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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 (57 issues as of 2012) specialist music magaizine established in 1986
Various - The Crack In The Cosmic Egg the critically acclaimed 1996 book, and now vastly expanded multimedia CD-Rom - encyclopedia of Krautrock music.
The Nurse With Wound Guide (2 editions) discography, reviews, Nurse With Wound list, etc.
Audion East Euro Discography former Eastern bloc prog etc. up to the late 1980's.

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 going strong! Now also selling VHS and DVDs via Filmogs.

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 my collection list at: http://home.btconnect.com/ultimathule/collection.txt

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Recent Activity
posted a review of Circles - Structures. 1 day ago
Although Bureau B states "unreleased recordings from 1985 to 1989" this is in fact selections from THE THIRD CYCLE (Frog Factory Magic and Slam) plus other tracks on the following download releases: ANALOGISTICS (Digger) 1985-1988, SILENT COIL (Nice ... See full review
posted a review of Pekka Airaksinen - Buddhas Of Golden Light. 13 days ago
Oh, what a cheesy album. And to think this guy once made two of the most innovative of early 1970s LPs. No fantastic dissonance and avant-garde challenges here. It mostly sounds like some 80s computer game music, or rejects from a playful Asmus Tietchens ... See full review
posted a review of Homburg - Hello Houston. 16 days ago
Why on earth this is currently tagged as Krautrock on Discogs beggars belief. Krautrock was the innovative underground of German rock in the late 1960s and 1970s, music that broke boundaries, rebelled against convention and was generally way too weird ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Rock Jazz, Römisches Theater Augst 1978 Vol. 3, Nationales Finale Open Air. 17 days ago
This has one of two known tracks by the Swiss band Ephesus. The other is on the LP of 1979s event: Various - Nationales Finale 1979 Open Air Römisches Theater Augst Rock & Pop Vol. 2
posted a review of Various - Nationales Finale 1979 Open Air Römisches Theater Augst Rock & Pop Vol. 2. 17 days ago
Nice prog and fusion collection. The 1978 festival album can be found here Rock Jazz, Römisches Theater Augst 1978 Vol. 3, Nationales Finale Open Air (however, that doesn't look as though it will be as good as this one).
posted a review of The Shatters - Born To Die. 21 days ago
These were a beat band from Baden who debuted at the Star Club in 1965. Their main influences were The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. You can hear quite a lot of Rolling Stones in "Born To Die" except that Keith Richards never played such freaky guitar ... See full review
posted a comment on Me (3) - Out For The First Time. 22 days ago
I found a sample of the track "Call The Surgeon" a few years back. My notes say "odd borderline prog, reminds of some Talking Heads edged King Crimson songs, with a Gentle Giant / Birth Control edges. Not bad, but too many repeat chorus's in this song!"
posted a review of Think (7) - We'll Give You A Buzz. about 1 month ago
Listening to this, I was sure I was hearing one of those many American "pomp rock" prog bands of tha late 1970s. But, no - these were from New Zealand circa 1976! They certainly have that Starcastle, Styx, Kansas, Journey type of sound - although they ... See full review
posted a review of Synopsis (4) - Gamme. about 1 month ago
Much touted as far superior to Minuit Ville, this is another of those albums that strikes as an Ange/Atoll wannabe. Better than most of the era, still, even with the sizeable instrumental breaks here, they never really get that exciting.
posted a review of Paul Gaffey - Mephistopheles. about 1 month ago
I've seen this listed in some prog collections, so thought it was worth checking out. It doesn't amount to much though. This Australian (I believe) singer, oddly made an album that is very like many a French "prog crooner" and especially Manset - that is ... See full review
posted a review of Opale - La Dernière Toile Du Maître. about 1 month ago
I could say many of the same things about this as Oniris. Wannabe Ange/Atoll type band, who lacked the creativity to really pull it off. Oddly, Opale also sound Canadian, with the folk edges and softer ballad style of songs. Not bad for an indie prog LP ... See full review
posted a review of Oniris - L'Homme-Voilier. about 1 month ago
One of the many French wannabe prog bands of the late 1970s trying to fill the shoes of their mentors: Ange and Atoll. They succeed and fail, as they come across as way too vocal for non French ears, with too many pop elements, and not enough pazzazz in ... See full review
posted a review of Ia - Batiste - Chichonera's Cat. about 1 month ago
Listed as psychedelic folk in some places, I think the Discogs: Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Prog Rock is more apt, but I'd put the accent on pop. Nothing really psychedelic here, and I think one would need to understand the lyrics to enjoy it.
posted a review of Bronx (2) - Club Ricard Song. about 1 month ago
Bronx were a run-of-the-mill, borderline pop hard-rock band. Not Krautrock in any way whatsoever. Just because it's German and rock does not mean it's Krautrock.
posted a review of Inn Yard Performance - Bobo. about 1 month ago
Some people just have no idea what Krautrock is! Krautrock was an underground psychedelic rooted music with the accent on experimentation. Not pop music! In fact, this is so mainstream and bubblegum, it could have been entered in the Eurovision Song ... See full review
posted a review of Horror Charly - Horror Horror Dance. about 1 month ago
A funny/cheesy spoof-horror party record of sorts. Kind of reminds me of The Vampires Of Dartmoore or Maledictus Sound. I see this has been tagged Krautrock here. But that's not so a at all.
posted a comment on Cottonwoodhill - Places Of Light / Poetry. about 1 month ago
Matrix is the cutting date, before pressing, not the release date.
posted a review of Stall-Studio. about 1 month ago
Known chronology of the Stall-Studio label...

