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# 788

March 17, 2020

 

Hi, folks,

Hopefully you're all hunkered down and safe.  Seems like a good time to binge on good music!  If you'd like to order anything you see in today's newsletter, just drop me an e-mail with your selections. Also be sure to check out the Gary's Stash at http://www.artist-shop.com/sale.htm . The page has recently been updated so everything listed there should still be available as of the time of this mailing.

In Today's Newsletter

Coming Soon: Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake, Yes, Circa, Renaissance, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull, Marillion, Tangerine Dream, Dennis DeYoung, Jefferson Airplane, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg, Grateful Dead, The Enid, Wolfgang Flur, Crack the Sky, Roedelius, Joe Satriani, Todd Rundgren, Chris Frantz, When the Wind Blows, Ayreon, Miles Davis, T. Rex, Vanilla Fudge, Ed Wynne, Jon Hassell, Hawkwind, Fish on Friday, EOB, The Durutti Column, Alan Parsons Project, Jim Capaldi, Ken Hensley, The Necks, Marianne Faithfull, Camel, Patrick Moraz & Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, David Clayton-Thomas

New Releases: Camel, King Crimson, Roger Eno & Brian Eno, Cream, Rory Gallagher, Darryl Way, Pendragon, The Neal Morse Band, Teil 1 Kraut!: Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968-1979, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio, Peter Green, Pat Metheny, The Residents, The Groundhogs, Toyah, Fernando Perdomo, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, Blue Oyster Cult, ZNR, John Zorn, Harry Chapin, Martin Barre, Cheer-Accident, Soft Machine, Ars Nova, Steve Roach, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Sonny Landreth, Arlo Biggazi, Tim Hodgkinson, Pentangle, Gordon Giltrap, Eric Johnson


 

Coming Soon

Various Artists/Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake ....CD $14.99

Various Artists/Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake ....CD $14.99

The pantheon of prog rock all-stars show up to pay their respects to two dearly departed figures who revolutionzed modern rock keybaordist Keith Emerson & singer/songwriter/bassist Greg Lake!  Features all-new performances by an incredible cast of musicians including Todd Rundgren, Larry "Synergy" Fast (Peter Gabriel), Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre), and Arthur Brown plus a very special performance from Emerson's son Aaron & grandson Ethan!

Tracks include:
1 21st Century Schizoid Man (Todd Rundgren & Brian Auger)
2 A Time and a Place (Leslie Hunt & Derek Sherinian)
3 The Sheriff (Billy Sherwood & David Sancious)
4 C'est la Vie (Jon Davison & Larry Fast)
5 From the Beginning (Thijs Van Leer & John Wesley)
6 Hoedown (Patrick Moraz)
7 Still... You Turn Me On (Sonja Kristina & Steve Porcaro)
8 Lucky Man (Martin Turner & Geoff Downes)
9 Fanfare for the Common Man (Aaron & Ethan Emerson)
10 Karn Evil #9 1st Impression Part 2 (Arthur Brown & Jordan Rudess)
11 ELP Suite: Tarkus / From the Beginning / Tarkus (Reprise) (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

Yes/The Ladder ....import CD $18.99

Yes/The Ladder ....import CD $18.99

The Ladder is the eighteenth studio album by the English rock band Yes, released in September 1999 on Eagle Records. Their only studio album recorded with six full-time members in its line-up, work began at the end of their one-year world tour in support of their previous album Open Your Eyes (1997) and in celebration of the band's thirtieth anniversary. During the tour they agreed to work with Canadian producer Bruce Fairbairn and relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to record The Ladder at Armoury Studios. During the album's mixing stage, Fairbairn died unexpectedly and Yes dedicated it to him.

 

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Circa/Circa ....CD + DVD $16.99

Circa/Circa ....CD + DVD $16.99

The highly sought after 2007 debut album by short-lived prog rock supergroup featuring no less than 3 Yes alumni - Tony Kaye (keyboards), Alan White (drums) and Billy Sherwood (bass/vocals)!  This special collector's re-issue features a bonus DVD of the entire album performed live as well as a 40 minute instrumental journey through 3 decades of Yes, behind the scenes footage and more!

 

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

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

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

 

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Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse ....Blu-Ray $26.99
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse ....2 CD + DVD $29.99

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse ....Blu-Ray $26.99

"Live at the Roundhouse" is unlike any other concert film connected with Pink Floyd. It s the nearest thing you can get to a time machine, transporting you back to the very earliest days of the band. Nick Mason, the only band member to have played on all of Pink Floyd's studio albums, returns to the group's earliest records, joined in the line-up by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken. Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets took the drummer back to clubs for the first time in 1967, then to theatres, across the UK, North America and Europe, playing only music his old band had recorded before The Dark Side of the Moon. Captured from the band's celebrated shows at London's Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd played some of their most revered early shows in the 1960s, the film features a uniquely thrilling setlist including songs hailing from Syd Barrett's time with the band. Only four songs from this eclectic roster have ever previously appeared on official live releases by Pink Floyd or its members. Everything else is being experienced for the first time since their original live performances.

 

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Frank Zappa/Carnegie Hall ....3 CD Set $39.99

Frank Zappa/Carnegie Hall ....3 CD Set $39.99

Carnegie Hall is a quadruple live album on 3CD's by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, released posthumously on October 31, 2011, by the Zappa Family Trust. It is a mono recording of the two shows given on October 11, 1971 at Carnegie Hall in New York. It is sixth installment that is dedicated to the posthumous release of complete Zappa concerts, following the releases of FZ: OZ (2002), Buffalo (2007), Wazoo (2007), Philly '76 (2009) and Hammersmith Odeon (2010).

