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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Goliath, England


Goliath - s/t. 1970 CBS.

I paid top dollar on ebay for an original LP in March of 2009. No regrets. This is an album I'm keeping for good. Quite simply it's awesome.

The more I hear this album, the better it gets. Goliath are in the jazzy proto-prog arena, with plenty of great flute, and sassy female vocals. First album Affinity with Linda Hoyle on vocals is probably the most obvious comparison. One band that rarely gets mentioned anywhere, but really comes to mind here is Fusion Orchestra. More gritty and less progressive perhaps, but does paint a pretty accurate picture. I also hear some melody/composition lines that recalled the great Diabolus album. Along with the Time (on Buk) album, this would be my top request for a reissue from a classic UK band.

I will continue to beg Vicky Powell at Esoteric to reissue this gem.

Priority: 1

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Flame Dream, Switzerland


Flame Dream - Calatea. 1978 Philips.
Flame Dream - Elements. 1980 Vertigo.
Flame Dream - Out In the Dark. 1981 Vertigo.

One of the more known groups on this list, Switzerland's Flame Dream managed to get their albums distributed pretty well around the world. I've had all 3 on LP for years. One of the last of the major label progressive bands, debut "Calatea" and "Elements" are both very strong symphonic efforts, both with complex melodies and arrangements. "Out In the Dark" begins to creep slowly into the AOR world, but is still nice enough to consider for reissue. After this, they headed pretty fast into pop irrelevance. Though I'm sure those albums have their fans too.

Long Hair, Sireena, Esoteric or Garden of Delights could sell tons of these I think. Obviously they're tied up legally somewhere.

Priority: 2

Friday, May 29, 2009

Eider Stellaire, France


Eider Stellaire. 1981 K001. *** Reissued by Soleil Zeuhl 2011 ***
Eider Stellaire. 1986 K002.

My full review of the first album here.

The second album is quite a departure and is far more atmospheric. It does have some stellar moments, but also some typical mid 80s thin fuzak that takes it down.

(8/29/11 update: Soleil Zeuhl finally was successful in getting the first album out in 2011!)

Priority: 3 (second album)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wolfgang Dauner / Et Cetera, Germany

Wolfgang Dauner - Output. 1970 ECM.
Rischka's Light Faces - Iris, Inri, Pencil And Psalm. 1971 CTR.
Wolfgang Dauner / Et Cetera - Live. 1973 MPS.

*** "Knirsch" reissued by HGBS Musikproduktion July 2010  ***
 
*** The Wolfgang Dauner Group - Rischka's Soul. 1970 CTR. Licensed to Metronome / Brain 2 years later (the yellow cover) reissued by Long Hair May 2015 ***

I was first introduced to Wolfgang Dauner in the 1980s, via the "Output" release, which was too experimental for me then - and still is.

The albums pictured are from Dauner's period of experimenting with out-jazz and even further out-rock. Highly successful too. Since MPS has picked up their reissue program again, I would suspect the Live album to come out soon. I'm hoping Long Hair takes on Rischkas' Soul (and, as it turns out, they did!)

A few of the Dauner albums have made it to CD (prior to this initial posting): Et Cetera's debut (Long Hair), The Oimels (Long Hair) and Kunstkopfindianer (MPS)

---- October 2015 update on Rischka's Light Faces ----

The AC sent this one over a few months ago, and I finally had a chance to hear it:

Well, didn't this turn out to be interesting? 'Taxi to Musberg' and 'Rischka for Rogue's Gallery' are 18 minutes of "screwing around in the studio" and are an utter waste of time. On the flip side, 'Om Mani Padme Hum' sounds like an outtake from Embryo's Father, Son and Holy Ghosts album, with Siggi Schwab laying down a freaky psychedelic solo, and Dauner doing his best fuzz "whatever keyboard is in the studio" jam. And the title track could have just as easily been on Rischka's Soul album. So a real mish-mash of styles here, and honestly the good tracks should be appended to another album as bonuses, while leaving the others to historical review.

The AC further adds: "Recorded just one day after the sessions that resulted in the first Et Cetera album and with basically the same lineup, this early kraut fusion rarity veers towards the more experimental end of Dauner's classic oeuvre. It's a fascinating excursion, but perhaps a bit too abstract for its own good, thus ultimately lacking in musical content. Worth hearing, but not amongst his finest works, in my opinion. Just to clear up a few details: The correct release date for this must be 1971, not 1970 (which is what you'll often see, as it's the album's copyright date). It was recorded on December 13, so despite its purportedly limited release and distribution, it would have been quite impossible for the LP to have been produced and pressed within that calendar year. Also, the often seen attribution of this to the Wolfgang Dauner Group is clearly incorrect. That group name is credited nowhere on the LP or sleeve, and for obvious chronological reasons this is much more closely connected with Et Cetera than "Rischka's Soul" (which had been recorded over a full year earlier), despite being on the same label."

Priority: 3

Last update: October 15, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Catastrophe, France


Catastrophe - High Dynamic. 1981 private.

Along with Berits Halsband, Catastrophe's sole album has to be considered one of my favorite ebay finds. I took a chance and won big time. A top 100 album.

Notes originally published in the Outer Music Diary on December 2, 2005. Edited on September 19, 2007.

Catastrophe's sole album reminds me a lot of Missus Beastly – circa their brilliant 1974 album! Tight, tight compositions, with great melodies. And then when it's time to jam, they let loose all within some great rhythmic interplay. Whereas MB has 2 wind players and keys, Catastrophe deploys a guitar/sax assault. The drummer here really lights it up too. Not to mention some monster, almost Zeuhl style, bass riffs. Funny, as the first track (of five total) is by far the most ordinary and had me thinking that at least I got my money's worth, but nothing extraordinary. But starting with the phenomenal second song (and where Missus Beastly immediately entered my mind) it really kicks in and never lets up from there. Whew!

Priority: 1

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Baba Yaga, Germany

Baba Yaga - s/t. 1974 Phonola.
Baba Yaga - Collage. 1974 Phonola.

Review for "Baba Yaga" originally published for Gnosis Sept 4, 2006 (from a CD-R I received from a well know UK retailer):

Very obscure German group who released two albums in 1974, of which neither have much in common with each other. Ingo Werner is the only member on both, suggesting that Baba Yaga, in reality, are nothing more than a pseudonym. The debut is their song oriented album, performed by a 5 piece standard rock band (including copious use of mellotron), whereas “Collage” is the experimental underground outing recorded by the duo of Werner and Nemat Darman. This review covers the debut, and after listening to the first four tracks, could easily be confused with any similar era UK melodic prog rock effort (Fantasy, Still Life, Cressida, etc…). Even the English language vocals, usually a disaster for pre-metal German groups, are executed flawlessly here by Bernd Weidmann. Ingo’s former band, My Solid Ground, provides another musical reference, though Baba Yaga is not quite as doomy or heavy. And there certainly isn’t a highlight track like ‘Dirty Yellow Mist’ to rely on. However, from the fifth song on, the proceedings get considerably more interesting. Starting with the instrumental ‘Rebekka’, which itself is a beautiful piece with mellotron, acoustic guitar, bassoon and piano. ‘Turdus Merula’ follows, a bit darker in tone, and is yet another powerful instrumental track with mellotron (as a featured instrument, rather than just embellishment), percussion and piano. ‘Intoxication’ is similar but adds a rocked out mid-section that includes a wonderful psychedelic guitar solo (and sounds as if inserted from another jam session). Closing out the album is ‘La Tombeau’, a dark instrumental piece featuring organ, ‘tron, piano and percussion. It’s interesting to note that it appears Werner is handling all of the instrumental work on these four tracks, perhaps revealing that in fact, there wasn’t enough material from the five piece unit, and he appended these songs to fill the album. ‘Homage A’ appears to be a limited group effort, minus the vocalist and duo of guitarists. The odd track out on the back half of the disc is ‘Powerful Hand’, which would’ve fit nicely with the opening quartet of cuts.

Mike's review below is spot on. I bought the original LP on ebay sometime early last decade. Great album.

----Mike McLatchey's review for "Collage" originally published for Gnosis August 18, 2002:

One would think that a two side-long track, 1974 album recorded in Dieter Dierks' studio would have been reissued on CD by now, but alas, this is not the case with the only album by Baba Yaga. This is really the project of a duo, Nemat Darman, who covers percussion, sitar and santur, and Ingo Werner (ex My Solid Ground) who covers all the keyboards. The fusion of electronics and eastern instruments here combines the early sounds of Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream with the more exotic flavorings of the santur and sitar. Both sides act as suites of shorter pieces where an electronically effected sitar and tabla motif will dissolve into electronic and percussion madness (think In Den Garten Pharaos) or a solo piano introduction will pave the way for spacey electronics and jazzy electric piano rambling. It must be said here that the exotic instrumentation dominates the first side, while the keyboards dominate the second side, almost as if each side was a showcase for one of the musicians. Overall, Collage is an excellent piece of 70s German esoterica and a good example of just how far out Krautrock experimentation could reach.

Priority: 2

Monday, May 25, 2009

Automatic Fine Tuning, England


A.F.T. - Automatic Fine Tuning. 1976 Charisma

Found this by chance at a record store in the DFW area in 1985. It's still a personal favorite. 4 long instrumental tracks with twin guitar. Two part "The Great Panjandrum Wheel" is the featured piece on the album.

I wrote a full review on UMR, but I'll put it here to make it easy.

Primary instrumentation: Dual guitars, bass, drums

Instrumental, except 4)

Tracks (* - highlights):
*1. The Great Panjandrum Wheel (Part One) -- in 4 parts
2. Gladioli
*3. The Great Panjandrum Wheel (Part Two) -- in 5 parts
4. Queen of the Night

It's not easy to maintain an interesting album with dual electric (no acoustic) guitars carrying the load throughout the entire recording, but that's exactly what A.F.T. manages to do. The rhythm section is no slouch, but their primary purpose is to keep the compositions moving along, rather than act as a feature. So no boring drum solos, or acrobatic meter sections are highlighted. Just dual guitars, with occasional solos. Fortunately guitarist's MacDonnell and Cross are up to the task, and provide the listener with many exciting sections, and add plenty of tonal changes to keep it interesting. The knee-jerk reaction is to compare AFT to other dual guitar acts from the UK such as Wishbone Ash and Man, but that isn't really the case at all. In fact, you have to fast forward another decade, and look towards the California group Djam Karet for any kind of relative comparison. While the feature pieces are the lengthy 1) and 3) that opens each side, the shorter track 2) is similar, and no less exciting. Track 4) sees the band try their hand at a more straightforward hard rock format, with vocals. And while pleasant, the 3+ minute track comes across as a bit of a throwaway. Otherwise a super album.

