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The Hook - Will Grab You

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Transitional periods can be very interesting in music. The Hook falls in the transition between 60s garage-psych and 70s hard rock. Reliable information has it that this album dates from 1968 in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

The Hook - Hooked

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One of the best parts of picking up modern reissues of obscurities from the 60s is that so many of them have interesting liner notes detailing the near-misses and might-have-beens of that distant...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Proto-Kaw - Early Recordings from Kansas: 1971-1973

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Kansas was pretty widely exposed back in the 70s, and while they were basically similar to other bands of the era, there was a hint of the progressive sound that appealed to many fans of more...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Various Artists - Soupsongs Live: The Music of Robert Wyatt

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The label has chosen to list this disc under “Various Artists” but that’s an inaccuracy. All the tracks are in fact by the same band: a rhythm section of Liam Genocky and Steve...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Soft Boys - Nextdoorland

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I don’t think I would get much argument if I claimed that the Soft Boys were, in their original incarnation (1976-1981) the prime exponents of psychedelic punk music. The sheer lack of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Vermilion - Flattening Mountains and Creating Empires

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This album is quite an oddity, coming as it does from a little-known (so far) band on an independent label, for it features a big name producer (Steve Albini) and a big name artist on the cover...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Terri Lyne Carrington - Jazz Is a Spirit

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The talent of a prodigy does mature after a time, especially if surrounded by competent mentors in the entertainment industry. Terri Lyne Carrington came up from several very notable early...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Frágil - Sorpresa del Tiempo

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While they are relatively unknown in most of the world, Frágil must be quite popular in their homeland of Peru. Case in point: this live reunion CD from a concert in 1999, recorded with a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

The Building Press - Amplitude of Frequencies over Time

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I guess I can’t blame whoever invented the term “math rock”. After all, if you called it what it really is – prog rock, or more accurately, art rock – only people who...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Frozen Corpse Stuffed with Dope

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If Agitation Free shows up the sunny side, this practically EP-length release from the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-01-05)

Nektar - Unidentified Flying Abstract

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Nektar occupies a somewhat awkward place in the history of progressive rock. They don't fit in with the symphonic style of Yes or Genesis, and they're not as elaborate as King Crimson or...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Spock's Beard - Snow

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Okay, so no one is going to accuse Spock’s Beard of laziness. This latest effort, apparently their last with the line-up that has lasted since their second album, presents nearly two hours of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Bukkene Bruse - Den Fagraste Rosa (The Loveliest Rose)

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On NorthSide’s continuum of Nordic music, running from strict traditional to distinctly modern, Bukkene Bruse fall well down on the traditional end. The two fiddles of Annbjørg Lien...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Tone Ghost Ether - Condor Sail Curve, The White Space & Hydrogen 2 Oxygen

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Tone Ghost Ether is an improvisational ensemble collaboration between Kit Watkins, John Tlusty, and Brad Allen. Their music is all performed in real time with no overdubs, capturing the magic of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2002-09-01)

Tone Ghost Ether - Condor Sail Curve, The White Space & Hydrogen 2 Oxygen

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Tone Ghost Ether is an improvisational ensemble collaboration between Kit Watkins, John Tlusty, and Brad Allen. Their music is all performed in real time with no overdubs, capturing the magic of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2002-09-01)

Tone Ghost Ether - Condor Sail Curve, The White Space & Hydrogen 2 Oxygen

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Tone Ghost Ether is an improvisational ensemble collaboration between Kit Watkins, John Tlusty, and Brad Allen. Their music is all performed in real time with no overdubs, capturing the magic of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2002-09-01)

Natasha Barrett - Isostasie

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Known for their release of difficult electroacoustic music, Isostasie may be empreintes DIGITALes’ most accessible CD to date. The CD opens with Barrett’s "Three Fictions...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-11-10)

