Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds - Randy California

 Kapt. Kopter And The (Fabulous) Twirly Birds
Esoteric Recordings are proud to release the classic 1972 album Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds by Randy California. Recorded after the guitarist had departed legendary West Coast outfit Spirit after the album Twelve Dreams o f Doctor SARDONICUS , the album would be California s first solo venture and soon became a Psychedelic Rock classic.

Among his own compositions, California recorded imaginative cover versions of material by other artists such as The Beatles and Paul Simon. Joined by SPIRIT drummer Ed Cassidy and bass player Larry Fuzzy Knight, this trio would soon take on the Spirit moniker. The re-mastered Esoteric edition includes three bonus tracks, among them both sides of a rare promotional single and the instrumental track Rebel.

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This Esoteric Recordings edition is newly re-mastered and restores the original album artwork and includes a new essay.
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A Life Within A Day

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the latest release on their front-line label, ESOTERIC ANTENNA, dedicated to new releases by both new acts and established artists. SQUACKETT is the hugely anticipated collaborative album project between two legends of Progressive Rock, Chris Squire and Steve Hackett.

With progressive rock (in its many forms) now seemingly more popular than ever, this collaboration from members of two of the godfathers of the genre is hugely exciting. Chris Squire has appeared on every YES album since 1969 and is widely regarded as one of the most influential bass guitarists of all time. Now an established solo artist, Steve Hackett first came to prominence as the guitarist with GENESIS. He was with the band from 1970 to 1977 and played on six studio albums and featured on three live albums before leaving to concentrate on his solo career.

The two met when Chris Squire was working on a solo album and needed some guitar parts. Chris was put in touch with Steve and through these sessions the idea for SQUACKETT was born. Over four years in the making, the "Squackett” album is very much more than the sum of its parts. "It was very much about a bunch of pals swapping notes and anecdotes,” says Hackett "I think the material is simple and direct.” "It has a flavour to it that is reminiscent of a few things from different artists,” says Squire. "There is some clever Prog Rock stuff on the album, some jazzy bits, but there are parts that have vocal harmonies like Crosby, Stills and Nash” – SQUACKETT is THE major Progressive Rock release of 2012.


"You always read about albums described as ‘much anticipated’ or as being written by some sort of ‘supergroup’, but A Life Within A Day quite definitely is both. This fully collaborative effort between former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and influential Yes bassist Chris Squire was always going to be rather popular and luckily, after a four year wait does not disappoint at all". Prog, May 2012

Listen to three audio samples from the album below:

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