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Reviews of releases for 1996

Space Streakings - First Love Remastered, 7-Toku & Shakuhachi Surprise

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The band called Space Streakings didn’t last very long, with three years or so between their beginnings and splitting up, but the two albums they released, plus a collaboration with the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-20)

El Reloj - El Reloj (AKA Second Album)

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[Second album revisted]

This is an album I played to death when the Record Runner CD came out in the mid 90s (can't speak for later re-issues). El Reloj was essentially what...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-07-12)

Magma - Théâtre du Taur - Concert 1975 - Toulouse

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By the early 90s, Seventh Records had showed up, started reissuing the original Magma albums along with some offshoots, and began to open Magma's considerable live vaults. The...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-02-15)

D.F.A. - Lavori in Corso

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When Italian progressive rock began its renaissance in the late 80s, there were a lot of powerful and notable releases, like Nuova Era's L'Ultimo Viaggio or Ezra Winston's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-13)

Jacky Maestracci Symphonia - Kosen-Rufu

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Jacky Maestracci is a French multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for middle of the road New Age keyboards on his debut solo album Symphonia. Nothing exciting happens on this disk, no...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-04-20)

Arachnoïd - Arachnoïd

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In 1979, progressive rock was all but dead in many countries, whether the support had gone or the big bands had become subsumed by arena rock. But there was really a lot going on in France in the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-16)

Volkor (Lockwood) - Jazz Rock / Debbi (AKA Volkor)

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This Musea CD is a reissue of both Didier and Francis Lockwood’s first releases: Jazz Rock and Debbi. Due to the loss of the master tapes, Musea had to resort to recording...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-02-02)

Apocalypse - Aurora do Sonhos

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Aurora dos Sonhos is the second release in just a little over a year by this Brazilian neo-progressive quartet of bass, guitars, synths, and percussion. This exotic and colorful band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-05)

Rhesus O - Rhesus O

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Digging through their music archives Musea has unearthed another relic of the pre-Magma / zeuhl school of music. Recorded in 1971 at the Chateau d’Herouville, this short-lived band produced...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-15)

Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void

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McLatchey's Second Tier

Roach had a lot of truly great ambient albums in the 90s, but I was particularly impressed by this Hearts of Space release. With Worlds End in...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-11-17)
 

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