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Date : March 1996
Pages : 72
Summary : Progfest '95, Pekka Pohjola, Lost Vinyl update, Belle Antique label, Spotted Peccary Label, Nine Days Wonder, French TV, Deus Ex Machina, ArsNova, Clive Nolan on Arena, Jim Crichton of Saga (interview)
Items found : 210

A Circle of Women —
A Conversation with Ars Nova 1995

Cover art The scene: A poolside bar at the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles. The time: late night Saturday, or actually early morning Sunday. Earlier, Japanese trio Ars Nova had just given their debut performance in the United States as part of the first day’s lineup for Progfest ‘95. The entire band is here, as well as their manager Mr. Numero Ueno, a translator, and at various times different members of the Exposé staff and friends. All the while, fans who caught their show are stopping by to get CDs and posters signed, and a couple of side conversations are going on between Ueno and others.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen, Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Lengthy Silence Punctuated By... —
A Profile of French TV 1996

Cover art An unlikely name for a collective of progressive musicians from Louisville, Kentucky, French TV is essentially bassist / bandleader Mike Sary and whoever he happens to be working with at any given point in time. From one album to the next, the high turnover rate in the lineup may, at first lead one to believe that French TV is more of a solo project — yet considering the time elapsed between recording of the band's four releases (nearly eight years in some cases), these are only snapshots of what has been a gradual change.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

A Triggering Myth - Between Cages

Cover art This is the third outing for the keyboard propelled duo of Rick Eddy and Tim Drumheller, collectively known as A Triggering Myth. For anyone familiar with their previous two efforts (a self-titled...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

A Triggering Myth - Between Cages

Cover art A Triggering Myth continues to be Tim Drumheller and Rick Eddy. So says the liner notes of this, their third album. Hailing from Massachusetts, the duo also continues to make music much the same as...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

A Triggering Myth - Between Cages

Cover art The third release from A Triggering Myth continues to showcase the talents of Tim Drumheller and Rick Eddy. Both are apparently keyboard players foremost, but between them, they manage to cover most...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Abiogenesi - Abiogenesi

Cover art It's should be pretty clear from the outside what you're in for on the inside. Front cover: is it Dracula walking away from his latest victim? Back cover: a graveyard! And inside the the booklet among...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Adiemus - Songs of Sanctuary

Cover art The first major label release from former Soft Machine keyboardists Karl Jenkins and Mike Ratledge is a vocal/orchestral work based around varying Greek entitled themes. Having been out of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Ain Soph - Special Live 1 - 3 (Ride on a Camel, Mysterious Triangle & Quicksand)

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Together in one form or another since the mid-70s, Ain Soph is one of Japan's premier instrumental progressive bands, drawing their influence more from the Canterbury scene than the usual...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Aksak Maboul - Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits

Cover art This is the second album by Aksak Maboul, a.k.a. Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis (though the latter’s involvement on this recording is rather limited) and whoever they happen to be playing with at...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Alan Gowen / Phil Miller / Richard Sinclair / Trevor Tomkins - Before a Word Is Said

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For those of you still unfamiliar with the Canterbury musical legacy, few players in this circle of friends have met with tragic outcomes, (Robert Wyatt is possibly the most famous for his fall...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Älgarnas Trädgård - Framtiden Är Ett Svävande Skepp, Förankrat I Forntiden

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Swedish ensemble Älgarnas Trädgård in many ways were the Scandinavian equivalent of Pierrot Lunaire and were an incredibly unique and inventive group of musicians. Their sole album...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Altered States - Mosaic

Cover art Looking for some loud, heavy, angry, dissonant prog rock, sort of like 70s Crimson, but without all the soft parts? Well, look no more, Altered States is precisely what you need. Their music is...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Anekdoten - Nucleus

Cover art Anekdoten's eagerly anticipated sophomore effort proves to be a masterful development and refinement of their heavy and driving progressive sound. While Nucleus certainly adheres to the essence of...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-03-01)

Anekdoten - Nucleus

Cover art Especially after great shows at a couple of the Monster Prog shows in the last year or so, Anekdoten's follow up to the much heralded Vemod has surely been one of the most anticipated prog...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Anekdoten - Nucleus

Cover art Anekdoten seems to be one of the most well received groups of the new "progressive" resurgence. Their debut has evidently reached the five-digit sales mark and was given wide critical acclaim on its...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Annie Haslam's Renaissance - Blessing in Disguise

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Annie Haslam's third solo outing is about the best set of songs she's recorded since her last work with the band whose name is referenced in the title (though I'm not really certain...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Anthony Phillips - Anthology

Cover art The problem with any collection by an artist as diverse as one-time Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips is that, depending on the selection of material, the listener may come away with only a partial...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson - Gypsy Suite

Cover art Little is known about Anthony Phillips' career between leaving Genesis and the appearance of The Geese and the Ghost. How ironic that a 1995 release would shed light on what he was up to....  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Aragon - Mouse

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Every time the subject of this Australian neo-progressive three-piece comes up, someone almost immediately says something negative about singer Les Dougan, along with something mildly complementary...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Asia - Asia / Armed to the Teeth

Cover art I don't understand why I'm reviewing this in Exposé... maybe it's the Mellotron? Without being too judgemental on a genre that I inherently dislike in the first place, the 70s American hard...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Athena - Inside, the Moon

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I remember the first time I heard Dream Theater. I thought, "I bet a lot of bands will go for this type of sound in the future." Just when I was beginning to think I was wrong, Athena has...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Aufklärung - De' la Tempesta... l'Oscuro Piacere

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An Italian band with a German name that sings in English? Okay. Aufklärung is a five piece of bass, keys, drums and two guitars, with guest vocals handled by Chicco Grosso – if that name...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Ayuo Takahashi's Rok Grouppa - Blue Eyes, Black Hair

