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Coming Soon: Roger
Waters, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Todd Rundgren, Djabe with Steve Hackett, Frank Zappa, Hatfield
& The North, System 7, Terje Rypdal, Martin Barre, Ray Thomas, John Lennon, David
Bowie, Lou Reed, Rolling Stones, Rainbow, The Pretty Things, The Doors, Steve Miller Blues
Band, Queen + Adam Lambert, Tears for Fears, David Minasian, Dyble Longdon, The New
Empire, The Backstage, Brainticket, IQ, Ozric Tentacles, Nick Magnus, Ayreon, Samurai, Day
of Phoenix, Linda Hoyle, Apple, Looking through a Glass Onion: Beatles Psychedelic
Songbook 1966-1972, Philip Glass, The Electric Family, Dire Straits, Ultravox, Blue Oyster
Cult, Head Machine, Big Country, Andreas Vollenweider, Kronos Quartet, Einsturzende
Neubauten, Mina Tindle, Japanese Editions Coming Soon
Roger Waters/Us + Them ....2 CD Set $17.99
Roger Waters/Us + Them ....Blu-Ray $26.99
Roger Waters/Us + Them ....DVD $19.99
October release. Roger Waters: Us + Them, chronicles the acclaimed 2017-2018 tour of the iconic Pink Floyd artist. As the founding member, lyricist, composer and creative force behind Pink Floyd, Us + Them presents Waters powerful music in stunning form and highlights its message of human rights, liberty and love. Based around his acclaimed, sold-out Us + Them worldwide tour of 2017-18, comprising a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people across the globe, it features classic songs from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here as well as his most recent album, Is this the Life We Really Want? Waters powerfully demonstrates that he is at heart, a musical activist and one of the most passionate political commentators of his time. He has dedicated his life to fighting against those who seek to control our lives and destroy our planet. Welcome to the Machine and Another Brick in the Wall Part II, are a stark reminder of the bleak warnings that he gave decades ago about alienation, displacement, greed, suffering, destruction and loss. And yet the humanity of the songwriter cannot be more plainly seen than in Wish You Were Here, because, although he presents a grim picture of the state of the world, ultimately his message is one of hope through unity and love. Directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters, the film provides a visceral sense of what it was like to be there. Using the most innovative digital and audio technology available, this state-of-the-art show encapsulates a series of breath-taking visual, audio and sensory experiences. It captures Waters' legendary live performances and takes the audience on an emotionally charged, thought-provoking journey.
Yes/The Royal Affair Tour - Live from Las Vegas ....CD $15.99
Recorded live during their headline North American tour in the summer of 2019, A Royal Affair Tour was a must-see best-of-British-rock show and featured support by Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. The Yes performing line up was Steve Howe (guitar joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire's choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015), with Jay Schellen on additional drums. Yes performed songs from their storied career, one of rock music's most prized bodies of work, and their set was in honor of the memory of YES members Chris Squire and Peter Banks. Continuing the British theme, the set featured Alan White's tribute to John Lennon; White was the drummer on Lennon's recording of the "Imagine" album.
Rick Wakeman/The Red Planet [Deluxe Edition] ....import CD + DVD $54.99
Limited CD + DVD edition in deluxe "pop-up" packaging. The Red Planet is Rick Wakeman's 2020 studio album. The album harks back to Wakeman's critically acclaimed 1973 solo debut album The Six Wives of Henry VIII and No Earthly Connection. These releases showcased heavy keyboards and focused on a central theme. Rick recorded The Red Planet with a collective of musicians dubbed The English Rock Ensemble, featuring guitarist Dave Colquhoun, bassist Lee Pomeroy and drummer Ash Soan. Pomeroy has also been a touring member of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman and Jeff Lynne's ELO, while Soan has played drums with Squeeze, Del Amitri and many other artists.
Rick Wakeman/The Red Planet ....import CD $17.99
Todd Rundgren/A Wizard, a True Star...Live! ....CD + DVD Set $17.99
Rock Hall of Fame nominee and revered musician/producer/songwriter performs a very special live concert featuring the entirety of his classic 1973 album A Wizard a True Star! Recorded 2009 at the Civic Theater in Akron OH, this special multi-media package has never been made available publically in this format with both crystal clear DVD as well as audio CD! Packaged in a slick six-panel digipak with 2 trays!
Djabe with Steve Hackett/The Magic Stag ....import CD + DVD Set $24.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of the new studio album by Hungarian band Djabe, "The Magic Stag." Djabe is one of the finest progressive / jazz fusion bands working in the world today. They are also known to a wider audience outside of their native land thanks to a series of collaborative albums and live appearances with the legendary solo musician and ex-Genesis member Steve Hackett. Djabe features Tamas Barabas (bass guitar), Attila Egerhazi (acoustic and electric guitar, percussion), Aron Koos-Hutas (flugelhorn, trumpet), Janos Nagy (keyboards) and Peter Kaszas (drums, lead vocal) and their music contains influences from progressive rock, jazz and world music. Their new album is inspired by the work of the painter, Imre Egerhazi (father of Attila Egerhazi). By the new millennium Imre Egerhazi was regarded as one of the Alfold's leading masters. He had gained great recognition in Hungary and beyond it's borders for his art and his organizational work in the world of art. He also did much for artistic communities and colleagues. His work and life inspired the musicians to create "The Magic Stag." Steve Hackett not only co-wrote the lyrics of the album's title track with his wife Jo Hackett, but he also plays guitar on seven of the album tracks and acts as narrator. The album also features guest Rob Townsend on tenor saxophone (also from Steve Hackett's band). Tar genius Malik Mansurov also plays on several tracks, whilst former Djabe members, Ferenc Muck and Tibor Karvaly also contribute. Laszlo Szabo also adds his magical sitar playing to the album. "The Magic Stag," is a celebration of the legend of the mystic Hungarian deer, the myths and legends of the Magyars and the paintings of Imre Egerhazi. This deluxe digipak release also includes a DVD, featuring high resolution 5. 1 surround sound and stereo mixes of the album, along with some live video extras and a documentary. The set also features a 32 page booklet with paintings by Imre Egerhazi.
Frank Zappa/Halloween '81: Live at the Palladium, NYC [Box Set]
....6 CD + Halloween Costume Box Set $119.99
Frank Zappa/Halloween '81: Live at the Palladium, NYC [Highlights] ....CD $15.99
Halloween '81 Costume Box Set - Live at the Palladium, New York City, recorded on October 31, 1981 (two shows) and November 1, 1981 (1 show), is the next of the iconic Frank Zappa Halloween boxset concerts. The box consists of 6 CDs containing 3 complete concerts featuring all tracks newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes shocking fans with 78 unreleased live tracks. Fans will be treated to a Count Frankula mask along with a red & black cape as well. This king-size offering also showcases a 40-page booklet with photos including new liner notes by touring band member Robert Martin, Vaultmeister Joe Travers and fan-in-attendance Gary Titone. Halloween '81 Highlights Happy Halloween from the Palladium, New York City is a 1-CD release combining performances from all 3 shows along with an exclusive track "Strictly Genteel" from the November 1st show not on the 6-CD boxset (due to CD time constraints) and will be available in a jewel case package with liners by vaultmeister Joe Travers for the casual Zappa fan.
Hatfield & The North/Hatfield & The North [Expanded & Remastered] ....import CD $22.99
Reissue of the Esoteric 2009 release. Digitally re-mastered and expanded edition of this 1974 release from the British Prog/Art rockers including bonus tracks. Recorded for Virgin Records, Hatfield and the North was the eponymous debut album by the band comprising former Caravan member Richard Sinclair, keyboard player Dave Stewart, guitarist Phil Miller and drummer Pip Pyle. Regarded as one of the finest albums in the Canterbury genre, the album also featured guest appearances by Geoff Leigh of Henry Cow and Robert Wyatt, who sang guest vocals on the track 'Calyx.' This reissue adds both sides of a 1974 single and at track originally featured on the Virgin sampler album V, together with a booklet featuring restored artwork and notes by Sid Smith.
System 7/Field of Dreams ....import 2 CD Set $27.99
The core of System 7 is Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, both formerly of Gong. System 7 makes extensive use of Hillage's electric guitars. In 2018 System 7's strong connection with Japan moved to yet another level with the release of a special System 7 branded sake from the esteemed Aramasa brewery of Akita, Japan. The concept of the sake brewery's president, and System 7 fan, Yusuke Sato was to release the saké together with an included double CD, featuring a new track that employs sounds and samples from the Akita region in the distinctive System 7 dance music style. This track is Field of Dreams.
Terje Rypdal/Conspiracy ....CD $17.99
A 2020 studio album and program from Terje Rypdal is cause for celebration. Conspiracy shows the Norwegian guitarist reconnecting with the wild inspiration that fueled his early masterpieces, exploring the sonic potential of the electric guitar with both a rock improviser's raw energy and a composer's feeling for space and texture. Produced by Manfred Eicher and Terje Rypdal.
Martin Barre/Away with Words ....CD $15.99
Deluxe reissue of the 2013 album from legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre featuring all new artwork! This album showcases Barre's unique skills as a musical arranger, blending original compositions with songs from the Tull catalog! CD comes packaged in a digipak with 2 rare bonus tracks!
Ray Thomas/Words & Music [Newly Remastered Compilation] ....import CD + DVD Set $24.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new CD + DVD collection of recordings celebrating the musical life and work of Ray Thomas. Ray was a founder member of The Moody Blues, a band whose legacy and classic albums need no introduction. He was a musical pioneer, introducing the flute into the context of a rock band before such luminaries as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Ray's contribution to the Moody Blues was immense, and when the band went on a hiatus in the mid '70s, Ray recorded two solo albums for the band's Threshold label: "From Mighty Oaks" and "Hopes, Wishes & Dreams." When the Moody Blues regrouped to record the album "Octave," Ray was once again within their ranks and would appear with the band on record and on stage until he retired in 2002. The release of a limited edition boxed set of his solo work by Esoteric Recordings in 2010 saw Ray return to the studio to record the song "The Trouble with Memories" (co-written with keyboard player and arranger Bias Boshell). Sadly, Ray passed away in January 2018 leaving behind a wonderful legacy of work, including his very last song (co-written and recorded with the Welsh musician Ryland Teifi): 'Dada's Song,' a piece which lyrically paid homage to Ray's Welsh ancestry. This compilation gathers together a collection of songs from the first line-up of the Moody Blues, Ray's solo album and includes the first ever release of 'Dada's Song.' It also includes a bonus DVD (NTSC / Region Free) which features the 5.1 surround sound mix of Ray's 1975 album "From Mighty Oaks" (originally featured on the limited edition 2010 boxed set, unavailable for some years and included here due to much demand from fans), the 1975 promotional video of 'High Above My Head' and the new video for 'Dada's Song' exclusively shot for this release. The booklet features many tributes from those who worked with him, including former band mates Denny Laine and Mike Pinder.
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth ....CD $15.99
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth [Expanded Edition] ....2 CD Set $24.99
John Lennon/Gimme Some Truth [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray Box Set $75.99
The definitive new Best of John Lennon - 19 tracks completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sound better than ever before. CD packaging includes 20page booklet. For the Expanded 2 CD Edition - 36 tracks completely remixed from the original master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come. 2 CDs housed in a slipcase with a 20 page booklet and fold out double-sided poster. For the Deluxe 2 CD + Blu-Ray Edition - 36 tracks completely remixed from master tapes, giving these classic songs a new life for generations to come and sounding better than ever before. 2 CD/Blu-ray features 36 tracks in hi-res stereo 96/24 PCM, new 5.1 surround mixes and Dolby Atmos for the ultimate immersive experience. With an incredible 124-page book with rare photos and extensive notes from John, Yoko and more. Foldout 2-sided poster, 2 postcards and GIMME SOME TRUTH bumper sticker (just in time!).
David Bowie/Changes: A Life in Pictures 1947-2016 ....Hardcover Book $27.99
David Bowie: Changes is a celebration of the international figure all starry-eyed hopefuls aspired to be when setting out on a path to fame and fortune in the music industry whether they know it or not. Through more than 150 stellar photos, it tells the story of an artist the likes of which we'd never seen, and may never see again. Bowie had a glittering career fuelled by the spirit of reinvention - he left over 20 studio albums in his wake - and was as colorful in his style and image as he was in his music. If a picture says a thousand words, this book ranks as the definitive manual on how to leave a lasting legacy in the art scene.
Lou Reed/New York [Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD + DVD + 2 LP Box Set $85.99
3CD/DVD/2LP Deluxe Edition of the legendary artist's Sire Records debut features newly remastered sound, unreleased studio and live tracks, plus the DVD debut of "The New York Album" concert video. The 3CD/DVD/2LP set comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book that includes new liner notes written by music journalist David Fricke, essays from archivist Don Fleming, and was produced for release by Laurie Anderson, Don Fleming, Bill Ingot, Jason Stern, and Hal Willner. New York captures Reed in exceptional form and is packed with incredible songs like "Busload of Faith," "Halloween Parade" and "Dirty Blvd." The entire album has been remastered for the first time ever for this collection. The second disc presents unreleased live versions from the Lou Reed Archive of every album track compiled from multiple performances. To avoid duplication, none of these live tracks were taken from the set's accompanying DVD. The third disc showcases unreleased early versions of several album tracks from the Lou Reed Archive, including "Last Great American Whale," "Sick of You" and "Dirty Blvd." Also featured is the non-LP track "The Room," as well as live versions of "Sweet Jane," a song Reed originally recorded with The Velvet Underground, and "Walk on the Wild Side," from his second solo album, Transformer (1972.) This set also includes "The New York Album," a concert video that was originally released in 1990 on VHS and Laserdisc. It has never been available on DVD, until now. It features Reed performing the entire New York album live in Montreal at the Theatre St. Denis. The DVD concludes with an audio-only interview with Reed.
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989]
....2 CD + DVD $27.99
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989] ....2 CD + Blu-Ray $31.99
Rolling Stones/Steel Wheels Live [Atlantic City, NJ, 1989] [Deluxe Edition] ....3 CD + 2 DVD + Blu-Ray Box Set $94.99
Having not hit the road for most of the 80s, The Steel Wheels Tour was an astounding return for the Rolling Stones, not least as it was the longest they had by that point undertaken. It was also to be their last with Bill Wyman. Steel Wheels Live was recorded towards the end of the band's 60 date run through the stadiums of North America, in the second half of 1989. Special guest appearances from Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker. Limited Edition.
Rainbow/Live in Munich ....import CD $20.99
Rainbow was formed by Ritchie Blackmore in 1975 after he left Deep Purple at the height of their fame. With Rainbow, he was no less successful and they released a string of hit albums in changing line-ups until Blackmore broke up the group to join the reformed Deep Purple. 'Live in Munich 1977' features the line-up including vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Cozy Powell. Due to trouble with the police after a gig in Austria two nights before, the Munich show needed to be postponed and took place one day later than planned. But this only seemed to give the band additional motivation to perform a truly remarkable concert.
The Pretty Things/Bare as Bone, Bright as Blood ....import CD $17.99
The acoustic and gritty Bare as Bone, Bright as Blood is the remarkable and unexpected 2020 album by The Pretty Things, who remained the tainted, dark rock royalty they always were until the very end.
The Doors/Morrison Hotel [50th Anniversary Dekuxe Edition] ....2 CD + LP Box Set $52.99
An expanded 2CD/1LP limited deluxe edition of The Doors' fifth studio album, Morrison Hotel, including the original album remastered by longtime engineer and mixer Bruce Botnick, plus a bonus disc of unreleased studio outtakes, and the original album on 180g virgin vinyl.
