ESP-disk Records Listing

compiled by Michael Fitzgerald
September 1997-August 4, 2000

This is not a catalog. This is a discographical tool for researchers. I have no idea how to obtain these records. Please visit http://www.espdisk.com/ for such information.

Please visit Paul Costuros's ESP image discography for album covers.

Thanks to contributors:

Mike Buck <mbuck60@hotmail.com>
Paul Costuros <costuros@costuros.com>
Les Fradkin <lfradkin@earthlink.net
Andy Galkin <amgalkin@ix.netcom.com>
Katsuhiro Imai <mtkisco@po.aianet.ne.jp>
Gregor Kessler <gregor@hayfever.de>
Jonathan L. Kutler <jkutler@hotmail.com>
Henry Loess <hloess@pipeline.com>
Paul L. Madarasz <plmad@primenet.com>
Frank Malczewski <malczews@pogo.ast.lmco.com>
Chuck Nessa <nessa@earthlink.net>
Craig Parrish <Cwp1955@aol.com>
Mark Raap <raap@bc.sympatico.ca>
Andrew Rogers <andrew.rogers@east.sun.com>
Jeff Schwartz <jeffs@bgnet.bgsu.edu>
Bernard Stollman
Ken Waxman <cj649@freenet.toronto.on.ca>
Jack Woker <stereo@ix.netcom.com>
François Ziegler <ziegler@math.yale.edu>
<splashone@earthlink.net>


ESP

ARTIST

TITLE

1001

(Esperanto Record)

Ni Kantu En Esperanto

1002

Ayler, Albert

Spiritual Unity

1003

Sanders, Pharoah

Pharoah

1003

Sanders, Pharoah

Pharaoh's First

1004

New York Art Quartet

New York Art Quartet

1005

Allen, Byron

Trio

1006

Coleman, Ornette

Town Hall 1962

1007

Logan, Giuseppi

Quartet

1008

Bley, Paul

Barrage

1009

James, Bob

Explosions

1010

Ayler, Albert

Bells

1011

Blake, Ran

Plays Solo Piano

1012

Davidson, Lowell

Trio featuring Gary Peacock

1013

Logan, Giuseppi

More

1014

Sun Ra

Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, The 1

1015

Graves, Milford

Percussion Ensemble

1016

Ayler, Albert & Don Cherry

New York Eye And Ear Control

1017

Sun Ra

Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, The 2

1018

Fugs, The

Broadside Album

1019

Erdman, Jean

Coach With The Six Insides, The

1020

Ayler, Albert

Spirits Rejoice

1021

Bley, Paul

Closer

1022

Brown, Marion

Quartet

1023

Wright, Frank

Trio

1024

Greene, Burton

Quartet

1025

Waters, Patty

Sings

1026

Grimes, Henry

Call, The

1027

Leary, Timothy

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

1028

Fugs, The

Fugs, The

1029

Tyler, Charles

Ensemble

1030

Simmons, Sonny

Staying On The Watch

1031

Howard, Noah

Quartet

1032

Murray, Sunny

Sunny Murray

1033

(Various Artists)

[ESP Sampler]

1034

East Village Other

East Village Other

1035

Kupferberg, Tuli

No Deposit, No Return

1036

Lancaster, Byard

[NEVER ISSUED?]

1037

Godz, The

Contact High With The Godz

1038

Fugs, The

Virgin Fugs

1039

Burns, Randy

Of Love And War

1040

Brown, Marion

Why Not?

1041

Berger, Karl

From Now On

1042

Hampel, Gunter

Music From Europe

1043

Simmons, Sonny

Music From The Spheres

1044

Watts, Marzette

Marzette & Company

1045

Sun Ra

Nothing Is

1046

 

 

1047

Godz, The

2

1048

Sondheim, Alan

Ritual-All-7-70

1049

Barbieri, Gato

In Search Of The Mystery

1050

Burroughs, William

Call Me Burroughs

1051

(Various Artists)

ESP Sampler

1052

Zitro, James

West Coast Music

1053

Wright, Frank

Your Prayer

1054

Pearls Before Swine

One Nation Underground

1055

Waters, Patty

College Tour

1056

Movement Soul

Love Recording Of Songs And...

