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Date : August 1996
Pages : 72
Summary : Gong megafeature, Progscape II, FMN/Maborishi No Sekai Festival, Yes reunion, Kevin Gilbert, Pip Pyle interview (Gong), Pierre Moerlen interview (Gong), Finisterre, Robert John Godfrey interview, The Enid, Kit Watkins, Octopus, Glass Hammer, Mellow label overview
Items found : 188

A Band, a Planet, a Vision —
A Short History of Gong

Cover art Gong was, and remains, one of the cornerstones of the genesis of progressive rock. Theirs is a legacy of utter originality, anarchic individuality, and atypically diverse and accomplished musicianship. Throughout the course of their extensive history, they have, in one form or another, recorded over twenty albums over the course of over twenty five years. While many fine musicians have entered and left the fold, the early focal point was clearly Daevid Allen, imported from Australia in search of the perfect vehicle to channel his Beat aspirations (he was an early associate of William Burroughs). After Allen left the band in 1974, French percussionist Pierre Moerlen assumed control of the band, as Allen and wife/collaborator Gilli Smyth went on to produce numerous projects and Gong reunions. For the purpose of brevity, this article will only cover material recorded under the Gong name. The offshoots are just too numerous to mention — certainly a testament to Gong's widespread influence across the European progressive rock scene.  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Beyond the Hall of Mirrors —
A History of The Enid to 1996

Cover art To put into perspective The Enid's background we need to be acquainted with the soil in which the seeds of their history were sown. This place was called Finchden Manor. Finchden was a very unorthodox, informally structured boys boarding school in England. And it was here, in 1973, where the nucleus of Robert John Godfrey, Francis Lickerish, and Steve Stewart, met and later formed the group. Let's pick up the story a few years earlier in time.  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

From Middle Earth to Perelandra—
A Profile of Glass Hammer 1996

Cover art Two years ago, one would have been hard-pressed to find the one out of ten who had even heard of Glass Hammer, let alone actually heard their debut CD, Journey of the Dunadan. This year, with a second release, Perelandra, and solid management behind them, Glass Hammer is becoming widely known among progressive fans, and are fortifying their reputation with numerous live appearances, such as their day-two opener at Progscape in Baltimore.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Mallets and Gongs —
The Pierre Moerlen Interview 1996

Cover art Pierre Moerlen is among the most loved, most creative members of Gong’s family tree. His flawless percussion technique and colorful compositional style led the way during Gong’s mid to late-70s period. I managed to catch him (by phone) in his Washington, DC suite. Pierre has been pursuing interesting new directions lately, and he was eager to tell me about them. Of course, he also had a fair share of old war stories to tell, from the Gong days of yore...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

No Necrophiliac Pantomime, Please —
The Pip Pyle Interview 1996

Cover art I spoke to Pip Pyle prior to his performance with Gong at the Great America Music Hall on the last part of their first US tour (March 1996). We talked inside a small deli across the street from the infamous Mitchell Brothers (which Pip seemed slightly amused about). I was accompanied by Malcolm Humes during the fifty minute conversation who helped to clarify a few key points. I picked up a spot of espresso for Pip before we started since he appeared in need of caffeine. I’d like to thank Sean Ahern of Pangea Music and Michael Clare for helping to set up the interview.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Returning to the Well of Creativity —
Yes Live in San Luis Obispo 1996

Cover art By now most of you in the progressive rock community have heard about the reunion of the classic Yes line-up. In an attempt to revitalize interest in the band, three live shows were played and recorded in San Luis Obispo in early March to a combination of die-hard fans, band family, and associates. You may ask yourself what this event has to do with the state of progressive rock in 1996. In my opinion: plenty! They came, they saw, they played complex music and it was damn good.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Sole Man —
A Profile of Kit Watkins

Cover art Outside the living room window of Christopher "Kit" Watkins, hummingbirds feed, framed by an expansive view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Except for a generous sprinkling of gray in his close-cropped hair, the 42-year-old Watkins looks little different than he did 15 years ago, when he played keyboards and flute at the Cellar Door in Washington, DC with drummer Coco Roussel. The slightly built musician carries himself in a relaxed manner, plopping into an easy chair to engage in coffee and conversation. Quiet, yet animated, his eyes burn with a quiet intensity, and his face freezes into a sparkling smile when he makes a point.  » Read more
(Posted by Jim Dorsch 1996-08-01)

Thoughtful Boats and Rocky Oceans —
A Profile of the German Octopus

Cover art Not to be confused with the many other bands of the same name, the German Octopus was perhaps the classic Sky-label band. The band was conceived in Frankfurt, Germany in 1973 by bass player Claus Kniemeyer and guitarist Pit Hensel. Kniemeyer was playing in American G.I. clubs with a commercial rock band at the time. However, he had a desire to make a more heavily conceptual music. Upon meeting like-minded Pit Hensel, who had previously been playing jazz, Octopus was born. With powerful singer Jennifer Hensel (no relation, apparently), organist Werner Littau, and drummer Dieter Becke, they made their live debut in February 1974 at the Fachoberschule Frankfurt.  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

5uu's - Point of Views

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From the beginning, led by drummer Dave Kerman, 5uu's started out as the west-coast answer to the European RIO music of the day. Their first mini-album Bel Marduk & Tiamat echoes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Agitation Free - Fragments

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[Musique Intemporelle edition from 1995]

