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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 *** REISSUED ***


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

Moved to UMR

Priority: 1 (for the debut)
Priority: none (for the second)

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

Moved to UMR

Priority: 2

Monday, May 25, 2009

Automatic Fine Tuning, England


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

Moved to UMR

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.

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.

Review moved to UMR

Priority: 1

Saturday, May 23, 2009

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.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2006 News Archive

(12/4/06) Looks like Relapse, based on their success with the cult 70s group Pentagram, have taken to reissuing Warpig, the rare 1970 Canadian hard rock album.

(12/4/06) Rise Above Records, one of the big names in the Stoner/Desert Rock field, have also decided to reissue albums from the original heydey of hard rock. Look for reissues of the rare UK group Luv Machine plus an archival released by Possessed, a UK group from 1971 reported to have a heavy electric blues rock sound ala Led Zeppelin.

(11/27/06) Protos' very rare "One Day a New Horizon" has been released by the band. The album has an instrumental Yes vibe - and very different from almost anything else coming out of England in 1982.

(11/9/06) Orkestra International, a label that focuses on French jazz has taken to reissuing Jacques Thollot's great "Cinq Hops". Mio was going to do this one before they closed up shop. Glad this one didn't get away!

(11/9/06) Vadim Music, a French label specializing in "rare grooves" has reissued Pop Instrumental de France, an album we had in "Section 2". So now we all have a chance to hear it!

(10/23/06) WHOA! Total surprise here - but the first 2 Thirsty Moon albums are out according to the Long Hair website (it's on their label)! These are 2 of the most anticipated Brain album reissues for many years. Didn't even realize they were under consideration. Looks like Long Hair wanted to conceal it until the last moment! Also on Long Hair is Brian Davison's first post-Nice album "Every Which Way". What a great label! More Long Hair news under (9/14)

(10/23/06) Tiliqua Records of Japan has reissued a very rare (unbeknownst to anyone I know) acid psych folk album from 1979 by The Tree People (Portland, OR based). Sounds intriguing!

(10/23/06) Opio Media and Voiceprint have announced the reissue of Jon Anderson's 1983 "Animation" album.

(9/14/06) Great news as Long Hair has obtained the master tapes from Universal and will be reissuing the great Brain LP by Kollektiv! Woo-hoo, certainly a top wish lister for this site! Look for a reissue in 2007, though no formal date has been given. More Long Hair news can be found under (5/19).

(9/14/06) Transubstans has reissued the first Radiomobel album "Tramsebox". This follows last year's reissue of "Gudang Garam". More Transubstans news can be found under (3/14).

(9/14/06) Lion Productions have released the outstanding Canadian prog folk LP by Ptarmigan. This has been released prior, by the band, as a CD-R under the name "Nordstrom/Dias". So good to see a regular CD of this now. As well, Lion has released the "Maison Rose" album by Emmanuelle Parrenin.

(9/14/06) Water Music has released the amazing second album by Franco Battiato "Pollution", which was on Artis and BMG previously. More Water news can be found under (7/5).

(9/14/06) Lightning Tree (UK) will reissue for the first time legit, the debut album from Andwella's Dream "Love and Poetry".

(9/14/06) A new UK label known as Fallout Records recently caught our attention with the release of the rare 1971 RCA prog/psych/jazz album by Stark Naked. This lead to a quick investigation of the label and they have some other interesting psych releases like Fields (USA), Thorinshield, Common People and the Human Beinz.

(9/14/06) Added to the Guersson "coming soon" is the first legit release by Bolivia's greatest album, Wara's "El Inca", which reminds us of the freakier moments by Los Jaivas. More news can be found under (7/5).

(8/27/06) ReR will reissue the long OOP second album by Picchio dal Pozzo: "Abbiamo Tutti I Suoi Problemi". The CD versions were available from Japan and Korea prior and have been impossible to find in recent years.

(8/27/06) Garden of Delights have released their 3rd quarter reissues. A mish mash this time that includes the rare 1975 Swiss basement rocker Viking's Invasion. Art rockers Waniyetula received an archive release of their 1971 to 1978 works titled "Iron City". And, as reported earlier, Missus Beastly's live recording "Bremen 1974" has been issued featuring legendary Dyzan, Vita Nova guitarist Eddy Marron. However, it's been described as "free" jazz/rock, and different from any of their studio work. We haven't investigated yet. More GoD news can be found under (5/27).

(8/27/06) As mentioned below on (7/05), ProgQuebec will be reissuing L'Engouvelant's sole album. What we didn't know at the time is the inclusion of Etoifilan's only album (on the same disc), which is essentially L'Engouvelent's second album. Great news! More ProgQuebec news can be found under (7/05).

(8/27/06) England's Angel Air will be reissuing both the Carmen albums, which have also been OOP for many years.

(8/27/06) We've recently heard from the manager of Aera and the Erlkoenig label, and they've informed us that the last two Aera albums "Too Much" and "Akataki" are still under the rights of Spiegelei, and they have no control over the reissues. That's unfortunate as "Akataki" is quite a splendid album that is one of the better 80s Krautrock albums along the lines of Embryo's "Zack Gluck".

