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Alison O'Donnell & Isabel Ni Chuireain - Mise Agus Ise

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Many will remember Alison’s voice from the 1972 prog-folk classic Swaddling Songs by Mellow Candle, along with keyboardist / vocalist / songwriter Clodagh Simonds. Alison then moved...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Escapade - But Distractions Abound

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Here's a healthy dose of psych/space/krautrock goodness for you. Escapade may not be as big a name as Ash Ra Temple or Amon Düül but they can easily be spoken of in the same breath....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Nexus - Perpetuum Karma

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This Argentine symphonic band made a big splash back around the turn of the decade, fronted by beautiful lead singer with golden voice, Mariela Gonzalez, leading to invitations to Baja and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?

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Makoto Kawabata and his band of madmen have been recording as Acid Mothers Temple for several years and their catalog is enormous. Many of their releases are long, unlistenable, cacophonous...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Flower Kings - Paradox Hotel

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The good news is that Paradox Hotel includes a kick-ass prog rock instrumental, “Pioneers of Aviation,” that’s about one of the best things The Flower Kings have ever...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

The Ministry of Inside Things - Contact Point

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The Ministry of Inside Things is the Philadelphia-based space music duo of Chuck van Zyl (synths) and Art Cohen (guitar). Individually, both Chuck and Art have been involved in the Philadelphia...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Amon Düül II - Tanz der Lemminge

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When I started getting into progressive music in my teens, this album could actually be found fairly frequently in record stores, but unfortunately it usually was found on (US) UA vinyl (the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-02)

Amon Düül II - Phallus Dei

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If I was to take a census of Amon Düül II fans, favorites are usually Yeti (mine), Dance of the Lemmings, or Wolf City, and then the others usually line up right after....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-02)

Panzerpappa - Koralrevens Klagsang

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It’s been a few years since anything new from Panzerpappa has crossed this desk. Skillful denizens of the playful Canterbury-esque jazz-rock realm, the four-piece has undergone some changes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

GPS - Window to the Soul

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As with any neo-prog superstars poised to take over the world, again, the production here is slick and smooth. Knobs tweaked and script at the ready, this one is heading for the stratosphere, of...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Spock's Beard - Spock's Beard

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Nine studio albums out and three since the big event that changed the band forever, Spock’s Beard today is a stronger entity than they have ever been before. Behind door number one is a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

McGill Manring Stevens - What We Do

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Much ado has been stated in the jazz press regarding the bastardization of cherished jazz standards meshed with dirty old rock and roll. The unwanted outcome: jazz-rock or fusion has been both a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Jakko M. Jakszyk - The Bruised Romantic Glee Club

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Guitarist Jakko Jakszyk has finally come into his own with his current solo recording. After stints with Level 42, Dizrhythmia, and 21st Century Schizoid Band and numerous guest spots, the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Bread, Love and Dreams - Amaryllis

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I suppose this fell into the progressive camp because: a) it's British and from the early 70s, b) it's folk rock; and c) there's a 21-minute title track. Let me break it to you slow:...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Magma - Mythes et Légendes 1

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Not to be confused with their 1985 CD with the exact same title, this DVD is the first of four that are being compiled from the shows that took place at Le Triton from May 10th to June 4th 2005....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Focus - Focus 9 / New Skin

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After an initial stab at a return to action with 2002's Focus 8, Thijs van Leer is back with an almost totally new lineup that's sounding better than ever. That is, if your tastes...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach, Behold & See & III

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Long before the British domination of all things progressive, progress was being made in the post-San Francisco underground scene in many US cities, among them Boston. The fact that producer Alan...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach, Behold & See & III

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Long before the British domination of all things progressive, progress was being made in the post-San Francisco underground scene in many US cities, among them Boston. The fact that producer Alan...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

French TV - After a Lengthy Silence

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The second album from this Louisville, KY band, After a Lengthy Silence, was originally recorded in 1987, and has now finally been re-released on CD. French TV play a somewhat eclectic...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-02-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Caravan - All over You

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Caravan finally takes the plunge into Unplugged Greatest Hits territory, but with mixed results. New versions of ancient tracks are really no better or worse than their two decade-old predecessors,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Through a Glass - Tragedy vs Comedy

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Through a Glass are a young (as in still in high school when this was recorded), Tennessee-based rock band. That’s rock as in two guitars, bass, drums, vocals, and lots and lots of youthful...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Xinema - Basic Communication

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Xinema is a three-piece group from Sweden; the members originally played in a band called Madrigal in the mid-80s (not to be confused with the current band of the same name). Basic...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2008-10-01)

Daniel Palomo Vinuesa - L'Homme Approximatif

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Daniel Palomo Vinuesa is a French multi-instrumentalist (woodwinds, synths, tin whistle, and guitar) who began playing various saxophones in 1977 and gained notice from his first release Le...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-12-31)

For Absent Friends - Square One

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If you like more rock with your progressive, this is the album for you. Dutch band For Absent Friends’ eighth album is 45 minutes of solidly played (dare I say it?) neo-progressive that is...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2008-10-01)

Wayne Horvitz - A Walk in the Dark & Once Dance Alone

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One of Seattle’s finest composers, Wayne Horvitz, has crafted a new ensemble album for his main quartet. Horvitz’ signature technique translates into imploring melodic constructs within...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Furio Chirico & Friends - Father to Son

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This could be almost any album in a lot of respects except one – the drummer is Furio Chirico, and this is his concept album dedicated to Chirico’s son Stravos (who died in 2005). Most...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2008-10-01)

Villebråd - Alla Är Här Utom Jag

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For those of you who miss Landberk (I know I do) I urge you to give this album a listen. Villebråd, who hail Uppsala, Sweden, have been together for three years and were formed by brothers...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Uzva - Uoma

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One of the best arranged recordings from last year hails from Helsinki, Finland by Uzva, a seven-piece chamber rock act with additional orchestral instrumentation. Comparisons have been drawn to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Taproban - Posidonian Fields

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I have heard Taproban’s previous release Ogni Pensiero Vola and also their contribution to the Spaghetti Epic compilation (reviewed in #32) and was looking forward to...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2008-01-01)

James Sudakow - Green

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The tribal beats and pulsating electronic vibe in the opening minutes of “Black” set the stage for some amazingly incisive electric violin work as the piece slowly builds intensity...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Tammen / Harth / Dahlgren / Rosen - Expedition - Live at the Knitting Factory

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The artist alone decides what music appears on their ESP Disk, and yet such is the nature of music, marketing, labels, and categorization that you and I can have fair idea what music they are going...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2008-01-01)

Stuckey/Murray - Mythical Fornication

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If you are easily offended, don’t appreciate sophomoric humor, are a sensitive 90s male or a socially conscious feminist, please don’t buy this CD. If you enjoy bawdy humor (okay,...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2008-01-01)

Ranarim - Morgonstjärna (Morning Star)

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This tasty and rousing slice of modern Swedish trad-folk grows on the listener like a nice warm coat on a cold winter morning. This is music full of color, warmth, melody, and rich in tradition,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Periferia del Mondo - Periferia del Mondo (3)

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Their third album, my first to hear. There’s a good variety of tones and influences here, not really like anything else I can think of. Some of the heavier parts remind me of the heavier...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Oki Hikoki - Krinkle

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From some Wright honorable Meddle-era keyboard plonks to pretty much anyone’s arpeggiated Telecaster (here noted to be a “Rikencaster”), Brian Packham has been listening...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-01-01)

Nurse with Wound - Rock n Roll Station

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Somewhere within the seven pieces that comprise Rock ‘n’ Roll Station a sadly conformist aesthetic emerges, apparently in conformity with its own tradition of non-conformity....

