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revised: 27 November 2020

Ultima Thule Mail-Order List 185 online

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The printed version of Ultima Mail-Order Catalogue 185 (Nov-Dec 2020)
was mailed-out to subscribers on 30 Oct 2020
The web version was posted online on Monday 2 Nov 2020 at 11:45
Ordering instructions: look here


Latest gossip...


AUDION 60 - new pdf/multimedia download edition, due out on 28 November

The Crack In The Cosmic Egg DVD-rom - downloadable update available. See orange panel here.

new delivery of German imports expected - 1 December (watch this space)

new order from Italy - possibly later next week


Eloy - CD imports...
ELOY - INSIDE (Harvest 7243 5 22681 2 2: 2xBT,RM,RE) CD £10.00 - 2nd LP (© 1973). Enter Eloy the space-rock band, an astounding LP with long trips of organ based rock & a mix of heavy & cosmic styles. The bonus tracks are the "Daybreak/On The Road" single.

ELOY - METROMANIA (Harvest 7243 5 63779 2 9; RM,RE) CD £10.00 - © 1984, in "flashy-metal Hawkwind meets Jethro Tull 80's style" vein.


Restocks of selected Grobschnitt "Silver Mint" live CDs...
SMR 004 - Hagen 1971-1 - CDR £9.00

SMR 001 - Plochingen 1976-1 - CDR 9.00

SMR 061 - Hagen 1975-1 - CD £13.00

SMR 062 - Hagen 1975-2 - CD £13.00

SMR 068 - Rehearsals 1974 - CD £13.00

SMR 074 - Hagen 1973-1 - CD £13.00

SMR 075 - Hagen 1973-2 - CD £13.00

SMR 077 - Crew Blues Session 1969 (Hagen) - CD £13.00

These are normally only sold as subscription editions from Eroc in batches of 3.

I managed to negotiate wholesale as I pick and choose. So you can buy just what interests you.

Look on Discogs for tracklists.


Karaba - Schwester Mondreal (CD, Album) - back in stock! - excellent contemporary Krautrock / trippy fusion from Munich, with musicians from the current version of Embryo. They are also the main feature article in the next issue of Audion!


3 x Tangerine Dream - new CD editions...
TANGERINE DREAM - RUBYCON (Virgin/UMC 774 697-0: 1xBT,RM) CD £6.00 - An oozing liquid vision, very dreamy & gently sequential. © 1975. "In Search Of Hades" version.

TANGERINE DREAM - ENCORE (Virgin/UMC 774 698-0: RM) CD £6.00 - Live in USA 1977. Amalgams of themes from "Sorceror" & "Stratosfear", plus familiar live themes from the era. Includes "Encore/Hobo March" single tracks.

TANGERINE DREAM - CYCLONE (Virgin/UMC 774 788-3: RM) CD £6.00 - A progressive/space-rock excursion, with songs hinting at Jane/Eloy, a drum kit & all sorts of winds courtesy of Steve Jolliffe. © 1978. Includes the Peter Baumann & Edgar Froese solo tracks from the '70-'80 box set.


4 x Zappa / Mothers titles on CD...
THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - ABSOLUTELY FREE (Zappa 0238352: 2xBT,RM) CD £9.00 - Their 2nd LP is a satirical look at American life, media, vegetables & prunes - eccentric throughout. © 1967.

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - BURNT WEENY SANDWICH (Zappa 0238422: RM) CD £9.00 - At their most volitile & ecclectic! © 1970.

MOTHERS - AHEAD OF THEIR TIME (Zappa 0238872: RM) CD £9.00 - Incredible previously unreleased live at the Royal Festival Hall, London (28/10/68).

FRANK ZAPPA - GUITAR (Zappa 0238762: RM) 2CD £11.00 - 1988 companion to "Shut Up & Play Your Guitar", 132 minutes of guitar lead instrumentals. In a slim 2CD jewel case.


other new titles...
ARABS IN ASPIC - MADNESS & MAGIC (Karisma Records KAR 190CD) CD £13.00 - Latest by this contemporary Norwegian progressive band, this time singing in English, with a very British 70s type sound. © 2020.


some new vinyl imports


USA parcel rates increase: extra column added to p&p rates due to new higher prices since the 1st of July.
This means orders of 2xCDs will be cheaper sent as 2 packets! It also means that the USA rates on the new printed catalogue are wrong.
1 September postal price changes: News arrived too late to add to the new list. Most serious increases are international.


