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Similares y Conexos - De Flora y Fauna

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Of the Mexican progressive groups I’ve heard, none attempts to integrate the traditional music of their country as much as Similares y Conexos. The five-pieces ranges from tunes a bit like...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Chameleon - Luminous Morning

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Chameleon is a sort of side project from two thirds of Kundalini, a Swedish jazz-psych-prog-ethnic group which released a CD in 1997 (also on Mellow). Guitars, bass, and keyboards are handled by...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Michael Mantler / Edward Gorey - The Hapless Child and Other Inscrutable Stories

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It's a rare project that extracts elements of the written word and transfers them eloquently to an audio performance. Composer/trumpet player Michael Mantler's first major success with this...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Dieter Moebius - Blotch

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After Moebius’ passing in 2015, Bureau B started reissuing his final four solo albums. The first in this series is Blotch, curiously named after a dab of paint. Moebius had a long...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-12)

Various Artists - Thousand Days of Yesterdays - A Tribute to Captain Beyond

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For most of us, Captain Beyond is a sort of footnote in the history of progressive rock, having achieved little apparent success or recognition for the three records they released between 1971 and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Charming Hostess - Eat

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Every so often in going down this list of worthy albums, I find myself in need of revisiting an album, usually to refresh my memory or see if it holds up. In the 90s, the San Francisco bay area was...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-05-18)

Tales - Marco Polo - A Life for a Dream

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For his fourth concept album, French sysnthesist Jean-Luc Hervé Berthelot turns his attention from outer space to Earthly history, presenting almost an hour of music inspired by the story of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Boot - Virvla

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One of the things that’s often struck me is how “ancient” much of the folk music from Sweden, Norway, and Finland sounds. Melodies have a modal sound to them much like Medieval...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Loop Guru - The Fountains of Paradise

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Loop Guru got started in England in 1992 as a collaboration between Salman Gita (Sam Dodson) and Jamuud (Dave Muddyman) to experiment with tape loops, samples, and world beat rhythms. Over the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Marvin Ayres - Cellosphere

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Marvin Ayres is a string player (cello and violin here) who specializes in using electrified instruments to build ambient clouds of sound (see

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Orient Squeezers - Sadhu

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Orient Squeezers, aside from being an especially nonsensical phrase, is a solo project of Håkan Almkvist, the driving force behind Ensemble Nimbus. The disc displays quite an obsession with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Book of Hours - Art to the Blind

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This Swedish band starts off their first album with a nice slice of instrumental rock: two guitars, bass, and drums slipping easily between phrases of three and four beats. It is well arranged,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

JPP, Troka, Loituma & Frifot - History, Smash, In the Moonlight & SummerSong

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Here we have new releases by some of the more traditional of NorthSide’s Scandinavian artists, three from Finland and one from Sweden. You’ll find no electronic textures on these discs,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

JPP, Troka, Loituma & Frifot - History, Smash, In the Moonlight & SummerSong

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Here we have new releases by some of the more traditional of NorthSide’s Scandinavian artists, three from Finland and one from Sweden. You’ll find no electronic textures on these discs,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

JPP, Troka, Loituma & Frifot - History, Smash, In the Moonlight & SummerSong

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Here we have new releases by some of the more traditional of NorthSide’s Scandinavian artists, three from Finland and one from Sweden. You’ll find no electronic textures on these discs,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

JPP, Troka, Loituma & Frifot - History, Smash, In the Moonlight & SummerSong

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Here we have new releases by some of the more traditional of NorthSide’s Scandinavian artists, three from Finland and one from Sweden. You’ll find no electronic textures on these discs,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Neil Sadler - Theory of Forms

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Theory of Forms is a high-energy blast of horn-powered energy almost from start to finish. Sadler is an accomplished composer, keyboardist, and percussionist, and he’s recruited a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

The Reptile Palace Orchestra - Iguana Iguana

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With the same globe-hopping disregard for genre exhibited by labelmates Boiled in Lead, Reptile Palace Orchestra...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Sebastian Hardie - Live in L.A.

