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Phil Miller - In Cahoots - Parallel

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Canterbury guitar god Phil Miller's eighth post-National Health album is another notch in the tree for the player as composer. Phil seems to be on a sideways trend as he gets older to downplay...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Banda Elástica - Maquizcoatl

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This is not music in the traditional sense. But don't let this refrain you from sampling a collection of sonic atmospheres exclusively made with acoustic instruments and most noticeably, South...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Finisterre - In Limine

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Finisterre surprised us last year with their debut album. In Limine is an excellent follow-up. Compared to their first, we find here in most pieces more of an acoustic atmosphere. Time is...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Various Artists - Camel Tribute - Harbour of Joy

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Add this to the alarmingly long list of tribute albums that have cropped up so fashionably over the last year or so. If you've paid any attention to the tide of tributes, you'll find a...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-02-01)

D.F.A. - Lavori in Corso

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When Italian progressive rock began its renaissance in the late 80s, there were a lot of powerful and notable releases, like Nuova Era's L'Ultimo Viaggio or Ezra Winston's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-13)

Gong - Angel's Egg

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The pivot of the Radio Gnome Trilogy, Angel's Egg is one of the most fully realized parables of inner spirituality that ever came from the rock scene and perhaps the album where Zero...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-09-28)

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)

Trance Mission - Head Light

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Trance Mission is not your standard exotic world beat group. What I mean is that they don't just incorporate a compelling mix of exotic instruments: they exploit them. A short personnel...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Jacky Maestracci Symphonia - Kosen-Rufu

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Jacky Maestracci is a French multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for middle of the road New Age keyboards on his debut solo album Symphonia. Nothing exciting happens on this disk, no...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-20)

Truth in Advertisement - Balance

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Balance is the debut solo effort of Truth in Advertisement a.k.a. Mark Reynolds, an accomplished progressive rock and jazz drummer living in Seattle. In addition to drums Mark also sings...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-04)

Arto Lindsay - O Corpo Sutil - The Subtle Body

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Lindsay has been a fixture of the New York "No Wave" scene and beyond since the early 80s. His most notable projects have been as vocalist and guitarist for The Lounge Lizards...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture

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For 15 years Pendragon has been a fixture on the English progressive scene. They've got solid support from a devoted European fan base, consistent albums, and a refined sound. They've got...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture

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Unlike Marillion, Pendragon have had to slog it out arduously throughout their career in order to achieve their level of success. The latest offering is an ambitious project to say the least. And...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture

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Pendragon's new release, The Masquerade Overture, further proves that this band is one of the better proponents of neo-progressive rock. Not because of any great originality, but...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Pihasoittajat - Hattukauppiaan Aamu

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These two discs contain material culled from three albums released in the early 70s. The earliest album, Kivinen tie Dublinniin (Rocky Road to Dublin), was released in 1972, and finds this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

The Flower Kings - Retropolis

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The latest release from Roine Stolt and Co., Retropolis, is a natural follow-up to last year's Back in the World of Adventures. The variety dominating that album is present...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

The Flower Kings - Retropolis

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For starters, Retropolis is a commercial progressive album. It's definitively got wide-audience appeal. We find here a balanced mix of vocal (with a tone reminiscent of John...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Maximum Indifference - Maximum Indifference

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You may recall our review of their most recent live demo a few issues back, so we welcome this CD release. Maximum Indifference is an instrumental trio of guitars+synths, bass+synths, and drums...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

The Muffins - <185>

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This newly re-released version of <185> is an excellent document of the final recordings by this talented Washington, DC quartet. First, a little history: Fred Frith produced the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Camel - Harbour of Tears

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For anyone hoping that Camel might be turning out something a bit more uptempo, full of fire and color, after the somewhat 'gray' Dust and Dreams, I hate to be the bringer of bad...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Camel - Harbour of Tears

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It's hard to believe that Dust and Dreams, the album that single-handedly revived Camel, was released so long ago. The subsequent 20th anniversary double-live CD elevated the band to...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Camel - Harbour of Tears

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Camel's latest album is a rather moody, somewhat slow-moving concept surrounding the events which take place in a small town on the Irish coast. Harbour of Tears is again (like...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Suns of Arqa - Selected Catalog 1979-2000

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Suns of Arqa started in the late 70s, first gaining notice as the touring band for reggae star Prince Far-I. Bassist / multi-instrumentalist Michael Wadada has been a constant in the band which has...

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(Posted by Jon Davis, Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Luc Marianni's Seltae Beat - Up and Down

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Musea seems to be releasing a number of concept albums lately. Up and Down, their latest and Luc Marianni’s sixth album, is a bit unusual in that it is exactly 60 minutes long....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-16)

Volkor (Lockwood) - Jazz Rock / Debbi (AKA Volkor)

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This Musea CD is a reissue of both Didier and Francis Lockwood’s first releases: Jazz Rock and Debbi. Due to the loss of the master tapes, Musea had to resort to recording...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-02)

Arachnoïd - Arachnoïd

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In 1979, progressive rock was all but dead in many countries, whether the support had gone or the big bands had become subsumed by arena rock. But there was really a lot going on in France in the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-16)

Apocalypse - Aurora do Sonhos

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Aurora dos Sonhos is the second release in just a little over a year by this Brazilian neo-progressive quartet of bass, guitars, synths, and percussion. This exotic and colorful band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-05)

Magma - Théâtre du Taur - Concert 1975 - Toulouse

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The long awaited fourth release on Christian Vander's AKT label is a legendary concert from September 24th, 1975 in Toulouse. The lineup here includes Christian and Stella Vander on drums and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Magma - Théâtre du Taur - Concert 1975 - Toulouse

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Recorded in Toulouse roughly three months after the concerts from which Live were taken, this two CD set was released for the first time in 1994 on Christian Vander's AKT label. The...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Various Artists - Le Meilleur du Progressif Instrumental

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This is the third sampler in Musea's Meilleur... series, which extracts material from their regular releases and distribute them as low-cost samplers to familiarize new listeners with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Rhesus O - Rhesus O

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Digging through their music archives Musea has unearthed another relic of the pre-Magma / zeuhl school of music. Recorded in 1971 at the Chateau d’Herouville, this short-lived band produced...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-15)

Heretic - Yayoi Dream

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Hiro Kawahara was the central member of Heretic and he contributed electric violin, electric guitar, synths, keyboards, sequencers, electronic percussion, voice, drum machines, tapes, devices, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-02-01)

Various Artists - Supernatural Fairy Tales

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Who woulda thought... I mean, for a semi-major label to release this five disc celebration of Progressive Rock's early history and heyday is something that I would have given about the same...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Area - Parigi-Lisbona

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This recording comprises two live shows from the premier "international PoPular group" of the 70s and 80s, Area, bringing us back in time to 1976 when such bands were loud (yet audible),...

