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Mugen - Sinfonia della Luna

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Originally released in 1984, a pretty dark time for all types of prog, this Japanese symphonic outfit put out a release that shines like the moonlight its title refers to. Mellow, smooth, and...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-10-01)

Cos - Viva Boma

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The first Cos album, Postaeolian Train Robbery, was rereleased by Musea several years back. With its zeuhl-inspired sound, offbeat jazz sensibility, and the amazing vocal talents of...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-10-01)

England - Garden Shed

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At last, one of the last touchstone albums of British symphonic prog makes it to CD. Oh, there was a bad vinyl transcription on the Japanese Edison label a few years ago, but now the master tapes...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-10-01)

Doctor Nerve - Every Screaming Ear

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Guitarist / bandleader Nick Didkovsky's latest Dr. Nerve offering is something of a live retrospective of the band's various musical personalities. While many of the tracks on Every...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-05-01)

Fred Frith Guitar Quartet - Ayaya Moses

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The quartet of Frith, René Lussier, Nick Didkovsky, and Mark Stewart is one of high interest to the RIO enthusiast — all are big time players here. Lussier's old Quatuor...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Mats / Morgan - The Music or the Money...

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This Swedish duo may be known to some for their featured participation in the 1991 Zappa's Universe performance. On this new 2CD set, Mats Öberg, on keyboards, and Morgan Ågren, on...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1998-07-01)

Hoppy Kamiyama - Juice & Tremolo (The Works of Chamber Music)

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After having released the last real Ruins album in early 1998 (the incredible Vrresto featuring a new bassist and even more craziness), this young French label issues another true...

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(Posted by Jerome Schmidt 1999-04-01)

Bittová & Václavek - Bílé Inferno

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There is something eminently fascinating about East European culture, where the simple human voice in their command becomes a monolith — transmitting the pathos of an entire civilization (one...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

Sadhappy - Good Day Bad Dream

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Sadhappy has been one of Seattle’s quietly active units for the last few years. The group has undergone some famous personnel changes (in particular the departure of key saxophonist, Skerik...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Nathan Mahl - Parallel Eccentricities

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One of the better English Canadian progressives, this one has had a lot of attention amongst progressive collectors for its rarity and quality. I had heard that there were going to be bonus tracks...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

The Doors - Box Set

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The Doors, you ask? Can one appreciate modern rock poets like Peter Hammill and the Fish-fronted Marillion without acknowledging the influence they received from the charismatic vocalist Jim...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Sabah Habas Mustapha - Jalan Kopo - The Sunda Sessions

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Sabah Habas Mustapha is (so the story goes) the Western-educated younger brother of the more famous (at least within Indonesia) 3 Mustaphas 3. He’s basically a singer / guitarist / songwriter...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-07-01)

The Reptile Palace Orchestra - Hwy X

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An unusual fusion of musics from across a wide variety of influences, The Reptile Palace Orchestra seem an anomaly for an American band. They draw their repertoire of melodies and stylisms from...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-07-01)

Teru's Symphonia - Do Androids Dream of Electric Camel

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Teru's Symphonia is a Japanese band lead by guitarist and composer Terutsugu Hirayama, but it's the vocals of Megumi Tokuhisa that get your attention. She's a great singer. On...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-07-01)

Anekdoten - Live EP

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Recorded one night in Cozmoz, Sweden in 1996, this short EP is a solid testament to the raw power Anekdoten exude in the live setting. Four tunes are included: "Nucleus," "The...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1998-07-01)

Kate St. John - Second Sight

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When I reviewed Channel Light Vessel's recent disc, Excellent Spirits, I...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Jeff Greinke - Cities in Fog

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Albums this peripheral and ambient are rather rare in my opinion. Roach and Rich have both done albums in this vein, the latter in his early days, and of course Brian Eno did his pioneering work in...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-07-01)

Pauline Oliveros - Alien Bog / Beautiful Soop

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Born in 1932, accordionist / musical philosopher / teacher Oliveros has been hailed a champion of the avant garde in America, ever since instigating the field of meditative music. Founding the Deep...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-07-01)

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook - Remixed: Star Rise

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Prior to Khan’s death last year, several artists were at work remixing several groundbreaking pieces that Khan and Brook together had recorded on their last successful album from 1996,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Virgil Moorefield - The Temperature in Hell Is over Three Thousand Degrees

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Forget that you ever heard of Virgil's last Cuneiform outing Distracions on the Way to the King's Party, because this album simply has nothing to do with that whatsoever. Virgil is...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1998-07-01)

Gong - You Remixed & Hawkwind - Future Reconstructions

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It's a prog chill-out! Phew! I made it. The disc is over! God be praised! What we have here is a techno / ambient version of Gong's masterpiece, You. 16 different "bands"...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-07-01)

Quarkspace - Spacefolds 3

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Space-rockers from Columbus, Ohio, Quarkspace are back with volume three in their Spacefolds series. This four track EP, while rooted in traditional space rock a-la Hawkwind nevertheless...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1998-07-01)

Amber Asylum - The Natural Philosophy of Love

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For quick reference you might call this "Gothic Ambient". Amber Asylum is Kris Force (Swans), Martha Burns, and Annabel Lee, but Force is the major songwriter. Several other musicians...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-07-01)

Various Artists - Area 51 - The Roswell Incident

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Cleopatra keeps churning out these space compilations — they are getting a lot of mileage out of their acts and property. Area 51 features all the same bands you've seen the...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-07-01)

