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# 787

February 18, 2020

 

Hi, folks,

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.

In Today's Newsletter

Coming Soon: King Crimson, Neil Young, Roger Eno & Brian Eno, Toyah, Rick Wakeman, Fernando Perdomo, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, The Residents, The Groundhogs, Blue Oyster Cult, ZNR, Teil 1 Kraut!: Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968-1979, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio, John Zorn, Harry Chapin, David Clayton-Thomas, Gentle Giant, Camel, Renaissance, Pendragon, Porcupine Tree, The Neal Morse Band, Martin Barre, Peter Green, Darryl Way, Cream, Rory Gallagher, Patrick Moraz & Bill Bruford, Pat Metheny, Cheer-Accident, Soft Machine, The Alan Parsons Project, Ars Nova, Steve Roach, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Sonny Landreth
New Releases: David Cross & Peter Banks, Martin Barre, Andy Mackay & Phil Manzanera, Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Wishbone Ash, Gary Moore, Brian Davison's Every Which Way, Paul Haslinger, Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese, Richard Barbieri, Elton John & Ray Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Nektar, John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain, Weather Report, Bryan Ferry, John Fogerty, Arthur Lee & Love, Deep Purple, Sons of Apollo, Bad Company, John Zorn, Henry Kaiser & Ivar Grydeland, John Martyn, Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow, A Slight Disturbance in My Mind - The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966


 

Coming Soon

 

From King Crimson's Collectors Club Series come these choice selections previously only available through DGM.

King Crimson/Live in Jacksonville February 26 1972 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Beat Club Bremen October 17 1972 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/On Broadway November 20-25 1995 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live at Summit Studios Denver March 12 1972 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Central Park NYC July 1 1974 ....CD $17.99
King Crimson/Live in Jacksonville February 26 1972 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Beat Club Bremen October 17 1972 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/On Broadway November 20-25 1995 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live at Summit Studios Denver March 12 1972 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Central Park NYC July 1 1974 ....CD $17.99
The second release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club Series recorded Live in Jacksonville, FL February 26, 1972. The third release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Bremen on October 17, 1972. The fifth and sixth release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded on Broadway, NYC November 20-25, 1995. The Ninth Release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live at Summit Studios in Denver on March 12, 1972. The tenth release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Central Park, NYC on July 1, 1974.
King Crimson/Nashville Rehearsals 1997 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Plymouth May 11 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live in Mainz March 30 1974 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Berkeley August 13 1982 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live in Detroit December 13 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99
King Crimson/Nashville Rehearsals 1997 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Plymouth May 11 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live in Mainz March 30 1974 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Berkeley August 13 1982 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live in Detroit December 13 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99
The 13th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club Series taken from Nashville Rehearsals May, 1997. The 14th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club Series recorded Live in Plymouth, May 11, 1971. The 15th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Mainz on March 30, 1974.  John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, David Cross. The 16th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club Series recorded Live in Berkeley, CA August 13, 1982. The 18th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Detroit, MI on December 13, 1971.  Boz Burrell, Ian Wallace, Mel Collins, Robert Fripp
King Crimson/Live in Philadelphia July 30 1982 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/ProjeKct Three Live in Austin March 25 1999 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Warsaw June 1 2000 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Projekct Two Live in Chicago June 4 1998 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Projekct Three Live In Alexandria March 3 2003 ....CD $17.99
King Crimson/Live in Philadelphia July 30 1982 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/ProjeKct Three Live in Austin March 25 1999 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Warsaw June 1 2000 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Projekct Two Live in Chicago June 4 1998 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Projekct Three Live In Alexandria March 3 2003 ....CD $17.99
The 26th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Philadelphia, PA on July 30, 1982. Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew The 27th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Austin, TX on March 25, 1999. Pat Mastelotto, Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn The 28th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Warsaw on June 11, 2000. Pat Mastelotto, Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Adrian Belew The 33rd release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded Live in Chicago, IL June 4, 1998 The 34th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Alexandria, VA March 3, 2003.
King Crimson/Live in Boston March 27 1972 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Rehearsals & Blows ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Chicago November 29 1995 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live in New Haven November 16 2003 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live in Toronto June 24 1974 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live at the Marquee August 10 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99
King Crimson/Live in Boston March 27 1972 ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Rehearsals & Blows ....CD $17.99 King Crimson/Live in Chicago November 29 1995 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live in New Haven November 16 2003 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live in Toronto June 24 1974 ....2 CD Set $20.99 King Crimson/Live at the Marquee August 10 1971 ....2 CD Set $20.99
The 40th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, recorded live in Boston, MA on March 27, 1972. Boz Burrell, Ian Wallace, Mel Collins, Robert Fripp The 42nd release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series, May-November, 1983. Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp The 43rd release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Chicago, IL on November 29, 1995. Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Pat Mastelotto, Trey Gunn, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew The 44th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in New Haven, CT on November 16, 2003. Pat Mastelotto, Adrian Belew, Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn The 45th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live in Toronto on June 24, 1974. John Wetton, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, David Cross The 46th release in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series recorded live at The Marquee on August 10, 1971. Robert Fripp, Ian Wallace, Boz Burrell, Mel Collins, Peter Sinfield

Neil Young/Heart of Gold ....DVD $18.99

Neil Young/Heart of Gold ....DVD $18.99

Shot over the span of two nights in the summer of 2005 at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville this Jonathan Demme concert film combines interviews with Neil Young and other band members with the premiere of various songs from the album Prairie Wind. The concert film also features a special acoustic encore of older Young songs, as a special favor to Demme for the purposes of the film. Songs performed include Far from Home, Heart of Gold, Harvest Moon, and Comes a Time.

 

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Roger Eno & Brian Eno/Mixing Colours ....import CD $21.99

Roger Eno & Brian Eno/Mixing Colours ....import CD $21.99

Mixing Colours - In their first collaboration for Deutsche Grammophon, Brian and Roger Eno present an anthology of sonic inspiration. 'Mixing Colours' invites listeners into a prismatic world of calm contemplation. Based on a series of deliberately abstract colours, the innovative brothers evolved the new recording into a unique collection over the years. Their creative Deutsche Grammophon debut will reach an audience still unfamiliar with their artistry. The poetic set spotlights two celebrated ambient musicians at the height of their artistry.

 

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Toyah/Solo ....import 7CD + DVD Boxset $64.99

Toyah/Solo ....import 7CD + DVD Boxset $64.99

Limited eight disc (seven CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) box. This first Toyah box set ever features six albums (Minx, Desire, Prostitute, Ophelia's Shadow, Take The Leap, Velvet Lined Shell) and 44 bonus tracks, including rarities, B-sides, collaborations, and several unreleased tracks, plus a DVD of promo videos and a brand new exclusive interview filmed in December 2019. In 1985, after five studio albums and two live albums with her band, Toyah decided to go solo, and signed to Sony's portrait label. The album Minx contained two hit singles as well as covers of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" and Rare Bird's "Sympathy." 1987'S Desire, on EG Records, featured appearances from Robert Fripp and Ron Wood and Toyah's cover of "Echo Beach." Prostitute (1988) was an arresting and fascinating departure from the pop formula, a trend continued by 1991's Ophelia's Shadow. In 1994, Take the Leap featured new songs and intriguing revisits of several of her earlier pop hits. 2003'S Velvet Lined Shell took Toyah back along a more commercial path. Amongst the bonus tracks are Toyah's collaborations with Tony Banks, Trey Gunn, German band Kiss of Reality, Family of Noise and This Fragile Moment. The lavishly-illustrated 48-page booklet features annotation about each album written by Toyah herself. Also featured is an essay on the period covered by the box by Toyah's official archivist and compiler of this box set, Craig Astley.

 

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Rick Wakeman/Live in Moscow 2001: Official Bootleg Series Disc 1 ....import CD $18.99
Rick Wakeman/Live in Vienna 1990: Official Bootleg Series Disc 2 ....import CD $18.99

Rick Wakeman/Live in Moscow 2001: Official Bootleg Series Disc 1 ....import CD $18.99                Rick Wakeman/Live in Vienna 1990: Official Bootleg Series Disc 2 ....import CD $18.99

Wakeman began his solo career during his first run with Yes. His perhaps most known records being his first three, The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1973), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1974) and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1975). He has produced over 100 solo albums that have sold more than 50 million copies. In November 2010 Wakeman was awarded the Spirit of Prog award at the annual Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Records like this are particularly important, because - as they were originally never meant for release - they give a unique and very precious glimpse into the private compositional processes of this remarkable man. As so much of his life (both professional and personal) has been lived in public, these private glimpses and very precious indeed.

Fernando Perdomo/Out to Sea 3: Storm ....import CD $20.99

Fernando Perdomo/Out to Sea 3: Storm ....import CD $20.99

"Out to Sea 3" completes the trilogy of the critically acclaimed instrumental progressive rock album Series "Out to Sea" by Fernando Perdomo. The album was recorded to meet the growing demand from fans for Fernando Perdomo's music and in response to the tremendous reaction the first and second Out to Sea albums received. Acclaimed artist Paul Whitehead painted the cover image. Other covers by Whitehead include Trespass, Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot by Genesis.

