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Date : October 1997
Pages : 80
Summary : Victoriaville 1997, Fifty Foot Hose & Silver Apples, Boud Deun, The Grand Parade, Progfest `97, Prog-Est `97), Exposé Concert Series, Hawkwind - 25 years on, Spirit and Randy California, Cast, Carl Weingarten, Aldo Tagliapietra of Le Orme, Peter Banks, Dave Brock, Simon House
Items found : 67

Absolute Zero - A Live in the Basement

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Well if this is live in the basement its quite a performance and sounds pretty good too. This mini CD came out some time ago, and we've only had it brought to our attention recently. Good thing...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Accomplice - Accomplice

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This LA band's self-titled debut is a combination of 80s hard rock, melodic arena rock, and progressive-metal. Think of a cross between Iron Maiden, Dokken, and Savatage and that will put you...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-10-01)

Acumen - Out of Balance

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This five-piece from Cincinnati sports an interesting hybrid folk-rock meets hard-space-rock sound; the vocal harmonies, jangly guitars and song-oriented approach could be straight out of late-60s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Advent - Advent

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Advent is a New Jersey group led by the brothers Ptak, Henry and Mark, whose eponymous debut was actually released back in 1993 on cassette. Word steadily got around about Advent and this year the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-10-01)

After Crying - Első Évtized

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After Crying is a Hungarian band with at least five CDs on the market plus this double CD, which comprises a compilation and a live disc. Surprisingly enough, not much is known about After Crying,...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-10-01)

Alan Davey - Captured Rotation

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Alan Davey has been a key member of Hawkwind for quite some time, playing bass, synthesizers, and writing the occasional song ("Wings" from their 1990 album Space Bandits is a...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-10-01)

Alan Gowen & Hugh Hopper - Bracknell Bresse Improvisations

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The legacy of rare and obscure recordings continues on Voiceprint! Another Alan Gowen set of live recordings and free soloing ideas is released to the anxious awaiting public! Well, maybe it's...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Alquimia - Coatlicue, Goddess of the Earth & Wings of Perception

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An independent artist, composer, synthesist, percussionist, and vocalist, Alquimia is known mostly in new-age and fourth-world music circles, though her work truly transcends any form of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Amanita - L'Oblio

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Six long tracks and a sound that could pass for mid-70s, this writer had to do a double-take on the liner notes to confirm this is indeed a 90s band. Six they are, from Italy — a dedicated...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Amoeba - Watchful

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Amoeba is a side project by Robert Rich with Rick Davies on bass and guitar. Rich told me several years ago that Amoeba was a project that fell in line with some of his influences in the industrial...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Amorphis - My Kantele

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This Finnish six-piece definitely has some idea where they are going. The five songs on this 22 minute EP include three originals, a Hawkwind cover ("Levitation") and another, "And I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Bill Nelson - Deep Dream Decoder

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Although this has been out about a year and a half, it’s been near-impossible to find until recently when the Voiceprint group began distributing it. Nelson is, of course, a man of many hats...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Bob Drake - Little Black Train

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Little Black Train is a cleverly appropriate title for this collection of musical wizardry by guitarist / violinist / bassist Bob Drake. Known to most for his work with Thinking Plague and...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-10-01)

Bozzio Levin Stevens - Black Light Syndrome

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There’s been a lot of speculation and internet chatter leading up to the release of this one. Certainly, with three musicians of this caliber one might be inclined to expect something special...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Brand X - Manifest Destiny

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Once upon a time there were a bunch of session musicians with too much time on their hands, having some fun between gigs, among them drummer Phil Collins during a period when Genesis' future...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Cluster - First Encounter Tour 1996

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I’m truly listening to live recordings from the nearly legendary inventors of German minimalism on their first tour of America? I’m truly dumbfounded! It was hard for me to grasp that...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Cos - Viva Boma

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Here we have Musea’s reissue of the second Cos album, recorded in 1976. In addition to the original album Musea included four bonus tracks recorded in Cos’ rehearsal room on a 4-track...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-10-01)

Cos - Viva Boma

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The first Cos album, Postaeolian Train Robbery, was rereleased by Musea several years back. With its zeuhl-inspired sound, offbeat jazz sensibility, and the amazing vocal talents of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-10-01)

Cromwell - Burning Banners

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Angular is a German based arm of the Musea label, specializing in a more commercially viable neo-progressive sound, and unlike WMMS — which seems to have trouble staying focused —...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

D.F.A. - Lavori in Corso

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Rarely has a new Italian progressive created an album of this caliber; DFA have really put a lot of work into making an album of incredible complexity and depth for their premier run. This is...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Dave Brock - Strange Trips and Pipe Dreams

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Dave Brock has been the one steady member of Hawkwind for nearly 30 years (the band's first album was released in 1971). In a band that has witnessed over 30 personnel changes over that time,...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-10-01)

Deep Purple - Purpendicular

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No one should need an introduction to this group, probably one of the most famous of 70s hard rock groups. Deep Purple, in their early days, were quite innovative in the format, shaping and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Electric Orange - Cyberdelic

