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Coming Soon: Yes,
Van der Graaf Generator, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Hackett, King Crimson, Emerson Lake &
Palmer, 3, Genesis, Be Bop Deluxe, Vangelis, Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye, Bill Bruford's
Earthworks, Marillion, Nektar, Al Stewart, Marianne Faithfull, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny,
Billy Cobham, Oregon, Rory Gallagher, Man, Deep Purple, Dream Theater, OSI, Hawkwind,
Faust, Goblin, Think I'm Going Weird: Original Artefacts from the British Psychedelic
Scene 1966-68, Grateful Dead, Chrissie Hynde, Philip Glass, Edgar Varese
The last newsletter started with release info on the forthcoming new studio album from Yes called Quest. At the time I had no pricing information, but here it is now.
Yes/The Quest ....2 CD Set $18.99
Yes/The Quest [Limited Deluxe Artbook Edition] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Set $49.99
Yes/The Quest [180 Gram Vinyl] ....2 Vinyl LPs + 2 CD $49.99
Yes/The Quest [Limited Glow in the Dark Vinyl Deluxe Box] ....2 Vinyl LPs + 2 CDs + Blu-Ray Box Set $59.99
Van der Graaf Generator/The Charisma Years ....import 17 CD + 3 Blu-Ray Box Set $289.99
A deluxe 20 disc (17 CD / 3 Blu Ray) box set covering Van der Graaf Generator's entire recorded work for Charisma Records. Between the years 1970-1978, VdGG released eight unique and uncompromising albums for the legendary Charisma label. This set features all eight of the band's Charisma albums remastered from the first generation master tapes plus much more. Additionally, H to He Who Am the Only One, Pawn Hearts, Godbluff and Still Life have been remixed from the original multi-track tapes in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound by Stephen W Tayler. These feature on 4 additional CDs and two Blu ray discs. Also featured are two CDs of a recently discovered and previously unreleased entire concert recorded in Paris in December 1976 by French radio and all of the surviving BBC sessions recorded by the band. In addition, there is a Blu ray disc featuring all of the surviving VdGG television footage and promotional films, including the band's appearance on German TV's "Beat Club" in 1970, a filmed appearance at The Bataclan in Paris in 1972 for the French TV show "Pop Deux," the 1972 appearance on "Pop Shop" for RTBF Belgium, a live performance shot by Belgian TV in Chaleroi in September 1975, the promotional films of "Wondering" and "Cat's Eye," and a 20 minute documentary with live footage shot by Austrian television at The Kohfidisch Open Air Festival, Austria in June 1978. Packaged with a 68 page book and rare photos, The Charisma Years is a definitive account of an essential career.
Guy Evans said: "From the moment I picked up on hitherto vanished cymbal lines in Arrow, and the newly balanced kit, I was hooked. Then it was those quirky second vocal lines that I hadn't heard since the original tracking sessions at Rockfield, and a new clarity given to subtle flute and electric sax lines. The stereo mixes included here are themselves great, and the 5.1s are a revelation! Not in a whizzo cinematic sense, no mind-blowing pyrotechnics, just more space for everything to exist, more depth to get engrossed in." Hugh Banton adds: "Trident Studios had a pristine Hammond C3 and what has been described as 'the best rock'n'roll piano ever,' a vintage Bechstein, always a treat to play; I believe all four of us contributed piano parts to varying degrees. Rockfield possibly managed to surpass even that with their Bosendorfer." Peter Hammill added: "Well here we are as young men, pushing away, exploring away. This is about as comprehensive a documentation of that exciting time in our lives as it's possible to get. We had the luck to be given an enormous amount of freedom by Charisma Records to find our own way - and an audience - from the outset. This meant we pushed ourselves as much as we could. It's wonderful to have the whole recorded history of those years collected together as a complete set and the new mixes shed quite a different light on many of the pieces. Somewhat to our own surprise, we've had a later lease of life after our reunion album and concerts. And as the trio of Hugh, Guy and myself, we're still working away and will be playing live again as soon as circumstances allow us. This remains a fun job."
|Van der Graaf Generator/Godbluff [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $42.99||Van der Graaf Generator/H to He Who Am the Only One [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $42.99||Van der Graaf Generator/Pawn Hearts [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $42.99||Van der Graaf Generator/Still Life [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $42.99|
A 2CD/DVD editions of these four ambitious studio releases from Van der Graaf Generator. Remastered from the first-generation master tapes and also featuring 2021 stereo and 5.1 Surround sound mixes by Stephen W Tayler (plus additional live bonus tracks for Still Life and Godbluff and bonus studio recordings for Pawnhearts and H to He).
Allan Holdsworth/Leverkusen 2010 ....CD + DVD $18.99
Manifesto records presents the fifth release in its ongoing series of Allan Holdsworth archival live performances on CD & DVD! This release captures the 2010 live performance in Leverkusen, Germany by guitar legend Allan Holdsworth. The bonus DVD exclusives also include interviews with bass player Ernest Tibbs and drummer Chad Wackerman.
Allan Holdsworth/Frankfurt '86 ....CD + DVD $18.99
Allan Holdsworth/Leverkusen '97 ....CD + DVD $18.99
Allan Holdsworth/Warsaw Summer Jazz Days '98 ....CD + DVD $17.99
Allan Holdsworth & I.O.U./Live In Japan 1984 [Limited Edition] ....CD + DVD $16.99
Steve Hackett/Surrender of Silence ....CD $16.99
Steve Hackett/Surrender of Silence [Limited Deluxe Edition] ....CD + Blu-Ray $34.99
Steve Hackett/Surrender of Silence [Deluxe Gatefold Vinyl] ....import 2 Vinyl LPs + CD $44.99
Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett releases his new studio rock album Surrender of Silence via Inside Out Music. The album features 11 new songs as Steve has been working hard through Lockdown and, the first time, has completed two studio albums for release within the same year! Hot on the heels of his classical-acoustic travelogue Under a Mediterranean Sky, which was released in January and hit Number 2 in the UK Classical Album Chart, Surrender of Silence is a further exploration of Hackett's love of world music, discovering different sounds, moods and textures to deliver a rock album of extraordinary variety, power and beauty. As with Under a Mediterranean Sky, Surrender of Silence was also recorded during Lockdown and, again, Hackett has called upon some of his musical friends from across the world to contribute. Hackett's regular touring band of Roger King (keyboards, programming and orchestral arrangements), Rob Townsend (sax, clarinet), Jonas Reingold (bass), Nad Sylvan (vocals) and Craig Blundell (drums) are supplemented by Phil Ehart and Nick D'Virgilio (drums), the vocal talents of Amanda Lehmann, Durga and Lorelei McBroom, Christine Townsend (violin, viola), Malik Mansurov (tar) and Sodirkhon Ubaidulloev (dutar). This new album is full-on electric!
King Crimson/The Elements Tour Box 2021 ....2 CD Box Set $24.99
This on-going tour box series continues the opportunity to present King Crimson's music in slightly unexpected ways and, hopefully, to shed some new light on the band and it's music along the way. For this 2021 compilation, and perhaps appropriately for a band that has sported a three drummer line-up seated at the front of the stage since 2014, disc one features tracks which showcase KC's rich history of drummers and percussionists, while Sid Smith's liner notes also focus on the drummers. Disc two takes a slightly more song based detour through all eras of Crim history ending, as concerts have since 2014, with Starless. Both discs feature plenty of historic material and lots of live material by the current band and both also feature a sneak exclusive track/edit from the forthcoming, much anticipated, Robert Fripp "Exposures" multi-disc boxed set.
Emerson Lake & Palmer/Out Of This World: Live [1970-1997]
....7 CD + Book Box Set $78.99
Emerson Lake & Palmer/Out Of This World: Live [1970-1997] ....10 Vinyl LP + Book Box Set $219.99
Prog rock giants Emerson Lake & Palmer were formed in 1970 by the brilliant keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, gifted singer / composer / guitarist Greg Lake and dynamic drummer / percussionist Carl Palmer. Throughout their career they performed at some of the most famous venues across the world. Available for the first time, Out of this World: Live (1970 -1997), a career-spanning box set, showcasing some of the biggest and most important live shows ELP have ever played. Encased in special, black, matte slipcase with hot foil finishes. Each LP has been reimagined with beautiful new designs on deluxe gatefold double LPs. Most of the LPs are previously unreleased on vinyl and have not been re-issued on CD for long time. Featured within the box set is a 32 page, glossy photobook,with intimate and unseen images of the band from legendary photographers Lynn Goldsmith and Neil Preston. Foreword written by Jerry Ewing editor of Prog magazine. Previously unreleased live show of Phoenix 1997 included within both 10LP & 7CD Box Set. High quality, fully-restored audio, mastered by ELP expert and renowned mastering engineer Andy Pearce.
3/To the Power of Three ....CD $18.99
To the Power of Three is the first album by the British-American progressive rock band 3, a spin-off from Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Produced by Carl Palmer and Robert Berry, it was released in early 1988 by Geffen Records. The album contains a version of the Byrds' classic song "Eight Miles High" with altered lyrics. The closing track, "On My Way Home," was dedicated to Tony Stratton-Smith. "Talkin' Bout," the only single released from the album, peaked at number 9 in the Mainstream Rock chart.
Genesis/The Last Domino? ....2 CD Set $24.99
Celebrating the return of Genesis and their 2021 / 2022 arena tour, The Last Domino? collection gathers together the band's legendary hits with choice album cuts from their stunning career. Having sold around 100 million albums to date, this new 2CD set comes in a deluxe package including rare and previously unseen images of the band.
Be Bop Deluxe/Live! In The Air Age [Remastered & Expanded
Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $32.99
Be Bop Deluxe/Live! In the Air Age 1970-1973 [Deluxe Limited Edition] ....import 15 CD + DVD Box Set $142.99
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce a new re-mastered super-deluxe expanded boxed set limited edition release (comprising 15 CDs and a DVD) and a new remastered and expanced three CD edition of Live! In the Air Age by Be Bop Deluxe. This legendary live album was released in July 1977 and would prove to be the band's most successful album, peaking at number 10 in the UK charts. The album was issued at a time of growing commercial success for the band and followed on the heels of two highly acclaimed studio albums in thirteen months, Sunburst Finish and Modern Music, both of which reached the top twenty of the UK album charts. Live! In the Air Age would be the band's only live record and was recorded on a series of dates in the UK in February and March 1977 on the Rolling Stones mobile unit with John Leckie, who had engineered co-produced the band's previous two albums, supervising the location recordings. The band's UK tour began in late January and was an audio-visual extravaganza that featured the use of projection screens and excerpts from the 1927 German silent film Metropolis, director Fritz Lang's striking science fiction masterpiece. Continuing into February, the first concert to be recorded was at the de Montfort Hall in Leicester on the 12th of that month. The following two nights saw concerts at the Grand Theatre in Leeds which were both captured on tape and saw Bill Nelson perform to an enthusiastic home audience. However, at this juncture fate would intervene to cause a postponement to the remainder of the tour. Travelling to a concert in Bristol on 15th February 1977, Bill Nelson and John Leckie were involved in a car accident which resulted in them being hospitalized at Huddersfield Infirmary. Thankfully, all involved recovered quickly from their injuries, but as a result of the accident, the remaining concerts were postponed until the end of March. The tour began again with two concerts at Hammersmith Odeon in London on March 25th and 26th 1977 which revealed the band to be on top form, feeding off the tremendous warmth of the audience. Further shows in Bristol and Bournemouth on the 27th and 28th March respectively also contained many fine moments. Bill Nelson and John Leckie selected the best performances for mixing at Abbey Road and Advision studios in London and Live! In the Air Age was released in July 1977. Research of all of the Be Bop Deluxe master tapes revealed that multi track tapes of all the shows recorded on the UK tour of 1977 had survived. After digitizing and listening through to all of the Rolling Stones mobile unit 24-track tapes it was decided to include each concert in it's entirety in this expanded boxed set. The concerts were mixed over a period of several months by Stephen W. Tayler and are presented here for the very first time. They reveal the improvisational side of Be Bop Deluxe, particularly on pieces such as Shine and Blazing Apostles which made each concert unique. This set features the original album, newly remastered from the original master tapes, and restores the correct running order of the original LP release and has three bonus tracks drawn from a BBC Radio One John Peel Show session from January 1977. This box also adds an NTSC / Region Free DVD of Star Rider in Concert - Be Bop Deluxe, which was first screened on television in 1977 and appears exclusively in this boxed set for the first time. Finally, this limited-edition boxed set includes an illustrated 68-page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. Additionally, the set includes postcards and a replica poster. This special deluxe limited-edition boxed set of Live! In the Air Age is a fitting tribute to a fine live band and the creative vision of Bill Nelson. The 3CD set features the original album, newly remastered from the original master tapes, and restores the correct running order of the original LP release and has three bonus tracks drawn from a BBC Radio One John Peel Show session from January 1977. Importantly, this 3 CD edition includes the entire concert recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London on 26th March 1977, one of the stand-out concerts from that memorable tour, which has been newly mixed by Stephen W. Tayler and is presented here for the very first time. This edition includes an illustrated booklet with many photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson.
Vangelis/Juno to Jupiter ....CD $15.99
Inspired by the groundbreaking mission of NASA's Juno space probe and its ongoing exploration of Jupiter, Juno to Jupiter is Vangelis' multi-dimensional journey through electronic, progressive, ambient, techno, orchestral, and vocal music. The project features soprano Angela Gheorghiu and sounds from space recorded by NASA.