 

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Claudio Simonetti's Goblin/The Devil Is Back ....import CD $29.99

Claudio Simonetti's Goblin/The Devil Is Back ....import CD $29.99

The Devil Is Back is the new full album of Claudio Simonetti's Goblin. The album is a perfect mix of progressive rock, horror soundtrack, and heavy guitars and keyboards riff. Claudio Simonetti nails the tone of the album, allowing the music to somehow walk the line of sinister and elaborate without coming off as forced. An aggressively modern merger of art rock. Not to be missed!

 

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The Residents/Refused ....import CD $19.99

The Residents/Refused ....import CD $19.99

The Residents are an American art collective best known for their over 60 studio albums that were recorded over a period of over forty years. The compilation album Refused was originally released by the band's own Ralph America label in 1999 and collected 11 versions of the track "Santa Dog." For our 2019 Christmas re-issue, we have collected a total of 18 variations with adapted artwork.

 

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The Groundhogs/Thank Christ for the Bomb ....CD $15.99

The Groundhogs/Thank Christ for the Bomb ....CD $15.99

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, 'Thank Christ for the Bomb' is released with bonus tracks on CD. A hugely influential album cited as the embryo for punk, grunge and beyond. Featuring epic 1970 concepts from this far reaching trio much praised by Underworld's Karl Hyde, Captain Sensible, Stephen Malkmus and a host of others. 'Thank Christ for the Bomb' is a visionary tale of cold war fear, alienation and everyday drama. 'This is a masterpiece!' New Musical Express. A thinking man's rumination on alienation, the album is a game of two halves; side one tackling the thermo nuclear threat while side two traces riches to rags alienation in everyday London. Also featuring Radio 1 sessions and live versions of key tracks including a lengthy take of 'Soldier' recorded for the BBC's In Concert series.

 

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Blue Oyster Cult/40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live 2016 ....CD + DVD Set $18.99
Blue Oyster Cult/40th Anniversary - Agents of Fortune - Live 2016 ....Blu-Ray $18.99

Blue Oyster Cult/40th Anniversary - Agents Of Fortune - Live 2016 ....CD + DVD Set $18.99

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their widely celebrated album 'Agents of Fortune', Blue Oyster Cult performed the seminal album in its glorious entirety at an exclusive concert for the Audience Music Network on Monday April 18, 2016 at Red Studios in Hollywood, CA in front a lucky little audience of invited guests. The performance was recorded by an army of cameramen for a DirectTV special, that is now being released on CD/DVD and Blu-Ray. The intense creative vision of BOC's original core duo of vocalist and lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section comprised of bass guitarist Kasim Sulton, and drummer Jules Radino. As a special guest, founding member Albert Bouchard appears on guitar and vocals on selected tracks, which was a real treat for longtime fans of the band.

 

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ZNR/ZNRarchive ....CD Box Set $45.99

ZNR/ZNRarchive ....CD Box Set $45.99

Both original ZNR releases Barricades III & Traite de Mechanique Populaire + 2 extra CDs covering all the extra released and a great deal of unreleased material. With a definitive book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia from the group's brief but extraordinary career & contemporary commentaries by alumni Joseph Racaille & Patrick Portella.  This legendary band, whose reputation continues to grow as time passes, were gone before anyone knew they were there. They played a handful of concerts, reformed very briefly to make a second LP, then immediately disbanded again. But the records attracted a cult following, especially in Japan. Their existence became tenuous, flickering, mythological. How come there's an original Beefheart drawing on the inside cover of their first LP? Why were they invited onto France Culture to debate postmodernism with Boltanski and Bofill? But mainly, it was the music that earned their reputation, with its Satiesque simplicity, timeless self-confidence, wistful modernity and uncompromisingly eccentric arrangements. They came out of nowhere with a music that was like nothing else, and then they disappeared. The three main protagonists (Hector Zazou, Joseph Racaille, and Patrick Portella) however, continued to make waves, though in very different lakes. This box contains both original ZNR releases - Barricades III and Traite de Mechanique Populaire - plus two extra CDs - one with the whole of the post-ZNR LP Les Flots Bleus by Patrick Portella and Joseph Racaille, Joseph Racaille's Pegase and the Six Petites Chansons EP. The second collects early ZNR demos and lost tracks, which appear here for the first time. There's also an 80pp book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia from the group's brief but extraordinary career - alongside contemporary commentaries by Joseph Racaille and Patrick Portella

Various Artists/Teil 1 Kraut!: Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968-1979 ....import 2 CD Set $36.99

Various Artists/Teil 1 Kraut!: Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968-1979 ....import 2 CD Set $36.99

Progressive Rock from Germany! Never before has there been a comparable compilation! Towards the end of the 1960s, German bands began their first attempts to emancipate themselves stylistically from their US and British role models. Progrock and psychedelia from our country were initially smiled at internationally and disparagingly called 'Krautrock' by cult DeeJay John Peel, among others. Unorthodox formations could not be pigeonholed, and so a scene with a wide musical range was created. With the release of the first of a total of four issues, Bear Family marks another milestone on the way to a comprehensive documentation of the history of popular music in Germany from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. With 'Kraut! Die innovativen Jahre des Krautrock 1968-1979' we will release a double CD every three months in 2020 with a booklet of about 100 pages and biographies of each band, an exquisite selection of the exciting and influential bands of those days, some of which caused a sensation far beyond Germany.

Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio/Dreaming ....CD $14.99

Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio/Dreaming ....CD $14.99

The voice of '80s new wave icons Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio, returns to the stage with an astonishing new studio album of cover songs and originals! Produced by the multi-talented Adam Hamilton (David Hasselhoff / William Shatner), Dreaming offers lush keyboards and atmospheric interpretations of some classic rock/pop songs brought to life by Bozzio's unmistakable voice! Includes 2 original compositions that demonstrate Bozzio's relevance to the modern electronic genre which her original band inspired!

John Zorn/Virtue ....CD $18.99

John Zorn/Virtue ....CD $18.99

A moody and evocative book of music passionately performed by the remarkable acoustic guitar trio of Julian Lage, Bill Frisell and Gyan Riley, whose previous CD for Tzadik Nove Cantici per Francesco d'Assisi was a Tzadik best seller. Inspired by anchoress Julian of Norwich, one of the founders of Christian mysticism, Virtue is marked by a stunning, seductive lyricism and a remarkable contrapuntal interplay by these three master guitarists. Softly spiritual music that is perfect for meditative late night listening alone or with a special friend.

Harry Chapin/Some More Stories: Live at Radio Bremen 1977 ....import CD $18.99

Harry Chapin/Some More Stories: Live at Radio Bremen 1977 ....import CD $18.99

Harry Chapin's brother Steve and his drummer Howard Fields remember: On April 11th 1977, Harry Chapin and his band, near the end of their first tour overseas, performed a concert broadcast over German radio at a small auditorium in the city of Bremen in front of 400 people. The performance was akin to the calm after a storm in that it followed two consecutive arena shows (in Munich and Dortmund) where Harry would open up for a roster of rock, blues and heavy metal bands that featured The Small Faces, John Mayall, The Scorpions and headliner Status Quo. A more unlikely billing for Harry and the band was unimaginable. The crowd was very drunk, very loud and very not-at-all-interested in Harry's songs and sound. So, on the following night he was delighted to be back in his element, in Bremen, in front of a small, quiet, and appreciative audience attentively listening to his words and stories. Fueled by the change of atmosphere, a now energized Harry would speak and speak and speak, as if he were in Boston or Boise, to an adoring audience regardless of how many of his words were actually understood. And it would be remiss to understate the potent effect that the cello in Harry's music had upon this German crowd whose proud connection to a heritage of classical music drew them even deeper into the story songs now presented to them. Barely known on the European continent, the look on the faces of the small crowd and their reaction after each song was a joy to Harry and the perfect way to cap off his first tour outside of North America. Worth mentioning is, that over his career, Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942 - July 16, 1981) raised millions of dollars, roughly half of his income, and performed over 1000 benefit concerts for causes he believed in. As Harry said, "My commitment to end hunger and my music and story songs, are ways of dealing with the world as I see it." There Only Was One Choice.

David Clayton-Thomas/Say Something ....CD $15.99

David Clayton-Thomas/Say Something ....CD $15.99

David Clayton-Thomas began his amazing journey with his 1968 debut album with Blood Sweat & Tears that sold 10 million copies worldwide. The self-titled record topped the Billboard album chart for seven weeks, and charted for a staggering 109 weeks. It won an unprecedented five Grammy awards, including Album of The Year. He hasn't slowed down since then and developed into one of the most recognizable voices in music, to date selling over 40 million records. In 2007 his jazz/rock composition "Spinning Wheel" was enshrined in the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. Through the years, he has lost none of the attributes that have made him one of the greatest vocalists of his generation. That unmistakable voice now soaring and sunny, now a dark, somber shade of blue - he still just sings the hell out of a song.

