15 songs of BBC sessions from 1970 to 1981, of which 12 have not been released before. Predominately keyboard led heavy progressive rock with some experimentation in between. Over this long period there a couple of different line ups of the band with Carl Palmer, Chris Farlowe, Paul Hammond and Ric Parnell. Great liner liner notes from Arthur Brown.
BBC recording of a 1972 show hosted by Kevin Ayers featuring Archie Legget, Lol Coxhill and David Bedford. As you would expect this is an eccentric collection of quirky Ayers songs interspersed with Python/Goons like weirdness and a typically English feel. Would you like to join me in a cup of tea?.... sploosh!
BBC Radio 1 sessions recorded by this UK Jazz/Prog band between 1973-1974 with Colin Hodgkinson strumming chords on his bass the way you'd expect someone with a six-string bass to behave.The first five monster prog tracks are from 1973 and have a brilliant 'live in the studio feel',the next four were recorded in 1974 and are more involved with the use of overdubbing etc. Also included here are four titles which have never been released in any form and feature the 4th member Dave Macrae on electric piano.The detailed booklet features extensive liner notes by Colin Hodgkinson.
The Nashville country rock group, Barefoot Jerry, evolved out of Area Code 615, after that band had dissolved in 1970. Barefoot Jerry released several acclaimed albums between 1971 & 1977, all of which featured an ever-changing line-up of top Nashville musicians. Guitarist Wayne Moss remained the one constant member, (having previously played with Brenda Lee's backing band in the early '60s and later featuring on Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde).Moss formed Barefoot Jerry in 1971 with two other former members of Area Code 615 - vocalist/guitarist Mac Gayden and drummer Kenny Buttrey, plus keyboard player John Harris.By the time of the 1976 LP, Keys To The Country, Wayne Moss had assembled a new line-up of the band, which now included bassist Terry Bearmore, guitarist Jim Colvard, keyboardist Warren Hartman and special guest, Charlie McCoy. The same line-up (without McCoy) recorded the band’s final album, ‘Barefootin’, the following year.Those final two albums now appear together on this CD, which has been digitally reproduced from the original master tapes. The accompanying 12 page CD booklet features full lyrics to every track, plus reproductions of the sleeve artwork from both original LPs.
This album contains previously unreleased sessions for John Peel's show recorded between 1974 and 1978. Including "15th of July" which has never seen the light of day before. Early versions of tracks from their first album "Axe Victim" are an insight to an emerging talent. Alternative later album tracks from " Futurama" and "Sunburst Finish" appear. Arguably Bill Nelson was one of the UK's best guitarists and this was one hell of a rock band.
Mick Abrahams formed Blodwyn Pig after leaving Jethro Tull in 1968 and shaped his new band in the heavy blues/ folk rock style of early Tull. This album features previously unreleased Radio 1 sessions and live material recorded 1969 - 1974 plus two Mick Abrahams bonus tracks from 1996. Includes extensive sleeve notes, a discography and photos.
A tasty collection of the band’s BBC recordings and features the best of their live and studio sessions from 1971-75, as compiled by Brinsley Schwarz. All of these recordings are previously unreleased, and seven titles have never been released before in any form.The detailed booklet features liner notes by members of the band and John Peel.
Radio sessions from 1972-75 from one of the UK's most respected country rock bands who were influenced by West Coast American groups such as The Band and the Grateful Dead. Including such favourites as the title track, "Juju Man," and "Nervous on the Road", this also features four cuts with Scottish singer Frankie Miller.
Unusual compilation of humourous 1920's /30's influenced UK music from the Sixties. The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band rub shoulders with The Alberts and The Temperance Seven, whilst departed comic geniuses like Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan also make an appearance. There's a trad jazz background to this, but it's the humour that's the main star here. Includes the Bonzo track "On Her Doorstep last Night" which is unavailable elsewhere.
Second volume of Radio 1 sessions (Volume 1 - Songs For Oblivion Fishermen) This collection features three complete John Peel sessions which were recorded in '75,'76 & '77 with tracks from Cunning Stunts, Blind Dog and Better By Far. An eight page booklet includes detailed liner notes and band photos.
Stunning collection of BBC sessions from 1970 to 1974 by this much loved UK prog/psych band. This collection covers the classic years of the band with tracks from their best albums. Includes a few previously unreleased songs as well as versions of classics such as "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" and "If I Could Do It All Over You..."
Twenty track two albums on one, bringing together this '90's Country stars classic first two albums. Highly influential on their release at the start of the decade, they effectively took Country music into the mass market of America. Cleverly updating the sound without losing the integrity, Clint and a number of artists have turned the genre into what it is today. Includes: "Put Yourself In My Shoes", "A Heart Like Mine", "Nobody's Home" and "A Better Man." Booklet includes full lyrics, liner notes, period photos and reproductions of the original LP sleeves.
