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Date : October 2000
Pages : 92
Summary : NEARfest 2000, Yes Masterworks Tour, Moe. in Portland, Annbjorg Lien, Amy Denio, Peter Hammill, Rascal Reporters, Vidna Obmana, Thierry Zaboitzeff, Brainworks Label, The Golden Age of Eurock
Items found : 60

Folk Music Has No Borders —
The Annbørg Lien Interview

Cover art The hardanger fiddle is sometimes called Norway's national instrument. I don't know if that designation is official or not, but certainly, of all the instruments played in Norwegian folk music, the hardanger is special.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

I'll See Your Kenso and Raise a Banco —
LA's Progfest 2000

Cover art 2000 is the year that Progfest moved back to LA, and back under the stewardship of its founders Greg Walker and David Overstreet. The seeds for its return were no doubt planted in '99 when Banco's appearance at the "International Progressive Music Festival (formerly Progfest)" was cancelled after it was already announced. Many had planned on attending and purchased tickets based solely on the Italian legends' playing that weekend. I hope that if another IPMF happens in SF that some better judgement will prevail in that regard, although promoter Shawn Ahearn must be given credit for getting Magma over here for the first time in over 25 years, and giving Bondage Fruit their American debut.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2000-10-01)

Trampled Underfoot —
The John Paul Jones Interview

Cover art Exposé caught up with John Paul Jones, accomplished bassist and keyboardist with Led Zeppelin in support of his live tour for Zooma, his first DGM release. Jones wore many hats in his Zep days as well as since those golden money making years. Since his last appearance with Page and Plant at the Princes Trust in the early nineties, he's expanded his resume by doing arrangements for artists as well known as REM and unknown as Elephant Ride. Somehow during this interim, it became clear that the man had his own musical statement and identity to put forward. Just how to do it was part of the question set I passed by the very friendly Englishman late last fall [2000].  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

4/3 de Trio - Faiblesse

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With the new King Crimson album, Construkction of Light, entering the New Millennium with an atomic bang, pretty much blowing King Crimson wannabes out of the water and retaking the Land...

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(Posted by David Bischoff 2000-10-01)

Action Dreamer - In the Hole Studio

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Action Dreamer is described on the sleeve as 'Alternative Music for Wondering Minds.' The alternative tag could stick since these songs are definitely not like anything you've likely...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Alan Davey - Chaos Delight

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Alan “The Elf” Davey offers up his second solo outing. Like Dave Brock, the former Hawkwind bass player prefers to do it all himself; so you’ve got all instruments, engineering,...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-10-01)

Boot - Virvla

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One of the things that’s often struck me is how “ancient” much of the folk music from Sweden, Norway, and Finland sounds. Melodies have a modal sound to them much like Medieval...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Brand X - The X-Files: A 20 Year Retrospective

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The first four Brand X albums set a standard for fusion that still exists more than 20 years later. Unfortunately many of the albums that followed didn’t measure up to the band’s...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2000-10-01)

Buckethead - Monsters and Robots

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For readers of superhero comics, the Origin issue was always a treat. How did Radioman develop the ability to project radio waves from his eyes? How did Buckethead get his name and strange persona?...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Cast - Laguna de Volcanes

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After thirty or forty albums sung in English, Cast here present a set of their best tunes with the vocals redone in Spanish. OK, I'm exaggerating – they only have nine studio albums and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Cast - Legacy

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For their ninth studio album, Cast present another strong set of tunes in their established mode. While there are strong contributions from all members, the keyboards of Alfonso Vidales are clearly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Chameleon - Luminous Morning

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Chameleon is a sort of side project from two thirds of Kundalini, a Swedish jazz-psych-prog-ethnic group which released a CD in 1997 (also on Mellow). Guitars, bass, and keyboards are handled by...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Chaos Code - A Tapestry of Afterthoughts

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When I first saw the cover of this CD, with its hazmat suited figure amid a grim orange cloud, nuclear plants in the background, I guessed I was in for some gloomy harsh stuff. Then I saw the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Clockwork - Surface Tension

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So far it seems that Sensory (Laser's Edge) has found a rich deposit of quality progressive metal bands; enter Clockwork. This New Jersey band is very much from the Dream Theater school. I hate...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-10-01)

Coyle & Sharpe - Audio Visionaries

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Radical radio had its fruition in the sixties where Mal Sharpe and Jim Coyle had a format of witticism and enlightenment. The duo had worked on local KGO radio and branched out onto the street...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

David Hastings - Electric Café

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Hastings' debut album is released on Biff Johnson's Broad Vista label, although Hastings' style is quite a bit different than the tribal ambient style of Johnson's two albums. It...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-10-01)

David Sylvian - Approaching Silence

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After a decade of “ambient” silence, Virgin subsidiary label Shakti has released a set of mysterious instrumental pieces by composer David Sylvian. This is the artist’s third...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Emily Bezar - Grandmother's Tea Leaves, Moon in Grenadine & Four Walls Bending

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I read a review of Moon in Grenadine some time ago which described it as what you might get if Sarah McLachlan’s band indulged itself in a King Crimson fetish, so of course I had to have...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Frágil - Avenida Larco

