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New Trolls - Tempi Dispari & L.I.V.E.N.T.

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The New Trolls always only seemed to flirt with the progressive genre, only in the early 70s and then not always consistently. To sum up their career with a mere description doesn't do them...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-05-01)

David Bedford - Great Equatorial

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According to the liner notes, Bedford composed these six pieces for the Royal Observatory Telescope room after a modernization upgrade. For those of you who’re unfamiliar with Bedford’s...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Germinale - Germinale

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One of the better of the new Italian progressive bands, their eponymous debut just escaped the second part of our "New Italian Progressive Rock Scene" overview back in issue #4. So with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 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)

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 Enid - Tripping the Light Fantastic

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The world’s premier symphonic group is reborn. With the release of this album, Robert John Godfrey opens up the third chapter in the now over twenty-year history of one of England’s...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1995-07-01)

Yes - Talk

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Here's yet another album with the Yes name on it that bears almost no resemblance to the band's classic period, essentially a Trevor Rabin solo album with Jon Anderson singing. First,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Circus 2000 - Circus 2000 & Escape from a Box

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Circus 2000 is an entirely different beast from the rest of the Vinyl Magic catalog, falling more in the psych realm than in the more classically styled progressive genre. It's not to say they...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Circus 2000 - Circus 2000 & Escape from a Box

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Circus 2000 is an entirely different beast from the rest of the Vinyl Magic catalog, falling more in the psych realm than in the more classically styled progressive genre. It's not to say they...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Barrock - Oxian

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Like their name seems to imply, Barrock's music combines elements of Baroque and rock. The rock, in this case, is a modern Italian symphonic progressive sound with a clear allegiance to the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Barrock - Oxian

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Barrock is a band I want to like very much. Their music is strongly reminiscent of classic early 70s Banco (one of my favorites), both in the fluid contrapuntal writing and creative orchestration,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-07-01)

Jasun Martz - The Pillory

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Mellotron fans take note. Unique and uncompromising music, this masterpiece of neo-classical avant-garde rock stands alone. Martz began composing "The Pillory" around 1976, assembling his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

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)

Dixie Dregs - Full Circle

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After a less-than-spectacular live release a few years back, the Dregs are back with an all new studio release, their first in well over ten years. So what's new with these well known purveyors...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Gandalf - To Our Children's Children

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Please spare me the preachy environmental awareness lesson; few things annoy me more than socio-political cause lyrics on top of otherwise excellent music. Once upon a time Gandalf created...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Various Artists - Progressive & Melodic Rock Vol. 1 - 3

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Can you say Neo? Do you enjoy the music of bands like Marillion, Rush, Saga and Tears for Fears? Do Univers Zero, Area, Etron Fou and Il Balletto di Bronzo give you nightmares? If the answer to the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Various Artists - Progressive & Melodic Rock Vol. 1 - 3

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Can you say Neo? Do you enjoy the music of bands like Marillion, Rush, Saga and Tears for Fears? Do Univers Zero, Area, Etron Fou and Il Balletto di Bronzo give you nightmares? If the answer to the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Ensemble Nimbus - Key Figures

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Amazing when a new label takes off so well. Ad Perpetuam Memoriam has given the world both the powerful Kultivator and the hilarious Myrbein, both relatively unknown Swedish groups of high quality....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Roine Stolt - The Flower King

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Its been a while since we've heard from former Kaipa guitarist Roine Stolt. This album received a lot of hype recently, and claiming to be a symphonic rock album from a member of Kaipa, I...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Sebastian Hardie - Live in L.A.

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Live in L.A. is taken from part of Sebastian Hardie's headlining Progfest 1994 set, and represents their first, and only, show since their previous "final performance" in...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-11-01)

Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways & Moonloop EP

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Having defined themselves as the modern standard bearers of the Pink Floyd sound – a title rightfully deserved (save the Roger Waters psychosis), they have set about further refining that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways & Moonloop EP

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Their third full album, The Sky Moves Sideways is Porcupine Tree's strongest release yet. Featuring three long 17-18 minutes tracks, the album flows effortlessly from laid back...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

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)

Van Zyl and Gulch - Regeneration Mode

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Chuck van Zyl and his compatriot, ex-Nightcrawler Peter Gulch, continue to mature musically with each new release. Gone are the driving sequencers that have characterized much of their recent work....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-22)

Magma - Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz

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Here's one of those unbelievably powerful Magma concerts that's been circulating on cassette for years, finally cleaned up and transferred to CD. Hallelujah! This is one of the best live...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Magma - Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz

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A two CD set, this contains the second half of the concert begun on Theusz Hamtaahk. The first disc features a stunning and powerful rendition of "Mekanïk Destruktïw...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Visitors - Visitors

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The brainchild of producer Jean-Pierre Massiera, Visitors was his project "band," intended to be a one-shot affair and go no further. Massiera utilized an expanded lineup featuring...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Visitors - Visitors

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Here is a short one-off Musea reissue that deserves some notice. Forget the tacky artwork of the alien invaders, Visitors contains some very strong music. Believe it or not, there are 20...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-04-10)

Magma - Retrospektïw I & II

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of Magma, without a doubt one of the most innovative and progressive bands of all time. Their music combined very intense and spiritual...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Magma - Retrospektïw I & II

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The second album culled from the 1980 reunion concerts is a double, and features breathtaking performances of two of Magma's epic live pieces. The first official release of "Theusz...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Clearlight - Visions

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Fourteen years after releasing the album, Cyrille Verdeaux delivers a fine remake of Visions. On first listen it is evident that Verdeaux closely involved himself with this reissue. He...

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(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1994-08-01)

The Smell of Incense - I'm Allergic to Flowers & A Visit with Ashiya

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The Smell of Incense is a Norwegian neo-psychedelic band inspired by Syd Barrett, the Kinks, Steeleye Span, Incredible String Band, and Peter Hammill, to name a few. Their debut CD, All Mimsy...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-11-14)

Deus Ex Machina - De Republica

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Deus Ex Machina are in my opinion the pinnacle of the 90s Italian progressive scene, an outfit continually experimenting with sound and new musical ideas. Both Gladium Caeli and their...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

5uu's - Hunger's Teeth

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Ever wonder what some of the classic progressive bands would sound like today had they maintained their edge and not grown lazy and comfortable and become caricatures of themselves? Enter the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

5uu's - Hunger's Teeth

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The twisted family tree of the American bands U Totem, Thinking Plague, 5uu's and Motor Totemist Guild is perhaps representative of the challenging, ever-changing music that these four groups...

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(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

5uu's - Hunger's Teeth

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Here's a really unexpected surprise. The 5uu's used to be the epitome of overlyrical RIO mediocrity, a quirky semi-political group influenced by the Henry Cow / Art Bears sphere. While...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Various Artists - 70's West Japanese Rock Scene

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Apart from the Tokyo scene in the 70s, there were many progressive bands operating in the Kansai region, outside of Tokyo and in the west of Japan, in places like Osaka, Kyoto, and elsewhere....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Gong - Continental Circus

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Reissued late last year without much fanfare, this was recorded by an early version of Gong circa Camembert Electrique, and was the score to the film by Jerome Lapperrousaz by the same...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Happy the Man - Live

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Although this live set would have been much more meaningful had it been released closer to when it was recorded in 1978, it stands today as evidence that this DC area quintet was as tight on-stage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Wapassou - Messe en Ré Mineur, Salammbô & Ludwig

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Wapassou was a unique classically influenced French band that existed from around 1971 through the mid-80s (their last release was in 1986). These three — their second, third and fourth...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Wapassou - Messe en Ré Mineur, Salammbô & Ludwig

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Wapassou was a unique classically influenced French band that existed from around 1971 through the mid-80s (their last release was in 1986). These three — their second, third and fourth...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Wapassou - Messe en Ré Mineur, Salammbô & Ludwig

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Wapassou was a unique classically influenced French band that existed from around 1971 through the mid-80s (their last release was in 1986). These three — their second, third and fourth...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

However - Sudden Dusk

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The reissue of However's classic Canterbury inspired first album is one this writer has been anticipating for many years. The band at this point was a four-piece, featuring Peter Prince...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Apple - An Apple a Day

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Here we have the long-awaited CD release of one of the most collectible LPs of British psychedelia. Those of us who can’t shell out hundreds of dollars (or pounds) to hear the original can...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Som Nosso de Cada Dia - Live '94

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When the band reformed to record "O Guarani" for use as a bonus track for the Snegs reissue, who would have thought a live tour of Brazil would have been the result? Those...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Kaizen - Gargula

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This was reviewed before, in issue #7. I'll admit to being not terribly impressed with this album upon first listen. But after several plays, the music got to me, and now I can't get enough...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Romantic Warriors, Tower & Secret Cinema

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These titles are all combined as these are all projects either including Beppe Crovella or being one of his projects. Crovella was Arti e Mestieri's keyboard player and is the resident producer...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Romantic Warriors, Tower & Secret Cinema

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These titles are all combined as these are all projects either including Beppe Crovella or being one of his projects. Crovella was Arti e Mestieri's keyboard player and is the resident producer...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Rick Biddulph - Second Nature

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If his name is a mite familiar, perhaps it should be. Biddulph is a multi-instrumentalist who had been a roadie and sound engineer for several Canterbury bands (Hatfield among them) before joining...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Xixxo - Down the World

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This five-piece from Massachusetts might be familiar to some who saw them open for Gong on their recent swing through New England. At the center of their sound are the soulful vocals of Lizzette...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Time Being - Time Being

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When I first saw this disc, I was a bit amused. On the cover of this independent release is a cheesy-looking picture of a ghost woman descending over lavender seating on to a stage inside a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

De Ros - Ad Dei Gloriam

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De Ros is a three-piece (guitar / bass / drums) South American group led by guitarist Marcos V. de Ros. Their all instrumental album is a blazing shredfest! If Ad Dei Gloriam was released...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1997-02-01)

Geoffrey Downes - Evolution

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Downes of course was a one-time member of Yes; in the absence of Wakeman and Moraz he took over the keyboard duties on their Drama album while former Buggles associate Trevor Horn did his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Änglagård - Buried Alive

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Anyone who attended ProgFest '94 in LA will find this last farewell hauntingly familiar. Buried Alive contains Änglagård's last live performance in its entirety, from...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-02-01)

Nurse with Wound - Rock n Roll Station

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Somewhere within the seven pieces that comprise Rock ‘n’ Roll Station a sadly conformist aesthetic emerges, apparently in conformity with its own tradition of non-conformity....

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-01-01)

Mandragora - Temple Ball Live '94

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[Note: This review was written regarding the original cassette release. - ed.]

