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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)

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)

Genesis - Trespass

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The Peter Gabriel-era progressive rock credentials of Genesis tend to fall pretty solidly on Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, and The Lamb Lies...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-09-21)

The Guess Who - American Woman

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With the recent unexpected arrival of a new — yes, new — album from this long-running Canadian band, I was prompted to revisit what I feel is their high point. The Guess Who...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-16)

Osmosis - Osmosis

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It’s a lot easier to make a progressive rock record in 2018 than it was in 1970. All one needs to do is find one or more established progressive artists from decades past and model your sound...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-05)

Delivery - Fool's Meeting

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The roots of Canterbury lie in albums such as Fools Meeting, an LP which has been unavailable for many years only now surfacing on the Cuneiform label. The album is particularly notable...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-11-01)

Jody Grind - Far Canal

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One of the earliest CD labels reissuing early UK progressives was the Line label; off the top of my head they put out the early Jade Warriors, the two Marsupilamis, Gentle Giant, and this second...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-01-11)

Trees - On the Shore

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The Trees was a British folk rock band formed in 1969 that sputtered out in 1972, barely leaving a footnote in musical history. Their two albums The Garden of Jane Delawney and On the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Big Brother & the Holding Company - Be a Brother & How Hard It Is

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This band will forever be remembered as Janis Joplin’s backing band, though their relationship with the singer only lasted two years and two albums. After Joplin’s departure, they...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Paul Butterfield - Live New York 1970

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In the last half of the 60s, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was omnipresent, playing every major venue coast to coast, bringing the blues to rock audiences along with artists like The Electric...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-10-19)

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)

Mellow Candle - The Virgin Prophet

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As the CD liner notes state, Mellow Candle's Swaddling Songs is the holy grail of folk rock. There really is no other album that even compares in this specific genre (Fairport...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Miles Davis - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions

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I remember when I first got in this box set, there were a whole bunch of them that were defective because they inserted the discs into it before the glue dried and I had to sent it back at least...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-20)

Cream - Live Cream

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In an earlier tier I discussed what to date is my favorite unofficial Cream show from...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-06-29)

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

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Black Sabbath is undoubtedly as famous and as influential as any rock band out there, the progenitor of one, if not two or more, genres, but allow me the space, if not the sheer cheek at looking at...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-04-06)

Vivian Stanshall / Big Grunt - In Session

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Victor Anthony Stanshall AKA Vivian Stanshall, the eccentric singer-songwriter, author, poet, and wit was best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, his exploration of the British...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-10-23)

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary

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[Note: The following review covers specifically the Tanglewood Live 1970 CD, which is CD3 of the 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition of Bitches...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-09-29)

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Early reissues

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Here we have the long-awaited reissue of Marc Bolan’s earliest recordings, back when Tyrannosaurus was spelled out in full and electric guitars were unusual coloring rather than the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Guru Guru - UFO

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McLatchey's Top Tier #12

If you want to see the impact that live Hendrix and Cream had on the young German musicians of the time, you could check out the

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-03-26)

Gong - Camembert Eclectique

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Seminal French space prog band Gong may be best known for their pioneering work in the early to mid 70s, as evidenced by the indispensable Radio Gnome Trilogy of albums: Flying...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1995-07-01)

Funkadelic - Early album reissues

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Funkadelic’s self-titled debut album from 1970 shows the band in search of a style. There are still remnants of the 60s soul of their background, essentially expanding a kind of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Funkadelic - Early album reissues

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Funkadelic’s self-titled debut album from 1970 shows the band in search of a style. There are still remnants of the 60s soul of their background, essentially expanding a kind of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-02-01)

Colosseum - Valentyne Suite

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Like so many British bands of the 60s, Colosseum suffered from label meddling when it came to the release of their albums across the Atlantic. Their first album, Those Who Are About to Die...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Fotheringay - 2

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In late 1970 Fotheringay entered the studio to record their second album. They laid down the basic tracks and scratch vocals and then took time off for the holidays, fully intending to resume work...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Krokodil & Düde Dürst - An Invisible World Revealed & Krokodil Solo

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Krokodil is a rock band — let's make no mistake. Their strong points are the guitars and vocals. However on An Invisible World Revealed they have mixed in two tracks with a...

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(Posted by Paul Earney 1996-03-01)

Birth Control - Birth Control

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Birth Control have been around a long time, beginning in 1970. They produced 17 albums and, along with Amon Düül II, are one of the more prolific bands from Germany. The first Birth...

