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FM Transformation
Popular Canadian Proggers FM to release new studio album on Esoteric Antenna in April 2015

The Esoteric Antenna label is pleased to announce the release of 'Transformation', the excellent bold new album by the legendary Canadian Progressive Rock band FM on April 27.

With its roots firmly planted in late Seventies progressive rock – complex rhythms, driving bass lines, soaring melodies – the music on Transformation is symphonic in scope with not one, but two violinists on board.

Following on from the recent successful re-releases of their first four albums, including the landmark recording 'Black Noise' (from 1978), 'Transformation' sees FM continue their ‘thinking man’s exploration’ of progressive musical ideas, innovative arrangements and provocative lyrical themes.

John Lodge 10000 Light Years Ago
The Moody Blues' John Lodge to release new studio album in May

It is with great pleasure that Esoteric Antenna (a label of the Cherry Red Records Group) announce the release of '10,000 Light Years Ago' the superb new studio album by the legendary Moody Blues member JOHN LODGE on Monday 4th May (UK & ROW) and Tuesday 5th May (USA & Canada with distribution via MVD Entertainment).

'10,000 Light Years Ago' is John's second solo album - (his first, 'Natural Avenue', was released in 1977 and was recently reissued on CD and Vinyl LP by Esoteric Recordings). Recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory studios in Florida, the album features guest contributions from former Moody Blues members RAY THOMAS and MIKE PINDER and legendary guitarist CHRIS SPEDDING among others.

'10,000 Light Years Ago' features some of the finest songs of John's impressive career. From the epic title track and the opening song 'In My Mind', the biographical 'Those Days in Birmingham', the more reflective 'Simply Magic' and 'Lose Your Love', the rock influenced 'Crazy', the jazz – tinged 'Love Passed Me By' and the powerful 'Get Me Out of Here', John Lodge has painted a variety of moods on a fine musical canvas.

The full tracklisting for the album is:

1. In My Mind
2. Those Days in Birmingham
3. Simply Magic
4. Get Me Out Of Here
5. Love Passed Me By
6. Crazy
7. Lose Your Love
8. 10,000 Light Years Ago

Todd Rundgren Global
Rock legend Todd Rundgren returns with 25th solo studio album 'Global'

Prolific musical experimenter, premier league pop craftsman, tireless producer, runt, wizard and true star Todd Rundgren will release his new studio album 'GLOBAL' on Monday 6th April 2015 in the UK (via Esoteric Antenna) and Tuesday 7th April in the USA (via MVD Entertainment) .

'GLOBAL' is Rundgren's 25th solo studio album (and that's not including the 2 albums he recorded with his first band The Nazz, and the 9 albums he recorded with his band Utopia!).

Todd's latest musical vision is a contemporary fusion of styles - rock, soul and electronica - that continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius, and the finely crafted songs on GLOBAL once again push the creative envelope.

The full tracklisting for the album is:

1. Evrybody
2. Flesh & Blood
3. Rise
4. Holyland
5. Blind
6. Earth Mother
7. Global Nation
8. Soothe
9. Terra Firma
10. Fate
11. Skyscraper
12. This Island Earth

Man Reanimated Memories
MAN set to release first studio album for 5 years: Reanimated Memories

'Reanimated Memories' is a collection of 11 crafted songs that clearly draw inspiration from Man’s past whilst also looking forward in creative terms.

Recorded at Cowshed studios in London, the album features Martin Ace (vocals, bass guitar), Josh Ace (vocals, rhythm guitar), James Beck (vocals, lead guitar), Phil Ryan (vocals, piano, organ) and Rene Robrahn (drums) and a special guest appearance by famed pedal steel guitarist B.J.Cole on ‘The Ballad of Billy Lee’, ‘We Know’ and ‘One More Ride on the Waltzers’.

