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Date : May 1997
Pages : 72
Summary : Yes, Ash Ra Tempel, Camel, Exposure Concert Series,French TV, Earthlings, moe, Trance Mission, Renaissance Mark 1, Solstice/Andy Glass, Mona Lisa, Bill Forth of Ten Seconds, Martin Barre, Toshio Egawa of Gerard, Doane Perry
Items found : 64

From Renaissance to Illusion —
A Profile of the Relf / McCarty Renaissance

Cover art The emergence of Renaissance in 1969 coincided with the birth of a new musical genre: Progressive Rock. The British rock scene was then in the midst of a highly creative period following the psychedelic era and the musical earthquake caused by the Beatles' landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  » Read more
(Posted by Aymeric Leroy 1997-05-01)

Trying on New Threads —
The Doane Perry Interview

Cover art We spoke with Doane Perry, drummer for Jethro Tull, about his new project called Thread backstage at the Concord Pavilion, prior to their gig that night with ELP. We'd like to thank the following people for their involvement in setting up the interview: Mark Cella from M&M Music, and Kenny Wiley, Tull's tour manager.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Paul Hightower 1997-05-01)

10cc - King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents 10cc in Concert

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The King Biscuit archives are vast commodity of lost recordings of live bands in action, as they were: warts and all. One of the many missing chronicles in live music history is the early period of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

After Crying - De Profundis

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I'm not sure how this fits in in the overall scheme. It's one of those albums that makes you feel maybe you're just not hip enough for this yet. You know, if I give myself a couple of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-05-01)

Ajalon - Light at the End of the Tunnel

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The first CD release for this Christian progressive band (stop cringing) is part of Rick Wakeman's venture on his new Hope label located on the Isle of Man. These residents from uptown...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Alan Stivell - Brian Boru

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Anyone who doesn't recognize this name is definitely sticking too hard to certain genres, as Alan Stivell is a legend — and as deserving of praise as any other individual musician I could...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-05-01)

Amaia Zubiria / Pascal Gaigne - Zineman

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This is a serene, sometimes melancholy album of predominantly instrumental pieces. Pascal Gaigne alternates between piano, accordion, synth, and some brief acoustic guitar. He is joined on various...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-05-01)

Area - Chernobyl 7991

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Hmmm? A new release from Area? Yep. Fariselli, Capiozzo return with bassist Paolo dalla Porta for one of the strangest releases in a long time. Tic & Tac this is not, but it has a...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-05-01)

Area - Concerto Teatro Uomo

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Released virtually in parallel with the magnificent Parigi-Lisbona towards the end of last year, this double-live bootleg-quality set gives an even more impressive account of the Area...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-05-01)

Bertrand Loreau - Sur le Chemin...

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France hasn't exactly been renowned as a breeding ground for solo electronic artists. I can call to mind only a small handful who have surfaced over the years. So this album by the one-man...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Bill Nelson - After the Satellite Sings

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Solo artist extraordinaire (due in no small part to the huge volume of work generated in almost 30 years), Bill Nelson's latest collage is a splash of modern sophisticated pop, sampled amusing...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Caravan - All over You

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Caravan finally takes the plunge into Unplugged Greatest Hits territory, but with mixed results. New versions of ancient tracks are really no better or worse than their two decade-old predecessors,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Channel Light Vessel - Excellent Spirits

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Believe it or not, Channel Light Vessel is a superstar ambient group. Personnel breakdown includes Dream Academy alumni Kate St. John, Bill Nelson, Laraaji (Ambient 3: Day of Radiance),...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Cobweb Strange - The Temptation of Successive Hours

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Atlanta power trio Cobweb Strange is led by singer / songwriter and bassist Wade Summerlin. Together with Jonathan Burke and Derik Rinehart, they've shaped forty-five minutes of guitar-based...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Creedle - When the Wind Blows

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Creedle is a band that has come a long way. Their debut recording in the early 90s (Half Man, Half Pie) established them as an alternative punk band with a serious musical outlook....

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-05-01)

Cro Magnon - Bull?

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It's been a few seasons since Cro Magnon's debut CD Zapp! This long-awaited follow-up picks up where the first left off, but adds a bit more variety and electricity to the mix. The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Culto sin Nombre - Hallazgos Nerviosos

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Like dark? Here's dark. Anyone remember a Mexican mid-80s group called Nazca? They had a couple of very Stravinsky influenced chamber-rock albums and then disappeared nearly without trace....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Doctor Nerve - Every Screaming Ear

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Guitarist / bandleader Nick Didkovsky's latest Dr. Nerve offering is something of a live retrospective of the band's various musical personalities. While many of the tracks on Every...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-05-01)

Enchant - Wounded

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Three years after their debut A Blueprint of the World hit the streets, Enchant is back. Wounded is a much more somber and mellow record than Blueprint, and shows the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-05-01)

Erratica - Erratica

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Erratica is essentially the solo project of multi-instrumentalist David O'Neil, one third of San Jose trio Industrial Soup. Much of the madness of that band's Flagrant Display of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Escapade - Searching for the Elusive Rainbow

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One wouldn't think that music this trippy could come from the USA in the 90s; indeed, the references in Escapade's music go back to the experimental Krautrock of the earliest 70s —...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Fred & Co. - Fred & Co.

