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✨✧ 7L & EsotericSoul Purpose ... CD
Direct/Landspeed, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
7L & Esoteric's underground classic from '01! Tracks include "Verbal Assault", "Terror To Your Ear", "Operating Correctly" with Mr. Lif, "Jealous Over Nothing", "Think Back", "Mic Mastery", "First Letter", "You Know The Concept", "Soul Purpose", "Play It Cool", "Guest List", "State Of The Art" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ 7L & EsotericSpeaking Real Words EP ... CD
Direct, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Phillip Wilson with Olu DaraEsoteric ... LP
Hat Hut, 1979. Near Mint- ... $28.99
Percussionist Phillip Wilson's got his name on the cover, but the set's a very collaborative outing with trumpeter Olu Dara – recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson with a very free-thinking, open style that bridges both American and European modes of free jazz at the time! Wilson plays both a conventional drum kit and assorted percussion instruments – although not a huge range – and Dara brings a real sense of "voice" to the proceedings, both with his phrasing on the trumpet – often in a gritty, "mouthy" mode – and his occasional vocalizations through the horn – both of which evoke the more spiritual currents of the New York scene in the 70s. There's mindblowingly creative spirit to the music throughout – that best Hat Hut sound from the first few years of the label – and titles include "Call Call The So", "Double Click", "The Chad", "Elephant Bossa", "Olu 1", and "Lester 3". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing!)

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✨✧ VariousDJ Qbico Plays A Night With DJ Qbico Vol 1 – Esoteric, Erotic, Exotic 45's from The US (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
EP Sound (Italy), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $29.99
Dj Qbico usually gives us grooves from other parts of the planet – but here, he focuses on rare vintage singles from the US – but all tracks that borrow nicely from other styles around the globe! In other words, the set features American artists working with touches of Eastern, Mid-Eastern, African, or South American elements in their music – often in a cool hybrid that involves plenty of jazz or soul as well, and which, given that most of these are 45s, stand as precursors to longer-form musical experiments to come at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s. Titles include "East Side" by Hank Jacobs, Cuban Jungle" by Orquestra Nueva Ritmo De Cuba, "Dawn (part 1)" by Richard Martian & Co, "Weird" by Fabulous Imperials, "Rippling Presets" by Bobby Steele, "Che Che" by Jackie Edwards & The Soulmakers, "Basadelic" by Dan Yessian Quintet, "Shadows In The Casbah" by Artie Basamian, and "La La La" by Kassapian. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 50 hand-numbered copies!)

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VariousSpiritual Jazz 6 – Vocals – Modal Esoteric & Progressive Jazz Vocals From Around The World 1960 to 1986 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
A great look at a very important side of spiritual jazz in the 60s and 70s – the evolution of jazz vocals, to a point when singers like Abbey Lincoln, Andy Bey, or Leon Thomas brought a whole new sound and soul to the spectrum of jazz! This wonderful package covers lots of key moments from that time – and also unearths some great rare tracks, too – really showing the way that singers of this period moved far far past the styles of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald in the generation before – often using their voices with the same unbridled power as the musicians in these groups, serving up some righteous lyrics and politics in the process! The collection might well be our favorite in this great series so far – and titles include "Imani" by EW Wainwright, "Tears For Johannesburg" by Max Roach, Colors" by Norman Riley, "African Violet" by Sadaka, "The Ladder" by The Singers & Musicians Of Washington High School, "Rain Forest" by Dr Haki R Mahubuti, "African Sunshine" by Eddie Gale, "Reunion (edit)" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz Ntu Troop, "John Coltrane" by Clifford Jordan, and "Spirits Up Above" by Vibration Society. CD

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VariousSpiritual Jazz 8 – Japan Part 2 – Esoteric, Modal & Progressive Jazz From Japan 1961 to 1983 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
The biggest volume so far in the Spiritual Jazz series from Jazzman Records – and maybe the best as well! This fantastic collection looks at the huge legacy of spiritual jazz that flowed from the Japanese scene in the postwar years – sounds that had their initial expression around the same time that the modal jazz of Miles and Coltrane was bursting forth in the US, but which also too so many twists and turns of its own – with some very strong influences along the way from Japanese folk and culture! Much of this music was initially restricted only to release on Japanese labels – and even later, as some of the artists attained fame, the global circulation of their music only happened with more commercial recordings. These tracks are the real deal – and together, they represent a huge legacy of jazz that's as appealing and essential as American work from labels like Impulse or Strata East – or European sounds on Saba/MPS. Most tracks are quite long, with flowing grooves – and although the players are reaching out, things are never too free or avant – just filled with a searing sense of soul. Jazzman got strong help on the project from the Deep Jazz Reality series – so the album's got that stamp of approval too – and the whole thing's in one of the most beautiful packages we've ever seen from the label! Titles include "Kikazaru" by Keitaro Miho, "Watarase" by Takeo Moriyama, "Babylonia Wind" by Kiyoshi Sugimoto, "Whispering Weeds" by Yoshio Ikeda, "Kisarazu Zinku" by Toshiko Akioshi, "Sacriment" by Tohru Aizawa, "Spanish Flower" by Tee & Company, and "Scarborough Fair" by Four Units. LP, Vinyl record album
(A fantastic package – 2LPs in a heavy, textured cover – with obi!)

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 9 – Blue Notes – Modal, Esoteric & Deep Jazz From The Vaults Of Blue Note Records 1962 to 1976 ... CD
Blue Note/Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the legendary Blue Note Records label – the company's strong wave of spiritual jazz material recorded during the 60s and early 70s – extremely fine music that's often eclipsed next to the company's better-known hardbop and funky jazz! As the 60s moved on, Blue Note became an even more open-minded label than before – and not only gave some of its key players the chance to stretch out and really spread their wings – but also brought some younger talents into the mix, who really expanded the vision of the Blue Note sound. Some of the tracks here are from the middle of the decade – and reflect more of the growing interest in modal jazz spurred on by Coltrane, Miles Davis, and others – while some of the later tracks are surprisingly righteous, sometimes political moments from players who would have sounded very different just a few years before. The package is done with the same amazing care and fantastic set list as previous Spiritual Jazz collections from Jazzman – and titles include "Verse" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Footprints" by Wayne Shorter, "At This Point In Time" by Elvin Jones, "The Rain" by Eddie Gale, "Poinsettia" by Andrew Hill, "Searchin The Trane" by Bobby Hutcherson, "The Phantom" by Duke Pearson, "Assunta" by Freddie Hubbard, "El Barrio" by Joe Henderson, "Plight" by Jackie McLean, "Gichi" by Booker Ervin, "Igbesi Aiye" by Solomon Ilori, "Blue Spirits" by Freddie Hubbard, "Cristo Redentor" by Duke Pearson, "The Morning After" by Hank Mobley, "Indian Song" by Wayne Shorter, and "Malaguena" by Pete LaRoca. CD