Escapade - Obscured Dialogues

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Those who have checked out Escapade’s previous two releases, Searching for the Elusive Rainbow and Inner Transluscence, may have some idea of what to expect from this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-07-01)

Popol Vuh - Shepherd's Symphony

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Those of us who grew up listening to Popol Vuh in the 70s recall a sound that was at times haunting and other times shimmering and uplifting. Regardless of the album, Popol Vuh created atmospheres...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 1998-07-01)

Lars Hollmer - Andetag

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Hollmer has been producing solo albums long enough to garner him attention beyond that of being Zamla's keyboardist and one of their main writers. His music still, after all these years, defies...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-07-01)

Idiot Flesh - Fancy

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Sadly this will probably be the band’s swansong, as they played their final concert on March 13, 1998 (yes, Friday the 13th) in San Francisco. But if all one ever knows of this band is their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-07-01)

Holger Czukay - Moving Pictures

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If Holger Czukay continues to bring forth projects of the caliber achieved here, he will continue to keep my attention. For Moving Pictures is much more delicate on the sensitive ear than...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-07-01)

Lydia Domancich - Regard

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Lydia Domancich is a pianist whom most zeuhl fans around the world should be acquainted with. Sister of Sophia Domancich (who leads an intimate post-Coltranian jazz trio), Lydia formed this quartet...

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(Posted by Jerome Schmidt 1998-07-01)

Hoahio - Happy Mail

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Have you ever heard Japanese cult band After Dinner? Not another (neo-)prog oriented band from Japan, I reassure you, but one of the most simply beautiful melodic RIO and avant-garde groups from...

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(Posted by Jerome Schmidt 1998-07-01)

Nekropolis - The Awakening: Nekropolis Live '79

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A new Peter Frohmader release is always a welcome event, but this is one which is rather special; it features live performances of his group Nekropolis, which recorded one live album, released...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1998-02-01)

Strawbs - Halcyon Days

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Perhaps Strawbs is one of the most widely misunderstood bands that ever confused and confounded fans for not conforming to preconceived (and often wildly inaccurate) expectations. When Yes fans...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Alan Stivell - Zoom 70/95

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Thanks a lot — trying to sum up Alan Stivell's career in a paragraph is like summing up World War II in a book — there’s too much to say and where do you start? I have all...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

Brian Hopper with Beggars Farm - Brian Hopper with Beggars Farm

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Here's one of the latest of the Canterbury music resurrections. Brian Hopper, brother of former Soft Machine bassist Hugh, was a key member of the "original" Canterbury band, The...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1998-02-01)

Procol Harum - 30th Anniversary Anthology

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Hard to believe it's been 30 years since the Summer of Love, and also since the lone greatest single in the history of Procol Harum, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," but it's sadly true....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-02-01)

Santana - Live at the Fillmore '68

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There were three CDs floating around as imports of early Santana recordings entitled Persuasion, Latin Tropical, and Acapulco Sunrise which were roughly of the same...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

Iona - Heaven's Bright Sun - Live

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Iona have lately been receiving a lot of attention from the prog community, particularly due to their association with such luminaries as Robert Fripp and Rick Wakeman. But that is not to say that...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-10-01)

Cos - Viva Boma

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Here we have Musea’s reissue of the second Cos album, recorded in 1976. In addition to the original album Musea included four bonus tracks recorded in Cos’ rehearsal room on a 4-track...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-10-01)

Versus X - Disturbance

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Versus X is German guitarist Arne Schafer's band. Schafer was known for his solo album, The Border of Awareness, on Musea in which he delivered a thoughtful music maybe a bit in the...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-10-01)

Magus - Traveller

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After the opening track, "You Know The Way," a rather commercial sounding Alan Parsons like song, this writer wasn't really expecting a whole lot from the rest of the disc by this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Gerard - Pandora's Box

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Seems like just last issue we reviewed Gerard's latest, The Pendulum, and already there's a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Marillion - This Strange Engine

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Right from the beginning you will realize this is not the same Marillion we've heard on the previous two albums. "Man of a Thousand Faces" opens with a simple three-chord acoustic...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-10-01)

Ziff - Sanctuary

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This is the second time out for this German neo-progressive four-piece, operating in a similar territory as their debut Stories from a couple years ago. At the heart of their sound is a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Cromwell - Burning Banners

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Angular is a German based arm of the Musea label, specializing in a more commercially viable neo-progressive sound, and unlike WMMS — which seems to have trouble staying focused —...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Fish - Sunsets on Empire

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Fish’s fourth studio solo album is out (as an import, domestically available sometime in July along with the new Marillion as well) and this is the one he has promised his fans for a long...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-10-01)

Saga - Pleasure and the Pain

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Saga. Pleasure and the Pain marks their 12th studio album, and in many ways is an apt title. This release marks a return to the 4-5 minute rock song...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-10-01)

Ten Jinn - Wildman

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Judging from the information on their web page, Southern California-based Ten Jinn has been through several changes in the last few years. Happy the Man fans might recall that former HtM guitarist...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-10-01)

Amanita - L'Oblio

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Six long tracks and a sound that could pass for mid-70s, this writer had to do a double-take on the liner notes to confirm this is indeed a 90s band. Six they are, from Italy — a dedicated...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Amoeba - Watchful

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Amoeba is a side project by Robert Rich with Rick Davies on bass and guitar. Rich told me several years ago that Amoeba was a project that fell in line with some of his influences in the industrial...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Third Ear Band - Magic Music (1997)

