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New Releases: Jon
Anderson, Pink Floyd, Renaissance, Tangerine Dream, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Mick
Fleetwood & Friends, Spirit, Gary Moore, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Rare Bird,
Guru Guru, Jan Schelhaas, Nad Sylvan, The Aristocrats, The Residents, Albert Rigoni, RPWL,
Ozric Tentacles, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Baro Prog-Jets, Tasavallan Presidentti, Ian
Carr, Chester Thompson, Larry Coryell, Led Zeppelin in Jazz, Fred Frith, Ringo Starr &
His Third All Starr Band, Paul Simon, Martin Carthy, Longshore, The Lyrics of Syd Barrett,
Sagan, Steve Von Till, Durutti Column, Osibisa
Jon Anderson/Animation [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $20.99
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the 1982 solo album by Jon Anderson, Animation. The album was recorded throughout 1981 during Jon's first hiatus from Yes, with whom he had become an internationally known vocalist and songwriter and followed on from his acclaimed albums Olias of Sunhillow and Song of Seven. Working with co-producer Neil Kernon and a host of talented musicians such as David Scancious, Clem Clempson, Simon Phillips, Stefano Cerri, Chris Rainbow, Jack Bruce and Dave Lawson, Anderson created an album that absorbed the latest electronic instrument technology whilst retaining an ambitious and progressive edge. Animation was a UK top fifty hit upon it's release by Polydor Records in June 1982 and spawned two UK singles, of which the non-album track 'Spider' acted, strangely, as a B-side to both releases. Animation has since become a favourite album among aficionados of Jon Anderson's work. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original Polydor Records master tapes and is expanded to include the single B-side track 'Spider' and also a demo from the early 1980s of the lengthy piece 'The Spell.' This reissue restores the original album artwork in a digipack and the booklet features a new essay with an exclusive interview with Jon Anderson.
Pink Floyd/Live at Knebworth 1990 ....CD $17.99
A breakout from The Later Years box set, Pink Floyd's Live at Knebworth 1990 captures the band performing classics including Comfortably Numb, The Great Gig in the Sky, and Wish You Were Here. Alongside David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, the line-up features Clare Torry, plus guests Candy Dulfer and keyboard player and composer Michael Kamen. David Gilmour and Andy Jackson have remixed the audio and the album features artwork shot by Aubrey 'Po' Powell of Hipgnosis.
Renaissance/50th Anniversary: Ashes Are Burning - An Anthology Live in Concert ....import 2 CD + DVD + Blu-Ray Set $52.99
Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of 50th Anniversary - Ashes Are Burning - An Anthology Live in Concert, the wonderful new 4 disc CD, DVD and Blu ray set by Renaissance. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the formation of Renaissance, vocalist Annie Haslam and band performed a series of concerts with an orchestra in the USA in October. This 2019 performance features a set list which included songs which had never been orchestrated or performed with an orchestra before. The most memorable concert took place at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA on 12th October 2019. This sold-out concert saw the band perform a set which included such classics as Carpet of the Sun, Ocean Gypsy, Running Hard, Day of the Dreamer and A Song for All Seasons and also saw a special guest appearance by Renaissance founder Jim McCarty who performed on the song Island and the epic closing piece Ashes Are Burning. It was a truly magical evening. This 4-disc set captures this concert over 2 CDs and a concert film on both DVD and High-Definition Blu Ray multi region formats (featuring a stunning 5.1 Surround Sound mix). 50th Anniversary - Ashes Are Burning - An Anthology Live in Concert is a perfect celebration of a legendary and treasured body of music.
Tangerine Dream/Official Bootleg Series Vol. 2 ....import 4 CD Set $52.99
2016 four CD live archive re-release. Esoteric Recordings' Reactive label is proud to announce the release of the second volume of an official bootleg series by the legendary Tangerine Dream. This set includes a 1978 Paris concert as well as a 1980 show taped in East Berlin. Formed in Berlin in September 1967 by Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream is simply one of the most important groups to have emerged on the German music scene of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Always guided by the genius of Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream developed a sound based on the use of synthesizers and keyboards. In Britain, John Peel soon began to promote the band on his influential radio show which ultimately led to Tangerine Dream becoming one of the first acts to sign to Richard Branson's newly established Virgin label in 1973. Tangerine Dream's music would influence a whole host of musicians who followed in their wake, such as Julian Cope.
Crosby Stills Nash & Young/Deja Vu - 50th Anniversary [Deluxe Edition] ....Vinyl LP + 4 CD Box Set $99.99
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's immensely popular second album, Deja vu, celebrates its milestone 50 year anniversary this year. The groundbreaking album - which went on to be certified 7x platinum in the US, Platinum in France, and Gold in Germany, Switzerland and the UK - features tracks: "Teach Your Children," "Woodstock," "Our House," and "Helpless." This Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition 1 LP/4 CD boxed set comes in premium packaging. The classic album has been newly remastered, and will appear on both CD and LP in the package. It features three discs of outtakes, demos and alternates from the original recording sessions, largely previously unissued (with the exception of a few rare tracks which were released on the 1991 CSN Box). Includes new liner notes from Academy Award winning director (producer, screenwriter, journalist and author) Cameron Crowe.
Mick Fleetwood & Friends/Celebrate the Music of Peter Green
and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac ....2 CD Set $19.99
Mick Fleetwood & Friends/Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Set $24.99
Mick Fleetwood & Friends/Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac [Deluxe Edition] ....4 Vinyl LP + 2 CD + Blu-Ray + Book Box Set $149.99
Legendary drummer, Mick Fleetwood enlisted an all-star cast for a one-of-a-kind concert honouring the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder, Peter Green which was held on 25th February 2020 at the London, Palladium. The bill included Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, Steven Tyler, Bill Wyman, Noel Gallagher, Pete Townshend, Neil Finn, Kirk Hammett and Jeremy Spencer. Legendary producer Glyn Johns joined as the executive sound producer and the house band featured Fleetwood himself along with Andy Fairweather Low, Dave Bronze, Rick Vito, Jonny Lang and Ricky Peterson. Fleetwood, who curated the list of artists performing, said: "The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it's important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music. Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent. I am honoured to be sharing the stage with some of the many artists Peter has inspired over the years and who share my great respect for this remarkable musician. 'Then Play On'..." The show will be released as a 20 page mediabook featuring Blu-Ray and 2CD, and also a deluxe 44 page hardbound book pack featuring sleevenotes by Mick Fleetwood biographer Anthony Bozza, stunning photos from the event and behind the scenes, 4LP Gatefold vinyl, 2CD and Blu-Ray.
Spirit/Son of America [Remastered & Expanded] ....import 3 CD Set $34.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded 3 CD digipack edition of the archive release Son of America by Spirit. First issued in 2005, the set originally featured a collection of previously unreleased songs, demos and instrumentals recorded between 1983 and Randy California's final recording session in late 1996, along with unreleased and alternative takes from the California Blues and Cosmic Smile albums. This edition of Son of America is the latest release in Esoteric Recordings' series of releases from the Spirit and Randy California archives and has been expanded to include an additional CD of an unreleased live performance for the radio station KPFM-FM in California which includes fascinating dialogue and renditions of classic Spirit tracks such as Nature's Way, 1984, Fresh Garbage, Mr Skin, Elijah, I Got a Line on You and Animal Zoo. This 3 disc digipack features new artwork and an illustrated booklet with an essay by Spirit and Randy California archivist Mick Skidmore.
Gary Moore/How Blue Can You Get [Deluxe Edition] ....CD $19.99
Mascot Label Group/Provogue will release "How Blue Can You Get," a collection of previously unreleased songs from Gary's substantial body of outstanding work in his back catalogue. The album contains 4 originals, and 4 songs previously recorded and made famous by classic bluesmen like Elmore James, Sonny Thompson, Memphis Slim and BB King. It's our hope that current and future generations of music fans discover and re-discover Gary Moore, revelling in the artistry of not just a great guitarist, but a supremely talented musician. Back to the future with Gary Moore.
Dickey Betts & Great Southern/Official Bootleg 1 ....2 CD Set $26.99
2 CD Live Set - Recorded between 2005 & 2008. Includes 6 Previously Unreleased performances. Mention the name Dickey Betts and the words "no introduction necessary" come to mind. Betts, who with Duane Allman, designed an enduring style of rock guitar harmony in the original Allman Brothers Band. In this set recorded at various points between 2005 & 2008 in which he offered Allman Brothers hits as well as songs from his solo records, shows how important a guitarist Betts is, and how he still can connect with an audience. Throughout his guitar playing is the main attraction: ringing and biting, yet always melodic, soulful and heartfelt. Includes the songs "Jessica," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "High Falls," "Good Time Feeling," "Blue Sky," "Ramblin" Man," "Seven Turns," "Southbound," "No One to Run With," "Steady Rolling Man," "Nobody Know," and more.
Rare Bird/Beautiful Scarlet: Recordings 1969-1975 ....import 6 CD Set $59.99
Digitally remastered six CD set featuring all of the albums and singles released by legendary band Rare Bird on both the Charisma and Polydor labels between 1969 and 1975. Formed in 1969 with a line up featuring Graham Field (organ), Dave Kaffinetti (keyboards), Steve Gould (vocals, bass) and Mark Ashton (drums), Rare Bird had the distinction of being the first act to be released on Tony Stratton Smith's gloriously eclectic label Charisma records (also the home of Genesis, The Nice and Van Der Graaf Generator to name but a few) and for their excellent self-titled debut album released in late 1969 and their 1970 international hit single Sympathy. Despite selling a million copies worldwide, neither their debut album or the excellent follow up As Your Mind Flies By (issued in 1970) enjoyed the sales of their debut single. This lack of commercial success saw the departure of Graham Field and Mark Ashton, leaving Gould and Kaffinetti to form a new line-up in 1971 adding Andy "Ced" Curtis (lead guitar), Fred Kelly (drums) and Paul Karas (bass, vocals) to the band, with Steve Gould undertaking the role of second guitarist in addition to that of vocalist. Signing to Polydor Records in late 1971, Rare Bird recorded the excellent album Epic Forest the following year. The album was lavishly packaged with early copies featuring a poster and a bonus 7-inch EP with three additional tracks. In 1973 the band changed line-ups once more with departure of Paul Karas. He was replaced by Nic Potter (previously with Van Der Graaf Generator) and the band recorded the fine album Somebody's Watching the same year. The album featured guest John Wetton on bass for the track "Dollars." Despite the excellence of the band's work, commercial success still eluded them. In 1974 Andy Rae replaced Nic Potter on bass and Rare Bird recorded their final album, Born Again. The release of the album led to touring activity, including a memorable spot opening for label mates Barclay James Harvest at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in June 1974. However, the following year Rare Bird disbanded. This new anthology features newly re-mastered versions of all of Rare Bird's albums and singles, with Epic Forest being re-mastered from recently discovered first generation master tapes for the first time. The set also features an additional previously unreleased CD of the band's entire live set recorded by Polydor Records at the Theatre Royal, London in June 1974. Also included is an illustrated booklet featuring exclusive interviews with Steve Gould and Mark Ashton and a facsimile of the rare poster given with initial copies of Epic Forest.
Guru Guru/UFO ....CD $14.99
Guru Guru is a German krautrock band formed in 1968 as The Guru Guru Groove by Mani Neumeier (drums), Uli Trepte (bass) and Eddy Naegeli (guitar), later replaced by American Jim Kennedy. After Kennedy collapsed on stage due to a serious illness, Ax Genrich replaced him to complete the classic Guru Guru line up, in time for their debut album in 1970. Special deluxe reissue of the landmark 1970 debut album from krautrock pioneers, Guru Guru! Includes newly remastered audio and meticulously reproduced album artwork!
Jan Schelhaas/Living on a Little Blue Dot ....import CD $19.99
Jan Schelhaas, whose playing and writing has graced both Caravan and Camel over the years. with such pieces as "Captured" and "Hymn to Her" for Camel. 'Living on a Little Blue Dot' is Jan's second solo album and features guest appearances from Caravan members Doug Boyle, Pye Hasting, Geoffrey Richardson, Mark Walker and Jimmy Hastings. And from Camel guest appearence from Andy Latimer who also features on the two bonus tracks included in the package. Following in the tradition of the Canterbury sound, the album is certain to appeal to fans of Caravan and Camel.
Nad Sylvan/Spiritus Mundi ....import CD $25.99
Nad Sylvan's 2021 release Spiritus Mundi centres around the poems of WB Yeats. Marking a shift from Sylvan's previous outings, the album focuses primarily on the lyrics and vocals, which are accompanied by beautiful orchestrations. Guests include Tony Levin, Jonas Reingold, Mirkko DeMaio (The Flower Kings), and Steve Hackett.
