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der Graaf Generator
DGM: King Crimson, Travis & Fripp
Alucard: Gentle Giant
Manticore: Emerson Lake & Palmer, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy
Auntie Social: Happy Rhodes
Radiant: Neal Morse Band
Arion: Glass Hammer
Esoteric: Curved Air, Gryphon, Hudson Ford, Woolly Wolstenholme (& Maestoso), Heads Hands & Feet, The Residents, Glenn Hughes, Anthony Phillips, Barclay James Harvest, VA Harmony for Elephants, Seventh Wave, Procol Harum, Comus, The Trio, Wetton Downes Icon, Darryl Way, Jerome Froese & Claudia Brucken, Chris Rainbow, The Electric Prunes
Real Gone Music: The Alan Parsons Project, Grateful Dead, Roy Buchanan, Barry McGuire & The Doctor, Keely Smith
BGO: Billy Cobham, Catfish, Styx, Incredible String Band, Gary Wright, Ramsey Lewis, Don Ellis, Dr. John, Sly & The Family Stone
Wounded Bird: Count Basie, Bob and Ray, Larry Coryell & Steve Kahn, Hall & Oates, Hubert Laws, Pure Food & Drug Act, Lee Ritenour, The Searchers, Vicious Rumors
Van der Graaf Generator/Live at Rockpalast: Leverkusen 2005 ....import double CD + DVD $24.99
Almost two years earlier, Van der Graaf Generator had already played with the idea of getting back together again. When Peter Hammill had a heart attack in 2003, he was not the only one feeling the urge to get that planned project to finally happen. There had been a strong feeling of unfinished business, David Jackson remembers. "The gig at the Jazzfestival in Leverkusen - the only one in Germany - was meant to be the climax of the reunion tour in 2005. We knew that it was going to be filmed and recorded professionally: something that was extremely rare in the history of Van der Graaf Generator. Up to this point in our career, a film of a whole live concert just didn't exist!" according to Jackson. There had indeed not been a video recording of an entire Van der Graaf Generator concert by then. "The Leverkusen concert came near the end of our 2005 reunion touring, by which time we were feeling comfortable on stage again," Hugh Banton recalls. Guy Evans raves about, "...the intimate connection that was built with the audience during the concert and helped making it a very special night; not least because it was Peter Hammill's 57th birthday." The first gentle flute notes of the opener The Undercover Man opened a door into the past. Now, Van der Graaf Generator played as energetically, dark and seductive as in their zenith in the mid '70s. Peter Hammill's voice was as powerful as ever which is very much outstanding regarding his eccentric, headstrong but most importantly emotional vocal style. But above all, the gig on hand is a document of honest devotion not only between the band and their fans but between the band members themselves reflecting their deep friendship. All the sadder is the falling-out with David Jackson shortly after the tour. Both parties maintain silence on the reasons. Therefore, Jackson sounds a little bitter when praising the current CD's amenities: You will not get another chance to see a better show by that line up!
King Crimson/The Elements Tour Box 2018 ....double CD $24.99
A companion to the successful 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Tour Boxes, the 2018 Elements Tour Box was originally created for concert venue sales on King Crimson's 2018 European tour. As with previous releases in the series, the full variety of King Crimson's music is presented over 2 CDs with extracts from rehearsals, new live recordings, elements from studio recordings, full tracks, alternate takes and finished recordings from 1969-2017, many of which make their first appearance on CD (including many by the current line-up, such as the Jakko Jakszyk/Gavin Harrison demo recording of Discipline). Every line-up is featured across the double CD set. Packaged in a DVD-sized fold out digipak style book case with a 24 page booklet including sleeve notes by co-compiler Sid Smith, photos of memorabilia, full info about the 2017 tour and a number of band and individual photos of the current band line-up.
Travis & Fripp/Between the Silence ....import triple CD 25.99
Between The Silence is a specially priced three CD set comprising three complete concerts recorded in 2009 and 2010. Evocative Soundscapes and inventive improvs collide in the most wondrous of ways. Travis & Fripp has proved to be one of the most enduring of Robert Fripp's many duo projects - all the more remarkable given that both musicians are consistently involved in other projects. For Fripp, a renewed King Crimson has been a primary musical enterprise since 2014, while Travis has in recent years recorded and toured with David Sylvian, Steven Wilson, Soft Machine and more. Most of the music featured is new to CD, with only two tracks having appeared in different/edited form on the album Follow. As ever the music produced by Travis & Fripp remains wonderfully difficult to neatly categorize - sometimes quiet, but never to the extent that it could be described as 'ambient' - improvisational, but not in such a manner as to call it 'jazz' - using electronics, but not resulting in music that could be described as 'electronica.' It is, nonetheless, music that has touched a great many people - both in concert and as presented on discs - with this release marking the duo's fifth recorded release. Given that cheerful defiance of categorization, it is probably no surprise that other methods are being employed to bring the music to an even wider audience. Simultaneous with the preparation of the music for the album, a series of three generative music apps based on the music of Travis & Fripp has been developed by Peter Chilvers. Each app will play a unique combination of elements of Travis & Fripp performances every time it is opened.
Gentle Giant/I Lost My Head (The Chrysalis Years 1975-1980) ....import 4 CD Set $42.99
A 2018 re-pressing of the 2012 4CD set collecting all of Gentle Giant's 'Chrysalis' albums alongside bonus tracks including John Peel sessions, 7" mixes, live tracks and b sides. The studio releases Free Hand, Interview, The Missing Piece, Giant for a Day and Civilian are joined by the much-loved live album, Playing the Fool (1976). Clamshell box with 4CDs in card wallets and a 16 page booklet.
Emerson Lake & Palmer/Lucky Man ....double CD $16.99
The Masters Collection is a brand new label from BMG designed to give an introduction to an artist and their catalogue of work. Formed in 1970, Emerson Lake & Palmer were torchbearers of the progressive rock sound and one of rock's first super-groups. The world-conquering, stadium-filling prog giants helped to broaden the audience for the genre from hundreds of thousands into tens of millions and were one the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1970s. Their first 7 album releases all made the U.K. albums chart top 10 and U.S. top 20.
Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy/LIVE ....CD + DVD $19.99
Two disc release from Carl Palmer, perhaps the most highly rated drummer in the world, and now the sole surviving member of prog rock giants Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Features two amazing Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy gigs: CD live in New York 2014, DVD Live Miami 2016. DVD (2 hrs long) is a complete tribute show to Keith Emerson, featuring special guests Steve Hackett (Genesis), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) and David Frangioni. Booklet with sleeve notes by Carl Palmer. Sensational instrumental versions of ELP and ELP inspired classics, featuring the prodigal talents of Simon Fitzpatrick on guitar and Paul Bielatowicz on bass.
Happy Rhodes/Ectotrophia ....CD $16.99
The first authoritative compilation of American dream pop artist Happy Rhodes, whose singular songwriting and four-octave vocal range emanated from the pastoral confines of upstate New York in the 1980s. Her melding of classical music influences with synthesizer and acoustic guitar, and her enchanting and idiosyncratic singing, are favorably compared to heralded English chanteuse Kate Bush. Fans of such artistic pop music would be remiss to overlook Rhodes's similarly remarkable and otherworldly sonic transmissions, traversing tales of dreamers, outsiders, lovers and other lovely and terrifying creatures born of a wellspring of wild creativity and bold imagination. Affectionately remastered from the original tapes, Ectotrophia gathers essential songs from Rhodes's mid-'80s salad days, many written when she was just a teenager - wildly ahead of her time and unafraid to bare her soul to regional audiences, the Ectophiles who'd eventually coin an entire subgenre of pop music in her honor. Dive deep into ecto, with the woman who started it all.
Neal Morse Band/Similitude of a Dream Live in Tilburg 2017
....double Blu-Ray $24.99
Neal Morse Band/Similitude of a Dream Live in Tilburg 2017 ....double CD + double DVD $27.99
The Similitude of a Dream, is the most acclaimed release that Morse has helmed to date. The 2017 tour was their largest yet, including new continents for the band. At the O13 in Tilburg, Holland, the stars aligned for the most commanding performance of the run, and it was captured for live release in stunning quality. "An epic night on an epic tour," proclaims Neal Morse. Released by Radiant/SONY/Metal Blade, it will be available on Blu-Ray and 2CD/2DVD. Join Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer, and Randy George for over two hours of musical magic as they play the album in its entirety, as well as a four song encore that will leave you breathless!
Glass Hammer/Mostly Live in Italy ....CD $16.99
Described by band members as a part live, part studio creation, Mostly Live in Italy is the first release of its kind by veteran prog-band Glass Hammer. The CD is largely a reimagining of the "Valkyrie" material that was built on tracks from Glass Hammer's 2 Days + 1 Prog Festival performance recorded in Veruno, Italy last September. Band co-founder Steve Babb explains that, "While it's standard practice for bands to edit live material before releasing it, we knew going in that the guitar tracks would need replacing. We viewed that as an opportunity to do something really unique with this album, namely, adding some new ideas to the mix while preserving the integrity and energy of the live show. Mostly Live represents our first-ever concert in Italy and we were determined to create an incredible memento from that experience that our fans would love!" Nearly the entire "Valkyrie" album is included in this performance along with approximately twenty minutes of other Glass Hammer classics songs. Featuring solid performances by Steve Babb, Susie Bogdanowicz, Aaron Raulston and Fred Schendel with a beautiful digipack layout and design by artist Michal Xaay Loranc.
Curved Air/Second Album [Remastered & Expanded] ....import CD + DVD $25.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of an expanded two disc edition of the acclaimed Curved Air album "Second Album." Released in 1971 the album featured a line-up of Sonja Kristina (vocals, acoustic guitar), Darryl Way (violin, piano), Francis Monkman (guitar, keyboards, VCS3), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums) and new member Ian Eyre (bass). The album featured the classic hit single 'Back Street Luv' along with such classic tracks as 'Young Mother,' 'Jumbo,' 'Puppets,' 'Everdance' and 'Piece of Mind' and was an acclaimed hit album in the UK and Europe. This expanded two-disc CD / DVD edition of "Second Album" includes five bonus tracks taken from a BBC Radio John Peel session in January 1971 and the entire live performance recorded for the BBC's John Peel's Sunday Concert in March 1971. The release has been re-mastered by Francis Monkman and also includes an additional DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring a recently discovered and previously unreleased promotional film from 1971, Warner Brothers presents Curved Air, featuring the tracks 'It Happened Today,' 'Vivaldi' and 'Screw,' along with the band's appearance filmed for the French TV show Pop Deux in July 1971 and their performances for the German TV show Beat Club the same year. "Second Album" restores the original album artwork and features a lavishly illustrated booklet with an essay by Malcolm Dome featuring exclusive interviews with Sonja Kristina, Darryl Way and Francis Monkman.
Curved Air/Phantasmagoria [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD + DVD $25.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of an expanded two disc edition of the acclaimed Curved Air album "Phantasmagoria." Released in 1972 the album was the first to feature a line-up of Sonja Kristina (vocals, acoustic guitar), Darryl Way (violin, piano), Francis Monkman (guitar, keyboards, VCS3), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums) and new member Mike Wedgwood (bass, vocals). The band's third album featured such classic tracks as 'Marie Antoinette,' the album title track and 'Melinda (More or Less)' and was acclaimed and another hit album in the UK and Europe. This expanded two-disc edition includes three bonus tracks, namely two previously unreleased versions of 'Marie Anotinette' and 'Melinda (More or Less)' with French and Italian lyrics respectively and the non-album single 'Sarah's Concern' (released on CD for the first time). The release has been remastered by Francis Monkman and also includes a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring the band's appearance on the Belgian TV show "Pop Shop" in 1972 and their performances on the Austrian TV show "Spotlight" the same year. "Phantasmagoria" features an illustrated booklet with an essay by Malcolm Dome featuring exclusive interviews.
Gryphon/Raindances: The Transatlantic Recordings 1973-1975 [Remastered] ....import double CD $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of "Raindances," a two CD anthology featuring every track from the four albums released by Gryphon on the Transatlantic label between 1973 and 1975. One of the most original groups to emerge in the progressive era, Gryphon came together at the instigation of Royal College of Music students Richard Harvey and Brian Gulland, initially as a vehicle to fuse traditional English music with Medieval and Renaissance music influences. Utilizing various traditional instruments such as crumhorns, recorders, bassoons and mandolins, Gryphon expanded with the addition of Graeme Taylor on guitar and Dave Oberle on drums and percussion. Signing to Transatlantic Records, Gryphon released their eponymous debut album in June 1973, adorned in a striking cover designed by Dan Pearce. The uniqueness of their musical style led to a commission to write a score for a stage production of The Tempest in 1974, parts of which formed the band's next album, "Midnight Mushrumps," released in April 1974. By this time bass guitarist Philip Nestor had joined the fold, and the band began to explore more progressive influences (with the album's title track being an 18 minute opus). The progressive rock influences became even more apparent on Gryphon's acclaimed third album, "Red Queen to Gryphon Three," released in December 1974. The album was one of the most successful of Gryphon's career and the diversity of their music saw Gryphon earn the distinction of being the first artists to appear on all four BBC radio networks in one week. During this time Gryphon also toured as the support act to the legendary band Yes, gaining new followers as a result. "Raindance" was Gryphon's final album for Transatlantic Records. Issued in 1975, the record saw Philip Nestor replaced by Malcolm Bennett and was another successful record. "Raindances" gathers together all the material from Gryphon's four albums recorded for Transatlantic Records and has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes. This anthology features an illustrated booklet with an essay by Malcolm Dome and includes exclusive interviews with Richard Harvey, Brian Gulland, Graeme Taylor and Dave Oberle.
Hudson Ford/Daylight [Remastered & Expanded] ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the official CD debut release of the 1977 album "Daylight" by Hudson-Ford. Richard Hudson and John Ford first worked together in the band Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera in the late 1960s. In 1970 the duo joined The Strawbs for their live album "Just a Collection of Antiques & Curios" and remained with the group for the next three years, contributing as writers to the albums and writing the biggest Strawbs hit single, 'Part of the Union.' Following the release of the Strawbs album "Bursting at the Seams," the musicians departed to form Hudson-Ford. They enjoyed a hit single with the song 'Pick Up the Pieces' and recorded three albums for A&M Records between 1973 and 1975. In 1976 they departed A&M to sign with CBS Records, for whom they would record a clutch of singles and the album "Daylight." Released in 1977, "Daylight" would be the final Hudson-Ford album, covering a breadth of styles and including the hit single 'Are You Dancing.' Previously unreleased officially on CD, "Daylight" has now been re-mastered from the CBS master tapes and includes four bonus tracks previously unreleased on CD, drawn from singles released in 1976 and 1977. This edition of "Daylight" restores the original album artwork and features an essay by Malcolm Dome and exclusive interviews with Richard Hudson and John Ford.
Woolly Wolstenholme (& Maestoso)/Strange Worlds: Collection 1980-2010 ....import 7 CD Box Set $54.99
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of "Strange Worlds - A Collection 1980 - 2010," a seven CD clamshell box comprising every solo album by Barclay James Harvest founder Woolly Wolstenholme and his band Maestoso. Described by BJH guitarist John Lees - as "the soul of Barclay James Harvest," Woolly departed BJH in June 1979 to plough his own musical furrow. The 1980 album "Maestoso" was a majestic work with many outstanding highlights. Unfairly overlooked at the time of its release, the album is now regarded as a classic work. A period of touring saw Wolstenholme enter the studio to begin a second album, sadly shelved. Soon after Woolly retired from music, but he would reunite with John Lees of BJH in 1998 to record and tour. "Black Box Recovered," released in 2003, featured all of these abandoned recordings, along with a selection of rare demos and live recordings. In 2004 Woolly and his band Maestoso released the acclaimed album "One Drop in a Dry World," featuring such highlights as 'Blood & Bones,' 'Souk' and 'Carpet.' The limited edition live album "Fiddling Meanly" was issued in 2005 and was a document of a performance at The Mean Fiddler in London the previous year. He continued to record as a solo artist alongside his work with John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, releasing the praised album "Grim" in 2006, following this with his final solo work, "Caterwauling" in 2007. Woolly Wolstenholme tragically passed away in 2010, leaving a marvellous legacy of work, both as a member of Barclay James Harvest and as a solo artist. "Strange Worlds - A Collection 1980 - 2010" gathers together all of his solo albums (all of which have been unavailable for some years) and adds a 20 track additional CD, "The Unlost Works - Demos & Fragments," a previously unreleased collection of recordings. The set also features an illustrated book with a new essay written by BJH authorities Keith & Monika Domone. "Strange Worlds" is a fitting tribute to the multi-faceted music of the much-missed Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme.
Heads Hands & Feet/Tracks ... Plus [Expanded Edition] ....import CD $17.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, this 1972 release is the second from seminal British rock band Heads Hands and Feet. Features Albert Lee, still a leading British guitarist today, and what fans consider some of his best work. Also features Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave fame, on bass, guitar, banjo and fiddle. Other musicians: Pete Gavin (drums), Tony Colton (vocals), Ray Smith (guitar, bass). Includes HH&F's signature song, the single 'Warming Up the Band' as one of two bonus tracks - The Old Grey Whistle Test clip is a YouTube favourite. Released by the prestigious Island label in UK.
The Residents/I Am a Resident ....CD $17.99
The Residents/I Am a Resident [Special Edition] ....double CD $19.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, The Residents, long known as the world's most mysterious and reclusive band, announce a new chapter in their lengthy and legendary career - not just a new album but a completely new concept: I Am a Resident! Having invited fans to record cover versions of their songs via PledgeMusic, the group have reworked that material into the ultimate Residents mashup, editing, looping and over-dubbing to create something entirely new. Hear The Residents reinterpret their fans' interpretations, creating layer upon layer of music that is both hauntingly familiar and achingly wrong at the same time. I Am a Resident! is both original and completely unexpected. Is this revenge for 'The Third Reich 'n Roll'? Or is it The Real Residents? Exclusive disc two material - stand alone cover version highlights!
Glenn Hughes/The Official Bootleg Box Set: Volume One [Remastered Edition] ....import 7 CD Box Set $36.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, seven CD live archive release by the acclaimed rock vocalist. He's been hailed "The Voice of Rock," and for good reason, as this seven CD live box set ably testifies. When Glenn's 1994 tour hit Japan, always a stronghold of Glenn fans, he was promoting the From Now On... album. Originally released as "Burning Japan Live" the show features 'The Liar,' 'Lay My Body Down' and the title track from the new "From Now On... " album, among an incendiary set that touches on some of the cream of Glenn's back catalog. In a similar collection to the Japanese show on Disc One, the appreciative Danish crowd on Disc Two are treated to a great set with guitarist Eric Anders Bojstedt and keyboard player Mic Michaeli, in a band that also featured Thomas Larsson on guitar, Ian Haugland on drums and John Leven on bass. Disc THree kicks off with four lively Deep Purple classics captured at the Gran Rex Theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 2003. The acoustic set from Sydney, Australia in June 2006 that completes Disc Three sees Glenn delve back to his debut solo platter, Play Me Out. Discs Four and Five kick off with Purple barnstormer 'Stormbringer' from a show at Circo Voador, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on October 28, 2007. A show from the Belgian venue Spirit of 66 in Verviers on October 16, 2010 is spread across Discs Six and Seven. The show kicks off with Hughes-Thrall's 'Muscle and Blood' followed by Trapeze's 'Touch My Life' and 'Medusa,' the latter covered in 2010 by Black Country Communion. In a band featuring Anders Olinder on keyboards, Søren Anderson on guitar and Pontus Engborg on drums, no Glenn show would be complete without revisiting Deep Purple, represented here with 'Sail Away' originally from 1974's Burn.
