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# 772

May 4, 2019

 

Hi, folks,

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

In Today's Newsletter

&tc: Allan Holdsworth, Tangerine Dream, Rick Wakeman, P.F.M., Chris Squire & Billy Sherwood, Gong, Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer, Captain Beyond, Neal Schon & Jan Hammer, Captain Beefheart, The Alliance, Bob Dylan, Spirit, Savoy Brown, Agitation Free, Ozric Tentacles, Ron Geesin, Billy Cobham, Big Big Train, Arthur Brown, Manfred Mann, Jimi Hendrix, Jorma Kaukonen & Vital Parts, Paul Butterfield, UK, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Kate Bush, Alan Parsons, Klaus Schulze, Jadis, RPWL, Le Orme, Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, United Progressive Fraternity, The Durutti Column, Jack Bruce, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Commander Cody, Nils Lofgren, Echoes, Journey, Foreigner, Toto, Strangers in the Room: Journey through the British Folk Rock Scene 1967-1973, Alan Davey's Bedouin, John Zorn, The Brecker Brothers, Richard Pinhas, Bernard Xolotl, Uriah Heep


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Coming Soon!!!

Allan Holdsworth/Warsaw Summer Jazz Days '98 ....CD + DVD $17.99

Allan Holdsworth/Warsaw Summer Jazz Days '98 ....CD + DVD $17.99

Along with Holdsworth, this amazing performance features Allan playing with his Trio, featuring the late Dave Carpenter on bass and Gary Novak on drums, who also contributes to the liner notes for this release.  The performance of Warsaw Summer Jazz Days '98 was beautifully recorded, filmed, and originally aired on Polish Television. The sound quality of both the audio and video is amazing and was digitally re-mastered from the original tapes. In addition to the broadcast performance, the DVD will also contain bonus footage from the performance. The Warsaw Summer Jazz Days is still one of the most prestigious and heralded jazz festivals in the world and the 1998 performance by the Allan Holdsworth Trio is still talked about today as one of the great moments in the history of the festival.

Tangerine Dream/In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 ....import 16 CD + 2 Blu-Ray Box Set $229.99

Tangerine Dream/In Search of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 ....import 16 CD + 2 Blu-Ray Box Set $229.99

A 16CD/2Blu-Ray boxset containing remastered versions of Tangerine Dream's innovative Virgin label output between 1973 and 1979 (plus copious extras).  A definitive statement, the box contains new stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of Phaedra and Ricochet by Steven Wilson and includes 8 CDs of previously unreleased material: 3 London concerts in full (Victoria Palace Theatre in 1974, The Rainbow Theatre in 1974 and Royal Albert Hall in 1975) along with the previously unreleased full soundtrack to Oedipus Tyrannus, recorded in July 1974 and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo by Steven Wilson.  Also includes 2 CDs of previously unreleased outtakes from the Phaedra sessions at The Manor Studios, Oxfordshire in November 1973 and the surviving 35-minute live recording from Coventry Cathedral in October 1975.  The box set features 2 Blu-Ray discs featuring the 5.1 mixes of Phaedra, Oedipus Tyrannus and Ricochet, along with a 1976 German TV performance and BBC Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast of Tangerine Dream at Coventry Cathedral.  Includes a hardback book featuring new liner notes and rare photographs and memorabilia.

 

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Rick Wakeman/2000 AD ....CD $17.99

Rick Wakeman/2000 AD ....CD $17.99

There's always been something mythic and larger than life about Rick Wakeman, and so it is not particularly surprising that he turned his hand to interpreting the iconic 2000 AD comics, the weekly science-fiction oriented magazine, most noted for it's Judge Dredd stories. Dave Cable writes: "I believe 2000 AD was hailed as one the most stylish and dynamic synth albums ever made. Many years and hundreds of albums later I feel that it still is and as a result it is a more than fitting title for such an immense body of work. Rick may well have ditched his cape in the pseudo-digital time tunnel but the wizard was still out there and in control. 2000 AD confidently runs through a wide range of musical styles while offering a fair amount of pleasant surprises along the way. 2000 AD is quintessential Wakeman doing what he does best and on his own terms. In a nutshell a fantastic album. Outside, a memorable and true classic in every sense of the word."

Rick Wakeman/Songs of Middle Earth ....CD $17.99

Rick Wakeman/Songs of Middle Earth ....CD $17.99

Richard Christopher Wakeman is an English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter, and author. He is best known for being in the progressive rock band Yes across five tenures between 1971 and 2004 and for his solo albums released in the 1970s. He is a current member of Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman. This is an especially curated selection of music inspired by the J R R Tolkein Lord of the Rings books.

P.F.M./A.D. 2010 La Buona Novella ....import CD $24.99

P.F.M./A.D. 2010 La Buona Novella ....import CD $24.99

 

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P.F.M./Canta De Andre ....import CD $24.99

P.F.M./Canta De Andre ....import CD $24.99

 

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Chris Squire & Billy Sherwood/Conspiracy Live [Remastered] ....CD + DVD $16.99

Chris Squire & Billy Sherwood/Conspiracy Live [Remastered] ....CD + DVD $16.99

Reissue of the 2013 concert album that united two giants of prog rock who join forces on this spectacular live CD/DVD set!  Remastered CD and pro shot DVD featuring performances of 2 Yes songs ("The More We Live," "Universal Garden") as well as tracks from Squire's 1975 solo album PLUS illuminating interviews with the whole band and lots more!

 

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Gong/Universe Also Collapses ....CD $15.99

Gong/Universe Also Collapses ....CD $15.99

Remember; there is only now. Following the success of their 2016 album, 'Rejoice! I'm Dead!', which was a transitional album in the evolution of Gong and was an opportunity to say goodbye to the great Daevid Allen, the current formation of Gong is releasing an album for them. 'The Universe Also Collapses' is the sound of Gong in 2019, as vanguards of 21st century psychedelia; propulsive, mystical and ecstatic.

 

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Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer/Focus ....import CD $14.99

Jan Akkerman & Thijs van Leer/Focus ....import CD $14.99

CD reissue. This 1985 album features Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer playing just about all of the instruments with some touches from a few guests. They were not one bit afraid to use digital synths and drum machines. Although it is heavy on the electronics, one can still hear the mastery of Thijs van Leer and Jan Akkerman shine through. The best tracks bring back the old Focus sound; 'Russian Roulette' and three Jan Akkerman songs, a 19 minutes version of 'Beethoven's Revenge', 'King Kong' and 'Indian Summer' which are fascinating in terms of composition and technical guitar virtuosity and last but not least a 16 minutes long 'Who's Calling.'

 

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Captain Beyond/Live in New York: July 30th 1972 [Limited Edition] ....CD $17.99

Captain Beyond/Live in New York: July 30th 1972 [Limited Edition] ....CD $17.99

Highly collectible, limited edition reissue of this powerful live performance by UK rock supergroup Captain Beyond!  Recorded at the height of the band's powers this performance has all the best CB songs including "Dancing Madly Backwards," "Armworth" and more! Only 500 CDs made and each comes in a special mini LP gatefold wallet with hand-numbered certificate of authenticity!

Neal Schon & Jan Hammer/Untold Passion + Here to Stay ....import CD $18.99

Neal Schon & Jan Hammer/Untold Passion + Here to Stay ....import CD $18.99

Two albums from Journey guitarist Neal Schon and former Mahavishnu Orchestra keyboardist Jan Hammer. These albums date from 1981 and 1982, originally recorded for CBS, and include former Back Door bass player Colin Hodgkinson 'Here To Stay' has Steve Perry and Steve Smith (both Journey) and Glenn Burtnick (Styx) as guest musicians. Jan Hammer has had a long and distinguished career. Well known for composing the Miami Vice TV theme, he has worked with the likes of Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin, Mick Jagger and Al Di Meola. Neal Schon was in Santana before forming Journey, as well as being a member of Bad English and Hardline. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new notes.

 

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Captain Beefheart/From the Vaults Vol 1 ....double CD $15.99

Captain Beefheart/From the Vaults Vol 1 ....double CD $15.99

Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 - December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band (1965-1982), with whom he recorded 13 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice with it's wide range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition. Beefheart was also known for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians, and for often constructing myths about his life. These radio sessions from 1978 shows Captain Beefheart at his crazy best. It does feature a great amount of "audience participation" which Beefheart appears to enjoy in a sort of "might go out of control any minute" kind of way.

Captain Beefheart/Live in Vancouver 1981 ....CD $18.99

Captain Beefheart/Live in Vancouver 1981 ....CD $18.99

Captain Beefheart, live from the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver on January 17th, 1981. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band toured Europe and North America to promote their critically acclaimed album, Doc at the Radar Station (1980). This would be their final tour together. A year later, Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, turned his back on the music business to focus on painting. Broadcast live by CBC at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, on January 17, 1981, this gig featured a stunning set that showcased Captain Beefheart's blues-based aural art served with a twist of brilliant madness. As the Captain said, "If you got ears, you gotta listen." The entire CBC FM radio broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, with background liners.

The Alliance/Fire & Grace ....CD $17.99

The Alliance/Fire & Grace ....CD $17.99

For fans of Boston, Sammy Hagar, GTR & Classic Rock! Robert Berry: all vocals, bass and keyboards (3, GTR) Gary Pihl: all guitars (Boston, Sammy Hagar) David Lauser: drums (Sammy Hagar, The Waboritas) In 1985, Sammy Hagar's band, lost its leader to Van Halen. As Sammy began a journey that would take him to new heights, his long time band, Jesse Harms (keyboards), David Lauser (drums), and Gary Pihl (guitar) started looking for that missing ingrediant. A way to continue together but also do something fresh. Geffen A/R guru John Kalodner gave them a tape of Robert Berry, a new artist being groomed by Geffen. Harms and Lauser traveled to see Berry's band perform. But as with most things timing is everything. They didn't get that first chance to play together. Harms hooked up with REO Speedwagon, Gary Pihl was asked to join Boston, Berry was off to England to work with Steve Howe in GTR and later with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer in 3. Early in 1993 Berry again received a call from David Lauser. They wanted to try again and form this new band and had recruited Alan (Fitz) Fitzgerald. Alan's band, Night Ranger had just broken up and he to was looking for something new. The timing was finally right. David, Gary, Robert and Fitz gathered together at Hagar's basement studio in Mill Valley and plowed through a few tunes. The vibe was powerful and first Alliance record was recorded. Alliance is back with a brand new record "Fire and Grace" and as Robert puts it, "we’ve done what I believe is the definitive Alliance album. Creative, non-compromising, and putting our heart and soul into every song. Alliance has all the ingredients of what a band should be." Engineered and Mixed by Robert and Mastered by Alan Douches (Yes, Fleetwood Mac, Pete Townshend) at his West West Side Music facility.

 

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Bob Dylan/The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings ....14 CD Box Set $99.99

Bob Dylan/The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings ....14 CD Box Set $99.99

A comprehensive anthology of music from the mythic first leg of Bob Dylan's groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue, this 14CD box set includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded. The collection also provides the listener with an intimate insider's seat for recently unearthed rehearsals at New York's S.I.R. studios and the Seacrest Mote in Falmouth, MA plus a bonus disc showcasing one-of-a-kind performances from the tour.  Features:  14-disc set; over 100 previously; unreleased tracks; five complete shows, newly mixed; three discs of rehearsals; bonus disc of rarities.

 

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Spirit/Live at Rockpalast 1978 ....CD + DVD $22.99

Spirit/Live at Rockpalast 1978 ....CD + DVD $22.99

Spirit's concert turned out to be one of the highlights of the first Rockpalast series (1977 to 1986). To Randy California' tough guitars he added an imposing bass foundation with his Moog synthesizer. Ed Cassidy's drum set-up included two timpani. Larry "Fuzzy" Knight completed the power trio on bass. Towards the end of the show Dickey Betts entered the stage again to jam with Spirit.

Savoy Brown/City Night ....CD $14.99

Savoy Brown/City Night ....CD $14.99

Over 50 years of rocking the blues, Savoy Brown, with leader and founder Kim Simmonds a the helm, return with City Night, their 40th album release. On the back of a number one Billboard blues hit in 2017, expectations are high for this new band offering. The album features Kim Simmonds on vocals and searing lead guitar and he is complemented with the most consistent lineup in the bands history, going strong for more than 10 years now. City Night is comprised of 12 high energy blues rock songs to surely please the worldwide fan base. "Walking On Hot Stones," "Payback Time" and "Don't Hang Me Out To Dry" will catch the attention of radio DJ's looking for the fresh new sound the Savoy Brown brings to roots music.

