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Captain Beefheart

Live At Knebworth 1975

    Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band returned to England with a new line up on July 5 1975 to appear on the bill with Pink Floyd at Knebworth Festival.

    The players : Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)- Vocals, Mouth Harp / Winged Eel Fingerling- guitar / Ella Guru Davidson -guitars / Drumbo- guitar / drums / Jimmy Carl Black (introduced as Indian Ink) -drums / Bruce 'fossil' Fowler - trombone.


    2xColoured LP Info: 180 gram orange vinyl.

    CD Info: This CD issue has 3 bonus tracks to the 2LP.

    Delia Derbyshire & Martin Hannett

    The Synth And Electronic Recording Exchanges

      21 tracks on LP of Synth and Electronic Recording exchanges between Delia Derbyshire and Martin Hannett. Forty years since Martin Hannett first used synths and electronic sound effects in production work on Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, this album looks at 21 tracks of electronic and synth music that Hannett had compiled in the the mid 70s to early 80s whilst exchanging tapes by post with electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire. The compiled work from the two electronic music geniuses was to have been released by Hannett but was shelved in the early 80s. Here it is as he put it together for the planned album. 

      The Fall

      30 Minutes On A Manchester Slag Heap

        A youngish Mark E Smith is interviewed about all things Fall and Manchester whilst answering by often avoiding the interviewer’s questions in some of Mark’s favourite surroundings- outside on a Manchester slag heap- most answers are preceded by a pause whilst he inhales another draw on his cigarette

        The Fall

        Mark E Smith’s Personal Holiday Tony Tapes

          A mixture of Live and Studio out-takes that have never been out on vinyl before. Gatefold Sleeve, 180 gm Orange Vinyl. About five or six years ago Mark E Smith and I were going through some old audio recordings of The Fall both studio live and he invented a character called Holiday Tony who he said should be the person who should come round and listen to the tapes with us. He made a phone call to me telling me Holiday Tony lived in Prestwich and went to Blackpool on his holidays once a year with an old brown suitcase with recordings of The Fall inside. I even got a letter off Mark telling me when it was ok for Holiday Tony to go round and see him. Another idea of Mark’s about three years ago was to do a vinyl as a Non Record Store Day release in the weeks before Record Store Day and that every track should just be called The Holiday Tony Tapes. So here is the album. 

          John Cooper Clarke

          Ten Years In An Open Necked Video

            Around two and a half hours of archive John Cooper Clarke film during the early years of punk. In the punk explosion whilst managed by Martin Hannett and mentored by Hannett and his Rabid Records partner Tosh Ryan Carter, John Cooper Clarke appeared as support artist on major tours with artists such as The Fall ,Joy Division,Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Elvis Costello, Rockpile and many more. Wherever possible whether it be a dark dank nightclub ( in black and white) or a larger venue( in colour), Hannett and Ryan Carter would capture Clarke's performances on audio tape and film.

            As shown in this great raw archive footage the delivery speed of Clarke's poems was much faster in those early years, and the audience probably read the NME and fanzines rather than The Guardian.

            Includes the following poems and more: Some performances filmed in Black and White some in colour. Informative DVD booklet with period images and artefacts.

            Various Artists

            The Deeply Vale Box Set

              272 page A4 book + 6 CDs (and a pack of incense).

              Andy Kershaw “I attended the Deeply Vale Festival in 1978 and went on to work with some success in war zones- thank you Chris Hewitt”

              Stuart Maconie “Deeply Vale- the crucible of North Lancashire’s anarchistic counter culture around the mid 70s and beyond”

              Mark E Smith “Deeply Vale was great to play, It was just up the road for us. I don’t like festivals but I loved Deeply Vale”