Priority: 1

Sunday, May 24, 2009

McLuhan, USA



McLuhan - Anomaly. 1972 Brunswick. (also licensed to Bellaphon in Germany)

Special thanks to Paul Cohn for sharing the below notes with us.

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McLuhan for most of its short existence was made up of Dave Wright (Trumpet/Vocals), Marvin Krout (Organ/Vocals), Neil Rosner (Base Guitar/Vocals), John Mahoney (Drums/Vocals), Mark Rabin (Electric Guitar) and myself, Paul Cohn (Flute, Tenor, Clarinet). We played for almost one year on Monday nights at Wise Fools Pub on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

The group was getting some local recognition but nothing earth shattering when it began to fall apart. John Mahoney was leaving to go away his senior year to Indiana (Music Program), I think Marvin Krout might have moved to Canada, and we lost track of Mark Rabin. We were all in College, most at University of Illinois Circle downtown Chicago.

Right at the end, Brunswick records came out and heard us at Wise Fools and agreed to make the album. They had just done the Chi-Lites, among others. We dealt with Carl Davis at that time. So, we recruited a drummer replacement for John for a couple of the numbers (Michael Lynn) and we replaced Marvin with Tom Tojza on organ and we replaced Mark Rabin with Stoney Phillips on Guitar. I thought with a minimum of rehearsal that they caught on and did a good job. I always felt that we were rushed in the studio, but it was quite a great experience.

I am now looking for Dave Wright who I lost track of 30 years ago. He was the originator/creator of the McLuhan name and mixed-media concept. He would bring in skeletons and some changes and riffs, and the Group would fill it in, change it around in some cases and, just develop it further. It all happened in a relatively short time, about 1 ½ years. We rehearsed during one full summer in my basement and my neighbors (Spiders in Neil’s Basement). It was very experimental, as we were sort of rebelling from the prom/wedding band experiences and other stereotypical music (Raindrops Keep Falling, Drum Major Whistles, etc). We actually played the movie the Bride of Frankenstein in live performance. We had baby’s crying, and all sorts of experimental sounds going including a Maestro Synthesizer device that made my flute sound like a bassoon in the Witches number. In the studio we tried to carry out the same mind-set, using diverging time patterns, triple speed flute sounds, slide whistles, pick axes, etc.

My kids, who are now older than I was when we did this, have told me how great the album was, and I thought they were stroking me. But maybe not. I often have felt secretly that this was the single most significant thing that I ever did. As you get older that thought becomes a harsh reality. Especially when you think nobody but yourself was impacted by it.

And finally please go to Paul's weblog , where he's adding new info all the time.

My original review from 2006, before meeting Paul: A very British sounding, quirky progressive horn rock album by this unknown US group. Fuzz guitar, organ, menacing bass, wailing sax, some narration with twisted lyrics, flute, horn charts ala early Chicago. The soft vocal style and composition structure calls to mind Uriah Heep's "Salisbury" side long piece. Brainchild and Heaven (UK) are other good references, without the pop aspirations. Only missteps are a short ragtime bit and a funk soul sequence that is off track.

Priority: 1

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sudden Death, USA




Sudden Death - Suddenly. 1972. (archival release on LP by Rockadelic in 1995)

Special thanks to former band member John Binkley for sharing these notes with us.

Like so many bands before and since, Sudden Death emerged from pure happenstance, in this case growing out of the local music scene in the Pasadena, California area in 1970. John Binkley from Altadena and Tim Lavrouhin from Sierra Madre had been members of the Pasadena High School marching band and orchestra; John played trombone and Tim drums. After graduating from high school, the two discovered similar musical interests and began fooling around with rock and roll in the basement of Tim's house in Altadena, with John on bass guitar (never a regular guitar player) and Tim playing a gradually expanding set of drums. Tim had a few friends who played guitar, and occasionally one of them would drop by and play along, but more often than not they just jammed on their own with no singer or guitarist. Early Hendrix, Doors, Cream, Blue Cheer and blues were their main interests musically.

Tim's next door neighbor happened to be the father of a local guitar player, Joey Dunlop, who was emerging as a musical presence to be reckoned with. Joey had just split from a Pasadena band that had enjoyed moderate success in the area and was looking for a new direction that would offer him an expanded role as a lead guitarist. His dad heard the rock and roll coming from Tim's house and put Joey and Tim in touch with each other, and from the first times they got together to just jam, the trio's music clicked. Sudden Death was born.

Joey's enthusiasm for the band was immediate and contagious. John and Tim had a talented guitar player in their presence, and despite everyone's relative lack of experience, mutual respect grew, the energy level began to develop, improvisation dominated the music, and the fact that a unique musical experience was possible began to ignite dreams of stardom. Now a quest began for a suitable singer. A round of auditions initially landed a blues-oriented female, Marci, and the band began working up a repertoire and booking forgettable gigs. Joey's wife, Cathy, was an ambitious British import who was a natural promoter. She began cultivating Sudden Death's potential in a more professional direction, and it wasn't long before the music had developed to the point where Marci's limited abilities had to be dealt with.

Cathy then engineered an ambitious move. At her urging, the band raised the money to bring a British rock singer to the United States to lead Sudden Death. Dave X arrived virtually sight unseen but with great expectations from everyone. He moved the band forward with a distinctly rock-oriented vocal style, but the pace at which the instrumentalists, particulary Joey, were musically maturing soon left Dave behind and the search was on, once again, to find a better match to the band vocally.

Enter Greg Magie. Contacted through the infant Musicians' Contact Service in Hollywood, Greg turned out to be the missing piece of the puzzle. His combination of free spirit personality, virtuoso voice, vocal range, and intensity, all coupled with an on-stage charisma that rivaled the current rock gods, now gave the band the front man it had needed. Joey was achieving a dazzling, spellbinding intensity with his leads and song-writing, John was writing songs and pounding out thunderous, moving bass lines to keep the rhythmic pressure on Joey, and Tim was anchoring the band with double-bass smothered by what was now a mountainous pile of percussion. Greg's vocals and dominating stage presence drove the final nail into the coffin for unsuspecting audiences, and the band began to acquire a following from their growing number of public performances, despite the fact that they consisted mostly of auditions and parties. Their music was a blend of hard rock covers and original songs which severely limited their marketability to local clubs who were mainly interested in mainstream Top-40 bands.

Then, without warning, Tim quit the band. Joey made it clear that he wanted the band to survive, so auditions for a new drummer began. At this point in time, the band was using a hillside house in South Pasadena as its base of operations. Occupied by friends of the band (no one in the band lived there), a spacious downstairs den set into the side of a hill was a perfect rehearsal studio, and as you might imagine the house had quickly earned a reputation as an unrivaled party venue with all night performances by Sudden Death as the centerpiece. A steady flow of potential drummers, however, yielded nothing that even came close to Tim's level of expertise.

Just as had happened with finding Joey, however, fate stepped in. After an audition session at the house, John stopped to offer help to a motorist pushing his VW beetle down a main street in nearby Eagle Rock. With the driver behind the Volkswagen's wheel, John eased his car up to push the bug to a service station when he noticed that the entire back window was blocked with drums. John recruited him for an audition, and Charlie Brown quickly became a member of Sudden Death. The lineup that would survive for the next 2 years and record the tape of interest was now in place.

Curiously, Charlie had no experience as a rock drummer. His training was in country-western and pop bands. He later confessed that at his audition, he had no idea what was going on musically, but was inspired like never before to pull out every trick he could think of and to be absolutely certain that he kept a steady beat going. Playing on pure instinct, Charlie unknowingly fell right into the pocket of the band's intensity, and what he lacked in a percussive arsenal with his basic 5-drum kit he astonishingly made up for with sheer power. He and John formed an eclectic, overwhelming rhythm section, Joey was set up to tear loose with reckless abandon on guitar, and Greg's compelling vocals and stage antics now made the Sudden Death experience something to be reckoned with.

Joey ("Fugit Orchard", "The Zoo", "My Time Is Over"), John ("Crazy Ladies", "Lament", "The Road Back Home") and Greg ("Come Away With Me", "Leather Woman") all started writing new material for the band. Most of the songs were designed to exploit Joey's talent on guitar, and all but the slow ones had jams. In performance, leads would go on for 5 or 10 minutes, and every member would improvise. In rehearsal, the band would self-indulgently jam for hours in addition to polishing their originals or exploring covers of their favorites. Many riffs that formed the foundation for Sudden Death songs originally came from live jams in other songs. The band's philosophy was that songs born from jams would be good songs to jam to. It wasn't a bad approach. At the same time, Sudden Death devoted half their repertoire to covering their favorite songs by other groups, including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Who, and Jethro Tull.

Cathy now stepped in to put Sudden Death in front of the public. The Southern California club scene did not have a lot to offer to acid rock bands at the time, and the band faced a daunting task. They performed essentially anywhere that would have them. The most promising venues were the handful of clubs that had a reputation as showcase gigs for aspiring local mainstream rock and blues talent. The band auditioned at these and others, including Under the Ice House in Glendale, The Corral in Topanga Canyon, Gazzari's in Hollywood on the Sunset Strip, and The Beach House in Venice Beach. In addition, they played high schools and colleges, and all the while kept partying at the house in South Pasadena.

Despite all the auditions, actual bookings were hard to come by. Bill Gazzari cut the power to the band's amps half way through an audition because of the volume. The Corral booked the band on Wednesday or Thursday nights a couple of times, but knew the locals wanted blues on the weekends. The feedback from the club owners was varied but consistently negative, running the gamut from the friendly "You guys are great, but that's not what my customers come here to hear" to the off-handed "Too psychedelic" dismissal from those who just didn't get it. And yet, something unusual was happening. Everywhere the band played, people became fans. They wanted to know where Sudden Death was playing next. An informal phone list was compiled (there was, of course, no Internet!), the word would go out whenever the band was going to be playing, and people, more and more of them, would show up.