Agitation Free are one of Germany's finest space rock groups, an outfit that launched the careers of many respected musicians like...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Airborne - Walk on Water

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Lead vocalist Baggi Buchmann was a prominent contributor to German keyboardist Ines' Hunting the Fox album a couple years ago. Here he is featured with his regular band, a five piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale - Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale

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Now that nearly all of the classic Italian albums have been reissued, all that remains now is the most obscure material. Case in point... Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale was the duo of Mino di...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Alpha III - Voyage to Ixtlan

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Amir Cantusio Jr's Alpha III project has been a Brazilian mainstay since the early 80s. Voyage to Ixtlan is Cantusio's eighth album under this name and has gone from independent...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Alphataurus - Dietro l'Uragano

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In the early 70s, there were so many great progressive bands on the Italian scene, that even some of the best were overlooked. Case in point: Alphataurus were a five-piece who released their only...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Alquimia & Jose Luis Fernandez Ledesma - Dead Tongues

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Alquimia is a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has three previous albums to her credit in the pre-hispanic/new electronic music area, while Fernandez Ledesma is the de-facto leader...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Amon Düül II - Eternal Flashback

Cover art By now everyone should know that these classic German space rockers have reformed after about a twelve year hiatus. Last year's Nada Moonshine #, while not quite up to the standards set by...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Angel'in Heavy Syrup - III

Cover art Angel’in Heavy Syrup are a four piece band from Japan. The group is composed of Mineko Itakura on bass and vocals, Mine Nakao on guitar and vocals, Fuseo Toda on guitar and chimes, and Tomoko...  » Read more
(Posted by Dane Carlson 1996-08-01)

Arachnoïd - Arachnoïd

Cover art From the annals of French obscurity, Arachnoïd was a six-piece that recorded only this one album in the late 70s, and then disbanded a few months after its release. Using guitars, bass, drums,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Aria Palea - Zoicekardi'a

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In fact what begins as a pretty bizarre sounding album, with the bassist making weird laughs, sound effects, assumed voices, and whispered lyrics for over two minutes, turns out to be one of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Ash Ra Tempel - The Private Tapes

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Germany — 1971 — Underground. Those three terms evoke images of the Berlin Wall, intensity, angst, freedom. And no band helped define this milieu more than Ash Ra Tempel. With a long...

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(Posted by Tom Hayes 1996-08-01)

Atlantide - Atlantide

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Jean-Pierre Massiera had somewhat of a reputation for putting together one-shot bands that record and promptly die. Another one of his 'projects' was Visitors, which we

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Bacamarte - Depois do Fim

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Let me just begin this by saying this album is unquestionably the best Brazilian symphonic progressive rock album. Keep also in mind that it hasn't had much competition until the last few...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Beequeen - Sugarbush

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Beequeen is the duo of Frans de Waard and Freek Kinklaar and Sugarbush is their third CD release. Frans is also the erstwhile publisher of the excellent experimental/industrial music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-08-01)

Between - And the Waters Opened

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[Parts of this review specifically relate to the 1995 reissue on Germanofon. -ed.]

The Germany-based sextet is probably most well known as representing the baby steps of...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Deep Live

Cover art The word on the street is that this Japanese combo is the Far East answer to King Crimson, circa Red. Although occasional Frippisms abound in the guitar parts, I think they more closely...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Biglietto per l'Inferno - Il Tempo della Semina

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In 1991, Mellow released BPI's lost second album, Il Tempo della Semina, which was recorded in late 1974. This sounds like what was probably the final demo tapes, as this has much...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Bill Nelson - Northern Dream

Cover art Before his days in the celebrated Be Bop Deluxe, Bill Nelson put out a lone solo album in 1971. This is indeed a far cry from his ambient, soundtrack-like projects he is best known for. Instead, this...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Bruno Heuzé - Eurasie

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Heuzé's stunning electro-acoustic music belongs in the broadest swath of progressive music and can be roughly categorized as techno-tribal, an eclectic mix of eastern exoticism, ambient...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-08-01)

C.W. Vrtacek - Silent Heaven

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Over the years Connecticut-based multi-instrumentalist and composer C.W. Vrtacek has released several solo albums, appeared on numerous compilations, collaborated with Frith, Didkovsky, Biota, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Catweazle - Ars Moriendi

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Just what the world needs, another Swedish prog band! Catweazle are a four-piece of guitar / keyboards / bass / drums with lead vocals by keyboardist Michael Thorne. They seem to be coming from the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Celeste - Second Plus

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Celeste's debut album is one of the very best of the Italian progressives, and was highly regarded enough to have been reissued in three countries. Meanwhile, this CD is supposedly a lost...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Chris Savourey - End of Millenium

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Seems like we just reviewed Savourey's first album in the last issue, and already he's back with a superb and highly energized follow-up. Okay, this may not be exactly what most consider...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Christian Vander / Simon Goubert - Welcome

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These guys have just about got it right on this one! For the last several years, Christian Vander has been following the spirit of John Coltrane, particularly the Impulse years, Both he and Goubert...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Conrad Schnitzler - Blue Glow & Charred Machinery

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Herr Schnitzler is probably the most prolific synthesist (we might as well say musician) on the planet. He has been around since the early days of Kluster and Tangerine Dream (he was a member of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Corte dei Miracoli - Dimensione Onirica & Live at Lux