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 2 – Europe – Esoteric, Modal, & Deep Jazz From The European Underground 1960 to 1978 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The sound of spiritual jazz from the European underground of the 60s and 70s – a really rich music-making scene that's every bit as impressive as the one going on in the US – as you'll hear from this amazing set of tracks! As with the first volume in the series, the collection is filled with modal jazz and other groovers – mostly long tracks that really stretch out, yet still always have a tight sense of rhythm – one that makes the music completely infectious right from the start! It might be tempting to think of European jazz of this sort as kind of a copy of a US mode – but instead, it really happened simultaneously – as younger players were really pushing past the styles of previous years – and drawing not only on American jazz for inspiration, but also a range of different post-colonial modes particular to the European scene – bits of African, Latin, Brazilian, and other styles that really helped influence their approach. And in a way, it might even be said that the Europeans of the 60s had a much looser approach to rhythm, one that really allowed for experiments like these – and which, in turn, went back to have an influence on the American side as well. Titles include "Temple Dancer" by Michael Garrick, "Communion" by Erich Kleinschuster, "Archangelo" by Raphael, "Africa Freakout" by Barney Wilen, "Corrida" by Nicolai Gromin, "Duke & Trane" by Hiekki Sarmanto, "Nana Imboro" by Wroblewski Jazz Quintet, "Las Morillas De Jaen" by Pedro Iturralde, "Bosnia Calling" by Dusko Goykovich, and "Candy Clouds (part 2)" by Hans Dulfer & Ritmo Natural. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 9 – Blue Notes – Part 1 – Modal, Esoteric & Deep Jazz From The Vaults Of Blue Note Records 1962 to 1976 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the legendary Blue Note Records label – the company's strong wave of spiritual jazz material recorded during the 60s and early 70s – extremely fine music that's often eclipsed next to the company's better-known hardbop and funky jazz! As the 60s moved on, Blue Note became an even more open-minded label than before – and not only gave some of its key players the chance to stretch out and really spread their wings – but also brought some younger talents into the mix, who really expanded the vision of the Blue Note sound. Some of the tracks here are from the middle of the decade – and reflect more of the growing interest in modal jazz spurred on by Coltrane, Miles Davis, and others – while some of the later tracks are surprisingly righteous, sometimes political moments from players who would have sounded very different just a few years before. The package is done with the same amazing care and fantastic set list as previous Spiritual Jazz collections from Jazzman – and titles on this first volume include "Verse" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Footprints" by Wayne Shorter, "At This Point In Time" by Elvin Jones, "The Rain" by Eddie Gale, "Poinsettia" by Andrew Hill, "Searchin The Trane" by Bobby Hutcherson, "The Phantom" by Duke Pearson, and "Assunta" by Freddie Hubbard. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz 9 – Blue Notes – Part 2 – Modal, Esoteric & Deep Jazz From The Vaults Of Blue Note Records 1962 to 1976 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the legendary Blue Note Records label – the company's strong wave of spiritual jazz material recorded during the 60s and early 70s – extremely fine music that's often eclipsed next to the company's better-known hardbop and funky jazz! As the 60s moved on, Blue Note became an even more open-minded label than before – and not only gave some of its key players the chance to stretch out and really spread their wings – but also brought some younger talents into the mix, who really expanded the vision of the Blue Note sound. Some of the tracks here are from the middle of the decade – and reflect more of the growing interest in modal jazz spurred on by Coltrane, Miles Davis, and others – while some of the later tracks are surprisingly righteous, sometimes political moments from players who would have sounded very different just a few years before. The package is done with the same amazing care and fantastic set list as previous Spiritual Jazz collections from Jazzman – and titles on this second volume include "El Barrio" by Joe Henderson, "Plight" by Jackie McLean, "Gichi" by Booker Ervin, "Igbesi Aiye" by Solomon Ilori, "Blue Spirits" by Freddie Hubbard, "Cristo Redentor" by Duke Pearson, "The Morning After" by Hank Mobley, "Indian Song" by Wayne Shorter, and "Malaguena" by Pete LaRoca. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Phillip Wilson with Olu DaraEsoteric ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Percussionist Phillip Wilson's got his name on the cover, but the set's a very collaborative outing with trumpeter Olu Dara – recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson with a very free-thinking, open style that bridges both American and European modes of free jazz at the time! Wilson plays both a conventional drum kit and assorted percussion instruments – although not a huge range – and Dara brings a real sense of "voice" to the proceedings, both with his phrasing on the trumpet – often in a gritty, "mouthy" mode – and his occasional vocalizations through the horn – both of which evoke the more spiritual currents of the New York scene in the 70s. There's mindblowingly creative spirit to the music throughout – that best Hat Hut sound from the first few years of the label – and titles include "Call Call The So", "Double Click", "The Chad", "Elephant Bossa", "Olu 1", and "Lester 3". CD
Also available Esoteric ... LP 28.99
 
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Jan AkkermanTalent For Sale ... CD
Imperial/Esoteric (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Rare early solo material from Dutch jazz rock guitar eclecticist/genius Jan Akkerman – a late 60s album released in the Netherlands on Imperial after Akkerman's time in The Hunters and before his work with Brainbox and Focus! It's an early indication of his far reaching tastes and talent – playing in trio format for the most part, with couple bluesy psych jazz gems composed by Jan plus takes on diverse bag of covers including "Bag's Groove", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", "Ode To Billy Joe" and "Green Onions". Original numbers include "Revival Of The Cat" and "Moonbeam". 11 tracks in all. CD

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Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest (3CD & DVD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy 3CD & DVD ... $48.99
The debut album from Barclay James Harvest – a group so cool, EMI named their progressive label Harvest after them! The sound here is maybe a bit more down to earth than some of the other groups on that legendary imprint, but equally heady in every sort of way – as the combo mix surprisingly heartfelt vocals with some proggish inclinations – which are often set in superb larger backings that use strings and other elements with just the right sort of flourish – thanks to the strong efforts of producer Norman Smith, who'd handled similar styles for Pink Floyd and the Pretty Things! Titles include "Taking Some Time On", "Dark Now My Sky", "The Iron Maiden", "Good Love Child", "Mother Dear", "The Sun Will Never Shine", and "When The World Was Woken". CD1 features lots of bonus tracks – including "Early Morning", "Mr Sunshine", "Eden Unobtainable", "Pools Of Blue", "Poor Wages", "Brother Thrush", and "I Can't Go On Without You". CD2 features a new stereo mix of the album and select bonus tracks! CD3 features rare BBC recordings and a very unusual demo track of "Dark Now My Sky". DVD features a 5.1 surround sound of the album and bonus tracks – plus visuals that include the 1968 Mr Sunshine short film. The box also includes a huge 68 page book – with new notes, unseen photos, and more – plus a replica of the poster ad for "Early Morning", postcards, facsimile press releases, and even a version of the 1970 Barclay James Harvest Orchestral Tour program! CD
(DVD is NTSC, Region Free.)

