In July RUPERTS PEOPLE are celebrating 45 years of great music with a compilation album, featuring bonus tracks and single releases.
Following on from the 2 CD set released in June, we have the critically acclaimed 1992 RED JASPER live album. The album was recorded at The Fleece & Firkin, Bristol, England and showcases their much lauded live performance.
August sees the release of a 2 CD set from CHRISTIE. Jeff has been back in the studio reviewing his masters - all the tracks were recorded in the 1970s by Christie during a particularly prolific period in their career.
Also in the month, the last ever album from ground-breaking progressive rock band RED JASPER. Shortly after the 1997 release of this album, the band split due to 'musical differences', but their lasting legacy of five progressive rock albums have now finally all been reissued by Angel Air.
Finally, a live album from AFFINITY, charting their reformation in 2011 for the 50th birthday celebrations at The University Of Sussex. The band was a combination of original players from various incarnations of The Baskervilles and Affinity.
15 YEARS OF ANGEL AIR... HEAR THE STORY!
Click the image to listen to label boss Peter Purnell talking about the first 15 years of Angel Air
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)
June 2012 - DAVID COURTNEY, GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS, RED JASPER (2-CD)
July 2012 - RUPERTS PEOPLE, RED JASPER
August 2012 - CHRISTIE (2-CD), RED JASPER, AFFINITY
Released in July 2012
[Release date 23.07.12]
RUPERTS PEOPLE - 45 RPM' - 45 Years of Ruperts People Music (SJPCD387)
RUPERTS PEOPLE sprang into confusing existence in 1967 although the seed was actually sown in 1964 when ROD LYNTON teamed up with STEVE BRENDALL in an early group called The EXTRAVERTS
Released in 1967 "Reflections Of Charles Brown" was credited to a band that didn't exist, and was itself a re-arrangement of a flipside issued only weeks before by a group who would eventually adapt the moniker of that non existent group.
This possibly unique situation
typifies the confusion and conjecture that has surrounded a group who for
decades have been the subject of speculation amongst beat and psychedelic
enthusiasts - RUPERTS PEOPLE
RED JASPER Action Replay (SJPCD392)
In early 1992 RED JASPER having released the previous year "Sting In The Tale" the band decided to record a live album to maintain momentum and also to get onto tape their much lauded live performances.
The band put together a live set that included old favourites and new material showcasing the even more progressive direction the band would take. The album was recorded on 26th January 1992 at The Fleece & Firkin, Bristol, England
The album was really well
received with one review from 1992 "this shows what The Jaspers are like in a
live environment. What is, is powerful, dynamic, tight and a progressive force
to be reckoned with"
Released in August 2012
[Release date 20.08.12]
CHRISTIE No Turn Unstoned (SJPCD380) 2-CD
CHRISTIE shot to
fame in the early 70's with a number 1 Hit single in no less than 26
countries (it also made Billboard Top 30 in USA) "Yellow River". Written by
band leader JEFF CHRISTIE who was awarded the prestigious IVOR
NOVELLO and CARL ALLAN awards for this
RED JASPER Anagramary (SJPCD393)
Having formed in 1987
RED JASPER release over the next decade four ground breaking progressive
rock albums. In 1996 the band recorded what was to be their last ever album
"Anagramary" which was released in 1997.
AFFINITY The Baskervilles Reunion 2011 (SJPCD398)
It was 46 years ago that
The Baskervilles, the precursors to AFFINITY, last performed live.
However at the 50th birthday celebrations at The University Of Sussex,
England in 2011 it was decided to reform the band for one more time.
Released in June 2012
[Release date 11.06.12]
DAVID COURTNEY The Show Must Go On (SJPCD381)
DAVID COURTNEY is an internationally acclaimed songwriter and record producer having over the past 35 years achieved Platinum, Gold and Silver discs representing the millions of records he has sold worldwide as well as receiving ASCAP awards and a Grammy nomination.
He has worked with
ROGER DALTREY, JIMMY PAGE, Sir PAUL McCARTNEY, ERIC CLAPTON, STEVE
CROPPER, RITCHIE BLACKMORE, DAVID GILMOUR to ADAM FAITH, LEO SAYER
and GENE PITNEY
GERRY & The PACEMAKERS 20 Year Anniversary Album - 1982 (SJPCD382)
Being known as the second most famous group from Liverpool, England is not such a bad thing considering who the first one is. Gerry & The Pacemakers achieved no less than three UK Number 1's, two Top 5 and one Top 10 singles since the bands formation in 1962.
GERRY MARSDEN created a national anthem with his endorsement of "You’ll Never Walk Alone" which has become the signature tune of Liverpool football club and to this day is sung at the grounds throughout the UK.
In 1981 Gerry met up with
DAVID MARTIN (singer/songwriter and producer) when they were
holidaying in Spain and having struck up a lasting friendship they decided with
1982 looming it would be a great idea to make a 20th Anniversary album.
RED JASPER A Midsummer Night's Dream/The Winter's Tale (SJPCD391) 2-CD
Over a two year period RED JASPER recorded the two albums coupled together for this release. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was recorded in 1993 and "The Winter's Tale" in 1994 at Broadoak Studios in Hampshire, England. To promote the releases the band started to tour Europe including playing support to FISH. Their crowning European moment was headlining The Aurora Borealis Festival in Tilburg, Holland during 1994.
