New Releases in The Artist Shop
The latest in Progressive Rock and Classic Rock releases.
Roger Waters/Us + Them ....2 CD Set $17.99
Roger Waters/Us + Them ....Blu-Ray $26.99
Roger Waters/Us + Them ....DVD $19.99
October release. Roger Waters: Us + Them, chronicles the acclaimed 2017-2018 tour of the iconic Pink Floyd artist. As the founding member, lyricist, composer and creative force behind Pink Floyd, Us + Them presents Waters powerful music in stunning form and highlights its message of human rights, liberty and love. Based around his acclaimed, sold-out Us + Them worldwide tour of 2017-18, comprising a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people across the globe, it features classic songs from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here as well as his most recent album, Is this the Life We Really Want? Waters powerfully demonstrates that he is at heart, a musical activist and one of the most passionate political commentators of his time. He has dedicated his life to fighting against those who seek to control our lives and destroy our planet. Welcome to the Machine and Another Brick in the Wall Part II, are a stark reminder of the bleak warnings that he gave decades ago about alienation, displacement, greed, suffering, destruction and loss. And yet the humanity of the songwriter cannot be more plainly seen than in Wish You Were Here, because, although he presents a grim picture of the state of the world, ultimately his message is one of hope through unity and love. Directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters, the film provides a visceral sense of what it was like to be there. Using the most innovative digital and audio technology available, this state-of-the-art show encapsulates a series of breath-taking visual, audio and sensory experiences. It captures Waters' legendary live performances and takes the audience on an emotionally charged, thought-provoking journey.
Steve Hackett/Selling England by the Pound & Spectral
Mornings: Live at Hammersmith ....2 CD + Blu-Ray 25.99
Steve Hackett/Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith ....import 2 CD + DVD 29.99
Steve Hackett/Selling England by the Pound & Spectral Mornings: Live at Hammersmith [Limited Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD + Blu-Ray + Art Book 69.99
In November 2019, at a sold-out show in London's Hammersmith Apollo, Steve Hackett performed the legendary Genesis album Selling England by the Pound in its entirety. Steve and his band also played tracks from Spectral Mornings (celebrating its 40th anniversary), At the Edge of Light, and A Trick of the Tail. Available on Limited Deluxe 2CD/Blu-ray/DVD Artbook, CD/Blu-Ray and CD/DVD versions including a Steven Wilson 5.1 surround mix.
Rick Wakeman/Christmas Variations ....CD $14.99
The King of the Keyboards and prog rock icon, Rick Wakeman, reinvents Christmas on this fantastic instrumental album that will make your holidays an otherworldly experience! Includes unique arrangements of traditional holiday favorites such as "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and many more PLUS a bonus CD track of an original composition "Silent Prayer!"
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth ....CD $15.99
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth [Expanded Edition] ....2 CD Set $24.99
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Box Set $75.99
The definitive new Best of John Lennon - 19 tracks completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sound better than ever before. CD packaging includes 20page booklet. For the Expanded 2 CD Edition - 36 tracks completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come. 2 CDs housed in a slipcase with a 20 page booklet and fold out double-sided poster. For the Deluxe 2 CD + Blu-Ray Edition - 36 tracks completely remixed from master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sounding better than ever before. 2 CD/Blu-ray features 36 tracks in hi-res stereo 96/24 PCM, new 5.1 surround mixes and Dolby Atmos for the ultimate immersive experience. With an incredible 124-page book with rare photos and extensive notes from John, Yoko and more. Foldout 2-sided poster, 2 postcards and GIMME SOME TRUTH bumper sticker (just in time!).
Frank Zappa/Halloween '81: Live at the Palladium, NYC [Box Set]
....6 CD + Halloween Costume Box Set $119.99
Frank Zappa/Halloween '81: Live at the Palladium, NYC [Highlights] ....CD $15.99
Halloween '81 Costume Box Set - Live at the Palladium, New York City, recorded on October 31, 1981 (two shows) and November 1, 1981 (1 show), is the next of the iconic Frank Zappa Halloween boxset concerts. The box consists of 6 CDs containing 3 complete concerts featuring all tracks newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes shocking fans with 78 unreleased live tracks. Fans will be treated to a Count Frankula mask along with a red & black cape as well. This king-size offering also showcases a 40-page booklet with photos including new liner notes by touring band member Robert Martin, Vaultmeister Joe Travers and fan-in-attendance Gary Titone. Halloween '81 Highlights Happy Halloween from the Palladium, New York City is a 1-CD release combining performances from all 3 shows along with an exclusive track "Strictly Genteel" from the November 1st show not on the 6-CD boxset (due to CD time constraints) and will be available in a jewel case package with liners by vaultmeister Joe Travers for the casual Zappa fan.
Big Big Train/Summer's Lease [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Remastered, Super-High Material CD] ....Japanese import 2 CD Set $55.99
Summer's Lease is a 2020 double CD Japanese import compilation tracing the story of Big Big Train from some of its earliest pieces of music through to the present day. Including the full 34 minute London Song (remixed in 2020 with additional keyboards), previously unreleased new instrumental Don't Forget the Telescope, a new studio version of Wind Distorted Pioneers, and live sessions from Real World of Kingmaker, Summer's Lease and Master James of St George. 2SHM-CD in gatefold digisleeve with OBI in Japanese and 40-page booklet with lyrics in English and Japanese.
Brainticket/Cottonwoodhill ....CD + DVD $22.99
A special deluxe edition reissue of the landmark 1971 debut album from psychedelic pioneers, Brainticket! Bonus DVD includes the band's entire set from the 2011 Space Rock Invasion tour recorded in Hollywood, CA!
IQ/Frequency ....import CD $22.99
Previously available on the Inside Out label, 'Frequency,' IQ's critically acclaimed 2009 album, has been unavailable for over a year and is currently going for stupid money on the likes of eBay and Discogs. Now back with GEP we are finally able to make Frequency available again. This new release features the all new and exclusive live version of the album's epic 'The Province' as an extra track, recorded in 2009 at de Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland.
Ozric Tentacles/Space for the Earth ....import CD $17.99
An exploratory musical adventure comprising seven new tracks, Space for the Earth is the 2020 studio album from the Ozric Tentacles. The album ebbs and flows through blissed-out soundscapes, featuring incendiary guitar solos, space grooves and ambient atmospheres.
Martin Barre/Away with Words ....CD $15.99
Deluxe reissue of the 2013 album from legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre featuring all new artwork! This album showcases Barre's unique skills as a musical arranger, blending original compositions with songs from the Tull catalog! CD comes packaged in a digipak with 2 rare bonus tracks!
The Backstage/Isolation ....import CD $18.99
The Backstage - Jonas Reingold, Craig Blundell and Rob Townsend - has gathered prog/jazz/fusion royalty from around the globe to create an energetic album inspired by the sounds of the 1970s. Featuring Steve Hackett, Tom Brislin, Marco Minnemann, Nick Beggs, Roger King, Roine Stolt, Pat Mastelotto, Andy Tillison, Adam Holzman, Luke Machin, Randy McStine and others.
The New Empire/Second Lifetime ....import CD $20.99
2020 release. The New Empire resurrects the band Empire and features a new line-up of Empire member Mark Murdock, Fernando Perdomo and Marisol Koss. Empire was originally founded by Peter Banks and Sydney Foxx, the latter making a new guest appearance on lead vocals on the re-recording of Foundation. The album also features guest appearances from Dave Kerzner, Julianne Spicer and Dennis Atlas. The album features both new original songs and re-recordings of tracks by Empire, Flash, Peter Banks and one Yes track. Second Lifetime acts to both establish The New Empire and pay tribute to the late Peter Banks.
Savoy Brown/Taking the Blues Back Home - Live in America ....3 CD Set $29.99
Three disc slimline jewel case of live 90s recordings of Savoy Brown in America
Dire Straits/Studio Albums 1978-1991 ....6 CD Box Set $39.99
Dire Straits' The Studio Albums 1978 - 1991 limited six CD box set containing all six original albums by 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Dire Straits. From the pub rock-influenced sound of their 1978 debut album (which includes the hit single "Sultans of Swing") to the slickly produced 1985 album Brothers in Arms ("Money for Nothing," "Walk of Life") and their swan song On Every Street in 1991, this set spotlights the songwriting and guitar talents of Mark Knopfler and his Dire mates. Contains the albums: Dire Straits (1978), Communique (1979), Making Movies (1980), Love over Gold (1982), Brothers in Arms (1985), and On Every Street (1991). All albums have been re-mastered, with all original artwork restored, the six albums are packed in a handsome box set slipcase.
Allman Brothers Band/Final Note ....CD $14.99
Live archive release containing the Allman Brothers Band's last show with founder and guitarist Duane Allman. Recorded October 17, 1971 at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mills, MD, the recording marks Duane's last show, as he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident 12 days later. Recorded on a hand-held cassette machine by 18-year-old radio journalist Sam Idas. The Allman Brothers Band were riding a wave of great success in late 1971 and wrapped up an intense summer of touring with the two shows at Painters Mill that day. The July 1971 release of their breakthrough At Fillmore East live album had brought them critical acclaim, hordes of new fans, and even a little money. The band - Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks and Berry Oakley - had toured all summer long and were looking forward to some time off before heading back to the studio.
The Allman Brothers Band/Warner Theatre Erie Pa 7-19-05 ....2 CD Set $22.99
Two CDs. Live archive release. Long hailed as one of their best ever by the band members themselves, fans now have the opportunity to experience this spectacular show for themselves. By the summer of 2005, The Allman Brothers Band had moved into a comfort zone of stability and superb chemistry. The line-up-Gregg Allman on vocals and keyboards, drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on guitars, Oteil Burbridge on bass and percussionist Marc Quinones-had been together since 2001 and had established a groove, both on and off the stage.
Steve Miller Blues Band/Live from the Fillmore West 1968 ....import CD $15.99
The multi-talented and now venerable rock and roll Elder Statesman Steve Miller has steered an engrossing path through rock music, in a career that goes right back to his pre-teens in the 1950s to the present day. His career has been earmarked by moments where he has struck commercial high water marks with international hit singles such as 'The Joker,' 'Rock 'n' Me,' 'Take the Money and Run,' and 'Abracadabra,' but he has also released music that has excited positive critical appraisal - albums such as his 1968, London-recorded Children of the Future, through albums such as the second effort, Sailor, both examples of where he blended his blues-rock roots with elements of psychedelia. His third album, Brave New World, featured one of his first songs which created a character that defined him at that point - 'Space Cowboy,' a sobriquet he would later make reference to in his hit single, The Joker. However, he also moved with the times, and although primarily a cultured lead guitarist, his music has, at various times, incorporated the extended use of synthesisers, as well as taken advantage of studio and production innovations, rarely to the detriment of his overall likeable qualities. At heart, though, the blues has always been at the core of his music. This gritty live recording takes us back to the San Francisco of late 1968, when the bloom of the Summer of Love had long since wilted, but the restless churn and change of contemporary rock and roll was in full effect.
Head Machine/Orgasm [50th Anniversary Remaster] ....import CD $20.99
Head Machine's Orgasm album was recorded in 1969 and this is the FIRST OFFICIAL RE-RELEASE of the album since 1971. Every previous re-release since then has been a counterfeit. The album features four members of The Gods: Ken Hensley (also of Uriah Heep), Lee Kerslake (also of Uriah Heep), John Glascock (also of Jethro Tull), Brian Glascock. This 50th Anniversary Edition has been given a 2020 re-mastering and is better sound quality than any previous edition. The booklet features new liner notes by producer David Paramor, who has approved this re-release, plus additional new comments from Ken Hensley, Lee Kerslake and Brian Glascock.
Blue Oyster Cult/The Symbol Remains ....CD $14.99
2020 release. Blue Oyster Cult return with a mammoth studio album The Symbol Remains. Coming nearly two decades after the release of their last studio album Curse of the Hidden Mirror, the album showcases a band who hasn't been slowed by the time passed, but simpy unphased by it. The Symbol Remains is one of the band's most spirited, diverse, and inspired releases to date.
Dyble Longdon/Between a Breath and a Breath ....import CD $22.99
Dyble Longdon is a collaboration between iconic vocalist Judy Dyble (ex Fairport Convention, Trader Horne) and Big Big Train songwriter and frontman David Longdon. The album contains seven original compositions with all lyrics by Judy Dyble and music and production by David Longdon. The songs are, at times, haunting and, at others, beautifully fragile. This collaboration with David Longdon is something Judy Dyble has hoped for for some time. "I first heard David sing with Big Big Train at King's Place in London 2015 and immediately decided that I really wanted to sing with him someday. And here we are with a collaborative album, which I think is wonderful!" she said. David Longdon describes the experience, "Judy and I both knew that it was a good possibility that our album might be her last. She told me that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer at the conclusion of Big Big Train's UK Tour 2019. It had become a race against time to complete the album, so one week after the tour I began working at The Playpen recording studio in Bristol with Patrick Phillips and Sarah Ewing, making Between a Breath and A Breath. Thankfully we had recorded all of Judy's vocals for the album some months earlier at Real World studios in Box. Despite the realization that Judy's health was gradually deteriorating, we decided that we would make the record that we'd always intended to make. The words to these song were given a greater and more profound meaning in light of what she was going through. We both managed to sign off the artwork and the final mastered mixes together. Although she was accepting of her circumstances, she really wanted to read the reviews and see it's reception in the world. She said she was sorry that she had to leave me, to represent our album alone. I said that it would be my honour to bring our music into the world. Judy passed away on the 12th of July 2020. I miss her greatly." Fellow founder member Simon Nicol said, "Judy was ever a childhood friend to me first and foremost, and now cancer has taken her after a long fight. But she'll remain as I always saw her: kind and gentle, shy but hilarious, wistful but focussed. She surrounded herself with loveliness, loved her kids and grandchildren, and adored her rescued greyhounds. Farewell, lovely."
Mina Tindle/Sister ....CD $13.99
The third full-length from Mina Tindle, Sister is an album populated by mythic creatures of all kinds: lions on parade, lovers turned to cannibals, kings and Sirens and women with wings. Like any great fabulist, she threads her storytelling with a fragile wisdom, revealing essential truths about all the danger and wildness within the human heart. With each moment elevated by her spellbinding vocal work - a gift she's shown in recording and touring as a singer for The National - Sister ultimately makes for a transportive listen, at turns impossibly dreamlike and profoundly illuminating. Mina Tindle is the project of Parisian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pauline de Lassus. Mostly made in New York City the album's elegant detail balances the odd magic of the songs with a fierce emotional realism. During the last few years as she was writing and recording Sister, de Lassus has also been an integral part of the PEOPLE Festivals at the historic Berlin Funkhaus in 2016 and 2018, where she worked with a vast range of musicians and artists in the community. Sister achieves a potent complexity, arriving as her most imaginative selection of songs to date while wholly embracing the sometimes painful truth-telling she's long treasured in her most beloved artists.
Nick Magnus/Inhaling Green ....import CD $24.99
'Inhaling Green'  comes remastered from the original tapes with 2 bonus tracks and packaged with re-vamped art in a mini lp gatefold card sleeve! Having served his musical apprenticeship in the 70's with the symphonic rockers the enid, Nick Magnus became Steve Hackett's keyboard player during the guitarist's rise to fame as a solo artist, following his departure from Genesis. Since the mid '90s Nick has released a string of superbly crafted solo albums, one of which is 'Inhaling Green.' Originally issued in 1999, this timeless masterpiece was Nick's second album and it has now been given a long overdue and thoroughly well deserved makeover. Virtually 100% instrumental, this album takes the listener on a course across a wide musical spectrum. Always engaging and truly melodic, it touches on several genres: progressive, jazz-rock, symphonic thematic music and so much more besides. Musically, 'Inhaling Green' will appeal to fans of artists like: Steve Hackett or Vangelis and bands such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson & The Moody Blues - it's classy, heartfelt music from a multi-talented keyboards craftsman with an incredible skill for both arranging and production! The keyboard sounds come in many guises - Mellotron, Moog, Hammond organ, piano, string-synth and more, but the album also boasts some of the finest melodic soaring electric guitar work around, courtesy of Geoff Whitehorn (Crawler / Rainbow / Procol Harum)! There's also some beautifully tasteful flute parts courtesy of Steve Hackett's brother John and as tight a rhythm section as you'll get, which is amazingly all coming courtesy of Nick Magnus himself!
