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Reviews of releases for 1979

Mike Oldfield - The Space Move: The Original Soundtrack

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Some movie soundtracks work as free-standing music apart from the visuals, but there are others that are so integrated with their movies that taking them out of that context doesn’t provide a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-29)

Ariel Kalma - An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979)

Cover art Ariel Kalma is a figure of contrasts: a restless spirit in search of calm, a student of tradition prone to tinkering with technology, a deep-space traveler rooted in earthly environments. These...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-04)

Eskaton - 4 Visions

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McLatchey's Top Tier #8

So here's one that I couldn't put down when I first heard it in the early 90s. By this point I had checked out both Ardeur and Fiction and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-02-21)

Utopia - Adventures in Utopia, Deface the Music & Swing to the Right

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As the 70s slipped towards the 80s, progressive rock bands found their style of music increasingly unpopular, so most of them that stayed active tried to maintain relevance by making music more in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2014-02-20)

Blue Cheer - 7

Cover art San Francisco based Blue Cheer came together in the latter half of 1967, initially a six-piece, but by the time of their first recordings they were down to a power trio format, in the wake of Cream...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-02-14)

FM - Surveillance

Cover art Esoteric’s releases of FM’s early albums have been cause for much rejoicing in progdom, since some of the Canadian band’s work hadn’t been available in ages and others never at all. Their...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2013-12-09)

Storm - Lost in Time

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The Storm, or simply ‘Storm’ as they were billed on their second album, were a Spanish band formed at the end of the 60s by brothers Angel and Diego Ruiz (guitar and drums respectively)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-10-26)

Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten, Osamu, Masterless Samurai, & Dragon King

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After spending much of the 60s in the successful Japanese rock band The Launchers, Kitajima moved to to the UK and worked with a number of British bands, and released a very obscure self-titled...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-15)

Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby - Old School Songs

Cover art Strawbs was always a band with many faces - both musically and in terms of personnel. Of course, Dave Cousins has been the constant, from the beginnings as a bluegrass cover trio to the heights of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-06)

FM - Surveillance

Cover art For their third album, with violinist Ben Mink now fully integrated into the band, the Canadian trio left the sidelong instrumental suites explored on their second Direct to Disc, and went...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

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