Agitation Free/Malesch ....CD $18.99
Agitation Free/2nd ....import CD $18.99

Agitation Free/Malesch ....CD $18.99                Agitation Free/2nd ....import CD $18.99

The band was formed in 1967 by the merger of two Berlin rock groups. In April 1972, the band toured Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Greece with Lutz Ulbrich, Michael Günther, Jörg Schwenke, Michael Hoenig and Burghard Rausch as members at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut. The manifold impressions of this journey were reflected in the first album Malesch.Extensive activities made the band known throughout Europe. In the summer of 1972 the group appeared in the cultural program of the Olympic Games in Munich, toured France for two months at the beginning of 1973, performed at the German Rock Super Concert in Frankfurt in May, produced the second album 2nd and then went on tour through France and German cities. Both the SFB and the WDR broadcast portraits and live concerts. In 1974, the band was tired and at the end of the year, after a farewell concert, the band temporarily broke up.Looking back, it became clear that the experimental circle Agitation Free was one of the most important bands of the Berlin School and also a career springboard for some German musicians. Thus Christopher Franke helped the band Tangerine Dream to worldwide recognition. Michael Hoenig works with Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream before he became known as a film composer after a solo album in Hollywood (including the film music for 9/12 weeks). Axel Genrich changed to Guru Guru, Burghard Rausch became a founding member of Bel Ami. Gustl Lütjens toured with Shirley Bassey and Nena and later found a big audience with his new age band Living Mirrors especially in the USA. Lutz Lüül Ulbrich joined Ashra, worked with ex-Velvet underground singer Nico, produced solo records alongside theatre music and has been celebrating success with the 17 Hippies since the end of the nineties.

Ozric Tentacles/Yum Yum Tree ....import CD $14.99

Ozric Tentacles/Yum Yum Tree ....import CD $14.99

One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK's festival scene, the Ozrics layer ambient and ethereal landscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves and psychedelic progressive rock. It's an open exploration of music and the soul. For over 25 years, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock and roll life. The band has flourished through a number of line-up changes, spawned several side projects (including Eat Static and Nodens Ictus), created their own record label (Dovetail & Stretchy), put out close to 25 albums, scored a hit record and sold over a million albums worldwide. And yet, the basic motivation behind the band's existence never wavered. A campfire at the Stonehenge free festival in 1983 witnessed the birth of Ozric Tentacles. It was there that synth player Joie Hinton, stumbled upon brother's Ed Wynne (guitar) and Roly Wynne (bass), performing in a band known at the time as Bolshem People, along with drummer Nick 'Tig' Van Gelder (Jamiroquai). From that very first jam session, a musical compatibility was evoked that has since been a trademark of the Ozric Tentacles. It's a signature blend of hippy aesthetics and raver electronics with spiralling guitars, textured waves of keyboard and midi samplers, and supergroovy bass and drum rhythms. The Yumyum Tree proved that despite being over 25 years into their career the band were still a force to be reckoned with, keeping their instrumental excellence and delivering an especially MIDI-powered phantasmagorical musical world. This mid-price CD edition is presented in jewel case packaging complete with a 4-page art booklet.

 

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Ron Geesin/Expozoom ....import CD $20.99

Ron Geesin/Expozoom ....import CD $20.99

Ron Geesin, who collaborated with Pink Floyd on Atom Heart Mother, on ExpoZoom: "In 1969, I was commissioned to make all the music and organized noises for nineteen looped films to be run in the British Pavilion at Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan. The overall concept was to have all the films running in fixed positions so that the individual visitors would 'mix' their audio and visual experience by the speed and direction of their movement through and around the environment. Since most of the ninety-second films focused on highly technical aspects of British industry, it was decided with the producer, James Archibald and Associates, that we should do the final sound mixes with the finished films in the dubbing studio from as many ingredients as I thought necessary for each film. So I made all those textures separately, but was never provided with the finished mixes. Recently, I pulled out the five 10.5" spools of tape from my archive and ran them. Firstly, after nearly fifty years, the physical tapes were in good condition being formulated from stable chemicals before the horrible 'sticky tape syndrome' of the 1980s. Secondly, having not revisited any of this material after 1973, I noticed that there were many prototypes of ideas made with much tape editing and analog synthesizers that only emerged from me in the pieces for KPM Electrosound and later in the 1970s, so there was a certain energetic outpouring of crude vitality from these earlier works. After all those years, I had little idea of how the original film tracks were mixed, so I transferred all those initial ingredients to my preferred digital setup and made new pieces, keeping each group of modules under it's original title where known. In a few cases I added or strengthened a melodic line and, where pure electronic tones were made on tape with inevitable dropouts, remade the tones digitally. The pieces, influenced by the original pavilion layout, then suggested to me that they be grouped in four movements. One piece, 'Wool', is left out because it was lifted as 'Twist And Knit For Two Guitars' for my As He Stands (1973) album. Maybe if this lowly composer had been allowed to go to Japan, to join and probably embarrass the gray-suited British Government officials, he would have remembered more about the final structure of the films - and maybe just as well he wasn't, and therefore didn't." Recorded, composed, and mixed by Ron Geesin.

Billy Cobham/Legendary Gigs Vol 1 ....import CD + DVD $16.99

Billy Cobham/Legendary Gigs Vol 1 ....import CD + DVD $16.99

Two disc set. In 1981, Billy Cobham's Glass Menagerie was formed, featuring Michael Urbaniak, Gil Goldstein, Tim Landers, and Mike Stern. Dean Brown replaced Stern when he left to play with Miles Davis. Glass Menagerie released two records for the Elektra Musician label. Recorded in Switzerland in 1981, this features Cobham at his best in front of what football enthusiasts would doubtlessly call "a home crowd" who obviously adore him. On Disc Two, he teams up with the legendary keyboard player George Duke, and goes on an unprecedented sonic journey redefining the term fusion.

Big Big Train/Grand Tour ....import CD $19.99

Big Big Train/Grand Tour ....import CD $19.99

2019 release from four-time Progressive Music Award-winning band Big Big Train. Inspired by the 17th and 18th century custom of the Grand Tour, where young men and women travelled to broaden the mind, Big Big Train have made an album of songs set in distant lands and beyond. Grand Tour features nine new tracks which will take listeners on an epic journey over land and sea and through time and space.

 

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Arthur Brown/Legendary Gigs Vol 1 ....CD $14.99

Arthur Brown/Legendary Gigs Vol 1 ....CD $14.99

Arthur Wilton Brown (born 24 June 1942) is an English rock singer best known for his flamboyant theatrical performances, powerful wide-ranging operatic voice and his number-one hit in the UK Singles Chart and Canada, "Fire," in 1968. Brown has been lead singer of various groups, most notably The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Kingdom Come, followed by a varied solo career as well as associations with Hawkwind, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Klaus Schulze, and Frank Zappa. Though Brown has had limited commercial success, he has been a significant influence on a wide range of musicians and artists and due to his operatic vocal style, wild stage persona and concepts, he is considered a pioneer of shock rock and progressive rock and influential on heavy metal music. Following the success of the single "Fire," the press would often refer to Brown as "The God of Hellfire" in reference to the opening shouted line of the song, a moniker that exists to this day. These vintage radio sessions go a long way towards explaining why he is a living legend. Enjoy!

Manfred Mann/Radio Days Vol. 1: Live at the BBC 1964-66 [The Paul Jones Era] ....double CD $16.99

Manfred Mann/Radio Days Vol. 1: Live At The Bbc 1964-66 [The Paul Jones Era] ....double CD $16.99

"Radio Days - The Paul Jones Era" is the first complete collection of existing BBC recordings made by the original Manfred Mann lineup with vocalist Paul Jones between 1964 and 1966. Available on two CDs, it documents the band's string of hits from "Sha La La" to "Pretty Flamingo."  The band join legendary BBC presenter Brian Matthew through the rapidly changing music styles and environment of the mid '60s. The sessions also feature another legend, bassist Jack Bruce, who was previously with The Graham Bond Organisation and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. After his stint with Manfred Mann, Bruce would go on to form Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. His presence in the group is highlighted on "Long Hair, Unsquare Dude Called Jack" never before officially available. "Radio Days" also includes group and individual interviews. Compiled from BBC recordings featured on the programmes "Saturday Swings," "Saturday Club," "Top Gear," Swing Into Summer" and "Pop Inn," this "Radio Days" collection is a fascinating look into how one of the UK's most respected sixties bands promoted their current and upcoming releases and cultivated their fan base. Manfred Mann achieved this by performing new studio versions of their HMV label output along with some unique, BBC-only performances. The Radio Days series is being released under the "Artist Approved" banner, newly remastered and issued with the full approval of the featured artists.

Manfred Mann/Radio Days Vol. 2: Live at the BBC 1966-69 [The Mike d'Abo Era] ....double CD $16.99

Manfred Mann/Radio Days Vol. 2: Live At The Bbc 1966-69 [The Mike d'Abo Era] ....double CD $16.99

The second volume of Manfred Mann's BBC recordings, "Radio Days - The Mike d'Abo Era," covers the band's Fontana label hitmaking from 1966-1969. The band lineup on this release includes Manfred Mann (keyboards), Mike d'Abo (vocals/piano), Mike Hugg (drums/vibes/piano), Tom McGuinness (guitar), and Klaus Voormann (bass). Highly regarded BBC host Brian Matthew expertly follows the band's development through their increasingly complex pop confections while keeping their sense of humour intact. For such a rapidly changing music environment, Manfred Mann's BBC radio appearances with Brian Matthew and other influential hosts such as John Peel, David Symonds and Tony Brandon, would prove to be essential to the success of their singles. Volume two spotlights the "Saturday Club," "Easy Beat" and "Top Gear" sessions aired on the BBC's "Top of the Pops" transcription series hosted by Brian Matthew, and some extremely rare off-air recordings have also been included. The changing landscape of 1960s music led the various members of Manfred Mann to record production, songwriting, recording of film scores, commercial jingles and also artist management - all the while continuing to create band recordings. Many of these pursuits are documented in Brian Matthew's incisive interviews. With one exception ("Mighty Quinn"), none of these BBC tracks have been released commercially before.  The Radio Days series is being released under the "Artist Approved" banner, newly remastered and issued with the full approval of the featured artists.

Manfred Mann Chapter III/Radio Days Vol. 3: Live Sessions & Studio Rarities ....double CD $16.99

Manfred Mann Chapter III/Radio Days Vol. 3: Live Sessions & Studio Rarities ....double CD $16.99

"Radio Days & Rarities" is the third volume in the series of Manfred Mann BBC recordings highlighting the radio appearances of Manfred Mann Chapter Three and numerous film soundtrack recordings, commercial jingles and various studio rarities.   When pop group Manfred Mann broke up while near the top of the UK charts, Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg were quietly assembling Manfred Mann Chapter Three - a free-form group aimed at the growing album market. In addition to Mann and Hugg, the core of Chapter Three included sax/flute player Bernie Living, bassist Steve York, and drummer Craig Collinge. BBC legend Brian Matthew guided fans through this period by interviewing Mann and Hugg and presenting fresh versions of three tracks "Sometimes," "Time" and "One Way Glass" (which would later be sampled by The Prodigy and Public Enemy). Also featured on this volume are unique items from Australian and Swedish radio as well as early versions of "Konekuf" and "Time" from Chapter Three's debut album, and three tracks from an unissued third album. Some of the Mann-Hugg film work debuting here includes the entire "Venus in Furs" soundtrack and more.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band/Radio Days Vol. 4: Live at the BBC 1970-73 ....double CD $16.99

Manfred Mann's Earth Band/Radio Days Vol. 4: Live At The Bbc 1970-73 ....double CD $16.99

The fourth installment in Manfred Mann's "Radio Days" series covers the highly regarded first lineup of Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Manfred Mann (keyboards), Mick Rogers (guitar, vocals), Colin Pattenden (bass), and Chris Slade (drums). Volume 4 spans the early Earth Band material which put the band on the map as a live concert attraction, with every track on this release making it's official release debut. The band's earliest BBC appearance, when they were still called Manfred Mann, took place on 23 June 1971 when they recorded three tracks for Dave Lee Travis' programme: "Living without You," "Big Betty," and "Mighty Quinn." The latter only exists as a fragment, but all three have been included on this release.  The center pieces of this collection are the "in concert" appearances from 1971 (Paris Theatre, London) and 1973 (Golders Green Hippodrome, London), widely regarded as one of the all-time best Earth Band performances captured on tape. "Ashes to the Wind," "Black Betty" and the Chapter Three favourite "Happy Being Me" were part of the 1971 session hosted by John Peel that was later made available through the BBC transcription disc "Pick of the Pops for Your D.J." On 10 January 1972, the band performed a short BBC live set of "Meat" and "Mighty Quinn." To promote their "Messin'" album, a further BBC gig for "Pete Drummond's Sequence" on 3 April 1973 produced "Dealer," "Glorified Magnified," "Messin'," "Get Your Rocks Off," and "Cloudy Eyes." In 1973, Manfred Mann's Earth Band were laying down their next album "Solar Fire" - works-in-progress versions of "Father Of Day, Father Of Night," "Solar Fire," and "Bubblegum And Kippling" (the latter of which became known as "Earth the Circle, Part 2") were recorded during that September for airing on "Sounds on Sunday." "Stereo Pop Special - 59: Pop Spectacular Featuring Manfred Mann's Earth Band In Concert." The Radio Days series is being released under the "Artist Approved" banner, newly remastered and issued with the full approval of the featured artists.

Jimi Hendrix/Live at Woodstock ....CD $9.99

Jimi Hendrix/Live at Woodstock ....CD $9.99

CD reissue. Live at Woodstock is a posthumous live album by Jimi Hendrix. The album documents most of Hendrix's performance with his band Gypsy Sun and Rainbows at Woodstock Festival on August 18, 1969.

