Here's our latest update which signposts recent additions to our website and online catalogue.
We also list our featured artists who are touring in the UK this autumn.
Follow the links for further information including audio, reviews and interviews.
|FEATURED ALBUM: Dr Strangely Strange (October 2011)|
DR STRANGELY STRANGE Heavy Petting and other proclivities Release date:31 October 2011 (HUX127)
This classic slice of psychedelic
folk-rock was Dr Strangely Strange’s second album, produced by Joe Boyd
and originally released in September 1970.
DR STRANGELY STRANGE Halycon Days
|FEATURED ALBUM: Virgil & The Accelerators (September 2011)|
VIRGIL & THE ACCELERATORS The Radium (MYSCD205)
The debut album from one of the rising stars of the British Blues Rock scene.
"Encouraged by Kim Wilson, mentored by Joe Bonamassa and after touring with Joanne Shaw Taylor, he's ready to make his mark. Together with his road tested power trio, it was never a question of if, but rather when, though there was the outstanding little concern about the band song writing ability.
'The Radium' answers all the questions and more as the album is quite simply a triumph because it captures all the good things about an up and coming band who are seemingly oblivious to their studio surroundings let alone their fans fast growing expectations."
Pete Feenstra, www.getreadytorock.com
Virgil & The Accelerators play UK dates in September/November. More information
|FEATURED ALBUM: Michael Chapman (April 2011)|
MICHAEL CHAPMAN Growing Pains 3 (MSMCD157)
Virtuoso guitarist and critically acclaimed songwriter, championed by John Peel and later Charles Shaar Murray, Michael Chapman recorded a quartet of highly regarded albums for EMI's progressive Harvest label.
In this latest
archive recordings release, he presides over previously unreleased
tracks spanning folk rock, blues, jazz and experimental genres - ranging
from a live solo
With an extensive booklet of Chapman's reminiscences illustrated with pictures from his own collection, 'Growing Pains 3' is another highly personal ‘take' on the rich and varied career of one of British music's most individualistic craftsmen.
"...this set really offers something for everyone - from the Chapman aficionado who must own everything to the newcomer who has only recently discovered him - this is a treasure trove of fully qualified rarities" Jim Henderson, www.getreadytorock.com
Michael Chapman tours in the UK October (12-23) UK Tour with Rita Hosking. More information
MICHAEL CHAPMAN And Then, There Were Three
|FEATURED ARTIST: Eleanor McEvoy - on tour in September/October|
ELEANOR McEVOY I'd Rather Go Blonde (MOSCO408)
Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy is touring in the UK September/October to promote her new album 'Alone'.
You can catch up on her back catalogue here, including the classic 'Yola', 'Early Hours' and compilation 'Singled Out' which is a great introduction to Eleanor's music over the past decade.
Her current studio album 'I'd Rather Go Blonde' maintains the consistent high standard of her music and recordings.
"The subject matter, as always,
remains firmly fixed on matters of the heart, but this time around it
feels delivered from a more observational perspective by a woman who
sounds comfortable with her place in the world.
Pete Whalley, www.getreadytorock.com
Wednesday 21st September
|FEATURED ARTIST: James Grant & Love And Money - on tour in September/October|
JAMES GRANT Strange Flowers (VRTCD089)
Scottish singer songwriter JAMES GRANT tours with his highly-regarded eighties band Love And Money in September and October.
Here at THEmusicINDEX we have long been supporters of James' music and you'll find much of his solo work in our catalogue.
Mon 26 Sep 2011 and Tue 27th Sep
The Met Arts Centre (Bury)
JAMES GRANT My Thrawn Glory/ I Shot The Albatross / Sawdust In My Veins/ Holy Love
|FEATURED ARTIST: PANIC ROOM - on tour September 2011|
PANIC ROOM Satellite [Release date 25 January 2010] (Firefly Music 002)
"Without doubt, it's going to be
exceedingly difficult to find a better album in 2010. Perfect progressive
Panic Room play UK dates September-December 2011
Sept 2nd - Glasgow - The Cathouse
ALSO AVAILABLE: "Visionary Position"
|FEATURED ARTIST: SONJA KRISTINA & CURVED AIR - on tour October 2011|
SONJA KRISTINA Harmonics Of Love [Release date 11 January 2010] (Market Square MSMCD151)
Post her genre-defining solo release 'Songs From The Acid Folk' (MSMCD109), former Curved Air vocalist and songwriter Sonja Kristina moved on to 'astro folk' with 1994's 'Harmonics of Love', an album that bridges her progressive rock and acid folk past with the electronic experimentalism that was to emerge in the noughties via a giddy 'new age' rush of melodic and ambient music connecting acousticity to studio effects and natural sounds sampled from locations as disparate as the Amazon rain forest and that year's Glastonbury Festival.
Bonus tracks for this enhanced reissue take in later work including a Motorhead cover (!) and output from her current project MASK.
In her notes, Sonja writes:
"These songs of desire, heartache, forgiveness and fellowship were recorded in the afterglow of happy times travelling with my wild and willful players between 1989 and 1997, playing intimate venues, festivals and spiritual retreats in the UK. My band at the time, Cloud Ten made music experimental and improvised around the pulse and lilt of my words and melodies. During the second "summer of love' we played acoustic trance music 'our sonic vision of those times.'
"It's an intriguing and frequently enlightening journey" www.getreadytorock.com
ALSO AVAILABLE: SONJA KRISTINA, SONGS FROM THE ACID FOLK, MASK
CURVED AIR UK dates
27 Aug 2011 Rhythm
Festival 2011, The Mansion Hous, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
|FEATURED ARTIST : CARAVAN - on tour in October 2011|
CARAVAN played the Prog Stage at the High Voltage Festival in London in July and also appeared at this year's Cambridge Rock Festival.