Steve Miller Blues Band/Live from the Fillmore West 1968 ....import CD $15.99
The multi-talented and now venerable rock and roll Elder Statesman Steve Miller has steered an engrossing path through rock music, in a career that goes right back to his pre-teens in the 1950s to the present day. His career has been earmarked by moments where he has struck commercial high water marks with international hit singles such as 'The Joker,' 'Rock 'n' Me,' 'Take the Money and Run,' and 'Abracadabra,' but he has also released music that has excited positive critical appraisal - albums such as his 1968, London-recorded Children of the Future, through albums such as the second effort, Sailor, both examples of where he blended his blues-rock roots with elements of psychedelia. His third album, Brave New World, featured one of his first songs which created a character that defined him at that point - 'Space Cowboy,' a sobriquet he would later make reference to in his hit single, The Joker. However, he also moved with the times, and although primarily a cultured lead guitarist, his music has, at various times, incorporated the extended use of synthesisers, as well as taken advantage of studio and production innovations, rarely to the detriment of his overall likeable qualities. At heart, though, the blues has always been at the core of his music. This gritty live recording takes us back to the San Francisco of late 1968, when the bloom of the Summer of Love had long since wilted, but the restless churn and change of contemporary rock and roll was in full effect.
Queen + Adam Lambert/Live Around the World ....CD + Blu-Ray $19.99
CD + Blu-ray edition. Since their first appearance together in 2009 when Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared as guests on the finale of the eighth season of American Idol on which Adam Lambert was a contestant, the combination of Queen + Adam Lambert has gone from strength to strength becoming one of the world's biggest drawing touring bands. Their most recent tour of Oceania saw them selling out to massive audiences, with a single show at Sydney's ANZ stadium drawing a record crowd of over 60,000. To date the band has played to a worldwide audience approaching 4 million. The set presents a compilation of concert highlights captured the world over personally selected by Taylor, May and Lambert from over 200 shows they have performed with several featured here becoming available for the very first time.
Tears for Fears/The Seeds of Love [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + Blu-Ray Box Set $75.99
2020 deluxe 5 disc (4cd/blu-ray) reissue of Tears For Fears' commercial colossus, The Seeds of Love, which is considered as one of the greatest albums of the 1980s. Containing the original album and a 5.1 mix by Steven Wilson (done in conjunction with Roland Orzabal), plus B-Sides, alternate mixes and around 60 minutes of previously unheard demos and live rehearsals. Includes an extensive booklet by Paul Sinclair (Super Deluxe Edition) featuring new interviews with the band and other players on the album. The box additionally contains a tour programme from the era.
David Minasian/The Sound of Dreams ....CD $15.99
David Minasian, an American musician, singer/songwriter, film producer, screenwriter and director, with his follow up to the critically acclaimed album 'Random Acts of Beauty.' Famous for his music documentaries, he is also a keyboardist, vocalist, composer and producer. 'The Sound of Dreams' mixes progressive rock and classically influenced symphonic rock, featuring legendary musicians including Moody Blues guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Renaissance vocalist Annie Haslam, Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, Alan Parsons lead vocalist PJ Olsson, Moody Blues Live vocalist Julie Ragins and Pentagram founding member drummer/guitarist Geof O'Keefe.
Dyble Longdon/Between a Breath and a Breath ....import CD $22.99
Dyble Longdon is a collaboration between iconic vocalist Judy Dyble (ex Fairport Convention, Trader Horne) and Big Big Train songwriter and frontman David Longdon. The album contains seven original compositions with all lyrics by Judy Dyble and music and production by David Longdon. The songs are, at times, haunting and, at others, beautifully fragile. This collaboration with David Longdon is something Judy Dyble has hoped for for some time. "I first heard David sing with Big Big Train at King's Place in London 2015 and immediately decided that I really wanted to sing with him someday. And here we are with a collaborative album, which I think is wonderful!" she said. David Longdon describes the experience, "Judy and I both knew that it was a good possibility that our album might be her last. She told me that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer at the conclusion of Big Big Train's UK Tour 2019. It had become a race against time to complete the album, so one week after the tour I began working at The Playpen recording studio in Bristol with Patrick Phillips and Sarah Ewing, making Between a Breath and A Breath. Thankfully we had recorded all of Judy's vocals for the album some months earlier at Real World studios in Box. Despite the realization that Judy's health was gradually deteriorating, we decided that we would make the record that we'd always intended to make. The words to these song were given a greater and more profound meaning in light of what she was going through. We both managed to sign off the artwork and the final mastered mixes together. Although she was accepting of her circumstances, she really wanted to read the reviews and see it's reception in the world. She said she was sorry that she had to leave me, to represent our album alone. I said that it would be my honour to bring our music into the world. Judy passed away on the 12th of July 2020. I miss her greatly." Fellow founder member Simon Nicol said, "Judy was ever a childhood friend to me first and foremost, and now cancer has taken her after a long fight. But she'll remain as I always saw her: kind and gentle, shy but hilarious, wistful but focussed. She surrounded herself with loveliness, loved her kids and grandchildren, and adored her rescued greyhounds. Farewell, lovely."
The New Empire/Second Lifetime ....import CD $20.99
2020 release. The New Empire resurrects the band Empire and features a new line-up of Empire member Mark Murdock, Fernando Perdomo and Marisol Koss. Empire was originally founded by Peter Banks and Sydney Foxx, the latter making a new guest appearance on lead vocals on the re-recording of Foundation. The album also features guest appearances from Dave Kerzner, Julianne Spicer and Dennis Atlas. The album features both new original songs and re-recordings of tracks by Empire, Flash, Peter Banks and one Yes track. Second Lifetime acts to both establish The New Empire and pay tribute to the late Peter Banks.
The Backstage/Isolation ....import CD $18.99
The Backstage - Jonas Reingold, Craig Blundell and Rob Townsend - has gathered prog/jazz/fusion royalty from around the globe to create an energetic album inspired by the sounds of the 1970s. Featuring Steve Hackett, Tom Brislin, Marco Minnemann, Nick Beggs, Roger King, Roine Stolt, Pat Mastelotto, Andy Tillison, Adam Holzman, Luke Machin, Randy McStine and others.
Brainticket/Cottonwoodhill ....CD + DVD $22.99
A special deluxe edition reissue of the landmark 1971 debut album from psychedelic pioneers, Brainticket! Bonus DVD includes the band's entire set from the 2011 Space Rock Invasion tour recorded in Hollywood, CA!
IQ/Frequency ....import CD $22.99
Previously available on the Inside Out label, 'Frequency,' IQ's critically acclaimed 2009 album, has been unavailable for over a year and is currently going for stupid money on the likes of eBay and Discogs. Now back with GEP we are finally able to make Frequency available again. This new release features the all new and exclusive live version of the album's epic 'The Province' as an extra track, recorded in 2009 at de Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Holland.
Ozric Tentacles/Space for the Earth ....import CD $17.99
An exploratory musical adventure comprising seven new tracks, Space for the Earth is the 2020 studio album from the Ozric Tentacles. The album ebbs and flows through blissed-out soundscapes, featuring incendiary guitar solos, space grooves and ambient atmospheres.
Nick Magnus/Inhaling Green ....import CD $24.99
'Inhaling Green'  comes remastered from the original tapes with 2 bonus tracks and packaged with re-vamped art in a mini lp gatefold card sleeve! Having served his musical apprenticeship in the 70's with the symphonic rockers the enid, Nick Magnus became Steve Hackett's keyboard player during the guitarist's rise to fame as a solo artist, following his departure from Genesis. Since the mid '90s Nick has released a string of superbly crafted solo albums, one of which is 'Inhaling Green.' Originally issued in 1999, this timeless masterpiece was Nick's second album and it has now been given a long overdue and thoroughly well deserved makeover. Virtually 100% instrumental, this album takes the listener on a course across a wide musical spectrum. Always engaging and truly melodic, it touches on several genres: progressive, jazz-rock, symphonic thematic music and so much more besides. Musically, 'Inhaling Green' will appeal to fans of artists like: Steve Hackett or Vangelis and bands such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson & The Moody Blues - it's classy, heartfelt music from a multi-talented keyboards craftsman with an incredible skill for both arranging and production! The keyboard sounds come in many guises - Mellotron, Moog, Hammond organ, piano, string-synth and more, but the album also boasts some of the finest melodic soaring electric guitar work around, courtesy of Geoff Whitehorn (Crawler / Rainbow / Procol Harum)! There's also some beautifully tasteful flute parts courtesy of Steve Hackett's brother John and as tight a rhythm section as you'll get, which is amazingly all coming courtesy of Nick Magnus himself!
Ayreon/Transitus ....2 CD Set $18.99
Ayreon/Transitus [Deluxe Edition] ....4 CD + DVD Set $52.99
Ayreon will be releasing a brand-new sprawling and epic studio album 'Transitus,' on 25th September via Music Theories Recordings. The limited edition earbook contains extended artwork and liner notes, including a 25-page graphic novel, the album on 2 CDs, 1 CD with instrumental versions, 1 CD with guide vocal versions, and a DVD with bonus footage which includes a behind the scenes video, a videoclip, trailer, 5.1 and 2.0/24 bit audio versions of 'Transitus.' From the mastermind of Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen, 'Transitus' is inspired by supernatural movies such as The Others, The Changeling and Ghost along with the music of soundtrack composers John Carpenter (Halloween), Ennio Morricone (Once upon a Time in the West) and Jerry Goldsmith (Omen). 'Transitus' is narrated by one of the most iconic and recognizable voices in sci-fi history, most known from his eight-year stint as Doctor Who, Tom Baker. As with any Ayreon album, it is an explosive and expansive affair and features Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) as Daniel and Cammie Gilbert (Oceans of Slumber) as Abby. The all-star cast also features Simone Simons (Epica), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman, Johanne James (Threshold), Noa Gruman (Scardust), Marcela Bovio (MaYan), Caroline Westendorp (The Charm The Fury), Paul Manzi (Arena), Michael Mills (Toehider) and Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Trillium) amongst many others.
Samurai/Samurai [Newly Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic and highly regarded self-titled album by the progressive rock group Samurai. The band evolved from the equally excellent group Web (whose album I Spider is a classic of the genre), and featured Dave Lawson (vocals, keyboards), Tony Edwards (guitar), John Eaton (bass), Kenny Beveridge (drums), Lennie Wright (vibes, drums, percussion), Tony Roberts (saxes, flute, clarinet) and Don Fay (saxes, flute). The sole album by the band is truly a lost classic of the progressive era. Released on the short-lived Greenwich Gramophone label in 1971, the album was influenced by the experiments of groups such as King Crimson, Colosseum et al, but Samurai was more than a mere clone of other bands. The group successfully fused the worlds of jazz with rock, the musicianship on the album was excellent and Dave Lawson's compositions were ground-breaking and memorable. Sadly, the group disbanded shortly after the release of the record resulting in limited sales. However, the influence of the album was not lost as Dave Lawson soon joined Dave Greenslade to form the group Greenslade, effectively taking up the musical mantle laid down by Samurai. This Esoteric new edition has been newly re-mastered from recently discovered first generation original master tapes and has been expanded to include three live recordings made in 1971 and officially released for the first time. The release also features an illustrated booklet and an interview with Dave Lawson.
Day of Phoenix/Mind Funeral: Recordings 1968-1972 [Remastered & Expanded] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set by legendary cult Danish progressive rock band Day of Phoenix, "Mind Funeral - The Recordings 1968 - 1972." The band first came together in Copenhagen in 1968 with an original line-up of Cy Nicklin (vocals, guitar), Ole Prehn (guitar & vocals), Karsten Lyng (guitar), Jess Staehr (bass) and Henrik Friis (drums) and recorded one single (a cover version of The Strawbs' 'Tell Me') before fracturing. Cy Nicklin departed and would resurface in the ranks of another fine Danish progressive band, Culpeper's Orchard and by the time the band came to record their first album Jess Staehr had also departed to join Burnin' Red Ivanhoe. He was replaced by Erik Stedt, whilst vocalist Hans Lauridsen also joined the group. The band's debut album, Wide Open N-Way, was recorded in June 1970 in Copenhagen and was produced by former Colosseum bass player Tony Reeves. The album gained a wider release when issued in the UK early in 1971 on the newly established Greenwich Gramophone label (part of the Chapter 1 Records imprint) with a revised running order. The band's blend of progressive and psychedelic US west coast rock influences came to the fore on the album's title track and the lengthy "Mind Funeral" and gained them a wider audience throughout Europe. The album was followed by the release of a European single ('Deep within the Storm' b/w 'Chicken Skin') before Erik Stedt died of a drug overdose in 1971. In 1972 Day of Phoenix entered the studio once more with Tony Reeves as producer to record their second album The Neighbour's Son with Jess Staehr making an appearance. The album appeared on the Chapter 1 label and featured shorter songs, but was another fine work. Despite the excellence of the band, their commercial fortunes failed to improve and sadly Day of Phoenix disbanded soon after. In the coming years their albums would become highly sought after by aficionados of progressive and psychedelic rock. This collection has been newly remastered from the original Chapter 1 Records master tapes and includes four bonus tracks taken from the band's two singles, with 'Deep within the Storm' and 'Chicken Skin' appearing on CD for the first time. "Mind Funeral" is a fine tribute to a unique band.
Linda Hoyle/Pieces of Me + The Fetch [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set featuring two classic albums by legendary vocalist Linda Hoyle: "Pieces of Me" and "The Fetch." Linda Hoyle first came to attention as vocalist with the excellent, but short-lived jazz rock band Affinity in 1970, after recording an album for Vertigo records, Linda then embarked on recording her first solo album, "Pieces of Me," for Vertigo in 1971. Collaborating with celebrated musician Karl Jenkins (of Nucleus and later Soft Machine) Linda Hoyle produced a wonderful and innovative album which fused many influences and was ground-breaking in it's direction. "Pieces of Me" also featured contributions from guitarist Chris Spedding and fellow Nucleus members John Marshall (drums) and Jeff Clyne (bass). Despite being a work of such quality and critical acclaim, "Pieces of Me" failed to make a commercial impression and Linda emigrated to Canada in 1972 where she continued to sing and also practiced as an art therapist. In 2013 she began work on another solo album, working with musician Oliver Whitehead and her former colleague in Affinity, Mo Foster. The album "The Fetch" appeared in 2015 and was also greeted with acclaim. This two disc set is a fitting celebration of the work of one of Britain's most gifted female vocalists and gathers together both of Linda Hoyle's solo albums and includes a bonus track previously unreleased in Europe,'Who's There,' recorded during sessions for "The Fetch." The set features a booklet with liner notes by Linda Hoyle.
Apple/An Apple a Day [Expanded Edition] ....import CD $18.99
They made one of the rarest albums of the psychedelic era (a copy recently sold on eBay for just under £4,000), while their two singles included one of the genre's most enduring surrender-to-the-void creations in the much-compiled 'The Otherside.' Nevertheless, so little information has ever surfaced about Apple that UK underground rock guide book Galactic Ramble described them as "probably the only legendary UK psych band still shrouded in mystery." Finally, however, we have some kind of closure with this first-ever band-approved reissue of "An Apple a Day," which also includes mono mixes of their aforementioned brace of single releases. More than half-a-century after they split, band leader Jeff Harrad spills the beans for the first time on their murky genesis in Cardiff, from their pre-Apple days on the local beat/R&B scene to the band's brief relocation to London and brushes with guitarist Caleb 'Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad' Quaye and Kinks/Troggs manager Larry Page, who signed them to his Page One label. Apart from the singles, "An Apple a Day" featured such psych-pop gems as 'Queen of Hearts Blues,' 'Mr. Jones' and 'Photograph,' whose combination of brass/orchestral arrangements and Alice in Wonderland-style lyrical surrealism conjured up images of Syd Barrett fronting The Kinks. With a new essay on the band that includes numerous quotes from Harrad, rare band photos and re-mastered sound quality, this new digipak edition of "An Apple a Day" is the definitive release of a classic, much-loved late Sixties UK psychedelic pop period piece.