(8/27/06) Active UK label Sunbeam Records, has reissued the long OOP album by The Open Mind. As an original LP, this psych rock album from 1969 is one of the rarest major label (on Philips) ever made. More Sunbeam news under (5/19)

(7/22/06) A new Italian label has emerged by the name of AMS, and will be exclusively distributed by BTF. They open with a bang, as two long time "wish listers" have finally received the digital treatment: Cincinnato and Hero. Cincinnato, originally released on the quirky PDU label, is a great example of the Italian jazz progressive scene which continues to live in the shadow of the more well known symphonic sound. Compares favorably with bands like Agora and the Bella Band. Hero, originally released only in Germany on the Pan label (Metropolis, Sahara, even some Secret Oyster), is a mix of hard rock and complex prog, and some very unusual songwriting not that distant from what Battiato was doing then. Both will be remastered, and include bonus tracks and histories. See more BTF releases under (4/21).

(7/22/06) Aztec Records of Australia will complete the Rainbow Theatre discography by reissuing the debut "The Armada" sometime soon! More Aztec news can be found under (4/21).

(7/22/06) The Japanese mini-LP section is fully updated (thanks to fellow Gnosis member Hubert Jakobs!). Note that Space Circus' two albums have finally been reissued! Please see the link above for more exciting mini-LP news.

(7/5/06) Water Music has announced they will be issuing the Alan Sorrenti classic "Aria" on CD. A fine folk prog album, originally on Italian Harvest, featuring Jean-Luc Ponty on violin. More Water Music reissue news can be found under 2/18.

(7/5/06) Looks like Guersson Records of Spain will be picking up some of the lost classics from Portugal. They've announced their intention to do the following: Quarteto 1111 (first 2 albums by iconic group lead by Jose Cid); Petrus Castrus - "Mestre" (first album) and Banda do Casaco's rare 3rd and 4th albums "Hoje Há Conquilhas, Amanhã Não Sabemos" and "Contos da Barbearia". More Guersson news can be found under 4/08.

(7/5/06) Next Secret Oyster release from the Laser's Edge will be "Straight to the Krankenhaus", the group's 4th and final studio release. At the beginning of 2006, LE reissued Secret Oyster's second album "Sea Son". Still to go are the band's debut, an unreleased studio + an archival live recording!

(7/5/06) More exciting reissues coming from ProgQuebec. L'Engouvelent's wonderful prog folk album will see its first CD reissue. Originally released on the gone-too-quick Le Tamanoir label in 1977. Also coming in September will be a live rendition of Maneige's classic second album "Les Porches Live". Hopefully the studio versions will be available sometime (the first 2 Maneige albums were on Harvest, so could be some issues with the ownership). And finally Pollen bandleader, Jacques Tom Rivest, will see his first solo album being reissued. More ProgQuebec news can be found under 5/19.

(7/5/06) A double CD containing both the classic Dionne-Bregent albums "Et le Troisième Jour" and "Deux" will also see the light of day shortly. Great albums in the electronic tradition - somewhere between Tangerine Dream and the French Egg label (Ose, Michel Madore, Heldon). On the XXI label and ProgQuebec will be the sole distributor.

(6/22/06) Mellotronen will be reissuing the excellent one-off album by Saga, a 1974 rock-psych-prog album with gorgeous guitar! Some of the best to ever come out of Sweden in fact. Features a beautiful psychedelic lettering cover with Renaissance-era angels. Saga are post November, but weren't quite as blues/hard rock based. Also planned is an archival live release. No further word from Mellotronen on the second press of Kultivator.

(6/22/06) Viejero Inmovil will be reissuing for the first time ever, the very rare 1974 album by Argentine group Los Barrocos "Sin Tiempo Ni Espacio". It's been on our want list for close to 15 years and we still haven't heard it. But it's supposedly quite a good symphonic progressive album.

(6/22/06) It wouldn't be a CD Reissue News update without yet another announcement from Eclectic. They're now going to attack the Jade Warrior classic Island-era albums. Only available prior as a pretty hard to find box set. Expect the usual high quality mastering. More Eclectic news below.

(6/22/06) Rumor mill says Galileo, Switzerland's top progressive label (as long as Black Rills stays silent that is) will be issuing ALL of the Circus albums, including the long OOP "Movin' On". The other 3 have never seen legit issues. These reissues would be very welcome if they can pull it off. Plus there's talk of a new album!

(5/27/06) Garden of Delights is quickly back with two new titles. First and foremost is the reissue of the debut album by Emma Myldenberger, a great German folk progressive band from the late 70s and early 80s. Even better is their followup "Tour de Trance", which I suspect (hope) will be out shortly. The other reissue is Ainigma's fuzz drenched classic "Diluvium". Ainigma always struck me as sounding more like an underground American band, than anything traditionally Krautrock, though the pieces are all extended. There was a legit Little Wing reissue years ago, but they used generic covers on all their CDs, and new elaborate paintings for their LP reissues. So it's nice to see a CD with the original cover art intact. Both CDs have bonus tracks. More Garden of Delights news below...

