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Procol Harum, Curved Air, Spirit, Todd Rundgren, Tim Blake, Hawkwind, Wetton Downes Icon,
Downes Braide Association, Tempest, Empire featuring Peter Banks, Wishbone Ash, Edgar
Winter, The Residents, The Strawbs, Steve Hackett & Djabe, Anthony Phillips, John
Hackett Band, McLaughlin Surman Berber Martin & Holland, Steve Marriott's Packet of
Three, Martin Turner, Sonja Kristina, Dantalian's Chariot, Billy Sherwood, Atlantic
Bridge, Bodast, The Flock, Acqua Fragile, Atomic Rooster, Osmosis, Stray, Bill Nelson,
Pentangle, Pere Ubu, Zodiac, Chris Spedding, Rick Derringer, Lonnie Liston Smith, Alan
Simon, Wild Silk, Birds of a Feather, Patrick Campbell Lyons, Cairo, Looking at Pictures
in the Sky: The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1968
Burning Shed: Yes, Phil Manzanera, Wishbone Ash, Curved Air, Jethro Tull, Richard Barbieri, Isildurs Bane, Samuel Hallkvist, Lutz Ulbrich, XTC, TC&I, Dave Kerzner, Wobbler, Gleb Kolyadin, Keith Levene, Grice, The Curator, Martin Springett, John Wetton, Steve Hillage, Marco Minnemann, Marillion, Jane Getter Premonition, Man, Trey Gunn, Fairport Convention, Tonite Lets All Make Love in London (O.S.T.), Don Airey, Lifesigns, Ant-Bee, Circu5, Jon Boden, Shobaleader One
Procol Harum/Still There'll Be More ....import 5 CD + 3 DVD Box Set [Price TBA]
Esoteric Recordings announce the release of an official limited edition super deluxe boxed set celebrating 50 years of the legendary Procol Harum: Still There'll Be More. This eight disc set comprises five CDs and three DVDs, of which the first three discs draw upon the key tracks from Procol Harum's illustrious career. Disc four features the band's legendary concert at the Hollywood Bowl on 21 September 1973 (with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Roger Wagner Chorale), whilst disc five features a previously unreleased concert at the Bournemouth Winter Gardens on 17 March 1976. Of the DVD content, (NTSC - Region Free) which features over three and a half hours of footage, mostly previously unreleased, disc six begins with a performance of A Whiter Shade of Pale on the BBC TV show Top of the Popsfrom December 1967 before moving to the archives of the German Beat Club series. All of the band's surviving performances for the show are here, including the entire un-broadcast raw video footage of the band's Beat Club Workshop studio concert from 1971, shorn of the visual gimmickry of the actual broadcast, revealing the pure performance on DVD for the first time. Disc seven features the entire sixty-five minute recording session of a performance for the German Musikladen series in October 1973, most of which was never shown on television. Disc eight features more BBC TV performances, including a rendition of Pandora's Box from Top of the Pops in September 1975 and the band's set for the Sight and Sound In Concert series in March 1977. This lavish re-mastered set also features a 68-page hard backed book with an essay by Patrick Humphries and a lengthy in depth commentary on the performances featured by respected Procol Harum authority Roland Clare. The book also includes many previously unseen photographs and memorabilia from Gary Brooker's private collection. Still There'll Be More also includes a 60cm x 40 cm reproduction poster from a Procol Harum concert (featuring support from Vivian Stanshall) in 1976. Still There'll Be More is the most elaborate celebration of Procol Harum's music released to date and this deluxe boxed set is a fine tribute to 50 years of one of Britain's greatest bands.
Curved Air/Air Conditioning [Remastered & Expanded] ....import double CD $21.99
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new expanded and re-mastered 2 CD edition of Curved Air's classic 1970 album "Air Conditioning." Originally issued on the Warner Bros. Label in November 1970, "Air Conditioning" showcased the highly innovative talents of Sonja Kristina (vocals), ex-Royal College of Music student Darryl Way (violin), former Royal Academy of Music student Francis Monkman (electric guitar, piano, mellotron, VCS3 synthesiser), Rob Martin (bass) and Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums). Taking their name from the album "A Rainbow in Curved Air" by American composer Terry Riley, Curved Air's debut album perfectly demonstrated the band's innovative musical approach, blending classical, electronic and folk music influences in their work and featuring Sonja Kristina's sublime vocals. Featuring such classic tracks as 'It Happened Today,' 'Propositions,' 'Vivaldi' and 'Situations.' "Air Conditioning" was a Top Ten hit in the UK and firmly established Curved Air as one of Britain's foremost progressive bands. This new expanded Esoteric Recordings two disc edition features the original album, re-mastered from the original master tapes, along with eleven bonus tracks which include the rare single version of 'It Happened Today' and the non-album track 'What Happens When You Blow Yourself Up.' Disc two of the set features three previously unissued session out-takes of 'It Happened Today,' 'Rob One' and the highly sought after 'Thinking on the Floor' and six tracks recorded in session for BBC Radio One between November 1970 and January 1971. This new edition of "Air Conditioning" also includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome featuring an exclusive interviews with band members.
Curved Air/Air Cut [Official Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new official re-mastered edition of Curved Air's classic album "Air Cut." Originally released on the Warner Bros. Label in 1974, "Air Cut" featured a new line-up of Curved Air featuring Sonja Kristina (vocals, acoustic guitar), Mike Wedgwood (bass, vocals), Kirby Gregory (guitar), Eddie Jobson (keyboards, violin) and Jim Russell (drums). Although original members Darryl Way, Francis Monkman, and Florian Pilkington Miksa had departed, Sonja Kristina assembled a new group drawn from some immense talents, including those of eighteen year old Eddie Jobson. Perhaps one of Curved Air's most progressive albums, "Air Cut" featured some outstanding compositions such as 'The Purple Speed Queen' and the ten-minute epic 'Metamorphosis.' This new edition of "Air Cut" has been re-mastered from the recently located original master tapes for the very first time (with previous CD editions being taken from vinyl transfers). The illustrated booklet restores the original album artwork and features an essay by Malcolm Dome and exclusive band interviews.
Spirit/It Shall Be: Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972 ....import 5 CD Box Set $57.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new five CD remastered clamshell box set by the legendary American band Spirit. Formed in Los Angeles in 1967 from the remnants of The Red Roosters, Spirit was one of the great bands to emerge on the US West Coast in the psychedelic era. Featuring the talents of 16 year old guitarist Randy California (who had played guitar with Jimi Hendrix in New York the previous year), his step-father drummer Ed Cassidy along with Jay Ferguson (vocals, percussion), John Locke (keyboards) and Mark Andes (bass), Spirit signed to producer Lou Adler's newly established Ode Records label in late 1967. Their self-titled debut album appeared some months later and demonstrated the breadth and diversity of the band covering psychedelic, rock and jazz influences and featuring such legendary cuts as Fresh Garbage, Uncle Jack, Topanga Windows, Mechanical World, Elijah and Taurus. The band's follow-up album, The Family that Plays Together, spawned the hit single I've Got a Line on You and was one of their finest works thanks to material such as It Shall Be, Aren't You Glad, Silky Sam and Darlin' If. Leading up to the recording of 1969's Clear album Spirit recorded the soundtrack to Jaques Demy's film The Model Shop. In 1970 Spirit recorded the classic The Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus for Epic Records, from which the single Animal Zoo was taken and included excellent material such as Nature's Way, Mr Skin, Space Child, Morning Will Come and Soldier. Sadly the original line - up of Spirit fell apart some months later leaving just Ed Cassidy and John Locke to assemble a new incarnation of Spirit for 1972's Feedback, which saw brothers Al and John Staehely join the band on bass and drums respectively. Spirit went on hiatus soon after, although California and Cassidy would continue to tour and record as Spirit on and off until California's untimely death in 1997.
Todd Rundgren/All Sides of the Roxy: May 1978 ....import triple CD $33.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the latest release in the Todd Rundgren Archive series, "All Sides of the Roxy 1978." In May 1978 Todd Rundgren performed a series of concerts at The Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, California with a band comprising members of The Hello People (Bobby Sedita, Larry Tasse, Greg Geddes & Norman Smart) along with keyboard player Moogy Klingman, bassist John Seigler and drummer John "Willie" Wilcox. This three disc clamshell boxed set includes the entire set from the 23rd May concert over two discs, along with a third disc comprising other soundboard recordings made by Todd during his residence of shows at The Roxy. This release also features an illustrated booklet and is a welcome addition to Esoteric Recordings' Todd Rundgren Archive series.
Tim Blake/Noggi Tar ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever CD release of "Noggi Tar," Tim Blake's 2012 album, previously only available as a download from his official website. Tim first came to prominence as a member of Gong, where his synthesiser experimentation and mastery was demonstrated on albums such as "Flying Teapot," "Angel's Egg" and "You." He would also join Hawkwind from 1979 - 1980 and from November 2007. After departing Gong in 1975 he teamed up with French lighting designer Patrice Warrener to form Crystal Machine, pioneering the use of lasers and synthesisers in a live setting. Blake's debut solo album, "Crystal Machine," was originally released in 1977 on the French experimental label Egg. Tim followed this with "Blake's New Jerusalem" in 1978. Unlike his previous work, the album featured songs and the lengthy title-track would dominate the album's second side. Tim Blake became a member of Hawkwind in 1979 and remained with the group for just over a year before returning to France and moving away from music. He returned to the music scene with the album "Magick" in 1991 and would even rejoin Hawkwind in the new millennium. In 2012 Tim recorded the album "Noggi Tar," an album which he described as "A digital theses on virtual lead guitar." The album was only made available for a short time via Tim's website but has now been newly re-mastered for CD release for the first time and features a booklet with a new essay and interview with Tim.
Hawkwind/Emergency Broadcast Years 1994-1997 ....import 5 CD Set $44.99
Atomhenge, the label home for the Hawkwind catalogue between 1975 - 1997, is pleased to announce the release of "The Emergency Broadcast Years 1994 - 1997," a 5 CD set comprising all three of Hawkwind's single albums and one double album originally released by the Emergency Broadcast label between 1994 & 1997. "The Business Trip Live," "Alien 4," the double set "Love in Space" and "Distant Horizons." These recordings saw a streamlined Hawkwind enjoy a new period of acclaim. With vocalist Ron Tree as an on stage front man, the band's live concerts of the period were memorable affairs and were perfectly captured on the double album "Love in Space." The remaining trio of albums in this collection saw further development of the band, making Hawkwind a vital force for the 1990s. This official 5CD clamshell boxed set features each album in a replica card sleeve wallet and includes an illustrated poster.
Hawkwind/At the Roundhouse ....import double CD + DVD $27.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - Three disc (two CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) set. 2017 live release from the British space rockers. On Friday, May 26, 2017, Hawkwind returned to London's legendary Roundhouse venue in Chalk Farm for the first time in 40 years. It was also some 45 years after the band famously performed at the venue (captured for posterity on the Greasy Truckers Party album), where they recorded the hit version of 'Silver Machine.' Six months on, this amazing, historic show is captured for posterity within a deluxe, celebratory box set which boasts audio and audio-visual versions of the entire performance. The set-list blends highlights from Hawkwind's last two acclaimed, Top 40 albums The Machine Stops and Into The Woods with classics from the band's past. The show climaxed with guest guitarist Phil 'Wizzo' Campbell (Motorhead, The Bastard Sons) joining the band for encore performances of 'Brainbox Pollution' and 'Silver Machine,' the hit version of which was recorded at the Roundhouse back in 1972. The concert is captured across two CDs and the event can also be enjoyed via a DVD, which reveals an amazing lightshow by John Moules.
Wetton Downes Icon/Zero ....import CD $17.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - Zero is a re-branding of the previously released Wetton/Downes album from 2002, featuring extra tracks and new artwork in order to bring it into the Icon series of albums. This 2017 release is part of a re-issue campaign which will see all of the band's studio and live output re-released. Scott Gorham and Francis Dunnery guest.
Downes Braide Association/Skyscraper Souls ....import CD $20.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - Skyscraper Souls" is the duo's fourth album and features new Roger Dean artwork and guest appearances from: Marc Almond, Andy Partridge and Kate Pierson. Geoff Downes is the keyboardist in The Buggles, Asia and Yes. Geoff Downes co-wrote the hits 'Video Killed the Radio Star' and 'Heat of the Moment.' Chris Braide is an award winning British singer, songwriter and producer based in Los Angeles and recipient of the acclaimed Ivor Novella award as well as ASCAP and Billboard awards.
Tempest/Living in Fear ....import CD $25.99
Tempest's second album from 1974 featuring ace drummer Jon Hiseman with guitarist Ollie Halsall (Kevin Ayers) and bassist Mark Clarke. 2017 repress of the 2011 Esoteric label remastered version.
Empire featuring Peter Banks/Complete Recordings ....import triple CD $26.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - The Complete Recordings is the first release by The Peter Banks Musical Estate and is also fully endorsed by Sydney Jordan (Foxx). The set includes the songs from all three Empire studio albums and The Mars Tapes together in one place. The booklet features six different sets of liner notes and extensive pictures from the personal archives of band members. The set features new artwork with a 40 page booklet and the audio has received a 2017 remaster.
Wishbone Ash/Twin Barrels Burning [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import double CD $16.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - This is the first official re-release of "Twin Barrels Burning" from 1982 in decades and it is a definitive edition with all new 2017 remasters. This smoking hot 21 track 2 CD re-issue is fully approved by Steve Upton, Laurie Wisefield, Andy Powell and the estate of Trevor Bolder. The set includes the American remixes of the album on a second disc, which has never been on cd before. There are three bonus tracks from the "Twin Barrels Burning" session on the first disc. This re-issue also includes liner notes by rock journalist Dave Ling.
Wishbone Ash/Raw to the Bone [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import double CD $16.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - This is the first official re-release of "Raw To The Bone" from 1985 in decades and it is a definitive edition with all new 2017 remasters. This mammoth 23 track 2 CD re-issue is fully approved by Steve Upton, Laurie Wisefield, Andy Powell and Merv Spence. The set also includes the Friday Rock Show BBC sessions which are often described as better than the album versions! The bonus tracks also include a holy grail for Wishbone Ash fans - all four unreleased songs from the post-album 1986 sessions. This re-issue also includes liner notes by rock journalist Dave Ling.
Edgar Winter/Tell Me in a Whisper - The Solo Albums 1970 - 1981 ....import 4 CD Set $28.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - Edgar Winter is one of rock's aristocrats. Ever since he first burst into focus at the start of the 1970s, the multi-instrumentalist has been renowned for his individuality combined with a commercial intelligence - he has achieved success, but always on his own terms. Winter was born in Texas during 1946, and is the younger brother of the great guitarist Johnny Winter. This collection includes the albums Entrance, Jasmine Nightdreams, The Edgar Winter Album and Standing on Rock, all remastered from the best available sources and containing rare mono and stereo edits as well as b-sides from the time. Housed in a deluxe box sith sleeve notes by classic rock's Malcolm Dome. The booklet contains rare sleeves and memoriabilia.
The Residents/Meet the Residents [pREServed Edition] ....import double CD $28.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - Formed in the early 1970s, The Residents have been charting a unique path through the musical landscape for over 45 years. From far-out, experimental recordings to highly conceptual, innovative multi-platform projects, the band has refused to stand still, and continues to move in several different directions at once. Produced with the involvement of The Cryptic Corporation, and with full access to the band's extensive tape archive, this package explores and expands the classic debut album and related 1972-1973 material. Including both mono and stereo mixes of "Meet the Residents," the 'Santa Dog' EP, alternate versions of classic album tracks and other long-lost unreleased material, this is The Residents as we've always wanted to hear them. Remastered, expanded, and pREServed for future generations - this is the first in a series of archival Residents reissues that will continue throughout 2018 and beyond.
The Residents/The Third Reich 'N Roll [pREServed Edition] ....import double CD $28.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - Produced with the involvement of The Cryptic Corporation, and with full access to the band's extensive tape archive, this package explores and expands the classic second album and related material. Including the remastered album and related singles, the previously unknown 'German Slide Music' recordings, live-in-the-studio and concert material and a never-before-heard remix, this is The Residents as we've always wanted to hear them. Remastered, expanded, and pREServed for future generations - this is the second in a series of archival Residents reissues that will continue throughout 2018 and beyond.
The Strawbs/The Ferryman's Curse ....import CD $21.99
Esoteric Antenna is very pleased to announce the release of The Ferryman's Curse, the first Strawbs album of new material in eight long years. It is produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides, whose studio is littered with diamond, platinum, and gold discs by the likes of Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen. The Ferryman's Curse, the title track of the album, is the epic sequel to The Vision of the Lady of the Lake, from Strawbs album Dragonfly, rated by producer Tony Visconti as one of his Top six productions alongside albums by David Bowie and T Rex. The Nails from the Hands of Christ is a challenging look at the relationship that young people have with the church. The Familiarity Of Old Lovers will raise eyebrows, both lyrically and with its twin lead guitar solos, while The Song of Infinite Sadness is not what it appears to be. The current Strawbs line-up comprises David Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who recorded and toured together in the 1970s. They are joined by keyboard and guitar virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona - a band who created a mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music - a perfect match for Strawbs.
Steve Hackett & Djabe/Life Is a Journey - The Sardinia Tapes ....import CD + DVD $21.99
Esoteric Antenna is delighted to announce the release of the wonderful new studio album by Djabe & Steve Hackett, "Life Is a Journey: The Sardinia Tapes." The album is the result of an improvised session that took place in a church on the island of Sardinia between the musicians from one of Hungary's most acclaimed jazz groups, Djabe and acclaimed guitarist Steve Hackett. The collaborations between the band and the former Genesis guitarist and acclaimed solo artist began in 2007. Steve Hackett has appeared on the concert stage with Djabe performing both Genesis and Hackett solo material and Djabe compositions. This album is their first collaborative studio album. Djabe guitarist Attila Egerhazi explains: "When I came to my musician pals with the idea of this recording session I had no certain plans with the tapes. However, this was the exact way I always wanted to create my kind of a music, like we did with my band in the '80s. If I have to describe the atmosphere of these recordings, the first word that comes to my mind is tranquillity. All the notes and music were floating out from placidity." Steve Hackett adds: "It was great to play spontaneous music with such a talented group of musicians in the wild, rocky countryside of Sardinia, where we also felt the rich history surrounding us, echoing back to ancient times. Such a magical environment provided fertile ground for inspired ideas and a freedom of spirit." "Life Is a Journey - The Sardinia Tapes" also includes a bonus DVD disc featuring a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album, along with bonus features "Sardo Moments," an informal video diary of the recording sessions shot by members of Djabe and five tracks recorded at Budapest Jazz Club in June 2017 including interpretations of the Genesis classic "Fly on a Windshield" and the Hackett tour de force "Please Don't Touch" among others. "Life Is a Journey" is a splendid, serene musical experience, born out of the surroundings in which it was conceived.
Anthony Phillips/Invisible Men [Remastered & Expanded] ....import double CD $17.99
Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of "Invisible Men," the 1983 album by Genesis founder member Anthony Phillips. "Invisible Men" was a song based album which saw Anthony collaborate with Richard Scott. Released in 1983 in the USA and the following year in the UK, "Invisible Men" features the lighter side of Anthony Phillips' musical character and some fine, well-crafted songs. Material such as 'The Women Were Watching' and 'Exocet' reflected the times in which they were created. This new 2CD digipak deluxe edition of the album features a newly re-mastered original stereo mix of the album and an additional CD of 16 previously unreleased demos and material recorded during the period "Invisible Men" was recorded. It includes an illustrated booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and features a new essay by Jon Dann.
John Hackett Band/We Are Not Alone [Deluxe Edition] ....import double CD $20.99
Esoteric Antenna is delighted to announce the release of the wonderful new studio album by The John Hackett Band; "We Are Not Alone." Following on from the album "Another Life," prog flute player John Hackett presents an outstanding album by his newly formed band, featuring Nick Fletcher, Jeremy Richardson and Duncan Parsons. With a heady and eclectic mix of rock-solid song-writing, swirling mellotron and at times, free improvisation, the virtuosic flute and guitar performances shine through the memorable compositions. John's brother, Steve Hackett, makes a special guest appearance on harmonica on 'Never Gonna Make a Dime' which tells the true story of the family's brief move to Canada in the fifties. "We Are Not Alone" also includes a bonus disc, "Another Live," recorded at the Classic Rock Society in 2016 featuring live performances of songs from John's previous albums "Checking Out of London" and "Another Life." "We Are Not Alone" is a fine new album from a fine musician and his band.
McLaughlin Surman Berber Martin & Holland/Where Fortune Smiles [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever UK individual CD release of a newly re-mastered edition of the 1971 album by legendary musicians John McLaughlin, John Surman, Karl Berger, Stu Martin & Dave Holland. The product of a recording session in New York City in 1970, "Where Fortune Smiles" is one of the milestone albums to be recorded at a time when the divisions between the worlds of jazz and rock were less defined and albums such as Bitches Brew by Miles Davis and the work of Tony Williams' Lifetime pointed a new direction in music. Originally released on Pye Records' "progressive" imprint Dawn Records, Where Fortune Smiles was recorded fresh on the heels of John McLaughlin and Dave Holland's work with Miles Davis, John Surman's work with Mike Westbrook and The Trio (with Stu Martin) - original vinyl copies of the record now command large sums from collectors. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original Dawn master tapes and features an illustrated booklet which restores the original album artwork and insert and an essay by aficionado Sid Smith.
Steve Marriott's Packet of Three/Watch Your Step - Final Performances '91 [Deluxe Box Set] ....import 4 CD Box Set $28.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, this four CD box set lovingly documents the final musical years of a true legend, a great songwriter, musician, and formidable frontman. Steve Marriott was sadly taken from us prematurely at the age of 44 on the 30th April 1991. Vocalist and guitarist in such great bands as Small Faces and Humble Pie, Steve clearly had so much more to give, as is evidenced here, and this box set attempts to pay respect to the inspirational talent that is Steve Marriott by compiling four of his last ever live shows from his final year with us in 1991. These live sets contain many old favorite Marriott classics such as 'Itchycoo Park,' 'All or Nothing,' 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It' and 'Big Train Stops at Memphis,' live Packet of Three staples, a smattering of rhythm & blues standards, plus a number of Chuck Berry classics in 'Talking 'Bout You' and 'Memphis Tennessee.' This collection of live sets demonstrates the fact that not only was Steve an immense performer throughout his whole career, but that he was sadly taken from us far too early.
