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2112 - Intro

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For those who like the hard metal edge of progressive rock (Dream Theater, Asgard, Vienna and such) and those who like that style with Spanish lyrics, the debut album by this Argentine four-piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

A Piedi Nudi - Creazione

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Ah yes, echoes of the great ones! This, A Piedi Nudi's second album (unless there are others the writer doesn't know about) is a giant step in the right direction. Having been only...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Abacus - Everything You Need

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In the early seventies in Germany, there seemed to be three subsections of progressive rock: 1) the "Berlin school" of electronic space rock forming the basis for the Ohr label; 2) heavy,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Akasha - Akasha

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This is a reissue of one of Norway's classics, the self-titled debut by Akasha. This is definitely one for symphonic freaks and not for the Mellotron-whiners as this album has more 'Tron...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Akritas - Akritas

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One of the few Greek progressive bands that were on a fairly big label, Akritas (the English spelling) was in spirit probably closest to the rich and fertile wave of the 70s Italian scene. Close to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Amon Düül II - Nada Moonshine #

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If there was one German band that embodied the true spirit of German "space rock," it was A.D.2. They took the early vibes of Pink Floyd and carried them into a whole new dimension of...

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(Posted by Archie Patterson 1995-11-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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These seven titles by the legendary Ange represent part of Musea's big score from absorbing the Baillemont label late last year. Although most of these have been released on CD before — not once,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Anubian Lights - The Eternal Sky

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Cleopatra has been surprising of late with their output; the Space Daze compilation and Spiral Realms releases were both pleasant surprises. Anubian Lights is another solid release. The...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Apocalypse - Perto do Amanhecer

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This is the second outing for this four-piece from Brazil, their first self-titled album from the late 80s still being a vinyl-only release. Their neo-progressive sound and dramatic styling have...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Apogee - The Border of Awareness

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Arne Schäfer, aka Apogee, is a German multi-instrumentalist/composer and also-member of the group Versus X, who recorded the material on this, his debut album, over a six year period beginning...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Atlas - Blå Vardag

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This is one of those gems, a rare item on vinyl that is indeed a lost classic. All the elements of progressive rock greatness are here in abundance: superb musicianship, brilliant compositions,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Blast - Wire Stitched Ears

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A Dutch quartet of guitar, bass, drums and woodwinds, this is Blast's second release (the first being the hopelessly obscure Puristsirup from 1993), and the first for Cuneiform. While...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Blind Owl - Debut at Dusk

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The story behind this is that in 1987, the cassette, LP, and CD were all supposed to receive a simultaneous release. Apparently somebody dropped the ball – the LP was released, but the CD...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Bread, Love and Dreams - Amaryllis

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I suppose this fell into the progressive camp because: a) it's British and from the early 70s, b) it's folk rock; and c) there's a 21-minute title track. Let me break it to you slow:...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Camel - On the Road 1982

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Andy Latimer's Camel Productions have already put out two high quality live shows, one recent and one from the very early years of the band, but this is the first from the mid-period in the...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Carl Weingarten - The Acoustic Shadow

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For fifteen years or so, guitarist Carl Weingarten has been active, releasing several albums under his own name, and collaborating on several more with the likes of Joe Venegoni, Kit Watkins,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Carl Weingarten - The Acoustic Shadow

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What a treat this is. Weingarten is perhaps best known for his skills on the dobro (acoustic slide guitar played on the lap), he has a startling depth to his musical vision as well. The entire...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Carl Weingarten - The Acoustic Shadow

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The Acoustic Shadow is presented by Carl Weingarten as a sort of soundtrack to a lost story. Giving enigmatic and ambiguous track titles and utilizing everything from non-western folk...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Cast - Four Aces

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This, the fourth album (obviously) from the Mexican neo-prog outfit Cast, is very much along the same lines as their previous three efforts, but with some obvious improvements. The line-up is a...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Cherry Five - Cherry Five

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Keyboard fans take note. Cherry Five was a predecessor to Goblin; Claudio Simonetti (keyboards) and Massimo Morante (guitars) were later in that band. Cherry Five's sole release is a true...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Christian Décamps & Fils - Vesoul

Cover art A brand new live album by Décamps, a superb follow-up to his 1994 studio album Nu, even though only one track from that album is included in this set (and it's one of the most abrasive —...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - A Tous les Enfants...

