Trapped In Time - Cressida

Trapped In Time
FIRST EVER CD RELEASE EDITION OF THE RARE 1969 DEMOS BY THE LEGENDARY CRESSIDA
NEVER BEFORE RELEASED ON CD WITH TWO PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS
BOOKLET WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK & NEW ESSAY
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the first ever CD released of TRAPPED IN TIME, a collection of rare demos and recordings made in 1969 by the legendary band CRESSIDA. The band would later sign to VERTIGO records, recording two classic albums for the label. TRAPPED IN TIME reflects the very first recordings made by the band prior to signing to Vertigo and was previously released as 500 limited edition LP.
Featuring a line-up of ANGUS CULLEN (vocals), JOHN HEYWORTH (guitar), KEVIN McCARTHY (bass), LOL COKER (organ), PETER JENNINGS (organ on tracks 3,4 & 5) and IAIN CLARK (drums), this Esoteric Recordings release features two extra tracks not included on the original vinyl LP and a booklet that features a new essay and rare photographs and coincides with the band’s first ever performance in the United States in early October.

Release Date: 24/09/2012

Our Price: £10.95
Code: ECLEC2347
Weight: 200
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1. TO PLAY YOUR LITTLE GAME
2. WINTER IS COMING AGAIN
3. CRESSIDA
4. DEPRESSION
5. SAD EYED FAIRY
6. LIGHTS IN MY MIND
7. LET THEM COME WHEN THEY WILL
8. SITUATION
9. THE ONLY EARTHMAN IN TOWN
10. DOWN DOWN
11. MENTAL STATE
12. SILENT LIGHT (previously unreleased)
13. SITUATION (alternate version – previously unreleased)
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The Vertigo Years Anthology 1969-1971 2CD
2 CD ANTHOLOGY BY THE LEGENDARY PROGRESSIVE ROCK GROUP CRESSIDA
24 TRACKS REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL TAPES
FEATURING EVERY TRACK FROM THE BAND’S TWO ALBUMS RECORDED FOR THE LEGENDARY VERTIGO LABEL BETWEEN 1970 & 1971
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BOOKLET WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK, RARE PHOTOGRAPHS & ESSAY

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Release Date: 24/09/2012

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