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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)

Shadowfax - The Dreams of Children

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Windham Hill used to be known for beautiful acoustic music, be it solo piano or guitar or small groups. Then along came Shadowfax, an eclectic bunch of electric and acoustic musicians with a style...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1984-11-02)

Haruomi Hosono - Light in the Attic Reissues

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When Yellow Magic Orchestra’s first album came out in 1978, listeners around the world were treated (many for the first time) to creative music from Japan, something that wasn’t just...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-06)

Mr. Sirius - Dirge

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When considering the finest releases of the Japanese symphonic rock scene, the first two albums by Mr. Sirius come to mind immediately, not only for their apparent absence of any immediately...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Third Ear Band - Exorcisms & Spirits

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Third Ear Band from the beginning was one of the strangest sounding bands, and remains so to this day. I remember bringing home the LP of the band’s first album Alchemy (bought...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-30)

Third Ear Band - Exorcisms & Spirits

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Third Ear Band from the beginning was one of the strangest sounding bands, and remains so to this day. I remember bringing home the LP of the band’s first album Alchemy (bought...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-30)

Uriah Heep - Raging through the Silence: The 20th Anniversary Concert

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By 1989, 20 years on from their founding, Uriah Heep had been through a lot of ups and downs, with only guitarist Mick Box remaining from the original lineup (although drummer Lee Kerslake had been...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-01-26)

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)

Circles - Structures - Unreleased Material 1985-1989

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At about the same time as Guerssen reissued the first two Circles albums in 2016, Bureau B issued this...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-27)

Michel Banabila - Early Works - Things Popping up from the Past

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Dutch composer Michel Banabila has been recording and releasing music since 1983 and he has produced musical scores for films, documentaries, plays, and dance. This Early Works...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-20)

Various Artists - Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik Düsseldorf 1982–1989

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In the early 80s, with the rise of affordable electronics and recording equipment, cassette culture took off. Anyone with a few dollars could set up a home recording studio and create music....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-15)

Various Artists - Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984–1989

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During the five years prior to the wall coming down, East German musicians, painters, poets, filmmakers, and performers began to open up new territory, crossing genres and jumping back and forth...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-11)

Pulsar - Görlitz

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Pulsar was perhaps the best French band in the mid-70s. In fact they were the first French band to be distributed by an English label. From 1975 to 1977 they released three albums culminating with...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-10-01)

Opus Avantra - Introspezione, Lord Cromwell & Strata

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Led by composer/keyboardist Alfredo Tisocco, and fronted by vocalist Donella del Monaco, Opus Avantra – much like their name might imply, offers a music based in avant-garde classicism mixed...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Opus Avantra - Introspezione, Lord Cromwell & Strata

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Led by composer/keyboardist Alfredo Tisocco, and fronted by vocalist Donella del Monaco, Opus Avantra – much like their name might imply, offers a music based in avant-garde classicism mixed...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Arti e Mestieri - Tilt - Immagini per un Orecchio

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I was about to write that there aren't too many debuts as powerful as this title by Italians Arti e Mesteri but then I realized I had just written...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-08-18)

Christian Vander Trio - Jour après Jour

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Jour après Jour (Day after Day) would be Vander's first all-out pure jazz assault. The trio formation of Vander on drums, Emmanuel Borghi on piano, and Philippe Dardelle on...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Arti e Mestieri - Tilt & Giro di Valzer per Domani

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Much ink has been spilled about the drumming of Furio Chirico and for good reason: the guy is phenomenal. He is all over the place using all available musical space yet is never bombastic or...

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(Posted by Mike Taylor 1994-02-01)

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)

Hecenia - Légendes

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Légendes is Hecenia’s first album, recorded in 1989, released in 1990, and now reissued on CD. If you’ve only heard Hecenia’s second release, La Couleur du...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-02-01)

Correnti Magnetiche - Live

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Correnti Magnetiche was a multimedia improvisational group featuring Riccardo Sinigaglia on keyboards, Maurizio Dehò and Erika Hadju on violins, Gabin Dabiré playing sanza, balafon,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-05-06)

Folli di Dio - Folli di Dio

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It sounds like Folli di Dio just missed being on Mellow's Fruit Salad label, as it fits into that most amorphous of genres – neo-psychedelic. Neo-psych is as ambiguous as most genre names...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Thinking Plague - In This Life

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Here in the West Wing of Exposé Headquarters (AKA my house), Thinking Plague occupies a place of honor as the preeminent American avant-prog band, their reputation tainted only...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-02-15)

David Parsons - Himalaya

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I'm actually fairly impressed at the longevity of the Celestial Harmonies / Fortuna label; they seem to have been going for decades at this point...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-03-24)

Odissea - Odissea

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For 1973, Odissea's sole album was far surpassed in innovation, and the collection of shorter songs here seems fairly dated. Regardless, there are some nice moments – symphonic flights...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Zauber - Il Sogno (AKA Zauber)

