidelity presents the music's reverb, colors and strings in full-tilt glory. This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD players! At once sardonic, flamboyant, and trashy, T. Rex's uncommonly unique Electric Warrior catapulted leader Marc Bolan to stardom, triggered an ongoing fascination with glam rock, and launched a movement that soon involved David Bowie, Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, and more. Yet none of those namesake artists ever released a record that out-glammed, out-innuendoed, out-thrusted, or out-camped Electric Warrior - named the 160th Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone and included in the celebrated book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's state-of-the-art mastering system, strictly limited to 2,500 numbered copies, and housed in a gatefold mini-sleeve, the label's hybrid SACD gives the 1971 landmark the widescreen sound quality it has always deserved. Tony Visconti's warm, reverb-soaked production and Roy Thomas Baker's ace engineering remain two of the work's most famous and revered aspects. Here, the production and music can be experienced in all it's full-tilt glory, from the subtle albeit elegant classical touches to the instantly identifiable Les Paul guitar licks to Bolan's sensual, wispy, are-they-or-aren't-they-serious vocals.
Vanilla Fudge/Vanilla Fudge ....Hybrid SACD $39.99
Created during the peak of heightened chemical, musical, and social experimentation, the band's self-titled debut aims for sonic and mental expansion via psychedelic means. Consisting primarily of elongated covers of then-modern works by the Beatles, Supremes, Curtis Mayfield, and others, the album shape-shifts the familiar into original, uncharted excursions that lead to colorful dimensions. Musically and thematically, the 1967 magnum opus occupies territory located between high-art seriousness and rule-breaking outrageousness. It's maverick streak treats reverential scripts with inviting strangeness, offbeat vision, and zero pretension. More than 50 years after it's original release, the symphonic arrangements now sound more ambitious, direct, mesmerizing, and influential than before courtesy of a superior mono restoration. Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2,000 copies on hybrid SACD, Mobile Fidelity's reissue unveils the baroque underpinnings, gorgeous harmonies, grinding soul, and low-end-plumbing organ riffs that help make the quartet's fare unique. The timing of the off-kilter tempos and improvisational movements gets cast into unpolluted light, with the collective's expert shading and deliberate tonality emerging as major components of the songs. Vastly improved, too, is the powerful, jazz-inspired drumming of Carmine Appice. Seated deep and wide in the vast soundstage, his playing illuminates the genius of Vanilla Fudge's arguably most valuable asset-a sense of dynamics and surprise that contributes to a rich, malt-like musical thickness true to the band's name. There's not another album like Vanilla Fudge in the entire rock canon.
Ed Wynne/Shimmer into Nature ....import CD $15.99
Debut solo album from the psychedelia visionary and founder of the legendary Ozric Tentacles. A visionary, a prodigal symphonist, one of the UK's leading influential musicians: Ed Wynne is undoubtedly a gifted instrumentalist. He is credited as one of the linchpins of the UK festival scene's re-emergence along with his band Ozric Tentacles, who formed at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 and became staples of the Glastonbury Festival, with their most recent performance at Glastonbury in 2016 on the Glade stage. With an incredible flair for creating masterful tapestries of sound, and for having sold over a million records worldwide, Ed Wynne's debut solo album on Kscope will be quick to take a hold on fans of psychedelic synth and rock music. 'Shimmer into Nature' was recorded and inspired by the different locations Ed Wynne travelled to over three years, from deep in the Colorado mountains, to the coastlines of Cornwall and South Devon, before being completed on Scotland's east coast by the Firth of Forth.
Jon Hassell/Vernal Equinox ....CD $16.99
Hailed as one of the 50 best Ambient albums of all time by Pitchfork, this is a welcome remastered reissue of the first commercially released work by Jon Hassell (originally put out by Lovely Music in 1977), with sleevenotes by Hassell and Brian Eno. A quiet, meditative work of outstanding beauty.
Hawkwind/Roadhawks ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings and Atomhenge, the home of the Hawkwind catalogue, are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic Hawkwind compilation Roadhawks. Originally released in 1976, the album brought to a close the first era of this legendary band, gathering together highlights from the band's first five albums and featuring the classic singles Silver Machine and Urban Guerilla. The significant factor in the creation of Roadhawks was the remixing and editing of some tracks by Dave Brock and the inclusion of a previously unreleased live version of You Shouldn't Do That. Housed in a striking sleeve inspired by a Barney Bubbles image, Roadhawks was an indispensable album in Hawkwind's discography of the 1970s. Long deleted and never released on CD, Roadhawks finally makes it's official debut on Atomhenge. The reissue has been re-mastered from the original United Artists master tapes, fully restores the album artwork and includes a replica Roadhawks poster originally included with the first pressing of the album.
