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rec.music.progressive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Part 2/8


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	   ================================================
	   A List Of Mailorder Sources Of Progressive Music
	   ================================================

"Independent distribution is virtually dead. ...Most American stores
get nearly all their wares from six suppliers." (CBS, Warner, BMG,
Capitol-EMI, Polygram, and MCA.)

-from "Hit Men" by Frederic Dannen, Vintage Books 1991 (ISBN
0-679-73061-3)

			     ------------
			     Introduction
			     ------------

Despite the major labels dominating the music industry and
distribution, artists are still releasing their own product and some
small labels are dedicated to releasing new music and reissuing old
releases once considered rare, out of print and lost forever. Small
distributors are still around filling a need, helping us find those
releases that nobody else seems to carry.  Even in large metropolitan
areas in this age it can be difficult to find a retail music outlet
that stocks even a small selection of progressive music. The same is
essentially true of mail order vendors. It is too difficult and
expensive for a small business to maintain a large inventory on hand.
Both retail and mail order vendors tend to have special areas of
interest, typically heavily influenced by the interests of the
employee(s) ordering the stock. With many small one-person businesses
in music mail order, the focus of musical interest is often somewhat
narrow and consequently it is hard to find any one mail order source
for everything

Many of the vendors are small operations running out of people's
homes or on a modest budget. Please be considerate when calling
numbers with preferred calling hours listed as the owner might not
enjoy answering your calls during meals or while abed. It is probably
a good idea to send a SASE (Self-Addressed- Stamped-Envelope) or an
IRC (International Reply Coupon from the Post Office) if writing
overseas. It may not be necessary but I consider it a gesture of
goodwill and it can make the difference in whether you get a reply or
not. Catalog costs listed here may be inaccurate, or a catalog may
have a fee associated that is not noted here. No guarantee is made
for the accuracy of addresses, pricing or opinions listed herein.
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	       -----------------------------------------
	       Availability Of Other Mail Order Listings
	       -----------------------------------------

There have been a few other music (CD/LP) mailorder lists compiled on
the net - one that used to be posted to rec.music.misc regularly has
been dormant (not maintained or updated) since May 1992 but can be
found at

<URL:ftp://ftp.uwp.edu:/pub/music/misc/>

The current version has been unchanged since May 1992 and contains
some out of date addresses but is still a huge list of resources. The
updated version the file can be obtained as

<URL:ftp://ftp.uwp.edu:/pub/music/misc/>

The revision borrows liberally from this listing but managed to keep
some outdated addresses - in cases of conflicting addresses the one
found in the list you are currently reading is probably correct.

Yet another mailorder list called INFOCD is maintained by
MIKEY@perch.nosc.mil. This can be found at

<URL:ftp://ftp.uwp.edu/pub/music/misc/mailorder.infocd>

There are some additional lists in that directory of possible
interest, for example the file

<URL:ftp://ftp.uwp.edu:/pub/music/misc/>

which is a list of sources in the USA of, um, hard to find rarities.

			    --------------
			    Vendor Listing
			    --------------

			  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
			  Vendors in the USA
			  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

::Name::
  ABCD
::Address::
  17 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06851
::Phone::
  203-831-8301
::Fax::
  203-831-8238
::Comments::

Request a catalog if nothing else.  They've got a great selection of
European and Japanese imports, some domestic stuff too. One of the
priciest places I've dealt with, especially for shipping! But a good
selection nonetheless. Import CDs only. Full length CDs only, no CD
singles. They keep everything in stock, so there is a very quick
turnaround for your orders. They're a little stingy about sending
catalogs, though, so be persistent.

I have found them to be very helpful. Turnaround time is fast. They
didn't seem stingy with the catalog when I requested one, although
they did mention that an update was forthcoming, and I might want to
wait. I can't comment about the prices as the CD I was looking for is
known to be expensive (in the $30 range!)


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Aeon Music
::Address::
  P.O. Box 421544, Los Angeles, CA 90042
::Fax::
  (213) 343-1925
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.mediaonline.com/bizads/aeon.html>
::Comments::
  Run by Francisco Morales. The catalog is extensive, mostly of used
  LPs and new CDs, a mixture of set sale and auction items (mostly
  set sale). A lot of rarities and obscurities.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Ambient Music
::Address::
  18633 Topham St., Reseda, CA 91335
::Comments::
  Not sure if they're still in business. They used to carry a decent
  selection of electronic/new age stuff.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Art Control Enterprises
::Address::
  10301 Lake Ave. #825, Cleveland, OH 44102
::Comments::

Run by Steven F. Del Nero. A set sale and auction list of used but
near mint CDs and LPs. Steven mails out this catalog about once a
year or so of used items. The first part is an auction and the second
part is remaining items from previous auctions. His list is fairly
large and diverse, including obscure progressive, improv and
industrial music but pricing is close to what I can find the items
for new if I can find them (but I do live in an area with good music
stores). Quality of most items is supposed to be near mint. Worth
checking out.

A recent flyer from ART CONTROL said it's turning into a full-time
business and will be expanding to stock more new items in the future.
Probably with more frequent catalogs


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Audiophile Imports
::Address::
  P.O. BOX 4801, Lutherville, MD 21094-4801
::Phone::
  (410) 628-7601
::Fax::
  (410) 628-1948
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.cyboard.com/audiophile.html>
::Comments::
  Lots of fusion from around the world. Good prog selection, however
  not as extensive as another Baltimore location, which is Of Sound
  Mind. Catalog has a nice thumbnail blurb on each of the CD's
  offered (some are just personel listings, but it's better than
  nothing!)

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Backroads
::Address::
  418 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera, CA 94925
::Phone::
  (800) 767-4748
::Fax::
  (415) 924-0648
::Comments::
  Extensive catalog of mostly new age/emusic.  A bit pricey and they
  don't stock vinyl. They also have available radio station lists for
  Echoes, Hearts of Space Radio and Musical Starstreams. They come
  out with regular updates/new release notes. They can take special
  requests and have access to some imports from Europe.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Jeff Baker
::Address::
  R.D.2, Box 294, Camden, DE 19934
::Comments::
  His catalog of "progressive, psychedelic, electronic, folk-rock to
  hard-rock collectable LPs & CDs" is $1 ($2 overseas)

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Bananamoon
::Address::
  PO Box 110592, Cleveland, OH 44111
::Phone::
  216 671 8305
::Fax::
  216 671 8305
::Email::
  stone1@ix.netcom.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.geocities.com/Paris/2190/>
::Phone::
  216-671-8305
::Comments::
  Progressive rock and psych from around the world. Strong emphasis
  on Italian prog. All manner of goodies from Delerium, Vinyl Magic,
  Mellow, Germanofon, etal. Email for catalog, updated monthly, or
  for inclusion on mailing list. Want lists, suggestions welcome!

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Barking Pumpkin Records/Barfko Swill?
::Phone::
  1-818-PUMPKIN
::Comments::
  This is Frank Zappa's mailorder business for Zappa and the Mother
  of Invention releases and products such as posters, tshirts, etc.
  The line usually has an informational recording during non business
  hours, and I think they also answer general questions about Zappa
  and take orders during regular business hours - probably 9am- 5pm
  California time.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Cadence
::Address::
  Cadence Bldg, Redwood, NY 13679
::Comments::
  Extensive jazz/folk catalog which you must subscribe to.  Also have
  some avante-garde and fusion releases.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  CRI - Composers Recordings Incorporated
::Address::
  73 Spring St. Suite 506, New York, NY 10012-5800
::Comments::
  List over one hundred artists in their 1992 catalog.  Mostly
  Neo-classical/avante garde.  Lou Harrison, John Zorn, Milton
  Babbit, Harry Partch, Otto Leuning, Guy Klucesvek, etc...