              Finally after 18 years of research, The Deeply Vale Box will be released. This beautiful book and box set will be limited to 500 copies. The 272 page A4 book is mainly colour and is housed in a box with 6 CDs and a pack of incense. Put on one of the CDs, open the book, light an incense stick to burn and transport yourself back to the mid 70s Deeply Vale Festivals, as well as the Rivington Pike Festivals and the Manchester Rock Against Racism Concerts. Deeply Vale was important as it was the first of the free festivals to open its stage to Punk & New Wave bands and it was also intertwined with the Manchester Rock Against Racism movement. Long before any other festival it crossed the hippy punk divide; its where Planet Gong/Here and Now met The Fall and hippy soundman Grant Showbiz would strike up a 35 year relationship as producer for The Fall. Here and Now would take The Fall, Danny and the Dressmakers (inc future 808 State man Graham Massey), Wilful Damage and Alternative TV on their anarchic tours after Deeply Vale. The Ruts were formed in a tent at Deeply Vale in 1977 after two members of London Funk band Hit and Run saw the The Drones perform a punk set on stage. The 1978 Festival not only included Steve Hillage, Here and Now and Nik Turner but also The Fall, Durutti Column and The Ruts.

              The book features interviews with and/or written contributions from Andy Kershaw, Stuart Maconie, Andy McCluskey of OMD, Martin Coogan and Steve Cowen of the Mock Turtles, Mark E Smith of The Fall, Marc Riley, Spizz Energi, Boff Whalley from Chumbawamba, Graham Massey of 808 State, Vini Reilly, Graham Clark of Gong, Grant Showbiz, Steve Hillage , Jimi Goodwin (Doves),Ian Brown, Andy Rourke, Mark Hodkinson, Mick Middles, Luke Bainbridge and more.

              Bands that have biographies/info pages in the book include Steve Hillage,The Fall,Wilful Damage, Mudanzas ,Murmo Schultz,Aspell, No Change, Danny and The Dressmakers Aqua (Inc Graham Clark of Gong), Leviathan,Nik Turner, Visitor 2035, Whitefire, Durutti Column, Body, Physical Wrecks, Cry Tough, The Ruts, Drive By Night, China St, Fast Cars, Victim, The Trend, Picture Chords,Tony Crabtree, Trigger/Childs Play, John Keegan/ Silver Hill String Band, Here and Now, SFW, Crispy Ambulance, Howard The Duck, Movement Bannned , Alchemist, Trevor Hyett, Misty in Roots, Pete Farrow, Alternative TV, Tractor, Elti Fits, Free Ride, Bashful Alley, Drones, Accident on the East Lancs, Roll up Rock, The Tunes, Victor Brox Blues Train, Rivington Spyke, Frogbox, Vibrant Thigh, Emergency / Foreign Press, Spike, The Out, Tiger Tails, Welcome, Snapper, Salford Jets, Bill Pod and The Stocks, Victor Drago, Not Sensibles, Pegasus, Distractions, Stuffed Badgers & Konstipated Poodles.

              Audio contributions for the 6 CDs include Steve Hillage, Nik Turner’s Sphynx, The Fall (unreleased tracks live at Deeply Vale), Visitor 2035, Danny and The Dressmakers (full sets from the festival) , Aqua, Here and Now, Wilful Damage, The Ruts, SFW, Salford Jets, Victim, Free Ride, Durutti Column, Brenda and The Hot Dicks, Red Eyes, Aspell, Andy T, Blue Midnight feat Grant Showbiz, George Borowski, Tony Crabtree, Accident on The East Lancs, Victor Brox Blues Train, Howard The Duck, Rockslide (forerunner of the Drones) Movement Banned, Elti Fits, The Tunes, Trevor Hyett , Whitefire, Victor Drago, The Trend, Drive by Night, The Out, Fast Cars, Mudanzas, Vibrant Thigh, NotSensibles, Stuffed Badgers, Rivington Spyke, No Change, No Mystery, Murmo Schultz, Bill Pod and The Stocks, Trevor Hyett, Alchemist, The Joint Rolling Contest, & John Keegan.