The Spirit of Hawkwind 1969 - 1976 ....Book $36.99
The definitive account of the most crucial years in the life of legendary space rock band Hawkwind as seen through the eyes of co-founder Nik Turner and told to music historian Dave Thompson! Nik Turner, whose outlandish costumes and general wild man persona became iconic representations of the band, gives us the ultimate insider's guide to Hawkwind, sharing his personal recollections both hilarious and horrifying! This gorgeous, hardcover book contains: 300 pages featuring many rare and never-before-seen photos as well as a comprehensive discography, gigography, and Nik's 1975 US tour diary Reproduction of the 1971 "Galactic Tarot" card deck, designed by celebrated graphic designer and longtime Hawkwind collaborator Barney Bubbles Reproduction of the 1972 "Sonic Attack" 7" promo one-sided single in a cloth bag Reproduction of the 1971 "In Search of Space" 6" x 9" 20-page promotional booklet Postcard featuring the poster artwork of the 1974 Kansas City show with Rush!
The Electric Family/Echoes Don't Lie ....import CD $18.99
The guests include high-profile artists such as Roman Bunka (Embryo), Marlon Klein (Dissidenten), Milla Kapolke (ex-Grobschnit), Rolf Moller (ex-Grobschnitt, Extrabreit), Jojo Brand (The Convent) and many more. An album bristling with variety, from mellotronal folk rock over psychedelic chamber music to alternative rock with prog - Krautrock parts.
Queen + Adam Lambert/Live Around the World ....CD + Blu-Ray $19.99
CD + Blu-ray edition. Since their first appearance together in 2009 when Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared as guests on the finale of the eighth season of American Idol on which Adam Lambert was a contestant, the combination of Queen + Adam Lambert has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the world's biggest drawing touring bands. Their most recent tour of Oceania saw them selling out to massive audiences, with a single show at Sydney's ANZ stadium drawing a record crowd of over 60,000. To date the band has played to a worldwide audience approaching 4 million. The set presents a compilation of concert highlights captured the world over personally selected by Taylor, May and Lambert from over 200 shows they have performed with several featured here becoming available for the very first time.
David Byrne & Maira Kalman/American Utopia [Hardcover] ....Book $21.99
From former Talking Heads frontman and multimedia visionary David Byrne and revered bestselling author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman--an inspiring celebration in words and art of the connections between us all. Don't miss the Spike Lee film of the Broadway hit American Utopia--on HBO. A joyful collaboration between old friends David Byrne and Maira Kalman, American Utopia offers readers an antidote to cynicism, bursting with pathos, humanism, and hope--featuring his words and lyrics brought to life with more than 150 of her colorful paintings. The text is drawn from David Byrne's American Utopia, which has become a hit Broadway show and is soon to be a documentary from Spike Lee. The four-color artwork, by Maira Kalman, which she created for the Broadway show's curtain, is composed of small moments, expressions, gestures, and interactions that together offer a portrait of daily life and coexistence. With their creative talents combined, American Utopia is a salvo for kindness and a call for jubilation, a reminder to sing, dance, and waste not a moment. Beautifully designed and edited by Alex Kalman, American Utopia is a balm for the soul from two of the world's most extraordinary artists.
The Doors/Morrison Hotel [50th Anniversary Dekuxe Edition] ....2 CD + LP Box Set $52.99
An expanded 2CD/1LP limited deluxe edition of The Doors' fifth studio album, Morrison Hotel, including the original album remastered by longtime engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, plus a bonus disc of unreleased studio outtakes, and the original album on 180g virgin vinyl.
Santana/Santana (Limited Edition) (Hybrid-SACD) (7-inch Packaging) ....Japanese import Hybrid SACD $59.99
2020 Japanese 4ch & 2ch Hybrid-SACD, Quadraphonic, Special Edition Super Audio CD in 7" sized packaging. To experience the multi-channel version of the recording, multichannel SACD player is needed and it is best experienced with surround speakers. Stereo version of the recording is also included.
The Eagles/Live from the Forum MMXVIII ....2 CD Set
The Eagles/Live from the Forum MMXVIII ....2 CD + DVD $39.99
The Eagles/Live from the Forum MMXVIII ....2 CD + Blu-Ray $42.99
Live album on two CDs, paired with the concert film on Blu-ray and DVD, captures definitive, 26-song performance recorded live over three nights at The Forum in Los Angeles in September 2018. The Eagles spent most of 2018 on the road with an extensive North American tour that found Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit joined by two new bandmates: Deacon Frey and Vince Gill. Earning rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the quintet was firing on all cylinders when they arrived at the Forum in Los Angeles for three sold-out, hometown shows on September 12, 14, and 15. Highlights from all three shows have now been compiled for a new 26-song live album and concert film Live from the Forum MMXVIII and captures definitive live performances of the band's most iconic hits ("Hotel California," "Take It Easy," "Life in the Fast Lane," "Desperado") and beloved album tracks ("Ol' 55," "Those Shoes"), along with some of the individual members' biggest solo smashes (Don Henley's "Boys of Summer," Vince Gill's "Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away," Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way").
Ronnie Wood/Somebody Up There Likes Me ....DVD $15.99
Ronnie Wood/Somebody Up There Likes Me ....Blu-Ray $20.99
Ronnie Wood/Somebody Up There Likes Me [Deluxe Edition] ....Blu-Ray + DVD + Hardbound Book Box Set $69.99
This intimate portrait by Oscar-nominated director Mike Figgis is the first in-depth film biography of the artist, and traces his many lives and careers. A man still at the cutting edge in his seventies, the film tells the story from his humble beginnings in north London, where his older brothers shaped the musical powerhouse he would become, to the unique career that has not only spanned over 50 years (so far) but also traversed some of the most influential musicians the world has ever known including The Birds, Jeff Beck, The New Barbarians, Rod Stewart, The Faces and of course The Rolling Stones. Ronnie guides us on a journey through his life - painting and performing, accompanied by the friends, musicians and artists who have been part of his life over the years including Damien Hirst, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Imelda May and Rod Stewart. Deluxe hardback book special limited edition collector's 40-page book featuring pictures, paintings and annotations by Ronnie which are exclusive to this format. Also includes an exclusive essay by Paul Sexton, with DVD and blu-ray of the documentary. DVD NTSC Region: 0 (all regions); DVD Aspect Ratio: 16:9; DVD Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS 5.1 Surround Sound.
Ultravox/Vienna [40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....5 CD + DVD Box Set $55.99
Ultravox's 'Vienna' album was originally released in July 1980, their first with Midge Ure on vocals/guitar. Produced by legendary German producer Conny Plank (Neu!, Kraftwerk). The album contains 4 UK Top 40 singles; All Stood Still, Passing Strangers, Sleepwalk and the title track 'Vienna' which reached No.2 in the UK and Top 10 in seven countries around the world. This new 6 Disc box set contains 66 tracks, 44 are previously unreleased recordings or mixes. CDs 1 to 5 contain the original 1980 album production master, a new stereo mix by Steven Wilson, A-sides, B-sides and live tracks, 2CDs of previously unreleased cassette rehearsals and a newly mixed concert from St. Albans in 1980. The DVD (Audio Only) contains a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the Album/B-sides by Steven Wilson along with 24/96 Hi-Res audio of the new mixes and the original 1980 Master/B-sides.
Anthony Pirog/Pocket Poem ....CD $16.99
From Cuneiform Records, Anthony Pirog - guitar and electronics, Michael Formanek - acoustic and electric bass, Ches Smith - drums, percussion and electronics. While it might confound those fixated with an artist's niche in the marketplace, guitarist Anthony Pirog knows little of stylistic limitations - in point of fact, Pirog's latest opus brings to mind the beloved Duke Ellington adage: Beyond category. Initially based in jazz, Pirog's seeming objective is to be a "category" unto himself, embracing not only jazz but avant-garde and indie rock, noise, and ambient soundscapes. Pocket Poem, his second under his own name and his first since joining forces with 50% of DC's legendary Fugazi as Messthetics (with two releases on Dischord), is in a zone where stylistic "handles" matter little but the idea of music is vibrant, expansive, and kaleidoscopic. "Anthony Pirog's work is otherworldly - feverish in it's delivery and interstellar in it's complexity - but his feet have long been planted on the ground in Washington DC... But what's the most DC thing a DC musician can do? Well, they could start a band with members of Fugazi. That would do it... " - Guitar. Com "So this is what all the fuss is about... [regarding] Anthony Pirog's status as a Washington, D. C. area guitar god... and for all his technical prowess, Pirog possesses a skilled composer's knack for memorable themes and melodies."
Philip Glass/Songs ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
There aren't many semi-classical albums that can be played at full volume on a road trip. "Liquid Days" is one. Songs written by Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, David Byrne and Laurie Andersen with the pulsing, emotive orchestrations of Philip Glass. The vocalists are an equally eclectic mixture, with perhaps Linda Ronstadt and The Roches the most unexpected performers. The three operas comprising Glass' 'Trilogy' are something special. The selections themselves, the pacing of the sequencing, and absolutely top-drawer performances make this a standout album. Glass' best work may be found in his opera scores; 'Einstein on the Beach,' 'Satyagraha,' and ' Akhnaten.' This album presents the cream of the cream.
Kronos Quartet/Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger ....CD $15.99
On Long Time Passing, the trailblazing Kronos Quartet celebrates the music of Pete Seeger and rejoices in the spirit, inspiration, and fearlessness inherent in his life's work. Along with guests Sam Amidon, Maria Arnal, Brian Carpenter, Meklit, Lee Knight, and Aoife O'Donovan, the group examines Seeger's celebration of beauty and the pleasure of singing together. Through the power of these eternally relevant cries for unity and moral integrity, the album articulates the responsibility we have as citizens and members of a greater community to question war and injustice, and to develop the courage to raise our voices together both in word and song.
Sun Ra/Fireside Chat with Lucifer ....CD $15.99
Digitally remastered edition. An F-bomb saturated hip-hop call and response club cut... from Sun Ra?! While the most renown track in this omniversal opus is the atomic expletive-filled repartee Nuclear War, there is so much more to this dark mysterious journey through the mind of Sun Ra. The sprawling, suite-like 20-minute title track sustains a lyrical edge in spite of an open framework and textures, which encourage sonorities to surface and emerge from the band as if there was no human intention behind them. In opposition to 'Nuclear War,' Ra's organ playing here was built less on bombast and sonic terror than it is on whispers, stutters, shivers, and swells. Fireside Chat offers a wide stylistic array, as was the artist's intent, reflecting his eclectic, seemingly irreconcilable approach to compositional extremes. With Sun Ra you get everything... except predictability. First ever reissue of this iconic album!
The Budos Band/Long in the Tooth ....CD $14.99
15 years after the release of their debut album, Daptone's Royal Court from Staten Island delivers a truly epic collection of new material that finds the group further bridging the gap between the farfisa-fueled Ethio-Funk stylings of their early recordings, with the psychedelic, Sabbath-inspired hellfire of late. The title track and lead single, Long in the Tooth, jumps out of the speakers with a heavy drum break (reminiscent of the B-Boy approved grooves of their early output), drenched in a pulsating, hallucinatory wall of organ, menacing horns, and a rugged guitar riff that pummels the listener into Budonian submission. Imagine Link Wray and Mulatu Astatke collaborating on a Italian horror soundtrack and you're getting close.
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse ....2 CD + DVD $29.99
September release. "Live at the Roundhouse" is unlike any other concert film connected with Pink Floyd. It's the nearest thing you can get to a time machine, transporting you back to the very earliest days of the band. Nick Mason, the only band member to have played on all of Pink Floyd's studio albums, returns to the group's earliest records, joined in the line-up by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken. Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets took the drummer back to clubs for the first time in 1967, then to theatres, across the UK, North America and Europe, playing only music his old band had recorded before The Dark Side of the Moon. Captured from the band's celebrated shows at London's Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd played some of their most revered early shows in the 1960s, the film features a uniquely thrilling setlist including songs hailing from Syd Barrett's time with the band. Only four songs from this eclectic roster have ever previously appeared on official live releases by Pink Floyd or its members. Everything else is being experienced for the first time since their original live performances.
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse (2 x Blu-Spec CD2 + DVD) ....Japanese import 2 CD + DVD $79.99
Japanese 2 x Blu-spec CD2 pressing + DVD pressing. Features a concert by Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets held in May 2019 at the Roundhouse. Comes with lyrics and a description. This Japan edition exclusively comes with a bonus poster. Special packaging.
Eddie Jobson/Eddie Jobson - Live ....2 CD Set $23.99
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Jobson, best known for his virtuosic violin and keyboard work with Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Jethro Tull and UK, brings us a compilation of solo live performances from Poland, Russia, Japan and the USA with his all-star 'U-Z Project.' These concert recordings also include guest musicians Simon Phillips, Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann, Alex Machacek, Greg Howe, Marc Bonilla, Trey Gunn, Mike Mangini, TJ Helmerich, Ric Fierabracci, Billy Sheehan, and special guest appearance by John Wetton. 2CD Digipak includes a 20-page booklet. Features songs from his UK and solo catalogs as well as covers from King Crimson, ELP and more.
Djabe with Steve Hackett/The Magic Stag ....import CD + DVD Set $24.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of the new studio album by Hungarian band Djabe, "The Magic Stag." Djabe is one of the finest progressive / jazz fusion bands working in the world today. They are also known to a wider audience outside of their native land thanks to a series of collaborative albums and live appearances with the legendary solo musician and ex-Genesis member Steve Hackett. Djabe features Tamas Barabas (bass guitar), Attila Egerhazi (acoustic and electric guitar, percussion), Aron Koos-Hutas (flugelhorn, trumpet), Janos Nagy (keyboards) and Peter Kaszas (drums, lead vocal) and their music contains influences from progressive rock, jazz and world music. Their new album is inspired by the work of the painter, Imre Egerhazi (father of Attila Egerhazi). By the new millennium Imre Egerhazi was regarded as one of the Alfold's leading masters. He had gained great recognition in Hungary and beyond it's borders for his art and his organizational work in the world of art. He also did much for artistic communities and colleagues. His work and life inspired the musicians to create "The Magic Stag." Steve Hackett not only co-wrote the lyrics of the album's title track with his wife Jo Hackett, but he also plays guitar on seven of the album tracks and acts as narrator. The album also features guest Rob Townsend on tenor saxophone (also from Steve Hackett's band). Tar genius Malik Mansurov also plays on several tracks, whilst former Djabe members, Ferenc Muck and Tibor Karvaly also contribute. Laszlo Szabo also adds his magical sitar playing to the album. "The Magic Stag," is a celebration of the legend of the mystic Hungarian deer, the myths and legends of the Magyars and the paintings of Imre Egerhazi. This deluxe digipak release also includes a DVD, featuring high resolution 5. 1 surround sound and stereo mixes of the album, along with some live video extras and a documentary. The set also features a 32 page booklet with paintings by Imre Egerhazi.
