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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

News: Sway to be reissued soon (kind of)

Thanks to an insider tip, we have learned that the magnificent Sway album is being reissued with permission from the band. Not sure of the label name yet, but it is coming out from Italy in a mini-LP format. This is fantastic news and one of our Priority 2's!

You should be seeing it from your favorite dealer soon :-)

August 5, 2013 update: OK, I have it in my hands now. Well... first thing is the "obi" strip uses my description for the album. And they didn't ask for permission. Not that I care all that much really, but it is protocol to do such - so that's a major red flag right there. The sound is absolutely fine considering it's not from the masters. And we do have it on good authority that Palumbo himself is aware of this reissue. This is the classic "gray area" reissue. Sometimes I see that term when they outright mean to say it's a pirate edition. This is not the case here. All the same - I'm not considering this reissued legit, and will keep in the main list. Unless I hear convincing data otherwise. But I don't regret buying this version, and if a legit CD comes along, I'll buy it again willingly. But it's my understanding the masters are gone, and demand is light, so this is probably it. Unfortunately.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

News: Sireena to reissue Mythos "Grand Prix" album from 1981

Certainly not the most exciting news out there, but I felt I should mention it anyway. I really enjoy the predecessor "Quasar"album, but Kaske lost me on "Grand Prix". All the same, I'm sure the album has plenty of fans, and since it's already in the CDRWL, I can go ahead and mark Mythos' catalog as having been fully reissued now.

My notes on the album here

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Humus, Mexico

Humus - Whispering Galleries. 1999 W Dabliu (Italy)

It's been a long time since the CDRWL was sitting on a pile of rarities to report on. In the last year, I've focused my music time on newly created albums (I tell ya folks - the current progressive rock scene is as exciting as I can remember. There are a lot new bands that are absorbing the old days, but adding new twists. And I don't mean metal, indie, and techno either. I mean albums that sound like they were made in 1973 - except they aren't copying - but creating something completely anew within that context) as well as going through my existing collection and listening to albums I haven't heard in many, many years. On the latter, I've made feeble attempts to report them on my Unencumbered Music Reviews site with varying success (many albums get heard without the virtual pen being pulled out once - hey, what can I tell you, I'm lazy!). As for the former, I'm afraid I have a similar tale, though I've been amiss in publishing some of these that are already completed on my Under the Radar blog. As well, I finally managed to finish the Midwest Progressive Rock List which is published on RYM. That was an on-again, off-again project for over 6 months. And I still have a lot of work to do on it, as suggestions come pouring in. I suppose I should mention I really do have a day job, house, and a family, and that does manage to get in the way frequently with my playtime....

So where to start? Well, I think this Humus album is probably the most overdue. This has been sitting here for a year, and I finally got around to listening to it. The story began with a friendly conversation I had with Humus leader Jorge Beltran, after I had featured the brilliant 3rd and 4th albums by his band. My good friend Tristan Stefan over at ProgNotFrog was intrigued about my reviews of these albums and I put him in touch with Beltran, letting Tristan know that Humus has a 5th album that is impossible to find and one I wanted to hear as well. Jorge was kind enough to send it to him and allowed permission to post it. This lead to this excellent post by TS.

"Whispering Galleries" really is an obscurity. I was already a big fan of Humus in the 1990s and bought all of their albums as soon as they came out from any of the dozen dealers worldwide I dealt with. And this one never surfaced anywhere. It was pressed on the same Italian label as previous albums, but distribution was non-existent at the time. And to this day I haven't seen an original, though our Gnosismeister does possess one.

And of course it's never been pressed on CD. Which gets us here, doesn't it?

One primary characteristic of Humus that I picked up is that each successive album was more sophisticated than the last. Given the album covers, it almost seemed the band was evolving in a Darwinian state. And as TS so eloquently states in his blog piece, the cover here is astounding. While I wouldn't necessarily say "Whispering Galleries" has taken this to a new level of complexity (not even sure how they would do that honestly), I would say this is a nice sideways move for the band. The guitar trio arrangements are still dizzying complex, and Humus continues to possess that unique primo-era Sensations' Fix space rock vibe. Amongst the more standard Humus fare, there is an atmospheric/experimental keyboard piece, a female vocals number with some splendid electric blues guitar soloing, a modern interpretation of what seems like a Group 1850 improvisation, and an all-in 22 minute space rock number. Must listen TV here.

Priority: 2

Sunday, June 2, 2013

News: Digatone to reissue Isaiah!

Perhaps the best news about this announcement is that the Klockwerk Orange was not a one-off reissue. Digatone seem to be on the warpath in regards to reissuing Austria's past progressive rock history. For years, I've wondered if there was more from Austria than we ever realized, especially after hearing (and acquiring) the magnificent Ginga Rale Band for the first time last year. Thanks to a tip from a friend, I discovered this website that officially announces the Isaiah LP coming out in the Fall of this year. I have Isaiah in the main list, and it's an album I feel I might grow into with the proper recording. I've only heard the bootleg CD that Poor House put out over 15 years ago.

Here's to more reissues from Digatone! My Klockwerk Orange is in the mail to me now - so I anxiously await that one.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

News: Strawberry Rain to reissue Kelompok Kampungan album from Indonesia

For the second month in a row, Strawberry Rain have come up with a reissue for an album I've never even heard of. This is a super rare artifact from Indonesia, a country that continues to unearth albums that few knew existed. As soon as I saw the magic word "Paebiru", I wanted to hear it. You can check out some samples from the Strawberry Rain main page. After hearing them, it's certainly on the folk side of the Cortes and Remalho masterpiece, but I can definitely understand the comparison. And I'm always up for hearing albums that make their own instruments! I think this title will be well received by many.

Label says: "One of the true gems of the Indonesian scene, this album stands to be one of the best, and also one of the most unique albums to come from the region.  Banned by the Shuko government soon after release, it remains somewhat obscure to most collectors up until now. An album created by Bram Makahekum (who had no musical experience or training at all) Kelompok Kumpangan had multiple members by trying to recreate the sounds of nature, even using original handmade instruments invented by the band themselves.  The end result is nothing short of brilliant, one of our personal favourites from the region.  There isn’t much to compare this to, maybe the Indonesian equivalent of a Paebiru or Genesis from Columbia at times, but it’s very unique and stands on its own.  Wonderful progressive folk of the highest caliber interweaving flutes, violins, acoustic guitars, Indonesian percussion and other instrumentation.  We can’t stand behind this one enough, it’s truly brilliant.  700 copies housed in paste on covers, includes insert with photos and history written by Indonesian music journalist Denny Sakrie.  One time limited edition, CD limited to 1000 copies and has 4 songs not on the LP version that were never released on vinyl before.  We will be releasing a 10″ of these songs in the near future."