The Aristocrats/Freeze! Live in Europe 2020 ....CD $15.99
The rowdy instrumental rock/fusion power trio The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan/gtr, Bryan Beller/bs, Marco Minnemann/dr) loudly and proudly showcase their renowned electric onstage chemistry on "Freeze! Live in Europe 2020," featuring debut live-recorded cuts from their latest album "You Know What...?" captured across Spain in February 2020 just weeks before live music went on extended hiatus. Over the past ten years The Aristocrats - guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS, Hans Zimmer), bassist Bryan Beller(Joe Satriani, Mike Keneally's Beer for Dolphins, Dethklok), and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Steve Hackett) - have released critically acclaimed albums, toured the world, and established themselves as one of the most musically original, refreshingly irreverent, and astoundingly entertaining instrumental rock-fusion acts on the planet.
The Residents/Freak Show [pREServed Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $24.99
Formed in the early 1970s, The Residents have been charting a unique path through the musical landscape for almost fifty years. From far-out, experimental recordings to highly conceptual, innovative multi-platform projects, the band refuses to stand still, and continues to move in several different directions at once. Produced with The Cryptic Corporation using archival tapes supplied by the group themselves, this package explores and expands the classic 1990 album, which formed the basis of a move into multi-media work which characterized The Residents' '90s output. 'Freak Show' explores a series of character studies of unfortunates and unloveables, all of whom have their origin in The Residents' own childhood memories of travelling 'freak shows,' such as they were. This 3CD set includes the original album and related contemporary tracks, an entire CD detailing the evolution of the album's musical content throughout 1990 and live interpretations of all of the album's tracks, including the legendary 'Ty's Freak Show' performance. 28 unreleased recordings in all! Remastered, expanded, and preserved for future generations - this is The Residents as we've always wanted to hear them, and the latest in a series of archival reissues that will continue throughout 2021 and beyond. Look out for forthcoming 'Gingerbread Man,' 'Wormwood' and 'Icky Flix' sets, as well as a number of special vinyl releases.
Albert Rigoni/For the Love of Bass ....import CD $23.99
Alberto Rigoni's audacious For the Love of Bass is an all-star bassist's album featuring some of the best bass players in the world. The instrumentation comprises exclusively electric bass, spanning ambient, fusion, jazz and new age styles. Alongside Rigoni, the line-up features Nathan East, Leland Sklar, Michael Manring, Tony Franklin, Doug Wimbish, Adam Nitti, Lars Lehmann, Cody Wright, Mohini Dey and David Pastorius.
RPWL/God Has Failed - Live & Personal ....CD $14.99
RPWL/God Has Failed - Live & Personal ....DVD $17.99
RPWL/God Has Failed - Live & Personal ....Blu-Ray $17.99
November 2020 was supposed to bring a large-scale, multi-week anniversary tour to mark the 20th year since the release of their debut album "God Has Failed," but of course things turned out differently. So what do you do when you have a perfectly rehearsed band, but the opportunity to perform is pulled out from under your feet? Right, you film a live studio session of the entire album. Basically, it can be cautiously said that RPWL live out the concept of their 2012 album "Beyond Man and Time." In a way, all artists are currently sitting in Plato's cave, only kind of seeing a reflection of the real world, whatever that may and will look like. "God Has Failed" represents the band's early days before they began to give themselves overarching concepts for their releases every now and then, starting in 2005. No expense was spared on the package. Furthermore, this special 'concert' will be released as a Blu-ray and DVD. The original line-up takes to memory lane and revels sympathetically in the reminiscences that this production naturally brings.
Ozric Tentacles/Vitamin Enhanced ....6 CD Set $85.99
Limited remastered six CD set from psychedelic experimentalists Ozric Tentacles. Born at Stonehenge Festival in 1983 the band gained an initial fanbase through a string of self-released cassettes. These simple artefacts with photocopied inserts and rainbow, spray painted labels sold in vast quantities at festivals, at the infamous Club Dog and through their mail order to fund and support their journey through the '80s. These six albums on cassette became so treasured that in 1993 they were remastered and packaged together as a limited edition six CD box set called Vitamin Enhanced, released on the band's own Dovetail Records label. It is time to celebrate Ozric Tentacles with a new deluxe book edition of Vitamin Enhanced. The set contains all 6 of the cassette albums on CD, having been beautifully and painstakingly remastered by Ed Wynne and also features a 48-page book with the original Richard Allen liner notes and a new foreword by Ed Wynne.
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso/Live in Mexico City 1999 [Remastered] ....import 2 CD Set $59.99
New remastered edition with three unreleased songs in addition to the edition released in 1999. The Banco plays everywhere: it travels all over Italy, often assisted by Mauro Pagani, and also a lot abroad. In 1998 they made a stop in Japan again for acoustic concerts, and played on 28 and 29 May 1999 in Mexico City. A double live cd entitled Live in Mexico City is released from Mexican concerts. This is another high-class performance. Sound quality, needless to say, perfect, plus unpublished photos of the event!
Baro Prog-Jets/Utopie ....import CD $27.99
Alberto Molesini, aka Baro (with Baro Prog-Jets), is back. Bassist, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Verona who shared his journey with La Sintesi, Elam/Baxnug from Milan, Hydra and Marygold. His musical story in progressive rock area is now 40+ years old, however his first two works - so-called prog-jets - dating back to the '80s were published for the first time only in 2019. Now the story is about to be enriched by a new chapter, a concept named "Utopie," which tells of forms of coexistence born of violence or deception that do not keep their promises. It should be better approached, therefore, as a unitary musical journey visually set in the fantasy artworks of Kellepics, an escape aboard Susannp4's cute balloons, artists met in the virtual city of Pixabay. After the first song, written long ago for La Sintesi with Italian lyrics (Nicola Rotta), everything becomes decidedly prog with three suites around 15 minutes each, in which the listener may enjoy an accurate songwriting and the ability to ease complex passages and architectures of considerable complexity. Prog rock that can be defined as classic, full of references especially to Yes and King Crimson that the artist has made his own and personally reworked. The first draft dates back to 2004 but, as for the previous works, the construction site has been kept open for several years, evolving in the sounds and arrangements up to the final version.
Tasavallan Presidentti/Changing Times and Movements - Live in Finland And Sweden 1970-1971 ....import 2 CD Set $29.99
Tasavallan Presidentti were, together with Wigwam, the pioneers of the Finnish progressive rock movement. Svart Records have an ongoing archive project with the band, the first fruit of which was the Live in Lambertland record in 2019, now sold out. Next in the series is the live compilation Changing Times and Movements. Whereas Live in Lambertland was a full live set with the band's latter day vocalist Eero Raittinen, the forthcoming double album is a documentary of Tasavallan Presidentti's early years with the English-born vocalist Frank Robson at the helm. The record consists of three live recordings from 1970 and 1971. The earliest shows date from the first ever Ruisrock festival in Turku, Finland 1970 and the Skeppsholmen Festival in Stockholm, Sweden the same summer. The album finishes with a live appearance at the Poppop Festival in Lappeenranta, Finland in 1971. These previously unheard archival finds present a showcase of the formidable presence that Tasavallan Presidentti had on stage in the early days in their career. Changing Times and Movements includes, in addition to live renditions of material from the band's first two studio albums, six tracks the band never recorded. Whirlwind Nightmare, The Old Woman and Gigolo were eventually recorded by the Finnish rock singer Kirka in the Finnish language, but this is the first time they're presented as Tasavallan Presidentti originals, in English. Going Back was a Frank Robson song which was abandoned when Robson left the band. Impressions of India ended up on Jukka Tolonen's first solo album, and Ain't Ya Coming Home is a Blodwyn Pig cover which the band often played live around the time.
Ian Carr/Belladonna ....CD $13.99
Official half-speed mastered re-issue of British trumpeter and bandleader Ian Carr's iconic jazz-fusion-rock hybrid 'Belladonna' from 1972. Originally released on the Vertigo label, complete with collectable 'swirl' record centre design, this sought-after jazz-rock-fusion rarity features some of the cream of the UK jazz musicians of the '70s. Comprised from groups such as Nucleus, Brian Auger's band, Soft Machine, Stan Tracy group, the players included Brian Smith (tenor and soprano saxophones, alto and bamboo flutes), legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Dave MacRae (Fender electric piano), and bassist Roy Babbington, to name but a few. Seen as a benchmark point in Ian Carr's career, 'Belladonna' is awash with atmospheric excursions and ethereal qualities, as well as a darker fusion aesthetic and prog-rock sensibility from Holdsworth's exceptional guitar playing. The moody, yet funky, vibe of the album has echoes of Miles Davis' electronic era a la 'In a Silent Way.' The album is best enjoyed played in it's entirety. There are ebbs and flows with certain tracks shining along the way. Standouts include the beautiful down-tempo track 'Summer Rain,' which has a soundtrack / library style brilliance and emotional electric piano soloing. Though recorded in the '70s, the track has a timeless sound, a melancholic funk so often used in hip-hop and beat tape productions to this day. 'Mayday's Shaft-like long extended intro builds the drama until the percussive release when the drums drop at over three minutes in. To give a record of such quality the treatment it deserves, we have once again been lucky to enlist the service of mastering and lacquer cutting engineering don Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, to cut a brand-new half-speed master and let the music speak for itself.
Chester Thompson/Powerhouse ....CD $15.99
With long-standing stints in Tower of Power and Santana, Chester Thompson just might be the most decorated and distinguished keyboardist in all of rock and R&B, let alone of the Bay Area musical scene. It's little wonder that this 1971 album, then, is one of the rarest and most coveted albums on the highly collectible Black Jazz Records label. It's Thompson's debut record, cut a couple of years before he joined Tower of Power, with a smokin' band featuring fellow Black Jazz recording artist Rudolph Johnson on sax along with ace drummer Raymond Pounds (Pharoah Sanders, Stevie Wonder, Pointer Sisters) and trombonist Al Hall (Johnny Hammond, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris). And, yes, Powerhouse comes by its title honestly. It's jazz, all right, but injected with a jolt of electricity courtesy of Thompson's Hammond B-3, and with just four tunes spread out over two sides, it's pretty much a nonstop groove. Newly remastered, and with liner notes featuring quotes from fellow Tower of Power member Dave Garibaldi and Bay Area keyboardist Todd Cochran, a.k.a. Bayet, that testify as to Chester Thompson's greatness, this is another long-lost triumph from the Black Jazz label.
Larry Coryell/Larry Coryell's Last Swing with Ireland ....CD $13.99
Larry Coryell - guitar virtuoso, performer and composer of jazz and jazz - rock, master of guitar improvisation, known in the jazz world as the Godfather of Fusion. Larry's highly acclaimed improvised guitar stylings and compositions positioned him as one of the first innovators of the jazz-rock fusion movement in the late 1960's. His world renowned career spanned over 50 years as he improvised his life in music on the road and in the studio. You'll never forget Larry's sound or his personality. A true legend and well established in the history books of jazz music, Larry knew and played with many of the well known jazz and rock greats of the 20th and 21st Centuries such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Chet Atkins, Chico Hamilton, Gary Burton, Chick Corea and Miles Davis. Larry's Last Swing in Ireland was his last visit to the Emerald Aisle and he made a lasting impression at Hellfire Studios and The Sugar Club with his favorite Irish rhythm section, Kevin Brady and Dave Redmond in May of 2016. They rock and they swing and everything in between.
Various Artist/Led Zeppelin in Jazz ....import CD $23.99
Seventeen jazz interpretations of your favorite Led Zeppelin classics.
|Fred Frith/Rocking the Boat [Volume 1 of the Fred Records Story 2001-2020] ....9 CD Box Set $75.99||Fred Frith/Crossing Borders [Volume 2 of the Fred Records Story 2001-2020] ....9 CD Box Set $75.99||Fred Frith/Stepping Out [Volume 3 of the Fred Records Story 2001-2020] ....9 CD Box Set $75.99|
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser Fred Frith has been making noise of one kind or another for almost 50 years, starting with the iconic rock collective Henry Cow, which he co-founded with Tim Hodgkinson in 1968. He is best known as a pioneering electric guitarist and improviser, song-writer, and composer for film, dance and theatre. Through bands like Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet and Cosa Brava, he has stayed close to his roots in rock and folk music while branching out in many other directions. He is currently performing with the Fred Frith Trio and Frelosa. The recipient of Italy's Demetrio Stratos Prize for his life's work in experimental music and an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire, Fred is Professor Emeritus at the legendary epicentre of American experimental music, Mills College in Oakland, California. He still teaches in the improvisation master's program at the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland and as visiting faculty in the Universidad Austral in Valdivia, Chile, where he has been collaborating on the creation of a new School of Music and Sound Art. Fred is the subject of Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel's much loved Step Across the Border, cited by Cahiers du Cinema as 'one of the 20th century's hundred most influential films.' Box 1 of the 3 box set, The Fred Records Story. Vol. 1. Rocking the Boat contains: Guitar Solos; Gravity; Cheap at Half the Price; Killing Time; Impur; Middle of the Moment; Keep the Dog (2CD);BOX ONE BONUS Dropera. Box 2 of the 3 box set, The Fred Records Story. Vol. 2. Crossing Borders contains: Live in Japan; ;Speechless; Prints; Step Across the Border; Impur 2; Art of Memory II; Skeleton Crew (2CD); BOX TWO BONUS Helter Skelter (remastered). Box 3 of the 3 box set, The Fred Records Story Vol. 3. Stepping Out contains: Technology of Tears; Propaganda; Allies; Accidental; The Previous Evening; Happy End Problem; Nowhere Sideshow; Field days; BOX THREE BONUS Inimitable (unreleased).
