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Pancake - No Illusions

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Pancake started life as the psychedelic band Nyrvana Pancake, releasing a single in 1973 (“Open Your Eyes” / “Lonesome Boy”), then in 1974 with a new bass player, decided to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-08)

Revival - Revival

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Note: When this review was written in 1995, the information accompanying the CD included a number of inaccuracies which have since been revealed. See notes within the text for...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Guildenstern - Guildenstern

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The story of this band begins in May 1976 when bassist and guitarist Michael Lippert and drummer Claus Lange, together with keyboard player Gerd Schmelzer and guitarist Reinhard Olschanski, all...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-12)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 17 & 18

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Since the Garden of Delights label began in the early 1990s (they were originally called Penner Records), they have produced this Psychedelic Underground promotional series, each one...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-23)

Anyone's Daughter - First Five Reissued

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Anyone's Daughter was one of a group of late 70s German symphonic bands who brought forth a highly melodic rock, colorful and saturated with emotion. Their vocal harmonies were strong, and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1993-10-01)

Voigt/465 - Slights Still Unspoken

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Voigt/465 was a short-lived DIY post punk band from Sydney, Australia that lasted from 1976 - 1979. In 1978 they self-released one of the first DIY 45s from Australia “State” b/w...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-09-22)

Bruford - One of a Kind

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After UK’s rookie tour of the US, Eddie Jobson and John Wetton fired Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth, thus removing the pervasive jazz element from their soon-to-be transitory super group....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Pablo "El Enterrador" - Pablo "El Enterrador"

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Argentina, 1979. In the middle of the military oppression (1976-1983) there was a band that went by the name of Pablo "El Enterrador." Paul was a gravedigger in a dissident cemetery in...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 1995-07-01)

Pablo "El Enterrador" - Pablo "El Enterrador"

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This is a well-known symphonic-prog album from late-70s Argentina. I am personally of the opinion that its reputation is rather over-inflated: no album with a song as annoyingly commercial as the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1997-02-01)

Peter Baumann - Romance 76 & Trans Harmonic Nights

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Peter Baumann was an integral part of Tangerine Dream from 1971 to 1977, which in my opinion was the group’s best period. So I was excited in 1976 when Peter Baumann released his first solo...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-05-07)

Adelbert von Deyen - Sternzeit & Nordborg

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Adelbert van Deyen’s first two albums, 1978’s Sternzeit and 1979’s Nordborg, established him as a Berlin school electronic musician, and contain what is probably...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-25)

Soft Heap - Soft Heap

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Another splinter project of the Soft Machine / National Health ilk, Soft Heap was described as the "living evolution of the Softs" going forward into the present day (even though Gowen...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Utopia - Adventures in Utopia, Deface the Music & Swing to the Right

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As the 70s slipped towards the 80s, progressive rock bands found their style of music increasingly unpopular, so most of them that stayed active tried to maintain relevance by making music more in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2014-02-20)

Pete Bardens - Heart to Heart

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Peter Bardens' first album after leaving Camel is a showcase for his songwriting as much as for his keyboard playing. He sings on several songs, and while he was never a great singer, he was...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2017-01-25)

Sea Level - Sea Level, Cats on the Coast, On the Edge & Long Walk on a Short Pier

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The Allman Brothers in their prime were no doubt one of the best American rock bands of the early 70s, covering a little bit of everything and doing it all extremely well — never a shortage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-04-01)

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)

Asia Minor - Crossing the Line

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Hailing from the same year and country as my previous selection, Asia Minor were actually formed by two young Turkish men in Paris, and despite their love for the English symphonic and progressive...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-23)

Various Artists - 70's West Japanese Rock Scene

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Apart from the Tokyo scene in the 70s, there were many progressive bands operating in the Kansai region, outside of Tokyo and in the west of Japan, in places like Osaka, Kyoto, and elsewhere....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

David Thomas & Ronnie Gunn - The Giants Dance

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I guess at some point anyone even remotely connected with Genesis will come out of the woodwork to market their offerings. Case in point. David Thomas and Ronnie Gunn were two musicians who...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Under the Sun - Under the Sun

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According to the liner notes, this British six-piece ‘progressive’ band originally pressed only a few hundred copies of this, their only album. Aside from the two lame hard-rock numbers...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Arti e Mestieri - Quinto Stato

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Formed by ex-Trip drummer Furio Chirico, Arti e Mestieri was one of Italy's best jazz-rock / fusion bands (certainly equal to Perigeo and Area), and they launched their career with two classic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1997-02-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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Guru Guru is one of the better known Krautrock bands from the 70s. In Spring 1973 they released their fourth album Guru Guru, engineered by the legendary Conny Plank, featuring drummer...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

MacArthur - MacArthur (AKA The Black Forest)