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There was a Materiali Sonori CD of the same name by the Third Ear Band in 1989, a disc that's kind of hard to find and one I've never heard unfortunately. I do know, however, that this has...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Cluster - First Encounter Tour 1996

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I’m truly listening to live recordings from the nearly legendary inventors of German minimalism on their first tour of America? I’m truly dumbfounded! It was hard for me to grasp that...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Trap - Beyond the Status Quo

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The swirling multicolored psychedelic booklet cover belies the playful avant strangeness of this, the first release on Gazul, Musea's new side-label for more 'challenging' music. Trap...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Forrest Fang - The Blind Messenger

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Forrest Fang is a musician who's been around for a while releasing albums that vary in focus, yet rarely in quality. His newest shows Fang moving in a much more esoteric direction than before,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Amorphis - My Kantele

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This Finnish six-piece definitely has some idea where they are going. The five songs on this 22 minute EP include three originals, a Hawkwind cover ("Levitation") and another, "And I...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Bozzio Levin Stevens - Black Light Syndrome

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There’s been a lot of speculation and internet chatter leading up to the release of this one. Certainly, with three musicians of this caliber one might be inclined to expect something special...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Brand X - Manifest Destiny

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Once upon a time there were a bunch of session musicians with too much time on their hands, having some fun between gigs, among them drummer Phil Collins during a period when Genesis' future...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Scott McGill - The Hand Farm

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Those who are looking for great guitar chops in a free form jazz-rock format need look no further than this new release by New Jersey guitarist Scott McGill and his trio; a casual listen to any of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Steve Hackett with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Here I am beset by another serious classical work by guitarist Steve Hackett on the new classical label, Angel (which also released Jon Anderson's Change We Must and Ian Anderson's...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Michael Brook - Albino Alligator

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Make no doubt about it, this is a sound track album for Kevin Spacey’s stylish modern film noir of the same name. I’ve not had the fortune to check out the flick playing at my local...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-10-01)

Five Fifteen - Psychedelic Singalongs for Stadiums

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Scandinavia continues to be a fertile breeding ground for outstanding musical endeavors and talented musicians. Last issue we brought you The Last James' Kindergarten from Norway. This...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Erratica - Erratica

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Erratica is essentially the solo project of multi-instrumentalist David O'Neil, one third of San Jose trio Industrial Soup. Much of the madness of that band's Flagrant Display of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Valarie Morris - Transformations

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Like an artist's sketchbook; that is, in essence, what Transformations presents itself as. Most of the titles were written for small groupings of winds, piano, etc., but are rendered...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Masahiko Hosokawa - Like Shimmering of Hot Air

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Belle Antique have really come full circle now, with this release — a solo keyboard work from Hosokawa, a native Japanese composer. The album consists roughly of six solo piano pieces,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

The Last James - Kindergarten

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Is this Magical Mystery Tour Vol. II? Kindergarten is a brilliant concept album of intense psychedelic pop, loaded with Mellotrons, great vocal harmonies, song-to-song musical...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Renaissance - At the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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It is with great pleasure that I announce Renaissance live at the Royal Albert Hall with Orchestra. Recorded live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour on October 14, 1977, this is a far better...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1997-05-01)

Renaissance - At the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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It is with great pleasure that I announce Renaissance live at the Royal Albert Hall with Orchestra. Recorded live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour on October 14, 1977, this is a far better...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1997-05-01)

GTR - King Biscuit Flower Hour

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1986: a transitional year when two frustrated but previously successful English guitarists decided they would pool their talents and start a new project. The focus for this group would be on two...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Il Segno del Comando - Il Segno del Comando

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After a minute or so of chanting, wind-sounds, and church bells, the mighty Hammond organ casts its spell, followed by dual guitars, drums, and bass, marching onward into the title track (named...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Area - Chernobyl 7991

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Hmmm? A new release from Area? Yep. Fariselli, Capiozzo return with bassist Paolo dalla Porta for one of the strangest releases in a long time. Tic & Tac this is not, but it has a...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-05-01)

Quarkspace - Spacefolds 1

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While the material on Quarkspace's CD release (see review in issue #11) has more of a song focus, these...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Haco - Haco

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After an almost seven-year hiatus since Paradise of Replica (After Dinner's last, and only second full studio release), songstress and presumptive After Dinner leader, Haco resurfaces,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Viva Koenji!

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Need to get rid of unwanted in-laws? Need to lose all the listeners of your radio show? Want to clear a party that's gone on too late? Enter Koenji Hyakkei, the royal family of bombast, the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-10-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Viva Koenji!

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This tight Japanese zeuhl band is led by none other than Yoshida Tatsuya (drums, keys, vocals), leader of the zeuhl punk band Ruins since the early 90s. I have to say that although Ruins invited...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-10-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Viva Koenji!

