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Various Artists - Supper's Ready

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Yet another tribute to the late, once great Genesis, this time by the crew at Magna Carta records. This single CD is an excellent production, though the choice of material often leaves something to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Takami - Y. de Noir II & Yume no Kirigishi

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Serenity... calm... stillness... These are the virtues most strongly imbued in the music of Takami's first recording Y. de Noir II, an album that is almost completely dominated by...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Takami - Y. de Noir II & Yume no Kirigishi

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Serenity... calm... stillness... These are the virtues most strongly imbued in the music of Takami's first recording Y. de Noir II, an album that is almost completely dominated by...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Finisterre - Finisterre

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The name Finisterre comes from the Latin finis terrae, the limits of the Earth. Romans used to believe that the Earth ended near Hercules' columns which we call now the Gibraltar...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Eyewitness - A Tribute to VdGG

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This one made it in just under the wire, finding release in the fading days of December. The fact that (at least in the USA) Van der Graaf Generator is not the household word that, say Genesis,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - The River of Constant Change - A Tribute to Genesis

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There’s no disputing the pervasive influence of Genesis on much of the progressive rock of today, and this two-disc set is the first of two tributes paying homage to them. This one features...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Sithonia - Confine

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Sithonia have actually been around quite a while. This I believe is their fourth album since they started roughly around the same time Nuova Era did. Sithonia are moving more and more into that...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Jonathan Block - After & Ether

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Imagine that you’re taking an afternoon nap and are trying to wake up after a short but deep sleep. You are semi-aware (background voices, sounds, etc.) but you can’t make your body...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-01)

Pablo "El Enterrador" - Pablo "El Enterrador"

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Argentina, 1979. In the middle of the military oppression (1976-1983) there was a band that went by the name of Pablo "El Enterrador." Paul was a gravedigger in a dissident cemetery in...

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

Pablo "El Enterrador" - Pablo "El Enterrador"

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This is a well-known symphonic-prog album from late-70s Argentina. I am personally of the opinion that its reputation is rather over-inflated: no album with a song as annoyingly commercial as the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

The Smell of Incense - Why Did I Get So High?

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Here we have the second single from The Smell of Incense. While these three songs pay homage to 60s psychedelic music, it doesn’t have the magic of their debut CD

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-27)

Various Artists - A Saucerful of Pink

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With all of these recent tribute releases, there seem to be three types of covers: those which stay true to the original (or at least attempt to), those who take the original concept and try to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - The Moon Revisited

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Let me start off by saying that if I never heard Dark Side of the Moon again in my life, that would be perfectly fine by me. This totally commercial piece of flashy overproduction, posters...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Mellow Candle - The Virgin Prophet

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As the CD liner notes state, Mellow Candle's Swaddling Songs is the holy grail of folk rock. There really is no other album that even compares in this specific genre (Fairport...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Hugh Hopper - Volumes 1 - 4

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These are the first four volumes of material compiled for a career spanning ten-disc series celebrating the work of the late Hugh Hopper, best known as the bassist of Soft Machine during the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-01-18)

King Crimson - Thrak

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First, to answer the biggest question: What do I get if I buy this album that I don't already have on Vrooom? Not much really. You get the 'single' "Dinosaur." You...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Tales from Yesterday

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With the blessing of original artwork by Roger Dean and performances included by three Yes alumni, this one contains a little bit of everything – some of the more 'faithful' covers,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Arena - Songs from the Lion's Cage

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Mick Pointer, ex-Marillion drummer leading a comeback effort after 12 years away from the music scene? No way. Well, it's true — sort of anyway. After leaving Marillion following...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

The Flower Kings - Back in the World of Adventures

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Don't let the name fool you. The Flower Kings can jam! Take some soulful groove drumming, occasional Frippertronic style guitar, medieval flute-led romps in 7, and a plethora of keyboard and...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Samla Mammas Manna - Klossa Knapitatet

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This album is the classic Swedish group's third album and perhaps the most impressive of the early Coste Apetrea incarnation. Samla in the early 70s were far more progressive rock/fusion...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Progfest '94: Variety Arts Center - Los Angeles

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When it finally appeared at Progfest '95, the ink was still drying on the booklet of this two-CD retrospective of the show a year before. Each of the nine featured bands (Halloween, Kalaban,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Boud Deun - Fiction and Several Days

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If it wasn't for Cuneiform you could practically count the number of truly experimental modern American progressives on one hand, which is truly disappointing. Most US groups seem to stick to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

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)

Mandra Gora Lightshow Society - Ovid's Garden

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The Mandra Gora Lightshow Society is a contemporary German neo-psych band and their debut release Ovid’s Garden is a limited vinyl edition of 750 copies on Swamp Room Records from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-09)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Banco del Mutuo Soccorso

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Symphonic progressive rock bands are known for their flashy keyboard players, in fact some of the excesses of the genre tend to be symbolized by Rick Wakeman in his cape or on ice or whatever. But...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-03-16)

John Watermann - Testing the Jammer

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Over his career John Waterman has released electro-acoustic music on a variety of labels. Testing the Jammer is his first release on Raum and it presents another chapter in John’s...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-26)

Mantaray - Numinous Island

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Mantaray is the duo of Susumu Yokota and DJ Ray. Yokota is a prolific Japanese trance and ambient composer; DJ Ray hails from New Zealand and he predominantly DJs at parties in Australasia. Yokota...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-19)

Apocalypse - Perto do Amanhecer

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This is the second outing for this four-piece from Brazil, their first self-titled album from the late 80s still being a vinyl-only release. Their neo-progressive sound and dramatic styling have...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Spock's Beard - The Light

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Spock's Beard is a new American group that even before the release of this album has been slated to play at Progfest '95. The band is a quartet led by keys/vocalist Neal Morse and also...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Progfest '95

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For those of you not able to attend the festival in Los Angeles in November 1995, here is your chance to experience the highlights of Progfest ‘95. Opening the festival and this 2CD set is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-05-01)

Gong - Pre-Modernist Wireless: The Peel Sessions

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Blah blah Gong blah Daevid Allen blah space rock blah seminal spiritual gnomepixiebanana. Ahem. OK, now the introductions are over, we now have the latest live Gong installment, three different...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Gong - The Birthday Party

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Just what the world needs, another live album by Gong!?! On some terms The Birthday Party can be compared to the live albums released by their conceptually inferior contemporaries,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Gong - Camembert Eclectique

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Seminal French space prog band Gong may be best known for their pioneering work in the early to mid 70s, as evidenced by the indispensable Radio Gnome Trilogy of albums: Flying...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-07-01)

However - Calling

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Anyone who owned the original LP of this (on Cuneiform) and got to know it well will be initially shocked by this CD reissue. Indeed, However has taken great liberties with the reissue of this,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

David Shaw-Parker - The Lemming Chronicles

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If you had to summarize, you could call this book a critical appreciation of the albums and concerts of Van der Graaf Generator and Peter Hammill as seen through the eyes of a fan who calls himself...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Julian Cope - Krautrocksampler

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The British publication Krautrocksampler is here in its second edition. Running to 143 pages, it sports a few photos, and comes trimmed with sundry color reproductions of record covers...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Smashpalace - Smashpalace

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Smashpalace is a four-piece of guitars, bass, and drums, with a dedicated singer, hailing from Racine, Wisconsin. Their style is accessible, featuring savvy compositions, a punchy guitar driven...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Fear of Dolls - All Monsters Eat Children

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This Seattle area four-piece plays in a song oriented style, somewhere along the alternative-gothic-noise axis, the vocals typically heavily treated and guitars shimmering in an almost-psychedelic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Espíritu - Espíritu & Live en Obras '82

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This Argentine band are best-known for their classic Crisálida, an album of complex guitar / synth prog in the Italian style a la Semiramis. The self-titled album was made several...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Via Lumini - What Have We Done About Us?

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For their long-anticipated second album, the band took what may appear to some as a step backward, not forward, with the addition of Hammond B3 organ to the keyboard arsenal (and it gets a...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Ave Rock - Ave Rock & Espacios

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Over the course of their two albums, Ave Rock displayed a heavier approach to progressive rock than their other Argentine counterparts. Organ and guitar dominate the instrumentation on the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Trem do Futuro - Trem do Futuro

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If I'd had the chance to hear it last year, this would have been among my top 10 of '95. The six men that make up Trem do Futuro have a wonderous gift for melody and arrangement that any...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Dogma - Twin Sunrise

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Dogma are certainly given ample help on their sophomore release: strings, a choir, a flute player and four vocalists appear this time round. Don't let the vocalists scare you. Well, not too...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Giustio Pio - Missa Populi

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Working around the familiar theme of the Roman Catholic Mass, Italian composer Giusto Pio has created a splendid and meticulously crafted work featuring a large choir, flutes and other woodwinds,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Sophia Domancich & Simon Goubert - Treize Lunes & Couleurs de Peaux

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Jazz. For some reason, this genre of music tends to send many "prog" fans screaming for cover. I've always found this strange considering a lot of jazz (especially from the 60s) was a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Mosaic - Miniatures

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What will Crovella come up with next? An album of small symphonic rock tracks all approximately two minutes or less with a plethora of titles that often seem longer than the music themselves....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Mirage - Live 14.12.94

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Another reunion dinosaur roars back to life? Mirage has come out from the near Jurassic age, taken a single step forward and unfortunately appears to die on the spot! Whereas Camel and Caravan were...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1995-11-01)

Circle of Fairies - As the Years Go By

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One thing this Italian band has going for it is the keyboardist's impressive array of analog instruments, which gets quite a lot of use over this, their debut album. In fact, it's the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Joe McMahon - Shatterday

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Team Metlay, that collection of Internet musicians under the direction of Mike Metlay, is now spinning off solo releases by its members.