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-01-01)

Tor Lundvall - Empty City

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There’s Copeland’s Quiet City and some years on The Muffins’ Open City. And countless preceding and following metaphorical interpretations of the City as a force...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-01-01)

Lazuli - En Avant Doute

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Atendees of either the 2006 or 2007 Baja Prog festivals have been fortunate enough to see Lazuli do their thing live on stage. They truly are one of the most interesting groups among Musea’s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

The Bennie Maupin Ensemble - Penumbra

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Bennie Maupin is primarily known for his rooting bass clarinet work on Miles Davis’ Jack Johnson and Bitches Brew sessions. Later he would cement his legacy with Herbie...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Tres Gone - Outertainment, Vol. 1

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The Tres Gone trio has been plugging away in the Portland, Oregon area for about five years, playing various local clubs, doing their own unique take on electric improvisation. In the course of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Various Artists - Progression in Balance Vol. 1 & 2

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Quebec’s Unicorn Records, founded in 1996, has been serving primarily as an outlet for Canadian prog-rock bands, though the roster has grown to include groups such as America’s Parallel...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Various Artists - Montreal Sound Matter / Montréal Matière Sonore

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Experimental and Avant-Garde are words that should be used loosely for they reach far too wide. On the surface, that is evidently what we have here in this conglomeration of mainly Canadian...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

T.A.O. - Abnormal Observations

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Ostensibly once a metal band, the number of unusual sonic embellishments and trickier-than-usual rhythms make T.A.O.’s music a lot more interesting than what that label might typically...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Tanger - Ciudad

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While this latest offering from the Argentinean quartet (+ guests) compares favorably to their 1999 self-titled debut and its 2002 follow-up La Otra Cara, there are few real surprises...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Slow Motion Reign - Slow Motion Reign

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A fresh, youthful sound is their stock in trade, rich with melodies, hooks and energy, concise and inventive songwriting from beginning to end. Unlike many of the bands we review in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Dino Saluzzi Group - Juan Condori

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Bandoneon playing within a jazz structure is not a new idea, as it dates back to the 50s with many French and international acts, exemplified by Django Reinhardt’s hot bands. Argentinian...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Box of Frogs - Box of Frogs / Strange Land

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The Box of Frogs project reunited 3/5 of the original Yardbirds: bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, and drummer Jim McCarty. They took as their model The Traveling Willburys,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Pienza Ethnorkestra - Indiens d'Europe

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Beginning with a disclaimer that nearly anything even remotely related to Magma will receive an initial positive reception in this writer’s considerations, it was a delight to be assaulted by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Various Artists - Higher and Higher: A Tribute to the Moody Blues

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Given their influence on the genre, the Moody Blues are a great subject for progressive bands to cover and I’m surprised something like this hasn’t already been tried. But leave it to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Jean-Luc Payssan - Pierrots & Arlequins

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Jean-Luc Payssan is a familiar name to progressive rock fans as guitarist and founding member (along with brother and keyboard player Thierry) of French progressive rock outfit Minimum Vital. With...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Bobby Previte - The Coalition of the Willing

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Powerhouse drummer Bobby Previte picks up his songwriting pen again for his new all-star combo album. Tagging along again is close friend Charlie Hunter, coerced into playing Telecaster leads on...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Toccata - Circe

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The first thing that occurred to me when listening to Toccata was their similarity to Matraz. Both are relatively new progressive bands that aren’t really neo-prog; both have strong female...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Oaksenham - Conquest of the Pacific

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Seems like a long time since we reviewed this Armenian band’s debut live release Woden’s Eve Live; in fact it was 2002, and since then the band has been diligently working on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

New Cars - It's Alive!

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Reunion incantations of classic acts have been part of the rock and roll roadmap since the 50s. Only rarely does a group eclipse the live persona of its original instance. Todd Rundgren had been...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Jeffrey Koepper - Momentium

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Etherea, his debuut album, was more than a pleasant surprise, it was a discovery of a new talent in EM in the USA. Etherea distinguished itself by soft undulations of melodic emotions or...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Herbie Kritzer - Lounge Rebel

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Bay Area musician Herbie Kritzer’s previous (and only) release was 2002’s The Tree Lizard that packed quite a little punch despite clocking in at just under a half hour....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Ray Russell - Goodbye Svengali

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Veteran Brit-jazzer Ray Russell has a lengthy resumé, having played with numerous famous musicians in a sideman role. On Goodbye Svengali, a tribute to the late Gil Evans, we get to...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Kayan Kalhor / Erdal Erzincan - The Wind

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Merging Turkish and Persian world music influences together is the basis for this culturally compatible musical meeting. Kalhor was acclaimed for his kamancheh playing on The Rain while...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Rena Jones - Driftwood

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I suppose any instrument could lend itself to electronic music given the right attitude, but there’s something about bowed strings that makes for a particularly nice pairing. Rena Jones...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Peter James - Footnotes to Fairytales

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Bearing a intimate and individualistic style rooted both in folk music and minimalism, Bay Area (by way of England and Hong Kong) guitarist, singer, and songwriter Peter James has appeared on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Headshear - Headshear

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Guitar junkies wake up! This one’s for you. I’ve had the good fortune to see this instrumental four-piece play a couple times around the Bay Area, and the varied and mesmerizing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Pineapple Thief - Little Man

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UK-based quintet The Pineapple Thief have built a healthy following for their brand of modern, indie-influenced prog rock. Their 2005 release 10 Stories Down sold 5,000 copies and...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Tony Harn - Revealed in Black and White

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Tony Harn’s latest is another easy recommendation for Exposé readers of all stripes. After flirting with a group format on his last outing, the English guitarist’s...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

IZ - E M

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This Denver based heavy instrumental rock trio offers the basic g/b/d amid heavenly levels of guitar distortion and dense angular compositions that drive hard and pummel the senses. On drums is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Lazuli - Amnésie

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One of the surprises of Baja 2006 was this unique French band that, frankly, I had never even heard of before. The fact that they were being promoted by Musea may bode well for future releases...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Saga - Trust

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Trust is the follow-up to 2005’s Network album and finds Saga performing with their third drummer in as many albums. This time around Brian Doerner from Helix is filling the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

Kopecky - Blood

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It is indeed blood that ties the membership of this fine Wisconsin based instrumental trio together. Three siblings: Paul Kopecky, the drummer, a consummate professional who provides the framework...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Hypnos 69 - The Eclectic Measure

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The Elektrohasch label has been releasing some great music of late, and this latest release by Belgian four-piece Hypnos 69 is no exception to that winning streak. Instrumentation includes the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Imogene - Imogene

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Certainly one of the ways for a band to achieve a distinctive sound is to feature an unconventional lineup of instruments. Imogene takes this tack by taking a typical b/d/g/k format and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - Eyes! China Doll

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Beta-lactam Ring Records has just reissued Edward Ka-Spel’s classic second solo album from 1985, Eyes! China Doll. This reissue is its first proper CD reissue and it comes in a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-06-02)

Legendary Pink Dots - Ancient Daze

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Since forming in the early 80s, The Legendary Pink Dots have been quite prolific in their recorded output of 60+ releases. Initially they were part of the cassette culture releasing quite a few...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-05-05)

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO - Power House of Holy

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To complement their 2006 USA Tour, Acid Mothers Temple released Power House of Holy as their tour CD. This CD contains two live tracks recorded in 2004, “Dark Stars” and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-06-30)

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

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

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

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

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

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

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

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

 » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

NR Hills - Eleven Nails in the Coffin

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These pieces originally appeared on English composer and musician N.R. Hill’s first three (now deleted) albums: Romeo & the Beast, Nails, and The Triumph of Death. With...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Hail - Hello Debris

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The ongoing collaboration between avant garde multi-instrumentalist Bob Drake and vocalist Susanne Lewis continues to confuse and confound. Drake and Lewis this time pull in more indie rock...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Gösta Berlings Saga - Tid är Ljud

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This doesn't come on the scene with threats to take the prog world by storm, but rather insinuates itself subtly, from the gentle cover art through the music itself, which wraps many styles and...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2008-01-01)

SimakDialog - Patahan

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For their first international release, SimakDialog offers a live set recorded in Jakarta in April 2005. At this juncture, bandleader and keyboardist Riza Arshad is joined by a rhythm section of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Goad - In the House of the Dark Shining Dreams

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During the last decade several Italian bands which hit the big time in the 70s have got back on track. Some examples are Arti & Mestieri, Museo Rosenbach, and Osanna. Others, on the contrary,...