Martin Turner/Argus through the Looking Glass ....import CD $20.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, Martin Turner is a founding original member of Wishbone Ash and lead vocalist, bassist and key creative force on iconic albums such as the original version of "Argus" along with "Pilgrimage," "There's the Rub" and "New England." "Argus through the Looking Glass" is a full album re-record of the Argus album now with four previously unreleased bonus tracks and new artwork. The album features guest appearances by Geoff Downes and the late John Wetton. Martin Turner will be touring extensively throughout the build up to the 50th Anniversary of Wishbone Ash.
Sonja Kristina/Sonja Kristina: Anthology ....import double CD $21.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red. Sonja Kristina is the lead singer of Curved Air. This is the first collection of her solo works and draws on recordings from her varied solo albums, along with rare and newly recorded exclusive tracks! This Anthology has been personally compiled by Sonja, with custom cover art and her personal liner notes. Sonja will be on tour both as a solo artist and with Curved Air as it builds up to its 50th anniversary year.
Dantalian's Chariot/Chariot Rising [Remastered] ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered collection of 1967 studio recordings by the legendary British psychedelic band Dantalian's Chariot - "Chariot Rising." Dantalian's Chariot was born of a time when British popular music was going through a transformation. Psychedelia was on the ascendant thanks to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album and the work of Pink Floyd on "Piper at the Gates of Dawn." The influence of the Summer of Love was felt by the members of Zoot Money and his Big Roll Band, a legendary R&B group who had recorded two albums for EMI and were a popular live attraction in the mid-1960s. Keyboard player and vocalist Zoot Money disbanded his band to form Dantalian's Chariot with fellow band members Andy Somers (guitar, sitar - later known as Andy Summers in The Police), Pat Donaldson (bass) and Colin Allen (drums). The band were soon established as one of the finest psychedelic groups, thanks to their innovative music and light show brought from San Francisco. The single "Madman Running through the Fields" was released in September 1967 and is now highly regarded and hailed by Record Collector magazine as one of the finest of the era. Although the band were in demand as a live attraction, they disbanded in April 1968, (with Money & Somers soon joining Eric Burdon & the Animals), leaving a series of recordings for a prospective album in the vaults. First released in 1996, these recordings have been newly re- mastered for this Esoteric Recordings reissue. The release also features an illustrated booklet with rare photographs and promotional material and an essay featuring exclusive interviews.
The Residents/80 Aching Orphans - 45 Years of the Residents ....4CD + Book Set $29.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red. Extended, 4CD anthology set chronicling the career of the legendary San Francisco experimentalists and curated with the band themselves, from the debut 1972 single to the band's most recent album, The Ghost of Hope. Singles, fan favourites, album highlights, live recordings and material never before available on CD. Detailed track-by-track sleevenotes, new imagery produced exclusively for this collection and an introduction from Homer Flynn of The Cryptic Corporation. 80 tracks across 4CDs, presented in hardback book package. Includes Santa Dog, Satisfaction, Constantinople, Diskomo, It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World, Hit The Road Jack, Don't Be Cruel, Hello Skinny, Smelly Tongues, Jello Jack, Kaw-Liga, Rushing Like A Banshee, plus material from numerous classic albums. An ideal introduction for the curious, and a fresh perspective for the band's dedicated fanbase. Since 1972, The Residents have produced a remarkable run of singles, classic albums and off-the-wall projects defying categorisation. Produced with The Cryptic Corporation, "80 Aching Orphans" includes rare recordings, live versions and exclusive extracts and edits, and is packed with photographs and insightful commentary. The Residents' most recent album, The Ghost of Hope, received critical acclaim and proved their appetite for innovation and musical exploration hasn't diminished, forty five years after their first release. The Residents will soon embark on the 'pREServed' archival album reissue series, including previously unheard material, b-sides, rare recordings and extensive sleevenotes.
Billy Sherwood/The Art of Survival ....import CD $15.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red. Billy Sherwood is the current bass player in the band Yes. Billy Sherwood was a key part of the line-ups which created the Yes albums Open Your Eyes, The Ladder and was also part of the Talk tour. He recently mixed the band's Heaven and Earth album and two subsequent DVDs. The Art of Survival was Sherwood's sixth solo album and has been out of print for many years. This CD release will be eagerly greeted by Yes fans especially in light on Sherwood's recent return to the band in mid-2015.
Atlantic Bridge/Atlantic Bridge [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever UK CD release of a newly re-mastered edition of the 1970 self-titled jazz-rock album by Atlantic Bridge. Born of a time when jazz musicians crossed in to the world of rock music, Atlantic Bridge was a quartet featuring Mike McNaught (piano, electric piano), Daryl Runswick (bass, bass guitar), Jim Philip (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax) & Mike Travis (drums). All four musicians were seasoned players on the London jazz circuit, but sought to expand their musical horizons. Influenced by the experimentation of Miles Davis on his album Bitches Brew and by the work of British musicians such as Keith Tippett, Atlantic Bridge, led by visionary Mike McNaught, took compositions by such artists as The Beatles and Jim Webb and crafted a highly innovative album which also revealed the talents of Daryl Runswick (a respected bass player later to play with Elton John and The Alan Parsons Project among others), Jim Philip and Mike Travis. Originally released on Pye Records' "progressive" imprint Dawn Records, Atlantic Bridge now commands large sums from vinyl collectors. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original Dawn master tapes and features two bonus tracks taken from a rare maxi single (also released in 1970). The release features an illustrated booklet and an essay featuring exclusive interviews with Daryl Runswick and Jim Philip.
Bodast/Towards Utopia ....import CD $17.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the 1969 recordings by Bodast, the short-lived band formed in late 1968 featuring Steve Howe (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, bass), Dave Curtis (bass, vocals), Bobby Clarke (drums) & Clive Skinner (vocals, acoustic guitar). Originally known as Canto, the trio of Howe, Curtis and Clarke adopted the name Bodast (an abbreviation of their first names) after a few months. Later joined by Clive Skinner, the band recorded a series of songs at Trident studios in London, produced by Steve Howe's former band mate in Tomorrow, Keith West. Sadly, despite being hailed for their live performances, Bodast failed to see any recordings released during their existence. Over four decades on from the sessions, the tracks recorded by Bodast are fascinating, revealing a phase of Steve Howe's career prior to him joining Yes and enjoying global acclaim. The track "Nether Street" featured a riff later re-worked by Steve Howe as the basis of the "Wurm" section of the song "Starship Trooper" recorded by Yes. "Towards Utopia" features the original Keith West produced mixes of the Trident sessions, along with three bonus tracks by Canto recorded for Deep Purple's management company in 1968. The release features an illustrated booklet and an essay.
The Flock/Truth - The Columbia Recordings 1969-1970 ....import double CD $21.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new 2CD anthology celebrating the fine American jazz rock band The Flock. Hailing from Chicago, The Flock was one of the most original groups to emerge on the late 1960s buoyant music scene. Along with their fellow Chicagoans Blood Sweat & Tears and Chicago, The Flock were highly original in their musical approach, successfully fusing jazz, rock, blues and even classical influences. The band recorded three singles in 1966 and 1967 before changing musical direction and recruiting virtuoso electric violinist Jerry Goodman to their ranks. With a line-up of Fred Glickstein (guitar, lead vocals), Jerry Goodman (violin), Jerry Smith (bass), Ron Karpman (drums), Rick Canoff (saxophone), Tom Webb (saxophone) and Frank Posa (trumpet), The Flock came to the attention of manager Aaron Russo, owner of Chicago's famous Kinetic Playground venue. Russo secured the band a contract with Columbia Records for whom The Flock recorded two excellent albums for the label, "The Flock" (1969) and "Dinosaur Swamps" (1970). Despite enthusiastic critical acclaim and patronage of established musicians such as John Mayall (who declared them to be the best band in America in 1969), The Flock sadly failed to fulfill their commercial potential and their classic line-up broke up in 1971, with Jerry Goodman joining The Mahavishnu Orchestra, but they did leave a recorded legacy of fine music. Truth - The Columbia Recordings 1969 - 1970 celebrates the music of this excellent band and features both of their Columbia albums in re-mastered form, along with six rare single tracks previously unissued on CD and six rare non-album session recordings from 1969 & 1970, including a re-recording of their early single What Would You Do If the Sun Died. The anthology features an illustrated booklet that includes a new essay with an exclusive interview with Flock guitarist Fred Glickstein.
Acqua Fragile/A New Chant ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Antenna is very pleased to announce the release of a brand new album by Italian progressive rock legends Acqua Fragile. Along with compatriots PFM (for whom Bernard Lanzetti's stunning vocal prowess graced several classic albums), Acqua Fragile were true progressive rock pioneers in the 1970s. A New Chant features original members Piero Canavera, Franz Dondi and Bernardo Lanzetti, who have reunited after forty-four years to record brand new material. The album is also notable for the presence of some very special guests, including lyricists Pete Sinfield (whose lyrics have graced albums by King Crimson, ELP & PFM) and Nick Clabburn (who has penned lyrics for Steve Hackett & Squackett), along with acclaimed musicians Tango Spleen and Grammy Award winning drummer Jonathan Mover. The material on A New Chant is in the finest tradition of the 1970s albums by the band, and possesses a vitality that fits perfectly in the progressive rock arena of the new millennium. A New Chant is the splendid result of one of the exciting reunions of recent times by one of Italy's finest bands.
Atomic Rooster/Sleeping for Years - The Studio Recordings 1970-1974 ....import 4 CD Box Set $42.99
Esoteric Recordings label is proud to announce the release of the very first four CD collection of every album and single track recorded by the legendary Atomic Rooster between 1970 - 1974. Sleeping for Years is a clamshell boxed set anthologizing all the recordings made by the band on the classic albums Atomic Rooster, Death Walks Behind You, In Hearing of Atomic Rooster, Made In England and Nice n' Greasy and on such hit singles as Tomorrow Night and Devil's Answer. Atomic Rooster was formed by former Crazy World of Arthur Brown members Vincent Crane (organ, piano, keyboards) and Carl Palmer (drums). Their self-titled first album was recorded in 1970 with Nick Graham on bass, vocals & flute, but the band soon splintered when Carl Palmer departed to join ELP. In his place came Paul Hammond on drums and guitarist and vocalist John Du Cann. This line-up recorded the successful hit singles Tomorrow Night & Devil's Answer and the album Death Walks Behind You in 1971. Later that year vocalist Pete French was added to the their line-up for the classic album In Hearing of Atomic Rooster. With the departure of John Du Cann and Paul Hammond came new guitarist Steve Bolton and drummer Ric Parnell. For 1972's Made in England, Chris Farlowe replaced French on vocals. The band's final album of the 1970s, Nice n' Greasy, featured guitarist John Goodsall under the pseudonym of Johnny Mandala. The final release of the 1970s by the band was the single Tell Your Story (Sing Your Song). Covering every track released by the band in the 1970s, Sleeping For Years is a newly re-mastered collection and also features six rare alternate versions and demos. The set includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome featuring exclusive interviews with Nick Graham, Pete French, Steve Bolton and Chris Farlowe.
Osmosis/Osmosis [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release the first ever official CD release of Osmosis. This remarkable album was a fusion of early progressive and jazz rock and was released by RCA Records in 1970. Hailing from the Boston area of the USA, Osmosis was a seven-piece group fronted by the legendary saxophonist and flautist Charlie Mariano and also featured Bobby Knox (vocals), Andy Steinborn (lead guitar), Danny Comfort (bass), Charlie Bechler (keyboards), Lou Peterson (drums) and Bobby Clark (drums, percussion). On stage, Osmosis were a powerful band, featuring two percussionists. In the studio the group were brave and experimental, arguably becoming one of the first true progressive bands to emerge in the United States. Their sole album can be compared to the work of British groups such as Van Der Graaf Generator, Soft Machine or King Crimson, whilst also revealing a more jazz orientated side to their character. Long overlooked, Osmosis has been re-mastered from the original RCA master tapes. The booklet features an essay by Sid Smith featuring an exclusive interview with guitarist Andy Steinborn.
Stray/Fire & Glass - The Pye Recordings 1975-1976 [Remastered Edition] ....import double CD $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new two CD set anthologizing all the recordings made by the legendary Stray for Pye Records and its imprint Dawn Records between 1975 & 1976. Formed in 1966 by West London musicians Del Bromham (lead guitar, vocals), Steve Gadd (vocals), Gary Giles (bass) & Steve Crutchley (drums). Crutchley soon departed the band and was replaced by Ritchie Cole. By August 1968 and whilst aged only 15 or 16 years old, Stray had begun to make a name for themselves on the underground music scene in London, performing at legendary venues such as The Roundhouse and Middle Earth. The band's hard-edged progressive rock earned a loyal following, which resulted in the band signing to Transatlantic Records in January 1970. Over the next four years the band would record five remarkable albums and would tour with some legendary names in rock such as Black Sabbath, The Groundhogs, Status Quo and Ten Years After. One of the hardest working bands in Britain, Stray failed to make the commercial impact they deserved, and so in 1975 they signed to the Pye Records label. During sessions for their first album for the label, "Stand Up and Be Counted," Steve Gadd departed the band. Second guitarist Pete Dyer joined Stray and Del Bromham, the band's main song writer, now handled lead vocal duties. Over the next eighteen months Stray recorded two further excellent albums for Pye, "Houdini" and "Hearts of Fire," toured the USA and supported the likes of Kiss and Rush on British tours. Apathy from their record label and the emergence of punk led to Stray disbanding in 1977 but their influence would be felt by a new generation of musicians such as Iron Maiden. Covering every track from the albums "Stand Up and Be Counted," "Houdini" and "Hearts of Fire," this set also includes single tracks and two studio out-takes. "Fire & Glass" includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome featuring an exclusive interview with Del Bromham.
Bill Nelson/Dreamy Screens - Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory [Limited Remastered Edition] ....import triple CD $32.99
Esoteric Recordings' imprint Cocteau Discs, dedicated to the work of Bill Nelson, is proud to announce the release of a deluxe three disc clamshell boxed set limited edition collection - "Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory." The set features three albums, all recorded at Bill Nelson's Yorkshire home studio, the Echo Observatory, in 1981 and 1982 - "Sounding the Ritual Echo" (originally issued as a limited edition bonus LP with Bill's 1981 album "Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam"), "Das Kabinet" (a soundtrack to a production of "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" by The Yorkshire Actors Company issued as an LP on Bill's Cocteau label in 1981) and "La Belle et La Bete" (a soundtrack to a stage production of Jean Cocteau's classic 1946 film "Beauty & the Beast," first issued as a limited edition bonus LP with Bill's 1982 album "The Love That Whirls"). All of the recordings featured in this set demonstrate Bill's creativity utilising primitive recording equipment by today's standards. As Bill has stated; "The music was recorded on a domestic four track machine. A high degree of self-discipline was in order. All of the recordings forming "Dreamy Screens" have now become highly regarded in the prolific discography of Bill Nelson. Long out of print, this Cocteau Discs re-mastered limited edition presents these three wonderful albums once again, restoring the original artwork in the collection in a clamshell boxed set.
Pentangle/The Albums: 1968-1972 ....import 7 CD Box Set $79.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - When they formed in 1968, Pentangle were hailed as folk's first supergroup, fusing elements of jazz and underground music and comprising the twin guitar/songwriting talents of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn with bassist Danny Thompson, drummer Terry Cox and singer Jacqui McShee. Between 1968 and 1972, Pentangle issued six albums - five on legendary folk label Transatlantic and a swansong release on Reprise. Their debut, The Pentangle (1968), was hailed as a folk rock classic and charted in the UK at No. 21. Sequel Sweet Child (also 1968) was an ambitious double album coupling live and studio discs. Third LP Basket of Light (1969) was their most commercially successful, peaking at No. 5, fuelled by the success of lead track 'Light Flight.' Cruel Sister (1970) allowed Pentangle to reinterpret traditional folk songs. Reflection (1971), their last Transatlantic LP, was also among their most adventurous. Solomon's Seal (1972) proved to be their last album with the original line-up. For the first time ever, these albums are available as a deluxe box set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the band's formation. Each record has been remastered from the best available sources, referencing original tapes and vinyl where relevant. Each album has been expanded with a wealth of bonus material, including choice selections from contemporaneous solo LPs by Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, out-takes and live tracks. Across the package, there are an impressive 22 recordings which are previously unreleased. Each album is presented in a miniature card sleeve replica of the original vinyl artwork. These are housed in an attractive box set alongside an 88-page book awash with rare images and over 20,000 words of sleeve-notes, which include: a Q&A culled from past interviews by author Mick Houghton with Bert, John and Jacqui; essays about each album by a variety of music journalists (Stuart Penney, Trevor Leeden, Nigel Cross, Colin Irwin, Lois Wilson and Jim Wirth); a lengthy chronology; and track-by-track details. Pentangle's first three albums and three singles were produced by the legendary Shel Talmy (The Who, The Kinks, etc.) while Peter Blake designed the sleeve for Sweet Child (one of only three such commissions in the '60s). The band also enjoyed popularity in America and toured there. Alongside Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band, Pentangle define folk's flowering in the late 60s, melding jazz, rock, traditional folk and other styles.
Pere Ubu/20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo ....import CD $19.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - Fronted as ever by David Thomas, Pere Ubu unveil their new album, 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo, which opens the doors of the avant-garage to reveal the hardworking mechanics hammering away at the fundamentals of blue-collar rock. A three-guitar revision sees Keith Moline, Gary Siperko and Kristof Hahn (The Swans) expand the established orchestra of analog and digital synths (Wheeler, Gagarin), clarinet (Boon), drums (Mehlman) and Thomas' unique vocals. 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo follows their 2015 release Carnival of Souls, which was widely praised by the media and used by cult series 'American Horror Story' in Season 4. David Thomas: "The new album is The James Gang teaming up with Tangerine Dream. The Chinese Whispers methodology we worked on the last two albums has been replaced by the Dark Room. Put musicians in a lightless room and by feeling one small section of an unknown object have them figure what it must be." The album was recorded and mixed at Suma, Painesville Ohio. Engineer Paul Hamann, and his father before him, have been part of almost every Pere Ubu album since 1976. Pere Ubu will be on tour with the new album later this year in the USA, with a full European tour and further USA dates in 2018.
Zodiac/Cosmic Sounds ....import CD $15.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - A classic 1967 Elektra edition, conceived by label head Jac Holzman, who claimed that the success of the Doors was a primary inspiration for the project, the Zodiac's Cosmic Sounds is a concept piece based on the twelve signs of the Chaldean astronomical zodiac. It combines the music of electronics pioneer Mort Garson, performed on early moog synthesiser by Paul Beaver, and the words of Jacques Wilson, which would be delivered in Morrison-esque style by the Iranian-born folk musician, Cyrus Faryar, a man dubbed by Holzman "the Persian minstrel of Barham Boulevard." One of the earliest psychedelic / progressive concept albums, Cosmic Sounds is performed by members of the Wrecking Crew, the loosely affiliated assembly of West Coast musicians, who during the 1960s worked extensively with Brian Wilson, Phil Spector, the Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel; Carol Kaye: bass guitar; Hal Blaine: drums; Bud Shank: flute; Mike Melvoin: keyboards, Emil Richards: exotic percussion. Technicians of the highest pedigree. The producer on the Zodiac sessions was Alex Hassilev, a former member of the Limeliters vocal group. On one level, Cosmic Sounds is a psychedelic exploitation novelty album but there's a precocious quality, an understanding of the innate playfulness of psychedelia that places it alongside a handful of such hallucinogenic enterprises of the era as Mass in F Minor, I Love You Alice B. Toklas, and The L.S. Bumble Bee. Here, for the first time we hear moog on a rock album and, as observed by one critic, 'fuzz guitar straight out of a late '60s commercial for the ultimate airline for swingers.' The mood is enhanced by Abe Gurvin's bold period graphics and comes complete with the legend "Must be played in the dark."
Chris Spedding/The RAK Years ....import 4 CD Box Set $34.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - 50 track 4 CD clam shell box set rounding up guitar supremo Chris Spedding's time with RAK Records between 1975-1980. Includes the hit single 'Motor Bikin' which reached No. 14 in the UK charts in 1975. Also features one of the first UK Punk singles, Chris's 'Pogo Dancing' which he recorded with The Vibrators. Disc 1 is his self-titled debut for RAK which featured the aforesaid 'Motor Bikin" plus the 'Guitar Jamboree,' 'Jump in My Car' and 'New Girl in the Neighbourhood' singles and was produced by Mickie Most. The second CD contains the "Hurt" album from 1977, produced by Chris Thomas, and which features the 'Get Outa My Pagoda' and 'Silver Bullet' singles. Pretender Chrissie Hynde guests on backing vocals whilst seminal session players Herbie Flowers, Clem Cattini and Ray Cooper provide the musical backing. "Guitar Graffiti" is disc 3, self-produced and featuring the 'Video Life,' 'Bored Bored' and 'Gunfight' singles (the latter as a bonus track). The final disc is the "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" album from 1980, once again produced by Mickie Most and including the single 'The Crying Game.' The booklet features detailed liner notes by '70s expert Phil Hendricks and comes with pictures of all the relevant singles. Each of the CDs comes in a card wallet depicting the original LP artwork. As well as being the "go to guy" for bands as diverse as Roxy Music, the Sex Pistols and the Wombles, Chris leads the reformed Sharks who also feature Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and original Sharks vocalist Snips who contributed co-writes on many of the tracks on this box set.