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-08-04)

Iluvatar - Children

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This writer's first exposure to this Baltimore area five-piece was a couple years ago via a pirate tape of their performance at Progscape #1 ('94), the second was their live performance at...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

You and I - You and I

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I would assume that this eponymously titled release is the debut effort from this Hungarian quartet. The music on these seven tracks ranges in style from symphonic to Celtic-folk, featuring female...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-02-01)

Art and Illusion - Seasons

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When I first broke the seal on this disc and saw the booklet photos with people playing accordions, mandolins, and balalaikas, my curiosity was piqued, hoping for some kind of folk-rock ensemble or...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

New Sun - Fractured

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New Sun is a heavily Crimson-influenced band with two lead effects-based guitars and a solid rhythm section. DL Erickson holds down the rhythm patterns and also takes a few solos in the vein of the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

TagYerit - Heavy Construction

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With its male / female harmony vocals, short, somewhat catchy tunes, and a folky flavor at times, Heavy Construction is reminiscent perhaps of a Richard and Linda Thompson album. That is...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Ray - Somewhere in the Universe

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Ray is Ray Roehner on vocals, acoustic guitars, flute, and pennywhistle, John Berg on acoustic and electric guitars, and three other musicians on keys, bass, and percussion, with guests providing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Magnesis - Absinthéïsme

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Not completely certain if this is essentially a solo project with some additional musicians helping, or if Magnesis is indeed a band. There are two albums that pre-date this one, neither of which...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Drama - Drama

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No, not that one or that one or

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Only a Mother - Feral Chickens

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What do you get when you combine five highly original and multi-talented musicians with a veritable endless supply of musical instruments? Man, I'd hate to be a roadie for these guys, you'd...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Javier Paxarino - Temurá

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New names from Spain are something to look forward to, and Javier Paxariño is one of them. What began as a work in the vein of Jorge Reyes turned out as something that would be at home on a...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Kevin Leonard - Automatrix

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In 1992 Kevin Leonard, North Star's keyboardist, released a self-produced solo cassette of eight jazz influenced progressive instrumental compositions. Now he has released this same music on...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-02-01)

Vietgrove - Orbis Tertius

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Vietgrove is the British duo of Norman Fay (synths, programming, and 12 string guitar) and Mark Bailey (electric guitar), with guest guitarist LJ Callaghan on a couple tracks. Their sound is a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Fourth Estate - Finesse and Fury & See What I See

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This writer was completely unfamiliar with Fourth Estate prior to their performance on day one of Progscape II, but apparently they've been around a while — certainly long enough to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Yontz Sucre - Electric Jam

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After a 38-second ambient intro that slowly morphs into feedback, North Carolina guitarist Yontz Sucre launches into the first of several smokin' guitar instrumentals that grace this, his debut...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Curved Air - Live at the BBC

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Something I hear often regarding Curved Air is complaints about the band's lack of focus and the unevenness of many of their studio recordings. This may be due to the fact that the only...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Sianspheric - Somnium

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After an initial listen did little to impress, it got tossed on the loser pile to collect dust for some three months or so. By chance, a second listen revealed that there was a lot more to it than...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Free Access - Yu Pretty But Yu Kian Come In

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I was initially a bit surprised when I saw that this band was from Cuba, not a country known for its prog rock. I was immediately won over, though, once I heard what they could put down. What Free...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-02-01)

Living Life - Mysterious Dream

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Italian rock from '79 to the mid 80s was very different from the classic 70s period ('72 to '78.) Gone for the most part were the symphonic song structures, heavy romanticism and rich...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Under the Sun - Under the Sun

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According to the liner notes, this British six-piece ‘progressive’ band originally pressed only a few hundred copies of this, their only album. Aside from the two lame hard-rock numbers...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

David Tudor - Microphone

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In 1973 longtime John Cage associate David Tudor recorded the two pieces on this album, which could best be described as ambient sonic experimentation. Low register audio outbursts of varying tone...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Aleph - Surface Tension

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What a special album this is, a forgotten rarity that truly is something of a lost classic. Aleph, a sextet based in Sydney, were one of the few Australian bands (along with Sebastian Hardie,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Amber Route - Snail Headed Victrolas

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Amber Route was an electronic / rock duo from southern California featuring Walter Holland on guitars and synthesizers, and Richard Watson on woodwinds, piano, and synthesizers; both share vocal...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Jody Grind - One Step On

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This obscurity from 1969 is definitely a “close-but-not-quite” attempt at something special. The something in this case is psychedelic rock with heavy guitar and organ combined with a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-07-20)

Stern-Combo Meissen - Weisses Gold & Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Menschen

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Stern Meissen (originally Stern-Combo Meissen) are universally acclaimed as East Germany's greatest progressive rock band. Not wishing to wait for Amiga to reissue their albums, the band took...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Stern-Combo Meissen - Weisses Gold & Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Menschen

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Stern Meissen (originally Stern-Combo Meissen) are universally acclaimed as East Germany's greatest progressive rock band. Not wishing to wait for Amiga to reissue their albums, the band took...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Solaris - Marsbéli Krónikák (The Martian Chronicles) & 1990

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

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Stelvio Cipriani (with Goblin) - Solamente Nero

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Funk bass lines, analog synth lines, weird effects, and campy horror movies, no one knows how to mix them like Goblin. The soundtrack of Solamente Nero finally released (like I knew it all...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Geoffrey Downes & The New Dance Orchestra - Vox Humana

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The second solo album by this veteran of Yes and Asia comes pretty much in two distinct halves: a pop song half and a more inspired set of short vignettes that hint at the simpler strains of Mike...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Various Artists - Ambience Is Where You Find It

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Perhaps that is true, but I can't say I found it anywhere here; neither of the old variety nor the new. Four names appear on this compilation, none of which I know: Urban Ambience, Emile...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Pangée - Hymnemonde

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There's been a buzz about this album since early this spring, indeed it was highly touted by all who had heard it, which made this writer both curious and a little suspicious — knowing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Pangée - Hymnemonde

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I thought this niche of the symphonic rock genre was long dead, but I'm very glad it isn't. Pangée of Quebec, Canada is strongly in the 70s French symphonic vein with heavy nods in...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Pangée - Hymnemonde

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Listening to this new Quebecois quintet's début album is like stepping into a time-warp and going back to 1972 Germany. Though it is certainly a new release, it is convincingly 70s...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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Guru Guru is one of the better known Krautrock bands from the 70s. In Spring 1973 they released their fourth album Guru Guru, engineered by the legendary Conny Plank, featuring drummer...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Ax Genrich - Wave Cut

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As guitarist for the German psych / prog band Guru Guru, Ax Genrich combined crunchy power chords, woozy wah-wah effects, and groaning slide work. Fortunately for all of us, Genrich has not...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Ax Genrich - Wave Cut

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Hey, anyone in the mood for a cheery toe-tapping experience courtesy of the pleasantries of MIDI sequencers, drum machines, and other groovy techno devices? False alarm! You won't find it here....

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Ax Genrich - Wave Cut

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Everybody should be on to this by now, one of the most impressive comebacks in psychedelic acid rock ever. Guru Guru's most cathartic and inventive guitarist released Psychedelic...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung! - Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung!

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Much activity has been transpiring in Belgium as of late. First there was Univers Zero, Julverne and Present. There followed a whole slew of groups in the chamber/neo-classical/jazz-rock vein...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

No-Man - Flowermix & Heaven Taste

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I suppose the music on these two remix CDs by No-Man could be categorized as loosely flirting with the techno / trance / ambient realm of things, but since the exceptions far outweigh the rule, it...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

No-Man - Flowermix & Heaven Taste

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I suppose the music on these two remix CDs by No-Man could be categorized as loosely flirting with the techno / trance / ambient realm of things, but since the exceptions far outweigh the rule, it...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Earcandy - Sound Is Just the Way You Ear It

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Quite a grab bag of psychedelia, this. We covered Earcandy's first two releases (Space Is Just a Place and Time Is Just a State of Mind), both released on LP only,

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Rick Wakeman - Say Yes!

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I knew Rick Wakeman had a great sense of humor, but I didn't know he was this funny! Told with a true gift for storytelling, Say Yes! should have all but the most hardened...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Steve Verity - Digital Planet

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I tried to like this CD, I really did! When I first popped it in my CD player the first few seconds of music blew me away! I thought wow! Here is a new artist composing electronic music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-07-28)

Team Metlay - Ballistic

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In 1990 a group of musicians from across the USA, previously known to each other only through e-mail, met in a Pennsylvania studio under the leadership of one Mike Metlay. During these sessions,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1993-12-31)

Caravan - The Battle of Hastings

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A reunion of the line-up which brought you For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (1973) , and The Album (1880), here comes another by a group which has evolved into a well-honed...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Beequeen - Sugarbush

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Beequeen is the duo of Frans de Waard and Freek Kinklaar and Sugarbush is their third CD release. Frans is also the erstwhile publisher of the excellent experimental/industrial music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-08-01)

Various Artists - Neu Konservatiw

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I understand that God Mountain doesn't want to become known as a progressive rock label... but with non-album tracks included by bands like Tipographica and Koenji Hyakkei, as well as several...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Gift - Gift / Blue Apple

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Gift is one of the second generation of German bands, which aims its sights on rock. Both albums released in the early 70s show the band's love of blistering guitar leads. "Drugs,"...

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(Posted by Paul Earney 1996-03-01)

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)

Edward Ka-Spel - The Textures of Illumina (EP)

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The Textures of Illumina is the latest solo effort by Edward Ka-Spel, the driving force behind the Legendary Pink Dots. On this vinyl-only release, Edward indulges himself in musical...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-07-14)

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)

Xen - Xen

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Xen, the debut CD, contains the best selections from their three previously released cassettes. Xen the band is the duo of David Bagsby, avant garde Okie musician extraordinaire, and Kurt...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-07-07)

Kat Onoma - Far from the Pictures

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Kat Onoma, a French five-piece band that plays and sings angst laden music, released Far from the Pictures in May 1995. They are arty and sexy like Roxy Music but with an edge. Their music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-06-16)

Bartz - P.O.E.A.S.