 

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Jethro Tull/Thick As a Brick - Live Iceland ....import CD + Blu-Ray $29.99
Jethro Tull/Thick As a Brick - Live Iceland ....import CD + DVD $29.99

Jethro Tull/Thick As a Brick - Live Iceland ....import CD + Blu-Ray $29.99

Thick As a Brick - Live in Iceland is a live album and Blu-ray/DVD by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. The live concert was recorded in Harpa concert hall, Reykjavík, Iceland on 22 June 2012.  It was part of the Thick As a Brick Tour by Ian Anderson and his touring band in Europe and the United States throughout 2012 and 2013.

 

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Marillion/Script for a Jester's Tear [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + Blu-Ray Set $45.99

Marillion/Script for a Jester's Tear [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + Blu-Ray Set $45.99

Originally released in March 1983, Script for a Jester's Tear was certified platinum in the band's native U.K. where it reached number seven on the Albums Chart and spawned two Top 40 singles: "He Knows You Know" (#35) and "Garden Party" (#16).   This Deluxe, 4CD/1 Blu-ray Edition opens with a newly remixed stereo version of Script for a Jester's Tear by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh. In addition, the collection also features new stereo remixes for the b-side "Charting the Single" that was released in January 1982, as well as the Market Square Heroes EP that followed in October that same year.  The Blu-ray features 96k/24-bit versions of the new stereo remixes for Script for a Jester's Tear and the Market Square Heroes EP, as well as the Live at the Marquee Club concert. The disc also includes a 5.1 Surround Remix of Script for a Jester's Tear. Rounding out the collection is a new documentary with band interviews that covers the 1979 formation of Marillion in Aylesbury through the release of Script for a Jester's Tear in 1983.

 

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Tangerine Dream/Franz Kafka the Castle ....import CD $42.99

Tangerine Dream/Franz Kafka the Castle ....import CD $42.99

Take a ticket to ride and enjoy the musical atmosphere of one of Tangerine Dream's most challenging projects, based on Kafkas unfinished story. The Castle is never meant to be a building as we would expect it. Kafka goes much further, into a deeper study of mankind and society.

 

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Dennis DeYoung/26 East Vol. 1 ....CD $14.99

Dennis DeYoung/26 East Vol. 1 ....CD $14.99

Brand new studio album from former Styx frontman, Dennise DeYoung. Features a guest appearance from Julian Lennon on the track 'To The Good Old Days.'  Styx founding member Dennis DeYoung is back with a new original solo album, "26 East, Vol. 1."   "26 East" was the address where DeYoung grew up in Roseland, IL on the far south side of Chicago. This is where the band was formed in his basement in 1962. Across the street lived the Panozzo twins, John and Chuck, who along with DeYoung would go on to form the nucleus of Styx. The cover artwork features three locomotives traveling through space, representing the original members leaving Chicago on their journey to the stars.  "This was supposed to be my final album but there were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one," DeYoung states. "This is Volume 1, which sounds pretentious to me, but the marketing folks wanted you to know there are going to be two of them, so hey kids, there are two of them; this is Volume 1."  DeYoung describes 'East Of Midnight' as a song about how late night radio changed our lives as the music transported us to a world bigger than the one we knew."  The process that brought forth the album beginning in the first place started when Jim Peterik, a fellow Chicagoan and nearby neighbor, sent a song to Dennis.  "If not for Jim Peterik's encouragement, talent and prodding I would not have recorded this music," says DeYoung. "He once told me the world needed my music; to which I replied 'have the world text me for verification.' We collaborated from the get go, happily and seamlessly and at this time we have written 9 songs together of which five will be on Volume 1. Just two Chicago guys doing what they do best, making music and having a laugh."  In support of the release of "26 East," DeYoung will tour heavily throughout 2020.

 

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Jefferson Airplane/Long John Silver & Thirty Seconds over Winterland ....import 2 CD Set $22.99

Jefferson Airplane/Long John Silver & Thirty Seconds over Winterland ....import 2 CD Set $22.99

Digitally remastered two CD set containing a pair of albums from the iconic rock band: Long John Silver and Thirty Seconds over Winterland. Released on the band's Grunt Records imprint in 1972 and 1973 respectively, the albums would be the final works by the band in the 1970s. Long John Silver was the band's final studio album of the 1970s and featured Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Papa John Creach, and John Barbata. Issued in July 1972, Long John Silver caused controversy thanks to the album artwork (which was designed to fold out into a marijuana "stash" box). Removal of an inner bag depicting a layer of cigars would reveal a photograph of marijuana on the fold out sleeve. Upon the album's release, Jefferson Airplane undertook an extensive American tour, recording shows at the Chicago Auditorium and at Winterland in San Francisco. The highlights of these concerts were released on the album Thirty Seconds over Winterland in April 1973 and proved to be the band's final release of the 1970s.

