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Amoeba - Pivot

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Without reading the credits, it would be easy to assume Amoeba is a four or five member band, but in reality it’s two guys: Robert Rich (vocals, keyboards, steel guitar, flutes) and Rick...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Greenwall - Elektropuzzles

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For this release, the “band” Greenwall consists entirely of keyboardist / programmer Andrea Pavoni. The tracks were all composed from 1994 to 1998, and comprise an interesting spectrum...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Various Artists - Tuonen Tytär - A Tribute to Finnish Progressive

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It’s always fun to review a tribute to music you’re not familiar with. For the most part, I can’t compare these covers to the original versions, so I’ll just describe the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

D.F.A. - Lavori in Corso

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-13)

Clearlight - Forever Blowing Bubbles

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So before the internet, one of the best sources of musical information was the series of books called Rock Record, I think the one I owned was the 4th edition. I nearly tore this book...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-06-01)

Exuviae - Echoes in the Emptiness

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It wasn't but a few months ago that I had finally gotten around to playing Exuviae's third release. Somewhere after the turn of the 00s it seems the market took a pretty sharp dive on...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-31)

Procol Harum - BBC Live in Concert

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1974 was probably the last year Procol Harum had any marketplace to make a noticeable inroad. The five-piece group plus one lyricist had just come from a series of two financial and artistic...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Eloy - Floating

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Eloy have had a really long career which leads to different people having different favorites. This is their high watermark for my ears — it was still too early for their symphonic-space rock...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-17)

Hugh Hopper - Volumes 1 - 4

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These are the first four volumes of material compiled for a career spanning ten-disc series celebrating the work of the late Hugh Hopper, best known as the bassist of Soft Machine during the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-01-18)

Markus Reuter - Digitalis

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Reuter is a German Warr Guitarist creating ambient music of a very individual nature. This is definitely at the abstract end of the Hypnos catalog, a music whose sense of melody is unlike any...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-07-01)

Thinking Plague - Early Plague Years

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The recent resurgence of Thinking Plague has finally yielded the reissue of their (rare) first two albums (both included on this one CD in their entirety), showcasing the beginnings of one of the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 2001-03-01)

Jeremy Cubert Project - From A to B

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Back in Exposé #18, I reviewed the first Psycho-Audible release, Alpha Centauri by Zapotec. This Psycho-Audible disc features the same key players: guitarist Bill Curtis, violinist...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Various Artists - Electroacoustic Music #5

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In these days where electronic music is generally thought of as mindless dance beats with sampled accents, it’s important to remember that the pedigree of electronic music goes back many...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

The Flower Kings - Retropolis

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

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-02-01)

The Flower Kings - Retropolis

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

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1997-02-01)

Mario Millo - Epic III

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This little relic from the past is a really great half album. After the demise of Australian symphonic prog contenders Sebastian Hardie and offshoot Windchase, guitarist Mario Millo recorded this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 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)

Premiata Forneria Marconi - Storia di un Minuto

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McLatchey's Second Tier

When it comes to debut albums, Storia di un Minuto is one of the most well-realized out there and a great balance of young talented...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-15)

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Outbound

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I’ve been a big fan of Béla Fleck for quite a while, so I’m not sure how this one slipped under my radar for so long, especially given the stellar list of guest artists....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Tony Levin - Waters of Eden

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Over the last half dozen years, King Crimson bassist Tony Levin has produced a small but impressive body of work on his own Papa Bear Records, including World Diary (1995), a collection of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Peter Blegvad - Choices under Pressure

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Choices under Pressure is a career retrospective done in a rather oblique (and typically Blegvadian) manner. He has rerecorded more-or-less acoustic versions of some of his best songs from...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

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)

Denis Smalley - Sources / Scènes

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Denis Smalley is an electroacoustic composer from New Zealand who has spent a year in Olivier Messiaen’s composition class at the Conservatoire de Paris and is currently the Head of the Music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-11-24)

Vágtázó Halottkémek - Naptánc (Dancing with the Sun)

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Discovering this CD was serendipitous. I was in the record store browsing through the racks and this CD’s neo-psychedelic artwork caught my eye. Then the quote on the back clinched my...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-01)

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)

Persona Non Grata - System of Logic

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Persona Non Grata is an innovative Hungarian band that appears to have merged punk and progressive rock, very similar to how the Voodoo Glow Skulls have combined punk, school band instruments, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-08-18)