Fish on Friday/Black Rain ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Antenna is proud to present the release of Black Rain, the superb new album by Fish On Friday. Black Rain is Fish On Friday's fifth and arguably strongest album to date. On each of the album's eleven songs, the production is flawless and the songs and arrangements are imaginative and creatively constructed. The band, featuring Nick Beggs, Frank Van Bogaert, Marty Townsend and Marcus Weymaere, sounds tighter and punchier than ever before. As a response to the positive reactions to Lula Beggs' vocal contributions to Fish On Friday's previous album, Quiet Life, Lula was given a bigger guest role on Black Rain, appearing on four of the eleven tracks on the album. Black Rain may perhaps be seen as a concept album about the fast changing, (for some, way too fast), world that we live in... Our changing environment, refugees fleeing from war, and global political madness. Although the album certainly has it's dark sides, there is also room for sun and happiness. The album is packaged in a beautiful six panel digipack with a sixteen-page booklet designed by Michal Karcz, which truly complements the music to make every aspect of Black Rain a true work of art and an album for our times.
EOB/Earth ....CD $15.99
Earth is the debut solo album from Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien. Composed by O'Brien and produced by Flood, Earth features Ed on vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and programming alongside a diverse cast of guest musicians including O'Brien's Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood, Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, drum legend Omar Hakim, bass player Nathan East, Laura Marling and Catherine Marks.
The Durutti Column/Vini Reilly + WOMAD Live ....2 CD Set $19.99
Two CD set. Factory Benelux presents an expanded edition of Vini Reilly, the seventh studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column. Originally released by Factory Records in 1989, the album has now been newly remastered with 23 bonus tracks including companion single WOMAD Live. Produced by Vini Reilly and Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur), the original working title of the Vini Reilly album was The Durutti Column Sampler. 'People describe them as found samples and found voices,' explained Vini at the time. 'I always build up a catalogue of interesting loops and voice samples and stuff. Then I forget where I got them from a lot of the time, which is quite convenient... A lot of the time I manipulate the sample anyway, so it's singing my tune, rather than the original tune.'
Alan Parsons Project/Ammonia Avenue: Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set ....import 3 CD + BR + 2 LP Set $119.99
Limited deluxe three CD + Blu-ray + double vinyl LP (pressed at 45RPM) box set of the classic album Ammonia Avenue by The Alan Parsons Project. The set has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes under the supervision of Alan Parsons and features an additional 53 bonus tracks drawn from Eric Woolfson's songwriting diaries, studio session out-takes and stunning new 5. 1 surround sound and stereo mixes from the original multi-track master tapes by Alan Parsons and the promotional videos of 'Don't Answer Me' and 'Prime Time.' This stunning set also features a lavish illustrated book with a new essay with unseen photos and features recollections from Alan Parsons, the Woolfson family and from musicians Ian Bairnson and David Paton. It also includes a reproduction poster and a reproduction press kit folder. This deluxe edition of Ammonia Avenue is the definitive treatment of a special album. First released in February 1984, Ammonia Avenue was the seventh album by The Alan Parsons Project, the brainchild of composer, musician and singer Eric Woolfson and celebrated producer and engineer Alan Parsons.
Jim Capaldi/Open Your Heart: Island Recordings 1972-1976 ....import 3 CD + DVD Set $39.99
Four disc (three CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) set in clamshell box. Aside from his work as a founder member with the acclaimed band Traffic (a group for which Jim co-wrote most of their classic songs with Steve Winwood), Jim Capaldi was also a successful solo artist, enjoying a series of hit albums and singles in his own right. His solo career began with the album Oh How We Danced, recorded whilst Traffic was on hiatus whilst Steve Winwood was recovering from peritonitis. Mainly recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, the album featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass) and Barry Beckett (keyboards), along with a host of guests such as Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Paul Kossoff, Dave Mason, Ric Grech, Jim Gordon, Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth) and Trevor Burton (The Move / Steve Gibbons Band). Jim's second solo album was the 1974 release Whale Meat Again, an album that tackled a variety of lyrical subjects, including environmental issues. Once more, he utilized the services of Roger Hawkins, David Hood and Barry Beckett, along with Steve Winwood. With the disbanding of Traffic in 1974, following a troubled US tour, Jim embarked on his next solo project, Short Cut Draw Blood. The album would prove to be one of his most successful. Once again, Jim Capaldi assembled a stellar cast of musicians to contribute to the album such as Steve Winwood, Chris Spedding, Roger Hawkins, David Hood and Barry Beckett and Chris Wood. This boxed set has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an additional 6 bonus tracks, all drawn from single releases and also includes a bonus DVD (NTSTC / Region Free) featuring previously unreleased live appearances by Jim Capaldi on BBC TV's Old Grey Whistle Test; a session from November 1975 (featuring Steve Winwood on piano) and a 50 minute concert by Jim Capaldi & the Space Cadets at the BBC TV Theatre in March 1976.