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From the beautiful planetary artwork on P.O.E.A.S. (aka Pictures of Earth and Space) you might expect to experience music to transport you between the planets of our solar system....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-04-28)

Paragong - Live '73

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From GAS (Gong Appreciation Society), the same folks that brought us Camembert Eclectique, we now have a disc featuring live recordings by this legendary 1973 Gong spinoff featuring...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Landberk - Unaffected

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A rendition of Van der Graaf Generator's "Afterwards" opens this concert disc recorded at the beginning of the year in Italy and Germany. This CD also constitutes the very first issue...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Saga - Generation 13

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There's so many good things about this album that I don't know where to begin. It marks a giant step forward for Saga – a 25-track, 69-minute concept album that includes some of the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Kansas - Freaks of Nature

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Their first studio album in seven years, Freaks of Nature marks the return of Kansas. Well, actually they haven't been gone. Even though this marks the first studio release for the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Sombient Collections: The Throne of Drones & A Swarm of Drones

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Asphodel's sombient collections are amongst the finest in the field today. Compiling both distinguished synthesists and relative unknowns, it's a surprise how coherent and homogeneous the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Various Artists - Sombient Collections: The Throne of Drones & A Swarm of Drones

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Asphodel's sombient collections are amongst the finest in the field today. Compiling both distinguished synthesists and relative unknowns, it's a surprise how coherent and homogeneous the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Michael Stearns - The Lost World

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Michael Stearns is in his own right a pioneer in electronic music and sometimes overlooked. Since his first album, Ancient Leaves in 1977 he has released many albums, several such as...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

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)

Günter Schickert - Somnambul

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This is one of Musique Intemporelle's Rainbow series, CDs released with a track of CD ROM on each one. I haven't seen the CD ROM portion of this so I can't comment, but the rest of the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Steve Roach / Michael Stearns / Ron Sunsinger - Kiva

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Stearns and Roach have collaborated before on 1989's Desert Solitaire as have Stearns and Sunsinger more recently on Singing Stones. For all three this is the first project...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Robert Rich / B.Lustmord - Stalker

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This evidently is music for or from a soundtrack to a movie. I'm of the opinion that most music in this vein would do well as soundtrack music so it doesn’t really figure into my...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Lightwave - Mundus Subterraneus

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There’s no question that this electronic ensemble is one of the best exponents of original music around today. This is their third CD after several superb cassettes and is the first release...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

El-Hadra - The Mystic Dance

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Featuring three respected German new-electronic musicians, Ted de Jong on tabla, Klaus Wiese on zither, and Matthias Grassow on keys, one might hope that the three would use this unusual...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Electric Diamond - Electric Diamond

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Electric Diamond is a trio of keyboards (piano and analog synths), lyricon, and violin. The music is all instrumental, and ranges from analog synth renditions of 13th and 14th Century dances to...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Grey Lady Down - Forces

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This is the second album for this British five-piece with a dedicated lead vocalist, whose style is firmly in the neo-progressive camp of bands like IQ and others who drive their sound with brite...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Relayer - A Grander Vision

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Walking a fine line between progressive and straight ahead rock, Relayer flirts with both these styles but never strays too far toward the progressive side of the spectrum. Vocalist John Sahagian...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

No Name - The Secret Garden

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Firmly rooted in the "neo-prog" tradition, No Name delivers an album that should have some appeal to fans of similar bands like Marillion, Saga, and IQ. In fact, "Septagone,"...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Prklz - Deuce

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A unique blend of many different influences, Prklz mixes their music up with lots of drastically different styles, often within the context of one song. Perhaps due primarily to their guitar / bass...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

World Trade - Euphoria

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World Trade's second album was released on the new Magna Carta label during the progressive tribute album onslaught of last fall. For those of you unfamiliar with WT, this is the ongoing...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Mayfair - Die Flucht (AKA Escape)

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If you're craving for more modern rock, find Mayfair's Escape. The music fits snugly in the 80s college radio camp with bands like R.E.M., U2, and the like – except not...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Rocket Scientists - Earthbound & Brutal Architecture

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I wouldn't call the first CD by the Rocket Scientists progressive. It is a collection of songs, predominantly vocal. There is a lot of talent here. RS is Eric Nordlander on keyboards and...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1996-08-01)

Revelation - Addicted

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Happily, this neo-progressive outfit from London avoids copying the overworked Marillion sound so many neo-prog bands favor these days. Instead, they update their sound considerably, with a big...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Lisa Gerrard - The Mirror Pool

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Lisa Gerrard is the prime mover behind 4AD trailblazers Dead Can Dance. Her sometimes spooky, sometimes playful vocals have earned her a modest following in the art-rock crowd, often evoking the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Xen - Xen

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A serious music approach to electronic-based rock that doesn't take itself so seriously is a welcome change in just about anyone's book. Besides, someone has to take over where...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Saro Cosentino / Mino di Martino - TV Dinner

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Mino di Martino was one half of Albergo Intergallatico Spaziale (reviewed

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Françoise Toullec - Histoire d'Onk

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Pianist Françoise Toullec leads her quintet through some mellow and mysterious avant-garde jazz on this intriguing album. Accompanied by acoustic bass, drums, saxophone, and voice, she...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

The Mistakes - The Mistakes

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A collaboration between four diverse and experienced musicians, The Mistakes turns in as fun and challenging a listen as its lineup promises it to be. Virtuoso guitarists Mike Keneally and...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Various Artists - Unsettled Scores

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Various artists compilations don't get much better than this. From what started as a joke four years ago, comes the long-awaited double disc release of Cuneiform artists covering other...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Unsettled Scores

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How often is it that one can find a double-CD set where every song is a winner? Most various artist sets will typically have some good, and some not-so-hot stuff, but this long awaited compilation...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Unsettled Scores

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Five good reasons to buy Unsettled Scores. 1) Doctor Zero, a combination of Univers Zero and Doctor Nerve musicians and their version of "Onde Crepseculaire." Originally penned...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Doctor Nerve - Skin

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Well, no one could rightfully call Dr. Nerve derivative. That's for sure. Imagine really distorted heavy metal guitar, clean vibes, frenetic drums and bass, and then throw in a horn section to...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Doctor Nerve - Skin

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Are you nauseated from the seemingly endless abundance of new releases in tired old predictable styles? Do you welcome the next whiny overstylized singer fronting a band of wannabe clones like the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Doctor Nerve - Skin

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Dr. Nerve's latest album features more of composer / guitarist Nick Didkovsky's uncompromisingly dense and aggresive avant-garde rock. The music on Skin swings from a somewhat...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Oats - Sons of the Sonic Solution

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Sons of the Sonic Solution is 70 minutes of off-the-wall bizarre and eclectic alternative-styled music. There is a definite element of the low- budget grungy alternative ethos; wailing...

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(Posted by Jon Davis, Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Raison de Plus - Au Bout du Couloir

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Although Raison De Plus has been active since the mid-80s – their first recorded work being a single contribution to the Musea compilation LP Enchantement, followed by a single...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 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)

Network (Conglomerate) - Precisely the Opposite of What We Now Know to Be True

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This heavily Miles Davis influenced band effort is like a an extended jam between Terje Rypdal (adding in some ethereal, Bill Frisell-ish overtones) and Group 87. Or more likely a direct comparison...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Network (Groon) - Refusal to Comply

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Guitar, bass, and drums. Groon is a three-piece instrumental outfit from the UK with a grungy free-wheeling style that owes as much allegiance to jazz and fusion as it does to rock. You might...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale - Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale

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Now that nearly all of the classic Italian albums have been reissued, all that remains now is the most obscure material. Case in point... Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale was the duo of Mino di...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Wlud - Carrycroch'

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After finally hearing this album it became clear why there was so much fuss and commotion about its reissue. Carrycroch' is the self-produced debut album by this instrumental quartet...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Nirgal Vallis - Y Murio la Tarde

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This Mexican quintet dates to the early 80s, to Mexico City's blossoming underground progressive scene. In 1985, they recorded one side of an album, In Principio / Y Murio la Tarde,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Cast - Endless Signs

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Cast has dropped five CDs in just over two years, yet much of that material was recorded in the 80s and early 90s, and not released until now. Endless Signs, however, is their latest...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Cast - Endless Signs

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Cast has carved a niche for themselves in the neo-prog scene for good reasons. Their sound is very melodic and flowing. As with almost all bands lumped into the "neo-prog" classification,...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Cast - Endless Signs

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The perpetually industrious Cast have done it again, with yet another release, Endless Signs. One of the big surprises of Progfest '95, Cast delighted with their strikingly...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Airborne - Walk on Water

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Lead vocalist Baggi Buchmann was a prominent contributor to German keyboardist Ines' Hunting the Fox album a couple years ago. Here he is featured with his regular band, a five piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Ivanhoe - Symbols of Time

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Ivanhoe represent the harder side of neo-prog. That is to say, they incorporate keyboards, a big guitar sound, and dramatic lyrics. On first listen to this album, I whooped with delight as...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Tristan Park - A Place Inside

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Simple song structures, basic harmonic progressions, and weak lyrical content place this release squarely in the dangerously-close-to-cheesy neo-prog category. The music can't seem to decide if...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Non Credo - Happy Wretched Family

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Though this is only Non Credo's second outing, one listen should erase any question about why it's been so long since their debut, Reluctant Hosts. The Los Angeles duo consists of...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Jean-Paul Prat - Masal

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A most welcome reissue. Drummer and bandleader Prat had worked with his band Masal from the early 70s, yet their first and only release was this two-sided 42 minute instrumental opus from nearly a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Jumbo - Jumbo, DNA, 1983 & Live

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Ayuo Takahashi's Rok Grouppa - Blue Eyes, Black Hair

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This is a very unusual release, at least in the context of the other material Belle Antique has to offer, and another archival one as well (most of the recordings here are from the 1989 timeframe)....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Banzai - Hora Nata

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This Flemish quintet have only one album to their name, the 1974 LP Hora Nata, which has become legendary among symphonic progressive collectors. The band is led by the organ playing of...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Bellaphon - Delphi

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Trembling Strain - Anthem to Raise the Dead

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Hiroyuki Shimada, a.k.a. Pneuma, now reappears in the 90s in completely different guise. He now fronts Trembling Strain,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 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)

Pneuma - Psychabuse

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The release of Pneuma's CD represents a much-needed effort at filling the gaps in the huge hole that has opened up in Japan with this genre: that of the solo electronic / synth. artist. For...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Collage - Changes

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This Polish five piece is no doubt best known for their CD Moonshine from 1994 released on the SI label, or the LP Basnie that preceded it in 1990. Their sound is firmly in the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Cinema - The Seven Stories

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Cinema are a new project that Belle Antique are promoting. The band consists of former members of Fromage, and includes two keyboardists, an operatic female vocalist, and string players performing...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Go-Un

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Bi Kyo Ran were the Japanese equivalent of mid period King Crimson from the obvious "Larks Tongues in Aspic" copy at the beginning of their self-titled debut to one of their recently...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 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 - Lost Years in Labyrinth II

