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Canterbury Scene is an offshoot of Burning Shed dedicated to artists related to the influential 'Canterbury' movement of the 1960s/1970s, and music operating on the experimental fringes of Progressive music.

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Caravan - Access All Areas (vinyl)

Caravan in concert in 1990. Part of a special range of limited edition picture discs from the illustrious Access All Areas catalogue.

Limited to 500 copies globally, we have few copies available.

Soft Machine - Seven (cd)

A 2015 reissue Music On CD reissue of Soft Machine's hypnotic 1973 studio offering.

Laid back Fusion meets melodic Minimalism to produce the most simultaneously accessible and experimental album in the band's oeuvre.

Out of stock.

Soft Machine - Six (double vinyl)

180g audiophile double vinyl edition of Soft Machine's Six from 1973.

A superb offering, the first two sides comprise live recordings, while sides 3 and 4 feature four lengthy studio pieces highlighting the Softs' brilliantly original fusion of Jazz Rock and Minimalism.

Presented in a gatefold sleeve, this first pressing of 1000 copies (globally) is on transparent vinyl.

Out of stock.

Soft Machine - Fifth (vinyl)

Something of a consolidation of Fourth, Fifth continued the band's exploration of Jazz, Post-Psychedelic experimentalism and Terry Riley inspired Minmalist electronics.

* 180g audiophile vinyl
* Limited pressing of 1000 numbered copies on transparent vinyl

Out of stock.

Soft Machine - Live At The Paradiso (cd)

A re-mastered 1969 Soft Machine performance recording taken from a set at the famous Paradiso club in Amsterdam.

Featuring the trio line-up of Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge and Hugh Hopper, the songs are from the then as yet to be released Volume 2.

Soft Machine - Drop (vinyl)

The Softs at its most uncompromising, Drop captures the rare Ratledge-Dean-Hopper-Howard line-up in 1971 in West Germany.

Meticulously prepared by Sireena sound guru Marlon Klein as a limited edition white (180g) vinyl edition.

Soft Machine - Wonderland (Vinyl)

There are nine tracks from 1967 to 1970 on this Record Store Day 2015 vinyl release.

This is a limited edition LP (500 copies) of Soft Machine tracks from 1967, featuring Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayers, Robert Wyatt and Daevid Allen on side one, and from 1969/70 featuring Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper and Elton Dean on side two.

Soft Machine Legacy - Burden Of Proof (cd)

Burden Of Proof is the new studio release from Soft Machine Legacy.

Recorded in Italy during the closing months of 2012, the album features former Soft Machine members John Etheridge, Roy Babbington and John Marshall alongside Theo Travis (who contributes Tenor Sax, Flute and Fender Rhodes)

Taking the style of Soft Machine into the 21st Century, Burden Of Proof is another outstanding SML album, containing new compositions and a new recording of Hugh Hopper's Kings And Queens (originally from Fourth).

The first 2000 copies are available in a special digi-pack.

Adele Schmidt and Jose Zegarra Holder - Got Canterbury (dvd)

The companion DVD to Romantic Warriors III - Canterbury Tales.

Includes interviews with Daevid Allen, Pye Hastings, Richard Sinclair, Dave Sinclair, Bill MacCormick, Didier Malherbe, Dirk 'Mont' Campbell, Theo Travis and more, and live performances by Soft Machine Legacy, Dave Sinclair, The Muffins and others.

US import - Region 0 NTSC (playable globally).

'Essential viewing.' - Roger Farbey (All About Jazz)

Gilli Smyth - Mother (cd)

A 2016 remastered edition of Gilli Smyth's 1978 endearing slice of Space Rock madness, Mother.

Comprised of recordings dating as far back as 1972 (some featuring Gong), Mother is arguably one of the finest albums in the wider Gong family and was mostly created in Mallorca by Gong visionary, Daevid Allen, who also played on the album.

Didier Malherbe, Christian Tristch, Pip Pyle and others also guest.

Includes a booklet with liner notes by Gong archivist Jonny Greene.

Robert Wyatt - Shleep (double vinyl)

Robert Wyatt's seventh studio album from 1997 was seen as something of a return to the charming experiments of his best 1970s work and features guest appearances by Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Philip Catherine and others.

Double 180g vinyl edition with 8 bonus tracks and download card.

Out of stock.

Robert Wyatt - Comicopera (double vinyl)

Robert Wyatt's ninth studio album from 2007 features guest appearances by Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Dave Sinclair and others.

Double 180g vinyl edition with download card and fourth side etching.

Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink (2cd/1dvd)

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Caravan's seminal 'Canterbury' offering, In The Land Of Grey And Pink, the album has been reissued as a three-disc, deluxe edition.

Alongside a new remaster of the original mix and several rarities (both audio and visual), the multi-track master tapes have been remixed in stereo and 5.1 surround by Steven Wilson.

The booklet includes many rare period photographs and an informative Mark Powell essay.

Caravan - Cunning Stunts (cd)

Re-mastered version of Caravan's popular seventh album from 1975.

Jewel case edition.

Caravan - Blind Dog at St Dunstans (cd)

Re-mastered version of Caravan's eighth studio album from 1976.

Jewel case edition.

Out of stock.

Caravan - Access All Areas (cd/dvd)

Caravan in concert in 1990 on cd and dvd, performing classics including the epic Nine Feet Underground.

Deluxe package includes extended notes, new interviews, photographs and memorabilia.

*we think the CD may have been available separately previously as Live 1990 - please check your collection before ordering*

Out of stock.

Matching Mole - Matching Mole (vinyl)

A limited 180g facsimile vinyl edition of Matching Mole's self-titled debut album re-mastered from the original CBS master tapes.

Out of stock.

Billy Bottle & The Multiple - Unrecorded Beam (cd)

Re-addressing the concept of a concept album - Unrecorded Beam combines the poetry of American Transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau, with a British blend of jazz, rock, Canterbury Prog and folk.

Produced by Lee Fletcher and featuring Markus Reuter, Kate Westbrook and bass ace Mike Outram.

Billy Bottle & The Multiple - Unrecorded Beam (signed cd)

Re-addressing the concept of a concept album - Unrecorded Beam combines the poetry of American Transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau, with a British blend of jazz, rock, Canterbury Prog and folk.

Produced by Lee Fletcher and featuring Markus Reuter, Kate Westbrook and bass ace Mike Outram.

Signed version.

Neil - Neil's Heavy Concept Album (cd)

Comedian Nigel Planer enjoyed huge success with his 'heavy' album from 1984.

The album included contributions from the likes of Dave Stewart (who also produced the album), Barbara Gaskin, Gavin Harrison, Pip Pyle, Jakko Jakszyk, Jimmy Hastings and Stephen Fry.

Unavailable for many years, Neil's Heavy Concept Album is an affectionate parody of psychedelic and progressive rock culture.

Caravan - Paradise Filter (cd)

Caravan's first studio album for 10 years retains the band's trademark combination of Pop and Progressive influences, and its wry sense of humour.

Highlighting Pye Hastings' peerless vocals and ongoing dedication to song craft, Paradise Filter is a welcome return to action for the Canterbury legends.

Dave Sinclair - The Little Things (English version) (CD)

The special English version of Dave Sinclair's 2013 studio album.

Includes a homage to his hometown - 'Canterbury' (The City Calls) - and, the bonus track 'Island'. (a completely new recording of the track on the 'Stream' album, sung in Japanese and recorded after the March 11th 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan).

Oblivion Sun - The High Places

The High Places is the second album by Oblivion Sun, the new project from original Happy The Man members, Stanley Whitaker and Frank Wyatt.

A beguiling collection of Canterbury flavoured Progressive music, which combines written and improvised pieces, songs and dazzling instrumentals, The High Places was mastered by former Happy The Man keyboardist, Kit Watkins.

The album includes the ambitious 22 minute six part title track.

Available on cd, vinyl and as a cd/vinyl bundle.

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Robert Wyatt - The End Of An Ear (cd)

Robert Wyatt's astonishing debut album from 1970 was an unusual amalgam of early loop manipulation, Free Jazz and Wyatt's idiosyncratic musical sensibility.

A 2012 remaster featuring a comprehensive booklet with sleeve notes.

Quiet Sun - Mainstream (cd)

Quiet Sun was Phil Manzanera's pre-Roxy Music band.

Occasionally echoing the styles of early Soft Machine, Pink Floyd and King Crimson, and hinting at the ambition of the 801 project to come, Mainstream is the only remaining legacy of this great 'lost' British band.

This is the Expression label jewel case edition of the album.

All copies are signed by Phil Manzanera.

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Quiet Sun - Mainstream - Collectors Edition (cd)

Quiet Sun was Phil Manzanera's pre-Roxy Music band.

Occasionally echoing the styles of early Soft Machine, Pink Floyd and King Crimson, and hinting at the ambition of the 801 project to come, Mainstream is the only remaining legacy of this great 'lost' British band.