Anthony Phillips/The Geese and the Ghost [Definitive Edition] ....import double CD + DVD $32.99
Original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips released his solo debut album The Geese And The Ghost in 1977. A pastoral and reflective work, the album gained instant cult status with its beautifully crafted combination of folk, singer-songwriter and classical influences. With its similarities to Trespass and stand-out performances from Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins, the album provided a fascinating glimpse into a mid-1970s Genesis that never was. This 2018 repress of the 2015 Esoteric label re-issue of the album is an expanded 2 CD/1 DVD version and includes a poster. Re-mastered from the original master tapes by Simon Heyworth, it includes a 5.1. mix of the album by Andy Myles and Simon Heyworth, along with a CD of demos and early versions of the tracks. The bonus tracks are completed with the addition of both sides of an aborted single from 1973, Silver Song and Only Your Love (previously unreleased). Both tracks feature Phil Collins on vocals. Presented in a clamshell box which includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with an essay.
Barclay James Harvest/Barclay James Harvest ....import
Barclay James Harvest/Barclay James Harvest [Limited Deluxe Edition] ....import triple CD + DVD Box Set $69.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and
expanded edition of the legendary self-titled debut album by Barclay James Harvest. In
April 1968 Barclay James Harvest released their first single, Early Morning, on EMI's
Parlophone label and became the first signing to EMI's progressive label Harvest Records
(named after them) the following year. Their self-titled debut album was released in June
1970, and saw BJH successfully fuse an orchestra with rock to create a unique, sometimes
pastoral, form of symphonic progressive rock. Produced by Norman Smith (also famed for his
work with Pink Floyd and the Pretty Things), Barclay James Harvest was dominated by the
twelve minute epic Dark Now My Sky and also featured such wonderful material as The Iron
Maiden, Mother Dear, When the World Was Woken and the fine rock tracks Taking Some Time On
and Good Love Child. The album established Barclay James Harvest as a unique group and
paved the way for a remarkable career and a catalogue of music that continues to endure.
This expanded reissue has been newly remastered from the original master tapes and also
includes nine bonus tracks, including the classic Early Morning, Brother Thrush and Taking
Some Time On singles and four tracks recorded in August 1968.
The limited edition comprises three CDs and a DVD). This expanded reissue has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an additional 33 bonus tracks drawn from new 5. 1 surround sound & stereo mixes from the original multi-track master tapes, BBC radio sessions from 1968 and 1971, the singles Early Morning, Brother Thrush & Taking Some Time On, a rare Woolly Wolstenholme solo demo from 1969 of The Sun Will Never Shine, along with the 1968 short film Mr. Sunshine. The set also includes a lavishly illustrated 68 page book with previously unseen photographs and an essay by BJH specialists Keith & Monika Domone. Additionally, the set includes a facsimile of the 1970 Barclay James Harvest orchestral tour programme and two facsimile press releases from 1968 and 1969, postcards and a replica 1968 record shop poster for the Early Morning single. This special edition of Barclay James Harvest is a fitting tribute to a fine band.
Various Artists/Harmony for Elephants ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of a charity album featuring new tracks by legendary artists from the "progressive" music world; "Harmony for Elephants." The album features new music donated to raise funds and awareness for the charity Elephants for Africa, an organization dedicated to protecting the endangered African elephant through research and education. The music was written specifically to accompany a book written by wildlife photographer and biologist Lesley Wood and founder of Elephants for Africa Dr Kate Evans. Featuring unique recordings by former Genesis members and celebrated solo artists Steve Hackett & Anthony Phillips (both on a collaborative track with Roger King and several solo pieces), award winning vocalist Nad Sylvan and additional superb contributions by artists Nick Magnus, Tony Patterson, Brendan Eyre, Rob Townsend, Amanda Lehmann, Andy Tillison Diskdrive, Andy Neve, Dale Newman and Anna Madsen, "Harmony for Elephants" is a fine collection of music created for a most worthy cause. Tim Bowness (No-Man) and Dave Gregory (XTC/Big Big Train) contribute to the closing seven minute epic 'Speak For Me.'
Seventh Wave/Things to Come [Remastered & Expanded] ....import CD $20.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of the album Things to Come by Seventh Wave. Released in 1974 by Gull Records, Things to Come was the brainchild of musicians Ken Elliott and Kieran O'Connor (previously with the pioneering group Second Hand). The conceptual album was recorded at Chalk Farm Studios in London and was the result of many hours of meticulous overdubbing, with Ken Elliott playing an arsenal of keyboards and utilizing the latest synthesiser technology of the day (in addition to providing vocals), whilst Kieran O'Connor played a multitude of percussion. The finished work was truly ground-breaking and in hindsight was very much ahead of its time, proving inspirational to a new generation of musicians. A stunning work of technical complexity, Things to Come was critically acclaimed and led to Seventh Wave becoming a fully-fledged touring band that would include Hugh Banton (of Van Der Graaf Generator) among their ranks. The album has now been re-mastered from the Gull master tapes and includes a bonus track of the single version of Metropolis (previously unreleased on CD). This new edition of Things to Come restores the original album artwork and features an essay by Malcolm Dome and exclusive interviews with Ken Elliott, Hugh Banton and producer Neil Richmond.
Seventh Wave/Psi-Fi [Remastered & Expanded] ....import CD $20.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of the album Psi-Fi by Seventh Wave. Released in 1975 by Gull Records, Psi-Fi was the second album by Seventh Wave. Psi-Fi followed on from the acclaimed Things to Come (released the previous year) and was the result of many sessions at Chalk Farm Studios in London. Unlike the previous Seventh Wave album, Psi-Fi saw keyboard player / vocalist Ken Elliott and percussionist Kieran O'Connor joined in the studio by such guests as keyboard player Hugh Banton (of Van Der Graaf Generator), vocalists Rob Elliott and Pepi Lemer and bass guitarist Steve Cook. Psi-Fi was another ground-breaking album and was critically acclaimed upon its release, being very much ahead of its time, proving inspirational to a new generation of musicians. The album has now been re-mastered from the Gull master tapes and includes two bonus tracks; the single versions of Manifestations and Only the Beginning (Part 1) (previously unreleased on CD). This new edition of Psi-Fi restores the original album artwork and features an essay by Malcolm Dome and exclusive interviews with Ken Elliott, Hugh Banton and producer Neil Richmond.
Procol Harum/Grand Hotel [Expanded Edition] ....import CD + DVD $26.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of an expanded two disc edition of the acclaimed Procol Harum album "Grand Hotel." Released in March 1973 the album was the first to feature a line-up of Gary Brooker (piano, vocals), Alan Cartwright (bass), Chris Copping (organ), Mick Grabham (guitars) and B.J. Wilson (drums) and was remarkable for its musical diversity and was hailed as "A masterpiece of musical perfection and lyricism" by the NME weekly music paper. From the sumptuously orchestrated title track, to compositions such as 'For Liquorice John,' 'Fires (Which Burnt Brightly),' 'Bringing Home The Bacon,' 'Toujours L'Amour' and 'Robert's Box' - "Grand Hotel" defied classification but remains one of Procol Harum's best loved and most admired works. This expanded two disc edition includes five bonus tracks, (three previously unreleased), taken from the early recording sessions, along with a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring a previously unreleased performance filmed for RTBF television in Belgium from November 1973. The release also features a replica of the book included with the original LP of "Grand Hotel" and a further lavishly illustrated booklet featuring material from Gary Brooker's personal archive and an essay by Procol Harum authority Roland Clare featuring comments from Gary Brooker.
Procol Harum/Exotic Birds & Fruit [Expanded Edition] ....import triple CD $33.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of an expanded 3CD edition of the acclaimed Procol Harum album "Exotic Birds And Fruit." Released in April 1974, the album was the product of a series of recording sessions beset by power cuts, the result of industrial strife during the winter of 1973. Despite having to work around these difficult conditions, "Exotic Birds and Fruit" would prove to be another fine collection of material written by Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid, featuring such classic tracks as 'Nothing but the Truth,' 'As Strong as Samson,' 'Beyond the Pale,' 'Butterfly Boys' and 'The Idol.' The album would reveal the line-up of Gary Brooker, Alan Cartwright, Chris Copping, Mick Grabham and B.J. Wilson to be in fine, inspired form. This new expanded three CD edition of "Exotic Birds And Fruit" includes the original album (with two bonus tracks), along with two additional discs featuring the band's entire performance for BBC Radio One's In Concert show from March 1974 and a previously unreleased 65 minute live set recorded at January Sound Studios in Dallas on July 5th 1974 for KZEW FM. The release also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet featuring material from Gary Brooker's personal archive and an essay by Procol Harum authority Roland Clare featuring comments from Gary Brooker.
Procol Harum/The Prodigal Stranger [Remastered & Expanded] ....import CD $20.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded edition of the album "The Prodigal Stranger" by Procol Harum. The album was released in August 1991 following a fourteen year hiatus by the band and saw a reunion of Gary Brooker, lyricist Keith Reid, organist Matthew Fisher and guitarist Robin Trower. With assistance from Dave Bronze (bass) and Mark Brzezicki (drums), "The Prodigal Stranger" was a welcome return by Procol Harum and a strong collection of songs. This new expanded edition of "The Prodigal Stranger" has been newly re-mastered and includes three previously unreleased bonus tracks; two demos from 1990 and a live recording of 'Holding On' for SWR Radio in Germany in 2003. The release also includes an illustrated booklet featuring material from Gary Brooker's personal archive and an essay by Procol Harum authority Roland Clare featuring comments from Gary Brooker.
Comus/First Utterance ....import CD $20.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded edition of the legendary album First Utterance by Comus. Released in February 1971 on Pye Records' progressive rock label Dawn, First Utterance was a darkly stunning masterpiece by Comus, a group who arguably defy being classified in any genre. Too dark, loud and eccentric to be folk, but too unconventional to be classified as a rock band, the influence of Comus' work extended far beyond their short life. Mikael Akerfeldt of Swedish band Opeth was so enamoured with the band that he named Opeth's 1998 album My Arms, Your Hearse from the lyrics of the Comus song Drip, Drip. Featuring a line-up of Glen Goring (6-string Acoustic Guitar, 12 string Acoustic Guitar, Slide & Electric Guitar, Hand Drums & Vocals), Andy Hellaby (Bass), Colin Pearson (Violin & Viola), Roger Wooton (Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals), Rob Young (Flute, Oboe & Hand Drums) and Bobbie Watson (Vocals, Percussion), Comus were regular performers at David Bowie's Arts Lab in Beckenham, Kent in 1969. Earning a reputation on the UK college and university live music circuit, Comus signed to Dawn Records in 1970, releasing the album "First Utterance" and the 'Diana' maxi single in 1971 before falling apart. Their 1971 album later attained a significant cult following and is regarded as one of the most interesting and influential releases on the Dawn label. This expanded and re-mastered reissue includes four bonus tracks taken from the 'Diana' maxi-single, along with the song 'All the Colours of Darkness,' recorded during the "First Utterance" sessions. The booklet restores the original album artwork and features an essay by Malcolm Dome and interviews with band members.
The Trio/Incantation - The Dawn Recordings 1970 - 1971 ....import double CD $24.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a remastered two CD anthology comprising all the recordings made for the Dawn label by the ground-breaking progressive jazz ensemble, Thew Trio. Coming together in 1969, The Trio featured John Surman (baritone & soprano saxes, bass clarinet), Barre Phillips (bass) and Stu Martin (drums). All three musicians had earned fine reputations for excellence in the jazz world and had a desire to push musical boundaries in their work and had a desire to appeal to the emerging "progressive" music scene. Performing on bills with rock acts such as Captain Beefheart and Yes, The Trio signed to Pye Records' newly formed progressive imprint, Dawn Records in 1970. Their self-titled double album was produced by Peter Eden and released in July of that year. Aimed squarely at a progressive audience, The Trio was critically acclaimed. The 1971 album Conflagration saw the three musicians joined by a host of celebrated musicians for the sessions at Pye Studios in Marble Arch, London. Notable guests included Chick Corea, Dave Holland, John Marshall and Mark Charig among others. This new 2 CD anthology has been re-mastered from the original Dawn Records' tapes and includes a booklet with an essay by Sid Smith featuring exclusive interviews with John Surman, Barre Phillips and producer Peter Eden.
Wetton Downes Icon/Icon ....import CD $21.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, iCon was the collaborative band of the late John Wetton and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Wetton/Downes were the song-writing duo behind the ASIA catalogue including the mega hit 'Heat of the Moment.' Geoff Downes is a current member of YES. This definitive remastered re-release also includes all of the rare tracks from the iCon "Heat of the Moment" EP. The album features special guest appearances by: Annie Haslam, Hugh McDowell and Ian McDonald. This re-release is part of a prestigious re-issue campaign which will see all of the band's studio and live albums re-released as definitive editions.
Wetton Downes Icon/Rubicon ....import CD $21.99
This definitive remastered re-release of "Rubicon" includes the track 'The Harbour Wall' which was previously only available in Japan as a bonus track. The album features special guest appearances by: Anneke van Giersbergen and Hugh McDowell. This re-release is part of a prestigious re-issue campaign which will see all of the band's studio and live albums re-released as definitive edition.
Wetton Downes Icon/Icon 3 ....import CD $21.99
This definitive remastered re-release of "3" includes the track 'Live Another Day' which was previously only available in Japan as a bonus track. The album features special guest appearances by: Anne-Marie Helder, Hugh McDowell and Andreas Vollenweider. This re-release is part of a prestigious re-issue campaign which will see all of the band's studio and live albums re-released as definitive editions.
Darryl Way/Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock ....import CD $21.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, Darryl Way is the co-founder of Curved air, a trail blazing rock violinist and composer. To mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of his classic rock anthem 'Vivaldi,' Darryl Way has arranged and recorded the whole of Vivaldi's masterpiece 'The Four Seasons' and given it the same 'rock' treatment. Darryl Way says of the album "If you were a fan of my Curved Air track 'Vivaldi,' there's a good chance you're going to like this as well."
Jerome Froese & Claudia Brucken/Beginn ....import CD $19.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, Beginn is a fascinating fusion of the talents of Claudia Brucken (Propaganda) and Jerome Froese (Tangerine Dream) highlighting electronic sounds and sonic dreamscapes. Brucken's unmistakable voice covers an astounding range from ethereally fragile to experienced diva and blend into electronic song structures that mix Froese's trademark Guitartronica with synth-heavy experiments. Suzanne Freytag, Brucken's co-vocalist in Propaganda, also collaborates on the song Sweet Sense (Of) Liberation. The special foldout digipak CD designed by Philip Marshall (ZTT) with the input of Claudia, Jerome and Paul Morley.
Chris Rainbow/White Trails [Expanded] ....import CD $17.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, 1979 album from UK vocalist who has worked with Camel, Alan Parsons Project, Jon Anderson, Toyah and more. Active as a solo recording artist between the years of 1975-1981, Chris Rainbow wrote and recorded three very highly regarded albums, Home Of the Brave (1975), Looking Over My Shoulder (1978) and this release, his third full length recording, White Trails (1979), as well as a collection of singles throughout his valued career. Includes the singles 'Love You Eternally,' 'Ring Ring' and 'Body Music.' Features the sought after bonus tracks 'Body Music' (7" Version), 'Girl in Collision' (12" Version) and 'Body Music' (12" Version). First time released on CD in the UK. All material has been fully remastered especially for this release.
The Electric Prunes/Mass in F Minor + Release of an Oath ....import CD $20.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, released in 1967 and 1968 these Electric Prunes albums were certainly something different ie progressive, psychedelic, religious rock. The "Mass in F Minor" is best known for the song 'Kyrie Eleison' which was featured in the movie soundtrack of Easy Rider. Instrumentally the Prunes only appeared on the first three tracks. Jim Lowe, whose vocals were double-tracked for effect, later commented "David Axelrod was so far above what we as a garage band were able to deliver that outside musicians were used to complete the recording, including members of Canadian band The Collectors (later to become Chilliwack)." "Release of an Oath" is based on one of the most sacred Jewish prayers, the Kol Nidre which is recited on the eve of Yom Kippur. Both albums feature orchestra and top Los Angeles studio musicians. They were written and arranged by David Axelrod. The ideal coupling of two classic albums.
The Alan Parsons Project/Eye in the Sky [35th Anniversary Edition] ....Blu-Ray Audio $19.99
Engineer for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, producer of Al Stewart's Year of the Cat, and bandleader of The Alan Parsons Project among many other credits, Alan Parsons has put the "studio" in the term "studio musician" throughout his long and multi-faceted career in the music business. Now, we at Real Gone Music are proud to present on bluray DVD one of The Alan Parsons Project's greatest albums, the muliti-layered masterpiece Eye in the Sky. The group's sixth studio album, Eye in the Sky was written by Eric Woolfson (who passed December 2, 2009) and Alan Parsons. A conceptual musical meditation on a variety of belief systems - the album's title refers to casino surveillance, earth-circling satellites, and the all-seeing eye of the Egyptian God Horus - Eye in the Sky has proved both timely and timeless, a remarkably prescient view of art, religion, politics, and culture for the 21st century. Originally released as part of the 35th Anniversary Boxset (released worldwide in December 2017), the 5.1 Surround Sound mix was engineered by Alan Parsons in April 2017 at Capitol Studios LA and is an auditory experience like no other. Says Parsons, "It was a wonderful experience to hear all the multitrack tape tracks from Eye in The Sky again - and for the first time in nearly 35 years, in their raw unmixed form. Hearing the various elements, performances, and moments of magic that were selected for the final mixes of the songs was an amazing experience... Audiophiles will be pleased to hear the brand new 5.1 Surround Sound mix, which I am extremely pleased with incidentally, and also a Hi Def stereo version taken from the original analog stereo master tape which was recorded simultaneously alongside the digital mix." Eclectic and visionary, Eye in the Sky covers a variety of musical and thematic bases, and is one of The Alan Parson's Project platinum-selling albums. Now it can be heard in a new, fully immersive way.
Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 2 - April Fools' '88 ....triple CD $45.99
Hailing from the well-regarded but seldom-recorded year of 1988 (this Road Trip marked the first physical release of any complete shows from that year), this three CD set offers all of the Dead's April 1, 1988 show at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (a.k.a. The Meadowlands), plus over half of the show from the preceding night. The Dead were, of course, one of the great cover bands of all time, and here you get some real corkers, like the second and final performance of Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man" on April 1 and a medley of "Dear Mr. Fantasy"/"Hey Jude"/"All Along the Watchtower" on March 31 (followed by a "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" encore)! April 1 also features the very rarely performed "To Lay Me Down," but for many, the pair of medleys opening the second set, "China Cat Sunflower"/"I Know You Rider" and "Estimated Prophet"/"Eyes of the World," will prove the highlight of the night, as Bob Weir in particular takes flight during "Estimated" and the band lifts off right after him. Big, full-color booklet, mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD sound.