Various Artists - Caged / Uncaged - A Rock / Experimental Homage to John Cage

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Produced by John Cale, Caged / Uncaged was created as the 'soundtrack' for the exhibition "Il Suono Rapido delle Cose" in Venice in 1993, and is – as the subtitle...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Fish - Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors & Internal Exile

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Ex-Marillion lead vocalist Fish has spent much time floating from label to label after departing his old band for good. Voiceprint took the singer’s back catalog and has done a second...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Fish - Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors & Internal Exile

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Ex-Marillion lead vocalist Fish has spent much time floating from label to label after departing his old band for good. Voiceprint took the singer’s back catalog and has done a second...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Murat Ses - Culduz

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2000-10-01)

Drama - Inspiración

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It’s only been in the last couple years that I’ve started hearing any of the progressive music originating in South America, and while I’m reluctant to make broad generalizations,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Arti e Mestieri - Quinto Stato

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Formed by ex-Trip drummer Furio Chirico, Arti e Mestieri was one of Italy's best jazz-rock / fusion bands (certainly equal to Perigeo and Area), and they launched their career with two classic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Art Zoyd - Faust

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It's been too long since I've heard anything by Art Zoyd. They have continued down their unique path begun on L'Enfer, taking them in recent years to the macabre soundtracks of...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Brandywine Bridge - An English Meadow

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English trio Brandywine Bridge released its LP, An English Meadow, in 1978. The album, just reissued by Kissing Spell, contained twelve original songs penned in the style of traditional...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2003-12-01)

Agitation Free - 2nd

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Early 70s Germany provided the environment for a massive number of inventive and experimental albums, but the closest of these to what was going on in the San Francisco bay area had to be Agitation...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-29)

Crime in Choir - Crime in Choir, The Hoop & Trumpery Metier

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This instrumental San Francisco based outfit started out life in 2000 as a guitar / bass / drums / keyboards quartet, adopting a somewhat psychedelic groove-based jamming style mixed with elements...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Jacopo Andreini - VS 900 Vol. 1

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Avant garde music is tricky to pull off, no matter whether it’s in the genre of jazz, rock, or whatever. There can be a fine balance between unfettered artistic expression and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Chaos Code - The Tragedy of Leaps and Bounds

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I’m fairly convinced that in a blindfold test you could convince many listeners that this album was originally released in 1972. I’m reminded of the time when musicians all around the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Star One - Space Metal

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Arjen Lucassen is nothing if not prolific. His main project, Ayreon, has released six albums in the last seven years, including the two-disc concept album Universal Migrator in 2000, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Various Artists - Periferic 2002 Space and Art Rock from Hungary

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There is a wonderful variety of material on this, the second of such compilations that Periferic has released spotlighting the prog world in Hungary. The CD gets off to a promising start with a...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2002-09-01)

Various Artists - Manikin Records: First Decade 1992-2002

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Though some of the source material dates back as far as 1976, this is a very forward-looking release, much of it recorded new in 2002. There are very beat-oriented energetic affairs, like the very...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2002-09-01)

Various Artists - Collection 1: Opening

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This disc does what all great compilations do, it makes you hunger for more from each artist presented. A globally diverse cross-section of talent is assembled, beginning with one of my current...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2002-09-01)

Various Artists - Burning Shed Sampler Two

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Burning Shed is an independent U.K. label that tries its best to span many genres. The label’s second sampler puts an emphasis on chilling out as ambient is the forte with a few notable...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Agitation Free - Malesch

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Agitation Free was a most unique German band in the early seventies, in that their sound was heavily influenced by Turkish and Arabic themes, although never more so than on this, their first, from...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Spring Heel Jack - Amassed

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Coxon and Wales are at it again! The results of their first attempts to assimilate free jazz into techno on their last album only fueled the fire for further attempts to create valid collages...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Dom F. Scab - Analogical Confessions

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Dom F. Scab is Spain’s answer for Tangerine Dream fans who wish they still sounded like they did in 1985 or 1986, right when they transitioned from Johannes Schmoelling to Paul Haslinger. His...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2002-09-01)

