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Uriah Heep - Totally Driven

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My history with Uriah Heep goes back to Demons and Wizards. Memory is hazy, but I might very well have bought the LP on a whim based on the

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-16)

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - New Tricks

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Comedy troupes recording albums for the rock and roll audience stem from such acts as the Firesign Theater and England's Monty Python (with Eric Idle and John Cleese). Voiceprint has been keen...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

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

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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...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Phil Miller - In Cahoots - Out of the Blue

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Guitarist Miller, no doubt best known for his tenure with Hatfield and National Health, continues his mission with his band “In Cahoots,” represented here by two distinctly different...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-07-01)

Similares y Conexos - Gallina Negra

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Back in #21 I reviewed a CD by a Mexican band called Similares y Conexos. This is the second...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Bubblemath - Such Fine Particles of the Universe

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Where on earth to start with these guys? Bubblemath is a vocals / guitar / keyboards / bass / drums quintet from Minnesota with the drummer doubling on vocals. The music is hard-edged progressive...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2003-02-01)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening and Closing

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It sounds cheesy to admit but the cover art for this CD is what I thought most impressive about it. Independent releases are usually fraught with problems in presentation. But SGM come at you with...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2001-12-01)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening and Closing

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The grand opening and closing of the Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is an event one would hope they would repeat ad infinitum. First there was Idiot Flesh and, somewhere in between, Charming Hostess,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-12-01)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening and Closing

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After two years of playing astounding shows in the Bay Area and with a national tour under their belt, this band finally has an album out! Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is a Bay Area supergroup of...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2001-12-01)

Herbie Hancock - Crossings

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I spent some time last year going through The Complete Columbia Albums Collection of Herbie Hancock. I bought it hoping that there would be some gems I didn't know about after...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-11-02)

Daevid Allen and University of Errors - e²x10=Tenure

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This sophomore CD from University of Errors starts with “Iced Tea Overture” and gets your attention with a chunky beat, free-form guitar, and spaced out effects. Then Allen gets going...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Arlo Bigazzi / Claudio Chianura / Lance Henson - Drop 6: The Wolf & The Moon

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The three artists listed above are only the tip of the iceberg; collaborators on this project include Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree), Roger Eno, No-Man, Hector Zazou, and many more. The reason...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2002-09-01)

Tales - The Seskian Wars

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Here we have another in the continuing series of electronic concept albums from French synthesist Jean-Luc Hervé Berthelot. This one tells the story of an interstellar conflict between an...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Marvin Ayres / Pete Gomes - Neptune & Sensory

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Marvin Ayres has a different approach to ambient music, using electric violin, viola, and cello instead of keyboards (with the exception of a bit of organ on one track). I suppose it’s a bit...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Roine Stolt - The Flower King

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Its been a while since we've heard from former Kaipa guitarist Roine Stolt. This album received a lot of hype recently, and claiming to be a symphonic rock album from a member of Kaipa, I...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Outrageous Cherry - The Book of Spectral Projections & Supernatural Equinox

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Since its founding in the early 90s, Outrageous Cherry has been working on their own method of updating 60s psychedelia for a later generation. Matthew Smith’s songwriting often captures the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Sorten Muld - III

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Back in 1999 I fell in love with Sorten Muld’s first NorthSide release, Mark II (reviewed in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

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)

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)

The Blue Öyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation

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There was always something a bit sinister, a bit weird, a bit occult, and a bit conspiratorial about Blue Öyster Cult and as a kid I just ate that up, in fact I'd guess BÖC probably...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-04-13)

Hereward Kaye - Golden Mile

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Singer/songwriter Hereward Kaye is something of a mystery even in his homeland, the UK. The artist has crafted thirteen pieces somewhat reminiscent of Elton John's renaissance era with a style...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Renaissance - Novella & A Song for All Seasons

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The history of Renaissance is much too convoluted to go into in a review, but it’s safe to say that these two albums were the end of the “classic” period of the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Renaissance - Novella & A Song for All Seasons

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The history of Renaissance is much too convoluted to go into in a review, but it’s safe to say that these two albums were the end of the “classic” period of the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

