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Decades of Amazing —
A Look at Cuneiform Records

Cover art On February 2, Cuneiform founder Steve Feigenbaum announced that the label was going on hiatus, with its future uncertain. There’s been a lot of discussion online (and no doubt in real life as well) about What It Means, so there’s no need for Exposé to chime in on that front. What we’d like to do instead is take the occasion to look back at just what Cuneiform has been since its inception, and what it has contributed to the musical landscape in terms of what we value here.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis, Peter Thelen, Pam Thompson, Mike Borella 2018-02-08)

Before There Was a Label —
Looking at the Beginnings of Progressive Rock

Cover art It's almost October 1994. That means it was almost 25 years ago that King Crimson's debut album In the Court of the Crimson King was released on both sides of the ocean, and the term "Progressive Rock" was born — at first a trend that grew out of the late 60s musical awareness that elevated the importance of the instrumentation and soloing while diminishing the importance of the singer, the lyrics, and the old song structure that had remained essentially unchanged since the early 50s.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Of Velcro Ears and Eccentric Geniuses —
C.W. Vrtacek / Forever Einstein Interview

Cover art It was every guitarist’s worst nightmare. A freak accident with a table saw had just severed the first digit of Chuck Vrtacek’s index finger on his fretboard hand. Instead of freaking out he calmly called the paramedics, and 15 minutes later was joking with them on his way to an operation at the hospital. Instead of perceiving the accident as a huge setback, he saw it as a challenge, and he immediately went home and started playing with his second, third, and fourth fingers. Instead of canceling his upcoming recording session he went into the studio with his band Forever Einstein and recorded their most ambitious and adventurous album to date, Down with Gravity.  » Read more
(Posted by David Ashcraft 2003-08-01)

A Short History of Kobaïan-Earth Relations —
Magma in the 70s

Cover art Imagine a world, many centuries into the future, when society as we know it has decayed into chaos and degradation, void of spiritual guidance. The colonization of space is well underway, and space travel has become commonplace. It is in this setting that a handful of enlightened Earth people seeking a better existence finance the construction of a private spacecraft and leave the planet in search of a new world where a new, more spiritually guided civilization can be reborn. They finally find that new home after a long and hazardous journey on the distant planet Kobaïa, where the party settles and begins anew.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Kenso - Overview of Pre-1996 Releases

Cover art If Japan has the equivalent of a Happy the Man, Kenso is it. Their sound encompasses everything, from polished symphonic prog, to fusion, Canterbury, even touches of Japanese traditional music. The music is (with a couple of exceptions) entirely instrumental, melodically rich, highly spirited, and completely energized. They've been together since the late 70s, off and on, and the lineup has changed over time, but has always centered around guitarist Yoshihisa Shimizu. In addition to guitar, the lineup typically features dual keyboards, bass, and drums — and early on included a flautist as well.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

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Gert Emmens - When Darkness Falls upon This Earth – One shouldn’t take a title like this too literally when it concerns Gert Emmens. The only darkness that is evoked on this album are the dark coloured synth textures in the beginning of several...  (2006) » Read more

Dedalus - Dedalus – Dedalus were the jazziest of the Trident groups and this, their debut, has been the only one reissued of their two albums. Dedalus were very similar to the laid back fusion of Perigeo, with spacy...  (1995) » Read more

Ritual - The Hemulic Voluntary Band – 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 that...  (2008) » Read more

Spiral Realms - Solar Wind – I am bummed that my dislike of Nik Turner caused me to miss these guys. The master of Space Violin, ex-Hawkwind player Simon House brought his band, Spiral Realms, to the Great American Music Hall....  (1997) » Read more

Sonic Abandon - Sonic Abandon – This overlooked project is simply two talented guitarists playing together with engaging rhythms and somber effects units. There are four pieces loosely connected by some vague, linear continuity....  (1997) » Read more



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