Schicke Fuhrs and Frohling-"Ticket to Everywhere" (Cherry Red reissue). Rush meets Klaus Schulze, sort of. Very cool 70's prog rock. I need to pick up the two preceding albums, Symphonic Pictures and Sunburst, also recently reissued.
I picked up all 3 SFF reissues as well a few months back. The irony is, again, I used to have that Complete SFF Recordings boxset The Laser's Edge released years ago, but dumped it in a major purge of prog many moons ago...now they've been reacquired. Aural tastes are like any other tactile tastes: sometimes you go into periods where you can't stand certain foods, then suddenly you like them, for no discernible reason. I've been re-evaluating certain strains of 'prog' the past few years, buying (or re-buying) some of it in varying degrees; there exists many criteria regarding this resurgent interest, most of it having to do with instrumentation & packaging (such as the 40th anniversary King Crimson issues, despite the fact I own the 30th anniv. editions), but I'm pretty selective—it doesn't *all* make it (back) to the shelves.
Speaking of prog/reissues, Esoteric, Cherry Red's reissue sub-label, does a masterful job with their clutch of releases, doing sterling work reissuing such items as Soft Machine's later period work, the aforementioned SFF, Flash, Camel, and many others. The Softs material in particular sounds & looks exceptionally good, and is highly recommended.
And here's further augmentation of the 'master' purchase list, just bought:
- Uwe Bauch Century City & Eclipse
/ two EM space music/sequencer releases by obscure artist Bauch
- Francesco Buccheri Hand-Made
/ eBay acquisition by supposedly electronic/sympho-prog artist, again, obscure, little-known, but cheap enough to give a shot
- Kevin Dunn No Great Lost: Songs 1979-1985
/ Was surprised & excited to find this yesterday...CD issue of marginal no-wave/New York multi-instrumentalist's work, including the complete 'lost' album The Judgement of Paris
by Kevin Dunn & the Regiment of Women (which I still have on LP), plus additional tracks...strange, twisted downtown pop, all self-produced, with psuedo-Wire-esque guitars, off-kilter synths/electronics, tinny drum machines, superb lyrics...pretty wacked-out & still cool after all these years
- Chris Snidow Number of Days & From the Foundation...
/ I remember Snidow's work from the "new age" wastelands of the early 90s, and had written it off, but time has been kind to it: sound samples revealed some nice, O'Hearn-esque textures and otherwise there, so Amazon coughed up some very cheap copies of each