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I find it very interesting that obscure musical gems continue to surface and be reissued. Case in point is the US garage-prog-psych band MacArthur, who recorded and released an ultra-rare privately...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-07-19)

Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht, Dune, Dziękuję Poland, Miditerranean Pads, Sequenced? & Crime of Suspense

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Revisited Records continues reissuing the Klaus Schulze back catalog. The past twelve months have seen seven more albums released with another batch due Fall 2006. Revisited is holding true to the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Conrad Schnitzler - Blue Glow & Charred Machinery

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Herr Schnitzler is probably the most prolific synthesist (we might as well say musician) on the planet. He has been around since the early days of Kluster and Tangerine Dream (he was a member of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Schicke Führs Fröhling (SFF) - The Collected Works of Schicke Führs Fröhling

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During their brief yet productive career from 1976 to 1978, the trio of Ede Schicke (drums), Gerd Führs (keys), and Heinz Fröhling (guitar, Mellotron) produced three outstanding albums on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Medina Azahara - Paseando por la Mexquita, La Esquina del Viento & Andalucía

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Medina Azahara are one of the longest running Spanish symphonic rock bands. If I'm not mistaken, they may still be together. While most of their contemporaries disappeared due to the Spanish...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Genfuoco - Dentro l'Invisible

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Genfuoco were one of the last "progressive" rock groups in the late 70s with Zauber and Locanda delle Fate. Genfuoco's music, very much like Zauber, was airy and serene with some very...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

St Tropez & La Compagnia Digitale - Icarus & La Compagnia Digitale

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Both of these groups contain percussionist/synthesist Ciro Perrino in their ranks. These groups were both post-Celeste and showed a vast change in style from that group. You may have heard Ozric...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Dice - Dice, Four Riders of the Apocalypse & Live Dice

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During their short career, which spans the late seventies, Swedish band Dice (never to be confused with the Swiss neo-proggers Deyss) released only one self-titled album, an excellent testament to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Dice - Dice, Four Riders of the Apocalypse & Live Dice

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During their short career, which spans the late seventies, Swedish band Dice (never to be confused with the Swiss neo-proggers Deyss) released only one self-titled album, an excellent testament to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Shingetsu - Live

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I haven’t heard Shingetsu’s studio album, so this concert recording is my introduction to their music, and it’s quite a surprise. And like many surprises, it has both good and bad...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Shingetsu / Serenade - Shingetsu, Night Collector & Akai Me No Kagami

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Shingetsu was one of the classic Japanese symphonic bands, and their self titled Shingetsu album from 1979 is highly regarded, and often compared to classic period Genesis, if only for the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Shingetsu / Serenade - Shingetsu, Night Collector & Akai Me No Kagami

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Shingetsu was one of the classic Japanese symphonic bands, and their self titled Shingetsu album from 1979 is highly regarded, and often compared to classic period Genesis, if only for the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Bi Kyo Ran - Fairy Tale, Early Live Vol. 1

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No more than a year after recording an album of King Crimson covers as Madoromi, it was 1978, and the band changed its name back to Bi Kyo Ran; they won first prize in a Yamaha-sponsored contest,...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1996-03-01)

Errobi - Ametsaren Bidea

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Another among a number of great bands from the Basque region in northern Spain, Errobi produced four albums between 1978 and 1982: Errobi, Gure Lekukotasuna, Ametsaren...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Lisker - Lisker

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Featuring a no-keyboard lineup and two guitars, Lisker don't immediately seem likely to be a source of good olde prog. But this offbeat Basque group are not to be written off so easily. The...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1996-03-01)

Jean-Philippe Goude - Drones

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Jean Philippe Goude played keyboards in Bernard Paganotti’s band Weidorje until 1979. At that time he recorded Drones and involved the various musicians he had worked with: Klaus...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 1994-08-01)

Jean-Philippe Goude - Drones

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Here's a welcome reissue indeed! My old cassette of this has done a full tour of duty, I don't think it could've lasted another six months... which is to say, this is one you'll...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Honeyelk - En Quête d'un Monde Meilleur (Stoyz vi Dozévéloy Reissue)

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An almost legendary album in French rock, Honeyelk's Stoyz vi Dozévéloy was originally released in a limited pressing of only 1000 copies. The band was a quintet of bass,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Ñu - Cuentos de Ayer y de Hoy & A Golpe de Látigo

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Question: How could you possibly dislike Spanish heavy progressive rock? Answer: You couldn't. A five-piece consisting of guitar / Mellotron, vocals / flute, bass, violin, and drums, Ñu...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Atlas - Blå Vardag

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This is one of those gems, a rare item on vinyl that is indeed a lost classic. All the elements of progressive rock greatness are here in abundance: superb musicianship, brilliant compositions,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-11-01)

Atoll - Musiciens-Magiciens, L’Araignée-Mal, Tertio & Rock Puzzle

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I always thought of Atoll as being the number two French symphonic rock band in the 70s, after Ange. Like Ange, they applied the ideals and techniques of progressive rock to French culture and came...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Ash Ra Tempel - The Private Tapes

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Germany — 1971 — Underground. Those three terms evoke images of the Berlin Wall, intensity, angst, freedom. And no band helped define this milieu more than Ash Ra Tempel. With a long...