Rick Derringer/Joy Ride: Solo Albums 1973-1980 ....import 4 CD Box Set $21.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red - Originally finding fame with The McCoys and their hit, 'Hang on Sloopy,' Rick Derringer worked with both Johnny and Edgar Winter, as well as Steely Dan, before going solo in 1973 for "All American Boy." Co-produced with Bill Szymczyk, who would later produce the Eagles, "All American Boy" features guest appearances from Joe Walsh, Suzi Quatro and Edgar Winter, and features his best known hit, 'Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo.' The album also features 'Hold,' a song co-written with a then relatively unknown Patti Smith. The bonus tracks include mono single versions of 'Rock 'n' Roll, Hoochie Koo' and 'Teenage Love Affair.' Produced by Rick himself, "Spring Fever" followed in 1975, and includes a revisit to the aforementioned 'Hang On Sloopy,' as well as the Rufus Thomas classic, 'Walkin' the Dog.' The album includes guest appearances from Chick Corea on Moog, New York Doll David Johansen on electric harmonica, as well as both Johnny and Edgar Winter. Mono single versions of 'Hang on Sloopy' and 'Don't Ever Say Goodbye' are included as bonus tracks. Forsaking a strictly solo career to form the hard rocking "Derringer" band from 1976 -1978 (available as "The Complete Blue Sky Albums 1976-1978: 5CD Box Set"), Rick returned to recording solo for "Guitars And Women" in 1979, co-produced by Todd Rundgren. Featuring drummer Myron Grombacher and guitarist Neil Geraldo, both from Pat Benatar's band, the songs range from pure power pop, not surprising considering Todd Rundgren's involvement, to near heavy metal with 'It Must Be Love' and 'Need A Little Girl (Just Like You),' written by Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen. Rick saw in the 1980s with "Face To Face," which completes this four CD set. Forming a strong writing partnership with bassists Donald Kisselbach, the album includes a cover of Neil Young's classic 'My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue),' and now includes a mono version 'Let the Music Play.' Presented in a "clamshell" style box, each album is presented in it's own card wallet miniaturizing the original LP jacket, plus a 16 page booklet featuring liner notes from Classic Rock and Rock Candy magazine's Malcolm Dome.
Lonnie Liston Smith/A Song for the Children + Exotic Mysteries ....import CD $17.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, a welcome repress for these two classic albums: "A Song for the Children" and "Exotic Mysteries" which features 'Space Princess' a Lonnie Liston Smith masterpiece. "A Song for the Children" features seven jazz fusion masterpieces including the title track which can only be described as more disco than jazz but it really worked and is now one of Lonnie's standards along with 'Expansions' & 'Space Princess.' The album "Exotic Mysteries" as Lonnie points out on the sleeve notes was one of his personal favourites to record and an album where he discovered a young sixteen year old Marcus Miller, who wrote several songs for the album, and Lonnie knew he would be a star. The track 'Quiet Moments' is one of Lonnie's favourite tracks.
Alan Simon/Excalibur IV: The Dark Age of the Dragon ....import CD $20.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, Excalibur IV is the widely anticipated fourth new studio album in the Celtic Rock Opera series, following on from the gold and platinum selling original trilogy. Excalibur IV was played live in its entirety to 12 arenas in Germany in December 2016 and will be touring again in 2018. This new album based on the legendary story of King Arthur features guest appearances from: Alan Stivell, Michael Sadler (Saga), Jesse Sibenberg & John Helliwell (Supertramp), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Moya Brennan (Clannad), Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth), Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep), Siobham Owen, Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), John Kelly (The Kelly Family), Maite Itoiz (Elfhental).
Wild Silk/Visions in a Plaster Sky: The Complete Recordings 1968-1969 ....import CD $19.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, Wild Silk's double-sided classic '(Vision in a) Plaster Sky' / 'Toymaker' has long been coveted by enthusiasts of UK '60s pop-psych. The exciting news is that now an extensive anthology of the extant recordings by this talented Luton outfit is available, including what was intended for a full-length release at the time. Signed by Shel Talmy Productions in early 1968, the quartet issued three singles in the UK as Wild Silk, alongside a further pair in the US (one under the name Basil), and a subsequent UK single credited to Cotton Socks. Mostly taped with the cream of British session men, the band's recordings constitute a remarkable transatlantic take on the West Coast sunshine pop sound, with excellent covers of material by Sagittarius, Harpers Bizarre, the Tokens and Randy Newman, as well as strong original material in a Hollies/Grapefruit vein. Visions in a Plaster Sky contains the released singles, the unissued Wild Silk album, and sundry outtakes, all produced by Shel Talmy. Also included are a brace of tracks cut in late 1969 with Talmy associate Hugh Murphy, when the band augmented its personnel ahead of being renamed Little Big Horn. These sport a heavier psych flavour and include an alternate mix of the current club favourite 'Just a Game.' Assembled from freshly-transferred masters and packaged with detailed notes from reissue producer Alec Palao, that include the contribution of all four original Wild Silk members, Visions in a Plaster Sky finally spills the beans on an intriguing entry in the British pop-psych pantheon, and will delight any aficionado of the genre.
Birds of a Feather/Birds of a Feather: The Page One Recordings ....import CD 19.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, presenting the nom de plumage of Birds of a Feather, namely sisters Doreen and Irene Chanter, with their sole album, recorded in April and released in October 1970, the result of an audition with publisher Dick James Music. This subsequently led to an association with a production team, led by Gus Dudgeon, which included arrangers, musicians and writers then concurrently involved in the developing world of Elton John. Assistant to Dudgeon, Stuart Epps sat in the producer's chair, Caleb Quaye the arranger, and Elton John himself as session pianist, backing vocalist and writer providing four of his songs for the LP: 'Border Song' and 'Bad Side of the Moon' (recorded a fortnight after Elton's single versions released in March 1970), 'Take Me to the Pilot' (from the eponymous Elton John LP released April 1970), 'Country Comfort' (Elton's version released on the Tumbleweed Connection LP in October 1970). The album is also noteworthy for the inclusion of five original songs penned by Doreen Chanter. The sisters Chanter gained a reputation for their soulful and gospel-like performances which, aside from a string of their own singles, made them much in demand for backing vocals, performing with Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, John Miles, Meatloaf and Joe Cocker amongst others. Making its CD debut, this RPM re-issue includes a fully illustrated booklet featuring fresh interviews with Stuart Epps and Doreen Chanter, presenting insights into the scene at the time.
Stray/All in Your Mind - The Transatlantic Years 1970-1974 ....4CD Box Set $41.99
Esoteric Recordings label is proud to announce the release of a re-mastered 4CD clamshell boxed set anthologizing all the recordings made by the legendary Stray for Transatlantic Records between 1970 & 1974. Formed in 1966 by West London musicians Del Bromham (lead guitar, vocals), Steve Gadd (vocals), Gary Giles (bass) & Steve Crutchley (drums), Crutchley soon departed the band and was replaced by Richie Cole. By August 1968 and whilst aged only 15 or 16 years old, they had begun to make a name for themselves on the Underground music scene in London, performing at legendary venues such as The Roundhouse and Middle Earth. The band's hard-edged progressive rock earned a loyal following, which resulted in the band signing to Transatlantic Records in January 1970. Over the next four years the band would record five remarkable albums and would tour with some legendary names in rock such as Black Sabbath, The Groundhogs, Status Quo and Ten Years After. One of the hardest working bands in Britain, Stray failed to make the commercial impact they deserved, but their influence was felt by a new generation of musicians, perhaps best illustrated by the fact that Iron Maiden's Steve Harris declared himself to be a fan (leading to Iron Maiden recording a version of the Stray classic 'All in Your Mind' as the B-side to their 'Holy Smoke' single). Covering every track from the albums "Stray," "Suicide," "Saturday Morning Pictures," "Mudanzas" and "Move It," this set also features a thirteen track CD which gathers together studio out-takes, demos and rare singles (including four songs recorded for Pye Records in 1968 at an audition session for producer John Schroeder). Newly re-mastered, "All in Your Mind" includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome.
Patrick Campbell Lyons/Me & My Friend [Remastered & Expanded] ....import CD $19.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded edition of "Me & My Friend," the first solo album by the founder of the UK band Nirvana, Patrick Campbell Lyons. Originally issued on the Sovereign label in 1973, "Me & My Friend" was the first solo album by the writer, vocalist & producer who had recorded five albums under the Nirvana moniker (including three with writing partner Alex Spyropoulos). "Me & My Friend" featured all the hallmarks of Campbell Lyons' work for Nirvana, making for a charming album. Original vinyl copies of "Me & My Friend" now attain vast sums at auction, making this Esoteric Recordings edition most welcome. More importantly, this reissue has been re-mastered from the original Sovereign Records master tapes for the very first time (a previous edition being derived from an original vinyl LP source). It also includes two rare bonus tracks; 'Out on the Road' (issued as a single) and a single version of 'Everybody Should Fly a Kite' (appearing on CD for the first time). The booklet features an essay by Malcolm Dome including an exclusive interview with Patrick Campbell Lyons.
Cairo/$@Y ....import CD $20.99
From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red. Touchstone founder Rob Cottingham's latest new band project Cairo combines keyboard wizardry and electronica with modern rock values, dynamic guitar work and soaring vocals. This creates an enthralling progressive music sound that will capture the hearts and minds of modern music fans, as well as traditional and classic progressive rock aficionados.
Various Artists/Looking at Pictures in the Sky: The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1968 ....import triple CD $25.99
From Estoeric distributor Cherry Red - It goes without saying that 1968 doesn't have the same kind of cachet as 1967 - a year that, in musical terms, will always be indelibly associated with the Summer of Love, Sgt Pepper and the emergence of psychedelia. But although the major players turned away from the excesses of the previous year in favour of a back-to-basics musical approach, there were arguably a greater number of psychedelic records made in 1968 than during the preceding twelve months. Vital, lysergically-inclined 45s emerged from a whole host of younger groups, with The Factory, Mike Stuart Span, Fleur de Lys, The Fire, The Barrier, Boeing Duveen, Rupert's People and numerous others all releasing singles that have long been widely regarded by psychedelic collectors as genre classics. All these and more are gathered on Looking at the Pictures in the Sky, which provide a fascinating overview of the group scene in Britain (and Ireland!) in 1968, shining a light on unreleased gems, cult classics, choice album cuts, neglected B-sides and alternative versions. As with it's 1967 equivalent Let's Go Down snd Blow Our Minds, the four-hour, 78-track, 3CD anthology Looking at the Pictures in the Sky is housed in a striking clambox that contains a 44 page booklet crammed with biographical information and rare photographs of the featured acts.
|Yes/Fragile T-Shirt ....import T-Shirt $32.99||Yes/90125 T-Shirt ....import T-Shirt $32.99|
The cover for the Yes classic Fragile (1971) featured on a blue Gildan softstyle t-shirt and the cover for the Yes mega-hit 90125 (1983) featured on a grey Gildan softstyle t-shirt. To fit chest: S 34/36", M 38/40", L 42/44", XL 46/48" and XXL 50/52".
Phil Manzanera/Live in Japan ....import double CD $29.99
Recorded at Tokyo's 'Live at Billboard' on 2 July, 2017, Live in Japan covers all eras of Phil Manzanera's glittering career, including Roxy Music classics such as Love is the Drug and Out of the Blue and solo gems such as Diamond Head, TNK and Frontera. PM and his The Sound of Blue Band performed eight sold-out concerts in Tokyo and Osaka and Phil Mananera commented: "This was my first solo tour to Japan and by far the most exhilarating and enjoyable. The Sound of Blue Band are fantastically talented and this coupled, with their youthfulness, greatly inspires me. I'm delighted that the album has captured the energy and fun we had playing together ... as well as the great response we had from our Japanese fans. Domo arigato to them."
Wishbone Ash/Vintage Years 1970-1991 ....import 30 CD Box $389.99
Wishbone Ash, one of Britain's most enduring and best-loved rock acts, are to release a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, The Vintage Years, through Madfish. Loaded with rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book, a third of this new collection features previously unheard & unreleased material. The contents of The Vintage Years box set include: Brand new cover artwork designed by Colin Elgie, the original designer behind the award-winning Live Dates sleeve artwork; all 16 studio albums, featuring bonus material including rare album outtakes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks, presented in mini-gatefold sleeves; three of the 16 albums are currently out of print on CD from I. R. S. : Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear and Strange Affair; eight previously unreleased live albums from 1973-1980 on 11 discs; three original live albums: Live Dates, Live Dates Volume Two and Live in Tokyo; a 156-page coffee table hardback book written by Classic Rock's Dave Ling, including personal photos, rare posters and flyers and collector's memorabilia; a 36-page poster book, covering the early years through to Here to Hear; four reproductions of original posters for: Christmas at the Palace Dec 1973, Live Dates European tour - Hamburg Musikhalle 1974, Europe 1975 tour, and the Front Page News tour - Empire Pool Wembley 1977; a facsimile MCA debut album promo pack; a 7" flexi disc for the single Blind Eye, the first of the 11 Japanese singles series; and individually signed photos of each band member. All music has been remastered from the original multitrack and 1/4" tapes, sourced from Martin Turner and Andy Powell's personal collections and from the Universal Music and Atlantic archives.
Curved Air/The Best of Curved Air ....import CD $25.99
The first ever CD release of this classic 1976 collection, with 2017 liner notes and remastered audio. Includes Curved Air's best known songs It Happened Today, Vivaldi, Back Street Luv and the 11 minute Metamorphosis (featuring Eddie Jobson). It is the ORIGINAL sound recordings of the songs that are included here. This is the FIRST CD release of this 1976 LP and cassette only collection, with new liner notes and remastered audio. This release is endorsed by Curved Air and appears on the band's own Curved Air Records.
Jethro Tull/The Essential Jethro Tull T-Shirt ....import T-Shirt $34.99
A black cotton t-shirt with the immortal wording, 'Education is essential, but Jethro Tull is essentialler' emblazoned in white on a black cotton Gildan Softstyle t-shirt. Available in M, L, XL, XXL and XXXL. To fit chest: 38/40, 42/44, 46/48, 50/52, 54/56 inches.
Richard Barbieri/Variants 1 ....import CD $19.99
The Variants 1 EP is the first in 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. Features performances from Luca Calabrese, Suzanne Barbieri and others, plus a 2009 instrumental version of the Japan B-Side The Experience of Swimming.
Isildurs Bane/Off the Radar ....import CD $24.99
Following Isildurs Bane's well-received collaborative album with Steve Hogarth - Colours Not Found in Nature - the band immediately returned to the studio to make Off the Radar. Focusing on keyboards (from Mellotron, Moog and ARP to software), the album combines elements of prog, fusion, electronica and contemporary classical music. As a yin to the synthesiser's yang, the album makes frequent use of acoustic instruments such as woodwinds, trumpet and percussion. Fans of Isildurs Bane will recognize Mats Johansson's distinctive compositional traits, while appreciating Off the Radar as something new in IB's 40 plus years of music making.
Samuel Hallkvist/Variety of Rhythm ....import CD $26.99
Variety Of Rhythm - from 2017 - is the latest installment in Samuel Hallkvist's acclaimed Variety Of series of releases. A 44 minute suite incorporating rock, prog, fusion, electronica and minimalist influences, VOR is arguably the most ambitious album of Samuel's career. The enormous VOR collective includes David Torn on additional guitar. "I like the way Samuel Hallkvist mangles his guitar sounds to produce the weirdest textures and glitches." - Richard Barbieri
Samuel Hallkvist/Variety of Live ....import CD $26.99
Variety Of Live - from 2015 - is Samuel Hallkvist's (Isildurs Bane) 5th as band leader. A vibrant blend of live band recordings and studio overdubs, the album combines eerie wordless vocals, sizzling electronica, waves of surf guitar, driving beats and a sense of restless experimentation that incorporates (and moves beyond the boundaries of) rock, jazz, prog, fusion and minimalist influences. The band includes Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) on drums and Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd) on bass. Richard Barbieri guests and writes two of the pieces, while Sid Smith provides sleeve notes. "Samuel Hallkvist is a unique guitarist. His use of sound and choice of notes puts him in a class of his own." - Phil Manzanera
Lutz Ulbrich/Luul ....import CD $17.99
A 1981 album by Lutz Ulbrich (Ashra Tempel), featuring Tangerine Dream legend, Christoph Franke (mix, sequencer, electronic drums), Harald Grosskopf (drums, percussion) and Nico (on the brilliant Reich Der Traume). On CD with a booklet in both English and German, Luul is an ultra-rare slice of Krautrock.
XTC/Black Sea [Deluxe Edition] ....import CD + Blu-Ray $26.99
Black Sea is the fifth in a series of expanded XTC album reissues, including 5.1 Surround mixes, 2017 stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes by Steven Wilson, along with a wealth of extra audio and visual material. Steven Wilson produced the mixes with the input of founder band member Andy Partridge and the full approval of the band. This cd/blu-ray edition is presented in special packaging with an expanded booklet and sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Terry Chambers, Dave Gregory and Hugh Padgham. CD: Features a 2017 stereo album mix by Steven Wilson with bonus tracks (many featuring Steven Wilson mixes). Blu-Ray: a 5.1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi-track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA. Additional Blu-Ray features include: the 2017 stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio; additional songs from the album sessions in stereo and 5.1 (several featuring 2017 Steven Wilson mixes); the original stereo album mix in hi-res stereo + bonus tracks; instrumental versions (mixed by Steven Wilson), and several bonus mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio; many album tracks in demo form as recorded (mostly live) at Phonogram Studios prior to the main album sessions; three Andy Partridge demos from Phonogram studios; three Andy Partridge demos from Swindon Town Hall; promo films for Towers of London, Generals & Majors & Respectable Street. A definitive edition of XTC's Art Pop classic from 1980.
TC&I/Great Aspirations EP ....import CD $21.99
The debut EP by TC&I sees Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers put their XTC past behind them in order to create some truly original music (well ... maybe and nod and a wink here and there ... .).
Dave Kerzner/Static ....import CD $25.99
Static is Dave Kerzner's 2017 follow up to his acclaimed debut New World. A 'progressive rock opera' about the distractions, chaos and clutter of everyday life, the album features Steve Hackett, Nick D'Virgilio, Randy McStine, Colin Edwin and many others. Dave Kerzner is the co-founder of the Prog Award-winning band Sound of Contact with Simon Collins, son of Phil Collins. "Static" is Kerzner's third solo effort. It's a concept album with dramatic twists and turns from dark moods to uplifting atmospheric pieces to rich nostalgic rock sounds to modern alt rock edge. The album is the length of a traditional double album on one jam packed CD (75+ minutes).
Wobbler/From Silence to Somewhere ....import CD $17.99
On its fourth album From Silence to Somewhere classic prog revivalists Wobbler blend edgy guitar riffs, melancholic melodies, and powerful crescendos on four epic songs. Thematically spun around the idea of metamorphosis, From Silence to Somewhere combines Wobbler's take on the likes of Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Yes and PFM alongside the odd touch of flamenco and Renaissance music. As always, Mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Chamberlin and Rickenbacker bass dominate the band's arrangements.
Gleb Kolyadin/Gleb Kolyadin ....import CD $17.99
Following the success of two highly-praised albums with iamthemorning, Russian virtuoso pianist Gleb Kolyadin affirms his musical authority with his self-titled debut album on Kscope, which features a star-studded guest list, including the unmistakable voice and lyrics of Steve Hogarth (Marillion), alongside Mick Moss (Antimatter), Gavin Harrison, Nick Beggs, Theo Travis and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater). Gleb Kolyadin - the album - is an emotive exploration of self-identity; a story in two parts with interweaving leitmotifs. The album's elaborate tonal and thematic structure is built around the extraordinary rhythm section of Gavin Harrison and Nick Beggs and enhanced at focal points by the various guest appearances. The album was mixed and engineered by Vlad Avy, who also previously worked on the two iamthemorning records.
Keith Levene/Search for Absolute Zero ....import CD + DVD $16.99
Fusing ambient, post-punk and dub, Search For Absolute Zero is an innovative release - from 2013 - by Keith Levene featuring former PiL bandmate Jah Wobble and 3D from Massive Attack. CD/DVD edition.
Grice/The Grey of Granite Stone ....import CD $19.99
2017 EP release from Art Rock artist Grice including contributions from Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, and pedal steel legend B J Cole. The Grey Of Granite Stone contains haunting vocal harmonies, and focuses on uplifting art rock songs with a dash of experimental ambience. The closing piece 'Glass Seance' features Grice at his most inventive, playing a self-created glass harmonica (in order to summon the spirit of a summer past). Produced and arranged by Grice, the EP has been mixed by Gary Bromham (Bjork, Sheryl Crowe and George Michael).
The Curator/Where the Stars Will Give Way to the Morning ....import CD $17.99
A collection of 8 songs, Alistair Murphy's ambitious 2018 album features contributions from Steve Bingham (no-man), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and others. Alistair Murphy is The Curator. Where the Stars Will Give Way to the Morning features sensitive songs, Rock energy, horns aplenty, strings agogo and Mr Murphy's thoughts on the world today. 'A dazzling Norfolk prog masterpiece, all lambent fire and rushed honey, full of warmth and invective.' Gavin Martin (Daily Mirror)
Martin Springett/The Gardening Club ....import CD $17.99
A lost - Canterbury and Genesis flavoured - prog gem from 1983, The Gardening Club was the debut album by illustrator Martin Springett. Containing 12 string guitars and flutes galore alongside the clean sheen of a typical 1980s production. Martin Springett is an extraordinary artist, and was a friend of the legendary Pauline Baynes. He was born in Crayford, Kent, England, in 1947. He studied art (that is he learned to play the guitar) for two semesters at the Brassey School of Art in Hastings, Sussex. He emigrated to the West Coast of Canada in 1965, but returned to the UK in 1973 to pursue music in various bands. He spent time in Germany, and toured through Europe. While in London Martin started to illustrate and design record covers for Columbia records. Upon his return to Vancouver, Martin carried on with music and illustrated various books and magazines. In 1978 he moved to Toronto, maintaining activity in every area where illustration is required. He released his own album, "The Gardening Club," in 1983. This is a gloriously melodic and original album, and we are very pleased to bring it back into the public eye for the first time in many decades.
|Yes/Pattern Logo (White) ....import T-Shirt $29.99||Yes/Red Speech Bubble Logo (black) ....import T-Shirt $29.99|
The classic 1970's Yes logo featured on a Gildan Softstyle white t-shirt. Also the Yes 'speech bubble logo' from the band's 1969 debut album featured on a Gildan Softstyle black t-shirt. Please note that these European made shirts can run a bit smaller that US made shirts. Please use these guidelines when selecting your size. To fit chest: S 34/36"; M 38/40"; L 42/44"; XL 46/48"; XXL 50/52".
