MAGIC MIX

psych . krautrock . prog . rock

WEEK STARTING 6 Jul

Genre pick of the week Cover of Out To Sea by Carlton Melton.
“Out To Sea” is the most focussed of all Carlton Melton’s recordings to date: the voyage is long; the voyage is joyous.

Leaving their geodesic dome behind, they hitched their magick karpet to San Francisco’s El Studio for a fried weekend in July 2014 with The Fucking Champs / Trans Am’s Phil Manley at the production helm and occasionally contributing to the furore. Phil Manley plays guitar on “Similarities” and synth on “Peaking Duck”

Out To Sea sees Carlton Melton expanding their vision of the psychedelia and free outrock sound of their previous output and push to their furthest horizons using waves of sound - from huge pounding rhythms, outta space riffage, gentle synth wave-riding, pastoral passages, searing shards of molten guitar, smothered ambience and gentle flowing guitar picking – to lap at the shores of your senses.

For fans of: Space travel, the Heads / Kandodo, Faust / Funkadelic, the Kon Tiki Expedition, Parson Sound, Flotation tanks, Bong, Bardo Pond, float on, float on.......

We’re gonna need a bigger boat. 

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP Info: The double LP version is coloured vinyl (one disc is blue/white - the surf, and the other is blue - out to sea!!!) packaged in a deluxe gatefold / spot varnished sleeve with a CD copy of the album and a poster.

CD Info: CD is in a CD digifile package.

Black Sabbath

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

    ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ is Black Sabbath’s fifth studio album. It was produced by the band and Tom Allom and recorded at Morgan Studios in London in September 1973.

    For the first time in their career the band began to receive favourable reviews in the mainstream press, with Rolling Stone calling the album “an extraordinarily gripping affair,” and “nothing less than a complete success.”

    The artwork reflects the original release, from the cover to the printed inner sleeve.

    180g vinyl includes a copy of the album on CD.

    Black Sabbath

    Sabotage

      ‘Sabotage’ is the sixth studio album from Black Sabbath. It was recorded in the midst of litigation with their former manager Patrick Meehan and the stress that resulted from the band’s ongoing legal woes infiltrated the recording process, inspiring the album’s title.

      ‘Sabotage’ was co-produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and Mike Butcher. Again it received favourable reviews, with Rolling Stone stating “‘Sabotage’ is not only Black Sabbath’s best record since Paranoid, it might be their best ever.”

      The artwork reflects the original release, from the cover to the printed inner sleeve.

      180g vinyl includes a copy of the album on CD.

      Giovanni Tommaso

      Vivere A Tokio - Citta' Del Paradiso

      Sensational and almost impossible to find in its original edition, this original soundtrack for the documentary Living in Tokyo: City of Heaven was composed by Perigeo's bassist Giovanni Tommaso. Tommaso was a prolific library music composer during the 1970s. This extraordinary score was composed to be the soundtrack for a documentary focused on Tokyo city and his inhabitants, where Giovanni Tommaso added some traditional elements of melodic / harmonic Japanese music and melded them with jazz-rock style he also used in his Perigeo side-project with Bruno Biriaco, Claudio Fasoli, Franco D'Andrea and Tony Sidney. Silvano Chimenti, Antonello Vannucchi and Gegè Munari are the uncredited artists who played in this session. The album features outstanding Oriental-tinted progressive jazz-rock tunes making this lost gem also sought-after by prog rock collectors.

      Released on HQ 180 grams vinyl. Remastered audio. Originally released in 1972 on RCA Original Cast SP 8039

      The Zombies

      Odessey And Oracle - 180g Vinyl Edition

        Recorded at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in 1967 during the final months of the original group’s career, this British Psych-pop masterpiece yielded their last great hit ‘Time Of The Season’, but was destined for release after the Zombies had first broken up. It is the British pop group’s all-time classic ‘concept’ album.

        To find an original mint Mono copy involves a long wait and a budget of around £1,000+ to land one. The Stereo version is not far behind either. But we have returned to Abbey Road for our re-issue versions, a more affordable option, now available again in either Stereo or Mono LPs.

        All serious record collectors will savour a work that has been the subject of a huge revival of interest. Listen and you will know why American songwriter, producer and musician Al Kooper insisted that Columbia put out the album in the USA, when it was in danger of being overlooked.

        This Repertoire reissue is mastered at Half Speed at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, then pressed onto 180g vinyl, offering the listener the best ever sounding version of the album.

        The recordings are remastered by Jon Astley (The Who, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison etc).