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(Posted by Tom Hayes 1996-08-01)

Pere Ubu - New Picnic Time

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The third album in the Pere Ubu canon is one where the group appears to be in a more playful mode rather than on their acclaimed sophomore album, Dub Housing (1978). They had matured a bit...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Hawkwind - Golden Void 1969-1979

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Hey look, it's another Hawkwind compilation! I hope they got paid for this one. For your information, the band is as unhappy as the fans about the crop of Hawkwind reissue albums that pop up,...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-11-01)

Morgan Fisher - Hybrid Kids 1 & 2 + Miniatures

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In the middle of his work as a keyboard player (with Queen, Mott the Hoople, and others) and as a producer (Allan Holdsworth), Morgan Fisher came up with two albums worth of oddities called...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Mike Oldfield - The Space Move: The Original Soundtrack

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Some movie soundtracks work as free-standing music apart from the visuals, but there are others that are so integrated with their movies that taking them out of that context doesn’t provide a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-11-29)

Snakefinger - Chewing Hides the Sound & Greener Postures

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Here we have the welcome reissue of two great albums by Residents’ cohort and collaborator guitarist Snakefinger (AKA Philip Charles Lithman). Many of the songs on these albums were cowritten...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-11-01)

Gilgamesh - Another Fine Tune You Got Me Into

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Gilgamesh's second album is a work of rediscovery for the original two lead voices of the band, Phil Lee (guitars) and Alan Gowen (keyboards). Gowen had just returned from a tour of the U.S....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Talking Heads - 2006 Rhino Reissues

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Now that CBGB's has finally closed its doors in New York City, it's a good time to explore the reissued back catalog of one of the few valid early inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Latte e Miele - English Papillon, Live & Vampyrs

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These albums make up the present archives of previously unreleased Latte e Miele music. Latte e Miele are best described as an Italian ELP and have a very big sound for a trio. They released three...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Venegoni & Co. - Sarabanda

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The second Venegoni album, Sarabanda, continues onward from the first, perhaps replacing some of the experimentalism with refinement, and some of the subtlety with a willingness to rock....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Haizea - Hontz Gaua

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Another obscurity originally released on the Elkar label, Haizea were a five-piece from the Basque area of Spain. Sporting a sound that could best be described as psychedelic electric folk, the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Storm - Lost in Time

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The Storm, or simply ‘Storm’ as they were billed on their second album, were a Spanish band formed at the end of the 60s by brothers Angel and Diego Ruiz (guitar and drums respectively)...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-10-26)

Enbor - Enbor & Katebegiak

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Lost Vinyl has a knack for unearthing rare Basque rock groups. The only catch is that you have to be careful to check out what axis they fall in. For all intent and purpose, Enbor is a straight...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 11 - 15

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Beginning with its first year of operations, Garden of Delights has released a yearly limited edition Psychedelic Underground sampler containing the best track from each of their 9...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Ariel Kalma - An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979)

Cover art Ariel Kalma is a figure of contrasts: a restless spirit in search of calm, a student of tradition prone to tinkering with technology, a deep-space traveler rooted in earthly environments. These...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-03-04)

Eskaton - 4 Visions

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McLatchey's Top Tier #8

So here's one that I couldn't put down when I first heard it in the early 90s. By this point I had checked out both Ardeur and Fiction and...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-02-21)

Eskaton - 4 Visions

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[This review was specifically about the 1995 reissue on the Ad Perpetuam Memoriam label. - ed.]

Finally! After a long wait, the long promised CD reissue of Eskaton's cassette-only...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Pekka Pohjola - Five Reissues

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For anyone not yet familiar with the name of Pekka Pohjola, he is a Finnish composer, bandleader, and bassist among bassists primarily, but also fluent on piano, synthesizer, and trumpet as well....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Anthony Moore - Reed, Whistle and Sticks, Out & Flying Doesn't Help

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Before hooking up with Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause to form Slapp Happy, Anthony Moore was experimenting with some very innovative musical techniques. Reed, Whistle and Sticks is one of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-03-01)

Flyte - Dawn Dancer

Cover art This six-piece from Holland had been together since the early 70s, yet their first and only album wasn't to be released until '79. Plagued by setbacks, poor distribution, and lack of record company...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-08-01)