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(Posted by Alessandro Michelucci 2008-01-01)

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)

Janet Feder / Fred Frith - Ironic Universe

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The word “sonorous” seems meant for this recording. In addition to the inherently warm and pliant voicings of the acoustic guitar and the further extension of those voicings by any...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-01-01)

Gogglesphere & Lafcadio - Babies in Hell & Sham Duvet

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One might ask why these two discs are being addressed in the same review; it’s because both Gogglesphere and Lafcadio are essentially the same band – or that is to say they have the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Gargamel - Watch for the Umbles

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Gargamel is a sextet from Norway whose aim it is to revive complex prog rock from the past, but also to be different without modernizing the sound. Beside a core of guitar, bass, and drums, flute,...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Espers - Espers, The Weed Tree & Espers II

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Beautiful music delving into mantric excesses in protracted light is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Percolating effluvial melodies encroach upon sensibilities of newfound mellifluousness setting...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Les Claypool - Of Whales and Woe

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Bassist Les Claypool (Primus, Oysterhead, Sausage, et al) is a busy guy these days, with his first book and feature film making news, plus recent touring with Primus keeping him occupied. Then...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Cardboard Amanda - Cardboard Amanda

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Lip snack-smack chimp chimney. Purple-brown roasted retroflex. Gargled gaggle troll cushion flow tickle ping-pong lollipops. Eke a freak dash jumbo strum throe, go grab a packed Peak Freen, these...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Canvas Solaris - Penumbra Diffuse

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Canvas Solaris is another gifted prog metal trio for the Laser’s Edge offshoot label Sensory who combine the proficiency of well thought out technical chops with clever execution. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Greg Segal - A Play of Light and Shadow, The Old Familiar Place & Tales of Today

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With his own studio and plenty of time on hand to play and experiment, all kinds of things can be committed to tape (or whatever medium), some fully arranged, some more like embryonic fragmentary...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Bone Daddy - What You Wanted

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This Idaho band has been working the jam band circuit for a few years now, and this is their fourth full-length album. They play a moderately rootsy brand of rock, comparable to Big Head Todd and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Chimpan A - Chimpan A

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Don’t read too much into the Simpsons reference in the name of this group. It’s all business with these guys, being Rob Reed (keyboards) from Magenta and Steve Balsamo (vocals) and Rob...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Birke / Leykam / Panasenko - Bewitched Revelations

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Bewitched Revelations is the first album I am aware of from the American trio of Martin Birke, Roman Leykam, and Daniel Panasenko. It features thirteen instrumentals, mostly improvs,...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Between Interval - Autumn Continent

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This is one of those discs one could play on endless repeat for days on end and just flow with it. It doesn’t demand anything from the listener, but instead slowly overtakes the psyche and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Dwight Ashley - Ataxia

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Ataxia offers a defining example of the way in which musical forms, and especially the way we tend to want to categorize music, continues to exhibit restlessness and the need for change....

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2007-03-01)

Vlor - A Fire Is Meant for Burning

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Oh so much is expected of the electric guitar. It seems always to be trying to be something else and sound like something else. Not to belittle the new ground staked out by so many musicians, but...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2007-03-01)

Viima - Ajatuksia Maailman Laidalta

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Viima is a Finnish four-piece, with vocals (female), keys / drums, bass, and guitar / flute. This is classic “proggy prog” but with female Finnish vocals. Vocals from different...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Umphrey's McGee - Safety in Numbers

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Umphrey’s McGee is still an anomaly in the jam band void left open by the disbanding of Phish. Umphrey’s fills that gap for fans largely due to their prominent self-deprecating humor...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

The Tunnel Singer - Cenote

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Cenote is a welcome return to the pure vocal and natural reverb effects that The Tunnel Singer (Lee Ellen Shoemaker) employed on her earlier releases like Water Birth and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Tungsten 74 - Binaurally Yours

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Binaurally Yours is the fourth release from Tungsten74. The group is a three-piece guitar / bass / drums outfit, but plenty of synth sounds abound. As opposed to all their previous...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

A Triggering Myth - The Remedy of Abstraction

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Rick Eddy and Tim Drumheller have been driving around the progressive rock block for over 15 years. By continually evolving and assimilating new influences the duo has arrived at another...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Taylor's Free Universe - Manipulated by Taylor

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The ten tracks here were sourced from a September 2005 live show in Copenhagen, then processed and remixed in the studio. Taylor is of course jazz / experimental guitarist Robin Taylor, and TFU...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Tangent - A Place in the Queue

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With their third album, The Tangent has consolidated tightly around writer / singer / keyboardist Andy Tillison. Fans of Roine Stolt might be disappointed to hear he’s no longer around,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Spaced Out - Unstable Matter

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From their previous studio outings, Spaced Out is officially down to a trio now, although one wouldn’t know it from the sonic density of any of the ten cuts here, or from the seemingly full...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Soft Machine Legacy - Soft Machine Legacy

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Elton Dean’s last recording with these long-time associates results in a tour de force of elegant power and inspired interplay. Across ten evenly paced songs Dean together with musical friend...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Soft Machine Legacy - Live at the New Morning

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With the passing of Elton Dean earlier in 2006, this late winter live performance from 2005 serves as the sole representative of one of the best reformed bands from the 70s. Fronted jointly by Dean...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Soft Machine - Grides

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The translation of Grides means “To cut with a grating sound; to penetrate or pierce harshly.” That’s exactly what this classic fusion quartet was doing on the live stage...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Terje Rypdal - Vossabrygg

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The Norwegian guitarist has been a fixture on the ECM label since around 1970, and probably few have not heard at least some sampling of his work along that 35+ year trek, but probably even fewer...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Steve Roach - Storm Surge: Steve Roach Live at NEARfest & Immersion: One

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Steve Roach’s appearance at NEARfest 2005 was a landmark event. Any live performance by Roach is a rarity, but to be exposed to such a large audience — and one largely unfamiliar with...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Steve Roach - Storm Surge: Steve Roach Live at NEARfest & Immersion: One

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Steve Roach’s appearance at NEARfest 2005 was a landmark event. Any live performance by Roach is a rarity, but to be exposed to such a large audience — and one largely unfamiliar with...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Steve Roach - Kairos: The Meeting of Time and Destiny

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Subtitled The Meeting of Time and Destiny, this package includes a 74 minute CD and companion DVD that feature essentially the same audio program: eight tracks mixing floating ambient...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Ritual - Live

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Ritual’s first live document is a doozy. Whether it was the audience, the occasion, or having an explosive band like Anekdoten to share the bill with, the group (Patrik Lundtröm –...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Non Credo - Impropera

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It won’t take more than about twenty seconds of the first track for the listener to know they are in for an unusual treat, one which the remainder of this 60-plus minute epic bears out....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Nattefrost - Absorbed in Dreams and Yearning

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Nattefrost (AKA Bjørn Jeppesen, not to be confused with the Norwegian black metal band of the same name) is from Denmark, and the title refers to cosmic electronic music from yesteryear. The...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Moving Gelatine Plates - Removing

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Yeah, my jaw dropped in astonishment too when I saw a new MGP disc come falling out of the package. Who woulda thunk, after all these years? But on closer examination I only saw one familiar name...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Scott McGill - Awareness

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Guitarist Scott McGill’s newest recording is an updated forum for recently acquired song stylings that mesh well with his acclaimed technical proficiency. Across twelve new tracks McGill...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Mindgames - Actors in a Play

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Actors in a Play is the second release from this Dutch quintet, following 2002’s International Daylight. The lineup here is the same (though since the album was released...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Magenta - Home, New York Suite & Night and Day

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My goodness this band has been busy. Or I should say: Rob Reed has been busy, since he’s the creative engine that runs this group. He’s had time to do all this plus the Chimpan A side...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Magenta - Home, New York Suite & Night and Day

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My goodness this band has been busy. Or I should say: Rob Reed has been busy, since he’s the creative engine that runs this group. He’s had time to do all this plus the Chimpan A side...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Magenta - Home, New York Suite & Night and Day

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My goodness this band has been busy. Or I should say: Rob Reed has been busy, since he’s the creative engine that runs this group. He’s had time to do all this plus the Chimpan A side...

 » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Magenta - Home, New York Suite & Night and Day

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My goodness this band has been busy. Or I should say: Rob Reed has been busy, since he’s the creative engine that runs this group. He’s had time to do all this plus the Chimpan A side...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Lizard - Spam

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Lizard is a Polish “neo” band influenced by King Crimson and UK originally. After 1996’s W Galerii Czasu and a subsequent official bootleg, they laid low for a few years...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Larry Kucharz - Electro Engravings

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Up until now, most of the works we’ve reviewed by Kucharz have fallen into a few categories: those of pure floating ambient tonal color that evolve slowly in three-dimensional sound...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Kotebel - Omphalos

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Omphalos is the fourth album by Spanish band Kotebel. Their instrumentation includes drums, bass, guitar, two keyboards, vocals, and flute. Vocalist Carolina Prieto sings softly in a...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

Tim Hodgkinson - Sketch of Now

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We are far from done with the extremes of 20th Century music. Sketch of Now explores a large number of ideas, both perceptual and conceptual, in conceiving and performing these six pieces...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2007-03-01)

Paul Ellis - The Infinity Room

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Isn’t time a subject that has fascinated and haunted mankind from the beginning? Ellis pushes through the barriers and finds endless space in a yet confined room. Isn’t this the perfect...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

The Cheebacabra - Exile in the Woods

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The Cheebacabra is a project driven by keyboardist and producer Cheeba, where funky grooves meet overtly synthetic melodic interplay and a cool jazz feel over a steady, mostly programmed drum beat....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Ron Boots - Acoustic Shadows

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Boots loves to do albums with themes – here he has tried to capture the atmosphere of the battlefield. It’s a darker album than one is used too, but of course Boots’s optimism...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

David Bagsby - Hallucinographs

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David Bagsby’s latest release, Hallucinographs, is an electronic album created from just one synthesizer and a drum machine. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that means...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

Lightwave - Mundus Subterraneus

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There’s no question that this electronic ensemble is one of the best exponents of original music around today. This is their third CD after several superb cassettes and is the first release...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Ut Gret - Recent Fossils

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This Louisville, Kentucky based ensemble (pronounced Oot-Greet) has been around about as long as I can remember. Over that long period they have gigged a lot but released only a few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-01)

La Maschera di Cera - LuxAde

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The stunning Il Grande Labirinto from 2003 made me a confirmed fan of this group, one of the finest retro groups making the rounds these days. La Maschera di Cera use every technique of...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Keith Jarrett - The Carnegie Hall Concert

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Recorded live in September of last year at the most prestigious hall in New York, this collection of one multipart improvisation and five additional songs can be seen as a crowning statement of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Tunnels - Natural Selection

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Part of the fun of listening to every new Tunnels release is listening to all the sounds, and wondering in amazement: “How does Marc Wagnon make all those sounds with only his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Paatos - Silence of Another Kind

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After tinkering with electronic sounds on their last album, Kallocain from 2004, this Swedish band has taken a bit of a turn towards a more “live” sound. Maybe it’s just...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

The Ed Palermo Big Band - Take Your Clothes off When You Dance

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Legend has it that Uncle Frank once said, “Never kiss a toad from the short forest after it’s been sleeping in a jar with a rutabaga.” Well, that may or may not be true, but what...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Jadis - Photoplay

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Gary Chandler has consistently led the banner for Jadis for the past ten years, making the group a solid player in the melodic rock, neo-prog camp. The current line-up has been pretty consistent...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Fern Knight - Music for Witches and Alchemists

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Nothing short of amazing transformations towards the ineluctable. You will wonder where this music has been all your life. Leaves floating upward, swirling weightless, it is the sensation of...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Adrian Belew - Side Three

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The last phase of Adrian Belew’s trilogy of contrasting approaches winds up the series on a firm up note. The Prophet Omega provides the opening rap to kick of the disc in a similar flair to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Clogs - Lantern

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The high finish that contemporary chamber and smaller scale orchestral works exude in their discipline, precision, delicacy, and complexity has typically received only a cursory and sideways glance...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2007-03-01)

Advent - Cantus Firmus

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I have not heard a new release this year that evoked so many conflicting emotions. The first Advent release in a decade, Cantus Firmus is also their first output I have heard. A quartet of...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves

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Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves is a Dots album released in honor of their 25th anniversary. Over 25 years the band has gone through a number of changes and today the Dots...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves

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2006 marks the 25th year of this band's existence, and this CD marks some ridiculous number of releases I won’t even speculate about. This venture finds them in a fairly calm mood, and is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Volcano the Bear - Classic Erasmus Fusion

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If you thought the weird bits of Ummagumma weren’t weird enough, have I got a band for you. We’re mostly out in Residents territory, only with a psychedelic edge, and you can...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

La STPO - Tranches de Temps Jeté

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There’s just something about the sound of a marimba. No matter how much it sticks to minor keys, no matter how it tries to be dissonant, it ends up sounding cheerful. I don’t know if...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Birth of a Band - Isle of Wight Festival 1970

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Having seen bits of the footage floating around, I was excited to learn that Emerson Lake & Palmer’s live debut at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival was finally going to have an official...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Estradasphere - Palace of Mirrors

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Palace of Mirrors is Estradasphere’s fourth full-length release and first to feature the new lineup with Lee Smith on drums, Kevin Kmetz on shamisen/guitar, and Adam Stacey on...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

Mujician - There's No Going Back Now

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Considering the arduous nature of free jazz, it’s always a welcome gift to hear telepathic ensembles continue on (despite lack of money or marketable fan base). The ensemble of Tippett /...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Nels Cline - New Monastery: A View into the Music of Andrew Hill

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Nels Cline’s affinity for pummeling sound boundaries as well as working within jam bands and standard song structures (e.g. – Wilco) is now further realized within the works of another...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Larry Coryell / Victor Bailey / Lenny White - Traffic

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These seasoned players need no introduction for any chemistry coaxed from old bottles. The nucleus of this power trio of Larry Coryell (Eleventh House), Victory Bailey (Weather Report), and Lenny...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Margarita Botello / José Luis Fernández Ledesma - La Paciencia de Job

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Based in Mexico City, José Luis Fernández Ledesma’s projects appear every year or so quietly with little fanfare; he is definitely one of the most underrated artists around,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

J.A. Caesar - Kokkyou Junreika & Shintokomaru

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J.A. Caesar – this is obviously not his real name – has been an enigmatic figure in Japanese rock and avant-garde music dating back to the early 70s. His music is impossible to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

J.A. Caesar - Kokkyou Junreika & Shintokomaru

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J.A. Caesar – this is obviously not his real name – has been an enigmatic figure in Japanese rock and avant-garde music dating back to the early 70s. His music is impossible to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Henry Cow - Concerts

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Another Henry Cow re-release which has much more information in the expanded liner notes which detail the proceedings. The first four tracks were taken from a 1975 BBC Peel Session and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-03-01)

Rush - Replay x3

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Rush fans have been salivating for these early concert videos to see the light of day in DVD format for ages, so to have all three in one collection is manna from heaven. Other than a few promos,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Alan Davey - Captured Rotation

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Alan Davey has been a key member of Hawkwind for quite some time, playing bass, synthesizers, and writing the occasional song ("Wings" from their 1990 album Space Bandits is a...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-10-01)

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band - Live at Bickershaw Festival - North West England 1972

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The front of the package proclaims "Joe Strummer's favourite concert." Well, I'm sure it was great to be there. The Captain and his crackshot '72 touring lineup (Rockette...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Eleni Karaindrou - Elegy of the Uprooting

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Karaindrou may be best known for her film scoring work since the early 80s in her native Greece. Elegy is a sprawling two-disc live set recorded at Megaron in Athens in March 2005; it...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Tangle Edge - Serpentary Quarters

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Tangle Edge is the household name for one of the best improvised rock groups in the world. Born in the mists of the 80s, they survived the pushing and shoving over the years and nowadays are more...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Dennis Rea - Live at the Forbidden City

