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Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import Blu-Ray (All
Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import DVD (NTSC Region 0) $27.99
After having been pushed back from release several months, the Blu-Ray and DVD editions have finally been released (which gives me hope that the CD edition is not far behind)! 'At the Royal Albert Hall' celebrates Camel's superb 'Moonmadness 2018' tour in which the album Moonmadness was played in its entirety. Universally acclaimed by everyone that saw it, the RAH concert was the pinnacle of the tour. With the line-up of Andrew Latimer (guitar / flute / vocals), Colin Bass (bass / vocals), Denis Clement (drums) and Pete Jones (keyboards / vocals) this is Camel at their best . DVD NTSC Region 0; All region code Blu-ray.
King Crimson/Cat Food EP ....CD EP $9.99
Expanded 50th anniversary edition of King Crimson's first non-album single from 1970, featuring artwork derived from Peter Sinfield's original 7" cover. Featuring Cat Food (single version), Groon (original single B-side), a live version of Cat Food performed by the current KC line-up in Toronto in September 2019, and an alternate mix of the album version of Cat Food prepared by David Singleton as part of the KC50 digital series. There were few less likely performances on the UK's premier chart television show Top of the Pops than that of a temporary line-up of King Crimson miming to the band's early 1970 single release Cat Food. The band's first (and only) - isolated from album release - foray into the fickle world of the singles market did not, even with a TOTP appearance, produce a hit to dominate UK and worldwide charts but, along with its quirky instrumental non-album b side Groon, has achieved long-term appeal with King Crimson fans. A longer version of Cat Food would appear on the band's second studio album in May 1970, In the Wake of Poseidon and a live version of Groon was a highlight of the Earthbound Live album (while numerous studio takes were featured on both the 40th anniversary CD/DVD-A of In the Wake of Poseidon and the Sailors' Tales boxed set. Cat Food also appeared in a powerful version on The Great Deceiver boxed set and made a lauded return to KC's repertoire on the band's 2019's world tour.
Roger Eno & Brian Eno/Mixing Colours ....import CD $21.99
Mixing Colours - In their first collaboration for Deutsche Grammophon, Brian and Roger Eno present an anthology of sonic inspiration. 'Mixing Colours' invites listeners into a prismatic world of calm contemplation. Based on a series of deliberately abstract colours, the innovative brothers evolved the new recording into a unique collection over the years. Their creative Deutsche Grammophon debut will reach an audience still unfamiliar with their artistry. The poetic set spotlights two celebrated ambient musicians at the height of their artistry.
|King Crimson/Live in Jacksonville February 26 1972 ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/Beat Club Bremen October 17 1972 ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/On Broadway November 20-25 1995 ....2 CD Set $20.99||King Crimson/Live at Summit Studios Denver March 12 1972 ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/Live in Central Park NYC July 1 1974 ....CD $17.99|
|The second release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club Series recorded Live in Jacksonville, FL February 26, 1972.||The third release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Bremen on October 17, 1972.||The fifth and sixth release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded on Broadway, NYC November 20-25, 1995.||The Ninth Release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live at Summit Studios in Denver on March 12, 1972.||The tenth release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Central Park, NYC on July 1, 1974.|
|King Crimson/Nashville Rehearsals 1997 ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/Live in Plymouth May 11 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99||King Crimson/Live in Mainz March 30 1974 ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/Live in Berkeley August 13 1982 ....2 CD Set $20.99||King Crimson/Live in Detroit December 13 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99|
|The 13th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club Series taken from Nashville Rehearsals May, 1997.||The 14th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club Series recorded Live in Plymouth, May 11, 1971.||The 15th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Mainz on March 30, 1974. John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, David Cross.||The 16th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club Series recorded Live in Berkeley, CA August 13, 1982.||The 18th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Detroit, MI on December 13, 1971. Boz Burrell, Ian Wallace, Mel Collins, Robert Fripp|
|King Crimson/Live in Philadelphia July 30 1982 ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/ProjeKct Three Live in Austin March 25 1999 ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/Live in Warsaw June 1 2000 ....2 CD Set $20.99||King Crimson/Projekct Two Live in Chicago June 4 1998 ....2 CD Set $20.99||King Crimson/Projekct Three Live In Alexandria March 3 2003 ....CD $17.99|
|The 26th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Philadelphia, PA on July 30, 1982. Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew||The 27th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Austin, TX on March 25, 1999. Pat Mastelotto, Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn||The 28th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Warsaw on June 11, 2000. Pat Mastelotto, Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Adrian Belew||The 33rd release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded Live in Chicago, IL June 4, 1998||The 34th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Alexandria, VA March 3, 2003.|
|King Crimson/Live in Boston March 27 1972 ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/Rehearsals & Blows ....CD $17.99||King Crimson/Live in Chicago November 29 1995 ....2 CD Set $20.99||King Crimson/Live in New Haven November 16 2003 ....2 CD Set $20.99||King Crimson/Live in Toronto June 24 1974 ....2 CD Set $20.99||King Crimson/Live at the Marquee August 10 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99|