'Reanimated Memories' successfully covers every facet of Man’s musical character, from Phil Ryan’s extended piece ‘In Time’, to the reflective "God Delusion” by Josh Ace, to the album’s closing track ‘All the Birds’ written by Martin Ace.
Sanguine Hum
Esoteric Antenna to release the new album from Sanguine Hum 'Now We Have Light' in two formats

'Now We Have Light' is the band's third album, following on from critically acclaimed albums 'Diving Bell' and the 'Weight of the World'. It will be released on Feb 23.
The album will be available as a standard 2CD and deluxe 2CD/DVD limited edition. The 3 disc digi-pack set features the double album of Now We Have Light, and a DVD which features a documentary on the making of the album, with an interview and out-takes. The set also package comes wrapped in a striking cover of illustrations from graphic artist Meriel Waissman.
'Now We Have Light' is arguably the finest album to date from Sanguine Hum, one of the most innovative bands in modern Progressive music.
Jack Bruce
Jack Bruce (14th May 1943 - 25th October 2014)
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Jack Bruce, one of the greatest musicians in the history of music. We had the extreme honour of working with him on his most recent album, 'Silver Rails', and also on the 'Can You Follow' boxed set some years ago. He was a fabulous man and his passing is a huge loss. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Margrit and all his family. We are numb. RIP Jack, you will always remain in our hearts and will always be a true legend.

(Photo - Marek Hofman)
Esoteric Antenna announce two great new studio albums for September...
Tin Spirits 'Scorch' and Schnauser 'Protein for Everyone'

Swindon based Tin Spirits follow up their highly acclaimed album from 2011 'Wired to Earth' with a new studio album 'Scorch' released on September 15th 2014. The band features XTC guitarist Dave Gregory on guitar, Mark Kilminster, Daniel (TheGIGRig) Steinhardt and Doug Mussard. A very melodic Prog band with some strong pop sensibilities in the mix as well.

Here is a terrific video of the single 'Summer Now' released as a digital single on September 1st. get the sunglasses on... it's bright!
Tin Spirits

Bristol based Schnauser are sure to appeal to fans of psychedelia and the "Canterbury" sound. Influences are early Soft Machine and early Caravan mixed in with some Zappa and the Bonzos. Terrifically quirky but full of melody, 'Protein for Everyone' released in late September 2014 follows on from the well received 'Where Business Meets Fashion' Esoteric Antenna are delighted to welcome Schnauser to the label.

Here's the video for the opening track and I warn you "its different", many thanks to Johnny O for the work on this...
Anthony Phillips
Esoteric Recordings are delighted to announce the signing of the full catalogue for Anthony Phillips.
The catalogue campaign will commence In October 2014 with a 5 disc box set with some rare tracks and some unreleased material.

"Anthony Phillips says; "I'm delighted to be working with Mark Powell at Esoteric Recordings and being reunited with the esteemed Cherry Red Records after my one-off compilation with them in the mid 80s" Anthony also adds; "Their enthusiasm has been both warm and infectious, encouraging me to take the plunge with a new song-based album soon, and I consider myself fortunate to have found such a happy home for my sizeable catalogue!"

Anthony's catalogue releases will continue in January 2015 with the release of a deluxe edition of his legendary album 'The Geese and the Ghost', an album featuring Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and Viv McCauliffe which will include a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix by Simon Heyworth. Further announcements will be made closer to release.
Andy Jackson
Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce the release of 'Signal To Noise', the new studio album by twice Grammy nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson in November 2014
'Signal To Noise' is a fine, modern, progressive work, which draws on Andy Jackson's exemplary work as an engineer and producer.