Ringo Starr & His Third All Starr Band/Vol. 1 ....CD $17.99
Ringo Starr and His Third All-Starr Band-Volume 1 was originally a limited edition live album by Ringo Starr, and his All Starr band, recorded at the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan. The All-Starr Band included the return of the keyboardist Billy Preston and Starr's son Zak along with John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), Randy Bachman (Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive), Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals).
Paul Simon/Still Crazy After All These Years ....SACD $39.99
'Exorcising personal demons and reflecting on midlife circumstance, Paul Simon frames Still Crazy After All These Years as a post-divorce statement yet retains cutting humor and lighthearted cynicism that make every song universally appealing. A succession of brooding vocals, jazz-laden arrangements, contagious hooks, and an appearance by the famed Muscle Shoals rhythm section further conspire to make the record a lasting template for mature pop music that offers meaningful contemplation of relationships, transitions, disillusionment, and responsibility. A chart-topping statement that coincided with Simon's ascent as a superstar solo artist, it now sounds more immediate, cunning, and refined courtesy of painstaking restoration. Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered hybrid SACD enhances the music for generations to come. Featuring sublime sonics, it strips away remaining film and limitations to provide a clear, transparent, ultra-dynamic view of a record that won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The expanse and depth of the soundstage, fullness of detail, reach of the omnipresent electric piano, and natural rise and decay of individual notes will leave you breathless. The newfound immediacy, presence, texture, and dark-black backgrounds showcase the scope and craft of Simon's alluring melodies - as well as the intentional conflict between the tense lyrical content and the deceivingly pleasant aura. Still Crazy After All These Years resonates with a decided nasty streak and delves into adult romance with rapier wit.
Martin Carthy/Live in Belfast 1978 ....import CD $17.99
In June 1998, he was appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. He was named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2002, and again in 2005 when he also won the award for Best Traditional Track for Famous Flower of Serving-Men. In the 2007 Folk Awards Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick won Best duo. In 2008 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire. In 2014 he was awarded the Lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. This record is a fascinating historical document showing this remarkable artist at a pivotal point in his career.
Longshore/Briton's Arthur ....CD $14.99
Longshore is a group of independent artists throughout the U.S. and Europe who collaborate electronically on ideas and final renderings. The Story of Arthur has been told over the centuries in books and movies. Here is music befitting the King and his days of adventure.
The Lyrics of Syd Barrett ....Hardcover Book $22.99
Despite just a three-year tenure with the band, co-founder Syd Barrett's influence on Pink Floyd was profound and long-lasting. If his guitar gave the early Pink Floyd a distinctive hallucinatory sound, his often obscure and surreal lyrics were perhaps even more intoxicating. The complete lyrics of Syd Barrett - 52 songs written for Pink Floyd and during his subsequent solo career - are presented together for the first time, along with rare photos and artwork, to form this beautifully illustrated book. Compiled in collaboration with the Syd Barrett estate, and featuring a foreword from former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner and a comprehensive introduction by biographer Rob Chapman, The Lyrics of Syd Barrett delves deep into one of rock'n'roll's most imaginative and searing minds.
Sagan/Anti-Ark ....CD $16.99
Sagan is Blevin Blectum (Blectum from Blechdom), Jay Lesser (live touring member of Matmos) and Wobbly (collaborator with Negativland, Thurston Moore Group, Dieter Moebius & Tim Story, Fred Frith, Huun-Huur-Tu, etc), three solo artists from the San Francisco Bay Area's legendarily weird electronic music scene, coming together in shared love of Space. Fifteen years in the making, their second album Anti-Ark arrives - a recursive love letter to the early decades of space travel and the High Frontier, when the lines between hard scientific research and emotional wanderlust melted away to reveal an optimistic vision for mankind's shared future. Explosively kinetic, searingly romantic, the album draws on the trio's formative influences: the electronic space music which Carl Sagan's 1980 TV program Cosmos brought to a global audience. Sagan channels the Cosmos sound universe into new compositions, performed live and then folded in on themselves through countless edits into a molecular quilt. The album's micro-bursts of ambient, meditative and kosmiche are woven into new and denser signals-flying by as if picked up by some satellite hurtling through every civilized universe, moving faster than known physics allows. Any given ten second stretch of Anti-Ark contains a greater density of sound design than might be typically deployed over the course of entire tracks-an attempted inventory not of the objects within the ecosystem, but of the relationships between them. Set against today's closing windows of opportunity, each sound here contains it's own melody and serves as a note within a larger one, a stream of that information which needs to be sung before it can be known.
Steve Von Till/A Deep Voiceless Wilderness ....CD $17.99
Steve Von Till has made a life's work out of seeking the elemental. With a solo discography that stretches back more than two decades, he has toiled in a shadow realm, peeling back layers of reality in a never-ending search for true meaning and raw emotion. A Deep Voiceless Wilderness strips back the veil even further. An achingly beautiful ambient work with neo-classical leanings, the album is a hallucinatory and elegant rumination on our disconnect from the natural world, each other, and ultimately ourselves. For some listeners, the album may recall the work of modern composers like Johann Johannsson, Brian Eno or Gavin Bryars. For Von Till it's about surrendering to the spirit of place and to the original intent behind his 2020 solo album, No Wilderness Deep Enough. That album marked a significant first for Von Till: it was his first solo record without a guitar in hand. Instead, Von Till intoned powerful and thought-provoking lyrics over piano, cello, mellotron and analog synthesizers. A Deep Voiceless Wilderness is that same album without Von Till's words. "This is how I originally heard this piece of music," he says. "Without the voice as an anchor or earthbound narrative, these pieces have a broader wingspan. They become something else entirely and unfold in a more expansive way. The depth of the synths, juxtaposed with the strings and French horn, have space to develop and allow the listener to imagine their own story."
Durutti Column/Sex and Death ....2 CD Set $20.99
Two CDs. Deluxe digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1995 album from the legendary Manchester band. The writing and recording of Sex and Death closed an uncertain period for Vini Reilly and the group following the collapse of Factory Records in 1992. Factory founder Tony Wilson remained in post as manager of the band, but Sex and Death would be their last album with producer Stephen Street, famed for his work with Morrissey, The Smiths and Blur. Stand-out tracks include 'Anthony,' dedicated to Wilson. Guest musicians include viola player John Metcalfe, vocalist Ruth-Ann Boyle (later to form hitmakers Olive with Tim Kellett), programmer Martin Jackson (Magazine, Swing Out Sister) and bassist Peter Hook, then on furlough from New Order post-Republic.
Osibisa/New Dawn ....import CD $21.99
Osibisa were founded in London in 1969 and their early album artwork was designed by Roger Dean. Osibisa has charmed a fanbase of world music lovers with their brilliant music. Overall, Osibisa has released a total of 17 studio albums, and a magnificent collection of live sets that includes Black Magic Night (1977). This year Osibisa returns with a brand new studio work, New Dawn. This version of Osibisa isn't emasculated as it has the lineup of original members, Teddy Osei, and Robert Bailey, shored up with the long-time member, Gregg Kofi Brown, and some great musicians to build the rest of Osibisa. Says Osei of the 14 new songs, "New Dawn is a diverse, dynamic collection of tracks, all underpinned by the original Osibisa Afrobeat vibe that I brought to the UK over half a century ago. I couldn't be prouder to present this latest evolution of Osibisa."
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New Releases: Jethro
Tull, Liquid Tension Experiment, 3.2, Patto, Ollie Halsall, Jean-Michel Jarre, Pierre
Moerlen's Gong, The Who, John Lennon, Porcupine Tree, Miles Davis & Various Artists,
Graham Bond Organization, Bob Drake, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Peter Frampton, The Allman
Brothers Band, The Touch, Big Big Train, DarWin, Pineapple Thief, Arcadium, Oberon, Steve
Roach, Philip Glass, John Zorn, Solar Fields, Dwiki Dharmawan, Steve Cropper, Frank Zappa
& The Mothers of Invention
Jethro Tull/A (A La Mode) [The 40th Anniversary Edition] ....3 CD + 3 DVD Box Set $48.99
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of Jethro Tull's most radical musical departures, a 3CD/3DVD casebound book deluxe edition of A. The album introduced a new sound and a new line-up, including Dave Pegg and Eddie Jobson (who features prominently on keyboards and violin). Contents: The original album and associated recordings remixed in DTS and Dolby AC 3, 5.1 Surround, and stereo 96/24 LPCM by Steven Wilson; a full concert from the LA Sports Arena recorded in August 1980 mixed by Steven Wilson in DTS and Dolby AC 3, 5.1 Surround, and stereo 96/24 LPCM; a flat transfer of the original 1980 master at 96/24 LPCM stereo; five unreleased tracks from the recording sessions (including the unreleased track Coruisk); a DVD of the Slipstream video remixed by Steven Wilson in DTS and Dolby AC 3, 5.1 Surround, and stereo 96/24 LPCM; a book filled with an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Ian Anderson, rare photographs and more.
Liquid Tension Experiment/LTE3 ....2 CD Set $19.99
Liquid Tension Experiment/LTE3 [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Set $39.99
Liquid Tension Experiment/LTE3 [Super Deluxe Edition] ....3 LP + 2 CD + Blu-Ray Set $95.99
After 22 years, LTE3 marks the welcome return of Liquid Tension Experiment, the supergroup comprising Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess and Tony Levin. Jordan Rudess says, "It felt like a continuation, like we stopped recording LTE2 and walked in a week later we're doing LTE3. I know it's amazing to say, but time has passed in a moment, the blink of an eye, the chemistry is the chemistry, and it didn't change." Petrucci comments, "It's relentless. When you press play, it steamrolls you." Available in a variety of formats, including 2 CD in digipak, a limited 2 CD/Blu-Ray Artbook edition, and a deluxe opaque hot pink 3LP/2CD/Blu-Ray boxset.
3.2/Third Impression ....CD $14.99
Robert Berry returns with a second 3.2 album, "Third Impression." The project is a continuation of the band 3, which Berry was in with Carl Palmer and the late great Keith Emerson. In October 2015, conversations about a new "3" album started between Robert Berry and Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino as Robert had been speaking to Keith Emerson about releasing the long delayed "3" follow up album. Along with renewed fan interest in the band and those conversations, Berry had sparked revived enthusiasm from Keith Emerson for pursuing the project. The exchange of musical ideas and song collaborations ultimately paved the groundwork for 3.2's first album, "The Rules Have Changed." Everything was set. Song ideas, studio time, record contract... and then, that dark day. Emerson's untimely death made the album an uncertainty. Robert was left with Keith Emerson's final musical ideas for the project. From old cassette tapes, keyboard parts written over the phone, to long discussions about style, the framework of the album was set and ready to be produced. After several months of grieving and contemplation about what to do with these co-written songs and musical fragments from Emerson, Robert decided to resume work on the material that was created and craft a record that would ultimately be a fitting tribute to Keith Emerson's musical legacy and at the same time re-energize and update the musical style started with '3' some 30 years ago. The final result was 3.2, a reboot of the original "3" project. The debut album released in 2018 is a record that deserves to be heard by each and every fan of the great Keith Emerson and includes some exquisite musical parts. And the follow up, Third Impression, is no lesser than it's predecessor, mixing epic songs with more melodic and AOR moments. It's final track, the nine minute 'Never,' is one more Emerson/Berry original with Keith's trademark style all over it.
Patto/And That's Jazz (Live 1971-1973) ....import CD + DVD $19.99
Audio and video collection of UK progressive eccentrics Patto at the height of their powers on stage in the form of a previously unreleased recording of the band rocking and looning at the Torrington in London at the start of 1973, plus their surviving TV appearances. The Patto's virtuosity and eclecticism are in full swing as they perform an inspired set which includes most of their (then current) third album, Roll 'Em Smoke 'Em, to an enthusiastic but intimate crowd. Includes a never released Halsall composition "I'm Baroque" about their foreshortened tour of Australia supporting Joe Cocker. The previously unreleased footage includes the 'Pop Deux' broadcast from French TV and the full session for German TV's 'Beat Club' with blistering performances of "San Antone" and "The Man" - a song featured in the film Observe and Report. For a band whose legacy only continues to grow, historical recordings such as these are valuable treasures that surpasses any sonic limitations.
