Features the latest remastering. Includes a Japanese description and lyrics. One of the few albums ever issued by vocalist Frank Minion – an ultra-hip singer that we'd rank right up there as one of our favorites ever! Although the cover bears a 1970 date, the album was recorded in the late 50s – and date reference is a great indication of the forward-thinking approach that Frank brings to his vocals! Minion works with echoes of some of his hippest contemporaries – particularly Oscar Brown and Eddie Jefferson – but he's also got a voice that's really individual, too – a lighter and fluid, especially when he hits some horn-like inflections – spurred on by the hip small combo of the backings. There appears to be a bit of crossover with Frank's other Bethlehem record, but we're not sure.
This is an amazing CD reissue, three times over - for psychedelic music buffs, British R&B and soul enthusiasts, and fans of the progressive rock band Gentle Giant (which evolved out of Simon Dupree & the Big Sound). And it's also incredibly long overdue. Best-known for their Oriental ersatz pop-psychedelic classic "Kites," Simon Dupree & the Big Sound actually started out as a blues and R&B-based outfit, not too different from the Spencer Davis Group. This double-CD set covers their complete EMI output, most of which has never been reissued, and almost all of which is very impressive (and even manages to intersect obliquely with Apple Records' orbit)…
During the 70s, the Japanese jazz scene was in an incredibly intense phase - one that had players breaking out of older modes that were often strict copies of American jazz, and working in newer styles that often blended soul, modal, and spiritual jazz with freer-thinking ideas and more Eastern-inspired modes. The result was an incredible batch of music that was probably more strongly recorded by the Three Blind Mice label than any other Japanese imprint - because unlike some of their contemporaries, TBM didn't fill their catalog with work by American players, and often focused exclusively on Japanese artists.
Oranges & Lemons is the third in a series of remixed and expanded XTC classics. The album has been mixed for 5. 1 Surround Sound from the original multi track studio master tapes by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge and is fully approved by XTC. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson. Blu-ray (ALL Region) features a 5. 1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA. Blu-ray features the new stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio. Blu-ray features flat transfer of the original stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio, instrumental versions of all new mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio features two separate sets of demo and work tape sessions showing the evolution of the album and associated recordings, one set of pre-recording rehearsals, promos and id links for radio stations and record companies and a collection of single mixes and XTC's version of Capt. Beefheart's 'Ella Guru'.