Andy Jackson began his career at Utopia Studios in London, training under James Guthrie, a relationship that continues to this day with the duo being co-pilots of Pink Floyd's sound. Andy had success as a recording engineer at Utopia, including hits with Boomtown Rats 'I Don't Like Mondays' and Spandau Ballet's 'Chant No. One', before the call came from James Guthrie to follow him into the world of Pink Floyd, to work on the film of 'The Wall', an offer he couldn't resist, having been a Floyd fan for many years. So started a relationship that continues to this day, (on albums such as 'The Final Cut', 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason', 'The Division Bell', 'Pulse', Roger Waters' 'The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking', David Gilmour's 'About Face', 'On An Island', 'Live in Gdansk'), resulting in two Grammy nominations for his work and Mix magazine's award for best live sound engineer for 'Pulse' tour. He is also engineer and a co-producer of the yet-to-be-released Pink Floyd album, 'The Endless River'.
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the signing of the entire back catalogue of the legendary Classical Rock band Sky.
Formed in 1979, Sky brought together the worlds of rock and classical music in a highly successful and inspiring way. Featuring the gifted talents of Australian guitarists John Williams and Kevin Peek, percussionist Tristan Fry, legendary bass player Herbie Flowers and former Curved Air member, keyboard player Francis Monkman, Sky recorded their debut album at Abbey Road studios in the early months of 1979. The band's self-titled debut reached the UK top ten in May 1979 and went on to achieve Platinum status in the UK and was also a major hit in Europe and Australia. Also a huge live attraction, Sky released this, their second album (a double LP), in April 1980. 'Sky 2' was another fine achievement featuring the hit single 'Toccata' and topped the UK album charts upon its release, becoming Sky's most commercially successful album.

Following Francis Monkman's departure, keyboard player Steve Gray, joined the band for the album 'Sky 3', another hugely successful release. The following albums 'Sky 4: Forthcoming', 'Sky 5 Live' and 'Cadmium' continued the band's success. John Williams would depart the band in 1984 and Sky's final two albums ('The Great Balloon Race' and 'Mozart') were released in 1985 and 1987 respectively.

Sky's back catalogue will be celebrated with a series of newly re-mastered deluxe editions by Esoteric, beginning in October 2014 with the release of 2 disc editions of 'Sky' and 'Sky 2'. Both releases will include DVDs of Sky's surviving BBC TV appearances, including a concert at Hammersmith Odeon in 1980. Further reissues of the entire catalogue (much of which has been unavailable for many years) will continue throughout 2015, including an expanded 'Sky 3' which will feature the first ever DVD release of Sky's concert at Westminster Abbey in February 1981. More announcements will follow.
Hi Fiction Science 'Curious Yellow' Album Preview
We are pleased to announce 'Curious Yellow' by Hi Fiction Science, a new artist to the Esoteric Antenna label.

Hi Fiction Science 'Curious Yellow' is out now on Esoteric Antenna
Chris Thompson 'Toys And Dishes' Album Preview
Esoteric Antenna is pleased to announce 'Toys And Dishes' by Chris Thompson, his first new album in over ten years, drawing on all the musical elements that make Chris' songs and voice so instantly recognisable. Known for his work as the vocalist and guitarist on many hits for Manfred Mann’s Earthband, as well as featuring on the classic Jeff Wayne concept album 'War Of The Worlds', Chris is also a noted songwriter penning among other songs the smash hit 'You're The Voice' for John Farnham.

Of his new album, Chris reflects... "I'm very proud of the result. The songs really mean a great deal to me, mostly inspired by my daily life, a couple of forays into the past and a story or two! Hopefully they're accessible to both my very loyal fans and to everybody struggling to find time and money to do what they really want to with the people they love".

Chris Thompson 'Toys And Dishes' is out now on Esoteric Antenna
SONTAAG 'Sontaag' Album Trailer
Sontaag's eponymous debut album has been described as "the rock opera that Pink Floyd never wrote", "a modern-day Tubular Bells", "a prog-rock War Of The Worlds", but no reference point or sound-bite nails its seamless combination of space rock, narrative spoken word, and evocative ambience quite as neatly as "sonic cinema". Recorded in New York City and London, co-produced and mixed by Youth for Big Life Management, 'Sontaag' is a stunning and immersive listening experience. An evolutionary progression combining cutting edge sounds with classic dynamics, adapting the rock experience for today's digital environment.

Arriving in a landscape where music, books and movies often co-exist on a single handheld device, 'Sontaag' represents a seamless fusion of the finest elements of all three.