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Packaged in a 40 page hardbound CD size book, A Tous les Enfants... is essentially a Christian Vander children's album. Playing keyboards and contributing vocals, Vander is joined by...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - A Tous les Enfants...

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A children's album from Magma founder and leader Christian Vander? Precisely. I was more than a little skeptical when I first heard about this, and was even more hesitant to buy it when I heard...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - A Tous les Enfants...

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Vander's most recent release, and perhaps the most surprising. This is music dedicated to children, and written with the child in mind. The whole package is basically a children's book,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - Les Voyages de Christoph Colomb

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This is not so much a solo album as it is a narrative with some backing music. All of the music is performed by Christian Vander on synthesizers (which were programmed accordingly by Stella...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - Offering I - II

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It had been a while since Magma left us with Merci, and this, the first true Vander solo project finally appeared in 1986. Musically, Vander began exploring some undeveloped territory, as...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - Offering III-IV

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Although this was released four years after the first Offering album, this Offering picks up right where that one left off, and is in many ways not much different at all. Only three tracks here,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - To Love

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Welcome to Christian and Stella's living room... This is positively the most minimalist of all Vander's solo efforts. Christian and spouse Stella are the only musicians featured here...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - Wurdah Ïtah

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Originally released as a film soundtrack credited solely to Christian Vander, Wurdah Ïtah was recorded by a quartet extracted from the 1974 lineup; one of the smallest incarnations of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander / Offering - A Fiièh

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The third and most recent Offering album appeared in 1993, with a line-up more full than the previous two Offerings. It should be no surprise that Stella Vander, Isabelle Feullebois, Philippe...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander Trio - 65!

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Don't be fooled by the title of this one. It's the second (and latest) album by the Christian Vander Trio and not a re-release of Vander out-takes from 1965 (although that in itself would...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander Trio - Jour après Jour

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Jour après Jour (Day after Day) would be Vander's first all-out pure jazz assault. The trio formation of Vander on drums, Emmanuel Borghi on piano, and Philippe Dardelle on...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Contrevent - Terre de Feu

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Canadian fusion at its smokin' best, Contrevent are a five piece of drums, bass, guitar, cello, and vibraphone/keyboards. Their style is energetic and complex, yet very accessible. One might be...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Cutler/DiMuzio/Vrtacek, Church of Betty & The Code - Ponk 1995 Releases

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These are three of the latest releases from the Ponk label, formerly FOT, probably best known for their series of "Passed Normal" compilations. Besides sharing a label, the only other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Darxtar - Daybreak

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This sonically rich recording strongly evokes mid-70s era Hawkwind, with an updated sound that takes advantage of 90s recording techniques. They're not nearly as strange as Hawkwind, but the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-11-01)

Deus Ex Machina - De Republica

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Deus Ex Machina has hit the bulls-eye with their third album. De Republica is an absolutely brilliant masterpiece of Italian progressive rock, exquisitely manifesting all the elements of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Deus Ex Machina - De Republica

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An old book, dating from as far as 1800 BC, was found recently in good condition by an archeological search. A treatise superficially presented as ways to acquire power and glory over people. Some...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Deus Ex Machina - De Republica

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With their first two albums, Deus Ex Machina quickly established themselves as the darlings of the Italian prog scene, blending heavy rock and complex music in a most original way. Those two...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Deus Ex Machina - De Republica

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Deus Ex Machina are in my opinion the pinnacle of the 90s Italian progressive scene, an outfit continually experimenting with sound and new musical ideas. Both Gladium Caeli and their...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Deyss - Vision in the Dark

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Just the mere mention of the Swiss band Deyss is enough to send many progressive fans – even hard core neo-progressive loyalists – into cringe-fits or outbursts of hysterical laughter,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Die Engel des Herrn - Live! As Hippie Punks

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Some people may be familiar with the name Klaus Dinger. For the uninitiated, he was an early member of Kraftwerk, the founder of Neu! and La Düsseldorf, and current godfather of Die (b)Engel...