Progressive Rock was their forte and as one reviewer said of "Midsummer" - "as the listener get's more and more into Red Jasper's world the more there is to discover" another said of "Winter's Tale" "there is so much to hear that it takes a few listens to fully recognize the majesty of the music"
Listen to the music of Red
Jasper who have been described as "Motorhead meets Jethro Tull"
NEW full colour CD and DVD Catalogue
FREE 2012 full colour Audio and DVD Catalogue will be sent out with every order.
Download the catalogue: http://www.angelair.co.uk/page1.htm
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)
STACKRIDGE Preserved Best Of - Volume Two (SJPCD396)
From the acoustic whimsy of 32 West Mall, from their 1970 debut, to the acoustic delicacy of The Final Bow, from 2002's LEMON, in between there's a wealth of inventiveness, grandeur and fine tunes that span almost every genre.
Whether it's the cut-down single version of the epic Slark, the imaginative 21st century tribute Something About The Beatles or the expansive instrumental God Speed The Plough (produced by Beatles mastermind George Martin) the music is gorgeous and shows how much the band needed the full-blooded reunion that brought us 2009's aptly-titled A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE, one of the finest albums of all time. ***
...Unlike most compilations, 'Preserved' doesn't shy away from including the shorter, quirkier Stackridge tracks, allowing highlights like '32 West Mall' and 'Can Inspiration Save The Nation' to catch your curiosity as they pass by.
Really that is just scratching the surface of the flavours and textures served up on this excellent introduction to a band that deserves far more recognition than they currently receive. However, what ties it all together are beautifully crafted songs that have obviously been created with great care and attention, making each and every one a journey well worth taking in its own rite.
GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS 20 Year Anniversary Album - 1982 (SJPCD382)
...Tuneful gems such as 'You'll Never Walk Alone', 'How Do You Do It' and 'Ferry 'Cross The Mersey' are all given an airing, alongside Gerry's covers of a string of UK chart-toppers which presumably formed part of his later cabaret act. These include 'House Of The Rising Sun' and Peter Sarstedt's 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely'.
...the real magic is conjured on the haut-couture PACEMAKERS ballad "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" which wins, hands down, over the omnipresent "Unchained Melody"...
Produced by hit singer-songwriter and producer David Martin, it's an absorbing hour with some fully committed performances, both vocally and instrumentally - Gerry's intrepid phrasing and the very interesting musical arrangements lavished right across the material, whether in distinctly evocative mood or up-tempo and bouncy.
The Beat (June 2011)
RED JASPER Sting In The Tale (SJPCD390)
...Red Jasper would go on to bigger, better things (something that upcoming reissues 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'The Winter's Tale' will attest) however 'Sting In The Tale' is still, for all its faults, a compelling debut album that illustrates great verve and skill.
NICK SIMPER & NASTY HABITS Live At Szene, Vienna (SJPCD386)
With the Englishman's fave "Roadhouse Blues" thrown in for some good boogie rumble, the experience, which can expanded with the bonus DVD of the whole concert, is a treat for old fans and uninitiated alike. Good to have old Nick back. ****
Although some listeners might have reservations about aspects of Christian Schmid's vocals, the DVD film of the concert confirms how well Simper meshed with cohorts perhaps marginally younger than him! His seasoned experience (he has continued to play over the years) is a counterpoint to the band's brash energy and enthusiasm.
The Beat (June 2011)
ROBIN GEORGE AND VIX You (SJPCD372)
..."Don't Call Me" sees plastic pop sensibilities married to acoustic sensuality, while "Seduction Song" is a masterpiece demonstrating the guitarist's mastery of flamenco and the singer's passionate fire and lacks, perhaps, only castanets. This energy finds an outlet in two live tracks, among them folksy ballad "Cry Wolf", from the mid-'90s when Vix and Robin formed THE PROMISE: typically for George, the group didn't live long yet to have at all issued feels like an intimate gift now. ***
...'Don't Call Me' is the
most Fuzzbox sounding song on here with its synths. Even the lyrics take
a very Fuzzbox direction. For a comparison think Garbage mixed with
Vix's luscious tones.
RED JASPER A Midsummer Night's Dream/The Winter's Tale (SJPCD391)
Perhaps, in the end the concept has worn thin, and one record in this vein would have sufficed. Yet it's impossible not to admire such an undertaking in the shallow climate of '90s. The Bard would have liked it. ***** / ***
ROY YOUNG The Complete Singles Collection 1959-1962 (SJPCD399)
For all the jive of bonuses such as "Keep A-Knockin'" or the artist's own yelper "Big Fat Mama", the most infectious romps on offer arguably are "You Were Meant For Me" and "Gilee" which make it clear why Brian Epstein thought Young could blend in with his contract-searching moptop charges. Roy Young preferred to plough his individual furrow, and the history unjustly forgot the man who's still at it. Time to put him up there with the best of 'em. ****
DAVID COURTNEY The Show Must Go On (SJPCD381)
...the feeling of eclecticism prevails and pulls the whole down while the individual pieces are good. A fitting reflection of any man's life. ***1/3
DAVE BALL - Don't Forget Your Alligator (SJPCD395)
This debut CD is an eclectic mix of styles covering rock, R&B and some folky anecdotal musical comments about us Brits.
Bev Bevan - Sunday Mercury
BROKEN ENGLISH The Rough With The Smooth (SJPCD186)
...Broken English's entire recorded history is contained on this one CD...Coming On Strong became one of those classic one hit wonders...
Bev Bevan - Sunday Mercury
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