(5/27/06) Eclectic continues to raid the classic UK 70s scene with four new reissues. High Tide's outstanding first 2 albums (long extended instrumental journeys with fuzz and violin) will get the Eclectic remaster treatment. Repertoire originally reissued these well over 10 years ago. As well, the first two Skin Alley albums will be released. Originally reissued legit on Audio Archives, these promise to be an improvement. Skin Alley were another classic UK band that were influenced by the local jazz scene that was so prolific in those times. More Eclectic news below.

(5/19/06) Last month we mentioned a new UK folk-oriented label has emerged by the name of Sunbeam Records. They've already emerged as a major player in the reissue market. And run by music enthusiasts who care about the artists! Latest exciting release for these pages is GF Fitzgerald's "Mouseproof", a wild 1970 mix of Canterbury jazz rock, jazz and "what all". Earlier they released the very rare Norwegian band Oriental Sunshine's one album "Dedicated to the Bird We Love". Another highlight reissue for the label was Moonkyte's psych folk classic from the early 1970s. And they were behind the latest Fresh Maggots release too - one of the most "out there" fuzz folk albums you can hear.

(5/19/06) There have been some surprising reissues in the last couple of years, but few have taken us a back as the Long Hair announcement to do Joe Beck's Sabicas album. Entitled "Rock Encounter", and released in 1970, it could be considered the prototype for the Spanish progressive rock sound that would emerge a few years later. And it's American!? They also announced another Joe Beck album "Nature Boy", a 1969 release that we're totally unfamilar with. Won't be for long. As of today, these are still in the planning stages. Earlier in the year, LH found even more Fashion Pink / Brainstorm archive material and released them under the title "Encore".

(5/19/06) Seems the most active label today is Prog Quebec. And that's a wonderful thing, as the region was the most neglected of the CD reissue era. New releases include the wonderful violin led symphonic prog album by Charles Kaczynski titled "Lumière de la Nuit". Also just out are the two sought after Conventum albums, both reissued by Kozak just before they went out of business and have been very hard to find. Earlier in the year PQ released both the 3rd and 4th Maneige albums (with 7/8ths of "Composite" split between them) as well as Yves LaFerriere's (Contraction,VEBB,Conventum) 1978 instrumental jazz rock album. No further word on the reissues of the Sloche albums yet.

(5/19/06) For us, one of the most exciting announcements is the reissue of Guru Guru's "Dance of the Flames" on InsideOut. This album is the odd one out in the Guru canon, and really could be seen as the successor to the two Eiliff albums (sans keyboards). A very powerful fusion album that they never attempted again. As well, InsideOut has reissued the first 3 CLASSIC Amon Duul II albums "Phallus Dei", "Yeti" and "Tanz der Lemminge". Bonus tracks are recent recordings. Doesn't look like an upgrade from the Repertoire digi-paks are necessary, but for those who don't already own these gems, now's the time to get them! For more InsideOut reissues, see below.

(5/19/06) The latest batch from Garden of Delights includes 3 separate Xhol live concerts. The first is from their transitional period as a soul band to a freaky jazz band, when they were known as Soul Caravan. The other two, entitled "Altena 1969" and "Altena 1970", are under the Xhol Caravan and Xhol moniker's respectively. We suspect these will be similar to the "Motherf**kers Live" 2 CD live set that was released by United Durtro about 5 years ago. Earlier, GoD opened 2006 with 3 new releases including the brilliant 1974 self-titled album by Missus Beastly. In reading the detailed booklet, it appears GoD will also reissue a live Missus Beastly titled "Bremen 1974" which will feature Eddy Marron on guitar (Dzyan, Vita Nova)! Other reissues from January include Missing Link's one great album "Nevergreen!", which was apparently reissued as a boot prior; and Faithful Breath's long OOP (reissued legit on Lasers Edge almost 15 years ago) "Fading Beauty" received a fresh issue.

(5/19/06) Spanish label Wah-Wah has reissued the rare hard rock / progressive album by The Storm, a one shot group from 1975.

(4/21/06) Aztec Records of Australia has been in touch, and alerted us that it is they who released the Cybotron "Implosion" album that we mentioned on February 18. And this allows us to tie to something we mentioned late last year: We've heard from Julian Browning of Rainbow Theatre and in 2006 look for both of their great albums to be reissued legit on the Aztec Music label in 6 panel digi-paks! And, as it turn out, according to the label web page, "Fantasy of Horses" was released on April 5! Also to be released soon is Band of Light's "Total Union" album. Prior releases include legit reissues of the early albums by the excellent hard rock/prog band Buffalo.

(4/21/06) As mentioned earlier in the year, BTF will release a much improved version of Campo di Marte's classic 1973 album. Says band member Enrico Rosa: "BTF will release within few days a Campo di Marte CD reissue of the 1973 record done after mastering of the original recording in order to get closer to the original sound. The order in which the music was written and recorded was, before releasing the LP in 1973, changed by the UA doing the side B to side A to have a start with a stronger impact but in this way altering the intentions of the work. The original composition is now preserved and everything appears in its authenticity. More pictures and info are added in the digisleeve and booklet." Earlier in the year, BTF released the new mini-LP reissue of Alusa Fallax's sole classic album. Also, the label has unearthed some Maxophone tracks (and videos) and released it under the title "From Coccoon To Butterfly".

