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Il Sistema - Il Viaggio senza Andata

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Ciro Perrino has been Mauro Moroni's right hand man at Mellow Records, so it's not surprising that many of the lost relics released by that label include him and other members of the short...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Circus 2000 - Circus 2000 & Escape from a Box

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Circus 2000 is an entirely different beast from the rest of the Vinyl Magic catalog, falling more in the psych realm than in the more classically styled progressive genre. It's not to say they...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Cressida - Asylum

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Another of the great Vertigo albums of the early 70s, Cressida's second and last album worked largely on a powerful sense of atmosphere, almost as if it was one long dream. Their debut album...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-06)

Chicago - Chicago at Carnegie Hall

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In a previous tier I highlighted the fourth disc of At Carnegie Hall because as good as the actual live album is, the liner notes explain that they really wanted to pick the fourth disc...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-05-25)

Can - Tago Mago (40th Anniversary Bonus Material)

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The 40th Anniversary version of Tago Mago (an album I wrote about in my second tier) came out in 2011 as a 2CD limited edition and disappeared soon thereafter, unfortunately in this time...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-05-04)

Ravi Shankar - In Hollywood, 1971

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Reviewing an artist like Ravi Shankar is quite a challenge, and this live set from 46 years ago presents the difficulty in a big way. In Hollywood, 1971 gives us four pieces spanning over...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-03-17)

Nuova Idea - In the Beginning

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Nuova Idea are probably best known for being part of Italy's largest family tree, including the New Trolls and Osanna. Nuova Idea's Ricky Belloni (on Clowns) joined the New Trolls...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Chicago - Chicago at Carnegie Hall (Bonus Material)

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I'm not sure why over the years it took me a really long time to return to Chicago but I can tell you when I did and that's when the 4CD reissue...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-08)

Amon Düül II - Tanz der Lemminge

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When I started getting into progressive music in my teens, this album could actually be found fairly frequently in record stores, but unfortunately it usually was found on (US) UA vinyl (the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-02)

The Allman Brothers Band - Live from A&R Studios, New York, August 26, 1971

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McLatchey's Second Tier (Revised)

This is a new addition to my second tier, a live radio broadcast documenting a rare sweet spot in musical history. The Allmans had just come...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-01-26)

The Allman Brothers Band - The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings

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Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East fell in my second tier. It's one of the most reissued albums out there, and for good reason, it's so good it's easy to wear out copies....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-01-26)

Rhesus O - Rhesus O

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Digging through their music archives Musea has unearthed another relic of the pre-Magma / zeuhl school of music. Recorded in 1971 at the Chateau d’Herouville, this short-lived band produced...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-15)

Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel

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McLatchey's Second Tier

This title's the first of three Ash Ra Tempel classics. It's a bit difficult to tell where Ash Ra Tempel and Manuel Göttsching begin and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-12-03)

Can - Tago Mago

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McLatchey's Second Tier

The first Can I heard when I was in high school was Future Days. At the time, finding any of the earlier albums wasn't particularly easy,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-09-15)

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)

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)

Mad Curry - Mad Curry

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This one's at least had a legitimate LP reissue. It's a great and somewhat obscure Zappa and Canterbury influenced rock album of the kind that were multiplying in Northeastern Europe in the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-10-08)

Battiato - Fetus, Pollution, Sulle Corde di Aries & Clic

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Franco Battiato, as is well known, was an Italian pop singer who for a span in the 70s made a string of very experimental albums that fit in the vein of groups such as Opus Avantra or Pierrot...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Rhesus O - Rhesus O

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A lost relic from the early zeuhl period, Rhesus O was a band formed by keyboardist Jean-Pol Asseline and drummer Thierry Blanchard in 1971, along with five other musicians — among them Magma...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Ilous & Decuyper - Ilous & Decuyper

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Ilous & Decuyper occupy an interesting niche in French rock, one that doesn't relate much to what is even vaguely referred to as progressive or symphonic rock. Yet this album is certainly...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Funkadelic - Early album reissues

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Funkadelic’s self-titled debut album from 1970 shows the band in search of a style. There are still remnants of the 60s soul of their background, essentially expanding a kind of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Magma - Concert 1971 Bruxelles - Théâtre 140

