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Dagmar Krause-vocals
Chris Cutler-drums, electronics
Fred Frith-guitars, keyboards, violin, etc.
This was the 2nd and possibly most successful of the three albums by this immediate offshoot of Henry Cow, as it was recorded AS an Art Bears album (their 1st had been recorded as a Henry Cow album, but half the band objected, so it came out as being by Art Bears).
It’s also their best known album as it was released in the States by The Residents' Ralph label, in the early 80's and at the

"The fabulous Chicago collective focus all their energies in a wide ranging programme embracing a tribute to Mingus, an “Old Southside Street Dance”, echoes of Africa, contemporary composition and free improvising."
Lester Bowie-trumpet
Joseph..

"The Art Ensemble of Chicago’s Non-cognitive Aspects of the City is a double CD representing two sets recorded during the band’s rare six-night engagement, March 30th through April 4th 2004, at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. Engagements of that l

"Much has happened since the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s last release, The Meeting, in 2003. The band had reinvented itself as a quartet again, with the return of Joseph Jarman. Their touring had increased consistently. They were all writing again with the

"In late 2002, Pi Recordings inquired into the possibility of recording the AEOC as a quartet once again with Joseph Jarman back in the fold. With some quartet shows booked in Europe on the horizon, the moment seemed right to bring the remaining members b

“Comprised of two discs: a meticulous studio session and the capture of a rousing live set at Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI.
We are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is exactly that, a commemoration of a half-century of magical music making. The greatness of The Art Ensemble of Chicago has always been the shared commitment of it's original members - Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Famoudou Don Moye - to the total realm of African diasporic music: what they have..

"Art Fleury were a trio from Brescia devoted to a deeply suburban and experimental progressive rock. Though obviously in debt with King Crimson, especially for the guitar style, their attitude was much closer to more radical and nihilist bands such as...


This was a 1987 album and is the beginning of the band's heavy electronic influenced period. But a goodly amount of the acoustic instruments still remain; not a classic but still really good. The band is Patricia Dallio-pianos, keyboards, Gerard Hourbe...

One of the original R.I.O. groups. A mid 80's release that showcases their growing interest in electronics & in working with other artforms [dance, theatre, film]. With Theirry Zaboitzeff, Gerard Hourbette, Patricia Dallio, Daniel Denis. [In-Possible]

The latest from Art Zoyd is this double set in a handsome digi-pack that includes the 1:48' soundtrack to Fritz Lang's famous silent film, plus 2 additional tracks that make this CD weigh in at over 2 and a half hours of music. The current band feature...

This particular Musea reissue had been promised at least 20 years ago (seriously!) but here it finally is.
This is the one and only release, originally on Phillips in 1977, by this French progressive rock quartet. Their music is typical somewhat dark-hued French symphonic / progressive. They are often compared to King Crimson, but I think they only resemble KC in terms of obvious inspiration, but I don’t think they mostly sound like them.
This premier official reissue, taken from master tapes...

The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (over 20 participants) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Alan Gowen, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.

Here, he's tackling the Soft Machine boo, but even though the title is "Play Soft Machine", a more accurate title would be "Plays Hugh Hopper's Tunes For Soft Machine", as that's what this mostly is....

The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (with 25 participants on this album) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Hugh Hopper, Alan Gowen, Robert Wyatt, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.
For this, their third album, he has chosen to highlight the compositions of the late Lindsay Cooper. They band perform:
1. Half The Sky (from "Western Culture").

"Although this album contains a varied selection of material, including one original composition and three tracks from a 1998 Mike Westbrook project, I'm just going to write just a few words about what seems, at the moment, to be at the core of this great orchestra's repertoire: namely, some classic British jazz-rock from the 1970s. This music was always on the margins, of course, even at the time. Back when I was a schoolboy, most of my friends were listening to soul, blues, punk, disco, heavy metal...

Tom Arthurs trumpets
Isambard Khroustaliov electronics
Julian Sartorious drums and percussion

"The best music is always the one created by singular musicians, as we learned from the history of jazz. Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov (the alias of Sam Britton) and Julian Sartorius are three of them in present times, and from them we can only expect... the unexpected. Arthurs has a duo with Khroystaliov for some years now, Vaucanson's Muse, and his collaborations with Sartorius aren’t

"Arti E Mestieri is considered one of the most influent cult bands in the Italian and European progressive scene from Seventies, recording two absolute milestones and masterpieces of the genre, “Tilt” (1974) and “Giro Di Valzer Per Domani” (1975)...