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Be Bop DeluxeSunburst Finish (3CD/DVD set) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy 3CD & DVD ... $64.99
One of the crowning moments of Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe – a set in which it seemed that everything the group was trying for really came together – in a mode that's both tuneful and timeless, and which – a bit like Sparks or 10CC – was slightly out of time with the rest of the rock scene in the 70s! There's a few surprisingly catchy numbers – of the sort that should have made the group even bigger on the international scene – but Nelson also manages to work in lots of keyboard magic, too – in that compressed approach to his prog inclinations, which was always the appeal of the group. The set's neither glam nor punk, nor prog or classic rock – very much its own sort of thing – with titles include "Fair Exchange", "Life In The Air Age", "Ships In The Night", "Crystal Gazing", "Blazing Apostles", and "Beauty Secrets". This deluxe version comes in a 10" case, with a nice booklet of notes – and the first 2CDs feature the original stereo mix, remastered – plus a new 2018 stereo mix – and bonus tracks that include "Ships In The Night (single)", "Beauty Secrets (first version)", "Crying To The Sky (first version)", "Ships In The Night (alt vocal)", "Crystal Gazing (alt vocal)", and "The Mystery Demo". CD3 features 9 more recordings done for BBC in 1976 – some for John Peel, some for BBC In Concert. DVD features a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the old and new versions of the album – plus a promo video for "Ships In The Night", and BBC TV performances of "Ships In The Night" and "Fair Exchange". 68 page book features unseen photos from Bill Nelson's private collection, a new essay by Bill, and even more notes – plus a facsimile concert program, a replica of a Harvest press release, four postcards, and a replica of a promo poster! CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Sunburst Finish (expanded 2CD set) ... CD 15.99

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Be Bop DeluxeSunburst Finish (expanded 2CD set) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
One of the crowning moments of Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe – a set in which it seemed that everything the group was trying for really came together – in a mode that's both tuneful and timeless, and which – a bit like Sparks or 10CC – was slightly out of time with the rest of the rock scene in the 70s! There's a few surprisingly catchy numbers – of the sort that should have made the group even bigger on the international scene – but Nelson also manages to work in lots of keyboard magic, too – in that compressed approach to his prog inclinations, which was always the appeal of the group. The set's neither glam nor punk, nor prog or classic rock – very much its own sort of thing – with titles include "Fair Exchange", "Life In The Air Age", "Ships In The Night", "Crystal Gazing", "Blazing Apostles", and "Beauty Secrets". 2CD version features the original stereo mix, remastered – plus a new 2018 stereo mix – and bonus tracks that include "Ships In The Night (single)", "Beauty Secrets (first version)", "Crying To The Sky (first version)", "Ships In The Night (alt vocal)", "Crystal Gazing (alt vocal)", and "The Mystery Demo". CD
Also available Sunburst Finish (3CD/DVD set) ... CD 64.99

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Sonny BermanJazz immortal 1946 ... LP
Esoteric, 1946. Very Good ... $4.99
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(50s pressing. Cover has a split top & bottom seam.)

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Tim BlakeLighthouse – An Anthology 1973 to 2012 (3CDs/DVD) ... CD
Egg/Esoteric (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 3CD & DVD ... $29.99
A fantastic collection of work from electronic wizard Tim Blake – a set that's a nice counterpart to albums under his own name, as it also features singles, work with other groups, and some rare archive material that's especially nice! CDs 1 and 2 bring together Tim's issued legacy of the 70s, plus bits from later years too – including work with Gong on "The Octave Doctors & The Crystal Machine" and "Other Side Of The Sky", "Surf" with Saratoga Space Messengers, and "Lighthouse" with Hawkwind – plus his own tracks "Midnight", "Synthese Intemporel", "Passage Sur La Cite Des Revelations", "Who's Gonna Win The War", "A Return To The Clouds", "Waiting For Nati", "Jacuzzi Surfing", "Flating", "Byzance (live)", "Absent Friends", and "Tide Of The Century". CD3 features really great archive material – "Ionic Clouds 2", "Psychedelic Springs", "Forteresse/Crystal Mirrors To Infinity", "Oming In", "Mirrors Of Light", "Metro Poly Train", and "Tide Of The Century (live)". DVD features Les Musiciens/Tim Blake – a French TV special from 1979, with four long tracks! CD
(DVD is NTSC, All Region.)

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Fat MattressFat Mattress (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the better moments of the underground scene on Polydor at the end of the 60s – a pretty cool little group led by Noel Redding! There's a few slightly soulful moments on the set that make it nicely appealing to our ears – a bit hippy dippy to be sure, but with some nice drums, good production, and even some guest flute by the legendary Chris Wood. Jimi's shadow will always blot out the excellence of the other members of The Experience, and Fat Mattress is shows had more to offer than outside the harder edged realms of rock. Titles include "Mr Moonshine", "All Night Drinker", "Petrol Pump Assistant", "How Can I Live", "Everything's Blue", and "Bright New Way". This CD edition from Esoteric includes 8 bonus tracks, including rare singles and session tracks: "Naturally", "Iridescent Butterfly", "Magic Forecst", "Little Girl In White", "Eric The Red", "and more. CD

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GryphonRaindances – The Transatlantic Recordings 1973 to 1975 ... CD
Transatlantic/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Gryphon look like real Renaissance men on the cover – and they often sound that way, too – given that some of their instrumentation includes older woodwind instruments like the bassoon and crumhorn! Yet as the group grew, they also quickly picked up more electric elements too – yet still found a way to use these in modes that evoked a much more ancient face of England – in a style that was quite different from the straighter folk of the generation that included Pentangle or Fairport Convention, with a flavor that's maybe a bit like that of the great Jethro Tull album Songs From The Wood – although some of the later work also brings in some surprisingly strong progressive elements. This 2CD set covers the best period of the group's career – early 70s records for Transatlantic, including work from the albums Raindance, Red Queen To Gryphon Three, Gryphon, and Midnight Mushrumps – 30 track that include "Lament", "Second Spasm", "The Astrologer", "Tea Wrecks", "Juniper Suite", "Kemp's Jig", "Touch & Go", "Pastime With Good Company", "The Devil & The Farmer's Wife", "Don't Say Go", "Wallbanger", and "Down The Dog". CD

