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Takami - Y. de Noir II & Yume no Kirigishi

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

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

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)

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)

The Muffins - Open City

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For the uninitiated, The Muffins were a Washington DC based band who existed from about 1973 to '81. Despite that many years, they only released three regular albums during their career...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Various Artists - Space Echo: The Mystery behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed

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Cabo Verde aka Cape Verde is an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands 350 miles off the coast of West Africa. It was uninhabited until Portuguese explorers discovered and colonized it in the 15th...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-08-06)

Etron Fou Leloublan - 43 Songs

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Yet another crazy band. Establishing their premises strongly in the RIO realm, Etron Fou Leloublan's crafters weave intricate lines putting forth saxes in the forefront while silly lyrics...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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Revisited Records continues its reissue of the Klaus Schulze back catalog with another 12 CDs. I haven’t quite figured out their rationale, but they are releasing 12 a year covering the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Bertrand Loreau - Réminiscences

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Bertrand Loreau is a French synthesist who has been composing and releasing music for the past 30 years. Listening to and learning from the masters Klaus Schulze and Vangelis, Loreau has an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - Eyes! China Doll

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Beta-lactam Ring Records has just reissued Edward Ka-Spel’s classic second solo album from 1985, Eyes! China Doll. This reissue is its first proper CD reissue and it comes in a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-06-02)

Riccardo Sinigaglia - Watertube / Ringspiel

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Originally released in 1985 as a cassette on the ADN Tapes label, this was Sinigaglia’s first solo release after having been a member of the experimental world music trio Futuro Antico. The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-04-29)

Dead Can Dance - First Five Reissued

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Since 1984, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have created seven albums that stand the test of time: Dead Can Dance (1984), Spleen and Ideal (1985), Within the Realm of a Dying...

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(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1995-03-01)

La Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux - Le Combat Occulté

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This French avant-garde troupe has been around for a while, and though I’ve seen the name around for ages, this odds-n-sods collection is the first I’ve really heard of their strange...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Pneuma - Psychabuse

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

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Lacrymosa - Bugbear

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Anna Homler / Steve Moshier - Breadwoman and Other Tales

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In the early 80s, performance artist Anna Homler crossed paths with avant-garde composer Steve Moshier, and this collaboration was the result. Moshier took recordings of Homler’s wordless...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-02)

Magma - Mythes et Légendes Vol.1

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Released in 1985, Mythes et Légendes, Vol. 1 is essentially a condensed overview of the Kobaïan story. It features extracts from several early compositions tracing the...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Hawkwind - Chronicle of the Black Sword

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This incarnation of the band is the same as the one that released Church of...

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(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1994-10-01)

In Spe - Typewriter Concerto

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This is the second album by this outstanding Estonian ensemble, probably better known as The Girl on the Beach (based on the photo on the front cover, all information on the original LP...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding

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McLatchey's Second Tier

If Morning Jewel was about the slow album-side rise from silence to peak, Planetary Unfolding worked a similar magic with smaller...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-02-18)

Pneuma - Psychabuse

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A repetitive pattern recalling the spirit of "Tubular Bells" introduces the listener, continuing long after its worn out it's welcome, creating a nervous tension – nothing could...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Outer Limits - Misty Moon

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Musea continues to unearth the most unknown and rare albums from the annals of obscure progrock history. Outer Limits were a pretty original Japanese band from one of the darkest times in prog...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Air Craft - So Near, So Far

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After the death of progressive rock at the end of the 70s, some of the survivors kept their band names and turned to more commercial endeavors, or else they were driven deep underground where...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-01-29)

Urban Sax - Urban Sax, Fraction sur le Temps & Spiral

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Legend has it that the idea for Urban Sax came into being around 1973, when the town of Menton in the south of France commissioned Gilbert Artman to reverberate the town with four amplified fixed...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Kit Watkins - Azure, Sunstruck & In Time

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Everyone should at least be aware of who Kit Watkins is. His first gig was keyboardist with the acclaimed Happy the Man, who released two outstanding albums in the late 70s, for which Kit penned...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

Cover art Marillion's opus Misplaced Childhood is about as perfect a specimen of the neo-progressive genre as you'll find. I am no adherent of this often-maligned and badly-defined brand of accessible...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-11-01)

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)

Ken Watson - Assembly

Cover art Originally released independently in 1985, Watson's home-brew project has stood the test of time: until this CD came out, that vinyl release with its  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

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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 $amp; 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

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ulysses - Neronia – A German five piece, Ulysses play a neo-prog style that is far more interesting than most. Lyrically ambitious, they occasionally remind of Twelfth Night, although their style gravitates more toward...  (1994) » Read more

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

Nuova Era - Il Passo del Soldato – Nuova Era are one of the few newer Italian groups performing music in the 70s style of dramatic/romantic/ symphonic rock with strong hints of Banco, PFM, Metamorfosi etc. Their second album, Dopo...  (1996) » Read more

Mushroom with Eddie Gale - Joint Happening – After our feature interview with drummer Pat Thomas in issue #32, all readers should be at least be aware of Bay Area psychedelic jazz-rock improv ensemble Mushroom; trumpeter Eddie Gale is probably...  (2008) » Read more

Ilous & Decuyper - Ilous & Decuyper – 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 one...  (1997) » Read more



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