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• “Paul Roland writes nice melodies and has a very particular personality but he is too intellectual for me!” (Frank Zappa, 1988)

• Paul has been called “The male Kate Bush” by one-time label mate Robyn Hitchcock and “the Edgar Allen Poe of psychpop” by several European rock magazines/critics.

• First under the guise of Midnight Rags and then as a solo artist, Paul Roland has carved an elegant, mysterious niche as the quintessential cult English songwriter. His music hints at psychedelia while his lyrics frequently offer a sense of the macabre, drawing on Victoriana and classic horror fiction.

• Compiled and curated by the artist, In The Opium Den is a comprehensive anthology of Paul’s early works, including his first three albums plus A and B sides, EP tracks and unreleased tracks from the period, spanning his output up until 1987. Many of Paul’s original records now fetch huge sums on eBay!

• “Roland has a very distinctive voice and a highly personal style. His songs are like short stories set to music.” (Greg Lake)

• From the start, when he was managed by June Bolan (the widow of Marc Bolan), Paul’s music captured the attention of John Peel and became a favourite at the Batcave, England’s premier Goth club. He has attracted a loyal cult following in the US and Europe.

• “Psych-pop genius… Paul Roland has remained a cherished figure … for 30 years” (Record Collector)

• Paul Roland has subsequently released many albums (as well as becoming an author of some 50 books) but it is this early period which established his cult status. During a 30+ year recording career, Paul has explored a diverse range of styles from goth through dark folk to psych-pop and steampunk.

• “If any¬one deserves credit for spear¬head¬ing Steam¬punk music, it is [Paul Roland]. He was writ¬ing songs about the first attempt at manned flight, and an Edwar¬dian air¬ship raid in the mid-80’s long before almost any¬one else.” (Joshua Pfeiffer [of Vernian Process] on the Steampunk Bible website)

• Guest musicians on Roland’s albums include Robyn Hitchcock, Bevis Frond, Nick Nicely, Knox of The Vibrators and Andy Ellison (of John’s Children).

• “Gothic-psych-baroque-rocker waxing demented in a way only an Englishman can….” (Goldmine, USA).

Track Listing:

DISC ONE
DANSE MACABRE LP (1987)
1. WITCHFINDER GENERAL
2. MADAME GUILLOTINE
3. THE GREAT EDWARDIAN AIR-RAID
4. THE HANGING JUDGE
5. STILL FALLS THE SNOW
6. MATILDA MOTHER
7. GABRIELLE
8. REQUIEM
9. BUCCANEERS
10. IN THE OPIUM DEN
11. TWILIGHT OF THE GODS
BURNT ORCHIDS MINI-ALBUM (1985)
12. DEATH OR GLORY
13. BURNT ORCHIDS
14. THE PUPPET MASTER
15. CAPTAIN BLOOD
16. CAIRO
17. GREEN GLASS VIOLINS
18. FUNHOUSE
19. GHOST SHIPS
EP TRACKS
20. BEAU BRUMMEL
21. BERLIN

DISC TWO
THE WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1980)
1. BLADES OF BATTENBURG
2. BRAIN POLICE
3. FLYING ACE
4. THE CARS THAT ATE NEW YORK
5. PUBLIC ENEMY
6. WEREWOLVES OF LONDON
7. ANGEL
8. LON CHANEY
9. JACK DANIELS
OUT-TAKES FROM UNRELEASED SECOND ALBUM
10. THE GHOUL
11. THE OLD DARK HOUSE
SINGLES & EPS
12. HOT GEORGE
13. OSCAR AUTOMOBILE
14. DR. STRANGE
15. MADELAINE
16. CAVALIER
17. SWORD AND SORCERY
18. ALICE’S HOUSE (EP Mix)
19. GO DOWN YOU MURDERERS
20. HAPPY FAMILIES
21. JUMBEE (Demo)

DISC ONE
DANSE MACABRE LP (1987)

1. WITCHFINDER GENERAL
2. MADAME GUILLOTINE
3. THE GREAT EDWARDIAN AIR-RAID
4. THE HANGING JUDGE
5. STILL FALLS THE SNOW
6. MATILDA MOTHER
7. GABRIELLE
8. REQUIEM
9. BUCCANEERS
10. IN THE OPIUM DEN
11. TWILIGHT OF THE GODS

BURNT ORCHIDS MINI-ALBUM (1985)

12. DEATH OR GLORY
13. BURNT ORCHIDS
14. THE PUPPET MASTER
15. CAPTAIN BLOOD
16. CAIRO
17. GREEN GLASS VIOLINS
18. FUNHOUSE
19. GHOST SHIPS

EP TRACKS

20. BEAU BRUMMEL
21. BERLIN

DISC TWO

THE WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1980)
1. BLADES OF BATTENBURG
2. BRAIN POLICE
3. FLYING ACE
4. THE CARS THAT ATE NEW YORK
5. PUBLIC ENEMY
6. WEREWOLVES OF LONDON
7. ANGEL
8. LON CHANEY
9. JACK DANIELS

OUT-TAKES FROM UNRELEASED SECOND ALBUM

10. THE GHOUL
11. THE OLD DARK HOUSE

SINGLES & EPS

12. HOT GEORGE
13. OSCAR AUTOMOBILE
14. DR. STRANGE
15. MADELAINE
16. CAVALIER
17. SWORD AND SORCERY
18. ALICE’S HOUSE (EP Mix)
19. GO DOWN YOU MURDERERS
20. HAPPY FAMILIES
21. JUMBEE (Demo)
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