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Procol HarumLive In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Esoteric (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Procol Harum always had a very heady sound in their music – a mode that was much more complex than their contemporaries, full of these richer currents of sound that matched the deeper ideas in their music! Yet here, they really take things even farther over the top – working with an orchestra in Canada, and turning out these fantastic live versions of some of their grooviest tunes – plus a few surprises as well! Unlike other "with orchestra" presentations, which can sometimes sound a bit schlocky – or have the orchestra carrying the weakening talents of aging musicians – this set captured the group in their prime, and has the amazing voice of Gary Brooker right out front – with rock solid backing from the core group, with Dave Ball on guitar and Chris Copping on plenty of organ – as the orchestrations just underscore their genius in a very effective way. Titles include "A Salty Dog", "Conquistador", "All This & More", "In Held Twas I", and 'Whaling Stories". Features bonus tracks – the b-side track "Luskus Delph" – and rehearsal tracks from the concert of "Salty Dog", "Shine On Brightly", "Simple Sister", and "Luskus Delph". CD
Also available Live In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra ... LP 0.99

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Procol HarumProcol's Ninth (3CD set) ... CD
Chrysalis/Esoteric (UK), 1975. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A hugely expanded version of this record – with two and a half CD's worth of unreleased material! The core record is quite an unusual moment for Procol Harum – still riding strong here onto their ninth album as a group – but also bringing in the legendary production team of Leiber & Stoller to help sharpen their sound! Yet apart from a few well-placed covers, all the genius of Gary Brooker and the group is firmly intact – organ work is maybe trimmed down a little, but his own vocals and piano are tremendous – as is the overall sense of song structure throughout! Titles include "Fool's Gold", "The Unquiet Zone", "Pandora's Box", "Eight Days A Week", "Without A Doubt", "The Piper's Tune", "I Keep Forgetting", and "Typewriter Torment". CD1 also features the original group recordings – pre-Lieber & Stoller – of most of the tracks. CD2 features Live In The USA – 12 tracks recorded in 1975, at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey – and CD3 features Live In The UK – 13 more tracks recorded in 1975 at Leicester University. There's also a huge booklet of notes – and a small poster too. CD

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Procol HarumStill There'll Be More – An Anthology 1967 to 2017 (5CD & 3DVD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy 5CD & 3DVD ... $64.99
A huge career-spanning retrospective of the work of Procol Harum – presented in a set that features material from every single album by the group, including a few of their more obscure later efforts! While most folks might know an early hit or two by Procol Harum, those who are truly in the know understand that these guys never made a bad step – that over the course of many records, they kept on sounding great – and continued to work in that unique melange of styles that can only be called Harum-like, or maybe Procol-ish! There's often an especially compelling sense of rhythm and flow that's balanced alongside Gary Brooker's unique vocals – every bit as powerful later as on "Whiter Shade Of Pale". This 5CD set is amazing – 69 tracks from every single album by the group, plus two live concert – Hollywood Bowl in 1973 and Bournemouth Winter Gardens in 1976 – plus 3DVDs that include 210 minutes of mostly unreleased footage of BBC and German TV appearances from 1967 to 1977. Also features the entire Musikladen recording from 1973 – plus a lavish 68 page illustrated book, a replica poster, and a great box to hold the whole thing. Titles include "Pandora's Box", "The Unquiet Zone", "As Strong As Samson", "For Liquorice John", "Fires Which Burnt Brightly", "Can't Say That", "Grand Hotel", "Conquistador (live)", "The Devil Came From Kansas", "A Salty Dog", "Something Magic", "Strangers In Space", "Homburg", "Cerdes", "Shine On Brightly", "Perpetual Motion", "This World Is Rich", and "Broken Barricades". CD

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Tear GasTear Gas ... CD
Regal Zonophone/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A lost hard rock treasure from Tear Gas – a group who moved on to greater fame as part of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band – but who here show off plenty of incredible chops of their own! The lead guitar is stunning – served up almost effortlessly by Zal Cleminson, with tight, focused fuzz that we'd almost put in Thin Lizzy territory – especially when mixed with the heavy bass of Chris Glen and drums of Eddie McKenna on some of the fiercer numbers. Singer Davey Batchelor gives the whole thing a very different flavor, though – almost with a prog-blue-eyed soul vibe that's not unlike John Wetton at moments, and which really brings a sense of humanity to the record. There's some excellent organ in a few spots too – and titles include "That's What's Real", "Woman For Sale", "The First Time", "Lay It On Me", "I'm Glad", and "Where Is My Answer". CD

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Third Ear BandThird Ear Band's Music From Macbeth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Esoteric (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Shakespeare never sounded so compelling before – given a very cool soundtrack by the Third Ear Band, who were moved to work on this project in collaboration with director Roman Polanski! The music is fantastic away from the film – very different than some of the group's earlier records, and a lot more eerie too – as some of their usual string and reed elements almost take on an electronic vibe in the process! Most tracks are very spacious and open, with the violin and oboe crafting some especially sharp, angular sounds – almost as if the group were let loose in some sort of analogue electronic studio. Titles include "The Beach", "The Banquet", "Dagger & Death", "Bear Baiting", "Groom's Dance", "Prophetics", and "Wicca Way". CD features three bonus tracks from the group's initial foray into the studio for this music! CD

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VariousRevolution – Underground Sounds Of 1968 (3CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1968. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
Mindblowing sounds from the morning after the Summer Of Love – a time when the UK scene really woke up to some vast musical changes – a good number of which are represented in this overstuffed set! The package does a great job of catching that special shift in modes from groups who might have been straighter mod, rock, folk, or R&B just a year or two before – and who now are really letting their hair down (and probably growing it too!) – finding confidence to work out loads of new ideas of their own, and really set the scene for musical modes that would shape the world for the next decade or so! A few of these artists cracked the charts at the time, some might hit fame in the 70s, but most of the acts are those who were part of an underground hip scene from the moment they first recorded – and still stayed that way for many decades to come. The mix of modes here is great – and as always with Cherry Red/Esoteric, there's a nice booklet of notes that really illuminates the music. 52 tracks in all – with work by The Moles, Tomorrow, Caravan, Ten Years After, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Fleetwood Mac, Van Der Graaf Generator, Second Hand, Eyes Of Blue, Eclection, John Martyn, Love Sculpture, Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, Jethro Tull, Giles Giles & Fripp, Pretty Thinbs, Dave Mason, Barclay James Harvest, The Aquarian Age, The Move, Gun, Deep Purple, The Bystanders, Dantalian's Chariot, Blonde On Blonde, Eyes Of Blue, and many more. CD

