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Date : May 1994
Pages : 24
Summary : Ozric Tentacles, The New Italian Progressive Rock Scene, Part 1, Jade Warrior, Mail-Order sources, Part II
Items found : 50

Ain Soph - Hat and Field

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Ain Soph are a post-Canterbury Japanese quartet who have certainly paid their dues, and whose Hat and Field album marks their return to the progressive/jazz scene from a six year hiatus...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Amazing Blondel - Englische Musicke

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Amazing Blondel existed throughout the early 70s, originally formed by John Gladwin and Terry Wincott after leaving another even more obscure band called Methuselah. This compilation is drawn from...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

B.A.G. - Soudain, l'Éléphant

Cover art This French instrumental five piece of guitars, bass, keys, winds and drums plays music in a somewhat jazzy vein, yet with a rock flair and a multitude of influences ranging from world jazz and Arabic...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Blocco Mentale - POA

Cover art Here's an Italian band from 1973 that, instead of taking their cue from the keyboard driven sound of ELP, have more in common with the sound of Jethro Tull, early PFM, maybe Blodwyn Pig, and perhaps...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Camel - Never Let Go

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The subtitle of this live album from one of the original progressive rock bands is "official Camel bootleg." The term bootleg can conjure up some sore memories, mainly of a sound quality...

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(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1994-05-01)

Campo di Marte - Campo di Marte

Cover art Heaped amidst a surprising number of great 70s Italian prog bands comes this very recent CD reissue, and it is quite remarkable. Perhaps more subtle than some of their contemporaries, this five-piece...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Christopher Franke - Klemania

Cover art Apparently a special recording to celebrate KLEM day, an electronic music festival in the Netherlands, Franke's Klemania album is both a pleasant surprise and a disappointment. I hate to...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Dubiel 1994-05-01)

Court - And You'll Follow the Winds Rush 'Till Their Breath Dwells

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From the opening notes of "Rising the Tale" – a short instrumental interlude that opens the disc, it's apparent that this new Italian neo-progressive band has traveled a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Drama - Strange Expression

Cover art A trio from Erie, Pennsylvania, Drama's music combines three qualities that are seldom found together in the right proportions: hard hitting, high energy progressive rock; an excellent singer; and a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Exclusive Raja - Off the Map

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Off the Map is the debut release by a new French band on Musea's Musea Parallele series. Picture if you will a musical blend of Robert Fripp, Richard Pinhas, Alain Markusfeld, and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-05-01)

Finch - Glory of the Inner Force

Cover art Dutch band Finch's debut album has been long overdue for CD reissue. Acclaimed as a classic by some, and as overrated by others, either way you look at it its still a must listen. Finch were an...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-05-01)

Garden Wall - Principium

Cover art Garden Wall are an Italian neo-prog four-piece who have recently released this, their first album. If the name of the band sounds familiar to you, recall Garden Wall was one of the names Genesis...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Glass Hammer - Journey of the Dunadan

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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...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Happy the Man - Live

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Although this live set would have been much more meaningful had it been released closer to when it was recorded in 1978, it stands today as evidence that this DC area quintet was as tight on-stage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

However - Sudden Dusk

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The reissue of However's classic Canterbury inspired first album is one this writer has been anticipating for many years. The band at this point was a four-piece, featuring Peter Prince...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Indigo - Silent Memories

Cover art One cannot listen to Indigo's latest album without acknowledging that, while, good as some of these musical compositions might be, they tend to be spoiled by powdery and derivative lyrics sung in a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Ivory - Sad Cypress

Cover art Ivory was an obscure German band that recorded and released this album in 1979. What made Ivory unique was their leader Ulrich Sommerlatte, a 65 year old musician! At the ripe old age of 22 Ulrich...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-05-01)

Kaipa - Kaipa, Inget Nytt Under Solen, & Stockholm Symphonie

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In their early years, the Swedish band Kaipa were a quartet playing music in the symphonic rock vein as typified by Yes or Genesis. Vocalist/Keyboardist Hans Ludin is nearly a dead ringer for a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-05-01)