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Prior to the release of this, the earliest Magma shows that could be found on the tape collector circuit were mostly from the 1973-74 period (although a partial show from Metz in 3/72 exists). So...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Mormos - Great Wall of China & The Magic Spell of Mother's Wrath

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In some ways, Mormos can be seen as an American equivalent to the Incredible String Band. They have a similarly free-wheeling take on folk music, infusing it with flower-power enthusiasm and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-07-11)

Various Artists - Puissance 13+2

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This exceptional live set was taken from a series of live performances at Le Parc du Chateau d'Herouville. Again, it must be remembered that this album is a cross-section of French rock at the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Various Artists - Puissance 13+2

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Puissance 13 + 2 presented an assortment of French bands on this interesting and varied compilation. The first song is Ergo Sum’s "All’s So Comic" that is the same...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1993-12-31)

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)

Soft Machine - Grides

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The translation of Grides means “To cut with a grating sound; to penetrate or pierce harshly.” That’s exactly what this classic fusion quartet was doing on the live stage...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Hampton Grease Band - Music to Eat

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The "Hampton," of course, refers to the venerable Bruce Hampton, best known for his 90s rock / jazz / funk outfit, the Aquarium Rescue Unit. But back in the early 70s, Hampton was the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

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)

Claudio Rocchi - Viaggio, Volo Magico No.1 & La Norma del Cielo

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In many ways, Claudio Rocchi can be best described as the Italian Donovan – in music, lyrics and even artwork. His career that began with Stormy Six on L'Idee di Oggi per la Musica di...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

I Numi - Alpha Ralpha Boulevard

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Probably the only thing interesting about this album is that the cover is a photo by Nagel. Everything else is typically average beat / psych rock heavily influenced by the Beatles. Lots of short...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Planetarium - Infinity

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Or is it Infinity – Planetarium? Most sources go with Planetarium being the group yet Vinyl Magic seems to have this listed as Infinity. Either way, this group is certainly lucky to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

I Giganti - Terra in Bocca (Poesia di un Delitto)

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Like the early New Trolls, I Flashmen, and countless other Italian groups between 1967 and 1971, I Giganti were a psych/beat group attempting to break new musical boundaries. The influence of both...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Cressida - Asylum

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Cressida's second Asylum in my opinion is the best of the genre represented by Beggars' Opera, Spring, Fantasy, Fruupp, and many more. An amazingly elegant album, Asylum...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1993-10-01)

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)

Assagai - Zimbabwe

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In the early 70s with the international success of Osibisa, there was plenty of record company interest in signing other expat African bands, and Assagai was the beneficiary of Vertigo’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-04-11)

Canned Heat / John Lee Hooker - Hooker 'n' Heat, Historical Figures, Ancient Heads, & The New Age

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If you don't dig the blues and you don't boogie, skip this review. Canned Heat's stock in trade was merging classic blues with rock, and in the late 60s nobody did it better, due in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Eiliff - Eiliff & Girlrls

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It's amazing how many great albums are still being reissued from Germany from the early 70s. It seems at times that there is no end to the wealth from that period. Eiliff was another gem of a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

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)

Vinegar - Vinegar

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This band from Cologne selected their name to set themselves apart from bands that sounded “sweet” and forged a decidedly unconventional course with their music. After roughly a year of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Panna Freda - Uno

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Vinyl Magic's first CD was a great pick – the very obscure and dreadfully underrated Panna Fredda. One of the most refined bands in Italian progressive, Panna Fredda are certainly a hard...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I remember that back in the day you could find this LP in used record stores pretty easily but not so much in perfect quality as everyone who owned one...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-03-31)

Miles Davis - Live-Evil

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Sporting another brilliant Mati Klarwein gatefold, this is another of the great electric Miles albums and the one where Hermeto Pascoal's short...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-11-10)

Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I've checked off Zeit, Phaedra, and Rubycon so far and have two more this round. The first of these is the group's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-10-01)

Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame

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McLatchey's Second Tier

If Miles Davis was largely responsible for giving birth to jazz rock, the Mahavishnu Orchestra might have been the group responsible for evolving jazz...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-11-03)

Eiliff - Eiliff

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McLatchey's Second Tier

One of the impressions I came away with after the Deutscherock nights aired hours of prime 70s German video material was that even though the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-02-04)