 

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Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg/Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99

Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg/Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99

Digitally remastered edition of the legendary 1973 album by Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg. The album followed on from Kantner and Slick's experiments on the albums Blows Against the Empire (1970) and Sunfighter (1971) and was recorded at Wally Heider's Studio in San Francisco at the close of 1972, just as Jefferson Airplane were winding down as a unit. As with Kantner's and Slick's previous ventures outside the Airplane, Baron von Tollbooth... pushed boundaries and eschewed any commercial considerations. The resulting album was experimental and progressive in nature but was also a fine work. The album sessions featured contributions from fellow Jefferson Airplane members John Barbata, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Papa John Creach along with some of the finest alumni from the West Coast rock music scene of the late '60s / early '70s such as Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart, David Crosby, Chris Ethridge, and Craig Chaquico (later to join Jefferson Starship). The album remains one of the great unsung albums to emerge from the Jefferson Airplane family tree. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly remastered and restores the original album artwork in a digipack.

 

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Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 2 - Austin 11-15-71 ....2 CD Set $39.99

Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 2 - Austin 11-15-71 ....2 CD Set $39.99

Keith Godchaux had only been with the band a month but already he was fitting in like a glove. This fall 1971 show captures the Dead dancing down their improvisational high wire like only they can. On one side of the precipice are the free form jams of their earlier incarnations. On the other are the country-infected tunes of American Beauty and Workingman's Dead, both released the preceding year. And no sequence captures the tension between the two quite like the first set's "Dark Star/El Paso" sequence, during which the band improbably (and seamlessly) veers from their spaciest song to their most cowboy cover and back again. A true marvel of a medley. Then, speaking of cowboy, the second set goes full-on boots 'n' spurs (the show is in Austin, after all) for its first half-dozen songs, winding up with a barn burning "Cumberland Blues." And then another sublime medley of "Not Fade Away" segueing into a "Jam" that toys with the "China Cat Sunflower" theme, followed by a rip-roarin' "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" and back to "Not Fade Away." Blair Jackson's liner notes chart the course. HDCD sound mastered by Jeffrey Norman, too... never before available in stores!

 

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The Enid/Live at Loughborough Town Hall 1980 ....import CD $17.99

The Enid/Live at Loughborough Town Hall 1980 ....import CD $17.99

Live archive release. British group The Enid was formed around the founder/keyboardist Robert John Godfrey (Barclay James Harvest) and his fellow founder members, guitarists Stephen Stewart and Francis Lickerish in 1973. Almost like a combination of classical and rock, the band combined vast orchestral movements, exclusively classical instrumentation, rigorous construction completely well-written and romantic rock music led by composer Robert John Godfrey. For the most part the albums have some orchestrated sound, all created using the standard guitars, basses, keyboards and drums. The Enid are probably the top of the symphonic tradition. The only band on the planet to have successfully fused rock-based music with the power, dynamics and scale of symphonic classical music. They are the absolute masters of their art and their achievements over more than twenty years of creative work set them apart from everything else which calls itself progressive.

 

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Wolfgang Flur/Eloquence Expanded: Complete Works [Ltd Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $24.99

Wolfgang Flur/Eloquence Expanded: Complete Works [Ltd Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $24.99

Ex-Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flur's celebrated solo works anthology, 'Eloquence,' is re-issued for it's 5th Anniversary as a limited edition with an exclusive bonus remixes disc, "Club Eloquence," containing a diversity of creative, international electronic re-works of the original key album tracks 'Beat Perfecto' and 'Pleasure Lane.' These two albums, packaged together in a fold out digi-pack with a 20 page booklet insert, are a fitting and comprehensive 34 track tribute to electronic music pioneer Wolfgang Flur's acclaimed solo career to date. It was in 1973 that Flur, with his then musical partner in Kraftwerk, Florian Schneider, developed the world's first electric drum pads board for their recordings and stage performances. The "Eloquence" album starts with his sung autobiography, 'I Was a Robot,' a No. 6 hit on the German Club charts. Whereas Kraftwerk were known for their stripped down arrangements, Flur overlays lush melodies that fuse elements of electronica, Krautrock, dance music and spoken word into one truly timeless and innovative album. Flur states, "If Kraftwerk played minimal electro, then I now play maximal electro."

 

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Crack the Sky/Crackology & Living in Reverse ....2 CD Set $29.99

Crack the Sky/Crackology & Living in Reverse ....2 CD Set $29.99

Crackology & Living In Reverse: Crackology contains all new recordings of 13 songs that span the over 40 year career of the band, and the first time it has been available on CD. Living In Reverse is 12 new genre-defying tunes from the group. LIR released in 2018 and debuted on the Billboard charts as #7 - Top New Artist Album, #31 - Independent Current Albums, and #40 - Top Current Rock Albums.

 

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Roedelius/Selbstportrait Wahre Liebe ....CD $18.99

Roedelius/Selbstportrait Wahre Liebe ....CD $18.99

The first part of Hans-Joachim Roedelius's Selbstportrait (Self-Portrait) series was originally released under the title Sanfte Musik on Sky Records in 1979. Now, some forty years later, a new installment has arrived in the form of an album entitled Wahre Liebe. One of the initiators of the Berlin Zodiak Free Arts Lab in 1967, Roedelius went on to co-found Kluster/Cluster and Harmonia, unleashing a new and free form of music which, with the benefit of hindsight, can be considered a milestone in the historical context of kosmische musik and krautrock. In the late 1970s, Roedelius began to increase his activities as a solo artist, building up an extensive and multifaceted body of work over the ensuing decades. Across this timeline, the Self-Portrait albums represent an intensely personal and noteworthy corpus in their own right. In 2014, Bureau B founder Gunther Buskies approached Roedelius to suggest that he record a new installment for the Self-Portrait series, using the same instruments which dominated his productions in the late 1970s: a Farfisa organ, drum machine, tape-delay and a Rhodes. Together with Onnen and Wolf Bock, the album Wahre Liebe (True Love) was created. Roedelius explains the process: "The Wahre Liebe album was commissioned by Gunther Buskies, who wanted to know if the elderly Roedelius, armed with vintage tools, was capable of 'beaming back' to his youthful years, reaching into the sonic past of the Self-Portrait series to deliver similarly persuasive results. What better proof could there be that true love, age-old love never dies..."