Stephen Phillips - Cycles 4

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There is ambient, and then there is ambient. This is true ambient, for fans of completely tuneless, minimalist drones and occasional other sounds electronic. For example, after a couple of minutes,...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2002-09-01)

Olyam - Cristal Rêveur

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Olyam is a young French musician working in the realm of New-Age/Pop, akin to other one-name practitioners (Kitaro, Vangelis, Yanni, etc.) though his influences also include Mike Oldfield. His 5th...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2003-12-01)

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Mahavishnu

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I don’t think anyone would argue against the idea that the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s peak was long past by the time John McLaughlin put this version of the band together. McLaughlin...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Jet - Jet

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The travels of guitarist David O'List (from the Nice to Roxy Music) eventually found somewhat of a home in Jet, a splinter group from the remains of John's Children. O'List fit in well...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Hemisphere - Attachment X

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Hemisphere serves up another slab of dark shadowy theatrical ambience. Labeled “A Psychedelic Deep Ambient Soundtrack,” it is, I believe, all seeing light of day on CD for the first...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2002-09-01)

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit

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Bondage Fruit were formed in 1989, and have finally released their first CD. Leader Natsuki Kido is also a member of P.O.N. (and other groups unknown outside Japan). Like other bandleaders he...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Bondage Fruit - Bondage Fruit

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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...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Bondage Fruit - V: Skin

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These Japanese explorers find themselves in a rather minimalistic mood for their fifth release, presenting two long tracks of fairly sparse music. The title track is nearly thirty minutes of a very...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Divided Sky - Spectral

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Divided Sky is a Philadelphia based four piece progressive act that relies on heavy riffs that don’t quite fit into technical metal categorization. Phased guitar effects on...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Ron Boots - Liquid Structures in Solid Form

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Ron Boots has firmly established himself as a force in electronic music. His latest release is, as always, accessible top-notch electronic music. The title track gradually unfolds over the...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2002-09-01)

Audra - Going to the Theatre

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Audra is the stylishly gothic venture of brothers Bret and Bart Helm who originally hailed from Chicago. Going to the Theatre is the trio’s second CD after three West Coast tours and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Agalloch - The Mantle

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Black metal often joins the wallop of heavy, dense rock and roll with occult overtones that stretch back to 70s Black Sabbath. Because of this very tenet the genre is often maligned and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Groove Unlimited 2002-2003 Releases

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The Netherlands’ Groove label, perhaps the premiere label for sequencer-heavy electronic music, has been on quite the roll lately, releasing and distributing a number of albums by newcomers...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2003-08-01)

Groove Unlimited 2002-2003 Releases

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The Netherlands’ Groove label, perhaps the premiere label for sequencer-heavy electronic music, has been on quite the roll lately, releasing and distributing a number of albums by newcomers...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2003-08-01)

Groove Unlimited 2002-2003 Releases

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The Netherlands’ Groove label, perhaps the premiere label for sequencer-heavy electronic music, has been on quite the roll lately, releasing and distributing a number of albums by newcomers...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2003-08-01)

Groove Unlimited 2002-2003 Releases

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The Netherlands’ Groove label, perhaps the premiere label for sequencer-heavy electronic music, has been on quite the roll lately, releasing and distributing a number of albums by newcomers...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2003-08-01)

The Residents - Petting Zoo

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This collection is billed as a collection of the Residents’ more “accessible” tracks. I think it’s safe to say this is not an attempt to grab mainstream mass appeal, for...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Cherno - Missing Illusion, Trigonometric Reactor & Slight Trick All Around

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At its core, Cherno is the duo of Shin Sugawara (sax, wind synth) and Junichi Kishimoto (guitar, guitar synths, drum programming), sometimes joined by other players, track and disc depending...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-12-01)