Connie Smith is considered by many fans and critics to be one of the best and most underrated vocalists in country music history. Though she is often compared with Patsy Cline, Smith actually has a distinct style all of her own, and sings straight from the heart. Connie’s first two LPs were originally released in 1965 and are now reissued here together on one CD for the first time. Her debut album, included on this CD, was recently given a 5 star rating by ‘All Music Guide’, who said the LP features her blowing through the Nashville Sound production like a down-home Streisand fronting The Lennon Sisters! This new CD includes Connie’s debut single, 'Once a Day', which hit the top of the Country charts, reigning as number one for eight weeks. Smith's follow-up, 'Then and Only Then', also featured here, reached number 4 in the charts. Connie Smith became a member of the 'Grand Ole Opry' in 1965. She continues to perform with the Opry and in 1998 returned with her first LP in many years.This '2 on 1' CD includes the original artwork and sleeve notes from both original LPs, along with rare photographs and new, updated liner notes.
Dr Strangely Strange originally formed in Dublin in 1967. After signing with Island Records, they released their debut LP, ‘Kip of the Serenes’, in 1969. Eventually the group became a springboard for a new generation of Irish rock, helping to launch the careers of Phil Lynott & Gary Moore.This previously unreleased album by Dr Strangely Strange, dating from their classic period, 1969/70. Halcyon Days will contain ten archive tracks (mostly produced by Joe Boyd) which were recently discovered in the Island vaults.As bonus tracks, the CD will include 3 new songs, recorded last year in 'Kip of the Serenes' acoustic style.The album will be packaged in a limited edition digi-pack, with a 28 page booklet, featuring extensive liner notes & band history, rare photographs and full song lyrics to every track.
Dreamtime was formed in 1982 as a jazz trio featuring Nick Evans, Gary Curson and Jim LeBaigue. However in the same year it augmented to a quintet with the addition of Jim Dvorak and Roberto Bellatalla.It was under this quintet format that they released their first album, 'Bunny Up' in 1983.A couple of years later this sextet was born, when the band augmented yet again with the addition of Keith Tippett on piano.Recorded in 1986 ‘Cathanger '86' is chronologically speaking Dreamtime's second album although it is the third to be released, coming after 'Zen Fish' in 1998.The release is completed with an 8 page booklet features photographs from the band’s own archive and liner notes by trombonist, Nick Evans.
Ducks Deluxe was one of the very first of the so called British ‘pub rock’ bands of the early 1970s. Along with their contemporaries, such as the seminal Dr Feelgood, they were an undoubted influence on the English Punk scene, which was right around the corner.Formed in 1972 by Sean Tyla,the band perfected a solid brand of rock ‘n’ roll, and played basic American-style blues and boogie with remarkable panache and energy. This compilation features three previously unreleased BBC sessions, all of which were recorded for John Peel’s Radio 1 show. Included here are two tracks (3 & 6) which have never been released before in any form.After the group disbanded, the ex-Ducks all remained active; Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster formed The Motors, Martin Belmont joined Graham Parker & The Rumour and Sean Tyla formed The Tyla Gang.These classic archive recordings, which sound as fresh and exciting today as they did in the pre-Punk era, are now finally released with the full agreement of the band.
Anarchic, revolutionary, irreverent and revered in the London underground scene of the late 60's and early '70's, this heavy duty proggy rock band with Edgar' s growling voice drew comparisons with Captain Beefheart. Here are 12 unreleased tracks of BBC broadcasts and live recordings from 1969 to 1976. Several rare band photos feature in the eight page booklet which also features full recording info.
CD re-issue of 1972 album originally on A&M from these US pub rockers, relocated to the UK from 1970 onwards at the behest of Chas Chandler. This band band pretty much kickstarted the entire pub rock movement of the early '70s -- not just by sketching out the initial circuit of pubs throughout England, but by developing the signature blend of laid-back country-rock and straight-ahead, driving rock & roll that served as the template for the entire shebang. This album, however, was recorded as that time was coming to an end and they were being forced to return home- the result being that they split some time afterwards- but its songs (cherry picked, according to their close friend Brinsley Schwarz, from over 100 in their repertoire) sound far from downhearted. Very similar at times to Brinsley Schwarz, Clover (another band of expat Yanks), Ace & Mickey Jupp's Legend, this album was immaculately produced (and we do mean immaculately) by the late great Link Wray. Standout tracks include 'Face Down In The Meadow' 'Henry Morgan' and 'Song Is Born Of Riff And Tongue'.Includes 4 bonus tracks.
Still going strong after decades of work, Elton Dean was once part of the legendary Soft Machine lineup that included Wyatt, Hopper and Ratledge. With contributions from the likes of Marcio Mattos and Tony Bianco as well as the Elton Dean Quartet, this is a rich and varied album that everyone should definitely check out.
