Tag Archives: prog

Album review: ELAINE SAMUELS & KINDRED SPIRIT BAND – Elemental

ELAINE SAMUELS & KINDRED SPIRIT BAND - Elemental

[Release date 02.11.19] Folk rock imbued with flute?  It’s impossible not to make Tull/Anderson comparisons.  Violin – Curved Air anyone? But Elaine Samuels and her Kindred Spirits (no relation Siobhan Maher’s all too short lived post River City People liaison … Continue reading

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Album review: YOGI LANG – A Way Out Of Here

Yogi Lang - A Way Out Of Here

Gentle Art Of Music  [Release date: 08.11.19] Although probably a new name to those not in the know, Yogi Lang’s day job is as vocalist and front-man for exceptional German progressive rock luminaries RPWL (he’s the ‘L’). He’s flown solo … Continue reading

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Album review: DANDELION CHARM – Maybe Dreamers

DANDELION CHARM – Maybe Dreamers

Independent [Release date 01.11.19] Dandelion Charm – John Fowler and Clare Fowler – return with their second studio album and ‘Maybe Dreamers’ marks a big leap forward for the band, as they widen their musical horizons further. Sadly this album … Continue reading

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Gig review: FISH – Craigiehill Fest, Perth, 31 August 2019

Craigie Hill Fest is held annually in the carpark of Craigiehill Golf Course on the outskirts of Perth. I must say it hadn’t featured on my gig radar prior to this year and they have an eclectic mix of musical styles on throughout … Continue reading

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Album review: MARILLION – Live In Glasgow/Brave Live (reissues)

MARILLION - Live In Glasgow

earMUSIC [Release date 01.03.19] Almost 25 years separates the final two releases in this series of ten limited and numbered Marillion live albums. Recorded in 1989, Live In Glasgow captures the band at the very beginning of the Steve Hogarth … Continue reading

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Album review: CARAVAN – The Decca/Deram Years (An Anthology) 1970-1975

CARAVAN - The Decca/Deram Years (An Anthology) 1970-1975

Decca/UMC [Release date 06.09.19] Caravan The Decca/Deram Years may not look quite as handsome as the previous 4 disc anthology (2010), and notwithstanding the 2-disc compilation (2000), it is nevertheless the most complete introduction to the band. Presented in a … Continue reading

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Album review: MIDNIGHT SUN – Dark Tide Rising

MIDNIGHT SUN - Dark Tide Rising

Sonicbond [Release date 28.06.19] New Stroud-based prog rock/metal band Midnight Sun claim to be ‘an original rock band’. Well, for a kick off, the name’s not original, having been ‘pre-owned’ by Danish prog rockers between 1971 and 1974 (whose main … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL MORSE – Jesus Christ The Exorcist

NEAL MORSE - Jesus Christ The Exorcist

Frontiers [Release date 14.06.19] I like a musical.  In fact, it was only recently I suggested that a prog rock version of Hamilton by Izz could be a big hit.  Jesus Christ Superstar is another personal favourite although, in hindsight, … Continue reading

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Book review: GENESIS – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Stuart Macfarlane

GENESIS – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Stuart Macfarlane

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 5.07.19] For those wishing to find out more about the prog rockers who went pop, this is a useful summary following the band’s progress from shaky beginnings in 1969 to their final studio album ‘Calling All … Continue reading

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Album review: WARMRAIN – Back Above The Clouds

WARMRAIN - Back Above The Clouds

Rain Recordings [Release date 07.06.19] Promoted as a ‘must have’ for fans of Pink Floyd, Steven Wilson and Anathema, a double ‘concept’ album is one hell of a gamble for a full length debut. But such is the conviction of … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARTIN BARRE BAND (50 Years of Jethro Tull) – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, 2 June 2019

MARTIN BARRE BAND (50 Years of Jethro Tull) – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, 2 June 2019

The International Guitar Festival Of Great Britain, held annually for many years, has been a showcase for some of the world’s finest players. Sadly, it has lost its focus a little in recent years with acts appearing that have no … Continue reading

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News: WIN! EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER Anthology vinyl box set! (June 2019)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology

Throughout June we will be offering a 4-LP vinyl box set celebrating Emerson, Lake & Palmer in a new competition. The box set features 4 discs pressed on ‘galaxy effect’ coloured vinyl and includes tracks from all the key original … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…JETHRO TULL, THE BEATLES

On Track...The Beatles by Andrew Wild

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.04.19] The On Track… series continues with some momentum, nearly 20 titles currently scheduled, spearheaded by prog aficionado Stephen Lambe. The idea is to discuss in some detail individual songs but that invariably means talking about … Continue reading

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Album review: WEEND’O – You Need To Know Yourself

WEEND

Sonicbond [Release date 12.04.19] We were impressed by the sophomore release – Time Of Awakening – by French progressive metal band Weend’ô (pronounced Window) this time last year. With some heavenly vocals from singer/keyboardist Laetitia Chaudemanche, lovely, fluid, lead guitar … Continue reading

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Album review: ERJA LYYTINEN – Another World

Erja Lyytinen - Another World

Tuohi Records [Release Date 26.04.19] ‘Another World’ is a suitably titled album that reflects blues-rock guitarist Erja Lyytinen growing musical aspirations. She initially learnt her craft as a slide playing blues guitarist, but in recent years she’s brought a sharper … Continue reading

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Album review: LAST FLIGHT TO PLUTO – A Drop In The Ocean

LAST FLIGHT TO PLUTO - A Drop In The Ocean

White Knight [Release date 28.03.19] They like their prog in the valleys, don’t they?  There seems to be a never ending production line of female fronted bands emerging from secret facilities in deepest, darkest Wales.  Or in the case of … Continue reading

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Album review: KINETIC ELEMENT – The Face Of Life

KINETIC ELEMENT - The Face Of Life

Melodic Revolution Records Great, just what we need – another bunch of old buffers, sorry, I mean proggers, flogging early Genesis/Yes inspired symphonic prog.  The latter, in particular. To be fair, the Richmond, Virginia based band – formed by veteran … Continue reading

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Album review: CURVED AIR – The Second British Rock Meeting 1972

CURVED AIR - The Second British Rock Meeting 1972

Curved Air [Release date: 05.10.18] Dawn breaks grey on the last day of the 1972 Second British Rock Meeting at Germersheim, Germany. The festival has included sets from Pink Floyd, Humble Pie, The Strawbs, Savoy Brown, Lindisfarne and many other … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HACKETT – At The Edge Of Light

STEVE HACKETT - At The Edge Of Light

Inside Out  [Release Date: 25.01.19] I mentioned in my 2015 GRTR! review of Steve Hackett’s ‘Wolflight’ album how his star has been in the ascendency as a result of his wonderful live shows showcasing the Genesis back catalogue. Such has … Continue reading

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Album review: EXCALIBUR (Alan Simon) – Ladies Of The Lake

EXCALIBUR (Alan Simon) - Ladies Of The Lake

Babaika [Release date: 02.11.18] Girl Power: albeit nary a Spice in sight, but the whiff of joss hangs pendulously over this female vocalist-fronted compilation trawl through the four Excalibur sword-and-sorcery releases by French composer Alan Simon. Alan explains in his … Continue reading

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