Esoteric Recordings

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Esoteric Recordings
Esoteric Recordings (logo).jpg
Parent company Cherry Red Records
Founded 2007 (2007)
Founder Mark Powell
Distributor(s) Proper Music Distribution
Genre Progressive rock
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London, England
Official website

Esoteric Recordings is a UK independent record label specialising in 1970s progressive rock, folk, psychedelic, and jazz-rock reissues as part of Cherry Red Records. Its releases include both catalogue reissues and new works from artists who share a similar musical heritage.

The label's founder is Mark Powell, who has been a freelance music consultant for Universal, Sony and EMI since 2000, working with Soft Machine, Caravan, Camel, Man, and Hawkwind, as well as producing label retrospectives covering Deram, Decca, Vertigo, Harvest and United Artists. His consultancy work led to the formation of an independent reissue label, titled Eclectic Discs, to license overlooked releases he considered worthwhile but weren't of sufficient commercial stature to interest major labels. Other releases are sourced from the artists themselves, while the label has also been involved in the release of DVD material from artists including Barclay James Harvest.

Speaking in 2008, Powell said:

Among the label's releases have been box sets including the six-CD Jack Bruce Can You Follow? and the four-CD Bill Nelson Trial by Intimacy (The Book of Splendours) as well as standalone releases by artists including: Man, Claire Hamill, The Keef Hartley Band, Egg, Michael Moorcock, Gary Farr, Daevid Allen, and Rare Bird.

In 2012, Esoteric Recordings started a front line record label, Esoteric Antenna, which put out the debut album by Squackett (Steve Hackett and Chris Squire) called A Life Within a Day. It has also signed the Oxford-based band Sanguine Hum and guitarist Matt Stevens.

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1. Interview with Alex Ogg for 'My Favourite Flavour' magazine issue 006 2008