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Calendula Records / Mt.Olympus Imports
::Address::
  Rick Haney, c/o 6207 22nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98115
::Comments::

Now here's a guy who I had a real bad mail order experience with. I
sent him money for both of the HAPPY THE MAN CD's (Japanese
Pressings), which he had listed in his catalog. Six months later I
got one of them, and a refund for the other. This was after about 40
long distance phone calls to his answering machine he never once
returned a call, and it turns out that at the time he put his catalog
out, he didn't have the discs in stock, in fact hadn't even ordered
them yet. His idea was to take a bunch of orders THEN order them
after he had enough to guarantee a healthy profit for himself.

I had a bad experience with a record store in Seattle that was either
called Mount Olympus or that was the title of a mailorder catalog I
later got associated with that store. I went to a store in Seattle
and found an amazing stock of new and used progressive rock there. I
bought a bunch of stuff and after I left town I called to arrange
another order which a friend was to pick up for me. Many of the LPs
they had were priced at high collectors prices, and I specifically
asked them for a handful of releases, and I asked them to pull any 2
of about 6 releases they had by Embryo.  The friend got there and
found the order totaled $185 instead of the $70 I'd told him it would
be, and he thought something was fishy and didn't take the order. A
month or two later I found the store billed my VISA card anyway, and
they still had the records "held" for me because they didn't have my
shipping address. Turns out they'd pulled they entire Embryo section
priced at $25 each thinking I'd wanted them all. I resolved it and w


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  CD Connection
::Address::
  1016 East El Camino, #322 Sunnyvale, CA 94087
::Phone::
  (408) 733-0801
::Fax::
  (408) 733-0850
::Modem::
  (408) 730-9015 Up to 9600 bps (8 data, 0 parity, 1 stop), San
  Francisco/Berkeley (510) 843-1259, Chicago (312) 751-2447, New York
  City (212) 532-4045
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.cdconnection.com/>
::Comments::

58,000+ Cds listed on-line, accepts VISA, MasterCard, $3 per regular
order; free shipping on orders of $100 within 48 US states,
Phonolog(tm)-Select - industry standard song/track title database.
Downloadable catalogs so you can search offline, and available via
mail for $5 (deductible from next/first order). The Golden Ears
Society - music critics. Ships to Canada, Overseas shipping info
available. Claims 94% average ability to deliver - 90 -100% of orders
filled. Delivery of orders requires approximately 1 work week +
shipping time (1-2.5 weeks depending on location. A separate account
must be established on each system (city) you will be using if you
call more than one location of this company to place orders.

If you're on the internet, you can telnet to cdconnection.com and get
a full, online database search of their stuff plus the facilities to
order by credit card. I found CD CONENCTION's prices not too bad but
their overseas shipping charges are outrageous.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  CD Europe
::Address::
  PO Box 8561, Deerfield Beach, FL 33443
::Phone::
  305-481-8984 (Orderline: 9-5 EST 5 weekdays), 305-481-1724
  (Customer Service: 9-5 EST weekdays),
::Fax::
  305-481-8817 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
::Modem::
  408-985-2094 Up to 9600 bps (8n1)
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.cdeurope.com/>
::Comments::
  Like CD CONNECTION above but specialises in European imports (for
  the US). Unlike CD CONNECTION, their overseas shipping rates aren't
  too bad but their prices are high. If you are on the internet, you
  can telnet to cdeurope.com to access their entire catalogue. You
  can also order on-line using credit cards. Very useful but, like CD
  CONNECTION, very costly.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Cleefo
::Address::
  Box 652, Ellington CT 06029
::Phone::
  (203) 875-2315  3-10PM EST
::Comments::
  Cleefo (that's his name) specializes in cutout CDs, Cassettes and
  Videos of all types. He used to send out a list, but rarely does
  anymore as his stock turns over so quickly. Just this year (92) he
  was able to get me two long- out-of-print Synergy CD's and Dixie
  Dregs "Dregs of the Earth" CD. It's best to just call and let him
  know what you're looking for. I've never had any problems with his
  service, he's always been friendly and helpful on the phone, and
  has a network of other record-show type dealers that he works with,
  which in some cases allows him to get some long-lost obscurities in
  record time. (he couldn't find me a copy of Utopia's POV though
  !!). Overall very good prices.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  CMP Records
::Address::
  155 W. 72nd Street, #704, NY 10023
::Address::
  PO BOX 1129, D-5166 Kreuzau, F.R. GERMANY
::Comments::
  CMP is a label with a variety of releases ranging from fusion and
  jazz, to world ethnic music, gamelans, etc. Trilok Gurtu, David
  Torn, Chad Wackerman, Ed Mann, Allan Holdsworth and Mick Karn are
  just some of the players on various CMP releases. I'm not positive
  they still do direct mailorder and I know I can find their releases
  in stores and through distributors like Ranjit, but it's nice to
  look a catalog of their releases to see the full scope of what they
  carry. Write for a free catalog. Two offices, one in New York, one
  in Germany.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Coriolis Records
::Address::
  Box 3528, Orange, CA 92665
::Comments::
  They handle only a very limited selection of (mostly) Southern Cal.
  independent artists: Walter Holland, Djam Karet, Neuronium, Steve
  Roach, Mark Dwane, and a handful of others.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Daystar
::Address::
  PO Box 411, Huntington Station, NY 11746
::Comments::
  A small label.  Stuff by Heresy(prog), Ernest Woodall (Emusic),
  Tony Garone (avant-folk) and others.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Da Music
::Address::
  Box 3, Little Silver, NJ 07739
::Comments::
  A lot like Backroads. With a bit more jazz and instrumental.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Dutch East India Trading
::Address::
  PO BOX 800, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-0800
::Comments::
  Carries some Wyatt and Soft Machine BBC releases and probably other
  BBC Peel Sessions too. Appears to be licensing the material from
  Strange Fruit records. I've heard that they have a mailorder
  catalog but I haven't asked for it because I can find the releases
  in local stores here already.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Ear/Rational Music
::Address::
  1592 Kilkenny St., Boulder, CO 80303-1646
::Fax::
  303/665-3325 vox/fax
::Email::
  ear-rational@xmission.com, angst@xmission.com
::Comments::
  The ear-rational mail address is automated. Send `catalog' as the
  subject (not body) for catalog. Send `subscribe' for regular
  updates. angst address is for human enquiries. Quite a large
  selection of ambient/industrial music.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Echo-Discs
::Address::
  PO Box 224, Eagle, PA 19480
::Comments::
  Distribute the stuff you would hear on the program "Echoes". Mostly
  newagey/emusic with some jazz/acoustic.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Electronic Cottage
::Address::
  PO Box 3637, Apollo Beach, FL 33572
::Comments::
  I quote "...the magazine dedicated to electronic audio folk art,
  cassette culture and electronic & experimental music!  An inside
  look at the indie music scene featuring articles, profiles and
  editorials by home tapers themselves!"

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  ESD - East Side Digital
::Address::
  530 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
::Comments::
  A small label that has releases by Fred Frith, Henry Cow, Happy The
  Man, National Health, The Residents, and more. Last time I wrote
  they mailed me a catalog that was months out of date, but the
  prices were pretty decent and cheaper than other mailorder vendors
  that carry their releases. Associated with Ryko's mailorder too.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Eurock Distribution
::Address::
  PO Box 13718, Portland, OR 97213
::Phone::
  (503) 281-0247 (10 AM - 5 PM US Pacific Time ONLY !!! Mon-Sat)
::Email::
  apatters@teleport.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.teleport.com/~apatters/>
::Comments::

Eurock started as a magazine in 1973, specializing in European
progressive, space rock and electronic music. The owner of this
enterprise is Archie Patterson, whose preferences lie primarily in
electronic driven space music and melodic progressive rock, and his
lists tend to reflect this.  His lists come out every 60 days, and
each item is accompanied by a brief description and synopsis which
I've found to be very accurate for the most part. He has his own
in-house label (also called Eurock) which features artists like
Gandalf, Green Isac, Erik Wollo, Dweller At the Threshold and Tim
Story. One thing to note is that Eurock generally does not restock
items after they are sold out unless the demand is overwhelming, and
he gets things in fairly modest quantities, so the best policy is to
give him a call as soon as the catalog comes out to reserve the items
you want - if you wait more than a few weeks some things will no
longer be in stock. Generally he's happy to discuss the items he has
in stock over the phone


