Awaken The Guardian (Remastered 2CD+DVD)

2005 deluxe remastered edition of the bands 1986 magnum opus, the last one to feature John Arch on vocals. This elaborate set features two cds and one live DVD. Disc One is the remastered version of the album. Disc Two features unreleased live and demo tracks. Disc Three is an NTSC Region 0 live DVD of a live gig from 1986. Mike Portnoy wrote the liner notes.

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    $12.00
  • "This was the first U.S.-released CD-5 from Kate Bush, assembled from parts of three prior U.K. CD single releases (the additional tracks can also be found on This Woman's Work). It includes the album mix of "The Sensual World," as well as an instrumental version (she's avoided the extended remixes and rethinks this time), which, the video and other work considered, comes off as a wonderful pagan ditty, despite the rather flat and slightly muddy mixing job. In addition, there's also "Be Kind to My Mistakes" from the Nicholas Roeg-directed Castaway (an otherwise dull and disappointing film, despite Oliver Reed and the lead actress spending most of her onscreen time in a state of undress), "Ken" (from the mini-movie G.L.C., released only in the U.K.; she also contributed the incidental score), and "I'm Still Waiting," which, with "Be Kind to My Mistakes," graced the CD-5 release of the U.K. remix of "This Woman's Work." "Be Kind to My Mistakes" and "I'm Still Waiting" are good examples of a Kate Bush song -- full tilt percussion, almost jazzy vocal arrangements that sometimes seem unconnected to the rhythm, and other times seem part of it; "I'm Still Waiting," unfortunately, also has a little of Bush's tendency to shriek histrionically for emphasis. "Ken" is an outright crowd-pleasing stomp of a piece, not so much arranged as bashed together -- basically a theme for one of the major characters of G.L.C., and performed with unabashed enjoyment with drums, bass, voice, and Fairlight strings. The only real negative here is that Columbia chose to leave out two other tracks released in the U.K.: "The Confrontation" and "One Last Look Around the House Before We Go...," both on the U.K. 12" version of "Love & Anger."" - All Music Guide
    $5.00
  • "Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a remastered edition of the 1980 album by the Canadian Progressive Rock group FM, City Of Fear . 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. In 1978 Nash the Slash was been replaced by BEN MINK on Electric Violin and Mandolin. City of Fear was the fourth album by the band, released in 1980 and was produced by Synthesiser wizard Larry Fast (of Synergy and musician with Nektar and Peter Gabriel). This Esoteric Recordings release is the first time City of Fear has been issued in Europe and has been newly remastered and includes an illustrated booklet and a new essay."
    $17.00
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    $10.00
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    $12.00
  • "Now here’s a band that during the 1980s consistently produced high quality metal albums. Vicious Rumors were the sort of band who bridged the gap between power and thrash metal, a cold steel assault boasting melody and crunching precision.Electric Punishment is the Californian band’s 11th album and like all those mini-classics previous, this one sticks to its guns, rarely straying from its chosen path of scorching hot metal. So many bands over the years, especially when the mid-90s grunge invasion took hold, strayed from their path and buckled under the weight of trend, but Vicious Rumors are one of those rare quantities. A band who’ve stuck to rocking hard and given the fans what they’ve always wanted.This opus is a ten-track affair which closes with an intriguing cover of the Kiss song ‘Strange Ways’, but more on that later. Electric Punishment comes hot on the heels of 2012’s live album Live You To Death, and features a dazzling array of numbers which revolve around Geoff Thorpe’s molten guitar work.Thorpe is the bands founding member and has come a long way since handing out flyers for his new band back in 1979. Despite varying personnel over the years, Vicious Rumors have always remained a solid metal act, criminally underrated, and never once being affected by its changing staff. This time round Thorpe is accompanied by vocalist Brian Allen, guitarist Thaen Rasmussen, bassist Stephen Goodwin and drummer Harry Lowe, with guest appearances from guitarists Brad Gillis (Night Ranger / ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Mark McGee and Bob Capka.The album opener is an out-and-out thrasher in the form of ‘I Am The Gun’, which rushes headlong with its epic vocal wail and twin guitar attack. Again, the band bridge the gap between robust power metal and chuggernaut metal. Lowe is an accomplished drummer whose formidable beats sew together this beast of a track. Vicious Rumors have never deviated from their path over the years and yet somehow remain current with their brand of heavy metal. ‘I Am The Gun’ matches anything that the likes of Anthrax, Overkill, et al have written over the last few years.