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The latest in Progressive Rock and Classic Rock releases.
Yes/The Quest ....2 CD Set $18.99
Yes/The Quest [Limited Deluxe Artbook Edition] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Set $49.99
Yes/The Quest [180 Gram Vinyl] ....2 Vinyl LPs + 2 CD $49.99
Yes/The Quest [Limited Glow in the Dark Vinyl Deluxe Box] ....2 Vinyl LPs + 2 CDs + Blu-Ray Box Set $119.99
The Quest is the 2021 studio album from arguably the most legendary progressive rock band of all time, Yes. The band's first release on its new label InsideOutMusic, The Quest has been produced by Steve Howe and features a line-up of Howe alongside Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood. Featuring artwork from long-time collaborator Roger Dean, the album's 11 tracks showcase a band still intent on making its mark with its unique approach to making music. Limited deluxe 2CD/Blu-ray artbook edition: the blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround sound mix, as well as hi-res instrumental versions of all the album's tracks. Double 180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve with LP booklet and 2 CDs. Limited deluxe glow in the dark double vinyl/2CD/Blu-ray boxset including slipmat, enamel badge, poster and 36-page booklet. Comes with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity in a sturdy lift-off box.
The Beatles/Let It Be [Special Edition] ....CD $18.99
The Beatles/Let It Be [Deluxe Special Edition] ....2 CD Set $24.99
The Beatles/Let It Be [Super Deluxe Special Edition] ....5 CD + Blu-Ray Box Set $134.99
The Beatles/Let It Be Special Edition [Super Deluxe Vinyl Edition] ....4 LP + 12" EP Box Set $199.98
Let It Be Special Edition - The Let It Be album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell. All the new Let It Be releases feature the new stereo mix of the album as guided by the original "reproduced for disc" version by Phil Spector and sourced directly from the original session and rooftop performance eight-track tapes. Deluxe 2 CD Packaging: The Special Edition Deluxe 2CD also includes a disc of outtake highlights and a 40-page booklet. Super Deluxe 5 CD/Blu-ray Audio Box Set Packaging: Newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS, and Dolby Atmos. The Super Deluxe Edition includes 27 unreleased session recordings, a 4-track Let It Be EP, the 1969 unreleased 14-track "Get Back" stereo mix by Glyn Johns, and a 100-page hardback book with an intro by Paul McCartney, track-by-track recording information, and many unseen photos, notes, and more. Super Deluxe Vinyl Edition 4 LP/12" EP Box Set Packaging: includes 27 unreleased session recordings, a 4-track Let It Be EP, the 1969 unreleased 14-track "Get Back" stereo LP mix by Glyn Johns, and a 100-page hardback book with an intro by Paul McCartney, track-by-track recording information, and many unseen photos, notes, and more. A slipcase box set houses the 4 LPs, 12" EP, and hardbound book.
Caravan/It's None of Your Business ....import CD $19.99
First new studio album in eight years, Caravan, one of the darlings of the progressive rock and 'Canterbury' scenes, formed in 1968 blending rock, jazz, folk and classical influences into a warm and distinctive sound. Their previous 14 studio albums and numerous live recordings have seen them attract a large and faithful following. The band toured regularly until the restrictions of the covid-19 pandemic. Founder member Pye Hastings (guitar/vocals) remains as Caravan's guiding light and primary songwriter. Geoffrey Richardson (viola, mandolin, guitar) first played with Caravan between 1972 - 1981 and returned to the fold in 1995, Jan Schelhaas (keyboards) & Mark Walker (drums) complete the band with Lee Pomeroy (ELO, Rick Wakeman & Take That) guesting as bass player following the departure of Jim Leverton while Jimmy Hastings also guests on flute. 'It's None of Your Business' is Caravan's first album since 'Paradise Filter' (2013) and features nine new songs plus one instrumental track influenced to a degree by the events and restrictions placed on society over the past 18 months. The album was recorded, as restrictions allowed, 'in the old-fashioned way' between 24th June and 4th July 2021 at Rimshot Studio, Bredgar near Sittingbourne. "Sitting round in a circle having eye to eye contact, a large sound room was required," Pye Hastings explained. "I much prefer this method because you can bounce ideas off each other as they occur with voice encouragement when the whole thing begins to click. And it is much more rewarding to be able to throw insults at each other in person rather than down a telephone line or via email. This is something we are all very experienced at, believe me!"
Al Stewart/Time Passages [Remastered & Expanded]
....import 2 CD Set $26.99
Al Stewart/Time Passages [Deluxe Edition] ....import 3 CD + DVD Set $84.99
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new remastered and expanded two CD edition of 'Time Passages,' the legendary album by Al Stewart first released in September 1978. Stewart's third album recorded with Alan Parsons, 'Time Passages' followed the hugely successful platinum-selling 'Year of the Cat.' Recorded at the close of 1977 and during the early months of 1978 at Davlen Studios in Los Angeles, 'Time Passages' was an album of as much immense musical inventiveness. Despite pressure to produce an equally successful follow-up record, Al Stewart rose to the occasion with 'Time Passages,' an album that was as musically inventive and creative as its predecessor, a triumph both in terms of Al Stewart's song writing and the stunning and sophisticated production by Alan Parsons. Featuring such classic songs as 'Valentina Way,' 'Life in Dark Water,' 'The Palace of Versailles,' 'Timeless Skies,' 'Almost Lucy' and the classic title track, 'Time Passages' was another commercial and critical success on its release, reaching the US Billboard Top Ten and the UK Top 40. The single 'Time Passages' was also a Top Ten hit in the United States. Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a four-disc deluxe limited edition boxed set (comprising 3 CDs and a DVD). This new deluxe edition of this special album has been newly remastered for the very first time from the original first-generation master tapes by Alan Parsons and also features his stunning new 5.1 Surround sound mix from the original multi-track tapes. In addition, the set includes single edits, an album session out-take, four demo tracks recorded in Los Angeles in August 1977 and for the first time the complete concert recorded at the studios of WKQK-FM in Chicago in October 1978. This limited edition boxed set also features an illustrated 68-page book with a new essay featuring an interview with Al Stewart and a facsimile promotional poster and a set of four postcards and is a fitting tribute to a much treasured and legendary masterpiece by a consummate songwriter and performer.
Colosseum/Live in Germany ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $44.99
Limited three disc (two CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition from Repertoire. Whenever Colosseum toured Germany in their early days, one of the most important engagements was an appearance on the top TV rock show Beat Club. It gave them a chance to play live in front of a studio audience and reach millions of viewers, which helped establish their enduring fanbase. Performances captured in the Bremen TV studios are among the Colosseum classics on this exciting new set. Here is the band led by genius drummer Jon Hiseman featuring James Litherland, Dave Greenslade, Clem Clempson, Mark Clarke, Chris Farlowe and Dick Heckstall-Smith, with a guest appearance by Barbara Thompson on flute. See and hear them storm through 'Walking in the Park,' 'The Machine Demands a Sacrifice,' 'Take Me Back to Doomsday,' and 'Tanglewood '63' from Beat Club, and revel in powerful performances such as the epic 'Valentyne Suite' and 'Lost Angeles' from their concerts in Frankfurt and Vienna. Complete with liner notes by Repertoire's Chris Welch and interviews with band members, this is another essential album for all Colosseum and prog rock fans.
PFM/I Dreamed of Electric Sheep [Jewel Case Edition]
....2 CD Set $18.99
PFM/I Dreamed of Electric Sheep [Digipack Edition] ....2 CD Set $20.99
In the making of 'I Dreamed of Electric Sheep,' "We were forced to work under very peculiar circumstances, often interrupting our studio activity because of the lockdown," says Franz Di Cioccio (lead vocals, drums). The whole process took one year spent mostly working at home, sharing ideas and meeting at Patrick Djivas' (bass, keyboards) home studio, before the band was able to record the album at White Studios in Milan, Italy. Being the rhythm section, Cioccio and Djivas make a perfect working team. "We both have a great passion for sci-fi movies. In the past we watched many of them together. In the case of 'Blade Runner' we were hit by the question: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - The world has been changing around us. Computers are taking over and covid has accelerated the process. However, we strongly believe in the power of people to use their imagination and fantasy. To us this is what really makes the difference between human beings and androids." The band considers themselves being in a similar place when it comes to music that impressionists were in when it comes to painting: They didn't paint fixed somatic traits for their figures with their brush strokes while PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi) do not consider themselves limited to a specific genre. While the album tells multiple stories they are all linked to passion, love and the power of imagination. As a real treat PMF invited a couple of musicians they have been friends with for a long time: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) on flute and Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis) on electric guitar. "I Dreamed of Electric Sheep" is simultaneously released in both English and Italian versions, hence the Italian subtitle, "Ho Sognato Pecore Elettriche."
Pendragon/The Jewel ....import CD $22.99
Pendragon re release their debut studio album from 1985 with the added bonus of the Fly High Fall Far mini album with the original Jewel and Fly High artwork. Remastered by Karl Groom to give the whole recording increased levels to bring it into the modern CD age. There has been a lot of demand for a repress of this album for a number of years.
Syn/Flowerman: Rare Blooms from the Syn ....import CD $19.99
An anthology of all surviving '60s recordings by The Syn, key players on the London summer-of-'67 underground circuit and the starting point for prog legends Yes. Active from late 1965 as an Action-style mod/Motown band, The Syn embraced psychedelia with some legendary theatrical shows during their Marquee Club residency and a brace of flower-power singles for Deram before slowly evolving into Yes. Those four Deram sides - 'Created by Clive,' 'Grounded,' 'Flowerman' and '14 Hour Technicolour Dream' - are joined by a clutch of rare recordings from the period, including a five-minute rehearsal excerpt of stage favourite 'The Gangster Opera,' an earlier recording of 'Flowerman,' a pre- Deram acetate of the unissued-at-the-time 'Merry-Go-Round' and two tracks by pre-Syn band The Selfs. The CD also includes some post-Syn recordings, including a brace of songwriting demos by singer Steve Nardelli, keyboardist Andrew Pryce Jackman and bassist Chris Squire as they attempted to set up a production company at the height of Squire's success with Yes. With a foreword by Phil Collins (a huge fan during their Marquee days), many previously unpublished photos and a new 5000 word essay, 'Flowerman' is an essential purchase for admirers of both vintage British psychedelia and the band Yes.
Peter Banks's Harmony in Diversity/Best of Peter Banks's Harmony in Diversity ....import CD $26.99
Best of compilation featuring Peter Banks's Harmony in Diversity, an experimental progressive rock incarnation for the former Yes man. Culled from a string of albums that were previously gathered together in a six CD set back in 2018 and featuring Banks' accomplished guitar playing. A must for Yes completists, featuring guitarist Banks who was an original member of the band after time in psyche legends The Syn. Peter Banks's expressive guitar playing is captured in a best of his recordings with HID who existed between 2004 and 2007 and recorded five albums as well as playing live. Often modal and avant-garde at times, HID deliver a theatrical take of progressive rock that verges on drone, math rock, post rock and jazz fusion with a side of ambience. Peter Banks sadly passed away in 2013.
Empire/Best of Empire ....import CD $26.99
11 track best of compilation featuring Peter Banks' 1970s outfit Empire featuring vocals by Sydney Foxx. Culled from the albums 'Mark 1,' 'Mark 2,' 'Mark 3' and 'The Mars Tapes' which languished in obscurity until they briefly saw release in the States in the mid-'90s. A must for Yes completists, featuring guitarist Banks who was an original member of the band after time with psyche legends The Syn. After Banks split from the formative Yes, he formed Flash who had three albums released on Sovereign in the early '70s. On their demise he put together a new group with Sidonie Jordon on vocals, their personal and professional relationship forming the backbone of the group. The compilation includes selections from the all three Empire studio albums and 'The Mars Tapes' and is also fully endorsed by Sidonie Jordan (Foxx). The band's best-known piece, 'Sky at Night' features huge Syn fan and latter day Genesis member Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals.
Spirit/Sunrise & Salvation - The Mercury Era Anthology ....import 8 CD Box Set $69.99
This eight CD clamshell boxed set, compiled and annotated by Spirit archivist Mick Skidmore, gathers together the albums 'Spirit of '76,' 'Son of Spirit,' 'Farther Along,' 'Future Games' and 'The Thirteenth Dream' - all newly remastered from the original master tapes. Additionally the collection features an incredible 102 bonus tracks drawn from previously unreleased live concerts from 1974 and 1975, along with rare demos, including the entire early demo version of 'Future Games.' It also includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay.
David Crosby/If Only I Could Remember My Name [50th Anniversary Edition] ....2 CD Set $24.99
Singer-songwriter David Crosby's solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name, was dismissed by critics when it came out in 1971. Over the years, however, appreciation has grown for the album's adventurous aesthetic, stacked harmonies and haunting lyrics about loss and confusion. Billed as Crosby's solo debut, the album was anything but a one-man project. Instead, it was one of his most collaborative efforts, featuring an all-star cast of players that included members of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana, along with Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and others. If I Could Only Remember My Name turned 50 earlier this year and Rhino is celebrating with a 2-CD set that includes the album lovingly remastered from the original analog tapes, accompanied by a bonus disc that features a dozen unreleased demos, outtakes, and alternative versions. The new remaster was overseen by original album engineer Stephen Barncard with restoration and speed correction using Plangent Processes.
Marianne Faithfull/The Montreux Years ....CD $15.99
The magnificent and incomparable Marianne Faithfull has performed five legendary concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival between 1995 and 2009. Each of these historic concerts were recorded. Marianne Faithfull's name is synonymous with the authenticity, artistry and individuality of the festival and this collection is a celebration of her unique talent. The Montreux Years collection will bring together, for the first time, some of the finest moments from Marianne's most celebrated performances. Expertly curated by the Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG, restored and remastered in superlative HD audio; The Montreux Years is released on superior audiophile heavy weight vinyl, MQA quality CD and in HD digital. Montreux Media Ventures (MMV) in partnership with BMG are working together to produce and release a premium series of albums and activities, curated from the unique Montreux Jazz festival archive; one of the finest music collections in the world. As part of this exciting new joint venture MMV and BMG have commenced work to establish a new series of deluxe artist collections under the new official Montreux Jazz records imprint. These initial collections; The Montreux Years will bring together the most iconic performances from the most significant artists to perform in the festival's impressive five decade history. The collaboration is an unprecedented curation project. The most extensive exploration of the official archive in the festival's history. Expertly curated by the MJF and BMG teams and overseen by Claude Nobs' partner and president of the Claude Nobs foundation, Thierry Amsallem, who will act as executive producer across the series. The Montreux Years series is a celebration of Claude's love of the artists and passion for the festival and are a fitting tribute to his legacy. The BMG and Montreux Jazz music festival design teams will work in partnership to produce new and authentic creative, faithful to the festival's reputation for iconic artwork.
Albert Bouchard/Imaginos II: Bombs Over Germany (Minus Zero and Counting) ....CD $16.99
Albert Bouchard is best known as one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult. As a songwriter, he wrote many BOC songs including the very popular "Astronomy" and the live staple "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" on which he also sang lead vocals. "Imaginos 2 - Bombs Over Germany (Minus Zero and Counting)" sees Albert continuing the Trilogy of Imaginos, a concept album about an alien conspiracy that is brought to fruition during the late 19th and early 20th century through the actions of Imaginos, an agent of evil. The album weaves scripts and poems by the late Sandy Pearlman. It features guests Ross the Boss (Dictators), Joe Cerisano (Silver Condor, TSO), and reunites original Blue Oyster Cult members Eric Bloom, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and Joe Bouchard, as well current BOC member Richie Castellano, who all contribute to this latest installment. The album also features reworks of classics like "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll," "The Red and the Black" and "Dominance and Submission."
Dream Theater/A View from the Top of the World ....CD
Dream Theater/A View from the Top of the World [Deluxe Artbook Edition] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray + Book Set $69.99
Dream Theater/A View from the Top of the World [Super Deluxe Edition] ....2 Vinyl LP + 2 CD + Blu-Ray + Book Set $199.99
Even after hundreds of shows, 15 million records sold, two Grammy Award nominations, and almost four decades together, Dream Theater continue to look ahead. Their collective gaze never wavers from the future. Instead, the progressive metal trailblazers - James LaBrie (vocals), John Petrucci (guitars), Jordan Rudess (keyboards), John Myung (bass), and Mike Mangini (drums) - consistently explore uncharted territory with the same spirit of sonic adventurousness. On their 15th album, A View from the Top of the World, the New York quintet rush forward at full speed again with seven tracks equally steeped in articulate arrangements, groove-laden guitars, and skyscraping melodies. Available as Limited Deluxe Boxset incl. 2LP (in exclusive gatefold sleeve), Limited 2CD/Blu-ray Artbook, Zoetrope Slipmat, Beanie, Enamel Keychain, Poster, Artcards & Certificate of Authenticity in lift-off lid box. Limited 2CD/Blu-ray Artbook includes 5.1 surround sound mix of entire album with visuals, 'Digging for a Spark - A View from Inside DTHQ' Documentary, extended artwork & liner notes. Also available as CD.
Ozric Tentacles/Space for the Earth [The Tour that Didn't Happen Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $19.99
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK's festival scene, Ozric Tentacles formed during the solstice at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 going on to become psychedelic staples at Glastonbury and other festivals. The creative vision of multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne, the Ozrics' uniquely trippy soundscapes connect fans of progressive rock, psychedelia & dance music culture. 'Space for the Earth' represents the next harmonic step in the unfolding Ozric journey. Written, programmed, recorded and produced throughout 2019/20 by Ed Wynne in 'Blue Bubble Studios' by the sea, this exploratory and diverse musical adventure comprises seven tracks spanning 45 minutes. Wynne feels that lockdown in a strange kind of way provided 'Space for the Earth' to breathe for a while and for people to rediscover it's resonant healing frequency. "This is space music for people from the Earth to enjoy." These recordings find Ozrics' synth player Silas Neptune and drummer Balazs Szende join forces again with Wynne & also features special guest appearances from former members including synth player Joie Hinton, drummer Nick Van Gelder, flautist Champignon and percussionist Paul Hankin. Psychedelic voyager Gracerooms also contributes additional synth layers. The album ebbs and flows through blissed-out soundscapes featuring incendiary guitar solos, space grooves and ambient atmospheres. Two CD edition includes a bonus disc featuring 30 minutes of new music.
Rolling Stones/Tattoo You [Super Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + LP Box Set $149.99
Four CD + Picture Disc Box Set! Tattoo You celebrates 40 years with the release of a brand new Super Deluxe four CD Boxset which includes the newly remastered version of Tattoo You, Lost & Found, Still Life: Wembley Stadium 1982 plus a bonus Picture Disc pressing of Tattoo You and a 124 Page Book featuring over 200 rare photos from recording sessions & world tour + interviews with producer Chris Kimsey & photographer Hubert Kretzscmar. The package includes a special lenticular sleeve. 4CD/1LP.
Pat Metheny/Side-Eye NYC [V1.IV] ....CD $16.99
Pat explains, "I wanted to create an ongoing platform to host a rotating cast of the newer generations of musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way. From my earliest days in Kansas City onward, I was the beneficiary of so many older musicians hiring me, which gave me a chance to develop through the prism of their experiences and the particular demands of what their music implied." Metheny has given this band concept the name Side-Eye and hopes that it might become a rotating group of musicians who could come and go in different combinations. So far, there have been four iterations, hence the V.1-IV sub-heading on the record. Whether searingly electric, powerfully intense or deeply contemplative, highly composed or totally improvised, or even with some new-fangled contraption of his own design, there is always that unmistakable Metheny sensibility at work that has stood at the forefront of jazz for what is now approaching five decades. The Side-Eye series is the latest chapter in his continually unfolding story.