Jorma Kaukonen & Vital Parts/Live at Rockpalast 1980 ....double CD + DVD $23.99

Jorma Kaukonen & Vital Parts/Live at Rockpalast 1980 ....double CD + DVD $23.99

This DVD+2CD features Jorma Kaukonen & Vital Parts. Jorma Kaukonen has always been more interested in blues and American roots music (blue grass) than in rock. Parallel to his membership with Jefferson Airplane, Jorma founded his own band, Hot Tuna, with which he tours to this day. The Rockpalast show took place on 29 November 1980 at the Kleine Westfalenhalle in Dortmund.

Paul Butterfield/Live at Rockpalast 1978 ....CD + DVD $23.99

Paul Butterfield/Live at Rockpalast 1978 ....CD + DVD $23.99

This CD+DVD contains Paul Butterfield's first performance in Europe. He had developed the blues feel of his unique blues harp, working with blues giants such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter. Together with Paul Butterfield Blues Band, founded in 1965, "Butter" was the white ambassador of the black Chicago blues.

 

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UK/Night after Night [Extended & Remastered Limited Edition] ....double CD + Blu-ray Audio $28.99

UK/Night after Night [Extended & Remastered Limited Edition] ....double CD + Blu-ray Audio $28.99

UK - the last of the great British progressive-rock bands of the '70s. Recorded midway through their hugely successful 1979 world tour, Eddie Jobson, John Wetton and Terry Bozzio's now-legendary concerts in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo cemented the band's success in Japan and led to one of the classic live albums of the genre. Recently digitized from the original Japanese masters and remixed by legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain, this extended edition finally offers the full concert-length release of UK's classic "Night after Night" performances on 2 CDs and in 24-bit/96k high-fidelity stereo and 5.1 surround-sound on Blu Ray Audio. Fully remastered and repackaged for this special limited-edition release.

Todd Rundgren's Utopia/Live at the Chicago Theater ....2CD + Blu-ray + DVD $27.99

Todd Rundgren's Utopia/Live at the Chicago Theater ....2CD + Blu-ray + DVD $27.99

A deluxe 3 disc digipak - Blu-Ray, DVD and CD - celebrating Todd Rundgren's seminal prog-rock/power-pop band Utopia being reunited onstage for the first time in 32 years.   After a thirty-year-plus hiatus, Todd Rundgren's Utopia graced the Chicago Theater stage, with the hopes of promising fans an extraordinary, other-worldly concert experience. The original 70's-formed band established a stellar reputation for stretching the prog rock/pop envelope and infusing their mostly original material with verve and state-of-the-art technique. Rundgren has performed a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of the band Utopia. He is known for his sophisticated and often-unorthodox music, flamboyant stage outfits, and his later experiments with interactive entertainment. He also produced innovative music videos, pioneered forms of multimedia, and was an early adopter and promoter of various computer technologies.

Kate Bush/The Other Sides ....4 CD Box Set $34.99

Kate Bush/The Other Sides ....4 CD Box Set $34.99

The four CD box set, The Other Sides, includes B-sides and 12-inch mixes, in addition to rare songs from film soundtracks like the title song from Brazil, "Lyra" from The Golden Compass and "Be Kind to My Mistakes" from Castaway. Fans will also get Bush's renditions of classic songs like Elton John's "Rocket Man" and "Candle in the Wind," along with George and Ira Gershwin's "The Man I Love."

 

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Alan Parsons/The Secret ....CD $14.99
Alan Parsons/The Secret [Deluxe Edition] ....CD + DVD $18.99

Alan Parsons/The Secret [Deluxe Edition] ....CD + DVD $18.99

Eleven-time Grammy nominated legendary music icon and master of progressive rock, Alan Parsons returns with a new album, The Secret. Alan's longtime hobby has been performing magic and this brand new album showcases his own passion for the craft, hence the title The Secret. The album will see a return to the pop rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes which the Alan Parsons Project was known for. Features guest appearances by Jason Mraz, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), and more. Available in CD, CD + DVD Audio Deluxe Edition.

 

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Klaus Schulze/Timbres of Ice ....import CD $20.99

Klaus Schulze/Timbres of Ice ....import CD $20.99

Timbres of Ice is another raised treasure from the Klaus Schulze cosmos! Re-Issue of the albums, which was part of the strictly limited and long exhausted 2002 5CD boxsets Contemporary Works II. The first track The Lonely Dead of Midnight is dominated by an acoustic guitar. Second Track They Shut Him Out of Paradise is a typical long Schulze track. The voice you hear was a high female voice before Klaus transposed it with his tools. As so often with Klaus when he uses a singer, it's not the lyrics he takes interest in (if there are any) but just the sound of the voice. Last track on this album Die Prophezeiung erfullt sich articulates its title at the very beginning. It is a long sample. Very calm.

 

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Klaus Schulze [Wahnfried]/Trancelation ....import CD $20.99

Klaus Schulze [Wahnfried]/Trancelation ....import CD $20.99

Not quite a normal Schulze-Album.This album is one of Klaus' sideline ideas, a Wahnfried release. And certainly not exactly a genuine and typical Schulze, if such a character does exist at all.In the 90s there was a new musical dance fashion, called Techno, Trance, Ambient or Chillout, and most of its champions called Klaus and Kraftwerk respectfully the Fathers of Trance and Techno. Parts of former Schulze discs were being played in dance halls, and Techno producers used Klaus' music for their own creations. Fashionable groups such as The Irresistable Force, Future Sound of London or The Orb asked for their use of Klaus Schulze samples, plenty of others just used them. New musical heroes such as Sven Väth or William Orbit talked with Klaus about a maybe musical cooperation...Klaus seemed to like it, or at least some of it. The situation was curious. Klaus Schulze was once discribed as pioneering, single-minded and influential, a musician with taste for adventure. No one else can claim to have been so important a force behind the music that becomes known as New Age or the later subcultural Ambient-House. His greatest triumph as a musician is the almost single-handed creation of synth-sequencer music and the related genres Cosmic Music or Teutonic Synth, which later composers and musicians all over the world have latched on to Sure enough!After doing his own crazy innovative music for a quarter of a century, suddenly some young pop musicians use freely what he did all those years, and sell it as their new invention. And people enjoy and dance to it.The obvious idea for Klaus Schulze was, to do a Trance album himself. It promised some fun.Because this is a bit apart from his own musical direction, Klaus did it under his alter ego Wahnfried, as always not as the only driving force as in any Schulze production, but just one artist among others.

Tangerine Dream/Live at Augusta Raurica Switzerland 2016 ....import 2 CD + 2 DVD $39.99

Tangerine Dream/Live at Augusta Raurica Switzerland 2016 ....import 2 CD + 2 DVD $39.99

Two CD + two DVD (NTSC Region 0 and PAL Region 0) set. September 8th, 2016 - the open air live concert by Tangerine Dream at the amphitheater Augusta Raurica in Switzerland (close to the city Basel) was one of the first concerts TD performed after the death of Edgar Froese, head and founder of TD. The beautiful sight surrounded by an ancient Roman village, the fantastic ancient amphitheater created a very special atmosphere for the magic music. Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane performed a great collection of classic TD tracks that night. Enjoy a contemporary document of Tangerine Dream's musical output. In commemoration of Edgar.

Jadis/Medium Rare II ....import CD $23.99

Jadis/Medium Rare II ....import CD $23.99

Jadis have announced that their forthcoming compilation release, Medium Rare 2. The original Medium Rare was released in 2001. Now a new follow-up, featuring some new and previously unreleased material, alongside live, remixed and reworked older tracks, is to be released. "After Jadis having had such a great 2018 with the release of More Than Meets The Eye 25 and the success of the gigs in the spring we aim to add to that this year with the release of Medium Rare 2 and a few shows later in the year."

1. There's a Light - recorded during our brief, yet very successful, return to gigging in 2018.
2. Truth from the Lies - a new unreleased track.
3. No Sacrifice - edited and remixed with replayed drums and keyboards.
4. What Kind of Reason - remixed and edited version from 'Fanatic.'
5. Standing Still - remixed version from 'Photoplay.'
6. Photoplay - a completely revamped, reworked and extended version of this instrumental from 'Photoplay,' with the addition of drums and bass.
7. Daylight Fades - recorded live in 2018.
8. Hear Us - end section - recorded live in 2018.
9. Animated - a new unreleased instrumental track.
10.Your Own Special Way - a cover of the Genesis song from 'Wind & Wuthering.' Gary and Martin have been playing this at some of the recent house gigs.
11.Comfortably Numb - our take on the Pink Floyd classic, recorded at one of our garden gigs back in 2001. This is remastered from the 2001 'Alive Outside' CD.

 

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RPWL/Tales from Outer Space ....CD $15.99

RPWL/Tales from Outer Space ....CD $15.99

Encounters of the third kind! "There are many stories about visits from extraterrestrials. Sometimes the aliens come as friends, sometimes they come to enslave us. On this cold night, lights in the sky are making people all over the world uneasy..." The aliens in "A New World" - the first song of the new album Tales from Outer Space by the Bavarian progrockers RPWL - meet the aforementioned band and learn by "laying on their hands" how much suffering and evil caused by humans prevails on earth and immediately leave again, completely shocked. After eight studio albums, one best-of album and six live albums, the spaceship RPWL penetrates into the infinite vastness of space and when we write the year 2019, the disc has landed. With their four-man crew, they have dedicated themselves entirely to science fiction on the new LP. Singer and keyboarder Yogi Lang: "This time it didn't turn out to be a concept album in the true sense. But there are seven short stories about science fiction. For us it was not only thematically very interesting, but also musically an unbelievable playground, which literally invited us to experiment with sounds and all imaginable musical stylistic devices."

 

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Le Orme/Sulle Ali di un Sogno ....import CD $26.99

Le Orme/Sulle Ali di un Sogno ....import CD $26.99

Nine tracks from the vast Le Orme repertoire played anew and sung by various italian singers and two new tracks. Also features King Crimson violinist David Cross on six tracks. Featuring: Alessio Trapella [vocals, bass, double bass], Michele Bon [Hammond C3 organ, piano, synth, keyboards], Michi Dei Rossi [drums, percussion, glockenspiel], Ivan Geronazzo [electric, classical and 12-string acoustic guitars].

Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol.3 No. 4 - Penn State & Cornell '80 ....3 CD Set $49.99

Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol.3 No. 4 - Penn State & Cornell '80 ....3 CD Set $49.99

Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 4 offers an indispensable sample of the band during the early phase of Brent Mydland's tenure as the band's keyboardist, right after the release of the Go to Heaven album. Beautifully recorded by Dan Healy and mastered by Jeffrey Norman, the 3-CD set mixes the first sets of the May 6, 1980 show at Penn State's Recreation Hall and the May 7 show at Cornell's Barton Hall (or "Playing in the Barn," as gleefully sang by Bob Weir in tribute to the venue; also the site of their famed 1977 show) on Disc One, and presents the complete May 6 second set on Disc Two and the complete May 7 second set (save for a few moments of "Rhythm Devils" and "Space") on Disc Three. Strong vocals and performances abound on both nights, particularly on "He's Gone" and "Wharf Rat" from Penn State and "Jack Straw" and "Cassidy" from Barton Hall. But the highlight just might be the Penn State set two opener pairing of "China Cat Sunflower" and "I Know You Rider, " two songs the Dead had by this point been playing for over a decade but given extra verve here. Liner notes by Blair Jackson round out a very satisfying document of what turned out to be one of the Dead's most versatile and consistent line-ups.

 

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Jerry Garcia/Electric on the Eel ....6 CD Box Set $38.99

Jerry Garcia/Electric on the Eel ....6 CD Box Set $38.99

Six CD set. On August 29, 1987 Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia led both the Jerry Garcia Band and the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band for performances at French's Camp on the Eel River in Piercy, California. Garcia would bring the JGB back to the scenic venue on June 10, 1989 and on August 10, 1991 - now get ready for the spectacular Electric on the Eel set showcasing the Jerry Garcia Band's electric sets from 8/29/1987, 6/10/1989, and 8/10/1991. The collection features several unreleased rarities including the seldom performed "See What Love Can Do," "Twilight," "Lazy Bones," and "I Hope It Won't Be this Way Always." Other rarities from the release include "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," "Struggling Man," "Lay Down Sally" and "You Never Can Tell [C'est La Vie]."

 

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United Progressive Fraternity/Planetary Overload - Part 1: Loss ....import CD $22.99

United Progressive Fraternity/Planetary Overload - Part 1: Loss ....import CD $22.99

The forthcoming releases from United Progressive Fraternity, dubbed 'the most communicated albums ever made,' are an ambitious undertaking that unites the Fraternity in the recording of two CDs worth of material that will delve deeper into the environmental issues that we all face as a united world.  The albums, titled 'Planetary Overload 'Part 1: Loss' (early 2019) & 'Part 2: Hope' (late 2019/early 2020), will focus on the problems we are already beginning to encounter on a troubled planet and expected to face with increasing severity in the near future, and taking immediate positive action to mitigate those effects to ensure humanity's survival.