The legendary progsters are playing selected dates this Autumn, when they'll be featuring the classic 'In The Land Of The Grey And Pink' to celebrate that album's 40th Anniversary.
You'll find CARAVAN BBC Sessions
albums in our catalogue.
CARAVAN UK Dates
|MAGNA CARTA: The Complete Works|
Published in 2002, this beautifully produced 320-page book by Chris Simpson tells the story of Magna Carta and their music.
This book is a must for anyone who loves the music of Magna Carta.
When All Is Said And Done
|FEATURED ARTIST: MAGENTA|
MAGENTA Live at Real World
Magenta is thrilled to announce the release of 'Live at Real World', the 3 disc set of its acoustic performance at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio recorded in November 2009.
This special package features a 2 CD recording of the concert, with the addition of three additional songs also recorded at Real World the following day.
A DVD is also included featuring NTSC format video of the entire concert with audio in stereo and 5.1 mixes.
Extras include a 5.1 mix of 'Joe' from 'Home', the promotional video of 'Blind Faith' and two photo galleries.
MAGENTA UK Dates
30 September 2011 The Pop
Tiger Moth Records is delighted to announce the
release of the long-awaited debut solo album by Magenta frontwoman
|DUSK FIRE: STEVE ASHLEY|
Steve Ashley - Live in Concert', featuring the talents of some folk rock's
finest plus an orchestra directed by Robert Kirby (Nick Drake, Paul Weller,
Elton John), showcases Ashley's memorable canon and reveals a catalogue of
innovation and diversity. Poetic and melodic songs of delicate brevity are
interlaced with challenging works of bold and powerful density, imbued with
great wit and a common theme in a social narrative of English life.
Steve Ashley plays UK dates:
31 Aug: Llantrisant, Windsor Hotel,
Pontyclun 01443 226892
ALSO AVAILABLE: Test Of Time, Stroll On Revisited, Speedy Return
|TALKING ELEPHANT: Gryphon|
GRYPHON Raindance (TECD166)
Gryphon was one of the more unusual of the folk-rock groups to come out of England in the 1970s, mostly because they didn't confine their musical genre-melding to folk-rock.
Spawned at the Royal College of Music, they started out making a name for themselves in folk-rock, but their classical training and their approach to composition, recording, and performance soon took them into the much bigger field of progressive rock, and eventually had them playing gigs in front of arena-size audiences. Raindance was the band’s fourth album and was originally released in 1975 following on from the commercially successful Red Queen to Gryphon Three.
This version has been fully re-mastered.
Also available: GRYPHON (1st album), MIDNIGHT MUSHRUMPS, RED QUEEN TO GRYPHON THREE, TREASON
More GRYPHON: www.themusicindex.com/commerce/pages/html/hux.htm
|GIANT ELECTRIC PEA: IQ "The Wake" 25th Anniversary Edition|
IQ The Wake 25th Anniversary Edition Release date 30 July 2010 (GEPBOX2)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of IQ´s classic album 'The Wake', GEP has released an extraordinary 4 disc edition of this recording.
The 4-disc-boxed set includes the remastered version of the album, two additional discs with studio outtakes and demos and a fourth disc containing 47 minutes of ultra-rare live video from 1984 (the oldest existing footage of the band).
Plus lots of memorabilia and interaction! More information:
ALSO AVAILABLE: IQ, MARTIN ORFORD, STEVE THORNE, JOHN WETTON, THRESHOLD
|FEATURED ALBUM: 25 YARD SCREAMER - Now available as a download £3.00|
NEW ALBUM COMING SHORTLY!!
Imagine the progressive hard rock stylings of Rush mixed with the sensitivities of modern-day Marillion. You're getting close to 25 Yard Screamer.
The acclaimed CD is now available as a special price download.
Guitarist Nick James says that the lead track on the album expands the myth
of Cassandra who in Greek mythology was given the gift of prophecy but not
of being believed. How could we apply that to the modern world, if at all?
Power and passion,
Cassandra has it all - some absolutely wonderful playing from the band -
Matt Clarke (bass), Nick James (guitar and vocals) and Donal Owen (drums).
It's a remarkably confident and mature work, maybe highly Marillion
influenced in places, but it's as good as anything the post Fish line up of
that band have released. And believe it or not this was recorded and
produced at home.
There is plenty of healthy imagination gone into this debut album...the band has no fear of getting in some complex melodies and some heavier ones too among the gentler and emotional moments...a certain one to watch Classic Rock Society (May/June 2007)
Blacklight, the epic 20-minute opening track, is full of chunky, chiming Alex Lifeson guitar and high-falutin' Neil Peart-style lyrics...Yet it's on the title tune where this Carmarthen combo really show their metal...It's a powerful, complex piece of work that's right up with the best of Brave-era Marillion. 7/10 Geoff Barton, Classic Rock magazine (September 2007)
|HEAVY LOAD: The Story of Free|
Heavy Load - The Story of Free by David Clayton and Todd K.Smith was published in 2001, a truly magnificent book that sets the standard for rock biographies.
This is a painstakingly researched
285-page tome that encapsulates the life and times of one of the most
influential of rock bands: Free.
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We stock several CDs from one of the finest Celtic fusion bands of recent years.
For many, 'Moonchild' is the band's magnum opus and they will welcome the new version which has been scrubbed off, resequenced, and with two bonus tracks added. With new artwork, too, this is essentially a fresh-looking and fresh-sounding release. The Celtic infusion lends a timeless quality to the tracks, with the standout title track, 'The Pilgrim', 'We Two Are One' and the superb 'Strange Day In the Country. www.getreadytorock.com
Groups and Sessions 1962-1978
Definitive career overview of ace session guitarist who has performed with Ian Gillan Band, Spencer Davis Group amongst others.
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