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Corte dei Miracoli only released one album on the short lived Grog label in 1976 (reissued on Vinyl Magic) and like Museo Rosenbach, left a series of poorly recorded demos, of which Dimensione...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Crystals - Crystals

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Featuring guitarists Marcello Todaro of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and Nanni Civitenga of Raccomondata Ricevuta Ritorno, Crystals were a group of musicians trying to be the next big thing or at least...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

David Bedford - Great Equatorial

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According to the liner notes, Bedford composed these six pieces for the Royal Observatory Telescope room after a modernization upgrade. For those of you who’re unfamiliar with Bedford’s...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Devil Doll - Dies Irae

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If ever there was a band that fit the "love 'em or hate 'em" mold, this is certainly it. Fans tend to be die-hards, and non-fans tend to just ignore this band. So when the fans...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-08-01)

Devil Doll - Dies Irae

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Proceed with extreme caution. If you love symphonic progressive rock with a nasty, sinister edge, Devil Doll may be the band you've been waiting for. Fronted by the inimitable Mr. Doctor on...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Devil Doll - Dies Irae

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I suppose it was inevitable that before long this band would find a concept such as this too good to pass up. Given the countless readings of this medieval concept in classical music, though,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Dilate - Cyclos

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It's interesting that Cleopatra is releasing ambient electronic music like this, as my initial impression of the label was much different. There’s not an awful lot of information in the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Dr Folamour - Dr Folamour

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About halfway through my first listen to Dr Folamour's eponymous debut, I had to go and find my copy of baG's

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Draft & Bill - Reported Missing

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Mellow's "New Progressive Series" (a title they tend to put on the newer releases) is a rather misleading category. I don't want to entertain a discussion of what...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Dweller at the Threshold - No Boundary Condition

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Dweller at the Threshold is a trio of Paul Ellis, Dave Fulton, and Jeff Vasey, on synthesizers, synthesizers, and synthesizers respectively, out to explore the far reaches of a finite universe with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Eiliff - Eiliff & Girlrls

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It's amazing how many great albums are still being reissued from Germany from the early 70s. It seems at times that there is no end to the wealth from that period. Eiliff was another gem of a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

El-Hadra - The Mystic Dance

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Featuring three respected German new-electronic musicians, Ted de Jong on tabla, Klaus Wiese on zither, and Matthias Grassow on keys, one might hope that the three would use this unusual...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Electric Diamond - Electric Diamond

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Electric Diamond is a trio of keyboards (piano and analog synths), lyricon, and violin. The music is all instrumental, and ranges from analog synth renditions of 13th and 14th Century dances to...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Electric Orange - Orange Communication

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Some may recall that we reviewed the original Electric Orange album back in issue #4. That album,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Eloy - The Tides Return Forever

Cover art There is something strangely familiar about the latest studio release from this long time fixture on the German prog scene. First off, the old Eloy logo is back after a fairly long hiatus. Secondly,...  » Read more
(Posted by Chris Snow 1996-08-01)

Exclusive Raja - Insubmersible

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Insubmersible is Exclusive Raja's second album and is a step onward from their debut, Off the Map, of three years ago. This eclectic band shows musical influences of such...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1996-08-01)

Finnforest - Finnforest / Lähtö Matkalle

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At the core of this classic Finnish prog-fusion unit were two brothers, Pekka and Jussi Tegelman, on guitars and drums respectively. They recorded three albums in the mid-late 70s; the first two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

FM - Retroactive: FM Archives Volume 1

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This Canadian trio is probably best known for their three late-seventies LPs Black Noise, Headroom and Surveillance (the first of which saw CD reissue a couple years...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Folli di Dio - Folli di Dio

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It sounds like Folli di Dio just missed being on Mellow's Fruit Salad label, as it fits into that most amorphous of genres – neo-psychedelic. Neo-psych is as ambiguous as most genre names...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Fonya - Earth Shaper

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Fonya is Chris Fournier, a multi-instrumentalist adept at making instrumental symphonic progressive rock in a variety of moods. The album is primarily keyboard-based, using modern keyboard sounds...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Fonya - Earth Shaper

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Earth Shaper is a travel into a fantasy land. A rather colorful travel where most of the times the instruments are equal in conveying the soundscapes to these imaginary places. It could be...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-08-01)

Fonya - Earth Shaper

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Fonya continues to be the solo vehicle for multi-instrumentalist Chris Fournier. His latest release is one that builds well on previous efforts, and is simultaneously familiar and accessible, not...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-08-01)

Francesco Buccheri - Journey / Second Journey

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Italian synthesists are a rare breed and only a few of them did anything of note (Cacciapaglia, Baffo Banfi, and very few others). Buccheri was a very obscure musician with a pronounced Teutonic...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Françoise Toullec - Histoire d'Onk

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Pianist Françoise Toullec leads her quintet through some mellow and mysterious avant-garde jazz on this intriguing album. Accompanied by acoustic bass, drums, saxophone, and voice, she...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness

Cover art Now here's a band who has made some serious progress. From listening to Principium or Path of Dreams, there's no way of telling that they would have made this much of a step up. ...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness

Cover art When I first heard the name "Garden Wall," I thought, "This band must be another one of those Genesis influenced bands." Well, after listening to the CD, I wonder if they've ever even heard of...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness

