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Available online from Issue 14

0.720 Aleación - 0.720 Aleación (AKA Unidos Mexicanos)

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Mexico in the mid-80s was a fertile breeding ground for all kinds of new and unusual progressive music; bands like Iconoclasta, Nazca, Banda Elastica, Nirgal Vallis, Decibel, Delirium, and others...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Alan Stivell - Zoom 70/95

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Thanks a lot — trying to sum up Alan Stivell's career in a paragraph is like summing up World War II in a book — there’s too much to say and where do you start? I have all...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

Alien Planetscapes - Life on Earth

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Alien Planetscapes proudly proclaim to be the oldest space rock band in America. An admirable distinction that at 17 years I certainly can't discount. The only argument I might present is that...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 1998-02-01)

Alpes - Patrice Moullet - En Attendant Noe

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With a signature sound almost indescribable, Patrice Moullet is back with another Alpes release. Imagine a mad scientist living alone in the mountains, inventing, designing, and constructing his...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1998-02-01)

Anthony Phillips - Dragonfly Dreams & The Meadows of Englewood

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The most artistically inclined and prolific of all Genesis members past or present is (how ironic) also the least popular. Nevertheless Phillips has neither given up nor given in, as these two...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Arcana - Cantar de Procella

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Cold rock, biting wind. Hooded figures traveling through dark caverns by torchlight. These are the images that come to mind as you listen to "The Opening of the Wound," the other kind of...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-02-01)

Ashra - Sunrain - The Virgin Years

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And what great years they were. Never heard any Ashra? Buy this! Sorry, I am biased, this is great stuff. If you don't know, Ash Ra is Manuel Göttsching, a phenomenal guitar player and...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-02-01)

Autumn Tears - Love Poems for Dying Children​, Act 2: The Garden of Crystalline Dreams

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A Gothic Opera? This is some trippy stuff, my friends. Autumn Tears is Erika and Ted; Erika sings, Ted plays keyboards. Being an opera of sorts, there is a story with several characters. Erika is a...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-02-01)

Brian Hopper with Beggars Farm - Brian Hopper with Beggars Farm

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Here's one of the latest of the Canterbury music resurrections. Brian Hopper, brother of former Soft Machine bassist Hugh, was a key member of the "original" Canterbury band, The...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1998-02-01)

Cast - Angels and Demons

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I've been reading about Cast for a while in Exposé, but the arrival of this disc marks the first time I've actually heard them. So going into it, I knew they were a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1998-02-01)

Cyril Achard - Confusion

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This is one of those albums that nobody ever seems to know anything about. Presuming that to be the case with most of our readership, the best thing to do would be just to describe the music. From...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1998-02-01)

David Cross - Exiles

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Treading on the remnants of your Crimson past can be a vain attempt to recapture or rejuvenate interest in your modern endeavors. Happily I can relate David Cross' new solo work, Exiles...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-02-01)

Escapade - Inner Translucence

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In the long line of Space Rock groups that have been covered in detail in Exposé, Escapade belong to the latter day psychotropic explorers such as Ozric Tentacles, Architectural...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

Faith & Disease - Fortune His Sleep & Livesongs: Third Body

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These being two of the three albums to date by this Seattle-based duo. The band is Dara Rosenwasser, vocals / lyrics and Eric Cooley, bass / lyrics. Both albums have several additional musicians to...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-02-01)

Farflung - So Many Minds, So Little Time

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Space rock devotees listen up! After their performance at the Strange Daze festival I was hot to pick up something by this band and this new album actually exceeds my expectations. There are...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 1998-02-01)

French TV - Live: Yoo Hoo

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French TV is a real American anachronism: a complex unit (with their unique brand of improvisation) based in the heart of country music land: Louisville. Live they play their own refined style,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-02-01)

Gilgamesh - Gilgamesh

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I hate to admit it, but this is one English import LP I just plain loved for the album cover alone, an amusing rock 'n roll version of the children's game Snakes and Ladders (e.g.—...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-02-01)

Guru Guru - Moshi Moshi

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Krautrock lives! Original drummer Mani Neumeier is joined in a four piece configuration by longtime sax player Roland Schaeffer, returning bassist Peter Kuhmstedt, and guitarist Luigi Archetti,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Hermetic Science - Ed Macan's Hermetic Science

