Mega Blowout Sale

"Their band name suggests vintage psychedelia, and Minnesota ensemble MAGIC CASTLES certainly don’t disappoint with their contemporary take on the formative years of the psych form. Magic Castles supplement their sparkling psych pop with pervasive drones and dreamy atmospheres."

"With deeply buried vocals and sonically layered productions, this outing sounds shrouded in mystery, reminding me of the wonderful Cheval Sombre, delivering their content with droning keyboards mixed with fuzzy guitars ...

I discovered Magic Malik about 15 years ago when he and his group played at the French Embassy. He's an amazing flute player and he and his group performed an interesting and unique 'rehearsal intensive' jazz/rock thing. He's little known in the USA but a real talent. This, what is apparently his 3rd album, is on the fabulous and sadly extinct Label Bleu imprint and features the following:
Malik Mezzadri-flute
Denis Guivarch'h-alto sax (also of Forgas Band Phenomena!)
Or Solomon-piano...

"Four years after the truly excellent, and one I still play with some regularity, Children Of Another God, former Enid and Steve Hackett Band alumni Nick Magnus makes a welcome return to our aural senses with this thoroughly enjoyable, and intelligent, album. The inner sleeve has a definition of mnemonic as a system or device for aiding memory. Much of what you hear and read is truly memorable, as well.
Magnus and his keyboards are at the heart of everything in this album, and parts of opener, Time.

"The first recording of the second Mahavishnu Orchestra was a real stretch for John McLaughlin, an encounter with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra. The union wasn't taken seriously at the time, and it ended up harming the...

SO:
I love the original Mahavishnu Orchestra. And I think that for each of their 3 releases, they just got better and better, and BN&E, which is their final release (and a live release) is their greatest achievement.
It's also the one release of the 3 that was never remastered in any way; it was remixed (unsympathetically, imo), but the original mix was never worked on - until here.
BGO is a quality reissue label and their reissues are generally very good sounding and they have worked some.

This isn't new for us, but this is an essential , essential classic from ground zero of electric jazz into rock. This is $5.00 and if you don't own it, you absolutely need this.

What can I say? The Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1st 3 albums represent to me all that was good and holy about fusion's heyday. This was the last of the three and my favorite of their albums. Recorded live in Central Park, NYC on August 5th, 1973, it makes it into the pantheon if only for the incredible, 20' long "Dream". Good..

This isn't new for us, but this is an essential , essential classic from ground zero of electric jazz into rock. This is $5.00 and if you don't own it, you absolutely need this.

This is the 2000, 20-bit remastered edition of this classic fusion album. What can I say? The Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1st 3 albums represent to me all that was good and holy about fusion's heyday. This was the middle of the three and my favorite of the two studio works. And this version of it sounds amazingly good....

This isn't new for us, but this is an essential , essential classic from ground zero of electric jazz into rock. This is $5.00 and if you don't own it, you absolutely need this.

This is the 1998, 20-bit remastered edition of this classic fusion album. And this version of it sounds amazingly good. What can I say? The Mahavishnu Orchestra's 1st 3 albums represent to me all that was good and holy about fusion's heyday. This was the first of the three, and introduced the monster lineup of John...

An entire studio album lost for 25 years. The follow up to Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire. This is true. This is the lost studio album of the the tracks that the band decided to release in live form (Between Nothingness and Eternity) as their final studio album. But someone realized what this was in 1999 and the tapes from June 25-29, 1973 were exhumed, 20-bit remastered and released. And, while I am happy it came out, for me, I can see why they ultimately decided to release the live versions...

"As the second album to document the second Mahavishnu Orchestra, this one isn't as, well, apocalyptic as its predecessor, yet it does focus more intently on the band itself. Jean-Luc Ponty's curling electric violin lines help give this Mahavishnu...

