Released in 2016, I’m A Freak Baby – Grapefruit’s 3-CD overview of the UK’s late Sixties/early Seventies nascent hard rock/proto-metal scene – received rapturous acclaim from pundits and punters alike, with The Guardian’s “grim, grey and glorious” summary succinctly capturing the general response to the set. Three years later, the woodwork squeaks and out come the freaks again. And, like all good follow-ups, I’m A Freak 2 Baby expands upon the original while simultaneously tightening the stylistic mesh
Whilst the nascent “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal” movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s was raging just across the English Channel, Belgium was fomenting its own highly influential rock and metal scene and at its forefront was Belgian heavy metal group Killer.
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a 2CD live album featuring a concert by PFM, recorded at the University of Nottingham on 1st May 1976 during the UK tour to promote the album “Chocolate Kings”.
This is the first ever expanded edition of this album and, developed in conjunction with Jimmy’s management, with its 43 tracks over three discs, celebrates both the album and all of its associated singles.
The first ever expanded edition of Bananarama’s ninth studio album, 2005’s “Drama”, includes all the commercially released club remixes, edits and dubs of its two singles as well as the original album’s bonus tracks and a non-album CD Single ‘B’-side, ‘Live In The Sun’ to complete this comprehensive 3 disc celebration.
Bananarama’s tenth studio album, 2009’s “Viva”, remains their most electro sounding collection to date. It was a collaboration with celebrated producer, composer, songwriter and remixer Ian Masterson, whose credits include work with Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys.
Housed in a clamshell box with a twenty-page booklet that’s crammed with rare photos and a new 5000 word essay on the band, this lavish 3-CD package is the final word on the activities of a quartet of English eccentrics who viewed psychedelia through a mocking, slightly surrealist art school prism rather than as unblinking zealots.
BIG GOLD DREAMS documents the vibrant independent music scene to emerge in Scotland across the late 70s and 80s. Initially ignited by punk, labels sprang up in Glasgow, Edinburgh and elsewhere to give a voice to the explosion of new acts across the country.
Now properly collectable, with impressive price tags for all of the band’s original vinyl editions, MEXICAN R’n’B is treated to its first-ever reissue, remastered with an array of bonus material across two additional CDs.