Zinkl - Dance Music for Insects

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Electronic composer Anton Zinkl is now up to his sixth album, the first I’ve heard. If it’s any indication, I’ve been missing something pretty interesting. On his web site, Zinkl...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia

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With In Absentia, Steven Wilson and company add a few new tricks to their musical bag, the first being really heavy riffing. Not that a heavy riff is anything new to this band, but these...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Terry Bozzio & Billy Sheehan - Nine Short Films

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Sometimes the meeting of great talents can produce great results, and other times mostly disappointment ensues. This collaboration between drum-meister Terry Bozzio and uber-bassist Billy Sheehan...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Ozone Player - E

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Ozone Player is an electronic project created by Otso Pakarinen, but a real oddball one that doesn’t fit into any of the schools of electronic music. It’s not heavily sequenced,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Out of Focus - Rat Roads

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This is my first encounter with this classic German group, so knowing that the tracks are outtakes from their 1972 sessions for the album Four Letter Monday Afternoon didn’t tell me...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Errata Corrige - Siegfried, il Drago e Altre Storie

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In #4 I reviewed the new reformation album by this obscure 70s group. This album was their debut in the mid-70s and is not surprisingly quite a bit different from Mappamondo. This album is...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Peter Hammill - Clutch

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You can count on the words to be insightful, sometimes bitter, and never trivial. The music always seems to serve the words, not the other way round. With many songwriters, you find lyrics that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Förträngt Hushållsarbete - Offret Om Att Älska

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It may seem odd that this turns up in our New Releases section – it is definitely not new; fact is that it’s been out there for four years already but hardly anyone (if anyone at all)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Rull's Royce - Rull's Choice

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From listening to the music, you would guess that the leader of the band is the guitarist. Not that there are screaming guitar solos all over the place, but guitar does play a significant role at...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties

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McLatchey's Top Tier #4

If you track BOC back to their early days you can see their strong SF Bay Area roots, but by this point in their career all of the influences from those...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-07-09)

Immolation - Unholy Cult

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McLatchey's Top Tier #13

So this will probably be the least liked of all the titles I've been posting, but there's a small wedge of my musical listening that has to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-06-25)

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)

Frigg - Frigg

Cover art Not to be confused with the German Frigg, a jazz quartet led by guitarist Bert Wrede, this Finnish seven-piece is an acoustic fiddle orgy. Five members play fiddle at least part-time, bringing to mind...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Germinale - Scogli di Sabbia

Cover art Germinale’s fourth release is a real grab bag. Included are four new studio tracks, four pieces culled from various tributes plus the Colossus/Musea Kalevala project, and a bunch of live...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Pekka Pohjola - Five Reissues

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For anyone not yet familiar with the name of Pekka Pohjola, he is a Finnish composer, bandleader, and bassist among bassists primarily, but also fluent on piano, synthesizer, and trumpet as well....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Frijid Pink - Hibernated

Cover art After forming around 1967 in the fertile garage/psych scene of Detroit, Frijid Pink gigged heavily and built up a regional following before stepping into a recording studio. Their first two singles...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Budderfly - Budderfly

Cover art Not content with just Six North as a musical outlet, bassist Hideyuki Shima, drummer Hiroshi Matsuda, guitarists Takuni Seino and Shiju Odajima have come up with this band along with second drummer...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

The Enid - Tripping the Light Fantastic

Cover art The world’s premier symphonic group is reborn. With the release of this album, Robert John Godfrey opens up the third chapter in the now over twenty-year history of one of England’s most enigmatic...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1995-07-01)

Tony Levin - Pieces of the Sun

Cover art Tony Levin’s newest release is a true band effort, the direct result of touring after his previous CD, Waters of Eden (reviewed in #21). He remains on the Narada label, though (even more...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

IZZ - I Move

Cover art Progressive rock fans seem to be split into two distinct camps when it comes to this kind of prog. IZZ operate in the same general area as Spock’s Beard – a rather poppish modern take on some...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Black Tape for a Blue Girl - The Scavenger Bride

