ULTIMA THULE / NEWS PAGE 25 May 2017
Ultima Thule Mail-Order List 164 online
New May-June catalogue just out, so not much news as yet
New deluxe mini-LP sleeve Italian prog CD reissues
Biglietto Per L'Inferno
- Il Tempo Della Semina
New very limited vinyl reissues
Amon Düül - Psychedelic Underground (Klimt MJJ386) £17.00 - awesome early Krautrock
Bodkin - Three Days After Death (Acme ADLP 1085) £16.00 - official UK reissue of the classic Scoottish heavy/majestic prog album
The Cosmic Jokers - The Cosmic Jokers (Klimt MJJ325CB) £20.00 - classic super-session of Ash Ra Tempel and Wallenstein musicians
Wapassou - Wapassou (Lion Productions LION LP-141) £15.00 - classic French trippy prog
Weidorje - Weidorje (Replica RPC010) £18.00 - awesome Zeuhl fusion by super-group Magma spin-off, now reissued in a gatefold sleeve!
New from Mental Experience
Golem - Orion Awakes (Mental Experience MENT006) LP £15.00 - lovely looking edition with metallic sleeve - excellent heavy/trippy space-rock with hints of Gila, Mythos, Faust, My Solid Ground and Hawkwind. Liner notes by yours truly (Alan Freeman). UT direct special price, or buy here
AltrOck special imports
Accordo Dei Contrari - AdC (ALT-043) CD £15.00 - Instrumental Italian prog band, very creative and with a diverse array of influences from Area through to Hackett and many RIO/Canterbury type touches too (would love to stock their earlier ones too!)
Camembert - Schnörgl Attahk (ALT-022) CD ex+/ex+ £10.00 - Supplied as new from the label, but clearly not, as unlike all the other discs from the label 3 copies of this were not sealed and there are minor marks on the discs. However, we were lucky to get these as they're apparently the last copies! Anyway, from the band name and album title you may expect these to be influenced by Gong and Magma and, although some elements of those creep in on a few tracks, this is mostly in the vein of instrumental Mothers/Zappa Grand Wazoo / Sleep Dirt type of territory.
Rhùn - Fanfare Du Chaos - Ih (ALT 034) CD £15.00 - extraordinary offbeat current Zeuhl fusion band, they wouldn't be out of place on Soleil Zeuhl (in fact a vinyl version with a slightly different tracklist and less tracks was recently issued on Soleil Zeuhl)
Simon Steensland - Fat Again (ALT 007) CD £15.00 - eccentric Zeuhl meets RIO and Canterbury elements, from this little-known Swedish talent. Extraordinarily complex, with everything from Art Zoyd via Magma to Zamla, and many creations uniquely his own!
Yūgen - Labirinto D'Acqua (ALT 001) CD £15.00 - excellent album by contemporary Italian prog / RIO / fusion band, who comprised the backing band for a recent excellent Picchio Dal Pozzo reformation. This is largely in the realms of Cartoon, National Health, with a little bit of that chamber rock feel associated with Di Terra era Banco and 80s era Art Zoyd and Univers Zero. Features Tomasso Leddi of Stormy Six.
Death By Water / Iridule /
Djam Karet new imports & restocks
Djam Karet - Sonic Celluloid CD, HC Productions HC019 - £12.00
2017 album by the Californian prog / jam-rock band, again trying to defy being categorised - this is more like a collection of soundtrack like works (hence the title?) and unusually often resembles some of the French releases of the late 70s / early 80s by Heldon and Magma releated projects, for instance one piece sounds very mush like a Bemoit Widemann "Stress" track
Djam Karet - Swamp Of Dreams CD, HC Productions HC018 - £12.00
excellent collection of oddments (previously issued on Various Artists and special releases)
Djam Karet - Regenerator 3017 CD, HC Productions HC017 - £12.00
30th anniversary album actually often sounds more like it is 40 years old, it feels very European, almost French akin to obscure prog bands like Alpha Ralpha or ? - too many to mention, and also it's quite mellow, laid back with lots of vintage keyboard type sounds.