Graham Bond/Solid Bond ....import CD $15.99
If there ever was a quintessential jazz-rock album, which practically not only is the first recorded example of the genre, but also defines it unequivocally, this is it. Released in 1970 as a 2-LP set it contains two sessions recorded by the legendary British saxophonist / organist / vocalist Graham Bond in 1963 and 1966. The first of these two sessions is not only the first recording of the emerging jazz-rock genre but also the recording debut of one of it's future heroes, guitarist John McLaughlin. The Graham Bond Quartet, captured live in London's legendary Klooks Kleek Club consisted of Bond (on sax), McLaughlin, Jack Bruce on acoustic bass and Ginger Baker on drums. The second (studio) session features Dick Heckstall-Smith and the young upcoming drummer Jon Hiseman.
Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej/Divine Tides ....CD $13.99
The album "Divine Tides" by the living legend Stewart Copeland (The Police, Curved Air) and Ricky Kej (Grammy Award winner) features artists from all over the world - soundscapes and melodies meet pulsating rhythms, which elevate the senses into a realm of spiritual solitude, where the soul is free - one with itself, one with time, one with our planet! Through its diverse musical canvas "Divine Tides" showcases a world where we can adapt to change, just like the moving tides - a world in which all life can live sustainably and in harmony.
Andy Summers/Harmonics of the Night ....import CD $18.99
'Harmonics of the Night' is the third in what he conceived of as a trilogy of recordings from guitarist Andy Summers. Following on from 'Metal Dog' and 'Triboluminescence,' 'Harmonics of the Night' began it's life as a guitar improvisation for a museum installation of Andy's own photos. He did not like the music they had chosen in the gallery so sat down and recorded some guitar improvisations. Summers says that he built this set out from there. These songs and the photos that inspired them have become a staple of his solo guitar shows. Stand out tracks: 'A Certain Strangeness,' 'Harmonics of the Night' and 'City of Crocodiles.' The album will be released to accompany a new exhibition of his photos at the Leica Gallery, Mayfair starting on October 21st. Andy explains more about the album - The music for Harmonics of the Night came from a real-life situation, which was the occasion of a retrospective exhibition of my photography at the Pavilion Populaire in Montpellier. I was able to visit the museum in advance of the opening and decided this time (instead of the usual unsuitable music being played by the whatever gallery!) that I must make a music installation to accompany the photography on the wall, a piece that could be looped and thus provide a continual musical counterpoint to the visual. I made a twenty-minute single guitar improvisation. A Certain Strangeness.This piece put a certain approach in my in my head and pointed me in the direction of eleven more tracks. These pieces which vary from minimalist approaches to African influenced dance pieces and are what I consider the sonic parallels to the photography.
Fred Frith Trio/Road ....2 CD Set $30.99
Fred Frith is a multi-instrumentalist and a shrewd outsider who walks the line between rock and jazz, improvisation and composition, and hereby presents a breathtaking live double CD with his long-time Bay Area trio. CD1 documents an inspiring trio concert by these extraordinarily creative musicians at Stadthalle Koln as part of Week-End Fest 2019. CD2 features the trio with guests Lotte Anker and Susana Santos Silva. Both musicians have a long history with the trio - Lotte Anker has played with the trio in San Francisco and New York, and Susana Santos Silva joined them for performances in Brazil in 2018, while both have joined the trio to tour the U.S. East Coast and Europe in 2019. Lotte Anker and Susana Santos Silva fire up the trio. And in turn the trio's inspiration has an effect on Lotte and Susana which feeds back into the group. This creates a unique collective sound that delivers an infectious live energy.
Fleetwood Mac/Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac ....CD $14.99
Fleetwood Mac/Mr. Wonderful ....CD $14.99
Fleetwood Mac/The Pious Bird of Good Omen ....CD $14.99
A trio of classic releases of the late '60s celebrating the original blues infused version of Fleetwood Mac led by Peter Green on the Blue Horizon label. Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac is the 2004 remastered reissue of the classic 1968 debut album features 19 tracks including 7 bonus tracks. Mr. Wonderful is the second studio album by British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 23 August 1968. This all-blues album was broadly similar to their debut album, albeit with some changes to personnel and recording method. The Pious Bird of Good Omen is a compilation album by the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac.
Jorma Kaukonen & John Hurlbut/The River Flows Vol. 1 & 2 - The Complete Sessions ....2 CD Set $28.99
Two CD set. If it seems odd to think of Jorma Kaukonen-who has been leading Hot Tuna and working as a solo artist for more than 50 years-as an accompanist, then coax the noggin back just a bit further and recall his role Jefferson Airplane. Save for the handful of songs on which he sang lead, Kaukonen spent much of his time in that band providing the guitar parts that gave body and soul to the songs and voices of Marty Balin, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick. Here, on The River Flows, Kaukonen's only jobs are to produce and to play the acoustic lead guitar alongside John Hurlbut, who supplies rhythm guitar and vocals. The two are longtime associates-Hurlbut has managed Kaukonen's guitar camp Fur Peace Ranch for decades, and he's an endearing and more than capable frontman in his own right. There's only one original Hurlbut composition here, the closing tune "Someone's Calling." The others come from sources such as ex-Byrds Roger McGuinn ("The Ballad of Easy Rider") and Gene Clark, Spencer Bohren and Curtis Mayfield, whose "People Get Ready," the old Impressions standard, is given a tender, homey reading by the pair. Another highlight is "Across the Borderline," co-written by Ry Cooder, Jim Dickinson and John Hiatt, on which Kaukonen places Hurlbut's sometimes pure, sometimes craggy vocal way up front, allowing the two guitars to carry on their own amiable conversation below. The River Flows is easygoing, honest and welcoming music, a stress reliever at a time when everyone can all use a little more of that.
Mountain/Live in the '70s ....import 3 CD Set $28.99
This three CD collection includes a particularly luminous set from a New Year's Eve concert in 1971.
Steve Hackett/Surrender of Silence ....CD $16.99
Steve Hackett/Surrender of Silence [Limited Deluxe Edition] ....CD + Blu-Ray $34.99
Steve Hackett/Surrender of Silence [Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl] ....import 2 Vinyl LPs + CD $44.99
Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett releases his new studio rock album Surrender of Silence via Inside Out Music. The album features 11 new songs as Steve has been working hard through Lockdown and, the first time, has completed two studio albums for release within the same year! Hot on the heels of his classical-acoustic travelogue Under a Mediterranean Sky, which was released in January and hit Number 2 in the UK Classical Album Chart, Surrender of Silence is a further exploration of Hackett's love of world music, discovering different sounds, moods and textures to deliver a rock album of extraordinary variety, power and beauty. As with Under a Mediterranean Sky, Surrender of Silence was also recorded during Lockdown and, again, Hackett has called upon some of his musical friends from across the world to contribute. Hackett's regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards, programming and orchestral arrangements), Rob Townsend (sax, clarinet), Jonas Reingold (bass), Nad Sylvan (vocals) and Craig Blundell (drums) are supplemented by Phil Ehart and Nick D'Virgilio (drums), the vocal talents of Amanda Lehmann, Durga and Lorelei McBroom, Christine Townsend (violin, viola), Malik Mansurov (tar) and Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev (dutar). This new album is full-on electric!
|Van der Graaf Generator/Godbluff [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $34.99||Van der Graaf Generator/H to He Who Am the Only One [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $34.99||Van der Graaf Generator/Pawn Hearts [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $34.99||Van der Graaf Generator/Still Life [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $34.99|
Sadly Van der Graaf Generator's phenomenal Charisma Years box set went out of print within a few days of its release! But for now these four breakouts from the box set are still available. If you missed the box set, get these now while you can! 2CD + DVD editions of these four ambitious studio releases from Van der Graaf Generator. Remastered from the first-generation master tapes and also featuring 2021 stereo and 5.1 Surround sound mixes by Stephen W Tayler (plus additional live bonus tracks for Still Life and Godbluff and bonus studio recordings for Pawnhearts and H to He).
Be Bop Deluxe/Live! In The Air Age [Remastered & Expanded
Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $32.99
Be Bop Deluxe/Live! In the Air Age 1970-1973 [Deluxe Limited Edition] ....import 15 CD + DVD Box Set $142.99
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce a new re-mastered super-deluxe expanded boxed set limited edition release (comprising 15 CDs and a DVD) and a new remastered and expanced three CD edition of Live! In the Air Age by Be Bop Deluxe. This legendary live album was released in July 1977 and would prove to be the band's most successful album, peaking at number 10 in the UK charts. The album was issued at a time of growing commercial success for the band and followed on the heels of two highly acclaimed studio albums in thirteen months, Sunburst Finish and Modern Music, both of which reached the top twenty of the UK album charts. Live! In the Air Age would be the band's only live record and was recorded on a series of dates in the UK in February and March 1977 on the Rolling Stones mobile unit with John Leckie, who had engineered co-produced the band's previous two albums, supervising the location recordings. The band's UK tour began in late January and was an audio-visual extravaganza that featured the use of projection screens and excerpts from the 1927 German silent film Metropolis, director Fritz Lang's striking science fiction masterpiece. Continuing into February, the first concert to be recorded was at the de Montfort Hall in Leicester on the 12th of that month. The following two nights saw concerts at the Grand Theatre in Leeds which were both captured on tape and saw Bill Nelson perform to an enthusiastic home audience. However, at this juncture fate would intervene to cause a postponement to the remainder of the tour. Travelling to a concert in Bristol on 15th February 1977, Bill Nelson and John Leckie were involved in a car accident which resulted in them being hospitalized at Huddersfield Infirmary. Thankfully, all involved recovered quickly from their injuries, but as a result of the accident, the remaining concerts were postponed until the end of March. The tour began again with two concerts at Hammersmith Odeon in London on March 25th and 26th 1977 which revealed the band to be on top form, feeding off the tremendous warmth of the audience. Further shows in Bristol and Bournemouth on the 27th and 28th March respectively also contained many fine moments. Bill Nelson and John Leckie selected the best performances for mixing at Abbey Road and Advision studios in London and Live! In the Air Age was released in July 1977. Research of all of the Be Bop Deluxe master tapes revealed that multi track tapes of all the shows recorded on the UK tour of 1977 had survived. After digitizing and listening through to all of the Rolling Stones mobile unit 24-track tapes it was decided to include each concert in it's entirety in this expanded boxed set. The concerts were mixed over a period of several months by Stephen W. Tayler and are presented here for the very first time. They reveal the improvisational side of Be Bop Deluxe, particularly on pieces such as Shine and Blazing Apostles which made each concert unique. This set features the original album, newly remastered from the original master tapes, and restores the correct running order of the original LP release and has three bonus tracks drawn from a BBC Radio One John Peel Show session from January 1977. This box also adds an NTSC / Region Free DVD of Star Rider in Concert - Be Bop Deluxe, which was first screened on television in 1977 and appears exclusively in this boxed set for the first time. Finally, this limited-edition boxed set includes an illustrated 68-page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. Additionally, the set includes postcards and a replica poster. This special deluxe limited-edition boxed set of Live! In the Air Age is a fitting tribute to a fine live band and the creative vision of Bill Nelson. The 3CD set features the original album, newly remastered from the original master tapes, and restores the correct running order of the original LP release and has three bonus tracks drawn from a BBC Radio One John Peel Show session from January 1977. Importantly, this 3 CD edition includes the entire concert recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London on 26th March 1977, one of the stand-out concerts from that memorable tour, which has been newly mixed by Stephen W. Tayler and is presented here for the very first time. This edition includes an illustrated booklet with many photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson.
Tony Kaye/End of Innocence ....import CD $23.99
An album 20 years in the making, the first solo work from former Yes member Tony Kaye. Marking the events and the journey that followed the world changing moments of 9/11, 'End of Innocence' is designed to be listened to in its entirety. Featuring Dani Torchia who Kaye met in the wake of 9/11 who has written and performs on the album. Tony Kaye retired from Yes in 1996, and came out of retirement the week following the events of 9/11 and began to write this album, the power of its music helped Tony to process the day that became the End of Innocence. The album takes you on a journey from the peace of the night before to the emerging hopeful looking to the future. Tony Kaye met Dani Torchia in the week following 9/11. This album has been interwoven with the growth of their relationship. The artwork is painted by Roger Dean, the artist best known for his work with Yes and Asia. It was created after Roger had heard the music and the images reflect the journey the music takes.
Yes/Union 30 Live [Limited Edition 180gm Colored Vinyl + DVD] ....import 4 Vinyl LP + DVD Box Set $159.99
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the critically acclaimed Yes Union Tour, featuring all 8 iconic members of the band, the vinyl box set is a limited edition of 1,000 units all 180 gram, colored vinyl, (different color per disc), full-size reproduction Union program, laminate, guest passes, plus the Mountian View DVD, and numbered certificate.
Nektar/...Sounds Like Swiss ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $28.98
Unearthed audio and video recordings from legendary progressive rock band Nektar captured live in Switzerland, 1973. Includes an hour-long concert videotaped for Swiss TV's Kaleidospop, unseen since it's original broadcast. The two CDs include the audio portion of Kaleidospop as well as a complete show soundboard audio recording from the Pavilion des Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, May 1973. This CD/DVD set is an epic, historical document showcasing the bands early innovative and pioneering sound that remains as vital and influential as ever. Booklet includes liner notes by bassist and founding members Derek "Mo" Moore and Mick Brockett. The band's line up for these legendary performances in fact features all five original members-the late Roye Allbrighton on guitar and vocals, Derek "Mo" Moore on bass and vocals, Allan "Taff" Freeman on organ and vocals, and Ron Howden on drums and percussion in addition to Mick Brockett handling the visual tapestry that was such a key component of the "Music and Light Theatre" that the band was presenting at the very height of progressive rocks main sequence during the mid '70s.
Vangelis/Juno to Jupiter ....CD $15.99
Inspired by the groundbreaking mission of NASA's Juno space probe and its ongoing exploration of Jupiter, Juno to Jupiter is Vangelis' multi-dimensional journey through electronic, progressive, ambient, techno, orchestral, and vocal music. The project features soprano Angela Gheorghiu and sounds from space recorded by NASA. Comprising new and original music composed for NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter, this album very much continues where 2016's 'Rosetta' left off. After all the delays, we just can't wait!
Jean-Michel Jarre/Welcome to the Other Side ....import CD + Blu-Ray $34.99
As one of the true legends in the electronic music scene, Jean-Michel Jarre continues to deliver some of the most dynamic, cutting-edge performances for his global fanbase to experience. While he's become renowned for his performances at festivals like Coachella and other iconic venues, during the pandemic he looked to continue that trend with a VR show that was set at a virtual rendition of the Notre Dame cathedral in France. Building not just a creative set but the entire immersive experience as well, Jean-Michel Jarre rang in 2021 in style as he performed tunes from Electronica with a touch of reworked classics including Oxygene and Equinoxe thrown in for good measure. Now those who are looking to see the entire show once again will be able to do so, and in a whole new way as well. Jean-Michel Jarre has announced that he will be releasing the NYE live performance Welcome to the Other Side on physical formats including vinyl, and a CD and Blu-Ray boxset. The Blu-Ray boxset itself will be highly desired by his fans as it not only includes the full concert but will also include a MasterClass with Jean-Michel Jarre as he showcases how the show came to life, as well as behind-the-scenes videos.
Rick Wakeman/Starship Trooper ....CD $13.99
An out of this world collection of extraordinary performances by the King of Keyboards, the Prince of the Piano, the Saint of the Synth, Rick Wakeman! This collection contains 2 previously unreleased tracks including a powerful rendition of Tool's "Sober" plus several more brilliant cover songs of The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Doors including 5 never before heard versions! Also includes performances by Gong's Steve Hillage, Yes's Billy Sherwood and Steve Howe, William Shatner, Jerry Goodman and more! Includes liner notes by modern rock scholar Dave Thompson!
3/To the Power of Three ....CD $18.99
To the Power of Three is the first album by the British-American progressive rock band 3, a spin-off from Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Produced by Carl Palmer and Robert Berry, it was released in early 1988 by Geffen Records. The album contains a version of the Byrds' classic song "Eight Miles High" with altered lyrics. The closing track, "On My Way Home," was dedicated to Tony Stratton-Smith. "Talkin' Bout," the only single released from the album, peaked at number 9 in the Mainstream Rock chart.
Klaus Schulze/Richard Wahnfried's Megatone ....import CD $18.99
Klaus Schulze performing as his alter ego Richard Wahnfried. This vast & epic cosmic "trip" mixes pure atmospheric realms (the synth strings) with perpetual, repetitive drum rhythms.
Neil Young/Carnegie Hall 1970 ....2 CD Set $21.99
On December 4th 1970, Neil Young played two legendary solo acoustic shows at New York's Carnegie Hall. The 23 songs in this set (2 LP or 2 CD) have been mixed from the original 1/4 inch tapes by Young and Niko Bolas. This is the early show which has never been bootlegged or circulated, and is the first release in Neil's new "Official Bootleg Series."
Manfred Mann's Earth Band/Mannthology ....3 CD Set
Manfred Mann's Earth Band/Mannthology [Deluxe Hard Back Book Edition] ....4 CD + 2 DVD + Book Set $94.99
A celebration to mark 50 years of Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Mannthology brings together all of the band's singles from 1971 to date, including some from solo projects, and contains previously unreleased tracks, hard-to-obtain B sides and rare mixes. The three CD set showcases Manfred's striking ability to identify, arrange and perform other people's songs to make them his own, including songs by Dylan, Springsteen, Marley, Weller and Sting. The standard format contains three CDs (50 tracks) in a clamshell book with a short history of the band, and track notes. The Deluxe Edition set showcases The deluxe edition is a 30cm hardback book with four CDs (the 50 tracks plus a bonus CD of 16 tracks) and two DVDs (the Earth Band's 2017 Baloise session and a documentary film covering the band's 50-year history); the book has 100 pages including a comprehensive history of the band, biographies, extensive track notes, comments and anecdotes from band members, plus 50 high quality photos.
Steely Dan/Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! ....CD
Steely Dan/Donald Fagen's The Nightfly Live ....CD $16.99
Steely Dan announced today they will be going on tour this fall up the East Coast of the United States for their Absolutely Normal Tour 2021. The tour will kick off in Miami and make its way up towards Boston. Along with the announcement of their tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, jazz fusion band have announced the release of two live albums. One; Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live! the first live recording by the band in 25 years, which was recorded at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the Met in Philadelphia and more. Two; a live recording of Donald Fagen's acclaimed solo album The Nightfly played by the Steely Dan Band titled The Nightfly Live.
Vinegar Joe/Finer Things: Island Recordings 1972-1973 [Remastered] ....import 3 CD Set $39.99
New remastered three CD clamshell boxed set of the classic albums and non-album singles by the legendary band Vinegar Joe released between 1972-1973. One of the great British bands of the early 1970s, Vinegar Joe were formed from the remnants of Dada and featured Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer on vocals along with guitarist and visionary arranger Pete Gage. Renowned for their energetic live shows and engaging image. Sadly, their live reputation failed to deliver commercial success even following 1973's final album 'Six Star General' which featured stand out tracks including 'Black Smoke Rising from the Calumet,' 'Fine Things' and 'Lady of the Rain.' Following the band's demise, both Palmer and Brooks would go on to enjoy huge success as solo artists, while Gage became a noted producer and arranger. This three CD collection gathers together Vinegar Joe's three albums and their non-album singles, all remastered for the first time from the original Island Records master tapes and packaged in replica album sleeves. The set also includes an illustrated booklet with exclusive interviews with both Pete Gage and Elkie Brooks.
