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Various Artists - Dark Noel

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Christmas is my least favorite holiday of the entire year, a month-long season of unbridled commercialism and indulgent spending, nearly completely stripped of its original meaning as the birthday...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Ilitch - Lena's Life and Other Stories

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This is the second disc of all new material in Ilitch’s recent batch of activity beginning with Hors Temps in 2004 (last years’ Rainy House was mixed with older...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement

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Riverside's new one consolidates their position at the forefront of Polish prog bands and convincingly encapsulates what makes this quartet so effective, with few of the hamstrings that can...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Riverside - Second Life Syndrome

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Second Life Syndrome is Polish band Riverside’s second full-length album. It follows on the heels of their 2003 debut album Out of Myself and the subsequent 2005 EP

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

Fra Fra Sound - Dya So

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It’s a big world, and many people are free to move around it, so something like a “Dutch Afro-Caribbean” jazz band shouldn’t be too unexpected, I suppose. And given this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Robert Wyatt - Comicopera

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Robert Wyatt must truly be the most playful world artist on the planet. His tireless efforts making strong musical statements in pop and jazz format stand up and apart from any other British or US...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Nexus - Buenos Aires Free Experience 2

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Nexus are a very strong rock quartet with standard guitar / keyboards / bass / drums instrumentation. The idea of the Buenos Aires Free Experience series is to place musicians in an...

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(Posted by Scott Steele 2008-10-01)

Spirit - Salvation... The Spirit of '74

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One of the heretofore undocumented periods in Spirit's career began shortly after Epic's rejection of Potatoland in '73. Randy California left the group (for the second time)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Quicksilver - Six String Voodoo, 07 Live & The Hermit

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Gary Duncan was the ‘other’ guitarist in the original Quicksilver Messenger Service. Today, with Freiberg off doing other things with Jefferson Starship most of the time, Greg Elmore...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Acid Mothers Temple +/- Guru Guru - Crystal Rainbow Pyramid & Psychedelicnavigator

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Here we have a brand spanking new full length album from Acid Mothers Temple featuring their recent addition of female vocalist Kitagawa Hao. AMT front man Kawabata Makoto claims, half-jokingly,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Acid Mothers Temple +/- Guru Guru - Crystal Rainbow Pyramid & Psychedelicnavigator

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Here we have a brand spanking new full length album from Acid Mothers Temple featuring their recent addition of female vocalist Kitagawa Hao. AMT front man Kawabata Makoto claims, half-jokingly,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Flower Kings - The Sum of No Evil

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Best I can figure, this is around the twelfth album by Sweden's Flower Kings, and across all those years they have pretty much maintained a course of prog-rock purity that stays the straight...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Turn to Fall - For the Fairest

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Turn to Fall is a Seattle-based band that falls into the same general category of contemporary alternative prog that houses The Mars Volta (though less frenetic), Coheed and Cambria (less emo and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

SBB - The Rock

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Last time we caught up with SBB (New Century, from 2006), mainstays Józef Skrzek (keyboards, bass, vocals) and Apostolis Anthimos (guitar) had world famous drummer Paul Wertico (Pat...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Bubu - Anabelas

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In the early 90s there was this I think Florida-based label called Music Hall who were issuing rarities from 70s Argentina and would have been considered one of the earliest reissue labels if there...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-04-20)

Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory

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I find the collaboration of Alio Die and Zeit to be one of ambient music's most fruitful, and Raag Drone Theory could be their finest combined effort. From a lineage perspective, this...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-01-19)

Onségen Ensemble - HottoïzzoH

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They call it a Mini-CD, not because it’s smaller than a normal size CD, but because there is only about 15 minutes of music on it. But it’s among the coolest 15 minutes of 2007 releases...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Biota - Half a True Day

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Colorado Art colony Biota continues to make strides in their first new collaboration in over six years. Since their last recording, the European folk elements have been put in the background in...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Martin Turner - Life Begins & New Live Dates - The Complete Set

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With the lawsuit over the Wishbone Ash band name finalized in Andy Powell's favor, in 2014 "Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash" became "Martin Turner Ex-Wishbone Ash." Late...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-09-14)

Asia Featuring John Payne - Scandinavia (AKA Extended Versions)

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Among the finite number of prog fans who are Asia fans there is a subset that enjoys the lineup with singer/bassist John Payne (i.e., the non-original Asia that’s been on tour recently). This...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Jesca Hoop - Kismet & Hunting My Dress

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I missed this extraordinary songwriter's debut back in 2007, but when I heard her second effort I immediately sought it out. Kismet is a stunning entry into what might be called the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Alex Carpani - Waterline

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Coming a couple of years after the originally announced release date of July 2005 is Alex Carpani’s “progressive rock” album. I put that in quotes because Swiss-born Carpani,...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2008-01-01)

Area - Gioia e Rivoluzione

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Plenty of words have already been written on this outstanding Italian jazz-rock band in the pages of Exposé‚ so anyone wanting the historical background or a detailed synopsis...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Quidam - Quidam

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I love almost any album that starts with heavy organ... almost. To be a bit more objective, this self-titled album by the symphonic Polish band Quidam is like a lot of other bands: less derivative...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-02-01)

Bert Jansch - Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning

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Drawing a British folk icon out of semi-imposed retirement can seem like an impossible task. But contrary to many fans’ expectations, Bert Jansch not only demonstrated the delicate finger...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Manning - Songs from the Bilston House

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Guy Manning’s latest collection of nine semi-autobiographical songs finds the English singer-songwriter consolidating his position among the current crop of Brit prog as this...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Buyi - Buyi, Namejiu & Endless Wine

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Sometimes I think that every tradition of folk music must at some point have its own Fairport Convention. Of course it’s an oversimplification, but in broad terms we can say that FC melded...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Simon Mayor and the Mandolinquents - Dance of the Comedians

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The Mandolinquents are an acoustic, mandolin based (how did you guess?) quartet that’s been playing together off and on for a dozen years or more, and this – documenting one of their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Darryl Steurmer - Go

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So there I was, driving across northern New Mexico and Arizona in a car with no air conditioning. Did I mention it was June? As I was sweltering, windblown by the hot desert air and traveling at 75...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2008-10-01)

The Gourishankar - 2nd Hands

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In 2002, Russian guitarist Nomy Agranson and keyboardist Doran Usher formed The Gourishankar, a Russian neo-prog band that now also includes vocalist Vlad MJ Whiener and drummer Cat Heady. 2nd...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Knight Area - Under a New Sign

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Considering this Holland export’s inauspicious debut at NEARfest, I was a bit reluctant to investigate the group’s latest recording – I was underwhelmed with what I perceived as...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Hamadryad - Live in France 2006

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The Crescendo festival from 2006 featured several of today’s best prog bands, including Quebec’s Hamadryad. This album captures Jean François Désilets (bass, vocals),...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Cronico - Delirium Room

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Cronico is a promising new entry in the classic symphonic proggy-prog field from Mexico City. A five piece featuring bass, drums, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, and a female vocalist,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Jérôme Langlois - Live au FMPM 2006 + Themes