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The British prog-psych Delerium label has been pumping out quite a bit of music lately, most notably probably Porcupine Tree. Label-mates Electric Orange have put together an even spacier, even...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-10-01)

England - Garden Shed

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At last, one of the last touchstone albums of British symphonic prog makes it to CD. Oh, there was a bad vinyl transcription on the Japanese Edison label a few years ago, but now the master tapes...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-10-01)

Errobi - Bizi Bizian

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The Lost Vinyl label once made a career out of reissuing these hopelessly obscure Basque folk-rock gems. These days they seem to find their way to re-release on their original labels, usually Elkar...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Et Cetera - Et Cetera

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Why does it seem all the best Canadian bands hail from Quebec? Maneige, Sloche, Harmonium, and Pollen all seem to have very sophisticated influences, such as Gentle Giant and any number of Italian...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-10-01)

Fish - Sunsets on Empire

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Fish’s fourth studio solo album is out (as an import, domestically available sometime in July along with the new Marillion as well) and this is the one he has promised his fans for a long...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-10-01)

Five Fifteen - Psychedelic Singalongs for Stadiums

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Scandinavia continues to be a fertile breeding ground for outstanding musical endeavors and talented musicians. Last issue we brought you The Last James' Kindergarten from Norway. This...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Forrest Fang - The Blind Messenger

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Forrest Fang is a musician who's been around for a while releasing albums that vary in focus, yet rarely in quality. His newest shows Fang moving in a much more esoteric direction than before,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Fred Frith Guitar Quartet - Ayaya Moses

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The quartet of Frith, René Lussier, Nick Didkovsky, and Mark Stewart is one of high interest to the RIO enthusiast — all are big time players here. Lussier's old Quatuor...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Gerard - Pandora's Box

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Seems like just last issue we reviewed Gerard's latest, The Pendulum, and already there's a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Harold Budd - Luxa

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While the music is eminently recognizable as Budd’s, he has been pushing the boundaries of his narrow musical niche on his last few recordings and Luxa is no exception. Some pieces...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1997-10-01)

Hugh Hopper & Richard Sinclair - Somewhere in France

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Voiceprint is still hard at work unearthing half completed projects and one off collaborations of which Somewhere in France fits nicely. Caravan and Hatfield vocalist and bassist Richard...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Ian Crichton Band (H3O+) - Welcome to the Boom Boom Room

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Long time guitarist and founding member of Saga, Ian Crichton finally steps out on his own and the results seriously rock! Take note: if you’re a long time fan, you probably already guessed...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Iona - Heaven's Bright Sun - Live

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Iona have lately been receiving a lot of attention from the prog community, particularly due to their association with such luminaries as Robert Fripp and Rick Wakeman. But that is not to say that...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-10-01)

July - July

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1967: a year for flower children and fledgling bands to gather together, smoke a bag, and experiment with new musical ideas, albeit sometimes sappy, but fun. Tony Duhig and Jon Field were two of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Viva Koenji!

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Tatsuya Yoshida is one busy dude. In addition to being one half of the constantly-touring constantly-releasing Ruins, working in several collaborative musical units, being the drummer for Japanese...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Viva Koenji!

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This tight Japanese zeuhl band is led by none other than Yoshida Tatsuya (drums, keys, vocals), leader of the zeuhl punk band Ruins since the early 90s. I have to say that although Ruins invited...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-10-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Viva Koenji!

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Need to get rid of unwanted in-laws? Need to lose all the listeners of your radio show? Want to clear a party that's gone on too late? Enter Koenji Hyakkei, the royal family of bombast, the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Lito Vitale - Un Dia Antes de Ayer (Recopilación)

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This is a compilation made largely redundant by the reissue of Vitale's first album, Sobre Miedos..., and although I'm not familiar with the bulk of Vitale's later work, the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Magus - Traveller

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After the opening track, "You Know The Way," a rather commercial sounding Alan Parsons like song, this writer wasn't really expecting a whole lot from the rest of the disc by this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Malicorne - L'Extraordinaire Tour de France d'Adélard Rousseau, En Public & Le Bestiare

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France's rich folk culture, much of it from the Breton (Brittany) province, has provided listeners with a seemingly unknown but vast treasure trove of incredible progressive Celtic music. This...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Marillion - This Strange Engine

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Right from the beginning you will realize this is not the same Marillion we've heard on the previous two albums. "Man of a Thousand Faces" opens with a simple three-chord acoustic...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-10-01)

Michael Brook - Albino Alligator

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Make no doubt about it, this is a sound track album for Kevin Spacey’s stylish modern film noir of the same name. I’ve not had the fortune to check out the flick playing at my local...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins - Half Alive in Hollywood

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Most should be familiar with Mike Keneally's recent albums and his album with the Mistakes (unless you've been living in a cave, or stubbornly ignoring our writers' recommendations)....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Mike Oldfield - Voyager

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What Vangelis is to Greece, and Kitaro is to Japan, Oldfield is to the British Isles. This maestro of the epic had taken a predilection for infusing his tone poems with the piquancy of Celtic music...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-10-01)

