Escape Music is delighted and thrilled to announce the new signing of the band Compass and the title of the album "Our Time On Earth". The concept album written and produced by the multi talented musician
Steve Newman !!

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Release Date: 24th April 2020
Catalogue no: ESM342
Bar Code: 5 031281003423

The Band is:
Ben Green - Vocals
Steve Newman - Guitar, Keyboards
Dave Bartlett - Bass
Toni Lakush - Drums

1. Skies OF Fire  8:44
2. Our Time On Earth Pt I  9:23
3. Caught In A Frame  5:26
4. Neon   7:19
5. The Preacher And The Pigeon Feeder  6:12
6. Another Life Suicide  5:38
7. A Warning from History  10:38
8. Our Time On Earth Pt II  4:13

Produced by: Steve Newman
Recorded and Mixed at Chrome Dome Studios, London, England

The Compass story began back in December 2017 when singer songwriter Steve Newman decided to write a few songs that musically would step outside the barriers imposed by many years writing for his own band Newman. This was to be something very different, liberating, both musically and lyrically, from anything he had created before, with the freedom to move across genres and not be pigeon holed within any particular musical style.

Part of this removal from Steve’s previous work would involve looking for a singer to bring these ideas to life. After a few auditions and a few calls in the latter part of 2018 Steve started talking with singer Ben Green about the songs and through these conversations the nucleus of the band started to take shape.

Ben “When Steve called to ask if I wanted be part of this band, I had to pinch myself. Learning from such an accomplished and talented musician and vocalist has been such a joy. I had such a great time putting these vocals down and feel privileged to be a part of this immense catalogue of songs. I think we have created something very special with this band and songs and I can't wait to get it out there!”

Steve “There is something very unique about Ben’s voice and I knew after hearing him sing for the first time he could convey the sentiment behind these songs and carry these ideas forward to a different level. I have always been inspired by great singers with the ability to communicate in a very honest and believable way and to reach out to the listener, Ben has been born with this gift”

David Bartlett joined the band in early 2019 and was a very natural choice, Dave being a member of the Newman touring band for the passed 9 years. With the addition of Toni Lakush filling the drum position most of the recordings were then completed between January and April in London UK.

A very eclectic mix pulling in influences from Dream Theater, Rush, Saga, through It Bites, and Pink Floyd. We hope that “Our Time On Earth” will take the listener on a musical and lyrical journey through emotions and the highs and lows of what essentially this collection of songs is about. Our lives, and the path that each individual takes and how their actions affect themselves and people around them

“From our first breath to our death, this is our time on earth”.









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Release Date: 20th March 2020
Catalogue no: ESM341
Bar Code: 5 031281003416

Line up
Clive Brooks (RIP) -
Drums   (x EGG)
Dave Burton –
Lead Vocals / Guitars
Dave Taylor –
Bass / Vocals
Paul Travis –
Guitars / Vocals
Steve Mann –
Guitars / Keyboards / Vocals  (Michael Schenker Fest, Lionheart)

Track list:
1- Judy Teens  5:17
2- Delaney   3:44
3- Fighting Man  4:20
4- Do you ever   2:35
5- Brand New World   3:20
6- I've got a feeling  4:31
7- Too Rich   3:04
8- Tired of Waiting  2:57
9- Midnight Lady  3:14
10- Blame it on the Kids  5:03
11- Woman 3:44

Produced by: John Alcock
Engineered: Will Reid-Dick
Mastered by: Alan Douches
Booklet design: Richard Jones (WEBspaghetti)

After 42 years, the long-lost LIAR album from 1978 will finally see its debut appearance on Escape Music ! The album is entitled "Sunset Plaza Drive" and was originally recorded in Stevie Wonder's Crystal Sound Studios in LA. The album was recorded and mixed but never released, until now. Original members Steve Mann (Michael Schenker Fest, Lionheart), Paul Travis, Dave Taylor and Dave Burton also reunited late last year to record the track "Woman" which will appear as a bonus track on the new release. Written by guitarist Paul Travis just after the band broke up 41 years ago, Steve Mann suggested recording a new up-to-date version of the song. "I was so happy when we got the original guys back together again to record what I consider to be one of the best AOR tracks ever" enthused Mann.