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Here we have a brand new full ensemble live recording and a piano solo reissue from 1984 together in the same package, on separate discs no less. Langlois was a multi-instrumentalist (mainly sax...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Oblivion Sun - Oblivion Sun

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About fifteen seconds into the opening cut (or maybe even sooner), the astute listener will be reminded of the great Happy the Man, and for good reason – two of that band’s main...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Thork - Nula Jedan

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Hmmm… programmed drums transmitting from another planet, ghostly atmospherics, trance-y scraps of electronica, crunchy guitars… do I detect the hand of Porcupine Tree? Germany has...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Satellite - Into the Night

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Satellite are a Polish band who try to fuse modern rock and production methods with prog of the not so distant past. The songwriting has powerful dynamics and moments of clarity in the melodic...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Dave Fulton / Giles Reaves - The Range

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Opening with an unadulterated nod to the analog synth sound, The Range lets loose with some overtly modulated white noise, trailing into trilling piano and finally settling into a pleasant...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-10-01)

Tor Lundvall - The Seasons Unfold Sampler

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Lundvall seems stubbornly drawn to subject matter already covered. His 2006 Empty City drew context and settings from a topic covered by composers as disparate as Aaron Copland and Henry...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-10-01)

Netherworld - Mørketid

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For some there seems an inseparable bond between sound and place. For the avant and drone practitioner this tie is usually realized through field recordings and subsequent signal re-coding –...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-10-01)

Volcano the Bear - Amidst the Noise and Twigs

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In #34, I likened Volcano the Bear’s previous outing, Classic Erasmus...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Soriah - Ofrendas de Luz a los Muertos

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Sometimes music is a journey. Sometimes it’s maybe even more a journey than it is music, as is the case with Soriah’s work. He (I think that’s the appropriate pronoun) is credited...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Salle Gaveau - Alloy

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A new French band, right? Not exactly, although this Japanese quintet of guitar, piano, violin, accordion and contrabass could give many a European folk-jazz-RIO band a surprisingly good challenge...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Setna - Cycle I

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It’s good to see some new releases on SZ again, after what seems like a long hiatus. Setna is a French six-piece of drums, bass, soprano sax, two keyboards (Rhodes and Mini-Moog), and female...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Erik Baron / d-z Akørd - De Futura (Hiroshima)

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We’ve covered bassist Erik Baron’s releases in these pages before, and all have been exceptional, but there’s never been one quite like this. Here he has assembled an army of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Hopper Picard Franklin Hayward - Numero d'vol

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Hugh Hopper hardly ever misses an opportunity for a group improvisation. Given his time spent with sax player Simon Picard doing Soft Machine tributes and keeping tabs on keyboardist Steve Franklin...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Delta Saxophone Quartet - Dedicated to You... But You Weren't Listening

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The subtle influences of the Soft Machine’s legacy are inherent in many European acts from Bill Bruford’s Earthworks to Theo Travis’s working ensembles. The Delta Saxophone...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Killick - Bull****

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Musically speaking, it’s a big world out there, and there are lots of different instruments that have been developed over the centuries to fill it. But that doesn’t mean there’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Avi Belleli - Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder

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Avi Belleli has been on the Israeli fringe working with the likes of Tractor’s Revenge as well as doing stage and soundtrack work for quite some time. Longtime friend and collaborator Udi...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Healing Force - Music of Albert Ayler

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Guitarist Henry Kaiser is heavily steeped in the allure of classic jazz. As proven by his Yo Miles! joint projects with Wadada Leo Smith, Kaiser has been on a mission to find the essence of the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Mushroom with Eddie Gale - Joint Happening

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After our feature interview with drummer Pat Thomas in issue #32, all readers should be at least be aware of Bay Area psychedelic jazz-rock improv ensemble Mushroom; trumpeter Eddie Gale is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Nels Cline / Andrea Parkins / Tom Rainey - Downpour

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There was no lack of insight at the 2006 Victoriaville festival where Wilco guitarist Nels Cline met with co-improvisers Andrea Parkins and drummer Tom Rainey for an explosive, heated exchange. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Wrong Object - Platform One & Stories from the Shed

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Platform One from last year is properly credited to The Wrong Object featuring Annie Whitehead and Harry Beckett, British jazz trombonist and trumpeter respectively, continuing this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Bernie Worrell - Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth

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Keyboardist Bernie Worrell is no stranger to making friends while making music. Since his initial ground breaking work as keyboardist and synthesizer innovator for Parliament / Funkadelic, the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Xcross - Kadath - The Dream Quest

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This ambitious concept album by Maryland duo Xcross is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath,” eleven purely instrumental tracks following a brief spoken...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Psicotropia - Grog

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A few years back this young Spanish trio left its mark on the audience in Mexicali, proving themselves to be competent purveyors of free-wheeling high-energy jamming and tightly composed math-rock....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Steve Peters - Occasional Music

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My only encounter with Peters’ work to date has been his EP length disc From Shelter, released on Cold Blue a few years back, which had a fairly unified concept and approach, fitting...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Pendragon - Past and Presence

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It’s funny that Pendragon, who represented the “new wave” of prog rock not that long ago, have now been around long enough to be having commemorative reunion and anniversary...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Minoke? - Sangaky

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This is the follow up to this Japanese quartet’s impressive 2003 debut, Taneshina. The jazz approach seen on the debut is carried forward here, though this time even more non-jazz...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Deborah Martin / J. Arif Verner - Anno Domini

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Both Martin and Verner have been regulars in the pages of Exposé over the years with their respective releases, but Anno Domini marks their first collaboration. Anyone...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Magenta - The Singles

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Magenta has always had a healthy output of singles alongside their three studio albums. Rather than keep re-releasing singles, Rob Reed (the group’s keyboard player, composer and producer)...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Lo-Fi Chorus - Something in the Air

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Lo-Fi Chorus is an indie band from Dallas, TX obviously influenced by Elvis Costello. Something in the Air is their second release and one they hope will bring their music to a wider...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Mar de Robles - Indígena

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This second album from Mar de Robles is both a continuation and a departure from the first. It’s an example of a band honing its craft and moving on and up. The five piece features vocals /...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2008-01-01)

Gong Global Family - Live in Brazil 20 November 2007

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November 20th, 2007 is the date, one of three shows in Brazil that year. Daevid Allen and Josh Pollock (University of Errors) are joined by a number of Brazilian musicians (members of the Invisible...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief

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A couple of weeks ago I realized I needed to reevaluate the early Fairport Convention albums — every so often I try to do this with major groups and artists that I don't seem to rate so...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-06-03)

Alonso Arreloa / LabA - Música Horizontal

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One of the big surprises of Baja 2008, Alonso Arreola and his band/project LabA tore up the opening slot at the theater on the first night with his funky 8-string bass maneuverings and avant-garde...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Space Ritual - Otherworld