 

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Roedelius/Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978 ....CD $18.99

Roedelius/Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978 ....CD $18.99

During the legendary Forst years, Roedelius had a private workspace with a Farfisa organ, a Revox-A77 tape machine, an echo device and a synthesizer which he borrowed from the Cluster studio next door now and again. Here he experimented, practiced, allowed his imagination to flow, at any hour of the day or night, whenever he was not in the studio with Dieter Moebius and/or Michael Rother at work on new Cluster or Harmonia material. Roedelius always let the tape run, in order to analyze the ideas thus captured more effectively on repeated listening. For the first time ever, this Roedelius audio sketchbook had been digitalized and available to the public in 2014 on a limited three-LP box set called Roedelius Tape Archive 1973-1978. The recordings offer a deep insight into the creative process of his music. Fleeting notes, slivers of ideas, so to speak, moments of inspiration. Finger exercises, experiments in harmony, studies in rhythm are also preserved on these magnetic tapes.  Since the box set has been sold out for a long time, Bureau B decided to release the essence of those three LPs on a one-disc compilation: Roedelius Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978.

Joe Satriani/Shapeshifting ....CD $14.99

Joe Satriani/Shapeshifting ....CD $14.99

Joe Satriani will launch his 18th studio in April to coincide with his European tour. Satriani has also released the first track from Shapeshifting. Nineteen Eighty is a song that harks back to the period of his first band, the Squares, and to the sounds of that time. "I've always been a huge fan of Eddie Van Halen," Satriani says. "In my mind, he just crystalized that era. The late '70s and early '80s, he kind of saved rock guitar. So that's what I would have been doing."

 

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Todd Rundgren/Individualist - Digressions, Dreams & Dissertation ....Book $21.99

Todd Rundgren/Individualist - Digressions Dreams & Dissertation ....Book $21.99

Legendary songwriter, guitarist, producer and now an offiical nominee for the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Todd Rundgren, pens his first ever autobiography reflecting on both his phenomenal career as well as his rollercoaster of a personal life! Over 200 pages of recollections, structured into bite-sized 3 paragraph chapters, about Rundgren's encounters with rock royalty including Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The NY Dolls, Meatloaf, and many more along with numerous photos never before published! Rundgren has already discussed the book in an interview with Billboard magazine and will be doing more press in the coming weeks!

Chris Frantz/Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina ....Hardcover Book $29.99

Chris Frantz/Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina ....Hardcover Book $29.99

One of the most dynamic groups of the '70s and '80s, Talking Heads, founded by drummer Chris Frantz, his girlfriend Tina Weymouth, and lead singer David Byrne, burst onto the music scene, playing at CBGBs, touring Europe with the Ramones, and creating hits like "Psycho Killer" and "Burning Down the House" that captured the post-baby boom generation's intense, affectless style.  In Remain in Love, Frantz writes about the beginnings of Talking Heads, their days as art students in Providence, moving to the sparse Chrystie Street loft Frantz, Weymouth, and Byrne shared where the music that defined an era was written. With never-before-seen photos and immersive vivid detail, Frantz describes life on tour, down to the meals eaten and the clothes worn, and reveals the mechanics of a long and complicated working relationship with a mercurial frontman.  At the heart of Remain in Love is Frantz's love for Weymouth: their once-in-a-lifetime connection as lovers, musicians, and bandmates, and how their creativity surged with the creation of their own band Tom Tom Club, bringing a fresh Afro-Caribbean beat to hits like "Genius of Love."  Studded with memorable places and names from the era - Grace Jones, Andy Warhol, Stephen Sprouse, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, and Debbie Harry among them - Remain in Love is a frank and open memoir of an emblematic life in music and in love.

When the Wind Blows ....Blu-Ray $29.99
When the Wind Blows ....DVD $19.99

When the Wind Blows ....Blu-Ray $29.99

"There have been enough post-holocaust nuclear winter films to constitute a genre" says Time Out, "but there has never been anything quite like this." Three decades after it first shattered audiences worldwide, Severin Kids is proud to present the animated classic about an elderly couple - voiced by Academy Award" winners Sir John Mills and Dame Peggy Ashcroft - attempting to survive the aftermath of a nuclear war. Directed by Jimmy T. Murakami (Heavy Metal, Battle Beyond the Stars), adapted by Raymond Briggs from his acclaimed graphic novel, and featuring an original score by Roger Waters with title song by David Bowie, experience what Rock! Shock! Pop! calls "A fascinating achievement in filmmaking, and one that remains timeless more than 30 years after its creation."