Rick Wakeman/Starship Trooper ....CD $13.99
An out of this world collection of extraordinary performances by the King of Keyboards, the Prince of the Piano, the Saint of the Synth, Rick Wakeman! This collection contains 2 previously unreleased tracks including a powerful rendition of Tool's "Sober" plus several more brilliant cover songs of The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Doors including 5 never before heard versions! Also includes performances by Gong's Steve Hillage, Yes's Billy Sherwood and Steve Howe, William Shatner, Jerry Goodman and more! Includes liner notes by modern rock scholar Dave Thompson!
Tony Kaye/End of Innocence ....import CD $23.99
An album 20 years in the making, the first solo work from former Yes member Tony Kaye. Marking the events and the journey that followed the world changing moments of 9/11, 'End of Innocence' is designed to be listened to in its entirety. Featuring Dani Torchia who Kaye met in the wake of 9/11 who has written and performs on the album. Tony Kaye retired from Yes in 1996, and came out of retirement the week following the events of 9/11 and began to write this album, the power of its music helped Tony to process the day that became the End of Innocence. The album takes you on a journey from the peace of the night before to the emerging hopeful looking to the future. Tony Kaye met Dani Torchia in the week following 9/11. This album has been interwoven with the growth of their relationship. The artwork is painted by Roger Dean, the artist best known for his work with Yes and Asia. It was created after Roger had heard the music and the images reflect the journey the music takes.
Bill Bruford's Earthworks/All Heaven Broke Loose ....import CD $20.99
Reissue of long out-of-print album by drummer Bill Bruford's Earthworks. Arguably Earthworks Mark I's most fully realized studio release, even as it moves towards a more abstract aesthetic. Includes live performances of the African-influenced 'Libreville' and the more atmospheric 'Pilgrim's Way,' both originally released on 'Dig?,' demonstrating how Earthworks was able to rework and open up the material in performance.
Marillion/Fugazi [Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD + Blu-Ray $42.99
In March 1984, Marillion released their second studio album Fugazi, which went on to be certified Gold and reach number 5 in the UK albums charts. The classic album spawned two singles Assassing and Punch & Judy, both reaching #22 and #29 on the UK singles charts respectively. Fugazi was the first Marillion album to feature Ian Mosley on drums and percussion, replacing Mick Pointer after the highly successful Script for a Jester's Tear. It also included Fish, Steve Rothery, Pete Trewavas and Mark Kelly. This 3CD/Blu-Ray book opens with brand-new 2021 remixed stereo versions by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh, who also remixed the deluxe editions of Script for a Jester's Tear and Clutching at Straws. It also includes a show from The Spectrum, Montreal, Canada recorded in 1984. The performance includes fan favourites from both Fugazi and their debut album Script for a Jester's Tear in the form of tracks such as Jigsaw, Incubus, He Knows You Know, Chelsea Monday and much more. The Blu-ray features 96k/24-bit versions of both the new Fugazi stereo remix and the Live at the Spectrum, Montreal, Canada concert and contains a 5.1 surround sound version of the new 2021 stereo remix of Fugazi. The Blu-ray also contains a compelling look at the fascinating story behind Fugazi in a new documentary, entitled The Performance Has Just Begun, which features all the band members talking about how the album came to fruition. This is followed by the band giving an insightful track-by-track commentary of the album, as well as the music video of Assassing with both the original and remix audio.
Nektar/...Sounds Like Swiss ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $28.98
Unearthed audio and video recordings from legendary progressive rock band Nektar captured live in Switzerland, 1973. Includes an hour-long concert videotaped for Swiss TV's Kaleidospop, unseen since it's original broadcast. The two CDs include the audio portion of Kaleidospop as well as a complete show soundboard audio recording from the Pavilion des Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, May 1973. This CD/DVD set is an epic, historical document showcasing the bands early innovative and pioneering sound that remains as vital and influential as ever. Booklet includes liner notes by bassist and founding members Derek "Mo" Moore and Mick Brockett. The band's line up for these legendary performances in fact features all five original members-the late Roye Allbrighton on guitar and vocals, Derek "Mo" Moore on bass and vocals, Allan "Taff" Freeman on organ and vocals, and Ron Howden on drums and percussion in addition to Mick Brockett handling the visual tapestry that was such a key component of the "Music and Light Theatre" that the band was presenting at the very height of progressive rocks main sequence during the mid '70s.
Nektar/2004 Live Tour ....import 2 CD Set $26.99
First mainstream re-issue of the Nektar's reformation tour in 2004 featuring original members Roye Albrighton and Ron Howden, joined by Randy Dembo and Tom Hughes. A two disc set remastered and approved by the band, it includes songs from their concept album 'Journey to the Centre of the Eye' from 1971 which initially broke them in the USA. A psychedelic and prog rock classic from a band who originally formed in Germany in the late '60s. Nektar live were always an experience, they had massive success in such a context, taking their prog sound into an arena where the light show covering the band with psychedelic motives brought their concept pieces to life.
Al Stewart/Time Passages [Remastered & Expanded]
....import 2 CD Set $26.99
Al Stewart/Time Passages [Deluxe Edition] ....import 3 CD + DVD Set $84.99
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new remastered and expanded two CD edition of 'Time Passages,' the legendary album by Al Stewart first released in September 1978. Stewart's third album recorded with Alan Parsons, 'Time Passages' followed the hugely successful platinum-selling 'Year of the Cat.' Recorded at the close of 1977 and during the early months of 1978 at Davlen Studios in Los Angeles, 'Time Passages' was an album of as much immense musical inventiveness. Despite pressure to produce an equally successful follow-up record, Al Stewart rose to the occasion with 'Time Passages,' an album that was as musically inventive and creative as its predecessor, a triumph both in terms of Al Stewart's song writing and the stunning and sophisticated production by Alan Parsons. Featuring such classic songs as 'Valentina Way,' 'Life in Dark Water,' 'The Palace of Versailles,' 'Timeless Skies,' 'Almost Lucy' and the classic title track, 'Time Passages' was another commercial and critical success on its release, reaching the US Billboard Top Ten and the UK Top 40. The single 'Time Passages' was also a Top Ten hit in the United States. Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a four-disc deluxe limited edition boxed set (comprising 3 CDs and a DVD). This new deluxe edition of this special album has been newly remastered for the very first time from the original first-generation master tapes by Alan Parsons and also features his stunning new 5.1 Surround sound mix from the original multi-track tapes. In addition, the set includes single edits, an album session out-take, four demo tracks recorded in Los Angeles in August 1977 and for the first time the complete concert recorded at the studios of WKQK-FM in Chicago in October 1978. This limited edition boxed set also features an illustrated 68-page book with a new essay featuring an interview with Al Stewart and a facsimile promotional poster and a set of four postcards and is a fitting tribute to a much treasured and legendary masterpiece by a consummate songwriter and performer.
Marianne Faithfull/The Montreux Years ....CD $15.99
The magnificent and incomparable Marianne Faithfull has performed five legendary concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival between 1995 and 2009. Each of these historic concerts were recorded. Marianne Faithfull's name is synonymous with the authenticity, artistry and individuality of the festival and this collection is a celebration of her unique talent. The Montreux Years collection will bring together, for the first time, some of the finest moments from Marianne's most celebrated performances. Expertly curated by the Montreux Jazz Festival and BMG, restored and remastered in superlative HD audio; The Montreux Years is released on superior audiophile heavy weight vinyl, MQA quality CD and in HD digital. Montreux Media Ventures (MMV) in partnership with BMG are working together to produce and release a premium series of albums and activities, curated from the unique Montreux Jazz festival archive; one of the finest music collections in the world. As part of this exciting new joint venture MMV and BMG have commenced work to establish a new series of deluxe artist collections under the new official Montreux Jazz records imprint. These initial collections; The Montreux Years will bring together the most iconic performances from the most significant artists to perform in the festival's impressive five decade history. The collaboration is an unprecedented curation project. The most extensive exploration of the official archive in the festival's history. Expertly curated by the MJF and BMG teams and overseen by Claude Nobs' partner and president of the Claude Nobs foundation, Thierry Amsallem, who will act as executive producer across the series. The Montreux Years series is a celebration of Claude's love of the artists and passion for the festival and are a fitting tribute to his legacy. The BMG and Montreux Jazz music festival design teams will work in partnership to produce new and authentic creative, faithful to the festival's reputation for iconic artwork.
Miles Davis/The Lost Concert ....2 CD Set $23.99
Venue: La Grande Halle, La Villette, Paris, France - Date: 10th July 1991. Miles was renowned for never revisiting the past even though many fans, critics and concert promoters always hoped that he would. Then in July 1991 Miles went back. Miles arrived at Paris to play this special gig. It was simply advertised as "Miles and Friends" and neither the audience nor Miles' band had any idea on what they were about to witness. Playing with Miles was an amazing roll-call of past musical associates from the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s: Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Al Foster, Steve Grossman, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Darryl Jones, John McLaughlin, Jackie McLean, John Scofield and Joe Zawinul. Miles' band members were Kenny Garrett, Foley, Deron Johnson, Richard Patterson and Ricky Wellman. This is the final volume of the Miles Davis "Lost" series (double CD). This time it's a lost concert he recorded in Paris just 3 months before he died.
Pat Metheny/Side-Eye NYC [V1.IV] ....CD $16.99
Pat explains, "I wanted to create an ongoing platform to host a rotating cast of the newer generations of musicians who have particularly caught my interest along the way. From my earliest days in Kansas City onward, I was the beneficiary of so many older musicians hiring me, which gave me a chance to develop through the prism of their experiences and the particular demands of what their music implied." Metheny has given this band concept the name Side-Eye and hopes that it might become a rotating group of musicians who could come and go in different combinations. So far, there have been four iterations, hence the V.1-IV sub-heading on the record. Whether searingly electric, powerfully intense or deeply contemplative, highly composed or totally improvised, or even with some new-fangled contraption of his own design, there is always that unmistakable Metheny sensibility at work that has stood at the forefront of jazz for what is now approaching five decades. The Side-Eye series is the latest chapter in his continually unfolding story.
Billy Cobham/Mirror's Image ....CD $9.99
World class fusion drummer, and one of the most celebrated modern jazz musicians of all-time, presents this phenomenal live album recorded in Tokyo 1992! This incredible show finds Cobham working his percussive magic in a trio with bassist Ira Coleman and keyboardist Joe Chindamo!
Oregon/1974 ....2 CD Set $22.99
1st Time Ever available! Oregon, formed in 1970, comprised Ralph Towner (classical and 12-string guitars), Paul McCandless (oboe and English horn), Glen Moore (double bass) and Collin Walcott (sitar and tabla). The band's music has always been almost totally acoustic. 'Acoustic instruments sound more expressive to me,' Towner explained to Jazzwise magazine (UK) in September 1997. He further explained his guitar style: 'With classical guitar [you're] using all the fingers of your right hand to pluck which means you can be sounding anything from two to five notes in exact unison, rather than a strum.' As well as their core instruments, Towner has played trumpet, synths and piano with the band, McCandless bass clarinet and flute, Moore flute and violin and Walcott clarinet and dulcimer, to name but some. "At one time we were carrying eighty instruments on the road!" McCandless has said. The combining of instruments from disparate musical traditions and the musicians' range of influences meant that 'jazz' was always an inadequate label for the band. 'Live in Bremen 1974' documents Oregon at their mesmerizing best. The interplay between the four players is stunning and on each piece mood and texture are ever-changing, yet always following an aesthetic logic that seems irrefutable. 'Live in Bremen 1974,' however, is a reminder of a band that made music that had never been heard before, that had never been imagined before. One track is titled 'Brujo,' Spanish for 'sorcerer.' Truly, Towner, McCandless, Moore and Walcott were musical sorcerers whose playing retains it's power to enchant not only the band's original fans but even, surely, anyone lucky enough to be hearing the band for the very first time.
Rory Gallagher/Rory Gallagher ....2 CD Set $28.99
Rory Gallagher/Rory Gallagher [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + DVD Box Set $119.99
2xCD - 'Rory Gallagher' is the first solo album by Irish blues rock musician Rory Gallagher, released in 1971. It marked his departure from Taste. After disbanding Taste, Gallagher auditioned some of the best musicians available at the time including Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell the bassist and drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. He decided on two Belfast musicians; drummer Wilgar Campbell, and bass guitarist Gerry McAvoy to be the core of his new power trio band. Rory Gallagher [Deluxe 4CD/DVD Box Set] - Rory Gallagher's eponymous debut solo album celebrates it's 50th Anniversary. The five-disc Deluxe Boxset includes a brand-new mix of the original album, 30 previously unreleased alternate takes, a six-song 1971 'BBC Radio John Peel Sunday Concert,' and four 1971 BBC 'Radio Sounds of the Seventies' session tracks, all mastered at Abbey Road Studios. The box includes a previously unreleased 50-minute DVD of Rory's first solo concert for the 'Pop Deux' television show, poster and 32-page hardback book.