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(Posted by Gary Parra 1997-02-01)

5uu's - Point of Views

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From the beginning, led by drummer Dave Kerman, 5uu's started out as the west-coast answer to the European RIO music of the day. Their first mini-album Bel Marduk & Tiamat echoes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

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)

Tim Morse - Yes Stories: Yes in Their Own Words

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These are times of plenty for Yes fans. The band is coming out with a plethora of new releases and solo projects, as well as gearing up for some major touring in 1997. On top of this, two new...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-02-01)

Bart Hopkin - Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones: Experimental Musical Instruments

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If you've ever had an interest in experimental and in some cases unique musical instruments, then this beautifully illustrated (with many full color photos) volume by Bart Hopkin, with a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Cloud Chamber - Live Demo

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A purely improvisational ensemble, Cloud Chamber features four musicians who have all made their mark on the new music scene as individuals: Barry Cleveland, on guitar and e-bow, has several...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Network - The Little Blue Book

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Some may remember Network from their album Corroded Paths released about three years ago. Members of the band (a five-piece from the UK) all seem to be involved in numerous projects,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Volaré - Volaré

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Volare are a five piece from Athens, Georgia, featuring multi-keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, bass+sax, cello+ocarina, and drums. Prior to their performance at Louisville's Eclectic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Scott McMahan - Garden of Sand

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After a couple times through in loop mode this collection of noisettes and electonic musical thoughts got to be pretty addicting. One sort of gets used to the low-budget sound quality and the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

J.B. Lee - We Know You Can Hear Us, Earthmen

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An interesting and somewhat haunting musical expedition, Lee performs the six instrumental compositions here on programmed synths and sequencers using a variety of instrument voices. It took a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Arjen Anthony Lucassen - Strange Hobby

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“Arnold Layne had a strange hobby…” This 20-year-old artifact of 60s covers will surely hit the spot for anyone who grew up in the years from 1966-1970, taking a sampling of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-08-24)

David Helpling - Between Green and Blue

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The dreamlike textures and flowing moods offered on Between Green and Blue give this a slightly different feel than many of the SPM releases before it. There is a lot of territory explored...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1997-02-01)

John Flomer's Primal Cinema - Mysterious Motions of Memory

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Mysterious Motions is synthesist / composer Flomer's debut for Spotted Peccary. As 'Primal Cinema' and the title might suggest, the music here has a strong cinematic character,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1997-02-01)

J.Arif Verner - A Vision beyond Light

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Verner is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer who is no newcomer to the scene: his first release was Clear Colors, released in 1988, and he has been involved in numerous...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Algaravia - Breve e Interminável

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The title of the first track, "Crimsoniana," ought to give you an idea as to this new band's sound, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Algaravia's line-up consists of two...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Anima - Singularities

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While eight musicians are credited here, the music features guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards, and some vocals / harmonies / choirs, and one might suspect this to be a basic four or five piece...

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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)

Grandbell - The Sun and the Embryo

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My immediate snap-judgment upon first listening to this was "Yes-clone." This was mainly based upon hearing vocalist Renato Jardim, who is unapologetically influenced by Jon Anderson....

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Agnus - Pinturas y Espresiones

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In their gold-panning expeditions for largely undiscovered old South American bands, Progressive Rock Worldwide recently unearthed this little nugget. Agnus hail from Argentina, consisting of 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)

The League of Gentlemen - Thrang Thrang Gozinbulx

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The early 80s were a musical dance phenomena as well as a signpost for radical changes in the echelons of music taste and fashion. The times dictated 'in with 4/4 rhythms, out with the extended...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Solaris - Live in Los Angeles

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For anyone that was completely blown away by this band's performance at Progfest in November '95 (everyone in the house, from what this writer could ascertain), this two disc set is nothing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

David Thomas & Ronnie Gunn - The Giants Dance

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I guess at some point anyone even remotely connected with Genesis will come out of the woodwork to market their offerings. Case in point. David Thomas and Ronnie Gunn were two musicians who...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Various Artists - Steinway to Heaven

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Yup. A full album of rock keyboard gods performing straight ahead (almost) classical pieces on piano, totally solo, sink or swim. Indeed this is proof positive that the likes of Emerson, Wakeman,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Richard Bone - The Eternal Now

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With four releases under his belt, Richard Bone has touched on a variety of different musical avenues, of which The Eternal Now is his nod to the New Age / ambient realm. While I'm...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Emmanuel Borghi & Collectif Mu - Anecdotes & Live au Crescent

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These two albums are products of Seventh's developing interest in contemporary French jazz. The lineups on the recordings are similar; they share the same bassist, drummer, and two sax players,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Emmanuel Borghi & Collectif Mu - Anecdotes & Live au Crescent

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These two albums are products of Seventh's developing interest in contemporary French jazz. The lineups on the recordings are similar; they share the same bassist, drummer, and two sax players,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Christian Vander / Simon Goubert - Welcome

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These guys have just about got it right on this one! For the last several years, Christian Vander has been following the spirit of John Coltrane, particularly the Impulse years, Both he and Goubert...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

La Casa de Agua - La Casa de Agua

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Most of this album has me wondering why I'm reviewing it in a progressive rock publication at all. "Mexican jazz-funk" is the closest description that I can come to for the bulk of...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Roach had a lot of truly great ambient albums in the 90s, but I was particularly impressed by this Hearts of Space release. With Worlds End in...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-11-17)

Mickey Simmonds - The Shape of Rain

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Mickey Simmonds' debut as a solo artist presents a well-traveled craftsman in do-it-yourself mode. I'm not certain if this is due in part to his inability to supply material for a group...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

XII Alfonso - The Lost Frontier

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XII Alfonso is a French band whose debut release The Lost Frontier is a concept album about Hadrian’s Wall. Similar to Musea’s other Celtic inspired band Kadwaladyr, XII...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-12-31)

XII Alfonso - The Lost Frontier

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It's unclear from the booklet notes what actually constitutes the band proper, but it seems to be centered around two brothers François and Philippe Claerhout, on keyboard programming...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Thread - Thread

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This disc is essentially a two person project between Doane Perry (Jethro Tull's long time drummer) and Vince DiCola (LA virtuoso keyboardist and arranger). It evolved into a three piece with...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Tajack - Tajack

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Imagine heavy-duty three-piece power funk with an Italian version of David Clayton Thomas (Blood Sweat & Tears) at the microphone, all placed in a progressive-hard-rock context. Add some police...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Malombra - Our Lady of the Bones

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This album has some great song titles: "Dedicated Dopamines Dance," "Requiem for the Human Beast," "Sinister Morning." Excellent! Also of intrigue is that one track,...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Foglie di Vetro - Foglie di Vetro

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The Italian scene has undergone a complete renaissance in the last five to six years. With bands like Deus Ex Machina, Aria Palea, Finisterre, Spirosfera, Sithonia, and Abiogenesi leading the way,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Taliesyn - When Silence Will Be Unbearable

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This German band makes prog-metal with a difference. For one thing, you can actually hear the keyboards! Not only that, but the keyboards also get some decent solo space, rare in music like this....

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Lynne - Witchwood

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With the exception of a few guest guitar spots and several samples from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom sound effect library, all of the music on Witchwood is played by...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Aton's - Klein & Wagner

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Aton's is led by vocalist / guitarist / keyboardist Pietro Ratto, who is also the sole songwriter for the band. For the most part, the compositions are more interesting rhythmically than...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

EAS - Absolute Presence

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It's hard to be a three-piece guitar, bass, and drums progressive rock band and not sound like Rush it seems. EAS has enough in common with them that comparisons are hard to avoid. The...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Sons of Selina - Terminus

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This EP is a bit of enigmatic release, coming with no band or lineup information at all. The disc contains three songs, totaling 23 minutes. The music on the first two tracks features a driving,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Livit - Unspoken

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The ability to surprise is one thing that makes music interesting. Livit apparently knows this, and uses it to their advantage of their 1996 album Unspoken. No style used on this album...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Moongarden - Brainstorm of Emptiness

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Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator were very popular in Italy in the mid-70s. While nowadays you can't sell out a 1,000 seater at Progfest in the USA, bands such as these were hot sellers in...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Benjamin Grant DePauw - Monkey Village

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Can an album be too diverse? Monkey Village opens with two minutes of beautiful ambient angelic voices, then kicks into the six minute title track, a funky pop tune in a very commercial...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Egoband - We Are...