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Kinesis Inc.
::Address::
  1430 Wisp Ct, Hanover, MD 21076-1693
::Phone::
  410-551-8081
::Fax::
  410-551-8081
::Email::
  info@kinesiscd.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.kinesiscd.com>
::Comments::

The Kinesis label sports such artists as Fonya, Cathedral and
Illuvatar. They have an excellent web page and take credit cards.
They also have CDs by other labels for sale.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Life By Design
::Address::
  129 N. Wahsatch, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
::Phone::
  (719) 475-0937
::Fax::
  (719) 471-1408
::Hours::
  Noon - 8PM daily. Closed Wednesdays.
::Comments::
  This is an outstanding source for progressive rock, as well as
  anything else that is hard to find. They have a huge selection of
  music from around the world. It's just a small purple house which
  can get crowded, but only the CD booklets are on display so there
  is a bunch of music in a small space. They claim to have 15,000
  titles in stock, and don't waste a lot of space on mainstream stuff
  you can get anywhere. They have sections for experimental,
  psychedelic, acid jazz, industrial, ska, ambient, techno, punk,
  hardcore, alternative, atmospheric, doom, guitar greats, new age,
  lots of ethnic music, and of course progressive. In addition to
  progressive rock, I'm into progressive metal and they always have a
  good selection. I gave them a copy of the progressive metal list
  from Internet, and they are trying to order all the disks listed
  that they didn't already have. In addition to CD's, they carry
  videos, magazines, books, cards, jewelry, incense, and T-shirts.
  Their domestic CD prices are average ($11.97-$14.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Mantis Music
::Address::
  P.O. Box 600, Nokesville VA, 22123
::Phone::
  703-788-1200
::Email::
  mantis2@ix.netcom.com
::Comments::
  Used LPs only. Phone only between 10am and 10pm EST and ask for
  Allen.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Music Books Plus
::Address::
  2315 Whirlpool St., #132 Niagara Falls, NY 14305
::Address::
  23 Hannover Dr., #7 St. Catharines, ON L2W 1A3, Canada
::Phone::
  (905) 641-3471
::Fax::
  (905) 641-1512
::Email::
  info@nor.com
::Comments::
  Music Books Plus distributes worldwide books and videos on music,
  songwriting, recording, audio, multimedia, video, lighting and
  computers. To subscribe to the free monthly electronic newsletter,
  send message to email address above. To receive a printed catalog,
  include postal address. Contact: Tricia Janzen.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  G.A.S. - Gong Appreciation Society
::Address::
  Gas America, Po Box 1151, North Wales, PA 19454
::Comments::

GAS in the USA offers some merchandise, tapes, tour info and
newsletters but carries less of the rare tapes and CDs and other
products compared to GAS UK. See GAS UK listing in the international
mailorder section for more details.  Not really a mailorder source,
but worth mentioning here:

Gong San Francisco Concert info hotline
P.O. Box 470535
SF, CA 94147-0535
(415)905-4535

Info about upcoming San Francisco area shows and releases by Gong and
Gong-related tour network. Daevid Allen, The Magick Brothers, Tim
Blake, Mother Gong, and Gilli Smyth have done local shows already,
and Richard Sinclair, Kevin Ayers, David Cross band, and Gordon
Haskell are some of the artists possibly playing here in the future.

Also, if you're interested in Gong, see the Spectrum Music Video
listing for info on a Gongmaison live video they carry. Send an SASE
to them for more info.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Generations Unlimited
::Address::
  199 Strathmore #5, Brighton, MA 02135-5210
::Comments::
  Focus tends to be on hard core electronics. David Prescott, Jorge
  Thomasius and Conrad Schnitzler. Also distribute Badland, Radium,
  Pogus and other labels.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Grand Rapids Compact Disc
::Address::
  67 54th St SW  Wyoming, MI 49548
::Phone::
  616-531-1707
::Fax::
  616-531-1778
::Email::
  STGRCD@aol.com
::Comments::
  The owner says he is currently stocking about 400 progressive
  titles. They also offer to let customers listen to any CD before
  purchase.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  The Internet Used CD Mail-Server
::Email::
  used-music-server@wang.com
::Comments::
  The used music server maintains a database of used music (CDs,
  records, tapes, etc.) for sale and a separate (but equal) database
  of used music that is wanted. Send mail with the subject HELP for
  more info on using the server. You can subscribe to a mailing list
  of weekly updates to the list of CDs for sale. It's an excellent
  way to buy and sell used CDs without a music store making a large
  markup on the deal. All kinds of CDs are bought and sold there. The
  lp and tape list doesn't seem to get used as much.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Labyrinth
::Address::
  575 3 St. Apt. 1-D, Brooklyn, NY 11215
::Comments::
  A mail-order distributor run by my friend Tony Coulter (who does a
  great radio show on WFMU).  He's an expert on obscure progressive
  rock, a lot of which he has available for sale or trade. He also
  carries a lot of Recommended/Re stuff.  Some random items from his
  current catalog: Ron Geesin, Super Sister (Dutch prog rock),
  Blegvad, Re Quarterly, obscure Italian prog rock, Fat, Faust, R.
  Stevie Moore, and many many things I've never heard of. Carries LPS
  and CDs.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Doug Larson
::Address::
  62 Crane St., Caldwell NJ 07006
::Phone::
  (201) 226-6332
::Email::
  douglars@hicom.net
::Comments::

Doug has a very extensive list of all kinds of progressive from all
over the world, and his prices are fairly reasonable. A really easy
guy to deal with and not too opinionated about things. If you call
(after 4PM EST) he'll take your order right then and ship it as soon
as he gets payment. He sends everything out priority mail, which all
makes his TAT very quick. From the west coast, my experience has been
typically 7 working days from the day I phoned in the order and sent
the payment, to the day the discs arrive.  That beats everyone else
hands down, even guys on the west coast

Doug's definitely the fastest turnaround in the business. He handles
a really good selection of Italian 70's prog, I'm really impressed
with his selection of other types of stuff too. He will make a
sampler tape of various discs in his list for a nominal charge, but
don't ask him to record the whole disc, just selections. He
advertises in goldmine every two weeks, which is a good way to keep
up with the new stuff he gets in stock. He's also got an extensive
list of rare and o/p LP's. Highly Recommended.


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::Name::
  The Laser's Edge
::Address::
  P.O. Box 2450, Cherry Hill, NJ  08034
::Email::
  lasercd@aol.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.jersey.net/~lasercd/>
::Phone::
  (609) 751-6444 (7PM to 11PM EST, No Later !!!)
::Fax::
  (609) 751-7466
::Comments::

The Laser's Edge is a Label and mail-order CD only distribution run
by Ken Golden. Ken gets the medal for having positively the most
descriptive and informative catalog of any mail-order outfit I've
ever dealt with, every disc is reviewed carefully, and opinions are
offered - one of the few people I've ever seen who will tell you that
a disc he carries is crappy if it really is! The in-house label (TLE
also) has many releases mostly by long forgotten independent artists
from the 70's, but there are some new releases as well. Artists
include: The Load, A Triggering Myth, Werwolf, Landberk, Spring,
Nightwinds, Atlantis Philharmonic and others.

His tastes lean more towards early post-psychedelic proto-progressive
stuff, and this is evidenced in many of the releases on his own
label. One must remember this when using the descriptions in his
catalog to make a judgement on something. He tends to get unusual
stuff that, like Wayside, nobody else seems to want to carry. I've
found him only to be moderately friendly on the phone (but then I'm
one of those people that calls at 11PM too!), he generally won't go
into any further elaboration on items he has in stock, "I think I
described that adequately in the catalog" is his stock answer. He's
been very dependable, but since he's a one-man operation, things get
a little slower if you order right after the catalog comes out
(2x/year), he does take Visa and Mastercard. Strongly recommended.