 

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Ayreon/Electric Castle Live and Other Tales ....Blu-Ray $17.99
Ayreon/Electric Castle Live and Other Tales ....2 CD + DVD Set $18.99
Ayreon/Electric Castle Live and Other Tales [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + 2 DVD + Blu-Ray $49.99

Ayreon/Electric Castle Live and Other Tales [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + 2 DVD + Blu-Ray $49.99

'Ayreon - Electric Castle Live and Other Tales,' a blu-ray of 2019's live spectacular performance of the third Ayreon album 'Into the Electric Castle.' Over four nights at Tilburg's 013 venue Lucassen, his band and one of modern progressive music's most emphatic of casts celebrated the 20th anniversary of the third Ayreon album in front of thousands of adoring fans who had flown in from around the world. Originally released in 1998, "Into the Electric Castle" is a classic tale of an epic quest. Set in "no time and no space," it tells the story of eight individuals who are guided by a mysterious voice and tasked with finding the mysterious Electric Castle and discover what's inside. The entire album was performed live, featuring original album singers and musicians, such as Thijs Van Leer, Fish, Damian Wilson, Edward Reekers, Anneke van Giersbergen, and several special guests including Simone Simons (Epica) and Star Trek's John De Lancie as narrator. The "Other Tales" are deep cuts from Arjen Lucassen's other projects, such as The Gentle Storm, Ambeon, Stream of Passion, Guilt Machine, Star One, his solo-album Arjen Anthony Lucassen and a very special Marillion cover. Step into the Electric Castle! Blu-ray specs: * Full HD image * DD 2.0 and DTS-MA 5.1 surround audio * 3 hours of bonus materials, including interviews and a making of documentary.   Contents of the 5-Disc Photobook: * CD 1+2: The entire concert, including John De Lancie's narration. * DVD 1: The entire concert in DD 2.0 and DD 5.1 surround * DVD 2: Almost 3 hours of bonus materials, including a making of documentary and interview. * Blu-ray: The entire show in DD 2.0 and DTS-MA 5.1 surround, and 3 hours of bonus materials (same as DVD 2). * 44 Page Book with photos and liner notes.

 

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Miles Davis/Birth of the Cool ....Blu-Ray + DVD $29.99
Miles Davis/Birth of the Cool ....DVD $24.99
Miles Davis/Birth of the Cool: Music from an Inspired Film by Stanley Nelson ....CD $13.99

Miles Davis/Birth of the Cool ....Blu-Ray + DVD $29.99

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of the legendary trumpeter, bandleader, innovator and trend-setter who crossed musical genres and whose life was notable on and off stage. Directed by award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson, the film features Miles' music from live performances, studio recordings and outtakes, as well as interviews with those who knew Miles best (Quincy Jones, Santana, Wayne Shorter, etc). Blu-Ray includes bonus DVD disc of live footage from the Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

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T. Rex/Electric Warrior ....Hybrid SACD $39.99

T. Rex/Electric Warrior ....Hybrid SACD $39.99

Limited SACD hybrid disc. Mobile Fidelity presents the music's reverb, colors and strings in full-tilt glory. This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD players! At once sardonic, flamboyant, and trashy, T. Rex's uncommonly unique Electric Warrior catapulted leader Marc Bolan to stardom, triggered an ongoing fascination with glam rock, and launched a movement that soon involved David Bowie, Roxy Music, Mott the Hoople, and more. Yet none of those namesake artists ever released a record that out-glammed, out-innuendoed, out-thrusted, or out-camped Electric Warrior - named the 160th Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone and included in the celebrated book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.   Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's state-of-the-art mastering system, strictly limited to 2,500 numbered copies, and housed in a gatefold mini-sleeve, the label's hybrid SACD gives the 1971 landmark the widescreen sound quality it has always deserved. Tony Visconti's warm, reverb-soaked production and Roy Thomas Baker's ace engineering remain two of the work's most famous and revered aspects. Here, the production and music can be experienced in all it's full-tilt glory, from the subtle albeit elegant classical touches to the instantly identifiable Les Paul guitar licks to Bolan's sensual, wispy, are-they-or-aren't-they-serious vocals.

 

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Vanilla Fudge/Vanilla Fudge ....Hybrid SACD $39.99

Vanilla Fudge/Vanilla Fudge ....Hybrid SACD $39.99

Created during the peak of heightened chemical, musical, and social experimentation, the band's self-titled debut aims for sonic and mental expansion via psychedelic means. Consisting primarily of elongated covers of then-modern works by the Beatles, Supremes, Curtis Mayfield, and others, the album shape-shifts the familiar into original, uncharted excursions that lead to colorful dimensions. Musically and thematically, the 1967 magnum opus occupies territory located between high-art seriousness and rule-breaking outrageousness. It's maverick streak treats reverential scripts with inviting strangeness, offbeat vision, and zero pretension. More than 50 years after it's original release, the symphonic arrangements now sound more ambitious, direct, mesmerizing, and influential than before courtesy of a superior mono restoration. Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2,000 copies on hybrid SACD, Mobile Fidelity's reissue unveils the baroque underpinnings, gorgeous harmonies, grinding soul, and low-end-plumbing organ riffs that help make the quartet's fare unique. The timing of the off-kilter tempos and improvisational movements gets cast into unpolluted light, with the collective's expert shading and deliberate tonality emerging as major components of the songs. Vastly improved, too, is the powerful, jazz-inspired drumming of Carmine Appice. Seated deep and wide in the vast soundstage, his playing illuminates the genius of Vanilla Fudge's arguably most valuable asset-a sense of dynamics and surprise that contributes to a rich, malt-like musical thickness true to the band's name. There's not another album like Vanilla Fudge in the entire rock canon.