The Shout - On Arrival

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The Shout is a London-based a cappella choir featuring the talents of an amazing range of singers from gospel, jazz, blues, Indian classical, contemporary classical, opera, church music, and early...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-29)

Trottel Monodream - Fluid

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Trottel Monodream is another Hungarian progressive / psychedelic rock band that is relatively unknown in the US. They have been around since 1989 and have toured extensively throughout Europe:...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-15)

Adrian Moore - Traces

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The music on this CD falls into three categories: the abstract ("Junky," "Dreamarena"), hearing natural sounds in a different context ("Study in Ink,"...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-12)

Jonty Harrison - Évidence Matérielle

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Jonty Harrison is another British electroacoustic composer and his CD may be the most accessible of three recent DiM releases (Sources / Scènes, Traces, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-29)

Louis Dufort - Connexion

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Louis Dufort composes for the Marie Chouinard contemporary dance company, works with the artistic committee of ACREQ, and explores hybrid and unbridled musical experimentation. Connexion...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-10-06)

Eric Mertens - White Worker

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White Worker is Eric Mertens’ latest release and a follow up to his first CD Spleen. White Worker is a wonderful collection of 11 contemporary chamber music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2001-12-01)

Miles Davis - On the Corner

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McLatchey's Second Tier

It's strange when you consider it but the music Miles was putting out live around this time didn't really have that much to do with this album,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-03-03)

Various Artists - Un Voyage en Progressif Vol. 5

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We all know that one cut off of a sampler can’t possibly give an accurate picture of a band’s full breadth and quality. But if the purpose of a sampler slot is to shine positive light...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2001-07-01)

Tangerine Dream - Phaedra

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McLatchey's Top Tier #26

Back when so many gatefolds were things of beauty, I looked around a little bit to make sure the picture wasn't the original CD where they put...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-11-08)

Anscha - Anscha

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This is a very good example of good “musical” ideas ruined by an out-of-control singer. “Musical,” here meaning instrumental ideas. The vocalizations of the singer, Andreas...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2001-03-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Reissues, Part 2 (Plus)

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The four latest Klaus Schulze reissues include one from the 70s and three from the new millennium, bringing the total to 34 and closing out the first 21 Schulze albums. As Virtual Outback...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Mushroom vs Bundy K. Brown vs Faust vs Gary Floyd - Compared to What

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Yes, that’s the way it’s credited on the cover. The is a very odd collection of odds and ends basically centered around the band Mushroom, including soul covers, taped phone...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

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)

That 1 Guy - Songs in the Key of Beotch

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That 1 Guy prides himself on being part Trent Reznor and part Frank Zappa mixed up with a snaky Primus vibe. Spin those disparate concepts altogether and you’ve got a good idea how...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Mantra Sunrise - Mantra Sunrise

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Another brainchild from John Miner of Art Rock Circus. The bulk of the sound ekes in time with the style of 80s album-oriented rock and a leaning towards tuneful new wave vocalization. Overall,...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Bz Bz Ueu - Uhozmerigotz

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I’ll admit a slight prejudice against bands with unpronounceable (or questionably pronounceable) names, but a brief review is probably not the time to get into a discussion of the philosophy...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Mujician & The Georgian Ensemble - The Bristol Concert

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Flashback to 1989: KeithTippett had traveled to the remains of the Soviet Union to recruit some local talent for the prestigious Bath International Music Festival. Little did he expect at the time...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Cast - Legacy

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For their ninth studio album, Cast present another strong set of tunes in their established mode. While there are strong contributions from all members, the keyboards of Alfonso Vidales are clearly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Cast - Laguna de Volcanes

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After thirty or forty albums sung in English, Cast here present a set of their best tunes with the vocals redone in Spanish. OK, I'm exaggerating – they only have nine studio albums and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Guru Guru - 2000 Gurus

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I remember Guru Guru from back in the 70s, when I picked up one album on a whim. It was spacey, funky jazz rock done with a sense of humor (I don’t suppose you can be too serious with a name...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Vulgar Unicorn & Schloss Adler - Jet Set Radio & Music for Survival Horror

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A band named “Vulgar Unicorn”? Sounds like it must be some sort of fantasy-driven throwback to the days when songs about wizards could actually crack the Top 100. But not so. I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Paradox One - Reality Quake

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Scotland’s Phil Jackson is the man behind Paradox One, and this initial release has been crafted over a number of years, based mostly on themes from science fiction. He starts out with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Cherry Five - Cherry Five