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Live in L.A. is taken from part of Sebastian Hardie's headlining Progfest 1994 set, and represents their first, and only, show since their previous "final performance" in...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-11-01)

Various Artists - Un Voyage en Progressif Vol. 1 - 3

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Musea is currently on a campaign to make the many artists on their label better known to the prog-buying world via these three budget-priced compilation CDs, each featuring about a dozen different...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - Un Voyage en Progressif Vol. 1 - 3

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Musea is currently on a campaign to make the many artists on their label better known to the prog-buying world via these three budget-priced compilation CDs, each featuring about a dozen different...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Russell Mills / Undark - Pearl + Umbra

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I’d give a list of the well-known guest musicians who contribute to this album, but Exposé reviews need to be under 300 words. So I’ll mention a few of the highlights:...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Sorten Muld - Mark II

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Sorten Muld exist in the same milieu as Hedningarna, Garmarna, and Afro Celt Sound System, bringing modern sounds and techniques to traditional music, in this case that of Denmark. They are masters...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Cipher - No Ordinary Man

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Ambient music, like any other genre, has many sounds, from purely electronic soundscapes, to cut-and-paste pointillism, to environmental collage. Cipher presents a jazzy take on the quiet side of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Various Artists - Medium Label Sampler

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Medium Productions is a low profile label from the UK which represents the work of three former members of Japan. The trio is alternately creative within varying contexts and combinations of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Tim Bowness / Samuel Smiles - World of Bright Futures

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Vocalist Tim Bowness (of No-Man) formed Samuel Smiles back in the early 1990s with Michael Bearpark (guitar, programming) as an exercise in “ambient folk” music. For this, their first...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Suns of Arqa - Selected Catalog 1979-2000

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

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

Suns of Arqa - Selected Catalog 1979-2000

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

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

Frágil - Avenida Larco

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Peru’s entry into the symphonic rock genre came in 1981, when Frágil (named for some obscure British prog album) made their recorded debut, now reissued by Rock Symphony....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Richard Thompson - Mock Tudor

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Richard Thompson’s latest album for Capitol Records (his longest stay on any major label) follows a three-tiered study of songs: The first five on the disk follow a “Metroland”...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Blezqi Zatsaz - Rise and Fall of Passionate Sanity

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Perhaps Progressive Rock Worldwide's first really strong release was this, the debut by keyboard-progsters Blezqi Zatsaz. Though consisting of the classic guitar / bass / keyboards / drums...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

You and I - You and I

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

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-02-01)

Kristoff K.Roll - Corazón Road

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Corazón Road is the musical diary of a trip to the Yucatán peninsula and Central America. Using tapes he made during this trip, Kristoff K.Roll processes them and combines...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-11-17)

Randall Smith - Sondes

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Randall Smith is an electroacoustic composer working in Windsor, Ontario. Sondes’ six tracks, spanning four years of composing, are condensed into an ear-jarring seventy-five...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-11-03)

Marc Tremblay - Bruit-Graffiti

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"Bruit" is French for noise, noise that can be innocuous, bothersome, undesirable, or pointless. Marc Tremblay is a French Canadian electroacoustic composer who explores six...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-10-20)

Robert Normandeau - Figures

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Clocking in at exactly 60 minutes is Robert Normandeau’s latest release of acousmatic music. The opening piece is "Le Renard et la Rose" ("The Fox and the Rose"). This is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-22)

Murat Ses - Culduz

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Murat Ses, a Turkish synthesist, has completed his exploration trilogy with Culduz, his first CD release. I was impressed when Murat released Binfen (part two) several years ago....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2000-10-01)

A Produce / M. Griffin - Altara

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It's easy to look back to various eras of music with nostalgia, but as time goes by that tends to happen to even those things you thought were new. I find myself frequently looking back to the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-22)

Matraz - Tiempo

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By now I guess it’s safe to say more people know Matraz from their second album (Gritaré, reviewed...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Ian McDonald - Drivers Eyes

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Let us take a long journey back through the ether to advent of progressive rock. Who do you see lurking around in the shadows? Well one person was Ian McDonald whose group, King Crimson, was a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-11-01)

Five Fifteen - Silver Machine & I Don't Remember

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Here we have two four-song discs from Finland’s psychedelic progressive hard rock masters. The first (I Don't Remember) features a short version of a track from their album...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Buckethead - Monsters and Robots

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For readers of superhero comics, the Origin issue was always a treat. How did Radioman develop the ability to project radio waves from his eyes? How did Buckethead get his name and strange persona?...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Jeff Johnson Trio - Free & The Art of Falling

