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"Digitally remastered edition of the album Optimism by the veteran British musician. The album was issued in 1988 credited to Orchestra Arcana, due to the contractual situation Bill found himself in with CBS Records. The music within comprises recordings made at Bill's Echo Observatory home studio in 1984 and 1985.
Bill Nelson reflected on the album thus; 'Whilst these recordings are lo-fi in nature, I have always been fond of them. These recordings serve as a reminder that expensive technology...

Very good first effort from a new generation of French Zeuhl.
Carole Sauvage-Fender Rhodes, Yannick Duchene-guitar, vocals, William Pawelzik-bass, Christophe Gratien-drums.
"Influences: Zeühl, Jazz-Rock-Progressif, Classique-Contemporain...


Larry Coryell (guitars), Pete Jacobsen (keyboards), Ted Emmett (trumpet), Steve Clarke (drums), Wolfgang Schmidt, Chris Lawrence, Laurence Cottle, Jack Bruce (bass)

Tim Crowther-guitar, Ted Emmet-trumpet, Steve Franklin-keyboards, Hugh Hopper-bass, Steve Clarke-drums.

"1994 saw the band return to a one off improvised album with Soft Machine Bassist Hugh Hopper, while the preparations for the mammoth L.N.C...

Guitarist/midi guitarist Hewins performs in an unusual duo with Battacharjee, an actor & musician. Here Battarajee performs on voice, drum & midi devices. An amalgam of these two musicians & their respective (& quite different) backgrounds, bringing together Indian & European influences. Sometimes reminsicent of Peace One/Peace Two from McLaughlin's My Goal's Beyond.

Recorded in New York in 1979. When Daevid came to NYC, he met up with his old manager/label owner Georgio Gomelski, who was living in New York at the time. Georgio hooked Daevid up with a young up 'n' coming band that he was working with...Material!
So, you've got Bill Laswell-bass, Bill Bacon-drums, Fred Maher- drums and Cliff Cultreri-lead guitar, plus other assorted downtowners (a few years before there was a downtown scene or sound) like Gary Windo, Don Davis (Microscopic Septet and early Doctor..

please note: all copies in stock are unsealed and have slight shelf wear, mostly to one of the corners. it's not too bad, just not 100% perfect. priced accordingly

Before he got rich making music for kiddy movies your grandchildren are watching right now, Randy Newman was a very talented, starving singer/songwriter pianist with an acerbic wit. Here's some of his great works in stripped-down form.

"Nearly eight years after releasing The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1, in which one of

In the early 80s, after the Art Bears ceased, drummer and lyricist Chris Cutler wanted to continue with another 'song oriented' project. Continuing to work with the amazing and distinctive Dagmar Krause, the vocalist from Slapp Happy, Henry Cow and the Art Bears, he enlisted bassoonist/composer Lindsay Cooper, also formerly of Henry Cow as the musical director, to provide the compositions and accordionist/harpist Zeena Parkins. This is the group that recorded the first News From Babel album, Sirens and...

"Tired of hearing music designed for teenagers? Bored with all that revisionist jazz and self-indulgent art-noise? Here's something completely unexpected, from veterans of Motor Totemist Guild, Thinking Plague, 5UU's, and Giant Ant Farm. The result of this detour from their usual avant-gardism is a splendid recording, made mostly live in a barn in the south of France, of a 21st Century song-cycle representing a tongue-in-cheek manifesto for middle age in crisis. But this is not a collection of songs so....

"Reissue of an obscure underground French album from 1980. NOA features a histrionic female vocalist, piping the French language and enunciating syllables just like another instrument. The music of Noa is of the jazzy Zeuhl variety, with plenty of sax...soaring flute and the expected rhythms of the genre."-Tom Hayes.

"Although the general mood of the album is Zeuhl-influenced (the dark vibe & the female voice that reminds of Eskaton), the main influences claimed by the band are Henry Cow & Art...

One of the UK's most recognizable modern classical voices, for me his best stuff is his recordings with the Michael Nyman Band, of which thsi is one.
This is one of his lesser known albums, which presents a nice over-view of his works up to this point (1994) performed with great energy by his ensemble.
Safely and truly recommended to fans of 'systems music'.

A sublime late 60s singer/songwriter album. But what great, great songs!

"Nyro peaked early, and Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, just her second album, remains her best. It's not only because it contains the original versions of no less than three songs that were big hits for other artists: "Sweet Blindness" (covered by the 5th Dimension), "Stoned Soul Picnic" (also covered by the 5th Dimension), and "Eli's Comin'" (done by Three Dog Night). It's not even just because those three songs are so...

"By most accounts, 1973 was not a good time for Phil Ochs; it had been three years since his last album arrived to indifferent reviews and dismal sales, and his drinking and creative lethargy took a heavy toll as the great protest singer of the '60s was trying to find a new voice in the '70s. But you wouldn't guess any of that to listen to this recording of Ochs playing a club date that year in the Midwest; Live Again! captures Ochs on a night when he was in good voice and good spirits, playing songs...