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This is a very unusual release, at least in the context of the other material Belle Antique has to offer, and another archival one as well (most of the recordings here are from the 1989 timeframe)....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Babe Ruth - Greatest Hits

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First, a bit of a history lesson. British band Babe Ruth debuted in 1972, sporting an incendiary hard rock sound ignited by the forceful voice of Janita "Jennie" Haan and jamming...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Banzai - Hora Nata

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This Flemish quintet have only one album to their name, the 1974 LP Hora Nata, which has become legendary among symphonic progressive collectors. The band is led by the organ playing of...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Bellaphon - Delphi

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Probably best known for their 1987 album, Firefly, this instrumental four-piece existed from around 1982, and co-existed with the mid-80s Ain Soph, keyboardist Mitsutaka Kaki and drummer...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Go-Un

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Known for years as the group that sounds more like King Crimson than King Crimson themselves, Bi Kyo Ran have reformed after many years away, in the process growing from a trio to an eight-piece of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Go-Un

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Bi Kyo Ran were the Japanese equivalent of mid period King Crimson from the obvious "Larks Tongues in Aspic" copy at the beginning of their self-titled debut to one of their recently...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Live Vol. 2 - 3 (Who Ma & Ran)

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After a three-year period (spent mostly making demos and being discovered by King Records), Suma appeared with a new band behind him. King coaxed him into the studio, and the albums Bi Kyo...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Fairy Tale, Early Live Vol. 1

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No more than a year after recording an album of King Crimson covers as Madoromi, it was 1978, and the band changed its name back to Bi Kyo Ran; they won first prize in a Yamaha-sponsored contest,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Birth Control - Birth Control

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Birth Control have been around a long time, beginning in 1970. They produced 17 albums and, along with Amon Düül II, are one of the more prolific bands from Germany. The first Birth...

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(Posted by Paul Earney 1996-03-01)

Black September - Black September

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Black September is a four piece from Trenton led by keyboardist Michael West (of "God Sex Money" fame), the instrumentation consisting of violin, sax, and drums, with bass duties shared...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Bloque - El Hijo del Alba

Cover art Bloque were a Spanish quintet who released several albums on the Chapa label in the late 70s/early 80s of which this is their third album and arguably best. Bloque played in a pretty straight-forward...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit

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Bondage Fruit were formed in 1989, and have finally released their first CD. Leader Natsuki Kido is also a member of P.O.N. (and other groups unknown outside Japan). Like other bandleaders he...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit

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Having first heard about this band in the fading weeks of 1994 via a bootleg tape of one of their live shows, I was, needless to say, duly impressed, and spent most of '95 looking for a copy of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Bonfire - Bonfire Goes Bananas

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This Dutch four-piece produced a spirited instrumental rock during the mid 70s, leaving one album behind as the only recorded evidence. Their sound is very progressive, constantly changing tempo...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Boud Deun - Fiction and Several Days

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If it wasn't for Cuneiform you could practically count the number of truly experimental modern American progressives on one hand, which is truly disappointing. Most US groups seem to stick to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Braindance - Fear Itself

Cover art A five-piece from New York, Braindance offer an incisive progressive rock with a metallic edge, science fiction themes and an overall dark and gothic spirit. Using acoustic and electric guitars,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Cafewien - Terrae Motus

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Cafewien, a four-piece of guitar, drums, keys and bass, with a guest player on saxes, and any way one looks at it, Terrae Motus is an impressive album of sparkling jazz-rock fusion, the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Calliope - Il Madrigale del Vento

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Some are no doubt familiar with Calliope's two earlier albums La Terra dei Grandi Occhi and Città di Frontiera from '92 and '93 respectively. Those first two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Camel - Harbour of Tears

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It's hard to believe that Dust and Dreams, the album that single-handedly revived Camel, was released so long ago. The subsequent 20th anniversary double-live CD elevated the band to...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Camel - Harbour of Tears

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Camel's latest album is a rather moody, somewhat slow-moving concept surrounding the events which take place in a small town on the Irish coast. Harbour of Tears is again (like...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Camel - Harbour of Tears

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For anyone hoping that Camel might be turning out something a bit more uptempo, full of fire and color, after the somewhat 'gray' Dust and Dreams, I hate to be the bringer of bad...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Caravan - The Battle of Hastings

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A reunion of the line-up which brought you For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (1973) , and The Album (1880), here comes another by a group which has evolved into a well-honed...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Carl Weingarten - Redwood Melodies

Cover art For those that checked out his highly regarded Acoustic Shadow (reviewed in last issues' roundtable), this release is a completely different side of Weingarten's musical persona. It's my...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Caryn Lin - Honour the Rain

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Caryn Lin is a violin player who plays on one track of the Project Lo disc. Here, on her solo album, we find overdubs of echoed pizzicato and such over which a rather spatial violin flies....

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

Cast - Endless Signs

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Cast has carved a niche for themselves in the neo-prog scene for good reasons. Their sound is very melodic and flowing. As with almost all bands lumped into the "neo-prog" classification,...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Cast - Endless Signs

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The perpetually industrious Cast have done it again, with yet another release, Endless Signs. One of the big surprises of Progfest '95, Cast delighted with their strikingly...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Cast - Endless Signs

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Cast has dropped five CDs in just over two years, yet much of that material was recorded in the 80s and early 90s, and not released until now. Endless Signs, however, is their latest...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Cheika Rimitti - Sidi Mansour

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Cheika ("crazy") Rimitti began her musical career in about 1936. The horrors of war and the epidemics that ravaged her native region of Oran in Algeria gave the inspiration for her first...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

Chris Savourey - Chris Savourey

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Looks are deceiving. Sure, this leather clad biker dude on the cover, clutching a flashy black Ibanez and covered with tattoos might lead one to believe this is just some average screaming hard...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Christian Vander - Baba Yaga la Sorcière