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Dennis Rea is a Seattle area guitarist who’s worked with Jeff Greinke, Bill Rieflin and may be known to some through his participation with groups Land and Stackpole. Long before he made his...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Squonk Opera - You Are Here

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You Are Here is a companion soundtrack to Squonk Opera’s latest stage production, (put your hometown’s name here): The Opera and continues a string of theatrical...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Don Caballero - World Class Listening Problem

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Don Caballero is one of those bands that is probably better off not being categorized. They’re often thrown into the post-rock or math rock bins, though if you ask me, what they play is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Green Milk from the Planet Orange - You Take Me to the World

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Read the credits: “All songs improvised by GMFTPO” and (especially if you’re familiar with their other recordings) you know you’re in for a trip. A strange and disturbing...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Born Again Floozies - Novelties, Addenda & Ephemera

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Clever britches with tap steps to replace the skittering of a drum kit flittering. High-spirited hijinx abound throughout. A sideshow demeanor springs forth for busting chuckles to as bobbling neck...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

M.A.S.S. - Mysteria

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In the early 70s there was the legendary Krautrock band Mythos, led by multi-instrumentalist Stephan Kaske. Over the decades Kaske remained active as a musician, ultimately becoming a solo...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Talking Heads - 2006 Rhino Reissues

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Now that CBGB's has finally closed its doors in New York City, it's a good time to explore the reissued back catalog of one of the few valid early inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Talking Heads - 2006 Rhino Reissues

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Now that CBGB's has finally closed its doors in New York City, it's a good time to explore the reissued back catalog of one of the few valid early inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Talking Heads - 2006 Rhino Reissues

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Now that CBGB's has finally closed its doors in New York City, it's a good time to explore the reissued back catalog of one of the few valid early inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Talking Heads - 2006 Rhino Reissues

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Now that CBGB's has finally closed its doors in New York City, it's a good time to explore the reissued back catalog of one of the few valid early inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Talking Heads - 2006 Rhino Reissues

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Now that CBGB's has finally closed its doors in New York City, it's a good time to explore the reissued back catalog of one of the few valid early inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Colour Haze - Tempel

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While there are numerous bands out there breaking new ground and never looking back, there are just as many others breathing new life into tried and true styles of decades long gone. For vintage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Flower Kings - Instant Delivery

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Instant Delivery is a concert video shot in Holland during The Flower Kings’ 2006 Paradox Hotel tour. The intent with this 2-DVD set was to present the group’s show in...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Maneige - Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle & Libre Service

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Of all the Quebecois bands that came to prominence in the 70s, one of the most unique and universally appreciated is Maneige. During their career which spanned from around '72 through the mid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Maneige - Ni Vent... Ni Nouvelle & Libre Service

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Of all the Quebecois bands that came to prominence in the 70s, one of the most unique and universally appreciated is Maneige. During their career which spanned from around '72 through the mid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Iona - The Circling Hour

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It’s been six years since Iona’s last album, Open Sky, and the good news is that everything the Anglo-Irish band had working so well for them hasn’t been forgotten. Some...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Lonely China Day - Sorrow

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In the midst of all the noise found on the Beijing music scene, where feedback reigns and screaming is preferred to singing, there is one band that stands out from the crowd. Lonely China Day...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Incandescent Sky - Paths and Angles

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Since their second release Glorious Stereo (reviewed in #28), Incandescent Sky has further carved out an identifiable niche for themselves in the guitar-driven jammy instrumental...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

The Mackrosoft - Antonio's Giraffe

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Aja West and company return with eight new slabs of sweet funked-up instrumental jazz, more emphasis on the latter than the former this time, apparently a tribute to the late Antonio Carlos Jobim...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Steve Hackett - Wild Orchids

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For nearly 30 years many have kept on considering him only the man behind the powerful guitar solos of Foxtrot and The Lamb Lies down on Broadway; yet he has proved to be much...

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(Posted by Alessandro Michelucci 2008-01-01)

Proto-Kaw - Wait of Glory

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The history of Proto-Kaw has to be one of the greatest second-chance stories in the history of rock. The band made some demos between 1971-1973, but broke up shortly afterwards when Kerry Livgren...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

John Hackett - Velvet Afternoon & Checking out of London

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John Hackett has long been in the extended shadow of his brother Steve, who has seen high profile both in and out of Genesis. The flautist has finally stepped out on his own in both duet and full...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Crowell, Doles & Quinn - Don't Look Down

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This collaborative effort is something of a minimalist supergroup; American composer Dac Crowell and Scottish composer and Suilven recordings main-mover Daniel Patrick Quinn have teamed up with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Bill Bruford / Tim Garland - Earthworks Underground Orchestra

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The peers of drummer/composer Bill Bruford are few and far between; only Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Will Calhoun, and Claudia Quartet mastermind John Hollenbeck spring to mind as drummers who...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2007-03-01)

Citay - Citay

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Led Zeppelin’s “Battle of Evermore”; Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan”; Heart’s “Soul of the Sea”; Uriah Heep’s “The Wizard.”...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Ice - The Saga

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Dutch proggers Ice are a spin-off from the outfit Maryson who released a couple albums guided by the writings and keyboards of W.J. Maryson (aka Wim Stolk). The good news is that if you liked what...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Robert Rich - Electric Ladder

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Always a beacon of unpredictability, Robert Rich has trained this writer’s ears to expect something unexpected with each new release. This time out it’s a bed of pulsating modular...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Ozric Tentacles - The Floor's Too Far Away

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One can always count on Ozrics to deliver a disc full of captivating grooves, shredding guitar solos, surreal swirling psychedelic atmospheres, unusual rhythmic textures, and clever sonic gimmicks....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Free Love - Official Bootleg Vol. 1: Concert 2005 Sapporo

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This is a live recording from the Japanese band Free Love, taped during their concert in Sapporo in 2005. Free Love are Hiroaki Shibata (vocals and guitar), Hiroki Matsui (organ and synth), Yuji...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Gargantua & Cashmere - Kotegarda & Cash Romantic Music Machine

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These two surprising releases come to us by way of Poland, both prominently featuring violinist, vocalist and songwriter Tylda Ciołkosz, who is also a member of the more keyboard oriented group...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 11 - 15

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Beginning with its first year of operations, Garden of Delights has released a yearly limited edition Psychedelic Underground sampler containing the best track from each of their 9...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Ezra - Songs from Pennsylvania

Cover art Ezra is a band happy to take their time with albums, this being only their third since they arrived on the scene in the early 90s. The wait was worth it, though, especially for fans of good melodic...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Orbit Service - Songs of Eta Carinae

Cover art I wrote about this band’s previous effort, Twilight, back in #31, and while the basic idea is very much the same this time round, I’m going to give Eta Carinae the nod as a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Hoven Droven - Jumping at the Cedar

Cover art In the whole Nordic Revival of the last decade (or is it just one record label?), there’s traditionalists like Väsen and JPP, and there’s dabblers in electronics like Hedningarna and Sorten Muld,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

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)

Forrest Fang & Carl Weingarten - Invisibility

Cover art Forrest Fang is best known for his recent works in the area of world music, and Weingarten for his slide and ebow work with resonator guitars (dobro), so initially a collaboration between these two...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Chas Smith - Descent

Cover art Like opening a portal into a dreamworld, Chas Smith’s music pulls the listener in immediately. The disc contains two sidelong tracks and a shorter ten minute closer, all explorations in...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Platurno - Núcleos

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Platurno is a young Chilean progressive rock trio of guitars, keyboards, and drums. Núcleos is their 2006 debut release of 11 mostly instrumental songs. Each song is different, but has a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Peter Hammill with Stuart Gordon - Veracious

Cover art Now that VdGG reunion has come and gone it’s clear that Hammill has taken the nudge to jump back into a smaller configuration to present his solo material. These live duo performances have not been...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Peter Hammill - Singularity

Cover art Peter Hammill’s hardened stare adorns the cover of the songwriter’s current recording from his home studio in Wilts, UK. If fans needed any reminder, the singer’s stance has always included...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

