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# 785

January 12, 2020

 

Hi, folks,

Happy New Year All!

Before we get into the newsletter I have a big announcement on the very dull topic of credit card processing.  I have recently set up an account with Square.com for credit card processing which means I will no longer be processing the cc info myself.   Instead, when your order is ready to ship I will send you an invoice through Square.com.  With that invoice you can submit your payment securely.  On my end it's just like how I send invoices through PayPal.  But on your end, you don't have to have a Square account to pay it, just a credit card.  It means I will no longer be collecting or saving credit card information.  It also means I will be able to accept more types of credits cards than I did in the past.  Also, for those of you who were using the on-line order form, no need to do that anymore.  Just send me your order in an email including your payment preference.   If you have any questions, drop me an note.

If you'd like to order anything you see in today's newsletter, you'll find ordering options at http://www.artist-shop.com/order.htm . Or if you're a regular customer and want to use the info from your last order, feel free to drop me an e-mail with your selections. Also be sure to check out the Gary's Stash at http://www.artist-shop.com/sale.htm . The page has recently been updated so everything listed there should still be available as of the time of this mailing.

In Today's Newsletter

&tc: Gentle Giant, Jon Anderson, Andy Mackay & Phil Manzanera, Martin Barre, Nektar, Camel, Weather Report, Iron Butterfly, Arthur Lee & Love, Deep Purple, Steve Roach, Paul Haslinger, Scott Walker & Jacques Brel, Poco, Blue Oyster Cult, John Zorn, Henry Kaiser & Ivar Grydeland, Family, John Martyn, Justin Heathcliff, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Downes Braide Association, A Prog Rock Christmas, Jimi Hendrix, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto, Jimi Hendrix Concert: Live at Rockpalast 1991, Univers Zero, Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders, Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, Henry Cow, Forrest Fang, Twelfth Night, Marillion, Tony Banks, Big Big Train, Live Dead '69, June Tyson
Esoteric: Renaissance, Nektar, The Alan Parsons Project, Brian Davison's Every Which Way, Edgar Froese, Ars Nova, Peter Green, Eric Burdon & The Animals, David Cross & Peter Banks, Bill Bruford, Darryl Way, A Slight Disturbance in My Mind - The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966, Steve Hackett & Djabe, Annie Haslam, Dave Cousins, Strawbs, Be Bop Deluxe, Spirit


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Coming Soon!!!

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Iron Butterfly/In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ....Hybrid SACD $39.99

Iron Butterfly/In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida ....Hybrid SACD $39.99

Home to history's most influential, infamous, and notorious long-form psychedelic-rock song: Iron Butterfly's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida remains a pop-culture phenomenon and fuzz-guitar-driven classic.  Mastered from the original master tapes, limited to 2,000 numbered copies: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD places the organ-drenched music on a grand-scale soundstage experience the album's title track in full while rediscovering the group's shorter, melodic, and often-overlooked acid-rock tunes.  Few songs are more instantly recognized than Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.' The anchor of the mind-trip of an album of the same name, it occupies an entire side of an LP and runs for 17 minutes and five seconds, both bold moves in 1968 that changed how artists approached music in the studio and how listeners experienced it at home. The California-based group's sophomore record also blew open the possibilities associated with psychedelia, heavy arrangements, and suggested meanings. And with apologies to those who might've heard it in a chemical haze in the late 1960s, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida has never sounded more transformative than it does now. Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD places the work's organ-drenched melodies, acid-rock scope, mind-warping effects, and cauldron-bubbling rhythms on a soundstage as massive as the concert stage depicted on the album cover. Sonically, this collectible audiophile reissue offers elite levels of separation, balance, and imaging that put the quartet's accomplishments into greater perspective. From start to finish, the set exudes the flavor, feel, and textures of the late 1960s' most celebrated recordings, traits that reveal themselves as immediately obvious the moment the SACD starts to spin. Often overlooked, the first side of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida features a wealth of period-era garage rock and stoner pop teeming with hummable hooks, fuzz-guitar riffs, and a decidedly mystical aura. Songs such as the strolling 'Are You Happy' and cryptically spiritual 'My Mirage' beg for inclusion on any of Lenny Kaye's renowned Nuggets compilations not to mention placement alongside the finest Doors material of the era. Led by Doug Ingle's distinctive and patient baritone, the tunes seemingly dangle in space and prepare the senses for the unexpected.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Scott Walker & Jacques Brel/Scott Walker Meets Jacque Brel ....CD $15.99