On stage, the band was now backing up its music with an intensity and euphoria that was instantly absorbed by the audience. Joey was just under six feet with curly, collar-length, dark-blonde hair, moustache and goatee. Heavily influenced by Ritchie Blackmore, he was animated, twisting his body as he punched out chords on his Gibson SG, reeling backward with eyes closed during leads, and doing improvised spins and lunges unexpectedly throughout a show. John played a Gibson EB3-L bass, was tall with waist-length, thin, straight blonde hair, wore wire-frame glasses, and was more reserved than Joey, but he was constantly in motion, either on his own or interacting with Charlie, Greg, and Joey (when it was safe to get near him). Charlie Brown was taller and a bit more formidable than the others but sat behind his drums with an often-sheepish, almost shy demeanor despite his rather intimidating dark, shoulder-length, curled hair and on-again, off-again beard. In front of this trio, Greg had no problem being a captivating performer in his own right. He was tall and lanky, had thin, dark-blonde hair that fell in a shoulder-length shag, and a playful, flirtatious grin. His thin, Dickens-character's face lent him an eerie atmosphere that was softened by his boyish charm, but make no mistake about it…Greg could raise the intensity level by just walking onto a stage. With Sudden Death, he put on a show that borrowed from Robert Plant and Roger Daltry, but his distinctive voice and movements were always interplaying with the music being generated behind him, and you never knew what to expect. He played tambourines, cow bells, maracas, and other percussive instruments during leads as he felt like, and used these props to interact with the audience. This combination of intense music with honest, dynamic and dramatic movement, made Sudden Death a noteworthy, unique experience every time they played.

In 1972, the band came to the attention of Kim Fowley. Kim had been a fixture on the professional music scene in Hollywood for years. He was the voice on the classic '50s novelty song "Ally Oop" along with his cohorts who called themselves the Hollywood Argyles (after the intersection where the recording studio was located, by the way). He was buddies with Mars Bonfire, Iggy Pop, and a number of other coming-up-through-the-ranks musicians. Now he was a freelance producer who provided the invaluable service of uncovering new talent that he could bring to the attention of record companies who were hungry to carve out a share of the emerging hard rock era. Terry Brent, a Santa Monica-based drummer, had seen Sudden Death at The Beach House and brought Kim into the loop. Sudden Death's fortunes were about to take a turn for the better.

Kim was working at the time with Michael Sunday, a rock producer for Epic Records, which was attempting to become the hard rock label for Columbia Records. Michael was actively engaged in a fully-funded effort by Epic/Columbia to sign an American hard rock act. The project was literally referred to as "searching for America's answer to Black Sabbath." Kim came to the South Pasadena house and heard the band in rehearsal, and that was good enough for him. He brought Michael Sunday to hear the band the next time Michael was in town and just like that, Michael was on board. Sudden Death had passed its first test. Several weeks later the fateful call came. Michael Sunday had booked Sudden Death for a recording session at Columbia Records. The band was going to make a professional demo.

The demo was recorded in March, 1972, at the CBS Columbia Records studios on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. It was a night session in a spacious studio that ran almost 6 hours. The studios were on a lot that took up an entire city block and were protected by security guards much like a movie studio. The first hint of coolness came at the guard shack when, as each band member arrived, the security folks knew from their name their reason for being there, the name of their act, and provided guidance to parking and unloading their equipment. Joey brought an amp (his Vox Beatle), John brought his Ampeg bass amp (but wound up going direct into the mixing board), Charlie set up his drums, and Greg brought the home-built theremin of John's to play on Fugit Orchard.

The studio, which was large enough to hold an orchestra and had a high ceiling, was littered with risers, music stands, baffles, chairs, and other assorted gear. The band set up in a cleared area in the center of the room with about 15 feet between Joey and Charlie, who were also separated by sound baffles, John seated on a stool near Charlie, and Greg in a small, separate sound booth. Mikes were set up, headphones were handed out, levels checked, and everyone was ready to go. The lights were dimmed down to almost black, and the control room's subdued lighting provided most of the illumination in the studio through its picture window.

With Michael Sunday and Kim Fowley as co-producers for the demo, along with a sound engineer, the band went to work. The tape was made one track at a time, with a quick run-through of a song to be sure the production crew was familiar with the changes and to set levels, then going once or twice through the song to be sure that they got a good take before moving on. Other than the stop-start nature of a studio effort, the demo is essentially a live performance. Very little (if any) overdubbing was done…the tracks that ended up on the tape were simply the ones everyone agreed were the best take out of several on each song. One can't tell from the tape, but John was sick with pnemonia at the time and violated his doctor's orders to stay bedridden for 3 weeks in order to make the demo, hence his making the whole tape while seated. At the end of the session, no one knew what to think. It hadn't been as glamorous as expected, but clearly the band had taken a major step forward toward a recording contract.

Michael Sunday left with the demo to continue his quest across America, especially on the East Coast. Kim Fowley stayed in touch with the band and kept everyone's anxiety in check over the next few weeks. Excitement continued to build as positive feedback was relayed back to the band through Kim. Then, about a month after making the demo, Michael returned to California with news. Sudden Death was one of the final two bands in the Epic Records search. Michael was in town with other key players from Columbia who wanted to see the band at a live gig. It was Saturday, and they were leaving on Monday.

Fortunately, the band had a club owner who was a true fan. Steve Parfait, the owner of The Beach House in Venice Beach, loved the band. He still wouldn't book them on weekends ("You guys are great, but…"), but he let the band participate in the Sunday night auditions any time they wanted because of the following that came with them. The band wanted to book two sets, one consisting of covers to warm up with and then another with their concert material for the record company A&R reps. John called Steve on Sunday morning with the request and 15 minutes later Steve called back to say he had cancelled two bands for that night and the sets were Sudden Death's. The phone network went to work, word spread quickly, and Cathy and Michael coordinated the arrival time for the group from Columbia.

When the band showed up that night, two hours before showtime, the parking lot was already jammed with fans. The band was in a state of disbelief over the possibilities that loomed before them. They set up, did a sound check, relaxed on the beach, then kicked back to let another band take the first set of the night. Sudden Death then did their warm-up set. The atmosphere was electric and packed with a never-before-experienced intensity. Fans were jammed up to the nearly floor-level stage. The warm-up set was spectacular and Cathy nearly stopped the band in mid-set she was so worried that the band would peak too early and have trouble getting back up to speed for the critical concert set. They took a break and waited for the guests of honor to arrive. The crowd was restless, chanting "More…more" and "Sud-den Death" spontaneously, and the tension grew. Then Kim, Michael and their entourage arrived. Once they were settled, Sudden Death took the stage.

To give credit where credit is due is sometimes difficult. To say that Joey delivered the performance of his life is no exaggeration, or that Greg masterfully provided the visual focal point for the band's energy, or that John and Charlie clicked in that magical zone where each knew where the other was going with riffs and punches without as much as a glance, only tells part of the story. Sudden Death's songs were mere pretenses to jam, and the band annihilated the crowd with its 45 minutes of original material. But the fans really made the evening unforgettable. They responded with as much enthusiasm as I've ever witnessed in any musical setting, melding with the band into an insatiable beast that on one hand greedily demanded ever more intensity and on the other threatened to deliver more than mortal souls could bear. No one went away unaffected by the experience. For over 10 years, total strangers would recognize John (and presumably others) in convenience stores, movie theaters, airports, or on the street and talk about having been there when Sudden Death played The Beach House.

Kim Fowley, Michael Sunday and his crowd were no fools and they realized what they had in front of them. They left town with the band's shopping list for concert-level amps, guitars, drums, cars and cash. But fame and fortune were not to be Sudden Death's fate. When it came time to make a decision on who to sign, CBS executives went with the other finalist, an East Coast band that had tour experience and a following in several states. They released an album on Epic that went nowhere, Epic records never achieved its status as a major rock brand, and the whole project died.

Sudden Death continued to push forward and survived for the better part of a year after the Epic deal fell through, but eventually the band fragmented over the musical direction that should be taken. John, Charlie, and Greg formed Sky Fire with guitarist Keith Winnovich and keyboard master Dave Morgan and played the L.A. club scene for a little over a year. In 1973 they recorded a demo of their song "Heavy Metal Kids" for Kim Fowley. Sky Fire broke up when John joined up with Terry Brent to form Hammerhead along with Austin Addison and Woody Woods on guitars and Greg Sanford on vocals. They collaborated with Kim Fowley in 1974 to write "Summer Nites" and signed a contract with GNP Crescendo records to release it, along with "Jewels" (written by Greg Sanford), as a single which got airplay in several markets across the country, including Los Angeles. To this day, copies of that record are occasionally available on eBay and other music afficionado sites. John and Joey paired up in the late '70's to form Temper and recapture the Sudden Death intensity, but the effort only produced a very poorly recorded tape and an inability to find a quality singer, and the band fell apart within a year.

One final note of closure. Cathy Dunlop, determined to continue managing bands in the aftermath of Sudden Death's breakup, quickly came across a popular Pasadena party band, found them a rehearsal studio to polish their act and booked them in their first legitimate club gigs. The band was Mammoth, whom music buffs will recognize as the original name of the band that later became known as Van Halen.

So that's the story of Sudden Death and an Epic Records demo tape that has been floating around for over 30 years. There never was a label-released album and the name "Suddenly" was never suggested as a title. In fact, the informal working title for the tape at the time was "Overtime", coined by John so that sportscasters would provide free publicity for the band's album should it ever be released. There were such high hopes and magnificant dreams for those in and around the band over those 3 years. But in the history of rock and roll, the tale of Sudden Death is but a sentimental memento, like so many others, that has been sitting in a dusty attic all these years, with the demo tape being the only surviving evidence, other than lasting memory, of the band's existence. But what a ride it was. Rock on.

John Binkley
October, 2007

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(John added the following comments about each track, updated January, 2008)
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Track Notes

Note: All comments are in the context of having heard the CD for the first time in at least thirty years.

First, some overall impressions. The performances are a bit rougher around the edges than I remembered (of course!). There are some flat out missed chords by both Joey and myself, Charlie is pretty much dead on, and Greg was really trying to impress and took it over the top in some of the wilder moments. But maybe that's just the way we were. We did, after all, set up, record 8 songs, and tear down in a matter of hours, and we felt compelled to do our best to convince everyone that Sudden Death was capable of going head on with the big boys, so we got what we got. What a genuine treat to hear all of these songs again!