(4/8/06) Cosmic Egg, the reissue wing of UK music retailer Ultima Thule, has released for the first time the archival album by GAM (Gunther Schickert's mid 70s band) entitled "Eiszeit". If it's anything like the cassette of "1976", we're in for a treat!

(4/8/06) Guerssen Records (Spain) have announced plans to reissue the super-rare Subway album, the French/American duo who got their name by playing in "the tubes". Earlier in the year, Guerssen released the very rare 1971 hard rock psych album by Tapiman (related to Maquina and future guitar player for Iceberg). The label also just issued the rare Welsh folk psych second album from Perenin called "Teithgan".

(4/8/06) Mellow has reissued Phillippe Grancher's "3000 Miles Away" album. They've had this title on their Coming Soon list for a long time, so it's nice to see it finally come to fruition. It's been many years since we've heard this French electronic music album.

(4/8/06) Breathless will reissue the Titus Groan album, the English band which has had a couple of legit issues in the past, but has been OOP for awhile.

(4/8/06) Latest Klaus Schulze releases on Inside Out: "Irrlicht", "Dziekuje Poland", "Are You Sequenced?", "The Crime of Suspense". January releases include: "Moondawn", "Angst", "Das Wagner Desaster - Live", and "Vanity Of Sounds".

Latest Kraan releases on Inside Out: "Live 2001", "Flyday" and a new album "Dancing in the Shade".

In addition to the brilliant "Dance of the Flames" mentioned above, InsideOut will also issue the more typical goofy Guru Guru album "Hey Du", though it does feature one excellent long track in their early style. Also notable is this was originally a Brain release. Maybe InsideOut has access to their vast catalog that remains unissued (Thirsty Moon, Satin Whale, Kollektiv, RMO, etc...)? We can hope anyway.

Also look for Grobschnitt's "The International Story", a comp of sorts that looks to include their landmark "Solar Music Live" album from 1978.

(3/28/06) Looks like Voiceprint will be reissuing both the Mainhorse and Refugee albums soon. Both are remastered by Patrick Moraz.

(3/14/06) From the Garden of Delights' Missus Beastly booklet, it was announced that the quirky German label, Funfundvierzig, will reissue the last 2 MB albums (also very good) "Dr. Aftershave and the Mixed Pickles" and "Space Guerillas". It would appear that Funfundvierzig has a channel into the much neglected Schneeball label, given their reissue of Real Ax Band a couple of years back.

(3/14/06) Pan Records of Norway, who reissue about one or 2 albums a year, have announced that the first Thule album (from the late 1980s) will come out. A couple of years back they reissued "Natt".

(3/14/06) Out now on Transubstans is the reissue of Mr. Brown's sole 1977 album "Mellan Tre Ögon". Earlier in the year, they reissued the obscure 1975 Swedish prog album by Råg i Ryggen.

(3/14/06) Similar to Pan for Norway, Karma Records of Denmark has been solely responsible for getting most of the 1970s Danish rock scene out on CD (not including Secret Oyster of course!). Latest releases include the post Culpepper's Orchard group Moirana and their album "Loners and Lovers" as well as an archival release from local legends Alrune Rod.

(2/18/06) One of the most surprising reissues has to be that of Moolah's 1974 "Woe Ye Demons Possessed" on a Japanese label we hadn't encountered before: EM Records. Looks to be 100% legit too... not sure how they tracked this band down. Their one album is a highly sought after private press from New York that has more in common with Krautrock than anything ever released in America. Commonly mistaken to be on the relatively common label Annuit Coeptis, which is due the cover using a dollar bill with the Latin phrase intact. Great to see this title! More info to come as we pursue the CD. (10/23/06 update: And yes, I do now have it. Even though there appears to be no band involvement, everything seems on the up and up - including an awesome sound!)

(2/18/06) The original Cluster album on Philips (aka Cluster '71) has been reissued by Water Music with the original cover and liner notes. Certain to be an improvement on the previous barebones Sky issue (with the lesser cover that Sky originally used for the LP).

(2/18/06) Eclectic Records, known primarily for their outstanding re-masters of British classics, has taken on the US psych classic Saint Steven's "Over the Hills", a pretty rare album from 1969. Perhaps this will herald a new line of US minor label classic psych that desperately needs legit reissues, first and foremost in our mind being Morgen's stellar 1969 album.

(2/11/06) Rollercoaster Records, a label that specializes in 50s and 60s music, has released the oddball folk/psych/jazz album by Roger Bunn called "Piece of Mind". Originally released on Philips in the Netherlands, it was also licensed by Major Minor in the UK and Ohr in Germany (the only non-German album on the label). The album is also of note for sporting one of the all-time great psychedelic covers! Sadly, it appears Mr. Bunn died last summer in London.

