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Ulysses - The Gift of Tears

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Ulysses is a Dutch metal-prog band and The Gift of Tears is their second album. Apparently, The Gift of Tears is a concept album, as Ulysses wanted to share their views and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Cathedral - The Bridge

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Thirty years ago, the US progressive band Cathedral released their first album, Stained Glass Stories. That was it until Tom Doncourt (keyboards) attended a King Crimson concert in 2003...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Christian Décamps - Psychédelice

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So... what to make of this? One of the most famous lead singers in the history of European prog has recorded a solo album... of instrumental music (well, almost – there’s one track with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

The Black Noodle Project - Eleanore

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Sometimes I put the CD in the car stereo without looking at the titles, and that’s what I did with Eleonore. I like to keep my eyes on the traffic. As the disc played I found a lot...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2010-07-01)

The Tunnel Singer - Beyond Stillness & Dreams without Words

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The Tunnel Singer is Lee Ellen Shoemaker, San Francisco based vocalizer with a long string of releases to her credit, most employing nothing but her voice and lots and lots of reverb, either...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Makoto Kawabata / Shinsuke Michishita - Sex, Voyage, and Echo Chamber

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Billed as the first collaboration between Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple and Michishita Shinsuke of LSD March, it’s no surprise this release sounds like two electric guitarists...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2010-07-01)

David Parsons - Earthlight & Jyoti

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Parsons is a New Zealand based composer with fifteen or so releases to his credit going all the way back to the early 80s; his work tends to draw its inspiration from his extensive travels...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Coral Caves - Mitopoiesi

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Coral Caves is an Italian band that proves good solid progressive rock doesn’t have to be overly complex to be good. I hear elements of early Genesis, mid-70s Pink Floyd, Camel, and of course...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet - Tabligh

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Wadada Leo Smith is known to many fans as the joint leader of the Yo Miles! projects that spawned a new audience for heavy groove inflected fusion. Tabligh is a cousin of that...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2008-10-01)

RPWL - The RPWL Experience

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RPWL is a German band and even though The RPWL Experience is their fifth studio album, they are new to me. My first impression from hearing the opening song “Silenced” is that...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Panic Room - Visionary Position

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Panic Room is a new Welsh group featuring members from Karnataka, Mostly Autumn, and Fish’s band: Paul Davies (guitars), Jonathan Edwards (keys), Anne-Marie Helder (vocals), Gavin John...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Banda Elástica - Aquí, Allá y Acullá

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It’s always good to hear something new, or even old as it may be, from this long running Mexican band who got their start in the early 80s, and were last heard from on their 2003 release...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-10-28)

Guru Guru - Hinten

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When I started getting into music it was around the dawn of the CD age, so I never really ended up with a lot of LPs, and although I ended up with some nice rarities, I don't have too many....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-10-19)

Exuviae - Echoes in the Emptiness

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-31)

Embryo - Rocksession

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Rocksession was one of two albums Christian Burchard sold to Brain Records after their previous label rejected them, and it came out about a year and a half after it was recorded. It's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-24)

D.F.A. - 4th

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It may have been close to ten years since DFA’s last studio album, but this band has certainly not lost their edge; in fact, if anything the intensity and passion in this new set makes up for...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

D.F.A. - 4th

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As previously mentioned, the great DFA's career was cut short due to tragedy; musically speaking the band's last effort was as amazing as its first. I've mentioned elsewhere on a number...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-13)

Hey Marseilles - To Travels and Trunks

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Seattle may be most famous for its noisy rock, but there seems to be a crop of bands with expanded instrumentation and more melodic intentions. Case in point: Hey Marseilles. Their brand of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Half Past Four - Rabbit in the Vestibule

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This is Toronto quartet Half Past Four’s first full-length album that isn’t a movie score (2007’s The Mad). A variety of genres are melded here, including art,...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Overhead - And We're Not Here After All

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Overhead is a Finnish band consisting of Alex Keskitalo on vocals and flute, Jaakko Kettunen on guitar, Janne Pylkkönen on bass, Tarmo Simonen on keyboards, and Ville Sjöblom on drums....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

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)

Bill Cutler - Crossing the Line

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Bill Cutler arrived in San Francisco in 1970, spent the following decades producing other people’s records, and on his first album channels all those influences and experiences. His guitar...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Richard Pinhas and Merzbow - Keio Line

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Having redefined the scale of sonic monumentalism with the 2006 two-disc set Metatron, Keio...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Cage - Secret Passage

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There’s nothing new about a progressive rock band sounding a bit like classic Genesis, and unless you have a categorical dislike of bands that sound a bit like classic Genesis, Cage has a lot...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Bittertown - Scenes from the Box

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Dutch bassist Tom Janssen is the driving force behind this album, though his debut solo outing, Are You Surprised, dates back to 2004. For this concept album he’s enlisted aid from...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Yūgen - Uova Fatali: Yugen Plays Leddi

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Yūgen is an Italian based chamber rock ensemble (nine members + numerous guests for this recording) led by guitarist Francesco Zago. Another member of the group is multi-instrumentalist  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Guru Guru - UFO

