This year we're celebrating our 15th anniversary with lots more great music to come!
In February, the solo album of former The Storys bass guitarist ANDY COLLINS is released. 'Closure' highlights Andy's undoubted skills as a singer as well as a gifted songwriter.
Also in February, a brand new album from NWOBHM legends OLIVER DAWSON SAXON entitled 'Motorbiker'. The album delivers heavy duty material - play loud and enjoy!
A remastered version of the 1984 chart topping compilation album HOOKED ON NUMBER ONES - 100 NON STOP HITS is released. Renowned songwriter and producer GEOFF MORROW assembled a who’s who of the Pop world to record their versions of pop classics.
March sees the release of a previously unreleased 1981 album by Madeline Bell and David Martin. BELL & MARTIN 'Together Again' features all of the classic singles released in the 1981-1982 period, as well as 4 bonus tracks.
A newly remastered version of the 1994 MATTHEW FISHER album 'A Salty Dog Returns' becomes available. The founding member of Procol Harum plays all instruments on the album, and 3 bonus tracks are included.
Finally, 'Sting In The Tale' by RED JASPER is released in March - the critically acclaimed 1990 album is now remastered with 3 bonus tracks.
GRAHAM OLIVER has
just launched at NAMM 2012 a Graham Oliver Signature Guitar
New Interview with STEVE DAWSON now online here
OLIVER DAWSON SAXON European Tour Dates
SAXON release their new album 'Motorbiker' on Angel Air, 27
More information about our CD/AUDIO/DVD releases can be found in the dedicated CD catalogue page:
More information about our DVD releases can be found in the dedicated DVD catalogue page:
AUDIO RELEASES (CD)
January 2012 - AMMO, JOHN DU CANN, TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
February 2012 - ANDY COLLINS, OLIVER DAWSON SAXON, VARIOUS
March 2012 - BELL & MARTIN, MATTHEW FISHER, RED JASPER
Released in February 2012
[Release date 27.02.12]
ANDY COLLINS Closure (SJPCD377)
ANDY COLLINS former bass guitarist and singer/songwriter with The STORYS ("Swansea's answer to the Eagles" Classic Rock Magazine) has spent the past year recording his first ever solo album following the emotional split by the band in June 2010.
Andy's undoubted skills as a singer as well as a gifted songwriter. He
is joined on the album by his ex band mates ROB THOMPSON and
ALAN THOMAS who collectively produce the vocal harmony that the
Story's became famous for.
OLIVER DAWSON SAXON Motorbiker (SJPCD379)
During the summer of 2000 the line up of OLIVER DAWSON SAXON took to the world stage and delivered great music that had been enjoyed for 20 years previously and their new music. Over the past decade they have released live albums and DVDs
"Motorbiker" is a brand new album of new songs and delivers heavy duty material from the masters and originators of NWOBHM
Play very loud and enjoy
VARIOUS ARTISTS Hooked On Number Ones-100 Non Stop Hits (SJPCD388)
This is 1984 and renowned songwriter and producer GEOFF MORROW assembles a who's who of the Pop world to record their versions of pop classics and makes the top echelons of the UK carts as "Mixes" are all the rage.
The FORTUNES, MUNGO JERRY, MARMALADE, MUD, GERRY & The PACEMAKERS, MADELINE BELL, HELEN SHAPIRO, LYNN PAUL, SUSAN MAUGHAN, MIKE BERRY, CRAIG DOUGLAS, LONNIE DONEGAN, JOE BROWN and TONY BURROWS all deliver their stunning versions of pop classics.
Now remastered with informative sleeve notes on the story behind the project.
Released in March 2012
[Release date 26.03.12]
BELL & MARTIN Together Again (SJPCD384)
Back in 1981 DAVID MARTIN (who as part of the AMMO song writing team had enjoyed Number 1 Hits the world over with artists such as BARRY MANILOW to GUYS & DOLLS covering their songs) teamed up with MADELINE BELL to record an album for his then fledgling DEB RECORDS. Madeline had shot to fame in the UK in the 70's as part of a two pronged vocalist team with BLUE MINK and recorded some classis songs such as "Melting Pot" and "Good Morning Freedom".
David also has Hits himself as part of BUTTERSCOTCH and Madeline has continued to tour the world working with BBC's Big Band, James Last, Netherlands Metropole Orchestra.
The album "Together Again" was never released although a number of singles were during the period 1981 and 1982-all are included on this release.
The bonus tracks include
duets with KATE ROBBINS who had a UK number 2 hit with "More Than
Love" and STEPHANIE De SYKES who also had a UK number 2 Hit with
"Born With A Smile On My Face"
MATTHEW FISHER A Salty Dog Returns (SJPCD389)
MATTHEW FISHER, founding member of PROCOL HARUM, is forever immortalized for co writing and playing the classic organ on "Whiter Shade Of Pale". Matthew was writer/singer (along with Gary Brooker), organist and producer of Procol’s classic "A Salty Dog" album. Matthew also produced ROBIN TROWERS first three albums including the Gold album "Bridge Of Sighs".
"Whiter Shade Of Pale" is the most played track on British Radio ever.
In 1994 Matthew went into the studio and recorded "A Salty Dog Returns" playing all the instruments on the tracks. Out of print for the past decade this album is much sought after by the Fisher/Procol fans.
Now remastered with
RED JASPER Sting In The Tale (SJPCD390)
RED JASPER were formed in 1987 and quickly built a strong band following playing their own unique brand of Prog Rock live in UK and Europe.
Over a four week period in 1990 the band recorded their critically acclaimed album "Sting In The Tale" which is now remastered with three bonus tracks added including the tracks from their much sought after 12" EP.