(2/11/06) Moon June Records has released an archival live recording from Soft Machine entitled "Floating World Live". Recorded in January of 1975, the material is primarily culled from their outstanding "Bundles" album and promises to be a smoker!

(2/11/06) An independent label from Turkey called Istanbul Plak has reissued the debut album by Turkish psych guitar legend Erkin Koray.

(1/2/06) Some exciting news from South Africa, as finally an indigenous reissue label has emerged: Fresh Music. They've been around for a few years, but we weren't aware of them until recently. They've reissued the following (all are legit, but many of them had their master tapes lost in a studio fire that also destroyed most of the 1970's works from South Africa): Abstract Truth's 2 studio albums on one CD "Silver Trees" and "Totum"; Freedom Children's classic "Astra" as well as their final album "Galactic Vibes"; and finally the 2 albums by the politically charged group Hawk - "African Day" and "Africa, She Too Can Cry".

Monday, May 11, 2009

2003 - 2005 News Archive

(11/25/05) Record Heaven's outstanding music label, Transubstans Records, has just announced the reissue of the obscure 1975 Swedish album by Råg i Ryggen. I haven't heard it, but know of it from many of an obscure catalog. As well, the label has announced for 2006 the first ever legit issue of Mr. Brown's sole 1977 album "Mellan Tre Ögon". Earlier in the year they reissued Radiomobel's classic album "Gudang Garam". Great to see this title getting on CD. They also state "After this we will release the debut album "Tramseböx" as well + a CD of unreleased material as well. "

(11/25/05) We've heard from Julian Browning of Rainbow Theatre and in 2006 look for both of their great albums to be reissued legit on the Aztec Music label in 6 panel digi-paks!

(11/17/05) Guerssen of Spain is starting to reissue CDs in addition to their already renowned LP business. Two Spanish psych classics have just been released: La Mosca - The Fly (1970) and Agamenon's "Todos Rien De Mi" (1975)

(11/17/05) Two members of the UK group This Heat have formed their own label This is! in conjunction with ReR Megacorp, and will reissue the entire This Heat back catalog, which has been long OOP from These Records. Look for the debut album to be released in December.

(10/25/05) The Intuition label, a subsidiary of Schott International, will be reissuing the first 2 Between albums "Einstieg" + "And the Waters Opened". These will certainly prove to be some of the most popular reissues of the year.

(10/15/05) Back in the news are Acme Gramophone / Lion Productions, who just announced the reissue of 5 obscure psych / hard rock albums, all released for the very first time from the masters and/or legit sources. First and foremost is the sole 1976 album by the excellent Greek hard rock group Four Levels of Existence. Nice to clear this one off the reissue list! Creation of Sunlight's great 1968 sunshine psych album will also get a first time masters tape reissue (previously only released as a cheap boot). Also look for the 1969 fuzz hard psych punk album from the 49th Parallel. I haven't heard this album from Canada, but sounds right up my alley. And finally, the label has reached deep into obscure territory and are reissuing 2 bands from Uruguay: Hojas and Limonada. Both are said to be pop psych classics with Tropicalia influences. This summer, the label reissued the first album by Quad - a fantastic 90s space rock venture that recalls the early 70s Krautrockers like Ash Ra Tempel and the Cosmic Courier clan. Earlier in the year, they released both Ithaca and Agincourt, 2 nice folk psych albums, especially the former.

(10/15/05) A big kick for me personally is the announcement by Collectors Choice to reissue all of the early Strawberry Alarm Clock albums. Certainly my personal favorite of the 60s psych bands, blending naive innocent melodies with strong instrumentation (fuzz, organ, eastern instruments, flute) and a good dose of early progressive rock (often overlooked by the masses I feel).

(10/15/05) I'm a bit negligent in announcing mainstream artists, so a regular reader of CD Reissue News offered this (thx again!):
"On Oct 11th, EMI will reissue Steve Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte with two bonus tracks. Ace of Wands (live), and Shadow of the Hierophant (Extended Playout Version, clocking in at 17 mins.)

Earlier this summer Hippo Records (division of Universal) released all four of Styx's Wooden Nickle label albums as a two CD set for the price of one disc. It comes with one bonus track which is a B-Side. This obviously replaces the old One Way versions of the first two albums, and the 2 on 1 disc of thier last two albums from that label. The sound is good, and so are the liner notes. It's called The Complete Wooden Nickel Recordings. Perhaps not at the top of most people's reissues list, but a nice morsel to pick up for those into the American scene, and still, not bad that you get 4 albums for the price of 1.

Late September Atlantic released a domestic version of Genesis' Platnium Collection. Now available at Target! :)

Also earlier this Summer, Fie! Records (which is either owned by Peter Hammill or he works close with them) rereleased Aerosol Grey Machine. This would replace the old Reportoire version, but am not sure about the quality and/or if it has liner notes, etc."
(10/6/05) InsideOut Germany has announced the reissue of Guru Guru's "Mani und Seine Freunde". A curious choice, but an album that has never been reissued legit. Hopefully this means the outstanding "Dance of the Flames" isn't far away.
Latest Klaus Schulze releases on Inside Out: "Body Love", "Dune", "Miditerranean Pads" and "Audentity". All have copious bonus tracks.
Latest Kraan releases on Inside Out: "Wiederhoren", "Nachtfahrt", and "Live 88".