John Wetton/Akustika: Live In Amerika + Akustika II: Return To Amerika ....import double CD $22.99
A double CD including a 2017 remaster of the 1996 acoustic album Akustika, plus a previously unreleased acoustic show from 2005. The booklet features specially written recollections of close friends and fans who attended the 2005 show along with previously unseen photographs.
Steve Hillage/Dusseldorf ....import double CD $32.99
A classic 1979 live concert from pioneering guitarist Steve Hillage. Includes the only known live recording of Talking to the Sun. Recorded at the Philips Halle, Dusselsdorf on the 28th March 1979 during the Live Herald Tour, Dusselsdorf offers excellent sound quality (a quality so high that you'll forget it's a live recording until the applause). Featuring the Hillage band at the height of its powers, with Steve in great voice throughout, Dusselsdorf contains Steve's own adventurous compositions plus covers of Beatles and Donovan classics. Hillage's trademark heady combination of vibrant psychedelic rock, full blooded grooves, and deep-space synth/guitar experiments has rarely sounded as good. A double CD edition presented in a Mediabook with a 24-page booklet.
Marco Minnemann/Borrego ....import double CD $36.99
Marco Minnemann's 2017 studio release Borrego features legendary guitarists Alex Lifeson (Rush) on 3 songs and Joe Satriani on 4 songs. An epic, double CD conceptual recording (inspired by the mysterious Southern Californian desert town Borrego Springs), the album contains 24 tracks (including 4 pieces exclusive to the CD) and a 24 page booklet. One of the bonus tracks includes Tony Levin on bass.
Marillion/Living in FEAR ....import EP-CD $9.99
"Living In F E A R" comes in a limited CD Digipak carrying three additional unreleased live songs: The fifth section of "The Leavers," called "One Tonight," a song about leaving lives and families behind to go on tour and being in a new country - a very personal song for Marillion. The epic "Neverland," originally from "Marbles," and "Dry Land," originally from "Holidays In Eden," complete this EP: two live versions released for the first time outside of the band's own "Racket Records" catalogue, serving a precursor of a strictly limited reissue series of the band's jewels, so far only sold or shared to through their wonderful web shop.
Jane Getter Premonition/ON Tour ....CD $15.99
ON Tour is the live follow-up to the critically acclaimed Madfish label release ON by the all-star fusion band, Jane Getter Premonition. Capturing some electrifying moments from the JGP European and US promotional tours of 2015 and 2016, in addition to the live tracks, ON Tour also includes an unreleased studio track from the ON recording sessions. The all-star musicians featured on this album include keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), guitarist Alex Skolnick, (Testament, Ozzy Osborne), legendary drummer Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth), bassist Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani), vocalist Corey Glover (Living Colour), bassist Mark Egan (Pat Metheny, Gil Evans), percussionist Mino Cinelu (Weather Report, Sting), drummer John Mader (Pat Benatar, Pee Wee Ellis ), and vocalist Chanda Rule (Kirk Lightsey, Donny McCaslin). Bassist Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats) and saxophonist Theo Travis (David Gilmour, Soft Machine) also appear on the bonus track. Formerly the guitarist on Saturday Night Live, Jane Getter has been called, "The fieriest fretboarding female ever to strap on a Stratocaster," by Guitar Player Magazine.
Man/Kingdom of Noise ....import CD $22.99
Man's 2009 studio album Kingdom of Noise combines elements of rock, blues, psychedlia and lounge jazz.
Trey Gunn/The Third Star ....import CD $17.99
Trey Gunn's seminal 1996 release "The Third Star" has been spectacularly re-mastered with six bonus tracks added to the original ten track release. "The Third Star" was recorded just after Gunn had begun working with King Crimson. While there is clearly a Crimson influence, the use of three different female vocalists including Toyah, give this recording a seductive bite to it's edge. Joining Gunn on Warr guitar are drummer/percussionists Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and Bob Muller who also plays bandirs and tablas on some tracks. The bonus tracks vary in time and instrumentation. Three are relatively new tracks composed and recorded with Gunn's current instrument - the Warr Guitar. The other tracks utilize the classic Chapman Stick and were recorded in NYC in between the release of "The Third Star" and Gunn's first solo record "One Thousand Years." These pieces showcase his early approach to these tapping instruments."While some may compare "The Third Star" to his work with King Crimson, there is a more patient attitude and atmosphere created on this album that maintains an integrity and beauty only found where there is true mastery and creativity. Gunn's got it."
Fairport Convention/35th Anniversary Concert ....import CD + DVD $25.99
The mighty Fairports filmed and recorded during the band's 35th Anniversary Tour. A budget-priced 2cd/1dvd set taken from The Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke on the 23rd February 2002, this particular Fairport incarnation comprised Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, Gerry Conway, Chris Leslie, and violinist Ric Sanders. The dvd is Region 0, NTSC.
Various Artists/Tonite Lets All Make Love in London (O.S.T.) ....import CD $13.99
2017 restored and remastered version of Peter Whitehead's legendary chronicle of 'The Summer of Love.' The soundtrack to Peter Whitehead's first commercial film made during the Summer of Love 1967 hasn't been available in its complete form since the original LP was released by Immediate Records' Instant imprint in 1968. The soundtrack features The Pink Floyd, Small Faces, Chris Farlowe, Vashti Bunyan and more, with spoken-word contributions from Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Andrew Loog Oldham, David Hockney, Allen Ginsberg and more.
Isildurs Bane/Mind Vol 1 ....import CD $22.99
Featuring new artwork by Matti Engdahl, Mind Vol. 1 is the first in Isildurs Bane reissue campaign. Mind Vol. 1 was originally released in 1997 to great acclaim and signaled a new direction in IB's development with the arrival of percussionist Klas Assarsson - who is heavily featured on marimba, vibraphone and percussion. With its rich and detailed production, the album presents an ambitious and intricate fusion of chamber/art music and rock. Including the Zappa-esque five part suite The Flight Onward, the movingly melodic The Pilot and the dark ambient prog of Holistic Medicine, Mind Vol 1 is a perfect soundtrack for a movie yet to be made.
Don Airey/K2: Tales of Triumph and Tragedy ....import CD + DVD $35.99
Don Airey's K2 was recorded in 1988 and originally released worldwide on MCA Records. It was inspired by an article written by mountaineer Jim Curran about his harrowing experiences on the 1986 expedition to K2 that claimed the life of 12 climbers. The album features the talents of the late great Cozy Powell on drums, Gary Moore on guitar, and Chris Thompson, Colin Blunstone and Mel Galley on vocals. CD/DVD (ntsc, region 0) edition.
Lifesigns/Cardington ....import CD $21.99
Cardington is the second studio release from Lifesigns. Featuring John Young (keys/lead vox), Frosty Beedle (drums) and Jon Poole (bass), the album contains guest appearances on guitar from Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Strawbs), Menno Gootjes (Focus), Niko Tsonev (Steven Wilson) and Robin Boult (Fish, Howard Jones). The album contains four shorter works and three longer pieces one of which, Cardington, tells the story of the 'sheds' at Cardington, the rise and fall of Airship travel and the loss of the R101.
Ant-Bee/Pure Electric Honey ....import CD $17.99
Ant-Bee is the brainchild of Billy James, an author, composer, percussionist and legendary PR person who is possibly best known for his books on Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren, and work with members of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, the Alice Cooper Group and Captain Beefheart's Magic Band. Pure Electric Honey was Ant Bee's first full-length album from 1990. Billy James: "Pure Electric Honey was the result of several years of experimenting with my 4-track reel-to-reel recorder in the early 1980s in Los Angeles. I have always been a huge fan of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd as well as the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour/Sgt. Pepper etc. So once I had recorded quite a few tracks, I decided for the heck of it to submit some of them to the Bomp/Voxx label in LA. There was a big psychedelic resurgence at the time, particularly in LA and the UK, which also gave way to the fanzine craze in the late 1980s. Much to my surprise, Greg Shaw, head honcho at Bomp/Voxx Records, really dug my demos and offered me a record deal. It received critical acclaim worldwide and many excellent reviews."
Ant-Bee/Lunar Musik ....import CD $17.99
Lunar Muzik is the third album by Ant-Bee, originally released in 1997 through Divine Records. These days there are many artists who work through the intensely 21st Century modus operandi of file swapping. But Ant-Bee, aka Billy James was doing it over a decade before it became standard procedure. Billy James, an author of rock biographies and a musician in his own right, reassembled great musicians from the psychedelic era in his own Ant-Bee project. Featuring contributions from The Mothers of Invention, the Alice Cooper Group, and members from Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Ant-Bee has recorded several albums of material that bring together the styles of several branches of late 1960s experimental rock music. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Ant-Bee began in 1987 in Los Angeles as an outlet for James to showcase his musical affinity to the Psychedelic and experimental music of the late 1960s. Three years in the making, Lunar Muzik explored both the pop and experimental side of the Psychedelic spectrum and was bolstered by strong production and appearances from Daevid Allen of Soft Machine and Gong and Harvey Bainbridge of Hawkwind and the original Alice Cooper Group.
Circu5/Circu5 ....import CD $22.99
Circu5 is the project of British multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Steve Tilling. Five years in the making, the project's debut self-titled concept album features guest performances from Dave Gregory (XTC, Big Big Train), Phil Spalding (Mike Oldfield), Andy Neve (Steve Hackett) and others. A powerful contemporary rock project steeped in traditional progressive influences, the music on Circu5 effortlessly incorporates epic symphonic, FM rock, pop and singer-songwriter approaches. Clues to the album's concept are dotted throughout the lyrics and packaging, but Steve is happy to give away the essence: "It traces the life of a baby raised until age three in a secret government organization, which aims to cure psychopathy while harnessing positive psychopathic traits for certain business and military roles. The character discovers the truth as a dysfunctional adult - with catastrophic consequences." CD in book-style package.
Jon Boden/Afterglow ....import double CD $28.99
Afterglow is the third solo album by Jon Boden, former frontman of progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead. A successor to Boden's 2009 solo concept-album Songs from the Floodplain, Afterglow deals with an urban post-apocalypse, in which two lovers attempt to find one another. Boden says: "Like my previous album Songs from the Floodplain, Afterglow imagines a near-future world where the luxuries and comfort of 21st century life have become scarce, and a harder, simpler existence now prevails. Afterglow is the story of a couple who are trying to find each other in the middle of a bonfire-night street carnival in a crumbling, derelict city." Deluxe double CD edition in digipak with full-colour 16 page lyric booklet.
Shobaleader One/Elektrac ....CD $17.99
2017's Elektrac album comprises radical re-workings of eleven classic tracks from Squarepusher's wide-ranging output. Shobaleader One finds Squarepusher combining his skills with a band of equally astonishing musicians - Strobe Nazard, Company Laser and Arg Nution. "Jenkinson has made it clear that his aim for Shobaleader One was to challenge perceptions of what a band is capable of. This live album has done exactly that. It is one of those rare albums where the playing sounds, at times, beyond the evolutionary capabilities of humans. It also proves what a talent the man behind Squarepusher is and how he has consistently challenged the expectations of what jazz can bring to electronic music and what electronic music can bring to jazz." - Popmatters. CD edition.
Shobaleader One/d'Demonstrator ....import CD $22.99
Dating from 2010, d'Demonstrator is Shobaleader One's debut album-length release. Offering a unique fusion of prog-tinged vocodered soul, double-jointed electro-funk, electrifying finger-taps, plus speed-metal and fluorescent pop mutations, d'Demonstrator is an accessible addition to Squarepusher's canon that retains his unique and twisted identity.
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Ryko/WEA/ADA: Jethro Tull, Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bad Company, John Fogerty, Ten Years After, Fleetwood Mac, Ultravox, Chris Hillman, The Choir, Yes, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Gary Moore, Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno, Jerry Granelli with Robbgen Ford & Bill Frisell, Pretenders, Tom Waits, The Doors, Eagles
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Wounded Bird: Lenny White, Stalk-Forrest Group, Dan Hicks, The Neon Philharmonic, Rufus Harley, Alda Reserve, Cher
Real Gone Music: Grateful Dead, Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane, Denny Doherty, The Rain Parade, Ornette Coleman, Duane Eddy, The Complete Loma Singles: Vol. 1
Steve Hackett/Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham ....double CD + Blu-Ray $24.99
Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, the new live release from guitar legend Steve Hackett. Wuthering Nights was filmed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall during Hackett's recent, critically-acclaimed Genesis Revisited & Classic Hackett tour. This tour marked the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, Hackett's last album with Genesis which reached number 7 in the UK album chart. To celebrate Steve and his band played five of the best-loved tracks from this iconic album: Eleventh Earl Of Mar, One For The Vine, Blood On The Rooftops, In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow. Other fan favourites from Hackett's Genesis days were 'revisited': Dance On A Volcano, Inside & Out, Firth Of Fifth, The Musical Box and the classic Los Endos. This mesmerising show marks the first ever live performance by Hackett & his band of the tracks One for the Vine and Inside & Out, and also includes many of Hackett's solo fan-favourites as well as material from his latest studio album The Night Siren. Steve recalls the Birmingham performance... "I'm excited about imminent release of 'Wuthering Nights'. It felt special to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the Genesis album I had the most songwriting involvement with and a favourite among many fans. Songs like One for the Vine, Eleventh Earl of Mar and Blood on the Rooftops come across powerfully on this release, which also features other Genesis and solo Hackett favourites along with songs from my latest album The Night Siren... Sit back and enjoy!" The band are: Roger King (keyboards), Gary O'Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes/flutes), Nick Beggs (bass, stick & twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals plus special guests John Hackett and Amanda Lehmann. The Blu-Ray also includes fascinating behind the scenes footage, most of which was filmed on the day in Birmingham. There are also three videos for tracks from The Night Siren: Behind the Smoke, Fifty Miles from the North Pole and West to East.
Kayak/Seventeen [Special Edition] ....import double CD $25.99
Formed back in 1972, Kayak is the most legendary Dutch progressive rock act and now presents its highly anticipated 17th studio album! "Seventeen" contains 60 minutes of epic & melodic rock that finds a perfect balance between diverse long tracks such as 'La Peregrina,' 'Cracks' or 'Walk through Fire' and straighter anthems like 'All that I Want,' 'Somebody' or the hard rocking 'Feathers and Tar!' A brilliant union of '70s classic rock, progressive arrangements and straight-forward, catchy rock with excellent musicianship and powerful vocals. Kayak achieved tremendous success from the late '70s onwards, cracking the US top 50 charts with the single 'Want You to Be Mine' in 1978, holding number #1 in the Dutch charts for several weeks with the Platin awarded Phantom of the Night album, which was released in 1979 and included the hit single 'Ruthless Queen.' Now, with singer Bart Schwertmann and guitarist Marcel Singor joining Ton Scherpenzeel as the band's creative core and additional members Kristoffer Gildenlow (bass / ex Pain of Salvation) and Collin Leijenaar (drums / Affector, Neal Morse, Dave Bainbridge), a reborn Kayak once again proves that the band's name - though chosen randomly back in 1972 - is as appropriate as ever. Just when everyone expects the boat to sink, it miraculously resurfaces and sails on. The Special Edition includes a bonus disc with 36 minutes of demo recordings created back in 2016.
Frank Zappa/The Roxy Performances ....7 CD Box Set $58.99
Zappa Records presents "The Roxy Performances," a seven disc Box Set that contains the MOTHERLODE of all things Roxy. All 4 public shows from December 9 & 10 1973, remixed in 2016 and presented in their entirety for the first time. Also included is the sound check from December 8th and bonus content that features rehearsal nuggets and unreleased tracks along with highlights from the recording session at Bolic Studios that took place in conjunction with the filming dates. The Roxy Performances capture Zappa and The Mothers in peak condition as they play to rowdy sold-out crowds in the intimate, just-opened venue in their hometown Los Angeles following the release of Over-Nite Sensation. The extraordinary band was one of Zappa's best with keyboardist George Duke, bassist Tom Fowler, trombonist Bruce Fowler, tenor saxophonist and vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock, percussionist Ruth Underwood and drummers Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson all flawlessly in lockstep as Zappa led them through his musically adventurous compositions filled with complicated time signatures and sudden tempo changes. The Roxy Performances also contains a 48-page booklet with liner notes by Zappa vaultmaster Joe Travers and essays by Zappa associates Jen Jewel Brown and Dave Alvin.
Security Project/Contact ....CD $17.99
The Security Project has once again reinvented itself, this time with vocalist Happy Rhodes. Together with Jerry Marotta (drummer from Peter Gabriels first five records), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Michael Cozzi (Shriekback) and NY keyboardist David Jameson, the group continues reimagining the early work of Peter Gabriel (and also, on this disc, Kate Bush), but with Happys impressive four-octave vocals adding an entirely new dimension. This live release comes from shows in the US and their recent Japanese tour. Tracks: Lead a Normal Life, I Don't Remember, San Jacinto, Intruder, Rhythm of the Heat, Mother Stands for Comfort, No Self Control, Family Snapshot, I Have the Touch, Games without Frontiers / Of These Hope, Lay Your Hands on Me.
Jethro Tull/Heavy Horses [New Shoes Edition] ....triple CD + double DVD Box Set $45.99
This anniversary edition features the original album with nine additional bonus tracks, seven of which are previously unreleased. The 'New Shoes Edition' also contains a live concert from May 1978, and two DVDs which feature the original, bonus and live tracks all mixed to surround sound by Steven Wilson and Jakko Jakszyk.
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet/Landfall ....CD $17.99
Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet's Landfall will be released on Nonesuch Records on February 16, 2018. The piece, which was inspired by Anderson's experience of Hurricane Sandy, is the first collaboration between the iconic storyteller/musician and the groundbreaking string quartet, who perform together on the recording. Landfall juxtaposes lush electronics and strings with Anderson's powerful descriptions of loss, from water-logged pianos to disappearing animal species to Dutch karaoke bars.
Ryuichi Sakamoto/async remodels ....CD $16.99
As one-third of Yellow Magic Orchestra and an Academy Award-winning composer for his work on the soundtrack for The Last Emperor, synth pop innovator Ryuichi Sakamoto is among the most groundbreaking artists to have emerged since the late '70s. A musician's musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto has created intriguing musical unions with artists such as David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Tony Williams, Bootsy Collins, Jacques Morelenbaum and many others. Following the massively successful release of the electronic masterpiece async in 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto's first studio album in eight years, Milan is proud to announce the remix compilation 'async remodels.' 'async remodels' features a dozen remixes of async's tracks by a who's who of experimental giants - everyone from Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson (Arrival, Sicario) to Oneohtrix Point Never (composer of Good Times) to Arca (producer of Bjork's numerous releases) have gotten their hands dirty remixing Sakamoto's work. Even reworks by the Canadian synthpop duo Electric Youth and Austin-based synthwave legends S U R V I V E are included. With such a well of talent reinterpreting such a personal album, this is one release Sakamoto fans can't afford to miss.
Bad Company/Live at Red Rocks ....CD + DVD $17.99
Bad Company/Live at Red Rocks ....Blu-Ray $17.99
Taped May 15, 2016 at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, the legendary classic rock band delivers it's biggest hits. Formed in 1973, the British hard rock outfit Bad Company was a supergroup comprised of ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell, former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, and singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, both previous members of Free. Powered by Rodgers' muscular vocals and Ralphs' blues-based guitar work, Bad Company was the first group signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song vanity label. Bad Company's eponymous 1974 debut was an international hit, topping the U.S. album charts and scoring with the #1 single "Can't Get Enough of Your Love."
John Fogerty/Premonition ....CD $13.99
Digitally remastered edition of the 1998 album from the rock icon. Premonition is the first live album released by John Fogerty as a solo artist. He performs many hits by his earlier band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, as well as songs composed during his period as a solo artist. It was recorded with a live audience at Warner Bros. Studios, Stage 15 on December 12 and 13th, 1997. Features 18 live John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival classics, including "Born on the Bayou," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "The Old Man Down the Road," "Centerfield," "Down on the Corner," "Bad Moon Rising," "Proud Mary" and more.
Ten Years After/1967-1974 ....10 CD Box Set $159.99
Ten Years After are an English blues rock band, most popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Ten Years After have had twelve albums enter the US Billboard 200, and between 1968 and 1973, they scored eight Top 40 albums on the UK Albums Chart. All tracks are 2017 remasters.
Fleetwood Mac/Fleetwood Mac [Remastered] ....CD $14.99
Fleetwood Mac/Fleetwood Mac [Expanded] ....double CD $23.99
Fleetwood Mac/Fleetwood Mac [Deluxe Edition] ....triple CD + DVD + LP Box Set $89.99
Originally released in 1975, Fleetwood Mac's self titled release marks the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks into the band's lineup - the line up as it is today. Fleetwood Mac: Remastered Edition features the original album with newly remastered sound. Expanded Edition features a newly remastered version of the original album along with single mixes for "Over My Head," "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me." Also included is a second disc with an alternate version of the complete album comprised of unreleased outtakes for each album track, plus several unreleased live performances from 1976. Deluxe Edition is packaged in a 12 x 12 embossed sleeve with rare and unseen photos along with in-depth liner notes written by David Wild featuring new interviews with all the band members. Features a newly remastered version of the original album along with single mixes for "Over My Head," "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me." Also included is a second disc with an alternate version of the complete album comprised of unreleased outtakes for each album track, plus several unreleased live performances from 1976. Exclusive to the deluxe edition is a third disc filled with even more unreleased live recordings highlighted by stellar performances of "Landslide," "Oh Well," "Station Man," "World Turning," among others. The Deluxe Edition also comes with a DVD featuring 5.1 Surround Sound and high-resolution 24/96 Stereo Audio mixes of the original album and four single mixes. Completing the set is an LP version of the original album pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
|Ultravox/Lament ....double CD $13.99||Ultravox/Monument [2009 Digital Remaster] ....CD + DVD $13.99||Ultravox/Quartet ....double CD $13.99|
|Ultravox/Rage in Eden ....double CD $13.99||Ultravox/Return to Eden ....double CD + DVD $14.99||Ultravox/Vienna ....double CD $13.99|
Ultravox are a British new band who emerged as one of the primary influences on the British electro-pop movement of the early '80s. Following frontman John Foxx's departure, Midge Ure took over as lead singer, guitarist and frontman in 1980 after he and keyboardist Billy Currie worked in the studio project Visage. Ure steered it to commercial chart success including seven Top Ten albums and seventeen Top 40 singles in the UK.