A step on from their previous release Earthdance, Temple Ball Live ’94 is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-07-21)

Cafeine - La Citadelle

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Cafeine is a new band from France offering a nuanced music based mainly on keyboards and guitar. Melodic, La Citadelle offers seven compositions, three of them being in the ten to fifteen...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-03-01)

Cafeine - La Citadelle

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I'd first heard of these guys a few months ago via their contribution to the A Propos d'Ange compilation, their song being one of the highlights of that disc. La Citadelle...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Faust - Rien

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Rien is the first new Faust studio release in over twenty years and they have lost none of their humor over the decades. Rien is French for Nothing and that word sums up...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-11-26)

Krokodil & Düde Dürst - An Invisible World Revealed & Krokodil Solo

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Krokodil is a rock band — let's make no mistake. Their strong points are the guitars and vocals. However on An Invisible World Revealed they have mixed in two tracks with a...

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(Posted by Paul Earney 1996-03-01)

Carpe Diem - Cueille le Jour

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A year after their first release Carpe Diem issued their second LP Cueille le Jour. Now we find the band stretching and exploring the jazz territory of Zao and Soft Machine. The CD opens...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-06-23)

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)

Masque - Ten Ways

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After every fifth or sixth release Musea issues a CD by a contemporary band. Ten Ways by Masque is one of Musea’s recent new music offerings. Masque is a Swedish band that plays...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-06-09)

Carpe Diem - En Regardant Passer le Temps

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Here we have Carpe Diem’s long awaited excellent debut album from 1975, studio enhanced and reissued on CD. Despite the Camel and Genesis influences, Carpe Diem created a complex, lyrical,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-12)

Heavenly Music Corporation - Consciousness III

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Those of you long in the tooth might well think that the Heavenly Music Corporation is Robert Fripp and Brian Eno together again. How wrong you would be! The Heavenly Music Corporation is the solo...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-06-01)

Corporation - Breed

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If you enjoy British electronic music firmly in the vein of Mark Shreeve then you will surely love this debut release by the duo of Adam Britton and Iain Lowe. Corporation attempts nothing new or...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-01-01)

Wapassou - Messe en Ré Mineur

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Originally recorded in July 1976 Messe en ré mineur is one of the best psychedelic / progressive releases of all time. This unsurpassed musical tour de force consists of one long...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-04-04)

Conrad Schnitzler - Blue Glow & Charred Machinery

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Herr Schnitzler is probably the most prolific synthesist (we might as well say musician) on the planet. He has been around since the early days of Kluster and Tangerine Dream (he was a member of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Dead Can Dance - Toward the Within

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Toward the Within is a live disk that documents DCD's 1993 tour, ostensibly in support of their latest studio release, Into the Labyrinth. However, Brendan Perry and Lisa...

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(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1995-03-01)

Pierre Vervloesen - Home Made

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Vervloesem is a Belgian guitarist whose music is unique and attention grabbing. You have probably never heard anything quite like it, but it fits somewhere in the realm of progressive, fusion,...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-08-01)

Débile Menthol - Emile à la Campagne

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This two-disc set collects both of Swiss band Debile Menthol's early-80s studio LPs (1981's Emile au Jardin Patrologique and Battre Campagne from '84) into a single...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Poor Richard - Knees, Reins & Feet

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As the debate over the meaning of the word "progressive" (as it applies to rock music) continues, the loosest interpretations generally define it as anything that eschews the mainstream...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Alfredo Tisocco - Kátharsis, Ritagli d'Anima & Ballet Collection

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Alfredo Tisocco's solo career apart from Opus Avantra, began in 1975 with the release of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Versus X - Versus X (Remastered)

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Some may have checked out Apogee's The Border of Awareness that we reviewed in the Musea overview a few issues back, which is essentially the solo project of Versus X bassist /...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Standarte - Standarte

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This new Italian band has a sound that hails unmistakably from the early 70s heavy progressive scene. Though no guitar is credited in the notes, this is classic guitar and keyboard driven, mostly...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Medina Azahara - Paseando por la Mexquita, La Esquina del Viento & Andalucía

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Medina Azahara are one of the longest running Spanish symphonic rock bands. If I'm not mistaken, they may still be together. While most of their contemporaries disappeared due to the Spanish...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Sagittarian - Sagittarian

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Sagittarian were a Japanese primarily-instrumental six-piece that put out one obscure album in the early 80s (in a limited edition of 100). The dominant sound is a Camel-influenced progressive...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Mujician - Poem about the Hero

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Despite a feel more reminiscent of the free-jazz of the mid-60s than of the 90s, Mujician's second all-instrumental release is a refreshing addition to the archives of improvised music....

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(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-03-01)

Cast - Landing in a Serious Mind, Sounds of Imagination & Third Call

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Cast is a Mexican neo-progressive band who have been together for well over a decade, performing and recording. I'm assuming that up to this point in time they have released only cassette tapes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Cast - Landing in a Serious Mind, Sounds of Imagination & Third Call

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Cast is a Mexican neo-progressive band who have been together for well over a decade, performing and recording. I'm assuming that up to this point in time they have released only cassette tapes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Cast - Landing in a Serious Mind, Sounds of Imagination & Third Call

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Cast is a Mexican neo-progressive band who have been together for well over a decade, performing and recording. I'm assuming that up to this point in time they have released only cassette tapes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Gwendal - Les Plus Belles Chansons de Gwendal

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Gwendal are an amazing group and one of my favorites of the severely underrated French / Breton folk-rock scene. Unfortunately the distribution of any of their albums is uncommonly poor and it...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (Original & English)

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Ys is certainly one of the more controversial progressive rock albums. Many people will tell you not only that it is a classic, but it's often quoted as being the very best of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Hecenia - La Couleur du Feu

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If you've ever heard Hecenia's first album, Légendes from a few years ago, with vocals, drum machines, and all, you might want to push all that out of your mind now. This...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Quaser - Out from Quaser

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The original lineup of Quaser, a trio led by (then bassist) T. Morita played throughout the late 70s, yet left behind no recorded evidence. With the help of Ain Soph guitarist Yozox, the album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Bonfire - Bonfire Goes Bananas

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This Dutch four-piece produced a spirited instrumental rock during the mid 70s, leaving one album behind as the only recorded evidence. Their sound is very progressive, constantly changing tempo...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Shingetsu / Serenade - Shingetsu, Night Collector & Akai Me No Kagami

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Shingetsu was one of the classic Japanese symphonic bands, and their self titled Shingetsu album from 1979 is highly regarded, and often compared to classic period Genesis, if only for the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Lacrymosa - Joy of the Wrecked Ship

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It’s been quite a long time since S. Chihiro (flip through an issue of Marquee, he's the one with the bass and the weird helmets) and company have released a full album –...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

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)

Heretic - 1984-88

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Active in Kyoto from 1984 until about 1989, Heretic were a trio which consisted of Hirofumi Kawahara, Toru Ohta, and Suguru Mori, performing on synths, guitar, and cello. For this CD release Belle...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Golden Avant-Garde - Golden Avant-Garde

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Existing from around 1986 through the early 90s, Golden Avant-Garde was formed around mainstays Chihiro Saito (bass) and Takeshi Naganuma (drums), the former having played with Katra Turana and his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Dada - Dada & Castle Wall

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From the ashes of Charisma, the duo of Mutsuhiko Izumi and Kenji Konishi – both on guitars and synthesizers – released two albums during its existence. Their 1978 debut, entitled...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Il Berlione - In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking

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There is little I can add to the other reviews regarding Il Berlione's follow-up album, In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking. Il Berlione"s second comes across as more jazzy and zany...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Ain Soph - Special Live 1 - 3 (Ride on a Camel, Mysterious Triangle & Quicksand)

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Together in one form or another since the mid-70s, Ain Soph is one of Japan's premier instrumental progressive bands, drawing their influence more from the Canterbury scene than the usual...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Magical Power Mako - Music from Heaven, Trance Resonance & Lo Pop Diamonds

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Mako seems to delight in perpetrating an image of mystery and enigma. With a history going back to 1975, and a load of albums, he never seems to settle into a singular style. However, along the way...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Magical Power Mako - Music from Heaven, Trance Resonance & Lo Pop Diamonds

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Mako seems to delight in perpetrating an image of mystery and enigma. With a history going back to 1975, and a load of albums, he never seems to settle into a singular style. However, along the way...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Tokyo Symphonic Syndrome

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The Japanese symphonic rock scene didn't really pick up steam until the mid-80s, at least as far as record releases were concerned. Numerous bands existed prior to that time but were generally...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Izukaitz - Izukaitz

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In our last Lost Vinyl Update we covered Izukaitz' second album, Otzoa Dantzan. This is their first. Again, this was originally released on the Elkar label, which seemed to specialize...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Gamelan Pacifica - Trance Gong

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Based in the Seattle area, Gamelan Pacifica is a group of musicians in residence at Cornish College of the Arts. Their music – while not strictly traditional in itself – uses the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Heldon - Agneta Nilsson & Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale

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With these two reissues over the last few months, Cuneiform have faithfully completed their exhaustive Pinhas/Heldon reissue series. While both of these albums are rightly considered transitional...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Jean-Philippe Goude - Drones

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Jean Philippe Goude played keyboards in Bernard Paganotti’s band Weidorje until 1979. At that time he recorded Drones and involved the various musicians he had worked with: Klaus...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-08-01)

Jean-Philippe Goude - Drones

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Here's a welcome reissue indeed! My old cassette of this has done a full tour of duty, I don't think it could've lasted another six months... which is to say, this is one you'll...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Patrick Gauthier - Bébé Godzilla

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I've wished for a CD reissue of this — Patrick Gauthier's all instrumental post-Weidorje album — for many long years. Finally on December 24th I found it in a record store by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

P.L.J. Band - Armageddon

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This is the second reissue for this Greek prog-psych classic, the first being a horribly scratchy vinyl transcription on the Second Battle label about six years ago. This latest is from the master...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Amarok - Els Nostres Petits Amics

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Hailing from the Basque country in northern Spain, Amarok is essentially keyboardist Robert Santamana and a rotating cast of other musicians on Spanish guitars, violin, oboe, and percussion,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Anyone's Daughter - First Five Reissued

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Anyone's Daughter was one of a group of late 70s German symphonic bands who brought forth a highly melodic rock, colorful and saturated with emotion. Their vocal harmonies were strong, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1993-10-01)

Cheika Rimitti - Sidi Mansour

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Cheika ("crazy") Rimitti began her musical career in about 1936. The horrors of war and the epidemics that ravaged her native region of Oran in Algeria gave the inspiration for her first...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

Tisaris - Once Humanity...