|The 40th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Boston, MA on March 27, 1972. Boz Burrell, Ian Wallace, Mel Collins, Robert Fripp||The 42nd release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, May-November, 1983. Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp||The 43rd release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Chicago, IL on November 29, 1995. Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Pat Mastelotto, Trey Gunn, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew||The 44th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in New Haven, CT on November 16, 2003. Pat Mastelotto, Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn||The 45th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Toronto on June 24, 1974. John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, David Cross||The 46th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live at The Marquee on August 10, 1971. Robert Fripp, Ian Wallace, Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, Peter Sinfield|
Cream/Goodbye Tour - Live 1968 [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD Box Set $65.99
The Cream album Goodbye, 'Goodbye Tour - Live 1968' is now available in a special, expanded edition and the first authorized release of these four historic complete 1968 concerts. Each concert features previously unreleased tracks and the Royal Albert Hall show hasn't featured on CD until now. Having decided to call it quits whilst on tour in the US during May 1968 by way of a farewell Cream agreed to undertake more live shows, predominantly in the US later that same year plus 2 final UK dates at the Royal Albert Hall that November. Originally released in Feb 1969, Goodbye originally mixed live performances from those last tour dates with a handful of studio recordings and rose to the UK no.1 slot and no.2 on the US Billboard. Goodbye Tour - Live 1968, as the name suggests expands the recordings from the 3-piece powerhouse's last tour. This historic collection was produced by Bill Levenson. The Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum and San Diego Sports Arena concerts were mastered from the original 1968 analog mix reels by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering, Nashville, TN. The Royal Albert Hall concert was mastered from the original 1968 analog transfer reels by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA. The set features 36 tracks of which 29 are issued for the first time.
Rory Gallagher/Check Shirt Wizard - Live in '77 ....2 CD Set $21.99
Rory Gallagher's most successful albums are his live ones. He was an artist that came alive when onstage and this album covers a previously undocumented live period. This 20-song set, previously unreleased, is culled from an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of his album, Calling Card. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as some other career favorites. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios with cover art by Irish graffiti artist, Vincent Zara.
Darryl Way/Destinations ....import CD $19.99
From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, Darryl Way is the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist and composer. "Destinations" is the new studio album by Darryl Way and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces.
Pendragon/Love over Fear ....import CD $20.99
Pendragon/Love over Fear [3 CD Deluxe Book Edition] ....import 3 CD + Book Set $109.99
The brand new Pendragon studio album will be out early 2020! After the massive success of the First 40 Years, the new album, Love over Fear will be available as a digisleeve standard CD. Also available as a stunningly beautiful 11" x 11" Hard cover book featuring a collection of stunning Liz Saddington paintings to illustrate all the album tracks plus a wealth of photographs, this book also contains 3 CD's - [ 32 pages of lyrics, artwork and photos].
The Neal Morse Band/The Great Adventour 2019 - Live in Brno ....import 2 CD + 2 Blu-Ray $32.99
The Great Adventour 2019 - Live in Brno shows The Neal Morse Band at the very height of its powers. 2 Blu-ray/2CD digipak in slipcase. Extraordinary, passionate and intricate rock music played to perfection by five masters of their craft, backed by dramatic video illustrations by Christian Rios. The first disc contains the show and the encore, while the second features exclusive bonus material, including two documentaries that track the US and European legs of the tour, as well as four official videos from the album release.
Various Artists/Teil 1 Kraut!: Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968-1979 ....import 2 CD Set $36.99
Progressive Rock from Germany! Never before has there been a comparable compilation! Towards the end of the 1960s, German bands began their first attempts to emancipate themselves stylistically from their US and British role models. Progrock and psychedelia from our country were initially smiled at internationally and disparagingly called 'Krautrock' by cult DeeJay John Peel, among others. Unorthodox formations could not be pigeonholed, and so a scene with a wide musical range was created. With the release of the first of a total of four issues, Bear Family marks another milestone on the way to a comprehensive documentation of the history of popular music in Germany from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. With 'Kraut! Die innovativen Jahre des Krautrock 1968-1979' we will release a double CD every three months in 2020 with a booklet of about 100 pages and biographies of each band, an exquisite selection of the exciting and influential bands of those days, some of which caused a sensation far beyond Germany.
Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio/Dreaming ....CD $14.99
The voice of '80s new wave icons Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio, returns to the stage with an astonishing new studio album of cover songs and originals! Produced by the multi-talented Adam Hamilton (David Hasselhoff / William Shatner), Dreaming offers lush keyboards and atmospheric interpretations of some classic rock/pop songs brought to life by Bozzio's unmistakable voice! Includes 2 original compositions that demonstrate Bozzio's relevance to the modern electronic genre which her original band inspired!