King Crimson/The Elements Tour Box 2020 ....2 CD Box Set $24.99
This 2-CD history of King Crimson features many extracts and tracks appearing on CD for the first time, including many of the current line-up. Packaged in a digi-pack style book case with 24-page booklet, this set contains introductory notes by Robert Fripp & sleeve notes by Sid Smith. While this 7th release in the Tour Box series is in spirit with the earlier releases, this is also a very different tour box to its companions, and one which, as it has to stand along and represent a tour that should have been (and will occur in 2021), it also stands slightly apart. What themes and stories should a tour box created for a postponed tour tell? As with previous tour boxes, the 2020 Elements box covers the full spectrum of Crimsoning, this one with music and line-ups from 1969-2019. Disc one represents a mostly live/mostly new-to-CD selection of material including 4 tracks taken from the 2019 tour. Disc two, in keeping with the theme of Sid's notes, discussed below, presents pieces played occasionally by the current line-up - Exiles and Sheltering Sky, pieces from the studio - both King Crimson and Robert Fripp that were never completed, or were developed in different ways, material that never made it to a studio recording - The Errors, Dr. Diamond, Trees (extract), Guts on my Side, etc, all combine to present a convincing musical counter-history to the band. The main sleeve notes by KC historian Sid Smith present a series of highly plausible "what if?" scenarios. Starting from 1969 his 2000 word essay traces a counterfactual history of the band had various tours not been canceled or postponed, had various members not quit or joined, following the routes and pathways a band called King Crimson could have followed had things turned out slightly different along the way.
Todd Rundgren/A Wizard, a True Star...Live! ....CD + DVD Set $17.99
Rock Hall of Fame nominee and revered musician/producer/songwriter performs a very special live concert featuring the entirety of his classic 1973 album A Wizard a True Star! Recorded 2009 at the Civic Theater in Akron OH, this special multi-media package has never been made available publically in this format with both crystal clear DVD as well as audio CD! Packaged in a slick six-panel digipak with 2 trays!
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe/Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe ....import CD $14.99
Politics aside, this album is basically Yes, but without Chris Squire. The music is incredibly complex and the lyrics as spacey as any Yes album ever. Tony Levin fills in on bass, playing his Chapman Stick and electric upright bass with Bill Bruford on full electronic-drums and sounding very much King Crimson-esque. Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, both melodic as ever with Jon Anderson in a fine voice here and obviously having the most fun of all. Highlights; "Fist of Fire," a steady rock groove with exceptional keyboard work from Rick Wakeman, "Brother of Mine," a very catchy ten minute tune in three parts, the Carribean/Latin flavored "Teakbois," and the stadium-rocker "Order of the Universe." The magic of '70s prog-rock complete with a Roger Dean cover!
Balletto di Bronzo/Official Bootleg ....import CD $29.99
Il Balletto di Bronzo (translation: "The Bronze Ballet") is an Italian progressive rock band from Naples who came to prominence during the peak progressive period of the early '70s and stand alongside such great Italian progressive bands as PFM, Banco, Le Orme, etc. The material on this CD was recorded live in 2018.
Neil Young/The Times ....CD $11.99
2020 release. The Times is a moving and topical solo acoustic performance, a unique collection of songs, filmed at home during lockdown as part of the raw and personal, Fireside Sessions series.
Ray Thomas/Words & Music [Newly Remastered Compilation] ....import CD + DVD Set $24.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new CD + DVD collection of recordings celebrating the musical life and work of Ray Thomas. Ray was a founder member of The Moody Blues, a band whose legacy and classic albums need no introduction. He was a musical pioneer, introducing the flute into the context of a rock band before such luminaries as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Ray's contribution to the Moody Blues was immense, and when the band went on a hiatus in the mid '70s, Ray recorded two solo albums for the band's Threshold label: "From Mighty Oaks" and "Hopes, Wishes & Dreams." When the Moody Blues regrouped to record the album "Octave," Ray was once again within their ranks and would appear with the band on record and on stage until he retired in 2002. The release of a limited edition boxed set of his solo work by Esoteric Recordings in 2010 saw Ray return to the studio to record the song "The Trouble with Memories" (co-written with keyboard player and arranger Bias Boshell). Sadly, Ray passed away in January 2018 leaving behind a wonderful legacy of work, including his very last song (co-written and recorded with the Welsh musician Ryland Teifi): 'Dada's Song,' a piece which lyrically paid homage to Ray's Welsh ancestry. This compilation gathers together a collection of songs from the first line-up of the Moody Blues, Ray's solo album and includes the first ever release of 'Dada's Song.' It also includes a bonus DVD (NTSC / Region Free) which features the 5.1 surround sound mix of Ray's 1975 album "From Mighty Oaks" (originally featured on the limited edition 2010 boxed set, unavailable for some years and included here due to much demand from fans), the 1975 promotional video of 'High Above My Head' and the new video for 'Dada's Song' exclusively shot for this release. The booklet features many tributes from those who worked with him, including former band mates Denny Laine and Mike Pinder.
David Minasian/The Sound of Dreams ....CD $15.99
David Minasian, an American musician, singer/songwriter, film producer, screenwriter and director, with his follow up to the critically acclaimed album 'Random Acts of Beauty.' Famous for his music documentaries, he is also a keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer. 'The Sound of Dreams' mixes progressive rock and classically influenced symphonic rock, featuring legendary musicians including Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, Alan Parsons lead vocalist PJ Olsson, Moody Blues Live vocalist Julie Ragins and Pentagram founding member drummer/guitarist Geof O'Keefe.
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. Lets 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.
The Michael Giles MAD Band/The Adventures Of....import CD $24.99
In 2009 on the 40th anniversary of King Crimson's celebrated debut recording, legendary former Crimson drummer Michael Giles returned with his first album of original material for nearly three decades. Alongside Ad Chivers and Dan Pennie, Giles has created a powerfully percussive and innovative fusion of free rock and jazz influences that mark genuinely fresh, avant garde, territory for this most expressive and unique of players. 'When we go beyond the known and enter the unknown, we begin to know.' Michael Giles. Thirteen tracks.
Martin Barre/A Summer Band ....CD $16.99
The long-awaited deluxe reissue of the 1993 debut album from Jethro Tull founding guitarist, Martin Barre! This gorgeous reissue features an all-new digital remaster of the audio as well as new artwork! The CD is packaged in a slick digipak and features a rare bonus live track with JT drummer Doane Perry!
System 7/Field of Dreams ....import 2 CD Set $27.99
The core of System 7 is Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, both formerly of Gong. System 7 makes extensive use of Hillage's electric guitars. In 2018 System 7's strong connection with Japan moved to yet another level with the release of a special System 7 branded sake from the esteemed Aramasa brewery of Akita, Japan. The concept of the sake brewery's president, and System 7 fan, Yusuke Sato was to release the sake together with an included double CD, featuring a new track that employs sounds and samples from the Akita region in the distinctive System 7 dance music style. This track is Field of Dreams.
Richard & Linda Thompson/Hard Luck Stories [1972 - 1982] ....import 8 CD Box Set $125.99
This September Universal Music will issue Hard Luck Stories 1972 to 1982 a new Richard and Linda Thompson 8CD box set that features remastered versions of all six studio albums and previously unreleased recordings. This career retrospective contains the three classic Island Records releases -'I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight,' 'Hokey Pokey' and 'Pour Down Like Silver' - and the long out-of-print albums First Light and Sunnyvista (both new transfers from recently relocated masters) as well as their final album Shoot Out the Lights. Hard Luck Stories contains 113 songs in total of which 30 are previously unreleased. All the studio albums come with bonus tracks and there are 'Early Years' and live discs to complete the eight-CD collection. The set was personally curated by Richard and Linda and compiled and mastered by Andrew Batt. It contains a 72-page hardcover book featuring brand new essays (by Patrick Humphries and Mick Houghton) and rare and previously unpublished photographs.
Steve Rothery/The Ghosts of Pripyat ....CD $15.99
A wholly instrumental work, The Ghosts of Pripyat - from 2014 - was the debut Steve Rothery solo album and features cameos from Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett. 2020 mid-price CD in jewel case reissue. Artwork by Lasse Hoile.
Samurai/Samurai [Newly Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic and highly regarded self-titled album by the progressive rock group Samurai. The band evolved from the equally excellent group Web (whose album I Spider is a classic of the genre), and featured Dave Lawson (vocals, keyboards), Tony Edwards (guitar), John Eaton (bass), Kenny Beveridge (drums), Lennie Wright (vibes, drums, percussion), Tony Roberts (saxes, flute, clarinet) and Don Fay (saxes, flute). The sole album by the band is truly a lost classic of the progressive era. Released on the short-lived Greenwich Gramophone label in 1971, the album was influenced by the experiments of groups such as King Crimson, Colosseum et al, but Samurai was more than a mere clone of other bands. The group successfully fused the worlds of jazz with rock, the musicianship on the album was excellent and Dave Lawson's compositions were ground-breaking and memorable. Sadly, the group disbanded shortly after the release of the record resulting in limited sales. However, the influence of the album was not lost as Dave Lawson soon joined Dave Greenslade to form the group Greenslade, effectively taking up the musical mantle laid down by Samurai. This Esoteric new edition has been newly re-mastered from recently discovered first generation original master tapes and has been expanded to include three live recordings made in 1971 and officially released for the first time. The release also features an illustrated booklet and an interview with Dave Lawson.
Day of Phoenix/Mind Funeral: Recordings 1968-1972 [Remastered & Expanded] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set by legendary cult Danish progressive rock band Day of Phoenix, "Mind Funeral - The Recordings 1968 - 1972." The band first came together in Copenhagen in 1968 with an original line-up of Cy Nicklin (vocals, guitar), Ole Prehn (guitar & vocals), Karsten Lyng (guitar), Jess Staehr (bass) and Henrik Friis (drums) and recorded one single (a cover version of The Strawbs' 'Tell Me') before fracturing. Cy Nicklin departed and would resurface in the ranks of another fine Danish progressive band, Culpeper's Orchard and by the time the band came to record their first album Jess Staehr had also departed to join Burnin' Red Ivanhoe. He was replaced by Erik Stedt, whilst vocalist Hans Lauridsen also joined the group. The band's debut album, Wide Open N-Way, was recorded in June 1970 in Copenhagen and was produced by former Colosseum bass player Tony Reeves. The album gained a wider release when issued in the UK early in 1971 on the newly established Greenwich Gramophone label (part of the Chapter 1 Records imprint) with a revised running order. The band's blend of progressive and psychedelic US west coast rock influences came to the fore on the album's title track and the lengthy "Mind Funeral" and gained them a wider audience throughout Europe. The album was followed by the release of a European single ('Deep within the Storm' b/w 'Chicken Skin') before Erik Stedt died of a drug overdose in 1971. In 1972 Day of Phoenix entered the studio once more with Tony Reeves as producer to record their second album The Neighbour's Son with Jess Staehr making an appearance. The album appeared on the Chapter 1 label and featured shorter songs, but was another fine work. Despite the excellence of the band, their commercial fortunes failed to improve and sadly Day of Phoenix disbanded soon after. In the coming years their albums would become highly sought after by aficionados of progressive and psychedelic rock. This collection has been newly remastered from the original Chapter 1 Records master tapes and includes four bonus tracks taken from the band's two singles, with 'Deep within the Storm' and 'Chicken Skin' appearing on CD for the first time. "Mind Funeral" is a fine tribute to a unique band.
Linda Hoyle/Pieces of Me + The Fetch [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set featuring two classic albums by legendary vocalist Linda Hoyle: "Pieces of Me" and "The Fetch." Linda Hoyle first came to attention as vocalist with the excellent, but short-lived jazz rock band Affinity in 1970, after recording an album for Vertigo records, Linda then embarked on recording her first solo album, "Pieces of Me," for Vertigo in 1971. Collaborating with celebrated musician Karl Jenkins (of Nucleus and later Soft Machine) Linda Hoyle produced a wonderful and innovative album which fused many influences and was ground-breaking in it's direction. "Pieces of Me" also featured contributions from guitarist Chris Spedding and fellow Nucleus members John Marshall (drums) and Jeff Clyne (bass). Despite being a work of such quality and critical acclaim, "Pieces of Me" failed to make a commercial impression and Linda emigrated to Canada in 1972 where she continued to sing and also practiced as an art therapist. In 2013 she began work on another solo album, working with musician Oliver Whitehead and her former colleague in Affinity, Mo Foster. The album "The Fetch" appeared in 2015 and was also greeted with acclaim. This two disc set is a fitting celebration of the work of one of Britain's most gifted female vocalists and gathers together both of Linda Hoyle's solo albums and includes a bonus track previously unreleased in Europe,'Who's There,' recorded during sessions for "The Fetch." The set features a booklet with liner notes by Linda Hoyle.
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989]
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989] ....2 CD + DVD $27.99
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989] ....Blu-Ray $26.99
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray $31.99
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989] [Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD + 2 DVD + Blu-Ray Box Set $94.99
Having not hit the road for most of the 80s, The Steel Wheels Tour was an astounding return for the Rolling Stones, not least as it was the longest they had by that point undertaken. It was also to be their last with Bill Wyman. Steel Wheels Live was recorded towards the end of the band's 60 date run through the stadiums of North America, in the second half of 1989. Special guest appearances from Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker. Limited Edition.
Lou Reed/New York [Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD + DVD + 2 LP Box Set $85.99
3CD/DVD/2LP Deluxe Edition of the legendary artist's Sire Records debut features newly remastered sound, unreleased studio and live tracks, plus the DVD debut of "The New York Album" concert video. The 3CD/DVD/2LP set comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book that includes new liner notes written by music journalist David Fricke, essays from archivist Don Fleming, and was produced for release by Laurie Anderson, Don Fleming, Bill Ingot, Jason Stern, and Hal Willner. New York captures Reed in exceptional form and is packed with incredible songs like "Busload of Faith," "Halloween Parade" and "Dirty Blvd." The entire album has been remastered for the first time ever for this collection. The second disc presents unreleased live versions from the Lou Reed Archive of every album track compiled from multiple performances. To avoid duplication, none of these live tracks were taken from the set's accompanying DVD. The third disc showcases unreleased early versions of several album tracks from the Lou Reed Archive, including "Last Great American Whale," "Sick of You" and "Dirty Blvd." Also featured is the non-LP track "The Room," as well as live versions of "Sweet Jane," a song Reed originally recorded with The Velvet Underground, and "Walk on the Wild Side," from his second solo album, Transformer (1972.) This set also includes "The New York Album," a concert video that was originally released in 1990 on VHS and Laserdisc. It has never been available on DVD, until now. It features Reed performing the entire New York album live in Montreal at the Theatre St. Denis. The DVD concludes with an audio-only interview with Reed.
The Pretty Things/Bare as Bone, Bright as Blood ....import CD $17.99
The acoustic and gritty Bare as Bone, Bright as Blood is the remarkable and unexpected 2020 album by The Pretty Things, who remained the tainted, dark rock royalty they always were until the very end.
Rainbow/Live in Munich ....import CD $20.99
Rainbow was formed by Ritchie Blackmore in 1975 after he left Deep Purple at the height of their fame. With Rainbow, he was no less successful and they released a string of hit albums in changing line-ups until Blackmore broke up the group to join the reformed Deep Purple. 'Live in Munich 1977' features the line-up including vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Cozy Powell. Due to trouble with the police after a gig in Austria two nights before, the Munich show needed to be postponed and took place one day later than planned. But this only seemed to give the band additional motivation to perform a truly remarkable concert.