Scott Walker & Jacques Brel/Scott Walker Meets Jacque Brel ....CD $15.99

Many in the English-speaking world first heard of Jacques Brel through Scott Walker's championing, yet when Scott launched his post-Walker Brothers solo career with his recording of Brel's 'Jackie' in 1967, Brel had been an enormous star in France for years. That lofty status was remarkable, given Brel's lyrical obsessions with doomed romance, loneliness, prostitution and death. As he said in 1966, "I'm obsessed by those things that are ugly and sordid, that people don't want to talk about, as if they were afraid of touching a wound that might soil them."It was American songwriter Mort Shuman who, by remaining as faithful as he could to Brel's original words, transformed several key chansons into versions English-speaking audiences could relate to. Scott, however, was introduced to Brel's songs by his chanson-loving German girlfriend, who would translate them for him. He was immediately smitten. Meanwhile, a demo disc of Shuman's translations had reached Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who in due course passed the disc to Scott. Brel's impassioned narrative-based compositions had a profound impact on Scott, shaping the creation of his own increasingly meditative and dramatic songs. His first three solo albums - produced by John Franz with superb orchestral arrangements by Wally Stott, Peter Knight & Reg Guest - would each feature Brel songs. "With those albums, I was very excited having discovered chanson and Brel," Scott would recall decades later. "When I hear some-thing I get excited about, I think everyone should hear it." This new Ace compilation comprises Scott's interpretations of the nine Brel songs featured on his "Scott", "Scott 2" and "Scott 3" albums, followed by Brel's own French language originals, plus Brel's version of 'Seul', a song Scott performed on his TV series but of which made no studio recording. Packaged with a stylish 24-page booklet featuring essays on Scott Walker and Jacques Brel by Ian Johnston and Kris Needs respectively.

Poco/Amsterdamed ....CD $15.99

Poco/Amsterdamed ....CD $15.99

On 13th February '72 Poco performed at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, where they put on a dynamic show which was broadcast across continental European FM radio. A couple of weeks before the show, they performed on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test, for which they played two tracks, transmitted on February 1st '72. Both these performances are now included on this sterling CD for the first time.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family/History ....import 2 CD Set $14.99

Family/History ....import 2 CD Set $14.99

Two CD set highlighting the very best of Family's incredible musical journey. Growing out of the R&B boom of the early '60s, Family's sound evolved into a unique mix of blues, folk, jazz, psychedelia and high energy rock 'n' roll built around the distinctive vocals of frontman Roger Chapman, Charlie Whitney's innovative guitar playing and Rob Townsend's thunderous drumming. The band released eight albums during their seven-year career, scoring four top singles and seven chart albums in the process. These recordings have been remastered as part of the process of compiling the acclaimed and now sold-out box set, Once Upon a Time. History collects tracks from throughout the band's career to offer a perfect introduction to this fascinating group.

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

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

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

 

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Justin Heathcliff/Justin Heathcliff ....import CD $25.99

Justin Heathcliff/Justin Heathcliff ....import CD $25.99

It is time that this awesome piece of late 60s style beat and psychedelic rock music gets a proper reissue. This one will be appointed with an awesome leathery cover and comes in a strictly limited edition. What do we know about this record? It feels like Syd Barret, Beatles, Twink, The Deviants, T-Rex, Tomorrow and The Small Faces got together for a boozy and smoky jam session out of which a handful of beautiful songs have emerged, ranging from straight, powerful beat tunes towards joyful flower pop anthems with a bubble gum edge with a layover at melancholic folksy singer / songwriter sounds. What most people do not know ist that the participating musicians are only partly British. This album is the brainchild of renowned Japanese world music / ethno jazz rock artist Osamu Kitajima, who later on went to fame under his own name with some extraordinary progressive albums in the later 70s. He spent a year in England around 1970 to 1971 and recorded this album under the monicker of "Justin Heathcliff", to make the impression of a true British pop / psyche record with a distinctive late 60s feel perfect. It might not have been a commercial starship around the time it got released, but it stood the test of time and even nearly 50 years after it's initial release this record still flatters our ears with songs of unearthly beauty on par with the above mentioned English legends. More pop than alternative music of 1968 "Justin Heathcliff" is a great soul journey to a brighter and more colorful time. This is swinging London, not the apocalyptic hippie Utopia of Haight Asbury in late 1967, or the revolutionary street fights in Germany or France. This is music to comfort your mind and make you feel happy. It even goes back to 1966 when The Beatles did "Revolver." For a 1971 release this is already a retro affair despite only going back to elements who were five years old at most. It does not matter anyway, this is a masterpiece and Osamu Kitajima is a master of colorful UK 60s pop.