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Unlike volume one, there is no theme governing this one other than the fact that all the groups record for Belle Antique. They have intended it as a sort of beginner's guide. All the songs are...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Lost Years in Labyrinth II

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Remember Lost Years in Labyrinth? It featured material by four Japanese Canterbury-ish/Chamber Rock bands — Lacrymosa, Il Berlione, Zypressen, and Soft Weed Factor. OK, now forget...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

The Band from Utopia - A Tribute to the Music of Frank Zappa

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What we have here is basically a romp down memory lane by the members (mostly) of Frank Zappa's 1988 touring band ("Make a Jazz Noise Here", "The Best Band You've Never Seen...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Goma - 14 Abril

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Goma was a five piece in the grand Spanish tradition, mixing a hard rock sound with elements of folk, in many ways similar to bands like Triana and Bloque, but Goma came several years earlier, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Errobi - Ametsaren Bidea

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Another among a number of great bands from the Basque region in northern Spain, Errobi produced four albums between 1978 and 1982: Errobi, Gure Lekukotasuna, Ametsaren...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Lisker - Lisker

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Featuring a no-keyboard lineup and two guitars, Lisker don't immediately seem likely to be a source of good olde prog. But this offbeat Basque group are not to be written off so easily. The...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Philippe Lenfant de Dagobert - Suite Mégalique Apocalyptico Foulfuitique

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Well, what can I say? His name sounds pompous, as does the hyperextended title of the album (and 20 minute opening track), and three guesses what the music sounds like? Imagine early Vangelis on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Michel Ettori - Higher Life

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Some may remember Ettori's name from the lineup of the late 70s Magma spinoff Weidorje, he was the band's guitarist. He also appeared on follow-up albums by Jean-Philippe Goude and Patrick...

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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)

Sixty Nine - Circle of the Crayfish & Live!

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Sixty Nine were an unusual "group" being only a duo of keyboards and drums. For these limitations, Sixty Nine made a pretty big sound, a combination of influences that on the more mundane...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Sixty Nine - Circle of the Crayfish & Live!

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Sixty Nine were an unusual "group" being only a duo of keyboards and drums. For these limitations, Sixty Nine made a pretty big sound, a combination of influences that on the more mundane...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Spacecraft - Paradoxe

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John Livengood may be better known for his recent collaborations with Richard Pinhas, but this was his electronic duo back in the late 70s, joined by Ivan Coaquette on guitars and bass. Their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Séguin - Récolte de Rêves

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Quebec, 1975. Like many other places in the world, a popular trend was to get back to the earth, to get back listening to the heart in a simple way, far from the concerns of cities and the humdrum...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

Limbus 3 - Cosmic Music Experience (AKA New Atlantis)

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Germany is a virtual goldmine of experimental music, and it still awes me how cutting edge some of the music was from the late 60s / early 70s. Limbus 3 were a very unusual outfit, bridging...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Terpandre - Terpandre

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If there is one song that exemplifies the best character of the warm, romantic and melodically colorful side of French symphonic progressive rock, it has to be "Conte en Vert," the second...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Zou - Bouzillator

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Zou, not to be confused with Zao, nor with an earlier Zou, is another excellent French jazz-rock band on Musea Parallele, Musea's side label for bands stylistically different from their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-03-01)

Claude Lamothe - Nu

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Flight after the escape. Derailment. Unconfined wildlife. Frenetic cello, rhythmic cello, unbridled cello soloing. Claude Lamothe, cellist with a classical formation, who played with the chamber...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

Cinema Show - Dança dos Ventos

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Nothing original about their name, but I was surprised by the plethora of creative compositional ideas put forth by this young Brazilian five-piece from Porto Alegre. As one might suspect, their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Trem do Futuro - Trem do Futuro

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Trem do Futuro ("Future Train") is a young six-piece from Brazil that shows a lot of promise on this, their debut album. A standard four-piece of guitar / keyboards / bass / drums is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Via Lumini - What Have We Done About Us?

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Singer and producer João Kurk is listed in the credits simply as a 'Special Guest,' while the five instrumentalists (B3+piano+synth, guitars, drums, bass, and flute) comprise the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jeremy - Pilgrim's Journey

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So who is this guy without a last name? Actually, Jeremy Morris (a.k.a. Jeremy) has a number of records out as a Christian folk-rock singer. This time out he's set out to convey a similar...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Everon, Wings of Steel, Dilemma & Summer Indoors - 1995 Releases

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These four releases represent the more commercial side of the SI sound, and while I'm happy to report on them, they do seem at a bit of a letdown compared to other more challenging and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Everon, Wings of Steel, Dilemma & Summer Indoors - 1995 Releases

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These four releases represent the more commercial side of the SI sound, and while I'm happy to report on them, they do seem at a bit of a letdown compared to other more challenging and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Everon, Wings of Steel, Dilemma & Summer Indoors - 1995 Releases

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These four releases represent the more commercial side of the SI sound, and while I'm happy to report on them, they do seem at a bit of a letdown compared to other more challenging and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Everon, Wings of Steel, Dilemma & Summer Indoors - 1995 Releases

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These four releases represent the more commercial side of the SI sound, and while I'm happy to report on them, they do seem at a bit of a letdown compared to other more challenging and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

D.I.M. - Natural Needs

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Normally I don't go for prog-metal, but this Norwegian four piece is so far above average that I can't help get excited about their debut Natural Needs. D.I.M. (which stands for...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

The Ancient Veil - The Ancient Veil

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Imagine the following sonic configurations: voice, acoustic guitar, alto recorder, fretless bass, and tabla; accoustic guitar, soprano sax, tenor recorder, oboe, double bass, and cymbals; a full...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-03-01)

Aufklärung - De' la Tempesta... l'Oscuro Piacere

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An Italian band with a German name that sings in English? Okay. Aufklärung is a five piece of bass, keys, drums and two guitars, with guest vocals handled by Chicco Grosso – if that name...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Calliope - Il Madrigale del Vento

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Some are no doubt familiar with Calliope's two earlier albums La Terra dei Grandi Occhi and Città di Frontiera from '92 and '93 respectively. Those first two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Epica, Arpia & Hyaena - Confini, Liberazione & Scene

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Pick Up Records is a relatively new Italian label, their first release (Midian's Soulinside) came at the end of 1994, and they have since released a number of releases by relatively...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Epica, Arpia & Hyaena - Confini, Liberazione & Scene

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Pick Up Records is a relatively new Italian label, their first release (Midian's Soulinside) came at the end of 1994, and they have since released a number of releases by relatively...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Epica, Arpia & Hyaena - Confini, Liberazione & Scene

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Pick Up Records is a relatively new Italian label, their first release (Midian's Soulinside) came at the end of 1994, and they have since released a number of releases by relatively...

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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)

Skozey Fetisch - Momma: Key

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Skozey Fetisch AKA Mark C. Jackman is both an experimental composer and a visual artist working with oils and canvas. Momma:Key, Jackman's debut release, contains 31 songs, most under...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-03-01)

Magma - Concert - Bobino 1981

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The latest release on Vander's AKT label is a two CD set featuring live material from 1981. The band at this point was fairly versatile, with multi-keyboards and horns joining the multi-vocal,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Die Engel des Herrn - Live! As Hippie Punks

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Some people may be familiar with the name Klaus Dinger. For the uninitiated, he was an early member of Kraftwerk, the founder of Neu! and La Düsseldorf, and current godfather of Die (b)Engel...

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(Posted by Archie Patterson 1995-11-01)

Mind Gallery - Guilty until Proven Rich

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This second offering by Mind Gallery dwells mostly in straightforward material. That is not to say it's a bad thing, or that prog amateurs' heaven is in 13/7 land exclusively. No. But when...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Vulgar Unicorn - Under the Umbrella

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The trumpet, saxophone, and strings add a nice coloration to what is basically a guitar-oriented music, with plenty of riffs in the vein of Hawkwind and the like. Vocal themes are easy-going: this...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Robert Berry - Pilgrimage to a Point

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Robert Berry has been making music around the San Francisco Bay Area for about 20 years now – maybe longer. Probably his only national attention came during the late 80s when he teamed up...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Cutler/DiMuzio/Vrtacek, Church of Betty & The Code - Ponk 1995 Releases

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These are three of the latest releases from the Ponk label, formerly FOT, probably best known for their series of "Passed Normal" compilations. Besides sharing a label, the only other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Cutler/DiMuzio/Vrtacek, Church of Betty & The Code - Ponk 1995 Releases

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These are three of the latest releases from the Ponk label, formerly FOT, probably best known for their series of "Passed Normal" compilations. Besides sharing a label, the only other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Cutler/DiMuzio/Vrtacek, Church of Betty & The Code - Ponk 1995 Releases

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These are three of the latest releases from the Ponk label, formerly FOT, probably best known for their series of "Passed Normal" compilations. Besides sharing a label, the only other...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Ynos - Chill out Sector

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Creating floating formless sound sculptures that aggregate and dissolve, referentially in the early Tangerine Dream style, albeit on more modern digital style equipment, Ynos is apparently two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Tim Story - In Another Country

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Story, probably better known for his more recent work on Windham Hill and Hearts of Space, released his first two albums on cassette in the early 80s. This, his second, finally received an LP...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 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)

Marge Litch - The Ring of Truth & Crystal Heart in the Fountain

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A Japanese symphonic band that has been active since the mid-80s, Marge Litch released their first CD, Fantasien, in 1991 after a long string of cassette-only releases. The Ring of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Abacus - Everything You Need

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In the early seventies in Germany, there seemed to be three subsections of progressive rock: 1) the "Berlin school" of electronic space rock forming the basis for the Ohr label; 2) heavy,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Atlas - Blå Vardag

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This is one of those gems, a rare item on vinyl that is indeed a lost classic. All the elements of progressive rock greatness are here in abundance: superb musicianship, brilliant compositions,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Blind Owl - Debut at Dusk

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The story behind this is that in 1987, the cassette, LP, and CD were all supposed to receive a simultaneous release. Apparently somebody dropped the ball – the LP was released, but the CD...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Surprise - Assault on Merryland

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Surprise was an American symphonic rock band with influences ranging from Yes to Kansas to Deep Purple. As with many US progressives, Surprise were fairly commercially oriented at times –...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

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)