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Tisaris' debut, What's Beyond? from 1992, showed them to be a very capable band, but for the most part playing an embarrassingly commercial type of sound, hardly worthy of being...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Presence & Alembic Virtual - The Sleeper Awakes & Müsikaall

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For those who enjoy a dark and sinister progressive rock fronted by female vocals – in the vein of Tale Cue, Stromboli, and the like – these two releases are essential listening. Both...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Christian Vander - A Tous les Enfants...

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Vander's most recent release, and perhaps the most surprising. This is music dedicated to children, and written with the child in mind. The whole package is basically a children's book,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - A Tous les Enfants...

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Packaged in a 40 page hardbound CD size book, A Tous les Enfants... is essentially a Christian Vander children's album. Playing keyboards and contributing vocals, Vander is joined by...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Christian Vander - A Tous les Enfants...

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A children's album from Magma founder and leader Christian Vander? Precisely. I was more than a little skeptical when I first heard about this, and was even more hesitant to buy it when I heard...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Klimperei - Blumenfabrik

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How many songs can you get on one CD? Well, the Residents did fifty on their Commercial Album, and Doctor Nerve came close to sixty on Beta 14 OK, so Klimperei with thirty-five is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

El Reloj - Santos y Verdugos

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Argentinian group El Reloj was one of progressive rock's best kept secrets, releasing two albums in the mid 70s, one in 1983, and now their first new album in quite some time. Their second self...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Tiles - Tiles

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That just has to be Max Bacon on vocals! It must be – you know that singer guy from GTR, the most progressive rock band that Steve Howe and Steve Hackett were ever in? If I had to pick out...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

High Tide - High Tide

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McLatchey's Second Tier

When I first heard about this band, the rage seemed to be all around their debut album Sea Shanties and by the descriptions I read, I badly...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-01-21)

Marathon - Sublime Dreams

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Why do they do that? I hate that! On Sublime Dreams, Marathon commits the cardinal sin of having vocals in a language that they don't quite have in their grasp. The lyrics appear to...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Richard Bone - X Considers Y, Ambiento & Vox Orbita

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Although Richard Bone may be best known for his forays into the alternative techno-pop realms in the mid 80s, his work of late, while still being very electronic based and often poppy, has been far...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

2112 - Intro

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For those who like the hard metal edge of progressive rock (Dream Theater, Asgard, Vienna and such) and those who like that style with Spanish lyrics, the debut album by this Argentine four-piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Fantasy - Vivariatum

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Fantasy are probably best known for their 1973 debut, Paint a Picture, a song-orientated but strikingly beautiful and melodic classic of British progressive. More recently, Audio Archives...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Musicalia - Magicorò

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Once in a while comes a disc that is surprising by its nature. Magicorò is issued on the Italian Kaliphonia progressive label, but it is a gripping work of chamber music and...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Tibet - Tibet

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Tibet is another one of Musea’s reissues of obscure 70s bands. Unfortunately for Musea, the master tapes were lost over the past 15 years. They had to remaster the CD from a vinyl copy using...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-03-01)

Lunar Chateau - Lunar Chateau

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Lunar Chateau is a new band from the United States formed by the Sekulovich brothers, Novak (keyboards and vocals), Paul (bass guitar and lead vocals), and Milo (drums). Based on this information...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-03-01)

Dialog, Crystal Maze & Mad Puppet - Cry of the Hawk, Forever & King Laurin

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Three recent albums by three different unrelated bands on Music Is Intelligence. All three released very promising debut albums in the early/mid-80s, these being somewhat belated follow-ups (to be...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Dialog, Crystal Maze & Mad Puppet - Cry of the Hawk, Forever & King Laurin

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Three recent albums by three different unrelated bands on Music Is Intelligence. All three released very promising debut albums in the early/mid-80s, these being somewhat belated follow-ups (to be...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Pholas Dactylus - Concerto delle Menti

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Originally on the Magma label, Pholas Dactylus recorded one album with two side-long suites called Concerto delle Menti. Obviously a concept of some sort, my Italian is much too shabby to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Empire - Back to Knowledge

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Empire are another of Vinyl Magic's high tech neo groups with a strange concoction of bombastic progressive and ultra-mainstream keyboard pop. A three piece, led by keyboard maestro Edo Rogani,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Next - The Virtual Cage

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Next is Ricky Mazza who controls all of the keys, drums, programming and any combination of those three. He is joined by guests on sax and guitar on this, his debut album. Next is in the vein of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

David Bedford - The Odyssey

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Bedford reached a new high with The Odyssey from 1976. It's based upon the Odyssey which Odysseus undertook in the eponymous book from Homer. When you look at the back of the CD, among...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2004-09-01)

Alluminogeni - Geni Mutante & Green Grapes

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On the Fonit-Cetra label, Vinyl Magic reissued Scolopendra, an album from 1972 led by Patrizio Alluminio in the well-known keyboard-trio format. Gli Alluminogeni's music on that album...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Il Castello di Atlante - Passo Dopo Passo

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Although Il Castello only released their first proper album in 1993 (Sono il Signore delle Torre a Nord, see review in issue #3), they have actually been together continuously since the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Stormy Six - L'Idee di Oggi per la Musica Domani & L'Unità

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Stormy Six are perhaps better known for their involvement with Rock In Opposition in the late 70s and early 80s. Their later output such as Al Volo were interesting pop rock albums with an...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Corte dei Miracoli - Corte dei Miracoli

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Another album sure to please the keyboard fanatic is this, another great one-shot from the mid 70s. Corte dei Miracoli's one album is similar in many ways to Italy's other big two-keyboard...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Celeste - Celeste (AKA Principe di un Giorno)

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Celeste's first album, also known as Principe di un Giorno, is an absolute gem, an overlooked classic that deserves a place among the best Italian releases of the classic period....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

The Spacious Mind - Organic Mind Solution

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The Spacious Mind is a contemporary Swedish band that wants nothing more, nothing less, than the opportunity to blow your mind with their authentic psychedelic rock. Layers of guitars echo in the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-11-01)

Richard Pinhas - Rhizosphere / Live, Paris 1982

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At last, a reissue of Pinhas' first and certainly most purely electronic album recorded under his own name. It also marks a time when this was the distinction between Pinhas' solo material...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Mastermind - III - Tragic Symphony

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Mastermind's third album is the first to see release on a major label. Mastermind are Bill and Rich Berends (brothers from New Jersey) who continue on in Volume III much as they did...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Mastermind - III - Tragic Symphony

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Ever wonder what happened to progressive rock? Especially the rock part? Wonder no more. Mastermind has returned with a third album that is every bit as potent as one might expect after...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Mastermind - III - Tragic Symphony

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Upon first hearing "Tiger! Tiger!" (a neo-prog/hard-rock adaptation of the famous William Blake poem and the first song on the album), I didn't have high hopes for the rest of the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Ars Nova - Transi

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If this trio of all female musicians were a pop group, I doubt if anyone would think twice, but in the testosterone driven underground of Prog, the idea is practically a novelty (at least for...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Ars Nova - Transi

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This, the second album from the Japanese keyboard-led trio Ars Nova, comes as perhaps the biggest surprise of the year. It would be all too easy to rest that statement on the fact that this is a...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-03-01)

Ars Nova - Transi

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Transi is the second release from this Japanese trio, fronted by talented keyboardist Keiko Kumagai. Writing all the music and commanding an arsenal of analog and digital keys, she leads...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

Ars Nova - Transi

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This latest offering from this Japanese power keyboard trio is a bold step forward from their 1992 debut Fear and Anxiety. For starters this one is a full length disc; more to the point,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

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)

Material - Hallucination Engine

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Bill Laswell has been the driving force of Material for about ten years now. Heavily involved in the NYC scene, Laswell has become a highly respected producer; on Hallucination Engine,...

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(Posted by Dan Baught 1994-10-01)

Various Artists - Space Daze

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This is the compilation/companion to the Cleopatra book of the same name. In my opinion, this (and the music herein) speaks for Space Rock a lot more effectively than the book, as when it comes to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Morgan Fisher - Hybrid Kids 1 & 2 + Miniatures

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In the middle of his work as a keyboard player (with Queen, Mott the Hoople, and others) and as a producer (Allan Holdsworth), Morgan Fisher came up with two albums worth of oddities called...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit

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Bondage Fruit were formed in 1989, and have finally released their first CD. Leader Natsuki Kido is also a member of P.O.N. (and other groups unknown outside Japan). Like other bandleaders he...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit

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Having first heard about this band in the fading weeks of 1994 via a bootleg tape of one of their live shows, I was, needless to say, duly impressed, and spent most of '95 looking for a copy of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

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)

Thee Majesty - A Hollow Cost & Thee Fractured Garden

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The incarnations of Genesis P-Orridge continue to manifest in many different and sometimes compelling ways. Two of the composer’s spoken word series are reissued here by Voiceprint in part to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

Jon Hassell & Bluescreen - Dressing for Pleasure

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At least ten years before music journalists coined the term "world music," Jon Hassell was developing his fourth world music concepts. Most prog fans are familiar with Jon Hassell from...

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(Posted by Dan Baught 1994-10-01)

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)

Dunwich - Sul Monte e il Tuono & Il Chiarore Sorge Due Volte

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Sometimes one gets totally caught off guard. I'd hadn't even heard of this excellent band before I received a promo of their latest Il Chiarore Sorge Due Volte. Further...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Cafewien - Terrae Motus

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Cafewien, a four-piece of guitar, drums, keys and bass, with a guest player on saxes, and any way one looks at it, Terrae Motus is an impressive album of sparkling jazz-rock fusion, the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Courtyard Moth - Alive 'n' Gigging

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Not too many groups these days play in the late 60s early 70s classic blues rock style, and fewer yet do it with an inventive outlook. Courtyard Moth are from Leicester, England and play somewhere...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Jean-Luc Chevalier - Km 5 à Bangui

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After a fairly long stint with Magma (from Attahk thru the Merci period), Jean-Luc Chevalier has also chosen to pursue the pure jazz avenue recently, much like many other Magma...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Fukkeduk - Ornithozozy

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Well the name may cost this group some listeners, but I guess it could be said that anything in the Art Zoyd / Univers Zero axis may do the same anyway! Fukkeduk sure aren't shooting to be...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Prometheus - Prometheus

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Prometheus is led by the dual guitars of Steve Ball and Sanford Ponder. Although Ponder was one of the original "Private Music" gang, don't let that fool you into thinking that this...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Epilogue - Hide

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Epilogue sounds like a combination of more accessible current neo-prog bands and mid-80s synth-rock bands. I can easily envision many of their tunes having videos on MTV back during the Adam Curry...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Quest - Opposite Sides of the Picket Fence

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Quest is a new five-piece from Cleveland, Ohio, whose sound will immediately remind one of Rush. Lead vocalist Allen McKenzie sounds amazingly like Geddy Lee, and the music bears many similarities...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