(10/6/05) The Laser's Edge has announced the second Secret Oyster release slated for January '06: Sea Son (their second album). They launched the series with their 3rd album, "Vidunderlige Kaeling" (aka Astarte).

(10/6/05) As noted earlier, Prog Quebec has now released Maneige's archival live album "Live a L'Eveche". What I didn't realize at the time is this is basically a reissue of their outstanding (and long OOP) "Montreal 74/75" album with 20 minutes of additional material. Planned reissues for 2006/07: The 3rd and 4th Maneige and both Conventum's. Even more exciting will be the first time ever reissues of both Sloche albums! Recently, the label reissued Pollen's sole great album, which has been OOP for years (Kozak). Earlier in the year the label issued both Contraction albums. Contraction were one of the great Quebecois prog bands and related to Franck Dervieux. As well, they issued for the first time L'Orchestre Sympathique's album "En Concert a la Grande Passe" which, according to the label, sounds like early Maneige. I haven't heard it yet myself.

(9/25/05) New from the Italian mini-LP front: BTF plans on reissuing Alusa Fallax in mini-LP format within the next couple of months. For me, certainly one of the best albums still not in the mini format and the BTF versions are easily on par with their Japanese counterparts. To prove this point, all one has to do is see their beautiful mini-LP gatefold (the original is a single sleeve) of Flea's "Topi O Uomini" album. I'm also anticipating a similar reissue for Panna Fredda since they recently issued an exact LP repro.

(9/23/05) We've heard from Cos (indirectly - thx Cesar!). You can get the remainder of the Cos catalog via Clic Music. Titles include "Babel" and "Swiss Chalet". To further clarify, it appears that Musea will be reissuing "Pasiones" with their usual complete booklet and history.

(9/23/05) As mentioned 2 weeks ago, we'd heard from the Dutch band Kracq, and they had told me that they'd reissued their awesome 1978 album "Circumvision" as a regular CD. And indeed, it's here! Greg Walker carries it, as does the band at Polumnia Music. There seems to be some mastering problems with the tape, but overall it's still nice to have this on CD!

(8/21/05) Shadoks of Germany has just reissued many CDs of albums they originally reissued on LP. This includes the brilliant Lula Cortes & Ze Remalho. One of the finest from the Brazilian freaky prog scene similar to Modulo 1000 or the most out moments by Som Imaginario. Other CDs include Victoria (an interesting low budget late psych piece from New Jersey); The Spoils of War - II (I haven't heard this one, but the first one is amazing similar to bands like United States of America and Fifty Foot Hose); Candida Pax (UK rarity originally on the mythical Deroy label); Mystery Meat (A garage psych band from Illinois); Bango (supposedly one of the best from Brazil)

(8/15/05) Mellotronen has announced the reissue of Kultivator with unheard bonus tracks! Certainly great news for me, given my Gnosis 15 grade on it. The album was originally reissued by the much missed APM label, and is long OOP. Earlier in the year, they released the obscure 1971 sole album by Asoka, a very good progressive hard rock album, and previously only available as a boot.

(8/10/05) Thanks to Mauro of Mellow for his help with some suggestions on my site. In particular, I had forgotten that the best Romanian prog album, Progressiv TM's "Dreptul de a Visa", was reissued by a German label that specializes in early 60's garage bands (Rockin Beat)!

(8/5/05) Some bummer news. The great Isreali based Mio has decided to call it a day due to a number of factors. Their specialty had become rare French avant progressive albums. Not sure who will take up the slack there. Musea focuses on the more symphonic type releases (though there was talk of them reissuing Ma Banlieu Flasque), while Soleil Zeuhl sticks to its namesake. Meidad is a great guy and I hope he'll get a chance to do this again!

(7/25/05) Garden of Delights has just issued the one great album by the Danish group Thors Hammer. Apparently this is the first legit issue (I was mistaken in thinking it had been previously released legit). This is GoD's first foray into non-German music, and thus they've christened the new label Thors Hammer. Prior to this, GoD reissued Joy Unlimited's "Schmetterling", an album I haven't heard but has an excellent reputation. They've also issued Da Capo's one album which was previously done by Little Wing.

(7/18/05) Unidisc has reissued Spirit of Christmas' "Lies to Live By", an album that's been OOP for many, many years. It was the first CD on the Laser's Edge label!

(7/18/05) A new label, at least for me, is Doblon from Spain. They've just issed legit Asturcon's sole album, a nice one from 1981 and pretty obscure.

(7/10/05) Long Hair has just released a live 1973 recording by Kollektiv! I've recently heard it and fans of the band will not want to miss it! Extended and improvised versions of songs from their sole LP (still unissued) + one unreleased track. Also released for the first time are both Blackbirds album, including the 1971 prog album "Touch of Music".

