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The Prog Awards 2012
Firstly we would like to say a huge congratulations to Squackett for winning the 'Anthem' award at the very first Progressive Music Awards at Kew Gardens on 5th September. The track 'A Life Within A Day' was a well deserved winner. Peter Hammill also received the 'Visionary' award which sums up the great man's creative genius. A splendid time was had by all at the event (which also saw both Panic Room and The Reasoning nominated, along with our Tangerine Dream 'Zeit' box set) and we'd like to thank the team at Prog Magazine for staging an amazing gathering. The Esoteric / Cherry Red table was even glimpsed on BBC Breakfast news the morning after...
Our latest releases all appear on September 24th and include...
The Reasoning
The Reasoning 'Adventures In Neverland'
We are pleased to announce the release of the new studio album by The Reasoning on Esoteric Antenna on September 24th. 'Adventures In Neverland' showcases this now well-established band at their very best, bringing you their most ambitious and comprehensive work to date. Combining irresistibly rocky riffs and powerful, driving beats with luscious vocals and tantalising chorus melodies that will haunt its audience long after every listen, this album is rich in musical soundscapes. Each track captures The Reasoning's distinctive style and emphasises the talent of all five of the band members, pushing musical boundaries and exploring new and diverse possibilities.

This highly anticipated release is backed by a full tour beginning with an opening slot for Marillion in Cardiff on September 9th, the band take to the road in Europe and the rest of the UK in September and October, concluding with a performance at the annual Fish convention on October 21st. All the tour dates can be found on our Tour page.

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Jim Capaldi
Jim Capaldi 'Some Come Running'
At long last, Jim Capaldi's classic 1988 album 'Some Come Running' is reissued as a stunning new remastered edition. Arguably one of Jim's finest albums, the sessions featured a stellar cast of guest musicians such as Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton and George Harrison. The collection of songs was also wonderful, including the album's title track, 'Something So Strong' and 'Oh Lord, Why Lord?'.

This Esoteric Recordings release has been newly remastered from the master tapes and features a booklet that includes a new essay and many rare photographs, making for a gorgeous package.
Cressida 'Trapped In Time' & 'The Vertigo Years Anthology'
We have two splendid releases by the legendary Cressida on September 24th. 'Trapped in Time' is a collection of rare demos and recordings made in 1969, prior to the band signing to Vertigo Records (for whom they made two classic albums). Initially issued as 500 limited edition LPs, the material has been remastered and appears on CD for the first time.

Featuring a line-up of Angus Cullen (vocals), John Heyworth (guitar), Kevin McCarthy (bass), Lol Coker (organ), Peter Jennings (organ on tracks 3, 4 & 5) and Iain Clark (drums), this Esoteric Recordings release features two extra tracks not included on the original vinyl LP and a booklet that features a new essay and rare photographs.

'The Vertigo Years Anthology' gathers together every track recorded by Cressida for Vertigo Records and adds two previously unreleased BBC session recordings from 1970. The band's self-titled debut album was recorded at Wessex Studios with Ossie Byrne producing, and was one of the earliest releases on Vertigo. Cressida went through a difficult phase when Heyworth was forced to leave in early 1970. He was replaced by John Culley. The new line-up recorded Cressida's second LP, Asylum, later in 1970 (again with Byrne producing, and with orchestral arrangements by Graeme Hall), but it was released posthumously in 1971, the band having broken up in September 1970.

Noted jazz flautist Harold McNair guested on the song 'Lisa' from the album. John Heyworth sadly died in January 2010, but in 2011, three of the four surviving original members of the band, Angus Cullen, Iain Clark, and Kevin McCarthy got together again with Peter Jennings. This anthology has been compiled by the group themselves and is a fine tribute to an inspiring band and has been newly remastered from the original master tapes, and features a booklet with new essay.
Happy The Man
Happy The Man 'Happy The Man' & 'Crafty Hands'
Formed in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1973, the band was influenced by British progressive groups such as Genesis and King Crimson. By 1976 they came to the ear of Peter Gabriel who considered utilising the band on his first solo album. Although this failed to materialise, the band came to the attention of Arista Records, securing a deal the same year. With a line-up of Stanley Whitaker (guitars, vocals), Kit Watkins (keyboards), Frank Wyatt (sax, flute, keyboards), Rick Kennell (bass) and Mike Beck (drums), the band recorded their first, self-titled, album under the production supervision of Ken Scott (who had worked with Supertramp and David Bowie). Greeted with excellent reviews, the band recorded their second album for Arista in 1978, produced once more by Ken Scott, and featuring Ron Riddle on drums. Arguably their finest hour, the album featured only one vocal track and ranks as one of the most important in US Progressive Rock history. These reissues have been newly remastered and feature booklets that fully restore all original album artwork with new essays with an exclusive interview with Rick Kennell.
Beggars Opera
Beggars Opera 'Nimbus 'The Vertigo Years Anthology'
Drawing on material from the band's first four albums, recorded for the legendary Vertigo label, 'Nimbus' features 18 of the band's best tracks. Formed in Glasgow in 1969 with a line-up of Ricky Gardiner (guitar, vocals), Alan Park (keyboards), Martin Griffiths (vocals), Marshall Erskine (bass, flute) and Raymond Wilson (drums), the band signed to the newly established progressive arm of Philips Records, Vertigo, in 1970.