Former Soft Machine sax-man Elton Dean began his professional career with Long John Baldry’s Bluesology in 1967.He later helped to form the Keith Tippett sextet before going on to play a crucial role in Soft Machine between 1969 &1972.The French pianist Sophia Domancich has worked with Elton on and off over the past 20 years. During this time, she has become closely associated with the Canterbury scene and has played with most of the key figures of the genre, including Pip Pyle, Hugh Hopper, Richard Sinclair, Phil Miller & Didier Malherbe.‘Avant’ features a recording of a live concert which the duo performed in France last year. This fully improvised show was the first time they had ever performed as a duo. Full colour booklet includes a brief note from both Elton and Sophia.Elton Dean - alto saxophoneSophia Domancich- piano
British saxophonist Elton Dean has long been the spearhead of free jazz in England. He began his professional career with Long John Baldry's Bluesology in 1967, then went on to help form the Keith Tippett sextet before becoming a key member of Soft Machine in 1969. In the mid 70s he formed 'Ninesense', one of the most influential cutting-edge jazz bands of the period. This album is comprised of two sessions recorded by BBC Radio 3's Jazz In Britain programme and contains the first recording of the band, as well as almost the last. booklet features a brief note from Elton Dean, plus extensive liner notes by The Times' jazz critic, Alyn Shipton
This is the first of two volumes containing Family’s previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 sessions. Featured here are several versions of tracks never before available on CD including the only official release of their interpretation of the old blues number, ‘I Sing Um The Way I Feel’.Covering the period from late 1968 up to mid-1969 these recorded sessions are mastered from the original BBC transcription tapes and feature one of Britain’s finest bands playing in the studio, but with an extra edge that is normally only captured at live performances.5 sessions from September 1968-July 1969.Fully detailed 12 page booklet.
The second volume of previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 sessions from the legendary Family. Covering the period from early 1971 up to mid 1973 these sessions have been mastered directly from the original BBC transcription tapes and feature the band on top form rocking out live in the studio. Included on this CD is a very rare seesion featuring Family as a 4 piece, previewing songs such as 'Save Some For Thee', using a synthesizer in place of a bass guitar! This release has been produced with the full help of the band and features a 12-page booklet with rare photographs from the band's own archive plus the usual exemplory liner notes and band history.
Recorded in London on 21st March 1976 by the BBC, this concert includes new material as well as old stage favourites, 'House Of The King' and 'Hocus Pocus'. Fans of Focus will welcome this latest addition to the band's recorded output, newcomers will be able to catch up on the later and less documented period of this band's history.
As co-founders of Steeleye Span, Gay & Terry Woods were pivotal figures in the Irish folk scene of the late 60s. During this period, they also recorded and toured with Sweeney’s Men & Dr Strangely Strange. Between ’74 & ’76, they recorded three albums for Polydor Records. ‘Lake Songs From Red Waters’ was compiled with the help of Gay & Terry and features their personal favourites from this period. The CD booklet has photographs from their personal archives.
It is difficult to imagine the world of country music without the vast contribution that Gene Watson has made to it. Between his major label debut on Capitol Records in 1975 & the present day, Gene Watson has excelled with his traditional slant within country music and has enjoyed several hit singles in the Country charts. Simply, he is a singer in country music's grand tradition & has the skill to give powerful vocal performances and draw all the emotion from his selected material effortlessly. In 1976, he released his second LP on the Capitol label, 'Because You Believed In Me', the title track of which had recently been a top 20 hit single.'Beautiful Country', released the following year, included the hit singles 'The Old Man & His Horn', 'I Don’t Need A Thing At All', and 'Cowboys Don’t Get Lucky All The Time', which was a hit in 1978. This latter song also appeared on the soundtrack of the Sam Peckinpah movie 'Convoy.' The two albums on this CD are drawn from the most commercially successful period of his career and capture Watson in his prime. 'Because You Believed In Me' & 'Beautiful Country' are now both released here on CD for the first time.
Double disc set of unreleased BBC concerts from 1973 and 1978. Eighteen tracks in total including 'Way Of Life', 'Funny Ways', 'Free Hand', 'Playing The Game', 'Mountain Time' and 'On Reflection'. Powerful 70's UK prog.Detailed 8 page booklet rounds off this essential prog package.
More unreleased BBC sessions from the UK 70's prog rockers from the early to mid '70's. Contains a real Giant collectors gem 'City Hermit' which previously was only known to a few ardent fans. Other tracks include 'Advent Of Panurge', 'Cogs In Cogs', 'The Runaway', 'Aspiration' & 'Proclamation'. Great detailed booklet.
Joe Cocker's '70s UK backing band Grease. With a line-up of Alan Spenner and Neil Hubbard who went on to form Kokomo, Bruce Rowland later joined Fairport Convention and Henry McCullough went on to join Wings. They made wonderfully atmospheric records marrying acoustic and electric instruments. Styles ranging from country, blues, soul, folk too R&B. Likened by many writers at the time as a British ‘Music from Big Pink’. This album is now reissued on CD for the first time and is rounded off by a BBC session from April ’71, which includes a bonus unreleased McCullough number, "Believe In What You Believe In".
Scarce CD version housed in a mini gatefold sleeve of this 1976 release (DJM) records.Grimms was a pub rock and poetry group, the band name formed by the initial letters of each members surname:This was the last of the 3 albums the band produced and features the classic Neil Innes penned number "Randy Raquel" the sweet Andy Roberts number "BlueBird Morning",the Roger McGough/Innes classic "The Womble Bashers of Walthamstow" and more.LAST THREE COPIES OF THIS MINI SLEEVE VERSION.