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::Name::
  Linden Music
::Address::
  PO Box 520, Linden, VA 22642
::Email::
  linden@shentel.net
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.shentel.net/linden/>
::Comments::
  Carries Kit Watkins releases and other stuff by his cohorts in
  Happy the Man, as well as other new-age, electronic and space
  artists. Has advanced on-line ordering facilities using First
  Virtual.

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::Name::
  M & M
::Address::
  P.O. Box 63, Ashland, MA 01721
::Email::
  MMMusic@ix.netcom.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/4500>
::Comments::
  The proprietor's name is Mark. Don't know the last name. He doesn't
  deal in super rare stuff, but he only does Prog and fusion.  His
  prices are good, and he does stock a nice little selection of new
  independent things (such as my own). He's always been reliable and
  fast when I've ordered from him, and he has a sale every few
  months.

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::Name::
  Metro Records
::Address::
  PO Box 10004, Silver Spring, Maryland  20914, USA
::Email::
  luchchuk@aol.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.idsonline.com/business/metro/>
::Comments::
  Another Goldmine advertiser. Stocks a lot of progressive,
  psychedelic, fusion, and plain old rock and roll of various
  persuasions. They deal in CD's, LP's, etc., etc. Their catalog is a
  must for the serious collector.  I've had excellent service,
  including free shipping for giving them some Internet info(!).
  They're not cheap, but their prices are in line with other vendors
  of obscure music.

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::Name::
  Midnight Records
::Address::
  PO Box 390, Old Chelsea Station, NY NY 10011
::Email::
  midnight@cerfnet.com
::Comments::
  Another Goldmine advertiser.  Stocks a lot of progressive,
  psychedelic, fusion, and plain old rock and roll of various
  persuasions.  They deal in CD's, LP's, etc., etc.  Their catalog is
  a must for the serious collector.  I've had excellent service. They
  request alternate selections due to problems keeping obscure albums
  in stock, and they'll make every effort to fill an order even if
  they don't have the item in stock. I asked them about the
  availability of two LP's once, and they went out and got them for
  me.  They're not cheap, but their prices are in line with other
  vendors of obscure music.

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::Name::
  Craig Moerer
::Address::
  PO Box 19231, Portland, OR 97280
::Comments::
  Publishes an extensive list of records/CDs/45s/collectors stuff.
  Mostly rock but some em/progressive stuff. A lot of lesser known
  rock and some oldies.  Most of their vinyl is used but in very good
  to mint condition.

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::Name::
  Noteworthy Music
::Address::
  17 Airport Road, Nashua, NH 03063
::Phone::
  (800) 648-7972 [8:30am-6:00pm EST] (603) 881 5729 [9:00am-4:00pm
  EST] New Release Hotline +1 603 883 1914
::Fax::
  (603) 883-9220
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.noteworthy.com/>
::Comments::

Noteworthy is a mail-order only outfit who deal only in domestic
product, and only the best known of it as well. They still have a
very good selection and have been especially helpful in rounding out
my collections of Kansas, Pat Metheny, Zappa, King Crimson, Tull and
others. Why order from these guys, you might ask ? Because their
prices are about two dollars cheaper than you'll find in almost any
record store, and when you order enough the shipping is next to
nothing. In some cases their prices for new product are a dollar less
than you could get the same used disc for in a store.  Real nice
catalog, call and ask for it.

Noteworthy does ship outside the US, but I think the shipping rates
are a bit expensive. There is a fee (I think $5) for catalog requests
from outside the US, but I believe they will send a catalog free with
your first order - so you may be able to call or fax an order for an
item they are likely to stock and get the catalog free that way.


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::Name::
  Of Sound Mind
::Address::
  4134 E. Joppa Road #104, Batlimore, MD 21236
::Phone::
  (301) 497-6488
::Fax::
  (410) 529-5761
::Comments::
  The East Coast's prog Mecca! After David Hodgson closed down
  Playing By Ear in Baltimore and moved it out West, Chris Lamka
  bought the store and the stock. He later moved it up the road a few
  miles. Chris concentrates more on progressive than David did, with
  an excellent selection of Italian, Brazilian, French and US prog
  (other countries are well-represented also). Good electronic
  selection, also. Chris is very supportive of the prog scene in and
  around Baltimore, with many in-store appearances of local and
  regional prog acts. Rumor has it he's trying to set up a prog fest
  of his own... Prices aren't quite as good as Ranjits', but this
  business is the man's bread and butter, so I really don't mind that
  much.

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::Name::
  Parasol/Cargo
::Address::
  201 North Coler, Urbana, IL 61801
::Comments::
  YAID...  Yet another indie distributor.  Everything from AAAK to
  Hector Zazou, also imports on Creation.

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::Name::
  Park Avenue Records, P.O. Box 19296, Seattle, WA 98109
::Phone::
  206-282-5604
::Comments::
  I haven't ordered anything from them yet, but I have seen their big
  catalog and been very impressed.  (I know folks who have ordered
  from them and been perfectly satisfied.)

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::Name::
  Ponk Records/Passed Normal Compilations
::Address::
  Po Box 3664, Bloomington, IL 61702
::Phone::
  (309)365-4491
::Fax::
  (309)365-4491
::Email::
  PinkBob@aol.com
::Comments::

Small, odd selection of compilations and mailorder with some cheap
and some regularly priced items. Includes works by Frith, Kaiser, Don
Cherry, Sun Ra, Negativland, Daevid Allen, Mother Gong, Made To
Measure and more.

Monthly catalog, 12 pages, now concentrated around their own releases
including the new Hugh Hopper, a recent Henry Kaiser and Amy Denio.
Small new and used CDs area, very Gong-based, Frith, Kaiser, Geesin.
Some used vinyl, too. They also give information about `their'
artists, mainly tourdates: Gong, Amy Denio and related, Frank Pahl
and related, `Steve Horowitz and The Code'.


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::Name::
  Possible Productions
::Address::
  351 Magnolia Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
::Fax::
  310-491-1945
::Email::
  dinokiller@aol.com
::Comments::
  Official US outlet for King Crimson/Robert Fripp projects on the
  Discipline label. They accept credit card orders by email.

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::Name::
  Progressive International
::Address::
  1655 11th Street, Ogden Utah 84404
::Phone::
  (801) 394-7700
::Fax::
  (801) 394-7707
::Comments::

All along they have been a mail order outlet and, although I've
rarely dealt with them by mail, I've heard a lot of horror stories
not unlike my dealings with Calendula (see above).  I personally have
no bad experiences. Their in-house label features artists like
Solstice, Xaal, Sinister Street, Anthony Phillips, Gryphon, Steeleye
Span, Aragon, Wayne Kramer and others. They are getting national
distribution in major chain stores like Tower and others, so there's
really no need to buy their titles directly from them. They also
handle distribution for bands like Galahad and Final Conflict, and
stock a modest selection of other imported titles as well, although
my feeling is that they would like to get out of the direct
mail-order business altogether and sell to distributors only. Like
many others, I've found that these guys are less than totally
reliable about getting things in that they say they will get in, so
my recommendation is to never order anything unless they have it in
stock when you order.

They recently issued a catalog which explains that they decided to
start up the mail distribution service again "due to the abundance of
letters and phone calls we have received".  You may want to add also
that (as far as I can tell) they seem to have the lowest prices of
any catalog--$10.98 for in house, $11.98 for other domestics, and
$12.98 for most imports. As for their being `risky', I would give
them another chance before writing them off.


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::Name::
  Ranjit Padmanabhan
::Address::
  566 Crystalberry Terrace, San Jose, CA 95129
::Email::
  ranjit@netcom.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.webpage.com/~progtron/>
::Comments::
  Such a clever idea: Sell CD's over the net. Anyway, I'd been
  hearing about Ranjit for a couple years, mostly from Ken Welchoff
  of Progressive, who recommended him highly, before I actually got
  in touch with him. It was other netters highest recommendations
  that finally convinced me. He sends out periodic "Descriptive"
  catalogs over the net, as well as simple lists that list everything
  he has in stock. All you need to do is email him and ask him to
  send it. He's a very friendly guy, knowledgeable and helpful, his
  selection is extremely good and his prices are good also. Once your
  order is confirmed, he holds it for you, you send him the payment,
  and he sends you the discs. Very simple, very convenient. He also
  carries all currently available issues of Audion Magazine, and,
  like Doug Larson, will make a sampler tape of things from his list
  for a nominal fee.