1057

Lemer, Peter

Local Colour

1058

Gagnier, Sean

[NEVER ISSUED]

1059

Tyler, Charles

Eastern Man Alone

1060

Lacy, Steve

Forest And The Zoo, The

1061

Moore, Jerry

Ballad Of Birmingham

1061

Moore, Jerry

Life Is A Constant Journey Home

1062

Coursil, Jacques

Unit [never issued]

1063

New York Electric String Ensemble

New York Electric String Ensemble

1064

Howard, Noah

At Judson Hall

1065

Music From The Orthodox Liturgy

Music From The Orthodox Liturgy

1066

Powell, Bud

Blue Note Cafe Paris 1961

1067

HARYOU Percussion Ensemble

Sounds Of Ghetto Youth

1068

Holy Modal Rounders

Indian War Whoop

1069

MacKay, Bruce

Midnight Minstrel

1070

   

1071

Bley, Paul

[never issued double album]

1072

Snell, Tony

Fungus And Englishmen Abroad

1073

Howard, Norman

Burn, Baby, Burn [never issued]

1074

Greene, Burton

Trio On Tour

1075

Pearls Before Swine

Balaklava

1076

Elstak, Nedley

Machine, The

1077

Godz, The

Third Testament, The

1078

Seventh Sons

Four AM At Frank's

1078

Seventh Sons

Raga

1079

 

 

1080

Velebny, Karel

SHQ

1081

(Various Artists)

Evening At Home With ESP, An

1082

Sondheim, Alan

T'Other Little Tune

1083

Free Music Quintet

Free Music 1 & 2

1084

 

 

1085

Killen, Lou

Sea Chanteys

1085

Killen, Lou

Folk Songs

1086

 

 

1087

 

 

1088

 

 

1089

Burns, Randy

Evening Of The Magician

1090

 

 

1091

Silva, Alan

Skillfulness

1092

Askew, Ed

Ask The Unicorn

1093

 

 

1094

 

 

1095

Levitts

We Are The Levitts

1096

 

 

1097

Kelley, Todd

Folksinger

1098

MIJ

Yodeling Astrologer

1099

Erica [Pomerance]

You Used To Think

1099

Erica [Pomerance]

Surreal

1111

(Various Artists)

Boots 'n Roots

2000

Octopus

Rock-New Music Fusion

2001

Cromagnon

Elliot/Grasmere Connecticut Tribe

2001

Cromagnon

Cave Rock

2001

Cromagnon

Orgasm

2002

County, Jayne

Goddess Of Wet Dreams

2003

Manson, Charles

And The Family Sing 13 Songs

2004

Sweet Pie

Pleasure Pudding: Livid at Fat City

2004

Sweet Pie

Honky Tonk Jive

2005

Titus, Barry

Do Wappa Do

2006

Emerson's Old Timey Custard-Suckin' Band

Emerson's Old Timey Custard-Suckin' Band

2007

Burns, Randy

Songs For An Uncertain Lady

2008

Tobias, Joel

God Is Watching America

2009

Titus, Barry

42nd Street

2010

Woodstock Workband

Armed And Dangerous

2012

Woodstock Band

Sword In The Hand

2013

Psychotic Frogs

Live At Max's Kansas City

2013

Lalumia, Jimi & Psychotic

Live At Max's Kansas City 1981

2015

Moore, Don

In The Groove

2016

Moore, Don

Party Goin' On In Woodstock

2017

Godz, The

Godzundheit

2018

Fugs, The

Fugs 4, Rounders Score

2020

Visible, Les

Too Old To Rock And Roll

2021

Visible, Les

Jews From Outer Space

2022

(Various Artists)

ESP-disk Guide To Funky

2044

(Various Artists)

Woodstock: Moods And Moments

2051

(Various Artists)

ESP Sampler [promotional only]

3000

Parker, Charlie

Live Performances

3001

Parker, Charlie

Broadcast Performances, Vol. 2

3002

Holiday, Billie

Broadcast Performances, Vol. 1

3003

Holiday, Billie

Broadcast Performances, Vol. 2

3004

Snell, Tony

Medieval & Latter Day Lays

3005

Holiday, Billie

Radio & TV Broadcasts (1953-1956)

3006

Holiday, Billie

Broadcast Performances, Vol. 4

3007

Revolutionary Ensemble

Vietnam 1 & 2 (at the Peace Church)