Sontaag (the band) features Richard Sontaag (composition, instruments, concept, co-production), Ian Fortnam (story, lyrics, voice, concept) with Milo Venter (drums) and Amanda Cross (vocals).

SONTAAG 'Sontaag' is out now on Esoteric Antenna.
Nick Magnus 'Eminent Victorians'
Nick Magnus has released a video for 'Eminent VIctorians' featuring Steve Hackett and taken from his upcoming solo album 'N'monix' released by Esoteric Antenna on April 28. Described as "a collection of songs and music in the finest tradition of his past work," the record also features appearances by Andy Neve, Rob Townsend, Pete Hicks, Tim Bowness, Kate Faber, Tony Patterson and James Reeves.

Jack Bruce Silver Rails
Jack Bruce 'Silver Rails'
Esoteric Antenna is proud to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album 'Silver Rails' by the legendary Jack Bruce, one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced. A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, eminently respected by his peers, Jack's pioneering bass playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius and Sting, alongside more contemporary musicians such as Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. He is also the possessor of one of the most powerful voices in modern music and a composer of some of the most original and influential music of the past forty-five years. As a songwriter he has written some of popular music's enduring classics such as 'Sunshine Of Your Love', 'White Room', 'I Feel Free' and 'Theme From An Imaginary Western'.

Released on 24th March 2014, (and on 15th April in USA) 'Silver Rails' is Jack's first studio album in ten years, recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. Produced by Rob Cass, 'Silver Rails' is a splendid collection of carefully crafted songs written in partnership with lyricists Pete Brown, Kip Hanrahan and Margrit Seyffer. He is joined on the album by a host of celebrated instrumentalists including Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, Bernie Marsden, Uli Jon Roth, John Medeski, Malcolm Bruce and Cindy Blackman Santana. 'Silver Rails' is the next chapter in the recorded legacy of one of popular music's most respected innovators.

'Silver Rails' is available as...

Standard Single CD - Esoteric Antenna EANTCD1028
Limited Digipack 2 Disc Deluxe Edition with DVD of 'The Making of Silver Rails' - Esoteric Antenna EANTCD21030
Limited 180 gram vinyl LP edition - Esoteric Antenna EANTLP1028
John Lodge 'Natural Avenue'
This is a promo video for our remaster of 'Natural Avenue', the classic 1977 solo album by the Moody Blues' bass player, vocalist and writer John Lodge.

Available on CD and as a numbered and limited 180gram Vinyl Edition with bonus 7" Single, housed in an exact facsimile of the original gatefold album sleeve and includes the original lyric insert. This vinyl release also includes a facsimile of John’s 1980 picture sleeve single 'Street Café' and 'Threw it All Away'.
Peter Hammill Gary Lucas
Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas 'Other World'
Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce the release of the first album collaboration featuring Peter Hammill, (Van Der Graaf Generator) and Gary Lucas, (The Magic Band, Jeff Buckley). 'Other World' is released on 3rd February 2014. The fourteen track recording is a result of an invitation from Peter to Gary suggesting they might convene at the formers studio to see if some musical sparks might fly. Having first met in Aylesbury after a Hammill solo show in 1973, it was not until January 2012 that Gary arrived at the studio armed with instruments and some pieces which might be worth working on. As Peter explains, sparks flew and against the odds, 'Other World' unfolded with seamless speed. The majority of the recordings are produced by Peter and Gary's guitars and Peter's vocal though they are aided by a couple of pieces of found sound and loops.

Available on CD and 180 gram Gatefold Vinyl LP

The duo are so pleased with the results of the recording that they intend to play live and dates are being booked for early 2014, to be announced soon.

Here's a preview of the album...
Vangelis RCA and Arista Albums on Esoteric!
Esoteric Recordings are extremely proud to announce the release of newly re-mastered and sonically enhanced editions of albums recorded for the RCA and Arista labels by the legendary composer and electronic music visionary Vangelis.