John Martyn - Sweet Certain Surprise & Live at the Bottom Line

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What is remarkable in this last set of two live rarities from guitarist and vocalist John Martyn is that the two performances continue to show an expanding range within different periods of the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

John Martyn - Sweet Certain Surprise & Live at the Bottom Line

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What is remarkable in this last set of two live rarities from guitarist and vocalist John Martyn is that the two performances continue to show an expanding range within different periods of the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

John Martyn - Live at The Town and Country Club 1986

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John Martyn has been writing personal songs and singing them in his inimitable style for quite some time now, and while he has never become the household name that Van Morrison or Joe Cocker has,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Arti e Mestieri - Murales

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I have to admit that I’m not familiar with the original 70s incarnation of Arti e Mestieri. I’m told their first two albums are quite good, but I have to report that this newest release...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Le Groupov - Rwanda 94

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Rwanda 94 is a limited edition release that is “an attempt at symbolic reparation to the dead, for use by the living.” It is an artistic testimony to the genocide of the Tutsi...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-10-27)

Pirly Zurstrassen & Jean-Pierre Catoul - Septimania

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Septimana is an excellent release by the jazz duo of Pirly Zurstrassen (piano) and Jean-Pierre Catoul (violin). The virtuoso interplay of violin and piano is nothing short of outstanding....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-10-13)

Nash the Slash - Nosferatu

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I’ve always had a weak spot for Nash the Slash. His goofy horror-show imagery and violin showmanship just bring a smile to my face. A soundtrack to the silent film classic Nosferatu,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Kraan - Wiederhören, Flyday, Nachtfahrt, Live 88, Dancing in the Shade & Live 2001

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Recently Revisited Records, a division of InsideOut Music, has been reissuing a number of German bands from the past: Klaus Schulze, Amon Düül II, and Kraan. To date, they have released...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Cryptopsy - None So Vile

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McLatchey's Second Tier

And speaking of world class drummers, it's time to go metal again. While this is a fairly unknown title outside the death metal genre, it's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-09-08)

Lenny White - Venusian Summer & Big City

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Looking back thirty years later on the “golden age” of jazz-rock fusion, we tend to focus on the super tight unison lines and complex rhythmic structures of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Lenny White - Venusian Summer & Big City

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Looking back thirty years later on the “golden age” of jazz-rock fusion, we tend to focus on the super tight unison lines and complex rhythmic structures of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Murray Head - Greatest Hits

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Summarizing Head's career of singles and one off recordings is actually a great career retrospective opportunity. Opening the track is Head's sensitive piece, "Say It Ain't So,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Murray Head - Restless

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Murray Head is one of those few mid-60s singer/songwriters who seems at home on the silver screen as much as in a recording studio. In a career that has spanned almost four decades, it's clear...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Murray Head - Sooner or Later

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1987 was another year of soul searching for the artist as he linked with ex-Gong guitarist Steve Hillage to produce a series of electronic pop songs with an electronic slant. "Lana...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Kings of Convenience - Quiet Is the New Loud, Versus & Riot on an Empty Street

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This is one of those belated discoveries, where a copy of this Norwegian duo’s latest came into my possession, and then I attempted to work my way backward to their self-titled (and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Kings of Convenience - Quiet Is the New Loud, Versus & Riot on an Empty Street

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This is one of those belated discoveries, where a copy of this Norwegian duo’s latest came into my possession, and then I attempted to work my way backward to their self-titled (and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Raoul Björkenheim - Apocalypso

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The only other release by Raoul Björkenheim I’ve heard is the collaboration he did with Nicky Skopelitis from 1997. I liked that a lot, but with two guitarists, you never know...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Pulsar - Bienvenue au Conseil d'Administration

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Coming off the success of their first three albums, and facing the rise of the punk esthetic with its corresponding decline in the popularity of complex music, Pulsar began to work within the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Tangerine Dream - Rubycon

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McLatchey's Top Tier #27

Top 5 probably this one, the first Tangerine Dream album I ever owned. Features the pivotal Berlin electronic school moment on "Part 2."...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-01-24)

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 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 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 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)

Ruby - Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool + Altered & Proud

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A whole new genre has developed since about 1995, one that consists basically of a soft-voiced female singer and a programmer / keyboardist / arranger. It probably started with Portishead, then...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Ruby - Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool + Altered & Proud