Two previously unreleased BBC concerts, one from the Hippodrome London broadcasted in 1974 and Paris Theatre London broadcasted in 1975. From UK progressive folk band that fused medieval instruments with experimental rock. Impressive mixture of crumhorns and mellotrons that was in turn evocative and imaginative. Includes the epic Midnight Mushrumps. A band much loved by fans
Gryphon were formed in 1971 with a sound and style which made them unique on the UK rock scene of the early 70s. Incorporating elements of medieval music, progressive rock, folk and jazz. This album was compiled with full assistance from the band and features their two BBC Radio 1 sessions, recorded in 1972 & 1974. Also included here is their single, ‘Glastonbury Carol’, which was originally commissioned for the closing titles of the film, ‘Glastonbury Fayre’. The master tapes to this track had been missing for the past 30 years and were only unearthed recently. The accompanying 8 page booklet features liner notes by Gryphon’s Brian Gulland, plus rare photographs from the band’s own archive.
Gypsy were one of the great attractions at the Isle Of Wight 1969 Festival. A couple of years later, they released their debut eponymous album which drew favourable comparisons with Buffalo Springfield and Moby Grape. The Romany Collection brings together the long awaited reissue of Gypsy’s first album, plus both sides of their debut single and six previously unreleased studio tracks.This album was compiled with the full co-operation of the band, who provided photographs for the 8 page booklet and assisted with the extensive liner notes
Jamaican born Harold McNair was one of the unsung heroes of the second generation of British modernists. His Parkeresque alto, Rollins-influenced tenor and truly unique flute playing astounded the London jazz scene in the early 1960s.His flute was heavily featured on the soundtrack for Ken Loach's film ‘Kes’, as was his tenor saxophone on the original 1962 soundtrack theme from ‘Dr. No’. Also, In addition to playing flute on most of Donovan’s 1960s albums, he was a founder member of ‘Ginger Baker’s Airforce’. In fact, the roll-call of his associates represents a golden age of musical interaction. Davey Graham, Blossom Dearie, Jon Hendricks, John Martyn, Magna Carta, Don Partridge, John Cameron and Alexis Korner all benefited from McNair’s versatility until 1971 when his career was cut short by lung cancer at the age of just 39.McNair’s 1970 LP, ‘The Fence’, has always been a much sought after rarity amongst collectors. Now digitally re-mastered, this reissue features liner notes and period photographs by Val Wilmer.
Heron originally formed in England in 1968 and have since been described as one of the most collectable bands around, with their original vinyl albums now fetching upwards of £150.Thirty years after their original formation, Heron recorded this new album in the village of Black Dog in Devon, England. As keyboardist Steve Jones put it, "reliving our past but bringing it up to date". The band has retained its unmistakably English sound and the songs are as unique as ever; still as relevant today as they were 30 years ago. Like many of their earlier albums, this was recorded outdoors and has a unique musical style of simple, pastoral, folk-rock, with a gentle, ‘English summers day’ feel. It’s a delightful record, which will thrill fans of the original band and deservedly win them a coterie of new followers.This new album has a booklet which includes a full history of the band, along with profiles and photographs.
Live CD recorded during the former Brinsleys man/singer songwriter's 1979 US tour, shortly after a surprise hit single over there with 'Hold On'. Not dissimilar to a British Todd Rundgren, but without the benefit of large amounts of psychotropic drugs, this is a quality power-pop-rock set by an underrated talent in the genre. Never before released in any format: booklet features comprehensive liner notes, an interview, and several photographs from Gomm's scrapbooks.
In the late 60s, the ISB became major players on the burgeoning underground scene, sharing bills with the likes of Pink Floyd at London’s UFO club and acquiring cult status with the cognoscenti after the 1967 release of their album, ‘5,000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion’. John Peel soon became a big fan and was quick to get them to record sessions for his BBC Radio 1 shows.The Incredible String Band adopted an adventurous approach to their BBC radio sessions, using them to try out new, non-album material or radically rearrange older songs, encompassing a remarkable variety of instrumentation and genres.This double CD contains 13 previously unreleased recordings and has been compiled and released with the full co-operation of the band. The accompanying 24 page booklet includes rare photographs, comprehensive liner notes and a full BBC sessionography, plus an additional note from Mike Heron and lyrics to several of the featured songs.
This compilation is comprised of an Isotope BBC concert (3 tracks) and an Old Grey Whistle Test performance (2 Tracks) plus a Gary Boyle session recorded for John Peel (3 tracks). None of these recordings have been released before.The set includes an 8 page booklet including a brief note from Gary Boyle plus extensive liner notes, including an interview with Gary, and several rare band photographs. Isotope released three albums during the mid 70s, which gained wide acclaim and favourable comparisons with John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra.
For John Martyn, 1973, when this concert was recorded, was a year of serious transition, bothmusically and in terms of moving once and for all away from the folk club scene and into the college and concert circuit. ‘The Battle Of Medway’, released with the full approval of John Martyn, captures him in blisteringform, on one of his last ever solo acoustic folk club gigs.Famed for the late-night cool of his ‘70s studio albums and the explosive live shows of the same era, John Martyn forged a unique path through the accepted forms of folk, jazz and rock, bringing electric power into the folk clubs and soulful balladry into the colleges. While Live At Leeds, recorded in 1975, has long defined the man’s sound during his breakthrough years on the college circuit, little has survived of his path-finding years in the folk clubs - until now.Recorded in July 1973, in ambient stereo by club organiser Geoff Harden at Medway, Kent, in between the releases of Solid Air and Inside Out, this is the sound of John Martyn - on one of his determinedly last ever folk club gigs - frightening the living daylights out of anyone who came there expecting ‘The Wild Rover’.
