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Genesis - 1976-1982

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Even though this box set covers the post-Gabriel years from 1976’s A Trick of the Tail through 1981’s Abacab, it was actually the first released. As with the other...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

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, Alan Gowen, a keyboardist of some renown, died of leukemia in 1981. In his short career, he notched up quite a few noteworthy...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Anyone's Daughter - First Five Reissued

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Anyone's Daughter was one of a group of late 70s German symphonic bands who brought forth a highly melodic rock, colorful and saturated with emotion. Their vocal harmonies were strong, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1993-10-01)

Next Exit - One Way Ticket - 1981-82

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For some time now, I’ve been writing about the saga of Spokane’s Sweet Madness, a New Wave-ish art rock band active from 1979-81. Two compilations of their recordings have been...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-09-20)

Kenso - Overview of Pre-1996 Releases

Cover art If Japan has the equivalent of a Happy the Man, Kenso is it. Their sound encompasses everything, from polished symphonic prog, to fusion, Canterbury, even touches of Japanese traditional music. The music is (with a couple of exceptions) entirely instrumental, melodically rich, highly spirited, and completely energized. They've been together since the late 70s, off and on, and the lineup has changed over time, but has always centered around guitarist Yoshihisa Shimizu. In addition to guitar, the lineup typically features dual keyboards, bass, and drums — and early on included a flautist as well.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Rolf Trostel - Inselmusik, Two Faces & Der Prophet

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Rolf Trostel was a second generation member of the Berlin School of electronic music. In the late 70s and early 80s, Rolf worked as a distributor of the PPG Wave Computer 360 A, which provided him...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-14)

Rolf Trostel - Inselmusik, Two Faces & Der Prophet

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Rolf Trostel was a second generation member of the Berlin School of electronic music. In the late 70s and early 80s, Rolf worked as a distributor of the PPG Wave Computer 360 A, which provided him...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-14)

Twelfth Night - Smiling at Grief & Art and Illusion - The Definitive Editions

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Those interested in discovering the roots of neo-prog owe it to themselves to explore the music of Twelfth Night, and I can’t think of a better place to start than here. Smiling at Grief...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

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)

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)

Richard Pinhas - L'Ethique

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Even for those of us who were listening to music in 1982, when this was first released, it's hard to really recreate the experience of hearing something in that time. Unfortunately, I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-04-01)

Paul Marcano & Lightdreams - 10,001 Dreams

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British Columbian Paul Marcano is an obscure musician who released several cassettes in the early 80s. 10,001 Dreams on C-90 was a sequel to his first release, Islands in Space....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-27)

Espíritu - Espíritu & Live en Obras '82

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This Argentine band are best-known for their classic Crisálida, an album of complex guitar / synth prog in the Italian style a la Semiramis. The self-titled album was made several...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Espíritu - Espíritu & Live en Obras '82

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This Argentine band are best-known for their classic Crisálida, an album of complex guitar / synth prog in the Italian style a la Semiramis. The self-titled album was made several...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Cal Rock & Roll - Homegrown

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Cal aka Cal Rock & Roll was a mid-70s band from New York formed by some veterans of the club scene: Larry Calabrese (guitar and vocals), Andy Barone (bass), Jerry Joy (drums and vocals), and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-20)

Kraan - Wiederhören, Flyday, Nachtfahrt, Live 88, Dancing in the Shade & Live 2001

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Recently Revisited Records, a division of InsideOut Music, has been reissuing a number of German bands from the past: Klaus Schulze, Amon Düül II, and Kraan. To date, they have released...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Medina Azahara - Paseando por la Mexquita, La Esquina del Viento & Andalucía

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Medina Azahara are one of the longest running Spanish symphonic rock bands. If I'm not mistaken, they may still be together. While most of their contemporaries disappeared due to the Spanish...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Jean-Paul Prat - Masal

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A most welcome reissue. Drummer and bandleader Prat had worked with his band Masal from the early 70s, yet their first and only release was this two-sided 42 minute instrumental opus from nearly a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

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)

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)

Church of Hawkwind - Church of Hawkwind

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[this was written about the 1994 reissue on Griffin Records - ed.]

The 1982 incarnation of Hawkwind that wrote Church of Hawkwind comprised Dave "Baron von" Brock, Harvey...

