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Data creazione: 14 Nov 2011
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Progressive music on the virgin label.

Branson and Powell had initially run a small record shop called Virgin Records and Tapes on Notting Hill Gate, London, specialising particularly in "krautrock" imports, and offering bean bags and free vegetarian food for the benefit of customers listening to the music on offer.[2] After making the shop into a success, they turned their business into a fully fledged record label. The name Virgin, according to Branson (in his autobiography), arose from Tessa Watts, a colleague of his, when they were brainstorming business ideas. She suggested Virgin - as they were all new to business - like "virgins".[3] The original Virgin logo (known to fans as the "Gemini" or "Twins" logo) was designed by English artist and illustrator Roger Dean: a young naked woman in mirror image with a large long-tailed serpent and the word "Virgin" in Dean's familiar script. A variation on the logo was used for the spin-off Caroline Records label.

The first release on the label was the progressive rock album Tubular Bells by multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield in 1973, for which the fledgling label garnered unprecedented acclaim.[4] This was soon followed by some notable krautrock releases, including electronic breakthrough album Phaedra by Tangerine Dream (which went Top 10), and The Faust Tapes and Faust IV by Faust. The Faust Tapes album retailed for 49p (the price of a 7" single) and as a result allowed this relatively unknown band to reach number 12 in the album charts. Other early albums include Gong's Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible, Pt. 1), which Daevid Allen has been quoted as having never been paid for.

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  • Flight123

    http://www.last.fm/music/Various+Artists/Losing+Our+Virginity+%28The+First+4+Years+%2773+-+%2776%29

    23 Dic 2013 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    Well, I was wrong - I see Virgin has released 'Losing Our Virginity', a compilation spanning 73-77 in original Roger Dean artwork and featuring many of our heroes above! I am sure we would disagree on the compilation but at least this part of the label's history has been acknowledged. Comes with extensive booklet so I must for Virgin prog-heads!

    19 Dic 2013 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    I note that Virgin have virtually excluded and ignored its progressive era from its 40th birthday celebrations, see http://www.virgin40.com/ Only Oldfield and Tangerine Dream get a look in. However, the site posts a video of the Tubular Bells set featuring members of Henry Cow, Gong etc. Very disappointing - its as if Branson wants to air-brush all this from Virgin's history!

    18 Ago 2013 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    Stuart Maconie Freak Zone special with Richard Branson on early Virgin records! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sq0hl

    5 Giu 2013 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    UK readers, check out this week's Radio Times. Excellent interview from Danny Baker with Richard Branson. Baker confronts Branson with a stack of albums from the early Virgin era. Tangerine Dream, Wigwam and Henry Cow all mentioned, and of course, Oldfield. All too brief insight from Branson but enjoyable nonetheless!

    27 Mag 2013 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    John Greaves/Peter Blegvad/Lisa Herman should be added as a connected artist. Their astonishing album Kew. Rhone, is an over-looked classic. It is astonishing to think that Virgin funded it (given what we know now about their attitude to Henry Cow, etc.) and that it was released the same day as their new 'label-mates', the Sex Pistols' 'Never Mind the Bollocks'...

    31 Ott 2012 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    Lol Coxhill tribute, 19th September, Cecil Sharp House, London.

    24 Ago 2012 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    http://www.progdocs.com/Home.html

    16 Lug 2012 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    On another note, UK viewers will see the latest Branson ad. for Virgin banking. It starts with a vinyl copy (and the theme from) 'Tubular Bells'. Sadly, no sign of the original Roger Dean design!

    23 Mar 2012 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    Interesting, reading the article on David Toop in the latest issue of The Wire (338) it mentions the compilation he did for Virgin 'Ocean of Sound', released in 1995, which triggered this reaction: 'There was a wild moment at Virgin in the mid-1990s, when a sector of the company, flashbacked to the label's pre-punk spirit of experimental eccentricity (Faust, Gong, Lol Coxhill, et al)" It is true that Branson launched V2 not long after, with Slapp Happy's 'Ca Va' as one of its releases...

    23 Mar 2012 Rispondi
  • faustandkluster

    I think I added Comus.

    6 Mar 2012 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    Rather belatedly I have noticed a lack of Clearlight! I think Comus also slip into the Virgin progressive fold (Lindsay Cooper was with them before joining Henry Cow)

    28 Feb 2012 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    According to Branson's autobiog. four albums were released simultaneously to launch Virgin records: 'Tubular Bells', 'Flying Teapot', 'The Faust Tapes' and 'Manor Live'! He later notes the Gong incident at the label's offices in 1976 and hearing Simon Draper playing the Sex Pistols as events that began the demise of 'Virgin Progressive Music'.

    16 Feb 2012 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    In response to Blutos below, check out: http://calyx.perso.neuf.fr/ Most of the Virgin prog bands have a full discography located there.

    20 Gen 2012 Rispondi
  • faustandkluster

    Gilgamesh is now added. Thanks for the tip.

    19 Gen 2012 Rispondi
  • blutos

    Has anyone ever went through the effort of putting together a full and detailed discography of their releases? I'm sure there's great stuff out there which no one has heard!

    18 Gen 2012 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    Gilgamesh also need to be added! Although released through the Caroline subsidiary, they were undoubtedly part of the Virgin prog roster and had very close links with the Hatfields - which ultimately resulted in National Health.

    17 Gen 2012 Rispondi
  • faustandkluster

    Can has now been added.Thanks for all the tips.

    1 Dic 2011 Rispondi
  • Flight123

    Can should be added - Virgin released three of their albums but were then part of the prog clear out in 1977.

    1 Dic 2011 Rispondi
  • umberto71

    That's right, my mistake. Much as I love Kevin Coyne, for a moment I erased the word "progressive" in this groups name ;)

    30 Nov 2011 Rispondi
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