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The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - New Tricks

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Comedy troupes recording albums for the rock and roll audience stem from such acts as the Firesign Theater and England's Monty Python (with Eric Idle and John Cleese). Voiceprint has been keen...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys

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McLatchey's Second Tier

In the early 90s when Vinyl Magic was exploding onto the reissue market, there were still a number of Italian albums that weren't in that wave and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-02-25)

Gentle Giant - Three Piece Suite

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The first three Gentle Giant albums occupy a spot in the history of progressive rock that illustrates the transition from 60s psychedelic rock to full-fledged avant-prog. While the band’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-24)

Pure Food and Drug Act - Choice Cuts

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Their extended version of "Eleanor Rigby" sounds uncannily like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" with a splash of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." Preferring jam over...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

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)

Herbie Hancock - Crossings

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I spent some time last year going through The Complete Columbia Albums Collection of Herbie Hancock. I bought it hoping that there would be some gems I didn't know about after...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-11-02)

Procession - Frontiera

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Processions are another in the tangled Italian family tree, being related to Raccomandata con Ricevuta di Ritorno and others. This album was their first and best of two (Fiaba was reissued...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Heat Exchange - Reminiscence

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The Heat Exchange were a band from Toronto that began to generate some interest in the late 60s. They played a number of concerts and were pursued by RCA and eventually signed with Yorkville...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-24)

Grateful Dead - Dave's Picks Volume 11: Century II Convention Hall, Wichita, KA 11/17/72

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Easily the best show in the Dave's Picks series so far and a pick from the winter tour which hasn't been nearly as well documented on official releases or the trading circuit as the rest of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-10-12)

Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Volume Eleven 9/27/72

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I had a tradition for a long time after clicking with the Grateful Dead of playing a show every Sunday. This created a very strong impression on me of a sort of "deep time" vibe with...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-10-12)

Genesis - Foxtrot

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Now if there could be any album on my third-tier list that might be there for its lifetime achievement award it would probably be Foxtrot, although maybe that would be a close second to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-09-21)

Chicago - Live in Japan

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It wasn't very long ago that the original CD release of this album was worth a little bit of money, but thankfully Rhino went ahead and got it out affordably. I was originally introduced to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-05-25)

Nuova Idea - Mr. E. Jones & Clowns

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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 1996-08-01)

Slapp Happy - Sort Of

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In the early 70s Anthony Moore was exploring different avant garde musical techniques, working in Uwe Nettlebeck’s studio in Wümme. Anthony recorded and released two experimental albums...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-17)

Proto-Kaw - Early Recordings from Kansas: 1971-1973

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Kansas was pretty widely exposed back in the 70s, and while they were basically similar to other bands of the era, there was a hint of the progressive sound that appealed to many fans of more...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Terry Dolan - Terry Dolan

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Terry Dolan was an East Coast singer-songwriter who took Horace Greeley’s advice and migrated to San Francisco in the late 60s. In 1972 he recorded a full album of songs that was never...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-10)

Chicago - Chicago V

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McLatchey's Second Tier

So I covered live Chicago in the last post (and unfortunately not all the great live Chicago is commercially available — there's video footage...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-08)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Darwin!

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One of the most alluring aspects of Italian progressive rock from 1972-1977 is the wide array of tonal coloring, particularly due to experimentation with analog synthesizers. This was a completely...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-03-16)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Banco del Mutuo Soccorso

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Symphonic progressive rock bands are known for their flashy keyboard players, in fact some of the excesses of the genre tend to be symbolized by Rick Wakeman in his cape or on ice or whatever. But...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-03-16)

Syrinx - Tumblers from the Vault (1970-1972)

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If anyone had any doubts that the late 60s and early 70s were a time of broad innovation and experimentation, this collection provides ample evidence that even outside the cultural centers of New...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-10-14)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Storia di un Minuto

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McLatchey's Second Tier

When it comes to debut albums, Storia di un Minuto is one of the most well-realized out there and a great balance of young talented...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-15)