Flying Colors/Third Stage: Live in London ....2 CD +
DVD Set $18.99
Flying Colors/Third Stage: Live in London ....Blu-Ray $17.99
Flying Colors/Third Stage: Live in London [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + 2 DVDs + Blu-Ray Set $52.99
Flying Colors will release their new live album "Third Stage: Live in London" via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. The limited edition earbook contains 5 discs: The full show on 2 CDs, the full show on DVD, a bonus Morsefest show and 4 music videos on DVD, and a blu-ray with the same contents as both DVDs in hi-def. The DVDs and blu-ray are region-free. Continuing their pattern of making a studio album, followed by a live album, "Third Stage: Live in London" is the third live album by the prog-supergroup. It was recorded in December 2019 in London on a short and highly anticipated tour, directly after the release of their studio album "Third Degree." Teaming the talents of such heavyweights as guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), keyboardist/singer Neal Morse (solo artist, Transatlantic, ex-Spock's Beard), bass wizard Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), with new pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band quickly established itself as one of rock's most melodic enigmas.
Neal Morse/Sola Gratia ....CD + DVD $18.99
Recorded 'virtually' in April 2020 at the height of the Coronavirus lockdown, Sola Gratia is the first album that Neal Morse and his band have made remotely. Conceptually based around the story of the apostle Paul, the album features longtime NMB members Mike Portnoy, Randy George and Eric Gillette. Bill Hubauer and Gideon Klein also participate.
Ayreon/Transitus ....2 CD Set $18.99
Ayreon/Transitus [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + DVD Set $52.99
Ayreon will be releasing a brand-new sprawling and epic studio album 'Transitus,' on 25th September via Music Theories Recordings. The limited edition earbook contains extended artwork and liner notes, including a 25-page graphic novel, the album on 2 CDs, 1 CD with instrumental versions, 1 CD with guide vocal versions, and a DVD with bonus footage which includes a behind the scenes video, a videoclip, trailer, 5.1 and 2.0/24 bit audio versions of 'Transitus.' From the mastermind of Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen, 'Transitus' is inspired by supernatural movies such as The Others, The Changeling and Ghost along with the music of soundtrack composers John Carpenter (Halloween), Ennio Morricone (Once upon a Time in the West) and Jerry Goldsmith (Omen). 'Transitus' is narrated by one of the most iconic and recognizable voices in sci-fi history, most known from his eight-year stint as Doctor Who, Tom Baker. As with any Ayreon album, it is an explosive and expansive affair and features Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) as Daniel and Cammie Gilbert (Oceans of Slumber) as Abby. The all-star cast also features Simone Simons (Epica), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman, Johanne James (Threshold), Noa Gruman (Scardust), Marcela Bovio (MaYan), Caroline Westendorp (The Charm The Fury), Paul Manzi (Arena), Michael Mills (Toehider) and Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Trillium) amongst many others.
Derek Sherinian/The Phoenix ....CD $17.99
2020's The Phoenix is Derek Sherinian's first album since 2011's Oceana and once again finds Derek working alongside collaborator and mentor Simon Phillips. Also appearing on the album are a dream team of Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Kiko Loureiro, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin and Jimmy Johnson.
Miles Davis/The Complete Concert 1964 ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
This recording is one of the best jazz recordings of all time and also some of Miles's best trumpet work. He exhibits great tone, range, technique and improvisation. Miles is so intense on this whole recording, nailing passage after passage. As Miles mentioned in his book, they completely tore the roof off of the place. A great supporting group as well, George Coleman on tenor saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. The interplay between Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and the uncanny Tony Williams is just breath-taking and hints very clearly at the new directions in which they and Miles would take the small jazz ensemble for the next several years.
Scope/Scope ....import CD $18.99
Scope/Scope II ....import CD $18.99
The predecessor band of Scope was called Strange Power and was founded around 1969 in Zwolle, Holland. Rik Elings, Henk Zomer (drums) and bassist Erik Raayman had founded the fusion project and had already released a 7" single that was added to the first Scope CD as a bonus. With the entry of guitarist Rens Nieuwland in 1972, Strange Power became Scope. Subsequently, the Dutch jazz rock foursome made a name for itself in both Holland and Germany. A talent scout from WEA / Atlantic became aware of the band and hired them for his label. In 1973 the band entered the Hamburg studio Maschen to record their debut album "Scope" under the direction of Jochen Petersen. The result was an exciting, varied fusion / jazz rock album, which contained a lot of improvisations and perfectly reflected the craftsmanship of the four musicians. The press was thrilled and Scope went back on the streets to present the new album live. In 1974 Erik Raayman left the band, but the band continued with a surprising plan. Multi-instrumentalist Rik Elings left his place behind the keyboards with Rob Franken and took over the four-string. A wise decision, because Rob Franken was one of the best and most famous jazz pianists in Holland. With this line-up, they returned to Studio Maschen in September 1974 to record the follow-up album "Scope II" for WEA. Like the debut, the album is a unique funk / fusion delicacy record, and Scope has become a real insider tip of the international jazz rock scene. Despite (or because of) the major deal, large record sales did not happen. After numerous changes in the line-up it came to an end in 1976. The further history of the involved musicians can be wonderfully read in the booklets for "Scope" and "Scope II."
Trapeze/Trapeze [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Trapeze would record three albums for Threshold. Produced by The Moody Blues' John Lodge at Morgan Studios and Decca Studios in London, their debut LP was released in May 1970, featuring the single 'Send Me No More Letters,' plus 'Suicide,' 'Nancy Gray' and 'Another Day.' Their debut veers closer to the late '60s psychedelic rock and progressive pop of their Moody Blues mentors than the the blues and soul infused hard rock that Trapeze are better known for. This newly remastered, expanded version of their debut now features both the UK and US single versions of their hit single, 'Send Me No More Letters.' Four unreleased demos follow, including an early version of 'Seafull' that would appear on the following "Medusa" LP. Also previously unreleased are three BBC Session tracks, of 'Another Day,' and two different sessions for 'Send No More Letters.' This expanded collection finishes with three unreleased live tracks from July 1969 recorded at Wolverhampton's LaFayette Club for the "Colour Me Pop" show. In a short set of covers made up of Steppenwolf's 'Magic Carpet Ride,' Fairport Convention's 'Meet on the Ledge' (written by Richard Thompson) and finishing with The Nazz's classic nugget, 'Open My Eyes' (written by Todd Rundgren), these live session tracks give a unique insight into Trapeze's career prior to becoming Threshold recording artists. As well as plenty of rare memorabilia and artwork, including many international single covers, the artwork is augmented by an extended essay from esteemed music journalist Malcolm Dome based on interviews with Glenn Hughes & John Jones.
Trapeze/Medusa [Deluxe Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $29.99
This classic has been expanded with two bonus discs, packed with extras. It kicks off with a stereo edit and then a mono edit of the 'Black Cloud' single, followed by radio session versions of 'Makes You Wanna Cry' and 'Medusa.' Disc Two finishes with an unreleased live show from the United States in March 1971, where the band had a growing following, thanks in part to the opportunity to tour America with mentors, The Moody Blues. Formed from two bands from the midlands - Finders Keepers, featuring Mel Galley (guitar/vocals), Dave Holland (drums) and Glenn Hughes (bass/vocals), plus the Montanas' John Jones (vocals/trumpet) and Terry Rowley (keyboards/guitar/flute) - Trapeze were discovered by The Moody Blues, and snapped up for their own label, Threshold Records. Trapeze would record three albums for Threshold. As per their self-titled debut, "Medusa" was produced by The Moody Blues' John Lodge at Morgan Studios in London, and released in November 1970, a mere six months after their first LP. For their second record, Trapeze had scaled down to the power trio of Mel Galley, Dave Holland and Glenn Hughes, finally finding their definitive sound, with a mixture of blues, soul and hard rock, wrapped around seven, classic original songs. Kicking off with the Mel Galley / Tom Galley penned 'Black Cloud,' the track was also issued as a single, and soon became a live favourite too. Mel Galley and his brother Tom Galley would co-write four of the album's tracks, with the band sharing writing credits on 'Your Love Is Alright' and Glenn Hughes bringing 'Seafull' and the title track, 'Medusa.' Disc Three features a second complete unreleased show from 1971, featuring all but two tracks from the "Medusa" LP. As well as a reproduction of a rare, original concert poster from the band's archives, not seen in almost 50 years, the set includes liner notes based on interviews with Glenn Hughes, John Jones, Trapeze's original manager Tony Perry, Trapeze's photographer David Rohl and Mel Galley's brother and Trapeze co-writer, Tom Galley.
Trapeze/You Are the Music: We're Just the Band [Deluxe Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $29.99
This 3CD deluxe edition has been expanded with the mono version of the 'Coast to Coast' single, plus the non-album tracks 'Good Love' and 'Dat's It.' Four tracks were aired for the 1973 Radio 1 In Concert series, taken from an "off-air" recording. One of Trapeze's major strongholds was Texas, so it's no surprise that this collection is completed with a track recorded in Dallas in 1972, plus a whole show from Houston the same year. Recorded at Decca Studios and Island Studios in London, their third album was produced by Neil Slaven, with it's release preceded by the 'Coast to Coast' single. The album includes a number of notable guests, including B. J. Cole on steel guitar for 'Keepin' Time' and 'Coast to Coast,' plus Rod Argent on electric piano for 'Coast to Coast' and piano on 'Feelin' So Much Better Now.' Glenn Hughes would leave Trapeze to join Deep Purple in 1973, leaving Mel Galley and Dave Holland to soldier on for the remainder of the 1970s, periodically reforming this classic three-piece line-up. As well as a reproducing rare and original memorabilia from the band's archives, the collection includes extensive liner notes by Malcolm Dome based on interviews with Glenn Hughes, manager Tony Perry, producer Neil Slaven, Tom Galley and Rod Argent.
Gazpacho/Fireworker ....CD $16.99
2020 release. Gazpacho has reigned as the kings of atmospheric and affective art rock, no small feat, as the subgenre is full of wonderfully moody, ornate, and emotional artists; yet, none of them manage to achieve the same level of exquisite baroque resonance and hypnotically introspective weight as this Norwegian sextet. Conceptually, the album follows the band's tradition of blending grand philosophical quandaries, stimulating literary leanings, and haunting personal turmoil. Like Night, Fireworker is a single "trip" broken into five chapters but meant to be appreciated all at once.
Apple/An Apple a Day [Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
They made one of the rarest albums of the psychedelic era (a copy recently sold on eBay for just under £4,000), while their two singles included one of the genre's most enduring surrender-to-the-void creations in the much-compiled 'The Otherside.' Nevertheless, so little information has ever surfaced about Apple that UK underground rock guide book Galactic Ramble described them as "probably the only legendary UK psych band still shrouded in mystery." Finally, however, we have some kind of closure with this first-ever band-approved reissue of "An Apple a Day," which also includes mono mixes of their aforementioned brace of single releases. More than half-a-century after they split, band leader Jeff Harrad spills the beans for the first time on their murky genesis in Cardiff, from their pre-Apple days on the local beat/R&B scene to the band's brief relocation to London and brushes with guitarist Caleb 'Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad' Quaye and Kinks/Troggs manager Larry Page, who signed them to his Page One label. Apart from the singles, "An Apple a Day" featured such psych-pop gems as 'Queen of Hearts Blues,' 'Mr. Jones' and 'Photograph,' whose combination of brass/orchestral arrangements and Alice in Wonderland-style lyrical surrealism conjured up images of Syd Barrett fronting The Kinks. With a new essay on the band that includes numerous quotes from Harrad, rare band photos and re-mastered sound quality, this new digipak edition of "An Apple a Day" is the definitive release of a classic, much-loved late Sixties UK psychedelic pop period piece.
Various Artists/Looking through a Glass Onion: Beatles Psychedelic Songbook 1966-1972 ....import 3 CD Set $28.99
A 3-CD set, "Looking through a Glass Onion" assembles these disparate strands into one cohesive package, with the studio day trippers, the cultural pranksters, the genre-benders, the folk club stalwarts and the hair-down-to-his-knees prog-rock brigade all grooving up slowly to the starting line. Though largely forgotten now, Liverpool quartet The Beatles were the toppermost of the poppermost in the Sixties, responsible for some of the biggest-selling singles of all time and a series of ground-breaking albums that dictated musical trends until their next LP emerged. With those albums containing numerous potential hit singles, it was inevitable that producers and groups would wait impatiently for the latest Beatles LP to land in order to rush into the studio and clone a track with the aim of scoring a cheap hit single. That process continued unabated for the rest of the band's career, but the results became more interesting with the arrival of the psychedelic and progressive era, when rock started to take itself more seriously and a more self-respecting, artistic approach was called for. Suddenly the cheap imitations were joined by more adventurous interpretations of Beatles material, including some startling re-imaginings of songs that dated back to the salad days of the Lennon/McCartney writing partnership, with early efforts like 'Every Little Thing' and 'You Can't Do That' given radical treatments to reflect the changing musical times. The result is the proverbial Magical Mystery Tour, a Fab Four parallel universe, a Looking-Glass world in which 'Strawberry Fields Forever' can be an Elizabethan garden party madrigal or a churning slice of Fudged-up sludge, where a spaced-out Duffy Power takes the lyrics of 'Fixing a Hole' perhaps a little too literally, 'Penny Lane' becomes avant-garde easy listening, the likes of Nick Lowe, Alex Harvey and Ritchie Blackmore try out early identities, and the Walrus was Lol. Containing nearly four hours of music and a 40-page booklet, "Looking through a Glass Onion" features 68 tracks from various UK acts, with tons of memorabilia and rare photos as well as the usual verbose smartarse annotation shamelessly passed off as informed musical commentary. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Well, almost all.
Syd Barrett/Barrett (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve)
....Japanese import CD $41.99
Syd Barrett/An Introduction To Syd Barrett (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $41.99
Syd Barrett/Madcap Laughs (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $41.99
Syd Barrett/Opel (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $41.99
David Bowie/Images 1966-1967 (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $39.99
Camel/Chameleon: The Best Of Camel (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $39.99
Can/Future Days (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/O.S.T.S (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Out Of Reach (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Rite Time (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Unlimited Edition (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Fairport Convention/History Of Fairport Convention (UHQCD-MQA) ....Japanese import CD $54.99
Free/The Free Story (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import 2 CD Set $54.99
David Gilmour/About Face (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $41.99
David Gilmour/David Gilmour (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $41.99
David Gilmour/Live at Pompeii (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import 2 CD Set $75.99
David Gilmour/Live in Gdansk (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import 2 CD Set $75.99
David Gilmour/On An Island (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $41.99
David Gilmour/Rattle That Lock (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $41.99
John Mayall/Looking Back (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $39.99
Jon Anderson/1000 Hands [Chapter One] ....CD $15.99
1000 Hands: Chapter One is the fifteenth studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician Jon Anderson. The album originates from sessions for a project to have been called Uzlot (a northern English pronunciation of "us lot") that Anderson had been recording in Big Bear, California, with Brian Chatton in around 1990. Chatton wrote most of the music, played keyboards and also sang. Anderson asked his then Yes bandmates Chris Squire and Alan White to play on the project too. At the time, Yes were preparing for a tour and Anderson put the master tapes in his garage and, as he has recounted, gave them very little thought for many years. In 2016, producer Michael Franklin contacted Anderson about using the tapes and finishing an album. Further recordings followed at Solar Studios in Orlando, Florida. Along with some newly written material, the final result is 1000 Hands. As the album title suggests, the album was created with a number of guest performers, including Steve Howe, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice, Rick Derringer, the Tower of Power horn section, violinists Jean-Luc Ponty, Jerry Goodman and Robby Steinhardt of Kansas, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Stuart Hamm, Billy Cobham and many more!