 

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Ed Wynne/Shimmer into Nature ....import CD $15.99

Ed Wynne/Shimmer into Nature ....import CD $15.99

Debut solo album from the psychedelia visionary and founder of the legendary Ozric Tentacles. A visionary, a prodigal symphonist, one of the UK's leading influential musicians: Ed Wynne is undoubtedly a gifted instrumentalist. He is credited as one of the linchpins of the UK festival scene's re-emergence along with his band Ozric Tentacles, who formed at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 and became staples of the Glastonbury Festival, with their most recent performance at Glastonbury in 2016 on the Glade stage. With an incredible flair for creating masterful tapestries of sound, and for having sold over a million records worldwide, Ed Wynne's debut solo album on Kscope will be quick to take a hold on fans of psychedelic synth and rock music. 'Shimmer into Nature' was recorded and inspired by the different locations Ed Wynne travelled to over three years, from deep in the Colorado mountains, to the coastlines of Cornwall and South Devon, before being completed on Scotland's east coast by the Firth of Forth.

 

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Jon Hassell/Vernal Equinox ....CD $16.99

Jon Hassell/Vernal Equinox ....CD $16.99

Hailed as one of the 50 best Ambient albums of all time by Pitchfork, this is a welcome remastered reissue of the first commercially released work by Jon Hassell (originally put out by Lovely Music in 1977), with sleevenotes by Hassell and Brian Eno. A quiet, meditative work of outstanding beauty.

 

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Hawkwind/Roadhawks ....import CD $19.99

Hawkwind/Roadhawks ....import CD $19.99

Esoteric Recordings and Atomhenge, the home of the Hawkwind catalogue, are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic Hawkwind compilation Roadhawks. Originally released in 1976, the album brought to a close the first era of this legendary band, gathering together highlights from the band's first five albums and featuring the classic singles Silver Machine and Urban Guerilla. The significant factor in the creation of Roadhawks was the remixing and editing of some tracks by Dave Brock and the inclusion of a previously unreleased live version of You Shouldn't Do That. Housed in a striking sleeve inspired by a Barney Bubbles image, Roadhawks was an indispensable album in Hawkwind's discography of the 1970s. Long deleted and never released on CD, Roadhawks finally makes it's official debut on Atomhenge. The reissue has been re-mastered from the original United Artists master tapes, fully restores the album artwork and includes a replica Roadhawks poster originally included with the first pressing of the album.

Fish on Friday/Black Rain ....import CD $19.99

Fish on Friday/Black Rain ....import CD $19.99

Esoteric Antenna is proud to present the release of Black Rain, the superb new album by Fish On Friday. Black Rain is Fish On Friday's fifth and arguably strongest album to date. On each of the album's eleven songs, the production is flawless and the songs and arrangements are imaginative and creatively constructed. The band, featuring Nick Beggs, Frank Van Bogaert, Marty Townsend and Marcus Weymaere, sounds tighter and punchier than ever before. As a response to the positive reactions to Lula Beggs' vocal contributions to Fish On Friday's previous album, Quiet Life, Lula was given a bigger guest role on Black Rain, appearing on four of the eleven tracks on the album. Black Rain may perhaps be seen as a concept album about the fast changing, (for some, way too fast), world that we live in... Our changing environment, refugees fleeing from war, and global political madness. Although the album certainly has it's dark sides, there is also room for sun and happiness. The album is packaged in a beautiful six panel digipack with a sixteen-page booklet designed by Michal Karcz, which truly complements the music to make every aspect of Black Rain a true work of art and an album for our times.

 

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EOB/Earth ....CD $15.99

EOB/Earth ....CD $15.99

Earth is the debut solo album from Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien.  Composed by O'Brien and produced by Flood, Earth features Ed on vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and programming alongside a diverse cast of guest musicians including O'Brien's Radiohead bandmate Colin Greenwood, Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, drum legend Omar Hakim, bass player Nathan East, Laura Marling and Catherine Marks.

 

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The Durutti Column/Vini Reilly + WOMAD Live ....2 CD Set $19.99

The Durutti Column/Vini Reilly + WOMAD Live ....2 CD Set $19.99

Two CD set. Factory Benelux presents an expanded edition of Vini Reilly, the seventh studio album by Manchester ensemble The Durutti Column. Originally released by Factory Records in 1989, the album has now been newly remastered with 23 bonus tracks including companion single WOMAD Live. Produced by Vini Reilly and Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur), the original working title of the Vini Reilly album was The Durutti Column Sampler. 'People describe them as found samples and found voices,' explained Vini at the time. 'I always build up a catalogue of interesting loops and voice samples and stuff. Then I forget where I got them from a lot of the time, which is quite convenient... A lot of the time I manipulate the sample anyway, so it's singing my tune, rather than the original tune.'

Alan Parsons Project/Ammonia Avenue: Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set ....import 3 CD + BR + 2 LP Set $119.99

Alan Parsons Project/Ammonia Avenue: Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set ....import 3 CD + BR + 2 LP Set $119.99

Limited deluxe three CD + Blu-ray + double vinyl LP (pressed at 45RPM) box set of the classic album Ammonia Avenue by The Alan Parsons Project. 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 songwriting diaries, studio session out-takes and stunning new 5. 1 surround sound and stereo mixes from the original multi-track master tapes by Alan Parsons and the promotional videos of 'Don't Answer Me' and 'Prime Time.' This stunning set also features 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. First released in February 1984, Ammonia Avenue was the seventh album by The Alan Parsons Project, the brainchild of composer, musician and singer Eric Woolfson and celebrated producer and engineer Alan Parsons.