Speaking of classic German groups, SPV continues to repackage all of the classic Popol Vuh CDs. These are very nice digi-paks, with excellent liner notes (though the notes are shared across releases). Much better sound than the old Spalax CDs, but still remain un-remastered.

The first 2 Culpeper Orchard albums are finally available again. Legit issues on the excellent Karma label.

Musea has just reissued Metabolisme's 1977 classic "Tempus Fugit", another of the great one-shot wonders on the Crypto label. According to one source, look for Musea to also reissue the French avant progressive classic Ma Banlieue Flasque sometime this summer!

The Breathless label is a combined effort of Sanctuary and Italy's excellent Get Back label. Their multi fold out digi-pak issue of Jan Dukes de Grey's masterpiece "Mice and Rats in the Loft" is brilliant! Also just out is the debut by Marsupilami and Quicksand's one great album.

Fonomusic (the owners of Spain's most famous progressive rock label Movieplay) have been busy reissuing many albums on digipak. Along with those that have been enhanced from the original early 90's reissues (Triana, Ibio, Granada, etc...), the following have been issued for the very first time: Daniel Vega's very rare "La Noche que Preced a la Batalla"; Azabache's "Dias de Luna"; Vainica Doble's "Contracorriente"; Vega's "Andaluza" and Diego de Moron's sole album.

Speaking of Spain, also just out is the sole album by Feliu i Joan Albert, reissued by PDI. A very nice mellow zone out, until the last track where they rip in the classic Spanish prog sound - with members of Albert's group Musica Urbana.

According to Muck Groh's website they say, "die LP Muckefuck soll folgen!", or "the LP Muckefuck is to follow" the other Aera/Groh CD reissues.

Great news here, as Rubric/Caroline are reissuing for the first time Bevis Frond's "Bevis Through The Looking Glass", which has always been my favorite due to the almost 40 minutes of Amon Duul 2 inspired jams.

I just received a note from Flaming Bess and they tell me all of their CDs are in print and published by the band themselves. This includes a brand new 2004 release. For more information, please visit: Flaming Bess home page

We've just heard from the superb German fusion group Munju. Apparently there is some movement to reissue their 4 great LPs. This is great news! Unfortunately the masters were lost to a flooded basement. Check their website for more details. Munju's Home page

Soleil Zeuhl has just released the last Eskaton album not on CD, "Fiction" with bonus cuts making up the rest of the unissued "Icare". Another one of the best reissues of 2004!

Norwegian label Pan (Host, Ruphus) has once again reissued a major obscurity - this time Freddy Lindquist's 1970 album "Menu".

Duck Your Music has released the other Lotus album "Vera O'Flera", thus forcing me to change my front page!

The first 4 Aera albums have been issued by original label Erlkoenig. Be sure to check out "Live" with Roman Bunka on guitar!

As predicted here, Laser's Edge will indeed be reissuing all of the Secret Oysters along with one unissued studio and one live recording. Incredible!

Mio has issued more from the Phillippe Besombes stable including the electronic classic "Besombes Rizet"

Syn-Phonic has reissued Yezda Urfa's impossible to find "Boris" record.

There's a new label from Germany called CMP (City Music Productions). They seem to have obtained the rights to the Bellaphon label and are reissuing many of their classic 70's titles, most importantly the Orange Peel album from 1970 that had yet to be issued legit.

Mellotronen has issued the first Trettioariga Kriget from the master tapes. For me, this is one of my Gnosis "15's" and one of the greatest prog albums ever released.

Been out for awhile, but recent news to me, is the reissue by Bonton of the classic 1971 album by the Czech group Gattch. Also includes a fully unreleased concert from 1972.

Eclectic/Nebula continues to reissue remastered copies of the Nektar albums. As well, they have done the classic 1970 album by Locomotive "We Are Everything You See"

Garden of Delights has issued Frob's impossible to find 1976 album. I've queued through my copy and it sounds like a great album! As well, they've reissued Aigues Vives (an obscure folk prog piece), Waniyetula's sole album (post Galaxy) and Saffran (unknown 1975 prog)

THIS JUST IN:
Laser's Edge claims to have a MAJOR announcement about reissuing all of a band's catalog that has yet to see a reissue. We're guessing it's Secret Oyster. We won't discuss how we came to that conclusion, but it's truly fanciful speculation as Ken is keeping tight-lipped about the whole thing (as he should) (2008 note: We guessed right and all are out now).

