What’s up, Be-yonders?
This Thursday, I will be welcoming Esoteric Recordings label manager, Mark Powell to Beyond Beyond is Beyond, as I launch a new segment that will feature the English label’s classic reissue output. From their website:
Welcome to Esoteric Recordings, the home of good music. Established in 2007 and label managed by Mark Powell, Esoteric Recordings is the home of good music, with all releases finely packaged and remastered from the best possible sources to ensure the highest possible audio quality. Our releases cover both catalogue reissues and inspiring new works from artists with a fine history and heritage. Esoteric Recordings is an imprint of the Cherry Red Records group.
Artists on Esoteric’s reissue roster include all these greats and more: Man, Hawkwind, Barclay James Harvest, Made in Sweden, Demon Fuzz, Hatfield and the North, Rare Bird, Camel, Curved Air, Fruup, Earth & Fire, and so much more killer stuff!
So tune in Thursday at noon eastern to East Village Radio and see what Mark and I choose to kick off the new Esoteric segment, PLUS you will certainly get the usual quality allotment of free-range rock & roll that I try to bring you every single gosh-darned week.
You might remember that I wrote a piece about the Welsh band, MAN, a few months ago when I was still a newbie to their music. Since then I have received some mind-blowing MAN albums, bursting with their eclectic blend of West Coast psychedelia, hard rock, blues, progressive rock, funk, Beatlesy harmonies, and top notch jamming. These albums have been beautifully remastered with excellent bonus material and packaging and new liner notes from one of the MAN legends himself, guitarist/singer/songwriter, Deke Leonard. The most recent reissues include the three albums, Back Into The Future, Slow Motion and Maximum Darkness.
I’ve got to say that these MAN reissues have been in very heavy rotation in my iTunes and iPod for the last couple months. I have gone from a complete ignorance of this band, not even having heard of them before 2008, to being converted to an unmitigated MAN fan by mid-2008. Why is MAN such a horribly overlooked band, you might ask? I’m really not sure, but my guesses are a) perhaps mismanagement (a la Moby Grape) and b) lack of radio hits. At least the Grateful Dead had “Truckin’” and “Casey Jones” But this isn’t necessarily mainstream music here either. This is music for music’s sake. Here’s my completely-biased account of the most recent set of MAN albums that have just been re-released on England’s Esoteric Recordings this summer.
Click on through for the juicy details…