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(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1994-08-01)

Richard Pinhas - Rhizosphere / Live, Paris 1982

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At last, a reissue of Pinhas' first and certainly most purely electronic album recorded under his own name. It also marks a time when this was the distinction between Pinhas' solo material...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

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)

Asia - Live in Buffalo & Hyogo

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Asia’s first tour of the US in 1982 was one of discovery for fans. From the ashes of Yes, Steve Howe and Geoff Downes merged musical intentions with John Wetton and Carl Palmer and a new...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

John Greaves - Accident & Little Bottle of Laundry

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Two additional albums from John Greaves' European catalogue are now available from Voiceprint. Accident is his first solo album from 1982 and features literally a bizarre set of songs...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Morgan Fisher - Hybrid Kids 1 & 2 + Miniatures

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In the middle of his work as a keyboard player (with Queen, Mott the Hoople, and others) and as a producer (Allan Holdsworth), Morgan Fisher came up with two albums worth of oddities called...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Camel - On the Road 1982

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

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Itoiz - Alkolea

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As you may recall, the first self-titled Itoiz album was more of a progressive rocker, while the second Ezekiel could best be described as a rich blend of electric folk. On their third...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Marco Antônio Araújo - Four Reissues

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Marco Antônio Araújo was an accomplished Brazilian cellist/acoustic guitarist, much inspired by classical music. What strikes me in Araújo's work is the seemingly intemporal...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 1995-07-01)

Robert Rich - Sunyata

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Even before the classic Trances and Drones there was the debut cassette by one of the great electronic musicians of the last 30 years....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-12-24)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 11 - 15

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Beginning with its first year of operations, Garden of Delights has released a yearly limited edition Psychedelic Underground sampler containing the best track from each of their 9...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Kit Watkins - Labyrinth & Frames of Mind

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Finally Watkins' first two post-Happy the Man/Camel solo albums have received the proper digital treatment. These are two very formative albums that offer a logical bridge between the music of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Pekka Pohjola - Five Reissues

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For anyone not yet familiar with the name of Pekka Pohjola, he is a Finnish composer, bandleader, and bassist among bassists primarily, but also fluent on piano, synthesizer, and trumpet as well....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Von Zamla - Zamlaranamma

Cover art Von Zamla is another incarnation of the zany Samla Mammas Manna, who recorded two albums under the name for Urspar (this one being the first) before breaking up in the early 80s. Von Zamla's four...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Bernard Xolotl with Daniel Kobialka - Procession

Cover art Bernard Xolotl is a French synthesist who has worked with Clearlight's Cyrille Verdeaux, which could give some indication of his stylistic direction. Daniel Kobialka is a well know violinist from the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Eroc - Eroc 4

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Revisited Records has now released the fourth Eroc solo album, recorded in 1982. For those of you who don’t know, Eroc is the pseudonym of Joachim Heinz Ehrig who was Grobschnitt’s drummer...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

The Colorplates - Agony and Ecstasy

Cover art I moved to Seattle in 1985, missing The Colorplates by a few years, but if I'd been here earlier, I probably would have been a dedicated follower. The time period of 1979-82, when this band was...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-11-05)

Todd Rundgren - Hermit of Mink Hollow + Healing + The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

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By the end of the 1970s Todd Rungren had done it all, honing his guitar and compositional chops with The Nazz in the late 1960s, ultimately leaving that band to move on to production work for other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-12-29)

Todd Rundgren - Hermit of Mink Hollow + Healing + The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

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By the end of the 1970s Todd Rungren had done it all, honing his guitar and compositional chops with The Nazz in the late 1960s, ultimately leaving that band to move on to production work for other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-12-29)

Jean-Paul Prat - Masal

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Masal is another lost classic of French progressive music resurrected by Musea. This is strong gutsy music with a statement to make much in the style of Magma, Heldon, and King Crimson....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-12-31)

Step Ahead - Step Ahead

Cover art This CD includes Step Ahead’s only album recorded in 1982, three live tracks recorded at the Théâtre de Verdure, Nice, November 1982, and two previously unreleased tracks recorded at Step Ahead's...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1993-12-31)

Tangerine Dream - Bootmoon Live Series

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1977 was the year that Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann conquered North America and Canada with a massive twenty-plus city tour (and on select dates performing with Laserium). The April...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

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)

St. Mikael - Visions of the Unknown

Cover art Amateur psych, like the two reissued titles here by Swedish musician St Mikael, is not flattered by the CD medium. The effect-lavished, drivel-through-a-tunnel sound that these types of garage...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-11-01)

Myrbein - Myrornas Krig

Cover art Myrbein's 1981 album Myrornas Krig is the latest re-release from the Swedish Ad Perpetuam Memoriam label, which also brought us Kultivator's Barndomens Stigar. Perhaps not...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-05-01)

Progres 2 - Tretí Kniha Džunglí - Third Jungle Book

Cover art This was originally a double album released in 1981, and on CD it clocks in at a few seconds shy of 80 minutes! From Czechoslovakia, Progres 2 is at times symphonic, at times more electronic, at...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-02-01)

Step Ahead - Step Ahead

Cover art Step Ahead was one of France's best symphonic bands and this, their only release, was a quite a rarity, not only in availability but also in quality. In the early eighties, few bands kept the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1993-10-01)

Kenso - Kenso II

Cover art Another welcome reissue, prices for original LPs of Kenso's extremely rare first and second albums have been soaring skyward in the last few years, beyond the reach of the average progressive music...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1993-10-01)

Hans Reichel & Eroc - The Return of Onkel Boskopp

Cover art Careful. This is Hans Reichel; not to be confused with another German experimentalist - Achim Reichel.  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

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