John Wetton - Battle Lines

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Comes a time when folks have to decide if they want to keep following an artist after they stop making music in a particular style – in this case progressive rock. Wetton and many like him...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Camel - On the Road 1982

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Andy Latimer's Camel Productions have already put out two high quality live shows, one recent and one from the very early years of the band, but this is the first from the mid-period in the...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Headless Household - Inside / Outside USA

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A quartet from Santa Barbara, CA, Headless Household have been together for over a decade, and released their first, self titled, album in 1987. Inside / Outside USA finds them teeming up...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Phish - A Live One

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Ask any Phish fan and they'll tell you that the band's natural habitat is most definitely on stage, in front of a live audience. So after five studio albums, Phish finally present a...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Wilde Flowers - Tales of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story - Brian's Tale

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For those of you still uninitiated, Canterbury was a place in the UK where a music scene originated in the 60s (complementary to that of San Francisco Haight-Ashbury). Several known European groups...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1995-11-01)

Wilde Flowers - Tales of Canterbury: The Wilde Flowers Story - Brian's Tale

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For those of you still uninitiated, Canterbury was a place in the UK where a music scene originated in the 60s (complementary to that of San Francisco Haight-Ashbury). Several known European groups...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1995-11-01)

Darxtar - Daybreak

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This sonically rich recording strongly evokes mid-70s era Hawkwind, with an updated sound that takes advantage of 90s recording techniques. They're not nearly as strange as Hawkwind, but the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-11-01)

Squonk Opera - Howandever

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Ready for something different and very original? First off, forget the Squonk, it's not a reference – these guys sound nothing like Genesis! In fact they are a totally new six-piece from...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Kingston Wall - Kingston Wall I, II & III

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Kingston Wall are a Finnish power trio who seem to operate outside the normal "progressive rock" distributors, yet would certainly be a crossover group of great potential. While the band...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Nekropolis & Peter Frohmader - Live & Stringed Works

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For those of you disillusioned with the lack of early Frohmader / Nekropolis reissues on CD (whatever happened to the plans on the Sensorium label?), here's the reissues of Nekropolis' live...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III

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This long awaited post-mortem artifact of Zappa's work is indeed a fine addition to his catalog. The music is almost entirely realized on a Synclavier, yet this is not the sterile robot-music...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-11-01)

Iconoclasta - De Todos Uno

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Iconoclasta's latest release carries on in this Mexican band's readily identifiable symphonic fusion style. A mostly instrumental album, De Todos Uno focuses strongly on the...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Iconoclasta - De Todos Uno

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In the time since their first albums in the early 80s, Iconoclasta has been gradually assimilating a greater diversity of ideas into their musical pallette. Long Mexico's premier progressive...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Iconoclasta - De Todos Uno

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Iconoclasta's 1985 debut was one of the crowning achievements of Mexican progressive rock, heavily influenced by Genesis (or rather, solo Steve Hackett) and possibly some of the less angular...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Deus Ex Machina - De Republica

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With their first two albums, Deus Ex Machina quickly established themselves as the darlings of the Italian prog scene, blending heavy rock and complex music in a most original way. Those two...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Deus Ex Machina - De Republica

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An old book, dating from as far as 1800 BC, was found recently in good condition by an archeological search. A treatise superficially presented as ways to acquire power and glory over people. Some...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Deus Ex Machina - De Republica

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Deus Ex Machina has hit the bulls-eye with their third album. De Republica is an absolutely brilliant masterpiece of Italian progressive rock, exquisitely manifesting all the elements of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Mike Oldfield - The Songs of Distant Earth & Hibernaculum

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Here is the latest release from Mike Oldfield and what an innovation it is! The Songs of Distant Earth is the first CD I've encountered that marries CD-ROM with audio CD. In addition...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-11-01)

Ten Ton Tide - Ten Ton Tide

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Their logo looks like the Gentle Giant guy got a hair transplant and was so happy that he shaved his beard. Pretty cool! At any rate, Ten Ton Tide's album is an interesting combination of...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Mathematicians - Irrational Numbers

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Appropriately named, this all-instrumental outfit from Indianapolis plays a driving rock-fusion that is at once complex, energized, and accessible. The lineup varies from track to track, but...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Corte dei Miracoli - Dimensione Onirica & Live at Lux

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Corte dei Miracoli only released one album on the short lived Grog label in 1976 (reissued on Vinyl Magic) and like Museo Rosenbach, left a series of poorly recorded demos, of which Dimensione...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Canzoniere del Lazio - Miradas

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Part of what makes certain 'progressive' music interesting, especially that which hails from areas outside the US and UK, is the amount of the local culture that is applied to the music...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Eiliff - Eiliff & Girlrls

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It's amazing how many great albums are still being reissued from Germany from the early 70s. It seems at times that there is no end to the wealth from that period. Eiliff was another gem of a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Eiliff - Eiliff & Girlrls

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It's amazing how many great albums are still being reissued from Germany from the early 70s. It seems at times that there is no end to the wealth from that period. Eiliff was another gem of a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Tears Laid in Earth

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This new Norwegian band are already eliciting comparisons to White Willow, but that is actually a somewhat superficial comparison used for lack of a better one. The Third and the Mortal bridge the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

High Wheel - 1910 & Remember the Colours

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High Wheel is a relatively new German outfit with two albums solidly in the neo-progressive vein. While both are private releases, the band would fit very comfortably on the SI label as the music...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Black September - Black September

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Black September is a four piece from Trenton led by keyboardist Michael West (of "God Sex Money" fame), the instrumentation consisting of violin, sax, and drums, with bass duties shared...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys

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McLatchey's Second Tier

In the early 90s when Vinyl Magic was exploding onto the reissue market, there were still a number of Italian albums that weren't in that wave and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-02-25)

Izukaitz - Otsoa Dantzan

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This Basque folk group offers multi-guitars, violin, flute, tin-whistles, some keyboards, percussion and two singers (male and female), with occasional saxes and pipes. Their musical concept...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Haizea - Hontz Gaua

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Another obscurity originally released on the Elkar label, Haizea were a five-piece from the Basque area of Spain. Sporting a sound that could best be described as psychedelic electric folk, the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Atila - The Beginning of the End

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Atila dates back to 1973, when guitarist Eduardo Alvarez Niebla formed the band as a trio with two of his friends, Paco Ortega (keys) and Juan Punet (drums). This, their first album – so rare...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

The Storm - The Storm

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Good old hard rock with Hammond! The Storm was a Spanish four-piece from the early 70s, playing in a style similar to many of their British counterparts of a few years earlier – singing their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Enbor - Enbor & Katebegiak

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Lost Vinyl has a knack for unearthing rare Basque rock groups. The only catch is that you have to be careful to check out what axis they fall in. For all intent and purpose, Enbor is a straight...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Enbor - Enbor & Katebegiak

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Lost Vinyl has a knack for unearthing rare Basque rock groups. The only catch is that you have to be careful to check out what axis they fall in. For all intent and purpose, Enbor is a straight...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Itoiz - Alkolea

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As you may recall, the first self-titled Itoiz album was more of a progressive rocker, while the second Ezekiel could best be described as a rich blend of electric folk. On their third...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

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)

Gerard - Save Knight by the Night

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Keyboardist Toshio Egawa is one of the prime movers in Japan's progressive rock scene since the late 70s – originally with the band Novela, then splitting in the early 70s to form his own...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - 70 Minutes de Rock Progressif Français pour 30 Balles

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OK, here's the deal: Musea has collected thirteen tracks of symphonic progressive rock sung in French, and put it on this low price (70 Francs) sampler CD. If you've been hesitating to take...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Cyan - Pictures from the Other Side

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Take two moderately decent, although thoroughly modern sounding 10+ minute rock opuses, and sandwich a bunch of mediocre-at-best pop tracks between them, and you come up with something like this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Gualberto - A la Vida, al Dolor

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Gualberto is Gualberto Garcia, a young guitarist and songwriter who recorded two albums in the late 70s. The first album was A la Vida, al Dolor ("To the Life - To the Pain), and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Biglietto per l'Inferno - Biglietto per l'Inferno

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Like Banco and Corte dei Miracoli, Italian's Biglietto were a dual-keyboard led group although their music was a much heavier affair than either of those two bands, with a style influenced by...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Panna Freda - Uno

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Vinyl Magic's first CD was a great pick – the very obscure and dreadfully underrated Panna Fredda. One of the most refined bands in Italian progressive, Panna Fredda are certainly a hard...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Zaragon - No Return

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At some point in the past I had heard this obscure Danish five-piece compared with IQ. In fact, after finally hearing it, that assessment seems to be quite inaccurate. Yes, there are some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Walter Wegmüller - Tarot

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From 1968 to 1974 the Swiss Gypsy Walter Wegmüller and Austrian writer and story-teller Sergius Golowin traveled Europe in search of gypsy legends. In 1973 they collaborated on a series of...

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(Posted by Archie Patterson 1995-07-01)

Dragon - Scented Gardens for the Blind

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This reissue is probably shaky in the legitimacy area, getting hard to find, and has a "Japanese" price tag on it. It is also transcribed from vinyl but it's a good job and chances...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Marco Antônio Araújo - Four Reissues

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Marco Antônio Araújo was an accomplished Brazilian cellist/acoustic guitarist, much inspired by classical music. What strikes me in Araújo's work is the seemingly intemporal...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 1995-07-01)

Marco Antônio Araújo - Four Reissues

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Marco Antônio Araújo was an accomplished Brazilian cellist/acoustic guitarist, much inspired by classical music. What strikes me in Araújo's work is the seemingly intemporal...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 1995-07-01)

Marco Antônio Araújo - Four Reissues

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Marco Antônio Araújo was an accomplished Brazilian cellist/acoustic guitarist, much inspired by classical music. What strikes me in Araújo's work is the seemingly intemporal...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 1995-07-01)

Marco Antônio Araújo - Four Reissues

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Marco Antônio Araújo was an accomplished Brazilian cellist/acoustic guitarist, much inspired by classical music. What strikes me in Araújo's work is the seemingly intemporal...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 1995-07-01)

Fifty Foot Hose - Cauldron

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Here's another one of those "I never thought they'd release that on CD" reissues. San Francisco's late 60s legacy left behind a volume of obscure bands, many with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

The Coenobite - My Habit

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The Coenobite, besides being a clever variant on the hideous demon from Clive Barker's novella "The Hellbound Heart," is the one-man project of Dutchman Coen Vrouwenvelder. Primarily...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Kaizen - Gargula

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Kleber Vogel, ex-Quaterna Requiem violin player, is all over with his expressive violin playing, be it acoustic, electric or MIDIfied. He wrote all compositions, except one he co-wrote with bass...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 1995-07-01)

S/T - Catatonic Airkraut

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The spirit of the original German space rock "untirirdisch" lives on in the musik of S/T. This 10" mini-klassik of neo-psychedelic, space rock flashes back to the early days of Amon...

