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Firebeats, Inc: Expanded Edition - Firebeats, Inc

Firebeats, Inc: Expanded Edition
•    Norway’s Firebeats, Inc. issued one album in the Sixties. Yet their rough-edged music is now recognised as amongst the world’s greatest. As one of the world’s most collectible exponents of ‘freakbeat’, original copies of 1966’s Firebeats, Inc. album now sell for $1000.

•    This first-ever legal reissue of their fantastic album is a belated opportunity to revel in one of Norway’s greats – one of the world’s greats. Twenty years before a-ha put Norway on the musical map, Firebeats, Inc. tried their damndest to do so. With an in-house songwriting powerhouse Yngve Bjerke, they were built for success. Yet opportunities to be heard beyond Norway’s borders were limited. A rarity for the era, Firebeats, Inc. was all original compositions.

•    RPM International’s expanded edition of Firebeats, Inc. adds their non-album singles and an outtake from the album sessions – collecting their complete 1964-1968 recordings.  

•    With liner notes by Norwegian music expert Jon Vidar Bergan, this is the final word on Firebeats. Inc.. Bergan is the editor and co-author Norsk Pop & Rock Leksikon, the definitive encyclopedia of Norwegian popular music.

•    This, RPM International’s initial journey to Norway, follows the label’s recent first Icelandic release: Poppsaga: Iceland’s Pop Scene 1972–1977. With Denmark, Finland and Sweden already covered, RPM International is the authoritative home for the greatest music from Scandinavia’s past.

•    This CD is released 21st April and will not be shipped prior to this date.

Track Listing:

1.    FUNNY THINGS
2.    I NEVER KNEW THE SUN COULD SHINE SO BRIGHTLY AT NIGHT
3.    GOODBYE TO THIS WORLD
4.    CRYING
5.    I DIDN'T KNOW
6.    ALONE AGAIN
7.    DON´T BELIEVE THEM
8.    I CAN´T FIND NOBODY
9.    TRYING TO MAKE YOU SEE
10.  MORE AND MORE EACH DAY
11.  THIS RAIN
12.  BABY, GO ON HOME
13.  IT'S NO MATTER HOW I TRY
14.  THE GIRL THAT I DEPEND ON
15.  DON'T THROW STONES
16.  WHY HAVE I THAT FEELING
17.  LET ME TELL YOU
18.  LITTLE GIRL
19.  HEMMELIG AGENT
20.  VI SKAL IKKE KLAGE
21.  OH, CAROL
22.  BE MY BABY
23.  JACK THE RIPPER
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And Other Bits Of Material / First Edition
•    This 31 track double CD combines the very first two albums by Paper Lace plus a handful of bonus tracks from assorted singles releases
•    Features the hits "Billy Don’t Be A Hero” (No.1), "The Night Chicago Died” (No.3) and "The Black Eyed Boys” (No.11) plus the non charting "Hitchin’ A Ride” and "So What If I Am”
•    Rounds up all of the bands recordings for the Concord and Bus Stop labels
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Between The Sea And The Sky
Imagine coming off the back of a defunct group, with no hits, but who have admittedly just released one of the best pop psych singles in the UK ever, and being thrown into George Martins Air Studios on a publishing/production deal and told there you are boys "make an album".

A slight license with the factual there but essentially this is what happened to Martin Briley and Brian Engel .In 1969, late of Mandrake Paddle Steamer and their classic 'Strange Walking Man', these late teens art students were given access to Air Studios and budgets for orchestras plus musicians to come up with hit singles. What they actually came up with was an almost concept album that exhibited all that had influenced them to that point, and let loose their humour and imagination. Sadly with the exception of one single ('Pale Green Vauxhall Driving Man') released under the name Prowler, a couple of years after the event, the recordings lay on the shelf, and are released for the first time now.

Briley played with GreAenslade and then as session guitarist with the Hunter Ronson band, Meatloaf and Ellen Foley. Three solo albums and a US top 40 hit 'Salt In My Tears' followed. He continues as a songwriter for international artists and backing vocalist.

 
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United We Stand
In the beginning, Tony Hiller created The Brotherhood of Man. Formed in the recording studio and launched into a world at war over Vietnam, peace certainly won the day on vinyl in 1970 with the group‘s top ten single ‘United We Stand’ and accompanying album’s original sleeve notes announcing the groups arrival "with an eloquent and convincing plea to unite”.