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Keyboard fans take note. Cherry Five was a predecessor to Goblin; Claudio Simonetti (keyboards) and Massimo Morante (guitars) were later in that band. Cherry Five's sole release is a true...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Alan Davey - Chaos Delight

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Alan “The Elf” Davey offers up his second solo outing. Like Dave Brock, the former Hawkwind bass player prefers to do it all himself; so you’ve got all instruments, engineering,...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-10-01)

I Giganti - Terra in Bocca (Poesia di un Delitto)

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Like the early New Trolls, I Flashmen, and countless other Italian groups between 1967 and 1971, I Giganti were a psych/beat group attempting to break new musical boundaries. The influence of both...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Oliver Wakeman - Heaven's Isle

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

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-10-01)

Frank van Bogaert - Docking

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Van Bogaert’s electronic leanings remind me a lot of 70s Vangelis and more symphonic-oriented electronic music like Tomita or some Kitaro. Throughout the 11 tracks on the CD, there is a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-03-01)

Valinor's Tree - ...And Then There Is Silence

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Sweden's Valinor's Tree has come a long way since their last album, Kingdom of Sadness which I reviewed in #19. The quartet still walks a high wire between balls-out modern hard...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Various Artists - Periferic 2000-Sympho-Rock from Hungary

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Lots of music to cover on this compilation, so let’s get right to it. First comes Rumblin’ Orchestra’s instrumental workouts — rich in harmony and recalling Wakeman’s...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-10-01)

Twin Age - Moving the Deck Chairs

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Ten years ago this would have been right at home on the SI label. For many readers, maybe that’s all you need to know. If you don’t know what that means, well, consider some of the more...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 2001-03-01)

Russ Tolman - New Quadrophonic Highway

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Tolman is a singer-songwriter with a half-talking / half-singing Lou Reed style of vocalization. In other words, he’s got the vocal range of about five half-steps. This is not necessarily a...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2001-03-01)

Theta - Seeds of a Dream

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Although the 80s produced a spate of Japanese sympho bands, in recent years one tends to think of Japanese progressive music in terms of zeuhl (Ruins and related Yoshida projects) or the...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-03-01)

Tempest - Live at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

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It’s about time that these Bay Area Celtic rockers released a live CD! Impressive as Tempest’s studio releases have been, they’ve never come close to the essence of the...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2001-03-01)

Tea for Two - 101

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Neo-progressive act Tea for Two’s first album is appropriately titled 101 since this work is very much a freshman endeavor. The core of the group stems from vocalist Stephan Weber...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Darren Stroud - Guitar Absolute

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On Guitar Absolute Darren Stroud plays all guitars and plays bass on most tracks. Tones range from warm, clean jazzy tones to more distorted offerings. Stroud presents a balanced sense of...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2001-03-01)

Spring Heel Jack - Treader

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You might think that the modern sounds of drum & bass are not the territory of Exposé writers, that there is no cross-reference point. Shouldn't we put head into the sand...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Sigmund Snopek III - Trinity Seas Seize Sees (Long Version)

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Though best known these days as the keyboardist for the Violent Femmes, Sigmund Snopek’s first and greatest accomplishments have been in progressive rock. A three-act rock opera written in...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2001-03-01)

John Serrie - Century Seasons

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Fear not the ethereal, new-age looking girl on the front. This set is subtitled "The Space Music of Jonn Serrie," and that is an accurate reflection of this excellent retrospective. Gone...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

Jon Rose - The Hyperstring Project (New Dynamic of Rogue Counterpoint)

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I’m not even going to try to explain how this music was made – check out the web site for details. Just take it as given that Jon Rose has created a monster with violin ancestry, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Remy - The Art of Imagination

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The Art of Imagination is a series of six musical images in the European electronic tradition. The first is in a melodic, minor key with shakuhachi-like patches intoning over some deeper...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-03-01)

Preston Reed - Handwritten Notes

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If you think that the acoustic guitar is a conventional instrument then you haven’t heard Preston Reed play it. Combining a tapping approach that is considerably evolved from the style of the...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2001-03-01)

Rick Ray - Guitarsenal & Living in an Insane World

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When I first put on a Rick Ray CD (I don’t remember which one of these it was), my first reaction was, “Do I have to listen to the whole thing?” An endless series of fairly stock...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Rick Ray - Guitarsenal & Living in an Insane World