Glass Hammer - Perelandra

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It's terribly sad to me that many people's impression of "progressive rock" goes no farther than Yes, Genesis, or their countless soundalikes. I don't want to be too hard on...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Glass Hammer - Perelandra

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If you're looking for a good keyboard album, then look no further. Glass Hammer has lots to offer in that department. There are some great keyboard parts on Perelandra and the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Glass Hammer - Perelandra

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My first impressions of the album were that the music is a trite retread of the same standard progressive ideas, just performed by a different set of enthusiastic fans using weakly written...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Biota - Object Holder

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If you're looking for some music that's "out there," then Biota may be just the album for you. With a large line up that includes Chris Cutler of Henry Cow fame, Biota encompasses...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

Biota - Object Holder

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A project over two years in the making, this effort includes a huge number of musicians on 24 tracks, the most notable names being RIO staple Chris Cutler (percussion, electronics) and Susanne...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Biota - Object Holder

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I must admit up front that Biota has been around a lot longer than I have been tuned in to their music. My introduction, less than two years ago, was an early LP titled Horde by the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Gongzilla - Suffer

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First of all, Gongzilla's Suffer isn't the non-stop smokin' and jammin' album some people think it is. Rather, it's well balanced, with both excellent guitar work (by...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Dragonfly - Dragonfly

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Not to be confused with the American early-70s band of the same name, this is the long awaited reissue of the Swiss keyboard masterpiece, with a full 23 minutes of superb bonus material added....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

The Gathering - Mandylion

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I've heard this group mentioned in the same breath as The Third and the Mortal, so I decided to check out one of their releases. Hailing from the Netherlands, The Gathering is Rene Rutten...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

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)

Alo Mattiisen - Read

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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,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2001-03-01)

England - The Last of the Jubblies

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Best known for their classic Garden Shed, England will forever be remembered as one of the few "new" bands of the late 70s United Kingdom brave enough to make unadulterated,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Volapük - Le Feu du Tigre (Tiger Fire)

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Guigou Chenevier was the drummer and a founding member of that wild and crazy French trio Etron Fou Leloublan, who released six albums between '76 and '86. Volapük is his latest band,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jon Jenkins & Paul Lackey - Continuum

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Of all the Spotted Peccary releases to date, Continuum is by far the most dense, lush, and intensely symphonic. The material seems to focus on the essence of life, self-realization, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Tiemko - Clone

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Tiemko are a French trio (here with guests) who have been around since the late 80s. The present offering is their fourth album, and it's been at least several years since their last release...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Tiemko - Clone

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Sadly no longer together, Tiemko were perhaps the most consistently inventive and musicianly of the new wave of French prog on Musea. After two uneven but promising albums, the promise was at last...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Go-Un

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Known for years as the group that sounds more like King Crimson than King Crimson themselves, Bi Kyo Ran have reformed after many years away, in the process growing from a trio to an eight-piece of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Happy Family - Happy Family

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Happy Family recently created a stir in the prog world without ever releasing an album. They are one of those rare few who received a great deal of hype, not by record dealers, but rather by fans....

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Happy Family - Happy Family

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Here it is at last, the musical equivalent of a 1001 Centigrade enema, the debut of the legendary Happy Family. This one is not for the saccharine-fluffy prog types, this is like Slayer...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Happy Family - Happy Family

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The long awaited debut CD by this Japanese four-piece is finally here, and indeed it was well worth the wait. It delivers on all the promises that might be expected after hearing the various live...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Riddle of Lumen

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From the dark abrasive regions of cement and steel, where rock meets noise in an industrial apocalyptic nightmare, comes the first CD from the Japanese FMN Tape label... I suppose this means that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

B.J. Cole - The Heart of the Moment

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Veteran pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole became visible on the UK music horizon within several contexts by this release from his Transparent Music Ensemble in 1995. Since 1989’s Transparent...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

Project Lo - Dabblings in Darkness

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An acoustic guitar, a soprano saxophone on a backdrop where a fretless bass harmonizes and slides smoothly over percussion while synthesizer chords wash away is an appropriate description for this...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

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)

P.O.N. - P.O.N.

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Led by drummer Masahiro Uemura, P.O.N. is a sax-drums-guitar trio that adds guests on vibes, bass, and occasional violin. Guitar duties are handled by Natsuki Kido of Bondage Fruit, for this, their...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

The Load - Load Have Mercy

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The story of The Load is a familiar one. A talented and uncompromising young band records an album's worth of material, takes it to a number of different record companies, they all say they...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Simon Says - Ceinwen

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The rumors are true. It has now been mathematically proven that every person in Sweden does, in fact, own a Mellotron. They all bought them about ten to fifteen years ago from Americans who...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

The Duringer Expeditions - Volume One

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Every now and then something comes along that's so unusual or revolutionary that one has to stand up and take note. What's revolutionary about this album is not so much the music, but how...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Aragon - Mouse

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Every time the subject of this Australian neo-progressive three-piece comes up, someone almost immediately says something negative about singer Les Dougan, along with something mildly complementary...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Kevin Ferguson - Strad to Strat

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An impressive effort, bringing the compositions of Paganini, Wieniawski, Vivaldi, Bach, Sarasate, and Rimsky-Korsakov from the realm of violins, string quartets, and orchestras to the world of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Annie Haslam's Renaissance - Blessing in Disguise

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Annie Haslam's third solo outing is about the best set of songs she's recorded since her last work with the band whose name is referenced in the title (though I'm not really certain...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Michael P. Dawson - Brandnewbug Concertos

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An interesting album indeed. Dawson is a Bay Area composer who originally released an earlier version of this (subtitled "Papa's Got a Brand New Bug") on cassette at the end of 1994....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Cliffhanger - Cold Steel

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It's been a while since we've heard from SI Music, the Dutch label whose main thrust seems to range from decent neo-progressive bands on one end, to a very mainstream sounding rock on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Athena - Inside, the Moon

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I remember the first time I heard Dream Theater. I thought, "I bet a lot of bands will go for this type of sound in the future." Just when I was beginning to think I was wrong, Athena has...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Saddar Bazaar - The Conference of the Birds

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An instrumental four-piece from the UK, Saddar Bazaar sports a strong ethnic flavor, featuring a variety of non-western instruments such as sitar, kubing, dholak, agoual, and tablas, as well as the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Moonloonies - Detonator

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The Moonloonies are the latest from Mystic Stones' arsenal of neo-psych electronic bands. Essentially the duo of Crum and Cozmo, the creators of the neo-psych band Shockhead, they deliver...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-03-01)

Nick Riff - Cloak of Immortality

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Cleveland's Nick Riff should be a familiar name to followers of the neo- psychedelic scene, from his original band The Attitude's 1986 five-song EP, to his earlier releases (Heart of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Chris Savourey - Chris Savourey

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Looks are deceiving. Sure, this leather clad biker dude on the cover, clutching a flashy black Ibanez and covered with tattoos might lead one to believe this is just some average screaming hard...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Industrial Soup - A Flagrant Display of Subtlety

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From San Jose, California, Industrial Soup is a trio of keys+bass, drums, and vocals+sax, sporting a hard driving and quirky keyboard dominated sound that, together with the humorous lyrics...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Kava Kava - You Can Live Here

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Blasting off with "Headset," a big bluesy rock song with brass trimmings, one might be reminded of Colosseum or other great British bands of the early 70s. Each track that follows...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Moom - Toot

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Moom is a new four-piece (but who's that fifth guy in the picture?) from the UK that many might enjoy. Vital and energetic, they combine some strong elements of the Canterbury sound with the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Dogma - Twin Sunrise

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This brand new album by Brazilian band Dogma showcases a wider instrumentation in which Fernando Campos' acoustic guitar brings on many delicate moments, alongside compositions that are making...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 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)

Siamese Stepbrothers - Siamese Stepbrothers

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An unlikely amalgam of musicians, The Siamese Stepbrothers carry forward a spirit of improvisation that seems to cross all time and musical boundaries. Bits of rock, jazz, psych, and other forms...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Blast - Wire Stitched Ears

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A Dutch quartet of guitar, bass, drums and woodwinds, this is Blast's second release (the first being the hopelessly obscure Puristsirup from 1993), and the first for Cuneiform. While...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Zero Gravity - Space Does Not Care

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Zero Gravity is the vehicle of one Len del Rio, a recent associate from the Nik Turner camp. Del Rio programs a variety of synths, sequencers, drum machines, samples, and other electronics, while...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Melting Euphoria - Upon the Solar Winds

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In the beginning there was LSD; San Francisco responded with music. The psychedelic music of mid-late 60s San Francisco reached across the ocean to the UK, and touched bands like Pink Floyd and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Spiral Realms - Trip to G9

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Simon House is an esteemed musician in my opinion, continually inventive and quite diverse, being the violin / keys player for the classic '69-'70 period High Tide, a short stint with Third...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Anubian Lights - The Eternal Sky

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Cleopatra has been surprising of late with their output; the Space Daze compilation and Spiral Realms releases were both pleasant surprises. Anubian Lights is another solid release. The...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Tangle Edge - In Search of a New Dawn

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Niagara - S.U.B.

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Niagara were an early 70s German jazz rock outfit that released three albums of heavily percussion-oriented music. In fact, on this, their second album there are often four percussionists playing...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Ragnarök - Ragnarök

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Unlike a lot of prog-rock groups who try to impress the listener with lots of flashy solos, using overdubs and multiple keyboards like so much musical spackle, the Swedish group Ragnarök...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 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)

Organisation & Kraftwerk - Tone Float, Kraftwerk 1 & 2, Ralf & Florian

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Kraftwerk, like many of the long running German outfits, was a completely different creature at its inception then after they rose to popularity. These albums, including the pre-Kraftwerk...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Organisation & Kraftwerk - Tone Float, Kraftwerk 1 & 2, Ralf & Florian

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Kraftwerk, like many of the long running German outfits, was a completely different creature at its inception then after they rose to popularity. These albums, including the pre-Kraftwerk...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Organisation & Kraftwerk - Tone Float, Kraftwerk 1 & 2, Ralf & Florian

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Kraftwerk, like many of the long running German outfits, was a completely different creature at its inception then after they rose to popularity. These albums, including the pre-Kraftwerk...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Organisation & Kraftwerk - Tone Float, Kraftwerk 1 & 2, Ralf & Florian

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Kraftwerk, like many of the long running German outfits, was a completely different creature at its inception then after they rose to popularity. These albums, including the pre-Kraftwerk...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

A Piedi Nudi - Creazione

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Ah yes, echoes of the great ones! This, A Piedi Nudi's second album (unless there are others the writer doesn't know about) is a giant step in the right direction. Having been only...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Amon Düül II - Nada Moonshine #

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If there was one German band that embodied the true spirit of German "space rock," it was A.D.2. They took the early vibes of Pink Floyd and carried them into a whole new dimension of...

