Mega Blowout Sale

I'm leaving my original, 2001 'somewhat baffled' comments below because (1) in my defense, I did mostly 'get it' and (2) because they are a little funny....
This California band has been getting a lot of ink & attention recently, & it's no surprise why, as this is an intriguing and classy release, from the music all the way to the packaging. I hear a sorta strange hybrid of metal & RIO attention to detail & complexity (I think the Art Bears are a definite, audible influence).
The music is...

Third excellent studio release by this outrageous and surprising outfit. I hear significantly less metal (although it's still there, of course) this time around, which is a bit surprising and more 'out rock' parts. Pretty damn brilliant. Recommended.

This unites drummer/electronic percussionist Joe (still playing a similar sounding electronic set as Cruel But Fair) with Gary's wild/calm guitarwork. Long out of print; we have a few copies.

"If the mark of a great player is that you can...

"When Lonnie Liston Smith left the Miles Davis band in 1974 for a solo career, he was, like so many of his fellow alumni, embarking on a musical odyssey. For a committed fusioneer, he had no idea at the time that he was about to enter an abyss that it would take him the better part of two decades to return from. Looking back upon his catalog from the period, this is the only record that stands out -- not only from his own work, but also from every sense of the word: It is fully a jazz album, and a...

"Drummer Steve Smith's career as a premier jazz-rock fusion drummer has offered him the opportunity to play with a wide variety of musicians, whether leading his own band Vital Information, working with the co-op GHS trio, or any number of legitimate big-name stars. This collection represents work from 1998 up to 2005, showcasing his powerhouse style, and teaming him with many different artists of varying approaches in amplified music. There's nothing weak here, no ballads or downhearted blues, but...

Great, long, eerie drones 'n' tones similar in intent & design to Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument.

"George Smits makes mostly long string installations, but he also uses other sound-producing materials such as glass rods, bamboo sticks...

This 1976 Greek progressive rock release is possibly the best known Greek rock release after "666" by Aphrodite's Child and it's a pretty great one. Like all Greek progressive albums I've heard (I'm not an expert by any means, but I've heard a few), there is a lot of psychedelic influence in their music - even here in 1976, nearly a decade after the 'summer of love'. Socrates were formerly known as Socrates Drank the Conium, but they changed their name with this, their fourth and possibly best album...

The good news? This is a complete show from the classic quartet during a pretty prime period (April 26th, 1970 at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon).

You get songs not often heard performed live by the four and a very good performance. The bad...

Oft-bootlegged, very high quality soundboard recording of the trio version of Soft Machine from 3/29/69 (Hopper, Ratledge, Wyatt) recorded in Holland.
Recorded just after the band had finished recording "Volume Two", this is an exciting document of that band performing that material, but really pushing the needles into the red as they do so (the band was famously LOUD at that point in their life) as they rip and ROAR through the material in a way hugely different from the very polite "Volume II"....

This is a compilation of a bunch of stuff that has appeared on a billion Voiceprint associated releases...with one important exception.
You get the entire (and fantastic) 3/29/69 Paradiso performance, performed by Hugh, Mike and Robert, which is a must-own if you don't already have it. You get a bunch of proto Softs and early Softs stuff and some good (and poorly recorded) 1970 stuff.
And, exclusive to this compilation, you get a 2000-era studio recording of "As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still"..

"The Original Delta Blues is a really fine distillation of the label's..highlights ...of blues legend Eddie "Son" House's 60s recordings.

These 55 minutes of music feature Son House and his National steel guitar, which he played with a slide, and Columbia have managed to include all of House's essential 60s songs.

The powerful a capella spiritual "John The Revelator" is here, as is the slashing slide guitar workout "Pearline", the sarcastic "Preachin' Blues", the bitterness of...

"In the grand tradition of high concept progressive rock comes an epic cross-media hybrid where cerebral science fiction meets visceral rock n roll. Sontaags eponymous debut album has been described as the rock opera that Pink Floyd never wrote, a modern-day Tubular Bells, a prog-rock War Of The Worlds, but no reference point or sound-bite nails its seamless combination of space rock, narrative spoken word, and evocative ambience quite as neatly as sonic cinema. Recorded in New York City and London...

