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Kingston Wall - Kingston Wall I, II & III

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Kingston Wall - Kingston Wall I, II & III

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Kingston Wall - Kingston Wall I, II & III

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Mystery - Destiny? 10th Anniversary Edition

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This is a reissue of Mystery’s second disc, Destiny? Originally issued in 1988, it features original singer Gary Savoie along with main song-writer and guitarist Michel...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Deus Ex Machina - Equilibrismo da Insofferenza

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The recent release of Devoto was an opportunity to revisit the band's back catalog and compare...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-27)

Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Volume Eleven 9/27/72

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I had a tradition for a long time after clicking with the Grateful Dead of playing a show every Sunday. This created a very strong impression on me of a sort of "deep time" vibe with...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-10-12)

Gorguts - Obscura

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Obscura was Canadian death metal outfit Gorguts' third album, following several years later on two albums that were children of the Floridian style — Morbid Angel, Obituary,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-10-05)

Boiled in Lead - Alloy

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I discovered Boiled in Lead with their second album, Hotheads (1986). I’ve always liked the combination of Celtic music and rock, and this band does it like no other —...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Miles Davis - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions

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I remember when I first got in this box set, there were a whole bunch of them that were defective because they inserted the discs into it before the glue dried and I had to sent it back at least...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-20)

Cream - Live Cream

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In an earlier tier I discussed what to date is my favorite unofficial Cream show from...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-06-29)

Thinking Plague - In Extremis

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In this album, where one can find all the ingredients of the American new rock and free jazz scenes, we also discover the musical embodiment of an exceptional label, Cuneiform. This large line-up...

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(Posted by Jerome Schmidt 1999-01-01)

Thinking Plague - In Extremis

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Nine years since their last album, Thinking Plague is back with a vengeance. Their music is angular, drives hard and is laden with a complex and brilliant precision, one that combines the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Thinking Plague - In Extremis

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It's been way too long since we've heard a CD from this group, although, fortunately, we get them in bits and pieces from other groups in the 5uu's circle. In This Life was one...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-01-01)

Thinking Plague - In Extremis

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Thinking Plague is yet another stunning product of the prolific revolving cast of characters that have brought us the 5uu's, U Totem, and other projects. This particular configuration is led by...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 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)

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)

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)

Bassius-O-Phelius - Them No Good Phelius Boys Is Nothin' But Trouble... Trouble I Tells Ya!

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Bassius-O-Phelius is a duo not unlike Birdsongs of the Mesozoic in instrumental quirkiness, with a direct lean toward early-70s free jazz and jazz rock. This is not a player's album, but a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

Glenn Hughes / Geoff Downes - The Work Tapes

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Leave it to Geoff Downes to seek out another bassist, vocalist heavyweight talent as a possible big time collaborator. I honestly don't think the ex member of the Buggles and Yes has ever lived...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

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)

Ensemble Nimbus - Scapegoat

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Ensemble Nimbus play a sort of electric-acoustic chamber music. Percussionist Hasse Bruniusson of Flowerkings and Sammla Mammas Manna is joined by Håkan Almkvist on guitar and other...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Dystopia - The Second Dawn

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Most of the time, when I listen to music, I don’t actively think about the intentions of the musicians. I just listen and judge the sounds on their own terms. Only later do I sometimes wonder...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Kepa Junkera - Bilbao 00:00 h

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The first I ever heard of Kepa Junkera was at the first WOMAD USA festival. He was an unknown quantity that my wife and I checked out and became enraptured with. He plays the traditional Basque...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Agitation Free - At the Cliffs of River Rhine

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I first heard this show on a cassette tape and it was quite notable for being perhaps the only listenable Agitation Free show in circulation at the time, I had heard one or two others that were...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-29)

Jerry Lucky - The Progressive Rock Files

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Lucky is a Canadian writer and music historian with a background in radio, and an observer of the progressive scene at large. In this ambitious revised and expanded third edition, he attempts to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Battiato - Fetus, Pollution, Sulle Corde di Aries & Clic

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Franco Battiato, as is well known, was an Italian pop singer who for a span in the 70s made a string of very experimental albums that fit in the vein of groups such as Opus Avantra or Pierrot...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Fish - Five Official Bootlegs

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Bootlegs of live shows are often a mixed bag for both artists and their fans... how many times have you shelled out $25 or more for a bootleg CD only to find that it was pressed from either a...

