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Alpha III - Voyage to Ixtlan

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Amir Cantusio Jr's Alpha III project has been a Brazilian mainstay since the early 80s. Voyage to Ixtlan is Cantusio's eighth album under this name and has gone from independent...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

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)

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)

Strangers on a Train - The Key Part 1: The Prophecy & The Key Part 2: The Labyrinth

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Strangers on a Train was a short-lived project whose two albums were originally released on the infamous SI label. The band pretty much launched the careers of several notable musicians in the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2014-03-18)

Crucis - Los Delirios del Mariscal

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McLatchey's Second Tier

The short career of Crucis came to an end with the follow-up to their debut album. In the mid 70s. Mahavishnu Orchestra had really laid down the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-11-24)

Christian Vander - Offering III-IV

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Although this was released four years after the first Offering album, this Offering picks up right where that one left off, and is in many ways not much different at all. Only three tracks here,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Ende vom Lied: East German Underground Sound 1979-1990

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In the aftermath of 70s progressive music and the primal scream that was punk, many artists tried other avenues of expression through blending of music with poetry or painting. In the West we had...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-10-11)

Fish - Five Official Bootlegs

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Bootlegs of live shows are often a mixed bag for both artists and their fans... how many times have you shelled out $25 or more for a bootleg CD only to find that it was pressed from either a...

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(Posted by Eric Brooks 1994-10-01)

Fish - Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors & Internal Exile

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Ex-Marillion lead vocalist Fish has spent much time floating from label to label after departing his old band for good. Voiceprint took the singer’s back catalog and has done a second...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Arti e Mestieri - Live

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Arti & Mestieri's first two albums were covered in issue #2, but let me...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Robert Normandeau - Lieux Inouïs

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Lieux Inouïs (Unheard of Places) is a digitally remixed reissue of Normandeau’s 1990 debut release. Normandeau is one of Canada’s premiere electroacoustic composers and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-08)

Solaris - Marsbéli Krónikák (The Martian Chronicles) & 1990

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At long last, The Gong label has stepped forward and re-released Solaris' The Martian Chronicles and 1990. While both these titles have been previously available on CD, both...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht, Dune, Dziękuję Poland, Miditerranean Pads, Sequenced? & Crime of Suspense

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Revisited Records continues reissuing the Klaus Schulze back catalog. The past twelve months have seen seven more albums released with another batch due Fall 2006. Revisited is holding true to the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

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)

Gothic Lunch - Gothic Lunch

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Marco Cimino of Errata Corrige mixed this and it says on the back that he wrote the songs, however on the inside it says he didn't write anything and only played piano on one track. In reality,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Jumbo - Jumbo, DNA, 1983 & Live

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The list above is the entire discography of Jumbo except for two rare singles, one from 1970 and one from 1975, and Vietato Ai Minori Di 18 Anni? which is

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Ragnarok - Nooks

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Not to be confused with the Swedish band of the same name, this Ragnarok is from New Zealand and released two albums in the mid-70s, of which Nooks is the second. Their sound was a solid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

O Terço - Criaturas da Noite & Casa Encantada

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O Terço are a Brazilian rock group that I've always found to be overrated. They suffer from being unclassifiable, and therefore, like many bands are given the label...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

O Terço - Criaturas da Noite & Casa Encantada

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O Terço are a Brazilian rock group that I've always found to be overrated. They suffer from being unclassifiable, and therefore, like many bands are given the label...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Franco Leprino - Integrati... Disintegrati

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Although armed with an arsenal of synthesizers, Leprino's album isn't really a true electronic album in the same sense that Tangerine Dream is, but a very individual music with avant garde...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Planetarium - Infinity

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Or is it Infinity – Planetarium? Most sources go with Planetarium being the group yet Vinyl Magic seems to have this listed as Infinity. Either way, this group is certainly lucky to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

David Sylvian - Approaching Silence

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After a decade of “ambient” silence, Virgin subsidiary label Shakti has released a set of mysterious instrumental pieces by composer David Sylvian. This is the artist’s third...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

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)

Various Artists - Kings' Boards

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This compilation disc features a single cut from each of five budding young Japanese synthesists, who are backed by various members of White Fang, Seilane, and Social Tension. The backing support...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Jumbo - Vietato Ai Minori di 18 Anni?

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McLatchey's Top Tier #14

This is one of four Italian progressive rock albums in my top tier; in fact when it comes to the genre I tend to prize a lot of these more than the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-05-14)

Third Ear Band - Third Ear Band

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McLatchey's Second Tier

The Third Ear Band quartet got even more experimental for the follow up to their debut album, reducing a bit of the Renaissance feel of some of the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-07-14)

Circus - Movin' On

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McLatchey's Second Tier

This sophomore album by this obscure Swiss band is a bit of a deep dive. It was given a CD release back in the 90s on Decoder and I swear it was barely...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-09-10)

Ragnarok - Nooks

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Belle Antique released this some time ago in the days when Japanese distribution was much more expensive and less widespread. It's a vinyl transcription of the second album by the New Zealand...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Crucis - Crucis

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McLatchey's Second Tier

In the early 90s a lot of the great progressive rock albums were only available through Japan and I believe I jumped at the right time and managed to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-11-12)

Area - Crac!

