Cardiacs and related

Andy Carne : Lead vocal
Daniel Chudley-Le Corre: Electric bass guitar, vocal
James Larcombe : Melodeon, hurdy-gurdy, harmonium, vocal
Richard Larcombe: Guitar, vocal, harmonium
Sarah Measures: Vocal, flute
Kavus Torabi: Acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, percussion, vocal
Paul Westwood: Hammered dulcimer, harmonium, vocal

"Nautical all-stars Admirals Hard release their debut album Upon A Painted Ocean on Believers Roast. The 7-piece ensemble features members of b

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Craig Fortnam (North Sea Radio Orchestra) – guitars, vocals, percussion.
James Larcombe (Stars in Battledress, William D Drake, North Sea Radio Orchestra) - organ, synth, piano.

Having garnered much critical...

This was the group's fourth album and it was the one that almost (and perhaps should have) catapulted them into the big time in the UK.

This has the 'classic' sextet lineup. It has their 'almost' hit "Is This The Life", and lots of other stuff..


The Cardiacs are a great, long-lived UK outfit, founded in 1977, who combine punk energy with very odd cabaret leanings and a fondness for musical complexity that undoubtedly got them gobbed on even more than usual during the 'age of punk'. They didn't...

The greatest concert ever given becomes, naturally, the greatest DVD ever released. Previously released only as a VHS tape, this incredible document has never been on DVD before. It captures the group in their insane prime and the little 'asides'...

Not just released, but SPITEFULLY released!

"A collection of Cardiacs’ earliest works recorded between the years 1977-1979. Spitefully compiled and released on the black market without the band’s knowledge by an embittered associate for...

This restores to print one of Cardiacs many EP releases, most of which have material not available anywhere else, and that's true of this one too.

These were the first recordings to emerge of Cardiacs as a quartet after Sarah and William left....

A fine place to start if you just want a sampling of what they do. But then, of course, you will want them all...

The Cardiacs are a great, long-lived UK outfit, founded in 1977, who combine punk energy with very odd cabaret leanings and a...

For reasons I have never quite understood, and maybe they never understood either, Guns, released in 1999, was the band's last studio album.

"Guns…the perfect companion to ‘Sing To God’. Cardiacs extend the blueprint ever outwards with a 12...

Deluxe-o180 gram, gatefold vinyl edition in a limited edition.

For reasons I have never quite understood, and maybe they never understood either, Guns, released in 1999, was the band's last studio album.

"Guns…the perfect companion to ‘Sing To God’. Cardiacs extend the blueprint ever outwards with a 12 song colossus, bursting with brilliance, fire, and beauty. Guns… the last album of the Jon Poole-era line up, swims reedier rivers than Cardiacs have previously ventured into. Won’t...

As it says in Wikipedia: " The power quartet established: Heaven Born and Ever Bright and the Rough Trade debacle (1991–1994)." These guys just could NOT catch a break...

"This excellent album, originally released in 1992 begins with a...



This stupendous live album, recorded live to stereo with no overdubs or sweetening, on May 15, 1988 during their most popular live period, features the famous/classic sextet lineup.

The Cardiacs are a great, long-lived UK outfit, founded in 1977...

This was recorded in 1988 and was the band's fifth album. It includes one of my very favorite of their pieces, "The Duck and Roger The Horse".

"The album is seen by many fans as being the definitive Cardiacs release. It was the last to feature...

I know that Cardiacs have a lot of live albums, but they really shine live and, despite it's name, this is an excellent quality live album by the sextet, recorded at the Reading Rock Festival in front of a huge audience on August 24, 1986. It was...

"Sing to God is the seventh album by Cardiacs and their first with drummer Bob Leith.

Sing to God was also the band's first double album, due to the sheer amount of material that group leader Tim Smith had written over a number of years with...

This has some of their great singles from their great early period, along with the mini-album The Big Ship, all of which are now only available in their original versions here!

"THE ALPHABET BUSINESS CONCERN, having a keen eye for a waspy and...


This is their 3rd album and it was originally released on cassette only. Lots of great ones on this one: how can you fault any album that brought us "To Go Off And Things" as well as "Gibber And Twitch". Well, you can't!

Update: You can't fault it, but you can improve it. As I understand it, The Seaside was originally released on cassette only. When it was later made available as a CD in the 90s, some tracks were taken off, and some parts were re-done or alternative versions to the original were...

This is their 3rd album and it was originally released on cassette only. Lots of great ones on this one: how can you fault any album that brought us "To Go Off And Things" as well as "Gibber And Twitch". Well, you can't!

Update: You can't fault it, but you can improve it. As I understand it, The Seaside was originally released on cassette only. When it was later made available as a CD in the 90s, some tracks were taken off, and some parts were re-done or alternative versions to the original were...

I say:
This is the last Cardiacs CD to be reissued and available again in the post-Cardiacs era. Somehow, Cardiacs are a band that really shine live, and this 'special concept' live album shows that once more.

This is the only album they...

Around the time of their great release The Seaside and opening for Marillion in the UK, this originally cassette-only release emerged. It was first released on CD in 2004 and I certainly never saw it before now.

"A Cardiacs spin-off project...

This is the never-before released 2nd album by The Sea Nymphs (Tim Smith, Sarah Smith and William D. Drake, all of Cardiacs at the time it was recorded).
Originally recorded Spring, 1991, with some additional recordings done in 2015 and 2016.

“Exactly why this, their second album, has been denied an official release for over two decades has yet to be fully explained, but ... it’s hard to imagine a single [fan] failing to emit squeaks of delight at the prospect of hearing these songs for the..