Various Artists/Looking through a Glass Onion: Beatles Psychedelic Songbook 1966-1972 ....import 3 CD Set $28.99
A 3-CD set, "Looking through a Glass Onion" assembles these disparate strands into one cohesive package, with the studio day trippers, the cultural pranksters, the genre-benders, the folk club stalwarts and the hair-down-to-his-knees prog-rock brigade all grooving up slowly to the starting line. Though largely forgotten now, Liverpool quartet The Beatles were the toppermost of the poppermost in the Sixties, responsible for some of the biggest-selling singles of all time and a series of ground-breaking albums that dictated musical trends until their next LP emerged. With those albums containing numerous potential hit singles, it was inevitable that producers and groups would wait impatiently for the latest Beatles LP to land in order to rush into the studio and clone a track with the aim of scoring a cheap hit single. That process continued unabated for the rest of the band's career, but the results became more interesting with the arrival of the psychedelic and progressive era, when rock started to take itself more seriously and a more self-respecting, artistic approach was called for. Suddenly the cheap imitations were joined by more adventurous interpretations of Beatles material, including some startling re-imaginings of songs that dated back to the salad days of the Lennon/McCartney writing partnership, with early efforts like 'Every Little Thing' and 'You Can't Do That' given radical treatments to reflect the changing musical times. The result is the proverbial Magical Mystery Tour, a Fab Four parallel universe, a Looking-Glass world in which 'Strawberry Fields Forever' can be an Elizabethan garden party madrigal or a churning slice of Fudged-up sludge, where a spaced-out Duffy Power takes the lyrics of 'Fixing a Hole' perhaps a little too literally, 'Penny Lane' becomes avant-garde easy listening, the likes of Nick Lowe, Alex Harvey and Ritchie Blackmore try out early identities, and the Walrus was Lol. Containing nearly four hours of music and a 40-page booklet, "Looking through a Glass Onion" features 68 tracks from various UK acts, with tons of memorabilia and rare photos as well as the usual verbose smartarse annotation shamelessly passed off as informed musical commentary. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. Well, almost all.
Philip Glass/Songs ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
There aren't many semi-classical albums that can be played at full volume on a road trip. "Liquid Days" is one. Songs written by Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, David Byrne and Laurie Andersen with the pulsing, emotive orchestrations of Philip Glass. The vocalists are an equally eclectic mixture, with perhaps Linda Ronstadt and The Roches the most unexpected performers. The three operas comprising Glass' 'Trilogy' are something special. The selections themselves, the pacing of the sequencing, and absolutely top-drawer performances make this a standout album. Glass' best work may be found in his opera scores; 'Einstein on the Beach,' 'Satyagraha,' and ' Akhnaten.' This album presents the cream of the cream.
The Electric Family/Echoes Don't Lie ....import CD $18.99
The guests include high-profile artists such as Roman Bunka (Embryo), Marlon Klein (Dissidenten), Milla Kapolke (ex-Grobschnit), Rolf Moller (ex-Grobschnitt, Extrabreit), Jojo Brand (The Convent) and many more. An album bristling with variety, from mellotronal folk rock over psychedelic chamber music to alternative rock with prog - Krautrock parts.
Dire Straits/Studio Albums 1978-1991 ....6 CD Box Set $39.99
Dire Straits' The Studio Albums 1978 - 1991 limited six CD box set containing all six original albums by 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Dire Straits. From the pub rock-influenced sound of their 1978 debut album (which includes the hit single "Sultans of Swing") to the slickly produced 1985 album Brothers in Arms ("Money for Nothing," "Walk of Life") and their swan song On Every Street in 1991, this set spotlights the songwriting and guitar talents of Mark Knopfler and his Dire mates. Contains the albums: Dire Straits (1978), Communique (1979), Making Movies (1980), Love over Gold (1982), Brothers in Arms (1985), and On Every Street (1991). All albums have been re-mastered, with all original artwork restored, the six albums are packed in a handsome box set slipcase.
Ultravox/Vienna [40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....5 CD + DVD Box Set $55.99
Ultravox's 'Vienna' album was originally released in July 1980, their first with Midge Ure on vocals/guitar. Produced by legendary German producer Conny Plank (Neu!, Kraftwerk). The album contains 4 UK Top 40 singles; All Stood Still, Passing Strangers, Sleepwalk and the title track 'Vienna' which reached No.2 in the UK and Top 10 in seven countries around the world. This new 6 Disc box set contains 66 tracks, 44 are previously unreleased recordings or mixes. CDs 1 to 5 contain the original 1980 album production master, a new stereo mix by Steven Wilson, A-sides, B-sides and live tracks, 2CDs of previously unreleased cassette rehearsals and a newly mixed concert from St. Albans in 1980. The DVD (Audio Only) contains a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the Album/B-sides by Steven Wilson along with 24/96 Hi-Res audio of the new mixes and the original 1980 Master/B-sides.
Blue Oyster Cult/The Symbol Remains ....CD $14.99
2020 release. Blue Oyster Cult return with a mammoth studio album The Symbol Remains. Coming nearly two decades after the release of their last studio album Curse of the Hidden Mirror, the album showcases a band who hasn't been slowed by the time passed, but simpy unphased by it. The Symbol Remains is one of the band's most spirited, diverse, and inspired releases to date.
Head Machine/Orgasm [50th Anniversary Remaster] ....import CD $20.99
Head Machine's Orgasm album was recorded in 1969 and this is the FIRST OFFICIAL RE-RELEASE of the album since 1971. Every previous re-release since then has been a counterfeit. The album features four members of The Gods: Ken Hensley (also of Uriah Heep), Lee Kerslake (also of Uriah Heep), John Glascock (also of Jethro Tull), Brian Glascock. This 50th Anniversary Edition has been given a 2020 re-mastering and is better sound quality than any previous edition. The booklet features new liner notes by producer David Paramor, who has approved this re-release, plus additional new comments from Ken Hensley, Lee Kerslake and Brian Glascock.
Big Country/Out Beyond the River - The Compulsion Years Anthology [Remastered Boxset] ....import 5CD + DVD Box Set $45.99
Cherry Red Records are pleased to announce the release of "Out Beyond the River: The Complete Compulsion Recordings," a newly remastered six disc boxed set featuring the original classic line-up of Scottish rock giants Big Country, fronted by the late Stuart Adamson. A new 6 Disc boxed set anthology (5CDs / 1 DVD) celebrating the recordings of Scottish rock giants Big Country, made between 1993 and 1994 for Chrysalis Records imprint Compulsion. Featuring 71 tracks on five discs, including the albums 'The Buffalo Skinners' and the double live album 'Without the Aid of a Safety Net,' recorded at Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow on 29 December 1993. Includes rare B-Sides / bonus tracks, US radio mixes, previously unreleased instrumental demos, plus the original demo for every track on 'The Buffalo Skinners'album. DVD includes highlights from the Glasgow Barrowlands concert, together with promo videos for the singles 'Ships' and 'Alone' DVD is UK region PAL 0 (will not play on US players).
Andreas Vollenweider/Quiet Places ....import CD $18.99
October release. Andreas Vollenweider is back! His first new album after almost 12 years, contemplative, sensitive, touching. A new album 'Quiet Places,' a novel 'Im Spiegel Der Venus,' concerts and open-airs. Let us remember: Andreas Vollenweider stands for sold out tours worldwide in auditoriums like Carnegie Hall or Radio City Music Hall in New York, Universal Amphitheatre Los Angeles, Palladium in London, NHK Hall in Tokyo or Town Hall in Sydney. He has released 18 albums from 1980 to the present day and has sold more than 15 million physical records. Grammy Award, Latin Grammy and World Music Award as well as other Grammy nominations, most recently in 2007, stand for his unique success. In 2012 he received the Swiss Music Award in the category Outstanding Achievement for his 'continuing life's work.'
Kronos Quartet/Long Time Passing: Kronos Quartet and Friends Celebrate Pete Seeger ....CD $15.99
On Long Time Passing, the trailblazing Kronos Quartet celebrates the music of Pete Seeger and rejoices in the spirit, inspiration, and fearlessness inherent in his life's work. Along with guests Sam Amidon, Maria Arnal, Brian Carpenter, Meklit, Lee Knight, and Aoife O'Donovan, the group examines Seeger's celebration of beauty and the pleasure of singing together. Through the power of these eternally relevant cries for unity and moral integrity, the album articulates the responsibility we have as citizens and members of a greater community to question war and injustice, and to develop the courage to raise our voices together both in word and song.
Einsturzende Neubauten/Alles in Allem ....CD + DVD $19.99
2020 release. After more than 12 years, Einsturzende Neubauten's long-awaited studio album Alles in Allem is finally released. The album marks the quintessence of the band's output, opening yet another unexpected door in 40 years of ongoing sound research by a very experimental group of musicians around Blixa Bargeld. This band, like nearly no other, has managed to create a musical cosmos. It has, in fact, built up it's own genre by uniquely combining edgy sound with sophisticated poetry. Appropriately, in the Year of the Rat - the symbol of ingenuity and versatility according to the Chinese zodiac - the band is not resting on the laurels of its last four decades. Instead, it curiously continues to explore everything that the sound universe has to yield, with one eye on the future and with boundless playfulness. The unique sound and textual landscapes of the band, founded in 1980 in Berlin, reveal the timelessness that Blixa Bargeld, N. U. Unruh, Alexander Hacke, Jochen Arbeit and Rudolph Moser have continuously maintained. And yet, through experimental approaches to songwriting, instruments developed over four decades and collective input, the band sounds remarkably cutting edge within it's own time. Includes a DVD of exclusive live recordings filmed on November 3, 2004, during a special supporter gig at East Berlin's Palast der Republik. DVD is NTSC all-region format.
Mina Tindle/Sister ....CD $13.99
The third full-length from Mina Tindle, Sister is an album populated by mythic creatures of all kinds: lions on parade, lovers turned to cannibals, kings and Sirens and women with wings. Like any great fabulist, she threads her storytelling with a fragile wisdom, revealing essential truths about all the danger and wildness within the human heart. With each moment elevated by her spellbinding vocal work - a gift she's shown in recording and touring as a singer for The National - Sister ultimately makes for a transportive listen, at turns impossibly dreamlike and profoundly illuminating. Mina Tindle is the project of Parisian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Pauline de Lassus. Mostly made in New York City the album's elegant detail balances the odd magic of the songs with a fierce emotional realism. During the last few years as she was writing and recording Sister, de Lassus has also been an integral part of the PEOPLE Festivals at the historic Berlin Funkhaus in 2016 and 2018, where she worked with a vast range of musicians and artists in the community. Sister achieves a potent complexity, arriving as her most imaginative selection of songs to date while wholly embracing the sometimes painful truth-telling she's long treasured in her most beloved artists.
Syd Barrett/An Introduction To Syd Barrett (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper
Sleeve) ....Japanese import $41.99
Syd Barrett/Opel (Blu-Spec CD2) (Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $41.99
David Bowie/Images 1966-1967 (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $39.99
Camel/Chameleon: The Best Of Camel (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import $39.99
Can/Future Days (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/O.S.T.S (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Out Of Reach (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Rite Time (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Can/Unlimited Edition (UHQCD / Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $42.99
Fairport Convention/History Of Fairport Convention (UHQCD-MQA) ....Japanese import CD $54.99
Free/The Free Story (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import 2 CD Set $54.99
John Mayall/Looking Back (Remastered UHQCD - Paper Sleeve) ....Japanese import CD $39.99
Santana/Santana (Limited Edition) (Hybrid-SACD) (7-inch Packaging) ....Japanese import Hybrid SACD $59.99
Cat Stevens/Tea For The Tillerman (SHM-CD) ....Japanese import CD $44.99
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New Releases: Nick
Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, Eddie Jobson, King Crimson, The Michael Giles MAD Band,
Brian Eno & John Cale, Brian Eno & Jah Wobble, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe,
Emerson Lake & Palmer, Neil Young, Martin Barre, Derek Sherinian, Flying Colors, Neal
Morse, Steve Hackett, Genesis 1967 to 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years, The Moody Blues,
Richard & Linda Thompson, Tim Bowness, Steve Rothery, Frank Zappa, Trapeze, Fred
Frith, Scope, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Harry Nilsson, Rolling Stones,
Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Donovan, Suzanne Vega, B-52s, Pineapple
Thief, Ray Russell, I.P.A., Lee Abraham, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard,
Chick Corea, Michael Rother, Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith, Simon Collins, The
Progressive Souls Collective, Thor & Friends
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse
Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets/Live at the Roundhouse ....2 CD + DVD $29.99
September release. "Live at the Roundhouse" is unlike any other concert film connected with Pink Floyd. It's the nearest thing you can get to a time machine, transporting you back to the very earliest days of the band. Nick Mason, the only band member to have played on all of Pink Floyd's studio albums, returns to the group's earliest records, joined in the line-up by Gary Kemp, Guy Pratt, Lee Harris and Dom Beken. Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets took the drummer back to clubs for the first time in 1967, then to theatres, across the UK, North America and Europe, playing only music his old band had recorded before The Dark Side of the Moon. Captured from the band's celebrated shows at London's Roundhouse, where Pink Floyd played some of their most revered early shows in the 1960s, the film features a uniquely thrilling setlist including songs hailing from Syd Barrett's time with the band. Only four songs from this eclectic roster have ever previously appeared on official live releases by Pink Floyd or its members. Everything else is being experienced for the first time since their original live performances.
Eddie Jobson/Eddie Jobson - Live ....2 CD Set $23.99
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Jobson, best known for his virtuosic violin and keyboard work with Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Jethro Tull and UK, brings us a compilation of solo live performances from Poland, Russia, Japan and the USA with his all-star 'U-Z Project.' These concert recordings also include guest musicians Simon Phillips, Tony Levin, Marco Minnemann, Alex Machacek, Greg Howe, Marc Bonilla, Trey Gunn, Mike Mangini, TJ Helmerich, Ric Fierabracci, Billy Sheehan, and special guest appearance by John Wetton. 2CD Digipak includes a 20-page booklet. Features songs from his UK and solo catalogs as well as covers from King Crimson, ELP and more.
King Crimson/The Elements Tour Box 2020 ....2 CD Box Set $24.99
This 2-CD history of King Crimson features many extracts and tracks appearing on CD for the first time, including many of the current line-up. Packaged in a digi-pack style book case with 24-page booklet, this set contains introductory notes by Robert Fripp & sleeve notes by Sid Smith. While this 7th release in the Tour Box series is in spirit with the earlier releases, this is also a very different tour box to its companions, and one which, as it has to stand along and represent a tour that should have been (and will occur in 2021), it also stands slightly apart. What themes and stories should a tour box created for a postponed tour tell? As with previous tour boxes, the 2020 Elements box covers the full spectrum of Crimsoning, this one with music and line-ups from 1969-2019. Disc one represents a mostly live/mostly new-to-CD selection of material including 4 tracks taken from the 2019 tour. Disc two, in keeping with the theme of Sid's notes, discussed below, presents pieces played occasionally by the current line-up - Exiles and Sheltering Sky, pieces from the studio - both King Crimson and Robert Fripp that were never completed, or were developed in different ways, material that never made it to a studio recording - The Errors, Dr. Diamond, Trees (extract), Guts on my Side, etc, all combine to present a convincing musical counter-history to the band. The main sleeve notes by KC historian Sid Smith present a series of highly plausible "what if?" scenarios. Starting from 1969 his 2000 word essay traces a counterfactual history of the band had various tours not been canceled or postponed, had various members not quit or joined, following the routes and pathways a band called King Crimson could have followed had things turned out slightly different along the way.
