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Bill Nelson's Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks From Echo Observatory 3-Disc Boxed Set Available December 1, 2017

Bill Nelson's Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks From Echo Observatory 3-Disc Boxed Set Available December 1, 2017

Esoteric Recordings' imprint Cocteau Discs, dedicated to the work of Bill Nelson, are proud to announce the release of a deluxe 3 disc clamshell boxed set limited edition collection titled Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory. The set features three albums, all recorded at Bill Nelson's Yorkshire home studio, the Echo Observatory, in 1981 and ...


Colosseum: Colosseum Live

Read "Colosseum Live" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

I Colosseum guidati dal batterista Jon Hiseman furono una delle più belle sorprese spuntate dal blues e dal jazz inglese nella magica stagione di fine anni sessanta. Hiseman era stato protagonista alla corte di John Mayall, in particolare per l'ottimo album Blues Wires del 1968 e aveva poi deciso di mettersi in proprio portandosi dietro due ...


John McLaughlin: Where Fortune Smiles

Read "Where Fortune Smiles" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Where Fortune Smiles although customarily attributed to John McLaughlin is as much John Surman's record as it was the Mahavishnu's. But it's probably more accurate to describe it as a collective recording since all five musicians were equally matched players of international standing. The cover art actually depicts all five musicians' names and the title of ...


Atlantic Bridge: Atlantic Bridge

Read "Atlantic Bridge" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Pianist Mike McNaught already had form as an evangelist of pop-inspired jazz, as witnessed on his previous group The London Jazz Four's 1967 Polydor release Take A New Look At The Beatles. However, on this eponymously titled idiosyncratic marriage of jazz and pop, Atlantic Bridge has a stab at two Beatles numbers and three Jim Webb ...


Barclay James Harvest: Everyone Is Everyone Else

Read "Everyone Is Everyone Else" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

During the advent of progressive rock in the late 1960s through the 70s, bands like ELP, King Crimson and Yes were snagging most of the headlines while others enjoyed limited success or traversed the proverbial roller coaster ride with fleeting moments of fame and recognition. Thus, Barclay James Harvest was a solid entity, tracing its origins ...


Colosseum: Colosseum Live

Read "Colosseum Live" reviewed by Roger Farbey

A remarkable feature of Colosseum Live was the inclusion of one of the more unusual numbers in the band's repertoire, namely Michael Gibbs's outstanding composition “Tanglewood '63." This was a brave piece for a six piece jazz rock band to tackle since the original version (aside from a version recorded by Gary Burton's quartet in 1982) ...

Tony Banks: A Curious Feeling

Read "A Curious Feeling" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

UK-based Esoteric Recordings has compiled a treasure trove of prog rock gems from the past via top-notch remastering efforts, extensive liners, bonus tracks and / or DVDs that offer the same track list and film shorts processed in Surround Sound. Hence, an added benefit to this reissue by famed Genesis keyboard ace Tony Banks. Many consider ...

Todd Rundgren & Utopia: Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf

Read "Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Live 1978 at The Old Waldorf San Francisco venue is a continuation of the Todd Rundgren archive series by UK- based Esoteric Recordings. Previously unreleased, the engineers' remastering effort seems to have paid off, as the overall sound is acceptable; although, the lower-end bass response is a bit weak. This concert was originally recorded for a ...


Fuchsia: Fuchsia

Read "Fuchsia" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In the late 1960s and beyond, British bands such as Fairport Convention and a few others made a splash by fusing folk and rock into a cohesive whole, and in many instances caught the attention of progressive rock acolytes, due to the artists' high-level of musicianship and multifarious song-forms. Even though Fuchsia released only one album, ...

Rick Wakeman and The English Rock Ensemble: Out Of The Blue

Read "Out Of The Blue" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Rick Wakeman (Yes, Strawbs) and Keith Emerson (The Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer) were among the primary catalysts of the infant 70s progressive rock scene and helped elevate the genre into a viable art-form, steeped in multifaceted electro-acoustic components with a concentrated focus on superior musicianship. With dazzling virtuosity and heavy use of Moog synths, complementing ...