Anekdoten/From Within ....CD $14.99
The third album from the Swedish progressive rock band Anekdoten, recorded and mixed on analogue tape at the famous Atlantis Grammofon (formerly Metronome Studio) in Stockholm, home to many classic ABBA albums. Predecessor 'Nucleus' was a heavy album, with only a little relief from it's stridency. In comparison, 'From Within' is an album of light and shade.'From Within' will be released in a digipack with 8-page booklet and was remastered in 2020 by Hans Fredriksson.
Anekdoten/Nucleus ....CD $14.99
The 1995 second album from the Swedish progressive rock band Anekdoten, following 1993's debut 'Vemod' (a classic in the underground scene, blending the progressive attack and symphonic darkness of King Crimson with the sensibility and beauty of Nordic songwriting). Nothing about the perhaps naive 'Vemod' could have prepared the listener for the shocking verification that came with 'Nucleus.' Over those two years, the quartet's artistic voices had been brought to perfection, resulting in an album that simply cannot be compared to any other record. It's sheer power, originality, excessive cravings, mayhem, complexity, elegy, intelligent chord-and time-changes, variety and weird tonality mark the first point in history where Anekdoten present themselves as a unique entity. 'Nucleus' is like a musical painting of The Beauty and the Beast. The mixture of brutal, dissonant riffs and fragile, extraordinary melody-lines is a work of genius. State-of-the-art rock does not get any better than this.'Nucleus' will be released in a digipak with 8-page booklet and was remastered in 2020 by Hans Fredriksson
Anekdoten/A Time of Day ....import CD $14.99
A Time of Day is the 2017 fifth album from the Swedish progressive rock band Anekdoten. Recorded at Rommaro studio in the Swedish archipelago in the November 2006, the band was aiming for more complex and richer song writing than before. Most of the songs were demoed and arranged well before the recording session which used vintage organs and synths to expand the sounds. The late Gunnar Bergsten, famous for playing on Bo Hansson's 'Lord of the Rings' album, played flute on '30 Pieces,' musically considered one the highlights in Anekdoten's career. The band had to mix the album in a studio they were not used to and were never happy with the overall sound. Main man Nicklas Barker says, "We have re-mastered it twice (in 2007 and 2012), but still not with the result we wanted. With this mastering by Hans Fredriksson in January 2020 we finally feel that the greatness of this album revealed." This CD re-issue contains 5 bonus tracks of demos recorded more-or-less live in the spring of 2006 at Anekdoten's studio Sisu Sound. 'In for a Ride,' 'King Oblivion' and 'Stardust and Sand' were lost for many years but found on a hard drive by Nicklas while cleaning out a closet in 2019, then he restored and mixed them in November 2019. The demos for 'Prince of the Ocean' and '30 Pieces' were previously released on the Kscope compilation 'Chapters.' Nicklas believes some of the demos outclass the studio versions.
Brian Auger/Introspection ....3 CD Box Set $29.99
3 CDS / 35 Songs / 18 Previously Unreleased Performances. The Beastie Boys when describing Brian Auger said it best; 'Those who remain oblivious to the obvious delights of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express do so at their own risk!' The legendary Brian Auger has returned with this 3 disc 50 year career retrospective. Since the early '60s Auger has proven to be a restless, wandering musical spirit, and this collection is the proof in the pudding that his enormous talent and vision have warranted - and continue to warrant - his participation in multiple genres as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, and arranger who has successfully and effortlessly blurred the lines between jazz, blues, R&B, funk, soul, fusion, and rock. His voice is clearly recognizable to his millions of fans. With over 20 albums to his name, Brian Auger has accumulated Grammy Nominations, 10 albums charting in Billboards Hot 100, a #1 single, and the title of 'The Godfather of Acid Jazz.' Brian's bands over the years have featured Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll and even Jimi Hendrix. In addition, Brian has recorded with great luminaries as The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Eric Burdon, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney and more. Introspection is an indispensable compendium for the collector and a welcomed introduction for the novice. This is the Auger collection everyone needs to own.
Bad Company/Unplugged at the Hall of Fame ....CD $15.99
By 1998 Paul Rodgers he had re-joined Bad Company and the original group went back out on tour for a 32-date US tour in 1999, which included a live acoustic set they performed at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame on 21st July. Bad Company put on a marvellous show, performing eight of their classic numbers in an acoustic setting, which display just how strong and timeless Bad Co's music remains.
Colin Bass & Daniel Biro/Still ....import CD $21.99
Still - a collaborative project between Colin Bass (Camel) and ambient composer Daniel Biro - is a collection of meditative songs that range from intimate personal stories to global human topics. Bass sings over evocative instrumental soundscapes created by a fusion of his melodic bass lines and Biro's layered Rhodes electric piano and analogue synth arrangements. Finnish acoustic guitarist Joonas Widenius plays on two tracks. An album of quiet emotions and nostalgic reflection.
The Bears/Live at the Club Cafe ....DVD NTSC region 0 $24.99
Available again, but only for a very short time and in very limited quantities! The Bears recorded this DVD live at Club Cafe, an intimate and wired nightclub located in Pittsburgh, PA. Members of The Bears (Adrian Belew, Rob Fetters, Chris Arduser and Bob Nsywonger) chose Club Cafe during their sold-out Car Caught Fire tour as the venue of choice to record the band's first live DVD. Songs from the DVD include many of their fans favorite songs from the CD Car Caught Fire as well as their first two releases Rise and Shine and The Bears. The DVD also features a cover of King Crimsons 'Red.' The DVD features over 90 minutes of live concert footage in 5.1 Dolby surround sound, as well as intimate interviews with each member of the band talking about their history and song writing. Fans will also enjoy a special private tour of Adrian Belew's recording studio Studio Belew, located in Nashville. In total, the DVD contains over 3 hours of concert and interview footage that will provide high quality entertainment value for Bear fans and rock fans alike.
Blue Oyster Cult/IHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012
....CD + DVD $18.99
Blue Oyster Cult/IHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012 ....Blu-Ray $18.99
Blue Oyster Cult's performance at iHeart Radio Theater in New York City took place on December 17, 2012 in an intimate setting for a lucky audience of 200 fans. This special show was arranged in celebration of the band's 40th Anniversary and the release of a then new boxset, "The Columbia Albums Collection." Recorded by an army of cameramen for a special webcast, the performance is now being commercially released on CD/DVD & Blu-Ray.
Tim Bowness/Late Night Laments [Limited Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $26.99
A collection of lush, atmospheric songs with a wide lyrical scope, Late Night Laments is the most intimate yet universal of Tim Bowness's solo releases. Mixed by his long-term No-Man partner Steven Wilson and mastered by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout), exceptional performances come from an impressive cast of supporting musicians including Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin, Kavus Torabi, Melanie Woods, Tom Atherton and Evan Carson. The bonus disc on the CD edition features five unreleased pieces, four from the LNL sessions and one - featuring Peter Hammill and Adam Holzman - a Flowers at the Scene outtake. Co-produced by Bowness and Brian Hulse.
Brand X/Livevox [The Official Bootleg] ....import 6 CD Set $89.99
Japanese six-disc set features 2020 DSD mastering. This collection brings together six concerts performed during the classic era of Brand X from 1976 to 1979. These concerts include Ronnie Scott's in London in September 1976; Park West in Chicago, IL on November 11, 1978; Glass Onion in Rochester, NY on 28th 1977 (1st and 2nd sets); The Old Waldorf Theatre in San Francisco on 28th November, 1977; Karen Club in Gothenburg, Sweden on 20th August, 1978; and The Roxy Theatre on 23rd September, 1979.
The British Invasion: 5 Documentary Collection ....3 DVD Set $17.99
This comprehensive documentary series chronicles the exhilarating musical journey affectionately known as The British Invasion. Includes five documentaries on three DVDs covering The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and more. Total run time 712 minutes.
Bill Bruford/Gradually Going Tornado + The Bruford Tapes ....import double CD $19.99
A double CD set including the 1980 studio release Gradually Going Tornado and the 1979 live outing The Bruford Tapes. Featuring a line-up of Bill Bruford, John Clark, Dave Stewart and Jeff Berlin. This definitive re-release is on Bruford's own Winterfold Records and was overseen personally by Bill.
Bill Bruford/Live at the Venue + 4th Album Rehearsal Sessions ....import double CD$19.99
Bill Bruford is the original drummer in Yes and was a long term member of King Crimson. The band Bruford achieved critical acclaim and commercial success at the time and the band's catalogue has enjoyed longevity in the rock genre. The line-up on the album is: Bill Bruford, John Clark, Dave Stewart and Jeff Berlin. This release includes two CDs housed in a replica gatefold sleeve and has been approved by Bill Bruford. Both of these discs were previously only available in the "Seems Like a Lifetime Ago" box set and see their first release outside of the box here. This definitive re-release is on Bruford's own Winterfold Records and was overseen personally by Bill Bruford.
Joe Bouchard/Strange Legends ....CD $16.99
Joe Bouchard is best known as one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult. The original band sold millions of albums and has earned Joe nine Gold and two Platinum albums. As a songwriter, he wrote many BOC songs including the very popular "Astronomy" which was covered by Metallica on their 1998's release Garage Inc and the live staple "Hot Rails to Hell," which was the second BOC single released by Columbia Records. Today when not writing and recording in his home studio, he performs with several bands. His latest group, Blue Coupe, is a superstar combo which features his brother Albert Bouchard, also a founding member of BOC, and Dennis Dunaway, a founder of the Alice Cooper Group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Strange Legends features Mickey Curry (Bryan Adams, Hall and Oates, Alice Cooper) on drums, with stand out tracks like "Forget About Love," "She's a Legend" and the cover of The Kinks 1964 hit "All Day and All of the Night."
Colosseum/Live 71 Canterbury Brighton ....import 2 CD Set $32.99
Two CD set. Includes 20-page booklet with liner notes by Chris Welch and interview excerpts with Dave Greenslade. Colosseum was one of the most exciting British rock bands of the '70s and while they made fine studio albums, notably the classic Those Who Are About to Die (1969), it was on the road, playing night after night to devoted fans, that the group led by master drummer Jon Hiseman really came - alive! Mercifully, thanks to skilled recording engineers, many of their best shows were captured on tape. This superb collection of live performances reveals Colosseum blasting at full strength and with extraordinary power and passion. This set is packed with alternative versions of many of their most iconic songs and arrangements. Thanks to this treasure house of high quality recordings, professionally restored by digital craftsman Eroc, the band comes alive and kicking for us to enjoy 50 years later.
Colosseum/Live at Ruisrock Festival Turku Finland 1970 ....import CD $24.99
First time officially released on CD. Restored and remastered by Eroc. Total playing time 50.32. 12-page booklet. Liner Notes by Chris Welch. One of the biggest festivals to welcome Colosseum to it's site in a national park on the picturesque island of Ruissalo. The band had been refreshed by personnel changes; Dave 'Clem' Clempson had arrived on lead guitar and vocals, while Mark Clarke took over from Tony Reeves as bass guitarist and added his vocals. Keyboardist Dave Greenslade's memories are included in extensive liner notes along with details of all the songs and performances, notably a rousing 'Rope Ladder to the Moon,' 'The Machine Demands a Sacrifice' complete with Jon Hiseman drum solo, Clem's vocals unveiled on 'Down Hill and Shadows,' 'Lost Angeles' and an explosive 'Walking in the Park.'
Colosseum/Live at the Boston Tea Party 1969 ....import CD $24.99
First official CD release. Restored and remastered by EROC. Total playing time 48. 84, 16-page booklet, Liner notes by Chris Welch, Colosseum roar into action with all the power and confidence of a young British band, determined to make an impact on America, the home of rock'n'roll. These historic recordings capture the group, led by drummer Jon Hiseman, performing at the Boston Tea Party, one of the most important rock venues on the East Coast. It was 13 August, 1969 when Colosseum performed a wide range of exciting material, including 'Butty's Blues' featuring their 19 year-old lead guitarist James Litherland and 'The Valentyne Suite,' a major work by keyboardist and composer Dave Greenslade.
Dave Cousins & The Blue Angel Orchestra/The Boy in the Sailor Suit [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of the 2007 solo album by Strawbs founder Dave Cousins. The Boy in the Sailor Suit was Cousins' second solo album, appearing thirty-five years after his first solo outing Two Weeks Last Summer. The album was a fine collection of personal songs and was produced by Chris Tsangarides. For the recording sessions Dave Cousins assembled a fine cast of musicians; Miller Anderson (guitar), Chas Cronk (bass), Ian Cutler (fiddle) and Chris Hunt (drums) with guests Chris Ball (piano), Tony Attwood (organ) and Elizabeth & Francis Tophill (vocal harmonies). The ensemble was to be known as The Blue Angel Orchestra (a reference to the epic track on Cousins' first solo album). Following a few days rehearsal in Teddington, the album was recorded and mixed in just a week at Chris Tsangarides' studio in Kent, with most tracks recorded live, giving the album a fine spontaneity. The finished album was widely praised upon its release by both Strawbs fans and critics. Unavailable for some years, The Boy in the Sailor Suit has been newly re-mastered and expanded to include three bonus tracks featuring live performances of songs from the album, recorded in the USA in 2008 and in the UK in 2009. This release features the original artwork and booklet liner notes by Dave Cousins.
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)
Miles Davis/The Lost Septet ....2 CD Set $18.99
Two CD set. The company that brought you the #1 jazz album 'Miles Davis: The Lost Quintet' is delighted to release this follow up album; the second in an amazing trilogy. "If you are going to change your music, you gotta change your band," Miles Davis said. And he never stood still. The incredible seven-piece band, The Lost Septet, never recorded in the studio but we are lucky that they did a European tour in October / November 1971. This double album captures one of the best performances on that tour, only previously broadcast on radio, at the Wiener Konzerthaus, in Vienna on 5th November. The line-up for this incredible show features: Miles Davis - trumpet, Gary Bartz - soprano & alto sax, Keith Jarrett - electric piano, organ, Michael Henderson - electric bass, Ndugu Leon Chancler - drums, Charles Don Alias - percussion, James Mtume Foreman - percussion. Miles Davis' last recording in the studio was the Jack Johnston album although he was still going through more changes in music, slowly moving on to more of a rock sound than jazz (his friendship with Jimi Hendrix was a big infuence). "We were as intense as any rock band and just as loud," remembers Gary Bartz. Miles showcased music on this tour from various albums such as In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew also Jack Johnston and also Live Evil. The Lost Septet were informed by this increasingly rock background and Miles himself was playing with a wah-wah pedal, which made him sound more like a guitar. In the older days, Miles Davis played in the middle register, but now with The Lost Septet he produced more high notes, and his playing style and that of the band would reflect that new style delivery. Unmissable.
Deep Purple/Whoosh! ....CD $14.99
Deep Purple/Whoosh! [Deluxe] ....CD + DVD $24.99
Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey continue to extend the scope of hard rock on Whoosh!, which sees Deep Purple joining forces with legendary producer Bob Ezrin for the third time. "Deep Purple is putting the Deep back into Purple," was the half-joking motto in the studio after the first songs made it clear that Ezrin and Purple were on their way to creating an album pushing the boundaries of time, while voicing their resentment about the current state of the world.