 

Future Releases Still Pending

 

Gentle Giant/Unburied Treasure [Limited Box Set] ....import 29 CD + Blu-ray Box Set $349.99

Gentle Giant/Unburied Treasure [Limited Box Set] ....import 29 CD + Blu-ray Box Set $349.99

Unburied Treasure was released and went out of print the same day!!!  If you didn't pre-order, you'll find it at double or triple the original price now.  But fear not!  Gentle Giant and Madfish have decided to do one more limited run of 1,000 copies to be released around late April.  If you got left out in the cold on this, pre-order now for the second pressing which will be identical to the first in every aspect.

Deluxe 29 CD + Blu-Ray boxset authorized by all band members with signed photo. Includes a lavish 136-page coffee table hardback book and 96-page tour history book. Highly regarded in the prog-rock world for the 12 albums they released between 1970 and 1980, this comprehensive set sees the band's catalog augmented by 15 new concert albums: seven never previously released, seven never previously officially released and one never previously released on CD. The 30-disc total also includes two posthumous live/outtake albums and an All region Blu-ray bonus disc. Also included are books, posters, replica promotional items and much more. The contents of the Unburied Treasure box set include: • Signed photograph by band members Derek Shulman, Ray Shulman, Gary Green, Kerry Minnear & John Weathers • Brand new cover artwork illustration by Bob Venables based on original illustrator George Underwood's design for the band's debut album • The 12 original albums released during the band's active years, including live album Playing the Fool • Two albums released after the disbanding: Winchester 1971 (live) & Pinewood Rehearsal 1977 (outtakes) • 15 official previously unreleased live albums: Essen 1972 *, New Orleans 1972 (feat. three previously unreleased BBC recordings), Hollywood Bowl 1972, Vicenza 1973 *, Torino 1973, Munster 1974 *, St Gallen 1974 *, Cleveland Agora 1975, Basel 1975 *, Dusseldorf 1976 Part 1 †, Dusseldorf & Brussels 1976 Part 2 †, Munich 1976 †, Paris 1976 †, Chester 1977, and Roxy 1980. * Audience recording remastered for the highest possible quality † Unreleased material from the 'Playing the Fool' gigs remixed by GG expert Dan Bornemark

 

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Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import Blu-Ray (All Region) $29.99
Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import DVD (NTSC Region 0) $27.99
Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import 2 CD Set $24.99

Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import Blu-Ray (All Region) $29.99

'At the Royal Albert Hall' celebrates Camel's superb 'Moonmadness 2018' tour in which the album Moonmadness was played in its entirety. Universally acclaimed by everyone that saw it, the RAH concert was the pinnacle of the tour. With the line-up of Andrew Latimer (guitar / flute / vocals), Colin Bass (bass / vocals), Denis Clement (drums) and Pete Jones (keyboards / vocals) this is Camel at their best . DVD NTSC Region 0; All region code Blu-ray.

 

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King Crimson/Cat Food EP ....CD EP $9.99

King Crimson/Cat Food EP ....CD EP $9.99

Expanded 50th anniversary edition of King Crimson's first non-album single from 1970, featuring artwork derived from Peter Sinfield's original 7" cover.  Featuring Cat Food (single version), Groon (original single B-side), a live version of Cat Food performed by the current KC line-up in Toronto in September 2019, and an alternate mix of the album version of Cat Food prepared by David Singleton as part of the KC50 digital series.  There were few less likely performances on the UK's premier chart television show Top of the Pops than that of a temporary line-up of King Crimson miming to the band's early 1970 single release Cat Food. The band's first (and only) - isolated from album release - foray into the fickle world of the singles market did not, even with a TOTP appearance, produce a hit to dominate UK and worldwide charts but, along with its quirky instrumental non-album b side Groon, has achieved long-term appeal with King Crimson fans.   A longer version of Cat Food would appear on the band's second studio album in May 1970, In the Wake of Poseidon and a live version of Groon was a highlight of the Earthbound Live album (while numerous studio takes were featured on both the 40th anniversary CD/DVD-A of In the Wake of Poseidon and the Sailors' Tales boxed set. Cat Food also appeared in a powerful version on The Great Deceiver boxed set and made a lauded return to KC's repertoire on the band's 2019's world tour.

 

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Renaissance/Turn of the Cards [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 3 CD + DVD Set $39.99

Renaissance/Turn of the Cards [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 3 CD + DVD Set Price TBA

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded four-disc clamshell box edition of the classic album, Turn of the Cards by Renaissance. Released in 1974, the album was an artistic triumph and heralded the band's commercial breakthrough in the United States.  Featuring highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion), Turn of the Cards was recorded in March 1974 at De Lane Lea studios in Wembley, North London and featured the band incorporating symphonic orchestral arrangements into their material extensively on classic pieces such as 'Running Hard,' 'Things I Don't Understand' and 'Mother Russia.' The album would also feature the evocative 'Cold Is Being' and the celebrated 'Black Flame' which would result in Turn of the Cards being praised as one of the finest works by Renaissance.  This expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and also features an entire concert at The Academy of Music in New York City on 17th May 1974 (with a 24-piece orchestra) over two bonus CDs which has been newly mixed from the original 16-track master tapes, including live versions of songs from the album, along with classics such as 'Can You Understand,' 'Carpet of the Sun,' 'Prologue' and a 25 minute version of 'Ashes Are Burning' featuring guest Andy Powell (of Wishbone Ash) on lead guitar. The fourth disc is a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) which features a new 5.1 Surround sound and high-resolution stereo mix of Turn of the Cards.  The set also includes the previously unreleased song 'Everybody Needs a Friend,' recorded during the sessions for the album and the rare single edit of 'Mother Russia.' The release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay featuring interviews with Annie Haslam, Terry Sullivan and Jon Camp.

 

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Pendragon/Love over Fear ....import CD $20.99
Pendragon/Love over Fear [3 CD Deluxe Book Edition] ....import 3 CD + Book Set $109.99

Pendragon/Love over Fear [3 CD Deluxe Book Edition] ....import 3 CD + Book Set $109.99

The brand new Pendragon studio album will be out early 2020! After the massive success of the First 40 Years, the new album, Love over Fear will be available as a digisleeve standard CD.  Also available as a stunningly beautiful 11" x 11" Hard cover book featuring a collection of stunning Liz Saddington paintings to illustrate all the album tracks plus a wealth of photographs, this book also contains 3 CD's - [ 32 pages of lyrics, artwork and photos].

 

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Porcupine Tree/In Absentia [4 Disc Deluxe Edition with 100pg book] ....import 3 CD + Blu-Ray + Book Box Set $95.99

Porcupine Tree/In Absentia [4 Disc Deluxe Edition with 100pg book] ....import 3 CD + Blu-Ray + Book Box Set $95.99

The much anticipated deluxe edition of the iconic album by the British legends of experimental rock. Featuring re-mastered stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes, additional studio recordings, a disc of unreleased demos and a new feature length Lasse Hoile directed documentary on Blu-ray (All region). This new deluxe version of In Absentia provides an unrivalled insight into the context of the seminal album. The first CD features Steven Wilson's 2017 remaster, which has considerably less compression and limiting for a more dynamic listening experience. The second CD includes all of the additional finished studio recordings the band made during the period. "Collapse (intro)," "Drown with Me," "Chloroform," and "Meantime" were all recorded during the album sessions in New York, while "Futile" and "Orchidia" come from the post-album promo-only Futile EP. Radio edits of "Trains," "Blackest Eyes" and "Strip the Soul" are also included. The third CD comprises over 70 minutes of demos recorded at Wilson's home studio during the two years leading up to recording the album. Many of the selections differ from the final versions, with additional sections, alternate lyrics, and different arrangements. Also included are demos of three songs that were not subsequently recorded by the band, all released here for the first time: "Imogen Slaughter," "Watching You Sleep," and "Enough." The Blu- ray features the new master of the original stereo mix, the 5.1 surround sound mix created in 2003 by legendary engineer Elliot Scheiner, plus the audio from the second CD, all in high resolution audio. It also boasts a new 109- minute feature length documentary film directed by Lasse Hoile, chronicling the making of the album with interviews and archive footage. This deluxe reissue of Porcupine Tree's best-loved album follows the release of Steven Wilson's fifth solo album, To The Bone, which soared into the UK Album Charts at #3 and #2 in the German album charts and led to a sold-out tour including 3 shows at London's Royal Albert Hall.

