New Releases in The Artist Shop
The latest in Progressive Rock and Classic Rock releases.
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
The Bears/Live at the Club Cafe ....DVD NTSC region 0 $24.99
Available again, but only for a very short time and in very limited quantities! The Bears recorded this DVD live at Club Cafe, an intimate and wired nightclub located in Pittsburgh, PA. Members of The Bears (Adrian Belew, Rob Fetters, Chris Arduser and Bob Nsywonger) chose Club Cafe during their sold-out Car Caught Fire tour as the venue of choice to record the band's first live DVD. Songs from the DVD include many of their fans favorite songs from the CD Car Caught Fire as well as their first two releases Rise and Shine and The Bears. The DVD also features a cover of King Crimsons 'Red.' The DVD features over 90 minutes of live concert footage in 5.1 Dolby surround sound, as well as intimate interviews with each member of the band talking about their history and song writing. Fans will also enjoy a special private tour of Adrian Belew's recording studio Studio Belew, located in Nashville. In total, the DVD contains over 3 hours of concert and interview footage that will provide high quality entertainment value for Bear fans and rock fans alike.
The Raisins/Everything & More ....4 CD-R Set $39.99
This 60 track collection, The Raisins Everything & More, has been out of print for years, but is now making its way back for a VERY limited run! Only only three copies are left! Once these are gone, that's it. Band members include guitarist Rob Fetters and bassist Bob Nyswonger who also belong to the bands The Psychodots and Adrian Belew's power pop band The Bears.
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)
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.
Todd Rundgren's Utopia/Benefit for Moogy Klingman ....4 CD + 2 DVD Box Set $39.99
Limited four CD + two DVD. A gorgeous multimedia box set of live performances from Todd Rundgren's renowned prog rock project Utopia. These very special concerts were planned as fundraising events to help cover medical expenses incurred by founding Utopia member, and beloved Rundgren partner, Moogy "Mark" Klingman. This set covers two full length concerts, plus a 12-page booklet featuring photos and liner notes documenting these spectacular shows.
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.
District 97 & John Wetton/One More Red Night: Live in Chicago ....import CD $21.99
2020 CD re-press. One More Red Night captures a thrilling live performance of the classic mid-1970s King Crimson repertoire performed by District 97 alongside former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton. The album includes three songs from the iconic landmark album Red which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain. This CD also captures several other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit '21st Century Schizoid Man.'
Spirit/Tent of Miracles [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the 1990 album Tent of Miracles by the legendary psychedelic rock band Spirit from Esoteric Records. The set features the album, along with a previously unreleased bonus CD of a concert at The Melkweg in Amsterdam on 13th March 1990 and a further nine bonus tracks of out-takes and demos from the album sessions. Tent of Miracles featured a line-up of Randy California (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Nile (bass, vocals) and Ed Cassidy (drums). The album was issued in 1990 on the band's own label and was backed by a series of live concerts. A performance on 13th March 1990 at The Melkweg in Amsterdam was captured on tape but remained unreleased and it appears for the first time in this expanded release which has been compiled by Spirit archivist and custodian Mick Skidmore. The package also features photographs from the period and a new essay by Skidmore, making this expanded reissue of Tent of Miracles the most comprehensive document yet of this period of Spirit's history and essential for any fan of this legendary and influential band.
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.
Japan/Obscure Alternatives ....import CD $15.99
CD reissue. This is a classic album that really has stood the test of time in spite of it being a very fashion-conscious creation. This is the tight five-piece Japan that featured Rob Dean alongside the more familiar Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, Mick Karn and David Sylvian. With Obscure Alternatives, released only seven months after their debut album Adolescent Sex, Japan is transforming from the glam roots of their debut to experiments with post-punk and funk. With the title track, musically unique and uncategorizable, it announces the beginning of their later Japan sound' with Mick Karn on his bass mixed way up front and David Sylvian developing his role performer and as a singer.
Neil Innes/How Sweet to Be an Idiot ....import CD $19.99
Digitally remastered and expanded edition. Neil Innes' sad and sudden death in December 2019 robbed the world of one of Britain's most original and unique musical and comic talents. Innes made his name in the 1960s with the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band before diversifying in the 1970s into TV, solo and other projects - including the famous and much-loved Beatles pastiche The Rutles. How Sweet to Be an Idiot was Neil's debut solo album, first issued on United Artists in 1973, it's title and cover design reflecting Neil's eccentric sense of humor. The album has never been reissued on CD in it's original format and sleeve - until now! Cherry Red were working with Neil on this project prior to his tragic death. The package boasts 10 bonus tracks, some of them previously unissued, including the different single arrangement of the album's title track and various A- and B-sides (including single mixes of the Bonzos' 'Slush' and 'Music from Rawlinson's End' from their album Let's Make Up and Be Friendly).