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When I first put on a Rick Ray CD (I don’t remember which one of these it was), my first reaction was, “Do I have to listen to the whole thing?” An endless series of fairly stock...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Rasha - Let Me Be

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Go to your favorite record store, to the world music (or international as some of them call it) section and look for Africa. Most of them will have a fair number of CDs, usually separated by...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Lester Palocsay - Baby Data Drop

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The music on this disc was originally recorded from 1984 to 1990. Nothing is provided in the way of musician credits, but judging from the sound of it, Palocsay worked on his own. Most of the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element: Part I

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Pain of Salvation are one of the few bands that comes along every now and then and redefines their genre. I mean, I don’t even care much for this particular avenue of melodic prog-metal, the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-12-01)

Oberon - Sonnet

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Sonnet is an interesting collection. At its core are readings of 12 of Shakespeare's sonnets, eight of which come with a song. The readings are all by trained English actors that lend...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

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)

Mind's Eye - Waiting for the Tide

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Mind's Eye may not have the most original name, but this quartet (vocals, guitar, bass, and a drummer who also plays keys) more than makes up for it with a sound that is. The requisite elements...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Mind over Matter - Under the Stars

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Klaus Hoffman-Hoock is one of my favorite guitarist/synthesists, and this series of live recordings does little to dispel that perception. Recording either as Cosmic Hoffman or Mind over Matter,...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

Suzanne Lewis - Suzanne Lewis

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Vocalist Susanne Lewis finally steps out into her first true solo album, nearly fourteen years after her most notable stint as lead singer for Colorado’s Thinking Plague. She’s also...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

Kubusschnitt - The Cube

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If you are still searching for the near-perfect modern equivalent to Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze from their peak form in the 70s, you may find something tantalizingly close with this stellar...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2000-10-01)

King Crimson - Heavy Contrukction

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According to many accounts, the European tour for The Construkction of Light has been nothing short of a major success. A large number of gigs sold out across Germany, and women were seen...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Keller & Schönwälder - The Reason Why... Part Two

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I already thought that The Reason Why from Keller & Schönwälder’s 3-CD box set was excellent. But then I kept reading reviews of people who had attended the show,...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

James Johnson - Entering Twilight

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This 66 ½-minute, one track CD reveals a style that may be part of the lineage of positive, gentle, cloudy ambient music that one finds on Steve Roach’s Quiet Music albums and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-03-01)

Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette - Whisper Not

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Recorded in mid-1999 in Paris, Whisper Not is the first recording of the trio since Jarrett took a health break in 1997 and 1998. He suffered from CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome). To do a whole gig...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2001-03-01)

Joe Jackson - Summer in the City: Live in New York

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Leave it to musical chameleon Joe Jackson to twist the standard pop jazz arrangement of a few well known pop tunes and provide further proof of his oft-ignored creative genius. Dipping into his 60s...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

Steve Howe - Homebrew 2

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Yes guitarist Steve Howe continues to group together fully developed solo tracks used in different contexts in the second in his homebrewed series. It’s nearly impossible to fault Howe for...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Heligoland - Heligoland

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The remains of Talk Talk, one of the more successful 80s UK pop groups, carry forward this new release from Tim Friese-Greene. Friese-Greene has been noted as a key behind-the-scenes member who...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-02-01)

Hawkwind - Spacebrock

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Is this ever going to stop? My first thought on this was it’s a Dave Brock solo record, but on further examination it appears to be a Hawkwind album. It opens with more re-recordings of...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2001-07-01)

David Hastings - Electric Café

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Hastings' debut album is released on Biff Johnson's Broad Vista label, although Hastings' style is quite a bit different than the tribal ambient style of Johnson's two albums. It...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-10-01)

Hardline Project I. - A Virtual Exhibition With Music

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As the title implies this multi-media CD-ROM features accompanying artwork but since the review copy only contained the music we'll leave the art to our collective imaginations. The musicians...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2000-10-01)

Carol Grimes, Uncle Dog & Sweet F.A. - Voiceprint 2000 Reissues

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Upon the demise of Delivery (Phil Miller's quartet augmented by Janis Joplin stylized blues vocalist, Carol Grimes), Grimes moved off to join another blues-based, less improvisational group,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Carol Grimes, Uncle Dog & Sweet F.A. - Voiceprint 2000 Reissues