A Bôlha - Um Passo a Frente

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A Bôlha (The Bubble) were one of Brazil's first progressive bands, back in a time when progressive meant something more fundamental than the keyboard drenched symphonics and complicated...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

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)

J.E.T. - Fede, Speranza, Carità

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The sole album from this Italian outfit dates back to 1972. The band is a four-piece consisting of guitar, keys, bass, and drums. While there are certain clearly Italian melodies and harmonic...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Tasavallan Presidentti - Tasavallan Presidentti, Lambertland & Milky Way Moses

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The first eponymous album Finnish band Tasavallan Presidentti recorded was a cross between folk, blues, and jazz-rock with pop influences. A really diverse album with an immaculate rendition of the...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2005-03-01)

The Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I always felt this was a bit of a sister album to At Fillmore East even if its studio record was more of a follow up, but this was essentially...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-01)

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)

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)

Miles Davis - On the Corner

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McLatchey's Second Tier

It's strange when you consider it but the music Miles was putting out live around this time didn't really have that much to do with this album,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-03-03)

Zabu - My Coffin's Ready

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This is a highly unusual Musea release. The bulk of the music on My Coffin’s Ready is blues rock! Even though Zabu’s band consisted of his Magma cohorts, most of the music on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-12-31)

Zabu - My Coffin's Ready

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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...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Tangerine Dream - Zeit

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McLatchey's Top Tier #25

I first heard this one fairly early in the CD age after having explored Tangerine Dream through what was probably Underwater Sunlight around...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-04-02)

Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht, Dune, Dziękuję Poland, Miditerranean Pads, Sequenced? & Crime of Suspense

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Revisited Records continues reissuing the Klaus Schulze back catalog. The past twelve months have seen seven more albums released with another batch due Fall 2006. Revisited is holding true to the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Tyburn Tall - Tyburn Tall

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From Speyer, Germany, Tyburn Tall were together from 1969 to 1975. During that time they became a well-respected live band, acting as opening act for name European groups such as Golden Earring,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

J.A. Caesar - Kokkyou Junreika & Shintokomaru

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J.A. Caesar – this is obviously not his real name – has been an enigmatic figure in Japanese rock and avant-garde music dating back to the early 70s. His music is impossible to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (Original & English)

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Ys is certainly one of the more controversial progressive rock albums. Many people will tell you not only that it is a classic, but it's often quoted as being the very best of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (Original & English)

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Ys is certainly one of the more controversial progressive rock albums. Many people will tell you not only that it is a classic, but it's often quoted as being the very best of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Jumbo - Jumbo, DNA, 1983 & Live

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The list above is the entire discography of Jumbo except for two rare singles, one from 1970 and one from 1975, and Vietato Ai Minori Di 18 Anni? which is

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

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)

Abacus - Everything You Need

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

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

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)

Stormy Six - L'Idee di Oggi per la Musica Domani & L'Unità

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Stormy Six are perhaps better known for their involvement with Rock In Opposition in the late 70s and early 80s. Their later output such as Al Volo were interesting pop rock albums with an...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Osage Tribe - Arrow Head

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The Osage Tribe were practically a super group in the annals of Italian history, fitting somewhere between I Gleemen (pre-album) and Duello Madre or Il Volo. Being on Bla Bla records naturally ties...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

I Teoremi - I Teoremi

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This group would have fit nicely on the Vertigo label – heavy Black Sabbath, May Blitz, and Clear Blue Sky similarities as well as Deep Purple or Uriah Heep. I Teoremi are crunchy and heavy...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Analogy - Analogy

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Analogy were a band made up of both Italian and German members, yet remained far closer stylistically to the latter. Analogy's main influence was certainly Ummagumma era Pink Floyd...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Gentle Giant - Octopus (Expanded Edition)

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With Octopus, Gentle Giant truly came into their own as a progressive powerhouse with a style all their own. Three Friends was great, but once its successor came out, it was clear...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-05)