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::Name::
  Rockaway Records
::Address::
  2395 Glendale Blvd., CA 90039
::Phone::
  (213) 664-0956
::Comments::
  These guys offer CDs of some live shows, Westwood One radio discs,
  etc. but nothing specifically progressive, just general interest.
  Ordered once - service was fast.

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::Name::
  RPM Records
::Address::
  1900 Oates Drive, STE 200 Mesquite, Texas 75150
::Phone::
  214-681-8441
::Fax::
  214-681-9486
::Email::
  rpmrec@metronet.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://rpmrecords.metronet.com/>
::Comments::
  We have been in business for 14 years.  We sell new, used, domestic
  and import, CD's, LP's, Cass and Laser Videos. Our specialty is
  60's and 70's rarities, progressive and alternative. We also have a
  large selection of Japanese laser discs. We have a 3,200 square ft
  store on the corner of Interstate 635 and Oates Drive in Mesquite
  (a suburb of Dallas). We ship out daily UPS, and accept all major
  credit cards.

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::Name::
  Round Sounds
::Phone::
  (310) 376-1701
::Comments::

The best store that I've found for progressive stuff is Round Sounds
in Redondo Beack (near L.A.)  It's a small store that is almost all
progressive stuff including lots of imports.  They do mail/phone
order.

Round Sounds is a small record store which also operates a CD
mail-order business. The proprietors name is Ed, and he's a real
friendly guy who'll gladly offer an opinion on something in his list
(which is mailed out at irregular intervals and has no descriptions,
just a list). Every time I'm in southern California I always make a
point to stop by his store, he has a lot of "Rare" CD's (ahem) that
he doesn't put in his list. I understand he also has periodic
"Progressive Listening Parties" at his newer larger store, which I've
not seen yet (above address may be wrong, call first for sure) His
list is very complete, but I find that a lot of things he lists are
only occasionally in stock, and like Progressive, he tends to have a
lot of excuses why things in his list aren't in stock. Over the last
few years I've ordered from him many times, and I've generally had
good luck, but more than occasionally I've had to call and remind him
of my order, which in a few cases he'd just forgotten to send. In
some cases it

Most unfortunately, Ed has closed his Pacific Coast Highway
storefront.  He continues to run his intermittent (to say the least)
mail order, and he pops up at the occasional record swap meet.  When
I last tried telephoning, I got a forwarding number of (310)
376-1701, however,


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::Name::
  Sights & Sounds
::Address::
  332 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
::Phone::
  1-908-530-8866
::Fax::
  1-908-530-9868 (24 hrs)
::Email::
  GENESISMAN@aol.com
::Comments::

We like all types of progressive rock and have been in business three
years promoting and distributing bands from all over the world.  We
have an extensive database of over 6000 titles and are compiling the
most comprehensive world guide to progressive rock ever seen to date.
Our catalogs are descriptive and offer some of the best prices in the
industry.  We take payment by Check($ only) Money Order,
International Money Order, Visa, Mastercard. We are always looking
for new bands or labels to distribute and we offer the largest
selection of American progressive bands!

Catalogs are updated quarterly and may soon be done on a monthly
basis.  In addition we have a World WIde Web page in the works for
later in 1995 from which you will be able to directly get the catalog
on-line and place orders through.


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::Name::
  Silent
::Address::
  540 Alabama, Suite 315, San Francisco, CA 94110
::Comments::
  Carry stuff by Merzbow, Art Bears, Von Magnet, Einstrzende
  Neubauten, Big Butter, etc.

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::Name::
  Soleilmoon Recordings
::Address::
  PO Box 83296, Portland, OR 97283
::Phone::
  (503) 335 0706
::Fax::
  (503) 335 0805
::Email::
  soleilmoon@aol.com
::Comments::
  Deals in experimental/industrial music almost exclusively. They
  have a very good catalogue which they'll send you if you mail
  them.

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::Name::
  Sound City 2000
::Address::
  P.O.Box 22149, Portland, OR 97222-0149
::Phone::
  (503) 654-2196
::Fax::
  (503) 654-4920
::Comments::
  These guys have specific catalogs for Japanese, German and British
  releases. They have no stock, they order after you pay... a flimsy
  deal if you ask me, plus their prices are extortionate.

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::Name::
  Spectrum Music Video
::Phone::
  1-800-84MUSIC
::Comments::
  Has a very large music video catalog of NTSC VHS and many laser
  discs including imports. Includes some Prog stuff like King
  Crimson, Enid, etc.  They carry the Gongmaison 1991, Brixton, UK
  show at the Fridge for sale for $19.95 plus $3.50 shipping. This
  video has some great special effects and brief interviews with
  Daevid Allen and Didier are spliced in. It's great! It includes
  lots of old Gong material circa Camembert Electrique.

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::Name::
  Syn-Phonic
::Address::
  PO Box 2034, La Habra, CA 90631
::Phone::
  (714) 894-9506 (M-Th 7PM-10PM PST)
::Comments::

Syn-phonic is owned by Greg Walker, who also has an in-house label
which specializes primarily in American progressive artifacts, but he
also has some current artists signed. The roster includes Kalaban,
Now, Babylon, Mirthrandir, Northstar, Cathedral and others. For years
he was releasing this stuff on vinyl only, notorious for their
marginal pressing quality. However, since around 1991 Greg has been
releasing CDs only, and unlike the LPs, no quality was spared on
these, either in the pressings or the booklets, which tend to have
extensive information on the artists, much like America's answer to
Musea. He has gone back and re-released much of his vinyl on disc
now, and eventually plans to re-release everything and then some. His
mail-order list is extensive, and includes imports from all over the
world. His prices on Japanese product are the best anywhere, frankly
I don't know how he can do it, but his prices are roughly the same as
one would pay in Tokyo! He also has an amazing selection of 70's
Italian p

Syn-phonic is my favorite place to order from.  Greg Walker is easy
to deal with, and gives honest evaluations of the music.  He's very
prompt - you'll always get the discs you order in less than 2 weeks.
On top of that, his selection is excellent, and prices are
consistently low.  I highly recommend Syn-phonic.


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::Name::
  Tec Tones/Ralph Records/Negativmailorderland
::Address::
  P.O. Box 1477, Hoboken, NJ  07030
::Phone::
  201/420-0238
::Fax::
  201/420-6494
::Comments::
  TEC TONES is the mailorder wing of Ralph Records, TEC Tones
  releases, and Negativland products. They also carry some other
  items like imports of Fred Frith and ESD Henry Cow releases. Mainly
  it's the mailorder company for the Residents' releases and for
  Frith, Snakefinger, Clubfoot and other releases on the Ralph label
  and distribution for some other small labels from the US and other
  parts of the world.

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::Name::
  Van Richter Records
::Address::
  PO Box 13321, La Jolla, CA 92039
::Phone::
  (619) 452-2322
::Fax::
  (619) 453-1799
::WWW::
  <URL:http://lab11.me.gatech.edu/vanrichter>
::Coments::
  Industrial label/mail order outlet. Accepts on-line orders through
  the Web.

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::Name::
  Voiceprint
::Address::
  PO Box 32827, Kansas City, MO 64111
::Phone::
  (816) 561-0723 business # (and home # too?)
::Fax::
  (816) 531-2271
::Comments::

Rick Chafen at Voiceprint books the US tours of the Gong/Canterbury
network (which strays beyond those parameters but it's the easiest
way to describe it). Rick has helped present or is working on tours
by Daevid Allen, The Magick Brothers, Tim Blake, Mother Gong, Gilli
Smyth, Richard Sinclair, Kevin Ayers, Didier Malherbe Trio, David
Cross band, and Gordon Haskell. He's the person to talk to if you'd
like to help book shows by these artists in your city.

