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Mel Collins

Mel Collins
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Melvyn Desmond "Mel" Collins (born 5 September 1947, Isle of Man) is a British saxophonist, flautist and session musician. Collins is perhaps best known for his work in progressive rock, having been a member of King Crimson on two separate occasions (the first from 1970 to 1972 and the second from 2013 to the present day) and having played with Camel, the Alan Parsons Project, and Chris Squire. He has also worked in a wide variety of contexts ranging from R&B and blues rock to jazz.
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Stick Men — Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017, Show 1 Stick Men — Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017, Show 1
(Iapetus no#, 2017, DL)
Stick Men — Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017, Show 2 Stick Men — Roppongi - Live in Tokyo 2017, Show 2
(Iapetus no#, 2017, DL)
King Crimson — Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind) King Crimson — Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind)
(Discipline KCXPBX5001, 2016, 3CD+BR)
King Crimson — Live in Toronto King Crimson — Live in Toronto
(Discipline DGM5013, 2015/2016, 2CD)
Arti e Mestieri — Universi Paralleli Arti e Mestieri — Universi Paralleli
(Cramps Records 88875126942, 2015, CD)
Arti & Mestieri — The Live Arti & Mestieri — The Live
(Ma.Ra.Cash Records MRC033, 2013, CD+DVD)
Nektar — A Spoonful of Time Nektar — A Spoonful of Time
(Purple Pyramid CLP 8932-2, 2012, CD)
Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins — A Scarcity of Miracles Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins — A Scarcity of Miracles
(DGM DGM1101, 2011, CD)
Crimson Jazz Trio — King Crimson Songbook Volume 2 Crimson Jazz Trio — King Crimson Songbook Volume 2
(Inner Knot INK7727, 2009, CD)
Jakko M. Jakszyk — The Bruised Romantic Glee Club Jakko M. Jakszyk — The Bruised Romantic Glee Club
(Innerhythmic ICNCD 2007, 2006, 2CD)
Adrian Belew — Side Three Adrian Belew — Side Three
(Sanctuary Records 06076-84777-2, 2006, CD)
Hereward Kaye — Golden Mile Hereward Kaye — Golden Mile
(Secret 002CD, 2001, CD)
No-Man — Flowermix No-Man — Flowermix
(Hidden Art hi-art 2, 1995, CD)
No-Man — Flowermouth No-Man — Flowermouth
(Kscope KSCOPE111X, 1994/2005, CD)
Martin Barre — A Trick of Memory Martin Barre — A Trick of Memory
(ZYX 3613-2, 1994, CD)
Bryan Ferry — Taxi Bryan Ferry — Taxi
(Reprise 9 45246-2, 1993, CD)
Phil Manzanera — Southern Cross Phil Manzanera — Southern Cross
(Agenda 72167, 1990, CD)
Annie Haslam — Annie Haslam Annie Haslam — Annie Haslam
(T-Bird 0022 CD, 1989/2010, CD)
David Sylvian — Gone to Earth David Sylvian — Gone to Earth
(Virgin V2-86003, 1986, CD)
Phil Manzanera — Guitarissimo Phil Manzanera — Guitarissimo
(E.G. Records EGCD 69, 1986, CD)
Camel — Stationary Traveller Camel — Stationary Traveller
(Camel Productions CP1012, 1984/2004, CD)
10cc — Windows in the Jungle 10cc — Windows in the Jungle
(Mercury 3793175, 1983/2014, CD)
Camel — Nude Camel — Nude
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2159, 1981/2009, CD)
John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980 John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980
(E.G. Records EGCD 70, 1980/1987, CD)
Anthony Phillips — Private Parts and Pieces II: Back to the Pavilion Anthony Phillips — Private Parts and Pieces II: Back to the Pavilion
(Blueprint BP203, 1980/1996, CD)
Jon Anderson — Song of Seven Jon Anderson — Song of Seven
(Wounded Bird WOU 6021, 1980/2006, CD)
Pete Bardens — Heart to Heart Pete Bardens — Heart to Heart
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2322, 1979/2012, CD)
Camel — I Can See Your House from Here Camel — I Can See Your House from Here
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2158, 1979/2009, CD)
Anthony Phillips — Sides Anthony Phillips — Sides
(Voiceprint VP534CD, 1979/2012, 2CD)
Camel — Breathless Camel — Breathless
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2155, 1978/2009, CD)
Bryan Ferry — The Bride Stripped Bare Bryan Ferry — The Bride Stripped Bare
(Polydor 2302 081, 1978, LP)
Paul Brett — Interlife Paul Brett — Interlife
(RCA Victor PL-25149, 1978, LP)
Phil Manzanera — K-Scope Phil Manzanera — K-Scope
(E.G. Records EGCD 37, 1978/1990, CD)
Camel — A Live Record Camel — A Live Record
(Decca 8829282, 1978/2002, 2CD)
Anthony Phillips — Wise after the Event Anthony Phillips — Wise after the Event
(Passport PB 9828, 1978, LP)
Bryan Ferry — In Your Mind Bryan Ferry — In Your Mind
(Polydor 2302 055, 1977, LP)
Phil Manzanera / 801 — Listen Now Phil Manzanera / 801 — Listen Now
(Virgin EXPCD17, 1977/2000, CD)
Camel — Rain Dances Camel — Rain Dances
(Decca 531 4610, 1977/2009, CD)
Streetwalkers — Vicious but Fair Streetwalkers — Vicious but Fair
(See for Miles SEECD 352, 1977/1992, CD)
Bryan Ferry — Let's Stick Together Bryan Ferry — Let's Stick Together
(Island Records ILPS 9367, 1976, LP)
Chris Squire — Fish out of Water Chris Squire — Fish out of Water
(Wounded Bird WOU 8159, 1975/2007, CD)
Amazing Blondel — Inspiration Amazing Blondel — Inspiration
(Talking Elephant TECD140, 1975/2009, CD)
Uriah Heep — Return to Fantasy Uriah Heep — Return to Fantasy
(Sanctuary Records SMRCD100, 1975/2004, CD)
King Crimson — Red King Crimson — Red
(Discipline KCSP7, 1974/2009, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — Earthbound King Crimson — Earthbound
(Discipline DGM0511, 1972/2006, CD)
King Crimson — Islands King Crimson — Islands
(Discipline KCSP4, 1971/2010, CD+DVD)
Alan Bown — Stretching Out Alan Bown — Stretching Out
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2194, 1971/2010, CD)
King Crimson — In the Wake of Poseidon King Crimson — In the Wake of Poseidon
(Discipline KCSP2, 1970/2010, CD+DVD)
Alan Bown — Listen Alan Bown — Listen
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2193, 1970/2010, CD)
King Crimson — Lizard King Crimson — Lizard
(Discipline KCSP3, 1970/2009, CD+DVD)

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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

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


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