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(Posted by Eric Brooks 1994-10-01)

Fish - Five Official Bootlegs

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Bootlegs of live shows are often a mixed bag for both artists and their fans... how many times have you shelled out $25 or more for a bootleg CD only to find that it was pressed from either a...

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(Posted by Eric Brooks 1994-10-01)

Robert Normandeau - Lieux Inouïs

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Lieux Inouïs (Unheard of Places) is a digitally remixed reissue of Normandeau’s 1990 debut release. Normandeau is one of Canada’s premiere electroacoustic composers and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-08)

Ned Bouhalassa - Aérosol

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Ned Bouhalassa is a young Canadian electroacoustic composer (born in France) who has studied under Francis Dhomont. His recent achievements have included music for the cinema, television, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-08-25)

Yves Daoust - Musiques Naïves

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Yves Daoust is a Canadian electroacoustic composer well versed in the manipulation and processing of natural and found sounds. Daoust teaches a course in electroacoustic composition at the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-08-11)

Herbie Hancock - Sextant

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McLatchey's Second Tier

You can easily see each era of pianist Herbie Hancock's discography flow in colors. While he started in the Miles Davis Quintet, he was both leader...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-05-05)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Mystery - Theatre of the Mind

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Ron Modell / Michael Mantra - Sonic Continuum

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McLatchey's Second Tier

When it comes to the really, really deep drone ambient ambient albums, a style that is often tagged as "refrigerator hum" due to its symbiotic...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-04-21)

Five Fifteen - Six Dimensions of the Electric Camembert

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For their fourth album (the first I’ve heard), Finland’s Five Fifteen continue their tradition of long psychedelic titles. Gong fans don’t be fooled, the mention of the French...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Various Artists - The Ambient Expanse

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McLatchey's Top Tier #29

The late 90s/early 00s were the peak of ambient electronic music in my book. The major artists in the genre were all delivering some of their finest...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-01-27)

Brand X - The X-Files: A 20 Year Retrospective

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The first four Brand X albums set a standard for fusion that still exists more than 20 years later. Unfortunately many of the albums that followed didn’t measure up to the band’s...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2000-10-01)

Bang on a Can - Music for Airports

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Ambient music has come a long way since 1978 when innovator Brian Eno drafted his original experiment for use in large international airports. The intent was for passengers to feel good about...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-01-01)

Ñu - Cuentos de Ayer y de Hoy & A Golpe de Látigo

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Question: How could you possibly dislike Spanish heavy progressive rock? Answer: You couldn't. A five-piece consisting of guitar / Mellotron, vocals / flute, bass, violin, and drums, Ñu...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Robert Wyatt - Little Red Robin Hood - A Documentary

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It’s extremely rare, in fact downright impossible to make a film regarding any prominent Canterbury music figure. That’s the prime reason this documentary on Robert Wyatt is such a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

John Wetton & Richard Palmer-James - Monkey Business 1972-1997

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When was the first time you heard “Exiles” or “The Great Deceiver” and were taken aback about the lyrics? It’s a pretty strange role to find yourself by trying to fill...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

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 - Looper's Delight Compilation CD: Volume 2

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This was an awesome Internet find. I discovered the Looper’s Delight web page one day and am the better for it. A site dedicated to the use of the tape loop; its origins, tech tips and...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2001-03-01)

Various Artists - Electroacoustic Music Vol.1 - Russia 1997, Disc 1 & 2

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Interestingly enough, this excellent – what should be a 2CD set – is packaged as two separate discs with almost identical covers. Only the careful eye will note the small red "Disc...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Various Artists - Electroacoustic Music Vol.1 - Russia 1997, Disc 1 & 2

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Interestingly enough, this excellent – what should be a 2CD set – is packaged as two separate discs with almost identical covers. Only the careful eye will note the small red "Disc...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Ash Ra Tempel - The Best of the Private Tapes

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Ash Ra Tempel is one of the core founder bands of the German space rock movement along with Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream. But the group has suffered from less stateside notoriety than those...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-01-01)

Tomorrow - 50 Minute Technicolour Dream

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Tomorrow is currently a hot psychedelic commodity on the market: many of the band's English UK singles fetch top dollar on the English collector's circuit. Adding to the frenzy is former...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Tempest - The 10th Anniversary Compilation