Barclay James Harvest/Time Honoured Ghosts [Expanded & Remastered] ....import CD + DVD $26.99
A new remastered and expanded two disc edition of 'Time Honoured Ghosts,' the legendary album by Barclay James Harvest first released in October 1975 recorded in San Francisco between May and July of that year, the record saw the band work with American producer Elliot Mazer at his studio in California. Featuring such classic tracks as 'In My Life,' 'Jonathan,' 'Titles' (a hit single in Europe), 'Moongirl,' 'Hymn for the Children,' 'Song for You' and 'One Night.' This two disc edition of the album has been newly remastered from the recently discovered original stereo master tapes and also features a 1975 re-recording of 'Child of the Universe,' (intended for an American single release but later shelved), and an NTSC/Region Free DVD with a 5.1 Surround Sound up-mix (derived from the stereo master tapes due to the loss of the original multi-track tapes) and the bonus visual feature of five promotional films shot in 1975 to accompany the album release.
Mostly Autumn/Graveyard Star ....import CD $23.99
This album is a deep, heartfelt reflection of how we were feeling through 2020 / 2021, a documentation of living through the pandemic. Although a lot of the sadness and otherworldliness was personal to us, I'm sure many will relate to the content. There was simply no other inspiration present, only to write and put into music life as we felt it. We truly believe that the song-to-song strength of this work could be our finest to date, it has been 18 months in the making and the longest studio schedule we have ever experienced. The icing on the cake comes from Troy Donockley of Nightwish and Chris Leslie of Fairport Convention who guest beautifully on the album.
Bill Bruford's Earthworks/All Heaven Broke Loose ....import CD $20.99
Reissue of long out-of-print album by drummer Bill Bruford's Earthworks. Arguably Earthworks Mark I's most fully realized studio release, even as it moves towards a more abstract aesthetic. Includes live performances of the African-influenced 'Libreville' and the more atmospheric 'Pilgrim's Way,' both originally released on 'Dig?,' demonstrating how Earthworks was able to rework and open up the material in performance.
Miles Davis/The Lost Concert ....2 CD Set $23.99
Venue: La Grande Halle, La Villette, Paris, France - Date: 10th July 1991. Miles was renowned for never revisiting the past even though many fans, critics and concert promoters always hoped that he would. Then in July 1991 Miles went back. Miles arrived at Paris to play this special gig. It was simply advertised as "Miles and Friends" and neither the audience nor Miles' band had any idea on what they were about to witness. Playing with Miles was an amazing roll-call of past musical associates from the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s: Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Al Foster, Steve Grossman, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Darryl Jones, John McLaughlin, Jackie McLean, John Scofield and Joe Zawinul. Miles' band members were Kenny Garrett, Foley, Deron Johnson, Richard Patterson and Ricky Wellman. This is the final volume of the Miles Davis "Lost" series (double CD). This time it's a lost concert he recorded in Paris just 3 months before he died.
Chick Corea's Akoustic Band/Live ....2 CD Set $19.99
With his Elektric Band in full swing in the '80s, Chick created its perfect complement: the Akoustic Band. With Elektric Band veterans John Patitucci on upright bass and Dave Weckl on drums, the group carved a totally new path in the world of the piano trio: the kinetic interplay of all three members, honed on high-velocity Corea originals. As a follow up to the Akoustic Band's Standards & More (1989) and Alive (2007), this third album was recorded live during the band's 2018 tour.
Chick Corea Band with Sadao Watanabe/Live Under the Sky '80 ....import CD $28.99
The Chick Corea Band featured here is a high energy quartet plus saxophonist Sadao Watanabe. In fact, the concert feels at times like a showcase for the world's preeminent Japanese jazz musician who was very much a local hero. The music is electric jazz with heavy Latin and funk elements rather than high concept fusion. Bunny Brunel on fretless bass and Tom Brechtlein on drums were Corea regulars at the time and the addition of legendary (even then) percussionist Don Alias makes this 1980 Live Under the Sky performance something special. Performed at the Denen Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan, 27 July 1980 and originally broadcast on NHK radio.
Billy Cobham/Mirror's Image ....CD $9.99
World class fusion drummer, and one of the most celebrated modern jazz musicians of all-time, presents this phenomenal live album recorded in Tokyo 1992! This incredible show finds Cobham working his percussive magic in a trio with bassist Ira Coleman and keyboardist Joe Chindamo!
Tribal Tech/Thick ....CD $18.99
For their ESC Records debut, the members of Tribal Tech threw caution to the wind and went into the studio with no gameplan, no roadmaps, let alone rehearsals. They simply let tape roll and captured the moment, trusting their instincts and group chemistry to spontaneously shape the music. The result is their most freewheeling, exhilarating and provocative project in Tribal Tech's 13-year history.
Mujician/10 10 10 ....CD $16.99
In 2010 Mujician did a short tour organised by Tony Dudley-Evans to celebrate drummer Tony Levin's 70th year. Whilst on tour, on 10th October, Mujician were recorded in the Victoria Room at the University of Bristol Music Studios by the great engineer Jonathan Scott. Little did we know this would be the last time we would record, as Tony Levin passed away a few months later. Mujician were together for 22 years, and in that time we played in Europe, Canada, Russia, South Africa and many concerts in the UK. In 2020 pianist Keith Tippett died after a long illness. I believe that Mujician was one of the great groups in jazz history. It wasn't just a free jazz group; it covered so many areas that I think all we can say is it played outstanding music. - Paul Dunmall (reeds). "With Mujician, the rule of thumb is to expect the unexpected. Their music is affirmative but never trite and it seems to embrace virtually all musical and emotional possibilities... group members are almost prescient in their knowledge of each other's moves, and even though very little on this date is scripted, there is always an impression of common purpose. Simply put, this is spontaneous, interactive jazz at it's best." - AllMusic Paul Rogers on bass rounds out this astounding quartet.
Esperanza Spaulding/Songwrights Apothecary Lab ....CD $16.99
Esperanza Spalding's new album Songwright's Apothecary Lab explores how songwriters may incorporate knowledge in consultation with practitioners of music therapy, neuroscience, and more to create music that can have a specific effect on the listener. These 12 new songs were created and recorded with different musicians in her traveling lab over the past several months and follow her Grammy Award-winning album from 2019, 12 Little Spells.
Henry Threadgill Zooid/Poof ....CD $15.99
Poof is composer, saxophonist and flutist Henry Threadgill's latest work for his band, Zooid, his musical laboratory for the last two decades. Their last release together, 'In for a Penny in for a Pound,' was the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music, whose committee called it "a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life." The New York Times has called Threadgill a "composer and bandleader of intense, unyielding originality, nobody's idea of a compromise." At the age of 77, he continues to challenge himself to create music that is pushing the boundaries of what is possible. The new work is the latest in Threadgill's ongoing exploration of compositions and group improvisations based around what he calls "a serial intervallic language." In this scheme, each musician is assigned a series of intervals on which to improvise, effectively creating an intertwining, polyphonic swirl that encourages each musician to play with an ear for counterpoint. The music often seems teetering on edge and is as knotty and inscrutable as always, but always propelled by an off-kiltered swing that is a consistent hallmark of Threadgill's works.
|Porcupine Tree/Up the Downstair ....CD $14.99||Porcupine Tree/The Sky Moves Sideways ....CD $14.99||Porcupine Tree/The Incident ....CD $14.99|
Having recently announced that Snapper Music will be representing Porcupine Tree's Transmission label worldwide, new CD and LP reissues of the band's catalogue will roll out throughout 2021. This series continues with three more releases including their second album from 1993, Up the Downstair; their third album from 1995, The Sky Moves Sideways; and their last album from 2009, The Incident, which marked another step forward in the incredible journey of the band that began as a solo studio project created by Steven Wilson in the late eighties to a multi grammy nominated act and one of the world's most revered live bands, selling out arenas across the globe and wowing fans with their incredible performances. These new Transmission 2021 reissues remain faithful to the original artwork.
Dream Theater/Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Master of Puppets - Live in Barcelona 2002 ....CD $16.99
Dream Theater are pleased to announce the upcoming re-release of one of the most sought-after entries in the band's previously recorded Ytsejam Records catalog: "Master of Puppets"! The next entry in the Lost Not Forgotten Archives series will see this remastered edition of the band's historic presentation from Barcelona, Spain, of Metallica's 6x-certified platinum record, performed live in its entirety in 2002.
The December People/Sounds Like Christmas [Deluxe Edition] ....CD $15.99
Deluxe reissue of the 2001 debut album from the hoilday music project from veteran prog rock guitarist Robert Berry and starring some of his amazing friends! Berry - known for his work with legends such as Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer, and Steve Hackett - assembles a choir of angels to freshen up these holiday favories including Kansas vocalist Steve Walsh, Asia/King Crimson singer John Wetton, Magellan's Trent Gardner and more! Deluxe six-panel digipak features all new artwork and comes with three bonus tracks including an original Christmas song by Kansas "The Light!"
Lee Abraham/Only Human ....import CD $26.99
Lee Abraham continues his annual run of album releases with his stunning new ninth solo album called 'Only Human,' released exactly one year after the extremely well received 'Harmony/Synchronicity' in September 2020. The album will again be released on F2 Music and features Peter Jones, Marc Atkinson, Gerald Mulligan, Mark Spencer and Rob Arnold. Inspired by world events of the past two years, Lee, who also plays guitar for veteran UK prog band Galahad, has written a thought provoking collection of songs that examine how we process life and our own fit within it. "Many of us have experienced feelings of isolation and inadequacy over the past 18 months, like never before" Lee explains. "Some people have used this to re-examine where their life is going, what's important to them and perhaps come up with their own theories on life in general and why we're all here!" The album, once again, features Gerald Mulligan (Credo) on drums, Marc Atkinson on lead vocals and also, following his excellent performance on Harmony/Synchronicity, Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, Camel). Backing vocals and piano are provided by Mark Spencer and Rob Arnold respectively. The album centrepiece is the epic opening song 'Counting Down.' Clocking in at around 30 minutes, the song progresses through different musical styles and arrangements, commenting on the human pretencity to wish life away, just counting down the years. "I am extremely proud of 'Counting Down,' it's the most complete 'progressive rock epic,' if I can use that term, that I have written. I love melody and I have written some of my most memorable melodies in this song and using Peter Jones for the lead vocals, he understood completely the feel I was going for. I hope people enjoy the end result, it was quite a journey!"
Hawkwind/Somnia [Limited Edition] ....import CD $22.99
Hawkwind have announced a brand-new studio album and tour for the autumn. Somnia follows their critically acclaimed 2020 Hawkwind Light Orchestra album Carnivorous and live album 50th Anniversary Live. Back with a new studio album and live shows in 2021, the band's 34th album is a superb addition to the space rock genre they created. The concept of Somnia makes many allusions to sleep; through Roman mythology and the god of sleep Somnus, the lyrics tell the tale of sleepless paranoia, strange encounters, fever dreams and meditation through thirteen blistering tracks across the deluxe CD and 180gram vinyl (ten tracks). The CD and vinyl releases have been tailored to provide singular sonic experiences.
Hawklords/Time ....CD $14.99
Hawklords 10th consecutive album Time was recorded under lockdown conditions between November 2020 and May 2021. The album is described by the band as, "Observations of life, seen through the prism of Time." Featuring killer songs such as "Speed of Sound" a tribute to the aeronauts of the halcyon days of the Supersonic Age of the late 1940s, to the ear-worm Pop of "Turn You On" and the bone-crushing power of the dystopian "To the New Age" a song that would sit well on any Stooges album, Time is a sci-fi fantasy trip down a rabbit hole full of surprises and instant hook-lines. The band members are: Tom Ashurst, Dave Pearce, 'Dead' Fred Reeves and Jerry Richards, with a guest appearance on the song, "Take Off Your Mask" from long-time Hawklords stalwart and former Hawkwind bassist, Adrian Shaw, plus the astounding saxophone and transcendental flute of Chris 'Beebe' Aldridge (Rudimental and Ben E King) threaded throughout the album. The package is completed with stunning artwork from the British graphic designer, Martin Cook.
Mushroom/Songs of Dissent: Live at the Make Out Room 8/9/19 ....CD $15.99
Since 1997, Mushroom (from the San Francisco Bay Area) has performed their own flavor of 1970s inspired psychedelic instrumental grooves - plus collaborations with Krautrock legends Faust, Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen of Gong, Bundy K. Brown of Tortoise, and jazz trumpeter Eddie Gale. 2016 saw an epic 12-inch single Psychedelic Soul on Wax (Eldridge Cleaver vs. Timothy Leary). However, their CD Songs of Dissent - was their first full-length album of all-new songs in a decade! Distributed by Light in the Attic Records - Songs of Dissent features mind-expanding material: "Kraut Mask Replica" "Steal this Riff" "Two Men Say They're Jesus, One of Them Must Be Wrong" that range from seven to twenty-eight minutes in length - too long to fit comfortably on vinyl! On June 27th, 1997 Mushroom played their first-ever show at The Make Out Room in San Francisco (released as a CD: Really Don't Mind If You Sit This One Out in 2006). 22 years later - on August 9th, 2019 - they returned to that venue to record Songs of Dissent with three of their original members including drummer/bandleader Pat Thomas. Recently, Mushroom expanded to Los Angeles-based collective - two of them make their recorded debut here - new members David Immergluck and Victor Krummenacher (from Monks of Doom, Camper Van Beethoven). The plan was to release this album in early 2020 - but when the pandemic hit, it was shelved until now. SF Bay Guardian: "Think of the German art-rock band Can, James Blood Ulmer, the Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East and just the idea of the Fillmore East." Down Beat: "Mushroom is often reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and Miles Davis 'Big Fun' era."
Appice Perdomo Project/Energy Overload ....CD $15.99
Fiery guitarist Fernando Perdomo meets cool as ice drummer Carmine Appice on this once in a lifetime clash of the titans! This all instrumental album features some mindblowing original material plus killer cover versions of Paul McCarney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," Rod Stewarts "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (which was co-written by Appice), and more! Watch for music videos coming for the singles including the high energy "Rocket to the Sun!"
Kasim Sulton/Kasim 2021 ....CD $16.99
For fans of Utopia, Meat Loaf, Kasim Sulton and Classic Rock! Kasim Sulton is best known for his work with Utopia, Sulton sang lead on 1980s "Set Me Free," Utopia's only top 40 hit in the United States. As a solo artist, Sulton hit the Canadian top 40 in 1982 with "Don't Break My Heart." He has toured with Blue Oyster Cult, Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, Cheap Trick, Patty Smyth, and Richie Sambora, among many other artists. Sulton was the bassist and sang background vocals on the breakout Meat Loaf album "Bat Out of Hell," and has played and sung on albums that have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. His latest album Kasim 2021 is set for release in September and features stand out tracks like "Unsung," "Fastcar," and a unique cover of the Nick Lowe penned "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace Love and Understanding." Kasim will be taking his show out on the road starting in September 2021 with dates continuing into 2022. In-between his solo dates he can be seen with recent Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Todd Rundgren. Currently, Sulton pours his deep well of firsthand rock knowledge directly into "It's My World & Welcome to It," a weekly national radio program he hosts on WDST 101.1FM in Woodstock, NY. It's a song by song musical journey spanning Kasim's whole career, including the best of yesterday and today. Sharing insightful stories about the music he spins, as he delves into the finer points of how songs are written and recorded. As things stand, it's Kasim's world, and he'd like nothing more than to have everyone join in the show and partake in all its harmonic wonders.
The Ronnie Wood Band featuring Mick Taylor/Mr. Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at Royal Albert Hall ....CD $15.99
Ronnie Wood and The Ronnie Wood Band - Mr. Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Ronnie Wood is back with the second installment of his live album trilogy, 'Mr Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall' - The Ronnie Wood Band with Mick Taylor. Special Guests: Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller. Live from the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013. A 'Tayle' of Two Sidemen 'When self-taught guitarist Eddie Taylor imparted his skills onto his friend Jimmy Reed, he surely couldn't have imagined the effect this was to have on the Chicago blues scene. Backing up such luminaries as John Lee Hooker, he is best remembered for his work with his former student. Sweet coincidence, then, that in 1974 another Taylor, Mick, would make way for Ronnie Wood in the Rolling Stones, paving the way for these two friends and celebrated guitarists to work on projects ever since. The culmination of this to date is surely Taylor's place in The Ronnie Wood Band at the Royal Albert Hall for 2013's Bluesfest, where they played the now-legendary set that would come to give birth to this recording.'
Uriah Heep/Choices ....import 6 CD Set $52.99
A 6CD boxset, Choices features a personal selection of Uriah Heep songs from across the band's fifty year and 24 album career. Created with the full collaboration of the Heep themselves and curated by guitarist and founder member Mick Box, the six discs include personal selections from Mick, Bernie Shaw, Phil Lanzon, Paul Newton, and the recently deceased and much missed Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake. The collection is completed with six artcards, which carry personal notations and reproduced signatures from the above musicians. In a clamshell box.
Black Sabbath/Technical Ecstasy [Super Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD Box Set $56.99
Black Sabbath embraced change in 1976 when the heavy metal innovators started managing themselves and began exploring different sounds on the band's seventh studio album, Technical Ecstasy. We're honoring this daring album with a collection that includes a newly remastered version of the original, a brand-new mix by Steven Wilson, plus more than 90 minutes of previously unreleased outtakes, alternative mixes and live tracks. In the summer of 1976, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward headed to Miami to record Technical Ecstasy at the famed Criteria Studios. The band was coming off a world tour for their previous album, Sabotage, that had found their live performances evolving to include keyboards and synthesizers. These newly incorporated instruments and sounds were then introduced into the recording process on Technical Ecstasy. The new songs encompassed a wide range of styles from the hard charging "Back Street Kids" and ballad "It's Alright," to the funky "All Moving Parts (Stand Still)" and progressive "Gypsy." The album also featured the single "It's Alright," which was the first Sabbath song to feature lead vocals by Ward. The Deluxe Edition presents a newly remastered version of the eight-track album, along with an entirely new mix of the album created by Steven Wilson using the original analog tapes. Technical Ecstasy: Super Deluxe Edition comes with eight previously unreleased outtakes and alternative mixes. Among those are different mixes of "You Won't Change Me" and "Rock 'n' Roll Doctor," as well as both outtake and instrumental versions for "She's Gone." The collection concludes with 10 previously unreleased live tracks recorded during the 1976-77 Technical Ecstasy World Tour. The songs touch on different eras of the band's history with early tracks like "Black Sabbath" and "War Pigs" alongside new songs "Gypsy" and "Dirty Women." The collection comes with an extensive booklet featuring artwork, liner notes, rare memorabilia and photos from the era, plus a replica of the 1976-77 world tour concert book and a large color poster.
Ringo Starr/Change the World ....CD EP $14.99
Ringo Starr - "Change The World - EP" - recorded at Ringo's Roccabella West, includes "Let's Change the World" (Joseph Williams/Steve Lukather) that delivers a welcome dose of hope and optimism, the reggae-infused "Just that Way" (Ringo Starr/Bruce Sugar,) the Country-esque "Coming Undone," Starr's first collaboration with Linda Perry who wrote and plays on the track (also with Trombone Shorty,) and Ringo rocks his version of "Rock Around the Clock" revved up by the unmistakable Joe Walsh on guitar.
