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In The Opium Den - The Early Recordings 1980 - 1987

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In The Opium Den - The Early Recordings 1980 - 1987
In The Opium Den - The Early Recordings 1980 - 1987


First under the guise of Midnight Rags and then as a solo artist, Paul Roland has carved an elegant, mysterious niche as the quintessential cult English songwriter. His music hints at psychedelia while his lyrics frequently offer a sense of the macabre, drawing on Victoriana and classic horror fiction. Paul has been called "The male Kate Bush" by one-time label mate Robyn Hitchcock and "the Edgar Allen Poe of psychpop" by several European rock magazines/critics. Compiled and curated by the artist, In The Opium Den is a comprehensive anthology of Paul's early works, including his first three albums plus A and B sides, EP tracks and unreleased tracks from the period, spanning his output up until 1987. Many of Paul's original records now fetch huge sums on eBay! From the start, when he was managed by June Bolan (the widow of Marc Bolan), Paul's music captured the attention of John Peel and became a favourite at the Batcave, England's premier Goth club. He has attracted a loyal cult following in the US and Europe. Paul Roland has subsequently released many albums (as well as becoming an author of some 50 books) but it is this early period which established his cult status. During a 30+ year recording career, Paul has explored a diverse range of styles from goth through dark folk to psych-pop.


  1. Name
  2. Witchfinder General
  3. Madame Guillotine
  4. The Great Edwardian Air-Raid
  5. The Hanging Judge
  6. Still Falls the Snow
  7. Matilda Mother
  8. Gabrielle
  9. Requiem
  10. Buccaneers
  11. In the Opium Den
  12. Twilight of the Gods
  13. Death Or Glory
  14. Burnt Orchids
  15. The Puppet Master
  16. Captain Blood
  17. Cairo
  18. Green Glass Violins
  19. Funhouse
  20. Ghost Ships
  21. Beau Brummel
  22. Berlin
  23. Blades of Battenburg
  24. Brain Police
  25. Flying Ace
  26. The Cars That Ate New York
  27. Public Enemy
  28. Werewolves of London
  29. Angel
  30. Lon Charney
  31. Jack Daniels
  32. The Ghoul
  33. The Old Dark House
  34. Hot George
  35. Oscar Automobile
  36. Dr. Strange
  37. Madelaine
  38. Cavalier
  39. Sword and Sorcery
  40. Alice's House
  41. Go Down You Murderers
  42. Happy Families
  43. Jumbee (Demo)
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