King Crimson/1974-04-29 Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
....Japanese import 2 CD Set $49.99
King Crimson/1974-06-05 Hofheinz Pavillion, Houston, TX ....Japanese import CD $36.99
King Crimson/1974-06-16 Coliseum, Denver, CO ....Japanese import CD $36.99
King Crimson/1974-06-22 Performing Arts Centre, Milwaukee, WI ....Japanese import CD $36.99
King Crimson/1974-06-27 Kennedy Centre, Washington DC ....Japanese import CD $36.99
Japanese-only CD release. These CDs are individual concert CDs taken from the Starless box set.
The Michael Giles MAD Band/The Adventures Of ....import CD $24.99
In 2009 on the 40th anniversary of King Crimson's celebrated debut recording, legendary former Crimson drummer Michael Giles returned with his first album of original material for nearly three decades. Alongside Ad Chivers and Dan Pennie, Giles has created a powerfully percussive and innovative fusion of free rock and jazz influences that mark genuinely fresh, avant garde, territory for this most expressive and unique of players. 'When we go beyond the known and enter the unknown, we begin to know.' Michael Giles. Thirteen tracks.
Brian Eno & John Cale/Wrong Way Up [30th Anniversary
Edition] ....CD $16.99
Brian Eno & John Cale/Wrong Way Up [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....CD $19.99
30th anniversary reissue of the historic coming together of two icons of leftfield music. Having both started their careers as creative forces in seminal bands (Eno's unique synthesizer treatments in Roxy Music and Cale's viola and bass contributions to the Velvet Underground), they've appeared as guest musicians on each other's records as far back as 1974, the year in which they also made a historic live album with Nico and Kevin Ayers at the Rainbow Theatre in London. They remained friends, and the year prior to Wrong Way Up, Eno produced Cale's Words for the Dying album. This paved the way for the pair to write and record an album together, notably the first time Eno had delivered a collection of song-based recordings since Before and After Science in 1977. The resulting album is a triumph for both artists, containing the singles 'Spinning Away' and 'Been there Done That.' Both CD versions include two bonus tracks and booklet containing a 1990 interview with Eno about the making of the album. Deluxe edition is a limited edition run in a casebound package.
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble/Spinner [25th Anniversary Edition]
Brian Eno & Jah Wobble/Spinner [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] ....CD $19.99
25th anniversary reissue of this unique coming together of Brian Eno and ex-Public Image Limited bass player Jah Wobble, also featuring Jaki Liebezeit from Can on drums. Starting life as the soundtrack to Derek Jarman's Glitterbug, Eno passed stereo mixes of the film cues to Wobble who embellished and built upon them to construct the Spinner tracks. The resulting fusion combines icy ambience with a kind of psychogeographical funk. Contains two bonus tracks plus booklet with sleeve notes from both artists. The Deluxe Edition includes a limited casebound package, two bonus tracks and booklet containing a 1990 interview with Eno about the making of the album.
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe/Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe ....import CD $14.99
Politics aside, this album is basically Yes, but without Chris Squire. The music is incredibly complex and the lyrics as spacey as any Yes album ever. Tony Levin fills in on bass, playing his Chapman Stick and electric upright bass with Bill Bruford on full electronic-drums and sounding very much King Crimson-esque. Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, both melodic as ever with Jon Anderson in a fine voice here and obviously having the most fun of all. Highlights; "Fist of Fire," a steady rock groove with exceptional keyboard work from Rick Wakeman, "Brother of Mine," a very catchy ten minute tune in three parts, the Carribean/Latin flavored "Teakbois," and the stadium-rocker "Order of the Universe." The magic of '70s prog-rock complete with a Roger Dean cover!
Emerson Lake & Palmer/The Ultimate Emerson Lake & Palmer ....3 CD Set $15.99
A bargain 3CD set collecting multiple highlights from throughout ELP's career. Featuring Take a Pebble, Tarkus, Trilogy, Piano Concerto No 1, Lucky Man, From the Beginning, I Believe in Father Christmas, Karn Evil 9 and more.
Neil Young/The Times ....CD $11.99
2020 release. The Times is a moving and topical solo acoustic performance, a unique collection of songs, filmed at home during lockdown as part of the raw and personal, Fireside Sessions series.
Martin Barre/A Summer Band ....CD $16.99
The long-awaited deluxe reissue of the 1993 debut album from Jethro Tull founding guitarist, Martin Barre! This gorgeous reissue features an all-new digital remaster of the audio as well as new artwork! The CD is packaged in a slick digipak and features a rare bonus live track with JT drummer Doane Perry!
Derek Sherinian/The Phoenix ....CD $17.99
2020's The Phoenix is Derek Sherinian's first album since 2011's Oceana and once again finds Derek working alongside collaborator and mentor Simon Phillips. Also appearing on the album are a dream team of Joe Bonamassa, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Kiko Loureiro, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin and Jimmy Johnson.
Flying Colors/Third Stage: Live in London ....2 CD +
DVD Set $18.99
Flying Colors/Third Stage: Live in London ....Blu-Ray $17.99
Flying Colors/Third Stage: Live in London [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD + 2 DVDs + Blu-Ray Set $52.99
Flying Colors will release their new live album "Third Stage: Live in London" via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. The limited edition earbook contains 5 discs: The full show on 2 CDs, the full show on DVD, a bonus Morsefest show and 4 music videos on DVD, and a blu-ray with the same contents as both DVDs in hi-def. The DVDs and blu-ray are region-free. Continuing their pattern of making a studio album, followed by a live album, "Third Stage: Live in London" is the third live album by the prog-supergroup. It was recorded in December 2019 in London on a short and highly anticipated tour, directly after the release of their studio album "Third Degree." Teaming the talents of such heavyweights as guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), keyboardist/singer Neal Morse (solo artist, Transatlantic, ex-Spock's Beard), bass wizard Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), with new pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band quickly established itself as one of rock's most melodic enigmas.
Neal Morse/Sola Gratia ....CD + DVD $18.99
Recorded 'virtually' in April 2020 at the height of the Coronavirus lockdown, Sola Gratia is the first album that Neal Morse and his band have made remotely. Conceptually based around the story of the apostle Paul, the album features longtime NMB members Mike Portnoy, Randy George and Eric Gillette. Bill Hubauer and Gideon Klein also participate.
Steve Hackett/Live Rails ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
In terms of playing and performance, there should be no doubt that Steve Hackett is an incredible guitarist, both on stage and off. This live album treats you to experience some of Hackett's most fabulous compositions reaching back from the Genesis days up to the present. The combination of Hackett's solo and Genesis material works wonderfully. He is backed by an extremely talented group, many of whom have honed their skills with Hackett for a few years. Drummer Gary O'Toole handles the vocals on the Genesis tracks "Blood on the Rooftops," "Firth of Fifth" and "Broadway Melody" and keyboardist Roger King continues his role as Steve Hackett's right hand man. This album shows the work of an exceptional musician and fabulous guitarist.
Genesis 1967 to 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years ....import Book $32.99
'Genesis - 1967 to 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years' is the definitive biography of the early years of one the world's greatest rock bands! The book contains numerous exclusive interviews with band members and with all the important personalities who were part of the story of Genesis between 1967 and 1975. Features a number photographs which have never been published previously, plus interviews carried out with individual members of Genesis during listen through of each of the band's first six albums. Mario Giammetti is an Italian music journalist with over 30 years' experience. He has written for numerous leading Italian music magazines. In 1991he founded Dusk the only printed magazine in the world dedicated to Genesis. He has written 14 books related to the world of Genesis. 'Genesis - 1967 to 1975: The Peter Gabriel Years' is his first book to be published in English.
The Moody Blues/Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 ....import CD $17.99
In 1970 the Moody Blues were art their creative and commercial peak. After reinventing themselves from their R & B roots to a much more sophisticated sound, between 1967 and 1970 they released five albums, four of which hits top 5 in the UK, with two of them going #1. They enjoyed similar success in the US where four of their albums hit the top 20 and the other was just outside. At the end of August 1970, shortly after their release of their album 'A Question of Balance,' The Moody Blues took to the stage of the Isle of Wight Festival in front of an audience estimated at over 1/2 million. Tracks include: Gypsy, The Sunset, Tuesday Afternoon, Minstrel's Song, Never Comes the Day, Tortoise and the Hare, Question, Melancholy Man, Are You Sitting Comfortably, The Dream, Have You Heard (pt. 1 and 2), Nights in White Satin, Legend of a Mind, Ride My See Saw.
Richard & Linda Thompson/Hard Luck Stories [1972 - 1982] ....import 8 CD Box Set $125.99
This September Universal Music will issue Hard Luck Stories 1972 to 1982 a new Richard and Linda Thompson 8CD box set that features remastered versions of all six studio albums and previously unreleased recordings. This career retrospective contains the three classic Island Records releases -'I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight,' 'Hokey Pokey' and 'Pour Down Like Silver' - and the long out-of-print albums First Light and Sunnyvista (both new transfers from recently relocated masters) as well as their final album Shoot Out the Lights. Hard Luck Stories contains 113 songs in total of which 30 are previously unreleased. All the studio albums come with bonus tracks and there are 'Early Years' and live discs to complete the eight-CD collection. The set was personally curated by Richard and Linda and compiled and mastered by Andrew Batt. It contains a 72-page hardcover book featuring brand new essays (by Patrick Humphries and Mick Houghton) and rare and previously unpublished photographs.
Tim Bowness/Late Night Laments [Limited Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $26.99
A collection of lush, atmospheric songs with a wide lyrical scope, Late Night Laments is the most intimate yet universal of Tim Bowness's solo releases. Mixed by his long-term No-Man partner Steven Wilson and mastered by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout), exceptional performances come from an impressive cast of supporting musicians including Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin, Kavus Torabi, Melanie Woods, Tom Atherton and Evan Carson. The bonus disc on the CD edition features five unreleased pieces, four from the LNL sessions and one - featuring Peter Hammill and Adam Holzman - a Flowers at the Scene outtake. Co-produced by Bowness and Brian Hulse.
Steve Rothery/The Ghosts of Pripyat ....CD $15.99
A wholly instrumental work, The Ghosts of Pripyat - from 2014 - was the debut Steve Rothery solo album and features cameos from Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett. 2020 mid-price CD in jewel case reissue. Artwork by Lasse Hoile.
Frank Zappa/Night Flight Interview ....CD $11.99
Frank Zappa stopped by the Night Flight studios in 1985 to talk about music videos, censorship, the PMRC and what it's like to play in his band.
Trapeze/Trapeze [Deluxe Edition] ....import 2 CD Set $22.99
Trapeze would record three albums for Threshold. Produced by The Moody Blues' John Lodge at Morgan Studios and Decca Studios in London, their debut LP was released in May 1970, featuring the single 'Send Me No More Letters,' plus 'Suicide,' 'Nancy Gray' and 'Another Day.' Their debut veers closer to the late '60s psychedelic rock and progressive pop of their Moody Blues mentors than the the blues and soul infused hard rock that Trapeze are better known for. This newly remastered, expanded version of their debut now features both the UK and US single versions of their hit single, 'Send Me No More Letters.' Four unreleased demos follow, including an early version of 'Seafull' that would appear on the following "Medusa" LP. Also previously unreleased are three BBC Session tracks, of 'Another Day,' and two different sessions for 'Send No More Letters.' This expanded collection finishes with three unreleased live tracks from July 1969 recorded at Wolverhampton's LaFayette Club for the "Colour Me Pop" show. In a short set of covers made up of Steppenwolf's 'Magic Carpet Ride,' Fairport Convention's 'Meet on the Ledge' (written by Richard Thompson) and finishing with The Nazz's classic nugget, 'Open My Eyes' (written by Todd Rundgren), these live session tracks give a unique insight into Trapeze's career prior to becoming Threshold recording artists. As well as plenty of rare memorabilia and artwork, including many international single covers, the artwork is augmented by an extended essay from esteemed music journalist Malcolm Dome based on interviews with Glenn Hughes & John Jones.
Trapeze/Medusa [Deluxe Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $29.99
This classic has been expanded with two bonus discs, packed with extras. It kicks off with a stereo edit and then a mono edit of the 'Black Cloud' single, followed by radio session versions of 'Makes You Wanna Cry' and 'Medusa.' Disc Two finishes with an unreleased live show from the United States in March 1971, where the band had a growing following, thanks in part to the opportunity to tour America with mentors, The Moody Blues. Formed from two bands from the midlands - Finders Keepers, featuring Mel Galley (guitar/vocals), Dave Holland (drums) and Glenn Hughes (bass/vocals), plus the Montanas' John Jones (vocals/trumpet) and Terry Rowley (keyboards/guitar/flute) - Trapeze were discovered by The Moody Blues, and snapped up for their own label, Threshold Records. Trapeze would record three albums for Threshold. As per their self-titled debut, "Medusa" was produced by The Moody Blues' John Lodge at Morgan Studios in London, and released in November 1970, a mere six months after their first LP. For their second record, Trapeze had scaled down to the power trio of Mel Galley, Dave Holland and Glenn Hughes, finally finding their definitive sound, with a mixture of blues, soul and hard rock, wrapped around seven, classic original songs. Kicking off with the Mel Galley / Tom Galley penned 'Black Cloud,' the track was also issued as a single, and soon became a live favourite too. Mel Galley and his brother Tom Galley would co-write four of the album's tracks, with the band sharing writing credits on 'Your Love Is Alright' and Glenn Hughes bringing 'Seafull' and the title track, 'Medusa.' Disc Three features a second complete unreleased show from 1971, featuring all but two tracks from the "Medusa" LP. As well as a reproduction of a rare, original concert poster from the band's archives, not seen in almost 50 years, the set includes liner notes based on interviews with Glenn Hughes, John Jones, Trapeze's original manager Tony Perry, Trapeze's photographer David Rohl and Mel Galley's brother and Trapeze co-writer, Tom Galley.
Trapeze/You Are the Music: We're Just the Band [Deluxe Edition] ....import 3 CD Set $29.99
This 3CD deluxe edition has been expanded with the mono version of the 'Coast to Coast' single, plus the non-album tracks 'Good Love' and 'Dat's It.' Four tracks were aired for the 1973 Radio 1 In Concert series, taken from an "off-air" recording. One of Trapeze's major strongholds was Texas, so it's no surprise that this collection is completed with a track recorded in Dallas in 1972, plus a whole show from Houston the same year. Recorded at Decca Studios and Island Studios in London, their third album was produced by Neil Slaven, with it's release preceded by the 'Coast to Coast' single. The album includes a number of notable guests, including B. J. Cole on steel guitar for 'Keepin' Time' and 'Coast to Coast,' plus Rod Argent on electric piano for 'Coast to Coast' and piano on 'Feelin' So Much Better Now.' Glenn Hughes would leave Trapeze to join Deep Purple in 1973, leaving Mel Galley and Dave Holland to soldier on for the remainder of the 1970s, periodically reforming this classic three-piece line-up. As well as a reproducing rare and original memorabilia from the band's archives, the collection includes extensive liner notes by Malcolm Dome based on interviews with Glenn Hughes, manager Tony Perry, producer Neil Slaven, Tom Galley and Rod Argent.
Fred Frith/Stone, Brick, Glass, Wood, Wire ....import 2 CD Set $29.99
Stone, Brick, Glass, Wood, Wire (Graphic Scores 198696) is a double live album by English guitarist, composer and improvisor Fred Frith. It comprises a series of graphic scores Frith composed in 1992 "for any number of players." It was performed live by Frith, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins and the International Occasional Ensemble at five concerts in Italy (May 1992), Canada (October 1992), Belgium (May 1994), Netherlands (October 1994) and Germany (October 1995). Frith also conducted and directed the performances.