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Upon the demise of Delivery (Phil Miller's quartet augmented by Janis Joplin stylized blues vocalist, Carol Grimes), Grimes moved off to join another blues-based, less improvisational group,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Carol Grimes, Uncle Dog & Sweet F.A. - Voiceprint 2000 Reissues

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Upon the demise of Delivery (Phil Miller's quartet augmented by Janis Joplin stylized blues vocalist, Carol Grimes), Grimes moved off to join another blues-based, less improvisational group,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Carol Grimes, Uncle Dog & Sweet F.A. - Voiceprint 2000 Reissues

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Upon the demise of Delivery (Phil Miller's quartet augmented by Janis Joplin stylized blues vocalist, Carol Grimes), Grimes moved off to join another blues-based, less improvisational group,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Carol Grimes, Uncle Dog & Sweet F.A. - Voiceprint 2000 Reissues

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Upon the demise of Delivery (Phil Miller's quartet augmented by Janis Joplin stylized blues vocalist, Carol Grimes), Grimes moved off to join another blues-based, less improvisational group,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Mick Greenwood - ...To Friends

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Who is Mick Greenwood, might you ask? Apparently the man is American and made a ploy to become a pop star in the UK after being discovered in a New York club in the early 70s. He issued three LPs...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Golaná - Feather on the Wind

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Though Golaná (a.k.a. Scott Cunningham) plays handcrafted Native American wood flutes, his compositions have little connection the musical traditions of his Cherokee ancestors. Instead, the...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2001-03-01)

Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!

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Despite the recent hyped press, which this Canadian performance group has received, there is still a large dose of mystery, which surrounds them. In fact, after about three plays from start to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Garlic - L'Enigma della Trottola

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Italian three-piece Garlic recorded this album live in the studio over three days with no overdubs. The songs are all instrumental guitar, bass, and drums with interesting electronic processing...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2002-09-01)

The Fucking Champs - IV

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The Champs are an unusual trio of twin lead guitars plus drums that cranks out a heavy uptempo rock sound with plenty of meaty riffs. On many tunes they sound like an instrumental version of Thin...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2001-12-01)

Eloy Fritsch - Cyberspace

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I’ve heard Brazilian Eloy Fritsch’s name before, but had not heard him until now. Nicely layered arrangements float serenely by. The emphasis is on orchestral-sounding synthesizers,...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-12-01)

Fonya - Sunset Cliffs

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Those expecting the usual collection of Yes-inspired sci-fi instrumentals from Chris Fournier this time out are in for quite a shock. For one thing, while the overall sound and production quality...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2001-03-01)

Paul Ellis - Appears to Vanish

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This is the first solo effort by Paul Ellis, one of the two brains behind Dweller at the Threshold. It’s immediately clear that this is a professional musician who knows what he’s doing...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2001-07-01)

Early Day Miners - Placer Found

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Well, the Exposé credo is to spotlight the boundaries of rock, so that must mean this young American group fits the mold. Unlike the mostly Euro-prog based music we cover, EDM has a...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2001-12-01)

David Davidson - Celtic Fantasy

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There are loads of musicians trying to cash in on the Celtic music craze, and here’s another. This quote found on the web site should be warning enough: “David’s passionate use of...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2001-03-01)

Chris Cutler & Fred Frith - 2 Gentlemen in Verona

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I have a tremendous amount of respect for both guitarist Fred Frith and percussionist Chris Cutler. They have both been involved in some tremendous music that dates from the Henry Cow days to...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2001-07-01)

Coral Caves - Voice from a Distance

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Musea’s next entrant into the world of New Age music is this release by Japanese keyboard player Toshiyuki Fujita. This one slots squarely into the space between Yanni, Kitaro, and Rick...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2002-09-01)

Chrysaldor - The Legend

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The packaging of this release is a tad confusing, and the title may well be Chrysaldor The Legend, with the musicians being named Zen’s and El Jice. Whatever. This is a release on...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-12-01)

Robert Carty - The Inexplicable

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Robert Carty is an independent musician who runs his own label and releases several CDRs a year in a variety of electronic styles. He has an enormous back catalog that I have only begun to tap, but...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-03-01)

Car 44 - Platinum Holes

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As part of Thirsty Ear’s effort to expand its scope to a varied roster, ex-Rollins Band and Bowie’s recent guitarist Chris Haskett puts on his production hat to produce Virginia...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

Calix - Canções de Beurin

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Cálix is a young Brazilian band that seems to strive for an early 70s rock sound as opposed to strictly prog, with easily grasped melodies and song structures, and a dominant Anglo-American...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2001-03-01)