3008

McCarthy, Jim [original]

Alien

3008

Godz, The [reissue]

Alien

3009

Tiger Tiger

Sun Country

3009

Captain Matchbox-Wow

Smoke Dreams

3011

Black, Marc

Big Dong Dharma

3012

Kemp, Rolf

Daydreamer

3013

Lowe, Frank

Black Beings

3014

Stampfel, Peter & Luke Faust

Wendigo Dwain Story

3015

Nadolski

New Music From Poland 1 [NEVER ISSUED]

3016

Niemen Enigmatic

New Music From Poland 2

3017

Young, Lester

Newly Discovered Performances 1

3018

Sea Ensemble

We Move Together

3019

Thornton, Fradkin & Unger & The Big Band

Pass On This Side

3019

Godz, The

Godz Bless California

3020

Horwitz, Bill

Lies, Lies, Lies

3021

Powell, Bud

Winter Broadcasts 1953

3022

Powell, Bud

Spring Broadcasts 1953

3023

Powell, Bud

Summer Broadcasts 1953

3023

[See Note]

New Music From Japan

3024

Powell, Bud

Autumn Broadcasts 1953

3025

Bruhin, Anton

New Music From Switzerland

3026

Boykins, Ronnie

Will Come, Is Now, The

3028

Jackson, Michael Gregory

Clarity

3029

Sorgen, Harvey
Windbiel, Bob
S. Rust

Outlet

3030

Ayler, Albert

Prophecy

3031

Ayler, Albert

Live At Slug's Saloon 1

3032

Ayler, Albert

Live At Slug's Saloon 2

3033

Sun Ra

Concert For The Comet Kohoutek


More commonly known as ESP. Founded by lawyer Bernard Stollman in 1964. The two mottoes on the back of each album give an idea of the label's focus: "The artists alone decide what you will hear on their ESP-disk." and "You never heard such sounds in your life." The label's original incarnation lasted until 1976. The last original release was Ronnie Boykins: The Will Come, Is Now (3026).

1002: Several covers: one is the black-on-white, which has been used for the Get Back vinyl reissue, the other was inverted white-on-black. There is also a copy that has red graphics on a white jacket and 200 were pressed with black ink (possible silk screened) on orange jacket.

"The first (or pre-release) is orange with red (burgundy) silk screened, orange base is painted on white cardboard cover with booklet poem by Paul Haines. The first 200 copies were numbered but unknown how many copies were pressed. There's even two label variations: One has handwritten characters printed and the other is normal (???) red with black typing." - Katsuhiro Imai

"Actually there are three cover versions, the first one being rose on white and was in mono without the Library of Congress info on the bottom of the front cover. The back cover was actually hand-written (!) and the first 100 copies came with an 12 page brochure containing several more drawings by Howard Bernstein (who also did the front-cover drawing) and Paul Haines's 11-page piece, AYLER-PEACOCK-MURRAY-YOU AND THE NIGHT. I have this info directly from Mr. Haines." - Gregor Kessler

1003: Two covers: the original pressing of this record had a silk-screened sleeve. The title Pharoah's First applies to the white cover with a photograph of Sanders.

1014: Two covers: both are called The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, Vol 1. The first version had a glued on (Folkways-style, like many early ESP titles) cover, showing Sun Ra's primitive white-on-black drawing. The second version has a completely different lilac-on-yellow sleeve and has a smaller version of above drawing by Sun Ra on the back. This is the cover used for the Base and Get Back reissues.

1018: Two covers: Initial copies with blue textured sleeve, later pressings with black and white sleeve. Both have alternate takes of 'Supergirl', 'Swineburne Stomp' and 'Boobs a Lot', also 'available' in another sleeve (commonly referred to as 'psychedelic wizard'-sleeve).

1035: Some copies on gold vinyl and others on black but with an insert.

1037: Two covers: different b/w sleeves exist.

1038: first press issued with 'For Adult Minds Only' sticker on front cover, poster, booklet and loose stickers.

1045: Referred to as "Sun Ra #4" in some catalogs.

