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Date : August 1994
Pages : 28
Summary : Progressive Rock's 25th Birthday?, New Italian Progressive Rock Scene, Part 2, Virgil Moorefield, Lost Vinyl Label
Items found : 74

Taking Your Mind off Nietzsche —
The Virgil Moorefield Interview

Cover art Composer Virgil Moorefield, drummer and one-time guitarist with Glenn Branca, has recently released his first CD with his nine-piece ensemble on Cuneiform, titled Distractions on the Way to the King's Party (see our review in Exposé #3). The ensemble has been gigging regularly in the New York area since their formation in 1992, playing venues such as The Kitchen, Roulette, and The Knitting Factory. Moorefield has also been involved with numerous other concurrent projects. Exposé caught up with Virgil while he was juggling various projects, and he was kind enough to spare a few moments out of his busy schedule with us.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

5uu's - Hunger's Teeth

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The twisted family tree of the American bands U Totem, Thinking Plague, 5uu's and Motor Totemist Guild is perhaps representative of the challenging, ever-changing music that these four groups...

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(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

5uu's - Hunger's Teeth

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Ever wonder what some of the classic progressive bands would sound like today had they maintained their edge and not grown lazy and comfortable and become caricatures of themselves? Enter the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

5uu's - Hunger's Teeth

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Here's a really unexpected surprise. The 5uu's used to be the epitome of overlyrical RIO mediocrity, a quirky semi-political group influenced by the Henry Cow / Art Bears sphere. While...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Änglagård - Gånglåt från Knapptibble

Cover art The long-awaited new Änglagård single has finally hit the shelves as part of the latest Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine. In each issue (a grass-roots psychedelic/underground offering published in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

Annexus Quam - Beziehungen

Cover art German group Annexus Quam was one of the many experimental fusion groups that emerged from the early German "cosmic rock" scene. They quietly released two albums on Ohr (alongside giants like...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Arkus - 1914

Cover art I'm not sure how many times I've had to listen to this to review. It seems like I forget about it after every time I listen to it. Arkus is a Dutch symphonic group and this album is from the early...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Ash Ra Tempel - Le Berceau de Cristal

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Remember Tangerine Dream's Green Desert? Many a time have I discussed its legitimacy as a long lost album with people. Hailing from 1985, yet claiming to be from 1973, it just...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Atila - Intención

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Best known for the incredibly magnificent Reviure, one of the best progressive rock albums all around, Atila are a Spanish classical rock group that started small and went out with a bang....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Atila - The Beginning of the End

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Atila dates back to 1973, when guitarist Eduardo Alvarez Niebla formed the band as a trio with two of his friends, Paco Ortega (keys) and Juan Punet (drums). This, their first album – so rare...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Attempt to Restore - Alpha Collection I

Cover art Most new German groups these days seem to have forgotten their musical ancestry from the high psychedelic days of the Ohr and Brain years. Practically all you see is bands like Chandelier, Bel Air,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Barrock - L'Alchimista

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Barrock are a new Italian sextet who decided to release and distribute their debut L'Alchimista in Japan. The music is influenced by many Italian 70s bands like Banco del Mutuo...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Bernard Xolotl with Daniel Kobialka - Procession

Cover art Bernard Xolotl is a French synthesist who has worked with Clearlight's Cyrille Verdeaux, which could give some indication of his stylistic direction. Daniel Kobialka is a well know violinist from the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Blacklight Braille - Seachange

Cover art Blacklight Braille is a name I've been seeing for years but only recently decided to check their music out. So for any seasoned BB fans out there, please keep in mind this is this writer's first...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Cargo - Cargo

Cover art Cargo was a Dutch band that released this apparently now highly sought after album in 1972. Their 4 piece lineup featured dual guitars along with bass and drums. Sounding quite similar to countrymen...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

Cartoon - Sortie

Cover art The end of the 70s and first years of the 80s were a defining time in the history of progressive rock. The dinosaurs that had dominated throughout the first half of the 70s were rapidly becoming a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Church of Hawkwind - Church of Hawkwind

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[this was written about the 1994 reissue on Griffin Records - ed.]