Two previously unreleased concerts from The Cambridge Folk Festival 1981 & 1984 by ex Lovin' Spoonful mainman. Masterful fingerpicking guitar folk. Includes Lovin' Spoonful songs "Welcome Back", "Daydream", Nashville Cats" and "Darling Be Home Soon" Great !
Kevin Ayers is one of Rock's most important innovators, helping to launch Soft Machine, as their original bassist/vocalist, and later working with noted progressive musicians like Mike Oldfield and Steve Hillage.This 2 CD set of BBC radio sessions, compiled with the help of the artist, tracks Kevin’s discography from 1970 (when his band included his former Soft Machine friends as well as a nascent Mike Oldfield) through to 1976. Featured here are several previously unissued recordings, including the earliest surviving example of Kevin’s post-Soft Machine output. Among the musicians featured with Ayers on this compilation include Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield, Mike Ratledge, Andy Summers, Hugh Hopper, Lol Coxhill, David Bedford, Elton Dean, Archie Leggett, Ollie Halsall & Zoot Money.The accompanying 16 page full colour booklet includes comprehensive liner notes, full recording details and previously unseen photographs.
Double CD of BBC radio sessions, one from 1972 and the other two from 1973 and 1976. Over two hours worth of some of Ayers' favourites including songs from previous albums. Backing musicians include Bedford, Oldfield, Halsall, McCracken, Summers and Zoot Money. Timeless stuff! BARGAIN PRICE.
A fleeting glimpse of one of the more authentic UK funk bands of the 1970's, recorded live in their rehersal studios before they'd signed a record deal. Pre the eponymous debut (1975), this album consists primarily of unreleased material of Kokomo finding their sound and honning their formidable skill. After all this is the band that so impressed Bob Dylan he invited them to join him on the early studio sessions for 'Desire' (only one song featuring the band, 'Romancing in Durango', made it on to the finished record). Accompanying 8-page booklet includes rare band photographs, comprehensive liner notes and full recording details.
What the world has been waiting for- a 'best of' compilation from this maverick blues harpist and vocalist of the pub-rock/punk era. Originally of Eddie and the Hot Rods, also in demand as guest player with the Stranglers, Clash, Sniff N The Tears, Kirsty MacColl, Wilko Johnson and Rockpile, Lewis fronted his own hard-edged blueswailing bands the Lew Lewis Band and The Reformer between 1977 and 1980, and this compilation brings together the best of their work. All of the Reformer LP 'Save The Wail' appers here: their popular singles of the time, 'Lucky Seven' (performed on TOTP) and '130, 230, 335/I'm In The Mood I'm In' are also featured. Live bonus tracks recorded in 1977 and 1979.
One and only solo album from former Sam Apple Pie/ Help Yourself/ Man dude, recorded in 1976 backed by ex-Brinsleys man Ian Gomm and Plummet Airlines. Lost for 25 years or more, unearthed in the early Noughties and released on CD for the first time with an accompanying booklet with liner notes, interviews and piccies from the archives. What Gram Parsons or Nick Drake might have sounded like had they been from Essex!!!
Ten track album bringing together some of the bands Radio sessions.The Canterbury band related to Soft Machine and Hatfield and the North (Robert Wyatt) were formed in1972 and released only two albums (both killers) before Wyat moved onto a solo career. In this short time they still managed to record three Peel sessions and a live concert for the BBC. This CD comprises of these rare recordings. Digi pack design with an original photo by Wyatt and sleeve notes by bassist Bill MacCormick.
Very rare 1965 UK folk album that collectors will pay over £100 for original vinyl copies. Comparisons with early Donovan and Bob Dylan are inevitable, in fact Donovan covered a couple of Mick's songs. Notably "The War Drags On" were included on his "Universal Soldier" EP ( the original version is included here). This album was very influential on the 60's UK folk scene. Highly recommended.
Massive 2 on 1 by Neil Innes who is one of the most important figures in British musical comedy/song. He has the rare ability of a side-splitting satirist who can also write, catchy pop songs. After the demise of the Bonzos, he went on to work with, among others, Eric Idle and Monty Python.This CD includes two of his best loved solo albums, released together on one CD for the first time. "Taking Off" from 1977 and is a collection of songs ranging from the corny country of ‘Crystal Balls’, to the sugar coated offering of ‘La Vie En Rose’. In between we have songs about love, death, sex, murder, fantastic places, God and religion.‘The "Innes Book of Records" was from 1979 which contained the very lovely instrumental ‘Theme’, plus tales of teenage love in ‘Kenny and Liza’, and married life in ‘Love is Getting Deeper’. The 8 page booklet features extensive liner notes and rare photographs
Twelve track live album from a group at the very beginning of their jazz-rock journey. Split over two European performances ( March '70/ February '71) this is arguably the bands best line up (Carr, Clyne, Jenkins, Marshall, Smith, Spedding) in probably their best form. Drawing the set list from their first two LP's that are likened to "Bitches Brew" era Miles Davis, Nucleus have more in common here with Pink Floyd despite Jazz being the dominant force in their armoury. Includes: "1916", "Single Line" (both from '70), the epic "Tangent" and the wig out, punky "Song For The Bearded Lady" (from '71.) Includes a twelve page booklet with rare photos of the group, extensive liner notes and extracts from band interviews.
