Welcome To the Citadel - Marc Brierley

Welcome To the Citadel
•    Marc Brierley was a talented folk artist who made his name as a singer-songwriter during the second half of the Sixties.

•    After making an EP in 1966 for Transatlantic, Marc signed with CBS for two albums, Welcome To The Citadel (1968) and Hello (1969), helped by some of the best musicians on the circuit. Both are now prized collector’s items by fans of the Acid Folk era.

•    This welcome reissue of Marc’s debut album Welcome To The Citadel is swelled by a dozen bonus tracks: all five tracks from Marc’s self-titled Transatlantic EP, the stand-alone CBS single from 1969, ‘Stay A Little Longer Merry Ann’/’Flaxen Hair’, and five hitherto unheard home demos.

•    Marc Brierley has written new sleeve-notes for this overdue reissue of a cult classic.

•    Boasts the original cover art by painter Ron Henderson, who was also responsible for the psychedelic liquid light shows for Pink Floyd and others at the UFO club.

N.B. This album is released August 25 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:


1.    THE ANSWER IS
2.    VAGABOND OF SLEEP
3.    MATCHBOX MEN
4.    OVER THE HILLS
5.    SYMPHONY
6.    TAKE ME FOR A RIDE ON YOUR AEROPLANE
7.    WELCOME TO THE CITADEL
8.    HOLD ON, HOLD ON, THE GARDEN SURE LOOKS GOOD SPREAD ON THE FLOOR
9.    AUTOGRAPH OF TIME (AFTER ALL THE HEAT WAS HUNG)
10.    SUNLIGHT SLEEPER’S SONG
11.    MAKING LOVE
12.    TIME ITSELF
13.    AND WHO WOULD BUT THINK
14.    THOUGHTS & SOUNDS

BONUS TRACKS
15.    A TIME FOR LOVE
16.    DRAGONFLY
17.    ARCTIC CITY
18.    REL'S SONG
19.    IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW
20.    STAY A LITTLE LONGER MERRY ANN
21.    FLAXEN HAIR
22.    GODSPEED *
23.    PHOENIX *
24.    POWERS OF GLORY *
25.    HEAR ME CALLING *
26.    DON'T LET THE BUGS BITE *

* = previously unissued Demo
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Transformation (The Speed Of Love)
•    NEWLY REMASTERED EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC 1976 PROGRESSIVE / JAZZ ROCK ALBUM
•    WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK AND NEW LINER NOTES

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic jazz rock album "Transformation (The Speed of Love)” by DAVID SANCIOUS & TONE. An accomplished guitarist and keyboard player, Sancious first came to prominence as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band in the early 1970s, appearing on Springsteen’s first three albums before opting to pursue a solo career. He formed the group Tone in 1974 with drummer Ernest Carter (a fellow ex- Springsteen musician) and bass player Gerald Carboy. With Springsteen’s assistance Sancious secured a contract with Epic Records that year and recorded the album "Forest of Feelings” soon after.

The second album "Transformation (The Speed of Love)” was released in 1976 and followed the form of Sancious’ debut album, drawing on Progressive and Jazz Rock influences. Produced by Sancious and Bruce Botnik, "Transformation” featured the epic side-long title track and was another excellent work. "Transformation” enjoyed a fleeting appearance on CD and has long been unavailable. This Esoteric Recordings release has been newly re-mastered and features a booklet that fully restores the original album artwork and includes a new essay by Sid Smith.

NB: This title is released July 28 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

1.    PIKTOR’S METAMORPHOSIS
2.    SKY CHURCH HYMN #9
3.    THE PLAY AND DISPLAY OF THE HEART
4.    TRANSFORMATION (THE SPEED OF LOVE)
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Reaffirmation: An Anthology 1971-1973 2CD
•    A NEW REMASTERED TWO CD ANTHOLOGY BY HELP YOURSELF
•    FEATURING TRACKS FROM EVERY ALBUM ISSUED BY UNITED ARTISTS AND A RARE SINGLE
•    BOOKLET WITH NEW ESSAY BY MICHAEL HEATLEY

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of "Reaffirmation”, a comprehensive anthology by the unsung heroes of British early 70s rock, HELP YOURSELF. Help Yourself was formed in London in 1970, originally as a backing band for singer-songwriter MALCOLM MORLEY and took their influences from American West Coast Country and Acid Rock. After Morley signed to the Famepushers management stable, his manager John Eichler suggested Morley form a new band and HELP YOURSELF was born. Featuring Malcolm Morley (guitars, keyboards, vocals), former Sam Apple Pie member Dave Charles (drums, percussion, vocals), Richard Treece (guitars, vocals, harmonica) and Ken Whaley (bass), the band signed to United Artists in 1970 and their eponymous debut album was issued in 1971.

