Colin Bass

Colin Bass of Camel

Kartini Music

Colin Bass is the long time and present bassist/vocalist for the group Camel.  "It was in the summer of 1979, I was only 3 years old at the time, of course - I got a phone call from dear Laurie Small. Laurie had been tour manager on a tour I had done for Steve Hillage. He told me Camel were looking for a bass-player, was I interested? I have to admit I wasn’t too familiar with their music but I went down to this farmhouse deep in the English countryside where they were rehearsing - or „getting it together" as they used to say - and I walked into this barn and there was Andy Latimer, Andy Ward, Kit Watkins and Jan Schelhaus. They ran through an early version of „Hymn to Her" and I thought, wow, this is great, I want to be a part of this. Luckily I got the job, shaved off my beard and I’ve never grown it back since." - Colin

Colin actually started his solo career some years ago with a world music alter ego, Sabah Habas Mustapha (also a member of 3 Mustaphas 3).   But now he is stepping out on his own under his own name and with his own label - Kartini.  But have no fear Camel fans.  Colin is still very much a part of Camel.

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Colin Bass & Josef Skrzrek/Planetarium ....import CD $19.99

Colin Bass & Josef Skrzrek/Planetarium

(excerpt from 'Goodbye to Albion')
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Live performance recorded at the Planetarium in Chorzow, Poland in April 2004. Josef Skrzek, keyboardist with the legendary Polish prog-rock band SBB and Colin Bass, long time bassist with Camel, in a special one-off concert. Includes new arrangements of favourite songs from both protagonists plus instrumental improvisations inspired by the planetarium's cosmic projections.

Sabah Habas Mustapha/Denpasar Moon ....import CD $19.99

Sabah Habas Mustapha/Denpasar Moon

Sabah Habas Mustapha is the world music alter ego of long time Camel bassist, Colin Bass. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the southeast Asian mega-hit, Kartini Music is proud to announce the re-issue of the first Sabah Habas Mustapha album, recorded in 1993 in Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Track listing is the same as the European release of 1994 plus two tracks previously only available on the Japanese release : 'Rindu' and Sabah Habas outhumperdinking Engelbert with his take on 'The Last Waltz' plus extra bonus-tracks of the original demo-version of 'Denpasar Moon' and a previously unreleased track from the 3 Mustaphas 3 Jakarta sessions - Hank Williams 'Lost Highway' - plus a video track of Sabah Habas in full crooning mode serenading a quartet of beautiful Balinese dancers in a Balinese temple in the rain. New packaging containing original sleeve notes plus the story of the 'Denpasar Moon' phenomena as told by Colin Bass.

Colin Bass/An Outcast of the Islands ....import CD $19.99

Colin Bass - An Outcast of the Islands

Colin Bass's classic album from 1998, An Outcast of the Islands, has now been remastered and expanded!  Improved sound and three bonus tracks : "Poznan Pie" - featuring Andy Latimer and two live tracks recorded on the "Acoustic Songs" tour - versions of "Burning Bridges" and "As Far As I Can See" (featuring a rare appearance of Colin's harmonica).

An Outcast of the Islands is an incredible album featuring the talents of Camel guitarist Andy Latimer, drummer Dave Stewart, members of the progressive groups Quidam and Abraxas, and the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.  Colin truly shines here as a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist on this tour de force reminiscent of equal parts Camel, Pink Floyd and a few other things tossed in for good measure.  Andy Latimer ventures into some new territory on guitar giving David Gilmour a run for his money!

"The title is from a novel by Joseph Conrad but it is not a concept-album-of -the-book as such. It certainly started out that way but if you've read the book you'll know that the central character, Willems, is a rather unsympathetic self-deluding chap who has trouble differentiating shinola from the other stuff and meets an unsurprisingly unhappy end.  Although my experience as an expatriate helped me identify with certain aspects of Willem's sense of isolation I certainly did not want to attract a similar fate so I expanded the concept to include some personal references and the hope of redemption at the end. I recorded the basic tracks in Poland with Dave Stewart on drums and some excellent and reputed Polish musicians and then took the tapes to California to add some excellent contributions from a certain Mr Andrew Latimer." ~ Colin Bass

Colin Bass/In the Meantime ....import CD $19.99

Colin Bass/In the Meantime

Kartini Music is pleased to announce the imminent release of the new Colin Bass CD "in the meantime".   Since the announcement last year of an upcoming album to be titled "Gently Kindly" much water has flown under and over the bridge. Down in the depths the project transformed itself and has now risen to the surface containing a stunning set of 9 new compositions under the title "in the meantime".  Colin Bass: vocals, bass guitars, guitars, keyboards, drums.   Featuring guest appearances by Zbyszek Florek, Andreas Hirche (keyboards); Maciek Meller, Michal Wojtas, Hendrik Maass, Ben Mandelson (guitars); András Tiborcz (violin); Admiral von Schneider (drums).

Colin Bass/Gently Kindly ....import CD single $15.99

Colin Bass/Gently Kindly

Times present, past and passing are the themes of the four songs on the new maxi-single from Colin Bass, "Gently Kindly."  Ironically 'Gently Kindly' was to have been the title track of Colin's forthcoming album.  However, before the album's completion, not only was the title changed, but 'Gently Kindly' was deleted from the final track listing making it available on this CD single ONLY!  The maxi-single also contains 'One Small Moment' from the forthcoming "In the Meantime" and two bonus tracks from the currently out-of-print album "Denpasar Moon" recorded 1994 by Colin's musical alter-ego Sabah Habas Mustapha.