Ollie Halsall/Lovers Leaping ....CD $11.99
Welcome remaster and repackage of British guitarist Ollie Halsall's collection of one man band demos recorded in 1979. It's important to note this is not a 'guitar album' but it is more about Ollie the singer/songwriter, with results that are deeply revealing. These are 3-minute pop masterpieces which owe far more to Lennon & McCartney than to John Cale or Kevin Ayers and the rest of Ollie's more indulgent associations. The original demos fall in such a perfect sequence it is hard to imagine them not being intended as a complete album, which is how they remain presented here. Completing the package is Ollie's self-portrait on the cover. Limited pressing. 8 page booklet with essay by Barry Monks and rare, unseen photographs.
Jean-Michel Jarre/Amazonia ....import CD $24.99
Jean-Michel Jarre has composed and recorded a 52 minute musical score for 'Amazonia,' a new project by award winning photographer and filmmaker Sebastiao Salgado, for the Philharmonic Paris. The exhibition launches on April 7th and will later travel to South America, Roma and London. 'Amazonia' is an immersive exhibition focussing on the Brazilian Amazon, featuring more than 200 photographs and other media by Salgado. He travelled the region for six years, capturing the forest, the rivers, the mountains and the people who live there, and most of the work will be seen publicly for the first time. At the heart of the exhibit is an invitation to see, hear and think about the future of biodiversity and the place of humans in the living world. JMJs accompanying sound-creation is a symphonic world which will engulf visitors to the exhibit in the sounds of the forest. Using a blend of electronic and orchestral instruments with other real-life natural sounds, the score has also been recorded in binaural audio, for a truly immersive experience. "I wanted to avoid the ethnomusicological approach, or creating background music. So I conceived a sort of toolbox containing musical elements - orchestral and electronic - intended to recreate or evoke the timbre of natural sounds, to which I added sounds from the environment, and finally ethnic sources (voices, songs, and instruments) from the sound archives of the Ethnography Museum of Geneva (MEG). I approached the Amazon with respect, in a poetic and impressionistic way. I chose the vocal and sound elements in their evocative dimension, rather than trying to be faithful to a particular ethnic group. It seemed interesting to me to fantasize the forest. It carries with it a powerful imagination; for both Westerners and Amerindians. This music also evokes a form of nomadism, as if sounds appear and disappear during a migration. It was necessary to go back to the principles of orchestration of the sounds of nature, to work from sounds which follow one another randomly, but which can compose a harmony or a dissonance. And as in any symphony, the work has moments of clarity or tension." The CD & VINYL come with an access code to download the Binaural Sound and 5.1. Sound.
Pierre Moerlen's Gong/Downwind ....import CD $21.99
Eagerly awaited re-press - digitally remastered edition of this acclaimed album by Pierre Moerlen's Gong. By the late 1970s, percussionist Pierre Moerlen had taken over the leadership of Gong and had steered the band away from psychedelic space rock and took the band into a jazz rock direction, one in which the band excelled. After recording several albums with Virgin, with the band now featured Hansford Rowe on bass, Ross Record on guitar, Benoit Moerlen on vibes and Francois Causse on percussion. Moerlen signed with Arista Records in 1978 and recorded this excellent album partially in Mike Oldfield's studio. Oldfield guested on the superb lengthy title track with fellow guest Steve Winwood, whilst Mick Taylor appeared on the track 'What You Know.' This edition has been remastered from the original analogue master tapes and fully restores the original album artwork.
The Who/The Who Sell Out [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD Set
The Who/The Who Sell Out [Super Deluxe Edition] ....5 CDs + 2 Vinyl Singles + Hardback Book Box Set $135.99
Initially released in December 1967 and described latterly by Rolling Stone as "The Who's finest album," The Who Sell Out reflected a remarkable year in popular culture. As well as being forever immortalized as the moment when the counterculture and the "Love Generation" became a global phenomenon and "pop" began metamorphosing into "rock." The new Super Deluxe Edition of The Who Sell Out features 112 tracks, 46 of which are unreleased, an 80-page, hard-back, full-color book, including rare period photos, memorabilia, track-by-track annotation and new sleeve notes by Pete Townshend with comments from the likes of Pete Drummond (Radio London DJ), Richard Evans (designer) & Roy Flynn (the Speakeasy Club manager). The Super Deluxe package also includes nine posters & inserts, including replicas of 20" x 30" original Adrian George album poster, a gig poster from The City Hall, Newcastle, a Saville Theatre show 8-page program, a business card for the Bag o' Nails club, Kingly Street, a Who fan club photo of group, a flyer for Bath Pavilion concerts including The Who, a crack-back bumper sticker for Wonderful Radio London, Keith Moon's Speakeasy Club membership card and a Who Fan Club newsletter.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band [Remastered] ....CD $14.99
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD Set $24.99
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band [Super Deluxe Edition] ....6 CD + 2 Blu-Ray + Hardbound Book Box Set $129.99
On April 16, Yoko Ono Lennon and Capitol/UMe will celebrate 50 years of Lennon's
transformational and influential masterpiece, with the eight-disc super deluxe box set,
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - The Ultimate Collection, an immersive, deep listening
experience and in-depth exploration of what John described as "the best thing I've
ever done." The Ultimate Collection puts listeners in the center of the studio and
explores the album's 1970 recording sessions at EMI Studios 2 & 3, Abbey Road along
with Lennon's post-Beatles singles, "Give Peace a Chance," "Cold
Turkey" and "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" from inception to the final
master through scores of unreleased and rare demos, rehearsals, outtakes, jams and studio
conversations, revealing how these beloved songs came to be. Everything in this expansive
box set has been newly mixed from scratch from brand new 192kHz/24bit hi-res transfers. In
addition to the various new mixes, the set boasts 87 never-before-heard recordings.
From the haunting, funereal bells and emotional wails of opening track "Mother,"
it was immediate - John Lennon's first solo studio album was unlike anything he had made
before. Recorded in 1970, shortly after the demise of The Beatles, John Lennon/Plastic Ono
Band saw John stripping away the artifice and ornamentation for a visceral artistic
exorcism that was confessional, raw, painfully honest, and revelatory. Inspired by the
primal scream psychotherapy he and wife Yoko Ono had been practicing with Dr. Arthur
Janov, John, joined by the minimalist Plastic Ono Band - Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus
Voorman on bass, and producer Phil Spector - confronted his demons, professed his love for
his wife, railed against false idols and declared the dream was over on his most personal
album. Today it stands as the towering achievement of his solo career - the moment the
biggest rock star in the world bared his soul for all to hear - as real as it was
revolutionary. This historical, remixed and remastered collection features 159
tracks across six CDs and two Blu-ray audio discs for more than 11 engrossing hours of
music and includes two postcards ("Who Are The Plastic Ono Band?" and "You
Are The Plastic Ono Band") a "War Is Over!" poster and a comprehensive
132-page hardback book with lyrics, rare photos, tape box images, memorabilia and
extensive notes. Designed and edited by Simon Hilton, the Compilation Producer and
Production Manager of the Ultimate Collection series, the book tells the story behind each
of the songs and the making of the album in John & Yoko's words and the words of those
who worked alongside them, through archival and brand new interviews.
The single CD edition includes John Lennon's classic debut solo album plus three singles, featuring John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston & Phil Spector. Completely remixed from the original multi-tracks at Abbey Road Studios by engineer Paul Hicks, overseen by producer Yoko Ono Lennon. Contains Ultimate Mixes of the original album + singles "Give Peace A Chance," "Cold Turkey" and "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)." The Deluxe Edition second CD contains outtakes of each. The Super Deluxe Edition box set includes: 6 CDs containing 6 hours 18 mins of music including raw mixes, outtakes, studio jams, improvisations, etc: 102 tracks in 44.1kHz/16bit stereo; 2 Blu-Ray Audio Discs containing over 11 hours of music: 159 tracks of High-Definition, Studio Quality 192kHz/24bit audio, including mixes in Stereo, 5.1 Surround and Dolby Atmos; a 132-page hardbound book; Poster: 'WAR IS OVER! (IF YOU WANT IT) Love and Peace from John & Yoko'; 2 Postcards: 'Who Are The Plastic Ono Band?' and 'You Are The Plastic Ono Band'
Porcupine Tree/Octane Twisted ....2 CD + DVD Set $17.99
Octane Twisted features Porcupine Tree's The Incident album performed in its entirety in Chicago. The second disc contains highlights from the band's landmark show at the Royal Albert Hall. "Octane Twisted really captures the atmosphere and energy of a Porcupine Tree live concert experience. Recorded at a time when the band had the set well 'played in,' you can hear the interaction between the band members as well as the audience as they navigate their way through The Incident and many other older songs too." - Gavin Harrison
Miles Davis & Various Artists/Directions in Music 1969-1973 ....import CD $16.99
UK collection. In 1970, Miles Davis released Bitches Brew, which crystalized the trumpeter and bandleader's experiments in rhythm, electronics and musical structure which he had been building on over the previous three years. The album has since become one of the most influential in musical history and was joined over the next couple of years by "Jack Johnson" and "On the Corner" in defining the future of music. Miles was the master bandleader and his LPs at the time declared that these were his 'Directions in Music,' but he forged them with the help of a hand-picked group of musicians who proved themselves good enough to share his space on stage and in the studio. These players would all become central to jazz's continued relevance and many would go on to record best-selling jazz records of their own. This compilation looks at the records that they made around the time they played with Miles and how they fed into or were fed by their time in his group. So we have Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul with versions of tracks they cut with Miles. Herbie Hancock's journey into the electronic instruments that Miles convinced him to play, and Keith Jarrett's firm rejection of them. Lonnie Liston Smith borrows the Indian percussion from "On the Corner" for his take on electronic funk. Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Gary Bartz all show their distinctive talents that were allowed to shine in Miles' band. As a bonus, we have Miles' musicians alongside Betty Davis (his wife at the time) on a take of Cream's 'Politician Man' and Miles' 1970 group live at The Cellar Door on Joe Zawinul's 'Directions.'
Graham Bond Organization/Wade in the Water: Classics, Origins & Oddities ....import 4 CD Set $49.99
The biggest and most comprehensive collection of work by the classic Graham Bond Organization, one of the foremost R&B outfits of the 60s. Comprises 96 tracks - including those from the classic albums - with many remixed by Pete Brown (ex-Cream) and Dick Heckstall-Smith (Colosseum) from the original 4-track masters. Includes several live performances by the GBO including Ginger Baker's first vocal! Plus an amazingly wild gig by the band's original line-up; originally unavailable on CD until 2012. Features rare demo sessions together with the GBO backing other artists, many unreleased at the time plus others unavailable since the '60s. 4CDs packed into double jewel cases, with two 20-page booklets; one featuring archive memorabilia, rare photos and an introduction by producer Pete Brown, the other track-by-track annotation.
Bob Drake/Planets & Animals ....CD $16.99
A pandemic is just an opportunity for some people to spend even more time in the studio. Bob has his public, amounting to a minor cult, and his new CD - exquisitely recorded (in a previous life he was an L.A. studio engineer for the great and the good) is a compact suite of short, dense, twisty, jaw-dropping - and highly unusual - songs; a bit of a whirlwind for the uninitiated, but still surprisingly accessible. It's his 10th release for ReR, each exploring some new aspect of songwriting, arrangement or production. This time he's added a small menagerie of newly invented instruments, to augment his already extensive acoustic and electronic instrumentarium - and the band of Bob that plays them has seldom been larger or tighter. Beautifully packaged with impressive fold-out artwork by the incomparable Joe Mruk. Bob Drake has played a lot of instruments with - and has engineered - all manner of bands, from the early 1970s. From 1978-1989 he played an important role in Denver's underground music scene, and was a founding member of both Thinking Plague and Hail. In the early 1990s, when he was living in Los Angeles, he wound up engineering sessions with just about everybody from Ice Cube to Shirley MacLaine and it was there that he met David Kerman and became part of 5UU's. It was also around this time that he began to write and record his own solo albums. Since 1994 he has lived in his home studio in Southern France, where he has played on and recorded and/or mixed hundreds of albums by artists from around the world. He is still a regular member of the Peter Blegvad Quintet, The Science Group and Vril. And, wearing a different hat, he is also well known for his definitive re-masterings of classic albums by Art Bears, Henry Cow, ZNR, Cassiber and others.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band/The DVD Collection ....5 DVD Set $37.99
A fantastic five DVD set from Manfred Mann's Earth Band is an essential addition to any MMEB fan's collection. Angel Station in Moscow is a live concert from 2000. Unearthed is a 'Best Of' compilation featuring promo clips and videos from 1973 to 2005. Live in Budapest was shot in 1983 in Hungary. The album Watch was first released in 1978 and Watch the DVD includes promo footage and animations of the tracks on the album as well as a 2008 interview with Manfred Mann. Then & Now is another live DVD, featuring two concerts from 1972 and 2005. This set is being released under the "Artist Approved" banner, signifying that this release is issued with the full approval of the featured artists.