Audion 59 as pdf/multimedia download is out now! info

Audion 60 download out in early December


most new arrivals and for sale re-listings shown first here...



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now available!

The Crack In The Cosmic Egg
German music encyclopedia DVD-Rom edition

12 years in the making! The mind-bogglingly huge and completely revised "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" DVD-Rom is out now. Some 3 times bigger than the original CD-rom, it includes all sorts of extras. It is presented in a snazzy DVD size Digipak with the revised artwork as you can see here. It can be ordered direct, via Bandcamp, Discogs and Amazon. Download & USB stick versions are also available. All pre-orders have been despatched.

£30+fees/p&p. Info/order options here.


AUDION at Bandcamp




You can now buy all available* Audion issues via the Audion Bandcamp page.

For a quick rundown of what's in all the issues it is best to visit the Audion page on this site first, and also use the Audion index if you are looking for particular artists

All Bandcamp physical sales have 99p added to cover their fees and PayPal costs.
You can buy individual items, or add to basket and order a load of issues in one go.
All Audion physical issues on Bandcamp have 4 example pages to read before you buy!

pdf/multimedia download editions: several old issues are now available. More of these PDF download versions (and most out of print issues) will be added over the next few weeks/months. Also, Audion is being relaunched, with Audion issue 59 to be he first new Audion published this way!

look here: https://audion1.bandcamp.com/ (printed magazines are in the merch tab)

* one-offs, last copies and second-hand items aren't listed on Bandcamp. Look here and here.

Audion 56 (multimedia) reissue completed get it here

Audion 57 (multimedia) reissue completed get it here

Audion 53 (multimedia) reissue will be out in about a week

Printed editions
Are there any people here that would prefer a printed edition of the new Audion issues 59 and 60? If a lot of people are interested, I'll try running a campaign via the Ultima Thule Facebook group. To be really practical/financially viable, I'm going to need advance orders for 50 copies. Retail would be £10 each + p&p: £2 UK, £5 Europe, £8 worldwide. However, when you can buy the download and get it printed yourself (as some people have done) will anyone actually need to buy a printed copy? Also, printed copies won't come with all the audio freebies!

Comment in an email or via the Ultima Thule Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/ultimathulemusic

AUDION 60 out 28 November!

Audion 60 (multimedia) issue will be out in early December.

major articles...
ELECTRIC ORANGE catching up with the Aachen Krautrock groovers
GROBSCHNITT do you hear solar music?
ELSE-MARIE PADE Danish electronics pioneer
STOCKHAUSEN electronic music pioneer
TRIP ROCK 3 Instrumental Space-Rock
AURICLE REISSUES (label feature)
SOLEIL ZEUHL (label feature)
POP/JAZZ LIISA live in studio (label feature)

AUDION 59 new issue!

So, seven years on from the last printed Audion magazine, it's time for a revival. A few months ago, a few people requested that I publish out of print Audion issues as some form of download. The most logical format was pdf, as it is totally transportable, will work on any media device with the pdf viewer installed, and is printable. I just needed to work out the best way of doing it. So, after doing a few reprints, each with between 1-4 hours of audio samples, here's a brand new one! Currently this has over 3 hours of audio attached, including 2 rare tracks.

major articles...
HONDURAS LIBREGRUPO - Argentinian avant-progressive
KOSMOSE - a lost Belgian cosmic legend
KRAUTZONE - trippy modern Krautrock jamming band
OCTOBER EQUUS - The evolution of a prog band
SONAR - The Swiss art of precision
SUSPIRIUM - Between the Industrial, the Cosmic and the Unfathomable
VOLCANO THE BEAR - fragments of disarray
ZREEN TOYZ - The mysterious electronics of Jean Luc Hervé Berthelot
NOVALIS - Emotional progressive
TRIP ROCK 2 - Instrumental Space-Rock - A to M
RESCUED RELICS (reissues & live archives)
assorted label features and several pages of reviews

More info / Get your copy here



work in progress...