The Durutti Column/Obey the Time ....import 3 CD Set $29.99

The Durutti Column/Obey the Time ....import 3 CD Set $29.99

This 10 original track release has now been expanded to 43 tracks.  An expanded 3CD deluxe edition of Obey The Time, the eighth studio album by The Durutti Column.   Largely self-produced and entirely instrumental, Obey the Time saw DC mainman Vini Reilly further develop his interest in electronic music, and embracing house and techno stylings. The multitude of studio extras spread across Discs 1 and 2 include single and remix tracks, rare compilation cuts, and several extracts from two unreleased Factory albums recorded during the same 1989/90 period (Guitar One: House and Guitar Two: Acoustic). Disc 3 features 11 live tracks from a previously unreleased performance at Manchester University Whitworth Hall on 23 June 1990 on which Reilly and Bruce Mitchell are joined by guests Andy Connell, Liu Sola and Rob Gray.

 

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Jack Bruce/Live at Rockpalast 1980, 1983 and 1990 ....import 5 CD + 2 DVD Set $34.99

Jack Bruce/Live at Rockpalast 1980, 1983 and 1990 ....import 5 CD + 2 DVD Set $34.99

Jack Bruce (Cream) was guest at Rockpalast in 1980 at the first time - on the occasion of the 7th Rockpalast Night, broadcasted to millions of people all across Europe Live via Eurovision. The Lineup was Jack Bruce & Friends: nobody less than Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke) on drums, Clem Clempson (Humble Pie, Colosseum) on guitar and David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Eric Clapton, Sting) on keyboard and guitar. It's fascinating to watch and listen to four equitable and brilliant musicians in their blind comprehension on stage. As Jack Bruce and Band he presented a further concert in 1983 at Zeche/Bochum. Again with David Sancious and this time Bruce Gray on drums. To complete this boxset there is another extraordinary Jack Bruce solo concert from 1990 at Live Music Hall in Cologne. The Rockpalast Legacy of an unique and legendary artist!

Dickey Betts & Great Southern/Live at Rockpalast 1978 and 2008 ....import 3 CDs + 2 DVDs $25.99

Dickey Betts & Great Southern/Live at Rockpalast 1978 and 2008 ....import 3 CDs + 2 DVDs $25.99

When Dickey Betts entered the stage at the second Rockpalast rocknight in 1978 another magic moment in the long history of Rockpalast for decades was born. Dickey Betts, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, was sparkling with his delight in playing and fired his songs and guitar solos into the audience - millions of people on their screens all over Europe (many countries were connected with the ARD-Live-Show via Eurovision). Epic Jessica for example, a Dickey Betts written title, already successful with the Allman Brothers, or the southern rock classic Ramblin' Man. As bonus track we added a 17 minutes jam session with Dickey Betts and Spirit, recorded later the same evening. 30 years later, in 2008, we can salute Dickey convincing the audience at Museumsplatz in Bonn on DVD 2. Our Rockpalast Re-Launch comes in an abundant boxset containing 2 DVDs and for the first time both concerts complete on 3 CDs plus a booklet with original liner notes by Mr. Rockpalast Peter Ruchel.

Commander Cody/Live at Rockpalast 1980 ....import double CD $23.99

Commander Cody/Live at Rockpalast 1980 ....import double CD $23.99

Commander Cody already gained cult status by 1980 when he was invited to Rockpalast. His music wandered between blues, country rock, boogie and rockabilly spiked with his very own wit and humor. The audience witnessed a colorful, high energy concert evening in the WDR Studio A in Cologne. In his known manner Commander Cody was rocking through the set list, always with a tongue-in-cheek.

Nils Lofgren/Blue with Lou ....CD $15.99

Nils Lofgren/Blue with Lou ....CD $15.99

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band member Nils Lofgren returns with a vengeance with his first new studio album since 2011. From searing rock tracks to tender ballads, each composition takes you along on a sonic journey with one of rock's most respected players, displaying Lofgren's incredible guitar and songwriting talents. There are six songs on this album that were co-penned with Lou Reed, five of which have never before seen the light of day. Lofgren shares this album was recorded live the old school way. Inspired players in each other's faces rocking live in the studio. Andy Newmark on drums, Kevin McCormick on bass. "We had a laugh at my live, backwards lead jam during Give, one of six songs written with the great Lou Reed. Electric and inspired, I'm thrilled to share this new music." While Nils is best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, he has a dedicated and loyal worldwide fan base, and an amazing 50 year solo career in between stints with Springsteen, Neil Young, and Ringo Starr. The new album will coincide with a US tour kicking off in early May.

Echoes/Live from the Dark Side (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) ....double CD $20.99
Echoes/Live from the Dark Side (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) ....DVD $18.99
Echoes/Live from the Dark Side (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) ....Blu-Ray $22.99
Echoes/Live from the Dark Side (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) ....double CD + Blu-Ray $29.99

Echoes/Live from the Dark Side (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) ....double CD + Blu-Ray $29.99

Since many years Echoes, the band around guitarist and singer Oliver Hartmann (Avantasia, Hartmann, ex-Rock Meets Classic), is well known as frontman of the most popular and successful German Pink Floyd Tribute meanwhile touring across Europe and far beyond the borders of Germany. With their successful live DVD/CD "Barefoot to the Moon" recorded and arranged with pure acoustic instruments and supported by a four-piece string ensemble from Prague, the band has impressively shown that the original's great heritage can be interpreted in an interesting, inspiring and absolutely creative way. Now in early 2019, the group will release their successor and electrical continuation entitled 'Live from the Dark Side (A Tribute to Pink Floyd)," recorded live at the 'Rock of Ages Festival 2018' in Rottenburg-Seebronn, Germany. Again backed-up by a string quartet on this special evening, the band was supported by the guest appearance of greats such as Midge Ure (Ultravox), Michael Sadler (Saga) and Geoff Tate (Operation Mindcrime), all of them well known as icons of the international pop and prog rock scene, to celebrate and perform the music of Pink Floyd - accompanied by a real lunar eclipse!

 

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Journey/Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan ....2 CD + Blu-Ray $31.99
Journey/Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan ....2 CD + DVD $28.99
Journey/Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan ....Blu-Ray $22.99
Journey/Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan ....DVD $19.99

Journey/Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan ....2 CD + Blu-Ray $31.99

Journey return to Japan for a very special concert filmed at Budokan. This concert film captures the iconic rock band recreating their legendary albums Escape and Frontiers, in an explosive rare performance. Opening with the iconic "Don't Stop Believin,'" the band rips through a 2-hour set featuring songs such as "Who's Crying Now," "Separate Ways" and "Faithfully." After the close of their performance of Frontiers, Journey returns to the stage to perform two blistering extended encores.

 

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Foreigner/Live at the Rainbow '78 ....DVD $16.99
Foreigner/Live at the Rainbow '78 ....Blu-Ray $19.99

Foreigner/Live at the Rainbow '78 ....Blu-Ray $19.99

On April 27 1978, after their self-titled debut album had spent a year in the US Top 20, rock's conquering heroes played a sold-out show at London's legendary music venue, the Rainbow Theatre. Opening with 'Long, Long Way from Home,' the band's legion of fans were treated to a magnificent display of musicianship and performance, including local hit singles, 'Feels Like the First Time' and 'Cold As Ice,' as well as an exclusive preview of two tracks from the upcoming Double Vision album.

 

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Toto/40 Tours around the Sun ....import DVD $18.99
Toto/40 Tours around the Sun ....import Blu-Ray $21.99

Toto/40 Tours around the Sun ....import Blu-Ray $21.99

This live performance was filmed in front of a sold-out crowd exceeding 18, 000 fans on March 17, 2018 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. Toto performed a wide range of songs, including hit singles, rarely performed live deep cuts, and two recently recorded tracks which appeared on their new Greatest Hits album (40 Trips around the Sun). Also included is the "40 Tours Featurette, "a brand new interview with band members: Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams.

Various Artists/Strangers in the Room: Journey through the British Folk Rock Scene 1967-1973 ....import 3 CD Set $29.99

Various Artists/Strangers in the Room: Journey through the British Folk Rock Scene 1967-1973 ....import 3 CD Set $29.99

It's now half-a-century since British folk rock became A Thing, with the early practitioners breaking new ground and inspiring an entire scene that peaked in the late Sixties/early Seventies. Earnest young post-Dylan singer/songwriters moved away from the intimacy of the folk clubs in favour of the nascent college/university circuit. Countercultural iconoclasts The Incredible String Band became a seismic influence on a whole raft of bands now categorised as acid-folk, Pentangle's use of acoustic instrumentation within a nominally rock framework attracted many emulators (though arguably no real equals), while Fairport Convention graduated from their initial American West Coast-indebted sound to explore their own country's musical heritage, thus establishing the concept of indigenous English folk rock (a baton that would be picked up by the likes of Ashley Hutchings' post-Fairport venture Steeleye Span and many others). By the early Seventies, British folk rock had become an extremely marketable commodity. In addition to the aforementioned brand leaders transcending the determinedly parochial folk pages of the UK music weeklies to score Top Ten albums, a second raft of acts - including Alan Hull's Lindisfarne, The Strawbs, the post-Humblebums Gerry Rafferty, Ralph McTell and another Fairport refugee, Iain Matthews - registered huge hit singles. Housed in a clamshell box featuring a lavish forty-page booklet, Strangers In The Room documents that hugely fertile period, when everything was grist to the mill in what quickly became a glorious stylistic melting pot. As with other Grapefruit genre anthologies, the set features many of the scene's prime movers while taking a broader look at the overall picture with the inclusion of several acts who ploughed a similar musical furrow without the same level of acclaim. These include Hertfordshire-based group Lifeblud, who supported many of the leading bands of the era and recorded no less than three albums of original material (none of which made it past acetate stage), and university student Jeremy Harmer, who cut a privately-pressed album that inspired his friend and second guitarist David Costa to put together Trees. Ranging in scope from seminal UK folk rock texts and chart-topping singles to lo-fi demo recordings, and featuring a number of previously unreleased tracks from the disparate likes of Gerry Rafferty and cult favourites Fresh Maggots, Strangers In The Room pays thrilling testimony to the depth of talent that existed within the British and Irish folk rock scene during the period in question, and whose influence still reverberates some fifty years later.

Alan Davey's Bedouin/Time Is Made of Gold ....import CD $15.99

Alan Davey's Bedouin/Time Is Made of Gold ....import CD $15.99

The brand new album from the superb project of Alan Davey, former bassist of UK space rock legends Hawkwind! 18 original tracks of Middle Eastern inspired mindblowing art rock! The long awaited follow-up to 2001's Bedoin album As Above So Below!

John Zorn/The Hermetic Organ Vol 6 - for Edgar Allan Poe ....CD $15.99

John Zorn/The Hermetic Organ Vol 6 - for Edgar Allan Poe ....CD $15.99

In these two spectacular performances Zorn literally pulls out all the stops in paying tribute to one of his favorite writers, the legendary Edgar Allan Poe, whose fantastical creations continue to capture the imagination of those interested in the dark side. Calling upon the Angels in two extended improvisations inspired by the haunting and frightening imagery of one of the worlds masters of fantasy and the imagination, the music features some of the strangest sounds you have ever heard come out of the instrument. This is organ improvisation at its most outrageous and macabre. You have never heard such sounds!

The Brecker Brothers/Straphangin ....import CD $17.99

The Brecker Brothers/Straphangin ....import CD $17.99

Out of print in the U.S.! Brecker Brothers was the jazz duo of Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker. Randy, became famous as trumpeter and original member of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. He appeared on their debut album Child Is Father To The Man in 1968. The early '80s were a confusing time for many a jazz musician. The Brecker Brothers probably weren't straphanging on their way to work in this point in their careers, given the classy, professional sound of this set. Straphangin' is a seven-song excursion into all sorts of fusion and AOR-like territories with keyboards and drum bits that come out plenty hard next to the horns. Titles include 'Threesome,' 'Straphangin,' 'Bathsheba,' 'Jacknife' and 'Not Ethiopia.'

 

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Richard Pinhas/L'ethique ....CD $18.99

Richard Pinhas/L'ethique ....CD $18.99

Bureau B present a reissue of Richard Pinhas's L'Ethique, originally released in 1982. Following the vaguely poppy shapes of 1980's album East West, his fifth album L'Ethique saw the ex-Heldon guitarist and synth wizard return to bigger and bolder band-like methods. L'Ethique looked as though it was Pinhas's final artistic statement. It saw Pinhas return to bigger and bolder band-like methods. His collaborators included bassist Bernard Paganotti and Clement Bailly, both of whom performed in Magma. Moog player Patrick Gauthier made a reappearance too. The line-up brought a phat and forceful feel to the crunching jazz-rock fusion of "Belfast" and "Dedicated To K.C.," a vibrant space-rock stomper that lurks on some distant planet between the extraterrestrial habitats of King Crimson, Pink Floyd, and Hawkwind. Part 1 of "The Western Wall" has a particularly fast tempo. Interspersing these rockers sit some mellower moments. The title of the gorgeous synth rumination "Melodic Simple Transition" seems far too modest. Despite it's dark and brooding synth chords, the second instalment of "The Western Wall" has a strangely calming effect on the senses. Pinhas disappeared from the limelight for nearly a decade under the weight of his depression, but he eventually returned in the 1990s. "The real miracle is that I reconnected with the musicmaking process," says Pinhas on overcoming his reclusive years. "It is easy to fall, but very difficult to come back."