"This 1985 recording was made on the heels of O'Connor's experience touring and recording with the Dixie Dregs. Some of the high energy compositions like My Celebration, and Court Suite reflect the influence of Dregs guitarist and leader Steve Morse. Dregs drummer Rod Morganstein guest on a few tracks.

I've always enjoyed this album and I find it to be an exhilarating listening experience. The album is chock full of great melodies and incredible musicianship. Not unlike his earlier Rounder...

This is the 2010 remixed (by Mike)/remastered version of Mike's follow-up to his classic Tubular Bells from 1974. This got a lot of flack because it came out during the energy crisis and suffered from really bad pressings. It's a fine album and a real pleasure to hear in good sound.

This is the 2009 remastered version of this basically instrumental classic from 1973. This was Mike's first album, the first release on Virgin and the first album recorded at Virgin's Manor studios! Lots of keyboards, lots and lots of guitars and even some tubular bells!

"Olive Mess is a band from Latvia (ex-USSR) that plays a very original progressive music. The line-up features guitar ( electric, classic, baroque ), bass, keyboards, drums, occasional sax, and a superb soprano female singer. Olive Mess was founded by...

"Collage, Le Orme's first progressive album and third overall, is a stripped-down affair with only organ, piano, bass and drums. The exception is the opening title track which could be considered the bridge between their psych and prog compositions styles. Collage" has a "kitchen sink" mentality and features an orchestra, pseudo-baroque motifs and some shallow trendy moves. However, the next track, "Era Inverno", is the beginning of the classic Le Orme sound. Aldo Tagliapietra's instantly recognizable...

Legendary r'n'b bandleader, father of Shuggie and one of Frank Zappa's favorites from the 50s!

"The legendary Johnny Otis has been THE champion DJ of black music in America since...well.. anyone can remember...before Huggy Boy, Alan Freed, Bill..

Now out of print, limited edition (only 3,000 made for the entire world), remastered, digibook package of the great second album from the band who reinvigorated the space music scene in the 1980s, when it was all but dead.
This was the album that put them on the map and is still one of their very best releases.
Also included here is their live video "Live at the Fridge Brixton", which was originally released on VHS tape only a very, very long time ago and appears here on DVD for the very first..

"If you've heard about this band at all, you've probably heard that their sound incorporates various traditional Japanese instruments. This is true, but it's not immediately audible at first; instead of using them as solo instruments they tend to act...



A well known female singer from the French folk scene, this album, originally released on the very collectable Balloon Noir label, is a classic gem of proto freak-folk! Personally recommended!

"A revelation of a folk album, with songs of...

"This live recording was made at a concert given in 2004 as part of Turin’s Gong festival and it’s certainly live that one can best appreciate the many nuanced art of Ustad Shahid Parvez, an instrumentalist of the very top drawer. The raga featured on...

Second album, originally released in 1972, and one of the hardest to find on CD, by this popular and good fusion band of the early to mid 70's (well, they went on longer, but we won't talk about that). The leader, Klaus Doldinger, a longtime mainstay...

"If the Delta country blues has a convenient source point, it would probably be Charley Patton, its first great star. His hoarse, impassioned singing style, fluid guitar playing, and unrelenting beat made him the original king of the Delta blues. This collection compiles all of the 58 tracks he recorded between 1929 and his death in 1934. Charley Patton was the godfather of the Delta Blues with his style of playing inspiring the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Son House and Robert Johnson."

The review below is basically factually corect, but for me, I'm thrilled to have some of his great, non-multi-million-guitar-overdub material released and available, especially at a KILLER price. Les was an extremely talented individual and a great...

30 years ago, Paul Rueben's Pee-Wee's Playhouse show was the most slyly subversive show on television with great sets and great music (by Mark Mothersbaugh, The Residents, Todd Rundgren, Van Dyke Parks, Dweezil Zappa, etc.

This is a groovy and faithful live enactment of the original show and can be safely and highly recommended to Pee-Wee heads.

"The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway is a brisk 89-minute love letter to fans, reuniting Pee-wee with the characters and puppets from his stage..

Great performances and excellent, rockin' live sound.

"A great live recording of the sadly short-lived version of the band that existed between the arrival of Eric Drew Feldman and the departure of Chris Cutler. By far the best recording of the Scott, Cutler, Maimone rhythm section, I think, and the whole band is on intense concert form: David racked up to 11, Eric working equally on foundations and fine details as to the out-there manner born and Jim Jones somewhere in the stratosphere...

A good one by the best known Italian fusion band in the USA (a couple of their releases were even released in the US). All instrumental, these feature great melodies performed on guitar, saxes & electric piano/synths on top of a solid rhythm section....

A good one by the best known Italian fusion band in the USA (a couple of their releases were even released in the US). This one might be my favorite overall. In addition to the group, they invite percussion Toni Esposito (another fine, solid jazz-rockers)

"Archive Collection Volume II is the second vault release from Anthony Phillips following Archive Collection Volume I in 1998. Compiled by Anthony Phillips and Jonathan Dann it is a 2 CD selection of previously unheard pieces and variations recorded...