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So who is this Fred guy, anyway? One glance at the cover and one can see the long list of French jazz-rock session men who worked on this release (most of whom are unknown to this writer...),...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Ganelin / Tarasov / Chekasin - Concerto Grosso

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My first impression of this Russian trio's single, long improvisation (nearly thirty-five minutes) was that this was some vile attempt to do an Irish jig, using recorders and ocarina to begin...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Gary Windo - His Master's Bones

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60s jazz icon Gary Windo was a member of both the US and UK jazz scenes. This compilation of the tenor sax player's activities, produced by noted Canterbury musicologist Mike King, is a loving...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

GTR - King Biscuit Flower Hour

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1986: a transitional year when two frustrated but previously successful English guitarists decided they would pool their talents and start a new project. The focus for this group would be on two...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Haco - Haco

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After an almost seven-year hiatus since Paradise of Replica (After Dinner's last, and only second full studio release), songstress and presumptive After Dinner leader, Haco resurfaces,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Il Segno del Comando - Il Segno del Comando

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After a minute or so of chanting, wind-sounds, and church bells, the mighty Hammond organ casts its spell, followed by dual guitars, drums, and bass, marching onward into the title track (named...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Jacky Maestracci Symphonia - Kosen-Rufu

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As evidenced by the unusual (for Musea) catalog number, this release is not part of the primary offering (FGBG) series from Musea. When you hear it, you'll know why. This aptly-titled release...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-05-01)

Jane Siberry - Teenager

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Quirky Jane Siberry's eighth album is her first on her new label and a poignant introspective delving into the past via songs she wrote at age 16. This really is only her second completely solo...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Jeff Song & Lowbrow - Rules of Engagement

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On paper, a project such as this one would likely scare off the majority of Exposé readers — an entire CD of nine lengthy and involved free-form pieces. The problem of where...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

José Luis Fernández Ledesma Q. - Motivos para Perdere

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Ledesma may be known by some already for his recent duet recording with Alquimia called Dead Tongues, and as a member of Nirgal Vallis during the 80s. Now he's back with an opus that,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Kenso - Zaiya Live

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Kenso has been a fixture of the Japanese progressive rock scene since the 70s, and in the midst of numerous changes in style, they have always stayed true (more or less) to the high standards of...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-05-01)

Levi Chen - Meditation of My Soul

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Peace and tranquillity are yours for the asking when you spin this CD, the third by Levi Chen, an accomplished performer on electric guitar and guzheng (here called "Chinese harp")....

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Luc Marianni's Seltae Beat - Up and Down

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Musea seems to be releasing a number of concept albums lately. Up and Down, their latest and Luc Marianni’s sixth album, is a bit unusual in that it is exactly 60 minutes long....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-05-01)

Mal - Memory Overflow

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Memory Overflow is a demo from Malcolm Humes, who plays guitars, synth, loops, etc. The disc contains some very rough mixes from the catalog of his recordings throughout an 11-year period...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Masahiko Hosokawa - Like Shimmering of Hot Air

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Belle Antique have really come full circle now, with this release — a solo keyboard work from Hosokawa, a native Japanese composer. The album consists roughly of six solo piano pieces,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Midas - Midas II

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As one of the several Japanese symphonic rock groups of worthy note, its good to see that Midas have released a second album, as their Beyond the Clear Air was one of the better in a genre...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1997-05-01)

moe. - No Doy

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It's always hard to write objectively about a band which has won over my heart, fully and completely. Such is the case with moe. For those of you who have read Expose #11, you already know from...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-05-01)

New Sun - Live at the Back of a Cavern

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This simple cassette recording is an accurate live representation of a tight five-piece unit from the San Francisco Bay Area playing at the Cactus Club last year in July. Stretching out in a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Perfume de Mujer - Variaciones en la Cuerda Vol. 2 & 3

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This 1996 CD release from Cuban ensemble Perfume de Mujer is a compilation of their two albums L’Ultima Cena and Aquarium. Ten participants are credited here though most of...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-05-01)

Pest - Pest

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Here's a real surprise. Fans of Crimson's harder edge as well as folks like Kong and Buckethead will want to take note. This Austrian five-piece of drums, bass, cello, accordion, and guitar...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Phil Miller - In Cahoots - Parallel

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Canterbury guitar god Phil Miller's eighth post-National Health album is another notch in the tree for the player as composer. Phil seems to be on a sideways trend as he gets older to downplay...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Quarkspace - Spacefolds 1

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While the material on Quarkspace's CD release (see review in issue #11) has more of a song focus, these...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Reinhard Flatischler + Megadrums - Layers of Time

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I've never heard of this fine musician before now, but if I had one bit of advice to give him I'd say, "Call up Manfred Eicher, pronto!" This release would fit sparklingly well on...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Renaissance - At the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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It is with great pleasure that I announce Renaissance live at the Royal Albert Hall with Orchestra. Recorded live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour on October 14, 1977, this is a far better...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1997-05-01)

