"Remember Island, Charisma...think FdM" Geoff Barton, Classic Rock "Most records on this tie-dyed revival label shoot out of our stockroom quicker than a VW Camper running on kerosene" Norman Records "Fruits de Mer are in danger of becoming a UK national treasure" Terrascope "a national treasure"Shindig! "This is what 7"'s should be all about" Record Collector "everyone's favorite little label with the incalculable cool factor"Trip Inside This House "A joy - one of the great labels that comes along now and then, that you can tell is a labour a love - a thing we should cherish" Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio "a spirited garden shed operation"Mojo "the ever-awesome Fruits de Mer Records"Pete Jackson, Dandelion Radio "truly remarkable...one of that select handful of modern labels who really do seem to remember what it was like to be a record collector back in the sixties and seventies"Goldmine "is there a label around today that comes close to Fruits De Mer for consistently high quality releases? If so I've yet to come across it"Harmonic Distortion
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CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AT FRUITS de MER
The Chemistry Set 'Elapsed Memories' "...listening along can give you the sense that you’re daydreaming while riding a bullet train through the stratosphere..." (It's Psychedelic Baby)
'Postcards From The Deep' The Loons, Astralasia, The Luck Of Eden Hall, The Thanes, The Crawlin' Hex, Crystal Jacqueline, The Past Tense, Schizo Fun Addict, Icarus Peel, Blue Giant Zeta Puppies "a splendid project...Fruits de Mer has excelled itself" (Gideon Coe, BBC 6Music) "...a remarkable package...a thing of great beauty and, indeed, charm" (Phil Alexander, Mojo Rocks)
their craziest idea so far(Terrascope)
Superfjord and Earthling Society play John and Alice Coltrane "Superfjord funnel the jazz legend through a Woodstock meets Krautrock filter"(Aural Innovations) "A brilliant idea, this. Bloody brilliant, in fact"(The Audiophile Man)
FdM has had some wild moments on ebay....
'WE COME BEARING GIFTS' 2009 MEMBERS CASSETTE SOLD FOR APPROX. $350
FdM's 'A PHASE WE'RE GOING THROUGH' SOLD FOR £290 ON EBAY! here
'A PHASE WE'VE BEEN THROUGH' 2010 MEMBERS CD SOLD FOR £180 here
the SUMMER 2013 FRUITS DE MER ALL-DAYER GOODIE BAG SOLD FOR £599! here
The 2014 Crabstock USA goodie-bag sold for £360 and the Crabstock On Ice goodie-bag for £293
MOST RECENTLY, A BLACK VINYL COPY OF THE TOR PEDERS LP SOLD FOR £95 here
a couple more FdM 'moments'...
Record Collector launched its new Modern Collectibles series with 'Plankton', a vinyl-only LP compilation of tracks from our early days(sold-out)
Goldmine told the story of Fruits de Mer ("truly remarkable...one of the crucial record labels of the past few years" - the bribe clearly worked)
Fruits de Mer LIVE! All the details HERE May 24, 2015 at the Half Moon, Putney (near central London) SEE YOU THERE!
on sale now
Coltrane Superfjord/Earthling Society
Classic John and Alice Coltrane compositions - together on a 7" - not your usual FdM single. Superfjord and Earthling Society take them to new places, and then Astralasia and VHSHead join the party on a bonus 70 minute CD that comes with it
on sale now
POSTCARDS FROM THE DEEP
The Thanes, Icarus Peel, The Loons, Astralasia, The Luck Of Eden Hall and more...
freakbeat, fuzz, krautrock, garage rock, a TV theme...10 flexidiscs, 10 postcards, a poster and a CD - all in a clambox - Fruits de Mer self-destructs, it must be nearly Christmas
on sale now
ELAPSED MEMORIES The Chemistry Set
The Chemistry Set Elapsed Memories
One of the best psychedelic bands to come out of the UK in the last 25 years are back on FdM with two new songs and a lovely Hendrix cover - this three-tracker oozes class
club members exclusive
A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF VINYL
A Momentary Lapse of Vinyl
Only available to club members who have been buying the 2014 releases regularly from me or from Nick at Heyday, this double CD pulls together 30 covers of early Floyd songs from FdM artists old and new - most tracks recorded exclusively for this release - it really should be on vinyl, but it would cover SEVEN album sides!