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(Posted by Archie Patterson 1995-11-01)

Doctor Nerve - Skin

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Are you nauseated from the seemingly endless abundance of new releases in tired old predictable styles? Do you welcome the next whiny overstylized singer fronting a band of wannabe clones like the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Doctor Nerve - Skin

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Dr. Nerve's latest album features more of composer / guitarist Nick Didkovsky's uncompromisingly dense and aggresive avant-garde rock. The music on Skin swings from a somewhat...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Doctor Nerve - Skin

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Well, no one could rightfully call Dr. Nerve derivative. That's for sure. Imagine really distorted heavy metal guitar, clean vibes, frenetic drums and bass, and then throw in a horn section to...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Dogma - Twin Sunrise

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This brand new album by Brazilian band Dogma showcases a wider instrumentation in which Fernando Campos' acoustic guitar brings on many delicate moments, alongside compositions that are making...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Dragonfly - Dragonfly

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Not to be confused with the American early-70s band of the same name, this is the long awaited reissue of the Swiss keyboard masterpiece, with a full 23 minutes of superb bonus material added....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

East of Eden - Mercator Projected

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An engaging and groundbreaking early British progressive band, East of Eden used electric violin, dual saxes, flute, recorder and bagpipe to add texture to their guitar based rock. The end product...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

El Reloj - Santos y Verdugos

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Argentinian group El Reloj was one of progressive rock's best kept secrets, releasing two albums in the mid 70s, one in 1983, and now their first new album in quite some time. Their second self...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Fancyfluid - The Sheltering Sea

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Not having heard Fancyfluid's second album, this – their third – is a vast improvement over their debut Weak Waving. Musically the band has come a long way, they are...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Fantasy - Vivariatum

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Fantasy are probably best known for their 1973 debut, Paint a Picture, a song-orientated but strikingly beautiful and melodic classic of British progressive. More recently, Audio Archives...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Finisterre - Finisterre

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The name Finisterre comes from the Latin finis terrae, the limits of the Earth. Romans used to believe that the Earth ended near Hercules' columns which we call now the Gibraltar...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Finisterre - Finisterre

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How good it is to hear a new Italian band with such a solid footing in the 70s. Sure they tinker around with some neo-progressivisms (and they do that quite well also), but it's clear that this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Finisterre - Finisterre

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Finisterre is another debut from the country with more bands than fans. While many of Italy's newer outfits fall squarely in mediocrity, Finisterre looks like one of the brighter spots. The...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III

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This long awaited post-mortem artifact of Zappa's work is indeed a fine addition to his catalog. The music is almost entirely realized on a Synclavier, yet this is not the sterile robot-music...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-11-01)

Gongzilla - Suffer

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First of all, Gongzilla's Suffer isn't the non-stop smokin' and jammin' album some people think it is. Rather, it's well balanced, with both excellent guitar work (by...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Happy Family - Happy Family

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Here it is at last, the musical equivalent of a 1001 Centigrade enema, the debut of the legendary Happy Family. This one is not for the saccharine-fluffy prog types, this is like Slayer...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Happy Family - Happy Family

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The long awaited debut CD by this Japanese four-piece is finally here, and indeed it was well worth the wait. It delivers on all the promises that might be expected after hearing the various live...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Happy Family - Happy Family

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Happy Family recently created a stir in the prog world without ever releasing an album. They are one of those rare few who received a great deal of hype, not by record dealers, but rather by fans....

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Hawkwind / Astralasia - Spirit of the Age - Solstice Remixes

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"Your android replica is acting up again. That's no joke. When she comes she moans another's name." The tune "Spirit of the Age" from the Hawkwind album Quark,...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Headless Household - Inside / Outside USA

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A quartet from Santa Barbara, CA, Headless Household have been together for over a decade, and released their first, self titled, album in 1987. Inside / Outside USA finds them teeming up...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Iconoclasta - De Todos Uno

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Iconoclasta's 1985 debut was one of the crowning achievements of Mexican progressive rock, heavily influenced by Genesis (or rather, solo Steve Hackett) and possibly some of the less angular...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Iconoclasta - De Todos Uno

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In the time since their first albums in the early 80s, Iconoclasta has been gradually assimilating a greater diversity of ideas into their musical pallette. Long Mexico's premier progressive...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Iconoclasta - De Todos Uno

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Iconoclasta's latest release carries on in this Mexican band's readily identifiable symphonic fusion style. A mostly instrumental album, De Todos Uno focuses strongly on the...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Il Castello di Atlante - L'Ippogrifo