Cover art I really wanted to like this one. I’d read about Black Tape, and they sounded interesting: female vocals fronting ethereal, classical-inflected music with a kind of Gothic mood, but not the heavy...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

The Residents - Demons Dance Alone

Cover art The last studio album from the Residents was Wormwood, back in 1998. In my review of that album (in #17) I remarked that parts of it were relatively accessible, at least from a Residents...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns - It's a Love Cult, The Stix & In the Fishtank

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After hearing the name Motorpsycho for a few years, I was pretty curious to actually hear the band. I did not expect an album of such variety, that combines intensity and subtlety and a wide range...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Xhol - Hau Ruk

Cover art When you think of German rock of the 70s, you’re likely to think of extended spacey jams with effects devices in evidence and a bit of jazzy flavor. Xhol’s first album (under that name at least)...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Jan Hammer - The First Seven Days

Cover art Ah, for those simpler days, before New Age fossilized into colorless bits of seemingly nutritious but flavor-free soy-based meat substitutes, before anyone realized that there was no place for...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Gjallarhorn - Grimborg

Cover art Gjallarhorn’s last album, Sjofn (reviewed in #21), was one of my top CDs of 2000. The combination of thunderous drums, droning didgeridoo, and female vocals made for a unique sound that...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - O'er a Shalabast'r Tyde Strolt Ay

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Edward Ka-Spel records and releases two basic types of solo music, songs and experimental music (collages, found sounds, and electronics). O’er a Shalabast’r Tyde Strolt Ay is an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Ange - Zenith An II

Cover art October 13, 2002 is perhaps a legendary date for fans of Ange. It was on this autumn evening that the band took to the stage at the Paris Zenith with a host of Ange members past and present, along...  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2008-10-01)

Tim Bowness / Peter Chilvers - California, Norfolk

Cover art California, Norfolk was a Tim Bowness (No Man, Henry Fool) and Peter Chilvers (Samuel Smiles, Brian Eno) collaboration originally released in 2002. It was Burning Shed’s (which Bowness and...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2014-01-22)

Michel Zenino - Dérive Gauche

Cover art Zenino is a double-bassist, bandleader and arranger, working through a set of French “chanson” pieces arranged for an instrumental jazz quartet (bass, drums, piano and sax). His credentials...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Kelly David - Broken Voyage

Cover art Mixed and enhanced by Steve Roach, mastered by Roger King, with graphic design by Sam Rosenthal, it is a sheer wonder that this doesn’t come across as a Roach clone, weighed down by comparison and...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2002-09-01)

Bill Horist & K.K. Null - Interstellar Chemistry

Cover art Interstellar Chemisty is an intriguing title conjuring up kinds of images exploding galaxies, traveling at the speed of light, along the lines of the trip in 2001. However, this is...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2002-12-31)

Roland Kovac New Set - The Master Said

Cover art This band of "unknowns" was actually made up of well-known studio musicians, guitarist Siegfried Schwab from Et Cetera and Embryo, Swiss jazz drummer Charly Antolini, and bassist Franz Loffler. Kovac...  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2003-02-01)

Tony Scheuren - Gaining on You

Cover art Scheuren began his recording career back in the late 60s with the band Chamaeleon Church, and was later, along with Ted Myers, one of the principal songwriters in the final edition of Boston based...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-08-01)

Billy Currie - Push

Cover art Ex-Ultravox member Billy Currie’s fifth album is another tour de force of synthesizers and stringed instruments that captures a unique romantic niche. Currie has been refining his approach for over...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Theo Travis & Mark Hewins - Guerrilla Music

Cover art Well-traveled woodwinds man Theo Travis and vanguard guitarist Mark Hewins join forces on a departure outside the main scope of the efforts on Guerrilla Music. The nine pieces contained...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-08-01)