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Space Ritual is a new band formed from the remnants of Hawkwind. Consisting of Nik Turner (sax, flute, and vocals), Dave Anderson (bass, electric guitars, acoustic guitar, and vocals), Terry Ollis...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Reissues, Part 2 (Plus)

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Reissues, Part 2 (Plus)

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Records Reissues, Part 1

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - 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 - Timewind

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Next in the Revisited reissue series after Blackdance is Timewind, Klaus’ fifth release, the one he considers his breakout album and the one that brought him worldwide...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Klaus Schulze - Moondawn

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Moondawn was Klaus’ first electronic masterpiece. This was the first recording using Klaus’ big “Moog.” Beautiful scintillating abstract electronic sounds open the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Alison Faith Levy & Mushroom - Yesterday I Saw You Kissing Tiny Flowers

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For this limited edition release on the British 4Zero label, San Francisco Bay Area improv-trippers Mushroom have joined forces with the soulful and seductive voice of singer Alison Faith Levy....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Ezoo - Ezoo

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Last time I checked there are not many Mexican bands with an American Stick player and singer who’s also a woman, but that’s what we have here with Ezoo. Besides Linda Cushma, Ezoo...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Electric Kompany - Electric Kompany

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There are plenty of new bands to check out these days, though there haven’t been many notable American bands in a while. These guys change all that. Electric Kompany hails from New York and...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Claudio Cordero - Enlace

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One of the best young guitarists anywhere in the Americas, Claudio Cordero delivers the goods on this fantastic first solo effort. The CD is all instrumental, and features exceptional playing from...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2008-01-01)

Carsick Cars & Snapline - Two Debut Albums

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These two closely related bands represent Beijing's current underground rock scene quite nicely. Both are trios, and they share two musicians: Li Weisi (bass) and Li Qing (drums in Carsick...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Carsick Cars & Snapline - Two Debut Albums

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These two closely related bands represent Beijing's current underground rock scene quite nicely. Both are trios, and they share two musicians: Li Weisi (bass) and Li Qing (drums in Carsick...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Five Fifteen - Alcohol

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Has it really been eight years since Six Dimensions of the Electric Camembert? That was the last full album by this Finnish hard rock band this writer heard, more or less corresponding to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Ritual - The Hemulic Voluntary Band

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Is this some long lost Gentle Giant album that I’m hearing? Just insert Patrik Lundström into Derek Shulman’s shoes and you get an idea of the sound bursting from the title track...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins - Treasure

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Both Helpling and Jenkins each have numerous masterful releases to their credit, so in collaboration one could expect only the best, and that’s exactly what they have delivered. The cover...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

José Luis Fernández Ledesma & Saena - Híbridos & Saena

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Every new release by José Luis Fernández Ledesma seems to be like none before it, and his latest solo disc, Híbridos, is no exception. Primarily a solo venture, with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Mani Neumeier - Sketches

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When you hear the name Mani Neumeier you think of his body of work with Guru Guru and his zaniness in concert. In addition, when you hear that he has released his first solo album,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Cathedral & Rum - Surreal Typewriter

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Chris Hartford and his cohorts have returned for their third outing, and in a nutshell if you like what was done before you’ll probably enjoy this as well. C&R albums have always been...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Dino Brassea - Del Cielo y la Tierra

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Dino Brassea is known to many through his long relationship with Mexican prog rockers Cast. His voice and flute playing have been one of Cast’s trademark ingredients until recently when he...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores - The Blind Spot

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This album can’t be called dull — it’s intriguing, unpredictable, quirky, sometimes disturbing, and masterful. It starts with industrial sounds reminiscent of walking up stairs,...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2008-01-01)

Dice - Dice, Four Riders of the Apocalypse & Live Dice

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During their short career, which spans the late seventies, Swedish band Dice (never to be confused with the Swiss neo-proggers Deyss) released only one self-titled album, an excellent testament to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Fromage - Ophelia

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Four years after their debut, and with an almost complete change in the lineup (only the singer / flautist and drummer from the first album remained), Fromage released their second album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Seven That Spells - The Men from Dystopia

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Who is the King of the Endless Riff? This Croatian band makes a credible case for their royal status on this release. The five tracks here, named simply with Roman numerals, flow without much...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Amarok - Sol de Medianoche

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Over numerous releases now, Amarok has essentially created their own musical world, somewhere between the Mediterranean-Arabic folk music axis, the medieval sounds that might have been associated...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Puppet Show - The Tale of Woe

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Puppet Show’s long awaited second studio album has finally made it out the door. Squashing any blatant anticipation, the quintet jumps right to it on the opening cut, “Seasons,”...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Rush - Snakes and Arrows

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When a short audio sample of "Far Cry" was posted on Rush's web site it led to excited and hopeful premonitions of a return to the kind of prog rock the Canadian trio had pioneered on...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Pre-Med - The Truth About Us

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Pre-Med is a space rock band that formed in 2004 by Danny Faulkner and Hawkwind’s bassist Alan Davey. The Truth About Us is their second release and it features the talents of Eamon...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-12-31)

Dalton - Riflessioni: Idea d'Infinito

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Dalton were another beat group turned "progressive" in 1972, and yet another one with an adventurous bent on a well-worn style. Dalton were very similar to bands like early Metamorfosi, I...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Steven Freeman and Alan Freeman - The Crack in the Cosmic Egg

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Brothers Alan and Steve Freeman have been long time fans of Krautrock etc. as well as record shop owners specializing in this and similar music, and publishers of Audion magazine. This...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

K Leimer - The Useless Lesson

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At first listen, it might seem like The Useless Lesson takes two paths, one of melodic avant-garde chamber explorations, and another of more spacious ambient territory, interleaved...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Klotet - En Rak Höger

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En Rak Höger is the debut release by a progressive rock quartet from Uppsala, Sweden formed in 2004. The CD opens with cheesy sounds and rhythm, but soon evolves into a progressive...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach - Fever Dreams III

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For the third in this series, Roach has served up a double dose. Like much of Roach’s material, the Fever Dreams series embraces soundworlds of a floating ambient nature, but with a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

St Vincent - Marry Me

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If there are any terms in music more meaningless (or perhaps just misused) than “progressive,” they must certainly be “indie” and “alternative.” And come to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet

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Not known for uplifting and cheerful music, Porcupine Tree has delivered another dose of downer prog rock. The theme of Fear of a Blank Planet is adolescent angst and the large number of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Porcupine Tree - Nil Recurring

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This mini album consists of four songs (totaling about 30 minutes) that were written and recorded during the Fear of a Blank Planet album session but were held off for a variety of...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Claudio Rocchi - A Fuoco

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Although Rocchi is probably better known for his earlier material on other labels, his offering on Cramps from 1977 A Fuoco (originally Cramps CRSCD 023) is a good showcase for his own...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Bella Band -

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Smokin' hot fusion is the specialty delivered by this instrumental five-piece of keys, winds, guitar, bass, and drums from Firenze. Comparable to some other Italian jazz-rock bands like Perigeo...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Roberto Ciotti - Super Gasoline Blues