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(Posted by Paul Earney 1996-03-01)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Birth of a Band - Isle of Wight Festival 1970

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Having seen bits of the footage floating around, I was excited to learn that Emerson Lake & Palmer’s live debut at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival was finally going to have an official...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Jumbo - Jumbo, DNA, 1983 & Live

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The list above is the entire discography of Jumbo except for two rare singles, one from 1970 and one from 1975, and Vietato Ai Minori Di 18 Anni? which is

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

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McLatchey's Top Tier #5

This one's on a lot of peoples' lists for good reasons. First time I heard it I didn't even like it, but most great albums are growers,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-06-11)

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

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McLatchey's Top Tier #5

This one's on a lot of peoples' lists for good reasons. First time I heard it I didn't even like it, but most great albums are growers,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-06-11)

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew Live

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McLatchey's Top Tier #6

This favorite almost came about by accident to some extent. Years before this was released, the DVD called Electric Miles - A Different Kind of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-07-30)

Miles Davis - Live at the Fillmore East (March 7, 1970) - It's About That Time

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McLatchey's Second Tier

This is essentially the first of four Miles albums in this tier, all of which are centered around 1970 which happens to be my perfect sweet spot with...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-09-03)

Orange Peel - Orange Peel

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Another one of the bright spots on the shaky Germanofon roster, Orange Peel were a one-shot that put out a great album in 1970 and then disappeared. The music is typical of early German groups more...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

High Tide - High Tide

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McLatchey's Second Tier

When I first heard about this band, the rage seemed to be all around their debut album Sea Shanties and by the descriptions I read, I badly...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-01-21)

Claudio Rocchi - Viaggio, Volo Magico No.1 & La Norma del Cielo

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In many ways, Claudio Rocchi can be best described as the Italian Donovan – in music, lyrics and even artwork. His career that began with Stormy Six on L'Idee di Oggi per la Musica di...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

I Flashmen - Cercando la Vita

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At one time, the Japanese did some reissues of the Kansas label including I Gregor, Capricorn College, and the second and third albums by Italian quartet I Flashmen. To me, this was the epitome of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Alain Markusfeld - Le Monde en Etages

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Most, or at least some, may be familiar with the French guitarist’s solo albums released on the Egg label in the late 70s – Le Desert Noir, Platock, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-12-07)

Magma - Magma

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Magma's earliest incarnation found its musical roots in the experimental electric jazz scene of the late 60s. Their debut double album, featuring a lineup of keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1995-11-01)

Organisation & Kraftwerk - Tone Float, Kraftwerk 1 & 2, Ralf & Florian

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Kraftwerk, like many of the long running German outfits, was a completely different creature at its inception then after they rose to popularity. These albums, including the pre-Kraftwerk...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

Third Ear Band - Third Ear Band

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McLatchey's Second Tier

The Third Ear Band quartet got even more experimental for the follow up to their debut album, reducing a bit of the Renaissance feel of some of the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-07-14)

Gracious! - Gracious!

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McLatchey's Second Tier

When most of the big name progressive rock acts were barely out of their pajamas, this Vertigo band was already leaping forward from the influences of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-08-06)

Óðmenn - Óðmenn

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These days there are basically two ways of finding out about long-forgotten progressive artifacts (well, three if you count good old fashioned word of mouth): magazines / fanzines / newsletters...

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(Posted by Jim Hresko 1995-07-01)

Santana - Abraxas

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Released the month after their performance at Woodstock, Santana's follow up to their excellent debut made music history. Sporting an iconic Mati...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-05-19)

Miles Davis - Fillmore East, New York City, NY 3/6/70

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McLatchey's Second Tier

It's been about 13 years since the great March 7th show from this stint was released as It's About That Time, but even though the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-06-30)

Marsupilami - Marsupilami

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McLatchey's Second Tier

If there was ever an early British 70s progressive rock album that managed to languish in obscurity while a lot of lesser albums would end up with...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-12-10)

Os Mundi - Latin Mass

Cover art Os Mundi were a German rock outfit that released two albums, the latter 43 Minuten was originally on the Brain 1000 series. Latin Mass was quite a different release than the...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Caravan - If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You

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McLatchey's Second Tier

This brilliant title could easily show up these days in an ad to the right of your screen with some dopey teenager with a vacant expression wearing it on...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-08-13)