Special Venture is led by Danish guitarist and composer John Sund and also features Jon Meinild-vibes, keyboards and samples, Yadam Gonzalez-bass, Ayi Solomon-percussion and Morten Illsøe-drums. John's a pretty brilliant player, and this album is a...

"Originally issued on the legendary Harvest label in October 1970, the album saw Spedding record in his own right at Abbey Road studios soon after the demise of his previous group, The Battered Ornaments. “Backwood Progression” featured Chris Spedding backed by guest musicians Paul Abrahams (Organ), Roy Babbington (Bass), Laurie Allan (Drums), Royston Mitchell (Piano, Harmonium) and Frank Ricotti (Congas).
This Esoteric Recordings release has been newly remastered from the original Harvest master...

"First-ever release of these legendary prog recordings. Recorded in January 1972, this rare recording features a unique event where seven gifted progressive musicians came together to record a session of unique experimental music. Keyboard player J. Peter Robinson (a member of Quatermass, later of Brand X), John Gustafson (had also been in Quatermass and would go on to play with Steve Hackett, Ian Gillan and Roxy Music), Martyn Ford had been an arranger for Barclay James Harvest before working with the...

Includes 4 bonus tracks, including the great single "1984".

"Although this album may not be seen as the definitive Spirit statement, it has several moments of brilliance that prove what a revolutionary band they were. Coming off of the success...

"Although this album may not be seen as the definitive Spirit statement, it has several moments of brilliance that prove what a revolutionary band they were. Coming off of the success of The Family That Plays Together and "I Got a Line on You," the...

"On this, the second Spirit album, the group put all of the elements together that made them the legendary (and underrated) band that they were. Jazz, rock & roll, and even classical elements combined to create one of the cleanest, most tasteful...

"Spirit's debut unveiled a band that seemed determine to out-eclecticize everybody else on the California psychedelic scene, with its melange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music. Teenaged Randy California...

"Seventy-seven minutes, fourteen track must-own compilation of some of Spirits Burning's best recorded material from 1998 to 2008. Has tune(s) from some catalog releases such as 'Reflections In A Radio Show', 'Alien Injection' and 'Earth Born' but I did not realize that a good number of these cuts are actually exclusive to this very release. Cuts that definitely make this CD a keeper are easy to spot - like the well-played nine-minute "Ingredients, Pink Lady Lemonade Liftoff", the title track of the '08...

"Gluttons for Punishment is the first live disc of Spock's Beard in the post-Neal Morse period, and having been recorded on the band's Octane tour, it features mostly songs on their last two studio releases, obviously focusing on the Octane pieces, and rightfully so. This is a good package for those who have been doubtful about the future of Spock's Beard, and never got around to checking out Feel Euphoria and Octane due to the absence of original vocalist and songwriter Neal Morse. Let me assure you...

"This is a nice early concert from Spock's Beard, recorded at Progfest in 1995, between the release of their first album, "The Light" and "Beware Of Darkness". If you don't like "The Light" (I do), watch out, as the album is played in it's entirety, along with two songs from the next album.

The sound at the beginning is shaky, and gives the feeling that this might be a bootleg quality recording, but that probably had to do with the festival setup (sound checks are sometimes useless, as the band's..

"The follow-up to Day For Night, titled V, proved to be a stunning success for Spock's Beard in the eyes of their fans and the majority of the progressive rock faithful. Taking an even more epic approach (complete with a 16 minute and 27 minute track)...

This is an amazing release of Indian classical music at an even more amazing price, by a music who was known throughout his life as a genuine master of his instrument and of music in general. Additionally, he was known even to music fans who don't follow Indian music because of his extraordinary playing with John McLaughlin and Remember Shakti. Recommended to anyone reading this!

"Among all the musicians from Southern India, U. Srinivas occupies a particularly significant position. This maestro...