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✨✧ Atlantic BridgeAtlantic Bridge (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dawn/Esoteric (UK), 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool quartet from the British jazz/rock years – but one who were a lot more jazz-based than some of their contemporaries! These guys are all instrumental, and although a number of their tunes are familiar rock standards from the late 60s, they don't play them like rock tunes at all – and instead used them as freewheeling vehicles for solo exploration –r eally stretching out in a mix of acoustic and electric modes that's mighty nice! Leader Mike McNaught plays both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – and the group also features Daryl Runswick on bass, Mike Travis on drums and percussion, and Jim Philip on some especially great flute, tenor, and soprano sax – the last of which really soars up beautifully next to the Rhodes! The set is maybe a bit in the mode of some of John Klemmer's electrified work from the same time, but also more British too – although not without a fair degree of soul on the keyboards. Titles include "Dreams", "Rosecrans Boulevard", "Something", "Dear Prudence", and "Childhood Room". CD

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✨✧ Charlie ChristianJazz Immortal (10 inch LP) ... LP
Esoteric, Early 40s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal early work from guitarist Charlie Christian – tracks that really preface the development of bop in the 40s – recorded at the birthplace of that movement, the legendary Minton's Playhouse in Harlem! Christian's sense of tone and timing is amazing – even sharper and bolder than his already-famous work with Benny Goodman, laid out here with a deftness that really paves the way for the kind of fast-thinking, fast-moving creativity of bop – in a combo that also includes Thelonious Monk on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums! There's still a bit of older swing style guitar work at points, but Christian's command of single-note lines is definitely bop-like riffing too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – nice and clean! Cover has light wear, and tape on the spine.)

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✨✧ Third Ear BandThird Ear Band – Elements 1970 to 1971 (Third Ear Band/Abelard & Heloise/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning collection of work from Third Ear Band – a set that features their first album, a rare soundtrack, and lots of rare and unusual material too! The set begins with the self-titled Third Ear Band – the amazing debut of one of the most unique groups of the early prog years – as they dropped the electricity of most of their contemporaries, and instead serve up their sounds in a blend of oboe, violin, cello, and percussion – all with really amazing results! There's currents of free jazz in the music at times – especially on the Leroy Jenkins-like violin – but the percussion also grounds the music nicely – and really keeps the whole group tied to the planet with an organic, almost timeless current – a good thing too, as the titles are all based on the elements – "Air", "Earth", "Fire", and "Water". Next is the group's soundtrack for the obscure German film Abelard & Heloise – music that offers up a similar style to the debut album, but with leaner, often more evocative modes that really fit their use in film! CDs 1, 2, and 3 all feature rare bonus material too – titles that include "Earth (take four)", "Water (BBC session)", "Dog Evil (BBC session)", "Sunrise (Abbey Road session)", "Very Fine Far Away (Abbey Road session)", "Dragon Wakes (Abbey Road session)", "Mistress To The Sun (Abbey Road session)", "In D (Abbey Road session)", "Druid One (John Peel session)", "Eternity In D (John Peel session)", and "Evening Awakening (Abbey Road session)". CD

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✨✧ United States Of AmericaUnited States Of America (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Esoteric (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of THE greatest experimental rock albums of the 60s – a landmark effort from a short-lived group that included avant musicians Joe Byrd and Gordon Marron! The group's got a really tremendous sound – part psyche, part electronic, and part folk rock – all put together in a freewheeling style that cares little for genre or convention – and which must have really shook the roots of Columbia Records when they submitted the tape for this set! The instrumentation on the set should be enough to pop your cork – as the group uses ring modulator, electric drums, electric harpsichord, organ, calliope, and other early electronic instruments – but their sound is topped off with some really beautiful vocals from singer Dorothy Moskowitz, adding a light touch that really makes for a strange juxtaposition! The lyrics are a bit poetic and trippy – in a good way – and titles include "The American Metaphysical Circus", "Garden Of Earthly Delights", and "Cloud Song". CD includes 10 bonus tracks – including "Perry Pier", "Tailor Man", "Do You Follow Me", "You Can Never Come Down", "Osamu's Birthday", "No Love To Give", "Mouse", "Heresy", and an alternative version of "The American Metaphysical Circus". CD
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✨✧ Tim BlakeBlake's New Jerusalem (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Egg/Esoteric (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Tim Blake looks like he's sitting at the helm of a spaceship on the cover – and in a way, that's what his music was at the time – a way of taking off to the skies on waves of electronics, in the kinds of sounds that Blake first created in his Crystal Machine project, but which have an even sharper focus here! The album's got more vocals than Tim's previous effort, and in a way that's what really sets it apart from the rest – as Blake's got this warmly positive approach that would be at home in progressive folk, but which here comes across with a very unique style – given the mostly electronic setting of the album! All the banks of knobs, slides, and keys pictured on the cover are used to strongly skillful effect – on titles that include "Generator", "Passage Sur La Cite", "New Jerusalem", "Song For A New Age", and "Lighthouse". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ GreensladeBedside Manners Are Extra (CD & DVD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Esoteric, 1973. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
A 70s gem from Greenslade – a record that's filled with keyboard lines that really soar, thanks to leader Dave Greenslade – and vocals from Dave Lawson, who almost seems to have the same sort of energy as a young Freddie Mercury! The mix of elements here is great – at a level that should have made Greenslade much bigger at the time, as they really come on with a topshelf performance that rivals the best of this crossover prog generation. The drums are fantastic, too – really setting a solid ground while the organ and other keyboards soar over the top. Titles include "Pilgrim's Progress", "Drum Folk", "Sunkissed You're Not", "Chalk Hill", "Time To Dream", and "Bedside Manners Are Extra". CD features bonus tracks – "Time To Dream", "Bedside Manners Are Extra", and "Pilgrim's Progress" – all recorded on BBC on October 31, 1973. DVD features a Greenslade promo film by Warner in 1973 – with the tracks "Melange", "Temple Song", and "Drowning Man" – plus Old Grey Whistle Test performances of "Pilgrim's Progress" and "Bedside Manners" from 1973. CD

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✨✧ GreensladeGreenslade (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Esoteric (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The debut album from Greenslade – a set that's as sprawling and dynamic as its famous cover image from Roger Dean! Dean gives the whole package a bit of a Yes-like vibe – and there's definitely that sort of inspiration going on here – a really sharp, well-played mix of the keyboards of leader Dave Greenslade with fierce work on bass and drums – both handled with a fantastic sense of changes, and a driving force that never gets lost in itself or overindulgent! At a time when some prog groups were getting too darn proggy, these guys really stay the course – and are given fantastic guidance in the vocals of Dave Lawson – a really distinct singer who should have had a much bigger audience at the time. About as great as you can get for a record like this – with tracks that include "Temple Song", "Sundance", "Feathered Friends", "An English Western", and "Drowning Man". 2CD version features a whole set of live material recorded for the BBC – titles that include "Feathered Friends", "Melange", "Temple Song", "An English Western", and "Drowning Man". CD

