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Nucleus discography

This is a discography of albums by the British jazz-rock group Nucleus.

Nucleus, who were led by trumpeter and composer Ian Carr, performed and recorded between 1969 and 1989. A Nucleus reunion concert took place in 2005.

The list below includes albums credited to Nucleus, Ian Carr's Nucleus and Ian Carr With Nucleus plus a couple of Ian Carr solo albums that were made during the Nucleus years and involved members of the group.


Nucleus albums

Elastic Rock, Nucleus, 1970, Vertigo

Tracks : 1916, Elastic Rock, Striation, Taranaki, Twisted Track, Crude Blues Part One, Crude Blues Part Two, 1916 (Battle Of Boogaloo), Torrid Zone, Stonescape, Earth Mother, Speaking For Myself, Personally, In My Own Opinion, I Think..., Persephones Jive

Musicians : Ian Carr, Karl Jenkins, Brian Smith, Chris Spedding, Jeff Clyne, John Marshall

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We'll Talk About It Later, Nucleus, 1971, Vertigo

Tracks : Song For The Bearded Lady, Sun Child, Lullaby For A Lonely Child, We'll Talk About It Later, Oasis, Ballad Of Joe Pimp, Easter 1916

Musicians : Ian Carr, Karl Jenkins, Brian Smith, Chris Spedding, Jeff Clyne, John Marshall

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Solar Plexus, Ian Carr With Nucleus, 1971, Vertigo

Tracks : Elements I & II, Changing Times, Bedrock Deadlock, Spirit Level, Torso, Snakehip's Dream

Musicians : Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler (tracks 1, 2, 5 & 6), Harry Beckett (track 3 & 4), Karl Jenkins, Tony Roberts, Brian Smith, Keith Winter, Chris Spedding, Ron Mathewson, Jeff Clyne, John Marshall, Chris Karan

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Belladonna, Ian Carr, 1972, Vertigo

Tracks : Belladonna, Summer Rain, Remadione, Mayday, Suspension, Hector's House

Musicians : Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Dave MacRae, Gordon Beck (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 6), Allan Holdsworth, Roy Babbington, Clive Thacker, Trevor Tomkins (tracks1, 4 & 5)

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Labyrinth, Ian Carr With Nucleus, 1973, Vertigo

Tracks : Origins, Bull Dance, Ariadne, Arena, Arena (continued), Exultation, Naxos

Musicians : Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler, Brian Smith, Tony Coe, Dave MacRae, Gordon Beck, Paddy Kingsland, Roy Babbington, Clive Thacker, Tony Levin, Trevor Tomkins, Norma Winstone

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Roots, Ian Carr's Nucleus, 1973, Vertigo

Tracks : Roots, Images, Caliban, Whapatiti, Capricorn, Odokamona, Southern Roots And Celebration

Musicians : Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Dave MacRae, Jocelyn Pitchen, Roger Sutton, Clive Thacker, Aureo de Souza, Joy Yates

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Under The Sun, Nucleus, 1974, Vertigo

Tracks : In Procession, The Addison Trip, Pastoral Graffiti, New Life, A Taste Of Sarsaparilla, Theme 1 Sarsaparilla, Theme 2 Feast Alfresco, Theme 3 Rites Of Man

Musicians : Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Gordon Beck, Geoff Castle, Jocelyn Pitchen, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Bryan Spring, Keiran White (track 2)

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Alleycat, Nucleus, 1975, Vertigo

Tracks : Phaideaux Corner, Alleycat, Splat, You Can't Be Sure, Nosegay

Musicians : Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Geoff Castle, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Roger Sellers, Trevor Tomkins (tracks 1, 2 & 3)

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Snakehips Etcetera, Nucleus, 1975, Vertigo

Tracks : Rat's Bag, Alive And Kicking, Rachel's Tune, Snakehips Etcetera, Pussyfoot, Heyday

Musicians : Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Geoff Castle, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Roger Sellers

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In Flagrante Delicto, Ian Carr's Nucleus, 1977, CMP 1

Tracks : Gestalt, Mysteries, Heyday, In Flagrante Delicto

Musicians : Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Geoff Castle, Bill Kristian, Roger Sellers

Recorded live in Düren, Germany on 6th February, 1977.