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(Posted by Archie Patterson 1995-11-01)

Cast - Four Aces

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This, the fourth album (obviously) from the Mexican neo-prog outfit Cast, is very much along the same lines as their previous three efforts, but with some obvious improvements. The line-up is a...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Ruins - Hyderomastgroningem

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With this album, this Japanese duo provides a pithy follow-up to their 1993 album Graviyaunausch. Ruins comes back in full force with 20 new compositions clocking in at nearly 70 minutes....

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-11-01)

Finisterre - Finisterre

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Finisterre is another debut from the country with more bands than fans. While many of Italy's newer outfits fall squarely in mediocrity, Finisterre looks like one of the brighter spots. The...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Finisterre - Finisterre

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How good it is to hear a new Italian band with such a solid footing in the 70s. Sure they tinker around with some neo-progressivisms (and they do that quite well also), but it's clear that this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Carl Weingarten - The Acoustic Shadow

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The Acoustic Shadow is presented by Carl Weingarten as a sort of soundtrack to a lost story. Giving enigmatic and ambiguous track titles and utilizing everything from non-western folk...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Carl Weingarten - The Acoustic Shadow

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What a treat this is. Weingarten is perhaps best known for his skills on the dobro (acoustic slide guitar played on the lap), he has a startling depth to his musical vision as well. The entire...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Carl Weingarten - The Acoustic Shadow

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For fifteen years or so, guitarist Carl Weingarten has been active, releasing several albums under his own name, and collaborating on several more with the likes of Joe Venegoni, Kit Watkins,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight

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After six years, Steve Hogarth's output with Marillion has reached this, their fourth album since the departure (and some would say demise) of Fish. The most immediate thing about Afraid of...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-11-01)

Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight

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With all of the bad things I had heard about this album before even listening to it, I was wondering if Afraid of Marillion might be a more appropriate title. I ultimately overcame my fear...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

King Crimson - Thrak

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While the earlier release Vrooom was essentially a rehearsal of material destined for this album, it was also a far more condensed unit of what would be the most important tracks on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 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)

Opus Avantra - Lyrics

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The latest from Opus Avantra finds pianist Alfredo Tisocco conducting his ensemble of strings and woodwinds through a variety of modern and avant-garde tinged compositions. Influences range from...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Opus Avantra - Lyrics

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Only their fourth release in 22 years, yet it is surprising to see how this band has stuck to their guns, combining classical, folk, and avant-garde elements, and not given into the temptation to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Opus Avantra - Lyrics

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Opus Avantra (see overview in issue #7) were quite a unique combo. Led by Alfredo Tisocco and vocalist Donella del Monaco, Opus Avantra have been around since the mid 70s when they released two...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Hugh Hopper & Alan Gowen - Two Rainbows Daily

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Another example of re-issue heaven? This album is (to my knowledge) the only bass/keyboard duet album made from a Canterbury link (Gilgamesh/Soft Machine). Originally released in the UK/USA in...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Alan Gowen / Phil Miller / Richard Sinclair / Trevor Tomkins - Before a Word Is Said

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For those of you still unfamiliar with the Canterbury musical legacy, few players in this circle of friends have met with tragic outcomes, (Robert Wyatt is possibly the most famous for his fall...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

The Light - On a New Horizon

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Firmly rooted in the more commercial prog-rock of the late seventies, this quintet from Los Angeles have captured that nice fat sound of bands like Saga, Styx, Boston and Kansas in their heyday, a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Light - Light

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It's rejuvenating to hear a modern-sounding progressive rock band that is driven by a solid guitar player. With Light, Mario Driessen not only supplies the guitar, he also writes all the music...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante

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Mr Bungle? In Exposé? Aren't they the group the lead singer from Faith No More is in? Yes this is Mr. Bungle, a group radically changed from their debut several years ago and a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Steve Tibbetts - Steve Tibbetts

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At long last! Finally the eponymous first album by Minnesota guitarist Steve Tibbetts has been reissued. Folks familiar only with his work of late may be a little surprised by the flowing acoustic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Peter Frohmader - Homunculus 1-4 / Ritual

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Osiris - Myths & Legends

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Bahrain is a small group of islands in the Persian Gulf. Of all the places one wouldn't expect as a source of progressive music, it has got to be near the top of the list. But think about it,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Sithonia - Confine

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Sithonia certainly stand apart from their neo-prog contemporaries. Their influence draws mainly not on Genesis, but on classic 70s bands from their native Italy like Metamorfosi and Biglietto per...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Sithonia - Confine

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This fourth album by Sithonia, a modern Italian band, brings an up-front approach to their style, underlined by lots of chordal guitar work supported by keyboard pads, contrasting a bit from their...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Not long ago, you may recall, this Norwegian band gave us their debut releases: the mini-CD Sorrow and its full-length companion Tears Laid In Earth. These were promising but...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Somewhere between Hawkwind at half speed and Ozric Tentacles at quarter impulse lies The 3rd and ghe Mortal – floating out into space at a pace that'll make you swear you're moving in...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Scandinavian symphonic rock groups are discernibly gaining their own sound now. Following in the footsteps of groups like Anekdoten, Landberk, and especially White Willow (who could be their...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Babe Ruth - Greatest Hits

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First, a bit of a history lesson. British band Babe Ruth debuted in 1972, sporting an incendiary hard rock sound ignited by the forceful voice of Janita "Jennie" Haan and jamming...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Älgarnas Trädgård - Framtiden Är Ett Svävande Skepp, Förankrat I Forntiden

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Swedish ensemble Älgarnas Trädgård in many ways were the Scandinavian equivalent of Pierrot Lunaire and were an incredibly unique and inventive group of musicians. Their sole album...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Various Artists - Pick & Mix

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Whether it's Delerium, Musea, Cuneiform, SI, Kinesis, or whatever label, a sampler CD is probably the best way to get familiar with a lot of new artists in short order. Typically, these CDs are...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jester's Crown - Above the Storm

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Forget about the jester, it's not neo-prog or any other sort of music one would normally associate jesters with. JC is a very promising four-piece from the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, playing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Ziff - Stories

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This is the first release I've heard on Musea's new side-label Angular Records, so it's too soon to predict what the 'sound' of the label will be, but for this release at least,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Patch Work Music

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A collective of French electronic musicians, Patch Work Music offers a sampling of the music of five of France's finest. Three tracks by Christian Gérard, two each by Olivier...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Tideline - Siren Song

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Where is the audience for an album of commercial pop variety songs with unusual arrangements, and an occasional mildly avant-garde pop surprise thrown into the stew? I cringed when I first heard...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Deyss - Vision in the Dark

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Just the mere mention of the Swiss band Deyss is enough to send many progressive fans – even hard core neo-progressive loyalists – into cringe-fits or outbursts of hysterical laughter,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Xaal - Seconde Ere

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Finally, the long overdue second Xaal disc that almost never materialized, and were it not for the persistence of Bernard Gueffier and others at Musea, it could have remained in the vaults forever....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Apogee - The Border of Awareness

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Arne Schäfer, aka Apogee, is a German multi-instrumentalist/composer and also-member of the group Versus X, who recorded the material on this, his debut album, over a six year period beginning...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Fancyfluid - The Sheltering Sea

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Not having heard Fancyfluid's second album, this – their third – is a vast improvement over their debut Weak Waving. Musically the band has come a long way, they are...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Isopoda - Acrostichon

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Here is another release from the post-prog period, a good band who either didn't get their album ready early enough to catch the 70s prog-wave, or refused to prostitute their ideals in favor of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Kadwaladyr - The Last Hero

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Kadwaladyr, one of Musea's latest discoveries, is a band from Brittany playing a distinctive blend of Celtic and French progressive music reminiscent of Malicorne without the vocals. This is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-11-01)

Pentacle - Le Clef des Songes

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This reissue is a long time coming for Musea, as this nifty piece of French history has only seen one Japanese LP reissue since its Arcane release in 1975 (that is barring a French reissue). This...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Trace - Trace

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Frankly, it's amazing that this album (and the two Trace albums that followed) has eluded reissue so long! A super-group of sorts, their albums sold quite well and the first two were even...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Laraaji / Roger Eno - Islands

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First of all, this album is not a collaboration between Laraaji and Roger Eno. It is a split live album with separate performances from the two, recorded at the Lanzarote Music Festival in 1989....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Pneuma - Psychabuse

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A repetitive pattern recalling the spirit of "Tubular Bells" introduces the listener, continuing long after its worn out it's welcome, creating a nervous tension – nothing could...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Cairo - Cairo

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Having heard the Frog Pest sampler tape, I was expecting quite a bit, as Cairo's long 20 minute cut (that appears here as well) was very promising. The track was a cross between...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Hugh Hopper Band - Carousel

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Former Soft Machine bassist Hopper has pretty much kept a low profile throughout most of the 80s, so it's good to see him active again. His latest project is a band bearing his name, recorded...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Hugh Hopper Band - Carousel

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For the past decade bassist Hugh Hopper has played bandleader to a number of different lineups, all of which have been oriented primarily towards live gigs. Carousel finds him back in the...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-07-01)

Mike Keneally - Boil That Dust Speck

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Having made his solo debut in 1992 with the fantastic Hat, Mike Keneally returns with his second album of bizarre and unique musical entertainment. A member of Frank Zappa's '88...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-07-01)

Mike Keneally - Boil That Dust Speck

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In a genre dominated by long tracks, fantastical lyrical content and a far too serious posture, it's nice to see someone go against the grain. Keneally has put together an album that has 30...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

Mike Keneally - Boil That Dust Speck

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Mike Keneally's first album (entitled hat, released in 1992) was an eclectic mix of humor, musicianship, and rock-n-roll. This former Zappa stunt guitarist can shred with the best of...

