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Reviews of releases for 2011

Airbag - All Rights Removed & The Greatest Show on Earth

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Another Norwegian band that has escaped my attention until now is Airbag, though they have been around since 2004. Now Karisma Records is reissuing remastered versions of their second and third...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-02-26)

Todd Rundgren's Utopia - Benefit for Moogy Klingman

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Mark “Moogy” Klingman had a long association with Todd Rundgren, and was one of the founding members of Utopia, appearing on the band’s first studio album and Another...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2020-04-24)

David Lawrence Atkins - Spitting on a Fish

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I’m not going to call this a new release, nor is it a reissue either. It’s been out there for seven years already, languishing without any real distribution, the only difference between...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-07-12)

Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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Of all the 60s / 70s classic groups out there, maybe the one I'm most fatigued by is Pink Floyd. A year or two ago I had a chance to listen to the Dark Side of the Moon box that had...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-05-24)

Embryo - Bad Heads and Bad Cats

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As far as Embryo albums go, Bad Heads and Bad Cats is one of the cornerstones of their career in the early to mid-70s, a turning point where the band was celebrating its new-found freedom...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-06)

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)

Magic Pie - Motions of Desire, Circus of Life & The Suffering Joy

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Following on Karisma’s release of King for a Day in 2015, the label has gone to Magic Pie’s back catalog and re-released the first three albums. In 2005 they put out...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-05-05)

Can - Tago Mago (40th Anniversary Bonus Material)

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The 40th Anniversary version of Tago Mago (an album I wrote about in my second tier) came out in 2011 as a 2CD limited edition and disappeared soon thereafter, unfortunately in this time...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-05-04)

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Darwin!

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One of the most alluring aspects of Italian progressive rock from 1972-1977 is the wide array of tonal coloring, particularly due to experimentation with analog synthesizers. This was a completely...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-03-16)

Ash Ra Tempel / Manuel Göttsching - Inventions for Electric Guitar

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McLatchey's Second Tier

No matter how many times a young future guitarist will plug his or her axe into an amp and echo/delay pedal in years to come, this sixth album by Manuel...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-10-27)
 

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