One of the more interesting labels of recent vintage is Esoteric Recordings. This sublabel of the Cherry Red Records empire devotes itself to high-class remasters of vintage prog titles (a genre your Your Humble Reviewer has a serious sweet-tooth for). The following is a reprint of their most recent newsletter, which recaps the February slate and lays out what’s coming down the pike for March and April. Lots of good stuff for progheads to salivate over: the label is launching a series of deluxe reissues for cult Italian band PFM (proteges of Emerson, Lake & Palmer – need I say more?) and Arthur Brown, a legendary wild-man from the English music scene who recorded some memorable prog efforts. If this stuff interests you, be sure to visit the Esoteric website so you can sign up for the newsletter. In the meantime, read on for more proglicious developments…
February titles are now all in and available, with the exception of 3 delayed Wigwam titles (Fairyport, Being and Music from the Twilight zone) Those titles will be available in around 2-3 weeks.
Feb. titles as follows…
Crazy World of Arthur Brown—remastered 2 Cd deluxe with rare bonus material and a newly designed slipcase. Totally groovetastic!
Ken Hensley-Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf-remaster
Ken Hensley-Eager to Please-remaster
Ramases—Glass Top Coffin-remaster
Hawkwind-Sonic Attack-2 Cd deluxe remaster with a wealth of bonus material (on Atomhenge) www.atomhenge.com
Hawkwind-Alien 4-remaster (on Atomhenge) www.atomhenge.com
PFM-The World became the World-English language version—remaster plus bonus material (on Manticore)
PFM-Photos of Ghosts-English language version-remaster plus bonus material (on Manticore)
PFM-Jet Lag-English language version-remaster plus bonus track (on Manticore)
Alan Bown-The Alan Bown-remaster
Bob Downes-Electric City-remaster
Bob Downes-Open Music (Dream Journey)-remaster
Home-The Alchemist-remaster plus bonus
The Parlour Band-Is a Friend-remaster plus bonus
Arthur Brown and Kingdom Come-Kingdom Come-remaster plus bonus
Arthur Brown and Kingdom Come-Journey-remaster plus bonus
Hawkwind–Church of Hawkwind-remaster (on Atomhenge) www.atomhenge.com
Harvey Bainbridge-Dreams, Omens and Strange Encounters (on Atomhenge) NEW STUDIO ALBUM—ambient/spacerock www.atomhenge.com
Schicke Fuhrs and Frohling—Symphonic Pictures-remaster plus bonus CD (live SFF-75) (reactive)
Schicke Fuhrs and Frohling-Sunburst-remaster (reactive)
Fuhrs and Frohling-Ammerland-remaster (reactive)
Alan Bown-Stretching Out-remaster
PFM-Chocolate Kings-2Cd deluxe plus bonus material (on Manticore)-remaster
Clark Hutchinson–Free to be Stoned –2 Cd anthology (covers all 3 albums, no omissions)-remaster
The 3 german albums are under a new imprint for us “Reactive” that we will use for “krautrock” as we have more titles due in this genre. So if you see Reactive out there and wonder if it’s a bootleg!!—No-tis us.
Many thanks to all our customers. We have had a good start to the year and 5 of our titles have been in Amazons top 1000 in the UK for the past month or so (Cave of Clear Light—Pye box, PFM anthology, Sonic Attack, Alien 4, Ramases and Crazy World of)—so many thanks to all and as always thanks for the many suggestions we get, some of which are possible, some not for all sorts of reasons but its great to get them anyway and we look at them all.