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Egoband are a contemporary progressive outfit from Italy. Although their sound is generally generic hard prog, at times they throw in some surprises such as e-bowed guitar solos, Floydian drones,...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Andrew Booker - Ahead

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Booker does it all himself on this new release of well-rounded progressive rock. Apart from a guest guitarist on the last track, Booker is the only musician credited; he ably handles guitar,...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Deambra - Deambra

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This Southern California five-piece of veteran session players is led by guitarist Alex Deambrini. It was no surprise to learn, in their bio, that vocalist Jonn Ross has done studio work with Jon...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Lemur Voice - Insights

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When they give out the awards for the weirdest band names, Lemur Voice will surely be at the front of the line, right up there with Public Foot the Roman. Names aside, if anyone longs for the kind...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Necropolis - Blueprint for Bedlam

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Necro- [<Gr. nekros, a dead body] a combining form meaning death, corpse.

Get it? Well, before one writes these guys off as another worthless death...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

3RDegree - Human Interest Story

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A four-piece from New York City, 3RDegree specializes in well-crafted, hook-infected, song-oriented rock with strong melodic drive and progressive overtones. In fact they've been around for...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

The Surgery - Holy Umbrella

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The Surgery is a trio of guitars, bass and drums, with guitarist Toshi Horisawa providing the predominantly English lead vocals, as well as some synths and programming. The album opens with a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Drifting Sun - Drifting Sun

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Keyboardist Pat Sanders seems to be the main mover in Drifting Sun, a relatively new four-piece from the UK. This is their first release, a solid collection of nine rock tunes, mostly memorable and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Legend - Triple Aspect

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Move over Annie Haslam. Legend is a British Pagan prog-rock band, fronted by the amazing voice of Debbie Chapman. In fact this writer heard their first record Light in Extension about five...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Eclat - Vol. I & II

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Eclat is a French five-piece whose style lies somewhere between the symphonic stylings pioneered by bands like Ange and Mona Lisa and the folk-directed tendencies of bands like Minimum Vital. There...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

El Puente de Alvarado - Conquista y Destrucción de México-Tenochtitlán

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Two alumni from Iconoclasta (the drummer and guitarist) team up with ex-Chac Mool / Via Lactea keyboardist Carlos Perea and a bassist to record this CD of short instrumental prog rock tunes. If it...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Seate - Kedarui Gogono

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This hitherto unknown five-piece from Japan features violinist Junko Minobe, ex- of Cinderella Search, and is fronted by vocalist Yoko Tuchiya. The remainder of the band features piano, bass and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Kräldjursanstalten - Voodoo Boogie / Nu Är Det Allvar!!

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Have the Excedrin bottle handy for this one. Actually it's not that bad, and in fact starts to reveal itself after a few listens as being pretty innovative and unique. But the shouted punky...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Germán Bringas - El Salto

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Bringas is a Mexican multi-instrumentalist operating along the experimental / jazz / new world music axis. El Salto is the latest of several albums, and is a solo project in the truest...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Altura - Mercy

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Altura is a five-piece gigging band from Charlotte, North Carolina. Their first album is a definite progressive metal project with intricate time changes that support a core emphasis of aggressive,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Rivendel - The Meaning

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It's amazing how Musea continually releases an endless string of masterpieces; not just old classics, but new releases such as this one as well. This album's style fits squarely in the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Lhasa Cement Plant - Chakra Full of Blood

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This instrumental four-piece of dual guitars, bass, and drums features two ex-Borbetomagus members and occupies an area of the sonic spectrum shared with bands like Material and Praxis, a grinding...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Geno White - Standing in Stereo

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From the opening track, a maelstrom of Hendrix-like feedback mixed with chunky blasts of power rock, it's obvious that White's latest release will be a guitarist's guitar album. Joining...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Adrian Belew - Op Zop Too Wah

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Op Zop Too Wah is an overview of a little bit of everything Belew's been up to from his work in King Crimson to The Bears as well as his own introspective and energy laden singer /...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

The Electric Groove Temple - Sequence Me

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We're in heavy techno country here — intensely rhythmic, and like the Ozrics, EGT use real drums to augment the electronic based dance-beats, as well as additional percussive elements...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Soh Band - No Problem at All

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Soh Band is a Japanese quintet who play the familiar variety of eclectic fusion native to their country. With a sound at times not unlike fellow countrymen Il Berlione, they mix a bit of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Holy River Family Band - Haida Deities

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Holy River Family Band is apparently an offshoot of the Swedish psych band The Spacious Mind, a three-piece lineup playing guitars, zaz, oud, surna, violin, bass, organ, synths, hurdy-gurdy,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Yun - Mobius Strip

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Yun is essentially Korean multi-instrumentalist Jo Yun on guitars, keyboards, and percussion, with a male and female vocalist, and bassist Hyoung-Suk Kang. While other 'progressive'...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Darling - Darling

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From Omaha, Nebraska, Darling is Hal Darling on drums, piano, keyboards, and sequencing, and sibling Bryce Darling on ancillary percussion and keyboards. No vocals, sorry! No guitars either, but...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Somnambulist - Somnambulist

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Fans of Mellotron and heavy Hammond take note. Somnambulist is a four-piece from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who are solidly powered by these two instruments, as well as synths, guitars, and a heavy...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Mike Myers - Myriad

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This is the second release for Texas based percussionist / keyboardist Mike Myers. The eleven tracks on Myriad cover a wide range of styles from jazz-rock to progressive to pop to more...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Bellaphon - Firefly

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Bellaphon are a four-piece from Japan, consisting of the standard guitar / bass / keys / drums lineup. Their arrangements are heavy on the keyboards, with Camel-like guitar breaks providing the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

J.E.T. - Fede, Speranza, Carità

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The sole album from this Italian outfit dates back to 1972. The band is a four-piece consisting of guitar, keys, bass, and drums. While there are certain clearly Italian melodies and harmonic...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Rhesus O - Rhesus O

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A lost relic from the early zeuhl period, Rhesus O was a band formed by keyboardist Jean-Pol Asseline and drummer Thierry Blanchard in 1971, along with five other musicians — among them Magma...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Rascal Reporters - Happy Accidents

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What do you get when you combine two one-man bands? Why, Rascal Reporters of course. Steve Gore and Steve Kretzmer are the men responsible for the music of this highly idiosyncratic American group....