Their debut album, 'Act One' gained some success in Europe with tracks such as 'Poet And Peasant' and 'Passacagalia'. A successful European hit single, 'Sarabande', was followed by the 'Waters Of Change', arguably their best and most successful album, and a line-up change that saw Gordon Sellar replace Marshall Erskine on bass, and Virginia Scott join the group on Mellotron. The record included the classic 'Time Machine', along with the memorable 'Silver Peacock' and 'I've No Idea'. 'Pathfinder' from 1972 was another classic album and featured a wonderful cover of Jim Webb's 'Mcarthur Park' along with 'The Witch' and 'Hobo'. The band's final album for Vertigo, 1973's 'Get Your Dog Off Me' saw further line-up changes, but included a fine cover of Mason Williams' 'Classical Gas' and saw further European success for the band. This anthology is a fine tribute to an inspiring band and has been newly remastered from the original master tapes, and features a booklet with new essay and interview with Ricky Gardiner.
String Driven Thing
String Driven Thing 'The Machine That Cried'
Formed in Glasgow in 1967 around the husband and wife Chris and Pauline Adams and John Mannion, by 1972 the band had moved from their purely folk roots and had signed to Charisma Records, recording their self-titled album for the label with new members Graham Smith (violin) and Colin Wilson (bass, guitar). For their 1973 album, 'The Machine That Cried', the band was expanded further by the addition of drummer Billy Fairley. This record was arguably the finest ever released by the band, featuring such classics as 'Heartfeeder', the album's title track and 'Sold Down The River'. This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been newly remastered from the original Charisma master tapes and features three bonus tracks and a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork with a new essay and exclusive interview with Chris Adams.
Ache 'De Homine Urbano' & 'Green Man'
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a newly remastered edition of the classic debut album by Danish Progressive Rock group Ache. Formed in 1968, with a line-up of Torsten Olafsson (bass, vocals), Finn Olafsson (guitar, vocals), Peter Mellin (organ, piano) and Glen Fischer (drums and percussion), Ache first came to attention in Denmark with their work 'De Homine Urbano' ('About Urban Man') which was the first ever Rock ballet, performed by the Royal Danish Ballet Company in Copenhagen in 1969. Influenced by groups such as The Nice, Iron Butterfly and more, Ache's music was a powerful Psychedelic Progressive Rock driven by Peter Mellin's muscular Hammond Organ and the fluid guitar playing of Finn Olafsson. Ache's second album, 'Green Man' was released in June 1971 in Europe and was arguably the band's finest hour, featuring classics such as 'Equatorial Rain', 'The Invasion' and 'Shadow Of A Gypsy'.

Hailed by Julian Cope in his on-line Danskrocksampler page, Ache's two albums for Philips are now considered Psych / Prog classics. The Esoteric Recordings reissues have been newly remastered and feature booklets that fully restore all original album artwork with a new essay and an interview with Finn and Torsten Olafsson.
Looking ahead, there are also a number of Esoteric acts touring this Autumn. Look out for UK tours by The Reasoning in September, John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, Panic Room and the first ever British concerts by Agitation Free in November. Please check out our Tour page for all the dates.

In terms of forthcoming releases, October will see the first ever release of Todd Rundgren's 1990 concert at The Warfield Theater in San Francisco as a double album set, along with two albums by Progressive Folk outfit Tir Na Nog, a limited edition facsimile gatefold vinyl release of the classic Tangerine Dream album 'Atem' and a reissue of the 1975 album 'Royal Bed Bouncer' by Dutch Progressive maestros Kayak. We are also pleased to see an expanded 2CD edition of Hawkwind's wonderful 1991 album 'Palace Springs' appear once again.

November 2012 will see the release of the new album from Hawkwind's captain Dave Brock 'Looking For Love In The Lost Land Of Dreams', along with the superb Hawkwind side-project 'Stellar Variations' featuring Dave Brock, Richard Chadwick and Niall Hone. 2013 will see new studio albums by Todd Rundgren, the band Lifesigns, Soft Machine Legacy and many more. In addition, in terms of back catalogue reissues, Esoteric will be exploring the extensive archive of Todd Rundgren with a series of archive releases, along with the reissuing of the catalogue by the superb Canadian Progressive Rock band FM.

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