Roy Buchanan/Live at Town Hall 1974 ....double CD $22.99
This always-electrifying electric guitarist made some fine studio LPs, but his live album "Live Stock" is his most prized document. That LP drew from two sets at NYC's Town Hall on November 27, 1974-but it only featured six of the 21 songs Roy played that night (a seventh came out on a subsequent comp). Here, at long last, are all 21 songs from that night (14 unissued): two versions each of "Hey Joe, " "Too Many Drivers, " "Roy's Bluz, " "Can I Change My Mind, " "Further On up the Road, " "In the Beginning" and more blistering unheard Buchanan!
Barry McGuire & The Doctor/Barry Mcguire & The Doctor ....CD $14.99
Barry intoned one of the most iconic protest songs of the '60s, "Eve of Destruction," but this 1971 LP is like nothing else he ever did. Fueled by illicit substances, he and blues guitarist "Doctor" Eric Hord (who played with Mamas & Papas) combined psychedelic story-songs with country-blues jams: "The Old Farm," "Too Much City," "Electric City," "Train" and more. This didn't sell a lick-even though Chris Hillman, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Bernie Leadon and Herb Alpert played on the sessions-but it's become a cult classic that the No Depression roots-music blog called "a lost treasure of the era." CD debut!
Keely Smith/Sings the John Lennon-Paul McCartney Songbook ....CD $14.99
Lots of pop vocalists have tackled the vaunted Lennon-McCartney songbook, but this 1964 release from the late, great Keely Smith was the first album by an artist of her ilk devoted to the lads from Liverpool. And perhaps the best one, too... with sparkling arrangements by Ernie Freeman and Benny Carter, and production from Keely's soon-to-be husband Jimmy Bowen, the record alternately seduces and swings, and Keely's voice - with its bluesy phrasing and lilt patented on The Strip - is the perfect instrument to interpret these Fab tunes. But there's more to the story here. Sure, "groups" like The Chipmunks and The Hollyridge Strings released Beatles cover albums in 1964, but a pop singer? Of Keely's stature and pedigree? Not a chance. Keely risked ridicule from both the traditionalist and rock and roll camps by crossing over the great pop music divide to record these songs. Many of her peers were still openly dismissive of the Mop Tops; and the new generation digging the Merseybeat sound were likely to see her as square. It was just another courageous, nervy move in a career full of 'em; and Keely's reward was a smash album in the U.K. For the first-ever reissue of this classic record, we've added liner notes by Steve Hochman along with rare photos. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision... truly a Fabulous release!
Billy Cobham/Magic + Alivemutherforya ....import double CD $19.99
Digitally remastered two CD set containing a pair of albums from the jazz great. Stylish jazz drummer Cobham's 1977 Columbia album Magic, twinned with 1978's Alivemutherforya which features the talents of Steve Khan on guitar, Tom Scott on sax and Alphonso Johnson on bass. Cobham has had an extraordinary career, playing with everyone from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead.
Catfish/Get Down + Live Catfish ....import CD $19.99
Digitally remastered two-fer containing a pair of albums on one disc. Formed by Bob Hodge, Get Down was Catfish's debut Sony album, dating from 1970. The Detroit blues band's album contained all original material, composed by Hodge and other band members. 1971's Live Catfish on Epic was recorded live at The Eastown Theatre, Detroit and was a mixture of covers (such as 'Nowhere To Run,' 'Money' and 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On') and originals from Hodge. Shortly afterwards, the group broke up, but vocalist Bob Hodge has gone on to have a long and distinguished career as one of America's best bluesmen. Slipcased with new liner notes.
Styx/Caught in the Act Live ....import double CD $19.99
The Chicago rockers' 1984 live album, recorded at the height of their popularity. Tracks featured include 'Babe,' 'The Best Of Times,' 'Come Sail Away' and 'Mr Roboto.' Originally a two album set when first released by A&M. Styx are currently still recording and gigging. Digitally remastered and slipcased. New notes.
Incredible String Band/Changing Horses ....import CD $15.99
Digitally remastered edition of this 1969 album from The Incredible String Band, first released on Elektra Records. All the material is original by Mike Heron and Robin Williamson. The album briefly made the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Apart from a brief reunion, both Heron and Williamson have pursued solo careers. Slipcased with extensive new notes.
Gary Wright/Dream Weaver + Light of Smiles + Touch & Gone + Headin Home ....import double CD $20.99
From 1975, 1977 and 1979 come four albums by ex Spooky Tooth singer and keyboards player, Gary Wright.
Ramsey Lewis/Don't It Feel Good + Salongo + Tequila Mockingbird + Love Notes ....import double CD $19.99
Digitally remastered two CD set featuring a quartet of albums from the jazz great. From 1975, 1976 and 1977 come these four albums, originally recorded for Columbia. All four made the US Top 200 reflecting the acclaimed jazz pianist's standing and popularity. Lewis continues to be involved with music and artistic education. Slipcased including extensive new notes.
Don Ellis/Tears Of Joy + Connection ....import double CD $19.99
Digitally remastered two CD set containing jazz trumpeter Ellis's last two albums for Columbia Records. Tears for Joy, originally a double vinyl album, was recorded in 1971 at Basin Street West in San Francisco, and is regarded by many as his finest album. Connection is Ellis's arrangements of pop hits of the day, featuring his award-winning 'French Connection' theme from the movie. Slipcased with extensive new liner notes.
Dr. John/Remedies + Desitively Bonnaroo ....import double CD $19.99
Digitally remastered two CD set containing a pair of albums from the New Orleans-based musical icon. Contains two of Dr. John's Atlantic albums, dating from 1970 and 1974. Remedies is very much in the same musical vein as the ground-breaking Gris-Gris, a mixture of New Orleans jazz, blues and voodoo. Desitively Bonnaroo was produced by Allen Toussaint and features The Meters as sidemen.
Sly & The Family Stone/Small Talk + High on You + Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back ....import double CD $19.99
Three albums from 1974, 1975 and 1976. 'Small Talk' was a US Top 20 album with the single 'Time for Livin'' making the US Top 40. In recent years, Sly Stone's appearances and recordings have been spasmodic. Digitally remastered and slipcased. New notes
Wounded Bird reissues are licensed for a limited time only. As such they do go out of print and quite often end up being very valuable collectors' items. Here are a handful of out-of-print Wounded Bird titles that will only be available while stock lasts.
Count Basie/Super Chief ....CD $24.99
Bob and Ray/The Two and Only ....CD $21.99 (small hole in gem case)
Larry Coryell & Steve Kahn/Two for the Road ....CD $15.99 (small hole in gem case)
Hall & Oates/No Goodbyes ....CD $49.99
Hubert Laws/Say It with Silence ....CD $9.49
Pure Food & Drug Act/Choice Cuts ....CD $29.99 (small hole in gem case)
Lee Ritenour/Rio + On the Line ....CD $24.99
The Searchers/Love's Melodies ....CD $18.99
Vicious Rumors/Plug In and Hang On - Live in Tokyo ....CD $34.99
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Magma/M.D.K. [New Remastered Edition] ....import CD $33.99
Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh is considered by many to be the ultimate Magma masterwork. Recorded in 1973 at the Manor Studios in Oxford by a completely new line-up, the sole survivors from the previous incarnation of Magma were Klaus Blasquiz and, of course, Christian Vander himself. A long piece in seven movements, M.D.K. had an extended gestation period before reaching its final, definitive form. The previous band had recorded a short version - dominated by the brass section - which was released on a 45 rpm single. The progression from this simple version to what is heard on the album is astounding. The entire credit for this achievement is down to Christian Vander, who by this time had taken the artistic destiny of Magma fully into his own hands. Although the performance of the band was an order of magnitude more powerful than before - notably with the arrival of Jannick Top on bass, whose playing complemented Christian Vander's music so perfectly - then perhaps the most striking characteristic of M.D.K. was the epic sound produced by the vocal team. Driven by a colossal, giant-stepping rhythm section and dynamically reinforced by a female backing group - with Stella Vander appearing for the first time - the voices of Klaus and Christian come to haunt our souls through these magnificent songs which seem to emerge from our collective memory, conferring Magma's music with a timeless and universal character.
Magma/Merci [New Remastered Edition] ....import CD $31.99
Released in 1985 and dedicated to John Coltrane, Merci is the last studio album by Magma to be released before Christian Vander dedicated himself to his new group, Offering. Recorded between June 1982 and October 1984 at Studio Davout, with the help of a galaxy of musician friends, Merci perfectly demonstrates the seamless transition from the electric music of Magma to the acoustic serenity of Offering. The album is, in effect, divided into two sections. The four opening titles present the Magma rhythm 'n' blues of the early 1980s, a cool, soul-wrapped unit full of melodic richness, and embellished with fabulous brass and vocal arrangements. The final two pieces by contrast are in a stripped-down, purified style which declares that the quest of Offering will be to touch the human being in the depths of his soul via a music which has been reduced to it's essentials. This brand new edition is a remastered version of the original tracks in a digipack format with a 12 pages booklet including all the lyrics. Also included in this new edition an ultra rare track of the same recording sessions, previously only available on an album consisting of tracks related to zeuhl groups and tribute to the Magma career, now deleted in the whole world.
Yes/Fly from Here - Return Trip ....import CD $29.99
The classic Drama line-up reunited on a 2018 version of 2011's Fly from Here, featuring all new vocals from Trevor Horn, alongside a more organic mix highlighting Chris Squire's unique voice and bass contributions plus additional parts from Steve Howe and Geoff Downes. Includes the six part title track, the full version of Hour of Need, and album outtake Don't Take No for an Answer. CD in Media Book with new artwork by Roger Dean. The best Yes album of the last three decades just got better!
Rick Wakeman/Live Portraits ....import CD + DVD $39.99
Live Portraits - recorded live at Lincoln Cathedral, captures Rick Wakeman at his most intimate and engaging in a truly glorious setting. CD and DVD (ntsc, region 0) in DVD packaging. 'Last year I released the studio album Piano Portraits which was really well received and went Top 10 in the UK for several weeks. Over the past year I have been touring "Live Portraits" to sell out audiences, so as a lasting record I decided to film and record a very special performance at Lincoln Cathedral. The concert is based on many of the tracks from the Piano Portraits album plus additional pieces, all embellished as can only be achieved in a staged live setting.' - Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman/The Real Lisztomania (Original Soundtrack)
....import CD $26.99
Rick Wakeman/The Real Lisztomania ....import DVD $39.99
Rick Wakeman/The Real Lisztomania Deluxe ....import CD + DVD + Book Box Set $139.99
A remastered edition of Rick Wakeman's intended score for Ken Russell's truly bizarre
1975 cult film Lisztomania. Originally turned down by A&M Records, Rick's idea
was to produce a truly unique soundtrack. The Real Lisztomania uses Wakeman's score as
part of a story with intermittent narration (spoken by Paul Nicholas). Guest
vocalists include The Who's Roger Daltrey (on four pieces), Paul Nicholas and Linda Lewis.
A very different soundtrack to any produced in the world of film music, The Real
Lisztomania is by turns grand, pretty and highly amusing. An NTSC, Region 0 DVD
edition of Ken Russell's truly bizarre 1975 cult film Lisztomania, which features Roger
Daltrey as Franz Liszt, Rick Wakeman - who also provided the film's score - as Thor, and
Ringo Starr as The Pope.
A deluxe box set of The Real Lisztomania comprises:
- A remastered CD edition of Rick Wakeman's intended score (featuring The Who's Roger Daltrey)
- An NTSC Region 0 DVD of Ken Russell's truly bizarre 1975 cult film Lisztomania, which features Roger Daltrey as Franz Liszt, Rick Wakeman - who also provided the film's score - as Thor, and Ringo Starr as The Pope.
- Warners Press Folder Biographies (A4 B&W)
- Lobby Cards x 6 (A5/colour)
- Stills x 10 (A6/colour)
- German Press Book
- Alternative poster (A3)
- A5 numbered certificate signed by Rick Wakeman
Jan Akkerman/The Complete Jan Akkerman ....import 26 CD Box Set $119.99
Limited 26 CD box set. For over 50 years, Jan Akkerman has been one of Holland's most respected guitarists. In addition to his leading role in the globally-acclaimed bands Focus and Brainbox, he has also worked with the likes of B.B. King, Charlie Byrd, Cozy Powell, Claus Ogerman and Ice-T. On his solo projects, Akkerman let his creativity run free, combining rock, jazz, blues, classics and dance in his own distinctive style. This box set brings together all of Jan Akkerman's studio albums, his most important live recordings, his personal selection of Focus tracks and a CD of rare and previously unreleased tracks. In other words, the legacy of a singular and ground-breaking artist.
Klaus Schulze/Das Wagner Desaster ....import double CD $20.99
A double CD containing two Klaus Schulze concert recordings from Rome and Paris in 1994 that showcase the synth pioneer at his creative best. Andre Zenou, who also designed the cover, contributes 'Wild Mixes' of some pieces while Klaus provides 'Soft-Mixes' of the remaining recordings. The encore from a 1991 Schulze concert in Sevilla has been added as a bonus track. "The title of this album has its origin in a concert that was given on the occasion of a Nietsche conference in Rome. Those who know a lot about music history and philosophy know that Friedrich Nietsche at some point turned on Richard Wagner and gave him a roasting. This was because Wagner had once told him to stop composing music as he wasn't capable of doing it! Nietsche took this so personally that he was finished with Wagner. For Wagner, who had actually respected Nietsche, this was very much a real disaster!" - Klaus Schulze
|Richard Barbieri/Variants 1 ....import CD $19.99||Richard Barbieri/Variants 2 ....import CD $21.99||Richard Barbieri/Variants 3 ....import CD $19.99|
The Variants is a series of releases by Richard Barbieri that collect disparate pieces of music from past and current works that don't fit in with new album plans or concepts, but which Richard feels deserve to be heard. Variants 1 features performances from Luca Calabrese, Suzanne Barbieri and others, plus a 2009 instrumental version of the Japan B-Side The Experience of Swimming. Variants 2 features performances from Luca Calbrese, Lisen Rylander Löve and Suzanne Barbieri, and contains two new studio works, two unique live improvisations and a live version of Hypnotek. Variants 3 features performances from Percy Jones, violinist Gill Morley, Luca Calbrese, Lisen Rylander Löve and Suzanne Barbieri, and contains two new studio works, a variation on themes written for Porcupine Tree's Black Dahlia, the evocative 1979 Rehearsal Room and a live version of Solar Sea.
Big Big Train/Swan Hunter ....import CD EP $14.99
Big Big Train's Swan Hunter single includes a 2017 live version and a 2018 remix of the studio version of the much-loved song, which originally featured on the English Electric album. The release also includes two previously unreleased tracks: A new version of Seen Better Days which features Tim Bowness on vocals alongside David Longdon, and a live studio recording of Summer's Lease recorded in Real World in 2017.
Big Big Train/Merchants of Light ....import CD $25.99
Merchants of Light includes the best performance of each song played at Big Big Train's sold out Cadogan Hall shows in 2017. Double CD edition in casebound package with 72 page booklet.
Gianluca D'Alessio/Sunrise Markets ....import CD $24.99
Gifted guitarist Gianluca D'Alessio's second album combines prog and fusion influences to produce a complex music that incorporates atmospheric soundscapes. An ace rhythm section of Gavin Harrison and John Giblin contribute to some of the tracks.
The Durutti Column/M24J ....import double CD $19.99
M24J (Anthology) is a collection of music recorded by The Durutti Column between 1979 and 2011. M24J (Anthology) includes selections from The Return of the Durutti Column, LC, Another Setting, Short Stories for Pauline, Without Mercy, Circuses and Bread, The Guitar and Other Machines, Vini Reilly, Obey the Time, Treatise on the Steppenwolf and A Paean to Wilson. "The Durutti Column was Tony's baby," says Durutti mainman Vini Reilly. "We were the first act signed up to his Factory club night, and the first band signed to Factory Records. Tony became my mentor, somebody to look up to. He was a very tough character, yet he was very gentle. He had many sides. The biggest arguments with Tony were that he wanted to stop me singing with my schoolboy lyrics and my dreadful voice." Bonus tracks on the CD version include three tracks recorded live in Leeds on 7 October 1980, these being the earliest preserved professional in concert recordings by Vini Reilly.
The Durutti Column/Without Mercy ....import 4 CD Set $28.99
An expanded 4CD deluxe edition of Without Mercy, the fourth - suite-like - album by The Durutti Column (from 1984), which is widely regarded as Vini Reilly's most ambitious release. In 1983 Durutti Column mentor/manager Tony Wilson asked Vini Reilly to abandon fleeting guitar miniatures in favour of a longform modern classical piece. The result was an ambitious 20 minute instrumental suite, Without Mercy, performed by core Durutti duo Vini Reilly and Bruce Mitchell along with Blaine L. Reininger and John Metcalfe (violas), Caroline Lavelle (cello), Tim Kellett (trumpet) and Maunagh Fleming (cor anglais). Explains Vini: "Tony had just come in for a conversation one day and said, 'Look, you keep making these albums that you want to make, and I'm quite happy with you doing that, but just give me this one album and do it my way.' He wanted it to have a narrative determined by a Keats poem, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, which he said was the poet's version of a pop song: boy meets girl, falls in love with girl, loses girl, blah blah blah. It was a very, very Tony way of looking at it. He had aspirations that I should be taken seriously." Produced by Reilly and Wilson at Strawberry Studio and Britannia Row, Without Mercy was originally split into 19 separate stanzas, some of which have now been restored using digital cue points on the CD. Bonus tracks include the original recordings of Duet, Estoril a Noite and Favourite Descending Intervals (all re-worked for inclusion on Without Mercy), as well as companion EP Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say, collaborations with John Metcalfe, Steven Brown and Benjamin Lew, and two previously unreleased live sets across Discs 3 and 4, recorded at London School of Economics in December 1984 and Oslo in December 1986. The remastered set is housed in a clamshell box, with inner wallets and liner notes (by Reilly, Wilson, Mitchell, Reininger and Metcalfe). The cover painting is L'Etang de Trivaux by Henri Matisse (1916/17). An exceptional edition of an exceptional album.
Marianne Faithfull/Rich Kid Blues ....import CD $14.99
Rich Kid Blues is an intriguing and beautiful album of spare, largely acoustic readings of folk / rock songs, including pieces by Phil Ochs, George Harrison, Cat Stevens, Tim Hardin, Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Sandy Denny. Marianne Faithfull had this to say about the 1971 recordings, "The record itself is very strange and ghostly. It's the voice of somebody incredibly high, probably on the edge of death. Anybody who heard that record would have said, Well that's that. We'll never hear from her again'."
Thomas Dolby/Hyperactive ....double CD $16.99
A comprehensive budget-priced introduction to the work of Art / Synth Pop genius Thomas Dolby. Contains all of Dolby's prominent hits plus ambitious gems such as Budapest by Blimp, Screen Kiss, One of Our Submarines and much more.