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Even further from what might be called the typical Artis/Cramps experimental/ progressive sound, here we have Roberto Ciotti, a blues guitarist/singer in a three-piece g/b/d format. His album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Genco Puro & Co. - Area di Servizio

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1972 was the year that Genco Puro released their one and only album, the fairly rare and fairly commercial album Area di Servizio (reissued as Artis ARCD 040 in 1992) originally on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Lucio Fabbri - Amarena

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Fabbri is probably best known for his tenure as violinist with PFM in their post-Passpartù period, and with Claudio Rocchi, and also for some of the work he's done with Demetrio...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

High Wheel - 1910 & Remember the Colours

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High Wheel is a relatively new German outfit with two albums solidly in the neo-progressive vein. While both are private releases, the band would fit very comfortably on the SI label as the music...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

High Wheel - 1910 & Remember the Colours

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High Wheel is a relatively new German outfit with two albums solidly in the neo-progressive vein. While both are private releases, the band would fit very comfortably on the SI label as the music...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Steve Hillage - Fish Rising

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McLatchey's Second Tier

There's a lot of historical information missing if you chart the evolution of Gong from You into Shamal and Steve Hillage's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-02-11)

The Mahavishnu Project - Return to the Emerald Beyond

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Gregg Bendian and Company are back with another take on classic Mahavishnu material. While previous efforts have dealt entirely with that band’s first incarnation, due to (as they say)...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Robert Fripp - At the End of Time: Churchscapes Live in England & Estonia, 2006

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There is a great volume of music that we can work to comprehend, and there is a more elusive body within the body of music that it is best to apprehend. The first, of course, is a conscious...

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

Genesis - 1976-1982

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Even though this box set covers the post-Gabriel years from 1976’s A Trick of the Tail through 1981’s Abacab, it was actually the first released. As with the other...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Waldteufel - Sanguis

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Waldteufel is the German duo of Markus Wolff (primarily vocals, drums, and percussion) and Tyrsson Sinclair (other instruments, vocals, etc.) and this is their fourth full-length release. Their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Steve Hackett - Tribute

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During the last decade many British rock musicians either went classic or strengthened their classical roots: examples range from Jon Lord to Roger Waters, from Mike Oldfield to Sting. Steve...

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(Posted by Alessandro Michelucci 2008-10-01)

Sándor Szabó & Kevin Kastning - Resonance & Parallel Crossings

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These are two collections of duos featuring New England based Kevin Kastning and Hungarian born guitarist Sándor Szabó, the latter with a number of previous releases to his credit....

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(Posted by Jon Davis, Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Planet X - Quantum

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Is there anyone out there who does not know what to expect from a Planet X album? Insanely complex instrumental music that melds metal, prog, and fusion, played with precision that would put to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Kaipa - Angling Feelings

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What is Roine Stolt doing? First he leaves The Tangent and now he's flown the coop from Kaipa, a band he helped form in 1975. I can only guess he's focusing his efforts on getting Flower...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Dave Cousins - Secret Paths & The Boy in the Sailor Suit

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Cousins' latest two solo releases have the masterful Strawbs leader and songwriter in two very different settings, yet his muse is entirely comfortable in both. Throughout these two discs, his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Chris Squire - Swiss Choir

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Chris Squire's second solo album since 1975's classic Fish out of Water is actually the third Christmas album from a Yes alumnus... In tow is ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett who...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Ahleuchatistas - Even in the Midst

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Maybe I'm just imagining it, but I swear this time out Ahleuchatistas are sounding more accessible than ever. Still crazy as hell, but maybe a little less abrasive. Or maybe I'm getting...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Aegis Integer - Sand Timer

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This California trio seems to have sprung fully formed from the brow of some musical god. The music is undeniably "progressive" in a number of ways, but rarely reminds me more than very...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Metamorfosi - ...E Fu il Sesto Giorno & Inferno

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Metamorfosi were more or less a keyboard oriented trio with the addition of a lead vocalist. Their debut album was a very 60s psych/beat album with progressive touches – an overblown concept...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Van der Graaf Generator - Real Time

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Impossible reunions by not so spring chickens are now becoming fashionable. This is due in part by both Cream and Van der Graaf Generator taking the live stage the same week for surprisingly...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Golden Death Music - Ephemera Blues

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Hmm, Golden Death Music. Not your usual Black Death Music, or any other color, but Golden. There is a certain glow to the sound, and while it’s not exactly morbid, it’s certainly not...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Six Gun Lullaby - Six Gun Lullaby

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I’m the last person who would insist on bands adhering to standard instrumentation, but when I listen to this one, I hear a sound that’s tinny and kind of wimpy – and wimpy is the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Spaced Out - Live at the Crescendo Festival

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Typically, the first thing that comes to mind when one hears the name Spaced Out is the superhuman bass playing of Antoine Fafard. Make no mistake, band mates Mark Tremblay (guitar) and Martin...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Might Could - Wood Knot

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As a follow-up to their previous disc All Intertwined from a couple years ago, Wood Knot shows a definite growth and maturation for this excellent Maryland based instrumental...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

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)

Edward Artemiev - Crime and Punishment

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Opera comes with all sorts of preconceptions: large women breaking glass with their voices, too much vibrato, bombastic music. Edward Artemiev's opera Crime and Punishment (based on...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 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)

Klaus Schulze - Timewind

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McLatchey's Top Tier #23

This album had a massive impact on my teenage brain; it was often the soundtrack of many... voyages. "Bayreuth Return" is still one of those pieces that...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-05-07)

Canartic - Bouncing Radar Beams off the Moon

Cover art For the quick-and-dirty part of the review I’ll say this: imagine Bill Laswell’s kind of dub production only with a dose of psychedelic space rock instead of world music. The Austin, Texas duo of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Anoushka Shankar / Karsh Kale - Breathing under Water

Cover art Acclaimed sitar master Anoushka Shankar and ex-Tabla Beat Science techno beat master Karsh Kale teamed up for one of the surprise East-meets-West collaborations of last year. The two musicians are...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2009-07-01)

Klaus Schulze - Moondawn

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McLatchey's Top Tier #24

Picture Music and Timewind have been on my (top) favorites list for decades at this point, but for some weird reason it took a little...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-02-05)

Outer Limits - Stromatolite

Cover art 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...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Expo '70 - Black Ohms

Cover art To make this review the written equivalent of Expo ‘70’s work, I suppose I should just pick a word and repeat it over over over over. I just need to tell the reader to say it with a slightly...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Jason Smith - Tipping Point

Cover art A tipping point is sometimes defined as the borderline where you’re just under the influence of alcohol or some other (usually illegal) substance. For drummer Jason Smith it serves as a dividing...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Jinetes Negros - Omniem

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Omniem is the third release by the Argentinean band Jinetes Negros or Black Riders in English. This is an odd release. Interspersed between excellent progressive music, there are cheesy...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Obscura - Le Città Invisibili

