"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of an expanded 2 disc edition of the acclaimed Curved Air album Second Album. Released in 1971 the album featured a line-up of Sonja Kristina (vocals, acoustic guitar), Darryl Way (violin, piano), Francis Monkman (guitar, keyboards, VCS3), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums) and new member Ian Eyre (bass). The album featured the classic hit single 'Back Street Luv' along with such classic tracks as 'Young Mother', 'Jumbo', 'Puppets', 'Everdance' and 'Piece Of Mind' and was an acclaimed hit album in the UK and Europe. This expanded two-disc CD / DVD edition of Second Albumincludes five bonus tracks taken from a BBC Radio John Peel session in January 1971 and the entire live performance recorded for the BBC's John Peel's Sunday Concert in March 1971. The release has been re-mastered by Francis Monkman and also includes an additional DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring a recently discovered and previously unreleased promotional film from 1971, Warner Brothers presents Curved Air, featuring the tracks 'It Happened Today', 'Vivaldi' and 'Screw', along with the band's appearance filmed for the French TV show Pop Deux in July 1971 and their performances for the German TV show Beat Club the same year. Second Album restores the original album artwork and features a lavishly illustrated booklet with an essay by Malcolm Dome featuring exclusive interviews with Sonja Kristina, Darryl Way and Francis Monkman." - Esoteric.
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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