Cover art One might ask how Garden Wall could possibly top their previous album, Path of Dreams from 1994. This writer was initially skeptical about that possibility, but after a few listens to this...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Garden Wall - The Seduction of Madness

Cover art I'm not certain if this band is named from the lyric of Genesis' "I Know What I Like," but that could begin to explain the myriad of styles the band employs. Garden Wall has a metalish rhythm section...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Genfuoco - Dentro l'Invisible

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Genfuoco were one of the last "progressive" rock groups in the late 70s with Zauber and Locanda delle Fate. Genfuoco's music, very much like Zauber, was airy and serene with some very...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Germinale - Germinale

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One of the better of the new Italian progressive bands, their eponymous debut just escaped the second part of our "New Italian Progressive Rock Scene" overview back in issue #4. So with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Gilgamesh - Another Fine Tune You Got Me Into

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Gilgamesh's second album is a work of rediscovery for the original two lead voices of the band, Phil Lee (guitars) and Alan Gowen (keyboards). Gowen had just returned from a tour of the U.S....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Glass Hammer - Perelandra

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If you're looking for a good keyboard album, then look no further. Glass Hammer has lots to offer in that department. There are some great keyboard parts on Perelandra and the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Glass Hammer - Perelandra

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My first impressions of the album were that the music is a trite retread of the same standard progressive ideas, just performed by a different set of enthusiastic fans using weakly written...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Glass Hammer - Perelandra

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It's terribly sad to me that many people's impression of "progressive rock" goes no farther than Yes, Genesis, or their countless soundalikes. I don't want to be too hard on...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Gong - Pre-Modernist Wireless: The Peel Sessions

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Blah blah Gong blah Daevid Allen blah space rock blah seminal spiritual gnomepixiebanana. Ahem. OK, now the introductions are over, we now have the latest live Gong installment, three different...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Gothic Lunch - Gothic Lunch

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Marco Cimino of Errata Corrige mixed this and it says on the back that he wrote the songs, however on the inside it says he didn't write anything and only played piano on one track. In reality,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Grey Lady Down - Forces

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This is the second album for this British five-piece with a dedicated lead vocalist, whose style is firmly in the neo-progressive camp of bands like IQ and others who drive their sound with brite...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Günter Schickert - Somnambul

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This is one of Musique Intemporelle's Rainbow series, CDs released with a track of CD ROM on each one. I haven't seen the CD ROM portion of this so I can't comment, but the rest of the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Guru Guru - Live

Cover art Guru Guru was one of the pioneering German psych rock groups, but by 1977 they had mellowed out with age leaving behind the Neumeier/Trepte/Genrich line up that procured classics such as Kan...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Gwendal - Les Plus Belles Chansons de Gwendal

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Gwendal are an amazing group and one of my favorites of the severely underrated French / Breton folk-rock scene. Unfortunately the distribution of any of their albums is uncommonly poor and it...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Hampton Grease Band - Music to Eat

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The "Hampton," of course, refers to the venerable Bruce Hampton, best known for his 90s rock / jazz / funk outfit, the Aquarium Rescue Unit. But back in the early 70s, Hampton was the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Heretic - Past in Future

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This strictly limited edition private release by Heretic (a.k.a. Hiro Kawahara) represents the work of the last few years with demo versions of two thirty-five minute tracks in multiple parts,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Horslips - Collection

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Finally a representative collection of the work of this excellent Irish folk-rock band that doesn't focus exclusively on their hits. This 2CD collection - both discs full length, traces the band's...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Il Balletto di Bronzo - Ys (Original & English)

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Ys is certainly one of the more controversial progressive rock albums. Many people will tell you not only that it is a classic, but it's often quoted as being the very best of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Il Giro Strano - La Divina Commedia

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Around a core six-piece of organ, guitar, bass, drums, sax+flute, and powerful lead vocalist Mirko Ostinet, Il Giro Strano were ex-members of equally obscure bands Tramps and Voodoo. They recorded...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Il Sistema - Il Viaggio senza Andata

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Ciro Perrino has been Mauro Moroni's right hand man at Mellow Records, so it's not surprising that many of the lost relics released by that label include him and other members of the short...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Iona - Journey into the Morn

Cover art The first 15 minutes of this album (except the two-minute opener) give the listener no idea of what is to come. If you judge an album based on a cursory listen of the first few songs , this one would...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Iona - Journey into the Morn

Cover art Released quietly at the end of last year, this seems to be the album that will earn Iona the recognition and following they have long deserved. This is clearly their strongest effort yet, touching all...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Iona - Journey into the Morn

Cover art While this is for the most part an unabashedly pop-styled album, it also happens to be a solid, captivating, and thoroughly enjoyable listen. Similar to Clannad at times, Iona's music is a lush and...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Ivanhoe - Symbols of Time

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Ivanhoe represent the harder side of neo-prog. That is to say, they incorporate keyboards, a big guitar sound, and dramatic lyrics. On first listen to this album, I whooped with delight as...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

J.A. Caesar - Kokkyou Junreika & Shintokomaru

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

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Jacula - Anno Demoni

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Jacula's debut (to be reviewed in a later issue) was one of the rarest (if not the rarest) of the Italian progressive rock albums, and certainly one of the most sinister – or...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Jean-Paul Prat - Masal

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A most welcome reissue. Drummer and bandleader Prat had worked with his band Masal from the early 70s, yet their first and only release was this two-sided 42 minute instrumental opus from nearly a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Jumbo - Jumbo, DNA, 1983 & Live