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(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-07-01)

Peter Hammill - The Peel Sessions

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At last the quintessential cult artist has received the cherished BBC Peel sessions treatment! Peter Hammill' 25th official release (excluding recent compilations and bootlegs of note)...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Asia - Asia / Armed to the Teeth

Cover art I don't understand why I'm reviewing this in Exposé... maybe it's the Mellotron? Without being too judgemental on a genre that I inherently dislike in the first place, the 70s American hard...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Bloque - El Hijo del Alba

Cover art Bloque were a Spanish quintet who released several albums on the Chapa label in the late 70s/early 80s of which this is their third album and arguably best. Bloque played in a pretty straight-forward...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Anekdoten - Nucleus

Cover art Anekdoten seems to be one of the most well received groups of the new "progressive" resurgence. Their debut has evidently reached the five-digit sales mark and was given wide critical acclaim on its...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Tipographica - The Man Who Does Not Nod

Cover art After Tipographica's amazing 1994 debut, the big question was: could these guys pull it off live? Well, here's the living proof. Actually, Tipographica has been together since around 1989, gigging...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Tipographica - The Man Who Does Not Nod

Cover art Although this fabulous Japanese quintet made a big splash with their self-titled debut last year, that album was actually recorded in 1992. This new release, a collection of seven live performances,...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

A Triggering Myth - Between Cages

Cover art The third release from A Triggering Myth continues to showcase the talents of Tim Drumheller and Rick Eddy. Both are apparently keyboard players foremost, but between them, they manage to cover most...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

A Triggering Myth - Between Cages

Cover art A Triggering Myth continues to be Tim Drumheller and Rick Eddy. So says the liner notes of this, their third album. Hailing from Massachusetts, the duo also continues to make music much the same as...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

A Triggering Myth - Between Cages

Cover art This is the third outing for the keyboard propelled duo of Rick Eddy and Tim Drumheller, collectively known as A Triggering Myth. For anyone familiar with their previous two efforts (a self-titled...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Anekdoten - Nucleus

Cover art Especially after great shows at a couple of the Monster Prog shows in the last year or so, Anekdoten's follow up to the much heralded Vemod has surely been one of the most anticipated prog...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Anekdoten - Nucleus

Cover art Anekdoten's eagerly anticipated sophomore effort proves to be a masterful development and refinement of their heavy and driving progressive sound. While Nucleus certainly adheres to the essence of...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-03-01)

Kenso - Kenso I

Cover art It was just last issue in our Belle Antique label overview that this writer said something to the effect that since all the best tracks from Kenso's first eponymous LP had been included as bonus...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Guru Guru - Live

Cover art Guru Guru was one of the pioneering German psych rock groups, but by 1977 they had mellowed out with age leaving behind the Neumeier/Trepte/Genrich line up that procured classics such as Kan...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Iona - Journey into the Morn

Cover art Released quietly at the end of last year, this seems to be the album that will earn Iona the recognition and following they have long deserved. This is clearly their strongest effort yet, touching all...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Iona - Journey into the Morn

Cover art The first 15 minutes of this album (except the two-minute opener) give the listener no idea of what is to come. If you judge an album based on a cursory listen of the first few songs , this one would...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Iona - Journey into the Morn

Cover art While this is for the most part an unabashedly pop-styled album, it also happens to be a solid, captivating, and thoroughly enjoyable listen. Similar to Clannad at times, Iona's music is a lush and...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Už Jsme Doma - Pohádky Ze Zapotrebí

Cover art There is a distinct Eastern European feeling to this. Be it in the stern voices over syncopated binary rhythms where saxophones are rarely making notes lasting longer than a third of a second. Be it...  » Read more
(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-08-01)

Už Jsme Doma - Pohádky Ze Zapotrebí

Cover art It's a pretty rare event when I can honestly compare a CD reviewed in this magazine to both Devo and Madness, so I'm going to make the most of it here. The Devo comparisons are actually quite...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Už Jsme Doma - Pohádky Ze Zapotrebí

Cover art If one is wondering how to pronounce the title of the fourth album by this equally unpronounceable Czech sextet, don't feel too bad — the writer is in essentially the same boat. Just call it UJD #4....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness

Cover art I'm not certain if this band is named from the lyric of Genesis' "I Know What I Like," but that could begin to explain the myriad of styles the band employs. Garden Wall has a metalish rhythm section...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness

Cover art One might ask how Garden Wall could possibly top their previous album, Path of Dreams from 1994. This writer was initially skeptical about that possibility, but after a few listens to this...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness

Cover art When I first heard the name "Garden Wall," I thought, "This band must be another one of those Genesis influenced bands." Well, after listening to the CD, I wonder if they've ever even heard of...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness

Cover art Now here's a band who has made some serious progress. From listening to Principium or Path of Dreams, there's no way of telling that they would have made this much of a step up. ...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Landberk - Riktigt Äkta

Cover art Landberk's Riktigt Akta (the Swedish vocal equivalent of Lonely Land) was in many ways the precursor of the new Swedish symphonic scene and was the first of many well received bands...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Soft Heap - A Veritable Centaur

Cover art Another Canterbury related release makes its way to the surface. This disc is mostly a posthumous release from a live set in 1982 when guitarist Mark Hewins replaced the then recently deceased Alan ...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well of Souls

Cover art I'm an unabashed admirer of practically everything Steve Roach does nowadays as his ambient voyages are amazingly evocative and year after year he continues to produce great music. This collaboration...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Hoenig / Göttsching - Early Water

Cover art It's truly amazing what people can pull out of the vaults that wasn't originally released in the first place. This collaboration between Ashra's Manuel Göttsching and Agitation Free's Michael Hoenig...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Carl Weingarten - Redwood Melodies

Cover art For those that checked out his highly regarded Acoustic Shadow (reviewed in last issues' roundtable), this release is a completely different side of Weingarten's musical persona. It's my...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Urban Sax - Urban Sax à Jakarta

Cover art For those unfamiliar with Urban Sax, check out the reviews of their earlier albums in issue #5 for all the background information. This four-track mini-CD (eighteen minutes total) captures a live...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Offrande

Cover art Always a surprise, each new album by Jean-Pascal Boffo is a radical departure from all those that preceded it, and his latest Offrande is no exception — this time operating within a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Anthony Phillips - Anthology

Cover art The problem with any collection by an artist as diverse as one-time Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips is that, depending on the selection of material, the listener may come away with only a partial...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Adiemus - Songs of Sanctuary

Cover art The first major label release from former Soft Machine keyboardists Karl Jenkins and Mike Ratledge is a vocal/orchestral work based around varying Greek entitled themes. Having been out of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson - Gypsy Suite

Cover art Little is known about Anthony Phillips' career between leaving Genesis and the appearance of The Geese and the Ghost. How ironic that a 1995 release would shed light on what he was up to....  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Soft Machine - Live at the Paradiso 1969

Cover art Oh yeah! More gold mined from the Soft Machine treasure troves! Softs re-releases are innumerable between the UK and USA in the past two years (and will continue to be through 1996), but somehow...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Lana Lane - Love Is An Illusion

Cover art Remember an album called Passionworks by Heart? With that given as a basic reference for most of the songs on vocalist Lana Lane's album, there are some slight diversions, mostly in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Abiogenesi - Abiogenesi

Cover art It's should be pretty clear from the outside what you're in for on the inside. Front cover: is it Dracula walking away from his latest victim? Back cover: a graveyard! And inside the the booklet among...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Christian Vander - Baba Yaga la Sorcière

Cover art Huh? Christian Vander's latest release on his private AKT label is a chorus of sixty-or-so children doing a twenty-four minute re-worded (in French) version of the Magma classic Mekanïk...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Roedelius - Selbsportrait 6: Diary of the Unforgotten

Cover art Roedelius has been quietly producing his unmistakingly original music for a long time now. And it's high time that he be given the kudos lauded upon his parent group. Yes, I am aware that Cluster was...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Become the Other

Cover art A year had gone by without a release from the Ozrics. Some were sure they had dropped off the face of the earth. The early 90s saw OT banging 'em out like popcorn. And they had become unanimously...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Ritual - Ritual

Cover art There's been a lot of commotion about this since its release. When I started seeing it listed on peoples' top picks of '95, I figured I better get a copy and find out what the fuss is all about. Seems...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Altered States - Mosaic

Cover art Looking for some loud, heavy, angry, dissonant prog rock, sort of like 70s Crimson, but without all the soft parts? Well, look no more, Altered States is precisely what you need. Their music is...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Landberk - Dream Dance

Cover art Landberk's second CD-EP breaks no new territory, nor develops on their practically patented style, yet again delivers the goods. While I find that their music isn't as translatable live (both...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Simon Steensland - The Zombie Hunter

Cover art For those who know Steensland from his earlier release Lonesome Combat Ensemble on Musea, it will only take a couple minutes of this latest release to figure out that he's turned the energy...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Braindance - Fear Itself

Cover art A five-piece from New York, Braindance offer an incisive progressive rock with a metallic edge, science fiction themes and an overall dark and gothic spirit. Using acoustic and electric guitars,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Kultivator - Barndomens Stigar

Cover art This obscure Swedish progressive quintet originally released Barndomens Stigar on the small, but very excellent Bauta label in 1981 and it has since become a highly coveted and very expensive...  » Read more
(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-03-01)

Kit Watkins - Holographic Tapestries

Cover art Kit Watkins' newest effort is one of those CDs created so that the tracks can be played in different orders. Watkins suggests besides playing it all the way through you can also program your player...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Kit Watkins - Holographic Tapestries

Cover art Since his days with Happy The Man and Camel, Watkins' solo career has been anything but a predictable journey, venturing into ambient soundscapes, soothing impressionistic sorties, programmed...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Kit Watkins - Holographic Tapestries

Cover art Watkins' latest effort is an interesting one. The album is divided into two sets. The odd numbered tracks are "introspective" in style with little or no rhythm section, and keyboards are primarily...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

Forrest Fang - Folklore

Cover art While Fang's earlier material was more firmly based in the electronic and progressive rock genres, his recent recordings have found him delving deeper and deeper into experimentation with various...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-07-01)

Forrest Fang - Folklore

Cover art This is Forrest Fang's first album for Cuneiform, but his sixth overall. Through the years, Fang's music has gradually shifted from a more ambient/electronic music (Eno, Terry Riley) mixed with...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Echolyn - As the World