Genesis: 1975 To 2021 - The Phil Collins Years ....import Book $44.99
By Mario Giammetti, Genesis: 1975 to 2021 - The Phil Collins Years follows Kingmaker's previous book, the highly acclaimed Genesis: 1967 to 1975 - The Peter Gabriel Years. This new book is the definitive biography of one of the world's greatest rock bands following the departure of Peter Gabriel. It contains numerous exclusive interviews with band members and all of the important personalities who were part of the story of Genesis from 1975 onwards, including Ray Wilson who fronted the band for 1997's Calling All Stations album and subsequent tour before the return of Phil Collins in 2007. The book covers the full story of the band very extensively, taking readers through each album and tour. Additionally it features a number of previously unpublished photographs. Like it's predecessor, Genesis: 1975 to 2021 - The Phil Collins Years contains a wealth of details about the balance of Genesis's career, many of which may well be unknown even to the most ardent fans of the band.
Gregg Allman/Playin' Up a Storm ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Barclay James Harvest/ 12 + 5 ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Barclay James Harvest/Gone to Earth [Remaster with Bonus Tracks] ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Barclay James Harvest/Octoberon [Remastered with Bonus Tracks] ....Japanese import CD $18.99
The Fixx/Reach the Beach ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Locanda delle Fate/Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Piu ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Nils Lofgren/Wonderland ....Japanese import CD $18.99
McGuinn, Clark & Hillman/McGuinn, Clark & Hillman ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Joni Mitchell/Wild Things Run Fast ....Japanese import CD $18.99
The Moody Blues/Caught Live + 5 ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Tears for Fears/The Hurting ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Ultravox/Ha! Ha! Ha! ....Japanese import CD $19.99
Ultravox/Ultravox! ....Japanese import CD $19.99
Vangelis/China ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Vangelis/Mask ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Vangelis/Opera Sauvage ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Vangelis/See You Later ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Vangelis/Soil Festivities ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Suzanne Vega/Suzanne Vega ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Gino Vannelli/The Gist of the Gemini ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Gino Vannelli/A Pauper in Paradise ....Japanese import CD $18.99
Caravan/Who Do You Think We Are? ....import 35 CD + DVD + Blu-Ray Box Set $479.99
The Canterbury scene combined elements of jazz, folk, rock and melodic pop into a sound
that bridged the gulf between psychedelic and progressive rock, and ultimately shattered
all genre barriers. At the heart of the Canterbury scene was a group of musicians whose
career has now spanned more than half a century: the legend that is Caravan. Who Do
You Think We Are? is the ultimate tribute to the ultimate Canterbury band. This deluxe box
set runs to a staggering 37 discs. All the official Caravan albums - studio and live
recordings among them - are joined by eleven previously unreleased live performances.
A Blu-ray includes remixer extraordinaire Steven Wilson's 5.1 surround sound mix of
the classic In the Land of Grey and Pink album Audio Only. In addition, a DVD includes
vintage European TV performances from 1971 - 1981 (London Marquee, German TV's Swing In,
Bataclan, Paris & French TV show Pop 2). The lavish packaging of the set
reflects the band's stature. A hardback coffee table book features rare Caravan photos and
memorabilia, and a full discography. A second Fan Club book assembles historic press
articles from across the band's career, alongside a new interview with founder member Pye
Hastings. Every copy of the box includes a photo signed by the three surviving
members of the original Caravan line-up: Pye Hastings, Richard Sinclair and David
Sinclair. The celebration continues with a selection of memorabilia: a
Caravan-centric map of Canterbury; a Caravan family tree poster, charting their long and
circuitous progress; and two replica 1970s gig posters. This box set will be limited
to 2,500 copies worldwide and released on the Madfish Label through Snapper Music.
DVD/Blu-Ray all region code.
Put together with the band's full co-operation, the full list of contents is as follows:
14 newly remastered studio albums & 4 official live albums
11 previously unreleased concert recordings
On Blu-Ray for the first time 48/24 Stereo & 5. 1 Mix by Steven Wilson of In the Land of Grey & Pink
DVD including rare footage from The Marquee 1971, Rock en Stock 1972, Bataclan 1973 & French TV performance 1981
Individually signed photo by the three surviving original members Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair, & Richard Sinclair
144 page hardback coffee table book featuring rare photographs & memorabilia
A4 fan club mini book featuring archive articles & an up to date interview with Pye Hastings
A4 replica tour programme for Blind Dog at St Dunstans
'For Girls that Grow Plump in the Night' replica press pack
Caravan's Trip Down Memory Lain Map of Canterbury
Illustrated family tree
2 replica posters
King Crimson/The Elements Tour Box 2021 ....2 CD Box Set $24.99
This on-going tour box series continues the opportunity to present King Crimson's music in slightly unexpected ways and, hopefully, to shed some new light on the band and it's music along the way. For this 2021 compilation, and perhaps appropriately for a band that has sported a three drummer line-up seated at the front of the stage since 2014, disc one features tracks which showcase KC's rich history of drummers and percussionists, while Sid Smith's liner notes also focus on the drummers. Disc two takes a slightly more song based detour through all eras of Crim history ending, as concerts have since 2014, with Starless. Both discs feature plenty of historic material and lots of live material by the current band and both also feature a sneak exclusive track/edit from the forthcoming, much anticipated, Robert Fripp "Exposures" multi-disc boxed set.
Peter Hammill/In Translation ....import CD 16.99
For the first time ever, Peter has recorded a collection of cover versions. The songs come from a variety of musical worlds: Classical, American Songbook, Italian Pop and Tango. In all but three cases Peter has also translated the songs, from Italian, French and German. As strange a project as this might seem, there's an overall sense of cohesiveness to it and it's absolutely of this time. Two songs have lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein; the music for one is by Jerome Kern, the other by Richard Rodgers. Leiber and Stoller provided lyrics for "I Who Have Nothing," originally an Italian tune. Three Italian songs are at the core of the album, written (and originally performed) by Fabrizio de Andre, Luigi Tenco and Piero Ciampi. The two tango pieces were composed by Astor Piazzolla. Finally, there are two classical songs, respectively by Faure and Mahler. In Peter's own words... "This collection seems to fit together as a group, not least because most of these songs are to do with measures of dislocation, of loss, of some kind of imagined or anticipated future which didn't arrive. I was unfamiliar with several of these songs before I began this project. One discovery led on to another in some kind of paper trail. The back stories to the songs are interesting and some of the writers and singers had a spectacularly dramatic time of things. I doff my hat to these sometimes complicated lives. My approach has always been to make cultural rather than strictly linguistic translations, so that the spirit of the song rather than its precise narrative is rendered. I hope I've addressed the material, the writers, the original performers, with due and proper respect. Inevitably though there's spin here: mine all mine. Finally, these recordings were made, of course, in the time of Covid and lockdown. But also in the knowledge that Brexit - in all its horror - was fast approaching. So these performances of, for the most part, European songs were my last as a European singer, with all the rights and privileges that has brought me for so many years."
Trifecta/Fragments ....CD $16.99
We are delighted to be able to announce that Trifecta have joined the Kscope family. Trifecta features three of the contemporary music scene's most lauded and revered musicians - bassist and songwriter Nick Beggs, keyboardist extraordinaire Adam Holzman and completing the line-up, Craig Blundell - one of the world's most celebrated drummers. Having performed together as part of Steven Wilson's band, the three would jam together after soundchecks, forming what they referred to as "jazz club" and from these sessions the fledgling ideas for Trifecta were nurtured, Nick Beggs comments "so after the last tour with Steven finished, we had a handful of tracks ready to work on and as we moved through our various separate projects we agreed to work on Trifecta." Asked what fans of the musicians can expect from Trifecta he states "Fission! It's like Fusion but less efficient and more dangerous..., however, on hearing the record, my wife said, this is the worst thing she ever heard." We can't wait for you to hear it and see what you think! The record primarily operates in a jazz rock territory, and is wholly instrumental except for the first single, Pavlov's Dog Killed Schrodinger's Cat, the lyrics of which, Beggs states, "Are written from the perspective of a layman trying to understand quantum mechanics...and failing!"
Nektar/2004 Live Tour ....import 2 CD Set $26.99
First mainstream re-issue of the Nektar's reformation tour in 2004 featuring original members Roye Albrighton and Ron Howden, joined by Randy Dembo and Tom Hughes. A two disc set remastered and approved by the band, it includes songs from their concept album 'Journey to the Centre of the Eye' from 1971 which initially broke them in the USA. A psychedelic and prog rock classic from a band who originally formed in Germany in the late '60s. Nektar live were always an experience, they had massive success in such a context, taking their prog sound into an arena where the light show covering the band with psychedelic motives brought their concept pieces to life.
Marillion/Fugazi [Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD + Blu-Ray $42.99
In March 1984, Marillion released their second studio album Fugazi, which went on to be certified Gold and reach number 5 in the UK albums charts. The classic album spawned two singles Assassing and Punch & Judy, both reaching #22 and #29 on the UK singles charts respectively. Fugazi was the first Marillion album to feature Ian Mosley on drums and percussion, replacing Mick Pointer after the highly successful Script for a Jester's Tear. It also included Fish, Steve Rothery, Pete Trewavas and Mark Kelly. This 3CD/Blu-Ray book opens with brand-new 2021 remixed stereo versions by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh, who also remixed the deluxe editions of Script for a Jester's Tear and Clutching at Straws. It also includes a show from The Spectrum, Montreal, Canada recorded in 1984. The performance includes fan favourites from both Fugazi and their debut album Script for a Jester's Tear in the form of tracks such as Jigsaw, Incubus, He Knows You Know, Chelsea Monday and much more. The Blu-ray features 96k/24-bit versions of both the new Fugazi stereo remix and the Live at the Spectrum, Montreal, Canada concert and contains a 5.1 surround sound version of the new 2021 stereo remix of Fugazi. The Blu-ray also contains a compelling look at the fascinating story behind Fugazi in a new documentary, entitled The Performance Has Just Begun, which features all the band members talking about how the album came to fruition. This is followed by the band giving an insightful track-by-track commentary of the album, as well as the music video of Assassing with both the original and remix audio.
Marillion/This Strange Engine ....import CD $18.99
Marillion formed in 1979 and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Rightly regarded as legends of progressive rock, the band have also continued to evolve and have been keen to embrace the possibilities of the internet, using innovative ways to interact with listeners resulting in an incredibly loyal legion of fans around the world. This Strange Engine was originally released in 1997, was a top 30 hit in the UK, and reached #10 in the NL album charts. The album features the singles "Man of a Thousand Faces" and "80 Days" and shows the band exploring a revitalized sound featuring more acoustic elements. This classic album is the latest in a series of Marillion albums to be reissued onto Kscope.
Tangerine Dream/The Sessions VII ....import CD $19.99
2021 release. Recorded live at Barbican Hall London on 13th March 2019. The Sessions VII contains one 40 minute instant live composition from the TD line-up Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick. Tangerine Dream are very much enjoying their new respectively revived concept of performing a so-called real time composition session at the end of their concerts. We hope that you will enjoy this spontaneous and exceptional live track - inspired by the location and a great concert audience as well.
Porcupine Tree/Recordings ....import CD $18.99
Having recently announced that Snapper Music will be representing Porcupine Tree's Transmission label worldwide, new CD and LP reissues of the band's catalogue will roll out throughout 2021. Originally issued in 2001 as a limited edition release, this highly sought after album features songs written during the Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun sessions, including 'Buying New Soul' and 'Ambulance Chasing.' Porcupine Tree released their last album, The Incident, in 2009, marking another step forward in the incredible journey of the band that began as a solo studio project created by Steven Wilson in the late eighties to a multi grammy nominated act and one of the world's most revered live bands, selling out arenas across the globe and wowing fans with their incredible performances. This new Transmission 2021 reissue of Recordings remains faithful to the original artwork and comes in a digipack with 8 page colour booklet.
Toyah/Posh Pop ....import CD $18.99
Toyah/Posh Pop [Deluxe Edition] ....import CD + DVD $32.99
For over a year one of the most watched 'YouTubers' and internet sensations has been Toyah Willcox. Toyah's 'Sunday Lunch' performances with Robert Fripp and weekend broadcasts have been seen by 38 million. Simultaneous to creating consistently unique online videos, Toyah made the album Posh Pop with her long-term songwriting partner Simon Darlow. Posh Pop is a strong collection of infectious and affirmative pop songs that are as joyous as they are reflective, from the cosmic groove of "Space Dance," to the sun-kissed anthem of unity "Summer Of Love." The album is crafted with evocative storytelling and musicianship from Toyah, Simon Darlow (guitars, keyboards, cello), Bobby [Fripp] Willcox (guitar) and Jeremy Stacey (drums). Posh Pop opens with the energy-burst of "Levitate" and leads the listener on a journey that climaxes in the soaring, intergalactic-tinged "Take Me Home." The album was inspired by the world we find ourselves in today and touches on the ever-present desire to be 'famous for fifteen minutes' a la Andy Warhol, escaping the everyday, but above all staying connected to humankind beyond computer screens and geography. Produced by Simon Darlow, Posh Pop is Toyah's first brand new studio solo album since 2008 and twenty-fifth album since 1979.
Tim Finn & Phil Manzanera/Caught by the Heart ....import CD $29.99
Caught by the Heart is the multi-genre debut collaboration album from two titans of British and New Zealand music, Tim Finn (Split Enz / Crowded House) and Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music / 801). Delivering rock, pop, prog, Latin, reggae, classical, and chamber orchestra style pieces, nothing was off limits to the intrepid duo (all drawn from Phil's extensive musical palette, inspired by his love of music regardless of where it comes from). Phil's musical imagination combined with Tim's extraordinary, literate and well observed lyrics - as well as the phenomenal range of international guest musicians - has resulted in a sophisticated, shapeshifting album.
Neal Morse Band/Innocence & Danger ....2 CD Set
Neal Morse Band/Innocence & Danger [Limited Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + DVD Set $27.99
Neal Morse Band/Innocence & Danger ....2 CD + 3 Vinyl LP Box Set $65.99
NMB are pleased to announce the release of their much-anticipated fourth studio album Innocence & Danger. With NMB's previous two releases being concept albums, it's perhaps remarkable that Innocence & Danger is a series of unrelated songs, but drummer Mike Portnoy says "After two sprawling back to back double concept albums in a row, it was refreshing to get back to writing a collection of unrelated individual songs in the vein of our first album." Indeed, making this album came easy to the band; while the initial inspiration came particularly from Bill Hubauer (keyboards) and Randy George (bass), the ideas flowed from everybody from there on, as George recalls: "I am excited about the level of collaboration that we achieved on this one. We even went in with a lot of ideas that weren't necessarily developed, and I think in the end we have something that represents the best of everybody in the band." In fact - like its two acclaimed predecessors - Innocence & Danger is a double album by inspiration, rather than design, as Portnoy explains: "As much as we wanted to try and keep it to a single album after having just done two double albums, we wrote so much material that we found ourselves with our third double album in a row! That's pretty prog!" There is also plenty: "There's one half hour epic and another that's about 20 minutes long. I really didn't realize that they were that long when we were recording them, which I guess is great because if a movie is really good, you don't realize that it's three hours long! But there are also some shorter songs: some have poppier elements, some are heavier and some have three part acoustic sections. I'm excited about all of it, really." The album will be released as a limited 2 CD + DVD digipak (featuring a Making Of documentary), 3 LP + 2 CD boxset and standard 2 CD jewelcase featuring artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Transatlantic).
Fragile/Beyond ....import CD $26.99
UK prog rock band Fragile, who feature Claire Hamill and That Joe Payne guitarist Oliver Day, are releasing a brand new studio album Beyond. This is the second album of original material by the quartet, who are also known as a Yes tribute band and who have toured with Steve Howe, Peter Banks and Yes drummer Alan White. The band also appeared at the Yes 50th anniversary celebrations at London's Palladium in 2018. "The album is largely inspired by '70s Yes music and also many other classical and symphonic influences," says the band. "The album is made up of over 50 minutes of new music in the form of three songs: Beyond, Yours and Mine and The Golden Ring of Time. Fragile, who are completed by drummer Russ Wilson and bassist/keyboardist Max Hunt, released their first album of original material, Golden Fragments, in 2020.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Plays the Music of Rush ....CD $15.99
From the world-famous orchestra that brought you symphonic interpretations of Queen, Pink Floyd and ABBA comes a brand new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Canadian prog rock legends, Rush! Includes dramatic reinterpretations of the Rush classics "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," "Red Barchetta," "Limelight" and more! Conducted by BAFTA award winning musician and composer Richard Harvey! Available on digipak CD (with a special bonus track featuring Alan Davey's Hawkwind-themed side project Hawkestrel and Rick Wakeman).
Rory Gallagher/Rory Gallagher ....2 CD Set $28.99
Rory Gallagher/Rory Gallagher [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + DVD Box Set $99.99
2xCD - 'Rory Gallagher' is the first solo album by Irish blues rock musician Rory Gallagher, released in 1971. It marked his departure from Taste. After disbanding Taste, Gallagher auditioned some of the best musicians available at the time including Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell the bassist and drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He decided on two Belfast musicians; drummer Wilgar Campbell, and bass guitarist Gerry McAvoy to be the core of his new power trio band. Rory Gallagher [Deluxe 4CD/DVD Box Set] - Rory Gallagher's eponymous debut solo album celebrates it's 50th Anniversary. The five-disc Deluxe Boxset includes a brand-new mix of the original album, 30 previously unreleased alternate takes, a six-song 1971 'BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert,' and four 1971 BBC 'Radio Sounds of the Seventies' session tracks, all mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The box includes a previously unreleased 50-minute DVD of Rory's first solo concert for the 'Pop Deux' television show, poster and 32-page hardback book.
Ten Years After/1967 - 1975 ....10 CD Box Set $54.99
1967-1974 is a 10 CD box set that celebrates 50 years since the eponymous debut album of British blues/rock band Ten Years After. This collection gathers long-players from the Chrysalis and Deram eras and includes eight studio albums, one live album and a bonus disc of never before heard recordings from 1972 called The Cap Ferrat Sessions, which has been newly mixed by Chris Kimsey. All the albums have been remastered from the original quarter-inch production master tapes. The unreleased - The Cap Ferrat Sessions - exists thanks to Alvin Lee's widow, who discovered a box of recordings in their house in Spain. Chris Kimsey recorded and engineered the original recordings during the Rock n Roll Music to the World album sessions. Kimsey: "These re-discovered recordings were not rough demos, not rehearsals, but completed masters that did not make the album due to the time limitations of vinyl at the time." This is a revised package of the previously available, but sold out, book version comes in a clamshell case with a perfect bound booklet featuring extensive sleeve notes by Chris Welch and interviews with the remaining band members, Alvin Lee's family, as well as additional recording notes by Kimsey. The 10 CDs are housed in individual album CD wallets.
Randy Bachman & Burt Cummings/Bachman Cummings: The Collection ....7 CD Set $134.99
Limited seven CD box set. Sony Music Canada's Bachman Cummings The Collection is a special edition boxset from Guess Who bandmates Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings. This illustrious box set from two of Canada's most celebrated musicians and songwriters includes five albums from The Guess Who from their 1969 - 1971 period alongside material from both Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Burton Cummings. Includes expanded booklet of rare and unpublished publicity, studio and master tape photography and detailed liner notes.