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When I think of hard working bands, Tempest immediately comes to mind. You can find this band at Celtic festivals, Highland Games, and clubs across America. Tempest performs traditional and...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-05-01)

Star People - ...Are Coming

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Anyone who’s seen the Ozrics on their last couple US tours may have caught these folks inadvertently as their opening act. Yes, these are those bizarre guys in tuxes that look like some kind...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-03-01)

Smokstik - Bugs

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Smokstik is the Massachusetts based duo of John Kiehne (Chapman Stick, vocals) and Hillary Koogler (drums, vocals). Although it sounds like a pretty lean arrangement on paper, these two get a very...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2000-05-01)

Serah - Senegal Moon

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Serah is an American born composer and singer who has lived in both Africa and France. Her material straddles the boundaries of new-age, world music, and pop, and this is her fourth release. The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Jon Rose - The Fence

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Continuing in the Musique Concrete experimental mode defined by Rose's last disc, The Fence is less an album of music than it is an aural documentary. In this case, Rose has chosen...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1999-01-01)

Wittox O'Hara - Blame: Mascot

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This is the second album by the Canadian guitarist, and although it’s getting a bit moldy by now, it does deserve a mention here. O’Hara plays electric and acoustic guitars, and also...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-03-01)

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)

Neuronium - Quasar 2C361 + Vuelo Quimico

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Despite the 1998 publishing date on this set, these reissues have not been generally available (other than through pricey bidding wars on eBay) until now. This brings both the first and second...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-12-01)

Mystery - Destiny?

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Yikes, my second guilty pleasure disc this time around! Mystery are a four piece from Quebec and on Destiny? they serve up some fine slices of progressive pop, often sounding like an...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-04-01)

Phil Mercy - Fear of Fantastic Flight

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I don't know who Phil Mercy is, but, if I had to guess from what's in the CD booklet, I'd say he's a gifted English guitarist who has always wished for a chance to record the kind...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-04-01)

Mercury Rising - Building Rome

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Of late I have had to re-evalute my definition of what I thought progressive metal was. Take Mercury Rising, for example: the vocals are understandable, the guitar licks are not Metallica based,...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-04-01)

Gavin Lurssen - Restless

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Restless is Gavin Lurssen's first major effort as a solo acoustic guitarist. Originally from South Africa, he came to the Americas when he was sixteen. He attended Berklee College of...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2000-10-01)

Grobschnitt - Grobschnitt

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Prog fans have been enjoying a renaissance of vintage prog re-issues. Albums that either never made it to CD or were transferred poorly to begin with are being released for your pleasure. Premier...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Guillermo Fragoso - Mexxico

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Fragoso practices a brand of swarthy, doomy ambient prog that bears the imprint of Peter Frohmader. Fragoso serves up dark, dank soundscapes with a love of low registers, thick textures, and...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 2001-03-01)

The Ever-Expanding Suckholes - Asking Directions to Her Hair

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Been looking for a band that defies classification? Here ya go. This Newark, New Jersey band is all over the place on this pre-CD cassette release. Their web page lured me in on a ‘King...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-04-01)

Electrum - Frames of Mind

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Here are three guys who love Rush and decided to record an album together of songs influenced by the Canadian trio. It's a scenario I've seen played out over and over (see Afterlife in...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

Elton Dean / Mark Sanders / Roberto Bellatalla - Into the Nierika

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Into the Nierika is saxophonist Elton Dean's first trio album with drummer Mark Sanders and Italian bassist Roberto Bellatalla. Sanders has a resumé which extends from his work...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Ray de Tone - Once More... with Feeling

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Although you may not know him by name, guitarist Ray de Tone has connections with a lot of artists in the mainstream music industry including the likes of Iron Maiden, Ronnie Spector, Billy Joel,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 2000-10-01)

Crises - Broken Glass

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OK, another CD from Angular, yet another German Dream Theater clone. I thought the Germans liked Saga but I guess that was the good old days. Broken Glass covers all the requisite bases: James La...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

Joshua Charles - A Positive Flow

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Hailing from New York City, Joshua Charles is the driving force behind this entire disc, compositionally as well as handling most of the instruments and the production. This is most definitely one...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2001-07-01)

Faith & Disease - Insularia

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The new Faith & Disease album is a continuation of the sound set forth on the Livesongs: Third Body album. That is slow, dreamy music, more similar in style to Mazzy Star than Dead Can Dance....

