Mini-LP sleeve CDs

"For Luna Surface, Alan Silva collected many of the top free jazz players of the day -- and then he gave them all the green light. As a result, this is a very free record that could easily turn off a listener not yet sold on the 1969 avant-garde jazz scene. The 11-piece ensemble featured, among others, Grachan Moncur III, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Leroy Jenkins, and Malachi Favors. Every member of the group should be familiar to fans of the BYG Actuel series and some, like Moncur and...

I well remember this never-before reissued, vinyl-only album from 1983, featuring a great 8 piece band, including saxist Steve MacKay (ex-Stooges) and bassist Eric Drew Feldman (ex-Magic Band). This new reissue includes 9 bonus tracks that weren'...

Japanese mini-LP sleeve edition. Comes in a really nice embossed card stock jacket.

Soft Machine were one of first and one of the greatest jazz/rock bands of all time. Their importance and influence was especially great in Europe...

This restores to print guitarist Tony's 1993 solo album - his first after the breakup of Holding Pattern.

"Great stuff. A wonderful album of instrumental guitar-oriented music, warm playing a-la-Hackett, pleasant melodies and powerful...

This fairly rare 1975 album that was originally released on Chant du Monde has never been released legitimately on CD before and is available only as a Japanese mini-lp sleeve release. It's also somewhat of a Zeuhl/jazz rock supersession, which was led...

"Mario Schifano was a leading Italian pop artist, and a friend of The Rolling Stones and other prominent 1960s countercultural figures. Inspired by Andy Warhol's association with The Velvet Underground, in 1967 he decided to sponsor a band. The album...

Stormy Six were one of the original five Rock-in-Opposition bands, but were (and remain) the most often overlooked for some reason. They were probably the musically least radical of the five bands (and politically the most radical), but they were still...

Stormy Six were one of the original five Rock-in-Opposition bands, but were (and remain) the most often overlooked for some reason. They were probably the musically least radical of the five bands (and politically the most radical), but they were still...

Stormy Six were the Italian members of the original R.I.O. movement. Their sound was quite informed by folk music & the political singer songwriter school, so their sound is quite different form what is thought of as RIO...

Stormy Six were the Italian members of the original R.I.O. movement. Their sound was quite informed by folk music & the political singer songwriter school, so their sound is quite different form what is thought of as R.I.O. This album was made after th...

Stormy Six were the Italian members of the original R.I.O. movement. Their sound was quite informed by folk music & the political singer songwriter school, so their sound is quite different form what is thought of as RIO. This 1975 album is an excellen...

Really excellent 1972 recording from Ra & company; never before on CD and now with extra material as well! Recommended!

"Arguably the last great original-era Saturn LP to be reissued on CD, Discipline 27-II has long deserved to be more familiar to Sun Ra fans and layfolk alike.
Recorded during the same sessions in 1972 at Chicago's Streeterville Studios that produced Ra's most popular and best-known record, Space Is The Place (1973), it's got much the same vibe, from the 24-minute four-part..

"The Japanese jazz scene is finally getting the attention it deserves. Long written off as just a scene filled with copycats of American and European artists, jazz fans around the world are now discovering that there was some amazing music being....

This is a reissue of a great, totally unknown electric jazz album from 1973 that was released on a tiny label in 1973 and disappeared without a trace.

The band is Sante Palumbo-electric piano & piano, Hugo Heredia-alto & tenor sax & flute, Sergio Farina-electric guitar, Marco Ratti-electric and double bass, Lino Liguori-drums.

My pal Ken turned me onto this album (he owns the original lp, which is how I know about it) and he totally nails it in his description below, but let me just say.

Daniel Levin, cello / Rob Brown, alto sax / Steve Swell, trombone

"In this present age of the history of humanity, there are few places left for a true utopia. The world has already experienced some of those ideal systems, but the results...

This 2000 release was the band's 3rd album, but their first to not be self-released and generally available. This is obvously in the progressive rock vein, but it is not typical progressive rock - or really typical anything. Heavy bits that might be in...

This 1981 solo piano disc originally on MPS makes its CD debut here in a deluxe remaster.

"One of the most resplendent characters of new jazz in a highly-concentrated Sunday enclosure: This strong solo document shows the piano colossus at the...

