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Sam Rosenthal - Tanzmusik

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Rosenthal is best known as the founder of Projekt records and the leader of the band Black Tape for a Blue Girl, but Tanzmusik pre-dates both, released in ‘85 when Rosenthal was...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-10-29)

Minx / Zimmerman - Minx / Zimmerman

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Guerssen has been reissuing a number of obscure albums of music by artists I have never heard of or music that does not necessarily interest me. Case in point is the reissue of the Dutch minimal...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2019-04-26)

Lito Vitale - Un Dia Antes de Ayer (Recopilación)

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This is a compilation made largely redundant by the reissue of Vitale's first album, Sobre Miedos..., and although I'm not familiar with the bulk of Vitale's later work, the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Carl Weingarten - Living in the Distant Present (2018 Remaster)

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From 1980 through 1984, the St. Louis Missouri based guitarist’s recorded output was mostly through collaborations with various other local musicians: Gale Ormiston, Walter Whitney, David...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-10-24)

Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

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[Regarding the Deluxe Edition]

Misplaced Childhood, Marillion's third album and usually the one everybody considers their masterpiece, was a really important album for...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-08-30)

Robert Rich - Inner Landscapes

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Based on a March 9, 1985 concert, Inner Landscapes has had two incarnations, both of them different enough to be notable. After (or around the same time as) his first three studio-based...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-07-26)

Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

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[Regarding the 1998 reissue]

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...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-11-01)

Wishbone Ash - Twin Barrels Burning & Raw to the Bone

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The first half of the 80s were troubled times for Wishbone Ash; the band that had created classics like Pilgrimage, the mighty Argus, and There’s the Rub only a few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Present - Le Poison Qui Rend Fou

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Generally speaking, spin-offs are never a good idea, but if you count Present as a Univers Zero spin-off then it's a terrific exception to that rule. Le Poison Qui Rend Fou was the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-06-14)

Robert Rich - Inner Landscapes

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There is a wealth of music to be found on Audion / Ultima Thule’s Auricle cassette label. Right off the bat, there are the Peter Frohmader classics Jules Verne Cycle and Orakel /...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-11-01)

The Monochrome Set - 1979-1985 - Complete Recordings

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The Monochrome Set is a band that I had heard the name of but never encountered their music. I believe that I first read about them through Archie Patterson’s early efforts with Paradox Music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-07)

Pendragon - The Jewel

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You'd really never know what a classic early 80s Marquee-era progressive rock album The Jewel is by the opener, "Higher Circles," a really abysmal, cheesy number that I'm...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-05-03)

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)

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)

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)

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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AoMusic - Grow Wild – Ao, which is a Polynesian word for light and illumination, is the duo of Nahoo (aka Ric Gannaway) and Jojo (aka Jay Oliver), a pair of Mid-Westerners with a strong affiliation for New Age...  (2001) » Read more

Hugh Burns - Dedication & Mindwash – For those of you who don’t know him, Hugh Burns is a much traveled and in- demand session guitarist who has played with the likes of Wham, Gerry Rafferty, and Jack Bruce. He is also involved in...  (2001) » Read more

Magma - Üdü Wüdü – Here, Christian Vander strives to incorporate the various past styles of Magma into a single composite sound. Thus, one can hear elements of the early spirited jazz-rock mingling with the mechanical...  (1995) » Read more

Storm at Sunrise - The Suffering – Storm at Sunrise’s debut was a faithful, if slightly amusing, Southern-bred retread of the classic 70s rock sound of Deep Purple, ZZ Top, and Kansas. But even with Black Oak Arkansas veteran...  (2002) » Read more

Osage Tribe - Arrow Head – 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...  (1995) » Read more



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