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The list above is the entire discography of Jumbo except for two rare singles, one from 1970 and one from 1975, and Vietato Ai Minori Di 18 Anni? which is

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Kenso - Kenso I

Cover art It was just last issue in our Belle Antique label overview that this writer said something to the effect that since all the best tracks from Kenso's first eponymous LP had been included as bonus...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

King Crimson - B'Boom - Live in Argentina

Cover art It's always a challenge to review an album that I'm sure everyone has, but here goes... Recorded just prior to their extensive worldwide tour, these recordings accurately reflect the 1995 version of...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Kit Watkins - Beauty Drifting

Cover art Belying its apparent simplicity, this latest album from Kit — basically a piano album with some supporting synth work, recalls the ethereal spirit and moodiness of his classic Azure. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Kit Watkins - Beauty Drifting

Cover art The title of this work is as apt a description as you'll come by for this music. Using mostly grand piano, electronic treatments, a mite of sampling, and a nice sense of space, Kit has fashioned an...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Kit Watkins - Beauty Drifting

Cover art This one was a real surprise. Watkins has always had a broad body of work in the electronic realm, but this album is something very different from his last few efforts, ambient or rhythmic....  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-08-01)

Kit Watkins - Labyrinth & Frames of Mind

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Finally Watkins' first two post-Happy the Man/Camel solo albums have received the proper digital treatment. These are two very formative albums that offer a logical bridge between the music of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Kryptästhesie - Inner Whirl

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This is the first regular album on the Delerium label for this Italian band (though several private cassettes, two singles, and a double-LP on other labels date back to the mid 80s), a five piece...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Lands End - Terra Serranum

Cover art After a less-than-spectacular live performance before Progfest '95, I wasn't expecting much from this, the second CD by this Southern California based quartet. Overall, their sound now seems to occupy...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Laser - Vita sul Pianeta

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This one surprised me a bit – I guess I was expecting it to be much worse. I suppose it's a bit dated for 1973, with definite psych / beat influences and shorter songs. In many ways,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Latte e Miele - English Papillon, Live & Vampyrs

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These albums make up the present archives of previously unreleased Latte e Miele music. Latte e Miele are best described as an Italian ELP and have a very big sound for a trio. They released three...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Le Stelle di Mario Schifano - Dedicato A

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Kckck wk zz r ckck! It sounds like the workers at the CD mastering plant took time out to play frisbee with the source LP; you can not only tell this CD was mastered from LP but at times...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Liberation thru' Hearing - Liberation thru' Hearing

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How to describe this? Let's first consider the music: although it doesn't say exactly who plays on the album, one may hear synths, percussion, flutes, sax, drums, bass, guitars, plus some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Lightwave - Mundus Subterraneus

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

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Lisa Gerrard - The Mirror Pool

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Lisa Gerrard is the prime mover behind 4AD trailblazers Dead Can Dance. Her sometimes spooky, sometimes playful vocals have earned her a modest following in the art-rock crowd, often evoking the...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Magma - Inédits

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The last of the original Magma albums to be reissued, Inédits comes without much fanfare — it was after all, something of a bootleg in its day, produced by some slippery...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Manœuvres d'Automne - Manœuvres d'Automne (AKA Un Peu d'Air!)

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From Switzerland, Manœuvres d'Automne is essentially the project band of Gilles Rieder (Débile Menthol, L'Ensemble Rayé), with help from Laurent Viennet and Serge...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Marillion - Made Again

Cover art Made Again marks the first official release live album documenting the Hogarth era, and contains tracks from all four studio albums represented by the current lineup. The 2CD set is made up...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Mastermind - Volume One

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Ten years after it was recorded and released as a cassette, and about six years after its original CD incarnation on ZNR records, Mastermind's debut is finally available once again. It...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Mayfair - Die Flucht (AKA Escape)

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If you're craving for more modern rock, find Mayfair's Escape. The music fits snugly in the 80s college radio camp with bands like R.E.M., U2, and the like – except not...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Medina Azahara - Paseando por la Mexquita, La Esquina del Viento & Andalucía

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Medina Azahara are one of the longest running Spanish symphonic rock bands. If I'm not mistaken, they may still be together. While most of their contemporaries disappeared due to the Spanish...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Mellow Candle - The Virgin Prophet

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As the CD liner notes state, Mellow Candle's Swaddling Songs is the holy grail of folk rock. There really is no other album that even compares in this specific genre (Fairport...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Michael Stearns - The Lost World

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Michael Stearns is in his own right a pioneer in electronic music and sometimes overlooked. Since his first album, Ancient Leaves in 1977 he has released many albums, several such as...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Murple - Io Sono Murple

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Murple is one of the countless Italian one-shots who released one rare album and disappeared off of the face of the earth. Their style was typical of the era – a classical/symphonic rock in...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Museo Rosenbach - Rare, Unreleased & Live '72

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Museo Rosenbach's Zarathustra is one of the greatest symphonic/classical rock works of all time and has yet to be surpassed in the genre. These two titles are posthumous releases of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Musica Urbana - Iberia

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Spanish ensemble Music Urbana are quite an interesting group of musicians, creating a very original music. Their first album, recently reissued showed a band blending a plethora of styles –...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Napoli Centrale - Napoli Centrale