Peter Green/The End of the Game [50th Anniversary Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 50th anniversary edition of the first solo album by the legendary Peter Green. Peter's work with Fleetwood Mac needs no introduction. His acclaimed guitar playing and writing graced several albums and a succession of hit singles before he departed the group in 1970. He embarked on the recording of his first solo album only a month after leaving Fleetwood Mac, enlisting the assistance of Zoot Money (keyboards), Alex Dmochowski (bass), Nick Buck (organ) and Godfrey Maclean (percussion). The End of the Game would be an entirely instrumental affair, quite different in feel from Green's work with Fleetwood Mac. Released to very little fanfare, unjustly so as it was an imaginative work with Green's instantly recognizable guitar playing. The following year saw the release of a single 'Heavy Heart' b/w 'No Way Out,' which received some airplay and saw Green perform 'Heavy Heart' on Top of the Pops. A collaboration with Nigel Watson followed early in 1972 for Green's final single for Reprise Records, 'Beasts of Burden' b/w 'Uganda Woman.' This new and expanded Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original Reprise master tapes, features four bonus tracks (drawn from the two non-album singles) which appear on CD for the first time. It also features a booklet with new essay and an exclusive interview with Zoot Money on the making of the album.
Pat Metheny/From this Place ....CD $17.99
The record features ten compositions by Metheny, who is joined by his long-time drummer, Antonio Sanchez, Malaysian/Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock as well as the Hollywood Studio Symphony conducted by Joel McNeely. Meshell Ndegeocello (vocals), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), and Luis Conte (percussion) are special guests on From this Place, Metheny's first album of new material since 2014's Kin (??). Metheny, Simcock, Oh, and Sanchez begin an extensive international tour in the New Year. "From this Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life. It is a kind of musical culmination, reflecting a wide range of expressions that have interested me over the years, scaled across a large canvas, presented in a way that offers the kind of opportunities for communication that can only be earned with a group of musicians who have spent hundreds of nights together on the bandstand," said Metheny.
The Residents/Refused ....import CD $19.99
The Residents are an American art collective best known for their over 60 studio albums that were recorded over a period of over forty years. The compilation album Refused was originally released by the band's own Ralph America label in 1999 and collected 11 versions of the track "Santa Dog." For our 2019 Christmas re-issue, we have collected a total of 18 variations with adapted artwork.
The Groundhogs/Thank Christ for the Bomb ....CD $15.99
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 'Thank Christ for the Bomb' is released with bonus tracks on CD. A hugely influential album cited as the embryo for punk, grunge and beyond. Featuring epic 1970 concepts from this far reaching trio much praised by Underworld's Karl Hyde, Captain Sensible, Stephen Malkmus and a host of others. 'Thank Christ for the Bomb' is a visionary tale of cold war fear, alienation and everyday drama. 'This is a masterpiece!' New Musical Express. A thinking man's rumination on alienation, the album is a game of two halves; side one tackling the thermo nuclear threat while side two traces riches to rags alienation in everyday London. Also featuring Radio 1 sessions and live versions of key tracks including a lengthy take of 'Soldier' recorded for the BBC's In Concert series.
Toyah/Solo ....import 7CD + DVD Boxset $64.99
Limited eight disc (seven CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) box. This first Toyah box set ever features six albums (Minx, Desire, Prostitute, Ophelia's Shadow, Take The Leap, Velvet Lined Shell) and 44 bonus tracks, including rarities, B-sides, collaborations, and several unreleased tracks, plus a DVD of promo videos and a brand new exclusive interview filmed in December 2019. In 1985, after five studio albums and two live albums with her band, Toyah decided to go solo, and signed to Sony's portrait label. The album Minx contained two hit singles as well as covers of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" and Rare Bird's "Sympathy." 1987'S Desire, on EG Records, featured appearances from Robert Fripp and Ron Wood and Toyah's cover of "Echo Beach." Prostitute (1988) was an arresting and fascinating departure from the pop formula, a trend continued by 1991's Ophelia's Shadow. In 1994, Take the Leap featured new songs and intriguing revisits of several of her earlier pop hits. 2003'S Velvet Lined Shell took Toyah back along a more commercial path. Amongst the bonus tracks are Toyah's collaborations with Tony Banks, Trey Gunn, German band Kiss of Reality, Family of Noise and This Fragile Moment. The lavishly-illustrated 48-page booklet features annotation about each album written by Toyah herself. Also featured is an essay on the period covered by the box by Toyah's official archivist and compiler of this box set, Craig Astley.
Fernando Perdomo/Out to Sea 3: Storm ....import CD $20.99
"Out to Sea 3" completes the trilogy of the critically acclaimed instrumental progressive rock album Series "Out to Sea" by Fernando Perdomo. The album was recorded to meet the growing demand from fans for Fernando Perdomo's music and in response to the tremendous reaction the first and second Out to Sea albums received. Acclaimed artist Paul Whitehead painted the cover image. Other covers by Whitehead include Trespass, Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot by Genesis.