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Peru’s entry into the symphonic rock genre came in 1981, when Frágil (named for some obscure British prog album) made their recorded debut, now reissued by Rock Symphony....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Gavin Lurssen - Restless

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Restless is Gavin Lurssen's first major effort as a solo acoustic guitarist. Originally from South Africa, he came to the Americas when he was sixteen. He attended Berklee College of...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2000-10-01)

Hardline Project I. - A Virtual Exhibition With Music

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As the title implies this multi-media CD-ROM features accompanying artwork but since the review copy only contained the music we'll leave the art to our collective imaginations. The musicians...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2000-10-01)

Henry Cow - In Praise of Learning (Original Mix)

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For readers familiar with In Praise of Learning I need say no more than, “Here it is, come and get it.” This release captures all the wonderful strangeness of the original in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

HyNGE - Weekend @ 911

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HyNGE are a band to watch out for. On this EP alone (the title refers to the recording studio these tracks were laid down at), they demonstrate an impressive talent for inventive instrumental...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Irrgarten - Home and Sanctuary

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Irrgarten is part of the new wave of Québec prog that surfaced in the 90s, and will be familiar to those who attended ProgEst 1997, where they were one of the eight bands performing. This is...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2000-10-01)

Jim Matheos - Away with Words

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This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first solo outing for Matheos, who is the guitarist and chief songwriter for progressive metal act Fates Warning. The style of that band is completely...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2000-10-01)

John Tchicai - Life Overflowing & Love Letters from the Madhouse

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Tenor saxophonist John Tchicai is the leader or co-leader on two recent independent jazz releases. Life Overflowing is a quintet project, while the other is spoken word prose backed by...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Kubusschnitt - The Cube

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If you are still searching for the near-perfect modern equivalent to Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze from their peak form in the 70s, you may find something tantalizingly close with this stellar...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2000-10-01)

Machiavel - Virtual Sun

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I'm not even a big fan of Machiavel in their "classic" phase, circa Mechanical Moonbeams. Even then the group's proto-neo-progressive / mainstream symphonic rock style...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-10-01)

Mario Millo - Epic III

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This little relic from the past is a really great half album. After the demise of Australian symphonic prog contenders Sebastian Hardie and offshoot Windchase, guitarist Mario Millo recorded this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Mind's Eye - Waiting for the Tide

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Mind's Eye may not have the most original name, but this quartet (vocals, guitar, bass, and a drummer who also plays keys) more than makes up for it with a sound that is. The requisite elements...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Murat Ses - Culduz

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Murat Ses, a Turkish synthesist, has completed his exploration trilogy with Culduz, his first CD release. I was impressed when Murat released Binfen (part two) several years ago....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2000-10-01)

Oberon - Sonnet

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Sonnet is an interesting collection. At its core are readings of 12 of Shakespeare's sonnets, eight of which come with a song. The readings are all by trained English actors that lend...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Oliver Wakeman - Heaven's Isle

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Oliver is the eldest of the Wakeman boys, and seems to have appeared on the scene virtually overnight. He first appeared with Clive Nolan on the Jabberwocky album. Heaven’s...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-10-01)

Pihasoittajat - Hattukauppiaan Aamu

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These two discs contain material culled from three albums released in the early 70s. The earliest album, Kivinen tie Dublinniin (Rocky Road to Dublin), was released in 1972, and finds this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Procol Harum - BBC Live in Concert

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1974 was probably the last year Procol Harum had any marketplace to make a noticeable inroad. The five-piece group plus one lyricist had just come from a series of two financial and artistic...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Ptarmigan - Ptarmigan

Cover art Well, here’s a lost gem from a bygone era! Ptarmigan was a relatively short-lived Canadian acoustic group. The core of the band consisted of singer and recorder player Glen Dias and twelve-string...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Ray de Tone - Once More... with Feeling

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Although you may not know him by name, guitarist Ray de Tone has connections with a lot of artists in the mainstream music industry including the likes of Iron Maiden, Ronnie Spector, Billy Joel,...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 2000-10-01)

Robert Wyatt - Little Red Robin Hood - A Documentary

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It’s extremely rare, in fact downright impossible to make a film regarding any prominent Canterbury music figure. That’s the prime reason this documentary on Robert Wyatt is such a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Rosenberg 7 - R7

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This Swedish group has a different take on modernizing Nordic folk music. Instead of adding electric instruments or ethnic percussion, they mix the traditional with a bit of 20th Century classical....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Royal Hunt & D.C. Cooper - Fear & D.C. Cooper

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Progressive metal gets an unfair rap from a lot of people, and albums like this certainly don't help. In a sub-genre that is often criticized for gratuitous displays of complexity, Royal Hunt...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2000-10-01)

Russell Mills / Undark - Pearl + Umbra

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I’d give a list of the well-known guest musicians who contribute to this album, but Exposé reviews need to be under 300 words. So I’ll mention a few of the highlights:...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Sens - Les Regrets d'Isidore D.