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In the vein of bands like Perigeo, Agora, Duello Madre, and Dedalus; Napoli Centrale are an Italian jazz rock outfit playing music quite different from their symphonic contemporaries. They're a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Nirgal Vallis - Y Murio la Tarde

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This Mexican quintet dates to the early 80s, to Mexico City's blossoming underground progressive scene. In 1985, they recorded one side of an album, In Principio / Y Murio la Tarde,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

No Name - The Secret Garden

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Firmly rooted in the "neo-prog" tradition, No Name delivers an album that should have some appeal to fans of similar bands like Marillion, Saga, and IQ. In fact, "Septagone,"...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Non Credo - Happy Wretched Family

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Though this is only Non Credo's second outing, one listen should erase any question about why it's been so long since their debut, Reluctant Hosts. The Los Angeles duo consists of...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Nuova Idea - Mr. E. Jones & Clowns

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Nuova Idea are probably best known for being part of Italy's largest family tree, including the New Trolls and Osanna. Nuova Idea's Ricky Belloni (on Clowns) joined the New Trolls...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Oats - Sons of the Sonic Solution

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Sons of the Sonic Solution is 70 minutes of off-the-wall bizarre and eclectic alternative-styled music. There is a definite element of the low- budget grungy alternative ethos; wailing...

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(Posted by Jon Davis, Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Opus Avantra - Lyrics

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Opus Avantra (see overview in issue #7) were quite a unique combo. Led by Alfredo Tisocco and vocalist Donella del Monaco, Opus Avantra have been around since the mid 70s when they released two...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Opus Avantra - Lyrics

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Only their fourth release in 22 years, yet it is surprising to see how this band has stuck to their guns, combining classical, folk, and avant-garde elements, and not given into the temptation to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Opus Avantra - Lyrics

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The latest from Opus Avantra finds pianist Alfredo Tisocco conducting his ensemble of strings and woodwinds through a variety of modern and avant-garde tinged compositions. Influences range from...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Osiris - Myths & Legends

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Bahrain is a small group of islands in the Persian Gulf. Of all the places one wouldn't expect as a source of progressive music, it has got to be near the top of the list. But think about it,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Paradiso a Basso Prezzo - Paradiso a Basso Prezzo

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This is a CD I really expected to like, considering this is an Italian progressive from 1973 live and unreleased. That’s not to say it's bad. It certainly has a lot of typical elements to...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Patrick Broguière - Icones

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Broguière's debut album Brocéliande was one of Musea's brightest promises last year, the multi-instrumentalist (guitars, keyboards, violin, and flute) serving up a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture

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Unlike Marillion, Pendragon have had to slog it out arduously throughout their career in order to achieve their level of success. The latest offering is an ambitious project to say the least. And...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture

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Pendragon's new release, The Masquerade Overture, further proves that this band is one of the better proponents of neo-progressive rock. Not because of any great originality, but...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture

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For 15 years Pendragon has been a fixture on the English progressive scene. They've got solid support from a devoted European fan base, consistent albums, and a refined sound. They've got...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Peter Frohmader - Homunculus 1-4 / Ritual

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Multimood, already surprising us with the well packaged Stringed Works, has done it again with this three albums on 2CD package. Comprised of three of Frohmader's best albums, this is...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Peter Hammill - X My Heart

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Here's another work in the "difficult artiste" series from prolific songwriter Peter Hammill. How many releases does this make for him? Over 20, not including compilations? He has...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Phideaux - Friction

Cover art Phideaux (pronounced like "Fido") is New York singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Phideaux Xavier. His debut release, Friction, is a dense and quite impressive piece of work. Featuring...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Philharmonie - Rage

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Perhaps a bit of history is in order. Philharmonie began in the late 80s as strictly a guitar trio, led by former Shylock guitarist Frederic L'Epée. Their first album, Beau...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Pierre Bastien - Eggs Air Sister Steel

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An interesting album indeed. Each one of the thirteen instrumental vignettes presented here has its own unique character, all within a more-or-less experimental neo-classical context, with some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Pierre Vervloesen - Home Made

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Vervloesem is a Belgian guitarist whose music is unique and attention grabbing. You have probably never heard anything quite like it, but it fits somewhere in the realm of progressive, fusion,...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-08-01)

Pip Pyle's Equip' Out - Up!

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Recorded in fall 1991, the second release from Pip Pyle’s pet project has only recently seen the light of day on the US import market. On the occasion of Pip’s recent trip to the US and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Porcupine Tree - Waiting

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This is Porcupine Tree's latest three-song CD EP, appropriately titled I suppose, while we are waiting for the release of their next full length CD Signify this coming fall. The music...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Prklz - Deuce

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A unique blend of many different influences, Prklz mixes their music up with lots of drastically different styles, often within the context of one song. Perhaps due primarily to their guitar / bass...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Providence - There Once Was a Night of "Choko-muro" the Paradise

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Some may recall the first, very highly regarded Providence CD And I'll Recite an Old Myth... from around 1990. At that point they had already released a couple cassettes, two videos, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Psychomusak - The Extasie

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You want psychedelic? The music here, spread out across five long purely instrumental tracks, each ranging from ten to twenty minutes, evokes a hallucinatory half dreamlike state by offering...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Raison de Plus - Au Bout du Couloir

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Although Raison De Plus has been active since the mid-80s – their first recorded work being a single contribution to the Musea compilation LP Enchantement, followed by a single...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Relayer - A Grander Vision