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Tatsuya Yoshida is one busy dude. In addition to being one half of the constantly-touring constantly-releasing Ruins, working in several collaborative musical units, being the drummer for Japanese...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-10-01)

Peter Banks - The Self-Contained Trilogy & Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology

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A founding member of Yes, guitarist Peter Banks was unceremoniously dismissed after two albums and replaced by Steve Howe. Banks’ creative muse was still on the rise, however, and soon there...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-23)

Hughscore - High Spot Paradox

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist and composer Hugh Hopper steps out again in another of his many group collaborations, this time with Portland based Caveman Shoestore (Elaine de Falco, Fred Chanelor). This...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

The Hosemobile - Six Foot Hater

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This heretofore unknown four-piece from Cookeville, Tennessee, employs sophisticated (brilliantly so) rock driven compositions with plenty of mood shifts, meter changes, and insanely clever...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Shigekazu Kamaki - Magatama

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Some may remember Kamaki from his days as the finger-blistering axeman in Mr.Sirius, others from his own jazz-rock band Kehell — still together and gigging fairly regularly. Magatama...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Grok - Bubbles

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Grok is a rather interesting product of the ever-interesting New Zealand music scene. My first reaction to this album was that it reminded me of Sonic Youth (one of my all time favorite bands), but...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1999-01-01)

Melodic Energy Commision - Moon Phase Compendium

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Rarely does one uncover psychedelic music from the late 70s or early 80s, so when one finds a pair of albums as anachronistic as these, and as good as these, one is obliged to wax superlative....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-11-01)

José Luis Fernández Ledesma - Extractos

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Expose #12 featured a review with background information of the worthwhile, if a bit patchy, previous outing by Ledesma, Motivos para Perdere. This time around the former (?) Nirgal Vallis...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura - South Wind, Looking out the Window & A Song for Jyaki

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Pianist Satoko Fujii and her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, belong to a new genertaion of jazz performers and composers whose holistic approach to music seeks to expand the technical resources...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1999-01-01)

Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura - South Wind, Looking out the Window & A Song for Jyaki

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Pianist Satoko Fujii and her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, belong to a new genertaion of jazz performers and composers whose holistic approach to music seeks to expand the technical resources...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1999-01-01)

Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura - South Wind, Looking out the Window & A Song for Jyaki

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Pianist Satoko Fujii and her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, belong to a new genertaion of jazz performers and composers whose holistic approach to music seeks to expand the technical resources...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1999-01-01)

Steve Roach - On This Planet

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The last time I had the pleasure of seeing a Steve Roach live show was late in 1996 in Sacramento. Steve's continuous two-hour long set was one of his finest moments for me; the finale of the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-01-01)

Banda Elástica - Catálogo de Tiraderos

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Banda Elástica seem to have been working largely in a genre of their own making down in Mexico; only the short-lived Nazca was anywhere close to what this band was doing. I say...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Fred Frith - The Previous Evening

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Fred Frith has always been a very highly respected innovator and collaborator in various new music endeavors, and lately his talents have been sought out more and more for an ever broadening array...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1999-01-01)

Yochk'o Seffer - Magyar Etno

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Magyar Etno is a collection of mostly solo pieces by this renowned jazz saxophonist. Seffer creates melodies in the folk style of his native Hungary, and uses these as starting and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-01-01)

The Spacious Mind - Garden of a Well Fed Head

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Good things are supposed to come to those who wait, and that is certainly the case with this, the fifth release from Sweden's Spacious Mind. Originally recorded in 1996, this LP-only issue...

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(Posted by Chris Snow 1999-01-01)

Chrome - Retro Transmission

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After a lengthy hiatus, Helios Creed has returned with a new Chrome album. Having never heard a Chrome album before I cannot say if this is representative or not. I can tell you one major influence...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Pink Filth - Seventeen Bubblegum Smashes!

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Um. This is not Pink Floyd, it is Pink Filth. The name is not only a clever pun to fool high school stoners into buying the album (if they could find it in any store on this planet) but it also is...

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(Posted by Robert Norwood 1999-01-01)

Hawkwind - Distant Horizons

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This is the first Hawkwind album with the new band and sets the tone for Hawkwind's entry into the next century (am I profound or what?). Fans will know the band has been losing members of...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Robert Fripp - The Gates of Paradise

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Here is the next installment in Robert Fripp’s ongoing Soundscapes series, except this one is surprisingly dull. Here we have a full length disc on which Fripp explores precisely one (1)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Yolk - Die Dritte, Die Vierte, Oskivinis, This Is Syd & Fuenftens

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This excellent Swiss band has been kicking around since the early 90s (not to be confused with another Yolk from NYC – we reviewed one of NYC Yolk’s live shows back in issue #11) but...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Various Artists - Giant for a Life - A Tribute to Gentle Giant

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The second of two tributes to rock's most misunderstood progressive band is another hodgepodge of tracks from the Gentle Giant catalog. Most bands seem to adopt the policy of covering the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Once upon a Time in South America

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During ELP’s heyday they never made it to South America, though they had a relatively huge fan base there. 23 years after forming and well past their prime, ELP made their first tour to South...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-07-20)

Tony Geballe - Native of the Rain

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I was lucky enough to catch Geballe in his opening slot on the recent California Guitar Trio tour. Just one man and his twelve string guitar, an abundance of creativity and invention, and some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Discipline - Unfolded Like Staircase

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The last time I played this CD wasn't too long ago, around the time the band's long awaited (and fantastic) To Shatter All Accord came out. Unfolded Like Staircase is...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-03)

John Coltrane - 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings

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Going to knock off three with one go here. So I think the first Coltrane I heard that grabbed my attention was the double LP The Other Village Vanguard Tapes, and then of course from there...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-06-15)

Spirit - 1984

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Be warned, this is not an authorized release — not even close. What we have here is (a) one track ("1984") recorded live in Bremen in 1969 (no further details...), (b) the entire...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Ground Zero - Consume Red

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One could say without stretching the truth too far, that Consume Red (part one of the three part Project Consume) is basically an hour of pure thrash / noise experimentation,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Sea Level - Sea Level, Cats on the Coast, On the Edge & Long Walk on a Short Pier