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(Posted by Archie Patterson 1995-07-01)

Celeste - Celeste

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McLatchey's Second Tier

At the most pastoral, Arcadian side of Italian progressive rock we have perhaps as the archetype the great second album by Premiata Forneria Marconi...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-06-23)

Eiliff - Eiliff

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McLatchey's Second Tier

One of the impressions I came away with after the Deutscherock nights aired hours of prime 70s German video material was that even though the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-02-04)

Tea in the Sahara - Behind the Door

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On the superior German counterpart to SI, WMMS, comes this debut album of six long cuts by the German four-piece known as Tea in the Sahara. It is immediately apparent that this is not your...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Earcandy, Mynd Muzic & T-H-C Roller - Space, Time, Imagination & a Joint

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Poor Person Productions is an admittedly amateur label dedicated to psychedelic music heavily influenced by the contemporary British scene (Ozrics, Mandragora, Magic Mushroom Band, Freakbeat/...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Earcandy, Mynd Muzic & T-H-C Roller - Space, Time, Imagination & a Joint

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Poor Person Productions is an admittedly amateur label dedicated to psychedelic music heavily influenced by the contemporary British scene (Ozrics, Mandragora, Magic Mushroom Band, Freakbeat/...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Earcandy, Mynd Muzic & T-H-C Roller - Space, Time, Imagination & a Joint

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Poor Person Productions is an admittedly amateur label dedicated to psychedelic music heavily influenced by the contemporary British scene (Ozrics, Mandragora, Magic Mushroom Band, Freakbeat/...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Fruitcake - How to Make It

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A good first effort from this Norwegian five-piece featuring two guitarists, as well as bass, keys and drums. Vocals are handled by both keyboardist Siri Seland and drummer Pål Søvik,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Glenn Branca - The World Upside Down

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While not of a nature traditionally covered by this publication, Branca's seven-movement symphony "The World Upside Down" is of some relevance simply because of his history and...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Barrock - Oxian

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Two things should immediately give this one away: (1) it's on the SI (Sans Identity) label; and (2) the cover art featuring a mighty sea serpent, a large and fantastic castle, and a wizard king...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Il Berlione - In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking

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Il Berlione's eponymous debut was a sleeper-classic of 1992. Combining fusion, heavy rock, and avant/experimental music, they've forged their own path as unclassifiable instrumentalists....

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(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-07-01)

Il Berlione - In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking

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This Japanese quintet has widened their scope a bit for this, their second regular release, bringing in some ethnic, folk and jazz elements to share the already crowded space with their fast and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Il Berlione - In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking

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This new release by Il Berlione is a mosaic feast to the ears. The soundscape is quite colorful, ranging from piano and drum solos to electric and acoustic guitar duets, the works. Not all of it...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-07-01)

Il Berlione - In 453 Minutes Infernal Cooking

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One of the things I dislike about the CD revolution is the fact that many artists feel obliged to fill out at least 65 minutes of music on it, when it's obvious they don't have that many...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Banda Elastica - Los Awakates de Nepantla

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I haven't much music coming from across the border recently. However, we are very lucky that Banda Elastica managed to record their third album before the peso crashed. Los Awakates...

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(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-07-01)

Banda Elastica - Los Awakates de Nepantla

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Dedicated to the memory of Frank Zappa, this Mexican RIO ensemble's superb new album is almost as reminiscent of another underappreciated influential innovator in rock music as it is of Zappa....

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-07-01)

When - Prefab Wreckage & Gynt

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When is essentially a solo vehicle for Lars Pedersen (half of The Last James duo) in which he explores dark ambient realms. It's pretty hard to believe that this is the same guy who worked on...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

French TV - Virtue in Futility

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Four years in the making, and no less than seven years after the second album, this latest offering by Louisville's French TV is certainly worth the wait. One unanswered question is why it took...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Kaipa - Kaipa, Inget Nytt Under Solen, & Stockholm Symphonie

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In their early years, the Swedish band Kaipa were a quartet playing music in the symphonic rock vein as typified by Yes or Genesis. Vocalist/Keyboardist Hans Ludin is nearly a dead ringer for a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-05-01)

Ezra - Shapes

Cover art As heavily featured as keyboards are on Shapes, It is surprising that Ezra is a three piece outfit consisting of vocals/guitar, bass, drums — and no keyboards. In fact, I'd say that the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Iva Bittová - Ne Nehledej

Cover art Iva is a Czech violinist/vocalist who worked with drummer Pavel Fajt on two stupendous albums (Bittova & Fajt and Svatba) before going it alone. This is her third solo work....  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Gualberto - Vericuetos

Cover art If the first fifteen seconds of the opener "Luz de Invierno" don't convince you that you've made a good purchase — with the duel between violin, sitar and string-synths, then perhaps nothing will....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Carpe Diem - Cueille le Jour

Cover art Unjustifiably overlooked, Cueille de Jour is the follow-up to this quintet's monster debut — and an outstanding representation of the best that France had to offer in the seventies. Their...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Lands End - Pacific Coast Highway

Cover art With a sound about midway between the pop side of the SI camp and the colorful and intense melodics of the Edhels/Mind Gallery school — perhaps with a bit of the Windham Hill sound thrown in, this...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

The Cosmic Jokers - The Cosmic Jokers & Galactic Supermarket

Cover art Give LSD to the Haight Ashbury scene in the bay area in the late 60s and you have the flower power generation; give it to a bunch of young radical German musicians and you have the Ohr, Pilz, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

The Cosmic Jokers - The Cosmic Jokers & Galactic Supermarket

Cover art Give LSD to the Haight Ashbury scene in the bay area in the late 60s and you have the flower power generation; give it to a bunch of young radical German musicians and you have the Ohr, Pilz, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Robert Rich - Propagation

Cover art Rich is one of the more interesting of the "electronic" artists, his music is as much organic as it is synthesized. With a very wide array of flutes of different origins, and the occasional use of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

The Other Side - In the Shadows

Cover art This Seattle area four-piece has a style that straddles genres, and yet doesn't seem to owe allegiance to any, in the end meaning that they are never quite what they seem to be, regardless of which...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Fonya - In Flux

Cover art Here's the latest offering from American multi-instrumentalist Chris Fournier, his third to date. Once again, as with the previous album Soul Travels, it's an all-instrumental excursion which...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Sverre Knut Johansen - Distant Shore

Cover art Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and composer Johansen builds lush symphonic soundscapes of the highest order, rich in melodics, well developed and skillfully arranged. There is an ever-changing...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Egil Fylling - Blomar i ei Natt

Cover art On this, the fourth album by Egil Fylling, a conscious effort has been made to return a more folk based sound in this introspective, symphonic, and fairly subdued effort. The Scandinavian folk themes...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Afterglow - Yggdrasil

Cover art I know what you're thinking! Stop thinking that! This young band from Marseille — despite their name, a thirteen minute track titled "Unquiet," and a style that is squarely in the neo-progressive...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Lives & Times - The Great Sad Happy Ending

Cover art What remains to be said about Lives and Times? Their style has not changed markedly since their last release Waiting for the Parade less than a year ago (  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Syzygy - Cosmos & Chaos - 20th Anniversary Edition

Cover art Twenty years ago the band was a trio called Witsend, and they released their debut CD Cosmos & Chaos on a private east-coast label that did little to promote it, and as a result it sank...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-02-14)

Scaramouche - Scaramouche

Cover art Here is another one of those total obscurities that Musea has a knack for unearthing, others in recent memory being Flyte, Ivory, and Tibet — one-shots that came and went before most ever knew they...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Catharsis - Le Bolero du Veau des Dames & Et S'Aimer

Cover art Catharsis were one of the most esoteric of the French 70s rock groups, combining influences of rock, folk, classical, psych and medieval into an unusual and distinctly individual mold. Led by...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Catharsis - Le Bolero du Veau des Dames & Et S'Aimer

Cover art Catharsis were one of the most esoteric of the French 70s rock groups, combining influences of rock, folk, classical, psych and medieval into an unusual and distinctly individual mold. Led by...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Midas - Beyond the Clear Air

Cover art Midas were one of the unheralded "Made in Japan" groups and only recorded one album in 1988, which this is a reissue of. It's unfortunate that Midas went by so unnoticed; Beyond the Clear...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Sigmund Snopek III - Virginia Woolf

Cover art Well, leave it to Peter Wustmann of WMMS to unearth something so totally obscure and unclassifiable that time had nearly forgotten about it. Sigmund Snopek III and the Bloomsbury People existed in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

José Cid - 10,000 Anos Depois entre Vénus e Marte

Cover art The number of Portuguese progressive rock albums is a mighty small one, and despite the occasional rarity, this album and those by the great Tantra are practically the only to have surfaced from this...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Kebnekajse - Electric Mountain

Cover art This recent reissue comes from Sweden circa 1977 and represents a collection of traditional folk melodies interpreted by the rather large ensemble Kebnekajse. As many as nine musicians collaborate on...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-03-01)

Twenty Sixty Six and Then - Reflections!