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McLatchey's Top Tier #12

If you want to see the impact that live Hendrix and Cream had on the young German musicians of the time, you could check out the

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-03-26)

Richard Barbieri - Stranger Inside

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Richard Barbieri’s second solo album is an altogether different beast than 2006’s insightful textural melee Things Buried. Again pairing with veteran band mate from Japan (the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

No-Man - Schoolyard Ghosts

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Few may know that Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson first achieved success (at least in the UK) with No-Man, his partnership with singer / songwriter / musician Tim Bowness that dates back to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser

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A group I've only had the chance to hear on one previous occasion (their Spleen and Ideal album), Dead Can Dance didn't take me by storm then. But I have always awaited a chance to...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Craig Padilla - Below the Mountain

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Practitioners of electronic or space music can often times be seen as little more than technicians with the knowledge and ability to produce interesting sounds from arcane and complex synthesizers...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Oho - Bricolage

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Baltimore based Oho doesn’t put out a lot of product, but when they do, they do it right. Their latest offering is a combo CD+DVD covering material recorded over a 24-year period, although...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Boiled in Lead - Silver

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Boiled in Lead is an American institution, experts at an Anglo-Irish institution: traditional and electric folk music. Hailing from Minnesota, this quintet have been messing with this revered...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

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)

Make a Rising - Infinite Ellipse and Head with Open Fontanel

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This is one very strange band. And that’s strange in a good way – interesting, unusual, even unique in some respects – something completely new, not more of the same; and after...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Circa - Live

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Billy Sherwood’s plan to get some kind of Yes-related project into play resulted in this DVD from one of the band’s first performances. On board are Yes stalwarts keyboardist Tony Kaye...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Little King - Legacy of Fools

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Originally from El Paso, Texas (and at one time based in Seattle), Little King is a power trio formed around singer / songwriter / guitarist Ryan Rosoff. This is the band’s fourth album since...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Pallas - Moment to Moment

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Many bands who were part of the 80s neo-prog movement are facing the reality that even though their popularity is holding steady and it’s easier than ever to record albums and perform live,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Magenta - Metamorphosis

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Magenta have all the right things going for them: talented musicians, good label support, a loyal fan base, and an intelligent approach to surviving as a prog band. They’ve carved out a niche...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Willowglass - Book of Hours

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Perhaps I’m just overly influenced by the artwork in the booklet, but it truly does seem like this music conjures up imagery of scenic rural England in times long gone by – green grass,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Caamora - She

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Clive Nolan (Arena, Shadowlands, Pendragon, etc.) rarely does anything on a small scale, and elements of theatricality and drama have appeared in much of his past work so it seems only natural that...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Caamora - She

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Clive Nolan (Arena, Shadowlands, Pendragon, etc.) rarely does anything on a small scale, and elements of theatricality and drama have appeared in much of his past work so it seems only natural that...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Chandeen - Teenage Poetry

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The Projekt label has been searching beyond US shores for new groups to host on their label, one example being Chandeen from Germany. This trio was formed around keyboard player / programmer Harald...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Mirabilis - Sub Rosa

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Mirabilis is a project that pairs singers and musicians Dru Allen and Summer Bowman. Each is involved with other projects, This Ascension for Allen and The Machine in the Garden for Bowman, though...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Steve Peters - The Webster Cycles

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One usually thinks of the trombone in its more typical context as an essential part of a jazz ensemble, filling in the melodic low end parts between blazing trumpets, saxophones, and such. On its...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Humi (Hugh Hopper / Yumi Hara Cawkwell) - Dune

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Humi is the duo of Hugh Hopper (electric bass, electronics, loops) and Yumi Hara Cawkwell (voice, piano, keyboards, percussion) working in an ambient improvisational avant-garde jazz space. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

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

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

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

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)

Trank Zappa Grappa in Varese? - More Light

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TZGIV is a band led by Swiss saxophonist Markus Strauss; the band’s name stands for “Trank Zappa Grappa in Varese?” so one might take a wild guess at who one of their chief...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - Lil' Tae Rides Again

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Brian Haas and Reed Mathis are back on board with their first new studio recording in two years. This time out the duo has chosen to emphasize the improvisational aspect of collective live jams....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-10-01)

Zed - You Are Here

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Not to be confused with Bernard Szajner’s dark and ominous band Zed from the late 70s, this Colorado based jazz-rock quartet has a positive outlook and a bright, colorful collection of styles...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Mircan with Limbo - Numinosum

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Mircan Kaia belongs to the Mingrelian people, a South Caucasian minority living in northeastern Turkey, in a region bordering Georgia. She is fiercely linked to her roots, but she is not a folk...