John Coltrane/Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD $21.99
Two CD edition. Deluxe version including seven bonus alternate takes of some of the tracks from the standard edition. 2018 archive release. Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid. Featuring the Classic Quartet - John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones - and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music history both performing in a musical style it had perfected and reaching in new, exploratory directions that were to affect the trajectory of jazz from that point forward.
Fairport Convention/What We Did on Our Saturday ....import double CD $24.99
Recorded on the band's 50th Anniversary at Cropredy, What We Did on Our Saturday is a glorious celebration of the music of folk-rock pioneers Fairport Convention. The band's current line-up were joined by former Fairporters' Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Iain Matthews, Judy Dyble, Maartin Allcock and Ashley Hutchings, and friends Ralph McTell, Sally Barker, Chris While and PJ Wright. Double CD in digipak.
Daniel Biro/120 Onetwenty ....import CD $19.99
Daniel Biro's 120 Onetwenty is an hour long instrumental vintage keyboards suite. Over six years in the making, inspired by synth pioneers such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Vangelis, electric jazzers Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul, progressive experimentalists Soft Machine and Mike Oldfield, and ambient/ minimalist composers Reich, Eno, and Glass, the resulting album is a hypnotic fusion of meditative melancholy moods, jazz-inflected hypnotic grooves and soaring, swirling synth landscapes.
Brand X/Locked & Loaded ....import CD $26.99
Locked & Loaded captures the reformed Brand X brilliantly reinterpreting aspects of its innovative 1970's Fusion music. Containing seven tracks - including the classics Disco Suicide, Nuclear Burn, and Euthanasia Waltz - the album was recorded by Yes tech Dave Wilkinson in June 2017 in Lancaster, Pennyslvania. Beautifully mixed by long-term collaborator Stephen W Tayler (Kate Bush, Bruford etc) Locked & Loaded showcases the quintet of John Goodsall, Percy Jones, Chris Clark, Kenny Grohowski and Scott Weinberger performing at its most combustible and intense. In keeping with Brand X's tradition of purity, it's a warts and all recording with no overdubs whatsoever. Fan favourite Cambodia is included as a bonus track.
Dave Sinclair/Out of Sinc ....import CD $21.99
Dave Sinclair's 2018 studio release includes the 18 minute career highlight Home Again, the Kevin Ayers' tribute Rings around the Moon, and If I Run (which dates back to 1971 when Sinclair was working with Robert Wyatt in Matching Mole). Features Pye Hastings, Andy Latimer, Geoffrey Richardson, Doug Boyle, Tony Coe and the Derby Cathedral Choir.
David Cross/Crossing the Tracks ....CD $15.99
Renowned electric violinist from King Crimson, David Cross, presents this new collection of studio recordings featuring a diverse array of styles and moods! Includes both instrumental tracks as well as vocal performances by guest singers Sonja Kraushofer of L'Ame Immortelle, Anne-Marie Hurst of Skeletal Family, acclaimed Israeli singer Ofra Haza, Christian Death vocalist Eva O and more! Cross is currently wrapping up a tour with Italian prog rockers Le Orme and will continue to book performances through 2018!
David Sylvian & Holger Czukay/Plight & Premonition + Flux & Mutability ....double CD $16.99
A 2018 Groenland Records reissue of the two evocative ambient albums issued by David Sylvian and Holger Czukay (Can) in the late 1980s. Contains all four tracks from Plight & Premonition and Flux & Mutability. Double CD edition.
Alberto Rigoni with Marco Minnemann/EvoRevolution ....import CD $20.99
On EvoRevolution Italian bassist extraordinaire Alberto Rigoni (Vivaldi Metal Project, Twinspirits) collaborates with drummer's drummer Marco Minnemann (The Artistocrats, Steven Wilson). EvoRevolution is a thrilling combination of prog, fusion, ambient and hard-hitting rock influences, and contains the six part 33 minute long title track.
Robert Reed/Sanctuary III ....import double CD + DVD $28.99
The third album in Robert Reed's acclaimed Mike Oldfield influenced Sanctuary series of releases displays more of Rob's own inventive musical quirks. Produced, mixed and engineered by Reed, who plays most of the instruments himself, Sanctuary III features legendary drummer Simon Phillips, and also contains contributions from recorder player Les Penning, and the Tubular Bells production team of Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth. A double cd / dvd (ntsc, all regions) set, this limited edition contains the main album, a disc of bonus material (including a Tom Newman mix of the album), plus a 5.1 surround mix of the album, promo videos and interview footage.
Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy with the Gift Band/Anchor ....CD $15.99
Anchor is the remarkable 2018 studio album from two of the UK's finest exponents of traditional song, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy. Produced by Neill MacColl and Kate St. John, the album features an eclectic set of traditional and contemporary songs, including pieces by Tom Waits, Nick Lowe, Monty Python and KT Tunstall. Martin Carthy guests.
Neil Campbell/The Outsider - News from Nowhere ....import CD $20.99
Neil Campbell's The Outsider - News from Nowhere is an instrumental concept album based on William Morris's novel News from Nowhere. Combining folk, progressive and classical influences, Neil plays classical and acoustic guitars, bass, harpsichord, harmonium and assorted percussion. Laurence Cocchiara (violins), Jon Lawton (percussion) and Helen Maher (accordion) guest.
ESP 2.0 [Coyle, Lowe & Brzezicki]/22 Layers of Sunlight ....import CD $21.99
22 Layers of Sunlight follows the success of Invisible Din, the 2016 debut from producer / guitarist Tony Lowe and ace session drummer Mark Brzezicki. On 22 Layers of Sunlight, ESP have been joined by vocalist/lyricist Peter Coyle (Lotus Eaters). Merging passionate vocals and intricate soundscapes, alongside complex rhythmic structures and contemporary progressive rock elements, ESP 2.0 have created an intense and dramatic musical experience. CD in digipak with 12 page booklet.
Time Collider/Travel Conspiracy ....import CD $24.99
Travel Conspiracy is the debut album by Time Collider, a band featuring John Jowitt (IQ), Stephen Bennett (Tim Bowness/no-man), Dave H, Tommy Fox, and led by former Steve Hackett, Henry Fool and Pendragon drummer Fudge Smith. Energetic and powerful, Time Collider deliver an exciting neo-Prog sound mixed with Hard Rock and Alt Rock influences.
Tangekanic/Hotel Can't Afford It ....CD $15.99
Tangekanic is a hybrid band featuring members of The Tangent and Karmakanic. Hotel Cantaffordit - a live "bootleg" style recording of a show recorded at the New Jersey Proghouse in October, 2017 - features material from both bands' recent output and concentrates on pieces from Karmakanic's Dot and The Tangent's The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery. A new collaborative track Sanctuary in Music - written in response to the massacre at the Harvest Festival in Las Vegas - also features. Tangekanic is: Jonas Reingold - bass guitar, Andy Tillison - keyboards & vocals, Luke Machin - guitars & backing vocals, Steve Roberts - drums, Gorna Edman - vocals.
Klaus Schulze/Trance 4 Motion ....import $27.99
Originally recorded under the pseudonym Wahnfried, was originally part of the box set Contemporary Works.
David Cross & Andrew Keeling/English Sun ....import CD $20.99
David Cross was the violinist with the King Crimson band which created 'Larks' Tongues in Aspic' and Andrew Keeling is a contemporary composer and flautist. The two musicians collaborated on a series of improvisations, which has evolved into this beautiful collection of electric violin and flute duets, 'English Sun.' There is a common heritage at work here that goes far deeper than it's clear classical and rock components. This is new music by anybody's standard.
Judy Dyble/Earth Is Sleeping ....import CD $15.99
Judy Dyble returns with her new solo album released in the wake of her success of her 2017 collaboration with Andy Lewis 'Summer Dancing.' The former Fairport Convention/Trader Horne vocalist found herself praised for that albums English psychedelia and it received strong radio play on both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 from the likes of Mark Radcliffe and Gideon Coe. The new album highlights Judy's vocal and song-writing talent. It displays her teenage song-writing influences; Joni Michelle, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs and bringing her modern day view to this sound.
Wishbone Ash/Here to Hear ....import CD $18.99
Wishbone Ash, famous for their twin lead guitars, melodic songwriting and complex instrumental style is with 'Here to Hear,' their 15th and long-time most sought after studio album, back in their original line-up since 1973's 'Wishbone Four.' The album contains songs mostly written and sung by founding members Martin Turner (bass/keys/lead vocals) and Ted Turner (guitar/vocals). Some songs are co-written by Andy Powell (guitar/ vocals) and Steve Upton (drums). The highlight of this album is the interplay between the great underappreciated guitar duo of Ted Turner and Andy Powell and the enigmatic but wonderfully evocative track "Lost Cause in Paradise."
Twelfth Night/Fact and Fiction [The Definitive Edition] ....triple CD $29.99
Fact And Fiction is the latest of the Twelfth Night original albums to be given the Definitive Edition treatment, and released by the excellent F2/Festival Music label. However, in a change to the previous releases, rather than augment the original LP with other tracks that featured in the band's live set at the time, this time there is more focus on the original tracks giving a glimpse of how they developed through the various processes of writing, rehearsing, demoing, recording, and finally being played live. In addition as a number of cover versions and re-workings already existed, new recordings were commissioned from band members, contemporaries and current artists to show how other artists interpreted the tracks, and these really complement the Twelfth Night versions, and bring out the true strength of the original songs. To accompany the CDs there are some extensive, sleeve notes written specially, including an extract from Michael Anthony's 'Words & Music' book that reviews Geoff's lyric writing in incisive detail. In addition there are never-before seen scans of some of Geoff's original handwritten lyrics and sketches, as well as new photos, etc. The content of the three CDs is: Disc One - Studio 1982, Disc Two - Live 1983-2012 and Demos 1982, Disc Three - Covers & Interpretations 1983-2018.
San Fernando Symphonic Assembly/Chariots of Fire: The Film Works of Vangelis ....CD $13.99
A collection of themes composed by Vangelis for such motion pictures as Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner, Bitter Moon, The Bounty, Alexander, Missing and more.
Stanley Clarke/Message ....CD $17.99
Forty five years after his album debut, four-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Stanley Clarke shows he is still unapproachable on both the electric and acoustic, wielding a vision of fusion and funk, breakbeats and bass-interpreted cello suites with a little help from friends like trumpeter Mark Isham. Backed by a young versatile band and a collection of tunes written in the midst of a tumultuous tour of Europe, 'The Message' swells with an abundance of strength, soul and astounding musicianship. 'The Message' is unmistakably a Stanley Clarke record. Five decades of unapproachable bass mastery doesn't come easy and Clarke has no interest in relinquishing his throne. Propelled by the youthfulness of his bandmates, Clarke reaches even deeper into his bag of tricks for an incredibly satisfying listen.
Marillion/Smoke [Live] ....CD $16.99
Marillion/Mirrors [Live] ....double CD $18.99
From January through September 2018 a carefully curated and strictly limited and numbered series of Marillion live albums will be released in retail stores across the globe for the very first time. Each of these individual concerts perfectly captures the unique magic around Marillion. This Ltd Ed series consists of 10 fantastic live albums, each limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, which will be released in pairs in a bi-monthly cycle. Smoke and Mirrors were recorded on Saturday and Sunday of the Marillion Weekend in Minehead, England in 2005. Together the two performances work as an equilibrium; Smoke on Saturday featuring Marillion s most up-beat and high-energy songs and Mirrors on Sunday showcasing the slower and more atmospheric side of the band.
Marillion/Popular Music [Live] ....double CD $18.99
For our second Marillion Weekend worldwide fan convention, we decided to let our guests vote on the 10 songs they'd most like to hear us play. These are the results. A few surprises, a few old tunes, and a great Saturday night. You were even able to make the floor bounce - much to the dismay of the patrons of the bar underneath the main concert hall! What a weekend - again. The final 10 songs were moved around into more of an artistic order, and songs like 'This Town' and 'Warm Wet Circles' had their "companion songs" added on.
Marillion/Happiness Is Cologne [Live] ....double CD $18.99
A double live album from the band's 2008 Happiness is the Road performance at the E-Werk in Cologne, Germany. Recorded on 26 November 2008.
Rick Wakeman/Amazing Grace ....CD + DVD $18.99
Rick Wakeman's interest in music began at an early age and it was originally thought that a career as a classical pianist lay in store for Rick and a spell at the Royal College Of Music would seem to support this theory. Unfortunately Rick preferred playing in bands and appearing on the lucrative session circuit than studying as a classical pianist and decided to leave the Royal College of Music or was perhaps gently pushed in that direction depending on whose story you believe. Whatever the facts one thing is certain Rick Wakeman was in heavy demand playing sessions for some of the biggest names in pop music at this time (Late sixties/early seventies) and as such played on many hit singles including records by Brotherhood Of Man, Cat Stevens, T. Rex and also played on the David Bowie single Space Oddity. Around this time Rick also decided to join the British folk rock band the Strawbs and it was with this band that Rick first caught the attention of the band with whom he is most closely associated... Yes. This 2007 release is a stunning set of interpretations of devotional Christian music.
Rick Wakeman/G'Ole ....import CD $17.99
Richard Christopher "Rick" Wakeman (born 18 May 1949) is a legendary English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter, and author. He is best known for being in the progressive rock band Yes across five tenures between 1971 and 2004 and for his solo albums released in the 1970s. He is a current member of 'Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman.' G'ole! is the official documentary film of the 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain. The film is narrated by Sean Connery and the score was written by Rick Wakeman. It tells the story of the 1982 FIFA World Cup which was won by Italy who beat West Germany in the final. It also highlights New Zealand - who played the most games in order to qualify - and Cameroon, a rising African force.
Man/Legal Bootleg Live '99 ....CD $17.99
Live album from the Welsh legends. Man is one of the most iconic British bands of the last half century. The Man band first came together as the Bystanders in 1964. The band managed to release many singles during the period between 1964 and 1968. The band became Man when Deke Leonard from another Welsh band The Dream joined and the band signed to Pye records. The music that the Man band performed however was very much removed from the pop sensibilities of The Bystanders and more in keeping with the West Coast sound of American bands such as The Quicksilver Messenger Service. The band would record two albums for Pye (Revelation and 2ozs Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle) before leaving the label to sign with the more progressively minded Liberty records in 1970 and were to remain with the label until 1976 when they signed with MCA. Following the deal with MCA the band released just one more studio album (The Welsh Connection) before announcing their decision to call it a day following one more tour that would be recorded and finally be released as All's Well That Ends Well. Throughout the seventies the band had undergone a number of changes with members coming and going at an alarming rate with Deke Leonard leaving and joining and Martin Ace leaving and also returning briefly. During the years that followed the split the various members all concentrated on solo projects however in 1983 the band decided to re-form and head out on the road and play gigs and record again. And they were just as good as ever, as you can hear on this extraordinary slice of vintage British head music.
Beefheart Jr./Temporarily Immortal ....CD $15.99
The long-awaited solo project from famed drummer for the legendary cult band Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Robert Williams! Features guest appearances by guitarist Mike Miller (Chick Corea / Yellowjackets), Rob Love, and others!
Osibisa/Black Magic Night: Live ....import CD $24.99
Osibisa are a Ghanaian Afrobeat band, founded in London in 1969 by four expatriate African and three Caribbean musicians. Their music is a fusion of African, Caribbean, jazz, funk, rock, Latin, and R&B. They were one of the first African-heritage bands to become widely popular and linked with the establishment of world music. Black Magic Night was recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in 1977.
Little Feat/Live from Neon Park ....import double CD $16.99
Little Feat is an American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles. George disbanded the group due to creative differences in 1979, shortly before his death. Surviving members reformed Little Feat in 1987, remaining intermittently active to the present. Although the band has undergone several changes in it's lineup, the music remains an eclectic blend of rock and roll, blues, R&B, boogie, country, folk, gospel, soul, funk and jazz fusion influences. Guitarist Jimmy Page stated Little Feat was his favourite American band in a 1975 Rolling Stone interview. Live from Neon Park, released in 1996, is the band's second live album. The name of the album was suggested by a Little Feat fan in memory of the then recent passing of long-time Little Feat album cover artist and friend of the band, Neon Park.
The Allman Brothers Band/Cream of the Crop 2003 ....4 CD Set $45.99
Four-disc collection features 36 tracks in all, culled from ABB's shows between July 25 and August 10, 2003, in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Darien Center, NY, Hartford, CT, Charlotte, NC, and Raleigh, NC. The 2003 lineup of the group included founding members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, plus Warren Haynes, Marc Quiñones, Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks.
Al DiMeola/Elegant Gypsy & More [Live] ....CD $16.99
With his acclaimed current studio album 'Opus,' Al Di Meola not only topped the TOP 5 of the Official German Jazz Album Charts and burst to #1 position in the US Contemporary Jazz Album Charts, but once again proved his status as a 'guitar superstar.' His curriculum vitae is full of exciting musical moments and incredible works and he still finds ways to challenging himself: he is a jack-of-all-trades, who does not take a real break in supposedly quieter times. Al Di Meola is burning for his passion - the music. With 'Elegant Gypsy & More LIVE'; partly recorded on his very successful 'Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary'-US Tour in 2017, Al Di Meola proves once again that jazz music tremendously 'rocks.' Above all, for him it is also a journey back to his musical beginning, which he brings to new heights with fantastic versions of songs like 'Race With Devil On Spanish Highway,' 'Flight Over Rio,' 'Midnight Tango' or 'Egyptian Danza.'
Steve Reich/Drumming ....double CD $25.99
Steve Reich's Drumming is regarded as one of the most important musical works of the last century. Distilled through his studies of African percussion in Ghana during 1970 and Balinese gamelan music, Reich revolutionized our understanding of polyrhythms, sculpting a new sonic territory to illuminate the radical potential of Minimalism. Divided into four sections, performed without pause, Drumming is written for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, piccolo and voice. The singers recite melodic patterns that mimic the sounds of the instruments, gradually rising to the surface and then fading out. The overall effect can be transfixing-pulling listeners into the rhythm and possessing a raw immediacy, directness and energy. The premier performances of Drumming took place in December 1971 in New York City-first at The Museum of Modern Art, then at Brooklyn Academy of Music and finally at Town Hall where this recording was made-and featured the composer along with a cast of longtime collaborators including Art Murphy, Steve Chambers, Russ Hartenberger, James Preiss, Jon Gibson, Joan La Barbara, Judy Sherman, Jay Clayton, Ben Harms, Gary Burke, Frank Maefsky and James Ogden. Originally released in 1972 by gallerist John Gibson in a small private edition, Drumming represents the culmination of Reich's investigation into rhythmic phase relationships and it's early realization captures a remarkably organic feel, especially compared to the more widely known version on Deutsche Grammophon from 1974.
John Zorn/In a Convex Mirror ....CD $15.99
In a Convex Mirror features Zorn's unique saxophone playing and keyboard stylings in an extended foray into the nexus of voudun and downtown improvisation. An intense student of Haitian drumming and a regular at ceremonies from NYC to Port-au-Prince Haiti, Ches Smith weaves a hypnotic tapestry of polyrhythms that are constantly in flux. The result is an exciting new context for Zorn the performer. With special guest Ikue Mori creating moody electronic soundscapes, the music is as hypnotic as it is exhilarating. Three pieces of sonic voodoo for the 21st century!