I met Mark when he joined Chainsaw Jazz towards the end of their lifetime. He also plays with ex-Chainsaw Jazz bassist Mark Smoot in Farquhar .

Stanley was a monster guitarist then and he's even more so now! This is a more jazz-oriented album...

Throughout their existence, and even today, 'the Dan' stood for solid, hard craft in both songwriting and performance. Could a band that was so clever and classy and smart and witty and cynical ever be this huge in the modern age? Doubtful, says I...

Throughout their existence, and even today, 'the Dan' stood for solid, hard craft in both songwriting and performance. Could a band that was so clever and classy and smart and witty and cynical ever be this huge in the modern age? Doubtful, says I...

Throughout their existence, and even today, 'the Dan' stood for solid, hard craft in both songwriting and performance. Could a band that was so clever and classy and smart and witty and cynical ever be this huge in the modern age? Doubtful, says I...

"An album and a singles collection at the same time, Fab Four Suture stitches together four limited-edition EPs Stereolab released in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006. Over the years, the group has made a reputation for having EPs and singles -- and therefore, singles collections -- that are just as good, if not better, than their albums, as comps like Switched On and Aluminum Tunes attest. Stereolab has also always been very democratic about making sure fans can get their hands on nearly all of their...

"Noted for his work as both a solo artist and as a member of Fierce and The Dead, “Lucid” sees Matt joined by a host of guest musicians including drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Bass guitarists Lorenzo Feliciati (Naked Truth), Charlie Cawood (Knifeworld) and Kev Feazey, keyboard players Jem Godfrey (Frost) and Emmett Elvin (Chrome Hoof / Guapo), violinist Chrissie Caulfield (Helicopter Quartet / Crippled Black Phoenix), vibe player Jon Hart and Nicholas Wyatt Duke (Trojan Horse) on Spoken Word....

"At long last a *great* album from Stivell, after a series of variously interesting and adventurous but flawed projects. 1 Douar is on a par with Stivell's best from the 1970s, but in the spirit of 90s world music fusion (the only flirting with rock...

"Alan Stivell just keeps getting better. 'Back to Breizh' brings him back to his roots in Brittany. But it's a return informed by his recent collaborations with Khaled, Youssou N'dour and other world artists....

The second of three albums by this Swedish progressive rock band from the mid 1970s, formed by the quite well known poet Jacques Werup. All three of their albums were on the Harvest label.

"Famous poet Jacques Werup formed this progressive...

"Arcane Rising is the second album by The Story, the acclaimed duo comprising Martin Welham (leader of acid folk legends, Forest) and his multi-instrumentalist son, Tom. Written and recorded in the depths of the English countryside, like its predecessor Tale Spin (2005), it's a partly improvised and consistently melodic song cycle that's sure to appeal to fans of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Espers as well as older names like Donovan, The Incredible String Band and C.O.B."...

The Strawbs have been on a roll recently. Their last couple (including this) have been really strong albums which find them still combining folk influences with strong 1970s progressive sounds. Other than the fact that keyboardist John Hawken has been...

"2011 release, a modern interpretation of the band's 1974 masterpiece, Hero & Heroine, recorded in November 2010. Just as the re-interpretation of a Shakespeare play carries a vibrant and powerful message in modern dress, likewise does In Ascencia...

"On May 1st and 2nd 2009, Historic Royal Palaces allowed a concert to take place in front of the magnificent facade of Hampton Court Palace for the very first time. The event was a full length performance of The Six Wives Of Henry VIII by composer Rick...

Oft-bootlegged radio performance of The Strawbs at their popular mid 1970s peak.

"In the mid-1970s the Strawbs were on a roll in the United States. The band had had five consecutive albums on the Billboard charts between 1972 and 1975, with...

Dave Sturt is known for his supporting role as bassist with Bill Nelson, Jade Warrior and the current incarnation of Gong. This is his first solo album and include a ton of great guests.