Ken Watson - Assembly

Cover art Originally released independently in 1985, Watson's home-brew project has stood the test of time: until this CD came out, that vinyl release with its  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Kerrs Pink - A Journey on the Inside

Cover art Take equal parts of progressive rock in the vein of Pink Floyd and Camel, and the traditional folk music of Scandinavia and other parts, then put it together in a seamless way, and you have the music...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Koniec - Silenci en Bla

Cover art Koniec is a Spanish instrumental four-piece of drums, keys, bass and saxes, whose music could best be described as free-jazz-rock, along the same axis as folks like Curlew, Doctor Nerve, and others....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Machiavel - Machiavel

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Here, finally, is the long awaited reissue of the first album by this renowned Belgian symphonic-rock band, who would go on to release two more excellent albums (Jester, Mechanical...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Manticore - Time to Fly

Cover art Manticore is a new outfit from Sweden and with that name a heavy Emerson, Lake and Palmer influence is bound to be present. The first track, "New Foundation," ripples with ELP right down to the main...  » Read more
(Posted by Alan Gunnison 1994-05-01)

Myrbein - Myrornas Krig

Cover art Myrbein's 1981 album Myrornas Krig is the latest re-release from the Swedish Ad Perpetuam Memoriam label, which also brought us Kultivator's Barndomens Stigar. Perhaps not...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-05-01)

New Trolls - Tempi Dispari & L.I.V.E.N.T.

Cover art The New Trolls always only seemed to flirt with the progressive genre, only in the early seventies and then not always consistently. To sum up their career with a mere description doesn't do them...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-05-01)

Omnia Opera - Omnia Opera

Cover art From the first few power chords at the beginning of "Space Bastard" it becomes fairly obvious that this British six-piece have Hawkwind as one of their major...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Paga Group - Gnosis

Cover art Paga today is: Bernard Paganotti, former monster-zeuhl bassist with Magma and Weidorje, Klaus Blasquiz, former Magma lead vocalist on all their best albums, Bertrand Lajudie on keyboards, and new...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Percy Jones - Tunnels

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Jones, who is probably best known for his impeccable and highly energized fretless bass work in Brand X, brings that pedigree to this, his newest project band. Also featured in the lineup are...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

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Back in the heyday of symphonic rock, it was natural for Pink Floyd to take an occasional stab at "serious" composition, their most assiduous attempt being this 1970 album's daringly...

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(Posted by Michael Draine 1994-05-01)

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell

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Eight years since their last studio release, Floyd have come forward with another fine collection of songs, with no real surprises — their timeless style intact — this could just as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Pink Floyd - Total Eclipse

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Sometime last year Pink Floyd released some sort of 25th anniversary collectors box set, the title eludes me at the moment, but the content does not: it was simply a bunch of their regular albums...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Poor Richard - Knees, Reins & Feet

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As the debate over the meaning of the word "progressive" (as it applies to rock music) continues, the loosest interpretations generally define it as anything that eschews the mainstream...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Realm - The Path

Cover art Realm is not a new band: well over ten years ago a nearly identical lineup produced an almost unlistenable (due to the muddy mix and horrible vocal arrangements) keyboard album under the name System,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Rebekka - Phoenix

Cover art Phoenix was the first release by the German band Rebekka, whose brand of progressive music featured tablas and tamboura besides the standard guitar, flute, sax, keyboards, bass, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-05-01)

Richard Pinhas - Rhizosphere / Live, Paris 1982

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At last, a reissue of Pinhas' first and certainly most purely electronic album recorded under his own name. It also marks a time when this was the distinction between Pinhas' solo material...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Roots of Consciousness - Roots of Consciousness

Cover art On first listen I wasn't sure what to make of this debut release from Atlanta's Roots of Consciousness, a four piece of guitars, keys, bass and drums, with vocals by all. After a few listens those...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Sangiuliano - Take Off