Ultravox/The Collection ....CD $10.99
This 1984 compilation, Ultravox's first "best-of," rounded up all the hits these UK synth-pop stars scored during their tremendously successful Midge Ure years. This comp itself went triple platinum: "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes," "Visions in Blue," "We Came to Dance," "Vienna," "Passing Strangers," "All Stood Still," "Lament," "Hymn," "Reap the Wild Wind" and more! Chrysalis.
Chris Hillman/The Asylum Years ....CD $16.99
Chris Hillman co-founded some of the most classic, seminal, groundbreaking acts of the '60s and '70s including The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. But, in the mid 1970s, Hillman decided it was time to try things on his own. 1976 brought Slippin' Away, the musical journeyman's first solo release. Produced by renowned engineers Ron and Howard Albert (Derek And The Dominoes, Allman Bros., Jimi Hendrix), it was a star-studded affair, featuring members of Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Poco, Buffalo Springfield, The Turtles, and ace studio musicians. Hillman took his place as front-man, and the results were the epitome of the classic '70s LA sound. He returned the following year with Clear Sailin', which saw him dial back the flashy supporting cast for a more traditional release - much like the iconic music he had created in his early years with The Byrds and Burritos. For Clear Sailin' Hillman assembled a core band (including soon-to-be-superstar Richard Marx) with production helmed by Jim Mascon (Poco, Firefall). A number of songs feature co-writes with Crawdaddy magazine's founder, Peter Knobler. Hot on the heels of his 2017 critically acclaimed album (produced by Tom Petty), The Asylum Years presents both of those '70s albums on one compact disc, with an essay from Scott Schinder, featuring a new interview with Hillman. Having been a catalyst and innovator on the musical landscape for decades, The Asylum Years sees this byrd take flight.
The Choir/Artifact: The Unreleased Album ....CD $16.99
Unreleased 2nd record from the band which included 3 original members of Raspberries.
Yes/Topographic Drama - Live Across America ....double CD $23.99
Topographic Drama - Live across America highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 28-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band's tenth studio album, which peaked at #2 on the U.K. album chart. Standouts include "Machine Messiah," "Tempus Fugit" and the album's only single "Into the Lens." After Drama, the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: "And You and I" from 1972's Close to the Edge and "Heart of the Sunrise" from 1971's Fragile. Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, Tales from Topographic Oceans. Howe's exceptional guitar work on "The Revealing Science Of God" and White's propulsive drumming on "Ritual" have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: "Roundabout" from Fragile (1971) and "Starship Trooper" from The Yes Album (1971). Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Yes was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.
Neil Young + Promise of the Real/The Visitor ....CD $17.99
When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise of the Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he'd seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. "I'm a Canadian by the way and I love the USA," he sings on the first song "Already Great." The ethos of The Visitor can be summed up in the refrain of "Already Great" where Young insists, "Already great, you're already great. You're the promise land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA. WHOSE STREET? OUR STREET." From those words, Neil Young was ready to take a musical journey on his new album The Visitor like he had never taken before. It was one where he'd even surprise himself, always the mark of a creative leap. By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he'd made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn't blink then, and he is not blinking now.
Gary Moore/Blues and Beyond ....double CD $16.99
Gary Moore/Blues and Beyond [Deluxe Box Set] ....4 CD Box Set $59.99
BMG proudly releases Gary Moore's Blues and Beyond, a remarkable collection of his powerful and emotive blues studio recordings. Blues and Beyond is released on double CD and as a box set, which includes unreleased live recordings and the official Gary Moore biography I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow written by Harry Shapiro. Best known for his evocative solo hits, Parisienne Walkways and Still Got the Blues (live versions feature in this set), and his on/off membership of Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore's solo career comprises over twenty albums. Throughout the 1980s, Gary moved up the rock hierarchy, but turned his back on what he regarded as the empty flash of metal and reverted to his heart music - the blues - where ironically he scored his biggest commercial success through his 1990s and 2000s blues albums. As well as running his own bands, during a successful solo career, Gary mixed with the best that rock and blues could offer, playing live and on record with George Harrison, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Greg Lake, BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins and many others. Gary was also the guitarist many looked up to, not just for the terrifying speed of his fretwork, but for the passion, fire and honesty in his playing.
Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno/Finding Shore ....CD $15.99
Tom Rogerson's life as an improviser began when, as a toddler, he would clamber up onto his family piano stool and try to emulate his sister's playing. Now releasing his second solo album, a collaboration with Brian Eno, he feels that his musical life has come full circle: "I remember smashing out C Major chords again and again and really loving it. It's the same as what I do now, funnily enough, I've come back to it." After stints playing jazz in New York, a dilapidated Fenland Hotel and in noise rock band Three Trapped Tigers, Rogerson ran into Eno at a gig. Bonding over a love of the countryside of their Suffolk home, the pair entered the studio and worked with The Piano Bar, a device that converted the sound of the piano into midi signals, which were then further manipulated. "It was this classic Eno, almost scientific thing," Rogerson says now. "He always finds a system that can be a source of creativity." The result is an album that uses Eno's magic to pull deep from Rogerson's subconscious to evoke the strange flat landscape of Eastern England, all heathland, military testing sites and estuary mud. "I do totally hear it, I'll listen and think 'oh that sounds like the bells at Woodbridge, that's the birds, the wind rustling in the reeds'," Rogerson says. "I think it permeates my music, and Brian's ambient records. That 'is it organic or is it electronic thing' is so interesting."
Jerry Granelli with Robbgen Ford & Bill Frisell/Dance Hall ....CD $14.99
Featuring guitar greats Robben Ford and Bill Frisell, the material on "Dance Hall" reflects Jerry Granelli's deep gratitude to the artists who originally wrote and recorded these great songs, and at this point in his life the sheer joy of playing the drums. "The key was not doing covers, but finding songs that were personal to my journey. We kept it as open and spontaneous as possible; it's about the joy of finding the freedom in the form."
John Fogerty/Blue Moon Swamp ....CD $11.99
Special 20th Anniversary reissue of the 1997 album, Blue Moon Swamp featuring brand new cover art approved by John Fogerty. It won the Best Rock Album Grammy Award in 1998, also, the track "Blueboy" was Grammy nominated for Best Mail Rock Vocal Performance. Blue Moon Swamp reached #37 on The Billboard Top 200, is RIAA GOLD Certified. CD features the original 12 tracks from the 1997 release plus the 2 bonus tracks from 2004 reissue.
Pretenders/Alone [Special Edition] ....double CD $14.99
This is the special edition of 'Alone' with extra live tracks
Tom Waits/Real Gone [Remixed & Remastered] ....CD $14.99
On Real Gone, Tom Waits walks a fraying tightrope. By utterly eliminating one of the cornerstone elements of his sound - keyboards - he has also removed his safety net. With songwriting and production partner Kathleen Brennan, he strips away almost everything conventional from these songs, taking them down to the essences of skeletal rhythms, blasted and guttural blues, razor-cut rural folk music, and the rusty-edge poetry and craft of songwriting itself. Real Gone is like two records in one and the contrasting emotions of each play off of each other perfectly. The up tempo tracks are some of the rawest and most kinetic he's ever laid down, while the ballads are among his most haunting and beautiful, even chilling at times. Taken as a whole, the experience is breathtaking. Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan have personally remixed and remastered Real Gone from the original master tapes bringing a new sonic brilliance to their 2004 creation.
The Doors/Strange Days [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....double CD $18.99
Strange Days [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] was produced by the album's original engineer Bruce Botnick. It includes the original stereo mix of the album on CD for the first time in a decade, with sound that's been remastered for the first time in 30 years. The second disc features the album's original mono mix, which has been remastered for this set and is making its CD debut. Accompanying the set are liner notes by music journalist David Fricke, as well as a selection of rare and previously unseen photographs.
Eagles/Hotel California [40th Anniversary Edition]
Eagles/Hotel California [40th Anniversary Expanded Edition] ....double CD $19.99
Eagles/Hotel California [40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....double CD + Blu-Ray $85.99
Hotel California 40th Anniversary Edition (1CD) includes: Hotel California Original album, a 4/4 16-page booklet. The expanded 2 CD edition adds CD 2- Live at The Forum Oct 19 - 22, 1976, 6-panel softpak. The new 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Audio deluxe edition includes those as well as hi-res and 5.1 mixes presented in an 11 x 11 hardbound book. The set also features rare and unseen photos from the era, a replica tour book, and three stand-alone posters. The collection also marks the debut of ten live tracks that were recorded during the band's three-night stand at the Los Angeles Forum in October 1976. The concert recordings - which were recorded about a month before the album came out - features one of the first ever live performances of "Hotel California" and "New Kid in Town" along with other Eagles classics including "Already Gone," "Take It to the Limit," and "Witchy Woman." The Blu-ray Audio disc that accompanies Hotel California Deluxe Edition features the 5.1 Surround Sound mix originally released on DVD-A in 2001 along with a hi-resolution, 192 KHz/24-Bit stereo mix.
Roxy Music/Roxy Music [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD
Roxy Music/Roxy Music [Super Deluxe] ....triple CD + DVD $179.99
Roxy Music/Roxy Music ....vinyl LP $29.99
Roxy Music release an expanded edition of their ground-breaking debut album to mark its 45th anniversary. The 2CD package features rare and previously unavailable material never-heard-before outside of Roxy's inner circle, including tracks taken from the band's John Peel Radio Session (1972) and their BBC "In Concert" performance from Paris Theatre (1972). The Super Deluxe Edition includes rare and previously unavailable material never-heard-before outside of Roxy's inner circle. Audio includes the original album, BBC Sessions & In Concert performance, 1971 demo tape and 'In-Session' performances. DVD includes an unreleased Bataclan Paris performance (1972), UK TV performances and 5.1 album mix. Package also includes a 136 page hard-cover book including unseen photographers and memorabilia. The new limited-edition LP has been cut from a half-speed master, experience the album on vinyl in a way never possible before.
The Beatles/The Christmas Records ....Vinyl Box Set $74.99
Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles' seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set, to be released worldwide. The limited edition collection presents each vinyl single with its original flexi disc sleeve artwork, accompanied by a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club's National Newsletters.
The Rolling Stones/On Air ....CD $15.99
The Rolling Stones/On Air [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD $16.99
On Air is a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from the Stones formative years. The songs including eight tracks the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on bygone UK shows such as Saturday Club, and Rhythm and Blues between 1963 and 1965. The tapes have gone through a process called "audio source separation," making tracks like Come On, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, and many more sound better than before. Standard CD features 18 classic tracks! Deluxe CD features 32 classic tracks!
Queen/News of the World [40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] ....triple CD + DVD + LP Box Set $139.99
Includes the original album on CD, plus 2 CDs of recently unearthed out-takes & rarities from the band's archives, one of which is an 'alternative' version of the album. The 3rd CD, Bonus Tracks, features previous versions of NOTW tracks. Another feature of this 40th anniversary box is a re-cut of the original vinyl, direct from the unmastered mix tapes. The package is completed with a new documentary, Queen: The American Dream, created from material filmed during the1977 News of the World tour.
The Who/Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall ....CD
The Who/Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall ....Blu-Ray $21.99
The Who/Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall ....DVD $16.99
In this 100th show in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Who performed their nearly 50 year old landmark rock opera Tommy in its entirety along with a second set of seven greatest hits at London's historic Royal Albert Hall. The Who have toured Tommy before, in 1969, 1989 and again in 2002. But this set includes every track performed live from the 24 track studio album, including the side 4 rarity "Welcome." All the big anthems are in full force here. See and feel the music once again!
The Who/Maximum A's & B's ....5 CD Box Set $74.99
Following the success of the four 7" singles box sets, we present the singles - A-sides, B-sides and EP tracks from the legendary Who on CD. 86 tracks from the Brunswick, Reaction, Track and Polydor labels including classic hits, and rarely heard B-sides. The Box also features the band's first single, as the High Numbers - 'Zoot Suit' b/w 'I'm the Face.' Five CDs, in separate wallets, housed in a rigid, lift-off box with a 48 page booklet featuring track by track annotation and period photos.
Gary Wright/Greatest Hits ....CD $15.99
This new collection of Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth, Wonderwheel,) solo recordings from Warner Bros. Records, features the smash hit singles "Dream Weaver," "Love Is Alive' and "Really Wanna Know You." The album also contains his other chart hits and favorite album tracks, such as "Phantom Writer," and "Touch and Gone." Also featured is Gary's rerecording of "Dream Weaver," as heard in the film Wayne's World.
Mickey Hart/Ramu ....CD $14.99
While most albums function as a snapshot of a place and time, Ramu is more like a photo album, containing samples and recordings from around the globe, originating between 1944 and 2017. Through the making of Ramu, that goal has grown to be something more. It's about creation through collaboration, through combination, and through inclusion. Ramu acts as a reunion of like-minds, of a musical family torn apart by time, expanding to include the sounds and influences of the modern era.
Paul Butterfield Blues Band/Born in Chicago: The Best of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band ....CD $15.99
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the most important American bands of the '60s, featuring Paul Butterfield (harmonica/lead vocalist), Mike Bloomfield, and Elvin Bishop. Unlike the British blues revivalists, the Butterfield band was schooled in the tough Chicago bars that housed Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf. They didn't imitate the blues, they were the blues. Songs featured are "Work Song," "Drowned in My Own Tears" and "Born in Chicago."
Eric Johnson/Collage ....CD $12.99
Collage is a specially priced EP of all new, never before released recordings by Eric Johnson. Electric rock and blues with vocal and instrumental tracks.
Eric Johnson/Souvenir ....CD $13.99
Originally Releaseed in 2002, Souvenir is a collection of rare material from Eric Johnson spanning 25 years. Previously only available on line, in Japan and as an import.
Eric Johnson/Up Close Another Look ....CD $13.99
This revised and remixed special edition of Eric Johnson's acclaimed 2010 "Up Close, Another Look" features guest appearances by Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan, Johnny Lang, and Sonny Landreth, and only available in Japan and as an import until now.
Black Sabbath/The End ....CD + DVD $19.99
Black Sabbath/The End ....CD + Blu-Ray $24.99
Black Sabbath/The End ....double CD $17.99
Black Sabbath/The End [Limited Deluxe Collector's Edition] ....triple CD + Blu-Ray + DVD $99.99
Almost 50 years ago, the toll of a bell and rolling thunder marked the conception of an ear splittingly monolithic riff. The End is a celebration of Black Sabbath's final hometown concert in Birmingham in Feb 2017. This unforgettable farewell show from one of the biggest bands in the world is a hit packed set list including Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, and many more. All visual formats feature special bonus material of the band playing a selection of their favorite songs not played on tour. The limited deluxe collector's edition contains: The End on DVD and Blu-ray; The End on double CD; The Angelic Sessions on CD (all housed in gatefold card sleeves); a 32-page perfect bound book on heavyweight stock; a metal Winged Demon pin badge; a replica The End tour laminate and 3 Plectrums (all housed in a DVD-height two piece rigid mirror board box).
The Chick Corea & Steve Gadd Band/Chinese Butterfly ....double CD $23.99
Chinese Butterfly is a reunion of two musical titans, a creative partnership that dates back to the early days of Return to Forever with Chick Corea when Steve Gadd was one of the first drummers.
John Coltrane/Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
John Coltrane/Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary ....DVD $19.99
John Coltrane/Chasing Trane O.S.T. ....CD $14.99
Respected filmmaker John Scheinfeld's acclaimed feature documentary film, Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, is available on BluRay with exclusive bonus features. Set against the social, political & cultural landscape of the time, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man & an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician & composer whose influence continues to resonate around the world. DVD and Original soundtrack also available.
John Surman/Invisible Threads ....CD $17.99
Hints of British folk music and a pastoral ambience are characteristic attributes of Surman's music yet he often works with musicians from other countries and cultures, united by such invisible threads as a shared feeling for melody that transcends the idioms. Ayres brings Brazilian sensibilities from his work with Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento, and in Oslo, Surman came to know and appreciate the playing of American Rob Waring, a fellow expat. They play largely a program of Surman originals.
Django Bates' Beloved/The Study of Touch ....CD $17.99
British pianist Django Bates, an original member of Bill Bruford's Earthworks, returns to ECM with one of his very finest constellations - three highly individual players subtly challenge the conventions of the jazz piano trio. Bates' freewheeling, free-flowing virtuosic melodic sense. The terse, percussive edge of Eldh's bass provides momentum and drummer Bruun details the music with an almost painterly touch. In the crowded world of the piano trio, Beloved has developed a sound all its own.
Anouar Brahem/Blue Maqams ....CD $17.99
Released on the occasion of Anouar Brahem's 60th birthday, Blue Maqams offers many reasons to celebrate. Recorded in New Yorks Avatar Studios in May 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, it brings the Tunisian oud master together with three brilliant improvisers: the Maqams of the title refers to the Arabic modal music system, rendered kind of blue by the jazz players. For Anouar Brahem and Dave Holland the album marks a reunion: they first collaborated 20 years ago on the very widely-acclaimed Thimar album. Brahem meets Jack DeJohnette for the first time here, but Holland and DeJohnette have been frequent musical partners over the last half-century beginning with ground-breaking work with Miles Davis their collaborations are legendary. British pianist Django Bates, an original member of Bill Bruford's Earthworks band, also rises superbly to the challenge of Brahems compositions. And Anouar in turn is inspired to some of his most outgoing playing.
Herbie Hancock/River: The Joni Letters ....double CD $21.99
River: The Joni Letters is a 2007 album by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. It is a tribute album, featuring covers of songs originally written & performed by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. The vocalists here include those who were inspired by Mitchell, namely Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, & Mitchell herself on one number, her own recording. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Album of the Year.
Various Artists/Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert
....double CD $14.99
Various Artists/Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD + DVD $21.99
Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert captured performances from the historic event at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, honoring the songs of one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. The concert film/audio recordings feature 20 performances of Beatles and solo classics by Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Spoon + Chris Stapleton.
Sting/Live at the Olympia Paris ....Blu-Ray $19.99
Sting/Live at the Olympia Paris ....DVD $15.99
Sting's 57th & 9th World Tour celebrated his first rock/pop album in more than a decade. This concert filmed at the Olympia Paris in April 2017 featured blistering performances of new songs alongside classics from The Police as well as his solo career. Sting is joined by a 4-piece band including his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, Josh Freese (drums), Rufus Miller and Percy Cardona (accordion) with backing vocals from Joe Sumner plus Diego Navaira & Jerry Fuentes of The Last Bandoleros.
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn/Echo in the Valley ....CD $16.99
Echo in the Valley has 11 songs, the majority are original tunes and there are a few wildly reimagined traditional ones. In the way that Abigail and Bela both have used the banjo as a bridge between cultures, this record bridges traditional Appalachian tunes with original songs that address relevant topics in today's world.
Karl Jenkins/Symphonic Adiemus ....CD $16.99
Sir Karl Jenkins presents Symphonic Adiemus, the new album, of epic proportions. Brand new recordings of the greatest moments from the Adiemus series features an extended orchestra of over 100, including over 20 layers of classical and ethnic percussion, and a choir of 80. With judicious use of multi-tracking, there are sometimes over 400 participants heard at any one time. Symphonic Adiemus - the best of Karl Jenkins as you've never heard it before.
Primus/The Desaturating Seven ....CD $13.99
Primus are excited to announce their ninth studio album, The Desaturating Seven, set to release via ATO Records. First studio album of original material since 1995's Tales from the Punchbowl with the classic Primus lineup of Les Claypool (vocal/bass), Larry LaLonde (guitar) & Tim Alexander (drums). Inspired by a 1970's children's book Claypool read to his kids about seven goblins - one representing each color of the rainbow - who simultaneously pull all the color out of the world.
Mike Stern/Trip ....CD $15.99
About a year ago Mike Stern had a terrible accident. He broke both shoulders when he tripped running across a street in Manhattan. Trip, his upcoming 2017 release is his stunning return after multiple surgeries and a lot of gumption. More than just a comeback, this album is about Mike's career and his musical partnerships which Mike loving refers to "as a trip." Joining Mike on this journey are a great cast of long time collaborators like: Jim Beard, Lenny White, Dave Weckl, and more...
Tim Berne's Snakeoil/Incidentals ....CD $17.99
Tim Berne has been described as "a saxophonist and composer of granite conviction" by The NY Times. Incidentals is the fourth album from his spirited Snakeoil band. The music is characteristically action-packed in the Berne tradition: powerful, dynamic, often fast-moving - yet also very clear in all its teeming detail. This time they are joined by Ryan Ferreira and David Torn who solo amid often thunderous percussion and over serpentine melody outlined by the horns. 19-city US tour in support.
Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition/Heart of the City ....CD $12.99
Drummer legend Steve Smith returns as a band leader with his all-star group. Vital Information NYC Edition - Baron Browne(bass/vocals), Mark Soskin(piano), Vinny Valentino(guitar) - to release a brand new full-length studio recording, Heart of the City. This astounding album features familiar standards as well as original compositions written by members of Vital Information NYC Edition.
Gregg Allman/Southern Blood ....CD $15.99
Gregg Allman/Southern Blood [Deluxe Edition] ....CD + DVD $23.99
Rounder will be releasing the final studio album from rock and roll legend, Gregg Allman. The album has been a long time in the making and represents the culmination of one of the most prolific careers in classic rock history. Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals, AL at the renowned Fame Studios. With contributions from Gregg's friends and compatriots, including The McCrary Sisters, Buddy Miller, and Jackson Browne, Southern Blood is a true testament to a legendary career. 2017 release, the final studio album from the late, great rock icon. Southern Blood serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock 'n' roll throughout the past four decades. This is Allman's first all-new recording since 2011's Grammy Award-nominated solo landmark, Low Country Blues. Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where Duane Allman and the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, Southern Blood is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's career. This emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn serves as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes two live bonus tracks, as well as Back to the Swamp: The Making of Southern Blood DVD.