‘Black X List’ is equally astounding, storming in with that rattling drum and swirling guitar; Thorpe’s handiwork a marvelous sound to behold. It’s the kind of track that sums up that classic Vicious Rumors sound, but if you’re still not convinced then the doom-laden chug of the title track should have you salivating. It’s another epic power metal pile-driver that builds slowly with that ferocious sneer and intimidating chug. This is an anthem for all those metalheads who today are searching for those seemingly lost times of the 80s. Vicious Rumors exude pride and menace all at once; their cauldron of metal is constantly stirred and spiced with the sort of ingredients that make the genre so potent.‘D-Block’, ‘Escape (From Hell)’ and ‘Dime Store Prophet’ hold up the mid-section. ‘D-Block’ is another go-for-throat thrasher, the co-vocal attack (with Thorpe providing the melody) is spine-tingling to say the least. The seven-minute ‘Escape (From Hell)’ slows the pace, combining melodic majesty and more pensive chords, while ‘Dime Store Prophet’ is another rasping, rollicking rocker that injects the veins with pace leading us to the almost semi-ballad-esque and, dare I say it, “hair metal” sway of ‘Together We Unite’. This is a classic simmering slow-burner that seems to reflect on the past, raising a glass to all those fans and people who’ve been part of this incredible bands legacy. It really is an infectious track that will have the lighters (or in the modern sense, mobile phones) waving.The real talent of Vicious Rumors however is their ability to shift between styles whilst all the while making sure their sound is still heavy. ‘Eternally’ is a jarring, almost remote number that relies on that staggering guitar work. But with ‘Thirst For A Kill’ we’re back to that savagery, leading us to the finale which is the aforementioned Kiss song ‘Strange Ways’ (originally from 1974’s Hotter Than Hell), and what a cracking little rocker this is, the drums a shuddering plod behind the vocal snarl. I have to admit to being wary of this track when I saw it listed, but it’s a fitting finale for this album, and once again Vicious Rumors have delivered another face-melter of a record. You knew what was coming, and yet every time they hit you right between the eyes like a cold steel arrow." - Metal Forces
    $8.00
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    $16.00
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    $19.00
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    $14.00
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    $3.00
  • Believe it or not this is where it all began for me. After coming home from school one day I saw Rick Wakeman on the Mike Douglas show. He was this odd looking guy with long blonde hair and a flowing cape to match. He had an arsenal of keyboards making strange sounds...it was "The Battle". That appearance led me down to Sam Goody's to buy my first prog album - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. Sure it's pompous, overblown, whatever. I still have fond memories of it and love Wakeman's elaborate keyboard work and the band's integration with the orchestra. A personal classic.
    $5.00
  • Twenty years of Mob Rules, twenty years of melodic metal from Northern Germany. The group surrounding vocalist Klaus Dirks are celebrating their big anniversary and have announced a number of notable festivities: Mob Rules are scheduled to release their boxed anniversary set Timekeeper on 10 October 2014 (Europe: 13 October 2014, US/Canada: 28 October 2014), embarking on their tour of Germany at the same time. Among the highlights of the anniversary shows will be the Break The Barriers Festival in their hometown of Wilhelmshaven together with Gamma Ray and Love.Might.Kill, and the Metal Hammer Paradise Festival on the Baltic Coast in mid-November 2014.The sextet have released seven studio recordings worldwide and a live DVD and have completed a number of successful tours in Germany and abroad with concerts in America, the UK, France, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, and renowned acts such as the Scorpions, Helloween, Savatage, Dio, Rage, Doro, Rhapsody On Fire and many others.Founded by Klaus Dirks (vocals) and Matthias Mineur (guitar) in 1994, Mob Rules, whose current line-up also includes guitarist Sven Lüdke, bassist Markus Brinkmann, drummer Nikolas Fritz and keyboardist Jan Christian Halfbrodt, unleashed their debut album Savage Land in March 1999 before embarking on a successful tour of Germany. Albums such as Temple Of Two Suns (2000), Hollowed Be Thy Name (2002), Among The Gods (2004), the live DVD Signs Of The Time (2005) and the globally acclaimed releasess Ethnolution A.D. (2006), Radical Peace (2009) andCannibal Nation (2012) followed.According to the international press, Mob Rules with their infectious stage shows count among Europe’s strongest live acts.Line-Up:Klaus Dirks – vocalsMatthias Mineur – guitarSven Lüdke – guitarMarkus Brinkmann – bassNikolas Fritz – drumsJan Christian Halfbrodt – keyboardsDiscography at SPV:HOLLOWED BE THY NAME (2002)AMONG THE GODS (2004)SIGNS OF THE TIME (DVD+Live CD, 2005)ETHNOLUTION A.D. (2006)CD1MOB RULES TIMEKEEPER – THE BEST1.Temple Fanfare 2:242.Pilot of Earth 2:493.Black Rain 5:424.Cannibal