 

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Yes/Fly from Here: Return Trip ....import CD $22.99

Yes/Fly from Here: Return Trip ....import CD $22.99

This album features the band members who appeared on the Drama album in 1980: Trevor Horn, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes. The addition of Trevor's lead vocals has produced a genuine sequel to Drama. In addition to remixing parts of the album, and singing lead vocal on the tracks, Trevor has added personal liner notes and the gatefold sleeve design features the painting by Roger Dean originally used on the inside of the 2011 edition. Fly From Here - Return Trip also contains a previously unreleased song, 'Don't Take No for an Answer' recorded in 2011, with Steve Howe on lead vocals. Additionally, the full-length version of 'Hour of Need' is included. This has previously only been included as a Japanese bonus track. This new version of the album has previously only been available from the band's webstores and at the merchandise stand on tour.

 

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Rick Wakeman/Box Full of Boots [Limited Edition] ....import 10 CD Box Set $119.99

Rick Wakeman/Box Full of Boots [Limited Edition] ....import 10 CD Box Set $119.99

Giving an official release to some wonderful historic concerts previously only available to a few people, keyboard legend Rick Wakeman presents Box of Boots: Set of 10 Live CDs (plus an 11th bonus disc!): Official Bootleg Series. This is a response to these concerts being heavily bootlegged throughout the years and continuing the trend of Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pearl Jam etc. Rick has decided to make a stand against the bootleggers and supply official bootlegs which have been cleaned up in the studio, packaged in a great way at a fraction of the price, saving fans from buying them off the black market! The box set is a limited edition of 1,000 units. Each contains a signed and numbered certificate.

Rick Wakeman/Christmas Portraits ....import CD $14.99

Rick Wakeman/Christmas Portraits ....import CD $14.99

Keyboard legend, Rick Wakeman, famous the world over for his hugely successful and high-profile rock career - most notably with leading bands Yes and The Strawbs and for his sought-after collaborations with top artists of the day such as David Bowie and Black Sabbath - is pleased to celebrate the festive season with a brand-new album, 'Christmas Portraits.' With all tracks personally chosen and arranged by Wakeman himself, this special holiday album celebrates Wakeman's favorite time of the year as he performs familiar and favorite festive music, arranged for solo piano, all performed on his beloved Granary Steinway Model D grand piano. A former student and Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Wakeman has covered much musical ground during his wide-ranging career and here with 'Christmas Portraits,' he brings his classic Wakeman twist to traditional Christmas classics, arranging some evergreens into fresh new medleys. Of this brand-new album, Rick Wakeman commented: "Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love every aspect of it, especially traditional Christmas music and songs which have wonderful simplistic melodies that are perfect for adaptation to produce variations on the piano. That is something I love to do and that is exactly what this album is."

 

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Rick Wakeman/Live on the Radio ....import CD $17.99

Rick Wakeman/Live on the Radio ....import CD $17.99

A real treasure for nostalgia buffs - and of course lovers of good old '70s prog! A double CD featuring Rick and the English Rock Ensemble in concert as transmitted by the BBC, at the time of his tour to promote "No Earthly Connection," There are two concerts featured; the first from the Hammersmith Odeon, on 17th June 1976 and the second, an Old Grey Whistle Test recording from 27th April that year. It's both a fascinating archive and a record of Rick and the ERE at their peak. Listening to this recording you realize just what a fabulous keyboard player he really is. Both concerts feature works from the four albums he had produced by then - Six Wives, Journey, King Arthur, and the aforementioned No Earthly Connection.

Downes Braide Association/Live in England ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $23.99

Downes Braide Association/Live in England ....import 2 CD + DVD Set $23.99

Deluxe two CD + NTSC/Region 0 edition. 2019 live release. Geoff Downes is the keyboardist in The Buggles, Asia and Yes. 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. Braide has written and produced for many artists including Sia, Lana Del Rey, David Guetta, Afrojack and recently produced Marc Almond's album The Velvet Trail. Live in England is the duo's fourth release and first live album, recorded at their first ever concert, and features new Roger Dean artwork.

 

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Various Artists/A Prog Rock Christmas ....CD $14.99

Various Artists/A Prog Rock Christmas ....CD $14.99

Join producer Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa) for an expansive musical journey through Christmas classics of yesterday and today, all performed by leading figures in prog rock music! Includes gorgeous performances by guitar legend Steve Morse, angelic vocalists Annie Haslam (of Renaissance) and Sonja Kristina (of Curved Air) PLUS Martin Turner (of Wishbone Ash), Simon House (of Hawkwind) and a special guest performance by actor Malcolm McDowell! Available on CD in an attractive digipak.
1 Run with the Fox - Jon Davison
2 Christmas Lights - Kasim Sulton
3 Carol of the Bells - Steve Morse
4 The Twelve Days of Christmas - Annie Haslam
5 Wonderful Christmastime - Billy Sherwood & Patrick Moraz
6 I Believe in Father Christmas - Martin Turner
7 Fairytale of New York - Leslie Hunt & Robin McAuley
8 O Come All Ye Faithful - Sonja Kristina
9 A Christmas Song - Thijs Van Leer
10 You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Malcolm McDowell
11 Linus & Lucy (Charlie Brown Christmas Theme) - Geoff Downes
12 Silent Night - Nik Turner & Simon House
13 Happy Christmas (War Is Over) - John Wetton