The Mahavishnu Project was founded by monster drummer Gregg Bendian, a long time fan of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, in order to keep the music alive and from becoming just a fossilized period piece. This he has done, even earning the seal of approval from John McLaughlin himself, and being hired by Sony Legacy to oversee the Mahavishnu Orchestra catalog itself (sadly, nothing ever actually came of this association, through no fault of Gregg's, but general lawyer-isms).

With Pete McCann-guitar...

Colorful music from a Canadian quartet from Winnipeg that fuse elements of noise and brutal prog with a big helping of Canterbury-style jazz rock. It shouldn't work, but it does. Good stuff and definitely recommended, with each album sounding different, I think; their show at Orion earlier this year was a smoker! This is their 5th and most recent, released in 2008, just before the tour I saw. As they say somewhere, "recommended if you like Stereolab, Tortoise, Soft Machine"....

"By the late '70s, Mahogany Rush were no longer simply Mahogany Rush; they were billing themselves as Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, which was appropriate given that frontman Marino had done so much to shape the power trio's sound. Not only was Marino Mahogany Rush's lead singer and guitarist, he was also the person who wrote all of the songs on studio albums like 1972's Maxoom, 1974's Child of the Novelty, and 1975's Strange Universe. So when Tales of the Unexpected came out in 1979, none of Marino's...

"Mainhorse would probably be a footnote in rock history and still be residing in the section of record collectors shops were it not for the inclusion of Swiss Keyboard player Patrick Moraz. Mainhorse signed originally to Polydor Records in 1970 and...

"Hot Rattlesnakes is a reissue of a classic out of print Acid Mothers Temple-related CD. Pressed in a limited quantity in the UK, it sold out almost immediately and currently commands high prices on ebay and is whispered about in hushed tones from thos...

Here's what I know about this, and it isn't that much. Maman are a French 'trip-hop' band and this is basically electronica circa 2005 (electronic oriented music with beats).

John Greaves collaborated with them on this, their one and only album, contributing all vocals.

If you want to hear a familiar voice coming at you in a very unfamiliar way and if you like electronica, this is actually a very good album.
Bass – Thierry Negro
Cello – Vincent Courtois (tracks: 5)...

This Italian minor gem from 1976 - the 1st release on the Grog label - is quite scarse, rather unknown and has never been reissued before! The group was formed by ex-Garybaldi drummer Maurizio Cassinelli and the group was Franco Sandi (guitar, vocals), Marco Dondero (flute), Lucian Ottonello (guitar, vocals) Rino Loreto (bass) Maurizio Cassinelli (drums), but there are very high profile guests such as guitarist Bambi Fossati (Garybaldi), keyboardist Aldo De Scalzi (Picchio dal Pozzo), guitarist...

This is the second release by this Italian classic-style progressive rock band. The influences of the greats, especially Genesis, hang heavily here; not hugely original, but, man, they do it well! Interestingly, Bernardo Lanzetti, the former vocalist f...

This reissues a 1972 'electric jazz' album by saxist Mariano, who even by this early date had already left his bebop roots far behind and was exploring current musics, as well as being a pace-setter in terms of incorporating 'ethnic music' influences and instrumentation into his work.

"Charlie Mariano was a soprano sax player who worked with Mingus on his avant-big band assault, The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady in 1963.
By the 70s, the wall between rock and jazz came down, and when Mariano...

"Marillion teams up with U.K. dance band the Positive Light to produce a remix album of tracks from the 1997 album This Strange Engine. "

Prog? Punk? Who knows and who cares. Let's let the blowhards on the online boards fight that one out. The Mars Volta's first full album is a very exciting, very unique and *very* well played mixture of punk, progressive rock, Led Zeppelin and much much more. It's a strange and pretty bleak concept album with expansive music. The best hard rock album, if indeed this is what this is, of 2003.

Wynton is a truly great musician and, sadly, sort of a loudmouth, who has used his fame and influence to denigrate great music that isn't to his taste. This is a beautiful album and it's enjoyable as a great album but even more than the music itself...