This double CD set features one CD with the best of two concerts recorded live in 1999 & 2000. The sound is quite good, although obviously straight off the mixing board onto a DAT tape; so it has that sound. Four of the original six musicians (and the main writers) appear from the original band: Churico, Crovella, Venegoni & Gallesi. Also on board is 2nd keyboardist Marco Cimino (Errata Corrige) and a new violinist. They do a lot of tracks off of Tilt and Giro and even a few off of their reunion album...

Arti E Mestieri were one of THE great Italian bands of the early 70's. In the last decade, they reformed with three of the band's most important original members: guitarist/composer Gigi Venegoni, keyboardist/composer Beppe Crovella and drummer Furio...

"Featuring four young musicians of diverse artistic backgrounds, the Artichaut Orkestra is a fabulous new ensemble out of Toulouse, France. Led by a colleague of the great modern klezmer David Krakauer, they brilliantly mix jazz, klezmer and classical...

"Arts & Sciences is a genre-bending quartet rooted in the jazz and improvising traditions but borrowing extensively from pop song writing and old field recordings. The group features a unique instrumentation of alto and tenor saxophones, monophonic...

The incredible first album by this legendary Krautrock ensemble, remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!
The incredible power trio (guitar, bass, drums) first effort from 1971 by Germany's Ash Ra Tempel has Manuel Gottsching (guitar), Harmut Enke (bass) and Klaus Schulze (drums - this is before he became a space music pioneer!). Great, over-the-top, psychedelic power rock.

"After a couple of aborted demo's Ash Ra Tempel decided to go to Hamburg and record an album proper, with the aid of...

This was originally recorded and released in 2000 and was one of two efforts by 'Ash Ra Tempel", which is the meeting again after quite some time of Klaus Schulze and Manuel Gottsching.

This one was always hard to find and while it isn't...

The very good, if somewhat overlooked fourth album by this legendary Krautrock ensemble, remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!

The band's fourth album, this is the first time since their self-titled first that you have the trio of Manuel...

Back in print after at least a decade of unavailability. This is a previously unreleased 1975 album, issued for the first time in the mid 1990's as a film soundtrack. For that reason, it's definitely not one of the classics, but it is still really good overall.

"In 1975 I was doing a series of concerts in France with Lutz Ulbrich, where we were presenting 'Inventions for Electric Guitar' and other compositions, which we developed together that year. In August, we were invited for two concerts in...

The second album by this legendary Krautrock ensemble, remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!

Their 2nd album came out in 1972, & was quite a bit different from the first, as Klaus Schulze had split. So Manuel & Harmut enlisted some other...

The fairly insane third album where Timothy Leary, on the run from the Feds, ends up in Switzerland surrounded by happy hippies. Remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!

Their third album was named after the LSD-laced soft drink that these guys..

The fifth album by this legendary Krautrock ensemble, remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!

"The dubious reputation Starring Rosi has incurred over the years is, to these set of ears, altogether undeserved. The tightening of focus and....

"2015 live recording from the Supersense Festival in Melbourne, previously unreleased, featuring a supergroup of Manuel Göttsching, Ariel Pink, Oren Ambarchi, and Shags Chamberlain playing material from classic Ash Ra Tempel releases, 1972's Schwingungen (and 1973's Seven Up."

"Out of the blue -- I was invited to perform in Melbourne, Australia. It happened thanks to my dear old friend Mick Glossop, who made the suggestion to Sophia Brous, at the time the curator of a music-festival called...


“Initially released in 1982 as part of the Wave Notation series (which includes Hiroshi Yoshimura's Music For Nine Postcards), Still Way is, without a doubt, a seminal Japanese environmental/ambient/minimalism album, often mentioned alongside Midori Takada's Through The Looking Glass (1983) and Hiroshi Yoshimura's Green (1986) as one of the genre's most important pieces. "Like the moment of stillness, after the wind passes through the garden, when the rain stops for a brief second..." Notably inspired...

"At long last, the complete Now Eleanor's Idea quartet of operas is available on CD with the release of the final opera in the quartet, also called Now Eleanor's Idea. This release includes a booklet with the libretto and several pages of fantastic...

“I'd Rather Be Lucky Than Good is a new recording collaboration of Sam Ashley and Werner Durand. Sam Ashley's mystic parables imbued with benevolent humor are drawn from a lifelong pursuit of a present-day shamanism. Werner Durand's wind work on invented and traditional instruments stems from the minimalist tradition, routed through his unique study of obscure world musics.
The two artists first met in Berlin in 1984 while Sam was touring Atalanta with Robert Ashley's opera company, with whom he...