Cover art An amazing album from 1978. Tony Sangiuliano was a one man keyboard show, assisted only by a drummer and female soprano; he could well be thought of as Italy's answer to Heaven and Hell...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Schwartzarbeit - James Gordon's Story

Cover art An entirely instrumental concept album about a burned out musician who spends his life indoors in boredom, and eventually works through it all with a fresh approach to his music. Not a very elaborate...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Shylock - Gialorgues

Cover art Most prog bands that came out of France in the 70s had something stylistically in common: a minimalist approach. Not minimalist in the sense of Philip Glass, say, but rather a profound thematic...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Simon Steensland - The Simon Lonesome Combat Ensemble

Cover art Cutting-edge, unpretentious and imaginative are three adjectives that describe this offering by Swedish multi-instrumentalist and composer Simon Steensland. Mixing elements of rock, neo-classical,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Steve Tibbetts - The Fall of Us All

Cover art Steve is back with his first solo offering since 1990's Big Map Idea. For the uninitiated, this Minnesota guitarist's music is truly in a league of its own, anything from a swirling maelstrom...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Syd Barrett - Crazy Diamond

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With the exception of some live sessions recorded for the John Peel show, this 3CD box set purportedly contains all of the surviving post-Pink Floyd recordings of their one time bandleader Syd...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Team Metlay - Bandwidth

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Back in the summer of 1990 Mike Metlay formed Team Metlay from among fellow participants in the electronic music discussion sessions on the Internet. For those of you not yet on the information...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-05-01)

Terreno Baldio & Recordando o Vale das Maçãs

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Both of these are grouped in a single review, not simply because both were classic 70s Brazilian progressive bands, or because they both happen to be on the PRW Label (Progressive Rock Worldwide...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

The Spacious Mind - Cosmic Minds at Play

Cover art The Spacious Mind is the latest band to emerge from the burgeoning progressive scene in Sweden. Abandoning the more symphonic influences of countrymen Änglagård, Manticore, and Landberk, The...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-05-01)

Various Artists - Kings' Boards

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This compilation disc features a single cut from each of five budding young Japanese synthesists, who are backed by various members of White Fang, Seilane, and Social Tension. The backing support...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1994-05-01)

Virgil Moorefield - Distractions on the Way to the King's Party

Cover art Moorefield was a guitarist (one of many), then drummer, with Glenn Branca's ensemble for many years. This is his first album in a decade and his first for Cuneiform. He plays drums here and did all of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Yes - Talk

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Here's yet another album with the Yes name on it that bears almost no resemblance to the band's classic period, essentially a Trevor Rabin solo album with Jon Anderson singing. First, I've got to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

Zamla Mammaz Manna - För äldre nybegynnare / Schlagerns mystik / Familjesprickor

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For my money, SZamla incarnation number two was their prime and despite the fact we have to pay Japanese prices for Swedish CDs (all done by Silence) these are extremely well worth the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-05-01)

Zao - Z=7L

Cover art For those not familiar with Zao, they were the first true Magma spin-off band, formed by reedsman Yochk'o Seffer and pianist Francois "Faton" Cahen, at a time when their creative role within that band...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-05-01)

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Martin Gordon - The Joy of More Hogwash – Bassist Martin Gordon has spent the better half of his career backing a wide array of established pop stars from the lesser known Mael brothers (in Sparks) to Robert Palmer and Kylie Minogue. The Joy...  (2005) » Read more

Ivanhoe - Visions and Reality – The opening instrumental "Visions" sets some high hopes, but the second track bursts in with a simplistic Dream Theater wannabe sound topped off with an annoying vocalist steeped in all the campy...  (1994) » Read more

Agent Cooper - Beginner's Mind – Agent Cooper is a four-man band who hail from Atlanta who self produced their first independent release of ten neo-prog tracks that infuse varying styles of music from Arabic to metal and melodic rock...  (2007) » Read more

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Mario Millo - Epic III – 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 solo...  (2000) » Read more



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