Snowy White/Lucky Star: An Anthology 1983-1994 ....import 6 CD Set $49.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a remastered clamshell boxed set anthology by the legendary musician Snowy White. Lucky Star - Anthology 1983 - 1994 gathers together all of his solo albums and two albums recorded under the guise of Snowy White's Blues Agency. After some years working as a much in demand guitarist for artists as diverse as Al Stewart, Pink Floyd and Thin Lizzy, Snowy White branched out as a solo artist with the release of his first solo album White Flames in 1983. The album spawned a major hit single in 'Bird of Paradise' early the following year and subsequently enjoyed chart success. This was followed in the 1980s by two more fine albums; Snowy White and That Certain Thing. At the end of the decade White formed the band Snowy White's Blues Agency and the group recorded the albums Change My Life and Open for Business in quick succession. Snowy White then took a hiatus from recording as a solo artist, but returned to the fore in 1994 with the excellent album Highway to the Sun which featured guest appearances from such stellar talents as David Gilmour, Chris Rea and Gary Moore. This anthology features all of Snowy White's albums issued between 1983 - 1994 alongside 18 bonus tracks drawn from rare singles and session recordings from this era. The set includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay and exclusive interview with Snowy White. With many of his albums unavailable for some years Lucky Star is a welcome release and a fine tribute to one of Britain's great musicians.
Son of Man/State of Dystopia ....import CD $19.99
2020 release from Esoteric Records. State of Dystopia is the long-awaited follow up to the band's acclaimed self-titled debut album issued in 2016. Hailing from the heartlands of Welsh rock, Son of Man features members drawn from legendary Welsh bands, namely George Jones, Bob Richards, Glenn Quinn, Richie Galloni, and Marco James. They have earned much acclaim for their powerful live concerts and now this established classic rock band bring you their second album - State of Dystopia. A State of Dystopia is defined as an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice. Typically, one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic. The album is an eclectic mix of original tracks laced with the themes of life and love, war, peace and hope. The band's trademark guitar sound and melodic harmonies is present, along with a powerful rhythm section, tempered with tides of keyboards and one of the greatest voices in rock today. State of Dystopia is a fine rock album for our times.
Jerry Garcia Band/GarciaLive Volume 13: September 16th, 1989 Poplar Creek Music Theatre ....2 CD Set $17.99
Two CD set. Archive release. GarciaLive Volume 13 features the Jerry Garcia Band at the Poplar Creek Music Theatre outside Chicago on 9/16/89. Alongside the band (J. Kahn, D. Kemper, M. Seals, G. Jones and J. LaBranch) Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) sits in on sax. On the final night of their longest and arguably finest tour, the band played repertoire favorites - such as the Garcia/Hunter composition "Cats Under the Stars" - and infrequent jams like "Let's Spend the Night Together" and "Someday Baby."
Various Artists/Miniatures One + Two ....import double CD $22.99
Repressing. Two CD release containing both volumes of Morgan Fisher's groundbreaking releases: The first volume released in 1980, followed 20 years later by Volume Two. In '80, overwhelmed with concepts for potential releases, Fisher decided to see how many of these ideas he might be able to squeeze onto just one album. Rather than performing everything himself, he invited 50 musicians he admired to send in tracks of up to one minute in length. They responded with unanimous enthusiasm, and Miniatures was born out of Morgan's precise editing and sequencing of these tracks, providing a unique snapshot of the cutting-edge music of the period and achieving legendary status amongst those who cherish such creativity and individuality in the process. Featuring artists as diverse as the Residents, Robert Fripp, XTC's Andy Partridge, Pete Seeger, Robert Wyatt and the Pretenders' Martin Chambers, as well as cover artwork contributed by Ralph Steadman, 113 tracks. Cherry Red.
Rainbow/The Down to Earth Tour 1979 ....3 CD Set $19.99
A deluxe 3CD box set of never before released vintage live performances capturing Ritchie Blackmore's hugely influential band on tour in support of their stellar Down to Earth album! Down to Earth was the band's breakthrough commercial success featuring new vocalist Graham Bonnet on such classic rock staples as "Since You Been Gone," "All Night Long" and more! Each performance is packaged in it's own individual CD mini LP jacket with separate sleeves and housed with a 28-page color booklet in a gorgeous black velvet lined box with more great, era-appropriate extras including a metal bottle opener/key chain, embroidered fabric patch, 1" color button, and an autographed guitar pick!