Second, some overall notes. I'm trying here to attribute authorship correctly, but I may have it wrong. For instance, I had forgotten My Time Is Over, but upon hearing it again I am certain that I wrote the lyrics for Greg. I don't remember Joey writing words to any of the songs, but he was always coming to rehearsal with fairly complete concepts of a song's riffs and monster chord progressions. They could remain in that state, merely foundations for jamming, for weeks or months before they would evolve into performable songs. We would hammer them into arrangements collaboratively, but I give Joey sole credit here, and rightfully so. Still, I think that Greg and Joey did some work together (Greg played guitar a bit, but never in the band) and so Greg may be getting the short end of things in a few places.

Third, I don't remember the exact order of the songs on the tape, but it was definitely different from the order on the CD. We deliberately recorded the songs in the order we would have used to structure a set. To my best recollection, it went like this: Crazy Ladies; My Time Is Over; Lament; The Road Back Home; Leather Woman; Come Away With Me; The Zoo; Fugit Orchard. I am sure that there are several mistakes, but that order is much closer to the original.

Come Away With Me
Words by Greg; music by Joey. At least that's what I remember. We really dove into this as a counterpoint for our wildly improvisational jams and heavy riffs. It always astonished me to think that this band could shift gears into this mode on the spot. A real tribute to Joey's versatility on guitar, but Greg was equally unbelievable on vocals, and his vocal qualities are highlighted exquisitely well here. The girls loved this one. I think it made them want to pull Greg off the stage and cuddle up with him, right then and there.

The Road Back Home
Words and music by John. This was my attempt to get spooky and suggest that there were forces at work in the world that made you pay for your transgressions. Really influenced by Black Sabbath. I'm as proud as I can be of all three parts of the song…the intro riff that returns throughout, the riff behind the vocals, and the jam. Live, we could go on for 10 minutes with this one…we kept it short for the demo. This song was just too much fun to play. The lyrics were purely imaginative, not based on any real event, but I loved dreaming up scenarios for stories that were founded on lessons learned the hard way, and the agony of being underappreciated (the fate of bass players). This song I've remembered clearly through all the years…what fun to actually hear it again! I was never really happy with the ending, but it seemed to make a really strong statement when performed live.

Lament
Words and music by John. I wrote this on the piano at my parent's house not long after Greg joined. At the time I was in a funk over a girl who wouldn't give me the time of day, and I took it upon myself to spell it out in the lyrics, hence the title. Greg does all the singing except at the end. As in Crazy Ladies, we do a two part answering vocal line with me doing the first part and Greg the answering. They just set a mike in front of me on my stool so I could play and sing at the same time. No overdubbing!

The Zoo
Words by Greg, music by Joey. Greg had a refined sense of satire and a healthy contempt for the status quo, and he let it out in his lyrics here. Greg was actually a nice guy, a good friend, and a stunning performer, and you could always count on him for the off-beat perspective on life. One of our most danceable songs, this kind of plodding, deliberate rhythm was something we all reveled in. The guitar work is Joey at his best and the song exploits his strengths from start to finish. The bass line during the lead was inspired by Dazed and Confused but consists of two different licks. In fact, the first lick was the way we'd start off the lead and the second is how we would wind it up after jamming for a while. The licks were merely the bookends for the jam, and for the demo we just skipped the middle.

My Time Is Over
Words by John, music by Joey. I had forgotten all about this one until I saw the title, and still didn't recall the song. The music is all Joey…this was his bread and butter…a great combo of riffs, chord progressions, and unexpected changes. Wow. But the real surprise upon hearing this is realizing that these are lyrics I wrote. I remember now that we had been playing the song as a jam for a while but there were no words, so I put something together and showed it to Greg, hoping to get the ball rolling on putting it into our performance set. To my surprise, he loved what I had written and never made a change. I always interpreted the lead in this song as our attempt to get "jazzy", but that was more me than Joey. Joey thought up the great transition out of the lead into the introduction, something that I always enjoyed in our music. Charlie came up with the triplets toward the end on his own…nice touch.

Leather Woman
Words by Greg, music by Joey, as I recall. Greg wrote the lyrics targeted at biker chicks. I think that Greg and Joey wrote and arranged this at Joey's house…Greg may have even had the basic music written. This one didn't go through the band's usual evolution of starting out as a jam and becoming a song later. Instead, it just sort of sprang into existence quickly. I came up with the bass lick that formed the introduction and then stuck with it for the verses. Another song you could dance to, with Joey showing admirable restraint during the vocals, but with two leads he had plenty of time to make up for it. Greg loved the Theremin that I had built as an electronics project and made sure that it found its way onto the tape. The ending was fun, with the lead dissolving into total chaos. Given that this was one of the more commercially palatable songs that we had (just take out the middle lead and this could have gotten airplay), distorting its ending was just our way of letting our true colors show through.

Fugit Orchard
Words and music by Joey. This is the only song that pre-dates Sudden Death, as I remember it. Joey taught it to us back when Tim was on drums and we had no singer, and I'm pretty sure he had either been keeping it for the right situation or else he wrote it early on. We considered this to be one of our heaviest songs, and usually closed our show with it. When performed live it always began with me grinding my bass at maximum volume against my amp in an extended atonal bass feedback solo, then the whole band breaking into the opening chords on a cue. The lead could go on forever. I have no idea where Joey got the title Fugit Orchard, but the song was never called anything else by us. Greg's slightly off-color lyrics raised eyebrows in those days.

Crazy Ladies
Words and music by John. An ode to groupies. This was one of the few high-energy songs we ever wrote that had a fixed structure from start to finish. The riff and the chord progressions all came together in a 20- or 30-minute jam that the band did one evening at the house in South Pasadena. We were just fooling around with a fast-paced tempo, and I suddenly came up with what would become the riff behind the vocals, which Joey quickly picked up on. Then, without stopping, I just started to shout out chords. Some worked, others didn't. As a continuous jam, we kept going back and forth between the vocal riff and trying out chorus chord progressions until we had settled on a sequence that made sense. By the end of the jam, most of the song was in place. Later on, I added the introductory riff, then wrote the words, which were mostly a bunch of machismo wishful thinking. I sing the opening lyrics on each verse with Greg coming in with the answering vocals and then taking over for the remainder of each verse. There is no overdubbing on the tape…this is how we performed the song, and for the recording session, as on Lament, I sang into a mike while playing bass on my stool.


Priority: 3

Friday, May 15, 2009

2009 News through 5/29

(05/29/09) Mammut's album has FINALLY been reissued! Long Hair was successful in getting it out, though it took close to a year after it was announced.

(05/29/09) The Tree People, a folk band from Oregon that we've featured here before, have reissued their second album from 1984 called "Human Voices" (on Spain's highly regarded Guerssen label). This album was originally released on cassette only.

(05/10/09) We recently found out that BTF of Italy plans on reissuing the Psycheground LP that we have listed on the main site. Thanks to reader Mike for letting us know!

(05/02/09) We've received early word that Radio Noize Ensemble's "Yniverse" will be reissued by Garden of Delights in mid May.

(03/22/09) So there's an interesting reissue of the Chico Magnetic Band that came out in 2008 on the Nosmoke label from Portugal. Imagine my surprise when I saw the back liner notes... which were written by.... ME! (the liner notes? what you see in the main section of the Reissue Wishlist). Guess we can safely assume this is a bootleg as well, since I certainly wasn't contacted prior! It's a pretty decent boot actually, with extra tracks taken from 45s and Ep's, also from the bootleggers collection no doubt. There's also a full history of the band, up through 2003, probably pulled from the net as well. The sound quality is pretty good, a vinyl copy no-noised to death. So we'll keep waiting for a legit press.

(03/22/09) We've recently heard from Lion Productions of Chicago, and it looks like they're starting to license some of the classic Krautrock that were previously released on labels like Zyx and Spalax. The first batch include Emtidi "Saat", Lord Krishna von Goloka and Guru Guru's "UFO". All feature large booklets with histories, interviews, etc... and are a huge upgrade to the original CD reissues. Maybe Captain Trip will license these versions from Lion for a Japanese mini-LP release? They've already done "UFO" prior, so too late for that - but not the others!

(03/22/09) We've also been in touch recently with Antoni of Guerssen Records (Spain) and they've informed us of some new CD reissues including: Warlus, One Way Ticket and Factory. Their primary focus is psych and folk, so a little out of range for our website, but I know many of you will be interested in these, and Guerssen is a great label!

(03/22/09) I feel bad for not mentioning all of the Esoteric reissues that have been piling out. Most of them are remastered versions of albums already out on CD. But Vicky has been great in keeping us informed of all the great albums coming out. Of course we hope that one day they tackle albums still dying to be reissued for the first time like Goliath, Dear Mr. Time, Norman Haines Band, and Time (amongst many others). We know they're doing everything they can, and they remain the top label today dedicated to reissuing progressive rock albums.

(03/15/09) Long Hair is at it again, this time reissuing the legendary 1971 Haboob album with Jimmy Jackson (Embryo, Passport, Amon Duul II) featured on organ. Also, they're issuing for the first time an SWF archival release by a band called Cannabis India from 1973.

(03/15/09) A German label called Sireena, who specialize in German rock (not necessarily what we typically refer to as Krautrock, or even progressive rock - but rather actual German rock with German lyrics), is reissuing a 4 CD set of the Umsonst & Draussen Festivals from 1975-1978, which covers most of the ones I know of (there was one in 1983 as well). So I'll remove those from the list. Maybe Sireena will take over some of the much needed Schneeball reissues?

(03/01/09) ProgQuebec has announced their intention to reissue the sole album by Vos Voisins from 1971. Expect the release sometime this Spring / early Summer.

(02/24/09) On 12/22 we announced that Indie Happy Trails, a new Czech concern, had reissued the Combo FH albums. We have now found out from reader Mike that they are also issuing both albums by post-Flamengo fusion outfit Energit. If that wasn't enough, also look for the two albums from the Canterbury inspired group Mahagon. AND the full works of a jazz rock group named Impuls, who I was unfamiliar with prior to this announcement. Excellent news!

(02/16/09) Ultima Thule's Cosmic Egg label has finally reissued the Kontrast album, that was announced a few years ago. Comes with 30 minutes of bonus material! Kontrast are post Out of Focus and represent one of the best Krautrock albums from the 1980s.

(02/09/09) Soleil Zeuhl has announced their intention to reissue Shub Niggurath's first album. Their debut was a cassette only release that pre-dated "Les Morts Vont Vite". This will no doubt be exciting news for Zeuhl fans everywhere!