One of the earliest exponents of British jazz rock formed in 1969 with Ian Carr, Chris Spedding, John Marshall and Karl Jenkins. They hit the headlines winning a band competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970. This album showcases the best of their variuos sessions for Radio 1 from the original line up-to later editions of the band. Includes unreleased tracks and the only recording of 'Pretty Redhead'. All in all a delight for fans and a fine introduction to the band for newcomers.
This double CD (42 tracks) of Pentangle’s BBC recordings is comprised primarily of rare and previously unheard tracks. It contains previously unreleased songs mixed among classics from all six of their albums,and is a representative history of the Pentangle at the BBC.The accompanying 12 page booklet includes comprehensive liner notes, a full discography of Pentangle’s BBC recordings, and several rare photographs.
Recently honoured for Lifetime Achievement at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the legendary status of the original Pentangle is beyond question. Less known, though, are the great albums made by the reconstituted Pentangle between 1984-94. Built around original members Jacqui McShee and Bert Jansch, with guitarist Peter Kirtley, drummer Gerry Conway, and Nigel Portman Smith on bass, the group created a magical sound all of their own. This double CD brings together the highlights from this Pentangle line-up; Their final studio album, the epic ‘One More Road’, with their swansong, ‘Live 1994’. These discs capture the band performing old favourites and overlooked gems with a fantastic new energy.As Bert Jansch recently said of the ‘One More Road’ album; “It more than holds its own against the classic albums made by the first line up”. Both CDs have been digitally re-mastered and are now reissued together on CD for the first time, with the full agreement of the band.The accompanying 20 page booklet features extensive liner notes, including interviews with the band, plus an additional note by Jacqui McShee, lyrics to many of the featured tracks and rare band photos.
Prepare yourselves for one of the strangest albums ever made. Originally released on Epic (!!!!) in the late 60s, this album really has no peers, the nearest possible connection would be to staunchly noncommercial artists such as United States of America, White Noise, Captain Beefheart or Frank Zappa. Peter Ivers-singer/ songwriter, actor, theatre writer, experimental video director, Harvard graduate and all-round nutter/genius created this incredible soundscape from electronic sounds (provided by an "intermodulator"), free jazz, classical yet spontaneous singing, blues and rock. Many music fans will know Peter Ivers as the writer of ‘In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song)’, which he originally composed for David Lynch’s classic film, Eraserhead. The song was later immortalised, of course, by fellow Bostonians, the Pixies.Housed in a digi with fully detailed booklet.
As a founder member of Hatfield And the North and National Health, he deserves mention as one of the greatest progressive rock drummers. In 1994, his band, performed a live show in Paris which is now released here for the first time.This particular line-up (of Pip, Elton Dean, Patrice Meyer & Paul Roger) only ever did a handful of gigs. The accompanying 8 page booklet includes a brief note from Pip Pyle, plus rare artist photo’s.
Debut recording from this fresh and formidable free jazz quartet led by the outstanding Alex Maguire and also featuring Elton Dean, Fred Baker and Liam Genockey. Maguire studied under John Cage and Howard Riley before indulging in several projects with Dean (Newsense, Headless, EDQ etc.) and Baker (Pip Pyle's Bash). This new project promises to be excellent if the quartet's pedigree is anything to go by. The four members have been involved with bands such as Soft Machine, In Cahoots, Soft Heap and Steeleye Span as well as performing with such high profile jazz musicians as Keith Tippett, Hugh Hopper, Pip Pyle, Mark Hewins and John Ethridge. Definately one to watch out for!
Double CD set featuring two 1976 BBC recordings featuring Rick and his full band The English Rock Ensemble. Disc one features a previously unreleased Radio 1 "In Concert" performance recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon. Disc two is the complete Old Grey Whistle Test TV performance which has never been broadcast in it's entirety. Comes with a sixteen page booklet with extensive liner notes, full recording details and comments from Rick. Includes an extended version of "Catherine Howard" that will interest long term fans as it has never been given an official live release. Sixteen tracks in all.
Robyn Hitchcock has the lyrical vision of a latter-day Syd Barrett (albeit with his mentor's playful whimsy replaced by a more disturbing and squelchy vision) and is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. Hitchcock started his recording career in 1979 with the post-punk psychedelic group, The Soft Boys. His solo discography includes over 20 albums, released over the past quarter century, culminating in the 2004 LP, ‘Spooked’, a collaboration with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.‘This Is The BBC’ was compiled by Robyn himself and features the best of his BBC radio sessions, recorded between 1995 & 1999. This compilation features unreleased versions of many favourite Hitchcock originals, along with Robyn’s unique interpretations of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry’ and the traditional folk tune, ‘Polly On The Shore’.The accompanying 12 page full colour booklet includes photos and paintings by Robyn, song lyrics and an original Robyn Hitchcock poem.