 

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The Neal Morse Band/The Great Adventour 2019 - Live in Brno ....import 2 CD + 2 Blu-Ray $32.99

The Neal Morse Band/The Great Adventour 2019 - Live in Brno ....import 2 CD + 2 Blu-Ray $32.99

The Great Adventour 2019 - Live in Brno shows The Neal Morse Band at the very height of its powers.  2 Blu-ray/2CD digipak in slipcase.  Extraordinary, passionate and intricate rock music played to perfection by five masters of their craft, backed by dramatic video illustrations by Christian Rios.  The first disc contains the show and the encore, while the second features exclusive bonus material, including two documentaries that track the US and European legs of the tour, as well as four official videos from the album release.

 

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Martin Barre/Stage Left ....CD $15.99

Martin Barre/Stage Left ....CD $15.99

Beautiful new reissue of the 2003 studio album from famed Jethro Tull guitarist, Martin Barre! This reissue features all new artwork and fully remastered audio with two unrelased bonus tracks including a live performance with fellow Tull member Doane Perry!

Peter Green/The End of the Game [50th Anniversary Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Peter Green/The End of the Game [50th Anniversary Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 50th anniversary edition of the first solo album by the legendary Peter Green.   Peter's work with Fleetwood Mac needs no introduction. His acclaimed guitar playing and writing graced several albums and a succession of hit singles before he departed the group in 1970.  He embarked on the recording of his first solo album only a month after leaving Fleetwood Mac, enlisting the assistance of Zoot Money (keyboards), Alex Dmochowski (bass), Nick Buck (organ) and Godfrey Maclean (percussion). The End of the Game would be an entirely instrumental affair, quite different in feel from Green's work with Fleetwood Mac. Released to very little fanfare, unjustly so as it was an imaginative work with Green's instantly recognizable guitar playing. The following year saw the release of a single 'Heavy Heart' b/w 'No Way Out,' which received some airplay and saw Green perform 'Heavy Heart' on Top of the Pops. A collaboration with Nigel Watson followed early in 1972 for Green's final single for Reprise Records, 'Beasts of Burden' b/w 'Uganda Woman.'   This new and expanded Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original Reprise master tapes, features four bonus tracks (drawn from the two non-album singles) which appear on CD for the first time. It also features a booklet with new essay and an exclusive interview with Zoot Money on the making of the album.

 

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Darryl Way/Destinations ....import CD $19.99

Darryl Way/Destinations ....import CD $19.99

From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, Darryl Way is the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist and composer. "Destinations" is the new studio album by Darryl Way and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces.

 

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Cream/Goodbye Tour - Live 1968 [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD Box Set $65.99

Cream/Goodbye Tour - Live 1968 [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD Box Set $65.99

The Cream album Goodbye, 'Goodbye Tour - Live 1968' is now available in a special, expanded edition and the first authorized release of these four historic complete 1968 concerts. Each concert features previously unreleased tracks and the Royal Albert Hall show hasn't featured on CD until now.  Having decided to call it quits whilst on tour in the US during May 1968 by way of a farewell Cream agreed to undertake more live shows, predominantly in the US later that same year plus 2 final UK dates at the Royal Albert Hall that November. Originally released in Feb 1969, Goodbye originally mixed live performances from those last tour dates with a handful of studio recordings and rose to the UK no.1 slot and no.2 on the US Billboard. Goodbye Tour - Live 1968, as the name suggests expands the recordings from the 3-piece powerhouse's last tour.  This historic collection was produced by Bill Levenson. The Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum and San Diego Sports Arena concerts were mastered from the original 1968 analog mix reels by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering, Nashville, TN. The Royal Albert Hall concert was mastered from the original 1968 analog transfer reels by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA.  The set features 36 tracks of which 29 are issued for the first time.

 

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Rory Gallagher/Check Shirt Wizard - Live in '77 ....2 CD Set $21.99

Rory Gallagher/Check Shirt Wizard - Live in '77 ....2 CD Set $21.99

Rory Gallagher's most successful albums are his live ones. He was an artist that came alive when onstage and this album covers a previously undocumented live period. This 20-song set, previously unreleased, is culled from an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of his album, Calling Card. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as some other career favorites. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios with cover art by Irish graffiti artist, Vincent Zara.

 

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Patrick Moraz & Bill Bruford/Temples of Joy ....import 3 CD Set $22.99

Patrick Moraz & Bill Bruford/Temples of Joy ....import 3 CD Set $22.99

From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, Bill Bruford was the original drummer in Yes and was a long term member of King Crimson. Patrick Moraz was in Yes during the Relayer era and was a long term member of the Moody Blues.  Temples of Joy collects together the two Moraz/Bruford studio albums (Music for Piano and Drums / Flags) and a live album (In Tokyo) into one place for fans who want to check out the duo's official releases. The set is housed in new artwork with an extensive booklet including reviews of each album by All About Jazz journalist John Kelman.

 

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Pat Metheny/From this Place ....CD $17.99

Pat Metheny/From this Place ....CD $17.99

The record features ten compositions by Metheny, who is joined by his long-time drummer, Antonio Sanchez, Malaysian/Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock as well as the Hollywood Studio Symphony conducted by Joel McNeely. Meshell Ndegeocello (vocals), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), and Luis Conte (percussion) are special guests on From this Place, Metheny's first album of new material since 2014's Kin (??). Metheny, Simcock, Oh, and Sanchez begin an extensive international tour in the New Year. "From this Place is one of the records I have been waiting to make my whole life. It is a kind of musical culmination, reflecting a wide range of expressions that have interested me over the years, scaled across a large canvas, presented in a way that offers the kind of opportunities for communication that can only be earned with a group of musicians who have spent hundreds of nights together on the bandstand," said Metheny.

 

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Cheer-Accident/Chicago XX ....CD $17.99

Cheer-Accident/Chicago XX ....CD $17.99

Cheer-Accident celebrate 20 albums as a beacon of Prog Rock absurdity... With the new Chicago XX, their third full length in three years, these indefatigable Chicago weirdos have hit a hot streak late in the 4th decate of their career... they're a band for the long haul.

Soft Machine/Virtually ....CD $17.99

Soft Machine/Virtually ....CD $17.99

Brought back from Cuneiform's vaults, Virtually features outstanding live performances from the classic line-up of Wyatt, Hopper, Dean and Rutledge. Originally broadcast on German radio, these recordings are available for the first time commercially.

 

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The Alan Parsons Project/Ammonia Avenue [Blu-Ray High Resolution Audio Edition] ....import Blu-Ray $19.99
The Alan Parsons Project/Ammonia Avenue [Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set] ....import 3 CD + Blu Ray + 2 X 12-Inch Vinyl Box Set $119.99

The Alan Parsons Project/Ammonia Avenue [Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set] ....import 3 CD + Blu Ray + 2 X 12-Inch Vinyl Box Set $119.99

Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a Blu-Ray edition of the classic album Ammonia Avenue by The Alan Parsons Project.  First released in February 1984, Ammonia Avenue was the seventh album by The Alan Parsons Project, the brainchild of composer, musician and manger Eric Woolfson and celebrated producer and engineer Alan Parsons. The inspiration for the album title came from a visit Woolfson had made to the ICI Chemical plant in Billingham, England after meeting ICI chairman Sir John Harvey-Jones on a flight from New York. Upon visiting the plant, Eric Woolfson noticed a long street called Ammonia Avenue, devoid of people and trees and dominated by miles of pipes.   The album sessions featured the contribution of musicians such as Ian Bairnson (guitars), David Paton (bass), Stuart Elliott (drums) with Eric Woolfson playing keyboards and lead vocals on four of the album's nine songs. Colin Blunstone, Chris Rainbow and Lenny Zakatek also provided lead vocals on the remaining songs. Ammonia Avenue would become one of the biggest selling albums for The Alan Parsons Project, attaining gold status in many European countries and the USA. The album featured such classic compositions as Dancing on a Highwire, Since the Last Goodbye and the stunning title track. Ammonia Avenue also spawned the hit singles Don't Answer Me (a Top Ten hit throughout Europe and in the USA) and Prime Time.  This Blu-Ray edition features stunning new 5.1 surround sound & stereo mixes of the album, (created from the original multi-track master tapes by Alan Parsons) and the promotional videos of "Don't Answer Me" and "Prime Time."

This deluxe edition comprises 3CDs, a Blu-Ray disc (NTSC / Region Free) and vinyl edition of a new stereo mix of Ammonia Avenue as two 12-inch 45rpm discs (cut at Abbey Road Studios). The set has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes under the supervision of Alan Parsons and features an additional 53 bonus tracks drawn from Eric Woolfson's song-writing diaries, studio session out-takes and stunning new 5.1 surround sound & stereo mixes from the original multi-track master tapes by Alan Parsons plus the promotional videos of "Don't Answer Me" and "Prime Time."   This stunning set also houses a lavish illustrated book with a new essay with unseen photos and features recollections from Alan Parsons, the Woolfson family and from musicians Ian Bairnson and David Paton. It also includes a reproduction poster and a reproduction press kit folder. This deluxe edition of Ammonia Avenue is the definitive treatment of a special album.