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Out Of The Long Dark, Ian Carr's Nucleus, 1979, Capitol

Tracks : Gone With The Weed, Lady Bountiful, Solar Wind, Selina, Out Of The Long Dark (Conception), Sassy (American Girl), Simply This (The Human Condition), Black Ballad (Ecce Domino), For Liam

Musicians : Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Geoff Castle, Neil Ardley, Billy Kristian, Roger Sellers, Richard Burgess, Chris Fletcher (track 3)

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Awakening, Ian Carr's Nucleus, 1980, Mood

Tracks : Awakening, Midnight Oil, Mutatis Mutandis, White City Blues, Thing Past, You Can't Be Serious / You Must Be Joking

Musicians : Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Geoff Castle, Chucho Merchan, Nic France

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Jazzbühne Berlin '79, Various Artists, 1980, Amiga Jazz

Tracks : Das Party - San (Conrad Bauer Quartett), Fantasia (Jeremy Steig & Eddie Gomez), Thoughful (Mal Waldron), Out Of The Long Dark (Nucleus), Ausschnitt Aus "Katalog" (Ganelin Trio)

Musicians : The musicians on the Nucleus track are: Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Geoff Castle, Bill Kristian, Roger Sellers

Recorded in Berlin on April 21 and 22, 1979.

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Live At The Theaterhaus, Ian Carr's Nucleus, 1985, Mood

Tracks : Dawn Choruses, Bouquets Pour Ma Belle, For Miles And Miles, Easy Does It Now, Something For Mister Jelly Lord

Musicians : Ian Carr, Phil Todd, Marc Wood, Dil Katz, John Marshall

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Old Heartland, Ian Carr, 1988, MMC

Tracks : Northumbrian Sketches: Pt. 1: Open Country / Pt. 2: Interiors / Pt. 3: Disjunctive Boogie / Pt: 4: Spirit Of Place, Full Fathom Five, Old Heartland, Things Past

Musicians : Ian Carr, Phil Todd, Geoff Castle, Mark Wood, Dill Katz, John Marshall, Kreisler String Orchestra

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Live In Bremen, Nucleus, 2003, Cuneiform

Tracks : Song For The Bearded Lady, By The Pool, Kookie And The Zoom Club, Torrid Zone, Zoom Out, Snakehips' Dream, Oasis / Money Mad, Dortmund Backtrack, Bremen Dreams, Elastic Rock, A Bit For Vic, Persephone's Jive

Musicians : Ian Carr, Karl Jenkins, Brian Smith, Ray Russell, Roy Babbington, John Marshall

A double CD of music recorded live in Bremen on May 25, 1971.

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The Pretty Redhead, Nucleus, 2003, Hux

Tracks : Song For The Bearded Lady, Elastic Rock, Snakehips Dream, Easy Does It Now, The Pretty Redhead, For Miles And Miles

Musicians : Tracks 1 to 3: Ian Carr, Karl Jenkins, Brian Smith, Chris Spedding, Jeff Clyne, John Marshall / Tracks 4 to 6: Ian Carr, Tim Whitehead, Mark Wood, Joe Hubbard, John Marshall

Tracks 1-3 recorded at Kensington House in London on March 9, 1971 for the BBC Transcription Service. Tracks 4-6 recorded at Maida Vale Studios in London on October 6, 1982 for the BBC Radio 3 programme Jazz In Britain.

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Hemispheres, Nucleus, 2006, Hux

Tracks : Cosa Nostra, Elastic Rock, Stonescape, Single Line, Twisted Track, 1916, Persephone's Jive, Song For The Bearded Lady, Tangent, We'll Talk About It Later, Snakeships Dream, Hemisphere

Musicians : Ian Carr, Karl Jenkins, Brian Smith, Chris Spedding, Jeff Clyne, John Marshall

Tracks 1 to 7 recorded live in London in March 1970. Tracks 8 to 12 recorded live in Brussels in January 1971.