The Rolling Stones/From the Vault - Sticky Fingers: Live at the
Fonda Theater 2015 ....Blu-Ray + CD $25.99
The Rolling Stones/From the Vault - Sticky Fingers: Live at the Fonda Theater 2015 ....DVD + CD $21.99
In May 2015 at the intimate Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California, the band performed the entire Sticky Fingers album live in concert for the first and so far only time in their career. The show celebrated the reissue of the Sticky Fingers album and was the opening night of The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour of North America that would run over the next two months. The Blu-ray includes interviews with the band members intercut with full length performances.
Pete Townshend/Scoop ....double CD $20.99
Digitally remastered two CD set featuring 25 of the original demos recorded by Who songwriter Pete Townshend. Many of the tracks ended up as official Who songs ('Behind Blue Eyes,' 'Magic Bus,' 'Bargain,' 'So Sad About Us') while others remained unreleased until this collection's release in 1983. Each of the demos are fully realized, with Townshend playing each instrument, showing the depth and detail of his songwriting skills.
Pete Townshend/Another Scoop ....double CD $20.99
The second collection of original demos recorded by Who songwriter Pete Townshend is available on a digitally remastered two CD set featuring 27 tracks. Many of the tracks ended up as official Who songs ("Pinball Wizard," "Happy Jack," "Substitute," "The Kids Are Alright" etc ... ) while others were unreleased until 1987 when this collection was released.
Pete Townshend/Scoop 3 ....double CD $20.99
Released in 2001, Scoop 3 is a compilation of demos and alternate versions of previous Who songs and new Pete Townshend material. It is the third and last Scoop collection. It contains fewer demos of previous Who songs than the previous Scoop and Another Scoop thus it contains much more recent material than the previous albums. In addition to Who music, the album also contains songs from Townshend's albums such as The Iron Man: A Musical and All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes.
Alice Cooper/Welcome to My Nightmare [Special Edition] ....DVD $16.99
The "Welcome to My Nightmare" concert was filmed at England's legendary Empire Pool, Wembley late in 1975 with the original band. The first ever DVD release of the bonus TV special "The Nightmare" is unlike anything done before. It aired in ABC-TV's "In Concert" time slot in '75 shortly after W.T.M.N.'s release. It tells the story of nightmares experienced by Steven, a sometimes recurring character throughout Alice's songwriting. Also features legendary actor and horror icon Vincent Price.
Van Morrison/Roll with the Punches ....CD $15.99
Van Morrison's 37th studio album - sees him simultaneously hand-picking a selection of rhythm and blues classics (by the likes of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin' Hopkins among others) and recording a set of new self-written songs. It's an album that features raw, intimate interpretations of some of the cornerstones of rock'n'roll alongside five new numbers by one of our most consistently brilliant recording artists.
The Golliwogs (aka Creedence Clearwater Revival)/Fight Fire: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967 ....CD $15.99
Before they became one of the biggest bands in the world, Creedence Clearwater Revival were known as The Golliwogs. This comprehensive collection offers CCR fans a unique opportunity to hear the artistic progression of John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford. The only collection of music by The Golliwogs, Fight Fire features the band's singles (plus B sides), along with several recordings which were never released at the time. With new liner notes by compilation producer Alec Palao.
Ringo Starr/Give More Love ....CD $14.99
Give More Love, Ringo's 19th studio album features all new recordings with special guests Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Don Was, Richard Marx, Steve Lukather and more, plus new renditions of previously released tracks like "Photograph" and "You Can't Fight Lightning."
Yusuf Cat Stevens/The Laughing Apple ....CD $15.99
"The Laughing Apple," produced with Paul Samwell-Smith, the original producer behind Yusuf's landmark recordings, including 1970's seminal "Tea for the Tillerman. "The Laughing Apple" follows the common '60s template of combining original songs with covers, though the covers on this album are Yusuf's own. The album's cover features Yusuf's own illustration, the first time since 1972. Yusuf has drawn additional works of art for each of the 11 songs on The Laughing Apple.
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.
David Blue/These 23 Days in September ....CD $18.99
King Curtis/Get Ready ....CD $14.99
Eye to Eye/Eye to Eye + Shakespeare Stole My Baby ....CD $39.99 (LAST COPY!!!)
Hubert Laws/Say It with Silence ....CD $11.99
The Searchers/Love's Melodies ....CD $29.99
Lenny White/Venusian Summer ....CD $12.99
Lenny White is a three time Grammy Award winning American jazz fusion drummer. He is best known for being the drummer of Chick Corea's Return To Forever. As far as Jazz-Rock-Fusion albums go... this is one of the very best. Very impressive for his first solo album! This album, originally released on Nemperor Records, made the Billboard Music Charts on 1/31/76. Guest musicians include Hubert Laws, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Jimmy Smith, David Sancious & Larry Young.
Lenny White/Big City ....CD $13.99
"Big City" is Lenny's second solo album, originally released on Nemperor Records. Lenny uses an all star cast to make this CD groove. I will mention Herbie Hancock, Neal Schon and Jan Hammer... can't get any better that this! This album made the Billboard Music Charts on 3/19/77.
Stalk-Forrest Group/St. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings ....CD $13.99
Stalk-Forrest Group is also known by a few other names. Blue Oyster Cult, Soft White Underbelly or Oaxaca. These are the first known recordings made by this group for Elektra Records in the late 1960s. They were meant to be the first album by Soft White Underbelly. Featuring Buck Dharma, the group eventually evolved into Blue Oyster Cult. B.O.C. sometimes played small clubs under the name Soft White Underbelly. These rare historic recordings should appeal to all those Blue Oyster Cult fans, especially Jude Crowbridge, who chanted "BOC really rules, man!"
Dan Hicks/It Happened One Bite [Widescreen Edition] ....CD $13.99
Dan Hicks was an American singer-songwriter whose music contained elements of country, folk, jazz and comedy. He referred to his music as "folk swing." He was the leader of the group Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks. It Happened One Bite was originally released on Warner Bros. Records and hit the Billboard music charts in 1978. This special CD release is known as the Widescreen Edition and features a whopping 22 tracks!
The Neon Philharmonic/Brilliant Colors: Complete Warner Bros. Recordings ....double CD $18.99
Neon Philharmonic was an American psychedelic pop band formed in 1967. The band was led by songwriter and conductor Tupper Saussy and singer Don Gant. The song "Morning Girl" hit the Top 40 in 1969 and stayed on the Billboard music charts for 12 weeks. The song "Heighdy-Ho Princess" also made the Billboard music charts for 2 weeks in 1970. This 2 CD set contains their complete recorded works for Warner Bros. Records.
Rufus Harley/Courage: The Atlantic Recordings ....double CD $18.99
Rufus Harley was a saxophone player turned bagpipe player. He was an American jazz musician known primarily as the first jazz musician to adopt the Scottish Highland Bagpipe. Harley was inspired by the bagpipes as he was watching JFK's funeral procession. This two CD set contains his four Atlantic albums, Bagpipe Blues, Scotch & Soul, A Tribute to Courage and Kings/Queens along with 2 more rare tracks.
Alda Reserve/Love Goes On ....CD $13.99
Alda Reserve was a new wave band from England. "Love Goes On" was originally released on Sire Records in 1979. This album made its debut on the Billboard Music Charts on 11/24/1979. Fans have been screaming for this to come out on CD for over thirty years! It now makes it's worldwide CD debut.
Cher/3614 Jackson Highway [Deluxe Edition] ....CD $13.99
3614 Jackson Highway was Cher's sixth album. It was released on June 20, 1969 on Atco Records. The album received praise and positive reviews from the music critics. 3614 Jackson Highway was the address of Muscle Shoal's Sound Studios. On this Deluxe Edition CD, Cher does some great cover versions of classic tracks from the sixties. This disc features 12 bonus tracks!
Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3 - Denver '73 ....triple CD $52.99
Denver was always one of the Dead's favorite stops, and the pair of shows they played there on the hallowed Fall 1973 tour were a high time indeed. This three CD set - which has never before been released at retail - offers the complete November 21, 1973 show along with some choice excerpts from the night before, all beautifully recorded by Kidd Candelario and mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD sound. Appropriately enough for the setting, the first set is laced with cowboy tunes like "Jack Straw," "Mexicali Blues," and "Big River" (a particularly good rendition), but the real revelation is the second set, which launches into an unprecedented and seamless 62 minute medley of "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo"/"Playing in the Band"/"El Paso"/"Playing in the Band"/"Wharf Rat"/"Playing in the Band" (three times!)/"Morning Dew." Wow! The November 20 material at the end of disc three is quite worthy as well, highlighted by an adventurous "The Other One." The 16-page full-color booklet features notes by Blair Jackson. A keeper!
Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane/Mahoney's Last Stand-O.S.T. ....CD $14.99
What do two Faces do when their lead singer (bon vivant Rod Stewart) doesn't show up for the Ooh La La recording sessions? They work on a soundtrack for an obscure film by actor and friend Alexis Kanner (most famous for his guest roles on the late '60s TV series The Prisoner), and draft the uppermost rank of British rock royalty to play on it! Indeed, given the pedigree of the personnel on this project, it is rather stunning how obscure this 1976 album from Faces members Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane remains, having only been issued on CD abroad and for a brief time at that; one suspects it has much to do with the flop of the film (which appears to have only been screened at the Canadian Film Festival), and the fact that the original LP was released four years after it was recorded in 1972. Just listen to the roll call of session men on Mahoney's Last Stand, which was produced by Glyn Johns, himself a British rock and roll noble of good standing and fresh from producing Paul McCartney and Wings' Red Rose Speedway when he worked on this album: Pete Townshend (guitar and "special electronic effects"), Blind Faith and Family member Rick Grech, fellow Faces Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, soon-to-be fellow (for Wood) Rolling Stones habitues Ian Stewart, Bobby Keys, and Jim Price, Micky Waller (Wood's fellow member in the Jeff Beck Group of the late '60s), and Grease Band member Bruce Rowland to name but a few. As for the music, much of it has a rustic, rural feel in keeping with the film's setting, which follows the misadventures of a recluse who rents a ramshackle farm in the Canadian countryside, with some nods ("Woody's Thing") towards the blues-rock Wood would explore with Keith Richards in the Stones. But without a doubt the highlight is Lane's "Just for a Moment,' which is here in both vocal and instrumental versions; it's a prime example of the wistful roots-rock that made Lane's post-Faces solo career so compelling. Richie Unterberger's liner notes examine this little-known detour in the careers of two British rock legends ... fascinating for Faces and Stones fans!
Denny Doherty/Of All the Things - The Complete ABC-Dunhill Masters ....CD $16.99
Almost to the day we released our The Mamas and The Papas: Complete Singles - 50th Anniversary Collection back in January 2016, fans of the group (and they are legion!) started asking us about reissuing Papa Denny Doherty's criminally overlooked 1971 solo album on the ABC/Dunhill label, Watcha Gonna Do. This record came out on CD only in Japan back in 2002, and commands hundreds of dollars online, so a straight reissue would have worked just fine. But that's not how we do things at Real Gone Music ... and so we aren't stopping with the album. We're adding six bonus tracks, five of em previously unreleased, to fashion a brand-new compilation, Of All the Things - The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters! Arranged by Jimmie Haskell, produced by Bill Szymczyk, and featuring songs written by Denny with his first wife Linda Woodward with such session players as Barry McGuire, Buddy Emmons, Russ Kunkel, "Fast" Eddy Fischer, and Eric "The Doctor" Hord, Watcha Gonna Do is truly a lost gem of early '70s roots rock, sort of The Mamas and Papas meeting The Band and The Eagles (Szymczyk went on to produce all of The Eagles albums). The bonus tracks include the rare single of the non-LP track "To Claudia on Thursday" - with additional vocals supplied by Spanky McFarlane of Spanky & Our Gang - plus five other tracks unearthed from both album session tapes and follow-up recordings left in the vaults. Joe Marchese provides liner notes featuring quotes and reminiscences from Eddy Fischer, Denny's daughters, Bill Szymczyk, Michelle Phillips, and others. Artwork includes previously unpublished period photographs. Remastered by Mike Milchner/Sonic Vision, this release is a must for any fan of The Mamas and The Papas and of that gorgeous Doherty tenor!
Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4 - Spectrum 4-6-82 ....triple CD $52.99
Despite 1982 having been among the best years of touring for the Brent Mydland-era Grateful Dead, only one authorized release (Dick's Picks Vol. 32) had come from that year prior to the August 2011 release of this concert, and only one other since (one of the shows included in the 30 Trips Around the Sun box); it remains probably the least documented year in the band's history when weighed against its overall quality. But that's just one of the reasons Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 4 belongs in any Dead Head's library. This show, which hails from one of the band's best and favorite venues, the Philadelphia Spectrum, kicks off a rock solid first set with "Cold Rain and Snow" segue-ing into "Promised Land" and follows it with sparkling versions of "Big Railroad Blues," "Jack-A-Roe," and "It's All Over Now" among others, while set two gets off to a similarly strong start with an irresistibly funky "Shakedown Street" and winds up with a sublime encore of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," with exceptional versions of "Truckin'," "The Other One," and "Morning Dew" in between. Bonus material from the previous night (including the rarely-performed "Deep Elem Blues") just add to the early '80s goodness, all presented in HDCD sound. Nice 12-page full-color booklet, too!
The Rain Parade/Emergency Third Rail Power Trip + Explosions in the Glass Palace [Remastered Edition] ....CD $18.99
Of all the albums that emerged from L.A.'s "Paisley Underground" scene, Rain Parade's Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (1983) - and its follow-up EP, Explosions in the Glass Palace (1984) - were probably the most transparent in their influences and probably the most successful in transcending them. Here was the jangle-rock of the Byrds married with the soft, downbeat vocal harmonies of early Pink Floyd, infused with a Love-like delicacy - yet the dark lyrical themes and droning twin guitar melodies made listening to Rain Parade like being on an acid trip teetering on the knife edge between pure nirvana and colossal bummer. Which, for true fans of psychedelia, was an awfully sweet spot to be. We at Real Gone Music are thrilled to be putting these two classic records back into print, both of them complete on a single CD and including "Look Both Ways," the track that was left off the original U.S. release, with liner notes by Paisley Underground historian Pat Thomas featuring quotes from Rain Parade founding members, guitarist Matt Piucci and bassist Steven Roback (brother to fellow founding member David Roback, now of Mazzy Star). And even more important, our new single CD edition of this twofer features a brand new remastering by Explosions in the Glass Palace Co-Producer Jim Hill approved by both Matt Piucci and Steven Roback...the first remastering since the album was originally released on CD back in the '90s!
Ornette Coleman/Ornette at 12 + Crisis ....CD $16.99
As the man who basically invented free jazz and even coined the term, Ornette Coleman has had the vast majority of his catalog reissued on CD, and rightfully so. But there are two records, both recorded for the Impulse! label, that have somehow escaped digitization until now. The first, Ornette at 12, features Ornette on alto sax, trumpet, and violin with Dewey Redman on tenor sax, long-time collaborator Charlie Haden on bass, and son Denardo (age 12 at the time of the August 1968 recording) on drums. The jazz world was still getting over the effrontery of Denardo playing drums - he had made his debut two years earlier on The Empty Foxhole - which may explain why this one's remained in the vaults till now. But Redman's playing on tenor is just stellar, and Ornette's untrained trumpet and violin technique make a nice foil for Denardo's fresh approach to the traps. Another boundary-pushing record in a career full of them. But if it's a puzzle that Ornette at 12 has not been previously reissued, it's a downright mystery why Crisis also hasn't come out; recorded live at N.Y.U. with a killer band of Redman, Haden, Denardo, and Don Cherry on flute and trumpet, it takes its place with Broken Shadows and Science Fiction as one of Ornette's great small group recordings of the late '60s and early '70s. The version of Haden's "Song for Che" is one of the best on record, the rendition of "Broken Shadows" here is simply beautiful, which is not a term many associate with Coleman's playing, and the addition of Don Cherry - fresh from his own experiments in Indian and African music - spices up what is already a pretty heady brew. Real Gone Music's two-for-one reissue of this pair of albums features the original gatefold album art and an essay by Howard Mandel, author of Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision from original tape sources.
Duane Eddy/Guitar Star - The Complete RCA Singls A's and B's ....CD $16.99
He's the #1 rock and roll instrumentalist of all time, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer of long standing, and the sound of his Gretsch 6120 brought the word "twang" into the pop music vocabulary. He's Duane Eddy, and here, for the first time ever, is a collection devoted to the classic single sides he recorded for the RCA label during the '60s. Those familiar with Duane's discography know that it had two distinct periods: one, the late-'50s/early-'60s recordings for the Jamie label, and, two, the early-to-mid-'60s sides for RCA Victor. Strangely, though he had seven chart hits for the label, the RCA Victor material has never really seen a good compilation come out in the U.S.; now, in true Real Gone fashion, we've assembled the A and B-sides of all 11 original mono singles he recorded for RCA, remastered from the original tapes by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios and painstakingly compared to the original 45s to ensure maximum fidelity to that original sound that Duane perfected with Lee Hazlewood among others during his stay at RCA. The booklet includes detailed liner notes by Ed Osborne drawn from a new interview with Duane, festooned with rare European picture sleeves and photos from the RCA archives. Features such classics as "(Dance with the) Guitar Man," "The Ballad of Paladin," "Boss Guitar," and "The Son of Rebel Rouser"...22 tracks of twang!
Various Artists/The Complete Loma Singles: Vol. 1 ....double CD $29.99
It didn't have any hits to speak of. Its roster of artists was obscure to say the least. And it only released about 100 singles and a half dozen albums in the four short years (1964-1968) of its existence. But in the five decades that have passed since Loma Records existed as a little-known imprint of Warner Brothers Records, it has become a highly-coveted label - maybe the most coveted label - among '60s soul and R&B collectors. Why has Loma has become such a hot property? Well, it has not been well anthologized in the digital age - witness the fact that over half of the tracks on this 50-song set have never appeared on CD, and nothing piques collector interest like scarcity. But there is a deeper story here. While Loma was started by WB chief Mike Maitland as a purely commercial venture designed to accommodate the flood of recordings being made by artists and producers off roster, label head Bob Krasnow - veteran of such hallowed indie labels as Del-Fi, Autumn, and King - recognized that Warner's holdings were severely lacking in soul and R&B, and brought a certain focus to Loma's "throw it at the wall and see if it sticks" approach. Which, given the times, was not a bad approach at all. The post-Beatles rising tide of pop music really did lift all boats, prompting an incredible outburst of creativity in the recording industry across all genres. That's why, alongside the hitless wonders on these 50 tracks, you will find legends like Gene Page, Jerry Ragavoy, and James Brown producing and arranging. And why you will also find some legendary artists, like Ike & Tina Turner, Little Jerry Williams (a.k.a Swamp Dogg), and Smiley Lewis, as well as artists like The Olympics (whose complete output for Loma appears here, including the original version of "Good Lovin'") and The Apollas that are treasured by '60s soul collectors. This is the first of four 2-CD collections containing the complete singles output for Loma that we have planned here at Real Gone, and we have brought '60s rock and soul guru Alec Palao on board to write the liner notes and co-produce. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, all but one single of this material comes from original tape sources, and we have rounded up some rare photos to complete the package. Big, big news for collectors, with more to come!
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Zappa: Frank Zappa, Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
Fie!: Peter Hammill
Manticore: 3 (Emerson Berry & Palmer)
Cuneiform: Art Zoyd, Ed Palermo Big Band, Raoul Bjorkenheim & Ecstasy, Schnellertollermeier
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Bruford/Seems Like a Lifetime Ago 1977-1980 ....import 6 CD + 2 DVD-V Box Set $129.99
The first pressing of 2000 copies of this box set was literally out of print the day it was released, demand was that high! Many who thought they could wait till it was released before ordering a copy got left out in the cold. If you were one of those people, here's your second chance. Bill Bruford has heard the cries and has permitted an additional run of 1,000 copies which are slated to come out sometime in January. But don't wait till its out. Pre-order NOW!
Containing the collected works of Bruford on one extraordinary 6cd/2dvd-v box set, Seems Like a Lifetime Ago is a magnificent testament to one of the UK's most inventive and important progressive fusion bands. Featuring 2017 remastered versions of the albums Feels Good to Me (1978), One of a Kind (1979), The Bruford Tapes (1979), and Gradually Going Tornado (1980), the set additionally includes the previously unreleased Live at the Venue, 1980 and the highly sought after 4th Album Rehearsal Sessions (also from 1980). Showcasing the prodigious talents of Bill Bruford, Dave Stewart, the late Allan Holdsworth (who the album is dedicated to), Jeff Berlin and The 'Unknown' John Clark, the set includes a 16 page colour booklet (with band interviews and an essay written by Sid Smith), a reproduction concert poster, two black and white photo prints of the band, and a signed and numbered certificate of authentication. Feels Good to Me and One of a Kind are available on both remastered CD and DVD-v, with 5.1 mixes, the latter 5.1 mixes by Jakko Jakszyk.
King Crimson/Sailors' Tales [1970 1972] ....27 Disc Box Set $209.99
The complete 1970-72 King Crimson captured on 21 CDs, 4 blu-ray discs and 2 DVDs (all
audio content) and presented in a 12" box with booklet, memorabilia, a further
downloadable concert, and sleeve-notes by Sid Smith, Jakko Jakszyk and David Singleton.
Recorded between the dazzling impact of In the Court of the Crimson King in 1969
and the startling reinvention of the band on 1973's Larks' Tongues in Aspic, this boxed
set documents a crucial period in King Crimson's history and shows it to be brimming with
innovation, experimentation, and boundary-pushing energy. Sailor's Tales features a
wealth of previously unheard studio recordings - from band rehearsals to full alternate
mixes - alongside a vast array of live material, much of it on CD/blu-ray for the first
time and including four recently found, never before released, concerts. This set
presents the complete King Crimson recorded history of the period in the best quality
Contents of this Limited Edition include:
* 3CDs feature Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp stereo mixes of In the Wake of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands plus additional tracks.
* 6CDs feature the Islands line-up's early concerts from Germany (new to CD) and the UK (1971).
* 9CDs feature live recordings (several new to CD and/or previously unreleased in any format) from the 1972 US tour, including a new stereo mix of Summit Studios and an expanded Earthbound.
