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Grand Hotel (RSD21 EDITION)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JUNE 12TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JUNE 12TH).


    Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the Record Store Day 2021 release of a strictly limited edition newly re-mastered 180 gram white vinyl LP edition of the acclaimed Procol Harum album Grand Hotel. Released in March 1973 the album was the first to feature a line-up of Gary Brooker (piano, vocals), Alan Cartwright (bass), Chris Copping (organ), Mick Grabham (Guitars) and B.J. Wilson (drums) and was remarkable for its musical diversity and was hailed as A masterpiece of musical perfection and lyricism by the NME weekly music paper. From the sumptuously orchestrated title track, to compositions such as For Liquorice John, Fires (Which Burnt Brightly), Bringing Home the Bacon, Toujours LíAmour and Robertís Box, Grand Hotel defied classification but remains one of Procol Harum's best loved and most admired works.

    This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original album master tapes and was cut at Abbey Road studios. The limited-edition LP release fully restores the stunning original gatefold sleeve and the deluxe lyric book which came with initial copies of the album.

    United States Of America

    United States Of America: The Columbia Recordings Remastered And Expanded

    Perhaps one of the finest and most original of bands to emerge in the USA during the Psychedelic era, the United States of America was formed in 1967 by the avant-garde musician Joseph Byrd (an associate of Yoko Ono who had studied with composer John Cage). After studying at UCLA in California, Byrd decided to form a band that would combine performance art, radical politics and experimental rock music. Recruiting former partner Dorothy Moskowitz (Vocals), Gordon Marron (Violin, Ring Modulator, Vocals), Rand Forbes (Bass) and Craig Woodson (Electric Drums), the band signed to Columbia records and recorded their self-titled album in December 1967. The sessions produced some of the most extraordinary music of the time, with pieces such as “The American Metaphysical Circus” combining tape looped effects, electronic sounds and rock to create a stunning opening to a fine album. Such a radical approach led to the album being hailed by critics upon release but receiving a poor commercial reception. Internal friction soon took hold and the United States of America had disbanded by the end of 1968.

    This Esoteric Recordings edition is newly remastered and includes ten bonus tracks recorded during the sessions for the band’s sole album and in May and July 1968. The reissue also features an illustrated booklet with new essay.

    TRACK LISTING

    1: The American Metaphysical Circus
    2: Hard Coming Love
    3: Cloud Song
    4: The Garden Of Earthly Delights
    5: I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife For You, Sugar
    6: Where Is Yesterday
    7: Coming Down
    8: Love Song For The Dead Che
    9: Stranded In Time
    10: The American Way Of Love
    11: Osamu's Birthday
    12: No Love To Give
    13: I Won't Leave My Wooden Wife For You, Sugar (First Version)
    14: You Can Never Come Down
    15: Perry Pier
    16: Tailor Man
    17: Do You Follow Me
    18: The American Metaphysical Circus (Alternative Version)
    19: Mouse (The Garden Of Earthly Delights)
    20: Heresy (Coming Down)

    This unique collaboration was originally released in 1971 and saw Cale (fresh from his ground-breaking work as a member of the Velvet Underground and now finding his feet as a solo artist) and Riley (noted for his highly influential works “In C” and “A Rainbow in Curved Air”) create a work of atmosphere and uniqueness. All instrumental, with the exception of the song “The Soul of Patrick Lee”, “Church of Anthrax” was the perfect melding of the experimental genius of two unique musicians. Hard to catagorise, the album was recorded a year prior to its release by Columbia in February 1971 and actually preceded Cale’s first solo album.

    TRACK LISTING

    1: Church Of Anthrax
    2: The Hall Of Mirrors In The Palace Of Versailles
    3: The Soul Of Patrick Lee
    4: Ides Of March
    5: The Protege

    Tangerine Dream

    Electronic Meditation

    It's incredible to think that this album came out over 40 years ago! Before Krautrock was a concept or genre, Berlin based Edgar Froese, Conrad Schnitzler and a young Klaus Schulze on drums recorded these 1969 sessions. There's a more experimental, improvisational feel to these tracks with Froese's wailing guitar solos set against the (almost) tribal drum patterns laid down by Schulze.

    Upon its release in 1970 “Electronic Meditation” and tracks such as ‘Journey Through A Burning Brain’ would define a genre of music and herald the massive creative musical explosion that would emerge in Germany in the early seventies.

    This Esoteric Reactive edition is newly remastered, fully restores the original album artwork and includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with new essay.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Genesis
    2. Journey Through A Burning Brain
    3. Cold Smoke
    4. Ashes To Ashes
    5. Resurrection


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