Scope/Scope ....import CD $18.99
Scope/Scope II ....import CD $18.99
The predecessor band of Scope was called Strange Power and was founded around 1969 in Zwolle, Holland. Rik Elings, Henk Zomer (drums) and bassist Erik Raayman had founded the fusion project and had already released a 7" single that was added to the first Scope CD as a bonus. With the entry of guitarist Rens Nieuwland in 1972, Strange Power became Scope. Subsequently, the Dutch jazz rock foursome made a name for itself in both Holland and Germany. A talent scout from WEA / Atlantic became aware of the band and hired them for his label. In 1973 the band entered the Hamburg studio Maschen to record their debut album "Scope" under the direction of Jochen Petersen. The result was an exciting, varied fusion / jazz rock album, which contained a lot of improvisations and perfectly reflected the craftsmanship of the four musicians. The press was thrilled and Scope went back on the streets to present the new album live. In 1974 Erik Raayman left the band, but the band continued with a surprising plan. Multi-instrumentalist Rik Elings left his place behind the keyboards with Rob Franken and took over the four-string. A wise decision, because Rob Franken was one of the best and most famous jazz pianists in Holland. With this line-up, they returned to Studio Maschen in September 1974 to record the follow-up album "Scope II" for WEA. Like the debut, the album is a unique funk / fusion delicacy record, and Scope has become a real insider tip of the international jazz rock scene. Despite (or because of) the major deal, large record sales did not happen. After numerous changes in the line-up it came to an end in 1976. The further history of the involved musicians can be wonderfully read in the booklets for "Scope" and "Scope II."
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band/From Chicago's Rosemont Theatre August 2001 ....import CD $17.99
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band is a live rock supergroup with shifting personnel, led by former Beatles drummer and vocalist Ringo Starr. Since 1989, Starr has toured with fourteen variations of the band, where "everybody on stage is a star in their own right." Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band is a concept that was created by producer David Fishof. The band has consistently toured for over three decades, and rotates it's line-up depending on availability of musicians and at Starr's discretion. All-Starr Band shows generally feature 10-12 songs sung by Starr, including those he performed with The Beatles and in his solo career. Mixed with Starr's songs are those performed by the All-Stars (usually 2-3 per person), generally the biggest hits from their respective groups or solo careers. In 2001 Ringo's All-Starr Band included Greg Lake of ELP & King Crimson, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople, Howard Jones, Sheila E. and more.
Harry Nilsson/Nilsson Schmilsson ....SACD $39.99
Streamlined pop, eclectic rock, whimsical personality and organic production harmonize on Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Schmilsson which includes #1 Smash 'Without You,' novelty favorite 'Coconut' and top 40 romp 'Jump into the Fire.' Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2,500 numbered copies: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD brings beautiful vocals and brilliant melodies into clear view. Harry Nilsson was many things in life - revered songwriter, razor-sharp wit, gifted singer, studio pioneer, daring poet, cult icon, creative maverick, fearless interpreter, larger-than-life inspiration, man of mystery and intrigue. All these hallmark facets come together in a resplendent symphony on Nilsson Schmilsson, a go-to standout in the beloved artist's vaunted canon and most commercially successful release. For the first time in decades, it features audiophile sonics that bring the record's brilliant melodicism, sophisticated soulfulness, subtle shading, and sure-handed production into full view. Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD of Nilsson Schmilsson features unadulterated transparency and visceral solidity. The Brooklyn native's three-and-a-half octave range and beautiful phrasing come across with captivating depth, crystalline purity, and an emotional scope that stretches from tenderness to melodrama to sarcasm and beyond. Appealing as Nilsson's bizarre quirks remain, given how they stamp his music with personality and charm, his tremendous singing - of which Bud Scoppa memorably wrote possessed 'a slight sawtooth buzz to add resonance when required' - takes center stage. Ditto the eclectic arrangements that lend an organic cohesiveness the four-time Grammy-nominated record, named by Pitchfork as one of the Top 100 Albums of the 1970s. Produced by Richard Perry, known for his work with Barbra Streisand, Nilsson Schmilsson walks a tightrope between streamlined accessibility and mischievous, whimsical individualism. Providing a prime example of it's architect's breadth, a surfeit of exceptionally played organs, mellotrons, horns, strings, guitars, piano, and more paint daring soundscapes that on this reissue teem with color, texture, and detail. Reference-level spatiality and separation contribute to full, three-dimensional imaging and the ability to identify distinctive instruments (and their tones) in the mix.
Rolling Stones/Goats Head Soup ....CD $16.99
Rolling Stones/Goats Head Soup [Deluxe Edition] ....2 CD Set $21.99
Rolling Stones/Goats Head Soup [Super Deluxe Box Set] ....3 CD + Blu-Ray Box Set $144.99
Goats Head Soup [2CD 2020 Deluxe Edition] - Another prized jewel in The Rolling Stones' unmatched catalogue is restored to it's full glory. Features the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session files. The 2020 Deluxe edition features three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All The Rage & Criss Cross. Goats Head Soup Super Deluxe box sets features 35 tracks on three CDs & one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). Included are the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session files, Rarities & Alternative mixes featuring three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All the Rage & Criss Cross. Also included is The Brussels Affair, recorded live at the Forest National Arena in October 1973. The 4 discs are housed in the boxset alongside a 120 page book with an incredible array of photos and 3 essays. 50 Years On - An Appreciation of Goats Head Soup by Ian McCann, Brussels Affair Live 1973 Tour by Nick Kent & The Story of the Cover Art by Daryl Easlea. The set is completed with 4 x 1973 reproduction tour posters, rolled up within the packaging to avoid creases. + Original Videos: Dancing with Mr D, Silver Train & Angie.
Rainbow/Black Masquerade ....import CD $18.99
CD reissue. This 1995 concert for Germany's famous Rockpalast TV series, which was originally released in 2013, followed Ritchie Blackmore's departure from Deep Purple and the reformation of Rainbow with a new line-up. The band was in top form as they performed tracks from the highly acclaimed "Stranger in Us All" album alongside classic Rainbow and Deep Purple songs.
Fleetwood Mac/Fleetwood Mac 1969-1974 ....8 CD Box Set $49.99
Just before the sad news of Peter Green's death this week, a new Fleetwood Mac boxset was announced. Fleetwood Mac 1969-1974 is a 8CD clamshell box with 12-page booklet and includes seven remastered studio albums - Then Play On (1969), Kiln House (1970), Future Games (1971), Bare Trees (1972), Penguin (1973), Mystery to Me (1973), and Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974). These feature several different lineups (including Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, Dave Walker, Bob Welch, and Bob Weston). The set concludes with an unreleased recording of a December 15, 1974 concert at The Record Plant in Sausalito, California.
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)/Tea for the Tillerman 2 ....CD $15.99
50 years after the original made him a global superstar Yusuf / Cat Stevens has rerecorded an entirely new version of his 1970 classic album Tea for the Tillerman. With many of the album's songs sounding more relevant than ever today, Tea for the Tillerman 2 offers up striking and sensitive new renditions of stone-cold classics like "Father And Son," "Wild World," and "Where Do The Children Play?"
Donovan/Donovan Rising ....CD $15.99
Rising is the third live album, and twentieth album overall, from British singer-songwriter Donovan released on Permanent Records in 1990. The live versions of Donovan's hits guaranteed that Rising would receive a release in both the United States and United Kingdom. Rising was retitled The Classics Live in the United States, 25 Years in Concert in Europe and Atlantis in the UK for marketing reasons. Since the release of Rising, there have been many reissues of the songs from the album under many different titles. Rising was supposedly recorded sporadically from 1982 through 1986 at various live concerts during different world tours. However, after careful research the songs on the album came from are revealed as a U.S. tour in 1971 and from the Cambridge Folk Festival of 1981. The setlists from these shows features a mixture of Donovan's international hits from the 1960s and relatively more obscure tracks from his later albums. Like most of Donovan's live performances, there is sparse instrumentation accompanying Donovan's vocals, including flute, acoustic guitar, bass. Rising features two traditional songs ("Young But Growing" and "Stealing") and one original song ("Love Will Find a Way") that were not released on any previous Donovan album.
Suzanne Vega/An Evening of New York Songs and Stories ....CD $13.99
2020 live release. On An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, Vega revisits some of the most iconic songs in her repertoire as well as more hidden gems in a stunning live recording on which she is backed by longtime guitarist, Gerry Leonard, bassist Jeff Allen and keyboardist Jamie Edwards. Recorded at New York City's famed Cafe Carlyle in early 2019, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories includes both familiar songs like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" and deep cuts from her catalogue like "Frank and Ava" and "Ludlow Street." The mix of repertoire also features "New York Is My Destination" from Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers, Vega's one woman play about the Southern gothic novelist Carson McCullers, and a cover of her late friend Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."
B-52s/Live at the US Festival ....DVD $18.99
What a lineup: Talking Heads, Oingo Boingo, the Police, the Ramones-and the B-52's, in all their early-'80s glory! That was September 3, 1982 at the US Festival in California, and this DVD takes you there to watch the B-52's absolutely delight the crowd with "Rock Lobster, " "Planet Claire, " "Private Idaho" and more of their early classics. Shout! Factory.
Pineapple Thief/Versions of the Truth ....CD $16.99
Pineapple Thief/Versions of the Truth ....Blu-Ray $18.99
Pineapple Thief/Versions of the Truth [Deluxe Limited Edition] ....import 2 CD + DVD + Blu-Ray $61.99
This deluxe edition of 'Versions of the Truth' is presented in a hardback book with 4 discs - the original album on CD plus a second CD of bonus music, and is topped off with a DVD and Blu-ray (all region) featuring the album and bonus material in a 24/96 DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound mix and 24/96 hi-res stereo audio plus the music video for 'Demons.' Also includes a 48-page book featuring lyrics, photos from the writing of the album & recent touring, drum notations from Gavin Harrison and handwritten lyrics. Over the last half-decade, The Pineapple Thief - led by musical polymath Bruce Soord and bolstered by the involvement of master drummer Gavin Harrison - has rapidly ascended to the upper echelons of Europe's alternative rock scene.'Versions of the Truth' - out in September through Kscope - is the latest instalment in the band's deserved (and welcome) rise to success. 'Versions of the Truth' represents a conceptual progression from 'Dissolution' (a contemplation on our 'post truth' world) and lyrically tackles similar themes, but from a more personal perspective. Reflecting on how there can be more than one 'version of the truth,' the album's songs revolve around the impact the media can have on our lives and the people we love. Recording began at Bourne Place (London) and Soord Studios (Yeovil) after the band had completed it's 2019 US tour with engineering handled by Bruce Soord and Gavin Harrison. The album has been mastered by Steve Kitch.
Ray Russell/Fluid Architecture ....CD $16.99
Ray Russell: guitars and featuring Eric Baldwin: found sounds, sequential creativity, George Baldwin: bass, Chapman Stick, Chris Biscoe: tenor clarinet & soprano saxophone, Mo Foster: bass, Nic France: drums, Simon Phillips: drums, Ralph Salmins: drums, Jim Watson: keyboards. As part of an exploratory group of British 'jazz and beyond' musicians in the late 1960's, Ray Russell released a number of acclaimed and ultimately influential experimental albums; Dragon Hill, Rites & Rituals, Live at the I.C.A. and Secret Asylum. Based on the dates of these releases, he can claim to be, along with Sonny Sharrock, one of the earliest 'free' guitarists and his early work has been cited by today's noted experimentalists like Thurston Moore and Jim O'Rourke. Since then, Russell has enjoyed a freelance career composing award-winning TV soundtracks and working with artists ranging from Phil Collins to Gil Evans to Tina Turner to Andrew Lloyd Webber, but he remains a dedicated sonic explorer as well. "His lines are not so much melodic variation, or even Coltrane-like walls of sound. Instead it is like a Pollock painting mounted with guitar pickups, the sound of explosions. Russell makes it sound as if the guitar is not enough... " - Jim O'Rourke. ".. guitarists in particular should analyze carefully... excellent fretwork in the middle of a triangle whose corners are occupied by Jeff Beck, Phil Miller and Yo' Miles!" - Touching Extremes.".. the album is essentially an explosive, spellbinding, and well-rounded musical event, where many of the hard-edged works encompass eloquent plot developments and tuneful theme-building maneuvers." - All About Jazz
I.P.A./Bashing Mushrooms ....CD $16.99
From Cuneiform Records, I.P.A. is Atle Nymo tenor saxophone, Magnus Broo trumpet, Mattias Ståhl vibraphone, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten bass, Håkon Mjåset Johansen drums. After a dozen years as one of Europe's most acclaimed jazz ensembles, I.P.A. is still discovering mesmerizing new sonic territory. Originally born out of a deep dive into the music of pioneering trumpeter/composer Don Cherry, the group has firmly established it's own sound and identity, and Bashing Mushrooms reveals a striking new side of the quintet. A sumptuous aural feast marked by extended, circuitous melodies and spacious, finely etched textures, it is the group's fifth album. While the title might suggest psychedelic journeys, Bashing Mushrooms is a work of riveting clarity, with all of the thoughtful interaction and knife-edge balance between improvisation and composition that has long distinguished the group."... the album is essentially an explosive, spellbinding, and well-rounded musical event, where many of the hard-edged works encompass eloquent plot developments and tuneful theme-building maneuvers." - All About Jazz
Lee Abraham/Harmony - Synchronicity ....import CD $20.99
Galahad guitarist and solo artist Lee Abraham will release his latest solo album, entitled "Harmony/Synchronicity," September 2020 through F2 / Festival Music. The album was written and recorded during an intense 8 week period during the UK pandemic lockdown between April and early June 2020, and comes less than 12 months after Lee's critically acclaimed album 'Comatose.' Lee is joined as ever by musical partner Gerald Mulligan (Credo) on drums and a host of familiar vocalists. Lee handles all guitars, keys, pianos and bass guitars and all production duties. Artwork design has been undertaken by Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf).
Miles Davis/The Complete Concert 1964 ....import 2 CD Set $20.99
This recording is one of the best jazz recordings of all time and also some of Miles's best trumpet work. He exhibits great tone, range, technique and improvisation. Miles is so intense on this whole recording, nailing passage after passage. As Miles mentioned in his book, they completely tore the roof off of the place. A great supporting group as well, George Coleman on tenor saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums. The interplay between Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and the uncanny Tony Williams is just breath-taking and hints very clearly at the new directions in which they and Miles would take the small jazz ensemble for the next several years.
Herbie Hancock/Head Hunters [Quadraphonic SACD/ Multi-Channel] ....Japanese import SACD $49.99
Japanese original release. One of the greatest masterpieces of all genres "Head Hunters" from Herbie Hancock finally becomes SACD multi (4channel) hybrid format reissue. Remastered in 2020. 7inch cardboard sleeve packaging.
Freddie Hubbard/Red Clay ....CD $14.99
This is the sequential classic of Freddie Hubbard's catalog. Bandmates on this musical journey are Herbie Hancock on Fender Rhodes, Ron Carter on electric & acoustic bass, Lenny White on drums & Joe Henderson on tenor sax & alto flute. 'Red Clay' is accessible, grooving and one of the first fusions of R&B & funk with post-bop. "Red Clay" sprung from his memories of his childhood in Indianapolis, noting that many of the neighborhood's residents had come from the deep South, and he wanted the tune to evoke images of that southern red clay. This album definitely falls into line with the other great fusion of that period; Miles Davis's 'Bitches Brew.'