Claudio Simonetti's Goblin/The Devil Is Back ....import CD $29.99
The Devil Is Back is the new full album of Claudio Simonetti's Goblin. The album is a perfect mix of progressive rock, horror soundtrack, and heavy guitars and keyboards riff. Claudio Simonetti nails the tone of the album, allowing the music to somehow walk the line of sinister and elaborate without coming off as forced. An aggressively modern merger of art rock. Not to be missed!
Blue Oyster Cult/40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live
2016 ....CD + DVD Set $18.99
Blue Oyster Cult/40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live 2016 ....Blu-Ray $18.99
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their widely celebrated album 'Agents of Fortune', Blue Oyster Cult performed the seminal album in its glorious entirety at an exclusive concert for the Audience Music Network on Monday April 18, 2016 at Red Studios in Hollywood, CA in front a lucky little audience of invited guests. The performance was recorded by an army of cameramen for a DirectTV special, that is now being released on CD/DVD and Blu-Ray. The intense creative vision of BOC's original core duo of vocalist and lead guitarist Donald Buck Dharma Roeser, and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section comprised of bass guitarist Kasim Sulton, and drummer Jules Radino. As a special guest, founding member Albert Bouchard appears on guitar and vocals on selected tracks, which was a real treat for longtime fans of the band.
ZNR/ZNRarchive ....CD Box Set $45.99
Both original ZNR releases Barricades III & Traite de Mechanique Populaire + 2 extra CDs covering all the extra released and a great deal of unreleased material. With a definitive book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia from the group's brief but extraordinary career & contemporary commentaries by alumni Joseph Racaille & Patrick Portella. This legendary band, whose reputation continues to grow as time passes, were gone before anyone knew they were there. They played a handful of concerts, reformed very briefly to make a second LP, then immediately disbanded again. But the records attracted a cult following, especially in Japan. Their existence became tenuous, flickering, mythological. How come there's an original Beefheart drawing on the inside cover of their first LP? Why were they invited onto France Culture to debate postmodernism with Boltanski and Bofill? But mainly, it was the music that earned their reputation, with its Satiesque simplicity, timeless self-confidence, wistful modernity and uncompromisingly eccentric arrangements. They came out of nowhere with a music that was like nothing else, and then they disappeared. The three main protagonists (Hector Zazou, Joseph Racaille, and Patrick Portella) however, continued to make waves, though in very different lakes. This box contains both original ZNR releases - Barricades III and Traite de Mechanique Populaire - plus two extra CDs - one with the whole of the post-ZNR LP Les Flots Bleus by Patrick Portella and Joseph Racaille, Joseph Racaille's Pegase and the Six Petites Chansons EP. The second collects early ZNR demos and lost tracks, which appear here for the first time. There's also an 80pp book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia from the group's brief but extraordinary career - alongside contemporary commentaries by Joseph Racaille and Patrick Portella
John Zorn/Virtue ....CD $18.99
A moody and evocative book of music passionately performed by the remarkable acoustic guitar trio of Julian Lage, Bill Frisell and Gyan Riley, whose previous CD for Tzadik Nove Cantici per Francesco d'Assisi was a Tzadik best seller. Inspired by anchoress Julian of Norwich, one of the founders of Christian mysticism, Virtue is marked by a stunning, seductive lyricism and a remarkable contrapuntal interplay by these three master guitarists. Softly spiritual music that is perfect for meditative late night listening alone or with a special friend.
Harry Chapin/Some More Stories: Live at Radio Bremen 1977 ....import CD $18.99
Harry Chapin's brother Steve and his drummer Howard Fields remember: On April 11th 1977, Harry Chapin and his band, near the end of their first tour overseas, performed a concert broadcast over German radio at a small auditorium in the city of Bremen in front of 400 people. The performance was akin to the calm after a storm in that it followed two consecutive arena shows (in Munich and Dortmund) where Harry would open up for a roster of rock, blues and heavy metal bands that featured The Small Faces, John Mayall, The Scorpions and headliner Status Quo. A more unlikely billing for Harry and the band was unimaginable. The crowd was very drunk, very loud and very not-at-all-interested in Harry's songs and sound. So, on the following night he was delighted to be back in his element, in Bremen, in front of a small, quiet, and appreciative audience attentively listening to his words and stories. Fueled by the change of atmosphere, a now energized Harry would speak and speak and speak, as if he were in Boston or Boise, to an adoring audience regardless of how many of his words were actually understood. And it would be remiss to understate the potent effect that the cello in Harry's music had upon this German crowd whose proud connection to a heritage of classical music drew them even deeper into the story songs now presented to them. Barely known on the European continent, the look on the faces of the small crowd and their reaction after each song was a joy to Harry and the perfect way to cap off his first tour outside of North America. Worth mentioning is, that over his career, Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942 - July 16, 1981) raised millions of dollars, roughly half of his income, and performed over 1000 benefit concerts for causes he believed in. As Harry said, "My commitment to end hunger and my music and story songs, are ways of dealing with the world as I see it." There Only Was One Choice.