A Fistful Of Spaghetti
Italian music encyclopedia A4 soft-bound book

We wanted to publish this book 20 years ago, but we were far from having all the info we need to do a proper job. Now, having heard everything of repute from this wonderful scene, we managed to get it all together and organise it into a book format.

The basic articles, discographies and layout are all complete. So, it's now up to Steve to do his editorial job, which means there's still a bit of work to be done, but it could be out later this year or early in 2021, if we can get enough pre-orders and raise the funds that is. Once we've finalized the number of pages and sought out some quotes we'll run a fund-raiser.

For more info and updates go to the Ultima Thule site web page or join our Italian progressive & underground Facebook group.


Ultima Thule release news


new releases...

released in August
Peter Frohmader's Krautrock jam project from the early 1990s
the inevitable double album, 108'47" of experimental rock innovation!

released 1st of March
30/12/2018 session - also, buy via Discogs
Ruin - WIRED UP (AMCDR 304)
March 2018 session - also, buy via Discogs



Endgame - LIQUID TIME (AMCDR 302) CDR - brand new 20th anniversary 2019 session! After a hiatus of several years, except for the occasional Quadelectronic performance, this 20th anniversary session from Endgame just goes to show that the daring spirit of Endgame has not at all died out. Fresh and vital, this mixes some well-worn ideas with lots of new ones, and obviously some ideas leeching through form parallel projects Triax and Approaching Infinity. So, expect both the familiar Endgame style (if there is such a thing) embellished by a lot that is different.


Rancid Poultry - ARCHIVES (Auricle, various catalogue numbers) - series of 6 discs all containing previously unreleased recordings from the 1990s, all culled from the best of jam sessions, live tapes and rehearsals, plus a download sampler containing one track from each!


New at Bandcamp...


New download collections and lots of never reissued before titles!

Alto Stratus - (QSO) Phenomenaï; Vrije: Transmission, Six, Retrospection I, Blitzkrieg, Terminus, Retrospection 2; Adhara: Golden Dream, Infinity & Beyond, Visions Of Alucia; Tasty Morsels
Alan Freeman
- A.C.F. #1: Time Shift, Xylem (1983), Xylem: Revision, Xylem: Predator, Xylem: Elephants Pursued

Steve Freeman - SF.1: Xenophile, Scorpio: Conduct Unbecoming, Scorpio: Vox Populi, Scorpio: Tredje

Zircon & The Burning Brains - Schreek, Take Two, Theatre Of Modern Warfare, «DB»

plus: Interstellar Cementmixers, all Poultry Products, and much more!

Bandcamp index here


future projects...
Approaching Infinity - Triton (AMCDR 305)
new live recordings and trio works by Alan Freeman & Jim Tetlow + guests
Ruin - TBA (AMCDR 30?)
Approaching Infinity - Beyond The Wall Of Sleep - TBA
? - TBA

refound Auricle...

Endgame - CUPOLA (AMCDR 040) CDR £7.00 - 4 covers rediscovered!
Endgame - PARADOXE
(AMCDR 036) CDR £7.00 - 20 covers rediscovered!

Dave Powell - FRIED ROSIN (AMCDR 042) CDR £7.00 - 7 covers rediscovered

Jim Tetlow - ONEIROMANCER (AMCDR 009) CDR £7.00 - 17 covers rediscovered
these will be duplicated to order


very last stock copies of these Auricle releases...

Endgame - FLUXION (AMCDR 050) CDR £7.00 - ex-display insert new/vg+ copy

Endgame - KHIMAIRA (AMCDR 108/9) 2xCDR £11.00 - last copy of original (will be reissued with a slightly revised cover)

Endgame - JUST CURIOUS (AMCDR 154/155) 2CDR £11.00 - last copy of second edition

Endgame - MP3 DISC (AMP3 CDR 001) CDR £11.00 - last copy (17 hours of Endgame as mp3)

Moore/Myers - REACHING BEYOND THE SPHERE (AMC 026) c60 cassette £9.00 - last copy

various artists - A BREEZE OF TIME (AMACDR 015) CDR £5.00 - last 2 copies

various artists - AURICLE CASSETTES SAMPLER (AMSCDR 001) CDR £9.00 - last copy (inc. rare Courtyard Moth, Robert Rich, Shub Niggurath)

various artists - HISTORICAL AURICLE (AMSCDR 002) CDR £9.00 - last copy (inc. rare Con-Hertz, Peter Frohmader, Colin Potter, etc.)