This edition comes in a beautiful DVD sized digi-book format and features extra tracks and a comprehensive booklet.

Please note: these copies are NOT signed by Phil Manzanera.

Out of stock.

The Relatives & Phil Miller - Virtually (cd)

Virtually is the brand new studio album by The Relatives, featuring guitar supremo Phil Miller and Jack Monck (Syd Barrett)

Already championed by the likes of Stuart Maconie (BBC 6 Music's Freak Zone), the album reunites Miller with his old Hatfield & The North companion Richard Sinclair, who provides his inimitable vocals on the closing song.

Matching Mole - Matching Mole's Little Red Record (double cd)

Produced by Robert Fripp and featuring a guest appearance from Brian Eno, Matching Mole's (Robert Wyatt's post Soft Machine band) second album saw Dave MacRae replace the outgoing Dave Sinclair.

This edition has been remastered from the original master tapes and is expanded to include four previously unreleased studio session alternate takes and Matching Mole's appearance on BBC Radio One 'In Concert' from July 1972.

The booklet restores all original artwork and includes an essay by Sid Smith.

Now shipping.

Matching Mole - Matching Mole (double cd)

A 2CD Expanded edition of Matching Mole's self-titled debut album.

Now shipping.

Soft Machine - Land Of Cockayne (cd)

Soft Machine's final studio album, from 1981, featured the duo of Karl Jenkins and John Marshall being joined by the likes of Jack Bruce, Allan Holdsworth and Dick Morrissey.

A sophisticated release dominated by the compositional prowess of Jenkins, Land Of Cockayne remains an overlooked part of this legendary band's catalogue.

This remastered edition features a booklet including restored artwork, rare photos and sleeve notes by Sid Smith.

Soft Machine - Softs (cd)

Esoteric's long overdue re-release of the 1976 Soft Machine classic, Softs.

The band's second for the Harvest label, Softs featured a line-up of Mike Ratledge (keyboards), Karl Jenkins (Oboe, Piano, Soprano Sax), John Marshall (Drums), Roy Babbington (Bass) and new member, John Etheridge (Guitar).

An accessible set that provided a more lyrical companion to Bundles, this was the final album to feature founder member Mike Ratledge.

Unavailable on CD for 15 years, this reissue has been re-mastered from the original tapes, features comprehensive Sid Smith sleeve notes and fully restores the original artwork.

Soft Machine - Bundles (cd)

Esoteric Records long overdue, re-mastered, release of Soft Machine's classic 1975 album, Bundles.

An accessible and highly praised collection, the album featured the classic Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins, John Marshall, Roy Babbington quartet augmented by new member, Allan Holdsworth.

Unavailable on CD for nearly 15 years, this reissue has been re-mastered from the original tapes, restores the original artwork and features sleeve notes by Sid Smith (with contributions from John Marshall).

Camel - I Can See Your House From Here (cd)

Released in 1979, I Can See Your House From Here was the 7th studio album by the legendary English band, Camel.

Despite possessing a more commercial sensibility, the album still contains several ambitious Progressive compositions, including arguably the greatest Camel piece of all-time, the 10 minute instrumental Ice (featuring Phil Collins on percussion).


This remastered edition also includes Remote Romance (single version) and a powerful live reading of Ice.

Camel - Breathless (cd)

Breathless, released in 1978, was the last Camel album to feature the original keyboard player Peter Bardens, who left the group shortly after the album's completion.

Involving the contributions of Richard Sinclair and Mel Collins, the album possesses a more Canterbury Scene styled sound that mostly focuses on shorter songs with a more playful Jazzy feel.

Contains the ambitious Progressive classics/fan favourites, The Sleeper and Echoes.


This remastered edition features sleeve notes and the radio edit of Rainbow's End.

Mont Campbell - Music From a Walled Garden (CD)

The most recent solo CD by Mont Campbell, founder member and main composer of Egg. A sequel to Campbell's 1996 work Music from a Round Tower (placed third in the International Green Dolphin Critics' Awards for that year), this album continues his exploratory style of composition, introducing rare non-western instrumental performance directly into western harmonic and formal structures.