Man/Reanimated Memories ....import CD $18.99
Reanimated Memories is a collection of eleven crafted songs that clearly draw inspiration from Man's past whilst also looking forward in creative terms. Recorded at Cowshed studios in London the album features Man veteran Martin Ace (vocals bass guitar), his son Josh Ace (vocals rhythm guitar), James Beck (vocals lead guitar), Phil Ryan (vocals piano organ) and Rene Robrahn (drums) with a special guest appearance by famed pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole on three tracks (The Ballad of Billy Lee, We Know and One More Ride on the Waltzers) providing the band's typical country and west coast rock sound. Reanimated Memories covers every musical facet of the band, from Phil Ryan's sprawling In Time, the reflective God Delusion by Josh Ace, to the final track All the Birds, written by Martin Ace. It is Man's first studio album (the Welsh band's 16th. album in their long-spanning career) after a five-year absence, and it is a perfect addition to the band's previous catalogue.
|Deep Purple/Live in London 2002 ....import 2 CD Set $34.99||Deep Purple/Live in Wollongong 2001 ....import 2 CD Set $42.99|
Ear Music presents two live sets from the Mark VII version of Deep Purple featuring Jon Lord (keyboards), Steve Morse (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Ian Paice (drums) and Roger Glover (bass). These are numbered editions each limited to 10,000 copies worldwide. The Live in London 2002 is a historic and previously unreleased live recording making it's CD debut. Live in Wollongong 2001 is a very rare live recording from the Deep Purple archives, remastered for the best sound possible.
Dream Theater/Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Train of Thought Instrumental Demos  ....CD $16.99
The third installment in the Lost Not Forgotten Archives series comprises the instrumental demos from Dream Theater's monumental 2003 studio album, Train of Thought. Remastered.
OSI/Free ....2 CD Set $16.99
Free is the second studio album by American progressive rock band OSI originally released by InsideOut Music in 2006. Guitarist Jim Matheos and keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore (the original keyboardist for Dream Theater) decided to work on a follow-up to Office of Strategic Influence after the two found they both had holes in their schedules. Drummer Mike Portnoy returned as a session musician rather than a full band member. Joey Vera replaced Sean Malone on bass guitar. Free was met with generally positive critical reception. Critics noted that the album was different from its predecessor, focusing more on Moore's keyboards than Matheos' guitars. Portnoy's drumming received praise.
Hawkwind/Somnia [Limited Edition] ....import CD $22.99
Hawkwind have announced a brand-new studio album and tour for the autumn. Somnia follows their critically acclaimed 2020 Hawkwind Light Orchestra album Carnivorous and live album 50th Anniversary Live. Back with a new studio album and live shows in 2021, the band's 34th album is a superb addition to the space rock genre they created. The concept of Somnia makes many allusions to sleep; through Roman mythology and the god of sleep Somnus, the lyrics tell the tale of sleepless paranoia, strange encounters, fever dreams and meditation through thirteen blistering tracks across the deluxe CD and 180gram vinyl (ten tracks). The CD and vinyl releases have been tailored to provide singular sonic experiences.
Faust/1971-1974 ....import 8 CD Box Set $115.99
Hamburg's excellent imprint Bureau B, one of whose investigative strands in recent years has been bringing forth unheard works from the Krautrock archives, is to mark the half-century of Faust, the seminal band who formed in the pastoral surrounds of Wumme, near Bremen, in 1971 and whose bargain-priced "The Faust Tapes" compiled for the UK market found its way into so many homes and introduced the sound of new Germany to the country. The new box set is entitled Faust 1971-1974. "There is no group more mythical than Faust," said Julian Cope in his sought-after guide to the genre, Krautrocksampler, and if influence and myth and folklore and stories are a guide then Faust are right up there with the Velvets about whom there's the old axiom, "everyone who bought one went out and started a band," as attributed to Brian Eno. The box set will form a virtually complete collection of Faust material from 1971 to 1974. In addition to the debut album it will include 1972's So Far, the legendary The Faust Tapes, Faust IV and, for the first time ever, the mythical so-called "Munich album" Punkt which Faust recorded at Giorgio Moroder's Musicland Studios in 1974 but which has never seen the light of day - until now. Bonus albums Momentaufnahme I and Momentaufnahme II also feature unreleased material from the band's Wumme studio era. Mastered from the original tapes, Faust 1971-1974 will be available as a limited edition run of 1,000 only on CD.
Goblin/Four of a Kind ....import CD $15.99
A decade after the reunion album, Goblin released this new studio work. The usual Goblin style is present throughout these 10 tracks, with a dark, brooding, menacing atmosphere that permeates the arrangements. Lineup includes Massimo Morante, Maurizio Guarini, Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino Marangolo.
Various Artists/Think I'm Going Weird: Original Artefacts from the British Psychedelic Scene 1966-68 ....import 5 CD Set $59.99
Grapefruit's landmark 100th release! A definitive overview of the British psychedelic scene, an epic five-CD/book set that includes more than 50 minutes of previously unreleased music from the halcyon period 1966-68. Including the major acts of the era (The Who, Traffic, Small Faces, The Move, Procol Harum, Incredible String Band, Family, Crazy World of Arthur Brown etc), 'Think I'm Going Weird: Original Artefacts From The British Psychedelic Scene 1966-68' features many bands who also played London's underground dungeons during the Summer of Love. Featuring studio demos from the likes of Tintern Abbey, The Soft Machine, Mabel Greer's Toyshop, Genesis, Mandrake Paddle Steamer, Dantalian's Chariot and others plus numerous cult 45s (July, Caleb, Vamp, Blossom Toes, Sweet Feeling, etc) and fascinating album cuts from such scene stalwarts as Tomorrow, Fairport Convention, Kaleidoscope, The Deviants and Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera. Perhaps most enticingly of all, the collection includes a number of hitherto-unknown recordings by bands who are only now gaining their first public exposure including Eyes of Blond, Tinsel Arcade, Crystal Ship (whose contribution features lyrics from Pete Brown) and the semi-mythical 117, such a legendary name from the era's handbills and posters that they even had a UK psych fanzine named after them in the '90s. A dazzling feat of licensing and research, 'Think I'm Going Weird...' comes in a 60-page A5 book format with 25,000 word track-by-track annotation with some extraordinary and rare photos and memorabilia. For anyone even remotely interested in British psychedelia, it's simply an essential purchase.
Grateful Dead/Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO 12/10/71 [Live] ....3 CD Set $34.99
Complete, previously unreleased performance by the Grateful Dead. Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction, with mastering by Jeffrey Norman, Produced for release by David Lemieux. One of the shortest-lived iterations of the Grateful Dead was the band that existed December 1971 through March 1972. Jerry, Bob, Phil, Bill, Pigpen, and Keith formed a formidable version of the Dead that only played a few shows together before Donna Jean joined as vocalist, and before Pigpen would depart the stage for good in June 1972. What this sextet lacked in quantity of shows it made up for with creativeness, power, and inspiration. When Pigpen rejoined the Dead on December 1, 1971, after a few months off during which Keith had joined as piano player, the band was now an unstoppably powerful live juggernaut it hadn't been since the height of the Primal Dead era in late 1968-1969. Widely considered one of the best shows from the Pigpen-Keith era of the Grateful Dead, December 10, 1971 in St. Louis has it all: Pigpen singing lead on four songs including an 18 minute version of Good Lovin' and a very rare performance of Run Rudolph Run; a deep dive into the Dead's psychedelic recent past with a monster version of The Other One; plus plenty of the new material from earlier in 1971 like Bertha, Loser, Sugaree, and Playing in the Band. They also hit upon much of the music that would appear the following year on Europe '72, such as Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Mr. Charlie, and One More Saturday Night. And no Dead show of this vintage would be complete without the "hits": Truckin', Sugar Magnolia, and Casey Jones all make appearances. This is truly one of the deepest, most dynamic, exciting, and accessible live shows in the entire Grateful Dead canon.
Chrissie Hynde/Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan ....CD $17.99
Chrissie Hynde proved the bona fides of her Bob Dylan fandom decades ago. She sang "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" with him onstage at Wembley Stadium in '84 and serenaded him with her own jaw-dropping, gospel-tinged rendition of "I Shall Be Released" at his 30th anniversary concert in '91. She's vouched for his born-again years, belting "Property of Jesus" on her solo tours, and she slipped his lilting secular favorite "Forever Young" into the Pretenders' set list only a few years ago. So an album like Standing in the Doorway, which collects nine Dylan cover songs, must have felt like second nature to her. The project came together last year after Dylan surprise-released a couple of songs, "Murder Most Foul" and "I Contain Multitudes," in the early months of lockdown. These songs reminded Hynde of the impact his music has had on her formative years, and they moved her to select some of her favorite Dylan songs and record them with the Pretenders' lead guitarist James Walbourne as a "lockdown series" of YouTube videos. But rather than reinterpret "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" like masters of warhorses, the pair opted for less obvious fare, including many recordings Dylan made in the early eighties, allowing Hynde a wider berth to fit them to her voice and character.
Philip Glass/Akhnaten ....2 CD Set $28.99
Philip Glass/Akhnaten ....DVD $28.99
Starring as the ancient Egyptian pharaoh who attempted to radically alter his society, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines this performance from the Live in HD series. In her Met-debut season, Karen Kamensek conducts the hypnotic score, leading a cast that also features soprano Disella Larusdottir as Queen Tye, mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges as Nefertiti, and bass Zachary James as Amenhotep I. Phelim McDermott's endlessly inventive production filled the Met stage with breathtaking visuals, including virtuosic pattern-juggling routines by Gandini Juggling.
Edgar Varese/The Complete Works of Edgar Varese Vol. 1 ....import 3 CD Set $34.99
Edgar Varese was frequently cited by Frank Zappa as his favorite classical composer and a big influence on his own work. This is a three disc box set anthology of recordings of compositions by this pioneering twentieth century avant-garde composer Edgard Varese, spanning a period of almost three decades - from the first recording of one of his compositions, the Nicolas Slonimsky conducted Ionisation, in 1933. Our presentation includes all of Robert Craft's celebrated Varese recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and with an ensemble of woodwinds, brass and percussion; originally released as two separate volumes in 1960 and 1962; Leonard Bernstein's performance of Arcana with the New York Philharmonic from 1958, and Frederic Waldman's sessions with the New York Wind Ensemble and Juillard Percussion Orchestra which produced ferocious versions of Integrales, Ionisation and Octandre, released in 1950 as 'Edgard Varese Complete Works Volume 1.'
King Crimson/Beat [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality
Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Discipline [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Power To Believe [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality Authenticated, Remastered] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Reconstrukction Of Light [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Thrak [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Master Quality Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
King Crimson/Three Of A Perfect Pair [Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track, Master Quality Authenticated] ....Japanese import CD $48.99
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The Artist Shop
If you'd like to order anything you see in today's newsletter, just drop me an e-mail with your selections. Also be sure to check out the Gary's Stash at http://www.artist-shop.com/sale.htm . The page has recently been updated so everything listed there should still be available as of the time of this mailing. Also don't forget to check out the $6.99 Specials - http://www.artist-shop.com/catalog/members/specials.htm .
Coming Soon: Yes,
Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Caravan, Happy the Man, Tim Finn & Phil Manzanera, Trifecta,
Neal Morse Band, Marillion, Tillison Reingold Tiranti, Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej,
Ray Wilson, Peter Baumann, Circus, Help Yourself, Vinegar Joe, Gypsy, Porcupine Tree,
Goblin, Gleb Kolyadin, Miles Davis, The Kingdom, Eric Clapton, Ten Years After, Vanilla
Fudge, The Ronnie Wood Band featuring Mick Taylor, Jon Lord Blues Project, The Brothers,
Bobby Keys, Steve Ashley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Music of Rush, Giancarlo
Erra, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Yes/The Quest ....2 CD Set Price TBA
Yes/The Quest [Limited Deluxe Artbook Edition] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Set Price TBA
Yes/The Quest [180 Gram Vinyl] ....2 Vinyl LPs + 2 CD Set Price TBA
Yes/The Quest [Limited Glow in the Dark Vinyl Deluxe Box] ....2 Vinyl LPs + 2 CDs + Blu-Ray Box Set Price TBA
The Quest is the 2021 studio album from arguably the most legendary progressive rock band of all time, Yes. The band's first release on its new label InsideOutMusic, The Quest has been produced by Steve Howe and features a line-up of Howe alongside Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison and Billy Sherwood. Featuring artwork from long-time collaborator Roger Dean, the album's 11 tracks showcase a band still intent on making its mark with its unique approach to making music. Limited deluxe 2CD/Blu-ray artbook edition: the blu-ray includes a 5.1 surround sound mix, as well as hi-res instrumental versions of all the album's tracks. Double 180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve with LP booklet and 2 CDs. Limited deluxe glow in the dark double vinyl/2CD/Blu-ray boxset including slipmat, enamel badge, poster and 36-page booklet. Comes with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity in a sturdy lift-off box.