Cover art Huh? Christian Vander's latest release on his private AKT label is a chorus of sixty-or-so children doing a twenty-four minute re-worded (in French) version of the Magma classic Mekanïk...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Cinema - The Seven Stories

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Cinema are a new project that Belle Antique are promoting. The band consists of former members of Fromage, and includes two keyboardists, an operatic female vocalist, and string players performing...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Cinema Show - Dança dos Ventos

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Nothing original about their name, but I was surprised by the plethora of creative compositional ideas put forth by this young Brazilian five-piece from Porto Alegre. As one might suspect, their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Claude Lamothe - Nu

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Flight after the escape. Derailment. Unconfined wildlife. Frenetic cello, rhythmic cello, unbridled cello soloing. Claude Lamothe, cellist with a classical formation, who played with the chamber...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

Cliffhanger - Cold Steel

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It's been a while since we've heard from SI Music, the Dutch label whose main thrust seems to range from decent neo-progressive bands on one end, to a very mainstream sounding rock on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Collage - Changes

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This Polish five piece is no doubt best known for their CD Moonshine from 1994 released on the SI label, or the LP Basnie that preceded it in 1990. Their sound is firmly in the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Courtyard Moth - Alive 'n' Gigging

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Not too many groups these days play in the late 60s early 70s classic blues rock style, and fewer yet do it with an inventive outlook. Courtyard Moth are from Leicester, England and play somewhere...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Cyrille Verdeaux - Messenger of the Son

Cover art Verdeaux' name should be familiar to many, he was the main mover in the intensely symphonic seventies French band Clearlight, whose first two albums Symphony and Forever Blowing...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

D.I.M. - Natural Needs

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Normally I don't go for prog-metal, but this Norwegian four piece is so far above average that I can't help get excited about their debut Natural Needs. D.I.M. (which stands for...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Dada - Dada & Castle Wall

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From the ashes of Charisma, the duo of Mutsuhiko Izumi and Kenji Konishi – both on guitars and synthesizers – released two albums during its existence. Their 1978 debut, entitled...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Deborah Martin - Under the Moon

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An album based on the twilight-to-dawn theme, Deborah Martin’s Under the Moon shines with an impressionistic delicacy supported by a lush backdrop of multi-synths, textural electric...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Dice - Dice, Four Riders of the Apocalypse & Live Dice

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During their short career, which spans the late seventies, Swedish band Dice (never to be confused with the Swiss neo-proggers Deyss) released only one self-titled album, an excellent testament to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Dunwich - Sul Monte e il Tuono & Il Chiarore Sorge Due Volte

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Sometimes one gets totally caught off guard. I'd hadn't even heard of this excellent band before I received a promo of their latest Il Chiarore Sorge Due Volte. Further...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

England - The Last of the Jubblies

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Best known for their classic Garden Shed, England will forever be remembered as one of the few "new" bands of the late 70s United Kingdom brave enough to make unadulterated,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Epica, Arpia & Hyaena - Confini, Liberazione & Scene

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Pick Up Records is a relatively new Italian label, their first release (Midian's Soulinside) came at the end of 1994, and they have since released a number of releases by relatively...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Epilogue - Hide

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Epilogue sounds like a combination of more accessible current neo-prog bands and mid-80s synth-rock bands. I can easily envision many of their tunes having videos on MTV back during the Adam Curry...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Errobi - Ametsaren Bidea

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Another among a number of great bands from the Basque region in northern Spain, Errobi produced four albums between 1978 and 1982: Errobi, Gure Lekukotasuna, Ametsaren...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Eskaton - 4 Visions

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[This review was specifically about the 1995 reissue on the Ad Perpetuam Memoriam label. - ed.]

Finally! After a long wait, the long promised CD reissue of Eskaton's cassette-only...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Everon, Wings of Steel, Dilemma & Summer Indoors - 1995 Releases

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These four releases represent the more commercial side of the SI sound, and while I'm happy to report on them, they do seem at a bit of a letdown compared to other more challenging and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Ezra - Shapes

Cover art As heavily featured as keyboards are on Shapes, It is surprising that Ezra is a three piece outfit consisting of vocals/guitar, bass, drums — and no keyboards. In fact, I'd say that the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Fromage - Ondine

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Cheese jokes aside, this band was active throughout the eighties, and released two regular albums. Their approach was symphonic, featuring guitar, bass, keys, drums and flute, and female vocals,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Fromage - Ophelia

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Four years after their debut, and with an almost complete change in the lineup (only the singer / flautist and drummer from the first album remained), Fromage released their second album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Fukkeduk - Ornithozozy

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Well the name may cost this group some listeners, but I guess it could be said that anything in the Art Zoyd / Univers Zero axis may do the same anyway! Fukkeduk sure aren't shooting to be...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Galahad - Sleepers

Cover art I haven't been keeping up to date with Galahad, the last album I had heard was their first CD Nothing Is Written from more years ago than I care to remember. Based on that album I had written...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Gamelan Pacifica - Trance Gong

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Based in the Seattle area, Gamelan Pacifica is a group of musicians in residence at Cornish College of the Arts. Their music – while not strictly traditional in itself – uses the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Gerard - Save Knight by the Night

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Keyboardist Toshio Egawa is one of the prime movers in Japan's progressive rock scene since the late 70s – originally with the band Novela, then splitting in the early 70s to form his own...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Gift - Gift / Blue Apple

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Gift is one of the second generation of German bands, which aims its sights on rock. Both albums released in the early 70s show the band's love of blistering guitar leads. "Drugs,"...

