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The printed version of Ultima Mail-Order Catalogue 188 (May-June 2021)
was mailed-out to subscribers on the 29th of April
The web version was posted online on 3rd of May at 10:45
Ordering instructions: look here

 

Customer messages...

 

message for: TBA

 

Latest gossip...

 

coming soon...
Delivery from France
: expected sometime, dependant on the Brexit shambles - now months overdue and still waiting!
Can - Live In Stuttgart 1975: new CD & 2LP official release (28 May)
Embryo - Opal
: new Ohr CD & LP reissue
Audion #16 & #19 multimedia reissues
: work in progress, due out later in May!
Audion #63 multimedia magazine: brand-new issue - work in progress, due out early June
and maybe some other new Auricle releases (see panel below)

 

14 April 2021 Miss the ULTIMA THULE shop? Remember, all local friends can browse our "shop" catalogue here or our Discogs shop, reserve by phone/email/facebook-messenger and pay for records by cash at our door. Visits to browse our stocks can also currently be arranged (bring a mask)

 

6 May 2021 Audion #18 (6/1991) printed edition sold-out
new!  multimedia download available: buy  preview video
Cramps Records, I.C. / Innovative Communication, Music Suite (Adrian Wagner label), Sky Records, Behind The Iron Curtain,
Ohrwaschl - Presents Kuckuck Classics, Recommended Records, Oregon - Live in Leicester 3/12/90, Penguin Café Orchestra Live,
Shobha Gurtu / Dr. N. Rajam - Leicester 26/5/91, Pilz Records - Classic Labels, Part #4, Jeff Greinke - The Changing Skies of..., etc.

29 April 2021 New arrivals: a selection of CDs from PHD: Esoteric PECLEC releases, Apollon, Karisma, etc., plus some LPs
25 April 2021 New release: Approaching Infinity - Triton (AMCDR 308) trio works by Alan Freeman & Jim Tetlow + 1
19 April 2021 Audion #17 multimedia reissue buy  preview video
17 April 2021 New arrivals: Karaba "Schwester Mondreal" restock, now £12.00

13 April 2021 New arrivals: Bureau B, Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records and Cuneiform label restocks, etc.

3 April 2021 Audion #34 multimedia reissue: buy  preview video

26 March 2021 New arrivals: several Felix Jay titles added on Discogs (ambient, ECM and world music realms, some involving Roedelius)

 

25 March 2021 Audion #62 (4/2021) no printed edition
new!  multimedia download available: buy  preview video

In The Wake Of Ange - Alan investigates the French way of "prog", Avant-Garde Krautrock, Collegium Musicum, Dire Wolves interview,
Steve Roach: A Deeper Shade Of Space, Supersilent 8-12, Twenty-Five Views Of Worthing, Auricle reissues: Kevin O'Neill,
label features: Cosmic Egg, Garden Of Delights, Long Hair Music, Moonjune Records, Soleil Zeuhl, Viajero Inmovil,
plus: Sounds like Neu?, Weird!, Rescued Relics, reviews, etc.


23 March 2021 Audion #13 multimedia reissue: buy  preview video

12 March 2021 New arrivals: new items and restocks from Cargo distribution: Elephant9, El Paraiso label, Trees CD set, etc.

11 March 2021 New arrivals: a selection of CDs from Cherry Red / Esoteric Recordings, mostly classic British prog titles, plus Hawkwind, etc.

9 March 2021 New arrivals: a selection of CDs from G.T. distribution (Italy), mostly obscure Italian prog titles

6 March 2021 Audion #32 multimedia reissue: buy  preview video

2 March 2021 New Ultima Mail-Order Catalogue 187 (March-April 2021): website version posted online

1 March 2021 New Ultima Mail-Order Catalogue 187 (March-April 2021): mailed-out to subscribers

26 February 2021 New arrivals: CDs & LPs from Cargo distribution, including CD reissue of Hills - Frid plus other new catalogue items

24 February 2021 Audion #49 multimedia reissue: now online
19 February 2021 New arrivals: from Shellshock distribution (Bureau B, KlangGalerie, Mental Experience, Pilz) added on Discogs