"This music gets way way out and has the real ability to take you „there”. The echo effect on some of this shit is quite ill in a very analog way. And the way the shit gets that dirty-needled distortion at the end of side one (all 25 cats GOING AT I

These two albums represent the rarest progressive rock albums from the 70s from Australia.
Rob Thomsett is a guitarist who recorded Yaraandoo in 1975 and pressed 100 copies.
It's kind of primitive and kind of grungy in a Kraut-rockian way, with guitars, synths, Mellotron, etc.
Hara was the follow up and is more obviously 'proggy' and sounds more like a band-effort.

"Australia's burnt landscape is sketched in hypnotic washes of Moog oscillations, Bamboo flutes and tape delay. The..

After Zao, Transit Express were probably the best known fusion band in France. Their albums were released on CD once in the 1990s exclusively for the Japanese market in a very limited edition and have been out of print since that time. Now they are...

After Zao, Transit Express were probably the best known fusion band in France. Their albums were released on CD once in the 1990s exclusively for the Japanese market in a very limited edition and have been out of print since that time. Now they are...

Martin Küchen, sax / Per Zanussi, bass / Raymond Strid, drums

"These are difficult times to be an idealist in what concerns the social function of music. Do really the art of sounds can change the world, something that many believed possible...

2005 edition in mini-lp sleeve. "A short-lived, obscure group. In fact, no one knows even the names of its members. A large part of this album is instrumental, such as the 4-part suite "Sabazio". This is typical keyboard-based, classically-inclined pro...

This Italian band are one of the current highlights of the Rock Progressivo Italiano scene. This is their 3rd album, and like their two previous ones, it's a total, hands-down winner. Unconditionally recommended to fans of the sound and style....

Surprisingly good debut release by a new Italian progressive rock band who seemed to have missed out on the over-hype of every other prog band from Italy, but who are probably the best of the bunch! Standard quintet lineup: vocals, piano/Hammond B-3 or...

Extremely limited edition, OFFICIALLY LICENSED, SHM-CD, which is packaged in a lovely mini-lp sleeve!

"...an incredibly powerful listening experience. In fact, Heresie is a stunning one-of-a-kind item which has never been duplicated by anyone...

This is the second release by this very good, young Rock Progressivo Italiano band from Parma, Italy. Their first, from 2013, rightly gained them a lot of attention, and this is another excellent release of symphonic rock from this band...

Beautiful, deluxe CD edition of this mega French rarity from 1974. I've long heard of this, but never actually heard it until now. Mastered from the original stereo tapes, this is a lmited edition of 500 copies and includes a booklet with rare photos...

First time ever on CD for this minor classic fusion album from MPS, originally released in 1974! Featuring a great band: Charlie Mariano-sopranosax, altosax, flute, bamboo-flute, nagaswaram, Philip Catherine-electric guitar, acoustic guitar, Jasper...

"The Japanese jazz scene is finally getting the attention it deserves. Long written off as just a scene filled with copycats of American and European artists, jazz fans around the world are now discovering that there was some amazing music being...

A great band: Barney Wilen-soprano and tenor sax, Mimi Lorenzini-guitar, Joachim Kuhn-piano and organ, Gunter Lenz-bass and electric bass, Aldo Romano or Wolfgang Paap-drums perform pretty badly dated "psychedelic free rock/jazz versions of instrumental..

"Bo' Weavil Recordings presents a live recording of UK free jazz trio Alan Wilkinson (baritone/alto sax, voice), John Edwards (bass), and Steve Noble (drums/percussion). Let's face it, the recording, the thing (CD, vinyl, iPod), is a convenient form...

Phillip Wilson, percussion
Olu Dara, trumpet, horn (serpent)
"In November 1977 and May 1978, months before drummer Phillip Wilson recorded his great LP Duet with trumpeter Lester Bowie for the Improvising Artists label, Wilson hit the studio for Esoteric, a recording of solos and duets with cornetist Olu Dara. Wilson (1941-1992) was one of the key percussionists in creative music, the Art Ensemble of Chicago's early trapsman, one third of the fusion band Full Moon, and an all around fount of inventi

"Get ready to jump on your chair, dear ‘progsters’, because we can not imagine any different reaction upon hearing The Winstons’ debut record, a 100% Italian trio despite their name and the kind of music here proposed.

Their genre in itself is hard to classify, but that definitely has its reference point the in the Canterbury progressive rock scene and in artists such as Soft Machine, Gong, Caravan, Henry Cow, Kevin Ayers and so on.