SSU IV-79 - Indigo - DIE ANGEL IM GRAS ‎‎(1979) LP
SSU V/79 - Acid - Acid / She's Alone Again (1979) 7"
SSU VI/79 - Foxfire - BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE ‎‎(1979) LP
SSU VII/79 - The Box - Hot ... See full review
posted a review of Riskant. about 1 month ago
Riskant pressings

Original series...
4001 - Goebbels & Harth - DER DURCHDRUGENE MENSCH / INDIANER FÜR MORGEN (©1981, rel. 1982) LP
4002 - The Honeymoon Killers - LES TUEURS DE LA LUNE DE MIEL (©1981, rel. 1982) LP
4003 - Heiner ... See full review
submitted Josef Anton Riedl - Josef Anton Riedl. about 1 month ago
posted a review of Target Music. about 1 month ago
Some useful Discogs references...
Target Music (2) = label & studio in Denmark
Target Music (3) = US publisher
Target Music (4) = Netherlands House label

Target = Italian label
posted a comment on Celluloid. about 1 month ago
It's just a case of people adding the wrong years!
posted a review of Eigelstein Musikproduktion. 2 months ago
My Eigelstein label guide in the revised The Crack In The Cosmic Egg CD-Rom...

The label went through three phases: (each with different label designs): 1. independent, 2. made and distributed by Telefunken, and 3. independent, distributed by ... See full review
submitted Nadeen (4) - Summer Day. 2 months ago
posted a comment on Adrian Marcator* - Inspiration. 2 months ago
This is not the way to do it. You add it to your Wants by clicking on the Add to Wantlist button!
posted a comment on Mathias Grassow - Spiritual Archieves. 2 months ago
Archaic, usually French word for "things of the past" - thus the source for the modern word Archives
submitted Anugama - The Lightness Of Being. 2 months ago
posted a review of Rancid Poultry. 2 months ago
What's in a group name? No, Rancid Poultry weren't a punk band, nor a Black Sabbath inspired Death Metal outfit! Their name was tongue-in-cheek, their music had many influences, the UK underground of the new-wave era like This Heat or Metabolist, along ... See full review
posted a review of Wobbler (2) - Rites At Dawn. 3 months ago
Scarcely would you recognise anything in Wobbler's music hinting at their Norwegian origin. The closest you get is some nods in the direction of the Swedish band Landberk on a couple of tracks. Mostly it's all deliberate pilfering of Yes themes circa ... See full review
posted a review that has since been deleted. 3 months ago
submitted Clothearz - Blod. 3 months ago
submitted Triax (2) - Petrified. 3 months ago
submitted Rancid Poultry - Musicide. 3 months ago
submitted The Interstellar Cementmixers - Dislodged Resonance. 4 months ago
submitted Ruin (11) - Radio Active. 4 months ago
submitted Tartovisti - Hallucinations On The Secret Coast. 4 months ago
posted a review of July (3) - July. 5 months ago
Anyone know if a Stereo version of this exists? The stereo Major Minor stereo version listed on RYM seems to be a myth. Do a search for it and you get no actual results. So, is the US issue on EPIC actually stereo as stated on the labels?
The reason I ... See full review
added Didier Bonin - L'Air Lumiere to their wantlist. 5 months ago
posted a review of Olaf Kübler - Deutsch Nepal. 5 months ago