 

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Jimi Hendrix/Songs for Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts ....5 CD Box Set $55.99

Jimi Hendrix/Songs for Groovy Children: The Fillmore East Concerts ....5 CD Box Set $55.99

Over the course of four extraordinary years, Jimi Hendrix placed his indelible stamp upon popular music with breathtaking velocity. Measured alongside his triumphs at Monterey Pop and Woodstock, Hendrix's legendary Fillmore East concerts illustrated a critical turning point in a radiant career filled with indefinite possibilities. Songs for Groovy Children assembles all four historic debut concerts by Jimi Hendrix's newly assembled Band of Gypsys at New York's Fillmore East on New Years Eve 1969 and New Years Day 1970.   Presented in their original performance sequence and encompassing 43 tracks across five CDs, the set boasts over two dozen tracks that have never before been released commercially. Newly mixed and restored in sequence without edits, fans can finally hear Hendrix, Cox and Miles blast through their genre-defying sets that included freshly written songs like "Earth Blues" and "Stepping Stone," as well as Experience favorites inclusive of "Foxey Lady," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Wild Thing," "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze." Additionally, exciting new versions of Howard Tate's "Stop," "Steal Away," by Jimmy Hughes and a searing "Bleeding Heart" by Elmore James highlighted the command that the trio had over blues & R&B music. The lavish package is filled with unseen photos and remembrances from bassist Billy Cox and liner notes by author/journalist/filmmaker Nelson George. Songs for Groovy Children was produced by Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer and John McDermott - the trio that has overseen every project for Experience Hendrix since 1995. The box set was mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bernie Grundman.

 

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Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto/Two: Live at the Sydney Opera House ....import CD $39.99

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto/Two: Live at the Sydney Opera House ....import CD $39.99

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto share recordings of their gorgeous show at Sydney Opera House in 2018, yielding 80 minutes of intuitively reworked highlights from their catalogue of five albums, a major film score (The Revenant) and an EP.

 

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Various Artists/Jimi Hendrix Concert: Live at Rockpalast 1991 ....import CD + DVD $25.99

Various Artists/Jimi Hendrix Concert: Live at Rockpalast 1991 ....import CD + DVD $25.99

Rockpalast 1991 tribute concert feat. Randy Hansen, Uli Jon Roth, Jack Bruce, John Wetton, Simon Phillips & many more. It was the idea of Peter Bursch, the guitar teacher of the nation and bandleader of the Krautrock legend Broselmaschine, 20 years after the death of Jimi Hendrix to put together an illustrious crowd of hip musicians and to organize a Rockpalast tribute concert in 1991. Rockpalast mastermind Peter Ruchel and director Christian Wagner were quick to get enthusiastic about this idea. Through his personal contacts Peter was able to find some really competent musicians who were willing to deal with this idea. So an All Star Band was formed from very different exceptional musicians like Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), who also took over the musical direction of this project, Jack Bruce (Cream, West, Bruce and Laing), John Wetton (King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, UK, Asia etc.), Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto, Asia etc.), Randy Hansen and many others.

Univers Zero/Phosphorescent Dreams ....CD $17.99

Univers Zero/Phosphorescent Dreams ....CD $17.99

Available for the first time outside Japan, and on LP and CD, Phosphorescent Dreams is another epic album of symphonic schizophrenic avant-rock from Univers Zero, originally released in 2014 - only on CD - on the Japanese label Arcangelo. Phosphorescent Dreams presents at the same time, in the same track, even on a single moment, the complex musical schemes and ways of Univers Zero, ranging from maximalism to minimalism, classical avant-garde with a 2020 vibe in a constant flux. In a blend of tension constantly emerging from a subtle dialogue between avant-rock and contemporary influences, harmonies and dissonance, Phosphorescent Dreams is a balanced formula of old-school know-how reshaped almost 40 years after the release of the seminal LP Univers Zero, reissued by Sub Rosa (SR 399LP, 2016).  Univers Zero represents one of the longest-living bands in Belgium. It was established in 1974. Drummer Daniel Denis had the brilliant idea to gather together a team of professionals sharing the same taste for music. The band has adopted an instrumental progressive style. Over the last couple of decades, the band has also implemented a series of influences from chamber music - most commonly, chamber music from the 20th century. Even if the line-up changes a lot over the years, the overall sound of UZ remained fairly consistent.