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The Allman Brothers in their prime were no doubt one of the best American rock bands of the early 70s, covering a little bit of everything and doing it all extremely well — never a shortage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-04-01)

Sugarwood - Catch a Breeze and Fly & Love, Loss & Carparks

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Sugarwood have been kicking around parts of the UK for a few years now, and seem to have gathered a following (if internet activity is any indication). They fit in more or less with the current...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Steve Gorn, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta - From the Caves of the Iron Mountain

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Take a woodwind player and the early 80s rhythm section for Peter Gabriel (circa Security), put them together in a cave and you'd be surprised what they come up with! The second...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Mother Gong - The Best of Mother Gong

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I suppose there's a large segment of the record-buying public (not many Exposé readers among them) for whom the concept of The Best of Mother Gong would be a strange...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson - Industry

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Most people who are aware of Richard Thompson would probably not consider his music 'progressive,' and they would probably be right on most occasions. To be sure, he was a key player on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1998-02-01)

Shylock - Île de Fièvre

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Finally, this reissue has arrived. Rumors of Musea releasing this French symphonic masterpiece can be traced back to as early as 1992. When Shylock's first, Giarlogues, was reissued a...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-02-01)

Nukli - The Time Factory

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Nukli are a psych-rock band who have a fairly long history peppered with only a few, rare releases. Having spent a good part of the 80s gigging in England on the festival scene with the likes of...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung! - Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung!

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

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Mormos - Great Wall of China & The Magic Spell of Mother's Wrath

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In some ways, Mormos can be seen as an American equivalent to the Incredible String Band. They have a similarly free-wheeling take on folk music, infusing it with flower-power enthusiasm and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-07-11)

Mormos - Great Wall of China & The Magic Spell of Mother's Wrath

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In some ways, Mormos can be seen as an American equivalent to the Incredible String Band. They have a similarly free-wheeling take on folk music, infusing it with flower-power enthusiasm and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-07-11)

Chöying Drolma & Steve Tibbetts - Chö

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Fans of Steve Tibbetts, especially those who prefer the world-beat master shredder of Exploded View (1986) or The Fall of Us All (1993), might be a bit put off by this set, a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-01-01)

Birth Control - Birth Control

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Birth Control have been around a long time, beginning in 1970. They produced 17 albums and, along with Amon Düül II, are one of the more prolific bands from Germany. The first Birth...

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(Posted by Paul Earney 1996-03-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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Revisited Records continues its reissue of the Klaus Schulze back catalog with another 12 CDs. I haven’t quite figured out their rationale, but they are releasing 12 a year covering the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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Revisited Records continues its reissue of the Klaus Schulze back catalog with another 12 CDs. I haven’t quite figured out their rationale, but they are releasing 12 a year covering the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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Revisited Records continues its reissue of the Klaus Schulze back catalog with another 12 CDs. I haven’t quite figured out their rationale, but they are releasing 12 a year covering the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Ancient Daze

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Since forming in the early 80s, The Legendary Pink Dots have been quite prolific in their recorded output of 60+ releases. Initially they were part of the cassette culture releasing quite a few...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-05)

Final Conflict - Stand Up

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Stand Up nicely sums up the Final Conflict modus operandi. Out front are the dual lead guitars and vocals of Brian Donkin and Andy Lawton (who I swear is Sean Bean’s long lost twin...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Manœuvres d'Automne - Manœuvres d'Automne (AKA Un Peu d'Air!)

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From Switzerland, Manœuvres d'Automne is essentially the project band of Gilles Rieder (Débile Menthol, L'Ensemble Rayé), with help from Laurent Viennet and Serge...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Cast - Angels and Demons

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I've been reading about Cast for a while in Exposé, but the arrival of this disc marks the first time I've actually heard them. So going into it, I knew they were a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1998-02-01)

Various Artists - Ambiances Magnétiques Volume 2: Hourra pour la Bastringue

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French Canadian label, Ambiances Magnétiques released a second sampler of their diverse artist's work in 1997. The disc focuses on various combinations of personnel ranging from solo and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

XfactorX - XfactorX

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Wasn't XfactorX the name of some Marvel comic way back when? Anyway, this album would be progressive metal if it were progressive. As it is, XfactorX has the typical hard rock/ heavy...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-04-01)

Oliver Wakeman - Heaven's Isle

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Oliver is the eldest of the Wakeman boys, and seems to have appeared on the scene virtually overnight. He first appeared with Clive Nolan on the Jabberwocky album. Heaven’s...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - Vae Victis I & II

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So here are two samplers chock full of French hard rock and heavy metal. Why should you care? Well, I guess cuz it comes from Musea’s hard rock offshoot label, Brennus. But then again, a...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-05-01)

Various Artists - Strange Daze '97

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The inaugural event which was covered in Exposé issue 14 is captured here on 2 CDs. If you have any aversion to space rock at all, keep away. The Gaia Avatara, Red Giant, and...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2000-10-01)

STS - Système Solaire

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Jannick is back... The monstrous and legendary bassist of the 1973, 1974 and 1976 Magmas issues his first solo effort, after years of session-work with variety singers and composing film scores....