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Enzo Capuano - Storia Mai Scritta

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A very rare Italian solo, Enzo Capuano's music cuts the line between Italian canzone (Battisti, early Storm Six and many more) and a symphonic soundtrack type of music. The vocal music is...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Ilous & Decuyper - Ilous & Decuyper

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Ilous & Decuyper occupy an interesting niche in French rock, one that doesn't relate much to what is even vaguely referred to as progressive or symphonic rock. Yet this album is certainly...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Riccardo Zappa - Celestion

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Zappa is a composer and guitarist who released a string of about nine mostly instrumental albums between 1977 and 1990. Celestion was the first, and is also the first to get the digital...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 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)

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach, Behold & See & III

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Long before the British domination of all things progressive, progress was being made in the post-San Francisco underground scene in many US cities, among them Boston. The fact that producer Alan...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Hecenia - Légendes

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-02-01)

Frank Zappa - Läther

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At long last, Zappa's late 70s quadruple-album masterpiece has received a well-deserved official release. When Warner Bros. rejected Zappa's attempt to fulfill his remaining contract...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Raoul Björkenheim / Krakatau - Ritual

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Ah Krakatau's first album, another interesting choice by Steve Feigenbaum for reissue. Krakatau has resided in ECM's stable since their third album, and all are worth checking out. Raoul...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces I & II

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Released in 1978 and 1980 respectively (though recorded earlier), when acoustic music was anything but in vogue, Private Parts & Pieces 1 and 2 set the tone for much of Anthony's...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Anthony Phillips - Private Parts and Pieces I & II

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Released in 1978 and 1980 respectively (though recorded earlier), when acoustic music was anything but in vogue, Private Parts & Pieces 1 and 2 set the tone for much of Anthony's...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Trace - Birds

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Often unjustly dismissed as "Rick van der Linden's post-Ekseption band" or "Ian Mosley's pre-Marillion band," Trace certainly deserve to be remembered for what they...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Dr Folamour - Dr Folamour

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About halfway through my first listen to Dr Folamour's eponymous debut, I had to go and find my copy of baG's

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Dr Folamour - Dr Folamour

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Dr Folamour is one of Musea’s new discoveries from France. Essentially the duo of Marc Beugnies (drums) and Marc Mourgues (guitar and bass) plus a variety of guest musicians and vocalists, Dr...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-19)

7% Solution - All About Satellites and Spaceships

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Now here's a novel idea: With each CD you sell, include an extra copy of the disc for the buyer to pass along, thus spreading the word about the band. That's precisely what this four-piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Chris Cutler / Zeena Parkins - Shark!

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Cutler (drums, percussion, electronics) and Parkins (harp, melodica, electrification) are both seasoned veterans of the Recommended axis. This project contains two lengthy live improvisations that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

La Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux - Les Explositionnistes

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STPO stands for "La Société des Timides à la Parade des Oiseaux". Okay... I think that means "the shy people's society at the parade of the birds." This...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Various Artists - Eyesore: A Stab at the Residents

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The Residents were, and still are, a band that is truly one of a kind. They were experimenting with sound fragments and executing twisted parodies of countless musical styles as far back as 1973,...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Annie Haslam & Steve Howe - Lily's in the Field

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The second publicly available song (the other being the rework of "Turn of the Century" from the Magna Carta tribute) from this duo is a benefit single for children orphaned from the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

moe. - Meat

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moe. (the lower-case "m" and the period are not typos) has been gigging around the east coast for the past five years, cultivating a loyal following with their dynamic live performances...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Geoffrey Downes - Evolution

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Asia - Archiva 1 & 2

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Probably the best question to ask at this point is: What relevance does Asia have within the context of a progressive rock journal? By now the question is largely rhetorical because the answer is...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-02-01)

Redjy Emond - Sphere

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Sphere is a complete one-man show by a keyboardist whose primary style is drawn from a very watered down Emerson (e.g. Keith on the last ELP: injured and should have waited) or Yanni on...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Redjy Emond - Sphere

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This is one of those albums that contains a one man rock band mostly controlled by synthesizers. I'm not too fond of the robotic tendencies of this way of going at it, yet Redjy is a more...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Redjy Emond - Sphere

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Redjy Emond is a keyboard player from Quebec. He is a newcomer on the prog rock scene and while the pieces found on this CD constitute his very first offering, he nevertheless culminates many years...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Guru Guru / Uli Trepte - Hot on Spot / Inbetween

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Back in the mid 80s, in between the era when all the original German 70s rock came out on vinyl and the reissue era, and when many of these albums...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-04-07)

Attila & Dave Project - Songs of Innocence & Experience

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Keyboardist / singer Attila Medveczky and guitarist / backing vocalist Dave Stevenson form the core of this band, with drummer / percussionist Rusty Aceves fortifying the group's rock dimension...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Attila & Dave Project - Songs of Innocence & Experience

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This new trio from the San Francisco Bay Area is a picturesque collage of styles ranging from mid-60s psychedelic music (e.g. early Pink Floyd), 50s surf style guitar playing (new words) but with a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Cryptopsy - None So Vile

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McLatchey's Second Tier

And speaking of world class drummers, it's time to go metal again. While this is a fairly unknown title outside the death metal genre, it's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-09-08)

Present - Live!

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Present is back in black. When we last heard from this Belgian band — 1995's studio reformation disc COD Performance, the lineup consisted only of Roger Trigaux and his son...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Present - Live!

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On again, off again, and on again, this mini-tour eventually did occur (with 5uu's David Kerman subbing for the rumored Daniel Denis) and is captured on this fine release. Along with...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-02-01)

Present - Live!

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What a treat this was — to hear a live recording by the enigmatic Present. Led by Roger Trigaux, this band has unfortunately dwelt in the shadow of his alma mater, Univers Zero. With only...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Bon - To the Bone

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Bon Lozaga is a talented guitarist related to the Gong axis tenuously through the Pierre Moerlen side. This is his new album, joined by guests like David Torn and other Moerlen's Gong...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Bon - To the Bone

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Lots of guitar on this one, naturally. This is mainly a guitar album and to this effect, Bon Lozaga delves in gracefully, supported by fellows Hansford Rowe on bass, Vic Stevens on drums plus the...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Bon - To the Bone

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Bon Lozaga's latest moves further into the heavy guitar driven jazz realms, a place only hinted at on his previous, Full Circle. There's plenty of variety herein, from punchy rock...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Presence - Black Opera

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Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901. Not exactly a household name among proggers, but his operas rank among some of the best of the 19th century: La Traviata, Aida, Don Carlo,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Presence - Black Opera

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For their second album, this Italian group has expanded on its dramatic, heavy-metal-meets-neoprog sound. A quartet of guitars, keys, vocals, and drums, their music flirts with a quasi-operatic...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Cast - Beyond Reality

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If anything, Cast are at least one of the best when it comes to promoting and marketing their music. A hundred "progressive" bands could learn a lot from the way they do things as...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Cast - Beyond Reality

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Cast has released some of the more interesting neo-progressive music in the past few years. In many ways, Beyond Reality is similar to last year's Endless Sings. The strong...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Cast - Beyond Reality

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Can a band really improve exponentially? Cast proves that it may just be possible. I found it hard to believe that they could do much better than their last album, Endless Signs, but their...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Mastermind - IV - Until Eternity

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Mastermind's calling card is the extraordinary talent of frontman Bill Berends, who composes the material and provides much of the sound, with his midi guitar and traditional guitar leads....