Richard Thompson/Live at Rock City: Nottingham 1986 ....CD $15.99
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world's most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain's BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello.
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.
Hawkestrel/Presents Pre-Med ....3 CD Box Set $21.99
Three CDs. Packaged in a deluxe 8-panel digipak with ultra cool retro sci-fi artwork plus a full booklet with liner notes and photos. Former Hawkwind bassist Alan Davey proudly presents a very special triple album collection of recordings by his prog rock side project, Pre-Med, led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Danny Faulkner! Pre-Med's debut album drew rave reviews from critics who called it "a killer album jam-packed with lush, swirling synths, hypnotic instrumentals, and classic Hawkwind ballads!"
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."
Ashley Hutchings/By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept [2020 Remastered Edition] ....import CD $17.99
Originally released in 1987 on the Paradise and Thorns label and unavailable for many years we are pleased to see Ashley's masterpiece made available once more in this newly repackaged and remastered version. The album is classed as Mr Hutchings masterpiece and brought up to date with synchronized packaging to compliment his two other releases Paradise & Thorns and Gone Missing.
Verneri Pohjola/The Dead Don't Dream ....CD $13.99
Verneri Pohjola is a Finnish jazz trumpeter. The son of bassist Pekka Pohjola (Wigwam, Mike Oldfield and many solo releases), Pohjola studied at the Jazz and Pop Conservatory and the Orebro Music School in Helsinki. From 1999 he studied jazz music at the Sibelius-Akademie, where he met pianist Tuomo Prattala, bassist Antti Lotjonen, and drummer Olavi Louhivuori, members of his Ilmiliekki Quartet in 2002. In 2003 they released their debut album March of the Alpha Males, followed by Take It With Me in 2006 . In addition, Pohjola is a member of the band Quintessence, the band of Iro Haarla, the ensemble Suhkan Uhka of Antti Hytti and Jone Takamaki, the UMO Jazz Orchestra, and the post-rock band Silvio, where he plays the drums. With his brother Ilmari, he played with his father Pekka Pohjola for the first time on his album Views (2001). His recent offerings represent very different yet coherent albums. Bullhorn (2015) was entirely original and placed Verneri firmly on the European scene as the one to watch. Pekka in 2017 saw him interpreting his famous father's music, bringing a rockier approach and electronics to the party. His latest, Animal Image, was a completely improvised duo with drummer Mika Kallio. Each of these albums challenged Verneri to reach further with his playing, and explore wider soundscapes. His new album, The Dead Don't Dream, incorporates all three styles into one defined and beautifully crafted album. It takes the core band sound of the electric Pekka, features all original compositions and expresses them with the freedom and improvisation explored on Animal Image. On this album Verneri wanted to express both the wider range of sound that the use of electronics contributes, and the more open form and drama that comes from improvisation. This is an album that connects the work on his previous three albums with complete coherence, individualism and creativity.
Anne Clark/Unstill Life ....CD $15.99
Unstill Life was the first studio album from Anne Clark in 1991 after an enforced four year break as a result of full-on war with the music industry. An album of withdrawal, introspection, resolution and life-affirming creativity. All genres, all life represented. Very few artists have covered such a wide spectrum over such a long and consistent career. Combining literary, socially engaged texts with innovative and genre-breaking soundscapes, for nearly 40 years Anne Clark has held a unique place in both literature and music making 2020 a unique anniversary year for Anne Clark. Unstill Life has been out of print for several years and this reissue CD will come with brand new packaging, new liner notes and bonus tracks.
Sophie Tassignon/Mysteries Unfold ....CD $15.99
The haunting strains of a distant melody, the resplendent majesty of an angelic choir; the echoing cries of circling birds, the thundering clomp of charging hoofbeats; the menace of an ominous growl, the soul-stirring chime of a tolling bell, the urgency of a percussive rhythm: Sophie Tassignon conjures all of these with only that most beautiful, boundless and mysterious of instruments, the human voice. On her first solo album, Mysteries Unfold, the Belgian-born, Berlin-based vocalist transcends time and language to explore and evoke a stunning panoply of human emotion. Mysteries Unfold weaves a dazzling sonic tapestry from the varicolored threads of Tassignon's versatile and daring voice. Able to grip the listener's heart with just her emotional expression of a lyric, Tassignon crafts a staggering variety of effects by layering her voice into polyphonic architectures or lush choruses, powerful ensembles or enigmatic atmospheres. Drawing influence from the ancient to the boundary-stretching, she unearths a unifying strain of spiritual longing that underlies the human experience.