Martin Barre/Stage Left ....CD $15.99
Beautiful new reissue of the 2003 studio album from famed Jethro Tull guitarist, Martin Barre! This reissue features all new artwork and fully remastered audio with two unrelased bonus tracks including a live performance with fellow Tull member Doane Perry!
Cheer-Accident/Chicago XX ....CD $17.99
Cheer-Accident celebrate 20 albums as a beacon of Prog Rock absurdity... With the new Chicago XX, their third full length in three years, these indefatigable Chicago weirdos have hit a hot streak late in the 4th decate of their career... they're a band for the long haul.
Soft Machine/Virtually ....CD $17.99
Brought back from Cuneiform's vaults, Virtually features outstanding live performances from the classic line-up of Wyatt, Hopper, Dean and Rutledge. Originally broadcast on German radio, these recordings are available for the first time commercially.
Ars Nova/Fields of People - The Elektra & Atlantic Recordings 1968-1969 [Remastered] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD anthology featuring all of the recordings by the American psychedelic / progressive band Ars Nova released by Elektra & Atlantic records in 1968 and 1969. Formed in New York City in 1967 by two former students from the Mannes College musical conservatory, Wyatt Day (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Jon Pierson (trombone, vocals) and Maury Baker (drums). The line-up was expanded by the addition of Jonathan Raskin (bass, backing vocals, guitar) and Giovanni Papalia (lead guitar). After spending some time rehearsing in rural Vermont, the band added Bill Folwell to their ranks on double bass and trumpet. Coming to the attention of manager Arthur Gorson (who also managed Phil Ochs and Judy Collins) the band secured an audition for Jac Holzman's Elektra label and secured a contract soon after. The band's self-titled debut album was recorded at Sunset Sound studios in Los Angeles and was produced by Paul Rothchild (noted for his work with The Doors, Love et al). The Ars Nova album was certainly ground-breaking for its use of unconventional instrumentation and for taking influences from the worlds of rock, ethnic and classical music. One fan of the album was Roy Wood of British band The Move (who would record a cover of Ars Nova's Fields of People on their 1970 album Shazam!) Ars Nova was issued in 1968 to much critical acclaim, but the band's line-up made it difficult for the music to translate well on the concert stage. Appearances opening for The Doors failed to boost the band's fortunes and the initial line-up of the band broke up soon afterwards. With Jonathan Raskin joining the band Rhinoceros, Day and Pierson gathered together a new line-up featuring Sam Brown (lead guitar), Joe Hunt (drums and percussion), Art Koening (bass), Jimmy Owens (trumpet) and Warren Bernhardt (keyboards). This revamped version of Ars Nova would record their final album, the equally imaginative Sunshine & Shadows, for Atlantic Records in late 1968 in New York City. The album release was inexplicably delayed for nearly a year by Atlantic Records and any momentum gained by further critical praise was lost. Increasing management problems also took their toll and Ars Nova disbanded soon after the release of Sunshine & Shadows. This two-disc set gathers together all the recordings made by Ars Nova for Elektra and Atlantic and has been newly re-mastered from the original first generation master tapes and features an illustrated booklet with new essay.
Steve Roach/The Sky Opens ....2 CD Set $19.99
Magnificent, majestic and voluminous truly describes the expansive sonic experience spanning this 140-minute 2-CD set. The Sky Opens represents a sublime moment in the evolution of Steve's 40-year history within the ambient/electronic genre. His sound manifests through an artistic process of real-time engaged interaction where his vision is channeled through a blend of technology, composition and improvisation, all captured in the moment of creation. This transpires for Steve in the studio as well as in live settings where mostly hardware instruments bring his studio environment to the stage. This album takes a unique approach to documenting live electronic music; the listener is fully immersed in an acoustic expanse that completely embraces the music. The Sky Opens presents his 2019 Ambient Church concert in it's entirety experienced within the warm, reverberant sanctuary of the 95-year-old First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, California. Microphones in multiple locations throughout the church capture the emotional, breathing dynamic of the music combined with the acoustic influence of the 1200-capacity audience. Blending this with Steve's live console mix, the album balances the magnificent natural ambience with subtle detail fine-tuned by mastering engineer Howard Givens. Along with a disc's worth of of all-new material, The Sky Opens includes the first-time live expression of the seminal minimalist-ambient "Structures from Silence" performed on the classic Oberheim OB-8. As the set evolves, five tracks from Steve's epic ethno-atmospheric landmark Dreamtime Return are elevated to a new level by the influence of the sacred sonic space and mesmerized audience. The Sky Opens is a pinnacle moment reaching towards places beyond. Ultimately the pure emotion, passion and vision of Steve's work is elegantly brought forth in this dynamic performance; the sky opens indeed.
The Allman Brothers Band/Trouble No More [50th Anniversary Collection] ....5 CD Box Set $55.99
The Allman Brothers Band's first jam together- and last song performed together-was a Muddy Waters song "Trouble No More" which also became their first demo'd track. The recording has remained unreleased until now, kicking off this 50th anniversary collection. 5CD edition is housed in a 12-panel softpack with slipcase; includes an 88-page booklet, unreleased band photos & newly shot photos of memorabilia from the Big House Museum. Features an essay on the band's 50-year history by John Lynskey.