 

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Ars Nova/Fields of People - The Elektra & Atlantic Recordings 1968-1969 [Remastered] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99

Ars Nova/Fields of People - The Elektra & Atlantic Recordings 1968-1969 [Remastered] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD anthology featuring all of the recordings by the American psychedelic / progressive band Ars Nova released by Elektra & Atlantic records in 1968 and 1969.  Formed in New York City in 1967 by two former students from the Mannes College musical conservatory, Wyatt Day (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Jon Pierson (trombone, vocals) and Maury Baker (drums). The line-up was expanded by the addition of Jonathan Raskin (bass, backing vocals, guitar) and Giovanni Papalia (lead guitar). After spending some time rehearsing in rural Vermont, the band added Bill Folwell to their ranks on double bass and trumpet. Coming to the attention of manager Arthur Gorson (who also managed Phil Ochs and Judy Collins) the band secured an audition for Jac Holzman's Elektra label and secured a contract soon after.  The band's self-titled debut album was recorded at Sunset Sound studios in Los Angeles and was produced by Paul Rothchild (noted for his work with The Doors, Love et al). The Ars Nova album was certainly ground-breaking for its use of unconventional instrumentation and for taking influences from the worlds of rock, ethnic and classical music. One fan of the album was Roy Wood of British band The Move (who would record a cover of Ars Nova's Fields of People on their 1970 album Shazam!) Ars Nova was issued in 1968 to much critical acclaim, but the band's line-up made it difficult for the music to translate well on the concert stage. Appearances opening for The Doors failed to boost the band's fortunes and the initial line-up of the band broke up soon afterwards.   With Jonathan Raskin joining the band Rhinoceros, Day and Pierson gathered together a new line-up featuring Sam Brown (lead guitar), Joe Hunt (drums and percussion), Art Koening (bass), Jimmy Owens (trumpet) and Warren Bernhardt (keyboards). This revamped version of Ars Nova would record their final album, the equally imaginative Sunshine & Shadows, for Atlantic Records in late 1968 in New York City. The album release was inexplicably delayed for nearly a year by Atlantic Records and any momentum gained by further critical praise was lost. Increasing management problems also took their toll and Ars Nova disbanded soon after the release of Sunshine & Shadows.  This two-disc set gathers together all the recordings made by Ars Nova for Elektra and Atlantic and has been newly re-mastered from the original first generation master tapes and features an illustrated booklet with new essay.

 

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Steve Roach/The Sky Opens ....2 CD Set $19.99

Steve Roach/The Sky Opens ....2 CD Set $19.99

Magnificent, majestic and voluminous truly describes the expansive sonic experience spanning this 140-minute 2-CD set. The Sky Opens represents a sublime moment in the evolution of Steve's 40-year history within the ambient/electronic genre. His sound manifests through an artistic process of real-time engaged interaction where his vision is channeled through a blend of technology, composition and improvisation, all captured in the moment of creation. This transpires for Steve in the studio as well as in live settings where mostly hardware instruments bring his studio environment to the stage.   This album takes a unique approach to documenting live electronic music; the listener is fully immersed in an acoustic expanse that completely embraces the music. The Sky Opens presents his 2019 Ambient Church concert in it's entirety experienced within the warm, reverberant sanctuary of the 95-year-old First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, California. Microphones in multiple locations throughout the church capture the emotional, breathing dynamic of the music combined with the acoustic influence of the 1200-capacity audience. Blending this with Steve's live console mix, the album balances the magnificent natural ambience with subtle detail fine-tuned by mastering engineer Howard Givens. Along with a disc's worth of of all-new material, The Sky Opens includes the first-time live expression of the seminal minimalist-ambient "Structures from Silence" performed on the classic Oberheim OB-8. As the set evolves, five tracks from Steve's epic ethno-atmospheric landmark Dreamtime Return are elevated to a new level by the influence of the sacred sonic space and mesmerized audience. The Sky Opens is a pinnacle moment reaching towards places beyond. Ultimately the pure emotion, passion and vision of Steve's work is elegantly brought forth in this dynamic performance; the sky opens indeed.

The Allman Brothers Band/Trouble No More [50th Anniversary Collection] ....5 CD Box Set $55.99

The Allman Brothers Band/Trouble No More [50th Anniversary Collection] ....5 CD Box Set $55.99

The Allman Brothers Band's first jam together- and last song performed together-was a Muddy Waters song "Trouble No More" which also became their first demo'd track. The recording has remained unreleased until now, kicking off this 50th anniversary collection. 5CD edition is housed in a 12-panel softpack with slipcase; includes an 88-page booklet, unreleased band photos & newly shot photos of memorabilia from the Big House Museum.  Features an essay on the band's 50-year history by John Lynskey.

 

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Eric Burdon & The Animals/When I Was Young - The MGM Recordings 1967-1968 ....import 5 CD Set $55.99

Eric Burdon & The Animals/When I Was Young - The MGM Recordings 1967-1968 ....import 5 CD Set $55.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new boxed set featuring all of the albums recorded by Eric Burdon & The Animals for the MGM Records label issued between October 1967 and December 1968. Eric Burdon & The Animals came together in December 1966 when the original Animals had ground to a halt. Vocalist Eric Burdon recruited Vic Briggs (guitar, piano), John Weider (guitar, violin, bass), Danny McCulloch (bass) and Barry Jenkins (drums) to form a new group which changed direction away from raucous rhythm and blues and embraced psychedelic rock and the influences of the emerging counter-culture. The band's debut single "When I Was Young" was released in April 1967 and was a powerful statement, featuring Weider's violin and Briggs' fuzzed guitar, becoming a hit in Europe, Australia and the USA. The follow-up single, San Franciscan Nights, issued in August 1967, came on the heels of the band's famed appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 and would be the band's biggest hit, breaking the top twenty in the UK, Europe and the USA. The band's debut album, Winds of Change was issued in October 1967.  This set features the albums "Winds of Change" (both stereo and mono versions), "The Twain Shall Meet," "Every One of Us" and "Love Is," all newly re-mastered from the original master tapes, along with ten bonus tracks drawn from the band's single releases, including the classic B-sides A Girl Named Sandoz, Ain't that So and Gratefully Dead, all remastered from recently located original master tapes. Also included is an illustrated booklet with new essay and a replica poster. "When I Was Young - The MGM Recordings" is a fine tribute to the music of Eric Burdon & the Animals.

 

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Sonny Landreth/Blacktop Run ....CD $16.99

Sonny Landreth/Blacktop Run ....CD $16.99

Sonny Landreth's new album "Blacktop Run" mixes genres and styles across a landscape of lyricism and rootsy grooves, his third album for blues connaisseur label Provogue, and his 14th overall.  A percussive burst of acoustic resonator guitar pushes the narrator on a journey "between the life I left and the edge of next" in the title cut of guitarist, songwriter and bandleader Sonny Landreth's 14th album. As the singer feels the wind at his back, a rising bass line intersects Landreth's vocalizing to stretch the fingerpicked tune into Far Eastern melodicism. The south Louisiana artist's groundbreaking work has long mixed familiarity with experimentation, and his latest ten-song collection stretches from hard-edged electric instrumentals to wistful acoustic ballads. The project's range is the fruit of a renewed collaboration. Producer RS Field - who helmed Landreth's trio of breakout albums - joined the six-stringer and co-producer Tony Daigle to finish the record.

 

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New Releases

 

David Cross & Peter Banks/Crossover ....import CD $19.99

David Cross & Peter Banks/Crossover ....import CD $19.99

From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and the late Peter Banks was the original guitarist in Yes and later Flash. The guitar and violin parts for this new studio album were recorded on the 10th August 2010 in an afternoon of improvisation. The resultant album was produced by Tony Lowe and David Cross and the guest appearances were recorded during 2018 and 2019 and features: Pat Mastelotto, Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Randy Raine-Reusch, Andy Jackson, Oliver Wakeman, Jay Schellen, Jeremy Stacey, Geoff Downes. This is the last new album of material from the late Peter Banks, who passed away in 2013, and had wanted to see this material released.

 

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Martin Barre/Live in NYC ....2 CD + DVD Set $24.99

Martin Barre/Live in NYC ....2 CD + DVD Set $24.99

Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist in Jethro Tull - one of the biggest selling prog bands of all time - brings his famous guitar chops to the Big Apple in this rare concert capturing his solo band live as they rock thru the classic hits that earned him a reputation as one of the signature axemen of his era. This edition contains a concert DVD coupled with two audio CDs of the entire concert.