Djam Karet - The Trip CD, HC Productions HC016 - £12.00
just one big track - in a more daring experimental mood, further cross-breeding their patent groovadelic, synthispace and weird factions into a new big creation that again "goes places that no space-rock band has gone before".
Djam Karet - The Heavy Soul Sessions CD, HC Productions HC015 - £12.00
5 different tracks - this seems to be very much "now" in the sense of production values and the obvious "fake retro" feel of 1970's "metal" guitar, chunky organ and Mellotron sounds. There are smooth Pink Floydy grooves, jazzy diversions, and ethereally twisted King Crimson touches too, not least the cover version of Heldon's Dedicated To K.C. presented in a strangely lethargic fashion.
Djam Karet - No Commercial Potential 2CD, HC Productions HC013 - £17.00
complete original debut cassette reissued, plus bonus unreleased disc! Great value set, all extended imrov jams, more in the realms of live Man and Krautrock. My old Audion #6 review "This cassette exudes pure energy in the form of three lengthy improvisations: Where’s L. Ron??!! opens the album with abstract percussives and guitar, immediately I’m reminded of New 7th Music & The Exploding Headband, but this goes well beyond their realms, oozing and swelling in power, it becomes really aggressive, rattling along express-train fashion we have a continual foray of solos and interplay that is blisteringly hot. Dwarf Toss opens a bit King Crimson like, offbeat rhythm, guitars and bass all playing solos independent of each other; the structure consolidates, the bass joins the rhythm and away we go... into the land of Man at their best. Blue Fred covers side 2, and at 30 minutes is sprawling yet not the slightest bit boring, in fact for an improvisation it’s incredibly well conceived. Opening spaciously - in the world of Ash Ra Tempel or Quicksilver at their most inventive - building up in rock intensity we’re again treated to some of their express-train riffing, lots of solos, and continual change in the structure. Eventually after 20 minutes or so the mood quietens to a softer pace and a slightly jazzy style, the guitar here reminds me of John McLaughlin in his early days and is a nice recuperative way to end the tape." not to say anything about the excellent extra disc!
Hillmen - The Whiskey Mountain Sessions CD, Firepool Records FR002 - £12.00
excellent album by Djam Karet related project, more in the Brian Auger groove vein, with elements that remind of Bo Hansson and Electric Orange, amidst lots of other surprising combinations.
Hopefully the rest
of events #53 to #99 will also be available within the next month
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Although no longer printed, Audion is a vast archive of
articles and reviews spanning almost 3 decades. Many issues are now down to
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Audion East Euro Discography New free online edition - now revised and expanded!
Audion #0 New free online edition - ancient reviews from Face Out and Neumusik
Audion magazine #58
THE RETURN OF THROBBING GRISTLE
A PORTISHEAD LEGACY : Get The Blessing, Beak
GARDEN OF DELIGHTS (label feature): Embryo, Emtidi, Guru Guru, Ibliss, Joy Unlimited, Radio Noisz Ensemble, etc.
MIKHAIL CHEKALIN: WEIRD ELECTRONICS RUSSIAN STYLE
MYTHOS: MASTERS OF KRAUTROCK
CANTERBURY SCENE PIONEERS 5: Catapilla, Centipede, Isotope, Nucleus, Mike Oldfield, Sun Treader, etc.
SOLEIL ZEUHL (label feature): Serge Bringolf, Eider Stellaire, Neom, Rialzu, Scherzoo, Setna, Unit Wail, Xing Sa
RUIN: LEICESTER'S BEST-KEPT SECRET
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS (reviews): Ache, Earth & Fire, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Pekka Pohjola, Solution, etc.
CUNEIFORM (reviews): Gösta Berlings Saga, Isotope, Radio Massacre International, Soft Machine, Univers Zero, etc.
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