Cover art Echolyn seems to be intent on making a career walking the line between commercially acceptable album-oriented rock and something a bit more challenging. First off, As the World is much more...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-07-01)

Echolyn - As the World

Cover art Reviewing Echolyn's Sony debut is a chore in itself! This is definitely where words fail — are they progressive? Is it pop? Where does this fit? I'm sure this is going to be cause for many split...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Echolyn - As the World

Cover art First off, as promised this major-label debut (actually their third full album) is not a sell-out in any way, shape or form. Echolyn have maintained the essence of their sound as defined on the...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-07-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Dancing on A'a

Cover art What started out as an arty project composed mostly of ex-members of Boston noise-band Mission of Burma seems to have become primarily the vehicle for keyboardist/composer Erik Lindgren. Lindgren...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Dancing on A'a

Cover art Dancing on A'a is another outstanding release from this unique, eclectic, and virtually-impossible-to-describe ensemble. The music of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic is a bizarre and quirky...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-07-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Dancing on A'a

Cover art This is Birdsongs eighth release, and their third new album on Cuneiform. They continue to sport one of the most unique and unclassifiable styles, residing somewhere between rock, jazz, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Timothy Pure - The Fabric of Betrayal

Cover art It's refreshing to hear new bands that sound like they've never heard a Marillion record in their life, in fact in the case of Atlanta's Timothy Pure, my impression is that they may be strangers to...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Patrick Broguière - Brocéliande

Cover art Another complete surprise from the folks at Musea! Broguière is a young composer and musician from Paris, and Brocéliande is his debut album — a very strong entry for a new musician who...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Klaus Schulze - Historic Edition

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It's getting expensive to be a Klaus Schulze fan these days, especially having this released so soon after the monumental Silver Edition. This new 10 CD set is a retrospective of his more...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

David Borden - Places, Times & People

Cover art It's so easy to hang labels on things, but in the end the true value of a piece of music is a fairly subjective thing — except maybe for those consumed with dissecting every detail ad nauseum. I'm a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Frank Zappa / Ensemble Modern - The Yellow Shark

Cover art One of Zappa's complaints through the years was the difficulty of getting an orchestra to play his pieces the way he wanted them to. Enter the Ensemble Modern, a Frankfurt-based, self-sustained group...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Borella 1995-03-01)

Galahad - Sleepers

Cover art I haven't been keeping up to date with Galahad, the last album I had heard was their first CD Nothing Is Written from more years ago than I care to remember. Based on that album I had written...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Comus - First Utterance

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McLatchey's Top Tier #7

One of my personal favorites of my own reviews was the one I did a few years ago for this album, but of course I managed to misplace it somewhere and am...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-12-21)

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)

Enchant - A Blueprint of the World

Cover art An American band, and another in a long line of neo-progsters produced (in part, at least) by Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery. Someday, someone ought to make a compilation of Rothery's productions....  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1994-10-01)

Bill Nelson - Buddha Head & Weird Critters

Cover art Since disbanding BeBop Deluxe more than twenty years ago, Bill Nelson has released more than thirty solo albums ranging from engaging progressive pop to long ambient works written for art...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Leger de Main - The Concept of Our Reality (10th Anniversary Edition)

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[Note: This review was written of the original release.]

Here is an album worth getting excited about. Leger de Main, based in Ohio is simply a trio, brothers Brett and Chris Rodler...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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These seven titles by the legendary Ange represent part of Musea's big score from absorbing the Baillemont label late last year. Although most of these have been released on CD before — not once,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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These seven titles by the legendary Ange represent part of Musea's big score from absorbing the Baillemont label late last year. Although most of these have been released on CD before — not once,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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These seven titles by the legendary Ange represent part of Musea's big score from absorbing the Baillemont label late last year. Although most of these have been released on CD before — not once,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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These seven titles by the legendary Ange represent part of Musea's big score from absorbing the Baillemont label late last year. Although most of these have been released on CD before — not once,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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These seven titles by the legendary Ange represent part of Musea's big score from absorbing the Baillemont label late last year. Although most of these have been released on CD before — not once,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Ange - 1995 Musea Reissues

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These seven titles by the legendary Ange represent part of Musea's big score from absorbing the Baillemont label late last year. Although most of these have been released on CD before — not once,...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Yochk'o Seffer / Neffesh Music - Ghilgoul

Cover art For those who read Exposé, sax genius Yochk'o Seffer should be well known. Practically the John Coltrane of French fusion and new music, Seffer's touch has graced many classics from early...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Christian Décamps & Fils - Vesoul

Cover art A brand new live album by Décamps, a superb follow-up to his 1994 studio album Nu, even though only one track from that album is included in this set (and it's one of the most abrasive —...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Tetragon - Nature

Cover art Here is one of those albums revered by collectors, with a pricetag on the original vinyl to match — only 400 copies of this baby were pressed in '71. Yet it's only a fraction of what an earlier...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Zao - Osiris

Cover art Zao's second album was recorded in 1974, and originally released on Richard Pinhas' startup Disjuncta label. Despite the minimal resources available to Pinhas, Osiris fared well, surpassing...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Death Organ - 9 to 5

Cover art This is some heavy stuff! If crunchy swirling Hammond B3 at full volume through Leslie speakers — accompanied only by bass and drums — is something that might interest you, then listen up. Death...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Lars Stroschen / Jörg Thomasius / André Ruschkowski - Tonart Vier

Cover art Vier is the fourth and latest chapter of avant garde electronic experimentation from Tonart. Tonart began in 1992 as the collaborative efforts of Conrad Schnitzler, Lars Stroschen, and Jörg...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-07-01)

Robert Rich & Lisa Moskow - Yearning

Cover art Rich's various sonic collaborations have taken another detour into new territory on this, his first album length collaboration with sarod player Lisa Moskow. From the huge soundscapes on his early...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

White Willow - Ignis Fatuus

Cover art This one was worth the wait! This new band from Norway plays a rich blend of folk and symphonic rock, sprinkled with a generous helping of classical influence. Fronted by the gorgeous female voice of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Jean-Paul Prat - Masal

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Masal is another lost classic of French progressive music resurrected by Musea. This is strong gutsy music with a statement to make much in the style of Magma, Heldon, and King Crimson....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-12-31)

Metlay - Band of Fire

Cover art Originally released on the Synkronos compilation tape Facets in 1991, Mike Metlay’s contribution Band of Fire is now available in all its glory on a limited edition CD maxi-single....  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-12-31)

Lands End - Terra Serranum

Cover art After a less-than-spectacular live performance before Progfest '95, I wasn't expecting much from this, the second CD by this Southern California based quartet. Overall, their sound now seems to occupy...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Horslips - Collection

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Finally a representative collection of the work of this excellent Irish folk-rock band that doesn't focus exclusively on their hits. This 2CD collection - both discs full length, traces the band's...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Angel'in Heavy Syrup - III

Cover art Angel’in Heavy Syrup are a four piece band from Japan. The group is composed of Mineko Itakura on bass and vocals, Mine Nakao on guitar and vocals, Fuseo Toda on guitar and chimes, and Tomoko...  » Read more
(Posted by Dane Carlson 1996-08-01)

Meira Asher - Dissected

Cover art Saying Israeli composer and vocalist Meira Asher is a vanguard comes as a bit of an understatement. Her work has been acclaimed worldwide as she meshes and scrutinizes world culture to fit her...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Kilgore Trout - KGT

Cover art Kilgore Trout has been kicking around the Northwest for some years now, after relocating here from the Northeast. This migration to Seattle might be typical for a rock band, especially a really loud...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Cyrille Verdeaux - Messenger of the Son

Cover art Verdeaux' name should be familiar to many, he was the main mover in the intensely symphonic seventies French band Clearlight, whose first two albums Symphony and Forever Blowing...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Jade Warrior - Elements: The Island Anthology

Cover art To start off with, we have four albums on two compact discs, a wise choice in consolidating this band's major works together in one bundle for your hungry consumers. The set comprises the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

FM - Retroactive: FM Archives Volume 1

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This Canadian trio is probably best known for their three late-seventies LPs Black Noise, Headroom and Surveillance (the first of which saw CD reissue a couple years...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Amon Düül II - Eternal Flashback

Cover art By now everyone should know that these classic German space rockers have reformed after about a twelve year hiatus. Last year's Nada Moonshine #, while not quite up to the standards set by...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

(Tom Newman) - Variations on a Rhythm of Mike Oldfield - David Bedford

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This is a four track EP, and is basically a Tom Newman album. It's confusing, I know. This is some of that stuff you know Oldfield and Co. did for laughs (when perhaps beer and worse entered the...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-07-01)

King Crimson - B'Boom - Live in Argentina

Cover art It's always a challenge to review an album that I'm sure everyone has, but here goes... Recorded just prior to their extensive worldwide tour, these recordings accurately reflect the 1995 version of...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Azalia Snail - Escape Maker

Cover art Anyone remember when indie rock really was far-out and alternative? Welcome to the lo-fi, do-it-yourself world of Azalia Snail.  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-01-01)

Latest news

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

Deus Ex Machina - Deus Ex Machina – Stylistically, Deus Ex Machina is very unique and not without their share of quirkiness and idiosyncracies. Some moments remind me of a heavier Gentle Giant, others make me think of both Camel and...  (1994) » Read more

Mellow Candle - The Virgin Prophet – As the CD liner notes state, Mellow Candle's Swaddling Songs is the holy grail of folk rock. There really is no other album that even compares in this specific genre (Fairport Convention,...  (1996) » Read more

Nels Cline - New Monastery: A View into the Music of Andrew Hill – Nels Cline’s affinity for pummeling sound boundaries as well as working within jam bands and standard song structures (e.g. – Wilco) is now further realized within the works of another...  (2008) » Read more

Gary Husband - Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1 – The idea of Jan Hammer and Allan Holdsworth playing together on a single recording (likely a fantasy of fusion fans everywhere) has come to pass on this new album from Gary Husband. Husband’s...  (2011) » Read more

Jerry Lucky - The Progressive Rock Files – Lucky is a Canadian writer and music historian with a background in radio, and an observer of the progressive scene at large. In this ambitious revised and expanded third edition, he attempts to...  (1997) » Read more



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