 

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Andy Mackay & Phil Manzanera/Roxymphony ....import CD + DVD $49.99

Andy Mackay & Phil Manzanera/Roxymphony ....import CD + DVD $49.99

Roxymphony contains classic Roxy Music songs reinterpreted with an orchestra and choir.   CD/DVD in book format.  'Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera bookend the stage as the ensemble do a magnificent job reimagining the likes of Song for Europe and Out of the Blue. The added musical dimensions help to accentuate the eerie and haunting qualities so often overlooked in Roxy material: this is especially true of In Every Dream Home a Heartache, which is mesmerizing.' Prog Magazine

 

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Jon Anderson/Olias of Sunhillow ....import CD $15.99

Jon Anderson/Olias of Sunhillow ....import CD $15.99

CD reissue. For those wondering what to expect from Jon Anderson's first ever solo work. It is the soundtrack to his complex vision, and every sound the listener hears represents a part of the mystical story he had in mind. The unique instrumentation, vocals, and overall texture perfectly capture an otherworldly feeling, and the rather dynamic flow of all the music. Jon Anderson's unmistakable 'Yes' voice is layered amongst harp, acoustic guitar, keyboards and some very interesting and varied percussion. As a result, it is not simple, yet it is smooth. It is from the heart and spiritual, a carefully and masterfully laid out surreal journey from start to finish.

 

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Bill Bruford/Double Time [Special Edition] ....import CD + DVD $19.99

Bill Bruford/Double Time [Special Edition] ....import CD + DVD $19.99

From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, Bill Bruford was the original drummer in Yes and was a long term member of King Crimson.  "Double Time" includes the previously released "Winterfold Collection," which is a compilation of Bill Bruford's solo and collaborative rock albums and includes appearances by Allan Holdsworth, Patrick Moraz, Dave Stewart and Jeff Berlin.  The set also includes on DVD the rare documentary Bruford and the Beat which features interviews with Bill Bruford's bandmates in Yes and King Crimson.  This definitive re-release is on Bill Bruford's own Winterfold Records and was overseen personally by Bill Bruford.

Wishbone Ash/Coat of Arms ....CD $15.99

Wishbone Ash/Coat of Arms ....CD $15.99

Coat of Amrs sound stylistically diverse and techincally accomplished, yet the new album is typical of Wishbone Ash's traditional strenths - a balancing act that is a challenge to Powell every time.  Wishbone Ash celebrates their 50th anniversary this year. The band released legendary albums like "Argus," "There's The Rub" and "Live Dates." The band, still led by original member Andy Powell, was a huge influence for Iron Maiden's bass player Steve Harris. The new album is back to the roots and the first one since 2014.

 

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Gary Moore/Live from London ....CD $16.99
Gary Moore/Live from London [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD Box Set $21.99

Gary Moore/Live from London [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD Box Set $21.99

Mascot Label Group/Provogue Records will release Gary Moore - Live in London, a milestone in blues rock history. Some shows are so momentous, they pass into rock 'n' roll folklore. When Gary Moore stepped onto the stage of London's Islington Academy on December 2nd, 2009, it was a true one-off, showcasing one of blues-rock's biggest names in an intimate club setting. Nobody in the sell-out crowd that night suspected the great Irish bluesman was close to the end. But when Moore passed away fourteen months later, aged just 58, the show took on added poignancy, cherished as one of his last stands, kept alive in the memories of those who attended. Now, a decade later, the release of Live from London on Mascot/Provogue resurrects the much-missed Irishman, bringing his blazing talents back into the spotlight, catching the sparks of that night in the capital, and bottling a performance that stands amongst Moore's very best. The Deluxe Edition contains the full album on CD, a guitarpick card, postcard, sticker and 2 coasters.

 

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Gary Moore/Parisienne Walkways ....CD $15.99

Gary Moore/Parisienne Walkways ....CD $15.99

One of rock's most underrated guitarists (both from a technical and compositional point of view), Gary Moore is arguably one of the finest musicians that Britain has ever produced, with a career that dated back to the 1960s, there were few musical genres that Gary Moore had not turned his hand to. From his early beginnings in a local rock group called Skid Row, which featured a young singer by the name of Phil Lynott, who would soon after leave the group to double up on bass and form Thin Lizzy. Here we present 28 tracks of some of his greatest work including Parisienne Walkways, Nuclear Attack, Run To Mama, and Stormy Monday to name a few.

Brian Davison's Every Which Way/Every Which Way [50th Anniversary Remastered Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Brian Davison's Every Which Way/Every Which Way [50th Anniversary Remastered Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered 50th anniversary edition of the sole album by the celebrated progressive rock group Every Which Way.  The band was formed by drummer Brian Davison upon the demise of his former group The Nice in early 1970 (caused by Keith Emerson's departure to form ELP).   Davison soon sought to form his own group and recruited former Skip Bifferty vocalist Graham Bell, along with bass guitarist, Alan Cartwright, guitarist John Hedley and saxophonist Geoffrey Peach. Brian Davison's Every Which Way took a more jazz influenced take on progressive rock, which suited Davison's style perfectly. The band recorded their only album at Trident studios soon after formation and signed with the recently founded Charisma label. The finished result was a fine record which earned much critical praise upon its release.  The songs were mostly written by Graham Bell, whose superb voice was selected for praise. The lengthy Bed Ain't What It Used to Be opened the album and featured wonderful saxophone solos from Geoffrey Peach (earning comparisons to the sound of the band Audience, another Charisma act, or Traffic). Other highlights included the emotive Go Placidly and the excellent All in Time, but in truth the entire album was of the highest standard.  Despite having produced such a fine debut album, Every Which Way lasted only a short time before disbanding. Alan Cartwright soon joined Procol Harum, whilst Brian Davison would eventually join his former Nice band mate Lee Jackson in Refugee, with Swiss keyboard player Patrick Moraz.  This Esoteric Recordings edition celebrates this excellent, albeit short-lived, band.

 

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Paul Haslinger/Exit Ghost ....CD $15.99

Paul Haslinger/Exit Ghost ....CD $15.99

It's a strange betweenworld, bookended by sleep and the jolt of being wide awake in a place where you wonder how you got there. You know the feeling' It seems familiar but the colours are, well, unreal. In a high-ceilinged room, a grand piano plays lush melodies as, meanwhile, somewhere, an Alice In Wonderland clock ticks, cellos are bowed, a swarm of something vibrates and the hallucinatory crowd around Rosemary's Baby babble. An echoey electronic hum builds and falls like a 50s refrigerator passed through and effects board, things run backwards, staccato strings are plucked' and that's not the half of it. 'I've never been happy staying in one particular school of musical thought. The fun has been turning things on their heads, to try something you were not supposed to do.' We're on an immersive and adventurous travelogue with the former member of the legendary Tangerine Dream, Paul Haslinger - this is a man who knows how to build tension, hold moods, illustrate contempt, lies, passion and pleasure; He can create fear, loathing and love - he's been unlocking the nuances of such emotions in a hugely successful career as a TV and film soundtrack composer (Halt And Catch Fire, Underworld and the Golden Globe-nominated Sleeper Cell). 'Exit Ghost' is his long thought out opus, a moment caught in time, flicking through reference points, taking an ethereal excursion that permeates musical genres as it becomes awash with intricate sounds and cross-pollinating rhythms. Built originally from the warmth of his grand piano 'Exit Ghost' resonates with purity and power, from an eerie and evocative betweenworld, that's at once expansive and rolling, then intoxicating and suffocating in equal measures; modern composition at its most uplifting; cerebral, celebratory, intense and beautiful. 'The soul searching in connection with this record was extensive. Finding places of resonance, giving a colour to your memories. It was more challenging because it's not somebody else's narrative. Finding the core of your own story can be the most difficult task of all.' Created over the span of eight years and filled with literal and personal references, the album itself is a testament to the search - a quest filled with hints, particles and suggestions. Paul Haslinger's 'Exit Ghost' is the first release from new label Artificial Instinct.

 

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Tangerine Dream/Recurring Dreams ....import CD $17.99

Tangerine Dream/Recurring Dreams ....import CD $17.99

Newly reworked aelected classics by the 2020 lineup of the legendary pioneers of electronica and ambient. Including "Phaedra," "Stratosfear," "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park" Tangerine Dream have been a fundamental influence on electronic music since Edgar Froese founded the band in West Berlin in 1967. Providing the groundwork for multiple electronic music genres including ambient and electronica, inspiring musicians and other art forms, from The Future Sound of London to Porcupine Tree, the widely popular TV show Stranger Things (for which their music also featured in) to seminal video game Grand Theft Auto V (for which they helped to write the soundtrack). The group have also received seven Grammy nominations, written over 100 studio albums and were led by Froese, who developed an instantly recognisable synth-based instrumental music based on a meditative musical experience that came to prominence in the 70s and 80s. Fast-forward to the present day, when popular culture is rediscovering synthesizers and sequencers, and Tangerine Dream are in the mix of an exciting time for an evolving electronic music scene. Modern Tangerine Dream has seen the beginning of 'The Quantum Years,' which began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Froese before he passed away in 2015. Remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane worked together to realize Edgar's visions and expectations of a conceptual body of work that attempts to translate quantum philosophy into music. The new direction led to the 2017 album Quantum Gate, which was described by The Guardian as their "most interesting release in years." With Recurring Dreams, the new generation of Tangerine Dream pay homage to the band's timeless beginnings with captivating and emotional renditions of selected classics, such as "Phaedra," "Stratosfear," "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park." These new recordings are not just re-recorded covers but heartfelt and individual interpretations, featuring all generations of synths and sequencers, added layers and new arrangements, applying Froese's new quantum dream to these highly influential tracks. Recurring Dreams also includes the new version of "Claymore Mine Stalking" that was used in the popular 2018 black metal movie Lords of Chaos. This CD edition of Recurring Dreams is presented in a 6-panel digipack sleeve.