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✨✧ GreensladeSpyglass Guest (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Esoteric (UK), 1974. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic keyboards from Dave Greenslade – a UK progger we'd have to put right up there with Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson for his skills on the keys! And at some level, on this album Dave hews closer to the core sound of the best prog years than Wakeman or Emerson might have been doing in 1974 – still very much awash in unusual time changes and fast shifts in tone and style – but all while keeping his music nicely focused overall! In other words, the keyboards are amazing, but never too in love with themselves to get lost in jamming – while Dave also sings a bit alongside his Fender Rhodes, clavinet, Arp, and organ – and gets strong help from the mighty drummer Andrew McCullough, whose deftness also keeps things moving – with other work from Clem Clempson and Andy Roberts on guitars, and Tony Reeves on bass. Titles include "Spirit Of The Dance", "Red Light", "Siam Seesaw", "Theme For An Imaginary Western", "Melancholic Race", "Joie De Vivre", and "Little Red Fry Up". 2CD set features 8 more bonus live tracks – all recorded for the BBC, and never issued before! CD

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✨✧ Hatfield & The NorthRotter's Club (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Virgin/Esoteric (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A seminal bit of jazz rock from the UK scene of the early 70s – and one of the key albums in the early years of the Virgin label! Hatfield & The North were a great combo in the post-Canterbury mode – and featured sublime guitars from Phil Miller, plus percussion from Pip Pyle, bass from Richard Sinclair, and organ and electric keys from Dave Stewart. Given that the group is mostly instrumental, their style is really more jazz-based than some of their contemporaries on the scene – who'd often throw in a cheesy lyric at just the wrong time – and overall, the album's got the same subtle brilliance as Miller's other albums on Virgin done with Lol Coxhill. There's perhaps a bit more jamming here, but never too over the top – and always in a way that lets the space of the sound take equal presence next to the actual music. Titles include "Mumps", "Chaos At The Greasy Spoon", "Share It", "Lounging There Trying", "Didn't Matter Anyway", "Fitter Stoke Has A Bath", and "Underdub". This CD version includes 3 bonus tracks: "Halfway Between Heaven & Earth" (full version), "Oh, Len's Nature" (live) and "Lything And Gracing" (live). CD

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✨✧ Chris SquireFish Out Of Water (2CD edition – new stereo mix/original stereo mix remastered/bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Esoteric (UK), 1975. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Yes albums of the 70s – even if it isn't a Yes album at all! Instead, the set's a stunning solo project from bassist Chris Squire – and a record that shows just how much his talents were to the sound of Yes as a whole! The album's got a vibe that's very much like the best Yes records of the early days – including Fragile, Close To The Edge, and Yes – and the changes and sharpness of the tunes are mindblowing – driven strongly by Squire's bass, and filled with fantastic touches from Bill Bruford on drums, Patrick Moraz on keyboards, and some especially great work on saxes from Mel Collins – who you might know from work with King Crimson. Chris also sings, and sounds pretty darn wonderful – with a bit of processing that expands his voice a bit, almost in Jon Anderson modes. Titles include "Hold Out Your Hand", "You By My Side", "Silently Falling", "Safe", and "Lucky Seven". This great package features a brand new stereo mix of the album, a re-mastered version of the original stereo mix, and bonus tracks that include "Run With The Fox" and "Return Of The Fox", done with Alan White – plus single mixes of "Lucky Seven", and "Silently Falling". CD
Also available Fish Out Of Water ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Procol HarumExotic Birds & Fruit (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chrysalis/Esoteric (UK), 1974. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Procol Harum were one of those groups who continued to sound amazing, even way past their initial hits – as you'll discover here on this wonderful gem from 1974! The album's got everything we love in the group very firmly in place – that strange mix of blues roots and drama, fused with loads of great organ and piano lines, and topped with the always-unique vocals of Gary Brooker – a singer who can make even the simplest lyric sound wonderful, but always without ever overstating his case! The balance is hard to describe in words, but it's perfectly Procol-like throughout – on well-penned, well-produced tracks that include "Beyond The Pale", "Nothing But The Truth", "The Idol", "Thin End Of The Wedge", "New Lamps For Old", "Butterfly Boys", and "As Strong As Sampson". 3CD set features an insane amount of material – the bonus tracks "Drunk Again" and "As Strong As Sampson (alt mix)" – plus an 11 track BBC Radio One concert, recorded at the Hippodrome on March 22, 1974 – and a 13 track "live in studio" set recorded in Dallas on July 5, 1974. CD

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✨✧ Procol HarumGrand Hotel (CD/DVD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chrysalis/Esoteric (UK), 1973. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
Procol Harum check into the Grand Hotel – and check out with one of their greatest albums ever! The set's got that majestic sound that was the group's strongest point – a strange mix of the very personal vocals of Gary Brooker and the expansive blend of piano, organ, and guitar that the group often sent soaring to the skies – augmented here with some perfect use of strings and chorus – never too heavy, but all fused perfectly with the core energy of the sextet! In fact, it's that sense of compression – of folding everything together so well – that really makes the group so great, and such an important precursor for so many acts that were beginning to blossom in the UK scene, using a similar approach in different ways. Yet it's that Gary Brooker/Keith Reid sense of songwriting that still sets these guys apart from anyone else – as you'll hear on titles that include "Grand Hotel", "Tojours L'Amour", "TV Caesar", "A Souvenir Of London", "Robert's Box", "Fires", "For Liquorice John", and "A Rum Tale". Bonus tracks include "Grand Hotel (without orchestra)", and Dave Ball-era recordings of "Bringing Home The Bacon", "Robert's Box", "Tojours L'Amour", and "Fires". DVD features a fantastic Belgian TV special from November of 1973 – with 9 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Procol HarumLive In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (180 gram pressing – with bonus 7" single) ... LP
A&M/Esoteric (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Procol Harum always had a very heady sound in their music – a mode that was much more complex than their contemporaries, full of these richer currents of sound that matched the deeper ideas in their music! Yet here, they really take things even farther over the top – working with an orchestra in Canada, and turning out these fantastic live versions of some of their grooviest tunes – plus a few surprises as well! Unlike other "with orchestra" presentations, which can sometimes sound a bit schlocky – or have the orchestra carrying the weakening talents of aging musicians – this set captured the group in their prime, and has the amazing voice of Gary Brooker right out front – with rock solid backing from the core group, with Dave Ball on guitar and Chris Copping on plenty of organ – as the orchestrations just underscore their genius in a very effective way. Titles include "A Salty Dog", "Conquistador", "All This & More", "In Held Twas I", and 'Whaling Stories". LP, Vinyl record album
(Also comes with a bonus 7" single – a replica of the rare French pic sleeve 45 with "Conquistador" and "Salty Dog".)
Also available Live In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra ... LP 0.99