Cover art 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...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

Tibet - Tibet

Cover art Musea seem to have an affinity for the late-70s/early-80s German symphonic genre — the type of music that started with Eloy and Grobschnitt and ended with a million one or two shots — you know...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

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)

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)

Robert Rich - Geometry

Cover art As the title implies, this reissue — originally recorded in 1987-88 and previously only available as a French import CD — crosses the bridges between mathematics and music, applying these...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Pekka Pohjola - Five Reissues

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For anyone not yet familiar with the name of Pekka Pohjola, he is a Finnish composer, bandleader, and bassist among bassists primarily, but also fluent on piano, synthesizer, and trumpet as well....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Pekka Pohjola - Five Reissues

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For anyone not yet familiar with the name of Pekka Pohjola, he is a Finnish composer, bandleader, and bassist among bassists primarily, but also fluent on piano, synthesizer, and trumpet as well....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Il Trono dei Ricordi - Il Trono dei Ricordi

Cover art Quite impressive, this. Il Trono is a new Italian five-piece of keys, guitars, bass/sax, electronics, and dedicated vocalist, with a full time guest drummer. They have captured many of the best...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Chance - Dunes

Cover art Chance is a new French instrumental outfit led by keyboardist Laurent Simonnet. With bass, drums, and a revolving cast of guitarists, he leads the band through nearly an hour of lush, melodic, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

Ie Rai Shan - Ie Rai Shan

Cover art Remember Pageant, Providence, Mr. Sirius, and the better days of Japanese symphonic rock? Well, don't say they don't make music like that anymore — because Ie Rai Shan is proof true that they do....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

November - The First of November

Cover art Thirty seconds into the first cut you'll swear you're listening to some lost Peter Gabriel album from around 1980. This track, "Africa, Where Are You," has all of the phrasing and style down pat,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Live & Papagayo Club 1972

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Unlike the recently released PFM shows (Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Various Artists - Mannerisms - A Celebration of the Music of Geoff Mann

Cover art Priest and painter, Geoff Mann was also once the lyricist and vocalist for the English progressive band Twelfth Night. He died of cancer in February of 1993. To memorialize his life, musicians who...  » Read more
(Posted by Anatole Gordon 1995-03-01)

[Untitled] - Bad Hat Situational

Cover art Quirky. Unconventional. Capricious. Bizarre. Outre. These words come close yet fail to capture the essence of [Untitled]. This band concocts a strange brew of Djam Karet, Robert Fripp, Frank Zappa,...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-03-01)

Sailor Free - The Fifth Door

Cover art Progsters or posers? Does it really matter? Sailor Free is an Italian four-piece whose sound incorporates elements of psychedelic hard rock, grunge, progressive, and ethnic influences into a sound...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Masque - Ten Ways

Cover art This is the second offering by the Swedish five-piece Masque. This is a major improvement over their debut from '91, which seemed too derivative of Saga and other 80s neo-proggers. Here they have...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Lunar Chateau - Lunar Chateau

Cover art Why does an American band go to France to get their CD released? So fans at home can buy it as an expensive import? Some things I'll never understand. Lunar Chateau are three brothers — Novak, Paul...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Landberk - Jag Är Tiden

Cover art Landberk had also released an LP only version of Lonely Land called Riktigt Akta, which was basically a Swedish version minus the T2 cover. This three-song EP is the same idea (from...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Citizen Cain - Somewhere But Yesterday

Cover art Further proving that the Genesis school of progressive remains in an exalted tier among the commandeers at SI (Synthetically Indignant — the original label for this album), here's the next hook,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Quantum II - Quantum II

Cover art Anyone remember the Brazilian band Quantum? They had an outstanding self-titled album released around '82, an instrumental blend of euro-progressive symphonics laced with tight jazz fusion elements...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Collage - Moonshine

Cover art Well, this album gets off on the wrong foot, but definitely ends up on the right one. The album opens with some heavy keyboards and drums and then the vocals come in... and you can't understand a damn...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-03-01)

Verdaguer - Humahuaca

Cover art With the recent reissues of the Mia catalog, Aquelarre, Crucis, and others, it seems that a lot of the best Argentinean music from the 70s is coming to light. Willy Verdaguer, while Argentinean by...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

It - Order through Chaos

Cover art It isn't really a new American group, as they've been around since the mid 80s, yet this is their first album. The band is basically a duo of Todd Freeman and Scott Munson, and they've brought...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Clepsydra - More Grains of Sand

Cover art Ever miss the sound of Marillion in their glory days? This Swiss five-piece regularly evokes the memory of Misplaced Childhood on this, their second album, and build upon that general sound...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Pär Lindh Project - Gothic Impressions

Cover art For the few outside of Sweden who recognize his name, he is the one who sat in on the house pipe organ during Änglagård's performance of "Jordrok" at last year's Progfest. But Pär Lindh has...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

Pär Lindh Project - Gothic Impressions

Cover art Pär Lindh is known for organizing a Swedish progressive rock fan club, as well as helping out on keyboards during Änglagård live shows. This, his first album, features Lindh on an arsenal of...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-03-01)

David Cross - Testing to Destruction

Cover art This album is the answer to the question, "Whatever happened to that guy who used to play violin in King Crimson?" Don't get your hopes up, though, Larks' Tongues it ain't. I really hated...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

David Cross - Testing to Destruction

Cover art Violinist David Cross is known to many for his work in the 70s with King Crimson. Less conspicuous have been a few more recent solo albums. His latest, Testing to Destruction, finds Cross...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

David Cross - Testing to Destruction

Cover art Cross was, of course, the longtime violinist with King Crimson Mk2; I mention this first because Testing for Destruction bears more in common with that edition of KC than probably either of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Van Otterdyke - The Syrens

Cover art Ed Van Otterdijk (spelled Otterdyke here) is a Dutch multi-instrumentalist who released this one self-produced album on WEA in 1984 as part of a three album deal. The music straddled the line between...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Pollen - Pollen

Cover art The Canadian symphonic progressive scene is one that unfortunately has avoided CD reissue except for the occasional release such as Harmonium, Spirit of Christmas, and the much harder to find Opus 5....  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Anthony Moore - Reed, Whistle and Sticks, Out & Flying Doesn't Help

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Before hooking up with Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause to form Slapp Happy, Anthony Moore was experimenting with some very innovative musical techniques. Reed, Whistle and Sticks is one of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

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)

Lard Free - Gilbert Artman's Lard Free, I'm Around About Midnight & Third

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Artman's Lard Free project has received considerable amount of documentation in progressive periodicals, so I won't bore you with the details. Here's a quick overview; all are essential listens —...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Carpe Diem - En Regardant Passer le Temps

Cover art This may be one of the longest anticipated CD reissues of all time for progressive rock, the great Carpe Diem's debut album. Hailing from Nice (home of Shylock, Step Ahead, and Visitors), this quintet...  » Read more
(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)

Renaissance & Illusion - Scheherezade, Turn of the Cards & Madonna Blue

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[Note: This review from 1994 refers to reissues on the TRC label. The albums involved have since been legitimately issued, and those releases are listed at the end of this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Renaissance & Illusion - Scheherezade, Turn of the Cards & Madonna Blue

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[Note: This review from 1994 refers to reissues on the TRC label. The albums involved have since been legitimately issued, and those releases are listed at the end of this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Suspended Memories - Earth Island

Cover art Steve Roach is a very individual and influential synthesist: when he is involved in a project he is usually the most distinguishable factor. The Suspended Memories trio is one of these exceptions; its...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Chris Karrer - Dervish Kiss

Cover art Karrer was the longtime main-mover in the classic lineup of Amon Düül II, playing guitar, violin and sax. Since the band's demise, he has remained active in music, working with Popol Vuh, Peter...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Tin Drum - The Edge of Insanity

Cover art Here we have a limited edition debut CD by an amazing new German band with musical roots tracing back to the halcyon days of Krautrock and Pink Floyd. This foursome of Hotty Melz (lead vocals,...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-10-01)

Lives & Times - Waiting for the Parade

Cover art Ever since hearing this duo on the compilation A New Idea of Heaven about four years ago, it seemed like their sound had a lot going for it. Last years' A Pull of the Tide fine tuned...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Steve Roach - Artifacts

Cover art The ever prolific Steve Roach has released his newest Fortuna release Artifacts, another 70 minutes of his patented electronic music. Although Exposé only barely touches the electronic...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Baku - Sequences of My Bequest

Cover art Sequences of My Bequest is a concept album that seems to be about a father and son and life's choices of right/wrong, good/evil, etc. While this may be a worthwhile concept, the neo-prog...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

Enterphase - Phase One

Cover art It's been a long three years since Fred Becker's first solo CD release Inner, Stellar. I've been looking for and expecting a new release from him for quite some time. Now we can rejoice. ...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-03-01)

The New St. George - High Tea

Cover art The New St. George is a five-piece folk rock outfit from the Washington, DC area who sport a strong British/Celtic personality and two excellent vocalists. Their music may remind of the likes of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Sally French - The Other Side

Cover art Fans of Annie Haslam listen up. If you're into powerful female voices backed with rich symphonics, then Sally French delivers the goods. The comparison with Renaissance has a solid base, but...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Tim Song Jones - The Plural of Hear

Cover art Could this be the musical interpretation of fractals, recursion, and random number generation ? This is highly original music, created using mostly DX-7 and Wavestation, E-Bow guitar, digital drums,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Marco - Marconceptos

Cover art Mexican guitarist/keyboardist Marco Gomez surprisingly does all the instrumentation on this collection of self-penned instrumentals. I say this because when listening to the songs, the guitars and...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-03-01)

Garden Wall - Path of Dreams

Cover art After a rough, albeit promising debut, Principium, last year, I was surprised to find that this — Garden Wall's second album, delivers on most of those promises. For sure there are still...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Hundred Sights of Koenji

Cover art The latest entry from the ever-growing Japanese zeuhl scene is Koenji Hyakkei, a four piece of guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, with male and female voice. Their sound lies firmly along the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Ivanhoe - Visions and Reality

Cover art The opening instrumental "Visions" sets some high hopes, but the second track bursts in with a simplistic Dream Theater wannabe sound topped off with an annoying vocalist steeped in all the campy...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Earthstone - Seed

Cover art Chris Phillips is the mastermind behind Earthstone, today a band, but at the time of this recording essentially a one man project with guesting from producer Chris Bond (keys) and Marc Richards...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

MK II - Burning Daylight

Cover art Remember the long protracted intro to "Shine on You Crazy Diamond"? That's a fair enough reference point for the first track on this British trio's debut. Other reference points for this album might...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Torn Curtain - Torn Curtain

Cover art Torn Curtain is the debut effort by former Mauve Sideshow keyboard wizard Dusty Lee and his new vocalist Sheila. Consisting of the four songs "Daymare," "Creatures," "Twilite," and "Dawn," their self...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-10-01)

Various Artists - Tokyo Symphonic Syndrome

Cover art Japanese progressive compilations are always an interesting listen, and this one's no exception — a collection of groups that never made an album but performed live in Tokyo in what sounds like the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Visible Wind - Emergence

Cover art Apparently this is the Canadian band's third album. I was quite impressed initially by my first taste of this album, namely, the 14-minute opening medley "Emergence/Sweet Perdition." "Emergence" is an...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-10-01)

The Guitar Orchestra - Interpretations

Cover art This, the Guitar Orchestra's second album, follows on in the tradition of their first album by featuring music created by the playing of real guitars (acoustic, electric, and MIDI) augmented sparingly...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-10-01)

Ines - Hunting the Fox

Cover art German keyboardist Ines has assembled an impressive group of session players for this surprisingly good debut. The music straddles the lines of old and neo-progressive, accessible yet powerful, with...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Mad Crayon - Ultimo Miraggio

Cover art Mad Crayon are a new Italian quintet of the symphonic variety. Two of the members play keys, so as you can expect, the sound is lush and beautiful. The band is young — which is surprising, since...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Hans Christian - Phantoms

Cover art Unlike Sebastian Hardie, Hans Christian is not a band, it's a person. Actually, sort of a one-man band: Christian plays almost all the instruments, though he has a bit of outside help from...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-10-01)