Agitation Free - Malesch

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Agitation Free was a most unique German band in the early seventies, in that their sound was heavily influenced by Turkish and Arabic themes, although never more so than on this, their first, from...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band - Live at Bickershaw Festival - North West England 1972

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The front of the package proclaims "Joe Strummer's favourite concert." Well, I'm sure it was great to be there. The Captain and his crackshot '72 touring lineup (Rockette...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Univeria Zekt - The Unnamables

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

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Grobschnitt - Grobschnitt

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Prog fans have been enjoying a renaissance of vintage prog re-issues. Albums that either never made it to CD or were transferred poorly to begin with are being released for your pleasure. Premier...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Carol Grimes, Uncle Dog & Sweet F.A. - Voiceprint 2000 Reissues

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Upon the demise of Delivery (Phil Miller's quartet augmented by Janis Joplin stylized blues vocalist, Carol Grimes), Grimes moved off to join another blues-based, less improvisational group,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Mick Greenwood - ...To Friends

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Who is Mick Greenwood, might you ask? Apparently the man is American and made a ploy to become a pop star in the UK after being discovered in a New York club in the early 70s. He issued three LPs...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Spettri - Spettri

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I think it was my colleague Mike McLatchey who once jokingly said that in Italy in the 70s, there were more prog bands than there were fans. As such there were plenty of fine bands who fell through...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-08-17)

Niagara - S.U.B.

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Wind - Morning

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

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Tarzan Compilation

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Originally on the Bla-Bla label from 1972, the Tarzan Compilation features eleven short tracks by four bands: Capsicum Red, Wells Fargo, Black Sunday Flowers, and Osage Tribe. Two of these...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Genco Puro & Co. - Area di Servizio

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1972 was the year that Genco Puro released their one and only album, the fairly rare and fairly commercial album Area di Servizio (reissued as Artis ARCD 040 in 1992) originally on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Museo Rosenbach - Rare, Unreleased & Live '72

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Museo Rosenbach's Zarathustra is one of the greatest symphonic/classical rock works of all time and has yet to be surpassed in the genre. These two titles are posthumous releases of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Museo Rosenbach - Rare, Unreleased & Live '72

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Museo Rosenbach's Zarathustra is one of the greatest symphonic/classical rock works of all time and has yet to be surpassed in the genre. These two titles are posthumous releases of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

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)

Out of Focus - Rat Roads

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This is my first encounter with this classic German group, so knowing that the tracks are outtakes from their 1972 sessions for the album Four Letter Monday Afternoon didn’t tell me...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Amazing Blondel - Englische Musicke

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Amazing Blondel existed throughout the early 70s, originally formed by John Gladwin and Terry Wincott after leaving another even more obscure band called Methuselah. This compilation is drawn from...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Grateful Dead - Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead - England '72

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Twelve years ago, while you could still easily find a lot of the Europe 72 shows in trading circles, there were only a couple commercially available and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-09-17)

McCoy Tyner - Sahara

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McLatchey's Second Tier

There are few musicians who I respect and admire more than the legendary pianist McCoy Tyner, one fourth of John Coltrane's classic quartet. His...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-01-07)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Per un Amico

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I first heard PFM when I was 17 and a friend sold me a copy of The World Become the World for 50 cents. I liked it but wasn't really drawn...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-08-27)

Metamorfosi - ...E Fu il Sesto Giorno & Inferno

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Metamorfosi were more or less a keyboard oriented trio with the addition of a lead vocalist. Their debut album was a very 60s psych/beat album with progressive touches – an overblown concept...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Yes - Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two

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Yes has always been a bit behind the curve when it comes to exploiting their trove of live recordings, but with this set they are catching up. Big time. It started with the archival digging that...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-06-19)

Osanna - Palepoli

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McLatchey's Top Tier # 20

This is the fourth Italian progressive rock album in this tier and truly one of the most original albums from the decade. Like Ommadawn but...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-03-19)

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)

Soft Machine - Live in Paris May 2nd, 1972 (aka Live in France)

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[This was written about the original One Way edition. - ed.]