Yes/Union 30 Live [Super Deluxe Flight Case 30 Year Anniversary Edition] ....import 26 CD + 4 DVD Box Set $379.99
As you are probably aware, 2021 is the 30th anniversary of the critically acclaimed Yes
Union Tour, featuring all 8 iconic members of the band. To celebrate this event, courtesy
of Larry Magid Entertainment, Gonzo Multmedia has put together a special souvenir limited
edition Super Deluxe Box Set containing 30 discs! The main disc features a multi-camera
shoot DVD, with accompanying soundtrack mixed by Trevor Rabin from the Shoreline
Amphitheatre (8th August 1991) show. Also included in the box is a mixture of fan
recordings, desk tapes and FM/Radio Broadcasts. These will be included with the main
program, as a way for the band to combat this highly bootlegged tour, where some fans are
paying in excess of $70 per show from various Japanese websites. All packaged in a
fantastic flight case which accommodates 10 x 'fatpack' style jewel cases each containing
3x discs to make the 30 discs in total. Each heavy-duty flight case has been sprayed
individually, and the stickers placed on by hand. No two flight cases are the same, making
each one unique and a highly collectable piece of rock and roll memorabilia! This item
will undoubtedly become both desirable and highly collectable. Rick Wakeman said about the
project, "The hardcore fans will absolutely love this...me too....a very important
era of Yes history."
Contained in the box will be:
CDx2+DVD: Pensacola Civic Centre 9th April 1991
CDx3: Worcester Centrum, Worcester, MA 17th April 1991
CDx2+DVD: Nassau Colosseum 20th April 1991
CDx3: Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany 31st May 1991 (FM Broadcast)
CDx3: Wembley Stadium, UK (2 Discs) 29th June 1991 FM Broadcast + Star Lake Amphitheatre 24th July 1991
CDx3: Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Wisconsin 26th June 1991
CDx2+DVD: Madison Square Gardens, NYC 15th July 1991
CDx3 Spectrum Theatre, Philadelphia, 12th July 1991
CDx2+DVD: Shoreline Amphitheatre (Remastered) 8th August 1991
CDx3: Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan 4th March 1992
Reproduction Tour programme
Reproduction AAA Laminate, Reproduction cloth passes,
10 band photos
Poster x 2
Yes/Union 30 Live [Limited Edition 180gm Colored Vinyl + DVD] ....import 4 Vinyl LP + DVD Box Set $159.99
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the critically acclaimed Yes Union Tour, featuring all 8 iconic members of the band, the vinyl box set is a limited edition of 1,000 units all 180 gram, colored vinyl, (different color per disc), full-size reproduction Union program, laminate, guest passes, plus the Mountian View DVD, and numbered certificate.
Steve Howe/Homebrew 7 ....import CD $19.99
Yes guitarist Steve Howe has announced he is to release the seventh edition of his Homebrew album series on via HoweSound. Homebrew 7 marks the 25th anniversary of the guitar legend's first album in his Homebrew collection. The Homebrew series typically features recordings from Steve Howe's home archive of demos and tracks, originally recorded for one of his many solo or group projects with Yes, Asia, ABWH or GTR. Homebrew 7 differs slightly as none of the tracks have previously been released in any form and there are no plans for any to be rerecorded in the future. "Many are things I've enjoyed saving until the right moment," says Howe, "and the Homebrew series allows this. Some tracks have matured with my nurturing but others have been recently rediscovered." This collection includes tracks from the late seventies through to 2016 in Howe's extensive range of playing styles. Each of the 21 tracks is dated and accompanied by Howe's background notes and details on instrumentation. Most of the tracks are Howe's solo recordings with occasional contributions from Dylan Howe and Virgil Howe on drums with Phil Spalding on bass guitar (Half Way). The booklet includes the lyrics for the four vocal tracks and is also illustrated by some of Howe's delightfully atmospheric photography.
Jon Anderson/Change We Must ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric reissue of 2013 release. Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1994 solo album from the former Yes vocalist, a record that still remains among his finest solo achievements. The album featured extensive orchestral arrangements of both newly written material and classic material from his past, including a new versions of 'Hearts' (originally featured on the Yes album 90125) and 'State of Independence' (originally featured on the Jon & Vangelis album the Friends of Mr. Cairo). "Change We Must" also features further material co-written by Jon Anderson and Vangelis, including the album's title track, 'The Kiss' and 'Candle Song.' This release features two bonus tracks and includes an illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and a new liner notes by Jon Anderson.
Caravan/Who Do You Think We Are? ....import 35 CD + DVD + Blu-Ray Box Set $479.99
The Canterbury scene combined elements of jazz, folk, rock and melodic pop into a sound
that bridged the gulf between psychedelic and progressive rock, and ultimately shattered
all genre barriers. At the heart of the Canterbury scene was a group of musicians whose
career has now spanned more than half a century: the legend that is Caravan. Who Do
You Think We Are? is the ultimate tribute to the ultimate Canterbury band. This deluxe box
set runs to a staggering 37 discs. All the official Caravan albums - studio and live
recordings among them - are joined by eleven previously unreleased live performances.
A Blu-ray includes remixer extraordinaire Steven Wilson's 5.1 surround sound mix of
the classic In the Land of Grey and Pink album Audio Only. In addition, a DVD includes
vintage European TV performances from 1971 - 1981 (London Marquee, German TV's Swing In,
Bataclan, Paris & French TV show Pop 2). The lavish packaging of the set
reflects the band's stature. A hardback coffee table book features rare Caravan photos and
memorabilia, and a full discography. A second Fan Club book assembles historic press
articles from across the band's career, alongside a new interview with founder member Pye
Hastings. Every copy of the box includes a photo signed by the three surviving
members of the original Caravan line-up: Pye Hastings, Richard Sinclair and David
Sinclair. The celebration continues with a selection of memorabilia: a
Caravan-centric map of Canterbury; a Caravan family tree poster, charting their long and
circuitous progress; and two replica 1970s gig posters. This box set will be limited
to 2,500 copies worldwide and released on the Madfish Label through Snapper Music.
DVD/Blu-Ray all region code.
Put together with the band's full co-operation, the full list of contents is as follows:
14 newly remastered studio albums & 4 official live albums
11 previously unreleased concert recordings
On Blu-Ray for the first time 48/24 Stereo & 5. 1 Mix by Steven Wilson of In the Land of Grey & Pink
DVD including rare footage from The Marquee 1971, Rock en Stock 1972, Bataclan 1973 & French TV performance 1981
Individually signed photo by the three surviving original members Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair, & Richard Sinclair
144 page hardback coffee table book featuring rare photographs & memorabilia
A4 fan club mini book featuring archive articles & an up to date interview with Pye Hastings
A4 replica tour programme for Blind Dog at St Dunstans
'For Girls that Grow Plump in the Night' replica press pack
Caravan's Trip Down Memory Lain Map of Canterbury
Illustrated family tree
2 replica posters
Happy the Man/Crafty Hands ....import CD $19.99
Digitally remastered edition of the classic 1978 album by American progressive rock group Happy the Man. Formed in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1973 the band was influenced by British progressive groups such as Genesis and King Crimson. The band came to the attention of Arista Records, securing a deal the same year. Greeted with excellent reviews, the band recorded their second album for Arista in 1978, produced once more by Ken Scott. Arguably their finest hour, the album featured only one vocal track and ranks as one of the most important in US progressive rock history. This is an Esoteric Recordings reissue of the 2012 remastering and features a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork with a new essay.
Tim Finn & Phil Manzanera/Caught by the Heart ....import CD $29.99
Caught by the Heart is the multi-genre debut collaboration album from two titans of British and New Zealand music, Tim Finn (Split Enz / Crowded House) and Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music / 801). Delivering rock, pop, prog, Latin, reggae, classical, and chamber orchestra style pieces, nothing was off limits to the intrepid duo (all drawn from Phil's extensive musical palette, inspired by his love of music regardless of where it comes from). Phil's musical imagination combined with Tim's extraordinary, literate and well observed lyrics - as well as the phenomenal range of international guest musicians - has resulted in a sophisticated, shapeshifting album.
Trifecta/Fragments ....CD $16.99
We are delighted to be able to announce that Trifecta have joined the Kscope family. Trifecta features three of the contemporary music scene's most lauded and revered musicians - bassist and songwriter Nick Beggs, keyboardist extraordinaire Adam Holzman and completing the line-up, Craig Blundell - one of the world's most celebrated drummers. Having performed together as part of Steven Wilson's band, the three would jam together after soundchecks, forming what they referred to as "jazz club" and from these sessions the fledgling ideas for Trifecta were nurtured, Nick Beggs comments "so after the last tour with Steven finished, we had a handful of tracks ready to work on and as we moved through our various separate projects we agreed to work on Trifecta." Asked what fans of the musicians can expect from Trifecta he states "Fission! It's like Fusion but less efficient and more dangerous..., however, on hearing the record, my wife said, this is the worst thing she ever heard." We can't wait for you to hear it and see what you think! The record primarily operates in a jazz rock territory, and is wholly instrumental except for the first single, Pavlov's Dog Killed Schrodinger's Cat, the lyrics of which, Beggs states, "Are written from the perspective of a layman trying to understand quantum mechanics...and failing!"
Neal Morse Band/Innocence & Danger ....2 CD Set
Neal Morse Band/Innocence & Danger [Limited Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + DVD Set $27.99
Neal Morse Band/Innocence & Danger ....2 CD + 3 Vinyl LP Box Set $65.99
NMB are pleased to announce the release of their much-anticipated fourth studio album Innocence & Danger. With NMB's previous two releases being concept albums, it's perhaps remarkable that Innocence & Danger is a series of unrelated songs, but drummer Mike Portnoy says "After two sprawling back to back double concept albums in a row, it was refreshing to get back to writing a collection of unrelated individual songs in the vein of our first album." Indeed, making this album came easy to the band; while the initial inspiration came particularly from Bill Hubauer (keyboards) and Randy George (bass), the ideas flowed from everybody from there on, as George recalls: "I am excited about the level of collaboration that we achieved on this one. We even went in with a lot of ideas that weren't necessarily developed, and I think in the end we have something that represents the best of everybody in the band." In fact - like its two acclaimed predecessors - Innocence & Danger is a double album by inspiration, rather than design, as Portnoy explains: "As much as we wanted to try and keep it to a single album after having just done two double albums, we wrote so much material that we found ourselves with our third double album in a row! That's pretty prog!" There is also plenty: "There's one half hour epic and another that's about 20 minutes long. I really didn't realize that they were that long when we were recording them, which I guess is great because if a movie is really good, you don't realize that it's three hours long! But there are also some shorter songs: some have poppier elements, some are heavier and some have three part acoustic sections. I'm excited about all of it, really." The album will be released as a limited 2 CD + DVD digipak (featuring a Making Of documentary), 3 LP + 2 CD boxset and standard 2 CD jewelcase featuring artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Transatlantic).
Marillion/This Strange Engine ....import CD $18.99
Marillion formed in 1979 and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Rightly regarded as legends of progressive rock, the band have also continued to evolve and have been keen to embrace the possibilities of the internet, using innovative ways to interact with listeners resulting in an incredibly loyal legion of fans around the world. This Strange Engine was originally released in 1997, was a top 30 hit in the UK, and reached #10 in the NL album charts. The album features the singles "Man of a Thousand Faces" and "80 Days" and shows the band exploring a revitalized sound featuring more acoustic elements. This classic album is the latest in a series of Marillion albums to be reissued onto KScope.
Tillison Reingold Tiranti/Allium Una Storia ....CD $15.99
The Lineup of Andy Tillison (The Tangent/Po90) Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings/Steve Hackett Band/Karmakanic) and Roberto Tiranti (New Trolls/Ken Hensley/Labyrinth) is a pan European progressive rock band project and the album was recorded during lockdowns in Italy, Austria and the UK. The album Allium: Una Storia is a concept album which takes as its subject a real band Allium that Tillison saw play and jammed with in Italy when he was a teenager in the mid 1970s. "One afternoon spent with this band was enough to decide my career for the rest of my life," says Tillison who subsequently spent a long time searching for any information about them. "It was the first time I saw and touched a synthesizer; it was the first time I ever saw an electric band play. It was a golden moment on a holiday camp in Italy that has been an influence on every recording I have ever made in the past 46 years." The new band -TRT's album is an imagining of the record Allium might have made. Written in the style of the music that they played, the band were joined by Italian lyricist Antonio De Sarno (Moongarden, Barock Project, Mangala Vallis) who, in keeping with Tillison's original music, wrote the kind of lyrics that might have been penned by Allium at that time. All members of the band have contributed to the songwriting since inception. The album, whilst paying homage to this and many other forgotten rock progressivo Italiano bands, is all original material written in 2021. The album features full-on European style progressive rock music and of particular note are the incomparable Italian language vocals of Roberto Tiranti which bring a new dimension to the established work of Tillison & Reingold. The album will be released on CD and features 2 mixes of the whole 40 minute album. Original Mix by Andy Tillison strives to be authentic to the sound of the times and 2021 mix by Jonas Reingold in the style of a respectful remix made with modern technology.
Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej/Divine Tides ....CD $13.99
The album "Divine Tides" by the living legend Stewart Copeland (The Police, Curved Air) and Ricky Kej (Grammy Award winner) features artists from all over the world - soundscapes and melodies meet pulsating rhythms, which elevate the senses into a realm of spiritual solitude, where the soul is free - one with itself, one with time, one with our planet! Through its diverse musical canvas "Divine Tides" showcases a world where we can adapt to change, just like the moving tides - a world in which all life can live sustainably and in harmony.