Dennis DeYoung/26 East Vol. 1 ....CD $14.99
Brand new studio album from former Styx frontman, Dennise DeYoung. Features a guest appearance from Julian Lennon on the track 'To The Good Old Days.' Styx founding member Dennis DeYoung is back with a new original solo album, "26 East, Vol. 1." "26 East" was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, IL on the far south side of Chicago. This is where the band was formed in his basement in 1962. Across the street lived the Panozzo twins, John and Chuck, who along with DeYoung would go on to form the nucleus of Styx. The cover artwork features three locomotives traveling through space, representing the original members leaving Chicago on their journey to the stars. "This was supposed to be my final album but there were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one," DeYoung states. "This is Volume 1, which sounds pretentious to me, but the marketing folks wanted you to know there are going to be two of them, so hey kids, there are two of them; this is Volume 1." DeYoung describes 'East Of Midnight' as a song about how late night radio changed our lives as the music transported us to a world bigger than the one we knew." The process that brought forth the album beginning in the first place started when Jim Peterik, a fellow Chicagoan and nearby neighbor, sent a song to Dennis. "If not for Jim Peterik's encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music," says DeYoung. "He once told me the world needed my music; to which I replied 'have the world text me for verification.' We collaborated from the get go, happily and seamlessly and at this time we have written 9 songs together of which five will be on Volume 1. Just two Chicago guys doing what they do best, making music and having a laugh." In support of the release of "26 East," DeYoung will tour heavily throughout 2020.
Nick D'Virgilio/Invisible ....import CD $18.99
Coming almost two decades after his debut solo offering, Invisible is the second solo album by drummer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nick D'Virgilio (Big Big Train/Spock's Beard/Genesis etc). A concept album about 'finding meaning,' the recording process was split between the legendary Abbey Road Studios (including full string and brass sections) and Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Invisible boasts star turns from luminaries such as guitarists Paul Gilbert, Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), bassists Tony Levin and Jonas Reingold, plus keyboard players Jordan Rudess and Jem Godfrey. NDV describes his new record as, "A collection of songs that make up the story of a man who is unhappy with where his life has ended up. He finally decides to take the scary step of leaving everything behind so he can go and find the meaning of his life." He continues: "Throughout my career I have been in many different places. Over time the word 'invisible' kept coming to mind and it got me thinking of people that truly have the hardest jobs in the world, or no job at all. The outliers. The ones we all take for granted. The ones we will never know but if they were not there then our lives would not be the nearly the same. Over time I amassed lyric and song ideas with the idea of writing a concept record on the subject." Keen to establish that "this is not your typical drummer record," NDV states that "Invisible is a rock album with various musical flavours thrown in because the songs were formed with the story in mind. A classical prelude that uses various themes from the whole piece sets the stage. From there comes a mellow ballad outlining the story and then it is on to the adventures of the central character. The main thing making this record did for me was to reaffirm my strong belief that we are all here for something. We all have a purpose."
Judy Dyble/Weavings of a Silver Magic ....import CD $20.99
The original female voice of Fairport Convention and subsequently part of Giles, Giles and Fripp and Trader Horne, Dyble retired from the music business in 1973. However, following a handful of live festival appearances, she returned to recording with a double A-side single in March 2008, followed by her solo debut album, Talking with Strangers, in August 2009. Featuring, among others Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Julianne Regan, Simon Nicol and Jacqui McShee alongside co-writer Alistair Murphy on acoustic guitar and piano, bassist Mark Fletcher and guitarist Jeremy Salmon, the latter three comprising the core of her band of the last ten years, 'The Perfect Strangers,' appearing on her three solo albums (but not Summer Dancing, a 2017 electronica collaboration with Andy Lewis). They again join her here now on Weavings of a Silver Magic, her second live album, recorded at St. Barnabas Church in Cambridge in September 2016 and featuring the Ad Hoc Strings quintet, keyboards and cajon. Save for one number, the material's all drawn from 2013's Flow and Change and Earth is Sleeping, her most recent, from 2018. Weavings of a Silver Magic ends with the aforementioned exception, a six-minute arrangement on 'I Talk to the Wind,' the dreamy song, and an evocation of early Fairport, she recorded both as a demo with Giles, Giles and Fripp, which eventually surfaced on the 2002 reissue of their 1968 Brondesbury Tapes, and, in a more uptempo version with King Crimson on the 1976 compilation A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson. Pure magic throughout- silver, gold and platinum.
Bob Dylan/Rough and Rowdy Ways ....CD $16.99
'Rough and Rowdy Ways' is Bob Dylan's first album of original material in 8 years and his first since becoming the only songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 2016. It's 10 tracks include the three new songs released this spring: the album's lead-off track, "I Contain Multitudes," the nearly 17-minute epic "Murder Most Foul" and "False Prophet."
Elbow/Live at the Ritz - An Acoustic Performance ....import CD $15.99
Recorded in 2019, Live at the Ritz marked a homecoming for Elbow as the band played acoustic versions of songs from their extensive back catalogue at the venue the band that saw the 2001 launch of debut release Asleep at the Back.
Brian Eno & John Cale/Wrong Way Up [30th Anniversary
Edition] ....CD $16.99
Brian Eno & John Cale/Wrong Way Up [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....CD $19.99
30th anniversary reissue of the historic coming together of two icons of leftfield music. Having both started their careers as creative forces in seminal bands (Eno's unique synthesizer treatments in Roxy Music and Cale's viola and bass contributions to the Velvet Underground), they've appeared as guest musicians on each other's records as far back as 1974, the year in which they also made a historic live album with Nico and Kevin Ayers at the Rainbow Theatre in London. They remained friends, and the year prior to Wrong Way Up, Eno produced Cale's Words for the Dying album. This paved the way for the pair to write and record an album together, notably the first time Eno had delivered a collection of song-based recordings since Before and After Science in 1977. The resulting album is a triumph for both artists, containing the singles 'Spinning Away' and 'Been there Done That.' Both CD versions include two bonus tracks and booklet containing a 1990 interview with Eno about the making of the album. Deluxe edition is a limited edition run in a casebound package.
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble/Spinner [25th Anniversary Edition]
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble/Spinner [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....CD $19.99
25th anniversary reissue of this unique coming together of Brian Eno and ex-Public Image Limited bass player Jah Wobble, also featuring Jaki Liebezeit from Can on drums. Starting life as the soundtrack to Derek Jarman's Glitterbug, Eno passed stereo mixes of the film cues to Wobble who embellished and built upon them to construct the Spinner tracks. The resulting fusion combines icy ambience with a kind of psychogeographical funk. Contains two bonus tracks plus booklet with sleeve notes from both artists. The Deluxe Edition includes a limited casebound package, two bonus tracks and booklet containing a 1990 interview with Eno about the making of the album.
Foghat/Boogie Motel ....import CD $14.99
Foghat is synonymous with the '70s. The blues rockin' and boogie band from England built their reputation in the states throughout the dazed and confused decade as a no-frills, hard workin' group. Foghat was never going to appeal to the critics, as the group, like Grand Funk Railroad, was a people's band. This mega-voltage record has an Overture entitled "Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed" that sets the tone and is the albums first hit-single. "Third Time Lucky" was the follow-up hit-single. "Paradise Alley" brings out the acoustic guitars and the lonesome slide guitar. Foghat's boogie can be fast or slow, but it will move you either way.
Edgar Froese/Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure ....import Book $64.99
Edgar Froese, composer, musician, artist and notable pioneer in the area of electronic music, looks back over many years of music history and the band that had a major influence on his life: Tangerine Dream. The will to unconditionally revolutionize sound itself correlated inescapably with the awakening of the new, leaving the stench of the1950s behind and creating a completely new consciousness for the post-war generation. Told totally in the style of the spirit of the '60s, the reader becomes magically immersed in an unsettling but fascinating universe, marked among other things, encounters and collaborations with the greats from the worlds of art, film and music - names like Salvador Dalí, Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Jim Rakete - to name but a few. Concert tours as the first band from the West ever to journey through the former GDR and Poland during the dark days of the Iron Curtain are spiked with countless entertaining anecdotes. In the 1980's, young and ambitious Hollywood directors found Tangerine Dream to be the perfect scoring partners for their new movies. Edgars Froese's autobiography "Force Majeure" is an authentic compendium of contemporary history; the book contains many unpublished photographs, as well as the thoughts and ideas of fellow musicians, friends and fans, all rounding off this unique and new literary composition.
Peter Gabriel/Rated PG ....CD $14.99
Originally compiled for a limited edition picture disc LP release for RSD 2019, Rated
PG is a collection of Peter Gabriel songs that have been used in films. Including
the beautiful That'll Do, Everybird and more. Having always loved the combination of
film and music (aged 17 he gave up a place at film school to pursue a career in music),
Peter Gabriel's first opportunity to really marry these twin interests came when he was
asked to create the music for Alan Parker's film Birdy in 1985. Further film work,
including his music for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (that became the
album Passion) and the soundtrack to Philip Noyce's film Rabbit-Proof Fence (released as
the album 'Long Walk Home'), has continued to feed that interest. Rated PG is an
opportunity to bring together in one place a selection of PG songs used in movies.
1. That'll Do - from the film Babe 2: Pig in the City.
2. Down to Earth - from the film Wall-E.
3. This Is Party Man - from the film Virtuosity.
4. The Book of Love - from the film Shall We Dance?
5. Taboo - from the film Natural Born Killers, feat. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
6. Everybird - from the film Birds Like Us.
7. Walk Through The Fire - from the film Against All Odds.
8. Speak (Bol) - from the film The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
9. Nocturnal - from the film Les Morsures de l'Aube.
10. In Your Eyes - from the film Say Anything.
Jerry Garcia & John Kahn/GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz ....CD $14.99
GarciaLive Volume 14 showcases a buoyant acoustic performance from Jerry Garcia and longtime friend/bassist John Kahn during the middle of a rare duo tour. Recorded on January 27, 1986 at The Ritz in New York City, Garcia and Kahn deliver two exquisite sets featuring Grateful Dead favorites ("Ripple," "Friend of the Devil," "Dire Wolf," and "Bird Song," among others), spirited takes on Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "Simple Twist of Fate," and more from Garcia's songbook.
Harald Grosskopf/Synthesist [40th Anniversary Limited Edition] ....2 CD Set $22.99
Synthesist by Harald Grosskopf is a classic German electronic music milestone originally released in 1980. The former Ashra drummer had his brain blown by LSD and started to venture further and further into electronic territories until he recorded this album completely on his own. It is comparable to fellow explorers Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze and has been re-pressed in this 40th Anniversary Edition which includes a second disc of interpretations by the likes of Steve Baltes, Thorsten Quaeschning,Paul Frick, Keidler, Pyrolator, Love-Songs, Stefan Lewin, Camera andTellavision. This edition is limited to 500 copies!
The Groundhogs/Split ....CD $15.99
The second of three ground-breaking albums by the ultimate power trio who morphed blues into hard rock. A much-loved opus with a side-long concept piece. A bona fide inspirational rock classic. 'Tony McPhee has turned to anarchic paranoid battlegrounds of the mind for inspiration,' Melody Maker. And a second side that delivers the mighty 'Cherry Red,' McPhee's take on The Beatles' 'A Day In the Life,' a sideswipe at junk food and a glorious interpretation of John Lee Hooker's 'Groundhogs Blues.' 'Both musically and lyrically, 'Split' speaks for a lost time, a nomad time when ideals took to the hoof and musicians stayed on the road rather than confront the fact that the '60s 'war' had been lost.' Julian Cope 'Supercharged, fractured and raging.' MOJO. Remastered and packaged with out-takes from the original sessions that spawned this spontaneous monster.
Steve Hackett/Live Rails ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
In terms of playing and performance, there should be no doubt that Steve Hackett is an incredible guitarist, both on stage and off. This live album treats you to experience some of Hackett's most fabulous compositions reaching back from the Genesis days up to the present. The combination of Hackett's solo and Genesis material works wonderfully. He is backed by an extremely talented group, many of whom have honed their skills with Hackett for a few years. Drummer Gary O'Toole handles the vocals on the Genesis tracks "Blood on the Rooftops," "Firth of Fifth" and "Broadway Melody" and keyboardist Roger King continues his role as Steve Hackett's right hand man. This album shows the work of an exceptional musician and fabulous guitarist.
Allan Holdsworth/Frankfurt '86 ....CD + DVD $18.99
Manifesto Records is proud to announce the CD/DVD release of Frankfurt '86, the third in a continuing series of classic Allan Holdsworth live performances. In this performance at the 1986 Deutsches Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, Germany, Allan Holdsworth is accompanied by Gary Husband on drums, Jimmy Johnson on bass and Kei Akagi on keyboards. Gary Husband also contributed some very personal liner notes to the package. The performance of Frankfurt '86 was beautifully recorded and filmed and was originally broadcast on German Television. The sound quality of the audio and picture quality of the video are both amazing and were digitally re-mastered from the original tapes.
Steve Howe/Love Is ....CD $14.99
To any rock music fan of the last 50 years, Steve Howe needs no introduction. Best known as the guitarist for progressive rock band Yes, he has enjoyed a prolific recording and performing career spanning five decades. In addition to his solo work, Steve has released more than 50 albums with bands such as Yes and Asia and guest appeared with the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lou Reed and Queen. Love Is is Howe's 17th solo record, comprising ten songs: five with current Yes singer, Jon Davison, singing harmonies and playing bass guitar and five instrumental tracks rotating through the running order. The instrumentals keep a highly progressive rock guitar style to the fore, with songs that explore stories of lives lived and lives only just beginning. 'Love Is a River' is the central track, with several textural shifts, featuring a theme played on 12 string and steel guitars. Steve's son, Dylan, features on drums. Many years in the making, Love Is offers a consistently strong and polished listening experience, forging the very best from the writing and playing throughout.
July/The Complete Recordings ....import 6 CD Box Set $44.99
Released by the Major Minor label in 1968, the self-titled July album has long been acknowledged by genre enthusiasts as one of the classic UK psychedelic one-shots, mixing the ambition and experimentation of "Sgt. Pepper" with a lo-fi charm and endearing garage band artlessness and one of the earliest appearances on record of Jon Field and Tony Duhig who went on to create Jade Warrior. It is also one of the most hotly-pursued artefacts of the British psychedelic era. Our definitive 6-CD overview of the band's activities includes newly-remastered versions of the album in both mono and stereo formats as well as the various single issues, including a completely different recording of album nugget 'The Way.' Disc Three contains "The Second of July," a collection of pre-album demos that appeared in the mid-Nineties to capitalise on the band's growing reputation as original copies of their LP began to sell for increasingly large sums of money. The remainder of the boxed set consists of more recent July recordings following their triumphant return to live work a few years ago. Disc Four is the aborted album "Temporal Anomaly," which was recorded circa 2010 but which gains a first-ever release, while Disc 5 is the appropriately-titled "Resurrection," which received a limited release in 2013. Disc Six comprises the latest July magnum opus, "The Wight Album," which has been pieced together over the last few years by Tom Newman and Peter Cook at Tom's recording studio on the Isle of Wight. Now finally completed, "The Wight Album" - described by Tom as "the greatest July album" - brings the July story bang up to date. Housed in a clamshell box, and with a 40-page booklet containing a 7000 word essay on the band featuring new quotes and some priceless period photos, The Complete Recordings is an epic look at the studio activities of one of the biggest cults to emerge from the original British psychedelic scene.
Kansas/The Absence of Presence ....CD $15.99
Kansas/The Absence of Presence [Deluxe Edition] ....CD + Blu-Ray $18.99
Kansas/The Absence of Presence [Limited Deluxe Artbook Edition] ....import CD + Blu-Ray $55.99
With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America's iconic classic rock bands. This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. The band is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams. With no signs of slowing down, Kansas continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world. The summer of 2020 marks the release of "The Absence of Presence," Kansas's sixteenth studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album, released by InsideOut Music, follows-up 2016's "The Prelude Implicit," which debuted at #14 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. The Deluxe Edition includes a Blu-Ray with a 5.1 mix of the entire album along with every track in Hi-Res Stereo.