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Mastermind - IV - Until Eternity

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Mastermind's fourth offering lies somewhere between melodic rock, hard rock, and progressive rock. Guitarist / songwriter Bill Berends plays and writes in a style reminiscent of people like...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Mastermind - IV - Until Eternity

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For their fourth album, Mastermind has carefully balanced all of their best tendencies within eight tracks of varying length, offering an album that captures the spirit of late-60s/early-70s rock...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Landberk - Indian Summer

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Landberk's third album is basically what you'd expect from this Swedish outfit: every bit as melancholy and organic as their first two releases. Mellotrons weave in and out of clean guitar...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-02-01)

Landberk - Indian Summer

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Landberk makes me sleepy. Now before this is taken as criticism, remember that sleep is a good thing at the right time, which is as good an analogy as I can get to their music. This is essentially...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Landberk - Indian Summer

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Before Änglagård and Anekdoten were household prog names, Landberk was paving the way for the new breed of Swedish progressive rock bands. It's strange in a way because Landberk...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Ars Nova - The Goddess of Darkness

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I never thought "progressive rock" was a music of image, but Ars Nova have done a lot to change my mind about that. Anyway, what is it with the Japanese symphonic rock groups? Have you...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Ars Nova - The Goddess of Darkness

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In mostly minor modes, Ars Nova, Japan's all-female progressive band, delivers riff after riff of enjoyable, classic prog keyboard trio fare targeted at the not-so-faint-of-heart amateurs....

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Ars Nova - The Goddess of Darkness

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The Goddess of Darkness is the third and latest release from this Japanese instrumental trio and is a solid follow-up to their last album, Transi. Although influenced by the likes...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Ars Nova - The Goddess of Darkness

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It was about the time of ProgFest '94 when Arsnova's second album Transi made a big splash. Not just because this keyboard-heavy power trio was comprised of Japanese females, but...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-02-01)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - 10 Anni Live 1971-1981

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The saga of PFM is one of the most interesting and revealing of all of the "progressive" symphonic rock greats. With PFM you see the birth of the Italian classical rock scene, you see a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Yes - Keys to Ascension

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Yes fans arrived from the furthest corners of the U.S. and on the night of March 5 this formation of Yes hit the stage for the first time in 17 years. Over three nights the band performed a set of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Rush - Test for Echo & Working Man Tribute

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My initial reaction to the new Rush album: "It's bogus." After making this statement, people claimed that it wasn't informative enough, so I sat back and rethought just what I...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1997-02-01)

Rush - Test for Echo & Working Man Tribute

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My initial reaction to the new Rush album: "It's bogus." After making this statement, people claimed that it wasn't informative enough, so I sat back and rethought just what I...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1997-02-01)

Magma - Concert 1971 Bruxelles - Théâtre 140

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Prior to the release of this, the earliest Magma shows that could be found on the tape collector circuit were mostly from the 1973-74 period (although a partial show from Metz in 3/72 exists). So...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Jean-Luc Chevalier - Hommage à Jaco

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This is Chevalier's tribute to the extraordinairy bassist Jaco Pastorius. As expected we find here a music that gives ample room to horns. The trumpet is introducing and playing melodies,...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Patrick Gauthier - Le Morse

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Patrick Gauthier's third solo offering reveals, past the "soul" opening piece, a rich blend of keyboards and vocals, hovering mostly in between mysterious and clear atmospheres, with...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Soft Machine - Spaced

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The material on Spaced was originally recorded in 1969 (circa Third) for a special choreographed multi-media one-week event of the same name at the London Roundhouse. Although the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Caravan - All over You

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Caravan finally takes the plunge into Unplugged Greatest Hits territory, but with mixed results. New versions of ancient tracks are really no better or worse than their two decade-old predecessors,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

IQ - Forever Live

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What, no "Material Girl?" I remember hearing of this supposed IQ live CD+Video compilation about two and a half years ago when IQ played in San Jose. Three years after the actual...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Mystery - Theatre of the Mind

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Straddling the line between mainstream rock and a more progressive angle, this excellent six-piece from Lorraine, Quebec covers an area that is covered often but rarely done so well. This is not...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Quidam - Quidam

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I love almost any album that starts with heavy organ... almost. To be a bit more objective, this self-titled album by the symphonic Polish band Quidam is like a lot of other bands: less derivative...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Arena - Pride

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I never thought I'd see the day when Mick Pointer became a more prolific musician than his former Marillion mates. After dropping off the face of the earth for over a decade, Mick and Co. have...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Art Zoyd - Faust

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It's been too long since I've heard anything by Art Zoyd. They have continued down their unique path begun on L'Enfer, taking them in recent years to the macabre soundtracks of...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Lussier / Derome / Cutler - Three Suite Piece

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This project featuring Canadians Jean Derome (keys, flute, saxes, electronics), and René Lussier (guitars, percussion) along with drummer Chris Cutler, veteran of Henry Cow and countless...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Porcupine Tree - Signify

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On their latest release, Signify, Porcupine Tree continues to consolidate and refine the approach used on their previous release, The Sky Moves Sideways. While Sky was...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Melting Euphoria - Beyond the Maybe Machine

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Back in the late 60s, I used to imagine music like this, but nobody was making it then; Ummagumma was the first album that really came close. Meltin Euphoria's sound could best be...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Mathematicians - Factor of Four

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Factor of Four is the second release from this all-instrumental quartet. Their music is a mix of somewhat rhythmically intricate symphonic elements with an occasional contemporary fusion...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Buckethead - The Day of the Robot

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Out of the floating ambient textures that open the first track, a grisly mechanical metal monster arises, destroying everything within ear's reach; there is, of course no escape, until it...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

King Crimson - Thrakattak

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What more can be said about King Crimson that hasn't already been said? Not much that I can think of. They have continued to define and redefine the parameters of Progressive Rock (at least in...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Spiral Realms - Solar Wind

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I am bummed that my dislike of Nik Turner caused me to miss these guys. The master of Space Violin, ex-Hawkwind player Simon House brought his band, Spiral Realms, to the Great American Music Hall....

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1997-02-01)

Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser

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A group I've only had the chance to hear on one previous occasion (their Spleen and Ideal album), Dead Can Dance didn't take me by storm then. But I have always awaited a chance to...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

The Moor - Flux

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The Moor's first album, Every Pixie Sells a Story (reviewed in #9), set the stage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Quarkspace - Quarkspace

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Quarkspace was one of six bands who performed at Eclectic Electric Event in Louisville this year, a four-piece from Ohio, with guests. Their sound is based around a loosely structured and rhythmic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

After Crying - De Profundis

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I'm not sure how this fits in in the overall scheme. It's one of those albums that makes you feel maybe you're just not hip enough for this yet. You know, if I give myself a couple of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Echolyn - When the Sweet Turns Sour

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So one of the best American bands in ages has come and gone, rising unheard of from Philly and through the ranks of the Sony / Epic corporate record label, which sadly proved to be their last true...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-02-01)

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit II

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Bondage Fruit has produced another disc of full-throttle over-the-top world-influenced zeuhl-rock with their own unique Japanese avant-garde twist. For anyone won over by last year's powerful...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Deus Ex Machina - Diacronie Metronomiche

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Every Deus Ex Machina listener has a preferred song that is a wish to hear performed live. Diacronie Metronomiche sheds any doubts about the band using studio overdubs to make their full...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

National Health - Missing Pieces

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After 20 or so years in the vault, many unreleased National Health treasures finally see the light of day. National Health ranks up there among the most important progressive rock bands of all...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

National Health - Missing Pieces

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Normally, Exposé reserves roundtable reviews for new releases by current artists, but an exception has been made in this case — a CD of "lost" recordings by the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

National Health - Missing Pieces

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Finally! Most of the missing links between the last Hatfield and the North (1975) and the first National Health (1977) albums make their way into the light of day. Several copies of these sessions...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Finisterre - In Limine

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After a respectable first album, Finisterre returns with a solid follow-up. The band doesn't really have any weak links. All of the musicians are on about the same musical level, and their...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