Bloque - Bloque & Hombre, Tierra y Alma

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There really was some great music coming out of Spain in the late 70s, and unlike a lot of their Spanish contemporaries, Bloque actually stayed together long enough to record more than one album!...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-07-01)

Eroc - Eroc 1, 2 & 3

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After 30 years Eroc’s solo albums are now available on CD and finally finding their way to the US in 2007. Eroc remastered them from the original tapes, added bonus material, and included liner...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Blue Cheer - 7

Cover art San Francisco based Blue Cheer came together in the latter half of 1967, initially a six-piece, but by the time of their first recordings they were down to a power trio format, in the wake of Cream...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-02-14)

Ian Carr's Nucleus - Out of the Long Dark & Old Heartland

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One of the last incarnations of Nucleus from the late 70s featured Carr along with long-time cohort Brian Smith on reeds. Geoff Castle, Billy Kristian, and Roger Sellers rounded out this version of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

FM - Surveillance

Cover art Esoteric’s releases of FM’s early albums have been cause for much rejoicing in progdom, since some of the Canadian band’s work hadn’t been available in ages and others never at all. Their...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2013-12-09)

FM - Surveillance

Cover art For their third album, with violinist Ben Mink now fully integrated into the band, the Canadian trio left the sidelong instrumental suites explored on their second Direct to Disc, and went...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-04-01)

Atoll - Rock Puzzle

Cover art Rock Puzzle is the long awaited CD reissue of Atoll’s fourth album recorded in 1979. True to their practice of releasing high quality CDs, Musea included an extra 33 minutes of six...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 1999-12-31)

Progres 2 - Dialog S Vesmírem

Cover art This is a solid 76 minute live set from one of the better Eastern European prog bands. Progres 2 recorded several albums in the late 70s/early 80s featuring a rather dark and aggressive symphonic...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-08-01)

Harry Chapin - Legends of the Lost and Found

Cover art The late Harry Chapin was without a doubt the supreme storyteller of the 1970s; his lyrics written second and third-person were down-to-earth, acutely engaging and socially conscious, with clever...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Round House - Jin.Zo-Ni.N.Gen & Wings to Rest

Cover art The Japanese five-piece Round House apparently never recorded a proper album during their existence in the late 70s, though two releases were cobbled together out of live tracks, demos, and some...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

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)

Hinn Íslenzki Þursaflokkur - Þursabit

Cover art This band hails from Iceland, and to get a hint at their sound you might think of a Scandinavian Gryphon mixed with a large dose of Gentle Giant. This was their second album, released in 1979. Hinn...  » Read more
(Posted by Rob Walker 1994-02-01)

Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten, Osamu, Masterless Samurai, & Dragon King

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After spending much of the 1960's in the successful Japanese rock band The Launchers, Kitajima moved to to the UK and worked with a number of British bands, and released a very obscure self-titled...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-05-15)

Mezquita - Recuerdos de mi Tierra

Cover art Spain's late 70s "progressive rock" scene was flowing in the abundance of new and creative talent and this short lived band was practically at the zenith of this genre's adherents. A heavily folk...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-02-01)

Sfinx - Zalmoxe

Cover art This one caught me completely off guard. I'd never even heard of this excellent Romanian band before the CD reissue - which made it for all the nicer surprise. One has to be somewhat impressed when...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1994-02-01)

Crack - Si Todo Hiciera Crack

Cover art While in countries like England, Italy and the United States, the outlook for progressive rock by the late seventies was practically at its bleakest; Spain's scene was at its most prolific stage. ...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1994-02-01)

Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby - Old School Songs

Cover art Strawbs was always a band with many faces - both musically and in terms of personnel. Of course, Dave Cousins has been the constant, from the beginnings as a bluegrass cover trio to the heights of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2013-05-06)

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Previously in Exposé...

Saturnalia - Magical Love – This particular obscurity in Akarma’s campaign to rescue lost or legendary albums is an odd beast. The overall impression is much like the first incarnation of Renaissance with less appealing vocals...  (2006) » Read more

Gregg Bendian - Research (Tiny Useful Secrets) – The challenge for a compositional drummer is for the solo percussionist to be consistently engaging to the listener. Dedicating each of the pieces to a specific personal influence helps create a...  (2009) » Read more

Akritas - Akritas – One of the few Greek progressive bands that were on a fairly big label, Akritas (the English spelling) was in spirit probably closest to the rich and fertile wave of the 70s Italian scene. Close to...  (1995) » Read more

Jacula - Anno Demoni – Jacula's debut (to be reviewed in a later issue) was one of the rarest (if not the rarest) of the Italian progressive rock albums, and certainly one of the most sinister – or should I say a...  (1996) » Read more

Various Artists - Supernatural Fairy Tales – Who woulda thought... I mean, for a semi-major label to release this five disc celebration of Progressive Rock's early history and heyday is something that I would have given about the same...  (1997) » Read more



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