Bela Fleck/Throw Down Your Heart: Complete Africa Sessions ....3 CD + DVD Set $45.99
Three CD + DVD edition. The award-winning documentary and recordings, Throw Down Your Heart, were produced and recorded by Bela Fleck, documenting his journey across Africa to research the origins of the banjo. This deluxe set offers The Ripple Effect, a complete disc of previously unreleased material from Fleck performing with virtuoso kora player Toumani Diabate. The DVD includes 1-hour of additional video material with 14 bonus performances, commentary by Fleck and director Sascha Paladino with behind-the-scenes insights. The set also offers an expanded essay by Fleck and new notes by Paladino.
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.'
Karlsen & Young/Circles ....CD $16.99
Magnar Karlsen is a Norwegian drummer/percussionist/keyboardist who works in an ambient, improvised soundscape. In addition to his playful and original drumming he operates synthesizers and electronics with an impressive precision and feeling. Karlsen has earlier worked with samples and spoken words on his recordings. This time he invited well-known Norwegian guitarist Jacob Young (several releases on ECM) to improvise with him. Circles has the trademark "Nordic Sound" and is a wonderful journey of different moods and atmospheres. Jacob Young is a thrilling, distinctive presence and really puts his fingerprint on the sound.
Martin Barre/Live in NYC ....2 CD + DVD Set $24.99
Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist in Jethro Tull - one of the biggest selling prog bands of all time - brings his famous guitar chops to the Big Apple in this rare concert capturing his solo band live as they rock thru the classic hits that earned him a reputation as one of the signature axemen of his era. This edition contains a concert DVD coupled with two audio CDs of the entire concert.
Blue Oyster Cult/40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live
2016 ....CD + DVD Set $18.99
Blue Oyster Cult/40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live 2016 ....Blu-Ray $18.99
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their widely celebrated album 'Agents of Fortune', Blue Oyster Cult performed the seminal album in its glorious entirety at an exclusive concert for the Audience Music Network on Monday April 18, 2016 at Red Studios in Hollywood, CA in front a lucky little audience of invited guests. The performance was recorded by an army of cameramen for a DirectTV special, that is now being released on CD/DVD and Blu-Ray. The intense creative vision of BOC's original core duo of vocalist and lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section comprised of bass guitarist Kasim Sulton, and drummer Jules Radino. As a special guest, founding member Albert Bouchard appears on guitar and vocals on selected tracks, which was a real treat for longtime fans of the band.
Blue Oyster Cult/Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 ....2 CD
+ DVD $19.99
Blue Oyster Cult/Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 ....Blu-Ray $18.99
Recorded on October 17, 2014 at the Hard Rock Casino in Northfield, Ohio, this live performance offers a very comprehensive and exciting essay on Blue Oyster Cult repertoire. The band is literally on fire and performs some of the finest and most beloved songs from the band's history, not forgetting some deeper cut which will make fans very pleased. Spanning three decades, Blue Oyster Cult has a long history of success. The band has sold more than 24 million records worldwide, including 7 million in the United States alone. Songs like "Burnin' for You, " "Godzilla, " "Astronomy" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" are true classics of international Rock Music. Often cited as a major influence by some of the biggest names of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal (including Iron Maiden and Metallica), Blue Oyster Cult sound has evolved through the decades touching hard rock, heavy metal, progressive and psychedelic rock. Sometimes referred to as "the thinking man's heavy metal band" due to their often cryptic lyrics, literate songwriting, and links to famous authors, Blue Oyster Cult are back and offer the first of a set of live releases which are going to be released during 2020 and will mark one of the most exciting returns of the year in Rock!
Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import Blu-Ray (All
Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import DVD (NTSC Region 0) $27.99
After having been pushed back from release several months, the Blu-Ray and DVD editions have finally been released (which gives me hope that the CD edition is 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.
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.
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!
Cream/Goodbye Tour - Live 1968 [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD Box Set $65.99
The Cream album Goodbye, 'Goodbye Tour - Live 1968' is now available in a special, expanded edition and the first authorized release of these four historic complete 1968 concerts. Each concert features previously unreleased tracks and the Royal Albert Hall show hasn't featured on CD until now. Having decided to call it quits whilst on tour in the US during May 1968 by way of a farewell Cream agreed to undertake more live shows, predominantly in the US later that same year plus 2 final UK dates at the Royal Albert Hall that November. Originally released in Feb 1969, Goodbye originally mixed live performances from those last tour dates with a handful of studio recordings and rose to the UK no.1 slot and no.2 on the US Billboard. Goodbye Tour - Live 1968, as the name suggests expands the recordings from the 3-piece powerhouse's last tour. This historic collection was produced by Bill Levenson. The Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum and San Diego Sports Arena concerts were mastered from the original 1968 analog mix reels by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering, Nashville, TN. The Royal Albert Hall concert was mastered from the original 1968 analog transfer reels by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA. The set features 36 tracks of which 29 are issued for the first time.