Chick Corea/Plays ....2 CD Set $19.99
The latest addition to Chick Corea's remarkable discography, Plays is a captivating, intimate double album. Showcasing his charming rapport with enthusiastic audiences in these spirited renditions, he's in good company throughout, engaging with a list of icons that represent a wide swath of musical history, from the classical repertoire of Mozart and Chopin to jazz influences like Bill Evans and modern pop sensibility of Stevie Wonder. Several pieces are reprisals or spontaneously improvised.
Michael Rother/Solo II ....7 CD Box Set $69.99
Seven CD set. Retrospective of one of the influential figures of German electronic music: Michael Rother of NEU! and Harmonia. Containing seven albums - one, Dreamtime, is completely new and unreleased. Also included are the albums Lust, Sussherz & Tiefenscharfe, Traumreisen, Esperanza, Remember (The Great Adventure), and Bonustracks.
Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith/Peradam ....CD $14.99
2020 release. The sounds of Himalayan winds, sacred mantras and water rippling in the holy river Ganges, invite us to Peradam, the transcendent album by Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith. After albums devoted to Antonin Artaud (The Peyote Dance) and Arthur Rimbaud (Mummer Love), Peradam takes as its entry point Rene Daumal's early 1940s novel Mount Analogue: a Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing, in which the French writer, critic and poet mapped a metaphysical journey to "the ultimate symbolic mountain" in search of meaning. In it, Daumal introduced the idea of the "peradam," a rare, crystalline stone harboring profound truths that is only visible to seekers on a true spiritual path. Featuring guests including Anoushka Shankar, Tenzin Choegal and Charlotte Gainsbourg, Peradam is the "the final stone" in The Perfect Vision triptych. Collectively they evoke and explore the sainted spaces of thought and creativity opened by the three French writers and poets.
Simon Collins/Becoming Human ....CD $14.99
Simon Collins (son of Phil) returns with his fourth solo album, "Becoming Human," an album where he takes the musical inspiration of his previous band Sound of Contact and creates a strong and exciting mixture of rock, pop, prog, electronica, and dare we say, a hint of industrial. Simon has managed to master the sound of prog that the fans love so much, but keep it original sounding as well.
The Progressive Souls Collective/Sonic Birth ....CD $15.99
The debut album "Sonic Birth" by The Progressive Souls Collective (TPSC) is special in many ways: Florian Zepf (guitar) and the driving force at TPSC could convince his international prog music colleagues Aquiles Priester (ex-Angra & Tony MacAlpine), Conner Green (Haken), Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater, O.S.I., Chroma Key) as well as Luis Conte (Phil Collins) to work together on the album. As a very special guest, keyboard maestro Derek Sherinian (Sons of Apollo, Ex-Dream Theater, etc.) contributed all keyboard parts. The collaboration of the different characters resulted in "Sonic Birth," an extraordinary prog-metal album, which meets even the highest demands.
Thor & Friends/3 ....CD $14.99
Polymath percussionist Thor Harris inaugurated Thor & Friends in the autumn of 2015 after five years of touring as the percussionist of iconic avant-rock ensemble Swans. The project is intended as a vehicle for experimentation with the conceptual vocabulary of American minimalism collaborating with a rotating cast of Austin-based musicians. The ensemble has three core members, Thor Harris, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah "Goat" Gautier - with it's line-up expanding and contracting with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts. Thor & Friends draws on classic Minimalist composers, including Terry Riley and Steve Reich, but also amalgamate such diverse influences as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks around a polyrhythmic core of mallet-struck instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. Circling these core motifs are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand-up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe. Thor & Friends, '3' is the band's third LP. Initially put out as part of Joyful Noise Recordings, 2019 Artist in Residence, it is now being released far and wide through Joyful Noise. Thor writes, "This record was made over several years and in many locations. Only by the grace of the brilliant Jeremy Barnes was it all sewn together into this fantastic tapestry of sound you are lucky to now behold." Musicians who played on this record include, Jennifer Wasner, Tuvan throat singing is Soriah, Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost of A Hawk and a Hacksaw, John Dieterich from Deerhoof, Thierry Amar and Tim Herzog from Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Adam Torres, Michael Gira, Jarboe, Stine Janvin Motland, John Congleton and many others.
Thor & Friends/4 ....CD $14.99
Thor & Friends, '4' is the band's fourth LP. Initially put out as part of Joyful Noise Recordings, 2019 Artist in Residence, it is now being released far and wide through Joyful Noise. Thor writes, "Thor & Friends is a collective of musicians. Some players are classically trained, others are punk musicians with no reading skills, just spirit and will. Through friendship and musical collaboration, this album brings together Craig Ross, Alan and Mimi from Low, Bill Callahan, and Jolie Holland; strings from the likes of Mollie Fischer, Travis Weller, Lindsey Verrill, Andrea Calderon, and Nino Soberin; and even more instrumentation from Jeff Johnston on saw, Christopher Cundy, Andrea Belfi, and Adam Harding."
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New Releases: Rick Wakeman, Soft Machine, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, King Crimson, Deep Purple, Kraftwerk, Japan, Barclay James Harvest, Colosseum, Zawinul Syndicate, Charles Hayward, The Tangent, Anekdoten, Kaprekar's Constant, The Residents, Blue Oyster Cult, Robby Krieger, Savoy Brown, Michael Landau, Mountain, Grateful Dead, Joe Bouchard, Erik Wollo & Michael Stearns, Jon Hassell, Unicorn, Randy California & Spirit, Roy Wood & Wizzard, Dukes of the Orient, Pinnacle Point, Iona, Huw Lloyd-Langton, The British Invasion: 5 Documentary Collection, Peephole in My Brain - The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971, Nils Lofgren Band, Clannad, Pilot, Steve Lukather, Flo & Eddie, Rose City Band, West Meets East: Indian Music & Its Influence on the West, The Rocky Horror Picture Show [45th Anniversary Edition]
King Crimson/The Complete 1969 Recordings ....20 CD + 4 Blu-Ray + DVD + DVD-A Box Set $229.99
The complete audio history of one of the most important debut albums of all time
presented across 26 discs (20CD/4Blu-Ray/1DVD/1DVD-A). Featuring a 2020 Dolby Atmos
mix by Steven Wilson, David Singleton stereo mixes of session material (on Blu-Ray, DVD
and across 6CDs), and a further disc of newly compiled studio material, the box also
includes the original In the Court studio album, every alternate take known to exist,
every mix known to exist, all live recordings from this incarnation of the band known to
exist and a selection of pre-King Crimson 1968 recordings from Giles, Giles & Fripp.
This eighth King Crimson boxed set, as with the previous boxed seven sets in the
series, is packaged in a vinyl sized box containing a booklet featuring previously unseen
photos from the recordings sessions, an intro by Robert Fripp, sleeve-notes by King
Crimson biographer Sid Smith, notes about the tapes from David Singleton, additional
memorabilia and an additional protective outer sleeve. "...an uncanny
masterpiece." - Pete Townshend, 1969
Ultimate Boxed Set Edition of one of rock music's seminal debut albums.
Blu-Ray features 2020 Dolby Atmos mix by Steven Wilson.
Complete, fully mixed stereo recording sessions feature on Blu-Ray, DVD and across 6 CDs.
Blu-Rays also feature the original master edition of the 1969 album mix in 24/96 stereo, the 2019 stereo and 5.1 mixes, the 2009 stereo and 5.1 mixes a complete alternate album comprising 2019 mixes &more.
"Let's Make a Hit Waxing" - single CD 'in the studio with the band' mixed and compiled by David Singleton - also features in 24/96 hi-res on Blu-Ray.
13 further CDs present all known live recordings of the band, BBC sessions, a pre-King Crimson CD compilation of Giles, Giles & Fripp and all studio recordings, alt versions, etc of the main album.
Presented in an album sized box with outer slipcase, containing booklet including previously unseen photos from the recording session, an intro by Robert Fripp, sleeve-notes by King Crimson biographer Sid Smith, notes about the tapes by David Singleton, and memorabilia.
Rick Wakeman/Red Planet ....import CD $17.99
2020 release. Rick Wakeman, best known as keyboard player in progressive rock band Yes, releases The Red Planet - a serious return to "Wakeman Prog." Harking back to Wakeman's critically acclaimed 1973 debut The Six Wives of Henry VIII, The Red Planet features eight newly composed pieces based around a central subject matter. Rick's blown the dust off his favorite analog keyboards and along with his latest keys has used the same formula he devised when making his debut album and the equally legendary Criminal Record. Upon being asked about the expectations of his prog fans, that they are hoping he will have shoved the "Prog Fader" up to 11, he replied, "That could be a problem... as it's already at 14!!!"
Soft Machine/Live at the Baked Potato ....import CD $12.99
This follow-up to Soft Machine's highly acclaimed 2018 album Hidden Details finds John Etheridge, Roy Babbington, John Marshall and Theo Travis on fine form at the Baked Potato, LA, USA on 1st February 2019. The material mixes tunes from Hidden Details, along with older material and some choice improvisations. The band, with a world tour under their belt and a partisan crowd urging them on, are absolutely at the top of their game - powerful, committed and idiosyncratic. Note that there has been a significant price drop for this release. Anyone who ordered at the previous price will automatically get the price drop.
Jon Anderson/1000 Hands [Chapter One] ....CD $15.99
1000 Hands: Chapter One is the fifteenth studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician Jon Anderson. The album originates from sessions for a project to have been called Uzlot (a northern English pronunciation of "us lot") that Anderson had been recording in Big Bear, California, with Brian Chatton in around 1990. Chatton wrote most of the music, played keyboards and also sang. Anderson asked his then Yes bandmates Chris Squire and Alan White to play on the project too. At the time, Yes were preparing for a tour and Anderson put the master tapes in his garage and, as he has recounted, gave them very little thought for many years. In 2016, producer Michael Franklin contacted Anderson about using the tapes and finishing an album. Further recordings followed at Solar Studios in Orlando, Florida. Along with some newly written material, the final result is 1000 Hands. As the album title suggests, the album was created with a number of guest performers, including Steve Howe, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice, Rick Derringer, the Tower of Power horn section, violinists Jean-Luc Ponty, Jerry Goodman and Robby Steinhardt of Kansas, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Stuart Hamm, Billy Cobham and many more!
Steve Howe/Love Is ....CD $14.99
To any rock music fan of the last 50 years, Steve Howe needs no introduction. Best known as the guitarist for progressive rock band Yes, he has enjoyed a prolific recording and performing career spanning five decades. In addition to his solo work, Steve has released more than 50 albums with bands such as Yes and Asia and guest appeared with the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lou Reed and Queen. Love Is is Howe's 17th solo record, comprising ten songs: five with current Yes singer, Jon Davison, singing harmonies and playing bass guitar and five instrumental tracks rotating through the running order. The instrumentals keep a highly progressive rock guitar style to the fore, with songs that explore stories of lives lived and lives only just beginning. 'Love Is a River' is the central track, with several textural shifts, featuring a theme played on 12 string and steel guitars. Steve's son, Dylan, features on drums. Many years in the making, Love Is offers a consistently strong and polished listening experience, forging the very best from the writing and playing throughout.
King Crimson/1974-03-20 Palzzo Dello Sport, Brescia, Italy
....Japanese import CD $34.99
King Crimson/1974-03-27 Stadttheater, Augsburg, Germany ....Japanese import CD $34.99
King Crimson/1974-03-29 Stadthalle, Heidelberg, Germany ....Japanese import CD $34.99
King Crimson/1974-04-02 Stadthalle, Gottingen, Germany ....Japanese import CD $34.99
Japanese-only CD release. These 4 CDs are individual concert CDs taken from the Starless box set.
Deep Purple/Whoosh! ....CD $14.99
Deep Purple/Whoosh! [Deluxe] ....CD + DVD $24.99
Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey continue to extend the scope of hard rock on Whoosh!, which sees Deep Purple joining forces with legendary producer Bob Ezrin for the third time. "Deep Purple is putting the Deep back into Purple," was the half-joking motto in the studio after the first songs made it clear that Ezrin and Purple were on their way to creating an album pushing the boundaries of time, while voicing their resentment about the current state of the world.
Kraftwerk/Soest Live ....import CD $18.99
One of the most influential bands in the last five decades, Kraftwerk virtually established the blueprint, the source code even, for electronic music. Founded by classically trained musicians Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider-Esleban in Dusseldorf in 1970, the band has informed and inspired a diverse range of genres and artists including David Bowie, Bjork, Afrika Bambaataa, and Joy Division. This early live performance, in Soest, Germany in Winter 1970, broadcast on WDR-TV displays the band in superb form. Arguably, the future of electronic music, trance, techno, ambient - started right here.
Japan/From the Budokan Tokyo FM 1982 ....import double CD $18.99
Two CDs. Japan was an English new wave band formed in London in 1974 by David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums), Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Mick Karn (bass guitar). They started out as a glam rock-inspired band but developed their sound to incorporate electronic music and art rock influences, eventually becoming an influence on the 1980s New Romantic scene in the UK, although the band themselves were not a part of it. This set was recorded at The Budokan, Tokyo in December 1982 and was their fifth from last show on that tour. The band had become friends with Yellow Magic Orchestra who joined them on some of the performances here - "Bamboo Music" is a duet featuring Akiko Yano, and "Taking Islands in Africa" features Yukihiro Takahashi. Ryuichi Sakamoto also plays on those tracks.
Barclay James Harvest/Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories [Remastered & Expanded Edition] ....import 2 CDs + DVD Box Set $36.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered, re-mixed and expanded 3 disc clamshell box edition of the classic album, "Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories." Recorded and released in 1971, the album was the third by BJH and was recorded at Abbey Road studios and was co-produced by the band and ex-Pretty Things member Wally Allen. Widely regarded (along with "Once Again") as one of the band's early masterpieces, "...Other Short Stories" featured such classic tracks as 'Medicine Man,' 'Ursula (The Swansea Song),' 'The Poet' and the epic 'After the Day.' The album was critically acclaimed upon its release by Harvest Records and was also issued by Sire Records in the United States with some remixed versions of tracks. The album also featured the Barclay James Harvest symphony orchestra conducted by Martyn Ford and arrangements by Toni Cooke and Martyn Ford. This expanded edition of "...Other Short Stories" comprises 40 tracks and features the original UK stereo mix re-mastered from the original master tapes and also includes a new stereo mix on a second CD and a high resolution 5.1 Surround Sound mix, new stereo mix and original stereo mix on an NTSTC / Region free DVD, all from the original Harvest masters. In addition there are three rare US album versions of 'Medicine Man,' 'Harry's Song' and 'Someone There You Know,' along with five BBC Radio session tracks from July 1971 and March 1972, along with two rare John Lees demo recordings from 1971 and three mono reduction mixes made at Abbey Road studios in July 1971. The set also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with a new essay and a replica poster.
Colosseum/Live at Ruisrock Festival Turku Finland 1970 ....import CD $24.99
First time officially released on CD. Restored and remastered by Eroc. Total playing time 50.32. 12-page booklet. Liner Notes by Chris Welch. One of the biggest festivals to welcome Colosseum to it's site in a national park on the picturesque island of Ruissalo. The band had been refreshed by personnel changes; Dave 'Clem' Clempson had arrived on lead guitar and vocals, while Mark Clarke took over from Tony Reeves as bass guitarist and added his vocals. Keyboardist Dave Greenslade's memories are included in extensive liner notes along with details of all the songs and performances, notably a rousing 'Rope Ladder to the Moon,' 'The Machine Demands a Sacrifice' complete with Jon Hiseman drum solo, Clem's vocals unveiled on 'Down Hill and Shadows,' 'Lost Angeles' and an explosive 'Walking in the Park.'