1051: One version in a blue cover with the upper right corner saying 99c, and a version with the same sleeve but on dark grey without 99c-sign. Also a version that appears to be more of a black than a dark grey, and also looks to have a hand written "99cents" on the cover. Another version is like the blue copy only it is black with a red image on the cover, and it says "99cents Stereo."

1052: Record does not show a title. Listed in 1970 ESP catalog as "West Coast New Music"

1054: Many, many different cover version exist, all showing the Bosh design, but sometimes with border, sometimes with band and album name put inside the design sometimes not. I think all pressings initially came with the poster.

1069: Label says ORO-1 and the record does not show a title.

1073: Never issued by ESP but later came out on tape only as Homeboy Music 2.

1078: Album initially titled 4 AM At Frank's.

1098: "I owned a copy of this album in the early '70s, although my copy was called "Color By the Numbers." The cover was a black and white drawing of Jim ?Holmberg (or whatever his name is -- I found it on a site somewhere), broken up into different "color-by-number" sections. All of the sections were labeled "0" (that's "zero"), and the reverse was the Waite Tarot Card "The Fool" - card No. 0, of course. Great album of 12-string folky stuff." - Paul L. Madarasz

 

2001: Caverock was ZYX title for the CD reissue. The planned title was Orgasm and Get Back used this for the recent reissue. Apparently, early copies came in a full color sleeve, while later ones were black and white.

3008: On original copy "The Godz" are not mentioned anywhere. It is credited to: Jim McCarthy, ALIEN, ESP-3008. The cover is a silhouette picture of him, and not the picture later used for the reissue titled "The Godz, Alien".

3009: Licensed from Image Records in Australia.

While 3016, 3017, 3023 [Japan], 3025 were listed in catalogs, it seems they were never issued.

3019: Thornton, Fradkin & Unger & The Big Band is the artist credited on Pass On This Side (ESP-63019). ZYX re-issued it as Godz Bless California in 1993. Versions exist numbered ESP-63019.

3028 is a reissue of Bija Records MJ1000.

3031: Only released on BASE.

ESP-OBY1/2: this was promo-only (compiled on High All the Time Vol.2 LP)

"I recently found a strange ESP LP: It did not have a cover, nor did it have a label that showed anything else but the three letters ESP. The run out groove on one side says ESP 1010 and really has all of Ayler's Bells on it. The other side however says ESP STEREO 99 and does NOT have any music by ERICA on it, BUT eight different promo-jingles for the ESP-Sampler (1051), I guess it was used for radio ads, even though it is hard to imagine that any halfway-established station would play any of these weird and often truly funny (in a very warped way - just like the music) little dialogues." - Gregor Kessler

ESP Bud-1: Volume 1 of 6 Volumes. I assume this is the Winter Broadcasts 1953 (february,7th and 14th) This has a very nice Dark Purple Vinyl.

 

Confirmation needed on a number of items, especially titles. Those who own these albums are encouraged to contribute. Bold indicates an album that has been confirmed by an owner.

The following ESP-disk 45 rpm singles were issued:

Billie 1

Holiday, Billie

Tenderly

ESP-ODY 1/2

Odyssey

California
Jethro

ESP-ORO 2

All That The Name Implies

Black Tuesday
So Am I

ESP-ORO 3

All That The Name Implies

August Pine
Liar

4501

Shelton, Gilbert

If I Was a Hell's Angel
Southern Stock Car Man

4503

Godz, The

Lay in the Sun
I Want a Word with You

4506

Coleman, Ornette/
Ayler, Albert

Sadness
Holy Family

4507

Fugs, The

Frenzy
I Want to Know

4508

Fugs, The

Kill for Peace
Morning Morning

4521

Bley, Paul

Ida Lupino
Cartoon

4547/48

Godz, The

Whiffenpoof Song
Travelin' Salesman

4554/55

Pearls Before Swine

Drop Out
Morning Song

4561

Moore, Jerry

Ballad Of Birmingham
Winds Of Change

4575

Pearls Before Swine

Images Of April
There Was A Man

4576

Pearls Before Swine

I Saw The World
Images Of April

45302

Horwitz, Bill

New American Guilt Trip
If I Had A Friend Like Rosemary Woods

4563019

Thornton, Fradkin & Unger

God Bless California
Sometimes

?

Poindexter, Pony

"Pancho: The Game Is Love"

?

Durso, Bill

"Birds"

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