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Hugh Burns - Dedication & Mindwash

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For those of you who don’t know him, Hugh Burns is a much traveled and in- demand session guitarist who has played with the likes of Wham, Gerry Rafferty, and Jack Bruce. He is also involved...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

Various Artists - Soundscape Gallery 2

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On the heels of last year's excellent ambient anthology comes a new gallery from Lektronic Soundscapes, a second overview of what is still a unique and inventive genre. There are not as many...

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(Posted by Mike King 1999-01-01)

Adrian Belew - Belewprints: The Acoustic Adrian Belew Volume Two

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The second volume of acoustic performances by King Crimson lead vocalist Adrian Belew is a different reading than Volume One from a few years ago. No bones about it, Belew is a gifted...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-01-01)

Group Therapy - Atlantis

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No this isn’t the California band Atlantis. This is a Japanese band called Group Therapy with an album titled Atlantis. This is a seven-piece all-instrumental band: two guitarists, a...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2000-05-01)

L'Ange Vert - Le Sang des Hommes

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Remember a while back, when I reviewed Tempest's Turn of the Wheel, and I lamented the fact that there weren't more bands like that out there? Well, now there's this. After...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-04-01)

Gerard - Meridian

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One of Japan's longest lived symphonic bands, Gerard has produced a long string of albums beginning with their eponymous debut in 1984, featuring an expanded six-piece lineup, which by the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Tatsuya Yoshida & Ron Anderson - A Is for Accident

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This duo of Yoshida on drums and vocals and Anderson on guitar and vocals, is rather in the style of Ruins, the group which Yoshida a led, along with various bassists, and occasional guitarists....

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 1999-01-01)

Satin Whale - Desert Places & Lost Mankind

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For the latter part of their career, Satin Whale were a commercially oriented rock group who's music fell way outside of much of the more progressive German rock of the era. However, their...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra

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McLatchey's Second Tier

There are so many outstanding melodies and themes on this album that you get the impression the band might have gotten a little over judicious. As an...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-10-29)

Genesis - Archive 1967-75

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At long last, the first Genesis box arrives. The compilers have chosen an interesting tack with this collection. Whereas many box sets consist primarily of (someone’s) favorite tracks, plus...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-01-01)

Magus - Lucid Dreamer

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Lucid Dreamer is a compilation of tracks from the 1997 album Traveller and the follow-up Highway 375 EP, remastered for the fuller sound that Magus guru Andrew Robinson...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Alio Die - Password for Entheogenic Experience

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McLatchey's Top Tier #1

This is one of three ambient electronic albums in the top tier and often considered Italian artist Stefano Musso's (Alio Die) masterpiece (although...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-07-16)

Pelt - Técheöd

Cover art Here we have three ambient tracks from a not-so-dark trio on the indie VHF label. According to the label website, the title of this album is pronounced "Tay-hoood," but I'm still not certain what...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-01-01)

Moby Trip - NKU

Cover art Moby Trip is a trio from New Zealand operating in the retro-psych realm. The band features guitars, bass, and drums, with the guitarist doubling on keyboard programming, and vocal duties shared by...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

László Hortobágyi - Summa Techonologiae

Cover art While not well known in the States, Hungary's László Hortobágyi has for most of the 90s been making some of the most exciting ethno-electronic music available anywhere....  » Read more
(Posted by Robert Norwood 1999-01-01)

Lightshine - Feeling

Cover art Lightshine were a mid-70s German band that were fairly well known in their time, gigging heavily and opening for groups such as Hoelderlin, Jane, Colosseum II, and The Scorpions. They self-released...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 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)

Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom

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McLatchey's Top Tier #30

Not all of my favorites will have the hipster cred this album does, it might even be one of the few albums Spin magazine and I would both give a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-11-18)

Gentle Giant - Out of the Fire - The BBC Concerts

Cover art English archive label Hux Records is slowly building an excellent reputation for having the best BBC tapes for re-release. Out of the Fire fits in nicely into their archive plans (alongside...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-01-01)

Gentle Giant - King Biscuit Flower Hour

Cover art Gentle Giant as a live touring band (1970-1980) were always in a period of transition and refinement. The group would craft a challenging album from the palette of musical ideas by Kerry Minnear and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Simones - Magic Ship

Cover art When Andy Bracken and Keith Jones formed Fruits de Mer Records in 2008, their goal was to release music that should have been put out on seven-inch singles, but never was. It has taken six years and...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2014-09-12)

