Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of a new deluxe 3CD which tells the story of the so- called “underground” era of one of Britain’s great independent record labels of the 1960s & 1970s, Transatlantic Records. In the heady atmosphere of the late 1960s, the sea change in British popular music spearheaded by the Beatles experimentation on the Sergeant Pepper album and swiftly followed by the likes of Cream, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Family, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull and a host of groups and musicians who followed in their footsteps led to the album being seen as the medium in which “serious” musicians would explore and develop their craft. The apparently disparate genres of blues, jazz, rock, folk and even world music were fused together by many diverse acts all of whom were eager to be regarded as “progressive” in their musical approach. The so-called “underground” audience eagerly consumed this music, which sat alongside the social changes that were also taking place.
Pour la première fois en près de soixante ans de carrière, Johnny Hallyday confie ses classiques à une quinzaine d’artistes. Réalisé sous la houlette de Yarol Poupaud, son directeur musical et guitariste, cet album ne fait que confirmer l’immense popularité de Johnny. Ce projet fédérateur réunit des artistes de différents horizons s’appropriant les incontournables de la légende française du Rock : Kendji Girac laisse parler sa puissance vocale sur 'L’Envie', Florent Pagny a choisi 'Requiem pour un fou', Louane surprend et séduit avec 'La musique que j’aime', Patrick Bruel rend hommage à 'J’ai oublié de vivre', Benjamin Biolay apporte sa touche personnelle à 'Retiens la nuit', et 'Ma gueule' s’impose comme une évidence pour Garou. Et les dix autres interprètes ne sont pas en reste pour faire vibrer à leur manière le répertoire exceptionnel de Johnny.
Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr. of AMG wrote of the lager 8 disc set: Time-Life's The Folk Years is a massive survey of folk, pop-folk, and folk-rock from the 1950s and 1960s spread out over eight discs. At 15 songs per CD – equaling 120 total – this chronicle offers a healthy sampling of popular folk music covering dozens of known and forgotten singers and bands. The emphasis of the collection is on popular folk and popular music influenced by folk, meaning that most of the songs here charted. This emphasis also gives The Folk Years a broader appeal than the average folk revival compilation, making it as fun as it is educational.
ONE WAY GLASS is a very different kind of RPM compilation. Instead of the usual cross-section of Sixties collectables, this unique 3-CD set takes a fresh look at British music from the late 60s through to the mid-70s, with an eye on overlooked dancefloor-friendly finds. The rhythmic backbone of One Way Glass lies in Progressive Rock outfits who - every so often - would emulate their jazz heroes and record funky sides tucked away on albums or B-sides. Many of these tracks (Jonesy, Hardin & York) have been known to collectors of Funky Breaks for years.