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A Grounding in Numbers - Van Der Graaf Generator

A Grounding in Numbers

The brand new studio album by the legendary Van Der Graaf Generator. Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of the new Van Der Graaf Generator album, “A Grounding in Numbers”. The stunning new album is the band’s 12th studio record by the band and is their first since 2008. The album will be released as both a CD and a limited edition individually numbered vinyl LP edition (restricted to 2000 copies) and will be backed up by a short tour of the UK and some dates in Europe. In April 2010 Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans met up for intensive tracking sessions in Cornwall, arranging, rehearsing and recording the album in a week. Some of the pieces were already fully-formed songs; others, even at this stage, remained more sketches than fully realised works. Over the next months the tracks were overdubbed, edited and adapted by the band in their own studios. By September the project was ready to be mixed. Legendary producer Hugh Padgham agreed to take on this part of the process - the first time anyone outside the band had been entrusted such responsibility. After three weeks in Hugh’s London studio, Sofasound (which shares its name with Peter’s original home set-up), “A Grounding in Numbers” was completed. With a fantastic clarity and depth of sound and a helter-skelter stretch of tunes, “A Grounding...” sees VdGG pushing ever further forward into the twenty first century. Clearly, they know they’re a group with a certain history - but they are also an emphatically modern one.



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Alt - CD Edition
THE NEW PROJECT FROM VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR

AN ALTERNATIVE ALBUM REFLECTING ANOTHER SIDE OF ONE OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK’S MOST ENDURING AND CREATIVE ARTISTS


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. ‘ALT’ is a new studio project by the legendary VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR and follows on from the release of "A GROUNDING IN NUMBERS” in 2011.   "ALT” is no ordinary Van Der Graaf Generator album (if the term "ordinary” could ever be applied to this visionary group). PETER HAMMILL explains; "Instrumental Improvs & Experiments - Most of the music on "ALT” was made while we weren't really looking, or perhaps only while the left side of our collective brain was engaged. The album is a mixture of improvisations recorded at sound checks and in the studio and more considered sonic creations which often verge on Musique Concrete. The fourteen pieces here offer a fascinating glimpse into an alternative Van der Graaf Generator sound world. Perhaps the closest comparison would be with the second CD of "Present", but even the link with those recordings is tenuous. Even by Van der Graaf Generator standards, this stuff's at the wacky end of the scale!”   This instrumental album is another side of Van Der Graaf Generator, a truly unique listening experience.

Press:-

"Alt is, according to Hammill, a collection of instrumental improvisations recorded "while we weren't really looking or while the left side of our collective brain was engaged".

These pieces have a good deal of merit, even if they're lacking any sort context or concept  - the crashing percussion of tracks like Midnite Or So, buffeted by jazzy runs of electric keyboard, are reminiscent of the wilder experimentalism of Faust." (7/10*)

David Stubbs - Classic Rock (Summer 2012)

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Other World

WE HAVE A VERY SMALL SELECTION OF CDs SIGNED BY PETER HAMMILL AND GARY LUCAS!

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Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio collaborative album by PETER HAMMILL & GARY LUCAS. Peter Hammill’s work, both as a solo artist and as part of Van Der Graaf Generator, is legendary, whilst Gary Lucas has worked closely with many great artists and vocalists, including Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) and Jeff Buckley.

Described by Peter as "something quite strange, but strangely powerful”, all the music on "Other World” has been created using nothing more than guitars and Hammill’s unique vocals. Songs and other worldly instrumental tracks create a sonic atmosphere that is unique and spellbinding. 

A stunning work, "Other World” is certain to be one of the most unique and atmospheric albums of 2014.


Available 03/02/2014

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Harvest Of The Heart - An Anthology: Deluxe Remastered 5CD Box Set
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•    Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a newly remastered deluxe 5CD boxed set anthology by legendary guitarist, composer and instrumentalist ANTHONY PHILLIPS.

Anthony was a founding member of Genesis alongside Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks with whom he recorded the albums From Genesis To Revelation and Trespass.  After leaving the group in 1970, Anthony studied orchestration and harmony externally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  After passing his LGSM exams, he taught music at Reeds School and Peper Harrow whilst continuing to compose and record in his home studio.

•    He marked his return to the commercial music scene with the release of his debut solo album The Geese & The Ghost in 1977 and since then has created a large and diverse output as a recording artist.  As well as album releases such as Wise After The Event, Slow Dance, 1984 and Field Day, he has to date also released ten albums in the Private Parts & Pieces series and four volumes in the Missing Links series.  Amongst other projects he collaborated with Harry Williamson on the large-scale instrumental work Tarka and he also co-wrote the stage musical Alice with Richard Scott. Whilst Anthony continues to release solo albums to critical acclaim, increasingly his music has also been much in-demand for film and television.  Commissions have included scores for both dramas and documentaries including the award-winning Land of Dragons and Creatures of the Magic Water. He has also established himself as one of the most prolific and successful composers of library music, with tracks from his extensive output being regularly featured on commercials, films and television series throughout the world.

