He and Vincent Crane had just reformed the band and had negotiated with EMI a licensing deal for a newalbum.Straight after its release 1980 they made a move toPolydor who released two three track singles(included here as bonus tracks in their entirety) in1981 and 1982.A new album was required to back up the singles dealand John spent nearly 9 months writing and recordinghis songs for that killer album. Sadly Polydor 'passed'after the lack of single chart success and the albumnever saw the light of day until now Mastered under the watchful eye of Du Cann frommasters supplied by him. Informative sleeve notes written by Joe Geesin with rarephotos/memorabilia supplied by Du Cann. Due In: 08/02/2008
Roxy Music - Thrill Of It All 1972-82. DVD. (Label: , Cat.No: VDVD 12)
Definitive Roxy Music DVD vividly captures the band's recording career. It is packed with live footage, much of it previously unseen in the UK, and their back catalogue of promo videos. Following their early years with performances at the Royal College of Art and on the Old Grey Whistle Test, to their iconic performances on Top Of The Pops, and including live material from many of their memorable gigs, the DVD is a visual feast which will satisfy even the most ardent Roxy fans. Perhaps most significant is footage from the Montreux Rose Festival - the last filmed performance of Brian Eno with the band. With memorable TV performances for singles like 'Virginia Plain', 'Do The Strand' and 'Pyjamarama', classic videos for tracks like 'Avalon' and 'Jealous Guy' and the unforgettable live recordings of tracks like 'Editions Of You' and 'Street Life' this DVD really demonstrates a band who triumphantly combined both style and substance
Beggars Opera - Beggars Can’t Be Choosers. CD. (Label: Repertoire Records, Cat.No: REPUK1109)
CD re-issue of the album first released in 1979. This lively set of tunes was produced by the band’s lead guitarist Ricky Gardiner, and is performed by him together with Virginia Scott (keyboards), Pete Scott (vocals) and legendary session drummer Clem Cattini.
Beggars Opera - Sagittary. CD. (Label: Repertoire Records, Cat.No: REPUK1099)
Beggars Opera was once hailed as Scotland’s only classical progressive rock band. During their heyday in the 1970s, they released four splendid albums for the legendary Vertigo label and were celebrated for their electrifying ‘live’ performances. ‘Sagittary’ was the group’s fifth album, recorded in 1974 at the request of German label Jupiter. The line up included founder member Ricky Gardiner (guitar, vocals) together with newly recruited singer Pete Scott and Mike Travis, ex-Gilgamesh, on drums. The Operatic-ones romp through a selection of ten melodic and stimulating songs, such as ‘Something To Lose’, ‘World Crisis Blues’ and the sweetly titled ‘Smiling In A Summer Dress’. Expertly remastered superb sound.Due In: 26/11/2007
Claire Hamill - The Minor Fall, The Major Lift: The Best Of. Dble CD. (Label: ESOTERIC, Cat.No: ECLEC 2024)
The first ever compilation album of one the UK's finest female singer songwriters, covering her work for Island Records, Konk and the classic new age albums and beyond! Thirty five track, including: "Warrior To The Water", "Blue", "Urge For Going" and "Celluloid Heroes."
Stackridge performed to a sold out audience in Bath, England during April 2007 as part of theircommitment to touring the UK during that year. AngelAir were there to record this historic gig.The gig whilst being memorable for them playing alltheir popular songs also heralded the return to live performances of MUTTER SLATER who had always in the past commanded audience attention and participation. The fans were not disappointed.Classic English popular music. Due In: 14/01/2008
Blonde On Blonde - Rebirth/Reflections On A Life. Dble CD. (Label: Acrobat, Cat.No: ACMCD5017)
The two albums capture a hugely intriguing fragment of rock history a significant chunk of the career of a band that was probably as good as most things that were happening at the time but who were never destined to make the big breakthrough they deserved.· giddy mixture of prog, hard rock, folk, psychedelia and straight pop·Original sleeve notes by Tommy Vance as well as further new information on the band·A growing cult surrounds this highly collectable band who co-incidentally played the Isle Of Wight Festival same time as the man from which they took their name Bob Dylan.Unavailable for many years in the UK.2 classic Ember albums.