 

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Bernard Xolotl/Last Wave ....CD $18.99

Bernard Xolotl/Last Wave ....CD $18.99

Bureau B presents a reissue of Bernard Xolotl's fifth album Last Wave, originally released only on cassette in 1982. This is French electronic music from California. He named himself after the Aztec god of lightning and death; his music is influenced by the Berlin school of electronic music. As a teen, Xolotl was introduced to electronic music through the works of Musique Concrete composers like Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaeffer, although he found the early recordings of Pink Floyd to be more inspirational. On Last Wave, Xolotl expanded his musical palette with new instruments such as the Yamaha CS60 and the PPG. Includes previously unissued bonus track.

Uriah Heep/Magician's Birthday Party ....CD $17.99

Uriah Heep/Magician's Birthday Party ....CD $17.99

This is the stunning recording of Uriah Heep live at the Shepherd's Bush Empire 7th December 2001. A magical night where Uriah Heep were joined onstage by former members Ken Hensley & John Lawton and also joined onstage by Thijs van Leer from Focus on flute.

 

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Gary

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# 771

April 28, 2019

 

Hi, folks,

First, my apologies that it has been so long since the last newsletter. That was not intentional on my part. But I found myself involved in a local production of The Diary of Anne Frank that took up a great deal of my time. Overall it was a very intense experience and I'm sorry that it's over. I think the next newsletter should come much sooner.

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

In Today's Newsletter

DGM: King Crimson
Fie!: Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill
Inside Out: Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Lonely Robot, Nad Sylvan, Tim Bowness, The Mute Gods, Steve Hackett
Esoteric: Renaissance, The Strawbs, Be-Bop Deluxe, iCon, Procol Harum, Tangerine Dream, Baker Gurvitz Army, Lullabies for Catatonics: A Journey through the British Avant-Pop/Art Rock Scene 1967-74, Pere Ubu, Michael McGear, Automatic Man, Climax Blues Band, Humble Pie, Steeleye Span, John Renbourn, Iain Matthews, Patrick Moraz, Nucleus & Ian Carr, The Residents, Third Ear Band, Beaver & Krause


DGM

Coming Soon!!!

King Crimson/Heaven & Earth ....18 CD + 4 Blu-Ray + 2 DVD-A Box Set $208.99

King Crimson/Heaven & Earth ....18 CD + 4 Blu-Ray + 2 DVD-A Box Set $208.99

Heaven & Earth is the seventh box set in a series which will, when complete, cover all periods of King Crimson activity from 1969 to the present era.  This 24 disc - 18 x CD, 4 x Blu-Ray and 2 x DVD-A - set represents the most comprehensive collection in the series to date and covers the period from December 1997 to August 2008.  Contents (Presented in a 12" box with booklet, memorabilia and new sleeve-notes by Sid Smith and David Singleton):
* 3CDs featuring The ReconstruKction of Light (a re-imagining of The ConstruKction Of Light with all new drums by Pat Mastelotto and a new mix from Don Gunn), an extended/enhanced stereo mix of The Power to Believe and the (studio) Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With and Level 5 mini-albums.
* 4CDs featuring ProjeKcts 1 - 4 (new to CD) with 1 CD apiece allocated to each line-up.
* 11CDs featuring live recordings (several new to CD, with some material previously unreleased) from the 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2008 tours.
* 3 Blu-Ray audio discs:
Disc One contains the complete recordings of ProjeKcts 1, 3, 4 & 6 - every single concert plus additional material the ProjeKcts released, it features the complete albums: ProjeKct 1- Space Groove, The ProjeKcts - 4CD box, ProjeKct 1 - Jazz Cafe Suite, ProjeKct X - Heaven & Earth, BPM&M - ExtraKcts & ArtifaKcts and Rieflin/Fripp/Gunn - Repercussions of Angelic Behaviour
Disc Two contains the complete recordings of ProjeKct 2 (every single concert). More than 30 shows plus an album's worth of rehearsals.
Disc Three contains The ReconstruKction Of Light - the album in stereo and 5.1 mixes with the drums completely re-recorded by Pat Mastelotto - stereo mixes by Don Gunn, 5.1 mixes by David Singleton and the original album in hi-res stereo, The Power to Believe - expanded/enhanced 2019 master (2 tracks with additional elements plus 3 extra tracks assembled/mixed by David Singleton) and 5.1 surround mixes by David Singleton - all mixes executive produced by Robert Fripp - plus the Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With and Level 5 mini-albums, the 2000 show from London, the EleKtriK live album from 2003 and a video of a tour of the KC studio/live equipment setup from 2002.
* Blu-Ray video contains Europe 2000 - The Bootleg TV tour, which features around 10 hours of audio/video mostly never seen/heard since the concerts with versions of selected songs and improvs (usually two per night of each) from almost every show. Includes footage and music from 20 performances.
* 2 DVD-As (compatible with all dvd players) feature The ReconstruKction of Light (new stereo/5.1/original stereo mixes plus ProjeKct X - Heaven & Earth) and The Power to Believe (2019 stereo/5.1/original master mixes plus Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With mini-album).

 

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King Crimson/The ReconstruKction of Light [40th Anniversary] ....CD + DVD-A $26.99

King Crimson/The ReconstruKction of Light [40th Anniversary] ....CD + DVD-A $26.99

The fourteenth release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series.  The ReconstruKction of Light CD features a 're-imagined' edition of The ConstruKction of Light, with all new drums by Pat Mastelotto and a remix by Don Gunn (who was responsible for Meltdown: Live in Mexico).  The DVD-A features the new mixes in hi-res stereo audio and the album in lossless 5.1 Surround Sound (mixed by David Singleton). All new mixes were approved by the set's Executive Producer Robert Fripp. The original album mix is included in hi-res stereo and as a bonus feature, the complete ProjeKct X album Heaven & Earth is included.  As with the other 40th Anniversary releases, the set is presented in a double digipak format in a slipcase and contains sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith (along with rare photos and archive material).

When the Double Trio line of Fripp, Belew, Levin, Mastelotto, Bruford, and Gunn wanted to develop new material at the end of the THRAK-era in 1997, they broke down into smaller groups, a process which Fripp dubbed fraKctalisation. This resulted in a series of different groupings which were called The ProjeKcts (and a series of releases now gathered on the Heaven & Earth boxed set).  When the individual players regrouped as King Crimson, the band was now a double duo consisting of Belew, Fripp, Gunn, and Mastelotto with Tony Levin and Bill Bruford leaving to fulfil other recording and touring commitments. The next period of KC activity resulted in the album The ConstruKction of Light (from 2000). Perhaps appropriately, for an album with the theme of building in its title, ConstruKction has undergone the most radical change of all KC albums thus far - effectively being rebuilt from the ground up.  The loss of the original recordings of the electronic drums allowed Pat Mastelotto to completely re-record the material on his current acoustic/electric kit making for a virtually completely new album of familiar material.  The album is presented here in new stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound editions, along with the original mix and, as a bonus inclusion, the complete ProjeKct X Heaven & Earth album, which was issued as a companion volume to the original album.

King Crimson/The Power to Believe [40th Anniversary] ....CD + DVD-A $26.99

King Crimson/The Power to Believe [40th Anniversary] ....CD + DVD-A $26.99

The fifteenth - and final - release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series, The Power to Believe, originally issued in 2003 is King Crimson's final studio album, to date. Drawing in part on material issued on the 2001 live mini-album Level 5 and the 2002 studio mini-album Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With, the album represented the final statement from the double duo which had recorded and toured from 2000.  It was produced by Machine with post-production work by David Singleton and Robert Fripp allowing for the inclusion of additional elements and edits prior to release.  The CD features an enhanced, expanded master of the album.  The DVD-A features the new master in hi-res stereo audio, the album in lossless 5.1 Surround Sound (mixed by David Singleton). All new mixes were approved by the set's Executive Producer Robert Fripp. The original album master is included in hi-res stereo and as a bonus feature, the mini-album Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With (which preceded the release of The Power to Believe is included).  As with the other 40th Anniversary releases, the set is presented in a double digipak format in a slipcase and contains sleeve notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith (along with rare photos and archive material).

King Crimson/Live in Newcastle December 8, 1972 ....CD $17.99

King Crimson/Live in Newcastle December 8, 1972 ....CD $17.99

Live in Newcastle is a recently rediscovered cassette soundboard recording of the Larks' Tongues in Aspic line-up recorded shortly before the band went into the studio to make that classic recording. Although taken from a cassette recording (audio restored & mastered by DGM) this is the best sounding live recording of the incredible Fripp, Wetton, Bruford, Cross and Muir King Crimson configuration.  It's remarkable, from this distance in time, to imagine that a band with four chart albums (and an official live bootleg) in its history and the reputation such entailed, could embark on a UK tour with a completely new line-up featuring just a single surviving founding member, playing a set consisting of newly composed material, some on the spot improvisations and, usually, an encore of one familiar tune - 21st Century Schizoid Man - and be expected by management and promoters not just to fill halls around the country but to sufficiently entertain the audiences from city to city so as not to get bottled off stage. Welcome to King Crimson's autumn/winter tour of the UK in 1972!  The best single live example of Jamie Muir's short time with this line-up, this was King Crimson confidently playing the material that would, for the most part, make up the classic Larks' Tongues in Aspic album.  Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972 is the 48th title in the King Crimson Collectors' Club series.

 


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Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill/In Amazonia ....import CD $25.99

Isildurs Bane & Peter Hammill/In Amazonia ....import CD $25.99

In Amazonia features Isildurs Bane in collaboration with Peter Hammill.  A bold and brilliant statement that marries Isildurs Bane's reputation for imaginative risk-taking music with the incisive voice and lyrics of an uncompromising legend.  CD in digipak with 8-page booklet.  Mats Johansson, Isildurs Bane's main composer, is thrilled by the way the album has developed and grown with Peter's involvement. "Apart from fantastic lyrics and vocal melodies, he has influenced part of my composing process in a very positive way. I noticed that I could skip about with rhythms, beats, keys and almost atonal parts. Nothing seemed to worry Peter. Not only that, but he delivered his parts quickly and in places I hadn't expected. That, in a sense, made him the captain of the ship every now and then. Needless to say, he surprised me on several occasions and always in a really good way!"  For his part, Hammill burrowed his way in the material Mats had sent to him. "I dived into finding what top lines I could with enthusiasm, for there's lots of lovely angularity in this stuff. I was, though, working somewhat in the dark and when I sent off my first efforts didn't know what kind kind of reaction I'd get. Happily it was positive...so I then got on with honing the lyrics and, gradually, finding out what the piece was about. Along the way there have been various revisions, additions, subtractions and shufflings around and it's ended up being, I think, a fascinating collision of all sorts of musical styles. Good clean fun!"

 


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Banco del Mutuo Soccorso/Transiberiana ....CD $16.99

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso/Transiberiana ....CD $16.99

2019's Transiberiana is the first album of new songs from Italian progressive legends Banco del Mutuo Soccorso since 1994.  Formed back in 1969 under the influence of British bands like Yes, Gentle Giant, Genesis, ELP and Jethro Tull, Banco integrated jazz, folk, and classical elements into its sound and created genre classics such as 1972's Darwin! 1973's Lo Sono Nato Libero.  Transiberiana - a highly personal and intricate concept album - picks up on Banco's 1970's classics and expands on them in an astonishing fashion.  Founding member Vittorio Nocenzi (piano, keyboards and voice) is joined by Filippo Marcheggiani (guitar), Nicola Di Gia (rhythm guitar), Marco Capozi (bass), Fabio Moresco (drums) and Tony D'Alessio (lead vocal).

 

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Lonely Robot/Under Stars ....import CD $25.99

Lonely Robot/Under Stars ....import CD $25.99

Under Stars is the final part in Lonely Robot's 'astronaut trilogy'.  Musically, the album expands upon its two predecessors and finds a balance between heavy edges and lush choruses (which have been John Mitchell's trademark since day one).  Mitchell says, "This time I wanted to reference my love of 1980s synthwave pop a little more, so beware the 808!" Mitchell proclaims. "I hope you enjoy this record as much as I enjoyed making it."  Under Stars ends the story of Lonely Robot on a high note.

 

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Nad Sylvan/The Regal Bastard ....import CD $25.99

Nad Sylvan/The Regal Bastard ....import CD $25.99

With 2019's The Regal Bastard, Nad Sylvan concludes his impressive Vampirate trilogy. Once more, Sylvan has pulled together a tremendous array of musical talent to bring his inspiration to life, including Anders Wollbeck, Steve Hackett, Guthrie Govan, Tony Levin, Jonas Reingold, and Nick D'Virgilio!

 

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Tim Bowness/Flowers at the Scene ....import CD $21.99

Tim Bowness/Flowers at the Scene ....import CD $21.99

Produced by no-man, Flowers at the Scene is a vibrant collection of 11 strikingly diverse songs.  Against a backdrop of propulsive art rock, heartbreaking ballads and more, Tim Bowness distinctively delivers cinematic storytelling and disarmingly direct confessional lyrics on his strongest solo album to date.  Representing the duo of Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson's first joint production in over a decade, the album features stunning performances from an extraordinary cast of players including Peter Hammill, Andy Partridge (XTC), Kevin Godley (10cc), Colin Edwin, Jim Matheos (Fates Warning/OSI), David Longdon (Big Big Train), co-producer Brian Hulse (Plenty), Australian trumpeter Ian Dixon, and drummers Tom Atherton and Dylan Howe. The Curator, David K Jones, violinist Fran Broady and Charles Grimsdale also guest.  Mixed by Steven Wilson and mastered by Steve Kitch (The Pineapple Thief), the album's poignant artwork is by Jarrod Gosling.