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This is the follow-up disc to the rather well-acclaimed Sono io il signore delle terra nord. To sum up Il Castello's history, it is a band that exists since 1976 but never recorded...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Isopoda - Acrostichon

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Here is another release from the post-prog period, a good band who either didn't get their album ready early enough to catch the 70s prog-wave, or refused to prostitute their ideals in favor of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

John Wetton - Battle Lines

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Comes a time when folks have to decide if they want to keep following an artist after they stop making music in a particular style – in this case progressive rock. Wetton and many like him...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Kadwaladyr - The Last Hero

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Kadwaladyr, one of Musea's latest discoveries, is a band from Brittany playing a distinctive blend of Celtic and French progressive music reminiscent of Malicorne without the vocals. This is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-11-01)

Kansas - Freaks of Nature

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Their first studio album in seven years, Freaks of Nature marks the return of Kansas. Well, actually they haven't been gone. Even though this marks the first studio release for the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Kava Kava - You Can Live Here

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Blasting off with "Headset," a big bluesy rock song with brass trimmings, one might be reminded of Colosseum or other great British bands of the early 70s. Each track that follows...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

King Crimson - Thrak

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First, to answer the biggest question: What do I get if I buy this album that I don't already have on Vrooom? Not much really. You get the 'single' "Dinosaur." You...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

King Crimson - Thrak

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While the earlier release Vrooom was essentially a rehearsal of material destined for this album, it was also a far more condensed unit of what would be the most important tracks on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Kingston Wall - Kingston Wall I, II & III

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Kingston Wall is a Finnish power trio who seem to operate outside the normal "progressive rock" distributors, yet would certainly be a crossover group of great potential. While the band...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Landberk - Unaffected

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A rendition of Van der Graaf Generator's "Afterwards" opens this concert disc recorded at the beginning of the year in Italy and Germany. This CD also constitutes the very first issue...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Magma - "Les Voix" - Concert 1992 Douarnenez

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Les Voix was the debut release on Christian Vander's AKT label, created in order to make available various live Magma recordings that had been gathering dust in Vander's archives....

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - "Les Voix" - Concert 1992 Douarnenez

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Not so much a true Magma album as it is a choral interpretation of some old Magma music. With no less than nine vocalists (led by Christian and Stella Vander), the choir (about half male, half...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Magma - Mekanïk Kommandöh

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Recorded several months before the album Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh, but not released until 1989, Mekanïk Kommandöh is an interesting early version of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - 1001 Centigrades

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Magma's second album continues in the experimental jazz-rock direction defined by the first. A few small lineup changes – the replacement of two horn players and the loss of guitarist...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Attahk

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While Attahk continues in the same general musical direction set by Üdü Wüdü, the moods and emotions evoked on this album are decidedly more upbeat and...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Concert - Bobino 1981

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The latest release on Vander's AKT label is a two CD set featuring live material from 1981. The band at this point was fairly versatile, with multi-keyboards and horns joining the multi-vocal,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Inédits

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Released in 1977, Inédits contains live excerpts from six unreleased pieces, recorded over several years during the early to mid 70s. The recordings capture some of the Magma...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Köhntarkösz

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For the recording of Köhntarkösz, the Wurdah Ïtah quartet was augmented with two keyboardists and a guitarist, giving the band a much more flexible lineup. With...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Live (Hhaï)

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1975 saw several personnel changes in Magma's lineup, but the instrumentation which recorded the brilliant Köhntarkösz remained virtually unchanged, only adding Didier...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Magma

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Magma's earliest incarnation found its musical roots in the experimental electric jazz scene of the late 60s. Their debut double album, featuring a lineup of keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh

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With the almost complete overhaul of Magma's lineup in 1972 came a similarly drastic shift in musical style and direction. Two of the group's main jazzmen, François Cahen and Jeff...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz

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A two CD set, this contains the second half of the concert begun on Theusz Hamtaahk. The first disc features a stunning and powerful rendition of "Mekanïk Destruktïw...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Merci

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With a seven year hiatus since Magma's previous studio album, Merci finds Vander pushing a completely new sound for the band. The influence of early 80s pop music is fairly strong...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Mythes et Légendes Vol.1