 

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Edgar Froese/Dalinetopia ....import CD $18.99

Edgar Froese/Dalinetopia ....import CD $18.99

Esoteric Reactive is delighted to announce the first ever full commercial release of the 2004 recording by Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese, "Dalinetopia."   In 1967, the young Edgar Froese met the unique and eccentric artist Salvador Dali. Visiting the painter twice and performing together with Tangerine Dream a few times in his villa in Port Lligat, Spain, Edgar was one of the few musicians who knew the man face to face.  Nearly four decades after these meetings, Froese decided to transform his experiences with Salvador Dali into sound, forming his own tribute to Dali.  The album was originally made available as a mail order only item, but now finally makes its appearance as a wider release on Esoteric Reactive for the first time.   "Dalinetopia" is a profound listening experience and a fine tribute from one much missed artist to another.

Richard Barbieri/Planets + Persona ....CD $13.99

Richard Barbieri/Planets + Persona ....CD $13.99

Planets + Persona, the 2017 studio album from Richard Barbieri, is the most sonically expansive work to date from the former Japan and Porcupine Tree keyboard maestro.   The album combines vintage analogue synthesisers with acoustic instrumentation, and incorporates some unexpected jazz elements, pitching Barbieri's unique sound designs against improvisations from a personally hand-picked group of guest musicians that includes Percy Jones, Luca Calabrese and Lisen Rylander Love.  As on Stranger Inside, manipulated voices (courtesy of Rylander Love) are present.  Recorded across Europe in studios in London, Italy and Sweden, Barbieri's third album is without doubt his most ambitious solo release to date.  Highlighting the album's central theme of duality, the artwork features photographic scenes of dramatic Icelandic landscapes.

 

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Elton John & Ray Cooper/Live from Moscow ....2 CD Set $21.99

Elton John & Ray Cooper/Live from Moscow ....2 CD Set $21.99

2019 is the 40th anniversary of Elton John's historic first tour of Russia - he was the first Western rock star to ever perform in the country. The show in Moscow on 28th May 1979 with Ray Cooper was broadcast on BBC radio in the UK. This release is taken from the original broadcast masters, which have been remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering. Now available on 2CD with mini gatefold-style sleeve. Disc 1 - Daniel, Skyline Pigeon, Take Me to the Pilot, Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time), Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle in the Wind, I Heard It through the Grapevine.  Disc 2 - Funeral for a Friend , Tonight, Better Off Dead , Bennie and the Jets, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Crazy Water , Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)/Pinball Wizard, Crocodile Rock/Get Back/Back in the U.S.S.R.

 

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Blue Oyster Cult/Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 ....2 CD + DVD $19.99
Blue Oyster Cult/Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 ....Blu-Ray $18.99

Blue Oyster Cult/Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014 ....2 CD + DVD $19.99

Recorded on October 17, 2014 at the Hard Rock Casino in Northfield, Ohio, this live performance offers a very comprehensive and exciting essay on Blue Oyster Cult repertoire. The band is literally on fire and performs some of the finest and most beloved songs from the band's history, not forgetting some deeper cut which will make fans very pleased. Spanning three decades, Blue Oyster Cult has a long history of success. The band has sold more than 24 million records worldwide, including 7 million in the United States alone. Songs like "Burnin' for You, " "Godzilla, " "Astronomy" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" are true classics of international Rock Music. Often cited as a major influence by some of the biggest names of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal (including Iron Maiden and Metallica), Blue Oyster Cult sound has evolved through the decades touching hard rock, heavy metal, progressive and psychedelic rock. Sometimes referred to as "the thinking man's heavy metal band" due to their often cryptic lyrics, literate songwriting, and links to famous authors, Blue Oyster Cult are back and offer the first of a set of live releases which are going to be released during 2020 and will mark one of the most exciting returns of the year in Rock!

 

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Nektar/The Other Side ....import CD $18.99

Nektar/The Other Side ....import CD $18.99

Esoteric Antenna is delighted to announce the release of the stunning new studio album by the legendary band Nektar. Throughout the 1970s Nektar released a series of acclaimed albums, scoring chart success in Germany (where the British band was based) and later in the USA (where the band relocated). Following the passing of original guitarist / vocalist Roye Albrighton in 2016, fellow founder members Derek "Mo" Moore (bass, vocals), Ron Howden (drums, vocals) & Mick Brockett (lyrics, visual conceptions) reunited along with Randy Dembo (bass, 12-string guitar), Ryche Chlanda (guitar, vocals) & Kendall Scott (keyboards) to begin work on a new album.  Ryche Chlanda originally recorded with Nektar in 1978, and for "The Other Side" the band updated some of those ideas which evolved in the basement of Mo Moore's house in Chatham, New Jersey. Ron Howden, Mo and Ryche collaborated on much of the music heard on the album. The 1978 unrecorded song 'Skypilot' has evolved into 'Skywriter' in 2020.  'I'm on Fire' is the musical adaptation of a poem written by Mo for his soon-to-be wife, Nicki, during that same time period of 1978. The closing track, 'Devil's Door,' was originally performed live in 1974, but never featured on a Nektar album. Updated and recorded for this album, the song features the presence of the late Roye Albrighton on the introduction to the track, whose wonderful guitar part was taken from a live soundboard recording made in 1974.   Kendall Scott's distinctive and versatile keyboard presence has enhanced this considerably, whilst Randy Dembo, who originally joined Nektar in 2004, brings a uniting presence on 12-string and bass guitars, rounding out the instrumental arrangements. Ron Howden has been a continual driving force of the band, weathering all versions of Nektar since its conception in 1969. With Mick Brockett now back in the fold (with his visual concepts and ideas as an essential part of the band making the music and light theatre a reality) "The Other Side" is a stunning album from a legendary band.

 

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Nektar/Space Rock Invasion ....2 CD + DVD $29.99

Nektar/Space Rock Invasion ....2 CD + DVD $29.99

2 CD/1DVD set from Space Rock legends Nektar - Roye Albrighton, Ron Howden, Lux Vibratus and Klaus Henatsch - rip thru their incredible catalog of material from their illustrious past at the historic Key Club on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California, on September 3, 2011.

 

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John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain/Is that So? ....import CD $18.99

John McLaughlin, Shankar Mahadevan & Zakir Hussain/Is that So? ....import CD $18.99

Six years in the making, Is that So? is one of legendary guitarist John McLaughlin's deepest and most profound musical collaborations with prolific Indian composer and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan.  Joining the duo is Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, who has been collaborating with John since they founded the groundbreaking Shakti in the early 1970s.

 

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Weather Report/Tokyo 1978 ....2 CD Set $19.99

Weather Report/Tokyo 1978 ....2 CD Set $19.99

As close to a supergroup as jazz ever came, Weather Report played a storming set for their adoring audience at the Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo in 1978. The gig - broadcast live by NHK Radio on 28 June - featured the band as a quartet for the first time, with Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and Jaco Pastorius joined by new kid Peter Erskine on drums.

Bryan Ferry/Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974 ....CD $15.99

Bryan Ferry/Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974 ....CD $15.99

At the birth of his solo career Ferry released two records, 'These Foolish Things' and 'Another Time, Another Place' in 1973 and 1974 respectively - but had never performed them live. The setlist from 'Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1974' is built from these two albums and is a marked departure from the music he was performing with Roxy Music in the years previous. The track list consists of fan favourites including the likes of 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall,' 'The 'In' Crowd,' 'Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,' and 'I Love How You Love Me' and spans his influences from the '30s, '40s and '50s, including the records that shaped him growing up and throughout his formative years.  He played mainly songs from his solo albums and was backed by an orchestra. The orchestra was made up of many musicians from Bryan's first two solo albums, These Foolish Things & Another Time Another Place.

 

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John Fogerty/50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks ....DVD $21.99

John Fogerty/50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks ....DVD $21.99

Recorded at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, on June 20th, 2019, as part of John Fogerty's nationwide U.S. tour celebrating 50 years since Creedence Clearwater Revival performed at Woodstock Festival in 1969. The album includes live John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival classics including "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Centerfield" along with live favorites "Suzie Q" and "I Heard It through the Grapevine." This release will be supported by screenings of the John Fogerty - 50 Year Trip - Live at Red Rocks on Veteran's Day 2019 at over 500 movie theatres, nationwide, in coordination with Fathom Events.