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Bassist Jeff Johnson is one of the regulars in the Origin Records stable, and these two releases see him as leader, first of a trio with drummer Billy Mintz and reedman Hans Teuber, then with a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Tyburn Tall - Tyburn Tall

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From Speyer, Germany, Tyburn Tall were together from 1969 to 1975. During that time they became a well-respected live band, acting as opening act for name European groups such as Golden Earring,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

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McLatchey's Top Tier #5

This one's on a lot of peoples' lists for good reasons. First time I heard it I didn't even like it, but most great albums are growers,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-06-11)

Various Artists - Floralia Vol.3

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This is quite a mixed bag of generally psychedelic bands from all around the world. It starts off with Cosmic Gardeners doing a nice sitar-accented tune and borderline irritating vocals. A track by...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Chaos Code - A Tapestry of Afterthoughts

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When I first saw the cover of this CD, with its hazmat suited figure amid a grim orange cloud, nuclear plants in the background, I guessed I was in for some gloomy harsh stuff. Then I saw the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Machiavel - Virtual Sun

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I'm not even a big fan of Machiavel in their "classic" phase, circa Mechanical Moonbeams. Even then the group's proto-neo-progressive / mainstream symphonic rock style...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-10-01)

Annie Whitehead - Home

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Annie Whitehead is a trombonist and composer who has made what I’d characterize as an optimistic revalidation of the roots of early Brit jazz, adding a careful handling of world music themes....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

Vujicsics Ensemble - 25

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Founded in 1974, the Vujicsics Ensemble is perhaps Hungary’s most widely respected folk group. Named for Tilhamér Vujicsics, a composer and musical folklorist in the tradition of...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2001-03-01)

Vedda Tribe - Vedda Tribe

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Vedda Tribe is an Italian three piece of guitar / keyboards / drums; no bass credit is given but that is a bass note I hear. They play in an aggressive manner that might recall classic King Crimson...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2003-08-01)

Vanishing Point - In Thought

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After a while I begin to wonder why Angular keeps sending us these metal bands to review. They must be absolute gluttons for punishment. Perhaps they have some weird German fondness for pain. Who...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Tara Vanflower - This Womb Like Liquid Honey

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Miss Vanflower is the vocalist for Lycia, another Projekt band. My favorite tracks on the Lycia I reviewed were the instrumentals, none of those here. Tara “plays” all the instruments:...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2001-03-01)

Stephane Vaillant - Crazy Stuff

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Okay, let’s get one thing straight; this guy can play guitar. It’s obvious he can play circles around any of these modern thrashy guitar heroes. Stéphane Vaillant has got very...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2001-03-01)

Various Artists - Tekito Split Volume 1

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A sampler from the same label that gives you Vas Deferens Organization and others, this CD however features none of those names that I previously associated with Tekito. So in a way (from my point...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-10-01)

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)

Various Artists - Nordic Roots 2

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NorthSide’s strategy with their first Nordic Roots sampler (reviewed #16) must have paid off enough for them to do it again. Here they provide a sampling of 22 tracks from their releases of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - E-Progeny

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This interesting compilation is the result of a collaboration between members of an Internet mailing list called “e-Prog,” which is dedicated to the discussion of keyboard-led...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-03-01)

Peter Ulrich - Pathways and Dawns

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To me, at first this sounds a heck of a lot like Robert Wyatt vocally and Dead Can Dance (or other similar 4AD artists) musically. Ulrich has a thin, plaintive tenor voice that, like Wyatt’s,...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 2001-03-01)

John Tchicai - Life Overflowing & Love Letters from the Madhouse

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Tenor saxophonist John Tchicai is the leader or co-leader on two recent independent jazz releases. Life Overflowing is a quintet project, while the other is spoken word prose backed by...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

John Tchicai - Life Overflowing & Love Letters from the Madhouse

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Tenor saxophonist John Tchicai is the leader or co-leader on two recent independent jazz releases. Life Overflowing is a quintet project, while the other is spoken word prose backed by...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

David Sylvian - Approaching Silence

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After a decade of “ambient” silence, Virgin subsidiary label Shakti has released a set of mysterious instrumental pieces by composer David Sylvian. This is the artist’s third...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Swans - Cop/Young God, Greed/Holy Money

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For those of you unfamiliar with this ensemble on this reissue two disc set, Swans is an artsy cult band who blazed a trail of punishing punk metal which is fairly popular in certain circles. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Stealing the Fire - Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange Snow