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(Posted by Alessandro Michelucci 2008-10-01)

Brunnen - Swoon

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<crickets> — that’s either the typical response to the question “Any Brunnen fans in the audience?” or an accurate description of the third track on this CD. Brunnen...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Fotheringay - 2

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In late 1970 Fotheringay entered the studio to record their second album. They laid down the basic tracks and scratch vocals and then took time off for the holidays, fully intending to resume work...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Darryl Way's Wolf - Canis Lupus, Saturation Point & Night Music

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The 70s continue to be a repository of stimulating music that new and old labels don’t stop digging out. Well, this is not all gold that glitters, but several forgotten works resurface,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Darryl Way's Wolf - Canis Lupus, Saturation Point & Night Music

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The 70s continue to be a repository of stimulating music that new and old labels don’t stop digging out. Well, this is not all gold that glitters, but several forgotten works resurface,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Darryl Way's Wolf - Canis Lupus, Saturation Point & Night Music

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The 70s continue to be a repository of stimulating music that new and old labels don’t stop digging out. Well, this is not all gold that glitters, but several forgotten works resurface,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Reptet - Chicken or Beef? & At the Cabin

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Reptet fits squarely into that stream of jazz bands that contains the Lounge Lizards, Microscopic Septet, the Tiptons, and so on: crazy arrangements, skilled playing, influences drawn from both...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-15)

David Cross Band - Alive in the Underworld

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Ex-Crimson violinist David Cross has been pretty consistently refining his post-Crimson ideas for the past ten years or so. It’s no quantum leap to expect him to take his message literally to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Aviva Omnibus - Nutcracker in Fury

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Picture, if you will, channeling the essence of Metallica, Keith Emerson, and Ralph Lundsten to play Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with demonic abandon and you might have some glimmer of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

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)

Lüüp - Distress Signal Code

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I did not know what to expect from this release. The cover is a photo of a Chaplinesque clown balancing on a stack of chairs. But the music is anything but comical. What we have is a collection of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Odin's Court - Deathanity (R3)

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When this CD arrived in my mailbox, I had never heard of the band. They’re a Maryland group described as “progressive metal,” so I set my expectations accordingly (which means...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-04-11)

Steve Walsh - Shadowman

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After 30-some-odd years in the music business (if they’re lucky enough to last that long), most artists have fallen into a comfort zone and their new albums no longer offer any surprises. For...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Klaus Schulze / Lisa Gerrard - Farscape & Rheingold

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Klaus Schulze has wanted to work with Lisa Gerrard since he first heard her sing with Dead Can Dance, but an opportunity to collaborate did not occur until the Fall of 2007. This is an intriguing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Klaus Schulze / Lisa Gerrard - Farscape & Rheingold

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Klaus Schulze has wanted to work with Lisa Gerrard since he first heard her sing with Dead Can Dance, but an opportunity to collaborate did not occur until the Fall of 2007. This is an intriguing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Dead Can Dance - Toward the Within

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Toward the Within is a live disk that documents DCD's 1993 tour, ostensibly in support of their latest studio release, Into the Labyrinth. However, Brendan Perry and Lisa...

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(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1995-03-01)

Dead Can Dance - First Five Reissued

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Since 1984, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have created seven albums that stand the test of time: Dead Can Dance (1984), Spleen and Ideal (1985), Within the Realm of a Dying...

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(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1995-03-01)

Dead Can Dance - First Five Reissued

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Since 1984, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have created seven albums that stand the test of time: Dead Can Dance (1984), Spleen and Ideal (1985), Within the Realm of a Dying...

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(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1995-03-01)

Dead Can Dance - First Five Reissued

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Since 1984, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have created seven albums that stand the test of time: Dead Can Dance (1984), Spleen and Ideal (1985), Within the Realm of a Dying...

 » Read more
(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1995-03-01)

Dead Can Dance - First Five Reissued

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Since 1984, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have created seven albums that stand the test of time: Dead Can Dance (1984), Spleen and Ideal (1985), Within the Realm of a Dying...

 » Read more
(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1995-03-01)

Dead Can Dance - First Five Reissued

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Since 1984, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have created seven albums that stand the test of time: Dead Can Dance (1984), Spleen and Ideal (1985), Within the Realm of a Dying...

 » Read more
(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1995-03-01)

Alfredo Tisocco - Kátharsis, Ritagli d'Anima & Ballet Collection

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Alfredo Tisocco's solo career apart from Opus Avantra, began in 1975 with the release of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Alfredo Tisocco - Kátharsis, Ritagli d'Anima & Ballet Collection

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Alfredo Tisocco's solo career apart from Opus Avantra, began in 1975 with the release of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Alfredo Tisocco - Kátharsis, Ritagli d'Anima & Ballet Collection

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Alfredo Tisocco's solo career apart from Opus Avantra, began in 1975 with the release of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

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)

Cast - Originallis

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For their latest, Mexican proggers Cast have delivered a super-sized collection of 16 songs spread across two CDs – a Flower Kings-like effort, with similar strengths and weaknesses. For some...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Kenso - Kenso's Guide to Making Progressive Rock Music

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Well, in all my years or reviewing things, this is really a first. The 2DVD set is part performances, part music theory lectures, part insights, and part interviews; this is basically the members...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO - Interstellar Guru and Zero

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I find it extremely challenging to keep up with this prolific band with their myriad lineups and bazillions of releases. This time around, the band is Tsuyama Atsushi (monster bass, tortoiseshell...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Seven That Spells - Cosmoerotic Dialogue with Lucifer

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Is it a dialogue or one-way harangue? That's what you might ask emerging from this full-bore psychedelic freak-out of ferocious proto-metal fighting to stay alive (or conscious) against some...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2010-07-01)

Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Van Morrison sank way into my consciousness well before I became a fan, largely because his songs are used so often in movie soundtracks to such a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-05-26)

Luciano Basso - Voci

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Languishing in obscurity for a decade and a half, Vinyl Magic did well to reissue this near-classic by keyboardist Luciano Basso. With a six-piece lineup also featuring violin, drums, electric...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart - Earth Born

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Some may remember Wishart from her brief tenure as a member of Hawkwind in the early 90s (she was featured on the Space Bandits studio album, and the live Palace Springs and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Spirits Burning - Alien Injection

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Strap yourself in, pull down your mask, we’re headed for the psychedelic reaches of outer space. The crew, assembled specifically for this journey by Captain Falcone, should be a familiar one...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Pentagram - Sub-Basement

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2002-09-01)

Asia - Phoenix

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When Asia’s debut hit turntables in 1982 it quickly became clear that this was not the next coming of progressive rock many had hoped for. The names were familiar: John Wetton, Geoff Downes,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Miserable Faith - The Music Won't Be Stopped

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My introduction to this band came in 2008. I was living in Beijing, and rode my bicycle to a part of town I wasn’t too familiar with. I came across a music store and went in. I skipped past...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-12-01)

Emily Bezar - Exchange

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With Exchange, California singer/songwriter/keyboardist Emily Bezar has produced her definitive (so far) musical statement. The elements that have contributed to her past releases...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Dave Cousins - Moving Pictures

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This is a heartwarming set from Strawbs main man Dave Cousins’ only solo tour of the USA, recorded at The Kent Stage, Kent, Ohio on March 15th 2008. There were other dates, but apparently...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-11-30)

Sebkha-Chott - De la persistence & Niglah

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Sebkha-Chott is a band of wild and crazy young French musicians playing music that is so bizarre and unclassifiable that I do not know where to begin. I reviewed their second release...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-01-01)

Mawwal - This Is All There Is, There Is No Other Place

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The first Mawwal release was one of the highlights of 2007, and here they’ve done it again for 2008, and not by simply remaking the first album. While many of the things that made Black...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Eric Glick Rieman / Lesli Dalaba / Stuart Dempster - Lung Tree

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Although its presence on Recommended tells you something, all three of these musicians are likely little-known outside improvising circles. Rieman is the main force behind Lung Tree, as...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Itoiz - Ezekiel

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By the time of their second album, Ezekiel, the lineup of this Basque band had grown from five members to seven, now including saxes, mandolin, electric piano, and even violin when...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Itziar - Itziar

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Itziar is both a person and a band: singer Itziar Egileor and her backing group. Though the band made only one album, Itziar remain one of the best-known Basque folk-progressives. Part of...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-07-01)

Hands - Strangelet

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The Texas band Hands has been around in some form or another since the mid-70s, during which time they’ve only managed to produce a handful of albums, all of which are of consistently high...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Fripp & Eno - No Pussyfooting & Evening Star

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Enough has been said about No Pussyfooting, a record of singular stature and importance to the gradual adoption of the avant-garde by popular artists, that if its creative success and...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Fripp & Eno - No Pussyfooting & Evening Star

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Enough has been said about No Pussyfooting, a record of singular stature and importance to the gradual adoption of the avant-garde by popular artists, that if its creative success and...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Marsupilami - Marsupilami

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McLatchey's Second Tier

If there was ever an early British 70s progressive rock album that managed to languish in obscurity while a lot of lesser albums would end up with...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-12-10)

Embryo - Steig Aus

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I'm not sure how many bands in any genre had as strong a run as Germans Embryo did from their debut to somewhere deep in the 70s. This was a group...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-06-02)

Strawbs - The Broken Hearted Bride

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Over the last ten years or so, Strawbs have toured and recorded in various configurations, from a three-piece acoustic trio to a fully amplified five-piece electric band. The Broken Hearted...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 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)

Larry Kucharz - Blue Drawings and Text

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Kucharz' latest work is split between seven softer flowing ambient pieces composed or reworked in 2007, most somewhat reminiscent of the work on some of his earlier 'Electrochoral' and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Born Again Floozies - Street Music

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This Indiana based quintet led by singer, guitarist and songwriter Joey Welch caught this writer's ear a few years ago with their debut EP Novelties, Addenda and Ephemera, five songs...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 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)

Robert Rich & Fayrus - Zerkalo

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Even before ambient – an often systems-obsessed form – became acknowledged as the music to ignore, drones had already and long allowed the listener to suspend or focus...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - React

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Space is the place for this live set – marking the 30th anniversary of Chuck van Zyl’s Star’s End. Synthesized voices overlap lap steel guitar phrases that sometimes...