(01/31/09) Finally added an FAQ for the site.

(01/22/09) Belle Antique of Japan has announced mini-LP reissues of the classic Amon Duul II and Eela Craig albums (not including the first Eela Craig though). All of have been issued on CD before, except Eela Craig's "Hats of Glass", which will be making its first appearance in full. It had been previously reissued only in part along with all of "One Niter".

(01/12/09) Some 8 years after it was first announced, Garden of Delights is finally reissuing Ibliss' sole album "Supernova". Originally released in 1972 on Aamok, the album is a tour de force of freaky jazz and Krautrock. GoD will also be issuing the folky 1970 debut by Emtidi, which is also making its debut on CD.

(01/11/09) This has been out about 8 months, but we just found out about it: Laser Pace's "Granfalloon" from 1974 was reissued by the band and is available here . Wow, strange nobody's talked about this one. It's a good US prog album from the heyday of the scene, and recalls German groups such as Streetmark or latter day Pancake.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

2008 News Archive

(12/30/08) One of our one star reissue wishlisters is now out: Cortex's debut album "Le Troupeau Bleu", on Underdog Records, the same label behind their archival live 1979 album. This has been rumored for over a year now, so it's nice to see it finally being reissued.

(12/22/08) A Czech label called Indie Happy Trails has reissued Combo FH's long awaited RIO classic "Veci" along with their second album called "Situace na Strese". There's also additional bonus material covering the period from 1976 to 1986. This is a 2 CD set, that will be available in the US from Wayside soon!

(12/22/08) EMI of Japan has finally awaken and will reissue both Ethos albums in the mini-LP format sometime in February of 2009! Great news for many fans, beyond the usual obscure prog heads. Still no word of a domestic release. Thanks to reader Mike for the heads up!

(11/13/08) Long Hair has announced its intention to reissue Ralf Nowy's acclaimed 1973 album "Lucifer's Dream" for the first time. We have a copy of the original LP here, but haven't heard it yet. Also to note, that the Mammut album we announced back in July, still hasn't been reissued. We hope they haven't run into the same legal wrangling with Little Wing that happened with Ohrwaschl over 10 years ago.

(11/13/08) We've heard from Robert Baglione, and it appears the band has self-released Continuum's "End of Line" album on CD. More info can be found here .

(11/13/08) Amongst the many Esoteric reissues coming out (most have been reissued prior), we noticed that both Galliard's, for the first time ever, are slated to come out in January of 2009. As always, Esoteric reissues a first class product, completely remastered, with liner notes, bonus tracks and other extras.

(11/13/08) Garden of Delights issued an archival release by Embryo called "Wiesbaden 1972". That's right in the middle of their heyday, so should prove to be an interesting release.

(10/08/08) Thanks to a tip from one of our readers, Esa Kotilainen's "Ajatuslapsi" is coming out on CD from the parent label, Love Records of Finland. It appears to contain bonus tracks as well.

(10/08/08) The same reader also wanted me to point out that Manuel Gottsching has taken over much of his old catalog and is reissuing many of the classic Ashra albums, starting with "New Age of Earth", on his own MG.ART imprint. The "Correlations (complete)" appears to be the same as "The Making of... Correlations" that came out on Manikin a few years back. Maybe they'll tackle more of the old catalog - though it seems the "Private Tapes" is pretty comprehensive (glad I have the complete set as it's quite the rarity). Though no one has yet issued the 'Gedanken' track that appeared on a Kosmische Kourier sampler in 1975.

(09/06/08) The Swedish group Ragnarok has reformed and released a new album entitled "Path" (on Musea). This has lead to hopes that maybe the classic second and third Ragnarok albums will see a CD reissue. I hope that's the case, though Silence hasn't yet licensed any albums out to date.

(09/06/08) Another group who it seems to have reappeared is the French band Ma Banlieue Flasque. It will be interesting to see if they reissue their sole album. There was a rumor a few years back that Musea was to do this, but it appears to have either been unfounded or the deal fell through.

(09/03/08) Thanks to a tip from one of our reader's, we've received advanced word that Long Hair plans on reissuing Wolfgang Dauner's "Et Cetera" album (aka "Lady Blue"). Will incude bonus tracks as well. This is in addition to the Mammut we mentioned below.

(08/17/08) Garden of Delights has come in with their 3rd quarter releases, which include the anticipated Joy Unlimited's "Minne". Also are archival recordings (1973 to 1975) of the Metronome/Brain label band Os Mundi called "Sturmflut". Also look for a rare 1972 album from Gurnemanz, which may also be an archival release, at least I'm not familiar with the title.

(08/17/08) We've recently heard from Lion Productions (the legit US based label), and it appears they're going to reissue some of the Musea catalog that has gone out of print (the 70s classics like Sandrose, Jean Phillippe Goude, Tetragon, etc...) plus many other titles! Just reissued are albums by Sunforest and Stone Harbour.

(08/17/08) Esoteric has a pile of reissues coming out in August and September. Perhaps most surprising are the reissues of four Stomu Yamashta albums.

(07/20/08) Always happens, as soon as I go on vacation, a pile of reissues are announced. Of the ones I've seen, the biggest news has to be that Mammut will be reissued on Long Hair soon. Finally! After many years, one false start by Ohrwaschl and a legal battle with Little Wing, it appears a reissue will be available. I actually have the rare Ohrwaschl version, but it's value should come down now. Great news for Krautrock fans. Will have 2 bonus tracks.

(07/20/08) In other Krautrock news, Franz K.'s first 2 albums, which are long OOP from Repertoire, are going to be reissued by SPV. Both are fine examples of the German language being used in a rock context. As well, Revisited Records will be reissuing the first 2 Agitation Free albums AGAIN (Garden of Delights and Spalax had done both prior). The bonus tracks look like they may be from the "Fragments" albums that Musique Intemporelle did in the mid 90s. I'm surprised there's much demand given the GoD version hasn't been out that long. Personally, I'd like to see these two get the Japanese mini-LP treatment, as I've always treasured my LP copies, and would enjoy a CD companion for each.

(07/20/08) Didn't realize this until today, but it looks like the second Broselmaschine album DID come out on CD years ago on the Zyx label. I'm sure it's not easy to find given that the Zyx CDs were from the early 90s, though I do see one German retailer carrying it for regular price. So I'll remove it from Part 2.

(06/13/08) Well it looks like the big news of the week is that the two Fireballet albums will finally be reissued in 2009! Fireballet are one of those bands that transcends past our usual limited audience, as they were relatively well known, in the United States at least, due to their albums being on the widely available Passport label. More info can be found here

(06/13/08) We've just recently heard from a long time friend of the CD Reissue Wish List, and he's reported that the very rare Joachim Skogsberg album "Jola Rota" from 1972 (originally on Gump) will be reissued on the excellent Tiliqua label of Japan (best known here as the label that reissued The Tree People). I personally haven't heard the album yet, but it appears I will be soon!

(06/08/08) It appears, and I'm still in the process of confirming this, that Quarteto 1111's - "ONDE, QUANDO, COMO, PORQUÊ CANTAMOS PESSOAS VIVAS" is now available on CD! This is one of our top wants from Part 1. Guerssen had originally intended on issuing it, and now it looks like they will do the LP reissue. The label listed is called iPlay, that I'm not familiar with. It seems on the surface totally legit. If so, this is GREAT news for symphonic progressive rock fans. (08/21/08 note: I have it now: 100% legit and a great sound!)

(06/08/08) Lion Productions of Chicago (not to be confused with the dubious Lion Music of Germany) have sent a recent announcement. Look for legit reissues of The Third Estate - Years Before the Wine (previously done legit on Mellow) which includes an unreleased 1973 demo album called "Agonistes"; T2's "It'll All Work Out in Boomland" with the 3 BBC live tracks, as well as the second posthumously released album (sometimes known as "Fantasy"); The French group Ophiucus' self-titled debut. Ergo Sum's "Mexico" (a reprint of the Musea reissue but with a 28 page history); And from the South American rock scenes: Uruguay's Opa and Montevideo Blues as well as Peru's We All Together with 2 CDs. All in all, a great label.

(06/08/08) Esoteric proves onces again they are today's most active reissue label. The previously announced Man and Supersister albums have been released (I'm secretly hoping the Supersister's come out in Japan on mini LP.). June's releases include: Jack Bruce (as mentioned -6CD box set-"Can you Follow"
Darryl Ways Wolf--Night Music/Saturation Point and Canis Lupus
Curved Air-Curved Air Live
Satisfaction-Satisfaction
Claire Hamill-Love in the Afternoon
Claire Hamill-Voices
July offers: Johnny almond Music Machine-Hollywood Blues
Quintessence-Self
Walrus-Walrus
and the delayed Bond and Brown release-2 Heads are better than one.
Of the above, I'm most curious about the Satisfaction, an album I was previously unaware of. We also received advanced word that they intend on reissuing Norman Haines Band's "Den of Iniquity" later in the year - one of our Part 1 wishlisters!

(06/08/08) The always excellent BTF label of Italy has released one of our Part 2 wishlisters: Luciano Basso's "Cogli Il Giorno", which is quite a bit different from the symphonic progressive rock of "Voci".

(05/17/08) Long Hair will be reissuing both albums from Baltimore hard rockers Orange Wedge. Albums include "Orange Wedge" and "No One Left But Me" from 1972 and 1974 respectively.

(05/08/08) Mellotronen of Sweden have reissued Kultivator's "Barndomens Stigar", which I consider to be one of the Top 10 albums ever made, and the single greatest album from the 1980s. This reissue meets renewed demand for the long OOP version from the APM label. As well, to entice owners of that disc, Mellotronen not only has included the bonus tracks from that CD, but have added a second disc with 4 more bonus cuts!

(04/23/08) Zolder & Clark (aka Jasper Wrath) have self-released (d.b.a. Oxford Circus) their sole 1977 prog album, that was originally released on the tax loss label Dellwood.

(04/11/08) We just found out the Michigan based group Inserts are still around. Their excellent "Out of the Box" album is scheduled to be released by the band in the near future. More info about the album can be found in Part 2 of the Reissue Wish List.

(04/10/08) RPM Retro, one of the many labels from Cherry Red (including Esoteric, our house favorite), will be reissuing the Megaton album for the first time legitimately. A pretty straightforward hard rock album, that features an awesome cover, and is a favorite with collectors of rare hard rock. We had this is Part 2, and will now consider it officially reissued!