All of these reissues come in deluxe digi-pack designs, with new masters personally supervised by Vangelis. The albums 'Heaven And Hell', 'Albedo 0.39', 'Spiral' and 'Beaubourg' were all ground-breaking works created between 1975 and 1978 (released on the RCA label) which saw Vangelis explore expansive electronic, choral and ambient music on a breath-taking aural canvas. In the late 1980s, Vangelis pushed boundaries still further with the album 'Direct' (released in 1987 by Arista Records) on which he devised a unique method of composing and recording, relying on spontaneity, with the compositional and recording process occurring simultaneously in the studio with few (if any) overdubs taking place. In 1991 he released the final collaborative album to date with vocalist Jon Anderson, the highly acclaimed 'Page Of Life'. These Esoteric Recordings releases have been newly re-mastered and sonically enhanced under the supervision and full approval of Vangelis himself and are the definitive statement on key moments in the career of a true master of his art. The reissue of 'Spiral' includes the rare bonus track 'To The Unknown Man (II)' (previously unreleased on CD) and 'Page Of Life' includes the rare bonus track 'Sing With Your Eyes'.

All titles are released on Monday 25th November 2013 in Deluxe Digi-pack editions. For more information, please see our New Releases page
Solstice 'Prophecy' album promo video
A promotional video for the new Solstice album 'Prophecy' out on our Esoteric Antenna label on October 21st.
John Lees' Barclay James Harvest - A preview of their excellent new album 'North'
The new studio album by John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, 'North' is released on October 7th 2013 on Esoteric Antenna. The album will also be backed by a full UK tour in November to promote the album. 'North' is the band's first all new studio recording since 'Nexus' (released in 1999). Featuring John Lees (vocals, guitars), Craig Fletcher (vocals, bass), Jez Smith (keyboards, vocals) and Kevin Whitehead (drums, percussion), the record is very much a group effort, in the tradition of classic BJH, with every track being written specifically for the album by all four members of the band.

The album draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst bringing the BJH legacy up to date with expansive compositions and thoughtful lyrics. Featuring several epic compositions such as 'On Leave', the album also includes the recent digital single 'Unreservedly Yours' and 'Ancient Waves', a song inspired by the Iraq conflict, performed live in more recent times. The band's Northern roots are explored both musically and lyrically on the album’s lengthy title track and the emotive finale, 'The End of the Day', featuring music set to a poem by early 20th Century Northern poet Ammon Wrigley.

'North' continues the Barclay James Harvest story and is the strongest work to emerge from the band in many years, a true group effort by John Lees, Craig Fletcher, Jez Smith and Kevin Whitehead. The album release is supported by an extended UK tour by the band in November 2013. The album will be released as a standard single CD edition and a deluxe limited edition 2CD digi-pack release which includes a previously unreleased bonus CD featuring highlights of the band’s sold out concert at Buxton Opera House in February 2011, featuring classic Barclay James Harvest material. 'North' is also available as a limited edition gatefold 180 gram vinyl LP.

The UK tour by the band in November 2013 will see them joined by special guests Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman on every show with the exception of Edinburgh where they are joined by opening special guest Anne Marie-Helder of Panic Room and Mostly Autumn.

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest 'North', Released Monday 7th October 2013
1. If You Were Here Now
2. Ancient Waves
3. In Wonderland
4. On Leave
5. The Real Deal
6. On Top Of The World
7. Unreservedly Yours
8. North
9. The End Of The Day

Standard Single CD - Esoteric Antenna EANTCD1023
Limited Edition 2 CD Set - Esoteric Antenna EANTCD21022
Limited Edition Gatefold Vinyl LP - Esoteric Antenna EANTLP1023

John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest 2013 UK tour dates...
November 2013