Voiceprint US has a couple of products and also imports UK Voiceprint
releases by Daevid Allen, Magick Brothers, Tim Blake, Nic Potter,
David Jackson, Robert Wyatt and more. A number of releases including
early Canterbury and recent Canterbury projects and also works by
David Bedford, Kevin Ayers. These releases can be ordered from
Voiceprint or from other distributors at comparable prices.
Voiceprint tends to only stock a few copies of the UK VP releases.
Very occasional catalogs or newsletters are mailed out.


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::Name::
  Wayside Music
::Address::
  PO Box 8427, Silver Spring, MD  20902-8427
::Phone::
  (301) 589-1803 new release info (recording) (no catalog requests
  via phone, you must write for a catalog or view it on the Web page)
::WWW::
  <URL:http://members.aol.com/Cuneiform2/cuneiform.html>
::Fax::
  (301) 589-1819
::Comments::

Wayside is the Mail Order outfit that I've been dealing with the
longest, probably around 8 or 9 years. They have two catalogs: An
annual "Green" catalog of Items they keep in stock all year long,
plus a quarterly (?) "White" catalog that lists Items that are either
new in stock or that will not be restocked after they are gone, many
of these items are very limited quantity stuff, so after you get the
white catalog it's best to act fast. Wayside carries a wide variety
of progressive stuff, but clearly favors the fringe, RIO, and other
uncategorizable material over the `melodic pop' type progressive.
They have an in-house label: Cuneiform, featuring artists like
Univers Zero, PFS, Curlew, Richard Pinhas, Dr. Nerve, Miriodor, Henry
Kaiser, Phil Miller, However, Forever Einstein, etc. The catalogs
usually have a brief (3-6 line) description of the items they carry.
I've found these descriptions to sometimes be inaccurate and
misleading, so it's best to proceed with caution if you're about to
buy something you'v

Wayside is also a good source for mailorder for folks outside the
USA. It's one of the few catalogs I recall that lists international
shipping rates, and based on what I've heard it offers fairly
competitive rates compared to what CDs sell for in some parts of the
world.


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::Name::
  The Wild Places (Adventures In Vinyl... And Beyond.)
::Address::
  621 "A" Hanover Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
::Phone::
  (408) 427-3043 (Don't call after 10pm PST!)
::Comments::
  Run by Michael Piper. His first catalog (March 93) is 42 pages of
  new and used LPs and CDs, with a lot more vinyl than cd stock. The
  catalog probably has about 1400 items or more, mostly obscure
  psychadelic and progressive. Some of the prices are collectors
  prices (one item here is listed at $975!) but there's a lot of
  reasonably priced items too. I bought from him once. He gave me a
  partial refund with the order because he noticed the condition
  wasn't quite as good as he had rated it in the catalog.

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::Name::
  ZNR Records
::Address::
  P.O.Box 58040, Louisville, KY 40268-0040
::Comments::
  Have their own label. I wrote to them once about a couple specific
  titles, he had them but the asking price was a joke. Asked them to
  send a catalog, they sent an auction list of some rare prog LPs. I
  know a lot of people who buy from them.

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::Name::
  Zolumbo
::Address::
  PO Box 32935, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420
::Email::
  zolumbo@flinet.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.flinet.com/~zolumbo>
::Comments::

IN STOCK- progressive, classic rock, rock rock compact discs. Imports
from Europe, Japan, Scandinavia. Serving USA and Canada.


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::Name::
  Zounds Records
::Address::
  3422 Cherry Tree Ln., Erlanger, KY 41018
::Comments::
  The guy who runs Zounds was the former partner of Steve Roberts of
  ZNR (he's the `Z').  I've ordered from him with no problems for the
  most part, though I did get one LP (an expensive one) which I
  thought was not in the advertised condition.

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			Vendors outside the USA
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::Name::
  Beastone Records/Hideake Ueda
::Address::
  24-15-405, Atsubetsu-Chuo 4-2, Sapporo 004, Japan
::Comments::
  I've only ordered from Beastone a few times, their catalog is
  extensive but mostly general interest stuff (non-progressive), but
  they do (or did) have a decent selection of "Live" (ahem) CD's and
  other "Rarities"... And he will find things for you that aren't in
  the catalog. My first dealing with Beastone was in an effort to
  locate the o/p Happy the Man CD that I didn't get from Calendula
  (see above), and they came through almost immediately ! I haven't
  ordered from them in a long time, but they do take IMO's in US
  Currency, and deliver stuff very quickly (more quickly than most
  domestic outfits). Hideake Ueda is the guy's name.

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::Name::
  Bernard Ballet
::Address::
  Metropolis Import, 12 Rue Saint-Leonard, 44000 NANTES, France
::Phone::
  (16) 40 89 12 03

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::Name::
  Broken Records
::Address::
  PO Box 4416, London, SW19 8XR, UK
::Comments::
  Run by Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin. Deals mainly in their
  material and related stuff. You can get the National Health
  "Complete" CD set from here in the UK.

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::Name::
  CD Connection
::Address::
  P.O. Box 10 14 31, 6900 Heidelberg, Germany
::Comments::
  Advertises in Goldmine; carries lots of bootlegs. Some folks I know
  have dealt with them with no problem. Another friend claims to have
  been ripped off and says he knows other who have been too.
  Goldmine refused to get involved in any disputes between advertisor
  and customer. If you order from these guys you run the risk of
  customs seizures. Best bet is to insure, which won't protect from
  customs but might help if they claim the discs were shipped and you
  never received them.

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::Name::
  CD Distributions
::Address::
  Postbus 460, 3990 GG Houten, The Netherlands
::Phone::
  31-30-6341682
::Fax::
  31-30-6341682
::Comments::

Apparently filling in the gap left by the defunct SI Music outlet.


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::Name::
  Compact Disc Services
::Address::
  Magnum House, 140 Seagate, Dundee, DD1 2HF, Scotland
::Phone::
  (01382) 76595
::Fax::
  (01382) 736702
::Comments::

Their main specialty is electronic and new age synth music: what they
don't know about the availability of T.Dream, Kit Watkins, Gandalf,
etc, etc, isn't worth knowing.  They are also very helpful with all
manner of progressive stuff, including Gong, Canterbury, Bruford,
Camel, etc, etc.  These were the guys who, when I called up about a
CD of Pink Floyd's Relics, instantly knew that it was only ever
available from Australia, its legality was in some doubt, and has
been out of print for about two years. They will get imports from
anywhere in the world, and if you're thinking about a Japanese
import, they will often have a good idea whether it's likely to soon
become available from elsewhere, and therefore be much cheaper if you
wait a while. Their prices are not discounted, and they do charge
postage, but they give a good service (recorded delivery within the
UK), and always seem to know how to try and get obscure stuff.