Triakel - Vintorvisor (Wintersongs)

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Triakel is a three-piece consisting of Garmarna’s Emma Härdelin singing with Hoven Droven’s fiddler Kjell-Erik Eriksson, along with Janne Strömstedt on harmonium. They stick...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Azazello - Black Day

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The electronic drum kit will undoubtedly make or break one’s opinion of this release by Russian prog-metal quartet Azazello, depending on your tolerance for such a mechanical backbone. And if...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-03-01)

Audra & Voltaire - Audra & Almost Human

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Audra captures the factory sound of the late 70s, of bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division. Their debut CD opens with a tasty little bit of nostalgia. “In All Our Androgyny” features an...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2001-03-01)

Audra & Voltaire - Audra & Almost Human

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Audra captures the factory sound of the late 70s, of bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division. Their debut CD opens with a tasty little bit of nostalgia. “In All Our Androgyny” features an...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2001-03-01)

Ash Ra Tempel - Gin Rosé at the Royal Festival Hall

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This CD is a concert by Klaus Schulze and Manuel Göttsching which took place in April 2000 at Royal Festival Hall, presumably the site of earlier Schulze recordings of the same name. Not...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-03-01)

L'Ange Vert - Vol de Nuit

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Following quickly on the heels of Tempête et châtiments (reviewed in #20), l’Ange Vert’s fourth CD showcases live material from their 1999 tour. This French...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2001-03-01)

Robert Andrews - An Amnesty for Bonny Things on Sunny Days

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Britain’s Robert Andrews plays guitar and bass for Land of Yrx and Aerie, bands with whom he’s released over a dozen albums. An Amnesty for Bonny Things on Sunny Days is his...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2002-09-01)

Aelian - A Tree under the Colours

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Aelain is a five-piece guitar / keyboards / bass / drums Italian band that serves up music in the 80s AOR rock style. The song arrangements are typically neat and clean and there are loads of...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2001-03-01)

Sviraj - Ciganine

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Omnium’s primary mission is releasing “folk music that rocks,” and they turn slightly aside from that with this disc. Though Sviraj (pronounced “svee-rye”) have energy...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

AoMusic - Grow Wild

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Ao, which is a Polynesian word for light and illumination, is the duo of Nahoo (aka Ric Gannaway) and Jojo (aka Jay Oliver), a pair of Mid-Westerners with a strong affiliation for New Age...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2001-03-01)

Picchio dal Pozzo - Picchio dal Pozzo & Abbiamo Tutti i Suoi Problemi

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Slight changes in style between albums is common for most all groups, but Picchio dal Pozzo is not like most groups. Upon listening to their second CD after hearing the first, I did a double take...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Henry Cow - In Praise of Learning (Original Mix)

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For readers familiar with In Praise of Learning I need say no more than, “Here it is, come and get it.” This release captures all the wonderful strangeness of the original in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Bozzio Levin Stevens - Situation Dangerous

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For their second outing as a trio, these guys had a little more rehearsal time, and it shows. The eight tracks here come off as real compositions, and there is plenty of great ensemble playing to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-01-01)

Ozone Player - Insane Logic

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Here’s another entry in the one-man electronic music genre, in this case Otso Pakarinen of Finland. He’s got a couple of interesting twists on the conventions of electronic music. One...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

The Underground Railroad - Through and Through

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The Underground Railroad was formed with the express intent of playing music in the style of Genesis, but they have luckily strayed from the strict observance of that intention. There is a remnant...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

The Insect Trust - The Insect Trust

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As a longtime fan of Fairport Convention and British folk rock, I had dismissed American folk as being either too cloying or too familiar. Not so with The Insect Trust, who do for American folk and...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2001-03-01)

The Insect Trust - The Insect Trust

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This late-60s quintet from NYC epitomized the broad sense of musical experimentation of the era, pulling incongruent forms together, and through a combination of optimism and naiveté,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-03-01)

Azigza - Azigza

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McLatchey's Second Tier

When Progfest moved to San Francisco in the year 2000 and slightly changed its name, it was like plenty of other festivals where I went to see some of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-01-28)

Robert Rich - Sunyata

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Even before the classic Trances and Drones there was the debut cassette by one of the great electronic musicians of the last 30 years....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-12-24)