Gypsy/Comes a Time: United Artists Recordings [Remastered] ....import 2 CD Set $26.99
A new re-mastered and expanded two CD set of all the United Artists recordings from 1971 and 1972 by British prog-west coast-influenced rock band Gypsy who evolved from the Leicester based band Legay. The band featured Robin Pizer (vocals, guitar), John Knapp (guitar, keyboards), Rod Read (guitar), David McCarthy (bass / vocals) and David 'Moth' Smith (drums). Influenced by US West Coast bands such as Buffalo Springfield, Moby Grape and HP Lovecraft the band forged their own unique style and played the UK live music circuit supporting The Who and Led Zeppelin as well as playing at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival. The band's debut album, 'Gypsy,' was issued in early 1971 and increased their cult following, their reputation spreading wider with the non-album single 'Changes Coming' which led to them performing on Top of the Pops. In 1972 they released 'Brenda and the Rattlesnake' produced by John Anthony (Lindisfarne, Van der Graaf Generator, Genesis and Rare Bird). The album saw highly rated Ray Martinez replace Rod Read and was a more polished affair but despite gaining good reviews and being hailed as a potential breakthrough act, Gypsy failed to make commercial headway and were eventually dropped by United Artists in 1973. This release has been remastered from the original master tapes and gathers together all the Gypsy recordings issued by UA in 1971 and 1972. It also features a booklet featuring a new interview with John Knapp.
Fire/Father's Name Is Dad: The Complete Fire ....import 3 CD Set $36.99
Led by future Strawbs guitarist Dave Lambert, Hounslow-based trio Fire failed to break through in their lifetime, but have posthumously been championed by two slightly different elements of the collector network: mod/psychedelic pop admirers love their much-covered 1968 single 'Father's Name Is Dad' and their collection of similarly-styled demos from the same period; while progressive rock fans have made the 1970 Pye album 'The Magic Shoemaker' a hugely valuable artefact. Finally, all of their work is now available under one roof with the three CD set 'Father's Name Is Dad: The Complete Fire.' Disc One rounds up their 1967-'68 work (including both Decca-issued versions of the title track single). Disc Two contains the album 'The Magic Shoemaker' plus sundry out-takes and alternative versions from the same period. Disc Three is the original trio's triumphant staging of an extended, revamped live 'The Magic Shoemaker' over two nights in 2007. Assembled with the aid of chief Fireman Lambert, the three CD set features many rare delights, such as all four tracks (including the previously unreleased 'It's Not Easy Falling Out of Love' and 'Boys and Girls Together') that the band recorded in mid-1967 at the RG Jones studio under their original name of Friday's Chyld, plus two tracks ('Live to Love' and 'Back there Again') that were recorded in late 1970 by a revised line-up, and which have never previously appeared on a Fire package. Featuring every Fire recording known to exist, and with a booklet that includes a full band history, rare photos and new quotes, 'Father's Name Is Dad: The Complete Fire' is the final word on one of the most fascinating bands working on the late '60s British pop scene.
Help Yourself/Passing Through: Complete Studio Recordings [Remastered] ....import 6 CD Set $59.99
Over four decades on, Help Yourself are now regarded as one of the great, unsung British bands of their era and the songs of Malcolm Morley are recognized as true treasures. 'Passing Through - The Complete Studio Recordings' is a six CD set by a band who took their influences from American West Coast Country and Acid Rock, they featured Malcolm Morley (guitars, keyboards, vocals), former Sam Apple Pie member Dave Charles (drums, percussion, vocals), Richard Treece (guitars, vocals, harmonica) and Ken Whaley (bass); the band signed to United Artists in 1970 and their eponymous debut album was issued in 1971. Various comings and goings saw Ernie Graham and Jonathan Glemser, then Deke Leonard in the band. A fifth album was recorded in 1973 but failed to gain a release for over 30 years while Morley recorded a solo album in 1976 that would also remain unreleased for 30 years. This box set gathers together all of the albums plus the unreleased album '5,' all of the band's non-album singles and Malcolm Morley's unreleased album 'Lost and Found' along with a previously unreleased BBC session and a studio demo. The set is newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an illustrated booklet with rare photographs and a new essay with interviews and a poster.
Man/Reanimated Memories ....import CD $18.99
Reanimated Memories is a collection of eleven crafted songs that clearly draw inspiration from Man's past whilst also looking forward in creative terms. Recorded at Cowshed studios in London the album features Man veteran Martin Ace (vocals bass guitar), his son Josh Ace (vocals rhythm guitar), James Beck (vocals lead guitar), Phil Ryan (vocals piano organ) and Rene Robrahn (drums) with a special guest appearance by famed pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole on three tracks (The Ballad of Billy Lee, We Know and One More Ride on the Waltzers) providing the band's typical country and west coast rock sound. Reanimated Memories covers every musical facet of the band, from Phil Ryan's sprawling In Time, the reflective God Delusion by Josh Ace, to the final track All the Birds, written by Martin Ace. It is Man's first studio album (the Welsh band's 16th. album in their long-spanning career) after a five-year absence, and it is a perfect addition to the band's previous catalogue.
Robben Ford/Pure ....CD $14.99
Robben Ford, a name that needs no explanation. For over 40 years now, the guitarist inspires artists and fans of blues rock and truly shaped the genre with his innovative playing. With both parents being passionate musicians themselves, Robben found his love for music early and especially for playing guitar - and it was a love that should last forever. At age thirteen he started teaching himself to play guitar and today his commitment to teaching and passing on what he's learned over the past 40 years to current and future musicians, is an essential component of his career. Now, on this instrumental album the most exciting guitarist of our time proves his skills once again. With nine unique tracks the album features a "pure" Robben Ford - this guitar virtuoso who has a tremendous music vocabulary of jazz, blues and rock. Pure seamlessly blends a soulful west coast vibe with bluesy hard rock.
Ray Wilson/The Weight of Man ....CD $15.99
Ray Wilson, former Stiltskin and Genesis singer, breaks the silence and returns with 'The Weight of Man,' showing his different influences, compositional, interpretation and performing talents. The Weight of Man is empathy and soul, emotion and realization, experience and the thrill of disappointments, comprehension and hope. A rollercoaster of tunes, that properly sets the perfect surface for Ray's ability in telling stories and empathizing with characters. There are no fillers, every song could be a stand-alone single. Releasing his new album almost in the 20th year since his first solo release, without regretting anything done or repeating it, but taking the best of every experience, making his strongest effort ever. A singer showing new ways of using his unmistakable voice and performing talent, Ray has walked an incredibly long path. Now 'The Weight Of Man' shows him running free, faster than ever before. Only on CD: Bonus track Golden Slumbers, Ray's first Beatles cover.
Lyle Mays/Eberhard ....CD-EP $13.99
From the Lyle Mays Estate comes a thirteen-minute "mini symphony" entitled Eberhard - a composition completed by Mays in 2009 and recorded in the months before his passing on Feb 10, 2020 with a large ensemble, including notable jazz names Bob Sheppard, Alex Acuña, & Bill Frisell. While Eberhard is a posthumous release, Mays was engaged in its creation from beginning to end - serving as composer, arranger, performer (piano, keyboards, and synthesizers), and producer, and was actively involved in all recording and mixing sessions. Eberhard is a long-form, multi-section work that is Lyle's self-professed dedication to the great German bass player and composer Eberhard Weber, an influence that loomed large on Mays and his long-time collaborator Pat Metheny in the forming of their 11-time Grammy-Award winning Pat Metheny Group.
Ian Carr & Don Rendell Quintet/BBC Jazz Club Sessions 1965-1966 II ....import CD $19.99
The Rendell/Carr Quintet has long been regarded as among the most iconic ensembles in 1960s British jazz, famed for it's unique blend of musical personalities and the equally singular 'style' which resulted from its blend of experience, youth and creative ambition. This, the second R&B release of previously unissued material by the band, captures a moment of genuine jazz history with it's inclusion of Michael Garrick's debut broadcast with the quintet. Two further radio appearances find the band hitting it's stride on material mixing themes familiar from its studio LPs with compositions not heard elsewhere in the Rendell/Carr discography. 16 page booklet with notes by Simon Spillett. Ian Carr (trumpet, flugel-horn), Don Rendell (tenor & soprano saxes), Michael Garrick (piano), Dave Green (bass), Trevor Tomkins (drums).
Laura Nyro/Go Find the Moon: The Audition Tape ....CD $16.99
In the summer of 1966, an 18-year-old Laura Nyro had the chance to audition for Milt Okun, one of the most respected music producers of the day, and Artie Mogull, a noted A&R man. After the session, Mogull became her manager, and Okun signed on to produce her debut record, More than Just a Discovery. One of the songs she performed, "And When I Die" became the opening track to Peter, Paul, And Mary's hit The Peter, Paul, And Mary Album - reaching even bigger heights with a cover from Blood, Sweat, & Tears reaching #2 on the Billboard Charts in 1969. It's not that she didn't write other future smashes performed by Three Dog Night ("Eli's Coming"), The 5th Dimension ("Stoned Soul Picnic," "Save The Country," and "Wedding Bell Blues"), Barbra Streisand ("Stoney End"), but it was Nyro's heart and soul that drove others to cover her work. And, this is the first look into the legend she would become. Go Find the Moon: The Audition Tape is the beginning of the future Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. It was natural. It was organic. It was Laura Nyro. Available now, for the first time, it includes "And When I Die," as well as songs she never officially released, and versions of classics, delivered with Nyro's deft and distinctive touch. Mastered by Grammy winning engineer Michael Graves, and produced for release by Grammy winner Cheryl Pawelski and George Gilbert of the Laura Nyro Trust, Go Find the Moon is available on CD, Digital, and on LP, cut at 45 rpm, all with liner notes from renowned journalist Jim Farber.
UFO/Force It [Deluxe Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....2 CD Set $16.99
Two CDs. Deluxe digitally remastered and expanded edition includes the Record Plant live set and bonus track "A Million Miles." Originally released in 1975, Force It is UFO's fourth studio album. Produced by Ten Years After's Leo Lyons, it was their first album to chart in the US and enabled the band to kick up a rockier gear. Containing many classic tracks still in their live set today, such as "Shoot Shoot" and "Let It Roll," this newly remastered deluxe digipak with an O card version includes the Record Plant live set and bonus track "A Million Miles."
Bodkin/Bodkin ....import CD $24.99
The top 3 UK heavy prog beasts, Bodkin is a legend of the Scottish Underground awash with monumental Organ and heavy riffing guitars. This is the first ever fully authorised release with participation of the band and their producer, and for the first time ever reproduces the original and incredibly rare original LP artwork, only 6 original covers were made and only 2 survive. From Original Master Tapes.
Grannie/Grannie ....import CD $24.99
A masterpiece of progressive rock, heavy yet melodic, dominated by Phil Newton's brilliant guitar playing and songwriting. Remastered sensitively to retain the power of the original which was lost in all the previous pirated editions. Six perfect songs ranging from the melodic charm of dawn and leaving, to the fab riffs of the saga of the sad jester. A string of mishaps destroyed a career that should have seen Grannie the equals of Stray and Wishbone Ash. Instead, the world is left with one LP, badly mixed in 1971 by amateur engineers, and a legacy of just six songs on one of the most cohesive, consistent and masterful LPs of the early seventies. One of the only UK private LPs that may attain classic status alongside Argus and Led Zep IV.
Anaconda/Sympathy for the Madman ....import CD $24.99
This recently rediscovered masterpiece of psychedelic folk melancholia is being hailed as one of the greatest folk rock lps of all time. Post arcadium genius, since the vinyl edition all band members have been located and this CD edition features full credits and sleeve notes by band members detailing the history of the recording, which was made in late 1969 in John Kongos flat.
Barney James with Warhorse/Koneg: The Second Coming ....import CD $24.99
Sleeve note by Rick Wakeman. a stunning heavy prog rock concept LP about the son of Odin, only one original copy exists and was sold for £7000 in 2020. Backed by proto metal legends Warhorse the LP is more complex and features keyboards and soloing lead guitars, issued with the kind permission of Barneys two daughters.
Bobby Keys/Bobby Keys ....CD $13.99
Bobby Keys was the legendary go-to saxophonist who played with some of the greatest rock artists of all time including The Rolling Stones and three solo Beatles. This 1972 album is heavy on the horns with a little musical help from his friends: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Nicky Hopkins, Dave Mason, Jack Bruce, Klaus Voorman and Jim Gordon plus Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi and Corky Laing. Whoah! Wounded Bird.
Edgar Varese/The Complete Works of Edgar Varese Vol. 1 ....import 3 CD Set $34.99
Edgar Varese was frequently cited by Frank Zappa as his favorite classical composer and a big influence on his own work. This is a three disc box set anthology of recordings of compositions by this pioneering twentieth century avant-garde composer Edgard Varese, spanning a period of almost three decades - from the first recording of one of his compositions, the Nicolas Slonimsky conducted Ionisation, in 1933. Our presentation includes all of Robert Craft's celebrated Varese recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and with an ensemble of woodwinds, brass and percussion; originally released as two separate volumes in 1960 and 1962; Leonard Bernstein's performance of Arcana with the New York Philharmonic from 1958, and Frederic Waldman's sessions with the New York Wind Ensemble and Juillard Percussion Orchestra which produced ferocious versions of Integrales, Ionisation and Octandre, released in 1950 as 'Edgard Varese Complete Works Volume 1.'
Philip Glass/Akhnaten ....2 CD Set $28.99
Philip Glass/Akhnaten ....DVD $28.99
Starring as the ancient Egyptian pharaoh who attempted to radically alter his society, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines this performance from the Live in HD series. In her Met-debut season, Karen Kamensek conducts the hypnotic score, leading a cast that also features soprano Disella Larusdottir as Queen Tye, mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges as Nefertiti, and bass Zachary James as Amenhotep I. Phelim McDermott's endlessly inventive production filled the Met stage with breathtaking visuals, including virtuosic pattern-juggling routines by Gandini Juggling.
King Crimson/Beat [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality
Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Discipline [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Power To Believe [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality Authenticated, Remastered] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Reconstrukction Of Light [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Thrak [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Master Quality Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Three Of A Perfect Pair [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
3.2/Third Impression ....CD $14.99
Robert Berry returns with a second 3.2 album, "Third Impression." The project is a continuation of the band 3, which Berry was in with Carl Palmer and the late great Keith Emerson. In October 2015, conversations about a new "3" album started between Robert Berry and Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino as Robert had been speaking to Keith Emerson about releasing the long delayed "3" follow up album. Along with renewed fan interest in the band and those conversations, Berry had sparked revived enthusiasm from Keith Emerson for pursuing the project. The exchange of musical ideas and song collaborations ultimately paved the groundwork for 3.2's first album, "The Rules Have Changed." Everything was set. Song ideas, studio time, record contract... and then, that dark day. Emerson's untimely death made the album an uncertainty. Robert was left with Keith Emerson's final musical ideas for the project. From old cassette tapes, keyboard parts written over the phone, to long discussions about style, the framework of the album was set and ready to be produced. After several months of grieving and contemplation about what to do with these co-written songs and musical fragments from Emerson, Robert decided to resume work on the material that was created and craft a record that would ultimately be a fitting tribute to Keith Emerson's musical legacy and at the same time re-energize and update the musical style started with '3' some 30 years ago. The final result was 3.2, a reboot of the original "3" project. The debut album released in 2018 is a record that deserves to be heard by each and every fan of the great Keith Emerson and includes some exquisite musical parts. And the follow up, Third Impression, is no lesser than it's predecessor, mixing epic songs with more melodic and AOR moments. It's final track, the nine minute 'Never,' is one more Emerson/Berry original with Keith's trademark style all over it.
Jon Anderson/Animation [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $20.99
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the 1982 solo album by Jon Anderson, Animation. The album was recorded throughout 1981 during Jon's first hiatus from Yes, with whom he had become an internationally known vocalist and songwriter and followed on from his acclaimed albums Olias of Sunhillow and Song of Seven. Working with co-producer Neil Kernon and a host of talented musicians such as David Scancious, Clem Clempson, Simon Phillips, Stefano Cerri, Chris Rainbow, Jack Bruce and Dave Lawson, Anderson created an album that absorbed the latest electronic instrument technology whilst retaining an ambitious and progressive edge. Animation was a UK top fifty hit upon it's release by Polydor Records in June 1982 and spawned two UK singles, of which the non-album track 'Spider' acted, strangely, as a B-side to both releases. Animation has since become a favourite album among aficionados of Jon Anderson's work. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original Polydor Records master tapes and is expanded to include the single B-side track 'Spider' and also a demo from the early 1980s of the lengthy piece 'The Spell.' This reissue restores the original album artwork in a digipack and the booklet features a new essay with an exclusive interview with Jon Anderson.
Jon Anderson/Olias of Sunhillow [Deluxe Edition] ....import CD + DVD Price $23.99
A 2021 remastered and expanded CD/DVD edition of the legendary 1976 solo album by Jon Anderson. The DVD features 96khz/24bit stereo master of the original mix plus a 5.1 'up-mix.' Includes a booklet featuring a comprehensive interview with Anderson about the making of his extraordinary and atmospheric album. Released in July 1976, Olias was a conceptual work recounting the story of an alien race on a journey to find a new world following volcanic destruction on their home planet. All music on the album was written and performed by Jon Anderson and the recording took place at Anderson's Buckinghamshire home studio whilst Yes were on hiatus following the tour to promote the album Relayer. Initially recorded on an 8-track tape machine, the arrangements were then re-recorded on to a 24-track tape machine. The album saw Jon perform the music entirely alone, teaching himself to play keyboards and acknowledging the influence of such legendary musicians as Rick Wakeman, Patrick Moraz and Vangelis on his work.
The Art of Noise/Noise in the City: Live in Tokyo 1986 ....import CD $22.99
'Noise in the City' is a new live album by the British sample pioneers The Art of Noise. Released 35 years after the band first played in Japan, the album contains a complete concert from Tokyo's Nihon Seinenkan recorded in August 1986. Highlights include 'Peter Gunn,' 'Legs,' 'Paranoimia,' and the first-ever release of 1986 live renditions of 'Eye of a Needle' and 'In the Mood.' On stage are Anne Dudley and JJ Jeczalik with Dave Bronze on bass, Simon Moreton on percussion, Paul Robinson on drums, and The Noisettes (Katie Humble, Pepe Lemer, and Linda Taylor) on vocals. This CD was made possible when Anne Dudley, JJ Jeczalik, and Gary Langan returned to Tokyo for live dates in 2017. They found that the 1986 concert had been recorded for FM radio broadcast and music journalist Ian Peel (who wrote the liner notes and had joined the band on the 2017 tour), tracked down the original multitrack master tapes to a vault in London. The recordings were mixed this year by Gary Langan, and the rest is history. This live album beautifully represents The Art of Noise's mid-Eighties Visible Silence tour, while also perfectly documenting one of their first concerts in Tokyo. This is the first time 'Noise in the City' is released on CD.
Martin Barre/50 Years of Jethro Tull ....2 CD Set $16.99
"So... finally we have arrived at year number 50 !!!! Is it important... yes, of course and it must be celebrated with due care and thought hence this double CD which showcases some of my favourite tracks. Personally... I'm looking forward to year 51 and beyond !!!... So, with a big nod to history, I will take my guitar on the road and continue my love affair!"
Martin Barre & John Carter/Winter Setting ....CD $14.99
Legendary guitarist for rock icons Jethro Tull, Martin Barre, teams up with truly talented songwriter, John Carter! Featuring highlights from Carter's two albums - 1997's Spirit Flying Free and 1999's Clean the Page, Barre's dexterous and melodic playing is a perfect compliment to Carter's rich songs!
