Catalogue # 181 (March-April 2020), online version
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ALTO STRATUS - CATHARSIS (Auricle AMC 049) MC £5.00 - The return of Alto Stratus, over a decade after "The Ritual" & full of creative daring & invention.
CON-HERTZ - CONTRASTS (Auricle AMC 028) 2MC £15.00 - Conrad Schnitzler + Wolfgang Hertz = Con-Hertz! December 1986-January 1987 recordings, a varied collection ranging from complex neo-classical music onto totally abstract soundscapes. 200 copy limited edition. P&P = 3 units! Note: the cassette blanks used for the final few copies were high quality Maxell XL II tapes (as stocks of the old unbranded tapes ran out).
CHRIS CONWAY, MARY BROWNE, SUDHA KHETERPAL - SOUNDTRACKS (TRG Music 015) MC m/ex+ £10.00 - Chris Conway's instrumental film music is a lighter angle on The Rain Garden sound, with hints of Terry Riley, folk & ethnic musics. © 1993.
COURTYARD MOTH - ALIVE 'N' GIGGING + (Auricle AMC 045: RE) MC £9.00 - Leicester progressive band (sadly defunct), 75 minutes live at their most inventive & daring. The heavy psychedelic progressive sound of the late-1960's/early-1970's revitalised with amazing energy.
ENDGAME - STRETCHED ACROSS THE SEA (Auricle AMC 046) MC £5.00 - Steve & Alan Freeman (aka Alto Stratus, etc.) with Jim Tetlow. Debut release, this ranges from Lightwave meets Schnitzler with Stockhausen at the mixing desk onto musique-concrete/electroacoustic. Refound copies!
ENDGAME - EARLY STASIS (Auricle AMC 047) MC £5.00 - Vast & dark cosmic expanses featuring the very first session from July 1999 & some of the deepest synth expanses close to Lightwave.
ENDGAME - TREPPENHAUS (Auricle AMC 048) MC £5.00 - Dedicated to M.C. Escher, this is the most visionary picture music from Endgame, in the realms of early Michael Stearns.
PETER FROHMADER - JULES VERNE CYCLE (Auricle AMC 018) MC £5.00 - Fantastic, dark, surreal & visionary electronic music, inspired not only by Jules Verne's stories, but also by the images conjured, the atmosphere of "Nautilus" extraordinarily vivid, hurtling through the water. Note: as stock of the unbranded cassettes that we used to use have run-out, these are duplicated on high quality Maxell XL II chrome instead.
KEN MOORE - THE CHESS KINGDOM (Anvil Creations AC 2206) MC m/m £15.00 - Experimental synth & rock works from this USA multi-instrumentalist. © 1986.
MOORE/MYERS - REACHING BEYOND THE SPHERE (Auricle AMC 026) MC £9.00 - Amazingly fiery instrumental progressive rock duo (Ken Moore & David Wayne Myers), with all the right moves: Camel, Egg, ELP, Finch, King Crimson, Shylock similarities. © 1987.
PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI - STORIA DI UN MINUTO (Great Expectations PIPMC 011) MC ex+/ex+ £4.00 - Classic Italian band, their 1972 debut of otherworldly, dreamy King Crimson inspired progressive.
PSYDEBOARD - PSYDEBOARD (demo) MC EP m/m £9.00 - 10 minute demo from ex-Cardboard (yet another defunct Leicester rock band). They never released anything else as far as we know.
THE RAIN GARDEN - BACK OF BEYOND (TRG Music TRG 002) MC ex+/ex+ £18.00 - 2nd album (© 1989) from the Leicester duo of Chris Conway (guitar, keyboards, etc) & Carl Peberdey (sitar, percussion, etc). Innovative instrumental ethnic-fusion/world music.
ROBERT RICH - LIVE (Auricle AMC 021: numbered) MC £9.00 - In concert 1984. A mix of systemic & atmospheric/space music, almost 90 minutes to fall asleep to! Note: as stock of the unbranded cassettes that we used to use have run-out, these are duplicated on high quality Maxell XL II chrome instead.
ROBERT RICH - INNER LANDSCAPES (Auricle AMC 029) MC £5.00 - 1987 live in concert, 84 minutes of ethereal/ambient dream music, synths, flutes & guitar. Note: as stock of the unbranded cassettes that we used to use have run-out, these are duplicated on high quality Maxell XL II chrome instead.
'SCHNEESTURM' (Schneeball SCHNEEBAND 5) MC ex+/vg+ £18.00 - Part sampler, with lots of unreleased Krautrock & fusion material: Argile, Captain Sperrmüll, Checkpoint Charlie, Embryo, Kling Klong, Schäggi Bädsch, etc. © 1983. This very rare cassette release is presented like a mock radio show.
Some promo, live & copy cassettes that may be of
AEOLIAH - THE LIGHT OF TAO (Sona Gaia C-126) £2.00 - no cover
ANGE - L.S.E. 1976 (bootleg, Maxell c90) £2.00 - terrible quality
CHRIS CONWAY TRIO - MEET YOU THERE (TRG 007) £2.00 - no cover
DJAM KARET - STUDIO/LIVE DEMOS (Maxell XL-II c60) £5.00
PETER FROHMADER - NEKROPOLIS '81 VOL.1 (TDK copy) £5.00 - never properly reissued as yet
PETER FROHMADER - NEKROPOLIS '81 VOL.4 (TDK copy) £5.00 - never properly reissued as yet
NEVERLAND - DEMO (demo, Jan 1993) £10.00 - Derby folk-rock band's debut - no cover
NEVERLAND - MAGAZINE '93 / CHARLOTTE '94 (bootleg, c90) £5.00 - Derby folk-rock band live in Leicester
NOODLE - DEMO (demo, Maxell XLS-II, 19m) £10.00 - with original insert, to quote from Audion #39 "This Californian band sent us a tape of a recent concert, just 'cause they thought we'd be interested I guess. Noodle play a cool rock that steps back to the 60's (notable Zappa humour and commentary, and Quicksilver stylisms) but is also obviously now. Long tracks, no songs as such, and largely jamming rock fronted by two guitars..."
PASSPORT - CONTROL (VSOP CD 246) pre-release "listening cassette" £5.00
TANGLE EDGE - COPENHAGEN 8.6.94 (Mitsubishi, 2xc90) £10.00 - no cover or tracklist
Note: Cassette stocks are now dwindling / running
out, and many are very rare nowadays, so grab them before they disappear!
We've been selling quite a few via Discogs Marketplace recently, to the USA and continental Europe, so some stocks will be gone soon!
Many of the Auricle releases are exclusives and some are now down to the last few. And, you can't go wrong at a fiver or so, can you?
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