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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)

Cos - Viva Boma

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-10-01)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Yochk'o Seffer - Magyar Etno

Cover art 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 reference points...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 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)

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)

Chrome - Retro Transmission

Cover art After a lengthy hiatus, Helios Creed has returned with a new Chrome album.  » Read more
(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1999-01-01)

Pink Filth - Seventeen Bubblegum Smashes!

Cover art 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).  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1999-01-01)

Quarkspace - Spacefolds 3

Cover art Space-rockers from Columbus, Ohio, Quarkspace are back with volume three in their Spacefolds series.  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 1998-07-01)

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

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

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

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


Previously in Exposé...

Providence - There Once Was a Night of "Choko-muro" the Paradise – 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 appeared on...  (1996) » Read more

Astralis - Bienvenida al interior – Astralis are part of the explosion of new prog rock bands emerging from Latin and South America, Chile to be more specific. The band was formed around guitarist and singer Patricio Vera in 1999 and...  (2008) » Read more

Takami - Y. de Noir II & Yume no Kirigishi – Serenity... calm... stillness... These are the virtues most strongly imbued in the music of Takami's first recording Y. de Noir II, an album that is almost completely dominated by voice. Droning...  (1996) » Read more

Tessa Drummond - Days Like This – One of the great things about writing reviews for this magazine is that unexpected things drop in your lap. Case in point, Tessa Drummond. She’s a singer-songwriter from New Zealand who somehow...  (2007) » Read more

Riccardo Zappa - Celestion – 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 treatment. His...  (1997) » Read more



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