Tim Hodgkinson - Each in Our Own Thoughts

Cover art Tim Hodgkinson, the keyboardist/sax-meister responsible for some of the most angular, complex, and free-structured music of the seventies (Henry Cow) and the eighties (The Work), has returned with a...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-10-01)

Rick Wakeman - Wakeman with Wakeman: The Official Bootleg

Cover art Straight from the mixing board on their recent mini-tour, Adam and Rick Wakeman have released this lengthy 2CD live set. The material ranges from classic Rick (Six Wives, Journey,...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-10-01)

Kenso - Sora Ni Hikaru - Early Live Vol.1

Cover art Kenso were perhaps the pinnacle of the great Japanese symphonic rock bands. All too often, where others fell short, Kenso succeeded admirably at many of the things that make a band of this genre...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Trilogy - Here It Is

Cover art With a name like Trilogy, one may have some preconceived ideas as to what this band is all about. The fact that four hands man the keyboards may further lead one to believe that this is some kind of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Imán, Califato Independiente - Camino del Águila

Cover art Here's another gem in the hidden treasure trove of Spanish progressive rock, an area I'm unabashedly a big fan of. Musea did well to release this, as it should appeal to just about anyone who has...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

PTS - Tides

Cover art Take your typical 80s pop band (Mr.Mister, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds or any of a thousand others I've since willingly forgotten), give the keyboards more of a major role and you'll have half an...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Versailles - Le Trésor de Valliesres

Cover art It’s amazing how with opinions on bands, even one or two can sway you. This is French group Versailles' third album, and by the reports of their first album Le Cathédrale du Temps, I was...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Versailles - Le Trésor de Valliesres

Cover art This latest offering from the French four-piece Versailles takes the spirit of the classic French symphonics (Ange, Mona Lisa, etc.) and dresses it in a modern suit of heavy armor. Vocalist Guillaume...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Landberk - One Man Tell's Another

Cover art Landberk are one-third of the new wave of prog-rock from Sweden, along with countrymen Änglagård and Anekdoten. As with the other two bands, the sound here is based mostly upon organic, 70s-style...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Landberk - One Man Tell's Another

Cover art My first reaction to hearing this, the latest release from yet another of Sweden's newer bands, was, "What?" The opening chords sound all too similar to half a dozen or so U2 songs. However, this...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

Landberk - One Man Tell's Another

Cover art From the opening moments of this CD, it is obvious that this Swedish band has greatly matured. The follow-up to 1992's well received but unspectacular debut Lonely Land, One Man Tell's...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

Halloween - Merlin

Cover art I didn't have very high expectations for this, after all their first two albums were somewhat short of spectacular, especially with their dreadfully pronounced English vocals. Within one minute of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Halloween - Merlin

Cover art It's been a long time, four years in fact, since we've seen from this highly regarded French outfit. Laz was greeted with a lot of hype when it came out in 1990, it had a lot of people...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Halloween - Merlin

Cover art Halloween are a modern French outfit, who have often been compared to Pulsar. With their third album, Merlin, they live up to that comparison, but the approach here is more assertive and...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Nomades

Cover art The long-awaited fourth solo album from French guitarist Jean-Pascal Boffo is in many ways a fusion of the various styles he explored on his first three albums. Nomades is a musical journey...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Nomades

Cover art The master of surprises is back. Apparently this was to be his fifth album, but work on a fourth album became too expensive and time consuming, so it was temporarily placed on the back burner — so...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Nomades

Cover art Some will recall J.P. Boffo as one of the original members of Troll and naturally expect (or perhaps hope for) a strong zeuhl influence on this effort. Well, you certainly won't find it here. Which...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Rousseau - Square the Circle

Cover art This is the third album by this German six-piece, probably better known for their first album Flower in Asphalt, with which they developed a reputation of being essentially a decent Camel...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Finch - Beyond Expression & Galleons of Passion

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The second and third albums from Dutch band Finch have recently been digitally remastered and reissued on CD, closely following the reissue of their debut album Glory of the Inner Force....

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

Kaipa - Solo

Cover art Kaipa's third studio album from early '78, and probably their last one of any merit, is a solid effort, instrumentally strong like the previous two, although seeming to encompass a bit more variety...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Kaos Moon - After the Storm

Cover art Canadian band Kaos Moon, under the direction of vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Bernard Ouellette, has a lot in common with other prog/pop bands of today. Their music has a sound reminiscent of...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

Jean-Philippe Goude - Ainsi de Nous

Cover art This album is a collection of small ensemble pieces written by French composer Goude for some really interesting combinations of orchestral instruments. There are no drums, electric bass, or guitar...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Richard Pinhas & John Livengood - Cyborg Sally

Cover art It's been quite a while since Pinhas has offered up some new material. This time around he has teamed up with John Livengood who injects some complementary synths/guitars/programming for this varied...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Isildurs Bane - Lost Eggs

Cover art Although they take their name directly from the Tolkien novels, don't be too quick to write this band off. Lost Eggs is a compilation of material recorded from '76 to '93, spanning the...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Peter Frohmader - Cycle of Eternity

Cover art And that's how long this album seems to last. Actually, I really like most of Frohmader's earlier works like Jules Verne Cycle or Homunculus Volume 2 (to name only a couple) which...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Peter Frohmader - Cycle of Eternity

Cover art Cycle of Eternity is the latest release from Cuneiform electronic music artist Peter Frohmader. In typical Cuneiform fashion, it defies easy description, blending diverse influences with a...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

Peter Frohmader - Cycle of Eternity

Cover art They say the first impression is the one that lasts, and so it is here with the latest album by German electronic master Peter Frohmader: the album opens with the twelve minute "Spiral,” a majestic...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Musicante (Guillermo Diego Ensamble) - Sonoridades Mexicanas

Cover art While not exactly a reissue, this compilation by Guillermo Diego y Musicante includes all of the material from their 1987 album A los Cuatro Vientos, plus two tracks from 1982's Buscando...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Impressioni Vent'Anni Dopo & Bobo Club 2000

Cover art Being that PFM's Per un Amico ranks among my favorite albums of all time, I had been anticipating hearing a live show around that era — circa 1972 — for quite some time. Both of these CDs...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Simon Steensland - The Simon Lonesome Combat Ensemble

Cover art This new release on Musea’s Parallele series is essentially a solo effort by Simon Steensland with a little help on guitar and keyboards from his friends Johan Boberg, Pelle Halvarsson, Joakim...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-12-31)

Poor Richard - Knees, Reins & Feet

Cover art Knees, Reins & Feet is Poor Richard’s debut CD after releasing two independent cassettes. They are a young band, both as musicians and as a band, formed in 1990 and now on their third...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-12-31)

Kerrs Pink - A Journey on the Inside

Cover art The Norwegian band Kerrs Pink has been around for 21 years now and they’ve finally released their third album. The support Kerrs Pink received from Musea in reissuing their first two albums inspired...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-12-31)

Mooch - Postvorta

Cover art Mooch is Steve Palmer on guitars, keyboards, and things aided by Conan McPhee’s bass guitar and Hazel Dean’s and Mike Wright’s Tibetan singing bowls, singing bells, and cymbals. Just like the...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-12-31)

Heretic - 1984-88

Cover art Heretic was a Japanese group that released two albums in the 80s. This CD combines these two albums and includes a bonus track recorded live in the studio. 1984-88 is interesting in that you...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-12-31)

Shylock - Gialorgues

Cover art Most prog bands that came out of France in the 70s had something stylistically in common: a minimalist approach. Not minimalist in the sense of Philip Glass, say, but rather a profound thematic...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Shylock - Gialorgues

Cover art Gialorgues is one of those classic prog albums from the 70s that sky rocketed in value in collector circles. In the typical Musea tradition this CD reissue includes all the tracks from the...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-12-31)

Christian Décamps et Fils - Nu

Cover art Nu is the a CD release by Christian Décamps, formerly of the French progressive band Ange. Joined by the likes of Jean Pascal Boffo, Décamps runs through 16 relatively short songs, most...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-12-31)

David Bedford - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Cover art I never had the pleasure to hear this album when it was still only available on LP. The transfer to CD is fine, the noise is not disturbing this time. The subject of the album is the famous poem from...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2004-09-01)

Smell of Incense - All Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Cover art If you want to wax nostalgic and hearken back to an era where a faction of psychedelic music was metamorphosing into progressive rock, you might want to check out Smell of Incense. This is not a...  » Read more
(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-03-01)

Smell of Incense - All Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Cover art Normally you can’t tell a book by its cover or the quality of a recording by its cover art. However when I first cast an eye on the beautiful artwork of this gatefold CD and recognized the line from...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-01-01)

Heretic - 1984-88

Cover art Heretic were a Japanese synthesizer/guitar based band from the mid-80s; this release collects three tracks from their first album Interface (1985) when they were essentially a three-piece...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Eloy - The Tides Return Forever

Cover art There is something strangely familiar about the latest studio release from this long time fixture on the German prog scene. First off, the old Eloy logo is back after a fairly long hiatus. Secondly,...  » Read more
(Posted by Chris Snow 1996-08-01)

Fish - Fellini Days & Nights, Sashimi & Suits

Cover art Fellini Days is the ex-Marillion singer’s tribute to famed director Italian Federico Fellini best known for his avant-garde films such as La Dolce Vita and Satyricon. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

U Totem - Strange Attractors

Cover art Strange Attractors is the second CD from this West Coast ensemble whose 1991 self-titled debut remains one of the best avant-garde/RIO styled albums of the 90s. U Totem takes a strongly...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-10-01)

U Totem - Strange Attractors

Cover art This, the long awaited follow-up to U Totem's eponymous debut, features the band's original lineup (Sanjay Kumar, Dave Kerman, Eric Johnson, Emily Hay, and James Grigsby) as well as numerous guests,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-10-01)

U Totem - Strange Attractors

Cover art The two instrumentals that open this latest album by U Totem set the stage and tone for the remainder of the music on the album, an artfully crafted avant-garde rock blended with elements of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Red Jasper - The Winter's Tale

Cover art Evidently you don't have to have a shred of originality, talent, or musicianship to be an active part of the SI (sonically insipid) band roster. Red Jasper continue on in the fine SI (simply...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-10-01)

Red Jasper - The Winter's Tale

Cover art More three-four chord neo-progressive? Have that craving for shrill digital patches and maybe, just maybe another vocalist who got locked in a room full of old Marillion records? Well, not exactly —...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Red Jasper - The Winter's Tale

Cover art Hard on the heels of their fourth album A Midsummer Night's Dream, this latest offering from England's Red Jasper appears to be, conceptually at least, a companion piece to that album. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Quasar Lux Symphoniæ - Abraham - One Act Rock Opera