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✨✧ Atlantic BridgeAtlantic Bridge (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dawn/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool quartet from the British jazz/rock years – but one who were a lot more jazz-based than some of their contemporaries! These guys are all instrumental, and although a number of their tunes are familiar rock standards from the late 60s, they don't play them like rock tunes at all – and instead used them as freewheeling vehicles for solo exploration –r eally stretching out in a mix of acoustic and electric modes that's mighty nice! Leader Mike McNaught plays both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – and the group also features Daryl Runswick on bass, Mike Travis on drums and percussion, and Jim Philip on some especially great flute, tenor, and soprano sax – the last of which really soars up beautifully next to the Rhodes! The set is maybe a bit in the mode of some of John Klemmer's electrified work from the same time, but also more British too – although not without a fair degree of soul on the keyboards. Titles include "Dreams", "Rosecrans Boulevard", "Something", "Dear Prudence", and "Childhood Room". CD

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✨✧ Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The debut album from Barclay James Harvest – a group so cool, EMI named their progressive label Harvest after them! The sound here is maybe a bit more down to earth than some of the other groups on that legendary imprint, but equally heady in every sort of way – as the combo mix surprisingly heartfelt vocals with some proggish inclinations – which are often set in superb larger backings that use strings and other elements with just the right sort of flourish – thanks to the strong efforts of producer Norman Smith, who'd handled similar styles for Pink Floyd and the Pretty Things! Titles include "Taking Some Time On", "Dark Now My Sky", "The Iron Maiden", "Good Love Child", "Mother Dear", "The Sun Will Never Shine", and "When The World Was Woken". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Early Morning", "Mr Sunshine", "Eden Unobtainable", "Pools Of Blue", "Poor Wages", "Brother Thrush", and "I Can't Go On Without You". CD
Also available Barclay James Harvest (3CD & DVD set) ... CD 48.99

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✨✧ Curved AirAir Cut ... CD
Warner/Esoteric (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the last musical moments from Curved Air – and a record that really has the group changed up in the short time since their debut! The lineup here is different than the founding quintet, but benefits very strongly from the presence of a young Eddie Jobson – a creative talent who's just at the start of his career here, but adds in some fantastic keyboards and electric violin – with an intensity that adds a whole new layer of sound to the group, and maybe makes them even more instrumentally expressive than on their previous record. The great Martin Rushnet produced, and has a forward-thinking ear for their sound here – which sets the album apart from the prog pack – and titles include "Metamorphosis", "The Purple Speed Queen", "Armin", "UHF", "Two Three Two", "Easy", and "Elfin Boy". CD

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✨✧ Curved AirAirconditioning (picture disc) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Warner/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The debut album from Curved Air – a group who had a decidedly different take on the proggish styles of the start of the 70s! For one thing, the group took their name from a Terry Riley tune – already showing their higher consciousness when it came to music – and the lineup also features a young Francis Monkman and Darry Way – the former an artist who'd soon do some great sound library and soundtrack work on the UK scene, the latter a violinist who'd continue to find new spaces for his instrument in years to come! The use of Way's violin is a great addition to the sound here – as he carves out these lean lines next to the more flowing vocals of singer Sonja Kristina – who's got a style that's almost a proggish adaptation of folk modes from a few years before – while the rest of the group comes in with the more expected guitar, keyboards, and drums – but almost always at a level that remains fresh and distinct. Titles include "Hide & Seek", "It Happened Today", "Stretch", "Screw", "Blind Man", "Vivaldi", and "Situations". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ NirvanaBlack Flower (aka Dedicated To Markos 3) ... CD
Island/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant work from Nirvana – a duo who bring together so many wonderful elements of late 60s Brit pop – from weird trippy touches to tuneful melodies to superb full arrangements – handled here by giants Mike Vickers, Johnny Scott, and Tony Visconti! There's a bounce and a push to all the cuts here – tunes that might be self-indulgent or too weird in other hands, but which bristle with catchy, creative energy throughout – of the sort that should have made these guys huge at the time – and which certainly should have earned them a bigger place on our side of the Atlantic! We love this stuff in the way we like Donovan with Mickie Most, or maybe late 60s Hollies – but Nirvana is weirder than both – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Illinois", "The World Is Cold Without You", "Christopher Lucifer", "Aline Cherie", "Tres Tres Bien", "It Happened To Sundays Ago", "Love Suite", and "Black Flower". CD features bonus tracks – the Unreleased "Illinois (take 2)" and "Love Suite (take 2 inst)" – plus "We Can Make It Through", "June", and "Taxi". CD

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✨✧ Second HandDeath May Be Your Santa Claus (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mushroom/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing little record that seems completely unto itself – born in that incredible early 70s moment when the UK was overflowing with elements of prog, psych, and hard rock – but served up here by a group who seem to take their own path right from the start! The instrumentation is incredible deft – drums and basslines that could be funk, if they weren't so complex – turned instead towards these fast-moving rhythmic lines that are completely explosive – and intersected at angles by the work on organ and mellotron – and crossed at another angle by the mad vocals of Rob Elliott! There's a musical sophistication here that might put these guys somewhere in the Zappa or King Crimson side of the spectrum – but the songs have a more straightforward, organic appeal overall. Titles include "Death May Be Your Santa Claus", "Cyclops", "Take To The Skies", "Take To The Skies", and "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi". Bonus tracks include "Dip It Out Of The Bog Fred", "Funeral", and "Baby R U Anudder Monster". CD

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✨✧ SpiritIt Shall Be – The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968 to 1972 (Spirit/Family That Plays Together/Model Shop/Clear/12 Dreams/Feedback/bonus tracks) (5CD set) ... CD
Ode/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic run of music from Spirit – one of the most distinct groups of their generation – able to come up with some big hits that charted on radio, but also work with an instrumental depth that would put most of their contemporaries to shame! The group have a sonic breadth that's amazing – able to interweave strands of rock, folk, and a bit of jazz – but a lot more polish than other efforts of its type, and which trades a bit of psychedelic indulgence for a tighter focus that really lets the best tunes sparkle wonderfully! Production is great – clear, but trippy at the same time – as sensitive to the sonic elements at the core, while also letting the occasional lyrical hook fly free. This package brings together all the genius of the group's early years in one place – as it features the full albums Spirit, The Family That Plays Together, Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus, Clear, and Feedback – plus their amazing soundtrack for the Jaques Demy film Model Shop – which may well be worth of the price of the box alone! The box also features 12 tracks from the Time Circle collection with 1991 mixes, plus a mono mix of the whole Spirit album, bonus tracks "Rougher Road", "1984", "Fuller Brush Man", "Fog", "Coral", "Sweet Stella Baby", "So Little To Say", "Red Light Roll On", "Mellow Fellow", "Veruska", "Free Spirit", "If I Had A Woman", "Now Or Anywhere", "Space Chile", and lots more. All in a special box, with a nice booklet of notes too! CD
 
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CzarfaceDog Days Of Tomorrow (7 inch EP plus comic book) (2018 Black Friday Release) ... 7-inch
Silver Age, 2018. New Copy (pic cover)... $20.99
Nice 4 track 7 inch single by 7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck's Czarface project – packaged a great 20-page comic book by Marvel illustrator Mike Del Mundo! Titles include "Czarface Theme", "Who's A Good Boy", "Czar In Action" & "End Title". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition!)