Peter Frampton/Frampton Forgets the Words ....CD $15.99
On the heels of his recently released New York Times best selling memoir, the rock n' roll legend and Grammy winning artist Peter Frampton turns his focus back to music with his new studio album Frampton Forgets the Words. With his 1954 Les Paul Phoenix, Frampton brings virtuosic guitar playing to 10 instrumental tributes to his favorite songs including "Isn't It a Pity" by George Harrison, "Avalon" by Roxy Music, "Reckoner" by Radiohead, "Loving the Alien" by David Bowie, and more.
The Allman Brothers Band/Live at Great Woods ....DVD $13.99
The Allman Brothers Band is set to reissue their 1991 concert film, Live at Great Woods to mark the 52nd anniversary of the band's formation in 1969. The Allman Brothers Band recently regained the rights to the concert film, which was originally filmed at the Great Woods Amphitheater in Mansfield, MA on September 6th, 1991 for a Japanese television special. The film was first released on DVD in February 2014 via Legacy Recordings. The Allman Brothers Band's September 1991 performance came just a few months after the band released their 10th studio album, Shades of Two Worlds. The lineup that night featured co-founding members Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks, alongside newer members Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, and Marc Quinones.
The Touch/Tomorrow Never Comes ....CD $16.99
For fans of Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Drive She Said and Melodic Rock! Touch is an American band from New York City formed in 1978 with Mark Mangold (keyboards and vocals), Glenn Kithcart (drums), Craig Brooks (guitars and vocals) and Doug Howard (bass and vocals). Touch's first album was released on Atco Records and their first singles, "Don't You Know What Love Is" and "When The Spirit Moves You" charted on the Billboard Hot 100. "Don't You Know What Love Is" was played heavily on AOR stations in the USA at the end of the 1970s and early '80s, and also did well on the Melody Maker chart in Great Britain. Touch was the first band to play at the inaugural Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington in 1980 along with Rainbow, Scorpions and Judas Priest. A live version of "Don't You Know What Love Is" appeared on the compilation LP Monsters of Rock, documenting the performances at the festival. Known for their memorable and diverse songs, stellar musicianship, lush vocal harmonies and dynamic stage performance, Touch is invariably on the list of TOP AOR Bands and their album is considered by many to be among the best AOR Melodic Rock albums of all time. The original band have now reformed after almost 40 years to create the new album "Tomorrow Never Comes," which is already being hailed as their best work to date.
Big Big Train/Underfall Yard ....import 2 CD Set $29.99
Big Big Train are delighted to announce the re-issue of their breakthrough 2009 album The Underfall Yard. The new release will be available as 2 CD set. Released in December 2009, The Underfall Yard was the first Big Big Train album with vocalist David Longdon and drummer Nick D'Virgilio as full band members, the first to feature Dave Desmond's brass band and the first to include the guitar playing of Dave Gregory. Alongside the remix of the original recordings, a second companion CD features 48 minutes of material, including a new 2020 studio recording of the title track, preceded by a previously unreleased brass prelude. Also included is the Songs from the Shoreline suite, which was planned for the album's original release in 2009. For this re-issue, in 2020 the band completely re-recorded Victorian Brickwork, which segues into Fat Billy Shouts Mine (which has to date only been available on the Far Skies, Deep Time EP). The final track on the second disc is Brew and Burgh, a newly composed song written by BBT founder and bassist Greg Spawton specifically as a companion piece for this re-issue of the album. In addition, original album artist Jim Trainer has painted some new images for an expanded booklet.
DarWin/DarWin 3 Unplugged ....CD $16.99
Follow up album to the acclaimed prog rock opus 'Origin of Species' and 2nd album "A Frozen War." "Darwin 3 : Unplugged" is a collection of orchestral and stripped back versions of tracks from the first two albums. Highlights range from the sweeping instrumental 'Escape the Maze' and epic "Nightmare of my Dreams' recorded at Abbey Road Studios, to a poignant almost acapella version of 'Another Year.' Produced by Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Jeff Beck), and reintroducing a stellar cast of musicians including Billy Sheehan, Matt Bissonette,(Elton John, David Lee Roth) and Greg Howe (guitar).
Pineapple Thief/Soord Sessions Volumes 1 - 4 ....import 4 CD + Book Box Set $79.99
A deluxe 4 CD set containing the complete sessions from Bruce Soord's acoustic live performances streamed during the UK lockdown. Presented in a 48-page hardback book, which features an extended forward and notes on each session by Bruce plus previously unseen photos from the attic studio and images from the live streams along with technical and personal information on the equipment used. Bruce had never streamed a live show before and most of the songs had never been performed solo before (some had never been performed at all). "I played my first show, diving headfirst into the unknown and I soon learned how many people had enjoyed it and that resulted in another three sessions over the following weeks, playing songs from the 20 years I had been writing with The Pineapple Thief and more recently my solo work. " Over the last half-decade, The Pineapple Thief, led by Bruce Soord and bolstered by the involvement of master drummer Gavin Harrison, has rapidly ascended to the upper echelons of Europe's alternative rock scene. September 2020 saw the release of the band's universally acclaimed 'Versions of the Truth.' The album was due to be followed, almost immediately, by an extensive tour, which due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation was postponed. Bruce Soord, not wanting to disappoint fans, announced a solo acoustic live streamed performance of songs taken from The Pineapple Thief's extensive catalogue. Due to the success of the initial performance, one session turned into four across the summer. Bruce Soord explains, "Back in the spring of 2020 I decided to perform a live acoustic show from my attic studio. I figured I could set up something with a bit more production than just a face peering down a mobile phone. I created a little haven of guitars, pedals, loopers, microphones and webcams and mixed them all together ready to send out to the world. " This four CD set also features three bonus tracks 'A Loneliness,' 'Barely Breathing' alongside an additional performance of 'White Mist' taken from a 'best of 'session that streamed in December.
Arcadium/Breathe Awhile ....import CD $22.99
Arcadium was a British psychedelic group who released one album in 1969. The band was led by Miguel Sergides who was joined by John Albert Parker, Graham Best, Allen Ellwood and Robert Ellwood. The band began playing in small clubs before being signed by the fledgling Middle Earth label. Sunbeam present the definitive reissue of Arcadium's Breathe Awhile, a British psych-prog classic originally released in October 1969. Meticulously remastered and spread over two discs, it includes the original album as well as a startlingly different alternate mix that has only survived on a single copy of an acetate - until now. Both sides of their rare non album single are present and correct, as well as a packed booklet containing the band's full history and many rare images. Double-CD version comes in digipack; includes 16-page booklet.
Oberon/A Midsummer's Night Dream [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $24.99
Recorded by students at the start of their summer holidays, Oberon's self-financed, 99-copies-only 1971 album "A Midsummer's Night Dream" is one of the rarest, most expensive artefacts to emerge from the primordial soup of the early seventies British underground scene. More importantly, it also boasts a reputation as one of the most vital, with one commentator suggesting that "at least one of the few copies pressed should be preserved in the British Museum." Having featured tracks from the album on our heavily-praised three CD British underground folk collections Dust on the Nettles and Sumer Is Icumen In, the Grapefruit label now celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the making of "A Midsummer's Night Dream" by issuing the album in its entirety. With a second disc comprising a live show recorded roughly three months before the album, this remastered two CD digipak edition - featuring rare photos and a new essay on the band - is the definitive release of a fascinating dropped stitch in the fabric of the early seventies underground folk cosmology.
Steve Roach/Quiet Music [35th Anniversary Remastered Collection] ....3 CD Set $23.99
The meditative, ambient minimalism of Steve Roach's classic 1983-86 Quiet Music series is re-released in it's entirety with a meticulously remastered 35th anniversary 3CD edition. The luscious quality and subtle tonal beauty reveal the essence-of-tone of the multi-track master. Originally published on cassette and later in a truncated 2CD edition, Projekt now presents this landmark album as Roach envisioned it. Created in respect for silence, Quiet Music originates from the same era as Roach's classic 1984 release Structures from Silence. This series finds the gentle electronics of synthesizers mixing with flute, electric piano and natural sounds flowing like breath, enveloping the listener in a sustained, delicate, translucent atmosphere. Harold Budd, Los Angeles, 1986: "I think Steve Roach's Quiet Music is his best album. It's not that it's simply pretty (which it is), but there's an odd edge lurking in the background that moves it miles away from 'New Age' torpor. This is a lovely album from a composer working at the top of his skills." Today, these pieces stand as a cornerstone in body-work, yoga, and healing therapies. The soothing, introspective nature of Quiet Music flows at a time-suspending pace, gently evolving and using space to expand and explore the essence of silence. The space between the notes and the breathing quality brings the listener to a deeper awareness of the present moment. A timeless masterpiece.
Philip Glass/Itaipu: The Canyon ....import CD $15.99
Itaipu is a place between Brazil and Paraguay and hosts a large hydro-electric dam. This album is a work of massive proportions much like the creation of the Itaipu dam. On this work Glass makes good use of a heavy brass section combined with a large chorus and is around 40 minutes in length, spread over 4 movements. The extensive choral work is written in the language of the Giuranni Indians. Glass often chooses obscure languages for the effect of distance. This is a powerful pair of compositions and it is a good coupling on this recording. On the opener "Itaipu" and the closing track "The Canyon" the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and chorus with Robert Shaw do a truly grand job of performance. It's a superb Glass work and a real classic of the '90s.
John Zorn/Chaos Magick ....CD $18.99
Nothing is true, everything is permitted. Chaos Magick is a contemporary magical practice based on the ideas of Austin Osman Spare. Remarkably inclusive, it embraces and has influenced the work of William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, Aleister Crowley and many others. Inspired by these magical practices, Zorn enlists the three members of his most powerful 21st century ensemble Simulacrum with special guest Brian Marsella on electric piano into this eclectic new quartet Chaos Magick. A fast moving, improvisational and intensely focused ensemble that draws upon classical, jazz, funk, improvisation, metal and more. This music is even crazier than Electric Masada, a must for all fans of the outer realms!
Solar Fields/Reflective Frequencies ....2 CD Set $18.99
Spacey scenarios, ambient textures and selected beats which haven't aged a single day still make Reflective Frequencies just as groundbreaking, dreamy and ispiring as in 2001, that you can now enjoy in a double digi CD and triple trifold LP.
Dwiki Dharmawan/Hari Ketiga ....2 CD Set $24.99
The foundation of this massive work is a series of improvisations at La Casa Murada on May 17, 2017 involving Dharmawan (piano, electric piano, synthesizer, harmonium), Boris Salvoldelli (vocals and effects), Markus Reuter (Touch Guitar and electronics), and Asaf Sirkis (drums). These improvisations, some of which were quite lengthy, were then edited into backing tracks (in a manner somewhat like what Teo Macero used on Bitches Brew and other Miles Davis albums) by Pavkovic, and then Salvoldelli added more layers of vocals in collaboration with writer Alessandro Ducoli, who helped develop a cosmic storyline involving the destiny of the planet Earth and all its inhabitants. Dharmawan contributed some field recordings from Indonesia for another layer of sound. The result is a double CD set two and a half hours in length full of music that has been astonishing listeners since parts of it started sneaking out a couple of months ago. This is a stunning example of what can happen when musicians are encouraged to reach beyond their comfort zones, to do things they might never have tried in more structured situations.