 

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Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders/GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd, 1973 The Boarding House ....3 CD Set $22.99

Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders/GarciaLive Volume 12: January 23rd, 1973 The Boarding House ....3 CD Set $22.99

Three CDs. GarciaLive Volume 12 chronicles Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders' performance at The Boarding House in San Francisco, CA on January 23, 1973, joined by John Kahn (bass), Bill Vitt (drums) and Sarah Fulcher (vox). Both sets from that evening were unique with rarely featured Motown composition "Honey Chile" and famous Carmichael/Gorrell penned "Georgia on My Mind." This one-of-a-kind, previously uncirculated show was mixed from multi-track recordings by Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty).

 

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Pink Floyd/The Later Years (1987-2019) ....5 CD + 5 DVD + 6 Blu-Ray + 2 vinyl singles + Book Box Set $399.99

Pink Floyd/The Later Years (1987-2019) ....5 CD + 5 DVD + 6 Blu-Ray + 2 vinyl singles + Book Box Set $399.99

On November 29, 2019, Pink Floyd Records will release 'Pink Floyd The Later Years,' an 18-disc set (5 x CDs, 6 x Blu-Rays, 5 x DVDs, 2 x 7" plus exclusive photo book and memorabilia) covering the material created by David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright from 1987 onwards. The period generated record sales of over 40 million worldwide and included three studio albums: 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason,' 'The Division Bell' and 'The Endless River' as well as two live albums: 'Delicate Sound of Thunder' and 'Pulse.' With additional production from David Gilmour and Andy Jackson, over 13 hours of unreleased audio and audiovisual material, including the sought-after 1989 Venice and 1990 Knebworth concerts, 'Pink Floyd The Later Years' is a must for all fans.

 

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Mike Oldfield/The Space Movie - The Full Original Unreleased 103 Minute Space Movie ....import double CD $19.99

Mike Oldfield/The Space Movie - The Full Original Unreleased 103 Minute Space Movie ....import double CD $19.99

A few years back Gonzo released the original soundtrack for Tony Palmer's "The Space Movie" 1979 documentary by Mike Oldfield. It consisted of consists of the un-edited sountrack (movie commentaries and all) which includes pieces from Oldfield's released "Tubular Bells," "Hergest Ridge," "Ommadawn" and "Portsmouth" and also excerpts from what was Oldfield's then-new album, "Incantations." The film also made use of the orchestral arrangements of Oldfield's first two albums, "The Orchestral Tubular Bells" and notably "The Orchestral Hergest Ridge" (with the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra), which has never been released before.

Henry Cow/Box Redux: The Complete Henry Cow ....import 17 CD + DVD Box Set $99.99

Henry Cow/Box Redux: The Complete Henry Cow ....import 17 CD + DVD Box Set $99.99

17 CDs, 1 DVD and 250 pages of histories, chronology, testimony and commentaries by the band, sundry contemporary documents, and rare photographs - in a sturdy box. Inexpensive and definitive edition, with the full contents of all earlier releases & the addition of a further 60 page booklet prepared specifically for this box, as well as re-mastered versions of all the studio CDs and a rare bonus CD.

Forrest Fang/Ancient Machines ....CD $15.99

Forrest Fang/Ancient Machines ....CD $15.99

The ambient music of Ancient Machines - the eighteenth album from veteran Bay Area electronic musician and multi-instrumentalist Forrest Fang - embraces an arc of mysteriously complex moods and emotions. Fang's latest work reflects both his Western influences as a classical violinist and his Eastern influences as a player of Javanese gamelan and other Asian instruments. The pieces are imaginary narratives that gradually reveal themselves, incorporating the sounds of both electronic and acoustic instruments. On his latest Projekt release, Fang found inspiration reflecting on one of his early influences - minimalist classical composers. "During the early 80s," notes Fang, "I was fascinated with the trance-like effect of pieces like Glass' Einstein on the Beach and Riley's improvisational Persian Surgery Dervishes. For this album, I use the repetition of minimalism as a point of departure. However, what follows in the pieces is a hybrid ambient style that invites interaction between Western and non-Western instruments that are not ordinarily used together in a way that I hope conveys my love of sound in it's many manifestations and permutations." When asked, Fang purposely leaves the "ancient machines" referenced in the title open to the listener's interpretation. However, he may well be referring to the internal "machines" of all sentient and nonsentient life on this planet that evolve and mutate as part of the symphony of change.