Heldon/Agneta Nilsson ....CD $17.99
The fourth Heldon album "Agneta Nilsson" sees Richard Pinhas and his changing entourage of musicians delve even deeper into Heldon's sonic universe. Their trusted array of hypnotic synthesizer sounds is underscored in places by drums and/or guitar. Mind-expanding stuff!
Heldon/Third ....double CD $22.99
Third album from the French spacerock electro combo masterminded by Richard Pinhas (1975). Heldon's darkest work lays another stone in their sonic mosaic: synths, drones, fuzz and trippy improvisations. Intense Heldon!
The Residents/Rmx ....double CD $17.99
The Residents are fiddlers. Not fiddle players, just fiddlers. They like to play around and see different ways their songs could sound. They call this RMX. Some say RMX stands for remix but with The Residents, who knows? While the RMX concept is mostly associated with two album projects (The King and Eye RMX and WB:RMX), The Residents had also tinkered with individual songs. These were released as free streaming tracks on the band's official MySpace page (yes, they had one). In 2007 most of these tracks were collected in a compilation simply titled RMX, first made available on iTunes. Never before have this tunes been available on a physical release, so we are now glad to present you RMX as a CD including two previously unreleased rmx's! New cover artwork by Pore Know Graphics.
The Residents/Ghost of Hope ....CD $15.99
Following their long tradition of projects based on narrative themes, The Residents are pleased to announce the release of The Ghost of Hope, an historically accurate album based on train wrecks. Pursuing this theme in both a literal and metaphorical sense, the group discovered a series of vintage news articles highlighting the dangers of train travel in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspired by the era's elegant language, the group then contrasted that eloquence against the sheer horror of these devastating events, resulting in an album that sounds both startlingly new and curiously nostalgic. Using the familiar elements of music, spoken voice, sound effects and audio textures, The Residents have constructed a highly original series of tone poems quite unlike the music of anyone else - except, of course, The Residents. The album features guest collaborator Eric Drew Feldman - who has worked with everybody cool, so he's already in your record collection.
K. Leimer/Threnody ....CD $16.99
Threnody by K. Leimer is a music of disorientation, error and loss. Free of any particular sense of continuity or structure, Threnody dwells in an absent-minded and forgetful state, inhabiting an aftermath of events too disorienting to be completely comprehended. Highly atmospheric, the music draws from influences as diverse as Arve Henriksen, David Sylvian, Taylor Deupree and Biosphere. Shattered phrases emerge among shrouded details in a state of sustained incompleteness. In a departure for Leimer, this music is highly improvised, mostly studio-generated in real-time. "I approached the work by repeatedly abandoning it and, at some later time, after pursuing some other task, after days or weeks of new outrages, wandered back and tried to once more pick up the threads." Threnody is music tuned to a fractured time.
CCS/A's B's & Rarities ....import CD $17.99
CCS were a British group of mainly studio musicians led by blues guitarist Alexis Korner. The personnel included guitarist Peter Thorup, one of Denmark's most important blues musicians, and former Blue Mink members/studio musicians guitarist Alan Parker known from a.o. David Bowie, Donovan, Walker Brothers and the Top of the Pops tune "Whole Lotta Love," Herbie Flowers known from a.o. David Bowie, Lou Reed (the bass line of "Walk On The Wild Side"), Bryan Ferry & George Harrison, Blue Mink founder Roger Coulam on the bass guitar and Tom Jones drummer Barry Morgan. Their biggest hits were "Tap Turns On The Water" and the Donovan song "Walking."
Clannad/Turas 1980 ....double CD $20.99
Travelling back in time when Clannad was well known for their interpretations of traditional Irish folk songs. As their international breakthrough happened a few years later, on this day in January 1980 Clannad followed the roots of all their inspirations and played to an enthusiastic audience in Bremen, Germany. It was one of the last times that Clannad played that pure and simple.
Copperhead & John Cipollina/Live at Pacific High Studios ....CD $18.99
Copperhead with John Cipollina, live at Pacific High Studios, San Francisco in 1972. After leaving Quicksilver Messenger Service near the end of 1970, John Cipollina also played lead guitar with Copperhead, who issued just one 1973 album before disbanding. Performed at Pacific High Studios in San Francisco, this January 23, 1972 KSAN-FM broadcast, includes several songs from that LP, as well as eight the band did not release in studio versions. Also in Copperhead, was future Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears and guitarist-keyboardist-singer Gary Philippet, later (as Gary Phillips) in the Greg Kihn Band. The entire original broadcast is presented here, professionally remastered, with background liners and rare archival photos.
Al Kooper/Live at the Record Plant ....CD $18.99
Al Kooper, live from the Record Plant, Sausalito, CA on October 23rd, 1974. Having played and recorded with Bob Dylan, the Blues Project, Mike Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many others, Al Kooper was already a living legend by 1974. Broadcast that October on KSAN-FM, this rare solo performance finds him playing guitar, keyboards and vocals on an intriguing, emotionally charged selection of material. The entire broadcast is presented here, together with background notes and images.
Blodwyn Pig/Ahead Rings Out + Getting to This ....import double CD $22.99
Deluxe double disc pairing of two releases from Blodwyn Pig. This band is lead by Jethro Tull's original guitarist, Mick Abrahams.
Alan Davey/Al Chemical's Lysergic Orchestra Vol. 2 ....import CD $15.99
The wildly experimental and weirdly creative album from former Hawkwind bassist, Alan Davey! Originally released in 2013, this album continues Davey's well-received solo musical mindtrip! Includes a track that was inspired by a poem by Davey's former bandmate Robert Calvert!
Richard Thompson/Rumor and Sigh ....Hybrid SACD $39.99
Limited hybrid SACD edition mastered from the original master tapes. Richard Thompson manages all of his usual superhuman feats on Rumor and Sigh. Rippled, vibrant guitar lines that sound like they're coming from four guitars? Check. Lyrics that expose the delicate quirks of human behavior in witty, truthful manners? Here. Engaging vocals that arrive as if they are sung only to you, the words doubling as whispered thoughts in your own head? Yep. But Rumor and Sigh goes further by featuring astute, lively production and well-planned arrangements ranking the 1991 album as one of the - if not the most - cohesive and accessible efforts of Thompson's storied career. And now, courtesy of Mobile Fidelity, it's his best-sounding record. Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2000 numbered copies, this hybrid SACD breathes with an effervescent openness that makes the music emerge with a livelier sheen, standout dynamics, and unstoppable energy. This definitive digital edition makes it immediately evident Rumor and Sigh ensures as a very special album - a cohesive, varied, and fun set spiked with some of Thompson's finest compositions and an exoticism that extends to the modest use of the hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, concertina, and crumhorn.
Todd Rundgren & Utopia/Road to Utopia - Complete Recordings 1974-82 ....CD Box Set $69.99
Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Todd Rundgren and Utopia. Therefore, it is with much excitement to announce the blockbuster seven compact disc box extravaganza The Road to Utopia: The Complete Recordings (1974-82). Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Todd Rundgren, Hall & Oates) at Friday Music Studios from the Bearsville/Warner Bros. tapes, each of their seven classic albums truly come to life in this new limited edition package. In honor of the upcoming reunion tour, we are offering for a very limited time each of their seven albums now in first time cd digipak gatefold covers, featuring the original album artwork elements, including rare inner sleeve art, label art, insert artwork, all housed in a handsome cd box. The amazing collection will also include 2018 written commentary from Utopia's Todd Rundgren, Willie Wilcox, Kasim Sulton and Roger Powell. To enhance your musical enjoyment, The Road to Utopia: The Complete Recordings (1974-82) will also include 15 rare bonus tracks, culled from the vaults including live tracks, b side, radio promo versions and of course the five-star mastering you would expect from Friday Music. We believe this wonderful new audiophile compact disc release of The Road to Utopia: The Complete Recordings (1974-82) will become one of the most anticipated releases of the year!
Yes/New Director's Cut ....import double DVD $26.99
Yes - The Director's Cut movie. Featuring behind-the-scenes footage and previously unreleased live performances at the N.I.A, Birmingham and The Glastonbury Festival, which have only been seen before in edited clips and now due to the demand from fans, have been included in full in this new 'Directors Cut.' 2 DVD NTSC Region 0.
Dukes of the Orient/Dukes of the Orient ....CD $12.99
What do you get when you match a Brit from London who loves American AOR with an
American from California who grew up on British prog? Dukes of the Orient is the masterful
pairing of vocalist John Payne (ex-ASIA, GPS) with keyboardist Erik Norlander (Last in
Line, Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists) who now present their eponymous debut album, ten years
in the making. Payne's powerful arena-seasoned vocals carry soaring melodies and lush
harmonies over the sea of classic synthesizers and keyboards artfully painted with
Norlander's signature sonic palette. Payne says of the album, "With Dukes of the
Orient we have dug deep with analog soundscapes, superlative musicians and song-driven
epics. Add to this the masterful artwork of Rodney Matthews and a journey that started
with the supergroup Asia, we give you the next chapter, one we are extremely proud
The two are backed by a world-renown ensemble of top musicians including Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet on guitar, Molly Rogers on strings and Jay Schellen on drums. Payne provides bass guitar and additional lead and rhythm guitar parts to complete the audiophile production. The album was mixed on a traditional analog console to preserve and enhance the natural depth, clarity and soul of the tracks with great care taken to avoid over-compression, extreme equalization and distortion. Dukes of the Orient has its origins in 2007 as "Asia featuring John Payne," a band that continued on after ASIA keyboardist, Geoff Downes, left the band to re-form the original 1982 lineup. Payne recruited Norlander to join Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen for tour dates in the US and initial recordings, some of which endured to appear on the Dukes of the Orient album here. Govan left the band to form The Aristocrats and was replaced by guitarist Bruce Bouillet followed by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria. The final lineup resulted in the track, Seasons Will Change, released as a video in 2013 and also now appears on the Dukes of the Orient album. Following the death of original ASIA vocalist, John Wetton, in early 2017, Payne and Norlander decided that these recordings should give birth to a new band, both out of respect for Wetton and for clarity with the Downes-led ASIA.
Allan Holdsworth/Atavachron ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Flat Tire ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Hard Hat Area ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/I.O.U. ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Metal Fatigue ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/None Too Soon ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Road Games ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Sand ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Secrets ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/The Sixteen Men of Tain ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Then! ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Wardenclyffe Tower ....CD $14.99
These albums are only available presently as part of Manifesto Records 12 CD box set "The Man Who Changed Guitar Forever," but now for the first time in several years they will be available on CD. These albums have been digitally remastered from the original tapes and feature all the original artwork.
Supertramp/Breakfast in America ....SACD $39.99
Supertramp's Breakfast in America has it all: Illustrious artwork. Sing-a-long hooks. Contagious melodies. Symphonic bluster. Rhapsodic thrust. Signature Wurlitzer electric piano sounds. Two Grammy Awards, including one for Best Engineered Album. More than 20 million copies sold. Four Billboard hit singles that continue to dominate radio airplay today. Every aspect of the chart-topping art-rock set screams blockbuster, not the least of which is the production, the result of painstaking studio setups and months of mixing. Indeed, aside from the undeniably catchy nature of the ten tracks, fun remains the most central element of Breakfast in America. The band even titled the record to fall in line with the overall joyful feeling of the material. About the latter: Few late 1970s rock albums feature a more cohesive, harmony-drenched parade of stunningly executed, wondrously arranged works. The collective offspring of members Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, each tune reflects the creative pulses of each musician, with the resultant contrasts lending to their appeal. Davies' penchant for grittier, bluesy strands blends with Hodgson's witty, pop-leaning techniques. The combination proves unstoppable. Home to a quartet of commercial staples - 'The Logical Song,' 'Goodbye Stranger,' 'Take the Long Way Home,' and the title track - Breakfast in America teems with arena-sized drama, meticulous craftsmanship, and mesmerizing refrains. Shrewd lyrical turns abound, whether on the phonetic, adjective-stacked 'The Logical Song,' life-in-America portrait 'Child of Vision,' or move-to-L.A. saga 'Gone Hollywood.' U.S. references also dot the smash title track, which reflects the glib humor, romantic fantasies, and pop culture permeating the record. Breakfast in America also retains it's vitality because of it's expert instrumentation and placement. Deemed 'a textbook-perfect album of post-Beatles, keyboard-centered English art rock that strikes the shrewdest possible balance between quasi-symphonic classicism and rock & roll' by Rolling Stone shortly after it's release, the record serves as a blueprint of reference-setting production and mixing. Check the scorching guitar outro on 'Goodbye Stranger,' gospel accents on 'Lord Is It Mine,' saxophone lines on 'Take the Long Way Home,' or chemistry of the choruses on basically every piece here. It's enough to make one long for the '70s again.
Jean Michel-Jarre/Original Album Classics ....5 CD Box Set $31.99
Includes the Jean Michel-Jarre classics Oxygene, The Concerts in China parts 1 and 2, Chronology and Metamorphoses.
Ozric Tentacles/Erpland ....import CD $13.99
Ozric Tentacles/Jurassic Shift ....import CD $13.99
Ozric Tentacles/Live Underslunky ....import CD $13.99
Ozric Tentacles/Pungent Effulgent ....import CD $13.99
Ozric Tentacles/Pyramidion ....import CD $13.99
Ozric Tentacles/Waterfall Cities ....import CD $13.99
New nice price reissues from the Ozric Tentacles catalog on Madfish.
Miles Davis/Star People ....import CD $17.99
On this 1983 release, Miles Davis rediscovers the blues. Beside the members of the band from the "We Want Miles" album, the recordings feature John Scofield for the first time, who worked alongside Mike Stern in Davis' band in late 1982 and early 1983 before Stern's departure later in the year. Marcus Miller played on five of the six tracks and would later be replaced by Tom Barney, Al Foster and Mino Cinelu are heard on drums and percussion. Miles Davis plays trumpet and Oberheim synthesizer often at the same time (without using overdubs) and also on separately recorded interludes for the over 18-minute long blues "Star People."
Wobbler/Hinterland ....import CD $25.99
This is the new version of Wobbler's debut album from 2005; remixed and remastered in 2016, now finally released on CD. Hinterland has never sounded better, finally capturing the sound the band initially aimed for back in 2004/2005 when it was mixed by a (then) unexperienced band. The album features tons (literally) of vintage keyboards such as mellotron, hammond organ, etc.
Galahad/Seas of Change ....CD $17.99
2018 release, the follow up to the 2017 Quiet Storms album which contained 15 short (ish) tracks and was a much more mellow affair whereas Seas of Change is the polar opposite and consists of just one 43 minute track, creating, what we think is, a full on no holds barred prog/rock rollercoaster of an album. Seas of Change is a kind of hybrid in terms of musical style, featuring more traditional, occasionally pastoral, elements reminiscent of the older Galahad sound whilst also incorporating the heavier guitar and more modern techno keyboard sounds of the last few studio albums. Seas of Change is also the first album to feature Lee Abraham on all guitars following his re-joining of the band in the Spring of 2017. Lee is already familiar to the band and a fully paid up part of the Galahad family having been the band's bass player from 2005 to 2009 and appearing on one of their most critically and commercially successful albums Empires Never Last as well as on a couple of live albums. We feel that Lee has added his own stamp and expanded the Galahad sound palette whilst still retaining the Galahad feel and overall sound. Seas of Change is also Tim Ashton's first appearance on a Galahad album containing completely brand-new material since he appeared on Nothing Is Written back in 1990! As ever the album was pulled together mixed and mastered by engineer/producer extraordinaire Karl Groom (Threshold/Dragonforce/Pendragon/Arena etc.) at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey. Seas of Change features long term honorary member Sarah Bolter who makes an appearance on flute, clarinet and soprano sax.
Gary Brooker/Echoes in the Night ....import CD $17.99
Gary Brooker's 1985 solo debut "Echoes in the Night" was the album for all those fans who had been waiting eight years for a Procol Harum reunion. In addition to Gary Brooker's singing and keyboard work, it featured Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher, lyricist Keith Reid, and drummer B.J. Wilson. They didn't appear on every track, but when they got together, notably on the title song (which also featured Eric Clapton), "Saw the Fire," and especially the ambitious "Ghost Train," Procol Harum was back. Even when Fisher and Reid weren't collaborating, as on "Mr. Blue Day," Brooker aspired to a 'Procol' approach.
John Mayall/No More Interviews ....import CD $17.99
John Mayall, OBE is a legendary English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has counted among it's members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians. They include Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington. In the late 1970s his career was often overlooked by Mayall purists, but it included some veritable gems including this album which was recorded & mixed at Kendun Studio D, Los Angeles, California.
Bert Jansch/A Man I'd Rather Be Part 1 ....import 4 CD Box Set $49.99
Limited four CD book-back packaging. Comprising Bert's seminal 1960s output (alongside his only album as a duet with Pentangle bandmate John Renbourn) this four disc set covers an era that forged creative paths for everyone from Neil Young to Johnny Marr. Bert's first studio albums capture his most prolific period - these four albums were written, recorded and issued in just two years; a testament to not only Bert's abundant musicality but to a time for music that was changing - excitedly - from minute to minute. From Bert's masterclass in elegant, melodic, one-man-and-his-guitar fingerpicking on his self-titled LP, to the beginnings of something altogether more exotic on Bert and John, these records are nothing if not a remarkable insight into the changing face of folk music at the time. For those unfamiliar with Jansch's oeuvre, this is a real treat; you won't find a more comprehensively produced collection. A Man I'd Rather Be includes all the original liner notes (from both Keith de Groot and Bert himself) as well as new ruminations from Bill Leader (who recorded much of Jansch's nascent work) as well as never-before seen photographs by the illustrious Brian Shuel. For those in the know, this is a chance to revisit these extraordinary albums, revel in new insights and add some - perhaps more listenable LPs - to sit alongside their love-worn originals.
Bert Jansch/A Man I'd Rather Be Part 2 ....import 4 CD Box Set $49.99
Limited four CD set in 24-page hardback book. A Man I'd Rather Be (Part II) comprises Jansch's late '60s and early '70s output, an under-rated era, no doubt influenced by the now well-established Pentangle sound. Bandmates Danny Thompson (bass) and Terry Cox (drums) regularly feature among the musicians as well as cameo appearances by Mary Hopkin, Toni Visconti and Dave Mattacks. In this period, we see Jansch's take on pop (Nicola), blues (Birthday Blues funnily enough), handsome arrangements (Rosemary Lane) and baroque folk (Moonshine). All of this being conjured during a time when Pentangle was simultaneously releasing albums and constantly touring; to say that the man had a generous talent is something of an understatement. ?The lush orchestration of Nicola was partly recorded by John Wood who would later engineer Nick Drake's recordings at the same studio. The heart melting cover of Birthday Blues contains a set with some of the stalwarts of Bert's solo and Pentangle sets, 'Poison' and 'A Woman Like You' and some of his most arresting work including 'Come Sing a Happy Song' which featured on the soundtrack of Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale in 2005. Rosemary Lane is considered by many to be one of Bert's finest records, a smooth mix of traditional folk such as the title track and 'Reynardine,' timeless original compositions like 'Tell Me What Is True Love?' and in 'Alman' and 'Sarabanda,' examples of early music including the 16th and 17th/18th centuries, all with the sympathetic production of Bill Leader. Moonshine, Bert's first release after Pentangle split, It was produced by fellow member Danny Thompson and the legendary Tony Visconti, who not only arranged a number of songs but also played on the record. It also features Mary Hopkin duetting with Bert on Ewan MacColl's 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,' Aly Bain and Charles Mingus' drummer Charlie Richmon.