Finisterre - In Limine

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Still spacey, ethereal and sublime, Finisterre are one of the most interesting of the new Italian groups, skirting the Marillion school that so many are fond of and embracing that refined subtlety...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-02-01)

Tipographica - God Says I Can't Dance

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By now everyone should know who these guys are and have some kind of idea what they sound like, even if you've never actually heard anything by them (unless you've been living in a cave, or...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Patrick Broguière - Icones

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Icones is Patrick Broguière’s second release and is a concept album inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. You the listener / visitor are given an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-26)

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

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Deborah Martin - Under the Moon

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An album based on the twilight-to-dawn theme, Deborah Martin’s Under the Moon shines with an impressionistic delicacy supported by a lush backdrop of multi-synths, textural electric...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Dilate - Cyclos

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It's interesting that Cleopatra is releasing ambient electronic music like this, as my initial impression of the label was much different. There’s not an awful lot of information in the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void

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It seems Mr. Roach can do no wrong, always working with quality musicians always following different trails into uncharted areas and always sticking to psychosomatic energy in music. Lately,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Liberation thru' Hearing - Liberation thru' Hearing

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How to describe this? Let's first consider the music: although it doesn't say exactly who plays on the album, one may hear synths, percussion, flutes, sax, drums, bass, guitars, plus some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Tel Basta - Lickerish

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I really like this CD. Musically it's very simple. I am reminded of early Cure and Joy Division music. Progressive? Well, not as I call progressive. The promo statement for the band read...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1996-08-01)

Ten Seconds - Ten Seconds

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Ten Seconds is the duo of Bill Forth (guitars, vocals) and Jeff Fayman (keyboards), augmented by numerous guests on bass, drums, additional keys, and guitar soundscapes (gee, I wonder who that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Exclusive Raja - Insubmersible

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Insubmersible is Exclusive Raja's second album and is a step onward from their debut, Off the Map, of three years ago. This eclectic band shows musical influences of such...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-08-01)

Pierre Bastien - Eggs Air Sister Steel

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An interesting album indeed. Each one of the thirteen instrumental vignettes presented here has its own unique character, all within a more-or-less experimental neo-classical context, with some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Dweller at the Threshold - No Boundary Condition

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Dweller at the Threshold is a trio of Paul Ellis, Dave Fulton, and Jeff Vasey, on synthesizers, synthesizers, and synthesizers respectively, out to explore the far reaches of a finite universe with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Philharmonie - Rage

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Perhaps a bit of history is in order. Philharmonie began in the late 80s as strictly a guitar trio, led by former Shylock guitarist Frederic L'Epée. Their first album, Beau...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Patrick Broguière - Icones

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Broguière's debut album Brocéliande was one of Musea's brightest promises last year, the multi-instrumentalist (guitars, keyboards, violin, and flute) serving up a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Catweazle - Ars Moriendi

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Just what the world needs, another Swedish prog band! Catweazle are a four-piece of guitar / keyboards / bass / drums with lead vocals by keyboardist Michael Thorne. They seem to be coming from the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Psychomusak - The Extasie

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You want psychedelic? The music here, spread out across five long purely instrumental tracks, each ranging from ten to twenty minutes, evokes a hallucinatory half dreamlike state by offering...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Aria Palea - Zoicekardi'a

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In fact what begins as a pretty bizarre sounding album, with the bassist making weird laughs, sound effects, assumed voices, and whispered lyrics for over two minutes, turns out to be one of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Spirosfera - Umanamnesi

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Does Alberto Piras have a twin brother? Spirosfera is an Italian quartet of guitar, bass / keys, drums, and dedicated lead vocalist Nicola Pavan, with regular guests on Hammond organ and saxes....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Spektakel - Spektakel

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Unless one has been hiding in the forest for a year, it should be fairly well known that The Laser's Edge was planning on releasing this, the tapes of an early band involving Ede Schicke and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Finnforest - Finnforest / Lähtö Matkalle

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At the core of this classic Finnish prog-fusion unit were two brothers, Pekka and Jussi Tegelman, on guitars and drums respectively. They recorded three albums in the mid-late 70s; the first two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Kryptästhesie - Inner Whirl

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This is the first regular album on the Delerium label for this Italian band (though several private cassettes, two singles, and a double-LP on other labels date back to the mid 80s), a five piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Atlantide - Atlantide

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Jean-Pierre Massiera had somewhat of a reputation for putting together one-shot bands that record and promptly die. Another one of his 'projects' was Visitors, which we

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Hampton Grease Band - Music to Eat

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The "Hampton," of course, refers to the venerable Bruce Hampton, best known for his 90s rock / jazz / funk outfit, the Aquarium Rescue Unit. But back in the early 70s, Hampton was the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Alquimia & Jose Luis Fernandez Ledesma - Dead Tongues

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Alquimia is a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has three previous albums to her credit in the pre-hispanic/new electronic music area, while Fernandez Ledesma is the de-facto leader...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Chris Savourey - End of Millenium

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Seems like we just reviewed Savourey's first album in the last issue, and already he's back with a superb and highly energized follow-up. Okay, this may not be exactly what most consider...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

C.W. Vrtacek - Silent Heaven

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Over the years Connecticut-based multi-instrumentalist and composer C.W. Vrtacek has released several solo albums, appeared on numerous compilations, collaborated with Frith, Didkovsky, Biota, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

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)

Black Stage - Black Stage

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This is a project featuring Keiji Haino (electric guitar, flute, harp, voice), Natsuki Kido (acoustic guitar), and Yuji Katsui (violin) that – despite its release date – was recorded...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Trace - Birds

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Birds, released in 1975, was the second album by the Dutch progressive band Trace. This CD reissue contains the complete original album plus two bonus tracks, "Birds" and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-03-17)

Bertrand Loreau - Sur le Chemin...

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Bertrand Loreau’s third album Sur le Chemin ... is the first to appear on Musea’s new sub-label Amplitude, an outlet for what Musea calls electronic modern music. Loreau...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-02-18)

Island - Pictures

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This is extremely powerful music, hard driving, jagged, complex and unusual, and the overall feeling is very dark. Nothing really compares, although something like Il Baletto di Bronzo's...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Gerard - The Pendulum

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Gerard, a Japanese band led by keyboardist Toshio Egawa, has been recording since 1984 and The Pendulum is their fifth album. Gerard has gone through a number of changes since 1984 and the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-02-04)

Alan Davey - Captured Rotation

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Alan Davey has been a key member of Hawkwind for quite some time, playing bass, synthesizers, and writing the occasional song ("Wings" from their 1990 album Space Bandits is a...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-10-01)

C.W. Vrtacek - Fifteen Mnemonic Devices

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Better known as the leader for the wonderfully tuneful instrumental trio Forever Einstein, C.W. “Chuck” Vrtacek also has a darker side. His solo album Fifteen Mnemonic Devices...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2001-07-01)

Ash Ra Tempel - The Private Tapes

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Germany — 1971 — Underground. Those three terms evoke images of the Berlin Wall, intensity, angst, freedom. And no band helped define this milieu more than Ash Ra Tempel. With a long...