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

Alio Die & Martina Galvagni - Eleusian Lullaby

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Largely pelagic, the three pieces that comprise Eleusian Lullaby are suffused with slowly moving timbral shifts occurring inside an amoebic suspension of sources that now and then yield up...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Flyin' Ryan Brothers - Totality

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Here’s a tasty slice of instrumental progressive guitar rock, borne of the idea that lyrics and voices are unnecessary – and in fact only get in the way of the delivery of a strong...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Tony Harn - Loops

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Ever since his 1998 debut, From the Inside, English guitarist Tony Harn has demonstrated a keen knack for creating densely layered instrumentals revolving around his harmonically nuanced...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 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)

Nathan Mahl - Exodus

Cover art It’s been at least five years since Shadows Unbound, the band’s previous album; now Nathan Mahl returns with Exodus, a large-scale concept album – dare I say rock opera, based on the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Motorpsycho - Little Lucid Moments

Cover art This Norwegian trio has been releasing music for nearly two decades now. This writer was a relative latecomer to their work, first introduced via their Phanerothyme and Let Them Eat...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul

Cover art Lunatic Soul is the all Polish solo outlet for Riverside front man Mariusz Duda. In the course of refining the identity of his primary band, it became clear to the lead singer that another side to the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Spaced Out - Evolution

Cover art After numerous releases sticking pretty close to a singular style, this appropriately titled latest studio release by the band shows them trying out some new directions, while still maintaining close...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Mahogany Frog - Do5

Cover art Canada’s Mahogany Frog has been slightly off the main prog radar in their native Winnipeg honing their own incarnation of the 70s classic prog rock sound. On the quartet’s third instrumental...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

The Instigations - Soundtracks for Alternate Realities

Cover art The Instigations, for the purpose of this recording at least, is one Owen Green, who alone with the assistance of a guest female vocalist on one track created all the sounds on this otherwise...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Osada Vida - The Body Parts Party

Cover art Basing a concept album on the human body may be lazy, though happily the material and execution merit praise in this case. At first blush Osada Vida resemble other Polish progressive rock bands that...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Tatsuya Yoshida with Igor Krutogolov & Assif Tsahar - Live in the Head

Cover art Long time Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida is the master of the instantly inventive. Across multiple real-time collaborations with a who’s-who of the improv scene, his flair for spontaneous hot flashes...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

The Oliver Wakeman Band - Coming to Town: Live in Katowice

Cover art Yes fans are probably aware that Rick Wakeman’s son Oliver has been playing keyboards on their recent tour, and for those curious to see what his own band looks and sounds like here’s your chance....  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

The Who - At Kilburn 1977

Cover art These DVDs present The Who at two ends of their peak years. Disk one captures them at Gaumont State Theatre, running through a set that was intended for Jeff Stein’s 1978 documentary The Kids...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Stone Breath - Knotwork

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Knotwork is collection of unreleased Stone Breath songs and rarities. Most of the songs presented on this disc are from the later years of the band and Knotwork is intended to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Stone Breath - Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis

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

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Plastic Crimewave Sound - Plastic Crimewave Sound

Cover art Plastic Crimewave Sound is a Chicago-based space punk band much in the same vein as their contemporaries F/i, Richard Franecki, and The Vocokesh. PCS has been recording since the late 90s/early...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living

Cover art Grails are a band from Portland who have been recording and releasing music since 2003 and Take Refuge in Clean Living is their sixth release. The CD opens with “Stoned at the Taj...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Chas Smith - Nakadai

Cover art For lack of a better term, let’s say that when we produce or listen to sounds that an instrument was not principally designed to generate, we are playing or hearing “beyond the instrument.”...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Ragnarök - Path

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If you are old enough, you might remember that Ragnarök was part of the Swedish Prog Rock movement in the mid 70s. Their self-titled album released in 1975 was typical 70s art-rock. The band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Language of Light / Crow Tongue - The Tower / Wind Chant

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This split 7” dark gray marbleized vinyl 33 1/3 rpm record brings together two disparate, and yet similar bands. Language of Light is the love child of Frank Suchomel of Inalonelyplace and R....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

The Long Dead Sevens - The White Waltz & Other Stories

Cover art The Long Dead Sevens, an interesting name and an interesting band. Picture if you will, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds covering Leonard Cohen with a dash of Tom Waits thrown in for good measure and you...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Opram - Live

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Opram is a young French band that plays a blend of heavy metal and progressive rock. After releasing their first disc in 2005 the band decided to issue a performance recorded November 25, 2006 in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Orenda - A Tale of a Tortured Soul

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Orenda is a French progressive metal band that began in 1998 and their debut release has been ten years in the making. A Tale of a Tortured Soul is a concept album in three acts, and the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Exit - Exit

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Exit was an obscure Swiss band dating back to 1972. In 1975 they recorded and privately issued their only album of 350 copies that rapidly became a collector’s item. Exit continued to perform for...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Red Star Revolt - Red Star Revolt

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Red Star Revolt is a power rock trio (Aaron Nava: vocals, bass, keyboards; Clutch: guitar, keyboards; and Dino Cuneo: drums, percussion) based in Denver, Colorado who came together in 2007. This...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Henry Cow - The Road: Volumes 1-5

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Even after 40 years it’s difficult to use the past tense when it comes to the work of Henry Cow. Its importance grows and influence continues to be felt. And while it’s absurd to add that “it...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2010-07-01)

Henry Cow - The Road: Volumes 1-5

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Even after 40 years it’s difficult to use the past tense when it comes to the work of Henry Cow. Its importance grows and influence continues to be felt. And while it’s absurd to add that “it...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2010-07-01)

