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Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Ask The Unicorn
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: Italy
Price: $16.00
"First time on CD for this ultra sought-after 1969 album by outsider folksinger ED ASKEW. Playing a ten-string lute-like instrument called a tiple, Askew creates a psychedelic folk masterpiece. One of the most bizarre and wonderful albums released by ESP." - ESP Disk.

Artist: AYLER TRIO, ALBERT
Title: Spiritual Unity
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"2015 repress. 180 gram virgin vinyl. Pressed in the United States with original artwork restored. Spiritual Unity, recorded on July 10, 1964, is the album that made Albert Ayler and ESP-Disk famous (or, in some peoples eyes/ears, infamous). Mr. Ayler had already recorded in Europe and, in February 64, in New York, but this was the first album on which neither he nor his collaborators held back. It was also ESPs first jazz recording. Spiritual Unity presented a new improvisation paradigm: looser structure, less regard for standard pitch, and no obligation to present a regular beat. Aylers sound was unprecedented, much rawer than any other jazz of the time. Sometimes it was expressed in squalls of untempered sound, sometimes in outbursts of poignant spontaneous melody. Meanwhile, under and around the leaders unfettered self-expressions, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray reinvented the roles of their instruments." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: AYLER, ALBERT
Title: Spirits Rejoice
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"ESP-Disks vinyl edition of this classic 1965 blowout by free jazz icon Albert Ayler restores the original front-cover art. 50th Anniversary Remaster from the original tape. On this Judson Hall session (ESP used the empty concert hall as their "studio," its reverberation adding to the bigness of the sound) both Aylers playing and his new bands sound even more intense than before, the parts of the players sometimes only loosely related. Some defended it as an energetic ensemble style harkening back to the early days of New Orleans jazz in its intertwining of independent lines; it came to be called "energy music" and started a movement that was quickly joined by Frank Wright and that continues in the playing of Charles Gayle, Sabir Mateen, and Peter Brötzmann. Albert Ayler, tenor saxophone; Donald Ayler, trumpet; Charles Tyler, alto saxophone; Sunny Murray, drums; Call Cobbs, harpsichord; Henry Grimes, Gary Peacock, basses. Recorded Sept. 23, 1965, at Judson Hall, New York City." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: BARNACLED
Title: Charles
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Contemporary group from Providence on ESP-Disk! "Charles, Barnacleds new full-length, and first outing for ESP-Disk, is a rollicking, propulsive offering featuring the band in some of its most intricate formations. This deftly arranged record follows Barnacled as it tightens itself into high corners, only to purposely fall down, find new ground, and pick itself back up again. This work is highly playful, even at its most intense -- and it does get intense, with saxophone battles surging over electronics and highly distorted accordion fire offerings. Then all of a sudden the sound drops out, save for a plaintive lone bassoon call, or static from a short-wave radio that sounds soothing by comparison. Intertwining rhythms and melody lines then revolve around a pulse that creates a new frame of reference while also complicating it. This music invites deep listening, and rewards the curious. Often it is simply mesmerizing, essentially what adventurous minds have come to expect from the legendary ESP-Disk oeuvre." -ESP-Disk

Artist: CROMAGNON
Title: Cave Rock
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Already commercially successful as tune-smiths for teenyboppers, Austin Grasmere and Brian Elliot approached Bernard Stollman looking to focus their talents on something more original and unrestrained. Stollman asked, What would be your theme? and Elliot replied: Everything is one. Bernard said, Go do it. What followed was Cromagnons (Grasmere, Elliot and the Connecticut Tribe) non-linear journey through the subconscious, weaving together bizarre instrumentation and meter with a psychotic blending of musical styles. Bagpipes, pounding percussion, blood-curdling yelps, chanting, laughing, and billowing subterranean rumblings create the otherworldly soundscape that is Cave Rock. Heralded as one of the best freak-out records of all time, Cave Rock was ridiculously ahead of its time and brings to mind the savage sound-fuckery of Nurse with Wound and Throbbing Gristle as well as the hallucinations of early Red Krayola. Manufactured in the US by the original label. Digitally re-mastered; new digipak format with original artwork and album title." - ESP-Disk