Dedicated to late LIAR drummer Clive Brooks RIP, the album was carefully restored and remastered by Escape Music as A & R director, and co-owner Khalil Turk, who has been a LIAR fan for 41 years. "I've loved the band since I first saw them supporting UFO way back in 1979" said Turk "and it's always been my ambition to bring the unreleased album to the market, so I'm extremely happy to have now realised that aim” This is a Dream Come True!!

LIAR originally formed in 1975 and recorded their first album "Straight From The Hip" for Decca Records. The band toured extensively in the UK and throughout Europe before recording the critically acclaimed "Set The World On Fire" in 1977, one of the first colour picture-disc records in the UK. A year later the band were whisked off to LA to write new material ready for the new album. For inspiration, they were ensconced in a house at the top of the Hollywood Hills (next door to Mick Fleetwood) on Sunset Plaza Drive, from which the name of this new release was taken.

The material on the album comprises a collection of wonderful UK-inspired songs which epitomise late 70's West Coast classic rock but which have also well and truly survived the test of time.

I pesonally would like to thank Steve Mann, Paul Travis, Dave Taylor, Dave Burton, and very special thank you to Jan Brooks for keeping the analogue recordings safe for the past 41 years!









News from Escape Music !!!

The new Axe album Final Offering on Solid White Vinyl is sold out Now!!

Due to high demand again Escape Music are pleased to announce we will be pressing the double Vinyl in Transparent RED, limited edition of 200 copies only, all  numbered 1-200!!!


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Release date: 20th September, 2019
Catalogue No CD: ESM334
Bar Code CD: 5031281003348
Catalogue No LP: ESMV1004
Barcode LP: 5031281010049

Track Listing:

1. BORN TO LOSE 6:18
3. FIRE & STONE 6:52
6. MONEY 4:18

Band is:
Bobby Barth: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Bob Harris:  Vocals, Keyboards
Gerald Berger: Bass
Scott Misner: Drums
Brad Banhagel: Guitars
Craig Gysler: Keyboards

Additional players & singers:
David Landes, Ray Patterson, Greg T. Walker,
Billy Kitchens, Thana Harris, Nate Harris

Engineered: Ben Watts, Bobby Barth, Billy Kitchens
Mixed by Mark Pinske
Mastered By Alan Douches
Produced by Bobby Barth for N.E.H. Productions
Executive producer: Khalil Turk

Axe was formed in 1977 out of the ashes of “Babyface”, a Hard Rock band burdened with a top 20 hit... but on the Adult Contemporary Charts. The band was brought together by leader Bobby Barth. Pulling members from all over America to Gainesville Florida, where they lived in one house, wrote music, and practiced.

BobbyBarth, Michael Osborne, Michael Turpin,Teddy Mueller And Edgar J. Riley Jr

Axe was different in that the makeup of the band were all veterans of many years playing clubs and cover music, 4 lead singers, and all writers. Signing a deal before they ever played a gig. The band signed to MCA for 2 records, later on to Atco for 2 records, where they had success with the anthemic song Rock and Roll Party in the Streets” touring with almost every major act on the road. Judas Priest, Ozzy, Deep Purple, Kiss, Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, and quickly became a touring staple in the arena rock world. The upward momentum ended tragically in the summer of 1984 when Micheal Osborne and Bobby Barth were involved in an automobile accident where Osborne was killed and Barth received a broken neck, but was able to recover. Not having the heart to continue without his best friend Osborne, Axe ended that day and rested Until the 1990’s, Axe once again rose from the ashes to record “Five” their fifth record and then onto the Crown, 20 Years From Home Volume 1 and 2, an Axe Anthology “Axeology” a DVD live from Sweden Rock in 2012, and now finishing their final record…"Axe the Final Offering"


Track 1-

Born To Lose

Track 2-

Bad Romance

Track 3-

Fire & Stone

Track 4-

Land Of Our Fathers

Track 5-

Make A Dream (Last Forever)

Track 6-


Track 7-

Old Scratch

Track 8-

Road To Damascus

Track 9-

Who Will You Run To

Track 10-

T Y Ochen’ Krasi Vaya

Track 11-

Years Slip By

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