 

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The Mute Gods/Atheists and Believers ....CD $15.99

The Mute Gods/Atheists and Believers ....CD $15.99

The Mute Gods third album Atheists and Believers is a powerful follow up to Tardigrades Will Inherit the Earth.  The trio of Nick Beggs, Roger King and Marco Minnemann are joined by special guests including Alex Lifeson, Craig Blundell, Rob Townsend and Lula Beggs.  Lyrically, Beggs once again turns his attention to the state of the world as we know it now, focussing on universal topics such as politics, humanity and love over the course of 10 tracks that run from turbulent rock compositions to more sentimental pieces of music. Nick comments, "The album's key message is that we now empower stupid people and don't listen to educated, informed experts anymore because truth is no longer fashionable."

 

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Steve Hackett/At the Edge of Light [Deluxe Edition] ....import CD + DVD $18.99

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Deluxe CD/DVD edition. At the Edge of Light is the twenty-fifth studio album by English guitarist and songwriter Steve Hackett. It is the successor to 2017's much acclaimed The Night Siren features 10 new tracks uniting a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric, all brought together in Hackett's unique style. Steve Hackett will present the album live as part of his massive 2019 Genesis Revisited Tour celebrating 'Selling England By The Pound' and his own classic 'Spectral Mornings'.  The Deluxe Edition includes an extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix and behind the scenes documentary.

 

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Renaissance/Novella [Remastered and Expanded Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $29.99

Renaissance/Novella [Remastered and Expanded Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $29.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 3CD clamshell box edition of the classic album, "Novella" by Renaissance. Recorded in late 1976, the album featured the epic 'Can You Hear Me?' along with the classic tracks 'Midas Man,' ' Touching Once (Is So Hard to Keep)' and 'The Sisters.'  Because of record company issues, the album was released in January 1977 in the USA, but appeared in the UK and Europe in August 1977. "Novella" was a top 50 hit album in the USA and the band's following in the UK grew steadily. To promote the album release in the UK, Renaissance, featuring highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic and electric guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, acoustic & electric guitars, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion), undertook some concerts in Britain with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, culminating with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 14th October 1977. The impressive set list featured material from "Novella," alongside such classic tracks as 'Carpet of the Sun,' 'Mother Russia,' 'Can You Understand,' 'Running Hard,' 'Song of Scheherezade' and 'Ashes Are Burning.'  This expanded edition of "Novella" has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features a previously unreleased promotional single edit of 'Midas Man' and a new-to-cd single edit of 'Can You Hear Me' along with the entire performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in October 1977. The release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay.

 

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Renaissance/Live at Carnegie Hall [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 3CD Set $34.99

Renaissance/Live at Carnegie Hall [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 3CD Set $34.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 3CD clamshell box edition of the classic live album, "Live at Carnegie Hall" by Renaissance. Released in 1976, the double album documented a series of sold-out concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City staged in June 1975, which saw highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic and electric guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, acoustic & electric guitars, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion) joined by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Regarded as one of the finest live albums of the era, the album featured such classic tracks as 'Ocean Gypsy,' 'Carpet of the Sun,' 'Mother Russia,' 'Can You Understand,' 'Song of Scheherezade' and 'Ashes Are Burning' and is regarded among the finest works by Renaissance.  This expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features six lengthy bonus tracks, including the very rare live performance of 'Kiev,' recorded at the concerts and issued as the B-side to a rare promotional single by Sire Records in the USA only. Previously unreleased on CD, this sought after performance has been added to this new release, along with the band's entire 60 minute performance for the BBC Radio One In Concert programme.

 

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The Strawbs/Deadlines [Remastered & Expanded Box Set Edition] ....import double CD + DVD $32.99

The Strawbs/Deadlines [Remastered & Expanded Boxset Edition] ....import double CD + DVD $32.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded 3 Disc clamshell box edition of the 1977 album, "Deadlines" by The Strawbs. Released in late 1977, this would be the band's final album to be released in the 1970s. Recorded in Dublin and London by a line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, acoustic guitars, banjo, guitar), Dave Lambert (vocals, lead guitar), Chas Cronk (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals) and Tony Fernandez (drums, percussion) with guest keyboard players John Mealing and Robert Kirby, "Deadlines" was the Strawbs only album for the Arista label. Often unfairly overlooked in the Strawbs canon and largely ignored by some quarters of the music press upon its release (at the height of punk rock), "Deadlines" was a fine album featuring some excellent tracks such as 'No Return,' 'The Last Resort,' 'Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss,' 'Time And Life,' 'New Beginnings,' 'Deadly Nightshade' and 'Words of Wisdom.'  To promote the album Strawbs made a memorable appearance on the BBC TV and Radio simulcast programme "Sight & Sound in Concert" in February 1978 (featuring recently recruited keyboard player Andy Richards in their ranks) where they performed a blistering 60 minute set of some material from "Deadlines" along with other classics such as 'Lay Down,' 'Ghosts,' 'Heartbreaker,' 'Cut Like a Diamond,' 'Round and Round' and 'Hero and Heroine.' This concert appears on both a CD and a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) in this set for the first time, re-mastered from the original BBC tapes, along with 11 bonus tracks comprising alternate takes and demos from the "Deadlines" sessions.

Be-Bop Deluxe/Futurama [Expanded & Remastered Edition] ....import double CD $19.99
Be-Bop Deluxe/Futurama [Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset] ....import 3 CD + DVD Box Set $65.99

Be-Bop Deluxe/Futurama [Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset] ....import 3 CD + DVD Box Set $65.99

Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded 2 CD edition of Futurama, the legendary 1975 album by Be Bop Deluxe as well as a 4 disc deluxe expanded boxed set limited edition (comprising 3 CDs and a DVD).  Recorded in the first two months of 1975 at Rockfield studios (with some sessions also taking place at SARM studios in London), Futurama was the second album by Be Bop Deluxe and the first to feature the line-up of Bill Nelson (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Charlie Tumahai (bass, vocals) and Simon Fox (drums). Produced by Roy Thomas Baker (who at the time was also working with Queen), Futurama was an album of immense musical inventiveness and creativity and was a huge leap forward in creative terms for Bill Nelson.  The album gained much praise thanks to Bill Nelson's composition skills and his highly innovative guitar playing. Featuring such wonderful material as 'Maid in Heaven,' 'Sister Seagull,' 'Music in Dreamland,' 'Sound Track,' 'Between the Worlds,' 'Jean Cocteau' and 'Swan Song,' the album would see Be Bop Deluxe heralded as one of the most accomplished acts of 1975.   The expanded 2 CD reissue has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an additional 15 bonus tracks drawn from some stunning new stereo mixes from the original multi-track tapes by award winning engineer Stephen W. Tayler, a previously unreleased out-take from the album sessions and rare single tracks. The set also features a booklet which restores the original album artwork and includes previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. This re-mastered and expanded edition of Futurama is a fitting tribute to a fine band, the creative vision of Bill Nelson and a wonderful album.

The limited expanded box set has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an additional 36 bonus tracks drawn from a stunning new 5.1 surround sound & stereo mixes from the original multi-track tapes by award winning engineer Stephen W. Tayler, a previously unreleased out-take from the album sessions, a previously unissued BBC Radio "In Concert" performance from May 1975 (thought "lost" for some years), a rare John Peel Show session from March 1975, along with a previously unreleased 1975 Harvest Records promotional video for 'Maid in Heaven' and a session for BBC TV's "Old Grey Whistle Test" show from July 1975.  Another highlight of this limited edition boxed set is the lavishly illustrated 68-page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. Additionally, the set includes a facsimile record store poster for Futurama, replica track sheets, and postcards. This special deluxe limited edition boxed set of Futurama is a fitting tribute to a fine band, the creative vision of Bill Nelson and a wonderful album.

 

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iCon/Acoustic TV Broadcast ....import CD + DVD $22.99
iCon/Never in a Million Years ....import CD $20.99

iCon/Acoustic TV Broadcast ....import CD + DVD $22.99                iCon/Never in a Million Years ....import CD $20.99

From Estoeric distributor Cherry Red, iCon was the collaborative band of the late John Wetton and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Wetton/Downes were the song-writing duo behind the Asia catalogue including the mega hit Heat of the Moment. Geoff Downes is a current member of Yes. This 2019 remastered re-release is part of a prestigious re-issue campaign which will see all of the band's studio and live albums re-released as definitive editions. This re-release is fully approved by Geoff Downes and the John Wetton Estate.

Procol Harum/Broken Barricades [Remastered & Expanded Boxset Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $32.99

Procol Harum/Broken Barricades [Remastered & Expanded Boxset Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $32.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a remastered and expanded 3 CD clamshell box edition of the classic 1971 album by Procol Harum, "Broken Barricades." Featuring a line-up of Gary Brooker (vocals, piano), Chris Copping (organ, bass guitar), Robin Trower (guitar, vocals) and B.J. Wilson (drums) "Broken Barricades" was issued in June 1971 and was the band's fifth album. It also saw the departure of Robin Trower from the group a month after its release. An album of diverse styles, "Broken Barricades" featured such fine tracks as 'Simple Sister,' 'Memorial Drive,' 'Luskus Delph,' 'Song for a Dreamer,' 'Power Failure' and the album's title track and was a Top Fifty hit in both Europe and the USA.  This expanded edition of the album has been newly re-mastered and features 36 bonus tracks (32 of which are previously unreleased). They include the complete previously unreleased live concert for WPLJ FM in New York City from April 1971, (one of the last live recordings to feature Robin Trower in the band), the entire session for the BBC Radio One show "Sounds of the 70s" from October 1971 and a previously unreleased Swedish radio concert in Stockholm, also from October 1971. The release features a lavishly illustrated booklet featuring material from Gary Brooker's personal archive and an essay by Procol Harum authority Roland Clare featuring exclusive commentary by Gary Brooker, Robin Trower and Keith Reid.

Tangerine Dream/The Official Bootleg Series Volume Three [Remastered] ....import 4 CD Box Set $39.99

Tangerine Dream/The Official Bootleg Series Volume Three [Remastered] ....import 4 CD Box Set $39.99

Esoteric Recordings' Reactive label is proud to announce the release of the third volume of an official bootleg series by the legendary Tangerine Dream. Formed in Berlin in September 1967 by Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream are simply one of the most important groups to have emerged on the German music scene of the late 1960s / early 1970s. Always guided by the genius of Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream developed a sound based on the use of synthesisers and keyboards first revealed on their marvelous "Alpha Centuari" album in 1971.  This volume features recordings made at the Ford Auditorium in Detroit, USA in March 1977 and at the Regent Theatre, Sydney, Australia in February 1982 features over four hours of music and features two concerts that were voted as some of the finest bootlegs in existence in a recent poll of fans.  The concert in Detroit has gone down in Tangerine Dream history as a legendary event. The music performed by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann was exemplary, and featured Froese's extensive use of Electric Guitar in the blistering set. The concert at the Regent Theatre in Sydney is from the next stage of Tangerine Dream's career, featuring a line-up of Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke and Johannes Schmoelling and is another fine example of the excellence of Tangerine Dream on stage.  This official 4CD clamshell boxed set has been re-mastered from the best available sources and includes a booklet with a new essay.

Baker Gurvitz Army/Since Beginning: The Albums 1974-1976 ....import 3 CD Boxset $29.99

Baker Gurvitz Army/Since Beginning: The Albums 1974-1976 ....import 3 CD Boxset $29.99

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a 3CD clamshell boxed set featuring all of the albums by Baker Gurvitz Army, "Since Beginning - The Albums 1974 - 1976." The Baker Gurvitz Army was formed in 1974 by former Gun and Three Man Army members Adrian Gurvitz (guitar, vocals), Paul Gurvitz (bass, vocals) and virtuoso drummer Ginger Baker, formerly with Cream, Blind Faith and Airforce.  The band was a highly regarded live act and recorded three albums of some of the finest British rock music of the mid-1970s. "Baker Gurvitz Army" was released in 1974 on the Vertigo label and featured such classic material as 'Help Me,' 'Mad Jack,' 'Inside of Me' and 'Memory Lane,' and it immediately earned the band a loyal and ever increasing fan base.  The 1975 album "Elysian Encounter" saw the band expanded with the addition of vocalist Mr. Snips (Steve Parsons) and keyboard player Peter Lemer. Arguably the band's finest work, the album was released on the Mountain label and featured the tracks 'People,' 'Time,' 'The Artist' and 'The Key.' By the time "Hearts on Fire" was recorded in 1976, John Norman Mitchell had replaced Peter Lemer on keyboards and vibes. Another fine work, the album featured 'Flying in and out of Stardom,' 'Thirsty for the Blues' and 'Night People.' Each CD in this re-mastered set features live bonus tracks; 'Memory Lane,' 'People,' 'Freedom' (written by Jimi Hendrix) and 'Wotever it Is,' and each album is housed in a replica album sleeve wallet. The set also includes a poster.