Artist: CROMAGNON
Title: Cave Rock
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"2013 reissue; originally released in 1969. Also known as Orgasm, this 1969 album has long been hailed as an underground classic. Included in Spins 2013 list "The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s." Finally available again on vinyl in an ESP-Disk 50th Anniversary Remaster version. "Two frustrated pop songwriters and the mysterious seven-person Connecticut Tribe hole up in an Upper West Side studio and yell and moan and convulse until they discover a place more primordial than hardcore. The lone album from Cromagnon is true body music -- mostly a primal outpouring of wet swallows, warm gulps, creepy whispers, and glottal jungle animal noises; the feral yowls of sex, pain, or warfare -- but also occasionally grabbing people in the hallways to bang broomsticks on plywood. Its seven-minute bouts of throatnthrottle anticipate the howl-and-hertz of power electronics and the full-contact gargle of 90s Japanese noise. But Orgasms real claim to fame will always be opening track Caledonia, a throbbing bagpipe-and-trash junkyard clangbanger that anticipates Einstürzende Neubauten, Nine Inch Nails, and Ministry in four raspy, thudding minutes" --Christopher R. Weingarten, Spin, "The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s." "An aural stew of experimental vocal sounds (tribal chanting, eerie whispering, animal-like screeching, monster sounding growls, ghostly howls, outright screaming, violent puking sounds, etc), various effects (over-dubbed sound bites played backwards, old sirens, common household sounds, manipulated electronics, field recordings) and the occasional use of a conventional instrument (spooky bagpipes, frantic rhythm guitar, scratchy fiddle) that are all meshed and held together with various forms of primitive percussion. A couple tracks have no rhythm instruments and are simply gravity defying acts of freeform music. Surprisingly, after being subjected to over 30 minutes of unintelligible voices, Cromagnon finally reap the benefits of evolution and use coherent words from the English language on the final two songs on the album. Cromagnon is ominous and experimental tribal music for the bad acid trip" --J. Scott Brubig, The Acid Archives. Austin Grasmere (lead vocals, music); Brian Elliot (lead vocals, music); Connecticut Tribe: Peter Bennett (bass), Jimmy Bennett (guitar, bagpipes), Vinnie Howley (guitar), Sal Salgado (percussion), Nelle Tresselt (honorary tribe member), Mark Payuk (vocals), Gary Leslie (vocals, multi-sound effects). RIYL: The Godz, Einstürzende Neubauten, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: DUNMALL, PAUL & CHRIS CORSANO
Title: Identical Sunsets
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"Best known for his collaborations with people like Paul Flaherty, Michael Flower and Thurston Moore as well as a year-and-a-half stint as the drummer for Björks Volta tour, Chris Corsano is widely considered to be one of the best and most adaptive drummers of his generation. Equally adaptive is UK saxophone giant, Paul Dunmall, who has worked disparately with jazz greats like Alice Coltrane and Evan Parker as well as funk and folk acts like Johnny Guitar Watson and Dando Shaft. After a chance meeting in a taxi line at the Lisbon Airport, a surreal intertwining of tours emanated. In between the lasers, confetti and face-painted fans at Plymouth Pavillions and Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Chris left the Björk mega-tour to get down to business alongside the prolific and imaginative Dunmall for some vital improvisation at Slak Bar in Cheltenham, England. This wonderfully recorded live set begins with Dunmall swirling away on the border pipes (he may be the preeminent improvisor using bagpipes). What follows is an impulsive and lyrical improvisation, alternatingly sparse and impossibly textured. Corsanos skittering marries perfectly with Dunmalls rapid-fire lines. The melodies are expertly uncoiled so that they remain charged whether the tempo is at full speed or crawling. The set ends furiously and with the impression that this duo was fated to work together." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: HOWARD & JOE PHILLIPS, NORMAN
Title: Burn Baby Burn
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $13.50
"Featured artists: Norman Howard (trumpet); Joe Phillips (alto saxophone); Cornelius Milsap (percussion); Walter Cliff (bass). Thought to have been lost, ESP recently recovered this master tape by Norman Howard (once side man to Albert Ayler), and is now releasing this exceptional album for the first time. Digitally remastered. Manufactured in the USA by the original label. Never before released studio recording." -ESP-Disk "Flame-throwing trumpeter Norman Howard has been long lost in the American free jazz void. He appeared on Albert Aylers Spirits alongside heavyweights Sunny Murray and Henry Grimes in 1964, and penned the tune Witches & Devils. In the year of freedom, 1968, he cut apparently his only sides as a leader, which were unreleased and vaulted for twenty years. Furthering the legend, 1988 saw an ill-circulated, microscopic 100-copy cassette run from the Scottish Homeboy label, who had acquired the master tapes. In 1997, Henry Rollins was rumored to have bought the tapes and earmarked them for release on his 2.13.61 label, but Bernard Stollmanns resurrected ESP-Disk -- who the tapes apparently originally belonged to -- has now overtaken the undertaking. Rivaled only by Don Aylers legendary ca. 1968 unreleased session for Amiri Barakas Jihad label as the most prayed for, prime-era reissue by an otherwise unrecorded band leader from the riot time, this blown-out, sidewinding freedom scrawl has finally found its way home. Now dig." -Kris Price