FM - NEARfest 2006

Cover art The fans who assembled at NEARfest in 2006 to see this Canadian trio playing one of their several reunions since they called it a day in the late 80s got a blast of the best sounds from their sci-fi...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-12-31)

Ange - Live Tour 2003-2004 - Par les Fils de Mandrin

Cover art I guess this is Ange. That's what it says on the box, though I can easily see that Christian Décamps is the only member of the band present from the band's heyday in the 70s. He's even got a female...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

The Frankenstein Consort - Classical A-Go-Go

Cover art That’s "The Frankenstein Consort featuring Erik Lindgren." That’s the Erik Lindgren of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. That’s “Invigorating Musical Novelties for Woodwinds, Piano, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

George & Caplin - Things Past

Cover art My previous experiences with George & Caplin (real names Jason Fredrick Iselin and Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens) tagged them with “Kraftwerk meets New Order.” And while that description is still...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Richard Pinhas - Metatron

Cover art Whirling, twirling, swirling electronics. That is exactly what you hear from the opening track “Tikkun” on Richard Pinhas’ newest double CD release. Actually “Tikkun” is presented in four...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Davison/Coleman - Forward Motion

Cover art The folk-based singer-songwriter genre (if that’s what you want to call it) is in some ways the most basic form of music there is: a person devises music and then performs it all on their own. In...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Amon Düül II - Yeti

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McLatchey's Top Tier #2

Here is the second album by Amon Duul II, Yeti. First, this is as flawless a double album as you can find. Second this is a very heavy record, I'm...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-11-04)

Strawbs - Deep Cuts & Heartbreak Hill

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I don't think even the most rabid Strawbs fan (maybe not me, but I'm close, so I should know) would say these two albums represent the band's peak. That being said, there are still some fine tracks...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Basilwink - Payoffs, Kickbacks, and Other Great American Traditions

Cover art While the opening cut displays some fairly standard rock/funk riffery, the grotesquely distorted vocals and unusual effects make the two minute affair somewhat unique. Basilwink is the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Richard Leo Johnson - The Legend of Vernon McAlister

Cover art Unique among guitarists, Richard Leo Johnson has forged his own sound through years of self-taught study on his instrument, developing unconventional tunings, fingerpicking styles, and various other...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Black Bonzo - Sound of the Apolcalypse

Cover art The Laser’s Edge is the label that introduced the world to Landberk and White Willow, and proprietor Ken Golden was instrumental in bringing Änglagård and Anekdoten to the attention of prog...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic with Oral Moses - Extreme Spirituals

Cover art This album is likely to split Birdsongs fans. Some might consider it a brave creative statement while others may see it as a failed experiment. I’m in the first category and in my opinion albums...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Apostolis Anthimos - Back to the North

Cover art The longtime guitarist of SBB hasn’t released a lot of solo material, unlike bandmate Jozef Skrzek. In fact, apart from a couple discs in the 90s, this one is only the third. Here he takes a fun and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Areknames - Love Hate Round Trip

Cover art By the very nature of the progressive rock “scene” you run into a lot of groups classified as retro, and by and large by “retro” people mean “sounds like Genesis.” This simplification of...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2008-01-01)

Alpha Wave Movement - The Regions Between: Unreleased Tracks 2001-2006

Cover art This collection marks 10 years of music from Alpha Wave Movement, aka Greg Kyryluk. With interests shifting more toward ambient and improvised collaborations, it seems fitting to have a retrospective...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

White Willow - Signal to Noise

Cover art Each successive White Willow album finds the band further along their evolutionary path, establishing their own unique sound amid numerous Scandinavian symphonic retro-prog bands. And each new disc...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Yeti Rain - Discarnate

Cover art It doesn’t take more than one look at the booklet cover and about 15 seconds of the first piece to know this isn’t like anything else that Unicorn has put out before; nor is it like any of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967-1974

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This archival collection presents the music of 24 Finnish bands, most unknown to Western ears. Disc One contains 19 psychedelic/progressive rock songs and Disc Two contains ten experimental/avant...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

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)

Bill Holt - Dreamies Program 12

Cover art Among many, an early and great of music in opposition to the recent caterwauling of our current government is alms by re: There’s also Joy Division’s broader and more concise “Atrocity...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-01-01)

Deluge Grander - August in the Urals

Cover art Here’s one that came out of the blue. Maybe I haven’t been paying attention, or maybe the action is half a world away from me, but somewhere out there is a prog band called Deluge Grander that’s...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Believe - Hope to See Another Day

Cover art When it appeared in 2006 many were hoping that Believe would be veteran Polish guitarist Mirek Gil’s return to the sort of progressive rock he had championed as part of Collage. His work with Mr....  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2014-02-06)

Time's Forgotten - A Relative Moment of Peace

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Time’s Forgotten is a new progressive band from San Jose, Costa Rica. Formed in 2004, the band consists of Juan Pablo Calvo (keyboards, samples, background vocals, programming), Jorge Sobrado...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

My Sleeping Karma - My Sleeping Karma

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My Sleeping Karma are four guys living in the middle of Germany hard at work crafting and playing minimal retro-psychedelic music that can easily stand up to Harmonia’s Krautrock masterpieces...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Saturnia - Muzak

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Saturnia has been around since the late 90s, and Muzak is the latest release from this little known Portuguese psych-prog band. Saturnia is essentially multi-instrumentalist Luis Simões...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Øresund Space Collective - It's All About Delay

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The ØSC web site states “totally improvised space rock!” That was quite evident on their debut release reviewed in Issue #34. A lot of “water has passed under the bridge” since then (10...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

AdiB - Spinning Like a Top

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AdiB is an Italian quartet (bass, keyboards, guitars, and drums) formerly known as Assolo di Bongo who released their first album in 2001. Their new album, Spinning Like a Top, contains...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Lady Lake - Unearthed

Cover art By one scheme of reckoning, rarities collections come three categories: those that are only of interest to established fans of the artist, those that can serve as an introduction to a newbie, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Karcius - Kaleidoscope

Cover art Kaleidoscope is an excellent second album by Karcius. It is one of those rare releases that you know is good the very first time you hear it. Karcius is a French Canadian instrumental group...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-12-31)

Mark Feldman - What Exit

Cover art Mark Feldman has been involved in the music industry for 30 years performing as a session musician in Nashville on over 200 country albums and then in New York City on more than 150 jazz albums. Today...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Mark Jenkins - Live in the USA

Cover art English synthesist Mark Jenkins played a series of concerts across Pennsylvania in 2005. This 2 CD set documents that occasion. Live in the USA is much like mid-period Tangerine Dream, but...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-12-31)

Khatsaturjan - Aramed Forces of Simantipak

Cover art Listening to this new album by the Finnish band Khatsaturjan took me back to the 70s and mid-period Genesis. Aramed Forces of Simantipak is a rock symphony lasting almost 70 minutes. Though I...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Vidna Obmana & Alio Die - Echo Passage

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

Øresund Space Collective - Øresund Space Collective

Cover art Scandinavia appears to be the 21st Century’s space rock incubator and Øresund Space Collective is one of the latest offspring. The ØSC is a group of Danish, Swedish, and American musicians who...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Sebkha Chott - Nagah Mahdi - Opuscrits en 48 Rouleaux

Cover art This is one truly off-the-wall release. Sebkha Chott is a collection of eight French musicians with strange pseudonyms. The digipack and liner notes are extremely difficult to decipher because of tiny...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Unto Ashes - Songs for a Widow

Cover art Little old naïve me would have expected the goth movement to be at the end of its useful life. There is only so much doom and gloom you can take. After all, people usually listen to music to escape...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-12-31)

David Gilmour - On an Island

Cover art Longtime Pink Floyd Guitarist Dave Gilmour is living the perfect rock star dream. Having completed the unlikely Live 8 reunion and sidestepped label pressure to restart the band, the guitarist...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

The Source - All Along This Land

Cover art The Source is a Los Angeles based four-piece of g/k/b/d with keyboardist and primary composer Aaron Goldich assuming the vocal duties. They are a prog rock band with ambitious aims, as evidenced by...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Slava Ganelin and Ned Rothenberg - Falling into Place