Ray Wilson/The Weight of Man ....CD $15.99
Ray Wilson, former Stiltskin and Genesis singer, breaks the silence and returns with 'The Weight of Man,' showing his different influences, compositional, interpretation and performing talents. The Weight of Man is empathy and soul, emotion and realization, experience and the thrill of disappointments, comprehension and hope. A rollercoaster of tunes, that properly sets the perfect surface for Ray's ability in telling stories and empathizing with characters. There are no fillers, every song could be a stand-alone single. Releasing his new album almost in the 20th year since his first solo release, without regretting anything done or repeating it, but taking the best of every experience, making his strongest effort ever. A singer showing new ways of using his unmistakable voice and performing talent, Ray has walked an incredibly long path. Now 'The Weight Of Man' shows him running free, faster than ever before. Only on CD: Bonus track Golden Slumbers, Rays first Beatles cover.
Peter Baumann/Trans Harmonic Nights ....import CD $24.99
Esoteric reissue of 2016 release. Digitally remastered edition of the seminal German electronic and ambient musician Peter Baumann's 1979 solo album. Peter Baumann came to prominence as a key member of Tangerine Dream, joining Edgar Froese and Chris Franke in the group in 1971 and making his debut on the album Zeit. His contribution was felt on the classic Tangerine Dream albums released by Virgin Records issued between 1974 and 1976, Phaedra, Rubicon, Ricochet and Stratosphere. In 1976 he embarked on a solo career with his classic work Romance '76. His next work as a solo artist was the equally remarkable and ground-breaking album Trans Harmonic Nights, recorded in Berlin between July 1978 and January 1979, a release which pre-empted and influenced the protagonists of synthesizer based music that would burst forth in the 1980s. Unavailable on CD for over twenty years, this Esoteric Recordings reissue is newly remastered and restores the original album artwork and includes a booklet with new essay.
Circus/Circus ....import CD $20.99
Eponymous album by one of the first progressive rock releases on the Transatlantic label, until that time primarily known as a leading folk and folk rock imprint. Circus featured saxophonist and flautist Mel Collins (who shorly after joined King Crimson for Wake of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands and more recently has rejoined the band) along with Ian Jeff (guitar, vocals), Kirk Riddle (bass) and Chris Burrows (drums). An excellent jazz influenced progressive work, the album featured a notable cover of Lennon & McCartney's 'Norwegian Wood' and is now a highly desirable collector's item among progressive rock aficionados.
Help Yourself/Passing Through: Complete Studio Recordings [Remastered] ....import 6 CD Set $59.99
Over four decades on, Help Yourself are now regarded as one of the great, unsung British bands of their era and the songs of Malcolm Morley are recognized as true treasures. 'Passing Through - The Complete Studio Recordings' is a six CD set by a band who took their influences from American West Coast Country and Acid Rock, they featured Malcolm Morley (guitars, keyboards, vocals), former Sam Apple Pie member Dave Charles (drums, percussion, vocals), Richard Treece (guitars, vocals, harmonica) and Ken Whaley (bass); the band signed to United Artists in 1970 and their eponymous debut album was issued in 1971. Various comings and goings saw Ernie Graham and Jonathan Glemser, then Deke Leonard in the band. A fifth album was recorded in 1973 but failed to gain a release for over 30 years while Morley recorded a solo album in 1976 that would also remain unreleased for 30 years. This box set gathers together all of the albums plus the unreleased album '5,' all of the band's non-album singles and Malcolm Morley's unreleased album 'Lost and Found' along with a previously unreleased BBC session and a studio demo. The set is newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an illustrated booklet with rare photographs and a new essay with interviews and a poster.
Vinegar Joe/Finer Things: Island Recordings 1972-1973 [Remastered] ....import 3 CD Set $39.99
New remastered three CD clamshell boxed set of the classic albums and non-album singles by the legendary band Vinegar Joe released between 1972-1973. One of the great British bands of the early 1970s, Vinegar Joe were formed from the remnants of Dada and featured Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer on vocals along with guitarist and visionary arranger Pete Gage. Renowned for their energetic live shows and engaging image. Sadly, their live reputation failed to deliver commercial success even following 1973's final album 'Six Star General' which featured stand out tracks including 'Black Smoke Rising from the Calumet,' 'Fine Things' and 'Lady of the Rain.' Following the band's demise, both Palmer and Brooks would go on to enjoy huge success as solo artists, while Gage became a noted producer and arranger. This three CD collection gathers together Vinegar Joe's three albums and their non-album singles, all remastered for the first time from the original Island Records master tapes and packaged in replica album sleeves. The set also includes an illustrated booklet with exclusive interviews with both Pete Gage and Elkie Brooks.
Gypsy/Comes a Time: United Artists Recordings [Remastered] ....import 2 CD Set $26.99
A new re-mastered and expanded two CD set of all the United Artists recordings from 1971 and 1972 by British prog-west coast-influenced rock band Gypsy who evolved from the Leicester based band Legay. The band featured Robin Pizer (vocals, guitar), John Knapp (guitar, keyboards), Rod Read (guitar), David McCarthy (bass / vocals) and David 'Moth' Smith (drums). Influenced by US West Coast bands such as Buffalo Springfield, Moby Grape and HP Lovecraft the band forged their own unique style and played the UK live music circuit supporting The Who and Led Zeppelin as well as playing at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival. The band's debut album, 'Gypsy,' was issued in early 1971 and increased their cult following, their reputation spreading wider with the non-album single 'Changes Coming' which led to them performing on Top of the Pops. In 1972 they released 'Brenda and the Rattlesnake' produced by John Anthony (Lindisfarne, Van der Graaf Generator, Genesis and Rare Bird). The album saw highly rated Ray Martinez replace Rod Read and was a more polished affair but despite gaining good reviews and being hailed as a potential breakthrough act, Gypsy failed to make commercial headway and were eventually dropped by United Artists in 1973. This release has been remastered from the original master tapes and gathers together all the Gypsy recordings issued by UA in 1971 and 1972. It also features a booklet featuring a new interview with John Knapp.
Porcupine Tree/Recordings ....import CD $18.99
Having recently announced that Snapper Music will be representing Porcupine Tree's Transmission label worldwide, new CD and LP reissues of the band's catalogue will roll out throughout 2021. Originally issued in 2001 as a limited edition release, this highly sought after album features songs written during the Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun sessions, including 'Buying New Soul' and 'Ambulance Chasing.' Porcupine Tree released their last album, The Incident, in 2009, marking another step forward in the incredible journey of the band that began as a solo studio project created by Steven Wilson in the late eighties to a multi grammy nominated act and one of the world's most revered live bands, selling out arenas across the globe and wowing fans with their incredible performances. This new Transmission 2021 reissue of Recordings remains faithful to the original artwork and comes in a digipack with 8 page colour booklet.
Goblin/BackToTheGoblin 2005 ....import CD $15.99
Recorded in 2005, this was the first album from Goblin in over two decades. It features a reunited Goblin lineup with four of the five original members: Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli, Maurizio Guarini and Agostino Marangolo. Goblin is an Italian progressive rock band and Italy's premier horror soundtrack group, known for creating soundtracks for Profondo Rosso in 1975, Suspiria in 1977 and Dawn of the Dead in 1978.
Gleb Kolyadin/Gleb Kolyadin [Expanded] ....import CD $18.99
Following the success of two highly-praised albums with Iamthemorning, Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Kolyadin affirmed his musical authority with his debut, self-titled album on Kscope in February 2018. The record features a staggering who's who of performers, including: the unmistakable voice and lyrics of Steve Hogarth (Marillion) alongside Mick Moss (Antimatter); Gavin Harrison (King Crimson / Porcupine Tree) on drums; Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson / Trifecta) on bass; Theo Travis (Robert Fripp / Porcupine Tree / Steven Wilson) on flute and saxophone; and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) on additional keys. Gleb Kolyadin is an emotive exploration of self-identity; a story of two parts with interweaving leitmotifs. The album's central concept weaves through an elaborate tonal and thematic structure, built around the extraordinary rhythm section of Gavin Harrison and Nick Beggs, which is accented at it's focal points by guest appearances from Steve Hogarth, Jordan Rudess, Mick Moss and Theo Travis. This new expanded CD edition of Gleb Kolyadin features two bonus tracks, May 26th & July 8th. Recorded on both dates respectively, the tracks are taken from Gleb's vast musical diary ('Poloniumcubes') of drafts and sketches that go on to form the basis of both solo and iamthemorning material. The two previously unreleased tracks were selected specifically as an organic ending and post script to the main story of the debut album. The album, presented here in digipack packaging complete with an 8-page booklet, is a collaborative piece with each musician recording their own parts separately, starting with Gleb recording himself on grand piano in Moscow winter/spring 2017 at the famed Mosfilm studio. The album was mixed and engineered by Vlad Avy, who also previously worked on the two Iamthemorning records.
Miles Davis/Live Under the Sky '87 ....import CD $28.99
At the time of this performance Miles Davis was on his final lap but he was still utterly unique. Stalking the stage in futuristic Issey Miyake couture, his red lacquered trumpet poised for action. Kenny Garrett's searing alto sax and Foley's lead bass share solo duties but the rhythm section take the honours here. Miles was renowned for his determination to keep moving forwards and in this band Ricky 'Sugarfoot' Wellman's go-go beat and Darryl 'The Munch' Jones' high energy playing drive the music forwards relentlessly. No other band has ever sounded like this. In 1987 Miles was still playing funk and rock the be-bop way. Performed on 25th July, 1987 at Yomiuri Land Open Theatre East, Tokyo, Japan and broadcast by NHK-FM.
The Kingdom/Lost in the City ....import CD $18.99
Epitaph, the '70s German prog rock band, recorded an album named "Lost in the City" back in 1986. As this was a mixture of '80s hard rock, meeting blues and influences from the great era of British rock, marked by such names as Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and Thin Lizzy, they felt that the old band name no longer fitted, so they changed it to Kingdom.
Eric Clapton/Eric Clapton [Deluxe Edition Box Set] ....4 CD Box Set $57.99
Eric Clapton's eponymous first solo album, originally released in August 1970, represents one of rock history's most successful reinventions. After emerging as one of the seminal guitar heroes of the '60s, the English superstar decisively re-established his musical priorities with 'Eric Clapton.' The album marked Clapton's transition from flashy instrumental icon to well-rounded recording artist, downplaying sonic pyrotechnics in favour of a song-focused ensemble approach that would lay the groundwork for his massively successful solo career. For the occasion, he surrounded himself with a new cast of American musicians, tapping into a rootsy musical foundation that provided an inspired framework for his talents. This Anniversary Deluxe Edition presents Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton in three separate mixes - The Eric Clapton Mix, The Delany Bramlett Mix and The Tom Dowd Mix (The UK Version). The Eric Clapton mix is being released in full for the first time. This anniversary collection also includes some singles, alternate versions and session outtakes.
Ten Years After/1967 - 1975 ....10 CD Box Set $54.99
1967-1974 is a 10 CD box set that celebrates 50 years since the eponymous debut album of British blues/rock band Ten Years After. This collection gathers long-players from the Chrysalis and Deram eras and includes eight studio albums, one live album and a bonus disc of never before heard recordings from 1972 called The Cap Ferrat Sessions, which has been newly mixed by Chris Kimsey. All the albums have been remastered from the original quarter-inch production master tapes. The unreleased - The Cap Ferrat Sessions - exists thanks to Alvin Lee's widow, who discovered a box of recordings in their house in Spain. Chris Kimsey recorded and engineered the original recordings during the Rock n Roll Music to the World album sessions. Kimsey: "These re-discovered recordings were not rough demos, not rehearsals, but completed masters that did not make the album due to the time limitations of vinyl at the time." This is a revised package of the previously available, but sold out, book version comes in a clamshell case with a perfect bound booklet featuring extensive sleeve notes by Chris Welch and interviews with the remaining band members, Alvin Lee's family, as well as additional recording notes by Kimsey. The 10 CDs are housed in individual album CD wallets.
Vanilla Fudge/Then and Now ....2 CD Set $24.99
Two Compact Disc Set - the best of the studio recordings and live with Orchestra. Vanilla Fudge, tightly bound by shared professional and personal experiences and, like most teenagers and young adults in '67, enticed by experimental drugs and 'free love,' had transformed their sound. Some club owners complained that their slow, moody, stop-start, whisper-then-scream arrangements of songs like 'Ticket to Ride,' 'People Get Ready' and 'Eleanor Rigby' were emptying dancefloors. With the patronage of George Francis 'Shadow' Morton, an extremely talented but somewhat unhinged producer-about-town, the group known as Mark Stein and the Pigeons, who'd impressed Morton with their showmanship and instrumental expertise, was transformed into Vanilla Fudge and signed to Atlantic's ATCO subsidiary. Disc one highlights the 'best of' Vanilla Fudge, the ferocity of sound; disc two ups the ante when the Fudge meets Orchestra!
The Ronnie Wood Band featuring Mick Taylor/Mr. Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at Royal Albert Hall ....CD $15.99
Ronnie Wood and The Ronnie Wood Band - Mr. Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Ronnie Wood is back with the second installment of his live album trilogy, 'Mr Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall' - The Ronnie Wood Band with Mick Taylor. Special Guests: Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller. Live from the Royal Albert Hall on 1st November 2013. A 'Tayle' of Two Sidemen 'When self-taught guitarist Eddie Taylor imparted his skills onto his friend Jimmy Reed, he surely couldn't have imagined the effect this was to have on the Chicago blues scene. Backing up such luminaries as John Lee Hooker, he is best remembered for his work with his former student. Sweet coincidence, then, that in 1974 another Taylor, Mick, would make way for Ronnie Wood in the Rolling Stones, paving the way for these two friends and celebrated guitarists to work on projects ever since. The culmination of this to date is surely Taylor's place in The Ronnie Wood Band at the Royal Albert Hall for 2013's Bluesfest, where they played the now-legendary set that would come to give birth to this recording.'