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Released in 1985, Mythes et Légendes, Vol. 1 is essentially a condensed overview of the Kobaïan story. It features extracts from several early compositions tracing the...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Retrospektïw I & II

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The second album culled from the 1980 reunion concerts is a double, and features breathtaking performances of two of Magma's epic live pieces. The first official release of "Theusz...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Retrospektïw III

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In June of 1980, various Magma alumni gathered in Paris for a series of reunion concerts. The two Retrospektïw albums that resulted present some of the best performances from those...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Théâtre du Taur - Concert 1975 - Toulouse

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Recorded in Toulouse roughly three months after the concerts from which Live were taken, this two CD set was released for the first time in 1994 on Christian Vander's AKT label. The...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Theusz Hamtaahk - Premier Mouvement

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This unauthorized release contains the first half of a live concert from March 1976. The band's lineup is identical to that of the Theatre du Taur show, but the performance reveals, among other...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Magma - Üdü Wüdü

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Here, Christian Vander strives to incorporate the various past styles of Magma into a single composite sound. Thus, one can hear elements of the early spirited jazz-rock mingling with the...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Marathon - Sublime Dreams

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Why do they do that? I hate that! On Sublime Dreams, Marathon commits the cardinal sin of having vocals in a language that they don't quite have in their grasp. The lyrics appear to...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Marge Litch - The Ring of Truth & Crystal Heart in the Fountain

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A Japanese symphonic band that has been active since the mid-80s, Marge Litch released their first CD, Fantasien, in 1991 after a long string of cassette-only releases. The Ring of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight

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With all of the bad things I had heard about this album before even listening to it, I was wondering if Afraid of Marillion might be a more appropriate title. I ultimately overcame my fear...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight

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After six years, Steve Hogarth's output with Marillion has reached this, their fourth album since the departure (and some would say demise) of Fish. The most immediate thing about Afraid of...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Melting Euphoria - Upon the Solar Winds

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In the beginning there was LSD; San Francisco responded with music. The psychedelic music of mid-late 60s San Francisco reached across the ocean to the UK, and touched bands like Pink Floyd and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Mike Oldfield - The Songs of Distant Earth & Hibernaculum

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Here is the latest release from Mike Oldfield and what an innovation it is! The Songs of Distant Earth is the first CD I've encountered that marries CD-ROM with audio CD. In addition...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-11-01)

Mind Gallery - Guilty until Proven Rich

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This second offering by Mind Gallery dwells mostly in straightforward material. That is not to say it's a bad thing, or that prog amateurs' heaven is in 13/7 land exclusively. No. But when...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Mirage - Live 14.12.94

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Another reunion dinosaur roars back to life? Mirage has come out from the near Jurassic age, taken a single step forward and unfortunately appears to die on the spot! Whereas Camel and Caravan were...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1995-11-01)

Moom - Toot

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Moom is a new four-piece (but who's that fifth guy in the picture?) from the UK that many might enjoy. Vital and energetic, they combine some strong elements of the Canterbury sound with the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Musicalia - Magicorò

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Once in a while comes a disc that is surprising by its nature. Magicorò is issued on the Italian Kaliphonia progressive label, but it is a gripping work of chamber music and...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Nekropolis & Peter Frohmader - Live & Stringed Works

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For those of you disillusioned with the lack of early Frohmader / Nekropolis reissues on CD (whatever happened to the plans on the Sensorium label?), here's the reissues of Nekropolis' live...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Niagara - S.U.B.

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Niagara were an early 70s German jazz rock outfit that released three albums of heavily percussion-oriented music. In fact, on this, their second album there are often four percussionists playing...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Ñu - Cuentos de Ayer y de Hoy & A Golpe de Látigo

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Question: How could you possibly dislike Spanish heavy progressive rock? Answer: You couldn't. A five-piece consisting of guitar / Mellotron, vocals / flute, bass, violin, and drums, Ñu...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Organisation & Kraftwerk - Tone Float, Kraftwerk 1 & 2, Ralf & Florian

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Kraftwerk, like many of the long running German outfits, was a completely different creature at its inception then after they rose to popularity. These albums, including the pre-Kraftwerk...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Pentacle - Le Clef des Songes