Colosseum/Live 71 Canterbury Brighton ....import 2 CD Set $32.99
Two CD set. Includes 20-page booklet with liner notes by Chris Welch and interview excerpts with Dave Greenslade. Colosseum was one of the most exciting British rock bands of the '70s and while they made fine studio albums, notably the classic Those Who Are About to Die (1969), it was on the road, playing night after night to devoted fans, that the group led by master drummer Jon Hiseman really came - alive! Mercifully, thanks to skilled recording engineers, many of their best shows were captured on tape. This superb collection of live performances reveals Colosseum blasting at full strength and with extraordinary power and passion. This set is packed with alternative versions of many of their most iconic songs and arrangements. Thanks to this treasure house of high quality recordings, professionally restored by digital craftsman Eroc, the band comes alive and kicking for us to enjoy 50 years later.
Colosseum/Live at the Montreux International Jazz Festival 1969 ....import CD $24.99
First time officially released on CD. Restored and remastered by EROC. Total playing time 42. 48. 12-page booklet. Liner notes by Chris Welch. Colosseum's fiery brand of progressive jazz rock was hugely popular on the late 60s live music scene and so it was no surprise when they were invited to play at one of the world's biggest jazz festivals, held annually in Montreux, Switzerland. Band interviews are included in the extensive liner notes together with descriptions of their exciting performances, notably Tony Reeve's bass guitar showcase 'Mandarin,' a version of 'Butty's Blues' sung and played by James Litherland and the tingling moment when Jon Hiseman climbs aboard his 'Time Machine' drum solo. This entire CD is a time machine designed to take you back to the future, right NOW!
Colosseum/Live at the Boston Tea Party 1969 ....import CD $24.99
First official CD release. Restored and remastered by EROC. Total playing time 48. 84, 16-page booklet, Liner notes by Chris Welch, Colosseum roar into action with all the power and confidence of a young British band, determined to make an impact on America, the home of rock'n'roll. These historic recordings capture the group, led by drummer Jon Hiseman, performing at the Boston Tea Party, one of the most important rock venues on the East Coast. It was 13 August, 1969 when Colosseum performed a wide range of exciting material, including 'Butty's Blues' featuring their 19 year-old lead guitarist James Litherland and 'The Valentyne Suite,' a major work by keyboardist and composer Dave Greenslade.
Colosseum/Live at Piper Club, Rome Italy 1971 ....import CD $24.99
First time officially released on CD. Restored and remastered by EROC. Total playing time 67. 07. 12-page booklet. Liner Notes by Chris Welch. In an updated version of Colosseum, Chris Farlowe asserts his role as the band's powerful new lead singer. The story of his arrival is told in extensive liner notes by Repertoire's Chris Welch which include new interviews with bassist Mark Clarke, organist Dave Greenslade and Chris Farlowe.
Zawinul Syndicate/Black Water + Lost Tribes ....import CD $18.99
Two albums from the late Joe Zawinul's Syndicate, formed by the keyboardist after the break up of Weather Report. These recordings, dating from 1989 and 1992, are a mixture of jazz, fusion rock, Afro and Latin! However, it is challenging, intellectual, emotional and toe-tapping music. Digitally re-mastered and slipcased.
Charles Hayward/Crossfade Estate ....CD $19.99
Crossfade Estate was a special, distinct project. It was made in November 2005. Recorded in 10 hours. Edited, mixed and collaged over 18 months. It was a development of Charles Hayward's long term relationship with The Albany in Deptford, London. They asked him to push their recently installed digital recording suite and see what he could make. The approach was a step further from the series Accidents+Emergencies which Hayward had curated in the late 1990's. It was a pulling together of different musics and strategies and the resultant material. Hayward thought of it like a soap opera, with characters reappearing in different combinations and in different scenarios, the market square, the living room, the mechanics' garage. But instead of people, themes and riffs and rhythms so that the music was constantly at the crossroads, at intersection points of its own devising. Charles Hayward, Ashleigh Marsh, Nick Doyne-Ditmas, Sean O'Hagan, Rob Mills, Orphy Robinson, Chris Cornetto, Sharon Gal, Simon King are playing on the album. Previously unreleased and now made available for the very first time!
The Tangent/Auto Reconnaissance ....import CD $24.99
2020's prog tour-de-force from The Tangent includes a 28 minute piece about the band's home country of England, laden with orchestration, instrumental dexterity, strong melodies and Andy Tillison's trademark story-telling at its best.
Anekdoten/A Time of Day ....import CD $14.99
A Time of Day is the 2017 fifth album from the Swedish progressive rock band Anekdoten. Recorded at Rommaro studio in the Swedish archipelago in the November 2006, the band was aiming for more complex and richer song writing than before. Most of the songs were demoed and arranged well before the recording session which used vintage organs and synths to expand the sounds. The late Gunnar Bergsten, famous for playing on Bo Hansson's 'Lord of the Rings' album, played flute on '30 Pieces,' musically considered one the highlights in Anekdoten's career. The band had to mix the album in a studio they were not used to and were never happy with the overall sound. Main man Nicklas Barker says, "We have re-mastered it twice (in 2007 and 2012), but still not with the result we wanted. With this mastering by Hans Fredriksson in January 2020 we finally feel that the greatness of this album revealed." This CD re-issue contains 5 bonus tracks of demos recorded more-or-less live in the spring of 2006 at Anekdoten's studio Sisu Sound. 'In for a Ride,' 'King Oblivion' and 'Stardust and Sand' were lost for many years but found on a hard drive by Nicklas while cleaning out a closet in 2019, then he restored and mixed them in November 2019. The demos for 'Prince of the Ocean' and '30 Pieces' were previously released on the Kscope compilation 'Chapters.' Nicklas believes some of the demos outclass the studio versions.
Kaprekar's Constant/Meanwhile... ....import CD EP $12.99
Kaprekar's Constant, brainchild of childhood friends, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Al Nicholson and Nick Jefferson. Joined by legendary Van Der Graaf saxophonist David Jackson, Mike Westergaard, keyboards, vocals Dorie Jackson (Francis Dunnery), Bill Jefferson & Caravan drummer Mark Walker, their melodic epic arrangements already find favour with fans of Big Big Train and early Genesis.
The Residents/Eyeful ....import CD $19.99
The Residents are an American art collective best known for their over 60 studio albums that were recorded over a period of over forty years. They also created some outstanding multimedia works, mainly three CD ROM projects and ten DVDs. Working as an anonymous collective, their identitites were kept secret until in 2017 when Hardy Fox revealed himself as their primary composer. Hardy died in October 2018, but the group continue to record and perform. Recently, several new albums have been released, among them the brilliant Intruders and Ghost of Hope. Early in 2020, the group was invited to perform their seminal album God in 3 Persons at the MOMA in New York. The Eyeful series of online releases was active from 25th August 2011 to 26th August 2012. It was called a Bog benefit, with the Bog being The Residents' blog and chat group. Each download cost 79c when originally issued. So far, this series has never been collected and released on a CD. Now, for the first time ever, we present you The Residents' Eyeful as an album. Liner notes by Brian Poole of Renaldo & The Loaf.
Blue Oyster Cult/45th Anniversary - Live in London
....2 CD Set $18.99
Blue Oyster Cult/45th Anniversary - Live in London ....Blu-Ray $18.99
In 2017, the mighty Blue Oyster Cult celebrated their 45th Anniversary with a run of festival and headline dates across the UK and Europe. The band's appearance in London at the O2 Indigo at the Stone Free Festival on June 17th started with a unique performance of BOC's first album in its entirety, a celebration of the 45th anniversary of it's release. In addition, the band added some classic and very special songs to the set. The full show was recorded and videotaped in 4K UHD. This another one of a kind archival release which fans cannot miss!
Robby Krieger/The Ritual Begins at Sundown ....CD $16.99
The legendary guitarist and songwriter of The Doors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robby Krieger will be releasing his first solo album in 10 years, 'The Ritual Begins at Sundown.' The Doors weren't just one of the most iconic bands of their generation, but one of the most influential bands in rock history and Robby Krieger was responsible for writing some of their biggest hits in 'Light My Fire,' Love Me Two Times,' 'Touch Me' and 'Love Her Madly.' Krieger returns for his 9th solo album and his first since 2010s Grammy nominated 'Singularity,' and once again with his long time writing partner and co-producer Arthur Barrow. Barrow worked with Frank Zappa through the 1970s-80s as well as Giorgio Moroder, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross and Janet Jackson and worked on soundtracks for Top Gun and Scarface. The album also features other Zappa alumni Jock Ellis (Trombone), Sal Marquez (Trumpet), Chad Wackerman (Drums) and Tommy Mars (Keys) as well as AeB Bryne (Flute), Vince Denham (Sax), Chuck Manning (Sax) and Joel Taylor (Drums).
Savoy Brown/Ain't Done Yet ....CD $14.99
Legendary British Blues Rock band Savoy Brown let by founding member Kim Simmonds, announces the release of their exciting new album, "Aint Done Yet," on Quarto Valley Records. The new album follows Savoy Brown's critically acclaimed 2019 album, "City Night." "The new album continues the approach I've been taking with the band this past decade," says guitarist/singer/songwriter Kim Simmonds, who formed the band in 1965 in London, England, and is one of the longest running Blues Rock bands in existence. "The big difference with the new album is the multi-layer approach I took to recording the guitar parts. It's all blues-based rock music. I try to find new and progressive ways to write and play the music I've loved since I was a young teenager.
Michael Landau/Liquid Quartet Live ....CD $16.99
Michael Landau will be releasing his brand new album 'Liquid Quartet Live' via The Players Club, a division of the Mascot Label Group. The album was recorded live at the world-famous Baked Potato Jazz Club in Los Angeles in November last year with his Liquid Quartet line-up of drummer Abe Laboriel Jr (Paul McCartney), bassist Jimmy Johnson (Alan Holdsworth) and on guitar and vocals, David Frazee (Burning Water). The intimacy oozes through the record, from the soft chitter-chatter, to the whoops, cheers, and "yeah" delights of the crowd. It's almost as if you are transported to one of the tightly packed tables in the front of the stage, soft lighting above your head watching the quartet perform in front of the back wall that's adorned with gig posters. The setlist features outings of some brand new songs (Well Let's Just See, Can't Walk Away from It Now) as well as some inspired renditions from his back catalogue; from his previous studio album 'Rock Bottom,' and from Renegade Creation, the band he formed with Robben Ford, as well as two instrumentals to finish the night.
Mountain/Avalanche ....import CD $14.99
CD reissue. Avalanche is somewhat of an underrated gem. Leslie West's mean guitar tone prevails throughout the majority of the album, leading off with a cover of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," while adding a loose remake of "Satisfaction." And the free-wheelin' "You Better Believe It" serves as a proto stoner guitar workout, as the big man commands with a furious six string assault of distortion and fuzz, and cowbell fills augment the nearly-six-minute jamming cut. "Sister Justice" rolls behind a cool riff and a full-on '70s groove. With guitarist David Perry, Corky Laing on the drums and Felix Pappalardi on keys and bass guitar this is definitely the most consistent and hardest rocking Mountain album in their discography.
Grateful Dead/Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 1: Oakland 12-28-1979 ....2 CD Set $40.99
Ah, those year-end Bay Area concert runs by the Dead. Seldom was the band quite as consistently brilliant as they were during these celebratory stands, playing in familiar environs in front of audiences full of old friends. The group's archivists already dipped into this particular set of performances with Dick's Picks Vol. 5, which captured the December 26 show; this 2-CD set transports us two days later for another superior date which again demonstrates the astonishing degree to which keyboardist Brent Mydland had integrated himself into the band by the end of 1979. Special mention should also be made of the sound, too, taken from the original soundboard concert reels recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson and remastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman; the booklet features Jay Blakesberg photos from the Oakland Auditorium shows and an essay by long-time Dead scribe Steve Silberman. As for the music, any set that includes 'High Time' promises exactly that; 'It's All Over Now' drops a series of 'Phil Bombs' right before it. Set two unleashes a medley that goes from revelatory to rockin' in one time-suspending, hour-plus journey that starts with 'Terrapin Station' and winds up with 'Good Lovin.'' The 'Casey Jones'/'One More Saturday Night' encore brings the night to a dizzying close, sending the crowd out in the streets for a party that was no doubt just getting started. First time available at regular music retail!
Joe Bouchard/Strange Legends ....CD $16.99
Joe Bouchard is best known as one of the founding members of Blue Oyster Cult. The original band sold millions of albums and has earned Joe nine Gold and two Platinum albums. As a songwriter, he wrote many BOC songs including the very popular "Astronomy" which was covered by Metallica on their 1998's release Garage Inc and the live staple "Hot Rails to Hell," which was the second BOC single released by Columbia Records. Today when not writing and recording in his home studio, he performs with several bands. His latest group, Blue Coupe, is a superstar combo which features his brother Albert Bouchard, also a founding member of BOC, and Dennis Dunaway, a founder of the Alice Cooper Group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Strange Legends features Mickey Curry (Bryan Adams, Hall and Oates, Alice Cooper) on drums, with stand out tracks like "Forget About Love," "She's a Legend" and the cover of The Kinks 1964 hit "All Day and All of the Night."
Erik Wollo & Michael Stearns/Convergence ....CD $15.99
Soulful electronic sound-painting and evocative space music combine on Convergence, the debut collaboration between Norway's Erik Wollo and America's Michael Stearns. Known for passionate soundtrack work on director Ron Fricke's Chronos, Baraka & Samsara, Stearns collaborates on his first indie-label-released non-film-score since 2001. Together, these guitarists/synthesists weave a haunting and shadowy world filled with longing melodies and alluring glimmering sonic textures. Convergence ranges from slowly-evolving contemplative and reflective tracks to hypnotically pulsing rhythmic movements. The album is a subtle interplay between these two pioneering artists' mystical and emotional sonic styles, developing an inner resonance of expressive reveries that venture into dark mystical terrain as the album progresses.
Jon Hassell/Seeing through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) ....CD $16.99
2020 release. A companion piece to 2018's Listening To Pictures, this second volume in the pentimento series presents eight new tracks by the music visionary, continuing his lifelong exploration of the possibilities of recombination and musical gene-splicing. Pentimento is defined as the 'reappearance in a painting of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over' and this is evident in the innovative production style that 'paints with sound' using overlapping nuances to create an undefinable and intoxicating new palette.
Unicorn/Slow Dancing - The Recordings 1974-1979 [Remastered & Expanded] ....import 4 CD Box Set $45.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new four CD clamshell boxed set that gathers together three albums and an additional disc of previously unreleased archive material by the legendary British band Unicorn: "Slow Dancing - The Recordings 1974 - 1979." Unicorn recorded their first album in 1971 for the Transatlantic label, but by 1973 they began an association with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd who was taken with the band's musical approach and American West Coast musical influences, vocal harmonies and very English lyrics. Gilmour was to produce their next album, Blue Pine Trees. Featuring a line-up of Kenny Baker (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Pete Perryer (Drums, lead vocals) Pat Martin (bass, vocals) and Kevin Smith (lead guitar, mandolin) , "Blue Pine Trees" was released on the Charisma label in 1974 and was produced by David Gilmour, who also featured on Pedal Steel Guitar and guitar on several tracks. In 1976 the band signed with EMI's Harvest label and recorded their next album Too Many Crooks. David Gilmour produced the album once again and also featured as a musician on several tracks. The album included the song No Way Out of Here which Gilmour would cover on his first solo album in 1978. One More Tomorrow, was the band's final album and was released in 1977. Although Unicorn would continue until 1979, the band didn't record another new album. "Slow Dancing - The Recordings 1974 - 1979" gathers together the albums Blue Pine Trees, Too Many Crooks and One More Tomorrow, all with additional bonus tracks and features an additional CD with 19 previously unreleased studio and live archive recordings, selected by Unicorn's Pat Martin. The set also features an illustrated booklet and essay and is a fine tribute to one of Britain's most unique bands.
