Have a cigar, boy, Roy Harper’s back catalog going
back into print!
By Fred Mills
Just issued by Koch is a collection
of early titles from legendary UK
folk-rock singer/songwriter Roy Harper — who, if you’ve been paying attention
over the years, has had his praises sung by everyone from Led Zeppelin to Pink
Floyd to Joanna Newsom. This marks the first official US release of albums previously
only available as imports. Freshly restored and repackaged, they are released
on Harper’s own Science Friction record label in exclusive distribution
partnerships with Cadiz Music in UK and KOCH Entertainment in US.
Last week Cadiz issued four albums from Harper’s
catalog via KOCH:
- Stormcock: from 1971, it’s re-released in a case-bound book and has been
cited as a major influence by Johnny Marr and Joanna Newsom.
- Counter Culture: A double CD best-of compilation.
- Jugula: collaboration with Jimmy Page from Led Zep.
- Flat Baroque and Berserk: featuring
such songs as “Don’t You Grieve,” “I Hate the White Man,” and “Another
Harper titles to be released later in 2008 include: The Green Man, The Dream
Society, The Unknown Soldier, and Death or Glory.
In a statement, Harper
noted, “I am delighted that Koch is releasing my albums in the USA. I was
particularly impressed that Michael Rosenberg is a fan of my music. I am
looking to come over to tour in 2009 with my new album.” Added Michael
Rosenberg of KOCH, “Roy Harper is one of the most important songwriters of the
rock era, period. I’ve been a fan of his for decades, since
discovering his music as a teenager. Needless to say, we are thrilled to
be working with him.”
About time old cricketer
Harper returned to the American crease, eh?
Incidentally, if you go to
Harper’s MySpace page, check out his blogs — he’s got two lengthy entries where
he writes about the Stormcock album.