The Brotherhood of Man would eventually win a very different war with a very different line-up in Europe at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976. A different time, place, sound. RPM’s collection, concentrates on their old testament with chief peacemakers Johnny Goodison, Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway, Hal Atkinson, Russell Stone and the brit girl sisterhood of Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie. Featuring the complete 1970 album now with corresponding non-album Asides and B-sides together with Sue and Sunny’s soulful Deram 45s from the same period. United We Stand unites the best session singers and songwriters of the late sixties and early seventies in total harmony with both their record buying public and the charts of the times.

 
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Hello Everyone - Popsike Sparks From Denmark Street 1968-70
•    Between 1968 and 1970, some of the finest, most obscure British psychedelic pop singles of the era escaped on the Spark label, the newly-inaugurated recording arm of long-established publishers Southern Music.  

•    Recorded in the basement studio of the company’s Denmark Street premises, these tracks often featured the same cabal of musicians and songwriters, leading to a homogenous in-house style that perfectly encapsulates the late 1960s British pop-psych studio sound.  

•    The best of Spark’s impressive roster is now collected on CD for the first time on Hello Everyone: Popsike Sparks from Denmark Street 1968-70, which assembles highly-prized, highly-priced 45s from pre-Rare Bird band Fruit Machine, Gene Latter, post-Sorrows outfit the Eggy, the New Generation (subsequently to become the Sutherland Brothers), the Dennis Wheatley-inspired Icarus and both sides of the magnificent and astonishingly rare single by Sir Ching I (only one stock copy known to exist).  Also included are exquisite Brit popsike singles from Timothy Blue, Just William, both sides of the superb John Carter/Russ Alquist collaboration ‘The Laughing Man’/‘Midsummer Dreaming’ and two sensational offerings from Eartha Kitt during her brief and unlikely immersion in late Sixties hippy chick chic.  

•    Crammed with vintage three-minute pop tunes, and with a lavish 16-page booklet that features rare photos, quotes and the full story behind the label, Hello Everyone is simply an essential purchase for admirers of the British psychedelic pop genre.   


 Available 24/02/2014




TRACK LISTING

1.    HELLO EVERYONE - Sir Ching I
2.    ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE  STAIRS - Timothy Blue
3.    SMOKEY BLUE’S AWAY - A New Generation
4.    THE LAUGHING MAN - John Carter & Russ Alquist
5.    BABY COME BACK TO ME - Simon De Lacy
6.    THE WALL - The Fruit Machine
7.    HEARTBREAKER - The Baby
8.    CHERRYWOOD GREEN - Just William
9.    YOU’RE STILL MINE - The Eggy
10.    POLICE IS HERE - A New Generation
11.    FOLLOW ME - The Fruit Machine
12.    SHE WON’T SEE THE LIGHT - Timothy Blue
13.    HOUSE FOR SALE - Val McKenna
14.    SADIE & HER MAGIC MR GALAHAD - The New Generation
15.    MIDSUMMER DREAMING - John Carter & Russ Alquist
16.    HOOKY - The Eggy
17.    WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN - Eartha Kitt
18.    MICHAEL BLUES – The Baby
19.    HIAWATHA MINI HA HA LOVE - Sir Ching I
20.    THE OLD IRON BELL - Gene Latter
21.    CUDDLY TOY - The Fruit Machine
22.    MR C - A New Generation
23.    THE DEVIL RIDES OUT - Icarus
24.    GIVE A HAND TO THE CLOWN - Carlew Choir
25.    DIGGER - The New Generation
26.    I’M ALONE TODAY - The Fruit Machine
27.    HURDY GURDY MAN - Eartha Kitt



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Toys & Dishes

Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of the new album by CHRIS THOMPSON. Known for his work as the vocalist and guitarist on many hits for Manfred Mann’s Earthband, as well as featuring on the classic Jeff Wayne concept album "War of the Worlds”, Chris is also a noted songwriter (penning among other songs the smash hit "You’re the Voice” for John Farnham). 

His new studio album, "Toys and Dishes”, is his first in over ten years and draws on all the musical elements that make Chris’ songs and voice so instantly recognisable.  Of his new album, Chris reflects; "I’m very proud of the result. The songs really mean a great deal to me, mostly inspired by my daily life, a couple of forays into the past and a story or two!  Hopefully they’re accessible to both my very loyal fans and to everybody struggling to find time and money to do what they really want to with the people they love”. "Toys and Dishes” sees Chris Thompson back on form.


Available 17/03/2014

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