Praxis - Collection

Cover art If a guitarist who calls himself Buckethead, wearing a white mask with a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head and claims he was raised by chickens doesn't frighten the crap out of you, then maybe...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1999-11-01)

Stone Breath - A Silver Thread to Weave the Seasons

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Picture if you will that it is harvest time in the heart of Appalachia. Leaves are blowing, acorns are falling, pumpkins are ripening, and all manner of woodland critters are scurrying about. That...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Maryam Mursal - The Journey

Cover art Maryam Mursal is a singer from Somalia now exiled and living in Denmark. Somali music, like the country itself, is a unique mixture of African and Arabic. On this release, Mursal approaches her...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-01-01)

Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

Cover art Marillion's opus Misplaced Childhood is about as perfect a specimen of the neo-progressive genre as you'll find. I am no adherent of this often-maligned and badly-defined brand of accessible...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-11-01)

Mani Neumeier & Peter Hollinger - Meet the the Demons of Bali

Cover art Wooaah, wait a minute, hold the phone, and just a cottin' pickin'... Mani has really done something different here! Some may remember the Privat CD reviewed last time. There, he took on every...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Lana Lane - Garden of the Moon

Cover art When one has to crank out fifty or sixty reviews per issue, you pretty much have to be listening to music at every possible opportunity, including hours spent at the so-called day job. Usually it's...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Nicky Skopelitis & Raoul Björkenheim - Revelator

Cover art By this point, I hope all Exposé readers have gone out and purchased at least a few Steve Tibbetts albums. If you have, and you love them as much as I do, you probably wouldn’t mind having...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Zapotec - Alpha Centuri

Cover art When I first listened to this disc, I quickly categorized it as jamming space rock. The first track builds from quiet ambience to a throbbing jazzy thrash, consisting almost entirely of an...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Monolith - Monolith

Cover art At first listen this k/b/d band delivers up derivative progressive rock of the highest order. However, I discovered that a good chunk of this was written in 1977, nearly predating the sound they lean...  » Read more
(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1999-01-01)

Olov Johansson - Storsvarten

Cover art Olov Johansson plays an ancient instrument called a nyckelharpa, which is related to the violin and hurdy-gurdy, and is traditional is Sweden, though not much played in the current day. It looks...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-01-01)

Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra

Cover art Although this Korean release is the fourth reissue of this album, its tenuous distribution still means that this, possibly the greatest Italian symphonic rock album of all time will still remain hard...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Sanna Kurki-Suonio - Musta

Cover art With this release, Northside proves that their string of extraordinary CDs (see last issue’s overview) was no fluke. In addition, Musta proves that Sanna Kurki-Suonio is not just one of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Die Anarchistiche Abendunterhaltung - We Need New Animals

Cover art Under this rather long and cryptic (!) name [Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung] is hidden a Belgian band operating in the same areas as Cro Magnon, Maximalist!, Ensemble Nimbus, Miriodor or Palo...  » Read more
(Posted by Jerome Schmidt 1999-01-01)

The Residents - Wormwood

Cover art On the Bizarro World, Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to write a biblical musical, and somehow it ended up getting to our planet. It’s credited to the Residents, but I know where it really came from. In...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Yoshihiro Hanno Meets Mick Karn - Liquid Glass

Cover art Mick Karn's distinctive bass playing has found a number of homes over the years since the demise of Japan. Most notable for readers of this magazine have been his collaborations with David Torn and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Philip Pickett - The Bones of All Men

Cover art The subtitle on the cover continues after the title: “and of several remarkable curiosities therein occurring being a compendium of Dances, Pavannes, Steps and such, played this time by Mr Philip...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Qoph - Kalejdoskopiska Aktiviteter

Cover art I don’t know if Qoph is Sweden’s answer to Finland’s Five Fifteen, but there are at least superficial similarities (perhaps augmented by the fact that I received this disc on the same day I got...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Live www.pfm.it (il Best)

Cover art PFM’s long return to the international stage was built up over several years of new recordings and prestigious live performances. With four essential members consistently in the line-up it also...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Love Spirals Downwards - Flux

Cover art Featured at last year's Projekt Fest in Chicago, the fifth release for this duo also happens to be this writer's introduction to them. Their music could be characterized as ambient electronic pop with...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