7th Bath - Komedia
8th London - Islington Assembly
9th Milton Keynes - Stables
10th Bilston - The Robin
15th Edinburgh - Liquid Rooms
16th Holmfirth - Picturedrome
21st Cambridge – The Junction
22nd Southampton - The Brook
23rd Tavistock – The Wharf
Rick Wakeman
Rick Wakeman's catalouge to be released on Esoteric!
Esoteric Recordings are delighted to announce the signing of much of Rick Wakeman's back catalogue, which will be repackaged and reissued from the beginning of 2014. More news will follow as the reissue plans are formulated. For information on all of Rick Wakeman's activities please visit www.rwcc.com
Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas
Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas sign to Esoteric Antenna!
Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, are pleased to announce the signing of Peter Hammill and Gary Lucas to the label for their collaborative album 'Otherworld'. This record combines two of the most unique and original talents in music. Peter Hammill's work as an imaginative solo artist and with Van Der Graaf Generator has earned respect and praise globally, whilst Gary Lucas has been hailed as "The Thinking Man's guitar hero" by New Yorker magazine and is known for his solo work (as one the World's most original guitarists) and his work with Captain Beefheart.

'Otherworld' will be released on the Esoteric Antenna label on February 3rd 2014.
Todd Rundgren interview for Cherry Red TV
Esoteric label manager Mark Powell talks to Todd Rundgren about his 2013 tour and latest album 'STATE' out now on our Esoteric Antenna label.
Jack Bruce
Jack Bruce signs to Esoteric Antenna for new album!
Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce the signing of Jack Bruce to the label for his first studio album in nine years. One of the greatest musicians to emerge in Britain in the 1960s, his work as a bass player, piano player, cellist, vocalist, writer and performer with Cream and as a highly respected solo artist is the stuff of legend. Currently at the writing and recording stage, Jack’s new album is due to be released at the beginning of March 2014 and will be followed by a period of touring. Esoteric Antenna label manager Mark Powell says "It is an absolute honour to be working with a musician of the stature of Jack Bruce on his next studio album. We are delighted to welcome him to the label and are looking forward immensely to the new record".

Further updates will be issued by Esoteric Antenna in the months running up to the release of the new Jack Bruce album.

The official Jack Bruce website www.jackbruce.com
The official Jack Bruce facebook page www.facebook.com/JackBruceMusic
Quatermass 'Quatermass' (2 Disc Deluxe Edition)
We are pleased to announce the release of a 2 Disc Deluxe Edition of the self titled album by Quatermass on June 24th. Originally released in 1970 on the Harvest label, this edition features stunning new mixes by Peter Robinson in both Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound, along with three bonus tracks, two of which are previously unreleased.

For other titles available in June, visit our New Releases page
Sphincter Ensemble
Sphincter Ensemble 'Harrodian Event #1'
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce that 'Harrodian Event #1' by the Sphincter Ensemble will be released for the first time ever on June 24th. Recorded in January 1972, this rare recording features a unique event where seven gifted Progressive musicians came together to record a session of unique experimental music. This release has been remastered by J. Peter Robinson, who also wrote the essay in the accompanying illustrated booklet.

For other titles available in June, visit our New Releases page
Oliver Wakeman 'Fiona's Smile'
A nice video of Oliver Wakeman playing the piano part to Gordon Giltrap's song 'Fiona's Smile' which appears on the Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman album 'Ravens & Lullabies' on our Esoteric Antenna label.
Todd Rundgren STATE Competition
Todd Rundgren Music Video Competition
Todd Rundgren is running an online contest for fans to create a crowd-sourcing music video! Fans are being invited to create visuals to a single line of lyrics, Todd will select the best submission for each line to the song and the winning clips will be edited together to create a full length music video for the track. Two grand winners of the best submission will each win four tickets to a Todd show of their choice, attend sound check, and have their picture taken with Todd!

Visit here to enter... www.toddrundgrenstate.com/creationcontest
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Established in 2007 and label managed by Mark Powell, Esoteric Recordings is the home of Progressive, Psychedlic and Classic Rock, with all releases finely packaged and remastered from the best possible sources to ensure the highest possible audio quality

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Prophets And Sages
Prophets & Sages - 101 Great Progressive & Underground Rock Albums is the new book written by Esoteric label manager Mark Powell