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Walking a fine line between progressive and straight ahead rock, Relayer flirts with both these styles but never strays too far toward the progressive side of the spectrum. Vocalist John Sahagian...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Revelation - Addicted

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Happily, this neo-progressive outfit from London avoids copying the overworked Marillion sound so many neo-prog bands favor these days. Instead, they update their sound considerably, with a big...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1996-08-01)

Ring of Myth - Unbound

Cover art First impressions are generally correct. This could be a likable excursion down a well trod path, however, I found it pretty much impossible to listen to this CD all the way through. This LA band is a...  » Read more
(Posted by Dane Carlson 1996-08-01)

Robert Rich / B.Lustmord - Stalker

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This evidently is music for or from a soundtrack to a movie. I'm of the opinion that most music in this vein would do well as soundtrack music so it doesn’t really figure into my...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Rocket Scientists - Earthbound & Brutal Architecture

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I wouldn't call the first CD by the Rocket Scientists progressive. It is a collection of songs, predominantly vocal. There is a lot of talent here. RS is Eric Nordlander on keyboards and...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1996-08-01)

Sagittarian - Sagittarian

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Sagittarian were a Japanese primarily-instrumental six-piece that put out one obscure album in the early 80s (in a limited edition of 100). The dominant sound is a Camel-influenced progressive...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Saro Cosentino / Mino di Martino - TV Dinner

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Mino di Martino was one half of Albergo Intergallatico Spaziale (reviewed

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Sithonia - Confine

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This fourth album by Sithonia, a modern Italian band, brings an up-front approach to their style, underlined by lots of chordal guitar work supported by keyboard pads, contrasting a bit from their...

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(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-08-01)

Sithonia - Confine

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Sithonia have actually been around quite a while. This I believe is their fourth album since they started roughly around the same time Nuova Era did. Sithonia are moving more and more into that...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Sithonia - Confine

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Sithonia certainly stand apart from their neo-prog contemporaries. Their influence draws mainly not on Genesis, but on classic 70s bands from their native Italy like Metamorfosi and Biglietto per...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Soft Heap - Soft Heap

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Another splinter project of the Soft Machine / National Health ilk, Soft Heap was described as the "living evolution of the Softs" going forward into the present day (even though Gowen...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Soft Machine - Live in Paris May 2nd, 1972 (aka Live in France)

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[This was written about the original One Way edition. - ed.]

Wow! Another newly found live recording which was previously available only in bootleg format? Unfortunately, the disc is...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Spektakel - Spektakel

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Unless one has been hiding in the forest for a year, it should be fairly well known that The Laser's Edge was planning on releasing this, the tapes of an early band involving Ede Schicke and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Spirosfera - Umanamnesi

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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....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

St Tropez & La Compagnia Digitale - Icarus & La Compagnia Digitale

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Both of these groups contain percussionist/synthesist Ciro Perrino in their ranks. These groups were both post-Celeste and showed a vast change in style from that group. You may have heard Ozric...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Standarte - Standarte

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This new Italian band has a sound that hails unmistakably from the early 70s heavy progressive scene. Though no guitar is credited in the notes, this is classic guitar and keyboard driven, mostly...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Steve Howe - Homebrew

Cover art This new CD is a collection of guitar pieces and song writing ventures by the noted Yes guitarist which covers a span of over twenty years work from several solo and band projects. Almost completely...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void

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It seems Mr. Roach can do no wrong, always working with quality musicians always following different trails into uncharted areas and always sticking to psychosomatic energy in music. Lately,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Steve Roach / Michael Stearns / Ron Sunsinger - Kiva

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Stearns and Roach have collaborated before on 1989's Desert Solitaire as have Stearns and Sunsinger more recently on Singing Stones. For all three this is the first project...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Tel Basta - Lickerish

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I really like this CD. Musically it's very simple. I am reminded of early Cure and Joy Division music. Progressive? Well, not as I call progressive. The promo statement for the band read...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1996-08-01)

Tempest - Turn of the Wheel

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Tempest is led by Lief Sorbye (formerly of folk group Golden Bough). This is their first album for the Magna Carta label and their fourth disc overall. Jigs and reels and storytelling: that's...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Tempest - Turn of the Wheel

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Tempest (not to be confused with the ex-Colosseum group) wasn't a group I would have expected to review in Exposé as I considered them a straighter folk-rock band from the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Tempest - Turn of the Wheel

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No, this is not Allan Holdsworth's hard rock band reunited. This is a new band mating Celtic folk and rock, and doing quite a job of it I might add. Comparisons to Jethro Tull (especially...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Ten Seconds - Ten Seconds

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Ten Seconds is the duo of Bill Forth (guitars, vocals) and Jeff Fayman (keyboards), augmented by numerous guests on bass, drums, additional keys, and guitar soundscapes (gee, I wonder who that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

The Flower Kings - Back in the World of Adventures

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Don't let the name fool you. The Flower Kings can jam! Take some soulful groove drumming, occasional Frippertronic style guitar, medieval flute-led romps in 7, and a plethora of keyboard and...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

The Mistakes - The Mistakes

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A collaboration between four diverse and experienced musicians, The Mistakes turns in as fun and challenging a listen as its lineup promises it to be. Virtuoso guitarists Mike Keneally and...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