Randy California & Spirit/The Euro-American Years [Remastered] ....import 6CD Box Set $45.99
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of an expanded 6 CD clamshell boxed set of "The Euro American Years" by Randy California and Spirit. The set that gathers together studio and live recordings made between 1979 and 1983 by the Randy California Band and additional live recordings by Spirit. In mid-1979 the trio incarnation of Spirit broke up and Randy formed a new solo band and embarked on a European tour supporting Ian Gillan. After recording a series of demos, further studio sessions produced the recordings which would form his solo album Euro-American, released in 1982 (and included in this set). The original boxed set of The Euro American Years was compiled by Spirit archivist Mick Skidmore and was issued in 2006. The original concept for this box (which sold out very quickly in its first pressing, only to be consistently bootlegged in various countries via downloads and separate CDR discs for which the artists received no compensation) was to pull together the vast amount of music that Randy released during 1979-1983 period (although some tracks were recorded earlier and were shelved due to lack of a record deal). Due to demand from fans, Mick Skidmore has recovered from the archives an additional two CDs worth of previously unreleased material, namely a live concert by Spirit recorded in Greensboro, North Carolina in April 1981 before a wildly exuberant audience, along with The Randy California Band's entire set at Reading Festival in 1982 and a part of the band's set at Glastonbury Festival from the same year. This new edition of The Euro American Years was compiled and mastered by Mick Skidmore and features a booklet with a new essay and photographs from the period.
Wizzard/Introducing Eddy & The Falcons ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new expanded re-mastered edition of the 1974 album Introducing Eddy and the Falcons by Wizzard. After earning success as a performer and songwriter with The Move and The Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood formed Wizzard in 1972. The band stacked up a series of classic hit singles and released the album Wizzard Brew for EMI's Harvest label before departing for Warner Bros in 1974. Wood and his band embarked on the recording of their second album, a loose concept base around a fictitious British Rock band of the early 1960s, Eddy and the Falcons. The resulting album was a triumphant pastiche and was a top twenty hit upon it's release. Unavailable on CD for many years, this welcome Esoteric Recordings reissue has been newly re-mastered and includes five bonus tracks drawn from singles all issued in 1974, including the top ten hit 'Are You Ready to Rock.' The release also restores the original artwork and features a new essay and a replica poster included with the original 1974 LP release.
Roy Wood & Wizzard/Main Street [Expanded & Remastered Edition] ....import CD $18.99
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered edition of the legendary, mysteriously shelved album Main Street by Roy Wood & Wizzard. The supremely talented Roy Wood recorded the material for what should have been his third solo album in the Spring of 1976. The album was originally intended to have been released under the title Wizzo and was to have showcased a different musical side to Roy Wood and his band, with the material taking on a more jazz-rock influence. The resulting album was a magnificent work and showcased the multi-faceted talent of Wood. A single, 'Indiana Rainbow' was released by Jet Records in 1976 but failed to gain airplay or commercial traction and so the release of the album was shelved. Roy Wood later reflected; "The album was probably a last attempt to retain some sort of sanity, trying to grow up, and not carry on indefinitely being just another pop group." In 1999 the master tapes were re-discovered and Main Street finally saw the light of day for the first time on CD. However, the title was deleted within a few years and has remained unavailable for nearly two decades. This welcome Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered and includes the bonus track 'Human Cannonball' which was recorded during the album sessions. The release also restores the original artwork and features a new essay.
Dukes of the Orient/Freakshow ....CD $12.99
2020 release. Dukes of the Orient is a collaboration between vocalist John Payne (ex-Asia, GPS) with keyboardist Erik Norlander (Last in Line, Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists). Payne s powerful arena-seasoned vocals carry soaring melodies and lush harmonies over the sea of classic synthesizers and keyboards artfully painted with Norlander's signature sonic palette.
Pinnacle Point/Symphony of Mind ....CD $20.99
2020 release. Pinnacle Point is a rock band whose music blends the sounds of melodic rock and epic, progressive, symphonic rock. The band's 2017 debut album Winds of Change climbed the album oriented rock charts and was voted top melodic rock album of the year for many rock music reviewers. The founding members are American lead singer, Jerome Mazza (Angelica) and Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Acacia Avenue, Section A).
Iona/Book of Iona ....import 17 CD + Book Box Set $215.99
Formed in 1989, Iona take their name from the small island off the west coast of Scotland. From the beginning, their aim has been to write spiritual, atmospheric, yet uplifting music that would stir the emotions, weaving complex patterns that echo the intricate knot work of the great Celtic artists. Often inspired by the great figures of the Celtic Golden Age such as Columba, Aidan, Brendan and Patrick, Iona's music is as timeless as the message that reaches out to us across the centuries. Uniquely combining rock / folk / progressive / ethnic and ambient elements with the crystalline voice of Joanne Hogg as their focus, Iona create a blaze of colors and textures... all the sounds fusing into a single, yearning, heartfelt beautiful cry. They have built up a formidable reputation as a great live band with their incredible musicianship and disarmingly humorous banter and are noted for their timeless and innovative studio recordings. Book of Iona is a 17CD set, containing ALL their studio albums, lovingly remastered, with over 8 hours of additional previously unreleased music. Under the watchful eye of Dave Bainbridge, each album comes with it's own companion disc, which features alternative versions, different mixes, live tracks from the period and unreleased tracks relating to that album. In addition the box includes a 24 page book, packed with previously unseen photos, images and quotes from the band members, reproduction memorabilia and promotional photographs. This really is every Iona fan's ultimate box set.
Huw Lloyd-Langton/Anthology ....import 7 CD Box Set $45.99
A comprehensive 7CD box set featuring widely revered and hugely influential guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton! Primarily known as the original guitarist for British space rock legends Hawkwind, Lloyd-Langton had a significant solo career and numerous side projects including one that featured fellow Hawkwind alumni Simon King! This deluxe box set comes with seven individually packaged discs containing more than 8 complete studio albums plus bonus tracks, acoustic recordings and more, all packaged in a clamshell box with a full-color booklet filled with informative liner notes and photos!
The British Invasion: 5 Documentary Collection ....3 DVD Set $17.99
This comprehensive documentary series chronicles the exhilarating musical journey affectionately known as The British Invasion. Includes five documentaries on three DVDs covering The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and more. Total run time 712 minutes.
Various Artists/Peephole in My Brain - The British Progressive Pop Sounds of 1971 ....import 3 CD Set $28.99
Marc Bolan invented glam rock, David Bowie wore a dress on the front cover of his latest album, The Kinks provided the soundtrack for a film about a penis transplant, DJ Tony Blackburn chose a single by The Edgar Broughton Band as his Record of the Week, and Jonathan King was backed on Top of the Pops by Fairport Convention. Peephole in My Brain documents the progressive-pop sounds of the year as the underground rock scene crossed over to the mainstream. Our 71 tracks from '71 include major hits for the likes of Curved Air, Atomic Rooster and John Kongos as well as a selection of key album cuts from Procol Harum, ELP, Magna Carta, Barclay James Harvest, Cressida, Help Yourself, Legend and many others. We also include tracks that were first issued in 1971 but which would only make a mark later on: Status Quo would have to wait a while for 'Mean Girl' to hit the charts and Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs would find success twelve months later when 'Sea Side Shuffle' was reissued. We disinter bona fide classic 45s from Kevin Ayers, Medicine Head, Wishful Thinking and The Move along with the song that Bowie wrote for his old friend Dana Gillespie, a clutch of righteously obscure but fascinating singles, a handful of essential singer / songwriter cuts and a raft of unissued-at-the-time nuggets from bands who existed outside of the major label pop bubble. Featuring a 40-page booklet crammed with rare illustrations and the stories behind the songs, Peephole in My Brain is an essential addition to Grapefruit's acclaimed year-by-year series of late sixties / early seventies British rock and pop.
Nils Lofgren Band/Weathered ....2 CD Set $19.99
For the first time in over 15 years, with a full rock band of dear friends, Nils Lofgren hit the road with a new album, Blue with Lou, featuring songs co-written with Lou Reed. Every town, club, staff and audience played a part in these live recordings, inspiring the band every night. Audience and band alike sharing their souls, gifts, spirit and energy make for a fresh, new live sound for Nils. Features Nils Lofgren on vocals, guitars and keyboards, Tom Lofgren on vocals, guitars, keyboards and percussion, Kevin McCormick on bass guitar and vocals, Cindy Mizelle on vocals and percussion, and Andy Newmark on drums and groove. Featuring reworked classics from Nils' vast catalogue, new live recordings from his most recent studio album, and a few choice cover renditions, including Nils' brothers Mike and Mark addition on " Mind Your Own Business" and a tasty jam intro to "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," leading into his classic, "I Came to Dance."
Clannad/Crann Ull [Remastered] ....import CD $17.99
Clannad/Fuaim [Remastered] ....import CD $17.99
Clannad, who hail from Co. Donegal in the North West of Ireland, take their name from the Gaelic word for 'family,' which is most appropriate for when they started out playing in their farther Leo's bar about 1970 Maire Brennan was accompanied by her brothers Ciaran (vocals, guitar, bass), Pol (guitar, percussion, flute, vocals) and two of their uncles, Padraig Duggan (guitar, vocals, mandolin) and Noel Duggan (guitar, vocals). With their reputation growing at a steady pace they began playing folk festivals in Ireland. In 1973 they released their first album simply titled 'Clannad' which showed a band aware of the Irish music of the time, there was a taste of modern influences as well as traditional songs, sung in the Irish language. In 1975 they released their second album 'Clannad Two' which was produced by Donal Lunny of Planxty and Bothy Band fame. By this time the group's reputation was spreading throughout Europe where standing ovations were commonplace. They came to the attention of the Tara Music label who recorded their next album 'Crann Ull' which in addition to featuring Maire's harp playing also featured a fuller band sound which was a feature of their live shows at the time. In 1981 they recorded their second album with Tara 'Fuaim' (meaning Sound). For this album they were joined by their sister Enya on keyboards and vocals. For the Fuaim' album the group introduced an even bigger sound with the use of synthesiser, electric guitar, clarinet, saxophone and percussion.
Pilot/Albums: Boxset ....import 4 CD Box Set $29.99
Four CD set. This set features all of the albums released by Pilot between 1974-77. Disc 1 is the debut From the Album of the Same Name, produced by Alan Parsons, which features the hit single 'Magic.' Three bonus cuts have been added including the ultra-rare 'Ra-Ta-Ta' single recorded under the name Scotch Mist. The second disc is the album Second Flight. This features the international hit single 'January.' One of the bonus tracks is the UK #31 hit single 'Just a Smile.' Disc three is 1976's Morin Heights album which includes the singles 'Canada,' 'Running Water' and 'Penny in My Pocket.' Amongst the bonus tracks are rare solo 45s from members Billy Lyall and David Paton. The final disc is 1977's Two's a Crowd album, previously only available on CD in Japan. Includes the singles 'Ten Feet Tall,' 'Monday Tuesday' and 'Get Up And Go.' The booklet includes detailed liner notes by History of Rock editor Michael Heatley (in a new interview with lead vocalist David Paton) plus picture sleeves from around the globe. In 1978 three members of the band joined The Alan Parson Project as well as performing on recordings by Kate Bush, 10cc, etc.
Steve Lukather/Candyman ....import CD $14.99
CD reissue. Candyman, Steve Lukather's second solo album was released as a Los Lobotomys album. It's a collaboration of musicians who were mostly also in Lukather's bands Los Lobotomys and Toto. Most of the album he wrote with The Tubes frontman Fee Waybill and/or keyboard player David Garfield. One song is a Jimi Hendrix cover called "Freedom" and is sung by The Free and Bad Company front-man Paul Rodgers. The third track "Extinction Blues" is the pure Toto sound and "Party in Simon's Pants" is a monster drum and guitar fest, pure fusion. The album's closer is a tribute to Jeff Beck, simply called "Song for Jeff," pure brilliant with it's over seven minutes of length.
Flo & Eddie/Illegal, Immoral & Fattening + Moving Targets ....import CD $17.99
Mark Volman (Flo) and Howard Kaylan (Eddie) were the original founding members of The Turtles and, when the band finished, they went on to an extraordinary career. Joining Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, they recorded several albums before branching out as session singers for T. Rex, Blondie, Alice Cooper and many others. These two Columbia albums were recorded in 1975 and 1976. Flo & Eddie reformed The Turtles in the 1980s, embarking on box office-busting tours. Digitally remastered and slipcased.
Rose City Band/Summerlong ....CD $15.99
2020 release. It is impossible to talk about modern psychedelic music without mentioning Ripley Johnson. As bandleader of Wooden Shjips and half of Moon Duo, Johnson has continually charted new cosmic paths that expand on the language of the genre. With Rose City Band, Johnson's songwriting and beautiful guitar lines take center stage. While his vocal treatment would be recognizable to any Wooden Shjips fan, the sparseness of the instrumentation lays bare the beauty of his writing. Shimmering guitar lines are free to shine, buoyed by driving rhythms. New to the mix are arrangements and instruments drawn directly from classic country, resulting in songs with more than a hint of twang. Buoyant and joyous, Summerlong is a captivating listen that leaves the listener yearning for more. The record is an ode to freedom, born of a musician stepping out of all routines and whose own liberation is communicated so completely in his music. Summerlong is a record that, taken in it's entirety, is an emphatic statement on the songwriting power of Ripley Johnson. Johnson's joy in every aspect of this album is delightfully infectious.
Various Artists/West Meets East: Indian Music & Its Influence on the West ....import 3 CD Set $26.99
In the fifties, the influence of Indian music on the West manifested itself in the work of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman: pioneer jazz musicians of a golden generation who were fascinated by its form and how it worked as a model of improvisation, the skill that lay at the heart of their own art. A decade later, It took the Beatles to catapult Indian music to the forefront of public awareness and make the sound of the sitar a common feature of popular culture in the West. Their engagement with the ancient classical music of the subcontinent started an avalanche of similar experiments in the rock and pop world, engendering what Ravi Shankar called 'the Sitar Explosion.' For a while, the sitar or some other element from Indian music was increasingly heard in the background of general texture of recordings by many famous British groups: the Rolling Stones, Traffic, Kinks, Yardbirds, to name but a few, while musicians working in the domestic folk-rock field such as Pentangle, the Incredible String Band, and the guitarist Davy Graham also picked up on it. In the United States, aspects of Indian music would be absorbed both by such psychedelic bands as The Byrds, The Doors, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane and by composers of new music, the minimalists: Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. But Western fascination with Orientalism was not entirely new; it's piquancy is evident in the works of such impressionists as Claude Debussy, Benjamin Britten and Maurice Ravel, a composer considered to be the father of Exotica, whose sound world is at the heart of the works of Exotica's most formidable icons, Les Baxter and Martin Denny. This presentation comprises key recordings by major Western jazz, exotica and classical artists under the spell of Indian music and culture, combined with the long, perfumed recordings by Ravi Shankar and his Indian contemporaries which most influenced them.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show [45th Anniversary Edition]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show [45th Anniversary Edition] ....Blu-Ray $15.99
The horror-comedy-musical and quintessential cult movie follows hero Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and heroine Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) as a flat tire leads them to a bizarre castle and the "hospitality" of mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry). Richard O'Brien (the show's author/composer), Patricia Quinn, Little Nell, and Meatloaf also star. Songs include "The Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite," and "Dammit Janet." U.K. version; 100 min./U.S. version; 98 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
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