Twelfth Night/Night to Remember ....import 2 CD Set $26.99
Twelfth Night/Night to Remember ....import Blu-Ray $29.99

Twelfth Night/Night to Remember ....import Blu-Ray $29.99

Two CD edition of the band's legendary show, captured live at the Barbican in December 2012. Features the complete performance comprising nearly two hours of the band's best-loved songs, recorded in front of an audience of specially invited fans and friends, and has extensive sleeve notes detailing various memories from the day, illustrated by a number of excellent photographs in a 12-page booklet. They give an idea of what a special occasion it was, and as it says in the sleeve-notes, it was truly 'a night to remember.' The audio recordings from the night were re-engineered and remixed at Mark's home studio, before being mastered by Karl Groom at Thin Ice studios.  Blu-ray from the band's legendary show, filmed live at the Barbican in December 2012, captured in stunning High Definition. The soundtrack from the show. All three formats include the complete performance comprising nearly 2 hours of the band's best-loved songs, recorded in front of an audience of specially invited fans and friends, and all have extensive sleeve notes detailing various memories from the day, illustrated by a number of excellent photographs in a 12-page booklet. They give an idea of what a special occasion it was, and as it says in the sleeve-notes, it was truly 'a night to remember.' The video, which was originally broadcast as a live webcast on the night, was edited and directed by David Read, who also compiled the special features which can be found on the Blu-Ray. These special features include 'Taking A Look Back" (a brand-new documentary), an animated history of Twelfth Night (originally shown on the night), Slideshow with it's own original soundtrack (over 100 photos), Clive's jokes - as told on the night, and the speeches that Clive, Andy and Brian made on the night, making up a truly special package. Line-up: Andy Revell, Brian Devoil, Clive Mitten, Mark Spencer, Dean Baker. All region code.

Marillion/With Friends from the Orchestra ....CD $17.99

Marillion/With Friends from the Orchestra ....CD $17.99

Recorded at The Racket Club and Real World Studios, and with a running time of almost 80 minutes, "With Friends from the Orchestra" features nine classic Marillion tracks re-imagined and accompanied by the In Praise of Folly String Quartet with Sam Morris (French Horn) and Emma Halnan (Flute).

 

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Tony Banks/5 ....CD $14.99

Tony Banks/5 ....CD $14.99

Tony Banks, the renowned founder member and keyboard maven of the rock band Genesis, continues his acclaimed series of orchestral compositions with Five. The suite opens with Prelude to a Million Years, originally commissioned for and performed at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Banks' signature melodic gifts and feel for cinematic scale are all in evidence in Five, just as they were in Six and Seven, 'a work of stirring beauty' (ProgSheet). First released by BMG Records in February 2018, Naxos is proud to present this recording which is described by Stage and Cinema as 'gorgeous, transporting music sounds exactly like a soaring soundtrack.' CrypticRock gave this recording 5 out of 5 stars: 'Five is therefore no different from what one would expect from this artist: stunning, evocative, beautifully-orchestrated, and timeless. With five marvelous pieces of brilliance, Five is a shining gem of sonic beauty that is truly deserving of your attention and a round of emphatic applause.'

 

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Big Big Train/Reflectors of Light ....import Blu-Ray $34.99

Big Big Train/Reflectors of Light ....import Blu-Ray $34.99

Five times progressive music award winning band, Big Big Train, will be releasing their new Blu-ray in December. The Blu-ray was recorded at the band's run of sold out shows at Cadogan Hall, London and features the best performance of every song performed at the concerts, providing a full set-list from their 2017 shows. There are two bonus performances and the Blu-ray features stereo and 5. 1 mixes. Region free.

 

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Nektar/Remember the Future [Expanded] ....2 CD Set $16.99

Nektar/Remember the Future [Expanded] ....2 CD Set $16.99

A superb reissue of the masterpiece that earned Nektar their place in prog rock Valhalla, the brilliant 1973 concept album, Remember the Future!  Features the best audio quality available of the album that put this great band on the map, climbing to No. 19 on the U.S. album charts and setting the stage for the group's first American tour! Available as a 2CD set that includes a bonus full-length concert performance from their 1974 American tou! New Nektar album and new tour with a new line-up coming in 2020!