The 1982 incarnation of Hawkwind that wrote Church of Hawkwind comprised Dave "Baron von" Brock, Harvey...

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(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1994-08-01)

Clearlight - Visions

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Fourteen years after releasing the album, Cyrille Verdeaux delivers a fine remake of Visions. On first listen it is evident that Verdeaux closely involved himself with this reissue. He...

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(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1994-08-01)

Dixie Dregs - Full Circle

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After a less-than-spectacular live release a few years back, the Dregs are back with an all new studio release, their first in well over ten years. So what's new with these well known purveyors...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Electric Orange - Electric Orange

Cover art Although this is a new release, Dirk Jan Muller and company (aka Electric Orange) have faithfully turned the clock back almost 25 years, trapped in time around 1970. Indeed, this album evokes the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Ensemble Nimbus - Key Figures

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Amazing when a new label takes off so well. Ad Perpetuam Memoriam has given the world both the powerful Kultivator and the hilarious Myrbein, both relatively unknown Swedish groups of high quality....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Etna - Etna

Cover art Out of the undiscerning mass factory of Mellowland every once in a while comes an album well worth waiting for. From 1975, Etna's sole album is a gem for jazz rock/fusion fanatics. What's really...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Everon - Paradoxes

Cover art Getting me to review an SI release is somewhat analogous to trying to get Rolling Stone to review a Zamla Mammaz Manna album. Both would have their fair share of negative comments. I am...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Flyte - Dawn Dancer

Cover art This six-piece from Holland had been together since the early 70s, yet their first and only album wasn't to be released until '79. Plagued by setbacks, poor distribution, and lack of record company...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

FM - Black Noise

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The reissue of the second album by this excellent Canadian trio has been long awaited by many. A rather nonstandard three-piece, their most unique feature was the substitution of mandolin/violin...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Gamelan Sekar Jaya - American Works for Balinese Gamelan Orchestra

Cover art The tiny island of Bali in Indonesia carries over a thousand years of rich musical tradition, originally founded in the collision of Javanese, Hindu, and indigenous cultures, the music of Bali is...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Gulââb - Veils of Mystery

Cover art Rarely do I receive a recording that makes me stand up and take notice. My jaded and tired ears perked up as I flew my astral plane while playing Veils of Mystery. What's this you ask, a...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-08-01)

Haizea - Hontz Gaua

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Another obscurity originally released on the Elkar label, Haizea were a five-piece from the Basque area of Spain. Sporting a sound that could best be described as psychedelic electric folk, the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Halloween - Merlin

Cover art It's been a long time, four years in fact, since we've seen from this highly regarded French outfit. Laz was greeted with a lot of hype when it came out in 1990, it had a lot of people...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Halloween - Merlin

Cover art I didn't have very high expectations for this, after all their first two albums were somewhat short of spectacular, especially with their dreadfully pronounced English vocals. Within one minute of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Halloween - Merlin

Cover art Halloween are a modern French outfit, who have often been compared to Pulsar. With their third album, Merlin, they live up to that comparison, but the approach here is more assertive and...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Hawkwind - It Is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous

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The latest incarnation of Hawkwind comprises Dave Brock, Alan Davey, and Richard Chadwick. It Is the Business... takes all but the most open-minded Hawkfan by surprise for one reason:...

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(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1994-08-01)

Heretic - 1984-88

Cover art Heretic were a Japanese synthesizer/guitar based band from the mid-80s; this release collects three tracks from their first album Interface (1985) when they were essentially a three-piece...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Imán, Califato Independiente - Camino del Águila

Cover art Here's another gem in the hidden treasure trove of Spanish progressive rock, an area I'm unabashedly a big fan of. Musea did well to release this, as it should appeal to just about anyone who has...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Iona - The Book of Kells

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Imagine the best elements of Enya/Clannad blended with the folk-rock presence of Fairport Convention with Sandy Denny, make it a bit more progressive and powerful, and top it off with a Christian...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Itoiz - Ezekiel

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By the time of their second album, Ezekiel, the lineup of this Basque band had grown from five members to seven, now including saxes, mandolin, electric piano, and even violin when...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Itoiz - Itoiz