Cover art First, let's clear up any confusion: This is in no way related to the British neo-symphonic group Quasar that once featured Tracy Hitchings as vocalist. Instead, QLS is an Italian four-piece core band...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Quasar Lux Symphoniæ - Abraham - One Act Rock Opera

Cover art Quasar Lux Symphoniæ is a new Italian outfit that has made its entrance into the prog world with quite a bang. Abraham is a one act rock opera spanning two CDs, that is almost Wagnerian in...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-10-01)

Philharmonie - Nord

Cover art Philharmonie was formed as an electric guitar trio by Frederic L'Epee, best known as the founder and leader of the brilliant 70s French group Shylock. After a relatively unknown self-released debut in...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-10-01)

Philharmonie - Nord

Cover art Originally formed as an electric guitar trio, this French band led by ex-Shylock fretman Fredric L'Epee has expanded to a four-piece with the addition of Jean-Louis Boutin on drums for the release of...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-10-01)

Philharmonie - Nord

Cover art It seems like only about six months since the last Philharmonie disc, these guys are a hard working group for sure! The original guitar trio of Frederic L'Epee, Laurent Chalef and Bernard Ros are now...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

French TV - Virtue in Futility

Cover art French TV hails from Louisville, KY and has a handful of releases to their name since their inception in the early/mid-80s. Led by bassist Mike Sary, they play an aggressive, complex, and somewhat...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-10-01)

French TV - Virtue in Futility

Cover art Louisville is as unlikely a place for progressive rock as any, yet that's where bassist Mike Sary's French TV hail from. Its been ten years since their debut album, yet Virtue in Futility (an...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Tipographica - Tipographica

Cover art While Japan has always had its share of inventive new musics, the recent surge in this area has put the country on the map like never before. With Happy Family, Il Berlione, Ruins, Zypressen,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-10-01)

Tipographica - Tipographica

Cover art Hello... I'd like to report a Frank Zappa sighting — actually not a visual sighting, but after hearing the first few minutes of this debut disc by Japan's Tipographica, I'm convinced that Zappa's...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Tipographica - Tipographica

Cover art The Japanese progressive rock scene in the 90s in general has taken a remarkable turn towards a more innovative and unique styling. In the latter half of the 80s, the Japanese focus was on the more...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-10-01)

Christian Décamps et Fils - Nu

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Décamps is, of course, the longtime lead vocalist and rock-poet emeritus of Ange, returning here to solo-career status (technically, Ange is still together - sort of - I have an album titled...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Various Artists - A Propos d'Ange

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In the history of French rock, two names stand out among all others in terms of leadership, originality of style, and influence over all that would follow. Magma's contribution is well known,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Zao - Akhenaton

Cover art Zao was a fantastic French fusion band that released a half dozen albums in the 70s. Formed by saxophonist Yochk'o Seffer and keyboardist Francois Cahen after leaving an early incarnation of Magma,...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

Zao - Akhenaton

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After a decade and a half, the zeuhl-fusion ensemble Zao are back with a release that is a real treat. While the lineup has changed from the classic formation which included Didier Lockwood on...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-03-01)

Zao - Akhenaton

Cover art Zao should need no introduction for progressive fusion fans, as they were one of France's best groups of the 70s, releasing five albums, four of them essential listens. While Zao has reformed...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

King Crimson - Vrooom

Cover art This is Fripp's next go around with a name too familiar for an explanation, and to be honest I was expecting little from this group. Usually 70s dinosaur reunions are enough to make one run screaming...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

King Crimson - Vrooom

Cover art It seems like we've been hearing about the reformation of King Crimson for years. Well the long awaited new release is finally here. The Vrooom EP consists of six tracks lasting slightly over...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

King Crimson - Vrooom

Cover art What a pleasant surprise... After just a minute of the opening title track, it's clearly apparent that this is no rehash of the 80s incarnation of Crimson. This double-trio formation (two guitars, two...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-03-01)

Änglagård - Epilog

Cover art The long-awaited sequel to the classic Hybris has brought with it a lot of hype, curiosity, and questions. Epilog clearly squelches any rumors of a sophomore slump, and has answered...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-03-01)

Änglagård - Epilog

Cover art First off, I think change is good, so long as the change is in a positive direction. The world of music is a chaotic, complex entity, and to stay in the same place for too long is more than just a...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-03-01)

Änglagård - Epilog

Cover art Since Änglagård's superb 1992 debut Hybris, more than a few folks have been eagerly awaiting the follow-up effort from this magnificent Swedish ensemble. Everyone wondered — would they be...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-03-01)

David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio - Polytown

Cover art I always tend to be a little suspicious when any release is accompanied with as much hype and hoopla as this one was. It better well measure up to all the chatter and attention it gets. Certainly this...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio - Polytown

Cover art I've have to admit to seeing this trio live before listening to their disc. And while the recording does not quite capture the intensity and power of the show, it doesn't fall short either. Torn,...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-10-01)

David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio - Polytown

Cover art David Torn (guitars, effects), Mick Karn (fretless bass) and Terry Bozzio (drums, percussion) have all been around the block, and this unlikely trio have released one of the years most interesting and...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-10-01)

Djam Karet - Collaborator

Cover art Having followed this band since their 1987 cassette release The Ritual Continues, I've always felt that their strongest suit was their ability to create atmospheres, emotional sonic textures...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Djam Karet - Collaborator

Cover art Finally, the wait is over. Three years after the awe-inspiring double release of Burning the Hard City and Suspension & Displacement, America's premier progressive ensemble have...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-10-01)

Garmarna - Vittrad

Cover art Garmarna are doing their part to bring Swedish traditional music into the modern age, coupling the medieval sound of droning fiddles and folk melodies with energetic drums, electric guitars, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Jeff Greinke - Big Weather

Cover art I'm very picky when it comes to electronic music. If I like an artist in this vein (like Lightwave, Klaus Schulze, Steve Roach, or Robert Rich) I tend to really get into it. Greinke is an artist that...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-08-01)

Cartoon - Sortie

Cover art The end of the 70s and first years of the 80s were a defining time in the history of progressive rock. The dinosaurs that had dominated throughout the first half of the 70s were rapidly becoming a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Moving Gelatine Plates - The World of Genius Hans

Cover art MGP was an early French underground band that eschewed the tendency of other bands of that period in France to propogate a left-wing political message. By contrast, MGP's lyrics (in English) were...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence

Cover art With Arborescence Ozric Tentacles have their fifth studio effort in as many years. As usual the texturing of the soundscape remains their focus and their foremost strength. Alarmingly...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence

Cover art The Ozrics seem to be believers in the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." They've found a style that works for them and that their fans seem to like. On this, their latest release, they've...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence

Cover art The Ozrics are masters of the hypnotic groove, finding that seemingly endless psychedelic guitar and synth riff, a repetitive - nearly trance-like structure, and then exploring all of its...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

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)

Finch - Glory of the Inner Force

Cover art Dutch band Finch's debut album has been long overdue for CD reissue. Acclaimed as a classic by some, and as overrated by others, either way you look at it its still a must listen. Finch were an...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-05-01)

Campo di Marte - Campo di Marte

Cover art Heaped amidst a surprising number of great 70s Italian prog bands comes this very recent CD reissue, and it is quite remarkable. Perhaps more subtle than some of their contemporaries, this five-piece...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Simon Steensland - The Simon Lonesome Combat Ensemble

Cover art Cutting-edge, unpretentious and imaginative are three adjectives that describe this offering by Swedish multi-instrumentalist and composer Simon Steensland. Mixing elements of rock, neo-classical,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Manticore - Time to Fly

Cover art Manticore is a new outfit from Sweden and with that name a heavy Emerson, Lake and Palmer influence is bound to be present. The first track, "New Foundation," ripples with ELP right down to the main...  » Read more
(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1994-05-01)

Virgil Moorefield - Distractions on the Way to the King's Party

Cover art Moorefield was a guitarist (one of many), then drummer, with Glenn Branca's ensemble for many years. This is his first album in a decade and his first for Cuneiform. He plays drums here and did all of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Kerrs Pink - A Journey on the Inside

Cover art Take equal parts of progressive rock in the vein of Pink Floyd and Camel, and the traditional folk music of Scandinavia and other parts, then put it together in a seamless way, and you have the music...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Schwartzarbeit - James Gordon's Story

Cover art An entirely instrumental concept album about a burned out musician who spends his life indoors in boredom, and eventually works through it all with a fresh approach to his music. Not a very elaborate...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Änglagård - Gånglåt från Knapptibble

Cover art The long-awaited new Änglagård single has finally hit the shelves as part of the latest Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine. In each issue (a grass-roots psychedelic/underground offering published in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1994-08-01)

Happy Family - "Flying Spirit Dance" Live

Cover art It's rare that I'll devote an extensive review to cassette, let alone to a demo cassette - but this band is so special that I feel compelled to sound out their praise far and wide. Happy Family are...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1993-10-01)

Steve Tibbetts - The Fall of Us All

Cover art Steve is back with his first solo offering since 1990's Big Map Idea. For the uninitiated, this Minnesota guitarist's music is truly in a league of its own, anything from a swirling maelstrom...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

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)

Altered States feat. Otomo Yoshihide - Lithuania and Estonia Live

Cover art You want insanity and unpredictability? Look no further. This album consists of live recordings by this Japanese group from two different Baltic new music/jazz festivals and two tracks recorded for...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-01-01)

Jadis - Across the Water

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If this band sounds familiar to you, it's probably because Jadis are usually touted as the alter-ego of IQ. With half of Jadis also members of IQ concurrently (Martin Orford, keys;...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-08-01)

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2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Seamus - Zealotry Sterblichen Schizophrenia – Seamus is a French/English band that takes on the monumental task of portraying the horror of the Holocaust. The music is very intense, even abstract at times, as Seamus tries to convey the anguished...  (2008) » Read more

Electric Orange - Electric Orange – Although this is a new release, Dirk Jan Muller and company (aka Electric Orange) have faithfully turned the clock back almost 25 years, trapped in time around 1970. Indeed, this album evokes the...  (1994) » Read more

MK II - Burning Daylight – Remember the long protracted intro to "Shine on You Crazy Diamond"? That's a fair enough reference point for the first track on this British trio's debut. Other reference points for this album might...  (1994) » Read more

Alo Mattiisen - Read – After some none-too-fulfilling encounters with the likes of Eloy Fritsch and Artemiy Artemiev, I was becoming weary of what my next task with reviewing synthesizer-based music would hold. Alas, this...  (2001) » Read more

Peter Gach - Fresh Piano – Californian pianist Peter Gach here presents a set of pieces by five different contemporary composers from his home state; a variety of styles are represented, from decidedly lyrical to angular and...  (2011) » Read more



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