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A whole new genre has developed since about 1995, one that consists basically of a soft-voiced female singer and a programmer / keyboardist / arranger. It probably started with Portishead, then...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Five Fifteen - Death of a Clown

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Over the course of Five Fifteen’s previous albums, there has been a series of songs dealing with a character we can call the Golden Boy, a rock star going through the usual rock star things....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Greg Weeks - Awake Like Sleep

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Awake Like Sleep is a lazy psychedelic exploration of interior spaces, and comes off a bit like a very introverted Meddle-era Pink Floyd without lead guitar. Greg Weeks has a soft...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Jewlia Eisenberg - Trilectic

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It’s probably stating the obvious to say that fans of Charming Hostess and (to some degree) Sleepytime Gorilla Museum are likely to enjoy this release as well. Eisenberg is one of the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

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)

Frank Pahl & Klimperei - Music for Desserts

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Here’s a new twist on contemporary chamber music. Much of this CD sounds as if it were recorded by an ensemble of extremely gifted kindergartners. Composer Frank Pahl plays a wide variety of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Napoli Centrale - Napoli Centrale

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In the vein of bands like Perigeo, Agora, Duello Madre, and Dedalus; Napoli Centrale are an Italian jazz rock outfit playing music quite different from their symphonic contemporaries. They're a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

James Blood Ulmer - Blue Blood

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One of the things about blues music that always loses my interest is the relative lack of harmonic sophistication: the blues almost by definition stick to a set of three or four chords for each...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Miles Davis - Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970) - It's About That Time

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McLatchey's Second Tier

This is essentially the first of four Miles albums in this tier, all of which are centered around 1970 which happens to be my perfect sweet spot with...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-09-03)

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)

Puppetina - Piewacket!

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I first listened to this CD without any knowledge of who Puppetina were. My guess was that they were a folk ensemble from the Balkans who were, as an experiment by some half-mad, half-genius...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2007-03-01)

Analogy - Analogy

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Analogy were a band made up of both Italian and German members, yet remained far closer stylistically to the latter. Analogy's main influence was certainly Ummagumma era Pink Floyd...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Michelle Young - Marked for Madness

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Michelle Young’s sophomore effort, Marked for Madness, evinces several subtle changes from 1996’s Song of the Siren (reviewed in Exposé #14). On that...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2002-09-01)

Various Artists - Jazzprint Sampler 2001

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The UK’s Voiceprint label has done well to carve a niche as a purveyor of lost archival recordings both from Canterbury artists (Soft Machine) and 80s alternative bands (the Alarm, All About...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Zappatistas - Absolutely Live

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What has been rumored to be the greatest Zappa tribute band has come to CD in the form of the Zappatistas: a group led by guitarist John Etheridge and keyboardist Steve Lodder. The group was formed...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

National Health - D.S. al Coda

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After passing away in May of 1981, Alan Gowen's last band National Health went on to record this, their third album, comprised entirely of material Alan had put to paper but never recorded. The...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-03-01)

Matthew D. Guarnere - M.D.G.

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Guarnere is a singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist operating in areas between classic and progressive rock. Playing most of the instruments himself, he brings in other players on bass, lead...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2002-09-01)

Lutz Ulbrich - Kurzmusiken

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Inspired by the success of Ash Ra Tempel’s retrospective collection, The Private Tapes, Ulbrich decided to mine his solo archives as well, and the result is this 2CD assortment....

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

Tranquility - Core

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The release of Frank Makowski’s latest work under the Tranquillity moniker was originally anticipated last year. It was worth the wait until spring. Makowski presents a vast array of...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

Marble Sheep - Stone Marby

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This album sees Marble Sheep back together in the studio for the first time since about 1993, and a finer example of heavy Japanese psychedelic music I could not name. There are bits of Hawkwind,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Storm at Sunrise - The Suffering

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Storm at Sunrise’s debut was a faithful, if slightly amusing, Southern-bred retread of the classic 70s rock sound of Deep Purple, ZZ Top, and Kansas. But even with Black Oak Arkansas veteran...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2002-09-01)