Jon Lord Blues Project/Jon Lord Blues Project Live ....import CD $26.99
Jon Lord Blues Project was a British blues band consisting of Jon Lord, Pete York, Zoot Money, Maggie Bell, Miller Anderson, and Colin Hodgkinson. The recording was originally released in 2011. The show was recorded live at Rottweil Jazzfestival on 14 May 2011 and features classic blues songs written by Willie Dixon and Robert Johnson, as well as more contemporary compositions by Deep Purple, Free, and Tom Waits. Jon Lord died of complications from his cancer treatment on 16 July 2012. The recording was mixed and mastered by Tom Mueller at Flatliners Studio Ingolstadt, Germany.
The Brothers/March 10 2020 Madison Square Garden ....4
CD Set $34.99
The Brothers/March 10 2020 Madison Square Garden ....Blu-Ray $26.99
The Brothers/March 10 2020 Madison Square Garden ....DVD $26.99
On March 11th, 2020, hours before the United States came to a grinding halt due to the pandemic, The Brothers gathered at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The concert would prove to be the last public outing for many attendees - as well as the musicians onstage - for over a year. This only added to the mysticism of the event that closed the book on half a century of musical tradition. Featuring performances by original ABB drummer Jaimoe alongside extended Allman family members Duane Trucks, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones, The Brothers also sees special appearances by original pre-ABB project Second Coming keyboardist Reese Wynans as well as Chuck Leavell, who played with the band from 1972 to 1976.
Bobby Keys/Bobby Keys ....CD $13.99
Bobby Keys was the legendary go-to saxophonist who played with some of the greatest rock artists of all time including The Rolling Stones and three solo Beatles. This 1972 album is heavy on the horns with a little musical help from his friends: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Nicky Hopkins, Dave Mason, Jack Bruce, Klaus Voorman and Jim Gordon plus Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi and Corky Laing. Whoah! Wounded Bird.
Steve Ashley/Family Album: Revisited ....import CD $19.99
Remastered with two extra tracks, Steve Ashley's Family Album (originally released and produced by Dave Pegg on the Woodworm label in 1982) makes a long-overdue return to the limelight. It also features a fascinating line-up of Fairport Convention members past and present, namely Dave Pegg, Simon Nicol, Chris Leslie and the late, Bruce Rowland. The Family Album was eventually released on Dave and Chris Pegg's, Woodworm label in 1982. Today Peggy, who produced the album, reflects upon its reissue: "Steve's 'Family Album' was one of our first releases and to my ears, still stands up today with the quality of the song writing and the 'vibe' of all the musicians involved. It was great fun to do and I still love listening to it. It's lovely to know it's being made available again."
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Plays the Music of Rush ....CD $15.99
From the world-famous orchestra that brought you symphonic interpretations of Queen, Pink Floyd and ABBA comes a brand new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Canadian prog rock legends, Rush! Includes dramatic reinterpretations of the Rush classics "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," "Red Barchetta," "Limelight" and more! Conducted by BAFTA award winning musician and composer Richard Harvey! Available on digipak CD (with a special bonus track featuring Alan Davey's Hawkwind-themed side project Hawkestrel and Rick Wakeman).
Giancarlo Erra/Departure Tapes ....import CD + DVD $22.99
UK based Italian composer, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Giancarlo Erra started his career in 2005 with one man studio project Nosound. In 2008 Erra signed with Kscope and released a string of albums under the Nosound banner before recording the first album under his own name Ends I-VII in 2019. He now returns with a new album Departure Tapes, reflecting what has been a difficult year with the loss of his father to cancer. In Giancarlo's own words "The end result is the most experimental (and darkest at times) material I ever wrote, without compromise or set plan. It contains all the elements of my music in a very unconscious free flow way. It's the first album I wrote without knowing I was writing it, intrinsically linked to one of the hardest and yet more healing parts of my life." Departure Tapes is an album of contemplative recordings, written while travelling between the UK and Italy. The majority of these tracks have been recorded live by Erra, so for the most part they are totally unique and hold a sincerity which cannot be replicated. Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and the more electronic / ambient recordings of Brian Eno may offer a reference point by which to enter Erra's world, but the depth within these recordings is truly original. This edition of Departure Tapes is presented as a CD/DVD (NTSC 0) in a digipack.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard/Butterfly 3000 ....CD $13.99
2021 release. KGLW's 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000, might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; 10 songs that began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesizers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and seductive dream-pop. It sounds simultaneously like nothing they've done before, yet unmistakably Gizz, down to it's climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. This is their most accessible, jubilant album to date.
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Giant, John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa, Steve Hackett & Djabe, The Grid & Fripp,
Focus, Colosseum II, Martin Barre & John Carter, Alan Parsons, Steve Lukather &
Edgar Winter, Marillion, Jerry Garcia, Jan Schelhaas, Man, Open Road, Miles Davis, Jeff
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Arthur Brown & Kingdom Come, Roger Chapman, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Pretty
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Gentle Giant/Free Hand [5.1 & 2.0 Steven Wilson Mix]
....CD + Blu-Ray $21.99
Gentle Giant/Free Hand [Steven Wilson Mix] ....CD $15.99
Free Hand was Gentle Giant's seventh album originally released in July 1975. This album was the most commercially successful of the band's career reaching the top 40 albums in Billboard Magazine. It stands as the culmination of the band's maturity, following the successes of In a Glass House and The Power & the Glory. Having toured Europe & North America non-stop in the years prior to this release with artists like Jethro Tull, Yes, Zappa etc, the band had gone from strength to strength. By the time Freehand was released Gentle Giant had become a major headliner in its own right. All the members were multi-instrumentalists. The band were never afraid of surprising an audience with a 4 part recorder ensemble followed by a vibraphone solo all the while rocking the audience and thoroughly enjoying themselves onstage at the same time. Gentle Giant albums featured many songs with both literary subjects as well as social and personal commentary on life as rock musicians. Free Hand has more than most. The title of the album and first track were so named as the band had just changed record labels and management and felt unshackled by prior contractual obligations. Putting these issues behind them upon it's first release, Gentle Giant embarked on an extensive tour of North America and Europe, plus a short tour of the UK, to promote the album. The incredible range of Gentle Giant's music is evident hroughout this album. From the intricate vocal fretwork of On Reflection and the delicate medieval flavor of Talybont the Celtic-tinged rock of Time to Kill and the jagged rhythms of Just the Same all those diverse elements which made the band so strikingly original are skillfully blended and perfectly executed. Award winning producer and musician Steven Wilson has added his delicate touch in remixing Free Hand in Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround sound. His tonal range and painstaking attention to sound quality make Free Hand sound as fresh today as it did on first release. A fitting tribute to the compositional skills and expertise of five dedicated musicians. Steven Wilson's remixed version of Freehand will be released in Dolby Atmos, 5.1 surround sound accompanied by custom animated visuals for each track on Blu-ray. In addition, the original flat mix, original 1975 quad mix and an instrumental mix will all be included in a Digipack CD.
John McLaughlin/Liberation Time ....CD $16.99
With his newest album, Liberation Time, McLaughlin draws from one of humanity's most fraught, uncertain epochs to produce music that gracefully reflects the uncertainty, vulnerability, and slowly awakening joy of our times. A direct response to the mandated restrictions imposed by the spread of Covid-19, the album is - unusually for McLaughlin's recent projects - not the work of one fixed ensemble. With physical proximity no longer a prerequisite, McLaughlin drew upon decades of experience as a bandleader to select musicians best suited to each composition. 'As the Spirit Sings' introduces the album by contrasting churning rhythmic tension (stoked by drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and bassist Sam Burgess) with McLaughlin's soaring guitar figures - all underpinned by Gary Husband's subtle, supportive piano. The knotty post-bop figures of 'Right Here, Right Now, Right On' mark one of the most jazz-inflected performances McLaughlin has laid down in some time, featuring Nicolas Viccaro (drums), Jerome Regard (bass), Julian Siegel (tenor saxophone), and Oz Ezzeldin (piano). The sense of brotherhood that bonds McLaughlin's current 4th Dimension ensemble (McLaughlin, Husband, bassist Etienne Mbappe, and drummer Ranjit Barot) is on full display during 'Lockdown Blues,' a playful refraction examination of blues tropes first released last summer to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America. With vaccination campaigns now in full effect and a more promising tomorrow coming into view, Liberation Time's title track can be felt as visceral anticipation - a rousing glimpse into an unbound future rich with possibilities. And while much of Liberation Blues revels in the sort of spontaneous interplay that has been denied by Covid restrictions, some of the album's most touching moments feature McLaughlin alone at the piano - an instrument he has not recorded on since his 1973 collaboration with Carlos Santana, Love Devotion Surrender. Liberation Time is a product of its times, and yet it looks both forwards and backwards - at once drawing upon memories of better days yet reaching for a new dawn. Looking back at the album's transcontinental sessions, McLaughlin concludes, 'The wonderful thing about music is that you put the headphones on and you are all in the same room.'
Frank Zappa/Zappa '88: The Last U.S. Show ....2 CD Set $21.99
The first posthumous archival release from the 1988 touring band focuses on the historical last show Frank Zappa ever played in the U.S. The live concert material is taken from Uniondale, NY; Providence, RI and Towson, MD newly remixed from the 48-track digital master tapes. It features the first official release of The Beatles Medley along with over 25 unreleased performances and liner notes by FZ's drummer, Chad Wackerman and Vaultmeister, Joe Travers.
Steve Hackett & Djabe/Journey Continues ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $35.99
Esoteric Antenna is delighted to announce the release of a new two CD and DVD live album by Djabe & Steve Hackett, "The Journey Continues." This wonderful concert recording was mainly recorded in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary in August 2019. The concert continued a series of live performances that followed the release of the acclaimed collaboration between Djabe (one of Hungary's most acclaimed jazz groups) and former Genesis guitarist and acclaimed solo artist Steve Hackett, "Life Is a Journey: The Sardinia Tapes," an album which was the result of improvised sessions that took place in a church on the island of Sardinia. "The Journey Continues" captures on two CDs and a DVD Djabe & Steve Hackett performing selections from that album on the concert stage, along with classic Genesis material such as "Hairless Heart," "Firth of Fifth" and "Los Endos," Steve Hackett's "Last Train to Istanbul" and Djabe compositions. The NTSC / Region Free DVD in this set also includes the bonus features the tracks 'In that Quiet Earth' and 'After Limoncello,' recorded in St. Veit, Austria in 2018 and 'White Bears,' recorded in Washington DC in 2019.
The Grid & Fripp/Leviathan ....CD + DVD-A Set $26.99
New collaborative album from electronic duo The Grid (aka Richard Norris & Dave Ball) and Robert Fripp, combining Fripp Soundscapes with synth, drums, programming and effects by The Grid. 'Robert (Fripp) turned up with a truck load of amps and effects, two great big stacks including delay units with a 76 second delay and played and played and played.'
Focus/Focus 50: Live in Rio ....import 3 CD + Blu-Ray Set $34.99
Three CDs + Blu-Ray (region free). Focus 50 is a collection to launch the commemoration of Focus celebrating half a century of ground-breaking contributions to the prog rock genre. It features 3 CDs and a Blu-ray of the Live in Rio show recorded at Nitteroi in 2017. A fabulous bonus disc named Completely Focussed. This is all the Focus numbers 1 through 12 that the current line up re-recorded through lockdown. Mixed and Mastered by bassist Udo Pannekeet. Liner notes, as always, from the current band, those that work closely with them over the years and exclusive new photos of the band at work and play! The collection provides fans an all-inclusive view of Focus. From the astounding live performance to the beautiful family feel of the bonus disc, this album shows Focus at the forefront of the prog rock scene.
Colosseum II/Electric Savage + War Dance ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
Two albums from 1971 from the late Jon Hiseman's Colosseum II. Band members include Don Airey, Gary Moore and John Mole. The band performed on Andrew Lloyd Webber's album 'Variations,' a UK No. 2. 'War Dance' proved to be Colosseum II's last album. Gary Moore went on to Thin Lizzy again and a successful solo career. Jon Hiseman had a long and diverse career, writing film scores and playing with wife Barbara Thompson in the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. Digitally remastered and slipcased.
Martin Barre & John Carter/Winter Setting ....CD $14.99
Legendary guitarist for rock icons Jethro Tull, Martin Barre, teams up with truly talented songwriter, John Carter! Featuring highlights from Carter's two albums - 1997's Spirit Flying Free and 1999's Clean the Page, Barre's dexterous and melodic playing is a perfect compliment to Carter's rich songs!
Alan Parsons/On Air ....import CD $14.99
This concept album as the name suggests, is an album dedicated to the skies and learning how to master the art of flying. It stands up to anything Alan Parsons did earlier under the 'Project' moniker. It has a nice laid-back sound with lots of interesting layers. Great to listen to on a good set of speakers or headphones."On Air" was the second album by Alan Parsons (without the "Project"). It is a somewhat underrated concept album on the theme of flight and the history of aviation, from the hot air balloons on the cover picture through to space travel. 10CCs Eric Stewart takes lead vocals for the soft ballad "Blown by the Wind," and the two "Blue Blue Sky" tracks which bookend the album.