Bill Nelson - Northern Dream

Cover art Before his days in the celebrated Be Bop Deluxe, Bill Nelson put out a lone solo album in 1971. This is indeed a far cry from his ambient, soundtrack-like projects he is best known for. Instead, this...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

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)

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)

Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs

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McLatchey's Top Tier #18

This album was created by a very young band, which is amazing when you think that nearly every song on it is flawlessly executed. It's a perfect example of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-04-23)

Wind - Seasons

Cover art Wind were one of those early 70s German underground bands who were influenced by hard-rock bands like Deep Purple on one hand, but also have an Emersonian classically-influenced keyboard presence on...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

The Keith Tippett Group - Dedicated to You, but You Weren't Listening

Cover art By the time Keith Tippett released Dedicated to You, but You Weren't Listening, his second album, in 1971, he had already garnered a rather formidable reputation as a creative and...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

Jarka - Ortodòxia / Morgue o Berenice

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This release combines two early seventies albums from the obscure Spanish band Jarka, led by the excellent pianist Jordi Sabates. Playing with a strong jazz sensibility, Jarka also differed from...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-10-01)

Comus - First Utterance

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McLatchey's Top Tier #7

One of my personal favorites of my own reviews was the one I did a few years ago for this album, but of course I managed to misplace it somewhere and am...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-12-21)

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)

Gentle Giant - King Alfred's College

Cover art Good quality Gentle Giants live CDs are a variable commodity for fans seeking a performance of that elusive tour or song which was only performed twice. Surprising to find then that the band itself...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2010-07-01)

The Holy Modal Rounders - Bird Song - Live 1971

Cover art Sometime in 1971, the Holy Modal Rounders, having recently expanded to a seven-piece, visited WLIR and recorded a set of songs, including their contribution to the Easy Rider soundtrack...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Iron Butterfly - Live at the Galaxy 1967, In Sweden 1971 & In Copenhagen 1971

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Before one considers these three recently released live archives on Cleopatra’s Purple Pyramid imprint, it would be worth a moment to examine the other live Iron Butterfly releases that have come...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-09-13)

Iron Butterfly - Live at the Galaxy 1967, In Sweden 1971 & In Copenhagen 1971

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Before one considers these three recently released live archives on Cleopatra’s Purple Pyramid imprint, it would be worth a moment to examine the other live Iron Butterfly releases that have come...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-09-13)

Xhol - Hau Ruk

Cover art When you think of German rock of the 70s, you’re likely to think of extended spacey jams with effects devices in evidence and a bit of jazzy flavor. Xhol’s first album (under that name at least)...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Fuchsia - Fuchsia

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While Tony Durant (guitars and vocals) was a student at Exeter University in 1970, he and his mates Michael Day (bass guitar) and Michael Gregory (drums and percussion) decided to form the band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2014-06-10)

Lambert and Nuttycombe - Eternal Rivers: Demos 1969-71

Cover art Dennis Lambert and Craig Nuttycombe were a folk duo from the late 60s and early 70s, mostly remembered for their minor hit “Morning,” or their debut 1970 album At Home from which it was...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-04-30)

It's a Beautiful Day - Live at the Fillmore West

Cover art I remember around the time CDs first hit the market back in the 80s, I went out and bought a top-of-the-line Carver receiver, and figuring that I should modernize and be an early adopter to the new...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-05-03)

Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs

Cover art I think this one may have been repressed again, since I have seen many copies poke their heads out recently. This album in my opinion is the pinnacle of English progressive folk a la The Trees,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1993-10-01)

Ergo Sum - Mexico

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In the late sixties the French progressive rock scene started to explode with bands. However the major French record labels gave these bands a rough deal. Recognizing this problem after his...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-02-01)

Roland Kovac New Set - The Master Said

Cover art This band of "unknowns" was actually made up of well-known studio musicians, guitarist Siegfried Schwab from Et Cetera and Embryo, Swiss jazz drummer Charly Antolini, and bassist Franz Loffler. Kovac...  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2003-02-01)

Moving Gelatine Plates - Moving Gelatine Plates

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Moving Gelatine Plates is another obscure French progressive band from the early 70s given new life on CD by Musea. MGP consisted of Didier Thibault on bass and vocals (later with Gong), Gerard...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1993-01-01)