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Here is another rarity from the vaults. Zauber was a five-piece who produced only this single album in the late seventies, until their recent reformation (see Mike's New Italian article in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Magma - Mekanïk Kommandöh

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Recorded several months before the album Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh, but not released until 1989, Mekanïk Kommandöh is an interesting early version of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Fred Thelonious Baker - Missing Link

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For those of you wondering who in the world is Fred Baker with the familiar middle name, please allow me to provide background on the educated virtuoso. He’s a Birmingham College of Music...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Tangle Edge - In Search of a New Dawn

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It's great to finally see this album on CD, the vinyl debut of the underappreciated Tangle Edge. While the band's sound has changed considerably since it came out in 1989, adding sax and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Metamorfosi - ...E Fu il Sesto Giorno & Inferno

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Metamorfosi were more or less a keyboard oriented trio with the addition of a lead vocalist. Their debut album was a very 60s psych/beat album with progressive touches – an overblown concept...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Garmarna & Hedningarna reissues

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Over the last few years, I’ve had several occasions to gush about how wonderful Garmarna is, namely the release of each of their three American CDs (the first two on Omnium, the third on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Wind - Seasons

Cover art Wind were one of those early 70s German underground bands who were influenced by hard-rock bands like Deep Purple on one hand, but also have an Emersonian classically-influenced keyboard presence on...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

Peter Blegvad - Downtime Etc.

Cover art After Peter Blegvad’s first two solo albums (The Naked Shakespeare in 1983 and Knights Like This from 1985) failed to make much money for his record label, the former Slapp Happy...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

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)

Various Artists - A Bead to a Small Mouth

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Each track on this compilation integrates spoken text and sound manipulation, with results both mysterious and captivating. On "A New Dress" Nurse with Wound layers shifting, hypnotic metallic...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

John Cale - Words for the Dying

Cover art I have to admit an orchestral setting for a set of Dylan Thomas poems reminded me of many of the criticisms for many a 70s progressive rock concept album. John Cale's arrangement of this collection of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-04-01)

Forrest Fang - The Wolf at the Ruins / Migration

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The miniscule amount of Forrest Fang's music I heard before this reissue arrived was mostly electronic ambient stuff, which is nice enough but not something I'm going to seek out very often. I was...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-10-15)

Shrimp Boat - Speckly

Cover art Chicago’s Shrimp Boat exemplified a regional lo-fi approach which was championed by late 80s bands such as Camper Van Beethoven, REM and the Replacements. Where many alternative rock acts appeared...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

No-Man - Speak

Cover art No-Man began back in 1987 as a collaboration between Steve Wilson (pre-Porcupine Tree) and vocalist Tim Bowness. Over the years since then, the band has released a number of albums and EPs, mostly in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind

Cover art It's about time that these albums received a proper re-release after the butcher job the German Line label did with them in the late 80s (large parts of tracks missing, track indexes in the wrong...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind

Cover art It's about time that these albums received a proper re-release after the butcher job the German Line label did with them in the late 80s (large parts of tracks missing, track indexes in the wrong...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind

Cover art Do you like Jethro Tull? Curved Air? Flamenco dancing? Did you ever wish for a combination of the three? Your wish has come true, and its name is Carmen! And if you don't think they could pull off...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-02-01)

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind

Cover art Do you like Jethro Tull? Curved Air? Flamenco dancing? Did you ever wish for a combination of the three? Your wish has come true, and its name is Carmen! And if you don't think they could pull off...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-02-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Vitamin Enhanced

Cover art This six-CD set contains the early works of the band from the years 1984-89, heretofore only available on six cassettes that together cost more than this boxed set. For those not yet familiar with the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

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2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

N.H.U. - N.H.U. – It's not every day you discover a band from the 70s that you've never heard before, at least not for me. So NHU, sometimes known as Grupo NHU, is a particularly happy find. This album, first recorded...  (2002) » Read more

Jewlia Eisenberg - Trilectic – It’s probably stating the obvious to say that fans of Charming Hostess and (to some degree) Sleepytime Gorilla Museum are likely to enjoy this release as well. Eisenberg is one of the vocalists...  (2002) » Read more

Adrian Belew and Man on Fire - Habitat – Vocalist, composer and keyboardist Jeff Hodges is the main man behind the trio Man on Fire. Subject matter for the twelve tracks focuses on the concerns of the occupants of one city block and how they...  (2006) » Read more

Furio Chirico & Friends - Father to Son – This could be almost any album in a lot of respects except one – the drummer is Furio Chirico, and this is his concept album dedicated to Chirico’s son Stravos (who died in 2005). Most of...  (2008) » Read more

Karcius - Episodes – Each new release by this French-Canadian instrumental four-piece is more impressive than the one that came before. They’ve mastered that tightly composed everchanging conceptual proggy sound...  (2009) » Read more



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