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DVD review: TOMMY EMMANUEL – Music Gone Public

TOMMY EMMANUEL - Music Gone Public

CGP Sounds/Music Gone Public  -  [Release date: 10.02.17] Tommy Emmanuel, for those not in the know, is surely one of the finest exponents of the acoustic guitar on the planet. The affable Aussie has released a fair number of DVDs … Continue reading

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Album review: VICTIM OF ILLUSION – Invisible Light

VICTIM OF ILLUSION - Invisible Light

Self-released  -  [Release date: 20.6.17] Time was that if it was prog it was British. And the Brits had it more or less all their own way for a good part of the late sixties through to the late eighties. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE CHURCH – Man Woman Life Death Infinity

THE CHURCH - Man Woman Life Death Infinity

Unorthodox Records  –  [Release date: 27 .10.17] Back in the day – and the day was the mid eighties to early nineties – The Church became my favourite band following the release of a series of fabulous albums that, despite … Continue reading

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Album review: MACHINES DREAM – Black Science

MACHINES DREAM - Black Science

Progressive Gears  –  [Release date: 16.05.17] With the notable and towering exception of Rush, Canada has not exactly been renowned for its contributors to the field of progressive rock. That, however, is very much on the change with bands such … Continue reading

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Album review: ANATHEMA – The Optimist

ANATHEMA - The Optimist

K-Scope [Release date: 09.06.17] Having moved on from their dark metal roots into progressive rock loveliness with the wonderful ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here’ album in 2010 and its magnificent follow-up ‘Weather Systems’ in 2012, Anathema somewhat divided opinion with … Continue reading

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Album review: RPWL – A New Dawn

RPWL - A New Dawn

Gentle Art Of Music [Release date: 14.07.17] RPWL are one of the finest purveyors of intelligent, meaningful progressive rock currently plying their trade in Europe and seem to be making a habit of releasing a superb album and following it … Continue reading

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Album review: THEA GILMORE – The Counterweight

THEA GILMORE - The Counterweight

WMW/Cooking Vinyl  [Release date 02.06.17] So what’s a girl to do? She’s got bills to pay just like the rest of us, so is this the moment that Thea Gilmore drifts into the mainstream? From the release of the bile-spitting … Continue reading

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Gig review: PANIC ROOM – Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens, 2 June 2017

Panic Room - The Citadel, St.Helens, 2 June 2017

Tour preview broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 4 June 2017 (9:47) It is two years since I last saw Panic Room, and, musically, what a difference two years can make. Back then, the band played a fantastic ‘double … Continue reading

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Gig review: MAGENTA – The Citadel Arts Centre, St. Helens, 13 May 2017

MAGENTA - The Citadel Arts Centre, St. Helens, 13 May 2017

With the band celebrating fifteen years together and with a fabulous new album to promote, Rob Reed’s Magenta completed their (all too) short Spring tour in front of a suitably appreciative audience at The Citadel in St. Helens – a … Continue reading

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Album review: C-SIDES – We Are Now

C-SIDES - We Are Now

White Knight Records   [Release date: 14.03.17] Back in the day there was a TV comedy series called ‘Never Mind The Quality, Feel The Width’ and it’s a maxim that applies to so much of what passes for progressive rock these … Continue reading

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Album review: ALAN REED – Honey On The Razor’s Edge

ALAN REED - Honey On The Razor

 White Knight Records  [Release date: 14.03.17]  You can take the boy out of Pallas but you can’t take Pallas out of the boy… Alan Reed, unceremoniously dumped from Scottish progsters Pallas a few years back, returns with his second studio … Continue reading

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Album review: ALTAVIA – Kreosote

ALTAVIA - Kreosote

White Knight Records [Release date: 07.10.16] Following in the giant footsteps of all those great Rock Progressivo Italiano pathfinders such as PFM, Le Orme, Celeste and Finisterre come AltaVia with their own take on the genre. I say their own … Continue reading

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Album review: KAIPA DA CAPO – Darskapens Monotoni

KAIPA DA CAPO - Darskapens Monotoni

Foxtrot Records [Release date: 30.09.16] For all those progressive rock diehards out there who think that there has not been one note of music of any consequence written since the early seventies – prick up your ears, all your birthdays … Continue reading

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Album review: IAMTHEMORNING – Lighthouse

IAMTHEMORNING - Lighthouse

Kscope  –  [Release date: 1 April 2016] Sometimes as a reviewer it’s very difficult to get across just what an album both as beautiful and as disturbing as this really sounds like – are mere words enough? It’s like trying … Continue reading

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Album review: JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE – Pathfinder

JONAS LINDBERG & THE OTHER SIDE - Pathfinder

ModeMusic – [Release date: 15.09.16] Whenever I read the accompanying press handout on a new release and see the words “we wanted to explore our heavier side” – I always approach it with a modicum of trepidation, fearing that a … Continue reading

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Album review: AISLES – Hawaii

AISLES - Hawaii

Presagio Records [Release date: 29.07.16] Ahh, Aisles, geniuses or not – it’s a very fine line between between the two isn’t it, and this had me thinking all the way through. I reviewed the Chilean (yes, Chilean) progressive rock outfit’s … Continue reading

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Album review: RICHARD SHINDELL – Careless

RICHARD SHINDELL - Careless

Continental Song City [Release date: 9.09.16] Richard Shindell is one of those enigmas whose talent is in reverse proportion to his commerciality. A native New Yorker now residing in Buenos Aries, he is a contemporary singer-songwriter of the highest order … Continue reading

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Quick plays: AMPHETAMIN, GADI CAPLAN, PREACHER

AMPHETAMIN - A Flood Of Strange Sensations

AMPHETAMIN – A Flood Of Strange Sensations There is so much good progressive rock coming out of France at the moment with bands such as Delain, Lazuli, Black Noodle Project and The Last Embrace well worth checking out. Also well … Continue reading

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Album review: KATATONIA – The Fall Of Hearts

The Best of 2016 - Progressive

Peaceville [Release date: 20.05.16] There are occasions aren’t there when only a quietly muttered ‘wow’ really does justice to whatever you’re experiencing at the time? There was a moment halfway through track 6, ‘Residual’, that I thought ‘I’m in the … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOE BONAMASSA – Cavern Club, Liverpool, 27 June 2016

The Best of 2016

Photo: David Munn I remember seeing Joe Bonamassa back in 2006 at the ‘Pacific Road’, a small venue in Birkenhead, England, and I recall thinking at the time, and I know it’s a cliche, but ‘greatness beckons here’. He absolutely … Continue reading

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