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If Macan's name sounds familiar, perhaps it's because you've seen or read his book Rocking the Classics (Reviewed in Issue #12). Macan's three-piece band Hermetic Science...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

If, Bwana - 33 Birds Went, Breathing & Tripping India

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Sometimes something comes along that totally defies categorization and comparison, like music from some other universe — or music from this universe turned inside out. Such is the music of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Jeff Song & Lowbrow - The Other Pocket

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With a line-up of flute, trumpet, cello, and rhythm section, this album delves unapologetically into free jazz and avant-garde experimentalism. Frenetic bebop energy mingles with mellow atonal...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1998-02-01)

Jon Anderson - Change We Must, Angels Embrace, Toltec & The Promise Ring

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Not for Anderson the paralysis that plagues his parent group. After the Union project folded he must have realized that if he were to do anything creatively it would have to be by the seat...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Korai Öröm - Korai Öröm

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This ten-piece ensemble from Hungary plays what could only be described as world-influenced psychedelic / space-rock, using keyboards, guitar, bass, flute, didgeridoo, drums, voices, and at least...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

La Düsseldorf - La Düsseldorf

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What might Kraftwerk have become in the guise of a guitar-band instead of a synth band? The toe-tapping oddments of this first La Düsseldorf outing from 1976 just may give a clue....

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Loren Nerell - Lilin Dewa

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Here is a composer who has been busy working to put Indonesia on the map as the next landing point in the trek in search of inspiration. In his music Loren Nerell has always shown the explorer...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Macromassa - Um-Yu (Las Flores Amarillas También dan Entradas Nuevas a los Perros)

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Wasn't this Spanish group active back in the late 70s? It looks as if they may have broken up and subsequently reformed, because I haven't heard anything from them since their one LP...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Michelle Young - Song of the Siren

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Song of the Siren is the first independent disk from this Nashville-based vocalist, pianist, and composer. Her vocal ability can be quickly compared to Kate Bush, circa Never...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-02-01)

Motor Totemist Guild - Archive One & Two

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Before the recombinant U Totem ever hit the streets, baton wielder James Grigsby fronted The Motor Totemist Guild (recently reconstituted as a twelve-piece ensemble featuring members of Non Credo,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Nathan Mahl - Parallel Eccentricities

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One of the better English Canadian progressives, this one has had a lot of attention amongst progressive collectors for its rarity and quality. I had heard that there were going to be bonus tracks...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

Nekropolis - The Awakening: Nekropolis Live '79

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A new Peter Frohmader release is always a welcome event, but this is one which is rather special; it features live performances of his group Nekropolis, which recorded one live album, released...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1998-02-01)

Oho - Okinawa

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The first minute of this album sums the entirety, as a voice, in a background of many voices, exclaims "My brain hurts!" And thus begins an album of immense proportions spread out over...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

Omnia Opera - Red Shift

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It's been a few years since this promising British neo-psych band put out their debut on Delerium (though I think they have a couple cassettes before that), and in the time away the band has...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Osamu Kitajima - Beyond the Circle

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Japanese expatriate Kitajima has kept quite a low profile ever since his emigration to America, shrouding his hermetic career in enough mystery to drive even the most arduous collector a bit...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Ozone Quartet - Fresh Blood

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This instrumental quartet first came to this writer's attention a few weeks before their appearance at ProgScape '94 — they were called Cloud Nine in those days, and their four song...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Procol Harum - 30th Anniversary Anthology

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Hard to believe it's been 30 years since the Summer of Love, and also since the lone greatest single in the history of Procol Harum, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," but it's sadly true....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-02-01)

Project Lo - Black Canvas

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Project Lo is essentially Bon Lozaga’s unit for more introspective work. While the material on Black Canvas is composed, it seems to be a lot more open to the creative impulses of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Radiohead - OK Computer

Cover art We can all think of examples of a progressive band over time starting to play music more in the mainstream (Genesis, Yes, pick your example), but how many times have we seen a mainstream band, as...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1998-02-01)