The Lyrics of Syd Barrett ....Hardcover Book $22.99
Despite just a three-year tenure with the band, co-founder Syd Barrett's influence on Pink Floyd was profound and long-lasting. If his guitar gave the early Pink Floyd a distinctive hallucinatory sound, his often obscure and surreal lyrics were perhaps even more intoxicating. The complete lyrics of Syd Barrett - 52 songs written for Pink Floyd and during his subsequent solo career - are presented together for the first time, along with rare photos and artwork, to form this beautifully illustrated book. Compiled in collaboration with the Syd Barrett estate, and featuring a foreword from former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner and a comprehensive introduction by biographer Rob Chapman, The Lyrics of Syd Barrett delves deep into one of rock'n'roll's most imaginative and searing minds.
Can/Live in Stuttgart 1975 ....2 CD Set $18.99
Mute are delighted to announce the release of Can Live in Stuttgart 1975, the first in a series of Can live concerts available in full for the first time on vinyl, CD and digital formats. Originally recorded on tape, these carefully restored live albums will comprise the entirety of each show in the format of a story with a beginning, middle and end, with Can's performances taking on a life of their own. Can Live in Stuttgart 1975 will be available on limited edition triple orange vinyl and double CD. Both formats include booklets with extensive sleeve notes by novelist Alan Warner, archivist Andy Hall and manager Sandra Podmore Schmidt. The band's line up for this legendary 1975 performance features all four original members - Irmin Schmidt on keys, Jaki Leibezeit on drums, Michel Karoli on guitar, and Holger Czukay on bass. Can's powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, Sonic Youth, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Madlib and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature. In five parts, Can: Live in Stuttgart 1975 demonstrates an important and formidable element of the Can story - their live performance. The Can Live series has taken the best of the bootlegged recordings and - overseen by founding member Irmin Schmidt and producer / engineer Rene Tinner - run them through the wringer of 21st century technology to bring you these vital historical documents in the best quality versions possible.
Roger Chapman/Life in the Pond ....CD $15.99
A studio album by Roger Chapman is always an event. Since '66, when the British singer-songwriter emerged as the voice of his generation with the seminal Family band, through every twist of his four-decade solo career, Chappo's output has defied music industry protocol, challenged genre, and held up a mirror to the times. "I've never stopped writing," he reflects, "and with Life in the Pond, I felt the need to hear what I'd put down in music." Released in 2021 on Ruf Records and Chappo Music, Life in the Pond draws a line under a period in which the 79-year-old had been absent from the studio but privately prolific. Twelve years since 2009's acclaimed rarities collection Hide Go Seek, "A true lionheart still roars," enthused The Mirror, Life in the Pond reconnects the veteran with faces from his past - including ex-Family multi-instrumentalist John 'Poli' Palmer as co-writer and producer - while taking the pulse of modern life. "Mostly it's anger at politicians that's kept me fired up," says Chapman of the lyrics. "But I'm also influenced by daily happenings, world news, people, acquaintances. It's all in the lyrics." As for the music, Life in the Pond joins the dots between Chapman's founding influences. "It's about nostalgia for the different musical styles that influenced my life. American rock from the '50s to now. British R'n'B from the '60s, like Georgie Fame, The Stones, Zoot Money. Folk, blues, Motown, Stax, Blue Note jazz, Classical, Americana, and Country. A whole mess of influences..." That eclectic roll call won't surprise anyone who has followed Chappo through his fascinating career. Born in the Midlands city of Leicester, he told the Rock Legacy site that "I wasn't interested in the English version of rock 'n' roll. All my heroes were American, like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent - that was the real stuff."
Roger Chapman/Peaceology ....CD $17.99
The former singer/songwriter and front man of famous UK rock bands like Family and Streetwalkers started his very successful solo career in 1987. The iconic Voice and his barbed wire and wine delivery made Roger Chapman one of the most acclaimed singers in the genres of rock, blues and soul. A very outstanding career that includes him winning the award 'Best Singer' at the German music awards in 1982, two appearances on the TV rock show 'Rockpalast.' many hit albums and singles and his voice singing the Mike Oldfield hit "Shadow on the Wall." 2014 Roger returns with his re mastered version of his 2007 released album "One More Time for Peace." Fans who bought the album in 2007 described it as one of his best CD's ever. But this new version is even better - it is not just re-mastered, it also includes 3 new songs. Roger named his re-mastered work "Peaceology" - a second chance for an album that shows Roger in great shape. The new sound of the album is not just fresh it is also timeless and natural. "Peaceology" contains 13 tracks from blues to rock to soul - an amazingly updated masterpiece of work by Roger Chapman. A great mix of different genres Roger used to create his very own and unforgettable sound off.
Colosseum II/Electric Savage + War Dance ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
Two albums from 1971 from the late Jon Hiseman's Colosseum II. Band members include Don Airey, Gary Moore and John Mole. The band performed on Andrew Lloyd Webber's album 'Variations,' a UK No. 2. 'War Dance' proved to be Colosseum II's last album. Gary Moore went on to Thin Lizzy again and a successful solo career. Jon Hiseman had a long and diverse career, writing film scores and playing with wife Barbara Thompson in the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. Digitally remastered and slipcased.
Mark Craney & Friends/Something with a Pulse ....CD $17.99
An old fan favorite from the early years of The Artist Shop makes a brief return, Mark
Craney & Friends Something with a Pulse. Mark Craney was a consumate drummer who
played with Jethro Tull, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli and many, many more. In 1997
when Craney was experiencing some medical issues his good friend Doane Perry, Jethro
Tull's drummer following Craney, called on members of that wide circle of friends to
create Something with a Pulse, a tribute to Mark to help defray his medical expenses.
Some tracks donated were archival releases (some previously unreleased) and some
tracks were recorded specifically for this album. Many tracks feature Marks
incredible playing. This will only be available for a short time, so get yours now.
1. Jethro Tull - Black Sunday (live)
2. Eric Burdon - I'm Your Man
3. Tower of Power - What Is Hip? (live)
4. Mark's Brothers - Listen to Your Heart
5. Gino Vanelli - Brother to Brother (live)
6. Talking Drums - Guaramina
7. Fairport Convention - Slipjigs and Reels
8. Mike Keneally - Craney
9. Miller/Craney/Miller - Blockhead (live)
10. Terry Bozzio - Klangfarben Melodie
11. Mark's Brothers - They Don't Make'em Like They Used To
12. Thread - Hands of Kindness (excerpt)
13. Ian Anderson - Song for Jeffrey
14. James Taylor - New Hymn (live)
David Crosby/For Free ....CD $14.99
David Crosby has announced a new record entitled For Free. Joining Crosby on the record are Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen, Sarah Jarosz and his son James Raymond, who also served as the album's producer. For Free also features a few of the musicians who had joined Crosby on 2017's Sky Trails, including saxophonist Steve Tavaglione and drummer Steve DiStanislao. Joan Baez painted the cover artwork. The album's title comes from Joni Mitchell's "For Free," a track that Crosby covers on the record. "Joni's the greatest living singer-songwriter, and 'For Free' is one of her simplest," Crosby said in a statement. It's one of my favourite songs because I love what it says about the spirit of music and what compels you to play."
Miles Davis/Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne ....2 CD Set $24.99
By 1991, the world's most celebrated trumpeter could look back on five decades of musical evolution - his own, and that of the world around him. Miles Davis had found ways of marrying jazz with classical ideas, then later R&B, rock and funk, producing hybrid offspring that shaped the course of popular music and had come to define his legend. In 1985, he'd left Columbia after thirty years to sign to Warner Bros. Records, a label riding high with best-selling artists like Madonna, Van Halen and Prince, with whom he had a mutual admiration and friendship. Miles Davis's lifelong love for France is well-documented, and in July 1991, he became a Knight of their Legion of Honour. Davis received the award from French culture minister Jack Lang, who described him as: "The Picasso of Jazz." A few days before, he played this electrifying set at the Vienne Jazz Festival with the Miles Davis Group. He passed away two months later in September 1991. Miles Davis' performance at Jazz a Vienne on July 1, 1991 became one of his final live performances before he passed away on September 28, 1991, and this previously unreleased set includes two songs written by Prince, "Penetration" and "Jailbait."
Dennis DeYoung/26 East Vol. 2 ....CD $14.99
Dennis DeYoung is back with the second volume of his fond farewell to recorded music, "26 East Vol. 2." As with the preceding volume, "26 East, Vol. 2" once again hints strongly at DeYoung's legendary rock roots with Styx. A fitting goodbye and a final signature on an outstanding body of work.
Dream Theater/Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Images and Words - Live in Japan 2017 ....CD $16.99
Ytsejam Records previously played host to Dream Theater's official bootleg release collection comprising of live shows, demos and studio outtakes from throughout the band's prolific career. As part of "Lost Not Forgotten Archives," the entirety of the collection will be reissued on CD with brand new artwork and packaging. The band have also been busy digging into their encyclopedic vault to find some very special, previously unreleased material. The first brand new release in the reinvigorated archival series will be a recording of the band's start-to-finish performance of their classic second ever studio album, Images and Words, taken from their performance at Tokyo, Japan's legendary Budokan venue in September of 2017.
Faust/Faust IV ....import CD $17.99
Faust IV is the fourth studio album by the German krautrock group Faust, released in 1973. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, where it is referred to as a "krautrock classic." This was the last album by the first incarnation of the band. The album was recorded at the Manor Studio in England. As the sessions took too long to complete, producer Uwe Nettelbeck opted to complete the album with material that was recorded at previous sessions in Wumme in Bremen, Germany. These additions include "Krautrock" (previously aired on the John Peel show) and "It's a Bit of a Pain" (previously released as the b-side of the "So Far" single in Germany).
Focus/Focus 50: Live in Rio ....import 3 CD + Blu-Ray Set $34.99
Three CDs + Blu-Ray (region free). Focus 50 is a collection to launch the commemoration of Focus celebrating half a century of ground-breaking contributions to the prog rock genre. It features 3 CDs and a Blu-ray of the Live in Rio show recorded at Nitteroi in 2017. A fabulous bonus disc named Completely Focussed. This is all the Focus numbers 1 through 12 that the current line up re-recorded through lockdown. Mixed and Mastered by bassist Udo Pannekeet. Liner notes, as always, from the current band, those that work closely with them over the years and exclusive new photos of the band at work and play! The collection provides fans an all-inclusive view of Focus. From the astounding live performance to the beautiful family feel of the bonus disc, this album shows Focus at the forefront of the prog rock scene.
Peter Frampton/Frampton Forgets the Words ....CD $15.99
On the heels of his recently released New York Times best selling memoir, the rock n' roll legend and Grammy winning artist Peter Frampton turns his focus back to music with his new studio album Frampton Forgets the Words. With his 1954 Les Paul Phoenix, Frampton brings virtuosic guitar playing to 10 instrumental tributes to his favorite songs including "Isn't It a Pity" by George Harrison, "Avalon" by Roxy Music, "Reckoner" by Radiohead, "Loving the Alien" by David Bowie, and more.
Jerry Garcia/GarciaLive Volume 16: November 15th, 1991 Madison Square Garden ....3 CD Set $22.99
GarciaLive Volume 16 presents the Jerry Garcia Band's first performance at the world's most famous arena during their legendary Fall '91 tour. Produced from remastered soundboard recordings, The Grateful Dead co-founder is joined by John Kahn (bass), David Kemper (drums), Melvin Seals (keyboard), Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch (backing vocals) delivering a transcendent performance of classics from the Jerry Garcia Band songbook including "Lay Down Sally," "Deal," "Shining Star."
Gentle Giant/Free Hand [5.1 & 2.0 Steven Wilson Mix] ....CD
+ Blu-Ray $21.99
Gentle Giant/Free Hand [Steven Wilson Mix] ....CD $15.99
Free Hand was Gentle Giant's seventh album originally released in July 1975. This album was the most commercially successful of the band's career reaching the top 40 albums in Billboard Magazine. It stands as the culmination of the band's maturity, following the successes of In a Glass House and The Power & the Glory. Having toured Europe & North America non-stop in the years prior to this release with artists like Jethro Tull, Yes, Zappa etc, the band had gone from strength to strength. By the time Freehand was released Gentle Giant had become a major headliner in its own right. All the members were multi-instrumentalists. The band were never afraid of surprising an audience with a 4 part recorder ensemble followed by a vibraphone solo all the while rocking the audience and thoroughly enjoying themselves onstage at the same time. Gentle Giant albums featured many songs with both literary subjects as well as social and personal commentary on life as rock musicians. Free Hand has more than most. The title of the album and first track were so named as the band had just changed record labels and management and felt unshackled by prior contractual obligations. Putting these issues behind them upon it's first release, Gentle Giant embarked on an extensive tour of North America and Europe, plus a short tour of the UK, to promote the album. The incredible range of Gentle Giant's music is evident hroughout this album. From the intricate vocal fretwork of On Reflection and the delicate medieval flavor of Talybont the Celtic-tinged rock of Time to Kill and the jagged rhythms of Just the Same all those diverse elements which made the band so strikingly original are skillfully blended and perfectly executed. Award winning producer and musician Steven Wilson has added his delicate touch in remixing Free Hand in Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround sound. His tonal range and painstaking attention to sound quality make Free Hand sound as fresh today as it did on first release. A fitting tribute to the compositional skills and expertise of five dedicated musicians. Steven Wilson's remixed version of Freehand will be released in Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround sound accompanied by custom animated visuals for each track on Blu-ray. In addition, the original flat mix, original 1975 quad mix and an instrumental mix will all be included in a Digipack CD.
Greenslade/Temple Songs: Albums 1973-1975 ....import 4 CD Set $49.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of Temple Songs - The Albums 1973 - 1975, a four-disc clamshell box set of the four albums released by the legendary band Greenslade between 1973 and 1975 - Greenslade, Bedside Manners Are Extra, Spyglass Guest and Time and Tide. One of the most interesting and musically able bands of the 1970s, Greenslade formed in 1972 and featured a line-up comprising former Colosseum members Dave Greenslade (keyboards) and Tony Reeves (bass) along with Dave Lawson (keyboards, vocals) and Andrew McCulloch (drums, percussion). The band came together following the demise of Colosseum and were distinguished by having two keyboard players. Greenslade's unique musical style set them aside from their progressive rock contemporaries of the era and the quartet of albums they issued between 1973 and 1975 were all of an excellent standard. The band's self-titled debut album was released in early 1973 and was an impressive musical statement featuring such material as "Feathered Friends," "Drowning Man," "Melange" and "Sundance." This album was followed at the end of the same year by Bedside Manners Are Extra, one of their finest works featuring the classic title track along with the excellent Pilgrim's Progress, Sunkissed You're Not and Time to Dream. 1974's Spyglass Guest saw Greenslade make an impression on the UK album charts and was another fine album with highlights such as Spirit of the Dance, Joie de Vivre, Melancholic Race and the band's interpretation of the Jack Bruce and Pete Brown classic Theme for an Imaginary Western. Greenslade's final album of the 1970s was Time and Tide, issued in May 1975. This album saw the departure of Tony Reeves who was replaced by Martin Briley on bass and guitar. Despite receiving critical acclaim for their live appearances and recorded work, the band split in 1976. Temple Songs - The Albums 1973 - 1975 is a fine collection of music by a truly original band.
The Grid & Fripp/Leviathan ....CD + DVD-A Set $26.99
New collaborative album from electronic duo The Grid (aka Richard Norris & Dave Ball) and Robert Fripp, combining Fripp Soundscapes with synth, drums, programming and effects by The Grid. 'Robert (Fripp) turned up with a truck load of amps and effects, two great big stacks including delay units with a 76 second delay and played and played and played.'
Guru Guru/UFO ....CD $14.99
Guru Guru is a German krautrock band formed in 1968 as The Guru Guru Groove by Mani Neumeier (drums), Uli Trepte (bass) and Eddy Naegeli (guitar), later replaced by American Jim Kennedy. After Kennedy collapsed on stage due to a serious illness, Ax Genrich replaced him to complete the classic Guru Guru line up, in time for their debut album in 1970. Special deluxe reissue of the landmark 1970 debut album from krautrock pioneers, Guru Guru! Includes newly remastered audio and meticulously reproduced album artwork!
Steve Hackett & Djabe/Journey Continues ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $35.99
Esoteric Antenna is delighted to announce the release of a new two CD and DVD live album by Djabe & Steve Hackett, "The Journey Continues." This wonderful concert recording was mainly recorded in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary in August 2019. The concert continued a series of live performances that followed the release of the acclaimed collaboration between Djabe (one of Hungary's most acclaimed jazz groups) and former Genesis guitarist and acclaimed solo artist Steve Hackett, "Life Is a Journey: The Sardinia Tapes," an album which was the result of improvised sessions that took place in a church on the island of Sardinia. "The Journey Continues" captures on two CDs and a DVD Djabe & Steve Hackett performing selections from that album on the concert stage, along with classic Genesis material such as "Hairless Heart," "Firth of Fifth" and "Los Endos," Steve Hackett's "Last Train to Istanbul" and Djabe compositions. The NTSC / Region Free DVD in this set also includes the bonus features the tracks 'In that Quiet Earth' and 'After Limoncello,' recorded in St. Veit, Austria in 2018 and 'White Bears,' recorded in Washington DC in 2019.
George Harrison/All Things Must Pass [Super Deluxe]
....5 CD + Blu-ray Box Set $149.99
George Harrison/All Things Must Pass [Deluxe] ....3 CD Set $29.99
George Harrison/All Things Must Pass ....2 CD Set $21.99
George Harrison/All Things Must Pass [Super Deluxe] ....8 LP Box Set $199.99
George Harrison/All Things Must Pass [Deluxe] ....5 LP Box Set $94.99
George Harrison/All Things Must Pass ....3 LP Set $69.99
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass is being celebrated with a suite of new releases highlighted by a stunning new mix of the classic album by Grammy Award-winning mixer/engineer Paul Hicks, overseen by executive producer Dhani Harrison. Super Deluxe 5 CD/Blu-ray Box Set Packaging: 5 CD slipcase contains 70 tracks, including 47 (42 previously unreleased) demo recordings, session outtakes and studio jams. A Blu-ray presents the main album in hi-res stereo, 5.1 surround sound, and Dolby Atmos. Includes a 56-page scrapbook by Olivia Harrison and a replica of the original album poster. 5CD/1BR. Deluxe 3 CD Packaging: Discs 1 & 2 include new remix of the original album; Disc 3 contains 17 tracks of demo recordings, session outtakes, and studio jams. Housed in a square box with a scaled-down version of the original poster and a 20-page booklet with photos, introduction, and notes from Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks. 2 CD Packaging: 2 CD Digipak includes new remix of the original album; an original poster with the back containing notes by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks on remixing the album. Super Deluxe 8 LP Box Set Packaging: 8 LPs on 180-gram vinyl collects 70 tracks, including 47 (42 previously unreleased) demo recordings, session outtakes, and studio jams. Slipcase packaging contains a 60-page scrapbook by Olivia Harrison and a replica of the original album poster. Deluxe 5 LP Box Set Packaging: 5 LPs on 180-gram vinyl. The first 3 LPs contain the new remix of the original album, followed by 2 LPs featuring 17 tracks of demo recordings, session outtakes, and studio jams. Includes 8-page insert with photos and notes from Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks on remixing the album. 3 LP Packaging: 3 LPs on 180-gram vinyl contained in a slim box. Includes a poster and 8-page insert with photos and notes from Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks on remixing the album.
