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The Free Design
Butterflies Are Free – The Original Recordings 1967-72

The Free Design were a sunshine pop band with their origins in the Greenwich Village coffee shop folk scene, their USP being pitch-perfect vocal harmonies. Unfortunately, they didn’t find the success of their peers - The Association, The Mamas & The Papas, The Fifth Dimension or what have you. They were highly influential, though, with acts such as Stereolab, Cornelius, Beck and The High Llamas all citing them among their favourite bands. The effect that The Free Design had on Lætitia Sadier’s (Stereolab) vocals, for instance, is there for all to hear. 'Butterflies Are Free - The Original Recordings 1967-72' features music from the seven albums The Free Design recorded during their initial incarnation. 
  • CD box set (ACME355CDX)
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John Cage

John Cage was arguably the most innovative innovator and the pushiest boundary pusher in music.  He really turned things on their head. This led to the likes of The Beatles and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention experimenting in the ‘60s and countless musicians today trying to do things differently. Lollipops is a 3 CD collection including a 25-year live retrospective and Cage’s wanderings into electronic music. 

I’d Love To Turn You On – Classical and Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Counter-Culture

I’d Love To Turn You On – Classical and Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Counter-Culture is a CD box set containing a whole bunch of music that inspired trailblazing artists such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake, Robert Wyatt and Frank Zappa. Includes music by Bach, Stockhausen, Bernard Herrmann, Sun Ra and more - find out what inspired the greatest artists to make the greatest music.
  • CD box set (ACME351CDT)
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Joe Meek / Various
I Hear A New World – The Pioneers of Electronic Music, An Outer Space Music Fantasy

Joe Meek’s I Hear A New World was a quiet revolution. One of the first concept albums, this LP should have set the world on fire at the start of the 1960s but various production problems meant that only a handful of songs from it got a hyper-limited EP release. 'I Hear A New World' lay dormant until 1991 when the audio was restored the record issued in full. This new set presents both versions side by side. One can only imagine how different popular music might have been if this had made it to wax at the start of the 60s - the psychedelic, star-gazing futuro-skiffle here was way ahead of its time. Artists like Daphne Oram, Vernon Elliott and Spiritualized all owe a huge debt to 'I Hear A New World'.

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Adventures In Sound

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Edgard Varese
The Complete Works Of Edgard Varèse, Volume 1

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Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez
New Directions In Music

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John Cage
Fontana Mix

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