As one reviewer wrote
when the album was originally released "Red Jasper's strength is not
only their musical and song-writing ability but the fact that within
each song they combine instruments and moods in a constructive,
challenging yet interesting manner" We could not have said it more
Released in January 2012
[Release date 16.01.12]
AMMO - Can't Smile Without You 1966-1977 (SJPCD378)
AMMO was the collective name used by gifted songwriters CHRIS ARNOLD, DAVID MARTIN and GEOFF MORROW aka BUTTERSCOTCH but that as they say is another story. The guys got together one night in 1964 when they demoed a song ultimately recorded by BILLY FURY "In Thoughts Of You" which reached number 5 in the UK charts. During the 60's they wrote further songs for Billy Fury, CLIFF RICHARD, FRANK IFIELD and CILLA BLACK.
In the early 70's they decided to release their own songs under the Butterscotch name and had a UK Top 20 Hit with "Don't You Know" as well as a Japanese Hit with "Surprise Surprise". After their brief flirtation with performing the guys went back to writing for other artists and they wrote all the singles for RESCUE Co No 1 as well as the smash hit for BARRY MANILOW "Can't Smile Without You", ELVIS PRESLEY. JOE BROWN, GUYS & DOLLS, CARPENTERS, ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK, DUSTY SPRINGIELD, EDWIN STARR to name just a few-collectively they have sold over 26 million records around the world and received the most prestigious award for songwriting, an Ivor Novello.
This 2CD set includes original versions of songs that became worldwide hits, unreleased demos and tracks that they released under the name Butterscotch and Arnold, Martin, Morrow from their most creative years of 1966 to 1977.
JOHN DU CANN The Many Sides Of - 1967-1980 (SJPCD383)
JOHN DU CANN shot to fame as singer songwriter for ATOMIC ROOSTER and wrote European HIT single "Devils Answer". John though was at the forefront of music prior to Rooster and in the golden period of late 60's onwards he fronted/formed a number of memorable bands including ATTACK, ANDROMEDA, BULLET and HARD STUFF before having a surprise solo UK hit single in 1979 with "Don't Be A Dummy".
Sadly John died in
September 2011 just as he had completed the remastering and artwork of
the two HARD STUFF albums released November 2011 on Angel Air but
not before he had given instructions to Jeff Perkins to write the sleeve
notes to his Anthology (a term he felt was overused hence the title "The
Many Sides Of") and compiling the track listing and creating the cover
artwork for this release.
TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS Live! At The Bitter End, New York (SJPCD385)
TOMMY JAMES in 1995 returned to his adopted home of New York's Greenwich Village for a one night stand of which most musicians dream, a date with the famous Bitter End stage and it's brick wall backdrop. In addition he reunited with his band The Shondells.
His audience is already in his corner and playing to a packed venue when the opening bass notes of "Draggin The Line" snake through the club, an answering roar echoes back.
The Hits just keep on coming, one after the other. Don't forget "Crimson And Clover" and a drink of "Sweet Cherry Wine" and here comes "Mony Mony"
All too soon The Shondells
are taking their bows centre stage. Tommy offers thanks to all
NEW full colour CD and DVD Catalogue
FREE 2012 full colour Audio and DVD Catalogue will be sent out with every order.
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BOOK CHARTS RISE AND RISE OF ANGEL AIR
To celebrate Angel Air's 10th Anniversary a new book by James McCarraher was published in 2007.
'Angel Air is 10' is a welcome celebration of the label's first ten years and for any rocker of a certain age, and with an eye for trivia, makes essential reading. Where else could we read about Affinity, an early jazz rock stomping ground for the great Mo Foster, Warhorse (debut album on the Vertigo 'swirl' label) and what happened to Bobby Harrison of seventies funk rockers Snafu? Author James McCarraher has brought together the 200-plus label catalogue, prefacing each release with an essay culled mainly from the original liner notes.
David Randall, www.getreadytorock.com
...a celebration of the label rather than a detailed account of the every day ins and outs of a small independent record company...'Angel Air is 10' is as much a reference book as anything else.
More Black Than
Purple (June 2007)
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The bluesy seventies rock, or swinging 70's rock and roll must have brought many houses down back then. "Millionaire" and "Jay Time" are examples of the ultimate in 70's lyrics, as well riffs with 50% super glue in them...The band may have sounded slightly oddly retro but among the recognizable guitar, Hammond and vocal parts there is also traces of adapting to the new hard rock era.
If you are not acquainted
to the work of the late great JOHN DU CANN, this is one of the best
introductions possible. R.I.P. JOHN!
The songs are presented
here in chronological order and you really get a sense of the musical
styles changing from the hippy, happy opener 'Magic In The Air' from The
Attack moving to Andromeda and their Black Sabbath inspiring heavy rock
sound. Atomic Rooster struck me as to how close they sounded to classic
Alice Cooper, particularly 'Tomorrow Night' - more Cooper than The Coop!
'Devil's Answer' was, of course, the big 'Hit' the Rooster had
throughout Europe and deservedly so; a great track reaching number 4 in
the UK in 1971.
The compilation offers 16
fiercely awesome tracks that are a mixture of the following bands: The
Attack, Andromeda, Atomic Rooster, Bullet, Hard Stuff, and Du Cann.
Still, 1968's "Another Day
Goes By" arrestingly anticipates the next decade's easy listening, if
moving, approach which reach a soulful silkiness in "Is It Yes Or No"
and harks back to THE PLATTERS with "Three Wishes". One may wish AMMO
continued as a unit longer than they did, but they did enough to be
praised as genuine masters of their craft: here's the proof.
This 2-CD set includes
original versions of songs that became worldwide hits, as well as
unreleased demos and tracks that the band released under the names
Butterscotch and Arnold, Martin, Morrow from their most creative years
of 1966 to 1977.
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