Garden of Delights (Germany)
Latest Releases:
1. Necronomicon - Tips Zum Selbstmord (1972). Those generic Little Wing CD reissues need to be replaced.
2. Drum Circus - Never before released 1971 album with Brainticket members. Word on the street says this is incredible!
3. Virus - Rememeber (1973). Looks like GoD is taking on some of the SWF recordings from Long Hair. This is supposedly similar to their "Thoughts" LP.
4. Twogether - A couple of Times. Organ drums duo supposedly like Magma (German group) and Sixty Nine.
5. The Shiver - Super rare 1969 album by Swiss group. This was also just issued in Korea as a mini-LP on M2U.
6. Embryo - Father Son and Holy Ghost. Not sure why this great LP was reissued again. Didn't realize the Disconforme issues were already OOP!
7. Release Music Orchestra - Bremen 1978. The date is too late for this group. Still hoping for their classic first 2 albums on Brain to be reissued!
8. Amon Duul II - Made in Germany
Others out are: 1. Vinegar (1971); Prosper - Broken Door (1975); Join In - Kentaloupe Island (1974)
2. Waniyetula: A dream within a dream (1983)

Long Hair (Germany)
1. Latest release is Rufus Zuphall's "Weiss der Teufel" which supplements the beautiful LP issued by Little Wing 15 years ago.
2. Thrice Mice is out now. This pre-Altona band from 1971 is a nice mix of proto-prog and jazz rock.
3. Out now is Drosselbart, finally replacing the awful Germanofon boot. This is a fine example of an early Krautrock album with German vocals.
4. They will continue to release the entire catalog by Rufus Zuphall. The Spalax issue of "Phallobst" has been OOP for some time. "Avalon and On" was to be their 3rd album, yet to be released in its entirety.

Mio Records (Israel)
1. Flamen Dialis - Symptome Dei. Possibly the greatest of all recent reissues, and the biggest surprise since Mio unearthed the impossible to find Jean-Cohen Solal albums! Mellotron symphonic classic. Includes super rare bonus tracks!!
2. Philippe Besombes - Libra. These old Pole/Tapioca records have been screaming for a reissue for years!
3. Begnagrad (Yugoslavia) and Mosaic (France) are now out! Congrats Meidad on 2 great new reissues!

1. Pole - Besombes Rizet. These Besombes will have Pinhas fans drooling after being reissued!
2. Philippe Besombes - Besombes. Not familiar with this 1974 release, but I'm ready for this issue!
3. Kha-Ym - 10" GMT. Been ages since I heard this one-of-a-kind FLVM classic. Great choice for a reissue. (2008 note: Mio closed up shop before reissuing this album)
4. Un Drame Musical Instantane - Plans to issue five CDs by this avant garde group. Mio has already issued the the root CD of this group, Birge Gorge and Shiroc.

Musea (France)
1. They are still plowing through their Etron Fou Leloublan series, replacing their own "43 songs" CD set.
2. Edition Speciale's "Aliquante" and "Horizon Digitale", plus what appears to be an unreleased 4th album have been on their "coming soon" page for quite some time (2008 note: "Horizon Digital" was finally reissued in 2007 with parts of the 4th album mentioned above). The two titled above are far superior to the debut that they did reissue. 3. Wurtemburg - Rock Fantasia Opus 10. Obviously an unreleased followup to the original Rock Fantasia, this should be quite interesting.
4. Synopsis - Minuit Ville. Nice dramatic symphonic album in the Ange style. Musea did the LP reissue years ago.
5. Metabolisme - Tempus Fugit. Yet another Crypto label classic with some classic "French fuzz" guitar!

Soleil Zeuhl (France)
1. Eskaton - Fiction. The brilliant Zeuhl New Wave followup to "Ardeur".

Mellotronen (Sweden)
1. The 4 CD archive set of radio recordings featuring Flasket Brinner is out! This is an absolutely brilliant set of underground jamming and maybe one of the best archival releases ever!
2. Somehow, Mellotronen has discovered a pre-first album from the almighty Trettioariga Kriget called "Glorious War". This album is a bit more "woodsy" and "rambling" than their later, heavier works. Worth a listen!

Mellow Records (Italy)
1. Philippe Grancher - 3000 Miles Away. Nice electronic symphonic release from the Tapioca label.

Black Rills (Switzerland)
1. Looks like they are planning on reissuing the long OOP Laser's Edge reissue of Werwolf's "Creation". ((2008 note: They did, but that was their last reissue sadly)

M2U (Korea)
1. Anxiously awaiting the next batch of high-quality mini-LP's! (2008 note: RIP)

MNW (Sweden)
1. Has just reissued Archimedes Badkar's legendary "Tre" album. Hopefully the first two aren't far behind! (2008 note: These two are still unreissued)

Karma (Denmark)
1. Has reissued Dr. Dopo Jam's "Entree" album for the first time legit.

Nightwings (England)
1. British folk psych act Fuchsia's sole 1971 album has just been issued.

Cosmic Egg (England)
1. Have announced the pending reissue of Kontrast, the brilliant 1980s post Out of Focus group, whose one album is a classic of the decade.
2. GAM, the shortlived 1970's group headed by Gunter Schickert, apparently has a studio quality archive release called "Eiszeit" that is due imminently on CD.

major labels
1. Nice to see something coming out of Spain after all these years. Finally Fonomusic has decided to do something about their bare bones Movieplay reissues from the early 1990's and have released a slew of high quality digi-pak/remastered Spanish prog albums including the previously un-reissued "Andaluza" album by Vega.
2. Italian and Japanese major labels just continue to overwhelm the market with incredible "mini-LP" sleeves (and remastered) of many of the Italian and British progressive rock classics.