on sale now
SIMONES Majic Ship
Simones Majic Ship
Simones - one of the best psychedelic guitarists you've never heard - unless you've been very lucky. Al Simones' self-produced albums are serious collectors' items - and rightly so - fuzzed-out, phased and space-out; here's your chance to hear two tracks specially selected by the artist from his back-catalogue for his first time on 7" vinyl
on sale now
CRAIG PADILLA Sonar
Craig Padilla Sonar
strangefish six! The man from side one of strangefish one returns with a double LP of classic kosmische/synthesiser sounds that recalls Klaus Schulze and the Sky label - 80+ minutes of inner space music, perfect late-night listening (at least it is at FdM Towers), all previously-unreleased on vinyl or CD; colour vinyl, naturally
Guaranteed horizontal listening pleasure
on sale now
Bronco Bullfrog Time Waits for Norman
Bronco Bullfrog's first outing on FdM and i can honestly say I haven't heard such perfect evocations of British pop-psych circ 66/67 for a long, long time - quite stunning; they really do sound as if the songs were written and recorded at the time, only on better equipment! Two brand-new songs plus a cover of a long-lost freakbeat track from way back when by Sands
on sale now
US and THEM
Us and Them By The Time it Gets Dark
FdM's favourite Scandinavian duo produce a beautifully delicate interpretation of the Sandy Denny song. Is it acoustic folk? folktronica? I dunno - but i DO know it's just damn lovely - 33rpm
on sale now
White Sails Laguna Dream
Leigh Gregory (from Mellow Drunk) got together with Ville and Jaakko Vilpponen a year or so ago to create White Sails; here's their debut 7" for Fruits de Mer and it's a thing of beauty - four guitar-led instrumentals, two self-penned and two taken from the songbook of those acoustic rock favourites of mine - Black Sabbath. If you know Laguna SunriseFluff you'll know what I mean; if you don't, you're in for a treat anyway
WHO NEEDS PRIMARK?
Right now, there are just a handful of the 2013 'Summer Fruits de Mer All-dayer' gig t-shirts left, and a similarly small number of 'Crabstocks'. And now, fresh from the factory, there are a few Astralasia 'Wind On Water' and Simones 'Majic Ship' shirts at FdM Towers - they are just waiting to be rushed to a wardrobe near you
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'news' might not be the most appropriate terms for a label that celebrates the nooks and crannies of the 60s and 70s but, when I HAVE got something new to tell you, I'll tell everyone on our mailing-list - join it today by emailing me email@example.com. If you're looking for news on the website, this is where you're most likely to find it...but don't hold me to that
all this vinyl and more b sides
hidden away within the vinyl Red Cross parcels, there's occasionally something extra for regular buyers - a limited-run CD, a ridiculous giveaway, an odd-coloured vinyl version, a white label competition prize - half the time I don't know what they are, or why I'm doing it - so the 'SCARCE' page at least tries to gather them all together in one place and force me to explain them - now all i have to do is remember what they were.
...join our Members Club
have you noticed the 'SOLD OUT' sign stuck over our releases? That's because they are quite literally, and in every sense of the phrase, sold out. But you CAN make sure of every future FdM release by joining the Fruits de Mer Members Club - no cash, no commitment and no previous experience necessary; check out our 'About Us' page for more details, then drop me an email and I'll do the rest - and you thought record clubs were dead and buried? (and no, we won't try to fob you off with a 'James Last b-sides' box set 12 months from now)
drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
FdM ON THE BLOG
yes, it's a stream of semi-consciousness from the murky depths of FdM's psyche...
Fairly recent blogs (I WILL try harder!) include: me droning on about Newcastle and Glen Campbell; the joy of ebay - escalating prices for sold-out FdM singles; the hard-sell on our new members club...that sort of thing
FDM ON FACEBOOK
Facebook seems to be the social network of choice these days, so the least you can do is check Fruits de Mer out - we have a page at Fruits de Mer on Facebook - bits of news, youtube stuff, a chance to complain about the price of FdM vinyl, photos of cats (oh sorry, that seems to be the other main use for facebook)
And if FdM isn't enough to quench your vinyl thirst(?), then try this group FdM's psych/prog/vinyl gang
The FDM Shop/Discography
Ready to care care of some vinyl that needs a good home?
Yes, it's time to head over to discography, which would be a proper shop if i could get my act together. I'm already there, waiting patiently behind the counter, pretending I'm an extra in that Nick Hornsby film, trying to get my head round the Royal Mail's postage rates, 7", 12", t-shirts, scarfs - you name it (as long as it's 7", 12", t-shirts, scarfs)
Feel free to browse, but you pay for any breakages, ok?
