Mini-LP sleeve CDs


Third & final of the original three Lard Free albums. Lard Free, led by Gilbert Artman, were a legendary, early progressive/avant/electronic instrumental group. Along with Heldon this is as close as the French came to "krautrock". This is probably my personal favorite of all of them, & I like all of them a lot! A classic!

"Chaotic heavy sound like as early German Rock. The original LP was released on Cobra in 1977. Featuring: Gilbert Artman (orgue, piano, arp synthetiseur, vibraphone, drums...

Classic, great, early and wild experimental avant/progressive rock band, led by drummer/composer Gilbert Artman, before he formed Urban Sax.

"The first solo album in 1973. Avant-Garde electric Jazz Rock!! The original LP was released on Vamp Records in 1973. Featuring: Gilbert Artman (drums, piano steinway, vibes), Herve Eyhani (bass guitar, arp synthetizer), Philippe Bolliet (all saxes), Francois Mativet (guitars) Reissue with elaborate miniature paper sleeve of the original LP (Full color...

Third and final and very good release by this ELP-inspired trio.

"Another group from Genova, this young three-piece was one of the italian bands with the strongest classical influences. A keyboards trio in the same style as ELP or Le Orme in Italy. After a couple of singles in 1974, the last of which was melodic and far from the albums' level, the group disbanded, and was reformed in 1976 by drummer Alfio Vitanza with three new recruits.
The new line-up released an album for Magma, Aquile e...

Mini-lp sleeve release of this, the 2nd, and probably the best release of this group's E.L.P. - inspired albums that this very young Italian band released. A very nice fusion of keyboard-driven progressive rock and classical music.

Daniel Levin, cello / Matt Moran, vibes / Nate Wooley, trumpet / Peter Bitenc, bass

"The Daniel Levin Quartet has already shown on prior recordings that a change of conventional instrumentation in a jazz combo is enough to explore an entirely...

This is a limited edition, mini-lp reissue of a quite rare Italian progressive rock album that has never been generally available on CD before. Libra first came to attention opening up for Banco during their 1975 Italian tour, and this 1975 album was ...

Christian Lillinger (d), Joachim Kühn (p), Jonas Westergaard (b), Robert Landfermann (b), Tobias Delius (reeds), Wanja Slavin (reeds)

"Yes, this is organic music, with the low frequencies of two basses forging the ground (and that explains the.

An unbelievable price on the hard to find Japanese version of this great album!

"Abbey Lincoln's third of three Riverside albums (all of these recommended sets have been reissued on CD) directly precedes her more adventurous work with drummer...

Adam Lane, double bass / Igal Foni, drums / Luís Lopes, guitar

"In music, the art of time, you necessarily find the “what” in the “when”. And the “what / when” factor, here, is a jumpy, unquiet, syncopated music coming from the same sources...

Jimmy Lyons, alto saxophone
Karen Borca, bassoon
Hayes Burnett, bass
Munner Bernard Fennell, cello
Roger Blank, drums

"Long known as Cecil Taylor's most reliable and loyal colleague, alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons has a select discography as a leader, and among its best entries is Push Pull, originally issued by Hat Hut as a massive 3-LP set. Recorded during a single marathon performance at the Collective for Living Cinema in New York in 1978, Push Pull features five extended piec

Keyboardist Duncan Mackay made two great keyboard-driven solo progressive rock albums in the mid 70s, Chimera and Score.
After a very long time off the circuit (or at least off of my circuit), he returns firmly in the style of 'heavy, keyboard-driven progressive' format, with just his keyboards and drummer Georg Voros.
A very strong new album from someone that I never thought we'd hear from again! Recommended!

First-ever reissue on CD, this is the band's second and best album and it include 3 bonus tracks as well! "This band from Bergamo was formed around 1970, and had a long life that lasted until 1978. Their name means dawn in Spanish. The group derived...

First-ever reissue on CD, this is the band's second and best album and it include 3 bonus tracks as well!

"This band from Bergamo was formed around 1970, and had a long life that lasted until 1978. Their name means dawn in Spanish. The group derived from some 60's beat bands like I Condor, that included bass player Alessandro Zanelli and keyboardist Franco Orlandini (from Mat 65 and who later worked with Equipe 84 and Claudio Rocchi), and later changed name to Le Lunghe Storie, and along them...

"Sunbeam Masters is a series of deluxe CDs celebrating some of the most enduring underground albums of the 1960s and 1970s. Manufactured to the highest standards, each is presented in a mini-LP gatefold sleeve, complete with a full-color booklet...

"Sunbeam Masters is a series of deluxe CDs celebrating some of the most enduring underground albums of the 1960s and 1970s. Manufactured to the highest standards, each is presented in a mini-LP gatefold sleeve, complete with a full-color booklet...