Eric Burdon & The Animals/When I Was Young - The MGM Recordings 1967-1968 ....import 5 CD Set $55.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new boxed set featuring all of the albums recorded by Eric Burdon & The Animals for the MGM Records label issued between October 1967 and December 1968. Eric Burdon & The Animals came together in December 1966 when the original Animals had ground to a halt. Vocalist Eric Burdon recruited Vic Briggs (guitar, piano), John Weider (guitar, violin, bass), Danny McCulloch (bass) and Barry Jenkins (drums) to form a new group which changed direction away from raucous rhythm and blues and embraced psychedelic rock and the influences of the emerging counter-culture. The band's debut single "When I Was Young" was released in April 1967 and was a powerful statement, featuring Weider's violin and Briggs' fuzzed guitar, becoming a hit in Europe, Australia and the USA. The follow-up single, San Franciscan Nights, issued in August 1967, came on the heels of the band's famed appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 and would be the band's biggest hit, breaking the top twenty in the UK, Europe and the USA. The band's debut album, Winds of Change was issued in October 1967. This set features the albums "Winds of Change" (both stereo and mono versions), "The Twain Shall Meet," "Every One of Us" and "Love Is," all newly re-mastered from the original master tapes, along with ten bonus tracks drawn from the band's single releases, including the classic B-sides A Girl Named Sandoz, Ain't that So and Gratefully Dead, all remastered from recently located original master tapes. Also included is an illustrated booklet with new essay and a replica poster. "When I Was Young - The MGM Recordings" is a fine tribute to the music of Eric Burdon & the Animals.
Sonny Landreth/Blacktop Run ....CD $16.99
Sonny Landreth's new album "Blacktop Run" mixes genres and styles across a landscape of lyricism and rootsy grooves, his third album for blues connaisseur label Provogue, and his 14th overall. A percussive burst of acoustic resonator guitar pushes the narrator on a journey "between the life I left and the edge of next" in the title cut of guitarist, songwriter and bandleader Sonny Landreth's 14th album. As the singer feels the wind at his back, a rising bass line intersects Landreth's vocalizing to stretch the fingerpicked tune into Far Eastern melodicism. The south Louisiana artist's groundbreaking work has long mixed familiarity with experimentation, and his latest ten-song collection stretches from hard-edged electric instrumentals to wistful acoustic ballads. The project's range is the fruit of a renewed collaboration. Producer RS Field - who helmed Landreth's trio of breakout albums - joined the six-stringer and co-producer Tony Daigle to finish the record.
Arlo Biggazi/Tribae Soundtrack ....import CD $22.99
Release from Materiali Sonori featuring Mirio Cosottini, Pier Luigi Andreoni, Blaine L. Reininger from Tuxedomoon.
Tim Hodgkinson/Under the Void ....CD $17.99
Three fascinating contemporary classical compositions from Henry Cow alumnus Tim Hodgkinson for flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, violins, violas, cello, bass, piano, percussion, virtual strings, accordion, Siberian frame drums, gongs, viola, electronics, bowed cymbals, lap steel guitar, Yamaha DX21 and bass clarinet - an iconoclastic hybrid of materials, real, virtual, imaginary and observed that flatter and puzzle the ear, drawing from many disciplines and taking a phenomenological approach to sound. More rock than academe, Tim Hodgkinson studied social anthropology at Cambridge, and co-founded Henry Cow in 1968. He has a long involvement in improvisation, and came back to anthropology in the 1990s to research music and shamanism in Siberia. Hodgkinson works regularly with the Romanian Composer Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble and his compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles in many European contemporary music festivals. His composition Fragor appeared in the Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island.
Pentangle/Live on Air 1967-1969 ....2 CD Set $23.99
London Calling presents Pentangle's Live on Air 1967-1969, including performances from the Danny Thompson Trio with John McLaughlin. The high profile names of John Renbourn and Bert Jansch remain coveted enough to warrant excitement at any retrospective release, but combined with Danny Thompson and Jacqui McShee, this is a delightful insight into one of Britain's finest folk-rock bands to emerge in the late '60s. Pentangle's legacy lies in an abundance of fragile, acoustic wonder spanning six albums with Transatlantic and Reprise Records from 1968 to 1972. Among studio, television and festival appearances, Pentangle visited venues such as the Playhouse Theatre and Paris Theatre for the BBC. These pristine sessions reveal a valuable insight into the creative mindset directing the band in their heyday. Prominently featured here are the only known recordings of Danny Thompson with John McLaughlin and Tony Roberts from 1967, music that would provide a vital bridge to the formation of Pentangle. Digitally remastered, includes a Brian Matthew interview with Jacqui McShee from 1970 and a full color booklet with liner notes and rare images.