Steve Lukather & Edgar Winter/Live at North Sea Festival 2000 ....CD + DVD $18.99
When these two extraordinary musicians, Steve Lukather and Edgar Winter, came together on stage at the North Sea Festival 2000, they had already achieved legendary careers in their own right. Steve Lukather started as a studio musician before becoming a founding member of rock band Toto. His guitar style and influence can be heard on numerous albums of notable artists such as Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Chicago. Having been influenced by Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, Steve developed a guitar style, which paid tribute to both rock and jazz styles, playing with such perfection and intensity that you can still spot his influence among a thousand other guitarists. Edgar Winter is the younger brother of Johnny Winter. Having debuted at the Woodstock-Festival, he also fusioned rock, blues and jazz since his first great successes in 1970. Working with musicians such as Rick Derringer, David Lee Roth and Ringo Starr, he was equally well prepared to team up with Steve Lukather. Together with Phil Soussan (bass) and Gary Ferguson (drums) the concert at the North Sea Jazz Festival was not only a firework of improvisation, but an intense demonstration of the perfection and skills of Lukather and Winter.
Marillion/Anoraknophobia ....import CD $18.99
Anoraknophobia is claimed by Marillion to have been the first crowdfunded album in the music industry, completely financed by the fans, allowing the band to record free from any record company pressures. The album is one of their most absorbing records to date and finds the band departing their neo-progressive rock past in favour of elements of rap, groove, trip hop, blues, jazz and dub elements to create a more contemporary sound. Now issued on Kscope, this is a chance to revisit a band in truly inspired form with a record far ahead of it's time.
Marillion/Marbles ....import 2 CD Set $19.99
Marillion formed in 1979 and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Rightly regarded as legends of progressive rock, the band have also continued to evolve and have been keen to embrace the possibilities of the internet, using innovative ways to interact with listeners resulting in an incredibly loyal legion of fans around the world. Marbles received considerable attention when first released as the album had been funded by donations from fans who had pre-ordered the album before they started recording in return for having their name printed within the album artwork (over 18,000 names). The exposure that the band got with this (at the time unheard of) approach helped propel "You're Gone," the first single from the album, into the top 10 of the UK charts. Regarded in some quarters as their best album, Marbles was originally released through the band's own Racket Records label and produced by long-time collaborator Dave Meegan, featuring tracks mixed by Steven Wilson.
Jerry Garcia/GarciaLive Volume 16: November 15th, 1991 Madison Square Garden ....3 CD Set $22.99
GarciaLive Volume 16 presents the Jerry Garcia Band's first performance at the world's most famous arena during their legendary Fall '91 tour. Produced from remastered soundboard recordings, The Grateful Dead co-founder is joined by John Kahn (bass), David Kemper (drums), Melvin Seals (keyboard), Gloria Jones and Jacklyn LaBranch (backing vocals) delivering a transcendent performance of classics from the Jerry Garcia Band songbook including "Lay Down Sally," "Deal," "Shining Star."
Jan Schelhaas/Ghosts of Eden ....import CD $20.99
Jan Schelhaas has a wide and varied career, having played both in Caravan and Camel over the years. His music can be described as a perfect blend between the two bands and his talent on keyboards makes him highly regarded as a musician. His main contributions to Camel were for the 'I Can See Your House from Here' and 'Nude' albums as well as some live Camel releases. In terms of Caravan, he was influential on 'Blind Dog at St. Dunstans,' 'Better By Far,' 'Cool Water' and 'The Unauthorised Breakfast Item.' He was also a member of the group Thin Lizzy in the early '70s and again between 1980 and 1985. Ghosts of Eden includes contributions from his Caravan cohort, Jimmy Hastings.
Man/Anachronism Tango ....import CD $18.99
With a population of approximately three million people, Wales is not necessarily one of the most populous countries on earth. Wales is not even the most populous country in the UK. Nevertheless, Wales has a diverse and successful music scene and has produced a number of internationally acclaimed stars over the past decades, such as Tiger Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, John Cale, Shakin' Stevens or bands like Manic Street Preachers, Feeder; Stereophonics, Racing Cars and Man, only to name but a few. Man from Merthyr Tydfil are probably the most senior band from Wales at the moment. Founded in 1968 from the members of the rockgroup The Bystanders, Man developed a very independently mixture of progressive and psychedelic rock, blues and elements of US Westcoast rock. Live, Man is known for their excessive jams in the spirit of US colleagues like the Grateful Dead or the Allman Brothers. After a series of very successful LPs, Man split up in 1977 due to differences of opinions about their musical focus. During their farewell tour through the USA, Europe and North Africa, the album All's Well that Ends Well was recorded. In 1983, Man reunited with Deke Leonard, Martin Ace, Jeff Jones and ex-Gentle Giant drummer John Weathers. The album Friday 13th was released in the same year. Another reformation took place in 1992 with Ace, Jones, Leonard and Weathers and the release of the album Twang Dynasty. Since then Man have been touring regularly and releasing new albums as well. Further personnel changes bring on the second generation of musicians to Man in the coming years. So in 2021 bassist Martin Ace and his son Josh are the driving forces of the band. Now Anachronism Tango will be released, a new Man album recorded by Martin and Josh Ace, James Beck (slide guitar, vocals), Rene Robrahn (drums) and veteran keyboardist Malcolm Morley. The high and established Man quality level is also maintained on this album.
Open Road/Windy Daze [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $24.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic and highly regarded album Windy Daze by Open Road. The band was formed by drummer John Carr and bassist / guitarist Mike Thomson in 1970. Both Carr and Thomson had been part of Donovan's band for his 1970 album Open Road (Donovan's first album to be recorded after he had split with producer Mickie Most). Upon the completion of sessions Donovan undertook some live concerts with his new band, which he named Open Road. After performing some concerts in Europe, Donovan and Open Road performed at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival before Donovan parted company with his band. Carr and Thomson began to perform as Open Road recruiting Simon Lanzon on keyboards and guitarist Barry Husband. Open Road were the first progressive group to sign with the newly formed Greenwich Gramophone label (a subsidiary of Chapter 1 Records) and they entered Olympic Studios in April 1971 to begin work on their only album - Windy Daze. Produced by Tony Reeves (bassist with Colosseum and later Greenslade), the album was completed at Morgan Studios in London and was a fine record which fused both folk and progressive influences and received critical praise. A follow up single, Swamp Fever b/w Lost and Found was released in February 1972, and Open Road entered Olympic Studios to record a second album with engineer Vic Smith (later better known as producer Vic Coppersmith Heaven). Entitled The Open Road, the album was designated a catalogue number by Greenwich Gramphone but for reasons now unclear failed to gain a release and the group disbanded. Original LP copies of Windy Daze remain hugely sought after by collectors of the progressive genre. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from recently discovered first generation original master tapes and has been expanded to a two-disc set include the band's 1972 single and their unreleased second album. The release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay.
Miles Davis/Merci, Miles! Live at Vienne ....2 CD Set $24.99
By 1991, the world's most celebrated trumpeter could look back on five decades of musical evolution - his own, and that of the world around him. Miles Davis had found ways of marrying jazz with classical ideas, then later R&B, rock and funk, producing hybrid offspring that shaped the course of popular music and had come to define his legend. In 1985, he'd left Columbia after thirty years to sign to Warner Bros. Records, a label riding high with best-selling artists like Madonna, Van Halen and Prince, with whom he had a mutual admiration and friendship. Miles Davis's lifelong love for France is well-documented, and in July 1991, he became a Knight of their Legion of Honour. Davis received the award from French culture minister Jack Lang, who described him as: "The Picasso of Jazz." A few days before, he played this electrifying set at the Vienne Jazz Festival with the Miles Davis Group. He passed away two months later in September 1991. Miles Davis' performance at Jazz a Vienne on July 1, 1991 became one of his final live performances before he passed away on September 28, 1991, and this previously unreleased set includes two songs written by Prince, "Penetration" and "Jailbait."
Jeff Lorber Fusion/Space-Time ....CD $18.99
Superstar keyboardist, writer, producer Jeff Lorber is renowned as a pioneer in the jazz-fusion movement. Scoring #1 radio hits with Jeff Lorber Fusion and as a founding member of smooth jazz super-group Jazz Funk Soul, Lorber performs constantly before his dedicated fans from coast to coast!! Highlights include "Chick" the heartfelt tribute to Chick Correa, the funky "Louisiana," the exotic "Sun Princess" and more Lorber originals. Featuring an amazing all-star lineup of Grammy winning jazz greats: Hubert Laws, Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak, Gerald Albright, Phillipe Saisse, Bob Mintzer, Robben Ford and more!!
George Duke/Faces in Reflection ....CD $14.99
Faces in Reflection is the third studio album by American keyboardist George Duke issued in 1974 on MPS Records. The album reached No. 31 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. This work put him in the ranks among Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and other early fusion greats.
George Duke/The Aura Will Prevail ....CD $14.99
The Aura Will Prevail is the sixth studio album by American keyboardist George Duke. It was released in 1975 through MPS Records. Recording sessions took place at Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. The album features contributions from Alphonso Johnson, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler and Airto Moreira. Duke played various keyboard instruments on the album, including Rhodes electric piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hohner clavinet, ARP Odyssey, ARP String Ensemble, Mutron Phaser, Mutron Dual Phaser, Minimoog, Moog bass and various pedalboards.
Asia/The Reunion Albums 2007-2012 ....5 CD Box Set $35.99
A deluxe 5CD box set featuring the reunion albums from the classic Asia line-up of John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer. Featuring Fantasia - a live show from the band's 2007 World Tour - plus the studio albums, Phoenix (2008), Omega (2010) and XXX (2012), these recordings were testament to a creatively reinvigorated band. The beautiful package was designed by Roger Dean.
Asia/Aurora ....3 CD Set $29.99
Three CD set featuring live sets from London, USA, Germany and Japan recorded between 1992 and 1997 CD 1 Recorded at The Town & Country Club, London, 10th November 1992 Geoff Downes - Keyboards & Vocals John Payne - Lead Vocals & Bass Guitar Vinny Burns - Guitar Trevor Thornton - Drums (Special Guest) Steve Howe - Guitar CD 2 Acoustic Set Recorded At The Stadthalle, Brucksal, Germany, 12th September 1997 Geoff Downes - Keyboards & Vocals John Payne - Lead Vocals & Bass Guitar Aziz Ibrahim - Guitar Rob Richards - Drums CD 3 Tracks 1 to 5 Recorded In Osaka, Japan, 4th June 1992 Tracks 6 to 9 Recorded in Chestnut Cabaret, Philadelphia, USA, 21st November 1992 Geoff Downes - Keyboards & Vocals John Payne - Lead Vocals & Bass Guitar Vinny Burns - Guitar Trevor Thornton - Drums (Special Guest) Steve Howe- Guitar Tracks 10 to 13 Recorded at Alter Wartesaal, Köln, Germany, 5th October 1994 Geoff Downes - Keyboards & Vocals John Payne - Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar Aziz Ibrahim - Guitar Michael Sturges - Drums
Vince DiCola/Only Time Will Tell ....import CD $20.99
Vince DiCola is a musician / songwriter from Pennsylvania and relocated to LA in 1981 to advance his career. Vince grew up listening to bands such as Genesis, Yes and ELP, so progressive rock was high on his list of influences. In the early to mid-eighties Vince was involved in some well-known film scores such as "Staying Alive," "Rocky IV" and "The Transformers: The Movie" and his song writing abilities shone through at a very early stage. Fans may also remember Vince's collaboration in the 1990s with Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) and Rick Livingstone (Agent) on the highly regarded "Storming Heaven" release as well as Thread, another project with Doane Perry. Vince has been involved with some of the best musicians in the business over the years and the 13 songs listed here have been co-written and feature artists such as Bobby Kimball, Jason Scheff, Steve Walsh, Rick Livingstone, Roger Voudouris, Stan Bush, Mark Boals and Ellis Hall. The songs are just fantastic and the progressive element is particularly highlighted in the epic "Suffer the Children" featuring Steve Walsh. Comparisons to Toto, Chicago, Kansas and many other melodic rock bands can be heard throughout. "Only Time Will Tell" is indeed a great album. Any one of these songs could easily be part of a big movie soundtrack and each song has it's own individuality. And of course this album features some outstanding vocalists and musicians.
Various Artists/Banquet: Underground Sounds of 1969 ....import 3 CD Set $39.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the next release in their series of compilations celebrating the so-called "underground" rock music - "Banquet - Underground Sounds of 1969," is a 3CD clamshell boxed set which gathers together nearly four hours of music from 1969, a year that saw a huge progression both musically and socially. It was a fine year for creativity in British album-based rock, embraced by the emerging counter-culture. Musical stylistic influences such as psychedelia jazz, blues, hard rock, folk and even classical music melded, all of which was championed by "underground" figures of the day such as DJ John Peel on his BBC Radio One show Top Gear and by publications such as International Times and Oz. The common thread among all of these artists was an emphasis on experimentation and a desire to push the perceived boundaries of popular music. It was also a year that would see the birth of "progressive" record labels such as EMI's Harvest and Phillips Records' Vertigo imprints, both aiming to mimic the success that independent labels such as Island Records had achieved and it was the year when the "sampler" compilation albums such as "You Can All Join In," "Nice Enough to Eat," "Gutbucket," "Son of Gutbucket" and "Wowie Zowie! - The World of Progressive Music" left a lasting impression on the album buying audience. 1969 also saw bands that would go on to achieve success and influence in the 1970s such as Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, Ten Years After, Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest, Edgar Broughton Band, Free, Family, Genesis, Strawbs, Van Der Graaf Generator, Man and Yes begin their rise to prominence. Aside from featuring better known acts such as Jack Bruce, Thunderclap Newman, Procol Harum, Moody Blues, Taste, Fairport Convention, Colosseum, Michael Chapman and The Jeff Beck Group, this compilation also features lesser-known acts that produced fine work of a wide breadth such as Eyes of Blue, East of Eden, Blodwyn Pig, Locomotive, Mighty Baby, Pete Brown and The Deviants. This collection celebrates a creative period when rock music was evolving into something altogether more serious, moving away from the single as medium to give way to the dominance of the album. Open your ears to "Banquet - Underground Sounds of 1969."