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(Posted by Jerome Schmidt 1999-01-01)

Tombstone Valentine - Hidden World

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Could this be a flashback to 1972 Berlin? Nope, it's actually 90s Indiana. But this two-woman, three-man combo certainly have that classic, droney Krautrock sound down pat. It could be the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-04-01)

Jeff Tarlton - Astral Years

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I would bet money that Jeff Tarlton sleeps with a book of Kirouac's poems in his arms and Morrisons Van and Jim on his turntable (c'mon folks, it is so hip to have vinyl). Tarlton...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

Syrius - Rock Koncertek A Magyar Radio Archivumabol

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As best I can tell (my Hungarian is a little rusty) this release is an archive recording from 1975 that was originally a Hungarian radio broadcast. The band has a "big band" line-up,...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2000-05-01)

Saviour Machine - Legend Part 1

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I first glimpsed a newsletter by this band at Progfest 95 (or was it '96?), and to be honest I thought it was some form of hate group and didn't give it another glance. The singer was bald,...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Dave Russell - Paradox

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Paradox is entirely composed and performed by Dave Russell with the exception of a guest drummer on a few of the tracks. Most of the sonic landscape is painted with a variety of keyboard...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-04-01)

Rova - Bingo

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For 20 years now, California's Rova Sax Quartet has been unrelentingly pursuing the ambitious task of inventing new music from the most traditional instrumental family in jazz history –...

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(Posted by Mike King 1999-04-01)

The Quiet Room - Introspect

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This takes me back to 1987! Long live big hair! Introspect by The Quiet Room is a teasingly good CD. Sans the reference to 80s-style grooming, "teasingly good" is a serious...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2000-10-01)

Praise Space Electric - Mushroom Jazz

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This is progressive rock with a groove. The title Mushroom Jazz is actually a pretty apt name, as this is not too stylistically far away from Acid Jazz. Weird analog synth sounds, funky...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-01-01)

Niacin - Niacin & High Bias

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The cover of the first Niacin shows the venerable Hammond B3, a creature of legend. So you get an idea what you are in for. Who is Niacin? I think this would be called a "pet project"...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Mongol - Doppler 444

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How this one was missed by Exposé’s radar when it first came out is still a mystery to me, having only been brought to our attention earlier this year. The six tracks herein...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-03-01)

Micro-Ritmia - Micro-Ritmia

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Despite the supposed 1986 release date on this, it must have languished in total obscurity for several years. The first this writer ever heard of this duo was on the Margen sampler, reviewed a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-03-01)

Masque - Third Ear/Third Eye

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Third Ear/Third Eye is this brazen Japanese quintet's first CD release (following a couple of cassette releases in the late 80s, plus contributions to the Canterbury Edge and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-01-01)

Ivanhoe - Polarized

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Can't get enough of that Iron Maiden? Check out Polarized. There is no doubt, as musicians, Ivanhoe are first rate. The singer, Andy B. Frank is very good, if he's a German singing in...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Irrgarten - Home and Sanctuary

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Irrgarten is part of the new wave of Québec prog that surfaced in the 90s, and will be familiar to those who attended ProgEst 1997, where they were one of the eight bands performing. This is...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2000-10-01)

Gavin Harrison - Sanity and Gravity

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With Sanity and Gravity UK session drummer Gavin Harrison steps up to the lead role with his very first album. Harrison is known for accompanying many divergent artists such as Iggy Pop,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

G.P. Hall - Marks on the Air

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This recording serves two masters. First, it presents soundscape artist G.P. Hall live on stage, and secondly, it demonstrates the binaural recording process. Binaural recording places two small...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

John Greaves - Accident & Little Bottle of Laundry

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Two additional albums from John Greaves' European catalogue are now available from Voiceprint. Accident is his first solo album from 1982 and features literally a bizarre set of songs...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

John Greaves - Accident & Little Bottle of Laundry

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Two additional albums from John Greaves' European catalogue are now available from Voiceprint. Accident is his first solo album from 1982 and features literally a bizarre set of songs...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Morgan Fisher - Hybrid Kids 1 & 2 + Miniatures

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Morgan Fisher - Hybrid Kids 1 & 2 + Miniatures

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Lindsay Cooper & Charles Gray - Pia Mater

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Lindsay Cooper has been well known for her obtuse compositions (including the acclaimed The Gold Diggers and Oh Moscow projects) as well as her groundbreaking work with Henry Cow....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Clepsydra - Fears

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Swiss quintet Clepsydra sport your typical neo-prog lineup of vocals/guitar/bass/keys and drums and on Fears they hold true to the neo-prog sound. Early Marillion comes to mind, especially on the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

Andy Summers - The Last Dance of Mr. X

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What's this? Former Police-man Andy Summers fronting what is essentially a power trio? And with a backing band consisting of monster bassist Tony Levin and Gregg Bissonette on drums? Perhaps...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 1999-01-01)

Ancient Curse - The Landing

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The strains of an acoustic guitar, a soft vocal, then comes the barrage. If I were to contain this review to only word, it would be: Metallica. Ancient Curse do not appear to make any claims at...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-07-01)

Cherno - Missing Illusion, Trigonometric Reactor & Slight Trick All Around

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At its core, Cherno is the duo of Shin Sugawara (sax, wind synth) and Junichi Kishimoto (guitar, guitar synths, drum programming), sometimes joined by other players, track and disc depending...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-12-01)

Land - Archipelago

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In the 70s (or was it the 60s? I can't remember...) Jon Hassell came up with his Fourth World Music concept. Soon after, other folks began to carry on in the same general terrain. Michael...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Akritas - Akritas

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One of the few Greek progressive bands that were on a fairly big label, Akritas (the English spelling) was in spirit probably closest to the rich and fertile wave of the 70s Italian scene. Close to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Porcupine Tree - Metanoia

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This hard-to-find treat was released after the live album Coma Divine but prior to the latest album Stupid Dream as a limited edition gatefold double 10" vinyl-only release....