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Czarface & Ghostface KillaCzarface Meets Ghostface ... CD
Silver Age, 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A thematic rap triumph from the hip hop superhero team of Czarface – already a veritable supergroup featuring Boston underground veterans 7L & Esoteric with the Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck – bringing in Wu MVP Ghostface Killah for the unsurprisingly massive Czarface Meets Ghostface! One of the standout facets of the Czarface project since the beginning is they way 7L, Esoteric and Inspectah Deck roll with the comic book hero theme without overdoing it in a way that pushes the thematic vibe into gimmickry – major props to 7L for laying down fuzzy funk beats and comic book action in a way that's action-packed larger than life, yet succinct and on target – and doesn't hurt bring in some of the best rappers in the game on each successive effort. Includes "Back At Ringside", "Face Off", "Iron Claw", "Czarcade '87", "Powers & Stuff", "Masked Superstars", "The King Heard Voices", "Listen To The Color", "Mongolian Beef" and "(Post Credits Scene)". CD
Also available Czarface Meets Ghostface ... LP 21.99

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Czarface & Ghostface KillahCzarface Meets Ghostface ... LP
Silver Age, 2019. New Copy ... $21.99 24.98
A thematic rap triumph from the hip hop superhero team of Czarface – already a veritable supergroup featuring Boston underground veterans 7L & Esoteric with the Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck – bringing in Wu MVP Ghostface Killah for the unsurprisingly massive Czarface Meets Ghostface! One of the standout facets of the Czarface project since the beginning is they way 7L, Esoteric and Inspectah Deck roll with the comic book hero theme without overdoing it in a way that pushes the thematic vibe into gimmickry – major props to 7L for laying down fuzzy funk beats and comic book action in a way that's action-packed larger than life, yet succinct and on target – and doesn't hurt bring in some of the best rappers in the game on each successive effort. Includes "Back At Ringside", "Face Off", "Iron Claw", "Czarcade '87", "Powers & Stuff", "Masked Superstars", "The King Heard Voices", "Listen To The Color", "Mongolian Beef" and "(Post Credits Scene)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Czarface Meets Ghostface ... CD 14.99

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Czarface & MF DoomCzarface Meets Metal Face ... LP
Silver Age, 2018. New Copy ... $21.99 24.98
The Czarface team of Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck and Boston underground hip hop heavyweights 7L & Esoteric are joined by the one-and-only MF Doom – a bonafide supergroup – and one of the finest comic book/sci-fi rap records since Madvillainy! Each one of these characters is so brilliant at their best, this record would've been a lot of fun even of they were just winging it – but it's actually pretty A-Game – with big, boisterous beats and clever samples and pretty deft rhymes throughout! Includes "Take Your Medicine", "Meddle With Metal", "Badness Of Madness", "Close Talker" (impressively riffing on a postpunk track by Wire), "Forever People", "Captain Crunch", "Don't Spoil It", "Phantoms" with Open Mike Eagle, "Bomb Thrown", "You Masked For It", "Nautical Depth", "MF Czar", "Sleeping Dogs" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jedi Mind TricksViolent By Design (deluxe edition with DVD) ... CD
Babygrande, 2000. Used CD & DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Jedi Mind Tricks get help here from all corners of the underground including Mr Lif, Bahamadia, Mr Len, Sean Price,Tragedy Khadafi, J Treds, Esoteric, Virtuoso and more. 25 tracks in all, including "Speech Cobras", "Words From Mr. Len, Part One" and "Part Two", "Deer Hunter", "I Against I" and "Trinity". CD
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✨✧ Ras G & The Afrikan Space ProgramDance Of The Cosmos EP ... LP
Akashic, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ras G's deft hand at blending cosmic dancefloor beatcraft, instrumental hip hop and African percussion grooves is as incredible as ever on this tight EP – bringing in some timeless Chicago & Detroit house inspired vibes, too! Ras matches the other players in the LA underground for jazz, funk, Afro-eclecticism, but if some of the murkier and more esoteric elements of some of his peers on labels like Brainfeeder don't do it for you, Ras's sound seduces pied piper style, luring us in with a seductive vibe that's hard to shake free of, not that we want to! Includes "Dance Of The Cosmos", "Long Gone", "Harambee 2 The Sun", "Great Black Music" and closing poem by Ka'Lynn Youngblood, "Push It Along". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sonar Senghor Ak Sicco YiAfrican Tribal Music & Dances ... LP
Counterpoint, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Drums and chants – pretty sparely recorded, as if the record were done somewhere out in the wilds of Africa, but most likely recorded in the wilds of Hollywood! Tracks are of varying length – and the overall sound is pretty nice. Titles include "Miva", "Changoo", "Sabar", "Ndolo", "Sammsamounn", and "Sougnou Mbtaye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Counterpoint/Esoteric pressing.)

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✨✧ Army Of PharaohsJedi Mind Tricks Presents Army Of Pharaohs – The Torture Papers (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Babygrande, 2005. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The full length arrival of the supergroup Army Of Pharaohs – presented by Jedi Mind Tricks – featuring Esoteric, Celph Titled, Apathy, King Syze, Crypt The Warchild, Vinnie Paz, Chief Kamachi and others! It's the right mix of epic and raw – each MC bringing grit and precision, the production no a no nonsense platter of beats and samples, often with bits of soulful strings in the mix that give a soul cinema vibe. It holds up, too! Tracks include "Battle Cry" feat Apathy, King Syze, Esoteric & others, "Gorillas" feat Crypt The Warchild, Esoteric, Apathy & Planetary, "Henry The 8th" feat Vinnie Paz, Chief Kamachi, Reef The Lost & others, "Pull The Pins Out" feat Celph Titled & Esoteric, "Torture Papers" feat Celph Titled, Planetary and Apathy, "All Shall Perish" feat Chief Kamachi, King Syze and Vinnie Paz, "King Among Kings" feat Chief Kamachi, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric and Celph Titled, and more! LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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