 

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Live Dead '69/Phantom Ships with Phantom Sails ....2 CD Set $22.99

Live Dead '69/Phantom Ships with Phantom Sails ....2 CD Set $22.99

'Phantom Ships with Phantom Sails' is the debut two CD release by Live Dead '69. The title, a lyric from Robert Hunter's 'Days Between' bullseyes the recording's architecture. Featuring original Grateful Dead member Tom Constanten, the pianist who played all the keyboards on the 'Live Dead' recording, was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; was the linchpin of the Grateful Dead's first ambitious/ experimental studio recordings 'Anthem of the Sun' and 'Aoxomoxoa,' and toured with the Dead culminating in their appearance at Woodstock. Live Dead '69 is not a tribute; it is a continuation of the Dead's essential zeitgeist of extemporization and interpretive improvisation spotlighting exquisite selections from Grateful Dead's halcyon repertoires of psychedelic originals, cherished covers and jams. Along with Constanten is Mark Karan, lead guitarist with Bob Weir's Rat Dog and The Other Ones. Slick Aguilar who played lead guitar in Jefferson Starship & KBC for 26 years and with David Crosby Band before that. He is also a charter member of The Airplane Family. Robin Sylvester, bassist with Bob Weir's Rat Dog and Pete Lavezzoli from JGB on drums. This only commercially available recording by Live Dead '69 features 9 performances from their annual trek through England, Scotland & Wales ' 9 performances from home.

 

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June Tyson/Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra ....CD $15.99

June Tyson/Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra ....CD $15.99

The voice of Afrofuturistic science non-fiction! Undoubtedly the most sublime constellation in the Sun Ra cosmos, June Tyson's voice is the perfect guide through one of the most challenging and varied musical legacies ever to be encountered. Capable of strong, fierce, and emotive vocalizations as well as intricate weavings, her voice transcends genre. This first ever collection affirming June Tyson's unassailable gravity in Sun Ra's realm features previously unissued cuts and features rare photos and extensive liner notes!

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Steve Hackett & Djabe/Back to Sardinia ....import CD + DVD $23.99

Steve Hackett & Djabe/Back to Sardinia ....import CD + DVD $23.99

2019 studio album by Djabe and Steve Hackett. In 2016, the celebrated Hungarian group Djabe and acclaimed solo musician and former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett spent a few days on the magnificent island of Sardinia. Near the Nostra Signore di Tergu cathedral, they built a temporary recording studio in the priest's house. The recordings went well, the artists were deeply inspired by the surroundings. The 3-day long improvised session was put into shape by Tamas Barabas, who later in Budapest produced a whole album from the multitrack tapes to create the album Life Is a Journey - The Sardinia Tapes. Issued in 2017 the album was greeted enthusiastically by fans and was acclaimed critically. Three years on from those initial recordings, Djabe returned to Sardinia once again and recorded some newly improvised sessions. They worked at the same location and recorded onto 24 track analogue tape. Steve Hackett later completed his parts in Budapest, before the mixing period, as his summer schedule did not allow free time to share the fresh Sardinian air with his Djabe friends. The final result is again unique.

 

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Annie Haslam/It Snows in Heaven Too [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Annie Haslam/It Snows in Heaven Too [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of It Snows in Heaven Too, the Christmas album by acclaimed Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam. Originally issued on Annie's White Dove label in 2000, the album has been unavailable for many years and features Annie's unique interpretation of Christmas songs and Carols, both traditional and contemporary. It Snows In Heaven Too is sure to appeal to all fans of Annie Haslam and Renaissance as the Yule season approaches.

 

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Dave Cousins/Two Weeks Last Summer [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Dave Cousins/Two Weeks Last Summer [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the classic 1972 solo album by Strawbs founder Dave Cousins. Recorded at The Manor studio, Oxfordshire in June 1972, the album followed on the heels of the highly successful Strawbs album Grave New World. With many songs still to record, Dave Cousins chose to record a solo album utilizing different musicians. An impressive cast of players was drafted for the sessions including former Strawbs member and keyboard player Rick Wakeman, bassist Roger Glover (from Deep Purple), drummer Jon Hiseman (from Colosseum) and guitarist Miller Anderson (from the Keef Hartley Band). The album also saw contributions from future Strawbs member Dave Lambert. Two Weeks Last Summer featured a host of wonderful material, including the epic 'Blue Angel,' the classic title track, 'We'll Meet Again Sometime,' 'The Actor' and 'Ways and Means.' Although failing to chart upon it's release, the album is now regarded as a lost classic and worthy of anything Strawbs recorded at the peak of their success. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered from the original master tapes and features five bonus tracks. The release restores the original artwork and includes a new essay by Dave Cousins.