        The sleeves are printed from superior quality scans with detailed reproduction artwork.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: This record is often name-checked by Paul Weller as one of the best psych-pop albums ever. He was right. It's glorious!

        Various Artists

        Bosphorus Breaks Vol. One - CD Mix By Dom Thomas

        Dom Thomas' NN Tapes goes digital with a series of strictly limited CD versions of his previously cassette-only compilations. Limited to just 30 copies for the World!

        For the label's fourth CD release they deliver 'Bosphorus Breaks Vol. One' which runs for an hour bridging the gap from sun drenched psychedelic folk to the untapped disco music of Turkey.

        Various Artists

        I Dream In Colour Vol. One - CD Mix By Dom Thomas

        Dom Thomas' NN Tapes goes digital with a series of strictly limited CD versions of his previously cassette-only compilations. Limited to just 30 copies for the World!

        'I Dream In Colour Vol. One' offers a stream of conciousness, taking in film, library and world oddities from far flung destinations brought into sharp focus by Dom Thomas.

        Various Artists

        I Dream In Colour Vol. Two - CD Mix By Dom Thomas

        Dom Thomas' NN Tapes goes digital with a series of strictly limited CD versions of his previously cassette-only compilations. Limited to just 30 copies for the World!

        'I Dream In Colour Vol. Two' offers a stream of conciousness, taking in film, library and world oddities from far flung destinations brought into sharp focus by Dom Thomas.

        Firecracker are having a busy year indeed. 15 releases in their 10 year history and this is their third release in 2015 so far - and we're only half way through the year! Anyway we've all been eagerly anticipating this one in the shop and over the counter, Jason Boardman (Afionado) I'm talking about you! This compilation sees the monolithic label move away from their house roots and into the world of indigenous Scottish music. So we get some folk, plenty of ambience, bag-pipes, spoken word and many other sounds and styles. Not only is this compelling enough, but the whole project was commission by the Forestry Commission Scotland - who approached Firecracker themselves.

        Anyway, I should let the label get in their side of the story: 'Over 10,000 years ago, after the last Ice Age, humans began to explore and settle the place now known as Scotland. Evidence of our ancestors can be found in the various rock carvings, standing stones, tombs and dwellings still scattered throughout the lands today. Modern archaeological techniques can offer ever more detailed suggestions as to what these monuments might have meant, but it is still largely left to our imaginations to discern just what these spaces were used for. In this spirit, Firecracker Recordings were approached by Forestry Commission Scotland to make something that might capture the feel of these places. They assembled a crack squad of artists (Lord Of The Isles, Other Lands, House Of Traps, Wounded Knee) whom they felt would embrace the challenge, thanks to their shared interest in their own Highland ancestries. Visiting a handful of sites in an intense period of exploration late in 2014, they took field recordings, drank whisky, jammed in the ruins of brochs, studied rock art, sat in iron age forts, drank whisky, drove for many miles and generally began the process of channeling the shamanic forces (drank whisky) whose presence can still be felt all around. This album is the result of that brief adventure. The artists worked both together and in isolation, quickly and effortlessly, manipulating the recordings taken from the source and combining them with their own compositions, inspired by both the sights they saw in this time and those they have imagined from another. Here, they merge modern technologies with traditional instruments and the human voice to conjure up these ancient rites of celebration, ritual, offerings to long forgotten gods, changes in the features of the earth and the universe and the cycles of time. Accompanying the music is a booklet of archaeological images created by Forestry Commission Scotland, detailing some of the sites around which the music is based, again utilizing modern laser scanning technology to see these mysterious relics in a different light.'

        So folks, if you've read the above and need any more convincing, then get submersed in one of the most inventive yet organic compilations to have ever been conceived. On one of Piccadilly Record's favourite long term underground labels. Firecracker, as always, we salute you!

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Matt says: A true artistic sentiment, the booklet alone is interesting enough - with laser-scan image survey's of some of Scotland's wildest places. Then the music, inspired by these mythical places, is equally good to boot. Beautifully conceived and executed.

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xLtd LP Info: Limited to 300 copies only. Screen print and sleeve design by House Of Traps. Bonus full colour booklet detailing laser scan techniques and ongoing archeological work by Forestry Commission Scotland

        Various Artists

        Shabam Pow Pop Whizz Vol. One - CD Mix By Dom Thomas

        Dom Thomas' NN Tapes goes digital with a series of strictly limited CD versions of his previously cassette-only compilations. Limited to just 30 copies for the World!

        'Shabam Pow Pop Whizz Vol. One' features an hour of the most delectable psyched out French protest pop and faux-Gainsbourg operatic rock.


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