Colin Bass/Acoustic Songs - Live Vol. 2 ....import CD $18.99

Colin Bass/Acoustic Songs - Live Vol. 2

Colin Bass with Zsbysek Florek - piano, Maciek Meller - guitar, Jacek Zasada - flutes.  This album was recorded on tour in Poland during the winter of 1999 and the spring of 2000.  This album includes performances taken from Colin's solo repertoire as well as songs from the Camel catalogue and a few other suprises thrown in for good measure.  This acoustic performance sounds like a cross between Camel and Jethro Tull.

Colin Bass/Live at Polskie Radio 3 ....double import CD $24.99

Colin Bass - Live at Polskie Radio 3

"Live concert recording from April 1999 before a wildly enthusiastic audience in the Polish Radio 3 Concert Hall in Warsaw including most of the "Outcast of the Islands" material and some Camel favourites."  Colin's band on this recording includes Dave Stewart on drums and members of Quidam and Abraxas.

Sabah Habas Mustapha/Jalan Kopo ....CD $11.99

Sabah Habas Mustapha - Jalan Kopo

Following on his huge Southeast Asian success with "Denpasar Moon," Sabah Habas Mustapha -- still the younger brother of the apparently legendary 3 Mustaphas 3 -- returns to Indonesia clutching a handful of songs, a pocketful of dreams, a fistful of dollars and a bottleful of mosquito repellant. On JALAN KOPO, his new album / mess / masterpiece / thing (you choose) Sabah Habas Mustapha has teamed up with some of the best young musicians in Bandung, the capital city of the West Javanese province of Sunda. Rippling kecapis, sinuous bamboo flutes and slippery violins add their voices to the eclectic mix of musical influences bubbling out of Sabah Habas Mustapha's unusual brain.  Jalan Kopo has already spent three months in the Euro World Music charts. Waduh!  You may ask yourself, "What is a Jalan Kopo?" It is the name of the street where the recording studio lives. So, it's like your Beatles Abbey Road, only very different.

Sabah Habas Mustapha and the Jugula All-Stars/So La Li ....CD $11.99

Sabah Habas Mustapha/So La Li

All Stars is right: Sabah Habas Mustapha and Bandung’s finest, now together in a fresh interpretation of West Javanese roots, bringing you rippling kacapi, soaring suling, wiggling biola, croak-chuckling senggak and the honey dripping voice of Tati Ani Mogiono in a beautifonky Jaipong party seared with moments of the old wistful Sunda melancholy they call "Sakit Hati."  Eleven new tracks recorded on location in Bandung--capital city of the province of Sunda in West Java, Indonesia -- featuring traditional Sundanese songs in surprising local & international settings and foot-tapping instrumentals with excitement-increasing ensemble playing.  "...a Fuji-woogie Nigeria-goes-Java groove..." -- FRoots (UK)

3 Mustaphas 3/Play Musty For Me ....CD $11.99

3 Mustaphas 3/Play Musty For Me

Forward in all directions -- to the new 3 Mustaphas 3 CD !  A shiny collection of live performances on stage and in radio, at home and abroad, many never heard before items completely digitally excited, including rare excerpts from the Szegerely Radio soap opera "Askadinia Street" and much more than you can bargain with or shake a stick at.  No one seems to know what to make of these 3 Mustaphas 3.   With their country of origin shrouded in anonymity, the Mustaphas can boldly go where no one band had ever gone before. We shall not see their like again, but they have left us this new shiny object of their musical affection.

3 Mustaphas 3/Friends, Fiends & Fronds ....CD $11.99

3 Mustaphas 3/Friends, Fiends & Fronds

No one seems to know what to make of these 3 Mustaphas 3. There certainly is no shortage of mystery or humor in 3 Mustaphas 3's eclectic mix of global music. The band themselves do little to stop the confusion that surrounds the Mustaphan legend. Perhaps it's just as well, then, that the Mustaphas tend to keep their own homeland a secret. They don't want their beloved haunting grounds overrun by rabid world music critics. So, with their country of origin shrouded in anonymity, the Mustaphas can boldly go where no one band has gone before.  Friends Fiends Fronds is a collection of special items from the legendary family. Over 70 minutes of music remixed from 12-inch singles and other exciting places known only to Mustapha. Includes the DJ Trouble Fezz remix of "Fiz'n" and two versions of "Linda, Linda" New tracks include "Niska Banja" live from Berlin with the singing lady Lavra Tima Daviz M. and 18-piece Serbian brass band, plus two previously-unreleased recordings "Kac Kuzulu Ceylan" and "Selma". Winner of the 1992 NAIRD Contemporary World Music Award.

Various Artists/Balkans Without Borders ....CD $11.99

Various Artists - Balkans Without Borders

An international collection of Balkan-flavored tunes to benefit the humanitarian work of Doctors Without Borders / Medécins Sans Frontičres in the former Yugoslavia. The 72-minute CD includes tracks from the folowing bands:  Annabouboula, Meira Asher, Balkan Tribes, Boiled In Lead, Brave Combo, Charming Hostess, Farmers Market, Alexander Fedoriouk & Harmonia, Garmarna, Grupi Albanet, Immigrant Suns, Klezmatics, Muzsikás with Márta Sebestyén, The Reptile Palace Orchestra, Slobo Horo, Sviraj, Széki Kurva, 3 Mustaphas 3, Mike Watt & Masina, Zabe I Babe, Zlatne Uste Brass Band.

3 Mustaphas 3/Soup of the Century ....import CD $19.95

Reissue from the legendary and mysterious brothers Mustapha. Included among their ranks is Sabah Habas Mustapha, musical alter ego of Camel member Colin Bass.

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