Esoteric - About

Welcome to Esoteric Recordings, the home of good music. Established in 2007 and label managed by Mark Powell, Esoteric Recordings is the home of Progressive, Psychedlic & Classic Rock, with all releases finely packaged and remastered from the best possible sources to ensure the highest possible audio quality. Our releases cover both catalogue reissues and inspiring new works from artists with a fine history and heritage. Esoteric Recordings is an imprint of the Cherry Red Records group.

Mark Powell is also the author of "Prophets & Sages" available on Cherry Red Books...



Between 1967 and 1975, progressive, album orientated music sold hugely on a global level, making some of the musicians involved major stars in the process. Many of the acts involved during that golden era are still performing and their influence is still being widely recognised and acknowledged by musicians of all generations. Others, on the other and, left behind records which never managed to receive the recognition they perhaps deserved. Prophets and Sages offers a well-informed perspective on a hundred great albums of this period, without discriminating between legendary and lesser-known works. Legends such as The Moody Blues, Hawkwind, Genesis, King Crimson and Mike Oldfield all sit comfortably alongside more obscure artists like Egg, Khan, Webb and Bo Hansson. In-depth accounts of the makings of these artists classic albums, illustrations, album artwork, photographs etc all make for a desirable must-have publication for fans of this effortlessly cool and ever popular genre. The work also includes a sub-section detailing a further Thirty of the Greatest Progressive and Underground Rock albums You May Never Have Heard and a look at Ten Great Progressive and Underground Rock singles. The genre is currently enjoying a significant renaissance here in the UK, as well as further afield in Europe and Japan. Classic Rock ‘s recent Classic Rock presents Prog magazine sold out its first issue almost instantly, and an unexpected and affluent new fanbase has developed amongst well-informed thirty somethings across Europe in recent years, all eager to explore this world of curious aural delights. Ebay is alive with highly valued original LPs, whilst well-crafted reissue packages, including those issued on our own Esoteric Records, have complemented this by keeping the music available and desirable. The days of Prog Rock belonging exclusively to dad are long gone ! The book will be heavily illustrated with relevant press clippings, promotional images and so on, all taken from the author’s extensive collection. It is also scheduled to be accompanied by a separately released CD Box Set of relevant material. As a bonus for those in the know, the book also features wonderful cover art courtesy of Mr Phil Smee.
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