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Reviews of releases for 2012

Robbie Gennet - Gleams

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With Gleams, Robbie Gennet has produced a set of very appealing sophisticated songs that draw on a long history of good music. I am reminded of such classics as Goodbye Yellow Brick...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-13)

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)

Langsyne - Langsyne

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Langsyne was a German folk group that began in 1969 as the duo of teenagers Egbert Fröse (guitar, organ, other instruments, vocals) and Ulrich Nähle (percussion, flute, other instruments,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-04)

Tetragon - Agape

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Keyboradist Hendrik Schaper and bassist Rolf Rettberg had been playing together since 1967 in a trio called Trikolon from Osnabrück in lower Saxony. Early in the spring of 1971, the third...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-25)

Dukes of Kent - Welcome to the Oast House

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Lets start with the title. "What is an oast house?" you might ask. An oast house is a special building for drying hops, a critical step in brewing beer. The negative image on the album...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-06-27)

Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II & Future Sequence Live

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I'm combining two albums here as the live CD / Blu Ray / DVD differs very little from the studio version in terms of notes — it may be slightly more intense, but everything I can say...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-03-30)

Dieter Moebius - Musik für Metropolis

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In 2012 Dieter Moebius was invited to perform a musical accompaniment to Fritz Lang’s sci fi silent film classic Metropolis. His approach to scoring the 2 ½ hour film was to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-03-18)

Änglagård - Viljans Öga

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In the early 90s, Änglagård weren't the first retro-symphonic rock group to rise up in the genre's comeback years, but they were arguably the most important, and they certainly...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-02-09)

The Basements - Lost & I'm Dead

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When I think of Greece, the last thing that comes to mind is 60s psychedelia. But with a steadily growing fan base is this five-person band from Thessaloniki, Greece The Basements. And what a great...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-31)

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)
 

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