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1999-11-01)

John St. Field - Control

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This 1975 release by Scottish folkster St. Field was released only in Spain, originally on the renowned Movieplay label. I don't know if St. Field actually lived in Spain (all the musicians are...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Tabula Rasa - Ekkedien Tanssi

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Ekkedien Tanssi was the second album by this Finnish five-piece who created a type of mellow, melodic prog not unlike the music of Camel. Indeed, this album is comparable in both style and...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-02-01)

Harmonia 76 - Tracks and Traces

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1976 was a transitional year where Brian Eno changed his context for working with electronics to an ambient perspective. This was due in part to his meeting with synthesizer duo Cluster (Moebius...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I remember that back in the day you could find this LP in used record stores pretty easily but not so much in perfect quality as everyone who owned one...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-03-31)

Miles Davis - Live-Evil

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Sporting another brilliant Mati Klarwein gatefold, this is another of the great electric Miles albums and the one where Hermeto Pascoal's short...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-11-10)

Manuel Göttsching - Die Mulde, Concert for Murnau & E2-E4 Live

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As 2005 neared its end, Manuel Göttsching released three new CDs: Die Mulde, Concert for Murnau and E2-E4 Live. Die Mulde is a composition Manuel recorded...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

When - Prefab Wreckage & Gynt

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

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Hoenig / Göttsching - Early Water

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

More Experience - From Acid Dreams

Cover art Listening to From Acid Dreams, it’s clear that the largest influence on More Experience is early Pink Floyd: shades of “Astronomy Domine” appear regularly. But there are other sounds as...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-05-17)

Outer Limits - Misty Moon

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Musea continues to unearth the most unknown and rare albums from the annals of obscure progrock history. Outer Limits were a pretty original Japanese band from one of the darkest times in prog...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Dreamworld - On Flight to the Light

Cover art From the Black Forest city of Freiburg in southern Germany hail the multi-talented Fichter brothers, Klaus and Rolf. In 1972 they released on the Brain label an album called A Meditation...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Silver Apples - Silver Apples / Contact

Cover art Frankly, this is one of those reissues I thought I would never see. The (now long defunct) Kapp label issued these two albums in the late 60s, after which they quickly faded into obscurity. At a time...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Silver Apples - Silver Apples / Contact

Cover art Frankly, this is one of those reissues I thought I would never see. The (now long defunct) Kapp label issued these two albums in the late 60s, after which they quickly faded into obscurity. At a time...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Silver Apples - Silver Apples / Contact

Cover art Frankly, this is one of those reissues I thought I would never see. The (now long defunct) Kapp label issued these two albums in the late 60s, after which they quickly faded into obscurity. At a time...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Flyte - Dawn Dancer

Cover art This six-piece from Holland had been together since the early 70s, yet their first and only album wasn't to be released until '79. Plagued by setbacks, poor distribution, and lack of record company...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Bill Nelson - Buddha Head & Weird Critters

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

Sahara - Sunrise & For All the Clowns

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Formed from the ashes of Subject Esq., Sahara got lost among the mass of other mid-70s German prog groups (Grobschnitt, Novalis, SFF, et al.) in spite of their good distribution, though they didn't...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Gentle Giant - Under Construction

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Gentle Giant was at its best when adding polyphonic arrangements to aggressive rock music. Determining who was responsible was merely a scan of the writing credits, where "Shulman, Shulman and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins - Sluggo! Deluxe

Cover art There is a recent trend in reissuing albums these days, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, etc., where the reissue includes DVDs containing the original mix, lossless mixes, as well as 5.1 surround sound...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2014-09-18)

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)

Various Artists - A Bead to a Small Mouth

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

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

Edgar Froese - Ages

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I know what you may be thinking: Froese's parent group hit the skids ten years ago. But have no fear as Ages is a 1978 classic-TD-era release. So where's all the rejoicing? I feel pretty...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Jörg Thomasius / Lars Stroschen / André Ruschkowski - Tonart Fünf

Cover art Tonart’s new CD Fünf is a study of human voice deconstruction and manipulation. The source material for Fünf consists solely of three separate spoken recordings by Lars...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-12-31)

Cliffhanger - Not to Be or Not to Be

Cover art Not to Be or Not to Be is Cliffhanger’s second release and Musea’s promotional material raves about this band. However I find the music to be derivative of Genesis era...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-12-31)

Shylock - Île de Fièvre

Cover art Recording their second album in 1978, Île de Fièvre, Shylock finished their musical career with a tour de force. The six tracks from the original LP are a collection of superbly crafted...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-12-31)

Outer Limits - The Silver Apples on the Moon

Cover art Outer Limits were a Japanese band from the 80s and this CD is a reissue of their swan song recorded live at NHK FM Radio Studios on 15 April, 1987. Consisting of two instrumentals and three vocal...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-12-31)

Sensitiva Immagine - E Tutto Comincio Cosi...

