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2005 Releases 

GENE WATSON Because You Believed In Me/ Beautiful Country 
2 for 1 
(HUXO72) [Release date 26 September 2005]

It is difficult to imagine the world of country music without the vast contribution that Gene Watson has made to it. Between his major label debut on Capitol Records in 1975 and the present day, Gene Watson has excelled with his traditional slant within country music and has enjoyed several hit singles in the Country charts.

Watson is a singer in country music's grand tradition and has the skill to give powerful vocal performances and draw all the emotion from his selected material effortlessly. 

In 1976, Watson released his second LP on the Capitol label, Because You Believed In Me', the title track of which had recently been a top 20 hit single.

‘Beautiful Country', released the following year, included the hit singles ‘The Old Man & His Horn', ‘I Don't Need A Thing At All', and ‘Cowboys Don't Get Lucky All The Time', which was a hit in 1978. This latter song also appeared on the soundtrack of the Sam Peckinpah movie ‘Convoy'

The two albums on this CD are drawn from the most commercially successful period of his career and capture Watson in his prime. ‘Because You Believed In Me' & ‘Beautiful Country' are now both released here on CD for the first time.

Gene Watson

TOM T HALL In Search Of A Song/ The Rhymer And Other Five And Dimers 2 for 1  (HUXO71) [Release date 26 September 2005]

Tom T. Hall became known as ‘the Storyteller' for his brilliantly realised tales of small-town America. His songs are three-minute snapshots of ordinary people's lives, written with exceptional wit, insight and humanity.  

Many musicians have covered his songs (most notably Jeannie C. Riley with the 1968 hit, ‘Harper Valley P.T.A.') - and he also has racked up several solo hits. 

Between 1971 and 1976, he had six number one Country hits, including his classic, ‘The Year That Clayton Delaney Died', which is included here. 

This CD pairs two of his best albums: 1971's In Search Of A Song (rightly regarded as his masterpiece), and The Rhymer And Other Five And Dimers from 1973. 

Both of these LPs are now released here on CD for the first time.  

Tom T Hall

SOFT MACHINE Soft Stage - BBC In Concert 1972 (HUXO70)
[Release date 25th July 2005]

This live BBC concert was recorded at London's Paris Theatre on 20.7.1972, just a few months before the live and studio material for band's album Six was put together. 

The Six album is widely regarded as a great record, but as the critic Duncan Heining says in his liner notes to Soft Stage, this CD is actually even better.

This concert was the fifth by this incarnation of Soft Machine, with Karl Jenkins joining Mike Ratledge, Hugh Hopper and John Marshall, adding his considerable skills on woodwinds and keyboards, not to mention his talents as composer. 

The accompanying 8 page booklet includes extensive liner notes & rare band photo's.

Soft Machine

STONEY EDWARDS Stoney Edwards/She's My Rock 2 on 1 (HUXO69)
[Release date 25th July 2005]

Stoney Edwards' soulful honky-tonk sound has always had a devoted following and he is rightly revered as one of the great Country artists. After his early chart success in 1971, he continued his recording career right up to 1990. 

In 1971, Stoney's debut single, the heart-wrenching true life tale, ‘Two Dollar Toy', became the first of fifteen chart entries for the singer. Stoney's fourth single a year later, ‘She's My Rock', was his biggest ever chart success, breaching the top 20. 

Both of these tracks are included on this CD, which is chock full of superb country music, including the heartfelt ‘Daddy Did His Best', later cut by Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. Also featured here are the much recorded breezy shuffle ‘I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today', as well as Stoney's own material such as the whimsical ‘Fishin' Song' and the tell-it-like-it-is ‘You Can't Call Yourself Country'.

This CD brings together two of the finest albums by Stoney Edwards, originally released in 1971 and 1973 on the Capitol Records label. Both titles have now been digitally re-mastered and are released here on CD for the first time. The accompanying 8 page booklet includes extensive liner notes & rare photographs.

Stoney Edwards

ROGER MORRIS First Album (HUX068) [Release date 25.07.05]

For aficionados of the exotic and the obscure, there can be nothing better than discovering a forgotten gem from a past era. Rock's rich legacy is littered with buried treasures, none more so than this magnificent country rock nugget by Roger Morris, First Album. 