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Not really a sequel, but certainly a long time coming. Anyone recall the Earthstone album Seed? At the time it was receiving some good reviews, actually people were raving about it; I know...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2002-09-01)

Rosenberg 7 - R7

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This Swedish group has a different take on modernizing Nordic folk music. Instead of adding electric instruments or ethnic percussion, they mix the traditional with a bit of 20th Century classical....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe - Funk If I Know

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The Cosmic Krewe’s music is an almost perfect hybrid of trumpeter/keyboardist/vocalist Michael Ray’s two most significant former gigs. Here, as on the band’s 1994 debut,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 2000-05-01)

Rains - Apokalyptische Stadt

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This quartet from Verona, Italy plays a freewheeling experimental grunge-jazz infected rock, driven by dual guitars, tenor sax and drums. Half the time they are out on the edge, the other half...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-12-01)

Pere Ubu - New Picnic Time

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The third album in the Pere Ubu canon is one where the group appears to be in a more playful mode rather than on their acclaimed sophomore album, Dub Housing (1978). They had matured a bit...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Coyote Oldman - House Made of Dawn

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This duo of flautists, Michael Graham Allen and Barry Stramp, creates a music far beyond that of the acoustic instrument. Processed through a myriad of effects, the tones of the flute create music...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-05-01)

Nodo Gordiano - Nodo Gordiano

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Quotes on the back cover from Banco, PFM, Arti & Mestieri, Balletto di Bronzo, and John Wetton may seem gratuitous at first, but there’s a reason for it: Nodo Gordiano is a hot new band...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2002-09-01)

Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites - Unis & The Cereal Killer

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

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-03-01)

Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites - Unis & The Cereal Killer

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

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-03-01)

Mythology Bullfinch - The Age of Chivalry & Songs from the Age of Fable

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This oddly entitled outfit seems to get their influences as much from classic and psychedelic rock as progressive rock. The Age of Chivalry is mostly a guitar, bass, and drums affair, with...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-03-01)

Music from the Future - Mind Trips

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Music from the Future is the recording name of Marcel Peelen, a Dutch native who now resides in the United States. A certified therapeutic recreation specialist who seeks to use synthesized sounds...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2001-03-01)

Arturo Meza - Borges

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It’s been so long since we have heard anything from this Mexican prog man that I was beginning to wonder what happened to him. Outside of various appearances with the likes of Nirgal Vallis...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2001-03-01)

Jim Matheos - Away with Words

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This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first solo outing for Matheos, who is the guitarist and chief songwriter for progressive metal act Fates Warning. The style of that band is completely...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2000-10-01)

Magnum - Progressive Classics

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This English "pomp-rock" (as those silly British metal mags used to call it) band has been around for donkey's years. Wide spread fame always seemed to elude them however, but given...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-05-01)

Garrett List - The New York Takes

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You may be aware of Carbon 7 for their new Present release (No. 6), Cro-Magnon, and a few others. But with Garrett List we and they step into a different dimension altogether. The New...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-05-01)

Adam Lane - Hollywood Wedding

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Adam Lane is an improvising artist local to San Francisco who happens to use the upright four string as his medium to create with. On his 1999 Cadence release, Hollywood Wedding, the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Leo Kupper / Anna Maria Kieffer - Ways of the Voice

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Leo Kupper is a Belgian musicologist and vocal theorist and with Ways of the Voice he furthers his 35-year study of the sonic capabilities of the human voice. His partner for this...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2001-07-01)

Kryptästhesie - No Age

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I’m not going to get into any generalizations about whether Italian bands can be any good at psychedelia – certainly examples can be found at all levels of quality. This release from...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Imagin'Aria - La Tempesta

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La Tempesta opens with a bit of an attitude, with an in-your-face rocker that almost manages to betray their distant past as a metal band while not really being a metal song. Forming in...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2002-09-01)

HyNGE - Weekend @ 911

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HyNGE are a band to watch out for. On this EP alone (the title refers to the recording studio these tracks were laid down at), they demonstrate an impressive talent for inventive instrumental...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Michael Hoppé, Martin Tillmann, Tim Wheater - Afterglow

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Afterglow is the combined musical energies of cellist Martin Tillman, flautist Tim Wheater, and keys player Michael Hoppé. For the most part, the music is a spacious and somber...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-05-01)