Wow! Another newly found live recording which was previously available only in bootleg format? Unfortunately, the disc is...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Cluster - Cluster II

Cover art This is actually Cluster's fourth album, if you count the two albums for the tiny Schwann Studio label as a trio (named Kluster) with ex- Tangerine Dream member Konrad Schnitzler. The spelling change...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Grateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream - Veneta, Oregon 8/27/72

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McLatchey's Top Tier #11

I didn't like the Dead that much growing up as a youngster and to this day I'm still not too fond of their 80s and 90s work. But around 2000, I thought I'd...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-03-12)

Os Mundi - 43 Minuten

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Os Mundi, Latin for “origin of the world,” was a 70s Berlin-based band that released only two albums, Latin Mass and 43 Minuten. Both of these Krautrock classics have been...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Sigmund Snopek III - Virginia Woolf

Cover art Well, leave it to Peter Wustmann of WMMS to unearth something so totally obscure and unclassifiable that time had nearly forgotten about it. Sigmund Snopek III and the Bloomsbury People existed in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Twenty Sixty Six and Then - Reflections!

Cover art Twenty Sixty Six and Then's Reflections on the Future remains one of the most legendary German prog LPs. As the master tapes were lost long ago, a reissue didn't seem likely, except as an LP...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy, Whatevershebringswesing, Shooting at the Moon & Banamour

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers left that group after their full-on live U.S. assault with the Jim Hendrix Experience in 1969. After that time, Ayers spent the following years putting together...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Live & Papagayo Club 1972

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Unlike the recently released PFM shows (Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Anthony Moore - Reed, Whistle and Sticks, Out & Flying Doesn't Help

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Before hooking up with Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause to form Slapp Happy, Anthony Moore was experimenting with some very innovative musical techniques. Reed, Whistle and Sticks is one of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

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)

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)

Amon Düül II - Carnival in Babylon, Wolf City & Vive la Trance

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Revisited Records is busy reissuing classic Krautrock albums by Klaus Schulze, Kraan, Guru Guru, Holger Czukay, and Amon Düül II. These latest discs are Amon Düül II’s fourth, fifth, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Amon Düül II - Carnival in Babylon, Wolf City & Vive la Trance

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Revisited Records is busy reissuing classic Krautrock albums by Klaus Schulze, Kraan, Guru Guru, Holger Czukay, and Amon Düül II. These latest discs are Amon Düül II’s fourth, fifth, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Yes - Close to the Edge

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McLatchey's Top Tier #31

If Rock Bottom was the hipster choice, this one might be the antichoice, or it is because I don't rate Topographic Oceans at all. It's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-11-29)

Annexus Quam - Beziehungen

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

Cargo - Cargo

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

Khan - Space Shanty

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McLatchey's Top Tier #15

In some ways a bit of a predecessor to the Steve Hillage Gong albums (and especially Hillage's Fish Rising), this six song one-shot is one of the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-10-31)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Impressioni Vent'Anni Dopo & Bobo Club 2000

Cover art Being that PFM's Per un Amico ranks among my favorite albums of all time, I had been anticipating hearing a live show around that era — circa 1972 — for quite some time. Both of these CDs...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Impressioni Vent'Anni Dopo & Bobo Club 2000

Cover art Being that PFM's Per un Amico ranks among my favorite albums of all time, I had been anticipating hearing a live show around that era — circa 1972 — for quite some time. Both of these CDs...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Univeria Zekt - The Unnamables

Cover art Laurent Thibault conceived of the Univeria Zekt project as a way to introduce Magma to a wider audience. The idea was to ease people into the complexities of Magma’s music by the music on side one...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1993-12-31)

Brainstorm - Smile a While

Cover art German guys in foundations and girdles? This is one of those albums that will immediately catch your eye as you browse the CD racks. Not being aware of this band or album I was skeptical of their...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-12-31)