Some of you picked up Rhys' first album, which was a really strong singer/songwriter album with heavy progressive touches. This is his second and falls much more heavily into the progressive rock category, but it keeps its distinctive sound. Lots...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee!
John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and device-laden acoustic guitar and distinctive and wonderful vocals. There are times when the echo-plex drenched acoustic mixes with his vocals in an almost over-powering way.
This is from 1971 and includes Danny Thompson, Tony Reeves, Roger Powell...

A late-period classic and one of the last of his truly great ones.

"Following a short layoff, John Martyn returned with his 12th record (including two with wife Beverley and a best-of collection), Grace & Danger. The album, which finds Martyn fronting a tight quartet featuring Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals, paints a stark, painful portrait of Martyn and Beverley's crumbling marriage. Close friend and Island Records president Chris Blackwell reportedly found the songs so personal and...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and jazz instrumentalists along with his ...

Really this is an electric blues album with horns (hence the 'jazz'), but since it's 1972 and live, you can still appreciate and hear the excitement. A classic of its time and kind.

McDermott’s Two Hours formed in Brighton in 1986 and were among the first groups to recognise the stirring potential of fusing traditional Celtic and English folk influences with the passion of punk-rock.
They were a big influence on The Levellers, another folk rock band who came a few years later and were made it to a bit higher realm of popularity.
They joined forces for 3 albums.

"This is the second album to have been produced from the collaboration between McDermott's 2 Hours and...

"Since John McLaughlin's first two post-Shakti albums -- Electric Guitarist and Electric Dreams -- featured the word "electric" in their titles, it seems that the guitarist wanted to emphasize his more plugged-in side to those who might not have followed along on three previous releases featuring his acoustic world music band. He also thumbed through his impressive phone book to call in some of the cream of the 1977 crop of jazz fusionists to help him out on Electric Guitarist, a true return to form...

Guitarist John McLaughlin has released a large number of really great albums during his career, but this is one of his best and one of my personal favorites. His 2nd solo album from 1970, this is his most psychedelic, with great guitarwork and some of...

This is a pretty great album, recorded in October 1972, when John was at his height with Mahavishnu, and Carlos was at his peak with Caravanserai and both were at their peak of wearing little white suits and sitting at the feet of Sri Chinmoy! It mixed...

Eight great 50s works to 1961! These cover the period from Jackie's emergence as a great hard-bopper into the beginning of his embrace of 'the new thing' and the uniquely his music he made after that. Phew.
McLean's Scene
New Soil
Swing, Swang, Swingin'
Capuchin Swing
Jackie's Bag
Bluesnik
Inta Somethin'
A Fickle Sonance...

This is one of the great free-bop, avant-leaning classics of the 60s from Blue Note. It's got great, GREAT tunes, an ace band and even an alternate take! Hugely recommended!
Jackie McLean-alto sax
Grachan Moncur III-trombone
Bobby Hutcherson-vibes
Eddie Khan-bass
Tony Williams-drums

"Legendary alto saxophonist Jackie McLean made dozens of records for Blue Note, and in my opinion "One Step Beyond" is his most adventurous effort and overall best album. And, it was until now..

Just $3.00 per CD!
JSP Records are the best label overall I've encountered who work in the field of releasing CDs of old jazz and blues recordings. JSP's releases typically undergo extensive (and very expensive) careful and tasteful manual cleanup, and they have become rightly renowned for the highest possible sound quality considering the source material. These releases all come packaged in full jewel cases (no little paper sleeves here) and have full personnel and reasonable liner notes...

“John Medeski's solo piano debut was a long time coming. Recorded for Sony Masterworks' revived Okeh imprint, it's a 41-minute showcase of a pianist we've not really encountered -- at least at this length -- before. At the suggestion of engineer and producer Henry Hirsch, Medeski cut this set using a seven-foot, 1925 French Gaveau piano. The instrument has a very different construct than the Steinways he usually plays. According to his liner essay, "The Gaveau responds to a more delicate, nuanced touch...