Cover art Here is one that Edison Records (RIP) of Japan spared no laudatory word on when it was first reissued by them back in the early 90s. Marquee's encyclopedia claims its origins as a cassette release...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Lili Haydn - Lili

Cover art It was February when I bought this on a whim, and it only took a few listens for me to revise my Best of 97 list to include it. Lili Haydn is a violinist of great talent. She’s apparently been doing...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-01-01)

The Smell of Incense - Through the Gates of Deeper Slumber

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Breathe deep the gathering gloom, watch lights fade from every room, and for the next 50 minutes The Smell of Incense will transport you to hidden and fantastic realms! To speed you on your journey...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1998-01-01)

The Smell of Incense / Ethereal Counterbalance - What Do You Want?/Magick Brother b/w Plug

Cover art What’s this? Are the pot headed pixies at it again? Wait a minute, this is not a reissue but an incredible and impeccable Gong cover by those psychedelic Norwegians The Smell of Incense. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1998-05-05)

Meira Asher - Dissected

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

Stinkhorn - Stinkhorn

Cover art Stinkhorn is a Seattle jazz group with more than a little rock in their stylistic bag. Not quite as much as Kilgore Trout (reviewed in #16), but way more than is typical these days. They also have a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Stinkhorn - Stinkhorn & Tunguska

Cover art Stinkhorn was one of Seattle’s most challenging modern jazz quartets, blending John Zorn style motifs and English fusion approaches. Strong comparisons to George Cartwright and Curlew can be made...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Alejandro Lomelin - Luz de Intenso Azul

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Luz is the instrumental solo project of keyboardist Alejandro Lomelin, of the Mexican band Caja De Pandora. For the most part this is a work of simpler repetitive piano figures and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-07-01)

Radiohead - OK Computer

Cover art We can all think of examples of a progressive band over time starting to play music more in the mainstream (Genesis, Yes, pick your example), but how many times have we seen a mainstream band, as...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1998-02-01)

Eleanor Hovda - Coastal Traces

Cover art Hovda is an important, yet little known composer who has been active on the contemporary music scene for over twenty years, mostly through live performances, scores for dance companies (of which...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Leo Küpper - Electro-Acoustic

Cover art You have to admit, with a title as academic sounding as this, one would not be unjustified in expecting a musical experience on the equivalent stimulation level of a botany lecture. That "new music"...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Laren d'Or - War of Angels

Cover art The same veiled (an under-promoted!) Hungarian label that is teasing us with Talizman, and After Crying, now goes to the other side for a symphonic keyboard recording by Laren d'Or. A solo project?...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

St. Mikael - Visions of the Unknown

Cover art Amateur psych, like the two reissued titles here by Swedish musician St Mikael, is not flattered by the CD medium. The effect-lavished, drivel-through-a-tunnel sound that these types of garage...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-11-01)

Simon Phillips - Another Lifetime

Cover art Simon Phillips is a drummer who has little to prove nowadays, what with the monstrous level of playing ability he has cultivated over the years. Terry Bozzio is perhaps his closest competitor...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-11-01)

Elka Atanasova - Winds of the Rhodopes

Cover art Back in the early nineties, when the Bulgarian Women's Choir was making the rounds, a diminutive but fire-breathing 19-year-old violinist from the same country released this promising debut work. How...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Jorge Reyes - Ek Tunkul

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I must have been sleeping at Best-of-'97 voting time as this old favorite managed to slip right out from under my nose. Ek Tunkul was Jorge Reyes' very first (and best) solo recording from...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Tuatara - Breaking the Ethers

Cover art Tuatara's CD was one of those Tower Listening Station impulse purchases. I'd never heard of it, but it sounded so cool in the headphones I ended up taking it home. It starts out with a whirring...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1997-10-01)

Box of Crayons - Colorblind Chameleon

Cover art This one took me several listens before I could even begin to pin it down enough to write a review. Covering a wide spectrum of art rock, Box of Crayons are certainly interesting. Their starting point...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1999-01-01)

Haystacks Balboa - Detoxified

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This one came out around 1970, a one-off by a New York based band whose members weren't even listed on the LP jacket, and were never heard from again, so far as this writer knows. For some unknown...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Bill Bruford with Ralph Towner and Eddie Gomez - If Summer Had Its Ghosts

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When Bill Bruford is on break from his drum duties with King Crimson, what would you expect him to do? Should he go on vacation or work in another less hectic, but rewarding mode? If Summer Had...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Hans Reichel & Eroc - The Return of Onkel Boskopp

Cover art Careful. This is Hans Reichel; not to be confused with another German experimentalist - Achim Reichel.  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Herbe Rouge - Herbe Rouge

Cover art This progressive group is of the sort that could only come from France in the 70s where a distinctive and idiosyncratic form of weirdness flourished.  » Read more
(Posted by David Ashcraft 1999-01-01)

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2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Christian Vander - Baba Yaga la Sorcière – Huh? Christian Vander's latest release on his private AKT label is a chorus of sixty-or-so children doing a twenty-four minute re-worded (in French) version of the Magma classic Mekanïk Destruktïw...  (1996) » Read more

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit – Bondage Fruit were formed in 1989, and have finally released their first CD. Leader Natsuki Kido is also a member of P.O.N. (and other groups unknown outside Japan). Like other bandleaders he employs...  (1996) » Read more

The Mistakes - The Mistakes – A collaboration between four diverse and experienced musicians, The Mistakes turns in as fun and challenging a listen as its lineup promises it to be. Virtuoso guitarists Mike Keneally and Henry...  (1996) » Read more

Reebosound - This Is Reebosound – Reebosound is the brainchild of mulit-instrumentalist Sven “Missu” Missullis from Hannover, Germany. This is Reebsound is his second solo release. Performing live at shows and festivals in...  (2011) » Read more

Kayan Kalhor / Erdal Erzincan - The Wind – Merging Turkish and Persian world music influences together is the basis for this culturally compatible musical meeting. Kalhor was acclaimed for his kamancheh playing on The Rain while...  (2007) » Read more



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