Kaprekar's Constant/Meanwhile... ....import CD EP $12.99
Kaprekar's Constant, brainchild of childhood friends, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Al Nicholson and Nick Jefferson. Joined by legendary Van Der Graaf saxophonist David Jackson, Mike Westergaard, keyboards, vocals Dorie Jackson (Francis Dunnery), Bill Jefferson & Caravan drummer Mark Walker, their melodic epic arrangements already find favour with fans of Big Big Train and early Genesis.
Kraftwerk/Soest Live ....import CD $18.99
One of the most influential bands in the last five decades, Kraftwerk virtually established the blueprint, the source code even, for electronic music. Founded by classically trained musicians Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider-Esleban in Dusseldorf in 1970, the band has informed and inspired a diverse range of genres and artists including David Bowie, Bjork, Afrika Bambaataa, and Joy Division. This early live performance, in Soest, Germany in Winter 1970, broadcast on WDR-TV displays the band in superb form. Arguably, the future of electronic music, trance, techno, ambient - started right here.
Robby Krieger/The Ritual Begins at Sundown ....CD $16.99
The legendary guitarist and songwriter of The Doors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robby Krieger will be releasing his first solo album in 10 years, 'The Ritual Begins at Sundown.' The Doors weren't just one of the most iconic bands of their generation, but one of the most influential bands in rock history and Robby Krieger was responsible for writing some of their biggest hits in 'Light My Fire,' Love Me Two Times,' 'Touch Me' and 'Love Her Madly.' Krieger returns for his 9th solo album and his first since 2010s Grammy nominated 'Singularity,' and once again with his long time writing partner and co-producer Arthur Barrow. Barrow worked with Frank Zappa through the 1970s-80s as well as Giorgio Moroder, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross and Janet Jackson and worked on soundtracks for Top Gun and Scarface. The album also features other Zappa alumni Jock Ellis (Trombone), Sal Marquez (Trumpet), Chad Wackerman (Drums) and Tommy Mars (Keys) as well as AeB Bryne (Flute), Vince Denham (Sax), Chuck Manning (Sax) and Joel Taylor (Drums).
Michael Landau/Liquid Quartet Live ....CD $16.99
Michael Landau will be releasing his brand new album 'Liquid Quartet Live' via The Players Club, a division of the Mascot Label Group. The album was recorded live at the world-famous Baked Potato Jazz Club in Los Angeles in November last year with his Liquid Quartet line-up of drummer Abe Laboriel Jr (Paul McCartney), bassist Jimmy Johnson (Alan Holdsworth) and on guitar and vocals, David Frazee (Burning Water). The intimacy oozes through the record, from the soft chitter-chatter, to the whoops, cheers, and "yeah" delights of the crowd. It's almost as if you are transported to one of the tightly packed tables in the front of the stage, soft lighting above your head watching the quartet perform in front of the back wall that's adorned with gig posters. The setlist features outings of some brand new songs (Well Let's Just See, Can't Walk Away from It Now) as well as some inspired renditions from his back catalogue; from his previous studio album 'Rock Bottom,' and from Renegade Creation, the band he formed with Robben Ford, as well as two instrumentals to finish the night.
Nils Lofgren Band/Weathered ....2 CD Set $19.99
For the first time in over 15 years, with a full rock band of dear friends, Nils Lofgren hit the road with a new album, Blue with Lou, featuring songs co-written with Lou Reed. Every town, club, staff and audience played a part in these live recordings, inspiring the band every night. Audience and band alike sharing their souls, gifts, spirit and energy make for a fresh, new live sound for Nils. Features Nils Lofgren on vocals, guitars and keyboards, Tom Lofgren on vocals, guitars, keyboards and percussion, Kevin McCormick on bass guitar and vocals, Cindy Mizelle on vocals and percussion, and Andy Newmark on drums and groove. Featuring reworked classics from Nils' vast catalogue, new live recordings from his most recent studio album, and a few choice cover renditions, including Nils' brothers Mike and Mark addition on " Mind Your Own Business" and a tasty jam intro to "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," leading into his classic, "I Came to Dance."
Lonely Robot/Feelings Are Good ....import CD $25.99
John Mitchell (Frost, It Bites) returns with his new studio album Feelings Are Good, which marks a new chapter for Lonely Robot. Musically, Mitchell has retained his signature LR sound and further refined it within the context of lush modern prog and rock anthems that combine complex and accessible elements with powerful dynamics and strong songwriting. Craig Blundell features on drums.
Magenta/Masters of Illusion [Deluxe Edition] ....import CD + DVD Set $24.99
2020 release. Magenta follow up 2017's much-praised We Are Legend with the studio album Masters of Illusion. The 60-minute album consists of six songs, including the 17 minute title track. The album's theme is based around the lives of six famous horror actors of the 1950s and 1960s. Deluxe edition includes a DVD containing a 5.1 surround sound mix plus videos.
Paul McCartney/Flaming Pie [Remastered & Expanded]
....2 CD Set $19.99
Paul McCartney/Flaming Pie [Limited Deluxe Edition Remastered] ....5 CD + 2 DVD + Books Deluxe Boxed Set $249.99
Flaming Pie is the 13th release in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, personally supervised by McCartney and remastered at Abbey Road Studios. Originally released in 1997, the critically acclaimed & universally beloved solo album was produced by Paul, Jeff Lynne, and George Martin, featuring a supporting cast of family and friends including Ringo Starr, Steve Miller, Linda McCartney, and son James. Available here, the 2 CD features the original album remastered + 21 tracks of bonus audio. The numbered, limited seven-disc (5CD/2DVD) Deluxe Edition Box Set is comprised of the original album remastered at Abbey Road Studios, 32 bonus audio tracks including unheard home recordings and demos, alternative studio recordings, rough mixes and B-sides including selections from Oobu Joobu parts 1-6, Flaming Pie at the Mill CD (Paul's hour-long tour of his studio), video content including the In the World Tonight documentary, original music videos, EPKs, interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes material, a 128-page book containing previously unpublished images by Linda McCartney, expanded album artwork from the archives and the story behind the album written by Chris Heath - including track-by-track information, recipes and new interviews with Paul, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Steve Miller and key album personnel, studio notes, handwritten lyrics, the 1997 Flaming Pie issue of Club Sandwich, the official newspaper of the Paul McCartney Fanclub, downloadable 24bit 96kHz HD audio, and more. Numbered cloth wrapped clamshell box.
The Moody Blues/Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 ....import CD $17.99
In 1970 the Moody Blues were art their creative and commercial peak. After reinventing themselves from their R & B roots to a much more sophisticated sound, between 1967 and 1970 they released five albums, four of which hits top 5 in the UK, with two of them going #1. They enjoyed similar success in the US where four of their albums hit the top 20 and the other was just outside. At the end of August 1970, shortly after their release of their album 'A Question of Balance,' The Moody Blues took to the stage of the Isle of Wight Festival in front of an audience estimated at over 1/2 million. Tracks include: Gypsy, The Sunset, Tuesday Afternoon, Minstrel's Song, Never Comes the Day, Tortoise and the Hare, Question, Melancholy Man, Are You Sitting Comfortably, The Dream, Have You Heard (pt. 1 and 2), Nights in White Satin, Legend of a Mind, Ride My See Saw.
Morse Portnoy & George/Cov3r to Cov3r ....import CD
Morse Portnoy & George/Cover to Cover Anthology (Vol.1-3) ....import 3 CD Set $31.99
In the third instalment of the Cover to Cover series, the trio of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George cover the work of David Bowie, King Crimson, Ringo Starr, Gerry Rafferty, Lenny Kravitz, Squeeze and more. Including a rendition of No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed featuring Yes vocalist Jon Davidson on vocals. If you missed the first two releases in this series, don't despair! On their Cover To Cover series, the trio of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George covered songs from such greats as, Paul McCartney, King Crimson, Cream, The Who, Jethro Tull, Yes, Steely Dan, and many more. Cover To Cover Anthology (Vol.1-3) brings together remastered and resequenced music from 2003-2005, plus the brand new Cov3r To Cov3r. Limited 3CD in digipak with slipcase.
Mountain/Avalanche ....import CD $14.99
CD reissue. Avalanche is somewhat of an underrated gem. Leslie West's mean guitar tone prevails throughout the majority of the album, leading off with a cover of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," while adding a loose remake of "Satisfaction." And the free-wheelin' "You Better Believe It" serves as a proto stoner guitar workout, as the big man commands with a furious six string assault of distortion and fuzz, and cowbell fills augment the nearly-six-minute jamming cut. "Sister Justice" rolls behind a cool riff and a full-on '70s groove. With guitarist David Perry, Corky Laing on the drums and Felix Pappalardi on keys and bass guitar this is definitely the most consistent and hardest rocking Mountain album in their discography.
Nektar/Book of Days [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD Set $18.99
Special Deluxe Edition reissue of the 2008 album by prog rock icons Nektar! This reissue features a brand new remastering of the entire album plus a bonus disc of Nektar frontman Roye Albrighton's only solo album, The Follies of Rupert Treacle, which has also been digitally remastered! Packaged in a deluxe 6-panel digipak!
Anthony Phillips/The Living Room Concert [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of The Living Room Concert by original Genesis guitarist and celebrated solo artist and composer Anthony Phillips. Originally released in May 1995, the album featured highlights of a live solo performance by Anthony which was recorded on March 21st 1993 as part of the Living Room Concert Series for the US Radio programme Echoes, a daily programme of contemporary instrumental music. The show was broadcast on 120 public radio stations in America on 25th June 1993. For the performance Anthony selected a number of acoustic guitar and piano pieces for the performance, drawing mainly on tracks originally released on the albums The Geese and The Ghost, Private Parts and Pieces and A Catch at The Tables, along with two pieces from New England, the eighth volume in the Private Parts & Pieces series and a solo 12-string version of the first movement of a Guitar Quintet that he had composed in 1976, which had subsequently been scored with parts for strings and wind instruments; Conversation Piece. Unavailable on CD for many years, The Living Room concert has been remastered and expanded to include three previously unreleased tracks recorded for the original broadcast, Jaunty Roads, Let Us Now Make Love and Lucy: An Illusion. This Esoteric Recordings edition restores the original artwork and includes new liner notes by Anthony Phillips archivist Jon Dann.
Pretenders/Hate for Sale ....CD $15.99
Hate for Sale is the upcoming eleventh studio album by English-American rock band The Pretenders and is the first Pretenders album to be written collaboratively between Hynde and guitarist James Walbourne. Hynde said of writing with Walbourne for the first time: "I wanted to write with him since day one. James is especially sought after and has recorded with Jerry Lee Lewis, Dave Gahan and the Rails, to name but a few. We always planned on writing while on the road, but as anyone in a band will tell you, being on tour is a procrastinator's dream come true." Hate for Sale is the first Pretenders album since 2002's Loose Screw to feature original member Martin Chambers, who was absent on Break Up the Concrete and Alone.
The Psychedelic Furs/Made of Rain ....CD $14.99
The groundbreaking British band's eighth studio album and first new album in nearly three decades. Founded by visionary singer/lyricist Richard Butler and his brother, bassist Tim Butler, The Psychedelic Furs are among the most significant and lasting bands of the post-punk era, their remarkable canon encompassing seven milestone studio albums and such classic singles as We Love You, Sister Europe, Love My Way, The Ghost in You, Pretty in Pink, Heaven, Heartbreak Beat, and All that Money Wants, to name but a few. Made of Rain sees the band returning to the fray as relevant and original as ever before, fueled by their always innovative sonic approach and Richard Butler's evocative, masterful songwriting. Produced by longtime associate Richard Fortus and mixed by Tim Palmer, magnificent reiterations of The Psychedelic Furs distinct, desperate wall of sound, melding haunting melodies and driving rhythms with ambition, aggression, and subversive lyrical power.
Rainbow/Black Masquerade ....import CD $18.99
CD reissue. This 1995 concert for Germany's famous Rockpalast TV series, which was originally released in 2013, followed Ritchie Blackmore's departure from Deep Purple and the reformation of Rainbow with a new line-up. The band was in top form as they performed tracks from the highly acclaimed "Stranger in Us All" album alongside classic Rainbow and Deep Purple songs.
Keith Relf/All the Falling Angels - Solo Recordings & Collaborations 1965-1976 ....import CD $24.99
Repertoire Records proudly present All the Falling Angels, a collection of recordings featuring the late Keith Relf, former vocalist/guitarist with the Yardbirds and the original lineup of Renaissance. With his blond hair, dark sunglasses, and frail, moody vocal style, Keith Relf brought a mystique to the Yardbirds that was a huge element of their image and sound. That cool, cerebral, soulful approach continued with the music he made after the Yardbirds, all the way up until his tragic death in 1976 at the age of just 33. All the Falling Angels is a carefully selected collection of Keith's work as a solo artist and in collaboration with fellow Yardbird Jim McCarty and his sister Jane Relf (both of whom were also part of the original Renaissance lineup). It includes previously unreleased demos from Keith's personal tape archive, along with rare tracks by Together, the duo he formed with McCarty in 1968, his hard to find 1966 solo singles, and much more. 24 tracks total.
Steve Roach/A Soul Ascends ....CD $15.99
A Soul Ascends is a majestic, deeply moving sonic suspension drawn from the essence of Roach's visionary ambient/electronic music. A vast and intimate holding-the-space of heart-centered serenity and compassion, the album couples the body to the eternal flow of a vaporizing weightlessness - back to a divine nothingness, the Tabula Rasa where everything began. The expansive, lush timbral embrace has an undeniable connection to the DNA of Steve's classic-era Structures from Silence and Quiet Music releases. A sense of omnipresent dimension of tranquility and transcendence is the heart of A Soul Ascends.
Rolling Stones/Goats Head Soup ....CD $16.99
Rolling Stones/Goats Head Soup [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD Set $21.99
Rolling Stones/Goats Head Soup [Super Deluxe Box Set] ....3 CD + Blu-Ray Box Set $144.99
Goats Head Soup [2CD 2020 Deluxe Edition] - Another prized jewel in The Rolling Stones' unmatched catalogue is restored to it's full glory. Features the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session files. The 2020 Deluxe edition features three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All The Rage & Criss Cross. Goats Head Soup Super Deluxe box sets features 35 tracks on three CDs & one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). Included are the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session files, Rarities & Alternative mixes featuring three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All the Rage & Criss Cross. Also included is The Brussels Affair, recorded live at the Forest National Arena in October 1973. The 4 discs are housed in the boxset alongside a 120 page book with an incredible array of photos and 3 essays. 50 Years On - An Appreciation of Goats Head Soup by Ian McCann, Brussels Affair Live 1973 Tour by Nick Kent & The Story of the Cover Art by Daryl Easlea. The set is completed with 4 x 1973 reproduction tour posters, rolled up within the packaging to avoid creases. + Original Videos: Dancing with Mr D, Silver Train & Angie.
Todd Rundgren/Box O' Todd ....3 CD Set $19.99
Special limited edition collector's box featuring previously unreleased recordings from the early '70s by legendary guitarist/songwriter/producer, Todd Rundgren! This unique box features both stripped down solo performances by Rundgren as well as full band recordings with The Hello People, and includes some of Rundgren's most well-known songs including "Hello, It's Me," "I Saw The Light," "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" and many more! In addition to three full-length CDs, the box set comes with a full set of insightful liner notes by Dave Thompson, full color photos, a signature guitar pick, 3 collectible pins, and a backstage pass!