IF you ever felt the need to hear Jello Biafra cover Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" and JG Thirwell cover Bowie's "Station To Station, both fronting the Melvins, well, then, you got off at the right stop!

"Normally, when a long-running band releases an album of covers, it's seen as the band just cutting loose, mixing it up, and having a little fun with someone else's songs for a change. The Melvins, however, are not a band that anyone would ever accuse of kowtowing to anyone's...

"When the Melvins teamed up with Big Business, it felt like they were, in effect, creating a sort of "Melvins squared." Jared Warren and Coady Willis seemed to be a perfect fit with Crover and Osborne, with the two pairs doubling up to create what...

"Much too often, late career live albums don't capture the spirit of a band. This is far from the case with the Melvins. Recorded live, presumably while touring somewhere in 2008 (hard to be sure, since, like the Alive at the F*cker Club venue, the...

"At this point in the Melvins career, they can do pretty much whatever. Even if this means starting an album with a call-and-response track in the style of Adam Ant, complete with military cadence vocals and an extended drum solo. At the same time...

"Only this disc's short length (34 minutes) qualifies as something worthy of complaint; otherwise, this is seminal blues piano, performed by a great player and singer, Memphis Slim. This 1959 session had everything: super piano solos, a strong lineup of horn players, clever, well-written and sung lyrics, and a seamless pace that kept things moving briskly from beginning to end. Other than Slim, instrumental honors go to guitarist Matt Murphy, a marvelous accompanist who was able to blend sophistication...

Low key but very charming blues recording of Memphis Slim (piano and vocals ) and the one of the greatest blues songwriters ever, Willie Dixon (double bass and vocals), recorded in a club in Paris in 1962, with gentle backing by drummer Philippe...

Meretrio is a power trio of guitar, bass and drums from Brasil. They decided to use the form of the power trio to explore jazz with influences of samba and bossa nova, among other influences. The Projeto Meretrio is their second CD and far superior...

"The bottom line is that, as a label, the U.K.'s Charly usually gets it right and tight. That is certainly the case with this 23-cut Meters compilation. On a single disc they manage to cram virtually every major track by the band into one place for a decent price. There are some wonderful surprises, too. While the one notable omission is the amazing version of Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" that the band does, the easy and breezy soul of "Sophisticated Cissy" is included, along with "Cissy Strut."...

"Imaginary Day was shot live at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California in 1998. Performing 6 songs off the at the time newly released "Imaginary Day" album, the Pat Metheny Group pushes the boundaries of jazz, bringing the viewer on a journey to the deepest parts of the mind and soul."

"This filmed 1998 concert is only available on DVD as near as I can determine. The concert features 11 numbers, all but two written by Metheny and his regular collaborator and keyboard artist Lyle Mays...

What happens when one of the most popular & influential jazz artists of our time does something a bit out of the ordinary and of possibly even more of interest to Wayside readers? The sad but unsurprising answer lies in the rock bottom bargain price for this incredible set....

"...In particular, don't miss the "Orchestrion in the Studio" extra. On this, one is able to actually see the working of the robot instruments much more clearly than in the main program."

"Danish alternative rock band that mixes prog with atmospheric indie rock. Spare in name only, Mew's sixth studio long-player is even more ambitious than 2009's loftily titled No More Stories/Are Told Today/I'm Sorry/They Washed Away/No More Stories/The World Is Grey/I'm Tired/Let's Wash Away, doubling down on the shimmery, light/dark Passion Pit-inspired electro-pop that served as the foundation for their last major-label outing, while bringing back some of the angular post-rock angst of earlier works...

Guitarist Phil Miller is - of course - one of the living personifications of the Canterbury scene, having been in Matching Mole, National Health, Hatfield and the North and many other excellent, related ensembles and projects. This 1988 album was...

Guitarist Phil Miller is - of course - one of the living personifications of the Canterbury scene, having been in Matching Mole, National Health, Hatfield and the North and many other excellent, related ensembles and projects.

This live...