Originally known only to a handful of collectors and experts, this record later came to the attention of many fans after being championed by a small group of music critics. In fact, this is a classic album, a work steeped in roots-y bucolic splendour, real ‘sons of the pioneers' stuff with more than a hint of The Band. 

Recorded in the UK in late 1971, First Album was a fine addition to the small but burgeoning British country rock scene that encompassed the likes of Matthews Southern Comfort, Quiver, Help Yourself, and Brinsley Schwarz. 

This is the first time this album has ever been released on CD. This issue boasts an additional four bonus tracks, which were all recorded a year after the original LP. The accompanying 12 page booklet includes comprehensive liner notes and full lyrics to every track. 

Roger Morris

SOFT MACHINE & HEAVY FRIENDS BBC In Concert 1971 (HUX067) [Release date 25.07.05]

This is a live session recorded for the BBC at London's Paris Theatre 
on March 11th 1971. John Peel introduced the concert as being by 
"Soft Machine and Heavy Friends". 

This is a unique recording in that, for this BBC session, the band augmented 
and fragmented and performed with other great jazz musicians, including 
Ronnie Scott on tenor sax.

The accompanying 12 page colour booklet includes brief notes from Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper and Elton Dean, who all recall their own memories of this recording. Also featured in the booklet are further extensive liner notes and band photographs.

Soft Machine

HERON Black Dog (HUX066) [Release date 12.07.05]

Heron originally formed in England in 1968 and have since been described in the pages of Mojo magazine as one of the most collectable bands around, with their original vinyl albums now fetching upwards of £150.

Thirty years after their original formation, Heron recorded this new album in the village of Black Dog in Devon, England. As keyboardist Steve Jones put it, “reliving our past but bringing it up to date”. The band has retained its unmistakably English sound and the songs are as unique as ever; still as relevant today as they were 30 years ago. 

This new album has a booklet which includes a full history of the band, along with profiles and photographs.



THE VIOLENT FEMMES BBC Live (HUX065)  [Release date 13.06.05]

The Violent Femmes formed in 1981 in Milwaukee. The following year, they supported The Pretenders on tour, after Chrissie Hynde & James Honeyman Scott had ‘discovered' them busking in the local streets.

The trio then released their eponymous debut LP - a masterpiece of minimal, mostly acoustic, Americana which borrowed from influences as diverse as 50s rock'n'roll, doo-wop, gospel, old-time folk music, The Velvet Underground and punk. That album eventually went on to achieve platinum status.

By 1991, their 10th anniversary, the Femmes had five successful studio albums and a ‘best of' compilation under their belt. During the summer of '91, the band played a sell-out tour of the UK including one show at London's Town & Country Club. That concert was recorded by the BBC and is now released here for the first time.

This CD, which includes a great version of their classic anthem ‘Blister In The Sun', captures the essence of the band live, and the powerful relationship with its audience.

The accompanying 12 page booklet includes comprehensive liner notes, rare photographs and full recording details.

The Violent Femmes

DEKE LEONARD'S ICEBERG Wireless (HUX064)[Release date 28.03.05]

Deke Leonard first came to prominence as the lead guitarist in the legendary
Welsh group, Man. He is now into his 4th decade of touring and recording.

During the mid 70s, between stints with Man, Deke formed his own band, Iceberg. They toured extensively throughout Europe and the UK and released two albums; ‘Iceberg' and 'Kamikaze'.

Wireless' is a compilation of three radio sessions recorded by this band between 1972 & '74. The first two sessions (tracks 1-7) were recorded in Europe. The third session (tracks 8-11) was recorded for John Peel's Radio 1 show.

[Release date 28.03.05]

Former Soft Machine sax-man Elton Dean began his professional career with Long John Baldry's Bluesology in 1967. He later helped to form the Keith Tippett sextet before going on to play a crucial role in Soft Machine between 1969 &1972.

The French pianist Sophia Domancich has worked with Elton on and off over the past 20 years. During this time, she has become closely associated with the Canterbury scene and has played with most of the key figures of the genre, including Pip Pyle, Hugh Hopper, Richard Sinclair, Phil Miller & Didier Malherbe.

‘Avant' features a recording of a live concert which the duo performed in France last year. This fully improvised show was the first time they had ever performed as a duo. 

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