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This reissue is a long time coming for Musea, as this nifty piece of French history has only seen one Japanese LP reissue since its Arcane release in 1975 (that is barring a French reissue). This...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Phish - A Live One

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Ask any Phish fan and they'll tell you that the band's natural habitat is most definitely on stage, in front of a live audience. So after five studio albums, Phish finally present a...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Picchio dal Pozzo - Picchio dal Pozzo & Abbiamo Tutti i Suoi Problemi

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Slight changes in style between albums is common for most all groups, but Picchio dal Pozzo is not like most groups. Upon listening to their second CD after hearing the first, I did a double take...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways & Moonloop EP

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Having defined themselves as the modern standard bearers of the Pink Floyd sound – a title rightfully deserved (save the Roger Waters psychosis), they have set about further refining that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways & Moonloop EP

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Their third full album, The Sky Moves Sideways is Porcupine Tree's strongest release yet. Featuring three long 17-18 minutes tracks, the album flows effortlessly from laid back...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Project Lo - Dabblings in Darkness

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An acoustic guitar, a soprano saxophone on a backdrop where a fretless bass harmonizes and slides smoothly over percussion while synthesizer chords wash away is an appropriate description for this...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Quest - Opposite Sides of the Picket Fence

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Quest is a new five-piece from Cleveland, Ohio, whose sound will immediately remind one of Rush. Lead vocalist Allen McKenzie sounds amazingly like Geddy Lee, and the music bears many similarities...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Ragnarök - Ragnarök

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Unlike a lot of prog-rock groups who try to impress the listener with lots of flashy solos, using overdubs and multiple keyboards like so much musical spackle, the Swedish group Ragnarök...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Revival - Revival

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Note: When this review was written in 1995, the information accompanying the CD included a number of inaccuracies which have since been revealed. See notes within the text for...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Richard Bone - X Considers Y, Ambiento & Vox Orbita

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Although Richard Bone may be best known for his forays into the alternative techno-pop realms in the mid 80s, his work of late, while still being very electronic based and often poppy, has been far...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Robert Berry - Pilgrimage to a Point

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Robert Berry has been making music around the San Francisco Bay Area for about 20 years now – maybe longer. Probably his only national attention came during the late 80s when he teamed up...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Ruins - Hyderomastgroningem

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With this album, this Japanese duo provides a pithy follow-up to their 1993 album Graviyaunausch. Ruins comes back in full force with 20 new compositions clocking in at nearly 70 minutes....

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-11-01)

Saga - Generation 13

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There's so many good things about this album that I don't know where to begin. It marks a giant step forward for Saga – a 25-track, 69-minute concept album that includes some of the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Satin Whale - Desert Places & Lost Mankind

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For the latter part of their career, Satin Whale were a commercially oriented rock group who's music fell way outside of much of the more progressive German rock of the era. However, their...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Siamese Stepbrothers - Siamese Stepbrothers

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An unlikely amalgam of musicians, The Siamese Stepbrothers carry forward a spirit of improvisation that seems to cross all time and musical boundaries. Bits of rock, jazz, psych, and other forms...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Sithonia - Spettacolo Annullato

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Sithonia is a rather new band on the Italian scene. Spettacolo Annullato is their second album, followed by the live Folla di Passaggio recorded during the first part of a Caravan...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Socrates - Phos

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This is the third (apparently) and best-known release by this obscure (outside Greece, anyway) Greek band. This album was made famous by guest-keyboardist Vangelis. And while it's true that...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Spiral Realms - Trip to G9

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Simon House is an esteemed musician in my opinion, continually inventive and quite diverse, being the violin / keys player for the classic '69-'70 period High Tide, a short stint with Third...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Spock's Beard - The Light

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Spock's Beard is a new American group that even before the release of this album has been slated to play at Progfest '95. The band is a quartet led by keys/vocalist Neal Morse and also...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Squonk Opera - Howandever

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Ready for something different and very original? First off, forget the Squonk, it's not a reference – these guys sound nothing like Genesis! In fact they are a totally new six-piece from...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Surprise - Assault on Merryland

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Surprise was an American symphonic rock band with influences ranging from Yes to Kansas to Deep Purple. As with many US progressives, Surprise were fairly commercially oriented at times –...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Tangle Edge - In Search of a New Dawn