Arthur Brown & Kingdom Come/Eternal Messenger: An Anthology 1970-1973 [Remastered & Expanded] ....import 5 CD Set $65.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new boxed set featuring all of the albums recorded by the legendary Arthur Brown & Kingdom Come issued between October 1971 and April 1973. The band came together in 1970 following Arthur Brown's failed attempt to form a new band upon the disillusion of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown in 1969. Based in rural Dorset, Arthur had undertaken rudimentary recordings with the bands The Puddletown Express and Rustic Hinge before forming a new, more satisfactory band Kingdom Come. The initial group came together with a line-up of Arthur Brown (vocals), Bob Ellwood (guitars), Dave Ambrose (bass), Rob Tait (drums) and Pete Bailey (percussion) to record a lengthy jam session in the studio. This tape was impressive enough to lead to a contract with Polydor Records, and the album Galactic Zoo Dossier was the first album by the band. Issued in October 1971, the album featured Arthur Brown joined by Andy Dalby (lead guitar / vocals), Michael "Goodge" Harris (keyboards), Desmond Fisher (bass), Julian Brown (VCS3 Synthesiser) and Martin Steer (drums). The band's debut album was a conceptual work loosely based upon the subject of humanity living in a zoo and subject to cosmic forces. As a group, Kingdom Come took the mantle from where the Crazy World of Arthur Brown had left off, presenting a highly theatrical show which utilised the VCS 3 synthesiser and presented a form of experimental rock music which was far ahead of it's time. This led to them becoming a popular act on the festival circuit (their memorable appearance at the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre was captured in the documentary film of the same name). For the band's next album, 1972's Kingdom Come, Desmond Fisher departed and was replaced by Phil Shutt. The album was another conceptual work and built upon the impact of their debut. Soon after the album's release Martin Steer and Goodge Harris also departed the band. American musician Victor Peraino joined the group on Mellotron, VCS3 and Theramin and Brown opted to utilise the Bentley Rhythm Ace drum machine instead of a drummer, bringing a new electronic direction to Kingdom Come's highly inventive space rock. This incarnation of the band recorded their final and finest album in the Autumn of 1972, the highly influential Journey. Issued in April 1973 the album was a superb conceptual work and featured such legendary material as "Time Captives," "Spirit of Joy" and "Come Alive." Despite the excellence of the album, Kingdom Come disbanded soon after the album's release leaving an impressive legacy. This new remastered boxed set features the albums "Galactic Zoo Dossier," "Kingdom Come" and "Journey," along with the archive disc "Jam - The First Sessions 1970" and "At the BBC 1971-1972" a twelve track CD featuring sessions recorded for the BBC between March 1971 and September 1972, nine tracks of which are previously unreleased. The set also adds thirteen bonus tracks (two previously unreleased on CD) taken from studio out-takes and a rare single. Also included is an illustrated booklet with new essay featuring an exclusive interview with Arthur Brown and a replica poster. "Eternal Messenger" is a fine tribute to Arthur Brown, a unique and visionary musician.
Roger Chapman/Life in the Pond ....CD $15.99
A studio album by Roger Chapman is always an event. Since '66, when the British singer-songwriter emerged as the voice of his generation with the seminal Family band, through every twist of his four-decade solo career, Chappo's output has defied music industry protocol, challenged genre, and held up a mirror to the times. "I've never stopped writing," he reflects, "and with Life in the Pond, I felt the need to hear what I'd put down in music." Released in 2021 on Ruf Records and Chappo Music, Life in the Pond draws a line under a period in which the 79-year-old had been absent from the studio but privately prolific. Twelve years since 2009's acclaimed rarities collection Hide Go Seek, "A true lionheart still roars," enthused The Mirror, Life in the Pond reconnects the veteran with faces from his past - including ex-Family multi-instrumentalist John 'Poli' Palmer as co-writer and producer - while taking the pulse of modern life. "Mostly it's anger at politicians that's kept me fired up," says Chapman of the lyrics. "But I'm also influenced by daily happenings, world news, people, acquaintances. It's all in the lyrics." As for the music, Life in the Pond joins the dots between Chapman's founding influences. "It's about nostalgia for the different musical styles that influenced my life. American rock from the '50s to now. British R'n'B from the '60s, like Georgie Fame, The Stones, Zoot Money. Folk, blues, Motown, Stax, Blue Note jazz, Classical, Americana, and Country. A whole mess of influences..." That eclectic roll call won't surprise anyone who has followed Chappo through his fascinating career. Born in the Midlands city of Leicester, he told the Rock Legacy site that "I wasn't interested in the English version of rock 'n' roll. All my heroes were American, like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent - that was the real stuff."
Dream Theater/Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Images and Words - Live in Japan 2017 ....CD $16.99
Ytsejam Records previously played host to Dream Theater's official bootleg release collection comprising of live shows, demos and studio outtakes from throughout the band's prolific career. As part of "Lost Not Forgotten Archives," the entirety of the collection will be reissued on CD with brand new artwork and packaging. The band have also been busy digging into their encyclopedic vault to find some very special, previously unreleased material. The first brand new release in the reinvigorated archival series will be a recording of the band's start-to-finish performance of their classic second ever studio album, Images and Words, taken from their performance at Tokyo, Japan's legendary Budokan venue in September of 2017.
Devin Townsend/Devolution Series #2 - Galactic Quarantine ....CD + Blu-Ray $18.99
Devolution Series #2 - Galactic Quarantine was recorded between July and September 2020 in various places around the world. Originally streamed on September 5th, 2020 on StageIt.com as a replacement show for the covid affected "Empath Vol 2 European Tour" and various cancelled Summer festivals. The show features Devin on vocals and guitars, Samus Paulicelli III on drums, Wes Hauch on guitars and Diego Tejeida on keys.
Pretty Things/Live at the BBC ....import 6 CD Box Set $85.99
This is the one to have! Together for the first time on one 6-CD collection. One of the all-time great British '60s bands - The Pretty Things Live at he BBC! Boxed set comprised of 3 digisleeved packages each containing 2 CDs. Over seven hours of audio - restored and remastered, 50-page booklet with liner notes by Richard Morton Jack featuring archive memorabilia and photos. Drawn from Saturday Club, Beat Room, Top Gear and Sounds of the '70s, plus more recently the Mark Lamarr and Marc Riley shows. BBC broadcast material from 1964-2018 curated by Colin Harper. Features a recent interview by Chris Welch with founder member and guitarist Dick Taylor. In the golden age of the British R&B revival, few groups created as much excitement and controversy as The Pretty Things. They came up alongside the Rolling Stones in the early 1960s, but were deemed by critics and fans as wilder and bluesier than even Mick Jagger and company. When long-haired Phil May sang and shook his maracas with manic intensity, audiences and record buyers knew they were in for a wild ride. But The Pretty Things took their music seriously and developed into one of the more innovative rock bands of the '70s, much admired by groups and artists from Led Zeppelin to David Bowie. As well as recording hit singles and albums, the Pretties were also heard live in action on BBC radio shows that captured their dynamic performances with remarkable clarity and presence. We are fortunate that this audio heritage has been carefully preserved and has now been digitally restored for future generations to enjoy. Repertoire is proud to present this comprehensive 6 CD collection that provides over seven hours of non-stop R&B, original songs and new concepts.
The Residents/Morning Music ....import CD $19.99
Morning Music is a compilation album by The Residents, originally released June 25th 2010 on the Robot Selling Device. The compilation contains a hand-picked selection of Residents tracks, designed to be listened to in the morning. "It is normally true that The Residents can be a bit too jarring for the morning. This compilation tries to fly in the face of that idea and presents a selection of up-beat tunes that will get one through a cup of coffee at home on Sunday morning and ready to head out into the world for that second cup," said the Residents at the time of it's release. Remastered for enhanced listening pleasure.
The Residents/El Ano del Muerto ....import CD $19.99
The Residents are an American art collective best known for their over 60 studio albums that were recorded over a period of over forty years. They also created some outstanding multimedia works, mainly three CD-ROM projects and ten DVDs. Working as an anonymous collective, their identitites were kept secret until in 2017 Hardy Fox revealed himself as their primary composer. Hardy died in October 2018, but the group continue to record and perform. Recently, several new albums have been released, among them the brilliant Intruders and Ghost of Hope. Early in 2020, the group was invited to perform their seminal album God in 3 Persons at the MOMA in New York. El Ano del Muerto is a compilation of mostly previously released material spanning The Residents' entire career up to 2009. It opens with a new track, "I Can't Get No (Spot)," a mash-up of "The Cry of the Crow" (from the 1993 EP Prelude To "The Teds") with the lyrics from Snakefinger's 1979 single "The Spot." Due to the album's similarities with the Talking Light setlist, the album has retroactively acted as a sort of teaser for the tour. It is also theorized that the album showcases an early planned setlist for the show. Previously only available as download from RSD, this is the first time this great release is available on CD.
Fourth Wall Quartet/1975 ....CD $15.99
The brothers Miller grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They came of age during the Summer of Love. By 1969 they were engaged in freeform rock improvisations and started their first all-original rock band Sproton Layer. During this time, they would see the MC5 at a free concert in the afternoon, then head over to the University of Michigan New Music department to hear Stockhausen at night. In 1975 the three brothers attended a small Art School. The Fourth World Quartet, with school-mate Jack Waterstone rounding out the quartet, was born out of their mash-up of colliding interests in free improvisation, classical music and jazz. All members composed, ranging from fully scored pieces to graphic scores. Laurence arranged the Art Ensemble of Chicago's "Tnoona" for the group and Roger arranged the main theme from Igor Stravinsky's mini-opera "Renard the Fox." The boundaries were wide open. In a few months the band put together this repertoire, a testament to focus and extreme creative activity. By 1977 punk rock had kicked in, and Laurence (guitar) and Benjamin (alto sax) went back to their rock roots and joined the Detroit punk band Destroy All Monsters which included Ron Ashton from the Stooges and Michael Davis from the MC5. In 1979, Roger co-formed Mission of Burma in Boston, which went on to be very influential on the indie rock movement. This is never-before heard music from a pivotal time period.
Clive Mitten/Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983 ....import 2 CD Set $28.99
Twelfth Night multi-instrumentalist, Clive Mitten's first solo album Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983. The two-hour album comprises cinematic orchestral recompositions of all of the material contained on Twelfth Night's three seminal albums plus a few live favourites, reworking them in a classical style to produce something entirely new. The dynamic range is quite stunning! The cover painting is one of several sketches Geoff Mann made in 1982, while Twelfth Night were recording the Fact & Fiction album. A booklet contains comprehensive sleeve notes explaining the concept behind the album.
Joni Mitchell/The Reprise Albums [1968-1971] ...4 CD Set $49.99
The Reprise Albums [1968-1971] features newly remastered versions of Joni Mitchell's first four studio albums - Song to a Seagull (1968), Clouds (1969), Ladies of the Canyon (1970), and Blue (1971). In the case of Song to a Seagull, the original mix has been recently updated by Mitchell and mixer Matt Lee. "The original mix was atrocious," says Mitchell. "It sounded like it was recorded under a jello bowl, so I fixed it!" The cover art for The Reprise Years [1968-1971] features a previously unseen self-portrait Mitchell drew during the time period and includes an essay by Grammy winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.
Lindisfarne/Sleepless Nights ....CD $14.99
Lindisfarne are an English folk rock band from Newcastle upon Tyne established in 1968 (originally called Brethren). The original line-up comprised Alan Hull (vocals, guitar, piano), Ray Jackson (vocals, mandolin, harmonica), Simon Cowe (guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards), Rod Clements (bass guitar, violin) and Ray Laidlaw (drums). They are best known for the albums Nicely Out of Tune (1970), Fog on the Tyne (1971) which became the biggest selling UK album in 1972, Dingly Dell (1972) and Back and Fourth (1978), and for the success of songs such as "Meet Me on the Corner," "Lady Eleanor," "Run For Home," "Fog On The Tyne" and "We Can Swing Together." The group began as The Downtown Faction, led by Rod Clements, then changed their name to Brethren. In 1968, they were joined by Alan Hull and became Lindisfarne, after the small island, Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumberland.
Iona/Beyond the Shores ....import CD $22.99
Beyond These Shores is a progressive rock album by Iona, released in 1993. Beyond These Shores is largely based on the story of St. Brendan's voyage. Brendan and a company of monks sailed from Ireland in a leather and wood boat in the sixth century to 'the promised land' which many believe to be America.
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