Steve Cropper/Fire It Up ....CD $16.99
The term "Guitar Hero" is bandied about loosely these days. Seems like all you have to do is look good holding the thing and you qualify. But if you ask the actual guitar heroes - like Brian May, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton - who THEIR guitar heroes are, Steve Cropper is definitely on the shortlist. If all he had done were the records with Otis Redding that would be enough, but shortly thereafter he was leaving his fingerprints on records by Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Johnny Taylor, Albert King, and virtually anybody worthy who came within earshot of Memphis. And to top it all off, how can we forget Booker T and the MGs and The Blues Brothers! He was a guitarist's guitarist, and a songwriter's songwriter. Fire It Up is Steve Cropper's first album of new Soul/R&B material in 10 years. The album was produced by Steve and Jon Tiven, and will be released worldwide via Mascot Label Group/Provogue.
|Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/Freak Out! ....import 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle $33.99||Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/We're Only in It for the Money ....import 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle $33.99||Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/One Size Fits All ....import 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle $33.99|
"Freak Out!" is the debut studio album from rock band The Mothers of Invention and has often been cited as one of rock music's first concept albums. In 1999 it was honoured with the Grammy Hall of Fame award and in 2003 was ranked among the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. "We're Only in It for the Money" is the third concept, studio album by The Mothers of Invention. Released in March 1968 by Verve Records, it encompasses rock, experimental and psychedelic rock music. The album artwork is a parody of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". It is a direct negative of the Beatles cover and features Jimi Hendrix and a wax sculpture of Sonny Liston. The artwork that features Zappa and the band is now available as 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles printed on high quality board. "One Size Fits All" was released in 1975 and is the tenth and last studio album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. It features three guest artists and one of Zappa's most complex tracks "Inca Roads." The artwork was created by previous and long-time Frank Zappa artist, Cal Schenkel and features a maroon sofa, which is a conceptual continuity clue archiving back to a then undocumented live suite. It is an illustration based on a story and is now also available as a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle printed on high quality board. 1000 pieces. Weight: 750g. Jigsaw size: 57cm x 57cm. Box size: 309cm x 30. 9cm x 2. 8cm
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New Releases: Allan
Holdsworth, Soft Works, Fanfare for the Uncommon Man: Official Keith Emerson Tribute
Concert, Strawbs, Gentle Giant, Al Stewart, Global Village Trucking Company, The Edgar
Broughton Band, Tallis, John Mayall, Neil Young, Ten Years After, Daniel Lanois, Yes,
Billy Cobham, Jane Getter Premonition, Ken Hensley, Alan Parson Project, Jan Schelhaas,
District 97, Richard Thompson, Tasavallan Presidentti, T2, Bell Orchestre, K. Leimer,
Devin Townsend, Anchoress, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, John Zorn, Magnet Animals, Steve
Gadd Band, Brian Bennett, Ringo Starr, Badfinger, Cactus, Kaleidoscope, Japanese Paper
Allan Holdsworth/Leverkusen '97 ....CD + DVD $18.99
Deluxe CD + DVD set. Along with Holdsworth, this amazing performance features Allan playing with his Trio, featuring the late Dave Carpenter on bass and Gary Novak on drums. This is the fourth release in Manifesto's series of Allan Holdsworth concerts on CD & DVD this time from the 1997 Leverkusen Jazz Festival.
Allan Holdsworth/Frankfurt '86 ....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
Soft Works/Abracadabra in Osaka ....2 CD Set $28.99
Elton Dean: saxello, alto sax, Fender Rhodes
Allan Holdsworth: guitar
Hugh Hopper: bass guitar
John Marshall: drums
The idea of Soft Works first arose in 2000 as an initiate of Leonardo Pavkovic, to revive and reconnect some of the great musicians who had played in Soft Machine. Soft Works, with the above line up, was the first solid iteration of this idea, although the band wasn't long lived and recorded one studio album and played only 11 concerts. Eventually, with some lineup shifts, the band became Soft Machine Legacy and now are known simply as Soft Machine. This is a great live documentation of four extraordinary and legendary players touching on their legacy, but generally performing new music, from their studio album. Dedicated to the loving memory of Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper and Allan Holdsworth. With love, John Marshall and Leonardo Pavkovic. Recorded live in Osaka, August 11, 2003. 28 page booklet.
Various Artists/Fanfare for the Uncommon Man: Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert ....import 2 CD + 2 DVD Set $38.99
A new concert film and album documenting the May 2016 tribute show honouring the late Keith Emerson. The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert will be available as a four-disc set featuring DVD and two CDs capturing the entire two-and-a-half-hour event and a disc of Bonus interviews. The show featured a roster of rockers including Brian Auger, Eddie Jobson, Jordan Rudess, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Vinnie Colaiuta, Marc Bonilla, Gregg Bissonnette, CJ Vanston, Troy Luccketta, Rachel Flowers, Terje Mikkelsen, Philippe Saisse, Joe Travers, Travis Davis, Ed Roth, Jonathan Sindelman, Mike Wallace, Mick Mahan, Karma Auger, Rick Livingstone, Kae Matsumoto, Aaron Emerson, Dan Lutz, and Michael Fitzpatrick, and members of his solo band and his Three Fates Project group. The show, which was held at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, offered a career-spanning celebration of Keith's work, including music from ELP, The Nice, Three Fates Project and the Keith Emerson Band. The DVD also features artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, tribute speeches and a gallery of rare photos provided by the Emerson estate. All proceeds from the release will benefit the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, a charity that focuses on treating and finding a cure for dystonia, a debilitating neurological ailment that Keith battled.
Strawbs/Settlement ....import CD $18.99
Strawbs/Settlement [180 Gram Vinyl] ....import Vinyl LP $34.99
Esoteric Antenna is delighted to announce the release of the new studio album by the legendary band Strawbs. Settlement is the latest album recorded by Strawbs, more than 50 years on from the band's first major label release. The album comes at a time of political and social upheaval, which the lyrics and melodies of the songs reflect. Undeterred by the fact that 'business as usual' was not possible because of the global Covid-19 pandemic - working remote from one another, from their own home studios - Settlement is a remarkable achievement. David Cousins, leader of Strawbs says: "Settlement is something extraordinary. I can't think of another band who can go from metal grunge to the lilt of an Irish ghost story - or from a song in 6/8 time to singing in 4/4 over a 5/4 backbeat - in half an hour. The lyrics reflect the times we have been living through and I'm immensely proud of what we've achieved." Settlement is produced by Blue Weaver who played with Strawbs and Bee Gees in their 1970s heydays. The recording was coordinated from Blue's studio in Germany, where he now lives. Strawbs are David Cousins, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk, Tony Fernandez and Dave Bainbridge. Special guests on the album are John Ford, another former member of Strawbs, who lives in New York, Cathryn Craig, with her lovely voice and unmistakable Southern lilt, who lives in Northern Ireland, and bass player Schalk Joubert, with whom David Cousins performed in South Africa at the beginning of the year. "There comes a time when every Settlement is due!"
Gentle Giant/Ohio Runaway [Cleveland Broadcast 1975] ....import CD $33.99
Superb 1975 broadcast recording from Gentle Giant's heyday! Shortly before the release of Free Hand the group toured the US, and on 27th January 1975 they performed at Cleveland's legendary Agora Ballroom, where they gave what is often referred to as the finest show Gentle Giant ever played. Recorded for live FM broadcast in the local area, this superb show is now available for all fans to hear via this new CD, containing as it does the full concert recorded over 45 years ago. Tracklist: 1. Cogs In Cogs 3:09 2. Proclamation 5:03 3. Funny Ways 8:50 4. The Runaway/Experience 9:52 5. Excerpts From Octopus 13:28 6. So Sincere 14:43 7. Introduction 0:57 8. Cogs in Cogs 4:02 9. The Runaway/Experience 10:07
Al Stewart/Year of the Cat [Remastered & Expanded Edition]
....import 2 CD Set $20.99
Al Stewart/Year of the Cat [45th Anniversary Limited Edition Box Set] ....import 3 CD + DVD Box Set $79.99
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded
2 CD edition of Year of the Cat along with a new re-mastered four-disc deluxe 45th
anniversary boxed set limited edition (comprising 3 CDs and a DVD), the legendary 1976
album by Al Stewart. Recorded in the early months of 1976 at Abbey Road studios (with some
sessions and mixing taking place at Davlen Studios in Los Angeles), Year of the Cat was
the seventh album by Stewart and was the second album on which he collaborated with the
celebrated producer Alan Parsons. The record was an album of immense musical inventiveness
and creativity and was 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 'On
the Border,' 'Lord Grenville,' 'Midas Shadow,' 'If It Doesn't Come Naturally, Leave It,'
'One Stage Before' and the classic title track. Year of the Cat was a major commercial and
critical success on it's release, reaching the US Billboard Top Five and was a European
hit, eventually earning platinum disc status in the USA by March 1977. The single
"Year of the Cat" was also a Top Ten hit in the States and was a Top 40 hit
single in the UK, establishing Al Stewart as a major artist. The two disc edition of this
special album has been newly re-mastered for the very first time from the original
first-generation master tapes by Alan Parsons and also includes nine live tracks recorded
at the Paramount Theater, Seattle in October 1976 on the Year of the Cat tour and a new
mix of the track 'Belsize Blues,' recorded at Abbey Road Studios in September 1975. This
release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay featuring an interview with
Al Stewart and is a fitting tribute to a much treasured and legendary masterpiece by a
consummate song writer and performer.
The 45th Anniversary edition also features Alan Parson's stunning new 5. 1 Surround sound mix from the original multi-track tapes. In addition, the set includes a COMPLETE, previously unreleased concert recorded at the Paramount Theater, Seattle in October 1976 on the Year of the Cat tour over two CDs and a new mix of the track 'Belsize Blues,' recorded at Abbey Road Studios in September 1975. 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 song writer and performer.
Global Village Trucking Company/Smiling Revolution: Remastered Anthology ....import 2 CD Set $23.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 disc anthology by Global Village Trucking Company, "Smiling Revolution." Between March 1972 and their final performance at The Nottingham Boat Club in August 1975, the Global Village Trucking Company played 390 gigs. In that time, they gained many friends, fans and admirers. A Global Village gig was always a special occasion, full of unexpected moments and often passages of true inspiration. They were constantly pushing and stretching the boundaries, with a huge appetite for improvisation that often took them to giddy musical heights. It was for good reason that they were frequently referred to as Britain's answer to the Grateful Dead. And amongst this there was also a lot of damn fine playing, a repertoire of outstanding songs, a charismatic frontman, and an ability to take the audience with them to wherever they chose to go that night. They never lost sight of giving people a good time, and very few people left a show without a smile on their face. In that three and a half year period the key line up of the band was singer, chief songwriter and rhythm guitarist Jon Owen, James Lascelles on keyboards, drummer Simon Stewart, Michael Medora on lead guitar, and John McKenzie on bass. Aside from being stalwarts of the UK gig circuit and festival scene, Global Village Trucking Company recorded a series of sessions for the legendary DJ John Peel. Their communal life at Beehive Cottage in the Norfolk countryside attracted the interest of the BBC, who made a documentary on the band, By Way of a Change. The group made their first appearance on record in January 1974 on the album Greasy Truckers Live at Dingwall's Dance Hall, a live double album at an event staged by the alternative music and events promoters which also featured Henry Cow, Camel and Gong. Following this Global Village Trucking Company recorded their only album at Rockfield Studios intended for release on a new label to be established by Dave Robinson (later founder of Stiff Records). The proposed record company failed to materialize and by the summer of 1975 the band had called it a day and an arrangement was made with Virgin Records to release the album posthumously on Virgin's Caroline label. Forty years on, Smiling Revolution has been compiled by the band and gathers together the band's legendary album as originally intended, their tracks from the Greasy Truckers release, John Peel session tracks and other previously unreleased delights, all superbly remastered by acclaimed producer Robin Millar. It also features lavishly illustrated booklets and an absorbing essay detailing the story of this unique group. The band's star shone briefly, but it shone bright. They touched the lives of many. Those who enjoyed them back then will relish the opportunity to relive that now. And for those discovering the music for the first time - welcome to the world of the Global Village Trucking Company!
The Edgar Broughton Band/The Edgar Broughton Band ....import CD $15.99
The Edgar Broughton Band, founded in 1968 in Warwick, England, was one of those unique late '60s/early '70s bands having their own fanbase and a psychedelic blues-rock sound with occult tendencies. Their self-titled 1971 third album is an eclectic album that changes pace from song to song and is also known as 'The Meat Album' containing guest appearances by Roy Harper, David Bedford and Mike Oldfield. They were the people's band, working man's rock and roll, who let their politics show clearly in their lyrics. Their heavily blues-rock influenced sound was hard-driven and propelled by Edgar Broughton's gritty vocal style, similar to those of Captain Beefheart and Howlin' Wolf.
Tallis/In Alia Musica Spero ....import CD $29.99
Highlighting a unique keyboard-heavy classical rock fusion, In Alia Musica Spero is the legendary lost album by Tallis. Formed by ex-Jethro Tull members Dee Palmer and John Evans (with Mickey Barker, Dave Bristow and Bill Worrell), the recordings (dating from 1977-1980) also feature contributions from Tull personnel Barrie Barlow and John Glascock as well as Robert Foster (Gryphon), and Gordon Giltrap.
