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Alpes - Patrice Moullet - En Attendant Noe

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With a signature sound almost indescribable, Patrice Moullet is back with another Alpes release. Imagine a mad scientist living alone in the mountains, inventing, designing, and constructing his...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1998-02-01)

Motor Totemist Guild - Archive One & Two

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Before the recombinant U Totem ever hit the streets, baton wielder James Grigsby fronted The Motor Totemist Guild (recently reconstituted as a twelve-piece ensemble featuring members of Non Credo,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

0.720 Aleación - 0.720 Aleación (AKA Unidos Mexicanos)

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Mexico in the mid-80s was a fertile breeding ground for all kinds of new and unusual progressive music; bands like Iconoclasta, Nazca, Banda Elastica, Nirgal Vallis, Decibel, Delirium, and others...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Green Pajamas - Book of Hours

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With a bit of effort, I can take myself back mentally to when Book of Hours came out. I was quite familiar with the Green Pajamas by that time, with their single "Kim the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-12-31)

Pageant - La Mosäique de la Rêverie

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Having heard well over a hundred Japanese symphonic progressive rock releases from the early 80s to the present, ranging from mediocre to excellent, there are two that come to mind immediately as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

GTR - King Biscuit Flower Hour

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1986: a transitional year when two frustrated but previously successful English guitarists decided they would pool their talents and start a new project. The focus for this group would be on two...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Camino al Desván - Libreto Cat / Cas / En

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In the 80s, Barcelona musicians Maria Dolores García (Lole) and Jordi Cabayol released a series of cassettes as Camino al Desván, Spanish for Road to the Attic. The music on these...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-19)

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)

Peter Frohmader - Orakel / Tiefe

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Released originally as a cassette on Dark Star International in 1986, before ending up on Auricle, this 1983-recorded album is something of a lost classic. I've always thought this was at least...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-09-14)

Thinking Plague - Early Plague Years

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The recent resurgence of Thinking Plague has finally yielded the reissue of their (rare) first two albums (both included on this one CD in their entirety), showcasing the beginnings of one of the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 2001-03-01)

Ain Soph - Hat and Field

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Ain Soph are a post-Canterbury Japanese quartet who have certainly paid their dues, and whose Hat and Field album marks their return to the progressive/jazz scene from a six year hiatus...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

John Martyn - Live at The Town and Country Club 1986

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John Martyn has been writing personal songs and singing them in his inimitable style for quite some time now, and while he has never become the household name that Van Morrison or Joe Cocker has,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Jeux de Nains

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Musea's very first release has finally received the digital treatment. Boffo was the bassist / guitarist of the early eighties Zeuhl band Troll, who despite their good reputation left no...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Box of Frogs - Box of Frogs / Strange Land

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The Box of Frogs project reunited 3/5 of the original Yardbirds: bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, and drummer Jim McCarty. They took as their model The Traveling Willburys,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Murray Head - Sooner or Later

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1987 was another year of soul searching for the artist as he linked with ex-Gong guitarist Steve Hillage to produce a series of electronic pop songs with an electronic slant. "Lana...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Reissues, Part 3

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Revisited Records has taken on the mammoth task of reissuing the entire Klaus Schulze back catalog, and these eight albums are what has been reissued so far this year. In addition to using...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Bellaphon - Delphi

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Probably best known for their 1987 album, Firefly, this instrumental four-piece existed from around 1982, and co-existed with the mid-80s Ain Soph, keyboardist Mitsutaka Kaki and drummer...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Christian Vander - Offering I - II

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It had been a while since Magma left us with Merci, and this, the first true Vander solo project finally appeared in 1986. Musically, Vander began exploring some undeveloped territory, as...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Swans - Cop/Young God, Greed/Holy Money

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For those of you unfamiliar with this ensemble on this reissue two disc set, Swans is an artsy cult band who blazed a trail of punishing punk metal which is fairly popular in certain circles. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Micro-Ritmia - Micro-Ritmia

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Despite the supposed 1986 release date on this, it must have languished in total obscurity for several years. The first this writer ever heard of this duo was on the Margen sampler, reviewed a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-03-01)

Peter Frohmader - Homunculus 1-4 / Ritual

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Multimood, already surprising us with the well packaged Stringed Works, has done it again with this three albums on 2CD package. Comprised of three of Frohmader's best albums, this is...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Ataraxia - Adolescence of an Ancient Warrior

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Ataraxia were one of the more obscure of the original Made in Japan labelmates, back when they were still affiliated with the now-defunct Edison label. The band made one album in the mid-80s and...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Julverne - Le Retour du Captain Nemo

Cover art Julverne sprang from the same Belgian underground avant-garde music scene that produced Cos, Univers Zero, Aqsak Maboul, and Art Zoyd. As such, members of all the aforementioned bands, at one time or...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

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)

Wendy Carlos - Digital Moonscapes & Beauty in the Beast

Cover art One of the shortcomings of electronic music is that no matter how sophisticated the hardware and software have become, it can’t approach natural instrumentation for the wealth of detail in sound and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

David Garland - Control Songs

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David Garland is one of a rather small group of experimental singer/song writers. They are not cut from same bolt of cloth as, say, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell or James Taylor. Instead, Garland,...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 1999-01-01)

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Previously in Exposé...

Church of Hawkwind - Church of Hawkwind – [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 Bainbridge, Huw...  (1994) » Read more

Terry Bozzio / Metropole Orkest - Chamber Works – We know him as Zappa’s drummer in the Baby Snakes era, as the man who put the USA into UK, as an essential part of the brilliant 80s video pop combo Missing Persons, and as the man behind the...  (2007) » Read more

The Gak Omek - Nonrenormalizability – The Gak Omek is the project of one Robert Burger, and this is album number three. Mostly we hear guitars, guitar synths, synth-drums, keyboards, clarinet, some wild electronic sounds, and lots of...  (2011) » Read more

D.F.A. - Lavori in Corso – Rarely has a new Italian progressive created an album of this caliber; DFA have really put a lot of work into making an album of incredible complexity and depth for their premier run. This is Italian...  (1997) » Read more

Rudess Morgenstein Project - Rudess Morgenstein Project – Original Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein and new Dregs keyboardist Jordan Rudess have teamed up to produce this album of all-instrumental music exclusively using keyboards and drums. Considering...  (1998) » Read more



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