Following a tour with label mates Brinsley Schwarz and Ernie Graham (also Famepushers artists), Ken Whaley departed the band. An expanded line-up including Ernie Graham and Jonathan Glemser began work on the album "Strange Affair” in 1972, but Graham and Glemser’s departure half-way through the recording saw roadie Paul Burton join the band to complete the album, (which would include the excellent extended track ‘The All Electric Fur Trapper’). The band embarked on a tour of Switzerland with Welsh rock legends Man and a bond formed between the two groups. The band’s "Beware the Shadow” was an even stronger effort, featuring the Help’s twelve-minute anthem, ‘Reaffirmation’, a track that displayed the instrumental excellence of the group. Prior to a tour to promote their most recent album Malcolm Morley fell ill with depression and Deke Leonard, recently dismissed from Man, took his place. When Morley recovered, Leonard remained with the band, appearing with them on the "Christmas at the Patti” concert in December 1972. In early 1973 Deke Leonard departed the band to pursue a solo career and the band began work on the album "Happy Days”, a record that also featured The Flying Aces and Vivian "Spiv’ Morris. Paul Burton’s departure during these sessions saw Ken Whaley return to the band. Work then commenced on another album, "the Return of Ken Whaley”. Both albums were released as a package by United Artists later that year. Although critically acclaimed, commercial success continued to elude the band and in August 1973 Help Yourself disbanded, with Malcolm Morley and Ken Whaley joining Man in 1974 for their album "Winos, Rhinos and Lunatics”.

Forty years on, HELP YOURSELF is now regarded as one of the great, unsung British bands of their era. This anthology gathers together the essential tracks from all of their albums released by United Artists, newly re-mastered from the original master tapes. It features a booklet with essay by Michael Heatley and is a tribute to their genius.

NB: This title is released July 28 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE

1.    RUNNING DOWN DEEP
2.    I MUST SEE JESUS FOR MYSELF
3.    PAPER LEAVES
4.    OLD MAN
5.    DEBORAH
6.    STREET SONGS

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "HELP YOURSELF”

7.    STRANGE AFFAIR
8.    BROWN LADY
9.    HEAVEN ROW
10.    THE ALL ELECTRIC FUR TRAPPER
11.    DEANNA CALL AND SCOTTY
12.    MANY WAYS OF MEETING

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "STRANGE AFFAIR”

13.    ALABAMA LADY
14.    REAFFIRMATION
15.    PASSING THROUGH

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "BEWARE THE SHADOW”

DISC TWO

1.    SHE’S MY GIRL
2.    AMERICAN MOTHER

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "BEWARE THE SHADOW”

3.    MOMMY WON’T BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
4.    JOHNNY B. GOODE
(SPACE TRUCK & THE FREIGHT YARD MARSHALLS, FEATURING MARTIN ACE, SEAN TYLA, & THE HELPLESS ELVES)

A & B SIDES OF SINGLE

5.    CANDY KANE
6.    WHO KILLED PARADISE?
7.    IT HAS TO BE
8.    MAN, WE’RE GLAD TO KNOW YOU
9.    BLOWN AWAY

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "THE RETURN OF KEN WHALEY”

10.    VIRGINIA
11.    I’VE GOT BEAUTIFUL YOU

TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "HAPPY DAYS”
ALBUM GIVEN AWAY FREE WITH "THE RETURN OF KEN WHALEY”

12.    EDDIE WARING (LIVE)

WITH DEKE LEONARD AND B.J. COLE
TAKEN FROM THE ALBUM "CHRISTMAS AT THE PATTI”

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Disco Kicks: The Complete Moby Dick Recordings
•    Arriving at the tail end of the disco era The Boys Town Gang, somewhat belatedly summed up everything daring and subversive that the golden age of dance had been known for.  The brainchild of San Franciscan DJ/producer Bill Motley, the Boys Town Gang were a hastily assembled fictitious group in the classic industry mould of Shalamar.

•    The group’s first release contained two tracks that instantly became underground club classics. A discofied medley of the two early solo Diana Ross hits ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘Remember Me’ immediately opened doors for the group when it appeared on DJ set lists all over the USA in 1981. But the powerhouse track turned out to be on the flipside. ‘Cruisin’ The Streets’ had a new sound that set it apart from any disco record before it. With lead vocals by Cynthia Manley the song was overtly sexual and homoerotic.

•    When ‘Cruisin’ The Streets’ became a massive international club hit a permanent group was formed featuring vocalist Jackson Moore replacing Manley. The newly formed trio’s biggest hit was their discofied cover of the Andy Williams hit ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ which landed them a top ten UK hit in 1982. Further disco and Hi-NRG covers of soul classics such as ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours’ and ‘When Will I See You Again’ gave the group several club hits with guest vocals by the likes of Marlena Shaw, Debbie Jacobs, The Weather Girls and Sylvester.

•    HOT SHOT RECORDS is very proud to present the first ever complete anthology of THE BOYS TOWN GANG where the original Moby Dick master tapes have been used.

•    Released as a double CD collection in a super jewel case, this anthology is a must for all 80’s Pop, Disco and Hi-NRG fans.