Venetian Snares X Daniel Lanois/Venetian Snares X Daniel Lanois ....CD $14.99
"An appetite for the unknown" - Daniel Lanois. No collaboration is unlikely when the end goals are the same. A meeting of two artists who illustrate different corners of the musical landscape, come together to create a new statement that takes their collective strengths to higher elevations and encompasses new terrains. So it is on the first collaborative journey of Canadian musicians Venetian Snares and Daniel Lanois. What started as mutual respect for one another s work, led to several years of a creative germination resulting in an eight-track full-length exploration released May 4th on Timesig/Planet Mu. The path began in 2014, after Lanois reached out to Venetian Snares (Aaron Funk) as a fan of his work. The project started to take root in Summer of 2016, after Funk hung around Toronto between shows. Taking his gear to Lanois studio, the two began to play for the first time together in what would prove to be a formative moment in their creative journey together. I love making music with Dan, he has a real understanding of how to create a world and build what may exist within that world. Bassdrums are trombones and they are a colossal whale which floats on clouds of leaves speaking to the blast furnace feeding the mammoth. A small painting of forest horses hangs in the cranium of the sea horse. Aaron Funk Recorded live in a former Buddhist temple-turned-studio in Toronto, 'Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois' travels to new zones in what Lanois describes as a body of work driven by exploration . Like all the best collaborations, it's brought something new out of both musicians. Equipped with their production acuity, they let their natural workflow guide them through uncharted waters. Funk laid the groundwork with drums while Lanois rode the pedal steel, weaving their sounds together in a new sonic tapestry. The two ultimately landed at their destination, their work ready to be shared with those willing to explore.
Man/Live at Reading 1983 ....CD $14.99
Man are one of the most iconic British bands of the last half Century. Throughout the seventies the band had undergone a number of changes with members coming and going at an alarming rate with Deke Leonard leaving and joining and Martin Ace leaving and also returning briefly. During the years that followed the split the various members all concentrated on solo projects however in 1983 the band decided to re-form and head out on the road and play gigs and record again. And they were just as good as ever, as you can hear on this extraordinary slice of vintage British head music.
Man/The 1999 Party Tour ....import CD $17.99
Man are one of the most iconic British bands of the last half century. The Man band first came together as the Bystanders in 1964. The band were one of many pop bands in the sixties that were trying to climb the ladder of success and managed to release many singles during the period between 1964 and 1968. The band became Man when Deke Leonard from another Welsh band The Dream joined and the band signed to Pye records. The music that the Man band performed however was very much removed from the pop sensibilities of The Bystanders and more in keeping with the West Coast sound of American bands such as The Quicksilver Messenger Service. The band would record two albums for Pye (Revelation and 2ozs Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle) before leaving the label to sign with the more progressively minded Liberty records in 1970 and were to remain with the label until 1976 when they signed with MCA. Following the deal with MCA the band released just one more studio album (The Welsh Connection) before announcing their decision to call it a day following one more tour that would be recorded and finally be released as All's Well That Ends Well. Throughout the seventies the band had undergone a number of changes with members coming and going at an alarming rate with Deke Leonard leaving and joining and Martin Ace leaving and also returning briefly. During the years that followed the split the various members all concentrated on solo projects however in 1983 the band decided to re-form and head out on the road and play gigs and record again. And they were just as good as ever, as you can hear on this extraordinary slice of vintage British head music.
Rory Gallagher/Against the Grain ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Blueprint ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Calling Card ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Defender ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Duece ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Fresh Evidence ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Irish Tour '74 ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Jinx ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Live! In Europe ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Notes from San Francisco ....import double CD $19.99
Rory Gallagher/Photo Finish ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Rory Gallagher ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Stage Struck ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Tattoo ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Top Priority ....import CD $13.99
Rory Gallagher/Wheels within Wheels ....import CD $13.99
Universal nice price reissue of the Rory Gallgher catalog
The Guess Who/So Long Bannatyne ....CD $14.99
Digitally remastered and expanded edition. The Guess Who proved they could weather a significant personnel change with 1970's triumphant Share the Land. The 1971 follow-up, So Long, Bannatyne saw the band branching out, embracing more eclectic and less polished and commercial material, much of it with a considerably darker hue than the band's earlier material and heavily influenced by John Lennon's visceral Plastic Ono Band. A fascinating lyrical continuity emerges that reveals a band and it's principal writers burdened by success, cynical, tormented; the result being a kind of ad hoc concept record centering around themes of desperation, anger, disillusionment and resignation, topics frontman Burton Cummings would continue to explore throughout the rest of The Guess Who's lifespan.
Paul Kantner & Grace Slick/Sunfighter ....import CD $15.99
Sunfighter is a 1971 album by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane. The album was released shortly after the Airplane album Bark was released, and is the second record released on the Airplane's own Grunt label, backed by RCA. The album features a picture of Kantner and Slick's baby daughter, China Wing Kantner on the cover and the song "China" is named after her. The song "Sunfighter" is dedicated to Marty Balin, who had formed Jefferson Airplane with Kantner, and "Diana" is about Diana Oughton who was a member of the Weather Underground, an American militant left-wing organization founded on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan. Many Bay Area musicians perform on the album, including members of the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the horn group, Tower of Power. The album also features Craig Chaquico who would go on to become the lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship.
Pacific Gas & Electric/Are You Ready ....import CD $17.99
1970's LP "Are You Ready?" was released at the end of the Flower Power era. Their masterpiece is their sole gospel-funk-psychedelia hit, 'Are You Ready?' which is to this day a song that most casual rock fans remember. Some of the other songs are closer to average period blues-rock workouts, like 'Miss Lucy' and the live cover of John Lee Hooker's 'She's Long and She's Tall,' though the group original 'My Women' finds them getting into a slow blues-funk groove with graceful style. The four-part, 17-minute 'PG&E Suite' is typical of the highs and lows of many such psychedelic rock experiments of the late '60s. With their classic hit 'Are You Ready?' the album is a true psychedelic monument.
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow/Memories in Rock II ....double CD + DVD $18.99
Deluxe two CD + DVD live release including a brand new Rainbow song. Following the successful 2016 shows in Germany (Monsters Of Rock) and the UK, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow played three British shows in June 2017, which were recorded for this set. Together with Ronnie Romero (vocals), Jens Johansson (keys), Bob Nouveau (bass), David Keith (drums), Candice Night and Lady Lynn (backing vocals), the legendary guitarist performed a first-class mixture of classic Rainbow and Deep Purple tracks, which was exactly what the fans had requested. Ritchie Blackmore's brilliant guitar work can never be duplicated and is clearly a highlight of every track, but there will also be many Dio, Bonnet or Turner fans who will be very pleasantly surprised - and convinced! - by Ronnie Romero's incredibly powerful vocal performance. Apart from the 19 live tracks in excellent sound quality, this release boasts two further selling-points that will have fans excited: A brand new Rainbow song, 'Waiting For A Sign,' as well as a DVD with over 80 minutes of interviews with all band members, a Bonus Backstage Clip and a backstage video clip set to the 2017 studio version of 'I Surrender.'
Eric Burdon & The Animals/Love Is ....import CD $17.99
CD reissue. In the late sixties, the Flower Power movement, 'Peace, Love, & Freedom' was rooted in opposition to the Vietnam War. Love Is, originally released as a double vinyl album in 1968, was Eric Burdon & the Animals' most ambitious effort and it very much epitomizes that period. It's a recording that truly reflects it's times with equal amounts of great musicianship and inspiration. Seven and a half minutes of 'River Deep, Mountain High' opens the album, there's June Carter-Cash's 'Ring of Fire' and the final piece is the seventeen minutes 'Gemini'/'The Madman (Running Through The Fields)' by Zoot Money and a very young upcoming guitar virtuoso named Andy Summers.
Cactus/V ....import CD $25.99
Cactus V is the fifth album by American rock supergroup Cactus released in 2006. Deceased original singer Rusty Day has been replaced by Jimmy Kunes and the album also features the harmonica of Randy Pratt of The Lizards. It was their first album together in 34 years.
Vanilla Fudge/Out through the In Door ....import CD $25.99
"It's true! Mark, Vince, Tim, and Carmine were in California in July (2006) recording an album of Led Zeppelin covers. Mark said, "Basically, we rearranged some songs - we're doing a lot of their stuff Vanilla Fudge style. Some of the arrangements are slowed down, and some speeded up but I think we've done the songs justice."
Spiders from Mars/Spiders from Mars + 2 ....import CD $17.99
Digitally remastered and expanded edition containing two bonus tracks. In 1975 Trevor Bolder (bass) and Mick Woodmansey (drums) reformed the band without Mick Ronson, and were joined in this lineup by Mike Garson (keyboards), Dave Black (guitar) and Pete McDonald (vocals). Their self-titled album, released in 1976, was their only album before the group disbanded. They were subsequently named via the landmark 1972 David Bowie concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars and were billed as such on the accompanying large-scale Ziggy Stardust tour and film. They were present again on David Bowie's 1973 album Aladdin Sane. The Spiders from Mars CD contains two bonus tracks: "National Poll" and "Roller" (Outtake).
Ry Cooder/Chicken Skin Music ....SACD $39.99
Limited Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD. Mastered from the original master tapes. The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in 'world music' a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises. Mobile Fidelity's SACD of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior digital edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops. Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying it's own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.
Harvey Mandel/Live at Broadway Studios ....CD $15.99
Recorded before an enthusiastic audience at Broadway Studios in San Francisco, on June 21, 2001. The performance includes three of his best known songs, Christo Redentor, Wade in the Water and The Snake and the sound quality is incredible, taken from a Digital Master Soundboard (DAT) with 4 Subgroups - Guitar, Bass and Stereo Drum Mix plus stage. Harvey The Snake Mandel at his peak!
Shuggie Otis/Inter-fusion ....CD $14.99
The new fusion rock project from guitar legend, Shuggie Otis! Features commanding drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge / Beck Bogert & Appice) and stellar bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm / Roy Harper)!
Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco/You're Driving Me Crazy ....CD $13.99
'You're Driving Me Crazy' is a new studio collaboration between Van Morrison and legendary Hammond organist Joey DeFrancesco. It features interpretations of jazz and blues standards as well as selections from Van Morrison's songbook and is the follow-up to 2017's 'Versatile,' Van's chart-topping jazz album.
Blaine L. Reininger/The Blue Sleep ....CD $17.99
2018 release. The Blue Sleep is a studio album by Blaine L. Reininger, the Colorado-born composer and founder member of avant-garde music group Tuxedomoon. Written and recorded by Blaine in 2017, the album was mixed in his adopted hometown of Athens by noted electronic music producer Coti K. Like most of his previous solo projects, The Blue Sleep combines vocal songs with atmospheric instrumental tracks, three of which ('Lost Ballroom,' 'Jacob's Ladder' and 'Odi et Amo') were written for Caligula, a theatre production. "These days the music plays me," explains Blaine. "The unifying principle behind the songs on Blue Sleep is the method of composition. I apply fine old aleatory techniques - John Cage, William Burroughs, Tristan Tzara - and filter these through my instinctive knowledge of melody and harmony. Lyrics are generated algorithmically (I work with programs which assemble phrases according to mathematical rules) and then edited by me, with phrases suggested by the random output. That's pretty much my modus operandi in the 21st century."
John Zorn/Insurrection ....CD $15.99
Insurrection is an intense new instrumental project featuring guitar wizards Julian Lage and Matt Hollenberg with the incredible rhythm section of Trevor Dunn and Kenny Grohowski. Inspired by some of the greatest experimental novels of the 20th century the music is incredibly varied, combining rock, funk, blues, jazz, classical and more - often in the same song! Gnarly atonal melodies, bizarre harmonies, astonishing guitar fireworks and telepathic group interaction make this one of Zorn's most scintillating and adventurous new projects. Everyone is playing at their best here, and you have never heard such sounds! As always Zorn pulls the very best out of the musicians and they play some of the most outrageous solos you have ever heard.
Henry Kaiser/Deep Unreal ....import CD $25.99
From the resurrected Metalanguage label comes a new release; freshly recorded in December of 2017. Immediately after returning from his 12th deployment to Antarctica as a Scientific Diver, Henry Kaiser recorded this musical translation of 43 scientific dives installing an underwater remote sensing system under the ice near McMurdo Station. Kaiser has previously released 7 CDs of music inspired by his years working on and beneath the ice. The live electric guitar solos here are, perhaps, his favorite among that series of releases. Beautiful, mysterious, complex, and surprising - the guitar playing mirrors what it is like to enter the alien world below the ice. Kaiser received an Academy Award nomination for his production, cinematography and soundtrack work on Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World, the documentary about people and science in the Antarctic. He knows from direct experience what he is playing about here. Kaiser s sub-surface explorations are fantastical, however much they are created in the mundane world. Each sonic incident has its counterpart below the ice, but not all of the guitarist's companions are his everyday scientific dive buddies. Imagine Conlon Nancarrow in a Day-Glo drysuit, Pete Cosey strapping on his midnight blue tanks, Robbie Basho with paisley fins, as Jerry Garcia gazes through a prismatic ice mask: Henry's ghostly companions, on a mission to go deep and unreal.
Splinter/Streets at Night ....CD $14.99
It has been said that legendary Beatles guitarist George Harrison, despite not being into the idea when Apple Records was first mooted, became so enamored of being a record company executive that he and Ringo wanted to buy Apple Records rather than have it stagger off into insolvency. As history shows, this didn't happen but, in 1974, he launched his own label Dark Horse Records. The most commercially successful act on the label was a duo called Splinter, whose debut album and single were both international hits. Although the duo of Purvis and Elliott continued to perform together until 1984, this 1977 record, the first recorded after they left Dark Horse for pastures new is still an unrecognised masterpiece. This is an extraordinary record, and one which I seriously hope is going to make more friends now than it did when it first came out.
About Aphrodite/Membran Music + Polaris ....import CD $17.99
We are very pleased to bring you the latest offering from German duo About Aphrodite and their Membran Music project. Following in the great tradition of krautrock, they blend hypnotic melodies and improvisations with gentle atmospheres and cinema soundscapes. Featuring Gilda Razani on theremin and soprano saxophone, and Hans Wanning on piano, synthesiser and live electronics, About Aphrodite take you on a euphoric and energetic sound journey, inspired by the great symphony of the world. Since 2015, they have composed and produced numerous film scores for the WDR (West German Broadcasting Cologne) and their own albums such as Bazaar (Traumtonrecords, Berlin), Ocean Lily and Faktor X (Aztek Electronic Music in Melbourne, Australia) and they have performed at festivals such as Fusion Festival (Germany), Jazz Province (Russia), and Les Digitales (Switzerland).
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Ryko/WEA/ADA: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Inside Out: The Sea Within, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Haken, Devin Townsend Project, Fates Warning, Toundra, Kino, Long Distance Calling, Perfect Beings, Rikard Sjoblom's Gunglfy
KScope: Porcupine Tree, Lunatic Soul, Mansun, iamthemorning, Gazpacho, Nosound, Tangerine Dream, No-Man, TesseracT, Crippled Black Phoenix
RareNoise: J. Peter Schwalm, World Service Project, Sonar & David Torn, Lorenzo Feliciati, Joshua Trinidad, Dave Liebman with Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani, Bobby Previte, Roswell Rudd, Lef, Eraldo Bernocchi, Jamie Saft
Caroline/EMI: Jeff Beck, Steve Tibbetts, Mick Ronson, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tommy Shaw and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Paco DeLucia, John Scofield, Jimmy Smith, David Clayton-Thomas, Roger Daltrey, Brian Eno, The Moody Blues, Jerry Garcia, The Doors, The Who, Pete Townshend, Steve Gadd Band, Jarrett Peacock DeJohnette, Ry Cooder, Arvo Part, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Van Morrison
Wounded Bird: Count Basie, Bob and Ray, Larry Coryell & Steve Kahn, Hall & Oates, Hubert Laws, Jeff Lorber, Danny O'Keefe, Pure Food & Drug Act, Lee Ritenour, The Searchers, Vicious Rumors
The Raisins/Everything & More ....4 CD-R Set $39.99
This 60 track collection, The Raisins Everything & More, has been out of print for years, but is now making its way back for a VERY limited run! Only 50 copies were pressed and only eight copies are left! Once these are gone, that's it. Band members include guitarist Rob Fetters and bassist Bob Nyswonger who also belong to the bands The Psychodots and Adrian Belew's power pop band The Bears.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience/Axis: Bold As Love (Hybrid Stereo + Mono SACD) ....SACD $35.99
Axis: Bold As Love on Hybrid SACD from Analogue Productions! Newly remastered by Bernie Grundman, from the original analog master tapes! Includes both mono and stereo mixes - Pure DSD sound! Analogue Productions presents the SACDs Jimi Hendrix fans have asked for: Hybrid SACDs of both Axis: Bold As Love, as well as Are You Experienced, the 1967 debut full-length studio release by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Newly remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes, each disc contains the mono and stereo mixes for each of these historic albums. This is pure DSD sound to applaud! Axis: Bold As Love, the sensational sophomore release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, showcased Hendrix's expansive experimentation while acknowledging his early R&B and soul music influences. The album features classics such as "Spanish Castle Magic," "Little Wing," "Castles Made Of Sand," and "If 6 Was 9." As Rolling Stone states, Jimi Hendrix was the most innovative instrumental genius the rock era produced, a wizard guitar player whose sense of technique never overwhelmed the blues and rock 'n' roll spirit that was the underpinning of his genius. He improvised with the fervor of a born jazzman; he philosophized like the most cosmic rocker, but ultimately his basics were rooted in soul, a reflection of the chitlin circuit, where he cut his teeth. With the possible exception of Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience was debatably the world's finest-ever power trio. Axis was a showcase for Jimi's brash, scintillating songs and the grasp that Jimi and his cohorts - Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass - had on the studio technology at their disposal, and the lyrical beauty of Hendrix's guitar playing.
The Sea Within/The Sea Within ....import double CD $33.99
The astonishing talents of guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt, bassist Jonas Reingold, keyboard player/vocalist Tom Brislin, drummer/vocalist Marco Minnemann and vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlow join forces both in and on The Sea Within. Special guests include Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Yes legend Jon Anderson, Casey McPherson and Rob Townsend. Stolt says, "People have asked me how I would describe what we have done, and it is almost impossible. Our tastes are very eclectic - from prog to jazz to classical, to heavy rock, folk, punk, electronica and pop. We all come from different backgrounds - so everything goes (with great melodies and hooks plus the rawness of metal, improvisations, symphonic and movie soundtracks!)."
Spock's Beard/Noise Floor ....double CD $16.99
2018 release, the 13th studio album from the progressive rock band. Formed in Los Angeles. For this album, Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ryo Okumoto are joined in the studio by drummer and original member Nick D'Virgilio. Spock's Beard is a band that is in a continual state of evolution, as is always the case with genuinely creative musicians. And Noise Floor fits perfectly into this process. The album was engineered by long-time collaborator Rich Mouser.