17 February 2021 New arrivals: from Cargo distribution (El Paraiso, Rocket Recordings, Rune Grammophon, Sub Rosa, United Dairies) see Discogs

New bootleg/unofficial LP rarities: two Zappa/Mothers bootlegs: Pigs And Repugnance and The String Quartet. Both as new collector's items on high quality clear splatter vinyl. Price? £50 each! Note: I've included Discogs links purely for information. To buy these, you need to contact us and purchase direct as you can't sell bootlegs on Discogs. Also: Heldon - The Electronic Guerillas a mega rare live release, copy 90 of 100. Was one of two copies purchased from Wayside distribution back in the late 1990s.


15 February 2021 New arrivals: CDs & LPs from Plastic Head distribution (Esoteric Recordings, Gonzo Multimedia, Sireena Records) see Discogs
14 February 2021 Revised video page, with new prices and special offers: look here

27 January 2021 brand-new Audion #61: out now!

17 January 2021 Audion #51 multimedia reissue: now online  preview video

 

4 January 2021
International Mail news: For the status of the current mail service to your country, please check: https://personal.help.royalmail.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5317/~/international-incident-bulletin

postage prices: changed/increased on 4 January 2021.

 

new Audion pdf/multimedia editions available: see panel below

 

 

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

 

 

Discogs is the most convenient method for most purchases, with automated checkout or customised billing and integrated PayPal.
Downloads and most of our releases (including Audion) can be purchased via Bandcamp. If you wish to save money, then you should
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.
No visits at the moment.
More info: look here Contacts: 0116 2702354 utle2uk@btconnect.com https://www.facebook.com/alan.freeman.75054

 

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, and via Bandcamp or Discogs. Download & USB stick versions are also available via Bandcamp.

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

 

AUDION at Bandcamp

 

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You can now buy 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
Many old issues are now available as pdf/multimedia download editions at Bandcamp, all with bonus free audio selections. More of these
PDF download versions (and most out of print issues) will be added over the next few months. Also, Audion has been relaunched, with Audion issue 59 the first new issue published this way!

Audion #62 (4/2021) no printed edition
new!  multimedia download available: buy  preview video

In The Wake Of Ange - Alan investigates the French way of "prog", Avant-Garde Krautrock, Collegium Musicum, Dire Wolves interview,
Steve Roach: A Deeper Shade Of Space, Supersilent 8-12, Twenty-Five Views Of Worthing, Auricle reissues: Kevin O'Neill,
label features: Cosmic Egg, Garden Of Delights, Long Hair Music, Moonjune Records, Soleil Zeuhl, Viajero Inmovil,
plus: Sounds like Neu?, Weird!, Rescued Relics, reviews, etc.



look here: https://audion1.bandcamp.com/

(printed magazines are in the merch tab)

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


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

 

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...

due soon
Approaching Infinity - TRITON (AMCDR 308)
trio works by Alan Freeman & Jim Tetlow + 1

released in August 2020
Peter Strom - FREE ELECTRIC ROCK (UTCE 016 CDR) CDR -
Peter Frohmader's Krautrock jam project from the early 1990s
Ruin - THE DYSTOPIAN ARENA (AMCDR 306/7) 2xCDR -
the inevitable double album, 108'47" of experimental rock innovation!

released 1st of March 2020
Triax - COSMIC ENGINEERS (AMCDR 303/4) 2xCDR -
30/12/2018 session - also, buy via Discogs
Ruin - WIRED UP (AMCDR 304)
March 2018 session - also, buy via Discogs

 

recent...

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. These are now deleted with only a few stock copies left!

 

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...
The Interstellar Cementmixers - Dimension X: unreleased archives collection on Auricle
Triax - Intoxication: pending mixdown and editing
Approaching Infinity - Triton (AMCDR 30?)
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

etc.

 

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.

 

 

Visiting Ultima Thule

Info and directions here.

Visiting is suspended during lockdown March+ 2020.
You can still arrange to pick-up paid for items.

 

 

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