Neil Haverstick - If the Earth Was a Woman

Cover art Haverstick is a pioneering guitarist, known for his work in microtonal scales. The two previous releases we have reviewed in these pages — Acoustic Stick (n.18, p.50), and Other...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Sylvan - Artificial Paradise

Cover art There's lot of music in the land between mainstream and neo-prog, and this is another one. They hail from Germany and this is their third effort. The music is thoroughly composed and produced, still...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2004-04-01)

Big Brother & the Holding Company - Live in San Francisco, 1966

Cover art Live in San Francisco 1966 is an early recording by the band, from July 28th, only about six weeks after Janis joined the band. The fourteen songs presented here are loaded with energy, great...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-09-01)

Iconoclasta - Live in France

Cover art Is it amazing that the Mexican band Iconoclasta is still around? Yes, but on the other hand with the passion founder member Riccardo Moreno shows to keep the torch of prog rock in Mexico burning, it's...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2004-09-01)

The Yellow Balloon - The Yellow Balloon

Cover art The Yellow Balloon is basically the story of one producer & songwriter Gary Zekley who, disappointed with the results after having Jan and Dean record one of his songs, decided to record it again...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2005-03-01)

Haco + Sakamoto Hiromichi - Ash in the Rainbow

Cover art Haco was the singer for After Dinner, while Sakamoto Hiromichi has played in a Pascal Comelade cover group and Lars Hollmer’s SOLA. On Ash in the Rainbow, they combine her voice, sometimes...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2005-03-01)

The Owl Watches - Tales from the Inflatable Forest

Cover art Multi-instrumentalist Phil McKenna is The Owl Watches. This is his first sometimes meandering solo endeavor by a composer who has proactively adopted the "do it yourself at home" option to recording....  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Tim Berne - Science Friction

Cover art The current direction of modern saxophone icon Tim Berne began in 2002 with this eight piece CD featuring his world class multi-talented quartet. Studio versions of “Huevos,” and “Manatee...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Avi Bellili - The Power of Balance

Cover art Composer Avi Belleli is perhaps best known as the mastermind behind Israeli band Tractor's Revenge and also for his collaborations with drummer Dave Kerman (Present, 5uu’s etc.). Co-produced and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Sula Bassana - Dreamer - 10 Year Anniversary Edition

Cover art This was Sula Bassana’s debut, the solo project of German multi-instrumentalist Dave Schmidt. For an album that’s only been around for ten years, this already has quite a history, starting life as...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-09-03)

Herbie Kritzer - The Tree Lizard

Cover art Californian Herbie Kritzer is clearly someone who enjoys having fun with music. Even his name sounds a bit cartoon-ish, and there’s certainly a streak of sly wit and boy-ish playfulness to many of...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2005-09-01)

Mindgames - International Daylight

Cover art Mindgames is yet another new neo-prog band from the Low Countries, Belgium in this case. This is their first full album, following a 1999 demo release (a new release is supposedly on the way). The...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2005-09-01)

N.R. Hills - Strange, Like a Scented Stone

Cover art This is English musician N. R. Hills’ 4th album by my reckoning, and it seems to be along the same lines as previous releases. He’s a tough cookie to track down and his label has no web site so...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2005-09-01)

Paralell or 90 Degrees - More Exotic Ways to Die

Cover art Whatever else you might say about Parallel or 90 Degrees, they do have an obsession with dark subject matter: the first seven tracks are grouped as parts 1 to 6 (two are instrumental – go figure) of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Osanna - Preludio Tema Variazioni Canzona (Milano Calibro 9)

Cover art This album represents the intersection of a number of trends going on in Italy at the time it was made. One was for rock bands to adopt Classical forms, sometimes even involving actual orchestras (New...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Missus Beastly - Missus Beastly

Cover art Missus Beastly arose in Germany’s late 60s psychedelic, revolutionary underground scene which also produced the better-known Xhol and Embryo. As the extensive liner notes for this reissue of their...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Annbjørg Lien - Aliens Alive