Malibran were one of the most important & most visible of Italy's reviving Rock Progressivo Italiano scene in the 90s and into the early 00s.

It's hard to tell from the promo blurb if this set of rare tracks, which includes some very interesting covers, is the swan song release from them, or if they are still at it. It's been quite a long time since their last one, so my guess is that this is goodbye.

Either way, this is quite a good listen for fans of the classic Italian sound, most...

An unbelievable price on the hard to find Japanese version of this great album!

Pianist Junior Mance was in excellent company on this inspired 1962 session with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Mickey Roker. Its unfortunate this trio only recorde

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)...

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...

"Brand new re-mastered and expanded edition of this long out-of-print seminal live CD from Japan's Marble Sheep (or to give them their full title on this release: Marble Sheep and the Run-Down Sun's Children). This was originally issued by Cold Spring...

This was the wonderful 1st album that launched this amazing musician's career. A brilliant musician, composer and arranger, the closest comparison I might be able to make is that Albert is the French Frank Zappa, except that that really doesn't do him or his original music justice.
This is a brilliant album, with great melodies, musical surprises galore, brilliant orchestration, & much more. Highly recommended.

This was the fantastic 2nd album by Albert, which, like his first, was originally released on French Atlantic. A brilliant musician, composer and arranger, the closest comparison one can make is that Albert is the French Frank Zappa, except that that doesn't really do Albert or his original music justice.
Coming just two years after his first (the shortest time between albums Albert has ever managed - he works carefully and SLOWLY), this might have been slightly overlooked by folks. Don't make that...

This is Albert's amazingly incredible 3rd album. A brilliant musician, composer and arranger, the closest comparison one can make is that Albert is the French Frank Zappa, except that that doesn't really do Albert or his original music justice.
This came out in 1979 and features a 9 piece band, including the Marcoeur brothers, François Ovide-guitars, Jacques Breley-basoon/oboe, plus additional horns, keyboards, bass and drums.
This is a stupendous album with tons of great melodies, musical....

This is Albert's truly astonishingly brilliant 4th album. A brilliant musician, composer and arranger, the closest comparison one can make is that Albert is the French Frank Zappa, except that that doesn't really do Albert or his original music justice.
After being on 2 major labels, this sat for a little while on the shelf before finally coming out circa 1984. I remember waiting desperately for it to be released, and finally it was here!!
It's a subtler work than his earlier three; it's not...

Recorded in 1976, this features an amazing band: Charlie Mariano-soprano sax, alto sax, flute, nagasawaram, Zbigniew Seifert-violin, Jan Hammer-pianos and Moog, Jack Bruce-bass, John Marshall-drums and Nippy Noya-percussion. This would have been near...

An unbelievable price on the hard to find Japanese version of this great album!

"Guitarist Pat Martino's second recording as a leader (which has been reissued on CD) finds him essentially playing advanced bop. His quintet (with Joe Farrell on tenor

The greatly awaited 3rd album by this extremely good Italian symphonic/progressive band is a live album. Therefore it isn't really a step forward, but more like a re-evalution and recapitulation of their work so far. "The Wax Mask" are a five piece who...

The first album by this extremely good Italian symphonic/progressive band. "The Wax Mask" are a five piece who use vocals, piano/mellotron/organ/moog/'clavicembalo'/VCS 3 synths (notice all analog synths?), flute, bass/acoustic guitar and drums...

To my mind, La Maschera Di Cera are the very best of the classic style Italian symphonic/progressive rock bands out there and every one of their releases has been nothing less than excellent. For this, their fifth studio album, they've really pulled...

“La Maschera di Cera was founded in 2001 as a tribute to the sound of '70s Italian progressive rock, on the initiative of Fabio Zuffanti who gathered around him keyboardist Agostino Macor, drummer Marco Cavani (from his other band Finisterre), singer Alessandro Corvaglia and flutist Andrea Monetti.
They debuted in 2002, with a self-titled already displaying a great compositional and stylistic maturity, hailed as "the best Italian prog album since the Alphataurus era". The band, therefore, was...

“La Maschera di Cera was founded in 2001 as a tribute to the sound of '70s Italian progressive rock, on the initiative of Fabio Zuffanti who gathered around him keyboardist Agostino Macor, drummer Marco Cavani (from his other band Finisterre), singer Alessandro Corvaglia and flutist Andrea Monetti.
After a self-titled debut (2002) that had been hailed as "the best Italian prog album since the Alphataurus era", the even more complex and ambitious "Il grande labirinto" followed just one year later...

To my mind, La Maschera Di Cera are the very best of the classic style Italian symphonic/progressive rock bands out there and every one of their releases has been nothing less than excellent. For this, their fifth studio album, they've really pulled...