 

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Jim Capaldi/Open Your Heart: Island Recordings 1972-1976 ....import 3 CD + DVD Set $39.99

Jim Capaldi/Open Your Heart: Island Recordings 1972-1976 ....import 3 CD + DVD Set $39.99

Four disc (three CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) set in clamshell box. Aside from his work as a founder member with the acclaimed band Traffic (a group for which Jim co-wrote most of their classic songs with Steve Winwood), Jim Capaldi was also a successful solo artist, enjoying a series of hit albums and singles in his own right. His solo career began with the album Oh How We Danced, recorded whilst Traffic was on hiatus whilst Steve Winwood was recovering from peritonitis. Mainly recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, the album featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section of Roger Hawkins (drums), David Hood (bass) and Barry Beckett (keyboards), along with a host of guests such as Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Paul Kossoff, Dave Mason, Ric Grech, Jim Gordon, Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth) and Trevor Burton (The Move / Steve Gibbons Band). Jim's second solo album was the 1974 release Whale Meat Again, an album that tackled a variety of lyrical subjects, including environmental issues. Once more, he utilized the services of Roger Hawkins, David Hood and Barry Beckett, along with Steve Winwood. With the disbanding of Traffic in 1974, following a troubled US tour, Jim embarked on his next solo project, Short Cut Draw Blood. The album would prove to be one of his most successful. Once again, Jim Capaldi assembled a stellar cast of musicians to contribute to the album such as Steve Winwood, Chris Spedding, Roger Hawkins, David Hood and Barry Beckett and Chris Wood. This boxed set has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an additional 6 bonus tracks, all drawn from single releases and also includes a bonus DVD (NTSTC / Region Free) featuring previously unreleased live appearances by Jim Capaldi on BBC TV's Old Grey Whistle Test; a session from November 1975 (featuring Steve Winwood on piano) and a 50 minute concert by Jim Capaldi & the Space Cadets at the BBC TV Theatre in March 1976.

Ken Hensley/Tales of Live Fire & Other Mysteries ....import 5 CD Box Set $39.99

Ken Hensley/Tales of Live Fire & Other Mysteries ....import 5 CD Box Set $39.99

Five CDs. Although it's fair to say that Ken Hensley, as a musician, a songwriter and artist, is probably best known for the decade he spent in Uriah Heep, from 1970's Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble through to 1980's Conquest, as the band's keyboard and organist, guitarist, and often their principle songwriter, Ken has forged a varied and exciting musical career over the past 50+ years. Tales of Live Fire & Other Mysteries revisits two prolific years for Ken, with albums released in 2012 and 2013. CD One: Love & Other Mysteries is the result of three years spent in the studio, crafting an intensely personal album. CD Two finds Ken unplugged and at his very best. Recorded live at La Caja Negra, Las Cigarreras, Alicante in Spain on 20th August 2012, this great selection of songs captures the Heep years along with a tasteful selection from his solo career. CD Three and Four; in 2006 Ken formed the band Live Fire, providing his trademark keyboards, guitar and vocals, alongside Norwegians Ken Ingwersen, Eirikur Hauksson, Sid Ringsby & Willy Bendiksen, initially just to perform Ken's songs live. Closer in spirit to the classic, melodic hard rock of Uriah Heep, LIVE!! captures Ken Hensley & Live Fire on their 2012 European tour, at live dates in Switzerland and Germany whilst promoting Live Fire debut, "Faster." CD5: With a line-up completed by Roberto Tiranti on bass, Ken Hensley & Live Fire released their second studio record, Trouble, in 2013. With melodic hard rock pitched somewhere between Heep's Return to Fantasy and Sweet Freedom, Ken's trademark Hammond organ drives "Trouble" from opener 'Ready to Die' across ten tracks, concluding with the epic 'The Longest Night.'

 

The Necks/Three ....CD $15.99

The Necks/Three ....CD $15.99

Three, the 21st album from legendary Australian instrumental trio The Necks, is a winding, textural, and visceral musical exploration through three individual, contrasting tracks that each delve into separate tenets of their sound. Three's variety of tones and structures offer a glimpse into the boundless, immersive sonic universe The Necks have been constructing, through recorded and live performance, for over 30 years. From it's very first moments, 'Bloom' rattles and propels listeners through a dense, mesmerizing soundscape of unceasing intensity. Directly juxtaposing the consuming rattle of the opener, 'Lovelock,' dedicated to the memory of Damien Lovelock, former frontman of The Celibate Rifles, is a weightless and atmospheric threnody that ruminates in the quiet and overwhelming moments of grief. The final setting of Three is one of warmth and familiarity. 'Further,' is a confident, seductive groove in a quintuple meter, reminiscent of the groups' work on records like Sex (1989) and Aquatic (1994). Contrasting the style of their celebrated improvisational live act, the group's studio work is meticulously sculpted from beginning to end. On Three, Chris Abrahams (piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass), Tony Buck (drums/percussion), and their long-time backend collaborators Tim Whitten (engineer) and Doung Henderson (master) have again scrupulously built music that focuses on the most intricate edges of staggeringly immense, diverse worlds. From strained to still to smoky, each piece of Three marks itself as distinct and it's own, but all feel representative of Australia's greatest cult band, The Necks.

