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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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Multimorph - Spring Equinox 22
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Perigeo - Antologia
added Perigeo - Antologia to their wantlist. 24 days ago
Peter Frohmader - Jules Verne Cycle
submitted Peter Frohmader - Jules Verne Cycle. 30 days ago
Conrad Schnitzler & Wolfgang Hertz, Con-Hertz* - Face On Radio
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Soft Ffog - Soft Ffog
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AeTopus - Urbus
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Triax (2) - Morphology
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Triax (2) - Morphology
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Quasars - Rock Electrónico Chileno 1975-1978
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Endgame - EQ festival 2008
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Guru Guru
posted a comment on Guru Guru. 4 months ago
It's on Discogs as an ANV. Mani says the name was a marketing ploy by Brain/Metronome, and never a real band name. They only did the one Metronome tour as "Sunband" and then reverted to just Guru Guru.
Peter Frohmader - Orakel / Tiefe
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Endgame - Metabolism
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Endgame - Metabolism
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Manticore
posted a comment on Manticore. 5 months ago
Manticore early 1970s pressing guide...

The very first issues were independent issues, with cat#: ANTI 200#

Manticore K435## LP labels exist in at least 4 variations...
1. ca. 1973: beige label background, with brown logo and outer ring, with... See full review
Various - Journey To The End Of Night
submitted Various - Journey To The End Of Night. 7 months ago
Various - A Cage Went In Search Of A Bird (Complete Edition)
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Tapestry Records
posted a comment on Tapestry Records. 9 months ago
The Tapestry label is absolutely nothing to do with Akarma.
Superfjord - For The Moment Vol. 1 (G Livelab, Helsinki, 31 Jan 2020)
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Agusa - En Annan Värld
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The Interstellar Cementmixers - Dimension X
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Peter Tedstone - Ten To Strange
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Peter Tedstone - Ten To Strange
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Peter Tedstone - Adventure In Algiers
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Peter Tedstone - Adventure In Algiers
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Peter Tedstone - View
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Peter Tedstone - View
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Nabor (2) - Prophet Des Lichtes
posted a review of Nabor (2) - Prophet Des Lichtes. 11 months ago
This is rock 'n' roll and blues, and not Krautrock in any way at all. Being German doesn't mean it is Krautrock. It's all of very poor quality musically, with lots of out-of-tune singing and poor coordination from the band members. As such, it sounds... See full review
Elds Mark - Elds Mark
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AcidMothersGuruGuru - Tokugoya
added AcidMothersGuruGuru - Tokugoya to their wantlist. 12 months ago
Omecron - Autumn / Walking Around
posted a comment on Omecron - Autumn / Walking Around. about 1 year 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.
Ron Geesin - ExpoZoom
added Ron Geesin - ExpoZoom to their wantlist. about 1 year ago
Ma Banlieue Flasque - Le Retour
added Ma Banlieue Flasque - Le Retour to their wantlist. about 1 year ago
Embryo (3) - Opal
posted a review of Embryo (3) - Opal. about 1 year 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!
Embryo (3) - Opal
posted a review of Embryo (3) - Opal. about 1 year 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!
Cineton Studio, München
posted a review of Cineton Studio, München. about 1 year 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.
Triumvirat - Old Loves Die Hard
submitted Triumvirat - Old Loves Die Hard. about 1 year ago
Jordsjø - Pastoralia
submitted Jordsjø - Pastoralia. about 1 year ago
Diagonal (2) - Arc
posted a review of Diagonal (2) - Arc. about 1 year 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.
Chris Karrer - The Mask
submitted Chris Karrer - The Mask. about 1 year ago
Kluster (3) - Zwei Osterei
submitted Kluster (3) - Zwei Osterei. about 1 year ago
Mœbius* & Plank* - Rastakraut Pasta
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Mœbius* & Plank* - Material
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Approaching Infinity - Triton
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Third Ear Band - Necromancers Of The Drifting West
posted a comment on Third Ear Band - Necromancers Of The Drifting West. about 1 year 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.
Steve Jolliffe - Time Machine
submitted Steve Jolliffe - Time Machine. about 1 year ago
Steve Jolliffe - Ethereal
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Steve Jolliffe - The Bruton Suite
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Steve Jolliffe - Warrior
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