* 3CDs feature auditions for the Islands band and two further, as yet, unidentified concerts from 1972 (all previously unreleased).
* 3 Blu-Ray discs contain the main studio albums in 5.1 Surround Sound, recent stereo editions mixed by Steven Wilson and Robert Fripp, 30th anniversary masters of the original stereo albums mixes (all in 24/96 hi-res), plus extensive additional material with each disc also featuring a complete alternate album and a further selection of additional, related studio/live material in hi-res.
* The Lizard blu-ray also contains the audition material from CDs19/20.
* The Islands blu-ray also contains the following concerts in stereo Zoom Club (4 shows), Marquee Club, Plymouth, Glasgow, Detroit all from 1971.
* The Earthbound Tour blu-ray features an expanded version of the original album, Summit Studios gig in Stereo and Quadraphonic (newly mixed), the Schizoid Men sequence from the Ladies of the Road album, 2 newly discovered concerts in hi-res stereo and every existing soundboard concert recording from the 1972 US tour: Wilmington, NYC (2 shows), Chicago (2 tracks only), Detroit, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Peoria, Indianapolis & Denver (2 shows).
* 2 DVDs feature the expanded Earthbound, Summit Studios, Schizoid Men, New York 1972 and the recently discovered live concerts.
* 12" box with booklet, memorabilia, a further downloadable concert, new sleeve-notes by Sid Smith, Jakko Jakszyk & David Singleton
King Crimson/Earthbound [40th Anniversary Edition] ....CD + DVD $25.99
The twelfth release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series. Earthbound was originally issued in 1972 and marked the final statement by the band's Islands-era incarnation. The CD features an expanded 12 track version of the original 5 track album. The DVD contains the 12 track expanded album in 24/96 hi-res stereo audio, the Summit Studios performance in a 2017 stereo mix and in quadraphonic (this is the only surviving multi-track performance from the 1972 tour), the album length Schizoid Men sequence of edits of 21st Century Schizoid Men taken from the Ladies of the Road live album, and a transfer of the original vinyl album. Presented in a double digipak in a slipcase with Sid Smith sleeve notes, rare photos and archive material.
King Crimson/Official Bootleg: Live in Chicago June 28th 2017 ....double CD $19.99
Featuring many iconic King Crimson pieces performed live by this line-up for the first time, and some being played live for the first time ever (including Islands, The Lizard Suite, The Errors, Fallen Angel, Cirkus and more), Live In Chicago is a double CD set taken from the band's most recent US tour. Track list includes - Intro: Scape Bells, Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part One, Neurotica, The Errors, Cirkus, The Lizard Suite: a) Dawn Song b) Last Skirmish c) Prince Rupert's Lament, Fallen Angel, Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part Two, Islands, Pictures of a City, Indiscipline, The ConstruKction of Light, Easy Money, The Letters, Interlude, Meltdown, Radical Action II, Level Five, Starless, Heroes, 21st Century Schizoid Man
Frank Zappa/Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily ....Blu-Ray $25.99
In an unexpected convergence of art and life, Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily is a story of two families - Sicilian filmmaker Salvo Cuccia and the children of Sicilian American rock icon Frank Zappa - as they try to reconnect with fathers who died young. The tumultuous summer of 1982 is the playing field on which these parallel stories unfold and ultimately merge. The backdrop is the bloody mafia war that is raging in Sicily, Italy's triumphant win of the World Cup, and Zappa's World Tour, which climaxes with the first ever rock concert in Palermo. Told through the lens of the Italian portion of the tour in a style as eclectic as Zappa's music, the film features rare performance footage and interviews with Dweezil, Moon, Diva and Gail Zappa and Massimo Bassoli, Frank's friend and biographer, who was eyewitness to the events of that summer. The film crescendos in Palermo in an unexpected and emotional homecoming in which all of the seekers reach back though time to connect to something lost: parents, ancestry, homeland, and ultimately a more complete sense of identity.
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention/Bacon Fat - Live at the Rockpile '69 ....CD $17.99
Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention live at the Rockpile, Toronto, February 23rd, 1969. The Rockpile was Toronto's hippest club, and 4,000 of the city's hippest heads flocked there on February 23rd, 1969 to see the great Frank Zappa and his Mothers of Invention. They did not disappoint, playing a remarkable set that combined their uniquely skewed take on rock n' roll with virtuoso solos and improvisations, as well as their trademark humorous interludes. Originally broadcast on CBC-FM, the entire broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, with background notes and images.
Frank Zappa/Halloween 77 ....triple CD $29.99
Frank Zappa/Halloween 77 [Special Edition] ....Memory Device + Costume Box Set $99.99 (LAST COPY!!!)
Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and by 1977 his Halloween shows were legendary. Recorded live at The Palladium in NYC, Zappa performed six shows 28-31 October. Four shows were filmed & resulted in Zappa's movie "Baby Snakes." The Halloween 77 3CD version includes the Halloween night show in its entirety, mixed in 2016 from original vault masters, plus select tracks from the other five shows. The Halloween 77 box includes all six shows in their entirety, mixed in 2016 from original vault masters, on USB stick in 24-bit WAV audio with a 32-page digital booklet, Zappa Halloween mask & costume. The shows rock hard and feature unreleased performances & arrangements.
Peter Hammill/From the Trees ....import CD $17.99
Peter Hammill's first solo album since 2014's hugely ambitious ...all that might have been.... represents a return to a more intimate style of music. The songs on From the Trees are mostly based on single piano, guitar and vocal parts designed for live performance. Consequently the overdubbing is textural (supportive guitars, a central spine of bass, synth and string washes, multiple voices - backing, harmony, choral - behind the main one). The characters who pave their fretful way through these songs are in general facing up to or edging in towards twilight. What's coming to them are moments of realization rather than resignation. In the third act of life it's time to look with a clear eye at where one's been, at where one's going. Another unique entry in Peter Hammill's unique catalogue.
3 (Emerson Berry & Palmer)/Live - Rockin' the Ritz ....double CD $22.99
The British/American progressive rock band 3 was a spin off from Emerson Lake & Palmer, releasing just one album in 1988 called To the Power of Three produced by Palmer. This release was recorded on the successful tour they undertook to promote the then-new album. During the tour, the band mixed material from the new record with classics from ELP and The Nice. The show ended with a storming version of The Byrds classic 'Eight Miles High.' This two CD live set is a strong reminder of what a maestro Emerson was on the keyboards. "I am happy these rare 3 recordings have finally seen the light of day. This group was a transition for Keith, and myself that eventually got us back to Emerson, Lake & Palmer. We had formed "3" with Robert Berry, at the suggestion of Geffen Records and I think we made some pretty innovative music. This live concert proves the energy behind our music was very much alive and it still sounds relevant today. Some might say this was a left turn in our musical journey; but, in the end, the scenery was still enjoyable." Carl Palmer, September 2017. Tracks include: Fanfare for the Common Man, Desde la Vida, Lover to Lover, Band Introductions, Hoedown, You Do or You Don't, Talkin' 'Bout, Dream Runner, Creole Dance, On My Way Home, Runaway, Standing in the Shadow of Love, America - Rondo - Carl Palmer Drum Solo - Fugue in D Minor BMV 565, Eight Miles High - Peter Gunn.
Art Zoyd/44 1/2: Live + Unreleased Works ....12 CDs + 2 DVDs Box Set $189.99
One of Cuneiform's most expansive releases to day, Art Zoyd 44 1/2 is a limited edition 14-disc set that covers the entirety of this legendary band's existence. Included are 12 CDs of all previously unreleased live + studio material and 2 DVDs of performances, including the group's reunion performance at the Rock In Opposition Festival in 2015. Also included are two extensive booklets of texts and photos, PLUS EXTRAS!!!
Ed Palermo Big Band/The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren ....CD $17.99
The Ed Palermo Big Band combines two unlikely American masters with The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren, a dizzying and ingenious reinvention of music by Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa, two much-loved but drastically different American rock composers. Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he's hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year the saxophonist released an uproarious and hugely acclaimed double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of music by the British invasion. With his new big band project, Palermo is back on his home turf, but the landscape feels strange and uncanny. He's reclaiming the Zappa songbook, filtering Frank through the emotionally charged lens of the polymathic musical wizard Todd Rundgren in a wild and wooly transmogrification. Palermo somehow captures the essence of these iconoclastic masters, making Zappa Zappier and Todd more Rundgrenian. The seamless ease with which Palermo and his crack crew navigate between the Zappa and Rundgren shouldn't come as a surprise. Over the years Zappa's music has proven supremely pliable in Palermo's capable hands; everything he brings into the big band is a labor of love for him. "Todd Rundgren holds a very special place in my heart," Palermo says. "It was about 2 years ago doing our regular appearances at The Falcon that I decided to have Zodd Zundgren night. A lot of people who like the music of Zappa also like Rundgren and Steely Dan, but there are already enough Steely Dan cover bands out there..." While Palermo has written more than 300 Zappa charts, he's cast an increasingly wide net for material. Recent releases like 2014's Oh No! Not Jazz!! and 2016's One Child Left Behind featured a bountiful selection of his original compositions and material by composers not named Frank Zappa. Nothing demonstrates the ensemble's ongoing vitality better than the stellar cast of players, with most of the players being longtime collaborators; many of these top-shelf musicians have been in the band for more than a decade, and they bring wide ranging experience, expert musicianship and emotional intensity to Palermo's music.
Raoul Bjorkenheim & Ecstasy/Doors of Perception ....CD $17.99
Raoul Bjorkenheim electric 6 & 12 string guitars, Jori Huhtala doublebass, Pauli Lyytinen saxes and wood flute, Markku Ounaskari drums. "I always felt there's something special about having a band. An all-star session can be good too, but the thing I'm missing nowadays in jazz is really good bands playing together tightly, turning on a dime together, and especially improvising together." - Raoul Bjorkenheim. Finnish-American guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim and Ecstasy take a trip into the unknown with Doors of Perception, a session of kaleidoscopically inventive improvisation. The album captures an extraordinary working ensemble stretching into transfixing new spaces, settings defined as much by texture, vibe and sinuous melodic lines as by rhythmic and harmonic structures. Ecstasy continues to expand its sonic palette. Over the course of seven years the musicians have forged a riveting communion. Capaciously inventive, rigorously gutsy and unapologetically Nordic, the music flows from the forbidding Finnish landscape and the hothouse Helsinki scene that gave birth to the band. "The band has really developed during the last few years, getting to a point that I had hoped we would reach," Bjorkenheim says. "We went into the studio with some sketches, but most of the music was created spontaneously, and you get a sense of this ongoing conversation. We couldn't have done this five years ago. We didn't have this kind of trust yet." One sure sign of the quartet's deep connection is the way they distill ideas. Sequenced as a stream of consciousness train of impressions, Doors of Perception features 10 tracks that all clock in under five minutes. Rather than exploring extended forms or expansive soundscapes the music is marked by pithy statements and compressed drama. While Bjorkenheim is no stranger to long musical structures, he was after a different kind of narrative arc on Doors of Perception. Much like each piece is a finely calibrated aural microcosmos, the album proceeds from track to track with its own internal logic. "In a way it is countercultural," Bjorkenheim says. "It's an invitation to a listener to enter in the world that might be disorienting. I don't hear a walking bass, is this jazz? It might be a little bit of a challenge, but it's also an invitation." Both previous Raoul Bjorkenheim and Ecstasy albums were nominated for the Emma prize for best jazz recording in Finland, which is the Finnish version of the Grammy. With Doors of Perception, Bjorkenheim and Ecstasy offer something all too rare these days, a musical journey in which the destination is unknown and unpredictable.
Schnellertollermeier/Rights ....CD $17.99
Manuel Troller - guitar & effects, Andi Schnellmann - electric bass & effects, David Meier - drums. Clarity. Attitude. Skill. These aren't really qualities that define our time. All too often, our ephemeral reality finds itself reflected in a jittery retro-music that sucks its data from the Cloud - that atomised archive accessible to all. Schnellertollermeier's fourth album is their reply to all this: Rights, and it offers ample demonstration of their own clarity and ability. Rights comprises four pieces, every one of them inscribed with radicalism. Each is built on just a few ideas and develops out of them until it sounds like a Cubist work of art that seems to gaze out from the most varied of perspectives, but always in the same direction. This is the key to the immense depth and beauty of this album. Apart from the fact that it simply blows you away. The band has an immense presence - that's the first thing you notice. Initially, you only hear concise, repetitive patterns, but you can already feel their powerful performing energy, their will to play out and not to yield to any ceremonial, reductionist modes. The pressure is high, their concentration levels too, and their energy levels aren't a sudden spasm but a prerequisite. This music is complex, but never so much so that the band couldn't play it with something in reserve. That keeps their music open and free - also for those who hear it. Schnellertollermeier is never just brash. They regulate the intensity of their sound with the highly controlled nuances of a precision engineer handling thumbscrews. They never discharge an impertinent punch - instead it's outstretched, held out, and offered up. These pieces are long, but they aren't suites. Instead, the band members asked themselves: what form will emerge if we take a single idea, think it through consistently, and play it? The electric sound of the guitar has already been composed "into" these electronic textures right from the start. Brutal backbeats rise up out of the serial structure and are expanded and radicalised by the band. Riffs push the tracks over the edge, but then open up for drones and overtone concerts; then they draw themselves in again and push the piece onto the next level.
The Beatles/1962-1966 [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition]
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The Beatles/1967-1970 [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import double CD $53.99
The Beatles/Abbey Road [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/The Beatles [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import double CD $53.99
The Beatles/Beatles For Sale [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Hard Day's Night [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Help! [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Let It Be [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Magical Mystery Tour [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Past Masters Vols. 1 & 2 [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import double CD $53.99
The Beatles/Please Please Me [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Revolver [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Rubber Soul [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/With the Beatles [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
The Beatles/Yellow Submarine [Japanese mini-LP sleeve SHM Edition] ....import CD $41.99
Japanese SHM-CD paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2017.
Todd Rundgren/Something Anything ....double Hybrid SACD $29.99
2 DISC SET (Full SACD program on Disc 1), 45th Anniversary reissue never before available on SACD. Mastered from the original stereo tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and authored by Gus Skinas at the Super Audio Center. All original packaging including insert and Stoughton old style tip-on gatefold jacket . Ranked #173 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This 1972 release, from Bearsville Records, was engineered by Todd Rundgren with a little help from his friends Rick Derringer, Billy Mundi, Moogy Klingman, Amos Garrett, Bugsy Maugh and Gene Didwiddie (both from the Butterfield Blues Band), the Hunt Brothers, Rick Vito, Jim Horn and the Brecker Brothers.
Todd Rundgren/A Wizard, A True Star ....Hybrid SACD $25.99
45th Anniversary reissue never before available on SACD - the definitive sounding reissue of this landmark album. Mastered from the original stereo tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and authored by Gus Skinas at the Super Audio Center. All original packaging including insert and Stoughton old style tip-on gatefold jacket . Featured in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
Alan Parsons/Eye in the Sky [35th Anniversary Boxset] ....3 CD + 2 LP + Blu-Ray Box Set $119.99
The 35th anniversary Eye in the Sky collector's box set includes 3 CDs (CD1: Original Album Expanded + bonus tracks, CD2: Eric Woolfson's Songwriting Diaries, CD3: Previously Unreleased Bonus Material and Disc 4: 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo HD version of the original album on Blu-ray). Also included are 2 vinyl LPs ( the original album newly struck at half speed on four sides at 45rpm at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell), a flexi-disc replica of an original 1982 promo, a 60-page hardback book featuring newly-written essays, previously unreleased images recently discovered in Eric Woolfson's personal archive and new interviews with many of the musicians who recorded the tracks on the album, an Eye in the Sky 1982 replica poster and postcard, a gold-foil Eye of Horus stamp on the front of the box and more. All of the newly discovered bonus material on Eye in the Sky has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to produce the best possible state-of-the-art listening experience for longtime fans and newcomers to the album.
Moody Blues/Days of Future Passed [50th Anniversary Deluxe] ....double CD + DVD-Audio $28.99
November 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of The Moody Blues' 'Days of Future Passed,' one of the first albums to fuse rock music with an orchestra, DOFP is now regarded as one of the albums that gave birth to progressive rock. The Moody Blues 'Days of Future Passed: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' will be available on 2CD+DVD featuring BBC radio sessions, alternate & mono mixes, with the physical DVD also including a 5.1 surround mix.
WMWS/One Night Stand ....import CD $17.99
WMWM were a short-lived English group formed in Spring 1973 by Robert Wyatt, Dave MacRae, Gary Windo and Ron Mathewson who played only a handful of gigs of totally improvised music. For one concert in April 14th, 1973, Mathewson was replaced by Canterbury legend Richard Sinclair. The concert was recorded on cassette and finally officially released - under the revised name WMWS - in 2015 via the Gonzo label.
Mr Averell/Gridlock ....import CD $15.99
Gridlock is the second Mr Averell album and features guest performances by Mike Garson (David Bowie), David Jackson, Hugh Banton and Judge Smith (Van der Graaf Generator), John Ellis (Peter Gabriel, Peter Hammill, The Stranglers), Lene Lovich, Stuart Gordon (Peter Hammill, Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack) and others. An avant-prog conceptual curio from 2013.
Klaus Schulze/Angst ....import CD $20.99
Re-release of the impressive Klaus Schulze album Angst - soundtrack for the disturbing movie of the same title by Gerald Kragl. Originally released in 1984. The film was actually shot after Klaus Schulze's score. He got the script and on the basis of the script, he wrote the music. Director Kragl told him, You can write the music as you like - just stick to the script! I will cut the film to the music, not adapting the music to the film. Normally, the music takes its cue from the film but in this case it was the other way around. So Klaus had a lot of freedom and could compose real songs. Some of the music is outright scary but just perfect for Halloween.
Klaus Schulze/Vanity of Sounds ....import CD $20.99
Re-release of the impressive Klaus Schulze album Vanity of Sounds (originally released in 2000 as part of the long exhausted 10 CD (wooden) boxset Contemporary Works). Compared with the most CDs from this box, where Klaus worked together with various other musicians (e.g. Solar Moon System, like MIG Release Ultimate Docking), Vanity of Sounds is pure Schulze again, the way many fans love it.Vanity of Sounds is another real gem from the huge back catalogue of Klaus Schulze.
Big Big Train/Merry Christmas ....import CD Single $13.99
2017 holiday single from the three-time Progressive Music Award winning band. The single is called 'Merry Christmas' and features a b-side called Snowfalls. A donation to the Night Stop homelessness charity will be made for every copy sold. Big Big Train vocalist David Longdon says: 'Merry Christmas is a song about rediscovering our childlike belief in the magic of Christmas, despite living in an over commercial and sometimes cynical world. After all, what wouldn't you give to believe again, like you believed back then?' Bass player Greg Spawton: 'We wanted Merry Christmas to be a proper Christmas song, so it features the Big Big Train brass band, The Chapel Choir Choristers of Jesus College, Cambridge and, of course, sleigh bells.'
Billy Cobham/Mirror's Image ....CD $10.99
World class fusion drummer, and one of the most celebrated modern jazz musicians of all-time, presents this phenomenal live album recorded in Tokyo 1992! This incredible show finds Cobham working his percussive magic in a trio with bassist Ira Coleman and keyboardist Joe Chindamo!
Eleventh House/Level One ....import CD $14.99
Out of print in the U.S.! The Eleventh House was an important jazz fusion group of the 1970s led by the guitarist Larry Coryell. The band was formed in 1973 and disbanded in 1976 and alongside bands such as The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report and Return to Forever, is considered to be one of the pioneering jazz rock bands of the mid-1970s. Other band members were Randy Brecker (trumpet), Mike Mandel (keyboards), Danny Trifan (bass) and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Level One is The Eleventh House's second album and was released in 1975. The album reached #23 on Billboard magazine's Jazz album chart and #163 on the Billboard 200 chart. Considered by some to be "a forgotten gem from the fusion era" that captures the band at their creative and technical peak.
Umphrey's McGee/It's Not Us ....CD $15.99
Umphrey's McGee entered I.V. Labs Studio in Chicago in November of 2016 to record what would become the band's eleventh full-length studio album. The result was It's Not Us, the most vibrant, mature expression of the band's growing studio prowess to date. "We decided to go in for a week, live, eat, and breathe Umphrey's McGee," recalls Joel. "We're known as a strong live band, but we take so much pride in our writing. [In this album] the focus is on that writing."
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band/My Father's Place, Roslyn '78 ....double CD $24.99
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, live at My Father's Place, Roslyn on November 18th, 1978. After a period of relative inactivity, in 1978 Captain Beefheart reemerged with a new Magic Band and a superb album, Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (1978). To promote it, they undertook a club tour of the US, to the delight of his devoted fans. The wonderfully energetic show, featured here, was performed in a 200-seat supper club in Long Island on November 18th, 1978 and broadcast on WLIR-FM, and finds the band tackling material from the breadth of his career to date. The entire WLIR-FM broadcast is presented here with background notes and images.
Richard Thompson/Live at Rockpalast ....import 3 CD + 2 DVD Set $25.99
Three CDs and two DVDs of Richard Thompson live in 1983 and 1984. In 1983, Thompson went on tour to promote his current album "'Hand of Kindness." For the show on December 12, 1983, at the Hamburg Markthalle the WDR also put up their cameras to record the event for the Rockpalast. The studio crew from the recording sessions of "Hand of Kindness" was also present live. Among them three musicians who stood on stage with Thompson with Fairport Cnvention more than ten years before: Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg and Dave Mattacks. Nearly seven weeks later, on January 26, 1984 Richard Thompson & Band gave another concert in the French luxury resort Cannes on occasion of MIDEM being recorded by the WDR as well. Gerry Conway, today the drummer with the still active folk rock institution Fairport Convention, replaced Dave Mattacks, Rory McFarlane (bass) came for Dave Pegg who had to go into the studio to record a new album with his band Jethro Tull. In both concerts it is to be heard how well the musicians know each other and how they have been harmonizing for years. They are building an integrated whole with Richard Thompson. They carry the music of their ''boss'' and give him the lightness and the leeway to fully unfold his potential. Both concerts are an absolute must for every Thompson fan.