Gordon Giltrap/Woman ....CD $13.99
Over the past forty years, Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience. As one ofthe UK's most respected guitarists, he has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned.
Eric Johnson/EJ Vol. II ....$15.99
2020 release from the Austin, TX based prolific guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. EJ Vol II follows it's predecessor from 2016 which was simply EJ, an all-acoustic collection of songs which showcased nine original compositions and four covers. Johnson's approach was deeply honest, intimate, personal and delivered with organic emotion. With EJ Vol II, he presents new repertoire that combines electric and acoustic arrangements and once again represents a collection of originals with a couple of select covers.
Martin Barre/Live in NYC ....2 CD + DVD Set $24.99
Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist in Jethro Tull - one of the biggest selling prog bands of all time - brings his famous guitar chops to the Big Apple in this rare concert capturing his solo band live as they rock thru the classic hits that earned him a reputation as one of the signature axemen of his era. This edition contains a concert DVD coupled with two audio CDs of the entire concert.
Blue Oyster Cult/Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 ....2 CD
+ DVD $19.99
Blue Oyster Cult/Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 ....Blu-Ray $18.99
Recorded on October 17, 2014 at the Hard Rock Casino in Northfield, Ohio, this live performance offers a very comprehensive and exciting essay on Blue Oyster Cult repertoire. The band is literally on fire and performs some of the finest and most beloved songs from the band's history, not forgetting some deeper cut which will make fans very pleased. Spanning three decades, Blue Oyster Cult has a long history of success. The band has sold more than 24 million records worldwide, including 7 million in the United States alone. Songs like "Burnin' for You, " "Godzilla, " "Astronomy" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" are true classics of international Rock Music. Often cited as a major influence by some of the biggest names of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal (including Iron Maiden and Metallica), Blue Oyster Cult sound has evolved through the decades touching hard rock, heavy metal, progressive and psychedelic rock. Sometimes referred to as "the thinking man's heavy metal band" due to their often cryptic lyrics, literate songwriting, and links to famous authors, Blue Oyster Cult are back and offer the first of a set of live releases which are going to be released during 2020 and will mark one of the most exciting returns of the year in Rock!
David Cross & Peter Banks/Crossover ....import CD $19.99
From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and the late Peter Banks was the original guitarist in Yes and later Flash. The guitar and violin parts for this new studio album were recorded on the 10th August 2010 in an afternoon of improvisation. The resultant album was produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross and the guest appearances were recorded during 2018 and 2019 and features: Pat Mastelotto, Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Randy Raine-Reusch, Andy Jackson, Oliver Wakeman, Jay Schellen, Jeremy Stacey, Geoff Downes. This is the last new album of material from the late Peter Banks, who passed away in 2013, and had wanted to see this material released.
Brian Davison's Every Which Way/Every Which Way [50th Anniversary Remastered Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered 50th anniversary edition of the sole album by the celebrated progressive rock group Every Which Way. The band was formed by drummer Brian Davison upon the demise of his former group The Nice in early 1970 (caused by Keith Emerson's departure to form ELP). Davison soon sought to form his own group and recruited former Skip Bifferty vocalist Graham Bell, along with bass guitarist, Alan Cartwright, guitarist John Hedley and saxophonist Geoffrey Peach. Brian Davison's Every Which Way took a more jazz influenced take on progressive rock, which suited Davison's style perfectly. The band recorded their only album at Trident studios soon after formation and signed with the recently founded Charisma label. The finished result was a fine record which earned much critical praise upon its release. The songs were mostly written by Graham Bell, whose superb voice was selected for praise. The lengthy Bed Ain't What It Used to Be opened the album and featured wonderful saxophone solos from Geoffrey Peach (earning comparisons to the sound of the band Audience, another Charisma act, or Traffic). Other highlights included the emotive Go Placidly and the excellent All in Time, but in truth the entire album was of the highest standard. Despite having produced such a fine debut album, Every Which Way lasted only a short time before disbanding. Alan Cartwright soon joined Procol Harum, whilst Brian Davison would eventually join his former Nice band mate Lee Jackson in Refugee, with Swiss keyboard player Patrick Moraz. This Esoteric Recordings edition celebrates this excellent, albeit short-lived, band.