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(Posted by Paul Earney 1996-03-01)

Glenn Branca - The Ascension

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This is a long overdue re-issue of Branca's first LP, before the days of the army of guitars, but well past his punk days. On this album, Branca was joined by three other guitarists, a bassist,...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-03-01)

Goblin - Roller

Cover art Nice to see this one reissued again, as it was only available many years ago as a very limited edition in Japan. Goblin were a group of musicians who did many horror soundtracks, the best of which,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Golden Avant-Garde - Golden Avant-Garde

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Existing from around 1986 through the early 90s, Golden Avant-Garde was formed around mainstays Chihiro Saito (bass) and Takeshi Naganuma (drums), the former having played with Katra Turana and his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Goma - 14 Abril

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Goma was a five piece in the grand Spanish tradition, mixing a hard rock sound with elements of folk, in many ways similar to bands like Triana and Bloque, but Goma came several years earlier, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Gong - Continental Circus

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Reissued late last year without much fanfare, this was recorded by an early version of Gong circa Camembert Electrique, and was the score to the film by Jerome Lapperrousaz by the same...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Gong - The Birthday Party

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Just what the world needs, another live album by Gong!?! On some terms The Birthday Party can be compared to the live albums released by their conceptually inferior contemporaries,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Henry Cow - Concerts

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Another Henry Cow re-release which has much more information in the expanded liner notes which detail the proceedings. The first four tracks were taken from a 1975 BBC Peel Session and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Henry Cow - Western Culture

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Western Culture was originally released in 1978 as the final official album from Henry Cow. This single disc is separated into two 18 minute tracks: "History and Broken...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Heretic - 1984-88

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Active in Kyoto from 1984 until about 1989, Heretic were a trio which consisted of Hirofumi Kawahara, Toru Ohta, and Suguru Mori, performing on synths, guitar, and cello. For this CD release Belle...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

High Wheel - 1910 & Remember the Colours

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High Wheel is a relatively new German outfit with two albums solidly in the neo-progressive vein. While both are private releases, the band would fit very comfortably on the SI label as the music...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Hoenig / Göttsching - Early Water

Cover art It's truly amazing what people can pull out of the vaults that wasn't originally released in the first place. This collaboration between Ashra's Manuel Göttsching and Agitation Free's Michael Hoenig...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Honeyelk - En Quête d'un Monde Meilleur (Stoyz vi Dozévéloy Reissue)

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An almost legendary album in French rock, Honeyelk's Stoyz vi Dozévéloy was originally released in a limited pressing of only 1000 copies. The band was a quintet of bass,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

However - Calling

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Anyone who owned the original LP of this (on Cuneiform) and got to know it well will be initially shocked by this CD reissue. Indeed, However has taken great liberties with the reissue of this,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Hugh Hopper & Alan Gowen - Two Rainbows Daily

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Another example of re-issue heaven? This album is (to my knowledge) the only bass/keyboard duet album made from a Canterbury link (Gilgamesh/Soft Machine). Originally released in the UK/USA in...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Ibis - Sun Supreme

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The New Trolls Family tree is a convoluted structure – if you piece it together, it includes most of the well known Italian rock groups of the 70s whether closely or barely related. Ibis were...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Il Berlione - In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking

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There is little I can add to the other reviews regarding Il Berlione's follow-up album, In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking. Il Berlione"s second comes across as more jazzy and zany...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Il Berlione - Il Berlione

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It must have been 1991 or so when I received a tape from a friend of this group. Dutifully impressed to say the least, I couldn't believe that they had no CD releases yet. But finally, after a...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Industrial Soup - A Flagrant Display of Subtlety

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From San Jose, California, Industrial Soup is a trio of keys+bass, drums, and vocals+sax, sporting a hard driving and quirky keyboard dominated sound that, together with the humorous lyrics...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Island - Pictures

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This is extremely powerful music, hard driving, jagged, complex and unusual, and the overall feeling is very dark. Nothing really compares, although something like Il Baletto di Bronzo's...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Iva Bittová - Ne Nehledej

Cover art Iva is a Czech violinist/vocalist who worked with drummer Pavel Fajt on two stupendous albums (Bittova & Fajt and Svatba) before going it alone. This is her third solo work....  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Izukaitz - Izukaitz

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In our last Lost Vinyl Update we covered Izukaitz' second album, Otzoa Dantzan. This is their first. Again, this was originally released on the Elkar label, which seemed to specialize...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jade Warrior - Elements: The Island Anthology

Cover art To start off with, we have four albums on two compact discs, a wise choice in consolidating this band's major works together in one bundle for your hungry consumers. The set comprises the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Jean-Luc Chevalier - Km 5 à Bangui

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After a fairly long stint with Magma (from Attahk thru the Merci period), Jean-Luc Chevalier has also chosen to pursue the pure jazz avenue recently, much like many other Magma...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Offrande

Cover art Always a surprise, each new album by Jean-Pascal Boffo is a radical departure from all those that preceded it, and his latest Offrande is no exception — this time operating within a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jeremy - Pilgrim's Journey

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So who is this guy without a last name? Actually, Jeremy Morris (a.k.a. Jeremy) has a number of records out as a Christian folk-rock singer. This time out he's set out to convey a similar...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jester's Crown - Above the Storm

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Forget about the jester, it's not neo-prog or any other sort of music one would normally associate jesters with. JC is a very promising four-piece from the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, playing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jon Jenkins & Paul Lackey - Continuum

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Of all the Spotted Peccary releases to date, Continuum is by far the most dense, lush, and intensely symphonic. The material seems to focus on the essence of life, self-realization, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Kevin Ferguson - Strad to Strat

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An impressive effort, bringing the compositions of Paganini, Wieniawski, Vivaldi, Bach, Sarasate, and Rimsky-Korsakov from the realm of violins, string quartets, and orchestras to the world of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Klimperei - Blumenfabrik

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How many songs can you get on one CD? Well, the Residents did fifty on their Commercial Album, and Doctor Nerve came close to sixty on Beta 14 OK, so Klimperei with thirty-five is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Krokodil & Düde Dürst - An Invisible World Revealed & Krokodil Solo

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Krokodil is a rock band — let's make no mistake. Their strong points are the guitars and vocals. However on An Invisible World Revealed they have mixed in two tracks with a...