(03/19/08) Through some discussions on Progressive Ears, it appears BTF are working on reissuing the Sensations Fix albums. For us, the last great Italian band to be missing a CD issue (other than "Fragments of Light" on Mellow). Great news!

(03/19/08) We mentioned in our Reissue Wish List that we hoped that Aztec of Australia would release the first two Dragon albums from New Zealand. And we just found out they have indeed signed up to do just that! Yes! We also noticed they are still planning on reissuing the two Pirana albums in the future as well, not sure if we ever mentioned that.

(03/18/08) The ever surprising Long Hair label out of Germany, has announced their intention to release both Human Adventist Concept albums from Canada. Titles include "Invasion" from 1979 and "Supra Surge" from 1980. Both albums are solid post psychedelic albums, pre-dating the 1980s neo psych movement by a few years. Release date is set for the beginning of April.

(03/15/08) We don't normally mention LP reissues, but we'll make an exception here, as we've heard from two independent sources now that a California company has obtained rights to the first two Laurence Vanay albums, which we have in our TOP WANTS section of the Reissue Wish List. Still no word on the missing three albums that seems no one has heard (but has been confirmed as existing by Jacqueline Thibault herself).

(03/14/08) It's just been recently called to our attention that Al Basim is alive and well! Turns out he wasn't executed by Iranian revolutionaries in 1979. That would be because 1) He's Iraqi and 2) lives in France now. He has a website, and has self-released the "Revival" album, which can now be considered a legit issue.

(03/14/08) Esoteric is by far the busiest reissue label going today. Here's their latest update flyer, which we'll just paste in here: "March remastered releases will be available within the next 5 days at Cherry Red: mellow Candle-Swaddling Songs (sounds and looks FAB); Room-Pre Flight(with notes by the band) Denny gerrard-Sinister Morning (never before on CD); plus the following old Eclectic titles made reavailable: (Keef Hartleys Overdog and Time is Near(notes have been redone by Keef); Giles Giles and Fripp and Khan
Aprils titles will be as follows all remastered and repackaged: Bond and Brown-2 Heads are better than one; Love Sculpure-Forms and Feelings; Love Sculpture-Blues Helpings; Keef Hartley-Battle of NW6--notes by Keef; Keef hartley-Little Big Band-notes by Keef; Keef hartley-Halfbreed-notes by Keef; Web-Theraphosa Blondi (notes by John eaton); Stud-Stud
Mays titles will be: Supersister X 1st 4 albums; Man-Maximum Darkness; Man-back Into the Future; Man -Slow Motion; Jan Schelhaas-Darkships--new studio album from the Camel/Caravan keyboard maestro.(clips on www.myspace.com/janschelhaas)
Junes titles will include: Darryl Ways Wolf X 3 titles; Curved Air Live; Henry Lowther-Childsong"

(03/03/08) The original 1976 version of Art Zoyd's "Symphonie Pour Le Jour Ou Bruleront Les Cités" will be available for the first time on CD soon (the 1980 re-recording has been available for many years on CD). Apparently it will be reissued in Japan with a mini-LP sleeve.

(02/24/08) We've obtained advanced word on the next batch of Garden of Delights reissues. Look for the rare 1980 album by Sun (not to be confused with Michael Borner's Sun), an album we've been wanting to hear for some time. Also look for the second Pancake album "Out of the Ashes", and finally a band called Aqua from 1972, that we are presuming is an archival release. Looks like a couple of the members were with Wyoming and Marz, so it may not be anything incredible, but you never know.

(02/11/08) The big news of the day is that we just found out that the two original studio Igra Staklenih Perli albums are out on one CD. The first album is in our TOP WANTS section and "Vrt Svetlosti" is in Section 1. Apparently they've been released by the original state label RTS (Radio Television Serbia) and it came out at the end of last year. No one seemed to know about this, but more info can be found here . There's a new bootleg of the first album out there, and now we're finding out it was taken from this legit CD - how awful (don't buy the bootleg!!) We're hoping this legit reissue will be available in America soon!

(02/10/08) As we first mentioned on (03/27/07), Rävjunk's "Uppsala Stadshotell Brinner" will finally be released by Transubstans on Feb. 23. This will include an extra disc filled with guitar driven jams, exactly what they excelled at on their one album. Should prove to be an excellent package!

(02/05/08) We finally obtained the Speed Limit reissues that were mentioned on (12/21/07) below. It appears they were licensed directly from Yoch'Ko Seffer, and brokered through Musea. Belle Antique were planning a Zao box set and inquired about related bands. This started the ball towards Speed Limit being reissued for the first time. That's the good news. The bad news is other than splendid packaging (in a typically nice Japanese mini-LP format), the reissues are barebones. The insert is entirely in Japanese, while the mastering was done from clean/mint LPs taken from a collector in Japan. Still, much more preferable than no reissue at all (totally legit), and considerably more desirable than a lesser sounding CD-R copy or, even worse, a cheap bootleg.

(01/30/08) Available now from Ultima Thule is THE CRACK IN THE COSMIC EGG CD-ROM EDITION, the foremost guide on Krautrock. Go here for more info.

(01/26/08) One of the band members from The Elastik Band and Rodan (the latter featured in Part 1 of our list), has started his own label called Digital Cellars. The Elastik Band was reissued in 2007 and look for a reissue of the fantastic high energy progressive horn rock Rodan album in 2008. Thanks to reader Dave G. for the heads up!

(01/26/08) Further info on the Cai reissue mention on (01/01/08): Apparently this reissue is being done by one of the band members. Unfortunately it appears to be a needle drop without any noise control or remastering. We're still unsure what else is on here to justify a 2CD set. Thanks to reader Greg W. for the info.

(01/22/08) ProgQuebec announced today they will be reissuing Jacques Blais' sole album from 1975 called "Themes". Blais' album features many band members from the Contraction/VEBB family. We're unfamiliar with this release, but looks very promising!

(01/22/08) Esoteric has pre-announced their March schedule, which will include a remastered version of Ireland's most famous prog folk band Mellow Candle ("Swaddling Songs").

(01/19/08) As first reported on July 5, 2007 below, Rialzu's sole Magma-inspired album will be reissued soon. Turns out the label will be Soleil Zeuhl, who always do an outstanding job with their reissues. Excellent news and another Part 1 wishlister gets done!

(01/14/08) As mentioned on (11/6/07), Esoteric's new batch of reissues are out including Heaven's "Brass Rock I", Web's "I Spider" and the Samurai (1971) album. New for February will be both Julian's Treatment and Julian Jay Savarin's albums (reissued prior by See For Miles, excluding one excellent track from the "Waiters on the Dance" album). As well, John G Perry's "Sunset Wading" will be reissued (previously done by Voiceprint). Expect the usual remastering, histories and photos. Always great packages from Esoteric!

(01/04/08) BTF of Italy has just reissued, for the first time, Nascita della Sfera's very rare 1978 album "Per una Scultura di Ceschia".

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

2007 News Archive

(12/30/07) Portugese label Companhia Nacional de Música (CNM) has reissued "Mestre", the debut album by Petrus Castrus. We said: "This 1973 album is a mix of late psych and early hard rock. Reminds us of some of the Italian beat groups from 1970 or so (and their relative progression)".

(12/30/07) BTF/AMS have reissued the rare 1972 Italian jazz rock album by the Showmen 2.

(12/30/07) Wooden Hill has reissued the archival 1967 psych release by Dantelian's Chariot "Chariot Rising" (originally issued in 1996). Features legends such as Zoot Money and Andy Summers.

(12/21/07) Looks like Pseudonym Records of The Netherlands is back! Their first comeback reissue is an extended version of Coda's "Sound of Passion", which had been reissued by the now defunkt SI label in the 1990s. Lots of great Dutch material that still needs a proper reissue, and Pseudonym were definitely The Netherlands finest indigenous reissue label.

(12/21/07) According to one source, it appears that Belle Antique of Japan will be reissuing both Speed Limit albums from France (and is in our Part 1 section). Not sure if these will be mini's or straight jewel case issues. Rare that a rare European album comes out in Japan first, so not sure if this is a collaboration, or that these will be exclusive to Belle Antique.

(12/21/07) Eclectic label Water has issued an archival release by Harmonia titled "Live 1974" and is reported to be excellent (and all original material), similar to "Cluster 2" or "Musik von Harmonia". (and since verified - outstanding release!)

(12/21/07) We didn't report this originally, but there's a 1975 archival release out by a band called Scarecrew, released on the US based Ricochet label. Scarecrew featured, amongst others, such Krautrock luminaries like John L. (Ash Ra Tempel) and Steve Schroyder (early Tangerine Dream). We have it on order, so we'll see how it turns out! (And verified...see our "Other Reviews" section from the main home page. Well worth getting!)

(12/21/07) As first reported on (10/30/07), the Achim Reichel "Die Grune Reise" is now available.

(12/16/07) As we first mentioned on (9/14/2006), Long Hair will indeed reissue the long awaited green Brain 1973 album by Kollektiv. With SPV inheriting the rights to the long neglected Metronome line, it was unclear where Kollektiv would fall. This is great news for us, as it's been in our TOP PRIORITY list for many years. Included are 28 minutes of bonus tracks by a slightly different era of the band who supposedly play in a KC "Red" era style (that should be interesting!). Also look for a new double live CD from Rufus Zuphall called "Outside the Gates of Eden", which was taken from a reunion concert in 2006. Thanks to reader Jim for the heads up on both items!

(12/16/07) On (10/09/07) we mentioned Garden of Delight's latest batch of releases would include Joy Unlimited's "Reflections", P205's "Vivat Progressio Pereat Mundus" and a live recording by Out of Focus called "Palermo 1972". Those are all out now PLUS they reissued Faithful Breath's second album "Back on My Hill" from 1980 (and recorded in 1978). As well, GoD's non-German Thors Hammer line has put out the Irish Coffee album from 1971. The band themselves put the CD out in the 90s but it had fallen OOP.

(12/16/07) Sunbeam Records is finally giving proper reissues to albums that may have been reissued legitimately, but without much information or insight. Their next important reissue is the sole album by Human Beast "Volume One", with photos and historical liner notes. A brilliant trio, and one of the most inventive guitar trio albums from the golden age. As well, Sunbeam is tackling The Habibiyya album "If Man But Knew", an early foray into world music by former members of Mighty Baby.