Daniel Lentz - Point Conception

Cover art These two piano pieces – the title composed in 1979 for nine pianos and the second, shorter “NightBreaker” composed in 1990 for four pianos – place Point Conception in the middle of...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Hermetic Science - These Fragments I Have Shored Against My Ruins

Cover art It’s been close to forever since Hermetic Science’s last album of new material. In fact, one listen to this new disc might offer some partial clues as to why it took seven years. Notwithstanding...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Earthling Society - Beauty and the Beast

Cover art Beauty and the Beast is British based Earthling Society’s fourth full-length release, and seems to authentically capture that swirling heady psychedelic space rock sound out of an earlier...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Khan - Space Shanty

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McLatchey's Top Tier #15

In some ways a bit of a predecessor to the Steve Hillage Gong albums (and especially Hillage's Fish Rising), this six song one-shot is one of the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-10-31)

Kit Watkins - The Gathering & Music for the End

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Kit Watkins - The Gathering & Music for the End

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Kit Watkins - The Gathering & Music for the End

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

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Greg Allen - Klaus Schulze – Electronic Music Legend

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This new book about Klaus Schulze is a comprehensive discussion of the man and his music from an avid fan’s perspective. I am not sure who Greg Allen is, but he has compiled the information...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2014-06-17)

Stone Breath - A Silver Thread to Weave the Seasons

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Picture if you will that it is harvest time in the heart of Appalachia. Leaves are blowing, acorns are falling, pumpkins are ripening, and all manner of woodland critters are scurrying about. That...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

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)

Ariel Kalma - Le temps des moissons

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Subtitled “Electronica Ragas of the 70s” Le Temps des moissons was Ariel Kalma’s first solo recording. Ariel had spent a lot of time in India learning the basics of modal music and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

The Neil Campbell Collective - Particle Theory

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Neil Campbell is a talented composer, virtuoso classical guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist (acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, synths, glockenspiel, and harmonic vocals). Particle...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Bass Communion - Pacific Codex

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Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree has his hands in any number of diverse musical projects. One of them, Bass Communion, is his ambient drone explorations with Theo Travis. Bass Communion has been...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Aqua - Aqua

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Aqua were a German band who had some success in the 80s as a mainstream hard rock band. What is little known is that they began as a progressive rock band, but unfortunately never released any...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

California Guitar Trio - Echoes

Cover art CGT are back to what they do best: arranging covers of classic rock in their own inimitable style. Doing up the classics is part and parcel for the ensemble with two of Beethoven’s well known...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Caamora - Journey's End... An Acoustic Anthology

Cover art To recap: Caamora is the musical partnership of Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon, Strangers on a Train, etc.) and Polish singer Agnieszka Swita. Last year they recorded an original musical theatre score...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Believe - Yesterday Is a Friend & Hope to See Another Day Live

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Believe are a new Polish group founded by ex-Collage guitarist Marek Gil. At first glance the band is similar to Collage except for one big difference: the presence of Japanese violinist Satomi....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Believe - Yesterday Is a Friend & Hope to See Another Day Live

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Believe are a new Polish group founded by ex-Collage guitarist Marek Gil. At first glance the band is similar to Collage except for one big difference: the presence of Japanese violinist Satomi....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Höstsonaten - Winterthrough

Cover art I guess sometimes you just shouldn’t question the decisions of an artist. When Fabio Zuffanti decides to record a cycle of four symphonic progressive albums based on the seasons, you shouldn’t ask...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Colour Haze - Burg Herzberg Festival 18.Juli 2008

Cover art This double disc set commemorates over two hours of Colour Haze’s amazing performance at the July 2008 Burg Herzberg festival in Germany. A psychedelic hard-rock trio of guitar, bass and drums, with...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Dawn of the Cycads

Cover art Since I think Birdsongs of the Mesozoic are a great band, and I think cycads are really interesting plants, I won’t be pedantic and point out that cycads actually appeared in the Early Permian and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - Dream Logik Parts One - Three

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Chris Macbeth of Beta-lactam does it again with two lavish solo releases from Edward Ka-Spel. Dream Logik Part Two comes housed in a in a deluxe ten panel book bound case with ten...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - Dream Logik Parts One - Three

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Chris Macbeth of Beta-lactam does it again with two lavish solo releases from Edward Ka-Spel. Dream Logik Part Two comes housed in a in a deluxe ten panel book bound case with ten...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 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)

Colour Haze - All

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Colour Haze is a German band that is new to me, though they have been recording since 1995. You can pretty much trust any Elektrohasch release to be great, and All, Colour Haze’s seventh...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Unitopia - The Garden

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It is quite ambitious for a group to issue a double CD of new material as their second release. Many groups are challenged to fill one disc with decent music, let alone two. In addition, much of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde

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Coinciding with the Dots’ October/November 2008 US tour was the release of Plutonium Blonde, which might well be their best in many years. Plutonium Blonde combines many of the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

The Silverman - Blank for Your Own Message

Cover art The secondary title for this release is “A Zen Opera in Seven Parts,” and I will set aside any questions about the appropriateness of the Buddhist reference. If you really want to call it an...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Beardfish - Sleeping In Traffic: Part Two