David Cross & Peter Banks/Crossover ....import CD $19.99
From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and the late Peter Banks was the original guitarist in Yes and later Flash. The guitar and violin parts for this new studio album were recorded on the 10th August 2010 in an afternoon of improvisation. The resultant album was produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross and the guest appearances were recorded during 2018 and 2019 and features: Pat Mastelotto, Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Randy Raine-Reusch, Andy Jackson, Oliver Wakeman, Jay Schellen, Jeremy Stacey, Geoff Downes. This is the last new album of material from the late Peter Banks, who passed away in 2013, and had wanted to see this material released.
Brian Davison's Every Which Way/Every Which Way [50th Anniversary Remastered Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered 50th anniversary edition of the sole album by the celebrated progressive rock group Every Which Way. The band was formed by drummer Brian Davison upon the demise of his former group The Nice in early 1970 (caused by Keith Emerson's departure to form ELP). Davison soon sought to form his own group and recruited former Skip Bifferty vocalist Graham Bell, along with bass guitarist, Alan Cartwright, guitarist John Hedley and saxophonist Geoffrey Peach. Brian Davison's Every Which Way took a more jazz influenced take on progressive rock, which suited Davison's style perfectly. The band recorded their only album at Trident studios soon after formation and signed with the recently founded Charisma label. The finished result was a fine record which earned much critical praise upon its release. The songs were mostly written by Graham Bell, whose superb voice was selected for praise. The lengthy Bed Ain't What It Used to Be opened the album and featured wonderful saxophone solos from Geoffrey Peach (earning comparisons to the sound of the band Audience, another Charisma act, or Traffic). Other highlights included the emotive Go Placidly and the excellent All in Time, but in truth the entire album was of the highest standard. Despite having produced such a fine debut album, Every Which Way lasted only a short time before disbanding. Alan Cartwright soon joined Procol Harum, whilst Brian Davison would eventually join his former Nice band mate Lee Jackson in Refugee, with Swiss keyboard player Patrick Moraz. This Esoteric Recordings edition celebrates this excellent, albeit short-lived, band.
The Dream Syndicate/The Universe Inside ....CD $12.99
When one thinks of The Dream Syndicate, it's not just the wild abandon with which singer/guitarist Steve Wynn, drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton, and lead guitarist Jason Victor perform - it's the carefully constructed songwriting of Wynn that comes to mind. By now every rock critic in the country has predetermined who he or she feels Wynn reminds them of and what they think of that style of songs. This time, don't! Which brings us to The Universe Inside. Every article or review ever written will claim "this is new and different" - well, it is! Just look at the song lengths: 20:27, 7:36, 8:56, 9:55 and 10:53. Ok, sure - the Syndicate have occasionally committed a long song to vinyl, "John Coltrane Stereo Blues" was 9 minutes with live versions over the ten-minute mark. For the first time, every song is a group songwriting effort. What seeps in are Dennis Duck's knowledge of European avant-garde music, Jason Victor's passion for '70s prog, Mark Walton's experience in Southern-fried music collectives and Wynn's love of vintage electric jazz. The dazzling display of album cover artwork alone should clue you into the changes. But don't take our word for it. Dive in!
Roger Eno & Brian Eno/Mixing Colours ....import CD $21.99
Mixing Colours - In their first collaboration for Deutsche Grammophon, Brian and Roger Eno present an anthology of sonic inspiration. 'Mixing Colours' invites listeners into a prismatic world of calm contemplation. Based on a series of deliberately abstract colours, the innovative brothers evolved the new recording into a unique collection over the years. Their creative Deutsche Grammophon debut will reach an audience still unfamiliar with their artistry. The poetic set spotlights two celebrated ambient musicians at the height of their artistry.
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.
Rory Gallagher/Check Shirt Wizard - Live in '77 ....2 CD Set $21.99
Rory Gallagher's most successful albums are his live ones. He was an artist that came alive when onstage and this album covers a previously undocumented live period. This 20-song set, previously unreleased, is culled from an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of his album, Calling Card. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as some other career favorites. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios with cover art by Irish graffiti artist, Vincent Zara.