Paul Haslinger/Exit Ghost ....CD $15.99
It's a strange betweenworld, bookended by sleep and the jolt of being wide awake in a place where you wonder how you got there. You know the feeling' It seems familiar but the colours are, well, unreal. In a high-ceilinged room, a grand piano plays lush melodies as, meanwhile, somewhere, an Alice In Wonderland clock ticks, cellos are bowed, a swarm of something vibrates and the hallucinatory crowd around Rosemary's Baby babble. An echoey electronic hum builds and falls like a 50s refrigerator passed through and effects board, things run backwards, staccato strings are plucked' and that's not the half of it. 'I've never been happy staying in one particular school of musical thought. The fun has been turning things on their heads, to try something you were not supposed to do.' We're on an immersive and adventurous travelogue with the former member of the legendary Tangerine Dream, Paul Haslinger - this is a man who knows how to build tension, hold moods, illustrate contempt, lies, passion and pleasure; He can create fear, loathing and love - he's been unlocking the nuances of such emotions in a hugely successful career as a TV and film soundtrack composer (Halt And Catch Fire, Underworld and the Golden Globe-nominated Sleeper Cell). 'Exit Ghost' is his long thought out opus, a moment caught in time, flicking through reference points, taking an ethereal excursion that permeates musical genres as it becomes awash with intricate sounds and cross-pollinating rhythms. Built originally from the warmth of his grand piano 'Exit Ghost' resonates with purity and power, from an eerie and evocative betweenworld, that's at once expansive and rolling, then intoxicating and suffocating in equal measures; modern composition at its most uplifting; cerebral, celebratory, intense and beautiful. 'The soul searching in connection with this record was extensive. Finding places of resonance, giving a colour to your memories. It was more challenging because it's not somebody else's narrative. Finding the core of your own story can be the most difficult task of all.' Created over the span of eight years and filled with literal and personal references, the album itself is a testament to the search - a quest filled with hints, particles and suggestions. Paul Haslinger's 'Exit Ghost' is the first release from new label Artificial Instinct.
Elton John & Ray Cooper/Live from Moscow ....2 CD Set $21.99
2019 is the 40th anniversary of Elton John's historic first tour of Russia - he was the first Western rock star to ever perform in the country. The show in Moscow on 28th May 1979 with Ray Cooper was broadcast on BBC radio in the UK. This release is taken from the original broadcast masters, which have been remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Now available on 2CD with mini gatefold-style sleeve. Disc 1 - Daniel, Skyline Pigeon, Take Me to the Pilot, Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time), Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle in the Wind, I Heard It through the Grapevine. Disc 2 - Funeral for a Friend , Tonight, Better Off Dead , Bennie and the Jets, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Crazy Water , Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)/Pinball Wizard, Crocodile Rock/Get Back/Back in the U.S.S.R.
Andy Mackay & Phil Manzanera/Roxymphony ....import CD + DVD $49.99
Roxymphony contains classic Roxy Music songs reinterpreted with an orchestra and choir. CD/DVD in book format. 'Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera bookend the stage as the ensemble do a magnificent job reimagining the likes of Song for Europe and Out of the Blue. The added musical dimensions help to accentuate the eerie and haunting qualities so often overlooked in Roxy material: this is especially true of In Every Dream Home a Heartache, which is mesmerizing.' Prog Magazine
Tangerine Dream/Recurring Dreams ....import CD $17.99
Newly reworked aelected classics by the 2020 lineup of the legendary pioneers of electronica and ambient. Including "Phaedra," "Stratosfear," "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park" Tangerine Dream have been a fundamental influence on electronic music since Edgar Froese founded the band in West Berlin in 1967. Providing the groundwork for multiple electronic music genres including ambient and electronica, inspiring musicians and other art forms, from The Future Sound of London to Porcupine Tree, the widely popular TV show Stranger Things (for which their music also featured in) to seminal video game Grand Theft Auto V (for which they helped to write the soundtrack). The group have also received seven Grammy nominations, written over 100 studio albums and were led by Froese, who developed an instantly recognisable synth-based instrumental music based on a meditative musical experience that came to prominence in the 70s and 80s. Fast-forward to the present day, when popular culture is rediscovering synthesizers and sequencers, and Tangerine Dream are in the mix of an exciting time for an evolving electronic music scene. Modern Tangerine Dream has seen the beginning of 'The Quantum Years,' which began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Froese before he passed away in 2015. Remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane worked together to realize Edgar's visions and expectations of a conceptual body of work that attempts to translate quantum philosophy into music. The new direction led to the 2017 album Quantum Gate, which was described by The Guardian as their "most interesting release in years." With Recurring Dreams, the new generation of Tangerine Dream pay homage to the band's timeless beginnings with captivating and emotional renditions of selected classics, such as "Phaedra," "Stratosfear," "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park." These new recordings are not just re-recorded covers but heartfelt and individual interpretations, featuring all generations of synths and sequencers, added layers and new arrangements, applying Froese's new quantum dream to these highly influential tracks. Recurring Dreams also includes the new version of "Claymore Mine Stalking" that was used in the popular 2018 black metal movie Lords of Chaos. This CD edition of Recurring Dreams is presented in a 6-panel digipack sleeve.
Wishbone Ash/Coat of Arms ....CD $15.99
Coat of Amrs sound stylistically diverse and techincally accomplished, yet the new album is typical of Wishbone Ash's traditional strenths - a balancing act that is a challenge to Powell every time. Wishbone Ash celebrates their 50th anniversary this year. The band released legendary albums like "Argus," "There's The Rub" and "Live Dates." The band, still led by original member Andy Powell, was a huge influence for Iron Maiden's bass player Steve Harris. The new album is back to the roots and the first one since 2014.