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UK Tour '76, Nucleus, 2006, Major League Productions

Tracks : Snakehips Etcetera, Phaideaux Corner, Alleycat, Nosegay, You Can’t Be Sure, Pastoral Graffiti, Splat, Alive And Kicking

Musicians : Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Geoff Castle, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Roger Sellers

A double CD release recorded live at Loughborough University on 18th February 1976.

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Live 1970, Nucleus With Leon Thomas, 2014, Gearbox Records GB 1529

Tracks : The Creator Has a Master Plan, Echoes, Damn 'Nam, One, Chains of Love, The Journey

Musicians : Leon Thomas, Ian Carr, Karl Jenkins, Brian Smith, Chris Spedding, Jeff Clyne, John Marshall

Recorded live in June 1970 at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Double 12" LP.

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Nucleus compilations / twofers / etc

Direct Hits, Nucleus, 1976, Vertigo

Tracks : Song For The Bearded Lady, Crude Blues Part One, Crude Blues Part Two, Suspension, Torso, Bull Dance, A Taste Of Sarsaparilla, Sarsaparilla, Roots

A compilation of Nucleus tracks taken from the albums: We'll Talk about It Later; Elastic Rock; Belladonna; Solar Plexus; Labrynth; Under The Sun and Roots.

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Awakening / Live At The Theaterhaus, Ian Carr's Nucleus, 1993, Bell Records

Tracks : Awakening, Midnight Oil, Mutatis Mutandis, White City Blues, Thing Past, Bouquets Pour Ma Belle, For Miles And Miles, Easy Does It Now

Musicians : Tracks 1 to 5: Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Geoff Castle, Chucho Merchan, Nic France / Tracks 6 to 8: Ian Carr, Phil Todd, Marc Wood, Dil Katz, John Marshall

Single CD release that collects together 5 tracks from the 1980 album Awakening and 3 tracks from the 1985 album Live At The Theaterhaus.Some tracks from the original albums are omitted.

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Elastic Rock / We'll Talk About It Later, Nucleus, 1994, BGO Records

Tracks : CD 1: 1916, Elastic Rock, Striation, Taranaki, Twisted Track, Crude Blues Part One, Crude Blues Part Two, 1916 (Battle Of Boogaloo), Torrid Zone, Stonescape, Earth Mother, Speaking For Myself, Personally, In My Own Opinion, I Think..., Persephones Jive / CD 2: Song For The Bearded Lady, Sun Child, Lullaby For A Lonely Child, We'll Talk About It Later, Oasis, Ballad Of Joe Pimp, Easter 1916

Musicians : Ian Carr, Karl Jenkins, Brian Smith, Chris Spedding, Jeff Clyne, John Marshall

A double CD that combines the 1970 and 1971 albums Elastic Rock and We'll Talk About It Later.

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Out Of The Long Dark / Old Heartland, Ian Carr, 1998, BGO Records

Tracks : CD 1: Gone With The Weed, Lady Bountiful, Solar Wind, Selina, Out Of The Long Dark (Conception), Sassy (American Girl), Simply This (The Human Condition), Black Ballad (Ecce Domino), For Liam / CD 2: Northumbrian Sketches: Pt. 1: Open Country / Pt. 2: Interiors / Pt. 3: Disjunctive Boogie / Pt: 4: Spirit Of Place, Full Fathom Five, Old Heartland, Things Past

Musicians : CD 1: Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Geoff Castle, Neil Ardley, Billy Kristian, Roger Sellers, Richard Burgess, Chris Fletcher (track 3) / Ian Carr, Phil Todd, Geoff Castle, Mark Wood, Dill Katz, John Marshall, Kreisler String Orchestra

A double CD that combines the 1979 and 1988 albums Out Of The Long Dark and Old Heartland.