N.B. This album is released August 4 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:

DISC ONE

1.    REMEMBER ME/AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH SUITE
2.    CRUISIN' THE STREETS
3.    YOU'RE THE ONE
4.    DISCO KICKS
5.    CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
6.    SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) –
(PREVOUSLY UNRELEASED LONG VERSION
7.    COME AND GET YOUR LOVE
8.    I JUST CAN'T HELP BELIEVING
9.    HERE I AM (WAITING FOR YOU) (EARLY VERSION – MARLENA SHAW VOCAL) - PREVOUSLY UNRELEASED VERSION

DISC TWO
1.    YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY
2.    BRAND NEW ME/IN AND OUT OF LOVE
3.    HERE I AM (WAITING FOR YOU)
4.    A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND
5.    WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN
6.    DANCE TRANCE MEDLEY
7.    REMEMBER ME/AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH (1981 12” DISCO REMIX)
8.    DISCO KICKS (1981 12” DISCO REMIX)
9.    CRUISIN' THE STREETS (1981 INSTRUMENTAL DISCO REMIX)
10.    CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU (JAZZ VERSION)
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Platinum Hook: Expanded Edition
•    PLATINUM HOOK was a slick R&B/Funk combo who released three albums on Motown between 1978 and 1983. Having signed to the label for their debut eponymous release in 1978, PLATINUM HOOK offered up a smooth and engaging R&B/Funk sound that more than matched their label mates and other rivals of the time.

•    Produced by keyboardist, songwriter and arranger Greg Wright, a mainstay of the Motown organization through the 70's having worked with Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Thelma Houston, Switch and Jermaine Jackson, PLATINUM HOOK's debut is an album of great depth and variety proving that the polished and professional studio tricks of the time still left room for plenty of grit.

•    PLATINUM HOOK opens with the tight club groove ‘Bittersweet,’ a horn and synth led track that introduces the groups lead vocalists Tina Renee Stanford and Stephen Daniels to blistering effect. Track 2 is an excellent cover of Shotgun's mid-tempo funk jam from the previous year, "Hotline.” ‘'Til I Met You’ and ‘Lover What You've Done (To Me)’ are both smooth soul ballads that still bring the funk into the rhythms and help round out the albums overall sound. ‘Standing On The Verge (Of Getting It On),’ a cover of the Funkadelic classic, can hold its head up high to the original. Both ‘Hooked For Life’ and ‘Gotta Find A Woman’ are soulful mid-tempo grooves with an emphasis on the slick harmonies. Closing track ‘City Life’ is a full on high-tempo Disco/Soul number leaving you breathless, but gasping for more.

•    BBR is very proud to present PLATINUM HOOK, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco fans.

N.B. This album is released August 11 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:

1.    BITTERSWEET
2.    HOTLINE
3.    TIL' I MET YOU
4.    STANDING ON THE VERGE (OF GETTING IT ON)
5.    HOOKED FOR LIFE
6.    LOVER WHAT YOU'VE DONE (TO ME)
7.    GOTTA FIND A WOMAN
8.    CITY LIFE

BONUS TRACKS
9.    STANDING ON THE VERGE (OF GETTING IT ON) (Single Version)
10.    GOTTA FIND A WOMAN (Single Version)
11.    LOVER WHAT YOU'VE DONE (TO ME) (Single Version)

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Down To Love Town: Expanded Edition
•    Formed in 1966, THE ORIGINALS worked as studio backup singers at Motown and featured on tracks such as ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ by Jimmy Ruffin, ‘For Once In My Life’ by Stevie Wonder and Edwin Starr’s politically fuelled jam, ‘War.’ The original Originals were made up of four singers, the group's baritone and founder Walter Gaines, tenors Hank Dixon and C.P. Spencer (an original member of The Spinners) and also bass singer, Freddie Gorman, who was one of the writers of ‘Please Mr. Postman.’ In the late 60s, under the guidance and writing expertise of Al Green, The Originals scored two of their biggest hits early in their career with ‘Baby I'm For Real’ and the Gold certified, ‘The Bells.’

•    DOWN TO LOVE TOWN was the groups eighth album for Motown and was released in 1977. Produced by Michael Sutton and the Originals The album opens with intent on the horn and wah-wah led Disco/Soul stomper ‘Hurry Up And Wait’ before making way for the title track and only single from the album. ‘Down To Love Town’ (Disco #1/Pop #47) was originally included on their 1976 album Communique and became a true Disco classic with an incredible and impassioned lead vocal from Freddy Gorman's tenor/baritone, as he demands everybody join him in ‘Love Town,’ while the interplay between the guitar, strings and percussion keep you on the crest of the wave for the full six minutes of this 12” remix.  Other standouts include the smooth up-tempo groover ‘You Are A Blessing To Me’ and the passionate ballad ‘Sunrise.’  

•    Following on from their reissue of The Originals Lamont Dozier produced 1975 album "California Sunset,” (CDBBR0044) BBR are proud to present DOWN TO LOVE TOWN, expertly remastered and complete with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. Essential listening for all R&B, Soul, Funk and Disco fans.

N.B. This album is released August 11 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track List:


1. HURRY UP AND WAIT
2. DOWN TO LOVE TOWN (Disco Mix)
3. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO ME
4. CALL ON YOUR SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
5. MOTHER NATURE'S BEST
6. SUNRISE
7. BEEN DECIDED

BONUS TRACK
8. DOWN TO LOVE TOWN (Single Mix)
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