Michael Stearns - Morning Jewel

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McLatchey's Second Tier

While ambient electronic music came to prominence starting in the mid 80s and came to something of a peak in the late 90s and early 00s, there were...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-08-20)

Kit Watkins - Labyrinth & Frames of Mind

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Finally Watkins' first two post-Happy the Man/Camel solo albums have received the proper digital treatment. These are two very formative albums that offer a logical bridge between the music of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

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)

Iconoclasta - La Granja Humana

Cover art Though I’ve been reading about them in Exposé for years, this is the first Iconoclasta I’ve actually heard. I’m going to leave aside the concept-album aspect of Granja Humana...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn

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McLatchey's Top Tier #19

I was in my early to mid teens when I was at a friend's house down the street. One end of a long living room sat the record player was and there were LPs...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-05-21)

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)

Stone Breath - Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis

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Stone Breath’s third album, recorded in 2000, has been reissued with a second CD of rare and unreleased tracks. On Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis Stone Breath continued their exploration of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Tóth Bagi Band - Kell, Hogy Hazudj & Another Blues World

Cover art Now appearing in the Lounge at the Budapest Holiday Inn: the Tóth Bagi Band, performing a selection of blues standards and originals in a dance-floor-ready style, sure to please locals and visitors...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

N.H.U. - N.H.U.

Cover art It's not every day you discover a band from the 70s that you've never heard before, at least not for me. So NHU, sometimes known as Grupo NHU, is a particularly happy find. This album, first recorded...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Peter Frohmader & Fuchs-Gamböck - Das Ist Alles

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German rock journalist Michael Fuchs-Gamböck and Peter Frohmader met at a Faust concert in 1997. Their mutual interest in Krautrock and experimental music led to a lasting friendship and now a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2001-03-01)

Gjallarhorn - Sjofn

Cover art Fans of the progressive strain of Nordic music pioneered by Hedningarna and Garmarna now have another genre-bending band to latch onto. Finland’s Gjallarhorn take some of the elements of those two...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Dagobert Böhm / Markus Reuter / Zoltán Lantos - String Unit

Cover art Here’s an album and ensemble that is more than the sum of its parts: a startling reflection of a multi-ethnic modern world tempered by a very wooden traditionalism. Dagobert Böhm (acoustic guitar),...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

PFM - Serendipity

Cover art As most progressive fans know, Premiata Forneria Marconi was once one of the most renowned of the Italian progressive bands, only to eventually descend into a pop career that would be of little...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-12-01)

David Thomas & Foreigners - Bay City

Cover art Starting with his tenure in the seminal art-punk outfit Pere Ubu, David Thomas has shown himself to be a lyricist of great talent and singer of acquired taste. For this outing he teams up with a trio...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Various Artists - Periferic 2000 Folk-World-Ethno from Hungary

Cover art Concurrent with Periferic’s second space/prog rock compilation comes another collection of Hungarian folk/ethnic music. Whereas last time they featured many groups with a slightly modern bent, whose...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2002-09-01)

Aka Moon - Invisible Sun

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Invisible Sun is the tenth release by Aka Moon whose name derives from the band members’ experience with the Aka pygmies of central Africa. Invisible Sun is a part of Aka...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2001-07-01)

Present - No.6

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No. 6 is the latest release from Roger Trigaux’s band Present. This Belgian ensemble continues the musical tradition pioneered by King Crimson and extended by Richard Pinhas. The opening...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2000-12-31)

Jackhammer Trio - Sonarchy and Synergy

Cover art Seattle’s answer to the NY Downtown jazz scene is part fusion and jamming entourage, but also a tight trio too. Rik Wright is the guitarist in these ten work-outs, and his style reminds me of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Sonus Umbra - Snapshots from Limbo

Cover art I was a little worried when I saw the names Luis Nasser and Jeff Laramee in the credits for this disc. They are both in the band Kurgan’s Bane, along with singer Lisa Francis (who provides guest...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Free - Songs of Yesterday

Cover art The roots of popular blues based rock and roll are firmly tied to that of Free, a four piece act from the late 60s that had both singer and composer Paul Rogers and drummer Simon Kirke (later of Bad...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Finisterre - Storybook (Live at Progday 1997)

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Let me open by saying buy this! Why? Well Finisterre is a great band and it would be great way to say thank you to Peter Renfro. This album has been released on Peter’s Proglodite...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2001-07-01)