"Continuing the ex Genesis guitarist's re-issue program, we present this 3 CD set, the beginning of the Missing Links series. Finger Painting is a collection of television and library music recorded between 1979 and 1989. The Sky Road is a set of...

Picchio dal Pozzo are considered to be one of the very few "Canterbury" inspired bands that emerged from Italy's fertile 1970's progressive rock musical scene. They released two highly regarded - and highly sought after - albums during their lifetime.
This was their second and in my opinion the greatest release during the band's life and came very near the end of the band's existence. Using guitar, keyboards, saxes, bass, drums and vocals, despite the band's Canterbury-ish roots and their more...

"Let's face it, solo jazz guitar records -- by most guitar masters anyway -- would become rather ho hum unless of course you are a student of the instrument or a die-hard fanatic. There are exceptions: Jim Hall, Bola Sete, Tal Farlow, as well as others purposely omitted for brevity here. Live at the Other End by Jimmy Ponder is not only engaging for its entire 55 minutes' running time, it's downright dazzling, and not only in technical acumen -- which it certainly is -- but in its pure singing musicality...

"Having trained as a classical musician before finding fame with Frank Zappa's Mothers and John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, by 1975 the French virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty was firmly established as rock's foremost violinist. Taped for broadcast on Chicago's WXRT-FM, this superb set at Amazing Grace, Evanston, Illinois, on April 11, 1975, just preceded the May 1975 release of his landmark Upon the Wings of Music LP, and finds him backed by Daryl Stuermer (guitar), Mike Wolf (keyboards), Tom Fowler...

"Originally recorded in 1969 for Orfeon Records in Mexico, this unbelievably awesome set of psychedelic rock was shelved for decades, due in large part to its fantastic (though probably poorly chosen from a commercial standpoint) title Society Is a Shit. With the exception of a humorous, traditional-sounding acoustic number presenting the record in Spanish, this record is 100% pure, mind-expanding psychedelia sung mostly in English. It's got all the factors you'd expect from a psych record of the period...

All three of Iggy's albums with David Bowie aboard are quite good. This was the second and by far the best known.

"On The Idiot, Iggy Pop looked deep inside himself, trying to figure out how his life and his art had gone wrong in the past. But on Lust for Life, released less than a year later, Iggy decided it was time to kick up his heels, as he traded in the midtempo introspection of his first album and began rocking hard again. Musically, Lust for Life is a more aggressive set than The Idiot...

All three of Iggy's albums with David Bowie aboard are quite good. This was the first.

"In 1976, the Stooges had been gone for two years, and Iggy Pop had developed a notorious reputation as one of rock & roll's most spectacular waste cases. After a self-imposed stay in a mental hospital, a significantly more functional Iggy was desperate to prove he could hold down a career in music, and he was given another chance by his longtime ally, David Bowie. Bowie co-wrote a batch of new songs with Iggy...

This double live album contains a live rendition of the entire "The Incident" album, recorded in Chicago, plus highlights from the band's show at the Royal Albert Hall.
This was also the final (at least so far) release by Porcupine Tree...

"Back after ten years, Bristol's Portishead now make Radiohead look like the Monkees. Bleak times deserve bleak music, and here it is. Maybe it's Beth Gibbons' voice. It doesn’t have range – but it does have the singular ability to be compressed, filtered, distorted and mangled any way that Geoff Barrow sees fit, and still survive intact. She can be a wailing banshee or some withered crone, but always vulnerable and distraught. And the relentless 21st century-ness of it all means that this time the...

This reissues half of an exceedingly rare split lp from 1975. Unfortunately, that's all they recorded! The band were formed as a guitar/bass/drums power trio in 1971 who have been compared to a "cross between Cream & King Crimson" (!!), but by 1975, they added guests on sax & electric piano, & came up with a much more fusion oriented work. This album includes their album side as well as over 15' of bonus live material from 1972 (in rather poor sound, but what can you do?). At this price, this is well....

P.F.M.'s fifth album from 1975 is a fine album, although it is a little late in the band's life to be considered one of their greatest greats (you'll have to look at the first three for that, imo). It's the last with their great original flautist/...

This was P.F.M.'s great 3rd album. If you don't own this album, this is a classic and one of the greatest of the Italian progressive/symphonic efforts of all time.

Other than the title, which was released as "Cook" in the USA, the Italian & US versions of this 1974 live album are identical. Since this was recorded in the USA AND Canada, maybe they should have left it with the name Cook! Anyway, it's a very fine w...

If you don't own this album, this is definitely one of the greatest Italian progressive/symphonic efforts of all time. Their second release and my favorite of theirs.

The first PFM album released in the USA, this is a remixed version of their greatest work, Per Un Amico, with English lyrics by Peter Sinfield. While nothing can touch Per Un Amico, many folks want this because it was the first way they heard PFM. So h...

P.F.M.'s brilliant first album from '71. If you don't own this album, this is one of the great Italian progressive/symphonic efforts of all time (beaten only by their 2nd!)