Nation 4:175.Astral Hand 5:506.Close My Eyes 6:187.Dead Man`s Face 5:408.Among The Gods 7:339.In The Land Of Wind Rain 6:0510.Hollowed Be Thy Name 5:4911.Last Farewell 5:3112.Ice And Fire 4:2613.Lord Of Madness (Live) 5:3214.With Sparrows 5:3815.Rain Song (Live) 5:37CD2MOB RULES TIMEKEEPER – FRIENDS1.Insurgeria 3:27 (new recorded, w/ Udo Dirkschneider & Marco Wriedt)2.Celebration Day 6:18 (new recorded, w/ Bernhard Weiß)3.Lights Out 5:16 (new recorded, w/ Peter Knorn)4.End Of All Days 8:36 (new recorded, w/ Amanda Somerville & Corvin Bahn)5.Broken 3:45 (new Track)6.All Above The Atmosphere 4:02 (new recorded, w/ Herbie Langhans & Herman Frank)7.Coast To Coast 4:26 (new recorded, w/ Michael Ehré, Stephan Lill & Chity Somapala)8.How The Gypsy Was Born 5:53 (remastered, w/ Peavy Wagner)9.Run With The Wolf 4:00 (new recorded, w/ Sascha Paeth)10.My Kingdom Come (new Track, Orchestral Version, w/ Corvin Bahn) 5:28SINGLE1.My Kingdom Come 5:282.Meet You In Heaven (Live at Pumpwerk, Wilhelmshaven, 2005, prev. unreleased) 6:08DVDMOB RULES OVER AMERICA1.Children Of The Flames2.Trial By Fire3.Astral Hand4.Unholy War5.Ashes To Ashes6.Fuel To The Fire7.Veil Of Death8.Last Farewell9.In The Land Of Wind And Rain10.Black Rain11.Hollowed Be Thy NameThe Official Videos:LostIce and FireAstral HandLast FarewellBlack RainBonus:- The Roadmob Bootlegs:1.)   Telebox Fool – Live @ Rockfabrik Nuremberg (2013)2.)   Ethnolution Tour „The Scandinavian Chapter“ (2007)3.)   The Magic Circle Files (2007)4.)   The Glance Of Fame (unofficial Clip)5.)   Drumrecording
    $20.00
  • "In 1972 Jethro Tull were riding high on the crest of a popularity wave. They sold out huge arenas on the back of their critically acclaimed fifth album Thick As A Brick. The question was, how do you follow a concept album comprising a single 44-minute piece of music? The answer was, with a double album of separate songs of course.For the first time in their five year career Tull went into the studio with an unchanged line-up. Founder member and undisputed leader Ian Anderson was still writing songs on flute, acoustic guitar and now saxophone, and he was again joined by guitarist Martin Barre, bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, drummer Barriemore Barlow and keyboard player John Evans. But which studio to use?The first criterion was that it had to be abroad. The second criterion was that the studio of choice had to have a good reputation. The 18th century Château d'Hérouville near Paris had previously been used by Elton John to record Honky Château and by Pink Floyd for Obscured By Clouds. It contained living accommodation as well as studio facilities, and so seemed the ideal choice. What could possibly go wrong?The choice was a disaster. First up, there were technical problems with the studio itself. Then there was the accommodation... the band all slept in a dormitory, it was very basic which might have been tolerable, had they been the sole occupants of the rooms. Unfortunately, they had unwelcome company, of a bed-bug variety. And then to make matters infinitely worse everybody got food poisoning from the in-house catering.Unsurprisingly the band decided to go home and the decision was made to ditch the hour or so s worth of music recorded in France. They decided to start from scratch and write a whole new album, instead of trying to somehow regenerate everybody s interest and commitment to something that had already struggled.And so to A Passion Play, an album that evolved into a 45-minute piece of quasi-prog rock, with complex time-signatures, complex lyrics and, well, complex everything, really. With a mere nine days left in the studio before the next tour, the pressure was on to produce something quickly. The concept explored the notion that choices might still be faced in the afterlife. It recognizes that age-old conflict between good and bad, God and the Devil.This beautifully packaged 2CD/2DVD case-bound book expanded edition of A Passion Play includes the original album and earlier Château d'Hérouville Sessions both of which have been mixed to 5.1 surround sound and new stereo mixes by Steven Wilson."Disc: 11. Lifebeats /Prelude2. The Silver Cord3. Re-Assuring Tune4. Memory Bank5. Best Friends6. Critique Oblique7. Forest Dance #18. The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles9. Forest Dance #210. The Foot Of Our Stairs11. Overseer Overture12. Flight From Lucifer13. 10.08 to Paddington14. Magus Perde15. EpilogueDisc: 21. The Big Top2. Scenario3. Audition4. Skating Away5. Sailor6. No Rehearsal7. Left Right8. Solitaire9. Critique Oblique (Part I)10. Critique Oblique (Part II)11. Animelee (1st Dance) [Instrumental]12. Animelee (2nd Dance) [Instrumental]13. Law Of The Bungle (Part I)14. Tiger15. Law Of The Bungle (Part II)Disc: 31. A Passion Play mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound and PCM 96/24 PCM stereo.2. A flat transfer from the original master at PCM 96/24 stereo3. Video clips of The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles an intro and outro film used in the Passion Play tour of 1973.Disc: 41. The Château d'Hérouville Sessions mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital surround sound
    $40.00