Spring Heel Jack / The Blue Series Continuum - Masses

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John Coxon and Ashley Wales take advantage of their Thirsty Ear jazzy label mates by diving head first into a maze of grooves, pulse and mood. But don’t expect a clever ambient dub from these...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Talvin Singh - Ha

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The emerging electronica scene has been a source of many innovative and progressive talents, such as Squarepusher and Aphex Twin, and one of the highlights of this scene would have to be Talvin...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-07-01)

SS Puft Quartet with Dave Rempis - Live at Earthshaking Music

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Four Athens natives + one collectively channel their improvisational demons with this two disc set on the independent Solponticello label. Saxophonist Dave Rempis (on loan from Vandermark 5) runs...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Zoot Horn Rollo - We Saw a Bozo under the Sea

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As one of two guitar men behind Captain Beefheart in the Magic Band and offshoot group Mallard, Bill Harkleroad has seen many a change in his thirty-plus years. As chronicled in his book Lunar...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-02-01)

Remotion - Between Fiction and Reality

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Remotion is musician Richard Stuij assisted by engineer Arjan Steenbergen. Like contemporary Ron Boots, Stuij is profoundly influenced by Berlin school electronic music in addition to the more...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-12-01)

Rainbow Serpent - Voices of the First Day

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Rainbow Serpent has really caught on among Teutonic enthusiasts, and it’s easy to see why on their latest release, a great blend of pinpoint sequencing and strong melodies. Bright piano is...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

Psychedelic Breakfast - II (Deuce)

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With Phish on a hiatus, and Dave Matthews and Widespread Panic pursuing more commercial directions, who will be the next hot group for “jam-band” fans? It might just be this young band...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2002-09-01)

Pentagram - Sub-Basement

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Dis’ some heavy stuff, man. Pentagram is basically the duo of Joe Hasselvander (all instruments) and Bobby Liebling (all vocals), churning out a heavy, fuzzed-out,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2002-09-01)

Mururoa - Planets

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Those people who assume that anything coming out of Italy is worth purchasing should check this one out. This is a concept album (I guess) about the planets, with tracks about the Sun, Mercury,...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-12-01)

moe. - Dither

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moe. returns to the studio to find a new collection of tunes, rejuvenation and even a notch forward into jam stardom. 1999 saw the band extend the grooves of their live stage persona about as far...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

McDowell - Rooks Wedding

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Considering the cover of this album, you d think that a degree of magic or mystery would surround this album. Mark McDowell has spent a short amount of time in the UK underground scene with...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-02-01)

Glenn Hughes - Return of Crystal karma

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Glenn Hughes has always been a hidden, overlooked talent in my book. The man came to prominence first with rockers Trapeze, before moving into the high profile of Deep Purple during the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-03-01)

Honey Barbara - I-10 & W. Ave.

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Singer/songwriter Ross Marlow’s conventional set of pieces with cohort James Sidlo (DreamLand) is called Honey Barbara. Together with drummer Lisa Kuehl and various guest artists, this trio...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Hemisphere - Now

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Hemisphere are a duo of electronic musicians Ralf Knappe-Heinbockel and Thorsten Reinhardt. Their latest CD is a seven-track album, each track named after a color (with “Red” having a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-12-01)

Hábitat - Baúl Repleto de Sugerencias

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Hábitat is the Argentine duet of Aldo Pinelli (vocals, bass, guitars, percussion) and Sergio Raffaghello (keyboards), with the assistance of Enrique Hittos (guitars, keys), Roberto Sambrizzi...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2001-12-01)

Eloy Fritsch - Mythology

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As far as one-man keyboard-oriented projects go, this is not the worst I’ve heard, but neither is it the best. The closest comparison would be with 70s Vangelis albums, maybe Heaven and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Foetus - Flow

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J.G. Thirlwell’s reputation preceded him like a plague, and I knew I had to be in the right frame of mind to listen to the kind of pounding, intense onslaught he dishes out. But eventually I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Fiaba - Lo Sgabello del Rospo

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Lo Sgabello del Rospo is a rock opera in eight parts. The vocals are mostly provided by a lead male vocalist backed by a chorus. His voice has that operatic rich tenor quality of many...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2003-12-01)