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(Posted by Paul Earney 1996-03-01)

Kultivator - Barndomens Stigar

Cover art This obscure Swedish progressive quintet originally released Barndomens Stigar on the small, but very excellent Bauta label in 1981 and it has since become a highly coveted and very expensive...  » Read more
(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-03-01)

Lacrymosa - Bugbear

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Lacrymosa is a collective of musicians loosely organized around bassist Chihiro S. (see also Golden...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Lana Lane - Love Is An Illusion

Cover art Remember an album called Passionworks by Heart? With that given as a basic reference for most of the songs on vocalist Lana Lane's album, there are some slight diversions, mostly in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Landberk - Dream Dance

Cover art Landberk's second CD-EP breaks no new territory, nor develops on their practically patented style, yet again delivers the goods. While I find that their music isn't as translatable live (both...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Landberk - Riktigt Äkta

Cover art Landberk's Riktigt Akta (the Swedish vocal equivalent of Lonely Land) was in many ways the precursor of the new Swedish symphonic scene and was the first of many well received bands...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Leger de Main - The Concept of Our Reality (10th Anniversary Edition)

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[Note: This review was written of the original release.]

Here is an album worth getting excited about. Leger de Main, based in Ohio is simply a trio, brothers Brett and Chris Rodler...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Les Batteries - Démesure Révolutionnaire

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"Les Batteries." That means "The Drums" in French, as in the drums of the French revolution. That should give one a good idea as to what this French duo is all about, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Light - Light

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It's rejuvenating to hear a modern-sounding progressive rock band that is driven by a solid guitar player. With Light, Mario Driessen not only supplies the guitar, he also writes all the music...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Limbus 3 - Cosmic Music Experience (AKA New Atlantis)

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Germany is a virtual goldmine of experimental music, and it still awes me how cutting edge some of the music was from the late 60s / early 70s. Limbus 3 were a very unusual outfit, bridging...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Lisker - Lisker

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Featuring a no-keyboard lineup and two guitars, Lisker don't immediately seem likely to be a source of good olde prog. But this offbeat Basque group are not to be written off so easily. The...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Lito Vitale - Sobre Miedos, Creencias y Supersticiones

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After MIA, Lito Vitale launched his solo career with Sobre Miedos, Creencias y Supersticiones, an ambitious album of powerful symphonic rock. Here, Lito plays just about everything: piano,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Madoromi - Live Vol. 4

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The highly respected group Bi Kyo Ran was formed in 1974 by guitarist Kunio Suma. It was said that Bi Kyo Ran's early material resembled King Crimson, despite the fact that Suma had yet to hear...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Magical Power Mako - Music from Heaven, Trance Resonance & Lo Pop Diamonds

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Mako seems to delight in perpetrating an image of mystery and enigma. With a history going back to 1975, and a load of albums, he never seems to settle into a singular style. However, along the way...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Magma - Kronicas

Cover art Not to be confused with the Kobaian ensemble led by Christian Vander, of course, this Magma was a symphonic progressive band borne out of the same Argentine music underground that produced MIA and...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Mathematicians - Irrational Numbers

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Appropriately named, this all-instrumental outfit from Indianapolis plays a driving rock-fusion that is at once complex, energized, and accessible. The lineup varies from track to track, but...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Maximum Indifference - Maximum Indifference

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You may recall our review of their most recent live demo a few issues back, so we welcome this CD release. Maximum Indifference is an instrumental trio of guitars+synths, bass+synths, and drums...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Michael P. Dawson - Brandnewbug Concertos

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An interesting album indeed. Dawson is a Bay Area composer who originally released an earlier version of this (subtitled "Papa's Got a Brand New Bug") on cassette at the end of 1994....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Michel Ettori - Higher Life

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Some may remember Ettori's name from the lineup of the late 70s Magma spinoff Weidorje, he was the band's guitarist. He also appeared on follow-up albums by Jean-Philippe Goude and Patrick...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Miriodor - Jongleries Élastiques

Cover art For their fourth album (fifth if you count the cassette that came out between the first and second), Miriodor has again pulled out a long list of surprises. Their sound is rooted in the chamber rock...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Miriodor - Jongleries Élastiques

Cover art Anyone who's at all familiar with Miriodor will be immediately struck by the changes in this French-Canadian band. Where's all the synth, where's all the soprano sax melodies? The addition of Bernard...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Miriodor - Jongleries Élastiques

Cover art It has often been said that in music, the rests are just as important as the notes. Well, apparently this message never got through to Miriodor. Once they get rolling, they don't stop until the end. ...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Moonloonies - Detonator

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The Moonloonies are the latest from Mystic Stones' arsenal of neo-psych electronic bands. Essentially the duo of Crum and Cozmo, the creators of the neo-psych band Shockhead, they deliver...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-03-01)

Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante

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Mr Bungle? In Exposé? Aren't they the group the lead singer from Faith No More is in? Yes this is Mr. Bungle, a group radically changed from their debut several years ago and a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

National Health - D.S. al Coda

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After passing away in May of 1981, Alan Gowen's last band National Health went on to record this, their third album, comprised entirely of material Alan had put to paper but never recorded. The...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Network (Conglomerate) - Precisely the Opposite of What We Now Know to Be True

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This heavily Miles Davis influenced band effort is like a an extended jam between Terje Rypdal (adding in some ethereal, Bill Frisell-ish overtones) and Group 87. Or more likely a direct comparison...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Nick Riff - Cloak of Immortality

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Cleveland's Nick Riff should be a familiar name to followers of the neo- psychedelic scene, from his original band The Attitude's 1986 five-song EP, to his earlier releases (Heart of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Nik Turner - Past or Future?