various artists - AURICLE CDR 2001 SAMPLER (AMSCDR 005) CDR £3.00 - last 4 copies

various artists - AURICLE CDR 2002 SAMPLER (AMSCDR 010) CDR £3.00 - last copy

various artists - RARITIES 2 (AMACDR 013) CDR £5.00 - last 2 copies

various artists - UT GOLDEN HOUR (AMSCDR 003) CDR £3.00 - last 4 copies


very last stock copies of Endgame Live discs...

Discover Endgame live, an improvising electronics band from Leicester, UK. These bargain priced releases amount to a selection of choice live recordings from 2001 to 2005, some featuring special guests and culminating as support to Arthur Brown. Some of this is the most out-there Endgame recorded. Styles: drone, ambient, electroacoustic, dark ambient, kosmische, industrial. Available direct or via the Ultima Thule Discogs shop.

all now £5.00 each (or £5.99 inc. PayPal & Discogs fees), except noted

Endgame - LIVE VOL. II (Auricle AMEGL2) CDR - white cased - last copy

Endgame - LIVE VOL. IV (Auricle AMEGL4) CDR - white cased - last copy

Endgame - LIVE VOL. VI (Auricle AMEGL6) CDR - white cased - last 2 copies

Endgame - LIVE VOL. VI (Auricle AMEGL6) CDR £2.50 - white cased - ex display copy - hence special offer price!

Endgame - LIVE VOL. VIII (Auricle AMEGL8) CDR - white cased - last copy, one of the first 10 published with misprinted cover!

Endgame - LIVE VOL. IX (Auricle AMEGL9) CDR - white cased - last copy

Endgame - LIVE VOL. X (Auricle AMEGL10) CDR - white cased - last 2 copies

Endgame - LIVE 2001 SAMPLER (Auricle AMEGS1) CDR £3.00 - white cased - ex display copy - last copy


very last stock copies of Endgame Plasm set...

Discover Endgame in a nutshell, an improvising electronics band from Leicester, UK. These bargain priced releases amount to a selection of session and live specials, plus remixes and rarities, largely in the more accessible vein of drone, ambient, electroacoustic, dark ambient, kosmische, industrial. Available direct or via the Ultima Thule Discogs shop.

all now £5.00 each (or £5.99 inc. PayPal & Discogs fees), except noted

Endgame - PROTOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD1) CDR £5.00 - white cased - last copy

Endgame - PROTOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD1) CDR £2.50 - copy with case marked PROMO and silver disc - hence special offer at half price

Endgame - PROTOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD1) CDR £4.00 - sleeved - last copy

Endgame - CYTOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD2) CDR £4.00 - white cased - last 2 copies

Endgame - CYTOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD2) CDR £3.00 - sleeved - last 2 copies

Endgame - ENDOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD4) CDR £5.00 - white cased - last copy

Endgame - ENDOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD4) CDR £4.00 - sleeved - last 3 copies

Endgame - BIOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD5) CDR £5.00 - white cased - last 2 copies

Endgame - BIOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD5) CDR £4.00 - sleeved - last 2 copies

Endgame - NUCLEOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD6) CDR £5.00 - white cased - last 2 copies

Endgame - NUCLEOPLASM (Auricle AMEGD6) CDR £4.00 - sleeved - last 3 copies


special limited editions / reissues...

Con-Hertz - CONTRASTS (AMC 028) 2x c90 £15.00 - last 4 copies - duplicated on Maxell XL II chrome

Peter Frohmader - JULES VERNE CYCLE (AMC 018) c60 £5.00 - last copy - duplicated on branded chrome cassettes

Robert Rich - LIVE (AMC 021) MC £9.00 - 1 copy - duplicated on Maxell XL II chrome

Robert Rich - LIVE (AMCDR-LTD 021) 2CDR £9.00 - 6 copies

Robert Rich - INNER LANDSCAPES (AMC 029) MC £5.00 - 2 copies - duplicated on Maxell XL II chrome

Robert Rich - INNER LANDSCAPES (AMCDR-LTD 029) 2CDR £9.00 - 1 copy


copies of these can be duplicated to order...


