Temples of Joy collects together the two Moraz/Bruford studio albums (Music for Piano and Drums / Flags) and a live album (In Tokyo) into one place for fans who want to check out the duo’s official releases.
In the world of independent pop, The Monochrome Set are an institution. Formed in the white heat of the late 70s post-punk scene, they issued a string of memorable albums awash with cute hooks, jangly guitars and singer Bid’s inimitable vocal style, inspiring the likes of The Smiths and the whole C86 generation.
SoulMusic Records is very proud to present a 97-track, 6-CD box set of the eight full albums (plus bonus tracks and mixes) recorded for Atco, Cotillion and Atlantic by the internationally-renowned family group, Sister Sledge. Unquestionably one of the most successful female teams of the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Philly-born quartet are best known for enduring classics such as ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, the anthemic ‘We Are Family’, ‘Got To Love Somebody’, ‘All American Girls’ and the No. 1 UK hit ‘Frankie’: this deluxe box set is a scintillating showcase for the diverse range of R&B, dance and pop material the sisters (Kathy, Debbie, Joni and Kim) cut over a twelve-year period that brought them global fame.
Taking inspiration from Aerosmith and Van Halen, Ratt originally formed in Hollywood in the mid-1970s, eventually releasing the independent ‘Dr. Rock’ single in 1980, before contributing a track to the highly influential “Metal Massacre” compilation in1981, and their independently released, self-titled mini-album in 1983. But Ratt finally made their mark when Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Robbin Crosby (guitar), Warren DeMartini (guitar), Juan Croucier (bass) and Bobby Blotzer (drums) signed to Atlantic Records in 1984 for the “Out Of The Cellar” LP. Their tuneful hard rock found favour with both radio and on MTV, where clips for singles ‘Round And Round’ and ‘Back For More’ received heavy rotation. A big influence on the growing glam and hair metal scene based around LA’s Sunset Strip, “Out of The Cellar” would soon reach triple platinum status. The radio edit of 'Round And Round' is included as a bonus track.
Although it’s fair to say that Ken Hensley, as a musician, a songwriter and artist, is probably best known for the decade he spent in Uriah Heep, from 1970’s “Very ’Eavy… Very ’Umble” through to 1980’s “Conquest”, as the band’s keyboard and organist, guitarist, and often their principle songwriter, Ken has forged a varied and exciting musical career over the past 50+ years. From stints with bands as wide-ranging as southern boogie merchants Blackfoot, to shock rockers WASP, it’s as a solo artist, and with the band Ken Hensley & Live Fire, that Ken has secured his enduring legacy. Following on from last year’s “The Bronze Years 1973-1981” collection comes “Tales Of Live Fire & Other Mysteries”, a 5CD set that revisits two prolific years for Ken, with albums released in 2012 and 2013.
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set featuring two classic albums by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE; “Long John Silver” and “Thirty Seconds Over Winterland”. Released on the band’s Grunt Records imprint in 1972 and 1973 respectively, the albums would be the final works by the band in the 1970s.
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of Open Your Heart – The Island Recordings 1972 – 1976, a new re-mastered four-disc clamshell boxed set (comprising 3 CDs and a DVD) by the legendary JIM CAPALDI.
This 4-CD anthology of the band’s recordings for Elektra, fleshed out with a swathe of pre-album demos, “lost” songs, alternative versions and live tracks dating from the same period, is a veritable smorgasbord of perfect pop from a time when Shoes were genuine contenders for rock’s glittering prizes. Housed in a stylish clamshell box, Elektrafied contains a 32 page booklet that features rare photos and a new 10,000 essay on the band’s adventures during their sojourn with Elektra.
In 2014 The Everly Brothers’ legacy was saluted at the Americana Music Assn. show , held at The Troubador, Los Angeles. The artists in the show including Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Rodney Crowell, T Bone Burnett, Joe Henry, Asher, Rhiannon Giddens, Jim Lauderdale, Dawes, the Milk Carton Kids, used The Everly Brothers music as its musical anchor. With the current widespread rise in popularity of Americana music as a genre, now seems a good time to reappraise and re-establish one of the first true Country Rock albums - the 1968 Everly Brothers album ROOTS. This box set presents the build-up story to this landmark album.
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered edition of the legendary 1973 album by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE members Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and David Freiberg; Baron von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun.
***AVAILABLE WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED POSTCARD WHILE STOCKS LAST***Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce the release of STATE OF DYSTOPIA, the wonderful new album by SON OF MAN. The album is the long-awaited follow up to the band’s acclaimed self-titled debut album issued in 2016.
***AVAILABLE WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED POSTCARD WHILE STOCKS LAST!***Peter Straker, concert and cabaret star of stage and screen, and long term confidante of Freddie Mercury, released three hybrid rock / cabaret masterworks. These long out of print and highly sought after cult classic, cross-over albums were originally released between 1977 and 1980 and were all produced by stellar production talents.
***LIMITED EDITION POSTCARD SIGNED BY THE PRIMITIVES GUITARIST PAUL COURT - AVAILABLE WHILE STOCKS LAST***Extensive 5CD set, produced in conjunction with the band, exploring the first wave of The Primitives’ career, 1985-1992.
Housed in a clamshell box with a 40-page booklet featuring potted histories and priceless period photos of all the featured acts, Crawling Up A Hill is a fascinating document of a genre that, though relatively short-lived, would have a seismic influence on the subsequent development of rock music