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McLatchey's Second Tier

As a whole I believe Area's third album Crac! is generally considered their best album, it was definitely the first one I heard and if...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-04-28)

Lightwave - Nachtmusik

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Following from a trio of cassettes, the French electronic duo Lightwave moved to the Erdenklang label and released this awe-inspiring two-piece album...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-10-22)

Nova - Blink

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This was reviewed in #1 and certainly deserves second mention. Nova were the most well known offshoot of Osanna and Cervello and this, their debut was by far their best. Later albums include...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Locanda delle Fate - Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più

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McLatchey's Top Tier #16

This is arguably the swansong of the Italian progressive rock movement from 1972-77 and I'm not sure it has been surpassed in any way since it was originally...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-04-16)

Halloween - Part One & Laz

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Just in time for their recent performance at Progfest, Musea has finally reissued the Halloween back catalog. Their second Laz, originally released on vinyl in 1990, probably should have...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Crucis - Kronologia

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Here's the summary — this is easily one of the best 10 CDs claiming the progressive rock title to be released, well, since they invented the medium! How could any music live up to such lavish...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Crucis - Kronologia

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Here's the summary — this is easily one of the best 10 CDs claiming the progressive rock title to be released, well, since they invented the medium! How could any music live up to such lavish...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 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)

Ways 3 - Ways 3

Cover art Ways 3 is a duo of two French multi-instrumentalists: Noel Gaultier (guitar, bass, vocals, rhythm programming) and Jean-Luc Hamonet (guitar, flute, sax, synth). Due to the brevity of the album (only...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-08-01)

III Milenio - Aliança dos Tempos

Cover art Aliança dos Tempos is a reissue of the 1990 debut release by this marvelous Brazilian band. True to progressive rock, Aliança dos Tempos is a concept album telling the story, in...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1993-12-31)

Iona - Iona DVD & Live in London DVD

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Celtic prog band Iona are back in a big way, not only with their recent studio release, The Circling Hour, but also with two new DVDs. This is a great set both for fans and those new to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

III Milenio - Aliança dos Tempos

Cover art Here's an example of where vocals can be quite innovative and then subsequently make you wince. The album is obviously a concept album and in the vein of Ange, the vocals are theatrical often being...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-02-01)

Quaterna Réquiem - Velha Gravura

Cover art What am I listening to, an unreleased Iconoclasta classic? A previously unknown Italian masterpiece? Darryl Way guesting with Quantum? None of the above. It is Velha Gravura from Quanterna...  » Read more
(Posted by Bob Netherton 1994-02-01)

Nova - Blink

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A logical precursor to Brand X, Nova is an Italian fusion band that features the mind-numbing bass and drum interplay of Brand X, but follows through with guitar, sax and vocals as well. Vocals are...

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(Posted by Mike Borella 1993-10-01)

Anthony R. Flynn - Angel's Breath

Cover art What first struck me as sort of a Spanish flavored acoustic guitar based fusion album in the mold of some of Al DiMeola's adventures or Strunz & Farah began to change midway through the album....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Providence - Rare Tracks

Cover art In their brief career, Providence only released one album, ...And I'll Recite an Old Myth From..., and graced at least one of MIJ's sampler discs. Their sound is a powerful neo-progressive...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1993-10-01)

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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


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Kate Bush - Aerial – As listeners and consumers of music, we generally have contact with artists only through their work, and are only aware of their lives outside music as they present it in their recordings (unless they...  (2006) » Read more

Twenty Sixty Six and Then - Reflections! – Twenty Sixty Six and Then's Reflections on the Future remains one of the most legendary German prog LPs. As the master tapes were lost long ago, a reissue didn't seem likely, except as an LP...  (1995) » Read more

Venegoni & Co. - Sarabanda – The second Venegoni album, Sarabanda, continues onward from the first, perhaps replacing some of the experimentalism with refinement, and some of the subtlety with a willingness to rock. Indeed, the...  (1995) » Read more

Bz Bz Ueu - Uhozmerigotz – I’ll admit a slight prejudice against bands with unpronounceable (or questionably pronounceable) names, but a brief review is probably not the time to get into a discussion of the philosophy of...  (2002) » Read more

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin - Llyria – The instrumentation for this highly regarded jazz quintet is soprano and alto saxophone and bass clarinet, piano, bass, drums, and percussion. Pianist Bärtsch is the adept leader and insightful...  (2011) » Read more



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