Kurgan's Bane - The Future Lies Broken

Cover art If you ever wondered what Rush might have sounded like with a female vocalist, wonder no more. Baltimore-based four-piece Kurgan's Bane is a band that obviously idolizes Rush, especially the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Elton Dean - QED

Cover art Elton Dean’s recent associations with Hammond organ specialist Alex Maguire (as heard on HUX’s excellent release Psychic Warrior) have been gradually building over time. QED is...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Clearlight/Cyrille Verdeaux - Rainbow Music: Best of Cyrille Verdeaux 1975-2000

Cover art From his debut in 1973 with Clearlight Symphony, French keyboardist and composer Cyrille Verdeaux has combined impressionistic soundscapes in the spirit of Ravel and Debussy with progressive rock...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Annbjørg Lien - Baba Yaga

Cover art The Hardanger fiddle of Norway is traditionally played as a solo instrument, but Annbjørg Lien, one of the more famous exponents of the instrument, here presents it in the setting of an augmented...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Radiohead - Kid A

Cover art OK Computer showed a rock band reaching beyond the conventions of commercial music, yet somehow managing to remain commercial, selling millions of albums and impressing a lot of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Scenic - Spheres

Cover art I haven’t heard Scenic’s previous releases, but from the descriptions I found on the net (“Ennio Morricone meets modern chamber music and Middle Eastern influences”), this CD EP is atypical....  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Porcupine Tree - Voyage 34: The Complete Trip

Cover art History: In 1992, Porcupine Tree was a little-noticed solo project of Steven Wilson. The first album had made little splash on the progressive psychedelic scene. Wilson decided to bring a little less...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

L'Ensemble Rayé - Ein Fest für Pu den Bären

Cover art L’Ensemble Rayé’s third (I believe) release is the soundtrack for a Swiss version of Winnie the Pooh. The tunes, mostly instrumental, are a charming combination of innocence and art,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Disjunkt & Awkward Star

Cover art New York and Chicago aren’t the only American cities with avant jazz scenes – Seattle has quite a bit to offer. In addition to the big names like Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz who have relocated...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Wendy Carlos - Digital Moonscapes & Beauty in the Beast

Cover art One of the shortcomings of electronic music is that no matter how sophisticated the hardware and software have become, it can’t approach natural instrumentation for the wealth of detail in sound and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Wendy Carlos - Digital Moonscapes & Beauty in the Beast

Cover art One of the shortcomings of electronic music is that no matter how sophisticated the hardware and software have become, it can’t approach natural instrumentation for the wealth of detail in sound and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Brainticket - Alchemic Universe

Cover art Alchemic Universe is more or less the work of Joel Vandroogenbroeck (recording under the name of “Mystery Hologram A-U-rchestra”), with some spoken vocals by Carole Muriel. The text, by...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Petrophonics

Cover art Ever since I first heard this band back in the early 80s, I’ve been fascinated by their style: rock instrumentation playing challenging music which is not based in the conventions of rock and roll,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Bill Frisell - Ghost Town

Cover art Despite the fact that this disc is six years old, this all-solo album is a vital indicator in the Bill Frisell catalog. The guitarist’s penchant to merge Americana stylings with country and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

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

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

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

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

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


Previously in Exposé...

Mojow and the Vibration Army - Undivided – With a overweight sense of self-importance, Mojow (Moriah-Melin and John Whoolilurie) embark on their crusade to change the world, political-hard-preaching to the listeners via the absolutely...  (2007) » Read more

Chris Savourey - Chris Savourey – Looks are deceiving. Sure, this leather clad biker dude on the cover, clutching a flashy black Ibanez and covered with tattoos might lead one to believe this is just some average screaming hard rock...  (1996) » Read more

Kevin Ferguson - Strad to Strat – An impressive effort, bringing the compositions of Paganini, Wieniawski, Vivaldi, Bach, Sarasate, and Rimsky-Korsakov from the realm of violins, string quartets, and orchestras to the world of the...  (1996) » Read more

Lester Palocsay - Baby Data Drop – The music on this disc was originally recorded from 1984 to 1990. Nothing is provided in the way of musician credits, but judging from the sound of it, Palocsay worked on his own. Most of the tracks...  (2001) » Read more

Sigmund Snopek III - Trinity Seas Seize Sees (Long Version) – Though best known these days as the keyboardist for the Violent Femmes, Sigmund Snopek’s first and greatest accomplishments have been in progressive rock. A three-act rock opera written in 1973,...  (2001) » Read more



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