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(Posted by Tom Hayes 1996-08-01)

Mastermind - Volume One

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Ten years after it was recorded and released as a cassette, and about six years after its original CD incarnation on ZNR records, Mastermind's debut is finally available once again. It...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Polite Force - Canterbury Knights

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Mark Hewins’s longtime jamming project released a disc in 1996 after many years of existence in local obscurity. The band had a floating set of players as wide ranging as Richard Sinclair and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites - Unis & The Cereal Killer

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NLC is a project led by one Julien Ash, who has apparently been at this for some time, although these two releases were my first exposure to his work Their relative anonymity may not last, as they...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-03-01)

Mashu - Elephants in Your Head?

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Hugh Hopper’s penchant to seek the unobtrusive collaboration results in another crystal of a project. This improvising trio is based on your typical guitar, bass and percussion scenario,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

David Jackson - Fractal Bridge

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Utilizing the heretofore-unknown Soundbeam system, Dave Jackson has found a means to incorporate together his love of the spontaneous moment as well as live improvisation. Across the eleven cuts,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

Hector Hernandez - La Evocación de lo Sublime

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The up side of the modern availability of inexpensive digital recording equipment is that virtually anybody who wants to can put out a CD of their own music without having to go through the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Various Artists - Space Daze 2000

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The album's subtitle "A Mind Journey of Electronic Ambient Space Rock" pretty much sums it up. Material by fourteen different artists is collected here, representing a wider range of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Gualberto - Sin Comentario

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Spanish guitarist Gualberto Garcia Perez offers up an instrumental album "without commentary" and lets the music do the talking. Gualberto first came into prominence with the group Smash,...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-01-01)

Five-O-One AM - 21st Century Dream

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Somewhere between Marillion (Season's End) and the SI label bands Lies Five-O-One AM. That is, song oriented pop with elements of prog. Combine that with WMMS's reputation and...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Djabe - Djabe

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One thing I enjoy about the current swell of musical activity in Hungary is the way it proves just how deep the well of quality really is. No single person could ever know all that there is to know...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

Thee Majesty - A Hollow Cost & Thee Fractured Garden

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

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

Atman Featuring Anna Nacher - Tradition

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No newcomers to Exposé, this exotic Polish ensemble check in with another release. Atman’s sound is tough to pigeonhole, their forte being a bent for creating ambient drones...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2001-03-01)

Rattlemouth - Walking a Full Moon Dog

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The Rattlemouth recipe: Take elements of European and Middle Eastern folk music, neo-classical, jazz, rock and a lot more, mix 'em all up, and play them back with an agressive four-piece lineup...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Porcupine Tree - Waiting

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This is Porcupine Tree's latest three-song CD EP, appropriately titled I suppose, while we are waiting for the release of their next full length CD Signify this coming fall. The music...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Il Castello di Atlante - L'Ippogrifo

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This is the follow-up disc to the rather well-acclaimed Sono io il signore delle terra nord. To sum up Il Castello's history, it is a band that exists since 1976 but never recorded...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1995-11-01)

Musica Urbana - Iberia

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Spanish ensemble Music Urbana are quite an interesting group of musicians, creating a very original music. Their first album, recently reissued showed a band blending a plethora of styles –...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Various Artists - To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales

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At first thought, this disc had the possibility of being not just another tribute album with renditions of classic songs by wimpy bands and weird line-ups. But as with some expectations, they can...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Heretic - Past in Future

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This strictly limited edition private release by Heretic (a.k.a. Hiro Kawahara) represents the work of the last few years with demo versions of two thirty-five minute tracks in multiple parts,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Electric Orange - Orange Communication

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Some may recall that we reviewed the original Electric Orange album back in issue #4. That album,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Tempest - Turn of the Wheel

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No, this is not Allan Holdsworth's hard rock band reunited. This is a new band mating Celtic folk and rock, and doing quite a job of it I might add. Comparisons to Jethro Tull (especially...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Tempest - Turn of the Wheel

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Tempest (not to be confused with the ex-Colosseum group) wasn't a group I would have expected to review in Exposé as I considered them a straighter folk-rock band from the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Tempest - Turn of the Wheel

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Tempest is led by Lief Sorbye (formerly of folk group Golden Bough). This is their first album for the Magna Carta label and their fourth disc overall. Jigs and reels and storytelling: that's...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Devil Doll - Dies Irae

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I suppose it was inevitable that before long this band would find a concept such as this too good to pass up. Given the countless readings of this medieval concept in classical music, though,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Devil Doll - Dies Irae

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Proceed with extreme caution. If you love symphonic progressive rock with a nasty, sinister edge, Devil Doll may be the band you've been waiting for. Fronted by the inimitable Mr. Doctor on...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Devil Doll - Dies Irae

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If ever there was a band that fit the "love 'em or hate 'em" mold, this is certainly it. Fans tend to be die-hards, and non-fans tend to just ignore this band. So when the fans...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-08-01)

The Spacious Mind - Sailing the Seagoat

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Here's an interesting concept. Take simple folk ideas, add a little psychedelic electronics and synth, add a few flute and bongo lines and some very radio-friendly vocals and brew up some long,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-08-01)

The Spacious Mind - Sailing the Seagoat

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This third album from The Spacious Mind delivers more of their patented spacy psychedelia. Those familiar with their earlier releases know exactly what to expect; E-bowed guitar leads over a...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Fonya - Earth Shaper

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Fonya continues to be the solo vehicle for multi-instrumentalist Chris Fournier. His latest release is one that builds well on previous efforts, and is simultaneously familiar and accessible, not...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-08-01)

Fonya - Earth Shaper

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Earth Shaper is a travel into a fantasy land. A rather colorful travel where most of the times the instruments are equal in conveying the soundscapes to these imaginary places. It could be...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-08-01)

Fonya - Earth Shaper

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Fonya is Chris Fournier, a multi-instrumentalist adept at making instrumental symphonic progressive rock in a variety of moods. The album is primarily keyboard-based, using modern keyboard sounds...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 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)

Les Batteries - Démesure Révolutionnaire

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"Les Batteries." That means "The Drums" in French, as in the drums of the French revolution. That should give one a good idea as to what this French duo is all about, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Deborah Martin - Under the Moon

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Many listeners have a love/hate relationship with the New Age genre, but if you’re a fan then this one is probably already in your collection. If not, it should be. Under the Moon...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2015-07-20)

Peter Hammill - X My Heart

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Here's another work in the "difficult artiste" series from prolific songwriter Peter Hammill. How many releases does this make for him? Over 20, not including compilations? He has...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Homo Habilis Blues

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After a distinguished career with a band called Union Carbide Productions, Ebbot Lundberg (vocals), Björn Olsson (guitars), and Ian Person (guitars) regrouped as The Soundtrack of Our Lives...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Nuova Era - Il Passo del Soldato

Cover art This album could have been reviewed as a new release back in 1976 if it was judged by the musical instruments used to make it. Nuova Era, especially in the keyboard department, sticks to the tried...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Nuova Era - Il Passo del Soldato

Cover art Nuova Era are one of the few newer Italian groups performing music in the 70s style of dramatic/romantic/ symphonic rock with strong hints of Banco, PFM, Metamorfosi etc. Their second album, Dopo...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Arachnoïd - Arachnoïd

Cover art From the annals of French obscurity, Arachnoïd was a six-piece that recorded only this one album in the late 70s, and then disbanded a few months after its release. Using guitars, bass, drums,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Bill Nelson - Northern Dream

Cover art Before his days in the celebrated Be Bop Deluxe, Bill Nelson put out a lone solo album in 1971. This is indeed a far cry from his ambient, soundtrack-like projects he is best known for. Instead, this...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Tipographica - God Says I Can't Dance

Cover art The definition of progressive rock is growing wider each year. There is a trend that consists of injecting healthy doses of fusion, what with a jazz rock aura in the neighborhood. All over the...  » Read more
(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-08-01)

Tipographica - God Says I Can't Dance

Cover art As well covered in Exposé, Tipographica are one of the best new music ensembles around, a band better suited to those with largely experimental tastes. After a superb debut and equally...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Aksak Maboul - Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits

Cover art This is the second album by Aksak Maboul, a.k.a. Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis (though the latter’s involvement on this recording is rather limited) and whoever they happen to be playing with at...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Nik Turner - Past or Future?