Ken Hensley/Tales of Live Fire & Other Mysteries ....import 5 CD Box Set $39.99
Five CDs. Although it's fair to say that Ken Hensley, as a musician, a songwriter and artist, is probably best known for the decade he spent in Uriah Heep, from 1970's Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble through to 1980's Conquest, as the band's keyboard and organist, guitarist, and often their principle songwriter, Ken has forged a varied and exciting musical career over the past 50+ years. Tales of Live Fire & Other Mysteries revisits two prolific years for Ken, with albums released in 2012 and 2013. CD One: Love & Other Mysteries is the result of three years spent in the studio, crafting an intensely personal album. CD Two finds Ken unplugged and at his very best. Recorded live at La Caja Negra, Las Cigarreras, Alicante in Spain on 20th August 2012, this great selection of songs captures the Heep years along with a tasteful selection from his solo career. CD Three and Four; in 2006 Ken formed the band Live Fire, providing his trademark keyboards, guitar and vocals, alongside Norwegians Ken Ingwersen, Eirikur Hauksson, Sid Ringsby & Willy Bendiksen, initially just to perform Ken's songs live. Closer in spirit to the classic, melodic hard rock of Uriah Heep, LIVE!! captures Ken Hensley & Live Fire on their 2012 European tour, at live dates in Switzerland and Germany whilst promoting Live Fire debut, "Faster." CD5: With a line-up completed by Roberto Tiranti on bass, Ken Hensley & Live Fire released their second studio record, Trouble, in 2013. With melodic hard rock pitched somewhere between Heep's Return to Fantasy and Sweet Freedom, Ken's trademark Hammond organ drives "Trouble" from opener 'Ready to Die' across ten tracks, concluding with the epic 'The Longest Night.'
The Necks/Three ....CD $15.99
Three, the 21st album from legendary Australian instrumental trio The Necks, is a winding, textural, and visceral musical exploration through three individual, contrasting tracks that each delve into separate tenets of their sound. Three's variety of tones and structures offer a glimpse into the boundless, immersive sonic universe The Necks have been constructing, through recorded and live performance, for over 30 years. From it's very first moments, 'Bloom' rattles and propels listeners through a dense, mesmerizing soundscape of unceasing intensity. Directly juxtaposing the consuming rattle of the opener, 'Lovelock,' dedicated to the memory of Damien Lovelock, former frontman of The Celibate Rifles, is a weightless and atmospheric threnody that ruminates in the quiet and overwhelming moments of grief. The final setting of Three is one of warmth and familiarity. 'Further,' is a confident, seductive groove in a quintuple meter, reminiscent of the groups' work on records like Sex (1989) and Aquatic (1994). Contrasting the style of their celebrated improvisational live act, the group's studio work is meticulously sculpted from beginning to end. On Three, Chris Abrahams (piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass), Tony Buck (drums/percussion), and their long-time backend collaborators Tim Whitten (engineer) and Doung Henderson (master) have again scrupulously built music that focuses on the most intricate edges of staggeringly immense, diverse worlds. From strained to still to smoky, each piece of Three marks itself as distinct and it's own, but all feel representative of Australia's greatest cult band, The Necks.
Marianne Faithfull/20th Century Blues ....import CD $15.99
CD reissue. Recorded live with just a pianist, this could have been a dreadful affair; others have tried similar concepts and failed. Yet this works marvellously. Why? Partially because Marianne Faithfull has lived about five normal lifetimes and this shows up in her voice. The audience hold it's breath while Faithfull digs into 'Alabama Song,' 'Surabaya Johnny' and 'Pirate Jenny.' It's glorious and if you like the extremes of dark and light, the sound of a whiskey-flavoured voice accompanied by a lone pianist (Paul Trueblood), then you will love this piece of work. The concerts entitled 'A Night in the Weimar Republic,' are made up of mainly songs by Brecht & Weill before an audience that really loved her, whisky and cigarette in her hand.