Very good outlet, reliable with reasonable prices (for Britain :-).
This months ad shows releases by Anyone's Daughter, Asia Minor,
Cannata, Circus, Cirkel, The Enid, Ivory, Kaipa, Kayak, Mercy Train,
Mythos, Pendragon, Red Jasper, SRC and Summer Indoors all for around
$17.00.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Compact Huset
::Address::
  Austmannav. 9, P.O.Box 1756, 5501 Haugesund, Norway
::Phone::
  +47 52 71 61 70
::Fax::
  +47 52 72 98 19
::Comments::
  They deal in all kinds of music, if interested in special things,
  talk to Arnstein (manager) who know most about everything. They are
  very helpful. They release 2 main catalogs and 10 updates pr. year.
  Catalogues can be subscribed for 5-6 pounds for one year, 9-10 for
  two years. Most of the catalog is printed in norwegian, but there
  are some english columns as well. Their normal prices are around
  13-14 pounds of which 18.02% can be deducted (norw. VAT). Special
  offers, discounts etc. are also obtainable. Orders for foreign
  customers are at minimum 500 nok (45-47 pounds), orders can be
  phoned, faxed or mailed (snail-mail). Note that it is the cost of
  the total order that is important, not the actual cost (if any
  records are unavailable). They prefer payment by creditcards (VISA,
  AMERICAN EXPRESS and MASTERCARD), but pre-payment is also accepted
  through a proforma invoice. If things are out of stock, and
  therefore the delivery takes some time, they will inform you on
  your order-status if you call them. A ver

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Cranium Music
::Address::
  PO Box 103-09, Te Rapa, Hamilton, New Zealand
::Phone::
  +64 7 824 8240
::Fax::
  +64 7 824 8240
::Email::
  richard@cranium.co.nz
::Comments::
  Import and sell Progressive, Space Rock,Psychedelic, Electronic &
  Experimental music. New catalogue every 2nd month with supplements
  in between so that this way we have a new publication once a month,
  with the supplement listing new releases & imports between
  catalogues. Stock totals some 700 items with 99% being CD's. Labels
  that we deal with: Acme, Cyclops, Delerium, Dovetail, Emergency
  Broadcast System, Mystic Stones, Voiceprint (all UK) Crimsonic,
  Foxtrot, Xotic Mind (Sweden), Erdenklang, Manikin, Music Is
  Intelligence (Germany), Art Sublime, Lasers Edge, Wild Places (USA)
  plus Spalax (France). We also run a weekly two hour radio show and
  called "THE CRANIUM MUSIC SHOW". As we are sole distributors for
  some of the above labels we are starting to get some shops stocking
  Prog etc.  By the way I think we can SAFELY say we are the largest
  stockists of Prog, Psychedelic etc in NZ (and POSSIBLY Australia).

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Delerium Records/The Freak Emporium
::Address::
  PO Box 1288, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 9YB, UK.
::Tel::
  +44 (0)1753 893008
::Fax::
  +44 (0)1753 892879
::Email::
  delerium@mail.bogo.co.uk
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.delerium.co.uk/>
::Comments::
  Extensive mail-order list combining new releases and reissues.
  Concentrates mainly on psychedelic and underground titles, ltd
  edition reissues from 60s through 90s. Send E:Mail, SAE or IRC for
  current list. Updated lists of new stock also available on
  request.  Our tastes are quite diverse: Prog-rock, Space-Rock,
  Kraut-Rock, Psychedelia, Garage, Folk-Psych, Ambient, Rave - and
  everypoint inbetween. We also run our own label, dedicated to
  releasing new progressive/psychedelic and underground music by new
  artists; and a Porcupine Tree information service. Credit cards
  accepted, but there is a 5% surcharge. Order turn-round is usually
  24 to 48 hours, and goods are dispatched the same day payment is
  received. Double CD "Pick & Mix" label sampler available for 5 UK,
  6 Europe, 7 (or $12 US Cash) elsewhere. Cheques/PO's payable to
  "Delerium Records".

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Diffusion I Media
::Address::
  4487 Rue Adam, Montreal (QC), Canada H1V 1T9
::Comments::
  Carry some Canadian emusic indie artists like Michel Redolfi,
  Bernard Parmaging and others. Only accept US postal MO, IMO or
  check drawn on a Canadian bank.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Discipline Global Mobile
::Address::
  PO Box 1533, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5ER
::Fax::
  (+44) (01722) 781042
::Fax::
  (+44) (01722) 780165
::Email::
  73064.1470@compuserve.com
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/aig/staff/toby/dgm/catalog.html>
::Comments::
  Official outlet for King Crimson/Robert Fripp projects in the UK as
  part of Fripp's new distributed distribution project. They now take
  credit card orders by email for which they need your full name (as
  apearing on the card), full postal address, card number and card
  expiry date. You can also order by credit card from the World Wide
  Web page given above.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  G.A.S. - Gong Appreciation Society
::Address::
  PO Box 871, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9FE, UK
::Comments::
  GAS in the UK carries a number of tapes of rare Gong and Gong
  related folks, LPs, CDs, tshirts, posters, lyrics, newsletters,
  tour info and other goodies. Also see the US GAS listing above.  As
  of 1990, GAS Membership costs 8 pounds per year. You receive atape
  of unreleased material, a discount of 10% on anything ordered, and
  quarterly newsletters to which you are welcome to contribute.  I
  suspect rates may have changed. I'd recommend sending an IRC asking
  for more info.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Electronic Dreams
::Address::
  c/o Clive Littlewood, Silverton Villa, Higher Bugle, St. Austell,
  Cornwall, PL26 8PY, UK
::Phone::
  +44 (01726) 850232
::Fax::
  +44 (01726) 69135
::Comments::
  Phone contact should ask for "Cleve" and aim to phone between 5.30
  and 6.30pm. Electronic Dreams is a label and outlet for new
  electronic music.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Eventyr Record
::Address::
  PO Box 12319 - 00135, Rome, Italy
::Phone::
  +39-6-3326 2264
::Fax::
  +39-6-3326 2654
::Comments::

Mail order home of the Progland label. Also carries things from  the
following labels: Seventh, Ageness, Ciclo, Briskeby, Kalemegdan,
WMMS, Mezzo Disctribution, Progressive Rock Worldwide, Vinyl Top and
Ars Mundi.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  GFT
::Address::
  33a Tolworth Park Road, Tolworth, Surrey, KT6 7RL
::Phone::
  +44 (0181) 339 9965 (Monday to Friday & answerphone at weekends)
::Fax::
  +44 (0181) 399 0070
::Comments::
  Good reputation. Run by Malcolm Parker who is really friendly on
  the phone and very helpful generally. In addition to being a
  pleasant place to order from, their prices are superb (modulo the
  UK!)  ... I have not seen a cheaper place in the UK. Their
  catalogue has a good range, nothing too esoteric, plus special
  sections devoted to Canterbury, `Head' music etc. P and P rates are
  very good indeed and they seem to send orders of 3+ CDs recorded
  delivery. Very quickly too ... I often get next-day service even if
  I ring in the afternoon! They have a special offers list that
  includes currently favoured material that's offered at an all-in
  rate which includes P and P. They also send out an update with
  end-of-line items. A very good mail order outlet.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Tim Holden
::Address::
  139 Hawkfield Crescent NW, Calgary, Canada T3G 1Z4
::Phone::
  (403) 241-9073  (5-9 PM PST)
::Comments::
  Tim is a guy who deals mainly in used LPs and works shows in his
  area, he's got good contacts with a lot of other dealers &
  collectors in his area, and seems to have no trouble finding rare
  and out-of-print stuff if you give him a little time. He found me 6
  o/p albums by Maneige over the course of the last year, and found
  the whole FM catalog for a friend of mine, including the rare first
  album "Headroom", all for very reasonable prices. His service is
  extremely good, turn-around-time is quick, and he's a really
  friendly chap to talk with on the phone. Recommended for o/p
  stuff.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Mike Lloyd Music Mail Order
::Address::
  14-20 Brunswick Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1DR, UK
::Phone::
  (01782) 269012
::Comments::

Formerly known as Lotus Records, these guys have specialized catalogs
for Canterbury, Zeuhl (Magma), and other stuff.

I've only ordered from them once, but I got both Paga CDs as well as
the 2CD version of Magma Live.  These three discs are nearly
impossible to get in the US, but I called Mike Lloyd's and got them
with no problem. Shipping did take about a month, but it was well
worth the wait. When you call, ask for Andy or Clarey, as they handle
the mail order division.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Mirage
::Address::
  612 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS12 7RF, UK
::Comments::
  Last I checked (several years ago) this was a one man operation,
  Martin K Reed.  He has a decent variety of British indie electronic
  musicians like Ian Boddy, Steve Frost and Mark Shreeve.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Musea
::Address::
  68 La Tinchotte, 57117 Retonfey, France
::Fax::
  (33) 87366473
::Email::
  musea@id-net.fr
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.id-net.fr/musea/>
::Comments::

Musea is a label with over 200 productions to its name including many
prestigious groups such as Minimum Vital, Atoll, and Pulsar. The
Musea catalog has a thousand titles including independent productions
from all over the world as well as imports from Japan, Brazil, Korea,
Italy, Germany, Poland, etc.. The label also publishes the
French-language Musea magazine.

