A Farewell To Kings ($5 Special)

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Everyone has their favorite Rush album...this one is mine. "A Farewell To Kings" is a pure masterpiece of progressive hard rock. Their use of dynamic shadings on this record are outstanding, most notably on "Xanadu". Essential prog.  Remastered edition.

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  • Gorgeous reissue, housed in a mini-lp sleeve, of the legendary first album from Jacqueline Thibault aka Laurence Vanay.  Original copies of Galaxies sells for astronomical money.  Until recently not much was known about "Laurence Vanay".  As you may have figured out, Ms. Thibault was the wife of famous French producer Laurent Thibault, who you French prog buffs should be familiar with.  This was released under a pseudonym by a small label in 1974.  The music is beautiful ethereal spacey prog.  Ms. Thibault mostly provides wordless vocals over organ, flute, guitar, bass and drums.  On some of the quieter, folky tracks she does sing actual lyrics.  You might even hear a touch of Zeuhl here and there but overall think in terms of early 70s Pink Floyd.  Transferred from the original master tapes, this set arrives with a ton of bonus tracks and a detailed biographical booklet.  Highly recommended.
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  • "A new live album offers up highlights from the 2010 world tour that Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson and singer/bassist Greg Lake mounted as a duo.  Live from Manticore Hall features reworked renditions of several classic tunes by the lauded prog-rock trio, including "From the Beginning," "Tarkus," "C'est la Vie" and "Lucky Man.""Live at Manticore Hall is an introspective revisit to some of the music of ELP," notes Emerson.  "It was a delicate transformation that we present now."Adds Lake, "I think this album offers a very interesting perspective upon how Keith and I work and create together."Here is the album's full track listing:"From the Beginning""Introduction""I Talk to the Wind""Bitches Crystal""The Barbarian""Take a Pebble""Tarkus""C'est la Vie""Pirates""Moog Solo"/"Lucky Man"
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  • "Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a remastered edition of the 1979 album by the Canadian Progressive Rock group FM, Surveillance . The band began life in 1976 with CAMERON HAWKINS (Synthesisers, Bass, Vocals) and NASH THE SLASH (Jeff Plewman) (Electric Violin, Mandolin, Vocals) coming together as a duo, making an appearance on national TV in Canada in the Summer of 1976. By March 1977 FM became a trio with the addition of MARTIN DELLAR on Drums. The band s debut album followed. By the end of the year Nash the Slash had been replaced by BEN MINK on Electric Violin and Mandolin. Surveillance was the third album by the band, released in 1979, and was a hit of the Progressive Rock genre in the USA and Canada. This Esoteric Recordings release is the first time Surveillance has been issued in Europe and has been newly remastered and includes an illustrated booklet and a new essay."
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