Based on versions of this as online downloads from the Boom Boom Boom compilation, this single is the Utopia version and Amon Düül II versions remarketed as by Olaf Kübler, which is rather cheeky. Although that doesn't tally with the description here on ... See full review
posted a review of Con-Hertz* - Contrasts. 5 months ago
This page represents the authentic remastered issue from the original tapes! This is Conrad Schnitzler and Wolfgang Hertz at around the same as the "Micon In Italia" album, using unique early digital electronics and sampling along with analogue ... See full review
submitted Con-Hertz* - Contrasts. 5 months ago
posted a review of Embryo (3) - Anthology+. 5 months ago
What's in a title? Well, I bet lots of you out there think that Embryo's "Anthology" LP is a compilation. Go on, you did, didn't you? But actually it's not, it's an all original collection of unreleased and alternate recordings spanning the first 10 ... See full review
posted a review of Karlheinz Stockhausen - Spiral / Wach / Japan / Pole. 5 months ago
This often overlooked 2LP set of Stockhausen electronic music appears complete in the CD release Spiral I & II · Pole · Wach · Japan · Zyklus · Tierkreis · In Freundschaft (along with other works) in pure stunning quality.
posted a review of Tentacle - The Angel Of Death. 5 months ago
Quite a nice prog/hard-rock obscurity from the 1970s. Probably eligible for the Scottish top 20 of such music. They mostly remind me of bands like T2 and Andromeda, although they didn't have the song-writing skills of either, and quite a bit of it is ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Center Of Beat Star-Club Hamburg. 5 months ago
This compilation is mostly British bands that made it on the Hamburg scene. For instance The Giants here are not to be confused with the Hamburg band of the same name. It would seem that the only actual German bands here are: The Tremors and The Bats.
posted a review of Various - 16 Beat Groups From The Hamburg Scene. 5 months ago
This compilation is mostly British bands that made it on the Hamburg scene. For instance The Giants here are not to be confused with the Hamburg band of the same name. It would seem that the only actual German bands here are: The Beat Brothers and The ... See full review
posted a review of The Giants (9). 5 months ago
Note: it is confusing that two completely different bands called The Giants were playing in Hamburg at the same time. The Giants = the German band, The Giants (9) = the English band (with Tony Vincent)
posted a review of The Giants. 5 months ago
Note: it is confusing that two completely different bands called The Giants were playing in Hamburg at the same time. The Giants = the German band, The Giants (9) = the English band (with Tony Vincent)
posted a comment that has since been deleted. 5 months ago
posted a review of Pink Floyd - KQED Seven T. 5 months ago
This DVD is taken from a VHS copy of the actual TV broadcast from 1970. It has quite a few image roll and picture break-up flaws, but is not bad quality with good sound. The actual KQED TV broadcast film is now officially available in the Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1965-1972 set ... See full review