Cover art Hawkwind fans listen up! This is the live document from last summer’s “Space Ritual” tour. Saxophonist, vocalist and founding Hawkwind member Turner is joined by other Hawk-alumni Simon House...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

The Feck - The Feck

Cover art The Feck is a four-piece from Milwaukee, and while no instruments are listed with the names per se, it sounds like we have two (or three) guitars, bass, and drums/percussion operating in that...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Gentle Giant - Out of the Woods - The BBC Sessions

Cover art Here is another BBC sessions release on the Band of Joy label, with one unreleased track and several earlier versions of arrangements which became live staples of the band during the group's heyday....  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Miriodor - Jongleries Élastiques

Cover art Anyone who's at all familiar with Miriodor will be immediately struck by the changes in this French-Canadian band. Where's all the synth, where's all the soprano sax melodies? The addition of Bernard...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Miriodor - Jongleries Élastiques

Cover art It has often been said that in music, the rests are just as important as the notes. Well, apparently this message never got through to Miriodor. Once they get rolling, they don't stop until the end. ...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-03-01)

Miriodor - Jongleries Élastiques

Cover art For their fourth album (fifth if you count the cassette that came out between the first and second), Miriodor has again pulled out a long list of surprises. Their sound is rooted in the chamber rock...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Visible Touch - Forgotten Land & Vienna

Cover art They're called Visible Touch though they have nothing whatsoever to do with 80s Genesis or any Genesis for that matter. Think instead of all those great 80s hair-farmer bands: The Scorpions, Judas...  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 1999-01-01)

Kantata - Samsara

Cover art For background information, go dig up a copy of Expose #14, and find the review where I spent half a page trying to describe a CD by Iwan Fals. Here, the XTC/Sting/Cat Stevens-influenced...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Marillion - Made Again

Cover art Made Again marks the first official release live album documenting the Hogarth era, and contains tracks from all four studio albums represented by the current lineup. The 2CD set is made up...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Beyond-O-Matic - Sonic Reclaimator

Cover art Sonic Reclaimator is the second release of improvised space music from San Francisco’s Beyond-O-Matic. They use a wide variety of instruments, both electric and acoustic, some of them...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Jörg Thomasius - Marmor

Cover art Jörg Thomasius is a former East German still residing in Berlin. Between 1986 and 1996 he released numerous cassettes, an LP, and his collaborations with Lars Stroschen as Tonart. With...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-12-31)

Galaad - Vae Victis

Cover art Four years after the first album by this Swiss band, Musea now brings us their second Vae Victus. Galaad’s music shows a definite improvement over Premier Février. Their vocalist,...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-12-31)

Amon Düül II - Live in London

Cover art Back in 1986 the DJ on our local imported music radio show played side one of Live in London, which I fortuitously taped and enjoyed for years. This live music is some of the finest Amon...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-12-31)

Kit Watkins - Beauty Drifting

Cover art This one was a real surprise. Watkins has always had a broad body of work in the electronic realm, but this album is something very different from his last few efforts, ambient or rhythmic....  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-08-01)

Kit Watkins - Beauty Drifting

Cover art The title of this work is as apt a description as you'll come by for this music. Using mostly grand piano, electronic treatments, a mite of sampling, and a nice sense of space, Kit has fashioned an...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Kit Watkins - Beauty Drifting

Cover art Belying its apparent simplicity, this latest album from Kit — basically a piano album with some supporting synth work, recalls the ethereal spirit and moodiness of his classic Azure. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Deep Live

Cover art The word on the street is that this Japanese combo is the Far East answer to King Crimson, circa Red. Although occasional Frippisms abound in the guitar parts, I think they more closely...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Emily Bezar - Grandmother's Tea Leaves, Moon in Grenadine & Four Walls Bending

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I read a review of Moon in Grenadine some time ago which described it as what you might get if Sarah McLachlan’s band indulged itself in a King Crimson fetish, so of course I had to have...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

vidnaObmana - The River of Appearance

Cover art In 1996 vidnaObmana recorded The River of Appearance, which was a high point of his early compositional style. Employing samples, loops, electronics, and sparse piano phrases, vidnaObmana...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Coronarias Dans - Visitor

Cover art Every corner of the world, so it would seem, has a closet chock full of musical gems waiting to be discovered. From a corner of Denmark's junk room, this wonderful little jewel comes to delight...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Steve Howe - Homebrew

Cover art This new CD is a collection of guitar pieces and song writing ventures by the noted Yes guitarist which covers a span of over twenty years work from several solo and band projects. Almost completely...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Ring of Myth - Unbound

Cover art First impressions are generally correct. This could be a likable excursion down a well trod path, however, I found it pretty much impossible to listen to this CD all the way through. This LA band is a...  » Read more
(Posted by Dane Carlson 1996-08-01)

Providence - There Once Was a Night of "Choko-muro" the Paradise

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Some may recall the first, very highly regarded Providence CD And I'll Recite an Old Myth... from around 1990. At that point they had already released a couple cassettes, two videos, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

You Are Here - You Are Here

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You Are Here are a new band out of Toronto with this eponymous EP as their debut. First off, I should point out that while a keyboard player is present, this quintet have a much newer and younger...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 1998-07-01)

Die Knodel - Panorama

Cover art Well I thought the RIO movement was going trad. on us when L'Ensmeble Raye's last CD hit the shelves, but now they really have gone and done it.  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Surge - For the Time Being

Cover art Why is European mainland jazz ignored or worse yet, simply prejudiced as being lesser than US contemporaries? And does jazz have to be black to be good?  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Stips - Egotrip

Cover art Originally I thought this album was a throwaway, but a shrewd scheme unfolds after a few passes through the disc.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

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Previously in Exposé...

Visible Touch - Forgotten Land & Vienna – They're called Visible Touch though they have nothing whatsoever to do with 80s Genesis or any Genesis for that matter. Think instead of all those great 80s hair-farmer bands: The Scorpions, Judas...  (1999) » Read more

Causa Sui - Summer Sessions – Causa Sui is a Danish powerhouse of spacy, extended psychedelic stoner-rock jams. With two releases to their credit – their previous Free Ride from 2007 received a glowing review in these pages at...  (2010) » Read more

Jinetes Negros - Omniem – Omniem is the third release by the Argentinean band Jinetes Negros or Black Riders in English. This is an odd release. Interspersed between excellent progressive music, there are cheesy string...  (2009) » Read more

Squonk Opera - Howandever – Ready for something different and very original? First off, forget the Squonk, it's not a reference – these guys sound nothing like Genesis! In fact they are a totally new six-piece from the...  (1995) » Read more

Mushroom - Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed – The opening cut, a gentle duo for flute and acoustic guitar, is the first signal that this might be a little different than previous Mushroom releases. In fact, what a listener will notice is that...  (2011) » Read more



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