Cover art Pianist and composer Slava (Vyacheslav) Ganelin is known for his assertive power trio in Russia and his leadership within the Israeli free jazz scene since emigrating there in 1987. In contrast, New...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

French TV - This Is What We Do

Cover art Sometimes I think French TV must be the result of a gene-splicing experiment combining DNA from Djam Karet and The Muffins. Then I hear a violin and that theory goes in the file with phlogiston and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Secret Oyster - Vidunderlige Kælling

Cover art While listening to this album, I find myself often comparing it to Camel’s Snow Goose. For one thing, there is a certain stylistic similarity, as they are both keyboard-centric instrumental...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Ahleuchatistas - What You Will

Cover art Somebody call the men in white suits – these guys are insane. On second thought, don’t call anyone – treatment may decrease their capacity to create such marvelously insane stuff as...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Martin Gordon - God's on His Lunchbreak (Please Call Back)

Cover art Now that bassist Martin Gordon has established himself across two creditable solo records together with a crackshot band that suits his clever muse, it’s clear that he has some more pop rock damage...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

vidnaObmana - The River of Appearance

Cover art In 1996 vidnaObmana recorded The River of Appearance, which was a high point of his early compositional style. Employing samples, loops, electronics, and sparse piano phrases, vidnaObmana...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Light - The Story of Moses

Cover art This album sprouts directly from the treasure trove of Dutch prog rock, although it took a Spanish label to finally release it on CD. The music is inspired by the great classic composer Bach, but in...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Sparks - Sparks & A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing

Cover art Most probably know Sparks from their later work, but these two are where it all began for this LA based five-piece led by brothers Ron and Russel Mael (keyboards and vocals, respectively). On these...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Sparks - Sparks & A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing

Cover art Most probably know Sparks from their later work, but these two are where it all began for this LA based five-piece led by brothers Ron and Russel Mael (keyboards and vocals, respectively). On these...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Blodwyn Pig - Ahead Rings Out

Cover art Perhaps one day this classic by the Jethro Tull offshoot led by original guitarist Mick Abrahams will get a proper reissue, but until then this latest remastered version from EMI will have to do (and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind

Cover art It's about time that these albums received a proper re-release after the butcher job the German Line label did with them in the late 80s (large parts of tracks missing, track indexes in the wrong...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Moody Blues - The Magnificent Moodies

Cover art In December '64 The Moody Blues first hit the U.K. charts with a cover of U.S. soul singer Bessie Banks' "Go Now," with its expansive harmonies sounding a bit like a British take on the Righteous...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Lubimov, Trostianki, Rybakov - Misterioso

Cover art As part of ECM's continuing new music series, enter a semi-classical trio who embrace the quietudes of modern compositional expression with a keen sense of space and beauty by focusing on modern...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Scott Mosher - Deep Horizon

Cover art Progressive metal has been around long enough now that a new release has to have something different about it in order to catch my interest. Scott Mosher does a good job doing that with the first...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Gods of Electricity - Sundiving

Cover art Introducing a world where standard sci-fi is just too darn human to be plausible. If there are any advanced life forms out there taking joy rides through post-supernoval remnants or losing the space...  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2007-03-01)

Ded Ringer - Ded Ahead

Cover art Life in the past lane. Call it retro, but rock music like this just isn't made anymore. On their fifth full-length disc this Bay Area trio dishes it up with enough credibility and authenticity to...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Danielson - Ships

Cover art An erstwhile aberrant choir of miscreants, stumbling over themselves to get their operatic avant-garde leaning message out, might seem daunting at first. Sure, initially there will be a short sharp...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

François Couturier - Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky

Cover art The films of the late Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky have been widely acclaimed in international circles for over thirty years. Pianist François Couturier has taken as inspiration characters,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

The Atomic Bomb Audition - Eleven Theatres

Cover art Hailing from Oakland (always a good thing!), ABA is essentially an instrumental g/b/d trio with each member playing various additional instruments (electric sitar, Theremin, samplers, organ, synth,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Andy Timmons Band - Resolution

Cover art Andy Timmons is a guitarist along the lines of Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Joe Satriani, though to my ear maybe a little more enjoyable because of the variety of styles he covers. His technique is...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

La Tulipe Noir - Nostiman Hemar

Cover art This Greek quintet has been around since the mid-90s, this being their fourth release, a concept album about Homer's Odyssey. The best thing about this band are the idiosyncratic vocals of lead...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Tomasz Stanko Quartet - Lontano

Cover art Piano tinkling in the moonlight of a muted trumpet stutter, Miles Davis' lighter moments. Very easygoing and mellow music, perhaps best served with a fine cognac and some throw pillows in front of a...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Paul Simon - Surprise

Cover art It should come as no big shock that singer-songwriter Paul Simon would be seeking a new sonic vehicle for his well-established career. Given the international success of Graceland it's...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark, Blueberry Boat, Rehearsing My Choir, EP, & Bitter Tea

Cover art A circus medley of distinct musical apparitions like a non-nasal Holy Modal Rounders of the twenty-first century with equal parts Jonathan Richman, The Velvet Underground, and Grease! Hey,...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

The Black Noodle Project - Play Again

Cover art Thick and chunky spacerock mannerisms assault unsuspecting onlookers before settling into the interactive stylistic conflagrations that expansive progressive rock is known for. This is classic...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Akron/Family & Angels of Light + Meek Warrior

Cover art Peaceful droplets emerge to deposit us on a plane of squeezing voices gently chiding a plane of aberrant existence. There is quite a bit of hubbub about this agglomeration of miscreants and it must be...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - 25th Anniversary Single

Cover art 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of The Legendary Pink Dots and the band toured extensively in the US and Europe this spring and summer. It is rare occurrence that a band remains together this long and...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Astralis - Bienvenida al interior

Cover art Astralis are part of the explosion of new prog rock bands emerging from Latin and South America, Chile to be more specific. The band was formed around guitarist and singer Patricio Vera in 1999 and...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Phased - Medications

Cover art The promo sheet says something about Black Sabbath crossed with Hawkwind, and for once you can take that at face value. Heavy, spaced-out rocking good fun, skeletal imagery notwithstanding. These guys...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Ken Field - Under the Skin

Cover art We all know saxophonist Field from his many years with Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, and of late, his Revolutionary Snake Ensemble also. His solo albums tend to be lesser known, perhaps because they are...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

JPP - Artology

Cover art Just when you thought you'd had enough of Nordic fiddles, along comes this little gem from Finland. I like Scandinavian folk music as much as the next guy — probably more, actually — though I'll...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Iona - Iona DVD & Live in London DVD

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Celtic prog band Iona are back in a big way, not only with their recent studio release, The Circling Hour, but also with two new DVDs. This is a great set both for fans and those new to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

David Gilmour - Remember That Night - Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Cover art For those living under a rock, David Gilmour has recently completed a world tour in support of his 2006 solo album, On an Island, which this double DVD set documents and commemorates. Disk...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Sarcasme - Mirage

Cover art Maybe I'm just a little dense, but I'm not sure how a band that's been around for 12 years can be called young and new, even if this is their first release. That being said, I will admit that the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Mark Jenkins - This Island Earth

Cover art On the heels of his double CD Live in the USA, Mark Jenkins has released his 14th album This Island Earth. It presents three styles of electronic music: 1) a purely digital...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

The Jeff Gauthier Goatette - One and the Same

Cover art Violinist Jeff Gauthier is probably best known as for having spent time in the LA improv scene working with Alex and Nels Cline (who are prime contributors on this set of seven avant tracks). At times...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Charlemagne Palestine - A Sweet Quasimodo between Black Vampire Butterflies for Maybeck

Cover art In the 30 or so years that Charlemagne Palestine has been around, this writer has never heard any of his music until now. It was inevitable that one of his recordings would reach my ears eventually,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Hectic Watermelon - The Great American Road Trip

Cover art Hectic Watermelon is less a band than a solo project built around the talents of guitarist John Czajkowski. For this album he's assembled a capable trio to back him that includes bass (Harley...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Birch Book - Vol. II: Fortune & Folly