The Spacious Mind - Sailing the Seagoat

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This third album from The Spacious Mind delivers more of their patented spacy psychedelia. Those familiar with their earlier releases know exactly what to expect; E-bowed guitar leads over a...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

The Spacious Mind - Sailing the Seagoat

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Here's an interesting concept. Take simple folk ideas, add a little psychedelic electronics and synth, add a few flute and bongo lines and some very radio-friendly vocals and brew up some long,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Not long ago, you may recall, this Norwegian band gave us their debut releases: the mini-CD Sorrow and its full-length companion Tears Laid In Earth. These were promising but...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Scandinavian symphonic rock groups are discernibly gaining their own sound now. Following in the footsteps of groups like Anekdoten, Landberk, and especially White Willow (who could be their...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass

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Somewhere between Hawkwind at half speed and Ozric Tentacles at quarter impulse lies The 3rd and ghe Mortal – floating out into space at a pace that'll make you swear you're moving in...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Tipographica - God Says I Can't Dance

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By now everyone should know who these guys are and have some kind of idea what they sound like, even if you've never actually heard anything by them (unless you've been living in a cave, or...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Tipographica - God Says I Can't Dance

Cover art As well covered in Exposé, Tipographica are one of the best new music ensembles around, a band better suited to those with largely experimental tastes. After a superb debut and equally...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Tipographica - God Says I Can't Dance

Cover art The definition of progressive rock is growing wider each year. There is a trend that consists of injecting healthy doses of fusion, what with a jazz rock aura in the neighborhood. All over the...  » Read more
(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-08-01)

Treatment - Cipher Caput

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Apparently this was first available as a vinyl item, and then recently issued as a CD. Treatment is a British five-piece lineup of psychedelic explorers that operate somewhere along the Hawkwind /...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Tristan Park - A Place Inside

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Simple song structures, basic harmonic progressions, and weak lyrical content place this release squarely in the dangerously-close-to-cheesy neo-prog category. The music can't seem to decide if...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1996-08-01)

Tyburn Tall - Tyburn Tall

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From Speyer, Germany, Tyburn Tall were together from 1969 to 1975. During that time they became a well-respected live band, acting as opening act for name European groups such as Golden Earring,...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-08-01)

Už Jsme Doma - Pohádky Ze Zapotrebí

Cover art If one is wondering how to pronounce the title of the fourth album by this equally unpronounceable Czech sextet, don't feel too bad — the writer is in essentially the same boat. Just call it UJD #4....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Už Jsme Doma - Pohádky Ze Zapotrebí

Cover art It's a pretty rare event when I can honestly compare a CD reviewed in this magazine to both Devo and Madness, so I'm going to make the most of it here. The Devo comparisons are actually quite...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1996-08-01)

Už Jsme Doma - Pohádky Ze Zapotrebí

Cover art There is a distinct Eastern European feeling to this. Be it in the stern voices over syncopated binary rhythms where saxophones are rarely making notes lasting longer than a third of a second. Be it...  » Read more
(Posted by Alain Lachapelle 1996-08-01)

Various Artists - Le Meilleur du Progressif Instrumental

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This is the third sampler in Musea's Meilleur... series, which extracts material from their regular releases and distribute them as low-cost samplers to familiarize new listeners with...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Various Artists - Sombient Collections: The Throne of Drones & A Swarm of Drones

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Asphodel's sombient collections are amongst the finest in the field today. Compiling both distinguished synthesists and relative unknowns, it's a surprise how coherent and homogeneous the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Various Artists - Space Daze 2000

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The album's subtitle "A Mind Journey of Electronic Ambient Space Rock" pretty much sums it up. Material by fourteen different artists is collected here, representing a wider range of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Various Artists - To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales

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At first thought, this disc had the possibility of being not just another tribute album with renditions of classic songs by wimpy bands and weird line-ups. But as with some expectations, they can...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Versus X - Versus X (Remastered)

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Some may have checked out Apogee's The Border of Awareness that we reviewed in the Musea overview a few issues back, which is essentially the solo project of Versus X bassist /...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Wlud - Carrycroch'

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After finally hearing this album it became clear why there was so much fuss and commotion about its reissue. Carrycroch' is the self-produced debut album by this instrumental quartet...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

World Trade - Euphoria

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World Trade's second album was released on the new Magna Carta label during the progressive tribute album onslaught of last fall. For those of you unfamiliar with WT, this is the ongoing...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Xen - Xen

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A serious music approach to electronic-based rock that doesn't take itself so seriously is a welcome change in just about anyone's book. Besides, someone has to take over where...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-08-01)

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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...

5uu's - Hunger's Teeth – The twisted family tree of the American bands U Totem, Thinking Plague, 5uu's and Motor Totemist Guild is perhaps representative of the challenging, ever-changing music that these four groups...  (1994) » Read more

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

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet - Tabligh – 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 groove, but it’s...  (2008) » Read more

Mashu - Elephants in Your Head? – Hugh Hopper’s penchant to seek the unobtrusive collaboration results in another crystal of a project. This improvising trio is based on your typical guitar, bass and percussion scenario, except...  (2001) » Read more

Somnambulist - Somnambulist – Fans of Mellotron and heavy Hammond take note. Somnambulist is a four-piece from Chattanooga, Tennessee, who are solidly powered by these two instruments, as well as synths, guitars, and a heavy...  (1997) » Read more



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