(12/8/07) We were given a CD-R by a friend that was called Art Jackson's Atrocity, and the album is titled "Gout". Supposedly an unreleased demo on Columbia from 1974 that is in need of a CD reissue. What a bunch of baloney. This is most certainly a hoax. We could give many reasons why, but just do your own search for this album and see if you see anything prior to 2007 about it (oh, and take a look at the "album cover" closely, etc, etc). It's all good fun, and it's not like they charged money for the scam. The album is actually quite good (in a Praxis meets early 70s era Miles Davis sort of way). They should release it as a new album and maybe call the band Art Jackson's Atrocity! There's an audience out there for this album. We hope they put it out properly. (update: There's been some research done that suggests the album may be from the late 1980s! Hopefully we'll learn more)

(12/2/07) Now out on Aztec Records (Australia) is Kush's debut album "Snow White... and the Eight Straights" which is reported to be a cross between David Bowie and Blood Sweat and Tears (!). We haven't heard it yet, but it's already been queued up for a listen in the near future. In Aztec's "Coming Soon" section, there are many more 1970s progressive items including Pirana's two albums!

(11/26/07) In addition to SPV tackling the Brain catalog, they have now announced they will be reissuing some gems from the great MPS label, Germany's finest purveyor of underground jazz fusion from the early 1970s. Looks like we can expect releases from Wolfgang Dauner and Association PC amongst many others! More InsideOut SPV news can be found at (10/18/07) below.

(11/6/07) Esoteric has just announced an exciting release schedule for January and February of 2008. For us, the big one is Heaven's "Brass Rock I" (anyway we can talk you into doing a Japanese mini-LP license?). This is one of the best progressive horn rock albums and has never been put out legit. Also of great importance is the reissue of Web's "I Spider" which has only been available as a very expensive Japanese import and has been OOP for about 10 years (another title that would benefit nicely in a Japanese mini-LP package). They're also reissuing Web's followup album by the renamed Samurai, which is an utterly brilliant album (and existed on CD briefly in the late 90s). All of these will be remastered and we will definitely pick them up upon release. Also look for albums by Mike Moorcock and Deep Fix-"New Worlds Fair", Fair Weather-"Beginning From an End', Gary Farr-"Strange Fruit" (featuring Richard Thompson and Mighty Baby), Claire Hamill-"One House Left Standing", and Claire Hamill-"October". More Esoteric news can be found on (7/5/07) below

(11/6/07) We were doing a little idle research when we came across a title we had put in Part 2. "Blumen Des Exotischen Eises - Karawane Der Mystiks (Germany) 1987 private. Low budget Krautrock before the revival movement gained some momentum. Still, a nice curiosity piece for fans of the genre." It's actually on CD from Psycho-Path Records and is available from Forced Exposure.

(10/30/07) Some great news for one of the most requested reissues: Achim Reichel will be reissuing "Die Grune Reise" along with the short film of the same name! Apparently Reichel owns all of his prior work, and he may reissue all of them soon. We can hope! Thanks to reader Mike for the heads-up.

(10/30/07) Paul Marcano of Lightdreams has reached out to inform us that the "Islands in Space" album is available on their website as a download for a fee. As I told Paul, I'll continue to leave in the CD reissue wishlist for those (like me) who prefer that medium.

(10/18/07) Looks like InsideOut's Revisited division is really amping up their Brain reissue series. For the most part they've only reissued what Repertoire did when they had the Metronome license (many of the "new" reissues include Grobschnitt, Jane and Novalis), but two caught my eye. One is Spermull's sole hard rock album, which Second Battle did many years ago and has been OOP for a long time. The other is the electronic supergroup Liliental, which has never been reissued legit! We had the LP years ago, and was in the process of revisiting it for an entry here. No need for that now! Maybe Satin Whale's "Desert Places" and the Kollektiv album won't be far behind?

(10/18/07) Wooden Hill is the CD arm of the reissue label Tenth Planet, which specializes in lost UK psych rarities. They have a few new CDs out including Icarus' "The Marvel World of Icarus" and Forever Amber's "The Love Cycle". Maybe of most interest to our readers is the archival folk psych album by Chimera that featured both Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac members.

(10/09/07) We have advance word that Garden of Delights next batch of releases will include Joy Unlimited's excellent 1973 album "Reflections" (guessing "Minne" won't be far behind now), P205's very rare Brutkasten release "Vivat Progressio Pereat Mundus" and a live recording by Out of Focus called "Palermo 1972", recorded between their second and third albums. More GoD news can be found on (8/20/07).

(10/05/07) We've recently heard from Epilogue Records and they've asked that we mention that there's a new pressing of Truth's "Them and Other Tales" available at CD Baby . At CD Baby there's an excellent description from Mr. Lama Reviews, but we'll also mention that this is one of the best archival psych reissues we've come across (having stumbled onto the original CD a few years ago). Most of the great 1960s psych scene did make it to LP, and so most of the "lost tapes" were best left that way. Truth is the exception. Check it out!

(9/21/07) Long Hair of Germany have just reissued Wolfgang Dauner's "The Oimels". Hopefully they'll tackle the remainder of Dauner's Krautrock / electric jazz period - as there are many to go! (More Long Hair news can be found on 7/5 and 5/9 below).

(9/21/07) In the "oops" category, I had the English band CWT listed in the reissue pages. But the album was reissued by the excellent Ohrwaschl label many years ago and is still available... Doh!

(9/16/07) EMI of Argentina has reissued a handful of albums, most of which have been OOP for some time (Bubu, Alas, Polifemo, Los Jaivas, etc..). However one album is a first timer (and we had in Pt. 2 of the list): Jorge Pinchevsky's "Su Violin Magico Y La Pesada" that was originally released in 1973 on the Harvest imprint. It wasn't until the beginning of this year that we finally heard this album, and it's one that we considered a top curiosity for a few years. Has nice violin and hard guitars, with a slight experimental vibe. Reminds us somewhat of High Tide. The album is short, and doesn't clear 30 minutes. It doesn't look like the CD has bonus tracks either. Still worth a listen if you get a chance!

(9/16/07) Karma Records of Denmark has done the CD reissue for Terje, Jesper & Joachim, the superrare 1971 hard psych album that Shadoks issued on LP earlier this year. (11/6/07 note - This isn't right. Shadoks themselves did the CD of the above album as well as Indonesia's Shark Move!)

(8/28/07) The Laser's Edge has announced the much anticipated Secret Oyster reissue album for 2007 and it's.... wait.... they did both of the remaining studio albums! So we get their 4th "Straight to the Krankenhaus" and debut "Furtive Pearl" (with the much preferred original street scene cover). This leaves a live album and an unreleased archival album to go. Plus there are hints of a new album in the works!

(8/28/07) As announced on 1/28/07 below, ProgQuebec is going to production with the first two Maneige albums, very welcome news!

(8/20/07) Garden of Delights has recently put out two archival live recordings: Guru Guru "Wiesbaden 1972" and Emma Myldenberger "Emmaz Live". More news can be found at (5/9/07) below.

(8/20/07) 1980's English prog band Solstice has reformed and are celebrating by self-releasing their three studio albums on CD in the very near future.

(7/21/07) Well it looks like Musea is finally getting around to reissuing the third Edition Speciale album "Horizon Digital", which may be our favorite of the bunch. Bonus tracks include the demos for a 4th album.

(7/21/07) It looks like Sunbeam Records will *finally* be the legit label that gets the Czar album out on CD. It's been booted so many times, it seemed that it was owned by public domain.

(7/21/07) Fallout Records, which seems to have an association with Sunbeam, has recently reissued Parish Hall, which we had in Part 2. I also noticed they had done Pulse awhile back, so I'll update that as well. Both Sunbeam and Fallout have quite a few reissues, some of which we've announced, but most we haven't (mainly as they fall slightly out of our interest area). Check the Forced Exposure catalog for more info, as they seem to be the primary dealer in the USA.

(7/5/07) In the "ask and ye shall receive" category, Long Hair did in fact reissue Odin's sole 1972 Vertigo album (see 5/9/07 below).

(7/5/07) High quality Eclectic Records now goes by Esoteric, and has an aggressive release schedule planned for the remainder of 2007. Maybe of most interest is the CD reissues of the first two Rare Bird albums, which have been OOP for as long as anyone can remember. Also look for Paladin's two albums, Egg's "Civil Surface", Marsupilami's "Arena" (interesting how their remaster will sound on this one), both Hatfield and the North albums, 8 albums from Welsh group Man, 2 albums by Love Sculpture and more... One album that caught our eye is Big Sleep's 1971 "Bluebell Wood", which we haven't heard, but understand its quite worthy. More Eclectic/Esoteric news can be found on (2/3/07) below.

(7/5/07) German label World in Sound will reissue one of our "Part 2" albums: The Tea Company's 1968 album "Come and Have Some Tea With the Tea Company". Here's what we said "This band puts the psych in psychedelic. One of the more freaky albums from the era, especially for a mainstream label (on Smash). Lots of experimental studio effects and noisy avant guitar bits amongst the usual songcraft of 1968. A mite untogether, but certainly a fascinating listen.". More World in Sound news can be found on (1/28/07) below.

(7/5/07) Lightning Tree, the label responsible for Andwella's Dream "Love and Poetry" reissue, has announced an archival release by a UK band call Stallion, album titled "The Hard Life". Features future Mandragora keyboardist Phil Thornton. The press release states "Their previously unreleased album is certainly a lost gem of British progressive rock and with renowned keyboardist Phil Thornton on board, Stallion played a remarkably tasty brand of song-based, erstwhile prog-influenced rock. Typically seventies mixing the sound of similar in style to Fantasy, Mainhorse, Wishbone Ash, Stackridge & Armageddon, and with a vocalist somewhere between early Genesis and Wishbone Ash this is a genuine missing piece of British Progressive Rock"

(7/5/07) According to Wayside's last mailer, Rialzu's sole Zeuhl inspired album is due for a CD reissue. This is one of our coveted "Part 1" albums! Not sure who is reissuing this, though the album was originally released on a Corsican folk label, which is still active today.

(6/27/07) Transubstans has sent an update still promising the Anglabarn and Taste of Blues reissues. As well, Ravjunk's planned reissue has now ballooned into a 2 CD set with tons of unreleased tracks. Should be a great bonus given that Ravjunk excelled best in a free jam format.