Rock’s rich legacy is littered with buried treasures, none more so than this magnificent country rock nugget by Roger Morris. Originally known only to a handful of collectors and experts, this record later came to the attention of many fans after being championed by a small group of music critics. In fact, this is a classic album, a work steeped in rootsy bucolic splendour, real ‘sons of the pioneers’ stuff with more than a hint of The Band. Recorded in the UK in late 1971, First Album was a fine addition to the small but burgeoning British country rock scene that encompassed the likes of Matthews Southern Comfort, Quiver, Help Yourself, and Brinsley Schwarz. Features Glenn Campbell (not that one, but the Juicy Lucy/Misunderstood member) amongst others. Includes 4 bonus tracks.
Scarce pressing housed in a mini card sleeve as per the original LP. Brinsley, Bob and the Boys off on a 'frolic of their own' without Graham, and boy what a frolic. Anyone who thinks Essex had a culture of rock'n'roll should take a long listen to this, possibly the best album that Southside Johnny never made. Schwarz's voice is not dissimilar to Parker's, but with songwriters like Nick Lowe and Sean Tyla collaborating it couldn't really be anything less than special, could it? Includes three unlisted bonus alternate takes, including a version of 'Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me' that might possibly outstrip the original.
Skid Row was formed in Ireland in 1967 by bassist & songwriter Brush Shiels. The band also featured Phil Lynott on vocals, the 17 year old Gary Moore on guitar and Noel Bridgeman on drums. Phil Lynott left after recording the band’s debut single, and went on to form Thin Lizzy. The band continued as a trio, with Gary Moore, Brush Shiels & Noel Bridgeman. Eventually, Gary Moore also left, and went on to become one of rock music’s most acclaimed guitarists.Skid Row recorded two ultra-rare singles in 1969. These were only ever released in Ireland, on the independent ‘Song Records’ label. Phil Lynott was the vocalist on the A side of that first single. It is his earliest and rarest recording. The B side was sung by Gary Moore, who also handled vocal duties on the A side of the second single.All 4 sides of both singles are now released here on CD for the first time. Also included on this CD is the group’s powerful live show, recorded in London by the BBC in 1971. This recording captured the band at the peak of their improvisational powers as a concert act. From psychedelic-influenced beginnings, the classic Skid Row sound developed as a combination of breezy country ballads, Cream-like heavy blues, angular King Crimson-ish high-volume prog rock and an overriding fascination in finding a Brubeck/Coltrane influenced, rock-based fusion entirely their own.
Beautiful double CD from the BBC sessions which contains Studio and live sessions and shows how Soft Machine could slide effortlessly between jazz, rock, psychedelia and classical influences, and show a lot of other bands how it's done. These sessions from 1967-71 are no exception.The version of "Moon In June", written for the occasion and referring to it throughout, is amazing and one of Wyatt's true moments of genius. Recommended very highly indeed.
Following the success of their release of BBC Sessions 1967 - 1971, this second volume now completes the set. It plots a change in the sound of the band, from their psychedelic free jazz leanings of the late '60s to the jazz rock fusion of ’74. With the exception of the first two tracks here, none of these recordings have ever been released before.
Never before released - a fascinating in concert recording made for the Beeb at London's Paris Theatre (a little confusing, we know) premiering material that would turn up on their excellent 'Six' album. Almost like a live rehearsal, there's a jazz spontanaiety to this set that the album lacked, and the material from 'Fifth' and earlier tunes like 'Slightly All The Time' are reworked to the point of being unrecognisable- but who wants boring old note for note reproductions anyway? Lineup is Hopper, Jenkins, Marshall and Ratledge (the only original member left by this stage). Includes 8 page booklet with liner notes and photographs.
This is a live session recorded for the BBC at London's Paris Theatre on March 11th 1971. John Peel introduced the concert as being by "Soft Machine and Heavy Friends". This is a unique recording in that, for this BBC session, the band performed with other great jazz musicians, including Ronnie Scott on tenor sax. It actually begins with the Elton Dean Group (which a year later evolved into ‘Just Us’) - augmented by Mike Ratledge on electric piano. Then Dean, Ratledge and Howard are joined by Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt. The 30-minute plus medley is by the regular Dean-Ratledge-Hopper-Wyatt quartet. A very strong performance that features some of the most jazz-oriented music Soft Machine ever produced.The final track is a previously unreleased recording of ‘Slightly All The Time/Noisette’, which was performed by the Soft Machine quartet as an encore to this concert.The accompanying 12 page colour booklet includes brief notes from Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper and Elton Dean, who all recall their own memories of this recording. Also featured in the booklet are further extensive liner notes and band photographs.
Soft Machine veterans Elton Dean and Hugh Hoppper joined forces in 2003 with Hoppy Kamiyama and Yoshida Tatsuya (The Ruins / Acid Mothers Temple) to create Soft Mountain. This is their debut release. Split over just two tracks / suites, the album lasts for just under an hour. Digi pack with liner notes from Hugh Hopper. Track listing: "Soft Mountain Suite Pt. 12 and "Part 2 ."Housed in a digi sleeve.