Musea take credit card orders by email and aim for a 3 to 5 day turn
around. They have an excellent Web catalogue and ordering service.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  The Music Specialists
::Address::
  50 Raffles Place, #03-011 Shell Tower, Singapore 0104
::Phone::
  (065) 734-3775
::Fax::
  (065) 224-2785
::Comments::
  Carries a lot of live and bootleg CDs. Similar to the CD Connection
  in Germany, but supposedly more reliable per one friend who has
  used both. They'll send lists for $2.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Normal Mail Order
::Address::
  Bonner Talweg 276, 5300 Bonn 1, Germany
::Phone::
  228-22 06 55
::Fax::
  228-22 16 56
::Comments::
  Excellent selection of bands on tiny labels. Lots of really obscure
  punk, Australian, New Zealand and German bands.  They are very
  prompt at answering fax enquiries and will probably mail you a
  catalogue for free. They are also capable of locating out of date
  obscure vinyl and CD's.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Ohrwaschl
::Address::
  Papenheim str. 11, 80335, Munich, Germany
::Fax::
  089 5504112
::Email::
  ohrwaschl@t-online.de
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.c-lab.de/~rms/ff/ohrwaschl.html>
::Comments::

The famous Krautrock label's mail order outlet. They specialise in,
surprisingly, Krautrock, 70s progressive and world-music.


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Orage Rock Progressif Enr.
::Address::
  C.P. 58058 Qubec, Qubec, Canada, G2B 5H4
::Phone::
  (418) 847-1116
::Comments::
  This is a very convenient source for Canadian prog. rock fans, with
  reasonable prices (in Canadian dollars).

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Pastel Blue
::Email::
  Mike@pastel.demon.co.uk
::WWW::
  <URL:http://www.demon.co.uk/pastel/>
::Comments::

Here is some of the blurb you get when you send the body "help" to
the above email adress: Pastel Blue is a mail order CD and video
shop, located in England.  At the last count we had 35000 CDs, 3500
CD singles, 4200 videos and 900 games in our database, which you can
search by email using commands described below. We accept orders by
email and payment by cash, cheque or credit card, and can export to
any country.

Large collection (incl. > 100.000 american import cd's), good prices
and shipping rates, reliable, but quite slow (they don't have
anything in stock). On their list there's p.e. Anglagard, Brand X,
Happy the Man, Gryphon, National Health, Yezda Urfa, ...


	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Store::
  Piccadilly Records
::Address::
  5/7 Brown Street, Manchester, M2 1DA, UK
::Phone::
  +44 (0161) 839 8008
::Comments::
  Not actually visited this outlet but I have had things bought for
  me from there. Said things were quite obscure and had hand-written
  stickers giving details of genre and links to other artists which
  impressed.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Possible Productions
::Address::
  Avenue Sana Fe 3044-1, 1425 Capital Federal, Buenos Aires,
  Argentina
::Fax::
  010-54-1-8211372
::Comments::
  "Official" outlet for King Crimson/Robert Fripp projects in South
  America.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Recrec Laden+Mail
::Address::
  Rotwandstr 64, 8004, Zurich, Switzerland
::Phone::
  +41-1 - 291 46 60
::Fax::
  +41-1 - 291 46 62
::Comments::
  The RecRec label has lots of quirky European releases like Fred
  Frith, Bruniferd, Nimal and so on. They run a respectable shop
  front and, from the same address, a mail order service.  Obviously
  they have all the RecRec releases in stock, but they have a
  generally good selection.  Their catalogue is not free. It's a
  paperback about an inch thick and full of amusing opinions.  They
  are probably only amusing if you can read German.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  RR Megacorp
::Address::
  79 Beulah Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 8JG, UK
::Phone::
  +44 (0181) 771 1063
::Fax::
  +44 (0181) 771 3138
::Email::
  jf23@dial.pipex.com
::Comments::
  Label/business set up by central RIO musician/composer Chris Cutler
  in 1978 that's still going strong. The RR label covers a huge
  diversity of musics from all over the world. What the label covers
  and what the mail-order side stocks is decided purely on Cutler's
  perception of musical merit. It therefore doesn't "carry labels" as
  such. Issues a catalogue with frequent updates. There is a lot of
  obscure and fantastic music in the RR catalogue ... highly
  recommended that you take a look at it.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Stanislav Hapla
::Address::
  Jungmannova 7/692, 736 01 Havirov-Mesto, Czechoslovakia
::Comments::
  A possible source for East European CD releases.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Taxim Records
::Address::
  Postfach 10 11 43, 2900 Bremen 1, Germany
::Comments::
  I originally got referred to Taxim when I wrote directly to Line
  Records looking for a distributor for their product. I've ordered
  from them a bunch of times and have always had very good luck (they
  accept major credit cards as well, which simplifies things a lot
  when ordering from overseas). They apparently no longer carry the
  entire Line label and as such I've had difficulty finding things in
  their catalog that I couldn't find from a domestic distributor, so
  I haven't ordered anything in a year or so. Prices are very good.
  Catalog is a glossy mag, all in german.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Terrapin Trucking Company
::Address::
  2 Park Road, Crouch End, London, N8 8TD, UK
::Phone::
  (0181) 342-8851
::Fax::
  (0181) 341-5174
::Comments::
  I regularly fax orders to them using my Mastercard - if they don't
  have it they don't charge for it!  Shipping to America costs about
  $3.00 for the first disc and $1.50 for each subsequent one.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Ultima Thule
::Address::
  1 Conduit Street, Leicester, LE2 0JN, UK
::Phone::
  +44 (0116) 2854545
::Fax::
  +44 (0116) 2854555
::Comments::
  Ultima Thule is a store and mailorder business affiliated with
  Audion Magazine and thus run by two extremely knowledgeable
  gentlemen. Large A4 catalogue every year with a great deal in it.
  They send out update lists regularly to active customers. You need
  to subscribe (not expensive) to these if you are not an active
  customer. A superb selection, covering the whole range of
  progressive and new music. A little expensive compared with other
  UK outlets. They take just about any form of payment and offer
  various mail schemes including listen-and-return if you do not like
  it and all of this internationally. If you live in the UK, next day
  delivery is the norm. I often order by phone in the afternoon and
  receive goods the next morning. Very highly recommended indeed.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Vinyl-Virus
::Address::
  P.O. Box 1164, 7526 U-Weiher, Germany
::Comments::
  Supposedly a source of bootlegs - I saw the address in a post to
  rec.music.gdead where someone was asking for any more info on this
  place.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

::Name::
  Voiceprint
::Address::
  P.O. Box 5, Derwentside, County Durham, UK, DH9 7HR
::Phone::
  (0191) 512 1103
::Email::
  Rob@vprint.demon.co.uk
::Comments::
  Mainly new Canterbury-related releases. Including stuff by Daevid
  Allen, Robert Wyatt, Jakko Jakszyk and Rick Biddulph.

	       ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Frederic Dannen quote at the top of this file is from a very
interesting book about the music industry and the "Powers broker and
fast money inside the music business" and the greed and ambition and
occasional mob and other illegal connections of the industry. It's
pretty ugly stuff and worth reading for a better understanding of why
the artist is often the victim of the industry. - Malcolm Humes

This FAQ is maintained by Phil Kime(Phil.Kime@ed.ac.uk). Comments,
questions, and criticisms are positively always welcome.  This text
was taken in part from the previous versions of this FAQ, which were
maintained by Scott McMahan, and Mike Borella. The FAQs were brought
into being originally through the sterling efforts of Malcolm Humes.
Many thanks go to all of these gentlemen for their excellent work.
-- 
=                    Phil Kime (Phil.Kime@ed.ac.uk)                   =
=             Centre for Cognitive Science/Dept of Philosophy         =
=                         University of Edinburgh                     =

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