This is the never-before released 2nd album by The Sea Nymphs (Tim Smith, Sarah Smith and William D. Drake, all of Cardiacs at the time it was recorded).
Originally recorded Spring, 1991, with some additional recordings done in 2015 and 2016.

�Exactly why this, their second album, has been denied an official release for over two decades has yet to be fully explained, but ... it�s hard to imagine a single [fan] failing to emit squeaks of delight at the prospect of hearing these songs for the..

CAVEAT: ALL COPIES of this release - including ones you buy from the band or the band's website or from the Alphabet Business Concern - have 'wrinkly booklets'. We didn't stock these initially due to this fact, but there are a lot of people who have...

"The Sea Nymphs is an album recorded as a side project by Tim and Sarah Smith, and William D. Drake of the band Cardiacs, originally known as Mr and Mrs Smith and Mr Drake. It was originally only available through the fan club and at concerts, but was later released generally as a CD in 1992."-Wikipedia

"The rumours that three key members of Cardiacs both past and present, namely Tim Smith, Sarah Smith and William D. Drake had been secretly recording material under the name of "The Sea Nymphs"...

"The Sea Nymphs is an album recorded as a side project by Tim and Sarah Smith, and William D. Drake of the band Cardiacs, originally known as Mr and Mrs Smith and Mr Drake. It was originally only available through the fan club and at concerts, but was later released generally as a CD in 1992."-Wikipedia

"The rumours that three key members of Cardiacs both past and present, namely Tim Smith, Sarah Smith and William D. Drake had been secretly recording material under the name of "The Sea Nymphs"...

"Yews Paw was an album of thirteen unaccompanied acoustic piano pieces. All of these were original Drake compositions, although inspirations included classical composers such as Debussy, Rachmaninov, Paderewski, Prokofiev and Hindemith as well as jazz...

Their third release (second by the wonderful, eight-piece edition of the group) and once again, they've topped themselves! How can you not love and enjoy "vivid lysergic joy"?

"Were it not for an almost accidental affiliation with the modern prog rock scene, Knifeworld would surely have been embraced by the indie mainstream years ago. Bottled Out of Eden arrives as the band begin to make inroads in that domain, but rather than imbue their sound with a little Tame Impala-like polish, this is an...

Their third release (second by the wonderful, eight-piece edition of the group) and once again, they've topped themselves! How can you not love and enjoy "vivid lysergic joy"?

"Were it not for an almost accidental affiliation with the modern prog rock scene, Knifeworld would surely have been embraced by the indie mainstream years ago. Bottled Out of Eden arrives as the band begin to make inroads in that domain, but rather than imbue their sound with a little Tame Impala-like polish, this is an...

Knifeworld is the long worked on solo project by Kavus Torabi, of Cadiacs, Guapo and Monsoon Bassoon. It's a very English, very modernly English progressive release - it's not filled with mellotrons and it doesn't sound like it's from the 70s, but it...

Knifeworld is the long worked on solo project by Kavus Torabi, of Cadiacs, Guapo and Monsoon Bassoon. It's a very English, very modernly English progressive release - it's not filled with mellotrons and it doesn't sound like it's from the 70s, but it is full of good songs with great hooks and huge depth in terms of what he does with the song forms. If you like and appreciate Cardiacs, you'll definitely like this; although it doesn't sound anything like Cardiacs, it mines similar ground. Nicely done....

It's been really great to see the progression of Kavus Torabi's Knifeworld, and also to see him rising to the challenges of principle songwriter and bandleader (especially a large band leader) in these times.

Kavus is a guitarist, singer and...

It's been really great to see the progression of Kavus Torabi's Knifeworld, and also to see him rising to the challenges of principle songwriter and bandleader (especially a large band leader) in these times.

Kavus is a guitarist, singer and...

This 2008 release is the 2nd album by the North Sea Radio Orchestra, who are a contemporary music ensemble who happily cross genres. The band has several ties to Cardiacs and they do a piece by William D. Drake here, as well as including him and Kavus...

“Back in 2002 North Sea Radio Orchestra were born in the lanes and alleys of the City of London, playing, in dusty old churches, a kind of chamber/alternative classical/folk high-Victorian hybrid music. Then escaping the City to play various festivals, arts establishments, 6Music sessions, venues of all kinds whilst releasing three studio albums to great critical acclaim. Now after a 4 year break they return with their fourth album 'Dronne'.
All NSRO music is composed, recorded and lead by guitarist...

"The band/group(led by Craig Fortnam) have been described as 'unique english chamber music' which, at best, only describes the tools of their trade, you'll hear chamber strings, choral music, english folkiness, romantic poetry, experimental organs...

This is the only solo album by Cardiacs main-man, Tim Smith. It is truly a solo album, as Tim plays all instruments (guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, etc) except for Sarah Smith who joins him on saxes on one track!

Originally released in 1995...

Another great Cardiacs-associated release, saved from the gathering dustbin of impossible to find...

"Spratleys Japs was a British psychedelic rock band formed by Cardiacs leader Tim Smith and Joanne Spratley. The band is known to have been...

I had been hearing about this band for some time and now their album is out on Kavus Torabi's label. This is a surprising and quite great album of 'funny rock music' (Kavus' quote). Honestly, this album requires and deserves more listenings than I have...

Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs, Guapo, Knifeworld and the man behind the Believers Roast label) put on a one day festival featuring many of the best of London's modern progressive/unusual rock bands. All tracks here are not available elsewhere and this is a...

"Exquisite Corpse is a method by which a collection of images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence until finally the whole completed picture is revealed. This technique invented by the Surrealists is similar...