 

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Arthur Lee & Love/Forever Changes Concert ....import CD + DVD $14.99

Arthur Lee & Love/Forever Changes Concert ....import CD + DVD $14.99

Love's Classic Album Captured Live At The Royal Festival Hall, London In 2003. Originally released in 1967, Love's 'Forever Changes' is a classic. It constantly appears on critics' lists of the Top Ten albums of all time and it's fusion of folk-rock and psychedelia has influenced a generation of musicians. In January 2003, Arthur Lee returned to London to perform 'Forever Changes' in it's entirety at the Royal Festival Hall. Following years in the wilderness, the gigs marked the start of an unlikely and remarkable comeback. The gigs were instantly regarded by critics as truly outstanding, matching the quality and importance of the original work. This jewel case CD & DVD (NTSC 0) set captures this special evening perfectly and features an 8-page booklet with photography and track comments by Arthur Lee.

 

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Deep Purple/Live in Rome 2013 ....2 CD Set $17.99

Deep Purple/Live in Rome 2013 ....2 CD Set $17.99

Limited two CD set. The Soundboard Series finally enters it's second round. This time, it takes the audience back to the Now What?! tour of 2013, when Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey celebrated their first album after the passing of former bandmate and good friend Jon Lord. Live in Rome 2013 captures an energetic and emotional performance by the masters of classic rock featuring musical highlights of their now five decades spanning career.

Sons of Apollo/MMXX ....2 CD Set $15.99

Sons of Apollo/MMXX ....2 CD Set $15.99

Limited two CD digipak edition. 2020 release. Sons of Apollo return with their sophomore album MMXX, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2017 debut Psychotic Symphony, as well as their epic 2019 live album Live with the Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony. With MMXX, Mike Portnoy (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Billy Sheehan (bass) take everything to a new level. "Stylistically, we have followed the same path as the debut," outlines Portnoy. "Each member of this band has their own signature sound on their instrument," adds Sherinian. "And when you put all of this together what you get is a wonderful five-headed beast. It makes this a sonically special band, which is definitely what comes across on MMXX."

 

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Bad Company/Desolation Angels [40th Anniversary Edition] ....2 CD Set $21.99

Bad Company/Desolation Angels [40th Anniversary Edition] ....2 CD Set $21.99

Formed in 1973, the British hard rock outfit Bad Company was a supergroup comprised of ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, both previous members of Free. Powered by Rodgers' muscular vocals and Ralphs' blues-based guitar work, Bad Company was the first group signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song vanity label. Bad Company's eponymous 1974 debut was an international hit, topping the U.S. album charts and scoring with the #1 single "Can't Get Enough of Your Love."

 

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John Zorn/Beyond Good & Evil ....CD $18.99

John Zorn/Beyond Good & Evil ....CD $18.99

From 2015 - 2017, in the midst of an historic creative high, Zorn wrote and recorded no less than six CDs of music for Simulacrum, his most powerful and intense 21st century ensemble; the music then became a project for live performance. This concert from July 2019 finds the band at their blazing best, performing compositions from four different Simulacrum releases. No one blends metal and jazz quite like Zorn (he's been doing it since the late 1980s) and these mind-bendingly intense performances will leave you breathless. Beautifully recorded at Firehouse 12 in New Haven and lovingly mixed at Bill Laswell's Orange Sound by James Dellatacoma this is a hyper powered stop-on-a-dime live performance by three virtuosic musical maniacs.

Henry Kaiser & Ivar Grydeland/In the Arctic Dreamtime ....CD $16.99

Henry Kaiser & Ivar Grydeland/In the Arctic Dreamtime ....CD $16.99

Henry Kaiser is an American guitarist, composer, label founder, photographer, and professional diver. He appears on more than 250 albums, including collaborations with the likes of Fred Frith, Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Jim O'Rourke, and numerous others. In 2017 he initiated and produced the two Sky Music albums, both tributes to Norwegian guitar legend Terje Rypdal. Ivar Grydeland is a Norwegian guitarist and composer, most known from the trio Huntsville and Dans Les Arbres. He has recorded and performed with a number of musicians including Nils Petter Molvaer, David Sylvian, Tony Oxley, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore, and Paul Lovens. The two guitarists first met in an Oslo studio in January 2019. Having admired each other's work for some time, they decided right there and then to record a guitar duet collaboration specifically to create a soundtrack for a classic Norwegian silent film. They spent 30 minutes setting up to record and Kaiser suggested a short test recording to one of the less likely candidates, Roald Amundsen's 1925 documentary Ellsworths flyveekspedition 1925. One hour and fifty-six minutes later, they set down their guitars and shook their heads in wonder. They had played for the entire length of the film without breaks, in the process creating a complete score for the film. The Norwegian explorer was a key figure of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. In 1911, he led the first expedition to the South Pole, and is proven to have been the first to reach the North Pole in 1926. Across the Arctic, traditions of shamanism endure among the Inuit. A vision of the Arctic outside of mundane history, yet common in human polar experience, exists in "time out of time" or "everywhen", during which the land is inhabited by figures of heroic proportions. Amundsen and his colleagues were just such figures. Grydeland and Kaiser seemed to have entered into a kind of Arctic Dreamtime as they conjured this film soundtrack into existence; playing in real time with the film. Their guitar improvisations explore historic events, and invoke those heroic figures of the far north, illuminating both Norwegian history, and shamanic time outside of history, through music.

John Martyn/Solid Air [Classics Revisited] ....import 2 CD Set $14.99

John Martyn/Solid Air [Classics Revisited] ....import 2 CD Set $14.99

Two CD set. John Martyn is the legendary British singer-songwriter and guitarist, once described by The Times as "an electrifying guitarist and singer whose music blurred the boundaries between folk, jazz, rock and blues." With a career spanning over 40 years, he released 21 studio albums, working with such luminaries as Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Phil Collins. Solid Air (Classics Revisited) contains 28 of Martyn's classic tracks in celebration of a legend. The selections date from the early 90s, but it's a testament to both singer and songs that you'd be hard-pressed to pin a date on them. Just to make life more complicated, all but the last five (which come from 1990's The Apprentice) appeared on a pair of albums from '92 and '93 in which John revisited two decades' worth of back catalog in the company of such long-time pals as Phil Collins, Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour and the Band's Levon Helm.

 

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Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow/Life Goes On ....CD $17.99

Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard & Steve Swallow/Life Goes On ....CD $17.99

"Musical mastery of a rare order" is how The Telegraph recently described the unique, collective sound of Carla Bley's long-standing trio. The striking album of three suites of new music begins with a stoical blues, at first melancholic then hopeful. The second piece is full of plenty of Bley's dark wit, and the third explores the notion of call-and-response Throughout, Carla's distinctive piano is beautifully framed by Swallow's eloquent, elegant bass guitar and Sheppard's yearning saxes.

 

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Various Artists/A Slight Disturbance in My Mind - The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966 ....import 3 CD Box Set $27.99

Various Artists/A Slight Disturbance in My Mind - The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966 ....import 3 CD Box Set $27.99

From Esoteric distributor, Cherry Red, while the likes of "Rubber Soul," 'See My Friends' and 'Still I'm Sad' had served notice in 1965 of British pop's heightened level of ambition, 1966 would prove to be an even more tumultuous twelve-month period as experimentation and innovation grew to new levels.  The release that August of "Revolver" - whose cataclysmic closing track 'Tomorrow Never Knows' landed amongst the record-buying public like an impenetrable missile from outer space - brought the concept of psychedelic music out of the margins and into the mainstream.   However, psychedelia - condemned by national newspaper The Sun as "the new and dangerous sound in pop music" - had been percolating throughout the year. The word was already in subterranean use in America, adapted by the likes of The 13th Floor Elevators and Hollywood hustler Kim Fowley, who in late 1965 had become the first person to promote a record with the term "psychedelic."  Arriving in London in March 1966, Fowley became a proselytizing influence for the new sound, instructing bemused young British bands to "act psychedelically." His sojourn coincided with the relocation of Californian band The Misunderstood, whose incendiary sound and stage act was a major influence on a new generation of British acts.  Meanwhile, serial pioneers The Yardbirds were making increasingly audacious music, their new manager Simon Napier-Bell instructed the young John's Children to become "the first psychedelic group," while mod band The Creation developed an intriguing pop-art approach.   Featuring 84 tracks, A Slight Disturbance in My Mind: The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966 examines the "experimental pop" element of the British music scene during that epochal twelve-month period with a dizzying, dazzling mix of nascent psychedelia, introspective pop and what's been retrospectively labelled freakbeat.   We feature vital contributions from some of the era's biggest names (The Kinks, The Yardbirds, The Hollies, The Animals etc), a bunch of highly collectable cult classics, a huge stash of unissued-at-the-time nuggets and early outings for such future legends as Bowie, Bolan, Slade and The Bee Gees.  Housed in a clamshell box containing a 52-page booklet crammed with biographical information and priceless period photos and memorabilia, A Slight Disturbance in My Mind is a glorious snapshot of British pop storming the gates of a new, strange and wonderful dawn.

 





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