"Ambrosia for the ears. Superbly performed and produced, this is music with extraordinary integrity." Victor Lewis-Smith (writer/director)

"It's lovely to hear those strange timbres play things which sound quite natural to them, although they are from such far-away lands and cultures. The harmonies and rhythms are beguiling..." Jonathan Harvey (composer)

"Once again, Mont has produced a beautiful, imaginative and thoughtful work with flashes of the humour that belie his 'serious composer' persona. All power to Dirk 'Mont' Campbell, one of the UK's unsung musical geniuses." Dave Stewart (keyboardist/composer)

"Elaborate, beguiling and multi-faceted, Music From a Walled Garden is presented as an almost continuous sequence... there are many contrasting juxtapositions of material, presenting surprising twists and turns en route - you never quite know where the music will go next." Symon Clarke (composer)

Music From a Walled Garden (56 minutes) ships in a full-colour Digipak with a 12-page booklet containing track notes and musical information by Mont Campbell. The CD is released on November 20th 2009 and may be pre-ordered now.

Website www.dirkcampbell.co.uk

egg - the metronomical society (cd)

Egg consisted of Dave Stewart (keyboards), Mont Campbell (bass/vocals) and Clive Brooks (drums). Known for their uncompromising complexity and pinpoint accuracy of performance, the group was one of the most musically adventurous to emerge from the UK underground scene of the late '60s.

The Metronomical Society is a collection of live and studio recordings made by the pioneering trio between 1969 and 1972. It features archive material unheard for nearly 40 years, including a sizeable segment of Egg's last Roundhouse concert which demonstrates the group's live power. Also included are superior versions of tracks from the band's radio sessions, previously available only on poor-quality bootlegs.

The CD lasts over an hour and ships in a full-colour Digipak with a 20-page booklet containing Egg's history in the musicians' own words, unique period photos and artwork. The foreword is written by the irrepressible Captain Sensible.

egg archive - copious notes (companion booklet)

Specially written to accompany the two Egg Archive CD releases, Copious Notes is a 60-page, 26,000-word companion booklet written by Dave Stewart, Mont Campbell and their close friend Antony Vinall.

The booklet tells the inside story of Uriel, Egg, Arzachel and the Ottawa Company from the formation of Uriel in early 1968 to the making of Egg's final album The Civil Surface in 1974. The text is crammed full of personal memoirs, anecdotes, short stories, random recollections, social observation, period details, musical analysis and song lyrics, as well as a priceless collection of archive photos taken by Terry Yetton and the musicians. An essential read for Canterbury and prog fans, UK music historians and collectors.

Out of stock.

uriel - arzachel collectors edition (cd)

Formed in 1967 at the height of the UK psychedelic scene, Uriel consisted of Steve Hillage (guitar/vocals), Dave Stewart (organ), Mont Campbell (bass/vocals) and Clive Brooks (drums). When Hillage left the band Uriel continued as an organ trio, later changing their name to Egg.

Arzachel Collectors Edition is a re-mastered version of the legendary 1969 psychedelic album recorded under a pseudonym by Uriel, featuring the amazing 17-year old Steve Hillage on guitar throughout. The CD also contains four unreleased, ultra-rare Uriel studio demos, a spoken-word message from the past and a live snippet recorded in 1968. Steve Hillage plays on two of these bonus tracks.

61 minutes of mind-expanding music and the occasional freak-out in a full-colour Digipak with its own 20-page booklet. As in The Metronomical Society, the story of Uriel (told in the band's own words) is illustrated by a unique set of photos taken in the late '60s.

A limited number of copies signed by the four musicians were available but have now sold out

Out of stock.

Gong - You (cd)

Recorded in late 1973, 'You' is the final instalment of Gong's highly regarded 'Radio Gnome Invisible' trilogy, and is considered to be the most sophisticated and best produced album in the band's history.

It was the last Gong album made before the departures of both its founder member and driving force Daevid Allen and its legendary guitarist Steve Hillage, who was soon to embark on his highly successful solo career.

This is the Charly label edition.

hatfield and the north - hattitude (cd)

The Hatfield musicians continue their popular archive CD series with Hattitude, a second volume of rare 1970s recordings and an excellent companion to last year's highly acclaimed first volume, Hatwise Choice.

As on Hatwise Choice, the new CD contains a mixture of live and studio tracks (including extracts from the band's radio sessions) and features some hitherto unrecorded compositions.

The CD comes in a full colour Digipak with a 20-page booklet containing archive photos and period artwork.

hatfield and the north - hatwise choice (cd)

The first volume of archive recordings by the legendary UK band Hatfield and the North, featuring the classic line-up of Phil Miller, Pip Pyle, Richard Sinclair and Dave Stewart.

brian hopper and robert fenner - just desserts (cd)

A new release from this long term musical partnership featuring a blend of jazz flavoured atmosheric pieces with hints of ethnic soundscapes underpinned with a strong rhythmic base.

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