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Date : July 1998
Pages : 80
Summary : Baja Prog '98, Yes, Sound Resources Studio, XII Alfonso, Benoit Widemann, Michael Brook, Cloud Chamber, Stan Whitaker on the Happy The Man reunion, Doctor Nerve Interview w/Nick Didkovsky, Mickey Simmonds, Kraftwerk, Patrick Forgas
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The World Comes to Seattle —
WOMAD USA 1998

Cover art The first WOMAD (World Of Music Art and Dance) festival was in 1982, inspired in large part by Peter Gabriel’s love of music from around the world. Since then, there have been festivals in various locations in Europe, Africa, and Asia on a regular basis, but aside from a short tour of one-day mini-festivals in 1993, WOMAD has never gained a foothold in North America. The festival has finally found an American home in Redmond, Washington at Marymoor Park, not far from Seattle. 1998’s WOMAD USA is the first of many projected annual festivals, and if they can all be as interesting and varied as this one, I wish them a long and healthy life. One of the things that sets WOMAD apart from other festivals is the chance to interact with the artists in workshops, discussions and interviews.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1998-07-01)

(Tom Newman) - Variations on a Rhythm of Mike Oldfield - David Bedford

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This is a four track EP, and is basically a Tom Newman album. It's confusing, I know. This is some of that stuff you know Oldfield and Co. did for laughs (when perhaps beer and worse entered the...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-07-01)

Alejandro Lomelin - Luz de Intenso Azul

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Luz is the instrumental solo project of keyboardist Alejandro Lomelin, of the Mexican band Caja De Pandora. For the most part this is a work of simpler repetitive piano figures and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-07-01)

Ancient Curse - The Landing

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The strains of an acoustic guitar, a soft vocal, then comes the barrage. If I were to contain this review to only word, it would be: Metallica. Ancient Curse do not appear to make any claims at...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1998-07-01)

Bill Bruford with Ralph Towner and Eddie Gomez - If Summer Had Its Ghosts

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When Bill Bruford is on break from his drum duties with King Crimson, what would you expect him to do? Should he go on vacation or work in another less hectic, but rewarding mode? If Summer Had...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Gentle Giant - King Biscuit Flower Hour

Cover art Gentle Giant as a live touring band (1970-1980) were always in a period of transition and refinement. The group would craft a challenging album from the palette of musical ideas by Kerry Minnear and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Gentle Giant - Under Construction

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Gentle Giant was at its best when adding polyphonic arrangements to aggressive rock music. Determining who was responsible was merely a scan of the writing credits, where "Shulman, Shulman and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Mani Neumeier - Privat

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Guru Guru drummer Mani is still going strong, to which two recent Japan visits will attest. Through the 80s and 90s he has kept busy with projects such as L.S. Bearforce, and Tiere de Nacht. This...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1998-07-01)

Pearls Before Swine - One Nation Underground & Balaklava

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A slice of the past, but certainly one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Pearls Before Swine was essentially the vehicle of guitarist / composer / poet / singer Tom Rapp, which over the course of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1998-07-01)

Quarkspace - Spacefolds 3

Cover art Space-rockers from Columbus, Ohio, Quarkspace are back with volume three in their Spacefolds series.  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 1998-07-01)

Steve Gorn, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta - From the Caves of the Iron Mountain

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Take a woodwind player and the early 80s rhythm section for Peter Gabriel (circa Security), put them together in a cave and you'd be surprised what they come up with! The second...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Stips - Egotrip

Cover art Originally I thought this album was a throwaway, but a shrewd scheme unfolds after a few passes through the disc.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Surge - For the Time Being

Cover art Why is European mainland jazz ignored or worse yet, simply prejudiced as being lesser than US contemporaries? And does jazz have to be black to be good?  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

Various Artists - Giant for a Life - A Tribute to Gentle Giant

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The second of two tributes to rock's most misunderstood progressive band is another hodgepodge of tracks from the Gentle Giant catalog. Most bands seem to adopt the policy of covering the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1998-07-01)

You Are Here - You Are Here

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You Are Here are a new band out of Toronto with this eponymous EP as their debut. First off, I should point out that while a keyboard player is present, this quintet have a much newer and younger...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 1998-07-01)

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