Cesária Évora - São Vicente di Longe

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Cape Verde has a long and varied tradition of popular music, and Cesária Évora is one of the shining stars, garnering a lot of attention in the American press in the last few years....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Paul Dunmall Octet - Great Divide

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Tenor saxophonist Paul Dunmall has followed his acclaimed release from 1999, Bebop Stardust, with the next logical step, Great Divide. As a jazz composer, it's a challenge to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Ron E. Carter - Play Hendrix

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Covering the Jimi Hendrix catalogue requires skill as well as thought about which arrangements to interpret and which ones not to disturb. Stevie Ray Vaughn’s cover of “Voodoo Chile -...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-09-01)

Steve Baltes / Harald Grosskopf / Axel Manrico Heilhecker - Viermal Drei (4 x 3)

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Having been associated with the likes of Ashra and Klaus Schulze, these three guys decided to venture out on their own and see what they could come up with. The result forms a highly successful...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

Apeiron & Vaseduva - Mirror Images

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German synthesist Apeiron had two excellent Berlin school electronic music albums in the early 90s, Imagic and Twilight People. He has resurfaced, this time with collaborator...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-12-01)

Oskar Aichinger - To Touch a Distant Soul

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Mainland European Jazz is a true mystery looking from this continent eastward across the Atlantic. To keep tabs on what is happening, what impact there is, and how volatile a jazz scene may be,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-04-01)

Land - Road Movies

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Jeff Greinke’s Seattle project has evolved from a small collective to a full ensemble taking on an entirely evolved format. This time out, there are smooth grooves and a forward outlook, and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-07-01)

Mike Oldfield - The Songs of Distant Earth & Hibernaculum

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Here is the latest release from Mike Oldfield and what an innovation it is! The Songs of Distant Earth is the first CD I've encountered that marries CD-ROM with audio CD. In addition...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1995-11-01)

Gongzilla - Live

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Musically, Gongzilla is the branch of the Gong family tree which favors instrumental fusion with heavy guitar and vibraphone. Historically, Gongzilla is the descendent of Pierre Merlin’s Gong...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Henry Cow - Western Culture

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Western Culture was originally released in 1978 as the final official album from Henry Cow. This single disc is separated into two 18 minute tracks: "History and Broken...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Semiramis - Dedicato a Frazz

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Some of the most ambitious albums of the time weren't recorded by long-time, veteran musicians, and Semiramis' sole album was something of a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-12-31)

Grateful Dead - Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead - England '72

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Twelve years ago, while you could still easily find a lot of the Europe 72 shows in trading circles, there were only a couple commercially available and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-09-17)

Semiramis - Dedicato a Frazz

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Originally released on the rare Trident label, Semiramis have a very high reputation, and with good reason – their only album is a superb classic, and one of the most essential of the 70s...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Alan Jenkins & The Thurston Lava Tube - Free Surf #1 & #2

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The idea of “experimental surf music” might seem odd, even contradictory, at first thought, but a little consideration should revise that assessment. A lot of the famous surf tunes of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-06-27)

Amorphis - Am Universum

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Back when I was in my early teens, I went through a phase where I liked heavy metal. Black Sabbath’s Paranoid was my favorite LP. That phase didn’t last very long, and I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Sheila Chandra with the Ganges Orchestra - "This Sentence Is True" (The Previous Sentence Is False)

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Throughout the 90s, Sheila Chandra recorded albums of solo voice, basically drones with refined, studied melodies and tones above them. That was interesting enough (since I love her voice), but...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Jean-Luc Ponty - Life Enigma

Cover art I’m probably not unique in my history with Jean-Luc Ponty. I discovered his inventive, melodic jazz-fusion violin playing with his albums of the seventies like Enigmatic Ocean and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Hoven Droven - Hippa

Cover art Well, I'm not sure I wanted a "kinder, gentler" Hoven Droven, but that's what we've all got on their 2001 release. It's not entirely acoustic, though the electric guitar is rather subdued, appearing...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Garmarna & Hedningarna reissues

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Over the last few years, I’ve had several occasions to gush about how wonderful Garmarna is, namely the release of each of their three American CDs (the first two on Omnium, the third on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Garmarna & Hedningarna reissues

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Over the last few years, I’ve had several occasions to gush about how wonderful Garmarna is, namely the release of each of their three American CDs (the first two on Omnium, the third on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Random Hold - The View from Here

Cover art For those of you who missed their brief history, Random Hold was a band that featured David Rhodes (longtime Peter Gabriel band mate) on guitar, Bill MacCormick (Quiet Sun, Matching Mole, and so on)...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Maudlin of the Well - Bath

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McLatchey's Top Tier #17

Before Kayo Dot there was Maudlin of the Well, a group that in comparison was much more inside. This is a good example of how favorites don't have to be...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-04-30)

Peter Blegvad - Downtime Etc.