John Mayall/The First Generation 1965-1974 [Limited] ....import 35 CD + Book Box Set $419.99
Limited edition of 5000, 35 CD Box set. John Mayall's The First Generation 1965-1974 set sits firmly in the latter category, being substantial both in the artefacts contained within and the superb music it encompasses. The first set of this size to be released documenting John Mayall's early years sees not only all albums from his much lauded formative career, but also unreleased tracks aplenty. Featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Blue Mitchell, Jon Mark and many more outstanding musicians, this mammoth package contains 35 CDs, a beautiful hardback book and much more. Not for nothing did Mayall earn the moniker 'Godfather of the British Blues.' For a short but compelling time in the '60s and '70s he recognized raw talent, took it in, nurtured it, and everyone thrived and benefitted as a result. Many of the best musicians of the period passed through the hallowed ranks of John Mayall's Blues breakers. All are on show here in a stunning set crammed with musical highlights. Put together with John Mayall's full co-operation, the full list of contents is as follows: 35 discs, including 3 CD singles and 8 previously unreleased discs, alongside newly remastered versions of the original Decca & Polydor albums. Music from seven unreleased gigs (incuding Windsor 1967, Gothenburg 1968, Berlin 1969 and San Francisco 1970). 28 previously unreleased BBC tracks featuring Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Hardback book including many rare photos and memorabilia plus a full gig listing for the period; individually signed photograph; fan club book of letters and correspondence; 2 replica posters - Ten Years Are Gone and 1968 Tour Poster; replica press pack for John Mayall Plays John Mayall. This box set will be limited to 5, 000 copies worldwide.
Neil Young/Young Shakespeare ....CD $18.99
Neil Young/Young Shakespeare [Deluxe Edition] ....LP + CD + DVD Box Set $69.99
Just two months after the release of his seminal album After the Gold Rush, Neil Young played a solo show at The Shakespeare Theater, Stratford, CT on January 22 1971. The show was filmed and recorded, and the concert shown on German TV later in 1971. In 2020, while Neil and his team were reviewing his Archive for future projects, Neil revisited the 16mm film and audio recording of this show that had been preserved in the Archive for almost 50 years. Piecing together the tapes and footage, Neil realized that he had the full concert - the film of which is the earliest live footage of Neil performing that is known to exist. Neil has written on NYA that this show is "superior to our beloved 'Massey Hall.' A more calm performance, without the celebratory atmosphere of Massey Hall, captured live on 16mm. 'Young Shakespeare' is a very special event. To my fans, I say this is the best ever." As an insight into Neil's prolific song writing at the time, the concert features two songs from the recently released After the Gold Rush but four songs from the classic Harvest album that was still over a year away from being released. The wonderful set list also includes acoustic renditions of favorites such as "Ohio," "Cowgirl in the Sand," "Helpless," "Down by the River" and "Sugar Mountain." The ancient analog tapes have been lovingly restored - resulting in (as Neil says on NYA) "one of the most pure sounding acoustic performances we have in the Archive." This beautiful concert is being released on LP and CD, plus a deluxe boxed edition that includes both LP and CD and, for the first time ever, a DVD of the concert. Young Shakespeare is being released almost exactly 50 years after the original performance.
Ten Years After/A Sting in the Tale [Deluxe Edition] ....CD $16.99
For fans of Alvin Lee, Ten Years After, and classic rock! Over fifty years since the release of their eponymous debut album in 1967, Ten Years After has returned with a new studio album containing twelve tracks titled "A Sting in the Tale." This "Deluxe Edition" also contains 4 live tracks from the bands recent tour including an amazing rendition of the smash hit "I'd Love to Change the World," which remains as relevant today as when first released in 1971. The beginning of their meteoric rise to fame can be pinpointed to their performance at The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in August 1969. The audience were blown away by the intensity of the band's performance and their unique combination of jazz, blues and rock, and their enigmatic frontman Alvin Lee. This made them one of the biggest bands of the early '70s. As well as original members Ric Lee (Drums) and Chick Churchill (Keys), the band now features bass icon Colin Hodgkinson (Peter Green, Spencer Davis, Chris Rea) and multi-award winning guitarist/vocalist Marcus Bonfanti (Van Morrison, Ginger Baker, Ronnie Wood). The title "A Sting In The Tale" reflects the same sentiment Ric & Chick wished to convey in the 2015 live album "The Name Remains the Same." Although the band lineup has changed and the music continues to evolve and grow fifty years on, the sound of the band will always be heavily rooted in the way they paved the way during the late sixties and early seventies and will never forget its incredible heritage. This new record is the 'Sting' in the continuing Tale of Ten Years After.
Daniel Lanois/Heavy Sun ....CD $13.99
Heavy Sun, the soulful, debut from Lanois and his invigorating new all-star band. Recorded in Los Angeles and Toronto, the album fuses classic gospel and modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with crisp, digital accents and lush, swirling atmospherics to create a sound that's at once warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. The arrangements here are spacious and dreamy, anchored by rich, righteous organ topped with airy falsetto and mesmerizing four-part harmony, and the writing is buoyant and soulful to match, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in desperately short supply.
Yes/The Yes Album [180 Gram Vinyl, Boxed Set, 45 RPM, Audiophile, Limited Edition] ....2 Vinyl LP set $59.99
Friday Music continues the exclusive and extensive Yes 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, with the release of their 1971 masterpiece The Yes Album. Issued for the first time on 2 LP 180 gram 45 rpm audiophile vinyl, this exceptional work is now mastered impeccably from the original Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Close to the Edge, Drama, Tales From Topographic Oceans, 90125, Relayer). To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this amazing album, this limited edition masterpiece is housed in a beautiful box set and features a stunning gatefold cover inside, which includes the historic photography of Phil Franks and Jon Goodchild?s cover design.
Billy Cobham/A Funky Thide of Sings ....import CD $15.99
"A Funky Thide of Sings" is all about the funk! Space rock drumming to be precise. The album opener "Panhandler" begins with an eerie type of ambience that reminds of hiding under a rock until this unexplainable ominous danger above clears. This song keeps a tight melody flowing and even when an extraordinary jazzy guitar solo comes in, the song remains high-octane and awesome. Keith Jarrett's "Sorcery" displays the Cobham funk sound at it's best. "Moody Modes" lives up to it's name! 'A Funky Thide Of Sings' is an album with Cobham's thunderous drumrolls and triple kick bass drums, with his signature sound. To hear them is to realize you'll always recognize, and appreciate what a great drummer sounds like.
Jane Getter Premonition/Anomalia ....import CD $20.99
Esoteric Antenna is delighted to announce the release of the superb new studio album by Jane Getter Premonition, Anomalia. Jane's band has carved out a niche at the intersection of jazz, rock, metal, and singer-songwriter styles with her masterful playing and complex and dynamic compositions and has dazzled audiences internationally on stage. Citing musical influences such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, and Wes Montgomery Jane has played with many luminaries in the worlds of jazz and rock and formed her band Jane Getter Premonition to present her sophisticated compositions on record and on stage.
Ken Hensley/My Book of Answers ....import CD $20.99
On 5th November 2020 it was with great sadness that Ken Hensley, former Uriah Heep keyboard player and songwriter passed away peacefully following a very short illness. Hensley was one of the most important musicians of the past half-a-century. His work with Uriah Heep in the 1970s helped to make the band hugely influential. He also collaborated with bands such as Blackfoot, W. A. S. P. and Cinderella, as well as building a very successful solo career. As a writer he was responsible for such classics as 'Lady in Black,' 'Easy Livin,' 'July Morning' and 'Look at Yourself.' Few artists can claim to have had a musical career and pedigree as long, varied and impressive. After forming The Gods in mid-1960s London with future Stones and Mayall guitarist Mick Taylor, Ken made brief appearances with Toe Fat and Head Machine before joining Uriah Heep in time for the band's debut album, "Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble." His solo career kicked off in 1973 with "Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf," and Ken remained as busy and prolific as ever, with sales in excess of 45 million albums. "My Book of Answers" started with a chance encounter at Alicante airport on a flight bound for Moscow in 2018, when Russian businessman Vladimir Emelin (whose hobby is writing poetry) approached Ken. Vladimir didn't have a background in the music industry, and had never made a record but had been a big rock fan all his life, with a special appreciation of Ken. Ken Hensley said: "As someone who does not believe in coincidence, I would like to say that it all happened by "divine chance!" A chance meeting at Alicante Airport, scribbled notes exchanged on board the flight to Moscow, a few emails, a private concert and then a meeting at the Soho Bar in Alicante Harbour. "From translations of Vladimir's Russian words into English, Ken fashioned choruses and verses until he had the basis for nine original new songs. The main stumbling block to starting this record was finding the time to create it. And then the pandemic happened. Thankfully advances in modern technology meant that this album could be created and completed remotely. The album sees Ken also returning to play slide and lead guitars as well as his classic Hammond playing and of course lead vocals. "My Book of Answers" was finished and scheduled for release before his death. Cherry Red are extremely proud to represent this very special record. Ken had more collaborations planned, including a combined book of their poetry. We'll leave the last word to Ken: "Vladimir and I hope that you will get some real pleasure from something that really defined itself as we went along... "
Alan Parson Project/Eye in the Sky ....Mobile Fidelity SACD $39.99
Mastered from the original master tapes, this numbered hybrid SACD of Eye in the Sky features succulent warmth, magnificent balance, low-end heft, and see-through transparency that takes you into the studio with Parsons and creative partner Eric Woolfson at Abbey Road. Akin to Mobile Fidelity's meticulous restoration of Parsons and company's I Robot, this super-clean edition will test the full-range capabilities of the world's finest stereo systems. In sum, there's more information, more detail, more texture, more nuance - more of everything to be experienced. Boasting front-to-back depth, concert-hall-level separation, realistic presence, and bang-on accuracy, Mobile Fidelity's SACD of Eye in the Sky illustrates the lasting importance of perfectionist-minded engineering and recording techniques. Few works possess such a mesmerizing blend of reference-setting sonics and commercial acumen, facets that helped earn the set a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album - and, more than 35 years after it's release, a Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album for it's surround format. Parsons' track record - he sat behind the boards for the Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon - speaks for itself. As do the performances throughout Eye in the Sky, which contains not a single dull moment. Moving the overarching conceptual themes present on the group's other signature efforts to the background, Eye in the Sky uses a string of seamless melodies, hooks, and mood to draw and hold listeners' attention. It survives as Parsons' pop triumph, full of exquisite songwriting, dreamy emotions, and soft edges that parallel an underlying orchestral scope and prog-derived drama. For example, the string- and brass-laden 'Silence and I' alone qualifies as a rhapsodic symphony. Credit for the music's craft, cohesiveness, and accessibility also falls to Parsons and Woolfson's knack for recruiting session pros that translate their visions with unquestioned emotion - particularly, the assembly of star vocalists that include Elmer Gantry ('Psychobabble'), former Zombie frontman Colin Blunstone ('Old and Wise'), and soul singer Lenny Zakatek ('You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned' and 'Step by Step').
Jan Schelhaas/Dark Ships ....import CD $19.99
Jan Schelhaas is known for his keyboard playing with Caravan, Camel, National Head Band, Gary Moore Band and Thin Lizzy. Whilst taking time out from his band works Jan has released three solo albums, Dark Ships, being his first. Originally released through Esoteric in 2008, this long deleted album has been remastered and re-sissued in the digi format. Plans are to also release his two other solos. Dark Ships feature guest musicians Dougie Boyle and Jimmy Hastings from Caravan and follows in the tradition of the Canterbury sound, albeit with more ambient influences.
District 97/Screenplay ....import 2 CD Set $35.99
All of District 97's critically-acclaimed "Screens" album performed live at Europe's prog rock mecca, Boerderij Cultuurpodium, in October 2019. A brand new song recorded in quarantine - 'Divided We Fall.' A wide variety of additional live material spanning D97's back catalogue and covers ranging from John Lennon to Yes; a rousing unreleased live performance of '21st Century Schizoid Man' featuring John Wetton, as well as collaborations with other artists such as Dave Kerzner and Fernando Perdomo. Two secret "encore" performances. Well over 2 hours of music across 2 CDs.
Richard Thompson/Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 [Hardcover] ....Book $26.99
Richard Thompson's widely beloved early work within the band Fairport Convention revived British folk traditions, and his duet albums and performances with Linda Thompson are legendary. His songs have been covered by Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and REM, among others. He continues to write and perform, and to tour widely. He lives in New Jersey. "[Thompson] offers plenty of insight into the early days of Fairport Convention and its ever changing lineup along with charming anecdotes." - Kirkus Reviews
Tasavallan Presidentti/Tasavallan Presidentti
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Tasavallan Presidentti/Milky Way Moses ....import CD $25.99
Two classic albums from the Finnish band, Tasavallan Presidentti. Tasavallan Presidentti (in English 'President of the Republic') is a Finnish progressive rock band. It was founded in 1969 by guitarist Jukka Tolonen and drummer Vesa Aaltonen. Other founder members were Mans Groundstroem (bass) and Frank Robson (vocals), previously of Blues Section. Juhani Aaltonen (saxophone/flute) had earlier played in Soulset; he was replaced in 1970 by Pekka Poyry. Eero Raittinen replaced Robson as a vocalist in 1972. Milky Way Moses reached number 12 in Finland in 1974.