This is a power trio of multi-instrumentalists who hide...

DSD mastering, mini-lp sleeve edition of this album. This was Robert's 1st solo album, recorded in '70, while still a member of Soft Machine, is a creative, free-music oriented disc with a lot of charm & goofy humor. Includes Elton Dean, Mark Charig...

Led by composer/reed player Peter Vermeersch, X-Legged Sally was a part of the fairly amazing Belgium avant-progressive scene all through the 90s. It was Verloesem's first ensemble to really gain attention and it also can be looked at as the precursor...

Led by composer/reed player Peter Vermeersch, X-Legged Sally was a part of the fairly amazing Belgium avant-progressive scene all through the 90s. It was Verloesem's first ensemble to really gain attention and it also can be looked at as the precursor...

Led by composer/reed player Peter Vermeersch, X-Legged Sally was a part of the fairly amazing Belgium avant-progressive scene all through the 90s. It was Verloesem's first ensemble to really gain attention and it also can be looked at as the precursor...

Led by composer/reed player Peter Vermeersch, X-Legged Sally was a part of the fairly amazing Belgium avant-progressive scene all through the 90s. It was Verloesem's first ensemble to really gain attention and it also can be looked at as the precursor...

Led by composer/reed player Peter Vermeersch, X-Legged Sally was a part of the fairly amazing Belgium avant-progressive scene all through the 90s. A large band (usually about a dozen players), it was Verloesem's first ensemble to really gain attention....

"49 Acts of Unspeakable Depravity in the Abominable Life and Times of Gilles de Rais is the fifth CD by Simulacrum, an organ trio of unparalleled power that brings the sounds of heavy metal, blues, funk and jazz together with modern classical music. Tighter than ever and able to stop and start at breakneck speed, Medeski, Hollenberg and Grohowski are at their raging best as they blaze through Zorn’s wildest flights of fancy—a ten-movement suite evoking a sick and decadent descent into madness. Driven by...

"Inspired by the spiritual mythology of William Blake, A Vision in Blakelight is the latest in Zorn’s continuing series of 21st century mystical works. With a cinematic sweep reminiscent of his best film scores the music is alternately romantic...

"Channeling the work of Romantic visionary William Blake and ancient Gnostic writings from the Nag Hammadi archives, At the Gates of Paradise is the newest installment in Zorn’s ever growing catalog of mystical works. The music is filled with bright...

"There has never been a Zorn CD like this one! One of the most exciting bands to come out of the wild late night Nublu scene in the East VIllage, Forro in the Dark combines the driving dance rhythms of forro from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz...

"A fabulous CD of music for piano trio featuring the incredible Stephen Gosling performing an exactly notated virtuosic piano part that pushes the envelope of what is possible with a piano, and the dynamic rhythm section of longtime Zorn associate...

"Zorn’s compositions for acappella voice are some of his most sensual and sublime creations. This CD presents his two books of “Madrigals” scored for six female voices. Beautifully performed by his long time ensemble the “Sapphites” the music is even more varied and challenging than his previous masterpieces “The Holy Visions” and “Shir Hashirim,” touching upon minimalism, tonal and atonal counterpoint, textural experiments and more. Inspired by the visionary poetry of 19th century British Romantic Percy...

"After the great international success of his last album "La quarta vittima" Fabio Zuffanti returns with a live in studio album. The album is the report of a tour that led to Fabio and his band around Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. It...

"Fabio Zuffanti was born in Genoa (Italy) and is musically active from 1994. In these years he has worked, mainly as bass player and composer in a great number of groups and projects such as Finisterre, Rohmer, laZona, Hostsonaten, la Maschera Di Cera, Aries...

He has composed music that spaced from postrock to progrock, from folk to pop, electronic and experimentation. He has worked with imporant Italian producers such as Roberto Colombo (Battiato, De Andrè, Matia Bazar...) and Franz Di Cioccio.

"What can we say about Fabio Zuffanti that hasn't already been said? An hyper-productive musician from Genoa, after more than 20 years of musical career he releases today his most varied, eclectic and personal album ever. In "La Quarta Vittima"...

This restores to print a large-scale rock opera created by the leader of Finisterre, Hostsonaten and La Maschera di Cera. This has been remixed and greatly improved over-all, I would say. As it says in the label hype, "A great due reissue for a little...