Cover art After Peter Blegvad’s first two solo albums (The Naked Shakespeare in 1983 and Knights Like This from 1985) failed to make much money for his record label, the former Slapp Happy...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

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)

James Coleman - Zuihutsu

Cover art We’re all familiar with the swooping outer-space sound of the theremin, the venerable electronic instrument played by waving the hands in the air around an antenna, so when I received a copy of a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Mari Boine - Eight Seasons & Remixed

Cover art NorthSide’s releases of Wimme’s CDs have provided the most visible presence of Sami music in North America, but Mari Boine has been recording longer, and is fairly well known in the world music...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Kit Watkins - The Gathering & Music for the End

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Fans of Happy the Man, beware. These three live CDs are more in the realm of ambient space music than progressive rock. Taken together, they document the musical happenings on the night of March...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Kit Watkins - The Gathering & Music for the End

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Fans of Happy the Man, beware. These three live CDs are more in the realm of ambient space music than progressive rock. Taken together, they document the musical happenings on the night of March...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Kit Watkins - The Gathering & Music for the End

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Fans of Happy the Man, beware. These three live CDs are more in the realm of ambient space music than progressive rock. Taken together, they document the musical happenings on the night of March...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

T-Bass UK - The Fabulous Neutrinos

Cover art This disc opens in very upbeat, rocking fashion, as electronic music meets rock anthem. “Know Fear,” despite the name, is a bright, lighthearted affair, a dead ringer for the stronger melodic...  » Read more
(Posted by Phil Derby 2002-09-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - 2001 Live Birds

Cover art Since the moment I first heard Magnetic Flip around twenty years ago, I’ve been a fan of this band, and have followed their progress with pleasure, enjoying each new phase as much as the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Tungsten 74 - Await Further Instructions

Cover art As it turns out, I’ve lately come across a number of CDs that feature a lot of guitar feedback. Luckily, there’s a fair amount of variety in the bunch. Tungsten 74’s take on feedback is an...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Henry Cow - Western Culture

Cover art By the time they got to 1978 and the recording of Western Culture, Henry Cow were in the process of breaking apart. Fortunately for us, they saw the project through to its completion, for it...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Music Emporium - Music Emporium

Cover art Music Emporium’s self-titled 1969 album is one of the rarest gems of the late 60s LA psychedelic scene, with only 300 copies originally pressed and an elaborate die-cut sleeve. Unlike some...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Colour Haze - Ewige Blumenkraft

Cover art The first thing and last thing one will hear on every track here is the raw 60 cycle hum of amplifiers or crappy guitar pickups. This is a reissue of Colour Haze’s fifth album from 2001, originally...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-08-18)

Peter Frohmader - 2001

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Pounding beats, throbbing bass, swirling electronics. Is this latest acid house, acid techno, electro-techno (whatever label you choose) sensation from Germany? No, surprisingly it is a foray into...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2001-03-01)

Ancient Future - Planet Passion

Cover art The previous release by this SF Bay Area world-fusion unit led by guitarist Matthew Montfort was 1993’s Asian Fusion (reviewed in Exposé #2), so after such a long lapse we were caught off...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-08-01)

Various Artists - Progressive DisDURPance Vol.3

Cover art Here’s a compilation from the folks behind the German prog-rock fan-site DURP that serves as promotion for both the bands as well as the website....  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2002-09-01)

Billy Currie - Stand up and Walk

Cover art The second solo album by violinist and composer Billy Currie (ex Ultravox, Visage) traces a narrow path down a lush musical side road. Having completed his tenure with those bands, moving into a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2002-04-01)