Cover art Hawkwind fans listen up! This is the live document from last summer’s “Space Ritual” tour. Saxophonist, vocalist and founding Hawkwind member Turner is joined by other Hawk-alumni Simon House...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Nuova Era - Il Passo del Soldato

Cover art Nuova Era are one of the few newer Italian groups performing music in the 70s style of dramatic/romantic/ symphonic rock with strong hints of Banco, PFM, Metamorfosi etc. Their second album, Dopo...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Nuova Era - Il Passo del Soldato

Cover art This album could have been reviewed as a new release back in 1976 if it was judged by the musical instruments used to make it. Nuova Era, especially in the keyboard department, sticks to the tried...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Orange Peel - Orange Peel

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Another one of the bright spots on the shaky Germanofon roster, Orange Peel were a one-shot that put out a great album in 1970 and then disappeared. The music is typical of early German groups more...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Os Mundi - Latin Mass

Cover art Os Mundi were a German rock outfit that released two albums, the latter 43 Minuten was originally on the Brain 1000 series. Latin Mass was quite a different release than the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Become the Other

Cover art A year had gone by without a release from the Ozrics. Some were sure they had dropped off the face of the earth. The early 90s saw OT banging 'em out like popcorn. And they had become unanimously...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

P.L.J. Band - Armageddon

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This is the second reissue for this Greek prog-psych classic, the first being a horribly scratchy vinyl transcription on the Second Battle label about six years ago. This latest is from the master...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

P.O.N. - P.O.N.

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Led by drummer Masahiro Uemura, P.O.N. is a sax-drums-guitar trio that adds guests on vibes, bass, and occasional violin. Guitar duties are handled by Natsuki Kido of Bondage Fruit, for this, their...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Paragong - Live '73

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From GAS (Gong Appreciation Society), the same folks that brought us Camembert Eclectique, we now have a disc featuring live recordings by this legendary 1973 Gong spinoff featuring...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Peter Hammill - The Peel Sessions

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At last the quintessential cult artist has received the cherished BBC Peel sessions treatment! Peter Hammill' 25th official release (excluding recent compilations and bootlegs of note)...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Philippe Lenfant de Dagobert - Suite Mégalique Apocalyptico Foulfuitique

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Well, what can I say? His name sounds pompous, as does the hyperextended title of the album (and 20 minute opening track), and three guesses what the music sounds like? Imagine early Vangelis on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Pneuma - Psychabuse

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The release of Pneuma's CD represents a much-needed effort at filling the gaps in the huge hole that has opened up in Japan with this genre: that of the solo electronic / synth. artist. For...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Presence & Alembic Virtual - The Sleeper Awakes & Müsikaall

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For those who enjoy a dark and sinister progressive rock fronted by female vocals – in the vein of Tale Cue, Stromboli, and the like – these two releases are essential listening. Both...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Prometheus - Prometheus

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Prometheus is led by the dual guitars of Steve Ball and Sanford Ponder. Although Ponder was one of the original "Private Music" gang, don't let that fool you into thinking that this...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Quaser - Out from Quaser

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The original lineup of Quaser, a trio led by (then bassist) T. Morita played throughout the late 70s, yet left behind no recorded evidence. With the help of Ain Soph guitarist Yozox, the album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Ragnarok - Nooks

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Not to be confused with the Swedish band of the same name, this Ragnarok is from New Zealand and released two albums in the mid-70s, of which Nooks is the second. Their sound was a solid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Rattlemouth - Walking a Full Moon Dog

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The Rattlemouth recipe: Take elements of European and Middle Eastern folk music, neo-classical, jazz, rock and a lot more, mix 'em all up, and play them back with an agressive four-piece lineup...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Ritual - Ritual

Cover art There's been a lot of commotion about this since its release. When I started seeing it listed on peoples' top picks of '95, I figured I better get a copy and find out what the fuss is all about. Seems...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Roedelius - Selbsportrait 6: Diary of the Unforgotten

Cover art Roedelius has been quietly producing his unmistakingly original music for a long time now. And it's high time that he be given the kudos lauded upon his parent group. Yes, I am aware that Cluster was...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Runaway Totem - Trimegisto

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This was a new release on independent vinyl just two years ago, in fact we covered this in part two of our 'New Italian Rock' series in issue #3. Last year Black Widow reissued it as a CD...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Saddar Bazaar - The Conference of the Birds

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An instrumental four-piece from the UK, Saddar Bazaar sports a strong ethnic flavor, featuring a variety of non-western instruments such as sitar, kubing, dholak, agoual, and tablas, as well as the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Samla Mammas Manna - Klossa Knapitatet

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This album is the classic Swedish group's third album and perhaps the most impressive of the early Coste Apetrea incarnation. Samla in the early 70s were far more progressive rock/fusion...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Satori - Tick

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This is one of those albums that seems rather irrelevant in the scheme of things. Not that it's bad, but there are tons of ambient albums even with prominent guitar that are much better. This...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Séguin - Récolte de Rêves

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Quebec, 1975. Like many other places in the world, a popular trend was to get back to the earth, to get back listening to the heart in a simple way, far from the concerns of cities and the humdrum...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

Shingetsu / Serenade - Shingetsu, Night Collector & Akai Me No Kagami

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Shingetsu was one of the classic Japanese symphonic bands, and their self titled Shingetsu album from 1979 is highly regarded, and often compared to classic period Genesis, if only for the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Silberbart - 4 Times Sound Razing

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Silberbart were a German trio in the early Guru Guru vein, a bass-drums-guitar combination with an eye for the psychedelic. If you're familiar with Guru Guru albums such as Hinten or...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Simon Says - Ceinwen

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The rumors are true. It has now been mathematically proven that every person in Sweden does, in fact, own a Mellotron. They all bought them about ten to fifteen years ago from Americans who...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Simon Steensland - The Zombie Hunter

Cover art For those who know Steensland from his earlier release Lonesome Combat Ensemble on Musea, it will only take a couple minutes of this latest release to figure out that he's turned the energy...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Sixty Nine - Circle of the Crayfish & Live!