Area - La Mela di Odessa

Cover art First off: to the best of my knowledge, this is a bootleg recording, of dubious legal origin, and the sound quality is marginal at best. If that scares you away, no need to read on further. Area...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 2000-05-01)

Deathwatch Beetle Repairman - Hollow Fishes

Cover art Debut albums from obtuse solo acts can be difficult to ascertain on the surface. The first few listens of this disc from the Toronto based artist sound very much like an alternative to some of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-11-01)

Corrosive Media - Speakeasy

Cover art Speakeasy is a maxi-CD single of three techno-house tracks from German duo Benedict Wyneken and Uwe Wienke. Tracks 1 and 3 clock in at just over fibe minutes each while the centerpiece,...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-11-01)

Final Tragedy - Trial of Tears

Cover art Once upon a time there was a French thrash metal band called Etheric Soul which included among its original members multi-instrumentalist Jean-Luc Millot. Then one day, singer Delphine Cochand...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-11-01)

Rumblin Orchestra - Spartacus

Cover art Spartacus by Rumblin' Orchestra is led by Hungarian keyboardist and composer Ella Bela. This release is technically fine, but is somewhat a rehash of things that have been done better before....  » Read more
(Posted by Carol Hammett 1999-11-01)

Dave Weckl Band - The Rhythm of the Soul

Cover art Back when I was in college, Weckl was God to every star-struck drummer who ever picked up a pair of sticks. His years behind the kit in both of Chick Corea's bands allowed him ample opportunity to...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-11-01)

Threshold - Clone

Cover art Given that this is a Karl Groom project, and that it's on the GEP label, and that the first tune is called "Freaks," you would be pretty safe to assume this is another tired and unwanted neo-prog...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1999-11-01)

Kenziner - Timescape

Cover art Remember when a "shredding" guitar player was the exception? Seems you can't turn around these days without knocking one over. Kenziner is another one of these small-label guitar bands. The focus is...  » Read more
(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-11-01)

John Fahey & Cul de Sac - The Epiphany of Glenn Jones

Cover art A promising collaboration between this Boston instrumental ensemble and the legendary avant-folk guitarist collapses under the burden of hero worship, hellish recording conditions, and incompatible...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

Tim Hodgkinson - Pragma

Cover art This is a disc of difficult music since the listener must have the discipline to hear the "big picture" and not get caught in a scattering of perceived dissonant ideas. In the composer's own words:...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-01-01)

Happy Rhodes - Many Worlds Are Born Tonight

Cover art Happy Rhodes is now at her eighth studio album, and it is her first to be released on a label other than her own Aural Gratification. Not that signing with Samson is exactly a move to the majors. This...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Body Full of Stars - Falling Angels

Cover art Mark Dunn seems like quite a colorful guy. The leader and main songwriter for English group Body Full of Stars writes spirited Afro- and British pop and has a vocal delivery full of English wit and...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-01-01)

Blackmore's Night - Shadow of the Moon

Cover art Well, if this album doesn't make you want to run barefoot through the heather I don't know what will. Former axeman for Rainbow and Deep Purple has joined with his Lady to create an utterly enchanting...  » Read more
(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-01-01)

Jon Anderson - The More You Know

Cover art I knew there was something fishy about this CD when I looked at the song lengths - all are nearly identical.  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

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2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring – This mini album consists of four songs (totaling about 30 minutes) that were written and recorded during the Fear of a Blank Planet album session but were held off for a variety of reasons. Even...  (2008) » Read more

Steve Roach - New Life Dreaming – This is one of the “new” discs in the four-disc Dreamtime box set, that also includes Possible Worlds and the remastered Dreamtime Return (all reviewed elsewhere in this issue). New Life...  (2006) » Read more

Cairo - Cairo – Having heard the Frog Pest sampler tape, I was expecting quite a bit, as Cairo's long 20 minute cut (that appears here as well) was very promising. The track was a cross between complex keyboard...  (1995) » Read more

Ossi Duri - X & L'Ultimo dei Miei Cani – Ten years after his death – that’s what this “X” marks – one sees little decline in the interest in and dedication towards the music of Frank Zappa. The “X”...  (2007) » Read more

Mircan with Limbo - Numinosum – Mircan Kaia belongs to the Mingrelian people, a South Caucasian minority living in northeastern Turkey, in a region bordering Georgia. She is fiercely linked to her roots, but she is not a folk...  (2008) » Read more



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