              Andy McCluskey (OMD) “I performed there with my early band Pegasus in 1977, there was a real all help together hippy vibe which was wonderful”

              Luke Bainbridge “Most of of those who were there seem to have slightly hazy memories of events… but others like myself were inquistive 5 year olds taken to this other wordly place on our doorstep”

              Boff Whalley- Chumbawamba “Deeply Vale was my first exposure to festivals. Deeply Vale was both a summer escape and an eye opener. A great place for growing up”

              Bob Harris – “Deeply Vale definitely has a place in rock history, because here in the late 70s were held the best loved and silliest rock festivals of all time”

              Jimi Goodwin (Doves) “My first festival was Deeply Vale, I was eight years old I was bursting with excitement”

              Graham Massey (808 State) “I am always harking back to Deeply Vale as a blueprint for festivals”


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              String Driven Thing

              Steeple Claydon - Purple Vinyl Edition


                In the 1970s Chris and Pauline Adams of String Driven Thing moved to a bungalow called Little Rising in the village of Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire . As well as Chris and Pauline, the villages in that area of Buckinghamshire were home to promoter Dave Stopps who ran Aylesbury Friars ( and later managed Howard Jones), and Pete Frame who was editor of Zig Zag magazine along with John Tobler. Pete Frame recalls going round to the bungalow with John Otway to hear recordings that Chris and Pauline were working on in the bungalow at Steeple Claydon. Until this LP these recordings have never been heard- here is your chance to enjoy.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Ltd LP Info: 500 LPs only, 180 gram gatefold sleeve, numbered limited edition purple vinyl. Extensive sleevenotes by Pete Frame of Rock Family Tree and Zigzag Fame.

                After what seemed like a very long, drunken, tense-with-anticipation waiting period, the moment is upon me. The band takes the stage, and immediately launches into a big-sounding version of The Joke. Mark bounds onto the stage and starts bellowing into the mic with intensity: "The Joke! Five years in a PC camp, the Joke!" "Ahh," I think, "they're not going to totally suck." This latest incarnation of the Fall includes three hard-working lads named Ben, Spencer, and Jim, who know their shit something fierce. This is an incredibly tight band that is gaining momentum at the expense of every amateurish musician ever to mistakenly step onto the stage. Mr. Smith himself was in fine form, prowling around the stage snarling lyrics into the mic and messing around with his bandmates' amps (but not too much - I have to stress that his behavior was fairly clean on this tour). He seemed to be on something besides straight-up "joie de vivre," but that is hardly an aberration. This man and his friends like to do drugs, and have done since the early days of the band in 1977. Whatever, it's rock and roll. What matters is the music, which was strong. The band was a juggernaut with a mad genius at the helm. Picture a massive battleship with wheels rolling over small towns with a mad banshee snarling and hurning invective down at those foolish enough to stand in the way. Mark E. Smith is an incredibly self-assured performer who exudes more charisma standing still than most lead singers do hopping around and climbing on things. The biggest stormer of the evening was "I Am Damo Suzuki," MES' tribute to one of his favorite bands, Can. One of the first lyrics, "and the drums....come in...and the drums they come in FAST" sent shivers down my spine as the drummer started bashing out the catchier-than-strep beat. In general, the set got faster, louder, and generally "more" towards the end. I think it was during the cover "Mr. Pharmacist" that the energy really started picking up. "Two Librans" off of the Unutterable was also pretty powerful--both because the massive guitar chord hook style of these songs suits the new band pretty well. So now for the $64 million question: are the Fall over? Even worse, were they over a long time ago? The answer, to anyone who is still paying attention, is resoundingly no. This band can fill the GAMH with people going nuts. They are a monument, but unlike other monuments, they continue to create. As Smith once barked, "Ours is not to look back, ours is to continue the crap!" Indeed.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                CD Info: The full 2LP set now on CD for the first time with a bonus track which is a Mark E Smith interview.

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