Artist: KESZLER, ELI
Title: Oxtirn
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
"Oxtirn is a truly unique and powerful blend of free energy, modern composition and mechanical music that defies genre. With two proper full lengths, and an array of self-releases under his belt, Eli Keszler has turned to ESP-Disk for the release of Oxtirn, his third, most composed and large scale effort to date. Oxtirn captures Keszler and crew at their most frenetic, and abruptly spills out into a cacophony of tuned brass, squeaking rust, and electrically shorting contact mics, taking the detritus of post-industrial existence (sheet metal, spring boards and motors wrenched from their initial hearths) and transforming that refuse into a twenty-first century musique-concrete orchestra. On the albums initial track, motors tumble across prepared sheets of metal as expertly placed squalls of bowed string and what could only be described as the sounds of a phantom brass band (courtesy of multiple horn player Andrew Fenlon and Keszlers longstanding partner Ashley Paul on clarinet) mesh transcendentally with Keszlers precise percussion and bursts of controlled chaos. Side B sees Eli and sonic artist Sakiko Mori on both prepared and installed pianos; as the two furiously scrape and agitate strings with a mix of switch-operated motors, contact mics and suspended preparations, slowly undulating resonant clusters float on top of the underlying din, creating a striking contrast. Here, the eerie timbre of Keszlers bowed crotales recall Italian futurist Luigi Russolos Intonarumori, and the string quartets of Dumitrescu. The vinyl is limited to 300 copies and comes packaged with a beautiful, hand-screened poster featuring original artwork by Eli Keszler." -ESP-Disk

Artist: LAST EXIT
Title: Iron Path
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
“All-star quartet Last Exit garnered its reputation with a string of unrelentingly forceful concert recordings in which it pushed the energy style of free jazz to its limits. When the group went into the studio, though, a very different sort of album emerged -- very different not only from all their other output, but even from anything else ever heard from anyone at that time. Because of that, when it was released in 1988, some fans and critics didnt know what to make of it. This was, in a way, understandable, because Iron Path was so far ahead of its time that perhaps only a quarter of a century later, in 2015, is there an audience prepared for this albums pioneering hybrid of abstract heavy metal, unsettling ambient music, and free improvisation. Back in 1988, "darkwave" hadnt yet been conceived, much less named and niched. The brutal sonic assault of Last Exits live albums is not banished; it lurks below the surface on Iron Path, sometimes allowed to break through for a moment of stark contrast. But the unremitting density of texture heard in the quartets shows is stripped back in favor of more subtle and varied textures, sculpting an atmosphere of moody brooding and sinister suspense. And, of course, the studio also allowed for far greater sonic clarity, putting these virtuoso players in a setting that shows off their masterful command of myriad timbres. In a world that has since become accustomed to hearing Earth, Pelican, Blut Aus Nord, Aphex Twins Ambient Works sets, and Oöphoi, and artists such as Whote who explore the overlap between them, Iron Path can finally get its due, and an audience schooled to appreciate what it offers. Sonny Sharrock, guitar; Peter Brötzmann, saxophone; Bill Laswell, bass; Ronald Shannon Jackson, drums.” - ESP-Disk.

