Invisible Hands Music

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Invisible Hands Music
Founded1987 (1987)
FounderCharles Kennedy
Country of origin England
LocationLondon
Official websiteinvisiblehands.co.uk

Invisible Hands Music is an obscure UK-based independent record label.[1]

The label is owned and run entirely by Charles Kennedy who started out by self-releasing cassettes sold at gigs by his first band 'Night World' in 1987. The first CD release was Fretwork Southeast, a compilation album of local bands from Southwest London in 1993. After three more CDs in the series, and an eponymous debut album by Kennedy's alias The Aries Project, the label moved into signing legacy artists starting with Wishbone Ash, and singer-songwriter, Rob Reynolds. Other releases in the 1990s, distributed by Pinnacle in the UK, included electro compilations such as Speed Garage Invasion and Drum n Bass Invasion.

After a gap of five years, the label restarted operations in Camden Town in January 2003, releasing niche cash-in products such as a box set of Emerson, Lake & Palmer remixes by Mike Bennett, a box set of Wishbone Ash demos, and a compilation of covers of David Bowie songs. Hazel O'Connor joined the label with a reissue series of her 1990s albums. Releases included music by guitarist Stevie Salas, Silver Sun (two studio albums), Hugh Cornwell (two studio albums and a live set) and Thomas Dolby (live CD / DVD box set).

In 2008 Invisible Hands signed a partially-reformed lineup of The Jam (sans Paul Weller), and released a new Hugh Cornwell album, Hooverdam, available as a free download.

After a four-year hiatus between 2010 and 2014, the label restarted operations in London's West End, rereleasing The Aries Project's eponymous album under the new title "English Ghosts".

Other artists and releases:

The above 4 releases were half-speed mastered at Abbey Road studios by Miles Showell.

Releases for 2016 were by Animotion, Crosby & Nash, Superdrone (flexi-disk project), REM, Pearl Jam and James Taylor.

Catalogue[edit]

ALBUMS

N/A The Aries Project Echo Park / Ionisphere Blue / Up / Underpass

SINGLES
  • IHSCD4 The Aries Project Shelter, Medina, Stateless
  • IHSCD5 Rob Reynolds Stormy Weather
  • IHSCD6 Rob Reynolds Take It Easy
  • IHST7 Wishbone Ash Heritage (12" vinyl)
  • IHCDS10 Clear Johnny Marr Was A Mistake
  • IHCDS11 Rob Reynolds Sweet Mother
  • IHCDS12 OK Cola Everybody Wants To Be A DJ*
  • IHS14 Forest Giants Postcards (7" vinyl)
  • IHCDS15 Clear Over And Over
  • IHCDS16 Rob Reynolds Heaven Knows
  • IHCDS17 The Kates EP (CD and 12" vinyl)
  • IHCDS19 Hazel O'Connor One More Try
  • IHCDS20 The Kates Suicide Valentine
  • IHCDS21 Junk TV Oh England
  • IHCDS22 Rob Reynolds Sweet Mother
  • IHCDS23 Silver Sun Bubblegum
  • IHCDS25 Rob Reynolds Heaven Knows
  • IHCDS26 Hazel O'Connor Perfect Days
  • IHCDS27 Silver Sun Immediate
  • IHCDS28 Hugh Cornwell Under Her Spell
  • IHCDS29 Hazel O'Connor I'll See You Again/ Hidden
  • IH80T Tangerine Dream "Run To Vegas / Leviathan" (Record Store Day 2018 EP)
  • IHCDFREEME1 Rob Reynolds Free Me
VIDEO (promo only)
  • VHS Rob Reynolds Stormy Weather
  • VHS Rob Reynolds Take It Easy
  • VHS Rob Reynolds Sweet Mother
  • VHS Clear Johnny Marr Was A Mistake
  • VHS Hazel O'Connor One More Try
  • VHS Mick Karn The Jump
  • DVD Various IHM Artists
  • DVD Hugh Cornwell Live In London
RELATED ALBUMS
  • Hugh Cornwell Live: Live It & Breathe It (HISCD004)
  • David Fisher Firehorse
  • Manana Fast Days EP
COMPILATIONS
  • Exposed (In Yer Face Records IYF-01CD) includes Night World Remote
  • Future Sounds Of Underground Garage (Intrinsic Records TOYCD008) includes Night World Grass Roots and DJ Aries In Awe Of Stratus Girl
  • United Flava Of Drum n Bass: The Junglist Jazz Selection (Intrinsic Records TOYCD1006) includes Fledgling feat DJ Tyrone and The Aries Project Baby Jane
  • Definitive Underground Drum n Bass (Ration-L RALVP002CD) includes The Aries Project New Foundations (Fledgling's Incision Mix)
  • Seminal Excursions In Underground Garage: 40 Crucial Cuts (Ration-L RALVP007CD) includes DJ Aries feat Mikey Davenport Sitting All Alone
  • The British At Midem 2004 includes Rob Reynolds Sweet Mother
  • The British At Midem 2005 includes Rob Reynolds Sweet Mother
  • The British At Midem 2007 includes Silver Sun Fallen
  • The British At Popkomm 2005 includes Rob Reynolds Sweet Mother
  • The British At Popkomm 2007 includes Thomas Dolby I Live In A Suitcase
  • AIM For China 2004
  • AIM For America 2006 includes Silver Sun, Rob Reynolds, Hugh Cornwell
  • BPI UK Indie Synch Sampler November 2005 includes Rob Reynolds Change My World

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holder, Bev (29 April 2017). "Johnny Depp favourite Mishka Shubaly to perform at The Duke William in Stourbridge on Friday May 5". Halesowen News.
  2. ^ Libera: Beyond
  3. ^ a b Invisible Hands Music discography at Discogs

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