Cherry Red stands today as a unique mixture of the contemporary and the classic. With an umbrella of labels under their wings (Esoteric Records, Morello Records, Soul Music Records, Grapefruit and many more), Cherry Red Records have become saviours of lost classic albums and forgotten gems.
We have hand-picked a selection of our favourites from their extensive catalogue, all (and loads more) now available in our 2 for £15 offer in-store.
Egg – Egg
This now legendary debut album by Egg featured the talents of Dave Stewart on Keyboards, Mont Campbell on Bass and Clive Brooks on Drums. Egg were associated with the so-called ‘Canterbury’ style of rock music pioneered by artists such as Caravan and Soft Machine. The trio produced music of startling originality and energy, drawing on influences ranging from rock to jazz to psychedelia to classical.
This fusion resulted in one of the most enduring releases to appear on Decca’s short lived Nova imprint and is now critically regarded as one of the more unique albums of the early 1970’s. Re-mastered from the original tapes, the Esoteric Recordings reissue includes three bonus tracks, including both sides of the bands only single and ‘Movement 3’ from the albums notorious opus ‘Symphony No. 2’, now restored in its rightful place in this extended composition.
Goblin – The Fantastic Voyage Of Goblin
An outstanding progressive rock group in their own right, Goblin’s name is synonymous with the cinema of Dario Argento, the director of stylised Italian horror. For him they composed such celebrated scores as ‘Profondo Rosso’, that starred David Hemmings and which provided the group with a domestic number one hit and the hallucinatory ‘Suspiria’, which recalls early Can and the free-form improvisations of Amon Duul II and Popul Vuh.
Goblin’s music is astoundingly effective both as rock and in the context of the films and is internationally celebrated as such. Like David Axelrod, Goblin have been widely sampled and are held in great esteem by the Chemical Brothers and those of that generation.
Luke Haines – Adventures In Dementia: A Micro Opera
Auteurs icon Luke Haines’ Adventures In Dementia, a “micro opera” which features a Mark E. Smith impersonator’s caravan holiday getting ruined by “Ian Stewart”.
Following Rock N Roll Animals and New York In The 70s, Luke’s new collaboration with artist Scott King is the first known opera to be based on a travelling Mark E. Smith impersonator.
Originally performed as a live stage show in Berlin during the summer of 2014,
Procol Harum – A Salty Dog
Released in June 1969, the record followed on from the huge international success of the band’s debut single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and the follow up single “Homburg” and the superb albums Procol Harum and Shine On Brightly. One of the finest releases of the era “A Salty Dog” saw the exquisite song writing of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid honed to perfection on highlights such as the album’s title track, “The Devil Came From Kansas”, “Wreck of the Hesperus”, “The Milk of Human Kindness” and more.
Recorded at Abbey Road studios, the album captured the excellence of the musicians in the group, namely Gary Brooker (voice, piano), Robin Trower (lead guitar), David Knights (bass guitar), B.J. Wilson (drums) and Matthew Fisher (Hammond organ) Newly re-mastered from the original tapes.
Soft Machine – Bundles
The album was the band’s first for EMI’s Harvest label and featured a line-up of Mike Ratledge (keyboards), Karl Jenkins (Oboe, Piano, Soprano Sax), John Marshall (Drums), Roy Babbington (Bass) and new member Allan Holdsworth (Guitar). An accessible collection, Bundles featured Holdsworth’s considerable guitar playing talents and opened a new chapter for the band, and attracted much praise upon release.
Terry Riley – In C
A wonderful ambient and experimental work by composer Terry Riley, “In C”. One of the great modern musical works, Riley composed this influential piece in 1964, performing it for the first time in San Francisco later that year with an ensemble that included fellow innovator Steve Reich within its ranks.