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While the Basque country is politically part of Spain, Itoiz gives plenty of reason to count it as a separate entity. There is an influence in this music that is definitely indigenous to this small...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Jadis - Across the Water

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If this band sounds familiar to you, it's probably because Jadis are usually touted as the alter-ego of IQ. With half of Jadis also members of IQ concurrently (Martin Orford, keys;...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Nomades

Cover art Some will recall J.P. Boffo as one of the original members of Troll and naturally expect (or perhaps hope for) a strong zeuhl influence on this effort. Well, you certainly won't find it here. Which...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Nomades

Cover art The master of surprises is back. Apparently this was to be his fifth album, but work on a fourth album became too expensive and time consuming, so it was temporarily placed on the back burner — so...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Nomades

Cover art The long-awaited fourth solo album from French guitarist Jean-Pascal Boffo is in many ways a fusion of the various styles he explored on his first three albums. Nomades is a musical journey...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

Jean-Philippe Goude - Drones

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Here's a welcome reissue indeed! My old cassette of this has done a full tour of duty, I don't think it could've lasted another six months... which is to say, this is one you'll...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Jean-Philippe Goude - Drones

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Jean Philippe Goude played keyboards in Bernard Paganotti’s band Weidorje until 1979. At that time he recorded Drones and involved the various musicians he had worked with: Klaus...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-08-01)

Jeff Greinke - Big Weather

Cover art I'm very picky when it comes to electronic music. If I like an artist in this vein (like Lightwave, Klaus Schulze, Steve Roach, or Robert Rich) I tend to really get into it. Greinke is an artist that...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

L'Ensemble Rayé - Quelques Pièces Détachées

Cover art The core of L'Ensemble Rayé is Cédric Vuille (guitars, bass, clarinet, keys, ukelele, bandurria, percussion), Jean-20-Huguenin (guitars, mandolin) and Pierre Kaufmann (saxes, clarinets, piano,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

La Rossa - A Fury of Glass

Cover art Yet another obscure symphonic band brought to us by Musea, La Rossa's A Fury of Glass is a welcome reissue for the fan of Yes/ELP influenced rock. Featuring excellent keyboard playing in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

Lacrymosa - Joy of the Wrecked Ship

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It’s been quite a long time since S. Chihiro (flip through an issue of Marquee, he's the one with the bass and the weird helmets) and company have released a full album –...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Landberk - One Man Tell's Another

Cover art From the opening moments of this CD, it is obvious that this Swedish band has greatly matured. The follow-up to 1992's well received but unspectacular debut Lonely Land, One Man Tell's...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

Landberk - One Man Tell's Another

Cover art My first reaction to hearing this, the latest release from yet another of Sweden's newer bands, was, "What?" The opening chords sound all too similar to half a dozen or so U2 songs. However, this...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

Landberk - One Man Tell's Another

Cover art Landberk are one-third of the new wave of prog-rock from Sweden, along with countrymen Änglagård and Anekdoten. As with the other two bands, the sound here is based mostly upon organic, 70s-style...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Machiavel - Mechanical Moonbeams

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This is at least the third CD reissue of this third album by the Belgian band Machiavel: a near-bootleg issue transferred from scratchy vinyl was released in the late 80s, then last year it was...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Magma - Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz

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Here's one of those unbelievably powerful Magma concerts that's been circulating on cassette for years, finally cleaned up and transferred to CD. Hallelujah! This is one of the best live...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Marc Anderson - Timefish

Cover art Usually prog fans expect a certain level of complexity in their music, and a quarter-century's worth of artists have pushed the level of complexity in rock music in many ways: structurally,...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Moving Gelatine Plates - The World of Genius Hans

Cover art MGP was an early French underground band that eschewed the tendency of other bands of that period in France to propogate a left-wing political message. By contrast, MGP's lyrics (in English) were...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Musicante (Guillermo Diego Ensamble) - Sonoridades Mexicanas

Cover art While not exactly a reissue, this compilation by Guillermo Diego y Musicante includes all of the material from their 1987 album A los Cuatro Vientos, plus two tracks from 1982's Buscando...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence

Cover art The Ozrics are masters of the hypnotic groove, finding that seemingly endless psychedelic guitar and synth riff, a repetitive - nearly trance-like structure, and then exploring all of its...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence

Cover art The Ozrics seem to be believers in the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." They've found a style that works for them and that their fans seem to like. On this, their latest release, they've...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence

Cover art With Arborescence Ozric Tentacles have their fifth studio effort in as many years. As usual the texturing of the soundscape remains their focus and their foremost strength. Alarmingly...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Peter Frohmader - Cycle of Eternity

Cover art They say the first impression is the one that lasts, and so it is here with the latest album by German electronic master Peter Frohmader: the album opens with the twelve minute "Spiral,” a majestic...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Peter Frohmader - Cycle of Eternity

Cover art Cycle of Eternity is the latest release from Cuneiform electronic music artist Peter Frohmader. In typical Cuneiform fashion, it defies easy description, blending diverse influences with a...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

Peter Frohmader - Cycle of Eternity

Cover art And that's how long this album seems to last. Actually, I really like most of Frohmader's earlier works like Jules Verne Cycle or Homunculus Volume 2 (to name only a couple) which...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Progres 2 - Dialog S Vesmírem

Cover art This is a solid 76 minute live set from one of the better Eastern European prog bands. Progres 2 recorded several albums in the late 70s/early 80s featuring a rather dark and aggressive symphonic...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

PTS - Tides

Cover art Take your typical 80s pop band (Mr.Mister, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds or any of a thousand others I've since willingly forgotten), give the keyboards more of a major role and you'll have half an...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Red Jasper - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cover art From the acoustic guitars and tin-whistle that open the first track, I knew this wouldn't be your standard SI neo-prog fare. Vocalist Davey Dodds picks up about a minute in, with a deep and thick...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Robert Fripp String Quintet - The Bridge Between

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Robert Fripp's latest release, The Bridge Between, is credited to 'The Robert Fripp String Quartet,' comprised of Fripp, Trey Gunn on Stick, and The California Guitar Trio. The...

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(Posted by George Allen 1994-08-01)

Tea & Symphony - An Asylum for the Musically Insane

Cover art There's not two albums like this in the world (with the possible exception of the band's second album, Jo Sago, not yet out on CD). Tea and Symphony were a trio of Jef Daw (guitars, flutes,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-08-01)

The Muffins - Open City

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For the uninitiated, The Muffins were a Washington DC based band who existed from about 1973 to '81. Despite that many years, they only released three regular albums during their career...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Trilogy - Here It Is

Cover art With a name like Trilogy, one may have some preconceived ideas as to what this band is all about. The fact that four hands man the keyboards may further lead one to believe that this is some kind of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Ulysses - Neronia

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A German five piece, Ulysses play a neo-prog style that is far more interesting than most. Lyrically ambitious, they occasionally remind of Twelfth Night, although their style gravitates more...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Various Artists - Progressive & Melodic Rock Vol. 1 - 3

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Can you say Neo? Do you enjoy the music of bands like Marillion, Rush, Saga and Tears for Fears? Do Univers Zero, Area, Etron Fou and Il Balletto di Bronzo give you nightmares? If the answer to the...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Versailles - Le Trésor de Valliesres

Cover art This latest offering from the French four-piece Versailles takes the spirit of the classic French symphonics (Ange, Mona Lisa, etc.) and dresses it in a modern suit of heavy armor. Vocalist Guillaume...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Versailles - Le Trésor de Valliesres

Cover art It’s amazing how with opinions on bands, even one or two can sway you. This is French group Versailles' third album, and by the reports of their first album Le Cathédrale du Temps, I was...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Ways 3 - Ways 3

Cover art Ways 3 is a duo of two French multi-instrumentalists: Noel Gaultier (guitar, bass, vocals, rhythm programming) and Jean-Luc Hamonet (guitar, flute, sax, synth). Due to the brevity of the album (only...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-08-01)

X-Legged Sally - Killed by Charity

Cover art How to categorize a mix of jazz-fusion, funk, and experimental punk rock? Don't bother! Pigeonholing X-Legged Sally is like trying to convince Bob Fripp to play 12-bar blues. It probably could be...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

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