Holy Lamb - Salt of the Earth

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What’s a prog band from Latvia doing on Mellow singing in fluent English? Looking for an international piece of the pie, I guess, and it looks like to some degree they may get it. I sometimes...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2001-07-01)

Tim Hodgkinson - Sang

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Henry Cow fans looking for jagged, experimental rock will likely be disappointed by Tim Hodgkinson's new CD. This is very experimental stuff, lacking many of the qualities often regarded as...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Kent Heckaman - Transitions

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Tony Gerber of Spacecraft sent me this CD, and with it he continues to show me that I need to expand my musical horizons. I figured it would be something along space and ambient music lines,...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

Hawkwind - Golden Void 1969-1979

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Hey look, it's another Hawkwind compilation! I hope they got paid for this one. For your information, the band is as unhappy as the fans about the crop of Hawkwind reissue albums that pop up,...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-11-01)

Cheryl Gunn - The Sun at Midnight

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Liner notes which throw phrases around like “an immensely personal journey towards self-discovery” and “this powerful message of personal redemption” are all warning signs:...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-05-01)

Plus - The Seven Deadly Sins

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One look at the cover and it should be clear that producers Simon Napier Bell and Ray Singer (who also penned about six of the tracks here) were trying to capitalize on the look and feel of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Foxtrot Zulu - Frozen in Time

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Foxtrot Zulu is a Rhode Island group who should be finding a quick path onto the roots radio wave still prevalent across the US. One of the things that sets the seven piece apart from other roots...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

The Foundation - Departure

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Tepid 80s symphonic rock certainly doesn’t do a lot of head turning in the pages of Exposé, and Swiss group The Foundation may not do anything to change one’s mind. The...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-10-01)

Dose - Dose

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Not sure what to make of this one. Instrumental five-piece of guitar, bass, keys, and drums with flute and sax. All musicians very talented. No original compositions, just covers of Joe Satriani,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Coyle & Sharpe - Audio Visionaries

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Radical radio had its fruition in the sixties where Mal Sharpe and Jim Coyle had a format of witticism and enlightenment. The duo had worked on local KGO radio and branched out onto the street...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Royal Hunt & D.C. Cooper - Fear & D.C. Cooper

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Progressive metal gets an unfair rap from a lot of people, and albums like this certainly don't help. In a sub-genre that is often criticized for gratuitous displays of complexity, Royal Hunt...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2000-10-01)

Royal Hunt & D.C. Cooper - Fear & D.C. Cooper

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Progressive metal gets an unfair rap from a lot of people, and albums like this certainly don't help. In a sub-genre that is often criticized for gratuitous displays of complexity, Royal Hunt...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2000-10-01)

Clockwork - Surface Tension

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So far it seems that Sensory (Laser's Edge) has found a rich deposit of quality progressive metal bands; enter Clockwork. This New Jersey band is very much from the Dream Theater school. I hate...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-10-01)

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)

Serge Blenner - Ars Oratoria

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Serge Blenner was born in France in 1955 and studied composition at Mulhouse Conservatory. He moved to Germany in 1975 and has been recording independently since 1980. This fourteenth album of his...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2000-10-01)

John Tavener - Eternity's Sunrise

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The British composer John Tavener has struck a chord with a significant cross-over audience. Like Arvo Pärt, Tavener creates a sumptuously gorgeous music infused with his belief in God and a...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1999-11-01)

Adrian Belew - Coming Attractions

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Adrian Belew has been very busy in the imposed break from King Crimson. With multiple projects in various stages, it makes sense to market a sampler to highlight each of his works. Obviously,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Atman Featuring Anna Nacher - Tradition

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

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2001-03-01)

The Alchemysts & Simeon - The Alchemysts & Simeon

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Recorded in September '98, this is probably Simeon's last recording before 'the accident' (see our Silver Apples feature in issue #17). The genesis of the collaboration dates to the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2000-10-01)

Annie Haslam's Renaissance - Blessing in Disguise

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

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Snakefinger - Chewing Hides the Sound & Greener Postures

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Here we have the welcome reissue of two great albums by Residents’ cohort and collaborator guitarist Snakefinger (AKA Philip Charles Lithman). Many of the songs on these albums were cowritten...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Snakefinger - Chewing Hides the Sound & Greener Postures

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Here we have the welcome reissue of two great albums by Residents’ cohort and collaborator guitarist Snakefinger (AKA Philip Charles Lithman). Many of the songs on these albums were cowritten...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Action Dreamer - In the Hole Studio

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Action Dreamer is described on the sleeve as 'Alternative Music for Wondering Minds.' The alternative tag could stick since these songs are definitely not like anything you've likely...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

4/3 de Trio - Faiblesse

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With the new King Crimson album, Construkction of Light, entering the New Millennium with an atomic bang, pretty much blowing King Crimson wannabes out of the water and retaking the Land...