The third studio album by "The Wax Mask" continues in their now established vein of using their five piece line-up of vocals, piano/Hammond organ/mellotron/analog snths, flute, acoustic guitars, bass and drums to create a convincing and enjoyable homag...

"Maxophone is a very important name within the vast world of Italian progressive rock. Like many other colleagues, they disbanded after only one self-titled LP, released in 1975; but thanks to that beautiful album, which at the time granted the band several live shows and even a few TV appearances, we can put Maxophone in the élite of the greatest Italian prog bands. After the recent comeback, we were still missing one piece: a new album consisting of original songs, which finally sees the light here...

"Maxophone is a very important name within the vast world of Italian progressive rock. Like many other colleagues, they disbanded after only one self-titled LP, released in 1975; but thanks to that beautiful album, which at the time granted the band several live shows and even a few TV appearances, we can put Maxophone in the élite of the greatest Italian prog bands. After the recent comeback, we were still missing one piece: a new album consisting of original songs, which finally sees the light here...

"Maxophone is another band from Italy who released one album and dissapeared from the scene. Maxophone played complex progressive rock, and just like Banco or Gentle Giant, their influences ranged further than symphonic/ classical inspired rock only...

Joe McPhee, brass and reeds
"In his upstate NY secret laboratory, home-based in Poughkeepsie, Joe McPhee diligently documented his activities throughout the '70s, with the help of Craig Johnson, the producer who started CjR as an outlet for McPhee's music. Among the unreleased tapes waxed in that span, Alone Together is unique and especially beautiful. Like Sound on Sound (released by Corbett vs. Dempsey in 2010), these recordings make use of multitrack recording, overdubbing McPhee upon McPhee...

Joe McPhee, alto and tenor saxophones, pocket cornet, adapted pocket cornet
André Jaume, alto and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet
Recorded December 15, 1979, Paris.
Originally recorded and sequenced for release on Hat Hut Records, never issued.

"Multi-instrumental master McPhee and his longtime colleague, French saxophonist and clarinetist Jaume, joined forces for this studio recording in 1979 that was prepared but never released. It is primarily structured around pairs of tunes by...

An unbelievable price on the hard to find Japanese version of this great album!

"Though somewhat underrated, the late Blue Mitchell stands as one of the finest trumpeters in the 1960s and '70s hard bop scene. His crisp, crackling, extroverted...

One of the great ones from the Moebius axis.

"In 1983, Dieter Moebius (Cluster) and legendary producer Conny Plank teamed up for the third time, resulting in the Zero Set project, originally released on Sky Records. On this occasion, they...

"Killer instrumental progressive jazz rock quartet at its debut from 1988. Long elaborate tracks featuring virtuous guitar playing, dynamic keyboard/guitar interplays and a volcanic rhythm section. A must! Reference Alan Holdsworth, K.Watanabe...

"When he got in a Stuttgart studio to produce this album with Joachim Ernst Berendt in 1976, Alphonse Mouzon could look back on an intense and multi-faceted decade of career. This led him from his breakthrough with composer and arranger Gil Evans...

Finally. After many inferior versions, this is undoubtably the definitive version of this great, Italian 'one-shot' bands who appeared, released one fine album, and then dissapeared into oblivion. Always a fan favorite, this has the original 1973 album...

"Nathan were born as a tribute band of Genesis, Pink Floyd and Supertramp, but with “Nebulosa” they have evolved into a creature that’s finally able to create completely original songs: in a nutshell, this is a real turning point in their musical career, as well as a bold step into the future.

Today Nathan is therefore a progressive rock group whose core consists of three very experienced musicians – Piergiorgio Abba (keyboards), Bruno Lugaro (bass and vocals) and Fabio Sanfilippo (drums) – with.

"Searching for a Land was the third record for New Trolls and also the first double LP featuring hard rock ever released in Italy. Being recorded after the huge success of “Concerto Grosso”, it is entirely sung in English, in order to sell also to...

Classic, 1972, heavy-organ and piano, almost progressive hard rock-styled release from this quintessential Italian progressive outfit. The heavy sound here led to a cleavage in the band, with half of the band working as N.T. Atomic System for a while...

Released in a mini-lp sleeve. "New Trolls' leaders Nico Di Palo and Vittorio De Scalzi came to a legal struggle on the use of the band's name in 1973, with Di Palo taking with him the line up that had released Ut a year before. The four piece recorded ...

"'Nous" is the fourth album by Nodo Gordiano, a band from Rome born in the late '90s as a cover band of King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Genesis. This work represents their artistic maturity coming from an evolution lasting over fifteen years; besides the...

A great buy on this high quality reissue (the only time this has ever been properly reissued!) that is only currently available from Japan. This is the debut album by the Italian progressive/fusion supergroup that came out of the ashes of Cervello...