Twofer one reissue of the first two albums by this much undervalued country singer, never a big star but appreciated by those in the know and cited as an influence by many an artist today. His two best known tracks 'Two Dollar Toy' (a real heartbreaker that tells of his estrangement from his young daughter) and 'She's My Rock' are included here, as well as material later covered by Porter Waggoner and Dolly Parton ('Daddy Did His Best') the whimsical 'Fishin' Song' and the heartfelt and roaringly funny 'You Can't Call Yourself Country' . Both originally released on Capitol, now remastered and available on CD for the first time, with an 8 page booklet crammed full of liner notes and visuals.
Excellent quality live recordings by this cult Irish Folk/Rock duo who toured with Jethro Tull and Steeleye Span in the early '70's and made three studio albums. Wonderfully warm electric and acoustic compositions with bewitching vocal harmonies. Recommended...
Tom T. Hall became known as ‘the Storyteller’ for his brilliantly realised tales of small-town America. His songs are three-minute snapshots of ordinary people’s lives, written with exceptional wit, insight and humanity. Many musicians have covered his songs (most notably Jeannie C. Riley with the 1968 hit, ‘Harper Valley P.T.A.’) - and he also has racked up several solo hits. Between 1971 and 1976, he had six number one Country hits, including his classic, ‘The Year That Clayton Delaney Died’, which is included here.This CD pairs two of his best albums: 1971’s In Search Of A Song (rightly regarded as his masterpiece), and The Rhymer And Other Five And Dimers from 1973. Both of these LPs are now released here on CD for the first time.
A classic style country singer songwriter who has written songs for Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings and Alan Jackson, he began his life as a journalist. This tied up with his fascination with American literature perhaps best explains his cerebral but concise lyrical abilities. This is a two fer one, bringing together a duo of albums from '72. Arguably an early peak in his career, they are remastered and reissued for the first time on CD here.
Previously unreleased concert recorded for Radio 1 in 1981 by the eccentric satirists The Tubes. Unfairly overlooked by many critics, The Tubes were incredibly influential and were simply an awesome and intelligent band. This live album features the hit singles White Punks On Dope and Don't Want To Wait Anymore and has been compiled and released with the full co-operation of The Tubes. Also features an 8 page booklet with comprehensive liner notes, rare photographs and full recording details.
By 1991, their 10th anniversary, the Femmes had five successful studio albums and a ‘best of’ compilation under their belt. During the summer of ’91, the band played a sell-out tour of the UK including one show at London’s Town & Country Club. That concert was recorded by the BBC and is now released here for the first time.This CD, which includes a great version of their classic anthem ‘Blister In The Sun’, captures the essence of the band live, and the powerful relationship with its audience The accompanying 12 page booklet includes comprehensive liner notes, rare photographs and full recording details.
Wizz Jones is regularly cited as an early influence by the likes of Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, amongst many others. He was also a crucial mentor to 1960s folk-blues royalty like Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Ralph McTell. More recently, he’s frequently name checked as an icon by younger artists, including Thurston Moore & Stephen Malkmus.Originally released as a very limited pressing on a German label in 2001, ‘Lucky The Man’is still Wizz’s most recent studio album. This digitally re-mastered reissue is enhanced by the addition of 5 bonus tracks, all selected by Wizz himself. The final bonus cut, ‘Sugar For Sugar’, is a previously unreleased duet with Wizz’s hero, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.‘Lucky The Man’ features a stunning array of supporting and duetting musicians, includingex Pentangle members John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee, Balham Alligator Gary Ricard and Wizz’s old busking partner from the ‘50s and early ‘60s, Clive Palmer. Also featured are guitarists Martin Wheatley & Bernd Rest, and Wizz’s son Simeon on sax. Plus of course, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.Still traversing the musical landscape he helped to pioneer - folk, blues, cowboy songs, jazz and traditional English tunes - this is the sound of Wizz Jones in superb voice and guitar playing form.The 12 page CD booklet includes extensive liner notes, personal comments from Wizz on each of the bonus tracks, plus several rare photographs from Wizz’s own archive.Bonus tracks. About A Spoonful, The Dark Eyed Gypsies, The Moving On Song, Planet Without A Plan, Sugar For Sugar
Wreckless Eric recorded his first Peel session in 1977, when his band included Ian Dury on drums and Davey Payne on sax. 25 years later, Eric made a solo, acoustic appearance live on the Jonathan Ross show on Radio 2. This album features both of these performances, plus the best of Eric's BBC sessions recorded in between. That includes a second appearance on the Peel show, plus sessions recorded for the Saturday Live programme, Mark Radcliffe & Andy Kershaw's Radio 3 show. Eric appears here under a variety of guises, and the 'Len Bright Combo' tracks may be of particular interest to collectors. Records by this band are highly sought after and, as Eric says in his liner notes, this session was recorded while they were at their peak. This album was compiled by Eric himself, from the dozen or so available BBC sessions. He also wrote the extensive liner notes and contributed all the photographs for the booklet.