•    His extensive back catalogue is celebrated with the release of "HARVEST OF THE HEART” a 5CD deluxe boxed set, which celebrates Anthony’s rich musical heritage by featuring recordings made between 1969 and the present day, drawn from his many albums. In addition the set will include ten previously unreleased tracks, the unreleased 1973 recording "Silver Song” (featuring Phil Collins as vocalist) and the rare track "Compression” by Mike Rutherford, (previously unreleased on CD) which features Anthony and was the B-side to Mike’s 1980 single "Working in Line”.

NB: This title is released on November 10th, 2014 and will not be dispatched until this date.

TRACK LIST:

DISC ONE

1.    F SHARP
2.    SILVER SONG (1973 SINGLE VERSION) – WITH PHIL COLLINS
3.    FIELD OF ETERNITY
4.    WIND – TALES
5.    WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS
6.    HENRY – PORTRAITS FROM TUDOR TIMES
i.    FANFARE
ii.    LUTE’S CHORUS
iii.    MISTY BATTLEMENTS
iv.    LUTE’S CHORUS REPRISE
v.    HENRY GOES TO WAR
vi.    DEATH OF A KNIGHT
vii.    TRIUMPHANT RETURN
7.    GOD IF I SAW HER NOW
8.    OLD WIVES TALES
9.    SCOTTISH SUITE - I. SALMON LEAP
10.    SCOTTISH SUITE – II. PARTING THISTLE
11.    SCOTTISH SUITE – III. ELECTRIC REAPER
12.    SCOTTISH SUITE – IV. AMORPHOUS, CADAVEROUS AND NEBULOUS
13.    SCOTTISH SUITE – V. SALMON’S LAST SLEEPWALK
14.    WE ARE ALL AS WE LIE
15.    NOW WHAT (ARE THEY DOING TO MY LITTLE FRIENDS)?
16.    PAPER CHASE

DISC TWO

1.    WISE AFTER THE EVENT
2.    UM & AARGH
3.    SISTERS OF REMINDUM
4.    BLEAK HOUSE
5.    NIGHTMARE
6.    LUCY WILL (ORIGINAL MIX)
7.    COMPRESSION – MIKE RUTHERFORD
8.    POLY PIECE
9.    ARBORETUM SUITE: IV. LIGHTS ON THE HILL
10.    FROSTED WINDOWS (VARIATION I)
11.    PRELUDE ‘84
12.    ANTHEM 1984

DISC THREE

1.    FALLING FOR LOVE
2.    THE BALLAD OF PENLEE
3.    EXOCET
4.    SISTINE
5.    APRIL
6.    SHE’LL BE WAITING
7.    LET US NOW MAKE LOVE
8.    PROMENADE
9.    SUITE: SEA DOGS MOTORING: III. SEA AIR
10.    TEARS ON A RAINY DAY
11.    EXILE
12.    CARNIVAL
13.    ELEVENSES
14.    TARKA – MOVEMENT I: THE FIRST YEAR
15.    TARKA – POSTLUDE: THE ANTHEM
16.    LUCY – AN ILLUSION

DISC FOUR

1.    STRANGER
2.    SLOW DANCE ("HARVEST OF THE HEART” EDITED VERSION)
3.    UNHEARD CRY
4.    AUBADE
5.    SARAH BLAKELEY’S EVENING
6.    CREATION
7.    LA DOLOROSA
8.    CATHEDRAL WOODS
9.    SERENITA
10.    LIFEBOAT SUITE
11.    LAST GOODBYES (FROM "THE LIVING ROOM CONCERT”)
12.    COLLECTIONS (FROM "THE LIVING ROOM CONCERT”)
13.    SLEEPFALL (FROM "THE LIVING ROOM CONCERT”)
14.    GYPSY SUITE – MOVEMENT I: FIRST LIGHT
15.    GYPSY SUITE – MOVEMENT III: EVENING CIRCLE
16.    CREATURES OF THE MAGIC WATER – OPENING THEME
17.    ISLAND OF STONE

DISC FIVE

1.    MIDWAY: ISLAND OF LIFE OPENING THEME
2.    ONZA – EATER OF SOULS
3.    JURASSIC SHARK – OPENING THEME
4.    FIGHT TO THE DEATH
5.    FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH – TOUCHING THE FACE OF GOD
6.    RAY’S SONG
7.    I WISH THIS WOULD NEVER END
8.    MAJESTIC WHALES
9.    WILDLIFE FLOTILLA
10.    WHITE SPIDER
11.    KISSING GATE
12.    NOCTURNE
13.    KING OF THE MOUNTAINS
14.    CIRCLE OF LIGHT
15.    THE GOLDEN LEAVES OF FALL
16.    COURTESAN
17.    SPEAK OF REMARKABLE THINGS
18.    RIVER OF LIFE

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS
19.    CITY OF LIGHT
20.    NIGHTJAR
21.    SLOW ROLLER
22.    IMPERIUM
23.    A SIMPLE TRUTH
24.    VESPERTINE
25.    FORGET-ME-NOT
26.    THE STORM OF THE WINDHOVER
27.    PAS DE DEUX
28.    RINGER

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