A COMPLETE NEWLY REMASTERED OFFICIAL TWO DISC RELEASE OF SKY’s CLASSIC 1983 LIVE ALBUM, FEATURING THE 20 MINUTE PIECE “THE ANIMALS”
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the next release in the continuing series of reissues of the entire catalogue by the legendary classical rock band SKY.
Formed in 1979, Sky brought together the worlds of rock and classical music in a highly successful and inspiring way. Featuring the gifted talents of guitarist JOHN WILLIAMS, percussionist TRISTAN FRY, legendary bass player HERBIE FLOWERS, former Curved Air keyboard player FRANCIS MONKMAN and guitarist KEVIN PEEK, Sky recorded their debut album at Abbey Road studios in the early months of 1979. The band’s self-titled debut reached the UK top ten in May 1979 and went on to achieve Platinum status in the UK and was also a major hit in Europe and Australia.
Also a huge live attraction, SKY released their second album in April 1980. “SKY 2” was a fine achievement, featuring the hit single “Toccata”, and topped the UK album charts upon its release. For the band’s third album, STEVE GRAY replaced Francis Monkman on keyboards, but the band continued their run of success as SKY 3 reached the UK top ten upon its release in March 1981. The album’s success followed a highly memorable concert by the band at Westminster Abbey in London on February 24th 1981, which was recorded and broadcast by BBC Television.
In 1982 this line-up undertook extensive touring in Australia and various concerts were captured by a mobile recording unit at several concerts in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and were mixed at Abbey Road studios and released as SKY FIVE LIVE in January 1983.
Unavailable for nearly twenty years, this Esoteric Recordings reissue has been newly remastered and adds the 20-minute piece “The Animals”, originally featured on the vinyl double LP but omitted from the CD release of 1996. The original album artwork is fully restored and the booklet features a new essay.
N.B. This title is released 27th April and will not be dispatched before this date.
1. THE ANIMALS
2. THE SWAN
3. KP I
4. DANCE OF THE LITTLE FAIRIES
5. LOVE DUET
1. THE BATHROOM SONG
2. KP II
5. SAKURA VARIATIONS