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(Posted by David Bischoff 2000-10-01)

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)

Ken Pedersen - Deja Views

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Deja Views is a collection of 12 piano instrumental pieces based upon various classical themes. Many of the tracks are piano solos, and some have wind or string accompaniment. The songs...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-11-01)

Edgar Froese - Aqua

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McLatchey's Top Tier #9

I first heard the first solo album by Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese when I was in high school, in fact back then we had created "carts"...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-07-23)

Xhol Caravan - Electrip

Cover art Amongst the annals of the most psychedelic German rock of the early 70s stand out the legendary Xhol, a band that remains one of the most challenging that that country had to offer. Initially a band...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Can - Box

Cover art Can's legacy in the progressive rock/experimental field is nothing short of legendary. What has been lacking is any real tangible support for the myth in the form of easy access for present day...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Damo Suzuki's Network - Seattle & Odyssey

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With all the recent activity surrounding 70s experimentalists Can, vocalist Damo Suzuki has come out with a spate of new recordings. Suzuki is a firm believer in the transitive nature of art, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Present - C.O.D. Performance

Cover art This is the latest release from guitarist Roger Trigaux's post-Univers Zero project. Trigaux and son Reginald are the only musicians listed, both are credited with playing guitar, vocals, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

Chrome - Chrome Flashback / Chrome Live / The Best Of

Cover art When I first heard Chrome back in the early 80s, my initial reaction was “Ouch!” All I heard was a wall of distortion and mangled vocals – their brand of art-punk was too much punk and too...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Electric Orange - Electric Orange

Cover art Although this is a new release, Dirk Jan Muller and company (aka Electric Orange) have faithfully turned the clock back almost 25 years, trapped in time around 1970. Indeed, this album evokes the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Sens - Les Regrets d'Isidore D.

Cover art It took me a little while to warm up to Sens, but once I did, I found myself listening over and over again. The first thing a listener notices about the band is the dramatic singing of Pascal...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

David Thomas - Mirror Man

Cover art From a dizzy blurring pastiche of commentary and cadence comes a curious project, extremely artsy with obscure socio-overtones. The former lead vocalist of Pere Ubu, David Thomas has assembled one of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-11-01)

Marillion - Clutching at Straws

Cover art This EMI reissue has given me an opportunity I thought was long past: to review what I consider to be Marillion's finest moment. When I first discovered Marillion, I was dying for something new to...  » Read more
(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-11-01)

Vidna Obmana & Alio Die - Echo Passage

Cover art Both Vidna Obmana and Alio Die are masters of dark ambient drone music. Echo Passage, a reissue of their 1999 release on Musica Maxima Magnetica, is one long track roughly 68 minutes in...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

The Tractor's Revenge - Othello

Cover art Tractor’s Revenge is a four piece act which embraces the darker side of gothic progressive rock much in the vein of Belgium’s Universe Zero. Led by Avi Bellili, the twelve pieces on this recording...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

The Science Group - A Mere Coincidence

Cover art Yugoslavian composer Stevan Tickmayer has worked extensively in the fields of 20th Century music (both composed and improvised) and jazz. For this project, he takes a collection of texts by Chris...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

André Andersen - Changing Skin

Cover art Anderson is the keyboardist of Royal Hunt, a progressive metal band from Denmark that released the album Paradox on Magna Carta a couple years ago (and four more on other labels before that)....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-11-01)

U.K. - Concert Classics Volume 4

Cover art I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of this live series disc at a local SF Bay area shop in the bin with the regular monthly releases. Considering that Volume 4 had supposedly been...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Oysterband - Here I Stand

Cover art Oysterband (originally The Oyster Band) has been making music in their own unique and developing style for more than a decade. I would hesitate to call them a post-punk equivalent of Fairport...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Garmarna - Vedergällningen (Vengeance)

Cover art Garmarna’s newest release starts out with a grab for the listener’s throat. “Gamen (Vulture)” begins with a flanged rhythmic pattern on two fiddles which builds up to a powerful crash as the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Ptarmigan - Ptarmigan