Ragnar Grippe - Sand

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This is a nugget from the past. Grippe is a Scandinavian electronic and electro-acoustic music composer whose work is under appreciated. Originally released on the visionary Shandar label from...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1998-02-01)

Richard Thompson & Danny Thompson - Industry

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Most people who are aware of Richard Thompson would probably not consider his music 'progressive,' and they would probably be right on most occasions. To be sure, he was a key player on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1998-02-01)

Robert Fripp - November Suite: Soundscapes - Live at Green Park Station

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Subtitled "Live at Green Park Station," this 1996 recording reveals Robert Fripp in a performance of live soundscapes. One must take Fripp's word that it is a live event since, as...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1998-02-01)

Santana - Live at the Fillmore '68

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There were three CDs floating around as imports of early Santana recordings entitled Persuasion, Latin Tropical, and Acapulco Sunrise which were roughly of the same...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

Silver Apples - Beacon

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Last issue you read about Silver Apples being active and touring again, now there's a brand new record by the trio of Simeon (oscillators, keys, voice), Xian Hawkins (keyboards), and Michael...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Space Explosion - Space Explosion

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While there is nothing on the back-tray or in the booklet (or even on the promo sheet that came with it) that indicates precisely when this was recorded, I'm certain that the label is banking...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Stormy Six - Macchina Maccheronica, Al Volo & Un Concerto

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One hears the term Rock in Opposition quite often in music today. Many current bands are labeled with an "RIO" style. The Italian group Stormy Six is the basis for this style termed...

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(Posted by Gary Parra 1998-02-01)

Strawbs - Halcyon Days

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Perhaps Strawbs is one of the most widely misunderstood bands that ever confused and confounded fans for not conforming to preconceived (and often wildly inaccurate) expectations. When Yes fans...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Tangerine Dream - Tournado & Oasis

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This is the kind of review that, were I reading it, would piss me off. Showing my age, my know-it-all smugness. Can you judge a band on work twenty years old? Surely the band must evolve, progress....

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-02-01)

Tangle Edge - Tarka

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Always of interest, the Norwegian trio Tangle Edge has been around for quite a while now putting out great instrumental rock. Tarka is a worthy comeback from a band we haven't heard...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1998-02-01)

The Doors - Box Set

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The Doors, you ask? Can one appreciate modern rock poets like Peter Hammill and the Fish-fronted Marillion without acknowledging the influence they received from the charismatic vocalist Jim...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

The Third and the Mortal - In This Room

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This is the second album with Ann-Mari Edvardson on vocals. If you have been a fan for a while, In This Room may throw you a bit. If it does, get right back on. When you first hear...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-02-01)

Thierry Zaboitzeff - Heartbeat - Concerto for Dance & Music Op. 1

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The de facto brain behind Art Zoyd since 1975, Thierry has now gone AWOL from that French institution, and seems to have spared nary a moment in rushing headlong into a solo career. Still, this...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Vangelis - 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Blade Runner, Voices & Oceanic

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I had almost left the Greek hero for dead following 1987's Direct, but five years hence Vangelis managed to rekindle the magic spark, and 1492 was the album to do it. A...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Various Artists - A Tribute to the Music and Works of Brian Eno

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Now here was an idea whose arrival was not a day too soon. Not only is Brian Eno artistically long overdue to be on the receiving end of homage, but what's more his music opens up possibilities...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Various Artists - Acid Ranch 2000

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For all of you who are trying to one-up your friends by having the weirdest music in your collections, buy this and win big points. Though each track on this compilation wields a very different...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1998-02-01)

Various Artists - Archives of Space

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A healthy variety of spaced-out entries makes the grade for inclusion on this intriguing package. Take the same basic style as Hawkwind (captured here by a lengthy one-chord wonder), but add two...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-02-01)

Volapük - Slang!

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One of the best surprises in the latest batch from Cuneiform, and a major step forward from their debut album is this second release by French chamber-rock band Volapük. The instrumentation of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

Yuji Katsui Film Works - Pu

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Kido Natsuki, who is the guitarist in the ever-evolving Bondage Fruit was kind enough to send us samples of a few of the other releases on his label, this being one of the oldest, a motion picture...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-02-01)

 

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