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shop page https://www.facebook.com/xylem777/

Ultima Thule news page http://www.ultimathulerecords.com/news.html


ULTIMA THULE was officially established in 1989 as a mail-order outlet for "Progressive Music From Around The World" - that is the eclectic musical field that bridges from the popular Prog acts of the 1970's through to the cutting-edge of "weird" - electronic, avant-garde, synth, fusions, rock, folk, and all manner of hybrids thereof. All of this chiefly within the taste ranges of avid music collectors, brothers: Alan and Steve Freeman, from Leicester, UK.

I'm Alan Freeman, and I manage the Ultima Thule side of things on Discogs (Steve also has an account as stevefreeman). I've been a collector of progressive and experimental music since 1973, fascinated with electronics, the weird and the challenging. Amateur journalist with Face Out, Neumusik, Audion magazine, and numerous others, record and CD cover notes, etc.
I've been a sound and electronics dabbler "experimental musician" since 1979, and have recorded a number of solos (musique-concrete through to ambient), but have been most prolific in bands/projects like: Alto Stratus, Endgame and Triax, as well as many other projects, solo electronics and synth/ambient, on and off with Shapeshifter for over a decade, live electronics jam sessions at Quadelectronic, etc., etc.

ULTIMA THULE are the publishers of...
Audion Magazine specialist music magazine established in 1986, with 58 printed issues through to 2013, which was relaunched in 2020 as a download pdf/multimedia publication: https://audion1.bandcamp.com/
The Crack In The Cosmic Egg the critically acclaimed 1996 encyclopedia of Krautrock music, now vastly expanded as the 2020 multimedia DVD-Rom edition. Get it here: https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/15760771
The Nurse With Wound Guide (2 editions) discography, reviews, Nurse With Wound list, etc. Out of print. Web version here: http://www.ultimathulerecords.com/nww.html
Audion East Euro Discography former Eastern bloc prog etc. up to the late 1980's. Out of print. Web version here: http://www.ultimathulerecords.com/aEE.htm

Having our own small studio at home has also meant I'm the sound archivist and Tachyon studio engineer (since 1999), manager of our labels Auricle, Ultimate Transmissions, Cosmic Egg, Dark Star (2), etc. We've released hundreds of our own albums on cassette and CD/CDR over the past 3 decades, and also have exclusive releases by Günter Schickert, GAM, Out Of Focus, Kontrast (11), Con Hertz, David Prescott, Ole Højer Hansen, New 7th Music, Chris Conway (2), Jim Tetlow, Sine Wave (2), David Hindmarch, etc., etc. A recent discovery is the excellent instrumental freak-out rock band Ruin (11). All these releases are available via Discogs.

Still a music collector, always on the search for things I may have missed, especially 1970's prog, space-rock, Krautrock, electronic music, and such-like, which is how I came across Discogs. Of course, I now wish I'd joined-up earlier!
I joined Discogs on 2 February 2012, and have since documented all our own releases (along with stevefreeman), added 1,000's of pictures, have done loads of reviews and other stuff, started selling via Discogs (usually over 1,000 titles on sale) and almost got to the 10,000 points mark in 1 year! And I'm still doing my bit when I can.

Note: I currently do not list my collection on Discogs. As Discogs does not have any way of tagging stock to be relisted for sale I use the collection tag to mark such items. I also tag certain other items I have to alert me if people update/change them. You can find our collection list at: http://www.ultimathulerecords.com/collection.txt

Facebook
Ultima Thule, Prog, Psych, Weird page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ultimathulemusic/
Click on the "About" tab when visiting the above group to discover or other Facebook groups, including four
"progressive & underground" groups: British, French, German and Italian, "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg", "Sounds like Krautrock", and "Synth Sequencer Cosmic Electronic".

I (Alan Freeman) am also an admin on these groups...
Krautrock https://www.facebook.com/groups/2210740370/
Space Rock https://www.facebook.com/groups/250641751784914/
Quadelectronic https://www.facebook.com/groups/33530005355/

artist/band pages...
Alto Stratus Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/altostratusfreeman/
Endgame Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/endgamefreemantetlow/
Eruption Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/eruptionfreemantetlow/
Extremities Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/extremitiesfreemantetlowpowell/
Alan Freeman Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/alanfreemanxylem/
Ruin https://www.facebook.com/RuinRockBand/
Triax Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/triaxfreemanpowell/