Cover art Beardfish’s rise to prominence is due to hard work and good music, as long as your tastes run toward the sort of modern prog that pays homage to classic 70s bands. Main man Rikard Sjöblom is one of...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Birds and Buildings - Bantam to Behemoth

Cover art Like Dan Britton’s other project, Deluge Grander, this is an album for true prog geeks. It’s the same sort of uncompromising assault on the ears that was so riveting on Änglagård’s debut or...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Attrition - All Mine Enemys Whispers: The Story of Mary Ann Cotton

Cover art There is a persistent case to be made for metaphoric musics deriving from literary sources, even as such practice now belongs more and more to the tattered remnants of the Romantic era. Dark...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2008-10-01)

Art Cinema - Art Cinema

Cover art Unlike most other projects directed by multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Robin Taylor (those being Taylor’s Universe, Taylor’s Free Universe, and numerous solo endeavors) which tend to be...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Amygdala - Complex Combat

Cover art It’s been a few years since Amygdala’s eponymous debut, a complex, powerful and high-energy opening statement if there ever was one; and as strong as it was, its main weakness was the fact that...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Akai Ikuo - Language without Words

Cover art This short album (in the neighborhood of 30 minutes even including the two unlisted tracks) is the first US release but Japanese experimental multi-instrumentalist Akai Ikuo. It’s a combination...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Aidan Baker - Book of Nods

Cover art While there are four indexes on this latest disc by Aidan Baker of Nadja, there are really only two tracks here, each in excess of 25 minutes, none of which are titled. We are clearly in minimalist...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Il Bacio della Medusa - Il Bacio della Medusa & Giovane Amante

Cover art Il Bacio della Medusa (Medusa’s Kiss) are relative newcomers on the Italian prog scene, though like many they’ve been smitten by the sound of the early 70s. Their self-produced debut caught the...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Il Bacio della Medusa - Il Bacio della Medusa & Giovane Amante

Cover art Il Bacio della Medusa (Medusa’s Kiss) are relative newcomers on the Italian prog scene, though like many they’ve been smitten by the sound of the early 70s. Their self-produced debut caught the...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Autumn's Grey Solace - Ablaze

Cover art This may be a Projekt release featuring a female singer and guy playing all the instruments, but if you’re expecting another Dead Can Dance clone think again. Ablaze is a collection of 11...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Alma - Sobre Fantasías

Cover art There appears to be an emerging group of excellent South American bands, one of the more recent being Alma from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The band members Carlos Lucena (guitars, bass, and programming)...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Soma Planet - Bholenath

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Musea does it again! They have found another exciting and superb band worthy of your attention. Soma Planet (Andreu P. Méndez on guitar, keyboards, Theremin, and effects; Marc Prat on bass; Furmi...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Divine Baze Orchestra - Once We Were Born

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The Divine Baze Orchestra is a new Swedish heavy progressive rock band with a 70s retro sound. Oliver Eek (guitars, backing vocals) and Christian Eklöf (drums, percussion) formed the band in 2003....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

King Crimson - Level Five

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

Kingfisher Sky - Hallway of Dreams

Cover art Kingfisher Sky is a new Dutch prog rock band consisting of Judith Rijnveld (vocals), Daan Janzing (guitars), Edo van der Kolk (guitars), Eric Hoogendoorn (bass), George van Olffen (keyboards), and...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-12-31)

Fernwood - Almeria

Cover art Fernwood is the new all-acoustic instrumental creation from Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet and Todd Montgomery who play all of their music by hand on instruments constructed from wood. On...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-12-31)

Arashk - Ustuqus-al-Uss

Cover art Arashk is presented as an Iranian three-piece instrumental unit covering multi-guitars, bass, keyboards and drums, though more correctly in recorded form it’s mostly the vehicle of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

Yeti Rain - Nest of Storms

Cover art Subverted expectations are always a refreshing experience in music. In the case of bassist William Kopecky and sax artist Roger Ebner, the subversion is expected. Nest of Storms opens with...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Van der Graaf Generator - Trisector

Cover art Van der Graaf Generator has been getting attention from the mainstream press during their recent UK tour, much of it positive and respectful. I have a feeling Trisector will help in that...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Jannick Top - Infernal Machina

Cover art Jannick Top will be known to most readers as one of the most bad-assed, brutal, and intense bass players alive, and a major creative force within Magma at two different points during the 1970s. He,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Secret Oyster - Live in the USA 2007

Cover art And that’s the way it was! This is the NEARfest Friday show from June 22, 2007, featuring three original members (saxophonist Karsten Vogel, drummer Ole Streenberg, and guitarist Claus Bøhling)...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach - Arc of Passion

Cover art "Passion" is one of those loaded words. For instance, though it dealt with a fictional account of the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Scorcese’s film Passion (for which Peter...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Nurse with Wound - Images / Zero Mix / Requital for Lady Day

Cover art In their continuing quest to fill the shelves of obsessive collectors of obscure music with limited edition products, Beta-lactam Ring has now produced a NWW box that takes up more space than six...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Gregg Bendian - Research (Tiny Useful Secrets)

