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Rockdetector: A To Z of ‘80s Rock - Garry Sharpe-Young and Dave Reynolds

Rockdetector: A To Z of ‘80s Rock
In the 80’s Hard Rock reigned supreme. Albeit fuelled to the max by bubblegum power chords, skyscraper backcombed hairdos, eyeliner and (horror of horrors)…spandex, artists such as Quiet Riot, Ratt, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Dokken, Guns n’ Roses, Warrant, Slaughter, L.A. Guns, Great White, W.A.S.P. and Bon Jovi reigned supreme. Established bands too fully embraced the ‘image is everything’ culture and Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Whitesnake and Heart all enjoyed renewed flushes of success. Lita Ford’s dangerous curves, Lorraine Lewis’ pout and Vixen’s foxy looks dominated MTV. These artists roamed the globes arenas, biting platinum chunks of flesh out of the US album charts and sporting ever more extreme fashion faux pas with each album. Los Angeles seethed with CFC enclouded hopefuls. They might have looked like French Poodles but were as aggressive as the wiliest of wolves in their quest for fame. The 80s was primarily about the USA but the reverberations were keenly felt in Europe too. As Def Leppard launched themselves into the record books and Europe’s Joey Tempest launched a million dodgy perms. The 80s was a good time to be into Rock. Motley Crue summed it all up with ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ and Warrant rammed the point home with ‘Cherry Pie’ because that is exactly what this whole movement was about. Little did they know those songs would prove prophetic, Vince Neil later sweating it out in the strip bars whilst Jani Lane sweated just as profusely in the kitchens. Dinosaurs before their time, they were extinct before the ink had dried on the contracts. As the Grunge meteor was arcing across the horizon the majors still fell over themselves to snap up Tuff, Pretty Boy Floyd, D’Molls, Vain and Bang Tango. While it lasted, it was glorious. The music industry loved every million selling minute of it. This is the book that chronicles every cheap thrill and maps out every mascara caked moment. Each and every band, whether able to pack out Wembley or Wigan, is documented with full biographies and global discographies direct from the world’s biggest Rock devoted database - Rockdetector No. Of Pages 760 ISBN 1-901447-21-9 Category Music Encyclopedia
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Stellar Variations LP EDITION
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THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM HAWKWIND LIGHT ORCHESTRA – Featuring DAVE BROCK, RICHARD CHADWICK & NIALL HONE
Esoteric Recordings’ front-line label, ESOTERIC ANTENNA, is pleased to announce the release of the debut studio album by HAWKWIND LIGHT ORCHESTRA.
The album "Stellar Variations” showcases Hawkwind founding member Dave Brock, long serving stalwart Richard Chadwick and sharp, bright blade Niall Hone’s collection of music forged as a by-product of the tyranny of distance.
The material features typical Hawkwind themes of otherworldly splendour and strange, glistening, aural landscapes. There are futuristic prophecies, animalistic war chants, stellar peace hymns and an ongoing self-referential opera. "Stellar Variations” is the sound of three music-nauts firing on all cylinders and is an essential album in the Hawkwind canon.

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Looking For Love In The Lost Land Of Dreams LP EDITION
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· THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM HAWKWIND CAPTAIN DAVE BROCK
Esoteric Recordings’ front-line label, ESOTERIC ANTENNA, is pleased to announce the release of the new studio album by DAVE BROCK, founder and leader of the legendary HAWKWIND.
"Looking for Love in the Lost Land of Dreams” is arguably the finest solo collection ever recorded by Dave Brock. Created over a five-year period, Dave explains; "It’s an album that was created using different recording techniques. It’s a collection of recordings that capture those magic moments that one tries to achieve in the studio”.
Featuring appearances by Hawkwind drummer Richard Chadwick and the late Jason Stuart, the album is a fine gathering of material that encompasses Space Rock, Ambient and Psychedelic styles that are the hallmark of Brock’s solo work and his work with Hawkwind.

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North: Limited Edition Vinyl
· EAGERLY AWAITED NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM JOHN LEES’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
· FULL UK TOUR IN NOVEMBER 2013

Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by John Lees’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST - "North”.

The album (featuring all new material) draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst bringing the BJH legacy up to date with expansive compositions and thoughtful lyrics. The band’s roots in rural north-west England are explored on the album’s title track, along with another extended piece, ‘On Leave’. The album also includes the recent digital single ‘Unreservedly Yours’ and ‘Ancient Waves’, a song performed live in more recent times.

"North” continues the Barclay James Harvest story and is the strongest work to emerge from the band in many years, a true group effort by John Lees, Craig Fletcher, Jez Smith and Kevin Whitehead. The album release is supported by an extended UK tour by the band in November 2013.

The gatefold 180g vinyl edition is strictly limited.

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Prophecy
·       THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM 80s PROGRESSIVE ROCK LEGENDS SOLSTICE
·       FEATURING THREE REMIXES BY STEVEN WILSON
·       UK CONCERTS IN THE AUTUMN OF 2013

Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the new studio album by 80s Progressive Rock legends Solstice. In the 1980s Solstice were one of the leading lights of the UK Progressive scene.  Still fronted by guitarist Andy Glass, and also featuring Steve McDaniel (keyboards), Robin Phillips (bass), Pete Hemsley (drums), Jenny Newman (violin) and Emma Brown (vocals), the band’s iconic blend of soaring violin and guitar weaving around delicately passionate female vocals, underpinned by driving rhythmic complexity remains true and is much in force on "Prophecy”, their latest studio offering.   This excellent album also features four bonus tracks, three of which are new remixes by Solstice aficionado Steven Wilson.

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North: Deluxe Edition
· EAGERLY AWAITED NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM JOHN LEES’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
· FULL UK TOUR IN NOVEMBER 2013

Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by John Lees’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST - "North”.

The album (featuring all new material) draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst bringing the BJH legacy up to date with expansive compositions and thoughtful lyrics. The band’s roots in rural north-west England are explored on the album’s title track, along with another extended piece, ‘On Leave’. The album also includes the recent digital single ‘Unreservedly Yours’ and ‘Ancient Waves’, a song performed live in more recent times.

This deluxe limited edition 2CD digi-pack release includes a previously unreleased bonus CD featuring highlights of the band’s sold out concert at Buxton Opera House in February 2011, featuring classic Barclay James Harvest material.

"North” continues the Barclay James Harvest story and is the strongest work to emerge from the band in many years, a true group effort by John Lees, Craig Fletcher, Jez Smith and Kevin Whitehead. The album release is supported by an extended UK tour by the band in November 2013.

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