Cover art Well, here’s a lost gem from a bygone era! Ptarmigan was a relatively short-lived Canadian acoustic group. The core of the band consisted of singer and recorder player Glen Dias and twelve-string...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Wendy Carlos - Switched-On Bach & The Well-Tempered Synthesizer

Cover art Given the limitations of the synthesizers available in 1968, the choice of Bach as a focus for Wendy Carlos’s pioneering recordings makes perfect sense: the instruments could play only one note at a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

No-Man - Speak

Cover art No-Man began back in 1987 as a collaboration between Steve Wilson (pre-Porcupine Tree) and vocalist Tim Bowness. Over the years since then, the band has released a number of albums and EPs, mostly in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Roy Harper - The Unknown Soldier

Cover art Typically Roy Harper doesn't fall into a progressive rock vein, preferring to create an English version of Bob Dylan's never ending hippie dream. But in 1980 he amassed several friends whose...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Pere Ubu - Dub Housing

Cover art I recall when I first heard this LP, I was honestly paralyzed by the discordant synthesizer which underpinned a Velvet Underground groove on the first track. There was vocalist David Thomas and his...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, a True Star

Cover art For those of you — the uninitiated — Todd Rundgren holds a unique place in the annals of progressive rock. In the early seventies, the man had left the power pop innovators The Nazz and strove to...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Rick Wakeman - The Masters

Cover art Between 1982 and 1995 Wakeman released a staggering 35 recordings! None of these are known to more than a few people (I have only seen about four of them myself), so the convenience of this...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-05-01)

Tomorrow - Tomorrow

Cover art Tomorrow's eponymous and only release is a solid example of 60s psychedelia featuring a precociously talented young guitarist named Steve Howe. It probably would have fared better commercially if not...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Terra Firma - Earthbound

Cover art Climbing out the morass of thrash bands and Pearl Jam clones ascends a new Seattle area group with its feet rooted in Terra Firma and its head in the cosmos. Forget your preconceived notions of space...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 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)

Energipsy - Tamborea

Cover art This one sounded quite promising... a mixture of flamenco and fusion? With a wonderful heritage of bands such as Iceberg, Triana, Guadalquivir, and Gotic the Spanish fusion scene has been extremely...  » Read more
(Posted by David Ashcraft 1999-11-01)

Mathew Shipp Duo with William Parker - DNA

Cover art Mathew Shipp has paid his dues in the eastern US jazz circles for the past several years and DNA is his first for Thirsty Ear Records out of New York. Two traditional pieces are included on...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-11-01)

Sylvan - Deliverance

Cover art Here's a well-recorded album by an obviously polished German group filled with interesting ideas. I'm sorry to say that those ideas don't always work, such as "A Fairytale Ending," but I appreciate...  » Read more
(Posted by Willow Polson 1999-11-01)

Tone Bearer - Millennium

Cover art Tone Bearer is a San Jose six-piece cut squarely from the Marillion and Pendragon mold of neo-prog. The lineup is your standard 5-piece with an additional percussionist and the vocalist doubling on...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-05-01)

Latest news

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

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

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

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ain Soph - Marine Menagerie & Five Evolved from Nine – The line between fusion and fuzak can be a very fine one, and Ain Soph walks that line like a drunken goat, stepping first on one side, then on the other, back and forth with dizzying frequency. I...  (2006) » Read more

Frigg - Frigg – Not to be confused with the German Frigg, a jazz quartet led by guitarist Bert Wrede, this Finnish seven-piece is an acoustic fiddle orgy. Five members play fiddle at least part-time, bringing to mind...  (2004) » Read more

Thork - We-ila – The French seem to have a lock on dark symphonic prog these days (see Nil elsewhere this issue) – or maybe it’s just those two guys named Maurin (David on guitar and Samuel on bass and...  (2006) » Read more

Magellan - Impending Ascension – The title of this album neatly fits this group in a certain genre that often verges on a pretentious, overly technical "prog rock" – music somewhere between Rush, Pendragon, Dream...  (1995) » Read more

Neil Sadler - Theory of Forms – Theory of Forms is a high-energy blast of horn-powered energy almost from start to finish. Sadler is an accomplished composer, keyboardist, and percussionist, and he’s recruited a crew of Zappa...  (1999) » Read more



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