Peter Green/The End of the Game [50th Anniversary Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 50th anniversary edition of the first solo album by the legendary Peter Green. Peter's work with Fleetwood Mac needs no introduction. His acclaimed guitar playing and writing graced several albums and a succession of hit singles before he departed the group in 1970. He embarked on the recording of his first solo album only a month after leaving Fleetwood Mac, enlisting the assistance of Zoot Money (keyboards), Alex Dmochowski (bass), Nick Buck (organ) and Godfrey Maclean (percussion). The End of the Game would be an entirely instrumental affair, quite different in feel from Green's work with Fleetwood Mac. Released to very little fanfare, unjustly so as it was an imaginative work with Green's instantly recognizable guitar playing. The following year saw the release of a single 'Heavy Heart' b/w 'No Way Out,' which received some airplay and saw Green perform 'Heavy Heart' on Top of the Pops. A collaboration with Nigel Watson followed early in 1972 for Green's final single for Reprise Records, 'Beasts of Burden' b/w 'Uganda Woman.' This new and expanded Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original Reprise master tapes, features four bonus tracks (drawn from the two non-album singles) which appear on CD for the first time. It also features a booklet with new essay and an exclusive interview with Zoot Money on the making of the album.
The Groundhogs/Thank Christ for the Bomb ....CD $15.99
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 'Thank Christ for the Bomb' is released with bonus tracks on CD. A hugely influential album cited as the embryo for punk, grunge and beyond. Featuring epic 1970 concepts from this far reaching trio much praised by Underworld's Karl Hyde, Captain Sensible, Stephen Malkmus and a host of others. 'Thank Christ for the Bomb' is a visionary tale of cold war fear, alienation and everyday drama. 'This is a masterpiece!' New Musical Express. A thinking man's rumination on alienation, the album is a game of two halves; side one tackling the thermo nuclear threat while side two traces riches to rags alienation in everyday London. Also featuring Radio 1 sessions and live versions of key tracks including a lengthy take of 'Soldier' recorded for the BBC's In Concert series.
Paul Haslinger/Exit Ghost ....CD $15.99
It's a strange betweenworld, bookended by sleep and the jolt of being wide awake in a place where you wonder how you got there. You know the feeling' It seems familiar but the colours are, well, unreal. In a high-ceilinged room, a grand piano plays lush melodies as, meanwhile, somewhere, an Alice In Wonderland clock ticks, cellos are bowed, a swarm of something vibrates and the hallucinatory crowd around Rosemary's Baby babble. An echoey electronic hum builds and falls like a 50s refrigerator passed through and effects board, things run backwards, staccato strings are plucked' and that's not the half of it. 'I've never been happy staying in one particular school of musical thought. The fun has been turning things on their heads, to try something you were not supposed to do.' We're on an immersive and adventurous travelogue with the former member of the legendary Tangerine Dream, Paul Haslinger - this is a man who knows how to build tension, hold moods, illustrate contempt, lies, passion and pleasure; He can create fear, loathing and love - he's been unlocking the nuances of such emotions in a hugely successful career as a TV and film soundtrack composer (Halt And Catch Fire, Underworld and the Golden Globe-nominated Sleeper Cell). 'Exit Ghost' is his long thought out opus, a moment caught in time, flicking through reference points, taking an ethereal excursion that permeates musical genres as it becomes awash with intricate sounds and cross-pollinating rhythms. Built originally from the warmth of his grand piano 'Exit Ghost' resonates with purity and power, from an eerie and evocative betweenworld, that's at once expansive and rolling, then intoxicating and suffocating in equal measures; modern composition at its most uplifting; cerebral, celebratory, intense and beautiful. 'The soul searching in connection with this record was extensive. Finding places of resonance, giving a colour to your memories. It was more challenging because it's not somebody else's narrative. Finding the core of your own story can be the most difficult task of all.' Created over the span of eight years and filled with literal and personal references, the album itself is a testament to the search - a quest filled with hints, particles and suggestions. Paul Haslinger's 'Exit Ghost' is the first release from new label Artificial Instinct.
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.
Jethro Tull/Stormwatch [The 40th Anniversary Force 10 Edition] ....4 CD + 2 DVD Box Set $49.99
Deluxe four CD + two DVD collection. This set expands the legendary group's 1979 album with Steven Wilson's newly remixed version of the original, plus studio outtakes, an entire unreleased concert recorded in 1980, and more. Stormwatch is the twelfth studio album by the progressive rock group Jethro Tull, released September 1979. It is considered the last in the trilogy of folk-rock albums by Jethro Tull. Among other subject-matters, the album touches heavily on the problems relating to the environment, oil and money.