The Flower Kings/A Kingdom of Colours II (2004-2013) ....import 9 CD Box Set $59.99
A lavish nine cd box set collecting all the Flowers Kings' studio albums from 2004-2013 - from the outstanding Adam & Eve (featuring Daniel Gildenlow) to the dark reinventions of Desolation Rose - plus three discs of bonus material. Includes liner notes and an interview with Roine Stolt conducted by Dom Lawson (The Guardian, Prog Magazine).
Haken/L-1ve ....import double CD + double DVD $32.99
Following the band's much-acclaimed fourth studio album Affinity, L-1VE is Haken's first ever live album. Recorded and filmed on the 13th April 2017, at the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, L-1VE represents the band's first ever live document and includes tracks from across the bands discography. The band comments: "The release of official live material is a project that is long overdue and we know our existing fans have been crying out for this for some time now. It is largely due to the will of the people that the idea of this project became a reality. Both the band and the label were inundated with emails requesting a live release in some shape or form, and it was actually rather flattering, so giving the people what they wanted just felt like the right thing to do" The setlist focussed heavily on their two most recent critically acclaimed albums Affinity (2016) and The Mountain (2013) with a 22 minute encore of the title track from Visions (2011). However, the centrepiece of the album has to be Aquamedley, which sees the band celebrating and performing excerpts from their debut album Aquarius (2010) - a story of a mermaid born into a corrupt human world. The DVD includes 4 bonus tracks filmed at ProgPower USA 2016, that also includes Mike Portnoy's cameo appearance on gong, and all of the official videos from the Affinity album. The live audio was mixed by Jerry Guidroz, known for his work with Neal Morse and Winery Dogs. The DVDs are NTSC 16:9, Region 0, 16/48 PCM Stereo, Dolby AC3 5.1 Surround.
Devin Townsend Project/Ocean Machine - Live at the Ancient Roman
Theatre Plovdiv ....import Blu-Ray $28.99
Devin Townsend Project/Ocean Machine - Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv ....import triple CD + DVD $33.99
Devin Townsend Project/Ocean Machine - Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv [Deluxe Artbook Edition] ....import 3 CD + 2 DVD + Blu-Ray
On the 22nd September 2017, Devin Townsend Project played a show at the Ancient Roman Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, performing the landmark Ocean Machine album in full, as well as a set of fan-requested tracks with the Orchestra and Choir of Plovdiv State Opera. Devin comments, "Plovdiv and this live package represents a lot to me, it signifies the end of one era, and the celebration of another. Ocean machine was released 20 years ago, and though Marty (drums) is no longer with us, I was able to finally perform the album in its entirety with the original bassist John 'Squid' Harder on this night. On a cold evening in an old city in the ancient theatre, many lifelong milestones came to a conclusion on this night and I'm exceptionally proud of it." The Limited Deluxe 3CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray Artbook Edition comes with liner notes from Devin and a special documentary on the second DVD and Blu-Ray.
Fates Warning/Live over Europe ....import double CD $33.99
Progressive Metal pioneers Fates Warning's Live over Europe was recorded at various European locations - Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia - during the band's January 2018 headlining tour for Theories of Flight (FW's most successful studio release to date). The live-album features the stellar line-up of Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitars), Joey Vera (bass and vocals), Bobby Jarzombek (drums) plus Mike Abdow (guitars and vocals) and was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Haken).
Toundra/Vortex ....import CD $22.99
Toundra reached #2 in their homeland Spain with its previous album IV. On 2018's Vortex, Toundra returns - on the Inside Out label - with an earth-shaking and heart-stopping selection of rock instrumentals.
Kino/Radio Voltaire ....CD $14.99
Kino returns, 13 years after its debut album Picture (2005). Radio Voltaire sees a partial return to the style of Picture, but also presents several fresh directions. Featuring John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, It Bites, Arena, Frost*), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Craig Blundell (Frost*, Steven Wilson) and John Beck of It Bites as a special guest on keyboards. While focussing on accessible and diverse song craft, Radio Voltaire impresses with a vast amount of diverse arrangements and moods, making it a perfect, timeless melodic prog rock album.
Long Distance Calling/Boundless ....import CD $24.99
2018 release from German instrumental progressive rock powerhouse Long Distance Calling. Following the release of two albums that saw the band exploring the addition of vocals to their sound, the band have gone back to basics and created a purely instrumental record. The band comments: "This time around, the four of us locked ourselves in a room over a couple of months and pretty much got back to where we started as a band to catch this "go with the flow" feeling. This is probably the purest LDC album ever, no guests, no vocals, all instrumental. We´re stoked how it turned out and this album got a lot of energy, heaviness, melodies and twists, we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do."
Perfect Beings/Vier ....CD $17.99
Perfect Beings' third studio release is an epic progressive statement featuring four monumental and continuous pieces of music. On Vier, Ryan Hurtgen (vocal, piano), Johannes Luley (guitar, bass, production) and Jesse Nason (keyboards) are joined by modern progressive drumming phenom Sean Reinert, whose innovation has been heard with Death, Gordian Knot and as a founding member of Cynic.
Rikard Sjoblom's Gunglfy/Rumbling Box (2006-2016) ....import 5 CD Box Set $36.99
A limited edition CD box set celebrating a decade of former Beardfish leader Rikard Sjoblom's material. Including 2006's Cyklonmannen, 2009's Please Be Quiet, 2011's Lamentations, 2016's The Unbendable Sleep, and an unreleased album Att For Barn Som Tror Pa Sagor Lasa Hogt Nar Kvallen Kommer (recorded in 2015). Sjoblom has written extensive liner notes to accompany all the albums in the box set.
Porcupine Tree/In Absentia ....import CD $17.99
In Absentia was the band's seventh studio album, first released in 2002, and was the first in a run of 3 albums that for many represent the pinnacle of the band's artistic achievements. It was something of a breakthrough for the band, selling three times more than previous releases. Following on from 2000's Lightbulb Sun it had a distinctly heavier tone, partly due to the addition of legendary drummer Gavin Harrison, and was also their first for major label Lava / Atlantic Records. In Absentia features many of Porcupine Tree's most loved songs including "Trains," "The Sound of Muzak" and "Blackest Eyes." While not a formal concept album, many of the songs have common themes related to serial killers, youthful innocence gone wrong, and observations of the modern world, setting a template for many of Wilson's future songs.
Porcupine Tree/Deadwing ....import CD $17.99
Deadwing was Porcupine Tree's eighth studio album, first released in 2005 following their breakthrough with In Absentia, it was the second in a run of 3 albums that for many represent the pinnacle of the band's artistic achievements. It also continued their new-found commercial success to become their top-selling record at the time. Based on a screenplay written by Steven Wilson and director Mike Bennion, about half of the songs were started with a view to being part of the score to that film, but when the film failed to move into the production stage, Wilson instead made them the foundation for the next PT album, with additional material written in collaboration with the other band members. The album features the classic singles: "Shallow" and "Lazarus," the latter of which Wilson still performs live with his current band. Other popular songs from the album include "Open Car" and "Arriving Somewhere but not Here."The album features guest appearances from Adrian Belew (King Crimson), who plays guitar solos on the title track and "Halo."
Lunatic Soul/Under the Fragmented Sky ....CD $14.99
2018 studio release Under the Fragmented Sky marks the 10th anniversary of Lunatic Soul. Lunatic Soul is Mariusz Duda, the talented creator, singer and multi-instrumentalist behind Riverside. Under the Fragmented Sky is Duda's sixth studio album as Lunatic Soul and follows the acclaimed Fractured (both were recorded at the same time whilst Mariusz was facing tragic events in his personal life). Under the Fragmented Sky rebuilds Lunatic Soul as we know it, with dark and haunting atmospheres coming to the forefront. Duda explains "Fractured was not a full picture of the latest Lunatic Soul recordings. These more classical pieces have been waiting for their own time which has now come." Recorded during the Fractured sessions and completed in early 2018, Under the Fragmented Sky is a supplement to Fractured as well being an artistically independent release with its own identity. The final track Untamed sees a guest appearance on drums for Wawrzyniec Dramowicz (aka Vaaver). The album was designed and illustrated by Polish artist Jarek Kubicki.
Mansun/Attack of the Grey Lantern [21st Anniversary Edition]
....import double CD $25.99
Mansun/Attack of the Grey Lantern [Deluxe 21st Anniversary Edition] ....import triple CD + DVD $69.99
A 21st Anniversary CD edition of the groundbreaking #1 debut album by Mansun containing the ageless anthem Wide Open Space. A brilliant hybrid of cinematic art rock invention and soaring melodies, Attack of the Grey Lantern reached #1 in the UK charts on its 1997 release. CD in mediabook packaging featuring the iconic 'roses' cover art and a 16-page booklet including lyrics. The audio has been remastered from the original master tapes by Jon Astley (Led Zeppelin, The Who). Also comes a 21st Anniversary deluxe 4 disc edition of the groundbreaking debut album by Mansun (containing the ageless anthem Wide Open Space). The first CD contains the original album, the second is packed with previously unreleased demos, rarities and outtakes from the Mansun archive, and the third features BBC Radio 1 session tracks from 1995 and 1996 that have not been available since they were on air. The DVD includes the album's first ever 5.1 surround sound mix (DTS 96/24 5.1 and Dolby Digital AC3 5.1) by long-time Mansun collaborator P-Dub, a hi-resolution stereo audio (24bit/48kHz Linear PCM) and 8 original promotional videos. The book includes newly unearthed photos, extracts from Paul Draper's notebook documenting the early beginnings of AOTGL, previously unreleased original artwork, a foreword penned by Draper, in-depth sleeve notes by journalist Paul Stokes, and many unearthed treasures.
iamthemorning/belighted ....CD $12.99
A 2018 Kscope label mid-price cd edition of iamthemorning's self-released debut studio album from 2012. Taking influences, musically and lyrically, from the likes of Porcupine Tree, Philip Glass and Kate Bush, the duo's songwriting is rich with metaphorical layers (referencing the modern human condition as well as Shakespearean poetry, and the visual aesthetics of the Pre-Raphaelites. Singer Marjana Semkina explains, "There isn't just sadness, loneliness and pain in iamthemorning's lyrical field; there is beauty, happiness and hope as well."
Gazpacho/Tick Tock ....CD $12.99
A 2018 Kscope label mid-price cd edition of Gazpacho's fifth studio release from 2009 (originally released on HTW Records). The album is based on the story of French writer and navigator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who took off in an attempt at a long distance flight from Paris to Saigon in 1935. He crashed in the Sahara Desert, stranded with his co pilot Prevot. Later he recounted his experience in a book called Wind, Sand and Stars and this forms the conceptual basis of the Tick Tock album. This edition features the bonus track Independence Day (an outtake from the Tick Tock sessions).
Nosound/A Sense of Loss ....CD $14.99
A 2018 remastered Kscope label reissue of Nosound's 2009 studio album. In the build-up to the band's 2018 studio release, Nosound songwriter Giancarlo Erra has remastered the band's back catalogue. The follow up to 2008's Lightdark, A Sense of Loss introduced a post rock element to Erra's ever-evolving sound. Giancarlo describes the album as, "A move from the classic 'rock' - or rock ambient - approach used in Lightdark to a more unique sound." To create this sound, the band used fewer synths (a strict selection of vintage sounds) and a string quartet. This 2018 remastered version includes two bonus tracks, an outtake and an alternative version of the epic Fading Silently, which includes a guitar solo that was originally intended for the album version.
Tangerine Dream/Quantum Gate + Quantum Key EP ....import double CD $18.99
A special double CD edition of Tangerine Dream's celebrated 2017 album Quantum Gate, which also includes the 34 minute Quantum Key EP from 2015. Covering a wide range of moods and atmospheres, Quantum Gate is a brilliant contemporary updating of Tangerine Dream's trademark sound of sequencer-driven Ambient Electronica. The album began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Edgar Froese in 2015. Following his death, the remaining band members - Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane - have worked together to realize Edgar's visions of an album that attempts to translate quantum physics and philosophy into music. Two CDs in a digipak with an 8-page booklet.
Porcupine Tree/Arriving Somewhere [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD + Blu-Ray $18.99
A 2018 Kscope label 2CD/Blu-Ray edition of Porcupine Tree's Arriving Somewhere. Taken from the Deadwing tour in 2005 and featuring superb live performances from the band - Steven Wilson, Gavin Harrison, Richard Barbieri and Colin Edwin with John Wesley - this edition is the first time the film has been available on Blu-Ray. It additionally includes the audio in three formats mixed by Steven Wilson: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Surround and PCM Stereo (mastered by Darcy Proper in 2006). Filmed by Studio M at the Park West, Chicago, USA, 11-12th October 2005 and edited by long-time Steven Wilson collaborator Lasse Hoile, live sound recording was handled by Mark Prator of Red Room Recorders. Graphic design is by Carl Glover. The Blu-Ray extras include: bonus live performances from the German Rockpalast TV broadcast of Radioactive Toy and Futile; live projections of Start Of Something Beautiful, Halo and Mother And Child Divided; the Lazarus promo video; Gavin Harrison's Cymbal Song video; and a photo gallery (Please note that the content is exactly the same as the previous 2DVD version). This edition of Arriving Somewhere is released 10 years after its first release on Kscope, presented in a media book with a 24-page booklet.
Porcupine Tree/Coma Divine ....double CD $12.99
A standalone release for the 2016 Delerium Years box set edition of Coma Divine. Riding high on the success of their 1996 album Signify, Porcupine Tree achieved their first 'break' when Italian station Radio Rock playlisted Radioactive Toy and invited the band over to Rome to the largest audience they had played for. Returning to the city near the end of the ensuing European tour, the band recorded performances over three nights creating their first ever official live album, Coma Divine. This edition of the album features bonus tracks not included on the original 1997 CD release, including the early classics, Radioactive Toy and Up the Downstair and documents the turning point in a band that soon became pivotal to the prog rock scene. Mid-price double CD edition in a 6-panel digipack.
No-Man/Returning Jesus ....double CD $15.99
A Kscope label double CD reissue of No-Man's lauded fourth studio album featuring a 2017 remaster by Steven Wilson. Originally released on the 3rd Stone label in February 2001, Returning Jesus is a collection of ambitious songs which combine singer-songwriter, art rock, ECM jazz, and ambient influences with the band's unique widescreen production and seductively melancholy compositions. Guest musicians include Steve Jansen (Japan/Rain Tree Crow) on drums, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) on bass and double bass, Theo Travis (Soft Machine) on saxophone and flute, and Ian Dixon on trumpet. The late trumpeter Ian Carr (Nucleus), David Kosten (Faultline, Bat For Lashes) and Ben Christophers contribute to the evocative opening piece Only Rain. The double CD contains the original album, plus a bonus CD of b-sides, demos and alternate versions (including some previously unreleased recordings). Presented in a digipak with a 16 page booklet, featuring sleeve notes by Tim Bowness plus additional artwork and photographs from regular collaborator Carl Glover.
TesseracT/Sonder ....CD $14.99
TesseracT/Sonder [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD $16.99
The highly anticipated 2018 studio album from progressive metal's most innovative force. With fourth album Sonder, TesseracT adds significant firepower to its arsenal and blends the abrasive and progressive elements from its first two releases with the accessibility of Polaris. For the first time, TesseracT has utilized a choir on one of its recordings (produced and conducted by Randy Slaugh and recorded at Soularium Studios, Utah). Sonder also includes field recordings submitted by the band's worldwide online fan base, giving an insight into the complex and varied lives of others; a theme which is also referenced in the artwork and the wider concept of self-identity within a population full of complex and vivid lives. The album was recorded in the UK at 4D Sounds, Celestial Sounds and Project Studios, engineered by the band and mastered by Acle Kahney. Double CD in Mediabook edition with 24-page booklet featuring lyrics and original artwork from Tesseract bassist Amos Williams. The second disc of the Deluxe Edition includes the album in a binaural sound mix, which adds a new dimension while listening on headphones (allowing the listener to be at the centre of TesseracT's creation with 360 degree audio).
Crippled Black Phoenix/A Love of Shared Disasters ....CD $12.99
A 2018 Kscope label mid-price reissue of the 2004 debut release by Post Rock supergroup Crippled Black Phoenix. U.K. progressive post-rock supergroup Crippled Black Phoenix is a musical collective that has featured nearly 30 members in its rotating roster. The constant driving force is multi- instrumentalist Justin Greaves (Electric Wizard, Iron Monkey, Se Delan), who formed the band in 2004 with Mogwai bassist Dominic Aitchison. CD in digipak with alternative artwork.
J. Peter Schwalm/How We Fall ....CD $15.99
Two years after releasing his first RareNoise album, The Beauty of Disaster, German composer and multi-instrumentalist J.Peter Schwalm returns with How We Fall. Once more featuring Eivind Aarset's guitar and the bass work of Tim Harries from Bill Bruford's Earthworks, How We Fall presents impressive proof of the power of sound without words and delivers extraordinary sound sculptures. "The music represents a closed universe that reflects the moment and the circumstances in which it was created," Schwalm explains. All the album's pieces are profoundly personal and a pure expression of a sound artist who no longer has to make compromises. Substantial and timeless, How We Fall rewards repeated hearing with the new details emerging with each listen.
World Service Project/Serve ....CD $15.99
2018 release. As a follow up to 2016's For King and Country, World Service Project delivers another powerful punk-jazz manifesto with a sly grin on Serve, their second RareNoise release and fourth album overall. Showcasing their signature blend of discipline and chaos, the edgy London-based avant-funk quintet combines throbbing grooves, huge backbeats, grinding fuzz-bass onslaughts and ferocious free blowing on eight potent tracks, with just a dash of Monty Pythonesque's irreverence thrown into the mix.
Sonar & David Torn/Vortex ....CD $15.99
Produced by David Torn - and featuring the legendary guitarist on all its tracks - Sonar's fourth release Vortex is the Swiss band's first on the RareNoise label. The band, comprised of guitarists Stephan Thelen and Bernhard Wagner, bassist Christian Kuntner and drummer Manuel Pasquinelli have long been celebrated for combining the power and dynamics of art rock with a minimalist aesthetic and the quartet's link up with David Torn - suggested by Henry Kaiser - has taken the band's music to new heights.
Lorenzo Feliciati/Elevator Man ....CD $15.99
As a follow-up to his most personal project to date - 2015's Koi - in-demand Italian bassist Lorenzo Feliciati has upped the ante on Elevator Man, a powerhouse recording with echoes of King Crimson, Allan Holdsworth and other Prog Rock icons. Elevator Man features a rotating cast of stellar musicians, including King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, former Holdsworth/Zappa drummer Chad Wackerman, Swedish Freak Guitar shredder Mattias IA Eklundh, Italian progressive metal guitarist Marco Sfogli (currently in Premiata Forneria Marconi), trumpeter Cuong Vu and Feliciati's Naked Truth bandmate Roy Powell on distortion-laced clavinet. As well as composing and arranging the material, Feliciati plays fretted and fretless basses, electric guitar and keyboards on his seventh recording as a leader.