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Le Città Invisibili is the debut release by Obscura, an Italian neo-prog band consisting of vocals, guitar, flute, bass, keyboards, and percussion. The title comes from the 1972 novel by...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Metaphor - The Sparrow

Cover art Acclaimed US prog act Metaphor’s third album is finally out after two-plus years of refinement, and the finished result is well worth the wait. I was lucky enough to receive a group of rough demos...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

George & Caplin - He Really Got through to Advertising

Cover art At first I was tempted to look up one of my previous George and Caplin reviews and just recycle a bit, but in all fairness, this CD actually is different than the others. It’s much more...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Graham Collier - Hoarded Dreams

Cover art On a purely practical level, this release is hard to categorize. It is the first wide appearance of a performance from the Bracknell Jazz Festival in 1983, so it is both a new release and an archival...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Jim Cole and Spectral Voices - Innertones

Cover art A few years back I reviewed Jim Cole’s then-latest release The Way Beyond, a heavily processed drone-like dreamscape sourced exclusively from overtone singing. This latest release offers...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Basement 3 - Under

Cover art Bay Area singer-songwriter-musician Kenny Schick (also known under the moniker Basement 3) is back with a new album that’s a left turn. Basement 3 albums have always been an outlet for Schick’s...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Amon Düül II - Carnival in Babylon, Wolf City & Vive la Trance

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Revisited Records is busy reissuing classic Krautrock albums by Klaus Schulze, Kraan, Guru Guru, Holger Czukay, and Amon Düül II. These latest discs are Amon Düül II’s fourth, fifth, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Amon Düül II - Carnival in Babylon, Wolf City & Vive la Trance

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Revisited Records is busy reissuing classic Krautrock albums by Klaus Schulze, Kraan, Guru Guru, Holger Czukay, and Amon Düül II. These latest discs are Amon Düül II’s fourth, fifth, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Amon Düül II - Carnival in Babylon, Wolf City & Vive la Trance

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Revisited Records is busy reissuing classic Krautrock albums by Klaus Schulze, Kraan, Guru Guru, Holger Czukay, and Amon Düül II. These latest discs are Amon Düül II’s fourth, fifth, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Causa Sui - Free Ride

Cover art The strummy acoustic riff and rough-cut harmonies on the title track give few clues as to what lies beyond the second index on this Danish band’s sophomore release. With “Lotus,” they launch...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Lindsey Boullt - Composition

Cover art Boullt’s debut CD Composition is a surprisingly masterful and well-paced collection of guitar-based instrumental pieces that spark the imagination and elevate the spirit electric. He’s...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Baku Llama - Eris

Cover art Eris is the debut release by this Southern California based trio, oft given to systematic discoveries in the rockier terrains of what one might call soundtrack music. Their vision is rooted...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

As Lonely as Dave Bowman - Pod

Cover art The genesis of this floating ambient side-project by Sam Rosenthal, founder of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, is an interesting one. It began with Rosenthal’s four year old son playing with a camera...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Phideaux - Doomsday Afternoon

Cover art This is a very different turn from last year’s The Great Leap, but that’s what Phideaux does – a different sound with every new release, but one can always count on excellent...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 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)

Claudia Quintet - For

Cover art For their fourth release, John Hollenbeck and company have produced yet another engaging disc of Euro-folk chamber jazz, for lack of a better quick descriptive for their unique and identifiable style....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Starcastle - Song of Times

Cover art The late bassist Gary Strater’s dream to create one more Starcastle record was realized in 2006 with help from his long time engineer friend Mark Rubel, along with old band members and friends. Many...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Cédric Vuille - #804 Center Street

Cover art A founding member of the Swiss ensemble Debile Menthol, then of L’Ensemble Rayé, Cédric Vuille is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. In the liner notes he writes about when, at age 17 and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

David Torn - Presenz

Cover art Guitarist David Torn's return to the ECM label is surely a testament to the man’s desire to push forward. His long time collaborators (Tim Berne and his Science Friction band of improvisers) provide...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Upsilon Acrux - Galapagos Momentum

Cover art As math rock goes, Galapagos Momentum is like solving linear transformations in n-dimensional vector spaces while spinning around on a gyroscope ride at the carnival. For those of us crazy...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

David Sylvian - When Loud Weather Buffeted Naoshima

Cover art A commissioned installation that might immediately strike listeners as the soundtrack for a diorama in its startling ability to create the sense of motion and event within a setting of largely...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-01-01)

Elton Dean & the Wrong Object - The Unbelievable Truth

Cover art It’s still hard to believe that Brit jazz giant Elton Dean is no longer with us. Considering how alive his performance from fall 2005 is with Belgian band the Wrong Object, it was clearly a joyous...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Finch - Beyond Expression & Galleons of Passion

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The second and third albums from Dutch band Finch have recently been digitally remastered and reissued on CD, closely following the reissue of their debut album Glory of the Inner Force....

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

Kollektiv - Kollektiv

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Kollektiv, an obscure Krautrock band, released their self-titled album in 1973. Three months later they recorded an hour-long session for SWF radio in Baden-Baden. Long Hair released this session...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Rufus Zuphall - Outside the Gates of Eden

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Rufus Zuphall is a German band from Aachen that first hit the stage in 1969. They released three albums in the early 70s and then disintegrated. Because of reissuing their albums on CD, there was...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Mikhail Chekhalin - Poruganie Patsiphika, Paradigm Transition & Untimely

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Mikhail Chekalin is a Russian keyboard artist and a composer who has an impressive body of work dating back to the early 80s. He has been called the Russian Klaus Schulze, but these three new...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Mikhail Chekhalin - Poruganie Patsiphika, Paradigm Transition & Untimely

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Mikhail Chekalin is a Russian keyboard artist and a composer who has an impressive body of work dating back to the early 80s. He has been called the Russian Klaus Schulze, but these three new...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Mikhail Chekhalin - Poruganie Patsiphika, Paradigm Transition & Untimely

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Mikhail Chekalin is a Russian keyboard artist and a composer who has an impressive body of work dating back to the early 80s. He has been called the Russian Klaus Schulze, but these three new...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Motis - L'homme-loup & Live Crescendo

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Motis is a talented French group who create what might be called medieval progressive rock. They are deeply influenced by the literature and myths of the Knights of the Round Table, the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Motis - L'homme-loup & Live Crescendo

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Motis is a talented French group who create what might be called medieval progressive rock. They are deeply influenced by the literature and myths of the Knights of the Round Table, the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Baby Grandmothers - Baby Grandmothers

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Baby Grandmothers were a legendary underground Swedish psych trio from the late 60s who performed extensively throughout Scandinavia but only released a single in Finland. The band consisted of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Eroc - Eroc 4

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Revisited Records has now released the fourth Eroc solo album, recorded in 1982. For those of you who don’t know, Eroc is the pseudonym of Joachim Heinz Ehrig who was Grobschnitt’s drummer...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Zweistein - Trip – Flip Out – Meditation