 

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Marianne Faithfull/20th Century Blues ....import CD $15.99

Marianne Faithfull/20th Century Blues ....import CD $15.99

CD reissue. Recorded live with just a pianist, this could have been a dreadful affair; others have tried similar concepts and failed. Yet this works marvellously. Why? Partially because Marianne Faithfull has lived about five normal lifetimes and this shows up in her voice. The audience hold it's breath while Faithfull digs into 'Alabama Song,' 'Surabaya Johnny' and 'Pirate Jenny.' It's glorious and if you like the extremes of dark and light, the sound of a whiskey-flavoured voice accompanied by a lone pianist (Paul Trueblood), then you will love this piece of work. The concerts entitled 'A Night in the Weimar Republic,' are made up of mainly songs by Brecht & Weill before an audience that really loved her, whisky and cigarette in her hand.

 

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Future Releases Still Pending

 

Camel/At the Royal Albert Hall ....import 2 CD Set $24.99

After months of delays, the DVD and Blu-Ray editions have finally been released, so I'm hopeful that the CDs are not far behind!  '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.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


New Releases

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 Blu-Ray (All Region) $29.99

After having been pushed back from release several months, the Blu-Ray and DVD editions have finally been released (which gives me hope that the CD edition is not far behind)!   'At the Royal Albert Hall' celebrates Camel's superb 'Moonmadness 2018' tour in which the album Moonmadness was played in its entirety. Universally acclaimed by everyone that saw it, the RAH concert was the pinnacle of the tour. With the line-up of Andrew Latimer (guitar / flute / vocals), Colin Bass (bass / vocals), Denis Clement (drums) and Pete Jones (keyboards / vocals) this is Camel at their best . DVD NTSC Region 0; All region code Blu-ray.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Zorn/Virtue ....CD $18.99

John Zorn/Virtue ....CD $18.99

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

Soft Machine/Virtually ....CD $17.99

Soft Machine/Virtually ....CD $17.99

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Arlo Biggazi/Tribae Soundtrack ....import CD $22.99

Arlo Biggazi/Tribae Soundtrack ....import CD $22.99

Release from Materiali Sonori featuring Mirio Cosottini, Pier Luigi Andreoni, Blaine L. Reininger from Tuxedomoon.

 

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Tim Hodgkinson/Under the Void ....CD $17.99

Tim Hodgkinson/Under the Void ....CD $17.99

Three fascinating contemporary classical compositions from Henry Cow alumnus Tim Hodgkinson for flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, violins, violas, cello, bass, piano, percussion, virtual strings, accordion, Siberian frame drums, gongs, viola, electronics, bowed cymbals, lap steel guitar, Yamaha DX21 and bass clarinet - an iconoclastic hybrid of materials, real, virtual, imaginary and observed that flatter and puzzle the ear, drawing from many disciplines and taking a phenomenological approach to sound. More rock than academe, Tim Hodgkinson studied social anthropology at Cambridge, and co-founded Henry Cow in 1968. He has a long involvement in improvisation, and came back to anthropology in the 1990s to research music and shamanism in Siberia. Hodgkinson works regularly with the Romanian Composer Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble and his compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles in many European contemporary music festivals. His composition Fragor appeared in the Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island.

Pentangle/Live on Air 1967-1969 ....2 CD Set $23.99

Pentangle/Live on Air 1967-1969 ....2 CD Set $23.99

London Calling presents Pentangle's Live on Air 1967-1969, including performances from the Danny Thompson Trio with John McLaughlin. The high profile names of John Renbourn and Bert Jansch remain coveted enough to warrant excitement at any retrospective release, but combined with Danny Thompson and Jacqui McShee, this is a delightful insight into one of Britain's finest folk-rock bands to emerge in the late '60s. Pentangle's legacy lies in an abundance of fragile, acoustic wonder spanning six albums with Transatlantic and Reprise Records from 1968 to 1972.  Among studio, television and festival appearances, Pentangle visited venues such as the Playhouse Theatre and Paris Theatre for the BBC. These pristine sessions reveal a valuable insight into the creative mindset directing the band in their heyday. Prominently featured here are the only known recordings of Danny Thompson with John McLaughlin and Tony Roberts from 1967, music that would provide a vital bridge to the formation of Pentangle. Digitally remastered, includes a Brian Matthew interview with Jacqui McShee from 1970 and a full color booklet with liner notes and rare images.

Gordon Giltrap/Woman ....CD $13.99

Gordon Giltrap/Woman ....CD $13.99

Over the past forty years, Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience. As one ofthe UK's most respected guitarists, he has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned.

 

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Eric Johnson/EJ Vol. II ....$15.99

Eric Johnson/EJ Vol. II ....$15.99

2020 release from the Austin, TX based prolific guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. EJ Vol II follows it's predecessor from 2016 which was simply EJ, an all-acoustic collection of songs which showcased nine original compositions and four covers. Johnson's approach was deeply honest, intimate, personal and delivered with organic emotion. With EJ Vol II, he presents new repertoire that combines electric and acoustic arrangements and once again represents a collection of originals with a couple of select covers.

 

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