 

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Strawbs/Deep Cuts [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Strawbs/Deep Cuts [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the classic 1976 album Deep Cuts by Strawbs. Recorded at The Manor studio, Oxfordshire in the Spring and Summer of 1976, the album was the band's first for the newly formed Oyster Records. For the recording sessions, the line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, acoustic guitars), Dave Lambert (vocals, electric guitars), Chas Cronk (bass, guitars, vocals) and Rod Coombes (drums) was augmented by Robert Kirby (mellotron, electric piano and French horn), John Mealing (keyboards) and Rupert Holmes (piano, harpsichord, clavinet, clarinet). The initial recordings were supervised by Tom Allom as producer, but despite a wonderful new version of Dave Cousins' song Blue Angel being produced, it was felt the material was stale. In search of new inspiration, the recordings were shelved and Rupert Holmes and Jeffery Lesser were brought in as producers. The resulting album was one of the finest later works by Strawbs, featuring many fine compositions written mainly by Dave Cousins and Chas Cronk. This Esoteric Recordings expanded edition has been newly remastered from the original master tapes and features seven bonus tracks, including the shelved 'Blue Angel' and the rare single mix of 'Charmer,' along with a spoken word rendition of 'Beside the Rio Grande.' The release restores the original artwork and includes a new essay by Dave Cousins, making this the definitive edition of Deep Cuts.

 

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Be Bop Deluxe/Modern Music [Expanded & Remastered Edition] ....import double CD $19.99
Be Bop Deluxe/Modern Music [Deluxe Boxset Edition] ....import 4 CD + DVD Box Set $75.99

Be Bop Deluxe/Modern Music [Deluxe Boxset Edition] ....import 4 CD + DVD Box Set $75.99

Two CD edition features an additional 19 bonus tracks drawn from a stunning new stereo mix from the original multi-track tapes by award winning engineer Stephen W. Tayler, previously unreleased outtakes from the album sessions and a rare single -side, 'Shine.' Another highlight of this release is the lavishly illustrated booklet with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. Digitally remastered and expanded edition of Modern Music, the legendary 1976 album by Be Bop Deluxe. Deluxe four CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD edition features an additional 55 bonus tracks drawn from a stunning new 5. 1 surround sound and stereo mixes from the original multi-track tapes by award winning engineer Stephen W. Tayler, previously unreleased out-takes from the album sessions, a BBC Radio In Concert performance from October 1976, along with a bonus CD of a previously unreleased official bootleg of a performance at The Riviera Theater in Chicago in March 1976 recorded for FM Radio on Be Bop Deluxe's first US tour which features a rare jam entitled Bill's Blues. The set also includes visual material taken from a session for BBC TV's Old Grey Whistle Test show broadcast in November 1976. Another highlight of this boxed set is the lavishly illustrated 68-page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. Additionally, the set includes postcards and a replica poster. Recorded in June and July 1976 at Abbey Road Studio Three, Modern Music was the fourth album by Be Bop Deluxe and the second to feature the line-up of Bill Nelson (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Charles Tumahai (bass, vocals), Andy Clark (keyboards) and Simon Fox (drums). The album was co-produced by Bill Nelson and John Leckie. Much of the material appearing on the album was conceived by Bill Nelson whilst Be Bop Deluxe were undertaking their first tour of the USA in March 1976. The wonderful and expansive Modern Music "suite" which dominated the album was inspired by Bill's experiences of America, the disillusionment with the US music business and a longing for home. Modern Music also featured other fine songs such as 'Orphans of Babylon,' 'Kiss of Light,' and the epic 'Down on Terminal Street.'

 

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Spirit/Two Sides of a Rainbow - Live at the Rainbow [Remastered Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99

Spirit/Two Sides of a Rainbow - Live at the Rainbow [Remastered Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99

Digitally remastered two CD edition of Two Sides of a Rainbow - Live at the Rainbow 1978 by the legendary psychedelic rock band Spirit. The set features the entire concert performed by the band at the Rainbow Theatre in London on 11th March 1978, along with the nine tracks that comprised the US album release Live Spirit in 1979. In March 1978, Spirit undertook a series of shows in Germany and the UK with a line-up of Randy California (guitar, lead vocals), Larry "Fuzzy" Knight (bass, vocals) and Ed Cassidy (drums). The shows performed by the trio were outstanding, but perhaps the most memorable was the set performed at The Rainbow in London. Recorded with the intention of releasing a live album, it was found the multi-track tapes had some problems and so Randy California elected to repair the issues when compiling the single album Live Spirit. Fortunately, a separate recording was made using a feed from the front of house sound desk and from these tapes it has been possible to prepare a record of the band's entire performance on 11th March 1978. Two Sides of a Rainbow - Live at the Rainbow 1978 has been compiled by Spirit archivist and custodian Mick Skidmore and also features nine newly remastered bonus tracks drawn from the Live Spirit album. This release also features a new essay by Mick Skidmore and has recollections from Larry "Fuzzy" Knight."

 





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