Mugen - Sinfonia della Luna

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Originally released in 1984, a pretty dark time for all types of prog, this Japanese symphonic outfit put out a release that shines like the moonlight its title refers to. Mellow, smooth, and...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-10-01)

Oho - Vitamin Oho

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Oho is an American progressive rock group in the symphonic style that unfortunately didn't get to release this album when it was recorded, and was only reissued by Little Wing many years ago on...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Osamu Kitajima - Beyond the Circle

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Japanese expatriate Kitajima has kept quite a low profile ever since his emigration to America, shrouding his hermetic career in enough mystery to drive even the most arduous collector a bit...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-10-01)

Pageant - La Mosäique de la Rêverie

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Having heard well over a hundred Japanese symphonic progressive rock releases from the early 80s to the present, ranging from mediocre to excellent, there are two that come to mind immediately as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Pete Bardens Mirage - Live Germany 1996 (AKA Speed of Light Live)

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Two live albums by a new band prior to any new studio is an unusual policy. Live in Germany is marginally better than the last live disc (which was an ill-fitting convergence of Camel and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Richard Bone - Metaphysic Mambo

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This is the fifth album by Richard Bone that we have reviewed in these pages, and with each successive release he further refines his style, one based in ambient programmed electronic realms,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Richard Thompson - You? Me? Us?

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A double CD release from well-known folk rock pioneer, Richard Thompson is an event to celebrate in the 90s. Richard has spent most of his prolific career ignored by the mainstream, starting with...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Rick Wakeman - Simply Acoustic

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Recorded live at the Cavalry Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA in March 1994. Simply Acoustic is a solo piano retrospective through his career work with Yes, David Bowie, and even Cat Stevens....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Roedelius - Pink, Blue and Amber

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The alchemist of musical impressionism, Roedelius continues to bring delight to the ears of those who have retained their sensitivity for making sense out of music that exists largely in the...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-10-01)

Saga - Pleasure and the Pain

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Saga. Pleasure and the Pain marks their 12th studio album, and in many ways is an apt title. This release marks a return to the 4-5 minute rock song...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-10-01)

Scott McGill - The Hand Farm

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Those who are looking for great guitar chops in a free form jazz-rock format need look no further than this new release by New Jersey guitarist Scott McGill and his trio; a casual listen to any of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Steve Hackett with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Here I am beset by another serious classical work by guitarist Steve Hackett on the new classical label, Angel (which also released Jon Anderson's Change We Must and Ian Anderson's...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Steve Roach / Stephen Kent / Kenneth Newby - Halcyon Days

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Teaming Steve Roach up with Lights of a Fat City / Trance Mission musicians almost seemed like an inevitability to me due to their mutual fascination with didgeridoos. And there are a lot of them...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Strawbs - Deadlines

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Deadlines was the last album by the third incarnation of the Strawbs. It was their most progressive work since 1975's Ghosts, when prominent keyboard work (then from John...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Ten Jinn - Wildman

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Judging from the information on their web page, Southern California-based Ten Jinn has been through several changes in the last few years. Happy the Man fans might recall that former HtM guitarist...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-10-01)

Third Ear Band - Magic Music (1997)

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There was a Materiali Sonori CD of the same name by the Third Ear Band in 1989, a disc that's kind of hard to find and one I've never heard unfortunately. I do know, however, that this has...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Trap - Beyond the Status Quo

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The swirling multicolored psychedelic booklet cover belies the playful avant strangeness of this, the first release on Gazul, Musea's new side-label for more 'challenging' music. Trap...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Tuatara - Breaking the Ethers

Cover art Tuatara's CD was one of those Tower Listening Station impulse purchases. I'd never heard of it, but it sounded so cool in the headphones I ended up taking it home. It starts out with a whirring...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1997-10-01)

Van der Graaf Generator - Aerosol Grey Machine

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That it took so long to have this, the 1969 debut from Van der Graaf Generator, released to CD is a wonder. But that we have it is better than not, I suppose. Plus there's the rare first single...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-10-01)

Versus X - Disturbance

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Versus X is German guitarist Arne Schafer's band. Schafer was known for his solo album, The Border of Awareness, on Musea in which he delivered a thoughtful music maybe a bit in the...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-10-01)

Ziff - Sanctuary

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This is the second time out for this German neo-progressive four-piece, operating in a similar territory as their debut Stories from a couple years ago. At the heart of their sound is a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

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Sheila Chandra with the Ganges Orchestra - "This Sentence Is True" (The Previous Sentence Is False) – Throughout the 90s, Sheila Chandra recorded albums of solo voice, basically drones with refined, studied melodies and tones above them. That was interesting enough (since I love her voice), but lacked...  (2001) » Read more

Kit Watkins - Holographic Tapestries – Watkins' latest effort is an interesting one. The album is divided into two sets. The odd numbered tracks are "introspective" in style with little or no rhythm section, and keyboards are primarily...  (1995) » Read more

The Quiet Room - Introspect – This takes me back to 1987! Long live big hair! Introspect by The Quiet Room is a teasingly good CD. Sans the reference to 80s-style grooming, "teasingly good" is a serious evaluation of...  (2000) » Read more

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