Various Artists - Innerhythmic Sound System

Cover art I had heard about half of the tracks on this compilation before I got it, so I knew what to expect. Innerhythmic is dedicated to a kind of world/jazz/electronic fusion that I generally enjoy, and I...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Present - High Infidelity

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High Infidelity is Present’s seventh release of intelligent music that extends the tradition laid down in Trigaux’s previous releases. This new CD contains three songs: "Souls for...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2003-02-01)

Aka Moon - Invisible Moon

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Invisible Moon is Aka Moon’s 12th release and part three of the Invisible trilogy: Invisible Mother, Invisible Sun, and now Invisible Moon....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2002-12-31)

Aka Moon - In Real Time

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In Real Time, Aka Moon's 11th CD, contains the original music composed for Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker's dance theater production of the same name. This theatrical production combines the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2001-12-01)

Nobukazu Takemura - Hoshi no Koe

Cover art After working in fields as diverse as minimalism (on the Reich Remixed album), jazz, and techno, Nobukazu Takemura presents an album of music that fuses a wide range of styles into something...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Värttinä - Ilmatar

Cover art With Ilmatar, the Finnish band Värttinä enters a third phase of their career. The switch to NorthSide puts them in the company of many like-minded Scandinavians. Like Sweden’s Hedningarna...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Bill Rieflin & Chris Connelly - Largo

Cover art When two members of Ministry, Revolting Cocks, and Pigface get together, you probably don’t expect a quietly intense album of piano-based music. But if you’re familiar with Chris Connelly’s solo...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-07-01)

Howard Riley & Keith Tippett - Interchange

Cover art A rare live duet performance from December 1993 was captured on tape between two of the foremost jazz pianists and improvisers in the world. Riley and Tippett had collaborated twice before, taking...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

King Crimson - Level Five

Cover art Initially a limited edition live CD, Level Five joins the set of other interim releases prior to The Power to Believe. The process for airing new King Crimson material again is to...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Bill Frisell - Bill Frisell with Dave Holland & Elvin Jones

Cover art Leave it to guitarist Bill Frisell to alternate jazz takes on American roots music with a turn together among two of the 70s' most venerated jazz sidemen who played with Miles Davis. Holland made...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble - Live in Buenos Aires

Cover art One of Rick Wakeman’s several visits to South America gets the DVD treatment with this unique packaging of DVD and separate CD. Damian Wilson is Rick’s newest singer and his lead vocal captures...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Blackmore's Night - Fires at Midnight

Cover art Guitar legend Richie Blackmore (yes, the guy from Deep Purple and Rainbow) has gone medieval. Under the name Blackmore’s Night, he and his fiancée Candice Night have released several albums of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jim Chokey 2003-08-01)

Faust - BBC Sessions+

Cover art The “BBC” part of Sessions + is a twenty minute piece named simply for its date of broadcast: “BBC 1.3.73.” The first section of this track (“The Lurcher”) is a bass and drum...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Marty Walker - Dancing on Water

Cover art Marty Walker has been a contributing member to the Cold Blue catalog for several years. Appearing as the label clarinetist he has added the occasional melodic interval here and there to recordings by...  » 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)

Bob Drake - The Skull Mailbox

Cover art Bob Drake may be a genius, but it is fair to say that, as far as the results of his craft go, he is more than a bit scatterbrained. The Skull Mailbox is chock full of ideas, often more than...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Allan Holdsworth - Flat Tire - Music for a Non-Existent Movie

Cover art It's safe to say that Allan Holdsworth's credentials are in order. In circles where guitarists are discussed for contributions to the state of the art, his name is sure to come up. And it's a pretty...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-08-22)

The Residents - Icky Flix DVD & Soundtrack

Cover art Since the mid 70s, the Residents have put out a succession of bizarre albums featuring their own take on popular culture and music. In addition to those musical releases, the band has from the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

The Residents - Icky Flix DVD & Soundtrack

Cover art Since the mid 70s, the Residents have put out a succession of bizarre albums featuring their own take on popular culture and music. In addition to those musical releases, the band has from the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Cinematik - Cinematik & One Full Moon Away

Cover art Home grown rock and roll products usually have a lifespan of their own which explains in part what Cinematik is about. Drummer Neal Smith’s resume includes stints as the former skin beater for the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Physical Rocket - Rising Is My Trend