Steve Howe/Homebrew 7 ....import CD $19.99
Yes guitarist Steve Howe has announced he is to release the seventh edition of his Homebrew album series on via HoweSound. Homebrew 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the guitar legend's first album in his Homebrew collection. The Homebrew series typically features recordings from Steve Howe's home archive of demos and tracks, originally recorded for one of his many solo or group projects with Yes, Asia, ABWH or GTR. Homebrew 7 differs slightly as none of the tracks have previously been released in any form and there are no plans for any to be rerecorded in the future. "Many are things I've enjoyed saving until the right moment," says Howe, "and the Homebrew series allows this. Some tracks have matured with my nurturing but others have been recently rediscovered." This collection includes tracks from the late seventies through to 2016 in Howe's extensive range of playing styles. Each of the 21 tracks is dated and accompanied by Howe's background notes and details on instrumentation. Most of the tracks are Howe's solo recordings with occasional contributions from Dylan Howe and Virgil Howe on drums with Phil Spalding on bass guitar (Half Way). The booklet includes the lyrics for the four vocal tracks and is also illustrated by some of Howe's delightfully atmospheric photography.
Jean-Michel Jarre/Amazonia ....import CD $24.99
Jean-Michel Jarre has composed and recorded a 52 minute musical score for 'Amazonia,' a new project by award winning photographer and filmmaker Sebastiao Salgado, for the Philharmonic Paris. The exhibition launches on April 7th and will later travel to South America, Roma and London. 'Amazonia' is an immersive exhibition focussing on the Brazilian Amazon, featuring more than 200 photographs and other media by Salgado. He travelled the region for six years, capturing the forest, the rivers, the mountains and the people who live there, and most of the work will be seen publicly for the first time. At the heart of the exhibit is an invitation to see, hear and think about the future of biodiversity and the place of humans in the living world. JMJs accompanying sound-creation is a symphonic world which will engulf visitors to the exhibit in the sounds of the forest. Using a blend of electronic and orchestral instruments with other real-life natural sounds, the score has also been recorded in binaural audio, for a truly immersive experience. "I wanted to avoid the ethnomusicological approach, or creating background music. So I conceived a sort of toolbox containing musical elements - orchestral and electronic - intended to recreate or evoke the timbre of natural sounds, to which I added sounds from the environment, and finally ethnic sources (voices, songs, and instruments) from the sound archives of the Ethnography Museum of Geneva (MEG). I approached the Amazon with respect, in a poetic and impressionistic way. I chose the vocal and sound elements in their evocative dimension, rather than trying to be faithful to a particular ethnic group. It seemed interesting to me to fantasize the forest. It carries with it a powerful imagination; for both Westerners and Amerindians. This music also evokes a form of nomadism, as if sounds appear and disappear during a migration. It was necessary to go back to the principles of orchestration of the sounds of nature, to work from sounds which follow one another randomly, but which can compose a harmony or a dissonance. And as in any symphony, the work has moments of clarity or tension." The CD & VINYL come with an access code to download the Binaural Sound and 5.1. Sound.
Jeff Lorber Fusion/Space-Time ....CD $18.99
Superstar keyboardist, writer, producer Jeff Lorber is renowned as a pioneer in the jazz-fusion movement. Scoring #1 radio hits with Jeff Lorber Fusion and as a founding member of smooth jazz super-group Jazz Funk Soul, Lorber performs constantly before his dedicated fans from coast to coast!! Highlights include "Chick" the heartfelt tribute to Chick Correa, the funky "Louisiana," the exotic "Sun Princess" and more Lorber originals. Featuring an amazing all-star lineup of Grammy winning jazz greats: Hubert Laws, Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak, Gerald Albright, Phillipe Saisse, Bob Mintzer, Robben Ford and more!!
Steve Lukather & Edgar Winter/Live at North Sea Festival 2000 ....CD + DVD $18.99
When these two extraordinary musicians, Steve Lukather and Edgar Winter, came together on stage at the North Sea Festival 2000, they had already achieved legendary careers in their own right. Steve Lukather started as a studio musician before becoming a founding member of rock band Toto. His guitar style and influence can be heard on numerous albums of notable artists such as Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Chicago. Having been influenced by Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, Steve developed a guitar style, which paid tribute to both rock and jazz styles, playing with such perfection and intensity that you can still spot his influence among a thousand other guitarists. Edgar Winter is the younger brother of Johnny Winter. Having debuted at the Woodstock-Festival, he also fusioned rock, blues and jazz since his first great successes in 1970. Working with musicians such as Rick Derringer, David Lee Roth and Ringo Starr, he was equally well prepared to team up with Steve Lukather. Together with Phil Soussan (bass) and Gary Ferguson (drums) the concert at the North Sea Jazz Festival was not only a firework of improvisation, but an intense demonstration of the perfection and skills of Lukather and Winter.
Mahavishnu Orchestra/Mahavishnu ....CD $13.99
From Wounded Bird Records, John McLaughlin is regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in the history of music. Making albums from the '60s through the present, his intense guitar work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Miles Davis gave birth to jazz/fusion. In 1984 he formed a reincarnation of sorts of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Featuring original Mahavishnu drummer Billy Cobham, plus saxophonist Bill Evans and bassist Jonas Hellborg, this high-energy electric album is regarded as one of his best efforts and has been his most sought after album for CD reissue.
Man/Anachronism Tango ....import CD $18.99
With a population of approximately three million people, Wales is not necessarily one of the most populous countries on earth. Wales is not even the most populous country in the UK. Nevertheless, Wales has a diverse and successful music scene and has produced a number of internationally acclaimed stars over the past decades, such as Tiger Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, John Cale, Shakin' Stevens or bands like Manic Street Preachers, Feeder; Stereophonics, Racing Cars and Man, only to name but a few. Man from Merthyr Tydfil are probably the most senior band from Wales at the moment. Founded in 1968 from the members of the rockgroup The Bystanders, Man developed a very independently mixture of progressive and psychedelic rock, blues and elements of US Westcoast rock. Live, Man is known for their excessive jams in the spirit of US colleagues like the Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers. After a series of very successful LPs, Man split up in 1977 due to differences of opinions about their musical focus. During their farewell tour through the USA, Europe and North Africa, the album All's Well that Ends Well was recorded. In 1983, Man reunited with Deke Leonard, Martin Ace, Jeff Jones and ex-Gentle Giant drummer John Weathers. The album Friday 13th was released in the same year. Another reformation took place in 1992 with Ace, Jones, Leonard and Weathers and the release of the album Twang Dynasty. Since then Man have been touring regularly and releasing new albums as well. Further personnel changes bring on the second generation of musicians to Man in the coming years. So in 2021 bassist Martin Ace and his son Josh are the driving forces of the band. Now Anachronism Tango will be released, a new Man album recorded by Martin and Josh Ace, James Beck (slide guitar, vocals), Rene Robrahn (drums) and veteran keyboardist Malcolm Morley. The high and established Man quality level is also maintained on this album.
Marillion/Marillion.com ....import CD $18.99
Marillion formed in 1979 and have since sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Rightly regarded as legends of progressive rock, the band have continued to evolve and have been keen to embrace the possibilities of the internet, using innovative ways to interact with listeners resulting in an incredibly loyal legion of fans around the world. One early example of this type of forward-thinking online fan-engagement was seen in 1999's Marillion.Com, which was one of these first internet based promotions whereby the band asked for fans to send them passport pictures of themselves, resulting in 732 pictures being used to make up the artwork for the slipcase for the record. With the majority of the album featuring mixing from Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and the band taking care of the remaining songs, this was the band's last album of the '90s, but just the beginning of a more direct relationship with fans which has since developed and grown.
Marillion/Radiation ....import CD $18.99
Marillion formed in 1979 and have since sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Rightly regarded as legends of progressive rock, the band have continued to evolve and have been keen to embrace the possibilities of the internet, using innovative ways to interact with listeners resulting in an incredibly loyal legion of fans around the world. Radiation was the band's tenth studio album and debuted in the top 40 in the UK when it was originally released in 1998. The album saw the band abandon the acoustic approach of This Strange Engine and instead revisit a heavier sound previously found on Afraid of Sunlight. This change in sound as well as the experimentation with different instrument tones and vocal effects and samples led to a more pop sound than that previously heard from the group. The album was subsequently remixed and remastered by Michael Hunter in 2013 and issued alongside the original version. Kscope are now pleased to present a reissue of this highly regarded album on CD. The CD edition will include both the original 1998 version and the 2013 mixes.
John Mayall/The First Generation 1965-1974 [Limited]
....import 35 CD + Book Box Set $359.99
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Limited edition of 5000, 35 CD Box set. John Mayall's The First Generation 1965-1974 set sits firmly in the latter category, being substantial both in the artefacts contained within and the superb music it encompasses. The first set of this size to be released documenting John Mayall's early years sees not only all albums from his much lauded formative career, but also unreleased tracks aplenty. Featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Blue Mitchell, Jon Mark and many more outstanding musicians, this mammoth package contains 35 CDs, a beautiful hardback book and much more. Not for nothing did Mayall earn the moniker 'Godfather of the British Blues.' For a short but compelling time in the '60s and '70s he recognized raw talent, took it in, nurtured it, and everyone thrived and benefitted as a result. Many of the best musicians of the period passed through the hallowed ranks of John Mayall's Blues breakers. All are on show here in a stunning set crammed with musical highlights. Put together with John Mayall's full co-operation, the full list of contents is as follows: 35 discs, including 3 CD singles and 8 previously unreleased discs, alongside newly remastered versions of the original Decca & Polydor albums. Music from seven unreleased gigs (incuding Windsor 1967, Gothenburg 1968, Berlin 1969 and San Francisco 1970). 28 previously unreleased BBC tracks featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Hardback book including many rare photos and memorabilia plus a full gig listing for the period; individually signed photograph; fan club book of letters and correspondence; 2 replica posters - Ten Years Are Gone and 1968 Tour Poster; replica press pack for John Mayall Plays John Mayall. This box set will be limited to 5, 000 copies worldwide.
John McLaughlin/Liberation Time ....CD $16.99
With his newest album, Liberation Time, McLaughlin draws from one of humanity's most fraught, uncertain epochs to produce music that gracefully reflects the uncertainty, vulnerability, and slowly awakening joy of our times. A direct response to the mandated restrictions imposed by the spread of Covid-19, the album is - unusually for McLaughlin's recent projects - not the work of one fixed ensemble. With physical proximity no longer a prerequisite, McLaughlin drew upon decades of experience as a bandleader to select musicians best suited to each composition. 'As the Spirit Sings' introduces the album by contrasting churning rhythmic tension (stoked by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and bassist Sam Burgess) with McLaughlin's soaring guitar figures - all underpinned by Gary Husband's subtle, supportive piano. The knotty post-bop figures of 'Right Here, Right Now, Right On' mark one of the most jazz-inflected performances McLaughlin has laid down in some time, featuring Nicolas Viccaro (drums), Jerome Regard (bass), Julian Siegel (tenor saxophone), and Oz Ezzeldin (piano). The sense of brotherhood that bonds McLaughlin's current 4th Dimension ensemble (McLaughlin, Husband, bassist Etienne Mbappe, and drummer Ranjit Barot) is on full display during 'Lockdown Blues,' a playful refraction examination of blues tropes first released last summer to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America. With vaccination campaigns now in full effect and a more promising tomorrow coming into view, Liberation Time's title track can be felt as visceral anticipation - a rousing glimpse into an unbound future rich with possibilities. And while much of Liberation Blues revels in the sort of spontaneous interplay that has been denied by Covid restrictions, some of the album's most touching moments feature McLaughlin alone at the piano - an instrument he has not recorded on since his 1973 collaboration with Carlos Santana, Love Devotion Surrender. Liberation Time is a product of its times, and yet it looks both forwards and backwards - at once drawing upon memories of better days yet reaching for a new dawn. Looking back at the album's transcontinental sessions, McLaughlin concludes, 'The wonderful thing about music is that you put the headphones on and you are all in the same room.'
Tony McPhee's Blues Band/Split Part II: Live at Bremen 1982 ....import CD $18.99
Live concert of the Groundhogs founder and guitarist Tony McPhee from 1982 at Germany with Mick Kirton and Steve Towner. With the Groundhogs, Tony McPhee wrote British blues rock history from the 1960s onwards. Along with Neil Young, he is one of the founding fathers of grunge rock. Still today records like "Thank Christ For The Bomb," "Hogwash" or "Split" belong in every well kept collection. Julian Cope, the British "Krautrock" expert and former frontman of The Teardrop Explodes, once said: "The way Tony McPhee and the Groundhogs developed the blues was as revolutionary as the works of MC5, the Stooges or that of the Krautrock movement." When Tony McPhee was not on tour or recording with the Groundhogs, he was on the road with his Tony McPhee's Blues Band, featuring Tony McPhee (guitars, vocals), Steve Towner (bass) and Mick Kirton (drums), indulging his very special form of psychedelic heavy blues. Recordings of Tony McPhee's Blues Band are very rare, with the line-up of McPhee, Towner and Kirton there is only one single from 1983 existing. So we are all the more pleased that the first official long-player of this enthusiastic trio will now be available with this live album, "Split II - Live in Bremen" from 1982. Incidentally, Tony McPhee came to the blues through John Lee Hooker, with whom he toured in 1964. Tony McPhee remembers: "He (Hooker) said that sometimes he played eleven bars, sometimes thirteen, sometimes twelve and a half. And I realized he did it on purpose. I'd thought he just couldn't count!"
Clive Mitten/Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983 ....import 2 CD Set $28.99
Twelfth Night multi-instrumentalist, Clive Mitten's first solo album Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983. The two-hour album comprises cinematic orchestral recompositions of all of the material contained on Twelfth Night's three seminal albums plus a few live favourites, reworking them in a classical style to produce something entirely new. The dynamic range is quite stunning! The cover painting is one of several sketches Geoff Mann made in 1982, while Twelfth Night were recording the Fact & Fiction album. A booklet contains comprehensive sleeve notes explaining the concept behind the album.
Laura Nyro/Trees of the Ages: Laura Nyro Live in Japan ....CD $16.99
1994 live performance includes the classics "And When I Die," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," and more. A member of both the Songwriters and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame, Laura Nyro not only wrote songs that became hits for acts including The 5th Dimension, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night, Barbra Streisand, and many more, but has been cited as a major influence by Kate Bush, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked), and countless others. She recorded 10 studio albums (one released posthumously), but a live performance from Nyro was always an event. Originally issued only in Japan as Live in Japan in 2003, these 16 tracks recorded at Kintetsu Hall, plus 5 recorded at On Air West return as Trees of the Ages: Laura Nyro Live in Japan. From Nyro-penned hits including "And When I Die," "Wedding Bell Blues," and "Save The Country," to covers of Bacharach/David, Smokey Robinson, and Phil Spector classics, Trees of the Ages is an essential document of Laura's February 1994 historic visit to Japan. With Laura on piano and vocals, with harmonies by Diane Wilson, Dian Sorrell, Diane Garisto, the performances are sublime. Newly remastered by Grammy-winner Michael Graves, and produced for release by Grammy-winner Cheryl Pawelski and George Gilbert with the approval of The Laura Nyro Trust, the packaging contains updated artwork and new liner notes from author and musician John Kruth. Looking and sounding incredible, this essential addition to Nyro's discography is available worldwide for the first time. Trees of the Ages: Laura Nyro Live in Japan cements the legend of the incomparable Laura Nyro.
Open Road/Windy Daze [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $24.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic and highly regarded album Windy Daze by Open Road. The band was formed by drummer John Carr and bassist / guitarist Mike Thomson in 1970. Both Carr and Thomson had been part of Donovan's band for his 1970 album Open Road (Donovan's first album to be recorded after he had split with producer Mickie Most). Upon the completion of sessions Donovan undertook some live concerts with his new band, which he named Open Road. After performing some concerts in Europe, Donovan and Open Road performed at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival before Donovan parted company with his band. Carr and Thomson began to perform as Open Road recruiting Simon Lanzon on keyboards and guitarist Barry Husband. Open Road were the first progressive group to sign with the newly formed Greenwich Gramophone label (a subsidiary of Chapter 1 Records) and they entered Olympic Studios in April 1971 to begin work on their only album - Windy Daze. Produced by Tony Reeves (bassist with Colosseum and later Greenslade), the album was completed at Morgan Studios in London and was a fine record which fused both folk and progressive influences and received critical praise. A follow up single, Swamp Fever b/w Lost and Found was released in February 1972, and Open Road entered Olympic Studios to record a second album with engineer Vic Smith (later better known as producer Vic Coppersmith Heaven). Entitled The Open Road, the album was designated a catalogue number by Greenwich Gramphone but for reasons now unclear failed to gain a release and the group disbanded. Original LP copies of Windy Daze remain hugely sought after by collectors of the progressive genre. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from recently discovered first generation original master tapes and has been expanded to a two-disc set include the band's 1972 single and their unreleased second album. The release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay.
Oregon/1974 ....2 CD Set $22.99
1st Time Ever available! Oregon, formed in 1970, comprised Ralph Towner (classical and 12-string guitars), Paul McCandless (oboe and English horn), Glen Moore (double bass) and Collin Walcott (sitar and tabla). The band's music has always been almost totally acoustic. 'Acoustic instruments sound more expressive to me,' Towner explained to Jazzwise magazine (UK) in September 1997. He further explained his guitar style: 'With classical guitar [you're] using all the fingers of your right hand to pluck which means you can be sounding anything from two to five notes in exact unison, rather than a strum.' As well as their core instruments, Towner has played trumpet, synths and piano with the band, McCandless bass clarinet and flute, Moore flute and violin and Walcott clarinet and dulcimer, to name but some. "At one time we were carrying eighty instruments on the road!" McCandless has said. The combining of instruments from disparate musical traditions and the musicians' range of influences meant that 'jazz' was always an inadequate label for the band. 'Live in Bremen 1974' documents Oregon at their mesmerizing best. The interplay between the four players is stunning and on each piece mood and texture are ever-changing, yet always following an aesthetic logic that seems irrefutable. 'Live in Bremen 1974,' however, is a reminder of a band that made music that had never been heard before, that had never been imagined before. One track is titled 'Brujo,' Spanish for 'sorcerer.' Truly, Towner, McCandless, Moore and Walcott were musical sorcerers whose playing retains it's power to enchant not only the band's original fans but even, surely, anyone lucky enough to be hearing the band for the very first time.
Alan Parsons/On Air ....import CD $14.99
This concept album as the name suggests, is an album dedicated to the skies and learning how to master the art of flying. It stands up to anything Alan Parsons did earlier under the 'Project' moniker. It has a nice laid-back sound with lots of interesting layers. Great to listen to on a good set of speakers or headphones."On Air" was the second album by Alan Parsons (without the "Project"). It is a somewhat underrated concept album on the theme of flight and the history of aviation, from the hot air balloons on the cover picture through to space travel. 10CCs Eric Stewart takes lead vocals for the soft ballad "Blown by the Wind," and the two "Blue Blue Sky" tracks which bookend the album.