Elton John & Ray Cooper/Live from Moscow ....2 CD Set $21.99
2019 is the 40th anniversary of Elton John's historic first tour of Russia - he was the first Western rock star to ever perform in the country. The show in Moscow on 28th May 1979 with Ray Cooper was broadcast on BBC radio in the UK. This release is taken from the original broadcast masters, which have been remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Now available on 2CD with mini gatefold-style sleeve. Disc 1 - Daniel, Skyline Pigeon, Take Me to the Pilot, Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time), Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle in the Wind, I Heard It through the Grapevine. Disc 2 - Funeral for a Friend , Tonight, Better Off Dead , Bennie and the Jets, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Crazy Water , Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)/Pinball Wizard, Crocodile Rock/Get Back/Back in the U.S.S.R.
Eric Johnson/EJ Vol. II ....$15.99
2020 release from the Austin, TX based prolific guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. EJ Vol II follows it's predecessor from 2016 which was simply EJ, an all-acoustic collection of songs which showcased nine original compositions and four covers. Johnson's approach was deeply honest, intimate, personal and delivered with organic emotion. With EJ Vol II, he presents new repertoire that combines electric and acoustic arrangements and once again represents a collection of originals with a couple of select covers.
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.
King Crimson/Cat Food EP ....CD EP $9.99
Expanded 50th anniversary edition of King Crimson's first non-album single from 1970, featuring artwork derived from Peter Sinfield's original 7" cover. Featuring Cat Food (single version), Groon (original single B-side), a live version of Cat Food performed by the current KC line-up in Toronto in September 2019, and an alternate mix of the album version of Cat Food prepared by David Singleton as part of the KC50 digital series. There were few less likely performances on the UK's premier chart television show Top of the Pops than that of a temporary line-up of King Crimson miming to the band's early 1970 single release Cat Food. The band's first (and only) - isolated from album release - foray into the fickle world of the singles market did not, even with a TOTP appearance, produce a hit to dominate UK and worldwide charts but, along with its quirky instrumental non-album b side Groon, has achieved long-term appeal with King Crimson fans. A longer version of Cat Food would appear on the band's second studio album in May 1970, In the Wake of Poseidon and a live version of Groon was a highlight of the Earthbound Live album (while numerous studio takes were featured on both the 40th anniversary CD/DVD-A of In the Wake of Poseidon and the Sailors' Tales boxed set. Cat Food also appeared in a powerful version on The Great Deceiver boxed set and made a lauded return to KC's repertoire on the band's 2019's world tour.
Andy Mackay & Phil Manzanera/Roxymphony ....import CD + DVD $49.99
Roxymphony contains classic Roxy Music songs reinterpreted with an orchestra and choir. CD/DVD in book format. 'Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera bookend the stage as the ensemble do a magnificent job reimagining the likes of Song for Europe and Out of the Blue. The added musical dimensions help to accentuate the eerie and haunting qualities so often overlooked in Roxy material: this is especially true of In Every Dream Home a Heartache, which is mesmerizing.' Prog Magazine
Pat Metheny/From this Place ....CD $17.99
The record features ten compositions by Metheny, who is joined by his long-time drummer, Antonio Sanchez, Malaysian/Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock as well as the Hollywood Studio Symphony conducted by Joel McNeely. Meshell Ndegeocello (vocals), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), and Luis Conte (percussion) are special guests on From this Place, Metheny's first album of new material since 2014's Kin (??). Metheny, Simcock, Oh, and Sanchez begin an extensive international tour in the New Year. "From this Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life. It is a kind of musical culmination, reflecting a wide range of expressions that have interested me over the years, scaled across a large canvas, presented in a way that offers the kind of opportunities for communication that can only be earned with a group of musicians who have spent hundreds of nights together on the bandstand," said Metheny.
Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio/Dreaming ....CD $14.99
The voice of '80s new wave icons Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio, returns to the stage with an astonishing new studio album of cover songs and originals! Produced by the multi-talented Adam Hamilton (David Hasselhoff / William Shatner), Dreaming offers lush keyboards and atmospheric interpretations of some classic rock/pop songs brought to life by Bozzio's unmistakable voice! Includes 2 original compositions that demonstrate Bozzio's relevance to the modern electronic genre which her original band inspired!
The Neal Morse Band/The Great Adventour 2019 - Live in Brno ....import 2 CD + 2 Blu-Ray $32.99
The Great Adventour 2019 - Live in Brno shows The Neal Morse Band at the very height of its powers. 2 Blu-ray/2CD digipak in slipcase. Extraordinary, passionate and intricate rock music played to perfection by five masters of their craft, backed by dramatic video illustrations by Christian Rios. The first disc contains the show and the encore, while the second features exclusive bonus material, including two documentaries that track the US and European legs of the tour, as well as four official videos from the album release.