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Sixty Nine were an unusual "group" being only a duo of keyboards and drums. For these limitations, Sixty Nine made a pretty big sound, a combination of influences that on the more mundane...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Skozey Fetisch - Momma: Key

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Skozey Fetisch AKA Mark C. Jackman is both an experimental composer and a visual artist working with oils and canvas. Momma:Key, Jackman's debut release, contains 31 songs, most under...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-03-01)

Smell of Incense - All Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Cover art If you want to wax nostalgic and hearken back to an era where a faction of psychedelic music was metamorphosing into progressive rock, you might want to check out Smell of Incense. This is not a...  » Read more
(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-03-01)

Soft Heap - A Veritable Centaur

Cover art Another Canterbury related release makes its way to the surface. This disc is mostly a posthumous release from a live set in 1982 when guitarist Mark Hewins replaced the then recently deceased Alan ...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Soft Machine - Live at the Paradiso 1969

Cover art Oh yeah! More gold mined from the Soft Machine treasure troves! Softs re-releases are innumerable between the UK and USA in the past two years (and will continue to be through 1996), but somehow...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Sophia Domancich & Simon Goubert - Treize Lunes & Couleurs de Peaux

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Jazz. For some reason, this genre of music tends to send many "prog" fans screaming for cover. I've always found this strange considering a lot of jazz (especially from the 60s) was a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Spacecraft - Paradoxe

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John Livengood may be better known for his recent collaborations with Richard Pinhas, but this was his electronic duo back in the late 70s, joined by Ivan Coaquette on guitars and bass. Their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Spirit - Feedback

Cover art There's plenty of good reasons why this is one of the last Spirit albums to receive the digital treatment. After Sardonicus (or more properly during Sardonicus), most of the original...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well of Souls

Cover art I'm an unabashed admirer of practically everything Steve Roach does nowadays as his ambient voyages are amazingly evocative and year after year he continues to produce great music. This collaboration...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Steve Tibbetts - Steve Tibbetts

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At long last! Finally the eponymous first album by Minnesota guitarist Steve Tibbetts has been reissued. Folks familiar only with his work of late may be a little surprised by the flowing acoustic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Takami - Y. de Noir II & Yume no Kirigishi

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Serenity... calm... stillness... These are the virtues most strongly imbued in the music of Takami's first recording Y. de Noir II, an album that is almost completely dominated by...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Ten Ton Tide - Ten Ton Tide

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Their logo looks like the Gentle Giant guy got a hair transplant and was so happy that he shaved his beard. Pretty cool! At any rate, Ten Ton Tide's album is an interesting combination of...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Terpandre - Terpandre

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If there is one song that exemplifies the best character of the warm, romantic and melodically colorful side of French symphonic progressive rock, it has to be "Conte en Vert," the second...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

The Ancient Veil - The Ancient Veil

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Imagine the following sonic configurations: voice, acoustic guitar, alto recorder, fretless bass, and tabla; accoustic guitar, soprano sax, tenor recorder, oboe, double bass, and cymbals; a full...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

The Band from Utopia - A Tribute to the Music of Frank Zappa

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What we have here is basically a romp down memory lane by the members (mostly) of Frank Zappa's 1988 touring band ("Make a Jazz Noise Here", "The Best Band You've Never Seen...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

The Duringer Expeditions - Volume One

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Every now and then something comes along that's so unusual or revolutionary that one has to stand up and take note. What's revolutionary about this album is not so much the music, but how...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

The Light - On a New Horizon

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Firmly rooted in the more commercial prog-rock of the late seventies, this quintet from Los Angeles have captured that nice fat sound of bands like Saga, Styx, Boston and Kansas in their heyday, a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

The Load - Load Have Mercy

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The story of The Load is a familiar one. A talented and uncompromising young band records an album's worth of material, takes it to a number of different record companies, they all say they...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

The Moor - Every Pixie Sells a Story

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Well, you gotta wonder about a band that (literally) pays homage to themselves in the liner notes. Hmmm...

Okay, take a deep breath and then belt out the lowest note you possibly can. That...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Tears Laid in Earth

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This new Norwegian band are already eliciting comparisons to White Willow, but that is actually a somewhat superficial comparison used for lack of a better one. The Third and the Mortal bridge the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Tiemko - Clone

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Sadly no longer together, Tiemko were perhaps the most consistently inventive and musicianly of the new wave of French prog on Musea. After two uneven but promising albums, the promise was at last...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Tiemko - Clone

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Tiemko are a French trio (here with guests) who have been around since the late 80s. The present offering is their fourth album, and it's been at least several years since their last release...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Tipographica - The Man Who Does Not Nod

Cover art Although this fabulous Japanese quintet made a big splash with their self-titled debut last year, that album was actually recorded in 1992. This new release, a collection of seven live performances,...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Tipographica - The Man Who Does Not Nod

Cover art After Tipographica's amazing 1994 debut, the big question was: could these guys pull it off live? Well, here's the living proof. Actually, Tipographica has been together since around 1989, gigging...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Tisaris - Once Humanity...