Alan Parsons/The Time Machine ....import CD $15.99
Sounding like a combination of the Alan Parsons Project of the '70s with a dash of Pink Floyd, "The Time Machine" is an aural experience sure to please fans of Parsons, New Age and Electronica. The album opens with the instrumental "The Time Machine (Part 1)," written by Cockney Rebel drummer/composer Stuart Elliott (later Al Stewart and Kate Bush a.o.), which resembles the way the Project's album used to open. There's the mellow song "Out of the Blue," with lead vocals by Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet. "Ignorance Is Bliss" is one of the most beautiful songs with vocals from former Zombies lead-singer Colin Blunstone. Alan Parsons again uses the concept album formula successful with "Time Machine."
Patto/Give It All Away: Albums 1970-1973 ....import 4 CD Set $49.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of Give It All Away - The Albums 1970 -1973, a re-mastered four-disc clamshell box set of the four albums recorded by the legendary band Patto between 1970 and 1973; Patto, Hold Your Fire, Roll 'Em, Smoke 'Em, Put Another Line Out and Monkey's Bum. One of the truly great bands of the early 1970s, Patto featured a line-up comprising Mike Patto (vocals), Ollie Halsall (guitar, vibes, keyboards, vocals), Clive Griffiths (bass) and John Halsey (drums). The band arose from the ashes of the group Timebox and were graced by the presence of the stunning guitar playing of Ollie Halsall and a highly original and unique musical style that set them aside from their progressive rock contemporaries of the era. This, the band's self-titled debut album, was released in 1970 under a licensing agreement with Vertigo Records and featured classic tracks such as 'The Man,' 'San Antone' and 'Government Man.' Their 1971 follow up, Hold Your Fire was perhaps their most fully realized and acclaimed work thanks to outstanding compositions such as 'You, You Point Your Finger,' 'Hold Your Fire' and 'Air Raid Shelter.' Departing Vertigo in 1972, Patto recorded the album Roll 'Em, Smoke 'Em, Put Another Line Out. Alas, despite receiving critical acclaim for their live appearances and recorded work, the release failed to make any sales impact. The band entered the studio in the spring of 1973 to record their final work, Monkey's Bum. Sadly, the album failed to gain an official release upon completion and was consigned to the vaults. A rough mix of the album was bootlegged several times over the ensuing years before Monkey's Bum finally received an official release in 2017. Give It All Away - The Albums 1970 -1973 is a fine collection of music, by an unfairly overlooked band, and this esteemed legacy - from one of Britain's most genuine and original bands - will go some way to rectify their status in rock history.
Annette Peacock/X-Dreams ....CD $17.99
Arriving in 1978, X-Dreams is an infatuating and resolutely feminine free-form exploration of the politics and dynamics of sex. Assembling a crew of 22 musicians (including Mick Ronson on guitar and Bill Bruford on drums), Peacock delivers impassioned vocal performances alongside an improvisational jazz-rock fusion masterpiece of musicianship, almost all of which was recorded in one take.
Pinder Brothers/Melancholy Sea ....CD $15.99
The Pinder Brothers' new 'Melancholy Sea' makes waves with sing-a-long melodies and crafty alt-rock rrrangements. Sons of Moody Blues founding member Mike Pinder carry on the tradition, as their own SoCal followers continue to burgeon. The Pinder Brothers may not be the first pair of siblings to proffer an intrinsic fusion of vocal harmonies, but add to the mix crafty sing-a-long melodies and enough of a rock edge to engage the masses. That is the musical mantra of these brothers in arms' third full-length release "Melancholy Sea." Of course, the many current fans of Matthew and Michael Lee are already aware of one other essential factor. Let's call it pedigree. Their dad Mike Pinder was a founding member of the legendary Moody Blues, who not only fulfilled the enduring band's mellotron duties, but also contributed harmony vocals. The Pinder Brothers mesh the harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash alongside the songwriting style of Simon & Garfunkel, and ultimately add their own modern spin. Listeners will hear all of this and more in "Melancholy Sea," which the pair wrote, played and arranged. The project's masterfully penned lyrics create a sonic tapestry that dazzles the ear....much like the colors of a seashell inspire the eye. The brothers' voices harmonize beautifully, accompanied by arrangements that deftly ease from a bed of crunchy electric guitars into warm overdriven tones that layer as naturally as sheets and a blanket. It could be said that The Pinder Brothers have '60s Brit-rock heritage in their DNA, with a healthy dose of California style thrown in. Hailing from Northern California, Matt and Michael Pinder grew up playing music and performing together whenever possible. How could they not, with the sounds of the lost chord echoing softly in their ears. Thankfully, Mike Pinder's innate talent has been passed on to his sons - who are now creating their own legacy.
Pink Floyd/Live at Knebworth 1990 ....CD $17.99
A breakout from The Later Years box set, Pink Floyd's Live at Knebworth 1990 captures the band performing classics including Comfortably Numb, The Great Gig in the Sky, and Wish You Were Here. Alongside David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, the line-up features Clare Torry, plus guests Candy Dulfer and keyboard player and composer Michael Kamen. David Gilmour and Andy Jackson have remixed the audio and the album features artwork shot by Aubrey 'Po' Powell of Hipgnosis.
Pretty Things/Live at the BBC ....import 6 CD Box Set $85.99
This is the one to have! Together for the first time on one 6-CD collection. One of the all-time great British '60s bands - The Pretty Things Live at he BBC! Boxed set comprised of 3 digisleeved packages each containing 2 CDs. Over seven hours of audio - restored and remastered, 50-page booklet with liner notes by Richard Morton Jack featuring archive memorabilia and photos. Drawn from Saturday Club, Beat Room, Top Gear and Sounds of the '70s, plus more recently the Mark Lamarr and Marc Riley shows. BBC broadcast material from 1964-2018 curated by Colin Harper. Features a recent interview by Chris Welch with founder member and guitarist Dick Taylor. In the golden age of the British R&B revival, few groups created as much excitement and controversy as The Pretty Things. They came up alongside the Rolling Stones in the early 1960s, but were deemed by critics and fans as wilder and bluesier than even Mick Jagger and company. When long-haired Phil May sang and shook his maracas with manic intensity, audiences and record buyers knew they were in for a wild ride. But The Pretty Things took their music seriously and developed into one of the more innovative rock bands of the '70s, much admired by groups and artists from Led Zeppelin to David Bowie. As well as recording hit singles and albums, the Pretties were also heard live in action on BBC radio shows that captured their dynamic performances with remarkable clarity and presence. We are fortunate that this audio heritage has been carefully preserved and has now been digitally restored for future generations to enjoy. Repertoire is proud to present this comprehensive 6 CD collection that provides over seven hours of non-stop R&B, original songs and new concepts.
Renaissance/BBC Sessions ....2 CD Set $18.99
From Wounded Bird Records, Renaissance was originally formed in London in 1969. In 1971 Annie Haslam joined the group on vocals during a transitory period that resulted in a changeover of the entire band. They released many Billboard charting albums throughout the seventies. During those years the band broadcast many live performances over the BBC. BBC Sessions is a two CD set with recording dates from May 8th 1975 through August 19th 1978. This two disc CD features over two hours of these legendary broadcasts. Performances include Prologue, Vultures Fly High, Midas Man, Day of the Dreamer, Touching Once, Song of Scheherazade, Can You Hear Me, Ocean Gypsy, Carpet of the Sun, Mother Russia, Running Hard, Ashes Are Burning.
Return to Forever/Returns: Live [Ear + Eye Series] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Set $32.99
Return to Forever were at the forefront of jazz/rock fusion in the seventies like their contemporaries Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra. They were formed by the great Chick Corea. Return to Forever hit their commercial and artistic peak with a string of albums in the mid-seventies, featuring the line-up of Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums. In 2008 this classic line-up reunited for their first tour in 25 years and proved that their musicianship and the chemistry within the band were as strong as ever. The highlights of this tour are captured on their brilliant recording "Returns."
Todd Rundgren & Joe Jackson/State Theater New Jersey 2005 ....2 CD + DVD Set $25.99
Two of the most masterful songcrafters of sophisticated art rock unite on stage on this extravagant multi-media concert presentation! Includes a special guest performance by NY-based string quartet Ethel! Features the biggest hits from these two legends including "Steppin' Out," "Hello, It's Me," "Is She Really Goin' Out with Him," "Bang the Drum All Day," "It's Different for Girls," "I Don't Want to Tie You Down" and more! This gorgeous 8-panel digipak includes two audio discs and a DVD!
The Samurai of Prog/The Lady and the Lion and Other Grimm Tales I ....import CD $22.99
The Samurai of Prog are having a prolific Run. A few short months after 2020's "Beyond the Wardrobe" album, the core trio of Marco Bernard, Kimmo Porsti and Steve Unruh are joined - as is their way - by a cast of contributing artists and writers, this time crafting an album inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The Samurai have become known in progressive rock circles for their symphonic prog creations, which feature lush and varied keyboard sounds, powerful picked bass guitar, dynamic drums, virtuosic violin and flute, and always mixed and mastered for audiophiles. This is a great addition fo TSoP's ever growing catalog of lovingly crafted new symphonic prog, rooted in the classics, but looking forward.
Savoy Brown/Bring It Home [Deluxe Edition] ....CD $15.99
Deluxe re-issue of the 1994 studio album from one of the architects of the Brtish Blues Rock explosion, Savoy Brown! Led by superstar guitarist Kim Simmonds, this is one of the band's most scorching albums with a mix of original tunes and blues classics! This reissue features a complete digital remastering of the audio plus all new artwork!
Sky/The Complete Studio Albums 1979 - 1987 ....import 7 CD + DVD Box Set $39.99
2021 Esoteric repress. UK eight disc (seven CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) set. The Studio Albums 1979 - 1987 is a clamshell box set that gathers together all seven studio albums released by the legendary classical rock band Sky over a nine year period. Formed in 1979, Sky brought together the worlds of rock and classical music in a highly successful and inspiring way. Featuring the gifted talents of guitarist John Williams, percussionist Tristan Fry, legendary bass player Herbie Flowers, former Curved Air keyboard player Francis Monkman and guitarist Kevin Peek, Sky recorded their debut album at Abbey Road studios in the early months of 1979. The band's self-titled debut reached the UK top ten in May 1979 and went on to achieve platinum status in the UK and was also a major hit in Europe and Australia. Also, a huge live attraction, Sky released their second album in April 1980. Sky 2 was a fine achievement, featuring the hit single 'Toccata,' and topped the UK album charts upon it's release. For the band's third album, Steve Gray replaced Francis Monkman on keyboards, but the band continued their run of success as Sky 3 reached the UK Top Ten upon it's release in March 1981. The albums Sky 4 and Cadmium continued the run of best-selling albums, following which John Williams departed the band in December 1983. In March 1985, the album The Great Balloon Race was recorded in Australia and the UK, becoming another hit album. In 1987, they recorded their final album, which saw Sky arrange pieces composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart featured the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and earned the group their highest ever US chart placing upon release. DVD contains Sky - Live In Nottingham 1990, a performance recorded for Central Television on the 24th June 1990.
Soft Machine/Paris 1970 ....2 CD Set $24.99
Soft Machine, live from the Theatre de la Musique, Paris on March 2nd, 1970. Despite their gradual dissolution in the late '70s, Soft Machine's stock has never been higher thanks to a steady stream of archival recordings that continue to surface and throw light on the importance of varying line-ups. The quintet version of the band, captured at the Theatre de la Musique, Paris on March 2nd, 1970 for France's Pop Deux TV show features that short lived and often lamented line-up of Lyn Dobson and Elton Dean on their respective reeds accompanying the obligatory Hopper, Ratledge, and Wyatt. The Paris date in March caught Dobson near the end of his tenure which came two weeks later. Suffice to say, the historical value of this recording is undoubted while rooted in the five-man line-up that was joyous, but sadly all too brief. London Calling bends your ear with a rare, captivating performance from our beloved Softs, live in Paris, 1970. Covering their first two albums and songs exclusive to performances from this period. Includes the entire Pop Deux TV broadcast. Visually interesting, but moreover, stunning to hear. Personnel: Mike Ratledge- Lowrey organ, Hohner pianet; Robert Wyatt - drums, vocals; Hugh Hopper - bass; Elton Dean - alto sax, Saxello; Lyn Dobson- soprano sax, flute, voice, harmonica. Includes full color, eight-page booklet with background liners and rare images. Digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality.
Styx/Crash of the Crown ....CD $15.99
A new era of hope, survival, and prosperity comes calling on Styx's magnum opus, Crash of the Crown, the band's first studio album since 2017's The Mission. Though the 15-track album takes a hard look at some inherently dark subjects, the prevalent light at the end of the tunnel eventually becomes each song's focal point - a persistent fervor to keep moving forward and achieve the greater good. Featuring "Crash of the Crown," "Reveries" & more.
Sun Ra/Lanquidity ....2 CD Set $18.99
Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra's classic Lanquidity album from 1978 with brand new 4LP box set and 2CD editions. Recorded overnight at Bob Bank's Blank Tapes on 17th July 1978 after the Arkestra had appeared on Saturday Night Live, the album is unique in the Ra catalogue. "Most critics felt that it was more of a fusion-inspired record," explains Michael Ray. "As the name suggests, the album is liquid and languid." Bob Blank continues, "Musically, it was very ad hoc and freeform. There were horn charts but most tracks came out of improvised jams. Sun Ra just did his thing."
Traffic/Last Great Traffic Jam ....CD $14.99
The Last Great Traffic Jam is a live album from the English rock band Traffic. The album was recorded on the 1994 reunion tour supporting Far from Home. Featuring: Steve Winwood (keyboards, lead vocals, guitar), Jim Capaldi (drums, lead & backing vocals, percussion), Rosko Gee (bass guitar), Randall Bramblett (flute, saxophone, keyboard), Michael McEvoy (keyboards, guitar, viola, harmonica), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (percussion, drums) with a special appearance from Jerry Garcia (guitar).
Vanilla Fudge/Then and Now ....2 CD Set $24.99
Two Compact Disc Set - the best of the studio recordings and live with Orchestra. Vanilla Fudge, tightly bound by shared professional and personal experiences and, like most teenagers and young adults in '67, enticed by experimental drugs and 'free love,' had transformed their sound. Some club owners complained that their slow, moody, stop-start, whisper-then-scream arrangements of songs like 'Ticket to Ride,' 'People Get Ready' and 'Eleanor Rigby' were emptying dancefloors. With the patronage of George Francis 'Shadow' Morton, an extremely talented but somewhat unhinged producer-about-town, the group known as Mark Stein and the Pigeons, who'd impressed Morton with their showmanship and instrumental expertise, was transformed into Vanilla Fudge and signed to Atlantic's ATCO subsidiary. Disc one highlights the 'best of' Vanilla Fudge, the ferocity of sound; disc two ups the ante when the Fudge meets Orchestra!
Various Artist/Pink Floyd Tribute: Still Wish You Were Here ....CD $15.99
Pink Floyd's 1975 multi-platinum masterpiece, Wish You Were Here, is brought to life
once again with an all-star line-up of rock/metal royalty performing the album in it's
entirety! Includes performances by keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, Steve Hackett, King
Crimson's Mel Collins and Tony Levin, Gong's guitarist Steve Hillage, Yes, Asia and
Buggles keyboardist Geoff Downes, Deep Purple's Ian Paice, Rock Hall nominee Todd
Rundgren, ex-Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate, guitar god Joe Satriani, Dream Theater
vocalist James LaBrie, spacebass super genius Bootsy Collins, The Damned's Rat Scabies,
PiL's Jah Wobble and lots more!
1 Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5) Feat. Geoff Tate, Steve Hackett, Billy Sheehan, Mel Collins, Geoff Downes, Ian Paice
2 Welcome to the Machine Feat. Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, Tony Levin
3 Have a Cigar Feat. James Labrie, Steve Stevens, Patrick Moraz, Rat Scabies, Jah Wobble
4 Wish You Were Here Feat. Rik Emmett, Joe Satriani, Edgar Froese, David Ellefson, Carmine Appice
5 Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 6-9) Feat. Rod Argent, Steve Hillage, Ian Paice, Bootsy Collins
Rick Wakeman/Yes Solos 1971-2003 ....CD $17.99
"I personally don't know of a musician that doesn't enjoy doing solos. It is an opportunity to show, (and show off), what you feel within the music and also perhaps to show how you think and play contributes to the overall sound of the band, but the greatest thing about a solo is that it is truly a one-off - solos can never be repeated. They are a musically feeling of that particular moment in time." - Rick Wakeman
Darryl Way/Destinations 2 ....import CD $20.99
Multi-instrumentalist & classical Violinist Darryl Way, a founding member of Curved Air and Darryl Way's Wolf, resumes his wanderlust with this sublime travelling companion to 2019's critically acclaimed "Destinations" album. This exquisite 12-track travelogue captures in beautiful cinemascope a vista to some of our planet's most breath-taking scenery. Each piece is accompanied by Darryl's written synopsis offering the listener an insight into the stories & musical ideas behind each track. "Destinations 2" is sure to build upon it's predecessor's critical achievement of reaching #3 in Goldmine Magazine's Top 100 albums of 2020. The perfect 'shot-in-the-arm' and antidote to lock-down.
The Woods Band/The Woods Band [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $21.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the 1971 self-titled album by The Woods Band. The Woods Band comprised Terry Woods (vocals, mandola, concertina, electric, acoustic & bass guitar), Gay Woods (vocals, concertina, autoharp, dulcimer, bodhran), Ed Deane (electric, acoustic & bass guitars, keyboards) and Pat Nash (drums and vocals). Husband and wife Terry and Gay Woods had been members of the first line-up of Steeleye Span (also featuring ex-Fairport Convention member Ashley Hutchings, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior). The Woods' departed that group shortly after the release of their debut album to form their own band. After working with various musicians (including briefly the former King Crimson members Mike Giles and Ian McDonald), The Woods Band finally settled on a stable line-up when Ed Deane and Pat Nash joined the fold. In 1971 the Woods Band signed to the newly established Greenwich Gramophone Company (a "progressive" imprint of song writer Les Reed's Chapter 1 Records) and recorded their only album at Morgan Studios in September that year. Produced by former Colosseum bassist Tony Reeves, The Woods Band featured both traditional and original material and utilized both traditional and electric instrumentation and took on more of a rock influence than the early Steeleye Span. Upon it's release, the album was well received and The Woods Band undertook a series of concerts with their fellow label mates Samurai and Open Road and began to develop a cult following. However, Greenwich Gramophone ceased operations in 1972 and this left the band without a recording contract and the Woods Band ended, leaving Terry and Gay Woods to continue recording and working as a duo. Terry Woods was later a member of The Pogues. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered and features an illustrated booklet with a new essay.
Frank Zappa/Zappa '88: The Last U.S. Show ....2 CD Set $21.99
The first posthumous archival release from the 1988 touring band focuses on the historical last show Frank Zappa ever played in the U.S. The live concert material is taken from Uniondale, NY; Providence, RI and Towson, MD newly remixed from the 48-track digital master tapes. It features the first official release of The Beatles Medley along with over 25 unreleased performances and liner notes by FZ's drummer, Chad Wackerman and Vaultmeister, Joe Travers.
Hector Zazou/Geographies ....CD $14.99
The Made to Measure reactivation campaign continues with the reissue of this very special album by legendary French composer & producer Hector Zazou, who is known for many groundbreaking albums and collaborations, including Zazou Bikaye. Yet this orchestral suite originally released in 1985 showcases some of Zazou's most exquisite compositional work, fusing a chamber ensemble, some classical and pop vocals, unorthodox production, and an ironical, affectionate take on early 20th century classics (think Satie et al). With evocative song titles such as Cine Citta & Sidi Bel Abbes, and even a catchy folk-like tune (Vera C.), this album is a playful voyage in time and space.