Pendragon/Love over Fear ....import CD $20.99
Pendragon/Love over Fear [3 CD Deluxe Book Edition] ....import 3 CD + Book Set $109.99
The brand new Pendragon studio album will be out early 2020! After the massive success of the First 40 Years, the new album, Love over Fear will be available as a digisleeve standard CD. Also available as a stunningly beautiful 11" x 11" Hard cover book featuring a collection of stunning Liz Saddington paintings to illustrate all the album tracks plus a wealth of photographs, this book also contains 3 CD's - [ 32 pages of lyrics, artwork and photos].
The Residents/Refused ....import CD $19.99
The Residents are an American art collective best known for their over 60 studio albums that were recorded over a period of over forty years. The compilation album Refused was originally released by the band's own Ralph America label in 1999 and collected 11 versions of the track "Santa Dog." For our 2019 Christmas re-issue, we have collected a total of 18 variations with adapted artwork.
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..."
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!
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."
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.
Tangerine Dream/Recurring Dreams ....import CD $17.99
Newly reworked aelected classics by the 2020 lineup of the legendary pioneers of electronica and ambient. Including "Phaedra," "Stratosfear," "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park" Tangerine Dream have been a fundamental influence on electronic music since Edgar Froese founded the band in West Berlin in 1967. Providing the groundwork for multiple electronic music genres including ambient and electronica, inspiring musicians and other art forms, from The Future Sound of London to Porcupine Tree, the widely popular TV show Stranger Things (for which their music also featured in) to seminal video game Grand Theft Auto V (for which they helped to write the soundtrack). The group have also received seven Grammy nominations, written over 100 studio albums and were led by Froese, who developed an instantly recognisable synth-based instrumental music based on a meditative musical experience that came to prominence in the 70s and 80s. Fast-forward to the present day, when popular culture is rediscovering synthesizers and sequencers, and Tangerine Dream are in the mix of an exciting time for an evolving electronic music scene. Modern Tangerine Dream has seen the beginning of 'The Quantum Years,' which began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Froese before he passed away in 2015. Remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane worked together to realize Edgar's visions and expectations of a conceptual body of work that attempts to translate quantum philosophy into music. The new direction led to the 2017 album Quantum Gate, which was described by The Guardian as their "most interesting release in years." With Recurring Dreams, the new generation of Tangerine Dream pay homage to the band's timeless beginnings with captivating and emotional renditions of selected classics, such as "Phaedra," "Stratosfear," "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park." These new recordings are not just re-recorded covers but heartfelt and individual interpretations, featuring all generations of synths and sequencers, added layers and new arrangements, applying Froese's new quantum dream to these highly influential tracks. Recurring Dreams also includes the new version of "Claymore Mine Stalking" that was used in the popular 2018 black metal movie Lords of Chaos. This CD edition of Recurring Dreams is presented in a 6-panel digipack sleeve.
Various Artists/Teil 1 Kraut!: Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968-1979 ....import 2 CD Set $36.99
Progressive Rock from Germany! Never before has there been a comparable compilation! Towards the end of the 1960s, German bands began their first attempts to emancipate themselves stylistically from their US and British role models. Progrock and psychedelia from our country were initially smiled at internationally and disparagingly called 'Krautrock' by cult DeeJay John Peel, among others. Unorthodox formations could not be pigeonholed, and so a scene with a wide musical range was created. With the release of the first of a total of four issues, Bear Family marks another milestone on the way to a comprehensive documentation of the history of popular music in Germany from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. With 'Kraut! Die innovativen Jahre des Krautrock 1968-1979' we will release a double CD every three months in 2020 with a booklet of about 100 pages and biographies of each band, an exquisite selection of the exciting and influential bands of those days, some of which caused a sensation far beyond Germany.
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.
Darryl Way/Destinations ....import CD $19.99
From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, Darryl Way is the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist and composer. "Destinations" is the new studio album by Darryl Way and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces.
Wishbone Ash/Coat of Arms ....CD $15.99
Coat of Arms sound stylistically diverse and techincally accomplished, yet the new album is typical of Wishbone Ash's traditional strenths - a balancing act that is a challenge to Powell every time. Wishbone Ash celebrates their 50th anniversary this year. The band released legendary albums like "Argus," "There's The Rub" and "Live Dates." The band, still led by original member Andy Powell, was a huge influence for Iron Maiden's bass player Steve Harris. The new album is back to the roots and the first one since 2014.
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.
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.