Strapps - Live At The Rainbow 1977. CD. (Label: Angel Air, Cat.No: SJPCD253)
Mick Underwood started life playing with Ritchie Blackmore when both were in their teens. After a briefspell in The Herd he joined Episode Six (to play alongside Ian Gillan) then formed Quatermass leading him to form in 1974 Strapps.- a unique rockband.Sadly the band split in 1979 after releasing some 4albums and recording a packed out concert at TheRainbow which has never before been released with themasters having been kept in Mick’s tape archives all theseyearsMick joined Gillan after the demise of Strapps andachieved worldwide success as part of that group. Had hecontinued Strapps, with NWOBHM arriving a couple of years later they would have undoubtedly gone on to greater thingsInformative sleeve notes by Jerry Bloom Editor More Black Than Purple.Rare unseen band photos from Mick Underwood Due In: 14/01/2008
Gruff Rhys joins the Andy Votel, Dom Thomas and the Finders Keepers team once again to produce this, the second instalment in our critically acclaimed and best-selling Welsh Rare Beat series. Derived from Dyfed bands with added friends from further a field in the Swansea valleys, Cardiff and Flint in the north, this is a speakers to sing and express themselves in their mother tongue, part of a wider international youthquake, others were singing from the heart, paying the bills and just happened to live in Wales during this cultural crossroad. Here for your enjoyment are songs mostly about the sky, flying, seagulls, clouds and ghosts. But also songs that deal in political activism, The Mabinogi, or issues of Welsh identity. Girl group boy meets girl songs, parodies of boy meets girls songs, Welsh language covers of English and American hits of the day sung in a traditional Welsh style counteracted by traditional Welsh folk songs played in contemporary Anglo-American styles.
Eric Bell - Irish Boy. CD. (Label: Angel Air, Cat.No: SJPCD255)
Eric Bell is forever linked to This Lizzy and the "Decca Years" where he brokethe mould with his arrangement of "Whisky InThe Jar".Today Eric spends most of his time playinglive in UK and Ireland exploring the blues'Irish Boy' was recorded in 1998 and neverbefore released in the UK with its hauntingmelodies and gripping Blues/Rock..Amaster at work. Due In: 14/01/2008
The release of this 1973 album marked a turning point for the band. They had a new label, Warner Bros, and had recently become global superstars. Still featuring the classic David Byron / Ken Hensley / Mick Box line-up, 'Sweet Freedom' attempts to take that genre-defining prog metal sound that they themselves had so recently helped to invent into uncharted waters.gatefold LP 180 gram
BONUS AUDIO TRACKS Never-before-released audio recordings: "Autumn" (1974) & "Riverman" (1975)Camel Live in Concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, April 14, 1976:The long-lost recording was finally recovered in 2006, and Camel are now able to bring this very rare and quite wonderful bit of footage to commercial release. With the original lineup of Andrew Latimer, Doug Ferguson, the late Peter Bardens and Andy Ward, this recording was made during the promotion of Camel’s 1976 album ‘Moonmadness’.Camel Live in Concert at the Hippodrome, September 22, 1977:Featuring Latimer, Bardens, Ward, with Richard Sinclair and Mel Collins. Recording this special performance in the afternoon before their evening performance at London’s Hammersmith Odon, this release was made possible by the courtesy of the BBC who have preserved countless such recordings from the past, never knowing how important they would one day become.
John Miles - Stranger In The City. CD. (Label: Lemon, Cat.No: CDLEM 102)
Welcome CD re-issue for the second studio album by John Miles (now one of the world's foremost session musicians, regularly touring with Eric Clapton and recently working with Tina Turner) which hit the UK National Top 40 when first released in 1976. This album has been remastered and expanded wth four bonus tracks . Booklet contains original LP artwork, liner notes, lyrics to all the songs and pictures of all relatedsingles including many rare European issues. Bonus tracks: "House On The Hill", "Slow Down (single version)", "Stand Up (single version)" and "Remember (single)."
New studio album from mellotron wizard & fouder Barlcay James Harvest member Wolly Wolstenholme's band Maestoso. A stunning work in amodern "progressive" style, it evokes the "classic" sound of BJH whilst adding a harder edge which is all Wolstenholme's own. Guests include Caravan / Penguin Café Orchestra Flautist Geoffrey Richardson.