Cover art Birch Book is in reality singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael B'eirth (also known as B'ee), a rising star in the acid-folk and psych-folk scene. Fortune & Folly breaks down into two...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Horslips - Roll Back

Cover art It was a sad day in 1980 when I read in Melody Maker that Horslips were calling it a day. The premier Irish folk-rock band had survived a decade without a single personnel change, gone...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Lolli Zan - Ancient Girl

Cover art Well, you never know what might show up in your mailbox when you write for this magazine. This one was a pleasant surprise. It's fairly ambitious independent rock with a flavor of India, and maybe...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Genre Peak - Ends of the Earth

Cover art Genre Peak is the trio of Martin Birke (vocals, drum programming, percussion), Daniel Panasenko (Stick, upright bass), and Stephen Sullivan (guitar, guitar synth, backing vocals). I reviewed an album...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2008-01-01)

Roger Powell - Fossil Poets

Cover art Roger Powell is best known as long-time keyboardist for Utopia as well as his early pioneering synthesizer records (Cosmic Furnace and Air Pocket). Fossil Poets is his first...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Gift - Awake and Dreaming

Cover art The Gift are a fairly new British group targeting the more accessible side of the progressive spectrum. They have lots of analog keys and such, although many songs are just a singer and an acoustic...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2008-01-01)

Pinnacle - Meld

Cover art Heck, any band that gives thanks to "the spectacular Eliza Dushku for inspiration" deserves the benefit of the doubt, don't they? This American three-piece treads some familiar ground — the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third

Cover art Pure Reason Revolution is part of a new breed of British Neo-progressive acts balancing neo-folk vocal phrases with familiar engaging art rock trappings. Led by guitarist Jon Courtney and bassist...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Supay - Confusion

Cover art Peru's Supay (named after evil spirits of Quecha-speaking natives) is almost two bands rolled into one. On one side is a rock quartet built around the guitar playing of Luis Proaño, along with...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Kurt Rongey - With Form It Threatens Silence

Cover art Quite a few years ago — I think it was after I first heard Echolyn — I devised a new sub-genre of progressive rock, part of my own eccentric system of categorizing music. I called this sub-genre...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Stan Whitaker / Frank Wyatt - Pedal Giant Animals

Cover art This gem came out quietly toward the end of 2006, a side project by two of the primary composers of Happy the Man needing an outlet for their material, unable to wait for the stars and planets to be...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Little Tragedies - Sixth Sense

Cover art I am having a bit of difficulty identifying my issues with Little Tragedies' third release The Sixth Sense and I don't wish to sound negative. I have tried unsuccessfully on several occasions...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Whitechapel - Le Masque d'Arlequin

Cover art Yes, it's a French band that sings about a jester. To be honest, it's probably just the title track that's about the jester or harlequin in question, but it also has a jester's face on the cover. With...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Ex-Vagus - Ames Vagabondes

Cover art Ex-Vagus is a French prog rock quintet (bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, and guitars) that would fit well in the Musea stable of French artists (Ange, Pulsar, etc.). Ames Vagabondes is their...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

XII Alfonso - Claude Monet, Vol. 2 - 1889-1904

Cover art Got a friend who only likes jazz or movie soundtrack music or both? Here's a disc to slip into their hands with a wink. It just might turn them into prog-heads. XII Alfonso have fashioned here a...  » Read more
(Posted by David Bischoff 2008-01-01)

Emiliano Sicilia - Devotion Materialize

Cover art Now that we are in the era of cut-and-paste music, there are many more possibilities for bizarre juxtaposition of sounds and styles than back in the days of tape editing. Italian guitarist Emiliano...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Klangwelt - XOIO

Cover art XOIO is Gerald Arend's (aka Klangwelt) third CD release. Gerald plays New Agey electronic music. The majority of his music fits within the trance-techno realm making it great for the dance...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Antiklimax - Plus loin vers l'est

Cover art Antiklimax is the name given to the keyboard endeavors of Frenchman Vincent Benesy. This CD is the result of five years' work focusing on many Euro film based ideas as impetus to funky compositions...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

SSI - E Pluribus Unum

Cover art SSI (Sonic Solutions, Inc.) apparently consists of California brothers Will and John Goff, who combine laptops and MIDI synths along with live and programmed percussion to create sounds reminiscent...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Walt Ribiero - I.I

Cover art Walt Ribeiro is an American composer in his early 20s, influenced both by classical music and modern rock. I.I is probably best described as post-modern classical music. It consists of twelve...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2008-01-01)

Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites - Friesengeist Part π - Ascendances

Cover art For the third installment of his Friesengeist series, Julien Ash has pared things down, utilizing only four musicians to augment his own keyboards and effects; previous releases featured eight or...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

The Art of All - Morgan

Cover art The Art of All is a young band (Peter Aliferis drums and keyboards, Ruben Ruiz vocals and guitar, and Chris Debari bass) based in Massachusetts who characterize themselves as a progressive trance...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Mooch - Gaiaspace

Cover art Dripping with glissando and staggering from frequent hamsterish workouts on the pitch wheel, Gaiaspace (not Gaia's pace?) is indeed Space Music, all the way from the strained noun-combo of...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-01-01)

Gravity Tree - Ultimate Backward

Cover art Gravity Tree is one of the more interesting progressive bands around, a duo who covers all the instruments of a four piece band, plus vocals; and they do this live too. Guitarist Linc plays a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Beggar's Farm - Itullians

Cover art I have to admit that when I saw this one I thought, "Not another tribute band." But there was that list of participants on the front cover: Clive Bunker, Mick Abrahams, Bernardo Lanzetti, Jonathan...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

A.C.T. - Silence

Cover art I'm new to this Swedish quintet, but have to say I'm mightily impressed. In a nutshell, these guys have come up with a prog rock take on what Queen were doing in the mid 70s. Other reference points...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

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)

Phideaux - Fiendish, Ghost Story, Chupacabras, 313, & The Great Leap

Cover art Even if you've never heard of Phideaux, you already know one thing about them. They are a busy little band – though sometimes I wonder if "band" is the right word. It's almost a solo project of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Phideaux - Fiendish, Ghost Story, Chupacabras, 313, & The Great Leap

Cover art Even if you've never heard of Phideaux, you already know one thing about them. They are a busy little band – though sometimes I wonder if "band" is the right word. It's almost a solo project of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Level ∏ - Entrance

Cover art Level π is kind of an oddball release for Garden of Delights as they specialize in releasing reissues and archive recordings of little known German bands from the late 60s and 70s. In this case,...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Ashes Are Nutritious - Frustration +

Cover art This oddly named quartet hails from South Amboy, NJ, and brings a number of strong elements to their debut studio release Frustration +, including a powerful vocal presence in frontman Billy...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Seamus - Zealotry Sterblichen Schizophrenia

Cover art Seamus is a French/English band that takes on the monumental task of portraying the horror of the Holocaust. The music is very intense, even abstract at times, as Seamus tries to convey the anguished...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Latest news

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

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more

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 Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Walt Ribiero - I.I – Walt Ribeiro is an American composer in his early 20s, influenced both by classical music and modern rock. I.I is probably best described as post-modern classical music. It consists of twelve pieces,...  (2008) » Read more

Nautilus - In Search of Castaways – The Prudence label based in Germany is well known for their output of nice, romantic music. This new release by a young band called Nautilus (Martin Ludwig: Keys, synthesizer and sequencer; Werner...  (2004) » Read more

Thriving Ivory - Thriving Ivory – It’s been quite sometime since a solo pianist was credited as an alternative rock band’s key instrument replacing loud, overdriven guitars. Such is the case for Thriving Ivory is a five-piece...  (2004) » Read more

Outer Limits - Stromatolite – Last we heard from this 80s Japanese symphonic band was their 1987 live album The Silver Apples on the Moon, following three studio LPs, not counting a posthumous release of early archive material...  (2009) » Read more

Pak - Motel – Stack rib rack shack shakes a hook a lox, Pak burns with nervy verve enough to crackle their dense skein right out in the open, amidst solar flares. A stalwart trio with brio, knowing full well how to...  (2006) » Read more



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