(5/27/07) Japan's Captain Trip have reissued an exact mini-LP replica of Zweistein's 3 album "Trip, Flipout and Meditation", one of Krautrock's most bizarre and experimental recordings - originally released on Philips (and probably safe to say the loss leader for the label in 1970!). An astounding tri fold out package complete with mirror. Musically a difficult album to digest, but considered a high watermark for fans of unhinged experimentalism.

(5/27/07) Viajero Inmovil of Argentina has reissued Miguel Cantilo y Grupo Sur's sole folk prog album from 1972.

(5/27/07) The remainder of the This Heat catalog has been reissued by band's own label This Is.

(5/9/07) Listening to the obscure Wisconsin hard rock band Euphoria tonight (1973's "Lost in Trance") and was researching its current CD status. Turns out the band has released the album themselves + two other recordings one of which is new. More info can be found here: Euphoria

(5/9/07) Garden of Delights is back with a reissue of another fine, and obscure band, from the Umsonst and Draussen festival set: Skyline, whose one album "Louise For One Night" is a fine example of the German jazz rock tradition - most like Morpheus' 1976 album or Moira's "Crazy Countdown". As well, GoD's sub-label Thors Hammer has reissued F.G. Experimental Laboratory's "Journey Into a Dream" - a very obscure 1977 album from Switzerland. More news can be found on 2/24/07 below.

(5/9/07) Long Hair has taken on two archival releases by the British band Odin (who, like Nektar, were based in Germany). One is the SWF Sessions 1973 and the other is "Live at the Maxim 1971". Maybe they'll actually release their Vertigo album as well, which has been booted by others many times. More Long Hair news on 1/28/07.

(5/9/07) Guerssen of Spain has reissued the very rare 1976 prog folk album by the French group Dandelion. I had forgotten all about this album, never did hear it, but searched in vain for close to 10 years for it!

(5/9/07) Subliminal Sounds of Sweden has put together an archival CD (similar to their effort on Parson Sound) of one of the pioneer collectives (1967) of Swedish psych: The Baby Grandmothers. Should prove to be an interesting listen.

(5/9/07) Pan Records of Norway has tackled Ruphus' 4th album "Inner Voice".

(5/9/07) The ProgQuebec Morse Code reissues mentioned on 1/28 will be available very soon!

(3/28/07) At this point, I believe everything will get a legit reissue eventually. The most obscure record in my curiosity list was reissued about 3 weeks ago - without fanfare! That would be Toshiaki Yokota & Beat Generation - Flute Adventure. On King Records no less, somewhat of a major label in Japan. A 15 year search to hear this will be over soon! It probably won't live up to my expectations, but that's OK.

(3/27/07) Transubstans, in addition to the Taste of Blues reissue mentioned below, have announced their intention to do Ravjunk and Anglabarn, two very obscure 1970s releases. Ravjunk, in particular, is one to note. They mix long track space rock with some early Stooges psych punk for something wholly original.

(2/24/07) BTF's next round of reissues include Pangea (Madrugada related), Elekriktus (excellent electronic space rock album), Nascita Della Sfera (avant garde) and Gruppo D'Alternativa. Looks to be another great batch! I forgot to mention that BTF also reissued the first Dalton album in a mini-LP format. I was also involved with the translation of the liner notes. Interesting insights the original author has!

(2/24/07) Garden of Delights first quarter reissues for 2007 include the following: Emma Myldenberger's "Tour de Trance", "More Arktis Tapes" by Arktis and a 1974 archival recording by a band that simply went by Live. The Emma Myldenberger is of particular interest and is one of the finest acid folk albums from the Krautrock scene, and could've easily been on the Pilz label in the early 1970s. Maybe GoD will now tackle the cousin album by Radio Noisz Ensemble?

(2/15/07) Durtro Jnana, one of the many labels from the Current 93 troupe, will take on a 2 CD reissue of the super rare Don Bradshaw-Leather "Distance Between Us" 1972 album!

(2/3/07) As mentioned on 1/13/07, you can now buy a copy of Skywhale at CD Baby here: Skywhale . Though the price just doubled since I looked 2 days ago? $25.50 seems high. (2/5/07 note: Looks like it's back to $15 now.) (2/15 note: Have it now and it is indeed put out by the band. It's from vinyl - but totally legit. Very good progressive jazz rock record!)

(2/3/07) Guersson Records has announced their intention to do Quarteto 1111's 1975 mellotron masterpiece "Onde, Quando, Como, Porquê Cantamos Pessoas Vivas", certainly one of Portugal's best progressive albums. Features Jose Cid on keyboards. Negotiations are still in session.

(2/3/07) Transubstans has announced they plan to reissue Taste of Blues' 1969 "Schizophrenia" album sometime during the spring. This title was originally reissued by Garageland and has been OOP for some time.

(2/3/07) Top notch UK label Eclectic has been busy reissuing albums by Barclay James Harvest and are now taking on Hawkwind side projects like Robert Calvert and Nik Turner's Sphynx.

(1/28/07) ProgQuebec has not one, but two lengthy announcements for albums long overdue for CD reissue. First and foremost is a new partnership with EMI Canada. This will result in the first three Morse Code albums ("Le Marche des Hommes", "Procreation", and "Je Suis le Temps"). Possibly even more exciting is the reissues of the first two Maneige records ("Maneige" and "Les Porches"). I don't remember the last time a label wiped out FIVE wish-listers in one announcement! Exciting all around.
--- As well as the above partnership, PQ will also release 2 CDs from Lasting Weep, a band that could be seen as the pre-cursor to Maneige. "Lasting Weep 1969-1971" will cover their embryonic stage with the usual psychedelic influences (over 80 minutes of material). "Le Spectacle de l'Albatros" was composed in 1971, and played live in concert in 1976. It's these latter shows that make up this CD. Both of these albums are archival recordings that are being released for the first time.
--- As if that wasn't enough, the brothers Bregent's 1979 "Partir Pour Ailleurs" opus will receive its first digital release. A whole year's worth of announcements, and it's only the first quarter!

(1/28/07) BTF of Italy, through their AMS and Vinyl Magic brand lines have announced 5 new papersleeve CDs. The three AMS reissues hold the most interest for first time reissues. Both Madrugada albums have finally been reissued (leaving only Sensations Fix / Falsini as the last of the major label Italian acts of the 1970s not to have all their works as on a legit CD reissue). As well, the obscure group Piero e i Cottonfields sole 1972 album "Il Viaggio, La Donna, Un'altra Vita" will receive its first CD reissue. The Vinyl Magic papersleeve reissues include both Panna Fredda and Metamorfosi. The former is the first CD issue since the late 1980s and the first time in a papersleeve format. Will contain 4 bonus tracks. Metamorfosi had been issued by the Korean label M2U in the same format prior, but will contain unique liner notes. Speaking of the liner notes, yours truly was involved in the translation of all of the above except the Piero album. I haven't seen the final product, so not sure I want to be bragging about it just yet ;-)

(1/28/07) Italian label Nightwings, the ones responsible for the legit reissue of Fuchsia, are back with the first legit issue of the 1970 UK group Five Day Rain, a band who represent both the psychedelic and progressive eras.

(1/28/07) Swiss label RD has found the members of a band previously known to the record buying community as "C1C2" through a Shadoks LP issue awhile back. Turns out the band was called Mad Dog and the album is titled "Dawn of the Seventh Sun", a very rare 1969 "West Coast styled psych" album from California. Now available on CD.

(1/28/07) Speaking of Shadoks, new on CD are: Bunalim (a compilation of rare singles from this Turkish band circa 1969-1972); Brush (a rare 1971 Japanese psych album); Ariesta Barawa Group (one of the only psych albums from the early 1970s from Indonesia).

(1/28/07) World in Sound, a German label similar to Shadoks, has issued an archival recording by a Detroit band called Wazoo, apparently the blueprint for Zappa's similarily titled album. Sounds very intriguing.

(1/28/07) Yet another German reissue label, Red Lounge, has released the impossibly rare album by German experimental artist Reinhold Weber. "Elektronische Musik" was released in 1970 and is apparently very similar to the first two Kluster albums. They promise a second reissue soon.

(1/28/07) Long Hair has completed their Thirsty Moon series with the third album "Blitz" and a live album called "I'll Be Back" from 1975.

(1/13/07) We recently found out that The New Age's rare 1980 album "Neptuned" has been self-released. He now goes by Jordan (rather than Larry) Oliver and the album has been released under his name. You can find a copy at CD Baby here: Neptuned . For more info, visit New Age website

(1/13/07) We recently received an e-mail that Skywhale's excellent 1977 album "The World at Minds End" has been remastered and will also be available on CD Baby shortly. We're guessing it's self-produced as no other details were presented.

(12/27/06) Mellotronen has released the 1975/76 symphonic prog album by the Swedish group Friendship Time (unreleased in its day). Comparisons such as Cathedral (Stained Glass Stories) and the UK biggies have been thrown out. Sounds like it could be similar to the Norwegian group Deja-Vu, which was discovered over a decade ago. Sounds very promising! (note: we've since bought our copy and definitely a must pick up. Reminds us of the first 2 albums by Trettioariga Kriget, Lotus' first album and the UK group Flash)

(12/27/06) Portugese label Companhia Nacional de Música (CNM) has reissued for the first time on CD Banda do Casaco's "Hoje Há Conquilhas, Amanhã Não Sabemos" 1977 album. Haven't heard this one myself, but if it's anything like the first two (and I understand it is) then should be another winner.

(12/26/06) So we begin another year of the CD Reissue Wish List, which first launched in 2003 (see above links for archives of 2006 and 2005). A little head start here, but I anticipate 2007 to be a very busy year for me concerning my "real job", and thus I'm streamlining some of my hobby activities. This site is one of my favorites, so I pledge to keep it going for at least one more year (I hope). And many more if possible. After some reflection, I've made a few key alterations. The OOP section has been somewhat merged with the main list (all titles are designated as OOP). I've added a 3rd section to the main list for more clarity as to what I know and what I don't. And, on that topic, I've started adding descriptions. I would like to get a least a sentence on every album in PART 1 if possible. Honestly, I think a lot of the albums in Part 1 will end up in Part 2. Again, trying to add focus to the most neglected items IMO. Also, I've decided to stop tracking the Japanese mini-LPs. There are a couple of really good sites that do nothing but this, and are far more comprehensive than what I was doing. Click on the Japanese mini-LP section above for one such site.