Or, as that hipster Manuel has it on the cover, @shra...anyway, this is a pretty obscure release and is also a very good one from 1998 that hasn't been available in a long time. Grab it or regret it!

"Recorded during the first Japanese tour of the band in Osaka and Tokyo in February 1997, this double album is a rare document of the late Ashra with Manuel Gottsching, Lutz Ulbrich, Harald Grosskopf with the new signing Steve Baltes, who has since been in Goettsching's band . A perfectly oiled blend...

This album, recorded in Berlin, and originally released in 1977 on Virgin, marks the first time Manuel Gottsching used the name Ashra (as opposed to Ash Ra Tempel). This was also possibly the first time that the term "new age" was used on a record! It'...

"One of the many fantastic, obscure European progressive bands to be unearthed and made available to the prog-buying public by the French label Musea is Asia Minor, who only released two very small-time albums in the late '70s. This Turkish/French band...

"This album highlights the role of Eritrean musicians in the creation of Ethio-jazz. Eritrea is back. After 30 years of war with Ethiopia and a decade of seclusion, the Asmara All Stars now introduce some of the best musicians and vocalists from Eritrea..

"When it comes to seminal albums in alternative rock, Pixies 1988 debut Surfer Rosa qualifies as a true game-changer. With strong production and even stronger songs, the album tore a rift in the rock n roll continuum, influencing everyone from Kurt...

This is a 2010 release by Projeto Meretrio, a Brazilian power trio of guitar/bass/drums (interestingly, I just figured out that the bassist and drummer are the rhythm section of Pig Soul! Anyway, we carry several CDs by Meretrio and they're quite good...

Very good second album by these San Franciscans who manage to genuinely sound like it is 1970/1971 at the Filmore West and it's space rock night. Not quite as good as their amazing 3rd album, When Sweet Sleep Returned, it's still really good and if you...

Pretty great third album by these San Franciscans who somehow manage to simultaneously channel the best of Amon Duul II merged with the sound of Pink Floyd at the Filmore West circa 1970. Heavy and tasteful and with great sounds, songs and spacejams...

I didn't know much about Gustavo until I saw a clip of a couple of tracks from this CD/DVD set, but he's an amazing, fluid jazz/rock guitarist with a great tone. He can be amazingly fleet, although the music isn't in the Allan Holdsworth style of superfas


While it's pretty certain that Miles kick started the whole electric jazz-jazz/rock movement with In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew in 1969, there were other people working towards the same goals at aproximately the same time, some of them better known...

"Strut continue their essential work with the Godfather Of Ethio Jazz, Mulatu Astatke, with the rest of official reissues of his early classics Afro Latin Soul Volumes 1 and 2 from 1966, recorded as by The Ethiopian Quintet."

Very fine new release by possibly the greatest of all the great Ethiopian musicians of the 70s and who everyone knows from the use of his music in the movie "Broken Flowers"

"Ethiopian Mulatu Astatke is a giant in African music. He is the...

The long awaited second album by this California spacerock/progressive rock band. What I really like about this is the blend of propulsive Hawkwind drive, the psychedelic exploratory feel and the progressive rock-isms. The band is:..

California progressive rock band who have released their debut album on a UK label. The band features: Richard Vaughan (guitar/mellotron/vocals), Conor Riley (guitar/mellotron/arp odyssey/organ/vocals), Stuart Sclater (bass), David Hurley (drums/flute...

“Astral Navigations" is seriously underrated cornerstone album of vintage (1971) psychedelia and acid folk (although this definition is vague, silly and not sufficient).
This album features 2 different bands - "Lightyears Away" (melodic acid folk) and hard rocking "Thundermother". Both bands and this particular album emerged from Musics From Holyground.
Astral Navigations" was a brainchild of larger than life Mike Levon, who produced, recorded and released all albums, and who composed many songs..

"Astral Son is the neo-psych-solo-project of the Dutch artist Leonardo. This is his second album A colourful soundscape like a fleet-footed dancing monument made of warm-hearted acoustic poetry, invites the listener into it's colorful world. A concept album full of wonderful songs blending into each other, so that the album appears as a complete work, like a psychedelic stage play - pictorial and enchanted. The sound is absolutely experienced and exalted but also saturated through a big dose of childlike...