Cover art According to the liner notes, in 1970 Jacques Dorian, his wife German pop singer Suzanne Doucet, and their children entered the studio and recorded an obscure experimental triple LP under the name...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Trees - On the Shore

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The Trees were a British folk rock band formed in 1969 that sputtered out in 1972, barely leaving a footnote in musical history. Their two albums The Garden of Jane Delawney and On the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - Melancholics Anonymous

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Melancholics Anonymous is a collection of EKS pieces from rare vinyl releases plus one previously unreleased track. Even with reissuing these songs to a wider audience, this CD is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Ulkomaalaiset - 1 & 2

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How do you celebrate Easter in rural Finland, especially when you are a foreigner? All the shops are closed and the locals are home spending time with their families. It so happened that three...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Mao Dou + Lu Chen - A Hippo Wildly Grinds Its Teeth Bankside

Cover art This elaborate package from the Shanghai underground would be worthy of a stateside release on Beta-lactam Ring. Seems perfect: one-of-a-kind presentation, cryptic artwork, bizarre music (and other...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Faust / NWW - Disconnected

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2007 has seen some interesting musical pairings of young and old. First there was Acid Mothers Temple and Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) and now we have Faust and Steven Stapleton (Nurse with Wound)...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Barock Project - Misteriosevoci

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The Barock Project is the name of a relatively new Italian progressive rock band led by keyboard virtuoso Luca Zabbini. Their desire is to promote baroque music in a progressive rock context with a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Circa - Circa: 2007

Cover art The continuing saga of Billy Sherwood finds him following up his efforts on Yes albums like Open Your Eyes and his collaboration with Chris Squire (Conspiracy) with an album of songs...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Cold Fairyland & Lin Di - Ten Days in Magic Land, Bride in Legend, 2005 Live & Seeds on the Ground

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One of the first musical things I discovered after moving to Beijing was this band from Shanghai. Their Chinese name (Lengku Xianjing) is taken from the Chinese title of a book by Japanese writer...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

33 Dao - Xunzhao Guowang

Cover art There has always been a kind of surreal appeal to the sound of carnival music, and it has managed to creep into a variety of genres, from Broadway musicals to Hamster Theatre. This Shanghai band (No....  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Shawn Phillips - Living Contribution: Both Sides & DVD

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Shawn Phillips is a Texan guitarist with an incredible three-octave vocal range. But Shawn is not your typical Texas musician. He went to England in the mid-60s: he played sitar on Donovan’s...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Drifting in Silence - Fallto

Cover art Let’s face it, even when you like ambient electronic music, sometimes you’re just not in the mood for it. But it might be cool to have something non-ambient that features some of the same textures...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Steve Jansen - Slope (Remaster)

Cover art Steve Jansen’s (Japan, Rain Tree Crow) inaugural solo release has been given the Burning Shed deluxe reissue treatment. This package consists of the original Slope album (plus remixed bonus...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2014-01-31)

Aquaplan - Old Waves, New Seas

Cover art Aquaplan are relative newcomers from Finland with one previous album under their belt, 2001’s Paperimeri. Their sound is like an updated version of Vermillion Sands: female lead singer...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Paolo Angeli - Plays Frith & Björk - Tessuti

Cover art To paraphrase Shakespeare, there are more musics in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your CD collection. Unless you have one of his previous releases, Paolo Angeli is probably an example of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Alpha Wave Movement - The Mystic and the Machine

Cover art A one man band sounding for all the world like a power trio from the mid 70s, Greg Kyryluk, joined on four tracks by Steve Hillman (not Hillage) on guitar, has hobbied through a convincingly nostalgic...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-10-01)

Ange - Zenith An II

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

Fit & Limo - Astralis

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Fit & Limo have been producing some of the finest psychedelic folk music ala the Incredible String Band since the early 80s. Astralis, subtitled New Studies on Strange Folk,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Karfagen - The Space between Us

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Karfagen (means Carthage) is a Ukrainian band that plays an odd mixture of New Age, cabaret, jazz fusion, and TV variety show instrumental music. The Space between Us is their second...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Unitopia - More Than a Dream

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More Than a Dream is probably the best of the recent Unicorn Digital releases, and that is saying a lot! Unitopia hails from Down Under and they independently released More Than a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - Dream Logik Part One

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EKS has a new solo album and it is probably more out there than Melancholics Anonymous. It is always a treat to hear a new EKS release. Sometimes the new music is like visiting with an old...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

LSD March - Nikutai no tubomi

Cover art “Psychedelic rock group.” Those words can describe a lot of different bands: Strawberry Alarm Clock, Hawkwind, Amon Düül, Pink Floyd, Gong, Iron Butterfly, Ozric Tentacles. Even the Beatles. And...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Klaus Schulze - Kontinuum

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With great anticipation I waited for the release of Klaus Schulze’s 45th solo album Kontinuum and I was not disappointed. Klaus has been reissuing lots of music lately, but it is two...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Steve Thorne - Part Two: Emotional Creatures

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Two years after his debut CD Emotional Creatures – Part One, Steve Thorne has released his second CD Emotional Creatures – Part Two. In some sense it is a continuation of his...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Radio Massacre International - Rain Falls in Grey

Cover art I was initially concerned that my lack of experience with RMI’s back catalog might be a hindrance to writing a useful review. I needn’t have worried, since this release is a drastic departure from...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Sun Ra - Disco 3000 - Complete Milan Concert 1978

Cover art Most of the Sun Ra I’ve heard before (and I’m far from an expert on his extensive catalog) was in large ensemble settings. Here we get an Italian quartet gig from 23 January, 1978, featuring the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Qwaarn - Aberrations

Cover art Qwaarn is an extremely odd name for a band, and they provide no further explanation in the package. I think that Qwaarn is supposed to be an alien; and I guess it is his picture on the CD cover....  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-12-31)

Tricantropus - Recuerdos del Futura

Cover art Tricantropus is a trio from Madrid, Spain (Pedro Parraga on bass, fretless bass and keyboards, Manolo Manrique on piano, Hammond organ, and synths, and Javier Lopez on guitars and keyboards) who play...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-12-31)

Mind Furniture - Hoop of Flame

Cover art Mind Furniture, a Bay Area band recording their first CD in 2000, is Brett Barnett (keys), Bill Estes (guitars), Paul Harrison (bass), John Mabry (vocals and acoustic guitar), and Greg Miller (drums)....  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Øresund Space Collective - Black Tomato

Cover art The Øresund Space Collective (ØSC), Sweden’s answer to Acid Mothers Temple, offers up a succulent three course culinary feast of improvised space rock on their third studio release The Black...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-12-31)

Murat Ses - Umami

Cover art Umami is Turkish musician Murat Ses’ seventh solo album. Umami is a Japanese word meaning savory, which this new release is, not too sweet, not too sour, tangy but just right. On...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-12-31)

Rotor - 3

Cover art Rotor is a power trio (drums, bass, and electric guitar) from Berlin who play aggressive hard-hitting instrumental music that is a mixture of Starless era King Crimson and stoner rock. This...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-12-31)