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Tisaris' debut, What's Beyond? from 1992, showed them to be a very capable band, but for the most part playing an embarrassingly commercial type of sound, hardly worthy of being...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Trem do Futuro - Trem do Futuro

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Trem do Futuro ("Future Train") is a young six-piece from Brazil that shows a lot of promise on this, their debut album. A standard four-piece of guitar / keyboards / bass / drums is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Trembling Strain - Anthem to Raise the Dead

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Hiroyuki Shimada, a.k.a. Pneuma, now reappears in the 90s in completely different guise. He now fronts Trembling Strain,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Urban Sax - Urban Sax à Jakarta

Cover art For those unfamiliar with Urban Sax, check out the reviews of their earlier albums in issue #5 for all the background information. This four-track mini-CD (eighteen minutes total) captures a live...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - 70's West Japanese Rock Scene

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Apart from the Tokyo scene in the 70s, there were many progressive bands operating in the Kansai region, outside of Tokyo and in the west of Japan, in places like Osaka, Kyoto, and elsewhere....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - A Saucerful of Pink

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With all of these recent tribute releases, there seem to be three types of covers: those which stay true to the original (or at least attempt to), those who take the original concept and try to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Eyewitness - A Tribute to VdGG

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This one made it in just under the wire, finding release in the fading days of December. The fact that (at least in the USA) Van der Graaf Generator is not the household word that, say Genesis,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Lost Years in Labyrinth

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This album was just what the doctor ordered back in 1991. Finally someone saw fit to start focusing on other styles besides the symphonic rock that the eighties were glutted with. Featured here are...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Lost Years in Labyrinth II

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Unlike volume one, there is no theme governing this one other than the fact that all the groups record for Belle Antique. They have intended it as a sort of beginner's guide. All the songs are...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Pick & Mix

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Whether it's Delerium, Musea, Cuneiform, SI, Kinesis, or whatever label, a sampler CD is probably the best way to get familiar with a lot of new artists in short order. Typically, these CDs are...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Progfest '94: Variety Arts Center - Los Angeles

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When it finally appeared at Progfest '95, the ink was still drying on the booklet of this two-CD retrospective of the show a year before. Each of the nine featured bands (Halloween, Kalaban,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Space Daze

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This is the compilation/companion to the Cleopatra book of the same name. In my opinion, this (and the music herein) speaks for Space Rock a lot more effectively than the book, as when it comes to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Supper's Ready

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Yet another tribute to the late, once great Genesis, this time by the crew at Magna Carta records. This single CD is an excellent production, though the choice of material often leaves something to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Tales from Yesterday

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With the blessing of original artwork by Roger Dean and performances included by three Yes alumni, this one contains a little bit of everything – some of the more 'faithful' covers,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - The Moon Revisited

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Let me start off by saying that if I never heard Dark Side of the Moon again in my life, that would be perfectly fine by me. This totally commercial piece of flashy overproduction, posters...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - The River of Constant Change - A Tribute to Genesis

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There’s no disputing the pervasive influence of Genesis on much of the progressive rock of today, and this two-disc set is the first of two tributes paying homage to them. This one features...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Tokyo Symphonic Syndrome

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The Japanese symphonic rock scene didn't really pick up steam until the mid-80s, at least as far as record releases were concerned. Numerous bands existed prior to that time but were generally...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Unsettled Scores

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How often is it that one can find a double-CD set where every song is a winner? Most various artist sets will typically have some good, and some not-so-hot stuff, but this long awaited compilation...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Unsettled Scores

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Five good reasons to buy Unsettled Scores. 1) Doctor Zero, a combination of Univers Zero and Doctor Nerve musicians and their version of "Onde Crepseculaire." Originally penned...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Unsettled Scores

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Various artists compilations don't get much better than this. From what started as a joke four years ago, comes the long-awaited double disc release of Cuneiform artists covering other...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Via Lumini - What Have We Done About Us?

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Singer and producer João Kurk is listed in the credits simply as a 'Special Guest,' while the five instrumentalists (B3+piano+synth, guitars, drums, bass, and flute) comprise the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Volapük - Le Feu du Tigre (Tiger Fire)

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Guigou Chenevier was the drummer and a founding member of that wild and crazy French trio Etron Fou Leloublan, who released six albums between '76 and '86. Volapük is his latest band,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Xhol Caravan - Electrip

Cover art Amongst the annals of the most psychedelic German rock of the early 70s stand out the legendary Xhol, a band that remains one of the most challenging that that country had to offer. Initially a band...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Zou - Bouzillator

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Zou, not to be confused with Zao, nor with an earlier Zou, is another excellent French jazz-rock band on Musea Parallele, Musea's side label for bands stylistically different from their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-03-01)

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Electrelane - Rock It to the Moon, The Power Out, & Axes – Contortions for dirigible apoplexy flex muscular curvatures in modern sound passing raiment unto itself, ballooning into monsoon walls with torque and cresting on a fine knacker. Galloping seesaw...  (2007) » Read more

Heart - Little Queen, Dog & Butterfly, Bebe le Strange – Out of the Pacific Northwest, the two rockin' sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band hit American radios in early '76 with "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man," two hits with a sound that combined an...  (2004) » Read more

Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living – Grails are a band from Portland who have been recording and releasing music since 2003 and Take Refuge in Clean Living is their sixth release. The CD opens with “Stoned at the Taj Again,” a nod...  (2009) » Read more

Flyin' Ryan Brothers - Blue Marble – The Ryan brothers, Jimmy and Johnny, have been a fixture of the Chicago music scene since the 70s when they were members of competing local bands. In recent years the two have joined forces to bring...  (2006) » Read more

Mirabilis - Sub Rosa – Mirabilis is a project that pairs singers and musicians Dru Allen and Summer Bowman. Each is involved with other projects, This Ascension for Allen and The Machine in the Garden for Bowman, though...  (2008) » Read more



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