Some useful characters for Discogs listing...
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Typical heavy carton with crush zones, that we use for LP parcels
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a posté un avis qui a été supprimé depuis. 17 days ago
a ajouté AcidMothersGuruGuru - Tokugoya à sa Wantlist. 18 days ago
a posté un commentaire sur Omecron - Autumn / Walking Around. about 1 month ago
I'd love to know just who the members were, and any background on the band.
Alan Freeman, co-author of "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" Krautrock encyclopedia.
a ajouté Ron Geesin - ExpoZoom à sa Wantlist. about 1 month ago
a ajouté Ma Banlieue Flasque - Le Retour à sa Wantlist. 2 months ago
a posté un avis de Embryo (3) - Opal. 2 months ago
Remastered from an original Cine-Ton Studio master tape copy by Dierks studios, curiously this is a different mix to the original LP, so a must have for the Krautrock completists out there!
a posté un avis de Embryo (3) - Opal. 2 months ago
Remastered from an original Cine-Ton Studio master tape copy by Dierks studios, curiously this is a different mix to the original LP, so a must have for the Krautrock completists out there!
a posté un avis de Cineton Studio, München. 2 months ago
Also recorded at Cineton, but not stated on the release...
Embryo - Opal, LP on Ohr (1970)
Pierre Favre - Drum Conversation, LP on Calig (1970)

and many others, no doubt.
a référencé Triumvirat - Old Loves Die Hard. 2 months ago
a référencé Jordsjø - Pastoralia. 2 months ago
a posté un avis de Diagonal (2) - Arc. 2 months ago
I really liked the Diagonal debut album, but I would never have guessed that this was the same band at all. Well, it is a long while after, and I didn't rate the second that much either, but that's music, some bands improve with age, some don't.
a référencé Chris Karrer - The Mask. 3 months ago
a référencé Kluster (3) - Zwei Osterei. 3 months ago
a référencé Mœbius* & Plank* - Rastakraut Pasta. 3 months ago
a référencé Mœbius* & Plank* - Material. 3 months ago
a référencé Approaching Infinity - Triton. 3 months ago
a posté un commentaire sur Third Ear Band - Necromancers Of The Drifting West. 3 months ago
Yes, would seem to be bleed-through, as the "sea shanty" bit is not there at all on the master tape version used on the Alchemy Esoteric release.
a référencé Steve Jolliffe - Time Machine. 3 months ago
a référencé Steve Jolliffe - Ethereal. 3 months ago
a référencé Steve Jolliffe - The Bruton Suite. 3 months ago
a référencé Steve Jolliffe - Warrior. 3 months ago
a référencé Steve Jolliffe - Journeys Out Of The Body. 3 months ago
a ajouté Else Marie Pade - Et Glasperlespil à sa Wantlist. 4 months ago
a ajouté Catastrophe (2) - High Dynamic à sa Wantlist. 6 months ago
a posté un commentaire sur Krokodil. 7 months ago
Drummer Dude Durst has never heard of such a thing as Russian synthetic heroin.
a posté un commentaire sur The Blues Goes On. 7 months ago
Quoted is written by me, Alan Freeman (at Ultima Thule)

For more info from a band member, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIPlnBEo1Pk
a référencé The Brain (23) - Experiments For Guitar + Machines. 7 months ago
a référencé Quadelectronic - Cities In Flight. 8 months ago
a posté un avis de Das Blaue Palais - D​-​UF 73 (Dufte). 8 months ago
This all sounds like a modern technically pure but rather bland development on the La Düsseldorf sound. I guess those that like the 80s solos by Michael Rother, or stuff from La! Neu?, Camera, et al., may well love it. For me, it's all just too... I'm... Voir l'avis en entier
a référencé Various - Head In The Clouds. 9 months ago
a référencé Gral Brothers - Caravan East. 9 months ago
a référencé Various - Audion 56 (multimedia). 9 months ago
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a référencé Melodic Energy Commission - Electreum. 10 months ago
a référencé Various - Audion 23 (multimedia). 10 months ago
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a référencé Various - Audion 52 (multimedia). 10 months ago
a référencé Various - Audion 59 (multimedia). 10 months ago
a posté un commentaire sur Vertigo. 10 months ago
If just one copy was ordered by each record shop in he UK back in the 1970s, then we're talking some 5,000 or more copies. But, some extremely rare LPs these days sold much more than that back then, back in the days when most people had cheapo Garard... Voir l'avis en entier
a ajouté Drömedaren - It's About Tea Time... à sa Wantlist. 11 months ago
a posté un commentaire sur ECM Records. 11 months ago
That looks like a stock image. I'm pretty sure the copies we had back in the day had barcodes. Although it's a long time ago. The LP version does. Maybe you have a rare issue?
a référencé Alto Stratus - Vrije: Blitzkrieg. 11 months ago
a référencé Alto Stratus - Vrije: Terminus. 12 months ago