Marble Sheep - Message from Oarfish

Cover art Marble Sheep is a Japanese psychedelic rock band playing wild, ecstatic, hypnotic, psychedelic, and noisy rock who were formed in 1987 by ex-White Heaven guitarist Ken Matsutani, the owner of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Mani Neumeier & Peter Hollinger - Meet the the Demons of Bali

Cover art Wooaah, wait a minute, hold the phone, and just a cottin' pickin'... Mani has really done something different here! Some may remember the Privat CD reviewed last time. There, he took on every...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-01-01)

Jake Playmo - My Favorite Toys

Cover art Who better to explore the concept of toys through music than someone named Jake Playmo? This is the German composer/musician/producer’s (whose real name is Jan Klare) attempt to broaden his audience...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2013-11-08)

Bill Bruford / Michiel Borstlap - In Two Minds

Cover art Drummer Bill Bruford’s desire to pursue an on-going dialog with pianist Michiel Borstlap continues with this live recording across four separate 2006 European gigs. Each piece is an improvisation...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Radio Massacre International - Rain Falls in Grey

Cover art Head pixie Daevid Allen’s cover art, featuring a colorful half-toned rendition of Syd Barrett, provides the first clue as to what lies within this jewel case. Call it retro-psych, post-modern psych,...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach - Immersion: Three

Cover art The third in his Immersion series, this one is expanded out to three discs, housed in a beautiful DVD sized eight-panel package with artwork that describes the music as well as the music...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Donovan - The Donovan Concert: Live in L.A.

Cover art 60s folk icon Donovan appeared at the Kodak Theater in LA on his 2007 tour to a packed house of acolytes from the Transcendental Meditation foundation (led by filmmaker David Lynch). From the get-go,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2009-07-01)

Mark Ceccotti - Still at Large

Cover art Most will be familiar with Ceccotti as the guitarist and chief composer of Edhels, a band that released a number of LPs and CDs from the mid-1980s right up through 1999. Since that time he has...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Cabezas de Cera - Hecho en México

Cover art Cabezas en vivo! There is no better way to experience this band – CDC’s live shows are positively amazing, exploding with energy and instrumental precision. Live they can go anywhere, jumping...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Jean Pascal Boffo - La Boîte à Musique

Cover art On La Boîte à Musique, guitarist Jean Pascal Boffo demonstrates yet again why he’s France’s answer to Steve Hackett. With every album, he reinvents himself into something new and yet...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest - Legacy Live at the Shelpherd's Bush Empire 2006

Cover art The 2006 resurrection of Woolly Wolstenholme’s Maestoso gestated into a full on BJH reunion tour once guitarist John Lees got on board the rock and roll bandwagon. Picking a representative...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Bevel - Phoenician Terrane

Cover art I’m generally a big fan of music born of lofty ambition, even if it doesn’t entirely succeed, but there’s something to be said for a modest recording that accomplishes its goals completely. Via...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Beardfish - Sleeping in Traffic: Part One

Cover art Over the years there have been so many “next great things” in progressive rock that the phrase has lost meaning. The world is big enough, and prog varied enough, that there are always good things...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

The Smell of Incense - Of Ullages and Dottles

Cover art The passage of time is not always what it seems. Sometimes it crawls interminably and at others it passes in an instant. In the case of The Smell of Incense it is shocking to me that it has been 10...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Mörglbl - Grötesk

Cover art Simply put, Mörglbl is an adept French fusion guitar, bass and drums trio. Their debut on the American Free Electric Sound label is a bit surprising since there don’t appear to be many unique...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2009-07-01)

Ian Anderson - Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull

Cover art Over the last several years, Ian Anderson has been taking breaks from his regular band work for the occasional solo album and tour. On this occasion, his four-piece backing band is supplemented by a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Bubu - Anabelas

Cover art This is an excellent album, featuring mature composition, great group playing, and a very nice sense of dynamics and texture. There is an intensity to this music which is controlled beautifully over...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-02-01)

Strange Days - 9 Parts to the Wind

Cover art One of the better British progressive one-offs has finally gotten the CD treatment it has long deserved. Led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Graham Ward, the four-piece was the standard g/k/b/d...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Moby Grape - Moby Grape, Wow, & Grape Jam

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One of the very best of the late 60s San Francisco bands (if not the best), Moby Grape's recordings as well as the band's name itself has long been tied up in endless cycles of litigation thanks to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Moby Grape - Moby Grape, Wow, & Grape Jam

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One of the very best of the late 60s San Francisco bands (if not the best), Moby Grape's recordings as well as the band's name itself has long been tied up in endless cycles of litigation thanks to...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Moby Grape - Moby Grape, Wow, & Grape Jam

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One of the very best of the late 60s San Francisco bands (if not the best), Moby Grape's recordings as well as the band's name itself has long been tied up in endless cycles of litigation thanks to...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Hot Tuna - Double Dose

Cover art Long unavailable on CD, this full-length live disc (originally a 2LP set) is a superb summary of Hot Tuna's career up to that point; in fact the band split up shortly after the album hit the street in...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Odin - SWF Session 1973 & Live at the Maxim

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Along with the reissue of this quartet's amazing self-titled debut album from '73 (which originally appeared on the Vertigo label), Long Hair has released these two collections of archival...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Odin - SWF Session 1973 & Live at the Maxim

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Along with the reissue of this quartet's amazing self-titled debut album from '73 (which originally appeared on the Vertigo label), Long Hair has released these two collections of archival...

 » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Bob Lind - Elusive Butterfly - The Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions

Cover art In the early sixties at the height of the folk boom, Denver based singer/songwriter Bob Lind was regularly working the coffee houses in the area, and later (as the local folk scene dried up) moved to...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Randy California - The Euro-American Years 1979-1983

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It merits discussion as to what, in the early 80s context, constituted the difference between a Spirit album and a Randy California album. Because nearly every Spirit composition in those days was...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

At War with Self - Acts of God

Cover art Guitarist Glenn Snelwar's second release under the At War with Self moniker is a curious turn in direction. By pushing the project in a more personalized course the possibilities for subsequent live...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Neo - Broadcast

Cover art Prog rock super groups just won't go away. First there was Transatlantic (the rumor is that Neo were going to originally call themselves Non-Pacific as a joke) and now we have this ensemble, founded...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Frogg Café - The Safenzee Diaries

Cover art First things first. This is one of the absolute best sounding live albums this writer has heard, made even more surprising because nearly every track across the 2CD set was recorded at a different...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Quodia - The Arrow

Cover art Several years in the making, Quodia is the brain child of Warr guitar masters Trey Gunn and Joe Mendelson. Somewhat similar to many of Laurie Anderson's multi-media productions, the Crimson alumnus...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Michael Fahres - The Tubes

Cover art This one falls into the "environmental music" category. German artist Michael Fahres "composed" these pieces using sounds found in nature or from sources not originally intended for this purpose. He...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Magicfolk - Magicfolk