Help - Help

Cover art In the early weeks of 1971 the eponymous debut by California trio Help began showing up in record racks, a sparkling gem of west coast rock. A mix of period styles and outstanding songwriting filled...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-11-07)

Soft Machine - Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971

Cover art The challenge for any archivist of the Soft Machine catalog has been to present just what it was like to attend a performance by the classic line-up of Wyatt, Dean, Ratledge, and Hopper. Now with half...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen, Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Keef Hartley Band - The Time Is Near & Overdog

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Upon his split from his high profile job with John Mayall, drummer Keef Hartley had his sights set on making his own group in the English blues rock boom. Both of these recordings are from 1970...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Flower Travellin' Band - Satori

Cover art Psychedelic bands in Europe and North America often incorporated aspects of Middle-Eastern or Indian music into their own styles. So what happens when a band from Japan does the same thing? On the one...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Embryo - Bremen 1971

Cover art This live set from September 1971 finds the band just after recording their highly regarded Embryo’s Rache album, but before it had been released. This is still the early phase of the band,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Bruce Palmer - The Cycle Is Complete

Cover art Bruce Palmer is part of one of rock's most famous stories. He and Neil Young, fresh out of the Mynah Birds, drove a hearse to Los Angeles looking for Stephen Stills to found Buffalo Springfield....  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Sparks - Sparks & A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing

Cover art Most probably know Sparks from their later work, but these two are where it all began for this LA based five-piece led by brothers Ron and Russel Mael (keyboards and vocals, respectively). On these...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Joy of Cooking - Joy of Cooking, Closer to the Ground, & Castles

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Those looking for a 'good ole time' need look no further — funky West Coast psychedelia flavored country-rock to be found here. Equally rooted in the blues, this stuff is steeped in the tradition...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Joy of Cooking - Joy of Cooking, Closer to the Ground, & Castles

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Those looking for a 'good ole time' need look no further — funky West Coast psychedelia flavored country-rock to be found here. Equally rooted in the blues, this stuff is steeped in the tradition...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Odin - SWF Session 1973 & Live at the Maxim

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Along with the reissue of this quartet's amazing self-titled debut album from '73 (which originally appeared on the Vertigo label), Long Hair has released these two collections of archival...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

The Norman Haines Band - Den of Iniquity

Cover art Norman Haines was the keyboardist and main songwriter in the band Locomotive on their only release We Are Everything You See, from around 1970. As things sometimes go, it wasn’t working out...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-09)

Ergo Sum - Mexico

Cover art Ergo Sum was an early French progressive band, a six-piece featuring flute and violin, as well as the standard guitars, bass, drums and keyboards, plus a vocalist (Lionel Ledissez) who sounds...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Dashiell Hedayat - Obsolete

Cover art Aahhhh! Here's another Gong album no one seems to know about, as this is basically Gong plus poet/musician Dashiell Hedayat (otherwise known as Melmoth). Evidently the lyrical content...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1993-10-01)

Ache - De Homine Urbano & Green Man

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Ache was a Danish four-piece progressive rock outfit that released four albums during the 1970s, of which these are the first two. Their debut De Homine Urbano ("About Urban Man"), an...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

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...

Zabu - My Coffin's Ready – Lucien Zabuski, aka Zabu, was the original vocalist for Magma, prior to the enlistment of Klaus Blasquiz. This is his first post-Magma solo album, which showcases his unique gravelly voice in a blues...  (1994) » Read more

Mawwal - This Is All There Is, There Is No Other Place – The first Mawwal release was one of the highlights of 2007, and here they’ve done it again for 2008, and not by simply remaking the first album. While many of the things that made Black Flies so...  (2009) » Read more

Earthling Society - Beauty and the Beast – Beauty and the Beast is British based Earthling Society’s fourth full-length release, and seems to authentically capture that swirling heady psychedelic space rock sound out of an earlier era,...  (2008) » Read more

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness – When I first heard the name "Garden Wall," I thought, "This band must be another one of those Genesis influenced bands." Well, after listening to the CD, I wonder if they've ever even heard of...  (1996) » Read more

Ron Boots - Acoustic Shadows – Boots loves to do albums with themes – here he has tried to capture the atmosphere of the battlefield. It’s a darker album than one is used too, but of course Boots’s optimism...  (2007) » Read more



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