Cover art The challenge for a compositional drummer is for the solo percussionist to be consistently engaging to the listener. Dedicating each of the pieces to a specific personal influence helps create a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Ozric Tentacles - Sunrise Festival

Cover art In years of late, at least for the studio recordings, Ozrics have been essentially the solo project of de-facto bandleader Ed Wynne (guitars and keys), with other players dropped in here and there on...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-10-01)

Richie Havens - Nobody Left to Crown

Cover art If one hasn't listened to anything new by Richie Havens since the 60s or 70s, perhaps it’s time to listen again. If anything, this latest offering from the respected singer-songwriter is as good as...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

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

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

Coven - Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls

Cover art This is one of the freakiest things I've ever heard — a psychedelic rock recording from the late 60s entirely based on a kind of horror-movie Satanism, including more than thirteen minutes devoted...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Rieg - Return & The Absynth Ritual

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Back in the late 70s/early 80s, the heyday of experimental music, there was an obscure Norwegian composer Rieg who released three excellent industrial powerhouse electronic cassettes:...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-06-23)

Seven That Spells - Black Om Rising

Cover art Seven That Spells is based in Zagreb, Croatia churning out some of the best mind numbing kaleidoscopic space music this side of the cosmos. Black Om Rising is their fifth release since 2003....  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

XII Alfonso - Under

Cover art Apparently taking a break from their three-part tribute to painter Claude Monet, this French band has put out this lush instrumental concept album. You might typically say that an instrumental concept...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Martin Archer - In Stereo Gravity

Cover art This sprawling two-disc set of experimental musical vignettes is as interesting as it is difficult to describe, but as always, this writer will do his best to communicate its essence in words. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2010-07-01)

The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost

Cover art It is always exciting to discover new bands that take interesting elements from the past, combine them with fresh new ideas, and create something entirely new. Cases in point are the neo-psych bands...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-07-01)

Hualun - Silver Daydream

Cover art Maybe it's actually easy to make post-rock music. After all, there seem to be bands springing up all around the world playing it. Hua Lun are part of the new generation of Chinese bands following in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-07-01)

Farpoint - Cold Star, Quiet Star

Cover art Let me cut to the chase. Cold Star, Quiet Star is undoubtedly one of 2008's best progressive releases and it is Farpoint's fourth album. They have been around since 1997, and it shows. Just...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-10-01)

Travis & Fripp - Thread

Cover art Given the extensive musical resumes of Theo Travis and Robert Fripp, it was only a matter of synchronicity that would lead to a real time collaboration by these two innovators. Travis work with Cipher...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Robin Taylor - Isle of Black

Cover art Danish Guitarist Robin Taylor's adventurous endeavors continue forward on his tenth solo album in ten years with a markedly different slant. Opening cut, "Confessions," meshes old-style Frippertronics...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Strawbs - Lay down with the Strawbs

Cover art As live Strawbs albums go, this two disc set is an outstanding one, recorded in March 2006 at Robin 2, Bilston UK featuring the mid-70s lineup same as you would find on Hero and Heroine or...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach - Landmass & A Deeper Silence

Cover art Most of the Steve Roach releases we have reviewed in these pages are on the Projekt label. Timeroom Editions is his private label, offering additional releases from this prolific artist, available for...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach - Landmass & A Deeper Silence

Cover art Most of the Steve Roach releases we have reviewed in these pages are on the Projekt label. Timeroom Editions is his private label, offering additional releases from this prolific artist, available for...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Steve Howe - The Haunted Melody

Cover art The Yes/Asia guitarist realizes a lifelong ambition by creating the perfect jazz setting with son, Dylan Howe on drums and Ross Stanley on Hammond B3. The arrangements across the stellar recording...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Blackmore's Night - Secret Voyage

Cover art The partnership of guitar god Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and Candace Night (skimpy bodice) has been going strong for 10 years, and — despite the Ren Faire and LARP associations —...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Ancient Vision - Lost at Sea

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I'll hazard a guess that there aren't a lot of prog bands in Kansas City, Missouri, so that alone sets Ancient Vision in rarefied company. Their previous albums date from 1990 and 1995, so it's...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2010-01-01)

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

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

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

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

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


Previously in Exposé...

Ground Zero - Consume Red – One could say without stretching the truth too far, that Consume Red (part one of the three part Project Consume) is basically an hour of pure thrash / noise experimentation, delivered piping hot by...  (1999) » Read more

Cédric Vuille - Faire – Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Vuille may be better known as a founder member of the Swiss Band L’Ensemble Rayé, and Debile Menthol before that. But with little to no recording activity from...  (2011) » Read more

David Torn - Presenz – 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...  (2008) » Read more

Tea in the Sahara - Behind the Door – On the superior German counterpart to SI, WMMS, comes this debut album of six long cuts by the German four-piece known as Tea in the Sahara. It is immediately apparent that this is not your ordinary,...  (1995) » Read more

Spiral Realms - Trip to G9 – Simon House is an esteemed musician in my opinion, continually inventive and quite diverse, being the violin / keys player for the classic '69-'70 period High Tide, a short stint with Third...  (1995) » Read more



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