2 CD ANTHOLOGY
BY THE CLASSIC SCOTTISH PROGRESSIVE ROCK GROUP BEGGARS OPERA
REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL TAPES
DRAWN FROM THE
BAND’S FOUR ALBUMS RECORDED FOR THE LEGENDARY VERTIGO LABEL BETWEEN 1970 &
FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK & ESSAY
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a 2CD
ANTHOLOGY by the classic Scottish Progressive Rock group BEGGARS OPERA. Drawing
on material from the band’s first four albums, recorded for the legendary Vertigo
label, "NIMBUS” features 27 of the band’s best tracks.
Formed in Glasgow in 1969 with a line-up of RICKY
GARDINER (Guitar, Vocals), ALAN PARK (Keyboards), MARTIN GRIFFITHS (Vocals),
MARSHALL ERSKINE (Bass, Flute) and RAYMOND WILSON (Drums), the band signed to
the newly established progressive arm of Philips Records, Vertigo, in 1970.
Their debut album, "ACT ONE” gained some success in Europe with tracks such as ‘Poet
and Peasant’ and ‘Passacagalia’. A successful European hit single, ‘SARABANDE’,
was followed by the album "WATERS OF CHANGE”, arguably their best and most
successful album, and a line-up change that saw GORDON SELLAR replace MARSHALL
ERSKINE on bass, and VIRGINIA SCOTT join the group on Mellotron. The record
included the classic ‘Time Machine’, along with the memorable ‘Silver Peacock’
and ‘I’ve No Idea’.
"PATHFINDER” from 1972 was another classic album
and featured a wonderful cover of Jim Webb’s ‘MacArthur Park’ along with ‘The
Witch’ and ‘Hobo’. The band’s final album for Vertigo, 1973’s "GET YOUR DOG OFF
ME” saw further line-up changes, but included a fine cover of Mason Williams’ ‘CLASSICAL
GAS’ and saw further European success for the band.
This anthology is a fine tribute to an inspiring
band and has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes, and
features a booklet with new essay.
Release Date: 24/09/2012