Rush/Permanent Waves [40th Anniversary] ....2 CD Set
Rush/Permanent Waves [40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + 3 LP + Book Box Set $179.99
2 CDs - Celebrating 40 years of Rush's Permanent Waves! The 2 CD Deluxe Edition includes a 28-page booklet of unreleased photos from the band's archive. Disc 1 includes the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remaster, available for the first time. Disc 2 is loaded with unreleased live tracks from various stops on the 1980 Permanent Waves World Tour. Permanent Waves is deemed as the poignant moment the band reinvented themselves and their sound. Features tracks like "The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill." The Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition includes: Deluxe Edition 3 LP 180 gram Vinyl, 2 CDs, Gatefold jacket, 40 -page hardcover book, Official Permanent Waves World Tour 1980 Program, The Words & Pictures Volume II - U.K. Tour Program, 3 Neil Peart Handwritten Lyric Sheet Lithos, 3 Band Member Backstage Laminates, Le Studio 20-page Notepad, Double-sided 24"x36" Poster.
Ray Russell/Fluid Architecture ....CD $16.99
Ray Russell: guitars and featuring Eric Baldwin: found sounds, sequential creativity, George Baldwin: bass, Chapman Stick, Chris Biscoe: tenor clarinet & soprano saxophone, Mo Foster: bass, Nic France: drums, Simon Phillips: drums, Ralph Salmins: drums, Jim Watson: keyboards. As part of an exploratory group of British 'jazz and beyond' musicians in the late 1960's, Ray Russell released a number of acclaimed and ultimately influential experimental albums; Dragon Hill, Rites & Rituals, Live at the I.C.A. and Secret Asylum. Based on the dates of these releases, he can claim to be, along with Sonny Sharrock, one of the earliest 'free' guitarists and his early work has been cited by today's noted experimentalists like Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke. Since then, Russell has enjoyed a freelance career composing award-winning TV soundtracks and working with artists ranging from Phil Collins to Gil Evans to Tina Turner to Andrew Lloyd Webber, but he remains a dedicated sonic explorer as well. "His lines are not so much melodic variation, or even Coltrane-like walls of sound. Instead it is like a Pollock painting mounted with guitar pickups, the sound of explosions. Russell makes it sound as if the guitar is not enough... " - Jim O'Rourke. ".. guitarists in particular should analyze carefully... excellent fretwork in the middle of a triangle whose corners are occupied by Jeff Beck, Phil Miller and Yo' Miles!" - Touching Extremes.".. the album is essentially an explosive, spellbinding, and well-rounded musical event, where many of the hard-edged works encompass eloquent plot developments and tuneful theme-building maneuvers." - All About Jazz
Savoy Brown/Ain't Done Yet ....CD $14.99
Legendary British Blues Rock band Savoy Brown let by founding member Kim Simmonds, announces the release of their exciting new album, "Aint Done Yet," on Quarto Valley Records. The new album follows Savoy Brown's critically acclaimed 2019 album, "City Night." "The new album continues the approach I've been taking with the band this past decade," says guitarist/singer/songwriter Kim Simmonds, who formed the band in 1965 in London, England, and is one of the longest running Blues Rock bands in existence. "The big difference with the new album is the multi-layer approach I took to recording the guitar parts. It's all blues-based rock music. I try to find new and progressive ways to write and play the music I've loved since I was a young teenager.
Irmin Schmidt/Nocturne (Live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) ....CD $15.99
Church bells and live piano meander through ambient. Can co-founder Irmin Schmidt is releasing a new album, called Nocturne: Live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, via Mute. Nocturne is comprised of three live piano pieces recorded at the 2019 edition of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, alongside pre-recorded bell and ambient sounds. The set was his first solo piano concert in the UK and saw him perform the worldwide premiere of two unheard compositions, 'Nocturne' and 'Yonder,' as well as the UK premiere of 'Klavierstuck II,' from 2018 album 5 Klavierstucke. "The same as one can see faces and animals in the shapes of clouds, one can sometimes - particularly at night between the state of sleep and consciousness - let music structures appear out of the noises that surround you," says Schmidt.
Klaus Schulze/La Vie Electronique 4 ....import 3 CD Set $25.99
Re-launch of the successful and famous "La Vie Electronique" series by Klaus Schulze. Each Volume contains 3 CDs and an extended booklet with fotos and extended linernnnotes. MIG will gradually make the out-of-print volumes available again. "La Vie Electonique Vol. 4" contains music from Schulzes "golden era" in the mid '70s.
L. Shankar/Chepleeri Dream ....CD $14.99
Revered violin player and vocalist L. Shankar proudly presents his newest album featuring a host of groundbreaking artists! Includes guest performances by Korn's Jonathan Davis, Tony Levin, Scott Page of Supertramp & Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone, and others! L. Shankar is widely considered a living legend, a pioneer and a musical genius who has collaborated with giants such as Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and many, many more!
Soft Machine/Live at the Baked Potato ....import CD $12.99
This follow-up to Soft Machine's highly acclaimed 2018 album Hidden Details finds John Etheridge, Roy Babbington, John Marshall and Theo Travis on fine form at the Baked Potato, LA, USA on 1st February 2019. The material mixes tunes from Hidden Details, along with older material and some choice improvisations. The band, with a world tour under their belt and a partisan crowd urging them on, are absolutely at the top of their game - powerful, committed and idiosyncratic. Note that there has been a significant price drop for this release. Anyone who ordered at the previous price will automatically get the price drop.
Sparks/A Steady Drip Drip Drip ....CD $16.99
2020 release. A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip is the 24th studio album by quirky rock duo Sparks. Features "Lawnmower," "Self-Effacing," "I'm Toast," and "Please Don't F*** Up My World." In the announcement video the band also confirm the release (without providing any dates) of the Sparks-written musical feature film Annette, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard and directed by Leos Carax (Holy Motors), and the currently-untitled Sparks documentary directed by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Spaced).
Strawbs/Burning for You [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic 1977 album Burning for You by the Strawbs. Recorded at Relight Studios in the Netherlands in March 1977, the album was the band's second for the recently established Oyster Records (formed by Deep Purple member Roger Glover). For the recording sessions the line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, acoustic guitars), Dave Lambert (vocals, electric guitars), Chas Cronk (bass, guitars, vocals) and Rod Coombes (drums) was augmented by Robert Kirby (mellotron, electric piano, synthesiser & acoustic guitar) and John Mealing (keyboards). The initial recording sessions were supervised by Jeffrey Lesser who had previously worked with the band on the Deep Cuts album the previous year. Burning for You featured many fine compositions written mainly by Dave Cousins and Chas Cronk, spawning a hit single in Back in the Old Routine and also featured the Dave Lambert song Heartbreaker. This Esoteric Recordings expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features four bonus tracks, including an early version of the song Joey and Me (later to feature on the band's 1978 album Deadlines), two out-takes from the album sessions and the song Heartbreaker (a different composition from the song featured on Burning for You), from the 1977 Intergalactic Touring Band concept album project. The release restores the original artwork and includes a new essay by Dave Cousins, making this the definitive edition of Burning for You.
Strawbs/Heartbreak Hill [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic "lost" Strawbs album Heartbreak Hill. Recorded in 1978 at Ringo Starr's Startling Studios, the album was recorded at a time of change for the band. Seeking to rethink their approach (following the release of the album Deadlines), the sessions would feature a line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, guitar), Chas Cronk (bass, vocals), Andy Richards (keyboards), Tony Fernandez (drums) and Jo Partridge (guitars, mandolin, vocals). Recording sessions began with Dave Lambert in the ranks, but his departure after the recording of the song "Something for Nothing" led to the recruitment of Jo Partridge. The album would also see the guest appearance of Miller Anderson on guitar and vocals on the song 'We Can Make It Together.' Despite the fraught nature of the beginning of the recordings, the finished work was a fine progressive rock album. Alas, upon completion, Strawbs found themselves without management or a record deal and Heartbreak Hill would remain unreleased in any form until 1995 when a CD was prepared from a 7 ½ ips copy tape. The discovery of the original master tapes in 2006 saw a new re-release of the album. Now, Heartbreak Hill has been newly re-mastered and features four bonus tracks, including two David Cousins home demos from 1978 and live recordings of 'Heartbreak Hill' and 'Starting Over' from The Strawbs 40th anniversary celebration in September 2009 performed by the line-up who recorded the original album. The release includes a new essay by Dave Cousins, making this the definitive edition of Heartbreak Hill.
The Tangent/Auto Reconnaissance ....import CD $24.99
2020's prog tour-de-force from The Tangent includes a 28 minute piece about the band's home country of England, laden with orchestration, instrumental dexterity, strong melodies and Andy Tillison's trademark story-telling at its best.
Tangerine Dream with Roedelius & Frick/Klangtraube [Edgar Froese Memorial Day 2019] ....import CD $23.99
For the 4th Edgar Froese Memorial Day (EFMD) on 26th January 2019 at the Ballhaus Rixdorf in Berlin, Bianca Froese-Acquaye invited Hans Joachim Roedelius to perform at the event. Roedelius is an electro pioneer and co-founder of the legendary Berlin Zodiak Free Arts Lab (Zodiak Club), the birth place of many Krautrock and electronic bands, including Edgar Froese and Tangerine Dream. Hans-Joachim's soulful piano playing blends in fantastically with the rhythmic beats and sounds of Paul Frick, member of the Berlin based Techno ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, who already appeared several times as guest musician at live concerts with Tangerine Dream, and the distinctive synth sounds of Thorsten Quaeschning, long-time member and musical director of Tangerine Dream. Hoshiko Yamane, also a member of Tangerine Dream since 2011, completes the session with her extraordinary violin play by adding her special timbre we all know so well from her TD sessions. The Klangtraube is a very unique, almost meditative piece of music that invites the listener to dream. In view of this current time of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, this piece of music reflects the spirit of the Zeitgeist very well. A piece of music for dreaming and reflection, a sound journey into another dimension, wide and intangible, like the hearts and minds that will be opened, the Klangtraube is a dignified and extraordinary session of four exceptional musicians in memory of Edgar Froese.
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.
Various Artists/Kraut: Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968-1979 Teil 2 ....import 2 CD Set $36.99
Two CDs, second volume in the series. Kraut! Die innovativen Jahre des Krautrock 1968-1979 includes booklet with 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. With 'Kraut! Die innovativen Jahre des Krautrock 1968-1979' Bear Records 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. The four editions are regionally structured. The second part deals with the Central of Germany. All editions are compiled by Burghard Rausch and commented on in detail. The publisher of several books on 'Rock in Germany,' radio author and presenter, drummer (Agitation Free, among others), vinyl collector and DeeJay with enormous expertise has already been in charge of the NDW series for Bear Family. We are convinced that 'Kraut!' will be the most comprehensive CD documentation of this era, which has shaped the history of rock music in Germany, licensed by various rights holders!
Various Artists/Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake ....CD $14.99
The pantheon of prog rock all-stars show up to pay their respects to two dearly departed figures who revolutionzed modern rock keybaordist Keith Emerson & singer/songwriter/bassist Greg Lake! Features all-new performances by an incredible cast of musicians including Todd Rundgren, Larry "Synergy" Fast (Peter Gabriel), Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre), and Arthur Brown plus a very special performance from Emerson's son Aaron & grandson Ethan!
1 21st Century Schizoid Man (Todd Rundgren & Brian Auger)
2 A Time and a Place (Leslie Hunt & Derek Sherinian)
3 The Sheriff (Billy Sherwood & David Sancious)
4 C'est la Vie (Jon Davison & Larry Fast)
5 From the Beginning (Thijs Van Leer & John Wesley)
6 Hoedown (Patrick Moraz)
7 Still... You Turn Me On (Sonja Kristina & Steve Porcaro)
8 Lucky Man (Martin Turner & Geoff Downes)
9 Fanfare for the Common Man (Aaron & Ethan Emerson)
10 Karn Evil #9 1st Impression Part 2 (Arthur Brown & Jordan Rudess)
11 ELP Suite: Tarkus / From the Beginning / Tarkus (Reprise) (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Rick Wakeman/Red Planet ....import CD $17.99
2020 release. Rick Wakeman, best known as keyboard player in progressive rock band Yes, releases The Red Planet - a serious return to "Wakeman Prog." Harking back to Wakeman's critically acclaimed 1973 debut The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Red Planet features eight newly composed pieces based around a central subject matter. Rick's blown the dust off his favorite analog keyboards and along with his latest keys has used the same formula he devised when making his debut album and the equally legendary Criminal Record. Upon being asked about the expectations of his prog fans, that they are hoping he will have shoved the "Prog Fader" up to 11, he replied, "That could be a problem... as it's already at 14!!!"
Weather Report/Live in Cologne 1983 ....DVD $18.99
After Jaco Pastorius and Peter Erskine left the band, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter decided to continue their successful project with a new rhythm set: drummer Omar Hakim, Victor Bailey on bass and percussionist Jose Rossy. Weather Report's Cologne concert shows the band in musical top form. In a more than two-hour show, the band sparks a firework of rhythm and melodies.
Weather Report/Live in Cologne 1983 ....2 CD Set $18.99
Erik Wollo & Michael Stearns/Convergence ....CD $15.99
Soulful electronic sound-painting and evocative space music combine on Convergence, the debut collaboration between Norway's Erik Wollo and America's Michael Stearns. Known for passionate soundtrack work on director Ron Fricke's Chronos, Baraka & Samsara, Stearns collaborates on his first indie-label-released non-film-score since 2001. Together, these guitarists/synthesists weave a haunting and shadowy world filled with longing melodies and alluring glimmering sonic textures. Convergence ranges from slowly-evolving contemplative and reflective tracks to hypnotically pulsing rhythmic movements. The album is a subtle interplay between these two pioneering artists' mystical and emotional sonic styles, developing an inner resonance of expressive reveries that venture into dark mystical terrain as the album progresses.
Neil Young/Homegrown ....CD $18.99
Neil Young puts it best: "This album is the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time." Recorded between June 1974 and January 1975, Homegrown was intended to come out in 1975 before Neil cancelled the release. The album has remained unreleased until now, achieving a legendary status among Neil Young fans in the process. The album is made up of twelve Neil Young songs, of which seven are previously unreleased - "Separate Ways," "Try," "Mexico," "Kansas," We Don't Smoke It No More," "Vacancy" and "Florida" (a spoken word narration). Also included are the first recordings of "Love Is a Rose," "Homegrown," "White Line, "Little Wing," and "Star of Bethlehem" - different versions of which would all later appear on other Neil Young albums. Neil plays solo on some tracks (guitar, piano and harmonica), and is joined by a band of friends on other tracks, including Levon Helm, Ben Keith, Karl T Himmel, Tim Drummond, Emmylou Harris and Robbie Robertson. Recorded in analog, and mastered from the original master tapes, this long-lost album is a wonderful addition to Neil's incomparable catalog.
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)/Tea for the Tillerman 2 ....CD $15.99
50 years after the original made him a global superstar Yusuf / Cat Stevens has rerecorded an entirely new version of his 1970 classic album Tea for the Tillerman. With many of the album's songs sounding more relevant than ever today, Tea for the Tillerman 2 offers up striking and sensitive new renditions of stone-cold classics like "Father And Son," "Wild World," and "Where Do The Children Play?"
Frank Zappa and the Mothers/The Mothers 1970 ....4 CD Box Set $55.99
A 4-CD collection commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Mothers with 70 unreleased tracks. Personnel includes Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan (Flo & Eddie), George Duke, Ian Underwood, Jeff Simmons and Aynsley Dunbar. Featuring unheard studio sessions from Trident Studios in London England with engineer Roy Thomas Baker, and historical live performances mostly captured by Zappa's own tape recorder. Clam Shell Box with 4 discs, booklet and a button.
Zawinul Syndicate/Black Water + Lost Tribes ....import CD $18.99
Two albums from the late Joe Zawinul's Syndicate, formed by the keyboardist after the break up of Weather Report. These recordings, dating from 1989 and 1992, are a mixture of jazz, fusion rock, Afro and Latin! However, it is challenging, intellectual, emotional and toe-tapping music. Digitally re-mastered and slipcased.