T2/It'll All Work Out in Boomland [Remastered & Expanded] ....import 3 CD Set $38.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded 3 CD digipack edition of the cult 1970 album by progressive rock power trio T2. Formed in 1970 by Peter Dunton, a former drummer with Gun, and former members of Bulldog Breed, guitarist and backing vocalist Keith Cross and Bernard Jinks (bass, backing vocals), T2 officially released one classic studio album during their short career, It'll All Work Out in Boomland, issued by Decca Records in July 1970. Taking the template established by acts such as The Who, Cream and Jeff Beck Group, the maturity of the music belies the young age of the band. Featuring only four tracks, the album's highlights included No More White Horses, perhaps the piece-de-resistance of the album, an amazingly powerful song with a wonderful horn arrangement, building to a powerful feedback-laden climax and the twenty-minute long Morning. The album earned much praise upon it's release and the band's live performances hailed the teenager Keith Cross as "the new Eric Clapton," much against his wishes. Despite this, issues with their record company, combined with a general dissatisfaction led to Cross departing the band after the trio had recorded a series of excellent tracks for a potential second album that failed to materialise after the band were dropped by Decca. By 1971 Bernard Jinks had also departed and Peter Dunton formed a new line-up of the band featuring guitarist Andrew Bown and bassist John Weir. This new line-up performed on the UK concert circuit and also recorded a series of fine tracks in the search of a new recording contract. Alas, by the end of 1972 T2 disbanded. By the new millennium It'll All Work Out in Boomland had been re-appraised and had attracted a cult following among aficionados of progressive and underground rock of the early 1970s, even leading to several tracks being sampled by DJs on dance tracks. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original Decca master tapes and has been expanded by a further two CDs featuring their later recordings made in 1970 and 1971-1972. T2's sole Decca album is presented here as a recognized classic of the era. Open your ears to Boomland!
Bell Orchestre/House Music ....CD $15.99
Erased Tapes announce Bell Orchestre's 'House Music,' an immersive ecosystem of an album and the first full-length work released by the acclaimed Montreal-based outfit in over a decade. House Music unfolds as one long piece, a recorded-then-sculpted improvisation that vastly expands their work, coalescing classical and electronic instrumentation in the creation of genre-defying musical worlds.
K. Leimer/Found Objects ....CD $16.99
Found object is a loan translation from the French objet trouve, describing art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects or products that are not normally considered materials from which art is made, often because they already have a non-art function. Like the results from automatic writing and readymades, Found Objects offers an approximation of those techniques in sound by repurposing displaced phrases and timbres, pitches, restatements, and treatments as the root technique. K. Leimer describes it this way: "I worked toward a greater variety of outcomes between each of the pieces, with the goal of providing a more diverse listening experience. At the same time it became important to avoid any specific sense of adhering to a particular genre." After eleven months in the studio, Found Objects finally became music, but only as the result of almost continuous, arbitrarily redirected accidents.
Devin Townsend/Devolution Series #1 - Acoustically Inclined, Live in Leeds ....CD $15.99
Devin Townsend's Devolution Series aims to present fascinating collections of music that Devin would like people to hear, but that wouldn't be considered 'major releases.' The series will include all of Devin's recent quarantine songs and concerts, as well as various live shows from the past. The first release, Devolution Series #1 - Acoustically Inclined, Live in Leeds, is a remixed and remastered version of the Live in Leeds show that was originally included on the Empath Ultimate Edition as a video.
Anchoress/The Art of Losing ....import CD $18.99
The Art of Losing is the second album from Welsh multi-instrumentalist The Anchoress (aka Catherine Anne Davies), following up on her critically acclaimed debut album, 'Confessions of a Romance Novelist,' which was named amongst the Guardian critics' Albums of the Year, won HMV's Welsh Album of the Year, Best Newcomer at the PROG awards, and a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize. Written & produced by Davies, the new album features guest vocal performances from James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers) & drums from Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, Duran Duran) along with the mixing talents of Dave Eringa (Manics, Wilko Johnson) & grammy-award winner Mario McNulty (David Bowie, Prince, Laurie Anderson). 'The Art of Losing' ambitiously navigates the topic of loss in all it's forms and was written and recorded during an unfeasibly busy few years as Davies found solace and purpose in a range of projects whilst navigating her griefs. Most recently this came via the release of her collaborative album 'In Memory of My Feelings' with Bernard Butler (on Pete Paphides' label 'Needle Mythology'), duetting with the Manic Street Preachers on 'Resistance Is Futile,' and being personally invited by The Cure's Robert Smith to perform at his Meltdown Festival. She also brought a new generation of ears to legendary Scottish rock band Simple Minds, where she spent much of the last five years appearing on the 'Big Music' (2015) & 'Walk Between Worlds' (2018) albums. 14 track digipack CD edition with 24-page full colour booklet.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor/G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END! ....CD $14.99
The inimitable GYBE returns with another soundtrack for our times. As the heretical anarcho-punk spirit of the title implies, Godspeed harnesses some particularly raw power, spittle and grit across two riveting 20-minute side-length trajectories of noise-drenched widescreen post-rock: inexorable chug blossoms into blown-out twang, as some of the band's most soaring, searing melodies ricochet and converge amidst violin and bassline counterpoint. Field recordings and roiling semi-improvised passages frame these fervent epics, and two shorter self-contained 6-minute pieces find the band at it's most devastatingly beautiful, haunting and elegiac. Poignant atmospherics, noise-drenched orchestration, drone, hypnotic swingtime crescendos, inexorably-layered towers of distorted clarion sound: STATE'S END encapsulates every beloved facet of the band. Twenty-five years on, this new album is as vital, stirring, timely and implacable as any in Godspeed You! Black Emperor's storied discography. Recorded and mixed by Jace Lasek, the veteran award-winning indie producer (and co-founder of The Besnard Lakes) who works with Godspeed for the first time on this recording.
John Zorn/Teresa de Avila ....CD $18.99
Preceded by Nove Cantici per Francesco d'Assisi and Virtue (for Julian of Norwich), Teresa de Avila is the third and final CD in Zorn's trilogy inspired by towering figures of Christian mysticism. Written for the all-star acoustic guitar trio of Bill Frisell, Julian Lage and Gyan Riley whose performances are steeped in a feeling of love and mutual respect, the music is both beautifully simple and strangely complex, drawing equally on classical modernism, bluegrass, jazz, Jewish and renaissance music. Filled with compositional surprises, mysterious moods, beautiful harmonies and a stunning lyricism, Teresa de Avila is a must-have for all fans of acoustic guitar music. This is one of the most personal and varied books of music Zorn has yet written, a lovely tribute to the enduring legacy of one of the world's most beloved spiritual figures. Includes an extended appreciation by renown philosopher Arnold Davidson.
Magnet Animals/Fake Dudes ....CD $15.99
If ever a moment in history called for the caustic, corrosive rantings of guitarist-composer-poet Todd Clouser and the abstract grooves of his combustible beat-skronk band Magnet Animals, it's this one. With our collective headspaces dizzied by a nearly yearlong pandemic induced isolation and battered by an unceasing barrage of political insanities, the serrated wit and surrealist insights of Fake Dudes arrives with the kinetic force of a madcap sermon. Fake Dudes reconvenes the geographically scattered members of Magnet Animals - Minneapolis-born, Mexico City-based Clouser, Mexican drummer Jorge Servin, and Abraxas bandmates Eyal Maoz (guitar) and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) - four years after their bracing debut, 2016's Butterfly Killer. The startling dreamscape imagery and throttling grooves will be familiar to fans of that initial outing, though Fake Dudes trades it's predecessor's occasional airiness for a far more ferocious and claustrophobic concoction.
Steve Gadd Band/At Blue Note Tokyo ....CD $12.99
The iconic drummer, Steve Gadd releases his band's 5th project: At Blue Note Tokyo. This album follows their 2018 Grammy win of Best Contempory / Instrumental Album for the eponymous album"Steve Gadd Band." At Blue Note Tokyo was recorded live at this legendary club in December of 2018. Regular band members, Walt Fowler (Flugelhorn/Trumpet), Kevin Hays (Piano/Keys) and Jimmy Johnson (Bass) are joined by an old friend and renown guitarist, David Spinozza. The album highlights live versions of tunes from previous albums. It features a couple of new tunes penned by Spinozza and two tracks with soulful vocals by Hays. At Blue Note Tokyo captures the unique appeal of this venue and reflects the special relationship Steve Gadd has had with this club over the many years.
Brian Bennett/Voyage [Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $36.99
Ever since joining The Shadows in 1961, London-born drummer and percussionist Brian Bennett has been an institution on the UK's music scene. After leaving The Shads, he embarked on a fascinating solo career carving a unique role as a arranger, conductor and record producer, composer for film and TV. In 1978, inspired by the space age disco records emanating from the continent, Brian recorded what he described as "A Journey into Discoid Funk." Housed in a striking, colourful sleeve depicting - appropriately enough - a spaceship, Voyage was a departure for Bennett, serving up infectious, cosmic disco/jazz/funk with a nod towards his earlier, funky library work. This album was created by a trio with Bennett on drums, Alan Jones on bass and Francis Monkman of Curved Air and Sky on keyboards with some of his spaciest synthwork to date! Released with Brian's blessing and overseen by his musician/composer son Warren, this two CD edition of Voyage boasts the addition of previously unissued working mixes of the album, plus the rare 7" edits from the single 'Pendulum Force.'
Ringo Starr/Zoom In ....EP CD $14.99
'Zoom In' was recorded at Ringo Starr's home studio from April-October 2020. The 5 new songs "Here's to the Nights," "Zoom In Zoom Out," "Teach Me to Tango," "Waiting for the Tide to Turn" & "Not Enough Love in the World" include contributions from Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Steve Lukather, Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eric Burton, Yola, FINNEAS, Benmont Tench, Robbie Krieger, Sam Hollander, Bruce Sugar & more.
Badfinger/No Matter What - Revisiting the Hits ....CD $14.99
A stellar line-up of special guest superstars join Joey Molland's Badfinger to create a full-length album of unique twists on the band's all-time favorite hits! Includes performances by Matthew Sweet, Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, The Legendary Pink Dots, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Rick Springfield, Sonny Landreth and more! Revamped versions of the Paul McCartney-penned "Come and Get It" as well as the smash hit singles "Baby Blue," "No Matter What," "Day After Day" and the monster ballad "Without You!"
Cactus/Tightrope ....CD $14.99
'70s classic rock legends return with a smashing new album that balances powerful, driving rockers with more complex and heady album tracks! The band is still led by iconic drummer Carmine Appice alongside founding vocalist Jimmy Kunes with special guest appearances from original guitarist Jim McCarty and bassist Pete Bremy! Features a killer cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" with co-lead vocals by current Cactus guitarist Paul Warren who made his recording debut on The Temptation's 1972 smash hit version of the song!
Kaleidoscope/Sky Children: The Best Of Kaleidoscope & Fairfield Parlour ....import CD + DVD $19.99
First US compilation for this much beloved, yet often overlooked, UK group capturing highlights from their entire recorded legacy. Emerging from the British 1967 Psychedelic scene, Kaleidoscope released two fine albums (Tangerine Dream, Faintly Blowing) and several non-LP singles with Fontana before switching to Vertigo and evolving into the more folkier and progressive Fairfield Parlour in 1970. This newly remastered collection includes their hit "Bordeaux Rose" plus key album cuts like "The Sky Children," "Snapdragon" and the tour-de-phase "Music." Also included is an early demo from 1964 when these four men, Peter Daltrey, Eddie Pumer, Steve Clark and Danny Bridgman, were a driving beat combo known as the Sidekicks. The set also includes a DVD of previously unreleased/unbroadcast footage from French & German TV archives in addition to video from the band's memorable final performance in London, 2017. A fabulous introduction to their seminal catalog as well as a must have for any serious Kaleidoscope/Fairfield Parlour collector.
Aviator/Aviator [Bonus Track, Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Direct
Stream Digital] ....Japanese import CD $45.99
Aviator/Turbulence [Bonus Track, Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Direct Stream Digital] ....Japanese import CD $45.99
Made in Sweden/Made In England [2021 Remaster, Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve] ....Japanese import CD $54.99
Made in Sweden/Made In Sweden [2021 Remaster, Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track] ....Japanese import CD $54.99
Made in Sweden/Snakes In A Hole [2021 Remaster, Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve, Bonus Track] ....Japanese import CD $54.99
Made in Sweden/Where Do We Begin [2021 Remaster, Japanese Mini-Lp Sleeve] ....Japanese import CD $54.99
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