Welcome to the Chanoyu Records Showroom.

We have physical CDs, download CDs, individual tracks, hand-written lyrics and lesson vouchers available to purchase as well as free track downloads. Just click on an image to go to product you wish to buy.

Infinity Drive

The latest CD release from Chanoyu Records, INFINITY DRIVE is an album of demo tracks created for The Stranglers but not used. All music written and played by John Ellis. Lead vocals by Paul Roberts. This project was Kickstarted by generous supporters.

Wabi Sabi 21©

WABI SABI 21© is an album of instrumental electronic music inspired by the Japanese Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu).

“Although I am mostly known as a guitarist, I have been making electronic music ever since I got my first synthesizer in the early 70′s.

My inspiration then came from electronic artists such as Wendy Carlos, Larry Fast, Vangelis and David Vorhaus.”

This is the first part of a trilogy of CDs inspired by aspects of Japanese Culture.

Note:These are digital downloads, not a physical CD or vinyl.

Guitar Lessons and Workshops

John Ellis teaches guitar across a wide variety of styles. Rock, pop, blues, folk, open tuning, finger picking, song writing, music technology, acoustic, electric etc.

John teaches on a one-to-one basis from his home in East London or you can book yourself on to one of his very popular Beginner Blues Guitar workshops.

Lesson vouchers are also available in the shop if you wish to give a lesson as a gift.

Sly Guitar

Sly Guitar is the new CD by UK guitarist/composer John Ellis. He describes it as “an exploration of Modern Guitar Music. A car crash of guitars and electronica.” The CD feature 3 live looping performances as well as studio constructions. The digipak contains an 8 page full colour booklet.

Hidden Tracks: The free download album

Over the years John Ellis has recorded many tracks of instrumentals and songs. Some have been recorded and released commercially but some sit in Johns archives. He has made some instrumentals available as free downloads. Enjoy.

Hand written lyrics

Handwritten lyrics were a very popular choice of reward when John used Kickstarter to create the Infinity Drive project.

You can order a handwritten lyric signed by John Ellis and choose from any of John’s lyrics written for The Vibrators, The Stranglers or solo projects.

Microgroove +

The original 5 track vinyl album featured a remix of John Ellis’ first solo single, Babies In Jars, a live recording made with Rapid Eye Movement and a number of studio recordings. Guy Evans plays drums on three of those tracks. There are an extra 3 tracks on this download album.

We have a very small number of the original vinyl EP that comes with a numbered and signed postcard. Mostly in very good condition. Contact us for more details.

The Art Gallery Series

The Art Gallery series consists of a set of 5 CDs of music created for European Art exhibitions by John Ellis. They are all albums of electronic music and are available for syncs. A limited set of CDs are still available in physical format otherwise individual tracks can be bought as ‘downloads’. The image above shows the work of Moishe Moser.