Shadowland - Mad as a Hatter

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Shadowland is basically a collaboration side-project for Pendragon keyboardist Clive Nolan and guitarist Karl Groom. It seems that the neo-prog onslaught has tapered down a bit over the last year,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1997-05-01)

Sonic Abandon - Sonic Abandon

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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....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Spock's Beard - The Beard Is out There (AKA Official Live Bootleg)

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The Los Angeles ProgFests have proven their worth to the attendees and now they seem to be yielding rewards for the performers as well. While there was no ProgFest last year, 1996 turned out to be...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-05-01)

Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited

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After Steve Hackett left Genesis in 1977, he continued to create imaginative music while his cohorts gradually faded into a massive commercial success. With the Genesis of old long gone, Steve...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1997-05-01)

Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri - Other Worlds in a Small Room

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Other Worlds in a Small Room is the only second duo project by half of Japan (later Rain Tree Crow) and also a few side projects with Mick Karn (Seed). In addition, Barbieri is...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1997-05-01)

Surrender to the Air - Surrender to the Air

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Free jazz is little more than an afterthought in the consciousness of the jazz world today, so it is refreshing as well as a bit intriguing to see a gutsy new release in this genre, from a major...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1997-05-01)

The Last James - Kindergarten

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Is this Magical Mystery Tour Vol. II? Kindergarten is a brilliant concept album of intense psychedelic pop, loaded with Mellotrons, great vocal harmonies, song-to-song musical...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Thistle - Thistle

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What a pleasant surprise I had the day when I found this treasure in my mail box! Thistle is the latest release of mysterious-cosmic-eerie female vocal-electronic music from Ventricle. Up...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-05-01)

Trembling Strain - Bottom of Empty

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Trembling Strain may well lose whatever fans they have gained, or else recruit lots of new ones by virtue of this, their third album in less than a year and a half. In this short time the ensemble...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Valarie Morris - Transformations

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Like an artist's sketchbook; that is, in essence, what Transformations presents itself as. Most of the titles were written for small groupings of winds, piano, etc., but are rendered...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Various Artists - Czech Masters of Rock Guitar / Čeští Mistři Rockové Kytary

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As the title implies, what we have here are eleven tracks of smoking hot instrumental guitar rock. The list of featured performers reads like a who's who of Czech guitarists — some...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Various Artists - Czeching In

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Well, well, well, I was as unprepared for this omnibus CD as one could be. Apart from Iva Bittová, Dunaj, and Už Jsme Doma, little other Czech rock music of a creative nature seemed to hit...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Various Artists - Maborishi No Sekai Samples

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Readers may recall the deluge of Japanese symphonic rock bands flourishing in the mid-80s. It would seem the last of their like has been seen. Enter the 90s, and Maboroshi No Sekai. The brainchild...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-05-01)

Various Artists - Progfest '95

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For those of you not able to attend the festival in Los Angeles in November 1995, here is your chance to experience the highlights of Progfest ‘95. Opening the festival and this 2CD set is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1997-05-01)

Various Artists - Progfest '95

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Well, it's finally here. This 2CD package was definitely worth the wait, even that two of the featured bands (Solaris and Spock's Beard) have already released their entire Progfest...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Various Artists - Variaciones en la Cuerda Vol. 1

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The Mexican Luna Negra label has released two discs as an overview of the Cuban prog scene, under the moniker Variaciones en la Cuerda, Una Vision del Rock en Cuba, Vols. 1 and 2....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-05-01)

Vidna Obmana - Twilight of Perception

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Belgian composer Vidna Obmana has been on the Fourth World electronic scene for quite a few years now, using electronics, percussion, tape loops, and processing to produce music with a rich, dark,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-05-01)

Völgyessy Szomor Fanni - Hajnalban

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Volgyessi Szomor Fanni is the female singer for Hungarian band You and I, whose excellent eponymous release was

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1997-05-01)

Wappa Gappa - Yamatai Koku (AKA Wappa Gappa)

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Combining elements of several types of rock into one package, Wappa Gappa touches on just about everything. Vocalist Tamami Yamamoto is a mezzo with a really smooth voice, and she typically sings...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1997-05-01)

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Focus - Focus 9 / New Skin – After an initial stab at a return to action with 2002's Focus 8, Thijs van Leer is back with an almost totally new lineup that's sounding better than ever. That is, if your tastes for this...  (2008) » Read more

Bob Drake - The Skull Mailbox – Bob Drake may be a genius, but it is fair to say that, as far as the results of his craft go, he is more than a bit scatterbrained. The Skull Mailbox is chock full of ideas, often more than one for...  (2002) » Read more

Peter Frohmader - Cycle of Eternity – Cycle of Eternity is the latest release from Cuneiform electronic music artist Peter Frohmader. In typical Cuneiform fashion, it defies easy description, blending diverse influences with a strong...  (1994) » Read more

Ie Rai Shan - Ie Rai Shan – Remember Pageant, Providence, Mr. Sirius, and the better days of Japanese symphonic rock? Well, don't say they don't make music like that anymore — because Ie Rai Shan is proof true that they do....  (1995) » Read more

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