Cover art Annbjørg Lien’s career has taken her from traditional Norwegian solo fiddling to 2000’s Baba Yaga, with its progressive and world music influences. On this live release, she and her band...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

High Wheel - Back from the Void

Cover art The first thing I thought of when I put this CD on was "Echolyn with a German accent." That sums High Wheel up pretty well (at least superficially), but it doesn't tell the whole story. I don't know...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Hidria Spacefolk - Symbiosis

Cover art I’m not going to compare Hidria Spacefolk to Ozric Tentacles – I’d rather listen to Symbiosis again (well, so much for that plan). Anyway, I’m happy to report that Space Rock is alive...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

A Triggering Myth - Forgiving Eden

Cover art For their latest effort, keyboardists Tim Drumheller and Rick Eddy present a single suite divided into eight parts, sometimes with no break between them. Part one starts quietly with a slightly jazzy,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Scarlet Thread - Psykedeelisiä Joutsenlauluja

Cover art I know virtually nothing about Scarlet Thread other than the fact that they are Finnish and appear on the Kalevala epic collection. In spite of the first word of this album’s title, I would...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Round House - Jin.Zo-Ni.N.Gen & Wings to Rest

Cover art The Japanese five-piece Round House apparently never recorded a proper album during their existence in the late 70s, though two releases were cobbled together out of live tracks, demos, and some...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Steve Tibbetts - A Man about a Horse

Cover art My current thinking on the subject of a new Steve Tibbetts album that sounds pretty much like the last four Steve Tibbetts albums is: “Bring it on!” I suppose it would be different if there was...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Stinkhorn - Altered Takes

Cover art In anticipation of their appearance at the Progman festival in Seattle this summer, Stinkhorn have put together this little teaser of a CD. It contains early versions of two of the highlights of their...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-09-01)

Steve Howe - Skyline

Cover art This solo release finds the Yes guitarist in a rather mellow mood, favoring light latin sounds with only sparse percussion. Paul Sutin’s keyboards and percussion provide relatively basic...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Azigza - From X to Y

Cover art This three-song CD is intended as a sort of preview of Azigza’s upcoming full-length release, which should be out sometime in 2003, hopefully before too late in the year. I first heard this San...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

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)

Djam Karet - No Commercial Potential... and Still Getting the Ladies

Cover art In some respects, Djam Karet can be viewed as a band with a split personality. Sometimes they are a tightly rehearsed unit performing composed music; sometimes they are purveyors of ambient...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Pure Food and Drug Act - Choice Cuts

Cover art Their extended version of "Eleanor Rigby" sounds uncannily like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" with a splash of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." Preferring jam over marmalade is totally up to you, it's all...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Flëur - First Four Albums

Cover art Flëur is essentially the Ukrainian duo of Olga Pulatova (piano, vocals) and Elena Voynarovskaya (guitar, vocals) along with a variety of other players on flute, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

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2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Magma - Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz – Here's one of those unbelievably powerful Magma concerts that's been circulating on cassette for years, finally cleaned up and transferred to CD. Hallelujah! This is one of the best live shows...  (1994) » Read more

Various Artists - Medium Label Sampler – Medium Productions is a low profile label from the UK which represents the work of three former members of Japan. The trio is alternately creative within varying contexts and combinations of...  (2000) » Read more

Apocalypse - Perto do Amanhecer – This is the second outing for this four-piece from Brazil, their first self-titled album from the late 80s still being a vinyl-only release. Their neo-progressive sound and dramatic styling have...  (1995) » Read more

Mellow Candle - The Virgin Prophet – As the CD liner notes state, Mellow Candle's Swaddling Songs is the holy grail of folk rock. There really is no other album that even compares in this specific genre (Fairport Convention,...  (1996) » Read more

Solaris - Live in Los Angeles – For anyone that was completely blown away by this band's performance at Progfest in November '95 (everyone in the house, from what this writer could ascertain), this two disc set is nothing...  (1997) » Read more



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