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Solar Plexus / Belladonna, Ian Carr With Nucleus, 2002, BGO Records

Tracks : CD 1: Elements I & II, Changing Times, Bedrock Deadlock, Spirit Level, Torso, Snakehip's Dream / CD 2: Belladonna, Summer Rain, Remadione, Mayday, Suspension, Hector's House

Musicians : CD 1: Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler (tracks 1, 2, 5 & 6), Harry Beckett (track 3 & 4), Karl Jenkins, Tony Roberts, Brian Smith, Keith Winter, Chris Spedding, Ron Mathewson, Jeff Clyne, John Marshall, Chris Karan / CD 2: Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Dave MacRae, Gordon Beck (tracks 1, 4, 5 & 6), Allan Holdsworth, Roy Babbington, Clive Thacker, Trevor Tomkins (tracks1, 4 & 5)

A double CD that combines the 1971 and 1972 albums Solar Plexus and Belladonna.

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Under The Sun / Snakehips Etcetera, Nucleus, 2002, BGO Records

Tracks : CD 1: In Procession, The Addison Trip, Pastoral Graffiti, New Life, A Taste Of Sarsaparilla, Theme 1 Sarsaparilla, Theme 2 Feast Alfresco, Theme 3 Rites Of Man / CD 2: Rat's Bag, Alive And Kicking, Rachel's Tune, Snakehips Etcetera, Pussyfoot, Heyday

Musicians : CD 1: Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Gordon Beck, Geoff Castle, Jocelyn Pitchen, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Bryan Spring, Keiran White (track 2) / CD 2: Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Geoff Castle, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Roger Sellers

A double CD that combines the 1974 and 1975 albums Under The Sun and Snakehips Etcetera.

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Labyrinth / Roots, Ian Carr With Nucleus, 2002, BGO Records

Tracks : CD 1: Origins, Bull Dance, Ariadne, Arena, Arena (continued), Exultation, Naxos / CD 2: Roots, Images, Caliban, Whapatiti, Capricorn, Odokamona, Southern Roots And Celebration

Musicians : CD 1: Ian Carr, Kenny Wheeler, Brian Smith, Tony Coe, Dave MacRae, Gordon Beck, Paddy Kingsland, Roy Babbington, Clive Thacker, Tony Levin, Trevor Tomkins, Norma Winstone / CD 2: Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Dave MacRae, Jocelyn Pitchen, Roger Sutton, Clive Thacker, Aureo de Souza, Joy Yates

A double CD that combines the 1973 albums Labyrinth and Roots.

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Under The Sun / Snakehips Etcetera, Nucleus, 2003, BGO Records

Tracks : CD 1: In Procession, The Addison Trip, Pastoral Graffiti, New Life, A Taste Of Sarsaparilla, Theme 1 Sarsaparilla, Theme 2 Feast Alfresco, Theme 3 Rites Of Man / CD 2: Rat's Bag, Alive And Kicking, Rachel's Tune, Snakehips Etcetera, Pussyfoot, Heyday

Musicians : CD 1: Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Gordon Beck, Geoff Castle, Jocelyn Pitchen, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Bryan Spring, Keiran White (track 2) / CD 2: Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Geoff Castle, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Roger Sellers

A double CD that combines the 1974 and 1975 albums Under The Sun and Snakehips Etcetera.

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Alleycat / Direct Hits, Nucleus, 2004, BGO Records

Tracks : CD 1: Phaideaux Corner, Alleycat, Splat, You Can't Be Sure, Nosegay / CD 2: Song For The Bearded Lady, Crude Blues Part One, Crude Blues Part Two, Suspension, Torso, Bull Dance, A Taste Of Sarsaparilla, Sarsaparilla, Roots

Musicians : CD 1: Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Geoff Castle, Ken Shaw, Roger Sutton, Roger Sellers, Trevor Tomkins (tracks 1, 2 & 3)

A double CD that combines the 1974 and 1976 albums Alleycat and Direct Hits. Direct Hits was a compilation of Nucleus tracks taken from the albums: We'll Talk about It Later; Elastic Rock; Belladonna; Solar Plexus; Labrynth; Under The Sun and Roots

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