Cover art Like the bright sun burning through the morning fog, Magicfolk come bearing tradition, vision, passion, and mysticism. On this, their debut, the seven-piece is blessed with the beautiful lead voice of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Big Big Train - The Difference Machine

Cover art Over the years, UK proggers Big Big Train have been migrating their sound from the Genesis-ish fare served up on early records like 1994's Goodbye to the Age of Steam to a more modern...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Naoki Ishida - Fazing Redust

Cover art Although one's initial reaction to this obviously low-budget recording (the hiss throughout is quite noticeable) of seemingly aimless sonic noodling might be rejection, the seven tracks herein do have...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Mirror Snake - Mirror Snake

Cover art Mirror Snake is an Oakland, CA-based neo-psych band. They play hard-edged post punk fuzzed out psychedelic rock that brings to mind bands like Dead Flowers, Plastic Crimewave Sound, and at times Amon...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Zaboitzeff & Crew - Missa Furiosa & Voyage au Centre de la Terre

Cover art Thierry Zaboitzeff is a name most will recognize from his many years as the bassist/cellist of Art Zoyd, before striking out on his own in the late 90s. At hand are his latest two albums, both dealing...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

The Tear Garden - The Secret Experiment

Cover art The Legendary Pink Dots and Skinny Puppy have been recording music on and off as The Tear Garden since 1986. The Secret Experiment is their eighth release, arriving five years after their...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Alquimia - Forever

Cover art Alquimia, beginning with her album Coatlique — Goddess of the Earth back in the early 90s established herself as the premier female voice in the ambient/experimental field. A series of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

John Curtis - Short Songs about Affordable Food

Cover art An interesting concept — and a successful one too, that certainly lives up to its title. There are 43 songs here, and only a handful break the minute-and-a-half mark. Some are instrumentals, but...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

The Mother Hips - Kiss the Crystal Flake

Cover art The Mother Hips have been kicking around the Bay Area for at least a decade, having a half-dozen or so releases to date, though this is their first in a few years. Their stock in trade is great...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Kurt Reifler - Kurt Reifler

Cover art The first comparison that came to mind when I started on these tunes was Lenny Kravitz, though with more down-to-earth production and less self-important posing. There's also a hint of Living Colour,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Contrarian - Minor Complexities

Cover art While one can't fault this for its flawless execution, outstanding vocals or the excellent and thoughtful lyrics, it certainly doesn't cover any new ground stylistically beyond that well worn path...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Josiah - No Time

Cover art I can close my eyes and really believe that I'm listening to some long lost British heavy rock classic from 1970 on the Vertigo label. Josiah has that sound down cold. Think Sabbath, Motorhead, Uriah...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

D'arcana - Premonitions

Cover art The sprawling two-disc set at hand is D'arcana's third release, nearly two hours of ambitious studio recordings squarely in the modern progressive rock vein. This northern California trio is strong on...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Runaway Totem - Esameron

Cover art Since their debut in the early 90s, Runaway Totem has always had interesting music to serve up. Their early Black Widow releases were extremely dark and twisted endeavors, while their first for Musea...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Court - Frost of Watermelon

Cover art A recent stateside tour was the first I had heard of this Italian quintet since their two WMMS label releases over a decade ago. What is surprising is how little has changed with their sound in the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Rapoon - Time Frost

Cover art Glacial movements indeed. On this release (as on many before), Rapoon (a.k.a. Robin Storey) creates atmospheric minimalist musical landscapes that pass the drone test, although on this particular...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Big Brother & the Holding Co - Hold Me - Live in Germany

Cover art For the better part of forty years the core members of Big Brother (Peter Albin, Dave Getz and Sam Andrew on bass, drums and guitar respectively) have been playing together, and by now are an...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Tom Baker Quartet - Look What I Found & Save

Cover art Fretless bass guitars have been pretty common since the 70s, but fretless guitar is hardly ever encountered. I suppose that's because guitars are frequently called upon to play chords, and it would be...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-29)

Tom Heasley & Toss Panos - Passages

Cover art For those who admire purely timbral musics, Tom Heasley and Toss Panos have put together more than an hour of inventive, often original work based wholly on the tuba and percussion. Original because...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-10-01)

Dr. L. Subramaniam / Karsten Vogel - Meetings

Cover art Dr. L. Subramaniam is an icon of Indian improvisation. From his Karnatic traditional undertakings and Western classical endeavors his...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Ana Fort - A Long Story

Cover art The format for pianists has long been established by the likes of Bill Evans and modernized by international stars such as Lyle Mays and Rainier Bruninghaus. Enter Israeli pianist Anat Fort, who...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Stick Man - Mysterious Female

Cover art Colorado's Neil Haverstick is now simply "Stick Man." For this writer, there used to be some shock value listening to music played on 19 tone (and even more unusual) scales, but after listening to...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

The Strato Ensemble - Drawn Straws

Cover art Hovering somewhere between jazz-rock fusion and explorative electronic sounds, this group of improvisors is led by keyboardist Dean De Benedictis, who has already received great reviews in our pages...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Michel Sajrawy - Yathrib

Cover art The nine tracks presented on Yathrib not only attempt to bridge Arabic traditional composition forms, western jazz idioms and progressive rock, they also bridge the cultural differences...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Hiromi's Sonicbloom - Time Control

Cover art Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara's previous releases have all borne the name "Hiromi" and basically consisted of her standing trio of bassist Tony Grey and drummer Martin Valihora. Guitarist David...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Born Again Floozies - 7 Deadly Sinners

Cover art After last year's five-song debut EP Novelties, Addenda & Ephemera, the release of this Indianapolis band's first full length CD was a highly anticipated event here at Exposé central....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Fromuz - Audio Diplomacy

Cover art Fromuz is short for "From Uzbekistan," the homeland country for this inspired quintet that took Tashkent by storm a few years ago. Guitarist Vitaly Popeloff leads the band in a series of fusion and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

Latest news

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

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

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

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

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


Previously in Exposé...

Sarcasme - Mirage – 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...  (2008) » Read more

Peter Hammill - The Peel Sessions – At last the quintessential cult artist has received the cherished BBC Peel sessions treatment! Peter Hammill' 25th official release (excluding recent compilations and bootlegs of note) encompasses...  (1996) » Read more

Holy Lamb - Salt of the Earth – What’s a prog band from Latvia doing on Mellow singing in fluent English? Looking for an international piece of the pie, I guess, and it looks like to some degree they may get it. I sometimes...  (2001) » Read more

Glenn Hughes - Return of Crystal karma – Glenn Hughes has always been a hidden, overlooked talent in my book. The man came to prominence first with rockers Trapeze, before moving into the high profile of Deep Purple during the Burn period....  (2001) » Read more

Spirosfera - Umanamnesi – Does Alberto Piras have a twin brother? Spirosfera is an Italian quartet of guitar, bass / keys, drums, and dedicated lead vocalist Nicola Pavan, with regular guests on Hammond organ and saxes....  (1996) » Read more



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