 

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Various Artists/Lullabies for Catatonics: A Journey through the British Avant-Pop/Art Rock Scene 1967-74 ....import 3 CD Box Set $32.99

Various Artists/Lullabies for Catatonics: A Journey through the British Avant-Pop/Art Rock Scene 1967-74 ....import 3 CD Box Set $32.99

From Estoeric distributor Cherry Red, previous Grapefruit genre anthologies have shown how the various strands of British psychedelia developed tangentially in subsequent years: I'm A Freak Baby observed how the blues-based, harder-edged element of the genre gradually morphed into hard rock/proto-metal, Dust on the Nettles examined the countercultural psychedelic folk movement, while Come Join My Orchestra looked at the post-"Penny Lane" baroque pop sound.  Our latest attempt to document the British psychedelic scene's subsequent family tree, Lullabies for Catatonics charts the journey without maps that was fearlessly undertaken in the late Sixties and early Seventies by the more cerebral elements of the underground, inspired by everyone from Bartok, Bach and The Beatles to Dada, Dali and the Pop Art movement. Suddenly pop music was no longer restricted to moon-in-June lyrics and traditional song structures. Instead, it embraced the abstract, the discordant and the surreal as pop became rock, and rock became Art.   A new, post-Dylan emphasis on lyrics led to self-proclaimed poets like Keith Reid, Pete Brown, Pete Sinfield and Adrian Henri aligning themselves with rock bands, while the free jazz and classical influences embraced by the underground scene resulted in a new musical hybrid. While Soft Machine's mordant wit and musical complexity established them as progenitors of the so-called Canterbury Scene, the likes of Procol Harum instigated a more portentous, symphonic style that was subsequently classified as art rock, a sub-division of a wide-ranging scene that would be codified by the one-size-fits-all term progressive rock.  Those two complementary strands are at the heart of Lullabies for Catatonics, with the more challenging American bands of the era also an influence: The Velvet Underground impacted on everyone from a young David Bowie to teenage ingenues The Velvet Frogs, while Captain Beefheart's Magic Band would inform Arthur Brown's equally uncompromising playmates Rustic Hinge.  A fascinating window on a movement that stands as one of the most creative, challenging and esoteric in British music history, Lullabies for Catatonics incorporates the hugely successful (Yes, Genesis, 10cc) cheek-by-jowl alongside the unsigned (both Gnome Sweet Gnome and As You Like It now gain their first-ever commercial release), together with the art-rock collectables (Gnidrolog, Spring) and the unclassifiable avant-garde iconoclasts (Third Ear Band, Pink Floyd collaborator Ron Geesin). Housed in an attractive clamshell box, this essential set features suitably sympathetic artwork as well as a heavily illustrated 40-page booklet that includes the story behind each track. Featureing: Soft Machine, The Riot Squad featuring David Bowie, Procol Harum, The End, Dantalian’s Chariot, The Zombies, Giles Giles & Fripp, The Liverpool Scene, The Strawbs, Woody Kern, Genesis, The Velvet Frogs, Yes, Third Ear Band, Bachdenkel, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Eyes Of Blue, Mighty Baby, Audience, Cressida, Pretty Things, Rustic Hinge, Curved Air, Sweet Slag, Barclay James Harvest, Nirvana, Second Hand, Spring, The Coxhill-Bedford Duo, Stackridge, Samurai, Blonde On Blonde, Fuchsia, Deep Feeling, Open Road, Matching Mole, 9.30 Fly, Gnome Sweet Gnome, As You Like It, Jade Warrior, Bond & Brown, Gnidrolog, Rupert Hine, Ron Geesin, Mick Ronson, Be-Bop Deluxe, 10cc, Renaissance

Pere Ubu/The Long Goodbye ....import double CD $29.99

Pere Ubu/The Long Goodbye ....import double CD $29.99

From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, Pere Ubu unveil their new album, The Long Goodbye, nearly two years after their previous record for Cherry Red, 20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo.  Named after Raymond Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye is the end of a road. Front man David Thomas has long talked of their journey to Satisfied City: "This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years."  This Pere Ubu album sounds like no other. It boasts a large expanse of synths due to Thomas writing and arranging the songs alone with his collection of drum machines, synthesizers and a melodeon before sending to the other musicians to complete this unique fusion of techno meets trad rock meets... the avant garage.  The CD edition boasts a live bonus disc, recorded in December 2018. Former member Chris Cutler rejoined David Thomas, Gagarin and Keith Moline to play the entire album to a packed theatre in Montreuil, Paris. The show also included the seminal Pere Ubu classic 'Heart of Darkness' and Neil Young's 'Running Dry.'

Michael McGear/McGear [Remastered & Expanded Box Set Edition] ....import double CD + DVD $29.99

Michael McGear/McGear [Remastered & Expanded Boxset Edition] ....import double CD + DVD $29.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 3 disc clamshell box set edition of the album, "McGear" by Mike McGear, featuring 2CDs and a DVD. Originally released in 1974, McGear was the second solo album by Mike McGear (McCartney) and was a more "serious" record than his work with the Liverpool satirical trio Scaffold, or his work with Roger McGough on the "McGough & McGear" album. Recorded at Strawberry studios in Stockport, (the musical home of the band 10cc), the album was produced by Paul McCartney (who also played on the album and co-wrote most of the material with Mike) and featured Linda McCartney and members of Wings, along with guests such as Paddy ("Pipes") Moloney of The Chieftains. The album featured a selection of tremendous songs such as 'Rainbow Lady,' 'Simply Love You,' 'Givin' Grease a Ride' and 'The Man Who Found God on the Moon.' McGear also featured an inspired cover of the Roxy Music song 'Sea Breezes,' the evocative 'The Casket' and the hit single 'Leave It.' The sessions also spawned a non-album single; 'Dance the Do' (which featured Vivian Stanshall).  "McGear" was charming, eccentric and unique in equal measure and was one of the great unsung albums of its time. Now acclaimed, but unavailable on CD for over twenty years, this long awaited expanded three disc edition reissue of "McGear" has been compiled with the full involvement of Mike (McGear) McCartney and has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes. It has an additional 21 bonus tracks, including 13 previously unreleased out-takes and tracks alongside singles appearing on CD for the first time. The set also includes a DVD featuring Mike (McGear) McCartney reminiscing at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, an interview with Mike at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the 1974 promotional film for the single 'Leave It.' The set also includes an illustrated booklet with new essay and a poster and is a fine tribute to the eccentric genius of McGear.

Automatic Man/Automatic Man ....import CD $18.99

Automatic Man/Automatic Man ....import CD $18.99

From Estoeric distributor Cherry Red, re-release of the 2004 remastered edition of this group's debut album from 1976. After parting company with Stomu Yamashta and his Go project, former Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and guitarist Pat Thrall joined bassist Doni Harvery and vocalist/ keyboardist (and band founder) "Bayete," who is also known as Todd Cochrane.  An Oxford graduate, Cochrane recorded two albums on Fantasy Records that didn't get any exposure at all. Island Records pledged support and this eclectic, funky space rock blend was given life.  An FM staple in the '70s, Automatic Man found an audience with progressive rockers and fans of Hawkwind and German Krautrock fans. Now you can enjoy it all again on CD with this re-press from Lemon Records.   The package contains all original artwork plus informative sleevenotes.

Climax Blues Band/The Albums 1969-1972 [Remastered Box Set Edition] ....import 5 CD Box Set $36.99

Climax Blues Band/The Albums 1969-1972 [Remastered Boxset Edition] ....import 5 CD Box Set $36.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of "The Albums 1969 - 1972" by the Climax Blues Band; a 5 CD set comprising the band's first five albums, originally issued on EMI's Parlophone and Harvest labels between 1969 and 1972, namely The Climax Chicago Blues Band, Plays On, A Lot of Bottle, Tightly Knit and Rich Man.   Formed in Stafford in 1968 by Colin Cooper, the band (originally known as the Climax Chicago Blues Band) recorded their debut album in September & November 1968 with a line up of Colin Cooper (vocals, harmonica), Pete Haycock (guitar, slide guitar, vocals), Arthur Wood (keyboards), Derek Holt (rhythm guitar, bass, organ), Richard Jones (bass) and George Newsome (drums). Issued early the following year on EMI's Parlophone label, the album saw the band gain a wider audience. Shortening their name to the Climax Blues Band, the group recorded and released their excellent follow-up album, Plays On, later that year. By 1970 the band had moved to EMI's "progressive" label, Harvest, and issued their third album A Lot of Bottle later that year. The 1971 album Tightly Knit was arguably their best of this period. The band's final album for Harvest was Rich Man, issued in 1972. The album made commercial inroads in the United States and was the launching platform for their success in that country over the next few years.   This official 5CD clamshell boxed set celebrates the early years of this much loved British band and features each album in a replica card sleeve wallet and includes an illustrated poster.

Humble Pie/Up Our Sleeve: Official Bootleg Box Set Vol 3 ....import 5 CD Box Set $36.99

Humble Pie/Up Our Sleeve: Official Bootleg Box Set Vol 3 ....import 5 CD Box Set $36.99

From Estoeric distributor Cherry Red, Humble Pie's "Up Our Sleeve: Official Bootleg Box Set Vol 3" is latest recorded testament to what this band did best; playing bluesy, gutsy, soulful hard rock, live on stage. Drawn from a variety of audience recordings that have previously only been available as "under the counter" pirate releases, this is an honest and raw tribute to a classic and much missed super-group on the 1970s, released in conjunction with Pie founder member and drummer, Jerry Shirley.  Originally emerging from the remnants of 1960s beat heroes The Small Faces, Humble Pie formed in 1969 when mercurial guitarist and vocalist Steve Marriott joined forces with The Herd's Peter Frampton, joined by drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley.  After two albums for Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label, Humble Pie switched to A&M records, and began their ascent to conquering the theatres and then arenas of North America, culminating in 1972's double live "Performance: Rockin' The Filmore." Peter Frampton left shortly after to pursue a successful solo career, replaced by Clem Clempson. It was this line-up that is captured across these 5 discs.   Spread across CDs 1 & 2, The Pie were promoting their latest studio record "Smokin'" when they hit Gaelic Park, in Riverdale, NY on 22nd August 1972, from which 'Hot 'N' Nasty,' 'I Wonder' and their cover of Eddie Cochran's 'C'mon Everybody' were taken. Also featured are 'Hallelujah (I Love Her So),' 'I Don't Need No Doctor,' 'Four Day Creep' and 'Rollin' Stone' from the previous year's "Performance: Rockin' The Filmore."  Recorded three days later, CD 3 features a similar set, as well as their take on the Stones 'Honky Tonk Women' plus 'Up Our Sleeve,' both of which would feature on 1973's "Eat It."  By the time they hit Boston's Music Hall on 10th April 1973 featured on CD 4, Humble Pie had been joined by the Blackberries, Venetta Fields, Clydie King & Billie Barnum. Promoting the new double LP "Eat It," the set includes band original 'Up Our Sleeve' as well as Pie's take on Ray Charles' 'I Believe to My Soul.' The set is rounded off with 'Twist And Shout.'  This collection is completed on CD 5 with their 25th May 1973 gig at Philadelphia's Spectrum. Again joined by the Blackberries, the set includes a cover of John Lee Hooker's 'Boogie Chillun' and Sly & The Family Stone's 'I Want to Take You Higher.'  This collection features two essays; one from Malcolm Dome based on new interviews with The Pie's Jerry Shirley and a second from renown Pie expert, Iain McGonigal.

Steve Marriott: guitar, vocals, harmonica & keyboards / Clem Clempson: guitar & vocals / Greg Ridley: bass & vocals / Jerry Shirley: drums / The Blackberries: Venetta Fields, Clydie King & Billie Barnum (background vocals).  DISCLAIMER: Whilst every effort has been made to produce the best possible audio, limitations in the material drawn from various, non-standard, and unofficIal sources means that the quality may not be up to the standard usually expected. All tracks have been included for their historical importance, and to present an anthology of Humble Pie live on stage from 1972 & 1973.

Steeleye Span/All Things Are Quite Silent: Complete Recordings 1970-71 ....import 3CD Box Set $32.99

Steeleye Span/All Things Are Quite Silent: Complete Recordings 1970-71 ....import 3CD Box Set $32.99

From Estoeric distributor Cherry Red, A folk rock institution for the last five decades, Steeleye Span's lengthy and illustrious history is studded with significant achievements, hit records, industry awards and sell-out gigs.  Nevertheless, it's generally acknowledged by critics and fans alike that, in artistic terms, their most enduring legacy lies with the triptych of early 1970s albums that they recorded prior to founder member and folk rock legend Ashley Hutchings opting to leave the band that he'd quit Fairport Convention to painstakingly put together.  Charting the early development of one of British folk rock's most important and iconic acts, All Things Are Quite Silent brings together those three classic albums and adds several additional studio recordings from the same timeframe, including three versions of the group's witty a cappella revamp of rock'n'roll classic 'Rave On.'  All three albums are presented in miniature facsimile sleeves, while the set is housed in a clamshell box that contains a 32-page booklet featuring rare photos, interview quotes and a lengthy essay on Steeleye's early days.