Joshua Trinidad/In November ....CD $15.99
Denver-based trumpeter-composer Joshua Trinidad makes a strikingly original statement on his RareNoise debut, In November. Recorded in Giske, Norway, this highly evocative trio outing features the adventurous Norwegian guitarist-composer and ECM recording artist Jacob Young and drummer Stale Liavik Solberg, a central figure on Oslo's improvising music scene. Brimming with deep and winding lyricism, Trinidad's elegiac seventh album as a leader is a compelling mix of bold long tones on trumpet, atmospheric guitaristry, fluid melodic invention and daring group improv, all delivered with rare authority by the three intrepid improvisers. From the minor key rubato opener "Beside" to the melancholy soundscape "Bell (Hymn)" to a darkly entrancing "The Attic" and the stirring title track, Trinidad and his empathetic crew of deep listeners show respect toward space and silence on these spellbinding noirish numbers.
Dave Liebman with Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani/The Unknowable ....CD $15.99
The Unknowable is a completely improvised, spontaneous group-composed body of music created by legendary saxophone and flute player Dave Liebman together with celebrated percussionists Adam Rudolph and Tatsuya Nakatani. Dave Liebman, whose legendary, more than fifty year-long, career has seen him work with Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, John Scofield, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Bob Moses and Richie Beirach, collaborates here with Adam Rudolph, himself one of the deepest percussionists of the last half century, whose collaborations encompass Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Bill Laswell, Herbie Hancock, Omar Sosa and several members of the AACM, and with Japan-born percussionist and sound innovator Tatsuya Nakatani. The result of this extraordinary meeting of the minds is music that stems from the worlds of free and spiritual jazz, yet goes beyond. It is incredibly open, has no north, south, east and west, it is simultaneously music of all humanity and of the cosmos.
Bobby Previte/Rhapsody ....CD $15.99
Highly respected drummer and prolific composer Bobby Previte continues his Terminals trilogy with Rhapsody, a song cycle on the subject of transit and migration. Subtitled In Transit: Terminals II, Previte's newest work was scored for acoustic sextet and features fellow composer/improvisers in guitarist Nels Cline, harpist Zeena Parkins, pianist John Medeski, vocalist, alto saxophonist Fabian Rucker and vocalist-erhu player Jen Shyu. This latest major work comes on the heels of Previte's powerful prior RareNoise release, Mass, a nine-part work scored for choir, pipe organ and heavy metal trio. Rhapsody was commissioned by the Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida and had it's world premiere on April 21, 2017 at New College in Sarasota.
Roswell Rudd/Embrace ....CD $15.99
For his follow-up to 2016's purely improvised studio recording Strength & Power (a cooperative quartet album featuring pianist Jamie Saft, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs Pandi), the ever-adventurous trombonist-composer Roswell Rudd made a decided shift in direction on his first RareNoise Records release as a leader by embracing jazz standards he has loved and played throughout his long and illustrious career. Accompanied by the brilliant pianist Lafayette Harris, upright bass virtuoso Ken Filiano and soulful vocal sensation Fay Victor, the 81-year-old jazz master delivers with rare potency and poignancy on the aptly-titled Embrace. This intimate, drum-less quartet session is brimming with conversational playing between all the participants, with Rudd and Victor partaking in some particularly interactive exchanges on jazz classics like Billy Strayhorn's "Something to Live For," Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," Thelonious Monk's beautiful ballad "Pannonica," the standard "Can't We Be Friends" and the traditional "House of the Rising Sun."
Lef/Hypersomniac ....CD $15.99
A dark soundtrack-like work from Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (AKA Lef), performed by an all-star band featuring American bassist Bill Laswell, Norwegian guitar visionary Eivind Aarset, Norwegian jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, thunderous Norwegian drummer Kenneth Kapstad (Motorpsycho), British saxophonist Rebecca Sneddon (Free Nelson Mandoomjazz) and Norwegian organist Stale Storlokken (Supersilent, Motorpsycho).
Eraldo Bernocchi/Rosebud ....CD $15.99
Experimental Italian guitarist, electro-producer and sound designer Eraldo Bernocchi joins forces with percussionist FM Einheit (a founder of the influential German industrial group Einsturzende Neubauten) and London-based cellist Jo Quail on Rosebud, a compelling mix of tranquil ambient sounds and pummeling industrial onslaughts. From the opening "Bloom," an 11-minute suite that travels from evocative ambiance to caustic crescendo, to the closing theme "The Inquirer," which emerges gradually over a haunting drone and builds to a hellacious distortion-laced guitar climax, Rosebud carries a dark, foreboding undercurrent while showcasing the trio's uncanny group-think in the throes of organized chaos.
Jamie Saft/Solo a Genova ....CD $15.99
Over the decades, Jamie Saft has recorded or performed with (among many others) The Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, B-52's and Iggy Pop. His discography spans over 160 recordings as a leader or sideman. This is his first solo piano album. Solo a Genova contains Jamie's interpretations of some of tunes from some of his favorite musicians: Z.Z. Top, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis & Charles Ives. Jamie Saft's first solo album is an unrestrained experience, taking an eclectic mix of material jazz, rock, pop, blues, modernist classical, and a few Saft originals and creating an hour's coherent listening without sacrificing any of the variety. In other words, some choices might seem odd on paper but aurally, it works, and then some. The reasoning behind the choices goes back to the original idea for a solo concert in 2007 in Italy. Saft wanted, "...to present American music as an example of positive, forward thinking art ...art that resisted hatred and negativity, art that promoted a positive path forward..."
Jeff Beck/Still on the Run - The Jeff Beck Story
Jeff Beck/Still on the Run - The Jeff Beck Story ....DVD $16.99
Jeff Beck is one of the most innovative and original guitar players of the rock 'n' roll era. "Still On The Run - The Jeff Beck Story" follows his career from early days learning guitar solos with his friend Jimmy Page, through the Yardbirds, the Jeff Beck Group and solo albums. Beck's fascination with both guitar music and hot rods is explored through interviews at home/workshop and with friends Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Slash, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and more.
Steve Tibbetts/Life Of ....CD $17.99
One-of-a-kind guitarist and record-maker Steve Tibbetts has body of work on ECM that reflects that of an artist who follows his own winding, questing path. The BBC has described his music as "an atmospheric brew... brilliant, individual." The sounds of Tibbetts' expeditions to Southeast Asia over the years and the spirits of those places are woven into his musical DNA. Life Of has a contemplative shimmer like a reflecting pool, with most of the album's pieces titled after friends and family.
Mick Ronson/Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story
....Blu-Ray + DVD $25.99
Various Artists/Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Soundtrack ....CD $14.99
First official career retrospective compilation for the guitar virtuoso Mick Ronson. As well as key tracks from Ronson's solo records, the compilation includes material from key collaborations with David Bowie, Elton John, Ian Hunter, Queen & Michael Chapman plus previously unreleased & unheard songs. The soundtrack is available on CD and includes extensive essay & liner notes. The soundtrack accompanies the critically acclaimed film 'Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story'.
The Beatles/The Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles ....double DVD $17.99
On February 9, 1964, The Beatles step onto Ed Sullivan's stage to make their U.S. TV debut. 73 million Americans tune in and Beatlemania is born! In these unforgettable live shows from 1964 and 1965, The Beatles give us 20 timeless performances, seven of them Number 1 hits! They include "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Ticket to Ride," "Yesterday," "Help!," "I Saw Her Standing There," "All My Loving" and more...
The Rolling Stones/From the Vault: No Security - San Jose '99
....double CD + Blu-Ray $32.99
The Rolling Stones/From the Vault: No Security - San Jose '99 ....double CD + DVD $27.99
This latest addition to the acclaimed From the Vaults series was recorded at the San Jose Arena on Stones' 1999 No Security tour. It followed on from the colossal Bridges to Babylon tour and took its name from the "No Security" live album recorded on that 97/98 tour. This show was recorded in April 99 at the end of the North American dates. Previously unreleased, it captures the band in top form playing a set that spans from mid-sixties hit singles up to the then current Bridges to Babylon album.
Tommy Shaw and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra/Sing for the
Day! ....Blu-Ray $22.99
Tommy Shaw and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra/Sing for the Day! ....CD $16.99
Sing for the Day! showcases Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw's rousing 2016 solo turn with the Cleveland-based Contemporary Youth Orchestra, under the direction of principal conductor/founder Liza Grossman. Alongside guitarist/musical director Will Evankovich and backed by the next generation of the finest high-school-aged musicians in Ohio, Shaw also celebrates the tenth anniversary of Styx's triumphant 2006 One with Everything performance with the CYO. Here, the CYO & Chorus bring new life to many classic band and solo tracks in front of an enthusiastic audience at the intimate Waetjen Auditorium in Cleveland, including "Blue Collar Man," "Girls with Guns," "High Enough," "Too Much Time on My Hands," "Crystal Ball" (featuring the debut of its never-recorded lost verse), and most especially "Renegade," highlighted by an epic guitar/violin duel between Shaw and a noted CYO alum. "It was so much bigger and more everlasting than any of us imagined it would be," marvels Shaw - now see and hear just how magical Sing was for yourself. The Blu-Ray also features 96k audio of 4 songs not included with the show: "Down that Highway," "The Great Divide," "I'll Be Coming Home" and "The Night Goes On."
Miles Davis/Ascenseur pour l'echafaud [Deluxe] ....double CD $28.99
Miles Davis' Ascenseur pour l'echafaud - Elevator to the Gallows - is without a doubt one a landmark in the trumpeter's discography but also in the history of soundtrack. The themes improvised during the legendary recording session made in Paris have now become standards in jazz and keep on fascinating new generations of listeners. To celebrate this film music 60th anniversary, we're releasing a deluxe 2CD-set.
Chick Corea/5 Original Albums ....5 CD Box Set $25.99
Chick Corea was present at the creation of the jazz-fusion movement with his band Return to Forever. Included in this collection from the Verve label are five classic albums from Corea including two solos albums - Where Have I Known You Before (1974) and My Spanish Heart (1976) - and three with his fusion band Return to Forever - Light As a Feather (1973), Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy (1973) and No Mystery (1975). These albums are all packaged in mini-LP sleeves inside a clam shell box.
Paco DeLucia/5 Original Albums ....5 CD Box Set $25.99
Five electrifying performances recorded between 1972 and 1978 for the Mercury label, during which his output featured both solo and group formats. These albums are all packaged in mini-LP sleeves inside a clam shell box.
John Scofield/5 Original Albums ....5 CD Box Set $25.99
The versatile guitarist recorded with legends Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette on "Time on my Hands." These albums, recorded for the Blue Note label, are all packaged in mini-LP sleeves inside a clam shell box.
Jimmy Smith/5 Original Albums ....5 CD Box Set $25.99
The master of the Hammond B-3, Jimmy Smith's early albums for Blue Note, which set the standard for jazz and rock organists.
David Clayton-Thomas/Mobius ....CD $13.99
David Clayton-Thomas has one of the most recognizable voices in the history of Rock especially from his work as lead singer of Blood Sweat and Tears on nearly all of their hits songs. DCT wrote and produced all the songs on Mobius.
Roger Daltrey/As Long As I Have You ....CD $15.99
Legendary front man of The Who, Roger Daltrey, to release brand-new studio album, As Long As I Have You, his first solo album since 1992. The album will feature 11 new studio recordings of new Roger Daltrey written tracks and covers of tracks from the likes of Steve Stills, Parliament, Nick Cave, Stevie Wonder & Dusty Springfield. Additionally, the album features guitar from Pete Townshend and was produced by the iconic producer Dave Eringa.
Brian Eno/Music for Installations ....6 CD Box Set
Brian Eno/Music for Installations [Limited Super Deluxe Edition] ....6 CD + Book Box Set $469.99
'Music for Installations' is a collection of new, rare and previously unreleased music, all of which was recorded by Brian Eno for use in his installations covering the period from 1986 until the present (and beyond). Over this time, he has emerged as the leading exponent of "generative" music worldwide and is recognized as one of the foremost audio-visual installation artists of his time. Eno's visual experiments with light and video have proved to be the fertile ground from which so much of his other work has grown and they cover an even longer span of time than his recordings, paralleling his musical output in recent decades. These highly-acclaimed works have been exhibited all over the globe - from the Venice Biennale and the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg to Beijing's Ritan Park and the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Designed by Brian and long-time collaborator Nick Robertson, the beautifully presented, 6CD, limited edition and numbered super deluxe box set comes with a 64-page Plexiglass cover book featuring rare and unseen exhibition photographs and a new essay written by Eno.
The Moody Blues/Day of Future Passed Live ....double CD
The Moody Blues/Day of Future Passed Live ....DVD $16.99
The Moody Blues/Day of Future Passed Live ....Blu-Ray $18.99
The Moody Blues' classic 1967 album Days of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre In 2017, the band headed out on the album's 50th Anniversary Tour including the wonderful show captured at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto accompanied by a full orchestra. The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days of Future Passed in its entirety plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks. This is without doubt the definitive live version of this much loved album and will be treasured by fans of the Moody Blues for years to come.
Jerry Garcia/Before the Dead ....4 CD Box Set Price TBA
Before The Dead brings together a rare collection of the earliest known performances by Jerry Garcia. From an informal and intimate 1961 performance of simple folk songs at a birthday party with future songwriting partner Robert Hunter to more polished coffeehouse gigs with old-timey and bluegrass bands through 1964, this collection showcases Garcia's deep study of the folk music tradition and its influence on his musical journey leading to the formation of the Grateful Dead.
The Doors/Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
....CD + Blu-Ray $25.99
The Doors/Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 ....CD + DVD $21.99
Aug 1970: With Jim's ongoing Miami obscenity trial casting a shadow over the band, The Doors flew to the IOW. They took the stage at 2am and showed fans they still had the magic. "We played with a controlled fury and Jim was in fine vocal form," said Ray Manzarek. "He sang for all he was worth, but moved nary a muscle. Dionysus had been shackled." Less than a year later, The Doors were no more. Here, for the very first time, is the last Doors concert ever filmed.
The Who/Live at the Fillmore East 1968 ....double CD $28.99
Live at the Fillmore East is the 50th anniversary of these legendary unreleased recordings from the Fillmore East, New York City, Friday April 5 & Saturday April 6, 1968. Features stunning extended versions of My Generation, A Quick One..., Shakin' All Over and two ripping versions of Eddie Cochran numbers - Summertime Blues and C'mon Everybody (the latter unavailable elsewhere). The 2 CD version comes in a deluxe edition 6-panel digipak with a 12-page booklet including new liner notes and photos.
Pete Townshend/Who Came First ....double CD $32.99
Who Came First is the debut album by Pete Townshend, released in 1972. It includes demos from the abandoned concept album Lifehouse, part of which became Who's Next. The original release had a gatefold cover and included a poster with additional photos of Meher Baba from the Louis van Gasteren film Beyond Words. The cover photo of Townshend standing on eggs is a reference to the eternal question: 'Who came first? The chicken or the egg.'
Steve Gadd Band/Steve Gadd Band ....CD $13.99
"Steve Gadd Band" is the eponymous follow up album to the 2016 Grammy-nominated "Way Back Home." Contains mostly original, groove-oriented tracks written by the band and produced by the legendary drummer, Steve Gadd. Steve Gadd Band is Walt Fowler (trumpet/flugelhorn), Kevin Hays (keyboard), Jimmy Johnson (bass), Michael Landau (guitar) and of course, Steve Gadd (drums).
Jarrett Peacock DeJohnette/After the Fall ....double CD $28.99
The group colloquially known as "the Standards trio" has made many outstanding recordings, and this album must rank with the very best of them. In his liner note Keith Jarrett writes "For me, it's not only a historical document, but a truly great concert." The concert, recorded in November 1998, marked Jarrett's return to the stage after a two year hiatus. Joined by improvising partners Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, he glides and soars through classics of the Great American Songbook.
Ry Cooder/The Prodigal Son ....CD $16.99
His latest album, The Prodigal Son, is all America, our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself. This is black and white gospel church music, our own history of the spirit, sounding completely fresh and contemporary, framed by Cooder's expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work. Aided by his son, drummer and chief collaborator, Joachim Cooder.
Arvo Part/Part: The Symphonies ....CD $17.99
Each of Arvo Part's four symphonies is a world unto itself and are newly recorded here under the direction of one of Part's most trusted colleagues, Tonu Kaljuste. Heard in chronological order they also tell us much about the great Estonian composer's musical and spiritual journey, and the very different ways in which he has exercised his craft beginning with No. 1 written as a student in 1963 to No. 4 in 2008 by which time he was the world's most widely performed contemporary composer.
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters/Live at David Lynch's Festival of Disruption ....DVD $16.99
Robert Plant formed his current band The Sensational Space Shifters in 2012 and has been recording and touring with them ever since. Robert Plant has always introduced music from many cultures into his work and the Sensational Space Shifters blend of African rhythms and melodies, rock music, and folk roots is his latest incarnation. In October 2016 they took part in David Lynch's inaugural Festival of Disruption at the Ace Hotel Theater in Los Angeles, an event that raised funds for The David Lynch Foundation. The set featured tracks from the band's 2014 album Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar alongside fascinating Space Shifters re-workings of Led Zeppelin classics. The performance gets a rapturous reception from the packed theatre audience and is now released on DVD. Line-up: Robert Plant, Justin Adams, Liam Skin Tyson, John Baggott, Juldeh Camara, Billy Fuller and Dave Smith. Songs include: 1. Poor Howard 2. Turn It Up 3. Black Dog 4. Medley: The Enchanter / Rainbow 5. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You 6. Little Maggie 7. Medley: Hoochie Coochie Man / Whole Lotta Love / Mona 8. Going To California. Concert Run Time: 77 minutes + plus lots of video bonuses.
Van Morrison/In Concert ....DVD $16.99
Van Morrison/In Concert ....Blu-Ray $22.99
Filmed at the BBC Radio Theatre, Sir Van Morrison performs an intimate 'In Concert' show that includes a selection of tracks, old and new, from his iconic back catalogue through to 'Keep Me Singing.' This intimate show is an up close and personal performance by the Grammy award winning Celtic soul troubadour who is arguably one of the most influential songwriters and performers in the history of popular music. Bonus feature includes the full 'Up on Cyprus Avenue' concert containing 12 songs.
Wounded Bird reissues are licensed for a limited time only. As such they do go out of print and quite often end up being very valuable collectors' items. Here are a handful of out-of-print Wounded Bird titles that will only be available while stock lasts.
Count Basie/Super Chief ....CD $29.99
Bob and Ray/The Two and Only ....CD $25.99 (small hole in gem case)
Larry Coryell & Steve Kahn/Two for the Road ....CD $29.99 (small hole in gem case)
Hall & Oates/No Goodbyes ....CD $69.99
Hubert Laws/Say It with Silence ....CD $9.49
Jeff Lorber/It's a Fact ....CD $29.99
Danny O'Keefe/Classics ....CD $18.99
Pure Food & Drug Act/Choice Cuts ....CD $49.99 (small hole in gem case)
Lee Ritenour/Rio + On the Line ....CD $29.99
The Searchers/Love's Melodies ....CD $19.99
Vicious Rumors/Plug In and Hang On - Live in Tokyo ....CD $39.99
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