Cover art OK, so Physical Rocket isn’t really a progressive band at all, but they’re a lot of fun, and they don’t really sound much like the mainstream rock we hear these days. They’re a hard rock band...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Steve Jansen / Claudio Chianura - Kinoapparatom

Cover art Writing about music is often difficult, trying to find words to describe what is essentially a non-verbal experience. When the music tends toward the ambient realm, this problem is intensified. Former...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Here and Now - Give and Take

Cover art Here and Now are very heavily patterned in the mold of Radio Gnome era Gong, complete with silly vocals, but luckily they also borrow from Gong’s best features, with some great guitar solos...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Garmarna - Hildegard von Bingen

Cover art When I first heard that Garmarna’s next album was going to consist entirely of music by 12th Century composer Hildegard von Bingen, I was a bit concerned. But I was assured they weren’t going New...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Stinkhorn - Tunguska

Cover art Back in #20 I reviewed the debut by this Seattle jazz group. I’m happy to say that this second release, Tunguska, is every bit as good as the first, and maybe better. Stinkhorn’s...  » 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)

Jan Akkerman - Tabernakel

Cover art In Focus, Jan Akkerman was one of the most interesting and distinctive rock guitarists of the 70s, and with this solo album, originally released in 1973, he showed an amazing range. Six of the ten...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Fish - Fellini Days & Nights, Sashimi & Suits

Cover art Fellini Days is the ex-Marillion singer’s tribute to famed director Italian Federico Fellini best known for his avant-garde films such as La Dolce Vita and Satyricon. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Fish - Fellini Days & Nights, Sashimi & Suits

Cover art Fellini Days is the ex-Marillion singer’s tribute to famed director Italian Federico Fellini best known for his avant-garde films such as La Dolce Vita and Satyricon. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Stinkhorn - Stinkhorn & Tunguska

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

Trio Fattoruso - Trio Fattoruso

Cover art It makes perfect sense that Uruguay would not be just another blip on the radar of finesse jazz and rock players. Brothers Jorge and Hugo Fattoruso have been playing various Latin and jazz styles for...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Crasdant - Nos Sadwrn Bach

Cover art Crasdant is an all-instrumental folk band featuring four greats from the Welsh trad scene: harpist Robin Huw Bown, flautist/piper Andy McLauclin, fiddler/accordionist Stephen Rees, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jim Chokey 2006-05-01)

Art Rock Circus - A Passage to Clear & Tell a Vision

Cover art Easy to follow narratives within the comfortable confines of a pop progressive melodic framework. Nods to epic classic rock arise here and there. In some places you can hear traces of Genesis,...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Eric Roberts - In a Silent Place

Cover art Eric Roberts is a bassist who has logged many hours supporting big name acts over the years and this is his recorded debut as a guitarist. Although largely a solo effort, he does get help from a few...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Electrelane - Rock It to the Moon, The Power Out, & Axes

Cover art Contortions for dirigible apoplexy flex muscular curvatures in modern sound passing raiment unto itself, ballooning into monsoon walls with torque and cresting on a fine knacker. Galloping seesaw...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

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

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

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

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

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


Previously in Exposé...

Koniec - Silenci en Bla – Koniec is a Spanish instrumental four-piece of drums, keys, bass and saxes, whose music could best be described as free-jazz-rock, along the same axis as folks like Curlew, Doctor Nerve, and others....  (1994) » Read more

Opram - Live – Opram is a young French band that plays a blend of heavy metal and progressive rock. After releasing their first disc in 2005 the band decided to issue a performance recorded November 25, 2006 in Gap,...  (2009) » Read more

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit – Having first heard about this band in the fading weeks of 1994 via a bootleg tape of one of their live shows, I was, needless to say, duly impressed, and spent most of '95 looking for a copy of...  (1996) » Read more

Roberto Ciotti - Super Gasoline Blues – Even further from what might be called the typical Artis/Cramps experimental/ progressive sound, here we have Roberto Ciotti, a blues guitarist/singer in a three-piece g/b/d format. His album Super...  (1995) » Read more

Various Artists - Strange Daze '97 – 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 Nucleon tracks...  (2000) » Read more



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