John Renbourn/Unpentangled - The Sixties Albums ....import 6 CD Box Set $45.99

John Renbourn/Unpentangled - The Sixties Albums ....import 6 CD Box Set $45.99

From Estoeric distributor Cherry Red, long acknowledged as one of the greatest and most influential acoustic guitarists to emerge from the British folk scene, the late John Renbourn is best known to the wider world for his membership of Pentangle, the genre-busting band that he was instrumental in bringing together in 1967.   Pentangle's recordings are widely available, most recently with Cherry Red's 2017 highly-acclaimed box set Pentangle: The Albums.  However, Renbourn recorded extensively both before and during the band's early genesis, with a trio of solo albums joined by two vital collaborations with American-born folk singer Dorris Henderson as well as "Bert And John," his joint album with Bert Jansch in 1966.  Housed in a clamshell box that boasts replica album sleeves, some very rare photos and a new essay on the man, the 6-CD set Unpentangled anthologizes that essential but often overlooked body of early work.  The set also contains a clutch of bonus tracks from the same period (including a marvellous psychedelic folk rendition of the love song 'Message to Pretty') to shine the solo spotlight on a man that folk club organiser and future ZigZag founder Pete Frame once dubbed "the stoned Julian Bream of folk guitar."

Iain Matthews/Orphans and Outcasts: A Collection of Demos, Outtakes & Live Performances Volumes I-IV ....import 4CD Bos Set $36.99

Iain Matthews/Orphans and Outcasts: A Collection of Demos, Outtakes & Live Performances Volumes I-IV ....import 4CD Bos Set $36.99

From Estoeric distributor Cherry Red, for over 50 years, singer-songwriter and musician Iain Matthews has carved his own niche, fusing his own mix of well-crafted songs drawing on folk-rock, Americana, soft rock and other influences.  Orphans and Outcasts reviews three volumes of his long-deleted rarities series, adding a newly-curated fourth CD of previously unissued rarities from more recent times, bringing the project right up-to-date.  The box set covers Iain's entire career, from mid-60s rarities with Pyramid and recordings from around the time of his breakthrough with Matthews Southern Comfort to a handful of rarities by folk-rock favourites Plainsong and a plethora of solo material.  Compiled and annotated by Iain himself, Orphans and Outcasts is a very personal trawl through the back pages of a remarkable musical biography.  Discs 1-3 have now been remastered; and everything on Disc 4 is previously unissued.  Orphans and Outcasts also boasts a multitude of impressive musicians who have worked with Iain down the years, including Richard Thompson, Andy Roberts, Viv Stanshall, Mark 'Griff' Griffiths, Pat Donaldson, Gerry Conway, Ian Whiteman, Jerry Donahue, Timmi Donald, David Surkamp, Mark Hallman and many others.  Introductory essay by renowned rock biographer and historian Clinton Heylin.

Patrick Moraz/The Story of i [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99

Patrick Moraz/The Story of i [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered edition of the legendary 1976 debut solo album by Patrick Moraz; "The Story of i."   Originally released on the Atlantic label in the USA and the Charisma label in the UK, "The Story of i" was an impressive solo debut for Moraz, who at that time was a member of Yes. The album came at a time when each member of Yes embarked on the recording of a solo album. "The Story of i" was a conceptual work, based upon a story written by Patrick about a huge architectural complex where residents are offered the realization of their impossible dreams.  The recording sessions began in Brazil and were completed in Switzerland and the finished results were an impressive blend of ethnic music, jazz and progressive rock. Upon release "The Story of i" was voted as album of the year by the US magazine Keyboard.  This Esoteric Recordings edition has been re-mastered under the supervision of Patrick Moraz and restores the original album artwork. It also features two bonus tracks from the album sessions.

Patrick Moraz/Out in the Sun [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99

Patrick Moraz/Out in the Sun [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered edition of the 1977 album by Patrick Moraz; "Out in the Sun."  The album was the second solo record by Moraz, who had been a member of Yes for the "Relayer" album but had now departed from the group. "Out in the Sun" was recorded in Switzerland and Brazil and featured contributions from Ray Gomez on guitars, Andy Newmark (drums), Wornell Jones (bass), Isla Eckinger (double bass) and John McBurnie (vocals, lyrics).  This Esoteric Recordings edition has been re-mastered under the supervision of Patrick Moraz and restores the original album artwork. It also features the bonus track 'Batucada XXX' which dates from the album sessions.

Patrick Moraz/Patrick Moraz [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99

Patrick Moraz/Patrick Moraz [Remastered Edition] ....import CD $19.99

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered edition of the 1978 self-titled album by Patrick Moraz.  The album was the third solo record by Moraz, who had been a member of Yes for the "Relayer" album but had now departed from the group. "Patrick Moraz" was recorded in Switzerland and Brazil with Patrick playing most instruments himself and featuring contributions from vocalist Joy Yates and the percussionists of Rio de Janeiro.  This Esoteric Recordings edition has been re-mastered under the supervision of Patrick Moraz and restores the original album artwork. It also features the bonus track 'Museeka Magika' which dates from the album sessions.

 

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Renaissance/A Song for All Seasons [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 3 CD Box Set $32.99

Renaissance/A Song for All Seasons [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 3 CD Box Set $32.99

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded 3CD clamshell box edition of the classic album, "A Song for All Seasons" by Renaissance. Released in March 1978, the album featured the song "Northern Lights," a Top Ten hit single in the UK and Europe, and was a successful hit album in the UK, USA and Canada. By the late 1970s the line-up of highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic and electric guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, acoustic & electric guitars, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion) had recorded a series of acclaimed albums that fused classical music influences with progressive rock and had earned a loyal following in Europe and had enjoyed wider success in the United States and Japan.  Working with producer David Hentschel (who had also produced the albums "A Trick of the Tail" and "Wind and Wuthering" for Genesis), the material on "A Song for All Seasons" was some of the most carefully crafted work of the band's career. Flying in the face of the prevailing musical fashions of the time, "A Song for All Seasons" would be the band's most successful album in Europe and is one of their best-loved works.  This expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features 16 bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased promotional edit and a "Top of the Pops" recording of "Northern Lights," along with a BBC Radio session from August 1978 and a further two CDs comprising the entire concert recorded at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia on 4th December 1978, appearing in full on CD for the first time, with an additional 55 minute's worth of unreleased tracks.   The release also features an illustrated booklet with a reproduction of the band's 1978 US tour programme and new essay. The set also includes a reproduction of the original album poster given away with the initial pressing of "A Song for All Seasons."

 

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Nucleus & Ian Carr/Torrid Zone The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975 ....import 6 CD Box Set $54.99

Nucleus & Ian Carr/Torrid Zone The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975 ....import 6 CD Box Set $54.99

Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a newly re-mastered 6CD clamshell boxed set anthology featuring all the recordings released by Vertigo Records by the legendary jazz-rock group Nucleus and their founder Ian Carr.  "Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970 - 1975" features every track from the highly celebrated albums "Elastic Rock," "We'll Talk About It Later," "Solar Plexus," "Belladonna," "Labyrinth," "Roots," "Under The Sun," "Snakehips Etcetera" & "Alleycat," all newly re-mastered from the original Vertigo master tapes.  The trumpeter and flugelhorn player Ian Carr was one of the most respected musicians of his era, a true pioneer who saw the potential in fusing the worlds of jazz with some of rock music's sensibilities. Tiring of the current forms in British jazz, Carr formed Nucleus in 1969, around the same time as Tony Williams was pursuing new paths with his band Lifetime and Miles Davis was experimenting on the album In a Silent Way. With saxophonist and keyboard player Karl Jenkins, drummer John Marshall, saxophonist Brian Smith, bassist Jeff Clyne and guitarist Chris Spedding, the first line-up of Nucleus signed to Vertigo records in late 1969 and recorded the ground-breaking album "Elastic Rock" in January 1970. The original album liner note stated the aims of the band thus; 'Nucleus is just what the word implies - a small, tightly knit group of musicians. We're all closely involved with each other musically, and some of us have played together in different contexts before, but this is the first time we've met to try and realise our common musical ideals. We see music as a continuous process and have tried to express this on the album. We mean continuous not simply in the physical sense of non-stop sets, but in the general sense that we don't recognise rigid boundaries, but try to use our total musical experience, whatever it may be.'

"Elastic Rock" received praise from both jazz and rock critics and was followed early the following year by the equally innovative album "We'll Talk About It Later." The album "Solar Plexus" (also issued in 1971) was credited to Ian Carr & Nucleus and was the last album to feature the original band members. Karl Jenkins and John Marshall would soon join Soft Machine, another innovative group. Following the solo album "Belladonna" (1972), which featured contributions from guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Ian Carr formed a new line up of Nucleus (including among others bassist Roy Babbington, drummer Clive Thacker, keyboard player Dave MacRae and saxophonist Brian Smith who had appeared on "Belladonna") to record the impressive "Labyrinth" in 1973.  Over the next two years and on the albums "Roots," "Under the Sun," "Snakehips Etcetera" and "Alleycat" the line-up of Nucleus would fluctuate, but Carr would continue to guide a group of innovative and skilled musicians, creating albums that took jazz to new levels of creativity.  This re-mastered 6 CD clamshell box set celebrates the vision and genius of Ian Carr and all the musicians associated with Nucleus During the period the band recorded its most influential work. "Torrid Zone" features an illustrated booklet with an essay by writer Sid Smith and is a fine tribute an innovative force in British jazz.

The Residents/Mole Box: The Complete Mole Trilogy [pREServed Edition] ....import 6 CD Box Set $39.99

The Residents/Mole Box: The Complete Mole Trilogy [pREServed Edition] ....import 6 CD Box Set $39.99

From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, between 1981 and 1985 The Residents embarked on what would become the infamous, ultimately incomplete 'Mole Trilogy.' Intended to tell the story of two colliding cultures - the Moles and the Chubs - via the mediums of narrative storytelling and recreations of the music of those societies, the project took the band into unchartered musical territory, into the concert halls of the USA and Europe for the first time and, legend has it, to the brink of collapse.  Produced with The Cryptic Corporation using archival tapes supplied by The Residents themselves, this set presents, for the first time, all known recordings related to the 'Mole' saga - namely the albums "Mark of the Mole," "The Tunes of Two Cities" and "The Big Bubble," as well as live recordings, unreleased material, rehearsal room recordings, alternate mixes, demos and a selection of recordings which may or may not comprise part of the legendary, unreleased Part Three of the trilogy.  A significant leap, both sonically and conceptually, from their 1970s work, the "Mole Trilogy" proves to be the link between the freewheeling, avant-garde leanings of The Residents' early material and the concept-driven, electronically produced music they would explore in the latter half of the 1980s and beyond. Packed with almost three hours (by our count) of previously unreleased music, this set is a must- hear for fans of San Francisco's most infamous and increasingly unfathomable quartet.  Remastered, expanded, and pREServed for future generations - this is the latest in a series of archival Residents reissues that will continue throughout 2019 and beyond. Look out for American Composers Series and God in 3 Persons sets coming soon!

 

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Third Ear Band/Alchemy [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import double CD $22.99

Third Ear Band/Alchemy [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import double CD $22.99

Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new expanded and re-mastered 2 CD edition of the classic album "Alchemy" by the Third Ear Band.  One of the first releases on EMI's progressive rock label, Harvest in July 1969, "Alchemy" was the debut album by Third Ear Band. One of the earliest signings to Harvest, the band was formed in 1968 around a nucleus of Glen Sweeney (percussion), Paul Minns (oboe), Richard Coff (violin, viola) and Mel Davis (cello). Third Ear Band were unique in their exploration of exotic baroque music fused with experimental rock. Signing to Blackhill Enterprises in 1969, the quartet opened for many of the legendary Hyde Park free concerts by Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Blind Faith.  "Alchemy" is regarded as one of the most striking and original works of the era with its unique gothic improvisational music and this new expanded Esoteric Recordings two disc edition features the original album, re-mastered from the original Harvest master tapes, along with ten bonus tracks which include a rare BBC session for John Peel's Top Gear programme from July 1969, along with three early demos recorded in 1968 and five previously unreleased tracks recorded at Abbey Road studios in 1969. The set also includes a booklet with new essay by Third Ear Band archivist and biographer Luca Ferrari.

 

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Beaver & Krause/In a Wild Sanctuary + Gandharva + All Good Men ....import double CD $19.99

Beaver & Krause/In a Wild Sanctuary + Gandharva + All Good Men ....import double CD $19.99

From Esoteric distributor Cherry Red, a double CD featuring three classic albums from Beaver & Krause's Warner Brothers period circa 1970-1972.  Including the celebrated Moog-friendly collaborators' (Beatles/Byrds/Neil Young/Doors/Phil Spector/Jack Nietzsche/Quincy Jones/Stones/Simon And Garfunkel) quirky mix of early electronics, found sound and musical dalliances from blues to soul, rock to gospel.  Featuring the eco-friendly "In a Wild Sanctuary" (1970), the haunting "Gandharva" (1971) and the wonky pop of "All Good Men" (1972), underlining the indelible mark the duo made on contemporary music.  Filtering Scott Joplin and Bach through the jazz groove of Bud Shank and Gerry Mulligan with the roar of lions and overheard dialogue alongside the swirling futuristic swirl of all-new synthesised sound.  Super rare cult albums from this iconic and innovative duo.  Remastered from the original sound sources with sleevenotes by MOJO magazine's Dave Henderson.

 





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