Mike Osborne - Dawn

Cover art At hand is an outstanding document of three early sessions by the late alto saxophonist, two with his trio featuring drummer Louis Moholo and bassist Harry Miller from August and December 1970, and a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-04-06)

Rufus Zuphall - Weiß der Teufel

Cover art Originally produced in an infinitesimal pressing on the tiny Good Will label, this is one of those releases that gains legendary status not so much because of what's on the album, but because of its...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy, Whatevershebringswesing, Shooting at the Moon & Banamour

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers left that group after their full-on live U.S. assault with the Jim Hendrix Experience in 1969. After that time, Ayers spent the following years putting together...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Live & Papagayo Club 1972

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Unlike the recently released PFM shows (Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-03-01)

Soft Machine - Third

Cover art For those not familiar with Soft Machine, this is probably the best place to start; this marks the major turning point in the band's career, a shift from a more song-oriented style, through a phase of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-10-01)

Amon Düül II - Yeti

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McLatchey's Top Tier #2

Here is the second album by Amon Duul II, Yeti. First, this is as flawless a double album as you can find. Second this is a very heavy record, I'm...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2014-11-04)

Zweistein - Trip – Flip Out – Meditation

Cover art According to the liner notes, in 1970 Jacques Dorian, his wife German pop singer Suzanne Doucet, and their children entered the studio and recorded an obscure experimental triple LP under the name...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Grateful Dead - Family Dog at the Great Highway, April 18th 1970

Cover art This reel tape turned up in Mountain Girl’s stash of Garcia’s old recordings, a show that was never even known by the Grateful Dead archivists, let alone that it had been recorded. There is a good...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-11-10)

Keef Hartley Band - The Time Is Near & Overdog

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Upon his split from his high profile job with John Mayall, drummer Keef Hartley had his sights set on making his own group in the English blues rock boom. Both of these recordings are from 1970...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Missus Beastly - Missus Beastly

Cover art Missus Beastly arose in Germany’s late 60s psychedelic, revolutionary underground scene which also produced the better-known Xhol and Embryo. As the extensive liner notes for this reissue of their...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Dragonwyck - Dragonwyck

Cover art In case you're wondering, Dragonwyck is the title of a 1944 historical romance by Anya Seton, made into a movie starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price. This Dragonwyck, on the other hand,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Lambert and Nuttycombe - At Home

Cover art Been waiting a long long time for this gem to arrive on CD. Craig Nuttycombe and the late Denis Lambert got their start as a folk duo in the Los Angeles area after years of playing in a number of...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Fotheringay - Essen 1970

Cover art Although they were together only about a year, Fotheringay is generally seen as an interim step for singer Sandy Denny between her tenure (first time around) with Fairport Convention, with whom she...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

Ache - De Homine Urbano & Green Man

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Ache was a Danish four-piece progressive rock outfit that released four albums during the 1970s, of which these are the first two. Their debut De Homine Urbano ("About Urban Man"), an...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

Sunbirds - Sunbirds

Cover art Sunbirds was a short lived group of international jazz musicians based in Munich in the early 1970s, together long enough to record two albums, of which this is the first. Most of the members had...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

Haystacks Balboa - Detoxified

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This one came out around 1970, a one-off by a New York based band whose members weren't even listed on the LP jacket, and were never heard from again, so far as this writer knows. For some unknown...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-01-01)

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2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
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Previously in Exposé...

The Underground Railroad - Through and Through – The Underground Railroad was formed with the express intent of playing music in the style of Genesis, but they have luckily strayed from the strict observance of that intention. There is a remnant of...  (2001) » Read more

Penny Arkade - Not the Freeze – In the last issue I covered the reissue of the two strange albums (Apache and Inca) credited to Maitreya Kali, who, it is now known, was Craig Smith, formerly of an obscure LA psych band called Penny...  (2006) » Read more

Cafeine - La Citadelle – Cafeine is a new band from France offering a nuanced music based mainly on keyboards and guitar. Melodic, La Citadelle offers seven compositions, three of them being in the ten to fifteen minutes...  (1995) » Read more

All Over Everywhere - Inner Firmaments Decay – I really wanted to like this one. It’s keyboard-heavy symphonic rock with female vocals, with some good ideas in both composition and arrangement. But after listening to it in a number of...  (2011) » Read more

Jean-Pascal Boffo - Jeux de Nains – Musea's very first release has finally received the digital treatment. Boffo was the bassist / guitarist of the early eighties Zeuhl band Troll, who despite their good reputation left no...  (1997) » Read more



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