Artist: LAST EXIT
Title: Iron Path (Splatter Vinyl)
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $36.00
“Deluxe edition, pressed on splatter-vinyl; limited and numbered. All-star quartet Last Exit garnered its reputation with a string of unrelentingly forceful concert recordings in which it pushed the energy style of free jazz to its limits. When the group went into the studio, though, a very different sort of album emerged -- very different not only from all their other output, but even from anything else ever heard from anyone at that time. Because of that, when it was released in 1988, some fans and critics didnt know what to make of it. This was, in a way, understandable, because Iron Path was so far ahead of its time that perhaps only a quarter of a century later, in 2015, is there an audience prepared for this albums pioneering hybrid of abstract heavy metal, unsettling ambient music, and free improvisation. Back in 1988, "darkwave" hadnt yet been conceived, much less named and niched. The brutal sonic assault of Last Exits live albums is not banished; it lurks below the surface on Iron Path, sometimes allowed to break through for a moment of stark contrast. But the unremitting density of texture heard in the quartets shows is stripped back in favor of more subtle and varied textures, sculpting an atmosphere of moody brooding and sinister suspense. And, of course, the studio also allowed for far greater sonic clarity, putting these virtuoso players in a setting that shows off their masterful command of myriad timbres. In a world that has since become accustomed to hearing Earth, Pelican, Blut Aus Nord, Aphex Twins Ambient Works sets, and Oöphoi, and artists such as Whote who explore the overlap between them, Iron Path can finally get its due, and an audience schooled to appreciate what it offers. Sonny Sharrock, guitar; Peter Brötzmann, saxophone; Bill Laswell, bass; Ronald Shannon Jackson, drums.” - ESP-Disk.