Amon Düül II - Live in London

Cover art Back in 1986 the DJ on our local imported music radio show played side one of Live in London, which I fortuitously taped and enjoyed for years. This live music is some of the finest Amon...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-12-31)

Nicholas Greenwood - Cold Cuts

Cover art Nicholas Greenwood’s name, if it is known at all, is remembered from the credits of albums by Khan and Arthur Brown’s Crazy World, where he played bass. Until this reissue arrived, I had no idea...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Barclay James Harvest - ...BBC in Concert 1972

Cover art Part of archivist Mark Powell’s job has been digging through the vaults at the BBC to locate the master recording tapes for Barclay James Harvest. In the process of uncovering several live tapes he...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Osanna - Preludio Tema Variazioni Canzona (Milano Calibro 9)

Cover art This album represents the intersection of a number of trends going on in Italy at the time it was made. One was for rock bands to adopt Classical forms, sometimes even involving actual orchestras (New...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Brainbox - Mythology

Cover art For most, and certainly for myself up until I was enlightened by this three-disc set, Brainbox was just some band that Jan Akkerman and Pierre Van Der Linden were in before the formation of Focus, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-07-30)

Perception - Perception and Friends + Mestari (1972-1973)

Cover art One of the members of the first graduating class of Magma, woodwind player Yochk’o (Jeff) Seffer joined up with three other like-minded players for a three-album free-jazz run in the early 1970s....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-06-28)

Light - The Story of Moses

Cover art This album sprouts directly from the treasure trove of Dutch prog rock, although it took a Spanish label to finally release it on CD. The music is inspired by the great classic composer Bach, but in...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 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)

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind

Cover art It's about time that these albums received a proper re-release after the butcher job the German Line label did with them in the late 80s (large parts of tracks missing, track indexes in the wrong...  » 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)

Moving Gelatine Plates - The World of Genius Hans

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

Randy California - Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds

Cover art Although this may be slightly outside the realm of what's usually considered progressive, this will still be of interest to many fans of the genre, if only because of California's amazing guitar...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-02-01)

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind

Cover art Do you like Jethro Tull? Curved Air? Flamenco dancing? Did you ever wish for a combination of the three? Your wish has come true, and its name is Carmen! And if you don't think they could pull off...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-02-01)

Amon Düül II - Surrounded by the Bars

Cover art Actually, this is not a true reissue, in that these remixed versions of the band's better songs from their classic early seventies period have never appeared together on a compilation before....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Univeria Zekt - The Unnamables

Cover art This is, for all intents and purposes, a Magma album recorded under a different name. The original intent by producer Laurent Thibault was to create an album that would be sort of like an introduction...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Yggdrasil - Yggdrasil

Cover art When discussing the rarest of rare titles in the archives of German rock history, this six-piece band from Munich has to be at the top of the scarcity list. Only 10 metal acetate copies of exist of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Gong - Camembert Eclectique – Seminal French space prog band Gong may be best known for their pioneering work in the early to mid 70s, as evidenced by the indispensable Radio Gnome Trilogy of albums: Flying Teapot, Angels Egg, and...  (1995) » Read more

Versailles - Le Trésor de Valliesres – This latest offering from the French four-piece Versailles takes the spirit of the classic French symphonics (Ange, Mona Lisa, etc.) and dresses it in a modern suit of heavy armor. Vocalist Guillaume...  (1994) » Read more

Dream Theater - Awake – Judging by the various opinions that I had heard concerning this album, Awake was either the best album released so far this decade, or a worthless piece of tripe. I opted for believing the...  (1995) » Read more

Azazello - Black Day – The electronic drum kit will undoubtedly make or break one’s opinion of this release by Russian prog-metal quartet Azazello, depending on your tolerance for such a mechanical backbone. And if...  (2001) » Read more

Elton Dean / Sophia Domancich - Sea of Infinity & Avant – Two of the late Elton Dean’s last sessions as leader and co-leader have been championed by Hux records in the UK. Sea of Infinity captures him again leading an out session careening through...  (2008) » Read more



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