"Drawing on his experience of composing music for film, Dreams and Absurdities is an instrumental delight - ambient, eclectic, emotional and psychedelic.

The album features guest performances from Steve Hillage, Bill Nelson, Daevid Allen, Jon Field, Kavus Torabi, Fabio Golfetti and Theo Travis and is.

Recorded live in 1984 at one of Sun Ra's many US concerts, this captures the Arkhestra in full big band mode, blowing up a storm that could probably be heard on Venus. This is a good, solid, representative mid 80's show with very good sonics (by Ra standards) by the Arkestra.

“This is a stunning late period Ra album. Beautiful space-chants and atonal keyboard freakouts plus a mix of Ellingtonian Ra-jazz as only the Arkestra could do it.
Maybe not the album to start with if you are unfamiliar..

"Companion to Disco 3000, made on the same classic Italian quartet tour with John Gilmore, Michael Ray (trumpet) and the minimal but perfect Luqman Ali (drums). Ra himself plays piano and electronic keyboards, including the mysterious..."

"Originally released by Saturn in 1979, this is a studio recording by a large ensemble (including, unusually, electric guitar and bass). These are the first recordings of the titles included (though they were played live a few months earlier on German radio). Springtime Again is a floating, sonically open composition, with a distant sung ostinato, interestingly mixed. The door of the Cosmos, which features June Tyson, is a relaxed groove-driven piece in which electric piano, guitar and bass function as...

This is a great, late period 'old style' Sun Ra lp; it's his first NYC recording, as far as can be told, but it sonically has much more in common with his Chicago recordings of the late 50s, which is my very, very favorite period of his work. Highly recommended.

"Sun Ra's only release for the Savoy label is a gem. Recorded in October of 1961, this is probably the first recording the Arkestra made after arriving in New York. As such, you're dealing with a smallish Arkestra (seven main...

Rather beautiful release by Danish guitarist and composer Sund. The music here revolves around duo, trio, quartet and quintet performances by a line up of 12 string & nylon acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, cello, accordion and African/Indian percussion. It's all quite great but at its best, this is like a cross between acoustic/raga John McLaughlin and Begnagrad/Bratko Bibic!

"When you listen to Susanne Sundfor it's no surprise that she is Norway's most critically acclaimed artist of the year and one of its most successful emerging new artists, with The Silicone Veil going straight to #1 in the Norwegian charts earlier in...

"There was once a band called Sunforest, who recorded a splendid album for Deram-Nova in 1969. The record is (as has been said elsewhere) a unique compendium of UK acid folk with a popsike feel, sporting harpsichord and (somewhat) medieval-tinged arrangements integrated into electric and acoustic folk-esque tunes. But one thing must be said straight away: the Sunforest album is not at all twee -- the songs are far too clever, and the production (by legendary producer Vic Coppersmith-Heaven) has far too...

Supersister were one of Holland's top progressive bands from 1970-75. They were obviously heavily influenced by Soft Machine & also the Mothers Of Invention but they gave those admitted influences their own spin and came up with something quite wonderful and special, I think. They featured electric piano/fuzz organ, flute, bass, drum & vocals. This was their third album from 1972 and includes a side long track that was music for a ballet as well as shorter tracks. This is a great price on a great album....

This is the second of two studio albums by this US band of Jewish boys from Brooklyn who went to Europe, smoked a lot of dope and found bliss (or at least the German Harvest label, who took them under their wing till about 1973). This originally came...

A remastered 2-on-1 reissue for both of the two studio albums (from 1970 and 1972) by this US band of Jewish boys from Brooklyn who went to Europe, smoked a lot of dope and found bliss (or at least the German Harvest label, who took them under their wing till about 1973). It doesn't all work - some of the vocals and lyrics are fairly cringe-worthy, but when they click and the drugs and the jams come together, it definitely works stupendously well in a hippie/jam/psych way.

While they last, these are $8.00 off the regular price!

"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to release the first ever CD edition of Messages By Steve Swindells. Perhaps best known for his work with Hawkwind offshoot Hawklords, his membership of...