Artist: MANSON, CHARLES
Title: Sings
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"ESP-Disk present a reissue of Charles Mansons Sings, originally released as Lie: The Love and Terror Cult in 1970. Charles Manson visited New York City in the early 60s with his guitar and his songs in a vain search for recognition. Later, he had better luck in Beverly Hills, where famous musicians let him use their studio to produce this album. He has vocal backup from the women of the "family". During a stay in a San Francisco prison, he met a fellow inmate and gave him the album to release. While Manson was being tried and convicted of participation in his notorious murder spree, the government attempted to discredit the hippie movement by citing him as an example, hoping to stem the rising tide of anger among the population over the war in Vietnam. This album has achieved cult status among connoisseurs of 60s folk-rock. Personnel: Charles Manson - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, tympani; Bobby Beausoleil - electric guitar; Paul Watkins - French horn; Catherine Shore - violin; Dianne Lake - recorder; Steve Grogan - electric bass; Mary Brunner - flute, vocals on "People Say Im No Good"; Nancy Pittman - vocals on "Arkansas"; Sandra Good, Catherine Share, Lynette Fromme, Nancy Pittman and Cho-Cho - backup vocals. Presented here on red vinyl." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: SANDERS, PHAROAH
Title: Pharoahs First
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Exact repro reissue of the original 1965 ESP Disk pressing of what would become consensually known as Pharoahs First (but is here misspelled "Pharaoh"). Recorded in 1964 with Stan Foster (trumpet), Jane Getz (piano), William Bennett (bass) and Marvin Pattillo (percussion). Two side long tracks: "Seven By Seven" and "Bethera" from the most fearsome tenor saxophonist on the 60s scene." -Esp-Disk.
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Artist: SEVENTH SONS
Title: Raga (4 A.M. At Franks)
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: Italy
Price: $16.00
"First reissue in a while of this classic ESP stoned-folk oddity (recorded in 1964, released 1968 just before the world collapsed). One long track, 31 minutes (original tape hiss preserved) - asking for bonus material would be akin to asking for another piece of Christ the next time youre in line at church, so dont thnk that way!" - FE. "Perhaps the first band to do Indian raga with an electric rock band line up, The Seventh Sons released this very collectible album on ESP-Disk. Featuring guitarist and vibraphonist Buzzy Linhart, The Seventh Sons also served as folk-rock artist Fred Neils backing band for a time in the mid-60s." - ESP Disk
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Artist: SUN RA
Title: The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra
Format: Triple CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"Together for the first time, ESP-Disk is proud to present all three volumes of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra in a gorgeous fold out digipack. Originally released as two volumes in 1966, and with a third volume uncovered in 2005, the landmark sessions recorded by Richard Alderson on April 20th and November 16, 1965, have been hailed as a ...masterpiece of free jazz. To further delve into the Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra and his Orkestra, each enhanced disc in the set contains archival photos, critical writings and historical videos including the 18 minute documentary Sun Ra Spaceways. Digitally remastered from the original tapes." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: SUN RA
Title: The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol. 1
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $35.00
"50 Anniversary edition on Esperanto green colored vinyl; #d edition of 1000 copies. The astonishing sessions that went light years beyond "free jazz" improvisation to create a music of deeply felt, explosive and gentle gesture made from sound itself without reference to previous notions of melody or harmony are now reissued on 180 gram vinyl with Sun Ras original, self-created cover art. Recorded by Richard Alderson on April 20, 1965, this set of tunes finds Sun Ra breaking ground by using synthesizers and having the Arkestra musicians double on percussion. Remastered on 180 gram vinyl." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: SUN RA
Title: The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol. 2
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"50 Anniversary edition on "Esperanto Green" colored vinyl; #d edition of 1000 copies. Volume two of Sun Ras classic Heliocentric recordings from the 1960s. The astonishing sessions that went light years beyond "free jazz" improvisation to create a music of deeply-felt, explosive and gentle gesture made from sound itself without reference to previous notions of melody or harmony are now reissued on 180 gram vinyl with Sun Ras original, self-created cover art. Recorded by Richard Alderson on April 20, 1965, this set of tunes finds Sun Ra breaking ground by using synthesizers and having the Arkestra musicians double on percussion. More explorations of outer space by the spokesman for the space age. Manufactured in the U.S. by the original label. Digitally re-mastered." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: WATERS, PATTY
Title: College Tour
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"2013 reissue, originally released in 1966. Patty Waters is internationally recognized as one of the first major avant-garde vocalists, cited as an influence by Yoko Ono, Diamanda Galás, and Patti Smith. Waterss first two LPs, both on ESP-Disk, had the most impact. In 1966, the year after her groundbreaking debut, Sings, appeared, the New York State Council on the Arts gave ESP-Disk a grant to tour the five state colleges with music departments. Artists on this tour included the Sun Ra Arkestra, Burton Greene, Patty Waters, Giuseppi Logan, and Ran Blake. Accompanied by all-star backup groups from among the participants, Pattys performances resulted in the present album, College Tour. The album, which won second place for Vocal Recording in Jazz and Pop Magazine, expands upon the vocal acrobatics that were heard on her debut. College Tour was reissued on vinyl by ESP-Disk in 2009, and was part of the 2005 CD Complete ESP-Disk Recordings (now out of print), but this is the first U.S. CD release of the original program by itself. Ran Blake, Burton Greene, Dave Burrell: piano; Giuseppi Logan: flute; Steve Tintweiss, Perry Lind: bass; Shelly Rusten, Scobe Stroman: drums. Recorded "live" by David B. Jones in April 1966. RIYL: Yoko Ono, Diamanda Galás, Jeanne Lee." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: WATERS, PATTY
Title: College Tour
Format: LP
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"50th Anniversary Edition on "Esperanto-Green" colored vinyl. In the Spring of 1966, ESP was given a grant by the New York State Council on the Arts, to tour the five colleges in the state with music departments. Artists for this tour included the Sun Ra Arkestra, Burton Greene, Patty Waters, Giuseppi Logan and Ran Blake. Accompanied by an all star backup group from among the participants, Pattys performances resulted in the album, College Tour, her second recording for ESP-Disk. The album expands upon the vocal acrobatics that were heard on her first recording, Sings. College Tour won second place for Vocal Recording in Jazz and Pop Magazine in 1970. Patty Waters is internationally recognized as one of the first major avant-garde vocalists. Her ESP-Disk recordings cemented her reputation as a vocal innovator, and according to liner notes and public opinion, one whose influence extended beyond jazz to Yoko Ono and Diamanda Galas." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: WRIGHT, FRANK
Title: Blues For Albert Ayler
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"2012 release. ESP-Disk is now releasing Frank Wrights tribute concert to tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler titled Blues For Albert Ayler in a 6 part suite. This high energy performance was recorded live at Rashied Alis club Alis Alley on July 17th, 1974. This is the Right Reverend Frank Wright, live and raw, in his element, with a most impressive band. Frank Wright plays tenor sax and bass clarinet, with an electrifying performance from guitarist James Blood Ulmer, bassist Benny Wilson and drummer Rashied Ali." - ESP-Disk.

Artist: YXIMALLOO
Title: Unpop
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"Yximalloo is a one-man mysterious phenomenon. He has maintained obscurity, even though he has been making and recording music since the 1970s and his champions include artists as diverse as Jad Fair (Half Japanese), Momus, and members of Animal Collective. This is Yximalloos first recording in 9 years, and it is his first to include his one-man-band sound of guitar, laptop and vocals. It builds on his primitive trance-like rhythms mixed with offbeat pop sensibilities by way of crude electronic sampling. A true masterpiece, a modern-day Moondog off the streets of present-day Tokyo, London, NYC, and wherever you happen to be." "Hes John Lee Hooker with a synth, Wild Man Fischer with a bone. Hes totally central and totally unknown." -- Momus. 8-page booklet with notes by Momus and art by Jad Fair." -ESP-Disk

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