Cover art It took me a little while to warm up to Sens, but once I did, I found myself listening over and over again. The first thing a listener notices about the band is the dramatic singing of Pascal...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Serge Blenner - Ars Oratoria

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Serge Blenner was born in France in 1955 and studied composition at Mulhouse Conservatory. He moved to Germany in 1975 and has been recording independently since 1980. This fourteenth album of his...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2000-10-01)

Spring Heel Jack - Treader

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You might think that the modern sounds of drum & bass are not the territory of Exposé writers, that there is no cross-reference point. Shouldn't we put head into the sand...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Steve Howe - Homebrew 2

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Yes guitarist Steve Howe continues to group together fully developed solo tracks used in different contexts in the second in his homebrewed series. It’s nearly impossible to fault Howe for...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-10-01)

Stinkhorn - Stinkhorn

Cover art Stinkhorn is a Seattle jazz group with more than a little rock in their stylistic bag. Not quite as much as Kilgore Trout (reviewed in #16), but way more than is typical these days. They also have a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Tales - Marco Polo - A Life for a Dream

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For his fourth concept album, French sysnthesist Jean-Luc Hervé Berthelot turns his attention from outer space to Earthly history, presenting almost an hour of music inspired by the story of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

The Alchemysts & Simeon - The Alchemysts & Simeon

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Recorded in September '98, this is probably Simeon's last recording before 'the accident' (see our Silver Apples feature in issue #17). The genesis of the collaboration dates to the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2000-10-01)

The Foundation - Departure

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Tepid 80s symphonic rock certainly doesn’t do a lot of head turning in the pages of Exposé, and Swiss group The Foundation may not do anything to change one’s mind. The...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-10-01)

The Quiet Room - Introspect

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This takes me back to 1987! Long live big hair! Introspect by The Quiet Room is a teasingly good CD. Sans the reference to 80s-style grooming, "teasingly good" is a serious...

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(Posted by Jerry Baiden 2000-10-01)

The Science Group - A Mere Coincidence

Cover art Yugoslavian composer Stevan Tickmayer has worked extensively in the fields of 20th Century music (both composed and improvised) and jazz. For this project, he takes a collection of texts by Chris...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Tim Bowness / Samuel Smiles - World of Bright Futures

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Vocalist Tim Bowness (of No-Man) formed Samuel Smiles back in the early 1990s with Michael Bearpark (guitar, programming) as an exercise in “ambient folk” music. For this, their first...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Tim Hodgkinson - Sang

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Henry Cow fans looking for jagged, experimental rock will likely be disappointed by Tim Hodgkinson's new CD. This is very experimental stuff, lacking many of the qualities often regarded as...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Vanishing Point - In Thought

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After a while I begin to wonder why Angular keeps sending us these metal bands to review. They must be absolute gluttons for punishment. Perhaps they have some weird German fondness for pain. Who...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - Electroacoustic Music #5

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In these days where electronic music is generally thought of as mindless dance beats with sampled accents, it’s important to remember that the pedigree of electronic music goes back many...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - Nordic Roots 2

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NorthSide’s strategy with their first Nordic Roots sampler (reviewed #16) must have paid off enough for them to do it again. Here they provide a sampling of 22 tracks from their releases of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - Periferic 2000-Sympho-Rock from Hungary

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Lots of music to cover on this compilation, so let’s get right to it. First comes Rumblin’ Orchestra’s instrumental workouts — rich in harmony and recalling Wakeman’s...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - Strange Daze '97

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The inaugural event which was covered in Exposé issue 14 is captured here on 2 CDs. If you have any aversion to space rock at all, keep away. The Gaia Avatara, Red Giant, and...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - Tekito Split Volume 1

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A sampler from the same label that gives you Vas Deferens Organization and others, this CD however features none of those names that I previously associated with Tekito. So in a way (from my point...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-10-01)

Various Artists - Un Voyage en Progressif Vol. 1 - 3

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Musea is currently on a campaign to make the many artists on their label better known to the prog-buying world via these three budget-priced compilation CDs, each featuring about a dozen different...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-10-01)

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Previously in Exposé...

Glass Hammer - Journey of the Dunadan – This debut album from a Floridian duo of multi-instrumentalists leaves a host of unanswered questions. First, after the '90s have already proven to be a prolific breeding ground for new and...  (1994) » Read more

Soft Machine Legacy - Live Adventures – With the sad passing of Canterbury icons Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper, the reformulated quartet continues to carry on convincingly in the vein of the great icon of British Jazz. Now led by the voices of...  (2011) » Read more

Radiohead - OK Computer – 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...  (1998) » Read more

AdiB - Spinning Like a Top – AdiB is an Italian quartet (bass, keyboards, guitars, and drums) formerly known as Assolo di Bongo who released their first album in 2001. Their new album, Spinning Like a Top, contains eight original...  (2008) » Read more

Cutler/DiMuzio/Vrtacek, Church of Betty & The Code - Ponk 1995 Releases – These are three of the latest releases from the Ponk label, formerly FOT, probably best known for their series of "Passed Normal" compilations. Besides sharing a label, the only other thing...  (1995) » Read more



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