I still have covers for these (quantities as stated), but no way to print on silver discs, so these will be "hand labelled" like this


Endgame - HORIZONS (AMCDR 084) - 2 copies

Endgame - OBVIOUS (AMCDR 086) - 2 copies

Endgame - ELEMENTAL TRAVELLER (AMCDR 110) - 2 copies

Endgame - OCULAR (AMCDR 111) - 2 copies

Endgame - VAPOURS (AMCDR 160) - 1 copy

Endgame - ENIGMA (AMCDR 161) - 1 copy

Endgame - UNDER CONSTRUCTION (AMCDR 162) - 1 copy

Endgame - TACTILE (AMCDR 170) - 1 copy

Endgame - REMOTE VIEWING (AMCDR 176) - 1 copy

Extremities - COLLISION THEORY (AMCDR 141) - 2 copies


Buy direct via email or phone with your credit/debit card details, or by email or Facebook messenger requesting a PayPal invoice.
Items can be reserved (for one week) and paid by cheque/postal-order/cash. p&p/shipping is extra.
If local or coming to Leicester you can arrange to visit.
Contacts: 0116 2702354 utle2uk@btconnect.com https://www.facebook.com/alan.freeman.75054


Coronavirus health crisis

During these difficult times Ultima Thule will keep on running as long as the mail service keeps working.
Luckily, as we work from home, with a post office just around the corner, it is mostly business as normal for us.
So, please keep your orders coming and make sure that we can stay busy supplying you with great music over the next weeks.
Remember, you can order by email, Facebook or phone, and also keep in touch with us via our various Facebook pages.

Please note that most venues are closing their doors until who knows when? So all gigs are off. I'll add any updates on the gigs page.
The Faust gig at the Union Chapel, London, 8 May has been postponed, and a new date has been announced in October.
Anyway, hope we all get through this okay, and best wishes to all our customers/friends. Keep well and keep on enjoying the music!

Late news: on 30th of June Leicester was put back on Lockdown, for two weeks, pending review.


Alan & Steve at Ultima Thule



New releases / yet to order...


Caspar Brotzmann Massaker - THE TRIBE and BLACK AXIS - new reissues!

Richard Pinhas - EAST WEST - LP/CD reissue on Bureau B

The Spacious Mind - THE DRIFTER - oddments compilation with 1 new track

probably some more East Euro reissues including Modry Efekt titles



Monster Melodies Records...

Thinking of stocking a few releases on Monster Melodies Records ‎from France. Mostly unreleased recordings of the French 1970s underground. These are LP only, and are not cheap (will be around £25 retail I think), and include: Xalph (moody Shub Niggurath / Eskaton type band), Robert Wood And Woodlands - Live at Lons Le Saulnier, 1974 (excellent trippy psych/prog by electric vibes player, Gong & Lard Free related), Eclosion - Eclosion (excellent trippy folk-psych/experimental, ex Ame Son), Moving Gelatine Plates (unreleased sessions and live), etc.
Anyone interested? More info at: https://www.discogs.com/label/613034-Monster-Melodies-Records
I'm after listening copies of those listed below to decide if we need to stock them (only edited track samples can be found online)...
Dies Irae MMLP08, Jacques Dudon - Erosion Distillée MMLP09, Satan MMLP10, Contrepoint MMLP11, Calcium MMLP12, Xalph MMLP13


Souffle Continu Records...

Another label I need to stock, once we can raise the funds to do so. Lots of great rare stuff on the label.


Web news


31 Dec 2019: old Tiscali site discontinued.

14 Jan 2020: French progressive & underground - Facebook group created.

12 Feb 2020: BT site discontinued.

21 Feb 2020: This new www.ultimathulerecords.com site launched.

10 Mar 2020: Italian progressive & underground - Facebook group created.

13 June 2020: German progressive & underground - Facebook group created.

23 May 2020: start transferring PayPal sales to Bandcamp.

4 July 2020: set-up Audion Bandcamp page to sell back-issues, pdf/multimedia versions, and the new Cosmic Egg rom.

18 Oct 2020: British progressive & underground - Facebook group created.



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