Unitopia/More than a Dream: The Dream Complete ....import triple CD $36.99
GEP are very pleased to announce they've teamed up with Unitopia for a special deluxe edition release of their debut album "More than a Dream." Originally released in 2005 as a single CD, "More than a Dream - The Dream Complete" is presented in a triple digipak with 24 page booklet, and features the original album re-mastered by Sean Timms and Matt Williams. Disc one contains the re-mastered album, disc two features 70 minutes of remixes and "re-workings" of the album tracks, whilst disc three has a further 70 minutes of remixes, rare and unreleased tracks. With nearly two and a half hours of extras - including brand new track "The Dream Complete" written especially for this release - and stunning all-new artwork from Ed Unitsky this is a beautifully designed package.
Green & Philharmonic Orchesterhagen/Symphonic Floyd ....double CD $28.99
Atom Heart Mother and some more by Pink Floyd in an outstanding symphonic style! After having performed several sold out concerts with the philharmonic orchesterhagen, the philharmonic chorhagen and the kinderchor, the German band project Green (with members of Gorbschnitt, Faithful Breath and Extrabreit) received many requests for a live recording of this extraordinary event. Since they've also been overwhelmed by the reaction of the audience and the unique atmosphere, the band finally tried to catch the special live feeling of these concerts on CD. The idea of playing the music of Pink Floyd in a symphonic style has been on their minds for a long time. Especially the live performance of the outstanding Atom Heart Mother - a composition that is only playable with orchestra and choir - held a particular fascination. Arranging the songs for band and orchestra took nearly a whole year. Luckily, Green worked together with Andres Reukauf, an excellent and experienced arranger who was on the same wavelength as the band. Additionally, there were the orchestra and choirs who were able to implement and adapt all ideas. However, Green has never been a band that tries to sound like the original. When they play songs by other artists, they always do it in their own unique way. Therefore, you won´t hear a double of Pink Floyd but a band that, together with an orchestra, tries to adapt these great Pink Floyd compositions in its own way.
Tangerine Dream/Live at Coventry Cathedral 1975 - Directors Cut ....import DVD $21.99
Film director Tony Palmer had always been deeply unsatisfied with his film of legendary Krautrock band Tangerine Dream. For one thing it had contained the wrong music. Palmer explains: "Well, it was a cunning piece of Richard Bransonism! That is, it was the soundtrack of the yet-to-be-released album. So, he was doing a cunning bit of PR, because what they played in Coventry cathedral was music from two existing albums and that was of no interest to him whatsoever. What was interesting for Richard, and what was important for Richard - I respect that, of course - was to promote the new, not-yet-released album. And I was a sucker, and I fell for it, and we cut all the pictures to the new, yet-to-be-released album. So what we've done this time is we've actually gone back and listened again to the music they did actually play, and of course now, I realize that it was quite different. And I've had to recut not all the pictures, but a great many of the pictures to that soundtrack that was the music that they actually played. So, for the first time, we've got a decent cover, a proper restoration of the pictures, AND the real sound!"
Tangerine Dream/Light Flux ....import CD $24.99
The Light Flux CD is the full album coming along with Edgar's autobiography on Tangerine Dream Force Majeure. Green Summer Clouds is a completely new track of about 18 minutes composed by Edgar and Thorsten as well as Reaching Ravenna of more than 15 minutes. Nemesis is a beautiful track by Edgar alone, so far unreleased and all the others are newly arranged. Enjoy a wonderful album of TD music while reading the autobiography!
Tangerine Dream/Light Flux EP ....import CD $15.99
The Light Flux EP is the single release of the full album Light Flux. Green Summer Clouds is a completely new track of about 18 minutes composed by Edgar and Thorsten and the others are newly arranged. Enjoy a wonderful EP of TD music while reading the autobiography!
Tangerine Dream/The Sessions I ....import CD $15.99
The Sessions 1 contains instant live compositions (about 60 minutes of music) from the current TD line-up Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane, recorded from concerts in Budapest and Hong Kong at the beginning of this year. Enjoy these spontaneous and exceptional live tracks in memory of the good old '70s.
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein/Stranger Things 2 [Netflix Original Series Soundtrack] ....CD $15.99
Original soundtrack to the Netflix series. A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. Volume 2 features completely different music from Vol. 1, and is the second half of the full Stranger Things soundtrack. This installment continues to wander through the '80s world of Stranger Things, floating between the sweeter moments which temporarily blossom amidst the danger and decay as the season comes to an end. The music is instantly reminiscent of works by John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, whilst also delving into the ambience of Aphex Twin and more modern composers such as Cliff Martinez.
Steve Walsh/Black Butterfly....import CD $20.99
As the former lead vocalist and keyboard player for the classic American prog band Kansas, Steve Walsh is the voice behind the hits "Carry On My Wayward Son," "Point of No Return," "Dust in the Wind" and "All I Wanted." As a songwriter Steve is well known for penning a classic tune and his wide range of musical influences can be heard on his previous solo releases as well as the melodic rock band Streets. He has also contributed his vocal talents to more than a dozen projects by other artists covering a variety of musical genres.
Simon Phillips/Protocol 4 ....CD $14.99
Simon Phillips, drummer & producer extraordinaire has upped the ante with his newest instrumental recording Protocol 4. Building on his past Protocol projects, Simon has again enlisted the highly talented bassist Ernest Tibbs along with Protocol newcomers, the superb veteran guitar shredder Greg Howe and keyboard virtuoso Dennis Hamm. All compositions were written by Simon while on tour. "The first time I've really been able to concentrate on writing material on the road. Lots of creativity on airplanes and in hotel and backstage dressing rooms," says Phillips. Perhaps the vibe and energy of touring accounts for the slightly more "metallic edge" to this new album. But, as is always the case, Simon's music defies specific labels as he fuses elements of rock, jazz, funk, classical and even world music into the mix. A case in point being the track "Celtic Run" combining a Celtic rhythmic motif with blazing guitar and synthesizer leads all held together with Phillips signature ultra-tight drumming and Tibbs ever solid bass work. "Passage to Agra" is a rhythmic musical excursion to an exotic foreign land. The tracks "Pentangle" and "Solitaire" both contain some super funky grooves underlying jaw dropping metallic jazz/rock soloing. Greg Howe's guitar work shines throughout the recording, perhaps no more so than the plaintive and anthem-like track "Phantom Voyage." Dennis Hamm's keyboard work is stunning on each and every track, whether he's soloing or adding lush orchestration. The album concludes with the monster high energy fusion track "Azorez." In addition to awesome musicianship, Simon's impeccable production and recording technique shine once more on this album. Protocol 4 is certain to please longstanding Simon Phillips aficionados and is certain to also bring new Protocol fans into the fold.
Brainticket/Zurich + Lausanne ....import double CD $15.99
Two full length unreleased live recordings on two CDs featuring the founder of pioneering electronic behemoth, Brainticket, Joel Vandroogenbroeck! Includes compositions not found on any other album!
Electric Sandwich/Electric Sandwich ....import CD $18.99
Hiatus present a reissue of Electric Sandwich's self-titled album, originally released in 1972. Bonn, Germany, the birthplace of not only Ludwig van Beethoven, but Arktis, Satin Whale, and Electric Sandwich. The stature of progressive rock or what we term as "krautrock" is not widely considered to be quite as tall as the classical giants, but Jochen Carthaus, Jorg Ohlert, Klaus Lormann, and Wolf Fabian made their own impressive and historic niche in 1972 with the release of their eponymous self-titled album for Hamburg's progressive outlet: Brain Records. Includes two bonus tracks; professionally re-mastered from original sound recordings. Includes interviews, background liners, and rare archival photographs.
The Residents/I Murdered Mommy ....import CD $19.99
The Residents' soundtrack to a never completed CD ROM game. The 1990s saw The Residents release a series of groundbreaking CD-ROMs. Freak Show was followed up by interactive album Gingerbread Man and then role playing game Bad Day on the Midway. All of these stood head and shoulders above the drivel which increasingly clogged the CD-ROM market and all featured Residential music as an integral part. I Murdered Mommy would have been no exception. Inscape, the company which had released Bad Day, had some reservations with the proposed concept, an interactive game based on the fantasy life of an emotionally abused 13 year old boy but as the previous title had sold well they green lighted the project. Unfortunately, shortly after this the aforementioned mountain of inferior titles plus the limitations of the medium (poor capacity) caused the bottom to drop out of the market and Inscape went with it. Musically, all that was left of IMM were some sketches. In 2004, The Residents took those sketches, fleshed them out and released them in a very limited edition on CD. This re-issue is the first time these music pieces have been made available again. Remastered for this re-issue.
Gordon Giltrap/Peace Will Fall ....import CD $17.99
Over the past forty five years Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience. As one of the UK's most respected guitarists he has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned. Although Gordon has collaborated on some of his albums over the years with other musicians this is the very first time it has been with a singer and a songwriter (Carol Lee Sampson and Martin Green). Peace Will Fall is an album that blends exquisitely Gordon's guitar and Carol's voice. As one reviewer said Gordon's guitar playing is difficult to categorize-it's not folk, or rock or classical, but there are elements of all these in his music. His style is simply his own-and there is something very English about his music
Ian Hunter with Mick Ronson/Live at Rockpalast ....import CD + DVD $22.99
These two names are still much valued by those who love and celebrate good Rock'n'Roll: Ian Hunter, leader und singer of Mott the Hoople & Mick Ronson, longtime companion and guitarist of David Bowie's Spiders from Mars. The 6th Rockpalast night at 19th to 20th of April 1980 was a really outstanding event in the long history of the high acclaimed Rockpalast-festival-series. The charismatic performance of Ian Hunter and his longtime companion Mick Ronson climaxed in breathtaking versions of Once Bitten Twice Shy, The Mott The Hoople classic All The Young Dudes, written by David Bowie for Ian Hunter or Slaughter On 10th Avenue. This gem presents another exorbitant TV broadcasted highlight of the German station WDR.
Edenbridge/5 in 1 Boxset ....import 5 CD Boxset $19.99
This special five CD set compiles the first five albums of the band Edenbridge including Sunrise in Eden (2000), Arcana (2001), Aphelion (2003), Shine (2004) and The Grand Design (2006).
Durutti Column/The Guitar and Other Machines [Deluxe Edition] ....import triple CD $28.99
Factory Benelux presents an expanded three disc deluxe edition of The Guitar and Other Machines, the sixth studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column, originally released by Factory Records in 1987.
Pierre Henry/Polyphonies ....12 CD Box Set $89.99
Polyphonies is an extensive collection of the works of 20th Century French composer Pierre Henry. Henry explored the music of found sounds, electronics and occasionally stepped into psych rock and progressive rock as with his collaboration with Spooky Tooth on the album Ceremony.
Cymbeline/1965 - 1971 ....import CD $18.99
Previously unreleased DIY homemade psychedelia, teen beat, and fuzz-psych/prog by the amazing Swedish band Cymbeline, recorded from 1965-1971. Tracks like "Third Image" or "Look at the Stars" are an incredible find for anyone into US garage-psych (they wouldn't sound out of place on any Pebbles or Psychedelic Unknowns volume) and others like "Flicka," "Stolta Vingar," or "Mittuppslag" are top-notch, '70s fuzzed-out Scandinavian psych/prog. Formed in the industrial town of Norrkoping in the mid '60s, Cymbeline (also known as Motala Strom and W&J) only released a 45 in 1971 before breaking up. But during their existence, the band recorded a lot of stuff, included here for the first time along with their rare 45. Cymbeline was basically two guys, Michael Journath and Anders Weyde, who met in 1965 while they both played in beat bands. They started recording songs at Anders's little home studio with help with some friends, and that's how songs like "Imagination" and "Look at the Stars" - amazing examples of homemade teen beat - were born. At the same time, Michael and Anders were feeling a bit tired of playing cover versions with their beat bands, so they decided to start recording more experimental stuff, using armchairs and furniture as percussion, sounds from seagulls and birds, an electric cocktail mixer, and improvising lyrics - these incredible experiments were recorded as "Images," including the killer garage-psych sounding "Third Image." As the years passed by, the home studio improved and new songs were recorded in a more psych-prog vein, some of them included here. They also played a few live gigs with some help from other local musicians. In 1970, Ulf Ryberg joined the group and soon after a 45 was released containing his song "New York." The flip side was "Sixth Image," originally one of the "Images" but rearranged and re-recorded (1971). In 1971, demos for an LP were recorded at Europafilm Studios in Stockholm. Two fantastic songs are included here and the sound is different from the earlier recordings - closer to the groups live performances. So, 40 years later, here is the LP that Cymbeline always dreamed of. Remastered sound. Insert with photos and liner notes by band member Michael Journath.
The Guess Who/American Woman [Deluxe Edition] ....double CD $20.99
Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition. The Guess Who's most successful album begins with the one-two punch of the title track and "No Time," the first single from the album. The original album sustained a chart run that lasted for more than a year, produced three hit singles and sent the band's career to new heights. Curiously following the successes came such turmoil that after an aborted attempt at the next album founding member Randy Bachman found himself on the outside of the band looking in. This expanded edition of the album features single edits, unreleased tracks from the album sessions and different takes on album tracks as well as material that was attempted but not released. The second disc is comprised of the tracks that were meant to be released as the follow-up album. Though these tracks, with Randy, were never completely finished they were released by RCA in 1976 as an album called The Way They Were. Once Randy departed the band decided to start the recording process over completely with new members Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw and produced the highly successful Share the Land album. The in-depth essay by co-producer Ralph Chapman documents the sometimes confusing events surrounding the wonderful music created during the turbulence of the band's situation. This release is remastered from the original tapes by Vic Anesini and has never sounded better.
Various Artists/Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3: Experimental ....double CD $22.99
This latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records successful Deutsche Elektronische Musik series delves deeper into the German nation's vaults to bring a fascinating new collection that again brings together a selection of classic German electronic and rock groups, including Neu!, Cluster, Popol Vuh, La Dusseldorf, Agitation Free, alongside a host of rare tracks by lesser known artists which includes Michael Bundt, Broselmaschine, Dronsz, Achim Reichel and others. The music of Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 ranges from the introverted pastoralism of Hans Joachim Roedelius and Broselmaschine, to the angular and futuristic electronic experimentations of Klauss Weiss, Pyrolator, Deuter, Michael Bundt and others, to the proto-punk of La Düsseldorf and the heavy space, progressive and cosmic rock of Missus Beastly, Niagara and Dyzan. The music on Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3 was all recorded in the 1970s up to the early 1980s, at a time when forward-thinking German electronic and rock groups were searching for a new musical identity in order to separate themselves from both the cultural legacy of post-world war two Germany as well the cultural imperialism of USA and UK rock. In this process German groups created some of the most unique and inspired music, the defining motorik beat alongside a host of ethno-musical influences from far afield including Turkey, India, Brazil as well as the musical and futurist possibilities of developments in electronics and technology itself. The new extensive sleevenotes are by David Stubbs, who is the author of the acclaimed book, Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany (Faber & Faber).
Vanilla Fudge/Live at Sweden Rock 2016 ....import CD + DVD $24.99
1967 - 2017: Vanilla Fudge celebrate thier 50th anniversary with another musical rock monument - Live at Sweden Rock 2016! What began in April 1967 in the Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead/ N.Y., does still possess the same charisma a good 50 years later in the rather quiet Swedish town of Norje near Solvesborg in front of more than 35,000 enthusiastic fans: heavy psychedelic slightly progressive rock blended with classic citations and elements. Vanilla Fudge do still rock in the original line-up from 1967 except for bassist Tim Bogert who is no longer able to stand on a stage since a motorcycle accident). Pete Bremy is the name of the new man on bass. But most of the people already know him from Cactus days passed. The Beat Goes On.
Rare Earth/In Concert [Deluxe Collector's Edition] ....CD $17.99
Limited digitally remastered edition vinyl replica edition of this CD housed in a mini LP sleeve with obi strip including mini LP artwork that replicates original outer jacket and inner sleeve. Rare Earth in Concert is a live album by rock band Rare Earth, which was released as a double-LP in 1971. It contains a 23:33 version of their signature hit "Get Ready," as well as a studio song: "Nice To Be With You." It was issued a RIAA gold record award.
Sun Ra/Monorails & Satellites ....CD $16.99
CD reissue. This is an album of solo piano compositions by the American jazz musician Sun Ra, (real name Herman Poole Blount) recorded in 1966. The album showcases Ra's skills as a pianist, which are often compared to Cecil Taylor's. Monorails and Satellites, a 1966 solo piano recording, showcases Ra's unique style, which bridges the bluesy architecture of Jelly Roll Morton with the angularity of Monk and Cecil Taylor's ascent beyond traditional structure. According to Ra's biographer, John Szwed, the title might refer to Stanley Kubrick's 2001, featuring a monolith that Ra remembered as a monorail, 'perhaps connecting it to his UFO experience.' Both albums shared the same sleeve of disembodied hands playing a keyboard that seems to be plugged directly into Saturn.
A.R. & Machines/Art of German Psychedelic [Period 1970 - 74] ....import 10 CD Box Set $159.99
The complete collection of Achim Reichel's innovative avant-garde project in the early 1970s. The lavishly designed 10 CD box-set includes all five studio albums and almost five hours of rare and unreleased music, a new remix-album - Virtual Journey - as well as a hardcover book with the artist's own liner notes.
Various Artists/Space Rock Box ....import 6 CD Set $21.99
Six CD set. Used initially to describe the style of early 1970s progressive rock bands such as Hawkwind and Hungary's Omega, Space Rock, with it's instrumental textures and hypnotic sound has evolved to include now a new generation of alternative bands drawing on psychedelic rock, ambient music, avant-garde music, krautrock, classical minimalism and noise pop. The Space Rock box brings for the first time ever a collection that covers almost three generations of the genre's artists. From Tangerine Dream to Spacemen 3, from Larry Fast's Synergy to Tim Blake (of Gong fame); and from Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come to Sun Dial (one of the bands responsible for the genre's revival in the '90s), all the essential artists are present in this limited edition box set. With fantastic artwork and remastered sound, The Space Rock box is an essential addition to your music collection.
Brian Auger + Julie Driscoll & The Trinity/Untold Tales of the Holy Trinity .....CD $14.99
In May 1968, Brian Auger and the Trinity & Julie Driscoll were part of an international rock 'n' roll disaster. That fiasco created a stash of urgent, commanding recordings, capturing a golden moment that took half a century to reach the wider world. A year after Monterey Pop but a year before Woodstock, The Pop Musica Festival was envisioned as a four-day event in Rome featuring musicians from all over the world: Donovan, Pink Floyd, The Byrds, Traffic, Captain Beefheart and Fairport Convention were just a few of the acts lined up for the big Roman blowout. Poor planning, inadequate sound and an underwhelming turnout made the festival a flop and Auger, Driscoll and company ended up at the Piper Club. And that potent Piper set is paired here with an equally intense appearance at Ce Soir On Danse in Paris, from the previous month. In 1968, the partnership between keyboardist Brian Auger and singer Julie Driscoll was at its peak; the blend of psychedelia and post-mod soul that powered their radical reinventions of Bob Dylan's This Wheel's on Fire and Donovan's Season of the Witch earned them both the embrace of the emerging counterculture and a place on the British pop charts. The Ce Soir On Danse set opens with Auger a deep-swinging take on Wes Montgomery's Bumpin' on Sunset. Driscoll turns up on the third song, as she pushes Auger and the lads into Aretha Franklin's Save Me. On the final Paris cut, Auger weds his organ-trio jazz influences with the psychedelic sorcery of the time on an instrumental version of The Beatles' A Day in the Life. The Rome set begins with Auger displaying his prowess on Mose Allison's If You Live. That tone is amplified in a spooky Season of the Witch, with Driscoll's soul-inflected vocal bouncing off the band's vibe.The eerie mood segues into the apocalyptic of This Wheel's on Fire. This is a magical double-header of live material from the band's heyday, a phenomenon as rare as the proverbial hen's tooth
Hy Maya/The Mysticism of Sound & Cosmic Language ....double CD $14.99
First ever release of live and studio 1972-1973 recordings from Cleveland's underground psych/improv/prog pioneers. Hy Maya created sounds that were heavily driven by an artistic and spiritual foundation and were an undeniable and pivotal influence upon Pere Ubu and, for that matter, related bands that came in between such as Fins and The Robert Bensick Band. 3rd entry in Platters du Cuyahoga series 2. 24 tracks spread over a double CD, extensive liner notes, never before published photos all housed in a foldout jacket.
John Zorn/Hermetic Organ - Philharmonie de Paris ....CD $15.99
John Zorn returns to his original instrument with a new volume of organ improvisations recorded at his infamous Weekend in Paris in April 2017. The organ at the Grand Salle Pierre Boulez is one of the most powerful and versatile in France, and Zorn approaches it with great sensitivity and wild abandon. Includes both the full 40 minute concert recording, and over 30 additional minutes of Zorn alone at the manuals in rehearsal the same day.
Multi Story/Live at Acapella ....import double CD $24.99
Multi Story release a double live album titled 'Live At Acapela,' recorded at Cardiff's Acapela Studios as a finale to the band's tour in support of 2016's 'Crimson Stone' album. The album features tracks from all three Multi Story albums - East/West, Through Your Eyes, and Crimson Stone. Live At Acapela's launch comes ahead of Multi Story's appearances at HRH Prog in North Wales. The band are also planning further shows in 2018 and working on material for their next studio album.
Lee Abraham/Colours ....import CD $21.99
This is the superb follow-up to 2016's The Seasons Turn. Lee Abraham: "The album features seven new songs that have a slightly different feel to my previous albums. Still very much a prog blueprint, but I have explored more AOR influences on this album with nods to Toto, Asia and FM. Once again the album will feature my core band of Gerald Mulligan on drums, Rob Arnold on piano and Alistair Begg on bass, with me handling all guitars and keys. Vocals feature stunning performances from Dec Burke, Marc Atkinson, Gary Chandler, Robin Armstrong, Simon Godfrey and the ever stunning Steve Overland! Lyrical themes touch on love and relationships, both good and bad and also how in modern life bad things happen yet we just seem to carry on, almost ignoring it all.." Artwork produced by Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf).
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