Gentle Giant/Unburied Treasure [Limited Box Set] ....import 29 CD + Blu-ray Box Set $349.99
Unburied Treasure was released and went out of print the same day!!! If you didn't pre-order, you'll find it at double or triple the original price now. But fear not! Gentle Giant and Madfish have decided to do one more limited run of 1,000 copies to be released around late April. If you got left out in the cold on this, pre-order now for the second pressing which will be identical to the first in every aspect.
Deluxe 29 CD + Blu-Ray boxset authorized by all band members with signed photo. Includes a lavish 136-page coffee table hardback book and 96-page tour history book. Highly regarded in the prog-rock world for the 12 albums they released between 1970 and 1980, this comprehensive set sees the band's catalog augmented by 15 new concert albums: seven never previously released, seven never previously officially released and one never previously released on CD. The 30-disc total also includes two posthumous live/outtake albums and an All region Blu-ray bonus disc. Also included are books, posters, replica promotional items and much more. The contents of the Unburied Treasure box set include: Signed photograph by band members Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear & John Weathers Brand new cover artwork illustration by Bob Venables based on original illustrator George Underwood's design for the band's debut album The 12 original albums released during the band's active years, including live album Playing the Fool Two albums released after the disbanding: Winchester 1971 (live) & Pinewood Rehearsal 1977 (outtakes) 15 official previously unreleased live albums: Essen 1972 *, New Orleans 1972 (feat. three previously unreleased BBC recordings), Hollywood Bowl 1972, Vicenza 1973 *, Torino 1973, Munster 1974 *, St Gallen 1974 *, Cleveland Agora 1975, Basel 1975 *, Dusseldorf 1976 Part 1 , Dusseldorf & Brussels 1976 Part 2 , Munich 1976 , Paris 1976 , Chester 1977, and Roxy 1980. * Audience recording remastered for the highest possible quality Unreleased material from the 'Playing the Fool' gigs remixed by GG expert Dan Bornemark
Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import 2 CD Set $24.99
After months of delays, the DVD and Blu-Ray editions have finally been released, so I'm hopeful that the CDs are not far behind! 'At the Royal Albert Hall' celebrates Camel's superb 'Moonmadness 2018' tour in which the album Moonmadness was played in its entirety. Universally acclaimed by everyone that saw it, the RAH concert was the pinnacle of the tour. With the line-up of Andrew Latimer (guitar / flute / vocals), Colin Bass (bass / vocals), Denis Clement (drums) and Pete Jones (keyboards / vocals) this is Camel at their best . DVD NTSC Region 0; All region code Blu-ray.
Patrick Moraz & Bill Bruford/Temples of Joy ....import 3 CD Set $22.99
From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, Bill Bruford was the original drummer in Yes and was a long term member of King Crimson. Patrick Moraz was in Yes during the Relayer era and was a long term member of the Moody Blues. Temples of Joy collects together the two Moraz/Bruford studio albums (Music for Piano and Drums / Flags) and a live album (In Tokyo) into one place for fans who want to check out the duo's official releases. The set is housed in new artwork with an extensive booklet including reviews of each album by All About Jazz journalist John Kelman.
Rick Wakeman/Live in Moscow 2001: Official Bootleg Series Disc 1
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Rick Wakeman/Live in Vienna 1990: Official Bootleg Series Disc 2 ....import CD $18.99
Wakeman began his solo career during his first run with Yes. His perhaps most known records being his first three, The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974) and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1975). He has produced over 100 solo albums that have sold more than 50 million copies. In November 2010 Wakeman was awarded the Spirit of Prog award at the annual Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Records like this are particularly important, because - as they were originally never meant for release - they give a unique and very precious glimpse into the private compositional processes of this remarkable man. As so much of his life (both professional and personal) has been lived in public, these private glimpses and very precious indeed.
David Clayton-Thomas/Say Something ....CD $15.99
David Clayton-Thomas began his amazing journey with his 1968 debut album with Blood Sweat & Tears that sold 10 million copies worldwide. The self-titled record topped the Billboard album chart for seven weeks, and charted for a staggering 109 weeks. It won an unprecedented five Grammy awards, including Album of The Year. He hasn't slowed down since then and developed into one of the most recognizable voices in music, to date selling over 40 million records. In 2007 his jazz/rock composition "Spinning Wheel" was enshrined in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Through the years, he has lost none of the attributes that have made him one of the greatest vocalists of his generation. That unmistakable voice now soaring and sunny, now a dark, somber shade of blue - he still just sings the hell out of a song.