Or maybe you'd just like to see everything we've released so far and remind yourself of your quick thinking in buying every one of them from our early days in 2008? Or gasp in envy at all the FdM singles that are sold out and you missed because you were busy pointing the roof at the time? (i have no idea what that means)
Call in and take a look at the menu of fishy delights that Heston Bloomin'thingy would be proud of (except most of it is 'off' - sold out, you see)
...if slabs of colour vinyl aren't enough, FdM even spoils you with B-Grade DIY music videos, usually made in someone's bedroom
(no, not that sort of video, calm down at the back)
... there are quite a few scattered around this site but, for the full monty, check out our Youtube site; don't be away too long though, we get lonely stuck in this here computer...
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...hear the tracks.. ..buy the vinyl.. ..smell the fish...
Count Five, Dragonfly, The Hippies, Satori, Calico Wall, The Sorrows, Laurie Johnson, The Crawlin' Hex, The Thanes, Claudio Cataldi, Rob Gould, Cary Grace, The Jet Set, Todd Dillingham, Ilona V, Max Kinghorn-Mills, ZX+, Sproatly Smith, Interstellar Emily, Magic Mushroom Band, Jim Jenkin, Wild Pink Yonder, I Am Voyager 1, Folie Diamond, The Portraits, Simones, The Grateful Dead, Moby Grape, Spirit, Clear Light, United States Of America, Tir na nOg, Tor Peders, Schnauser, Bronco Bullfrog, The Honey Pot, Yes, Soft Machine, Mighty Baby, Fleur de Lys, The Great Society, Sands, Curved Air, The Electric Prunes, Sandy Denny, Donovan, Goblin, Black Tempest, Tangerine Dream, Vespero, Faust, Human Expression, Michael Polnareff, Tyrnaround, Gong, Brainticket, John Leyton, Joe 90, Lost In Space, Twink, Astralasia, The Blue Giant Zeta Puppies, The Raiders, Mark McDowell, Crystal Jacqueline, White Sails, Me and My Kites, Fuchsia, Black Sabbath, The Fairytale, Second Hand, The Troggs, Cat Frequency, The Cream People, Julie's Haircut, Mechanik, Dead Pylons, Elevation, The Golden Cake Company, The Grand Astoria, Mademoiselle Marquee, James McKeown, moonweevil, Oceanfire, Organic Is Orgasmic, Craig Padilla, Palace Of Swords, Purple Rock Trip, The Amazing Sounds Of D.B.Turi, The Vox Humana, Zenith:Unto The Stars, Temple Music, nick nicely, Paul Roland, Soft Hearted Scientists, The Likely Lads, The Electric Stars, moonweevil, The Higher State, The Neutron Drivers, The Gathering Grey, Anton Barbeau, Dead Sea Apes, The Seventh Ring of Saturn, Skip Spence, Captain Scarlet, Ace of Wands, Jay Tausig, The Nazz, The Daedalus Spirit Orchestra, Jefferson Airplane, Marc Brierley, The Bevis Frond, Sky Saxon, Hills Have Riffs, The Godz, Fran Ashcroft, The Ohms, Fireball XL5, Beau, Jethro Tull, Chocolate Watch Band, Tomorrow, Octopus Syng, The Pretty Things, John's Children, Gemini, Extra, Traffic, The Amboy Dukes, Fleetwood Mac, Julian Cope, Brainticket, The Tornados, Neu!, Pink Floyd, July, Billy Nicholls, Third Ear Band, The Beatles, Clifford T Ward, Jefferson Airplane, The Monkees, Jimi Hendrix, Caleb, Clouds, The Bee Gees, The Who, Peter Hammill, Eddie Cochran, Del Shannon, July, Eno, Hawkwind, Cockney Rebel, Silver Apples, Funkadelic, Velvet Underground, The Kinks, The Remo Four, Tudor Lodge, Caravan, The Zombies, Jackson C Frank, Dantalion's Chariot, Alpha Omega, Vert:x, Helicon, Zeuk, Hi-Fiction Science, Sendelica, Hausfrauen Experiment, Vibravoid, Rob Clarke and the Wooltones, The Swims, Marshmallow Staircase, Zombies of the Stratosphere, Geese, The Luck of Eden Hall, The Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder, Earthling Society, The Chemistry Set, Sidewalk Society, Permanent Clear Light, Us and Them, The Flaming Gnomes, Cranium Pie, Baking Research Station, Head South by Weaving, Stay, Sky At Night, Robinson Crusoe, The Past Tense, The Good Feelin's, Sky Pilot, King Penguin, The Byrds, Julian Cope, Robyn Hitchcock, Tomorrow, Peter Hammill, The Hollies and more gather together for your listening pleasure