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It's great to finally see this album on CD, the vinyl debut of the underappreciated Tangle Edge. While the band's sound has changed considerably since it came out in 1989, adding sax and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Tetragon - Nature

Cover art Here is one of those albums revered by collectors, with a pricetag on the original vinyl to match — only 400 copies of this baby were pressed in '71. Yet it's only a fraction of what an earlier...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus - The Gift of Tears & Le Liturgie pour le Fin du Temp

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RAIJ are a mysterious ensemble of musicians whose music is genuinely unclassifiable. Operating somewhere near the 4AD / Dead Can Dance axis, the music by this fascinating combo is transfixing,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

The Spacious Mind - Organic Mind Solution

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The Spacious Mind is a contemporary Swedish band that wants nothing more, nothing less, than the opportunity to blow your mind with their authentic psychedelic rock. Layers of guitars echo in the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-11-01)

Tideline - Siren Song

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Where is the audience for an album of commercial pop variety songs with unusual arrangements, and an occasional mildly avant-garde pop surprise thrown into the stew? I cringed when I first heard...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Tiles - Tiles

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That just has to be Max Bacon on vocals! It must be – you know that singer guy from GTR, the most progressive rock band that Steve Howe and Steve Hackett were ever in? If I had to pick out...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Tim Story - In Another Country

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Story, probably better known for his more recent work on Windham Hill and Hearts of Space, released his first two albums on cassette in the early 80s. This, his second, finally received an LP...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Trace - Trace

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Frankly, it's amazing that this album (and the two Trace albums that followed) has eluded reissue so long! A super-group of sorts, their albums sold quite well and the first two were even...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Tristan Park - At the End of the Day

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Hailing from the New England area, this six piece band is pushing for the arena rock sound that the late 70s and early 80s bands like Kansas and Rush made famous. Not exactly neo-prog, not exactly...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Univeria Zekt - The Unnamables

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A Magma album in disguise, The Unnamables was designed to ease listeners into the musical world of Magma. Recorded by essentially the same lineup as on 1001 Centigrades, the album...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Patch Work Music

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A collective of French electronic musicians, Patch Work Music offers a sampling of the music of five of France's finest. Three tracks by Christian Gérard, two each by Olivier...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Vulgar Unicorn - Under the Umbrella

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The trumpet, saxophone, and strings add a nice coloration to what is basically a guitar-oriented music, with plenty of riffs in the vein of Hawkwind and the like. Vocal themes are easy-going: this...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Wilde Flowers - Tales of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story - Brian's Tale

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For those of you still uninitiated, Canterbury was a place in the UK where a music scene originated in the 60s (complementary to that of San Francisco Haight-Ashbury). Several known European groups...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1995-11-01)

Wind - Morning

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Somewhere between their debut, Seasons, and this album, Wind seem to have gone through an abrupt and drastic personality change. That album was quintessential German heavy rock with an...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Xaal - Seconde Ere

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Finally, the long overdue second Xaal disc that almost never materialized, and were it not for the persistence of Bernard Gueffier and others at Musea, it could have remained in the vaults forever....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Ynos - Chill out Sector

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Creating floating formless sound sculptures that aggregate and dissolve, referentially in the early Tangerine Dream style, albeit on more modern digital style equipment, Ynos is apparently two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Yochk'o Seffer / Neffesh Music - Ghilgoul

Cover art For those who read Exposé, sax genius Yochk'o Seffer should be well known. Practically the John Coltrane of French fusion and new music, Seffer's touch has graced many classics from early...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Zao - Osiris

Cover art Zao's second album was recorded in 1974, and originally released on Richard Pinhas' startup Disjuncta label. Despite the minimal resources available to Pinhas, Osiris fared well, surpassing...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Zero Gravity - Space Does Not Care

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Zero Gravity is the vehicle of one Len del Rio, a recent associate from the Nik Turner camp. Del Rio programs a variety of synths, sequencers, drum machines, samples, and other electronics, while...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Ziff - Stories

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This is the first release I've heard on Musea's new side-label Angular Records, so it's too soon to predict what the 'sound' of the label will be, but for this release at least,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

ZNR - Barricade 3

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Made up of the duo team Joseph Racaille and Hector Zazou, ZNR were pushing the fringe with this release in '77. Even by today's standards, this music is very avant garde. The formula is...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

 

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